Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cruising the Web

Here's an interesting defense of Ebeneezer Scrooge as part of the original 1%.

Newt Gingrich has his own newsletter problem. The WSJ has uncovered an endorsement by Newt of Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts, a plan that Gingrich is excoriating today. And, as Ed Morrissey points out, Gingrich's defense that he wasn't the one who wrote his newsletter's praise of Romneycare is quite lame, especially given that Gingrich has been criticizing Ron Paul for making the same defense of his own newsletter scandal.

Michael Barone reflects
that Iowa has a rather sorry history of picking the eventual Republican nominee. The GOP caucuses have low turnout with a disproportionately high percent of those caucus-goers being evangelical Christians. That is not what we're going to see in other states. Barone points out that New Hampshire and South Carolina have done a much better job at picking the eventual nominee.

Take a look at what famous people were born
in years ending in 11. Who knows what future luminaries were born in this past year.

Mark Steyn can always find gloom in our demographic future. But he does it in such an entertaining way that I always enjoy reading his predictions of demographic and financial doom. Here he finds a segue from the birth of John the Baptist to the problems facing countries that have constructed a welfare state but are not having the babies necessary to grow up and pay for those promises.

The NYT looks at Mitt Romney's career at the Harvard Business School. It's pretty impressive that he could simultaneously get a law degree at Harvard Law as well as being one of the top students at Harvard Business School while being married and the father of two children. Since the Democrats like to characterize Republican politicians as either stupid or evil, I guess that Mitt will have to be evil. Or will they trot out a new category as just being weird?

Dan Amira at the New York Magazine blog has some fun mulling over which other historic events could serve as metaphors for Newt Gingrich now that we know that not qualifying for the Virginia ballot is somehow like Pearl Harbor, a severe setback on the way to an ultimate victory or something.
* Gingrich's birth = the Big Bang
* The time Newt Gingrich was pushed out of office by his own party = Cain killing Abel
* The time Newt Gingrich shut down the government after being forced to sit in the back of Air Force One = Rosa Parks
* Newt Gingrich's idea to replace school janitors with children = Einstein's theory of relativity
* The time Newt Gingrich's car got stuck in some mud = Vietnam
* The time Callista made Gingrich do the dishes = slavery
Check out and see how you'd do in answering these Google interview questions.

It took Ron Paul 482 tries before a bill he authored was made into law. FYI: the bill facilitated the sale of a customs house in Galveston.

Thomas Sowell has one of his always-enjoyable Random Thoughts columns today. I like this one:
What do you call it when someone steals someone else's money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else's money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else's money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice.