Archive for May, 2011

May 27, 2011

LAUGH ALL YOU WANT AT THE STEAMPUNK SARAH PALIN COMIC BOOK, but the robotic-armed “President Robama” that it predicted is now reality. Be very afraid.

May 27, 2011

SHERIFF DUPNIK’S GUYS ON VIDEO: The Jose Guerena Raid: A Demonstration of Tactical Incompetence. “These clowns shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near weapons.”

UPDATE: Reader Tim Moreau writes:

You know what? I would think that anyone busting down the door of a man’s home with a platoon of light infantry would be prepared for anything. But it seems these black-nylon kill squads are only prepared for one thing: absolute and immediate submission. What, your surprised by our raid? Confused? Startled? Sorry, you’ll have to be killed to protect us.

That’s just a peachy picture of a patriotic free nation, now aint it?

They’re just playing soldier. But I think that when you break down the door to someone’s home in response to anything other than a clear and immediate threat to life and limb, you act at your peril. I’d remove all official immunity in such cases. I think that would be a mild response to the many abuses we’ve seen. “Official immunity” is, at any rate, a judicial creation with no basis in the Constitution, one that should be scrapped in favor of a scheme debated and approved by elected representatives.

May 27, 2011

IN THE MAIL: From Donald L. Luskin and Andrew Greta, I Am John Galt: Today’s Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It.

May 27, 2011

PROF. STEPHEN L. CARTER: Economic Stagnation Explained At 30,000 Feet.

The man in the aisle seat is trying to tell me why he refuses to hire anybody. His business is successful, he says, as the 737 cruises smoothly eastward. Demand for his product is up. But he still won’t hire.

“Why not?”

“Because I don’t know how much it will cost,” he explains. “How can I hire new workers today, when I don’t know how much they will cost me tomorrow?”

He’s referring not to wages, but to regulation: He has no way of telling what new rules will go into effect when. His business, although it covers several states, operates on low margins. He can’t afford to take the chance of losing what little profit there is to the next round of regulatory changes. And so he’s hiring nobody until he has some certainty about cost.

Carter’s one of my old law professors, as well as a bigshot novelist. He explains well. Read the whole thing.

May 27, 2011

NOT ‘TIL TIM GEITHNER GIVES UP HIS TURBOTAX: IRS To Small Businesses: We Want Your QuickBooks.

Many accountants are worried this could lead to fishing expeditions” to find problems beyond the scope of the requested information, said Danny Snow, a certified public accountant in Memphis who is active in the American Institute of CPAs, or AICPA. “It’s not like what the IRS asks of large companies.”

It’s not like the President has joked about auditing his enemies or anything.

May 27, 2011

STATE BUDGETS: “Many states have announced higher-than-expected tax revenues lately, the first upbeat news to come out of beleaguered state budget offices since 2007. But the windfall is largely the result of smoke and mirrors. Revenue estimates for this year were set at ultra low levels, leaving plenty of room for good news. The reality is that state budget problems are the worst they’ve been since the start of the recession. State tax revenues are more than 10 percent below their 2008 levels, and 44 states and Washington DC have been scrambling to close a collective $112 billion budget shortfall for fiscal year 2012, which for most states begins July 1.”

May 27, 2011

MEGAN MCARDLE: Once Again, We Cannot Pay For Social Security By Ending the Bush Tax Cuts on High Earners. “That’s why I think it’s a terrible idea to juxtapose the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and Social Security in a graph that implies that the costs are roughly the same size. Not just because they’re not really equivalent–but because we don’t have that money to spend. We’re already assuming that we let those tax cuts go in 2012, and the budget picture is still a disaster.”

May 27, 2011

VERONIQUE DE RUGY: The Party Of Doing Nothing. And yet they ran on a platform of . . . Change!

May 27, 2011

AARON WORTHING: Hey, maybe you shouldn’t trust Google with your wallet.

May 27, 2011

LECH WALESA SNUBS OBAMA: “Lech Walesa, Poland’s Solidarity-era legend, ex-president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday he would not accept an invitation to meet with fellow Nobel winner US President Barack Obama.”

May 27, 2011

AT AMAZON, it’s the Friday Sale.

May 27, 2011

JOHN MERLINE: War on For-Profit Colleges Doesn’t Make Sense. Sure it does. It’s protecting a constituency from market competition. That’s what politicians do.

And note this: “Critics point out that loan defaults are more common for students at for-profit colleges than those attending traditional schools. But others say this is largely because for-profits serve more low-income and ‘at risk’ students. Research by financial aid guru Mark Kantrowitz found little difference in defaults among low-income Pell Grant recipients, regardless of where they went to school.”

May 27, 2011

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: What Obama Did To Israel.

May 27, 2011

BYRON YORK: Palin Creates Buzz But Rivals Bet She Won’t Run.

May 27, 2011

WELL, THIS IS CHEERY: SocGen: “The China Domino Has Fallen!”, Big-Time Inflation Coming All Around The World. Inflation, deflation — we seem to have arrived at the worst of both. The things I own are deflating, the things I buy are inflating.

May 27, 2011

JENNIFER RUBIN talks to John Boehner. “He is blunt about the president’s conduct toward Israel. ‘It is part of what they’ve done for the last two and a half years — throw allies under the bus in an effort to reach out to people who hate us.’”

May 27, 2011

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Why the white working class is the most alienated and pessimistic group in American society.

May 27, 2011

MICKEY KAUS ON JOHN EDWARDS: “If the liberal political establishment had a subconscious, you could say the Edwards indictment was a belated overreaction produced by guilt over having willfully ignored his affair during the campaign, when it mattered. It’s also self-servingly exculpatory–see, we didn’t cover for him!” Well, not once he lost his usefulness. Keep rockin!

May 27, 2011

L.A. TIMES: DNC chairwoman supports U.S. auto industry so much she owns a Japanese car.

Oh, how embarrassing.

Like roll-up-the-tinted-windows-and-slouch-down-in-your-seat embarrassing.

The new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee was criticizing Republicans who opposed President Obama’s bailout of the American automakers union, oh, no, make that American automakers.

“If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, “we would be driving foreign cars. They would have let the auto industry in America go down the tubes.”

So Michael O’Brien of The Hill newspaper went and checked what kind of automobile loyal-American-car-supporter Debbie Wasserman Schultz owns.

Yup, you guessed it — Japanese.

Drive as she says, not as she does.

Ouch.

UPDATE: Even worse, it’s a Japanese car that, though it’s built in America, is built in a right-to-work state!

May 27, 2011

WELL, MAYBE THEY SHOULD NOMINATE BETTER CANDIDATES? In 2012 campaigns, spoilers from the Tea Party worry GOP.

May 27, 2011

CHANGE: ROTC Returns To Yale.

May 27, 2011

MICHAEL BARONE: Jobs: What Texas And California Can Teach Us. “The lesson of the previous decade seems clear: if you take a previously prosperous and creative state and subject it to high taxes and intrusive regulations, it loses 5% of its private sector jobs; if you take a previously somewhat less prosperous and creative state and govern it with low taxes and light regulation, it gains 9% more jobs, even as the nation’s economy is suffering. I’ve explored previously this contrast between our two largest states. Here’s another set of numbers about our second and third largest states that tells a story about what has happened over a longer period of time. In 1970 New York had 18 million people. In 2010 New York had 19 million people. In 1970 Texas had 11 million people. In 2010 Texas had 25 million people. Don’t tell me public policy doesn’t account for much of the difference.”

May 27, 2011

NOW IT’S BARNEY FRANK’S MOM who — well, whose group — turns out to have gotten Fannie Mae money.

May 27, 2011

STEPHEN MEISTER: Elena Kagan’s Conflict of Interest.

May 27, 2011

UBIQUITOUS CAMERAS: Sanyo Xacti pocket HD camcorder, $89.99. The 3X optical zoom is a nice touch at this price.

May 27, 2011

SARAH HOYT: The Marxian Worm.

May 27, 2011

JUST SHOW UP! Utah Tea Party leader David Kirkham emails:

The MSM is constantly asking me if the Tea Party is just a flash in the pan, they wish. The Utah Tea Party is just getting warmed up :)

We had our first meeting tonight with volunteers who want to be Camp Directors for our Patriot Camp I was talking about in our interview yesterday. 38 people from Salt Lake to Provo showed up to a pre-organizing, organizing meeting (yes, I typed that correctly). The meeting was great. Everyone wants to jump in and help. We will be putting on these camps across Utah where kids can come and learn about our system of government, the Founding Fathers, and the Constitution. I was a Counselor in the Boy Scouts for 8 years…I’m excited. We are going to have a ton of fun!

May 27, 2011

BARNEY FRANK’S ETHICS PROBLEMS and marriage equality.

May 27, 2011

CHANGE: Liberal Democrat calls for investigation of Obama’s Dept. of Education.

May 26, 2011

LARRY CORREIA is not buying Joe Biden’s pitch.

May 26, 2011

A READER EMAILS: “This probably would have been more helpful BEFORE the grads dropped $100,000 on an Emory law degree.” In Commencement Speech, Law Prof Tells Grads Coveting Big-Money Jobs to ‘Get over It’.

May 26, 2011

THE HILL: GOP forces Senate pro-forma session, blocking Warren recess appointment.

May 26, 2011

GOOGLE WALLET: THE END OF ANONYMOUS SHOPPING? “It’s the beginning of a future where commercial transactions are ‘frictionless’ and convenient — but it’s a future where every transaction can be tracked and data-mined, as Dan Tynan points out.”

May 26, 2011

FROM THE INSTA-WIFE, thoughts on facing violence.

May 26, 2011

NOT SHOWING RESPECT: Mitt Romney Sends Leftover Pizza to Obama Chicago HQ.

May 26, 2011

POLL: Even Government Workers Support A Flat Tax.

May 26, 2011

HEY, HOW COME THIS GOT SO LITTLE COVERAGE? Not News? Columbia Professor and Huffington Post Contributor David Epstein Pleads Guilty in Incest Case. I guess it’s not news. Now if he were a FreeRepublic contributor and a professor at Liberty Baptist, it would be a top story!

May 26, 2011

JAMES TARANTO ON OBAMA AND ISRAEL — AND AMERICA: “Obama’s detachment from the Jewish state is of a piece with this evident detachment from his own country. . . . Disesteem for Israel is rare in America, but it is concentrated in certain cultural pockets, the most notable of which is the academic left. Some of our friends on the right imagine that Obama is a secret jihadist or a hater like his erstwhile pastor. To put it charitably, we think this overexplains matters. The trouble with the president is simply that he spent too much time in the faculty lounge.”

May 26, 2011

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How to cut college tuition in half. “The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, released a study earlier this week that makes Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s plans for a $10,000 college degree sound a lot more possible.”

May 26, 2011

MARKDOWNS ON SURGE PROTECTORS. Remember that you need to replace ’em every couple of years.

I also favor an uninterruptible power supply, which can keep your electronics going through most power outages.

May 26, 2011

INSTAVISION: Summer of Liber-Tea: Getting the Party Started for 2012. I talk with the Utah Tea Party’s David Kirkham about what’s next for Tea Party activists. Including the amazing power of just showing up.

And here’s the Freedom Connector link he mentions. (Bumped).

May 26, 2011

TIM PAWLENTY TWEETS: @BarackObama sorry to interrupt the European pub crawl, but what was your Medicare plan?

UPDATE: “He doesn’t need a Medicare plan, because he got bin Laden!” Hey, hasn’t that already been an SNL skit?

May 26, 2011

FACULTY MEMBER A CRITICIZES FACULTY MEMBER B’S RESEARCH, university administrator says shut up or face discipline. As you might imagine, this hasn’t turned out well.

May 26, 2011

ANOTHER PUERTO RICO SECOND AMENDMENT CASE: Among the behaviors enjoined by the court: “Police investigators seizing privately owned firearms without any prior judicial order or probable cause and then failing to give the citizen a hearing required by statute. They simply took the firearms and then did nothing.”

May 26, 2011

TINA KORBE: Wisconsin Republicans Will Have To Be Courageous One More Time.

May 26, 2011

AL FRANKEN: Fourth Amendment? What Fourth Amendment?

May 26, 2011

“TOO PAINFUL TO MOCK.”

May 26, 2011

SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE: What To Take Away From The Trustees’ Reports.

May 26, 2011

SOURCE UNKNOWN: Measles Cases Surge In Massachusetts. But the cause is low vaccination rates.

Related: Washington among states involved in country’s largest measles outbreak. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that most of the patients had brought the disease home from Southeast Asia or Europe, currently in the grip of a major epidemic. The vast majority – 89 percent – were unvaccinated.”

May 26, 2011

LADY GAGA’S NEW ALBUM still trading at a deep discount.

May 26, 2011

PLAIN SPEAKING from Dick Cheney.

May 26, 2011

REASON TV: THE GOVERNMENT’S WAR ON CAMERAS.

May 26, 2011

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: As world burns, G8 leaders fiddle … with the Internet. Seriously? The Internet threatens their power and perks. That’s far more important than problems that merely threaten the world’s wellbeing.

May 26, 2011

IS THERE A genetic basis for prudent spending? And if so, should we send candidates to 23andme.com before the election?

May 26, 2011

WASHINGTON POST: What’s with Obama and Libya?

May 26, 2011

CHANGE: More Americans say they can’t afford a vacation this year.

May 26, 2011

MORE ON BARNEY FRANK from Howie Carr.

May 26, 2011

HOUSING HATE: Survey Says, Owning A House Is “Dumb.” Based on my “zestimate,” it’s hard to argue.

May 26, 2011

DERSHOWITZ: Obama keeps getting worse on Middle East. Plus this from Jen Rubin: “Democrats are loath to admit the president doesn’t know what he is doing, so they are left trying to convince themselves and others that this is a fuss about nothing. The most honest defense I heard from a pro-Israel Democratic staffer was to acknowledge that Obama had made mincemeat out of the ‘peace process’ but to remind me that talks aren’t going anywhere anyway. . . . On one level, the last week has been reassuring to Israel and its friends. There is no significant constituency in the United States for Palestinian favoritism. (Sorry, J Street.) On the other hand, with his Thursday speech, his Sunday talk to AIPAC and now his comments in Britain, Obama has only reinforced the worst fears that he is either not well-disposed toward the Jewish state.”

UPDATE: Reader Jed DeHaven emails: “Maybe Obama’s stand on Israel was possible influenced by Rev Wright’s sermons? Nah…that can’t be, the press said 20 plus years in his church was nothing to do about nothing.”

May 26, 2011

GARY JOHNSON VS. RON PAUL, revisited.

May 26, 2011

JIM TREACHER: Every single Democrat in the Senate loves Barack’s budget except for all of them.

May 26, 2011

HAS FACEBOOK peaked already?

May 26, 2011

FOR A MINUTE, I WAS AFRAID THEY SAID “CYLON SPACESHIP:” Hydrogen-Powered Skylon Spaceship Could Launch EU Into Space.

May 26, 2011

GOOD QUESTION: What Will Air France Flight 447’s Black Boxes Reveal?

May 26, 2011

THE QUICKEST WAY TO CHARGE A NISSAN LEAF: BY TOWING? “As one enterprising Leaf driver recently found out, towing the vehicle using a tow bar actually quickly charges the batteries thanks to the vehicle’s regenerative braking. Now, as you can tell from the video after the break, this may not be the best thing for the Leaf’s powertrain.”

May 26, 2011

WELL, HE BROKE THE 11TH COMMANDMENT IN A BIG WAY: Gingrich Implodes With Republican Voters. Perhaps others will take the lesson, perhaps not.

May 26, 2011

FROM NICHOLAS ROSENKRANZ: The Objects of the Constitution.

Also, from Larry Solum: What is Originalism? The Evolution of Contemporary Originalist Theory.

May 26, 2011

IN THE MAIL: From Robin Rohr, Tea Party: American Revolution 2.0: Silent majority, Silent No More.

May 26, 2011

SPIN: MSN Money: Quit grousing about $5 gas — it’s good for you, and America! This cries out for an IowaHawk parody.

UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes: “Are you sure that IowaHawk can improve on that post? Seems like a pretty good parody as it stands. Dress up the grammar and vocabulary, add a flourish or two spiced with tad more condescension and it might have been penned by T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII.” Heh.

May 26, 2011

BARNEY FRANK UPDATE: Barney Frank knocked on his Fannie: Rep admits to helping lover land job at mortgage giant in ’91.

May 26, 2011

PRIVACY: U.S. To Store Passenger Data For 15 Years.

May 26, 2011

EPISTEMIC CLOSURE in France. “According to a poll, 57% of the French public and 70% of French Socialists believe that Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) was the victim of a set-up (I couldn’t find a gender split on the numbers). The French have an admirably long history of political intrigue. Yet, it seems a bit rich for Socialists to overwhelmingly take the side of the wealthy powerful politician with a history of sexual abuse allegations against what appear to be quite credible allegations of a poor Guinean refugee.” Actually I’d say it’s fairly typical. The more they talk about equality, the more they implement aristocracy.

May 26, 2011

MICKEY KAUS: “Was it a good idea for Democrats to kill off the Ryan plan by forcing a vote in the Senate? Once it’s clear the plan isn’t going anywhere, it’s not so scary anymore. Dems needed to keep the monster alive, no? . . . I’m not saying the Dems have lost the Medicare weapon. But the Senate vote has decreased the issue’s power–-when it was supposed to do the opposite. It seems like a classic misguided consultants’ play for short-term media advantage.”

May 26, 2011

HMM: “I always thought he would be useful.”

May 26, 2011

CHANGE: Stubborn Jobless Claims Just Keep Climbing Higher. “New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to 424,000 last week from a revised 414,000 in the prior week, pointing to a painfully slow improvement in the nation’s job markets.” Unexpectedly! Again!

But wait, there’s more: Q1 GDP Misses Expectations, Personal Consumption Unexpectedly Dives. There’s that word again.

May 26, 2011

UNCONSTITUTIONAL: Dismissing a Holdout Juror in the Middle of Deliberations Because “His Mind Is Bent . . . Against the Prosecution.”

May 26, 2011

COULD CONJOINED TWINS share a mind? “Brain imaging is inscrutable enough that numerous neuroscientists, after seeing only one image of hundreds, were reluctant to confirm the specific neuro­anatomy that Cochrane described; but many were inclined to believe, based on that one image, that the brains were most likely connected by a live wire that could allow for some connection of a nature previously unknown. A mere glimpse of that attenuated line between the two brains reduced accomplished neurologists to sputtering incredulities.”

May 26, 2011

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Judge Orders U. Va. To Release Climate Documents.

May 26, 2011

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS, in Kitchen, Home and Garden.

May 26, 2011

INSTAVISION: Summer of Liber-Tea: Getting the Party Started for 2012. I talk with the Utah Tea Party’s David Kirkham about what’s next for Tea Party activists. Including the amazing power of just showing up.

And here’s the Freedom Connector link he mentions.

May 26, 2011

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, THE FEDS WOULD BE USING SECRET LAWS TO SPY ON AMERICANS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! There’s a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says. “Congress is set to reauthorize three controversial provisions of the surveillance law as early as Thursday. But Wyden says that what Congress will renew is a mere fig leaf for a far broader legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that the government keeps to itself — entirely in secret. Worse, there are hints that the government uses this secret interpretation to gather what one Patriot-watcher calls a ‘dragnet’ for massive amounts of information on private citizens.”

Related: Patriot Act renewal too important to debate. Hey, Rube! Feel the change!

May 26, 2011

INDIANA: Time Running Short For State Corn Crop. “Barely half of Indiana’s corn crop for 2011 is planted and several million acres of seeds still must go into the ground with just a week remaining before Wednesday’s optimal planting deadline. However, rain and thundershowers keep peppering fields statewide, preventing heavy equipment from getting into the fields without damaging fragile and valuable soil.”

Related: Rain, wet fields wreck spring planting time. “Many of Ohio’s farmers are facing a crisis as record rains that fell this spring have prevented them from planting crops. As of the start of this week, only 11 percent of the state’s corn crop had been sewn, compared to the nearly 90 percent average for this time of year.”

UPDATE: G8 Warned Of Pending Food Crisis.

Related: Report: Government Decisions Fueled 2008 Food Crisis. ‘In 2008, the food crisis and especially the increase of the rice price was due largely to political choices.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Farmer-reader Bart Hall emails:

Glenn, just a couple of key things. “Optimal planting date” for corn is governed by when local weather typically becomes hot enough to threaten corn pollen, and therefore yields. What I suspect most of these guys’ll do is shift to beans (soybeans) because the planting window is a few weeks later. There is also more manoeuvring room with beans because you can always shift to a lower “number” bean variety, which will ripen in a shorter period of time, though yields will be somewhat weaker.

The corn supply problem, however, could be more or less solved by ending ethanol subsidies and eliminating requirements for its inclusion in the motor fuel stream. Very little corn is eaten by humans as corn — corn flakes, tortillas, corn meal, grits, and so on. The remainder is essentially an industrial feedstock, deconstructed into constituent components like corn-starch, corn-syrup, corn oil and so on to be used as ingredients in all manner of highly processed products of quite dubious nutritional value. The other major destination for corn is as a livestock feed, but usually only when it’s cheap, since least-cost ration formulation programs will readily identify appropriate substitutes if corn becomes too spendy.

Yes, the ethanol issue is behind most of this.

May 26, 2011

A. BARTON HINKLE: Big Brother Is Watching You: Overreaching law enforcement puts privacy rights at risk.

May 26, 2011

SCOTT JOHNSON: The Real Unemployment. “The mainstream media are so desperate to portray economic trends in optimistic terms that a lot of our current malaise is left unexplored. I think this is especially the case with respect to unemployment. The scope of the suffering created by large-scale long-term unemployment has somehow failed to register. The real unemployment will never get in the books, so to speak, at least so long as a Democrat is president and an election is looming.”

May 26, 2011

SMART DIPLOMACY: As Obama Ignores Latin America, Foes Rush In.

May 26, 2011

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER? “John Edwards was a cad, but that isn’t why he may be indicted.”

Mostly, I just remember how the press covered for him. Keep rockin’!

May 26, 2011

THE DREAMER GOES DOWN FOR THE COUNT: Walter Russell Mead on Obama and the Middle East.

I had never thought there were many similarities between the pleasure-loving Charles II of England and the more upright Barack Obama until this week. Listening to his speeches on the Middle East at the State Department, US-Israel relations at the AIPAC annual meeting and most recently his address to the British Parliament the comparison becomes irresistible.

“Here lies our sovereign king,” wrote the Earl of Rochester about King Charles:

Whose word no man relies on.
Who never said a foolish thing
Or ever did a wise one.

This seems to capture President Obama’s Middle East problems in a nutshell. The President’s descriptions of the situation are comprehensive and urbane. He correctly identifies the forces at work. He develops interesting policy ideas and approaches that address important political and moral elements of the complex problems we face. He crafts approaches that might, with good will and deft management, bridge the gaps between the sides. He reads thoughtful speeches full of sensible reflections.

But the last few weeks have cast him as the least competent manager of America’s Middle East diplomatic portfolio in a very long time.

Read the whole thing.

May 26, 2011

WILL CHINA HAVE AN ARAB SPRING? “China’s leaders should learn from what happened right next door, in South Korea. I’ll call it the Kimchi Revolution.”

May 26, 2011

AMERICA’S BUILDING the 21st Century mall.

May 26, 2011

JAY COST: “With Mitch Daniels having taken himself out of the GOP nomination battle, the field has come into sharp focus, and the view is not good for President Obama and the Democrats. If one were only to read commentary and analysis from the mainstream media, this would surely come as quite a shock, as the GOP field is usually portrayed as uninspiring and lackluster. But then again the MSM is often behind the curve when it comes to the Republican party, seeing as how most journalists and pundits do not identify with it or the modern conservative movement that animates it. Most are politically aligned with Obama, and so unsurprisingly they think his would-be Republican challengers are second-raters.”

May 25, 2011

INSIDE-THE-BELTWAY INSIDER TRADING: House members in the know score ‘abnormal’ stock profits, study says.

Well, this isn’t news. Then there’s the scandal at the Department of Education. And the one at the FDA.

May 25, 2011

CHANGE: Krauthammer argues for Paul Ryan in 2012, or GOP will ’sink’ on Medicare.

May 25, 2011

YOU CAN WIN A HUNDRED GRAND, with the Power Line Prize.

May 25, 2011

CHANGE: Key Jewish Donor Breaks With Obama. The first of many, I suspect.

May 25, 2011

AT AMAZON, bestsellers in Men’s Clothing.

May 25, 2011

IF BY “BARRY GOLDWATER,” you mean someone who is vilified by the mainstream media for no particularly good reason other than partisan politics, then yes. Thanks for helping, David.

May 25, 2011

LANE WALLACE: At what price the Moon?

May 25, 2011

WEIMAR REVISITED: Belarus snaps up TVs, fridges as ruble plunges. “Belarus consumers are sweeping store shelves bare in a frantic attempt to spend their devalued rubles before prices of imported goods go even further through the roof in the cash-strapped former Soviet state. The central department store in the capital Minsk no longer has television sets or refrigerators in stock as people rush to spend their rubles on anything from appliances to fur coats to jewellery.”

UPDATE: Welcome to hyperinflation hell. “First look at the Belarus Ruble chart below: this is what always happens to every country that resolutely continues to live outside its means. Always. . . . The catalyst for the country’s imploding economy: socialism and price controls. Sound familiar?”

May 25, 2011

IF A HOUSEKEEPER WALKS IN ON YOU WHILE YOU’RE NAKED, why is it your fault? I mean, aren’t you paying for the room?

I don’t travel all that much any more, but I find many hotel housekeepers are pesky and intrusive. I tend to put the “do not disturb” sign on whenever I’m in the room, but they still sometimes knock. I feel pretty sure, though, that if male hotel employees were walking in on women guests, it would be considered the male employee’s fault.

May 25, 2011

HMM: Is Fitzgerald Protecting Obama From the Blagojevich Trial??? Beats me, but it wouldn’t be a shocker.