Archive for July, 2010

July 31, 2010

PAYBACK? Snooki complains about tanning tax, gets arrested the next day. Coincidence? Of course. Don’t even joke about the alternative.

July 31, 2010

PRINCE CHARLES believes he has been sent to save the world. Uh huh.

July 31, 2010

AT AMAZON, markdowns on electronics.

July 31, 2010

TEA PARTY TO PEGGY NOONAN: It’s not “rage,” but disgust.

July 31, 2010

EDDIE MUNSTER finds true love.

July 31, 2010

KINDLE WI-FI: Has Amazon Won The E-Reader War? Despite the price cut on the new Kindle, I think there’s a long way to go before that war’s over.

July 31, 2010

SCOTT JOHNSON: Whatever happened to the Constitution?

July 31, 2010

YUM: Lamb Burgers With Mint Sauce.

July 31, 2010

CHANGE: Dems, GOP Vie to be First to Repeal ObamaCare’s 1099 Small Business Reporting Rule.

July 31, 2010

PANICKING OVER phytoplankton.

July 31, 2010

THEY HEAR, BUT WILL THEY LISTEN? My Popular Mechanics piece on photographers’ rights got quoted in the Homeland Security weekly newsletter. I hope it’ll get some attention.

July 31, 2010

STEPHEN KRUISER: I Don’t Give A Damn About Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding.

July 31, 2010

REASON TV: Experimental Economist Bart Wilson on the Meaning of “Fair.”

July 31, 2010

WHAT EVERY LAWN NEEDS: A Garden Zombie. (Link via Rand Simberg, who will never be allowed near my flower beds . . . )

July 31, 2010

BECOMING A LAW PROFESSOR: A Candidate’s Guide. (Bumped).

July 31, 2010

CLAUDIA ROSETT: Where In The World Is Imam Feisal?

July 31, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: In the Future, We’ll All Wear Clothes Made by 3D Printers.

July 31, 2010

IN THE MAIL: Darkling Fields of Arvon.

July 31, 2010

DAN MITCHELL: Peter Ferrara’s Too-Nice Attack on Phony Washington Budget Deals.

July 31, 2010

NEW YORK PRESS SHOCKER: Spencer Wilking Finds That New York’s Tea Partiers Aren’t The Bigoted White Guys You Fear.

July 31, 2010

MEA CULPA: Anderson Cooper Says He Was Wrong to Let Shirley Sherrod Smear of Andrew Breitbart Go Unchallenged. “Cooper now says he should have challenged Sherrod to support such an inflammatory charge with facts: ‘I believe in admitting my mistakes….I didn’t challenge her that night and I should have.’” Why didn’t he, then? Was he afraid to challenge a black woman talking about racism? Well, at least his learned his lesson, as have many. It was a teachable moment on race, I guess, just like the President wanted. . . .

UPDATE: A Reminder from Prof. Jacobson: The Original Sherrod Clip Was Not “False.” “The clip itself was what it was. No one is claiming that the words were changed or edited within the time span shown on the clip. The original Sherrod clip was no worse, and in many ways much more fair, than the clips and words taken out of context that we see every day at Democratic media machines.”

July 31, 2010

KING BANAIAN: Underneaths The GDP Report. “I was more surprised by the reported savings rate of 6.2% than any other number. An economy that is showing vigorous growth and high optimism would have a rate moving lower. But of course sentiment is down to pre-2010 levels, and consumers appear to have decided to continue the repair of their balance sheets instead.”

July 31, 2010

JOHN KERRY AND YACHTGATE: “He’s apologizing for getting caught.”

July 31, 2010

MORE ON JOURNOLIST as a media self-herding device. “Certainly Journolist wasn’t an institution where you got career points for being contrarian. Quite the opposite.” Nope, it was a place for good party discipline, those who were happy to enforce it, and those who were happy to submit to it.

Sounds like Ann Althouse was right. “Remember the liberal meme that George Bush was ‘incurious’? But aren’t these liberal journalists incurious? They had this email list that was designed — apparently — to figure out how to structure the various news stories to serve the interests of their party. The Journolist was a self-herding device. They wanted to be good cogs in a machine that would generate power for the Democratic Party, didn’t they? For career and social rewards? That’s my hypothesis.”

UPDATE: Reader Randy Miller writes: “It seems as though Journolist’s Blowhard Preventer….Failed!” Heh.

July 31, 2010

WORST BIKINI TOP ever? I’m at the beach, and so far I haven’t seen anything like this. But at least they don’t make a men’s Speedo on the same theme. . . .

July 31, 2010

THE HILL: Calls for Rep. Rangel to give up his seat in the House are on the rise.

July 31, 2010

SOME IMPORTANT burger-grilling advice.

July 31, 2010

SCANDAL ROCKS WHITE HOUSE: “SnookiGate!”

July 31, 2010

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Will Washington’s Failures Lead To Second American Revolution?

July 31, 2010

YEAH, BLOGGING’S A LITTLE LIGHT: I’m at the beach, and attending a conference, so things may be a bit lighter for a few days. And email responses will definitely be slower, if present at all. Sorry, but it’s summer!

July 31, 2010

WOMAN ASKS: “What’s The Kindest Way To Break Up With Six Men?”

July 31, 2010

“BUILDING THE FUEL-EFFICIENT CARS OF TOMORROW:” Like the Jeep Grand Cherokee!

July 31, 2010

MIKE RAPPOPORT ON CHELSEA CLINTON’S WEDDING: “Apparently, it is estimated to cost $2 million. Quite a fee for a couple who have spent virtually their entire lives in public service.”

July 31, 2010

WELCOME BACK, CARTER: Poll: 62% Think America Is In Decline.

July 30, 2010

STACY MCCAIN: When Phyllis Schlafly Speaks the Truth, Democrats Call It ‘Extremism.’ “Do you know how Phyllis Schlafly earned her way through college? Working in a munitions plant during World War II, when her job was test-firing .50-caliber machine-gun ammunition. Think about that, gentlemen.”

Related: “Maybe, instead of getting pissed at her, women who are convinced that they can do it all without a man’s help should actually, you know, try proving her wrong.”

July 30, 2010

UNDER THE BUS? Obama finds Rangel charges “very troubling,” hopes he ends career “with dignity.” So I guess the White House’s polls are in . . . .

July 30, 2010

AL GORE UPDATE: Crazed Sex Poodle Cleared of Assault Charges.

July 30, 2010

PERQUISITES OF THE RULING CLASS: No-fly zone declared for Chelsea Clinton’s upstate NY wedding; FAA will close local air space. (Via the deeply-unimpressed Bill Quick).

July 30, 2010

THEY TOLD ME IF OBAMA WERE ELECTED WE’D SEE A POST-RACIAL AMERICA. And they were right! Essence Magazine Hires White Fashion Director.

July 30, 2010

DOG BITES MAN: Anthony Weiner Flips Out On House Floor.

July 30, 2010

AT AMAZON, it’s the Friday Sale.

July 30, 2010

MICHAEL BARONE: WaPo buries Dem fundraiser’s fraud, highlights GOP fundraising scandal. Acting like a loyal party organ. Which organ is left to the reader’s imagination.

July 30, 2010

SHOCKER: Clinton comptroller blasts government workers’ accrual of benefits at expense of private sector workers. “Walker’s speech, and the comments of some of the panelists who spoke after him, were met with strong disagreement and at times derision by labor officials and union-aligned representatives who sat at the back of the room.”

July 30, 2010

TOKYO’S OLDEST MAN actually dead for 30 years.

July 30, 2010

UNEXPECTEDLY: Recession inflicted more damage on economy than previously thought, government data show.

July 30, 2010

DRAINING PERFUMING THE SWAMP: Why Charles Rangel is surviving.

July 30, 2010

COMING SOON: The Facebook Movie. So long as it doesn’t revolve around Farmville.

July 30, 2010

AT AMAZON, a sale on jewelry.

July 30, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: Helping Joints Regrow Themselves.

July 30, 2010

JOHN NOLTE: JournoList, Shame of a Nation: We Know What Ezra Klein Knew and When He Knew It. “If Klein ever plans to lay out that contextual case he was so eager to play the victim over, what I see as an obvious contradiction between what he published June 29th on the Washington Post website and what Jonathan Strong of the Daily Caller has reported, appears to be the perfect opportunity. And if Klein won’t do so of his own volition, his employers at the Washington Post might want to ask him to.”

July 30, 2010

FOSSIL VIRUSES: Unexpected viral ‘fossils’ found in vertebrate genomes. “Over millions of years, retroviruses, which insert their genetic material into the host genome as part of their replication, have left behind bits of their genetic material in vertebrate genomes. In a recent study, published July 29 in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, a team of researchers have now found that human and other vertebrate genomes also contain many ancient sequences from Ebola/Marburgviruses and Bornaviruses – two deadly virus families.” Starting to sound like Darwin’s Radio.

July 30, 2010

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Mutts And Mongrels. Just words?

July 30, 2010

FACTCHECK: Geithner’s GDP Whopper.

July 30, 2010

SOCIALLY CONNECTED PEOPLE live longer.

July 30, 2010

HMM: BREAKING: Sen. Leahy (D-VT) Denies Senate Judiciary Request to Investigate New Black Panther Case.

July 30, 2010

CHARMING: McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking “Jewish Money.”

July 30, 2010

CLEAN: X-Prize Challenge Offers $1.4 Million for Revolutionary Oil Cleanup Tech.

July 30, 2010

WHEN YOU’RE 80, You’ll Want To Live Like Stirling Moss.

July 30, 2010

THREE UNANSWERED questions about our Moon.

July 30, 2010

UH OH: The Volt: G.M.’s Electric Lemon. “So the future of General Motors (and the $50 billion taxpayer investment in it) now depends on a vehicle that costs $41,000 but offers the performance and interior space of a $15,000 economy car.” Whether it’s good or not, as a taxpayer, you’ve already bought it!

July 30, 2010

AIRBRUSHING: Who Got to Chris Matthews?: ‘Hardball’ Defense of Breitbart Memory-Holed. The first instinct is Stalinist, again. . . .

July 30, 2010

IN THE MAIL: From Lawrence Kane, Blinded by the Night.

July 30, 2010

UH OH: Did The Government Cause The Gulf Oil Spill? “A new report by the Center for Public Integrity, based on testimony from people on scene and Coast Guard logs, contains evidence that the platform sunk because of a botched response from the Coast Guard, which failed to coordinate firefighting efforts and to have the proper resources to fight the fire.”

The White House isn’t talking about this.

July 30, 2010

TAXPROF: A Rangel Ethics Reader.

July 30, 2010

THIRD HOUSE DEMOCRAT CALLS FOR RANGEL TO RESIGN. “It’s not quite a chorus, but it’s become at least a three-part harmony. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) joined Betty Sutton (D-OH) and Walt Minnick (D-ID) in demanding that Charlie Rangel resign from office in disgrace. Murphy’s statement came after the House Ethics Committee produced 13 charges of unethical behavior by the New York Democrat and former Ways and Means chair.”

July 30, 2010

WHY HE WENT ON “THE VIEW:” Obama Losing Ground With Women. “Mr. Obama averaged a 59% approval rating among women in 2009, but seven months into 2010, that’s dipped 14 points to just 45%.”

July 30, 2010

MAX BOOT: Impact of past defense cuts should warn of risks. “If there were ever evidence that it’s impossible to learn from history — or at least that it’s difficult for politicians to do so — this is it. Before they rush to cut defense spending, lawmakers should consider the consequences of previous attempts to cash in on a ‘peace dividend.’” If you want peace, prepare for war.

July 30, 2010

SO MUCH FOR “GEORGIA OVERDRIVE:” Coasting in Neutral Does Not Save Gas. “Coasting downhill in neutral consumes less fuel than in gear, right? Wrong. Coasting in neutral is dangerous and it burns up more fuel. Here’s why.”

July 30, 2010

AMAZON ROLLS OUT THE NEW KINDLE. I still like the Kindle app on my iPhone.

July 30, 2010

RAND SIMBERG: The Space Policy Battle Continues. Follow the link to see what you can do.

July 30, 2010

PJTV: The World’s Funniest Klavan On The Culture Bloopers.

July 30, 2010

TIM PAWLENTY’S FIRST Presidential Campaign Ad.

July 30, 2010

A JOURNOLISTA WONDERS: Was It All For Nothing?

July 30, 2010

RANGEL CONSTITUENT: “Wrong Is Wrong No Matter Who It Is.”

July 30, 2010

TIM CARNEY: Calling bull on Biden’s pretend war against ‘corporate interests’.

July 30, 2010

TIME: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated? “Yes, the spill killed birds — but so far, less than 1% of the number killed by the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska 21 years ago. Yes, we’ve heard horror stories about oiled dolphins — but so far, wildlife-response teams have collected only three visibly oiled carcasses of mammals. Yes, the spill prompted harsh restrictions on fishing and shrimping, but so far, the region’s fish and shrimp have tested clean, and the restrictions are gradually being lifted. And yes, scientists have warned that the oil could accelerate the destruction of Louisiana’s disintegrating coastal marshes — a real slow-motion ecological calamity — but so far, assessment teams have found only about 350 acres of oiled marshes, when Louisiana was already losing about 15,000 acres of wetlands every year.”

July 30, 2010

DAVE KOPEL: Human Events’ Ridiculous “Obama The Muslim” Article.

July 30, 2010

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Hillary Clinton still begging supporters to retire campaign debt as Clintons spend $3-$5 million on daughter’s wedding.

July 30, 2010

WHY DO EMPLOYERS use FICO scores.

July 30, 2010

NOSTALGIA for Muzak?

July 30, 2010

RAND SIMBERG: Saving Suborbital: Will Congress Kill NASA’s Reusable Space Program?

July 30, 2010

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE . . . Oh, hell, what’s the point? Feds want to let FBI access people’s Internet data without probable cause. Well, they were right!

July 29, 2010

POLL: Support For Mexican Border Fence Up To 68%. “Support for the fence is strong across all demographic groups. But while 76% of Mainstream voters think the United States should continue to build the fence, 67% of the Political Class are opposed to it.”

July 29, 2010

ADVICE ON DEALING WITH NAZIS from Woody Allen.

July 29, 2010

PETER SUDERMAN ON E.J. DIONNE: Wouldn’t It Be Easier If We All Just Agreed that the Stimulus Worked? “Let me correct this: On the contrary, studies alleging to show that the stimulus created or saved up to 3 million jobs are based on scant real-world evidence, and, in the case of the Congressional Budget Office’s reports, are explicitly acknowledged not to serve as independent checks on or measurements of the actual results of the program.”

July 29, 2010

D.C. SNIPER HAD coconspirators?

July 29, 2010

PROGRESS: Nanotech-based Electronic Noses Getting Smaller.

July 29, 2010

WISCONSIN: Feingold falls behind?

July 29, 2010

HOW TO DRIVE for fuel economy.

July 29, 2010

WHAT’S NEXT FOR the boy who harnessed the wind?

July 29, 2010

PJTV: Stephen Kruiser talks with Republican Mike Pence On Taking Back The House in November.

July 29, 2010

SILENCE OF the sheep.

July 29, 2010

THE IMPORTANCE OF APEX PREDATORS: What would happen if sharks disappeared?

UPDATE: Reader Rosie Moore writes:

I couldn’t help thinking, while watching the clip, of an analogy with the “economic ecosystem”. Many of the statements made about overfishing of sharks can be applied to the Fed’s punitive actions on the “predators” of the economy. Call the “makers” (entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, etc.) the “predators” and call the “takers” (those on gov’t entitlement programs) the “prey”. This Fed passes measures that discourage the “makers” from doing what they do well (for which, yes, they are sometimes paid obscenely) – invent new technology or drugs, create wealth (in the form of shareholder value), add jobs, supply competitors with incentive to be stronger, etc. – in the form of “sunsetting tax cuts”, handcuffs of new health care legislation, higher costs of securities and regulatory compliance, etc. So the “predators” are getting overfished – and we won’t know the final effect on the total “economic ecosystem” for a while, but you can bet it will strengthen the meek, the bunnies and deer, and be bad for the overall functioning of our free market system.

And to close the loop with the link – it will cost us plenty of clams!

I’m pretty sure the predator/prey relationship goes the other way . . . .

July 29, 2010

MATTERA V. RANGEL headed for trial.

July 29, 2010

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CALLED BLACK AMERICANS “A MONGREL PEOPLE.” And they were right! President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’. “Obama did not appear to be making an inflammatory remark with his statement and the audience appeared to receive it in the light-hearted manner that often accompanies interviews on morning talk shows.” Well, sure. It’s only racist if a Republican says this kind of thing.

But actually, I think Obama’s just channeling Bill Murray’s “mutts” speech in Stripes. Which is a great speech!

July 29, 2010

NEO-NEOCON: Does It Make Me Look Fat?

Plus, some thoughts from the Insta-Wife.

And whatever you do, don’t base your body image on the words of an “Equalities Minister.”

July 29, 2010

DRAINING THE SWAMP: Ethics panel brings 13 counts against embattled Rep. Rangel.

July 29, 2010

OLD, BUT STILL CAPABLE: Aging Odyssey Orbiter Creates Most Detailed Map of Martian Surface.

July 29, 2010

VIA RAND SIMBERG: Your Help Urgently Needed to Save the Future of Human Spaceflight.

July 29, 2010

PANTS: Markdowns on men’s Dockers and Levi’s.