Archive for August, 2009

D-E-S-E-N-C…Oh, What Do I Care? I’m Rich!

D-E-S-E-N-C…Oh, What Do I Care? I’m Rich!

| August 31, 2009 | 1 Reply

If you’re raising a daughter these days and you haven’t taken a baseball bat to someone or something today, I commend you for your heroic restraint. If toy marketers aren’t trying to teach your daughter how to be a stripper, then it’s clothing makers trying to put her on the pole. Of course, there’s the […]

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Wow. Just…Wow.

Wow. Just…Wow.

| August 31, 2009 | 4 Replies

This video is impressive and just a little bit scary. It is real footage of a test-firing of an actual nuclear artillery shell we once had in our arsenal. The shell had a nominal yield of 14-kiloton punch which put it on par with the bomb we dropped on Hiroshima. By comparison, Little Boy (the […]

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With a Good Question, Weaseling is Harder

With a Good Question, Weaseling is Harder

| August 31, 2009 | 2 Replies

I attended Congressman Jay Inslee’s health care townhall meeting in Edmonds, Washington, on August 30th. I’ll be blogging about that later today over at It’s Only Words but in the meantime, I wanted to throw this out. As was to be expected, one of the people who spoke at the townhall asked the now-obligatory question, […]

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As It Happens, Americans Don’t Tend to Think Health Care Costs Are Driving Them Toward Eating Dog Food

As It Happens, Americans Don’t Tend to Think Health Care Costs Are Driving Them Toward Eating Dog Food

| August 31, 2009 | Reply

In all the hubbub over Obamacare, there’s one question I’ve never seen anyone attempt to answer: Who told Congress and the President that health care needed to be overhauled? I’ve never seen any real cry from the American people to tear down and rebuild our health care system. Oh, sure, several left-wing groups (funded heavily […]

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Maybe They Could Get a Supercomputer that Runs on Wind Power

Maybe They Could Get a Supercomputer that Runs on Wind Power

| August 31, 2009 | 1 Reply

It’s a shame that climate modeling has turned out to be almost completely wrong. Otherwise, we could perhaps excuse the global warming cult’s rampant hypocrisy. Great Britain has a supercomputer with 15 million megabytes of memory. It can do 1,000 billion, or a trillion, calculations a second. They use it to predict the weather, and […]

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Everything You Need to Know About EITs in Four Links (And the DNC in One)

Everything You Need to Know About EITs in Four Links (And the DNC in One)

| August 31, 2009 | Reply

If you really want the scoop on the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques practiced against would-be terrorists after 9/11 by the Bush administration, you really only need to read four articles. This piece by Jennifer Rubin on the investigation into EITs conducted by the CIA’s Inspector General in 2004 and why the Obama administration has opted to […]

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You Just Know the Republican Party Will Screw this Up

You Just Know the Republican Party Will Screw this Up

| August 31, 2009 | 7 Replies

If the GOP can’t make some hay out of this, then they need to fire every single strategist, adviser, and media guru they have: If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds […]

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Of Course the Tea Party Protests Are About Freedom.

Of Course the Tea Party Protests Are About Freedom.

| August 30, 2009 | 5 Replies

I don’t know John Batchelor except from a fairly obscure late-night talk show he does. It’s not a bad show, though I find it a bit boring, but he seems to do okay with it and good on him for that. However, he also writes at Tina Brown’s site The Daily Beast, where he purports […]

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Conor Freidersdorf Puts On His Big Boy Pants, Finds Them Not Big Enough.

Conor Freidersdorf Puts On His Big Boy Pants, Finds Them Not Big Enough.

| August 30, 2009 | 8 Replies

Conor Freidersdorf is one of the innumerable and pestilential self-important twenty-somethings with degrees from impressive universities who have found gainful employment as pundits at places like the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Unlike writers like Matthew Yglesias, Ezra Klein, and Ross Douthat, Freidersdorf is not what I would call a big-leaguer, lacking […]

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Weekend AIP Blogging Links

Weekend AIP Blogging Links

| August 29, 2009 | Reply

I need to get you all caught up on my latest work over at the AIP blog. My Friday post dealt with the stimulus bill and the question of whether or not it’s helped. The evidence at this point is that’s it’s actually done us more harm than good, to the point where we have […]

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