Friday, July 27, 2012

Cruising the Web

Now the government is forbidding the importation of "Buckyballs," small magnets that people can play with because of reports of children swallowing them. This is a toy aimed at teenagers and adults, not children. So now adults can't buy something because children might swallow it. What next - are we going to ban paperclips, marbles, necklaces with beads, pennies?

Guy Benson fisks Obama's "The Choice" ad. Well done.

Kay Hymowitz explains how important the HHS's memorandum on welfare work requirements is.

Reviewing the history of how Margaret Thatcheer became a Euroskeptic.

Remembering how Obama and other Democratic senators blocked increased oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and what that lack of oversight lead to. And, of course, Obama still isn't doing anything about them and we're faced with similar looming disasters at the Federal housing Administration which will necessitate another massive government bailout.

Even using Obama's do-over of his "you didn't build this" comment reveals his top-down approach small business.
To contain the damage of "you didn't build that," Obama cut a television ad this week, arguing he really does appreciate small-business men. "We need to stand behind them," Obama said, "investing in education, training, roads and bridges, research and technology." We know what government "investments" Obama likes to make in "research and technology." His stimulus created taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for the likes of Solyndra, grants for geothermal energy, tax credits for alternative fuel, Internet subsidies, computer subsidies and so on. Obama still lauds George W. Bush's law forcing people to buy more expensive high-tech light bulbs than they want to. Obama wants to require our utilities to use more expensive wind and solar energy.

When Obama says "we need to stand behind" businessmen, he means we need to subsidize them. We need to force people to buy what they are selling. And we need to bail them out when they fail. This is the "amazing American system," in Obama's eyes. And it's one many Americans do not like.

So now the food police want to remove milk from school cafeteria lunches. They figure kids will happily eat more beans, vegetables, and tofu and so won't need to drink milk. Yup, that's likely. Do they know any kids?

Katrina Trinko explains how the story of Bobby Jindal and his supposed participation in an "exorcism" has been blown out of proportion. Somehow, I don't see a college experience observing a Christian group praying over a friend who seemed to be experiencing some sort of religious seizure that Jindal speculated might have been some sort of "spiritual warfare" is prohibitive but admitting to widespread drug use at the same age is just fine.

Going away from the teleprompter has not worked well for Obama.

New York can't turn around the city's worst 24 grades. Guess what is standing in the way.

Gee, parents inflict a whole bunch of problems on their children when they give them hypenated names.

I've written before of how much I enjoy Van Morrison's music. I enjoy listening to him anytime, anywhere. For other Van Morrison fans, here is a documentary on the most productive years of the Morrison oeuvre, 1964-1974 that you can watch online. And if you want to watch some video of Van at his prime, youtube obliges.