Archive for March, 2012

March 29, 2012

MORE ATTACKS ON JEWS IN FRANCE, leading the New York Times to worry about . . . a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment.

March 29, 2012

KAUS TO OBAMA: This is a secure border?

March 29, 2012

WELL, TO BE FAIR, IF HE HAD A SON IT WOULDN’T LOOK LIKE THEM: The parents of two British students murdered in Florida have criticised President Barack Obama for his lack of compassion over their sons’ deaths.

“We would like to publicly express our dissatisfaction at the lack of any public or private message of support or condolence from any American governing body or indeed, President Obama himself.

“Mr Kouzaris has written to President Obama on three separate occasions and is yet to even receive the courtesy of a reply.

“It would perhaps appear that Mr Obama sees no political value in facilitating such a request or that the lives of two British tourists are not worthy of ten minutes of his time.”

The rebuke follows Mr Obama’s personal intervention into the shooting in Florida of a young black teenager by a white-Hispanic neighbourhood watch captain.

He’s a divider, not a uniter.

March 29, 2012

THE HILL: Rep. Ryan’s budget passed by the House with 10 GOP defections.

More GOP members defected from the Ryan budget than Democratic members voted for Obama’s — since, you know, nobody at all voted for Obama’s budget yesterday.

March 29, 2012

STILL WAITING: The Quest For A Male Contraceptive Pill.

March 29, 2012

RAND SIMBERG: What Ion Propulsion Means for Boeing—And Our Future in Space.

March 29, 2012

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March 29, 2012

A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, I plugged reader Lloyd Tackett’s post-EMP disaster novel, A Distant Eden, and although I haven’t gotten around to reading it in my largely nonexistent spare time lately, it produced this praise from reader Doug Strunk:

Glenn, since I ditched my cable TV last week I’ve been reading lots. I started Hunger Games night before last … then I saw your link to Tackett’s new e-book. I read the preview from their site and bought it immediately. As soon as I got home from work, I began in earnest. Wife finally made me put it down around 2am. Overslept and had to work late to catch up… but tonight I’m probably going to finish it in a few hours. Very fast read.

The book’s prologue gives all the valid warning you need. It’s not the typical story telling arc of character development. When the Apocalypse happens, there’s no time for a learning curve. I hope to never find out, but in that world if you’re not in survival mode you’re dead quick. The author makes that point early and often throughout the book. I’ll be giving the book very high review stars on Amazon.

Tell Tackett he better be writing the next one already…

You heard him, Lloyd.

March 29, 2012

STEVE CHAPMAN: Hey, you know what alleviates poverty? Capitalism! “Even communists eventually have to make peace with reality.” Academics and media folks, not so much.

March 29, 2012

SO WHERE IS EVERYBODY? 10 Billion Earth-Like Planets May Exist in Our Galaxy.

About 40 percent of red dwarf stars may have Earth-sized planets orbiting them that have the right conditions for life.

Red dwarfs – which are smaller and cooler than our sun – are extremely common, making up 80 percent of stars in the galaxy. Their ubiquity suggests that there are tens of billions of possible places to look for life beyond Earth, with at least 100 such planets located nearby.

The new estimate comes from a team of astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s HARPS planet-hunting telescope to look at a sample of 102 nearby red dwarfs over a six-year period. The telescope checked for a characteristic wobble from the star, indicating that at least one planet was tugging on it while orbiting around.

We need interstellar travel. Faster, please!

March 29, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Mom Decides Parenting is Not for Her and Leaves. “This morning’s TODAY Show featured a segment on a woman who chose to leave her husband and two young sons (ages 3 and 5 at the time) while on an extended research trip to Japan because she realized she didn’t want to be a mom anymore leaves my chest tight and my gut aching.” A woman who does this is a heroine of feminism. A man who does this is a louse.

March 29, 2012

ARE YOU A MICHAEL CLAYTON?

March 29, 2012

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March 29, 2012

MATT DRUDGE EXAMINES THE CONTRADICTIONS:

March 29, 2012

INSTAVISION: Obama at War: Can the President Kill with Absolute Impunity? Plus, the Education Bubble Grows. I talk with Walter Russell Mead.

March 29, 2012

NANNY STATE UPDATE: San Francisco Plastic Grocery Ban To Go National?

March 29, 2012

THREE MEN and a moonbox.

March 29, 2012

SARAH HOYT: Circles In Thinking. “Yes, I have a vagina. I checked this morning. It was still there. . . . Leaving all that aside why would you presume I have more in common with a single woman working in a factory somewhere in the Midwest than with a married man with sons who writes articles for a living a hundred miles away? What earthly sense does that make?”

March 29, 2012

LAW IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: A wristslap for Charlie Rangel.

March 29, 2012

A FISH ROTS FROM THE HEAD: Ed Morrissey: Shameless! Cheating Is Now Mainstream in America.

March 29, 2012

TOP TEN ATTEMPTS to build a flying car.

March 29, 2012

NARRATIVE-TENDING: ABC News doctors Zimmerman video to peddle false story in Trayvon Martin case. As I keep saying, stay tuned. Here’s the Daily Caller story.

March 29, 2012

CONN CARROLL: Breyer’s unhinged Commerce Clause ramblings. I was really hoping that one of the four lefty Justices would manage to overcome prejudice and blind party loyalty in this case. Doesn’t look like it’ll be Breyer if it happens.

March 29, 2012

REMEDIAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW for E.J. Dionne.

March 29, 2012

DETECTING LIARS with eye-movement analysis.

March 29, 2012

SHIKHA DALMIA: Some Questions On ObamaCare’s Compassion For Dahlia Lithwick and Other Bleeding-Heart Liberals.

March 29, 2012

A CIVIL RIGHTS VICTORY IN NORTH CAROLINA, as the state’s emergency weapons-ban law is overturned. Opinion here (PDF). Key bit: “It cannot be seriously questioned that the emergency declaration laws at issue here burden conduct protected by the Second Amendment. Although considerable uncertainty exists regarding the scope of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, it undoubtedly is not limited to the confines of the home.”

March 29, 2012

GREEN CAR UPDATE: Azure halts Ford Transit Connect Electric production, Ford still confident in EV program.

March 29, 2012

IN THE MAIL: Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat.

March 29, 2012

A MAJOR MEDIA MATTERS FAILURE: #StopRush turns into #MediaMattersStopped. What I notice is that they keep starting these things up, then people on the right run with them and don’t let them change the subject or bring things to a close. In the old days, they could stir up a three-day media storm and people on the right would just sort of hunker down. Now it’s pushback every time, and the old strategies don’t seem to be working as well.

Key bit: “The biggest damage has been to Media Matters, which put its reputation for intimidating advertisers on the line, and failed. Media Matters wasn’t defeated by Limbaugh. Media Matters was defeated by tens of thousands of conservatives who recognized that this was not about Limbaugh or what Limbaugh said.”

UPDATE: Steve Hayward: The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for the Left.

March 29, 2012

MICKEY KAUS: “The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has left a decades-long swath of urban destruction in its wake. It has been hampered, in part, by the peculiar disabilities legalistic liberals have imposed on government agencies they claim to support–including a relative inability to get rid of bad tenants without special court-enforced procedural rights (on the grounds that a government benefit is ‘property’ under the Constitution). If a farsighted liberal President were looking for a way to cut back government bureaucracy to a sustainable level, this ‘mid-sized’ agency (9,000 employees) would be a good place to start.”

Well, I’d go for the TSA first, but yeah. Only who is this “farsighted liberal President” you’re talking about?

March 29, 2012

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? British Leaders Suggest Panic Buying Of Gasoline To Avoid Panic Buying Of Gasoline. It’s a good idea to keep your tank at least half-full at all times, just in case.

March 29, 2012

INEFFECTUAL AND OUT OF TOUCH? Consistency: Obama budget fails to get a single Democratic vote … again. “Budgets are all about the numbers. If the President wants to keep proposing massive deficits, increased spending, and higher taxes, those policies are the numbers. Democrats are just embarrassed that the numbers add up to old-school tax-and-spend policies, and that they didn’t have a chance to obfuscate by declaring that Republicans are engaging in a war on left-handed Basque women who use marshmallow Schnapps for medicinal purposes. This is the second year in a row that Obama’s budget couldn’t win a single Democratic vote in Congress. In parliamentary systems, that would be a vote of no confidence and the party would be looking for new leadership. Perhaps it’s time for the country to do what Democrats won’t do for themselves and look for leadership who can produce rational numbers in budgets, or at least budgets that can win a vote from its own party.”

March 29, 2012

CHANGE: GOP shifts to offense in highway bill fight.

March 29, 2012

UNEXPECTEDLY: Number of people filing for unemployment benefits reaches 359,000, more than expected.

Related: Fourth-quarter GDP growth unrevised at 3%, below expectations.

March 29, 2012

STONEWALLED: Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in ‘Fast and Furious.’ “Two top Republican lawmakers investigating the Fast and Furious controversy are demanding the White House make a former aide available for testimony to see whether the scandal reached the upper echelons of the administration, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.”

March 29, 2012

A TENNESSEE CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Safe Commute and Employee Protection Bills Advance out of Senate Committees.

March 29, 2012

HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE: TSA officers charged with trashing South Beach hotel room, shooting gun. “Miami Beach police say two Transportation Security Administration officers partied a little too hard Tuesday night, trashed their South Beach hotel room and then picked up a semi-automatic handgun and shot six rounds out the window. One bullet pierced a $1,500 hurricane impact resistant window at a nearby Barneys New York, penetrated a wall and tore into some jeans in the closed store’s stockroom, according to store manager Adelchi Mancusi.”

The good news is, this is probably enough to get even unionized government employees fired. Probably.

March 29, 2012

RANDY BARNETT: Justice Kennedy, “Actuarial Risk,” and the Individual Mandate’s Unconstitutionality.

Related: Nearing the end of the search for the non-existent limiting principles.

March 29, 2012

CHANGE: Gas Prices In Washington, DC Surpass $4 a gallon.

Related: Gas pump Post-It revolt reignites.

And reader Tom Canaday writes:

Last August you posted on the appearance of currency signed by Sec. Geithner and stamped “Tax Cheat”.

Today I received such a note.

Now that Geithner-signed currency is more common, have your readers been reporting additional sightings?

Not that I’ve noticed. I got one a while back. If you encounter either gas-pump post-its or “tax cheat” bills, please let me know. Photos appreciated.

UPDATE: Reader Jeff Burhans writes: “Just so you know, gas prices here in Salem, OR are running from $4.09 at discount stations to $4.30 at brand-name stations. It’ll be higher tomorrow: Change!” Hope, not so much.

March 29, 2012

THE ATLANTIC: Did Bloggers Kill The Healthcare Mandate?

Blogs — particularly a blog of big legal ideas called Volokh Conspiracy — have been central to shifting the conversation about the mandate challenges. At Volokh, Barnett and other libertarian academics have been debating and refining their arguments against the mandate since before the ACA was signed. At the beginning, law professor Jonathan Adler fleshed out the approach that came to typify the elite conservative response for the first months of the public debate: the Founders never intended for the Constitution to permit such broad federal power, but given New Deal-era precedent, the mandate, if it became law, would pass muster. Things changed on Volokh around the time that it became clear that an insurance mandate would be part of whichever health care reform package passed into law.

The blog that saved America? Hey, someone should write a book about this kind of thing.

Also, Ilya Somin weighs in. “Where we did have some influence is in debunking the myth that the constitutionality of the mandate was a no-brainer backed by an overwhelming consensus of expert opinion. But we could not have done that were we not 1) recognized academic experts on these issues ourselves, and 2) able to point to other well-known experts who also believed the mandate to be unconstitutional, many of them not VC-ers. The latter include such prominent constitutional law scholars as Richard Epstein, Steve Calabresi, Steve Presser, and Gary Lawson.”

UPDATE: Reader Michael Formica writes:

Is it really the case, as the Atlantic claims, that Volokh actually changed perceptions? Or is it simply a case of clueless myopic liberals (but I repeat myself) blathering on in their journolista echo chamber parroting whatever Ezra Klein/Andrew Sullivan and the Obama PR machine (but I repeat myself) told them to say in their fetish to support whatever it is Obama and the liberal left desire.

I mean seriously, the Atlantic cites some crackpot liberals blog post about the inevitability of Rule 11 sanctions for seeking to challenge federal legislation as an example of intelligent critical thinking on the lunacy of challenging Obamacare?? That ranks right up there with Pelosi’s thinking.

It opened up a preference cascade, overcoming the bullying tactics of ObamaCare supporters.

March 29, 2012

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March 29, 2012

#MEDIAMATTERSFAIL: WaPo: This Rush Limbaugh boycott has pretty much fizzled, huh?

Meanwhile, I suspect that those people who dropped HBO for a Roku Box over Bill Maher won’t be coming back, because the alternative is better.

UPDATE: Reader Kirby Angell writes: “I was at the cable store dropping all of the movie channels, but I told them I specifically wanted to drop HBO because of Bill Maher and objectionable content. Then I found out if I got a new cable modem I could get a faster internet connection. Yesterday the cable guy was out with the new modem and while testing it he said ‘lots’ of people were dropping cable service and going with streaming only. He said he would drop it at his house but there was one show he would miss and that’s the only reason he keeps it. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones which he would miss, but I love Walking Dead and would still wait until I can stream it at my convenience than pay for cable. Soon the cable companies’ only product may be the pipe.”

March 29, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Rising Gas Prices Take Toll On American Families. Ya think?

March 29, 2012

RECORDING THE POLICE: Cops in a jam after cell tape contradicts arrest report. “Felony charges have been dropped against a Florida woman after a cellphone tape of her arrest sharply contradicted two police officers’ version of events.”

More support for my forthcoming piece (in the Washington University Law Review) on a due-process right to record the police.

UPDATE: Reader John Lunde writes: “In addition to a ‘due process’ right to record the police, isn’t the ‘right to petition government for a redress of grievances’ also involved? I can’t think of a more convincing way to petition government for the redress of police misconduct than a recording of the actual activity, or even another way as likely to work.” Good point!

March 29, 2012

PROF. JOSEPH CAMPBELL: On Bra-Burning, Erica Jong Is Wrong.

March 29, 2012

I GUESS IT’S A SHORT STEP FROM TOUCHING PEOPLE INAPPROPRIATELY TO GETTING PAID FOR TOUCHING PEOPLE INAPPROPRIATELY: TSA Manager Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring. Doesn’t say much for the background-check process.

March 29, 2012

DISTRACTIONS INSUFFICIENT: Henry Blodget: Americans Angry With Obama As Gas Nears $4 A Gallon.

March 29, 2012

NEW CIVILITY: ‘Kill Zimmerman’ Twitter Account Launched. “Barack Obama has remained silent as the usual suspects have been busy stirring up hate aimed at George Zimmerman, the Florida Hispanic involved in the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Now the anger has taken a new twist, breaking out on Twitter with an account named ‘Kill Zimmerman.’ It features an image of Zimmerman in crosshairs.”

March 29, 2012

JACOB SULLUM: More on the Irrelevance of ‘Stand Your Ground’ to the Trayvon Martin Case.

Pretty much everything under discussion is irrelevant here, right down to the political framing: A Hispanic Democrat shoots a black guy and somehow it’s the fault of white Republicans. Because, I guess, everything is.

March 29, 2012

PRODUCT LIABILITY: Should Law School Come With A Warning Label?

March 28, 2012

I JUST HOPE IT’S NOT THE DEEP SEVENS COMING TO THE SURFACE: Bigger Booms Heard In Clintonville.

March 28, 2012

SMART LEGISLATION: Obama budget defeated 414-0.

March 28, 2012

TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT:

Just saw a bit of Cornel West on C-SPAN, part of a panel on the African American community and 9/11. He was sitting in a chair, wearing the usual three-piece suit, waving around an absurd walking stick while shouting about the lack of intellectually honest leaders in the black community who cared about ordinary people.

He was absolutely right.

Still is.

March 28, 2012

LAWSUIT? Couple who fled home after Spike Lee tweet hires law firm.

March 28, 2012

MORE BREITBART T-SHIRTS.

March 28, 2012

PROF. DAVID BERNSTEIN CHIDES THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR QUOTING THE PREAMBLE IN SUPPORT OF OBAMACARE: I agree that the quotation was unpersuasive, except maybe to Dahlia Lithwick, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with quoting the Preamble in general. Here’s what Joseph Story wrote on the Preamble in his 1833 Commentaries On The Constitution:

The importance of examining the preamble, for the purpose of expounding the language of a statute, has long been felt, and universally conceded in all juridical discussions. It is an admitted maxim in the ordinary course of the administration of justice, that the preamble of a statute is a key to open the mind of the makers, as to the mischiefs, which are to be remedied, and the objects, which are to be accomplished by the provisions of the statute…. There does not seem any reason, why, in a fundamental law or constitution of government, an equal attention should not be given to the intention of the framers, as stated in the preamble. And accordingly we find, that it has been constantly referred to by statesmen and jurists to aid them in the exposition of its provisions.

So there. Meanwhile, in this piece I looked at the Preamble as doing rather the opposite of what Verrilli suggests.

UPDATE: Exclusive InstaPundit video of Verrilli’s practice arguments at the Department of Justice:

March 28, 2012

REASON TV: Obamacare #FAIL: Day 3 at the Supreme Court. “Root thinks the Obama administration has reason to be concerned not only because their Solicitor General’s performance rated poorly, but because ‘their arguments were nowhere near as strong as they thought they were going to be.’”

UPDATE: “On the bright side for Obama, it is taking people’s minds off $4 gasoline.”

March 28, 2012

RAND SIMBERG: The White House / Media Cocoon On ObamaCare.

This week’s events at the Supreme Court should be a torpedo below the waterline to the credibility of those who have been telling us about the Constitution, and those who determine the constitutionality of the swill that is generated in Congress. A media organization that wanted to survive the coming tsunami of fact-checking from those in the know, who with social media are increasingly becoming more known, might want to hire a “red team” to give them the bitter truths they need to survive.

But because both they, and the administration that they protect, remain cocooned, it may take another few hits.

Faster, please.

March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012

THE FALL OF SEALAND and how hard it is to get out from under government’s thumb.

That’s something I wrote about in the Stanford Law & Policy Review in connection with Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu’s book on Internet governance.

March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012

HANS VAN SPAKOVSKY: The ObamaCare Argument – The Third and Final Day. “The surest sign your lawyer hasn’t done a good job is when you issue a statement defending his performance.” Well, even a good lawyer has trouble defending the indefensible.

Related: Andrew Klavan: How Nice People Crush Freedom.

March 28, 2012

THIS WOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED IF BARACK OBAMA WERE PRESIDENT: FBI Taught Agents They Could ‘Bend or Suspend the Law.’

March 28, 2012

MISS ME YET? Amity Shlaes’ Next Book To Focus On The Forgotten President.

March 28, 2012

HOPE OVER EXPERIENCE? Law Student: ‘I Know It’s Crazy, But I’d Go to Law School Again.’

March 28, 2012

MARCUS HIGGINS AND SPIKE LEE in the Twitter Hall Of Shame.

March 28, 2012

COMPUTER PASSWORDS: Speak, friend, and enter. “Computer passwords need to be memorable and secure. Most people’s are the first but not the second. Researchers are trying to make it easier for them to be both.”

March 28, 2012

IGNORANCE IN OFFICE: Democratic Congressman and Senators on Constitutional Authority for ObamaCare:

Most of us know that when then-Speaker Pelosi was asked where the Constitution gives Congress the power to enact an “individual mandate,” she replied with a mocking “are you serious? Are you serious?”

Here are a few more pearls of constitutional wisdom from our elected representatives.

Rep. Conyers cited the “Good and Welfare Clause” as the source of Congress’s authority [there is no such clause].
Rep. Stark responded, “the federal government can do most anything in this country.”
Rep. Clyburn replied, “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do. How about [you] show me where in the Constitution it prohibits the federal government from doing this?”
Rep. Hare said “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest [...] It doesn’t matter to me.” When asked, “Where in the Constitution does it give you the authority …?” He replied, “I don’t know.”
Sen. Akaka said he “not aware” of which Constitutional provision authorizes the healthcare bill.
Sen. Leahy added, “We have plenty of authority. Are you saying there’s no authority?”
Sen. Landrieu told a questioner, “I’ll leave that up to the constitutional lawyers on our staff.”

Something to keep in mind when someone argues that the Supreme Court should defer to the constitutional wisdom of its coequal branches.

Kakistocracy. Plus, from the comments: “The salient point is the fact that few members of Congress even read the 2700-page bill; yet some argue still that the Supreme Court should give Congress the presumption of Constitutionality in the bills it passes? Worse than ridiculous, such a contention is a call for judicial abdication of responsibility. And it is quite blatant. It is a call to abandon checks and balances, the very underpinning of our form of government. It is a call to tyranny.”

March 28, 2012

POLL OF ATTAINDER? Is a disturbing notion of due process taking over in America? Forget trials and juries and all that stuff? Let’s do a poll!

The good news is, most people say they don’t know enough to have an opinion on whether Trayvon Martin was murdered or not. That speaks well of them, given the nonstop media onslaught. “Thank you, people of all colors, who refrain from judging where you have not studied all the evidence. This is heartening news of rationality and respect for due process.”

March 28, 2012

SOME JOE BIDEN COMIC RELIEF: Biden mistakenly calls college prez “Dr. Pepper.” Well, it’s funny until you consider that he’s a heartbeat away from the Presidency. And that the man currently occupying the office thought it was a good idea to put him a heartbeat away . . . .

March 28, 2012

FROM 1965, unpublished Life pictures of Hell’s Angels. “The girls weren’t there in chains, or against their will or anything. They had to want that life if they were going to be accepted by the Angels. These guys were kings of the road. I don’t think they ever felt they had to look around for girls. Girls would come to them, and they would take their pick. And then they’d tell them where to sit and what to do.”

March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012

PROFESSOR JACOBSON: Sourcing Narrative “Facts” In The Martin Case.

March 28, 2012

A REPORT FROM DAY 3 OF THE OBAMACARE ARGUMENTS, where the focus was on severability. Seems to me they should just knock down the whole thing and let Congress do whatever it wants next. If that turns out to be inconvenient, well, there’s a good reason not to pass unconstitutional legislation, isn’t it?

UPDATE: A “severability trainwreck?” Don’t get cocky.

Plus, sense and severability.

March 28, 2012

QUICK, WE NEED ANOTHER DISTRACTION: Reuters: Americans Angry With Obama Over Gas Prices.

March 28, 2012

SWIMMING ON THE HOT SIDE: The lives of Nuclear Divers. “The non-contaminated diving they do—around the huge intake pipes that bring water into the plants—is even more dangerous. Sometimes they get sucked in.”

I’ll stick with my clear warm Caribbean waters, thank you.

March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012

POPULAR MECHANICS: Hot New Grills, Stoves, and Backyard Gear for Summer 2012.

March 28, 2012

CLAYTON CRAMER: How Common Are Deaths Like Trayvon Martin’s? “What I found quite startling as I compiled those reports over the years is how few incidents I found where concealed weapon permit holders used those guns in a way that was lawful but foolish. The case that was most obviously analogous to the Zimmerman-Martin tragedy took place in Aurora, Colorado, on November 13, 2004.” Going on 8 years ago.

March 28, 2012

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Chocolate keeps weight down.

March 28, 2012

CHANGE: Verizon Envisions 4G Wireless in Just about Anything.

March 28, 2012

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The New Anti-Semitism.

March 28, 2012

IN THE MAIL: The Intolerance of Tolerance.

March 28, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: China and India Both Struggling: Growth Isn’t Guaranteed. “Both imposing giants stand on feet of clay. Both face problems of security and unrest. Both must deal with political turmoil — whether there is one party or dozens, countries of more than a billion people undergoing rapid change can’t take stability for granted. Neither is guaranteed years of economic growth; India’s economy is slowed by the dead weight of regulations and interest groups the country’s weak governments can’t push aside, and China is approaching the end of the road for export-oriented development.”

Then there’s the ever-present danger of bad luck.

March 28, 2012

I WAS EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: D.C. Nuclear Blast Wouldn’t Destroy City, Report Says. “This is what the U.S. government imagines would happen if terrorists set off a nuclear bomb just blocks away from the White House: The explosion would destroy everything in every direction within one-half mile. An intense flash would blind drivers on the Beltway miles away. A radioactive cloud would drift toward Baltimore. But the surprising conclusion? Just a bit farther from the epicenter of the blast, such a nuclear explosion would be pretty survivable.”

Do Tell.

March 28, 2012

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Tom Wolfe, Where Are You? “How absolutely insane America has become: The mainstream media both wishes to portray Martin as the innocent-looking pre-teen of his old photo even as the rarer appearing, politically-incorrect hoodie picture resonates far more with Martin’s supporters; had Zimmerman just used his mother’s maiden name, much of the current outrage would have dissipated; the country beats itself up over whether Zimmerman may have used a racial epithet — even as Twitter messages are released of Martin self-identifying himself with the n-word; Martin’s mother is worried about publicity warping the name of her deceased son even as she seeks propriety merchandising rights to it; Al Sharpton by day agitates and demagogues and, by evening, reports on Al Sharpton agitating and demagoguing for MSNBC — and on and on and on.”

March 28, 2012

A COLLECTION OF actual Mad Men-era TV commercials. Nowadays, we’d never demean women this way. Instead, we demean men. Progress!

March 28, 2012

A LOVELY MASHUP: A Whole Lotta Helter-Skelter.

March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012

UH OH: More Woes For Airbus As A380s Abandon Flights. “Airbus’s A380 superjumbo encountered fresh operational problems on Tuesday, when two aircraft had to abandon flights because of separate difficulties.”

March 28, 2012

CHANGE: Russia protesters take up politics, aiming for city hall. As with the Tea Party, the national races get the attention but the local races are much easier to win.

March 28, 2012

DON SURBER: “The Obama administration’s defense of Obamacare before the Supreme Court on Tuesday was reviewed as stumbling and bumbling by news reporters, foreshadowing the Big Government clumsiness and ineptitude a universal health care system would offer the public.”

March 28, 2012

JIM TREACHER: SPIKE LEE OUTSMARTS HIMSELF. “If you’re against vigilantes taking matters into their own hands, except when it comes to dealing with George Zimmerman, #YouMightBeALiberal. I notice Spike hasn’t been working much lately. I hope he’s been saving his money. Lawyers can be expensive.”

March 28, 2012

THE HILL: Poll: Voters give Obama low marks on efforts to lower gas prices. “Despite efforts to tout his administration’s energy policies, a new poll finds voters still overwhelmingly disapprove of President Obama’s handling of high gas prices. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday disapproved of Obama’s efforts on high prices at the pump. Twenty-four percent approved of how the administration is handling the price spikes.”

I guess that’s why they’d rather talk about birth control and hoodies.

March 28, 2012

BRIAN DOHERTY: Another “Domestic Terror” Failure: Hutaree Militia Acquitted on Most Charges.

That case has looked pretty weak all along.

Related: Eric Holder Loses Case Against Michigan Militia. “How ironic and delicious. In 2010, some were defending the dismissal of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case on free speech grounds, even though they physically tried to block a poll. To Eric Holder, the political leanings of the speakers seems to determine how much respect for those rights the political appointees at DOJ will afford.”

March 28, 2012

AND NOW FOR THE WEEK’S REAL NEWS: Khloe Kardashian Quits PETA After Kim’s Flour-Bombing.

Given that PETA kills more than 95% of the animals in its care, I can’t imagine why anyone interested in animal welfare would want to support them. Then there’s the whole animal-rights terrorism thing.

March 28, 2012

LIZ PEEK: How ObamaCare Derailed The Economic Recovery.

March 28, 2012

THIS WEEKEND IS MY FRIEND CHRIS PETERSON’S Personalized Life Extension Conference. If you can’t make it out to the Bay Area, you can watch a webcast, and if you put in INSTAPUNDIT as your code, you get $50 off. I don’t get anything out of that, but you might find it useful.

March 28, 2012

PRO PUBLICA: Three Things We Don’t Know About Obama’s Massive Voter Database.

President Obama’s re-election campaign is reportedly building a massive database of information about potential supporters.

The database seems to bring together information about supporters gathered from all branches of the campaign — everything from an individual’s donation records to volunteer activity to online interactions with the campaign — aimed at allowing the campaign to personalize every interaction with potential supporters. . . . Is there any way to erase yourself from the campaign’s database? As far as we can tell, no.

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