Archive for September, 2012

September 29, 2012

HOW TO IMPROVE HOME PRICES:   Mitt Romney had the audacity to argue (to virtually no attention by the mainstream media) that the housing market can best be improved by . . . . [drumroll, please] an improved economy.  Contrast the progressive vision:  federal government subsidies– what a shocker.

Mr. Romney understands that more government intervention has been an obstacle to a housing recovery. His housing white paper, released the same day as his speech, lists the “alphabet soup of federal housing assistance programs” that the Obama Administration launched over the past four years, with acronyms like “HAMP, HARP, 2MP, H2H and EHLP.” None have rescued the housing market because they aim to keep troubled borrowers in their homes, rather than allow lenders to foreclose and the market to clear.

Amen.

September 29, 2012

News you can use: Looking at cute animal pictures at work may boost performance.

September 29, 2012

SHOCKINGLY, THEY DO EXIST: List: Republican Celebrities.

September 29, 2012

ADORBS!:  Sweet little two-legged chihuahuas Moose and Maverick live happily with their disability, inspiring their human counterparts.

September 29, 2012

HILLARY CALLS FOR REGULATIONS TO BE LOOSENED, BECAUSE “TOO MANY PEOPLE STILL CAN’T FIND JOBS.”

But only in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, alas.

RELATED: Question asked on Twitter: When will Barack Obama call for the Middle East to stop clinging to their guns and religion?

September 29, 2012

SCAPEGOATING NAKOULA: “He’s going to be confined in a special unit where he’d be in a solitary cell, locked up alone and in maddening isolation.”

Remember all the people who were upset when this happened to actual terrorists? They’re nowhere to be heard now, when it’s being done to someone whose role is scapegoat for the White House’s national-security ineptitude.

September 29, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Don’t Sit Up Straight: Why A Natural Posture May Be Better.

September 29, 2012

PANDERING TO RADICAL ISLAMISTS:  The arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (aka “Sam Bacile”), the producer of the Mohammed video, is an affront to the First Amendment.  The feds nabbed him for an alleged parole violation.  Even if true, it seems improbable that Nakoula would have been apprehended in the absence of his association with the video.  If this is correct, it suggests that the Obama Administration is willing to use its vast power to jail people for publishing “offensive” material — particularly material offensive to the radical Islamists.

Would it be alright for a President to instruct federal prosecutors to create a “black list” of, say, communists/Republicans/tea partiers — pick your own least favorite group– and target them for investigation and arrest for any matter disinterred?  Surely this would be viewed as an abuse of power, and an affront to the First Amendment.  Talk about a “chilling effect” on free speech!

This is getting scary, folks.

September 29, 2012

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO TURN MOTHER JONES ANTI-IMMIGRANT? Mia Love.

Sorry, that’s just stone-cold racism. It’s all about not wanting to see a black Republican woman in office.

September 29, 2012

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Univision: The untold story of what ‘Fast and Furious’ wrought in Mexico. “When a journalist for Univision asked President Obama last week why he hasn’t fired Attorney General Eric Holder over the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun walking fiasco, the reporter, it turns out, had an inside scoop that added urgency to the question. At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Univision says it’ll air a blockbuster investigation detailing the impact of the deeply flawed gunrunning investigation, which operated between Oct. 2009 and January 2011.”

I don’t think this operation was “botched” or “deeply flawed.” I think it worked as planned, except for the part about being caught. Still, even if you aren’t troubled by the too-close nexus with the Administration’s preferred gun-control narrative, there’s this: “In order to reach the target of the operation, which was identifying the drug traffickers who were using the guns, [ATF agents] were waiting for the guns to be used. And how are guns used in Mexico? Killing people. I talked to an ATF agent who said there was no other way to explain it.”

September 29, 2012

IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER:  Pete Dupont points out in the WSJ something the mainstream media and many inside-the-beltway old school Republicans will not:

In spite of what some of the pundits are saying, this election is not over, and it is very difficult now to be sure who will win the race on Nov. 6. To begin with, the polls seem to show a good bit of volatility. According to Rasmussen Reports, which unlike many other analysts has tracked likely voters instead of registered ones, has gone from Mr. Obama up by two in August, to up by five in early September to a tie in late September. Gallup was plus-one for Mr. Romney in mid-August, plus-seven for Mr. Obama in early September, and plus-three for Mr. Obama in mid-September. In short, each candidate is holding 45% to 47% of the votes with roughly 6% to 10% undecided.

It ain’t over’til it’s over, folks.  Turnout is the key.

September 29, 2012

INCONVENIENT TRUTHS: Brent Bozell describes Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America as “the Little Engine That Could – the film that could surpass Gore at the box office.” But if a documentary breaks records but remains unreported within the MSM’s cocoon…?

Two weeks ago, Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “2016: Obama’s America” passed Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” for second place on the all-time box-office money list for political documentaries. It now has a box office gross of more than $32 million. But if you’re an independent or a liberal who’s unplugged from conservative websites and talk radio, you’d never know.

You didn’t see D’Souza on CBS or NBC (although he showed up on ABC’s “Nightline” in late night). There were no cover stories in Time or Newsweek. The film opened on just one screen in Houston when it premiered on July 13, and then spread to 10, and eventually to 1,000 theaters in August and 2,000 theaters in September. A cultural sensation, yes – but somehow not newsworthy.

RELATED: What if newspapers hadn’t bothered to report the attack on Pearl Harbor?

September 29, 2012

HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE?:  Check out these 9 “must have ” status symbols that say, “I’m rich!”  If you have at least 5, watch out:  Progressives may call you a capitalist pig.

September 29, 2012

SO DOES THE DUMB-BUT-HAPPY STEREOTYPE FALL ALONG WITH THE FAT-BUT-JOLLY ONE? People With Higher IQs Tend To Be Happier. “People with lower intelligence are more likely to be unhappy than their brighter colleagues, according to UK researchers. Their study of 6,870 people showed low intelligence was often linked with lower income and poor mental health, which contributed to unhappiness.”

September 29, 2012

BLOG COMMENT OF THE DAY: At Protein Wisdom:

So, the government is going to provide the funds to pay the fines they impose on the contractors for non-compliance with regulations written by the government.

You couldn’t make this stuff up.

Muggeridge’s Law, which posits that there’s no way that any satirist can improve upon real life for its pure absurdity, has become absolutely ironclad over the last four years.

(Via Small Dead Animals.)

September 29, 2012

DIDN’T WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? “Eat the Rich Now, Starve Later,” Theodore Dalrymple writes.

September 29, 2012

WELL, GOOD: 5-Cent Diabetes Pill From 1958 May Be New Cancer Drug. “Metformin, the most commonly used medicine to lower blood- sugar, is the subject of about 50 cancer studies globally, according to U.S. government clinical trial information compiled by Bloomberg. The research began after scientists found metformin prevented tumors in mice and that diabetics were less likely to develop a malignancy if they were taking the 5 cents- a-day pill than other diabetes medications.”

September 29, 2012

UNIVISION UNCOVERS MORE FAST AND FURIOUS DEATHS.

September 29, 2012

TALES OF THE ONE PERCENT: “Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks,” Alex Pappas writes at the Daily Caller.

“In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.”

September 29, 2012

EXPERIENCE TRUMPS BRILLIANCE: The 5 Unique Ways Intelligent People Screw Up Their Lives.

September 29, 2012

How is an e-reader like an octopus?  No, that’s not a joke.  Apparently we’re studying how octopuses use ink to improve e-readers.

September 29, 2012

CAN GREEKS BECOME GERMANS? “Greek police send crime victims to neo-Nazi ‘protectors,’” according to the Guardian.

Well, that’s one answer to Thomas Friedman’s query last year.

UPDATE: Link fixed.

September 29, 2012

Libya Timeline shows an administration that can’t shoot straight and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence falls on its sword to preserve the administration.

September 29, 2012

HUGH HEWITT: Introducing The New Polling Firm of Madoff, Marist, Quinnipiac and Ponzi:

The data on absentees and registration point to a fall off in enthusiasm for the president from the highs of 2008, a result both of his epic failures as president and of the fact that the second time around isn’t nearly as exciting as casting a vote for the first ever African-American president.

The conversations with the experts are the most revealing, however, and the Manhattan-Beltway media elite has really failed to do even minimal homework here, choosing instead to go with the conclusions of the people they have paid to give them data, thus outsourcing their work.

In this respect big media resembles nothing so much as investors in Bernie Madoff’s funds. Madoff never got asked tough questions by his investors or the SEC, and thus he rampaged through his clients’ cash.

Big news organizations that turn off their skepticism and write checks to polling firms are doing the same thing and for the same reason: They lack the skills to do their own analyses, and they don’t want to be thought stupid for asking obvious questions.

I don’t mind admitting I don’t know why a sample should include 10% more Democrats than Republicans, so I ask –and ask and ask. This is what journalists do. Unless, apparently, they have paid for the product or want badly to believe it is true.

But don’t believe me. Read the interviews.

Follow the above link to do just that.

September 29, 2012

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S ENABLERS: Benghazi Worse than Watergate, Roger L. Simon writes.

September 29, 2012

IN THE MAIL: From Glen Cook, Star’s End: 3 (Starfishers Trilogy).

September 29, 2012

MICKEY KAUS: Feeling Guilty?

Am I crazy or is today’s NBC Nightly News broadcast actually almost fair in Obama vs. Romney terms? … The network isn’t exactly harsh on Obama regarding the highly suspicious intelligence-agency blame-taking on Libya misdirection–-but Andrea Mitchell does offer only two alternatives: 1) “a coverup” 2) “trying to avoid acknowledging mistakes this close to an election.” … Is MSM Guilt finally kicking in? (Thanks, Howard Fineman!). Or was whoever’s in charge of skewing the coverage (maybe his name is Brian) just off for the night?

Stay tuned.

September 29, 2012

ROGER SIMON: Benghazi Coverup Worse Than Watergate.

Watergate caught numerous public officials lying, including the president of the United States, but Benghazigate has all that and more.

It involves the terrorist murder (not an electorally irrelevant burglary) of government officials, their reckless endangerment, the undermining of the Bill of Rights and free speech by our own administration in response to Islamist threats, and, ultimately, the complicity of that same administration, consciously or unconsciously, in the downfall of Western civilization.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media function as their more-than-willing accomplices in this downfall, in essence as Obama’s court eunuchs.

Sound excessive?

Hear me out.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: A “devastating” coverup timeline.

September 29, 2012

TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE: The Shady Ethics of the “Obama Phone.” “Is the Obama administration effectively paying a company to advertise the free cell phones as Obama Phones? Or was the administration aware of the practice, and have they done anything to stop it? I’m sure the mainstream media are hard on the case, investigating the Obama administration in that relentless way they do.”

September 29, 2012

CHANGE, BUT NOT HOPE: Libya: “The spokesman for the director of National Intelligence issued a statement Friday that appeared to try and explain why the Obama administration position has shifted on the events of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”

September 29, 2012

OBAMA’S ECONOMIC FATALISM: I’ve seen this among my lefty acquaintances.  They assume decay is inevitable.  I think it comes from economic illiteracy and first-world-guilt (which in turn comes from not knowing that wealth can be created, so more economic illiteracy).  Couple that with Obama’s world-bestriding ego, and you have a recipe for disaster.

UPDATE, FROM READER ERIC SCHUBERT:
In several related ways, I see the liberal pessimism Sarah Hoyt describes
as a classic case of projection:

1. The Blue Social Model is in decline. If you’re heavily invested in it,
then the socioeconomic trends that are moving us away from it are
devastating to your self-worth. Contrast that view with the Whiggish
Optimism (leavened with a heavy dose of the Doctrine of Original Sin) that
we see with Walter Russell Mead’s blog.

2. If her liberal friends are gentry liberals who have career paths that
are in decline, then the rise of successful upstarts in unrelated fields
undermines the status of her liberal friends.

3. Racism, sexism, and homophobia are fading rapidly as roadblocks to
personal happiness and professional success. How does a liberal feel
superior and smug when all but the most narrow-minded accept diversity?

Eric Schubert
Katy, TX

YOU MAY QUOTE WITH ATTRIBUTION

Eric — Most of my friends are novelists, wedded to the old model of doing fiction-business.

September 29, 2012

SO I’VE SPENT THE PAST WEEK AS A MEDIA FELLOW at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. It was delightful, and I met a lot of interesting people and learned a lot. (I dropped by and talked with the Udacity folks, too, where I learned some stuff I’ll be writing about later.)

I’ve been researching my next Encounter Broadside, a followup to The Higher Education Bubble that is tentatively entitled The K-12 Implosion, and I learned a lot. I’ve also found that this is a topic that people are quite interested in. Everybody knows the current system isn’t working; the question is what to do about it.

Now, alas, it’s time to move on. Ah, well.

September 29, 2012

POLITICS: The Hill: Obama administration tells contractors again: Don’t issue layoff notices. At least until after the election.

UPDATE: It’s even worse.

And reader Richard Fagin emails:

You might want to point out to your readers that the WARN Act was a Clinton administration creation. Now that the law is in a position to harm a Democrat president running for reelection, isn’t it amazing how the law is ignored?

Laws are for the little people.

September 29, 2012

MASS TRANSIT YOU CAN BELIEVE IN: How Driverless Cars Would Reshape Automobiles *and* the Transit System.

When I’ve thought about driverless cars, which if you believe Sergey Brin, will be available within “several years,” I’ve tended to think of them as a drop-in replacement for our current automobiles. So, you’d buy a VW Automaton and it would sit in your driveway until you wanted to go somewhere. Then, you’d hop in, say, “Take me to Lake Merritt,” and then just sit back and pop in the latest Animal Collective while the computer drove.

But maybe that’s not what would happen at all. Changes in transportation technology have tended to be accompanied by changes to transportation systems, too. Long-time technologist Brad Templeton argues that this will, in fact, be the case. And he’s even got an idea of what the big shift might be. We could enter the age of the “whistlecar.” If one can hire a cheap specialized ‘robotaxi’ (or whistlecar) on demand when one has a special automotive need,” Templeton writes, “car users can elect to purchase a vehicle only for their most common needs, rather than trying to meet almost all of them — or to not purchase at all.”

This vision is kind of stunning: imagine the Kiva Systems logistics robots that now speed around major warehouses, but for people. Transportation-as-a-service models could really take off in a world of hyperoptimized robotaxis. Not only would the robotaxis be built differently from normal cars, but people’s private vehicles (if they had one) would change as they realized how they could use the new system more effectively.

Indeed.

September 29, 2012

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Campaigning Obama knocks Congress for, uh, campaigning.

September 29, 2012

MICHAEL BARONE: Faced with Information Age problems, Obama offers … Industrial Age Solutions.

In 2008, voters under 30 preferred Barack Obama over John McCain by a 66 to 32 percent margin. Among older voters, Obama led McCain by 50 to 49 percent.

How has Obama paid back the Millennial generation, which provided almost all his margin of victory? With what American Interest superblogger Walter Russell Mead calls “Obama’s war on the young.” . . .

Nineteenth century fixed rails take you where the railroad, or its government subsidizer, wants you to go. Self-driving cars will take you where you want to go, with as many stops as you like along the way.

That’s in line with the way Millennials lead their lives. The iPod/Facebook generation fashions its own playlists and friends lists, rather than let central decisionmakers choose for them.

Obama’s policies, from Obamacare to high-speed rail, treat people as identical cogs in a very large machine, part of a mindless mass that would not be able to get along without government guidance.

In the information age, these industrial age policies have prevented the vibrant economic growth which gives young people the opportunity to find work and community service that maximizes their own special talents and interests — to shape their own world and choose their own future.

Read the whole thing.

September 29, 2012

BARACK OBAMA’S PROBLEM WITH BLACK VOTERS: “The economic downturn has hit black Americans particularly hard. A Pew Research Centre study found that in 2009 the median wealth of a white household was 20 times higher than that of a black one: the largest gap since the federal government began tracking wealth data by race in 1984. The median wealth of black households had fallen by 53% over the preceding four years, compared with just 16% for white households. In August 2012 the unemployment rate for blacks was 14.1%. That was down from a high of 16.7% in August 2011, but it still far exceeded the national average of 8.1%. . . . Both the current and a former head of the CBC have mused that stubborn unemployment, combined with Mr Obama’s perceived aloofness to the high rates of black unemployment, may cause some black voters to stay at home on November 6th.”

September 29, 2012

AT AMAZON, Warehouse Deals on Children’s Books.

September 29, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): How Many Anarchists and “Animal Conservationists” Are the Feds Spying On? “The documents show that the use of this sort of surveillance by federal law enforcement agencies, which does not require a search warrant, has rapidly increased in recent years. Between 2009 and 2011 alone, the number of orders for pen and trap authorizations increased by 60 percent—from 23,535 in 2009 to 37,616 in 2011. The increase is even more striking when compared with older figures. Between 2001 and 2011, for instance, there was a sixfold increase—from 5,683 original orders recorded in 2001 to the 37,616 in 2011. What that means is that more people were subjected to pen register and trap and trace surveillance in the past two years than in the entire previous decade, as ACLU’s Naomi Gilens has pointed out.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain. . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

September 29, 2012

LOOKS LIKE WE’RE IN FOR NASTY WEATHER: CNBC reports “‘Zombie Economy’ May Give Markets a Scare in October.” 

Or as Mike Flynn writes at Big Government, “Storm Clouds: The Looming Obama Recession:”

Make no mistake, the deteriorating economic situation is the result of Obama’s policies. Since the end of the recession we’ve had massive stimulus, auto bailouts, cash for clunkers, ObamaCare, Dodd Frank and a host of new regulations. We have also been promised a huge tax increase should Obama win reelection. If you were intentionally trying to trigger a recession, you’d be hard pressed to come up with more effective policies.

Obama’s reelection campaign is predicated on the myth that the economy, while weak, is steadily improving. It isn’t–at all. Come November, Obama ought to take his rightful place in the unemployment line.

Or else a lot more of the rest of us will.

September 29, 2012

“I’M SORRY, ARE YOU BUYING A CAR TO BRING IT ALL HOME IN, TOO?” Barack Obama wants you to ask your mom for an $18,000 birth control loan. Here’s what she’d write back.

September 29, 2012

WELL, JOHNNY, WHEN A MALE BRAIN AND A FEMALE BRAIN LOVE EACH OTHER VERY MUCH. . . How Does Male DNA Get Into A Female Brain?

September 29, 2012

HOW CALIFORNIA is committing suicide.

September 29, 2012

THEODORE DALRYMPLE: Freedom of Expression Without The Expression.

September 29, 2012

IT’S A GOOD NAME: Reese Witherspoon Gives Birth To A Boy Named Tennessee.

September 29, 2012

LOOK BACK IN ANGER — Look Forward in Catatonia.

September 29, 2012

GINI, GINI, WHO CAN I TURN TO? Mickey Kaus:

Shorter NYT: The debate over income inequality, the defining issue of our time, the touchstone that lets liberals know they’re liberals, takes up vast amounts of media space and earns big advances for my friends, is really about whether government will reduce the Gini coefficient of income inequality by 23% (Bush) or 25% (Obama). … A generation of respectable leftish intellectuals, at the Times and elsewhere, have succeeded in making presidential politics seem like faculty politics. …

P.S.: Look at the graph accompanying Eduardo Porter’s article. Even after the most ambitious redistribution scheme Obama might implement, is there any chance of restoring the relative after-tax “equality” of, say, the early Reagan years? Weren’t Democrats complaining about income inequality back then, too? … The alternative: Stop obsessing about Gini indexes of money equality! Start worrying about the traditional American ideal of social equality (which income inequality affects, as only one of many factors). You knew I’d say that–but Tim Noah and William Voegeli are saying it too.

The problem is, an emphasis on social equality would conflict with oikophobia-driven class distinctions.

September 29, 2012

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? “California often prides itself on doing things first. Well world, here’s another first. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that would create pensions for 6.3 million pensionless private sector employees.”

September 29, 2012

D.C. HOUSING MARKET looking a bit bubbly?

September 29, 2012

DECLINE IS A CHOICE: “Broadway star Patti LuPone gave an interview to the DC gay mag Metro Weekly, in which she unloaded several strange bursts of liberal celebrity-speak. The most notable one was resenting Rudy Giuliani for cleaning up Times Square into an ‘arcade’ and wishing Times Square was ‘tawdry and dangerous again.’”

She’s far from the only New York celebrity who longs for the urban hell of the Taxi Driver/Death Wish era.

September 29, 2012

For a change I don’t know this person.  But I got this book from Amazon when it was free, and enjoyed it, so I think it deserves mention.  In The Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery should entertain anyone who is interested in either genealogy, historical mysteries or cozies.  Pleasant diversion if you’re having a lazy Saturday.

September 28, 2012

COMPETENCE: In a Surprisingly Transparent Move, New Zealand Admits Unlawful Surveillance in Megaupload Case. “The development is the latest in a string of blunders related to an attempt to extradite Dotcom to the United States. The 38-year-old millionaire, who was born in Germany, is accused of orchestrating the biggest copyright infringement conspiracy in U.S. history—but authorities have so far handled the case disastrously.”

September 28, 2012

I WONDER IF WE’LL SEE A SIMILAR SERIES OF PHOTOS poking fun at distracted, incompetent mothers.

September 28, 2012

POLL: Mass. Lawyers’ Weekly readers want investigation of Elizabeth Warren’s law license problem.

September 28, 2012

CHANGE: Obama Phone Website Undergoes Radical Redesign.

September 28, 2012

MORE THOUGHTS ON “THE END OF MEN.”

September 28, 2012

KENYA SAYS it has captured the last bastion of the Al Shabab terrorist group in Somalia.

September 28, 2012

IF ROMNEY’S DOING SO TERRIBLY, HOW COME Obama and Romney are basically tied in Virginia?

September 28, 2012

JIM TREACHER DISTILLS AN ATLANTIC ARTICLE: “Interviewing people is racist.” At least until November 6.

September 28, 2012

WHY IT’S BAD that smartphones have banished boredom.

September 28, 2012


POLIWOOD TAKES ON THE MASTER: Why Critics Go Gaga for this Underwhelming Film.

September 28, 2012

A STUDENT-LOAN-TO-IPHONE PIPELINE? What Student Loans Are Really Spent On.

September 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, Warehouse Deals on Toys.

September 28, 2012

COMPETENCE: State Dept Did No Threat Assessment in Benghazi Before Ambassador’s Arrival.

September 28, 2012

ADAM CAROLLA ON HARD LUCK AND HARD WORK:

September 28, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): College Students Defaulting At Record Rate.

Give a copy of this to any high-school-age kids you know. For them, it’s not too late.

September 28, 2012

FLACKING FOR THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN at Yahoo!

September 28, 2012

REALITY, WHAT A CONCEPT: Iranian News Agency falls for Onion parody.

September 28, 2012

FAKE NEWS FROM FAKE NEWSPEOPLE AT A FAKE NETWORK: “Morning Joe” Mocks Romney For Something That Didn’t Happen. I intend to raise this against Scarborough during the 2016 campaign season.

September 28, 2012

DEM POLLSTER PAT CADDELL: MSM IS THREATENING FUTURE OF COUNTRY:

“First of all, we’ve had 9 days of lies…If a president of either party…had had a terrorist incident and gotten on an airplane [after remarks] and flown off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, they would have been crucified…it should have been, should have been, the equivalent, for Barack Obama, of George Bush’s “flying over Katrina” moment. But nothing was said at all. Nothing will be said. [...] It is [unacceptable] to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know. [The MSM] has made themselves the enemy of the American people. It is a threat to the very future of the country; we’ve crossed a new and frightening line on the slippery slope, and it needs to be talked about.”

“I have no doubt we’ll see a systematic character assassination of Pat Caddell, beginning in 3…2…1…,” the Anchoress adds.

RELATED: “Romney Must Go on Offense on Media, Middle East,” Caddell writes in a long article at Big Journalism.

September 28, 2012

FASTER, PLEASE: Reverse aging? Scientists find way to make old muscles young again. “For the first time ever, researchers have identified a crucial protein responsible for the decline of muscle repair and agility as the body ages. Upon this discovery, the scientists were able to effectively halt muscle decline in mice, giving hope to similar treatments for humans in the future. According to the study’s authors, loss of muscle strength and repair is one of the major concerns facing elderly citizens.”

September 28, 2012

UNEXPECTEDLY REDUX: To follow up on Glenn’s post earlier today on Bloomberg’s latest “Unexpectedly” moment, this time involving business activity shrinking in the US for the first time since 2009, it’s amazing how much bad economic news happens so “unexpectedly” these days, isn’t it?

But then, hasn’t everyone but the legacy media learned to “Expect the ‘Unexpectedly,’” as Jim Geraghty quipped last year?

September 28, 2012

UNDER THE NEW FREE SPEECH PARADIGM, IF ANY REPUBLICANS RESPOND VIOLENTLY, THE AUTHORITIES WILL ARREST THESE PEOPLE FOR PROVOKING THEM: Good Old Fashioned Democratic Hate Speech.

September 28, 2012

A GREAT FUTURE BEHIND US: Earlier this week, we linked to a series of Seagram’s ads that right around the conclusion of World War II and titled, perhaps portentously for a series of ads merely hawking blended Canadian whiskey, “The Men Who Planned Beyond Tomorrow.”

But as I wrote in my Insta-post, sadly, the tomorrow those ads promised us is now in the past, as Bill Whittle further explores in a heartbreaking, yet must-watch video, which begins with the final victory lap of the Space Shuttle, followed by a beaming Wernher von Braun standing next to the first stage of the Saturn V, his mightiest invention.

“Oh, that? Just some stuff I built,” as the meme making the rounds goes. Bill then mentions Boeing’s enormous late 1960s SST design, which would have dwarfed the Concorde (which also isn’t available for passenger service these days). When the Boeing project was cancelled in the early 1970s, Whittle says in the video:

I remember my dad telling me, “Once you stop going forward, you start going backwards.” I was ten or 11, but this made me worry, because it made my dad worry. But that was it though, wasn’t it? We walked on the Moon, we lost our way home the day after.

In 2010, British academic Bruce Charlton posited, “I suspect that human capability reached its peak or plateau around 1965-75 – at the time of the Apollo moon landings – and has been declining ever since:”

This may sound bizarre or just plain false, but the argument is simple. That landing of men on the moon and bringing them back alive was the supreme achievement of human capability, the most difficult problem ever solved by humans. 40 years ago we could do it – repeatedly – but since then we have not been to the moon, and I suggest the real reason we have not been to the moon since 1972 is that we cannot any longer do it. Humans have lost the capability.

Of course, the standard line is that humans stopped going to the moon only because we no longer wanted to go to the moon, or could not afford to, or something…– but I am suggesting that all this is BS, merely excuses for not doing something which we cannot do.

It is as if an eighty year old ex-professional-cyclist was to claim that the reason he had stopped competing in the Tour de France was that he had now had found better ways to spend his time and money. It may be true; but does not disguise the fact that an 80 year old could not compete in international cycling races even if he wanted to.

Is he right? Well, as Whittle notes, compared with the aerospace engineering of the 1960s, these days, we should all be worried that we’re going backwards – or at the very least just technologically spinning our wheels.

UPDATE: I’ve cross-posted this at Ed Driscoll.com, if you want to explore the topic in the comments section there.

September 28, 2012

I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA: A Call To Include Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson and Green Candidate Jill Stein in the debates.

September 28, 2012

UNEXPECTEDLY! Business Activity in U.S. Shrinks for First Time Since 2009. “Business activity in the U.S. unexpectedly contracted in September for the first time in three years, adding to signs manufacturing will contribute less to the economic recovery. The Institute for Supply Management-Chicago Inc. said today its business barometer fell 49.7 this month from 53 in August. A reading of 50 is the dividing line between expansion and contraction.”

September 28, 2012

RESPONDING TO SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Reason TV: Wake the F*ck Up! – A Rebuttal (NSFW!)

September 28, 2012

CHICAGO VALUES: If “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” as its mayor defiantly boasted in July, are these?

September 28, 2012

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR DIET:  . . . but only if you have a license as a dietician.  This great video from the Stossel show discusses a lawsuit filed in NC by the Institute for Justice, challenging the State’s crackdown on a gentleman who runs a blog advocating a “Paleo”/caveman diet  (meat and fruit/veggies; no processed carbs)  for diabetics like himself.   The State takes the odd position that, while one can write a book about diets (free speech), one cannot run a blog about diets, without a dietician’s license.   Does this comport with the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause?

September 28, 2012

IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY, OR WHAT? Why, yes — there will be a Victoria’s Secret at Cowboys Stadium.

September 28, 2012

HA! Iranian news agency falls for Onion story, plagiarizes it.

September 28, 2012

“HANNAH ARENDT HAD IT RIGHT,” Patrick Moynihan once told an interviewer. “She said one of the great advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.”

September 28, 2012

SCIENCE: ‘Bas-Congo’: Genetic sleuthing uncovers deadly new virus in Africa.

September 28, 2012

BARACKALYPSE NOW: Top Five Worst Obamacare Taxes Coming in 2013.

September 28, 2012

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What the Heck is ‘Gangnam Style’?

It’s a lot more fun than Pyongyang style, that’s for sure.

September 28, 2012

MARK STEYN: In his weekly column, Steyn writes, “One of the reasons why Barack Obama is regarded as the greatest orator of our age is that he’s always banging on about some other age yet to come – e.g., the Future!”

The excitable lads around the globe torching American embassies with impunity seem to have figured this out, even if the striped-pants crowd at Turtle Bay are too polite to mention it. Obama is not the President of the Future. He is President right now, and one occasionally wishes the great visionary would take his eye off the far distant horizon where educated women and fire-breathing Imams frolic and gambol side by side around their Chevy Volts, to focus on the humdrum present where the rest of us have the misfortune to live.

In the America over which Barack Obama has the tedious chore of actually presiding, second-quarter GDP growth was revised down from 1.7 percent to 1.3 percent – or, for in layman’s terms, from “barely detectable” to “comatose.” Orders of durable goods fell by 13.2 percent – or, as Obama would say, the future must not belong to people who own household appliances. Growth of capital stock (which basically measures investment in new equipment and software – or, as Obama would put it, investment in “the future”) is at its lowest since records began. There are 261,000 fewer payroll jobs than when Obama took office – in a nation where (officially) 100,000 immigrants arrive every month. A few weeks ago, an analysis of government employment data by the nation’s oldest outplacement firm, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, discovered that, of the 4,319,000 new American jobs created since January 2010, 2,998,000 – or about 70 percent – went to people aged 55 or older. This is a remarkable statistic, even in a land of 31-year-old schoolgirls like Sandra Fluke. You’d almost begin to get the vague, unsettling feeling that the future does not belong to Americans aged 54 and younger.

But what’s Obama’s vision for the future? For a president who presents himself as a cutting edge, postmodern, don’t bother me with history kind of guy, he’s offering strictly Bing Crosby-era gray flannel squaresville one size fits all “Industrial Age Solutions to Information Age Challenges,” Michael Barone writes:

His favorite high-tech project is to build enormously expensive high-speed rail lines like the one Jerry Brown is pushing in California.

Meanwhile, Google is developing self-driving cars that will be able to move faster and more efficiently than current cars because their 21st century technology, like the 19th century technology of fixed rails, effectively prevents cars from colliding.

Nineteenth century fixed rails take you where the railroad, or its government subsidizer, wants you to go. Self-driving cars will take you where you want to go, with as many stops as you like along the way.

That’s in line with the way Millennials lead their lives. The iPod/Facebook generation fashions its own playlists and friends lists, rather than let central decisionmakers choose for them.

Obama’s policies, from Obamacare to high-speed rail, treat people as identical cogs in a very large machine, part of a mindless mass that would not be able to get along without government guidance.

Which makes his campaign’s kick-off “1984″ Apple rip-off mash-up ad from early 2007 even more ironic:


But then, even before the economic downtown in the fall of 2008, Democrats warned that if they recaptured the White House, in addition to Congress and the Senate, which they already controlled since 2007, they’d taking the nation full-throttle “Barack to the Future,” as then-Congressman Paul Kanjorski admitted in May of 2008:

“All we’re doing is going into the basket and saying, ‘Damn, what did they do in ’32, what did they do in ’34, what did they do in ’36,’ and we’re pulling them out, dusting them off, giving them a paint job, correcting the fenders a bit, and we’re using them,” Kanjorski said. “To get us through the horrendous problems we may have over the next several years, we’ve got to make these old programs work, and we’ve got to be as inventive as hell.”

Even a die-hard leftist like Paul Krugman admits the New Deal failed, which is why he’s reduced to espousing the economic “miracle” of World War II and calling for goofy alien invasion fantasies to rally the American people. And yet, the left’s cargo cult obsessions with the New Deal seems impossible to break — despite the fact their competing obsessions with early-’70s-style environmentalism make such Hoover Dam-sized projects near impossible to build. But even that won’t end further attempts to build a bridge back to 1933.

September 28, 2012

THE MEDIA’S TOP 10 POST-DEBATE STORY LINES: Tomorrow’s spin today!

September 28, 2012

A DISEASE LAB YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL PHOTOGRAPHING.

September 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, bestsellers in Mysteries, Thrillers, & Suspense.

Also, today only: Jamie Oliver by T-fal Nonstick Hard Anodized 10-Piece Cookware Set, $59.99.

September 28, 2012

WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED SUCH A THING? Shocker: Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Film Is Funded By Middle Eastern Oil Interests. It’s almost like it’s just a propaganda effort to keep us dependent on foreign oil or something.

September 28, 2012

What’s behind the poll dances?  Zombie explores.

 

September 28, 2012

VIDEO: NBC CAUGHT DOCTORING AUDIO YET AGAIN?

September 28, 2012

Obama phone humor.

September 28, 2012

WATCHDOGS SAY WATERS PUSHED ETHICS LIMITS: The California Democrat hired her grandson, paid him well as her chief of staff. So House Ethics Committee reproves the grandson?

September 28, 2012

WHEN SLAVE ANTS REBEL. “Their home has been invaded, their queen killed and they have been forced to rear the offspring of their enemy, but these ants are fighting back.”

September 28, 2012

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists. Okay, this story is a few months old, but still. . . .

September 28, 2012

JUST NBC THE SCHIZOPHRENIA: Note these dueling items at Newsbusters:

● “Economic growth grew at an incredibly sluggish 1.3 percent in the second quarter, revised down from 1.7 percent. According to business writer Jim Pethokoukis, this is ‘dangerously slow.’ However, NBC skipped the bad news for Barack Obama entirely. ABC allowed it a mere 21 seconds. CBS was the only network to allow the story a full report.”

● “Leno: ‘We Wasted Four Years Waiting For Obama To Do Something About The Economy.’”

Glenn already linked to Rand Simberg’s take on Leno goofing on Obama, which assumes that the general public is well aware of the basic underlying news story, even though the news department has completely ignored it.

I’m not sure how it will play out again this year, but I’ve seen this story before.

RELATED: Speaking of just NBCing the network’s schizophrenia, the corporatist network “debunks bacon shortage myth by citing … free-market economics,” Ed Morrissey notes at Hot Air.

September 28, 2012

Found on facebookAnd in terms of electoral campaign, go you and do likewise metaphorically speaking.  The individualists always fail to organize, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be effective.  Look at the teaparty.

September 28, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Nicholas Carr: The Crisis In Higher Education.

Yes.

September 28, 2012

COMING SOON: Transient Electronics That Will Dissolve Inside Your Body. “Chips made of extremely thin silicon could go into your body to kill bacteria or deliver drugs and then dissolve harmlessly when they’re done. They could also open up new possibilities in espionage.”