Archive for April, 2010

April 30, 2010

RICK UNGAR: When Good Networks Go Bad: The Demise Of MSNBC. The tipping point, of course, was when I left my MSNBC gig. Sorry guys, but it was just time to move on . . . .

April 30, 2010

LOOKING AT SECULAR SEX ABUSE. What, you mean that stuff happens outside of churches? Who knew?

April 30, 2010

MICKEY KAUS: “It’s getting highly annoying to hear Obama and Senate Democrats pretend that to have effective border control we have to take a package deal that includes amnesty. They’re worse than the cable company when it comes to package deals.”

April 30, 2010

CHRIS DODD TALKS TRANSPARENCY, DWELLS IN SECRECY.

April 30, 2010

GAYS UNDER THE BUS on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. “Tiretracks all across your back — I can see you’ve had your fun!”

April 30, 2010

FUEL ON THE FIRE: Arizona deputy shot with AK-47 by suspected illegal immigrant.

April 30, 2010

IRAN TRYING TO STIR UP TERRORISM IN MOROCCO.

April 30, 2010

“WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE YOU:” Designer of New York’s “Greek coffee cup” has died.

UPDATE: A reader emails that there’s a ceramic version.

April 30, 2010

RETRO-COMMERCIAL FUN: Steve Wozniak pitches the 280ZX.

April 30, 2010

HMM: OBAMA INTERVIEWS MONTANAN FOR SUPREME COURT. “President Barack Obama on Thursday interviewed federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas of Montana for an opening on the Supreme Court, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.”

And it looks like Obama may be taking my diversity advice: “The court is dominated by justices with ties to the Northeast and the Ivy League; Thomas’ career is rooted in the West — he lives in Billings, Mont., and got his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University and his law degree from the University of Montana.”

UPDATE: Reader E.L. Core writes: “Mainstream media treated Sarah Palin’s degree from the University of Idaho as an indication of her inferiority to Ivy League graduates: she couldn’t hack it in the big leagues. Think they’ll do the same with a graduate of the University of Montana if Obama nominates him to the Supreme Court? (Yes, that’s a rhetorical question.)” Yes, it is.

April 30, 2010

10 WAYS TO BECOME A FAMOUS BLOGGER. The “famous” part is kind of overrated. . . .

April 30, 2010

HE KNOWS IF JEW’VE BEEN BAD OR GOOD: Mearsheimer makes a list.

UPDATE: Noah Pollak emails a followup:

Imagine, as a thought experiment, if a white American professor gave a speech to an organization in Washington and listed, by name, “good blacks” and “bad blacks” — and added that the bad blacks aren’t just wrong, but are blindly loyal to a foreign country. That professor would be out of a job in about five minutes. Mearsheimer will get away with this.

The limit of acceptable anti-semitism has been climbing for a while, and it’s been kicked up a few notches under the current regime.

UPDATE: More on Mearsheimer. “Mearsheimer, ironically, has become the mirror image of the stereotypical pro-lsrael ‘lobbyist’ he decries. One-sided, obsessed with Israel-bashing, willing to sacrifice scholarly standards and honesty to promote his political agenda, and willfully blind to the faults of the side he supports.”

April 30, 2010

PALIN HACKER FOUND GUILTY. “A federal jury this afternoon convicted Sarah Palin e-mail intruder David C. Kernell of felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and misdemeanor unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.”

April 30, 2010

AT AMAZON, it’s the Friday Sale.

April 30, 2010

AT REASON TV, April’s Nanny Of The Month: Anti-Flag N.C. Cop Scott Hunter.

April 30, 2010

MARK LEVIN: “Why did it take President Obama 8 days to do anything regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?”

April 30, 2010

A NEW CLASS OF non-addictive painkillers.

April 30, 2010

MAKING PLASTIC from Algae?

April 30, 2010

NICOLE GELINAS: Beware Of The Muni Bond Bubble: States And Cities Can Fail As Well.

April 30, 2010

MORE PROOF OF THE UNITED NATIONS’ CHARACTER: United Nations Names Iran to Commission on the Status of Women. Note the photos demonstrating the depth of Iran’s concern.

April 30, 2010

GDP GROWTH DROPS — UNEXPECTEDLY: “In January, Barack Obama and Democrats insisted that the 5.7% annual growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2009 showed that their stimulus plan had set the American economy back on track for rapid growth and job creation. The administration needed a big number for 2010 to allay fears that unemployment would stagnate at the current high levels for the long term. Unfortunately, they didn’t get it, with the 3.2% annualized GDP rate for the first quarter of 2010 falling below analyst expectations.”

Plus this: “Capital will not flow back into the market under the conditions set by the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress over the last fifteen months. Instead, it will most likely flow overseas, in markets more friendly to capital investment, where the nation’s executive doesn’t offer off-the-cuff remarks about people making too much money.”

April 30, 2010

EXPLAINING PORN to Thomas Frank.

April 30, 2010

MEGAN MCARDLE: End Game In Greece. “There is no longer any realistic possibility that Greece will be able to soothe debt markets with the mere possibility of assistance, bringing its interest payments down to a level where the country can reasonably (or even maniacally) hope to austerity-package its way out of this crisis.”

April 30, 2010

NEXT-GEN CAR-SHARING IDEA: You rent your car to a complete stranger. One problem: “Known as personal car sharing or distributed car sharing, the concept is very intriguing… and runs somewhat contrary to how many people view their cars.”

April 30, 2010

UBIQUITOUS VIDEO CAMERA UPDATE: Reader Tyson Stanek emails that they knocked 20 bucks off the price of the waterproof Kodak Playsport videocam that I mentioned earlier, making it a pretty good deal at $129 with included HDMI cable and memory card. These small videocams certainly have played an important role in the Tea Party movement, etc., so far.

April 30, 2010

IN THE MAIL: From Robert Reilly, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist.

April 30, 2010

DON BOUDREAUX: An entrepreneur and the minimum wage.

UPDATE: Heh. “At some point, you have grabbed enough power.”

April 30, 2010

RADLEY BALKO: DNA Exonerations.

Freddie Peacock of Rochester, New York, was convicted of rape in 1976. This year he became the 250th person to be exonerated by DNA testing since the technique was first used in 1989. According to a new report by the Innocence Project, those 250 prisoners served a total of 3,160 years; 17 spent time on death row. Remarkably, 67 percent of them were convicted after 2000, a decade after the onset of modern DNA testing. The glaring question: How many more are there?

A lot, is my guess.

April 30, 2010

A “VACCINE” to treat prostate cancer. Faster, please.

April 30, 2010

RANDY BARNETT: “On Monday, May 3d, I will be speaking on Why the Individual Health Insurance Mandate is Unprecedented and Unconstitutional at Stanford Law School.”

April 30, 2010

TEA PARTIERS’ SECRET WEAPON: Cookies?

April 30, 2010

MORE EVIDENCE of a legal-education bubble? “Earning a law degree takes three years and costs around $150,000. Law-school costs have been going up steadily, while ‘good’ legal jobs are now very scarce for new graduates.”

April 30, 2010

FIRST GREECE, NOW SPAIN: Who Could Be Next?

April 30, 2010

J.P. FREIRE: Obama made $5m in 2009 and tells us we’ve made enough?

April 30, 2010

PERRY DE HAVILLAND:

The economy in Britain and much of the world is in dire straits and it would not be an exaggeration to say we have entered a period of history that far from being a ‘crisis of capitalism’, historians looking back may well call it the ‘crisis of regulatory statism’.

Indeed.

April 30, 2010

ANN ALTHOUSE ON THE LATEST RACIAL FLAP AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL: “One question is: Why does the dean even get involved with something one student said in private email? If the answer is because the Black Law Students Association came to her and demanded a response, then maybe the question should be why did the Black Law Students Association go to the dean for help? Why didn’t the students all just argue and debate and express themselves to each other? These are Harvard students. Law students. Why not dig in and have it out and show your stuff? Why go to the nearest, biggest authority figure? Stephanie hurt me! . . . Law school is a community with shared ideals. One of the ideals could be: When a student makes a point that contains what you think is an outrageous statement, unless she’s been actively insulting to you, you should engage her in debate and not not expose her to a public trashing. And don’t bring the dean into the fray as your champion. “

April 30, 2010

ONE-DAY MARKDOWNS on fitness equipment. They end in 18 hours, so whether that’s “today” or not depends where you are, I guess. . . .

April 30, 2010

CAN SOMEBODY EXPLAIN THIS TO ME? “Mr. Obama said SWAT teams were being dispatched to the Gulf to investigate oil rigs and said his administration is now working to determine the cause of the disaster.” Does this mean they suspect foul play, or what?

UPDATE: Or lousy reporting. At least this report says:

The US Interior Department said it had assembled a “swat team” of inspectors to review safety at offshore drilling rigs across the US.

So it’s a metaphorical SWAT team, not a real one. Good thing, as we need the real ones to deal with blue-haired Tea Party grandmas. . . .

April 30, 2010

WELL, THAT’S CHEERFUL: “Speaking of Superbugs, it looks like we’re on our way to incurable, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. This article also brings up a point I didn’t mention in the book review yesterday: Part of the problem is that nobody is developing new antibiotics. Once an old drug becomes ineffective, there’s nothing to replace it with.”

That’s a problem that’s likely to get worse.

April 30, 2010

QUINCY, ILL. POLICE busted by an army of videographers. This is why I’m always pushing those pocket camcorders. (Bumped).

April 30, 2010

TOM BLUMER: Fun with Numbers: GM ‘Payback’ of Taxpayer Loans. “Taking money from one bailout kitty to pay back another bailout fund.”

When I talked with Mark Tapscott yesterday, he called those GM bailout-payback commercials the most dishonest claims he’s seen in 30 years of covering politics and the auto industry. “It is a lie.”

April 30, 2010

JAMES TARANTO: ‘Racially Resentful:’ Dissecting the latest bogus tea-party poll.

More thoughts from John Hinderaker: The Smear Continues.

April 30, 2010

CORRECTING CHARLES BLOW: Conor Friedersdorf goes to the video. And, unlike Blow, even interviews the people Blow wrote about. Blow’s a troll at best — I say “at best” because that at least suggests some independence on his part.

April 30, 2010

MICKEY KAUS: “Wouldn’t the surest way to take immigration reform off Congress’ agenda be for Republicans to say, ‘Great! Let’s vote!’?”

April 30, 2010

MATT WELCH: DRIVING WHILE WHITE:

I have sympathy for people who are freaked out by desperate immigrants and ruthless smugglers trampling over their property in southern Arizona, and as I’ve said elsewhere, us pro-immigrant types too easily skate over rule-of-law objections. Federal immigration policy is a failure, and poses real public policy challenges that no amount of righteous indignation and/or handwaving makes disappear.

But anti-illegal immigration crackdowns almost always end up restricting freedom for the rest of us. And giving cops more power is almost always felt more on the receiving end by people–including people just as law-abiding as you and I–who don’t look like the norm.

This is a good argument for focusing border security at . . . the border, where it doesn’t impact ordinary citizens day-to-day. Shifting from border security to internal security is both an admission of failure at the borders, and a much more far-reaching and intrusive approach.

UPDATE: A reader who requests anonymity says that I’m wrong here:

I love your blog. But I must object to your recent statement: “Shifting from border security to internal security is both an admission of failure at the borders, and a much more far-reaching and intrusive approach.”

I am a Federal Agent who works the line in Arizona. While I cannot speak officially for my agency, and risk considerable discipline for speaking out otherwise, the MAJOR failure we have regarding immigration security and control is with internal security. While we are failing at the borders, and I am there on the ground, there is no way in hell we will EVER hope to achieve border security while internal security (meaning enforcement) remains virtually nonexistent. I am not impugning ICE Agents who are focusing on criminal aliens; they are simply overwhelmed with manpower issues not to mention overloads on the docket, among other things.

Illegals know they are home free once away from the border. Achieving even a fairly shallow degree of internal enforcement will discourage border crossers from illegally entering the country if they believe their chances of being caught and returned to their native country will be high even if they successfully evade capture at the border. We must remove or at least ameliorate the magnet that draws them here.

Moreover, I believe you will find, upon examination, the Immigration and Nationality Act (particularly after the last amnesty of 1986) specifically calls for this “far reaching and intrusive approach” of internal enforcement, which was meant to “get tough” with immigration as a result of the amnesty deal. The laws have been on the books for decades; the problem, of course, is that political interests on both the right and the left have forced public officials with immigration enforcement agencies, namely Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to virtually abandon the interior enforcement of laws already on the books (policy vs. law). You would not imagine the hell I’d be subjected to for enforcing things against policy that by statute I have authority to do. The intrusive approach is only so intrusive to those who squeal the loudest about which is already lawful and, more important, effective. The political interests on both the right and the left most certainly have the most to gain (at all of our expense) with the status quo. The real underlying issues of prohibitive taxes on businesses, voting blocs, welfare, and revenues for religious organizations will remain unexamined.

I still think better border security would help. It is true, though, that even modest enforcement aimed at employers can make a difference.

April 30, 2010

MOE LANE ON A CRIST INDEPENDENT RUN: “Sen. Cornyn of the NRSC will wind up looking foolish, true. Only thing is, Sen Menendez of the DSCC is going to end up looking even worse. He’s the one who recruited a candidate that Rasmussen has in third in a GOP split and who PPP reports is less popular than Crist. And now the DSCC actually has to go all-in on a bad fundraiser and an uninspiring candidate.”

April 29, 2010

JONAH GOLDBERG: “Obama gave a lovely eulogy to a lovely woman.”

April 29, 2010

HMM: Obama Takes Immigration Reform Off Agenda. “Immigration reform has become the first of President Barack Obama’s major priorities dropped from the agenda of an election-year Congress facing voter disillusionment. Sounding the death knell was Obama himself.”

I wonder if it had anything to do with this: Poll: Most support Arizona immigration law. “Seven in 10 U.S. adults support arresting people who can’t prove they’re in the United States legally, a poll about Arizona’s new immigration law indicated.” Apparently, their own polls must have showed something similar. And with blue-collar dems facing layoffs and recession, and black dems not so hot on amnesty, there wasn’t any percentage in bucking the sentiment, I guess, even in terms of shoring up their own base.

April 29, 2010

LIMBAUGH ON ARIZONA: The Time For Talk Is Over. Leading to some interesting analysis from Allahpundit.

April 29, 2010

NEW JERSEY COURT: BLOGGERS ARE NOT JOURNALISTS. “Simply put, new media should not be confused with news media.” Troubling and, I think, just wrong.

UPDATE: Various readers send variations on “the justice system should not be confused with ‘justice.’” Sigh. Indeed.

April 29, 2010

WANT TO GET RICH? WORK FOR THE FEDS. “As of 2008, the average federal salary was $119,982, compared with $59,909 for the average private sector employee. In other words, the average federal bureaucrat makes twice as much as the average working taxpayer. Add the value of benefits like health care and pensions, and the gap grows even bigger. The average federal employee’s benefits add $40,785 to his annual total compensation, whereas the average working taxpayer’s benefits increase his total compensation by only $9,881. In other words, federal workers are paid on average salaries that are twice as generous as those in the private sector, and they receive benefits that are four times greater.”

President Obama: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

April 29, 2010

DITHERING, AS USUAL: As Greek Drama Plays Out, Where Is Europe?

April 29, 2010

ROUSING THE RABBLE? Well, the goons, anyway. If Tea-Partiers did this it would generate lots of concerns about violence.

UPDATE: Obama Zombies Invade Wall Street. Like the real kind, they need brains. “Of course as we predicted earlier today nowhere is it mentioned this ‘diverse mixture’ was organized primarily by an Obama ‘economic adviser’ and assorted Obama-supporting groups.”

April 29, 2010

ENVIRONMENTAL HYPOCRISY? $8,875,000 for “an ocean-view villa… with a swimming pool, spa and fountains… 6 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms.” “It’s nothing but jealousy and pure peevishness to mock and complain when this delightful, public-spirited man takes another modest step to find some little comfort for himself and his wife.”

April 29, 2010

FROM NIMBYS TO NIMBLYS.

April 29, 2010

A FAVORITE Mother’s Day gift.

April 29, 2010

DANIEL HENNINGER: There may be good reasons for Obama to go negative, but doing so could wreck his presidency.

Even Achilles had a heel, and Mr. Obama’s may be his decision to be his own Saul Alinsky. Defining, demonizing and making a mockery of one’s opponents was one of Alinsky’s main rules for community organizers. But community organizers, though often charismatic, can also be annoying jerks.

The only Barack Obama the American people have ever known is the one presented to them from January 2007 onward—the amazing, improbable fellow in “Dreams from My Father.” Candidate Obama was about as perfect as it ever gets. The best since JFK.

JFK, an imperfect man, worked hard to stay perfect in public. So did FDR and Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. For Barack Obama to believe that any persona he offers the public will be OK with them is hubris. Showing voters a side of him that he enjoys, but many of them may not, is flirting with disaster. If all the positive vibe that held up his presidency on its first day ever breaks, the fall could be fast.

This kind of reminds me of Apple’s thuggish behavior in the iPhone case, and I think it’s unwise for the same reasons. Like Apple, Obama’s strength is mostly in the image department, and this behavior seems to undermine that.

April 29, 2010

PETER INGEMI: “One of the things that people don’t seem to realize about the tea party movement is that although it is a fiscally conservative movement it is not a Republican movement.” With some PorkBusters history. Funny how people who ask why no one was complaining about spending during the Bush era keep forgetting PorkBusters — even though some of them, like Andrew Sullivan, were deriding PorkBusters back then as some sort of distraction from whatever it was they were pushing at the time.

Related: Noemie Emery: Media Still Clueless About Tea Parties.

April 29, 2010

PETER SUDERMAN: Why Waxman Canceled the Health Care Write-Down Hearings. “The broader point I’d draw from all of this isn’t so much that the Affordable Care Act is going to cost big corporations billions—though it certainly is—but that the health care sector is so thoroughly dominated by government regulations and subsidies that exercise far, far too much influence over how decisions about health care and its associated costs get made. So rather than argue over the tax treatment of drug subsidies, we ought to be pushing to get rid of the subsidies entirely.”

You also avoid the Knowledge Problem that way.

April 29, 2010

DESIGNING GREENHOUSES for Mars.

April 29, 2010

SO IS IT JUST THAT all immigration laws are racist?

April 29, 2010

SOLAR-SAILING AWAY: Japan to Launch Solar-Sail-Powered Craft Out Beyond Orbit for the First Time.

April 29, 2010

EUGENE VOLOKH ENDORSES John Eastman for California Attorney General.

April 29, 2010

AMERICA’S FUTURE IN SPACE, with an asterisk.

Foreigners now make up 40 percent of the visitors at the space center, and Mr. Larson said they often knew more than Americans about the benefits of space exploration, from satellites to research on antibiotics.

As he prepared for another countdown, and another presentation about the future, Mr. Larson added, “The thirst for knowledge just isn’t there anymore.”

Decadence.

April 29, 2010

CHINA MIEVILLE wins Arthur C. Clarke award.

April 29, 2010

REASON TV: Should Obscenity Be Illegal?

April 29, 2010

CHERRIES: Good for obese rats, and probably for humans.

April 29, 2010

GREAT MOMENTS IN FINANCIAL REGULATION: Apple IPO Deemed “Too Risky.” But Congress wants to make this the rule. Here’s a hint: Deals for and by the politically connected will never be considered “too risky.”

April 29, 2010

MEGAN MCARDLE: Greece: Deja Vu All Over Again?

Plus, Will a Greek bailout stop the contagion?

UPDATE: David Boaz:

Greece has a budget deficit of 13.6 percent. We’re not in that league — ours is only 10.6 percent, the highest level since 1945.

Greece has a public debt of 113 percent of GDP. We’re not there yet. But the 2009 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports show the combined unfunded liability of these two programs has reached nearly $107 trillion.

Under President Obama’s budget, debt held by the public would grow from $7.5 trillion (53 percent of GDP) at the end of 2009 to $20.3 trillion (90 percent of GDP) at the end of 2020. It could rise to 215 percent of GDP in 30 years. Welcome to Greece. . . .

It was a good idea to get science and democracy from the ancient Greeks. It’s not such a good idea to get fiscal policy from the modern Greeks.

Indeed.

April 29, 2010

HEY, WAIT: Weren’t we supposed to be boycotting California for its homophobia?

April 29, 2010

JACOB SULLUM: Free Speech for Us: The Gray Lady’s inconsistent defense of the First Amendment.

April 29, 2010

RASMUSSEN POLL ON THE DEFICIT COMMISSION: “Eighty-three percent (83%) of Americans say the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.”

But here’s the money quote: “Most Americans view the commission as cover for Congress to raise taxes.” You think?

April 29, 2010

HUTTAREE HOOPLA UPDATE: Judge asks feds to show militia did more than talk. “A federal judge challenged prosecutors Wednesday to show that nine members of a Michigan militia accused of plotting war against the government had done more than just talk and should remain locked up. . . . Roberts pressed that point more than once as Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet argued in favor of keeping the nine in jail. The judge suggested she didn’t hear or read in the transcripts any indication that violence was imminent. ‘Mere presence where a crime may be planned is not a crime. … How does this add up to seditious conspiracy?’ Roberts said.”

April 29, 2010

APPLE WANTED A “PUBLIC EXECUTION” in the iPhone case? This seems quite unwise to me. While they want to send a signal — don’t screw with our trade secrets — the fact is that brand-image is most of what Apple has going for it, and this thuggish approach isn’t going to help them. To me, the Droid is looking better and better . . . .

Related: Jon Stewart: “Appholes.” “You guys are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Commandant Gates is ridding the world of mosquitoes. What the f**k is going on?”

April 29, 2010

TEST-DRIVING THE NEW BMW X5.

April 29, 2010

“TEACHING THE PIG TO DANCE:” An evocative title for Fred Thompson’s new memoir.

April 29, 2010

IN THE MAIL: The book you’ve been waiting for: Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton.

April 29, 2010

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH fights a civil war over Israel. And some dirt appears that may surprise those who haven’t been paying attention.

April 29, 2010

PROFESSOR BAINBRIDGE:

Maybe Goldman sold investors some rotten eggs. Maybe not. So what? Goldman argues that it is being “railroaded by Congress for performing a normal market function—pricing risk and providing investment opportunities for grown-up investors,” which strikes me as precisely right. It is a central tenet of the federal securities laws that you’re allowed to sell rotten eggs, so long as you disclose that they’re rotten. So long as Goldman fully disclosed all material facts, the fact that Goldman thought the securities being sold were “shitty,” as one scatological email reference by an unwise trader put it, is not a breach of the securities laws. . . . It would behoove the US Senate to learn this history before they conduct their next perp walk.

I say hold Congress to the same kinds of standards they want to hold business to. They’d all be in jail — which, likely as not, would work no substantial unfairness . . . .

April 29, 2010

MY BELLSOUTH / AT&T INTERNET SERVICE has been particularly bad lately — slowdowns, dropouts, and general funky behavior. Kinda disappointed, as it’s been pretty good until recently.

UPDATE: Judging from my email, a lot of folks seem to be having this problem with AT&T lately. Anybody from AT&T want to weigh in?

April 29, 2010

MY FORTHCOMING HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW PIECE on law firm size is sparking discussion in the Real Estate community. Huh. I didn’t expect that.

April 29, 2010

CYBERDISSIDENCE: The medium is not the message.

April 29, 2010

A JAPAN THAT CAN SAY NO: Japan Forces Bureaucrats to Defend Spending. “Seeking to bring its spiraling debt under control, Japan has undertaken an unlikely exercise: lawmakers are forcing bureaucrats to defend their budgets at public hearings and are slashing wanton spending. The hearings, streamed live on the Internet, are part of an effort by the eight-month-old government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to tackle the country’s public debt, which has mushroomed to twice the size of Japan’s $5 trillion economy after years of profligate spending.”

April 29, 2010

BRIAN MICKLETHWAIT: “Hardly a day seems to go by nowadays without somebody with approximately the same kind of political attitude as me scratching his head, publicly, in writing, about President Obama’s bafflingly sensible space policy, which sticks out like a healthy thumb in an otherwise horribly mutilated hand of policies.”

April 29, 2010

ROGER SIMON: “The real reason liberals accuse Tea Partiers of racism is that contemporary American-style liberalism is in rigor mortis. Liberals have nothing else to say or do. Accusations of racism are their last resort.”

UPDATE: A related experience from Michael Graham.

April 29, 2010

REMEMBERING THE “BLACK GOLD” 280 ZX. I had a girlfriend in college who drove a 280ZX, though it was just plain gold. When I picked her up for our first date, she was in the middle of replacing the valves. It was a good start.

April 29, 2010

INSTAVISION: VAT’s The Buzz: I talk with Mark Tapscott about taxes, immigration, and GM’s auto-bailout story.

April 29, 2010

IN THE NEW YORK TIMES’ Room For Debate blog, I talk about Supreme Court appointments along with Lani Guinier, Ed Meese, Dick Thornburgh, Vik Amar, et al.

April 29, 2010

RANDY BARNETT: The Insurance Mandate In Peril: “First Congress said it was a regulation of commerce. Now it’s supposed to be a tax. Neither claim will survive Supreme Court scrutiny.”

April 29, 2010

CARRYING EXTRA WEIGHT might be good for you. “A body of research is emerging that suggests that there’s little risk to carrying a few extra pounds. And there may even be some benefit. Indeed, people who are 10-to-15 pounds overweight appear to have no greater risk of dying than those of so-called ‘normal’ weight. Other studies have shown that those who are overweight are no more likely to die from cancer or cardiovascular disease. Also, being a little overweight may help stave off osteoporosis. And it can make you look younger, too.”

Related: Brazilian Health Minister Recommends Sex Five Times A Week to Reduce Blood Pressure.

April 29, 2010

FAA SETTING UP commercial spaceflight centers.

April 29, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: In Tennessee, a law to regulate traffic cameras.

April 29, 2010

VERONIQUE DE RUGY: Recession Brings Long-Term Unemployment.

April 28, 2010

IMF WARNING: Britain could follow Greece?

April 28, 2010

SO MUCH FOR BILL CLINTON’S CALLS FOR CIVILITY: Violent NY Senator Calls Republicans White Supremacists.

April 28, 2010

HEH: “Calling all cars: Be on the lookout for an insurrectionist with blue hair…”

UPDATE: Reader Kevin Greene emails: “Can you imagine the howls this would have generated from the left had George W. Bush ever called out the SWAT team on a bunch of blue-haired retirees? But then again, George W. Bush would never have attempted this. Because George W. Bush has never been afraid of the American people.”

April 28, 2010

CHARLIE CRIST tries to call Rahm Emanuel?

April 28, 2010

MARKDOWNS ON DVD and Blu-Ray.

April 28, 2010

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: At least they’re not in Arizona! “Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants. . . . Central American migrants are frequently pulled off trains, kidnapped en masse, held at gang hideouts and forced to call relatives in the U.S. to pay off the kidnappers. Such kidnappings affect thousands of migrants each year in Mexico, the report says. Many are beaten, raped or killed in the process.”

April 28, 2010

THE PEOPLE VS. THE POWERFUL: Cape Wind approved. This wouldn’t have happened if Ted Kennedy were still alive.

Well, it wouldn’t have.

UPDATE: Ron Bailey: Ted Kennedy Spinning In His Grave.