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And I Can Imagine Quite a Bit

June 7th, 2010 - 9:06 pm

So I’m one of the sexiest men on the right side of the blogosphere? Other than “thanks,” I’m not sure what to say about that — other than I’m sure the competition was quite, ah, stiff.

Although I should also tell Dr. Helen Smith, my unrequited voice-crush, that she’s even lovelier than I ever imagined.

If it’s Monday, then we could all use a little Hair of the Dog. What do we have for you this week? Our first ever Double-Dumbass, Dueling Juan Williamseses, and a cameo appearance by secret mystery guest Helen Thomas!

Apple Versus Google

June 7th, 2010 - 11:12 am

At the WWDC today, Steve Jobs is digging into Google at most any opportunity.

Apple versus Microsoft is so ’97.

There They Go Again

June 6th, 2010 - 10:41 pm

Yet more profiles in congressional courage:

The sentiment that fueled the rage during those Congressional forums is still alive in the electorate. But the opportunities for voters to openly express their displeasure, or angrily vent as video cameras roll, have been harder to come by in this election year.

That’s from a New York Times story, detailing how Democratic congresscritters are seeking to avoid angry constituents by avoiding all their actual constituents. Smart, yes?

Well, no.

Avoid them now, and they’ll for sure remember you at the polls in November. Let them vent, and they might — might — relax enough to stay home in the Fall.

But if anyone anywhere had been counting on our Democratic majority to take some action other than the stupid and self-destructive one, hasn’t been paying attention the last few years.

Required Reading

June 6th, 2010 - 9:17 am

Stacy McCain would like you to remember a few things about Rachel Corrie.

No Static At All

June 5th, 2010 - 3:12 pm

Hot of the Sirius/XM Satellite, it’s the latest edition of PJM Political. On this week’s show we’ve got ur-blogger and California Senate candidate Mickey Kaus, former Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson, multimedia impresario James Lileks, Oscar nominees Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd on the culture wars, and reporting from Jerusalem, historian and author Richard Landes.

Science said producer Ed Driscoll couldn’t fit that much good stuff into one hour of radio, but we laugh in the face of facts!

Too Hot for TV!

June 5th, 2010 - 8:56 am

The Week in Blogs plumbs the depths to discover why this woman was fired from Citibank. And the reason will make your blood boil.

Or at least the pictures will.

And, as always, you’ll find the links in the comments under the show.

PS I had to do something to make up for that Hellen Thomas video, right?

Posted Without Comment

June 4th, 2010 - 2:25 pm

From the Reading Chair

June 4th, 2010 - 2:09 pm

So a while back I came up with this loopy theory that the killer app for tablets and ebooks was… real books. Apparently it wasn’t so loopy, because a lot of commenters agreed. So I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.

And more than one person suggested I check out Baen Books, which makes a chunk of their back catalog available digitally — for free. And before I knew it, Baen author Sarah Hoyt emailed and asked if I’d like a copy of one of her books. Hardcopy, that is. That was on a Friday. The book arrived on Monday. Wow!

But that was ages ago, and I only just this week got a chance to read Sarah’s Darkship Thieves. Now I don’t think I’ve read any pure space opera since the novelization of “Return of the Jedi” came out, but this book is a blast. Just thrilling, sexy fun. And can you get too much of any of those?

So: A belated thank you, Sarah — and a hearty recommendation to everybody here to pick up this book!

A Fourth of Three

June 4th, 2010 - 2:00 pm

Trifecta: From the border to the Gaza flotilla to everywhere else — enforce the laws or take them off the books.

Legal for Me But Not for Thee

June 4th, 2010 - 7:20 am

A helpful reminder from Charles Krauthammer:

But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, the blockade is not just perfectly rational, it is perfectly legal. Gaza under Hamas is a self-declared enemy of Israel — a declaration backed up by more than 4,000 rockets fired at Israeli civilian territory. Yet having pledged itself to unceasing bel-ligerency, Hamas claims victimhood when Israel imposes a blockade to prevent Hamas from arming itself with still more rockets.

In World War II, with full international legality, the United States blockaded Germany and Japan. And during the October 1962 missile crisis, we blockaded (“quarantined”) Cuba. Yet Israel is accused of international criminality for doing precisely what John Kennedy did: impose a naval blockade to prevent a hostile state from acquiring lethal weaponry.

What Krauthammer gets wrong here, of course, is that Jews defending themselves is inherently illegal. And racist.

Or at the very least, unacceptably outrageous.

And Another Thing

June 3rd, 2010 - 9:11 pm


That’s what we’re calling the members-only Trifecta episodes, and this one alone is worth the five little dollars. Bill Whittle is just back from Gitmo, and Scott Ott and I have him at our (not-so) tender mercy.

Check it out.

An Open Letter

June 3rd, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Dear Mr. President,

I’m sure these Jimmy Carter comparisons — now coming even from David Broder! — must be getting a little tiresome. Carter left office thirty years ago, and the world was a much different place, right?

On the other hand, George W. Bush left office barely over a year ago, so for you the bar is set pretty effing low.

Man up, already. Sheesh.



Flogging a Live Horse

June 3rd, 2010 - 9:23 am

Today’s Trifecta: In the quest to find somebody to blame for the oil spill disaster, has there been a rush to judgement to punish BP? Scott Ott hosts, Bill Whittle and I come up with some novel solutions of which Shakespeare might approve.

Hint: It involves lawyers.

Bet on Turkey to Win, Place and Show

June 2nd, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Today’s Trifecta: we finally know what really happened in the Eastern Med off the Gaza Strip — but what does it really mean, and what happens next? I play host, and Scott Ott and Bill Whittle provide some intriguing answers.

PS This is my first blog post written entirely ons an iPad. Went smoothly for a first try on a new device.

Bad Is Bad

June 2nd, 2010 - 12:29 pm

Excellent Michael Barone column today, about why you can’t run an entire nation The Chicago Way. But the bit I took away was this:

One measure of that is the $25.6 million that the 2008 Obama campaign raised from metro Chicago. An even more meaningful measure is the $5 million that Hillary Clinton’s campaign raised there — a virtual shutout in a city where the Clintons once raised huge sums. The word obviously went out: You back Barack and you don’t back Hillary.

Now the Clintons are part of the Chicago Way team. As witnessed by Bill Clinton’s willingness to dangle some sort of job to Joe Sestak to get him out of the Pennsylvania Senate race.

That’s right — the Obama Machine is so bad it managed to corrupt Bill Clinton.

Beijing Thunder

June 2nd, 2010 - 8:18 am

Nobody goes Full Friedman, that’s just good advice.

AT&T — Can You Hear Me Now?

June 2nd, 2010 - 8:09 am

Hey, Verizon — here I come!

(And I’m bringing my whole family with me.)

It’s Alive!

June 1st, 2010 - 7:24 pm

It isn’t that I’m on vacation. It’s that the very expensive T1 line PJM runs into my house is down for the count. Covad’s people are working on it, but we don’t yet have an ETA on the repair.

And as much as I love my iPhone, it’s not the best blogging platform — as I think I just proved.