Archive for November, 2010

November 30, 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY.

November 30, 2010

TIM GEITHNER: Europe Is A Mess.

November 30, 2010

“THIS IS WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THROWN YOU OUT OF POWER.”

November 30, 2010

CHANGE? Muslim Columnist: U.K. Rape Gang Case Exposes ‘Disgusting Cultural Beliefs.’

November 30, 2010

AT AMAZON, markdowns on electronics.

November 30, 2010

DOUBLE STANDARDS on children and publicity. “Is that right, tucking those kids away from the rest of the society? Why not be out and proud?”

November 30, 2010

PEJMAN YOUSEFZADEH picks up the stone of Sisyphus.

November 30, 2010

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Age Of Adolescence. “Unfortunately, our parents are dead. So who cleans up the messes?”

November 30, 2010

RADLEY BALKO ON FACEBOOK: “One nice thing about being a libertarian is the opportunity to try new things. One day I’m part of a fringe ideology no one will ever take seriously. The next day I’m part of a billionaire family’s secret plot to take over the country. It’s all very exciting.” Heh.

November 30, 2010

CAN’T HELP HIMSELF: Keith Olbermann hating on Bristol Palin. “Worst person in the world?” Bristol Palin? Really? I mean, really?

November 30, 2010

BRYAN PRESTON ON that lame Senate earmark vote.

November 30, 2010

JAMES TARANTO: Stuff White People Like: The departure of the only black senator prompts a revealingly clueless commentary. “More interesting is what he leaves out: that the difficulty blacks have in getting elected to statewide office is an unintended consequence of the Voting Rights Act. In the interest of increasing minority representation in the House and state legislatures, the act mandates the drawing of ‘majority minority’ districts. On its own terms, this has worked very well. The size of the Congressional Black Caucus relative to the House is within a few percentage points of the black proportion of the population. Seats in state legislatures and the House frequently are stepping stones to statewide office. But because black politicians need not cultivate a transracial appeal to win office in the first place, they are at a disadvantage when they consider a statewide run.”

November 30, 2010

RICHARD FERNANDEZ on WikiLeaks.

Plus, is it part of a disinformation campaign?

And, related: Diplomats In The News For The Wrong Reasons.

November 30, 2010

CHANGE: Narcissism no longer a psychiatric disorder.

Well, that’s a relief.

November 30, 2010

IMPORTANT ASTROBIOLOGY NEWS?

November 30, 2010

CHANGE: Debt Worry In Europe Sweeps Into More Secure Countries.

November 30, 2010

ANN ALTHOUSE: “And let me invite Rush to go on Bloggingheads.tv and diavlog with me about the so-called chickification problems that plague our world today.”

November 30, 2010

VIDEO: Climate Bureaucrats Gone Wild In Cancun. Party on, dudes. Reduced consumption is for the little people.

UPDATE: Britain freezes while global-warming bureaucrats party in Cancun.

November 30, 2010

MONEY ADVICE: A Dying Banker’s Last Instructions.

November 30, 2010

CHANGE: Tiny house movement thrives amid real estate bust. “To save money or simplify their lives, a small but growing number of Americans are buying or building homes that could fit inside many people’s living rooms, according to entrepreneurs in the small house industry. . . . Shafer, author of ‘The Small House Book,’ built the 89-square-foot house himself a decade ago and lived in it full-time until his son was born last year. Inside a space the size of an ice cream truck, he has a kitchen with gas stove and sink, bathroom with shower, two-seater porch, bedroom loft and a ‘great room’ where he can work and entertain — as long as he doesn’t invite more than a couple guests.”

November 30, 2010

SHOULD BE FUN: Chicago Tea Party Event: Wednesday, December 1 at 7:00 PM.

November 30, 2010

RECOMMENDED GIFTS for women.

UPDATE: Reader Katia Zeissler writes: “Seriously? These might be good gifts for cooks (who might be female or not), but for all women? I, personally, do like to cook, but because I am cooking daily for my family it is less a past time than a chore. I would therefore prefer something not chore-related but rather pleasure-related as a gift.” You know, a lot of people say that. But the gifts for dads are always tools and lawnmowers . . . .

November 30, 2010

“EVENTUALLY, THE EURO BREAKS APART.”

November 30, 2010

NEW CANCER THERAPIES target cancers’ fuel lines. “Cancer cells, because of their rapid growth, have a voracious appetite for glucose, the main nutrient used to generate energy. And tumors often use glucose differently from healthy cells, an observation first made by a German biochemist in the 1920s. . . . Now, efforts are turning from diagnosis to treating the disease by disrupting the special metabolism of cancer cells to deprive them of energy.”

November 30, 2010

LARRY RIBSTEIN: Foreclosure-gate And The Injustice of Lawyer Regulation.

November 30, 2010

MURDER! INTRIGUE! ASTRONOMERS? New evidence in the Tycho Brahe case.

November 30, 2010

AN APPEALING CLEMENCY CASE FOR CHRIS CHRISTIE. This conviction seems like it might be a Second Amendment violation, actually.

November 30, 2010

ADD A FEW ZEROS AND HE’LL BE READY TO WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT: Man Steals $4.5 Million From Columbia University Using Simple Accounting Tweak.

November 30, 2010

A DARK JUPITER at the edge of the Solar System. “In 1999, Matese and colleague Daniel Whitmire suggested the sun has a hidden companion that boots icy bodies from the Oort Cloud, a spherical haze of comets at the solar system’s fringes, into the inner solar system where we can see them. In a new analysis of observations dating back to 1898, Matese and Whitmire confirm their original idea: About 20 percent of the comets visible from Earth were sent by a dark, distant planet.”

November 30, 2010

POLITICAL HACKS VOTE AGAINST BAN ON HACKDOM: “Republican Sens. Bob Bennett (UT), Thad Cochran (MS), Susan Collins (ME), Jim Inhofe (OK), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Richard Shelby (AL), and George Voinovich (OH) all just voted against an amendment in the Senate that would have banned Congressional earmarks.”

UPDATE: “It’s all rigged.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader James Hicks writes that Richard Lugar voted against the earmark ban, too: “I’ll certainly donate to his opponent. His no vote is an act of contempt for the voters. Time for him to go.”

November 30, 2010

HOSPITAL QUALITY STUDY finds no improvement.

November 30, 2010

IN THE MAIL: From Glen Cook, Starfishers Volume 3: Star’s End and Darkwar.

November 30, 2010

TIM CAVANAUGH: Is California’s Decline Just More Right-Wing Propaganda?

November 30, 2010

VIDEO: Freedom By The Pound.

November 30, 2010

BILL QUICK: Pathetic, Gutless Poseurs. “Switch out your ant-drenched Jesus for an ant-riddled Mohammed.”

November 30, 2010

FDA: THE CONQUERING BUREAUCRACY. A new history of the FDA shows how regulators entrenched and extended their own power.

November 30, 2010

THOUGHTS ON THE POLITICS OF WIKILEAKS, from Pejman Yousefzadeh. “In addition to their being no big lies, there are also no surprises–at least, no surprises for anyone paying attention to foreign affairs. Anyone really surprised by the fact that in private, Arab leaders are just as worried about a nuclear Iran as is Israel? Anyone really surprised that Nicolas Sarkozy has been said to have an authoritarian streak, that Silvio Berlusconi is too much of a party animal for his (and his country’s) own good, that democracy is dead in Russia, and that the Chinese are sick of the antics of the North Koreans? Oh, sure, the cables are very interesting, and informative. But are they all that shocking in their content? Hardly; we all are familiar with the storylines found in them. The titillating aspect of the cables is that they confirm what many have suspected regarding the opinions that are held by American diplomats, and that many of the cables make their points in interesting and colorful language.”

There’s not a lot of damage here to the country, but there’s a lot of damage to the bureaucratic establishment. If I were more suspicious, I would say that this is someone’s effort — perhaps someone burned by leaks in the past Administration — to teach the career bureaucrats who were behind those leaks that leaking may be a bad thing, and that a world in which any statement may be leaked to the press is not a world that’s good for them.

November 30, 2010

ARE WE ENTERING another phase of financial crisis? I thought everything was fixed with “Recovery Summer.”

November 30, 2010

TODAY ONLY: A sale on Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series on Blu-Ray and DVD.

November 30, 2010

JIM TREACHER: Libs freak out over Obama’s meaningless spending freeze. The thing to remember is that the audience for lefty blogs contains a lot of government employees. And while meaningless in itself, this looks like the camel’s nose.

November 30, 2010

PJTV: Poliwood: Robert Duvall: Why Hollywood’s Best Actor Isn’t Very “Hollywood.”

November 30, 2010

WIKILEAKS: Hezbollah Smuggled Weapons In Ambulances.

November 30, 2010

JACK SHAFER AT SLATE: Hillary Must Go: The leaked cables make it impossible for Hillary Clinton to continue as Secretary of State.

November 30, 2010

DON SURBER: Democrats Fight For Highest-Paid Federal Employees.

November 30, 2010

JONATHAN ADLER: Did the TSA back down?

November 30, 2010

CHRISTIAN ADAMS: Democrats Should Seek Eric Holder’s Resignation. “President Obama’s supporters should hope Attorney General Eric Holder resigns. His embarrassing tenure has given Republicans a potent symbol of leftist extremism combined with comic incompetence. This nasty blend is symbolic of the entire administration, as shattered expectations of moderation and competence played a significant role in the midterm tsunami. . . . If nobody is fired by the time Holder next testifies, Congress can seek the names of the officials responsible for the mess and subpoena them to testify. Congress can ask Holder why he didn’t overrule these bureaucrats and order immediate lawsuits when non-compliance was discovered in August, and earlier. Congress can ask why these bureaucrats failed to reply to the Pentagon’s request for assistance to give states guidance to implement the new law. Military voters and their families who lost their right deserve answers. It will be a nasty experience for the administration if Holder is on the firing line. Wiser Democrats should ensure he isn’t.”

November 30, 2010

THE IMPORTANCE of incandescence.

November 30, 2010

HAS VITAMIN D BEEN OVERSOLD? I’m not sure, but I’m going to keep sitting in the sun, drinking red wine. Why take chances?

November 30, 2010

WIKILEAKS: Obama lied, diplomacy died.

November 30, 2010

MEGAN MCARDLE: The Miracle Of Jet Lag.

November 30, 2010

A WITNESS LIES, THE COURT SHRUGS, and veterans are outraged.

November 30, 2010

JAMES COOPER: The Fed is Playing with Fire as it Tweaks Inflation.

November 30, 2010

THE HILL: With Kirk’s Swearing In, GOP Formally Claims Obama’s Old Seat.

November 30, 2010

MARCIA MORRISSEY: Give Thanks In All Circumstances.

Somebody tell the NFL.

November 30, 2010

WHOOPING COUGH OUTBREAK stalking New York’s north country.

November 29, 2010

MICHAEL S. MALONE on how Silicon Valley got its name.

November 29, 2010

RADLEY BALKO: The Nation Posts a Narrow Apology. And Publishes Another Error.

November 29, 2010

THE CYBER MONDAY DEALS aren’t over just yet.

UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

November 29, 2010

CHANGE: Comcast Starts The Ball Rolling That Kills All-You-Can-Eat Internet Access. “As web video — which uses a lot of bandwidth — grows in popularity, Comcast will want to get paid more. Especially because web video is eventually going to replace a lot of the video you’re currently watching on cable TV, and that you’re paying Comcast a fat monthly bill for.”

November 29, 2010

JOHN STEAKLEY — the author of Armor, not the former student of mine by the same name who sometimes emails this blog — has died.

November 29, 2010

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Last year’s interview with John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and many others, is now up on YouTube.

November 29, 2010

THE GROWTH OF collaborative consumption.

November 29, 2010

FIRST-HAND REPORTING from Taiwan’s elections. “Taiwan’s midterm election was marred by a bizarre assassination attempt against KMT politician Sean Lien — either a conspiracy or a case of mistaken identity, depending on whom you talk to.”

November 29, 2010

JOHN ONDRASIK’S CD For The Troops IV is now out. (Bumped).

November 29, 2010

NORTH KOREA could make two nuclear bombs per year.

November 29, 2010

CHANGE: Scientists Find A Way to Partially Reverse Aging In Mice. Faster, please.

November 29, 2010

ORGANS MADE FROM SCRATCH: “Building blocks” containing gels turn cells into different types of tissue.

November 29, 2010

ANOTHER BIG-SCREEN TV FOR CHEAP. 47″, 1080p, under six hundred bucks. They’ve really gone from luxury goods to commodity items over the past year or so. Which is a good thing!

November 29, 2010

PHIL BOWERMASTER: Life Expectancy 200 And Beyond. Er, faster, please?

November 29, 2010

TRANSPARENCY! White House Refuses to Release Donors to David Axelrod’s Charity. Well, they’ll probably show up on Wikileaks anyway. Everything else does . . . .

November 29, 2010

FASTER, PLEASE: Vaccine Prevents Colon Cancer Recurrence.

November 29, 2010

NELSON SPINS IN HIS GRAVE: “The Royal Navy is selling HMS Invincible, a storied aircraft carrier, in an Internet auction. I don’t know whether to be more melancholy over the decline of the once-great Royal Navy, or to laugh at the postmodern madness of it all.”

November 29, 2010

DROP, MEET BUCKET: Obama Freezes Federal Pay to save $5 billion over two years. Here’s Conn Carroll on what should come next.

November 29, 2010

ROBIN HANSON: Beware of future filters.

November 29, 2010

HEH: Video: Plank + tiny wheels + V8 Supercar engine = Aussie for “skateboard.”

November 29, 2010

IN THE MAIL: Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer.

November 29, 2010

HERSCHEL SMITH: Should I Renew My NRA Membership? Well, it depends. On the one hand, if Reid had lost, we’d be looking at Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. . . .

November 29, 2010

HMM: WikiLeaks Completes Obama’s Transformation Into Jimmy Carter.

At this point, I have to say, Jimmy Carter looks like a best-case outcome, slowly fading from possibility.

November 29, 2010

WOW: Senator McCain Compares Palin to Reagan, Says He’s ‘Proud Of Her’.

November 29, 2010

BEST SONG ABOUT A JOURNALIST EVER? The Tumblin’ Sneakers’ The Secret World of Charles Kuralt. Background here.

The French Broads’ Tom Brokaw is pretty good, too. But they had less to work with.

November 29, 2010

DAVID BERNSTEIN ON WIKILEAKS: “The harm to U.S. diplomatic and military interests is said to be quite large. I’m glad Koh is sending Julian Assange of Wikileaks a stern letter of reprimand, that will show him! Who said the Obama Administration wasn’t tough enough to protect American interests?”

UPDATE: Reader David Shimm emails:

Why is it that Wikileaks has been able to publish all kinds of classified State Dept. documents, but Obama’s Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard Law transcripts still remain confidential? Maybe we should have a university registrar’s office consult with the US government to assure that secrets remain secret? I’m just wondering, that’s all.

In my experience, university registrars are formidable and competent. Apparently the same can’t be said for the folks entrusted with our national secrets.

November 29, 2010

HOW THE GREATNESS OF A NATION is measured.

November 29, 2010

HAPPY CYBER MONDAY: You’ll be shocked to hear that there’s a big sale at Amazon.

November 29, 2010

MERYL YOURISH on Lori Berenson.

November 29, 2010

THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

Barack Obama, President of Jesusland.

The Puritan/Progressive connection.

Look who’s calling Obama racist: “Cornel West is Professor of Religion and African American studies at Princeton University.”

Thoughts on state bankruptcy.

What does protecting Hollywood fatcats’ royalties have to do with Homeland Security?

Jim Dunnigan on airport security.

Iceland elects ordinary people to draft constitution.

SPLC fights poverty — among its staff.

Economic stab-in-the-back theories from the left.

UCLA Researcher stands up to terrorism.

11 Statistics That Reveal Just How Far The U.S. Economy Has Fallen Over The Past Four Years. Say, what happened in November four years ago?

My column on airport security for Popular Mechanics.

Bringing back blasphemy laws in Britain.

Remembering Bill Clinton’s threat to “erase North Korea from the map of the world.”

November 29, 2010

HMM: EXPLOSIONS IN TEHRAN – Nuclear Scientists Targeted, One Dead.

November 29, 2010

OMRI CEREN: Wikileaks – Anti-Israel Foreign Policy Experts Got Saudi Arabia, Other Arab Countries 100% Backward On Iran Attack.

November 29, 2010

LESLIE NIELSEN has died.

Everybody remembers The Naked Gun, but this was his first big role:

November 29, 2010

THREE GUYS NAMED MO.

November 29, 2010

ANN ALTHOUSE: Standardized testing has embarrassed teachers into facing the fact that they’ve been grading kids for compliance and pleasing. “Students need to be decently well-behaved, diligent, and organized, but it’s wrong to treat teacher’s-pet-type students as if they are the best. That drives many smart kids into rebellion. And, frankly, it’s likely to create unnecessary problems for lots of boys. And it doesn’t do girls any favors either, since real careers aren’t about handing in all the homework and pleasing the authority figure.” Well, with the arrival of socialism that’ll change. Socialism places a very high premium on the ability to suck up, which explains why it’s so popular with those who excel at giving or receiving that suckage.

November 29, 2010

SO DOES JOHN DANFORTH THINK THAT RICHARD LUGAR IS SOMEHOW ABOVE THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS?

Even after the midterm rout that will remove many long-serving members from Congress, the idea that Mr. Lugar would be vulnerable to a primary challenge is a chilling notion to many Republicans, a symbol of symbolism gone too far.

“If Dick Lugar,” said John C. Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri, “having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”

I’d say that if the GOP has started issuing seats like titles of nobility, without caring what the voters think, then that’s beyond redemption. Nobody should be immune to a primary challenge.

And “a symbol of symbolism gone too far?” Has the New York Times laid off all its ace copyeditors?

UPDATE: Reader David Gallagher emails:

I grew up in Monticello, Indiana and I can still remember Senator Richard Lugar giving our Senior Class a speech on the steps of the Capitol Building when we visited Washington for our Senior Trip.

I’ve got a very good memory, that was in 1978, and the members of that Senior class are 50 years old now. Since then I’ve become very politically active and I constantly discuss politics with other Hoosiers, particularly Conservatives and Tea partiers. I haven’t spoken to anyone here in Indiana who doesn’t loathe the fact that Lugar is still our Senator. Mark my words, he’s going down. In the last election we didn’t really have anything to fight for, Bayh had wisely retired, and in the third district where I live, liberals weren’t even showing their faces.

The next election will be different, Lugar is absolutely going to be primaried, that’s worth fighting for.

Last year there was a Senate bill concerning reciprocal honoring of concealed carry permits nationwide. It lost by one vote. Guess which of our Senators voted against it (hint: lame duck Bayh voted for the bill). Indiana already honors other states CCWs, so really Luger just voted against other States honoring Hoosier’s concealed carry permits. Who does the moron think he’s representing?

Indeed.

November 29, 2010

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD ON CANCUN: Dead Green Treaty Stinks Up The Room.

November 29, 2010

SOEREN KERN: EUROPE’S FUTURE LIES, OMINOUSLY, WITH SPAIN: “The European Union is facing an existential crisis, and all eyes are now on Spain to see what happens next.”

November 29, 2010

SWISS VOTERS APPROVE HARSHER DEPORTATION PLAN. “Switzerland has approved a plan to automatically deport foreigners convicted of serious crimes. The proposal, put forth by the nationalist Swiss People’s Party, has been criticized by human rights groups.” Having blown their credibility, the human rights groups don’t have much sway any more.

November 29, 2010

MICKEY KAUS: Did That Fake Taliban Leader Help Us Anyway? “If we did want to weaken Taliban resolve—and surely we do—and if individual Taliban leaders aren’t really sure what the others are doing, then even a fake Taliban talker might do the trick. Isn’t it possible the false Mansour served our interests–by putting the real Taliban leaders ‘on edge,’ worried that some of their colleagues might be cracking? If the fake Mansour didn’t exist it might be worth paying someone take the role, no?”

November 29, 2010

WHILE ROME BURNS, members of Congress get richer. Well, some of them are selling gasoline to the arsonists . . . .

November 29, 2010

TAXPROF: Tax Revenues = 19% of GDP, Regardless of Tax Rates. This makes Bob Corker’s proposal to cap spending at about the same level seem even more sensible.

November 29, 2010

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE “NATIONAL SECURITY” USED AS AN EXCUSE FOR ALL SORTS OF INTRUSION: And they were right! “Given President Obama’s plans to continue extraordinary rendition under a different name, you can see why he’d rather not delve into questions like these. But candidate Obama told us to be wary of presidents who use national security as a cover for violating people’s rights.”

Remember the fierce moral urgency of change?

November 29, 2010

TUNKU VARADARAJAN: Thoughts on WikiLeaks. One small correction: Assange isn’t a “nihilist,” as is made clear by what follows.

November 28, 2010

THE IRISH BAILOUT: A WORLD RECORD. “A bigger-than-expected bailout for Ireland — does anybody expect Portugal or Spain (or Italy) to do any better? And what if it’s not just the PIIGS? Years ago, a fellow calling himself Gekko wrote a column for National Review, called ‘Random Walk.’ He predicted that the euro would be inherently unstable, because the economies it covers are so different from one another. I suspect Gekko is starting to feel vindicated, and I hope he has invested accordingly.”

I was worried about the EU’s future back in 2001.

UPDATE: E.U. Rescue Costs Threaten Germany Itself.