Archive for April, 2011

April 28, 2011

POLL: Americans Are Ready To Take On The Deficit.

Plus, in the interests of fairness, pairing a gas tax with a latte tax.

April 28, 2011

WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY is pro-freedom. Hey, it happens.

April 28, 2011

TEST DRIVING THE TOYOTA RAV4 electric vehicle. “As an EV, it works fine—brisk acceleration, quiet operation and surprisingly good handling­. But it suffers the same disadvantages as all EVs. Its 100-mile real-world range, though good for a modern EV, limits the RAV4 to second-car status. And the price will likely be quite high when the car hits the open market.”

April 28, 2011

A SALE ON GPS UNITS FROM TOMTOM.

April 28, 2011

AT TOWN HALL MEETING, Paul Krugman is a laugh line. More here.

April 28, 2011

L.A. TIMES: With no opponent and barely 558 days left, Obama has already become Campaigner-in-Chief.

April 28, 2011

FROM RAND SIMBERG, thoughts on multiculturalism.

UPDATE: “What really struck me was how merciless they were. They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.” Barbarians.

April 28, 2011

EVIL NINJAS TERRORIZE PITTSBURGH. If they’re smart, they’ll take a break while the NRA Convention is in town.

April 28, 2011

SPACE ADVENTURES’ $150 Million Lunar Flyby.

April 28, 2011

CARNIVAL BARKERS: Study: MSNBC and CNN Covered ‘Birther’ Issue Far More Than Fox News.

April 28, 2011

MARKDOWNS ON PCs from HP.

April 28, 2011

BRENDAN LOY: Tornado calamity among the deadliest U.S. disasters of the last 60 years. We got off comparatively light in Knoxville, and it was still a big deal.

April 28, 2011

ETHAN WATTERS EMAILS: “You posted a piece from some fellow who summarized an article I wrote in the independent. I don’t think he quite got what I was trying to get across. Thought you might like to see (or link to) the original piece.” Always happy to!

UPDATE: A reader emails:

The PTSD article linked was quite solid but one facet it didn’t seem to highlight is that there is a major monetary incentive in PTSD for US soldiers as well in the form of higher VA disability payments after separation. Add in the fact that the military’s medical corps also has a major incentive to broadly diagnose PTSD “just in case” to ward off criticism that they are not doing enough and you end up with very few people involved in the diagnosis process who don’t have an incentive to lean towards PTSD.

I know when I got back from my Iraq tour (mine was an easy tour by anyone’s standards) the psychologists and medical assistants who were required to interview us over and over again frankly seemed to be pushing for us to answer yes to the questions that would require more PTSD follow-up and that was for a unit who never went outside the wire.

Hmm.

April 28, 2011

REASON TV: The War on Walmart: Who’s afraid of cheap groceries?

April 28, 2011

RIGHT TRACK OR WRONG TRACK: 21% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction, A New Low.

Related: “New applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. unexpectedly rose last week to the highest level in three months, a sign progress in the labor market may be stalling.”

Also: Four in 10 approve of Obama’s handling of economy; marks all-time low.

UPDATE: Obama Approval At Lowest Level Ever In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds. “President Obama, who carried Pennsylvania 55 – 44 percent in the 2008 election, is underwater mostly because of his deterioration among independent voters, who disapprove of his performance 57 – 37 percent, compared to 50 – 46 percent approval in February.” But he’s even losing Democrats.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Bill Archer writes:

As a PA resident I can attest to the sea change in attitudes towards Barack Obama here.

It’s public, it’s palpable and it’s entirely due to inflation.

It’s astonishing to me that a bunch of guys who are supposed to be so smart think that women aren’t going to the grocery store and leaving in a state of shock, disbelief and, occasionally, panic.

And a Democrat who frightens women cannot win anything. Period.

I just started playing a sort of instant citizen poll at stores. It began a week or so ago at Sams’ Club:

I was in one of THOSE lines and ended up chatting with a well dressed middle aged woman with a cart half full of grocery items.

I made mention of the fact that while I didn’t normally make the hike to Sams’ that with prices going up I figured I had to make the effort.

She exploded: Prices are sky high, she’s feeding three kids, eating store brands and sale items but can’t afford to stock up, on and on.

Then the lady in front of HER piped in: if prices keep going up she doesn’t know what she’ll do, their budget is already at the breaking point, trying to keep a daughter in college, off she goes.

Then a man in the next line over heard them and HE jumped in: this is ridiculous, Washington is killing us, economy broken, he’s off to the races.

I thought maybe this was just a coincidence, so I’ve started the same conversation in store lines twice more in the past week and it’s exactly the same: people are frightened and EVERYONE wants to talk about it out loud.

The interesting thing to me is that everyone used to be very reluctant to speak out in public against Obama. You were always afraid some leftie whackjob would hear you and tear into you. You know what I mean.

But now the gloves are off, people are freaking out and Obama can raise FIVE billion dollars for his campaign and organize until the cows come home and call everyone in the country a racist until he turns blue but it’s not going to convince anyone that they’re not paying an arm and a leg for half a cart worth of food.

There is no more basic thing to people, and it’s off the hook.

I don’t see how the Republicans could possibly mess this up. Then again, after a lifetime of watching them do just that, if there’s way they’ll find it.

Indeed. They don’t call ‘em the stupid party for nothing. But yeah, it’s hard to hide inflation. Unemployment only hurts the unemployed; EVERYONE feels inflation.

April 28, 2011

“ENTIRELY FEASIBLE:” Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s $10K college degree plan.

April 28, 2011

SCIENCE: Results of new study say high IQ is a matter of motivation, not just intelligence.

April 28, 2011

ARMADILLOS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS: Indigenous Cases Of Leprosy Found In The United States.

April 28, 2011

BEWARE THE TOFU OF DEATH: Soy Isoflavones Block DNA Repair. For my health, I’m sticking with prime rib.

April 28, 2011

RANGE ANXIETY: Is the Toyota FT-EV’s 50-mile range too low?

April 28, 2011

IN THE MAIL: From Eric Best, Into My Father’s Wake.

April 28, 2011

PJTV: Don’t Blame Speculators: The Government Can Reduce the Price of Gas Tomorrow. Here’s How.

April 28, 2011

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: Leon Panetta’s Top Priority: Credibility.

April 28, 2011

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN THIS KIND OF THING WOULD HAPPEN: Government Says Biotech Companies Can Be Their Own Safety Testers. And they were right!

April 28, 2011

THE HILL: Obama issues executive order telling agencies to improve customer service online.

April 28, 2011

AT AMAZON, markdowns on battery chargers and portable jumpstarters.

April 28, 2011

VIDEO: KEYNES VS. HAYEK, ROUND TWO.

April 28, 2011

UNEXPECTEDLY! Economic Growth Slows As Inflation Measure Spikes Up. “U.S. economic growth slowed more than expected in the first quarter as higher food and gasoline prices dampened consumer spending, and sent a broad measure of inflation rising at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years. . . . The Federal Reserve on Wednesday acknowledged the slowdown in first-quarter growth, describing the recovery as proceeding at a ‘moderate pace’—a slight step back from a statement in March when it said the economy was on a ‘firmer footing.’”

April 28, 2011

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SCANDAL CONTINUES: Education Dept. inspector general investigating influence of Wall Street short sellers on regulations. “The Education Department’s inspector general is investigating Wall Street short sellers’ role in strict new regulations of the for-profit college sector, sources confirm to The Daily Caller. The investigation could reveal the extent to which the investors, who are hoping to profit when the for-profit firms’ stock goes down, influenced the process or received advance knowledge about regulatory actions by the department.”

April 28, 2011

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Why Obama Is In Trouble. “The President looks like a man who is ridden by events; at just the moment when the nation craves a strong leader, the President looks weak, dodgy, uncertain. The contrast with the inflated hopes that an untested and inexperienced Senator Obama did so much to build up is crippling. Obama has fallen so far precisely because he and his supporters so hugely oversold him.”

April 28, 2011

WHY DO AMERICAN SOLDIERS SUFFER FROM HIGHER RATES OF PTSD? “American writer Ethan Watters’s recent book, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the Western Psyche, offers a highly subversive answer. It is that American society has been permeated by psychoanalytical beliefs about the fragility of the human mind. This creates an expectation, he argues, that people who have been through horrible experiences will be traumatized. The veterans are simply falling in with that expectation, and exhibiting the symptoms that the theory says they should be showing. . . . Is PTSD really caused by what happened to veterans while they served in the military, or by the expectations of the civilian society they returned to afterwards? Suddenly, there is a case to answer.” Hmm.

UPDATE: Ethan Watters emails that this doesn’t quite capture his original piece, which is here.

April 28, 2011

LOOKING FORWARD TO L.A.’s next mayor. Already?

April 28, 2011

THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW: Our “Annie” Energy Policy.

April 28, 2011

SO IF THE HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE HAS REACHED CRACKED.COM, DOES THAT MEAN IT’S GONE MAINSTREAM? The Question You’re Not Asking: Should You Go To College? “I’ve bolded the relevant text. Everybody in that survey has a job, which, incidentally, is a thing that your college degree absolutely does not guarantee you. All the unemployed people, their college degrees doing nothing for them? They don’t factor in. But hey, maybe the situation will be better when you’re out of college. Things might pick up. You just need to get more loans for now, to get you through, is all. And that’s exactly what’s happening.”

April 28, 2011

MICKEY KAUS: Why not debate affirmative action? “Were Obama a magnificent president in all respects, Trump’s charge would have little resonance. Who cares how Obama got into Harvard Law? In 2008, it was obvious enough to voters that he might have benefitted from preferences. He won a national majority anyway. But it turns out there are some ropes Obama doesn’t seem to have learned in his turbo-boosted ascent up the political hierarchy.” Plus, as Kaus notes, Obama himself says he benefited from affirmative action. So why is it suddenly racist to talk about it?

Also, an Andrew Sullivan Bell Curve dig.

April 28, 2011

PAUL RAHE: The Road Ahead: Victory In Sight. “For reasons that I spelled out in some detail yesterday, it once made sense for conservatives to be disheartened and even defeatist. They have been fighting a rearguard action for nearly one hundred years. But, as I argued, circumstances have changed dramatically. Barack Obama has brought us to the edge of a precipice, and a majority of Americans now recognize that things cannot go on as they have in the past. The welfare state is bankrupt. The Social Security trust fund is paying out more than it is taking in. The Medicare entitlement is unsustainable, and Obamacare threatens to hurl us into the abyss.”

So, cheer up!

April 28, 2011

CHANGE: Oil Imports Spike As Obama Ban Decreases Domestic Production.

April 28, 2011

GAS-PUMP STICKY NOTE CAMPAIGN makes its way to grocery stores.

April 28, 2011

JIM TREACHER ON FACEBOOK: “So now the MSM will spend a whole week scolding everybody ELSE for not having better things to talk about than Birtherism.”

April 28, 2011

UTAH TEA PARTY PROTESTS CRONY CAPITALISM AT G.E. SHAREHOLDERS MEETING. David Kirkham emails: “Today GE held their annual shareholders’ meeting in Salt Lake City. We let James Taggart (AKA Jeff Immelt) know how we felt about his crony capitalism. The media was very surprised we were protesting GE along with the left. I told them the Utah Tea Party stands on principle, not party. They said we had 20–we had over 50. (Not bad for a 9:00 am work day). Keep blogging–we’ll keep organizing.”

Here’s a pic:

April 28, 2011

THE HILL: Panetta Nomination May Signal Deeper Spending Cuts For The Pentagon.

April 28, 2011

HMM: PJM EXCLUSIVE: Holder’s DOJ Scuttled More Terror-Related Prosecutions.

April 28, 2011

YAWN: Superman to renounce American citizenship. Big deal. Who says he’s a citizen anyway? Who’s seen his birth certificate? Ah, well, at least he’s clearly siding against the Iranian mullahs and with the pro-democracy protesters. That’s more than our President — also a comic-book figure — can say.

UPDATE: Jim Treacher emails: “I can’t believe they’re making Superman a racist! It would be one thing if he renounced his U.S. citizenship under The Evil George Bush. But he waits until a black man is in charge? Way to join the Kryptonian Klux Klan, Kal-El.”

April 27, 2011

MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT: Respect political privacy.

April 27, 2011

PROF. JACOBSON: Going After Judge James Ware. “Word to Teddy. Deciding motions is what Judges do. The fact that a Judge allows a hearing on a motion, and expedites consideration, does not reflect agreement with the motion.” But really, isn’t “completely misinformed” and “at Firedoglake” pretty much redundant?

April 27, 2011

DEPRESSING TAKE: The Housing Bubble Broke The Middle Class.

April 27, 2011

ANGLETON ON the new Defense team. “Obviously, the most interesting aspect for me is the CIA billet to Petraeus. I suspect he’s known this was coming, and so his recent complaints about the quality of our intelligence become significant.”

April 27, 2011

MICKEY KAUS: Didn’t Obama just elevate Donald Trump? “Even if Obama was attempting the ‘genius’ Trump-pumping triple-bank-shot , that doesn’t mean it will work out as planned and help the president. It also looks–to the non-geniuses–like Obama waited two years to spring a trap on the birthers and then pissed it away trying to damage a marginal candidate, in a press appearance that made the president seem as much a righteous, lecturing whiner (‘I’ve got better stuff to do’) as a policy-driven grown up. Is Obama saying he wouldn’t be losing an unnecessary war in Libya if only he’d had more quiet time to think it through?”

Plus, from the comments: “Trump has shown the rest of the field how to annoy a narcissist into compliance.”

UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes: “Elevate Trump? Is that even possible? Trump is Trump and will always be exactly what he is ….Trump™. Kaus is usually perceptive: he doesn’t see this. No. Trump just conscripted Obama into his latest reality show. The only thing missing is the boardroom scene with the Donald summarily firing him.”

April 27, 2011

WOW: Sarah Palin is a lot better looking than Julianne Moore. I wouldn’t have guessed that. What’s with those protruding teeth?

April 27, 2011

RALPH NADER: What Obama needs is a primary challenger.

April 27, 2011

DOZENS KILLED by tornadoes in Alabama.

April 27, 2011

SOUTH CAROLINA: Amazon Packing After House Vote: “Amazon all but told South Carolina goodbye Wednesday after the online retailer lost a legislative showdown on a sales tax collection exemption it wants to open a distribution center that would bring 1,249 jobs to the Midlands. Company officials immediately halted plans to equip and staff the one million-square-foot building under construction at I-77 and 12th Street near Cayce.” Who needs jobs?

UPDATE: Reader Chip Mathis emails: “Does anyone know where the ‘Alliance for Main Street Fairness’ is getting money? They ran a relentless amount of TV and Radio ads over the past couple of months, and I keep reading in news articles that they are a conservative or Tea Party group. Something smells fishy to me. It doesn’t seem like something the Tea Party would care that much about, but attempting to increase taxes by demonizing corporations sounds like it comes straight from a liberal playbook.”

I don’t think they have much to do with the Tea Party. Maybe with Wal-Mart.

April 27, 2011

IT’S DUMB, BUT SO ARE THE U.S. NEWS RANKINGS: Ranking colleges based on RateMyProfessor.com.

April 27, 2011

THE DANGERS OF THREAT INFLATION in cybersecurity policy.

April 27, 2011

RON RADOSH: The Fatah-Hamas Agreement: The Failure of Obama’s Middle East policy, and the End of the ‘Peace Process.’

April 27, 2011

JEEZ: Golf-ball-sized hail, and one tornado warning after another.

UPDATE: Here’s what’s happening in my neck of the woods. It’s much worse elsewhere, alas.

April 27, 2011

WHITE HOUSE GETTING DESPERATE on gas prices?

April 27, 2011

MARKDOWNS ON wireless all-in-one printers.

April 27, 2011

SADLY PREDICTABLE: “I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn’t fit with my culture.” Take your culture and shove it, bub. (Picture strategically blurred, but possibly NSFW, which say something ironic about our Taliban-like HR policies . . . .)

UPDATE: A reader emails: “If that’s Haraam, I don’t want to know what’s Haright.”

April 27, 2011

WISCONSIN UPDATE: UW doctors face penalties for writing sick notes for protesters. “The Wisconsin Medical Society criticized the doctors’ actions, saying they threatened the public’s trust in the medical profession. The Madison School District told teachers who turned in fraudulent sick notes to rescind them by last month or face discipline. The district received more than 1,000 notes from teachers during the protests.” The once-immense authority of the professional classes continues to diminish, at the professional classes’ own hand.

April 27, 2011

THIS ISN’T GOOD: User information on 77 million PlayStation users stolen, admits Sony. “In a statement on the PlayStation blog, the company confirmed that attackers have obtained details such as users’ name, address, date of birth and password. More worryingly, customers’ credit card details may have also been compromised.” If you can’t protect the data, you shouldn’t collect the data.

April 27, 2011

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, PEOPLE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT BRINGING BACK PUBLIC FLOGGINGS: And they were right!

April 27, 2011

REP. TOM COLE: “The president doesn’t know squat about energy production.” Hmm. What exactly is he an expert on?

Plus this: “The president now says his administration is pushing major oil producers to increase oil output in an effort to lower prices. What he really needs is to have someone tell the government of the world’s third largest oil producer to boost output. In case he is unaware, that oil producer is the United States.” Heh.

April 27, 2011

OH, ABSOLUTELY: Reader Brian Torrez writes: “So now that Obama has released his long form birth certificate is this proof that Andrew Sullivan is Trig Palin’s father?”

April 27, 2011

THEY SURE DON’T MAKE PYREX like they used to. Surprisingly, that has unintended consequences.

April 27, 2011

POPULAR MECHANICS: Portraits Of Devastation: Japan After The Tsunami.

Related: Is The U.S. Ready For The Next Big Quake? No.

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

April 27, 2011

TORNADO OVERLOAD: We’re in the basement for a tornado warning, and once again the weather radio sounded off ahead of anything else.

Meanwhile, a reader emails:

An excellent warning service is Weathercall.net . This service is what we use to activate our warning sirens.

For $10/yr, you register your address and if your location is in a tornado or severe storm warning area. When the warning area drops from the Weather Service, Weathercall calls up to 3 phone numbers and 3 email addresses or text messaging addresses.

It’s amazingly fast. I receive automated text messages directly from the weather service, and get calls and emails from Weathercall faster than NWS can automated texts to me. ‘

My wife is the Emergency Manager at a local hospital, and now uses this system for her facility as well.

I haven’t tried that one.

April 27, 2011

MARKDOWNS on HDTVs. They sure have gotten cheap.

April 27, 2011

THE POLITICS OF Star Trek.

April 27, 2011

COCA-COLA’S ROLE in the King & Spalding scandal? Bring on the subpoenas: “Ethics expert Richard Painter yesterday explained there is no attorney-client protection for any message from one client to its lawyers about another client.”

April 27, 2011

WELL, OKAY THEN: Despite hack attack, ORNL sticking with Internet Explorer.

April 27, 2011

DONALD TRUMP, NEO-CONFEDERATE? Well, he’s gaining ground on Obama, so it’s time to play that card. Again.

UPDATE: Whoopi Goldberg.

April 27, 2011

FASTER, PLEASE: Researchers develop non-invasive early diagnostic test for gastric cancer.

April 27, 2011

HEY, E.T.: CALL BACK LATER. “Financial woes have delivered a serious blow to the search for E.T. One of its best tools, the Allen Telescope Array in northern California, has been put on hold until new funding is located.”

April 27, 2011

NOT LIVING UP TO THE HYPE: In most U.S. markets, arrival of plug-in vehicles still months (years?) away.

April 27, 2011

AN ALERT FOR PORKBUSTERS AND SPACE ACTIVISTS ALIKE: Fight the “Space Launch System” Earmark!

April 27, 2011

CUTTING CARBS cuts liver fat.

April 27, 2011

TRUMP 1, OBAMA 0: So I was at the gym when they finally caved and released the birth certificate – and on both the Fox and the CNN monitors I saw Donald Trump, who quickly started talking about . . . gasoline prices. See, he knows how to keep the pressure on. Other GOP candidates might want to take a lesson. Maybe they could talk about milk.

UPDATE: Trump: Now Release Your College Records!

ANOTHER UPDATE: The White House may think it’s sprung a trap, but I think they waited too long. By now — as the polls from earlier this week showing how many independents thought Obama wasn’t born here, and which probably prompted the release decision, indicate — the damage is done. Even if people change their minds on the issue, for many the residual suspicion will remain: The thought that regardless of where he was born, there’s something shady about him.

Plus, from the comments: “Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don’t let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused.” It’s more about the gas prices and the milk. Media spin won’t change those.

MORE: But the question remains: Why did Obama, who has proudly vowed his administration would be the “most open and transparent in history,” wait so long?

Plus, reader Dave Converse emails: “Now that Obama has released his birth certificate, it’s clear why he waited: there was no immaculate conception!” That’s sure to disappoint some of his fans.

MORE STILL: Roger Simon: Why doesn’t the L.A. Times release the Khalidi tapes?

STILL MORE: Claim: Alterations show in Adobe Illustrator. How likely is that?

National Review Not buying the layers argument: “What’s plausible is that somewhere along the way — from the scanning device to the PDF-creation software, both of which can perform OCR (optical character recognition) — these partial/pseudo-text images were created and saved. What’s not plausible is that the government spent all this time manufacturing Obama’s birth certificate only to commit the laughably rookie mistake of exporting the layers from Photoshop, or whatever photo editing software they are meant to have used. It’s likely that whoever scanned the birth certificate in Hawaii forgot to turn off the OCR setting on the scanner. Let’s leave it at that.”

Plus, from the comments: “They’re not layers. Illustrator is simply able to interpret PDF image data and *present it to you* as layers.” That would make sense, but I don’t know anything about Illustrator.

April 27, 2011

IN THE MAIL: From Lars Walker, West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventure and Faith.

April 27, 2011

RAND SIMBERG: The Russians are asking exorbitant fees to transport our astronauts to the space station while preventing American private companies from doing the job.

April 27, 2011

HARSH WORDS AT CATO: Inside Every Leftist Is a Little Authoritarian Dying to Get Out. “This isn’t how it starts. This is how it snowballs. Paging Dr. Hayek…”

UPDATE: A reader emails: “How people that just want to be left alone ( TEA Party types ) can be called fascists, while the meddling do-gooder class are considered champions of freedom, has always eluded me.”

April 27, 2011

HAS THE PRESIDENCY gotten too big? Or is this just another manifestation of the ungovernable America meme?

UPDATE: Kyle Wingfield emails in reply:

In response to your question: The distinction I’d draw is that progressives said America was “ungovernable” because they didn’t like the rules, institutions, etc. that prevented them from expanding the federal government as they wished to do (e.g., the Senate’s filibuster rule). What I’m saying is that they’ve already built it too big, and that what we need is a more limited federal government for the president to preside over.

Well, that’s the sort of second-order knowledge problem that I’ve discussed in the past: A government so big you can’t even understand how it works, much less how it affects the rest of the world.

April 27, 2011

MORE ON the state pension crisis. I predict that it’s much worse than the states’ numbers indicate. There’s sure to be a lot of book-cooking there.

April 27, 2011

SHOCKER: “The fight to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling has been made tougher by the public’s lingering disgruntlement with the Wall Street bailout.”

April 27, 2011

AT AMAZON, Top Deals In Electronics.

April 27, 2011

WATCHING THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUNITY PIVOT: “Let’s just say I do not recall the same general approval for drone warfare even three months ago when it was all about Pakistan and Afghanistan. Or when it comes to Israel’s use of drones.” Well, anything Israel does is a human-rights violation ex definitio. It’s more complicated for the United States. We commit human-rights violations only when we act against our enemies. Other times, human-rights law requires us to blow things up and kill people. It just depends.

April 27, 2011

COMMERCIAL SPACE UPDATE: NASA to hold briefing with companies vying to carry astronauts into space.

April 27, 2011

CHANGE: Latest State To Curtail Public Employee Union Bargaining Rights: Massachusetts. “Not only has the Massachusetts state House passed a new law barring all PEUs from collective bargaining on health care, it passed by a veto-proof majority — because Democrats pushed the bill. . . . Yes, you read that right. Democrats in Massachusetts admitted that Scott Walker had the right idea all along. In fact, the Commonwealth believes that the ability to manage health care coverage will save taxpayers $100 million in the next budget year. And in another nod to Wisconsin, the House held their vote at 11:30 last night, hoping to avoid the kind of demonstrations that Wisconsin Democrats encouraged in Madison.”

April 27, 2011

ANOTHER MASSIVE FAIL FOR THE “INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY:” Global Condemnation, But No Action Against Bloody Syria Crackdown.

April 27, 2011

WORTH YOUR TIME IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN TECHNOLOGY: The Foresight Institute’s 25th Anniversary Conference At The Google Campus. Jim von Ehr — whom I’ve known long enough to know he’s a smart guy indeed — will be keynoting. (Bumped).

April 27, 2011

IS OBAMA TOO SMART FOR HIS OWN GOOD? Jennifer Rubin doesn’t think that’s the problem, exactly. “Come to think of it, this is what they said about Jimmy Carter.”

This just seems like another version of the “ungovernable America” meme. Or as Don Surber put it, “Big desk. Little man.”

April 27, 2011

MAN ARRESTED IN THE U.K. for singing “Kung Fu Fighting?”

April 27, 2011

WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER, JERRY POURNELLE’S ESSAYS IN GALAXY WERE A HUGE INFLUENCE. I’d say as big an influence on me as anything else I read. Now there’s a new edition of the collection, A Step Farther Out, available on Kindle. (Bumped).

April 27, 2011

THE CARNIVAL OF SPACE IS UP!

April 27, 2011

FEEL THE CHANGE: Obama To Choose Leon Panetta as next Defense Secretary. “Panetta, 72, served as chief of staff to President Clinton between 1994 and 1997. Previously he was director of the Office of Management and Budget. The California Democrat served in the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993.”

April 27, 2011

YOU’D THINK THIS WOULD HAPPEN LESS OFTEN IN THE AGE OF GPS AND CALLER I.D.: Police Storm Wrong House, Hold Judge At Gunpoint. “They said, ‘Come out with your hands up!’ She said, ‘I am Circuit Court Judge Ilona Holmes. I am armed.’”

April 27, 2011

TEA PARTY ACTIVISTS TO PROTEST at General Electric shareholder meeting in Salt Lake City.

April 27, 2011

MICKEY KAUS wants to kill off PolitiFact.

April 27, 2011

HMM: Wisconsin GOP says Dems using dirty tricks to fight recall effort. So is phoning up people who sign recall petitions a dirty trick? Would it get more press if Republicans were doing it to Democrats?

April 27, 2011

SHOCKER: Texas Rep. David Simpson stops legislature from growing government, gets hated on by peers.