Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cruising the Web

Happy Halloween! I still remember what a thrill it was to find out that strangers would give me candy and all I had to do was ask for it. What a country!

What a shame. Partisanship is tainting the retirement heaven that is The Villages.

Here's a cute little Lincoln factoid that I hadn't remembered. Find out what he bought on the day he was elected president.

John Yoo explains the federal statutes concerning Election Day. He argues that it is up to the state legislators if they need to do something different than hold the election on Tuesday.

Seven fake Sandy photos that have been circulating around the web.

Oh, gosh! Every disaster that strikes seems to bring out the same stupidity of someone arguing that this will work out to be a good thing for that area's economy. I remember the same idiocy after Katrina and 9/11. Veronique de Rugy puts the smackdown on Peter Morici who made this argument in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

David Ignatius of the Washington Post argues that there are questions on Benghazi that we deserve answers to.

This is a point that I've been pondering for several days: the media cheered on Cindy Sheehan when she took her anguish over her son's death into attacks on President Bush. Ty Woods' father has been much more restrained than Sheehan, but the MSM just ignores his questions about what happened in Benghazi that ended with his son's death. The contrast is startling evidence on how biased the media is.

Jonah Goldberg has also been pondering the "media Benghazi bugout."

Is there anything that liberals won't use as an argument to increase the size of the federal government?

Apparently, only liberals are allowed to politicize a hurricane.
Greenpeace cares more about saving whales than children.

Major Garrett explains why it is not likely that Romney could win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote. However, it is possible that Hurricane Sandy could alter everyone's math. However, Nate Cohn pours cold water on the idea that Romney could win Pennsylvania. Matthew Kaminski, however, sees some hope for Romney in suburban Philadelphia. It will all come down to the sort of turnout that Obama can get from his base in Philadelphia.

Rich Lowry analyzes the insulting patronizing message Obama has for women.
The likes of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton argued that women were just as capable of rational deliberation as men. The conceit of the Obama campaign is that, to the contrary, they are quite susceptible to a few powerful dog whistles and unable to see beyond their gender. To paraphrase a notorious post on the Obama campaign’s Tumblr page, “Ladies vote like their lady parts depend on it.”
Bob Krumm explains why liberals remain so optimistic about this election. He also explains why Romney supporters shouldn't get excited by Gallup's survey of early voting with Romney leading Obama by 7% among early voters.

Obama says that the reason he made that comment to Medvedev about having more flexibility after the election was simply because he'd have more time when he wasn't campaigning to pay attention to foreign policy and negotiate a treaty with Russia. Oh, come on! As if he would be the one personally negotiating the treaty. Some diplomat would negotiate it and the President would swoop in for the signing ceremony. He made that comment back in March. So is he admitting that he hasn't been able to pay suitable attention to foreign policy all year?

Why do pop psychologists think that they can psychoanalyze people from afar and then turn their analysis to politicians. Newsweek, demonstrating why they have lost readership steadily over the past decade, publishes a pseudo-scientific analysis of the brains of the candidates and how much testosterone and estrogen, serotonin, and dopamine they have coursing through their systems.

Gallup reports that its polling shows that turnout would be less than it was in 2004 and 2008.