Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cruising the Web

Fouad Ajami writes that Obama's "age of charisma" is drawing to a close. It's just not the way our country has worked in the past. If Obama accepts this, perhaps he can recover some of his ability to lead the country.

As Germans examine more of the Nazi records
they find that, surprise, surprise, the Nazis had a very modernized and centralized state whose civil servants were quite active in the efforts to annihilate the Jews.

Tony Blankley argues
that claims of Obama's comeback are greatly exaggerated. Since talk of a comeback revolves around perceptions, the media will continue to view Obama as having staged a comeback since that is what they wish has happened. It doesn't matter what the reality is. It's all about perception.

Chile followed Milton Friedman's advice and privatized their social security plan nearly 30 years ago and it's been a tremendous success surpassing predictions.

Jack Shafer offers a contrafactual of what would have happened if the FCC had regulated the internet back in the early nineties. It's not a happy story.

Is Mike Pence the conservative hope for the 2012 nomination? Perhaps, but I'd bet that he goes for governor of Indiana rather than the presidential nomination. It's what a guy who prefers free throws rather than half-court shots would do.

Robert Samuelson recognizes the reality that cuts will have to be made in Medicare and Social Security benefits and it's time for the baby boomers to feel the knife.

Byron York is thankful
for one promise that Obama hasn't kept - to close Gitmo.

New York Magazine offers up a catalogue of subjects, along with a scale of eye moistness, that prompt John Boehner to cry in public. Their purpose is, of course, to ridicule the guy. While I would like to defend him and wish him well in his leadership of the House, there is something weird about his propensity to tear up. But then who am I to judge? I've been known to tear up at schmaltzy commercials. There was one about the soldier who comes home to surprise his mom in the kitchen that got me every time.

Here's a list of the top twelve nonfiction books about the Civil War. There's plenty to debate among Civil War buffs as well as some book recommendations for all of us. [Sorry, I forgot the link originally.]


Ron Snyder said...

And the list is....?

Betsy Newmark said...

Oops. I forgot the link. Sorry about that. It should be there now.

Pat Patterson said...

In re; One of the first things that DeGaulle and the Free French government did was to release and pardon many of the German trained bureaucrats because of how much better they were then the prewar civil servants. Then they spent the next 25 years trying not to notice how many were complicit in the German war effort and shipping French Jews to the death camps.

mark said...

Sorry for the off-topic post (only conservatives are entitled, I know), but this may help explain some of the more cowardly, disgraceful repub performances:

A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives' brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other "primitive" emotions. At the same time, conservatives' brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate -- the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.


Ron Snyder said...

We did the same thing in post-war Germany Pat. Tried to weed out the most ardent Nazi's, unless we could use them in our covert ops.

Pat Patterson said...

From what I've seen it's our two resident liberals who breathlessly go off topic on a daily basis. Not as much by mark but TV incessantly. BTW, that study was in England which means that those Conservatives are about the same as the Democratic Party is here. So that means that bogus science has proved that the Democrats have worked a scheme so that they can use both sides of their brain and still not notice that their courageous planning doesn't work.

LarryD said...

As Pat brings up, the American definition of "conservative" is pretty specific to America.

The Russian psychiatric profession was pretty infamous for labeling dissidents as crazy. The American psychiatric profession went political decades ago, they have no credibility either.

We know, Mark, conservatives are all crazy, only Progressives are sane. So, has your therapist explained to you why you keep coming back here?

Pat Patterson said...

So the Age of Aquarius only lasted two years. Bummer!

reformaliberal said...


...or as it has been noted here:


"...it could explain why liberals are depressed, autistic loners who live by themselves and eat cat food."

By the way, conservatives are kicking liberal tuckus all over the continent. Just a little salt in the liberal festering wound.