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Elephants! Bohemians! Indians! And courtesans!

December 31st, 2011 - 7:53 am

We finally did it — the show that has everything, and just in time for you to close out 2011 with… The Year in Blogs!

19 items and 13 video clips all rolled up into ten idiot categories just for you.

If you miss this one, you miss the whole year.

The Meh Generation

December 30th, 2011 - 3:00 pm

They’re not exactly rocking the hopenchange in Nevada or North Carolina:

North Carolina — Between November 2008 and November 2011, North Carolina saw a net gain of 93,709 in the number of overall, new registrations. However, youth registrants (ages 18-25) lost a net of 48,500 new registrations, while older adults (ages 26 and over) gained over 142,000 registrants. Of the 48,500 net loss in youth registrants, 80.4% were lost among registered Democrats, a net loss of 39,049 young Democratic registrants.

Nevada — Nevada’s registration rolls have shrunk by a net of 117,109 people since the 2008 election, of whom 50,912 (or 43% of the decline) are between the ages of 18-24. The significant challenge for Democratic candidates in Nevada in 2012, including the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, is not the ratio of Democrats to Republicans among Nevada youth, since Democratic young people still outnumber Republican young people on the registration rolls by 45,222 to 25,182. However, the potentially, negative electoral impact for the re-election campaign of President Obama is due to the decline in the youth share of all registrants — youth were 11% of Nevada’s registered voters in 2008 election but just 7.85% in October 2011. Given the overwhelming support young voters showed President Obama’s 2008 campaign, with nearly two-thirds of young voters casting their ballot for Obama, this drop in the share of the electorate comprised of young voters could prove a major difficulty to the 2012 re-election campaign for President Obama in Nevada.

I’d like to see some numbers from Colorado and Virginia as well.

Blame it on the Bossa Nova

December 30th, 2011 - 1:05 pm

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

Well I Care

December 30th, 2011 - 10:51 am

LIST: The top ten things nobody cared about in 2011.

Yes, REM is on there. You had to ask?

Not Ready for Prime Time Antennas

December 30th, 2011 - 10:20 am

Real-world 4G experience with the latest Android Galaxy Nexus:

Here’s the crazy part: when I am actually using the 4G network for tasks — such as turn-by-turn navigation or video streaming — it will drain 1-percent or more of battery life per minute.

Now, the Galaxy Nexus takes about 90 minutes to charge from 0 to 100-percent when plugged into the wall. Thus, when using 4G data while plugged into the wall charger your battery is basically treading water. If the phone is plugged into a less-powerful power source (such as a USB hub or a car charger) then using 4G will actually drain your battery faster than the power source can charge it — though it will not drain at the same one-percent-per-minute speed.

Earlier this week I spent some time driving around Kansas City in order to field test the turn-by-turn navigation, the LTE network, and the battery life. At 11:30 AM I started out and the battery of the Nexus was at 43-percent. After 25 minutes the battery had drained down to 33-percent even though it was plugged into a car charger.

4G is the best feature you’ll almost never use.

Build Your Own

December 29th, 2011 - 2:08 pm

There is no way in which this is not the best thing ever.

H/T, Ed Driscoll, who knows me too well.

Required Viewing

December 29th, 2011 - 11:15 am

Reason proudly presents its Nanny of the Year.

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Well, “proudly” might be a little strong.

Stuff the Beast and Disarm the Victims

December 29th, 2011 - 10:02 am

Is President Obama preparing a second-term stealth campaign against guns? Wayne LaPierre thinks so:

Barack Obama spent his entire political career proudly and publicly pushing for the most radical anti-gun positions you can imagine. He endorsed a total ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. He opposed right-to-carry laws. He voted to ban nearly all commonly used hunting-rifle ammunition.

During the presidential primary debates, Obama even vowed to re-impose the discredited Clinton gun ban, which banned many commonly owned firearms used for hunting and self-defense.

Obama hasn’t had a sudden change of heart; rather, he’s making a purely political calculation by staying quiet on the gun issue until the time is right. In the meantime, he’s gearing up for his second-term assault on the Second Amendment in a number of ways.

Obama always plays the long the game. He did it against Hillary Clinton in the primaries, carefully picking up caucuses while she focused primarily on the big states. He did it with bin Laden. It worked both times. And don’t forget that Fast & Furious was all about killing Mexicans in order to stir up support for more gun control.

And don’t forget this Krauthammer gem from mid-2010:

The critics don’t understand the big picture. Obama’s transformational agenda is a play in two acts.

Act One is over. The stimulus, Obamacare, and financial reform have exhausted his first-term mandate. It will bear no more heavy lifting. And the Democrats will pay the price for ideological overreaching by losing one or both houses, whether de facto or de jure. The rest of the first term will be spent consolidating these gains (writing the regulations, for example) and preparing for Act Two.

The next burst of ideological energy — massive regulation of the energy economy, federalizing higher education, and “comprehensive” immigration reform (i.e., amnesty) — will require a second mandate, meaning reelection in 2012…

So 2012 is the real prize. Obama sees far, farther than even his own partisans. Republicans underestimate him at their peril.

There is no doubt this is the most important election since 1980. Much of what Reagan accomplished in his two terms and already been undone — and just look at the results.

Another four years like these and it will be too late to undo.

Trifecta: The Iowa Caucuses are just days away, so it must be time for one last handicapping session.

Bonus: Bill Whittle has Scott Ott and me perform an old improv exercise, just for Ron Paul.

Shut Up, He Explained

December 28th, 2011 - 10:57 am

The French lower house has passed a bill making it a crime there to deny the Armenian Genocide of 1915, committed by the Ottoman Turks. The bill now goes to the upper house. France can do that, because France doesn’t recognize freedom of speech the way we do. Or the way we once did. Anyway, Turkey’s Islamic government is having none of it:

Turkish attempts to stop this bill going to parliament were charged as “interference in France’s internal affairs” by Valerie Boyer, the bills author. While Foreign Minister Alain Juppé called on Turkey not to overreact, Turkey has responded in the strongest possible terms. Ankara has threatened military and political sanctions against France, and has cancelled all economic, political and military meetings within the NATO framework, while also cancelling permission for French military planes and ships to use Turkey’s ports or airfields. If the bill is adopted, France will lose access to sectors of the Turkish economy such as transport and arms, which could cost French business around $40-50 billion.

When do we get to stop pretending Turkey is a reliable partner?

Sleep Tight

December 28th, 2011 - 10:23 am

Obamanomics, by the numbers:

Every day, the U.S. government takes in $6 billion and spends $10 billion. This means that every day the federal government spends $4 billion more dollars than it has.

The real unemployment rate is a jaw-dropping 11 percent.

Every fifth man you pass on your way to work is now out of work.

College graduates are now 34% less likely to find a job under Obama than they were under President George W. Bush.

Every seventh person you pass on the sidewalk now relies on food stamps.

The ravages of the Obama economy now mean that more Americans live under the federal poverty line than at any time in U.S. history since records have been kept.

Under President Barack Obama, every fifth child in America now lives in poverty.

Read the whole thing — if you dare.

(H/T, Rob Port)

Governments Never Learn

December 28th, 2011 - 9:58 am

So many hijinks in Buenos Aires, you almost wonder how long before they’ll invade the Falklands again. Here’s the latest:

Argentina has temporarily blocked sales of certain electronics including Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry in order to stabilize the country’s ailing economy, while suggesting that companies must build plants in the country to resume sales.

The decision by the Argentinian government claims that the selective consumer electronics ban is meant to slow rising inflation and correct the disparity between the pesos and U.S. dollar, according to website Manuals.ws.

In order to continue smartphone sales in Argentina, Apple must build a plant or partner with a local company to manufacture the iPhone. RIM is reportedly looking to partner with an existing plant so that it can continue sales in the region.

You know what helps build trade? Random and capricious trade laws, that’s what.

Tango Mike (Foxtrot) India

December 28th, 2011 - 8:58 am

Now that he’s just another jobless guy with a hurting marriage, can’t we leave Anthony Weiner alone? Because one more story like this one, and I’m going to go Full Oedipus on my eyeballs.

I know, I know — you never go Full Oedipus.

“Kill. The. Bill.”

December 27th, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Will SOPA kill blogs? Wouldn’t that be convenient? Here’s the deal:

Some have asserted that the controversial measures would criminalize pages and blogs that link to foreign websites dedicated to online piracy. In particular, this has concerned search engines like Google, which could face massive liability if some form of the bill passes, some say.

“Of course, restrictions of results provided by Internet search engines amount to just that: prior restraint of their free expression of future results. Google and others, under SOPA, are told what they can or can’t publish before they publish it. Kill. The. Bill,” conservative blogger Neil Stevens argued at RedState.

Liberals had their own spin on it, cheering on the fact that corporate support for SOPA was starting to subside.

We have an idiot, greedy, grabby Congress. But there’s nothing new about that.

And the Loser Is…

December 27th, 2011 - 2:00 pm

11 in 2: Last week, I gave you the biggest winners of 2011. Naturally, this week it’s time for the biggest losers.

Tune in right now — one of them could be you!

Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Hey Hey Goodbye

December 27th, 2011 - 11:46 am

Senator Ben Nelson is the latest Washington Democrat to take his ball and his bat and go home, rather than face his constituents next year.

Claire McCaskill was last seen behind her sofa, muttering, “Please don’t let Obama come to Missouri. Please.”

The Rate Remains the Same

December 27th, 2011 - 8:40 am

Trifecta: Learn the Clinton Rule for figuring out how little revenue you’ll actually raise with a great, big tax hike.

It’s Not a Holiday Without One

December 26th, 2011 - 9:39 am

What, you thought there was no Week in Blogs, just because everybody else took some time off? And what a Week it was, with Nancy Pelosi’s Freudian slip, Doug Wilder giving Joe Biden the boot, Whoopi Goldberg and her mad reading skillz, toppling artillery, and Eric Holder’s race card.

How do we fit so much entertainment into just five minutes?

We do it with mirrors.

Know Thine Enemies

December 23rd, 2011 - 8:57 am

Here’s a complete list of companies supporting SOPA.

It’s a Radical Choice

December 23rd, 2011 - 7:53 am

11 in 2 — PJTV sums up the year in two-minute segments. My segment today picks “The Biggest Winners.”

Required Viewing

December 22nd, 2011 - 1:18 pm

Devastating. Hysterical. True.

In-Sane-ly Great

December 22nd, 2011 - 12:16 pm
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Lost footage of David Bowie performing “Jean Genie” on the UK’s Top of the Pops in 1973

Required Reading

December 22nd, 2011 - 11:49 am

Lileks. Now. He’s fisking.

Painful Photo of the Day

December 22nd, 2011 - 9:45 am

Apparently, Virginians aren’t with Newt.

It’s the New Meritocracy

December 22nd, 2011 - 7:58 am

Trifecta: Just in time for Christmas, it’s the heartwarming tale of a young lady who made it big in the Big Apple, relying on nothing but her grit, hard work, and her winning personality.

Yes, NBC just hired Chelsea Clinton.

Darned if You Do, Darned if You Don’t

December 21st, 2011 - 11:08 am

Trifecta: It’s a perfect storm of Win for the GOP as President Obama threatens to veto 20,000 jobs, or give up pandering to the environmental Left.

Serious MEGO Action

December 21st, 2011 - 10:17 am

I’m here. Really I am. Just busy preparing for tomorrow’s The Year in Blogs shoot. I’ve winnowed 503 links down to 19, split into ten items with 13 video clips.

Now I just need to find a script around here somewhere…

Jump and Jive and Wail

December 20th, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Trifecta: Could the entire nation of North Korea suffer from Stockholm syndrome?

Must be Seen to be Believed

December 20th, 2011 - 2:41 pm

VIDEO: The worst — but certainly not repentant — suicide bomber ever, is a woman.

Fun with Photoshop

December 20th, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Kim Jong-il: Droppin’ the bass.

There’s lots, so click on over.