May 31, 2012
DOUBLE STANDARDS: When Romney Fights Back, Politico Declares the Day ‘Nasty’. Personally, I found it delightful.
DOUBLE STANDARDS: When Romney Fights Back, Politico Declares the Day ‘Nasty’. Personally, I found it delightful.
“IF YOU STRIKE ME DOWN, I SHALL BECOME MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE:” Harvard Law Unbound resurfaces as Harvard Law School Is Bogus.
UPDATE: Harvard Law Unbound Rises From The Ashes. I might ask Harvard Law students why they’re paying such astronomical tuitions to a school that is so cavalier about students’ free speech. Read Brian Tamanaha and wise up!
CHANGE: Brooklyn Elects A Republican State Senator. This last happened back in the Cretaceous.
JOHN HINDERAKER: These Aren’t Your Father’s Republicans. “One of the most heartening aspects of the early stages of the presidential race has been the Romney campaign’s aggressiveness. Nothing discourages activists more than getting out front of a candidate who, it later turns out, isn’t willing to do what it takes to win. A number of Republicans of recent years could be said to fit that description, most recently John McCain. But not Mitt Romney.”
ARRESTED FOR BLOWING UP TOILETS IN THE WOODS? Or something. The only part that’s really clear is that the feds are apparently watching Facebook pretty closely.
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TODAY’S AXELROD-RAZZING was Mitt following through on a promise.
NO RESPECT FOR MAYOR BLOOMBERG: “He’s such a whiny over-bearing nanny.”
ON THE WHITE HOUSE SITE, a petition for a “Do Not Kill” List.
ANN ALTHOUSE IS live-blogging the Wisconsin recall debate.
JOSE GUARDIA: Reports of a Spanish bank run are, so far, exaggerated.
RAND SIMBERG ON SPACEX: What Does the Success of the Dragon Mean? America Has Returned To Space. “The dreaded ‘gap’ caused by the shuttle retirement didn’t even last a year, thanks to the foresight of the previous administration and the vision of an entrepreneur. Now it’s up to Congress to fully fund the request for commercial crew to enable the rapid development of even safer and competitive systems.”
Give the Obama Administration some credit for not screwing it up, too.
ASIAN-AMERICANS, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, and Fisher v. Texas. “The impact of Texas’ affirmative action policy on Asian-American applicants raises serious questions about what the purpose of affirmative action actually is.”
UPDATE: Reader John Steakley writes: “By now, there should be no question ‘about what the purpose of affirmative action actually is’.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Higher Education’s Online Revolution: The substitution of technology (which is cheap) for labor (which is expensive) can vastly increase access to an elite-caliber education.
At the recent news conference announcing edX, a $60 million Harvard-MIT partnership in online education, university leaders spoke of reaching millions of new students in India, China and around the globe. They talked of the “revolutionary” potential of online learning, hailing it as the “single biggest change in education since the printing press.”
Heady talk indeed, but they are right. The nation, and the world, are in the early stages of a historic transformation in how students learn, teachers teach, and schools and school systems are organized.
If only someone, somewhere, would explain what’s going on in a short, easy-to-read book.
CORRUPT BARGAIN: Drugmakers Vowed to Campaign for ObamaCare, Memos Show.
Drugmakers led by Pfizer (PFE) Inc. agreed to run a “very significant public campaign” bankrolling political support for the 2010 health-care law, including TV ads, while the Obama administration promised to block provisions opposed by drugmakers, documents released by Republicans show.
The internal memos and e-mails for the first time unveil the industry’s plan to finance positive TV ads and supportive groups, along with providing $80 billion in discounts and taxes that were included in the law. The administration has previously denied the existence of a deal involving political support.
THE TEA PARTY, TAX COMPLIANCE, AND PATRIOTISM. I’d be willing to bet that the tax-fraud rate is lower among Tea Party types than among the general public. And I think that if you want to encourage compliance-via-patriotism, maybe electing a President who doesn’t threaten opponents with IRS audits would be a good place to start.
UPDATE: Reader Arthur Barie writes: “If you want a tax compliant population, try appointing a Secretary of the Treasury who complies with his own taxes.” Hey, ya think?
More from Hans Bader.
UM, BECAUSE WOMEN DON’T WANT TO PONY UP THREE MONTHS’ SALARY? Burning Question: Why Don’t Men Wear Engagement Rings?
Hmm. I see some recycling here.
PREDICTING THE FUTURE? It’s hard enough to predict the present.
YOU KNOW, I THINK I LIKE THE CUT OF THIS ROMNEY FELLOW’S JIB: Heh: Romney Holds Campaign Event Outside Solyndra HQ. “Solyndra is the failed California-based solar technology company that received more than $500 million in federal stimulus money before it went bankrupt last year. It has since become a mantle of Romney’s argument that Obama doesn’t know how to run the economy.”
Romney’s people kept the event secret for fear of Obama-administration interference.
But wait, it gets better: David Axelrod met by loud pro-Romney crowd. “The event was supposed to have been a secret. The campaign did not announce Mr. Axelrod’s appearance in Mr. Romney’s hometown until early Thursday morning, although word of it leaked out on Twitter late Wednesday.”
But wait, it gets better still: “Then the Obama goons tried to bully the Romney supporters. Epic fail. The crowd even chanted ‘Cory Booker’ at Axelrod. Hilarious.”
UPDATE: Video: Famous Chicago political organizer … outorganized? Heh. This isn’t the McCain 2008 campaign.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Byron York: Combative Romney Team Hits Obama Coast to Coast.
“The Obama campaign thought they were going to come into our own turf and launch a dishonest sneak attack on Gov. Romney’s record,” says the Romney aide. “We’re not going to allow that to happen. We are going to hold them accountable every single time.”
Punch back twice as hard.
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FRANK MUNGER: REVISITING RICKOVER.
GUN RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS: A profile of Fordham law professor Nicholas Johnson.
SANDY LEVINSON ON AMERICA’S CONSTITUTIONS. I blurbed his new book, Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance. He and I aren’t entirely on the same page, but it’s very much worth your attention.
DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY. AND SEXIST. “Research indicates that the endorsement of sexist ideology is linked to higher subjective wellbeing for both men and women.” Does the abbreviation for Benevolent Sexism telegraph the authors’ feelings about this finding?
FASTER, PLEASE: Pill Could Reverse Effects of a Stroke Long After It Hits. “For the 800,000 people in the United States who suffer a stroke each year, the window for drug therapy closes in the first few hours after the attack. That leaves some seven million stroke survivors in this country alone with no medical alternative beyond physical therapy. A small pharmaceutical company in New York hopes to change that with a drug that may help patients regain some of their lost mobility six months or more after a stroke.”
AND IT’S AN EXTREMELY GOOD LOOKING CAR: Fisker has delivered 1,000 Karmas, generates $100m in revenue so far in 2012.
IN THE MAIL: Further: Beyond the Threshold.
POINTS AND FIGURES: The Corzine Rule. “It’s amazing that this epic financial scandal gets no consistent main stream media coverage. Over a billion was stolen. Corzine is in Madoff territory.”
THE MYTH OF the “Cronkite moment.”
HANDS OFF MY INTERNET: Lawmakers introduce measure to fight UN regulation of the Net. “A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a resolution on Wednesday urging the Obama administration to oppose efforts to give the United Nations more control over the Internet. Proposals to give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet could come up at a conference in Dubai in December. The move is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, but is opposed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as the Obama administration.”
NEWEST SPIN: Being 30 and Living With Your Parents Isn’t Lame — It’s Awesome. Hope and change!
ETHICS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Washington Examiner: D.C. lawmakers give themselves a pass on ethics.
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HOW’S THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Polish president writes to Obama over ‘death camp’ gaffe.
HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Jobless claims rise for 4th straight week.
Related: Economy in U.S. Expanded Less Than Previously Estimated. “Gross domestic product climbed at a 1.9 percent annual rate from January through March, down from a 2.2 percent prior estimate, revised Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The report also showed corporate profits rose at the slowest pace in more than three years and smaller wage gains at the end of 2011.”
UPDATE: A longtime reader emails:
Please do not use my name, but…
I work at a large semiconductor company who does a LOT of business with Chinese firms (odds are many is not most of the electronic devices you have that say “made in China” on it buys it’s most expensive parts from us). recently orders have dropped precipitously. We are expecting to reduce the workforce before the end of the quarter by dropping contractor (temp) labor. We are entering what for the semiconductor industry is the Christmas sales season and the orders are going DOWN! Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Oh, I am.
TODAY’S THE LAST DAY to get Virginia Postrel’s The Substance of Style for $2.99 on Kindle. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth your time.
MICHAEL TOTTEN: WHERE THE ARAB SPRING BEGAN.
DOES ECONOMIC FREEDOM FOSTER TOLERANCE?
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Charlie Rangel Picks Up Bloomberg Endorsement.
THE HILL: Anti-abortion groups turn ‘war on women’ charge against Democrats. “Democrats hoping to grow a gender gap among female voters tilted toward their party have repeatedly hammered Republicans for engaging in a war on women over issues such as contraception rights. Now opponents of abortion rights are using the phrase ahead of a House vote Thursday imposing fines or imprisonment on doctors who perform abortions they know are motivated in part by the fetus’s gender. The bill would also require medical professionals to tell law enforcement if they suspect an abortion has been performed for that reason.”
It’s a law to protect women. If you oppose it, you must be anti-woman. That’s how it works, right?
EXPLAINING THE RULES: It’s Appalling And Undemocratic For Anyone To Raise More Money Than The Obama Campaign.
SPACE UPDATE: FAA grants experimental permit to Virgin Galactic.
DAILY CALLER: Democrats Squirm At Solyndra vs. Bain Questions.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AN AMAZINGLY SVELTE Bill Quick.
BUT THEN WHO WILL WRITE THE STORIES? AP wants to get prostitutes away from its DC bureau.
JEFF DUNETZ ON Obama And The Jews.
TODAY’S LAFF RIOT: Our aching sides: Media Matters whines about media bias against Obama.
THE STORY’S LEAKING INTO THE BIG MEDIA: Fox News Covers Erickson, Patterico SWATtings.
Meanwhile, Donald Douglas is following the money.
UPDATE: Ed Driscoll wonders why CNN is letting itself be scooped by Fox regarding something that happened to one of its own contributors.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Could this dropped ball lead to CNN hiring a new News Director? “CNN is put in the unenviable position to be, at best, second on a story involving harassment of one of their own people. Cripes did they hire the same news director as that Newspaper in Norfolk that didn’t find the beating of their own reporters newsworthy?”
ADVICE: FUTURE-PROOFING YOUR CAREER.
A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR SOLAR POWER IN SPACE. Cloudless, certainly. “Solar power gathered in space could be set to provide the renewable energy of the future thanks to innovative research being carried out by engineers at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Researchers at the University have already tested equipment in space that would provide a platform for solar panels to collect the energy and allow it to be transferred back to earth through microwaves or lasers. This unique development would provide a reliable source of power and could allow valuable energy to be sent to remote areas in the world, providing power to disaster areas or outlying areas that are difficult to reach by traditional means.”
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SARAH HOYT: “This last weekend I saw no less than two posts, both by people I consider sensible and occasionally brilliant, deploring the freedom of association and freedom of expression on the web. Oh, that’s not what either of them thought he was deploring.”
I WAS EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: What do the B61, B53 and B83 nuclear bombs have in common? “B53 was one of the biggest and most powerful bombs the U.S. ever developed, and the components — including those originally manufactured at Y-12 and undergoing dismantlement at the Oak Ridge facility — are reported to be oversized as well. Each of the B53 bombs (pictured left) was about the size of a minivan, weighed about 5 tons and had an explosive yield of nine megatons.”
WISCONSIN: “Walker leads Barrett 52% to 45% in new Marquette Law School poll.” Plus: “So on main issues that fired the protests last year, the people clearly support Walker.”
Don’t get cocky, kid.
INFURIATED BY virginity. Wait, I thought we were supposed to respect women’s choices. . . .
NEWS FROM THE CLOWN CAR: E.J. Dionne’s self-refuting shot at Mitt Romney.
NEWS YOU CAN USE: 10 Lessons Only a Slut Can Teach You.
RELATIONSHIPS: A MONTH OF NO NAGGING. “Right. When does that start, by the way?”
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WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE: Reader Michael Wallace writes:
I have been trying to lose about 20 pounds the last couple of years and failing. I have seen your comments on weight loss and mostly looked past them. Then April 20th you recommended the LiveStrong app and pointed out that “dieting” may be a permanent condition for many. For some reason it clicked: there is so much food around us it is very very very difficult to lose weight if you don’t count the calories.
So I bought LiveStrong for my iPhone and began using it on April 21. Since then I have dropped 21 pounds and am measuring everything I consume. Doing so is a fascinating exercise…who knew how small a portion an ounce of ham is? Or how many calories there were in a piece of cornbread The first couple weeks were “different”, but not painful. And I have continued to consume high quality Colorado craft beer, California red wine and Kentucky’s own Broadbent bacon along the way.
P.S. There are probably better apps. There are several things I dislike about LiveStrong, but using it worked.
P.P.S. My daughter, the oil field engineer, is a second generation Instapundit reader. Her news sites didn’t cover the “Obama ate the dog” stuff and she wanted to know where I got news like that. Pepperoni, not pupperoni Barack! Still slays me.
Yes, I didn’t put a lot of research into the Livestrong app — it worked for a friend’s wife so I got it. There may be better ones, but it works. I use it for maintenance; I dropped a few vanity pounds last year, but I’m basically where I want to be. But as I said a while back, in today’s society, most of us have to make a conscious effort not to be fat. It’s a good way to keep track of what you’re eating. I also favor the Gary Taubes approach, seasoned heavily with Mark Rippetoe.
THIS SHOULD BE A SPINAL TAP SONG: Manhattanhenge. “There’s a due-east sunrise and due-west sunset twice a year (the age-old wisdom isn’t all that wise) and Manhattan is set about 30 degrees east of north. If it were perfectly aligned, it would fall on the more-famous solar event, the equinox.”
THE ROCKS HAVE EARS: This Rock Can Spy On You For Decades.
NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Boost Your Mind Reading Powers.
THE NEW AIDS OF THE AMERICAS: The Horror of Chagas Disease. “Like AIDS, the authors say, Chagas disease has a long incubation time and is hard or impossible to cure. Chagas infects up to eight million people in the hemisphere, mostly in Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia and Central America. But more than 300,000 of the infected live in the United States, many of them immigrants.”
FIVE OF THE WORLD’S WILDEST WATER SLIDES.
IN THE MAIL: Mitt Romney in His Own Words.
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Adam Garfinkle on Obama’s Blunders in Afghanistan and the Middle East. This must be more of that “smart diplomacy” we were promised.
BYRON YORK: Team Romney: Not gonna play repudiation game.
Well, you can’t even get Obama to repudiate Al Sharpton.
IF ONLY WE COULD CUT THE SIZE OF OUR GOVERNMENT LIKE CANADA DID. No, really.
KLAVAN ON THE CULTURE: THE BERNIE MADOFF OF INFORMATION.
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Consumer Confidence Flatlines Under Obama. Well, really, what’s to be confident about?
ALEXIS GARCIA ON PJTV: Chicagoland Shakedown: Why It’s Impossible to Run A Business Without Breaking the Law.
MY LATEST FOR POPULAR MECHANICS: FIVE INVASIVE SPECIES YOU SHOULD BE EATING.
HOW’S THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Obama Nazi death camp gaffe ‘hurt all Poles’: PM.
Poland’s prime minister said Wednesday that remarks by President Barack Obama erroneously identifying a Nazi death camp as Polish had hurt all Poles and he expected more from the US than “regret”.
“I am convinced that our American friends can today allow themselves a stronger reaction than a simple expression of regret from the White House spokesman — a reaction more inclined to eliminate once and for all these kinds of errors,” Donald Tusk told reporters in Warsaw.
Obama on Tuesday mistakenly called a Nazi facility used to process Jews for execution as a “Polish death camp.” The White House later said the president “misspoke” and expressed “regret”.
The linguistic faux pas overshadowed his posthumous award of America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Jan Karski, a former Polish anti-Nazi underground officer who provided the Allied powers with early eyewitness accounts of the Germany’s Holocaust against Jews.
Good thing we got rid of that dumb cowboy, Bush.
ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Top GSA official returns to work after opulent Vegas conference. “More than a month after he was put on leave when a video surfaced showing him joking about the lavish spending at a taxpayer-funded General Services Administration (GSA) $823,000 conference in Las Vegas, a top official at the agency has quietly returned to his job. David Foley, deputy commissioner of the GSA’s Public Buildings Service, was one of the speakers at the convention that has come under sharp congressional scrutiny after an audit uncovered massive waste at the gathering, including a talent show, open bar and red carpet party.”
ROGER SIMON: Changing Minds In Crunch Time.
IT’S CAPITALISM VS. CRONY-CAPITALISM: Romney: I’ll See Your Bain And Raise You A Solyndra. “The argument: Solyndra is the best example of President Barack Obama’s stimulus at its worst, complete with a cozy donor in deep with a company that got taxpayer money only to file for bankruptcy and lay off 1,100 workers. Forget Romney’s record at the private equity firm Bain Capital — look at Obama’s public investment failure.”
ARTUR DAVIS: Why I’m Switching to Republican. “As I told a reporter last week, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it).”
UPDATE: Penn. Democratic leader defects to GOP, cites Catholic faith as reason. I think we need one more before it’s a trend, according to Kaus’s rules of punditry. . . .
HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): WaPo: Job recovery is scant for Americans in prime working years.
The proportion of Americans in their prime working years who have jobs is smaller than it has been at any time in the 23 years before the recession, according to federal statistics, reflecting the profound and lasting effects that the downturn has had on the nation’s economic prospects.
By this measure, the jobs situation has improved little in recent years. The percentage of workers between the ages of 25 and 54 who have jobs now stands at 75.7 percent, just a percentage point over what it was at the downturn’s worst, according to federal statistics.
Recovery? What recovery?
THE RECOVERY THAT WASN’T: “The economic recovery that Obama has presided over has been far from extraordinary. It hasn’t even been ordinary. In fact, it’s come in well below average on several key indicators compared with the previous 10 economic recoveries, dating back to 1949.”
JAMES TARANTO ON CONOR FRIEDERSDORF ON BREITBART.COM. What’s wrong with “good old-fashioned shoe-leather investigative journalism?”
ROLL CALL: Obama’s To-Do List Finds Few Takers. “It fits on a Post-it note, but some lawmakers are still confused by what’s on President Barack Obama’s ‘to-do’ list — and so far, neither chamber has scheduled a vote on any of the five items the president has urged them to tackle ‘right now.'”
ANDREW MALCOLM: THREE OF MITT ROMNEY’S EMERGING STRENGTHS. I have to say, he’s proving nimbler than I expected so far.