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Morning Briefing for October 11, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For October 11, 2010

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1. Barack Obama Is ‘A Threat to Our Democracy’

When you’ve hung around with so many people who idealize communism and socialism and loath the United States, you tend to develop an inner-Soviet voice. Barack Obama sure has.He let it slip with Joe the Plumber and Obama’s talk of wealth redistribution. He let it slip when declaring that “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money”. He’s now let it slip again.His campaign farce, Organizing for America, sent out an email noting that Barack Obama declared the United States Chamber of Commerce “a threat to our democracy.”What. The. Hell.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Distracted Driving Restrictions Gone Wild

The federal government is considering measures to pressure states to ban hands-free cell phone use by drivers. This is an over reaction to the problem of distracted driving. Bloomberg reports that officials of the U.S. Department of Transportation are working on a plan to ban all cell phone use by drivers of cars, including hands-free technology.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Charlie Cook’s List of DOOM.

For those who don’t know: Charlie Cook is one of the more respected political handicappers out there, with a solid reputation for accurate forecasting. I can personally attest to that, given that in 2008 I glumly used his site to assist me in the task of watching things spiral downward for the GOP. As you can imagine, the 2010 election cycle has been a lot more enjoyable in that regard: and never so much so as recently, when Charlie Cook broke a rule.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. True unemployment breaks 17% again – Obama’s jobless recovery continues

The government unemployment report that the economy lost another 95,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate remained stuck at 9.6 percent in September is a disaster for the Obama/Democrats. This is the highest sustained unemployment rate since the Great Depression.The government’s broader measure of unemployment, sometimes referred to “true unemploytment,” now stands at 17.1 percent. As the Washington Post’s Frank Ahrens puts it, you are not included in the “official” unemployment rate if, a) you would like to have a full-time job but can find only part-time work, and b) if you’ve grown so discouraged at finding work, you’ve simply given up.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Google, Daily Kos, Net Neutrality

If there’s one thing Google guards closely, it’s the secrets of its search service. Despite praising the virtues for the customer of transparency online, Google’s anything but transparent. Take a look at their webmaster guidelines, which in part explain how to avoid the Google Death Penalty.But one thing that is clear is that linking schemes, particularly those using shadow websites, are forbidden.So the question is: Is Google watching the Chris Bowers pagerank scam? Will they delist him and the entire Daily Kos.com domain if they find that he’s breaking the rules? It’s clear they’re recruiting people to spam links to pre-selected pages across volunteer website owners’ sites based on their use of a SEO Blogger checkbox option on their signup page. This is precisely the kind of illegal cross-link scheme Google warns about being an unethical SEO practice.So the ball’s in your court, Google. If you do not delist Daily Kos for this behavior you call unethical, then you have a partisan political bias.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Davy Plouffe tries to manage expectations.

Plouffe took some time away from his current job – which is to say, rewriting the Democratic party’s rules so as to eliminate any chance of a successful primary challenge to the President in 2012 – to graciously define the Republican party’s November victory conditions for it. Apparently, according to Davy if we’re not “winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor’s race” on Election Day then we’ve failed. Which is an entertaining little argument, and quite clever (for a Democratic strategist), for two reasons. The first is that it’s essentially unfalsifiable: all a Democrat has to do is declare that a particular governor’s race is ‘major’ and hey presto! – the GOP has failed.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. SEIU: They can dish it out, but they can’t take it…

Do you remember a few months ago, when the SEIU and its mob of zombies stomped all over private property, terrorizing a 14-year old boy who was home alone at the time?…And the police stood by and did nothing?Well, get a load of this:A week after Arizona governor Jan Brewer knocked the once-mighty United Food & Commercial Workers out of the Boycott Arizona campaign, one, single Angry Right Wing Housewife decided to do a little protesting on her own.Please click here for the rest of the post.

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