An Early Contender for Worst Idea of 2009. Or Ever.

If you’re not mad about the proposed $800 billion (BILLION!!) “stimulus” bill, well you just haven’t read up on it enough yet. On the Corner, Jim Manzi does a good job of summing up the colossal badness of the thing: So, if this is a “normal” length recession, the spending bill will have theclassic problem that fiscal stimulus does—namely, it More …

Everything is on the Internet

Like looking at pictures of history?  The Library of Congress has part of its huge collection online at Flickr.

A.G. Candidate Promises To Think Hard About Crushing First Amendment Rights

On the Corner, Michael G. Franc highlights a part of the Eric Holder confirmation hearings where the prospective Attorney General dances around questions about the “fairness doctrine.” Once: Senator Arlen Specter: Mr. Holder, there had been suggestions for a revival of the so-called Fairness Doctrine, and my question to you is do you think that as a matter of public More …

I Don’t Like How "Atlas Shrugged" Keeps Coming Up

I was afraid of this when I first read it, and now more and more it looks like Atlas Shrugged wasn’t fiction, just an eerily prescient tale of where America was headed. I’m nowhere near as optimistic as Steve Moore in the video. American people, and all people for that matter, typically make good economic decisions when it comes to More …

Government, a Growth Industry

Fabius Maximus notes that we now have more people employed in government than in manufacturing and construction. Now you know where all of America’s manufacturing jobs have gone–not to China, but to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Roe at 36

Today is the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Ed Whelan marks the occasion by explaining, again, why it should be overturned: Roe is the Dred Scott of our age. Like few other Supreme Court cases in our nation’s history, Roe is not merely patently wrong but also fundamentally hostile to core precepts of American government More …

Hope and Change at 5000 Rounds Per Minute

I mentioned the new presidential limo in an earlier post. Now we see that the president’s motorcade isn’t just about defense. The swank limo is backed up by this Gatling gun hauling Chevy Suburban. If GM offered this as an option on more models, they’d be selling more, I say.

Presidential Words

ReadWriteWeb posts analysis of the most frequently used words used in Obama’s inaugural speech compared with speeches from past presidents.  Make of it what you will.

Keynesian Monopoly

Update your Monopoly game to reflect the current economic environment by adding a few of these cards to Chance and Community Chest: Now your game time can be as much fun as dealing with the government!

Give Geese a Chance

Already the media are making excuses for the perpetrators of the U.S. Air crash: After an event such as this one, it’s important to look at the rootcauses: Why did the Geese attack us? Well, the truth is, for years wehave been oppressing the Geese, using them for the fuel they providefor our bodies. Boneless Goose Breast, Brandied Roast Goose, More …

Um, Does Anybody Smell Something Burning Next Door?

U.S. military report warns ‘sudden collapse’ of Mexico is possible: Mexico is one of two countries that “bearconsideration for a rapid and sudden collapse,” according to a reportby the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats. The command’s “Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008)” report, whichcontains projections of global threats and potential next wars, putsPakistan on the same level as More …

Interview with Palin

It’s easy to see the effect that media bias can have on public perception when you compare the airheaded hick that was the media caricature of Sarah Palin with the plain-spoken, engaging governor we see in this interview.  It’s the difference you get when you conduct an interview with someone who’s not actively trying to make you look like a More …

More from Those Jokesters at PETA

I still say that PETA is a very well-funded practical joke.  Now they’ve started a campaign to call fish “sea kittens” so they’ll seem more cuddly and less edible. How could that not be a joke?  I kind of want to buy a tshirt myself.  And as Ed Morrissey says, there might be unexpected blowback: Changing the name to “sea More …

It’s Like "Twilight," Except for Me

Are we entering the age of bacon?  I’m glad to be alive to see these days. We now have the book “Bacon: A Love Story” which I discovered on the bacon blog Bacon Unwrapped. Egad, I can hear my arteries clogging as I sit here. But you can’t deny the appeal.

Hooray for Incompetence!

P.J. O’Rourke looks forward to the failure of the Obama administration, because he’s not competent enough to really screw things up. Bringing the government in to run Wall Street is like saying, “Dadburned dinner, let’s get the dog to cook.” Now the government’s goingto take over the auto industry. I can predict the result–alight-weight, compact, sustainable vehicle using alternative energy.When More …

We Are Living in "Atlas Shrugged"

So says Stephen Moore, and it’s hard to argue. For the uninitiated, the moral of the story is simply this: Politiciansinvariably respond to crises — that in most cases they themselvescreated — by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations.These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires thepoliticians to create more programs . . . and the downward More …

The Obamamobile

The Daily Mail does an examination of the new presidential limo, now featuring a really happy-looking black buy in the back! All the expected high-tech and defense accessories are there, but the thing that makes me go “Whoa” is this: “Bottles of the president’s blood kept on board in case he needs an emergency transfusion.” Whoa.

"The Power of Tim Tebow’s Eye Black"

From, “Immediately following last night’s BCS National ChampionshipGame, the most-searched term on Google was ‘John 3:16.’”

Jesus Didn’t Tap

If you’re a Christian who also likes to watch people pummel each other senseless in ultimate fighting bouts, well now there’s a line of active wear aimed squarely at you. “Jesus Didn’t Tap” is a line of t-shirts and whatnot that live right where the Prince of Peace meets the armbar and the choke hold. That’s funny enough, but you More …

Watchmen Politics

Jonah Goldberg posts an article for “right-wing comic book geeks” (Hello? Did someone call my name?) in which he deconstructs the politics of Watchmen: Much of the political vision of Watchmen – and Watchmen was adeeply political piece of work – is horribly outdated today and was, inthe grand scheme of things, just plain wrong when it came out.