Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cruising the Web

Will the Supreme Court take up a case against New York City's rent control law?

Vladimir Putin vows to end police
repression in Russia. Yeah, that's a likely campaign promise to be kept.

George Will has a great column on how absurdly long it is taking to get approval to deepen Charleston harbor five feet in order for it to be ready for bigger container ships. This will be crucial as the Panama Canal is being widened to allow such ships through and then there will be a need for US harbors to accommodate those ships. But the approval process today takes longer than the time it took to construct the original Panama Canal. Such absurdity leads Steven Hayward to call for a new Laffer Curve to analyze the effects of regulation.

Merecedes Benz is now apologizing using the image of Che Guevara to sell its cars as "revolutionary" and they just thought Che's face was just the image to sell their luxury cars. And now they're surprised that people were offended. Geesh!

John Hinderaker mines a report from Club for Growth
on Romney's term as governor of Massachusetts to provide evidence that Romney's administration was a lot more conservative than might have been imagined. And then he explains more carefully what happened with the South Carolina firm that was owned by a company that Bain was involved in. It was first opened by the Bain-backed company and built up to hiring 150 employees, but was then closed four years later.

Here are the top ten revelations about the Obamas from Jodi Kantor's new book. It will save you time and money from reading it. I didn't see anything terribly shocking. sure, they held an over-the-top Halloween Party and made sure the press didn't find out about it. Big whoop. I find this book's revelation much more damaging - that President Obama got sick of taking pictures with the troops when he made a visit to Baghdad. That anecdote is much more revealing of his suitability to being president than ten Halloween Party-type exposes.

No surprise: focus group audiences hated Jon Huntsman's use of Mandarin in the GOP debate. It's not that people dislike that he knows how to speak Mandarin, it's his pretentious arrogance in showing off in the middle of a debate.

This is a good analysis of what we can learn from political ad campaigns. It's not what you might imagine.