Monday, May 07, 2012

Cruising the Web

Contrary to the cries from the Democrats, Scott Walker's recall campaign is being financed by a higher percentage of small donors than either of the Democratic candidates opposing him. And he's gotten more donations from people in Wisconsin than either of his opponents. When you're being funded by labor union money from around the country, don't start whining about where the other guy is getting his money.

The perfect fake affirmative action candidate - Elizabeth Warren or, as Mark Steyn calls her, Elizabeth Fauxcahontas Crockagawea Warren. We're really in a funny, topsy-turvy PC-designed ethnic world when this is how minorities are classified:
Just in case you’re having difficulty keeping up with all these Composite Americans, George Zimmerman, the son of a Peruvian mestiza, is the embodiment of endemic white racism and the reincarnation of Bull Connor, but Elizabeth Warren, the great-great-great-granddaughter of someone who might possibly have been listed as Cherokee on an application for a marriage license, is a heartwarming testimony to how minorities are shattering the glass ceiling in Harvard Yard. George Zimmerman, redneck; Elizabeth Warren, redskin. Under the Third Reich’s Nuremberg Laws, Ms. Warren would have been classified as Aryan and Mr. Zimmerman as non-Aryan. Now it’s the other way round. Progress!
And Harvard Law School refuses to say if she is the lone Native American faculty member that they reported in its diversity census report. They're so proud of their diversity that they refuse to divulge who exactly is providing that diversity!

It's taken almost four years, but President Obama is now ready to try KSM in military tribunals. Let's not forget that the administration originally preferred to try him in civilian courts in New York.

The Obama campaign has disabled the same credit-card verification device that allowed it to collect dubious donations in 2008.

Glenn Reynolds points out how the New York Times is spinning news to get storylines favorable to Obama. Who'd have thunk it?

Ah, promises that Obama made in 2008 that he's still promising to do today. Perhaps if these were so important to him, he would have done them when he had such an overwhelming majority in Congress.

File this under interesting stats to know: James Bond has been shot at 4,662 times since the first film. His chances of not getting killed is 1.4 x 10 to the power of minus 104.

Mark Steyn aptly sums up the result of the socialist, Hollande's victory in France: Apr├Ęs moi, le delusion – yet again.

Jeff Jacoby explains why
it is so wrong for Obama to argue that income inequality is the "defining issue of our time."
There is no fixed limit to the wealth a society can produce, and today's "1 percent" produce an amazing amount of it. But their wealth takes nothing away from the other 99 percent. We are all free to rise as high as talent, education, and hard work will take us. Wealth is not theft. Productivity is not zero-sum. If economic disparity is a problem, then the way to solve it is by raising those who are stuck near the bottom, not tearing down those who have climbed to the top.
Economic growth is much more of an important issue, but it's not one that Obama has done much about or even shown that he understands its importance and how it happens in an economy.

John Kerry has been very fortuitous in his investments and I'm sure it's just coincidence that the companies he invests in benefit from policies he supports or that he is able to make profitable trades just in time for the companies to benefit from federal legislation.

As Ross Douhat points out, the Julia ad on the Obama website sets up a contest of "fascinating ideological purity." The Obama vision provides cradle-to-grave support for a woman who seems to be living without any relationships in her life except for a son she "decides to have." The father, apparently, has no role in the child's life and the only role her parents play is to provide her health insurance until she's 26. And, in typically liberal fashion, there is no sense that there any consequences for all that government-provided care - no talk of how the government pays for all that it provides Julia. With this vision, we're set to have a clarifying debate over the role of government in our lives. Let the debates begin. How far do Americans want to go down the European social welfare road given the results that we're seeing right now in so many European countries?

If Barack Obama didn't have the first-person pronoun, "he would fall silent."

Ah, the politics of civility that the left is so known for: Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO says, "We'll take out Scott Walker." Of course, they can't even get their candidate the nomination in the Democratic primary. But can you imagine if some Republican-affiliated group talked that way about a Democratic politician?

Yet another Obama lie about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Just what our government should be doing - establishing a census survey of happiness. As anyone could guess, such statistics would be a ready-made call for more government programs and spending.

Walter Russell Mead ponders why we're not hearing about how former Detroit Democratic mayor Kwame Kilpatrick looted that city and wrecked it while spending public money on his own entertainment.