Archive for October, 2009

October 29, 2009

ROGER SIMON: Should I Read The New Healthcare Bill Or Finish Remembrance of Things Past?

October 29, 2009

A REPORT ON THE Hoffman, Owens, Scozzafava Debate.

October 29, 2009

BATS DO IT, CATS DO IT, EVEN PEOPLE WITH TACKY TATS DO IT: Fellatio keeps male fruit bats keen.

Okay, the cats, not so much. But I needed a rhyme. (Via Hot Air.)

October 29, 2009

WHY CREIGH DEEDS IS LOSING: “It’s not that Bob McDonnell can sincerely compliment his opponent; it’s that Creigh Deeds doesn’t dare.”

October 29, 2009

MARKDOWNS ON reconditioned power tools.

October 29, 2009

CHANGE: Top Obama fundraisers get posts. “More than 40% of President Obama’s top-level fundraisers have secured posts in his administration, from key executive branch jobs to diplomatic postings in countries such as France, Spain and the Bahamas, a USA TODAY analysis finds.”

October 29, 2009

MURTHA / PMA UPDATE: Seven members of House defense subcommittee scrutinized by ethics investigators.

The investigations by two separate ethics offices include an examination of the powerful subcommittee chairman, John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), as well as others who helped the PMA Group secure earmarks for clients. The lawmakers received campaign contributions from the firm and its clients. Records obtained by The Washington Post show that the members under scrutiny also include Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.), James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) , C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.).

The records also indicate that the House ethics committee staff recently interviewed the staff of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) about the lawmaker’s allegation that a PMA lobbyist threatened him in 2007 when he resisted steering federal funds to a PMA client. The lobbyist told a Nunes staffer that if the lawmaker didn’t help, the defense contractor would move out of Nunes’s district and take dozens of jobs with him.

Read the whole thing.

October 29, 2009

STUDENT JOURNALISTS FACE CHARGES FOR REPORTING. More here.

October 29, 2009

MEGAN MCARDLE:

So GDP grew at 3.5% in the third quarter? Are we out of the woods yet?

Maybe. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

Me neither.

October 29, 2009

POWER LINE: Scozzafava sinking, Hoffman rising, Newt erring.

October 29, 2009

TENNESSEE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Landlords Can Ban Tenants’ Guns.

October 29, 2009

WELL, I’VE ACTUALLY STARTED MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, so I guess this Christmas toy list isn’t too early.

October 29, 2009

A FIVE MINUTE REVIEW of the Verizon Droid phone by Motorola.

October 29, 2009

THE NINE MOST ECCENTRIC EXOPLANETS found so far. I think it’s just cool that you can make a list like this.

October 29, 2009

FOR HALLOWEEN, build your own Surveillance Pumpkin.

October 29, 2009

MESSAGE CONTROL: Attorney General Eric Holder Tries to Kill a TV ad for School Vouchers. (Via NewsAlert.)

October 29, 2009

THE MUDVILLE GAZETTE: Saluting the Camera at Dover.

October 29, 2009

CAN THE UNIVERSITIES BE SAVED? A debate.

October 29, 2009

REASON TV ANNOUNCES October’s Nanny Of The Month.

October 29, 2009

FIGHTING BRAIN TUMORS with chemotherapy and electric fields.

October 29, 2009

ANN ALTHOUSE: “The word ‘dithering’ has really attached itself to Obama.”

October 29, 2009

TESTOSTERONE: The enforcer of justice?

October 29, 2009

THE POLITICS OF vaccine shortages.

October 29, 2009

WHY RUSHING CARS TO MARKET is usually a mistake.

October 29, 2009

“YOU ARE THE ESTABLISHMENT.” Heh. Somebody send a link to Valerie Jarrett.

October 29, 2009

JIM GERAGHTY: Democrats Ask New Jersey Secretary of State to Ignore Mismatched Signatures on Absentee Ballot Requests. “Those ballots, could, presumably, be used to overcome any narrow lead by Republican Chris Christie over Democrat Jon Corzine on Election Day.”

Call it the “ACORN Rule.”

October 29, 2009

TAKE THAT, SENATE: The House Nationalized Healthcare Bill is 1,990 pages long. That’s roughly 33% longer than the Senate bill.

UPDATE: Access Denied. Plus this: “This is a public space on the steps of the Capitol and the Mall.” But as with “public healthcare,” some members of the public turn out to be more equal than others.

October 29, 2009

IN THE MAIL: Strip Mauled. From the creator of Chicks in Chainmail.

October 29, 2009

TWO SHOT AT L.A. SYNAGOGUE: “Officer Rosario Herrera says a black man with a handgun entered the synagogue at about 6:20 a.m. Thursday and shot two people. Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime.”

I remarked last night that we seem to have had a lot of counterterror activity lately. No particular reason to think this is connected, but note this. Also this. But most likely it’s just a coincidence.

October 29, 2009

YOUR ANALYSIS IS FLAWED; IT DOESN’T REACH OUR DESIRED CONCLUSION: Kerry wants Law Library report on Honduras retracted. “A month ago, the Law Library of Congress reviewed the removal of Manuel Zelaya from his post as President of Honduras, an act that the Obama administration called a ‘coup’ and demanded reversed for its illegality. To the embarrassment of the White House and State Department, the Congressional body determined that Honduras acted lawfully in removing Zelaya for his crimes against their constitution, although they determined that his exile broke Honduran law. Now John Kerry wants the Law Library to retract its findings, apparently trying to rewrite history to hide the facts of the case.”

October 29, 2009

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Knoxville, Tennessee. Krutch Park reflected in the window of the S&W Grand Restaurant on Gay Street.

October 29, 2009

IF FOX ISN’T A “LEGITIMATE NEWS OUTLET,” does that mean the Obama Administration will go after them using Campaign Finance laws? Not until the second term, probably.

October 29, 2009

KENNETH ANDERSON: UN Special Rapporteur Criticizes US Predator Program in UN Speech.

If it’s working, it must violate some international law somehow.

October 29, 2009

BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Obama unhappy with criticism of his NYC date night.

October 29, 2009

STEPHEN LANDSBURG IS tackling the big questions.

Oh, okay, and also promoting his book.

October 29, 2009

NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS: First-time jobless claims drop less than expected. “The report comes the same day the Commerce Department said the economy grew at a 3.5 percent pace in the July-September quarter, snapping a streak of four straight quarters of decline. But the economy isn’t growing quickly enough to spur much hiring.”

October 29, 2009

LARRY KUDLOW: Economic Freedom Fighters Must Unite.

October 29, 2009

INSTAVISION: I talk with Sen. Lamar Alexander about the Obama White House, enemies lists and modern politics.

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October 29, 2009

POLITICO: Nervous W.H. intervened in N.J. race; top Obama adviser now in charge. “One of President Barack Obama’s key political advisers has become the central strategist in New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s bruising campaign for re-election, a race the White House desperately wants to win to avert the consequences for its own agenda of a Republican winning in a traditionally Democratic state.”

October 29, 2009

DID SOMEBODY lie to Newt Gingrich?

UPDATE: But see this.

To my mind, it’s more important — as noted in the Lamar Alexander interview above — that people not divide into permanently warring camps than that anything in particular happen in this election. The nice thing about NY-23 is that it’s an opportunity to send a message at low cost, but the cost won’t be low if it produces long-running enmity. Instead, it should be a spur for people to get involved in politics at the state and local level now, rather than complaining about the nominees later. Follow Bill Whittle’s advice!

October 29, 2009

GOOD NEWS: U.S. Economy Is Growing Once Again. But here’s a cautionary note: “But we don’t think that rate of growth is sustainable because it is distorted by all the government stimulus. The challenge here is to get organic growth – growth that isn’t helped by fiscal steroids.”

October 29, 2009

FOR HALLOWEEN: Slutty Nun costumes?

October 29, 2009

OLD HAT:

Democrats in Washington have a bigger problem: Their party is looking so yesterday.

In a world defined by nearly 100,000 iPhone apps, a world of seemingly limitless, self-defined choice, the Democrats are pushing the biggest, fattest, one-size-fits all legislation since 1965. And they brag this will complete the dream Franklin D. Roosevelt had in 1939.

The culture still believes the U.S. has a hipster for president. But the Obama health-care bill, and maybe this whole administration, is starting to look totally out of sync with the new zeitgeist, the spirit of the age.

Everything about the health-care exercise is looking very old hat, starting with the old guys working on it. Max Baucus, Patrick Leahy, Pete Stark—all were elected to Congress in the 1970s, and live on as the immortals in Washington’s Forever Land. But it’s more than the fact that Congress looks old. The health-care bill is big, complex, incomprehensible and coercive—all the things people hate nowadays.

Well, except for people in Washington. (Via The Virginian).

October 29, 2009

YOU MUST GIVE UP HOT SHOWERS TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING.

October 29, 2009

YOUR TAX DOLLARS USED AGAINST YOU. “This Friday, taxpayer funded researchers will brief politicians in Congress on how to improve their approval ratings by avoiding face-to-face townhall meetings with voters.”

Don Surber comments: “After reading this, I am sure many people will lay down their pitchforks and torches — and pick up their tar and feathers.” That’s starting to sound like a theme . . . .

October 29, 2009

YOU LIE? A.P.: Feds Overstated Stimulus Jobs By Thousands:

WASHINGTON — The federal government overstated by thousands the number of jobs created or saved with contracts awarded to businesses under President Barack Obama’s economic recovery program, according to an Associated Press review of employment data in the plan’s first progress report.
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For example:

• A company working with the Federal Communications Commission reported that stimulus money paid for 4,231 jobs, when about 1,000 were produced.

• A Georgia community college reported creating 280 jobs with recovery money, but none was created from stimulus spending.

• A Florida child care center said its stimulus money saved 129 jobs but used the money on raises for existing employees.

Perhaps this will stimulate some skepticism where their health care claims are concerned.

October 29, 2009

WHAT EVERY WOMAN NEEDS: “A new lipgloss from British cosmetics company 2LoveMyLips comes with a spike detector to identify GHB and ketamine in drinks.” Reportedly, it’s “already a hit in Britain.”

October 29, 2009

A SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH for the Ares 1-X prototype.

October 29, 2009

CONFUCIAN WISDOM from Jeff Flake.

October 29, 2009

DO ALL CHINESE LOOK ALIKE to Anita Dunn? “Obama Communications Director Anita Dunn says she was only cribbing from Lee Atwater when she approvingly quoted from Mao Tse-Tung in a graduation speech. … Funny thing, though. I can’t find a place where Atwater cited Mao. I can find lots of places where Atwater referenced Sun Tzu, whose Art of War he supposedly carried around in dog eared form.”

October 29, 2009

IT’S NOT PHOTO-PLAGIARISM, it’s homage.

October 29, 2009

MAKING MISCHIEF with Col. Sanders.

October 28, 2009

AT HOT AIR: Video: Steve King grills NFL commissioner on hypocrisy over Limbaugh.

October 28, 2009

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE slides on worsening jobs picture. “The Consumer Confidence Index, released by The Conference Board, sank unexpectedly to 47.7 in October — its second-lowest reading since May.” The slide, like that in housing, was “unexpected.”

October 28, 2009

FORTUNATE SON.

October 28, 2009

SOME VERY NICE ANNIVERSARY THOUGHTS from Dana Loesch.

October 28, 2009

OOPS: “The government has failed dramatically in its effort to make the swine flu vaccine widely available.”

Related: ABC News: White House Refuses to Say President Obama is Pleased with Smoothness of H1N1 Vaccination Efforts.

UPDATE: Why you can’t get the Swine Flu vaccine. “U.S. regulations are too cautious. Europe has adopted a more sensible approach.”

October 28, 2009

THE NATIONALIZATION OF YOUR CHILDREN. In Britain, anyway. My advice: Buy a gun. Oops! Too late for that . . . .

Not too late to stock up on tar and feathers, though. They’d never dare to do this sort of thing to subcultures they’re afraid of . . . .

October 28, 2009

HMM: F.B.I. Raid Kills Islamic Group Leader in Michigan. “Federal agents on Wednesday fatally shot a man they described as the leader of a violent Sunni Muslim separatist group in Detroit. The 53-year-old leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, was killed in one of three raids conducted in and around the city, in which six followers of his were taken into custody. . . . Mr. Abdullah, the authorities said, led a faction of a group called the Ummah, meaning the Brotherhood, which advocates the establishment of a separate nation within the United States governed by Islamic laws. He was one of 11 men from Detroit and Ontario whom the authorities had charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.” Is it just me, or are there an awful lot of domestic counterterror operations going on these days?

October 28, 2009

REASON TV: Radicals for Capitalism: Celebrating the Enduring Legacy of Ayn Rand.

October 28, 2009

VERONIQUE DE RUGY: We Are Living In An Ayn Rand Novel.

October 28, 2009

DELUSIONS OF POWERLESSNESS:

Even more risible, though, is the claim that the administration “is going to speak truth to power.” Hello, Valerie? Your boss is the president of the United States! No one is more powerful. As we suggested Friday, it really seems as if Obama and his men do not understand what it means to be president. Because their power is constrained–thank you, Founding Fathers!–they labor under the delusion that they are powerless.

Yet while this is all hilarious, it is also scary when you think it through. Great power entails great responsibility. There is little to suggest that Obama and his aides appreciate their responsibility, and much, including their incessant complaining that the previous president did a lousy job, to suggest an attitude of total irresponsibility.

The job of those in power is not to “speak truth to power,” though it would be nice if they spoke the truth once in a while.

Ouch.

UPDATE: Reader Allen S. Thorpe writes:

The link to Taranto’s taunt of Valerie Jarrett was timed well with Barbara Curtis’ latest post at PJM. These people are so steeped in Saul Alinsky that they fail to realize that they were written for people trying to topple the system and mau-mau the flakcatchers. But now THEY ARE the flack-catchers and they obviously never really understood the problems of governing. There’s a story in Newsweek about how Obama wasn’t going to be like Redford in The Candidate wondering, “What now?” (Maybe I found it on Instapundit.) But he’s finding out that governing by fiat doesn’t work for long in this country. The tags for his presidency so far seem to be Radical, Naive, FDR, Jimmy Carter, Socialism and Screw Up.

Heh. And ouch. Yeah, Alinsky’s a set of rules for annoying The Man. Not much help once you are The Man.

ANOTHER UPDATE: History.

October 28, 2009

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Armored Yeast. No, really.

October 28, 2009

MORE CARTER-ERA NOSTALGIA FROM NICK GILLESPIE: Tomorrow Is Another 1,000 Day Reign For Daniel Ortega.

October 28, 2009

MARKDOWNS ON guitars.

October 28, 2009

WELL, THE ONLY WATER CRISIS HERE IS THAT IT WON’T STOP RAINING: How California’s New Water Laws Inform the Coming National Crisis.

October 28, 2009

NEW STRATEGY: Every Road A Toll Road. “Despite the privacy issues, DC officials insist that tolling is necessary for making up for the shortfall in gasoline tax revenues. The proposed mileage tax would solve this problem by increasing motorist taxation levels by a factor of ten. The additional revenue would be diverted to spending on buses and rail service. . . . ‘Vehicles would be fitted with a GPS transponder device similar to an E-ZPass, perhaps as part of the registration process,’ Orr and Rivlin explained. ‘This device would record the type of vehicle, the distance traveled, and the time and location of travel.’”

So they tell you to drive less. You comply. Then it’s a “revenue crisis” because they’re bringing in less in gas taxes. So they respond by raising taxes, and making you install a device that lets them track wherever you drive. Yeah, that’ll fly. How about, I don’t know, tar and feathers instead?

UPDATE: A reader emails: “The more incompetent they become, the more power they demand.” Indeed.

October 28, 2009

KEITH HENNESSEY: Five Important Upcoming Senate Health Care Votes.

October 28, 2009

MARKETS IN EVERYTHING: MEGAN MCARDLE: “I’m a big fan of the Institute for Justice, which fights the good fight on issues like economic liberty and eminent domain. Today they’re launching what may be their biggest case ever: a fight to allow compensation for bone marrow donors. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act forbids people to sell their bone marrow, as well as their kidneys, lungs, and so forth. By which I don’t mean that the ban is merely stupid; I mean there’s apparently some reason to believe that Congress simply did this as a mistake, adding bone marrow into the bill at the last moment without really thinking things through.”

Shocking, that. Related: An interview with Virginia Postrel.

October 28, 2009

SHOCKING NEWS FROM SCIENCE: The Key to a Happy Marriage? A Younger, Smarter Wife (and Sex).

October 28, 2009

LARRY KUDLOW responds to Barney Frank.

October 28, 2009

I STILL PREFER PAPER BALLOTS: In Industry First, Voting Machine Company to Publish Source Code.

October 28, 2009

A MUSCLE-BOUND computer interface. “A band of electrodes attach to a person’s forearm and read electrical activity from different arm muscles. These signals are then correlated to specific hand gestures, such as touching a finger and thumb together, or gripping an object tighter than normal. The researchers envision using the technology to change songs in an MP3 player while running or to play a game like Guitar Hero without the usual plastic controller.”

October 28, 2009

JUICY ACORN NUGGETS.

October 28, 2009

GOOD ADVICE FROM FRED SMITH: GOP Should Grow the Party, Grow the Economy, Shrink the State.

October 28, 2009

GUILTY: Lemaricus Davidson jury verdicts in Christian / Newsom killings.

October 28, 2009

WHO NEEDS DONUTS? Er, everybody?

October 28, 2009

REAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: PJTV Salutes Mr. Really In Your Face Earmarker.


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October 28, 2009

MAN OF THE PEOPLE: “New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (D) has personally furnished $22.6 million of the total of $24.1 existing in his re-election campaign’s coffers — more than 90% of the total — according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.”

October 28, 2009

HMM: For first time under Obama, majority says US is on wrong track.

Related: Gloom spreads on economy, but GOP doesn’t gain.

October 28, 2009

POLITICO: Obama Already Defending His Legacy: “President Barack Obama has been in office just nine months and already he is defending his legacy, pushing back more aggressively against criticism of his record on health care, climate change, closing Guantanamo, reforming immigration laws and financial regulations and managing the war in Afghanistan.” This isn’t a good sign.

Plus this: “Democratic strategist Chris Lehane likened Obama’s recent speeches to testing out a new message with a ‘series of rolling focus groups.’” Because that’s how you build a good legacy. With focus groups.

October 28, 2009

WHAT’S WRONG with journalism school?

October 28, 2009

SEVEN QUESTIONS THAT keep physicists up at night.

October 28, 2009

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: All Falling Down. “Integral to public debt are two eternal truths: a public demands of the state ever more subsidies, and those who pay for them shrink in number as they seek to avoid the increased burden. . . . Why the pessimism? I think there are a few truths that transcend politics and remain eternal.”

October 28, 2009

A PICTURE OF THE production Aptera 2e. I’d like one.

October 28, 2009

THE ANCHORESS: Would Larry David Piss On An Image Of Obama? Of course not. That would be sacrilege.

October 28, 2009

HEALTH CARE BILL WILL BE WRITTEN ON C-SPAN: A pledge from President Obama. Er, I mean, candidate Obama. Guess it’s past the expiration date now . . . .

October 28, 2009

WELL, IT’S AN INFLATION HEDGE: Buy food – price rises are almost guaranteed.

October 28, 2009

ROUNDING UP WAR NEWS AT The Mudville Gazette.

October 28, 2009

THE EVER-EXPANDING University of Phoenix. “In the world of for-profit higher education, and higher education in general, the University of Phoenix has historically been viewed as the 800-pound gorilla. As of Tuesday, it may be more like a 1,000-pound gorilla. As Phoenix’s parent company, the Apollo Group, reported its fourth quarter and annual earnings Tuesday, it announced that the university’s enrollment of degree-seeking students grew to 443,000 as of August 2009, up 22 percent from 362,000 in August 2008. . . . About two-thirds of the university’s new students as of August are female, 27.7 percent are African-American, and about half are 30 or over.”

October 28, 2009

TAKING “SOUTHERN COMFORT FOOD” ONLINE at Papaw Tom’s. The website’s here.

And speaking of Knoxville-based Internet businesses, Tradingo is still going strong.

October 28, 2009

TRAFFIC CAMERA UPDATE: TN attorney challenging revenue-light cameras.

October 28, 2009

MICKEY KAUS: “Does Twitter maybe censor ‘curate’ the search results for its celebrity Twitterers?”

October 28, 2009

WANT TO HELP WOUNDED WARRIORS? Support Project Valour-IT.

October 28, 2009

WHY YOU SHOULD want to pay for Hulu.

October 28, 2009

OOPS: Housing sales drop “unexpectedly.”

October 28, 2009

MICHAEL YON: Colors.

October 28, 2009

RUSSIA: Rebuilding The Soviet Union.

October 28, 2009

IN THE MAIL: From Bruce Feiler, America’s Prophet: Moses and the American Story.

October 28, 2009

BONNIE ERBE: Obama Not Comfortable With Women in Basketball, Golf … or Anywhere Else. Ouch.

Related thoughts here.

UPDATE: Prof. Jacobson: In Defense Of Obama’s Guy Thing.