Monday, November 21, 2011

Cruising the Web

Fun for those who have been Tebow haters: DJ Gallo explains why he is now a Tebowist.

Vanity Fair reprints the story of The Godfather came to be filmed the way it did complete with the stories of how the real mafiosos were convinced to support the film and what James Caan did to loosen up Marlon Brando.

The Washington Post turns a story that could be a nice story of historical preservation and how hard work and a grandfather's inspiration and discipline helped one boy to pull himself up by his bootstraps into an insinuation that somehow, somewhere there is some sort of judicial impropriety in a friend of Clarence Thomas's contributing money for a historical museum in the justice's hometown of Pinpoint, Georgia, part of the congressionally designated Gullah/Geechee Heritage Corridor.

This is how bad the wussification of today's kids is getting. One Toronto school is banning "hard balls" such as "soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs and tennis balls" because people have been hurt when they've been hit by them. But never fear - the kids can still use Nerf balls. Sure, that is what kids want to use when they're playing games at recess.

CNN's Belief Blog has a long article looking at Mitt Romney's faith journey. There is nothing new in it, but maybe people aren't familiar with some of the stories. They say it is part of a series they're doing looking at the candidates and faith. I wonder if they'll do the same thing for Barack Obama.

How annoying is it that OWS activists compare themselves to the black civil rights movement? Very annoying.

The Associated Press pretends that leading Democrats never endorsed OWS.

Detroit policemen leave their jobs in order to protest a proposed 10% cut in their salaries. No one likes pay cuts, but it's difficult to convince the public how you're so necessary to the city if your actions demonstrate how either unnecessary or irresponsible you are by leaving your shift.

The president who did more to increase government spending than any other peacetime president chastises Americans for consuming too much.

There are no excuses left for Obamanomics. Peter Ferrara, writing in Forbes refutes the argument that this recession is different from previous recessions.

Fred Barnes ponders whether Republicans will forgive Newt Gingrich's past transgressions. The real question is whether independents will be similarly forgiving. That is where elections are won.

Hmmm. Is the model for winning in Iowa now obsolete? The leaders in the Iowa polls among the GOP are the ones who have spent the least time here.

George Will coins
a great phrase to describe Newt Gingrich: he's a "rental politician."
Gingrich’s is an amazingly efficient candidacy, in that it embodies almost everything disagreeable about modern Washington. He’s the classic rental politician. People think his problem is his colorful personal life. He’s gonna hope people concentrate on that, rather than on, for example, ethanol. Al Gore has recanted ethanol. Not Newt Gingrich, who has served the ethanol lobby. Industrial policy of the sort that got us Solyndra – he’s all for it. Freddie Mac, he says, hired him as a "historian." He’s not a historian. Hire Sean Wilentz, hire Gordon Wood if you want a historian.

A company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is suing
the federal government over the assessment for taxes that they are supposed to pay. They're fighting penalties of $642.7 million that the government as assessed against the company. The irony abounds.

Gordon Crovitz explains why shutting down Occupy Wall Street protests does not violate their First Amendment rights. According to a prior 7-2 Supreme Court decision, there is no free-speech right to camp out in areas where camping is not allowed.
The tents in Zuccotti Park were shelter, not symbolic speech. As First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams told Reuters, it's a "real stretch to maintain that sleeping in a designated area itself is anything more than what it appears to be."