September 11, 2014
All Hail Taranto!
It was a hit yesterday!
August 28, 2014
Seth Mandel nails it in Commentary. The IRS Scandal is about media. The Administration trusts that they will not be held accountable. And I suspect they are right.
If the latest revelations about the IRS are correct, then its officials have approached the abuse-of-power scandal with a clear strategy, pretty much from the beginning. They have been betting that, since their illegal targeting campaign against those who disagree with President Obama has had the backing of Democrats in Congress, they needed only a media strategy, not a political one.
I was 12-13 through the Watergate years, and one thing I remember is the absolute tedium. Every day's news tidbit was placed in 60pt bold type -- erosion and attrition were as important as any actual investigation. Every day was a drip of guilty, guilty, guilty.
We clearly need a return to the partisan, Francis Blair / Nicholas Butler media. We have been ill served by feigned objective outlets. I daydreamed yesterday that if I made a pile of dough on a startup, I'd resuscitate the Rocky Mountain News and hire all these great local bloggers. That would be fun and would advance the cause of liberty.
August 26, 2014
All Hail Taranto!
August 11, 2014
Our own Ellsworth Toohey
When I read "The Fountainhead," I found Ellsworth Toohey to be unbelievable. Rand is frequently criticized that her heroic characters are too heroic, but my hang-up was with Toohey; what's in it for him?
Then, Don Luskin cast Paul Krugman as Toohey in his "I Am John Galt" and all of life made sense. What's in it for Krugman? The academic power of being held in high esteem by the pointy-heads that matter to him. The pulpit of the New York Times Ed Page.
Aaaaaand, he's at it. Taranto (and Dan Mitchell) make fun of him for his blanket assertions. From 2009:
In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We've all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.
Why? Paul says. Today's blanket assertion: the welfare state -- like the NHS -- is fine! No worries! Just a bunch of libertarians off the rails.
As Mike [Konczal] says, this notion rests on the belief that the welfare state is a crazily complicated mess of inefficient programs, and that simplification would save enough money to pay for universal grants that are neither means-tested nor conditional on misfortune. But the reality is nothing like that. The great bulk of welfare-state spending comes from a handful of major programs, and these programs are fairly efficient, with low administrative costs.
Like a gifted sommelier, Krugman pairs falsehoods with straw-men. Distortionary pressures and opacity are more central to the minimum income debate than administrative costs.
He thinks Rep. Paul Ryan is "in a fantasy world" for thinking we're living in an Ayn Rand novel. But . . . he's Ellsworth Toohey!
August 4, 2014
I Going to Cry Now
It seems Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were underserving the smug, smarmy, fake news segment. The free market, being ruthlessly efficient, brought in John Oliver. You know he is smart because he delivers fake news in a poncy british accent,
I hate this format more than Socialism and Ebola combined and am disappointed to see a third star rising. Perhaps it is no more damaging to this great republic than bad pop music, but my Facebook feed disagrees. "John Oliver PERFECTLY Destroys <subject>" reads a typical post. Then poncy-man lectures us wee folk for a few minutes on climate change or gun violence or whatever. I was inuring to it.
But today, the Wall St Journal's CMO Today includes a clip (eleven ghastly preening minutes if you've the stomach) in which Mr. Oliver lectures us on the pernicious effects of native advertising. Nasty Corporations ruining saintly journalism.
I think it may be a special outside the paywall page, but here is the Oliver Clip just in case.
The people who are destroying Journalism, rising to protect its integrity. Pass the barf bag.
July 23, 2014
Quote of the Day
"It's Virtually Impossible to Be a Successful Modern President" declares the headline of a blog post by the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza. The post has drawn a great deal of ridicule, but to our mind most of the critics fail to appreciate just how feeble an effort it is. Our aim is to correct that. -- James Taranto
July 18, 2014
1:40 of awesome
This is Julie Borowski, one of tomorrow night's speakers at the inaugural Colorado Liberty Conference. It's not too late to get tickets!
July 16, 2014
Pollution Research Reportage
In a cringe worthy article, KDVR Fox31's Shaul Turner informs readers that NCAR air pollution study is largest in Colorado.
Dr. Gabriele Pfister of the NCAR said pollution can affect more than the air.
Your intrepid blogger, however, first read the scientific description of the study, complete with a cool graphic, on a NASA webpage.
Two NASA aircraft are participating in field campaigns beginning this month in Colorado that will probe the factors leading to unhealthy air quality conditions and improve the ability to diagnose air quality conditions from space.
Did we mention oil and gas extraction?
I'm all for scientific research but please forgive me if I'm overly sensitive to the political application of such research results. Quite honestly, I looked into the story out of curiosity whether NASA's King Air and P-3b Orion or NSF's C-130 Hercules aircraft happen to comply with new EPA emission regulations for FAA-controlled aircraft. Since the planes are not new my guess is, not so much.
It was a bonus to discover a prime example of Word Crimes in the big-time media. Sorry Shaul but you gotta try harder wit da English.
Quote of the Day
The Five Most Dangerous Dogs:· Big dogs
July 14, 2014
My Life with the Bracaderos..
I was born in the tough border town of Denver. It really shaped my life from an early age. I remember when they'd try to swim across Hampden Avenue...
June 29, 2014
Bill and Hillary Clinton - White, Southern, RACISTS!
Anyone who criticizes President Obama, we are told by those who refuse to criticize President Obama, does so because he is black. By disagreeing with "a smidgeon" of the first black president's agenda, performance or statements one exposes oneself, supposedly, as a "racist." Today I read that, according to the new Ed Klein book 'Blood Feud' that category of despicable human being, as early as last May, included the Clintons.
Clinton ranted, "The thing with Obama is that he canít be bothered, and there is no hand on the tiller half the time. That's the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the fĖking tiller," according to the book, which was excerpted exclusively in Sunday's Post.
Bill was also quoted:
"I hate that man Obama more than any man I've ever met, more than any man who ever lived," Bill told pals, according to the book.
Whoa, not just a racist but a hater. But like, you know, it's not rally true, it's just like some stuff that some guy wrote to sell his stupid book.
June 27, 2014
Quote of the Day II
So let me ask: Which of the following statements comes closest to your view?The idiots at The New Republic are too stupid to read and understand the results of the Pew study.-- Ann Althouse
June 26, 2014
Quote of the Day
All Hail Stossel:
[Reporters] are much less fond of complex stories in which problems are solved subtly by the dynamism of the free market. The invisible hand, after all, is invisible. It works its magic in a million places and makes adjustments every minute. That's hard for reporters to see--especially when they're not looking for it.
June 17, 2014
Told You So?
Remember when Susan Rice said "we will catch the Benghazi attackers!" And Darrel Issa said "No, you will not catch the Benghazi attackers!" And Ms. Rice said "Will too!!" And Rep. Issa said "So's your old man!" And...
No. I don't remember it much like that, either. But Scott Wilson at the WaPo does.
The weekend capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ringleaders of the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on a U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA-run annex, gives Obama another told-you-so moment in Washington's score-keeping culture.
Let me get this straight. The Administration:
And now, the WaPo thinks this is all magically expunged because an arrest was made? Told-you-so?
May 20, 2014
Wait! Don't Answer That! It was a rhetorical question...
National Journal's Ron Fournier blasts the Obama administration handling of the communications surrounding the VA scandal. He deems it a "20th century" strategy of lying over and over again and assuming people couldn't check the references for themselves. Just how dumb, Fournier asks, does the White House think we all are? -- HotAir.com
May 16, 2014
Dude. I'm a ThreeSourcer -- try your Phishing attack on somebody else.
May 14, 2014
All Hail Taranto!
April 16, 2014
All Hail Taranto!
February 19, 2014
All Hail Insty!
February 14, 2014
And When They Came For the Journalists...
Those of you who think the press has a leftist bias will be as surprised as I was to read that, under the President Barack H. Obama Adminstration, the Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with plans to install a "wet nurse" in "radio, television, and even newspaper newsrooms" purportedly to find out if minority viewpoints are suppressed.
Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its "researchers" to newsrooms across America to seek their "voluntary" compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as "wade into office politics" looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.
The surprising part of this story is not the government's, but the press industry's action. Or ... inaction.
It's an idea so fraught with potential for abuse it ought to have news agencies screaming bloody murder. The very idea of Obama hipsters showing up in newsrooms, asking questions and judging if newspapers (over which they have no jurisdiction), radio and TV are sufficiently diverse is nothing short of thought control.
Perhaps the powers that be in the news industry don't yet realize that by "minority views" the Administration intends to empower those who might defend personal liberty and voluntary trade in a free market?
UPDATE: Added the link to the wet nurse clip, as I had originally intended.
All Hail Insty!
Professor Reynolds, bringin' it as per usual...
January 24, 2014
This is not news, how?
Larry Kudlow mentioned this last night and I had not heard about. I expected to read a lot about it today. Here's Tom Howell, Jr. in the Washington Times, excerpted on foxnews.com:
Moody's Investor Service has changed its outlook for the U.S. health care insurance sector from stable to negative, citing Obamacare's rollout and the uncertainty it brings.
A trusted, non-partisan, not political third party has pointed out that the PPACAo2010 will destroy the private health care sector. I still did not see anything, so I thought I'd search. Bing's autocomplete for "Moody's downgrades ..." has a long list. But "health care sector" does not show even when you provide a few letters.
So, I'm the only guy looking for it. Okay, Bing®, whatchya got?
All "Conservative" news outlets. It is well known that I am not a big FOX News fan. But this is an actual fact. This is timely, germane and important. And nooooooooooooooobody but FOX, WaTimes, CNS (oh, and Kudlow!) cares at all.
Now She Tells Us
Our Miss Margaret. Thanks to "What I Saw at the Revolution," her stirring post-9/11 columns, and her deft touch with language I'll forever retain a soft spot for Peggy Noonan.
And yet. Because she fell for a slick snake-oil salesman of a politician, I'll never completely trust her.
Her Lithium dose is good today, or the Moon is rising in Mercury. I don't know what it takes, but the keenly insightful Noonan has a great piece on the expected banality of impending SOTU speech:
No one's really listening to the president now. He has been for five years a nonstop wind-up talk machine. Most of it has been facile, bland, the same rounded words and rounded sentiments, the same soft accusations and excuses. I see him enjoying the sound of his voice as the network newsman leans forward eagerly, intently, nodding at the pearls, enacting interest, for this is the president and he is the anchorman and surely something important is being said with two such important men engaged.
She ends with some factual line-blurring that all the recent SOTUs have not really lived up to Daniel Webster. But this particular President was always all bluster and autobiography. Ms. Noonan, with all due respect, he didn't have anything to say in 2008 -- when you fell for his "facile, bland, same rounded words and rounded sentiments." Ten points for those of us who noticed back then.
January 21, 2014
A Lawyer Would Not Make This Mistake
January 4, 2014
Detroit Crime Decline
Detroit has a new police chief. James Craig, according to the AP, is "a former chief of police in Cincinnati and Portland, Maine, has made sweeping changes to the way crime is tackled in Detroit." To wit:
- Stop closing some neighborhood police stations at night.
Good ideas all, and no surprise that crime might decline after such measures. But there's more. The news piece seemed complete when I read this tacked on the end:
"A recently rolled out tactical response unit confiscated about 17 guns in its first two days of operation."
Ho hum, another big city police chief blaming guns for crime. Well, not exactly. According to The Detroit News, he also said this:
"I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed."
Craig's statements Thursday echoed those he made Dec. 19 on "The Paul W. Smith Show" on WJR (760 AM), when he said: "There's a number of CPL (concealed pistol license) holders running around the city of Detroit. I think it acts as a deterrent. Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction. I learned that real quick in the state of Maine."
Shazam! Maybe things really can get bad enough that authorities are forced to do things that really work, instead of things that merely sound like they might. Same article:
"It's a huge, radical departure for the police chief to say good people should have access to firearms," said [Detroit gun safety instructor Rick] Ector. "I'm not ready to say he's pro-gun just yet, but it's vastly different from what police chiefs have said in the past."
Yes, absolutely. Unfortunately, the way AP reported his Thursday press conference is not at all different from how they have done so in the past.
H/T: My sis via, Fox News.
January 2, 2014
You Won't Believe the 9 Crazy Ways George Will thinks he's jk!
Nah, I'm just going for provocative, Upworthyesque headlines.
It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that "the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." Nevertheless, many voters' paucity of information about politics and government, although arguably rational, raises awkward questions about concepts central to democratic theory, including consent, representation, public opinion, electoral mandates and officials' accountability.
This Will kid shows promise!
December 31, 2013
I seem long...
I pre-ordered Glenn Reynolds's new book in Hardcover, because it was available sooner than Kindle.
MY NEW BOOK, The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself, is now available for pre-order on Kindle.
Not sure what happened but I received two copies today -- holler if you want one! Free to good home.
December 29, 2013
Famine in the Ukraine? Nyet!
Terrorism and prevarication in Bengazi? The NYTimes has concluded its extensive 15-month investigation and -- great news -- Sec State Clinton is blameless!
Still no word on gambling at Rick's... (It's homage, Keith, not plagiarism.)
December 28, 2013
The World IS ThreeSources, Vol. CLIX
Charles Hoskinson at WaXaminer channels blog brother jg as he details the winners and losers of l'Affaire Dynastie Canard:
And while we're on that subject, the other big loser is GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination, which showed how far it had strayed off the path of encouraging tolerance into the dark woods where conformity is enforced by witch hunts and demands for blood sacrifices. GLAAD's intolerance sparked what its leaders called the worst backlash they'd ever seen -- a backlash that included prominent members of the gay community such as Andrew Sullivan and Camille Paglia.
You saw it here!
UPDATE: Or, a little less delicately . . . RS McCain exclaims "Oh the GLAAD Butt Hurt!"
December 22, 2013
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been...
Reliving -- and relitigating -- the PPACAo2010 could be tedious and disappointing. Spoiler Alert: it passes and Chief Justice Roberts applies "a saving construction" to uphold its constitutionality under the taxing power.
Despite the disappointing ending (you might wait for the Disney movie to rewrite it), the intellectual voyage of the constitutional challenges, seen through the keen minds of Volkh Conspiracy (VC) bloggers is a fascinating read. The conspirators have assembled it into a very good book: A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case by Randy Barnett, Jonathan Adler, Jonathan H.; David Bernstein, Orin Kerr, David Kopel, and Ilya Somin.
It is targeted at a "guy like me." I am very interested in Constitutional law, theory, and philosophy but have no special training or deep knowledge. I suspect most ThreeSourcers, be they guys or not, fall into or near that camp. The book is detailed and substantive, you don't feel you're getting a watered down version. But any bright and interested person can get it (for a couple of weekend afternoons, I could click the Kindle on and pretend to be much smarter than I really am).
In addition to theory, you also come away with some inside information about how these challenges progress, a rough feel for timelines, and insiders' perspectives on what is important and what is not. This goes beyond the civics-book explanation of judicial review as Robert Caro's Master of the Senate goes beyond the stock description of Article I.
Supreme Court advocates know what academics sometimes seem to forget: you simply cannot "mandate" a justice go where he or she does not want to go with a clever argument. All you can do is present your strongest case in the most compelling way. Mike, Greg, and Paul did that during oral argument in which the pressure could not have been more intense. I was supremely grateful it was them and not me who had to bear up under the strain of oral argument. Along with Karen Harned, director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, win or lose, I believe we fielded the "A Team" on behalf of the majority of the American people who objected to the Affordable Care Act and believed it to be unconstitutional.
Perhaps the best part of the book -- from a blog lover's perspective -- is VC's contributions to the debate. As bloggers once busted Dan Rather and reached above the monopoly of three-network journalism, bloggers [asterisk] reached above the Ivy League Professoriate, all of whom thought that only right wing goofballs would see any Constitutional problems with Obamacare.
Twenty years ago, the virtual consensus among law professors at elite schools very well may have been the end of serious debate in the academic world. The venues for law professors getting their ideas out on controversial issues of the day were few and dominated by law professors at the top schools: the mainstream media, either through op-eds or interviews with reporters, both heavily skewed toward famous professors at places like Harvard and Yale; publications at the top law reviews, which are not reviewed blindly and therefore heavily favor the already renowned; and presentations at elite law schools, to which the overwhelming majority of invitees are professors at peer institutions.
[Asterisk] These folks are not bloggers in the "pajamas" sense. These are law professors who have argued before the Supreme Court (Barnett was the attorney for Angel Raich) and file amicus briefs for big league think tanks. But there is a telling section in David Bernstien's summation.
In 2011, a law professor at Yale, defending Obamacare from constitutional challenge, claimed that only one "constitutional scholar that I know at a top 20 law school" thinks that Obamacare is "constitutionally problematic." A year later, just before oral argument in NFIB, the same professor stated that only one law professor at a top ten law school agreed that the Obamacare was unconstitutional.
So these poor professors, laboring away at top 14-17 law schools, yet believing in Constitutional limits to government power, were able to present, refine, share, and disseminate their ideas at blog speed. And many of these ideas start showing up in SCOTUS oral arguments and opinions.
Perhaps one contribution of our brief, and the case, to constitutional law is renewed attention to the full opinion in McCulloch v. Maryland rather than the expurgated versions in many law school textbooks. In Randy Barnett's Constitutional Law text, students can see John Marshall working his way through doctrine of principals and incidents, as he elucidates that Necessary and Proper Clause is for inferior, less "worthy" powers-- and not for a "great, substantive and independent power." Roberts's application of this long-standing rule took some of the pro-mandate professoriate by surprise, and the professors who were not surprised were dismayed.
The power of ideas and the power of new media take the challenge from then-Speaker Pelosi's "are you serious?" through a sweeping midterm election, to a nail-biting decision that, while it didn't give ThreeSourcers everything they wanted . . .
While our failure to prevent the egregious Affordable Care Act from taking effect remains a bitter pill, this should not be allowed to detract from what we accomplished legally. We prevailed in preserving and even strengthening the enumerated powers scheme of Article I, Section 8 as a protection of individual liberty. From a constitutional perspective, this is what we were fighting so hard to achieve.
But, but, but taxing power!
For those who may still not see the difference between the legal theories we defeated and that which was adopted by Chief Justice John Roberts, imagine that all the federal drug laws were enforced by the nonpunitive tax he allowed rather than as Commerce Clause regulations, which is how the prohibitions of the Controlled Substances Act are now justified. Under Chief Justice Roberts's tax power theory, the government would have to open the jails and release tens of thousands of prisoners. And any of you reading this could legally smoke marijuana under federal law, provided you were willing to pay a small noncoercive federal tax on this activity. Such is the difference between the Commerce Clause power Congress claimed justified the Affordable Care Act, and the new limited tax power the chief justice allowed it to exercise. That is a big difference.
Losing 5-4 on the mandate -- even with the de-fanging -- has also caused us to lose sight of the 7-2 win against coerced Medicaid expansion. These and the fear, uncertainty and doubt placed in thinking citizens' minds make this exercise heroic and successful.
The Colorado Avalanche lost a hockey game in LA yesterday. The Kings were up 2-0 late in the second period. The Kings are a great team; they are tough at home; they are a defensive powerhouse who rarely give up two goals in a game. They were the Harvard professors of hockey yesterday afternoon. The Avs came back, tied (gives them one point in the standings) and took the game through overtime to a shootout. Sadly for me they lost, but the announcers at the end all agreed this was a win. I agree.
Five stars. Duh.
December 18, 2013
Okay. If this is the Wall Street Journal's idea of a "snag..."
I guess Healthcare.gov is plagued by "glitches."
December 16, 2013
Colorado School Shooting Silent Treatment
You, as have I, may be wondering why you haven't seen more news and opinion about the Colorado school shooting at Arapahoe High School last week. Maybe it's because only the shooter was killed? Unlikely. More likely it's because, as John Hayward at Human Events blog writes, "There is absolutely nothing in the Arapahoe High School shooting for gun control zealots to work with."
On the contrary, the incident demolishes some of their cherished beliefs, most obviously their talismanic faith in the power of regulations to suppress this type of violence. Given his political activism, it seems likely that Karl Pierson was well aware of the local gun laws, but those laws did not dissuade him from going on a rampage. According to CNN, what ended his rampage in just 80 seconds, preventing him from dealing far more injury and death, was one of the measures strongly endorsed by the National Rifle Association: an armed adult on school grounds.
Many more interesting tidbits in the linked article, like the killer's political beliefs, desire to attend the Air Force Academy, opinions about Republicans, etc.
October 29, 2013
ACA ad Hominem
This post is filed under television, et. al, because I'm going to rip on a television column in the L.A. Times, which in turn rips on former television star Suzanne Somers because she Calls Obamacare 'Ponzi Scheme' in Error Ridden Article.
The column never rebuts the characterization. Instead it attacks her accuracy on tangential issues, but not until highlighting her sex life, alternative health practices and past infomercial gigs.
"An earlier version of this post contained a quotation attributed to Lenin ('Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state') that has been widely disputed," the Journal wrote in an addendum to the original piece. "And it included a quotation attributed to Churchill ('Control your citizensí health care and you control your citizens') that the Journal has been unable to confirm."
Gasp! Well then, that's that I guess - Obamacare is clearly not a Socialist Ponzi scheme. Here's what she said, according to the (L.A.) Times:
"Boomers are smart," Somers wrote in a Monday opinion piece for the online version of the Wall Street Journal. "They see the train wreck comingÖ most I speak with think the Affordable Care Act is a greater Ponzi scheme than that pulled off by Bernie Madoff."
"And don't forget, dear reader, that the Wall Street Journal is owned by the same multimegabillionaire who owns FOX NEWS!!!" But what Somers wrote is that others whom she speaks with have called it that.
And then there was the Nuclear Option for discrediting a Hollywood Starlet, at any stage of her career - the mug shot. Try to figure out which of these headed the WSJ article and which one ran in the Times.
What? Oh, of course I read about her sex life. But the sex was, yawn, with her husband.
October 22, 2013
Stop the Presses, Markets Work!
Well, that's how I would read this Yahoo News piece. But Liz Goodwin sees things differently.
It seems that Jean Laurie of Long-GUY-Land faces something of a conundrum. She got her $30,000 check from FEMA (finally!) to fix her house's Sandy-induced repairs. But, suddenly, Fed subsidized flood insurance now comes with . . . conditions.
But that rebuilding comes with a catch. New flood maps drawn up by FEMA, along with reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) enacted in 2012, meant that many residents, including the Lauries, must lift up their homes or face dramatically higher flood insurance rates.
Can I get an "Ehrmigawd!!?" The deal where Colorado desert dwellers continually pay to rebuild seaside housing that would never be built by rational people will now require at least architectural consideration.
As the article describes reason, insurance, and risk, it is of course written as a pity party.
Joanna Tierno, a Staten Island resident facing a 4,000 percent rate hike under the new rules, says she's considering borrowing money to pay off her mortgage and then going uninsured, because it would cost so much less. "We're up against not just recovering from a disaster, but being hit by superhigh rates that's basically ... taking people's homes from them,"
Finally, I agree. You want to rebuild please, please, oh pretty please do it without insurance that I have to subsidize. John Stossel does a great riff on this: he's rebuilt his home once (maybe twice) on our dime but at least has the decency to go on TV and tell us how stoopid it is that people who make much less than he does allow repetitive foolishness ignoring the oldest known real estate advice. And Ms. Laurie?
"We were not going to try to come back unless we could come back how we wanted to," Jean Laurie told Yahoo News on a sunny day in October. She stood on the empty lot where her home used to be, nostalgically pointing out the spots where she had built a Japanese garden and installed a heated pool before the storm swept it all way.
October 16, 2013
Tweet of the Day
October 15, 2013
It's not the Heat! It's the Tautology!
And all their children are above average...
October 1, 2013
Don't Leave the House!
CHAOS! HuffPo wouldn't lie!
Click through and it is even better!
UPDATE: The WaPo is a little more measured:
September 21, 2013
I Did Not Know That!
When media bias even gets through to me, the
Bias: Heard the one about how House Republicans have passed 40-plus bills to repeal or defund ObamaCare, all of which went nowhere? It's not true. Yet the mainstream press continues to peddle this blatant falsehood.
I keep hearing how they cannot do this anymore, now that we have FOX News and blogs. Yet, there is still an "official," "real" record that comes from the NYTimes and echoes through Jon Stewart.
September 17, 2013
NOT The Onion
Poor President Obama. He wants to strengthen the middle class, restore the economy that Bush ruined, promote green energy, and see that we all drink enough water.
But: "A term filled with unpredictable calamities"
As reports of the deadly shooting broke, Obama was forced to rewrite prepared remarks on the economy.
Gosh darn it, has any President ever faced such adversity?
Please click. It exceeds parody and -- by far -- my sarcasmic gifts. David Nakamura is serious.
UPDATE: All Hail Taranto!
August 30, 2013
Hollywood Muffs History
It's not just "Inherit the Wind..."
As historians of the 40th president, having written more than a dozen biographies between us, we are troubled by [The Butler]'s portrayal of Reagan's attitudes toward race. We are especially concerned because many Americans readily accept Hollywood depictions of history as factual.
Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner pen a defense of "Dutch" in the WaPo.
August 27, 2013
The Conversion is complete
Gotta-Sting Headline from the AP:
Updated now to "On Syria, is Obama treading in Bush's Iraq footsteps?" Jim Geraghty said "it's like the teams switched uniforms at halftime."
I do not trust this administration to locate and support the correct contingent of thugs. Readers have watched me reassess my neocon views, but at least I trusted that President Bush was pursuing a Sharanskyite, liberty agenda. Watching President Obama in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Egypt does not give me warm fuzzies that he will do the right thing in Syria. If there is a right thing in Syria, which I find unproven.
But schadenfreude is like Jello®; even in dark situations, it can be enjoyed in large quantities.
August 23, 2013
Tweet of the Day
There have been three epic Twitter events: The Green Revolution in Iran, #Sharknado, and Ben Affleck cast as Batman.
August 19, 2013
Afflicting the Comfortable, WaPo Style
I'm thieving this item, en toto, from James Taranto. If anybody is left in this great nation who does not feel that the press is completely in the bag for this President. I offer:
August 7, 2013
Glad that Dumb Cowboy is Gone!
I'm filing this under "Media & Blogging." I do not really think that the President is stupid. I think he overestimates his intelligence, yet some have said very similar things about me...
But I remember the "Bushism" series-that-was-turned-into-books, full of juicy malapropisms from our 43rd President. W enjoyed his reputation and passed it along with strategically self-effacing humor. He would cop to "Is Our Children Learning?" Many Bushisms were like that -- a better transcription would be "Is -- Are children learning." When you do not live and die by the TelePrompTer, you rephrase in your head and change tense and voice midstream. Listening, it is very natural. But reading a transcription -- especially a purposefully ill-tempered one -- makes it appear moronic.
Enter the World's Greatest Orator. He of the 57 States. His excellency of the abstract geographical concept:
Tuesday night, President Obama made headlines during his appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," one of his numerous appearances over the years (back in 2009, he was the first sitting president to appear on the show). The President talked with Jay about a myriad of topics such as the NSA (he says that we don't have a domestic spying program), the threat from Al Qaeda, and Trayvon Martin. However, it was when the discussion turned to infrastructure that the president failed on some fairly basic American geography -- and it's not getting much attention.
This ranks well below Benghazi and the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups for a scandal. But [insert dollar in jar] if Bush woulda said this...
Hat-tip Insty. He said "INSERT "57 STATES" JOKE HERE:" And I did.
July 22, 2013
The End of an Era
Alternate headline: "You're Welcome, Brother Keith!"
Thanks to jg, however, you can still reach us at; www.nascarretards.com
July 19, 2013
Ow! That's Gotta Sting
The Jacket pummels the Moldy Sage 0f 42nd Street:
It's got to be a pretty good gig to be Paul Krugman. He's rich enough to bitch to The New Yorker about not being able to afford a home in St. John so, sigh, St. Croix has to do. He's got tenure at the second-best college in New Jersey, an equally secure gig at the second-best newspaper in New York, and he's even copped a Nobel Prize (economics, but still).
After that, Nick Gillespie gets tough. Any competent referee would have stopped this about halfway through. Embrace prurience and read the whole thing.
July 16, 2013
Many are critical of the Florida Trial verdict because all six members of the jury panel were non-black, but did it have to be that way? CNN's Carol Costello tells us that a potential black juror was dismissed, by the prosecution, and guest Michael Skolnick tells us why:
COSTELLO: Although if I remember correctly one of the prosecutors struck a black, a potential black juror from the jury.
I couldn't have made this more incriminating if I tried, but those are straight, verbatim quotes. Costello even smirked after Skolnick said "Fox News watcher" but quickly caught herself.
Bombshell in "This Florida Trial"
I risk sensationalism with the headline but under the circumstances, I believe it is warranted.
Those of us who tried to objectively follow the case that led up to this Florida trial could never explain what caused the transformation from one man following another on a public street to two men in fisticuffs and wrestling on the ground. What precipitated the anger in one or the other party? The trial's prosecutors, and most of the media commentary before, during and after, put that blame on hatred or racism in the heart of George Zimmerman. Between the racism and the gun violence angle, this comports with the typical narrative from those sources. But that entire narrative was left in pieces on the floor of the Piers Morgan show on CNN last night.
So, again, Piers Morgan's question: "But you felt that there was no doubt in your mind from what Trayvon was telling you on the phone about the 'creepy ass cracka' and so on, that he absolutely believed that George Zimmerman, this man -- you didn't know who he was at the time, but this man -- was pursuing him? And he was freaked out by it?"
I tried corroborating this with an official transcript of the Piers Morgan Live show but could not find it in unedited form, so will just have to rely on the Rush Limbaugh version quoted above, as linked by Drudge.
So Rachel suggested that Zimmerman "might be a rapist" and Travon should "run away." But where he would have run towards, he knew his younger brother was there. Did he instead decide to stop and fight, because of this perception, a possible sexual predator? At least this does more than anything I've heard to explain why Travon might have tried to beat Zimmerman senseless.
It also suggests that the Zimmerman case might be out of the news in the blink of an eye, after this revelation.
UPDATE: Here's Drudge's version, including a link to a Corner blog.
July 15, 2013
Ink by the bucket
The tiny town of Westcliffe, Colorado (pop. 417) is the county seat of rural Custer County in south central Colorado and, as the county seat, has to have a "paper of record" and apparently does in the form of the Wet Mountain Tribune, "Published every Thursday since 1883."
Now, it seems a dustup ensued when the paper of record criticized, and apparently sought to block, members of a local TEA Party group marching in the town's Independence Day Parade carrying rifles. (I think, perhaps, loaded and, perhaps or probably, those "scary" black rifles so maligned these days.) For its part in the dispute the Wet Mtn. Trib. managed to earn itself some friendly competition. Those wacky TEA Partiers decided to form and publish their own weekly. They call it Sangre de Cristo Sentinel. "A different view from the same mountains." They believe they'll do well with subscriptions in this rural market, where they estimate 80% of readers are conservatives. (And a print subscription costs less than a buck a week!)
The moral of this story is to not behave like you buy your ink by the barrel if you only buy it one bucket at a time.
Hat tip: 850 KOA's Mike Rosen show.
July 10, 2013
"saucily exhibiting Kelly Slater's package"
There are many reasons to embed the preceding promotional video. I'll try to hit them all, in no particular order.
Product placements for HTC phones and Windows Phone OS, which they refer to as "Surface" at the end of the promo.
A hip soundtrack, featuring a group I'd never heard before.
Feminist schadenfreude. After all, has there ever been, in the history of advertising, a man who complained that a woman in a commercial was "sexualised?" The commenter's mindset is clearly revealed by the term "typical blonde size six surfer girl." Jealous much?
Equality. This one nearly provokes me to profanity. It is fast replacing altruism as, in my opinion, the most dangerous and dispicable idea in human thought. To wit:
So what exactly is so offensive this time, as the surfing giant is merely using a tried and tested marketing approach? Probably the fact that this little voyeuristic semi soft-core porn clip is representing a professional sport which has been fighting a long and ongoing battle for gender equality.
Please. Men and women are - wait for it - differ'nt. Commercial advertising is as free-market as anything else left in this world and its practitioners have discovered a formula that works. You may not like the formula, and you may not like that it works, but no amount of snippy commentary will ever change those facts.
Freedom. Freedom to voluntarily participate in a promo video featuring ass shots, of your own ass. "12 butt shots in one minute and 46 seconds exactly." Huzzah! Perhaps you'd prefer if she wore a burka, Ms. Salvo? As a father of daughters, I have no objections whatsoever to this promo. Natural, athletic beauty is nothing to hide or to battle against using shame, much less the government regulation that is so routinely resorted to in such matters of "inequality." You, who claim to seek "gender equality" would have more credibility if you didn't object to the same "offenses" as does the Taliban.
Did I mention badonkadonk?
June 9, 2013
A Change in Media Tone?
Searching for an old review corner, I came upon a great post from blog brother AlexC. I will have to warn our more delicate readers that it includes a word that some might find vulgar. It seems ac is upset, because in a story of great consumer confidence and employment news, the beloved media have concocted a new statistic to tarnish the optimism.
That's great... but it wouldn't be an economic story without a "but." And it's a doozy.
I think it fair to complain that there is a different tenor and tone when the party in the White House changes. Oh, and that made me curious, What was the unemployment like in 2006?
Well, yeah -- but they were hard to get.
June 6, 2013
Is the World Becoming ThreeSources?
Welcome to our world, oh mighty NYTimes Editorial Page:
Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
June 5, 2013
Look, what are you saying?
"Broad?' Is that a weight joke? Me too sensitive?
June 4, 2013
I think the good professor is mashing up two of his favorite topics:
May 30, 2013
The New York Times?
That right wing rag is beating up on your President again. Michael D. Shear and Peter Baker:
On Wednesday, President Obama left the White House for two Chicago fund-raisers in the hope of helping Democrats retake the House in next yearís elections. The cost of flying aboard Air Force One to his hometown: $180,000 per hour.
May 29, 2013
I will miss the Minnesoootan's flat vowels, but little else about the retiring "Tea Party Favorite" Michelle Bachman (R - MN). Her bombast and quick appeals to religion are not my particular cup of Tea Party, but she is who she is.
The joy from my Facebook friends is in bounds. "The death of the Tea Party!" assured a workmate. Fine and dandy.
But His Most Probitous, Glenn Kessler, The Arbiter of Truth at the WaPo tips his hand.
The announcement that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is not seeking reelection will leave the Capitol a much less interesting place to fact check. As one of our colleagues put it, "The entire fact checking industry may have to hold a national day of mourning."
Proof to these eyes that "The entire fact checking industry" should not exist as such.
May 23, 2013
All Hail Taranto
Demonstrating his ignorance of both architecture and dancing, he alleges that "conservatives have laid the groundwork for a cynical two-step. First, squeeze funding for government programs, making it harder for civil servants to do their jobs. Then, when the inevitable screw-up comes, use it as further justification for cuts." -- James Taranto
May 15, 2013
Tweet of the Day
And a pretty good open letter to the MSM to go with it.
March 7, 2013
The Journal Editorial report is without question the best show on FOX News. I look forward to it every Saturday.
The last segment is "Hits and Misses" -- a descendant of the paper's "Tony and Tacky." Though they never read them, they encourage readers to "send your own hit or miss to firstname.lastname@example.org." Well:
WSJ Editorial Board:
UPDATE: It's a Conservative Smackdown! The Washington Examiner: "And some have even chosen to defend such government authority -- including the usually sound Wall Street Journal editorial board."
The Journal's editors argued Thursday that the endless global war on terror knows no national boundaries, and therefore every square inch of creation is part of a battlefield where only the laws of war restrict government's power. They concluded that "the U.S. could have targeted ... U.S. citizen [and terrorist] Anwar al-Awlaki had he continued to live in Virginia."
March 5, 2013
Sequester-mageddon-palooza is here! But before you get to thinking that the human race has survived the draconian cuts -- they never said it would happen right away! No, this is long-term destruction of all that Americans hold dear. Josh Hicks at WaPo explains:
The reductions, known as the sequester, haven't yet diminished the country's forecasting system and will not impact disaster-relief funding in the near-term, according to government officials.
So, you see, the next hurricane will be the fault of the sequester -- don't you just hope it hits Speaker Boehner's house in Ohio?
In completely unrelated news, the DJIA hit an all time high and closed at 14,253.77. In spite of government cuts. In. Spite. Of.
February 28, 2013
Sequestergeddon Quote of the Day
But if Obama can't even convince his cheerleaders in the press that modest spending restraint will doom the country, why should anyone believe he's having more success with the public at large?
Today's IBD Editorial: Is Obama Losing His Media Allies Over The Sequester?
February 27, 2013
Reopening the Shop
Blog friend T. Greer is back in the blogging biz:
Two years ago I left the life that I had known to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was the best decision I have ever made.
February 8, 2013
Perhaps it was and perhaps it was not the Chinese Government's trying to shut down this great engine of freedom. But something happened and our search feature has been disabled by "The Man" at lunarpages.com because of runaway CPU loads.
I have removed the box from the sidebar. If you want to search threesources, go to Bing® and type "natalee holloway pictures site:threesources.com" and it searches about 65,174x more quickly than MT's Perl script.
February 7, 2013
You can't be serious all the time...
Hat-tip: Noel Sheppard
Reflexive Media Censorship
News regurgitator Bill Handel is reporting on the KFI radio show that news outlets have been specifically told to post a ďredactedĒ version of the manifesto, in order to protect the names of the police men and women targeted by the murderer Ė I will replace that portion with police names with the redacted version to protect them. However, it must be noted that the redacted version ALSO doesnít have the Obama and liberal references.
Highlighted sections from the "Manifesto" are called, "Pro Gun Control, Loves Obama, Fan of Joe Biden, For Hillary 2016, Anti-NRA, MSNBC, CNN Fan, Loves Piers Morgan, Radicalized by Travon Martin Propaganda." Sooper Mexican concluded:
So should MSNBC and Obama be blamed for this murderous scum targeting cops and their families? NO Ė but if we applied the same standard that the media does conservatives and Republicans, then each of the people on this list contributed to the radicalization of a murderer who has taken 3 lives.
The following was copied in its entireity from www.soopermexican.com:
News Media Scrub Cop Murdererís Manifesto of Pro-Obama, Hillary, MSNBC, CNN, Gay, and Anti-Gun Comments
You can read all the details here.
However, I started noticing that some of the details the media was talking about didnít fit the released manifesto Iíve read everywhere. Especially interesting, is that KFIís morning news regurgitator Bill Handel had mentioned some pro-Obama comments and anti-NRA sentiments in the manifesto.
But these werenít in the copy that KFI themselves released Ė see for yourself.
This video from FOX News Los Angeles reports that the manifesto was 22 pages long, while the manifesto released was only 11.
The page where FOX News LA had the manifesto is now deleted. Comments donít mention the manifesto at all.
KTLA also has the abbreviated manifesto, with this parenthetical: ďKTLA has removed the names of a number of officers out of respect for their privacy.Ē
FOX News reposted the manifesto, with all the names redacted as the authorities asked, but it still doesnít have the second half.
ABC 7 has also posted a redacted half version of the manifesto.
Being curious, I started looking for a complete copy, but other mainstream news media only had the abbreviated copy.
However, I was able to find a complete copy of the posting, from the website ďCrime File NewsĒ Ė the details in it corroborate with the reading that Bill Handel gave on the KFI morning show today.
So why did they edit it?
Whatís the difference between posting 11 rambling pages and 21 rambling pages? Look at whatís taken out:
Pro Gun Control:
Who in there right mind needs a fucking silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!
Mia Farrow said it best. ďGun control is no longer debatable, itís not a conversation, its a moral mandate.Ē
Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB. Never again should any public official state that their prayers and thoughts are with the family.
You disrespect the office of the POTUS/Presidency and Commander in Chief. You call him Kenyan, mongroid, halfrican, muslim, and FBHO when in essence you are to address him as simply, President. The same as you did to President George W. Bush and all those in the highest ranking position of our land before him. Just as I always have. You question his birth certificate, his educational and professional accomplishments, and his judeo-christian beliefs. You make disparaging remarks about his dead parents. You never questioned the fact that his former opponent, the honorable Senator John McCain, was not born in the CONUS or that Bush had a C average in his undergrad. Electoral Candidates children (Romney) state they want to punch the president in the face during debates with no formal repercussions. No one even questioned the fact that the son just made a criminal threat toward the President. You call his wife a Wookie. Off the record, I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama.
Fan of Joe Biden:
Mr. Vice President, do your due diligence when formulating a concise and permanent national AWB plan. Future generations of Americans depend on your plan and advisement to the president. Iíve always been a fan of yours and consider you one of the few genuine and charismatic politicians.
For Hillary 2016:
Hillary Clinton. Youíll make one hell of a president in 2016. Much like your husband, Bill, you will be one of the greatest. Look at Castro in San Antonio as a running mate or possible secretary of state. Heís (good people) and I have faith and confidence in him. Look after Bill. He was always my favorite President.
Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, youíre a vile and inhumane piece of shit. You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook.
MSNBC, CNN FAN:
Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkiteís lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, theyíre your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuireís pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.
Willie Geist, youíre a talented and charismatic journalist. Stop with all the talk show shenanigans and get back to your core of reporting.
Ögive Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws
Radicalized by Trayvon Martin Propaganda:
Too bad Trayvon didnít smash your skull completely open, Zim.
He further praised Ellen Degeneres, H.W. Bush, Tim Tebow, and many hollywood actresses. Heís obviously disturbed.
So should MSNBC and Obama be blamed for this murderous scum targeting cops and their families? NO Ė but if we applied the same standard that the media does conservatives and Republicans, then each of the people on this list contributed to the radicalization of a murderer who has taken 3 lives.
And why did they edit all of this out? Would they do this for a Tea Party shooter? Somehow I doubt it.
News regurgitator Bill Handel is reporting on the KFI radio show that news outlets have been specifically told to post a ďredactedĒ version of the manifesto, in order to protect the names of the police men and women targeted by the murderer Ė I will replace that portion with police names with the redacted version to protect them. However, it must be noted that the redacted version ALSO doesnít have the Obama and liberal references.
BELOW: WHAT THE MEDIA CUTS OFF FROM THE MANIFESTO
[redacted personal information - SM] I now know it was your humbleness and respect for all who wear the badge and protect their communities that you didnít just express what you wanted to say, that they lack values and basic ethics as law enforcement officers. [redacted personal information - SM] your fucking awesome. [redacted personal information - SM] Your realistic approach and empathetic approach to treating all people as humans first is something I carried with me daily. Thank you, every one of you.
[redacted personal information - SM] I learned more from you about leadership than most of my own commanders. You lived by a strict ethos of get it done, and get it done right. I wanted to attend your retirement, I really did. But because of my predicament I was unable to. [redacted personal information - SM]
I thank my friends for the awesome shared experiences. I thank the unnamed women I dated over my lifetime for the great and sometimes not so great sex.
February 4, 2013
Quote of the Day
The [NYTimes] editors continue:It is tempting to dismiss her notion that an AR-15 is a woman's best friend as the kooky reflex response of someone ideologically opposed to gun control laws...Hmm, it is tempting to dismiss this editorial as the kooky reflex response of someone who thinks banning scary looking guns will make scary things go away. VERY tempting... Just One Minute -- h/t Blog Friend Terri
January 14, 2013
Don't Attack Humor
I'm a big fan of Dr. Helen (once known as "the InstaWife.")
She has exposed some serious issues in "the War on Men" and has skillfully shown that many unwanted social phenomena are perhaps unintended consequences of devaluing male contributions to society.
But -- I'm too lazy to search but I have commented before -- when she veers off and attacks humor in commercials, I fear it makes her substantive points easy to dismiss. A broad brush stroke against "the continual debasement of Fathers in media" would probably suffice. Pizza Hut's joking about Daddy buying pizza for his cooking night probably is an invidious stereotype. And there are certainly several equivalent jokes one could make about gender-reverse that would invite boycotts and marches. But I want to stop the scolds -- not join them.
She is on the case for one of my favorites today. The VW Passat spot where Dad teaches his son to throw "like a girl" (to put it kindly). I admit to wondering whether the commercial would be criticized by women's or LGBT groups for its deep hidden subtext. Nope, Dr. Helen is on it from the other side. At least "a concerned reader" is very concerned:
I wonder what your reaction was to the latest salvo in the War on Men and Boys. I refer to the Volkswagen Passat commercial which shows a heartwarming scene of a father bonding with his son by playing catch with him. The problem is that he is teaching his son to throw like a girl, except that girls who play softball don't throw that badly. It was painful to watch. I have no idea how this will sell cars, or to whom.
Umm, people with a sense of humor? The tag is "pass him down something he will be grateful for." I take it as Pops's not being a star athlete but he is a good provider of time, attention, and material comforts including a safe and robust vehicle.
If you have not followed her writings, she makes poignant comments about the lack of due process in academia and its effect on matriculation ratios, and the effect of alimony and custody biases as marginal costs on marriage for young men: smart and serious stuff. Critiquing culture in commercial humor undercuts the substance of the message.
UPDATE Fellow convertible driver @donsurber agrees:
January 9, 2013
Quote of the Day
I too have come to respect Obama's tenacity, even as I deplore his illiberality, but I think [Marc] Thiessen's recommendation makes a deadly miscalculation: He forgets that Obama's single-minded pursuits are fully backed and protected by the mainstream press.
January 5, 2013
Fair & Balanced
AP: BOSTON (AP) -- The Republican Party seems as divided and angry as ever.GODDAM IT!!! How can they print LIES like that!!! Republicans ARE NOT %^*@^&ING ANGRY!!! WE ARE JUST TRYING TO PRESERVE LIBERTY! WHEN WILL THOSE THICK-HEADED NUMBSKULLS GET IT!!
On a more serious note, one waits patiently for the Yahoo/AP Headline: Democrats as Monodimensional and pandering as ever.
January 3, 2013
Quote of the Day
I really don't like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable. Fortunately, sounds like Al Jazeera's about to get rid of it. -- AllahpunditHat-tip: Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt
December 31, 2012
Faux Quote of the Day
When I was in Bangladesh last January, I was amazed by the level of Westernization for such a closed society, and that tells me two things. It tells me that the citizens of Bangladesh have no shortage of courage, and that is a good beginning to grow from. Second, it tells me that people in Bangladesh are just like people anywhere else on this flat earth of ours. -- The Amazing and Wonderful Thomas Friedman Column GeneratorHat-tip: The VA Viper (@debbywitt)
December 27, 2012
ThreeSources Night at Miller's Grill! 6PM Friday the 28th.
Brother Ellis is in town...
December 13, 2012
Jon Caldera and Glenn Reynolds
I already crowed about last Monday's totally awesome Liberty on the Rocks - Flatirons talk from Jon Caldera.
Prof. Glenn Reynolds's NYPost article today establishes a similar theme. Republicans - God Bless Their Pea-pickin' Little Hearts -- are fortunate to have some big money donors. But is that money spent wisely?
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson alone donated $150 million. But Romney lost anyway, especially among unmarried women.
Caldera laments that Colorado Republicans (and I think we can all agree I have identified a particular brand of stupid) invest in personality. It's Bob Beauprez for Governor! Let's rent the mailing lists, let's buy some ads, let's kiss some babies! Win or lose, we'll be back in four years with a Mutatis Mutandis on the candidate's name. Please note that I was not calling Rep. Beauprez stupid; he is a non-stupid element in the set.
The left, Caldera says, invests in infrastructure. Teachers' Unions, ACLU, Abortion rights, Gay Rights, NukeTheGayWhalesForJesus.org all have an office a quick walk from the Capitol building in Denver. Caldera's Independence Institute is the ONLY right-of-center spot down there. "They think in decades;" sez the big man, "we think in elections."
Caldera is perhaps thinking something more serious than a conservative internet sex advice website. But I think he'd agree with Reynolds's thesis:
My suggestion: Buy some women's magazines. No, really. Or at least some women's Web sites.
I know the lovely bride had to let all her subscriptions lapse. She has tried a few of the big magazines but cannot handle those tenth articles Reynolds cites.
Now I sometimes click on a link to "The Frisky" when Reynolds links from Instapundit. (Yes, it is pretty good to work from home.) I don't know that we couldn't convert ThreeSources with or without Adelson money. "Top 7 Sex Toys for Canadian Lesbians!" We could do that. Then when an election nears, we sneak in some Ayn Rand...
December 10, 2012
Et tu, Nick Kristof?
NYTimes has a new neocon -- Nicholas Kristof.
Maybe I overstate, but a friend of this blog sends a link:
In an eyebrow raising article, liberal New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof offered a startling concession: "This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America's safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire."
Kristof's Bluegrass State redemption even includes an admission that marriage has economic benefits. Quell Horreur!
But the New York Times' Kristof appears to have found religion on the economic and developmental virtues of marriage as well: "A growing body of careful research suggests that the most effective strategy is to work early on children and education, and to try to encourage and sustain marriage," Kristof writes.
Oh well, maybe he can get a job on FOX.
UPDATE: Michael Barone read the same Kristof column.
Breathitt County, by the way, has long been a heavily Democratic county. Even in 1972 it voted 59% for Democrat George McGovern over Republican Richard Nixon. But it's in coal country and it voted 53% for John McCain in 2008 and 66% for Mitt Romney in 2012. More proof that Romney's 47% remark was not only hugely ill-advised but simply inaccurate.
November 30, 2012
Quote of the Day
Obama was permitted by the media to claim, or at least strongly imply, that the painful cuts Romney was talking about (and Obama, the Great Leader, was not talking about) could be averted simply by levying a small tax on the "richest 1%." It was a lie. It was further a lie the media assisted in. All those Fact Checks and not a single column noting that the central pillar of Barack Obama's Re-Election Strategy was a baldfaced lie that only the uninformed or innumerate could possibly believe.
November 6, 2012
News Polls: Not worth the paper they're printed on
Revising political poll results to achieve a specific outcome by adjusting the sample is now so commonplace and so "oh, you mean that's not ok?" that newspapers are writing stories about it!
I predict this will be the post mortem lesson of this election - how the RCP average of political polls has exacerbated this practice. They had to go even further so that the bad polls can drag the good ones far enough to make the RCP average what the press wants it to be.
November 5, 2012
Even the Children Learn
I respect the sobreity of brother Ellis' prior post but I do believe caution is in order. There's another equally possible outcome. After all, none of the republics which failed throughout history had the internet... or YouTube.
This episode has been on my mind since the summer of 2008. Now, on the eve of the referendum vote, it finally seems fully appropriate.
November 1, 2012
Somebody Stop Me!
Brother Keith and I are a bad influence on each other, non?
But the graphics could be fun:
October 4, 2012
Candor? Wasn't that a place in Lord of the Rings?
The AP is running interference for the President, but I think they sent in the second string:
DENVER (AP) -- President Barack Obama is challenging Republican Mitt Romney's candor the morning after their first debate, saying: "If you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth."
Candor? I think Julie Pace is looking for the word "probity" -- or perhaps "magic squirrel."
Whatever. All that is important is that -- when the Governor is not around to correct outrageous lies about him -- the President has a platform to spew them.
UPDATE: Blog friend Terri shares a quote that seems appropos:
Tom Stemberg, Co-founder and former CEO of Staples said to Neil Cavuto, following the debate, "President Obama is terrific on his feet when no one is challenging him to the facts."
September 28, 2012
Stupid Internet Comment of the Day
I did my best to come up with an optimistic answer to today's Libertario Delenda Est but except for "Libertarians don't vote" I couldn't do it. Instead I'll distract with humor in the form of a "Stupid Internet Comment of the Day."
While searching reports of Mitt Romney's Home Run Tuesday I read some comments on the HuffPo version of events. If you've already read my post highlighting the significance of Romney's statement this will be even more transparently stupid than it already is:
None Dare Call it Bias!
MSNBC? Mai non! If you have time, this clip is interesting both from a media bias angle, but also for the reasons that an optical illusion is so fascinating.
If you don't have time, here's the short version: MSNBC shows Governor Romney taking the make after Rep Ryan has spoken. The crowd chants -- and you can tell because the text is printed -- "Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!" And Governor Romney breaks in and being all full of himself, coaches the crowd to instead say "Romney - Ryan! Romney -- Ryan!"
Only, as a talk radio caller explains, that is not at all what happened. When the text is removed from the screen, you hear that the crowd is yelling "Romney Romney!" The Governor is being magnanimous in ensuring that his VP is included, and Ryan waves it away with an "aw shucks" gesture.
September 25, 2012
Maybe the World is ThreeSources
I'm going to present this as a screen grab in case the good folks at the Telegraph change the photo. But my new favorite writer, Thomas Pascoe, has a piece titled "Bundesbank's IMF rant exposes a divide at the heart of the eurozone." Here's the accompanying photo: a couple fräuleinen upset that the IMF has impugned their country's monetary policy. It's true -- read the caption!
September 22, 2012
None Dare Call it Bias...
Oh, hell I do!
Yahoo/AP Headline to describe the tax returns of a guy who paid $2 million in taxes and donated $4 million to charity:
September 21, 2012
Declaration of Independence for the iPod Generation
One of the problems with teaching American History and the Founding Fathers is the "crusty old white dude" barrier. Here, Soomo Publishing blends a new teaching tool with a cover of a popular song to teach a little good old revolutionary history.
In this one I like the music AND the lyrics.
September 13, 2012
ThreeSourcers who are also regular listeners of Denver talk radio host Mike Rosen may have heard him discussing a familiar topic yesterday. I've updated that post to include a link to the audio for any who may have missed it. (That would be ALL of you, I suspect.)
September 12, 2012
Quote of the Day
Politico shares my understanding of the order of events, and points out that other Republicans are leaving Romney's cheese out in the wind. I can't wait for all the fact checks! I'll make a deal with my Obama-supporting friends. We'll trade you Citizens United for a media this compliant. -- Daniel Foster
September 11, 2012
There Must be Some Mistake!
UPDATE: If you prefer, rather than reading this post yourself you may listen to 850 KOA's Mike Rosen quote it heavily at the open of his radio show yesterday morning. [First mention at about 2:45.] (And yes, I have added "shameless self-promotion" to the categories for this post.)
Annenberg is at it again. A caller to Mike Rosen today [third hour, last caller] said her daughter referred her to a website called "Next Elect." I looked into it and deduced that she meant ElectNext dot com. It's a very slick site with lots of colorful interactive graphics and great big type (that even seniors can read.)
First a warning: If you want to read anything about what the site is and who is behind it, DON'T SIGN UP AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. I did so and now all of the "about us" stuff is gone. (But I do still remember the "Annenberg" Public Policy blah blah from the bottom of the welcome page.) I even tried clicking the "Log Out" button, but it automatically logs me back in. Why? Perhaps because, based upon my answers to about 10 questions on an intentionally limited set of issues: Economy, Energy, Taxes, National Security (the last having no questions answered) the site recommended my "matches" for President of the United States. Brace yourself:
Gary Johnson- 73%
I think they really want to make sure I don't forget that my first choice should be the Libertarian Party candidate and my second choice the Green Party candidate. There are nice color photos of these three candidates stuck on my browser screen now, with the percentage figure placed prominently next to a cute red heart shape under each name and pic.
No mention, of course, of the fact that neither of those two candidates has a chance in Obama's Utopia of being elected. "Party not person" is one of Mike Rosen's mantras and in our two-party system he's exactly right. To elevate Johnson and Stein to equal stature with Romney and Obama is the epitome of political malpractice. (And, I'll add, Annenberg knows it.)
I dug further. I clicked to find out why I didn't have more agreement with Mitt Romney and found:
- Romney "agrees" that "The federal government should invest in domestic sources of fossil fuels."
I used the "did we get this wrong?" button to "please let us know if we got our facts wrong" and rebut the last two items in the list with links to here and here. But it's a Sissyphean task. I'd sooner hold back the tide than to get objective and clearly worded position statements to appear throughout this cartoon-like website.
Even worse, most visitors will not be as circumspect as I was and will list all of their hot-button issues. Even with the illusion of "ranking your issues" the key issues that affect the future of our nation will be diluted by the social issues that are demagogued on the path to ever larger government and ever greater government spending.
All in the public interest, of course.
My advice: Avoid it. Denounce it. Stay on message. [My message is the one in comment #3.]
September 7, 2012
Democrat Fact Check - Deux
■A venture capitalist claims that Obama is ďmore than 60 percentĒ toward his goal of doubling exports by 2015. Government figures show the exports have increased by 29 percent since Obama announced his goal.
That venture capitalist was Steve Westly, but the claim was repeated by my own state's governor, John Hickenlooper. [eighth comment]
And there were some bogus claims about abortion and birth control, but since those are issues of concern only to Democrat politicians with a record of failure we'll just let them slide.
Most interesting to me was the fact check of the Clinton speech. While his talent for making statistics say what he wants them to meant that little he said was technically wrong, the former president did utter a number of exaggerations. My favorite, other than conservation [plus a boom in oil production] reduced oil imports to a 20-year low, was blaming Republicans for preventing the creation of more than a million new jobs because they "blocked the president's job plan."
Two independent economists -- Mark Zandi of Moodyís Analytics and Joel Prakken of Macroeconomics Advisers -- had estimated that Obamaís proposed American Jobs Act would add more than 1 million jobs. Zandi claimed it would add 1.9 million jobs; Prakken 1.3 million. Senate Republicans blocked the $447 billion measure, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell denounced it as ďa charade thatís meant to give Democrats a political edgeĒ in 2012.
Let's follow Bill Clinton's advice and do the uh-rith-mah-tick:
This reminds me of the legendary six-hundred dollar toilet seat. Since the national average wage is on the order of $42,000, the president proposed that Uncle Sam pay a premium of over $237 thousand dollars PER JOB "created."
Where is that damned Keynsian multiplier when we need it? It would cost less to just mail those 1.9 million folks a check for the next six years. Maybe by then we can elect a Republican president, take a couple of tax cuts, roll back some regulations, [second comment] and get some SUSTAINABLE private-sector jobs created!
September 5, 2012
Never give up! Fight on the beaches! Fight on the editorial pages!
I appreciate the competitiveness/combativeness/bellicosity of the Romney campaign. After four years ago -- screw being nice. The concentrated pushback to the scurrilous lies that were "Fact Check" reactions to Rep Ryan's speech have paid off. In multiples.
A Facebook friend is shocked that even (I hope you are sitting down) even the DNC has been caught in a Fact Check. And busted they are: Read 'em and weep!
Without pushing back on the bogus Ryan checks, they would have let those slide. Curiously, all of theirs seem to be actual untruths. It is still in no way "fair." But it is way better than we'd have seen calmly accepting "just some media bias that we can't do anything about."
Now they are busted -- and some of the, ahem, lies are devastating.
August 31, 2012
Objective Journalist Howard Fineman:
I think this is for real -- here's a link. I'm actually shocked.
Wherever the orders originated, my Facebook friends received them and are marching. Ryan Liar is outpolling cute kittens.
August 30, 2012
1.58% GDP Growth is Great! You Whiners!
Now this stupefies.
Republicans ignoring signs of some economic gains
Remember what incredible merchants of sunshine these guys were when a Republican was in the White House?
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Forbes fact checks the
The number 1 or 2 headline on Yahoo all day has been "Paul Ryan is a Lying Weasel" or some such thing. I think we are going to be hearing about these for some time -- these two links might be handy:
Yes, Paul Ryan Spoke the Truth About Obama's Fiscal Record at the Republican Convention -- Avik Roy, Forbes
August 29, 2012
The Real National Disaster
I'll dispense with the trajectory of my appreciating Peggy Noonan, save to say it went way up once. And it stayed there for some time.
But she was a gifted speechwriter, and her opinion -- on a speech -- seems worthy.
The opportunity Ann Romney missed was to provide first person testimony that is new, that hasn't been spoken, that hasn't been in the books and the magazine articles. She failed to make it new and so she failed to make it real.
What? She's kinder but just as strange to Gov. Christie. But I don't know...
I want to tell you they marched out of the hall Tuesday night on fire for their side. But I was there and they did not. They walked out like people who weren't quite sure what to think or how to feel but were hoping for the best because they love their country. A lot.
She was there and I was not. But my lengthening embarrassment of belonging to "the stupid party" halted and was regressed last night. That Republican Party I saw. The one with Govs. Haley and Sandoval and Christie. The one with Ted Cruz and Ann Romney. Yessir, that's the stupid party for me! I'll say it once and say it loud -- I'm a Republican and I'm proud!
If she was there in Tampa (I don't doubt she was there but suspect she may have written it off the written text so that she could earlier get to sleep or do body shots at Homocon, I dunno). If she heard Ann Romney on the floor in that mutual affection that came through the TV. If she missed that, it really is over between us.
August 21, 2012
All Hail Taranto
August 17, 2012
Correction of the Day
Or, as Taranto would say, other than that, the story was accurate:
C.W. Nevius' column about Most Holy Redeemer banning drag queen performers incorrectly stated that entertainer Peaches Christ appeared at an event at the church's hall with a dildo shaped like a crucifix. He did not appear at the event, nor does he use the prop. -- SFGate
August 13, 2012
In her fascinating book, Bourgeois Dignity, Deirdre McCloskey picks up the delightful term "Clerisy" from my man Coleridge.
Yet in the late nineteenth century the artists and the intellectuals--the "clerisy," as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and I call it--turned against liberal innovation. The treason of the clerisy led in the twentieth century to the pathologies of nationalism and socialism and national socialism, and in the twenty-first century to the pieties of radical environmentalism, and to the dismal pessimism of the union left and the traditional right.
In Britain, they're called the chattering class, but I never felt we had a good word for these folks in America. But I like "The Clerisy" very much.
Amy Walter of ABC submits a successful application to membership today. She tells what voters want (and don't) and why they voted as they did in the last few elections. How very handy. The Yahoo teaser caught my eye:
More government? Less? An ideological battle that voters don't want
Icky. Voters don't want that. If you click through, Walter will explain that crazies like us want it
In picking Rep. Paul Ryan, whose eponymous budget plan has become synonymous with political polarization, Mitt Romney assured an ideological campaign where a debate over the role of government will be front and center. It is a debate the Obama campaign and partisans on both sides are also eager to have. But it's not a debate that swing voters want.
Who's gonna buy my condoms? Huh? Which candidate gives you Cancer? Who has better hair? (you gotta like the GOP this year on that important metric.)
I loathe her hubris. She goes on to explain the last several elections. But I must concede that she has a point. If only there existed some enterprise that could inform and educate people on important issues. Perhaps it would even be popular enough to fund with advertising. Hmm....
August 3, 2012
None Dare Call it Bias
Let me give my standard rant, for those who have just tuned in. The media is cowardly, incurious, lazy, and biased. Those who attribute all those four flaws to bias sound black-helicopterish. Recognizing bias as part of the fourth estate's four cardinal sins puts it all together.
And. Yet. The jobs numbers are out:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama got new figures Friday to buttress his argument that he's presiding over steady, if slow, economic growth. But the government's report that the overall rate of unemployment actually crept up to 8.3 percent allows Republican rival Mitt Romney to keep pressure on Obama to defend his record.
You have to dig into the second paragraph to get the headline number (169,000), but first we must ascertain that our
No mention that 169,000 is not enough to keep up with population growth. Less than no mention that after quarter after quarter of sub-par growth, we should be seeing breakout numbers. They did mention the 8.3% unemployment -- I suppose I should be pleased.
UPDATE: Matthew Continetti, going for a quote of the day:
With Romney the storyline had proven more elusive. Before settling on "gaffe-prone" the media had difficulty choosing between extremes. They shoot at Romney coming and going. One day he is a bully, the next day he is a wimp. One day he has "no core," the next day he is a radical. One day he is out of touch, the next day he is pandering to his base. In the morning they say Romney is too vague, in the evening they say his specific policies will be ruinous. Romney is too secretive, but what we know about him is scary. The whiplash from attack to attack provokes nausea. Some, like Harry Reid, have taken simply to making things up.
August 2, 2012
A Headline I Doubt Very Much
UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA (Reuters) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is stepping down as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the 17-month-old Syria conflict at the end of the month, the United Nations said on Thursday, the latest sign that the outlook for a diplomatic solution is bleak. "Mr. Annan has informed me, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Nabil Elaraby, of his intention not to renew his mandate when it expires on 31 August 2012," Ban said in a statement, adding that he and Elaraby were in discussions on appointing a successor to Annan.
July 24, 2012
Jon Stewart Nails it!
UPDATE: Of course, compared to their coverage of the suspect's mother, the Tea Party smear is Pulitzer stuff!
July 19, 2012
ABC News's Jonathan Karl pens a piece reporting that the DNC is pulling videos of Ann Romney and her dressage horses, and offering apologies.
"Our use of the Romneys' dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told ABC News. "We were simply making a point about Governor Romney's failure to give straight answers on a variety of issues in this race. We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation."
For those unfamiliar with the genre, that constitutes a Democratic apology. "I'm sorry I called your six year old nephew a 'queerbait c*******ing a******' but I was just trying to highlight your willful misrepresentation of the fractional reserve banking system!"
We discussed this issue a bit around these parts, and I suggest that sentient observers were unmoved by political ads which ridiculed the therapy of a woman with a chronic disease. Yet Karl, with no proof, suggests this as an example of the high-mindedness of [President Obama?] [Speaker Pelosi?] [David Axelrod?] [The Pope?]
This is already a brutal campaign, but the Obamas have long said families are off limits. Apparently somebody high up reminded the DNC of that.
No doubt the Romney camp would enjoy the same approbation if it pulled objectionable ads.
July 13, 2012
Friday Calf Blog
And some good news at the link for Firefly fans.
Damn. Those right wingers are all alike!
July 10, 2012
It's a Blog!!!
Blog friend and liberty lover, Terri, has moved her calf blogging and trenchant commentary to Ruminants.
UPDATE: Changed in blogroll.
June 29, 2012
Classic of the Year
In an opinion piece in today's WSJ, The Journal describe the ACA ruling as "a 1-4-4 decision." Classic. What a brilliant snippet of writing.
The Refugee would link, but then Rupert would have to kill him (or at least bug his cell phone).
June 28, 2012
Quote of the Day
It will be hard to pick one today, but I am going with the guys at CNN who watched their own division report a prewritten story that the mandate had been struck down.
"Fucking humiliating," said one CNN veteran. "We had a chance to cover it right. And some people in here don't get what a big deal getting it wrong is. Morons."
Yup. I think I'll stick with this one. HT Insty
June 27, 2012
Other than that, the WaPo "Outsourcing" story was accurate.
June 21, 2012
Quote of the Day
With MS, media bias and Hippotherapy in one story, we can drag it along another day!
Wow, O'Donnell is just inept. Bob Schieffer calls Ann Romney an Olympic athlete, and Mitt Romney corrects him on it ("In this case, it's not her personally"). Then, literally seconds later, O'Donnell pops up with his big canned-ham face and sneers, "Romney just claimed his wife is an Olympic athlete!" And then he says horses haven't really helped her with her MS because of Romney's tax returns or something. All for the purpose of claiming Romney is "rewriting" history.
June 20, 2012
Two Minute Hate
Now this is not in any way to make light of Laurence O'Donnell's difficulties with being a total bastard -- it's obviously a very difficult thing to bear. But that NBC gets a tax deduction for putting this derision on the air...
Hat-tip: Brother Keith, who linked to this in a comment below.
Wow. Just wow.
UPDATE: IBD: Which End Of The Horse Is Lawrence OíDonnell?
It is bad enough that MSNBC's Lawrence OíDonnell mocks Ann Romney for riding horses to treat her multiple sclerosis. But then shows what an ignoramus he is by saying that "dressage (competitive horse riding) does not appear in any of the more traditional courses of treatment" for MS.
UPDATE II: Here's dagny's last video promoted to embed:
Nope, no therapy, no athleticism.
UPDATE III: Neil Cavuto piles on quite humorously and forthrightly:
Ann Romney doesn't need my defense.
UPDATE III.V: (Oooh, there's video of Cavuto on the intertube thingy...):
June 19, 2012
Quote of the Day
[Neil] Munro sickened the nation's politeness police by choosing his own moment to blurt out a question at a presidential press conference.Hat-tip: Instapundit
Almost as if they were Biased...
This has been making the rounds. But a great friend of this blog (no, the other one) sends a link to the perfect package. Even if you've read about it and know the story, watch MSNBC Selectively Edits Romney Speech For Laughs
Beyond its example for media perfidy, I have to say I am deeply impressed with Governor Romney's speech and delivery. Maybe the primary picked the best candidate? Heresy?
UPDATE: WOW! Mrs. Greenspan sets the record straight... sortof...well, really not.
UPDATE II: WaWa Wizards Worthy of Wonderment!
The thing is, their touchscreen ordering system is a great example innovative tech in daily use. Itís a brilliant, relatively recent application of touch screen technology for custom food orders. Other stores may have something similar, but Iíve never seen one in common use anywhere other than WaWas. (My Shop Rite has something similar for ordering cold cuts.) I doubt very much Mitchell has either.
Hat-tip: new blog friend @robert_pearson
June 15, 2012
When You've Lost Dana Milbank...
WOAH! Dana Milbank, WaPo: Skip the falsehoods, Mr. President, and give us a plan
I had high hopes for President Obama's speech on the economy. But instead of going to Ohio on Thursday with a compelling plan for the future, the president gave Americans a falsehood wrapped in a fallacy.
Milbank does not go on to endorse Gov. Romney or the Ryan Plan or 9-9-9 or anything. Republicans get some harsh words. Yet, none worse than these:
Of more concern is Obama's nonsensical claim that he has a deficit plan that would strengthen Medicare for the long haul. He has called for doubling Medicare spending over the next 10 years, to nearly $1 trillion in 2022. His cuts in the rate of growth amount to just a few percentage points. As The Post's Lori Montgomery has reported, the president's 2013 budget marked "the second year in a row Obama has ignored calls to restructure Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs."
Ow! That's gotta sting!
Hat-tip: Insty, in a collection of bad reviews.
June 13, 2012
Et tu ABC?
I don't know Devin Dwer at ABC News, but I am not feeling the love for the President here.
BALTIMORE -- As some high-profile Democrats question the focus of his pitch for a second term, President Obama today stuck closely to his well-worn script, telling a group of 500 donors here that the economy is moving in the right direction and that his policies will accelerate the recovery.
Hat-tip; Jim Geraghty [subscribe]
None Dare Call it Bias
Insty links to a The Hill story on a nutjob Democrat:
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Charles Barron calls Robert Mugabe and Moammar Gadhafi his "heroes." He compared Israel's government to the Nazis, says he won't salute the American flag, and once offered that he wanted to "slap" the nearest white person.
<ford_truck_guy_voice>It's free speech 101 baby, and I welcome the nutjob to the race.</ford_truck_guy_voice>
Yet it occurs that a similarly out-of-mainstream GOP candidate would be a big deal. Governor Romney would be forced to disavow him. And all my Facebook friends would post a NY Times story about him. But a crazy Democrat? Nothing to see here.
June 9, 2012
Our Miss Margaret
A clever developer could attach to this blog's database of entries and graph my appreciation for Peggy Noonan. It would look a lot like a chart of FB on NASDAQ. I went all in an Noonan stock when I read her "What I Saw at the Revolution," a book I bought for a dozen people trying to explain who I had become during the Reagan Administration.
Her 9/11 book was moving; she was perhaps born to write it. Crosses, Hearts and Flags are her domain and her capacity to provide emotion without treacle is unmatched.
Then, if I may try hand at her style, the little elitist grace notes developed into dissident chords (okay, she does it better). And by the time she went-all-Obama-on-us I had stopped listening. I read her only occasionally now, but will give her a quote of the day for this:
President Obama's problem now isn't what Wisconsin did, it's how he looks each day--careening around, always in flight, a superfluous figure. No one even looks to him for leadership now. He doesn't go to Wisconsin, where the fight is. He goes to Sarah Jessica Parker's place, where the money is.
Nailed it Peggy. Nailed it.
May 30, 2012
It's over -- I'm joining the Democrats!
Mitt Romney iPhone App, 'With Mitt,' Misspells 'America'
How's he going to fix our nations problkems if he can't even tyep!
May 25, 2012
Obama's "Vulture Capitalist" Campaign Co-Chair
At the Liberty on the Rocks Flatirons kickoff meeting last week I was urged to follow CompleteColorado.com for my news and not give another dime of money or attention to the Denver Post. Today the site proved the worth of that advice.
As I first heard on today's Rush Limbaugh program, Complete's Todd Shepherd broke the story about former Denver Mayor Federico Pena, currently a western US campaign co-chair for Obama 2012, who "has been a partner at private equity firm Vestar Capital since 2000." The significance, of course, is that Romney's Bain Capital background is, in the words of the president, "part of the debate that weíre going to be having in this election campaign."
Obviously I have nothing against "vulture" capitalists, but let's debate: Is it unacceptable for a corporate turnaround artist to be president of the United States but perfectly fine if he just shills for some useful idiot to hold the office on his behalf?
Complete closes with this:
If the President intends to make this election about Romney's record at Bain, then Mr. PeŮa and James Kelley must come clean about layoffs at Del Monte, Solo Cup Company, and Birdseye foods. If not, Mr. PeŮa might not be available to stand on the campaign stage with the President at his next Colorado rally.
That is, unless the Dominant Liberal Establishment Mass Media says he can.
May 24, 2012
That's Gotta Sting.
Blog smackdowns are so childish. What are we in the third grade? I mean --
Tim Cavenaugh is murdering Andrew Sullivan! You'll want to read the whole thing> But my sense of fair play forces me to excerpt this for blog brother jg:
I'd like to take "soaring inflation" and "moribund economy" together: Sullivan posts two charts, one showing GDP growth averaging flat-or-flattish since 2007, and another showing inflation in every quarter except one. During that period, inflation has been a cumulative 10.97, according to a Koch-funded rightwing hate group called "the Bureau of Labor Statistics."
May 22, 2012
That crease is not looking as sharp
Dear David Brooks, can't spell R-U-B-E without YOU!
The NYTimes idea of a conservative famously thought the crease in then Senator Obama's trousers signified that he was ready for some Article II work. Curiously, I don't recall Hamiltion mentioning pressing in Federalist 69, although there were some superb trouser jokes in "The Rutles."
Brooks is discontented, though. It seems private equity and capitalism have done more for this great nation than its best dry cleaners have:
While American companies operate in radically different ways than they did 40 years ago, the sheltered, government-dominated sectors of the economy -- especially education, health care and the welfare state -- operate in astonishingly similar ways.
May 18, 2012
Another Reason to Drop NR
Quit for the Gay bashing, stay away for the general fuddyduddyness.
Rich Lowry is harshing the mellow on the day Zuckerberg's Friends & Family list made eleven cents a share!
Facebook has transformed oversharing from an annoying habit of the poorly socialized into the very stuff of daily interactions. No thought is too banal, no event too minor, no mood too passing, no photo too embarrassing to be posted on Facebook. One of the great self-regarding egotists of all time, the late author Norman Mailer, might have blanched at the unrelenting self-exposure of it.
For one, my Buffy sire Jonathan V Last owns this genre: hating social media is all things to him. Like Last, Lowry is entitled to his opinion. I'm not buying the stock, but I defend Facebook and Twitter from enemies foreign and domestic.
I know probably as many non-FB people as FB people (though in the swing states, they are trending toward Zuckerberg). The snobbishness of the anti crowd frequently surprises me. One relative slurps all this up on National Review and The Weekly Standard. "How can you be interested in what somebody's having for Lunch?" Well, I'm friends with your grand-daughter, she's vacationing in New York and she had lunch at ..." Still not interested?
I don't think it will eclipse the printing press, or fire, or Spanx® or anything, yet people on both sides take it too seriously. It's free, it keeps you in general contact with those whom you want at a closeness you dictate.
It is -- as a business -- vulnerable to fashion and does not deserve a P/E advantage over Apple or Google (I mentioned I wasn't buying...) Yet it enjoys a huge base, critical mass, and generally good branding to date. The deniers are missing something.
April 26, 2012
I got a comment early this morning on a year old post. Commenter "never_to_return" who probably does not check his email at email@example.com very often (I changed a few letters to protect his identity) questions my primacy in coining the term Status Quo-Bama.
I got excited, thinking we had finally found our own troll after nine years. But I don't know, it is difficult to gauge the commenter's intent.
April 14, 2012
William Jacobson -- like me -- enjoys intelligent dissent in ideas. But he points out that "It always ends badly." A heretofore polite left of center commenter finally lashes out:
It's too bad you're such a filthy liar, Professor. Who does pay you to lie for the GOP, and how much do you get paid?
I ask myself that every day. Where do I sign up? How much do I get? Is there Dental Insurance?
April 2, 2012
From the Pauline Kael files...
James Taranto brings a series of gobsmacked lefties, surprised that SCOTUS is taking the constitutionality of ObamaCare® seriously. This one was a jewel:
Chris Matthews, NBC: "Were you surprised that this was even a prospect? I was totally unprepared because of the way people talked. I never heard it discussed politically as a prospect, that they actually might get his [Obama] major achievement just ripped off the books. I have a broad section of friends and colleagues and not one of them saw this coming. Not my co-workers like Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Lawrence O'Donnell. My old boss Jimmy Carter? Not one of them thought the individual mandate could be ruled as anything but constitutional. I'm flabbergasted!"
Wow, seeking a diverse array of opinions, Matthews consults: "Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, and President Carter." He really did his homework
UPDATE: D'OH! Taranto and I fell for an April Fool's joke! ThreeSources apologizes for the lack of humor.
March 30, 2012
Gov Haley Story Not True
One of my favorite Governors is being trashed by a false rumor:
COLUMBIA -- The Internal Revenue Service determined last fall that an investigation of the Sikh Religious Society where Gov. Nikki Haley's parents are leaders was not warranted, according to a letter the IRS provided the Governor's Office Friday.
Clearly an example of anti-Sikh bigotry -- what century is this again? It couldn't be party affliation...
March 21, 2012
Who wants to start a website?
Provide your address and party registration, and we will look you up and provide a sample ballot for any upcoming elections, caucuses, or primaries. I think this part can all be done by interfacing with existing State websites.
Our value-add is to provide the digital equivalent of the old "League of Women Voters" booklets, linking to official campaign websites and providing a page to every candidate and side of a referendum that can be used to provide their "elevator talk." We could also embed YouTubes and podcasts of debates and forums.
I just filled out my Erie ballot: mayor, three trustees, and two ballot initiatives. As I've said on these pages, these votes will likely affect my life much more than my vote for Governor Romney or President Obama in November. Yet, I will spend years studying candidates and positions for national office. Where do I turn for local decisions?
The trustees do not run under party labels and do not have splashy campaign websites. I found a letter to the editor from one candidate who recommended a slate of three. As he stands behind the (überRepublican, I believe) Mayor, I am pretty confident. There is an odd ballot initiative I took a good guess on. But I would like to read a statement from each Trustee and hear both sides of the initiatives.
I suggest we fund it through advertising, but clearly delineate the paid portion from the news content. And, like credible media organizations, erect a "Chinese Wall" between revenue side and editorial. As we will not endorse candidates or anything, I don't see much room for impropriety -- though there could certainly be allegations and we need be careful to show fairness and transparency.
I think organizing as a non-profit would show good faith. It precludes us from selling out to Google for a billion bucks, but were we to grow into United-Way level salaries who cares? And it is a responsible, civic-minded enterprise to better the ideals of small-r republican government.
March 9, 2012
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
James Taranto has forcefully and eloquently taken on the ridiculous "fact checker" sections of media. All any of them are is an extra opportunity to add bias. Piling on is probably not worth the ones and zeros, but...I am almost in tears over today's WaPo "Fact Check."
It's a misstatement, so it gets the lightest sentence of "One Pinocchio." Fair enough, we all make mistakes. Asserting, in front of a cheering crowd, that the 20-26 year savings "over the life of the car" is annual savings seems like a large one, but I am all smiles and compassion today. The crowd was assured that there would be no math, but $8000 a year is $21.92 a day. What will you buy with your savings? If you bought five big SUVs, you could save $100 every day!
Okay, so I am more smiles than compassion. But assuming that is still a mono-pinocchial offense, the fact check goes on to show additional perfidy.
When Obama does say this talking point correctly, note the careful wording -- "$8,000 at the pump over time." He's talking about the savings on gasoline, the happy part of the story. But he has left out part of the total picture -- the costs of compliance with the new rules.
There's "a complicated method" to get to $8,000 fuel savings:
Is anybody else's b******t detector going off? Glenn Kessler -- who does this for a living -- is prepared to forgive every sin except multiplying by 26?
Read the article six times, and you'll encounter no suggestion that the President nor his policies are not saving a gorram dime for nobody. You choose to buy the car you buy (unless he gets a second term) and factor in the mileage as part of your decision.
How many will put off buying a new, more efficient vehicle because of the $6600 addition to the sticker price? (Hey, if he can use 2017-2025 figures, so can I!) That's a side of CAFE that gets way too little attention.
MAD Magazine had a "What's wrong with this picture?" spoof where there were obviously many things amiss. The answer was "The headline: This was supposed to be the 'What 1,000 things are wrong with this picture?' picture." In reverse, there are a thousand things wrong with the President's claim to be saving his unquestioning minions eight grand a year. Kessler finds one.
March 4, 2012
Love the blogosphere sometimes: Be Breitbart.
The greatest tribute to one of the fallen since Eric Clapton's guitar solo on "Holy Mother" (for The Band's Richard Manuel).
March 3, 2012
Time for a quick gloat. I watched Rush Limbaugh's TV show for a while in the mid 90's, but have stayed away ever since. I suggest that his bombast elevates his career more than the ideas he espouses. I file him away with Ann Coulter, with whom I sometimes agree but get very weary of defending.
Not being a listener, I heard about "Slut-gate"
Don Surber eloquently asks Rush to apologize, comparing the incident to David Letterman's harsh words to Bristol Palin.
I will pre-concede that the left does have their panties in a bunch (panties and slut -- our Google® rankings are headed north!) I can't accept this as Breitbartian courage. Any of his fans wish to offer a defense?
UPDATE: On the other hand...
March 2, 2012
Quote of the Day
This is not to say that Andrew [Breitbart] was beyond criticism. He made mistakes. He took full swings at some pitches he should have just let go. He overstated some things that needed to be said, and said some things that didn't need to be said at all. He was a human run-on sentence who showed deference to no punctuation mark save the exclamation point, a conservative Tasmanian Devil from the Bugs Bunny cartoons we both grew up on, whirling and whizzing through anything in his path. Giving him a dose of Ritalin to treat his hyperactivity would be like throwing a glass of water on a five-alarm fire. -- Jonah Goldberg
March 1, 2012
Great news! We have recruited another "brother" to ThreeSources. Bryan makes his debut today with a smart piece about the primary race.
For you set theory folks: not only does the blogger count increment, but the group "my economic betters" does as well. Bryan has an Economics degree from the University of Colorado. We'll drag him into lengthy discussions on monetary policy and central banking and -- oh NED, I do hope he has some ANNA NICOLE SMITH PHOTOS.
Welcome aboard, Brother Bryan!
February 29, 2012
jk Very Competitive in MLB Pitching
I have learned a great trick from CNN. To
Indeed, CNN host Soledad O'Brien said to guest Jack Welch, "But when I look at the corporate tax rates around the world, we have a little graphic of this, I'll throw it up. We see United States is at 35%, France is at 34%, Belgium at 33%, Spain at 30%, Japan at 30%, Mexico at 30%. It sounds like we're kind of competitive, right?"
So I have compiled this handy graphic. It seems as if I am among the five greatest pitchers in MLB history:
Numbers don't lie.
February 28, 2012
What's the matter with Minnesota?
The clever folks at the New York Times have discovered some grotesque hypocrisy among the Tea Party crowd. Only they have not.
It seems that Ki Gulbranson of Lindstrom, Minnesota is a Tea Partier.
He says that too many Americans lean on taxpayers rather than living within their means. He supports politicians who promise to cut government spending. In 2010, he printed T-shirts for the Tea Party campaign of a neighbor, Chip Cravaack, who ousted this region's long-serving Democratic congressman.
But the intrepid NYTimes reporters turn up his dirty little secret and it is their fiduciary duty as professional reporters to share it with paying subscribers:
Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. He has signed up his three school-age children to eat free breakfast and lunch at federal expense. And Medicare paid for his mother, 88, to have hip surgery twice.
Sorry, Mom, suffer -- I'm a Libertarian!
I have two large complaints with the article and one about the carb count of lo-carb tortillas. First, they lump in Social Security and Medicare, which are pretty much mandatory; Veteran's Benefits, which nobody has begrudged since President Cleveland; and Unemployment Insurance which is subsidized but considered by most a State program funded by premiums. So the Times is uncomfortable when Republicans oppose a program in which they are forced to participate.
Second, you can oppose a program and take the money. I closed on my refi last week (thanks, dagny!) I think it is insanely stupid and would have gladly chosen to cancel the program before it started. But I did not eschew participation or seriously consider it. Call me names but my mysterious $2500 credit on closing costs would not have gone to reduce the debt. If a snooty NYTimes reporter wants to write me up, he may -- just make sure I get a good photo.
The story is not lack of purity in the Tea Party. The story is, as Walter Russell Meade reports, that Huey Long was right: "If you aren't getting something for nothing, you aren't getting your fair share."
More and more Americans seem to be buying into that logic. According to this piece in the New York Times (with accompanying interactive map), the share of government benefits in personal income has doubled over the past four decades and now constitutes close to 18 percent of all personal income in America.
Liberty balances on a knife edge. I don't blame Ki Gulbranson.
February 20, 2012
Google never sleeps
Page-top banner ad from the Reason article about Nick Gilespie and Ann Coulter's fiscal/social conservative debate.
I Feel a Great Disturbance in the Force
As if thousands I follow suddenly spoke up and were silenced...
February 16, 2012
I love a good media bashing. But I hate a conspiracy theory. This internal dichotomy leaves me torn on George Stephanopoulos's grilling Governor Romney on contraception. I'm rent in frickken' twain, people.
Nah. I am going to defend Stephanopoulos.
ThreeSources fave, Paul Rahe, mentions it in a superb piece on l'Affair Abortificient
The decision appears to have been made before the New Hampshire primary. Otherwise, it would be hard to explain why, at the debate in New Hampshire in early January, George Stephanopoulos -- who pretends to be a journalist but is still obviously nothing more than a Democratic operative -- repeatedly pressed Mitt Romney to spell out where he stood on the question of contraception. Stephanopoulos' disgraceful performance, which drew boos and catcalls from the crowd, is an indication that Obama and at least some of his aides thought that they had something to gain by injecting this question into this year's campaign.
With all respect, Professor, I watched that debate and while it was stupid, I don't think it is otherwise inexplicable. I heard it in the context of Griswold v. Connecticut. Am I mad? I have heard several smart people assert that this was what Rahe claims. But the question was whether a State could outlaw contraception: the heart of Griswold.
It is a pretty serious accusation to take the other side. And, again, I love accusing Stephanopoulos. But I'd need to see more smoke in the gun.
February 15, 2012
Badge of Honor
The lovely bride found this on Facebook:
February 13, 2012
We should aim for inclusion on the
Anybody can make a typo or a small error, even the benighted Wall Street Journal.
They put the subhead for one story under the headline of another. I found it humorous:
I know, I should get out more...
February 8, 2012
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February 5, 2012
Don't Politicize the Super Bowl!
While you're waiting for kickoff, read Nick Gillespie's hilarious and somehow sweet column on American sports.
To be fair, it's not only the right that tries to claim certain games or even athletics writ large for its side. The Nation devoted a whole issue last year to sports, with the unappetizing subtitle, "Views from Left Field," and featuring such ripped-from-the-Comintern-headlines as "Class Struggle on the Court" and "Revolution on Eight Wheels: Roller Derby marries an underground vibe with the fun of athletic competition" (as if we needed another pinko take on roller derby after Raquel Welch's epic Kansas City Bomber, easily the agit-prop equal of anything Eisenstein churned out).
Better that the pre-game show -- guaranteed.
February 3, 2012
Colorado Weather Update
Non-Centennial-Staters may or may not have noticed, but a plan is afoot to gather a quorum of ThreeSourcers to attend a Weld County GOP event this Saturday. It will be the first corporeal meeting of many of us, and I have been looking forward to it.
Here is the first half of the 17" my area is predicted to accumulate. The very Gods themselves fear our confederacy!
February 1, 2012
Wow! That was Fast.
I certainly enjoyed the appreciation for innovation that shone ever so briefly in the wake of Steve Jobs's death.
Wasn't that awesome? Lefties, moderates, and wingnuts all celebrated the cool things Apple wrought, the prosperity, the freedom, the benefits to other industries like music. One corporation, it seemed, was -- dare one say -- cool. As the
Memo: Jobs's corpse is cold and Apple is no longer cool. Two NYTimes stories in a week reveal that anyone who appreciates the greedy corporate conglomerate was caught in Jobs's famous "Reality Distortion Field." As I mentioned, Paul Krugman led the charge last week. Apple didn't really create any jobs in the US (those Apple products unload, sell, and compose software themselves). Not like the GM bailout! Now that was a little-j jobs machine!
Today my niece (no, not that one -- I have nine) posts this NYTimes News story to Facebook, with the caption "Yikes. The hidden costs of our addiction to technology..."
In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers -- as well as dozens of other American industries -- have achieved a pace of innovation nearly unmatched in modern history.
Sweatshops! It's like Lochner v New York never happened over there.
I provided some gentle avuncular wisdom in this instance (that was actually pretty well received). But clearly the word is out. The shine is off AAPL.
January 30, 2012
Dad would be proud
One of the greatest concerts of my life was Arlo Guthrie up at Red Rocks. He is a gifted showman/storyteller who entertains with just the right amount of political bite. Nor am I at all certain his bite matches Papa Woody's doctrinaire Communism. All the jazz and blues greats I have been privileged to see, I remember Arlo Guthrie most vividly.
Submitted for your approval -- Arlo Guthrie "I'm Changing my Name to Fannie Mae:"
January 21, 2012
"When the Horse Dies, Dismount"
It's primary election day in South Carolina so I write this not to lobby for a candidate, but to defend his character and that of millions of men who, like him, experienced divorce from a wife.
This issue is a minefield of conflicting opinions and values but I think all would agree that people who divorce, more often than not, disagree on the root cause. As Taranto summarizes, Marianne told Brian Ross (with prompting) "Oh, he was asking to have an open marriage and I refused." Taken with her claim that he first asked for a divorce Taranto sees an important distinction:
In either case, there is an enormous difference between offering such an arrangement as a "compromise" to a spouse who does not wish to divorce, which is what Mr. Gingrich appears to have done, and flat-out asking for an open marriage.
This was my surmise even before reading of the details. "When she refused to divorce he probably said something like, 'What, do you just want to continue a marriage in name only?" He was determined not to be kept in servitude to a marriage that had died 12 years earlier. Taranto continues:
There is also evidence that the Gingriches' marriage had been troubled for years before the split. National Review's Robert Costa notes a 1999 Associated Press report on their separation, which revealed some background:
Documents related to the divorce filed Friday in Cobb County Superior Court include a separation agreement signed by the couple and notarized in December 1987. There is no indication it was ever filed.
There's no way to know who was at fault in the first separation, and while it is not in dispute that Mr. Gingrich committed adultery before the actual divorce, the 1987 story leads one to wonder if he was completely to blame for the ultimate breakup.
Newt and Marriane reportedly married in 1981 and just six years later, Marianne moved out taking everything but a television and a guest bed. In retrospect I'm sure Newt regrets not finalizing a legal split with his estranged wife in less than the 12 years it ultimately took, but only a bitter shrew would maintain that he owed any matrimonial duty to her during that time.
And what of the 6 years they were married? It's apparent to me it was a bad match from the beginning. If either is guilty of anything it is first and foremost poor judgment in marrying to begin with.
Now can we get back to the 100% of GDP national debt, economy-wrecking taxation and regulation, evisceration of our military and national security secrets and Euro-socialization of American society? By all accounts Newt, Mitt, Rick, Ron, Rick, Jon, Michele, Gary, Herman and Tim are all now happily married. Thank you very much.
January 19, 2012
He said, she said
Or did she? ABC News "Exclusive" shock headline: Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife Says is not supported by said ex-wife's words. At least not in the article that carries the headline.
The reader can be forgiven if he concludes that the "lacks moral character to be president" opinion belongs to ABC News, and not to Marianne Gingrich who "In her most provocative comments" ... "said Newt sought an "open marriage" arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife."
Yes, that's provocative. Don't see the words president, character, or moral. Read into straight news reports much ABC? I propose that ABC's claim in Marianne's own words would have been much more provocative than this.
January 17, 2012
Quote of the Day
(The audience sounded as if they did whiskey shots during the commercial breaks. Newt would begin, "Frankly, I believe that fundamental reform requires . . . " and then you would hear, "WHOOOOO! FRANKLY! FUNDAMENTALLY! WHOOOO!") -- Mark GeraghtyI'll add: no buzzers == best debate. Jeeburz, it might take a guy 45 seconds to explain his position on the peace of westphalia instead of 60. Other than Bret Baier whining about it, I thought it was perfect.
January 16, 2012
I did the screengrab just to capture it. In the "Why Are Obama's Critics So Dumb?" issue of Newsweek, ("Garsh! I dunno...") we are treated to an insightful piece about Senator Santorum's wife who, before she met his sweatervestness -- and I hope y'all are sitting down -- dated an abortion provider.
Hat-tip: Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) who reminds that Kerry's war record and Jeremiah Wright were out of bounds.
January 11, 2012
The cold dark heart of the Left.
David Corn in Mother Jones. Move on jk, nothing to see here...
Too late. Gov. Jon Huntsman says:
Well, an example would be that when given the first two years to lead out on the economy, he failed to do so. When given a chance to address Afghanistan--drawing down troops when we've done everything we can do--he has failed to do so. When he had an opportunity to embrace a bipartisan deficit spending proposal called Simpson-Bowles, it hit the garbage can. You get enough of these, and a kind of a pathology emerges here. People say, there's no more trust in the executive branch. There was an opportunity to lead, and it wasn't taken.
David Corn hears:
Was the former Utah governor calling Obama pathological--as in pathological liar (the common usage)? It sure seems close.
I take Corn's complaint as a blatant defamation of Huntsman's Mormonism. "Utah Governor!" Notice how he had to slip that in? And if you take every 19th character in the article, you get...
January 9, 2012
How many layers of tinfoil make a good hat?
Ask any young person and you'll be told that as you get older you (tend to) get more cynical. Perhaps it's a fair cop, guv. I think it is certain that one gets more skeptical - perhaps the gold prize is to acquire skepticism without cynicism.
Because there's a damned lot about which to be skeptical!
Andrew Ferguson has an awesome article in The Weekly Standard, lovingly titled "The Chump Effect."
Entire journalistic enterprises, whole books from cover to cover, would simply collapse into dust if even a smidgen of skepticism were summoned whenever we read that "scientists say" or "a new study finds" or "research shows" or "data suggest." Most such claims of social science, we would soon find, fall into one of three categories: the trivial, the dubious, or the flatly untrue.
I use the tinfoil hat title and mention cynicism because I am seriously concerned with both the frequency and amplitude of my heterodoxy. Even people who like me dismiss my thoughts on liberty because "he doesn't even believe in global warming!" I only tell my closest friends -- and the Internet -- that I don't believe oil comes from dead dinosaurs. I scoff at the Keynesian multiplier, Hegelian didactics, almost everything I see on teevee news, and now -- thanks to Gary Taubes -- all that is holy and sacred in dietary advice.
If you're on Facebook and have one friend who is not in Club for Growth, you've probably seen a picture of a woman who, 99% style, holds up a handwritten note with her life story. She is 34, doesn't get heath insurance at work, and now has cancer. Thanks to President Obama and the Affordable Crappy Care Act®, she is able to sign up for insurance. Ain't life grand.
My brother and two of my friends have posted this. I have made comments about right to contract, the blessings of liberty, and the suggestion that we could help people without outlawing insurance and redesigning 16% of the economy (obviously I want this poor woman to die of cancer). After all the democratic imposters over the years whose tearful plights have withered under scrutiny, I wonder a) if the woman has any health problems at all; b) what things did a working, 34-year-old prioritize over health insurance; and c) what is this job and how much does she make?
Two layers of tinfoil make a pretty nice capacitor -- you could charge your iPod from the government's rays.
January 4, 2012
Headline of the Day
Beware the frappucinos of hate.-- Instapundit
December 27, 2011
The End of a Great Blog
I thank those of you who have enjoyed this blog. I fear it may never be the same as I plan to mention Kim Kardashian. There. I did it. Turn out the lights.
One hears of Ms. K all the time, but I prided myself on the little piece of snobbery that I did not know who she was. A month ago, I saw an attractive exotic figure on a magazine cover and inquired "who's that?" Virginity ends so abruptly sometimes...
Bill McGurn sullies the WSJ Ed Page by discussing the pop icon under the rubric of taxation. Some Golden-staters are ready to forgive her promiscuity -- but not her profitability:
The organization is called Courage Campaign and its website reveals it to be a California mťlange of activist groups and labor unions. In a video that presents Ms. Kardashian in some of her more conspicuously consumptive moments, Courage Campaign claims that while Ms. Kardashian made more than $12 million in 2010, she paid only one percentage point more in taxes (10.3%) than a middle-class Californian (9.3%).
I'm not posting a photo (the WSJ's is modest and not especially flattering), but I am linking. Because, yesterday's announcement that good looks were as valuable as a college degree clearly shows that it is time to institute the hotness tax. Clearly, Kim and I will have to pay our share based on the additional abundance our winsomeness has provided. It's a fair cop, guv.
December 20, 2011
The Other Side to the Story.
Lest we be tagged unfair, here is the pro-totalitarian side of the story. From The Guardian, of course:
Václav Havel: another side to the story: The Czech leader was a brave man, but the voices of those who lost out after communism's demise are seldom heard
Boo freakin' hooo! Leave it to the folks at The Guardian to long for the equality of Soviet Czechoslovakia.
co-Hat-tip: @JimPethokoukis and @radleybalko
December 19, 2011
Professor Reynolds totally scooped me on the fancy East Tennessee cheeses thing. I was gong to do a nice write-up and BANG! he's already got it.
December 17, 2011
Jim Treacher institutes a caption contest for the Obama's Christmas Photo. (And starts it off with the humorous "But I do think, at a certain point, you've got enough presents.")
But I think it is a charming picture and will set aside my fulsome disagreement with all of the President's economic policies to salute his darling children and revel that my life has seen the progress from segregated drinking fountains to an African American President. Yes, I wish it had been Secretary Rice, but Merry Christmas.
Giants Walked the Earth
Christopher Hitchens was one of -- if not the -- last element in the set intersection of journalist and public intellectual. He embraced ideas of the left and offered me the most sincere and rational challenges to my beliefs that I have encountered. He did a great book with The Weekly Standard's Chris Caldwell: Left Hooks, Right Crosses. Each submitted a dozen or so favorite articles or papers which captured or reinforced his beliefs and wrote an introduction. His half of this compilation and his Letters to a Young Contrarian represent the most logical (if still unconvincing) arguments for left wing ideas I have ever encountered.
Of course, my introduction to Hitch was his magisterial No One Left to Lie To, which perhaps wins the award for greatest title ever
He crossed the road so frequently to become an object of true affection for those on the right. Reading The Long Short War or No One Left lead many to claim him for our side. Jonah Goldberg pens an awesome G-File today, comparing Hitch to Whittaker Chambers. Jonah brushes with claiming Hitchens.
I first got the idea that Hitchens might be a man of the Right after watching him on C-Span discussing the Odyssey. He was on with, among others, Jody Bottum and a left-wing female academic who (at least as far as I remember it) had little to offer other than blah-blah-blah-white-males-blah-blah (I'm paraphrasing). Hitchens had no use for the woman and really had nothing to say to her. Meanwhile, he could have a real argument with Bottum because they could at least agree that the text matters and that indictments of the heterosexist norms of the Pale Penis People were not that interesting. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that Hitch -- who believed in the importance of Western Civilization (he said he'd rather defend Western Civilization than denounce John Ashcroft), gloried in the splendor of the Canon, admired other cultures but rejected utterly the asininity of multicultural leveling -- was certainly not a man of the contemporary Left, or maybe not of the Left at all
If you do not subscribe to Jonah's letter you are mad, but let me know and I will forward this superb column to you.
Beyond polemics and his evangelical atheism, his brief biography of Thomas Jefferson, books on Henry Kissinger and Mother Theresa, and Why Orwell Matters deserve a serious place in scholarship.
Hitch was a man of reason, a man of western enlightenment, and a man of great intellectual and physical courage. At the suggestion of a Facebook friend, we toasted his Hitchness at 7:00 last night. I don't think he'd appreciate a "requiescat in pace" so Cheers, Hitch!
December 14, 2011
War on Christmas!
Bill O'Reilly, call your office!
December 8, 2011
Welcome to the Blogroll!
A superb find of blog brother jg. Please feel free to email or comment with blogroll suggestions -- the current list seems dated.
December 6, 2011
Hooray for the Forces of Light!
But if the Trump brand is a net negative in the Granite State, snubbing Mr. Trump could get candidates fired by Iowa caucus-goers. Mr. Trump has a small contingent of populist supporters in the tea party who are drawn to his anti-Obama, anti-China, anti-immigrant rhetoric. Mr. Gingrich and Ms. Bachmann are vigorously courting these voters in Iowa. Now that Mr. Gingrich has accepted the debate invitation, Mr. Romney and Ms. Bachmann might feel compelled to follow suit. Let's hope not.
The Epidemic of Sexting!
I salute blog brother's efforts to expose the idiocy and bias of The Denver Post in his The World According to DP series.
I have been tempted to establish a regular feature on the cluelessness of the FOX31 morning show, Good Day Colorado. I suspect very little actual bias on that program, even though all the errors tend to go one way. I am far more concerned about a lack of curiosity, or even a keen interest in truth. They are just doing a show, and if they tell you Thursday that potatoes will kill you and tell you Tuesday that a new study shows Potatoes to be the cure to Cancer -- I don't think anybody there really cares.
A day seared into my memory is a day they did three stories in a row. I turned to the lovely bride and said "the last three stories were all complete falsehoods. They just did three stories and I don't believe any."
Falsehood is a big word. Ignoring any real context, you could defend all three stories. Yet each has been shown incongruous to the attention and tone used in the story. Here they are:
1) Runaway Toyotas! Hide the children, there are Toyota's out there!
2) Unbundling bag fees. The first airline (Jet Blue?) dropped its fares $20 and added a $20 bag fee. Channel 31 sent a reporter to DIA who all but cried in the camera "What about a young Mom travelling with kids, that could be $60 for three!" You can say that they were right and the community at large has not accepted unbundling, but the savings offered a light traveler were not discussed. Economists booed.
3) I had to wait months for this one, but the first story was "the epidemic of sexting!" Your kids can't even answer their phones 'cause they're all so full of the friends' genitalia! I'm not saying it never happens, or that kids should be lax about sharing, but this was one of those "for God's sake, stay home and lock yourselves in your room!" stories they love. The NY Times (HT: Taranto) suggests it might not have reached pandemic proportions.
One in 10 children ages 10 to 17 has used a cellphone to send or receive sexually suggestive images, but only 1 in 100 has sent images considered graphic enough to violate child pornography laws, a new study found.
Kids behaving stupidly, anybody? I don't want to condone bad behavior, but I fear it might lead young ones to take their eyes off real danger. Like Toyotas...
December 3, 2011
Word® Doesn't Get Me
November 21, 2011
All Hail Taranto!
November 11, 2011
Blog friend Sugarchuck and I use that endearing sobriquet for the WSJ's Peggy Noonan, whom we have both followed through significant ups and downs. I don't think her writing chops ever dimmed, but her thinking chops did. She is so ensconced in the elite Westside Manhattan and Washington Axis, she became deracinated from reality.
But she pens a beaut today on the GOP debates. Brother JG will be happy to see she starts out taking his side in the "strongest steel forged by the hottest fire" theory. She notices one guy who is not going to face a grilling between Novembers:
One of the people in the debate was bombastic to the point of manic, and another was more pointedly aggressive than her usual poised and beautiful self. But enough about Jim Cramer and Maria Bartiromo. It was a revealing debate. It would be wonderful to see President Obama grilled as the Republicans were Wednesday night in Michigan. What exactly will you cut in the entitlement programs? How will you solve the foreclosure crisis? And we'd like you to answer in 30 seconds while we look at you with the sweet-natured gaze of a cop at a crime scene.
What style that woman has. Though she has generally kind words about each candidate, she ends with a sober and pragmatic warning. Republicans must keep moderates in mind. I don't accept that that means abandoning philosophy, but it is a reminder to see candidates as swing voters see them.
But this is a time to be sober. The voting begins in 7-1/2 weeks. We're picking a president now, right now, every day as we make our decisions.
Kim Strassel, on the same page, points out signs of substantive Democratic weakness in Virginia's results. But weakness in the GOP field will make it hard to capitalize.
November 10, 2011
Putting Gov. Perry's Gaffe into Perspective
We all make mistakes!
WARNING: Totally inappropriate audio for work or near any decent, thinking people.
UPDATE: I am removing the embed. You can click through if you'd like to see it, but it is quite offensive and I doubt its veracity.
October 24, 2011
Big Time Bill, Big Time!
(I predict only Sugarchuck could possibly get the title allusion).
Our humble little blog starts out the week with a link from The Sage of Knoxville.
It was Sunday night just before midnight and to a post of no consequence -- but jg's comment was good!
October 19, 2011
Do We Have a Pulse?
I'd say it is a serious testament to the overexposure of GOP debates that a bunch of junkies like us don't even bother commenting on them anymore.
Last night's was pretty grizzly. It made me start to dislike several of the candidates. Maybe in the Lone Star State Gov. Perry comes across "tough" but I found him unlikable. The guy who couldn't land a punch on Romney as a flip-flopper suddenly is tenacious on his lawn help?
Rep. Bachmann "Every house in foreclosure has a WOMAN in it: a MOM a WIFE"
Sen. Santorum can't imagine not subsidizing reproduction.
A long evening.
October 17, 2011
Headline of the Day
October 12, 2011
Should've had the ThreeSources GOP Debate
We have as many viewers. Hell, we could have lined them up in front of the fireplace at le condo d'amour and peppered them with questions, cutting to Keith and AlexC on YouTube. Woulda been great.
As brother jg and I see both seem to be passing along others' tweets, I am guessing I was not the only one to miss last night's debate. All my tweeps seem convinced that he has the skills to take on President Obama.
I've no good reason to abandon @THEHermanCain and suspect it will boil down to a Romney and a not Romney. As long as THE Herman Cain is in it, put me down for "not Romney." In the end, I'll fall into line. I suppose.
October 11, 2011
Headline of the Day
"Stoner arrested for alleged possession of marijuana"
Save you the click:
Daniel Stoner, 26, was arrested early Friday for possession of cocaine and marijuana.
October 5, 2011
jk Defends Rep. Bachmann
Against a common enemy of the Washington Post, we must put aside our differences and stand as one. The WaPo afternoon politics mailer (which really is pretty good, and free) shouts:
Oh my, oh dearie me, what has our brunette of the lakes done to disgrace us now? Thinks me. But if you click through (only 30 second clip), I think you could call it a joke or -- at worst -- some hard edged political persiflage.
Paging the WaPo: a sense of humor was found in the parking lot; please claim it at the front desk.
October 3, 2011
My client will not be bullied out of exercising his First Amendment right to make clear his belief that your client is a spoiled, brainless twit who is cheapening the political discourse in this country. Therefore, henceforth, the "Totally Meghan McCain" series may be found at http://pajamasmedia.com for your client's reading pleasure.
You rilly gotta read the whole thing.
September 28, 2011
You Will Respect Thomas Friedman's Autoritah!
Matt Welch sees disturbing Friedman trends continued in the Times Editorialist's new book.
Let;s see, the exaltation of "authority" and "national unity" and "sacrifice" over the messy independence of individuals...isn't there a word for that?
September 21, 2011
Fact Checking the Fact Checker
So, who is stuck in a time warp? Does Kessler not know what has happened during the last 20 years? Does he not understand that the Oslo Accords collapsed under the violent weight of the Second Intifada? Does he really believe that a letter written by the deceased head of a defunct organization in 1993, answers for all time the question whether Palestinians and their leaders actually accept the existence of Israel as an independent nation, let alone a Jewish state?
Great piece. Hinderaker rebuts every item in the slanted piece and awards "four pinocchios" at the end. Superb.
September 19, 2011
I shouldn't click. I have learned not to read Peggy Noonan and it has done wonders for my disposition.
Someday, I will do the same with the WaPo Fact Checker. But today, it is too late. Mr. Glenn Kessler sees fit to lecture Gov. Rick Perry for "newbie" mistakes, charitably pointing out "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has its own diplomatic code, and it takes time and effort to understand it."
The offending, two Pinocchio quote?
I certainly have some concerns. The first step in any peaceful negotiation for a two-state solution for the Palestinians is to recognize the right of Israel's existence. They have to denounce terrorism in both word and deed. And they have to sit down and negotiate with Israel directly. Anything short of that is a non-starter in my opinion."
LIAR! Kessler provides a letter from Nobel Laureate Yasser Arafat to prove that things are hunky-dory between the Jews and Palestinians:
"The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security," the letter from Arafat said. "The PLO commits itself to the Middle East peace process, and to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two sides and declares that all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations. Ö Accordingly, the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators."
Israel received a promise from Arafat in 1996. Still Governor Perry things there is some problem. What a loser.
September 14, 2011
Who Ya Gonna Call?
This may only be funny to current and ex Colorado folk. But Tom Martino, or "Troubleshooter Tom Martino" has been a fixture on Denver TV and radio since I was a kid. He's the tough guy consumer reporter, keeping business honest and sticking up for the little guy and bla, bla, bla...
I was intrigued that he lately expanded from general business bashing to product endorsements. It seemed to undercut his credibility -- for the remaining 100 viewers who think a consumer reporter has credibility, at least. But now, I see he needed the cash:
Denver TV and radio personality and businessman Tom Martino has filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy protection, claiming assets of $1.37 million and liabilities of $78.6 million.
It's a small man who laughs at the misfortune of others but HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!
Slate Adds to the Intellectual Debate
September 12, 2011
Quote of the Day
Pragmatism. Perceptive writers like David Brooks of the New York Times told us in 2008 that Obama was basically a pragmatist, a slave to no ideology but simply a student of what works. Brooks was apparently impressed by Obama's mention of Edmund Burke and the sharp crease in his pants. -- Michael Barone
September 5, 2011
Reagan for kids (especially the 18-year olds)
This post legitimately spans multiple categories. I don't recall it being discussed here when it was first released, last May I believe, so I'll immortalize it in the 3Srcs/EatOurPeas archives now.
For the youth of America who don't remember the economic resurgence that came about under the policies of President Ronald Reagan Mike Huckabee offers a new animated American History series to give them the pro-America version of events they may or may not have ever heard of. Here's a clip from the Reagan Revolution episode.
Mike Huckabee calls it an unbiased telling of history, while those more inclined to a politically-correct worldview see the religion boogeyman as they quote from the video's website: "We recognize and celebrate faith, religion and the role of God in America's founding and making our country the greatest place on Earth," the site reads.
I had attributed this reflexive anti-religion attitude to a majority of the one-third of American voters who are unaffiliated with a party but I'm ready to concede it may be yet another form of extremism that's been made to appear mainstream by the Dominant Liberal Establishment Mass Media. In defense of his product Huckabee claims that, "Ninety-one percent of liberals who were shown the videos said they not only learned something they would buy them for their kids."
August 26, 2011
And don't even get me started on Joe Biden. He could show up at a Russian state funeral in a Speedo and pith helmet, singing the Alvin and the Chipmunks B-sides, and NBC's Andrea Mitchell would lead with the disturbing reports that Sarah Palin quoted Biden inaccurately on her Twitter account. -- Jonah Goldberg
August 22, 2011
Great News for T-Paw!
If the house is bigger, he is going to have a lot less grass to mow!
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is planning to nearly quadruple the size of his $12 million California beachfront mansion.
And yet, I categorize this not under immigrant labor, or 2012, but "Media and Blogging." I suggest that this is of more interest to the media than Barack & Michelle's Excellent Martha's Vineyard Vacation.
It may be a better story, but I laugh that I read on wingnut blogs all day that the optics are bad and that American's are going to seethe when they see these photos. But I don't think any American's are going to see the photos or know it is happening unless they read HotAir -- and those people are probably not the President's base.
August 17, 2011
Who writes this stuff?
A local story is a Headline of the Day nominee: Parker dog may be totaled by insurance company
Read more: Parker dog may be totaled by insurance company - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18691337?obref=obnetwork#ixzz1VJPY6dH3
OK, they're talking about a business in Parker (Denver suburb) called "The Dog" thinks me. Nope.
A Parker woman was devastated when her dog was hit by a minivan last week and the driver's insurance company told her they'd pay for one or two trips to the vet and would then total out her dog.
This story is proof that new hiring is taking place in the newspaper business. He's sorry "because he also has a dog?"
[Since I excerpted the entire story I figured I'd better leave the automatically inserted crumb trail text in place for copyright purposes. Readers will kindly advise whether or not it is helpful.]
August 11, 2011
All Hail Harsanyi!
Jacob Weisberg of Slate wrote that because of "intellectual primitives" on the right, "compromise is dead" and "there's no point trying to explain complicated matters to the American people. The president has tried reasonableness and he has failed."
Whole great read thing must.
August 10, 2011
Word of the Day
Word of the Day honors must go to Blog Meister JK for his use of "usufruct" in a recent post. The Refugee will confess his total ignorance of the term, but do so in Obamian fashion. That is, he'll blame somebody else: his public school education. The Refugee assumed that it has something to do with a sweetener, such as "high usufructose corn syrup." But no.
Usufruct (n): the legal right of using and enjoying the fruits or profits of something belonging to another
Perhaps using in a sentence will help:
Barney Frank uses his position in Congress to usufruct the nation.
Oh, wait, that's using it as a verb...
August 8, 2011
How to Speak Democrat
Michael Barone writes a piece today titled, "Americans want the right to "Earned Success," no doubt a title that will be hailed by blog brother JG. That, however, is not the subject of this post. Rather, Barone has this beauty of a quip:
They [voters] may favor "investment in education" until they figure out that it actually means political payoffs to teachers' unions.
That got The Refugee thinking that a dictionary of "How to Speak Democrat" might be highly useful to the electorate. For example, we're all familiar with the "How to Speak Realtor" in which "cute cottage" actually means "This place is smaller than a postage stamp," and "equity opportunity" actually means "You'll spend every free moment and extra dime over the next five years fixing all the problems in this place."
In the spirit of public service, The Refugee would like to start "How to Speak Democrat" with a few definitions:
"Let me be clear" actually means, "I'm about to lie through my teeth."
The Refugee invites all Three Sourcers to contribute to this effort. We will split the royalties equally.
Hat tip: RealClearPolitics.com
August 7, 2011
All My Favorite FOX News Shows Cancelled
Man! You'd think an attractive white woman was missing somewhere! FOXNews did the full 24-hour cable press yesterday, dragging Neil Cavuto over from FOX Business Network for a full day jabbering about the S&P downgrade.
I like Cavuto (a fellow MS sufferer) and the discussions were generally moderate. But the presence of "special coverage" and special artwork added extra strum and drang. It struck me as odd that The [Wall Street] Journal Editorial Report was cancelled. I'm not sure they tape in time to address the downgrade but I could not help thinking "Yeah, who'd want to hear what those guys say?"
I oscillate (F= kx) between two thoughts. One pole is Brother br's hope that a third-party opinion will spur seriousness. Okay, Dad's pissed, we'd better cut spending and go to bed. But I cannot help but think we are overempowering the guys who, again, picked the Lions to win the super Bowl the last twelve years. If -- and it is no longshot -- the good people at Standard & Poor's tell the US Congress to raise taxes, that will not be a blow for liberty.
A day's extra coverage because The Bailiwick of Guernsey 's bonds are better rated than T-bills might be a little over the top even for FOX.
We can only hope a woman comes up missing soon (blog friend sc surmises that they're all locked in Greta Van Susteren's basement).
August 5, 2011
Here's your Internet persona when you click Instapundit Amazon Links:
Just a guy who likes to sit at home with his clown nose on, making rude lissajous figures on his scope...
August 3, 2011
Other Than That, The Story Was Accurate
At Last, the Other Side of the Story is Told
Contradicting the mainstream media narrative that the Tea Party is a new populist movement that formed spontaneously in reaction to government bailouts or the Obama administration, the facts show that the Tea Party in Congress is merely the familiar old neo-Confederate Southern right under a new label. The threat of Southern Tea Party representatives and their sidekicks from the Midwest and elsewhere to destroy America's credit rating unless the federal government agrees to enact Dixie's economic agenda of preserving defense spending while slashing entitlements is simply the latest act of aggression by the Solid South.Yup, the mainstream media has been covering for the Tea Party for too long. But Michael Lind is ready to blow the whistle in some critically important original reporting. It seems a lot of Tea Party participation is in the South. And Lind finds some White supremacist groups in the South (who favour British spelling). Need I continue? Ad ergo procter helicopter eggo!
The fact that Tea Party conservatism speaks with a pronounced Southern drawl may have escaped the attention of the mainstream media, but it is obvious to members of Congress who have to try to work with these disproportionately-Southern fanatics. One is Rep. Loretta Sanchez of California. As a guest on a radio show, she mocked the Southern accent of the typical congressional Tea Party caucus member:No doubt Lind would be amused beyond urinary continence had a Southern Representative mocked Rep. Sanchez's ordering a plate of tortillas and menudo at the Capitol Cafeteria.
Hat-tip: Blog friend Sugarchuck, who includes some delightful barnyard invective I should have included.
July 29, 2011
Headline of the Day
From today's Denver Post sports section, regarding the signing of Bronco rookie offensive tackle Orlando Franklin for $4.361 million:
"Franklin due some Benjamins"
OK, it's got nothing to do with politics, but it's downright clever.
July 27, 2011
A Troubling Storyline, Indeed.
STOP THE PRESSES!!! Who cares about the debt ceiling? There's bad news out for a former Governor of Alaska!!!!!
A box office star Sarah Palin isn't.
I had no idea things were this bad. At least the family has their faith to fall back on.
No word yet on box-office results from the Chris Cillizza Biopic "The WaPo Wrangler." But if the writing was not smarmy enough for you, or of the words are too big, click on through to have Chris himself read it to you between a couple of commercials. It's very...ummm...what's the word I'm looking for...
July 24, 2011
"Only Democrats can protect you from GOP extremists"
...or so the press would have us believe.
The internets are buzzing over the bombing and mass shooting in Norway that has now been confessed to by suspect Anders Behring Breivik. In a hysteria that surpasses that which surrounded the Jared Loughner murders, establishment media and left-wing bloggers are pouncing on the "facts" of this case for they appear to finally "prove" that TEA Partiers and other "right-wing extremists" are a threat to polite society.
The first print report I read was from MSNBC.com. "...police say suspect was right-wing Christian fundamentalist" reads the sub-head.
Breivik had belonged to an anti-immigration party and wrote blogs attacking multi-culturalism and Islam, but police said he had been unknown to them and that his Internet activity traced so far included no calls for violence.
The warning to mistrust and beware of peaceful bloggers or anyone else who criticize illegal immigration, identity politics and any aspect of muslim political belief wears no veil whatsoever. Extra credit if said advocate happens to be Christian, or "right-wing."
Think I'm making this up? Think I'm overly sensitive or pointing out bogeymen? The same MSNBC article ends with a one-sentence paragraph:
So, you may be wondering, how do the press conclude that this nutjob is a "right-winger?" Partially from deputy police chief Roger Andresen's heavily modified quote:
"We have no more information than ... what has been found on (his) own websites, which is that is goes toward the right (wing) and that it is, so to speak, Christian fundamentalist." [Emphasis mine.]
But there is other evidence. The original MSNBC story hyperlinks a companion piece under the words "A 1,500-page manifesto emerged" wherein further detail is provided on the killer's "right-wing" and "anti-immigration" identity. The "right-wing zealot" "who liked guns and weight-lifting" was reportedly a member of Norway's Progress Party for a short time. While there's nothing cut-and-dry about European multi-party government the Progress Party is clearly not "right-wing Christian fundamentalist" as is being reported. The second largest party in Norway, it is a "conservative liberal" party, not to be confused with a liberal conservative party. My head spun with the various contradictory explanations and descriptions, but the most persuasive evidence to me about what ideas the European "Progress Party" holds came from the list of current conservative liberal parties around the world:
Andorra: Liberal Party of Andorra
While not completely judging these folks by their titles they certainly don't carry any suggestion of individual rights or a limited, Republican form of government. Like Loughner and McVeigh before him, Breivik's anti-social extremism appears to emanate not from a profound respect for individual rights and limited government, but from the very cultural-identity politics, pitting the supposed interests of various groups against the others, so masterfully practiced on the left. But then the establishment media in the United States (and elsewhere) has indisputedly become quite cavalier when it comes to factual content in its journalistic product.
July 22, 2011
The Dad Life
Can we have a little fun here? I got this in a (I think) hilarious e-card from dagny's sister for Father's Day. I've shared the link via email with a few friends over the past weeks but wasn't sure if I should post it for fear of copyright infringment. Come to learn that the card company stole it too - from a place called COTM*. So here's the Youtube. My kids and I have almost all of it memorized after "dozens and dozens" of plays.
* COTM is Church On The Move. A hip little modern ministry out of Tulsa, OK. Good for them, although I had to start skipping ahead when they said "being a real dad is about self-sacrifice, it's about putting the people that we love first and taking care of them" and then some song about sinners. [If you do it for your own satisfaction then it isn't sacrifice. If you don't get satisfaction from putting your family first then don't become a dad.] Awesome vid though.
July 19, 2011
NYTimes Rebuked by ... NYTimes
Jon Entine at The American, gives props to the NYTimes ombudsman:
The New York Times' public editor, Arthur Brisbane, weighed in on the much-criticized reporting on natural gas by Ian Urbina, issuing a sharp rebuke of the staff's reporting and editing.
I agree that "Thankfully it has the integrity to wash its dirty laundry in public." But I fear that the retraction will not create the buzz that the original piece did. Entine describes:
The Urbina "the sky-is-falling" express went off the rails completely on June 25 and 26 with two front-page stories asserting that shale gas reserves are being hyped by the natural gas industry. Urbina and the sources he quoted suggested parallels to Ponzi schemes, Enron, and the housing bubble.
I was pretty surprised by the original piece. Yes, it was the Times, but this was a serious anti-fracking hit piece on the News pages -- maybe I was in the tank for Big Gas after all. It successfully instilled doubt.
That's what I get for believing the New York Times.
July 16, 2011
Charles M. Blow of the NYTimes Meets Some Real People who Work
A great friend of this blog sends this link to ensure I don't miss this inspiring story of humans who perspire as part of their employment.
Last week I spent a few days in the Deep South -- a thousand miles from the moneyed canyons of Manhattan and the prattle of Washington politics -- talking to everyday people, blue-collar workers, people not trying to win the future so much as survive the present.
Jesus, Charles! I hope you got all your shots first!
They are women whose skin glistens from steam and sweat, whose hands stay damp from being dipped in buckets and dried on aprons. They are men who work in boots with steel toes, the kind that don't take shining, the kind that lean over and tell stories when you take them off.
Don't I know it, man. I, myself, wrote a particularly tricky recursive Java method just last week...
You will want the whole thing to read. As blog friend summarizes: "I've just come back from the most amazing journey where I was able to see working fellows. We were able to get right out of the car and talk to some of them. It reminded me of that Whitman stuff we used to have to read. Quite charming, but you wouldn't want to live there."
UPDATE: Taranto calls it Charles Blow's Wild Kingdom:
Blow concludes that "Washington could learn a lot about backbone from listening to them." He's seriously trying to be a populist! Instead, he ends up sounding like the narrator of a nature show describing some exotic fauna.
July 14, 2011
Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
I'm just borrowing Taranto's line, I'll wager NewsCorp's deductions that he'll use it as well:
Rupert Murdochís News Corp did not get a $4.8 billion tax refund for the past four years, as I reported. Instead, it paid that much in cash for corporate income taxes for the years 2007 through 2010 while earning pre-tax profits of $10.4 billion.
More at TaxProf, who ruined David Cay Johnston's first day at Reuters by pointing out this wee little error.
UPDATE: 1 out of 1 for the day:
July 12, 2011
Imagine Whirled Peas...
Did I mention I don't really care for green?
You Don't Have to Like It
You don't have to like it, you just have to eat it. This blog is eatourpeas.com until it is no longer even slightly amusing...
July 11, 2011
Should've Called my Sponsor
But I am now the proud owner of eatourpeas.com. Our motto:
"It's not going to get easier, it's going to get harder. So we might as well do it now; pull off the Band-aid, eat our peas," Obama said at a White House news conference. -- LATimes
UPDATE: Open to suggestions, but I was thinking I might aggregate all the posts in the "Obama Administration Category," and give it a nice green header logo.
July 5, 2011
Almost as if There were a Double Standard
A. Barton Hinkle at Reason may have found some inconsistency in the reporting between anti-government and pro-government protests. I know, I was dismissive at first, too. But hear him out:
Boy, those sure have been some mighty peaceful protests against government budget cuts in Greece, haven't they? You bet they have--at least if you ignore the rock-throwing, fire-setting, window-smashing, and blood-spilling.
Do you want me to continue commenting here? Do I need to?
June 29, 2011
All Hail Taranto
So, Just to get Things Straight
June 27, 2011
Admitting you have a domain name problem is the first step...
Y'all Can Think What You Want
Ed Driscoll finds this a real "gotcha" moment. NYTimes Columnist David Carr says "If it's Kansas, Missouri, no big deal. You know, that's the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. The middle places, right? ...Did I just say that aloud?"
But I watched it and thought "people really watch this crap?" It's less than a minute and I wanted to change stations.
June 22, 2011
BEST PA Conservative Blog
We've seen this crew at conservative events across the state, and they do a darn good job amalgamating conservative news and opinions from around PA. The blog is especially on target with GOP insider goings on in SEPA.
June 15, 2011
Does. Not. Quite. Grasp. Concept.
Lori Montgomery at the WaPo is enjoying this too much:
A majority of Senate Republicans appeared to break Tuesday with two decades of GOP orthodoxy against higher taxes, voting to advance a plan to abruptly cancel billions of dollars in annual tax credits for ethanol blenders.
I know Grover Norquist has -- regrettably -- held their feet to the fire on this. But outside his office, ADM, and the State of Iowa, I don't think you'll hear one Republican upset with the 34.
UPDATE: IBD is not real happy with the other 13.
Subsidies: How is it that the party loudly proclaiming how the government shouldn't "pick winners and losers" could only manage to get 34 senators to oppose one of the most egregious examples of federal industrial policy?
June 13, 2011
Sarah Palin Sarah Palin Sarah Palin Sarah Palin Sarah Palin
John Fund may have found a tiny discrepancy in media treatment. Governor Palin's emails attracted quite a bit of interest for an ex-VP candidate (do we get all of Senator John Edwards's?)
But the buildup to their release was treated like the prelude to the release of the Pentagon Papers. David Corn of Mother Jones salivated at the prospect of what might be in the 24,199 pages being released. "I have a reporter in Juneau who will grab our set of documents and scan the docs for us in the DC bureau," he wrote. "I and the eight reporters in my bureau will then pore over these pages. Mother Jones, msnbc.com, and ProPublica will be putting up a searchable online database--very quickly--which will allow everybody (other reporters, readers, and GOP opposition researchers) to join in."
A blogger I had not read before referred to the exercise as "panty sniffing." I thought it apt and would link, but I will not Google "Sarah Palin Panty Sniffing." Sorry, I will do a lot for my esteemed and selective readership, but everybody has some limit, somewhere.
June 3, 2011
PBS as Public Menace
CATO's David Boaz suggests "The main point [about PBS] isn't the money, it's the separation of news and state. If anything should be kept separate from government and politics, it's the news and public-affairs programming that informs Americans about government and its policies."
PBS used to ask, "If not PBS, then who?" The answer now is: HBO, Bravo, Discovery, History, History International, Science, Planet Green, Sundance, Military, C-SPAN 1/2/3 and many more.
They boast that they only get 15% of their funding from taxpayers. I suspect that is reduced by some accounting alchemy (extra credit: in what way is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting a private company?) But, like Boaz, I'll take them at their word.
Good -- they can absorb the loss.
May 31, 2011
Reason == Rubes
I have emailed Professor Reynolds a time or two, asking why he had never hurled "the R-word" toward our pals at Reason magazine. They were pretty deep in the tank, thanks to their (again deserved) antipathy toward Senator McCain. But I never suspected the cause of liberty was served by electing President Barack Obama.
I am pretty certain this is the first time:
THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE'D SEE THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY EXPAND: And they were right! "Civil libertarians once looked to this president to right the constitutional balance. But what Obama has wrought is the same old 'Terror Presidency' with new rhetoric." You were expecting a Chicago machine politician to support civil liberties? Rubes!
May 27, 2011
Crazy Ass Conservatives
If you need to put together an example of smarmy journalism into a time capsule at your Memorial Day shindig this weekend, might I recommend this archetype from Penelope Green.
Last week, for example, in the middle of Lightfair, an annual trade show for the lighting industry, Philips unveiled a winged LED bulb with a promised life span of 25,000 hours and a price tag of $40 to $50. The Associated Press reported its cost as $50, and Fox News ran the story with the headline "As Government Bans Regular Light Bulbs, LED Replacements Will Cost $50 Each." Mr. Beck, Rush Limbaugh and conservative bloggers around the country gleefully pounced on the story, once again urging the stockpiling of light bulbs.
Fifty Dollar Light Bulbs! Can't those wingnuts read? The bulb could cost as little as $40!
Anyhow, the whole thing is a) Not a problem at all! and b) Is Completely George Bush's fault!
The law does not ban the use or manufacture of all incandescent bulbs, nor does it mandate the use of compact fluorescent ones. It simply requires that companies make some of their incandescent bulbs work a bit better, meeting a series of rolling deadlines between 2012 and 2014.
GOT THAT THICKHEADS???? They can still make incandescents, they just have to make them conform to a government design AND STOP SNIGGERING IN THE BACK!!
Hat-tip: Incandescent-Insty, with a link to stock up that profits him directly. Capitalist Pig!
UPDATE: I emailed the Professor asking him how he could seek to profit from light bulb lies and he replied "I'm just a shill for Big Bulb." Heh.
All Hail Taranto
April 30, 2011
April 26, 2011
Layers and Layers of Factchecking
The world's worst typist has to be pretty cautious on the stone throwing. But nobody at the Washington Post knows which states the GOP Leadership members are from?
The fight also has implications for another 2012 race. Rep. Mike Pence (R), who is expected to run for governor in Washington, has been leading the fight to defund Planned Parenthood in that state.
Worse still, it's from a Chris Cillizza column on Governor Mitch Daniels. You'd think they might have Indiana on their mind.
April 21, 2011
Those wacky Democrats have caught the GOP in flagrante hypocritia, and the WaPo is there to report it:
Does Paul Ryan's own budget proposal give away the game on the debt ceiling -- and undercut the GOP's leverage on the issue -- by acknowledging that it must be raised?
Chairman Ryan never claimed that the debt ceiling would not be raised. I doubt anybody has a plan out that would prevent it. The mantra is that the ceiling not be raised without a plan to cut spending.
April 20, 2011
America is Stunned!
The Wonkette site cruelly mocks Governor Palin's son with Downs Syndrome as Trig celebrates his third birthday. And the reaction is instantaneous:
Wonkette is still there?
Other than That, the Story was Accurate...
Yesterday's item on Charles Manson and global warming (since corrected) should have referred to the inverse, not the contrapositive. -- James Taranto
April 19, 2011
Still Miss the Woodcuts
There was weeping and gnashing of teeth when the evil Rupert Murdoch purchased the Wall Street Journal. Right, left and me wondered if there would be substantive changes in our nation's finest newspaper.
I hold that it is editorially unchanged. The one alteration is the replacement of the staid and stately woodcut illustrations with color photos. The former were part of the paper's branding. The new ones have a more modern, multimedia-friendly look.
It also allows somebody -- I don't who or his title -- to present opponents of the editorial position in an unflattering light. Minority leader Pelosi always gets a "Botox-Before" picture that makes her look 107, President Obama gets a scowling, angry picture that makes him appear even more surly than he is.
But. This. Gem. Of AFL-CIO Chief Richard Trumka. I may just weep.
"Look for the Union Label..."
UPDATE: This calls for a link to my favorite fake AFSCME video.
April 13, 2011
All Hail Tapper!
Seriously, I have had my differences with him, but Jake Tapper at ABC has been tough on the Administration and one of the few who will not roll over to have his tummy scratched at the WH Press Conferences. He notes something of a discrepancy today:
President Obama at the GOP House retreat, January 2010:
In a mind-bending departure from the carbon-based life plane, Eugene Robinson tries to convince the reader that the recent 2011 budget compromise was a diabolical plot to end democracy as we know it.
Thereís no question who won last weekís showdown. The outcome ó nearly $40 billion in painful cuts ó goes well beyond the GOPís initial demands. That Democrats were able to save a few pet programs is something but not much.[Emphasis in the orginal text.]
Sure, Eugene - $40 billion out of $1.4 trillion has the nation writhing in pain. But he goes on;
The far-right ideologues in the House seek to starve the federal government to the point where it can no longer fulfill its constitutional duty to promote the general welfare.
Clearly, no government can survive on a meager $1.3 trillion budget. Memo to Eugene: "general welfare" in context of the founders did not refer to a welfare state in which the government pays for the food, housing and medical care for all citizens.
Let's hope that he's right about one thing:
Ryan seeks not just to reduce the nationís long-term indebtedness but to change the essence of the relationship between citizens and their government.
In an effort to avoid more than three pulled quotes, The Refugee left out some real howlers from the column. The nation might be better off without a strong Left wing, but you've gotta appreciate the entertainment value that they bring to the party.
CORRECTION: The US budget is approximately $3.5 trillion, not $1.3 trillion as indicated. The Refugee regrets the error.
April 11, 2011
Quote of the Day
Paul Krugman responded to my reply (March 31) to his two critiques (afternoon and evening of March 30) of my post (January 14) on the negative correlation between investment and unemployment. He now says that Taylor "professes himself baffled." Of course I didn't profess any such thing. I simply showed that Krugman was wrong. -- John TaylorHat-tip: The Everyday Economist Yeah, I stole his Quote of the Day. So what?
April 10, 2011
Good Blog Categories
The ThreeSources blog categories (this one filed under "Media and Blogging") suffer from both benign neglect and a sort of commons problem. Every now and then I see one of my esteemed colleagues has added to or organized the list. I am not a heavy user but admit they are very valuable to find older items and are useful pari passu with the seriousness of their use and maintenance. I'll try to improve, but this post has the best I have ever seen. I dare not even aspire to this:
The post is well worth a read as well. Instapundit highlighted it for its keen insight: "Demand is slack because everyone who could afford more crap already owns more crap than they need or even want." US Consumer growth will not be fed from old sectors. The flat screen TV craze is gone. Nor will it come from green energy appliances. The US Consumer will not recover until the next big thing lifts it up. And, pace Durden, it will have to be cool enough to overcome a newfound frugality.
The good news is that feeding China and India with middle class items might keep us solvent until then.
April 1, 2011
All Sail Harsanyi
Those of us who have hailed Denver Post columnist David Harsayi over the past several years are saddened to see him moving on. However, there are some upsides. This, from The Refugee's brother-in-law:
Dave got a job with Glenn Beck as managing editor of his books division, Mercury. He will be responsible for selecting five to 10 books a year. His first project is a version of the Federalist Papers in updated language for all the poor folks like me who went to public schools. Dave will continue to syndicate his column for Creators Syndicate, and The Denver Post will carry it.
Sounds like an awesome project that The Refugee will have to pick up. Moreover, we will still be able to obtain the occassional Harsanyi pearl of wisdom.
Godspeed, David. Oh, wait, you're an atheist... best wishes!
Hattip: The Refugee's Brother-in-Law
TV Worth Watching
Brother ac shares some news over at PAH20dS/dt>0
March 30, 2011
Gambling at Rick's?
The big news here is the source: ABC News with Diane Sawyer has recognized crony capitalism:
When the White House announced the federal government would loan $465 million to Tesla, a California start-up company with plans to develop an all-electric sedan, President Obama called it an "historic opportunity to ensure that the next generation of fuel-efficient cars and trucks are made in America."
March 24, 2011
Toxic Levels of Smug in the water supply
I happily condemned James O'Keefe's guerilla videos. Interesting that he has collected the scalps he has, but I am still not ready to sign on with his tactics. Both the ACORN and npr stings included outrageous comments, but I am not ready to fire someone because they failed to confront an objectionable loony.
I have to applaud his choice of targets. ACORN is an execrable organized crime organization. And npr...well, npr is an execrable but damned fine news and entertainment organization. Calm, reasoned, stentorian morning voice Steve Inskeep takes to the WSJ Ed Page today to defend his employer. He opens with the classic we're really swell and your mother wears Army boots tactic:
Emails show that NPR refused the money, and the conservative website The Blaze discovered that the executive's remarks were repeatedly lifted out of context. Nevertheless, the executive and his CEO were dismissed.
Liberal? Us? NO -- conservatives listen for chrissakes! His boys are risking their lives to bring you the facts in Libya!
Sorry to make light, but his defense is completely devoid of facts. I'd suggest his discrediting remarks are more out of context than anything Mister O'Keefe presented. His audience at the WSJ Ed Page was likely far more interested in the appropriateness of federal funding than Inskeep's assertions of swellness.
March 15, 2011
Quote of the Day
It is possible to fight a forest fire and not be distracted by how the calamity was caused, and whether the cause taints the integrity of the people who deal with it. But oil spills are saturated in blame and political confusion--and opportunity. There is a sense that they are not accidents but accidents waiting to happen, and thus acts of greed. As a result, oil-soaked birds and fish come to symbolize a reviled industry's heedless behavior. Every year, as many as four hundred thousand birds are killed in America by electricity-generating wind turbines, but they do not make the cover of Time. -- Raffi Khatchadourian on the BP oil spill in the New Yorker, March 14Courtesy of WSJ Notable & Quotable
March 11, 2011
While perusing RealClearPolitics.com this morning, The Refugee saw this headline:
"We can't afford dramatic, ideological cuts," by Sens. Feinstein and Boxerfollowed immediately by this one:
"Strange logic in planet Washington," by Jonah Goldberg
Memo to the honorable Senators from California ("May I call you Senator, ma'am?"): It's the dramatic, ideological spending that we cannot afford.
March 10, 2011
Fair and Balanced
Nope, that is not the WaPo motto:
Wisconsin Assembly approves bill to slash union rights for public workers [...] Earlier Thursday, the Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin last month to try to stall a vote on the measure said they were preparing to return to the state capital and fight back against what one of them called "political thuggery in its worst form."
Slashing rights! Political thuggery in its worst form! Dang, maybe they should start having elections in the Badger State, and allow people to choose their representatives and leaders.
You Can't Fight in Here -- This is the War Room!
Ummm, a Congressional hearing?
March 8, 2011
The EXPLOSIVE NPR vid is roiling the world!
Really, without Ms. Giles in the microskirt, I find it difficult to watch a James O'Keefe video all the way through.
Is the (former) NPR exec "condescending and arrogant?" Well, yeah -- stop the presses! He seems to hold a low opinion of tea party folk and Republicans. Captain Renault was never as shocked as me.
I'm sorry, these are not fair. Posing as big donors, I think they can expect politeness from the folks in front of whom they are dangling $5 million. Mister Schiller doesn't come off well, but his interlocutors are operating under pretense and seeding the discussion with far more outrageous comments than anything their mark says. Most folks at NPR do feel that the "Muslim voice is not heard" and that "Zionists have too much influence in American Media." And that Republicans are stoopid.
Ann Althouse makes a fair comparison that the Koch Brothers spoof of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was overly enjoyed on the left. But if they feel intellectually superior, I can feel morally superior. Don't feed the O'Keefe's...
UPDATE: Yet he has a scalp. I have to give props for that. The solution is so obvious that the weasel in the video states it. Yank government funding and let them behave as they want. There, that was easy -- feel free to email your other intractable problems as they arise...
UPDATE II: Two scalps.
March 7, 2011
Merle Sold Out!
I have posted several "Merle Hazard" videos. Mr. Hazard has not been a dedicated disciple of freedom, but his stuff is funny -- and he once had Art Laffer do a cameo.
But his current release is a stunt done with PBS: Hazard performs a song written by and chosen among PBS listeners. Is anybody else getting a little nervous?
PBS NewsHour viewer "David the Writer" (if I hear it correctly) pens alternate lyrics for Simon & Garfunkel's 47th Street Bridge Song. Instead of "Feelin' Groovy," the lads are "Feelin' Lousy."
I'm not surprised the PBS viewer chose a 60s song, and I'm not surprised he lays every imaginable problem at the foot of Greedy Wall Street. I am surprised that the prizewinning song is so unclever. A dark day for the geniuses of Public Television.
February 21, 2011
My First Tipjar
I'm a BIG tipper. My hero is the Steve Martin mobster character in "My Blue Heaven" who tips the flight attendant $100 for a drink. Rick Moranis (FBI character) asks him why he is so intent on tipping. He says "I'm not -- I believe in over-tipping."
I'm not that good, but I'm a good tipper, and a big believer in supporting those things in which I believe. Yet I have never once, I don't think, hit a blogger's "tip jar." I consider it a bad business model and am reluctant to support it. I did give Andrew Sullivan money in his first couple pledge drives -- and look at how that investment came out. I bought some blogads on Day By Day for the band and the blog and the coffeehouse that were not 100% media buys.
But "please hit my tip jar?" Never.
Until today. I don't know that a big time Law Professor in the famously generous Wisconsin public sector needs my $20, but I remain impressed at Ann Althouse's on the street reporting and promotion of an important local story with huge national implications. I posit that this would have gone nowhere without her. A commenter led the charge to reward her for doing "what the MSM won't." I could not agree more. There is a PayPal button and an Amazon search on her home page.
UPDATE: Professor Althouse emails "Your contribution is appreciated and encouraging." Now Mom can get that operation, I suppose...
February 18, 2011
Paragraph of the Day
From Walter Russell Mead's blog about the events in Madison:
We might be able to stave off collapse for a little while if we retreated to protectionism and fortress America: ban cheap imports from overseas and otherwise cut ourselves off from the global system we have done so much to build. I will save the case against this strategy for another series of posts; suffice it to say for now that it is harder to imagine a surer road to misery, poverty and global wars on an unprecedented scale than for the US to take this dangerous path. It is probably the most destructive as well as the most evil and unjust thing that we could do. The results would be devastating on a scale that could eclipse the horrors of World War Two ó both for us and for all the people around the world who rely on American power and economic health to preserve what fragile stability and prosperity human beings have managed to achieve.
February 12, 2011
Fictional 'Atlas Shrugged' Becomes America's Reality
With the 'Atlas Shrugged' movie [thanks for the link KA] set to open in just two months it is nice to see favorable treatment of the book in the press. This short column by Michael Smith of the Panama City News Herald includes one of the most objective summaries of the plot that I've ever read. But the main point is to show how the 1957 fictional plot so closely mirrors 21st century current events.
Hayek and Rand provide examples that are simplified views of our current times and the evolution of governmental control using collectivist policies in a "crisis" as an effective approach to problem resolution. A similar march toward a predictable endgame pitting the "looters" against the "producers" of value is clearly visible today.
And yes, he does also quote Hayek. (Now you can't resist clicking through, can you!)
February 9, 2011
Insty brings the comical news that AOL's market cap dropped almost the exact value of their Huffington Post purchase.
Thought one: the share price plummeted because thousands of stockholders said "holy cow. AOL is still alive?" They then checked their portfolio and liquidated their remaining positions.
Thought two: I think it actually is worth $315 Million. I may not agree with them too frequently but it is a good traffic magnet. If you're AOL, you need something.
UPDATE: Where else do you go to find that no, 30,000 pigs are not flowing down the Dawson river.
January 31, 2011
Why are We Paying for This Again?
Professor Mankiw embeds a ten minute PBS Religion and Ethics video in which he appears. And, yes, he looks dashing, Had I been interviewed, you can bet I'd've posted it.
But the topic is tax fairness. And it examines religious values vis-a-vis taxation. It's tedious and awful, though I should credit them for putting Mankiw and Pete Werner on to present the non Communist side of the argument.
But the Elephant in the room is all the tax money they have taken from the rich, not to spend on the poor, but to produce this ten minutes of drivel. The free market is clearly capable of producing more and better drivel without subsidy. And without seething contempt for the state of Alabama.
January 25, 2011
How did they know, before there was any evidence?
...That the Arizona shooting was the TEA party's fault? "I wouldn't want to jump to conclusions by not accusing them."
I'll be a lazy blogger today and just share this pointed and incredibly sarcastic xtranormal vid.
Quote of the Day
Bret Stephens, giving props to Keith Olberman:
All this matters in an era in which the greatest threat to public discourse isn't "incivility," as was so preposterously claimed after Tucson. Just compare the tedium of U.S. congressional debate with the rapier exchanges in Britain's House of Commons, the catcalling in Israel's Knesset, or the fist-fights in Taiwan's parliament.
January 7, 2011
"Quite a contrast to they way they treated me."
If you have six minutes, watch Juan Williams's interview (on FOX) about the firing of Ellen Weiss, who fired him.
If you don't, read Ann Althouse's summary.
December 30, 2010
Blog friend SugarChuck comes to my aid, emailing this link from Iowahawk.
Sometimes, ridicule is the only valid response.
December 22, 2010
Layers and Layers of Fact Checking
CBS News airs phony cover to President Bush's book.
The legacy of Murrow & Cronkite have a perfectly valid explanation: we just pull stuff off the Internet and put it up as news. Stunning.
December 16, 2010
This morning's Denver Post reprinted a WaPo story by Paul Farhi in which the liberal Media Matters group alleged that Fox News is biased in the matter of global warming. Apparently, Media Matters obtained a memo from Fox's Washington bureau chief, Bill Sammon, in which he directed reporters to "refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies."
Ari Rabin-Havt, Media Matters' head of research, said the latest e-mail showed that Fox News was attempting to create a false impression of the climate issue by giving a "fringe" minority of global-warming skeptics equal weight with those who have concluded the planet is growing warmer.
"Paging Mr. Orwell, Mr. George Orwell. Please call your office."
December 10, 2010
They did not poll ThreeSourcers...
Time Magazine. I get less upset reading The Nation or Mother Jones. Who are these people who still read it? I know they're fewer every year, but probably still 100 times Reason's circulation.
A Facebook friend is pretty proud to be in Times' smartest city:
Colorado was the only state to take two spots in the top 10. The smartest city, Boulder, is home to the University of Colorado, which probably explains the high proportion of degree holders. Five out of every six people in Boulder have attended college. Many other top-ranked schools are college towns; Ann Arbor, Mich. is home to the University of Michigan, Durham, N.C. is home to Duke, and Washington has a handful of universities within city limits.
The criterion, for those stupidheads outside of Boulder and Larimer Counties who have not guessed by now, is education: "Portfolio.com took education data from America's 200 largest cities before ranking them by intelligence. The main criteria? The "collective brainpower" of the citizenry -- from those who dropped out before high-school graduation to those who attained a graduate or professional degree."
So, none but the largest 200 cities can play, and education equals smartz. And you add it all up and it's news. The next article down was "TIME Technology: Chatroulette, Justin Bieber and Haiti: Google's 2010 Year in Search." Somehow catches the whole thing.
But for those of us who've met people from Boulder...
December 8, 2010
Great Use for XtraNormal
Matt Welch of Reason wondered whether the second paragraph of Thomas Friedman's column would sound better if he made an animated robot say it:
December 6, 2010
Quote of the Day
The Seattle Times is somehow telling me with great authority that 128 millenia ago the oceans were 1.7 degrees warmer than they are today and they can't investigate voter fraud in King County? -- Matt Holzmann
December 2, 2010
It's called Article V
Republicans gained control of the House last month on a promise to "restore the Constitution." So it is no small irony that one of their first orders of business is an attempt to rewrite the Constitution.
Egads! Like when they "Rewrote the Constitution" to provide for freedom of the press!, or end slavery! Or Inaugurate the President in January! Reactionaries! Like Eric Cantor (R - VA):
But it is another Virginia Republican who has the power to turn the Repeal Amendment into a serious issue - and that is the man who holds a seat in Congress that once would have belonged to the author of the Constitution. "James Madison IS the U.S. Constitution, and he provides such a role model," Cantor said at a Constitution Day event at Montpelier a couple of years ago. "Many days, probably most, I walk by the portrait of James Madison in the hall just outside the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, pinching myself, wondering what I'm doing here."
I'm just sore because the first Ken Buck attack ads were "he wants to rewrite the Constitution!" for a Chamber of Commerce speech two years ago. I wish he had campaigned on repealing the 17th Amendment.
I'm sure it focus-group-tested well for the campaign ads, but one might expect a little better in a WaPo editorial. Maybe?
November 27, 2010
Quote of the Day
U.S. / SOUTH KOREA RELATIONS: Michael Yon just got there. If I were Korean, I'd consider that a bad portent. . . . -- Glenn Reynolds
November 23, 2010