Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Obama in perspective

Once again, liberals embrace big corporations:

The so called “Food Safety Act” which would punish small farmers by putting them under a mountain of byzantine regulations that would shut them down. And punish people who try to grow their own food with million dollar fines. This will make people reliant on big agri-corporations and restrict or ban people from trying to support themselves.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Just the facts

Maybe the pope was right, a writer says in Wash Post:

When Pope Benedict XVI commented this month that condom distribution isn't helping, and may be worsening, the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, he set off a firestorm of protest. ....

Yet, in truth, current empirical evidence supports him.

From inside the Meltdown

Fascinating story:

My Manhattan Project

How I helped build the bomb that blew up Wall Street.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Liberals left clinging to past

Discovered by the Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka, the method creates stem cells without using and destroying human embryos. By studying cells created from people with inherited disorders, scientists are observing, in ways never before possible, how diseases progress and react to treatments, said Doug Melton, a Harvard University researcher.

“This is the breakthrough the stem-cell field has been waiting for,” said Beth Seidenberg, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Menlo Park, California-based venture-capital firm that helped start Google Inc.


Stem cell researchers have created embryonic-cell lookalikes that don't have the cancer-causing genes found in earlier experiments.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Are bailouts worse than bankruptcy?

So, yes, there’s no question that an AIG bankruptcy would have been terrible—even cataclysmic. But it’s reasonable to ask: could it have been worse than what we have now?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

OK, now I'm scared

David Brooks may not be reliable in some things, but ...

The president of the United States has decided to address this crisis while simultaneously tackling the four most complicated problems facing the nation: health care, energy, immigration and education. Why he has not also decided to spend his evenings mastering quantum mechanics and discovering the origins of consciousness is beyond me.

No nukes -- no power

William Tucker and the insanity of snubbing nuclear power:

The one path not being pursued by the Obama administration, of course, is nuclear energy. That would be too easy. All we’d have to do is admit that the purveyors of “clean and renewable energy” are living in a fantasy world. Once that was done, we could employ current technology, use the existing electrical grid, and skip all the business of flagellating ourselves about all the harm we do to the planet. We could put tens of thousands of construction workers to work, cut through bureaucracy (we’d have to give up the five-year reviews by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission), and let Silicon Valley go back to building computers instead of thinking they can solve world energy problems.

Death and rebirth of newspapers

Some harrowing yet oddly heartening insights:

The conversion to the Internet newspaper will be painful and slow, as it awaits more new technology and an almost complete reinvention of the business. But in about ten years, the greatest newspapers will be titles that are familiar now, and will publish about 10 percent of their sale in printed editions for sale at newsstands.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sharing AIG's pain

Romney on AIG:

Of course, the Obama administration was wrong to initially defend the bonuses as contractually obligated.

Big news?

Let's see how much play this gets:

Dramatic advances in public attitudes are sweeping Iraq, with declining violence, rising economic well-being and improved services lifting optimism, fueling confidence in public institutions and bolstering support for democracy.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

$1.3M per job

Dose of reality on spending:

What the four economists found is that the Administration's estimates for stimulus growth were six times as high as they could produce under a modern Keynesian simulation. By their estimates, the stimulus would produce, at most, 600,000 jobs and add perhaps 0.6% to GDP at its peak. That's nowhere near a multiplier of 1.5 and suggests the $800 billion would have been better devoted to business tax cuts or fixing the financial system. That's $1.3 million in spending per job, for those keeping score at home.

The Obama agenda comes out.

Commentators are waking up:

As Mr. Henninger points out, this is no ordinary budget: it is a morality play in which “fairness” (note the scare quotes)is pitted against “wealth.”


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

End of superpowerdom?

So can the U.S. afford more F-22s? And garrisons all over? Even we hawks must wonder.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

When the headline says it all:

The War on Prosperity

Sunday, March 1, 2009

What is needed?

There's a reason Rush is so influential:

For those of you just tuning in on the Fox News Channel or C-SPAN, I'm Rush Limbaugh and I want everyone in this room and every one of you around the country to succeed. I want anyone who believes in life, liberty, pursuit of happiness to succeed.