Archive for August, 2012

August 30, 2012

VIDEO: Rand Paul Turns Up The Heat In Tampa.

UPDATE: Artur Davis: I know my speech was a success because MSNBC blacked it out.

August 30, 2012

JOBS: Serious shortage of skilled auto mechanics looming.

UPDATE: Pushback from reader Dan Dressel:

I work directly with auto part stores and repair shops, and all I can say is don’t believe the hype. A lot of shops have closed the last two years due to the recovery, and there are a lot of young, trained mechanics out there doing other things. As soon as a good job turning wrenches opens up (and they can’t go back on unemployment after working six months), they’ll leave whatever service position they have and get back under the hood.

In my position, I’m seeing a people who used to be in faddish professions following a trend (real estate, mortgage brokers, and yes, tattoo artists) who are coming back to turning wrenches after the other jobs/professions became less lucrative/glamorous, and they wanted good money and a steady path.

There are younger mechanics working out there, focused on specialty engines and mods to imports (VW and the Japanese manufacturers getting most of the attention), but they tend to become more generalized the older they get, and they are learning locally and not through the GM Tech Schools. This may be the point of the article – make it seem like a shortage is looming to try and boost attendance at the automotive vocational schools, especially the ones that advertise, like GM.

Hmm.

August 30, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Gasoline To Hit New Labor Day High. Wanna bet it’ll get less press coverage than last time it did that?

UPDATE: A reader emails: “Remember when gas was two bucks a gallon because ‘Bush is an oil man?’ At four bucks a gallon, Obama must be Jed Clampett.”

August 30, 2012

HARRISON SCHMITT remembers Neil Armstrong.

August 30, 2012

LOWER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Americans look down on public schools. “Only 32 percent of Americans believe public schools deliver a good education, and just five percent of people surveyed believe students at public schools will receive an excellent education. Sixty-one percent of Americans think public schools will give only a fair education at best, including 18 percent who rate the education as poor.”

August 30, 2012

JOEL KOTKIN: The Unseen Class War That Could Decide The Presidential Election.

There is no true solidarity among the rich since no one is yet threatening their status. The “one percent” are splitting their bets. In 2008 President Obama received more Wall Street money than any candidate in history, and he still relies on Wall Street bundlers for his sustenance. For all his class rhetoric, miscreant Wall Streeters, particularly big ones, have evaded big sanctions and the ignominy of jail time. . . .

With the patriarchate divided, the real action in the emerging class war is taking place further down the economic food chain. This inconvenient reality is largely ignored by the left, which finds the idea of anyone this side of Bain Capital supporting Romney as little more than “false consciousness.”

Obama’s core middle-class support, and that of his party, comes from what might be best described as “the clerisy,” a 21st century version of France’s pre-revolution First Estate. This includes an ever-expanding class of minders — lawyers, teachers, university professors, the media and, most particularly, the relatively well paid legions of public sector workers — who inhabit Washington, academia, large non-profits and government centers across the country.

This largely well-heeled “middle class” still adores the president, and party theoreticians see it as the Democratic Party’s new base. Gallup surveys reveal Obama does best among “professionals” such as teachers, lawyers and educators. After retirees, educators and lawyers are the two biggest sources of campaign contributions for Obama by occupation. Obama’s largest source of funds among individual organizations is the University of California, Harvard is fifth and its wannabe cousin Stanford ranks ninth.

Like teachers, much of academia and the legal bar like expanding government since the tax spigot flows in the right direction: that is, into their mouths. Like the old clerical classes, who relied on tithes and the collection bowl, many in today’s clerisy lives somewhat high on the hog; nearly one in five federal workers earn over $100,000.

Essentially, the clerisy has become a new, mass privileged class who live a safer, more secure life compared to those trapped in the harsher, less cosseted private economy. As California Polytechnic economist Michael Marlow points out, public sector workers enjoy greater job stability, and salary and benefits as much as 21% higher than of private sector employees doing similar work. . . .

The GOP, for its part, now relies on another part of the middle class, what I would call the yeomanry. In many ways they represent the contemporary version of Jeffersonian farmers or the beneficiaries of President Lincoln’s Homestead Act. They are primarily small property owners who lack the girth and connections of the clerisy but resist joining the government-dependent poor. Particularly critical are small business owners, who Gallup identifies as “the least approving” of Obama among all the major occupation groups. Barely one in three likes the present administration.

The yeomanry diverge from the clerisy in other ways. They tend to live in the suburbs, a geography much detested by many leaders of the clerisy and, likely, the president himself. Yeomen families tend to be concentrated in those parts of the country that have more children and are more apt to seek solutions to social problems through private efforts. Philanthropy, church work and voluntarism — what you might call, appropriately enough, the Utah approach, after the state that leads in philanthropy.

The nature of their work also differentiates the clerisy from the yeomanry. The clerisy labors largely in offices and has no contact with actual production. Many yeomen, particularly in business services, depend on industry for their livelihoods either directly or indirectly. The clerisy’s stultifying, and often job-toxic regulations and “green” agenda may be one reason why people engaged in farming, fishing, forestry, transportation, manufacturing and construction overwhelmingly disapprove of the president’s policies, according to Gallup.

Read the whole thing.

August 30, 2012

JEREMY LOTT: Harper’s should just give up on covering Republican conventions. It really has no idea how to do it without looking incredibly stupid.”

August 30, 2012

CHANGE: “For the very first time, the favorable/unfavorable ratios are now higher for the Republican Party than for the Democratic Party. For the first time ever, the Democratic favorability ratio, which has always been within the range of 1.20 to 1.56, is now below 1. It is a stunningly low .83, which is 31% lower than the prior Democratic Party low of 1.20, which was reached in 2004. . . . Under President Obama, there has been an unprecedentedly sharp and first-ever switch to preferring the Republican Party over the Democratic Party. In fact, the damage that has been done to the Democratic brand under the Obama Presidency, going from a historically normal Democratic ratio of 1.38 in 2008, down 39% to the present .83, compares with the Republican fall-offs under George W. Bush’s Presidency, which declined from the Republican ratio of 1.41 in 2000, down 18% to 1.16 in 2004, and then down yet another 31% to .80 in 2008, when the Republican Party hit its all-time (back until 1992) pre-convention low – which virtually doomed the campaign of Presidential candidate John McCain and made Obama’s win almost inevitable. The Democratic brand has thus suffered more (down 39%) under Obama than the Republican brand suffered under either of George W. Bush’s two terms (-16%, then -31%).”

UPDATE: Reader Ralph Tacoma writes: “I’d suggest that it’s particularly significant that it’s deteriorated so badly in spite of the fact that the media has been totally in the tank for the Democrats during both terms. I’d suggest that it’s an indication of the weakening power of hte MSM.”

August 30, 2012

FROM IRA STOLL, thoughts on night two of the RNC.

August 30, 2012

IF I WERE THE ISRAELIS, I’D BE KEEPING THIS VERY MUCH IN MIND: Germany’s Secret Contacts to Palestinian Terrorists. “Eleven Israelis and one German police officer died in the Munich massacre of 1972, when Palestinian terrorists took Israeli athletes hostage at the Olympics. Now, government documents suggest that Germany maintained secret contacts with the organizers of the attack for years afterward and appeased the Palestinians to prevent further bloodshed on German soil.”

For that matter, if I were anyone anywhere wanting to manipulate the Germans, I’d keep it in mind, too.

August 29, 2012

DAN RIEHL: Dear Juan Williams — Stop Digging!

August 29, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As HELOC Delinquency Rates Hit A Record, Are Student Loans Next?

August 29, 2012

OKAY, IT’S SKED FOR TOMORROW, BUT INSTAPUNDIT PREMIUM SUBSCRIBERS — WHICH IS EVERYBODY! — CAN READ IT NOW: My USA Today column: Seniors suffer under Obama. Where’s the outcry?

UPDATE: Reader Mac Overton writes:

There is another pernicious repercussion to such low interest rates – and they affect the young as well as the old. The drop in interest income is keeping seniors working rather than retiring and forcing some retirees to rejoin the workforce. Those jobs taken by seniors crowds out job opportunities for younger workers..

Latest data from the BLS:
Employed – age 65 and over
July 2012: 6,155,000
July 2008: 5,193,000
Net add: + 962,000

Employed – ages 16 to 64
July 2012: 144,580,000
July 2008: 144,731,000
Net loss: -151,000

Basically, all new jobs (and then some) created in the past four years have all been taken up by seniors – which is why many youngsters sit on their parents couch at home – granddad and grandma took their first job…..thanks in part to the abnormally low interest rates.

Well, they can always sit in their childhood bedrooms and stare up at those fading Obama posters.

August 29, 2012

A VIDEO INTERVIEW with Hating Breitbart director Andrew Marcus.

August 29, 2012

ON TWITTER, many journos were amazed that Condi Rice spoke without a teleprompter, just from notes. I had to point out that professors do that all the time.

UPDATE: Reader Craig Mason writes: “Don’t tell that to Professor Obama.” Bah. A mere Lecturer.

August 29, 2012

ED DRISCOLL: And now, a Few Words from Margaret Thatcher on the Failure of Obamanomics.

August 29, 2012

BRIDGET JOHNSON on Condi’s speech. “She said America’s narrative has never been one ‘of grievance and entitlement.’”

August 29, 2012

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August 29, 2012

LESLIE LOFTIS: Ann Romney, The Corporate Wife: Is your opinion worthless if you don’t get paid for it? “In every other area of life, the fact that someone is paid for an opinion is a strike against credibility. In the post-feminist era, we are supposed to believe it is a mark of credibility — at least for women. This absurdity reminds me of a related twist that has often bothered me: why are those who are paid by non-profits and assorted socially acceptable organizations deemed more compassionate than heartless conservatives who often do similar work for free?”

August 29, 2012

PAUL RYAN: “With all their attack ads, the President is just throwing away money. And he’s pretty experienced at that!”

Plus: “The recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.”

Also: “I have never seen opponents so silent about their record and so desperate to keep their power. They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division is all they’ve got left.”

“College graduates should not have to spend their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, looking up at their fading Obama posters and wondering when they will be able to get going in life.”

UPDATE: Comment: “He looks like a young JFK, only healthy.”

August 29, 2012

MATT LEWIS: On paranoia and the left’s obsession with hearing ‘dog whistles.’

August 29, 2012

CONDI RICE: “We cannot be afraid to lead, and you cannot lead from behind. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality.”

August 29, 2012

AT AMAZON, bestsellers in Military Science.

August 29, 2012

ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH ROMNEY’S SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION: Secret Service gun inadvertently left in Romney plane lavatory. Should he be hiring private security?

August 29, 2012

ADVICE FOR THE RNC: A reader emails:

Hi, first of all, if you’re even reading this, thank you. I know you must be bombarded with e-mails. Like many of your other readers, I would ask that if you do anything with this, you do not associate my name with anything. It would pretty much destroy me professionally.

I’m a reformed liberal and hearing election coverage tends to make me nuts. You have influence and I wanted to float an idea to you (for possible consideration and publicity). I think the RNC should start a website submission process where regular people (like me) can submit ideas for adds. I’m a suburban, working mom. I am the person they’re trying to reach. You’d think that people like me would have good ideas for how the out of touch politician can speak to us and our peers. Plus, it would be easy…I swear the commercials could half write themselves.

“It would pretty much destroy me professionally.” It’s a shame that American politics have descended into such a reign of terror.

UPDATE: Reader Jody Green writes: “You are so right to highlight this most disgusting fact of life in a country built on freedom. If you are Black, Hispanic, work in Hollywood, Journalism, Law or Academia you must hide your true beliefs or your life/job will be targeted. This is the real battle for the future.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Another reader emails: “Identifying with conservative issues, and I’m not even talking social issues, is professional death in the non-profit world. So, please, if you use this, don’t use my name.”

Meanwhile, reader George Milonas writes:

My advice for Romney and Ryan:

They need to take an immediate tour of hurricane ravaged areas offering help to locals and demanding Obama declare the area a disaster area. They would look presidential while Obama golfs and fundraises-what he does best.

It would make a great ad.

Indeed.

MORE: Another reader writes:

Your comment, “It’s a shame that American politics have descended into such a reign of terror” regarding reformed liberal readers’ requests not to be identified is telling. I work in an industry that is almost exclusively conservative, in a very conservative state (Texas). I’ve worked with a few liberals, and they were quite open about it. While we sometimes discussed politics at lunch or around the coffee pot, I never saw any of my fellow conservatives berate, threaten or ridicule the liberals. No one was ever called names. We respect them, even though we disagree with them.

My wife, on the other hand, works in a liberal profession. The few times she’s let her true feelings show, she’s been met with disdain, antipathy and outright disgust. She’s afraid to put a Romney sticker on her car for fear of it being vandalized in the employee parking lot. What is it that causes liberals, the so-called champions of diversity, to react so violently to conservative thoughts?

Tribalism and intellectual insecurity.

MORE STILL: Sarah Hoyt emails:

For years I worried, to the point of having an elaborate fake identity to comment on political blogs. I thought if I came out politically my publishing houses would drop me and of course, we couldn’t live without the money.

Then the one of my editors — Toni Weisskopf at Baen — who knew I was a libertarian and with whom I’d traded emails about the significance of Heinlein’s Puppet Masters to our current situation, asked me to write the foreword to the re-edition of the book. I was aware this might kill my career with every other house but Baen, and at the time Baen took maybe a book from me every two years: not enough to live on.

I did it anyway, because I felt I had to. I was right. The other houses dropped me like a hot potato and the last two years were pretty rough income wise. But then as a writer, I can now self publish, Darkship Thieves did pretty well, and Baen is now buying a lot more books from me and… I think in a year or so, once we backfill that hole, I’ll be all right.

However — in the moments when I thought I wasn’t being paranoid — I wasn’t. In the arts and creative fields of endeavor, too, being conservative/libertarian is the kiss of death. (Unless you write sf/f and are lucky enough to work for Baen.)

I’d like to point out though — the point of this ramble — that I’ve found the pay off is worth it. Not the money — though I think eventually it might be. I don’t know what other people who (like Roger L. Simon) blacklisted themselves have found, but I’ve found that being able to be me and not self-censor every word took my creativity AND my execution to a new level. It’s like… before I was sleep-writing and now I’m awake. And my beta readers seem to agree.

Yes, it would still be pointless if I couldn’t get it in front of people. So I’m not suggesting everyone does this. But maybe we need more safe havens for conservative artists, where we CAN be ourselves.

Well, there’s Liberty Island. And PJM, of course! You can donate to Liberty Island here.

August 29, 2012

#WARONWOMEN: ‘I want to murder Ann Romney’; Left hurls misogynist hate, death threats at multiple GOP women.

August 29, 2012

ADVERTISING AGE: Obama’s Reddit Q&A: Smart Tactic, but Empty of Actual Content. “The reality is that this is not authenticity. It’s the opposite.” Typical, in other words.

Say, did Louisiana ever get that disaster declaration Bobby Jindal was asking him for?

August 29, 2012

WATCHING ROB PORTMAN, it’s clear that Ryan was a much better pick.

August 29, 2012

PREJUDICE GETS ZIMMERMAN TRIAL JUDGE REMOVED. This whole affair has been a politicized travesty.

August 29, 2012

ANN ALTHOUSE is live-blogging the RNC.

August 29, 2012

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Aspirin May Aid Cancer Recovery. “Men treated for prostate cancer who took aspirin regularly for other medical conditions were less likely to die of their cancer than patients who weren’t taking aspirin, according to a new study published on Tuesday in The Journal of Clinical Oncology.”

August 29, 2012

VIDEO: Mia Love Rocks GOP Convention, MSNBC Ignores. Paying attention would blow the narrative.

And here’s my interview with Mia Love from earlier this year. (Bumped from last night). (Bumped again).

UPDATE: Meanwhile, if you look at NBC’s RNC video page, it’s as if Mia Love and Artur Davis never spoke.

Is NBC racist? Looks that way. I mean, they’re airbrushing out the black people!

ANOTHER UPDATE: Vandalism from racist Democrats: Sick: Wikipedia entry calls Mia Love ‘dirty, worthless whore’ and ‘House Nigger.’

Meanwhile, non-racists are donating to the Mia Love Love Bomb.

August 29, 2012

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August 29, 2012

A REMINDER FROM ANDREW BREITBART: “Once our voices are heard, then Democracy will happen.”

August 29, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “For years, Silicon Valley has failed to breach the walls of higher education with disruptive technology. But the tide of battle is changing. A report from the front lines.”

August 29, 2012

THOUGHTS ON LIVING LONGER AND AGING LESS. I think most people’s ideas of how long they want to live are colored, consciously or unconsciously, by the idea of decline with age, even when talking about anti-aging technologies.

August 29, 2012

CHANGE: Mia Love tops Google searches after ‘rousing’ speech at GOP convention. A rousing speech, I should note, that NBC pretended never happened. Racists.

Related: Romney gets bump from first full day at Republican convention. “Romney’s image has received a five-point bump after the convention’s first day, according to data presented at a Wednesday breakfast sponsored by The Hill at the law offices of Holland & Knight.”

August 29, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why That Woman Is Trying To Steal Your Boyfriend.

UPDATE: Reader Jeff Burhans writes:

Did you notice that all the reasons they give come down to: Because she was hurt by a MAN at some point in her life!

Responsibility for their choices? Not so much. So apparently, 90% of women (because that was the number who said they would poach if their match was married) have all been hurt by scummy, potential-rapist MEN.

Maybe the article was written by a student-life staffer from the University of Montana.

August 29, 2012

HIRED GUNS: After $100k ‘public relations’ payment from teachers union, Media Matters attacked Fox News. And by that I’m not referring to the illegal-in-the-District Glock carried by David Brock’s “assistant.”

August 29, 2012

MEANWHILE, OBAMA IS GIVING A CAMPAIGN SPEECH: ‘Worse than Katrina’: Pics of Plaquemines Parish where rising floods strand residents.

August 29, 2012

NANOTECHNOLOGY WILL BE THE THEME of the first Autodesk Design Night.

August 29, 2012

ABUSE OF POWER: Partisan Politics in the Classroom. “As faculty members at Ohio State last week double-checked their syllabi, glanced at their rosters, and ran through the usual routines for the start of fall courses, some of them found a surprise in their e-mail in boxes. A senior English professor invited his colleagues to open their classrooms in the weeks ahead to organizers in the Obama campaign. They would first encourage students to register to vote and then, if the instructors were willing, encourage students to volunteer for the Obama campaign.”

August 29, 2012

ROGER SIMON: DATELINE TAMPA: RACISTS OF THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA.

Racism is stalking the Republican Convention in Tampa. But it’s not from the Republicans. It’s from the mainstream media.

First it was MSNBC treating convention speakers Artur Davis, Mia Love, and Ted Cruz like nonpersons. And now it’s Yahoo! Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian getting caught on an ABC webcast saying Mitt Romney would be “happy to have a party when black people drown.”

Chalian, not surprisingly, was fired almost immediately when the word got out, but the climate in which he would make such an insane statement is very much alive and well. Why would anyone dream of saying such a thing in a semi-public situation if he didn’t feel safe and among friends?

The left/liberal need to think Republicans and conservatives racists is more than just projection. At this point, it is nothing short of a mental illness. It is so far divorced from reality, it has to be pathological. No longer are these people able to observe reality with anything close to impartiality. We are not in the world of politics, ladies and gentlemen. We are in the world Freud, Jung, Adler, and people bouncing off walls.

Indeed. Plus this: “The executives at Yahoo, and ABC, where Chalian once worked, are obviously in damage control mode. But they would be better advised to examine the culture (their culture) that allowed this to happen.”

People are joking on Twitter that NBC stands for “No Black Conservatives.”

UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes:

Glenn,

The sheer pathology that Roger Simon highlights may well be one of the biggest stories of this election season. It’s becoming hard to ignore it and becoming more apparent to a larger number of people. At the same time, intended victims are less likely to be cowed.

Democrats and the left have lazily relied on the power of ad hominem coupled with race for the better part of 40 years now. The power of that was bound to diminish with passing time and generations. We’re seeing it now and also seeing that Democrats, and the left generally, have done nothing to prepare for that day. They are desperate, because they have nothing else to offer as rebuttal in policy disputes. Nothing.

This is the price to paid for 40 years of intellectual stasis on the left.

I believe they are preparing the way for a preference cascade.

August 29, 2012

MIA LOVE: The America I Know.

August 29, 2012

HIGH ON THE LIST OF COOL ACTIVITIES: Chasing the U-2 Spy Plane—In a Pontiac GTO.

August 29, 2012

SCIENCE: Curbing Killer Bacteria Isn’t Rocket Science. “That so many hospitals fail to take these precautions is both bewildering and inexcusable. Preventing these needless infections would not only save lives but millions of dollars in health care costs.”

August 29, 2012

PROGRESS: A growing number of apps hope to turn smartphones into personal assistants.

August 29, 2012

TECHNOLOGY MARCHES ON: The Underwater Wheelchair. “Ms Austin, who has been a wheelchair user since 1996, developed the chair with help from dive experts and academics. . . . Finding a suitable dive propulsion vehicle to propel the chair was initially difficult because most propeller models were designed to be hand-held and Ms Austin lacked the strength to hold on to them. Eventually she trialled a model that was designed for divers with disabilities – and then added two to the wheelchair.”

August 29, 2012

THE WORLD’S NEW WONDER MATERIAL: Wood pulp!

August 29, 2012

ROGER KIMBALL: Love And Change In Tampa.

August 29, 2012

IN THE MAIL: Edited by Roger Kimball, The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century.

August 29, 2012

CHANGE: Christians in Pakistan Hiding in Forest.

August 29, 2012

ROLL CALL: GOP Pols, Advisers Plot Mitt Romney’s First 100 Days.

August 29, 2012

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Gov. Brown’s Pension Reform Plan Won’t Defuse the Bomb. “These are not bad ideas, but a lot of what it does is prevent future abuses of the system and reduces the growth of the pension commitment moving forward. It doesn’t do anything to deal with the crisis as it stands now. Employees will not be pushed into a 401(k)-type system to reduce the state’s liability.”

August 29, 2012

THE HILL: GOP platform adopts Internet freedom plank.

August 29, 2012

YOU DON’T NEED A WEATHERMAN TO SEE WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS: Hillary Clinton to Flee the Country During DNC.

August 29, 2012

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August 29, 2012

DAN RIEHL BUSTS THE L.A. TIMES FOR RACISM. “Reaching back for old stereotypes in some twisted attempt to maintain the political status quo in America doesn’t take talent, originality, or even creativity. It only takes a small mind and a form of bigotry we have already grown too accustomed to in a seemingly unrepentant and non-rehab-able old media.”

Well, to be fair, the L.A. Times folks probably got their impressions from watching MSNBC.

Related: Why is Harold Meyerson so racist? “So let me get this straight; Meyerson believes that talking about work-to-welfare is a racist dog whistle because, in his own mind, he links welfare to the African-American community. This says a lot more about his own stereotypes than it does about the Republican Party, and certainly the Republicans that I know. When I think of welfare, and food stamps for that matter, an entirely different image comes to mind. I think of my time working at Kroger, where I watched a group of people, almost entirely white and southern themselves, misuse the EBT (food stamp) program to buy unnecessary and expensive products while ignoring the essentials.”

Yes, if you think “welfare abuse” automatically means “black people,” then you’ve made clear who the racist is.

August 29, 2012

WHERE “SORT-OF” EQUALS “HALF-ASSED:” Prof. Joseph Campbell: A sort-of correction from the NYTimes. “It has taken more than three months, but the New York Times today published a sort-of correction of its erroneous description about the napalm attack in Vietnam in June 1972 that preceded the famous photograph of children terrified and wounded by the bombing.” Plus this: “[T]he phrasing — ‘while the planes that carried out the attack were “American planes” in the sense that they were made in the United States, they were flown by the South Vietnamese Air Force, not American forces’ — makes it sound like a bunch of teenagers borrowing daddy’s car.”

The narrative — Americans evil baby-killers! — must be preserved. The self-esteem of an entire generation of Boomer journalists requires it.

August 29, 2012

JOHN GALT WAS UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: More big U.S. companies are reincorporating abroad despite a 2004 federal law that sought to curb the practice. One big reason: Taxes. “Lawmakers of both parties have said the U.S. corporate tax code needs a rewrite and they are aiming to try next year. One shared source of concern is the top corporate tax rate of 35%—the highest among developed economies. By comparison, Ireland’s rate is 12.5%. The Obama administration has proposed lowering the rate to 28%, while Republican rival Mitt Romney has proposed 25%. Critics of the tax code also say it puts U.S. companies at a disadvantage because it taxes their profits earned abroad. Most developed countries tax only domestic earnings.”

August 29, 2012

NEW YORK SUN: ‘Second American Century’ Hoves Into View As Ann Romney Steals the Show at Tampa.

August 29, 2012

WELL, THAT SEEMS LIKE A SMART MOVE: Michael Barone: Romney pins hopes on being different from Obama. ” Voters are most concerned about the related issues of the economy and the size of government. They are discontented with the status quo. . . . This year people want something different. Romney offers that. Obama offers more of the same. Emphasizing that contrast, the Romney people believe, is a winner.”

August 29, 2012

POINTS AND FIGURES: The Myth Of The “Corporate Wife.” “Juan’s characterization is rooted in myth. Even the corporate wives that you see in Mad Men didn’t have it easy.”

August 29, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Higher Education Bubble Spawns Demographic Decline Among Educated Americans.

As college costs and student loan debt soar (partly due to opulent university spending) and unemployment rises, young college graduates, crushed by student loan debt, are deciding not to have kids, resulting in demographic decline among the educated in America. In recent years, student loan debt has skyrocketed from $100 billion to nearly $1 trillion, creating a potential debt bomb for the American economy.

France and England now have higher birth rates than America. College-educated people in their 20s are definitely more likely to have kids there. “American fertility is now lower than that of France” and the United Kingdom, notes The Economist, even though American fertility was higher than France or England in 2007.

Why the recent change? Could it be because college graduates in England and France have less student loan debt? Tuition is lower there. Per capita expenditures are lower at their elite schools. France and England spend much less on physical plant for colleges and universities. Faculty salaries don’t get as high there.

Note that this is one area where the usual suspects aren’t calling for us to be “more like Europe.”

UPDATE: Stereotyping all men as sexual predators in need of re-education probably doesn’t help, either.

August 29, 2012

YES, BUT FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S PERSPECTIVE, THERE’S NO GREATER EMERGENCY THAN AN ELECTION THEY MIGHT LOSE: Bloomberg Editors: Strategic Oil Reserve Is for Emergencies, Not Elections. And this explains why it’s such an emergency for them: “Gasoline prices are a tempting target for presidential intervention because so many other economic indicators are stalled or going in the wrong direction. Unemployment remains stuck at more than 8 percent, economic growth this year will probably be a dispiriting 2 percent and housing continues to be the patient that won’t get well. More discouraging news arrived Tuesday: Consumer confidence in August had the biggest decline in 10 months.”

August 29, 2012

FROM JOE THE PLUMBER TO “Barack The Plumber.”

August 29, 2012

MORE ON ELIZABETH WARREN: Taxi Driver 2: Fauxcahontas Boogaloo. “Reitzas was photographed with his arms around Warren and her husband Bruce Mann in July 2012, more than a month before the incident. Reitzas’ relationship with Warren and Mann remains unclear.”

August 29, 2012

HOPEY-CHANGEY: Unicorn Flatulence Is The Ultimate Flex Fuel. ” You can think of the Volt as the ultimate in flex-fuel. It runs 30% on coal, 40% on natural gas, 9% each for nuclear and hydropower. Of course, the overhead losses in generation, distribution, conversion, and storage are immense. It is also worth noting that the current Administration is against coal, natural gas, nuclear power and dams.”

August 29, 2012

BYRON YORK: The big speeches: Why Ann Romney succeeded and Chris Christie didn’t. I actually thought Chris Christie’s speech was pretty good, though not as good as Ann Romney’s. I’d never heard her speak, and frankly had no real impression of her at all before. I can now see why a lot of people were calling her Mitt’s secret weapon.

August 29, 2012

LIZ PEEK: If I were Romney, this is what I would say.

August 29, 2012

IRA STOLL’S THOUGHTS ON RNC NIGHT ONE: The Party Of The Children Of Immigrants.

August 29, 2012

ENERGY: Alaska Explores Shale Oil Development.

August 29, 2012

LOWER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Impact of Charter Schools on Public and Private School Enrollments.

August 29, 2012

MICKEY KAUS:

“Our most effective ad is our welfare ad”–Romney ad strategist:

1) Told you so;

2) It was clear at an Atlantic/National Journal forum in Tampa this morning that the MSM is very proud of itself for abandoning traditional “false balance” and declaring in its own voice that Romney’s ads are wrong. A front page news (not opinion) article in the New York Times simply asserts:

The Romney campaign is airing an advertisement falsely charging that Mr. Obama has “quietly announced” plans to eliminate work and job training requirements for welfare beneficiaries …

The only trouble with this inspiring reclamation of journalistic manhood is that … Mr. Obama did quietly announce what certainly seemed like plans to eliminate work and job training requirements for many welfare beneficiaries. Bring back false balance.

Plus this: “I didn’t think Obama supporters would resort to crudely arguing that talking about welfare is really talking about race–a historic loser complaint for them. I was wrong. Maybe voters suddenly love being told that their concern for a work ethic makes them racist, and that legitimate misgivings about the dole–voiced, in the past, by Bill Moyers and Piven and Cloward, not to mention Bill Clinton–are really a ‘dog whistle’ to bigots.”

August 29, 2012

JENNIFER RUBIN ON ANN ROMNEY’S SPEECH.

August 28, 2012

I’M PRETTY SURE “CORPORATE WIFE” IS A RACIST DOG-WHISTLE FOR DEMOCRATS: “Real reporter” and real sexist Juan Williams attacks Ann Romney as “corporate wife.”

August 28, 2012

CHANGE: Deposit flight from Spanish banks smashes record in July.

August 28, 2012

#NARRATIVEMANAGEMENT: MSNBC abandons GOP convention during every speech by a minority. Can’t confuse their viewers with counter-narrative events.

August 28, 2012

EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH: Is The Hookup Culture Empowering? Does it depend on who you hook up with? . . . .

August 28, 2012

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August 28, 2012

KEEP IT CLASSY, DEMS: Mia Love’s Wikipedia Entry Now Being Defaced.

UPDATE: Reader David Bricker writes: “Thanks for pointing out the Wikipedia outrage. I’m furious and would love to donate. Could you update with a link on where to donate? I can’t believe I’m the only one who is motivated to help her tonight. And what a story it would make if she pulled in big bucks in the next 24 hours.”

I believe that would be the Mia Love Love Bomb. Bombs away!

August 28, 2012

$16 TRILLION!

But wait. You aint’s seen nothing yet. At this rate of growth, total US debt will surpass:

$17 trillion on June 10, 2013;
$18 trillion on March 23, 2014;
$19 trillion on January 3, 2015; and
$20 trillion on October 16, 2015

And on, and on, and on…

How’s that hopey-changey stuff workin’ out for ya?

August 28, 2012

LOWER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: High School students and sleep deprivation. “Taken together, the evidence we have on the connection between sleep and academic performance suggests that the problem isn’t merely an issue of student behavior, and the solution probably shouldn’t be confined to lecturing kids on how they ought to be getting a full 8 hours of rest. It’s also a systemic problem with the way we do education. Consider when high school starts, for instance. Studies in Minnesota (and elsewhere) have shown that simply shifting first period from 7:20 to 8:30 makes a difference not only in attendance, but also in how well students do once they get to school.”

August 28, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Who’s your daddy? DNA clinic gives answers, sparks concerns.

August 28, 2012

WHEN FEMALE ACADEMICS suffer from envy.

August 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, Labor Day Deals In Kitchen & Dining.

August 28, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): The Mean Economy: Even law firms hit hard by recession.

August 28, 2012

HOW TO TEACH A ROBOT TO IMPROVISE. “Self-piloted drones have become sophisticated enough to land on moving aircraft carriers, but put a single unexpected tree in the way, and they will crash. Now a five-university group that includes specialists in biology, computer vision and robotics is trying to teach drones to dodge obstacles on the fly. Working with $7.5 million from the Office of Naval Research, the scientists aim to build an autonomous, fixed-wing surveillance drone that can navigate through an unfamiliar city or forest at 35 miles an hour.”

If there’s a tree in your way while you attempt a carrier landing, I think being taken aback is entirely understandable.

UPDATE: Broken link now fixed.

August 28, 2012

A SWING STATE REPORT ON 2016:

I wore my new Ryan “Math” shirt on its first public outing today, to see 2016: Obama’s America. I am something of a movie nut, and try to watch films in the middle of the day on weekdays whenever possible so as to minimize the size of the crowd. I don’t think I’ve seen a daytime/weekday theatre this crowded since the last time I did one of those crazy movie marathons (showing all the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings films, one right after another) on a Thursday afternoon before a movie premiere.

The audience was reasonably fired up; of the fifty or so people maybe ten of us were under age 40, but everyone seemed really engaged, with a smattering of vocal reactions (especially towards 2008 campaign footage.) One guy said “it’s too bad they can’t let you vote just outside the door” as I was leaving.

We’re in Central Ohio – the theatre draws pretty evenly from congressional districts 12 (Tiberi – went for Obama in 08) and 15 (Stivers – went for McCain) with some folks coming in from 7 (Austria – went for McCain.) The new districts 3, 12, and 15 cover the same general area (3 being the new “mostly Democrat” seat likely to be taken by Joyce Beatty, a typical midwestern city Democrat [http://beattyforcongress.com/].)

I think it’s pretty darned impressive, in any case. Also, several people took a good hard look at my shirt. ;)

(If you publish, please don’t mention my name; I don’t want trouble at work/with relatives.)

You know how we’ll know when things are really changing? When people aren’t afraid to have their names published in support of mainstream Republican causes. . . .

August 28, 2012

IS “POLITIFACT” MORE LIKE POLITIFICTION? It’s clear that the various “fact-checking” sites have squandered their reputation as honest brokers through repetitive partisanship.

August 28, 2012

PHOTOSHOPPING BEFORE PHOTOSHOP. “Today the manipulations seem quaint next to pixel-by-pixel airbrushing, sophisticated masking and light modeling, but considering the tools at hand, the products are remarkable.”

August 28, 2012

FIRST IT WAS WEDDING AND BABY REGISTRIES, NOW IT’S student gift registries. “As students head back to school and recent graduates start their first jobs, many are using gift registries — long an important feature of weddings and baby showers — to help them nab some of the items they want to set up their dorm rooms and furnish new apartments. The Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond and online retailers with names such as DormSmart.com and DormCo.com are encouraging college students to register and clue in relatives who need help with gift ideas.”

August 28, 2012

RACISM WATCH: Did Businessweek’s Joshua Green Just call Artur Davis a “minstrel”? “It seems to me there’s little difference between what Joshua Green Tweeted to Artur Davis and his accusing him of putting on black face and shucking and jiving for da man.”

UPDATE: Reader Aaron Kuehn says Riehl is wrong: “‘U MAD BRO’ clearly is aimed at the Democrats who have turned their ire on Davis. Check the comments on the article.”

August 28, 2012

WHEN THE MANGO BITES BACK. Note this well: In most places, the natives’ “immunity” to food-borne illness is quite partial. They get sick a lot too. Meanwhile, consider the mango experience as a possible answer to this question.

August 28, 2012

A BRYAN PRESTON INTERVIEW: Sen. John Cornyn: Republicans Can Win Senate ‘Regardless’ of What Happens in Presidential Race.

August 28, 2012

ANNOUNCING THE MIA LOVE LOVE BOMB. (Via Prof. Jacobson). (Bumped).

August 28, 2012

THE LINK WAS IN THE RICHARD EPSTEIN PIECE I posted earlier, but here’s a direct link to the Reader’s Digest condensation of Hayek’s Road to Serfdom from 1946. Worth posting on its own.

August 28, 2012

EVERYONE HAS A CROSS TO BEAR: Bra-Shopping with Sofia Vergara. “Sofia Vergara says she struggles to find a 32F bra to fit her busting top side, and often has to settle for a 34DD in a pinch. ‘Nobody with real boobs usually has those measurements.’”

August 28, 2012

#WARONWOMENFAIL: “Reclaim Women’s Equality” rally at the Wisconsin Capitol draws only 100 people. It’s as if this whole war-on-women thing is a dumb talking point without grassroots traction or something.

UPDATE: Reader Karen Webb writes: “That’s probably because most women don’t define themselves as a vagina.” No, these days it’s only progressive feminists who see women as no more than their ladyparts.

August 28, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Niall Ferguson: College Becoming the New Caste System. “The real problem is not that our college system is failing. The problem is that it is succeeding all too well—at ranking and sorting each cohort of school-leavers by academic performance. . . . In 1997, just over a hundred elite colleges, which admitted fewer than a fifth of all freshmen, also accounted for three quarters of the ones with SAT or ACT scores in the top 5 percent. Meritocracy in action? The problem is that this cognitive elite has become self-perpetuating: they marry one another, live in close proximity to one another, and use every means, fair or foul, to ensure that their kids follow in their academic footsteps (even when Junior is innately less smart than Mom and Dad). Paradoxically, our universities now offer social mobility mostly to foreigners. For Americans, they risk creating a new caste system.”