More Good News

More good news for the economy, bad news for Democrat political ambitions:

Stocks held gains at midmorning on Tuesday after a better-than-expected report on U.S. consumer confidence in June helped soothe investor concerns about the economy’s ability to match expectations built into the market’s three-month rally.

The Conference Board reported its U.S. Consumer Confidence Index slipped to 83.5 in June from 83.6 in May. Economists in a Reuters survey had predicted the June number would come in at 82.4.

“(The consumer confidence index) was a decent number and people are breathing a sigh of relief,” said Tony Cecin, managing director at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. “There’s still concern for earnings going forward and people feel things are getting better, but they still need signs to evaluate that.”

Currently, the DOW is up 60.

Insane Clown Posse

Despite the fact that almost everyone on the planet is recognizing that the Supreme Court decisions on the Michigan Affirmative Action cases are a victory for Affirmative Action and racial preferences, the Insane Clown Posse (my name for the Atrios subsitutes) is upset. Let’s review the remarks about the ruling:

NAACPKweisi Mfume, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the court provided universities with a roadmap for constructing lawful affirmative action programs.

“The Michigan model now becomes the operative model for both graduate and undergraduate affirmative action programs,” he said in an interview.

Linda ChavezIn two split decisions, the Supreme Court today ruled that minority applicants may be given an edge when applying for admissions to universities, but limited how much a factor race can play in the selection of students.

The NY TimesJustices preserved affirmative action in university admissions by a narrow margin but with a forceful endorsement of the role of racial diversity on campus.

Even the National Review thinks this was a victory for Affirmative Action:

President Bush’s statement on the Supreme Court’s Michigan rulings is a major letdown: “I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing the value of diversity on our Nation’s campuses.” Oh, please. There is precious little to “applaud” here. More Bush: “Today’s decisions seek a careful balance between the goal of campus diversity and the fundamental principle of equal treatment under the law.” Perhaps the rulings do “seek” such a thing, but they do not in fact achieve it. Not even close. Color-coded admissions will be in our future for a long time.

Interesting. Seems like a win, right? Not to the mouth-breathing Insane Clown Posse:

Yes, the Supremes upheld race-based criteria in college admissions in Grutter v. Bollinger, but just as with the relentless whittling away at Roe v. Wade, this is a strategy of death by a thousand cuts. With Gratz, Rehnquist continues his life’s work hamstringing minority advancement, and validates all over again Chris Rock’s mordant observation: “There ain’t a white person in this room who would trade places with me–and I’m rich.”

No wonder they are the fringe- they can’t even claim victory when it is announced for them on the front page of every newspaper and the lead story on every television broadcast. Not surprising from people whose observations on political policy are based upon stand-up comedy.

This Sounds Great

Thought your awkward teenage years were difficult? Imagine them naked:

On the third-to-last day of summer camp, the temperature has risen to 98 degrees, and even the troupers have begun to whine.

“I don’t want to play strip volleyball!” complained Jane Jeffries, 13, her sunburned shoulders sagging. “I want to play regular volleyball.”

Halie Nelson, 14, agreed, “Yeah, I’d rather get all the clothes off, and keep all the clothes off.”

Here at the Youth Leadership Camp run by the American Association for Nude Recreation, the dress code for regular volleyball and for the pudding toss, mini-golf and campfire sing-alongs is the same as it is for skinny dipping.

One more reason to love my parents- I never had to attend nude camp. Baseball must be terrifying, at least for the male batters.

Medicare Malfeasance

Does anyone know if this 400 billion dollar vote-buying scheme known as the prescription drug benefit is going to be means tested?

Hideous Amendments

TalkLeft discussed a proposed constitutional amendment that you should be against:

This should be getting more attention. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and r Jon Kyl (D-AZ) have successfully pushed their proposed Victim’s Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution through a Senate Panel vote. But the bill has many detractors in Congress.

Every Democrat on the panel voted against her. Think about it for a moment. A constititutional amendment? Why? Wouldn’t a federal law do, if that’s what Congress wants to pass?

Jeralynn has a detailed article here.