Lesson: Blogs are still important online in driving a narrative and contributions, probably moreso than Facebook and Twitter, though I believe the latter can serve as an important signaling mechanism for bloggers and media to pick the story up and run with it. And it should be no surprise that once a story like this gets into traditional media, the impact can be magnified many-fold.
Saturday, January 30
By Lucas at 1:22 PM
Thursday, January 28
By Lucas at 4:18 PM
Wednesday, January 27
He said he was setting a new goal to double US exports over the next five years: "an increase that will support two million jobs in America".
By Lucas at 9:42 PM
Yes, this is satire, but close to the truth about the way Obama does his speeches.
By Lucas at 10:39 AM
Tuesday, January 26
By Lucas at 9:21 AM
Monday, January 25
By Lucas at 9:06 AM
The Senate is debating a $1.9 trillion increase in the nation's debt limit that would lift Treasury's legal borrowing ceiling to $14.3 trillion. After a $290 billion debt-limit raise last month, this giant new increase is intended to get Democrats past November's election without another reminder to voters of how much debt their spending is piling up.
Mr. Coburn has a better idea: Cut spending to a level that would allow the government to stay beneath the current debt ceiling for a few more months. President Obama promised in his campaign to eliminate "unnecessary redundancy" in government, so Mr. Coburn is calling for at least $20 billion in spending cuts on programs that are duplicated across federal agencies. That's about 4% of nondefense discretionary spending, and Mr. Coburn's amendment identifies at least 640 programs that could be consolidated.
A few examples: A 2009 Government Accountability Office report found 69 early education programs, administered by nine different agencies. A 2003 GAO report found 44 job training programs, also administered by nine agencies. The Department of Education runs 14 separate programs for foreign study exchanges. Taxpayers spend more than $300 million annually on at least nine Agriculture Department programs to develop biofuels. Too bad we can't pay for all this with wood chips.
By Lucas at 8:18 AM
Saturday, January 23
H/T MacIver Institute
By Lucas at 6:49 PM
Friday, January 22
May we always remember the millions who have died.
By Lucas at 7:50 AM
Thursday, January 21
1. McDonnell is proposing making starting a business easier:
As we all know, it is efficient businesses that create jobs. This sounds like a no-brainer to me. Let`s make Virginia the second easiest place to open a business.
2. McConnell wants to drill for oil and national gas offshore. Wisconsin does not have that option. However, Wisconsin could utilize resources like forests on national parks in a responsible manner in the same way. Even better, Wisconsin has to find a way to decrease the price of energy and gasoline in the state. High energy is a huge drag on the economy.
And take note: the first idea does not need one more dollar of state spending to make it happen. 0$
By Lucas at 2:54 PM
A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down decades-old restrictions on corporate campaign spending, reversing two of its precedents and freeing companies to conduct advertising campaigns that explicitly try to sway voters.
The 5-4 ruling went beyond the circumstances in the case before the justices, a dispute over a documentary film attacking then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The majority, invoking the Constitution’s free-speech clause, said the government lacks a legitimate basis to restrict independent campaign expenditures by companies.
“The government may regulate corporate political speech through disclaimer and disclosure requirements, but it may not suppress that speech altogether,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.
By Lucas at 10:41 AM
The Alliance Defense Fund is in the middle of the fight even as the state of California fails to support their own constitution. The Alliance Defense Fund has the updates right from the courtroom.
Some of the most telling points:
The judge tried to broadcast the testimony on TV and needed the Supreme Court to step in and put it in line (not surprising from a San Fransisco judge I guess). The Constitutional opponents have been downright ruthlessly hateful in their response to supporters of the amendment threatening professional and financial ruin for those who supported this position. Partly because of these threats the Supreme Court required the witness testimony to be kept off TV.
Testimony by those against traditional marriage have been forced to concede that a children are best raised in a traditional, stable, Mom and Dad family. I think the powerful evidence of the positive influence that BOTH a Mom and Dad have is not surprising, but enlightening in a nation of high divorce and increased disrespect shown toward traditional families.
By Lucas at 10:36 AM
Wednesday, January 20
By Lucas at 2:01 PM
Wednesday, January 13
After Reid's comments on Obama's race, not exactly a vote of confidence.
Personally I think someone losing their position over a comment like this is just silly. But the double-standard of the Democrats in standing by Reid after dumping Lot is worse.
By Lucas at 9:39 AM
By Lucas at 9:36 AM
Monday, January 11
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ryan make some interesting moves. Just last month, the House’s popular budget hawk spoke out on foreign policy in his maiden speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ryan, of course, downplayed the speech, joking to National Review Online that it simply enabled him “to come out a bit from my cocoon of AEI, Heritage, and the CATO Institute.” Regarding 2012, Ryan told us that he doesn't want to run since he has a young family, but does want to “help frame the debate” during what he predicts will be a “realignment election.”
Regardless of whether he runs, it’s hard not to like the guy. When I was down covering the health-care debate on the Hill, I often spotted Ryan on the House floor listening to his iPod as the Obamacare debates stretched into the late evening. Eventually, I asked him what was on his playlist. His answer: “What Is and What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin.
This would be one FUN guy to support for president if he ran. What about a Daniels/Ryan '12? That would be one powerful number crunching but powerful pair. Let's see it!
By Lucas at 8:20 PM
Friday, January 8
Campaign experience including campaign manager.
Internships at two nonprofits and consultation for several others in the community.
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You can contact me at lpillman [at] gmail.com or simply leave a comment on this post.
By Lucas at 4:47 PM
Neilsen's biggest critique was that not enough organizations provided the "mission, goals, objectives, and work and how the organization uses donations."
It is interesting to take this analysis and look at some of the big nonprofits. For example, the American Red Cross does well on demonstrating their work, and has a simple easy to see donate now button in the corner. Mission 75% accomplished according to Neilsen.
What about some local and nonprofits we see on a daily basis?
Take a more political website like Wisconsin Family Action. I was impressed to see the contribute button on the left. Nice start. They also had a clear definition of what the mission and goals of the organization. I think the hardest and most complicated part is to connect the donation explicitly to the work being done. In some ways Their sites still has a "html" 90s style to it, but that is as much a matter of style then substance. I essential elements are their.
Even an organization like Goodwill that is involved primarily though physical donation rather than monetary, did a good job of clearly showing on their front page how to "donate" and what their mission is (e.g. Our Mission).
Even a college like Beloit College Alumni here in Wisconsin did well in getting a simple "Give Now!" button up on the site. How the donations were used and what the objectives of the organization were tended to be much more vague. A student was profiled on the home page. Did they help here with a scholarship? It didn't say.
Smaller nonprofits like the local Mabel Tainter however could learn. They need donations. Why not have an easy link on their home page. We find front and center on the home page how to become a fan on facebook, but fail to have a link to donate. The mission is there and we can easily see what the donations would probably be used for my guess is that they will not recieve much until they ask.
By Lucas at 4:41 PM