Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cruising the Web

A visit to IKEA evokes images of Dante's Hell.

Ron Radosh finds a similarity between the new MLK memorial statue and those socialist realism monuments in China of Mao Zedong. And guess whom the Chinese sculptor chosen to make the statue is best known for sculpting? How would Martin Luther King, who believed so deeply in non-violence, feel about his memorial being "honored by a sculptor whose background is that of fashioning tributes to one of the late century’s most horrible tyrants and mass murderers"?

Walter Shapiro notes
that Rick Perry is almost personally constructed to be composed of all the elements that liberals most despise about the right.
Indeed, Perry is not only a presidential candidate, but also a cowboy-booted sociological experiment. It is almost as if Perry’s political persona was constructed by bundling together all the fears and phantoms in the left-wing anxiety closet. Since the hysteria of the 1950s Red Scare, no Republican figure has matched Perry in his God-given ability to give liberals the heebie-jeebies. Others can rival the governor’s disdain for academic achievement (Palin), his cross-on-the-sleeve religiosity (Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee), and his antipathy to Social Security and Medicare (Paul Ryan and Barry Goldwater). But never before has a top-tier presidential candidate embodied the whole lethal package—and more
Conservatives might chuckle over having a candidate whom the left so despises. But remember, elections are won among the independents. And it's not yet clear if they will have a similar reaction to Perry that the liberals do and decide to go with the devil they know, Obama. And that would be disastrous.

Joe Biden backs away
from his statement that he fully understands and wasn't "second-guessing" China's one-child policy to now saying that it is a repugnant policy. Sounds like he's second-guessing himself. Newsbusters notes that the mainstream media didn't cover those parts of Biden's remarks on the one-child policy and it was only through the uproar his rather ambivalent comments raised on the internet and talk radio that the administration was forced to issue a semi-retraction.

And just to keep the fact-checkers busy, Biden goofed up on the facts of the US debt when he tried to reassure the Chinese that the US was serious about taking care of its debt because, as he said, Americans own 85% of the U.S. treasuries. Actually it's 54% of the U.S. public debt and 69% of the total debt when you include the money the government owes itself for having borrowed so long from the Social Security funds. Since he kept repeating that statistic in his Chinese visit, you'd think that his aides would have researched it better before they fed it to him.

Did Paul Krugman really send out a message
that a more damaging earthquake would lead to "a bigger boost in spending and hence economic growth"? It sure sounds like the type of thing he has said in the past.

UPDATE: Paul Krugman denies that the Google+ comment was his and says he doesn't have a Google+ account.
So if you see me quoted as saying something really stupid or outrageous, and it didn’t come from the Times or some other verifiable site, you should probably assume it was a fake.
But if you see him saying something really stupid on the Times site, you can believe that that is the real Paul Krugman. Good to know.