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Holy Stupid Question, Batman!

August 24th, 2012 - 7:10 am

Trifecta: As the election campaign devolves deeply into silliness, the vile progressives force us to answer the question, “What would President Jesus do?”

Required Viewing

August 23rd, 2012 - 11:29 am
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Bob is a racist — and you might be one, too!

Can They Do That?

August 23rd, 2012 - 7:46 am

Trifecta: So it’s come to this — liberals are accusing the Republicans of trying to throw a good convention.

It couldn’t be any worse than 2008, that’s for sure.

Ron Amadeo had such high hopes for the new 10″ Samsung Galaxy tablet. Alas:

The build quality. Terrible even by Samsung’s low standards. The back is actually squishy, and you can feel it deform while holding it. It’s noisy too, the plastic creaks, groans, and grinds when you pick it up. Regular, strong plastic would still be unacceptable when everyone else uses aluminum, but this… this is insulting for a $500 tablet.

An ugly two-tone “please don’t ever confuse this with an iPad” design. It’s not designed to look good, it’s only designed to not look like an iPad.

A 1280×800 resolution display on a flagship device is not ok. Asus does 1920×1200, and Samsung makes a 9.7 inch, 2048×1536 display for Apple. They seriously cheaped out here.

The pen feels cheap too. It’s a hollow plastic tube. It’s got a button that doesn’t do anything useful, and you can’t customize it.

No NFC on a device that is, by definition, a secondary device. Have a Galaxy S III and a Note 10.1? Well, guess what? You can’t tap to share because Samsung cheaped out. 2 months ago, NFC was all the rage at Samsung HQ. Now, all of a sudden, it’s not important enough to include in your flagship tablet. What happened?

The new multitasking features, floating apps and split screen, just aren’t any good. Compatibility is limited to a handful of not-very-useful TouchWiz apps, and split screen has terrible lag when switching between the two open apps.

He adds, “The build quality is so bad, I think it gave me cancer.”

But it has a stylus!

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H/T, Gruber.

News You Can Use

August 22nd, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Famous album covers recreated with socks.

Something You Absolutely Don’t Need

August 22nd, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Classic Mac sound pack for your OSX Mac. I miss “moof” the most.

H/T, Cult of Mac.

The state senator seems such a lovely lady:

Senator Linda Lopez (D-29, AZ), a member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, was apparently quoted during the interview as saying “the troops should just go fuck themselves.” Lopez continues to claim that her remarks have been “taken out of context” and that she is in fact a huge supporter of the U.S. military.

It’s not the first time Lopez is being questioned for something she said. In the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting, she told an interviewer that the shooter was “probably a veteran of Afghanistan.“ The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, had no military experience.

Her most recent remarks come after a vote in the Committee to improve education benefits and mental health services for veterans of all service branches. Lopez opposed the bill and was the only no vote, telling reporters that she opposed it on constitutional grounds. When pressed further, she admitted however, that “she hates the fucking constitution.”

Minutes after making the remark, she told reporters that she misspoke and didn’t mean to use profanity.
“I only voted no on the bill because I support the troops, but don’t support the war,” Lopez said. “Besides, if these numbskulls would quit enlisting, we wouldn’t need to support the stupid fucks. That last part’s off the record, by the way.”

I’m sure the troops support you, too, Linda.

UPDATE: Duh. The Duffel Blog, which as David Nicholas was kind enough to remind me, is a satire site. I was just chuckling a couple weeks ago at some leftwing blogs they’d fooled.

Ah, well — today it was my turn.

Well, they certainly don’t talk to Kira Davis. She’s on a roll this week.

Required Reading

August 22nd, 2012 - 11:57 am

Like a boss — Mitt Romney needs to own the millionaire thing. Here’s Kevin Williamson:

From an evolutionary point of view, Mitt Romney should get 100 percent of the female vote. All of it. He should get Michelle Obama’s vote. You can insert your own Mormon polygamy joke here, but the ladies do tend to flock to successful executives and entrepreneurs. Saleh al-Rajhi, billionaire banker, left behind 61 children when he cashed out last year. We don’t do harems here, of course, but Romney is exactly the kind of guy who in another time and place would have the option of maintaining one. He’s a boss. Given that we are no longer roaming the veldt for the most part, money is a reasonable stand-in for social status. Romney’s net worth is more than that of the last eight U.S. presidents combined. He set up a trust for his grandkids and kicked in about seven times Barack Obama’s net worth, which at $11.8 million is not inconsiderable but probably less than Romney’s tax bill in a good year. If he hadn’t given away so much money to his church, charities, and grandkids, Mitt Romney would have more money than Jay-Z.

It is time for Mitt Romney to get in touch with his inner rich guy.

Read the whole thing.

Wargaming the Electoral College

August 22nd, 2012 - 10:30 am

This week we’re going to limit our focus to the battlegrounds and the leaners, and avoid all the Byzantine scenario building. Taking the latest from Rasmussen, Nate Silver, and some other sources, here’s the map we get.

This should be easy to read. Dark blue is safe for President Obama, while light blue states are his leaners. Dark red is Mitt Romney country, with light red leaners. Uncolored states are the toss-ups.

Three surprises this time around, one of which you might already be pointing and laughing at: “He has Illinois is a leaner? What a maroon!” Very likely, yes. But the only poll I’ve seen out of Illinois showed Obama with only 49% — in Cook County, home of Chicago. Any Democrat running statewide in Illinois needs to run up the numbers in Cook, because they’re going to get slaughtered downstate. Now, I don’t really think Illinois is in play, but until I see some other indicator, I’m putting it in the leans column. It might even stay there long enough for me to finish writing this paragraph.

Missouri got downgraded to leans Romney, thanks to the heroic jerkiness of one Todd Akin. Women will turn out in droves to vote against this guy. Missouri, once safely red, is now a state to watch. You can’t hear me, but I’m saying very bad words right now.

And Colorado lost its blue tint for the first time ever on a battleground map. I thought my home state was going to be a tough nut for Romney to crack. He underperformed here during the primaries, I thought, and our state GOP has been in a circular firing squad for the better part of a decade now. You’d think they’d have run out of ammo, but no. Anyway, the last Rasmussen poll gave Romney a nice edge, with an R+5 sample. Colorado was R+1 in 2008 (when Obama was the Messiah) and R+9 in 2004 (when it went heavily for Bush). So R+5 sounds about right, as Colorado tilts back partway towards its historic norm.

And I stand by my year-old prognostication that Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are in play. Some recent polls bear this out, too.

But the map imparts too much data and not enough knowledge. So I’ve prepared a couple of tables for you.

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Cat and Dogs Living Together

August 22nd, 2012 - 7:51 am

Trifecta: Newsweek has turned against Barack Obama — now where are the other three horsemen?

Windows 8 a “Cognitive Burden”

August 22nd, 2012 - 5:10 am

Microsoft’s latest and greatest can’t be all that bad, can it? One usability expert thinks so:

“Windows 8 is optimized for content consumption rather than content production and multitasking,” [Raluca Budiu] said. “Whereas content consumption can easily be done on other media… production and multitasking are still best suited for PCs. Windows 8 appears to ignore that.”

Budiu thinks that the biggest pain will come when users switch between the standard desktop mode on the OS and the User Interface Formerly Known as Metro, which is designed for touchscreen use more so than for operation with a keyboard and mouse.

“Users will need to remember two different interfaces,” he explained. “They will learn Windows 8, but won’t be able to forget Windows 7. And they will need to keep track of which app goes with each framework. [It's] definitely a cognitive burden, but not an insurmountable one.”

I just don’t understand the thinking behind Windows 8. The first mystery is, why MS would choose to shoehorn a desktop OS onto tablets. They’ve tried that for a dozen years, with Windows Handheld for Tablets with Pointing Devices Pro or Whatever, with zero success. And they have a perfectly suitable (and well-reviewed) mobile touch OS in Windows Phone.

The next mystery is why they would then, as Budiu notes, try and cover a desktop screen with a touch UI. I’m reminded of Tolkien’s line about too little butter spread over too much toast. Touch has certain limitations, but also certain advantages. But when a touch UI is on a non-touch screen, the advantages go away and the limitations become magnified.

The third mystery: why one operating system but two user experiences? OK, this one isn’t actually a mystery. Rather, it’s the inescapable consequence of Microsoft’s decision to unify tablets and traditional PCs. That decision has forced them to over-engineer the Surface to include a keyboard it shouldn’t require (but does), while simultaneously dragging unwilling desktop users and developers into using — partially — a kinda-sorta touch UI on non-touch computers.

And if you think that last sentence was a lot to dig through, it seems like that’s nothing compared to what Windows users are about to go through.

Windows 7 was an amazing success, the most rapid uptake for a new OS ever and a huge moneymaker. But instead of building on the success of Win7, MS seems determined to repudiate it. That, I suppose, is the final mystery.

Do Not Taunt the Tapper Fun Ball

August 21st, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Jake Tapper continues his roll:

CBS News’ Nancy Cordes said that “your campaign has suggested repeatedly without proof that Mr. Romney might be hiding something in his tax returns, they have suggested that Mr. Romney might be a felon for the way that he handed over power of Bain Capital, and your campaign and the White House have declined to condemn an ad by one of your top supporters that links Mr. Romney to a woman’s death from cancer.”

“I’m not sure all those characterizations that you laid out there were accurate,” the president said. “For example, nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon.”

But what Cordes said was that the Obama campaign “suggested that Mr. Romney might be a felon,” and she had it exactly right.

OK, so none of this is news to you or to me. But it is to millions of others, who are maybe noticing these stories for the first time — with the imprimatur of ABC News (which still means something to many) and under Tapper’s byline (which ought to mean a lot).

The wheels are coming off the clown car.

Beer Summit II: The Wrath of Khan

August 21st, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Now here’s a FOIA request I stand behind 110%:

A group of home-brewing enthusiasts and transparency advocates want the government to hand over the recipe for the home brewed beers created at the White House.

As reported by Government Executive, a Reddit user has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the recipe, arguing that “disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations of activities of the government.”

The FOIA request added: “If you could send me a copy autographed by the president, you’d be the coolest FOIA officer in the whole federal government.”

Whoa, hold on a sec there. Better knock that down to 95%. What kind of fanboy still gets all drooly over Obama’s signature. I bet he thinks it’s a recipe for lite beer.

Trifecta: Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and the magical rape-proof uterus.

Now That’s Attention to Detail

August 21st, 2012 - 1:44 pm

TTAC’s Matt Gasnier compiled the top 150-selling cars in the world — for just June. This is an epic thing, and it looks like he plans to do it every month. That’s nuts. It’s great, but it’s nuts.

You have to go to #8 to find the first GM product, and down to #17 before you find another one.

Ouch.

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

August 21st, 2012 - 10:36 am
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President Lying Liarhead Who Lies.

Money Talks

August 21st, 2012 - 5:05 am

On Fox News Sunday the other day, Karl Rove said he figured Mitt Romney and the GOP had sizable cash advantage over Obama and the Democrats — to the tune of 30 or 40 million dollars. The rest of the panel looked incredulous. Well, I suppose they should have, because Rove didn’t know squat:

When the Romney campaign announced its July fundraising haul of $101.3 million, it also put out this impressive cash-on-hand figure for the campaign, the RNC and their joint fundraising account: $185.9 million.

The Obama campaign shared its full fundraising information this afternoon and came up with this combined cash-on-hand figure: $123.7 million.

Yeah, the Republicans are up by $62 million. And you don’t read stories about Romney’s umpteenth Hollywood fundraiser or about how the GOP is auctioning off rides on the top of Romney’s station wagon.

So it appears that the Republicans don’t just have a fundraising advantage, but that their fundraising advantage is at the grassroots level.

This is the first “vote” of the cycle, and it isn’t going well for the Democrats.

POSITIVE SPIN: Obama is leading from behind.

And Now a Little Hair of the Dog

August 20th, 2012 - 4:01 pm
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A Few Thoughts About Todd Akin

August 20th, 2012 - 2:08 pm

I wish we knew with any certainty if Todd Akin is in or out as the Missouri GOP’s Senate candidate. I’ve got a Trifecta script to write about this thing.

But here’s the question that dogs me, and the one I’ll probably give to Scott Ott when we tape tomorrow morning. Pro-life candidates know they face a hostile media on the issue of abortion. It’s even worse for “no exceptions” candidates like Akin, who would outlaw abortion even for rape and incest. (I would argue that “no exceptions” candidates like Akin are even worse for women, but abortion isn’t really the subject here. Anyway.) In a long-form interview, no journalist worth his salt can resist asking the “No exceptions, really? Not even for rape or incest?” question, even if just to watch the candidate squirm. So someone like Akin must go in prepared. He must have an answer. It must be short. It cannot be compromising. And he cannot wander off into his pet theories about how women’s bodies function.

Akin was not prepared, on a very basic issue which also happens to be a very big issue in Missouri. It wasn’t that long ago that even Democrats had to be pro-life if they wanted to win a major office outside the two bookend cities of KC and St. Louis.

Akin was so unprepared, I’m forced to believe that if the abortion question hadn’t tripped him up on Sunday, it would have been some other question on some other day — even closer to Election Day.

He’s an unprepared candidate — unprepared to beat the most vulnerable Democrat in the entire Senate. Of all of Akin’s political sins, that one is probably the most unforgivable.

Blaming the Guilty Messenger

August 20th, 2012 - 1:11 pm

I just downloaded Politico’s new ebook on the 2012 Obama campaign — I know the “real” election season hasn’t started yet — and I’ll dig into it here with lunch in a few. But we have the gist of it already from Politico’s own writeup of it:

Second-guessing about personnel, strategy and tactics has been a dominant theme of the reelection effort, according to numerous current and former Obama advisers who were interviewed for “Obama’s Last Stand,” an e-book out Monday published in a collaboration between POLITICO and Random House.

The discord, these sources said, has on occasion flowed from Obama himself, who at repeated turns has made vocal his dissatisfaction with decisions made by his campaign team, with its messaging, with Vice President Joe Biden and with what Obama feared was clumsy coordination between his West Wing and reelection headquarters in Chicago.

Yeah, that Chicago/DC split is real, and it’s going to be difficult if not impossible to bridge that gap. You’ve seen the poor results of it so far, with inconsistent messaging and wasted efforts. Stephanie Cutter wants to run the campaign based on smirking, while David Axelrod still insists the best way to go is with a repelling lack of personal hygiene. Then there is the constant barrage of memos from Biden’s office, each one featuring a new line of attack based on portraying the Democratic ticket as being “as deranged and clueless as possible.”

If President Obama can’t force a peace amongst his three top lieutenants, and get them all on the same page about old tax returns and dog stories, then the Obama/Biden campaign will remain ugly and confused.

President Lying Liarhead

August 20th, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Video at the link — devastating video.

Fill it to the RIM — With Fail

August 20th, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Windows Phone is set to overtake BlackBerry’s marketshare in as little as three months. The news isn’t all good for Microsoft, however. It’s not the Windows Phone is growing by leaps and bounds — because it’s barely growing at all. It’s that BlackBerry’s installed base is collapsing, and they won’t have new phones out before next year.

Putting the Cart Before the Horseshoer

August 20th, 2012 - 11:14 am

And another report from the cutting edge of trade unionism:

Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer.

Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.

The water department has a horseshoer. In Detroit. In Detroit where the mass-produced car was invented. What did they use to call those?

Ah, yes — horseless carriages.

True Colors: Red, Red, and More Red

August 20th, 2012 - 9:59 am

From the Daily Caller:

Former Amalgamated Transit Union local 689 president Mike Golash, now an “Occupy” movement organizer, was caught on tape Sunday revealing his political goals: overthrowing capitalism in the United States and instituting a communist government.

“Progressive labor is a revolutionary communist organization,” Golash said during an Occupy DC “People’s Assembly” on August 19.

“Its objective,” he added, “is to make revolution in the United States, overthrow the capitalist system and build communism.”

There’s video at the link, if you really need to go that far.

And if you ever wondered why trade-unionism is mostly a spent force in this country…

…no, you probably never wondered that.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy

August 20th, 2012 - 8:21 am

Now they’ve gone too far. “Cool” is now a racist term, according to Team Obama in (yet another) fundraising email:

“There’s an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses,” Rye said in June, referring to an ad by Karl Rove’s super PAC, American Crossroads. “Even ‘cool,’ the term ‘cool,’ could in some ways be deemed racial [in this instance],” she added.

When I was growing up, cool was defined by motorcycle-riding, jukebox-meister, hot-chick-kisser Arthur Fonzarelli. AKA, Fonzie, or simply “The Fonz.” He lived in Wisconsin and was played by a nice Jewish boy, Henry Winkler. That’s about as white as it gets — and it was totally make-believe.

Please, Team Obama, just leave us that much, won’t you?

Kyle Smith:

In a study published this year in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, psychologists gave their subjects enough vodka-and-cranberry to put their blood-alcohol at almost 0.08, which is the legal limit. Then the volunteers played a game in which they were given a group of words, such as peach, arm and tar, and asked to come up with another word that could be used in combination with any of the above, such as pit.

Tipplers delivered more correct answers and delivered them more quickly. Drinkers solved nine problems on average, versus six for the sober group, and came up with answers in an average of 11.5 seconds as against 15.2 for the teetotalers.

Twenty-five percent faster, 50% more creative? Don Draper, once again you have been proven right.

Psychologists have speculated that drinking may spur creativity because it decreases the ability to control your thoughts. In other words, the very reason we use alcohol in social situations — to lower the barriers — works on an intellectual plane as well.

Today’s lunch plans just changed significantly.

Tomorrow’s, too.

Best Political Ad I’ve Seen All Season

August 19th, 2012 - 2:32 pm
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Dr. David Steinhof, candidate for Congress from MA-04.

When Did They Have Them?

August 19th, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Trifecta: Has the GOP lost Latino voters?

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

August 19th, 2012 - 11:30 am
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