Archive for July, 2010

July 29, 2010

REASON TV: On The Set of Atlas Shrugged — 53 Years In The Making.

July 29, 2010

JOHN PODESTA, UFO Guy. Hey, he probably knows something.

July 29, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: Speeding Up Diagnosis Of Infectious Disease.

July 29, 2010

MICHAEL S. MALONE: A Gathering Of Eagles.

July 29, 2010

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY? Enterprise Rent-A-Car to offer Nissan Leaf rentals early next year.

July 29, 2010

IN THE MAIL: The World for Ransom: Piracy Is Terrorism, Terrorism Is Piracy.

July 29, 2010

JOHN LEO: Yes, Elite Colleges Are Biased Against Poor Whites.

July 29, 2010

SHIKHA DALMIA: The Death Of The Global Warming Movement?

July 29, 2010

DAILY CALLER: Political operatives on Journolist worked to shape news coverage. “Despite its name, membership in the liberal online community Journolist wasn’t limited to journalists. Present among the bloggers, reporters and editors were a number of professional political operatives, including top White House economic advisors, key Obama political appointees, and Democratic campaign veterans. Some left government to join Journolist. Others took the opposite route. A few contributed to Journolist from their perches in politics. At times, it became difficult to tell who was supposed to be covering policy and who was trying to make it.”

UPDATE: The Purpose Of Journalism?

July 29, 2010

THE PARTY OF THE LITTLE GUY: Chelsea Clinton’s $2M Wedding. “The rehearsal dinner is reportedly taking place at the nearby Grasmere, a 525-acre estate boasting a Federal-period manor house with formal gardens, stucco guest cottages and a large stone barn complex. Another area manse rumored to be serving the family over the weekend will be Glenburn, where the Clintons are said to be staying over the weekend. Glenburn is the Rhinebeck home of Eric and Andrea Colombel. Andrea Colombel is the daughter of billionaire financier and longtime Clinton supporter George Soros.”

July 29, 2010

IMMIGRATION: “Helplessness and anarchy.” “States have been left helpless to deal with the anarchy created by the failure of the federal government to enforce border security. Whereas yesterday it was unclear how far states (such as Rhode Island) could go, today states are powerless. The inability of a state to implement a policy of checking the immigration status even of people already under arrest for some other crime is remarkable.”

July 29, 2010

“STEP AWAY FROM THE CAMERA!” More on the war against photography.

July 29, 2010

THE WORLD’S FASTEST human beer opener.

July 29, 2010

TUNKU VARADARAJAN: The Hubristic Fraud Behind WikiLeaks.

July 29, 2010

DAN MILLER ON THE ARIZONA IMMIGRATION DECISION.

July 29, 2010

VIRGINIA POSTREL: The Chinese can’t figure out why we don’t love their World’s Fair. They’ll learn.

July 29, 2010

SEE HOW WHAT CONGRESS DOES WILL AFFECT YOUR INCOME TAXES.

July 29, 2010

ENTERTAINING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Set Up a Simple Recharging Station for Guests.

July 29, 2010

CHEVY VOLT UPDATE: Great news: New electric car costs only slightly more than average annual per capita income.

July 29, 2010

INCUMBENTS as a special interest group. The specialest. And the most interested. . . .

July 28, 2010

THE PERILS OF error reduction.

July 28, 2010

AT AMAZON, it’s the Summer Kitchen Sale.

July 28, 2010

JOHN NOLTE: JournoList, Shame of a Nation: Politico & Roger Simon Have Some ‘Splaining to Do. Note that he means the other Roger Simon.

July 28, 2010

JOHN MCWHORTER: Back in the day, African-American kids didn’t think it was a crime to be young, gifted and black.

July 28, 2010

WELL, OKAY, I’D RATHER BE AT THE BEACH, but the Maker Faire this weekend in Detroit is sure to be cool, too.

July 28, 2010

IN 1910, POPULAR MECHANICS INTRODUCES A REVOLUTIONARY IDEA: Shoulder pads for football players.

July 28, 2010

A FACEBOOK MALWARE WARNING FROM RAND SIMBERG: “If you get a Facebook message from me or anyone saying that I liked ‘Girls Are Unable to Stare at This for 10 Seconds, but Guys Can…,’ it’s some kind of scam. Don’t follow it.”

July 28, 2010

NO, THERE’S NO “INSTAVISION” TODAY, as I’m taking a couple of weeks off. But there are lots of other great shows on PJTV this week. Check ‘em out!

July 28, 2010

SCOTT JOHNSON: “Reading the scholarly work of Woodrow Wilson is an educational experience. It is shocking to read the expressions of his disaffection for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.”

July 28, 2010

CHINA IS PLANNING a large heavy-lift rocket.

July 28, 2010

EVERY BLACK HOLE may hold a hidden universe.

July 28, 2010

ANDREW KLAVAN: From Book Publishers to the Media: The Left’s Crusade to End Debate.

July 28, 2010

OH, GOODY: An Order of Seven Global Cyber-Guardians Now Hold Keys to the Internet. Sounding too much like John Ringo’s Council Wars for my taste. . . .

July 28, 2010

CAR LUST: The Graham “Sharknose.”

July 28, 2010

ARIZONA LAW UPHELD IN PART, BLOCKED IN PART: More from Prof. Jacobson.

July 28, 2010

REASON TV: Protest in Bell, California: Residents Have Had Enough Of Overpaid Civil “Servants.” “They are robbing the city blind. . . . We have a very predatory government.”

July 28, 2010

TRANSPARENCY! SEC Says New Financial Regulation Law Exempts it From Public Disclosure. “Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.”

July 28, 2010

AUTO PROPHET: THE CHEVY VOLT MATH DOESN’T WORK OUT VERY WELL. Yeah, but there are two points here. One is that if you’re an early adopter, there are reasons other than gas-savings payoffs to consider. The other is that if you’re really pessimistic about the future, a car that’s less dependent on gasoline looks better . . . .

On the other hand, reader G.L. Carlson writes:

I’ve been making consumer products for 4 decades. My most expensive failures have been those with an environmental advantage and a price disadvantage.

Consumers as a group will not pay extra for environmental goodness. A small following will, out of conviction or guilt- but the bulk of the market won’t do it. The price of an environmentally attractive option must not significantly exceed that of the conventional choice.

The Volt will be an expensive, predictable failure.

Well, we’ll see. And thanks to the GM bailout, they’re gambling with your money whether you buy a Volt or not.

July 28, 2010

TIM DANIELS: Barney Frank’s one dollar fare conundrum and the ruling class. “The ruling class disease of entrenched hubris and elitism has echoed the halls of the United States Congress for far too long and is the cause for many of the ills that we face now as a nation.”

July 28, 2010

JUSTICE: DoJ stalling on protecting voting rights of military?

UPDATE: Related: Military voters soon to be disenfranchised – again: Panther prejudice not the only problem at Justice.

July 28, 2010

NOT A BIG SURPRISE: Late Sunset Delays Teen Sleep.

July 28, 2010

SHOCKER: Unexpected Drop in Durable Goods. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that demand for durable goods from American factories fell 1 percent in June. Excluding the volatile transportation sector, new orders decreased 0.6 percent. The report comes on heels of Tuesday’s latest take on consumer confidence, which dropped sharply in July.” Darn these constantly repeating unexpected events!

July 28, 2010

CONGRESS BLOWS IT: Commercial Spaceflight, We Have A Problem. Congress will always choose short-term pork over long-term development unless there’s strong Presidential leadership. But while the Obama space policy is good, the White House hasn’t provided the kind of legislative push it takes to make it work. Without strong leadership, a good policy will always lose out to pork.

July 28, 2010

AS LONG AS IT’S NOT ICE IX: Artificially controlling water condensation leads to ‘room-temperature ice’.

July 28, 2010

ADVANTAGES OF the risky hire.

July 28, 2010

IN THE MAIL: From Jessica Stern, Denial: A Memoir of Terror.

July 28, 2010

TAXPROF: More on the ABA’s Proposal to Dilute Law Faculty Tenure.

July 28, 2010

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: “Hysteria over Shirley Sherrod last week unfortunately overshadowed a sensible, courageous and long overdue analysis of racial politics by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.”

July 28, 2010

BRUNO BEHREND: Swapping a VAT for failing income tax is good policy. So much for the “devil you know” theory.

July 28, 2010

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE NEWS: Will NYC’s College Building Boom Bubble Pop? “New York’s universities have grand expansion plans, but could the economy–and online courses–doom them to failure before they’ve even begun?”

July 28, 2010

SHOCKER: Serious Journalists Feel Betrayed By Klein’s JournoList, But Do Nothing About It.

July 28, 2010

WELL, THIS SHOULD OVERCOME ALL THE CLAIMS THAT HE’S A CORRUPT TOOL OF LOBBYISTS: K Street goes to the defense of Charlie Rangel.

Related: Report: Meeting on ethics charges involving Rangel’s lawyers may have been, er, unethical.

July 28, 2010

COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW, LIKE TAXES, IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: IRS Continues to Use ‘Tax Protester’ Label Despite Congressional Prohibition.

July 28, 2010

LOOKING FOR OPTIMISTS? Try the folks who project California pensions’ rates of returns.

July 28, 2010

WHAT MEN WANT.

July 28, 2010

FROM AMAZON, new releases on DVD and Blu-Ray.

July 28, 2010

THE ESTATE TAX: Can George Steinbrenner Change The Debate?

July 28, 2010

JOHN FUND: YEAR OF THE TEA PARTY VOTER. “Republicans are winning over voters who are disgruntled with both parties.” Well, there should be plenty of those.

July 28, 2010

WELL, THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG: In speech to Turkey, David Cameron goes full idiot.

July 28, 2010

JONATHAN TOBIN: House Democratic Memo Is Another Blow to J Street. “Ever since November 2008, leftists have been trying to assert that the Jewish vote for Obama was proof that J Street and not AIPAC or other mainstream pro-Israel groups truly represented Jewish opinion. But if that were so, why would Obama be trying so hard to convince everyone that his administration was as reliable a supporter of Israel as any of its predecessors?”

July 28, 2010

DER SPIEGEL: The Shared Extremism of Neo-Nazis and Migrant Youth. By “extremism” they mean “anti-semitism,” and by “migrant,” they mean “Muslim.”

July 28, 2010

JIM TREACHER: The people on JournoList claim they were just social networking, so let’s start calling it SociaList.

July 28, 2010

WHEN SECONDS COUNT, THE POLICE ARE ONLY MINUTES AWAY: “The District police department policy on forcible entry caused a ‘deadly delay’ as officers waited for a supervisor outside an apartment while a mother and her two young sons were being stabbed to death inside, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman’s family.” Breaking down doors for drug raids is bad. Breaking down doors to prevent murder is good. Guess which one the cops hold back on . . . .

July 28, 2010

I PREDICT THAT IF THIS SPREADS TO WASHINGTON, THEY’LL BRING BACK DDT: Bedbug Crisis Sparks Offensive in New York. Some background here.

July 28, 2010

RAND SIMBERG ON CONGRESS AND SPACE: Is NASA Being Set Up To Fail (Again)? “Congress is putting pork before progress by micromanaging NASA, asking them to do too much with too little, and, once again, setting America’s space agency up for failure.”

July 28, 2010

IF THEY THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT: Will Obama’s Deficit Commission Call for $26.7 Trillion Tax Increase?

Here’s a hint: When they say “everything’s on the table,” they don’t really mean “everything, including elimination of the Department of Education, and privatization of Social Security, and a 15% across-the-board cut in federal payrolls.”

July 28, 2010

OBAMA TO THE RESCUE, at Patty Murray fundraiser. “It is a sign of the seriousness with which the White House is taking Murray’s reelection race. Polls show her in a potentially tight contest with Republican Dino Rossi, the other candidate likely to emerge out of Washington’s Top Two primary.”

July 28, 2010

WILL COLLIER: Get Ready For The Charlie Rangel Coverup.

July 28, 2010

GAY PATRIOT: “I hereby withdraw the apology to Mrs. Sherrod.” “The edited video was unfortunate, but the true racist stripes of the NAACP, the Sherrods, and the Obama Administration have certainly come out over a week’s time. So bravo, Mr. Breitbart. You hit the target.”

July 28, 2010

CHEVY VOLT KINDA PRICEY AT $41K: Volt’s price induces some sticker shock. “The long-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, General Motors’ electric car, will cost $41,000, the company announced Tuesday, leaving consumers to decide whether its environmental appeal is worth a price far above that of similarly sized conventional autos.” Of course, there’s a $7500 tax credit. I’m guessing that without that, the Volt would be significantly cheaper.

But who can resist this sales pitch? “The Chevrolet Volt will be the best vehicle in its class . . . because it’s in a class by itself.” I’m actually modestly excited about the Volt, but my excitement is tempered by my expectation that GM will probably screw it up somehow. I hope I’m wrong.

July 28, 2010

MICHAEL BARONE: House Democrats head for a thumping at the polls. Unless the Republicans blow it, which they’re certainly capable of . . .

July 28, 2010

POST: Rangel In Sleaze Squeeze: Pelosi henchman: He’d better make deal.

July 28, 2010

ROGER SIMON: Is Oliver Stone Today’s Walter Duranty?

July 28, 2010

ED DRISCOLL: Michael Calderone, Dave Weigel, and the Telltale Eleventh Paragraph. “Dave Weigel’s JournoList-related departure from the Washington Post ends up being a lateral move, but you wouldn’t know it unless you made it to the 11th paragraph of this article for Yahoo’s ‘Upshot’ column by Michael Calderone.”

July 27, 2010

BUSTED, WILL PAY UP: Sen. Kerry to pay $500K tax on yacht. “Senator John Kerry said today he will voluntarily cut a check to the state of Massachusetts for some $500,000 in sales tax for a yacht he purchased in Rhode Island earlier this year. . . . Kerry has been dogged by questions in recent days by questions about whether he purposely tried to evade taxes in his home state by listing the $7 million yacht’s home berth as Newport, R.I., when he actually intended to use the boat at his summer home on Nantucket. His yacht purchase was first reported in the Boston Herald.”

July 27, 2010

JIM LINDGREN: “Asking millions of Americans to sign a birthday card for the President suggests a tone-deafness about the cult of personality. If we lived in a dictatorship, getting millions of subjects to celebrate the Dear Leader’s birthday would be routine, but in a free republic this appeal to get millions of citizens to celebrate a current president’s birthday strikes a discordant note to my ear. No, I am not saying we are in a dictatorship; I am saying that because we are not, we should not be emulating the trappings characteristic of that fundamentally different sort of regime. Nor do I think this is particularly ominous.” Just revealing.

UPDATE: Orin Kerr: Relax, it’s just campaign fluff. And from the comments, there’s this: “They’re pretty clearly trying to recapture the ‘spirit of ’08.’ In that way, this email serves as a nice reminder of how embarrassing the ‘spirit of ’08′ really was.”

July 27, 2010

WHAT WOULD BUGS BUNNY DO? Celebrate his 70th Birthday.

July 27, 2010

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: From Rev. Wright to the Sherrod Affair.

July 27, 2010

AUDIENCE: In July, ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann‘ Saw Lowest Viewership Since April 2008.

July 27, 2010

REPUBLICANS: Hillary Clinton Was Right.

July 27, 2010

HMM: Clintonista Rendell: Obama May Be Primaried In 2012. “Has Obama gone from messianic to the Titanic in less than two short years? Yes, Rendell endorsed Hillary over Obama in 2008. Carville has continued to wail away on Obama domestically, to some extent. Now, Rendell throws down the foreign policy card. War has divided the Democrats since George McGovern.”

July 27, 2010

IF ONLY HE WERE AS CHEAP WITH OUR MONEY AS HE IS WITH HIS OWN: Rep. Barney Frank causes scene demanding discount. “Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank caused a scene when he demanded a $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to Fire Island’s popular gay haunt, The Pines, last Friday. Frank was turned down by ticket clerks at the dock in Sayville because he didn’t have the required Suffolk County Senior Citizens ID. A witness reports, ‘Frank made such a drama over the senior rate that I contemplated offering him the dollar to cool down the situation.’”

July 27, 2010

THE NEUROSCIENCE of breakups. “A study published in the July issue of the Journal of Neurophysiology found that romantic break-ups activate parts of the brain that are associated with addiction cravings.”

July 27, 2010

ILYA SOMIN: Tenure and Faculty Self-Selection Reconsidered. Plus, from the comments: “While I can see decent arguments against tenure, they are nothing like so urgent as the arguments against the powers of university ‘administrators’.” Good point.

July 27, 2010

PETER KIRSANOW on the New Black Panther Case.

July 27, 2010

AT AMAZON, markdowns on factory-reconditioned tools.

UPDATE: Reader Bryan Frymire writes, “I just saved thirty bucks on a Milwaukee abrasive chop saw I’ve been wanting/needing to buy for a couple of months now. I owe it all to Instapundit!” Happy to help!

July 27, 2010

PJTV: Sonja Schmidt and Tony Katz are pushing an “Arizona Buycott.”

Hey, maybe they can get Elton John to join them!

July 27, 2010

“THIRSTY, PEASANTS?”

July 27, 2010

GOOD NEWS FOR FREE SPEECH: The DISCLOSE Act fails.

July 27, 2010

HEALTH: What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D.

July 27, 2010

FROM WHITE ROOFS, to white awnings over roads.

July 27, 2010

JON STEWART: “Andrew Breitbart may be the most honest person in this entire story.”

UPDATE: Dan Riehl: Sad, Jon Stewart Has More Ballz Than Many Right-Side Pundits On Breitbart, Sherrod. That’s true. When the lefties target someone, whether it’s Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh, too many rightish pundits instinctively distance themselves. That’s a reflex left over from when things were very different.

July 27, 2010

NO SURPRISE: Foresight’s student award-winners go on to great things.

July 27, 2010

RISE OF THE helpful robots.

July 27, 2010

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

July 27, 2010

JOHN SCALZI likes his Droid X.

July 27, 2010

CONTEXT: Full Sherrod Video: Violence Against Cops, Judges And Lawyers?

July 27, 2010

MICKEY KAUS:

“Shut up” seems to be a favorite talking point of Journolist defenders. But I don’t think non-members need to accept their message discipline.

Journolist was a terrible idea from the start, not so much because it enabled the promotion of “lock-steppedness” and a progressive party line across media organizations (though Salam more or less concedes that it did), or because it fostered an “us vs. them” mentality (which it also obviously did). It was a bad idea, mainly because it took a process that could have been public, democratic and transparent and gratuitously made it private, stratified and opaque. This was an odd move for “progressives” to make when confronted with the revolutionary openness of the Web. It’s as if they’d looked at our great national parks and said hey, what we really need is to carve out a private walled enclave for the well connected. Invited to a terrific party, they immediately set up a VIP room.

It’s all about the VIP rooms with these people. For them, “private, stratified and opaque” isn’t a bug, it’s the desired end-state every time.

July 27, 2010

VIDEO: Jane Austen’s Fight Club.

July 27, 2010

COURT: Cyber Bullying Not Actionable.