Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cruising the Web

Ah, this explains it. Newt Gingrich's vision of his own historical, transformational role in government comes from science fiction.

Speaking of science fiction. George Takei, the actor who played Sulu on Star Trek, is taking on "Twilight."

Marijuana growers have taken to national parks
to grow their crop. And they're damaging the ecosystems in the parks in the process.

Georgia Republicans are not jumping in
to help their fellow Georgian, Gingrich.

The 99% can't afford the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The becoming modesty of Barack Obama: He rates his achievements
over the past three years exceeding all previous presidents except Lincoln, FDR, and LBJ. yeah, sure.

Harry Reid thinks that the existence of millionaires who are job creators are about as real as unicorns.

Close to 2/3 of the American public think that big government is a bigger threat to the country than big business or big labor. That's close to an all-time high in Gallup's polls since they've been asking that question in 1965.

The eternal cluelessness of
Debbie Wasserman Schultz who denies that unemployment has increased under Barack Obama. When the facts aren't in your favor - just make stuff up.
Chris Dodd wants to emulate China when it comes to regulating the internet.

How 60 Minutes wasted the hour it had to interview Barack Obama: Well, of course. You don't think they were going to ask hard-hitting, penetrating questions instead of giving him an opportunity to spout his campaign rhetoric, did you?

Richard Epstein takes down Obama's ignorance
of the economy as displayed in his populist demagoguery. And as Michael Barone points out, such populist arguments haven't won elections for Democrats since Harry Truman.

Dick Cheney said that Obama had three options after our drone went down in Iran, but rejected those options and instead asked Iran to return our drone. If that is true, it counters all the positive vibes that Obama has accrued from killing Osama bin Laden. I have no idea if it would have been possible to have destroyed the drone with an airstrike or if a team could have recovered it. It's difficult to believe that the President passed up a legitimate attempt to destroy the drone once it had gone down.

Fred Barnes argues that the debates have not served the GOP well by distracting attention from Obama's weaknesses and diminishing the leading candidates. On the other hand, the debates have given people who aren't in Iowa and New Hampshire to get a feel for these candidates. But Barnes is absolutely correct that the debates have placed a disproportionate amount of attention on their skills in short answer questions instead of their policy positions and by allowing the peripheral candidates the opportunity to hang around. But shouldn't such candidates hang around at least until people cast actual ballots?