Monday, October 17, 2011

Cruising the Web

Henry Payne has been blogging about the Occupy Detroit protesters. He notes the disconnect that they don't think to protest an Obama fundraising trip to Detroit.
In fact, Obama was celebrating his bailout of GM and Chrysler — bailouts that the Occupy movement claims to loathe. But as the Obama-Occupy alliance proves, it is a false loathing. The Occupiers do not so much oppose bailouts as crave them for themselves.

All the demonstrators I spoke with were aware of Obama’s dance with the devil in Lake Orion — and they applauded him for it. After all, both events were heavily populated by UAW members. While Obama was flanked by UAW members at his 2:00 p.m. GM rally, the 6:00 p.m. Occupy Detroit crowd was flush with UAW members from organizations like Detroit Local 160 (the UAW is more than autos — it is also one of the state’s largest public-employee unions).

Instead of resenting Obama’s $50 billion for GM, they want federal bailouts for their own difficulties: To pay off home mortgages, student loans, health-care bills.

“Obama inherited a disaster, but he is doing what he can. GM does provide jobs,” said activist Keith Gunter of Peace Action of Michigan. “It’s a good thing Obama agreed to save them.”
Well, isn't that the fundamental logic behind all the bailouts?

Katherine Mangu-Ward exposes "Five Myths about Healthy Eating." For example, there is no evidence that advertising forces people to eat unhealthy foods. Nope. We eat them because we just like them.
We don’t need advertisers to tell us that candy is delicious. Humans were big fans of fat and sugar long before the idiot box was invented. We’re programmed to go for the good (bad) stuff. Sure, Kellogg’s and General Mills have big advertising budgets, but they’re nowhere near as powerful as Darwin. Cracking down on advertisers gives politicians a scapegoat, but it doesn’t make kids, or their parents, healthier.

Michael Leahy puts forth a case that vice presidents should be voted on by conventions instead of basically being the private choice of the nominee.

Just what we all needed - a tell-all memoir by Anthony Weiner's sexting partner. (h/t Glenn Reynolds)

Glenn Reynolds has been having fun linking to these posts from Jeff Dobbs about "President Goldman-Sachs," noting that Goldman Sachs gave a lot more to Obama's campaign than McCain. In fact, next to the University of California, Goldman Sachs' employees and their PAC were the biggest donors to the Obama campaign. As Jeff Dobbs writes,
The point being now -- if Occupy Wall Street was a genuine grassroots movement genuinely outraged by the idea that banksters own the government, then they would be marching on the Obama White House.

This is cute. The Obama administration has gone beyond their meaningless nomenclature of jobs "created or saved jobs" and now they're tacking on jobs "supported."

The NYT had a story this weekend looking at Mitt Romney's time as a Mormon lay leader in Boston from the 1990s. It's an interesting insight into Romney's personal involvement in his church, though I find it a bit distasteful to have the media looking into a candidate's role within his religion and examining his religious discussions with others. Some remember him with respect and gratitude while some women regarded him as condescending and insensitive. What strikes me is how active he was in his church and in tending to individuals all at the same time that he was working at Bain Capital to build up that business. One gets the feeling of a man who packed more into 24 hours than most of us do into one week. As Jonathan Tobin writes of the story,
But after reading the article, the reaction is, if this is the worst they can say about him, he’s not likely to provide Democratic opposition researchers with much fodder.

Of course, politicians forfeit their claims on privacy when they throw their hat in the ring. Witness this Politico story to examine what the First Lady ordered at the ritzy restaurants she's eaten at in the Washington area.

Michael Barone looks
to see who are the real adults in our political leadership. Hint: it's not Obama.

The Washington Post finds the silver lining in our crummy economy: "Many economic sectors don’t have much more room to fall." Whoosh, that's a comfort.

The Occupy Wall Street groups
are trying to figure out what they want. They are having a hard time pinning that down or even decide if they should have demands. One supporter wrote on Facebook, “The process is the message.” What does that even mean? That they're unhappy and want people to know about it? If they can't come up with some sort of coherent message, they risk being defined by some of their more distasteful members such as the anti-Semitic messages coming from some of the protesters.

Mark Steyn is celebrating the 70th birthday of Paul Simon with an interesting podcast using interviews that he'd done with Paul Simon for the BBC. Plus here is his retrospective on the writing of Bridge Over the Troubled Waters.