Archive for April, 2010

April 28, 2010

UH OH: It’s sweet old ladies! Call the SWAT Team!

Okay, I think they’re just in riot gear, not SWAT guys. But the optics are bad. More here: “Protesters sang ‘God Bless America’ and apparently that was enough to invoke the riot squad. . . . Who gave the order to call in the riot police on protesters? Word is that Secret Service from inside the venue and the presidential team pressured local law enforcement, who were against the idea.”

What’s that phrase? Oh, yeah: “The people vs. the powerful.” Kind of like the treatment they gave gay rights protesters at the White House last week. The riot squad ain’t on the side of the people . . . .

April 28, 2010

GIZMODO may sue police over iPhone raid.

April 28, 2010

PROGRESS: Cheaper Home Power From Sunlight.

April 28, 2010

BIOENGINEERS turn trees into tires.

April 28, 2010

PJTV: Bill Whittle flies with the Veterans’ Airlift Command. 1500 pilot-volunteers helping wounded soldiers get together with family.

Their website is at VeteransAirlift.org.

April 28, 2010

BUT OF COURSE: Now it’s men who are pole-dancing.

April 28, 2010

MEGAN MCARDLE:

The most terrifying words I’ve seen written so far about the growing crisis in Greece were penned by Yves Smith yesterday: “So the whole idea that the financial crisis was over is being called into doubt. Recall that the Great Depression nadir was the sovereign debt default phase. And the EU’s erratic responses (obvious hesitancy followed by finesses rather than decisive responses) is going to prove even more detrimental as the Club Med crisis grinds on.”

The Great Depression was composed of two separate panics. As you can see from contemporary accounts–and I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in the Great Depression read the archives of that blog along with Benjamin Roth’s diary of the Great Depression–in 1930 people thought they’d seen the worst of things.

I hope that history isn’t repeating itself.

April 28, 2010

SHIKHA DALMIA ON Arizona’s Un-American Immigration Law.

April 28, 2010

MORT ZUCKERMAN: Obama’s Jerusalem Stonewall. “From the start of his presidency, Mr. Obama has undermined Israel’s confidence in U.S. support.”

April 28, 2010

FROM CATO: Advice to Tea Partiers. Plus, comments from Ed Morrissey.

April 28, 2010

IMMIGRATION: Dems Replaying May 2006 Tactic? “This plan is one of extreme provocation, and if the right allows itself to get sucked into it all -and defined by the left and the press – then the left will have won a huge PR battle, and that is the win they want.”

April 28, 2010

HEH: Obama: We Need a Fiscal Commission Because You Can’t Trust Slippery Politicians Like Me to Tell You the Truth.

April 28, 2010

BRINGING 3-D FILMING within the reach of independent filmmakers?

April 28, 2010

RUSS ROBERTS: Gambling With Other People’s Money: How Perverted Incentives Caused The Financial Crisis.

April 28, 2010

SOME MOTHER’S DAY KITCHEN RECOMMENDATIONS.

April 28, 2010

REASON TV: Peter Diamandis on the X PRIZE and Private Space Flight.

April 28, 2010

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Why ‘tea party’ defenders won’t let N-word claims rest. “‘A bright line was crossed on the 20th,’ says Christina Botteri, a spokeswoman for the Tea Party Federation. ‘The left constantly attacks conservatives as racist, as dumb, as evil, but what happened on the 20th is a sitting congressman, with the full voice and credibility of the House of Representatives, accused a group of citizens with whom he philosophically disagrees of assault and then refused to help find the persons responsible. They need to help us find the people responsible or apologize for making it up’.”

Plus this:

Some in the mainstream press have conceded tea partyers may have a point. Washington Post reporter David Weigel has said the March 20 incident is a “paradigm shift” that shows conservatives how the media accept attacks on the right without doing due diligence. Politico’s Ben Smith, who keeps a close eye on the tea party movement, Tweeted a response to Breitbart about the lack of takers on the bounty: “I think you’ve pretty much won this one, no?”

Yes.

UPDATE: Reader Bob Tarone writes: “Although relatively balanced, the CSM article repeats the lie Representative Carson told the press about the CBC members being surrounded by a horde of tea party supporters (such that Carson thought they might throw rocks!). The numerous videos posted by Breitbart and others clearly show that the tea party crowd never even closed in on the Congressmen (who looked like they walked as close as possible to protesters, perhaps to provoke an incident) as they passed through a clear open aisle through the crowd. If Carson lied about being surrounded (which is undeniable), why should he be believed about the N-word?”

April 28, 2010

OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS A BLOW TO FREE EXPRESSION: Court: Pole Dancing Does Not Qualify for Artistic Exception to Sales Tax. Nazis!

April 28, 2010

PETER SUDERMAN: What The Administration Knew About The Costs Of ObamaCare. But didn’t tell. From the comments: “So, these are the same guys accusing Goldman for withholding material information in order to close a deal?”

April 28, 2010

IT’S THOSE “LAYERS OF FACT-CHECKERS AND EDITORS:” Washington Post confuses Barack Obama with Malcolm X.

April 28, 2010

ON THE OFFENSIVE: Rubio blasts federal failures as cause of AZ action on immigration. It’s true.

April 28, 2010

MORE ON SPAIN’S FISCAL CRISIS from Jose Guardia.

April 28, 2010

MILEAGE: Ford Fusion Hybrid pays off quickest.

April 28, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: “Scottish scientists have made cancer tumours vanish within 10 days by sending DNA to seek and destroy the cells.”

April 28, 2010

IT’S ABOUT REVENUE, NOT SAFETY: Michigan speed limits set illegally low to generate speeding ticket revenue.

April 28, 2010

HOW CSI is helping criminals.

April 28, 2010

GOVERNMENT: We’ll Take Your Organs, But You Can’t Sell Them.

April 28, 2010

BIG GUNS: Some photos from Michael Yon.

UPDATE: Sorry to those who were disappointed to find that these weren’t pictures of my workout routine. . . .

April 28, 2010

ANABOLIC STEROID USE bad for your heart? Not a huge surprise here . . . .

April 28, 2010

MADOFF’S PONZI SCHEME AND SOCIAL SECURITY: A side-by-side comparison.

April 28, 2010

E-DOCTORING? WHY NOT? The Insta-Wife just had her ICD read remotely via a gadget that fits over her chest and communicates over the phone, so we’re already there.

April 28, 2010

SHOCKER: Men Show Off to Impress Women Even in Virtual Setting.

April 28, 2010

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: “Europe once again has blundered its way into a major crisis. A pair of them, actually.”

UPDATE: Like Mead, above, a hedge-fund reader emails to warn against Euro schadenfreude: “The spreading sovereign debt crisis in Europe is driving the dollar higher, which has the same effect as an interest rate hike on US businesses that sell overseas. That’s right, with the US economy still on the mat, financial conditions are actually tightening, thanks to the Attic antics in Euroland.”

April 28, 2010

UH OH: Spain downgraded, Europe debt crisis widens.

April 28, 2010

IN THE MAIL: William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement.

April 28, 2010

THE INSTA-WIFE WRITES: Does Society Encourage Genital Assault Against Men?

April 28, 2010

BYRON YORK: What America Is Michael Gerson Living In?

UPDATE: Cesar Conda says that York is wrong about the bill.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Poll: Ariz. Gov. Brewer gets ‘bounce’ for signing immigration bill. Well, that’s more than Obama got for the healthcare bill. . . .

MORE: Meanwhile, in Britain. . . .

STILL MORE: Is Texas next?

April 28, 2010

MEGAN MCARDLE: We Have Met The Housing Bottom, Maybe.

April 28, 2010

RON BAILEY: Peak Everything?

April 28, 2010

WINNERS: The L.A. Times Book Prizes.

April 28, 2010

CORY DOCTOROW: The “fair use economy” is enormous, growing, and endangered by the relatively tiny entertainment industry.

April 28, 2010

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS:

DETROIT – An FBI agent who led the investigation of nine Michigan militia members charged with trying to launch war against the federal government couldn’t recall many details of the two-year probe yesterday during questioning by defense lawyers.

Even the judge who must decide whether to release the nine until trial was puzzled.

“I share the frustrations of the defense team … that she doesn’t know anything,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said after agent Leslie Larsen confessed she hadn’t reviewed her notes recently and couldn’t remember specific details of the case.

Well, they got the headlines they wanted after the arrest, anyway.

April 28, 2010

GERALD SEIB: ‘Hi. My Name Is America, and I’m a Deficit Addict.’

April 28, 2010

PROFESSOR BAINBRIDGE: Who Would be Empowered by Obama’s Corporate Governance Ideas?

April 28, 2010

ABC NEWS POLL: Ahead of 2010 Midterm Elections, Incumbent Support Its Lowest Since 1994.

April 28, 2010

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: How Could They Do That in Arizona! “Here it goes from a supporter of legal immigration: how are we to make sense of the current Arizona debate? One should show concern about some elements of the law, but only in the context of the desperation of the citizens of Arizona. And one should show some skepticism concerning mounting liberal anguish, so often expressed by those whose daily lives are completely unaffected by the revolutionary demographic, cultural, and legal transformations occurring in the American Southwest. . . . Mexico is now more violent than Iraq. The unrest is spilling across the borders. The old shrill argument that criminals, drug smugglers, and violence in general are spreading into the American southwest from Mexico is not longer quite so shrill.”

Related: State climate-change laws good, state immigration laws bad.

And, from Daniel Griswold at Cato: “A silver lining of the Arizona immigration law is that is has turned up the heat on Washington to re-examine federal policy. . . . In brief, the single most effective change would be to expand opportunities for legal immigration, including for low-skilled workers who make up the large majority of the illegal population.”

Yes, the real scandal isn’t how Arizona is treating illegals, it’s how the Federal government treats people who try to legally immigrate.

UPDATE: A reader says he’s suprised to see me support the Arizona bill. Well, I really don’t — that is, I don’t know if I’d have voted for it if I were in Arizona. I’m mostly reacting to the fact that — as demonstrated by Linda Greenhouse — the opposition displays that special combination of self-righteous outrage and bone-deep ignorance that really sets me off.

Lack of border security is a real problem, and pretending otherwise is dumb or dishonest. The feds are doing a lousy job of it. Arizona is trying to prod them. All this over-the-top Nazi talk — particularly from people like Greenhouse, who don’t mind the federal government deciding if I get a kidney transplant — is disgraceful, as are the bogus charges of racism, etc., that are the standard response regardless of what the issue is. That does get my dander up. [LATER: Yeah, it's a flaw. I respond to idiocy, especially preening, self-righteous idiocy. that way, which is why I don't read Andrew Sullivan much any more, for fear that he'll turn me in favor of torture and against gay marriage . . . .]

ANOTHER UPDATE: Nazis in Massachusetts now? Scrambling for a state immigration law. “A Republican crackdown blocking illegal immigrants from scooping up taxpayer-funded benefits such as welfare and food stamps is gaining steam on Beacon Hill – as Democratic lawmakers and two candidates for governor scrambled yesterday to back the tough new measure. . . . Even Gov. Deval Patrick – who supports giving in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants who graduated from Bay State schools – acknowledged the state could be doing a better job ensuring illegals don’t get state services.”

MORE: Strange Things Happen When You Don’t Begin By Calling The Other Side ‘Racist.’ Plus this: “Of course, I suppose cops could ask someone for proof that they have health insurance first, and then ask if they’re in the country legally.

STILL MORE: On the legal-immigrant front, reader Gordon Stewart writes:

We lived in the US for a few years on an E2 investor visa (from Canada) and I always said if I had it to do over again, I’d just fly down to Mexico and walk over. Way easier, cheaper and my kids would get in-state tuition like the rest of the illegals. As it was, my kids would have had to leave the US when they turned 18 and come back in on their own steam. Way to roll out the red carpet to skilled workers and business investors.

Yes, I know quite a few people who have had similar experiences. And most of the legal immigrants I know resent the illegals for this reason.

MORE STILL: Reader Mwalimu Daudi emails:

You probably have received hundreds (if not thousands) of emails about your immigration post (http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/98356/), but here is our story anyway.

My wife is a Tanzanian citizen (east Africa). We married in her country and began the paperwork to bring her to the USA. After almost a year of frustration (and a call by my Congressman to the US Ambassador) we finally got here.

Several things we observed:

1. No one in the US Embassy seemed to what they were doing. Our questions about US immigration laws either went unanswered or we were given incorrect information.

2. Many staff members at the US Embassy were rude and indifferent to me (an American citizen). But they could be downright hostile to Tanzanians – perhaps because they knew they could not file a complaint.

3. The Embassy staff made weird requests (such as the original 1040 forms – doesn’t the IRS have those?) and sent us on one wild goose chase after another (we were constantly misled about the days and times Tanzanian citizens could apply for visas). We came to the conclusion that many low-level Embassy staff members are terrified of letting in a terrorist, and will throw up an road block they can think of hoping we would give up and go away.

4. Upon entering the United States the USCIS lost my wife’s paperwork for a “green card” – and never bothered to inform us. It took the intervention of another Congressman to discover the fact. But that is nothing – I know of someone who has been in the US for many years, and the government has lost his paperwork for renewal four times.

As you have said: the country is in the very best of hands!

Let’s start our display of compassion with those who are trying to come here legally. Instead of, you know, making them feel like suckers. Why is it that the Big Government party is so eager to make people who actually obey the law feel like suckers, anyway? Because that’s how it seems . . . .

FINALLY: Reader Rainer Kissel writes:

After living in the US as a resident alien married to a US citizen for 25 years, I finally applied for citizenship. It took me that long to realize that the hoped-for retirement in my native Germany wasn’t going to happen.

After a long initial wait due to a backlog caused by a stiff fee increase I believe, everything went very quickly and without problems. Not even waits in lines. Immigration Service people were uniformly business-like to friendly and competent. Nothing got lost. My case was handled by the Pittsburgh office of the service and they deserve my thanks. To top it all off, late last year the staff at the local Federal Court of Eastern WV put on a most dignified and memorable ceremony for the around 30 people being sworn in. It involved Ruritan, the high school choir and the judge had as good a time as everybody else. After the cake and coffee downstairs, there were the volunteer ladies to take voter registration. Several other new citizens I spoke to said their cases were as uneventful as mine. It is a shame that some people have a bad experience, especially if it is because of official indifference or incompetence. The immigration service is capable of doing better.

Well, that’s nice to hear.

April 28, 2010

MICKEY KAUS: Are African-American voters on board with the Democrats’ recent amnesty-for-illegal-immigrants program?

April 28, 2010

ARIZONA GETS RESULTS: Feds sending drones to Mexican border. Hopefully sans Hellfires.

Only this is actually old news, and Arizona already has 4.

April 27, 2010

JERRY POURNELLE ON FINANCIAL REFORM:

Were it left to me I’d reform finance regulation all right, but it wouldn’t be a hasty process. It certainly would not include the oligarchic legislation in this bill. Adam Smith told us that capitalist would always collude to get government to make it tough for competitors to enter the market place; the current financial reform bill does this in spades with big casino. Of course Sarbanes Oxley already did that; but this makeS the cheese more binding.

Read the whole thing.

April 27, 2010

HMM: Rasmussen: Majority of Latinos in Arizona support letting cops check for immigration status?

April 27, 2010

JOHN HINDERAKER: Demonizing Goldman Sachs. “Questioning by the Senators was, as usual, ineffective. Mostly, they tried to cross-examine the Goldman employees based on emails that the government has obtained via subpoena. The process was painful due to the Senators’ lack of skill. . . . The Senators, seemingly without exception, are embarrassingly ignorant of modern risk management techniques. They really don’t seem to understand how and why firms like Goldman Sachs hedge their exposure to various economic trends. . . . While not a single Senator distinguished himself, the most embarrassing was Carl Levin. He repeatedly misread emails and failed to understand the economics of Goldman’s transactions. . . . It didn’t appear that a single Senator understands what is involved in making a market in a security.”

April 27, 2010

MEGAN MCARDLE: “Mitt Romney is not running for office. If the DNC has people it can afford to deploy on making attack ads against a non-candidate . . . well, if I were a donor, I’d conclude that it has too many people.”

April 27, 2010

DA TECH GUY: Scott Brown Still Their Cup of Tea.

April 27, 2010

REAL CLEAR POLITICS: Obama Town Hall Stacked With Supporters.

April 27, 2010

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL FLASHBACK FROM 1900: Student goes insane during Con Law Final, Dies from “Overstudy.”

April 27, 2010

HMM: REACT task force that targeted blogger addresses its connections to Apple. More here. “Asked why a high technology task force that generally deals with massive counterfeiting operations and online threats is handling a case involving a phone left in a bar, a spokesman declined to comment.” Gangland politics, as I said yesterday.

April 27, 2010

TUNKU VARADARAJAN: The Hearing From Hell.

April 27, 2010

CNBC: Obama Is A Bully. “He seems to view dissension not as healthy public debate but as a suspicious, pernicious challenge to his omnipotence and popularity. . . . I can’t remember of any other President in my memory having done this. Nixon maybe? An unfortunate comparison, indeed.”

April 27, 2010

WELCOME TO THE HEARTLAND (CONT’D): More than 1,000 turn out to protest Obama in Macon.

April 27, 2010

WELCOMING OBAMA to the Heartland.

April 27, 2010

SHOCKER: Video: Orszag explains how ObamaCare imposes rationing.

April 27, 2010

DECISION MAKING and that big ash cloud.

April 27, 2010

REVIEWING THE REVIEWERS: A roundup of book reviews from all over.

April 27, 2010

SONJA SCHMIDT: The Gospel According To Jon Stewart.

April 27, 2010

JIM GERAGHTY: Economic Recovery? The Signs Aren’t There in My Neck of the Woods.

Geraghty adds via email that he shot the video with one of the pocket digital camcorders I’ve been plugging, though he didn’t say which one. Plus this observation: “Might be kind of interesting if everyone started posting pictures and videos of the businesses that have closed down and that are still empty, along with the empty Saturn dealerships, etc., the more we get ‘things are getting better!’ rhetoric from the Obama administration….”

UPDATE: Reader Ted Nolan writes:

You’ve posted comments from me a time or two, but you might be interested in my blog, Columbia Closings, which sort of does what Geraghty suggests for Columbia South Carolina, though I have plenty of
historic closings as well as recent ones. . . . As a further sucking-up, I should mention all the pictures are taken with a Lumix LX3 :-)

That’s a hell of a good camera. And reader Carolyn Nelson writes:

Drive Palmetto Park in Boca Raton between 5th Avenue SE and Federal Highway. It’s a ghost town – condos, office space and retail. Boca Raton has had a tougher time – 8.7% unemployment in December – but not as bad as the country average. I live there and people comment on the vacancy problem constantly. On the other hand, restaurants came back in 2010 and the Boca Raton Hotel seemed to have had better occupancy. But the situation is a long ways away from the golden days.

I was in Boca about a year ago for a speaking gig — I stayed at the Boca Raton Hotel, which was lovely — and was struck by all the closed storefronts and “For Lease” signs. And reader Melissa McClave writes:

Loved Jim Gerhaty’s spot. Couldn’t help but notice that he seems to be using a tripod. The bulk and akwardness of larger tripods can nullify the benefits of smaller cameras. I use the Flip with a ZipShot tripod….www.zipshottripod.com. It combines auto-deploying tent poles for legs with a head that can hold up to 3 lbs. Better yet, it weighs less than a pound and folds down small enough to fit into a back pocket or attach to a backpack. They say the best tripod is the one you take with you. Totally recommended for citizen reporters!

Looks cool, and fairly cheap. Also handy is the Gorillapod, which I own.

MORE: Reader Eric Soskin cautions against “talking down the economy.” Well, nobody was worried about that in 2008 — or, for that matter, 2007 and 2006, when the media were telling us that every American was Tom Joad. But, yeah.

April 27, 2010

THE MASSACHUSETTS WAY: Dem party chair admits to fundraising with state emails.

April 27, 2010

CHANGE: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania told to consider bankruptcy.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “As congress continues to discuss their obession with alchemy (asinine renewable energy pojects to benefit the church of climate change) it’s worth pointing out that the reason for this discussion is Harrisburg’s offering loan guarantees on a waste to energy plant that would only be profitable via increased federal subsidies by way of climate change legislation.”

April 27, 2010

DODD’S CONNECTICUT KICKBACK: “That’s no minor oversight, because insurance companies, like AIG, tend to have thrift charters rather than bank charters. So, as the bill stands now, AIG and other insurers that accepted massive bailout funds, such as The Hartford, would not be automatically covered. That’s a head-scratcher only if you forget that most insurance companies reside in Dodd’s home state, Connecticut.”

April 27, 2010

MEGAN MCARDLE: Why Does Larry Summers Like Big Banks So Much?

April 27, 2010

A BUNCH OF new releases on Blu-Ray.

April 27, 2010

WHAT ARE THEY TEACHING THEM IN THESE SCHOOLS? “Terry Hoffman, a language teacher at Des Moines, Iowa’s Merrill Middle School, organized a large group of students the other day to protest a spending slowdown, and to demonstrate some of the excellent results the Hawkeye state is getting for its $7,419 per pupil.” Ouch.

April 27, 2010

REPAIRING DAMAGED NERVES with lobster shells.

UPDATE: Reader Russ Emerson writes:

You may be sick of hearing it… or having to say it… but: “Faster, please.”

Becoming disabled over the past few years due to neurological problems has been a bit of a challenge; due to the best neurosurgeon on the planet, I can walk (sort of) again.

With current medical technology, however, I’m never going to be restored to “normality.”

So, with all the seriousness I can muster: faster, please.

Sooner or later, this is all of us, one way or another. So, yes — faster, please.

April 27, 2010

CONTAGION: 1889 Pandemic Didn’t Need Planes to Circle Globe in 4 Months. “This observation supports mathematical model results, which anticipated that restricting air transportation would have little, if any, effect. One possible hypothesis is that the important predictor of the speed of the pandemic is not the absolute numbers of passengers traveling between cities but the connectedness of the network of cities.”

April 27, 2010

INTEGRATING A BLOOD SUGAR MONITOR INTO A Nintendo DS.

April 27, 2010

REASON TV: Boobquake: Live From DuPont Circle.

April 27, 2010

THE DIGNITY of the Senate.

April 27, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: Scientists Near Bionic Breakthrough. “U.S. government scientists say they have created a new way of processing carbon nanotubes that might lead the way toward futuristic bionic applications.” I met one of these guys at the faculty happy hour yesterday; seemed quite smart, as you’d expect in a nanotechnologist . . . .

April 27, 2010

SUPRAMAPPING pathogenic storms.

April 27, 2010

LAW SCHOOL TUITION HIKES spark talk of bubble.

Related thoughts here.

April 27, 2010

DANIEL DREZNER: How do you say “realpolitik” in Klingon?

April 27, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: Masses of data in every sample. “The combination looks to me like something that could totally change the way people do histology.”

April 27, 2010

RATS WHO EAT GRAPES have better blood chemistry.

April 27, 2010

MISSILES IN BOXES: The Pentagon Cancels Plans, Russians Market Theirs.

April 27, 2010

MORE INSURRECTIONIST RHETORIC: Linda Greenhouse calls Arizona a “police state.” Somebody tell the SPLC!

UPDATE: More embarrassing (well, maybe) Greenhouse was analyzing the wrong bill. There’s a correction, but . . . .

April 27, 2010

VARIOUS BLOG EDITORS talk about the Gizmodo case. As for whether Gizmodo is doing journalism, all I can say is Keep Rockin!

April 27, 2010

GRASSROOTS SALES: BlogAds rolls out new functionality.

April 27, 2010

AIR NEW ZEALAND introduces “cuddle class.” I flew Air New Zealand once, from Auckland to L.A., with the New Zealand national rugby team, but I didn’t see anyone I wanted to cuddle with . . . .

April 27, 2010

WHEN SMUT is good for you!

April 27, 2010

IN THE MAIL: From John Samples, The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History.

April 27, 2010

MICKEY KAUS: “It’s a stark illustration of the inequities of capitalism that organized labor can only afford to buy one political party, but Wall Street can buy both of them.” Plus, why aren’t you people hitting the contribution button?

April 27, 2010

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Reid, Not Graham, Killed The Climate Bill.

April 27, 2010

SHOCKER: Lawmakers Accuse GM, Administration of Misleading Public Over Loan Repayment.

The TARP inspector general, Neil Barofsky, bluntly told the Senate Finance Committee during a hearing last week that the repayment “is just other TARP money” and lawmakers should not “exaggerate” the feat.

“It sounds like they’re kind of like taking money out of one pocket and putting it in the other to do that,” Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., said at the hearing.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., expressed similar concerns Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying it’s “misleading” for the administration to claim the company has paid back its loans.

The GM ad could potentially land the company in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission over its truth-in-advertising laws, which prohibit ads that are “likely to mislead consumers.”

Indeed. (Via Is That Wise?).

April 27, 2010

SHOCKER: Obama covered up HHS report until after healthcare vote?

UPDATE: The actuary says this is untrue.

April 27, 2010

WILL COLLIER: When Is A Horrific, Politically Motivated Beating Newsworthy?

April 27, 2010

SHOCKER: Chris Dodd’s Carve-Out For Cronies.

April 27, 2010

I BELIEVE THE CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE: Helen interviews kids at the Cincy Tea Party. With an intro by Sonja Schmidt.

April 27, 2010

RADLEY BALKO: A Right To Photograph The Police.

In fact, under Maryland law what Graber did isn’t actually a crime. For a recording to be illegal, one of the parties being recorded must have a reasonable expectation of privacy. A cop, acting as a cop, with his gun drawn, while standing alongside a public roadway, has no such expectation. On April 15th, Graber was released and the charges against him were dropped. As he told Miller, “The judge who released me looked at the paperwork and said she didn’t see where I violated the wiretapping law.”

Graber was harassed, intimidated, illegally arrested, and jailed for an act that clearly wasn’t illegal. According to Graber, the name of the judge who signed off on the raid of his parents’ home doesn’t appear on the warrant. As Graber told Miller, “They told me they don’t want you to know who the judge is because of privacy.” If true, that statement is so absurd it’s mind numbing. A judge issued an illegal warrant for police to invade the private residence and rummage through the private belongings of a man who broke no laws, and we aren’t permitted to know the judge’s name in order to protect the judge’s privacy?

Judges shouldn’t have “privacy” regarding judicial acts. They shouldn’t even have immunity. The doctrine of judicial immunity, as I’ve noted before, was created by . . . judges!

April 27, 2010

NOT ALL OF THEM AT THE S.E.C. WERE MEN: Top 10 Reasons Women Watch Porn.

April 27, 2010

TAKING IT EASY in Molto Gusto.

April 27, 2010

EVERYONE DRAW MOHAMMED: The Blog.

More here.