Thursday, July 05, 2012

Cruising the Web

I hope you all had a lovely Fourth of July. I must say that there is something truly thrilling about watching the fireworks over the Washington Monument accompanied by a patriotic medley of music. And watching it from the comfort of my air-conditioned home is especially pleasant.

While recovering from your Independence Day BBQ or picnic, you can peruse this list of the favorite foods of all the presidents. See which one had tastes closest to yours.

Larry O'Connor pays a lovely tribute to one of my favorite musicals "1776." They don't make 'em like that any more.

Wow. San Diego set off all its fireworks at once. Watch to see what that looks like.

Randy Barnett offers up an educational annotation of the first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. If it's been a while since you've read and thought about that document, this is a good reminder.

John Nolte analyzes how Vanity Fair, Politico, and the Washington Post are working to provide deceptive points for the Obama campaign to use.

So when did Romney really leave Bain?

Liberals can't take victory. Now they're worried that Roberts' decision in the health care case means that he'll feel free to rule with the conservatives in some important cases coming up this next term. Maybe I'm naive but I don't think that justices see unrelated cases as needed to be balanced off against each other. I know that that is the idea that is going around, but I just don't buy that Roberts was thinking that he'd vote with the liberals this time in order to strike down parts of the Voting Rights Act or affirmative action admissions.

The new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, wants the "Blind Sheikh" of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing infamy freed. Just in case you had any doubts of what type of government now is in office there.

Yuval Levin explains how the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare will harm the economy. These are the arguments that Romney and Republicans should be making to connect up Obama's policy choices on health care and the stagnation in the economy.

Stephen Moore finds the teachable moments for his kids in the blackout they've endured this past week.

Contrary to the Obama campaign complaints and the portrayal in the media, the pro-Obama super PACS are outspending groups that oppose him. And they're spending that money in anti-Romney ads.

Cliff May takes apart the New York Times in their hissy fit over Sheldon Adelson.

Countering the arguments of the education blob.

Oh, how sad. No one wants to party with Jon Corzine any more.

It looks like the Supreme Court might take up the Defense of Marriage Act this term. The Obama administration has filed for the Court to skip the appellate stage to take up the case. I've always thought the law was very problematical and not likely to pass constitutional scrutiny. But, as we've learned, who can predict what the Court will do. It's about time that this issue got resolved.

Just in case you've forgotten, Quin Hillyer recounts how Obamacare came to be passed in the first place.

Do we really need a national paid vacation policy? The Atlantic thinks so.

The NEA is losing members at a fast clip. Good.