November 4, 2012
AND SPEAKING OF ZOMBIES: The zombie Congress. I’m going to guess in this case “first you attract them with chocolate covered brainz then you set them on fire is NOT the desired answer.
AND SPEAKING OF ZOMBIES: The zombie Congress. I’m going to guess in this case “first you attract them with chocolate covered brainz then you set them on fire is NOT the desired answer.
UNDER THE RADAR: NRA’s most ‘targeted’ effort ever threatens Obama. “By Election Day, the NRA will have issued more than 50 million mailers, phone calls, and personal door-to-door visits, a 60 percent increase over 2010.”
FROM READER KELLY PARKS:
May I ask a favor? Would you give my zombie web series, “Universal Dead”, a plug on Instapundit? And please mention that our Navy SEALs are played by real Navy SEALs (specifically, Craig “Saw Man” Sawyer, who has since appeared as a weapons expert on History Channel’s “Top Shot”). It also stars DB Sweeney, Doug Jones and Gary Graham. I wrote it to be my alternate sci-fi explanation for zombies (a virus simply doesn’t explain everything). The three episode series is here: http://tinyurl.com/bdodq5h
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT LIFE: There are political signs in my yard. My neighbors in this VERY blue neighborhood might never speak to me again. OTOH my very liberal neighbor who always has signs, took her Obama sign (up before the primaries) down when the Denver reporter asked Obama questions about Benghazi and he didn’t answer. Is she alone? Who knows. But in this case at least, the drip, drip, drip seems to have dropped through.
MONSIEUR LE DEFICIT SPINS: Sandy Versus Katrina. … I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore.
COMPETENCE: Red Cross Defends Slow Response On Sandy.
From the comments: “There was lots of effort to stimulate anti Mormon thinking. They stopped because it wasn’t working.”
SOME POST-SANDY PHOTOS from Hoboken.
WE MIGHT AS WELL READ ENTRAILS, BUT I’LL TAKE IT: Panthers Hand Romney The Win.
SOME OF US COULD GET INTO THE REVENGE THING: Carney: Obama abused the public trust for political gain. Duh!
ANECDOTAGE FROM READER MICHAEL WALLACE:
Was away from Colorado for three weeks. Yesterday while wearing my Romney cap, I had these experiences.
1) One of my yoga instructors told me she loved my cap.
2)Went to Floyds for a haircut…home of the multiple tramp stamp barbers…young girl cutting my hair said she loved my hat. Said most the employees were voting for Romney and that they are mostly young mothers.
3) Went to the yoga clothing store. TWO employees, both blond, young, beautiful, fit, said they loved my hat and couldn’t wait to vote for Romney. That they would say that at this store was a revelation.
If Obama has lost the yoga vote, it is over.
Interesting. Here in Knoxville I had a multiply-tattooed and pierced massage therapist launch into an anti-Obama diatribe a few months ago — she runs her own small business, and he’s killing her — but that’s not quite so unusual here as in Colorado. Well, we’ll know soon enough what all this means.
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PRIVATIZED DISASTER RELIEF? David Kirkham emails:
My sister in law is from New York and asked our family to send her items so she could send them to her family. Things are tough there. They requested gloves, batteries, flash lights, and garbage bags (among other things). We found 12 work gloves for just over $12 on Amazon! With Prime, shipping is free and we know these gloves will actually make it directly where they are needed (instead of donating $10 to someone’s administration).
All this made me think about Instapundit. What about this–can we send supplies directly to our fellow Instapundit readers to help out? Maybe you know a needy reader there who we could ship to? Perhaps they could even become a depot to ship items to that they could then distribute (not redistribute) to their friends and family.
Hmm. For this to work I’d need trusted people on the ground, and reliable UPS delivery. Not sure it’s doable, but it’s an interesting idea.
UPDATE: Related thoughts from Meryl Yourish.
BAD KIDS REJOICE: NO MORE LUMPS OF COAL AFTER OBAMA REELECTION: This Christmas and future ones may be very bright indeed for bad little boys and girls, as the Obama Administration rolls out its vehemently anti-coal environmental agenda for a second term. Take note, Pennsylvania and Ohio: A second Obama term will know no political shame and have zero incentive to moderate.
THESE THINGS CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU GET ALL YOUR NEWS FROM MSNBC: Chris Matthews unaware that ‘Revenge’ was Obama’s line.
Wait’ll he hears that Benghazi wasn’t caused by a YouTube video…
NEW FRONTIERS IN SEXIST VOTER SUPPRESSION: “If only women were voting in next week’s election, Barack Obama would win … which is why men need to stay home on Election Day.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
— Kevin Eder (@keder) November 4, 2012
“My two favorite guys in the world in NH today….I had a ticket to go, but could not afford gas to Concord:(”
Why the frowny-faced emoticon, when at least one of your two favorite guys in the world considers that a feature?
JOURNALISM: MSNBC Admits Wrongdoing, Won’t Apologize.
FIVE REASONS FOR THE POST-SANDY GASOLINE SHORTAGE. All real, but leaves out the distorting effect of price controls. And here’s something it seems like Chris Christie should’ve waived somehow: “New Jersey is the only state with mandatory full-service at gas stations (you can’t pump your own gas even if you want to). While this minor inconvenience is usually offset by New Jersey’s lower gas prices, the influx of customers means that gas stations are struggling to keep all their pumps manned, which slows down long lines even more.” Especially because if you can’t charge more for gas, you can’t hire more people to man the pumps without losing money.
UPDATE: Dave Kirkham emails: “You can’t pump your own gas in Oregon either.” I did not know that.
SHOWING UP: My Sunday Washington Examiner column: The Ground Glass Election. Based on this quote from a blog commenter: “Romney was not my first, second, or third choice, but I will crawl over ground glass to vote for him.”
MICKEY KAUS: How Sandy Hurts Obama.
When BP backed out of building a $350 million, 36-million-gallon-per-year plant in Highlands County, Florida, last week, the cellulosic biofuels industry, which tries to make fuel from grass and wood chips, lost one of its most promising projects. The cancellation raises the question, if BP can’t bring cellulosic ethanol to market, can anyone?
BP had already started developing a 20,000-acre farm to grow special crops for the plant, such as a type of sugarcane that produces larger amounts of biomass and less sugar than the kind used to make sugar and ethanol in Brazil. As recently as last year, the CEO of BP Biofuels touted the project as evidence that “the technology is coming through” and a new “global commodity is starting to emerge.”
But the cellulosic industry is struggling, despite years of promises and an ambitious federal renewable fuels standard, which took effect in 2010, that mandates a market for cellulosic ethanol that was to have reached 500 million gallons per year by now and a billion by next year. The first commercial plant hasn’t been built, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has had to repeatedly waive the cellulosic ethanol requirement. At first, biofuels companies blamed the lack of commercial facilities on their inability to finance large plants. When a few big players like BP stepped in to say they’d finance plants, it looked like that problem was about to be swept away.
Now that BP has backed out, prospects look considerably dimmer.
Wait, you can’t just regulate a new technology into existence? Why weren’t we told? Oh, right. . . .
BAD NEWS: Mitt Romney’s not scoring points with the French media.
REPORT: BLOOMBERG DENIED NATIONAL GUARD ASSISTANCE IN BROOKLYN BECAUSE OF THEIR POSSESSION OF GUNS:
Mayor Bloomberg has snubbed Borough President Markowitz’s impassioned plea to bring the National Guard to Hurricane Sandy-scarred Brooklyn — arguing that approving the Beep’s request would be a waste of federal manpower and turn the borough into a police state.
“We don’t need it,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Wednesday during a press update on the city’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup. “The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns.”
I would hope Bloomberg works hard at vociferously denying the accuracy of this story, because otherwise, as Jazz Shaw writes at Hot Air, “I’m not sure, but I think we’re witnessing the complete implosion of somebody who was once considered a pretty influential politician on the rise. Yes, Bloomberg doesn’t much care for the Second Amendment and doesn’t want people to have guns. We get it. But we’re talking about the National Guard here. Has this guy completely lost his mind?”
And speaking of Northeast Corridor governors who may or may not have national ambitions, Jonathan S. Tobin of Commentary asks, “What’s Going on With Chris Christie?”
I’M SAUL ALINSKY, AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE: Steven Crowder uses own words of Biden, Reid to troll the Left.
STEPHEN GREEN: Jazz & Cocktails.
TARNISHED SILVER: Assessing the new king of stats, from Colby Cosh in Canada’s Maclean’s magazine.
On the other hand, “Paul Krugman and Nate Silver agree: New York Times reporting is ‘lazy’ and ‘stupid,’” so he’s got that going for him, at least.
THE LONG ISLAND JEWISH STAR ENDORSES ROMNEY, via column written by Blogosphere favorite “Yid with Lid.”
THE MOST REVEALING MOMENT OF THE CAMPAIGN? “Look, I don’t doubt his personal generosity.”
HOBBITS NEVER BRING OVERSIZE CARRYONS: Middle Earth beckons in Air New Zealand safety video.
CHRIS WALLACE MAKES AXELROD SQUIRM: “In the process, [David Axelrod] effectively created a free one-minute web ad for the Republicans where we can see a top Democratic spokesman tacitly concede the claims of the Republican party about Ohio early voting.” Watch here.
THEY TOLD GLENN REYNOLDS THAT IF HE VOTED REPUBLICAN, HE’D SEE A PRESIDENT RELEASE AN AD “CITING MORAL, BIBLICAL BACKGROUND” FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION’S POLICIES – and they were right!
I’D CRAWL OVER BROKEN GLASS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS IDIOT: Video: Vagina 2012. Never mind the lies about Romney’s platform. It’s dwarfed by the image of this woman dressed as a vagina, reducing herself AND ALL OTHER WOMEN to the sum of their reproductive organs. I can’t say it here, because it’s Glenn’s blog, and Glenn is a nice man, but if you’re a word that starts with t, then vote like a that word. However, if you’re a human being, with a lot of other parts besides what’s between your legs, vote for Romney. Maybe the poor woman in the ad will be shocked enough by the results to join a twelve step program and learn to stop demeaning herself. I wanted to find this funny, but I’m actually PHYSICALLY ill at watching that.
BIDEN DOES IT AGAIN: President Who?
NOT ENOUGH OF ‘EM, ALAS: Will Law Students Have Jobs After They Graduate?
HATING BREITBART, RACE, AND ELECTION 2012: “Let’s go out and win this one for Andrew,” Roger L. Simon writes. Read the whole thing.
FIGHTING SPIRIT: 27 Injured In Air Force Academy Brawl.
THE YEAR VAGINAS JUMPED THE SHARK: What women want.
BOOSTING COFFIN SALES with nude models? Hey, it always worked with auto parts.
FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR WILDER ABANDONS OBAMA: “Douglas Wilder, a Democrat who supported Barack Obama in 2008, has essentially abandoned him in 2012 by failing to endorse him this time around.”
I KNEW ALL THAT TIME WOULD COME IN HANDY . . . OH, WAIT: Deflecting An Asteroid With Paintballs.
THE SAUDIS are bulldozing Islamic heritage sites. Why the silence from the Muslim world?
MEET THE NEW TONE: ‘All the cars with Romney bumper stickers have been keyed…’
Same as the old tone:
DEATH BY MISGUIDED FERVOR: Pielke v. Bloomberg.
I CAN’T FAULT HER: Freudian Slip: Candy Crowley Calls Him ‘President Romney’. Yesterday on the way back from the rally I kept doing this to my family’s amusement. Stuff like “When the president was speaking” “Mom, he wasn’t there.” “Romney, yes he was.” “Yes, but he’s not the president.” “Oh, sorry.” And five minutes later, again. Let’s hope my subconscious is right! Oh. Forget hoping. GO VOLUNTEER. AND VOTE. Even if you DON’T have to crawl over broken glass, we need enough votes to overcome margin of fraud. GO.
OBAMA: “I’M SORT OF A PROP IN THE CAMPAIGN.” Or an empty chair, you might say. In any case, the Washington Examiner notes, “Overshadowed by Clinton, Obama admits to being a ‘prop’ in his own campaign:”
“I was back stage with David Plouffe, as some of you know, he is sort of a mastermind in campaign organization, we were talking about how as the campaign goes on, we’ve become less relevant,” Obama joked. “I’m sort of a prop in the campaign.”
“The power is not with us anymore,” Obama reminded his cheering supporters. “The planning, everything we do doesn’t matter because now it’s up to you.”
But as Obama was speaking, many people took their cue and began making their way to the exits to beat the parking lot traffic on the way out.
Video of Obama’s “prop” remark here.
And speaking of Bill Clinton, he’s doing four events on Monday — in Pennsylvania, the state that birthed one of Obama’s more infamous Kinsleyesque gaffes in 2008. Or as Twitchy notes, on Tuesday, “It may all come down to the bitter clingers.”
DAVID MAMET: A note to a stiff-necked people. As you stand next Tuesday, your descendants will judge you. Think carefully.
SOMEONE WITH A BETTER CAMERA: last night’s rally. Yep. Was like that.
IN THE MAIL: Happily Ever After.
A WEATHER WRAPUP from Roger Kimball. “My neighborhood is right on Long Island Sound and was extremely hard hit by the storm.” Check the photos at the link.
CHUCK SIMMINS TRACKS private fundraising for Hurricane Sandy relief.
ABOUT THE SIZE OF IT: Don’t let him forge your chains.
Also: Lights in lower Manhattan, misery in outer regions. “The lights were back on Saturday in lower Manhattan, prompting screams of sweet relief from residents who had been plunged into darkness for nearly five days by Superstorm Sandy. But that joy contrasted with deepening resentment in the city’s outer boroughs and suburbs over a continued lack of power and maddening gas shortages.”
President Bomberjacket was not available for comment.
CHILDREN ARE CUTE BUT THEY SHOULDN’T GOVERN: “Million Muppet March” Descends On Capitol Hill. Time to send the grownups in.
Also, today only: Coleman Road Trip Portable Grill, $99.99.
BLUE STATE BLUES, HERE AND ABROAD: Victor Davis Hanson on the reasons why Californians choose not to flee an imploding state. (For me, it’s the sushi.)
Meanwhile, Dartblog notes that France, an even more punitive blue state than California, is about to receive a sharp lesson in modern economics and the mobility of capital.
THE GROUND-GLASS ELECTION: My Sunday Washington Examiner column is up.
MITTMENTUM: Four Years After Endorsing Obama, The New York Daily News Endorses Romney. “Four years ago, the Daily News endorsed Obama, seeing a historic figure whose intelligence, political skills and empathy with common folk positioned him to build on the small practical experience he would bring to the world’s toughest job. We valued Obama’s pledge to govern with bold pragmatism and bipartisanship. The hopes of those days went unfulfilled. . . . The regrettable truth is that Obama built a record of miscalculations and missed opportunities.”
Well, I saw this coming.
UPDATE: Also Newsday. “Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term. He did not. . . . Romney’s potential to put America back to work earns him our endorsement.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Another Romney endorsement from the Madison Wisconsin State Journal.
MITTMENTUM: Romney Ahead 60-40 on the Amazon Electoral Heat Map. Hey, let’s hope Tuesday night’s map looks like this. . . .
UPDATE: Oops. The Daily Caller has now appended a correction — this audio is from the 2011 Verizon strike.
CHRISTIAN ADAMS ON VOTER FRAUD: “We can learn a lot from Democrats by what they oppose. While Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings tells us there is no vote fraud, fellow Maryland congressional candidate Wendy Rosen is committing federal felonies by voting both in Maryland and Florida. While the NAACP is leading the charge against photo voter identification, Lessadolla Sowers from the NAACP heads off to prison for voting for dead voters. While Brian Moran, Virginia’s Democrat chair, rails against voter integrity, his nephew Pat is caught on camera plotting the use of forged documents at the polls to help President Obama.”
HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR THAT MEDDLING KID: Teenage super sleuth, 16, tracks burglar down in ONE HOUR on Facebook after raid on home and gets him jailed for two years.
PELOSI’S MEDISCARE FAIL: The Hill: Medicare fades as ‘majority-maker’ issue for House Dems.
I WENT TO THE RALLY IN DENVER: tried to get a panorama of the crowd, but unfortunately it had started getting dark and my camera is not that good. (Yes, yes, it is on the wish list, but things must be bought first which affect the writing…)
Anyway, as you see, “Obama” appeared before Mitt:
A youngish crowd and the 18000 person capacity “Comfort Dental” Fiddler’s Green amphitheater seemed filled to capacity. Mitt was visibly moved by the size of the crowd. There also appeared to my eye to be more women than men.
The energy level was incredible, even though it got very cold. My voice is QUITE gone. I don’t remember screaming, but my family tells me I did.
Mind you, this was one of two appearances in the state today.
Mittmentum. We have it.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Having just experienced this while posting… remember to set your clocks back an hour at 2 a.m
IF BY WILL BE THERE, ONE MEANS WITHOUT BOTTLED WATER OR ANY OTHER ESSENTIALS: Barack Obama tells Sandy victims, ‘your country will be there for you’.
GREEN DREAMS, REAL LIFE NIGHTMARES: Wind farm noise does harm sleep and health, say scientists.
WOMEN’S BLOGSITE ATTACK ON ROMNEY fails even with its own commenters.
HOPEY-CHANGEY: Battered By Sandy, Staten Island Feels Forgotten.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Cost of Credentials. “Western women are obtaining more educational credentials, albeit increasingly at the cost of motherhood and healthy children.”
CHARLIE MARTIN EMAILS: “Hey, I just got my Samsung Chromebook (which I ordered from a link on Instapundit.) I’ve got to say, for a $250 notebook computer it ain’t half bad. Keyboard is nice, and it’s just a *little* weird getting used to *always* using a browser…. “
HONESTLY, WHILE THE STD RATES FOR NEVADA PROSTITUTES ARE IMPRESSIVELY LOW, the ones for L.A. porn actors are lower than I’d expect. Missing from the article is a comparison with the general sexually-active population.
SALENA ZITO: Main Street In Revolt. “Two years after suffering a historic shellacking in the 2010 midterm election, Democrats astonishingly have ignored Main Street Americans’ unhappiness. . . . Over and over, these folks expressed unhappiness that fixing the economy doesn’t seem to be Obama’s focus; they have noticed that those in charge have high opinions of themselves but aren’t taking responsibility for the lack of progress.”
SIGHTED ON THE OHIO RIVER: A coal barge flying the Gadsden Flag.
MARGARET WENTE: Why Obama Doesn’t Deserve To Win.
IN RESPONSE TO MARK TAPSCOTT’S What If The Wrong Guy Wins? column, let me just say that if Obama wins on Tuesday, I intend to be every bit as gracious and cooperative as the Democrats were in 2000 and 2004.
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Iran Votes Early In U.S. Election? “Iran’s attempt to block Mitt Romney (whose pro-Israel rhetoric can’t have endeared him to the mullahs) from the White House won’t come to much; most Americans are deeply skeptical of Iran’s intentions the timing of the announcement is too crude to help. Americans are making up their minds in the presidential race without taking Iranian preferences into account. The step is more a publicity stunt than a serious opening; the proposed halt in enrichment is only good for a couple of weeks and nothing was said about Iran’s continuing push to increase the numbers of centrifuges that can speed up its enrichment process.”
REMINDER: Don’t forget to change your clocks tonight, and your President on Tuesday.