Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cruising the Web

Ethanol subsidies versus reality. It's a knockout.

Richard Epstein exposes how Oprah's new movie, The Butler, distorts the history of the real African American White House butler who is supposedly the basis for the story.

Obama's administration finds a way to funnel money to Detroit. It must be nice to have tens of millions of dollars in a slush fund.

Ann Althouse notes the juxtaposition of two stories today: how the White House knew about the British government's detention of the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who has been active and facilitating Edward Snowden's leaks and the Obamas' new puppy. Wag the puppy.

One more thing the victory of Obama has wrought - now every senator with a smidgeon of Washington experience thinks he should run for president. Now it's Scott Brown who thinks he should jump from two years in the Senate to a presidential bid. Geesh!

Will this murder story of the three Oklahoma youths who killed an Australian tourist, Chris Lane visiting his girlfriend, because they were bored and didn't have anything else to do receive a fraction of the media attention that the Trayvon Martin killing did? Will the race of the accused murderers become part of the story? To ask is to know the answer even though this is, in my opinion, a much more disturbing story than the Zimmerman/Martin story. John Hinderaker asks, "If Barack Obama had a son, would he look like Chris Lane?"

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones finally notices what conservatives have been saying for five years: if you write anything criticizing Obama, you'll be accused of being a racist by Obama's fans.
Translation: If you express anything short of absolute condemnation of everything the NSA has done, your Twitter feed quickly fills up with hysterical proclamations from the emo-progs that you're a right-wing shill, a government lackey, a useful idiot for the slave state, and an obvious fool. Conversely, if you criticize the NSA's surveillance programs, your Twitter feed quickly fills up with equally hysterical proclamations from the O-Bots that you hate Obama, you've always hated Obama, and you're probably a racist swine who's been waiting ever since 2009 for a chance to take down the nation's first black president.

This happens with other subjects too, of course, but the Snowden files have brought it out more than usual. I'll confess that although the leftier-than-thou types have always been around, I've long been skeptical of the idea that Obama has a core group of supporters from 2008 who really do consider him The One, a shining beacon of light who can do no wrong. But I'm the one who was wrong. I don't know how many there are, but they're definitely out there.
Such attitudes are squelching a fruitful debate on the left.

President Obama had no hesitancy on weighing in on local crime stories such as the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. or the killing of Trayvon Martin, and he ran a reelection campaign decrying the Republican supposed war on women, but he just doesn't have any comment on the multitude of sexual harassment charges against Mayor Bob Filner. Some wars on women are more important than others.

How Obama is looking more and more like Jimmy Carter.

Is there any way that a new Hillary Clinton run for the presidency can avoid the whole Clinton drama that always seems to surround them? Apparently, not. Even James Carville recognizes this.
Asked his take on the latest round of headlines involving the Clintons over the past month, former Bill Clinton adviser James Carville said, “Thus it was, thus it is and thus it shall be.”
“It’s always gonna be,” he added. “And if anybody thinks that it’s gonna change, they’re crazy.”

How many environmental regulations often increase greenhouse gases.

Here is a good question: why shouldn't universities that are raking in money from all sorts of sources pay taxes in their communities?
According to the lawsuit, the university took in over $115 million from patents in 2011, of which $35 million was given to various faculty members. The lawyer for the plaintiffs told the Times of Trenton that "People in Princeton pay at least one-third more in taxes because the university has been exempt all of these years." If all of the school's property were taxed, the bill would come to roughly $28 million a year, instead of the roughly $10 million the university is now contributing voluntarily to town coffers.

It's blue on blue as California's high-speed rail project has been halted by a California judge because they didn't get the required environmental clearances. Now they know how thousands of businesses and property owners feel.

Robert Costa details how Chris Christie has become the darling the GOP establishment.