Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cruising the Web

Tim Cavanaugh at Reason wants to know how Christina Romer will get her soul back. Her professional career and research was for demonstrating that lowering taxes would have been a better stimulus than federal spending.

So GE Chief Jeffrey Immelt told the CNBC reporters not to be so tough on Barack Obama. Ah, that's the way to run a network.

Al Franken went campaigning for Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in South Dakota and told the audience to vote for her because she was going to vote for Nancy Pelosi, not John Boehner for Speaker. Expect to see that line in campaign ads across the state. Democrats don't want their constituents reminded that a vote for them is a vote for Nancy Pelosi. Especially in a conservative-leaning state like South Dakota.

Even human rights groups oppose WikiLeaks and realize that what they have done will endanger the lives of Afghans who have helped the U.S.

This is why Republicans opposed the appointment of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Even some Democrats were squeamish about him and so Obama gave him a recess appointment. The former general counsel for the SEIU is refusing to recuse himself from cases involving his former employer even though the Obama administration has an ethics pledge that all members sign to promise to refrain for two years from participating in any matter involving a former employer.

Harry Reid thinks that the Democrats own the Hispanic vote and said yesterday that he doesn't "see how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican. I guess he doesn't recognize those Republicans like Marck Rubio, Quico Canseco, and Susana Martinez, or Brian Sandoval as real Hispanics just like Clarence Thomas is not a real black man. Gosh, Reid is patronizing.

Patterico points out that Reid worked to kill comprehensive immigration reform back in 2007. And that Reid's son, Rory, is running for governor of Nevada and getting swamped in the polls by Brian Sandoval, a Hispanic. Ironic, eh?

Dana Milbank unloads his scorn
on all the sports activities that Obama has been involved in. Just look at the list from the past weekend.
While President Obama's wife and younger daughter were conducting international relations in Majorca on Sunday with Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, the commander in chief was at home hosting a fantasy camp for himself. He and his buddies had a birthday weekend barbecue and basketball game with LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning, Magic Johnson and other legends of the sport.

The day before, it was a four-hour golf outing for Obama and the boys. On Monday, he hosted the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints at the White House and talked about his own exploits on the gridiron last year with Saints quarterback Drew Brees. "He tossed me a nice tight spiral that I then lateraled to a kid on [Dallas Cowboys linebacker] DeMarcus Ware's shoulders," the president recalled. "I also want to point out I beat [Pittsburgh Steelers safety] Troy Polamalu over the middle on that throw." Obama turned to Brees. "You remember?"

Boys will be boys -- even if they're presidents.
My, those presidential perks are sure nice, aren't they?