Archive for August, 2010

August 31, 2010

NICK SCHULZ: Is Obama a Chicago-style pol? If only.

August 31, 2010

ROB PORT: Joe Miller’s primary victory illustrates problem with GOP. “During an election cycle in which its clear that the American electorate wants change, you would think that the Republicans would embrace change within their own party. At a time when Americans are sick and tired of the status quo in Washington DC, Miller’s victory in Alaska represents voters demanding that change with their votes. What business do national Republicans have being hostile toward the candidate Republican voters in Alaska voted to represent them in the election? That there is apparent hostility speaks to the fact that Republicans still aren’t getting it.”

Hey, Murkowski was an insider, and part of a dynasty. National GOP folks like that. And this is why I like seeing Tea Party activists take over the party from the ground up. All those precinct-chair and state-committee things really matter, and theyll matter more over coming years.

UPDATE: Tea Party Wins One In Alaska.

August 31, 2010

THE RULING CLASS: The Hill: Wealthy lawmakers increased their riches as U.S. economy sputtered in 2009.

August 31, 2010

JERRY POURNELLE: “I do not think it impossible that a year from now Obama will appear to be the moderate if the Republicans win big in November. I don’t think it likely because I don’t believe that Obama can do as Clinton did when he lost his Congressional majority. Clinton began triangulation, became the moderate, and took advantage of Mr. Gingrich’s mistake when Newt over-reacted to a personal slight and took that as an attack on the office of Speaker. Clinton skillfully played the Moderate and made the Republicans responsible for the Train Wreck, and won re-election. I don’t think Obama can do that. He is surrounded by ideological advisors and unlike Clinton, Obama has an ideology. It is not clear that he can play this game with Clintonian charms and skill. . . . [But] Obama retains a number of the advantages that got him elected. He is one of the best orators of his generation. He has lost the ability to disguise himself as the honest broker who will bring fundamental change, but he is doing is best to throw all the blame for his failures to bring about the hoped for changes on the Republicans and his predecessor. Bob Dole and his Country Club Republican cohorts were able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It could happen again.”

August 31, 2010

ALASKA: Murkowski concedes.

August 31, 2010

A FRIEND EMAILS FROM MEXICO: “Shit’s about to collapse in MX and points south. It is frightening. I am seeing first hand, am traveling. Total anarchy and terror unfolding.” Well, that’s encouraging. All those counter-insurgency and nation-building skills we’ve honed in Iraq might come in handy closer to home.

Or, you know, we could just legalize drugs and pull the rug out from under the cartels.

UPDATE: A followup email:

It’s so complex. The USA unilaterally legalizing weed, as many have proposed, wouldn’t stop the violence — there are any number of possible outcomes to that. The causes are complex and brewed over time… all I know is that all signs are pointing to a far worsening situation down there, and increasing impact here.

Militarizing the border isn’t a solution, but having seen what I’ve seen, I’d be terrified if we weren’t hardening that border right now.

Time to come back to the States, I think.

MORE: Reader Michael Ubaldi emails:

Speaking of Iraq: I’m sure academics could explain how Mexican drug gangs are totally unlike insurgents in Iraq, but I tell you, the groups’ modus operandi sound awfully similar. One marked difference, of course, is that few try to justify the gangs’ actions.

The world will take a big step forward when it understands that violent people are simply violent people.

Indeed.

August 31, 2010

CHANGE: Dow Logs Worst August in 9 Years.

August 31, 2010

ED DRISCOLL: All This and Weimar, Too: The Million Reichsmark March.

August 31, 2010

ALL ABOUT THE BEER INDUSTRY.

August 31, 2010

ABSOLUT VICTORY: STEPHEN GREEN IS Drunkblogging Obama’s Iraq Speech.

Bush got a mention, the troops got two mentions — but I haven’t hear thanks to either one. . . .

What the hell is this? Seriously. We were promised an update on Iraq. Instead we’re getting a defense of Obamanomics, which unlike the Surge (anyone?), has been a total failure.

Read the whole thing. And weep, or laugh, or something. Drink!

UPDATE: More from Prof. Jacobson.

And here’s the full text of Obama’s speech.

Plus, what Obama said about the surge when it mattered.

ANOTHER UPDATE: More then-and-now comparison.

MORE: Obama In The Oval Office: “First, a visual observation: he looked scrawny and ill-at-ease at the large, empty desk. There were no funny hand gestures this time, as there was for the Oil Spill address. This speech did have some good moments, which I will start with.”

MORE STILL: Celebrating V-I Day back in 2008.

STILL MORE: Bill Kristol: “It wasn’t a bad speech.”

August 31, 2010

MARKDOWNS ON DVD and Blu-Ray.

August 31, 2010

BACK TO SCHOOL: Walter Russell Mead on the Higher Education Bubble.

The upper middle class benefited over the last generation from a rising difference between the living standards of professional and blue collar American workers. This is likely to change; from civil service jobs in government to university professors, lawyers, health care personnel, middle and upper middle management in the private sector, the upper-middle class is going to face a much harsher environment going forward. Automation, outsourcing and unremitting pressures to control costs are going to squeeze upper middle class incomes. What blue collar workers faced in the last thirty years is coming to the white collar workforce now.

Yet as their financial prospects darken, students’ educational costs are exploding. Like the health care system, the educational system is being overwhelmed by rising costs and rising demand. And as misguided government policies contributed to the real estate bubble by artificially inflating demand, government programs are burdening students with unpayable loans and contributing to relentless and unsustainable inflation in school costs.

And so, dear students, welcome back! Your generation is going to have dig its own way out of the hole my generation has dug for you (thanks for the Medicare, kids, and sorry about the deficit!), but here are a few tips that may help you get the best out of your college years.

Read the whole thing.

August 31, 2010

STILL MORE on the spreading bedbug problem. “The bugs are winning this war.”

August 31, 2010

WHOLE FOODS’ JOHN MACKEY:

Q: What’s the result of the Wild Oats merger?

A: The end result is that it’s been great. Our Wild Oats same-store sales were up like 16% in the second quarter.

Q: Would you do that merger again?

A: No. We’ll never do another merger that requires FTC approval. It was the worst experience of Whole Foods’ corporate life. All my e-mails were examined by the FTC. The $30 million in legal fees. … For what? To prove we weren’t a monopoly? Everyone knows we’re not….

Yay, regulators.

August 31, 2010

ERIC SCHEIE: If Ann Coulter is now a RINO, can I take my checkers and go home?

August 31, 2010

LESSONS IN relative deprivation.

August 31, 2010

WHAT IT’S LIKE Going 307.7 MPH in an Electric Vehicle.

August 31, 2010

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

August 31, 2010

QUESTION: Is There Gold In Fort Knox? Do We Care? If we don’t care, can I keep some of it in my basement?

August 31, 2010

DEMAND FOR ANESTHESIOLOGISTS to outrun supply. Well, there’s a lot of pain out there, these days.

August 31, 2010

ONE IN FOUR LAP DANCERS has a college degree.

August 31, 2010

IF ONLY: Obama could kill fossil fuels overnight with a nuclear dash for thorium.

More on thorium reactors here.

UPDATE: Steven Den Beste says there’s a downside. Yeah, that does chill my enthusiasm a bit . . . .

August 31, 2010

THE CONGLOMERATE’S FORUM ON PROXY ACCESS is now in the can.

August 31, 2010

MORE ON THE BEDBUGS’ RETURN. “Early remedies were risky: igniting gunpowder on mattresses or soaking them with gasoline, fumigating buildings with burning sulfur or cyanide gas. (The best-known brand was Zyklon B, which later became infamous at Auschwitz.) Success finally arrived in the 1950s as the bugs were hit first with DDT and then with malathion, diazinon, lindane, chlordane and dichlorovos, as resistance to each developed. In those days, mattresses were sprayed, DDT dust was sprinkled into the sheets, nurseries were lined with DDT-impregnated wallpaper. . . . The reasonable course, Dr. Goddard said, is to recognize that we are, in effect, back in the 1920s ‘Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite’ era. People should be aware, but not panicky.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain, America would be taken back to the 1920s. And they were right!

UPDATE: Reader Jay Brinker writes:

What a horribly defeatist article. The “future is grim” and we are “back in the ’20′s ” with no proffered solutions? Parsing the lines, apparently there are some pesticides that work, but we are not told what they are. I guess we are supposed to not ask questions and suffer through this plague. This is a perfect metaphor for the Obama age.

And another reader emails:

Our dear daughter just moved into another apartment after she and her roommates lived with bedbugs for eight months, keeping their clothes in plastic bags, getting rid of mattresses and getting others (didn’t work), having the landlord fumigate several times. She guessed the bugs lived in the walls and would be there forever in that old building in Chicago. She is relieved to be out of there.

I would be, too.

August 31, 2010

PROFESSOR BAINBRIDGE: When I was a kid, we didn’t get any stinking $150 cab rides. Well, when I was a summer associate, I spent a month at Dewey, Ballantine’s DC office, and they put me up in a suite at the River Inn. It was nice. They even picked up the dry-cleaning and room-service tabs, which I didn’t expect. And yes, I did wind up working there, so I guess it works. . . . .

August 31, 2010

IN THE MAIL: Poorer Richard’s America: What Would Ben Say?

August 31, 2010

FELLOWSHIPS for aspiring law professors.

August 31, 2010

MONEY-SAVING TIPS FROM ROGER KIMBALL: Things the U.S. government could do without.

August 31, 2010

THE BECK RALLY: A muddle?

August 31, 2010

MEGAN MCARDLE: “I’m in the middle of Sex at Dawn, the book that’s caught the attention of a number of commentators, including Dan Savage and our own Andrew Sullivan. I’m about halfway through the book, and so far, I’m disappointed to say that it reads like horsefeathers.”

Plus, a damning line from the comments: “Oh well, it’s only social science.” Ouch.

August 31, 2010

OKAY, DAN O’BRIEN’S STOLEN HORSES MAY BE A GREAT BOOK, but listening to the summary in this NPR review I was struck by the litany of lefty/Oprah cliches: A town founded in an act of violence by white settlers (check! — they’re even cowboys!), a Native American (check!) who dies because he’s denied healthcare (check!) by a greedy hospital (check!) that’s defended by a Republican lawyer (check!) There’s even a plucky female journalist (check!) with a boyfriend who . . . . won’t commit! (check, and mate!) Really, can it get any better than this?

August 31, 2010

SHOCKING NEWS FROM JIM TREACHER: The Huffington Post has editorial standards, apparently.

August 31, 2010

DAVID BERNSTEIN: “The New York Times’s stories on the Great Recession always seem to manage to find 20 somethings to interview who seem completely clueless about finances.” Interesting discussion in the comments.

August 31, 2010

VERONIQUE DE RUGY: “There are days where I wonder whether things will ever get better, and then there are days when I know things will.”

August 31, 2010

WHITE HOUSE WON’T GIVE THE SURGE ANY CREDIT FOR IRAQ SUCCESS: “Gibbs said Obama plans to call Bush before the speech, but through repeated questioning would not admit that the surge played any especially important role in the war’s progress.” Showing the forthright and generous spirit we’ve come to expect from this gang.

August 31, 2010

BITES FROM THE APPLE: A roundup of news from the Apple Empire.

August 31, 2010

FOURTH AMENDMENT STUNNER: Judge Rules That Cell-Site Data Protected By Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement. I’ll be surprised if this holds up, but stay tuned.

August 31, 2010

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: The Hill: Watchdogs not sure Johnson will face ethics probe over scholarship scandal. “Watchdogs are divided over whether the ethics committee should immediately investigate Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas). Johnson has been accused of awarding thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives as well as the child of a top aide over the past 5 years. Johnson reportedly used Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation funds to dole out the scholarships, even though the recipients were ineligible under the nonprofit’s rules, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.”

August 31, 2010

ANNIE JACOBSEN: Likely Terror Attack ‘Dry Run’ Exposes Dangerous TSA Missteps.

August 31, 2010

JAY COST: Health Care Reform Has Endangered the Democratic Majority. “It was during the health care debate that the essential building block of the Democratic majority – Independent voters – began to crumble. It was evident in the generic ballot. It was evident in the President’s job approval numbers. It was evident in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.”

August 31, 2010

CIVIL RIGHTS PROGRESS: California Senate Rejects Open-Carry Ban. Okay, it’s a small thing. But it’s California. (Via NewsAlert).

August 31, 2010

WHY WALL STREET DONORS ARE DESERTING OBAMA.

August 31, 2010

HEY, ALCOHOL IS A PRESERVATIVE: Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?

UPDATE: Reader Michael Costello writes: “I have 30 year old bottle of Mezcal in my liquor cabinet and the worm at the bottom looks as fresh as the day I bought it. Works for him!”

August 31, 2010

I LISTENED. IT’S AN INSPIRED RANT. Mark Levin’s Rousing Call To Arms For The Tea Party Movement.

August 31, 2010

SUGGESTION TO TEA PARTIERS: LEAVE MIKE CASTLE ALONE. “Do you know who Mike Castle would be a lot more conservative than? Democratic nominee Chris Coons.”

UPDATE: Related: Boot Barney Frank: Support GOP challenger Sean Bielat. It’s uphill, but Frank’s looking beatable this year.

August 31, 2010

RICH DEMOCRATS are getting richer.

August 31, 2010

SECOND NEWSPAPER CHAIN joins copyright trolling operation. I guess people will have to add them to the blocking plugin.

UPDATE: Here’s the list, courtesy of Bill Quick.

August 31, 2010

ED DRISCOLL: Unlike Newsweek, I Still Believe Obama is the President. “I actually double-checked to make sure it wasn’t a parody; and at least according to Newsweek’s fellow JournoListas at the Politico, it’s legit.”

August 31, 2010

CLIMATEGATE UPDATE: UN report on glaciers melting is based on ‘speculation.’ “Two years ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made the claim which it said was based on detailed research into the impact of global warming. But the IPCC have since admitted it was based on a report written in a science journal and even the scientist who was the subject of the original story admits it was not based on fact. The article, in the New Scientist, was not even based on a research paper – it evolved from a short telephone interview with the academic.” Remember when the magic phrase was the peer-reviewed science? (Via JWF).

August 31, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Investors Head for Bunkers, Driving Up ‘Shelter Shares’. “Amid the market tumult, a handful of stocks have seen their share prices ratchet up to record highs in recent weeks. And many of them are connected by a curious, if disconcerting, thread: Between them, they provide an investor with essentials for any respectable fallout shelter—makers of bottled water, canned goods, dehydrated broth, gas masks and auxiliary generators.”

This whole Era of Hope And Change isn’t really living up to the promises . . . .

August 31, 2010

JULIETT “BALDILOCKS” OCHIENG is asking for help. I donated.

August 31, 2010

RAISING MONEY for Hamas. With that tool, George Galloway.

August 30, 2010

HEH: “Oh, great. The bad guys have Dr. Evil and all we have to save us is Pee Wee Herman.”

August 30, 2010

MAYBE THEY COULD HAVE CAMPS FOR THAT: Sebelius says we need ObamaCare “reeducation.”

August 30, 2010

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Is the U.S. Treasury the Scene of the Next Bubble to Burst?

August 30, 2010

WHY REPUBLICANS SHOULDN’T GET COCKY: Neither Party Deserves to Lead.

August 30, 2010

THINGS THAT DON’T SUCK: This Gerber telescoping pruner. The crepe myrtles were growing over/into the gutters, and with this gadget I was lopping branches with ease, including some that were surprisingly big. I had a similar one from Harbor Freight years ago, but it didn’t work nearly as well. As a ladder-avoidance tool, this is right up there with the much-loved light-bulb changer.

August 30, 2010

IN RESPONSE TO LAST NIGHT’S DISASTER-PREP POST, a reader emails:

Sorry for the late night mail but my Wife and I are thinking about the coming Earthquake in Southern California, it will come ,no doubt. We just restocked with 2 five gallon water jugs and 20$ worth of Campbells soup, as well as Lots of ammo and batteries, the biggest question, and I know the 4×4 roads is, how do we get out? I fear the GOV won’t help us and we will be left to our own devices. That said, what do I do about my neighbors? They will come “calling”,…. any thoughts?

If you can afford it, I recommend stockpiling enough for them, too. Food can be pretty cheap, and while it’s hard to store a lot of water, you can have an extra filter and/or some jugs of bleach. When things go bad, it’s good to have friends.

UPDATE: A reader emails:

Food can be very cheap. The local grocery store often has 25 lb sacks of rice on sale for less than $10. That and a sack of dried beans (maybe $15) can keep a couple people going for several days, probably long enough for basic transport services to be restored, all for the cost of a few fast food meals, or a family night out at the movies. It can keep for a long time–years, if stored correctly.

And it beats looting for food during a disaster, or trusting to government efficiency for organizing disaster relief.

25 pounds of rice is a lot of rice.

UPDATE: Reader Ray Dawson writes:

Growing up living in Utah, I’ve always been concerned with keeping at least a 72 kit, after Katrina, my personal kit went to a week.
Now after reading my fair share of “apocalyptic porn” like “One Second After” I’m going to a months supply in my house. Last year a transformer blew and we were with out power for 2 days. I was actually embarrassed how well off we were compared to out neighbors.

But the most interesting thing is how many people open talk about preparedness, it used to be just Mormons and militia members. Now it’s pretty common. A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a waitress who told me her and her friends were preparing for Zombies, storing food, making bugout plans. She couldn’t bring herself to worry about EMPs or solar flares, earthquakes, etc. but she could, (and was!) preparing for zombies.

I wonder if people talking about zombies are subconsciously preparing for the next Katrina.

P.S. Killer site on how to buy a years worth of food for $225 a person.

For the zombies…

Yeah, the Zombie Squad folks capitalize on this. And you can never be too prepared for the zombies.

And I’ve noted the mainstreaming of survivalism before.

August 30, 2010

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Tea Party Raids McConnell’s Kitchen Cabinet.

August 30, 2010

ANOTHER ARNE DUNCAN EMBARRASSMENT: Education secretary urged his employees to go to Sharpton’s rally. “Russ Whitehurst, director of the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution’s Brown Center of Education Policy, said nothing like this happened when he was a Department of Education program director from 2001 to 2008: ‘Only political appointees would have been made aware of such an event and encouraged to attend.’” And yet Sharpton still couldn’t pull a crowd.

August 30, 2010

HMM: Chinese Central Bank Chief Rumored To Have Defected. Hmm. Well, we’ll see.

August 30, 2010

MATT SHEFFIELD: Hating your countrymen is the new patriotism.

August 30, 2010

DON’T GET COCKY, KID. Gallup: GOP Takes 10-Point Lead In Generic Ballot.

August 30, 2010

THE END TIMES ARE HERE: MAN EATING GIANT SQUID DEVOURING FISH STOCKS.

August 30, 2010

PJTV: Brandi Milloy On The Border, Part II.

August 30, 2010

RUNNING FOR CONGRESS on an Amity Shlaes platform.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “What is absolutely staggering at the link is the vitriol in the comments directed not only at the candidate Gibson, but the author of the piece as well. Out of the box, the comments run towards ‘Rabid Blue State’ Blue. What is staggering is not how hateful the comments are, but the near-uniformly poor quality of the expression. I smell fear.” Indeed. I liked the guy who wants to run Gibson’s thesis through “anti-plagerism software.” Yeah, that “plagerism” is a real problem . . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader suggests the vitriol is explained in this essay.

Related: Sharpton marchers bring the negativity.

August 30, 2010

SETTING THE BAR LOW, SETTING THE BAR HIGH:

It isn’t the snarky first part of this statement that is interesting; that’s banal, and while revealing in its own way, it’s de rigeur for he sort of people we’re talking about to on the one hand demand no one reach conclusions on the basis of necessarily limited information when it comes to them and their mascots, but who feel free themselves to rush to entirely unsupported conclusions regarding their opponents and targets, and express them in the snarkiest way possible, all the while holding the self-conception that they’re stalwarts defending civil discourse. . . . The same people who are sanguine about the Cordoba Initiative and caution against intemperance, rushing to conclusions without a forensic-level of CSI-type evidence, and cautioning against painting with a broad brush and guilt-by-association routinely and casually do all these things in their characterizations and portrayals of Tea Party members.

Indeed.

August 30, 2010

HEADACHE: First genetic link to common migraine exposed.

August 30, 2010

BACK TO SCHOOL: Our kids have become cannon fodder for two rival ideologies battling to control America’s future. “In one camp are conservative Christians and their champion, the Texas State Board of Education; in the other are politically radical multiculturalists and their de facto champion, President Barack Obama. The two competing visions couldn’t be more different. And the stakes couldn’t be higher. Unfortunately, whichever side wins — your kid ends up losing.” Homeschooling just looks better . . . .

August 30, 2010

GENERATING POWER from electricity in the air.

UPDATE: Yes, Atlas Shrugged seems prophetic in ever so many ways . . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: In answer to Conor Friedersdorf’s question, it’s this.

August 30, 2010

MORE ON CANCER TREATMENTS: A Protein Killer Could Treat All Cancers, and Possibly All Illnesses.

Faster, please.

August 30, 2010

MARKDOWNS ON flat-screen TVs.

August 30, 2010

ANN ALTHOUSE on Brooklyn College and Bob Dylan.

August 30, 2010

THE ANSWER TO A HOUSING RECOVERY: LOWER PRICES. Yeah, but those are surprisingly hard to come by. I note that houses in my neighborhood that are selling are going for 10-15% less than their 2005-2006 selling prices. But most of the people putting houses on the market are asking for 10-20% more than the 2005-2006 price, and are grimly hanging on rather than lowering the price to anything that might sell. My assumption is that either (1) they’re idiots: or (2) they bought them with tiny down payments, and can’t bring enough cash to the table to sell at the realistic selling price. (I’m always amazed to find out how many people with expensive houses don’t even have enough cash to cover the real estate commission if they can’t cover it out of the sale, but that’s often the case.) This problem will take quite a while to work out, I think.

August 30, 2010

FINDING UNCONVENTIONAL OIL with medical nanotechnology.

August 30, 2010

AFRICAN ENGINEERING: Africa’s Top Tinkerers Display Their Projects at Maker Faire Africa.

August 30, 2010

SOME PHOTOGRAPHIC PLAYFULNESS from Matt Drudge.

August 30, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: Drug Success Against Malignant Melanoma.

And I really mean, “faster, please.”

A small percentage of the patients experienced disappearance of tumours. But do not expect it at a doctor’s office any time soon.

Further studies are needed before the drug can be approved by the FDA.

I find this infuriating. Once you’ve been given a death sentence diagnosis and have months to live why should you have to die without being able to try experimental treatments?

Stage IV metastatic variety of melanoma has a 5 year survival rate below 20% and even lower in some cases. Malignant melanoma diagnosis amounts to a check-out notice from the Life Hotel. Such check-out notices ought to entitle you to a “Get out of the FDA jail card” where you get to try experimental treatments.

Yes.

August 30, 2010

NEWS: Alaska Libertarian Party says no to nominating Murkowski. Well, she’s not much of a libertarian, is she?

August 30, 2010

BLACKFIVE ON IRAQ AND THE DEFEATISTS: “I wonder who will get the credit for fixing Iraq, per President Obama. I don’t really expect him to mention President Bush, but he damn well better mention the troops. And he shouldn’t take the credit for a plan he opposed, Vice President Biden opposed, Speaker Pelosi opposed, Speaker Reid opposed, Secretary of State Clinton opposed… Thank you, to General Odierno and our troops, for doing the impossible.”

August 30, 2010

DEPRECIATION: An electric-car Achilles’ heel?

August 30, 2010

UNEXPECTEDLY: Democrat leads by just 6 in WV Senate race. He may still win, but he’s underperforming expectations.

August 30, 2010

JOHN FUND: Obama Builds a Big Tent . . . for Conservatives. “In the past, more secular Tea Party types might not have showed up at a religiously-themed event like ‘Restoring Honor.’ Similarly, many of the devoutly religious people I met at Saturday’s rally probably would in the past have shunned an explicitly political event such as Friday night’s Freedom Works meeting. But I kept bumping into the same people at both gatherings. . . . The conservative movement is maturing and learning to incorporate a wider cross-section of people under its banner. That may well be one of the more enduring accomplishments — albeit inadvertent — of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid these past two years.”

I told you it was a new Great Awakening.

August 30, 2010

SHIKHA DALMIA: GM’s Politically Timed IPO. “The General Motors IPO, the second largest ever, is arguably this decade’s most hyped financial event. But it might also turn out to be this decade’s biggest financial fiasco. Its timing is driven not by the financial needs of the company– or the interests of taxpayers who are poised to get royally screwed–but the election-year needs of the Obama administration.”

August 30, 2010

A PLUG-IN HYBRID RAM PICKUP? “Guess what? You can’t buy it. Ever. It is part of a small ‘demonstration fleet,’ with no plans to sell such a vehicle to the general public.”

August 30, 2010

HOW CADAVERS make your car safer.

August 30, 2010

IN THE MAIL: From Kathleen M. Galotti, Cognitive Development: Infancy Through Adolescence.

August 30, 2010

JONATHAN STRONG: Is the EPA to blame for the bed bug ‘epidemic’? “Around when bed bugs started their resurgence, Congress passed a major pesticides law in 1996 and the Clinton EPA banned several classes of chemicals that had been effective bed bug killers. . . . According to research at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, academic headquarters for studying the six-legged beast, some strains of bed bugs can survive, zombie-like, for up to 16 days after being directly sprayed with currently used pesticides.”

August 30, 2010

TUNKU VARADARAJAN: Why The GOP Should Endorse The Tea Party Message In The Midterms.

August 30, 2010

THE HILL: Jindal calls for greater ‘urgency’ from Obama on ending drilling moratorium.

UPDATE: Why Does Louisiana Think This Is Obama’s Katrina?

August 30, 2010

ONLINE EDUCATION: Bill Gates Enrolls His Kids In The Khan Academy.

August 30, 2010

A WHILE BACK, a reader wrote me for a recommendation on a camera under 69 bucks. I couldn’t help him much at that price point. But now there’s a one-day-only sale at 59 bucks on a Kodak EasyShare that looks pretty good. I’ve got a Kodak (here), and it’s a nice, reliable little camera that takes excellent pictures. And did I mention that this one’s only 59 bucks? There are better cameras out there, but not at this price.

UPDATE: Reader Ross Hardy emails: “I have to say that I am very grateful that you posted that link on your website. My current camera is three years old and an 8 megapixel (also Kodak). Even though I got a good deal at Wal-Mart for it ($100) and it still works fine, I just couldn’t resist buying the newer 12 megapixel for only $59. Thanks!” Yeah, you can’t beat that price.

August 30, 2010

CHARLIE MARTIN: You Can See November From The Washington Monument.

August 30, 2010

POLL: Rasmussen: 61 percent say finding new energy sources is more important than conservation.

August 30, 2010

THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED, if you were out, you know, having a life or something this weekend.

Lawyer suspended for billing more than 24 hours in a day.

Buying ammo online.

The danger of re-emerging heirloom diseases.

Mort Zuckerman: The Most Fiscally Irresponsible Government In U.S. History.

How bad is U.S. pension debt? Very bad.

“Oikophobia” among the cognitive elite.

Problems for Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX): Congresswoman Violated Nepotism Rules, Funneled Thousands to Family and Friends.

A roundup of reactions to Glenn Beck’s big Washington shindig.

Tech needs women? Don’t blame the men.

EPA backs down on lead-bullet ban.

August 30, 2010

IN ILLINOIS, THE FRUITS OF BAD MANAGEMENT: Being broke costs state $550 million. “The state’s miserable bond rating has driven up borrowing costs for state government by more than $500 million since last year, a government watchdog group says.” This is what happens when your government is run by crooks and idiots. Take note.

August 30, 2010

CHANGE: Government Alters Stimulus Sign Policy, Raising More Propaganda Questions.

August 30, 2010

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 4 Places Bedbugs Hide — and How to Avoid Them.

August 30, 2010

MORE ON how the press got Katrina wrong, by journalism prof W. Joseph Campbell, who has a new book called Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism. And note the huge difference between the Kindle price and the hardcover price on Campbell’s book.

August 30, 2010

LOOKING FOR WAR ON TERROR NEWS? Check out Fred Pruitt’s Rantburg.