Archive for April, 2012

April 29, 2012

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April 29, 2012

DOG-EATING PRESIDENT JOKES ABOUT EATING DOGS. Jim Treacher tweets: I win. No blenders were mentioned, however.

Also: Jimmy Kimmel jabs Obama/Holder over Fast and Furious; most of D.C. media/Hollywood celebs scratch heads.

April 29, 2012

MORE ON THOSE UNDERFUNDED / OVER-GENEROUS PUBLIC PENSION PLANS: How Retirement Benefits May Sink the States.

Government retiree costs are likely to play an increasing role in the competition among states for business and people, because these liabilities are not evenly distributed. Some states have enormous retiree obligations that they will somehow have to pay; others have enacted significant reforms, or never made lofty promises to their workers in the first place.

Indiana’s debt for unfunded retiree health-care benefits, for example, amounts to just $81 per person. Neighboring Illinois’s accumulated obligations for the same benefit average $3,399 per person. Illinois is an object lesson in why firms are starting to pay more attention to the long-term fiscal prospects of communities. Early last year, the state imposed $7 billion in new taxes on residents and business, pledging to use the money to eliminate its deficit and pay down a backlog of unpaid bills (to Medicaid providers, state vendors and delayed tax refunds to businesses). But more than a year later, the state is in worse fiscal shape, with its total deficit expected to increase to $5 billion from $4.6 billion, according to an estimate by the Civic Federation of Chicago.

Rising pension costs will eat up much of the tax increase. Illinois borrowed money in the last two years to make contributions to its public pension funds. This year, under pressure to stop adding to its debt, the legislature must make its pension contributions out of tax money. That will cost $4.1 billion plus an additional $1.6 billion in interest payments on previous pension borrowings.

Business leaders are now speaking openly about Illinois’ fiscal failures.

Let’s just be thankful that the folks running our national budget don’t think the same way as . . . uh oh.

See, the thing is, some people say that people aren’t clever enough to plan for their own retirement. But what makes anyone believe that people can then be clever enough to plan for other people’s retirements?

Or as one commenter says:

So Nocera made bad, costly decision after bad, costly decision, and his conclusion is “The 401(K) is a failed experiment”?

Let me guess: the solution is a government-funded retirement for everyone. Yes, that’ll work out just fine. Nocera can retire, and I can pay for his retirement with my tax money.

Only if politicians value buying his vote more than yours.

UPDATE: Reader Joe Glandorf writes:

Nocera doesn’t seem to notice that defined benefit plans, both public and private, have failed and (for the public sector) are on the verge of failing, massively. Does he not know that all these beneficiaries will get downgraded from what they were “promised”? Yes, as recently as 20 years ago, managing a 401-k or IRA was expensive as well as challenging. Today, however, a complete investment novice can go on-line and quickly find a low cost, highly diversified, automatically re-balancing investment program from a number of sound investment firms (I use Vanguard) for one’s IRA if not an employer’s 401-k. These will, essentially, duplicate what any pension fund has historically done. The difference is that the beneficiary will know each step of the way where they REALLY stand and can control their spending and expectations accordingly. But that would take most people about 30 hours to do some thorough research. Apparently, this is too much for the Nocera’s of the world to expect from anyone; actually do some work understanding how to provide for your own financial security.

Of course, that won’t help you if you raid the fund to pay for new granite countertops. But then, that’s what our political leaders have been doing on a national scale for years.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader writes: “One recurring theme that I’ve noticed with 50-60 something NY Times columnists, and indeed men of that age in general, is that their financial woes involve a messy divorce earlier in their life. For people who are wondering why young men don’t ‘man up’ and marry, they may want to consider the effect of one example of divorce-induced financial ruin after another.” Well, that’s what the Insta-Wife’s forthcoming book is about.

And reader Jeff Randles emails: “If I raid my 401k then I’ve got the granite counter tops. If the government raids my 401k, then somebody else gets the granite counter tops.”

MORE: A reader who asks for anonymity comments: “Just wanted to point out that Teresa Ghilarducci was the Democrat operative that proposed the GRA to a congressional committee as a replacement for the 401K. That was what triggered the blogosphere backlash and the subsequent backpedaling of Democrats when it was suggested that they were trying to seize peoples’ 401K and IRA accounts. So having Joe Nocera quote her in his article about his 401K is a bit telling, don’t you think?”

MORE STILL: Reader Theodore Simon spots an irony:

‘What, then, will people do when they retire? I asked Ghilarducci. “Their retirement plan is faith based,” she replied. “They have faith that it will somehow work out.” ‘

Isn’t that precisely what Congressional Democrats always offer as their excuse for doing nothing to ensure the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare, that in the end, it will “somehow work out”?

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.

STILL MORE: Reader John Primmer writes:

Professor Reynolds: Isn’t it telling that when a 60 year old NYT columnist wakes up to the fact that he has messed up his retirement plans, he turns to a “behavioral economist at the New School.” And the advice he gets is “OMG this is truly a mess. We must devise a new system to fix it.” As another reader observed, you can go online and have access to gobs of information that can help you make sound investment decisions. Or you can call on financial consultants employed by dozens of low-cost brokers/custodians, such as Schwab, Fidelity, T Rowe Price, E Trade, et al. In contrast to most politicians, reputable financial advisors realize that their advice has consequences and they will be judged on their performance.

Heh. Indeed.

April 29, 2012

THE HILL: Senate Democrats plan another trap for Romney with female voters.

I think Romney should promise that, if elected, he will seek to extend sexual-harassment law to cover members of Congress. Then ask Senators where they stand on that issue . . .

April 29, 2012

RAND SIMBERG: Rectification Of Names. “The ‘War on Terror’ may be over but the fight against Islamism continues.”

April 29, 2012

ELIZABETH WARREN: “Funny, she doesn’t look Siouxish.”

April 29, 2012

CREEPING ISLAMIZATION? British Docs Busted For Offering Female Circumcision.

April 29, 2012

MARK STEYN: Democrats Should Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. “My point is that self-loathing cultural relativism is so deeply ingrained on the left that any revulsion to dog-eating is trumped by revulsion to criticizing any of the rich, vibrant, cultural diversity out there in Indonesia or anywhere else. Most polygamy in the developed world is nothing to do with Mormons: It’s widely practiced by western Muslims, whose plural marriages are recognized de facto by French and Ontario welfare departments and de jure by Britain’s pensions department. But ‘edgy’ ‘transgressive’ leftie comics on sad, pandering standup shows will reserve their polygamy jokes for Mormons until the last stern-faced elder in Utah keels over at the age of 112.” Or until Mormons start sawing off heads. Transgressiveness has its limits.

Plus this:

Obama’s appetite for dogs isn’t as critical as his appetite for spending and statism. But it was part of his cool. “Mitt Romney isn’t cool,” declared Brian Montopoli of CBS News this week in a story headlined “Can Mitt Romney Make Boring Sexy”? For economically beleaguered Americans, the more pertinent question is: “Can Barack Obama Make Cool Affordable”? It’s not just that Obama ate the dog, but that he’s screwing the pooch.

Indeed.

April 29, 2012

MICHAEL BARONE: Obama Is Losing His Rock-star Status Among Young Voters.

April 29, 2012

SWIM CALL: “ARABIAN SEA (April 24, 2012) A Sailor jumps from an aircraft elevator during an all-hands swim call aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan P. Idle).” Cool pic.

April 29, 2012

MIGUEL OCTAVIO: Notes From A Visit To Revolutionary Venezuela. I hope he’s right about Chavez’s prospects.

April 28, 2012

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April 28, 2012

HMM: “That’s how I might expect a very far-left fringe candidate to describe our successful mission to kill the head of al Qaeda.”

April 28, 2012

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April 28, 2012

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April 28, 2012

HMM: U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran.

April 28, 2012

A DAN SAVAGE SCANDAL Twitter Roundup.

April 28, 2012

MARTIN ROTH: How a Misunderstanding with Instapundit Led to the First Directory of Christian Bloggers.

April 28, 2012

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Does 7 Days Of Sex Really Work?

So are we back to the whole maintenance sex thing? Not quite the same.

April 28, 2012

ROLAND MARTIN MELTDOWN, DAY TWO. I’d be more interested if I’d ever seen Roland Martin.

April 28, 2012

DAVID SWINDLE ON The hatred of Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies.

April 28, 2012

NO SECRET SERVICE CAREERS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS INTERVIEW: ‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger. Tracy Quan talks with the maker of a “surprisingly accurate” documentary about prostitution around the world.

April 28, 2012

HOW BIG GOVERNMENT is killing California. “When you’ve lost the entrepreneurs, free-spirits, and dreamers, you’ve lost the Golden State.”

April 28, 2012

RETROSPECTIVE: L.A. riots: Good Samaritan remembers his scary truck-driver rescue.

In one of the most disturbing images from the Los Angeles riots, six black assailants dragged Reginald Denny, a 33-year-old truck driver, out of his cab in South Los Angeles and bashed his head in with a brick. A television chopper broadcast the violence live. The attack happened shortly after not-guilty verdicts were handed down in the racially charged trail of the police beating of Rodney King, which kicked off six days of rioting that left dozens dead and thousands injured.

About a mile and a half away, Titus Murphy and his then-girlfriend Terri Barnett were watching the Denny attack on live television. Murphy, who was an unemployed engineer at the time, couldn’t believe what he saw.

“When this gentleman was getting beat something was just telling me this isn’t right, this isn’t what it’s all about,” he told Yahoo News 20 years later. “When he got hit in the head with the brick something told me to go down there. I just reacted.”

Read the whole thing. But I don’t think you can blame this on a “class of have-nots.” At least, if the races were reversed, you wouldn’t be getting socioeconomic excuses.

April 28, 2012

SO I GOT AN EMAIL LAST NIGHT THAT OPENED THIS WAY: “Hello Professor (or whichever intern may be reading this).”

I don’t have any email-reading interns. (In fact, I don’t have any interns at all.) That means I miss a lot of email, since I get something like 1500 emails a day. But I prefer to miss stuff randomly rather than subject it to some sort of systematic filtering. Alas, I’ve been busier than usual these last few months, which means I’ve been an even worse correspondent than usual. Sorry! I do my best, but there’s no way I can read, much less respond to, all the email I get.

April 28, 2012

TRUE THE VOTE, DAY TWO: Breitbart Is Here.

April 28, 2012

EXPIRATION DATE, HIT: Obama yesterday: #DontDoubleMyRate; Obama today: Let the rates double!

April 28, 2012

SPEAKING TRUTH to power.

April 28, 2012

THIS WEEK IN THE FUTURE.

April 28, 2012

SIGNS OF A CULTURAL SHIFT: I got an Amazon recommendation for Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios. This disaster-prep stuff used to just be for Soldier of Fortune types. Now, it’s mainstream.

April 28, 2012

MOORE’S LAW LIVES ANOTHER DAY: “After Monday’s launch of Intel’s newest line of processors, named Ivy Bridge, Moore’s prediction is still looking sound. The chips are the first to become available from any company with features as small as 22 nanometers (the finest details on today’s chips are 32 nanometers), allowing transistors to be smaller and packed more densely. Ivy Bridge chips offer 37 percent more processing speed than the previous generation of chips, and can match their performance while using just half the energy.”

April 28, 2012

DANIEL BLATT: If It Gets Better, Then Why Is Dan Savage So Bitter?

Related: Anti-bullying hero bullies conference of school children.

UPDATE: Savage responds with non-apology.

Plus, from Ann Althouse: “My question is whether the school engages in viewpoint discrimination. Does it bring in other speakers who present other interpretations of the Bible? I doubt it.”

April 28, 2012

ED DRISCOLL: Audio Interview: Whit Stillman Discusses His Damsels In Distress.

April 28, 2012

SLOWING COGNITIVE DECLINE with strawberries and blueberries.

April 28, 2012

WELL, THAT NARROWS IT DOWN: Gas may hit $6 mark, or maybe pump prices have peaked.

April 28, 2012

HMM: Mitochondrial DNA that escapes from autophagy causes inflammation and heart failure. So is there a way to block that?

April 28, 2012

IN THE MAIL: The Great Experiment: The States, the Feds, and Your Healthcare.

April 28, 2012

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN THIS WOULD HAPPEN, AND THEY WERE RIGHT! U.S. Doesn’t Need To Know A Person’s Name to Kill Him in a Drone Strike.

April 28, 2012

PROF. JACOBSON: Obama Got Osama, But Lost The Middle East. It does seem to be working out that way, alas.

April 28, 2012

THE HILL: Republican floats measure calling on official to resign over “crucify” remarks.

April 28, 2012

THE BEST WAY TO BE A SOCIALIST.

April 28, 2012

ANN ALTHOUSE: Why aren’t we all talking about the “secret plan to evacuate some residents of Chicago in the event of major trouble during the NATO summit next month”? Well, I did have a post last week, though this sounds bigger.

But really: If the Obama Administration can’t keep his hometown safe for residents during a NATO summit, what can it do?

April 28, 2012

COOL IS AS COOL DOES: GOP-Controlled Legislature Passes a Medical Marijuana Bill; Democratic Governor Plans to Veto It.

April 28, 2012

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April 28, 2012

JOEL KOTKIN: As California Collapses, Obama Follows Its Lead.

April 28, 2012

NEW YORK SUN: Geithner Crosses the Line Into the Political Fray as a Particularly Partisan Treasury Secretary.

April 28, 2012

IT TURNED OUT TO BE BEDBUG BITES: Monkeypox Scare Grounds Flight In Chicago.

April 28, 2012

BIG STICK, OR TWIG? Memo Reveals The ‘Gutsy’ Bin Laden Call That Wasn’t.

Like so many others, the final decision to pull the trigger on the world’s most-wanted man was delegated to an admiral who undoubtedly would have been thrown under the bus had the mission failed.

It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s leadership and foreign policy bona fides were allegedly established by the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. A campaign film narrated by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks tells of the president’s alleged solitary, agonizing decision.

With apologies to Vice President Biden, maybe President Obama doesn’t carry quite as big a stick as Joe would lead us to believe.

As reported by Big Peace, Time magazine has obtained a memo written by Leon Panetta, then-director of the Central Intelligence Agency and now-Secretary of Defense, that says “operational decision-making and control” was really in the hands of William McRaven, a three-star admiral and former Navy SEAL.

Hmm.

April 28, 2012

SOMEHOW, I MISSED THIS LAST WEEK: In apparent first, a public pension plan files for bankruptcy.

April 28, 2012

GOOD QUESTION: Rosenbaum Rep: ‘Why Does MSNBC Compensate a Racist Like Sharpton?’

April 28, 2012

WHEN SARAH PALIN TALKED ABOUT “TARGETING” THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BEYOND THE PALE, BUT NOBODY CARES ABOUT THIS: Sharpton Sows Seeds of Next L.A. Riot.

April 28, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Congress Is Making The Higher Education Bubble Worse.

By keeping the price of loans artificially low, Congress will make the value of getting a college degree appear to be worth more than it really is, thereby encouraging more students and their families to take out more loans. That means more demand for college, resulting in higher tuition. So Congress is putting more air into the higher-ed bubble.

So why are lawmakers doing it? The simple answer is the election is six months away, college loans are, in effect, a middle-class subsidy, and neither political party wants to upset loads of middle-class voters. And with all the emphasis both sides are putting on attracting young voters, they especially don’t want to anger them by increasing the price of college.

The somewhat more complicated answer is that politicians know that they are not likely to be blamed if the bubble does eventually burst. The economist Thomas Sowell once told me, “People ask me, after something like the housing bubble, don’t members of Congress ever learn? And I reply, ‘Of course they learn. They learn they can get away with it!’”

Indeed.

April 28, 2012

IT’S THOSE SUITS: Charlie Cook on Obama: ‘We have kind of a metrosexual president.’

April 28, 2012

PEGGY NOONAN: Republicans are aggravated by Obama. They should cheer up. So is everyone else.

Republicans are worried about the power of incumbency, and it is a real power. Presidents command the airwaves, as they used to say. If they want to make something the focus of national discussion, they usually can, at least for a while. And this president is always out there, talking.

But—and forgive me, because what I’m about to say is rude—has anyone noticed how boring he is? Plonking platitude after plonking platitude. To see Mr. Obama on the stump is to see a man at the podium who’s constantly dribbling away the punch line. He looks pleasant but lacks joy; he’s cool but lacks vigor. A lot of what he says could have been said by a president 12 or 20 years ago, little is anchored to the moment. As he makes his points he often seems distracted, as if he’s holding a private conversation in his head, noticing crowd size, for instance, and wishing the front row would start fainting again, like they used to.

I listen to him closely and find myself daydreaming: This is the best-tailored president since JFK. His suits, shirts and ties are beautifully cut from fine material. This is an elegant man. But I shouldn’t be thinking about that, I should be thinking about what a powerful case he’s making for his leadership. I’m not because he’s not.

The suits are nice, but they’re empty.

April 28, 2012

DALAI LAMA: You know who I love? George W. Bush!

April 28, 2012

CHANGE: Amazon.com agrees to begin collecting Texas sales taxes.

April 27, 2012

INDIANA: Pro-Lugar SuperPAC calls it quits.

April 27, 2012

CHANGE: President who tried to prosecute the men who waterboarded KSM to find Bin Laden now spiking the football over killing Bin Laden. Don’t be too hard on him. He doesn’t have much else to brag about.

Plus: “And this will come as a shock: That Romney quote is crap. . . . I also like that they included Wolf Blitzer’s question, but not the answer. Obama thinks you’re stupid. And if you voted for him, he’s right.”

Related: FLASHBACK: Obama Campaign Accused Clinton Of Using Bin Laden To ‘Score Political Points’ In 2008.

April 27, 2012

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April 27, 2012

HYPOCRISY ALERT: Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens.

April 27, 2012

BLOG COMMENT OF THE DAY: “It’s not a coincidence. Politicians, pundits, and professional, revolving-door bureacrats are 100% revenge of the f*cking nerds. Every loser in high school or college that just knew he was smarter and better than everyone else is in DC practicing politics, writing about politics, and arbitrarily f*cking up the lives of everyone else with regulations just because they can.”

Of course, I also kind of liked this one: “After the Singularity, Glenn will stop quoting the poem.”

April 27, 2012

WHO? CNN’s Roland Martin Exposes Himself.

April 27, 2012

JEFF JARVIS’S BOOK, Gutenberg The Geek, is free on Kindle today.

April 27, 2012

BYRAN PRESTON REPORTS FROM THE TRUE THE VOTE SUMMIT: What’s an Election Security Summit Without a Leftist Protest? Why should they be for ballot integrity when they’re not for any other kind?

April 27, 2012

MORE ENTHUSIASM for Mia Love.

April 27, 2012

I DUNNO, SHE’S A LOT WHITER THAN GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: Elizabeth Warren, Affirmative Action Baby?

Plus, I, for one, salute Harvard Law School for having the courage to hire Professor Dances-With-Occupiers. In her defense, most people with Cherokee ancestry would be hard pressed to produce paperwork to prove it. To be a member of the tribe officially, you’ve got to trace yourself to an ancestor on the Dawes Roll, but plenty of bona fide Cherokees were never on that registry, and many — quite possibly most — people with Cherokee ancestry don’t belong to the tribe. And plenty look thoroughly white, though perhaps not as white as Elizabeth Warren.

April 27, 2012

BOB OWENS: So You Want To Own A Gun (Part Two).

April 27, 2012

WHAT’S THE BEST POSITION FOR CANDIDATES TO TAKE ON ARIZONA’S IMMIGRATION LAW?

The Obama administration fought this law, in what culminated in an embarrassing performance at the Supreme Court this week. And Chuck Schumer’s saying that if the Supreme Court upholds Arizona’s law, the Democrats in Congress will rise up and kill it. But polls show that a big majority of Americans — and about half of Hispanic-Americans — support what Arizona has done — even after extensive efforts by the Democrats+MSM to make us all feel as though only terrible, racist people think Arizona’s okay.

The whole racist thing doesn’t seem to be working for them like it used to. Plus, what Barack Obama said in 2008.

April 27, 2012

TV’S ANDY LEVY on why Obama isn’t cool.

UPDATE: Reader Morgan McArthur writes: “Not that you’re in the business of starting twitter memes, but #obamaiscool could be a fun one, it’s an existing hashtag out there. I went with a real easy one first.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Background: Why Liberals Are The New Squares.

April 27, 2012

INSTAPUNDIT READER PLEASED WITH INSTAPUNDIT READER’S BOOK: Reader Mary Daly writes about The Baby Moose and His Undersea Friends:

Based on your recommendation, I ordered this book for my great nephews but had it delivered to me first. I’m delighted to say that the story is charming and instructive, and the illustrations are unusually good – very colorful, funny and imaginative. I highly recommend it to doting grandparents, aunts and uncles: your little ones will love it.

Glad to be of service.

April 27, 2012

WALTER HUDSON: 8 Reasons Why Today’s Occupiers Are Tomorrow’s Tea Partiers.

April 27, 2012

ADVICE TO STUDENTS FROM DON SURBER: If you are studying to be a journalist, switch majors and get a useful education in something involving science because there is no money in journalism.

April 27, 2012

WHEN STUDENTS DIE, but their student loan debt lives on.

April 27, 2012

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April 27, 2012

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April 27, 2012

MATT WELCH: Seriously, This Is What’s Passing for Liberal Political Discourse These Days. Well, what else are they going to talk about, really? Love the photo.

Plus, from the comments, the best take on Obama yet: “If only he had the enlightened views of Dick Cheney on gay marriage and Pat Robertson on marijuana.”

And dude, we’re not “outraged,” we’re contemptuous. Do try to keep up.

April 27, 2012

MAN BITES DOG: Joe Biden makes dumb, insulting joke about Secret Service.

April 27, 2012

THUG-IN-CHIEF: Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney’s campaign. “Richard Nixon’s ‘enemies list’ appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice. Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules.”

As I’ve said before, presidents act “presidential” not because they’re stuffy sticks in the mud, but because it’s smart. Barack Obama isn’t smart, and this thuggish approach will not redound to his benefit. But it’s not like he wasn’t warned.

April 27, 2012

#GREENFAIL: Who Is EPA Crucifixion Chief Al Armendariz?

April 27, 2012

A PACK, NOT A HERD: Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store.

April 27, 2012

PIRATES: Video: ‘Anti-Piracy Curtain’ Makes Boarding Ships a Wet, Dangerous Mess for Pirates.

I don’t get this first sentence, though: “It’s perfectly understandable why commercial shipping vessels are prohibited from carrying arms in international waters.” Really? Why is that?

April 27, 2012

IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN’T STOP THE PRESIDENT’S BODYGUARDS FROM DRINKING AND WHORING, WHAT CAN WE TRUST IT TO DO? More Secret Service sexcapades coming to light.

April 27, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDITION: UC-Hastings Reduces Incoming Class by 20%, Cuts 27 Staff Positions.

April 27, 2012

WANTED: Robots To Evacuate Soldiers From Future Battlefields.

April 27, 2012

HELPING THE HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE ALONG: Millenials’ Financial Illiteracy.

April 27, 2012

BALLOT DIRTY TRICKS in Wisconsin? The old corrupt machine certainly has pulled out all the stops. And the press is mostly helping. It’s almost as if the press is part of the old corrupt machine.

April 27, 2012

#OBAMAFAIL: 59% View Money-Losing Auto Bailouts As a Failure.

April 27, 2012

IT’S TIME TO PLAY NAME THAT PARTY! This story in the New York Times about the sentencing of New York State Senator Carl Kruger for corruption omits any mention of his party affiliation. And, sure enough, it turns out he’s a Democrat. Thanks to reader Thaddeus Perry for pointing this out.

April 27, 2012

SCIENCE: Women exercise less than men, study finds. “On average, women in the study did 18 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily, while men did 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily, according to the study.”

April 27, 2012

DON SURBER HANGS IT UP. “After 7 years of blogging, I am quitting. I am exhausted. It was simply too much work.” You were damn good at it, too, and we’ll miss you. But I understand.

April 27, 2012

EUROPE: Spanish Economy In “Huge Crisis” After Credit Downgrade.

April 27, 2012

OBAMA’S STUDENT LOAN DEBT CLAIM not looking so good.

April 27, 2012

IN THE MAIL: The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet.

April 27, 2012

DO TELL: Twitter Becomes A Key Real-Time Tool for Campaigns. Just ask Jim Treacher, who has been crowned Twit-In-Chief.

April 27, 2012

PUSHBACK: Boehner: Obama should pay back taxpayers for campaign-style trip costs. Well, when even the friendly media is joking about Obama’s travel, it’s an issue.

April 27, 2012

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DEMOCRATIC MODERATES?

One of the favorite themes of mainstream media, the Obama campaign (when not accusing Mitt Romney of being a flip-flopper) and liberal pundits is that the Republican Party is in the grips of the right wing. But the irony is rich here: While the GOP is nominating the least right-wing of the presidential candidates, the Democratic faithful are purging moderates from their party.

If you don’t believe me, go read the New York Times.

No, really.

April 27, 2012

ABOVE THE LAW: When Will We Stop Punishing Children For Being Children? When adults start being adults.

April 27, 2012

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April 27, 2012

ILYA SOMIN: The Potential Impact of the People’s Rights Amendment Goes Far Beyond Restricting Freedom of Speech. It’s a horrible idea. And the name sounds like something from the 1968 SDS. Which is pretty fitting, actually . . .

April 27, 2012

ANDREW KLAVAN AND BILL WHITTLE: Barack Obama: The Road We Really Traveled. Hey, this reminds me of Mystery Science Theater.