Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

ANDREW STUTTAFORD: “I seem to remember something about how the European Union was supposed to act as a bulwark against extremism. Oh well.”

April 30, 2012

SO I DID SOME FIX-IT STUFF AROUND THE HOUSE — classes are over, exams written, nothing to grade yet, this is as free as I ever feel! — and I got out my Bosch drill/screwdriver. It’s been quite a while since I used it and I had forgotten how much I like it. It made me want to find more things to drill and screw. Er, you know what I mean. Too bad they don’t make it anymore.

UPDATE: Reader Scott Littler writes:

The 12V Bosch Impact Driver is Great, Too!

My Aunt & her Woman and I put up 1400 ft^2 of paneling in my barn in Ohio AND numerous other projects involving the driving of drywall screws using a couple of these little Bosh 12V impact drivers. Nice thing about impact drivers is that they don’t impart much torque back into your hand/wrist, like a normal drill/driver would. A great addition to my arsenal…not exactly an AR, but…

Somehow gratifying.

April 30, 2012

LAST NIGHT IT WAS A SUGGESTION FROM ALEX POURNELLE. But now it’s reality: Twitchy tech guru offers Twitter back-up service.

April 30, 2012

THIS MUST BE MORE OF THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” WE’VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT: Gutsy call: Obama ducks question on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, feigns concern about human rights.

April 30, 2012

BLOOMBERG: Obama Fails to Stem Middle-Class Slide He Blamed on Bush. “He kept pushing this change, change, change, and he hasn’t done anything.”

April 30, 2012

AT AMAZON, Today’s Deals in Movies & TV.

April 30, 2012

NAVY SEALS SLAM OBAMA for taking political credit for bin Laden killing, using them as “ammunition.” “Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.”

April 30, 2012

SPIN: Elizabeth Warren camp: It’s kind of sexist for Scott Brown to ask if she’s lying about being Native American. Yeah, that makes sense.

April 30, 2012

IT’S ALL ABOUT DAN SAVAGE, over at Breitbart.com.

April 30, 2012

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? Jim Treacher, that’s who! “It’s just more proof that we don’t need these guys anymore. They’re not our gatekeepers. They’ve proven it over and over: ACORN. Rielle Hunter. Van Jones. Anthony Weiner. They keep trying and failing to cover up stories that don’t suit their agenda. They keep pretending they control the flow of information. They’re determined to prove their own obsolescence. And they’ve got the ratings and circulation numbers to prove it.”

April 30, 2012

SUSANNAH BRESLIN: Why You’re Doing Social Media Wrong.

April 30, 2012

SEND ‘EM A ROCKET: Minnesota: The Nanny State Squelches Fireworks Rights.

This has been an ongoing theme at InstaPundit, where I’ve been referencing Henry Reed’s Journey for over a decade.

April 30, 2012

LOVE THE POSTERS: Breitbart is Here: Protests at White House Correspondents Dinner. I wish someone would stick ‘em up all over DC, especially around various media headquarters. . . .

April 30, 2012

MIKE RIGGS: Why Is The Center For American Progress Enabling Obama’s Drug War Lies?

Hey, enabling Obama’s lies is their job description. You expect them to make an exception here?

April 30, 2012

GOVERNMENT PRICE CONTROLS ARE GOOD, except when they’re in higher education. Welcome to the Command Economy, dudes. These price limits are to benefit the less fortunate. Only a selfish fatcat would complain. . . .

April 30, 2012

A SPEECH to the New York Federal Reserve.

April 30, 2012

CHANGE: Limbaugh Goes On Offense Against Media Matters.

April 30, 2012

JOSS WHEDON UPDATE: With The Avengers, Joss Whedon Masters The Marvel Universe.

April 30, 2012

WELL, THIS IS NEWS, EVEN IF IT’S NOT EXACTLY A SURPRISE: Ex-CIA counterterror chief says Pelosi lied about waterboarding.

Here’s why it’s not a surprise. Plus, note that in 2009 House Democrats blocked a probe into whether Pelosi had lied. I’m pretty sure that’s because they knew the answer.

April 30, 2012

WHAT PHILIP K. DICK THOUGHT when he first saw Blade Runner.

April 30, 2012

AT AMAZON, up to 50% off on power and hand tools.

April 30, 2012

JON LOVITZ: “He’s President, Not King!”

April 30, 2012

NICK GILLESPIE COMMENTS ON MY NEW YORK POST OPED ON STUDENT LOANS:

My one objection to Reynold’s op-ed – and it’s an objection to a lot of college talk – is the need to constantly bash supposedly non-utilitarian majors such as English, gender studies, and the like. You know, “the humanities,” as in, oh what a waste of time. As a proud English major (surrounded by a bunch of them at Reason, by the way), I’ll save a full-throated defense of my major for another post. Let me just suggest that majoring in literary and cultural studies wasn’t just interesting in and of itself, it helped equip me with a series of analytic and expressive tools that have helped me support myself since I was 18. And as my older son gets ready to start college in the fall, I’m hoping he picks a course of study that is first and foremost interesting to him.

He’s right, of course. You can learn a lot — even substantive stuff that’s useful — in any course, potentially. I was mocking “gender studies” classes, but even those can potentially be valuable. I took a Law And Sexuality course in law school and it was actually very substantive, and was one of three courses that let me give a detailed off-the-top-of-my-head black letter law answer to a question my judge asked when I was clerking after law school. (The other two classes, underscoring this point, were Law, Science & Technology and International Human Rights Law). It’s also true that there’s a massive shortage of people with the traditional liberal arts skills of reading, writing, and thinking analytically.

But the problem with the humanities isn’t an inherent one — you could even teach a stimulating and intellectually rich course on the Occupy Movement — but has to do with execution, and here’s where the comparison with STEM comes in. Very few people complete a math or engineering major without learning a lot of math and engineering, but it’s entirely possible to major in the humanities and never learn to read, write, or reason with any rigor. The problem isn’t inherent to the subject matter, it’s a symptom of professorial self-indulgence and laziness, together with the lack of external scrutiny, a problem that is much, much worse in humanities than in STEM.

As the higher education bubble bursts, we’ll see a lot more of that scrutiny, and I expect things will improve — though not without a lot of squawking from those whose rice bowls get dinged along the way.

April 30, 2012

RETURNING U.S. SOLDIERS need to unlearn combat-driving habits.

April 30, 2012

OH, GOOD GRIEF: This is What Happens When You Have A Population That Has Never Seen or Interacted with a Firearm.

April 30, 2012

ANOTHER READER KINDLE BOOK: Reader Karen Wyle writes to ask a plug for her book, Twin-Bred. She writes: “Twin-Bred asks the question: can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?” Summary and reviews at the link.

April 30, 2012

THE CRIMINALIZATION of bad mothers.

April 30, 2012

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Will piezoelectric graphene provide options for nanoscale manipulation?

April 30, 2012

ON OBAMACARE, legal academics moving from denial to anger. “I can explain it only this way: the resistance is to the very notion of any limit, qua limit.”

April 30, 2012

BUS, UNDER: Top EPA Official Resigns Over “Crucify” Comment.

April 30, 2012

YOU DON’T NEED A WEATHERMAN TO SEE WHICH WAY THE WIND IS BLOWING: Arianna Huffington: Obama’s bin Laden ad ‘despicable.’

April 30, 2012

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The New Reactionaries. “Twenty-first century progressivism is not aimed at political reform. There is no new effort at racial unity. There is not much realization that we are in a globalized, rapidly changing, high-tech economy or that race and gender are not as they were fifty years ago. Instead, progressivism has become a reactionary return to the 1960s—or even well before.”

April 30, 2012

IN THE MAIL: From Jonah Goldberg, The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas.

April 30, 2012

JOEL KOTKIN: The New Class Warfare: California’s superwealthy progressives seem intent on destroying middle-class jobs.

UPDATE: Related: Harvard’s ‘populist:’ Liz Warren’s pathetic pose.

April 30, 2012

MICKEY KAUS: Why The Volt’s Flopping. “Maybe the Chevy Volt’s problem isn’t Obama’s kiss-of-death endorsement, but instead simply that consumers don’t like plug-in hybrids. The plug-in version of the proven, reliable Toyota Prius isn’t selling either in Japan, where it was launched, according to Truth About Cars. Drivers might not want to have to plug their cars in. Simple as that. It’s an extra, unfamiliar hassle.”

I didn’t mind plugging in the Leaf, but that may be true.

UPDATE: Reader Richard Kaul writes: “Plug-ins face an uphill battle against reality. Let’s be honest, how many folks manage to get their cars in their garage? In the older section of town my relatives have a one car garage filled with stuff and 3 cars parked on the curb, while in the suburbs at least two of the three garage stalls are filled with stuff.”

You know, that’s a good point. We keep our cars in the garage, but when Knoxville got hit by golf-ball-sized hail last year, I was surprised how many people said they took damage when they weren’t able to get their car in the garage because it was full of junk.

April 30, 2012

A VERY POSITIVE REVIEW of Jonah Goldberg’s new book, The Tyranny of Cliches. I’m reading it now, for an InstaVision interview this week, and it is indeed very good.

April 30, 2012

TIM CAVANAUGH: How The L.A. Riots Changed Nothing. “The failure of community activism is on vivid display throughout South L.A., where neighborhoods thrive in almost exactly inverse proportion to the attention they get from activists. . . . If the riots have a lesson, it’s that people respond poorly to civil disorder and well to the rule of law. This is a simple lesson that got buried under 20 years of socialist hoodoo and activist baloney. But it’s never too late for a fresh start.”

April 30, 2012

CHANGE: Tax Court Blesses Tax-Free Technique for Parents to Transfer Family Business, Wealth to Their Children.

April 30, 2012

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Plus, 70% off on sunglasses.

And, today only, Ray-O-Vac Sportsman Xtreme LED Lantern, $17.99. Good for disaster prep.

April 30, 2012

OBAMA’S COLLEGE COP-OUT: I talk about student loans and the Higher Education Bubble in the New York Post.

April 30, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: High Noon In Beijing. Don’t worry. We’ve got “smart diplomacy” for this. No, really, this time. “That within a few months a leading Chinese official and a leading dissident should both have turned in extremis to American diplomats should, by the way, make Americans everywhere stand a little taller. We have somehow managed to acquire a reputation for honest dealing and political courage in China; it should be our goal to preserve that. There are times when it is appropriate to be proud of your country, and this is one of them.”

April 30, 2012

THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEKEND, if you were out, you know, having a life or something.

Dog-Eating President Jokes About Eating Dogs, Jim Treacher Tweets: I win.

America’s public pension disaster compared with Joe Nocera’s 401k debacle: “As I say, if people are too dumb to plan for their own retirements, they’re probably too dumb to plan for other people’s, too. And certainly there’s no evidence that the folks in Washington are any less dumb than the public at large.”

Michael Barone: Obama Is Losing His Rock Star Status With Younger Voters.

What’s better than 7 days of sex? Duh. 8 days of sex.

How Big Government Is Killing California.

Tradeoff: Obama Got Osama, But Lost The Middle East.

Good Samaritan remembers the LA Riots.

Why I am a poor correspondent.

“If it gets better, why is Dan Savage so bitter?”

Why Does MSNBC Compensate A Racist Like Sharpton?

Bill Clinton’s Osama Hypocrisy. Plus, a Breitbart reference.

Is the mainstreaming of survivalism the result of economic despair?

April 30, 2012

#GREENFAIL: Wind Farms Cause Warming?

April 30, 2012

DEMOGRAPHY AS DESTINY:

In Japan, birthrates are now so low and life expectancy so great that the nation will soon have a demographic profile that matches that of the American retirement community of Palm Springs. “Gradually but relentlessly,” the demographer Nick Eberstadt writes in the latest issue of The Wilson Quarterly, “Japan is evolving into a type of society whose contours and workings have only been contemplated in science fiction.”

Funny how the warnings of demographers are laughed off, while the warnings of climate scientists produce immediate calls for action. But what’s most revealing to me is the kind of sentiment displayed in the comments to the piece, such as “There are a DISGUSTING number of people on this earth.” And: “This column is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on a woman’s right to choose.”

And, unsurprisingly, this triumph of eliminationist hate speech:

Call me an America-hating but what better than declining birth rate among a ‘pathogen on the planet’ (Caldicott), hurling pan-global wars & arms & political meddling for its amerigoon-exceptionalist empire promoting a culture of Greed-Uber-Alles. More fundaMentalist Biblicalism we’re all so over?

Oikophobia lives. And Bob Zubrin is clearly on to something. Of course, quoting Helen Caldicott is an immediate I Am An Idiot! marker. . . .

UPDATE: Via email, Jim Bennett notes an irony:

So, “dumb rednecks breeding in their double-wides” turns out to be “America’s demographic secret weapon”?

Some people are obviously having a hard time with the necessary mental re-adjustment.

Heh.

April 30, 2012

POLITICAL FOOT-DRAGGING in the Jon Corzine probe? Well, he is one of Obama’s top bundlers. Plus: “Again, the probers no doubt want to do the right thing, but the heads of the investigative agencies can hardly be described as impartial. Many are presidential appointees or at least have a vested interest in helping Obama avoid a major embarrassment. The publicity hungry and hyper-ambitious Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District, as well as the heads of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, are all longtime Democrats. Some, like Bharara, are fairly partisan Democrats looking for bigger future jobs. They have much to gain if the investigation doesn’t blow up before Election Day — so it’s pretty convenient that they keep hitting what we’re told are dead ends.”

April 30, 2012

#BLUEFAIL: Ed Driscoll: Around The World In 80 Basis Points.

April 30, 2012

TENNESSEE TECH fails free speech test.

April 30, 2012

JERRY POURNELLE ON the Higher Education Bubble. “But the real question is, why does all this cost so much? My wife and I both worked our way through college, and all four of our boys got through without lifetime debts. In those days college tuition was high for prestige private colleges, but most people could afford state college or even state university tuition. . . . Tuition costs are going up. Even as we discover that for about half the college grads the education is useless.”

April 30, 2012

TWITTER, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM: An Infestation of Radical Flag-Spam Abusers. Twitter knows who’s doing this. It should cancel their accounts for abuse.

UPDATE: Twitter Eats Itself?

April 30, 2012

ANOTHER Church Attack In Northern Nigeria. While the Knights Templar slouch toward Rome, waiting to be reborn.

Actually, Martin Roth already has a series of novels along this line.

April 30, 2012

VIDEO: Kathleen Sebelius: Constitution? What’s that?

April 30, 2012

SALENA ZITO: Romney Seizing Pennsylvania Opportunity. “The Jacksonian-Jeffersonian voters who will swing this election in key battleground states are especially plentiful in the Keystone State and are most dissatisfied with the president’s performance. . . . An interesting juxtaposition in the data shows Americans want to be optimistic (the trend line on the economy is better and people tend to think the country’s best days are ahead) but they are staring reality in the face (jobs are hard to find, children won’t do as well in the future), so they feel pessimistic.”

April 30, 2012

JENNIFER RUBIN: Obama vs. The Rule of Law.

April 30, 2012

MORE ON ELIZABETH WARREN’S CLAIM OF “MINORITY” STATUS:

My contribution to this controversy is that there seems to be some disingenuousness going on. Warren says that she could not “recall” ever listing her Native American background when applying for college or a job.

The old AALS Directory of Faculty guides are online (through academic libraries) at Hein Online. The directories starting listing minority faculty in an appendix in 1986. There’s Elizabeth Warren, listed as a professor at Texas. I spot-checked three additional directories from when she was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, including 1995-96, the year Harvard offered her a position. Elizabeth Warren, Elizabeth Warren, Elizabeth Warren.

So, we know one thing with almost 100% certainty: Elizabeth Warren identified herself as a minority law professor. We know something else with 90%+ certainty: (at least some) folks at Harvard were almost certainly aware that she identified as a minority law professor, though they may not have known which ethnic group she claimed to be belong to, and it may not have played any role in her hiring.

But it gets even more interesting: once Warren joined the Harvard faculty, she dropped off the list of minority law faculty. Now that’s passing strange. When the AALS directory form came around before Warren arrived at Harvard, she was proud enough of her Native American ancestry to ask that she be listed among the minority law professors. (Or, in the unlikely even that she just allowed law school administrators to fill out the forms for her without reviewing them, they were aware that she claimed such ancestry, and she didn’t object when she was listed.) Once she arrived at Harvard, however, she no longer chose to be listed as a minority law professor.

Hmmm.

It’s almost as if, once she could no longer benefit from affirmative action, she didn’t want people to realize that she might have done so.

April 30, 2012

OVERSIGHT: Energy Committee Warns EPA Official He’ll be Hauled in to Testify. “Lawmakers warned the head of the EPA’s Dallas office that he will soon be invited before a congressional committee — and warned they’ll implement all means available to ensure his appearance — to answer for a 2010 video in which he talks about ‘crucifying’ oil and gas companies.”

April 30, 2012

RETROSPECTIVE: For 22 murder victims, LA Riots leave legacy of justice eluded. “The dead for whom justice remains elusive include a 15-year-old boy shot as he stood on a corner, a Good Samaritan who tried to douse flames set by a crowd of angry looters, a hard-working immigrant who insisted on making grocery deliveries even as his neighborhood burned, a suburban man shot when he came to check on his store and John Doe No. 80, whose identity may never be known.”

April 30, 2012

PROF. JACOBSON: Er, What Race Is An Illegal Alien, Exactly?

April 30, 2012

STREET VIEW SCANDAL UPDATE: “According to the FCC report, Google’s collection of Street View data was not the unauthorized act of a rogue engineer, as Google had portrayed it, but an authorized program known to supervisors and at least seven other engineers. The original proposal contradicts Google’s claim that there was no intent to gather payload data: ‘We are logging user traffic along with sufficient data to precisely triangulate their position at a given time, along with information about what they were doing.’”

April 29, 2012

WAS THERE A MEMO ON JOURNOLIST OR SOMETHING? Miami TV Reporter Fired For Separate But Similar Edit Of Zimmerman’s 911 Call.

April 29, 2012

ANYTHING THE GOVERNMENT GIVES YOU, the government can take away. “A majority of doctors support measures to deny treatment to smokers and the obese, according to a survey that has sparked a row over the NHS‘s growing use of ‘lifestyle rationing’.” I recommend a growing use of “tar-and-feathers discipline.” It’s an Anglo-American tradition!

April 29, 2012

FLIPPER FLOPS: “Suddenly Professor Krugman has fetched up singing the praises of President Reagan.”

April 29, 2012

FRANK BRUNI: Remember When A College Diploma Meant Something? Yes. But our ruling class debased the currency, as they debase all currencies they control.

April 29, 2012

HMM: Mysterious Objects Punching Holes In Weird Saturn Ring. “The discovery comes from detailed photos taken of the Saturn system by NASA’s Cassini orbiter. In these images, researchers spotted strange objects about a half-mile (kilometer) wide tearing through Saturn’s F ring, the thin outermost discrete ring around the planet.”

It’s the aliens again. Beware.

UPDATE: Several readers point out that Footfall started this way.

April 29, 2012

DESPERATION IS THE MOTHER OF CREATIVITY: Dick Lugar to target cell phones near Mourdock events. “Dick Lugar has announced that his campaign will target cell phone users browsing the internet in zip codes where Richard Mourdock events are taking place. The targeted ads will repeat the misleading claim, already debunked by FactCheck.org, that Mourdock cheated on taxes.” Nice job, Dick.

April 29, 2012

HEY, THEY’RE ONLY TAXPAYERS AND VOTERS: DOJ Employee Shows Contempt for Mississippi Citizens on Facebook.

April 29, 2012

MORE DAN SAVAGE BACKLASH. I wonder if Obama will distance himself? Heck, I wonder if MTV will? Will Savage’s college visits be met by protesters denouncing bigotry? You never know what those bitter-clinger slopehead types might get up to . . . .

April 29, 2012

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T TRUST TWITTER.

UPDATE: On Facebook, Alex Pournelle has a suggestion:

Business plan! Escrow accounts for your Twitter followers. When your account gets suspended, and they blink, and reinstate you, it auto-adds your followers back.

Permissions based, and allows you to watch for slamming, spoofing, and abuse.

Michelle Malkin should get working on this ASAP.

Well, she should.

April 29, 2012

SOOTHING: Walker Gains in Wisconsin: NYT Shields Readers From Distressing News. “Sometimes I wonder if the Times hasn’t been infiltrated by a group of stealth conservatives, a sleeper cell dedicated to making the left stupid and ineffectual. For liberals to be basking in a dream world in which OWS is effective and unions are fighting back and winning in Wisconsin is exactly what conservatives want. Look how it worked on Obamacare: not a serious liberal in the country thought the individual mandate could possibly be thought unconstitutional until, quite horribly, the Supreme Court justices started asking all those questions that the press had done its best to ignore.”

April 29, 2012

SPRING MARKDOWNS IN Patio, Lawn & Garden.

April 29, 2012

EIGHT LESSONS from the Republican primaries.

April 29, 2012

OUR FEARLESS WATCHDOG PRESS: CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux ready to throw her panties on stage at Correspondents’ Dinner. “Pressing issue of the day for an oh-so-esteemed journalist: look at our super cute shoes! Oh, do you think Obama will notice? Notice me, The One! Notice ME.”

April 29, 2012

NOW OUT: Edward Jay Epstein on Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Three Days in May: Sex, Surveillance, and DSK. (Bumped).

April 29, 2012

CHANGE: Microsoft backs away from CISPA support, citing privacy. Good.

April 29, 2012

BERKELEY UPDATE: Are you ready for the most ridiculous and pointless Occupation ever? “Last week, on Earth Day, the Occupy movement illegally took over an entire farm and transformed it into…a farm!”

April 29, 2012

THOUGHTS ON THE SPIN, from reader Michael Brendzel: “The way the apparatus are pushing the idea that Obama is ‘cool’ reminds me of how they parroted the idea that he was ‘smart’. I guess they feel they can’t sell that bill of goods anymore.”

April 29, 2012

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? THERE ARE LOTS OF NEW FACEBOOK APPS! When Will This Low-Innovation Internet Era End?

April 29, 2012

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS: Obama Has Already Held More Fundraisers Than Previous Five Presidents Combined.

April 29, 2012

AT OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LAB, saying goodbye to the Mail Robots.

April 29, 2012

MAMAS, DON’T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE paleontologists.

April 29, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: It’s Cool To Be In The Tank For Obama. “Reporters normally cast a jaundiced eye at a political campaign’s PR strategy. Yet they are eagerly parroting the Obama campaign’s talking point about how “cool” the president is.” Their first loyalty is to the apparat.

April 29, 2012

GOLFER-IN-CHIEF: No Girls, Please.

April 29, 2012

ANNALS OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: Hundreds of 5-year-old municipal vehicles found in Miami that were never used. “The county ‘discovered’ this fleet of no-mileage vehicles after reading about them in a Spanish-language newspaper there (see the source for more images). Most of the misplaced motorcade is made up of Toyota Prius hybrids whose warranties either expired with very few miles on the odo or will very soon.”

But remember — if you complain about government or taxes, it’s because you hate teh children.

April 29, 2012

AFRICA’S WAR OF RELIGION heats up. “Attacks apparently directed against Christians by radical groups claiming the mantle of Islam in Kenya and Nigeria yesterday illustrated the increasing polarization along Africa’s Christian-Muslim divide.” Very sad to see this. My brother spent a lot of time in Kano back in the 1990s and remembers it fondly. But then, I guess, the Saudi money came in.

April 29, 2012

MIKE GODWIN, COVER YOUR EARS. Feeling the results of gleichschaltung.

April 29, 2012

PROF. JACOBSON ON THE DANGERS OF “BLOGGER BURNOUT.” I’m still around. But I suppose it’ll get me too, someday. But today is not that day!

UPDATE: No, that doesn’t mean that I’m “grimly hanging on.” Quite the contrary at this point.

April 29, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: “I Have a Boyfriend, but I Want a Sugar Daddy, Too.”

April 29, 2012

AT AMAZON, Digital Deals.

Plus, over 100 mysteries on Kindle for 99 cents.

April 29, 2012

THIS WEEK IN MOTORCYCLE NEWS: Naked Rider Gets A Ticket For Not Wearing A Helmet.

April 29, 2012

DURHAM COUNTY D.A.’S OFFICE still an embarrassment.

April 29, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS turn into inventors.

April 29, 2012

IS THE MAINSTREAMING OF SURVIVALISM, the product of economic despair?

April 29, 2012

CHANGE: Commercial Space Shuttle Replacements Complete Wind Tunnel Testing. “Two of the companies competing in NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program have been busy in the wind tunnel. The overly secretive Blue Origin broke its silence this week with pictures of its unique capsule design and Sierra Nevada Corporation also released news of its Dream Chaser, completing scale model wind tunnel testing in Texas.”

April 29, 2012

TEST-DRIVING the new Audi S7. I drove the A7 last year and was quite impressed. The S7 should just be . . . moreso.

UPDATE: Reader Marc Greendorfer writes:

Interesting review you linked to on the new Audi S7. Likewise for your previous review on the A7.

We recently traded in our fairly new (2010) Audi A5 for a 2012 A7. I loved the A5, but it was my wife’s daily driver and for her 90+ mile daily commute, mostly on freeways, the smaller size and harsher ride of the sports oriented A5 was a problem. So with much regret on my part, she traded in the A5 for the A7.

The A5 had the 3.2 six cylinder with and the a7 has a 3.0 supercharged six cylinder with an eight speed automatic. We were always pleased with the mileage on the A5, especially given the level of performance it provided (usually in the low 20s in the city, high 20s on the freeway), but the significantly larger A7′s mileage is actually better that A5′s. City mileage is about the same but we’re getting a bit over 30 mpg on the freeway. I think a lot of this has to do with the 2 extra gears in the transmission, but it may also be that the 3.0 supercharged engine is more efficient generally. In any event, I was surprised to see the concern about fuel economy in your initial review of the A7, as it’s been a nice surprise for us.

And the rest of what you say about the A7 is definitely what we’re experiencing. It’s a big, comfortable, sporty ride with very adequate power and a lot of welcome tech features. The fact that it’s a hatchback (albeit one with a low roofline) makes it pretty much a do-everything vehicle for us. I suspect we will keep this Audi for a lot more than two years.

Sounds nice. Yes, the hatchback is a very useful feature.

April 29, 2012

IN THE MAIL: From Eric Flint, 1636: The Saxon Uprising.

April 29, 2012

LOVE FOR SALE? Well, maybe internships. You know, I just pointed out that I don’t have interns at InstaPundit, but I was missing the whole revenue-model approach . . . .

Also, a larger lesson: “School no longer prepares kids to either get or keep jobs, and internships are springing up to fill the gap. This is partly an indictment of our educational system and partly a statement about how the job market is changing.”

April 29, 2012

THIS SEEMS QUITE WRONG TO ME AS A MATTER OF FIRST AMENDMENT DOCTRINE: Facebook “likes” aren’t speech protected by the First Amendment–Bland v. Roberts.

April 29, 2012

CAMPAIGN ADS: The Audacity of Bubba.

Former President Bill Clinton appears in a new Obama campaign ad suggesting that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would not have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, even though Clinton himself repeatedly spurned opportunities to capture or kill the 9/11 mastermind.

Reuel Marc Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Washington Free Beacon that Clinton’s appearance in the ad was “just astonishing.”

“It’s pretty preposterous to suggest that he ran an aggressive counter-terrorism shop,” Gerecht said of Clinton. “Far, far from it. The notion that President Clinton was focused on the issue, was aggressive on the issue and was willing to really put his presidency on the line to go after bin Laden is absurd.”

In a 2006 interview on Fox News Sunday, Clinton animatedly claimed he “worked hard to try to kill [bin Laden].”

The facts suggest otherwise.

Yes, Clinton blew his shot at getting bin Laden before 9/11 — and when that was dramatized in The Path To 9/11, the Clintons used their influence to ensure that the made-for-TV movie never aired again. And it still hasn’t. It’s not available on DVD, either. (For more on this see Blocking The Path To 9/11 with Andrew Breitbart.)

Of course, any commercial where Bill Clinton is talking about honor and integrity is automatically a joke.

April 29, 2012

DAMON ROOT: The New York Times Flipflops on Judicial Restraint. “Shouldn’t the Times’ editorial board try a little harder to avoid openly contradicting itself like that?”

They’re just phoning this stuff in now.

April 29, 2012

WHO NEEDS A BOTTLEOPENER, when you can use a Buttleopener?

April 29, 2012

TRANSPARENCY: FCC Approves New Rule on Political TV Advertising.

The Federal Communications Commission approved new regulations Friday requiring broadcasters to publish political advertising data online, a move that could shed light on who is trying to influence elections amid unprecedented campaign spending.

Television stations already are required to track purchases of political advertising and make the information publicly available, but posting it on the Web will make it easier to access. Only stations affiliated with ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox in the top 50 media markets will be required to post data on new ad buys this year, with smaller stations expected to follow in 2014.

I’d like to see the New York Times’ advertising figures, too. Since they supported this rule, perhaps they’ll provide them. . . .