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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Two Questions

July 19th, 2009 - 12:15 pm

Sending Hillary Clinton overseas to apologize about the weather?

In an age of absurdities, why not?

Must-See Radio

July 18th, 2009 - 9:40 am

It’s time for this week’s PJM Political, and it’s a big one this week. On the show:

We play Five Questions with James Lileks.

Taken from his Silicon Graffiti videoblog, Ed interviews Scott Baker and Liz Stephans of Breitbart.tv’s daily B-Cast Internet news show, on the coming convergence of traditional and Web-based television.

Jennifer Rubin, Pajamas’ DC editor talks with Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute, on the influence of the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC. Right in front of AFL-CIO HQ. Now that’s brave.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com interviews Joseph Cao (R-LA), one of the rarest of endangered species in 2009 DC: the freshman Republican.

Pajamas’ CEO Roger L. Simon speaks with documentary filmmaker Chris Burgard, just back from Honduras, where he videotaped a series of special reports on that nation’s constitutional crisis for PJTV.com.

Plus, Ed and I tackle Sonia Sotomayor, how to pay for health care reform, and the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch.

And I figure we must be doing something right, after getting the following email from a (safely anonymous) listener:

She will be confirmed. She is one of the most qualified individuals to sit on the bench. Not on of her more than thousands of opinions is racist/she is tough in the area of law and order. Steve, you remarks confirm that you are a know-nothing ass. I wish POTUS would drop your show/you are worse than Glenn Beck.Oh, and you are a liar.

Remember, the show airs live Saturday mornings on Sirius/XM’s POTUS Channel. Or you can subscribe on iTunes or download/stream right here on the web.

Domestic Bliss

July 17th, 2009 - 5:14 pm

Playing Duplo with The Boy™, I built what I believe to be the first-ever Caveboy Holding a Vine Riding a Pterodactyl Riding a Horse Riding a Baby Elephant Riding a Daddy Elephant Riding a Brontosaurus. But then Preston needed the Caveboy back to drive the race car he built. So now it’s just an ordinary Pteradactyl Riding a Horse Riding a Baby Elephant Riding a Daddy Elephant Riding a Brontosaurus.

Even More to See

July 17th, 2009 - 9:57 am

On the new Week in Blogs:

How to create 50 temp jobs for only eight million bucks.

CNN’s Don Lemon gets pwned by the entire Republic of Ghana.

And tweeting from inside the Sotomayor confirmation.

Plus, Joe Biden can’t follow simple instructions!

That’s right — give me four minutes, and I’ll give you the blogosphere.

Must-See PJTV

July 17th, 2009 - 9:03 am

On another new Trifecta, Bill Whittle promotes cruelty to robots.

I’m kidding, of course. But Bill has some interesting questions for Scott and and me about machine ethics and the future of silicon consciousness. And wait’ll you see the robot video he dug up.

That’s Not Funny

July 17th, 2009 - 8:15 am

Your stimulus dollars at work.

Ouch

July 17th, 2009 - 7:14 am

Live on tape from Washington, it’s Barbara Boxer.

Or as Will Collier says, “You can’t find anybody who could beat that?”

Sir, May I Have Some More?

July 16th, 2009 - 5:35 pm

BofA-Merrill Lynch projects that GM’s market share will settle in — quickly — at mere 15%. That’s a third lower than Chrysler‘s share at the time of the Daimler buyout.

Still think GM is done hoovering up tax dollars?

Bueller? Bueller?

July 16th, 2009 - 3:10 pm

Jennifer Rubin:

Whether you agreed with their philosophy or not, you had the sense with the Clinton, Reagan, and George W. Bush nominees (yes, I leave Souter off the list) that there was good reason to put them on the Court. You listened for a day or even and hour and said, “Yes, that’s a Supreme Court Justice.” It was hard to dispute, even if you disagreed with one or another on his or her judicial methodology, that the nominee was bringing some intellectual heft.

Does anyone really have that sense from Sotomayor?

Anyone? Anyone?

An Instant Classic?

July 16th, 2009 - 1:06 pm

With apologies to The Knack, it’s — duh duh duh duh duh duh duh — Wise Latina!

(Hat tip, Stace McCain.)

Must-See PJTV

July 16th, 2009 - 12:48 pm

On today’s Trifecta segment, I dare Scott Ott and Bill Whittle to prove me wrong — that the stimulus package is working exactly how it’s supposed to.

Also, how often do you get to call California and Michigan the “stupid, idiot states?”

Oh, and become witness to a Whittle Spit-Take!

Is President Obama losing his cool?

Dunno. Can you lose what you never had?

Mini Review

July 16th, 2009 - 5:17 am

I know I’m late to the party, but Season 2 of Mad Men didn’t come out on Blu-Ray until Tuesday. And once you’ve seen any season of Mad Men in HD, SD just won’t do. I might be a year behind the times, but I’ll wait for two million pixels instead of 350,000.

To echo yesterday’s mini review of Gran Torino, five minutes into the first show, all I could think was, “Another dozen episodes of the same multilayered and intriguing drama? With all the subtle acting and perfect set design and… oh my god would you look at January Jones in that merry widow?”

It’s… uh… still the best show on TV.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a little early Valentine’s Day shopping to do at Agent Provocateur.

Must-See PJTV

July 15th, 2009 - 4:43 pm

On the new Trifecta segment, Scott Ott asks Bill Whittle and me if President Obama is reading from a different Constitution from the rest of us.

We taped two other segments today, with each of us trading topics and hosting duties. Links to follow as the segments go live.

UPDATE: Chances are, you’ve never woken up next to me, so you’ll just have to trust me when I say, “I’ve looked worse.”

That Thing Got 2.9 Million HEMIs?

July 15th, 2009 - 1:52 pm

Say hello to the one billion horsepower motor.

Is it a secret experiment? Something from science fiction?

Nope. It’s just a little thing we set off almost 40 years ago.

(Link expires tomorrow, so scroll down for it on Thursday or later. You’ll know it when you see it.)

UPDATE: Link updated, but still good for now.

A Simple Request

July 15th, 2009 - 12:57 pm

It’s time for Chris Muir’s annual pledge drive at Day By Day.

I just chipped in. You should, too.

A Simple Reminder

July 15th, 2009 - 10:16 am

Like good (ie, “small”) government? So does Scott Ott. He needs your help.

Send him money.

A Not-So Simple Plan [UPDATED TWICE]

July 15th, 2009 - 9:12 am

Health Care Reform Plan

Yikes.

UPDATE: I’ve just now noticed that if you squint just so, you can see the part labeled “consumers” tucked away on the far left side. Big giant things called “Bureau of Health Information” and “Health Choices Administrator” occupy Paul Lynde’s square. Shouldn’t something involving health maybe put the consumers in the middle? Just asking.

And “Health Choices Administrator” sounds a bit too Orwellian for my tastes.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Jaymaster, in the comments:

I’m worried about those undefined acronyms.

I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them translates into “Soylent Green”.

That’s OK. According to the Left, Soylent Green is people, too.

Mini Review

July 15th, 2009 - 8:40 am

Meant to say something about this weeks ago, but forgot. (How’s that for a clever excuse?)

About five minutes in to “Gran Torino,” mostly what I was thinking was, “Another Clint Eastwood movie where he plays a grumpy old SOB who communicates mostly through grunts? It’s a fine genre, but getting a little tired.”

Ten minutes later I was so not thinking that any more, and totally in love with the movie. Check it out if you haven’t already.

How do we pay for health care? First, Washington will save money.

OK, stop laughing. That’s what Charlie Rangel says, not me.

Then they’ll tax the rich:

House Democrats included a surtax on families making more than $350,000 in a sweeping health care bill unveiled Tuesday — the latest idea Congress is considering to pay for President Obama’s broad goal to provide coverage to the nation’s 50 million uninsured.

Let’s go back to Econ 101 for a moment. When you subsidize something, you get more of it. And when you tax something, you get less of it. Simple stuff, empirically proven, yadda yadda yadda.

Now don’t jump the gun and start jumping me — I’m not about to argue that we ought to be subsidizing rich people. Because, take a look at the Robb Report, and you’ll see that being rich is its own reward.

But if you punish wealth, well, there will be less of it, guaranteed. Or at the very least, there will be less wealth in this country.

Furthermore, I understand the Cayman Islands are nice this time of year. Or any other time of year, for that matter.

Stimulate THIS!

July 15th, 2009 - 5:06 am

So as it turns out, there is a “multiplier effect” from government spending. Problem is, it’s more like a divisor.

Historically, every dollar of government spending “grows” the economy by 80 cents. Consumer spending is probably about break-even, and private investment stimulates the economy dollar-for-dollar, plus the rate of return on the investment.

Now to be fair, some investments incur a loss (see: Motors, General). But the vast majority enjoy profits, else we’d all still be living in caves and eating mud, quod erat demonstrandum.

Do the math, and you’ll find that the $787 billion “stimulus” package can be expected to cause the economy to grow by about $630 billion — a $157 billion loss. That, as even a Princeton-trained economist can tell you, ain’t chump change.

Now I’ll do something no one in Washington will do, and be honest with you: I haven’t read the scholarly work quoted by Nick Gillespie in the link above. So I honestly can’t tell you if it factors in the inflationary effects of all that debt, or if it includes the suppression of future growth created by higher interest rates and increased uncertainty about future government interventions.

But I can tell you this much with complete assurance: If those factors are included, then the numbers get no better — you and me and Cousin Dupree are out a hundred and fifty some-odd billion dollars. And I can also tell you — again, with complete assurance — that if those factors aren’t included, then we’re all out a full shitload more.

Feeling stimulated yet, suckers?

You Say You Want a Revolution?

July 14th, 2009 - 4:18 pm

PJ Media: We’re fomenting insurrection!

And I swear I had some sedition around here somewhere. Maybe it’s under the sofa cushions.

An Inconvenient Truth

July 14th, 2009 - 2:15 pm

So here’s the big scandal Nancy Pelosi is going to try and use to deflect attention away from… whatever stupid thing it was she said a few weeks back:

The CIA ran a secret program for nearly eight years that aspired to kill top al-Qaeda leaders with specially trained assassins, but the agency declined to tell Congress because the initiative never came close to bringing Osama bin Laden and his deputies into U.S. cross hairs, U.S. intelligence and congressional officials said yesterday.

What’s the fuss? If the CIA reported to Congress every time they failed at something, they wouldn’t have enough time left over to screw up.

A Simple Plan

July 14th, 2009 - 2:10 pm

Just arrived: The Matrix on Blu-Ray.

Well, I think I know what we’ll be doing for about 2 hours and 18 minutes tonight.

Must-See PJTV

July 14th, 2009 - 10:48 am

It’s an all-new “Hair of the Dog,” the Monday morning quarterback for the Sunday morning chat shows. On the new episode:

Juan Williams and Skeletor — separated at birth?”

Primal scream therapy with Sam Donaldson and Donna Brazille.

Jon Kyl takes a stand.

Plus — is President Obama’s honeymoon over?

Free, no registration required. Check it out.

Here We Go

July 14th, 2009 - 8:55 am

Oh, great — an Obama “birther” lawyer has found himself a soldier to (ab)use as a test case. The crazies come out during every administration, don’t they?

If you want to oppose Obama — and you know I do — try putting a competitive candidate up against him. Just a thought.

Must-See PJTV (Bumped)

July 13th, 2009 - 12:46 pm

It’s the Week in Blogs. On the new show:

Egyptians versus Columbus.

A stimulus job is located in North Carolina.

Big President, little chair.

And… bleeding billboards? Yep. Oh, and plus a little T&A because it’s TV, and that’s the way things are done.

Life in the 21st Century

July 13th, 2009 - 12:45 pm

Wendy Long is tweeting live from inside the Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

So That’s the Secret?

July 13th, 2009 - 12:37 pm

Apparently, there are those who think it’s OK for us to kill the enemy during wartime.

What’s happened to America?

Now This Is Cool

July 13th, 2009 - 8:52 am

Silicon Graffiti goes steampunk.