The Afternoon Flap: August 10, 2012

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The Morning Flap: April 16, 2012

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U.S. GSA Administration Regional Commissioner Jeffrey Neely

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Flap’s Links and Comments for April 26th on 17:06

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These are my links for April 26th from 17:06 to 18:59:

  • President 2012: Why Rep Paul Ryan Could Enter the Presidential race – It’s not just Bill Kristol, gang. There’s desire at the highest ranks of the Republican Party, according to my reporting and sources, to see House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan seek the 2012 presidential nomination. Here’s why:

    1) Since Democrats are determined to hang Ryan’s bold “Path to Prosperity” budget plan around the neck of every Republican running for office in 2012, why not have its author and best salesman advocate for it directly vs. President Obama?

    2) Ryan — to borrow a favorite Simon Cowell phrase — is “current.” He’s smack in the middle of budgetary and ideological clash between Democrats and Republicans and would immediately energize conservative and Tea Party activists.

    3) Ryan is a strong national defense conservative, as well as pro-life.

    4) Ryan is from a battleground state, Wisconsin, and a battleground region, the upper Great Lakes.

    5) Ryan’s youth, vigor, likability and Jimmy Stewart persona — well, a wonky version of George Bailey — would be an immediate shorthand signal to voters that he’s a different kind of Republican. He also has a compelling life story to tell.

    6) Obama suddenly and unexpectedly to Washington insiders looks beatable — by the right candidate.


    I can easily see a Mitch Daniels/Paul Ryan ticket.

    Or a Mike Huckabee/Paul Ryan ticket

    Or going for broke: Paul Ryan/Rudy Giuliani ticket

  • We Respond to NPR’s Lighthearted Coverage of Koch Death Threats | – I am writing to raise deep concerns about a Morning Edition segment that aired on April 22 and apparently made light of death threats that had been leveled at gentleman in Iowa but that had been intended for our company.
    The item was read by hosts Mary Louise Kelly and Renee Montagne, billed as “our last word in business,” and was clearly framed as an amusing take on the news.  Kelly and Montagne made sport of the fact that a Mr. Dutch Koch shares the same surname as that of our company, even musing that he’s also been “confused with the big soda maker” – Coca-Cola, it seems.  Kelly quipped that “he does not say which cola he prefers” before cutting away to what sounds like bongo drum music.
    But there is nothing even remotely funny about a person’s life being threatened and NPR ought to be ashamed that simple fact of decency has to be pointed out. 


    More Koch Derangement Syndrome from the LEFTY NPR.

    Real funny = NOT

  • Janet Napolitano clarifies immigration program – disappoints sanctuary cities – Napolitano defended the program Monday as vital to immigration enforcement.

    "Where immigration is concerned, the federal government fundamentally sets the policy." She said communities will benefit from the tool.

    "Let's assume we have 11 million people in the country illegally," she said. If Congress can provide enough enforcement funding to remove perhaps 400,000 of them annually, she added, "How are we going to set those priorities? One big priority is who is violating criminal laws."


    The program is a good one and is a start only.

    Immigration is a federal perogative and the Obama Administration needs to do more.