Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cruising the Web

George Lucas gets some Jedi revenge on Marin County.

Mickey Kaus
and Ted Frank wonder how an Obama pal offering Jeremiah Wright $150,000 to stay quiet during the 2008 campaign is all that different from John Edwards' moneybag friends offering Rielle Hunter money to stay out of sight during his presidential run.

The Taxman Cometh for children's books.

Gosh, there are a lot of lies in Obama's claims about the bailout of GM. And the Obama administration knows that these are lies, but they keep repeating them.
Having just $34 billion to show after a $100 billion-plus investment would get a chief executive of any private company fired. Unfortunately, Obama does not seem to understand how this money has been wasted.

But then Obama doesn't know much about business, does he? He's just as far off in claiming that the federal government's investment in the internet is responsible for Microsoft's success. And he continues to ignore the role of private entrepreneurs in the creation of innovative companies like Facebook or Google.

Likewise, the administration is terrible at predicting economic growth. They're constantly getting it wrong. But then they base their budgets on that economic growth that never appears. And to top it off, they underestimate the costs of their policies.
Beyond the normal obstacles to economic forecasting, the Obama administration has habitually overvalued the benefits of its programs while underestimating their costs. Thus they have predicted four of the last one recoveries.


The real war on women: how North Korean women who escape into China are made into sex slaves.

Sit back and enjoy this retrospective of seven awful moments from Elizabeth Warren's attempts to weasel out of her claims about being of Native American heritage.

John Podhoretz notes that the Obama campaign is "off to a shaky start." This is prompted by their issuing of the two-minute attack ad on the steel company that Bain took over and then eventually closed down. It only took a few minutes before the counterattack clarified that the steel plant closed two years after Romney had left Bain and when Bain was led by one of Obama's biggest bundlers. And that many steel companies, crippled by union costs, were closing in that era. What struck me was that, given that all this was well-known, the Obama team chose to make their first attack on Romney's Bain experience based on a company that closed two years after his time there. Weren't there any other companies that they could highlight that closed under his leadership? There must be. Why didn't they dramatize one of those? Why did they leave themselves open to such counterattacks?

Here are some more moments of Obama in history. And now there's visual evidence of the importance of Barack Obama to many famous moments of human history.

There's not much surprise here: immigrants from actual communist countries are more likely to become Republicans than Democrats. Even when they settle in Democratic redoubts like New York city.
Tatiana Varzar came to the United States in 1979, at age 21, from the Ukrainian seaport of Odessa. She worked as a manicurist and then opened a small restaurant on the boardwalk that grew into Tatiana Restaurant, a spacious magnet for foodies who like a whiff of salt air and a sea view with their pirogen. Today it is a destination for high-powered Russians, like some of the executives who own the Brooklyn Nets.

“I am what I am because of capitalism,” Ms. Varzar said, “and Republicans are more capitalistic.”

Anatoly Alter immigrated from Kiev, Ukraine, in 1978, worked as a machine operator in Manhattan’s fur district and now owns one of the fur emporiums on Brighton Beach Avenue, a shop lush with mink, sable and ermine coats. In his view, Democrats like Mr. Obama have introduced “a socialist mentality,” which is why he prefers Republicans. “Too many people want to rely on free money and socialist institutions, and they want businessmen to pay for it,” Mr. Alter said.

Some scholars likened the attitudes of Soviet immigrants to those of the Vietnamese boat people who fled their homeland’s Communist government and of the Cuban refugees who fled the government of Fidel Castro, both of whom took a more conservative tack in the United States than the members of most immigrant groups.

“Having been seared by statism, they see Democrats as drifting toward statism and see that as dangerous for themselves and for the country,” said Fred Siegel, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership.

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