Archive for June, 2012

June 30, 2012

SHOCKER: Heated Butter Knife Cuts Butter Like A Hot Knife Through Butter.

June 30, 2012

HOW WILL OBAMA CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY? With a fundraiser in Paris. Naturellement.

UPDATE: Let me be clear: It’s the Obama Campaign. Obama himself won’t be in Paris.

June 30, 2012

STACY MCCAIN remains on the Kimberlin case. “Anything that Kimberlin says must be presumed false.”

June 30, 2012

RASA MALAYSIA: A website featuring easy Chinese recipes.

June 30, 2012

WELL, ISN’T THAT SPECIAL: Among Swedish Men, Chlamydia Is A Badge Of Honor.

June 30, 2012

AT AMAZON, BESTSELLERS IN SCIENCE FICTION. Interesting to see Lucifer’s Hammer on the list.

June 30, 2012

JOHN ROBERTS AND LONG-TERM STRATEGY. Here’s a thought: Perhaps he expects the Court to overturn Section Five of the Voting Rights Act next year, and thought it inexpedient to have that follow a striking-down of ObamaCare.

June 30, 2012

DAILY CALLER: ‘ATF Needs To F–k These Guys:’ Issa, Grassley release details about Fast and Furious whistleblower retaliation, cover-up.

June 30, 2012

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, AFTER ALL: Cyborg Makes Art Using Seventh Sense.

June 30, 2012

AT AMAZON, loads of special MP3 deals.

June 30, 2012

GOOGLE GLASS TEAM: Wearable Computing Will Be The Norm.

We have a pretty powerful processor and a lot of memory in the device. There’s quite a bit of storage on board, so you can store images and video on board, or you can just live stream it out. We have a see-through display, so it shows images and video if you like, and it’s all self-contained. It has a camera that can collect photographs or video. It has a touchpad so it can interact with the system, and it has gyroscope, accelerometers, and compasses for making the system aware in terms of location and direction. It has microphones for collecting sound, it has a small speaker for getting sound back to the person who’s wearing it, and it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And GPS.

This is the configuration that most likely will ship to the developers, but it’s not 100 percent sure that this is the configuration that will we ship to the broader consumer market.

Anyone who’s read Rainbows End or Daemon will want them, for sure.

June 30, 2012

WHEN A UNIVERSITY OFFERS A DEGREE IN “POP CULTURE,” is it “perilously close to child abuse?” Personally, I don’t think that college students are children. But if schools were on the hook for student-loan defaults, how many do you think would offer majors like this?

June 30, 2012

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Solid state synthetic molecular machine points to advanced nanotechnology.

Canadian chemists have induced a metal-organic framework to self-assemble and function as a molecular wheel on an axle in a solid state material. From a University of Windsor news article “Chemists break new ground in molecular machine research: “A graduate student and his team of researchers have turned the chemistry world on its ear by becoming the first ever to prove that tiny interlocked molecules can function inside solid materials, laying the important groundwork for the future creation of molecular machines.”

Faster, please.

June 30, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: True Love: It Begins In The Mirror.

June 30, 2012

BOY, WHO SAW THIS ONE COMING? Another subsidized solar company craters. “Abound Solar, a Loveland, Colorado-based maker of thin-film cadmium telluride solar modules has announced it will file for bankruptcy protection and suspend its operation. It’s the latest failure of an energy company that had received funding under the Department of Energy’s loan program.”

June 30, 2012

PROGRESS: “Spray-On” Photovoltaic Windows: And a manufacturing breakthrough.

June 30, 2012

TEST-DRIVING THE 2013 Honda Fit EV. “The Fit EV proves that there is room for a fun-to-drive electric vehicle that doesn’t cost as much as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And its range of 82 miles and 118 mpge fuel economy beats its competitors. The fact that this is a only a lease program for the 2013 and 2014 model years leads us to imagine that perhaps an even more powerful and efficient version will be right around the corner, especially as the gas Fit is due to be redesigned soon. Perhaps we’ll see an all-new Fit, Fit Hybrid, and Fit EV. That’s a lineup that looks awfully smart to us.”

June 30, 2012

A NEW MAC OSX VIRUS, which appears to originate in China.

June 30, 2012

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: DO CANADIANS EVER THREATEN TO MOVE TO THE UNITED STATES? “Not really. They just move here.”

June 30, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Grants, Loans Fuel Higher Education Bubble. “Students are paying less and less of direct college costs, relying more on government grants and loans. That has encouraged universities to jack up tuition expenses, fueling a vicious circle reminiscent of the housing bubble. U.S. universities charged students $190 billion in 2001-02 for tuition, fees, room and board and more, according to data from Sallie Mae. By 2010-11 that had more than doubled to $410 billion. Even after adjusting for inflation, student charges shot up 72%.”

Say, did I mention I’ve got a book out on this subject?

June 30, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Are You In Love or Lust? Depends on Which Part of the Brain Is Activated. “Two parts of the brain, the insula and the striatum, are responsible for tracking the way in which sexual desire develops into feelings of love, researchers said. Lust triggers parts of the brain that control pleasurable feelings, associated with sex and food, but love triggers parts of the brain associated with habits.”

June 30, 2012

HYBRID UPDATE: Ford C-Max Hybrid will get 47 mpg, better than Toyota Prius V.

June 30, 2012

JIM LINDGREN & ROSS STOLZENBERG: Retirement and Death in Office of U.S. Supreme Court Justices. “Computing robust standard errors with adjustments for clustering by justice, we find that the odds that a justice will retire (or resign or take senior status) in the first two years of the term of a president of the same political party as the president who first appointed him to the Court are about 2.6 times the odds of retiring under a president of the opposing party in the last two years of his presidential term.”

June 30, 2012

IN THE MAIL: If Not Us, Who?: William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement.

June 30, 2012

CLAYTON CRAMER: Violence Policy Center’s Concealed Carry Killers: Less than it Appears. Do not trust content from Violence Policy Center.

More here.

June 30, 2012

TWITTER FEED OF THE DAY: 50 Sheds Of Grey. It’s about sheds.

June 30, 2012

THE PROBLEM IS, THE WAY WE DID IT PROVIDED INSUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRAFT: US Carbon Output Forecasts Shrink Again.

Much to the surprise (and, one suspects, the chagrin) of the deranged doomsaying wing of the environmental movement, new forecasts of US CO2 emission are out and they point to an even steeper drop than the last set of predictions.

No cap and trade, no huge new taxes on oil, no draconian driver restrictions, no air conditioning bans, no rationing — and the US is on track to cut its CO2 emissions 17 percent below the 2005 levels by 2020 — and to keep cutting our emissions levels beyond that.

And this news doesn’t come from embattled climate skeptics banished to the fringes of the scientific community; these numbers come from the Obama administration and are sitting right up on Don Lashof’s well respected blog at the National Resource Defense Council website. Take a look for yourselves.

So, to summarize, the United States of America basically blew the global greens off completely, trampling all over their carbon tax and cap and trade agendas, and earning wails and shrieks of hatred at the Rio+20 Summit — while making huge strides toward reducing CO2 emission levels.

It’s almost as if there is no connection between the green policy agenda and environmental progress.

Next you’ll be telling me that Solyndra was a scam.

June 30, 2012

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: EPA official who quit over ‘crucify’ remarks hired by green group. Revolving doors and mutual back-scratching.

June 30, 2012

MOVIES & TV: New Stuff on Blu-Ray.

June 30, 2012

BILL WHITTLE: Afterburner: Fast and Furious: Follow The Ideology.

June 30, 2012

ZIMMERMAN’S ATTORNEY: Trayvon Martin killed ‘because of his own doing.’

June 30, 2012

THE SUPREME COURT SAYS “YOU LIE:” White House Already Denying That Mandate Is A Tax. If you deny that it’s a tax, you admit that it’s unconstitutional. . . .

June 30, 2012

ECO-HYPOCRISY from Nanny Bloomberg.

June 30, 2012

A POSSIBLE NEW LOGO FOR THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN — artwork by Zombie.

June 30, 2012

RIC LOCKE SAYS THANK YOU: “My normal response to donations is to reply to each one with a ‘thank you’. In this case, that won’t be very practical — several thousand such replies would be necessary, and having to wade through them one at a time (the only way I can do it with my email program) would sort of cancel the good effects.”

June 30, 2012

IS THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE A “TAX” UNDER THE ORIGINAL MEANING?

June 30, 2012

REPAIR SQUAD: Randy Barnett says Roberts’ tax power argument is “lame” but “easily fixed.”

June 30, 2012

SHOCKER: Eric Holder’s Justice Department Won’t Prosecute Eric Holder for Contempt.

UPDATE: Related: Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious.’

June 30, 2012

DAVID BERNSTEIN: Is This 1936?

June 30, 2012

ED RENDELL: ObamaCare’s “an albatross around our neck.”

June 29, 2012

ADVICE: Save The ObamaCare Adrenalin for Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts.

June 29, 2012

BUT OF COURSE: “You were just held in criminal contempt of Congress, Eric Holder. What are you going to do next?” “I’m goin’ to Disney World!”

June 29, 2012

SO, AM I REALLY the Paul Harvey of the Internet?

June 29, 2012

AT AMAZON, summer entertaining supplies.

June 29, 2012

WHAT TO DO when your Twitter account gets compromised.

June 29, 2012

AT AMAZON, coupons galore in Home Improvement.

June 29, 2012

FIRST FEMALE TAIKONAUT: It’s Good To Stand On Earth.

In other space news: World’s most powerful rocket launches secret US satellite.

June 29, 2012

ANDREW MCCARTHY: Fast And Furious Noose Tightens Around Justice Department. “Explosive reports are now surfacing that Justice Department officials clearly knew about the Fast and Furious ‘gunwalking’ tactic, in which the federal government — actually, a task force comprised of Justice Department agencies and led by ATF, a Justice Department agency — allowed upwards of 1400 illegally purchased firearms to be routed to violent Mexican drug gangs. This recklessness led, quite foreseeably, to the murder of at least one federal agent, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and probably a second, Homeland Security Agent Jaime Zapata. There are reportedly also scores of victims in Mexico.”

UPDATE: Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record.

June 29, 2012

RALLYING AGAINST OBAMACARE TOMORROW at the Utah State Capitol.

June 29, 2012

I AM A LIMITED RESOURCE: Reader Doug Martin emails:

I’ve been reading your blog for something like 12 years. I’ve sent you about 4 email with comments on your posts during this time. None got any play on your site, while they seemed (to me) to be pertinent to the conversation. Can you tell me, are my comments just lame, or is the volume just too much to focus? On the blog will be fine… Others might have had the same experience, and it would be nice to set expectations for others who are fans of your commentary. Keep it up.

Yeah, sorry. The problem is that I get more email than I can read. I do my best, but I miss a lot. I hope that I don’t miss anything too important, but that’s not always true either. (Somebody sent me on-the-scene pics of the Deepwater Horizon explosion but I didn’t see them until days later when he complained.) I could pay someone to read my email — I think Andrew Sullivan does that — but I’d rather miss stuff un-systematically than have things filtered in ways I might not even fully understand. I do read more email than I have time to post or reply to, but by no means all of it. Sorry, there’s just one of me.

UPDATE: Reader Rob Ritchie writes: “Have we reached Peak Instapundit?” Yeah, pretty much.

June 29, 2012

HMM: SideCar puts car sharing, hitchhiking, personal taxis into new app.

June 29, 2012

IN FOREIGN POLICY, A SUGGESTION THAT THE “SMART DIPLOMACY” ISN’T DOING SO WELL: Putin’s Got America Right Where He Wants It: And that’s bad news for Obama.

Last week’s G-20 summit was the first time U.S. President Barack Obama had seen his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, since 2009. An account of their long, loveless meeting on the sidelines of the conference, along with photographs of their unhappy tête-a-tête, was splashed on the front page of the New York Times. The real story belonged in the obituary section: The “reset,” Obama’s attempt to mend relations with Putin’s Russia, is dead. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed it.

But the two countries’ fundamental disagreement about what to do about Assad, the dictator whose bloody attempts to suppress a popular revolt has resulted in the deaths of 14,000 Syrians, was only the last straw for a policy that has been on life support since its inception. On a vast array of issues — ranging from human rights to Iran to the territorial integrity of the post-Soviet states — Russian behavior has consistently been a thorn in the side of the United States and its allies. The reset only provided Obama with a justification to cover his retreat in the face of Russia’s advance.

Can you say “Carterized?”

June 29, 2012

CHANGE: Next Gen Terror-Watchers Go Deep Into Al-Qaida, Tweet a Lot.

June 29, 2012

HMM: Science Says: Don’t Date The Muscular Guy. I’m skeptical, and the Jersey Shore references don’t help.

June 29, 2012

POLL: VOTERS DISLIKE SUPREME COURT’S OBAMACARE RULING. “Voters are reacting in broadly negative ways to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the legislation known as Obamacare, a new Newsweek/Daily Beast poll finds, with a majority disapproving of the ruling, fearing health-care costs and taxes will rise, and preferring Mitt Romney to President Obama on the issue. . . . Only 24 percent of those polled said that they believe the ruling will make the country better off.”

I wonder if this will hurt the Supreme Court’s legitimacy . . . .

June 29, 2012

WHAT COULD BE YUMMIER? Python for dinner? 3 top local chefs to cook invasive species.

I approve of this approach.

June 29, 2012

HEH: Just What The Doctor Ordered.

June 29, 2012

SECURITY: Texas Students Hijack a U.S. Government Drone in Midair. “The U.S. government, understandably, doesn’t want its drone technology to fall out of the sky and into other peoples’ laps. But being able to hijack a drone and control it? That’s even worse. And a team of researchers has done it for 1,000 bucks. The University of Texas at Austin team successfully nabbed the drone on a dare from the Department of Homeland Security. They managed to do it through spoofing, a technique where a signal from hackers pretends to be the same as one sent to the drone’s GPS.”

June 29, 2012

GOOD QUESTION: How Do We Know Smartphones Endanger Planes? “A curt reminder to power down your portable electronics has been a part of every commercial flight for years. But why do we have those rules in the first place, and should we expect them to change now that pilots have iPads in the cockpit and many airlines offer in-flight wireless Internet?”

June 29, 2012

READER BOOK PLUG: Reader James DeLong’s Ending ‘Big SIS’ (The Special Interest State) and Renewing the American Republic.

June 29, 2012

DISCUSSION: How To Live Like A King In A World Full Of Princesses.

June 29, 2012

ANOTHER BLOGGER MUZZLED BY A JUDGE. “This week, Nilan sought and obtained a ‘harassment prevention order’ from Central Berkshire District Court Bethzaida Sanabria-Vega — that is to say, from a judge in the same court where Nilan’s father is a senior official, the same court that lost the paperwork in her case previously. Judge Sanabria-Vega not only ordered Dan Valenti to stay away from Nilan — she ordered him to take down his blog posts about her case.”

Such an order is, of course, unconstitutional, but as we’ve seen many judges don’t care about that. But why should they? They enjoy absolute immunity — a doctrine created, conveniently enough, by judges.

June 29, 2012

SCIENCE: Ancient text gives clue to mysterious radiation spike. “I just did a quick Google search.”

June 29, 2012

IF BUSH DID THIS, IT WOULD BE PROOF THAT HE WAS A DUMB COWBOY: White House Tweets About Girl With “Congenial Disease,” Tries To Delete It, But Too Late.

June 29, 2012

BREAKING THE CHAINS of ignorance and despotism.

June 29, 2012

MAURICE STUCKE: Looking At The Monopsony In The Mirror.

June 29, 2012

“SHAME ON YOU, BARACK OBAMA:” Romney Ad Uses Footage of Hillary Accusing Obama of Running Deceptive Ads.

June 29, 2012

IN THE MAIL: The New Leviathan: How the Left-Wing Money-Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America’s Future.

June 29, 2012

GREEN POLITICS: Fisker Loan Spurs More Questions From Senators. “Fisker Automotive and its pending federal government loan has spurred a letter from two U.S. senators to Energy Secretary Steven Chu questioning the appropriateness of the loan, The Detroit News reports. In their letter to Chu, senators John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reportedly question the $529 million loan in part because of Qatar’s ownership stake in the plug-in hybrid automaker. The senators also inquired about the loan earmarked for Fisker partner A123 Systems, the company whose batteries have been subject to a recall.”

June 29, 2012

DOES THE TAX CLAUSE GIVE CONGRESS unlimited power?

June 29, 2012

THE HILL: High Court Gives GOP New Weapon On Taxes. “Republicans have seized on the Supreme Court’s decision that the health insurance mandate is a tax, believing it will help them argue a second term for President Obama would be devastating for the economy.”

UPDATE: IowaHawk: “The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader emails: “Hi Glenn. Just wanted to let you that I just went on the Romney site to donate money and it is going reaaalll slow. I’m at work and we have a huge, superfast connection so it’s not on my end. Is it possible his donation website is getting swamped with too many people trying to give donations?”

It’s possible.

June 29, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Biggest Winner in Healthcare Decision: The Founders. “I don’t think the health care policy we’ve adopted is a particularly good one, but at least our institutions more or less worked. . . . Compare all this with Europe, where there are no institutions that are capable of coming to grips with the currency question. Meeting after meeting is held, no real agreement is reached. Neither the EU Parliament nor the Commission nor the heads of government meeting in summits has the power or a method to decide. Europe is trying to write a constitution even as it works desperately to stave off an economic collapse.”

June 29, 2012

AT AMAZON, Summer Grilling Essentials.

Also, today only: Save up to 25% on InStep Safari Jogging Strollers.

June 29, 2012

HERE’S A COOL VIDEO BY BILL WHITTLE about my The Higher Education Bubble.

June 29, 2012

MICKEY KAUS: Who Says Romney Won’t Be Able To Repeal ObamaCare?

June 29, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: It’s Now Up To Voters To Throw Out The ObamaCare Mess.

June 29, 2012

YA THINK? WaPo: Health Care Ruling Motivates Romney Supporters.

June 29, 2012

MARK TAPSCOTT: Roberts Is Not The Goat In Supreme Court Decision.

After reading and stewing about it all day, I’ve concluded that what Roberts has done is fundamentally shift the constitutional debate away from the liberal assumption since the Woodrow Wilson era that an Imperial Presidency and supine Congress can pretty much do as they please so long as it’s covered by at least one of those fig leaves known as the General Welfare, Necessary and Proper or Commerce clauses of the Constitution.

The new assumption is, thanks to Roberts, that at least two of those clauses in fact cannot simply be dragooned into the service of whatever a passing majority in Congress wants to do. And having shifted the meaning of those two clauses, courts will likely now have to view the other clause differently as well.

In other words, the Constitution means something today that it didn’t yesterday, at least in terms of constitutional precedent. It’s not a grand rout of liberalism from the field of battle, but the correlation of constitutional forces has now shifted under their feet in such a way that they must go over to the defensive on ground not of their choosing.

Well, let’s hope. Related: Paul Rahe: An Act of Great Cunning.

Also: Some encouraging thoughts from George Will.

By persuading the court to reject a Commerce Clause rationale for a president’s signature act, the conservative legal insurgency against Obamacare has won a huge victory for the long haul. This victory will help revive a venerable tradition of America’s political culture, that of viewing congressional actions with a skeptical constitutional squint, searching for congruence with the Constitution’s architecture of enumerated powers. By rejecting the Commerce Clause rationale, Thursday’s decision reaffirmed the Constitution’s foundational premise: Enumerated powers are necessarily limited because, as Chief Justice John Marshall said, “the enumeration presupposes something not enumerated.”

When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), asked where the Constitution authorized the mandate, exclaimed, “Are you serious? Are you serious?,” she was utterly ingenuous. People steeped in Congress’s culture of unbridled power find it incomprehensible that the Framers fashioned the Constitution as a bridle. Now, Thursday’s episode in the continuing debate about the mandate will reverberate to conservatism’s advantage.

It will be so, if people make it so. Also, read this, from John Hinderaker.

UPDATE: Shikha Dalmia: “This ruling should put to rest the idiotic notion that conservative jurists are ideologically driven, partisan hacks who never seriously consider the other side’s argument. ObamaCare opponents had a lock only on one justice going in: Clarence Thomas. Who else they might muster was always up in the air given that the conservative justices try to balance multiple competing concerns: originalism; stare decisis; judicial modesty; the court’s legitimacy…yada, yada, yada. Kennedy, who votes often with the liberal wing of the court, was regarded as the most likely swing vote. That Roberts cast that vote on a case of such huge importance to conservatives and libertarians suggests that he is even less easy to pigeonhole ideologically.”

That will not stop the usual hack-pundits and politicians from saying the same thing in the next big case. It’s a way of working the refs, and sometimes it works. Notice nobody ever blames the Court’s four liberals for voting as a bloc.

June 29, 2012

GUESS WHO’S back in court today? I think they’re going to get tired of seeing him there.

June 29, 2012

DAVID GREGORY ON OBAMACARE: “I’m not sure the White House wants to own it.”

UPDATE: President Pyrrhus? “Keeping Obamacare alive means Mitt Romney still has this unpopular plan to campaign against, including the individual mandate, the most unpopular part (60 percent of Americans oppose it). Do you really think turning the mandate from a government edict to a massive tax hike will make it more popular? . . . Any chance of Democrats taking back the House are dead. The odds of the GOP picking up the Senate just improved. And Romney’s got a fired-up base ready for November. Now imagine what would have happened if Obama- care had lost: Obama’s base would be pumped up, while Romney would be forced to spend the next four months explaining his health care plans.”

UPDATE: Ann Althouse:

“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

That’s the quote from Roberts’ opinion that he extracted up front as he began the announcement of the opinion today. . . .

This calls to mind the old Pelosi quote: “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

We found out today, I think. Have you noticed yet?

Indeed.

June 29, 2012

MIKE GRAETZ ON THE TAX DODGE:

Interestingly, the four dissenters did not claim that imposing such a tax on the failure to purchase health insurance would be unconstitutional. Instead they relied on the constitutional significance of Congress calling the fee a penalty, not a tax. Justice Roberts insisted that this Congressional label was not relevant in assessing the provision’s constitutionality. In a twist, however, Justice Roberts held that the congressional label was determinative in deciding whether the Anti-Injunction Act—a statute which bars lawsuits challenging taxes before the time for their collection—applied, a holding with which the four dissenters agreed. So, the Court decided that even though the provision is a tax for interpreting the Constitution, it is not a tax for interpreting the Anti-Injunction statute. Around Congress, it has often been said about taxes that “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck.” Today, poultry just became far easier to identify than a “tax.”

Plus this from Joe Kristan:

Maybe the most depressing aspect of the decision is the way it seems to endorse using the tax law as the Swiss Army Knife of public policy. Things that Congress can’t enact any other way are now possible if they can somehow be crammed into the tax law. The tax code is already groaning under its load of responsibilities for industrial policy, health policy, welfare policy and housing policy, for starters. The IRS Commissioner is now sort of a super cabinet member with a portfolio that dwarfs most of the “real” cabinet departments. Of course, the IRS is ill-suited to this role, resulting in poor policy administration and poor tax administration. Thanks, Justice Roberts!

More commentary at the link.

June 29, 2012

OUR CLASSY RULING CLASS: Dem’s Sexist Slurs At ObamaCare Opponents.

June 29, 2012

ROLL CALL: Health Care Ruling Re-Energizes Tea Party:

The movement, born in 2009 from the opposition to the health care overhaul, has developed a professionalism that few expected, attracting seasoned operatives and winning allies in Congress. Vitriolic protests have taken a back seat to well-executed fundraising campaigns. Groups such as the Tea Party Express have raised tens of millions of dollars on the promise of derailing the health care law.

And, in many ways, Thursday’s ruling is exactly what they had been training for.

With its mission left intact by the ruling, the Tea Party Patriots, an umbrella organization that raised $12.2 million from May 2010 to May 2011, instantly launched an online petition slamming the court for ruling “against the American people” and fired off a fundraising email that a spokesman said brought in three times more money than a typical appeal.

“To those that are rejoicing that this monstrosity is partially upheld, I have got four little words for you: This is not over,” Keli Carender, national grass-roots coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told the crowd gathered outside the court. “If you thought that November 2010 was historic, you just wait for November 2012.”

Let Freedom Ring, a Philadelphia-based tea party group, green-lighted a plan to roll out television advertisements focused on the law in key battleground states. FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group chaired by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), lambasted the court for “judicial activism” and pledged to “double down” its efforts to repeal the law.

And TheTeaParty.net prepared for an evening strategy session at the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill with GOP Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Jeff Landry (La.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) as well as other conservative lawmakers.

These groups aside, I can tell you that my email has shown something similar from just ordinary people.

June 29, 2012

CHANGE: Megaupload Bombshell: Judge Rules Police Anti-Piracy Raids Illegal. This whole thing seems to have been royally botched.

June 29, 2012

RANDY BARNETT: Is the Supreme Court’s Health-Care Ruling a Turning Point in Constitutional Law? “Although it upheld the individual mandate, the court reaffirmed the traditional view that there must be a judicially enforceable limit on the powers of Congress.”

Related: Rand Simberg: “With yesterday’s ruling, Justice Roberts has begun to close down the Commerce Clause loophole. Conservatives and libertarians need to help him finish the job.”

June 29, 2012

WILL MITCH DANIELS pop the Higher Education Bubble?

June 28, 2012

REACTION: Rep. Louie Gohmert on Obamacare/ObamaTax ruling: It’s time for Americans to get outraged.

June 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, markdowns on previous-generation MacBook laptops.

UPDATE: Reader Robert Sbisa writes:

Thanks for the tip on the discounted MacBook Pros, which was timely. My oldest daughter is headed off to college and I had been meaning to go by the Apple store to get her outfitted but just hadn’t got around to it. Instead, I was able to get the better deal with my Prime account on the same 15″ model I use, myself. While there, I also got the G-TECH 500G external hard drive for her to use with TimeMachine.

Now, can you recommend a decent dorm-suitable printer that would work well with the above? Any help appreciated.

Any recommendations out there?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Chris Kitze writes:

Glenn, we’re very happy with the Epson 840.

It costs $359.99 on Amazon and works great with all Macs. It even prints over the network, scans directly to pdf and connects wirelessly. Prints are fast and high quality.

Ink cost is another matter, but highly recommended.

Thanks! And reader Craig Schroeder writes:

The HP LaserJet Pro P1102w is a great little laser printer that works well in a dorm. You can also use it as a temporary/travel printer when you’re away from your usual office. It is very small (8x9x14) and wireless, and as usual for HP, works great with Macs. It’s currently selling for $114 on Amazon.com.

My dorm printer was an HP Thinkjet. I gave it away after nearly 20 years. Last I heard it still worked, but that’s been a while.

Meanwhile, reader Nancy Cross writes:

Neither of my sons took a printer to college, nor wanted one. Most papers are submitted online, and printing services (rarely needed) are available at both their schools, sometimes for free. I’d suggest your readers’ children decide if they want a printer once they are in school. They can always have Amazon ship right to their school. Desk real estate is scarce, too…

True.

June 28, 2012

DAVID BERNSTEIN: More Hints That Roberts Switched His Vote. Hmm. But why?

June 28, 2012

THEY’LL BE PROTESTING OBAMACARE at the Capitol in Denver tomorrow at noon. If you’re in Colorado Springs or Loveland, you can get a ride.

UPDATE: Florida reader Mike Thompson writes:

I attended my first tea party event tonight.

I´m a long time traditional R voter. Wow, was I surprised. The tea party members believe in what I believe in, and they are far more motivated than the members of the local Republican club.

I´ve found a new home. Thanks SCOTUS.

In addition, my FL county is a new Cong. district without an incumbent. The tea party may make the difference in the primary.

If you attend any of these, send pictures and a report. Like these, from St. Louis.

UPDATE: Jim Hoft emails: “Glenn- I ran into five people tonight in St. Louis who said this was their first Tea Party rally!” I’m not surprised.

June 28, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: More sex will boost male testosterone levels. Sated lust is good for health.

June 28, 2012

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Pinterest Ruined My Wedding Planning.

June 28, 2012

CHANGE: Scientists correct Huntington’s disease mutation in induced pluripotent stem cells. Faster, please.

June 28, 2012

A NEW BABY for longtime blogger Andrea See. Congratulations!

June 28, 2012

THE LOUISVILLE TEA PARTY is planning a big 4th of July parade.

June 28, 2012

NEW FRONTIERS IN SLEEP RESEARCH: Can Science Prevent Nightmares? It’s subscriber-only, but if you suffer from recurrent nightmares it may be worth running down a copy.

June 28, 2012

MEGAN MCARDLE ON THE OBAMACARE DECISION:

Obviously, I would have preferred this decision to go the other way. I also would have preferred a decision which made sense, which this decision doesn’t really seem to. Despite my general distates for this law, I thought the argument that Congress couldn’t bully the states by threatening to take their Medicaid money away was nonsense, and yet there the Supreme Court goes, agreeing with them. Meanwhile, the Court has rewritten the mandate as a tax, even though everyone who passed it said it wasn’t one. There’s dim hope in the fact that they refused to expand the commerce clause—but only dim, because future expansions of the commerce clause are going to be decided more by the future composition of the court than by this ruling.

But much as I dislike it the general direction of the ruling was hardly unexpected, even if the actual outlines of the decision are pretty much what exactly no one was predicting. I’m not super surprised that they voted to uphold–though I suspect that Justice Roberts has ducked outrage from liberals only to now get just as much outrage from his own side. This is the political environment we now live in. The age when liberal academics could comfortably expect to see their dominance of the academy translate into a broad progressive consensus on the court are over. We’ll be battling over the composition of the court for a long time—and if a liberal or conservative justice is forced to retire while the other party holds the presidency, I expect to see things get vicious indeed.

Meanwhile, let’s look on the bright side. Some reasons to be cheerful:

You’ll have to follow the link for those. But here’s one: “I assume that we’re all looking forward to seeing Obama campaign on his large middle class tax hike. Pass the popcorn!”

June 28, 2012

TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE: Five Possible Silver Linings In The ObamaCare Decision.

June 28, 2012

HANS VAN SPAKOVSKY: The Supremes Get It Fundamentally Wrong.

UPDATE: More from Andrew McCarthy.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Ann Althouse: How Chief Justice Roberts reenvisioned the individual mandate as a tax… and how he avoided the question of congressional accountability. “Now, this is awfully tricky. What about democratic theory? Shouldn’t Congress have to reveal such a devious scheme to the people so they can react and pressure Congress about what they want and don’t want? . . . I think it’s a real omission for Roberts not to address the accountability theory with respect to the mandate as a tax.”

Plus: Paul Mirengoff: In Big Supreme Court Cases, It’s All About Winning.

June 28, 2012

WITH 17 DEMOCRATS JOINING IN: House Votes Holder in Contempt of Congress, 255-67.