Friday, November 18, 2011

Cruising the Web

It's truly scary what is happening to Hindus in Pakistan. Girls are being kidnapped and being forced into prostitution. And that is when they are not being murdered.

As Gingrich rests atop the polls, the media are going to do more and more to examine his record. A particularly rich node for their exploration is what he's done to earn money since he left the House. The Washington Post looks today into how much money he took in from the health care industry. He might call himself a consultant, but it doesn't give off a good odor when he refuses to release his records from what he did for Freddie Mac. As Krauthammer said the other night, it's pretty clear what he was doing for them. Fannie and Freddie were throwing a lot of money around to block Republican efforts to regulate the agencies. So they probably thought it would be a good idea to get a prominent Republican like Gingrich on their side. This isn't illegal, but it doesn't play well in today's Republican primaries. So Gingrich will try to squelch those questions, but voters should start asking if a "consultant" to Freddie Mac is whom they want to have as their candidate. As Charles Lane writes, "The dictionary doesn’t include a printable adjective to describe the former House Speaker’s hypocrisy." he has a list of Gingrich's statements excoriating Democrats for the money that they've taken from Fannie and Freddie.

New York Magazine had a slide-show
of pictures supposed to represent Newt Gingrich looking condescendingly at others. That's unfair - many of the pictures are just Newt apparently looking at or talking with someone. And we could have a similar slide-show of Barack Obama looking arrogant. But this blog, titled "Newt Gingrich Judges You: You have been weighted, measured, and found wanting" is truly funny."

Jay Cost examines the "campaign argument"
that the Republicans will use as their pitch for winning in 2012.

Obama will need to decide if his strategy next year should be geared at winning Ohio or Virginia. The message to the swing voters in those states is quite different.

Apparently, it has been rather common for wacky people to accuse the president of being the Antichrist.

This is emblematic of how ludicrous the EU is. They've spent three years investigating whether makers of bottle water should be allowed to claim that drinking their product can prevent dehydration. They've decided that it will now be criminal to make such claims. Think of that: EU professors have decided that drinking water is not a method of combating dehydration.

You can vote for the best live album.
There are a lot of great choices there, but I'll go for my man, Van Morrison's "It's Too Late to Stop Now."


tfhr said...

The EPA has declared that CO2 is a pollutant, so the EU had to find something wrong with H2O or suffer the wrath lawyers crafting useless regulations on both sides of the Atlantic.

tfhr said...

The story about Hindu girls is replayed over and over again around the world substituting other minorities that live in Muslim lands. The Sudan is probably worst but challengers are in the wings in other African nations. Christian girls in Aceh have suffered at the hands of their Muslim Indonesian neighbors in unspeakable ways. Even in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, among others, there are honor killings of daughters that have become "too western" and "marriages" by force when female children are spirited off to other lands that will permit their rights to be violated.

Very sad.

ricrx said...

Thanks EU. Now I don't have to lug any water around while I am hiking in Death Valley during the summer. I guess I will just eat sand if I get dehydrated.

LarryD said...

Better not tell Brussels about diHydrogen Monoxide, AKA Oxidane. They'll ban it entirely.

Pat Patterson said...

And He shall come from the East and He shall knoweth all the languages of God and Satan. He shall hideth himself among the believers until the stars are in alignment then He shall go East to the Temples of the Righteous and learn there ways of the Elmer Gantryites so as to appear to be one of the Drinkers of Tea and Clingers of Guns. He will find a mate of greater stature and strength but their line will be short. And the Mark of the Lei will be upon him, it is a wonderous Mark, worshipped by many for what they see and what they divine from the language of the imps known as Textual Analysis.

And finally He shall reside on the Potomac in the Capitol of the Whore of K Street. And his imps, both free and indicted, from the Land of Great Waters shall cometh to strip the flesh from the body of the tribes of the Money Changers and Plutocrats. He will appear glorious to behold but His words obscure and only heard by his those who now also bear the Mark of the Lei and are revealed often when the tinkling of silver bells, which they find each other with, becomes to loud to hide.

tfhr said...

That's pretty good but no mention of a teleprompter?

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