Archive for January, 2012

January 31, 2012

THIS IS KIND OF A FALSE EQUIVALENCE: “To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion…. Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.” I’m okay with abortion, but presumably the reason for an ultrasound is to let women see what they’re aborting. The response, on the other hand, is just kindergarten style payback. That it’s being widely lauded for cleverness is just sad.

UPDATE: From the comments: “How about a proposal that as long as abortion is legal men are exempt from child support unless they chose to do so.” A logical extension of my body, my choice, but not likely to play well. It’s “my choice,” not “my responsibility.”

January 31, 2012

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: Thoughts on the failure of the antiwar movement. Of course, it turned out their biggest failure was electing Barack “Drone-killer” Obama . . . .

January 31, 2012

AT AMAZON, outlet deals in Camera & Photo.

January 31, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Living In an Elitist Bubble Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Relate to the Rest of America.

January 31, 2012

ROGER SIMON: Why Gingrich Lost Big And What’s Next. “After his solid victory in South Carolina, Gingrich did not continue the obvious strategy that got him there – running against Barack Obama by presenting himself to Republican voters as the great orator and thinker who could bring down the noxious incumbent, the man who rose above internecine intra-party squabbles for the greater good of his country. Instead, he did the exact opposite. He spent the balance of his time in Florida running against Romney when he had already beaten the former governor in South Carolina. Talk about dumb. Newt let his personal antipathy overwhelm his good sense. He played defense about the picayune and the irrelevant when he should have played offense on the philosophical and substantial.”

Plus, sore loser Newt. Yep. Newt’s intellect and speaking skill are his strong points. His ego is his weak point.

More thoughts on speeches, and some criticism of Romney’s, from Ira Stoll. “Please, folks, remember, if voters are looking for an anti-Wall Street candidate who is going to divide Americans by pitting them against the financial industry, there already is such a candidate. His name is Barack Obama. It’s not constructive. It’s verging on dispiriting.”

UPDATE: Alexis Garcia: This Race Isn’t Over.

January 31, 2012

BEHIND THE SCENES at the Mojave Spaceport. Somebody send a copy to Mitt Romney, who’s still got a lot to learn on this subject.

January 31, 2012

ROMNEY WINS FLORIDA, and wins big.

UPDATE: Some thoughts.

ANOTHER UPDATE: James Taranto: The Case Against The Case Against Romney. “In a Forbes.com column, our friend Richard Miniter aims to debunk the common view that Mitt Romney is ‘electable.’ This column will serve as a rebunking.”

MORE: Sean Trende: Gingrich and Romney Are “Unelectable”? So Is Obama. “It’s understandable that the focus would be on Republican candidates in the midst of a GOP primary. But we shouldn’t forget that the general election — like all incumbent elections — will largely be a referendum on Barack Obama. And, under current conditions, Obama is every bit as unelectable as the Republicans supposedly are.”

January 31, 2012

GALLUP: Obama Approval Above 50% In Only 10 States. And the District of Columbia, natch.

January 31, 2012

LOTS OF FLORIDA COVERAGE at The Tatler.

January 31, 2012

REPORT: Romney Up Big In Exit Polls.

January 31, 2012

WHO REALLY STOPPED SOPA, AND WHY:

In Washington, the accepted wisdom by year-end was that the technology industry had matured at last into a lobbying force commensurate with its size and pocketbook. But what everyone missed was that the users had opened a third front in this fight, and clearly the one that determined its outcome.

The bitroots movement wasn’t led by Google. It wasn’t led by anyone. Even to look for its leaders is to miss the point. Internet users didn’t lobby or buy their way into influence. They used the tools at their disposal—Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and the rest—to make their voices heard. They encouraged voluntary boycotts and blackouts, and organized awareness days. This was a revolt of, by and with social networks, turning the tools that organized them into groups in the first place into potent new weapons for political advocacy. The users had figured out how to hack politics.

Somebody should really write a book on this phenomenon.

January 31, 2012

VIDEO: Self-Guided Bullet Spots, Steers and Nails Its Target. “Each self-guided bullet is around 4 inches in length. At the tip is an optical sensor, that can detect a laser beam being shone on a far-off target. Actuators inside the bullet get intel from the bullet’s sensor, and then “steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the target.” The bullet can self-correct its navigational path 30 times a second, all while flying more than twice the speed of sound.”

January 31, 2012

22 MILLION JOBS? Not hardly.

January 31, 2012

THE GROWTH OF THE ACCORDION FAMILY. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, and it’s certainly on the upswing here in the United States. “In the United States, we have seen a 50-percent increase since the 1970s in the proportion of people age 30 to 34 who live with their parents. As the recession of 2008-9 continued to deepen, this trend became even more entrenched. Kids who cannot find jobs after finishing college, divorced mothers who can’t afford to provide a home for their children, unemployed people at their wits’ end, the ranks of the foreclosed—all are beating a path back to their parents’ homes to take shelter underneath the only reliable roof available. . . . They fall back into the family home because, unless they are willing to take a significant cut in their standard of living, they have no other way to manage the life to which they have become accustomed. Moreover, if they aspire to a professional occupation and the income that goes with it, a goal their parents share for them, it is going to take them a long time and a lot of money to acquire the educational credentials needed to grab that brass ring. Sheltering inside an accordion family leaves more money to pay toward those degrees.”

January 31, 2012

NOBODY TELL ANDREW SULLIVAN: AIDS Prevention Inspires Ways to Make Circumcisions Easier. “The goal is to circumcise 20 million African men by 2015, but only about 600,000 have had the operation thus far. Even a skilled surgeon takes about 15 minutes, most African countries are desperately short of surgeons, and there is no Mohels Without Borders.”

January 31, 2012

ANOTHER DRUG RAID FAILURE: FBI Raids Wrong House, Enters Using Chain Saw. There should be no official immunity for no-knock raids.

January 31, 2012

AT AMAZON, warehouse deals in Automotive.

January 31, 2012

PANIC AT THE WHITE HOUSE? Gruesome 2012 Economic Forecast Could Doom Obama.

Well, it started out bad, and he made it worse.

January 31, 2012

A SHORTAGE OF HARD DATA: How Well Do Wind And Solar Actually Work?

January 31, 2012

JUST A REMINDER: Jon Corzine Raised $500,000 For Obama.

January 31, 2012

DANA LOESCH interviews Rick Santorum.

January 31, 2012

OAK RIDGE PHOTOGRAPHER ED WESTCOTT celebrates his 90th birthday. “In 1942, Ed Westcott was among the first few dozen employees to arrive at the East Tennessee site for ultra-secret work on the first atomic bombs, and he was the only one authorized to use a camera.”

January 31, 2012

A NEW COMPETITOR FOR SIRI: An app named Evi uses semantic data to provide a wider range of answers. “Created by True Knowledge, a Cambridge, U.K.-based semantic technology startup, Evi, like Siri, can answer questions posed aloud in a conversational manner. But unlike Siri, which is only loaded on the latest iPhone, Evi is available as an app for the iPhone and phones running Google’s Android software.”

January 31, 2012

SUBOPTIMAL: Funding Comes Too Late In Biomedical Research Careers. “So the younger scientists don’t start getting their own direct funding until they are past their peak years of research productivity. That’s dumb. They spend their younger years as grad students and (poorly paid) post docs. This puts their research directions much more under the control of (older) professors who run labs and have grants flowing to them. The young turk with a hunch does not always have the freedom to follow that hunch. Not good.”

January 31, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The Rage Behind A Woman’s Stare.

January 31, 2012

DISTURBING TREND: Condo Owners Told They Can’t Charge Their EVs.

January 31, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Home prices drop, and consumers turn gloomy. “Home prices fell more steeply than expected in November, and consumer confidence soured in January, highlighting the hurdles still facing the economic recovery.”

Plus: “Highlighting the difficulty facing lawmakers who are aiming to rein in the deficit, congressional forecasters said the United States is on track for a fourth straight year with a $1 trillion-plus budget deficit as a sluggish economy holds down corporate tax revenue.”

January 31, 2012

MORE EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF BAREFOOT RUNNING.

January 31, 2012

RAND SIMBERG: Time To Get Religion Out Of Science Classes.

January 31, 2012

IN THE MAIL: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity.

January 31, 2012

VIDEO: Election Day Tea Party 2012: A New Beginning.

January 31, 2012

SPEAKING OF THAT WHOLE “GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT” THING: Obama green jobs program faces further investigation. “House Republicans are expanding their probe into the Obama administration’s energy programs, investigating $500 million in green job training grants that placed just 10% of trainees in jobs, according to a government report.”

January 31, 2012

AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING: Law-Abiding Mexicans Taking Up Illegal Guns.

In Mexico, where criminals are armed to the teeth with high-powered weapons smuggled from the United States, it may come as a surprise that the country has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world.

Law-abiding Mexicans who want a gun to defend themselves have no good options. Either they fight government red tape to get a legal permit, or they buy one on the black market.

After an outbreak of violence, one embattled community in northern Mexico called Colonia LeBaron has begun to ask if it’s time for the country to address its gun laws. . . .

The cold-blooded murders of Benjamin LeBaron and Luis Widmar galvanized the community, Julian LeBaron says. It prompted them to take a stance that is familiar to Second Amendment advocates in the U.S., but one that is taboo in Mexico.

“I think there would be less violence if there were more guns, in the sense that I could barge in here and do whatever I want, knowing that this guy doesn’t have a gun,” says Jose Widmar, the brother of slain Luis.

Today, if the gangsters return, the LeBaron colony is locked and loaded.

What’s really interesting is that the NPR coverage is surprisingly positive. And SayUncle comments: “Maybe ATF could walk some guns to the good guys?”

January 31, 2012

SUSANNAH BRESLIN: This is Why Your Employees Hate You.

January 31, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Claremont McKenna Inflated SAT Scores for Rankings.

January 31, 2012

UNDER THE BUS: “Gainful Employment Rule” Comes To The NonProfits. “Increased scrutiny and regulation aren’t just for for-profit colleges anymore.”

January 31, 2012

AT AMAZON, Up to 60% off on Luxury Watches.

January 31, 2012

#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy support drops more than 20 points in … San Francisco? You can tell that the movement has lost popular support because the press suddenly stopped the breathless coverage. As I predicted, once it became clear the movement was hurting the Democrats, the coverage dried up.

January 31, 2012

#NARRATIVEFAIL: Tax Foundation: Income Inequality Is Lower Now Than It Was Under Clinton.

January 31, 2012

TSA UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT: “Instead of screening passengers as they boarded trains — which is standard security procedure — officers were screening passengers as they were getting off trains.”

January 31, 2012

MILTON FRIEDMAN ON GREED: “Every now and then I love watching this (and things like it) to remind me that we’ve seen all this nonsense before. Note the year: 1979, the tail-end of another president’s single term.”

January 31, 2012

BIPARTISAN COMMISSION IN FAVOR OF VOTER ID: “Critics of requiring voters to present a photo ID at the polls say the practice would disenfranchise minority voters, and some even accuse proponents of being motivated by racism. They don’t mention, however, that a 21-member bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter, advocated just such a policy in 2005.”

January 31, 2012

MORE VOTE FRAUD: W.Va. county sheriff, clerk caught in vote probe. “Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman and Clerk Donald Whitten will plead guilty to charges that they attempted to flood the 2010 Democratic primary with fraudulent absentee ballots, becoming the latest southern West Virginia officeholders ensnared by an investigation into election fraud, federal and state officials announced Monday. Bowman has agreed to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. He is accused of trying to stuff the ballot box in his favor while running for circuit clerk, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said. Whitten will plead guilty to lying to a criminal investigator for Tennant as her office scrutinized the influx of absentee ballots.”

UPDATE: Name That Party!

January 31, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): “The economy did horribly in the last three months of 2011.”

January 31, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Eric Holder’s False Testimony Warrants Impeachment. “Did Holder and his White House masters really think it was worth losing a few U.S. lawmen if it meant gaining public support for the idea of gun control in the U.S.? Are they that politically venal? Unfortunately, the failure of the White House to hold anyone accountable points to just such a conclusion. Either Holder should resign or be impeached, or someone in the White House should. Either way, Fast and Furious is a criminal disgrace.”

January 31, 2012

THE CONTINUED DECLINE OF RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION: Desegregation an Unsung U.S. Success Story.

As the figure shows, as of 1970, almost 80 percent of either whites or blacks would have had to move neighborhoods in order to achieve an even distribution of whites and blacks within the average metropolitan area. By 1990, that dissimilarity measure had dropped to 66 percent; it is 54 percent today. We are very far from living in a perfectly integrated society, but our nation is far more integrated than it was 40 years ago.

The progress over the last decade has been particularly dramatic. Every one of the 10 largest metropolitan areas experienced drops in both dissimilarity and isolation of 3.6 points or more. The isolation index is below 45 percent in every one of those 10 largest areas, except for Chicago. Long among the most segregated places in America, the Windy City has experienced a particularly dramatic decline in segregation since 2000.

Read the whole thing.

January 31, 2012

CLIVE CROOK: Federal Worker Pay: This Much Is Too Much.

January 31, 2012

PRESIDENT AND MRS. CRANKYPANTS?

January 31, 2012

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Holder’s fantastical claim about ‘Fast and Furious’. “Now Holder wants Americans to believe an obvious fantasy, namely that he didn’t know about Fast and Furious until witch-hunting House Republicans made it a highly charged partisan issue a few months ago. But after reviewing new emails made public by the Justice Department last Friday, it seems clear that accepting Holder’s claim at face value would be credulous in the extreme. . . . Either he actually knew about Fast and Furious months before he told Congress he did, or he didn’t know when he should have. No wonder nearly 100 House members have signed a resolution of no confidence in Holder.”

January 31, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: What’s the difference between Republican and Democratic political operatives who end up on the wrong side of the law? In the ‘unbiased’ press, only the Republicans’ party ID and connections merit attention. In a blog post on Publius’ Forum this week, Warner Todd Huston noted the glaring difference in how the media treated the recent arrests of Zachary Edwards and Tim Russell.”

January 31, 2012

SOME ANIMALS MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS: CBO: Federal workers better compensated than in private sector.

Not exactly a shocker, but more grist for the debate. 5% rollbacks on all federal spending, baby. Repeat until the budget is balanced.

January 31, 2012

ARE STUDENTS DROWNING IN DEBT? “Sure, but it’s from Obama’s policies, not student loans. . . . Instead of constantly pumping more money into an already distorted education market, government should do everything it can to get out of the way, allow free-market competition between lenders, schools, and students, and focus on the real student debt: the $48,000 Americans owe to the federal government at birth, twice the average debt owed by college graduates. It’s made worse every day by policies that have ballooned the national debt by trillions since Obama took office in 2009. President Obama’s focus on student debt is his attempt at a political sleight of hand with students: ignore the massive debt you already owe by no fault of your own, and focus on this debt half its size that you incurred by choice.”

January 31, 2012

MORE MEDIA HYPOCRISY: Wag The Finger: Williams Condemns Brewer, Confronted Bush With Same Gesture.

These people have no business lecturing anyone about decency, or decorum.

January 31, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rutgers law students protest merger plan. “The proposal to merge Rutgers University in Camden with Rowan University under Rowan’s name has been met with skepticism, bordering on disbelief, by alumni, faculty members and students at the Rutgers campus.”

January 30, 2012

RICHARD MINITER: Is Mitt Romney Actually Electable? Well, the theory is that (1) He’s not Obama; and (2) He’s not scary.

January 30, 2012

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN EUROPE: Nothing to see here, move along.

January 30, 2012

OBAMA WON’T ANSWER a question about marijuana legalization.

January 30, 2012

ROSS DOUTHAT: Government And Its Rivals. “When government expands, it’s often at the expense of alternative expressions of community, alternative groups that seek to serve the common good. Unlike most communal organizations, the government has coercive power — the power to regulate, to mandate and to tax. These advantages make it all too easy for the state to gradually crowd out its rivals. The more things we ‘do together’ as a government, in many cases, the fewer things we’re allowed to do together in other spheres.”

January 30, 2012

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: Explaining constitutional law to Jack Balkin.

January 30, 2012

AT AMAZON, Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series for $72.99.

UPDATE: Reader Blake Hiatt emails: “Buffy is available to Amazon Prime members, free via streaming. Along with Malcolm in the Middle, Angel, Arrested Development, etc. Thought you might want to plug Amazon Prime along with the Buffy DVD’s.”

January 30, 2012

THE NEW CIVILITY: Maher Mocks Gingrich’s Wife As A Martian.

January 30, 2012

CLOSE, BUT FOR A PROPER SPOCK IMPRESSION THE WORD SHOULD BE “FASCINATING:” Obama Tells Woman: “Interesting” Unemployed Husband Can’t Find Job.

January 30, 2012

IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THE PURGES WITH THESE PEOPLE: Global warming activists seek to purge ‘deniers’ among local weathermen.

January 30, 2012

NORTH CAROLINA DIETETIC BOARD: If you blog about diet, you are acting as an unlicensed dietitian. Really, guys? Really? My advice to the people and legislature of North Carolina — save some money, abolish the board, and quit licensing dietitians anyway.

January 30, 2012

IF YOU THREW BACON AT MUSLIMS YOU’D BE A RACIST: Occupy Providence Throws Condoms At Catholic School Girls.

More here.

January 30, 2012

MARK LEVIN: Lay off Matt Drudge! The MSM hates his guts, remember? Audio at the link. Plus this: “Levin’s comments come as a refreshing reminder that, among conservatives who care deeply about this election, differences of opinion are often motivated by the same root concerns and desires.”

January 30, 2012

ON AMY ALKON’S ADVICE GODDESS RADIO AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR: Why are women more likely to become compulsive shoppers and men more likely to become addicted to pornography? Plus, “How come you have to buy her an engagement ring and she doesn’t have to buy you an engagement boat?”

January 30, 2012

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: “Egyptian blogger and political activist Mahmoud Salem, more commonly known by his online persona Sandmonkey, filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday, January 26th against the well-known and influential Salafi preacher Yasser al-Bourhami for the latter’s incitement of violence against Coptic Christians. While the details of this suit are still emerging, they deserve serious domestic and global attention: if methodically pursued, the case could form an important challenge to Egypt’s still-persistent culture of legal impunity for violence and discrimination against members of the country’s significant Christian minority.”

January 30, 2012

#2 BUT NOT TRYING HARDER: Thoughts on the New York Times’ eclipse by the Daily Mail. “Oh, and one other reason why the Daily Mail is winning the newspaper war: it is willing to deflate the religious beliefs held most dear by the management and editorial bullpen of the New York Times.”

January 30, 2012

FASTER, PLEASE: Regrowing Your Own Teeth.

January 30, 2012

AT AMAZON, the Top 100 Android Apps.

January 30, 2012

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mail. “The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of its own scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they believed posed unacceptable risks to patients, government documents show. . . . Information garnered this way eventually contributed to the harassment or dismissal of all six of the FDA employees, the suit alleges. All had worked in an office responsible for reviewing devices for cancer screening and other purposes.”

January 30, 2012

MICKEY KAUS ON the demise of private-sector unions. “The most significant number in the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics release on unionization is probably this: Only 6.9 percent of private sector workers are in unions. That’s the same percent as last year. In the middle of the 20th century, it was 35%. … The number is significant because it suggests that labor’s much-publicized private sector organizing drives have failed. They appeared to be meeting with some success a few years ago–the private sector rate actually rose from 7.4% to 7.6% between 2006 and 2008. Those union gains have now apparently been lost, and the private sector unionization rate again asymptotically approaches zero. … Are Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB labor’s last hurrah?”

January 30, 2012

BOINGBOING COMMITS RACIAL PROFILING.

January 30, 2012

ARTHUR CHRENKOFF’S NOVEL Night Trains is now out on Kindle. I read it when it first came out and it’s quite good.

UPDATE: Andrew Morriss writes:

Just a note to say how useful your book recommendations are – I’d estimate 20% or more of my fiction purchases result from a mention on InstaPundit (and I do try to go back and buy through your link, even if I don’t buy right away) – an excellent addition to the Amazon recommends method of finding new authors.

In particular, your readers who are authors and who offer cheap or free editions of books, are folks I consistently buy to try something new. Neil Gaiman has a great interview (linked on TigerHawk recently) on this point – he found giving away electronic editions of books boosted his sales. http://tigerhawk.blogspot.com/2012/01/neil-gaiman-on-copyright-and-piracy.html

Keep telling us when you read something good!

The biggest problem is finding time to read something good. I’ve been unusually busy lately and it’s really cut into my leisure reading. On the other hand, I find that if I don’t do enough leisure reading, my efficiency falls off anyway.

January 30, 2012

TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC: A fast and cheap optical version of Wi-Fi is coming.

January 30, 2012

IS IT PARENTAL MALPRACTICE TO PUT YOUR KID IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS? Sex Criminal At Age 6. “I typically blog several of these cases a month these days — sexual assault charges or ‘weapons’ charges for some kid whose granny put a paring knife in her lunch bag to cut her apple.”

And nobody ever seems to get fired over them, though this Principal should be unemployed, and unemployable, after this incident.

January 30, 2012

21ST CENTURY EMPLOYMENT: “Applicant needs to be responsible and willing to work (no constant cell phone).”

January 30, 2012

SCIENCE: Astronomers solve mystery of vanishing energetic electrons in Earth’s outer radiation belt.

January 30, 2012

BARTENDER, mix me something hot!

January 30, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why You Should Postpone College.

January 30, 2012

JOHN KANG: In Praise of Hostility: Antiauthoritarianism as Free Speech Principle.

January 30, 2012

NEXT UP IN NUCLEAR: Small, Modular Reactors.

January 30, 2012

BOB OWENS: New Emails Suggest Eric Holder Perjured Himself. Was he sworn? If not, it could still be a False Statements Act violation.

January 30, 2012

USING E. COLI to turn seaweed into ethanol.

January 30, 2012

RON BAILEY: An ethical case for terraforming Mars.

Here, by the way, is an excellent treatment of that topic by my former student Robert Pinson, in the Environmental Law Reporter. It started as a paper in my Space Law seminar.

January 30, 2012

COLLABORATION IN the war against nature.

January 30, 2012

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE NEW HIGHS IN HOMELAND-SECURITY PARANOIA — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! British pair arrested in U.S. on terror charges over Twitter jokes. “‘I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh’s lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe. ‘I couldn’t believe it because it was a quote from the comedy Family Guy which is an American show.” Yeah, but in Homeland Security’s defense, it kinda sucks.

January 30, 2012

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO WIN AN IPAD in the PJ Media Nostradamus Contest.

January 30, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Has the Higher-Ed Revolution Begun?

January 30, 2012

DEFENDING YOUR CELLPHONE against malware.

January 30, 2012

MAURICE STUCKE: Is Intent Relevant?

January 30, 2012

IN THE MAIL: From Tony Daniel, Guardian of Night. I’ve liked his previous work very much.

January 30, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Beyond Blue Part One: The Crisis of the American Dream.

January 30, 2012

FRIEND OF BIG BUSINESS: Elizabeth Warren made her mark helping insurance companies use bankruptcy to avoid paying asbestos claims. If she were a Republican, this would be a big story, and people would be calling her “Mesothelioma Madam” or something.

January 30, 2012

MICHAEL WALSH: A Fast & Furious Fib: Holes In Holder’s Testimony? Lying to Congress puts you in violation of the False Statements Act.

January 30, 2012

FINISHED J. WESLEY BUSH’S Knox’s Irregulars last night. A good read, with a Gordon Dickson sort of feel.

January 30, 2012

ILYA SHAPIRO: Copyright Case May Have Profound Effect on Treaty Power.

January 30, 2012

SPIN: Some Guy Arrested.

January 30, 2012

THE HILL: Republican lawmakers begin pushback against Obama recess appointments. “GOP lawmakers are still steaming over the White House decision to ignore brief pro forma Senate sessions to single-handedly name three members to the National Labor Relations Board and Richard Cordray as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans have almost unanimously criticized the move as an unprecedented power grab that upturns nearly a century of precedent. But beyond irate statements, lawmakers are taking varied approaches to actually challenging the appointments.”