Archive for September, 2008

"They smile in your face. All the time they want to take your place"

"They smile in your face. All the time they want to take your place"

| September 30, 2008 | Reply

It’s a good night when The Anchoress uses the word “chump” and links to the O’Jays in the same blog post. And she’s right, Mr. President. Don’t be a chump.

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Well, Do They?

Well, Do They?

| September 30, 2008 | Reply

My short response to Robert McCain’s question: Yes. Yes, they do.

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A Tale of Two Videos

A Tale of Two Videos

| September 30, 2008 | Reply

The now-famous “Burning Down the House” video has been pulled from YouTube after a copyright complaint from the Warner Music Group. Warner Music, which is owned by the same company that owns YouTube, complained that the four songs in the video were used without its consent. They did have a point and the original maker […]

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Can We Use the Threat of Insolvency to Goad Banks into Making Their Own Deals?

Can We Use the Threat of Insolvency to Goad Banks into Making Their Own Deals?

| September 30, 2008 | Reply

Rich Lowry posted an e-mail he got from a financially-savvy reader who favors the bailout plan. Though he didn’t intend it, I think his e-mail revealed a big part of the problem and a possible solution. Here’s the excerpt. The problem is that while there would be a tremendous public benefit if financial institutions would […]

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Next Week, the "Turn in Your Parents for Obama" Contest!

Next Week, the "Turn in Your Parents for Obama" Contest!

| September 30, 2008 | Reply

Fascism? On the left? What could possibly give me that impression? It’s creepy all right. And this isn’t an isolated incident. UPDATE: Oh, nice. It turns out that this “organic”, homespun, grassroots effort is the doing of the head of NBC/Universal. I guess making them wear armbands with the Obama symbol on them might have […]

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"What was the Speaker thinking?"

"What was the Speaker thinking?"

| September 30, 2008 | 1 Reply

Before you render a final judgment on the Republicans who reportedly flip their votes after Nancy Pelosi scalded them from the floor of the House before the bailout vote today, listen to this brief interview with Karl Rove. He asks you to put yourself in their shoes, then tells you some of what they were […]

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Roger Kimball: Who caused “the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression?”

Roger Kimball: Who caused “the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression?”

| September 29, 2008 | Reply

I’ve said it here before, but the more people who make the very simple point that this entire financial crisis was created by Democrats looking to feather their nests and the nests of their political friends, the more likely it is that people will remember it rather than the backside-covering fiction the Democrats are telling […]

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A Republican Failure? Oh, Hell No!

A Republican Failure? Oh, Hell No!

| September 29, 2008 | 3 Replies

The spin is starting already on the bailout bill’s failure. What’s surprising is that it’s starting to come from conservatives who should know better. Ramesh Ponnuru says it’s bad for McCain and Republicans because he didn’t get House Republicans on board. Jim Manzi calls the rejection a “neat little experiment to test the actual odds […]

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Hey Congress, Grow Up!

Hey Congress, Grow Up!

| September 29, 2008 | 2 Replies

Well, here we go. The House has rejected the bailout bill, by a pretty substantial margin and the stock market is flailing around wildly in response. The Hill reports that the Dow was down 525 points by the time the vote was over and Hot Air reports that there was a bit of a rebound […]

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Video: Who Wanted to Regulate the GSEs? The Answer is Here.

Video: Who Wanted to Regulate the GSEs? The Answer is Here.

| September 29, 2008 | Reply

This video, a compilation of Democratic statements during a hearing in 2004, is a must-watch today. If you really want to know who was enabling greed for the sake of political power, who was blocking regulation and limits on the power of the GSEs, and who exactly was calling for more regulation, the statements speak […]

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