Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

OUR DICTATOR-FRIENDLY POLITICAL CLASS: Saif Qaddafi’s connections with the British establishment are typical of the links between wealthy dictators and Western politicians. “Money, even foreign money (and particularly that Saudi money), has always been able to buy access to Western statesmen. But in the last decade or so, the proportions have subtly shifted. The democratic West has become relatively poorer, while a clutch of undemocratic ‘emerging’ markets have become richer.” Which, coincidentally, is in no small part the result of our political class’s policies. Also, note the appearance of Frank Wisner. I’m surprised Benjamin Barber didn’t get a mention.

February 28, 2011

WISCONSIN SHOCKER: Missing senators rely heavily on union campaign dollars.

February 28, 2011

ZING: Obama Gets a Smackdown from Gov. Walker. “I’m sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I’m sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.”

February 28, 2011

LITTLE MISS ATTILA has thoughts on sex.

February 28, 2011

HMM: Treasury: China’s holdings of US debt jump 30 percent based on annual revision of data.

February 28, 2011

IS LIBYA a dangerous precedent?

February 28, 2011

HEH: WISCONSIN PROTESTER PHOTO OF THE DAY.

Today’s labor movement. I’m discerning a theme.

February 28, 2011

CHEVY VOLT GETS panned by Consumer Reports. “When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn’t particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it’s not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy.”

Of course, there’s another angle.

February 28, 2011

ANN ALTHOUSE: Protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol — midday today — dealing with the fact that, at long last, they’ve been locked out. The Althouse-and-Meade team has clearly provided the best reporting out of Madison.

UPDATE: From the comments:

Ironic to see that lady rambling on about her mentally ill brother who depends on social services.

The demonstration she’s at is all about protecting union pay and benefits at the expense of other items in the state’s budget. Especially social services.

The more the unions get, the less is left over for social services. It’s pretty much a zero-sum game at this point. The state is broke and someone’s going to get less money. The only question is who.

Indeed.

February 28, 2011

HEARING FROM the TSA Blog Team. I’m not sure what I think of this.

February 28, 2011

WHY KOCH INDUSTRIES IS SPEAKING OUT: “Our elected officials would do well to remember that the most prosperous countries are those that allow consumers—not governments—to direct the use of resources. Allowing the government to pick winners and losers hurts almost everyone, especially our poorest citizens.” But it’s awesome for the politically-connected.

February 28, 2011

AMAZON COMING UNDER increasing sales-tax pressure.

February 28, 2011

AT AMAZON, a winter clearance sale in automotive goods.

February 28, 2011

ONCE AGAIN, Krugman gets Texas wrong.

February 28, 2011

WE’RE ALL SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE NOW: I’ve written about the mainstreaming of survivalism before. Here’s yet another example. I think that preparing for climate-change apocalypse is just one step shy of getting ready for the zombie hordes, but whatever. Since the disaster you face is usually not the one you prepare for, he’ll still be ready for something.

If you’re more interested in this, you might check out Bill Quick’s survival-prep discussion forum. And here’s a list of recommended disaster-prep gear. Plus, some bug-out bag recommendations.

February 28, 2011

MICKEY KAUS IS NOW UP AT THE DAILY CALLER. Kausfiles.com will point there shortly.

February 28, 2011

ANN ALTHOUSE: Erwin Chemerinsky says those other law schools are “remarkably resistant to change.”

You know what I would love in a new school — one that “wasn’t bound by decades of tradition”? A deliberate decision to embrace tradition. Let’s get a bunch of tough Socratic lawprofs in front of a classroom of students. And that’s it. Perfectly cost-effective. You can save money on admissions too by going old-school. Make it an old-fashioned GPA/LSAT meritocracy (and flunk them out if they don’t perform).

Plus, a poll.

February 28, 2011

JOHN HINDERAKER: The Left’s Unhappy Koch Habit.

February 28, 2011

JENNIFER RUBIN: What is the Alliance For Justice?

February 28, 2011

GEORGE WILL: TRAIN MANIA. “Generations hence, when the river of time has worn this presidency’s importance to a small, smooth pebble in the stream of history, people will still marvel that its defining trait was a mania for high-speed rail projects. This disorder illuminates the progressive mind. . . . To progressives, the best thing about railroads is that people riding them are not in automobiles, which are subversive of the deference on which progressivism depends. Automobiles go hither and yon, wherever and whenever the driver desires, without timetables. Automobiles encourage people to think they—unsupervised, untutored, and unscripted—are masters of their fates. The automobile encourages people in delusions of adequacy, which make them resistant to government by experts who know what choices people should make.”

Plus this: “The average intercity auto trip today uses less energy per passenger mile than the average Amtrak train.”

UPDATE: A Devo reference:

I know I let you tell me what to do/
you were confident you knew best/
now things aren’t working
like you want them to/
your confidence is what i detest

Devo references are usually apt.

February 28, 2011

HOW TO make a local backup for your Gmail account.

February 28, 2011

MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT and an Internet tipping point. “Social media sites have played a huge role in the prodemocracy surge—but states have also been very good at using technology to suppress their people.”

That reminded me of this, from an item on China I linked last night:

In addition, the regime directed a number of employees (the so called “fifty cent party,” named for the amount of money they receive for each pro-regime Internet posting) to register with Twitter; these individuals immediately began cranking out posts denouncing the “Jasmine Revolution” as illegal and claiming it was a secret plot by the United States. Search terms related to the “Jasmine Rallies,” including the word “Jasmine” itself, were rapidly banned from Chinese websites. Ironically, “Jasmine” is the name of a Chinese folk song that was a favorite of Jiang Zemin, and was publicly sung by Hu Jintao, meaning that censorship of the word also wiped out “patriotic” posts meant to praise CCP leaders.

All this, and many other repressive measures both in cyberspace and the real world, took place before the first actual rallies.

Luckily, nothing like this could ever happen here.

February 28, 2011

THIS WEEK IN THE FUTURE.

February 28, 2011

CHEAPER THAN A GENERATOR: Markdowns on power inverters.

February 28, 2011

DAILY BEAST HIRES TRIG TRUTHER. Plus the key question: “Who gets custody of all the ghost bloggers?”

February 28, 2011

WHY DO THE WORLD’S FATTEST PEOPLE live on islands?

February 28, 2011

GREYHAWK: Stop The Brainwashing!

February 28, 2011

POLYPHENOLS PROTECT, but not as antioxidants. Interesting.

February 28, 2011

YOU CAN SEE WHY TEA PARTY PROTESTERS WORRY THE COPS MIGHT TAKE SIDES: L.A. Police Union Urges Members to ‘Stand in Solidarity’ with SEIU and MoveOn.Org. The folks at BoingBoing seem to like it that the Wisconsin cops are siding with protesters, but where’s the reason for trust from those who feel otherwise? Do we want police to take sides in political disputes?

Apparently some do. This is why (1) you should always bring a camera; and (2) public employee unions should be illegal. If union protesters turn violent — as they increasingly have — can you trust pro-union police to intervene?

UPDATE: Charlie Martin emails: “You might recall that when Alex Jones and his mob was attacking Michelle Malkin — and giving me a blind-side kidney shot as I protected her — the Denver police were not interested in intervening in the slightest. I eventually got an apology from the DPD, but if Jones had the physical strength to match his mouth I’d have been peeing blood.”

Plus, related thoughts from Walter Olson.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s the video of Alex Jones attacking Michelle Malkin. Andrew Marcus emails: “The part with Alex Jones starts at 2:39, and it really is something to behold.” Indeed. I remember this, and Jones will forever be defined for me by this incoherent, loudmouthed bullying behavior, threatening a woman less than half his size. What a pathetic loser.

February 28, 2011

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY reviews Walter Olson’s Schools For Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America.

Worth reading in conjunction with my colleague Ben Barton’s The Lawyer-Judge Bias In The American Judicial System.

February 28, 2011

ERIN O’CONNOR & MAURICE BLACK: Save Academic Freedom.

February 28, 2011

THE “NEW CIVILITY” (CONT’D): Wisconsin Democrat To Republican Colleague: “You Are F***ing Dead.”

February 28, 2011

ROB NATELSON: Practical Guidance On Amending The Constitution By Convention. That subject — amending the Constitution, and particularly by convention — is the topic of a forthcoming Tennessee Law Review symposium issue featuring a lot of big names.

February 28, 2011

TALKING CARS with the Car Lust guys.

February 28, 2011

FASTER, PLEASE: North Dakota Pumps Record 113 Million Barrels Of Oil, Smashing Previous Record By 30 Million.

February 28, 2011

A LOOK AT Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler’s (D-N.C.) national right-to-carry reciprocity bill.

February 28, 2011

CHANGE: NHTSA Postpones Back-Up Camera Requirement Rule.

February 28, 2011

PROFESSOR JACOBSON: Great Morning – MoveOn Confirms Paltry Protest Numbers And Village Voice Messes Up.

February 28, 2011

ROGER SIMON: “They always say the Oscars were worse than ever – but these really were.”

February 28, 2011

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ONE MORE GODDAMN THING ABOUT MY CARBON FOOTPRINT: Obama Flies Personal Trainer from Chicago to White House Every Week. “With a schedule as hectic as President Obama’s it must be hard to stick to a training regimen without help — but why does he insist on having his old trainer fly out from Chicago to D.C. regularly when Obama and his wife exhort the rest of us to drive less? And in a recession?” Those kinds of worries, like taxes, are for the little people.

February 28, 2011

THE TOYOTA PRIUS: Falling behind?

February 28, 2011

TIM PAWLENTY takes on “the Triangle Of Greed.”

February 28, 2011

WHO’S THE HOOLIGAN: Jennifer Rubin corrects Dana Milbank. “This is a particularly bizarre choice of invective given the circumstances. A hooligan is ‘a tough and aggressive or violent youth.’ That is an apt phrase (aside from the age factor) of the labor protesters and their Democratic allies. It was they, not Walker, who used Nazi imagery so offensive that the National Democratic Jewish Council was forced to condemn it. It was they, not Walker, who threatened lawmakers in their homes. . . . And it was the union protesters, not Walker, who came up with phony doctor’s notes to rip off the state by getting sick pay to which they were not entitled.”

February 28, 2011

IN THE MAIL: Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitutional System.

February 28, 2011

A CRISIS FORETOLD: Pat Moynihan’s predictions on public unions and the demise of the welfare state.

February 28, 2011

LOOKING AT synesthesia and the visualization of music. I see music visually, and so does my daughter. I’ve heard that this is unusually common among sound engineers, and that would make sense: When you see music as well as hear it, you’re probably deploying more neural processing power. That may be the advantage of synesthesia more generally.

UPDATE: A reader asks for a description of what I see. That’s hard, because the more you think about it, the less distinct the effect seems to be, at least for me. But I see sound as light, with texture and color relating to tone, and going up and down with pitch. So a smooth guitar solo (think Carlos Santana) looks kind of like an oscilloscope tracing, while, say, Jimmy Page in Heartbreaker is like a bunch of jagged lines. A drum hit is a flash, whose length depends on resonance. This is useful for judging delays because you can “see” them. Like I say, I think the synesthesia recruits more neural processing power. I don’t know if most people who experience this get the same visualizations.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Adam Jones writes: “From what I understand, there are patterns to the way us synesthetes of the tone-color variety see things. I also see jagged wild lines when listening to Jimmy Page solos, and Santana is made of cleaner lines. And heavy delay/echo/reverb effects are mindblowing when you see the sound spread out like a kaleidoscope. It’s wonderful, and it’s a way of appreciating music that most people don’t have access to – we’re very lucky.” Yes — although the downside may be the migraines I experience from time to time.

And reader Cathy French emails: “I’ve got synesthesia too. For folks without this ‘problem’ (Imagine describing a pain as an orange, high pitched taste (like aluminum) and having your 20 year old son giving you ‘the look’. Heh.), the closest I can come to describing how it is listening to music is to liken it to being a passenger in a car as you move through the mountains with your eyes slightly unfocused. Watch the landscape ‘dance’… it rises and falls, colors fade to the background in a blur, some jump out and ‘pop’. In fact, one of my favorite things to do on a long trip is to listen to music while watching the landscape, since it makes the synesthesia in my head match the reality of what I’m seeing. It’s breathtaking and transcendant. Beautiful. Synesthesia is cool… I quite enjoy it… other than the funny looks I get when I describe something weirdly.”

February 28, 2011

POLL: 67 percent disapprove of Wisconsin’s Fleebagger Democrats. “Two-thirds of a national survey respondents disapprove of the decision by 14 Wisconsin state senate Democrats to flee the state and thereby deny the Republican majority in the body the quorum required to act on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals.”

February 28, 2011

POLL: More Americans Would Blame Democrats For Government Shutdown.

February 28, 2011

WASHINGTON POST: Obama Has Few Options To Aid Strapped States.

February 28, 2011

WELL, IT’S PRETTY EMBARRASSING WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN HANDLE PIRATES: Muted outcry in Washington after deadly pirate attack. What is this, the 17th Century? If so, should we be deploying 17th Century solutions? Because the 21st Century approach doesn’t seem to be working very well.

February 28, 2011

AT AMAZON, bestsellers in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

February 28, 2011

MORE EARTHQUAKES VIBRATE ARKANSAS. Uncomfortably close to the New Madrid. . . .

February 28, 2011

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Blue State Dems Turn on State, Local Workers.

Despite the differences in rhetoric, killing public sector unions is a nonpartisan policy in the United States. While Republicans are more explicit about their goal, and want to move faster, Democrats and Republicans are both taking steps that will soon reduce the public sector union movement to a shadow of its current self.

Look at Rahm Emanuel, newly elected mayor of Chicago. Chicago is a dark blue city in a deep blue state; Emanuel is a career Democratic pol who served as chief of staff to the most liberal American president elected in many years. And what is Emmanuel doing? The mayor-elect was cagey on the subject during the campaign, but massive tax increases are off the table, and so are big bailouts from Washington DC. According to Time magazine, the campaign has spoken cryptically about saving $110 million from reducing “outdated and duplicative work processes to focus on front-line service delivery.” Translate that out of bureaucratic Newspeak and it means getting more work done with fewer people: layoffs. Emanuel says that the city’s generous pensions need to be preserved, but may also have to be, ahem, renegotiated. This does not sound like a renegotiation up. . . .

Look at New York, the classically blue state where I live, home to liberal lions like Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Fiorello LaGuardia and Mario Cuomo. Here our new governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking major concessions and threatening layoffs against the public sector unions, vowing to balance the state’s budget with spending cuts. Cuomo has also promised — read his lips? — not to raise taxes, and has introduced what the New York Times editorial page calls a “radical” bill to cap property tax increases and require a super-majority to raise them by more than 2 percent a year. Up to 9,800 state employees face layoffs under his new budget: that is more than six times more people than Wisconsin governor Walker has threatened to lay off if his union bill isn’t passed. . . . The public sector labor movement has reached a historical dead end. Cities and states that yield to labor demands have higher costs, higher taxes and higher debt than places that don’t. Over time, those states stand to lose revenue, jobs and population to cheaper and more efficient jurisdictions. If the governor of Vermont can see New Hampshire from his house, the governor of Illinois can see Wisconsin and Indiana.

Read the whole thing. I think the unions picked Wisconsin for their stand in part because that way they wouldn’t have to go after a well-connected Democratic governor.

February 28, 2011

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Just ran across this pithy summary: If you had to sum up the education bubble in one misconception, it might be: “The average 22-year-old is a good credit risk for $150,000 in debt, collateralized by something completely intangible.”

February 28, 2011

IN LOUISIANA, weakening tenure rights.

February 28, 2011

OUR FIERCELY INDEPENDENT PRESS CORPS.

February 28, 2011

CLAIRE BERLINSKI is just asking questions.

February 28, 2011

THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEKEND:

Looking for American leadership.

Been a long time since I rock and rolled.

If you liked the radio-controlled helicopters, here are some recommendations for taking it to the next level.

A bigtime PorkBusters “I told you so.” Because, you know, I did.

Sex on campus!

Why I should buy a Porsche. It’s for Gaia!

The Koch Brothers’ Right-Wing Conspiracy to Undermine the PATRIOT Act.

The importance of defensive recording. More on that here.

Meade is the “New Media.” Plus, calls for an Althouse blog-Pulitzer. Er, if there were such a thing.

A retrospective as the Tea Party Movement turns two years old.

Alexis Garcia interviews Ron Paul.

Reporting from the front lines of China’s Jasmine Revolution.

Dana Milbank losing faith.

February 28, 2011

WASHINGTON POST: Ohio, Wisconsin shine spotlight on new union battle: Government workers vs. taxpayers.

February 28, 2011

ED DRISCOLL: A WORLD WITHOUT AMERICA.

February 28, 2011

TODAY ONLY: A GPS SALE.

February 28, 2011

BOEHNER RIPS BID to regulate Internet. “In a speech to religious broadcasters that received a sustained ovation at his conclusion, he said free expression is under attack by a power structure in Washington populated with regulators who have never set foot inside a radio station or a television studio.”

February 28, 2011

MORE OF THAT “NEW CIVILITY:” Fox News Reporter Assaulted By Wisconsin Protesters. “Funny, I don’t remember the tea party folks assaulting any reporters. Not even when it was the MSNBC folks who were there for the express purpose of baIting bad behavior out of the crowd for the purposes of recording it and using it to denounce the movement.”

As you sow, so shall you reap.

February 28, 2011

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How a $5.7 billion program to rebuild L.A. community colleges went astray.

February 28, 2011

NANCY RAPOPORT: A Tale Of Two Abuses.

February 28, 2011

IS THERE ENOUGH FOOD? That depends. “Allowing for all the food that could be eaten but is turned into biofuels, and the staggering amounts wasted on the way, farmers are already producing much more than is required—more than twice the minimum nutritional needs by some measures. . . . But the food is not where it needs to be, and biofuel policy is hard to shift (see article). Pushing up supplies may be easier than solving the distribution problems.” Shifting biofuel policy should be part of the low-hanging fruit. But bureaucrats would rather kill people than their own pet projects.

February 28, 2011

NEW YORK TEACHERS’ UNION calls on members to “agitate.”

February 27, 2011

ANN ALTHOUSE: Who invited Peter Yarrow to the Wisconsin protests? And why was he the only entertainer on the bill? Plus, some political-media history.

February 27, 2011

I CAN’T BELIEVE TEDDY rented the whole thing.

February 27, 2011

FRANK BUCKLES, THE LAST LIVING U.S. WORLD WAR ONE VETERAN, has died.

February 27, 2011

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: “In judging teachers’ claims, we might compare their lives with the lives of, say, farmers or welders or interstate truckers.”

February 27, 2011

DEAD TALIBAN IN CHORA. Be sure to click through and view the panoramic photo.

February 27, 2011

IN ITALY, worries about a flood of Libyan “boat people.”

February 27, 2011

RON RADOSH: Blaming Israel, Ignoring Radical Islam at J Street’s National Conference. Yeah, yeah, I know: Dog bites man. But somebody’s got to point it out now and then.

February 27, 2011

STILL MORE ON WISCONSIN: New Media Meade catches protesters leaving the Capitol and the scene outside — including the scoop from police that anyone who wants to stay will be allowed.

February 27, 2011

SO THE RADIO-CONTROLLED HELICOPTERS WERE PRETTY POPULAR: I even got an email from a former student last week saying that her husband was happily playing with one that he’d ordered through the site, which was cool. But a reader sends this on where to go next if you want to:

I guess you’re getting inundated, but hey, it’s a distraction. I’m not a flack for the Blade company, just a really happy hobbyist who enjoys their products.

There’s actually a “growth path” for micro helis for those who find they love their little syma but want something more flexible/quicker/better performing. The Blade company has created three different micro-helis, one for each skill level (beginner / intermediate / advanced). They’re all roughly the size of the syma, but are much more flexible & responsive. For example, they all include replaceable rechargeable batteries and external chargers, allowing you to have longer flight times by using multiple batteries. They are also available as “Ready to Fly” (RTF) or “Bind and Fly” (BNF). RTF versions cost ~ $30 more and include an inexpensive transmitter/controller. BNF versions allow you to use a “for real” digital transmitter/controller, which is more expensive but can be used with any BNF vehicle, including helis and other aircraft. They are more expensive than the Syma, but they’re by no means outrageous, and parts are common & cheap.

Beginner: Blade mCX2 RTF.

Intermediate: Blade mSR RTF.

Advanced: Blade mCP X BNF.

A radio “to rule them all:”

That last helicopter is due out in March. Check out the video (under “media”), it lets a skilled pilot do all the wacky stuff the big ones do in his or her own living room.

I never got into RC aircraft because I thought the price of getting started was going to be in the thousands, and I’d just drill whatever I got into the ground at the first try and that’d be it. The truth is there’s a world of fun to be had for very reasonable prices.

Yes, and even grown men need toys. Or maybe it should be “especially.”

UPDATE: Reader Thomas Love writes: “Or, you could head down to the airport and start taking lessons in personally controlled helicopters. It adds a whole new level of realism.” And expense. Though my nephew had his helicopter license by 18. He financed it by working for a helicopter-flight place and getting the instructor-rated pilots to give him time.

February 27, 2011

AS THEY SHOULD: Tea Party Members Vow To Hold GOP Accountable.

February 27, 2011

UBIQUITOUS VIDEOCAMERA UPDATE: Reader Paul Stinchfield emails: “With all the recent videos of leftists and union thugs assaulting Tea Party people, now seems like a good time for you to do another post on compact, easy-to-use video cameras. If it’s not on video, it didn’t happen.”

I think most people who are out marching or covering marches have a camera by now. But I like the Kodak Zi8 (which can take an external microphone) and the rugged, waterproof Playsport. And, of course, the old reliable Flip Mino.

UPDATE: Reader Richard Palmer emails: “Glenn, The advice to conservatives about recording everything is important. The fact that Sarah Palin did her interview with Katie Couric without bringing her own camera crew still amazes me. The stakes are just too high. Besides, the payoff could be huge.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Kevin Rahm writes: “Two cameras should be used when possible and three would be ideal. One to chat with the psycho thug, one about 10 feet away to record the thug punching a 5’1″ super girl and the third from a higher angle to put it all into perspective.” Yes, I’ve recommended the multi-camera approach myself in the past. The main camera should be conspicuous, the others less so.

February 27, 2011

WISCONSIN: MEADE IS THE NEW MEDIA. “And watch for the indications that the police are on the protesters’ side.”

UPDATE: Related: “There is hate in their eyes.” “These are people who don’t respect diverse viewpoints. In fact, they’re so afraid I’ll present a diverse viewpoint, that’s why they try to heckle me and shut down every live shot. They’ve made it clear, that what they want to make it harder for me to do my job. They are proud of that when they disrupt a live shot, when they really trample over the First Amendment rights or the First Amendment’s obligations of a reporter. Now, I am not saying that’s all of the people. Those are the people that come here and heckle and try to disrupt things. I look in their eyes – there is hate in their eyes. They don’t want to hear any kind of viewpoint that is different from their own. That’s why they do what they do.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: “The left hates violence. Unless they lose an election, that is.” “Now the most interesting thing about this stuff is this is going up on the net, right on twitter. No attempt to hide it, spoken openly. . . . because the left counts on the media to ignore it.”

MORE: V Is For Vitriol.

STILL MORE: Union Chief Doesn’t Condemn Comparisons of Wisconsin’s Walker to Hitler.

MORE STILL: Reader Phil Dean emails:

I don’t think it’s fair to presume that the police in the clip are “on the protesters’ side”. What he said was, “All these people have decided that they are working with us to help with their protest.”

Police “work with” protest groups of all political stripes to manage events. That does not equal any kind of endorsement. It also seems from what the cop says that he seems to assume that Meade is actually one of the union protesters.

Eh, good point.

February 27, 2011

LOTS OF COVERAGE OF THE TEA PARTY POLICY SUMMIT, at PJTV.

February 27, 2011

WELL, WELL: Breaking: Iran Has Several Military Bases in Libya.

February 27, 2011

MARKDOWNS ON Levi’s For Men.

Also, boys’ denim.

February 27, 2011

A FIRSTHAND REPORT FROM a Jasmine Revolution rally in Shanghai.

February 27, 2011

YA THINK? We Should Be Drilling For Oil In the U.S.

February 27, 2011

PEJMAN YOUSEFZADEH: Marxists. I Hate These Guys. Eric Hobsbawm was a nasty old tyrant-lover and enabler of mass murder. That he flourished is evidence that the academy will accept the worst into its bosom, so long as they lean left. Even after the Wall came down and the true horror and failure of Marxism could not be denied, he didn’t really change his views, just the excuses. He was no hero. That he is being praised by a man whose latest book is On Evil only completes the irony. He should be remembered as the horror, and the cautionary example to academia, that he was.

Yes, I know: Do not speak ill of the dead. But when that maxim was originated, there were no communists or nazis yet.

UPDATE: Father Do Not Forgive Them. They Know Damn Well What They Do.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Oh, my mistake. I thought, somehow, that Hobsbawm had died. Oh, well — all the more reason to speak ill of him now, then. He might even hear it.

February 27, 2011

EZRA LEVANT: For Europe, Alberta oil is too dirty. Isn’t Libyan oil too bloody?

Where did Moammar Gadhafi, the brutal dictator of Libya, get the money to pay the foreign mercenaries who are butchering his people? How did he pay for those French-made fighter jets strafing protesters?

Europe, mainly. Europe buys 80% of Libya’s oil. Other than terrorism, that’s pretty much the only thing Libya exports. . . . None of this is news. It’s olds. It’s been going on for years. What’s new is last week, the very week when Gadhafi and his son told the world they’d fight democracy protesters to the last bullet, was the week the European Union chose to criticize Canada’s oilsands because — get this — they say we have 20 more grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule of oil than Libya does.

It’s true, it takes more energy to produce oil from Canada’s oilsands than from Libya’s desert because we have to steam it out of the sand.

European oil imports from Iraq and Nigeria have the same carbon footprint as our oilsands. Those countries burn off the natural gas that comes up when they pump oil — an illegal environmental practice in Canada. And oil from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela has even higher carbon emissions.

Our European friends are silent on all of this.

It’s showboating, since Canada only exports oil to the United States. If Europe wants to make a big deal out of not liking the oil we’re not selling to them anyway, that’s fine. But fair’s fair. If they don’t like Canadian oil because of 20 grams of CO2, let’s insist they swear off oil with blood in it.

It’s like all this green stuff is just a political tool or something.

February 27, 2011

ON WISCONSIN, IN THE DETROIT NEWS: AWOL Dems defy ballot box.

It’s part of a disturbing trend by Democrats to embrace a by-any-means-necessary approach to governing. We saw it during passage of Obamacare, when the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate blew up the rules to block a filibuster. In Massachusetts, Democrats used after-the-fact law changes in a failed attempt to keep a Republican from succeeding Ted Kennedy.

Obama trashed bankruptcy law to move the United Auto Workers ahead of General Motors’ and Chrysler’s secured creditors. And his regulatory agencies are bypassing Congress to enact policies he knows the elected representatives would never approve.

As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

February 27, 2011

IN FLORIDA THIS MAY, a conference on suspended animation.

February 27, 2011

AT AMAZON, markdowns in HDTV and video.

February 27, 2011

PJTV: Alexis Garcia interviews Ron Paul at the Tea Party Policy Summit.

February 27, 2011

SHIKHA DALMIA: Long Live The American Dream: There are many reasons why India and China have nothing on us.

February 27, 2011

SO TODAY IS BEING CALLED THE TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TEA PARTY. The ramp-up was more a process than an event, beginning a couple of weeks earlier. But here’s a post from two years ago exactly. Here’s one from Feb. 21st, and here’s another, plus an Insta-Poll. Here’s a post from Denver on Feb. 17, and here are pics from Seattle on Feb. 16. Plus, getting in Obama’s face in Mesa, Arizona that weekend.

Plus, my early look at the movement from April 15, 2009. And give InstaPundit reader Donald Gately credit for prescience. On December 27, 2008 he wrote:

You say that A.N.S.W.E.R. would love to see Icelandic-type protests here. But what if folks under 30 or 40 or 50 started staging large public protests about the Ponzi-scheme that is Social Security? What if taxpayers started staging massive protests about public pensions that let government employees (many of whom don’t have to participate in Social Security) retire at 50 with 90% pay – even while common taxpayers have to ratchet back their own retirement dates? What if financial and real-estate workers started staging protests about their jobs disappearing while the Democrats in congress do everything in their power to preserve cushy UAW deals? What if parents in neighborhoods with failing schools started actively protesting the stranglehold that the teachers unions have over their childrens’ education?

Those types of protests would likely un-nerve the left, and might actually lead to Change that the rest of us can believe in.

Pretty much how it’s worked out. . . .

UPDATE: A reader points out the importance of the March 15 Cincinnati Tea Party. Yeah, I think that overhead shot of the crowd by Russell Sayre actually did a lot to convince people that these events were getting big.

February 27, 2011

STRATEGYPAGE: Marching Through The Other Georgia. “Since their August, 2008 war in Georgia, Russia has been scrutinizing its performance, looking for useful lessons.”

February 27, 2011

A 2011 MUSIC FESTIVAL GUIDE.

February 27, 2011

OBVIOUSLY, I SHOULD BUY ONE RIGHT AWAY: Porsche Panamera Emits Less CO2 Per Horsepower Than the Prius. Gaia would want me to. For the planet!

February 27, 2011

SPECULATION: 2013 Nissan 370Z Goes Hybrid?

February 27, 2011

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER WOUND CARE. As with sanitation, antibiotics can induce complacency.

February 27, 2011

MORE FROM WISCONSIN: Althouse and Meade return to the Veterans Memorial and encounter apologetic protesters, the police, and a rudeness expert. I’ve had a lot of readers email that Althouse and Meade deserve the blog-equivalent of a Pulitzer for this coverage, and I think that’s right. More here.

February 27, 2011

COVERING THE TEA PARTY POLICY SUMMIT, all day on PJTV.com.

February 27, 2011

IN THE MAIL: From Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, Revolt!: How to Defeat Obama and Repeal His Socialist Programs.