Thursday, August 04, 2011

Cruising the Web

If you need an update on the silliness underlying the FAA extension bill, here is a quickie explanation. As usual, the Senate Democrats didn't need to do what they had to do and so decided to blame it all on the Republicans and politics. And of course, sucking up to the unions is behind the whole thing. The House passed an extension to fund the FAA through mid-September and all the Senate had to do was pass that extension, but they just didn't get around to it.

Check out this map and the links to stories of where local governments have either shut down children's lemonade stands or required children to get city permits for their stands. The nanny state now is protecting us from the children along with preventing the kids from getting some small business experience. (h/t Iain Murray at NRO)

Paul Gigot explains how the whole debt-ceiling showdown demonstrates why, of the two houses, it's more important to control the House.

Find out where the smelliest block in New York City is. We were just in that neighborhood a few weeks ago. We can testify.

Allahpundit exposes the projection of Martin Bashir. So right.

Why trying to learn clear writing in college is like trying to learn sobriety in a bar.

James Taranto takes on the new theme bubbling up among some liberals to blame Obama's poor performance on the debt-ceiling debate and other issues when he's coming up against the GOP House on the racism of his Republican opponents.

Ross Douhat examines how
the liberals are threatening their own priorities by fencing off the entitlements. It's just too tough to cater to all those interest groups simultaneously in a universe of limited money. What a shame.

In honor of HBO renewing Bill Maher's show for a 10th season, John Hawkins revisits the 10 most obnoxious Bill Maher quotes.

Fred Barnes feels Nancy Pelosi's pain.
She just doesn't enjoy being in a climate of spending cuts instead of out-of-control federal spending. None of the Democrats do. That's why they're so extreme in their anti-Republican rhetoric. The Democrats just don't understand that we can't live with a government that keeps increasing its spending.

What made the whole debt-ceiling debate so new was the Republicans' insistence that there should be dollar-for-dollar cuts in spending for every dollar of the debt ceiling increased. Prior to now, politicians would grouse about raising the debt ceiling and, depending on whether their party controlled Congress, would vote for or against it. It was often just raised regularly along with passing a budget. But now we have the new Boehner rule. Senator Portman recommends that the Boehner rule about matching cuts with debt-limit increases be made a permanent rule with all spending on the table. Now there's an issue for the Republicans to tout since we know that the Democrats would not support this.

Myron Magnet takes
on the cultural "broken windows" of major retail outlets celebrating drugs, violence, and stupidity in how they're merchandising their goods to kids wanting to emulate street thugs. Why do we need a slogan "SMART MAY HAVE THE BRAINS, BUT STUPID HAS THE BALLS."?

Jonah Goldberg notes the difficulty Obama will have making a new first impression with the American voters.

Just as Obama's administration came out with new fuel efficiency standards, we learn that no one seems to want GM's Chevy Volt. They sold a grand total of 125 Volts last month. ALl that government help and no one seems to want the car.

Ben Smith says that the internet and 24-news cycle has made this the "Golden Age of Oppo." The media used to do a lot of this and be the sole outlet for campaign operatives peddling dirt on their opponents. Now there is a host of sites on both sides that can put news out there and then watch it seep into the mainstream. Then the people can decide if they care.