Friday, June 17, 2011

Cruising the Web

Here is David Letterman's Top Ten List with the Dallas Mavericks about the best part of winning the NBA championship. These are my favorites:
No. 10: forward Shawn Marion, ‘I don’t have to sit here and lie about how winning isn’t important.’

No. 9: guard JJ Barea, ‘The congratulatory sext from Anthony Weiner.’

No. 3: guard Jason Terry, ‘Now I can ask Mark Cuban for a raise.’

No. 2: owner Mark Cuban, ‘If you thought I was cocky and obnoxious before – get ready.’

No. 1: forward Dirk Nowitzki, ‘It might land me a Kardashian sister.’”
Timothy Carney attempts to explain the nuances between killing a tax credit and raising taxes. Perhaps this will put us further on the road to killing ethanol tax credits, tariffs, and subsidies.

Stop! Is the earth stopping to spin on its axis? The AARP has dropped its opposition to cutting Social Security benefits. Could reality be seeping in?

Charles Krauthammer reminds us
of all that the Obama administration has done to demonstrate its fealty to unions despite the damage it does to the economy.

Is anyone shocked that a scholarly examination by a UCLA political science professor of ideological bias in the media determines that:
"Every mainstream national news outlet in the United States has a liberal bias."

"Supposedly conservative news outlets are not far right. For instance, the conservative bias of [Fox's] Special Report is significantly less than the liberal bias of CBS Evening News."
John Podhoretz argues that Twitter has made the difference in determining that politicians caught up in sex scandals won't survive. I don't know. I think that there was a big difference between the political survival of one New York congressman and a sitting president. Clinton's scandal would surely have been the subject of even more derision today than it was in 1998, but I think the Democrats would still have rallied around to save him no matter how they had to hold their noses.

Wasn't Barack Obama supposed to improve the standing of the United States among other countries? So why are the Czechs withdrawing from the missile-defense partnership with the US because they don't trust the Obama administration?

Could Mitt Romney get any more awkward or lame-sounding than to tell unemployed Floridians that he is "also unemployed"? What a cringe-making moment.

Don't feel to sorry for Anthony Weiner. Even if he turns down Larry Flynt's job offer, he still will have a very nice pension and other benefits that could add up to over $1 million in his lifetime.

If the NLRB wins its fight to keep Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina, some of the biggest losers will be those states that require workers to be unionized. What business will want to open a plant there if they're facing the government's future refusal to let them build elsewhere?

Shouldn't everyone in Washington be asking "what did Eric Holder know and when did he know it about Operation Fast and Furious? The more we learn about this deadly stupid program instituted by the ATF, the more it amazes me that anyone approved it. And there is something very stinky about how the Justice Department is trying to stonewall on the whole subject. Bob Owens is right. This scandal rivals, perhaps surpasses Iran-Contra.