Archive for November, 2011

November 29, 2011

THE HILL: Retirements hit Dem aspirations for a House takeover in 2012. “Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) announcement Monday that he won’t seek reelection — coming on the heels of Rep. Charles Gonzalez’s (D-Texas) weekend announcement to the same effect — threw another stumbling block in the way of Democrats as they struggle to take back control of the House. Frank became the 17th Democratic member of the House to decide not to run for reelection next year, compared to just six on the Republican side. All six GOP members are departing to run for another office, while only eight of the 17 Democrats have their eyes focused upward.”

November 29, 2011

TRANSPARENCY: Did You Miss The Thanksgiving White House Visitor-Log Document Dump? “Why aren’t WaPo and the NYTimes crowd-sourcing the White House visitor log data like they did Sarah Palin’s e-mails? Hmmm?”

November 29, 2011

JEFFREY GOLDBERG ON anti-semitism and the Arab Spring. “The desire of Arabs to be free of their spiteful and pitiless dictators is sometimes expressed in grotesquely anti-Jewish terms.”

November 29, 2011

AT AMAZON, it’s the Holiday Toy List.

November 29, 2011

IRA STOLL: The New York Times’ Hypocrisy on Tax Loopholes: The paper goes after Ronald S. Lauder for the sins of the Sulzbergers. “What’s really galling, though, is that in nearly every instance, the ‘tax avoidance techniques’ and other supposed sins for which the Times mauls Mr. Lauder are also engaged in by the family that owns the New York Times. . . . If the Times wants to start campaigning for tax reform that would simplify the tax code, I’d be first in line, maybe second behind Ronald Lauder. But what this story seems to be about is not that, but rather an effort to single out Mr. Lauder alone, out of all the high-net-worth individuals in the entire country, for negative scrutiny. He doesn’t deserve it any more than the family that owns the New York Times does.”

November 29, 2011

VIDEO: Obama in 2006: I ‘stole’ book title ‘Audacity of Hope’ from Rev. Wright, ‘my pastor.’ Where was this stuff during the 2008 campaign?

November 29, 2011

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Three Reasons Why Colleges Are Oversubscribed.

November 29, 2011

IF I HAD A COUNTRY OF MY OWN, MY EMBASSY IN IRAN WOULD STOCK FLAMETHROWERS: Iranian protesters storm UK compound in Tehran. And have an alligator-filled moat.

UPDATE: Reader Jesse Cole says you can see just the thing at about 21 seconds into this trailer for the new season of Sons of Guns. A great show!

November 29, 2011

DEATH SPIRAL? Italian Borrowing Costs Reach New Heights. “Italy paid a record euro-era yield of 7.56pc on its ten-year bonds at auction today as investors continued to question the country’s long-term solvency.”

UPDATE: Pressure builds as eurozone ponders debt solutions. “With Italy sinking rapidly into financial chaos, the eurozone’s 17 finance ministers scrambled Tuesday to find enough money to give their rescue fund a veneer of credibility and world markets some reason to believe their embattled currency won’t break up.” That’s the AP lede. . . .

November 29, 2011

TODAY ONLY: The Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-Ray, $25.49.

November 29, 2011

SUSANNAH BRESLIN blogs about her breasts. The blogging is good. The news, not so much.

November 29, 2011

BARNEY FRANK’S EXIT sets off a scramble.

Plus: “Before YouTube, people assumed that Frank won his elections with his wit and charm. Only after watching him insult voters to their face and shout down town hall attendees did Barney’s real secret emerge: Gerrymandering.”

Plus: “The open secret is that, as a congressman, Barney Frank has been wrong about almost every major policy in his long public career. From Reaganomics to Obamacare, his predictions of future performance have been wildly, embarrassingly off the mark. When he’s attempted to lead, he’s almost always taken off in the worst direction.”

November 29, 2011

JOHN HINDERAKER: The Great Job Massacre.

November 29, 2011

NLRB PLANS FOR its own Zombie Apocalypse.

November 29, 2011

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: New York Times Slimes Romney.

Here at Via Meadia, we have written extensively about how reports of impending American theocracy have been greatly exaggerated. Indeed, put into historical perspective, the religious forces acting upon American politics today are far gentler than those of generations past. But it appears that the New York Times remains unconvinced, as evidenced by a recent spate of alarmist editorials about the faith of Mitt Romney.

This is not about Governor Romney, and it is not about the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). Via Meadia takes no view at this early stage about the merits or demerits of the various candidates, and our inveterate Anglicanism gets in the way of embracing the Mormon faith. But bigotry is something that needs to be fought in all its forms; unreasonable fears and prejudices based on religion will always be with us, but such fears belong in the gutter among the wackos, the haters and the tin-foil hat brigades on both the right and the left. When they rise from the sewers and the swamps into mainstream publications and can be casually uttered in polite company by distinguished professors, something is going very wrong, and people who believe in the American way need to speak up. . . .

As far as I can make out, Professor Bloom is more elitist misanthrope than bigot; his hatred and loathing for Mormonism is part of a broader and deeper disgust with almost everything that the common people think or do in the contemporary United States. The essay drips with condescension and disdain; he hates and fears the Mormons not because they are different from most of their fellow citizens but because they are like them. . . . I say nothing about the motives of Professor Bloom or the New York Times. But so far as I know, neither has ever expressed any concern over the stout Mormon faith of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

I have a comment and a question. Comment: The New York Times would never spread fear, uncertainty and doubt about a Muslim candidate’s religion in this fashion. Question: When George Romney ran in 1968, was the New York Times fretting about his Mormonism?

UPDATE: Reader John Ward emails: “I don’t recall the NYT having a fit when Mo Udall was running for the Democrat nomination for president.” I guess only Republican Mormons are scary.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader John Burke writes:

I worked in Udall’s New York Presidential campaign in 1975-1976 (after my earlier choice, Birch Bayh, dropped out). Trust me when I say that no one among New York Democrats ever said, boo, about Udall being a Mormon, even though a host of candidates were competing furiously for support within the party (Udall, Bayh, Fred Harris, Scoop Jackson, Jimmy Carter). All these candidates were grilled closely and frequently about where they had stood on the war, where they stood on amnesty for draft resisters, what they had done to block Nixon’s Supreme Court nominations, and dozens of other then-current issues. This questioning took place in living rooms and Democratic clubs with small groups. I was deeply involved in all of this from mid-1975 when Bayh began to line up NY support. I must say that I don’t even recall being aware of Udall’s being a Mormon, although it is a long time ago. I certainly would recall if anyone had made an issue of it (I remember clearly the shades of differences the candidates had on other matters).

Sad to see the NYT becoming so much more bigoted than it was a generation ago.

November 29, 2011

WHO’S NEXT ON OBAMA’S HIT LIST? “Letterman: President Obama is having a pretty good year. First, he got Osama bin Laden. Then Moammar Gadhafi. Next up Robert Wagner.”

November 29, 2011

ERIC SCHEIE: The War Between the Useless and the Useful. Guess which side Obama’s taken?

Bear in mind that the group that is being jettisoned was once the backbone of the Democratic Party, just as the big business/country club sets were once the backbone of the Republican Party.

I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but from what I’ve seen around here, the white working class is quite used to feeling abandoned. Liberals are seen as the sort of people who would never get their hands dirty and who disdain blue collar jobs of any kind, instead gravitating towards elite positions at universities or jobs in government or public policy where they can tell their inferiors what to do. While the universities are filled with the latter, local community colleges are inundated with white working class kids seeking to obtain for themselves what they failed to get from the public schools: basic literacy and numeracy — and job skills which are of actual use in the real world.

Aside from the irony that anyone with a high school degree should have to go to college in order to learn to read and write, a perfect example of a valuable real-world skill is welding. Public school teachers (who reflect the view of the educrat class) tend to hold such “dirty” and “dangerous” work in disdain, and they steer kids away from it. Guidance counselors attempt to push them into universities where they go into a lifetime of debt for worthless degrees that impart zero job skills. But some of the kids are smarter than that. They realize that if you have a skill that is worth something in the real world, you can actually feed your family.

They also know something that the Occupy movement (often holders of useless degrees) has missed: that the educational system’s institutional bias against promoting real world skills has led to shortages — in some instances not of jobs, but of skilled workers to fill them. Such as welders. Jay Leno explains.

But you’ll have to follow the link to see Jay.

November 29, 2011

WITH BARNEY FRANK’S DEPARTURE, FANNIE & FREDDIE LOSE A FRIEND:

Rep. Barney Frank’s Monday decision to retire will remove one of the staunchest defenders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — and may replace the Massachusetts Democrat with an even stauncher defender, California Rep. Maxine Waters. . . . Waters, who has represented South Los Angeles since 1990, has viewed Freddie and Fannie as key to serving low-income housing needs. In a 2003 hearing, she denied that anything at all was amiss with the mortgage giants.

“We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines,” she said. She applauded the expansion of its activities too.

In fact, the highly leveraged giants were swollen with subprime loans, which began defaulting when the housing bubble burst in 2007. By 2008, the federal government had to step in.

Technically private, the companies had long benefited from an implicit government guarantee. The housing crisis made that explicit. So far, taxpayers have had to bail out Freddie and Fannie to the tune of about $154 billion.

Waters has been the subject of an ethics probe relating to a meeting she set up with top Treasury officials to help save a minority-owned bank. Her husband was a bank director and shareholder. She has denied any wrongdoing.

I remember when “Insane Clown Posse” was just the name of a band, and not a description of our political class.

November 29, 2011

CLAIM: Obama Is Provoking China Into A Trade War.

November 29, 2011

AT ZEROHEDGE, A POST ON THE FUTURE OF JOBS. Key bit: “The U.S. economy has bifurcated into a two-tiered regulatory structure. Politically powerful industries such as finance, education, health care, oil/natural gas, and defense benefit from either loophole-riddled regulation or regulation that effectively erects walls that limit smaller competitors from challenging the dominant players. Enterprises outside this politically protected circle are treated as adversaries by state and local government regulatory agencies.”

Plus this: “Delegitimization. The politically protected industries of government, education, health care, and national security are increasingly viewed as needlessly costly, top-heavy, inefficient, or failing. Supporting them with ever-increasing debt is widely viewed as irresponsible. Cultural faith in large-scale institutions as ‘solutions’ is eroding, as is the confidence that a four-year college education is a key to financial security.”

November 28, 2011

JOHN HINDERAKER: More On ClimateGate II.

November 28, 2011

YES, THIS IS SCARY: ‘Anthrax isn’t scary at all compared to this’: Man-made flu virus with potential to wipe out many millions if it ever escaped is created in research lab. “A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation. The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time.”

Years ago, I — and Sen. Bill Frist — talked about the need for a major project for rapid vaccine development to deal with these kinds of threats. So far as I know, nothing was done. This might be a wakeup call. . . .

Some background here. And here’s a column I wrote for TCS Daily. That was 5 years ago. The problem has only gotten worse.

November 28, 2011

TODAY ONLY: KitchenAid Stand Mixers for $259.99. (Bumped, because it’s a deal.)

November 28, 2011

HOW’S THAT “SMART POWER” STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? General: Worst U.S. image in Pakistan ever. “President Obama promised to restore the international image of the United States, but the recent NATO airstrike that killed Pakistani soldiers comes as a historic setback, at least in Pakistan.”

November 28, 2011

AND A CERTAIN “TRUE CONSERVATIVE” BLOGGER’S HEAD EXPLODES: Sarah Palin: I’m Thankful For Trig.

November 28, 2011

CLIMATEGATE AND Goldman, Sachs?

November 28, 2011

PROF. DONALD DOUGLAS takes a stand against bigotry.

November 28, 2011

HAS THE GAO BEEN COMPROMISED? Obama administration, GAO appear to have ignored group’s ACORN affiliation to award $700K. “The Obama administration has awarded more than $700,000 in taxpayer funds to AHCOA despite a 2010 law stipulating that no taxpayer funds could be awarded to ACORN ‘or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or allied organizations.’”

November 28, 2011

DAVE PRICE: PIIGs and Troughs. “The problem is, no one believes the PIIGS will keep their promises.”

November 28, 2011

JENNIFER RUBIN ON BARNEY FRANK: Good Riddance! “His real legacy will be his cluelessness and indifference to reforming Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.” Which was a major cause of the current financial crisis.

UPDATE: Something to remember: The White House Warned Congress About Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 17 Times In 2008, Alone.

November 28, 2011

CHRIS CHRISTIE ON THE SUPER COMMITTEE: What the hell are we paying Obama for? Golf.

November 28, 2011

#OCCUPYFAIL: “Mostly Peaceful” Occupy Portland Anarchists Found With Body Armor and Machetes.

Sounds like they’ve been reading too much Steve Stirling. If that’s possible.

November 28, 2011

SIGNS OF PROGRESS IN CANADA: B.C. Tory leader wants bulb ban reversed.

Well, with Canada renouncing the Kyoto protocols, maybe there’s hope. For Americans, however, things don’t look so bright. But it’s not too late to stock up! Yet.

November 28, 2011

TAKING THE LONG VIEW: “Long after the time in which anyone can easily recall who was US president in 2011, or what party was in power, or which wars of declining empire were fought, and then long after anyone even cares about that ancient history, and later, long after the whole download slope of the history of the US is but a footnote of interest to scholars of the transition from second to third millennium, and later still, long after anyone can even find out with any great reliability who was US president in 2011 … long after all these things are forgotten, the first half of the 21st century will still be clearly recalled as the dawn of the era in which aging was conquered.” Let us hope.

November 28, 2011

DEEP-SEA FISHING 42,000 years ago. “What’s still unknown is how these ancient people were able to catch these fast-moving deep-ocean fish.”

November 28, 2011

AT AMAZON, Cyber Monday markdowns on DVDs.

November 28, 2011

PERHAPS THE VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD INVESTIGATE: Richmond, VA Slaps Local Tea Party with a (Political) Tax Audit. I’d at least do a state FOIA request on all communications relating to this action. Also, the local Tea Party should drop by the Mayor’s house, since the ACORN and Occupy people have established that as a perfectly acceptable protest tactic.

November 28, 2011

“THE WORLD IS UNFAIR:” “Such is life when you allegedly insult Barack Obama. Had she only done this when George W. Bush was president she’d be a worldwide celebrity.”

November 28, 2011

MICKEY KAUS: “Is it too fusty to ask, if we can’t call illegals ‘illegals,’ and we can’t call illegals ‘undocumented immigrants,’ what words can we use? Is this one of those cases where we just need a new term every decade or so as the old term becomes tarnished by popular opprobrium? Or is the whole idea of distinguishing between people who have complied with immigration laws and people who haven’t complied with immigration laws now a forbidden thought?”

November 28, 2011

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Researchers make magnetic nanoparticles that can latch on to harmful molecules and purge them from the blood. “The project involves magnetized nanoparticles that are coated with carbon and studded with antibodies specific to the molecules the researchers want to purge from the blood: inflammatory proteins such as interleukins, or harmful metals like lead, for example. By adding the nanomagnets to blood, then running the blood through a dialysis machine or similar device, the researchers can filter out the unwanted compounds.”

Faster, please.

November 28, 2011

STONEWALL: Napolitano, DHS Still Silent on Mohamed Elibiary. “Before publishing the original article, I spoke with DHS spokesman Chris Ortman. After grilling me about the nature of my source, he immediately terminated the conversation after I asked him how and when Elibiary got access to the HS SLIC system, telling me he would have to get back to me. Needless to say, I’m still waiting for that return phone call, despite follow-up emails.”

November 28, 2011

ENCOUNTER BOOKS TO PUBLISH America 3.0 by Jim Bennett and Michael Lotus.

November 28, 2011

#GREENFAIL: “Alberta’s $60 million carbon-cutting program is failing.”

November 28, 2011

CYBER MONDAY: 25-30% off Shoes & Accessories. Men’s, women’s and children’s.

November 28, 2011

HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY to the Institute For Justice.

November 28, 2011

KAY HYMOWITZ: How Brooklyn Got Its Groove Back. “It’s a story that contains plenty of gumption, innovation, and aspiration, but also a disturbing coda. Brooklyn now boasts a splendid population of postindustrial and creative-class winners—but in the far reaches of the borough, where nary a hipster can be found, it is also home to the economy’s many losers. . . . For all their energy and creativity, Brooklyn’s young entrepreneurs tend to have few employees, and they’re not likely to be hiring large numbers in the future. The factories of the past employed hundreds, if not thousands; Dumbo alone once had three firms that each employed more than 1,000. Today, Etsy, one of the area’s more successful companies, has a staff of just 180. The old Brooklyn Navy Yard now rents space to 275 businesses, employing 5,800 people. That’s an impressive rise from 3,600 in 2001, true. But compare it with the Yard at its World War II peak, when it had 71,000 workers, or in 1959, when it employed ‘only’ 15,000. Even Brooklyn Brewery has only about 50 employees, small potatoes when you consider that Schaefer Beer’s Brooklyn factory—now a luxury building called Schaefer Landing—once had 1,000. . . . Brooklyn’s story, then, doesn’t lend itself to a simple happy ending. Instead, the borough is a microcosm of the nation’s ‘hourglass economy.’ At the top, the college-educated are doing interesting, motivating work during the day and bicycling home to enjoy gourmet beer and grass-fed beef after hours. At the bottom, matters are very different.”

November 28, 2011

“THIS IS MY JOB:” What it’s like to be a custom parts fabricator.

November 28, 2011

HYBRID NEWS: Fisker says Karma will meet 15,000 production target for 2012.

Also: Toyota counting on Prius sales increase in 2012. I saw a truckload of Prius V models the other day. The Insta-Wife, who’s not crazy about the Prius (“too little”) liked ‘em. She’d probably like a Fisker Karma better, though . . . .

November 28, 2011

IN IRAN, an earth-shattering kaboom.

November 28, 2011

NEW POLITICAL AD: DECLINE IS A CHOICE. It’s from Gary Glenn, who’s runnning in the primary for the Michigan seat currently held by Debbie Stabenow.

UPDATE: Well, it’s a good ad, but I’m told that Gary Glenn is a big anti-gay guy. That’s not cool.

November 28, 2011

STOLEN SPERM? Man says ex-girlfriend used his sperm, had IVF treatment that produced twins without consent. “His ex-girlfriend gave birth to twin boys and then sued him for child support. She was granted that child support after blood tests confirmed Pressil was the father. . . . In his lawsuit, Pressil said he found out about the plot when a receipt arrived in the mail, listing him as the patient. ‘Pressil was listed as the ‘patient’ on the receipt even though he had never been to (the clinic) nor ever sought treatment for male infertility,’ according to his lawsuit.”

Sounds like he may have a claim against the clinic. Meanwhile, read this piece by Michael Higdon.

UPDATE: Reader Joel Pomerantz writes: “I don’t understand why so many people refer to male nonconsensual reproduction as theft. Sperm typically has minimal value. Nonconsensual reproduction is rape. The appropriate remedy is to jail the rapist and give custody to the father.”

November 28, 2011

MICHAEL TOTTEN: The Christians of Egypt, Part II.

November 28, 2011

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Howard Lovy: Drug Delivery Is One Way Nanotech Will Live Up to Its Hype.

November 28, 2011

IN THE MAIL: The Settlers of Catan.

November 28, 2011

SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SINKING SHIP? Barney Frank Won’t Seek Re-Election. “In 2010, Frank faced an unusually tough re-election campaign against Republican Sean Bielat, a former Marine and already, Republican Elizabeth Childs of Brookline, a state mental health commissioner under former Gov. Mitt Romney, had announced her intention to challenge Frank in next year’s race.” If an entrenched incumbent like Barney Frank can’t win in Massachusetts, the Dems are in real trouble. Or maybe he’s just trying to lower his profile to avoid indictment or something . . . .

UPDATE: “Corrupt creature of Washington who helped usher in the Great Recession.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Ouch:

His tenure in Congress in a nutshell:

“These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

Note that the Bush Administration and Republicans in Congress wanted to have more oversight of Fannie & Freddy.

Frank and the Democrats fought it at every turn.

He will not be missed. Plus this: “Looking at the MA Congressional Delegation – Frank, Kerry, Bill Delahunt, and Ed Markey, I’m left wondering why the people of that state hate the rest of the country so much…”

MORE: “Guess which Democrat now becomes the ranking member on the financial services committee? That’s right, none other than our favorite batty aunt, Maxine Waters.” The country’s in the very best of hands.

November 28, 2011

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Root Cause of Market Failure In Higher Education. “In a world turned upside down, China’s rulers want to make sure the young cadres they educate at the people’s expense actually find jobs in the private economy. Here in the U.S., where outstanding government guaranteed student loans have recently passed the $1 trillion mark, education policy is geared not toward maximizing the employability of graduates, but toward garnering votes for politicians. . . . Alternative means of career training, like apprenticeship in trades that remain in demand – because, after all, you can’t fly in Chinese plumbers – get no social respect. This despite the fact that skilled plumbers, with a little hustle, can out-earn most liberal arts majors. . . . Too many aspiring young museum curators can’t find jobs? The pragmatic Chinese solution is to cut public subsidies used to train museum curators. The free market solution is that only the rich would be indulgent enough to buy their kids an education that left them economically dependent on Mommy and Daddy after graduation. The progressive American solution is to seek increased public funding to build more museums.”

As I said before, Tom Friedman, call your office!

UPDATE: Reader Derek Kite emails: “I suspect most of these expensively educated folks don’t have what it takes to be a plumber.” Well, some do and some don’t. But hardly any even consider it as an alternative.

Meanwhile, reader Tom Armstrong writes: “In a previous life, I sold engineered products through plumbers and heating contractors. One of my accounts live on top of a hill in Ranch Santa Fe (San Diego’s answer to Bel Air, but nicer). The McMansion at the bottom of his driveway was built for a former Senator (and Cabinet official, and VP candidate- if that narrows it down enough for you). The plumber had the better view. I’ve never forgotten that.” I was talking to one of my colleagues about some Michael Lind piece on the woes of tradesmen, and he replied “I would have found it persuasive, if I hadn’t seen my electrician’s house.” And my plumber was telling me recently that due to some financial reverses, he’d been forced to . . . sell his airplane. It’s possible to do quite well in those fields, though the really big money does come when you have a whole business, not just your own trade.

And another reader writes:

Long-time reader and admirer, but this is the first time I’ve felt like I had to contact you in regards to one of your posts.

Yesterday, you posted about a supposed dearth of skilled laborers. A reader – Dennis Coxe – replied, saying that if companies were serious about finding skilled workers, they would be willing to pay to train them. I could not agree more. I’m in my early 30s, just married, would be considered “underemployed” based on my education level (BA, MS). But I’m definitely one of the folks who fell into the late 90s/00s trap of thinking a liberal arts degree would be plenty, that the gravy train would go on indefinitely. Now, I find myself regretting on a daily basis that I didn’t earn a degree in something useful, or instead skipped college and gone to work in a skilled manual profession. I’m hard-working, honest, ethical, devoted and loyal, and would like nothing more than to go to work and build a long-term career working in a skilled manual profession, working myself up from the bottom. But I simply can’t afford to spend the money or the time to gain the necessary skills. If a company were willing to train me, I would love the opportunity to relocated and move into a “skilled” profession, and would reward that company with whatever term of service they requested as payment for the training. I suspect I’m not alone. But such training opportunities simply doesn’t seem to be out there. If companies really can’t find skilled workers, they should follow Mr. Coxe’s advice and offer training. They’d be tapping into a generation of young men and women that are suddenly realizing that we’re actually going to have to work for a living, and many of us are more than willing to do so if it means a good long-term career that would enable us to support our families.

I’m sensing a market opportunity for someone here.

MORE: Thomas Edsall: Writing the White Working Class Out Of The Obama Coalition. Seems relevant, somehow . . . .

Meanwhile, on training, reader Brett Law writes: “My local community college has regular skilled trade classes in plumbing, electrical, HVAC, nursing, dental assistant, aviation tech, and about a dozen other skilled trades. If readers are laid off or underemployed from white collar jobs, but willing to work hard, they should contact the local community college. I promise that if the community college isn’t running programs in the area, they’ll know who will.”

And reader Eleanor Coy emails: “I agree with Dennis Coxe about training people. Companies don’t do it any more. They will also not hire if your experience is ‘too old’ or ‘not enough’ or several other excuses meant to exclude the newly graduated or us old farts. After I graduated with my B.A. in English Literature I couldn’t find work (sound familiar?). Computers were just coming into vogue in the business world, and, if one had any aptitude at all, companies were willing to train. I was literally picked up off the streets and have had a successful 30 year career as a computer programmer as a result. The catch was – if I left my employer before a certain time (I believe it was two years), I had to pay back the pro-rated cost of the training. One of the best bargains I ever made. Some few companies are still willing to do this for their up-and-comers (pay for a graduate degree in exchange for a certain amount of time), but it’s getting rarer. I really do think it’s our “throw away” culture. Employees can always be replaced so why invest in them? Nobody expects loyalty any more.”

I blame the takeover of hiring by H.R. departments, which Thomas Edsall informs us are key members of the Obama Coalition . . . .

Meanwhile, reader David Graham notes: “Good discussion on this but drugs have to be mentioned. Most tech/blue-collar jobs are drug-tested going in and many are randomly drug-tested throughout. Even the training programs are drug-tested. How many college grads can withstand that regime? Who wants their bus driver, truck driver, longshoreman, locomotive engineer, diesel mechanic, rangemaster, road graders or electrician drug-impaired? Management too, in some of these trades, is drug-tested. Probably the US system of education would be near emptied of teaching and admin staff if those people had to undergo continuous drug screening. Financial and government sectors surely would be. So, Oh Waaahhh. Clean yourself up and stay clean, young unemployed/lazy rotter, and then see if you have cause for complaint.”

And reader Derek Kite follows up:

If you want training, remember that you are a cost center not a profit center. I’m not in plumbing, but refrigeration, and it takes a couple of years before someone can earn his wage. This is the tragedy of the higher education bubble; you start needing a higher wage limiting your opportunities.

Don’t do resumes. Talk to contractors, talk to the wholesalers, find out who might be looking. Be ready to learn that you know nothing useful and have to start at the same place as the pimply high school dropout. This is harder than you think it could be. The key to continued prosperity is when it simply costs your employer too much when you are not around.

You need to convince someone to invest a couple of years of your wages in you on the far chance that it may pay off. That is the challenge and a surprisingly foreign notion for too many. Don’t underestimate it, these guys have gone through dozens if not hundreds of people that on the surface were better than you.

If it is of any comfort, I’m training right now. Got some good people and watching them struggle. We haven’t seen the catastrophic downturn up here in Canada, but money is tight. There is and always will be a living for those willing to work hard at providing a service people are willing to pay for.

Indeed.

STILL MORE: Ronnie Schreiber emails:

My son, my only son, whom I love, Moshe, is a plumber. He got 1550 on the SAT including a perfect 800 on the math side. He started out majoring in engineering but he’s always liked math so he switch to math & physics. When he needed a job he started apprenticing first for my own first cousin who is a master plumber and then went to work full time for my cousin’s son (my son’s 2nd cousin) who is also a master plumber. Mo’s been working on getting his journeyman’s card and is a good enough plumber that he’s assigned his own truck and has a plumber’s helper. When a good friend of mine’s mother was giving me a hard time because I wasn’t pushing him to finish his degree, I told her that the world needs smart plumbers too.

All he can do with a degree in math & physics is go on to graduate school. Though he’s in the 99th percentile in terms of math ability and skills, he wouldn’t even be able to teach without getting additional ed school credentials. Had he finished his engineering degree, well, while right now the employment market for engineers in the US is good (companies cut to the bone during the financial meltdown and now that the economy is growing, albeit slowly, they need more manpower to increase production), the truth is that engineering can be done in Shanghai and Bangalore just as easily as it can be done in Detroit, and probably cheaper too. When you have burst pipes or an overflowing toilet, that work can’t be offshored.

I’m thinking of taking some courses at a community college in CNC programming. There is starting to be shortages of skilled mechanical labor in the US. We’ve concentrated on the college track, and shuffled the kids we didn’t think were smart enough to go to college into vocational ed ghettos. In some cases the vo-ed schools are great, but in many cases it’s clear that they come second to the college prep schools. The OWS crowd and the academic/government nomenklatura look down with disdain on anyone that actually works for a living, that knows how to do things. My father was a veterinarian but he also earned an associate degree in civil engineering while in the Army during WWII. One of my earliest memories are of my dad and a neighbor replacing a hot water heater, the furniture my dad made, and the time he rented a steamer to remove wallpaper. If my dad didn’t have his veterinary degree, he could have made his living with his brains and hands some other way. I suspect that most people with graduate degrees in the liberal arts or social sciences would have a hard time making a living if they didn’t have to rely on their credentials.

Could be. And yes, it’s hard to outsource plumbing to Bangalore. Some earlier thoughts of mine on this subject can be found here and here.

MORE STILL: Reader Chris Daley writes:

Enjoying the discussion and reader comments about skilled trades. Much better than the original WSJ article in fact

When I read stuff saying “I got a BA and MBA but would be happy to be a tradesman if I was trained” my reaction is that companies will not do that for a couple of reasons. First they fear that people with advanced degrees will take the jobs but when they discover that plumbing is actually hard work they will look to leave as soon as the demand for white collar workers picks back up. If the person really was interested in a trade they would have learned it instead of pursuing an advanced degree. This is the same thinking that stops companies from hiring anyone for a lower level job.

Second a business sees years of expensive education and figures if the person could afford that they can afford to learn the trade themselves at a trade school. Also there is probably some resentment in that a smart business owner knows he is likely on the hook for the student loans that fueled those expensive degrees and now that they have turned out to be a poor investment those same people want him to give them free training so they don’t have to pay for their mistake. If you have a training program with one slot and you could take the former office worker with a BA and MBA on his resume or the fresh out of school guy with good job references in say retail or fast food who do you give the opportunity to? Which offers the better chance of picking up an employee who will be there for 10-15 years to pay back your investment in his training?

I have a daughter who will be 3 years old early next year. My wife and I have already decided that if she tells us she wants to learn a trade that we will gladly apply her college savings toward that end. With 15 years to go before hitting college age I suspect that the world of higher education will look drastically different by the time she has to make that choice.

I expect it will be.

November 28, 2011

PETER SCHWEIZER’S THROW THEM ALL OUT gets a thumbs-up from Professor Bainbridge: “The politics book you must read.”

November 28, 2011

“WHAT IF OUR DAUGHTERS DON’T WANT TO WORK?” “What’s so bad about division of labor, with one parent out in the world making the money, competing vigorously, and the other home-based, controlling and avoiding expenses? Especially if you consider the tax consequences — which the 7-year-old probably hasn’t analyzed yet — it’s much more efficient for the husband and the wife to adopt different roles. Either the husband or the wife can be the home-based spouse. And note how Pomerantz assumes that careers are fulfilling. Often, they are not.”

Careers can be fulfilling. Sometimes they’re not. Staying home with kids can be fulfilling, too (and sometimes it’s not). I thought feminism was supposed to be about choices.

November 28, 2011

J.E. DYER: So, why DID we have to hear about a no-fly zone over Syria from Rick Perry? “Perry took a lot of heat for ‘bringing up’ the idea of an NFZ for Syria. But foreign news agencies have been furiously reporting for nearly a week that negotiations are underway for such a measure. The plan, as sketched out to date, would involve Arab and Turkish air forces enforcing the NFZ, with the US providing logistic support.”

November 28, 2011

#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy The Plantation? Blacks Shun OWS. “Here at Via Meadia we have been noting the relative plenitude of palefaces at the OWS protests and the protesters we personally know have tended to be of the upper middle class white liberal artsy type. We have waited for the wave of investigative journalism seeking the reasons for Black absenteeism — but so far we have been disappointed. Black failure to attend right wing demonstrations appears to be a mysterious matter demanding detailed investigation, but there is nothing to discuss when they shun left wing ones. Moreover, a relative absence of Black faces in right wing crowds clearly demonstrates the racism of both the protesters and their ideas, while an absence of Black faces in left wing crowds means — absolutely nothing.”

November 28, 2011

AT AMAZON, LOTS OF “CYBER MONDAY” DEALS.

November 28, 2011

THE WHITE HOUSE going underground? “For the moment, let’s say we’re not buying the official, nothing-to-see-here story the White House is dishing about the gaping hole being ripped into the lawn outside the Oval Office. Let’s say we suspect the construction crews that have been dipping their backhoes into the most secure soil in the free world are doing something more complex than mere utility work.”

November 28, 2011

THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED OVER THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND, if you were out, you know, having a life or something:

I interview Frank J. Fleming about his groundbreaking new book, Obama: The Greatest President in the History of Everything.

McCaskill calls for probe into smallpox vaccine no-bid contract involving major Obama donor.

The lily-white Occupy movement.

Why it’s still hard to hire, even when lots of people are jobless.

Americans’ weight gain, and what to do about it. Though the Obama Economy may have everyone losing weight soon. . . .

Higher Education Bubble Update: Special Tom-Friedman-Call-Your-Office Edition.

Parents Sue D.A. for Charging Their 6-Year-Old Son With a Felony After He Played Doctor With a 5-Year-Old Girl. Politics seem to be involved.

Kickstarter: Guatemala’s Lost Photos.

Climategate 2: What was going on in the East Anglia coverup. Plus, Climategate scientists DID collude with government officials to hide research that didn’t fit their apocalyptic global warming.

British Foreign Office prepares for riots in Europe if Euro collapses.

Crony Capitalism, in China and in the United States.

Are guns a better investment than gold?

Obama: Basketball as Pakistan unravels.

The boom in “non-Green Jobs.”

Public intellectuals’ jealousy of people with money, and the policy recommendations that produces.

12 Charged With Voter Fraud In Georgia Election. You have to read pretty far into the story to find out which party.

Accountability: NY Fed Issues Mea Culpa That Nobody Saw at 6PM on Black Friday. “In a report released on Black Friday around 6 PM, when nobody is around, let alone paying attention, except for crazy people like me, the NY Fed posted a mea culpa on just how lousy its economic forecasts have been.”

Arab Spring not looking so spring-y.

Smart meters wreaking havoc with home electronics.

Body armor designed for civilians.

College Savings Drop Off As More Parents Feel Pinched.

Stimulus Fail: The CBO Quietly Downgrades Obama’s $825 Bil Stimulus. It was always just a money-laundering operation.

November 28, 2011

HARD TIMES IN OBAMA’S AMERICA: Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars.

I guess things aren’t living up to those 2008 hopes.

November 28, 2011

AMERICA’S PUBLIC SECTOR UNION DILEMMA: There is much less competition in the public sector than the private sector and that has made all the difference.

November 28, 2011

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: Warning that Dahlia Lithwick was veering toward Maureen Dowd territory. Well, I got that one right. . . .

November 28, 2011

MICKEY KAUS DEFENDS EZRA KLEIN AGAINST CHARGES OF BEING UNETHICAL: “On a normal day, you see, Klein is regurgitating what Democratic aides and experts tell him. Isn’t it ethical progress if the spin goes in the other direction for a change? If only I thought that were really true in Klein’s case.”

November 28, 2011

#OCCUPYFAIL: RETAIL SUPPORT BRIGADE 1, OCCUPY WALL STREET 0. Ed Morrissey: Black Friday Shows OWS as Overhyped and Impotent.

November 28, 2011

ILYA SOMIN: Takings Issues in the AIG Bailout Litigation.

November 28, 2011

TIM CARNEY: Amending The Constitution Is Not Unconstitutional. “This article embodies two maladies of the mainstream media that Ramesh Ponnuru pointed out on another occasion also afflicts the Left: (1) they don’t really understand conservative arguments; and (2) they don’t really understand the Constitution.” Well, it’s in Politico, after all.

November 28, 2011

AMAZON’S RISKY STRATEGY: Selling products below cost to draw more customers to site. For Amazon, it may be risky. For you, well, just take advantage!

November 28, 2011

CLIMATEGATE 2.0 UPDATE: An Open Letter to Dr. Phil Jones of the UEA CRU.

You and I have been interacting, albeit at a distance, since I first asked you for your data some five years ago. I asked for your data in part because I was astounded by your answer to Warwick Hughes when he asked for the same data. You replied to Warwick at that time, “Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?”

I couldn’t fathom that a leading climate scientist could actually believe that. Finding something wrong with other scientists’ data and ideas is an integral part of how science progresses. This requires transparency and access to the data. I also couldn’t believe that other climate scientists would let you get away with saying that, without some other scientist pointing out the anti-scientific nature of your denial.

Foolish me … d’ya think I might have been more than a bit naive back then about climate “science” realpolitik?

Apparently. Read the whole thing, which just gets better.

November 28, 2011

THE JOB KILLING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION? Obama’s EPA is killing the economy with costly rules. “Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., asked the EPA inspector general to review the agency’s permitting process for surface mining permit applications in the Appalachian region over the last two years. The EPA IG found that of the 185 permit applications it identified, only 56, or less than one-third of the total, had been approved. Almost half of the 185 required at least 731 days for EPA to complete its evaluations. That compares with the 144 days EPA claims is its average evaluation period for all mining permit applications. At least a third of the 185 were simply withdrawn from consideration, presumably because the applicants despaired of ever getting a response from EPA. . . . Because 40 percent of the electricity that Americans depend on daily is generated by power plants fueled by coal — much of which comes from Appalachia — sluggardly permit processing by EPA should concern everybody. And let’s not forget that Jackson works for a president who before he was elected promised that his environmental policies would ‘necessarily cause electricity prices to skyrocket.’”

November 28, 2011

YEAR-END TAX PLANNING amid political chaos.

November 28, 2011

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, RELIGIOUS FANATICS WOULD BE BOYCOTTING MED-SCHOOL LECTURES ON EVOLUTION. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution… because it ‘clashes with the Koran.’ Key bit: “I had one or two slightly frisky discussions years ago with kids who belonged to fundamentalist Christian churches, now it is Islamic overwhelmingly.”

November 28, 2011

PROF. JACOBSON: It’s been four weeks since Politico broke the story of accusations against Herman Cain.

After hundreds of articles at Politico, what do we know about the specific accusations against Herman Cain which gave rise to Politico’s original reporting: Nothing.

After hundreds of articles at Politico, what do we know about the specific evidence against Herman Cain which gave rise to Politico’s original reporting: Nothing.

Truly incredible.

Journalism.

Related: Politico’s Most Sycophantic Obama Headline Ever? From the comments: “Frank J. Fleming should sue.”

November 28, 2011

VIDEO: Daredevil ‘Jetman’ soars over Alps in latest stunt. “The 51-year-old former pilot, who calls himself ‘Jetman,’ took to the skies wearing a 120lb custom-built jet suit over the Alps in formation with the Breitling jet team.”

November 27, 2011

NOW SHE’S SUING: Christian worker loses her job after being ‘targeted’ by Islamic extremists. “She claims that she was told that she would go to Hell for her religion, that Jews were responsible for the September 11th terror attacks, and that a friend was reduced to tears having been bullied for wearing a cross.” If you take all this anti-racism/anti-hate stuff seriously, the Islamists will be highly vulnerable. If, on the other hand, the authorities decide they don’t really mean it, well, let’s make that clear.

As a great man said, punch back twice as hard!

November 27, 2011

INSTAPUNDIT READER T. L. JAMES asks me to plug his new science fiction novel. Done!

November 27, 2011

BLUE COLLAR PHILOSOPHY: Obama’s Green Jobs Failure. “Not only is President Obama’s push for green jobs an abysmal failure, he is attacking the one area that has the potential to create plenty of jobs.”

November 27, 2011

HERSCHEL SMITH PAINTS AN UGLY PICTURE of the border.

November 27, 2011

DAN MITCHELL: European Economic Crisis Highlights an Increasingly Important Reason to Oppose Gun Control.

About a year ago, I spoke at a conference in Europe that attracted a lot of very rich people from all over the continent, as well as a lot of people who manage money for high-net-worth individuals.

What made this conference remarkable was not the presentations, though they were generally quite interesting. The stunning part of the conference was learning – as part of casual conversation during breaks, meals, and other socializing time – how many rich people are planning for the eventual collapse of European society.

Not stagnation. Not gradual decline. Collapse.

As in riots, social disarray, plundering, and chaos. A non-trivial number of these people think the rioting in places such as Greece and England is just the tip of the iceberg, and they have plans – if bad things begin to happen – to escape to jurisdictions ranging from Australia to Costa Rica (several of them remarked that they no longer see the U.S. as a good long-run refuge).

Don’t kid yourself. If the U.S. is bad, Costa Rica won’t be good. Plus, this question: “Here’s a thought experiment to drive the point home. If Europe does collapse, which people do you think will be in better shape to preserve civilization, the well-armed Swiss or the disarmed Brits?”

November 27, 2011

CLAUDIA ROSETT: CONFESSIONS OF A LIGHT-BULB ADDICT:

Please don’t think this is easy for me. I’m one of those crazed Americans who can’t walk into Home Depot, Target or my local grocery store right now without wanting to grab one of those king-sized shopping carts and stuff it to the gunwales with 100-watt incandescent lightbulbs.

Maybe it’s the sheer thrill of buying bulbs that in just over a month, as of Jan. 1, 2012, will be banned for sale in America. What fun, in this incandescent twilight, to acquire legally what the federal government will soon treat as contraband, should it appear in any American marketplace. Or maybe it’s that gut sense that with the dollar teetering toward an abyss of unfathomable and inflationary government spending, those beloved old 100 watt bulbs will at least provide a decent store of value, even if all I do is use them to read by for the rest of my life — meticulously taking care never to violate federal law by offering even a single bulb for sale to some fellow citizen willing to pay for it.

Or, just possibly, this urge to stockpile incandescents is the product of simmering outrage. For decades, I have written about America as the world’s beacon of freedom, which it has been. Yet here we are, wards of the nanny state, with politicians dictating that even that prime symbol of American ingenuity, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, shall be regulated into oblivion. All this has been ably exposed as an act of crony capitalism, designed to enrich manufacturers who prefer to sell pricier light bulbs that a lot of Americans, if free to choose, prefer not to buy.

Kick ‘em out in November. Meanwhile, it’s still not to late to stock up! Yet.

November 27, 2011

ROGER KIMBALL: What happened to the Conservatives? (British edition). “The extent to which conservatives, by betraying their principles (including the principle of patriotism), abet right-wing alternatives that are anathema to genuine conservatism is a phenomenon that is not sufficiently appreciated. More generally, conservatives, in the United States as well as in the UK, do not win elections by pretending to be liberals, but this seems to be a lesson that is difficult for conservatives to absorb.”

November 27, 2011

BRITAIN: It is likely that the army could secure Britain’s borders if planned strikes go ahead, says Francis Maude. “Speaking on Sky’s Murnaghan, and the BBC’s Politics Show, Francis Maude suggested that the army could be used to help secure British borders if Wednesday’s planned strikes over public sector pensions were to go ahead. Britain’s image would be affected, he said, ‘if people travelling to Britain are subjected to inordinately long queues and inconvenience’.”

November 27, 2011

FOLLOWING THE MONEY: 1.2 trillion taxpayer dollars spent in secret and with no accountability or oversight by elected representatives.

Here’s an interactive chart from Bloomberg.

November 27, 2011

I FEEL A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE: Canada to pull out of Kyoto Protocol next month. So they’re finally catching up with that dumb cowboy Bush.

November 27, 2011

JERRY POURNELLE: Stringing up Gibson; tales of the American Nomenklatura. “The biggest result of the legal harassments of Microsoft was to convert the Microsoft District of Columbia office from a sales organization to a lobby. More lobbyists mean more revenue for the Nomenklatura, more parties for the staff, more campaign donations for the Members of Congress and the Senators.”

November 27, 2011

OH, GREAT. Now our secret is out.

November 27, 2011

#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Oakland calls for Total West Coast Port Shutdown. Because nothing says we care about the working class like inducing economic breakdown.

November 27, 2011

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE SEEKING POWERS TO LOCK UP AMERICAN CITIZENS INDEFINITELY WITHOUT TRIAL: AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself. The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.”

November 27, 2011

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Why Not Pay Higher Taxes? “Here are a random 12 complaints that I hear from those who become furious about proposed higher income tax rates.”

Including this one: “Opening a bakery at 5AM for forty years or owning a fleet of semis is a constant headache in a way being the regional director of the Department of the Interior is not. By that, I mean it is far harder to net $150,000 in the muscular private sector than in the world of the tenured bureaucratic technocracy. If one reads the resumes of a Steven Chu, Hilda Solis, Eric Holder or Barack Obama there is a long government cursus honorum that almost ensures that none of these grandees has a clue how a business works or how fragile is expected income, how sure are expenses. So the technocratic class that soared to prosperity through government subsidies and employment is somewhat resented by the more conservative small business private sector that both supports it and so frequently finds itself on the receiving end of the latter’s disdain.”

November 27, 2011

WAIT, I THOUGHT THAT ELECTING OBAMA WOULD MAKE US UNIVERSALLY LOVED OR SOMETHING: Pakistanis burn Obama effigy and US flag.

Frankly, he doesn’t seem to be doing any better with those people than that Bush fellow. . . .

UPDATE: Reader Brian Gates emails: “Is it my imagination, or has the Bush-era ‘angry foreigners hate George W Bush’ coverage given way to ‘angry foreigners hate the United States, and, therefore, symbols of all we hold dear, like mom, apple pie, the flag, and Barack Obama’?”

November 27, 2011

SCOTT OTT: Jon Huntsman’s Disqualifying Distortion About Vietnam. “Perhaps as stunning as the Huntsman remark was the way CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and seven Republican candidates let it stand unchallenged, as if it were unassailable common knowledge. They should all know better, and speak up. As H.R. McMaster wrote in his 1997 book Dereliction of Duty, President Lyndon Johnson’s leadership of the war effort was characterized by marginalizing the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lying to Congress about troop levels, and pursuing Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s tactic of ‘graduated pressure,’ which treated military force as a communication tool rather than a way to achieve victory.”

To be fair, they were probably just thinking about tomorrow’s lunch. That’s what I usually do when Huntsman’s talking.

November 27, 2011

PAT CADDELL: New Hampshire Democrats Should Dump Obama. And Draft Hillary.

November 27, 2011

OBAMA DOESN’T WANT US TO HAVE IT, but China is open to buying Canadian oil. Not going ahead with that pipeline may turn out to be one of the longest-lasting blunders of Obama’s presidency, though there’s a lot of competition for that slot.

November 27, 2011

LEGAL EDUCATION UPDATE: Former AG Sues Five Additional Law Schools for Age Discrimination in Faculty Hiring.

November 27, 2011

AT AMAZON, rolling out the Cyber Monday deals.

November 27, 2011

A GOOD QUESTION: If the Foreign Office is preparing for a eurozone crash, why isn’t it warning British citizens travelling abroad? “There is a real problem here – any such official warning would trigger panic and make the eurozone’s horrible problems even worse.”

Jim Bennett emails: “When are they going to start acting like it’s a crisis? Every Brit expat in southern Spain will be trying to get to Gibraltar where their ATM cards will still work, if the Spanish ones stop working, for example. Maybe they need more border agents and guards pre-positioned to deal with the crowds. That’s one example, I’m sure there are many more.”

November 27, 2011

THINGS YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW: The Silence Of The Mainstream Media.