Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Cruising the Web

A bipartisan group of senators has written a letter to Harry Reid calling for the end of the subsidies of ethanol. May this be the beginning of the end.

With all the usual caveats about early results of medical research, this story of how gene therapy preventing memory problems in mice with Alzheimer's disease gives us some hope.

The Republicans are considering term limits for their leadership positions. The article speaks of concerns that there are constitutional problems with having term limits for the Speaker of the House because the Speaker is in the line of succession behind the Vice President. I don't understand that problem with having term limits for the Speaker since the Speaker's position in succession is determined by statute, not the Constitution. The Constitution says that the House can choose their own officers and Speaker so why couldn't they institute term limits as part of that choice? Perhaps some constitutional scholar could explain this.

Narcissistic personality disorder is now no longer a mental disorder according to the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Jim Geraghty relates a creepy anecdote about President Obama embarrassing an overweight staffer by pressing him to eat a salad at lunch. How would you like your boss presuming to order your lunch for you and then embarrassing you in front of other co-workers?

One of my favorite conservative writers, Jennifer Rubin, has left her perch at Commentary to write a blog, Right Turn, at the Washington Post. That's a real loss for Commentary and a very smart hire for the Post.

If you haven't read this report on the Stuxnet worm, then do so. It's totally fascinating. But J.E. Dyer offers some perspective on why we shouldn't be relaxing other efforts to block Iran's development of a nuclear weapon.