Archive for February, 2010

February 28, 2010

DOG BITES MAN: Eric Boehlert blows it again.

February 28, 2010

AT AMAZON, a clearance sale on clothing and luggage that ends tomorrow.

February 28, 2010

LEWIS & CLARK LAW PROFESSOR JIM HUFFMAN is challenging incumbent Ron Wyden for U.S. Senate. He gets an endorsement from Todd Zywicki.

February 28, 2010

THE ANSWER IS, ONLY THE REPUBLICANS: Politico: Edwards epilogue: Does the press really vet presidential candidates? Or Democrats who threaten the powers-that-be. Did Pravda “vet” the Politburo?

February 28, 2010

ILLINOIS: Angry commenters respond to state budget Web site.

February 28, 2010

DO WE NEED MALE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS? Depends on what you mean by “we,” doesn’t it?

Meanwhile, this piece by Tracy Quan is evergreen.

February 28, 2010

PLAYSTATION NETWORK PROBLEMS. If you’ve got one, I wouldn’t even turn it on until there’s more info, as the problem seems even to compromise offline play.

February 28, 2010

JULES CRITTENDEN IS GOBSMACKED at Joe Kennedy’s removing himself from consideration. “Almost sounds like he wants to remain gainfully employed, find his way around the block first, and not lose. Smart kid.”

February 28, 2010

HOW BAD HAS IT GOTTEN? Soros criticizes Obama’s bailouts. Though I don’t think following Soros’s advice would have helped.

February 28, 2010

RICK SANCHEZ PERFORMS ACCORDING TO EXPECTATIONS.

UPDATE: Reader Sam Dunkin writes: “I learned metric back in the ’60s studying physics. I’ll bet a LOT of people across this country don’t understand metric measurements. And as a good newscaster, (don’t know him, but presume he’s competent) he should get an English measurement figure for those folks.” Well, possibly, though I doubt he would extend the same courtesy . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader C.J. Burch isn’t impressed: “A meter is about a yard. That ain’t hard to remember and Sanchez isn’t a good journalist.”

February 28, 2010

THE BRITISH P.O.W. WHO broke into Auschwitz — and survived. (Note: This is a cool piece, and entirely safe for work, but the blog it’s part of is not, so if you go beyond the linked page, realize that.)

February 28, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Democrats’ Obama Bounce in California Disappearing. “Even Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, widely viewed just six weeks ago as a shoo-in for re-election to a fourth term, now faces the toughest race in her 28 years representing California in Congress.”

February 28, 2010

IT’S A DIRTY JOB, BUT JOHN HINDERAKER HAD TO DO IT: dissecting Frank Rich. “The Tea Party is a highly diverse movement, but you will find very few Communists in it.”

February 28, 2010

DANIEL HANNAN LEADS 300 British Tea Partiers.

February 28, 2010

WHATEVER THEY CAN THINK OF, I’D SAY: What Taxes Will States Turn To Next? The notion of just spending less doesn’t even occur to them. . . .

February 28, 2010

JOHN HINDERAKER ON CLIMATEGATE: The Big Picture.

February 28, 2010

FROM ZOMBIE, a Tea Party anniversary roundup.

February 28, 2010

MEDIA SELF-CONGRATULATION: An ironic Twitter juxtaposition.

February 28, 2010

MOE LANE: Keli Carender and the faintest whiff of panic from the NYT.

Plus, at the WaPo, “a tacit admission that the Tea Parties have pretty much brushed aside the existing, decades-old infrastructure of Lefty activist groups to become the standard by which community activism is judged.”

February 28, 2010

ANN ALTHOUSE: Al Gore would like you to lie back and accept what the government decides is good for you. “What do you make of these meanderings about capitalism and socialism? . . . And what is this ‘hatred and divisiveness’? It’s just criticism and debate.” Al’s never been very good at handling those.

February 28, 2010

BRITAIN: OVERDUE FOR A TEA PARTY MOVEMENT. UK Digital Economy Bill will wipe out indie WiFi hotspots in libraries, unis, cafes.

February 28, 2010

TELEGRAPH: British Labour Party “Infiltrated” By Islamic Radicals.

February 28, 2010

REMEMBER, THE STATE IS ALWAYS RIGHT: SWAT Team Endangers Child, Parents Charged With Child Endangerment.

February 28, 2010

SUZE ORMAN SEXISM: I watched this, too, and her bombast, punctuated with over-emphasized “sirs” and “Joes,” made me think of Keith Olbermann as well. Maybe she’s a fan? Anyway, I’ve found her show, which I used to find amusing, too irritating to enjoy for a while now. Helen and I used to watch it together, but, frankly, it’s not even up to Oprah standards these days. In particular, she’s always telling women they should consider a divorce; it’s as if she’s got something against marriage.

February 28, 2010

INTOXILYZER FAIL: Problems with D.C.’s breath alcohol machines throw DWI cases into chaos. “Some police officers told The Examiner that that top brass kept them in the dark about the machines’ accuracy problems even while drunk driving cases were routinely being dropped. On Thursday night, after The Examiner began making inquiries into the matter, a top police official sent out a copy of the Fenty administration’s statement on the matter.” I wonder if there’s a more general problem?

February 28, 2010

PUTTING THE PARTY back in “Dinner Party.”

February 28, 2010

ERIC S. RAYMOND on those disruptive smartphones.

February 28, 2010

THE GROWING THREAT OF antibiotic-resistant infections.

February 28, 2010

LAWN DARTS AND MORE: The Story Behind 5 Banned Toys and Games. And what could go wrong with the “Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab?”

Related item here.

February 28, 2010

NOT UNDERSTANDING how insurance works.

February 28, 2010

THINGS YOU NEVER HEAR: “Wow, I didn’t realize how wrong I was about everything until I read this Frank Rich column.” From Jim Treacher.

February 28, 2010

A MAINSTREAM MEME that cannot speak its name.

February 28, 2010

CHARLES RANGEL UPDATE: New York Post: Charlie The Coward.

February 28, 2010

IN THE MAIL: From John Scalzi, The God Engines.

February 28, 2010

ANDREW KLAVAN ON moving beyond the stereotypes of liberalism.

February 28, 2010

A CHART WORTH RUNNING AGAIN: From Cato: Five Decades of Federal Spending.

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I’m expecting the “interest” line to head sharply upward in the future.

UPDATE: Reader John Baker writes: “Not another hockey stick!”

February 28, 2010

ABC NEWS: Lamar Alexander: Health Care Reform a Political “Kamikaze Mission” for Democrats.

February 28, 2010

PRESS RELEASE, NEWS STORY, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? “On February 23, ABC TV Channel 7, WTRF News (Wheeling, West Virginia/ Steubenville, Ohio), posted on its website what was originally credited as a story ‘written by’ reporter Bob Westfall. Unfortunately, though, this posting was nothing but a word-for-word re-posting of Democrat Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s latest press release. There was little to no difference between Brown’s press release and the ‘story’ as posted on the ABC 7 news site.” Sadly, this isn’t new: In The Appearance of Impropriety, the chapter on plagiarism notes similar incidents. You can read that online here.

February 28, 2010

I KEEP POINTING OUT THAT IT’S A MISTAKE TO GO AFTER BLOGGERS: Whistleblower Site Back After Microsoft Withdraws Complaint. “Microsoft’s efforts to suppress a document about how to subpoena online user data backfired, leading instead to widespread attention to (and republication of) the document it tried to suppress.”

February 28, 2010

CALIFORNIA UPDATE: “Amid a crippling fiscal crisis, managers throughout California’s government have routinely allowed their employees to amass unused vacation time, enabling hundreds of workers to end their public service careers with payouts topping $100,000, a California Watch investigation has found. One worker combined vacation and compensatory time to walk away with more than $800,000, records show.”

February 28, 2010

THE DANGER OF daily aspirin.

February 28, 2010

BLIZZARDS NO BARRIER: Hartford Tea Party attendance surges. “Attendance at a Hartford rally against big government tripled this year, according to a local activist who attended, indicating sentiment against President Obama’s proposals remains strong. Lisbon resident Jen Ezzell estimated the Saturday crowd at between 300 to 400, up from 125 last year.”

February 28, 2010

“STANDING ROOM ONLY:” A report from the first British Tea Party rally.

February 28, 2010

YOU CAN CALL LAMAR ALEXANDER MANY THINGS, BUT NOT “WHISKEY-VOICED.” That’s somebody thinking in decades-old stereotypes, not actually reporting. Though I think Lamar did have a cold that day. . . .

February 28, 2010

LIFE’S PROBLEMS: Cookie dysfunction. It’s kind of like Erectile Dysfunction, only with cookies. “For many days over the course of a year, I baked perfect cookies. And then one day, I did not. And every day thereafter, I did not.”

February 28, 2010

EATING BOOGERS STIMULATES YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. So, you see, it was really a subliminal health-care reform message.

February 28, 2010

SAVE YOUR HEART by flossing?

February 28, 2010

OLD STORY: New media just sponge off old media. NEW STORY: Old media just sponge off new media for tsunami coverage. “Much of the reporting was from citizen journalists via webcams, Skype, and Ustream. Meanwhile, anchors were regularly referring to information coming to them by social networking websites such as Twitter.”

February 28, 2010

ARE WE ACTUALLY SEEING MORE BIG EARTHQUAKES? Probably not.

The Ryukyu Islands of Japan were hit with a 7.0-magnitude quake on Friday night. News of that tremor, the Haiti quake and now Chile may make it seem as if Earth is becoming ever more active. But in the grand scheme of things, geologists say this is just Mother Nature as usual.

“From our human perspective with our relatively short and incomplete memories and better and better communications around the world, we hear about more earthquakes and it seems like they are more frequent,” Arrowsmith said. “But this is probably not any indication of a global change in earthquake rate of significance.”

Coupled with better communication, as the human population skyrockets and we move into more hazardous regions, we’re going to hear more about the events that do occur, Arrowsmith added.

Just keep the New Madrid fault quiet, please.

February 28, 2010

ABORTION DOULAS offer unconditional support.

February 28, 2010

AT AMAZON, warehouse deals.

UPDATE: Reader Jim Ramsey emails:

Shame on you for making Amazon so easy to link to and to use. I probably hit them almost as many times a day as I do you (their special deals are great), and have been doing more and more shopping there. This past week, I decided to get a netbook, and after two days research and talking to lots of folks, I decided on a Toshiba 205, and then ordered it from Amazon on Thursday afternoon. Chose “Free Shipping” and expected to wait for four to nine days to get it. It arrived Friday morning, less than 24 hours after ordering it. That is pretty damned impressive. The rest of my order (who orders just one item?) is slated to arrive on Monday, all less that the advertised time for free shipping. Every time I order from Amazon, I am impressed, have never been disappointed, and have had my loyalty grow. Thanks for all you do.

I do most of my shopping on Amazon, too. It’s easy and fun.

February 28, 2010

MORE WHITE HOUSE FLICKR FUN: Caption This Photo.

February 27, 2010

A TEA PARTY ANNIVERSARY:

Keli Carender has a pierced nose, performs improv on weekends and lives here in a neighborhood with more Mexican grocers than coffeehouses. You might mistake her for the kind of young person whose vote powered President Obama to the White House. You probably would not think of her as a Tea Party type. But leaders of the Tea Party movement credit her with being the first. . . .

She, like many Tea Party members, resists the idea of a Tea Party leader — “there are a thousand leaders,” she says.

Glenn Beck? “He can be a Tea Partier, but it’s not like the movement bends to him.”

Sarah Palin? She will have to campaign on Tea Party ideas if she wants Tea Party support, Ms. Carender said, adding, “And if she were elected, she’d have to govern on those principles or be fired.”

Indeed.

February 27, 2010

READER BRENT KILPATRICK WRITES: “After watching the U.S. 4-man bobsled team win Gold for the first time in 62 years I had a thought. Since President Obama seems embarrassed by ‘American exceptionalism’ do you think he would have preferred a Bronze?”

February 27, 2010

800 BRAVE RAIN AND TSUNAMIS FOR a Tea Party in San Diego.

February 27, 2010

AL GORE CLIMBS OUT OF HIS IGLOO: “Gore might want to inform Kennedy of this whole weather-is-not-climate thing.”

February 27, 2010

KNOXVILLE GIRL wins regional spelling bee.

February 27, 2010

DOCTOR ZERO ON THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE: A Prayer From the Living World.

February 27, 2010

ROGER SIMON: Will anyone ever solve the Dubai whodunit? (UPDATED). “What indeed were the alleged Mossad assassins doing escaping to Iran?”

February 27, 2010

SAVING OR CREATING JOBS: 23,000 now expected to lose jobs after shuttle retirement. Let’s call this “creative destruction.”

February 27, 2010

LIFE WITH DOLPHINS: “That’s the delusion, built on the accidental smile.”

February 27, 2010

STIMULUS FAIL: What went wrong with the Weatherization Assistance Program.

February 27, 2010

HAWAII “DODGED A BULLET.” Some folks on Twitter seem almost disappointed. Meanwhile, remember that Chile didn’t dodge a bullet.

UPDATE: Neither did the Robinson Crusoe Islands.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A group of UT students and faculty are fine.

MORE: Some media criticism.

STILL MORE: Chile: “The situation right now is very bad.”

MORE STILL: Christopher Fountain writes: “Yeah, it was a bust, but imagine if Thailand had received that warning when the wave came their way. I mean, massive earthquake, measurable sea level rise indicating a tsunami, what’s a mother to do? I think they did the right thing.” Oh, absolutely. Even this could have killed some people in Hawaii if they’d been in or on the water. Did you see the video from Hilo Bay?

EVEN MORE: On Facebook, Anil Dash offers a horrifying thought: “Having found out Snooki is Chilean, I am dreading the inevitable ‘Snooki weighs in on the earthquake’ news interviews to come.”

Plus, tsunami video from San Diego.

February 27, 2010

FROM GREG MANKIW: Spreading the Wealth Around: Reflections Inspired by Joe the Plumber.

February 27, 2010

GATEWAY PUNDIT: 1,500 Rally at St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Anniversary Protest.

February 27, 2010

OBAMA VS. KARLOFF: Stare-down!

February 27, 2010

ILYA SOMIN on Federalism and the Akaka Bill.

February 27, 2010

DALLAS TEA PARTY ANNIVERSARY: Reader Don Brockette writes: “There seemed to be about a thousand to fifteen hundred attendees at the Dallas Tea Party today. Your boys from PJTV were the hit of the event.” Well, yeah. He sends some pics.

And here’s Steve Crowder on the stage:

February 27, 2010

MATT HAUGHEY on the Tsunami coverage: “So live news coverage in America is basically staring at webcams and reading wikipedia? Shit, I could be doing this myself.” Yep.

February 27, 2010

THE LIGHTS GO OUT on Hugo Chavez.

February 27, 2010

A REPORT FROM THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY New York Tea Party.

February 27, 2010

TOM SMITH TRIES TO RESIST TEMPTATION, and fails. “I mean dude. You’re the president. On TV all over the universe. You just gotta wait until the break. But we at the RC are above embedding the offending video. Oh OK, we’re not. But I tried at least not to. It’s hard to resist those impulses.”

February 27, 2010

HAVING FUN WITH the original Wooly Willy.

February 27, 2010

REMINDER: There’s a Tsunami Warning in Hawaii, with the Tsunami expected to strike about 11:19 am local time, 4:19 pm Eastern. And if you’re elsewhere in the mid-Pacific, you might want to check to see if you’re under a warning, too . . . .

February 27, 2010

VIDEO: First Sushi Prepared In Space.

February 27, 2010

MICHELLE MOORE will be streaming video of the St. Louis Tea Party anniversary rally. Starting right about now.

February 27, 2010

YAY! BaconFest 2010.

February 27, 2010

ANN ALTHOUSE: When the whale killed Dawn Brancheau… was it an instance of domestic violence? Nice Andre Tanneberger reference, too. . . .

February 27, 2010

OUR FINE GOVERNING CLASS: “The common thread here is a twisted sense of entitlement; all of these folks in high office encountered circumstances where the rules and laws that the rest of us have to follow proved inconvenient, too inconvenient to interrupt the important work of these important men.”

February 27, 2010

ALEX TABARROK: Insiders, Outsiders and Unemployment. “I am more worried, however, about the long term consequences of creating a dual labor market in which insiders with government or government-connected jobs are highly paid and secure while outsiders face high unemployment rates, low wages and part-time work without a career path. . . . Moreover, once an economy is in the insider-outsider equilibrium it’s very difficult to get out because insiders fear that they will lose their privileges with a deregulated labor market and outsiders focus their political energy not on deregulating the labor market but on becoming insiders.”

February 27, 2010

HOW TO Set Up the Ultimate Desktop Recording Studio. Not sure this is the “ultimate,” but it’s useful advice.

February 27, 2010

PROTESTING BUDGET CUTS IN BERKELEY: Don Surber is unimpressed.

February 27, 2010

REASON: America, These Are Your Leaders: Maxine Waters Edition. Waters / Bernanke video at the link.

February 27, 2010

TWITPIC: Tsunami warning produces gas lines in Kurtistown on the big island. It’s a good idea to keep your tank at least half-full so you can avoid these . . .

More twitter updates from Catherine Toth. And more links here, or just scroll down. More from Xeni Jardin, too.

UPDATE: Thanks to reader Joe Johnson, here’s a Kona beach webcam. Also, more on Twitter at #hitsunami.

MORE: TSUNAMI HITS POLYNESIA: “A weak tsunami has hit the Gambier islands in French Polynesia but there’s been no major damage because traffic was suspended in the region in a tsunami alert following the quake in Chile. Huge waves struck the Gambier archipelago at 6:30am on Saturday (3.30am AEDT Sunday), the high commissioner’s office in Papeete said. Sirens wailed in French Polynesia and PA systems woke up residents on Saturday to alert them about the impending waves.” Warning is important.

February 27, 2010

HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE: Former Maryland Dean Asked to Return $60k Paid for Summer Research; AG to Decide Propriety of $350k Paid for Untaken Sabbatical.

UPDATE: Are the complaints sexist?

February 27, 2010

IN THE MAIL: From Jonathan Phillips, Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades.

February 27, 2010

BANG! BANG! You’re safe!

February 27, 2010

NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT: Cybersecurity bill to give president new emergency powers.

February 27, 2010

RAND SIMBERG ON suborbital spaceflight safety.

February 27, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ETHICS PROBE! A video salute to Charlie Rangel.

February 27, 2010

HMM: Bernanke to Congress: You Are Going to Have to Cross That Fiscal Valley Yourself. “Ben Bernanke tells Congress the Federal Reserve won’t just make dollars to help the U.S. government pay off its debt.” Brian Doherty doesn’t think he really means it. I hope Brian is wrong.

February 27, 2010

THE TAMPA TEA PARTY is having its one year anniversary celebration today.

February 27, 2010

IN INMAN MAJORS’ NOVEL, THE MILLIONAIRES, a political consultant explains that there are really only two kinds of political campaigns: “A Bright New Day,” and “Back to Basics.” My guess is that 2008 shot the “Bright New Day” wad for a while, which means that a “balding, blunt, unprepossessing” Mitch Daniels may have a shot . . . .

February 27, 2010

HMM: Man who broke the Bank of England, George Soros, ‘at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro’. Bah. Soros may be trying to cash in, but I’m the one who killed the Euro. Nice little currency you got there. Be a shame if I were to buy some. . .

February 27, 2010

PJTV: Is There a Doctor in the House: Four Congressional Doctors Talk Meaningful Healthcare Reform.

February 27, 2010

ANDY MCCARTHY on the Administration’s plans for “economic transformation.” “This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you’ve calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state.”

February 27, 2010

THE MOST ETHICAL CONGRESS EVER! Rangel Won’t Step Aside After Ethics Slap.

February 27, 2010

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Toyota And The Price Of Modernity.

February 27, 2010

APPLE SHAREHOLDERS LAMBASTE AL GORE AT SHAREHOLDERS’ MEETING. Hey, they won’t dare criticize him once he’s got that honorary doctorate from UT.

February 27, 2010

SO IS THIS HOPE, OR CHANGE? Fannie Taps Treasury for $15.3 Billion More After a 10th Consecutive Quarterly Loss.