Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

BARONE: “Pro-Obama Media Always Shocked by Bad Economic News”

 “It’s obviously going to be hard to achieve the unacknowledged goal of many mainstream journalists — the president’s re-election — if the economic slump continues. So they characterize economic setbacks as unexpected, with the implication that there’s still every reason to believe that, in Herbert Hoover’s phrase, prosperity is just around the corner.” —

[READ Michael Barone’s “Pro-Obama Media Always Shocked by Bad Economic News” at Rasmussen Reports].

May 31, 2011

ATTN: DAVID BROOKS — The planet you’re living on? Describe it please….

David Brooks (h/t Newsbusters) on the momentum of the Jon Hunstman campaign: “Jon Huntsman. Among those who talk about those things, the former governor of Utah, his stock has suddenly risen and I would say he seems to have entered the big three of Huntsman, Pawlenty and Romney.”

The big three….what? Losers??

May 19 — Suffolk poll : Jon Huntsman receives less than 1 percent

And according to The State Column: “The potential Republican presidential candidate trails nearly every potential Republican presidential candidate, including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.”

May 24 — CNN/WMUR poll released by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center (source: The State Column): “Mr. Huntsman received just 4 percent support.”

May 24 — Gallup Poll: Hunstman at 2%.

May 28th — Opinion Research Corp. (source: sunshinestate news): “Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico and former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah — had 1 percent each”

 

May 31, 2011

IOWA DONORS TRAVEL TO JERSEY: EVENING, CAN CHRIS CHRISTIE COME OUT TO PLAY?

The above image represents what Republicans imagine Chris Christie, aka Jimmy Chitwood, will do in November of 2012 against the Obama powerhouse.

Today is a big day for Chris Christie fans. A team of investors and Republican heavies are going to meet with the New Jersey governor and pitch him on the idea of taking on Obama in 2012. Christie has insisted numerous times he’s not interested.

The press would have us believe that the current crop of candidates is a bit light, and that Christie is needed if the GOP desires to make a serious run at The One. We contend that there are only two things needed to defeat Obama: fundamentals and defense. If Christie doesn’t want to participate in the struggle for America’s future, that’s up to him. As coach Norm Dale said, “My team is on the floor.”

Still, we love the dramatic, and we’re hopeful that around September, October, November of this year as the MSM is hounding Sarah Palin to drop out of the race, Chris Christie might lumber into a townhall and announce , “Don’t know if it makes any difference, but I figure it’s time I get in the race.. [RAUCOUS APPLAUSE]…One other thing: I play, Sarah Palin stays. She goes, I go.”

May 31, 2011

RESTORING OUR CREDIBILITY ABROAD? “Who Cares in the Middle East What Obama Says?”

Robert Fisk of the UK Independent: “This month, in the Middle East, has seen the unmaking of the President of the United States. More than that, it has witnessed the lowest prestige of America in the region since Roosevelt met King Abdul Aziz on the USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake in 1945.” [Read Robert Fisk’s article ‘Who Cares in the Middle East What Obama Says?‘ at the Independent.]

May 31, 2011

MISES: ‘How the Experts are Wrecking Healthcare’

Andrew Foy, M.D.: “These new forms of government insurance caused severe distortions in the medical marketplace and, consequently, healthcare costs began to spiral out of control. Predictably, this led the experts to advance new regulations and restrictions and to apply new formulas to control costs. But, unfortunately, as our experts refuse to acknowledge, there is no rational way to evaluate cost effectiveness outside of the free market.

[READ FOY’S ARTICLE ‘How the Experts are Wrecking Healthcare‘ at Mises.org].

May 31, 2011

DO THE DOUBLE DIP: Financial Times — “US home prices in double dip”

“US home prices slumped for an eighth straight month in March, dropping below the bottom previously recorded in the housing bust in a sign of the persistent weakness of residential real estate.” [FINANCIAL TIMES]

 

May 31, 2011

WAFFLE HOUSE: Reason.com’s Nick Gillespie on Mitt Romney’s New Love for Ethanol Subsidies

In other words, Romney’s chief accomplishment to date in the 2012 run-up is to make Tim Pawlenty,among the least freedom-loving candidates possible, look slightly less totally freaking awful. Way to go, Mitt.” (NOTE: The link to the Reason article also includes an important clip on ethanol subsidies.)

[Nick Gillespie’s missive at Reason.com]

May 31, 2011

HOW TO RUIN A FRIENDLY DINNER PARTY WITH LIBERAL FRIENDS: “Skeptic Strategy for Talking About Global Warming”

What should a responsible Skeptic say to an astute audience? When recently invited by the “Technology, Engineering, and Science Plus” group in my community to give a talk and answer questions, I knew I would have an attentive room of tech-savvy professionals. However, they might not be fully tuned in to the details of the Global Warming controversy. Furthermore, they were likely to have opinions closer to the supposed“mainsteam science” orientation than mine.

In this posting, I’ve summarized the main points I think are most likely to align people who are both intelligent and reasonable to the Skeptic side.

[READ Ira Glickstein’s “Skeptic Strategy for Talking About Global Warming” at wattsupwiththat]

May 31, 2011

“OBAMA WAS LITERALLY MOVED TO TEARS”: Thomas Sowell on White Guilt in the White House

One of the painfully revealing episodes in Barack Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father” describes his early experience listening to a sermon by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Among the things said in that sermon was that “white folks’ greed runs a world in need.” Obama was literally moved to tears by that sermon.

This sermon may have been like a revelation to Barack Obama but its explanation of economic and other differences was among the oldest– and most factually discredited– explanations of such difference among all sorts of peoples in all sorts of places. Yet it is an explanation that has long been politically seductive, in countries around the world.”

[Read Thomas Sowell’s article “Seductive beliefs: Rev. Wright and blaming others for one’s problems” at the Washington Examiner]
May 31, 2011

AGAIN WITH THE GOLF?? “Barack Obama’s decision to play golf on Memorial Day was disrespectful and hardly presidential”

[Read Niles Gardner’s critique from the UK Telegraph]

OUR COMMENTARY: Most class-conscious Liberals despise the game of golf. They view it as the sport of fat-cat bankers, Republicans, and anyone who can be referred to as ‘the man’. So it must kill Obama’s progressive base to see him hitting the links. Time after time after time after time. No doubt, they’ll still defend him (e.g. ‘why are guys complaining about him playing golf? He can do whatever he wants to do? Bush played golf, etc.). And, it’s true, we have no complaint with the man playing his rounds of golf whenever he wants to. But I’ll bet progressives aren’t exactly thrilled that The One has picked golf as his sport of choice.

Progressives would be more  thrilled if Obama had constructed a soccer futbol field behind the White House. And rather than hear he was out on the golf course (again), they’d be overjoyed to see him on said soccer futbol field in an actual jersey (Real Madrid because he thinks it’ll lock up the Hispanic vote….yeah, don’t ask), playing five on five with members of his staff (but keep Weiner away from the interns), and then chugging a beer afterwards (ideally, a Pabst Blue Ribbon: ya know, to lock up that hipster vote in Brooklyn).

And if Obama gets desperate and needs to woo the NPR vote and the easily swayed, he can always consider planting an AP photo of him playing chess with a kitten. It’ll look cute and the game will be fair (though I hear Obama’s partial to the Queen’s Gambit Declined).