Friday, April 27, 2012


"So I got that going for me, which is nice"
-Carl Spackler, Caddy Shack

Slow Growth Good!
Don Surber has had a blog since before I started, over seven years at the work. He's had some of the best material out there, and I've often linked to his work. Well, he's retired from blogging, which is unfortunate for all of us. He'll still be writing for the Charleston Daily Mail but he just doesn't have enough time and energy to keep up the blogging and the rest of his life.

Democrats have for years now every election cycle lamented how the right wing controls the Republican Party and how sad it is that moderates are squeezed out by those crazy conservatives. Yet look at the Democratic Party. Jennifer Rubin did:
But the irony is rich here: While the GOP is nominating the least right-wing of the presidential candidates, the Democratic faithful are purging moderates from their party.
She links a NYT article telling about how more centrist Democrats are being shoved out of the way. And they were ignored while the Dems controlled both houses of congress. The truth is, moderates don't have much say in political parties largely because of their political apathy and distrust. Moderation is rarely leadership, or even enough drive to get things done.

Gross Domestic Product numbers are out again, showing a 2.2% growth. When Bush was president yadda, yadda. Expect this to be adjusted down by a percentage point or more in a few weeks. Every single growth report by the Obama administration has been adjusted down later. Oh, and the debt is still just over 100% of GDP of the US. But its "radical" and "crazy" to talk about cuts.

Romney once saved a family from drowning. In 2003, he helped save a family of six from a leaking boat by leaping on his jet ski with his son Josh. Oh, and there was a dog he rescued, too. Its indicative of our culture and the current tone of the campaign that the dog gets the focus.

President Obama's most horrible and bloody scandal hasn't gone away despite the near lockout in the press. Fast & Furious was so inept that a suspect was arrested and releasedthree times:
Mr. Acosta was first arrested in April 2010 in Phoenix with cocaine and handguns hidden in his truck. He was released and not charged. Then, in May 2010, immigration stopped him from crossing the border because he had 74 rounds of ammunition hidden his car. According to The LA Times the top Fast and Furious investigator, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, put her phone number on a $10 bill and gave it to Mr. Acosta after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch. But, of course, he didn’t.
Yes, he was busted with drugs and guns, yes he was breaking the law, and yes they let him go over and over again. Why? Who knows, but it looks an awful lot like he was a useful gun pipeline and the Justice Department didn't want it shut down.

Part of the right-wing answer to illegal immigration is to make it economically unfeasible to illegally come to the US and find work. The argument is that if its harder to find work, then illegals won't come here. And recent economic stats compared to the immigration data supports that notion:
A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center.
Nearly 1.4 million Mexicans moved from the United States to Mexico between 2005 and 2010, double the number who did so a decade earlier. The number of Mexicans who moved to the United States during that period fell to less than half of the 3 million who came between 1995 and 2000.
If you're coming to the US to make money but there aren't jobs, well you will not stick around. That means illegals are "self-deporting."

Mini nuclear power plants are something I've mentioned in the past as a very viable concept for structures like apartment buildings, universities, business complexes, and so on. I've even called for nuke trains, with a mini nuke engine. Westinghouse is looking to build a mini nuclear plant in Missouri for a utility company called Ameren, and it would mean a big economic boost for the state. Of course, they're begging for federal dollars, which is ridiculous, but I'm curious if this especially "green" form of energy will be okayed by the Obama administration.

Having traveled all around the world and met world leaders from nearly every nation, the Dalai Lama listed one that he loves: President Bush. He may not have liked all of the things Bush did as president but as a man, the Dalai Lama loved him. And that's pretty much what everyone who is honest should be like: you have to like the man and his character, even if you didn't care for all his policies. There's no mention of whether or not the Lama gave Bush the blessing of total consciousness on his deathbed.

Harvard University has a new course: Obama 101. Charles Ogletree is one of President Obama's former mentors, and he's teaching an "Understanding Obama" class at the prestigious university. Much more of this kind of thing and it won't be so prestigious any more.

Vanderbilt University, on the other hand, is dealing with extremism, bigotry, and intolerance. The problem is, its coming from the administration, rather than being combated by them. A Christian group on the campus had in its bylaws that the leadership had to be a professing, practicing Christian. Vanderbilt says that violates University nondiscrimination rules. The conflict seems to stem from the group removing an openly gay person from their fraternity which the university says violates their nondiscrimination rules and it appears the college just wants the frat to shut down or water its self down so as to be meaningless.

Recently the New York Times noticed that it was remarkably light on any critical coverage of President Obama - not negative, but objective, deep investigation and reporting on anything that might be perceived as less than glowing.
The Times needs to offer an aggressive look at the president’s record, policy promises and campaign operation to answer the question: Who is the real Barack Obama?

Many critics view The Times as constitutionally unable to address the election in an unbiased fashion. Like a lot of America, it basked a bit in the warm glow of Mr. Obama’s election in 2008.
I'll believe any real change in policy takes place when they start following through. My guess is the same as Ace: this is just to give them the veneer of objectivity, something they can point to and say "oh yes, we dealt with that, we aren't totally in the tank for him."

Also at the HQ, Ace quotes pollster and pundit Dick Morris predicting that the press will turn on President Obama. I say no, not ever, and here's why I think so. I think the ultimate test of how far in the tank the legacy media has become is how they didn't turn on John Kerry after his 2008 loss. By all rights they should have tore him apart as a horrible candidate, and idiot, out of touch, a wooden plank with stupid dated ideas, and a loser.

I predicted they would. They didn't - and it proves how nuts they've gotten. To do so would hurt their cause, they fear. They will not, will not turn on Obama, ever. No matter what. That's not even in their intellectual or ethical vocabulary as a choice. If president Obama is defeated in November, it will be explained away as clever marketing, racism, stupid voters, Diebold!, racism, lies by the Republicans, racism, dirty tricks, and racism.

These days its not a great time to be a global warming alarmist. Most people mock the idea any more and fewer and fewer people - even heavily indoctrinated children - buy into the hysteria. The problem, alarmists, claim, is a heavily oil-funded cabal of clever anti-science nuts who love their SUVs so much they'll doom us all. Which is probably why you get rants like the one in Forbes magazine by Steve Zwick calling for people to burn the houses of skeptics. Well take heart, we're not skeptics any more. We're just science supporting realists.

Remember Jon Corzine, the guy who "misplaced" hundreds of millions of investor dollars after being drummed out of congress for corruption and bribery charges? Well he's still around, still free, and facing no consequences for his monetary tricks. In fact, he's bundling donations for the Obama reelection campaign. Well if they had any ethics, they'd send Bill Maher his check back. The money matters more to the Obama team. Except with Corzine, there's no guarantee you'll actually get that money.

Just weeks after the nation of South Sudan was formed, North Sudan has declared a holy war on them. Shocking, I know, who'd have thought that radical Arabic Muslims in charge of the North would wage the same bloody murderous war they have been for years on oil-rich black Christians in the south?

Ever wonder why there's so much money and so much effort by leftist environmentalist groups to stop Shale Oil harvesting? Well part of it is a concern for the "emissions" and pollution, but there's another level they probably aren't entirely aware of. Walter Russel Mead explains:
North America’s shale gas boom is chipping away at the market for gas producers like Russia. What’s more, if the United States becomes a gas exporter, Russia’s customers (especially in Europe) could decide to cancel expensive contracts with Gazprom in favor of cheaper American natural gas.
It is an open secret that the Soviet Union funded and ran or heavily influenced leftist groups in the United States, and they never gave those ties up just because the government abandoned Communism. Russia doesn't care for competition, and they'll use any means, so to speak, to the end of fighting it.

Oregon's Attorney General John Kroger is resigning from his $70,000 a year position of Attorney General, claiming health issues. He will be taking up the job of president of Reed College immediately which pays six figures a year. Apparently that will help him get past his health issues.

One of the most outrageous, idiotic lies we were told during the push to pass TARP was that it would earn the country money and help pay down the debt. It was an investment! We were told, like how bailing out GM for stocks would make the US rich! Instead, its costing the taxpayers money, increasing the debt. Christy Romero is the Special Inspector General for the TARP program and ini a 327 page report, she noted:
"The most recent cost estimate for TARP is a loss of $60 billion. Taxpayers are still owed $118.5 billion (including $14 billion written off or otherwise lost)."
Expect that number to keep climbing. So far, these IGs seem to be doing their jobs quite well - then they are being fired by the Obama administration for doing it. TARP was nothing but a bailout for big time friends and donors, and a way to help crony corporations like CITI and Goldman-Sachs make money in the crisis.

Denmark has a law which criminalizes saying anything that a group finds offensive, even if it is true as long as they're part of a protected group. Recently a pastor was arrested for saying true things about Islam, and his case made it all the way to the Supreme Court. The court threw out his conviction, not based on the idea that its free speech to say true things, but that the state couldn't prove he knew that his statements would be widely spread to the public. Freedom of speech doesn't mean what the Danish government thinks it does.

Batman would have a lot of explaining to do in the courts, according to Overlawyered, where Ted Frank enumerates the various lawsuits and corporate legal violations that Bruce Wayne and Batman would be flooded with based on the movie Batman Begins. These charges range from lawsuits after the Microwave Emitter blew up half the city to corporate law violations in buying stock through a proxy. Law, not justice.

"When will we finish with the damn mosques?" That was enough to get thrown in jail in Dubai. Now, in a way I think the contractor who said this is an idiot for not being more careful, but he wasn't damning Mosques, he was damning the work for being slow, but some concepts don't translate well over cultures. Meanwhile when his conviction was upheld, the judge demanded to know when Muslims ever insulted Jesus Christ or Christianity. Maybe it doesn't happen much in Dubai but....

California's legislature is looking at a bill that would outlaw therapists or counselors from trying to move young people away from homosexuality. There's nothing in the law about trying to convince children to become homosexual or give into urges or curiosity, however.

President Obama is running about talking about school loans again, which might help him get a few votes back from the young adults he won support from in 2008. However, he's not being exactly honest in his efforts, such as his claim that he and Michelle couldn't get their loans paid off until 2004. The problem with this story is that in 2000-2004, the family pulled down more than $200,000 a year, each year. If its true they waited that long to pay off their student loans, they did so by choice not because of hardship.

Egypt is examining a few laws, the one getting the most attention is the "Farewell Intercourse" bill which would allow necrophiliac activity with a wife up to 6 hours after death. Whether its true or not (and who knows, as Allahpundit puts out the Egyptian state newspaper is run by the military government which doesn't want the Islamic radicals to take over power). Eugene Volokh comments:
I should say that the lowering of the age of marriage to 14, and the apparent proposal to limit women’s rights to get a divorce (“Many members of the newly-elected, and majority Islamist parliament … wish to cancel … [the Khula] law that allows a wife to obtain a divorce without obstructions from her partner”; “Prior to the implementation of the Khula over a decade ago, it could take 10 to 15 years for a woman to be granted a divorce by the courts”) are much more likely than the “Farewell Intercourse” law to be actually harmful to women.
And the effort to repeal the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, even more so.

Blue collar Democrats - yeah there are still some left - are being heard finally. For a long time people have been disgruntled by the extravagant, expensive, and frequent vacations the Obama family keeps taking. President Bush may have technically taken more vacations, but they were almost all to his home in Texas or Camp David, rather than the French Riviera, Spain, and Martha's Vineyard. Only recently, because of a pollster, has the Democratic Party taken heed of this annoyance, however.

And that's the Word Around the Net for April 27, 2012


Anonymous said...

Re Surber

That is Charleston, as in West Virginia

Christopher R Taylor said...

Thanks, I'll correct that!