Monday, June 28, 2010

Cruising the Web

California Democrats are worried that their guy, Jerry Brown, might just not be up to the task of taking on Meg Whitman and all her millions. How about worrying that they've nominated a retread from three decades ago to take on the calamity that they themselves have created.

Meanwhile, back in the states, liberal efforts to bypass the Electoral College are gaining momentum.

Jason Rantz lists
his choices for the eight most irritating liberal celebrities. All annoying people, but I can't rank Roger Ebert up there. His diatribes appear mostly on Twitter. If you don't like him, don't read his tweets.

The Democrats' blatant effort to stifle political speech that they don't agree with, while giving exemptions to groups that support them such as the labor unions demonstrates once again the wisdom of the founders in guaranteeing freedom of speech, particularly for political speech. You can't trust politicians when they get a majority to decide who should be able to speak and who shouldn't.

Jay Ambrose contrasts Bobby Jindal's leadership
in the Gulf oil spill and Barack Obama's. Now admittedly, a governor has a different role than a president does. But just picture if the roles were reversed. Can you imagine Bobby Jindal displaying the type of disengaged posture that Obama has taken and just jetting in for a some photo ops and a speech or two while letting his appointees on the ground muddle through? I just can't picture Jindal acting that way. That wasn't how he acted when Katrina hit his district when he was a congressman. He was the one politician who came out of Katrina with strengthened public confidence. And conversely, can you imagine Barack Obama as a governor being down there every day coming up with ideas and holding daily press conferences? Perhaps he would, but he's never displayed that sort of energy and dedication before unless you count the energy and dedication he put into running for president.

Jonah Goldberg examines how much better and cheaper things have become over the past fifty years. We can buy a whole lot of really cool stuff today that is much better than the stuff we could buy earlier. And we can get it cheaper. But some sectors of the economy have gotten more expensive: housing, cars, higher education, and medical care. And what do they have in common? The government's interference in the market place. Coincidence?

Ed Morrissey has posted a very funny caption contest. See what you have to contribute.

Moe Lane marvels
that Kevin Costner's investment in spill clean up technology seems to work. Unfortunately, government once again has gotten in the way.

This is just peachy. The Obama administration has picked someone who has been quite vocal in his criticism of immigration enforcement done on the local level to coordinate between the federal and local officials on their enforcement efforts. Yeah, that's going to work.

Michael Kinsley is quite funny as he ridicules CNN's efforts to create a Crossfire-type show without calling it Crossfire and with hiring two people, Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker, who seem to agree with each other more often than not. Ya think he's a bit bitter over CNN President's sanctimonious breast-beating over canning the show he helped inaugurate after Jon Stewart made fun of it? I usually don't enjoy these sorts of partisan shoutfests, but Kinsley was the best guy on the left that Crossfire had.

Mona Charen decries
the sexual double standard on how Peter Orszag's complicated sex life has been regarded and how it would be regarded if he were a woman.