Archive for July, 2012

July 31, 2012

OUCH: Calling BS on Reid’s Bain tax claims. “Harry Reid is either a liar or a lousy critical thinker.”

Like Nancy Pelosi, if you were to cast Harry Reid as the villain in an Ayn Rand movie, people would think you were being unrealistically heavy-handed.

No word on the truth or falsity of those Harry Reid pederasty rumors, though.

July 31, 2012

LIFE AMONG THE BARBARIANS: Illinois Governor Proposes State Assault Weapons Ban. “Illinois could ban assault weapons under a plan proposed Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, but any gun control regulation would have to clear major hurdles even with a renewed nationwide debate. The Chicago Democrat used his amendatory veto power to gut a bill related to ammunition sales and add language prohibiting the manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of semi-automatic assault weapons and attachments. Illinois lawmakers could accept or override the changes, or not call a vote at all.”

Given that even with their Naziesque gun control, Chicago is the murder capital of the world, maybe they should try a different approach. Or ban Chick-Fil-A, whatever.

July 31, 2012

IN A PRE-BUTTAL OF OBAMA’S “YOU DIDN’T BUILD IT” SPEECH, Milton Friedman talks about “Greed.”

And his Free To Choose series is still on YouTube.

July 31, 2012

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL: Former SEIU Leader Indicted. “Not long ago, Tyrone Freeman was a rising young star in the national labor movement, already the head of California’s biggest union local and a force in Democratic politics from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Freeman’s quick climb up the ranks of the powerful Service Employees International Union burnished his reputation as an effective advocate for the disadvantaged, a man who helped improve the lot of about 190,000 workers paid about $9 an hour to provide in-home care for the infirm. On Tuesday, however, Freeman was indicted on federal charges of stealing from those workers to enrich himself, including by billing the union for costs from his Hawaii wedding. . . . Citing records and interviews, The Times reports showed that Freeman, 42, funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars of his union members’ hard-earned dues to his relatives and lavished similar sums on golf tournments, expensive restaurants and a Beverly Hills cigar club. Last month, his wife pleaded guilty to an income tax charge in connection with more than $540,000 she received in union consulting payments at Freeman’s direction.”

Who could have imagined such a thing?

July 31, 2012

PETER INGEMI: Can we stop calling the Washington Post a “newspaper” now?

July 31, 2012

AT AMAZON, coupons galore in Health & Personal Care.

July 31, 2012

BRYAN PRESTON: Ted Cruz Rises To Victory In Texas Senate Republican Runoff. “Cruz’s win puts a conservative, Tea Party advocate in Washington and also reflects the changing face of the state’s Republican Party. The Texas GOP is far from the caricature of a typically white southern GOP, but Sen. Cruz will be a banner-carrier for the state who happens to carry Hispanic heritage. For a key Republican state that is already demographically majority minority, the significance of this should not be lost. . . . The Tea Party picked up other GOP runoff wins in Texas, notably Dr. Donna Campbell in the state Senate race 25. She is a leader to watch. Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams has fought off a runoff challenge in Texas Congressional District 25. But Cruz’s win is the star, and it is comprehensive. He won all across the Lone Star State, in the large cities (except liberal Austin) and in the rural areas. He won comfortably, with about 53% of the vote. Cruz’s win is a strong sign that the Tea Party is capable of backing a strong candidate against a stronger candidate, at least on paper, and back that candidate to a resounding victory.”

July 31, 2012

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Milton Friedman: An Economics Of Love.

Friedman’s libertarianism was based on an economics of love: for real human beings leading real human lives with real human needs and real human challenges. He loved freedom not only because it allowed IBM to pursue maximum profit but because it allowed for human flourishing at all levels. Economic growth is important to everybody, but it is most important to the poor. While Friedman’s contributions to academic economics are well appreciated and his opposition to government shenanigans is celebrated, what is seldom remarked upon is that the constant and eternal theme of his popular work was helping the poor and the marginalized. Friedman cared about the minimum wage not only because it distorted labor markets but because of the effect it has on low-skill workers: permanent unemployment. He called the black unemployment rate a “disgrace and a scandal,” and the unemployment statute the “most anti-black law” on the books with good reason. He talked about two “machines”: “There has never been a more effective machine for the elimination of poverty than the free-enterprise system and a free market.” “We have constructed a governmental welfare scheme which has been a machine for producing poor people. . . . I’m not blaming the people. It’s our fault for constructing so perverse and so ill-shaped a monster.”

I knew what he was talking about, because I had seen the monster up close.

Read the whole thing.

July 31, 2012

TATLER: Obama Ad Starts The Dirty Season.

July 31, 2012

A LOT OF UGLY RUMORS ABOUT HARRY REID CIRCULATING.

July 31, 2012

MORE THOUGHTS ON MILTON FRIEDMAN’S BIRTHDAY.

July 31, 2012

AT AMAZON, IT’S THE BACK TO SCHOOL SALE.

Also, savings on new and used textbooks.

And, up to 25% off on college and dorm room essentials. And free shipping with Amazon Student.

July 31, 2012

WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR TEXAS RUNOFF RESULTS.

UPDATE: According to Prof. Jacobson, above, the AP has called the race for Ted Cruz. That’s a big Tea Party win if it holds up.

July 31, 2012

CREEPY POLICE: Cop Harasses Dad for Holding Hands With Daughter, Demands Gratitude. Why don’t we know the cop’s name?

UPDATE: Alex Bensky writes:

I’m a bit confused. A father working along the street with his daughter (who from the story seemed not to be dragging or forcing her) and it’s assumed he’s a pervert.

Then the DoJ requires universities to institute a sexual assault legal process that seems to be inspired by Andrei Vyshinsky, denying men even pro forma due process.

Why isn’t this a war on men?

Who says it’s not?

July 31, 2012

OUT: Worries about obesity. IN: Worries about “toe-besity.” “New York-based Dr. Oliver Zong, who specialises in slimming down people’s feet, told Good Morning America that a growing number of people are beginning to obsess over smaller details of their feet, like the width of their toes.”

July 31, 2012

WHAT’S THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL? Another Obama FlipFlop. As Jim Geraghty noted ages ago: Everything he says has an expiration date. Every single thing.

And the whole MyBuyersRemorse.com thing is clever.

Meanwhile, on the more positive side: Believe In The America You Built.

July 31, 2012

BUZZFEED: The Strange Devolution Of Obama’s Campaign Emails, 2008-2012. “Is it me, or have they gotten dumber?” It’s not you. “The poll numbers and strategy videos are gone. Now, the campaign’s emails are often hectoring, manipulative and full of angst, and there are just way more of them.”

July 31, 2012

HEY, WAIT, I THOUGHT THOSE WERE FIGMENTS OF DICK CHENEY’S IMAGINATION: “Britain will help the Iraqi government dispose of what’s left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, still stored in two bunkers in north of Baghdad, the British embassy in Baghdad announced Monday. . . . Saddam stored the chemical weapons near population centers so that he could access them quickly, despite the danger to his civilian population.”

July 31, 2012

CARDINAL TO RAHM EMANUEL: So what exactly are “Chicago Values.” I think it’s all about the Benjamins, with a veneer of moralizing to fool the rubes.

July 31, 2012

HAPPY TO HELP: Reader Joanna Fuchs writes:

Love the InMotion elliptical I bought through your link.

I bought the under-the-desk InMotion mini-elliptical machine, and I love it. It assembles very quickly, fits nicely under my desk and pedaling is very smooth. I pedal all the time I’m at my computer because it’s so easy and enjoyable. Thanks for the tip!

Glad to help. And that reminds me that I owe readers a review of the FitDesk, which I promised a couple of weeks ago. It’s a pretty cool gadget. Helen uses it almost daily, I use it on non-gym days. The laptop fits neatly on the built-in foam desk (I’ve just left an old MacBook Pro as a permanent addition) and it’s easy to pedal and browse or blog. The pedal action is adjustable and pretty smooth, and the seat is comfortable and wide — not narrow like a bike seat. My only complaint is that I wish the seat adjusted one notch higher than it goes. I keep it on the top setting, and it felt like it was a bit short, but so far I’m not getting any knee pain or anything so I guess it’s enough. But if you’re taller than me (6’3″) you might give it a pass. Helen and I have each lost about a pound, but whether that’s the desk or something else, who knows?

July 31, 2012

DR. TERRY GROSSMAN DESCRIBES his wellness regime.

July 31, 2012

IN THE WORDS OF GEORGE COSTANZA, “I’m back, baby!”

July 31, 2012

WHY “YOU DIDN’T BUILD IT” IS A PROBLEM, as explained by The West Wing.

July 31, 2012

DON BOUDREAUX: Milton Friedman, a centennial appreciation. “Note that Friedman would heartily agree with President Obama that no one prospers in today’s economy exclusively through his or her own individual efforts. Where Friedman would disagree – and disagree strongly – is with Obama’s suggestion that the main source of help that each of us gets from others is government. While government might supply some necessary pieces, such as highways and law courts, the vast bulk of what society supplies for each person’s sustenance and success comes not from government but from the ongoing private efforts of millions of individuals acting in free markets.”

July 31, 2012

DRINKING WHILE PREGNANT: A DEBATE. There’s no real evidence that modest amounts of alcohol do any harm at all. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is associated with quite heavy drinking.

July 31, 2012

ED DRISCOLL: NPR’s Cokie Roberts Leads the Schorr Patrol for Obama. “If Romney’s staff sounds appropriately testy with old media — wait, is their boss a wimp or a bully this week? — it’s having to put up with smears from the Palace Guard that elected and protect Obama, such as Roberts’ pathetic attempt at blowing the raaaaacist dog whistle.”

UPDATE: Reader Robert Crawford emails: “After the MSM’s treatment of Romney’s European tour, especially the shrieking reporters in Poland, Romney is a fool if he allows for any ‘moderator’ in the ‘debates.’”

July 31, 2012

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Nanofabrication Engineers Unveil First Casimir Chip That Exploits Vacuum Energy. “So instead of being hindered by uncontrollable Casimir forces, the next generation of microelectromechanical devices should be able to exploit them, perhaps to make stictionless bearings, springs and even actuators. Exciting times for micro and nano machines.”

July 31, 2012

HMM: Views On Gun Laws Unchanged After Aurora Shooting. #Narrativefail.

July 31, 2012

MICHAEL GREVE: Freedom, Politics, And The Courts.

July 31, 2012

THE GREAT THING ABOUT OBAMACARE IS THAT YOU WON’T HAVE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR MUCH: Another routine test they’ve decided you don’t really need after all: “On Monday an expert government panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, joined the call by recommending against routine testing with electrocardiograms, or EKGs, in people who have no known risk factors or symptoms of heart disease, like shortness of breath or chest pains. The recommendations, published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, made the test the latest addition to an expanding list of once routine screening tools that have fallen out of favor. Earlier this year, the task force advised against regular screening with the prostate specific antigen, or P.S.A., blood test, long considered the gold standard for early detection of prostate cancer. The panel has also come out against measures like annual Pap smears for many women and regular mammograms for women in their 40s.”

July 31, 2012

ERIKA JOHNSEN: Wait, so… why exactly was Romney’s overseas trip such a “public relations disaster”?

Because it was racist! Duh.

July 31, 2012

BUSTING ANOTHER MEDIA MYTH.

July 31, 2012

YEAH, OBAMA’S RELATED TO A BLACK SLAVE . . . on his white mother’s side. “I’m just waiting for someone to link Obama’s first black slave ancestor to Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee ancestor, you know, the one with the high cheekbones.”

I’ve never been that interested in genealogy — it reminds me of Robert Heinlein’s story about the lizard who said he was a dinosaur on his maternal grandmother’s side — and this kind of twaddle explains why. On this sort of evidence, probably a majority of Americans have some black ancestry.

And it’s much, much more likely that Obama is more closely related to a slave owner on his father’s side. . . .

July 31, 2012

SCIENCE: 600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle. They’ve since been returned to their original owner, Helen Thomas.

July 31, 2012

I’M NOT CONVINCED: The Internet should be adapted to allow for oversight by the National Security Agency, the organization’s boss says.

July 31, 2012

AGING: Immune Dendritic Cells Accumulate Harmful Proteins. “Our immune cells accumulate damaged proteins that impair their function. We need to replace these cells every few decades and keep our immune systems rocking. . . . What I want: cell therapies that will replace senescent immune cells with youthful and highly functioning immune cells. Such therapies will not only reduce sickness and death from infection. The immune system also manages to kill some cancer cells. So one of the reasons that cancer incidence rises with age is immune system aging that undermines the ability of immune cells to identify and attack cancer cells. In fact, some cancers get held in a dormant state by the immune system. Plus, a healthy youthful immune system probably removes toxic beta amyloid protein from the brain and thereby prevents Alzheimer’s disease. So your immune system’s vigor matters even more than most people imagine.”

Faster, please.

July 31, 2012

UH OH: Second Indian Blackout Cuts Power to 670 Million. “Even before we could figure out the reason for yesterday’s failure, we had more grid failures today.” At least that could never happen here. Related thoughts in this post and in this one.

July 31, 2012

HOW IT WORKS: Laser Beam Recharges UAV In Flight.

July 31, 2012

JOAN HEMINWAY: The Last Male Bastion. Of course, as Scott Adams reminded his readers once, when they point to CEOs as proof that men run the world, you have to remember that those are other men.

July 31, 2012

RICHARD EPSTEIN: Posner Gets It Wrong. “Are there really too many patents in America?”

Rob Merges and I had some thoughts on this very topic in the Harvard Journal on Legislation a while back.

July 31, 2012

REMEMBER WHEN OBAMA CRITICIZED WASTEFUL CORPORATE JUNKETS? Watchdog: Junkets held by Education Department cost taxpayers $1.5m a year. “Last year’s four-day conference, which opened in late November, was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The year before that, the event was at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. . . .Sole-source contracts were used to select sites for the events, according to internal Education Department documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. The MGM event cost taxpayers about $1.6 million, according to the agency, including $790,000 paid to an outside consultant to help plan and present the conference.”

Best bit: “The keynote speaker was the department’s secretary, Arne Duncan. His topic: controlling college costs.” Heh.

July 31, 2012

IN THE MAIL: From David Drake, Loose Cannon: The Tom Kelly Novels.

July 31, 2012

LOOKS LIKE WE’VE GOT THE INSTAPUNDIT TWITTER FEED UP AND WORKING. Alas, we lost all the followers in the process. So if you’re on Twitter, follow me!

July 31, 2012

Knoxville, Tennessee. On Market Square. I’m told that the dog and bird are great friends, and go everywhere together.

July 31, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Pension Tsunami Now Rolling over Police, Firefighters.

Once considered sacrosanct, the pensions of cops and firefighters are increasingly coming under the budget knife, says Reuters.

Even in the recent showdown in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker was careful not to extend the curbing of collective bargaining rights to police and firefighters. But now dire fiscal straits across the country are threatening even the pensions of public servants who put themselves in harm’s way.

From San Diego, San Jose, and Stockton to St. Louis, Detroit, and Suffolk County, the story sounds much the same.

I’ve been blogging about the underfunded/overgenerous public-pension problem for a while. But a great resource is PensionTsunami.com, which has been on the story even longer.

July 31, 2012

ON CAMPUS, THE PERSISTENT PROBLEM OF “HATE CRIME HOAXES.” You get more of the behavior you reward.

July 31, 2012

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: “Is it even legal to use the the official White House website this way?” But it probably is legal. Just pathetically embarrassing. And Politico isn’t looking too good, either.

July 31, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE:

Since 2009, the UC Board of Regents and President Mark Yudof have responded to state retrenchment by taking the axe to their campuses—cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from UC’s budget, raising tuition 32% and more recently proposing another tuition hike of 81% over the next four years. The response has been rallies, direct actions, and widespread protest among faculty, staff and students.

While many of these actions have called for an end to Operational Excellence, movements for greater democracy in university governance face a variety of obstacles. At UC, knowledge workers are divided among an alphabet soup of bargaining units, each covering campuses across the state: the UAW (grad teachers), CUE (clerical workers), UPTE (technical workers), AFSCME (service and maintenance), the AFT (lecturers and other staff), and then undergrads and tenure-track faculty, who don’t have formal bargaining power. As Smith puts it, “There are coalitions that have been built that are working, it’s just that there’s a lot coming at us. We have to be continually regrouping, moving forward.”

Meanwhile, dissident university staff face threats to their already insecure jobs. “I have spoken to next to no individual staff who welcome the idea of shared services, but nobody will speak out,” says one employee, who has worked in managerial and sub-managerial capacities and wished to be kept anonymous. “People are mostly doing like I am doing, counting the years to retirement and hoping to stick it out.” . . .

The fate of Gender and Women’s Studies at Berkeley rests on the availability of its single full-time staffer. “Visitors come, foreign visitors, global feminist people,” she says. “Part of our mission is to welcome people and have a space for intellectual discussions. Are we going to reach a point where there’s no there there?”

Yes.

July 31, 2012

NERVOUS: The Hill: Anxious Obama campaign plans high-dollar fall fundraising spree.

July 31, 2012

AT AMAZON, the End-Of-Summer Levi’s Sale. For men, women, and children.

July 31, 2012

AMELIA CHASSE ON stereotypes and Obama’s “War On Women.”

July 31, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Financial Times: Jobless generation puts brakes on US. “Youth unemployment has reached crisis levels around the world, with almost 13 per cent of the global youth labour force out of work this year, according to the International Labour Organisation. But the problem has a unique flavour in the US, where the weak job market has collided with record levels of educational debt – about $25,000 for the average graduate. Together, they pose a threat to the future earning power of young Americans such as Mr Grzywacz – and could have long-lasting effects on US growth.”

Or maybe I should call this a higher education bubble update. Read the whole thing. And reader Harry Forbes writes: “The online edition does not have the scary loan debt growth chart that is in the printed edition. It is attached.”

I’m not surprised.

July 31, 2012

MANAGEMENT: Pro-Romney super PAC spends $7.2 million to air Romney-saving-the-Olympics ad. Featuring Kristi Yamaguchi. Key bit: “He faced a $400 million budget deficit and turned that around into a $100 million surplus.”

July 31, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Obama tells a joke that pretty well sums up his term, accidentally.

July 31, 2012

SHIKHA DALMIA: Why London Is Yawning Over The Olympics.

July 31, 2012

THE HILL: GOP Scrambles For Farm-Bill Votes. “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants, wanting to avoid an intraparty battle on a $957 billion five-year bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee, scheduled a vote on a one-year farm program extension that includes drought relief provisions. But aides and lobbyists closely monitoring the issue said Monday that unless something changes, it looks like GOP leaders will have to pull the bill.”

July 31, 2012

APOLLO MOON FLAGS still standing.

July 31, 2012

ED MORRISSEY: Rahm Emanuel, Chick-Fil-A, And The Easy Slide Into Fascism. “There is nothing wrong with boycotts by consumers, though they often tend to be ineffective. Still though, boycotts are perhaps the purest form of free-market political protests — entirely voluntary, with commensurate impact to the issue at hand on the business in question. But when governments demand political loyalty as a requirement to operate a business or live in a city, that has more in common with the 20th-century regimes that required business owners to have party cards and excluded anyone not considered loyal to the entrenched ruling class.”

July 31, 2012

#NARRATIVEFAIL: “It wasn’t very long ago they were trying to tell us that Romney was a bully…. Now he’s a wimp?”

Plus: “But what I’d like to say is: Attacking a man as ‘wussy’ is homophobic. Do the Democrats care about gay people or not? The effort to label Romney a ‘wimp’ is a betrayal of liberal values. It’s hypocritical.”

July 31, 2012

PERJURY: Federal Court: DOJ Official May Have Lied About the New Black Panther Case.

July 31, 2012

WELL, THAT’S ANOTHER ONE PAST ITS EXPIRATION DATE: Obama Promised In 2008 He Would Not Run Negative Ads.

July 31, 2012

SAD, BUT TRUE: Hillary Would Have Been A Better President Than Obama.

July 31, 2012

PETER ORSZAG: PRIVATIZE THE POST OFFICE!

July 31, 2012

MICKEY KAUS: Mayhem At GM: “This wasn’t supposed to happen until Nov. 7.” Plus, despite Obama’s promises, “Two years later, the Treasury still owns more than 26% of GM. The stock price of the dramatic administration success story is too low to sell without taking gigantic, embarrassing losses.”

July 31, 2012

JASON PYE ON THE CHICK-FIL-A BROUHAHA: Seriously, this is the most absurd fake outrage I’ve ever seen in my life. “Don’t get me wrong, I support gay marriage. However, I also believe in free speech. Sure, free speech occasionally comes with consequences — you have the right to say what you want, but you’d better be willing to live with it, but many of the people who have gotten on a soap box about this don’t exactly have their hands clean. As Conor Friedersdorf notes, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel worked for President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama at times when they opposed gay marriage. . . . If you’re expressing outrage at Chick-fil-A, why the hell were you not protesting President Obama before his ‘evolution’ on the issue just a couple of months ago?”

It’s not just important to have the proper ideas. You must have them at the proper time. Otherwise, you’re a fascist or something.

July 31, 2012

YOU DIDN’T LOSE THIS ELECTION ON YOUR OWN: A big role for Elizabeth Warren at the Democratic Convention.

July 31, 2012

#NARRATIVEFAIL: Gallup: Increasing Taxes on the Wealthy Is Lowest Priority Issue, Even Among Obama Voters.

July 31, 2012

NUCLEAR SECURITY LOOKING PRETTY POOR.

July 31, 2012

WELL, YES: Corn For Food, Not Fuel.

July 31, 2012

DON WATKINS: President Obama vs. My Grandfather.

Obama wants to wipe out the enormous difference between people like my grandfather, who succeed because they choose to think, create, work, and build—and those who don’t. In the president’s account, what makes us successful isn’t our intelligence, it isn’t our ambition, it isn’t in the end even the infrastructure: We all drive on the roads and go to school; we don’t all create a successful restaurant let alone a Fortune 500 company.

No, the real root of success is dumb luck. Some happen to get a lot from society, others happen to get a little. To borrow my colleague Harry Binswanger’s apt summary of Obama’s argument, “The only reason Joe Sixpack didn’t find the Higgs boson is that he didn’t happen to be provided with a large hadron collider.”

Heh.

July 31, 2012

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY TO MILTON FRIEDMAN, The Man Who Saved Capitalism.

July 31, 2012

TESTING INSTAPUNDIT TWITTER FEED. Another test of the RSS Feed.

July 31, 2012

MICHAEL BARONE: REPUBLICANS SHOULD TARGET ASIAN VOTERS.

July 31, 2012

TESTING RSS FEED TO TWITTER.

July 30, 2012

JOURNALISM: Jonah Lehrer resigns from New Yorker after fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in ‘Imagine.’

July 30, 2012

FIRE THEM ALL AND ABOLISH THE AGENCY: DEA Gone Wild!

In short, the DEA here commandeered private property from a law-abiding businessman and ineptly deployed it in an operation that got a man killed and now endangers a family that had nothing to do with the case. There is a term for what the DEA did with that truck: grand theft auto.

The DEA is running neck-and-neck with the ATF for the title of most dangerous federal law-enforcement agency; in my view, both should be dissolved and their responsibilities handed over to some more responsible party, such as a group of drunken rodeo clowns or ADD-addled teen-agers.

Whoever approved this operation belongs in a jail cell next to whoever approved Fast and Furious.

After the tar and feathers.

July 30, 2012

FREE THE DEAD InstaPundit Twitter Account!

UPDATE: Looks like we’re making progress.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Testing it now.

July 30, 2012

JOHN HINDERAKER: The most striking thing about Mitt Romney’s overseas trip has been the press coverage. “It has been hypercritical, to put it mildly. It started in England, where Romney’s observation that certain logistical issues relating to the Olympic Games were ‘disconcerting’–a judgment that has since proved resoundingly correct–was treated as a major diplomatic faux pas. . . . Then it was on to Israel, where Romney’s visit can fairly be characterized as triumphant. Without criticizing President Obama, he made it clear, in a ringing speech in Jerusalem, that his administration would be far friendlier to Israel than Obama’s. Romney’s speech was widely hailed in Israel as well as in the U.S., and probably enhanced his standing with many American Jews. Not to mention the fact that he raised $1 million from contributors with whom he met the next day. And yet press coverage has focused mainly on the Palestinian reaction to Romney’s pointing out that Israel’s “culture” has much to do with its prosperity relative to its neighbors, much as America’s culture explains its economic advantages over Mexico. The Palestinian objection was silly, and here is a news flash for American media: Romney isn’t angling for the Palestinian-American vote. Romney’s visit to Poland has been successful, too.”

You think the press is hypercritical now? Just wait until Romney is President. They’ll make up for their nonstop adulation of Obama by suddenly rediscovering the role of the press as watchdog. But increasingly, people are tuning them out.

July 30, 2012

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, WE’D SEE BIGOTRY AND DISCRIMINATION EVEN IN FANCY HOTELS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Pakistani Owner of Swanky Santa Monica Hotel: “Get the [expletive] Jews out of my Pool”

July 30, 2012

AT AMAZON, up to 25% off on mowers and landscaping tools.

Also, up to 40% off on outdoor toys.

July 30, 2012

L.A. TIMES: Exclusive: Five ATF officials found responsible for Fast and Furious. Hmm.

July 30, 2012

METAPHOR ALERT: Obama Press Secretary Marries ABC Reporter.

But there’s this: “Jaffe and Hogan appear to have registered for wedding gifts at Bloomingdales and Crate & Barrel. A search of BarackObama.com reveals that the newlyweds have not registered with the Obama campaign, which would have allowed well-wishers to send cash donations to the campaign instead of getting wedding gifts.”

July 30, 2012

NEXT WEEK’S NEWSWEEK COVER, REVEALED.

July 30, 2012

PIPELINE: Keystone XL Moving Forward . . . Maybe.

July 30, 2012

ANDREW KESSLER: Why You Should Be More Interested in Mars Than In The Olympics.

July 30, 2012

“WHEN LIBERALISM DOESN’T WORK, IT DISCREDITS LIBERALISM.” The Obama Administration’s epitaph? That it’s from Media Matters’ Duncan Black only makes it better.

July 30, 2012

AT AMAZON, today’s Blu-Ray deals.

Plus, 55% off on MacGyver – The Complete Series. My favorite was the one where he made a thermal lance out of a magnesium bicycle frame.

July 30, 2012

BOB OWENS: What if a trained gun owner — say, myself — had been allowed to carry in the Aurora theater? “The first rule of gun-fighting still applies: first, have a gun.”

July 30, 2012

THE HILL: Lech Walesa all but endorses Mitt Romney during meeting in Poland.

July 30, 2012

MY BABYSITTER, the sex bomb.

July 30, 2012

IAIN MURRAY: America’s Real Choice: Cronyism Or Competition?

July 30, 2012

BROKE BUT STILL SPENDING: Did $600 Million Man U Soccer Jerseys Get A GM Executive Fired?

July 30, 2012

POINTS AND FIGURES: The Drought And GMO Crops.

July 30, 2012

AN IPHONE CASE that’s also a stungun. I want one.

July 30, 2012

SO MUCH FOR THE WHOLE “IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN” THING: How Teachers’ Unions Go To Bat For Sexual Predators.

July 30, 2012

LAW STUDENTS HAGGLING OVER SCHOLARSHIPS: “It’s a buyer’s market: Don’t behave as if you don’t know it.”

All is proceeding as I have foreseen. In fact, I’ve advised students to dicker, even in undergraduate settings. You may not have to pay sticker price, but they’ll certainly let you do so if you don’t haggle.

July 30, 2012

A HOTBED OF SEXISM: Summer Olympic sports where men are barred from competing.

July 30, 2012

IS A LAW DEGREE a good investment today?

July 30, 2012

FACIAL EXPRESSIONS: As Nationally Distinctive As Accents?

July 30, 2012

PANTHERGATE: Federal Court Finds Obama Appointees Interfered With New Black Panther Prosecution.