Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Cruising the Web

Not having managed to pass these bills before the election, the Democrats are hoping to stuff more than 100 land and water bills into one big omnibus and cram it through in the next couple of weeks. They hope that there is enough in the whole mess to gain votes from enough Republicans.

States and towns are in such a hole with trillions in debt that we will be hearing of their potential bankruptcies for a long time to come.

Mark Hemingway
links to an LA Times story about how the Los Angeles plan to reduce carbon by buying only green vehicles is not saving money at all.

Megan McArdle has an interesting post about how perverse incentives explain why DC Metro escalators are so often broken.

Afghan police have arrested the man who cut off his daughter-in-law's nose for running away from her husband. Bibi Aisha bravely allowed her photograph to appear on Time Magazine thus bringing worldwide attention to the crime.

Here would be a welcome move
from the Republicans when they take over the House: end the ban on incandescent light bulbs. And after that - it's time to get rid of the low-flow toilets.

This is how low our government has fallen - it can't even print money properly.

ObamaCare is so wonderful that HHS has already given out 222 waivers to businesses and unions who want to get out of its mandates.

When you hear about Obama's pay freeze for federal workers, don't get too impressed. Over 1 million federal workers are still going to get $2.5 billion in pay raises. Only in Washington, would that be called a pay freeze.

Jay Cost marvels, as do I, on the seeming permanence of the Kennedy myth.

Jeff Jacoby explodes the myth of American Islamophobia.


Bachbone said...

I mentioned here a few weeks ago that Rep. Upton is a RINO. He's also an heir to the Whirlpool fortune, and Whirlpool now also owns Maytag. In addition to CFLs and low-flow toilets, enviro-nuts have been pushing front-load washers, which have their own unique set of problems users have found after shelling out hundreds of dollars more than the old, proven-technology top-load washers cost. Speaker-to-be Boehner says he can't find anyone better qualified to chair the Energy Committee than Upton. That's bullcrap, but even if it were true, it would be a telling comment on the level of talent present in Washington's GOP ranks. I repeat myself, but both Boehner and McConnell ought to be replaced as GOP leaders.

Re: "222 waivers" for ObamaCare so far - it's something John Q. Public never hears from any source except Fox and conservative bloggers. No wonder the FCC wants to shut up those last sources of truth. In a few years, we'll be back to underground pamphleteering for real news.

Re: the Bibi Aisha case - how long will it be before leftist judges permit Muslims to use Sharia law in their own communities? A federal judge in Oklahoma has already ruled a State referendum passed by voters to be unconstitutional. The referendum directed courts to "to rely on federal and state law when deciding cases" and forbade them "...from considering or using international law” or 'Sharia law.'" The same thing is happening in UK.

tfhr said...


I think the jury is still out on Boehner and I really have my doubts about him but McConnell is either a poster boy for TERM LIMITS or Trent Lott's clone.