Monday, January 31, 2011

Cruising the Web

The BBC demonstrates that driving an electric car from London to Edinburgh takes longer than it did to take the stagecoach in the 1830s. Yes, this is winning the future.

It should be a disqualifier for a GOP presidential candidate to go to Iowa before the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and talk about how the government should mandate the use of ethanol. By this standard, both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are losers before they even begin.

Here's an interesting interview
with Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States.

John Podhoretz explains how the crises in the Middle East of the past week reveal how hollow the position has always been that the secret to stabilizing the Middle East was all about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian problems. That has always been a distraction from the real problems plaguing the region.

Sally Pipes looks into how Obamacare is already falling apart.

So Joe Biden goes on PBS Newshour and denies that Hosni Mubarak is a dictator. And this is the guy who was put on the Obama ticket because he was supposed to be such an expert on foreign policy? How many idiotic statements does this guy have to make before the Democrats admit that his supposed brilliance on foreign policy was just a fantasy?

Did the bipartisan seating arrangement
at the State of the Union deflate President Obama's State of the Union?

John Steele Gordon
links to this fascinating animation of the increases of wealth and health of 200 countries from the past 200 years. So much for the myth of the good ol' days. Here's another cool animated chart plotting fertility rates of countries.

And as long as I'm linking to videos, check out this discussion from 1994 as Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel try to figure out what the internet is.

John Hawkins has compiled a useful list of statements by Democrats bemoaning the level of spending and the size of the national debt. These are statements to remind them of as Congress gets down to business on crafting a budget.

Paul Kengor reminds us the dismay of the bien-pensants when President Reagan dared to say publicly that the Soviets didn't ascribe to the same version of morality that we did.