Archive for November, 2012

November 29, 2012

RUSH LIMBAUGH: This Will Get Turned Around.

November 29, 2012

WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS STORY, I THOUGHT IT SAID Mal Reynolds, and I was kinda enthusiastic. Then I looked again . . . .

November 29, 2012

A BUSINESS PLAN FOR UNDEREMPLOYED ATTORNEYS:

- Recruit some students on a conservative web site.
- Go out and find these professors. The locals will know who they are.
- Sign up for their classes.
- Record this stuff at various colleges
- File sexual harassment/gender discrimination lawsuits against these colleges
- Settle them. Colleges pay. Attorney gets paid. College student gets money to pay for college.

Well, but where are you going to find any underemployed attorneys in this booming legal economy? Colleges might not want to settle, of course, but the discovery process might change their minds.

November 28, 2012

ERICK ERICKSON: The Incestuous Bleeding Of The Republican Party. Forbid consultants from taking a commission on ad buys. That’s not a total solution, but it’s a start.

November 28, 2012

IT ALWAYS TURNS OUT THE SAME WAY WHEN YOU ELECT THE SAME KIND OF PEOPLE: Fitch downgrades Argentina and predicts default.

November 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, it’s the Holiday Toy List.

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November 28, 2012

FRANKLY, THIS IS THE FIRST POSITIVE THING I’VE HEARD ABOUT HER: Susan Rice owns stock in company that wants to build Keystone pipeline.

UPDATE: Reader Russell Stanten writes: “Almost fell of my chair when I read how much Susan Rice is worth – 33 million. Looks like a life in politics can be quite enriching.” None of these people end up poor.

November 28, 2012

FRANK J. FLEMING, CALL YOUR OFFICE: “It was a top-secret plan, developed by the U.S. Air Force, to look at the possibility of detonating a nuclear device on the moon.”

November 28, 2012

READER BOOK PLUG: Bad Trip, from reader Bernard Brandt.

November 28, 2012

AT AMAZON, it’s the Christmas Corner.

Also, new Lightning Deals every hour, so keep checking back. (Bumped).

November 28, 2012

HEH: Glenn Beck, Urine Trouble Now.

November 28, 2012

ED MORRISSEY: If Congress Can’t Cut A Fiscal Deal, Game Over. “The core of this standoff is the budgetary process in Congress, which has run off the rails for more than three years. Despite the requirements of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 that both chambers produce a budget resolution each year, the Senate under Democratic control has refused to do so since 2009. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has opted to litigate budget conflicts through high-profile standoffs and crises, rather than through the normal process of budget adoption and conference committees.”

The Budget Act should be amended to eliminate Congressional pay whenever there is no budget. Pushing this would be good for the GOP. I’m mystified why they haven’t done it. Pass it out of the House and send it to the Senate. Hilarity will ensue.

November 28, 2012

INTRODUCING the new Internet teaching stars.

November 28, 2012

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT JUST GETS MORE EMBARRASSING: Holder’s DOJ Spanked for Possible Misconduct in New Orleans Police Prosecutions.

November 28, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Help! My Husband Got My Sister Pregnant.

November 28, 2012

WAR ON MEN: At The University of Missouri:

Mizzou senior guard Michael Dixon was accused of rape in August, but the case was closed Nov. 16 after an investigation led Tracy Gonzalez of the Boone County prosecuting attorney’s office to conclude there was insufficient evidence to file criminal charges, according to a Columbia police report obtained by the Post-Dispatch.

Dixon, who was never interviewed by police or charged, has been suspended from the MU basketball team since at least early October for what coach Frank Haith has repeatedly called violations of team rules.

His future remains unclear, and MU officials declined to comment Tuesday night.

Dixon is still attending classes at Mizzou and last week traveled with the team for a tournament in the Bahamas.

While MU was there, it became public knowledge that Dixon’s continued suspension had been administered by the MU Student Conduct Committee after a string of Twitter postings by former Tiger Kim English.

“The Univ of Missouri’s ‘student board’ is a joke,” he wrote in part in reference to Dixon’s status. “Acting and making a decision without actual facts. University should be ashamed!”

Read the whole thing.

November 28, 2012

ANTHROPOLOGY: Geek Researcher Spends Three Years Living With Hackers.

Coleman, an anthropologist who teaches at McGill University, spent three years living in the Bay Area, studying the community that builds the Debian Linux open source operating system and other hackers — i.e., people who pride themselves on finding new ways to reinvent software. More recently, she’s been peeling away the onion that is the Anonymous movement, a group that hacks as a means of protest — and mischief.

When she moved to San Francisco, she volunteered with the Electronic Frontier Foundation — she believed, correctly, that having an eff.org address would make people more willing to talk to her — and started making the scene. She talked free software over Chinese food at the Bay Area Linux User Group’s monthly meetings upstairs at San Francisco’s Four Seas Restaurant. She marched with geeks demanding the release of Adobe eBooks hacker Dmitry Sklyarov. She learned the culture inside-out.

Now, she’s written a book on her experiences: Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking. It’s a scholarly work of anthropology that examines the question: What does it mean to be a hacker?

There’s an interview at the link.

November 28, 2012

SORROW: Lesbians Around The World In Mourning After Dolly Parton States That She’s Not Gay.

November 28, 2012

PARDON ME IF I’M UNMOVED BY fatcat musicians’ opposition to the Internet Radio Fairness Act. It’s about “fairness.” They’re against it. Screw the 1%!!! At some point, you’ve made enough money.

November 28, 2012

UNEXPECTEDLY! New home sales stagnant, cast shadow on housing. “New U.S. single-family home sales fell slightly in October and sales for the prior month were revised sharply lower, casting a faint shadow over one of the brighter spots in the U.S. economy.” Funny that the prior month’s numbers were “revised sharply lower” after the election.

November 28, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: GOING AFTER ADMINISTRATIVE BLOAT.

J. Paul Robinson, chairman of Purdue University’s faculty senate, strode through the halls of a 10- story concrete-and-glass administrative tower.

“I have no idea what these people do,” said Robinson, waving his hand across a row of offices, his voice rising.

The 59-year-old professor of biomedical engineering is leading a faculty revolt against bureaucratic bloat at the public university in Indiana. In the past decade, the number of administrative employees jumped 54 percent, almost eight times the growth of tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Purdue has a $313,000-a-year acting provost and six vice and associate vice provosts, including a $198,000 chief diversity officer. It employs 16 deans and 11 vice presidents, among them a $253,000 marketing officer and a $433,000 business school chief.

Administrative costs on college campuses are soaring, crowding out instruction at a time of skyrocketing tuition and $1 trillion in outstanding student loans. At Purdue and other U.S. college campuses, bureaucratic growth is pitting professors against administrators and sparking complaints that tight budgets could be spent more efficiently.

“We’re a public university,” Robinson said. “We’re here to deliver a high-quality education at as low a price as possible. Why is it that we can’t find any money for more faculty, but there seems to be an almost unlimited budget for administrators?”

Because administrators are in charge of the budgets. All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

November 28, 2012

ED DRISCOLL: And Now a Word from Bill Clinton on the Dangers of Raising Taxes. “The ads not only write themselves if the 2012 GOP folds as badly as Bush #41 — they’ve already been written.”

November 28, 2012

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: My Husband Is Sleeping With My Mother: E. Jean helps one woman realize she has found true love, joy—and freedom—in her husband’s affair.

November 28, 2012

RAND SIMBERG: The Politicians’ War On Science. “Now, in fact, I would prefer politicians who are conversant with science and its methods to those not, but even more I prefer politicians who are conversant with basic math, economics, and human nature, and have an aversion to wrecking the nation’s economy. And if they have to occasionally salute the sensibilities of people who believe that evolution is the work of the devil, I can live with that — particularly since we have a current president who does exactly the same thing, while flooring the accelerator toward the fiscal cliff.”

November 28, 2012

AT MODERN INK, an interview with husband/wife designers Josh & Lauren Podoll.

November 28, 2012

THE OLFACTORY EQUIVALENT OF “WHITE NOISE.”

November 28, 2012

I’VE NEVER BEEN THAT INTO RUNNING, and science seems to be backing me up.

November 28, 2012

GALLERY: The 11 Most Important Guns In History.

November 28, 2012

A BUFFALO WILD WINGS AD COMES TO LIFE IN MIAMI.

November 28, 2012

READER BOOK PLUG: From Danny Lasko, The Children of Hamelin. “Everyone knows the Pied Piper led them away. But no one knows what happened to them.”

November 28, 2012

IT NEVER DID THAT MUCH FOR ME: Long-distance runners lap up miles for the love of it. I enjoy sprinting, but I’m not built for distance.

November 28, 2012

CHANGE: Media Criticize Obama For “Fiscal Cliff” Intransigence. “News reports have also picked up on the president’s decision to campaign rather than negotiate and Democrats’ perhaps fateful decision to dig in their heels on entitlement cuts.”

November 28, 2012

SWATTING: A front page story in the L.A. Times about Patterico and some other dude named Cowell. More here.

November 28, 2012

QUESTIONS: Graham, McCain, and Ayotte demand to know who altered Rice’s talking points.

November 28, 2012

MAKING DEATH IN GAMES more like the real thing.

November 28, 2012

BRYAN PRESTON: What If The President Isn’t Bluffing? “But what if the president isn’t actually interested in getting things done? Or, to focus in a bit, what if the things the president wants to get done are not the things presidents usually want to get done?”

November 28, 2012

COSTCO TO PAY MASSIVE SPECIAL DIVIDEND to beat Obama tax hikes. “The special dividend will be paid Dec. 18 to shareholders of record on Dec. 10. That will allow investors to pay the lower 15% tax rate currently in effect on dividends.”

This even though CostCo executives are big Obama supporters. Isn’t that kinda unpatriotic of them?

November 28, 2012

IN THE MAIL: From Timothy Zahn, Cobra Guardian: Cobra War: Book Two.

November 28, 2012

CHANGE: Catalonia Tilts Towards Independence As Madrid Spins. Stupid secessionist Republicans.

November 28, 2012

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November 28, 2012

WHEN WORK IS PUNISHED: The Tragedy of America’s Welfare State. Read the whole thing, but note this chart in particular:

UPDATE: Reader Frank Stephenson writes: “Looks like the Obamaphone is left out of the chart. . . .”

It’s as if there’s some kind of Dependency Agenda at work here.

November 28, 2012

SHENANIGANS IN MICHIGAN: Extra Early Voting Opportunity in Heavily Democratic Area Raises Eyebrows. “One clerk decided the voters of one city would get a voting opportunity those in the rest of the state didn’t get.”

November 28, 2012

PETER INGEMI: Hey, when did “sequestration” go from a bipartisan accomplishment to a terrible threat?

So my question to the media is this: Harry Reid celebrated this agreement, Tim Geithner likes it, Nancy Pelosi voted for it and The President signed it. Yet now this deal is responsible for a fiscal cliff that is apparently a disaster for all America.

And moreover, the MSM is laying the blame for said potential “disaster” squarely at the feet of the same GOP who the very same media urged to make the deal in 2011.

Even more amazing this very same media is telling the very same GOP to make another deal, or ELSE face the consequences.

Yep.

November 28, 2012

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LIGHT BULB BAN. “These changes in the law are going to demand that we change the way we think about lightbulbs. We’re accustomed to a lightbulb being a minor expense, but the upfront cost of an energy-efficient one is much higher. Some might cost $30 or more per bulb.”

Hey, it’s still not too late to stock up. Quite.

UPDATE: 100-watt Bulb Alternatives Leaving People In The Dark. If only someone had warned them to stock up on incandescents!

ANOTHER UDPATE: A reader emails: “Friendly heads-up. You may want to point out that the 75-watt ban goes into effect in one month on January 1, 2013.” Well, it’s not too late to stock up on those, either. Quite.

November 28, 2012

DEMOCRATIC WHITE MALE SENATORS CONSPIRE to block a black woman’s committee chairmanship. In Wisconsin.

UPDATE: Ann Althouse emails a correction:

You wrote “DEMOCRATIC WHITE MALE SENATORS CONSPIRE to block a black woman’s committee chairmanship. In Wisconsin.” But they only blocked her continuing membership on the committee. Democrats are the minority after the recent election. She became the chair only after a recall earlier this year gave Dems the majority. In 2013, the chair will be Republican again.

Sorry, I misread that. Obviously hadn’t had enough coffee. Here’s Ann’s post on the topic.

November 28, 2012

FAILED LEGAL ARGUMENTS: “The Oxford-educated Louis D. Rubin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, told investigators he was duped into unknowingly carrying the drugs after being lured first to Bolivia with a promise of meeting a famous bikini model.”

UPDATE: Everybody wants a pic of the bikini model, so here. The loss of rational faculties is perhaps somewhat understandable.

November 28, 2012

REGULATION: Feathers Flying Over Stench In La Jolla.

November 28, 2012

SHOCKER: Audit Finds Problems With Maryland’s Speed Camera Program. “At its outset in 2009, the program lacked measures assuring the accuracy of the speed cameras, according to a report by the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits. And for the first nine months Maryland SafeZones was in operation, there was never an independent audit of the speed-monitoring system. . . . And equipment used in the program’s infancy didn’t conform with the International Association of Chiefs of Police guidelines, a condition that was supposed to be followed in the contract, according to the audit.”

November 28, 2012

YOU CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS: Gennifer Flowers: Bill Clinton Called and Wanted to Come Over to My House.

November 28, 2012

A LARRY HAGMAN STORY: “It’s…it’s a fourteen hundred dollar hat!”

November 28, 2012

A CALL TO RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. Personally, I think that everyone should pay at least some income tax. Having large numbers of voters who don’t pay income taxes creates destructive distortions in fiscal policy.

November 28, 2012

IT’S COME TO THIS: Desperate CNN Pondering Rush Limbaugh’s Programming Advice.

November 28, 2012

FISCAL CLIFF: Keith Hennessey: The President Is Bluffing. “President Obama’s veto threat decision is not just about fiscal policy, and it’s not just about who gets blamed for a legislative failure. It’s about whether the President wants to cause a recession in 2013 and hamstring his second term. No matter what he or his advisors say, he cannot afford to take that risk.”

November 28, 2012

MICKEY KAUS: “The NYT‘s Nicholas Kristof has come up with a breakthrough in pundit efficiency–a short, ass-covering phrase that works with virtually any argument, yet can be inserted without taking up valuable space.” Call the Nobel committee!!

November 28, 2012

A QUESTION OF IDENTITY: The nation-state is shrinking to just a flag, some sports teams and a pile of debts. Well, in some places.

“The hour has come to exercise our right to self-rule,” says Artur Mas, Catalonia’s president, sounding like a 19th-century statue of a nationalist hero on horseback. Catalans vote on Sunday in what amounts to a referendum on independence from Spain. Scots are galloping down the same road: they vote on independence in 2014. And Flemish nationalists won big last month in Belgian local elections that you may have missed. If these characters get their way, the map of western Europe will undergo its first changes since Ireland became independent in 1922. . . .

Many national governments in western Europe have forfeited their best tools: national borders, currencies and wars (no fighting in this region since May 1945). They committed to free trade. Inevitably, then, the nation-state began withering away. Belgium in 2010-11 went 541 days without a national government – effectively becoming a failed state – and hardly anyone noticed.

The nation-state is shrinking to just a flag, some sports teams and a pile of debts. Catalans, Scots and Flemings might as well get out. They just shouldn’t think their own little states will be more use. They appear aware of this. They game-plan is to couple glorious nationhood with the European superstate. When Scots and Catalans realised the European Union might not admit them, they cooled on independence.

In fact, the EU’s recent rise exemplifies the demise of nationalism. During the economic crisis, the EU has been morphing into something of a federal state: central control over national budgets, European bailouts, perhaps banking union. Europeans have sulked, but they’ve mostly accepted this.

That doesn’t mean they love the EU. Nobody ever ran into the street drunk, waving the European flag. The emotional choice now isn’t between nation and Europe. Rather, people are gradually replacing nationalism with an array of transnational loyalties.

What do things look like, in a world where people are willing to die for “an array of transnational loyalties,” but not for their country? In Europe, at least, we may be on the way to finding out.

November 28, 2012

UH OH: Dan Mitchell: The No-Tax-Hike Pledge Is an IQ Test for Republicans.

Eugene Robinson is one of the group-think columnists at the Washington Post. Like E.J. Dionne, he is an utterly predictable proponent of big government. So it won’t surprise you to know that he wants taxes to go up and he’s a big fan of Obama’s class-warfare agenda.

He’s also a very partisan Democrat and wants the GOP to lose. Again, that’s not exactly a stunning revelation.

So when someone like Eugene Robinson starts offering advice to the Republican Party about tax policy, a logical person instantly should be suspicious that he’s actually trying to advance his own ideological and partisan agenda. . . . In this spirit, Mr. Robinson wants the GOP to abandon the no-tax-hike pledge.

George H.W. Bush did that. He was hailed as a conciliator for a day, then savaged brutally by the same press until he lost the 1992 election.

That said, I’m prepared to forgive a lot if the GOP will get behind repealing the Hollywood Tax Cuts, and support my 50% surtax on “excess” post-government earnings by federal officials.

More here.

November 28, 2012

RON FOURNIER IS LEAVING NATIONAL JOURNAL BECAUSE HE WANTS TO “MOVE THE NEEDLE.”

Remember when journalism was about reporting when the needle moved? . . .

November 28, 2012

I’LL BELIEVE IT’S A CRISIS WHEN THE PEOPLE WHO TELL ME IT’S A CRISIS START ACTING LIKE IT’S A CRISIS: Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in Europe.

November 27, 2012

HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY for one hour with Sandra Fluke?

UPDATE: Michael Graham thinks she’s the perfect Person Of The Year:

Can you think of anyone who better represents the America of 2012 than Ms. Fluke? I can’t.

She’s got it all: The “Generation Cupcake” inadequacy (“So what if she didn’t earn the award — give it to her, anyway!); the “Occupod” sense of entitlement (“Somebody should be buying my condoms, and it ain’t gonna be me!”); and, of course, the liberal detachment from reality (“There’s a war on women! We’re being oppressed! Just ask Hillary Clinton, Condi Rice and Oprah!”).

Then there’s the economic angle. One could argue that the icon of the failing Obama economy is the college grad with a worthless degree under his arm and a bed in his mom’s basement.

Time magazine gives us Sandra Fluke, with a bachelor’s degree in (no joke) Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, no marketable skills, and still on the academic track, living on the largess of others.

I’m not trying to be mean to Sandra Fluke. Unlike Rush Limbaugh I make no comment on her personal life or sexual proclivities.

But I also didn’t — and would never — put this unaccomplished 30-something on the “Person of the Year” list for publicly whining about paying her own bills.

And if I were Ms. Fluke, I’d be embarrassed by Time’s selection. I’d be pointing out the people who’ve actually made some impact— maybe Fidelity’s Abigail Johnson, or Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for insisting on attending school.

Ah, but I’m not Sandra Fluke, who used her “Person of the Year” moment to complain, in a tweet, about the “few women” nominated.

Read the whole thing.

November 27, 2012

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November 27, 2012

JAMES TARANTO: The Power of One: Labor unions face challenges from their own members. “The trouble for private-sector unions is that the global economy vastly increases the supply of labor, diminishing their bargaining power.” Also, they’re correctly regarded as corrupt, and more interested in promoting the interests of those managing the unions than of workers.

November 27, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Scariest Chart Of The Quarter: Student Debt Bubble Officially Pops As 90+ Day Delinquency Rate Goes Parabolic.

Who could have seen this coming?

November 27, 2012

“IT’S IN THE BLOOD.”

November 27, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION: Students Told to Disavow ‘American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality.’ “My name is Ryan Lovelace, and I dropped that politically correct political science class. . . . As a student at an institution predominantly focused on the liberal arts, I expected to hear professors express opinions different from my own. I did not expect to be judged before I ever walked through the door, and did not think I would be forced to agree with my teachers’ worldviews or suffer the consequences.”

UPDATE: Reader Jenn Tanaka writes:

I felt compelled to respond to your post on college students being asked to denounce whiteness, maleness, etc., I have to tell you that this is nothing compared to what I encountered at Duke University. I had a freshman seminar with a professor and the first thing — the very first thing — he told us was that we were all white male supremacists and that the purpose of the class was to help us recognize, accept, and remedy this fact. He said that this characterization applied to everyone in the class, including a half-Asian woman like me. Note that he made this assertion before speaking to any of us or even learning our names. I actually grew to like the class and the professor quite a bit, but it was in spite of this kind of liberal tripe, not because of it.

Finally some unsolicited advice to the Ryan Lovelaces of the world: don’t drop the class. Take it and be as subversive as common decency allows. I’ve always believed that academia’s liberal bias uniquely advantages conservatives and libertarians because it guarantees that such students do not grow up in an intellectual echo-chamber. Instead, they are challenged every day to communicate clearly, order their thoughts with care and sharpen their arguments.

You should immediately complain to the Office of Equity and Diversity that you feel uncomfortable on account of your race/gender and are contemplating litigation. Meanwhile, reader Jody Green writes:

That is the scariest story I have ever read. He is paying $40,000 a year for that crap!!!!!!!!! My daughter will get her associates degree this year and was planning on getting bachelors from a state college the next two years. I am thinking she may do better taking the $20 – $30 thousand dollars that will consume and start a business or travel the world. Am I overreacting?

Possibly. But this sort of story certainly ought to make people think twice about what they’re paying for.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Patrick O’Malley writes:

Jenn Tanaka’s advice to stay in classes with radical professors is so important. Conservative minded people have long bemoaned the entrenched liberalism in higher academia, but lately it seems to have turned into an excuse to check out entirely. We can’t afford to do that. In those classes there will be a cohort of students who nod along with the professor and dole out victim status like Halloween candy, but the majority are far more persuadable. If people with opposing views do not stay in those classes and speak up, their classmates will slowly soak up the nonsense and the cheap attacks on conservative views and our society. I wasn’t able to participate in campus political life because of athletics, but one of the things I enjoyed most and took pride in at Yale was speaking up in section and slowly working conservative/libertarian/small government ideas into a dialogue that would otherwise have been a liberal echo chamber. It was my impression that for a lot of my classmates it was their first real exposure to conservative ideas beyond the butt of Daily Show jokes. On good days, I even spotted some nodding heads.

Well, you can exit, or you can voice your disagreements. Both are valid strategies.

November 27, 2012

WELL, THEY ONLY WENT TO J-SCHOOL, AFTER ALL: Only the Media Is Baffled by the Notion that More Guns Lead to Less Crime. “Gee, there are more innocent people with guns and people are surprised that criminals are now more reluctant to commit crimes? I guess you have to be a reporter or an academic to be surprised by this common-sense observation.”

November 27, 2012

FROM NICK GILLESPIE, more on the Washington, D.C./Hunger Games analogy.

November 27, 2012

HAS STACY MCCAIN gone undercover? Certain people should be anxiously looking over their shoulders, if so.

November 27, 2012

REDSTATE’S ERICK ERICKSON considering a challenge to Saxby Chambliss.

November 27, 2012

AT AMAZON, deals on select Ultrabook Computers.

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And, markdowns on Bose electronics.

November 27, 2012

A PHRASE WE NEVER HEARD JUST A FEW YEARS AGO: “This may well be the most important tweet you read today.”

November 27, 2012

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Obama isn’t trying to fix our fiscal issues, he’s trying to destroy the Republicans.

November 27, 2012

THERE’S A REASON IT’S CALLED GIRLS, AND NOT WOMEN:

The show’s main character, played by Dunham herself, embodies all of this. In the first scene of the pilot, when her parents tell her they won’t be paying her bills any more, she loses it, and informs them that instead of pushing her out of the nest, they should be grateful she isn’t addicted to pills. Her friends are equally appalled by the prospect of a 24-year-old paying her own phone bills, and, for the most part, they’re equally reckless. For instance, in the second episode, one of them misses her abortion appointment because she’s busy having sex in a bar. And their romantic relationships — unsurprisingly — come in about every possible iteration of dysfunction.

At its core, Girls feels like a deliberate, dissective examination of a group of people who stubbornly refuse to grow up and are lucky enough to be able to pull it off. The main thing Dunham’s characters share is the idea that just because they exist, somebody else should give them stuff.

It’s the perfect show, in other words, for the Obama era.

November 27, 2012

BAMBI ATE THUMPER: Why Herbivores Sometimes Eat Meat. Because it’s delicious and good for you. Duh. “The hungry doe that I met at the campground certainly had no idea about any of this evolution business. She didn’t know about differing levels of protein, iron, or salt. She smelled a steak cooking, she wanted to eat it, and it wound up in her mouth. Come to think of it, this was pretty much the same reason why I started eating meat after growing up as a vegetarian.”

November 27, 2012

KELLY AYOTTE: Rice On Hold Until We Get Answers On Benghazi.

November 27, 2012

EUROPE: The Rise of “Erotic Zoos” for Animal Prostitution.

November 27, 2012

THEY CRACKED THIS 250-YEAR-OLD CODE, and found a secret society inside. “For more than 260 years, the contents of that page—and the details of this ritual—remained a secret. They were hidden in a coded manuscript, one of thousands produced by secret societies in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the peak of their power, these clandestine organizations, most notably the Freemasons, had hundreds of thousands of adherents, from colonial New York to imperial St. Petersburg. Dismissed today as fodder for conspiracy theorists and History Channel specials, they once served an important purpose: Their lodges were safe houses where freethinkers could explore everything from the laws of physics to the rights of man to the nature of God, all hidden from the oppressive, authoritarian eyes of church and state. But largely because they were so secretive, little is known about most of these organizations. Membership in all but the biggest died out over a century ago, and many of their encrypted texts have remained uncracked, dismissed by historians as impenetrable novelties.”

November 27, 2012

AT LEAST WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES SADDLED WITH LOUSY DIPLOMACY: China Teaching Asia to Fall in Love with Japan’s Military Buildup. “China’s ham-handed diplomacy in East Asia is doing the unthinkable: it’s making the Japanese military popular in the region. It’s likely that Japan is going to continue increasing military aid and arms sales. It’s also clear that public opinion, both in Japan and elsewhere, now supports Japan’s rearmament in a way not seen since 1945.”

November 27, 2012

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November 27, 2012

KENTUCKY flips the script on gun buyback programs.

November 27, 2012

THE BEARABLE LIGHTNESS of being Tucker Carlson. “This is how you become a talking head. There’s no background check or evaluation period, no test or pledge. One minute you’re some dude with a hot dog, and the next you’re inflicting your opinions on the masses. That is, assuming you possess the knack.”

November 27, 2012

PHOTO: Normandy, 1947.

November 27, 2012

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Low Vitamin D Level Tied to Type 1 Diabetes. “Researchers examined frozen blood samples taken between 2002 and 2008 from 1,000 active-duty military personnel, who all later developed Type 1 diabetes. They matched each with a sample from a healthy person of the same age and sex drawn within two days of the same date, and then tracked cases through 2011. The results appear in the December issue of the journal Diabetologia. Compared with those who had vitamin D levels above 40 nanograms per milliliter of blood, those with readings of 17 nanograms or less were more than three times as likely to develop Type 1 diabetes, the researchers found. Military personnel with readings between 17 and 23 nanograms were more than twice as likely to develop the disease.”

November 27, 2012

YEAH, BUT THE GOVERNMENT MAKES MONEY. Accident rate rises at intersections with red-light cameras, N.J. study shows. “They were installed at dangerous intersections to reduce the number of crashes, but New Jersey’s controversial red-light cameras have actually seen an increase in collisions, according to a new state report. A New Jersey Department of Transportation analysis of two dozen intersections that have had the automated traffic cops for at least a year found that accidents — particularly rear-end crashes — have increased, and the collisions are more costly.”

Yeah, but did I mention that the government makes money?

November 27, 2012

MEDICINE: Grapefruit/Medicine Interaction Warning Expanded. “In a new report released Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers at the University of Western Ontario said that while 17 drugs were identified in 2008 as having the potential to cause serious problems when taken with grapefruit, this number has now grown to 43.”

November 27, 2012

HETERODOXY: ‘The War On Men’: One Feminist’s Unlikely Stance.

November 27, 2012

IN AN EMPIRE OF LIES, only a crazy man would speak the truth.

November 27, 2012

AT AMAZON, it’s the Kindle Daily Deal.

November 27, 2012

THAT WAS THEN: In 2006, Incoming Majority Leader Harry Reid Promised to Protect Minority Rights.

November 27, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: This is what a “log” of bomb-grade uranium looks like.

November 27, 2012

DECEPTION: “It seems to me that there was some real hostility in doing the accent for 4 months on the theory that people would think ill of him. He could have been building relationships. Going public now, he’s leveraging his comedy career on deceit and betrayal, which only seems worthwhile if they really were small-minded bigots. In that regard, note that the 2 most fooled students were a couple of black guys — highlighted at the very end, for maximum comic effect.”

November 27, 2012

YES, APPARENTLY: Can Police Locate Wireless Internet Moochers Without A Warrant? I’m just glad to see law enforcement realize that an IP Address isn’t a personal identifier. They took a while to catch on to that.

November 27, 2012

IOWAHAWK: In any other industry, the pricing methods of colleges and cable TV would be illegal.

November 27, 2012

GREENHOUSE-FRIENDLY! THAT’S VITALLY IMPORTANT, RIGHT? Nuclear industry looks toward small modular reactors. “These small modular reactors (SMRs), about a third the physical size of traditional ones, would be portable and built mostly in factories. They got a boost last week from the Department of Energy, which announced it would pay up to half the cost to design and license the first ones for the U.S. commercial market.”

November 27, 2012

APPARENTLY, HER DIPLOMATIC SKILLS WEREN’T UP TO THE JOB: Senators Blast Rice After Meeting with Her.

Related: Sens. Graham, Ayotte after Rice meeting: ‘Concerns even greater than we had before.’

November 27, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE: When it comes to campus sexual assault charges, being not guilty is not good enough. And they wonder why fewer men are interested in college. . . .

November 27, 2012

RICHARD EPSTEIN: The Drone Wars. “U.S. policy on drone use for targeted attacks will remain an open wound in the body politic. The fact is that drone use will always lie on the borderline of the rule of law.”

November 27, 2012

IN THE MAIL: Market Sense and Nonsense: How the Markets Really Work (and How They Don’t).

November 27, 2012

MARK TAPSCOTT: How long must taxpayers subsidize EV production and sales? Er, until there are no more votes to be bought.

November 27, 2012

JUSTIN KATZ: The Unmentionable Solution To The Fiscal Cliff.

November 27, 2012

ED MORRISSEY: The pandering, boneheaded motives behind the payroll tax holiday. “Temporarily lowering payroll taxes on American workers failed to stimulate the economy — and ending the holiday promises to invite major political blowback.”