January 25, 2009
THE WHITE HOUSE is kinda friendly with Google, according to this report.
THE WHITE HOUSE is kinda friendly with Google, according to this report.
LOTS OF HALF-PRICE exercise and outdoor stuff. The economic slowdown does mean big savings, at least. The Insta-Daughter saved her Christmas money and has been hitting the desperation sales lately; she scored big yesterday on clothes she had looked at before Christmas, now 60 or 70% cheaper than they were a month ago.
AND WHY SHOULD THEY? The World Won’t Buy Unlimited U.S. Debt. In fact, their unwillingness to do so may be the only thing that saves us. “If any other country were to face these conditions, unpalatable measures such as severe government austerity or currency devaluation would be the only options.” Sooner or later, they’ll be our only options, too, if we keep it up.
ANDY MCCARTHY: More Eric Holder Questions.
For more than two centuries, it has been a wannabe among the great world capitals. But now, Washington is finally ready for its close-up.
No longer a jumped-up Canberra or, worse, Sacramento, it seems about to emerge as Pyongyang on the Potomac, the undisputed center of national power and influence. As a new president takes over the White House, the United States’ capacity for centralization has arguably never been greater. . . . The contrast between Washington and most of the United States has gradually become more pronounced. In good times and in bad, lawyers, lobbyists and other government retainers have continued to enrich themselves even as the Midwest industrial-belt cities have cratered and most others struggled to survive. “The vision of generations of liberals,” admitted the New Republic in the mid-1970s, “has created a prosperous and preposterous city whose population is completely isolated from the people they represent and immune from the problems they are supposed to solve.”
Not a positive development. But Washington has grown because rival power centers have suffered for their mistakes — while Washington’s mistakes produce more power for Washington. Great incentive system, huh? (Via NewsAlert).
DAN RIEHL: If there’s an emergency, why isn’t Congress acting like it’s an emergency?
POLITICAL WIRE: KARL ROVE sets up Obama on Gitmo.
On the first day of a listening tour on health care, an issue pivotal to the new Congress and his own re-election, U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd got an earful Friday.
The first comment came from a furious homeless shelter manager: He and his clients have no coverage, yet insurance giant American International Group got an $85 billion federal loan.
And don’t forget Countrywide, which gave Dodd a sweetheart mortgage whose terms he has so far refused to disclose:
Dodd was reluctant Friday to talk about one source of his poor polling: a controversy over favorable treatment extended him on mortgages by Countrywide Financial. Dodd has declined to release all relevant documents until the Senate Ethics Committee concludes its inquiry.
Asked if he still intended to wait for its conclusion before releasing the documents, Dodd said, “Not necessarily. … At some point soon we’ll do it.”
What’s the healthcare equivalent of being a “Friend of Angelo?” You can bet that if Dodd gets his way, there’ll be one, and we won’t get disclosure there, either . . . .
UPDATE: And that question is answered. It’s all at your expense, of course. But, then, what isn’t, these days?
OBAMA SEEKS SPACE WEAPONS BAN: “President Barack Obama’s pledge to seek a worldwide ban on weapons in space marks a dramatic shift in U.S. policy while posing the tricky issue of defining whether a satellite can be a weapon.”
RON ROSENBAUM: My Caroline Kennedy Theory: The Crowd at Sylvia’s Got It Right. “The mystery is why Ms. Kennedy seemed to sabotage her bid so relentlessly, turning every advantage she had into a disadvantage, as if some submerged part of her was trying to subvert the part of her that wanted to do it, become a public servant, a senator like her father, JFK.”
HE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES. The folks at Media Matters may not know the meaning of the word “despite,” but “spite,” they certainly get . . . .
Plus, from the comments: “Just think about it Althouse: that lame, laughable post about you probably cost George Soros at least a thousand dollars!” Heh.
MAKE YOUR OWN Obamicon. Heh.
HEY, MAYBE THE ECONOMY REALLY HAS TANKED! “The name of a former payday loan mogul has been scrubbed from an athletics building at the University of Tennessee after he failed to follow through on a $2 million pledge.” I mean, when loan-shark-types are feeling the pinch . . . .
SORRY, but I don’t think this meeting puts the Supreme Court “in the tank” for Obama. It’s like claims that Scalia’s hunting trip with Dick Cheney disqualified him. (When, instead, it should have gotten him a medal for courage . . . .)
WELL, THAT IS A CHANGE: Biden: I have to think about everything I say.
BUT THE PENSIONS ARE UNDERFUNDED: “Sport utility vehicles and big pickup trucks are the preferred forms of transportation among Knox County employees whose take-home vehicles have been reported so far to the County Commission task force examining fleet expenditures.”
THE EXAMINER: When state taxes rise, businesses and residents flee.
Maryland used to be in the middle of the pack of states with business-friendly environments. No more. The Tax Foundation now ranks Maryland as the sixth worst state in the nation in which to do business. Only Rhode Island, Ohio, California, New York, and New Jersey are more hostile to job- and revenue-producing enterprises. Maryland’s “remarkable drop” – from 24th in 2008 to 45th place this year – is attributed to last year’s passage of the largest tax hike in state history, coupled with other major tax policy changes that also put the Free State dead last in the personal income tax category. . . . Decades of empirical research prove that economic growth in high-tax states consistently lags behind states with lower tax burdens. The 10 states with the lowest taxes also attracted almost 10 percent more new residents during the last decade than their high-tax counterparts. Just last year, 144,000 people fled from California’s punishing taxes, the highest state-to-state migration in the U.S. The ramifications of losing revenue-producing businesses and highly-skilled workers to lower-tax states should by now be apparent even to big-spending governors like Maryland’s Martin O’Malley and California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger – long-term economic decline.
You’d think. And yet . . . .
HMM: ‘Shovel-ready’ criteria puzzles local officials. “A group of the region’s leaders told U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd Friday afternoon that they are skeptical of and confused by key aspects of a potential economic stimulus package Congress hopes to pass by the middle of next month.”
Plus this: “Oefinger, like others, expressed concern that the stimulus will not provide long-term benefits or jobs. ‘I think it’s going to be dumping a lot of money down the rat hole and not have a lot to show for it,’ he said.” Gee, do you think? Meanwhile, it’s now been 185 days since Dodd promised to release those Countrywide mortgage documents.
CENTRALIZING POWER: “Already Obama is moving to create perhaps the most powerful staff in modern history – a sort of West Wing on steroids that places no less than a half-dozen of his top initiatives into the hands of advisers outside the Cabinet. President Barack Obama is taking far-reaching steps to centralize decision-making inside the White House, surrounding himself with influential counselors, overseas envoys and policy ‘czars’ that shift power from traditional Cabinet posts.” Enough with the “czars” already.
HEH. Cover blown.
AMERICAN COLLEGES recruit students in Iraq. “Academics and administrators from 24 American universities are in Iraq this week to lend support to an ambitious planned overhaul of Iraqi higher education and to stage student-recruitment fairs in Baghdad and the northern city of Sulaymaniyah.”
HOWARD KURTZ RENAMES MSNBC “The Obama Network.”
HOLLYWOOD won’t give up on Bush.
ROGER KIMBALL: Sanity and Principle at Ford Motor Company: “Will wonders never cease? The head of a major (well, formerly major) American company has said No to a government hand out! Yes, really. Well, sort of.” Read the whole thing.
JOHN STOSSEL: Don’t Panic! “Have we become so fragile that we can’t handle any recession?”
HOPE THEY TURN OUT TO BE RIGHT: Air Travel Won’t Suck in 2093.
ROGER SIMON: Gaza Aftermath: Dinner With Friends in Dark Times.
JOHN AND BARACK AND TED AND CAROLINE.
UPDATE: What Maureen Dowd misses is that both Blagojevich and Paterson rolled Obama on Senate picks. And rubbed it in, hard.
Related thoughts from Don Surber: “Sen. Gillibrand’s major crime seems to be that she is 15 years younger and better looking than Miss Dowd. The biggest obstacle a woman faces in seeking a high office is other women.” Speaking of rubbing it in.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Kennedy Family “Furious” with Paterson.
IN THE MAIL: Samuel Huntington’s Who Are We: The Challenges to America’s National Identity.
IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET USED TO A NEW HOUSE: “Some beginnings are easier than others — for the Obama team, getting in is half the battle… Shortly after 4 p.m., the stench of smoke began filtering back to the press booths in the White House. . . . The culprit? None other than Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton who — on his third day in the White House — was still having a little trouble working the door. Trying to get into the briefing room from the outside, Burton inadvertently short circuited the electronic door opener, causing small plumes of smoke to fill into the inside of the briefing room.”
UPDATE: An amusing Far Side angle.
FAMILY AFFAIR: “Dismissed for 175 years as a fake, a letter threatening the assassination of President Andrew Jackson has been found to be authentic. And, says the director of the Andrew Jackson Papers Project at the University of Tennessee, the writer was none other than Junius Brutus Booth, father of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.”
DAVE KOPEL looks at inaugural coverage.
HEH. I almost went with this take, too.
TALKLEFT: Obama’s Phony Ban on Lobbyists.
IF THERE’S GOING TO BE A FAIRNESS DOCTRINE, should it apply to Whitehouse.gov? “Whitehouse.gov is a primary means of communication from the federal government to citizens, and is a tax-funded resource. Of all places that should be subject to federal speech requirements, shouldn’t it be at the top of the list?”
25 PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF THE MELTDOWN: Including this one:
Christopher Dodd, chairman, Senate banking committee (Democrat)
Consistently resisted efforts to tighten regulation on the mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He pushed to broaden their role to dodgier mortgages in an effort to help home ownership for the poor. Received $165,000 in donations from Fannie and Freddie from 1989 to 2008, more than anyone else in Congress.
Plus, the sweetheart deal from Countrywide. Don’t forget that . . . . Oh, wait, here it is:
Angelo Mozilo, Countrywide Financial
Known as “the orange one” for his luminous tan, Mozilo was the chairman and chief executive of the biggest American sub-prime mortgage lender, which was saved from bankruptcy by Bank of America. BoA recently paid billions to settle investigations by various attorney generals for Countrywide’s mis-selling of risky loans to thousands who could not afford them. The company ran a “VIP programme” that provided loans on favourable terms to influential figures including Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate banking committee, the heads of the federal-backed mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and former assistant secretary of state Richard Holbrooke.
Good thing none of these “Friends of Angelo” are in important positions now!
I should plan another Cayman trip, just to be on the safe side. What, you want me to take a pill?
STILL MORE on Robert Reich’s racial views. “Mr. Reich’s comments–and the culture of coercive political correctness out of which they emerged–deserve much more public exposure and criticism than they have yet received.”
BLOWHARDS: Wind Power on Nantucket Sound.
ANOTHER ONE: “The former Senate Majority Leader for New York, Joseph L. Bruno, was charged with mail and wire fraud in an eight count Indictment.”
People pretty much agree that politicians are crooks — and then somehow think they can be trusted with money and power more than folks in the private sector. Uh huh.
POLITICO: Bush’s legal foes now Obama’s legal team. I just hope that Justice Department hiring in general won’t be politicized like it was under Bush.
GET USED TO IT: Dolls Resembling Daughters Displease First Lady.
“I WON:” David Bernstein comments:
Obama won by, among other things, promising a net decrease in federal spending. Here he is during the third debate: “what I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut…. What I want to emphasize … is that I have been a strong proponent of pay-as-you-go. Every dollar that I’ve proposed, I’ve proposed an additional cut so that it matches.”
Obama would have a much better case for Republican deference to his spending plans if he had actually campaigned in favor of the most massive increase in federal spending, ever, instead of as a budget-cutter.
WEB-SITE TURNOFFS. I particularly hate the ads that default to audio on.
PJM POLITICAL: The Historic First 100 Hours!
RUSH LIMBAUGH RESPONDS TO OBAMA: “One prong of the Great Unifier’s plan is to isolate elected Republicans from their voters and supporters by making the argument about me and not about his plan. . . . Meanwhile, the effort to foist all blame for this mess on the private sector continues unabated when most of the blame for this current debacle can be laid at the feet of the Congress and a couple of former presidents. And there is a strategic reason for this.”
Plus this: “600 private jets flown by rich Democrats flew into the Inauguration. That’s fine but the auto execs using theirs is a crime? In both instances, the people on those jets arrived in Washington wanting something from Washington, not just good will.”
And a Saul Alinsky quote.
UPDATE: Don Surber:
President Obama is willing to talk to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without preconditions. But Rush Limbaugh? “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.” America, we have met the enemy and he is some fat guy in Florida.
Plus, from Tom Maguire:
Why shouldn’t Republicans listen to Rush? Consider the latest WaP/ABC poll with this buried gem:
19. Generally speaking, would you say you favor (smaller government with fewer services), or (larger government with more services)?
The answer, it turns out, is that even in the current environment, post-Katrina and in the midst of the worst economy since the last bad economy (OK, 1982), 53% of the respondents plumped for “smaller government with fewer services”, in contrast with 43% backing expanded government.
Read the whole thing.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Heh. “Of course you know one of Rush’s comments will be: ‘If the Republicans had listened to me, you’d be sitting in Roland Burris’s seat, Obama.’”
This recession is not a failure of market economics. It is a reassertion of market economics after a decade in which we paid ourselves more than we were producing, and funded it precariously and temporarily by complicated credit instruments that it took a while for the market to rumble. Now a prosperity that always baffled ordinary citizens has collapsed. The collapse of confidence is not irrational; it’s the correction to a long run of irrational confidence. All that stuff about the emerging Asian giants wasn’t just phrasemaking for party conference speeches. It was true. We’re falling behind. We face a mountain of debt: the difference between the life we are able to sustain and the life we were enjoying.
The “stimulus” isn’t about fixing things — it’s an embodiment of Rhett Butler’s theory of wealth accumulation in bad times. My take remains this one: “This is not so much a stimulus, as a massive transfer of wealth from the politically unconnected to the politically connected.”
MICHAEL SILENCE THINKS POLITIFACT is playing games with Obama’s promises. See the updates.
I can see both sides of this, but it certainly adds to the perception that Big Media folks are bending over backwards to cut him slack. Or, you know, just bending over . . . .
STEVEN LANDSBURG SAYS THAT EVEN WITH THE RECESSION, THINGS AREN’T SO BAD: “Start with this: You are better off than you were four years ago. After adjusting for inflation, the average American earns about $2500 a year more today than on the day of W’s second inaugural. That same average American now spends a little less time at the office or on the assembly line, and a little more time on vacation or on the couch. He or she shops online for products that were unimaginable just four years ago. (How many of you read this morning’s paper on your Kindle or iPhone?) The air is cleaner than it was a decade ago and life expectancy is up.” Read the whole thing.
Including this warning:
In the long run we have nothing to fear but fear itself–and the rush to poor judgment that is the spawn of fear. Poor judgment makes people say things like “Hey! This new guy in town seems likable and right-minded. Let’s give him everything he’s asking for so he can take care of us.” We’ve been down that road before. I’m hoping for some change I can believe in.
BOSTON HERALD: Barney Frank’s Hypocrisy:
Ah, the dirty little secret is out. That $700 billion TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) bill was in part simply a variation on congressional pork – except this time the recipients were banks with friends in high places.
One of those powerful friends was Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. And one of the recipients of a $12 million infusion of federal cash was the troubled OneUnited Bank in Boston – a bank that had already been accused of “unsafe and unsound banking practices.” Its CEO, Kevin Cohee had also been criticized by regulators for “excessive” pay that included a Porsche.
Frank admits he included language in the TARP legislation specifically designed to bail out OneUnited. He also acknowledges contacting officials at the Treasury Department about the bank’s bailout application.
Transferring wealth from the politically unconnected to the politically connected. Hope and Change!
DAVID POST ON LIBERTARIAN AND FEMINIST VIEWS OF AUTONOMY.
POLITICO: Dems Wrestle With Ethics Problems.
Even as President Obama has instituted tough new ethics guidelines for administration officials, House Democrats continue to wrestle with the ethics problems of two of their most senior members—Reps. John Murtha (Pa.) and Charlie Rangel (N.Y.).
While neither case directly involves the Obama team, the allegations leveled against Murtha and Rangel open Democrats up to charges that even as their president preaches change, his party remains mired in traditional transactional politics.
Charges that seem quite well-founded, I’d say . . . .
THEY TOLD ME THERE WAS A REVOLUTION COMING. I didn’t know they meant a wine-box revolution.
ACTUALLY, I THINK THAT’S PRETTY MUCH THE POLICY: “Is he also going to end torture, except where it might yield useful information?”
CHRIS DODD — A “CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE?”
The country will continue to suffer hard times until credit starts to flow again and people begin to regain confidence in the economy, U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., told Eastern Connecticut leaders Friday. “It’s a crisis of confidence,” Dodd, chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, told the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments.
Of course, one reason for losing confidence appears later in the story: “Dodd is being investigated for possible ethics violations in connection with discount mortgages he received from Countrywide Home Mortgages during his committee chairmanship.”
FROM EXTREME MORTMAN, an extreme goodbye. Extremism in pursuit of Mortman is no vice.
WERE OBAMA’S ATTACKS ON LIMBAUGH AND FOX A MISTAKE? “Beyond the absurdity of a Democrat barking orders at his political opposition, he’s especially foolish to air his fear of Limbaugh and talk radio in a public setting.”
Plus this: “I’m picturing Rush delirious with glee, pacing the cavernous rooms of his mansion, booming out monologues to his kitty cat Pumpkin, as he waits for Monday noon to finally roll around. This will be good.”
What about all that bombing villages and killing civilians talk? No longer operative, I guess.
UPDATE: Charges of racism. “Was that too harsh? No? OK, let’s try again: the antiwar movement is run by racists who only like brown people when they can be used as clubs with which to beat anybody to the antiwar movement’s Right. Well, anyone to their Right, and Jews.” That is a little harsh, isn’t it?
ANOTHER UPDATE: Moe Lane emails: “Hey, I’ve been saving this up for years. I knew that these people would flip their rhetoric once a Democrat was in office; that wouldn’t have been so bad, except that they’re going to try to pretend that (as their favorite work of porn puts it) Oceania was always at war with Eurasia. So now that this day is here, time to start kicking. :)”
Don’t I know it. My office has been like a meatlocker lately.
LOU DOBBS TAKES ON Robert Reich’s racial views. “What In The World Is He Thinking?”
MORE EMBYRONIC STEM-CELL RESEARCH, this time in Britain. I’m fine with that. Funny the extent to which the Brits are taking their cues from America on this, though.
IN THE MAIL: Daniel Suarez’s Daemon. Unlike most in-the-mails, this wasn’t sent by the publisher; I ordered it at reader Mike Daley’s suggestion. Er, or insistence. It’s blurbed by a lot of bigshots, from Craig Newmark to Stewart Brand.
NOT MUCH MURTHA SCANDAL COVERAGE YET:
Two firms funded with over $100 million in earmarks from the Democratic Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, John Murtha, were raided and temporarily shut down yesterday by the FBI and IRS. Surprised that you didn’t hear about such big news? Well, it did manage to hit page A6 of the Wall Street Journal today.
Here’s the WSJ story. I don’t think they’re going to be able to downplay this one.
IS HIGHER EDUCATION the next bubble? I sure hope not!
But how likely is that? It’s not like prices have outrun inflation because of easy credit that people can’t afford anymore. That’s what it takes to have a bubble. So, no worries.
MAD MAGAZINE going quarterly? I’m not surprised. I picked up a copy a few months ago, and it just wasn’t very funny.
UPDATE: Bill Quick agrees.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Alex Bensky writes:
I can’t say I care one way or the other if Mad goes quarterly. I use it as one of the significant signs of the cultural collapse, and I’m serious about this.
I can still remember articles and parodies from back in the sixties. I don’t find it funny anymore but that may well be me. However, what is interesting is how they approach their target audience, which I assume is still pre-adolescents, adolescents, and post-adolescent adolescents like me.
I recall one parody of the Kennedy family, a mock musical that used tunes from “HMS Pinafore.” Notice the assumption that at least some of the audience would get it. They did a parody of Mark Antony’s funeral oration (“For Brutus wails that Ceasar had big eyes, And Brutus is a cool cat. So are all of the cats in that combo, cool cats…”) It was no spot on that my mother, who either had a refined sense of humor or no sense of humor at all, actually chuckled at it.
In other words, they assumed a level of cultural literacy substantially higher than they do today, except for pop culture. There is virtually no reference to any cultural milieu except that and certainly little, if any, to books. I would guess the reason why they don’t have parodies of famous poems now (the Don Martin version of “The Highwayman,” using Noyes’s poetry with biker gang illustrations, is priceless) because their target group wouldn’t get it and, more, would resent knowing that they don’t.
The language and subject matter is much coarser, it’s more overtly political. We do need a national humor magazine but it’s been years since this was it. Sad, and I don’t think my view is just a function of my age.
Yes, that’s what I noticed, too.
Plus, this: “Incredibly enough, in reporting on the hearings in his January 21st article, ‘Clinton Is Approved, but Vote on Holder Is Delayed,’ David Stout of the New York Times not only fails to mention Dr. Halbrook’s testimony but actually makes the flatly erroneous claim that ‘No one has questioned Mr. Holder’s qualifications.’”
Full disclosure: I blurbed Halbrook’s book on the Second Amendment. Judging by the Amazon ranking, it’s still selling very well.
IRAN IN SCRAMBLE FOR fresh uranium supplies. Well, Hillary, how about making sure they don’t get them?
DON SURBER HAS his own list of most influential media liberals.
MICHAEL SILENCE: Obama Has Already Raised Taxes.
UPDATE: A commenter at Silence’s place says Politifact has backed off that claim.
KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND puts Obama on hold. Well, she won.
UPDATE: I like her already: Gillibrand: Loves the NRA and NARAL in Equal Measure.
HEY, IT WORKED BEFORE, DIDN’T IT? Firms that got bailout money keep lobbying.
BAILOUT BLUES: Small Business to Get Short Shrift from Obama Administration. “Entrepreneurs will face a slew of new taxes, a stifling regulatory environment, and politicians who bail out the well-connected.” Sounds like a formula for economic success!
BLOGGING A SPONTANEOUSLY RUPTURED SPLEEN. My spleen-rupture required another kid to push me off a wall. The push — I think — was spontaneous, but the rupture, well, not so much.
HEH: “Did you hear the one about how after Barack Obama became president this week he found out the economy was worse than he thought—so he had to lay off 17 journalists.”
WILL OBAMA PUSH TO revive the fairness doctrine? Worries based on Eric Holder’s “evasive” statements.
HEY, MAYBE HE CAN GET AN AIR AMERICA GIG IF THIS PRESIDENT THING DOESN’T WORK OUT: Obama Zings Rush Limbaugh. It’s good news for Limbaugh, anyway. If he can get Obama to do this a few more times, he’s set for the four years . . . .
UPDATE: A reader emails: “Glenn, if Rush can bait Obama into mentioning him a few more times, the revival of the Fairness Doctrine will be impossible, as it will seem petty and reminiscent of Nixon’s enemies list.” We may already be there.
FOR SOME IN EURO ZONE, dream turns nightmarish. “Now, in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the euro’s birth, a new view is emerging — especially as the creditworthiness of Greece, Spain and Portugal, one after the other, has been downgraded. The view is that the balm of euro membership allowed these countries to gloss over serious economic problems that have now roared to the fore.”
FUNNY, HE DOESN’T LOOK NEOISH: Obama the Neoconservative?
HOPE AND CHANGE! Obama Sides With Bush in Spy Case. “The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants.” Meet the new boss, yada yada.
UPDATE: A reader points out that not long ago the warrantless eavesdropping program was a sign of incipient fascism. But now it’s hope and change!
BUT WILL IT TASTE LIKE GIN? Ethanol fuel from pine needles.
YOU CAN SEE THE INSTAWIFE ON THE BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL TONIGHT AT 8 PM, talking about serial killers.
CAR LUST: THE JOYS OF THE Porsche 959.
APTERA UPDATE: “Aptera Motors has rolled out the first pre-production model of the 2e, an all-electric three-wheeled two-seater that gets the equivalent of 200 mpg and goes 100 miles on a charge. It’s a significant milestone for the Southern California startup, which plans to put the first cars in driveways by Halloween and looks like a contender to win the $10 million Progressive Automotive X Prize.” I’d like one.