Archive for June, 2012

June 28, 2012

POLITICAL-CORRECTNESS FAIL: Google’s One-Gender-Fits-All T-Shirts Don’t Fit.

Google I/O hadn’t even started when critics began unloading on how the developer conference was being run. A forward-thinking Google panel on how to get more women in tech became a flashpoint for whether the t-shirts handed out at Google I/O are patriarchal.

“They gave me a t-shirt and it’s a size small, men’s,” said Alex Maier, a community manager and heavy user of Google’s products, during a Q&A session with the panel. “That makes me feel unwelcome. I don’t want to make this a big issue or confrontational thing…. But the thing is, I show up, and I want my shirt, and I don’t want to be told that I can sleep in it.”

What, Maier asked, was Google going to do about its one-gender-fits-all clothes in the future, given that women at Google I/O are already vastly outnumbered and prone to feeling excluded?

The audience of roughly 100 women applauded the question exuberantly.

Perhaps the women should take a cue from male tech geeks, who quite clearly don’t spend much time worrying about how well their t-shirts fit.

But I’ll note that the InstaPundit store has always featured stylish women’s babydoll t-shirts as well as men’s sizes. Maybe Google will catch up one day.

June 28, 2012

WELL, THAT SUCKS: Google Shopping Censors All Gun, Ammo & Accessories Results.

June 28, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Confession: I prefer my sex toy over my husband.

June 28, 2012

JOEL POLLAK: Did Roberts Give in to Obama’s Bullying?

Reader Barry Johnson emails, cruelly: “Second look at Harriet Miers?” And Jake Tapper notes that Obama is probably glad that his vote against Roberts’ confirmation didn’t carry the day.

UPDATE: James Taranto:

So what we have here is another 5-4 decision, just like Bush v. Gore and Citizens United. But as a political matter, NFIB v. Sebelius is different in two important ways. The obvious one is that this time the left loves the outcome. Somebody will have fun compiling a list of quotes from lefties bewailing 5-4 decisions yesterday, then praising this one. You can start with Reich.

The second difference is that the result in this decision is likely to be hated by people who aren’t immersed in politics. The left hated Bush v. Gore for partisan reasons and hates Citizens United for ideological ones. People who aren’t particularly partisan or ideological had no reason to care about either of those rulings. But this one will affect their health care, and a large majority of the public has long been hostile, and rightly so, to ObamaCare.

What’s more, Roberts’s opinion has made a liar of President Obama, who in a 2009 interview with ABC News insisted that the mandate was “is absolutely not a tax increase.” He even lectured the network’s George Stephanopoulos, who had cited the dictionary definition of tax: “George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition.”

In 2008, Obama promised not to raise taxes on middle-class taxpayers. Oops. Maybe he can win back swing voters by telling them the word gullible isn’t in the dictionary.

Heh.

MORE: Reader Frank James writes: “One man without courage makes a majority!”

Perhaps unfair. But funny!

MORE STILL: Professor Jacobson is not pleased.

June 28, 2012

JAMES PETHOKOUKIS: Supreme Court has turned the 2012 election into a conflict of visions.

June 28, 2012

A READER EMAILS: “Cleveland Tea Party Patriots to rally outside Sherrod Brown’s Office 4pm – 6:30pm. The energy is back.”

June 28, 2012

LOVE AND SEX among the demented. If I wind up that way, I hope I get plenty of both.

June 28, 2012

“HUMILIATING:” CNN News Staffers Revolt Over Blown Court Coverage. “We had a chance to cover it right. And some people in here don’t get what a big deal getting it wrong is. Morons.” It’s been a bad year for CNN.

June 28, 2012

TENNESSEE GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM: Obamacare will cost TN ‘hundreds of millions of dollars.’

June 28, 2012

POLITICO: Frantic Scenes As Contempt Vote Looms. “The White House and Justice Department mounted a frantic behind-the-scenes effort on Wednesday to bolster Democratic opposition to a contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder, but Republicans appear to have more than enough support for the divisive vote to sail through the House. . . . The NRA’s decision to wade into the Holder contempt fight has intimidated some vulnerable Democrats into backing the measure. These Democrats are more scared of the powerful pro-gun-rights group than they are of the president.”

It’s always nice when a civil rights group wields such influence.

UPDATE: House advances Holder contempt resolution with help from 15 Dems. So it’s a bipartisan contempt resolution, and anybody opposing it is just a partisan hack. Kinda like when Olympia Snowe would join with the Dems on something.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Bryan Briney writes: “You obviously haven’t been reading the mainstream media style book. When Olympia Snowe joins Democrats, it’s ‘a bipartisan majority’. When 15 House Democrats join Republicans, the vote was ‘largely along party lines’.” Yes, that’s what I was mocking. . . .

MORE: PANIC: Media, leftist narrative: Holder will be found in contempt as retaliation for SCOTUS decision. Okay, now, that doesn’t even make sense.

June 28, 2012

A READER EMAILS THAT the St. Louis Tea Party is rallying tonight.

June 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, it’s the Kindle Daily Deal. Looks timely.

June 28, 2012

FOLLOWING UP ON MY MARBURY OBSERVATION FROM THIS MORNING: Obama Wins the Battle, Roberts Wins the War: The chief justice’s canny move to uphold the Affordable Care Act while gutting the Commerce Clause. “By ruling that the individual mandate was permissible as a tax, he joined the Democratic appointees to uphold the law—while joining the Republican wing to gut the Commerce Clause (and push back against the necessary-and-proper clause as well). . . . Roberts’ genius was in pushing this health care decision through without attaching it to the coattails of an ugly, narrow partisan victory. Obama wins on policy, this time. And Roberts rewrites Congress’ power to regulate, opening the door for countless future challenges. In the long term, supporters of curtailing the federal government should be glad to have made that trade.” We’ll see.

More from the Anchoress.

June 28, 2012

AT THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL, Gun Stories.

June 28, 2012

NEUROSCIENCE: Mind Reading from Brain Recordings? ‘Neural Fingerprints’ of Memory Associations Decoded. “Researchers have long been interested in discovering the ways that human brains represent thoughts through a complex interplay of electrical signals. Recent improvements in brain recording and statistical methods have given researchers unprecedented insight into the physical processes under-lying thoughts. For example, researchers have begun to show that it is possible to use brain recordings to reconstruct aspects of an image or movie clip someone is viewing, a sound someone is hearing or even the text someone is reading. A new study by University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University scientists brings this work one step closer to actual mind reading by using brain recordings to infer the way people organize associations between words in their memories.”

For better or worse (probably both) we’re coming to the end of the time when the only way to get information out of someone’s brain was to have them tell you things.

Related: The future of mind control: People already worry about genetics. They should worry about brain science too.

June 28, 2012

CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS: ObamaCare is in our court now.

Also, note this from Ann Althouse’s comments:

My wife who is about as political as my cat, just contacted the local Tea Party in Cincinnati after the tax increase to see what she can do to help. Way to piss off the sleeping dogs.

I do expect a lot of re-energization among Tea Party folks who had perhaps grown a bit complacent.

UPDATE: Reader Kevin Murphy writes: “As one of those, I wonder if you could gather up a list from your readers about July 4th rallies in major cities.” Well, folks?

June 28, 2012

HEY, IF THE MANDATE IS A TAX, can President Romney tell the IRS not to collect it?

June 28, 2012

SCIENCE: Speech Algorithm Could Detect Early Parkinson’s Disease. “Max Little, a research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made the announcement during the opening of the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, 25 June. While studying at Oxford University, Little developed an algorithm that identifies the unique characteristics present in the voice of a Parkinson’s Disease sufferer.”

June 28, 2012

REASON TV: Is There a Silver Lining to the Supreme Court’s Obamacare Decision?

June 28, 2012

DAVID BERNSTEIN: Was Scalia’s Dissent Originally A Majority Opinion?

June 28, 2012

RESPIROCYTES: Injecting life-saving oxygen into a vein: Microparticles could deliver oxygen when breathing is impaired. “Patients unable to breathe because of acute lung failure or an obstructed airway need another way to get oxygen to their blood—and fast—to avoid cardiac arrest and brain injury. A team led by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital has designed tiny, gas-filled microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate the blood. . . . The microparticles consist of a single layer of lipids (fatty molecules) that surround a tiny pocket of oxygen gas, and are delivered in a liquid solution. In a cover article in the June 27 issue of Science Translational Medicine, John Kheir, MD, of the Department of Cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues report that an infusion of these microparticles into animals with low blood oxygen levels restored blood oxygen saturation to near-normal levels, within seconds.” Faster, please.

And this is kind of cool: “We drew each other’s blood, mixed it in a test tube with the microparticles, and watched blue blood turn immediately red, right before our eyes.”

The emergency-medicine applications are dramatic. Here, by the way, is Robert Freitas’ original envisioning. Not quite there yet, but amazingly close.

June 28, 2012

SCIENCE: CALTECH RESEARCHERS DEVELOP TECHNIQUE TO FOCUS LIGHT INSIDE BIOLOGICAL TISSUE. “While the previous limit for how deep light could be focused was only about one millimeter, the Caltech team is now able to reach two and a half millimeters. And, in principle, their technique could focus light as much as a few inches into tissue. The technique is used much like a flashlight shining on the body’s interior, and may eventually provide researchers and doctors with a host of possible biomedical applications, such as a less invasive way of diagnosing and treating diseases.”

June 28, 2012

LARRY SOLUM: The Decision to Uphold the Mandate as Tax Represents a Gestalt Shift in Constitutional Law. Those who wondered what I meant by my Lopez reference below should read this post.

Related: Chief Justice Roberts writes an opinion limiting the commerce power and the spending power.

UPDATE: Rand Simberg: If the mandate’s a tax, how can it be valid if it originated in the Senate? I thought it originated in the House, but I could be wrong.

Also, a tax repeal can’t be filibustered.

“Don’t call it a ‘mandate,’ it’s a tax!”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Justin Binik-Thomas writes: “The Senate replaced an old house bill in its entirety with what is now Obamacare. So technically it started in the house but another example of cheating.” Yes, that’s what I remembered.

June 28, 2012

SO MUCH FOR THAT “NEW CIVILITY” BULLSHIT: Justice Thomas dissents, Left hurls vile racial slurs ‘house nigga,’ ‘Uncle Tom’. So many racists in the Democratic Party. Who knew?

June 28, 2012

HEH: “Real Reporters” Have Dewey-Defeats-Truman Moment on ObamaCare.

June 28, 2012

IN THE MAIL: Extended Family.

June 28, 2012

BILL WHITTLE: Firewall: Why ObamaCare Can’t Work.

Related: The Hidden Cost of National Healthcare.

June 28, 2012

HEALTHCARE HEADLINE: Obama Imposes Huge Tax On American Middle Class.

Romney’s likely take: Obama said it wasn’t a tax. The Supreme Court says he lied.

UPDATE: McConnell: Supreme Court Ruling Shows Healthcare Law Was Sold On A Deception.

Obama “promised up and down that this bill was not a tax,” McConnell said. “Well, the Supreme Court has spoken.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Supreme Court’s ruling on the 2010 healthcare law reveals that the individual mandate is constitutionally acceptable when seen as a tax, even though Democrats tried to argue that it wasn’t a tax to help get it passed.

“The President of the United States himself promised up and down that this bill was not a tax,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “This was one of the Democrats’ top selling points, because they knew it would never have passed if they said it was a tax.”

That’s true. More thoughts from J. Christian Adams.

Also Ira Stoll, who opens with this: “Though the decision will widely be portrayed as a victory for President Obama — his signature legislative accomplishment was ratified as constitutional by a Supreme Court majority that included George W. Bush-appointed chief justice John Roberts — it isn’t necessarily clear that it will be a victory. By calling the mandate a tax, the court made an official ruling that President Obama had violated his 2008 campaign promise not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 a year. And the ruling also keeps ObamaCare alive as a political issue. A ruling that struck down the law might have energized Obama supporters. This ruling may make the law’s opponents even more determined to elect a Republican president and Congress so that they can repeal the law or, failing that, defund it.”

Yeah, expect to see this video a lot:

Related: Issa to Obama: What Happened To ObamaCare Not Being A Tax? “In selling Obamacare, Congressional Democrats and President Obama assured the American people that it was not a tax. Today, the Supreme Court ruled it was, in fact, a tax. This tax was imposed on the American people amidst an extended recession and is one of the many reasons our economy remains stagnant under President Obama’s leadership.”

June 28, 2012

IT’S MOSTLY WHITE, AND WOMEN ARE PAID MUCH LESS: The “Creative Class’s” Dirty Secret. Hmm. Mostly white. Women paid less. Sounds like the Obama White House!

June 28, 2012

INDIVIDUAL MANDATE HELD UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNDER COMMERCE POWER, but Scotusblog says it survives as a tax. “It’s very complicated, so we’re still figuring it out.”

I feel sorry for the folks on TV trying to read this opinion and talk at the same time.

UPDATE: From ScotusBlog: “The bottom line: the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.” Plus: “The money quote from the section on the mandate: ‘Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.’”

So it was upheld on a basis — the taxing power — that the Administration didn’t advance. In fact, Obama denied that it was a tax. This just supports what Mike Graetz told me in Tax class years ago: “The constitution stops where the Internal Revenue Code begins.”

On the upside, the Lopez revolution, which some believed dead, appears to be revived.

So, liberals, does this mean the Supreme Court is legitimate again?

And what’s next? Republicans will have to push for repeal, or look like losers. Now Romney needs to make an issue of repealing the “Obama Healthcare Tax,” I guess. And, of course, it’s important to note that just because the Supreme Court — barely — found the Act constitutional doesn’t mean that it’s actually a good idea.

Text of the opinion is still not online. But here’s ScotusBlog’s summary:

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding. . . . Yes, to answer a common question, the whole ACA is constitutional, so the provision requiring insurers to cover young adults until they are 26 survives as well.

So there you are. The Supreme Court has refused to save us from ourselves. The remedy now will have to be political.

FINALLY: Here’s a link to the opinion. I should also note that for those who thought the Lopez case dead, this opinion indicates that it remains very much alive. It appears that there may also be support on the Court for limiting Congress’s spending power. Has Roberts pulled a Marbury, appearing to give ground while actually laying the foundation for change in the future? Call that an optimistic reading.

June 28, 2012

LIVEBLOGGING THE SUPREME COURT’S OBAMACARE DECISION — THIS TIME PRETTY MUCH FOR SURE! — at ScotusBlog.

June 28, 2012

ROGER KIMBALL: America’s Political Class: Signs of Hope.

June 28, 2012

IOWAHAWK ON THE OBAMACARE DECISION: As a longtime connoisseur of overwrought political hysterics, it’s CHRISTMAS MORNING.

Related thoughts from Ann Althouse.

June 28, 2012

ANDREW MCCARTHY: What If They Held A Contempt Party And Nobody Came?

June 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, it’s the Automotive Outlet Sale.

Also, today only: Klipsch Quintet 5.0 Home Theater Speaker System, $199.99.

June 28, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Why Nothing Is Shovel-Ready Anymore.

The time between planning a project and actually carrying it out stretches into decades. To those who bemoan the lack of “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects in America: this is why.

Even if you are a Keynesian and believe that deficit spending helps the economy to grow, infrastructure projects won’t do the trick anymore. By the time you’re actually actually able to get the project off the ground, the recession has been over for years.

And the problem runs deeper than infrastructure. Our bureaucratic institutions are ponderously slow. We need new structured interactions between laws, courts, and agencies that can process information and make decisions in real time — rather than putting everything in bureaucratic limbo for decades.

Slow governmental process is a facet of the blue social model and the progressive era civil service bureaucracies and slow procedures that model has historically entailed. And the high costs associated with it are among the reasons that the model is dying.

Indeed. Plus, from the comments: “I propose that the problem is that Blue and Green don’t mix.”

June 28, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Obama Is A Job-Outsourcing Hypocrite. “The president accuses his likely opponent of outsourcing jobs as his re-election campaign hires telemarketers in Canada and the Philippines. And what about GM in China and those electric cars built in Finland?”

June 28, 2012

KEITH HENNESSEY ON THE NEW HIGHWAY BILL’S PENSION PROVISIONS: How to avoid shafting future retirees & creating another bailout.

Congress will soon vote on a final version of a two-year highway spending bill. Press reports suggest the just-concluded agreement includes a “pension funding stabilization” provision from the Senate version of the bill. This means that any Member of Congress who votes for the final bill will be (a) shafting some future retirees in defined benefit pension plans and (b) increasing the risk of a future taxpayer bailout of a government-run corporation that insures pension plans. Congress can avoid both these bad things simply by removing this provision from the final version of the bill.

I wonder if they will? “No one lobbies on behalf of future retirees who face increased risk of having their pension benefits cut when their employer goes bankrupt. No one lobbies on behalf of the taxpayer who faces increased risk of paying for a future PBGC bailout.”

June 28, 2012

CLAUDIA ROSETT: Saving Syria From Kofi Annan.

June 28, 2012

BECAUSE IT COMES FROM JIMMY CARTER, WOULD BE MY GUESS. Why Is Nobody Listening To Jimmy Carter’s Searing Critique of America?

Also, because our current President is a Democrat. “Searing critiques of America” are only in demand when the White House is occupied by a Republican.

June 28, 2012

JAMES TARANTO: The Sky Isn’t Falling! And Regulators Are Worried. “The benefits of aviation rules are calculated primarily on how many deaths they may prevent, so the safest decade in modern airline history is making it harder to justify the cost of new requirements.”

June 28, 2012

MEGAN MCARDLE: Liberals Shouldn’t Defend FDR’s Attacks On The Court. “Maybe you like precious schoolchildren lisping loyalty oaths to government programs more than I do. But even so, not this program. The NIRA was based on a lunatic confusion of cause with effect. President Roosevelt had noticed, along with everyone else, that prices were falling and people were being thrown out of work. So he decided that if businesses would just stop lowering those darn prices, everything would be okay. . . . This is like thinking that the way to deal with your drinking problem is to just stop vomiting and blacking out so much. Prices were falling because the banking system had collapsed, which was sucking the money out of the economy like a gigantic national vacuum. Even if the cartels managed to keep prices from falling, people still weren’t going to have enough money to buy the goods they wanted, because their savings accounts were shut down and they couldn’t roll their loans over, and neither could the people who bought their merchandise or wrote their paychecks. With too little money in circulation, fixing prices artificially high would just mean that even more people would be going without necessities. . . . I’m not trying to get liberals to concede that 80 years of Supreme Court jurisprudence were all a hideous mistake. But thinking that the healthcare law should be allowed to stand does not require romanticizing FDR’s conflict with the court, which mostly used bad methods to defend bad laws.”

June 28, 2012

SCIENCE: REMOVING ESTROGEN FROM DRINKING WATER.

The birth control pill is a widespread contraception method. However, large amounts of these modified estrogens leave the body again in urine. The conventional methods in sewage treatment plants are unable to treat this waste water sufficiently because the most frequently used estrogen ethinylestradiol is very difficult to break down. As a result, the hormone finds its way into rivers and lakes and also accumulates in drinking water with serious consequences for fish and other aquatic life. These range from reproductive and severe developmental disorders to the formation of female sexual characteristics in males. The long-term consequences of increasing estrogen pollution for human beings are still largely unknown. Nonetheless, declining sperm counts and thereby increasing infertility in men living in industrial nations may well relate to this hormonal pollution. In addition, testicular and prostate cancers as well as osteoporosis (a reduction in bone density) could be a consequence of overly high concentrations of estrogen in the human body.

The goal of the Bielefeld iGEM team is to develop a biological filter in which certain enzymes (so-called laccases) break down the estrogen.

I wonder why the EPA hasn’t looked into this?

June 28, 2012

LEGAL EDUCATION UPDATE: More Job Market Data Showing A Structural Shift.

June 28, 2012

DEMOCRATIC LEADERS TO SUPREME COURT: If You Don’t Vote Our Way, You’re Being Political.

Really, this is just sad.

June 28, 2012

FILLING IN PESKY CRACKS with an automated road-repair system: “Repaving roads with fresh tarmac is an expensive, time-consuming task that’s always inconvenient to any driver who has come upon a blocked off highway lane. Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) believe that they can extend the lifespan of a road’s pavement by simply repairing cracks as they appear using an automated system. Jonathan Holmes and his fellow colleagues at GTRI developed an automated road repair system that can detect and fill in any cracks in the asphalt. The system could potentially replace a multi-man road crew with a single robot hitched to a truck, all while doing the job faster and more safely.”

Good. The robotic crack-filler will mean smoother rides for our driverless cars. . . .

June 28, 2012

THEY TOLD IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN THIS WOULD HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! US beaches laden with sewage, bacteria: study.

June 27, 2012

DOUBLE-DIPPING: Top Obama aide Tom Donilon receives taxpayer salary plus six-figure pension from bailout recipient Fannie Mae, records show.

June 27, 2012

TIM CAVANAUGH ROUNDS UP Obamacarians’ Pregame Rationalizations: Doesn’t Matter; Good for O; All Scalia’s Fault, and More!

Related: Ilya Somin: Final Thoughts on the Eve of the Individual Mandate Decision.

UPDATE: More here. “Personally, I suspect that progressives will stop attacking the court pretty soon. I have been much amused watching people try to simultaneously defend the fruits of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s outrageous court-bullying, while also indignantly claiming that it would be abusive, infamous, fundamentally illegitimate and also, downright mean, for conservative justices to even think about overturning long-standing precedent. Suddenly, the internet is full of Latter Day Originalists who think that the constitution was handed down by God on stone tablets—in January 1936.”

Also, thoughts from Randy Barnett.

June 27, 2012

SHOCKER: 75% Of Women Say They Won’t Date Unemployed Men.

June 27, 2012

HERE’S MEGAN MCARDLE’S NEW BLOG. She’ll be all over the ObamaCare decision tomorrow.

June 27, 2012

AN IP ADDRESS IS NOT AN ACTUAL ADDRESS OR A PERSONAL IDENTIFIER: SWAT tries to take down Internet meanie; raids grandma instead.

Also, judges know this. Well, the smarter ones, anyway.

June 27, 2012

THE GAPED CRUSADER.

June 27, 2012

JEFF GOLDSTEIN NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE ANTI-TEA-PARTY SPIN ON HATCH’S PRIMARY VICTORY:

First, let me say this: Liljenquist, with his talk of “revenue enhancements” and his prior political record, didn’t strike me — or a number of other conservatives / classical liberals — as a particularly spectacular candidate (unlike, say, a Ted Cruz in Texas). Second, Hatch had the support not only of the Romney camp, but also of people like Mark Levin and Sean Hannity, who were openly advocating for him. And finally — and this is key – a number of TEA Party groups supported Hatch, including the TEA Party Express.

So while FreedomWorks supported Liljenquist, it simply isn’t true that the TEA Party was defeated here — and I suspect the reporter know this.

Which raises the question: why is this story written in such a way that it suggests more of a TEA Party defeat than a Hatch victory?

And the answer, of course, is that the media — even if it is putatively “conservative” — is largely invested in beating back TEA Party influence.

Well, yes. It threatens the whole feedlot.

June 27, 2012

THE WEEK: Three Reasons The Democratic Convention Could Be A Disaster.

Actually, there’s just one reason.

June 27, 2012

ACE NOT TOO IMPRESSED with the state of nutrition advice. “So, for 50 years now, the medical establishment and the government have been telling fat people to do the exact opposite thing they should be doing.”

At the very least, they should be reading Gary Taubes.

And don’t get me started on the dermatologists.

UPDATE: Reader Matt Howell writes:

Since you’re on the subject of Gary Taubes today:

On your recommendation, I read Why We Get Fat last month and on June 3rd, I started following the no-sugar, no-starch diet.

I’ve lost 14.2 pounds since then. I’m averaging a little over a half a pound a day so far, and the trend hasn’t shown any signs of leveling off yet. I feel great, I have a lot more energy than I did just 3-4 weeks ago, and I actually feel like my brain is working faster. I’m probably luckier and better-looking now, too. Something.

I’ve been recommending WWGF since I started reading it. It’s one of most clearly-communicated, straightforward book I’ve read on the subject, and its credibility is only bolstered by the critical-thinking approach with which Taubes takes on the material. So refreshing to read something that isn’t full of EXCLAMATION POINTS!! and platitudes about willpower. You’re doing a real service to your readership by promoting him.

Well, I don’t think that any diet is a panacea, but his approach seems to work for a lot of people, including me.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Chris Farley writes:

Six weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Diabetes. I immediately went Paleo-ish. I just cut out wheat, rice, potatoes and corn. My blood sugars now hover around 100 and I’ve lost 30 pounds. I DO NOT exercise, because I can’t – crippled, long story.

I don’t even cut them 100%. I’ll eat Chinese with a little breading on the meat. I’ll have a tortilla with my fajitas. I just stay under 30 carbs per day. This diet is stupid easy – even a cave man could do it!

I went off my low-carb diet for a week earlier this month. The main thing I noticed was that all of a sudden I was constantly starving. Went back on it and the hunger went away. And my low-carb diet isn’t all that low-carb — I keep my carbs under about 50. But when they go up above that, it has an effect.

MORE: Physician-reader Dale Russell writes:

My internist is a lipid fanatic and has whipped my lipid panel into shape. I saw him two weeks ago and he mentioned that he was impressed by Taubes presentation at The National Lipid Association’s Annual Meeting. See agenda, Saturday, noon presentation:

Special Public Interest Session – “Why We Get Fat in the US?” Gary Taubes

He is making an impression on the establishment.

Well, good.

June 27, 2012

RACISTS: Black lawmakers plan walkout during contempt vote. I mean, would they do this if Holder were white?

June 27, 2012

HMM: EEG Brain Trace Can Detect Autism In Kids.

June 27, 2012

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Coffee Cuts Risk Of Heart Failure. “Once again, a study points to coffee as cardioprotection, at least when it’s consumed in moderation.”

June 27, 2012

BEACH READING: At Amazon, bestsellers in Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense.

June 27, 2012

SOME AWFULLY BAD NEWS for blogger Ric Locke, who’s also the author of Temporary Duty. I hit his tip jar. You might want to as well. There’s no PayPal logo — it’s in the upper left and just says “donations.” That’s the PayPal link. (Bumped).

June 27, 2012

WELL, I WAS ON MSNBC YESTERDAY, TOO, but my appearance was much less eventful than this one.

June 27, 2012

JUST A REMINDER THAT the Kindle version of my The Higher Education Bubble is now out. The iPad version of Higher Ed Bubble is also available on the iBooks store. In case you prefer that to the Kindle app.

June 27, 2012

MICKEY KAUS: A kinder, gentler but still paranoid view of Fast & Furious:

What I don’t understand is why, according to both Powerliners, the “gun control” theory requires the administration to have wanted to “increase bloodshed in Mexico”? Why increase? It requires more paranoia than even I’m able to muster to think that the Holder Justice department’s goal was to produce more violence and death (in order to grab headlines, etc.). Why isn’t there a far more plausible and mundane possible purpose: The administration wanted to document that the guns used in Mexican drug gang crimes–including violent crimes–came from the U.S.. There might be more crimes, there might be fewer. There could be less bloodshed, there could be increased bloodshed–but that wasn’t the point. The point was that gun controllers could argue that X% of the guns, or X number of guns, found at crime scenes were sourced from this country–whatever the overall level of crime. That would establish the factual basis for gun control the same way the Dartmouth studies and Atul Gawande’s articles allegedly established a factual basis for Obamacare. Entirely plausible, and not criminally evil! Just amazingly stupid.

Yeah.

June 27, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: One Nurse’s Travails With Student Debt. “The idea of getting married and getting kids is frightening. If I can’t afford to move out of my parents’ house, how can I afford to raise someone? It’s all going right out the window.”

June 27, 2012

SPACEX JOINS AEROSPACE ELITES to test new engines. “The new Merlin 1D engines will power both the Falcon 9, providing the capability to deliver heavier loads into LEO, and the yet to be flown Falcon Heavy. The Falcon Heavy is a massive rocket built on a Falcon 9 with two additional boosters for a total of 27 engines. The rocket will be capable of heavy lifting to LEO, lunar trips or as SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans, trips to Mars.”

June 27, 2012

AT AMAZON, Titles As Low as $5.99 in the Big Blu-Ray and DVD Sale.

June 27, 2012

NEURAL CIRCUITS IN BRAIN model values of others.

June 27, 2012

PRESIDENT DISASTER: Obama finally remembers Colorado exists, will head there Friday; Update: What about aerial firefighting fleet he shrunk? “They didn’t want to talk about it.”

June 27, 2012

ED DRISCOLL: “There’s no doubt that CNN is in deep trouble, but see if you can spot the ideologically-driven faulty assumption as to why in this Politico report on CNN’s ratings woes.”

June 27, 2012

CHANGE: Male Contraceptive Gel Could Be Applied Directly to the Skin.

June 27, 2012

SCIENCE: Low-Carb Diet Burns The Most Calories In Small Study.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was designed to see if changing the type of diet people consumed helped with weight maintenance because dieters often regain lost weight.

So scientists had 21 obese participants, ages 18 to 40, lose 10% to 15% of their initial body weight (about 30 pounds). After their weight had stabilized, each participant followed one of three different diets for four weeks. Participants were fed food that was prepared for them by diet experts. The dieters were admitted to the hospital four times for medical and metabolic testing. . . .

Findings, published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association: Participants burned about 300 calories more a day on a low-carb diet than they did on a low-fat diet. “That’s the amount you’d burn off in an hour of moderate intensity physical activity without lifting a finger,” says senior author David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“Participants burned 150 calories more on the low-glycemic index diet than the low-fat diet. That’s about an hour of light physical activity,” he says.

The reason for the low-carb advantage is unclear, he says.

“We think the low-carb and low-glycemic index diets, by not causing the surge and crash in blood sugar, don’t trigger the starvation response. When the body thinks it’s starving, it turns down metabolism to conserve energy,” he says.

More research is needed, but it’s a mark in favor of Gary Taubes’ approach.

June 27, 2012

WHO IS KARL ROVE? We don’t know, we’re just protesting him. Video at the link.

June 27, 2012

THEN THERE WERE FOUR: Four House Dems back measure to place Holder in contempt. So it’ll be a bipartisan majority that does it.

June 27, 2012

CORRUPTION AND BANKRUPTCY: A California roundup from Tim Cavanaugh.

June 27, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Build A Space-Time Crystal.

June 27, 2012

STACY MCCAIN’S CO-BLOGGER SMITTY has a book out.

June 27, 2012

MOE LANE: Shorter DCCC Chair Steve Israel to Democratic candidates: “Sauve qui peut!”

June 27, 2012

SIX COMMON TIRE MYTHS, debunked.

June 27, 2012

IN MEN, long-term testosterone replacement yields substantial weight loss. “Obesity is associated with reduced testosterone, and low testosterone induces weight gain.”

June 27, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Driving a hydrogen car on a hot day? Drink the exhaust for refreshment. Doesn’t really live up to the hype, though.

June 27, 2012

ANOTHER DEMOCRAT WILL VOTE TO HOLD ERIC HOLDER IN CONTEMPT: “When House lawmakers vote Thursday on GOP recommendations that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder be held in contempt of Congress for stonewalling an investigation into a bungled gun-running operation, Georgia Democratic Rep. John Barrow will break partisan rank to censure the president’s choice for the nation’s top law enforcement post.”

June 27, 2012

JONATHAN MARTIN: Dems Go AWOL in Class War. Well, when your base is Hollywood, Wall Street, public-sector unions, and academia, it’s hard to wage a credible class war. Although Obama did it well enough that a lot of Wall Street is donating to Romney instead . . . .

June 27, 2012

IN THE MAIL: The Monster Hunters.

June 27, 2012

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: “Could somebody please get Barack Obama to shut up about ‘outsourcing’ until some undergraduate aide has explained to him what the word means? As it stands, the president is showing himself an ignorant rube on the subject, and that is to nobody’s advantage.”

June 27, 2012

CRY ME A FREAKIN’ RIVER: Writers Complaining That Bloggers Have Democratized Writing. Hey, if you consider yourself an aristocrat, it’s natural to be horrified by democratization.

June 27, 2012

SAY, BARACK, MAYBE IT WAS A MISTAKE TO BRAG ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD RAISE A BILLION DOLLARS FOR YOUR CAMPAIGN: Democrats’ Money Panic: Is Obama About to Get Swamped by GOP Cash? Quick, cue a lot of conveniently timed worries about the role of money in politics. It couldn’t be because people just don’t like Obama that much. If a Democrat’s losing, it must mean the rules need to be changed . . .

Meanwhile, blog commenter Matthew Sablan observes: “He was also the first presidential nominee in modern history to not accept public financing. Remember when out spending your opponent was a good thing and showed the support of the nation was behind you? Sigh. Those long, lost days.”

Heh.

June 27, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: German Court Declares Judaism A Crime. “Hard to believe, but that’s what the decision handed down by the regional court in Cologne, Germany means: circumcising a child under the age of consent is a crime, notwithstanding the religious beliefs of the parents. . . . Perhaps those convicted of wrongful circumcision could be required to wear a yellow star?”

June 27, 2012

AT AMAZON, markdowns on bestselling notebook computers.

June 27, 2012

INTRODUCING THE BLOGGERS DEFENSE TEAM. I donated.

June 27, 2012

REVELATION: CNN op-ed: We might not be able to handle the truth on Fast & Furious, so let’s not be “nosy.” “When I started reading this, I thought it was building to the argument that of course we should trust that our saintly president hasn’t done anything shady and quit bugging him with pesky document requests already. Nope. What this guy’s actually arguing is that it’s all too likely that Obama or Holder or someone in the food chain has done something shady but that they probably had a well-meaning, pro-American reason to do so, so maybe we should just kind of go easy, huh?”

Well, that’s certainly an embodiment of the press’s approach to date.

June 27, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): “A new study from CATO has found that despite trillions in spending, the poverty rate hasn’t moved much.” Okay, this was a failure before Obama, but it’s not like he’s tried a fresh approach.

June 27, 2012

WAR ON PHOTOGRAPHY UPDATE: Texas Man Faces 10 Years in Prison for Recording Cops.

In light of the Glik decision, I’m not sure they can claim official immunity here. Send ‘em a copy of A Due Process Right to Record the Police. And, of course, Morgan Manning’s seminal article. And based on the video, the cops in this case should be fired, and prosecuted for lying.

June 27, 2012

WELL, HE’S LOW ON MONEY. AND DEMOCRATS DON’T BELIEVE IN GUNS. SO: Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election. “President Barack Obama’s campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year’s election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate. Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing a mass of legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent.”

I guess he thinks the sh*t has hit the fan. This certainly doesn’t bespeak confidence.

June 27, 2012

BYRON YORK: Obama’s Piecemeal Defense of ObamaCare. “On the stump, Obama is defending Obamacare as if it were a small package of reforms, rather than the law that actually passed.”

Well, wouldn’t you?

Related: Debunking Ezra Klein.

June 27, 2012

VIDEO: SpaceX Tests Merlin Rocket Engine. “The test reached 147,000 pounds of thrust, satisfying the duration and power requirements for a Falcon 9 launch. SpaceX also tested the Merlin 1D’s capability for multiple restarts.”

June 27, 2012

ROGER KIMBALL: The University of Virginia Story as a Microcosm of Educational Profligacy. “I said that the American higher education establishment was a house of cards. It is precariously balanced and vulnerable like a house of cards. But a better image for the whole tumid mess is a bubble. . . . What just happened in Virginia is a little preliminary toot of the unpleasant crepitation to come.”

Well, yes.

June 27, 2012

CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION UPDATE: Gun Riders Derail Markup on D.C. Budget Autonomy. “Plans to mark up legislation Wednesday to give budget autonomy to the District of Columbia were derailed after a Republican Senator said he planned to offer amendments that would roll back some of the District’s gun laws.” They’re being offered by Sen. Rand Paul.

June 27, 2012

IF HE WERE BUSH, OR ROMNEY, THIS WOULD PROVE THAT HE’S OUT OF TOUCH: Obama congratulates the Miami ‘Heats.’

UPDATE: Obama’s blunder leads to team-name ruminations from Tom Maguire.

June 27, 2012

WITH NRA BACKING HOLDER CONTEMPT VOTE, more Democrats may join.

Related: NRA Raises Contempt Vote Stakes.