Archive for April, 2009

Dubai

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

A stunning and depressing portrait of dictatorship run amuck. Critics say it’s the ultimate free market. Those critics don’t know what they’re talking about. Dictatorship and slavery are not free markets.

Pffft

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Finally, a use for twitter.

Boyle

Monday, April 13th, 2009

You remember the cell phone salesman who won Britain’s Got Talent last year? This is even better. I got choked up. Seriously.

Rescued

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

I wonder if all the right-wing bigmouths who said Obama was a pussy about the pirate issue will shut up now that three pirates are dead and the captain rescued.

Probably not…

Update: Boortz gives Obama credit after criticizing him last week. Good for him.

Do It Ourselves

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

As our government grows bigger and, as a result, less effective, we’re going to see more stories like this, in which Hawaiians repaired a road faster and cheaper than the government would have.

Weekend Linkorama

Saturday, April 11th, 2009
  • I don’t know the background to the story of fed employees getting pay rises while everyone else is told to tighten their belts. I’m assuming this isn’t as simple as people would like to believe.
  • I have to agree with Reason. It does seem like Obama talks out of both sides of his mouth sometimes. That doesn’t make him bad; that just makes him a normal politician.
  • Apparently, Monster Cable, when they aren’t harassing people who claim their product is overpriced, are busy suing the crap out of any other business that calls itself Monster. I don’t know that a loser pays legal system would prevent this; but it couldn’t hurt. The thing is that I can think of few people who, hearing the word “Monster”, automatically envision the electronics firm.
  • I have to agree with Hot Air. Why is it so amazing that Obama extended the olive branch to the muslim world? Bush did that for years. Why do people react so obsequiously when Obama says things they vilified Bush for?
  • I stopped trusting Consumer Reports back in the 90′s when they endorsed a single payer healthcare system. That and that every product they recommended turned out to be a steaming piece of crap. Their report on the anti-CPSIA rally today is typical of lazy shilling they’ve been doing lately (read the comments for a response — I can’t top them). Memo to CR: big business loves CPSIA. It’s driving the competition out of business.
  • Nice, The Obama Administration already has a report indicating that their green car plan for Detroit won’t work.
  • Our ridiculous legal system doesn’t just hamstring doctors and cripple legitimate businesses. It lets genuine bad actors get away with murder. Exxon is still fighting the lawsuit over their oil spill of twenty years ago. Why not? It’s reduced their burden from $5 to $2 billion.
  • More from Greenpeace: they tried to pretend there was a meltdown at a nuclear plant.
  • The Last Face

    Saturday, April 11th, 2009

    An electrifying post from The Waiter.

    Quiet

    Thursday, April 9th, 2009

    It’s going to be quiet around here for a few days. I’m still reacting to the tragic passing of my fellow blogger, Lee. On the one hand, I never met him. On the other hand, he’s the reason this site exists at all and has as much influence on my political thinking as anyone. He was what Joe Posnanksi calls an “e-migo”, someone I felt like I knew through his blog and a precious few e-mails exchanges. Over at Right-Thinking, people who knew him in meatspace are posting their memories, which makes me only wish I had met him in real life.

    I will be posting again sometime soon. One thing Lee didn’t explain to me when I started doing this — eventually it becomes a necessity.

    We Interrupt

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    Some truly devastating news over at the other blog. The guy who got me into blogging is gone. He was 38.

    College Costs

    Monday, April 6th, 2009

    Here’s a question. Why is that every missive I read about the high cost of college only demands more federal payouts? This is in sharp contrast to complaints about … oh, let’s say … drug prices … which demand that the evil evil drug companies take huge cuts in prices and profits. Or the evil evil healthcare providers, who should take a haircut on their fees.

    WTF Shooting

    Sunday, April 5th, 2009

    I’m sorry. Your wife cheats on you so you respond by murdering your five children? I’ve noticed a tendency in recent weeks to blame any shooting — especially last week’s Binghampton tragedy — on the economy. Garbage. These people are crazy. If it weren’t a job or a cheating wife, it would be because the TV told them to.

    DC’s Latest

    Friday, April 3rd, 2009

    As the Democrats continue to stubbornly dismantle DC’s voucher program in order to placate their union supporters, it may interest you to know that the latest (and last?) study of the program shows that voucher students are doing better at 1/4 of the cost of non-voucher students.

    I mean, just in case you gave a shit about education or something.

    Vindicated

    Friday, April 3rd, 2009

    A study claims that browsing the internet at work actually increases your productivity by allowing your mind to refocus.

    I’m skeptical of sociological studies but this is one I absolutely endorse. I am convinced that it is 100% accurate.

    Unintended

    Friday, April 3rd, 2009

    Read this article about how the federal government, through bad legislation, is going to have to pay out $8 billion to paper companies for burning fossil fuels they don’t need to.

    And people think they should be running healthcare.