Archive for December, 2011

December 31, 2011

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: “I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S MORE UPSETTING: That U.N. officers apparently ran a sex-slave ring in Bosnia, that the U.N. higher-ups managed to shut down the investigation, or that the Washington Post put the story on page A17.” And where was Amnesty International?

December 31, 2011

AT AMAZON, year-end deals in Grocery & Gourmet Food.

Also, markdowns on Coleman lanterns, stoves, and camping gear.

December 31, 2011

INDEED: The Spenders Won 2011: Republicans fell for Obama’s backroom budget trap. But something that can’t go on forever, won’t.

December 31, 2011

SO HOW WAS 2011? Not bad for me, but for the world in general, I’d say it was average, in the sense of the old Soviet joke: Worse than last year, better than next year, so . . . average. But I think 2012 may end well.

December 31, 2011

NOT SO HOT: The Euro – ten years now, isn’t it? How’s that working out for you guys?

Plus, here’s something on that I posted ten years ago.

And, Festive Libertarians!

December 31, 2011

OPENING IN NEVADA: An Alien-Themed Brothel For SF Nerds.

December 31, 2011

EUROPE: Eurozone is closer to break-up, warns Standard Chartered’s Peter Sands.

December 31, 2011

NO PRESSURE: What If the IRS Asked Website Visitors to ‘Like’ President Obama on Facebook?

Of course, whatever happens in Andrew Cuomo’s New York, such monkeying with the IRS is inconceivable.

December 31, 2011

PENELOPE TRUNK: I miss the men. “I feel confused. Because when I was working all the time, and leaving my kids at home with round-the-clock nannies, I got so angry at men for being oblivious to what their wife and kids were doing at home. And now I think I miss having my small part of that oblivion.”

December 31, 2011

AT AMAZON, year-end deals in electronics.

Also, Duracell coppertop batteries.

December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR: Is Obama Preparing To Surrender Afghanistan?

UPDATE: Herschel Smith was asking some pointed questions a few weeks back.

December 31, 2011

TOM BLUMER: Ten 2011 Examples of Major Media Malfeasance.

To name just three examples:

In March, Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers, sent to cover a fundraiser involving Vice President Joe Biden and Florida Senator Bill Nelson, was confined in a closet “to keep him from mingling with high-powered guests.” Sentinel editors “dropped the story.”

In April, the White House banished San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci “for using a video camera to capture an event.” The paper was “threatened with more punishment if they reported on it.” Chronicle Editor at Large Phil Bronstein called the White House’s subsequent attempt to deny it all “a pants-on-fire moment.” Press coverage elsewhere was scant.

In May, the White House Press Office “refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser” because it objected “to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed.” The shutout was virtually ignored.

In a mid-May editorial, Investor’s Business Daily called out the press for failing to stand up for it own, and correctly characterized the White House’s actions as baby steps “toward state control of the media, using the carrot of access against the stick of exile.”

His conclusion: “It will get even worse in 2012.”

December 31, 2011

OBSERVING THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SOVIET UNION: “Today’s quasi-authoritarian Russia is far from admirable. But, despite Mikhail Gorbachev’s lame and self-serving claims to the contrary, it is still a vast improvement over the totalitarian state it replaced. . . . With the demise of the USSR, we were finally rid of a regime that slaughtered millions both within and outside its borders, imposed numerous other human rights violations, and created a threat of nuclear annihilation that hung over the entire world. Compared to that, the very real dangers of the post-Cold War world seem minor by comparison.”

December 31, 2011

INCANDESCENT BULBS? Better hurry.

December 31, 2011

PIGS AT THE TROUGH: A tenant ousted, a manager housed.

Francine Dorrance, a single mother, was already broke, unemployed, and struggling to recover from a nervous breakdown in summer 2006 when the Chelsea Housing Authority moved to evict her over $276 in unpaid rent.

After a judge approved the eviction, Dorrance became homeless. It would be almost five years before she would again have a permanent address.

But Dorrance’s misfortune was a boon to the housing authority official who oversaw her eviction. Five days after a constable removed Dorrance’s belongings, Jacqueline Matos, a housing manager for the authority, moved into the vacant apartment. Matos still lives there, continuing to pay just $25 a month in rent, a small fraction of what Dorrance paid.

It’s almost as if these programs are run for the benefit of those who administer them, instead of the people they’re supposed to help. Call for Iain Murray!

UPDATE: From reader John Steakley, a glimpse into the ObamaCare future:

Now change “apartment” to “hospital bed.”

Indeed.

December 31, 2011

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Women Who Drink Wine Every Day Say They Have Better Sex. “According to a new study, women who drink two glasses of wine every day say they’re having better sex than their teetotaling counterparts. To be fair, that could be the wine talking.” But in vino, veritas.

UPDATE: Related item here.

December 31, 2011

I’M SURE THAT ONCE THERE’S A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, CZARS WILL BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL OR SOMETHING: Rick Santorum For Higher Education Czar.

December 31, 2011

A SMALL EARTHQUAKE in Ohio. Reader Fred Stone emails: “Here in Austintown, about five miles from there, it shook our house with a rumble and a bang, but no appreciable damage.”

December 31, 2011

CHANGE: Surging Romney declares: Obama history. “A surging Mitt Romney unleashed a blistering attack on President Obama yesterday as the Republican presidential hopeful prepared to barnstorm Iowa, saying the Democrat is in over his head, has poisoned politics and will go down as nothing more than a footnote in history.”

December 31, 2011

I’LL GIVE UP MY SPA WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY . . . OH, NEVER MIND. “Maldives Bows to Protests, Bans Spas.” Like Egypt, which depends on tourism for its foreign exchange and which imports most of its calories, but whose Salafists want to obliterate the Pyramids for “idolatry,” I suspect the Maldives will come to regret this.

December 31, 2011

RACISM AT THE NEW YORK TIMES? Why else would they begrudge poor Africans a chance to develop? “Dig deep enough into the story, and there is so much good news that even the Times can’t spend the whole piece mourning the sheep. South Africa, it turns out is only one of a large number of countries, many poor and in the Third World, where new technological breakthroughs — mostly by US companies — now offer the hope of substantial energy discoveries. This isn’t just going to bring jobs, prosperity and electric power to desperately poor people all over the world; it is going to reduce the ability of countries like Russia and Iran to throw their weight around the natural gas markets. Once the obligatory green dues have been paid and the Times reporter can actually get down to some information, the diligent reader can, with enough fracking, extract some valuable news out of the shale. But, moans the Times, the good news is complicated!”

December 31, 2011

SANDMONKEY’S BLOG is now showing Account Suspended. I assume that’s due to action of the Egyptian government but I don’t actually know that. Anyone else know anything?

UPDATE: Sandmonkey is tweeting that he’s been hacked. Thanks to Beege Welborn for the tip.

December 31, 2011

WISCONSIN:

“2011 was a year when unions said ‘it wasn’t about the money’…”

“… before many of them (including Madison city workers) rushed back to the bargaining table to ‘Walker-proof’ their benefits before the new collective bargaining law went into effect.”

Indeed.

December 31, 2011

HONEY, WE FORGOT THE BRAKES: More GM recalls. “New GM Success Watch! The new, bailed-out, supposedly chastened but still UAW-organized General Motors is recalling 4,000 of its new small Sonics because of a potential brake defect. It’s not that a few of the car’s brake pads might malfunction. It’s that they forgot to put them on! Yikes. … P.S.: At least there’s been no UAW-management strife at the Orion Township plant that makes the Sonic, so we can rule that out. … Oh, wait. …”

December 31, 2011

MORE GROWTH for the District Of Columbia?

December 31, 2011

ROGER KIMBALL: Obama’s Political Blitzkrieg. “The thing you have to admire about the Obama administration is its ability to fight furiously on several fronts at once. The economy. Individual liberty. The rule of law. National security. In his pursuit of ‘fundamentally transforming the United States of America’ (as he promised his followers in October 2008), Barack Obama has managed to undermine them all. It’s been an impressive, if also a depressing, performance.”

December 31, 2011

IN THE MAIL: The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right.

December 31, 2011

FRANK CAGLE ON THE IOWA CAUCUSES: A colossal waste of time.

December 31, 2011

PICTURES: How the FatCats Live.

Iain Murray, call your office!

December 31, 2011

RICK SANTORUM says he’s no Mike Huckabee.

December 31, 2011

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Obama Fundraiser Guilty in $21 Million Bank Fraud Scheme.

December 31, 2011

THE HILL: Attacks from outside groups overwhelm Gingrich campaign.

December 31, 2011

AT AMAZON, end of year deals on Tools & Home Improvement.

Also, AmazonBasics accessories, HDMI cables, etc.

December 31, 2011

POLITICS TODAY: “Christopher Dodd, Sen. Lieberman’s former colleague, left office a pariah, statewide and countrywide, but quickly landed on his feet by becoming chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.”

December 31, 2011

PROF. JOSEPH CAMPBELL: The Year In Media Mythbusting.

December 31, 2011

ROGER EBERT ON WHY MOVIE REVENUE IS DROPPING. It’s basically because the movies suck, the tickets are too expensive, and the theater experience isn’t very pleasant. Plus, people have better things to do.

December 31, 2011

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: Watching TV with Your Kids over the Holidays? Try Firefly. “That was three days ago. Now we’re five episodes in and we’re both loving it. Firefly is one of the best shows ever to be on TV, and almost certainly the best show ever to be cancelled. It works today as well as it did eight years ago, and my daughter and I are having discussions about morals and authority and even love in ways that the displacement of stories makes uniquely possible.”

December 31, 2011

WANT TO STOCK UP ON INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS? Better hurry.

December 31, 2011

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER ON EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE:

Huge excitement last week. Two Earth-size planetsfound orbiting a sun-like star less than a thousand light-years away. This comes two weeks after the stunning announcement of another planet orbiting another star at precisely the right distance — within the “habitable zone” that is not too hot and not too cold — to allow for liquid water and therefore possible life.

Unfortunately, the planets of the right size are too close to their sun, and thus too scorching hot, to permit Earth-like life. And the Goldilocks planet in the habitable zone is too large. At 2.4 times the size of Earth, it is probably gaseous, like Jupiter. No earthlings there. But it’s only a matter of time — perhaps a year or two, estimates one astronomer — before we find the right one of the right size in the right place.

I’d rather we didn’t find any other life, for reasons spelled out here.

UPDATE: Related item here.

December 31, 2011

ONCE, THEY ACTUALLY KIND OF MATTERED: Anonymous Trolls Turn Out To Be From The Brady Campaign.

December 31, 2011

WELL, THIS IS HOPEFUL: The spectre of 1932: How a loss of faith in politicians and democracy could make 2012 the most frightening year in living memory.

December 31, 2011

THE LEFT-WING ORIGINS of Newt Gingrich’s attack on the courts. Yeah, when judges frustrated left-wing schemes, they were bad.

December 31, 2011

PAUL KRUGMAN PRAISES a raging anti-semite.

December 30, 2011

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: Sucker DJs, they get stopped by a single finger.

Plus, an early appearance by Megan McArdle.

December 30, 2011

AT AMAZON, warehouse deals in TV and Video.

December 30, 2011

#OCCUPYFAIL: Flag Burning At Occupy Charlotte.

December 30, 2011

REVISING MY VENN DIAGRAMS: I would have thought that the circles representing “people who have endorsed Ron Paul” and “people who defend the competence of Obama’s central economic planning” wouldn’t overlap. But I guess I should have known that if anyone were to fall in both, it would be Andrew Sullivan. So the Obama central planners spent nearly a trillion dollars based on their projections, and now we’re supposed to ignore their wildly erroneous forecasts because they just didn’t realize how bad the Bush economy was?

As Judge Spotswood Robinson used to say to lawyers in trouble, “what’s your next argument?”

UPDATE: Ouch. “I am surprised Sullivan has not blamed Trig Palin for these deficits yet.”

Plus: “I recall Andrew Sullivan arguing that George W. Bush’s out of control spending needed to be curbed. Funny, I have not heard Mr. Sullivan make that argument about Barack Obama. Despite the fact, the evidence of reckless spending by the Obama Administration is overwhelming. . . . Sullivan says these charts cited by Glenn Reynolds are all lies. Hmmm, pathetic. But it’s all Sully’s got. Especially since the chair of the DNC said that the Democratic Party owns this economy.”

And reader Bryan Farris twists the knife, emailing:

So, if I’m reading this correctly, Sullivan is okay with Presidents taking action based upon faulty intelligence that was “believed [by everyone] at the time”, no matter how that action turns out.

Good to know!

Heh.

December 30, 2011

CHINA: Chinese Manufacturing Continues To Shrink. “Weakening external demand is starting to bite.”

December 30, 2011

A WORDPRESS / BARENAKED ISLAM UPDATE: The PR folks for WordPress sent me a copy of the email that Matt Mullenweg sent the BareNaked Islam bloggers:

After reviewing this case I’ve turned your site back on. Even though this is the third Term of Service issue with your blog, you should have been contacted before your site was suspended by our Terms of Service team.

That said, publishing IP and email addresses of commenters with the invitation to harass them is a violation of our terms of service and your site harbors numerous examples that violate our ToS rule “does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities.”

Given that this has been an ongoing issue I think you should find alternative hosting. I realize that it is the holidays and happy to give you until Jan 6 to do so. You can use the “offsite redirect” upgrade to ensure all of your links continue to work and your visitors get redirected.

Finally although there was a press release from CAIR claiming to have been behind this I haven’t heard of them until today and as far as we can tell none of the ToS reports that caused the blog to be reviewed were from anyone involved with that organization. WordPress.com does not suspend blogs at the request of individuals or organizations, only for violations of our Terms of Service.

This sounds right. Is publishing commenters’ information wrong? Yes, unless the commenters have been threatening or abusive, in which case I think it’s fine. Were they? I don’t know — because when I went to the site it had been taken down. Anyway, WordPress seems to have done the right thing.

December 30, 2011

ANDREW CLINE: Letting Down The Tea Party. “This is a primary driven almost entirely by the nationally televised debates.”

December 30, 2011

I THINK IT WAS THE INSTAPUNDIT TAUNTING THAT DID IT: Obama delays request for $1.2T debt limit increase. Or, you know, the law. Whatever. But here’s the taunting again, in case you missed it.

December 30, 2011

JED BABBIN: 2011: The Year The Wheels Fell Off.

December 30, 2011

AT AMAZON, year-end deals in Computers & Accessories.

Plus, select laptops & tablets under $300.

December 30, 2011

ON THE INCANDESCENT LIGHT-BULB PAGE, ANOTHER AMUSING REVIEW. Well, an amusing complaint, anyway.

Requires expensive peripherals to work at all!!,

Very disappointed in this product. Purchased to use on a camping trip for both light and heat, since I’d read about how warm they get. The more fool I! Long story short, there’s a WHOLE lot of fine print they don’t tell you about up front: Requires a lamp, requires an “outlet”, requires some arcane piece of kit called a “power grid” that Amazon doesn’t even carry!

May be a great product IF you already collected all the accessories, but I have better things to spend my money and my time on.

P.S. INCREDIBLY fragile. Definitely not top-shelf camping gear!

Heh.

December 30, 2011

TAR. FEATHERS. 2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties.

Online civil liberties groups were thrilled in May when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the head of the powerful Judiciary Committee, announced legislation requiring the government, for the first time, to get a probable-cause warrant to obtain Americans’ e-mail and other content stored in the cloud.

But, despite the backing of a coalition of powerful tech companies, the bill to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act was dead on arrival, never even getting a hearing before the committee Leahy heads.

In contrast, another proposal sailed through Leahy’s committee, less than two weeks after Leahy and others floated it at about the same time as his ECPA reform measure. That bill, known as the Protect IP Act, was anti-piracy legislation long sought by Hollywood that dramatically increased the government’s legal power to disrupt and shutter websites “dedicated to infringing activities.”

This dichotomy played itself out over and again in 2011, as lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans alike — turned a blind eye to important civil liberties issues, including Patriot Act reform, and instead paid heed to the content industry’s desires to stop piracy.

They’re in the industries’ pocket, thanks to big donations. That includes Democrats like Leahy, and Republicans like Lamar Smith.

December 30, 2011

ROGER SIMON: Is Ron Paul A Racist? Don’t be absurd. Might as well charge Barack Obama with racism based on his associations.

December 30, 2011

NEW YEAR’S EVE TEA PARTY: David Kirkham emails: “We are having a New Year’s Tea Party Party at Kirkham Motorsports. It will be a great time to come and get to know everyone as we kick off our 2012 election season. All pjmedia.com/instapundit readers are especially welcome. I’m in charge of the BBQ. Pot luck.” Here’s the Facebook page for the event. Wish I could be there.

December 30, 2011

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Over the last month (November), Khan Academy had 4 million unique visits. That’s up from 1 million in the same period last year, and up from 3.5 million in October.”

December 30, 2011

WHEN MARRIAGE IS DYSFUNCTIONAL: “It is unconscionable to recommend marriage to any man under a legal regime in which he has no protection under the law and can be forced out of his own home by a single false charge. While this state of affairs is fair to neither individual men nor individual women, the lamentable fact is that very, very few women, even conservative, politically minded women who are correctly concerned about what low marriage rates will do to American society, are willing to speak out against Marriage 2.0 because they still wish to retain the legal benefits it affords married women in the event of divorce.”

December 30, 2011

HAWKER BEECHCRAFT QUESTIONS: America Deserves Answers on the Obama Administration’s Decision to Outsource the Next Generation of Light Attack Aircraft. Why a Brazilian company instead of an American one?

December 30, 2011

SCIENCE: Slower Brain Aging For Elderly On Better Diets?

December 30, 2011

HEH: On the incandescent bulb 24-pack, a customer review: “Screw you, Al Gore.” It’s nice to see the workers and peasants stand up to their oppressors.

December 30, 2011

KATIE GRANJU: Was Law Enforcement Supplying Drugs To Judge Baumgartner?

December 30, 2011

UH OH: Fisker officially recalls 239 Karmas over battery safety issue.

December 30, 2011

IS CHINA ready for 2012?

December 30, 2011

IN THE MAIL: Arcturus: A Jack McDonald Novel About Soldiers, Spies, Pirates, and Terrorists with Romantic and Historical Twists.

December 30, 2011

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Hugo Chavez Falls Off The Edge Of The World. “Chavez’ statement like most of his speeches was intended more as political theater than as serious analysis of the way the world works; nevertheless it is interesting to see how the cancer charge reflects ideas he shares or thinks will jazz up his base. As a psychological portrait of a certain element of the Latin left, the speech is quite revealing. . . . The sad truth is that even if we had invented some kind of untraceable multi-cancer agent and decided to use it, we wouldn’t be wasting it on Venezuela. There might be a wave of cancers in Iran, where recent news events point to a certain activism on the part of US and other agents. Some Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders, and perhaps a few others in the region, might suddenly show the effects of intensive chemotherapy. But as is so often the case, poor Latin America would be the orphan stepchild of US foreign policy. Maybe we would give Chavez the flu.”

December 30, 2011

GOVERNMENT: Philly Councilwoman to Retire and Collect $478,000 Pension, Then Start Back To Work On Monday.

December 30, 2011

ANN ALTHOUSE: “After all of the criticism of Sarah Palin for using target imagery in some campaign literature… it’s interesting to see the National Journal writing like this.”

It’s only wrong when Sarah Palin does it. And even then, it’s only wrong when she looks like she might be running for President, and there’s a convenient tragedy to exploit.

December 30, 2011

CAMPAIGN BOGOSITY: “Mr. Messina’s plea for Obama supporters to chip in ‘$3 or $5′ leaves the impression of a presidential campaign divorced from big money donors. Furthermore, the claim that Mr. Obama will not accept PAC money leaves the impression that his fundraising efforts are removed from the influence of lobbyists or Wall Street. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

December 30, 2011

YEAR-END DEAL: Up to 60% off on shoes, slippers, and accessories.

Also, up to 75% off on cold-weather clothing, sweaters, and accessories.

December 30, 2011

“SMART DIPLOMACY?” Obama Has United the World…in Opposition to Bad U.S. Tax Policy. “This FATCA law basically imposes a huge regulatory burden on all companies that have international transactions involving the United States, and all foreign financial institutions that want to invest in the United States. It is such a disaster that even the New York Times has taken notice.”

Cynics might suggest that this is the beginning of capital controls designed to keep American capital in America, or at least in positions where it will be more easily confiscatable by the government during an Argentine-style financial collapse and response. That may be paranoid, but on the other hand the cynics have had a pretty good track record lately. And, of course, simply by provoking such fears measures like this will almost certainly prove counterproductive.

December 30, 2011

PJTV: The Five Reasons for the 1990′s Job Boom, and Why Bill Clinton Wasn’t One of Them.

December 30, 2011

GOVERNMENT: Public employee union defends Denver cop who was fired for driving drunk at 143 mph. Traffic laws are for the little people.

December 30, 2011

ANDREW MALCOLM: More ‘change’: China plans manned Moon landings as U.S. rents seats on Russian rockets.

Actually, here’s where I have to defend Obama. The post-Shuttle transition could have been better-handled, but I’d rather have Obama’s policy — which goes beyond Russian rockets to a reliance on U.S. commercial space companies in place of the old government monopoly — than China’s, which is basically just a rerun of old NASA stuff. Space is one of the few policy areas where the Obama Administration has gotten things mostly right.

December 30, 2011

TODAY ONLY, 50-70% off on select electronics accessories. Including a prepaid mobile 3G/wifi hotspot for $49.99.

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

December 30, 2011

JENNIFER RUBIN: Media Mishaps. “In covering events leading up to the Republican primaries, many in the media missed the boat by paying attention to the wrong things.”

December 30, 2011

#GOPFAIL? Despite GOP opposition, light bulb standards will phase in on Jan. 1. “New light bulb efficiency standards will begin phasing in on Jan. 1 despite intense opposition from conservatives, who have blasted the rules as a textbook unnecessary federal regulation. While Republicans secured inclusion of a measure blocking funding for enforcement of the standards in a year-end spending bill, energy efficiency groups say the provision will have little practical impact. The Energy Department rules will nonetheless go into effect at the start of 2012.”

Well, it’s not (quite) too late to stock up! (Bumped).

December 30, 2011

MORE ON ERIC HOLDER’S CHUTZPAH: “Either Holder is dumb as a stump or he is setting himself up to be the most courageous Washington fall guy since G. Gordon Liddy, and since I can’t imagine Eric Holder holding his hand over a fire just to show people how tough he is, I know which way I’m betting.”

Meanwhile, some Eric Holder history.

December 30, 2011

JOHN STOSSEL: A Libertarian Year Ahead?

December 30, 2011

CONN CARROLL: Jobless Claims Up, But That’s Not What Matters: “In a normal economic recovery, new firm and job creation are higher than recession levels. That is not the case in the Obama recovery. While job losses have slowed, job creation has not picked up.” I’m not so sure that it’s a recovery at all.

December 30, 2011

EGYPT: A depressing, but not surprising, report.

December 30, 2011

REPORT: “The sheer number of Republican yard signs in New Hampshire is staggering.”

December 30, 2011

THE HILL: Pelosi’s office denies report that she wants to retire from Congress. “An aide to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is strongly denying a claim from her daughter that she is only staying in office because of her political donors. Pelosi’s daughter Alexandra Pelosi told the conservative site Big Government that the former Speaker wants to retire from Congress but has faced pressure from campaign contributors to continue serving.”

I think I believe the daughter.

December 30, 2011

RANDY BARNETT likes Pauline Maier’s book, Ratification. “Having read much of the surviving records of the ratification convention debates, I probably know more about these conventions than most people. Yet there was far more in Maeir’s book that I did not know than I did.”

December 30, 2011

HOPE AND CHANGE! An Election Year Dawns Without Keith Olbermann. I did his show on election night 2004, back before he went insane.

December 30, 2011

A GRIM FOURTH QUARTER FOR CORPORATE EARNINGS? “The number of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index that have made downward profit revisions is at a level not seen since the 2001 economic recession, making sell-side analyst projections look rosy.”

December 30, 2011

CHANGE: As The Age Of The Physical Book Retreats, The Cult Of The Physical Book Advances.

December 30, 2011

SUMMARIZING 2011 in Nine Easy Charts.

December 29, 2011

EUROPE: Eurozone credit crunch fears on M3 money contraction. “Europe is at mounting risk of a fresh credit crunch after the eurozone money supply contracted for a second month in November and the volume of private loans began to shrink.”

December 29, 2011

#OCCUPYFAIL: Little Change in Public’s Response to ‘Capitalism,’ ‘Socialism.’ 60% don’t like socialism.

December 29, 2011

LOVE IN A TOTALITARIAN CLIMATE: 9-Foot-Tall Supersoldier Mourns Kim Jong Il.

December 29, 2011

MICKEY KAUS: This is the argument against Perry and Santorum?

December 29, 2011

MITT ROMNEY: President Obama Out Of Touch Like Marie Antoinette. “When the president’s characterization of our economy was, ‘It could be worse,’ it reminded me of Marie Antoinette: ‘Let them eat cake.’ . . . This is not a time to be talking about, ‘It could be worse.’ It’s a time to recognize that things should be better.”

December 29, 2011

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: Mocking Cornel West’s lame rap CD.

December 29, 2011

SOME blogger pushback.

December 29, 2011

#WORDPRESSFAIL: WordPress Takes Down “Bare Naked Islam” Blog After Threats From CAIR.

CAIR pursues this strategy regularly. Shame on WordPress for giving in. Note to bloggers: In a free-speech controversy, you can’t count on WordPress. Act accordingly. Meanwhile, an item on CAIR’s terrorist ties. More here. And its membership is minuscule. This is who you listened to, WordPress.

December 29, 2011

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: The White House Just Agreed To Sell Saudi Arabia The Largest US Overseas Arms Package Ever.

December 29, 2011

SPENGLER: Ron Paul’s Defense of Iran Should Surprise No One.

December 29, 2011

KISSING AT MIDNIGHT: A history of the New Year’s Eve kiss.