Archive for July, 2011

July 31, 2011

ALEXIS GARCIA COVERS THE SMART GIRL POLITICS SUMMIT.

July 31, 2011

AT AMAZON, The Prisoner: The Complete Series. $46.99.

July 31, 2011

BILL QUICK NOW HAS ALL HIS BOOKS ONLINE, in various E-reader formats, all DRM-free. Check it out!

July 31, 2011

FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE PUNK becoming a trend?

July 31, 2011

ED MORRISSEY: Guess What Happened To That “Obama Recovery.”

July 31, 2011

SENATE DEBT DEAL? Reid, McConnell endorse debt deal, will present to rank-and-file Monday.

UPDATE: Boehner’s “sell piece.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Look at this chart.

MORE: Much more here.

July 31, 2011

MICHAEL BARONE: GOP wins when the fight is over cuts not more taxes. “Democrats went into this fight with a precedent in mind, the budget fight between President Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1995-96. The conventional wisdom is that Clinton won that fight and Republicans lost. That’s not quite right: After shifting to noticeably more moderate policies, Clinton was re-elected in 1996, but Republicans lost few House seats and held onto their congressional majorities at the same time. The difference this time is that Obama has not shifted policies noticeably, but instead has seemed to position himself as a complainer on the sidelines, asking voters to call their congressman. He has presented no specific plan of his own.”

July 31, 2011

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, IRAQ WOULD BE GROWING MORE, NOT LESS, VIOLENT: And they were right! “Iraq is more dangerous than it was just a year ago, after a surge in bombings, assassinations and violence by Shi’ite militias, according to a report released today. In his quarterly review to Congress, a top government adviser accused the U.S. military of glossing over the issue, just months before soldiers are due to leave the country.”

July 31, 2011

ALEXIS GARCIA INTERVIEWS HERMAN CAIN. Cain predicts he’ll finish at least 3d in the Ames straw poll.

July 31, 2011

AT DILBERT, THOUGHTS ON DISASTER PREPARATION:

Dilbert.com

July 31, 2011

FOR REAL SECURITY, TRY A BRASS KEY IN THE HANDS OF SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST: Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells. “Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers. Some of the same vulnerabilities that the Stuxnet superworm used to sabotage centrifuges at a nuclear plant in Iran exist in the country’s top high-security prisons, according to security consultant and engineer John Strauchs, who plans to discuss the issue and demonstrate an exploit against the systems at the DefCon hacker conference next week in Las Vegas.”

July 31, 2011

SALENA ZITO: The White House’s Over-The-Cliff Moment: “When historians look back on this moment in American politics, they may wonder why the White House failed to focus on the consuming issue of the time: the economy — and, in particular, jobs. . . . In June, the nation’s unemployment rate rose for a third straight month, as employers added only 18,000 workers and corporate earnings languished. Anyone buying basic groceries can feel the pinch of consumer prices rising to offset higher commodity costs, so buying little beyond what you absolutely need has become the norm. President Barack Obama’s support has eroded among the very independent voters who helped him sweep into office. That drop-off is based on his inability to lead on numerous issues, but most importantly on the economy.”

July 31, 2011

BLOG COMMENT OF THE DAY:

So… I’ve been reading Gawker. Y’know Gawker? Celebrities, sex, internet videos, gossip, that kind of shit. But Gawker has apparently gotten into politics more than I remember, and HOLY SH*T is the Left not dealing with the Tea Party thing very well.

I mean, I expect this kind of sh*t from Daily Kos, Huffington Post, and the New York Times (which says a thing or two about where the New York Times has gone in the last few decades). But the f*cks at Gawker, who snark at Angelina Jolie, want to put the Tea Party people on trial for Fiscal Terrorism (for not raising the debt ceiling). And apparently, by not supporting Pell Grants, you hate poor people, as opposed to realizing that government spending contributes to the higher education bubble (yes, I know the idea of government contributing to the higher education bubble doesn’t compute to these people, but seriously).

If they ever get around to rolling back the entitlement state, holy f*cking sh*t is it going to get ugly.

Wisconsin writ large.

July 31, 2011

FASTER, PLEASE: “Terrapower, a startup funded in part by Nathan Myhrvold and Bill Gates, is moving closer to building a new type of nuclear reactor called a traveling wave reactor that runs on an abundant form of uranium. The company sees it as a possible alternative to fusion reactors, which are also valued for their potential to produce power from a nearly inexhaustible source of fuel.”

July 31, 2011

JAMES POULOS: Only Libertarianism Can Save The GOP Now.

July 31, 2011

AT AMAZON, it’s the computer outlet sale.

July 31, 2011

REASON TV: What We Saw At The Save Our Schools Rally In Washington, DC.

July 31, 2011

CRAZY STUPID LOVE scores good reviews from Carl Kozlowski and Kurt Loder.

Plus, Ed Morrissey reviews Cowboys and Aliens.

July 31, 2011

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Hidden Costs Of Medical Student Debt.

The acceptance of student indebtedness as the “norm” of medical school has provided a kind of carte blanche for robust tuition increases. Median yearly tuition at public medical schools is $29,000, and at private institutions it is $47,000 — increases from two decades earlier of over 312 percent and 165 percent, respectively. While some may counter that future doctors can well afford such increases and loans, the rising debt load has had and will have repercussions on patients, particularly those in greatest need.

Paying so much up front has transformed an education that was once a path to public service into a significant financial investment that needs to yield returns.

Well, yes.

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

July 31, 2011

SO IS THERE ANYONE IN MEXICO WHO ISN’T GETTING GUNS COURTESY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT? ATFE Investigates U.S. Army’s Lost AK-74s: I Feel So Much Better Now.

July 31, 2011

A LOOK AT THE 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

July 31, 2011

ATLAS SHRUGGED comes to Detroit. “In a perverse way, I’m glad that there are places such as Greece and Illinois. These profligate jurisdictions are useful examples of the dangers of bloated government and reckless statism. There also are some cities that serve as reverse role models. Detroit is a miserable case study of big government run amok, so I enjoyed a moment or two of guilty pleasure as I read this CNBC story about the ongoing decay of the Motor City.”

July 31, 2011

IN THE MAIL: From Brian J. Noggle, John Donnelly’s Gold.

July 31, 2011

OKAY, I LINKED THIS YESTERDAY, but I really think it deserves an embed. The sound reminds me of the stillborn geek-rock band The Poindexters. Which I think is high praise. . . .

July 31, 2011

WAR AGAINST PHOTOGRAPHY UPDATE: Police inquiry reveals violations in arrest, beating of videographer. Ya think?

Make him read a copy of Morgan Manning’s article on photographers’ rights. In a prison cell.

July 31, 2011

CONLAW PROF ANN ALTHOUSE ON THE DEBT LIMIT AND THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT:

Isn’t it funny how this “tea party” philosophy just sounds like a fair reading of the text? But only Clarence Thomas is crackpot enough to do that! I added the boldface to highlight what to me seems like the obvious interpretation: No one is talking about questioning the validity of the debt! When you fail to pay debts, you’re not claiming they aren’t valid. Why wouldn’t all the Justices say that? Why would that inapt clause take precedence over the specific and clear clause in Article I, listing among Congress’s powers the power “To borrow Money on the credit of the United States”?

We can’t follow the plain language of the Constitution. Doing that would unacceptably constrain the behavior of elites. Instead, the Constitution must be interpreted by an elite priesthood that will insure it means whatever the elites want it to mean.

July 31, 2011

SALE, TODAY ONLY: The Braun Series 5 Electric Shaver.

July 31, 2011

WELL NOW, THIS IS NEWS: Top Syrian Generals Defect – Announce Formation of Free Syrian Army to Fight Assad.

July 31, 2011

THE END OF HARRY REID AS WE KNOW IT? “We don’t know all the details of the negotiations between Mitch McConnell and the White House which apparently are closing in on an agreement, but one thing is clear, Harry Reid has become a sideshow.” I feel fine.

July 31, 2011

SMART GIRL POLITICS: Alexis Garcia interviews Dana Loesch.

July 31, 2011

“I THINK THIS GETCHELL KID COULD GO A LONG WAY.”

UPDATE: “The radical punk-rock anthem of our age.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Must-see.

MORE: Jonah Goldberg likes it.

July 31, 2011

KEITH HENNESSEY: Risk, And The Government’s Credit Rating.

July 31, 2011

CITIES VS. COUNTRIES: “San Francisco’s metropolitan area contains an economy the size of Thailand. Chicago’s GDP rivals Switzerland.”

July 31, 2011

DAN MITCHELL: Just in Case You Need One More Reason Why the Department of Housing and Urban Development Should Be Abolished.

July 31, 2011

ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL UPDATE: Associated Press covers Gunwalker. “The article needs to be read in its entirety to get the full impact, but one notable point is that firearms dealers made sales of AK-47 type weapons that they normally would not have, because they were encouraged to do so by ATF. . . . The Obama administration’s cover-up continues to this day, as Eric Holder’s Department of Justice stonewalls Congress, seemingly in order to prevent the investigation from reaching into the highest levels of the administration. If the media’s need to protect the fast-sinking Obama administration were not so acute, this would be quite a scandal.”

July 31, 2011

CHANGE: GDP Report Shatters Illusion of Jobless Productivity-Packed Recovery. To have a jobless recovery, you’ve got to have a recovery. If you factor out government spending, I’m not so sure we have.

July 30, 2011

YOU ELECT AN APPARATCHIK, you get apparatchiks appointed. And favors for the nomenklatura. No surprise.

July 30, 2011

REACHED: A tentative debt-ceiling deal?

UPDATE: A Deal Comes Together.

July 30, 2011

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY REVOLUTION GOIN’ FOR YA? The chant in Tahrir Square: “Islamic, Islamic. Neither secular nor liberal.”

July 30, 2011

STEVE CROWDER: WALL STREET SHENANIGANS (Debt Ceiling).

July 30, 2011

QUESTION: Will we have 72 hours to read a final debt-ceiling bill?

July 30, 2011

TODAY ONLY SALE: I Love Lucy: The Complete Series On DVD.

July 30, 2011

UTAH TRIAL COURT REJECTS “negligent directions” claim against Google.

July 30, 2011

ANDREW BREITBART WILL SKIP CPAC over its GOProud ban.

Roger Simon is boycotting too. And I won’t be there either. Of course, I don’t usually go anyway.

UPDATE: Breitbart link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

July 30, 2011

DEFENDING DEFENSE in the debt-ceiling talks.

July 30, 2011

UNLESS, OF COURSE, YOU’VE BROUGHT A TASER TO A GUNFIGHT: Five Tasers, Two Seconds: That’s Gonna Hurt, Bro.

July 30, 2011

AT AMAZON, up to 50% off on luggage.

July 30, 2011

FAILING TO SAVE THE SPOTTED OWL: “This is a pattern we see all too often with the Endangered Species Act — regulatory measures are imposed with uncertain if any ecological benefit. The ESA has sometimes kept species from falling over the brink of extinction, but has done precious little to achieve its stated goal of species recovery. Residents of depressed timber communities may want ESA reform because of the Act’s tremendous costs, but there’s also ample reason to want ESA reform because of its environmental ineffectiveness.”

July 30, 2011

ALEC BALDWIN: Let’s raise taxes. I guess I can put him down as another vote in favor of my revenue-enhancement program.

July 30, 2011

CLAIRE BERLINSKI: The Politics Of Earthquakes.

July 30, 2011

MEGAN MCARDLE: Debt-Blame FlimFlammery:

This chart from the White House, which purports to prove, with the scientific magic of math, that basically everything bad that has happened to the budget is the fault of one George W. Bush, has been making the rounds. My colleague approvingly calls it “Another chart that should accompany all debt ceiling discussions”.

I’m a little less enamored, considering that this graph attributes decisions made by Obama and an all-Democratic Congress–like doubling down in Afghanistan–to Bush, while taking responsibility for basically nothing except the stimulus. When Obama extends the Bush tax cuts for the rich under pressure from Congressional Republicans, that disappears from his side of the ledger, because after all, he didn’t want to do it. When Bush enacts Medicare Part D under pressure from Congressional Democrats, the full cost is charged against his presidency. The list of such silliness goes on.

Plus, a modest remonstration directed at James Fallows. Read the whole thing.

July 30, 2011

TURF WAR: Gas vs. Electric Lawn Tools.

July 30, 2011

GEORGE WILL calls Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie’s Declaration of Independents the beach read of the summer. “America is moving in the libertarians’ direction not because they have won an argument but because government and the sectors it dominates have made themselves ludicrous. This has, however, opened minds to the libertarians’ argument.”

July 30, 2011

EUGENE VOLOKH: Asians As “White.”

July 30, 2011

PETER WEHNER: More Evidence of Obama’s Eroding Support.

July 30, 2011

CHANGE: States no longer wedded to idea of alimony for life.

July 30, 2011

AT AMAZON, markdowns on bestselling men’s athletic shoes. Also work boots.

July 30, 2011

ALEXIS GARCIA REPORTS FROM THE SMART GIRL POLITICS SUMMIT: Lessons From Wisconsin: What happens when you take on the public sector unions and win? You get a better state.

July 30, 2011

FIXING THE BUDGET CRISIS by getting people to die by 70?

July 30, 2011

A READER NOTED THAT WE EXCEEDED THE DEBT LIMIT IN 2009. It wasn’t a such big deal back then, but I guess that’s because both houses of Congress were controlled by Democrats.

July 30, 2011

TRUTH IN ADVERTISING: Cowboys and Aliens does in fact offer cowboys and aliens.”

July 30, 2011

STOP THE PRESSES: Denise Richards Regrets Her Boob Jobs. (Via the expert on all things boobish.)

July 30, 2011

PLAYING POLITICS: Democrats enforce filibuster against their own debt bill.

UPDATE: The Man With No Plan accuses Republicans of irresponsibility.

Also: Washington annoyed at Wall Street’s failure to panic.

July 30, 2011

SURPRISE: Measles Outbreak Triggered By Unvaccinated Child.

I had a column on this problem here. And note this on anti-vaccine junk science.

July 30, 2011

THE MAJESTY OF THE LAW: “If it could be unconstitutional for Congress to fail to raise the debt ceiling, thereby calling the government’s debts in doubt, could not a Presidential veto of legislation increasing the debt ceiling also be unconstitutional?”

Original post here.

July 30, 2011

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: “Is He Only Interested in Me for Sex?”

July 30, 2011

HOW DID I MISS THIS? David Baron: The Cougar Behind Your Trash Can. Anybody who wants to kick me off the apex of the food chain had better be prepared to wind up as a rug.

Nonetheless, David Baron has been ahead of the curve on this one. I had mentioned his terrific book earlier this morning, but I didn’t know about the oped from Thursday until reader Robert Schwartz sent me the link just now. Thanks! In my defense, I’ve been at a legal conference this week: Just spoke this morning to a bunch of deans about the higher education bubble as it applies to legal education.

July 30, 2011

LOSING WEIGHT DESPITE willpower depletion.

July 30, 2011

FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PUNK ROCK MUSIC.

July 30, 2011

AGE DISCRIMINATION: Former AG Sues Michigan State, Files EEOC Complaints Against 100 Law Schools, for Age Discrimination in Hiring. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a case.

July 30, 2011

IN THE MAIL: From David Weber, Mission of Honor.

July 30, 2011

PROF. JOSEPH CAMPBELL: A media myth eruption: WaPo, Watergate, and Nixon’s fall. “The past couple of days have brought an eruption of media myth — notably, the rich and appealing tale that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s reporting for the Washington Post brought down Richard Nixon’s corrupt presidency in the Watergate scandal. Not even the Post buys into that simplistic and media-centric interpretation.”

July 30, 2011

JOEL KOTKIN: How Los Angeles Lost Its Mojo. “Los Angeles today is a city in secular decline. Its current political leadership seems determined to turn the sprawling capitalist dynamo into a faux New York. But they are more likely to leave behind a dense, government-dominated, bankrupt, dysfunctional, Athens by the Pacific.”

July 30, 2011

VERONIQUE DE RUGY: The Facts About Spending Cuts, the Debt, and the GDP.

July 30, 2011

BAD NEWS: Americans Are More Indebted Than The U.S. Government. “While government debt sits at 94 percent of national revenue, U.S. household debt sits at a whopping 107 percent of personal income. The household balance sheets of Americans are in worse condition than anytime since the Great Depression. The ratio of household debt-to-GDP is greater than anytime since 1929. And while we all are trying to comprehend a poorer nation, many American’s have not yet comprehended their own personal poverty.” There’s a lot of denial out there.

UPDATE: Several readers point out that Americans’ mortgages are secured by tangible assets pledged as security, which is different. And reader Rosie Moore emails:

As a happily debtless person, I read the Wimpy piece while rolling my eyes. So true, yet the current administration (and state/local cohorts) are preying upon those of us who’ve worked hard to build a nest egg. The piece should therefore be amended to read, “In doing so, such investors build an engine through the miraculous power of compounding interest…..and every level of government then robs much of their gains through high capital gains taxes, estate taxes, punitive deduction rates for charitable contributions, irrational inflation of home values, etc.”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to own two homes outright and have a financial cushion to sustain me in retirement or emergency, but all levels of government are even happier that I’ve been “responsible”. I’m buying more government than I want or need to support the Wimpies, whose votes have been bought with politician promises they knew they’d never pay. That’s gotta change!

Indeed.

July 30, 2011

ANN ALTHOUSE ON WEALTH AND POVERTY:

The 2-income family gives a shocking amount of the extra money they scramble to earn to the government. I’m no tax expert, but my suspicion is that this happens because liberals like more taxes and conservatives like subsidizing the traditional family with a stay-at-home parent. Put those 2 forces together and we get the (perverse?) burdening of the 2-earner family.

Why don’t more couples do the math and figure out that they should not do all that extra work for the government? Life is so much simpler with the 1-earner family, and the spouse who doesn’t bring in the dollars can provide great economic benefits by directly performing work that would otherwise have to be paid for, most notably child care. Since this economic benefit isn’t taxed, it’s a double benefit. Instead of buying inferior childcare (or other services) with after-tax dollars, you perform the work that is worth that much money, and you’re not paid, so you don’t pay taxes on the value it represents.

When I went to junior high school, we girls were required to take a course called “Home Economics,” but it was just learning to cook and sew. I think young people should be taught a course called “Home Economics,” which teaches a sophisticated analysis of the economics of living together and sharing money and work. But perhaps the government, through its schools, does not want to reveal the amazing secrets of legal tax avoidance. How much better to indoctrinate kids to seek the highest incomes they possibly can achieve! That is the government’s strategy for raking in the most most taxes. And it works so well.

Know the truth and the truth will set you free.

July 30, 2011

AT AMAZON, markdowns on Outdoor Decor.

July 30, 2011

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Behind The DC Slugfest. “The agenda of the poorer and lower-middle classes is championed mostly by an affluent elite located on the two coasts, who find power and influence in representing “the people,” and are themselves either affluent enough, or enjoy enough top government salaries and subsidies, to be largely exempt from any hardship that would result from their own advocacy of much higher taxes and larger government expenditures.”

July 30, 2011

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: A four-artificial-neuron network from 112 DNA strands.

July 30, 2011

NEW YORK POST: So Who’s Playing Politics With The Debt?

The president went to great pains yesterday to stress that raising the $14.3 trillion debt limit “is not a vote that allows Congress to spend more money. . . . [It] simply gives our country the ability to pay the bills that Congress has already racked up.”

Bushwa.

Washington spends more than it takes in — and that can’t continue.

Indeed, it was reported yesterday that the US Treasury now has an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion — $2.4 billion less than the cash that Apple, the computer giant, has on its books.

The reason is simple: Apple collects more cash than it spends. With Washington, it’s the other way around. And increasing Washington’s revenues via higher taxes does nothing to rein in spending.

Something that can’t go on forever, won’t. Debt that can’t be repaid, won’t.

July 30, 2011

THEY’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING: Obama still has supporters, but theirs is a grim support. “It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton’s troubles there were always people who’d say, “Look, I love the guy.” They’d often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren’t that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support. And surely this has implications.”

July 30, 2011

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Baltimore Dean Resigns Over University Keeping 45% of Law School Revenue. Law schools are cash cows. But this goes beyond milking . . . .

July 30, 2011

INCREASING HUMAN RUN-INS WITH BEARS:

Griffin W. Smith has some practical advice to offer about bears. As a cross-country trail runner, he has seen them in the woods many times in southern Colorado. “But when a bear is in your kitchen, it seems bigger,” said Mr. Smith, 21, a biology major who was at home last week from college when he came downstairs for breakfast and found a black bear by the refrigerator, slurping from the dog’s dish.

Bears — dangerous and unpredictable always — are prowling broader areas of the West in closer contact with people than ever. “It’s raising the question of how tolerant we are willing to be as humans — where we will allow bears to live and where we won’t,” said Steve Gehman, a wildlife biologist in Bozeman, Mont., and co-founder of a nonprofit research group, Wild Things Unlimited.

The intensified level of conflict is also spurring new research that is challenging some long-held assumptions about bears, notably the idea that bear population is the key variable. As solitary and often nocturnal creatures — unlike, say, elk, which herd together and can be easily counted — bear numbers are guesses at best, scientists say, especially for poorly studied species like the black bear. And shifting patterns of bear behavior, they say, like bears’ learning new feeding habits, could be even more important than population trends.

More evidence of just how ahead of the curve David Baron was.

July 30, 2011

BYRON YORK LOOKS AT HISTORY: For Reid, Durbin, and Obama, a (very) partisan record on debt ceiling. “The pattern of Reid’s and Durbin’s voting is difficult to miss: If Republicans control the Senate, they vote against raising the debt ceiling. If Democrats control the Senate, they vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling. It is a fact of life on Capitol Hill that the party in control of Congress bears the responsibility of raising the debt ceiling. That can become a difficult task when control of the House and Senate is split between Republicans and Democrats, as it is now. One might think it would make leaders who have voted along strictly partisan lines think twice before denouncing the other party as partisan. But it has not prevented Reid, Durbin, and Obama from doing just that.”

Well, they know the press will cover for them.

July 30, 2011

DEMONIZING THE OTHER: “Normal citizens! Because — in the Madison hive mind — the people who vote for Republicans are not normal.”

July 30, 2011

SO WHERE’S THE MONEY GOING? Treasury Cash Drops By $15 Billion Overnight. “At this burn rate there is precisely 3 days or so of cash, although this naturally does not include the bulk payment due to SSTN discussed previously. It is now officially time to panic, although those who so wish, can put their money in not just Apple ($76.2 billion), but GE ($136.4 billion) and Microsoft ($62.4 billion) all of which have more cash than Tim Geithner. Of course, as Gartman put it, in three days everyone will have more cash than the US Treasury.”

It’s a shame those crazed ideologues in the Senate voted down the House bill that would have raised the debt ceiling and prevented financial chaos.

July 30, 2011

JAZZ SHAW: Obama, Geithner Hold All the Face Cards in Debt Ceiling Fight: The administration will get to choose who gets government checks and who doesn’t.

UPDATE: The Politics Of The Debt Battle.

July 30, 2011

AFTER THE CRASH? Or before the deluge?

July 30, 2011

PETER WEHNER: “The most recent economic news is figuratively, if not quite literally, depressing.”

July 29, 2011

WISCONSIN UPDATE: “So the shocking outrages the touched of the protests don’t move the voters, and the recall elections are like normal elections, asking voters whether they’d like their next helping of legislation to be conservative or liberal. In which case, let’s relive what was, I think, the most trenchant commentary about the recall elections: ‘Isn’t that a crime?’”

July 29, 2011

ONCE AGAIN, thanks to everyone who shopped via the Amazon links on this site. By doing so you put a little money in my family’s pocket at no expense to you. It’s much appreciated. Thanks!

July 29, 2011

IOWAHAWK: Default, Dear Brutus, Is Not In Our Stars, But In Ourselves.

July 29, 2011

AND YET, PEOPLE SAY THE TEA PARTY IS CRAZY: Solving the Debt Crisis with a Trillion-Dollar Coin?

UPDATE: Kim du Toit emails:

This is what happens when your political philosophy deliberately ignores history.

First, we had Al Gore’s “carbon credit” scheme — which any Christian knows, used to be called “papal indulgences.” Now we have the “trillion-dollar” coin (made out of thin air) — which methodology (of creating gold from nothing) used to be called the “philosopher’s stone.”

So in the future, when someone talks about “going medieval,” we need to recognize that we’re going to see yet another policy proposal from the Democratic Party.

Heh.

July 29, 2011

THE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC. “We can talk about depression, anorexia, even bipolar disorder, but loneliness is a strange affliction that’s never mentioned. . . . One theory always stuck with me. It’s fairly straightforward: it says we stigmatise the things we’re most afraid of in order to create distance between ourselves and the stigmatised trait. . . . There is some evidence that the stigma against loneliness has increased in the past 50 years. If you read what is written about loneliness in the Forties, there’s not a lot of disdain and alarm. But in more recent decades, loneliness changes shape — it becomes a disease, a short-coming, a flaw.”

July 29, 2011

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Tea Party: Fix Your Gaze On 2012.

July 29, 2011

TWIT-IN-CHIEF: Obama Lost 10,000 Twitter Followers Today. Well, you take messaging advice from New York Times folks, you get the kind of circulation results that New York Times folks get.

UPDATE: Make that over 36,000 followers. “To put it another way, he lost twice as many followers today as jobs created last month.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader emails:

I notice a one word omission from your posting on Obama losing 36,000 twitter followers:

“Unexpectedly!”

Heh.

July 29, 2011

DEMOCRATS KILL BOEHNER BILL IN SENATE. The party of “no.”

UPDATE: Reader Gary Tranbarger emails: “I have a new idea. Republicans immediately pass a clean, no conditions, debt ceiling addition of 100 billion dollars. They also announce their willingness to vote for additional 100 billion dollars additions, as needed, one at a time, up to November 2012. Finally, they announce their willingness to engage in negotiations for a two-year addition to the debt ceiling once the CBO scores a 10-year financial plan for the country that is publicly endorsed by (a) the President; (b) a majority of Senate Democrats; and (c) a majority of House Democrats.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: “The Democrats have been telling us for weeks what disasters will ensue if the debt ceiling isn’t increased. Fine: the House has voted to raise the ceiling. Now it is the Senate’s turn.”

President Obama and Harry Reid keep saying they want to make a “deal.” But that isn’t how it works. The Senate needs to pass a bill. Next, leaders of each chamber appoint representatives who participate in a conference committee. The conference committee comes up with a compromise between the House bill and the Senate bill, and that conference bill goes back to each chamber for approval. It will be appropriate for Harry Reid to negotiate with Mitch McConnell over a Senate bill, but Boehner should go on vacation unless and until the Senate acts.

What the Democrats are trying to do, of course, is gain absolution for all of their fiscal sins by negotiating a cosmic deal with the GOP that, as I once put it, would put Republicans in the position of going over the waterfall holding hands with the Democrats. If Republicans are dumb enough to let that happen–which I doubt–then it will indeed be time for a third party. The Democratic Senate has now gone for more than two years without adopting a budget. That is not only poor practice, it violates federal law. Why won’t the Democrats adopt a budget? Because they don’t dare put down on paper, for the American people to see, what they really want: skyrocketing spending, higher taxes and spiraling deficits. Forever. The Democrats don’t want to commit to anything until they have bullied the Republicans into signing onto it.

Indeed.

MORE: Senate rejects Boehner plan, Reid won’t allow vote tonight on his own plan. It’s not a plan, it’s a talking point.

July 29, 2011

PETER INGEMI: Pam Geller And Relevance.

July 29, 2011

AT AMAZON, markdowns in health, personal care, and household supplies.

July 29, 2011

COOL: UK Engineers Print and Fly the World’s First Working 3-D Printed Aircraft. “So perhaps it’s no surprise that elsewhere in the UK a team of Airbus engineers is working on printing an entire aircraft wing–that is, a real jetliner aircraft wing, the kind that would carry people–with the ultimate goal of printing out most of the important components of an entire passenger aircraft.”