Monday, November 14, 2011

Cruising the Web

The makers of the movie Atlas Shrugged have to replace 100,000 title sheets from their DVD because some ignoramus described it as a story of "self-sacrifice." Someone either totally missed the point or thought it would be funny to pay a trick on the production.

My AP government class just read Madison's Federalist 10 in which he discussed how factions are inevitable and a result of human nature. So it's no shock to know that factions have developed in OWS.

Now that OWS has become a "petri dish" of disease with participants coming down with the charmingly named "winter vomiting virus," shouldn't the mayor, who professes to be so concerned about health move to shut this down?

Conn Carroll remembers
the movement to occupy Alcatraz in 1969. The similarities to OWS are quite striking.

Dana Milbank chastises Republicans for trying to pass blame for their faults from the accusations against Herman Cain to Newt blaming the media for "gotcha" questions to Romney blaming his successor for the problems with Romneycare. Well, aren't they simply following the model of this president who has spent the past three years blaming Bush for every bad thing that happens or mistake that his administration makes?

Jay Cost has an interesting column running through who were the possible candidates of executive experience and stature for running this election and narrows it down to a relatively short list. And Mitt Romney just lucked out that the others, except Rick Perry, declined to run and Perry flamed out.

The WSJ looks at Romney's record and pins down a few months in 2005 when Romney made his major flip flops.

Here's an inevitable result of Obamacare: Stryker, a company which makes artificial hips and knees will have to cut 5% of its employees to pay the medical-device excise tax that is part of the health reform bill.

So where does Perry's "oops" moment rank in some "recent defining presidential campaign moments." Here's one list. You can argue about the order, but the list reminds us of some of those political stories. But you'll have to ignore that picture of Al and Tipper smooching at his convention. Ugh.

With all the news about this horrible story at Penn State, it's nice to turn to a different sort of story about a legendary coach as Coach K goes for breaking Bob Knight's record. Here is an interesting story about the relations between those two men.

A "whiff of scandal"
now taints Barack Obama.

Here's an interesting and detailed look at George Kennan's career.

Jeff Jacoby celebrates the blocking of the FDA's efforts to force cigarette companies to have "mini billboards" of anti-smoking pictures. Hey, if the government can force us to buy a product, why can't it force companies to advertise its antismoking agenda?

OWS is trying to move to college campuses. At least that brings them closer to those responsible for their high student debt. Though some campuses are taking a stricter line than most city governments. Though who is surprised that Berkeley has had homeless people camping out there since 1969? Not the same people, but it is apparently a regular feature at the People's Park in Berkeley.

Byron York wonders if Herman Cain has any other approach to foreign and defense policy than to ask his advisers.

Talk about a bubble: how about spending $4.3 million for what seems to be a quite ordinary photo?

President Obama starts (or stops, depending on your view) a welcome trend - ending the silly pictures of world leaders wearing goofy shirts.