December 16, 2009
December 15, 2009
December 14, 2009
December 13, 2009
“No self-respecting Jew tempts fate by declaring that, whatever else might ensue, the worst of the day is behind him.”
Via Sam Sifton’s (new-ish NYT restaurant critic) twitter.
December 11, 2009
December 10, 2009
Our favorite resident nut Larry sends me a poll showing Mike Huckabee running even with Obama in a possible 2012 match-up. All that hope is so sad, but I think Larry is so used to that feeling that I’m not even going to make the requisite Larry-is-also-a-Redskins-fan joke. Although I guess I kind of just did.
Anyway, anyone reading me for awhile knows how much stock I put in national polls done years before the actual election, before the actual primary, which, hello, let’s remember, Huckster didn’t make it through last time. And also, if you are the sort of person who gets overly excited about hypothetical match-ups done years in advance, take a good look at this one: the vilified Sarah Palin within a few points of “the one”. I don’t think either of these candidates are going anywhere and not only because many things can happen before 2012 (I just discovered I’m still a member of the Mark Sanford 2012 Facebook group which I, obviously, joined well before he started hiking Appalachian trails). They both have major liabilities and these numbers are completely theoretical.
But don’t tell Larry. I wouldn’t want to ruin his weekend.
Bonus theoretical poll mania: 44% want Bush back over Obama.
December 9, 2009
Who talks and behaves this way? Emphasis mine:
President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term.
Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and even Richard Nixon all had higher approval ratings 10-and-a-half months into their presidencies. Obama’s immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, had an approval rating of 86 percent, or 39 points higher than Obama at this stage. Bush’s support came shortly after he launched the war in Afghanistan in response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he doesn’t “put a lot of stock” in the survey by Gallup, which has conducted presidential approval polls since 1938, longer than any other organization.
“If I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I’d visit my doctor,” Gibbs said in response to questions from Fox. “I’m sure a six-year-old with a Crayon could do something not unlike that. I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is daily Gallup trend. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it.”
It’s like some wacky temper tantrum. Dismissing this crazy behavior as “just Robert Gibbs” overlooks the fact that he speaks for the White House, for the president, a president who is now attacking a polling company for not producing a favorable result for him. More than a little strange.
December 8, 2009
So you are now a very strong believer in the free markets.
They’ve been working so well that a year ago in September, because of the relative absence of regulation, the markets just functioned perfectly, and required no government intervention. That was it, pretty much. Right, John?
Pretty much, except for some ridiculous assumptions in your question. But we haven’t had a free market. We had Barney Frank pressuring people to lend to people who shouldn’t have been loaned to.
You’re talking about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac being asked to lend to people who didn’t have sufficient credit.
People who didn’t have a down payment. Banks pressured to lend to minorities even if they didn’t have a typical credit history, because otherwise they were discriminating. And Fannie and Freddie were saying, don’t worry, we’ll buy up all these mortgages. And tons of regulation. Bush didn’t erase any regulation, he added more regulation than any president before him. But people act as if it’s a horrible crisis, and I say that is ridiculous! Because in 1982, where was the Dow Jones average? What is it, 11000 today? Where was it in 1982? It was at 800! So in 28 years, it’s gone from 80, to 8000 and above. Had that happened steadily, we’d be saying, aren’t free markets wonderful? What a wonderful boom period! But because we had a bubble caused partly by government, the Federal Reserve making money cheap, we had a boom and it popped. I don’t think that discredits capitalism. But look, we’re prosperous in America. It’s not because of government. The people who tried government regulation have lives which are miserable.
December 7, 2009
Liberals excited over a recent poll showing the non-existent “Tea Party” political party beating Republicans in a 3-party ballot should really think for a minute before they celebrate the demise of the GOP. In this fantasy match-up, Democrats were getting 36% of the vote while the combined total for Republicans and Tea Partiers was 41%. That means that 41% of respondents lean to the right to some extent. How is that a win for the party that leans to the left? It’s not.
“1,200 limos on the streets of Copenhagen after 140 private planes landed in their airport for the United Nations Climate Change Conference”
December 6, 2009
“Many residents are reported to have reacted with anger and panic because any cash held above that figure will be worthless – effectively wiping out people’s savings.”
What? Who said they could have more than that anyway?
Communism is so fair. Nobody has anything.
December 4, 2009
Lord Mandelson, First Secretary of State of Britain, and Tony Blair’s wife Cherie, went hunting with Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi “son of the Libyan dictator, and the man who escorted the Lockerbie bomber, Al Megrahi, home to a hero’s welcome in Libya in August.”
What is that? Gaddafi spit in Britain’s collective face and these people are hanging out with him? How is this ok?
So it turns out that bloggers now have to disclose when they get free stuff which makes me wonder: where is my free stuff? I haven’t gotten anything in ages (used to get unrequested books fairly regularly but haven’t in a long time)! I want the freebies!
December 3, 2009
Opening line of AP story: “With the world losing the battle against global warming so far, experts are warning that humans need to follow nature’s example: Adapt or die.”
It’s fairly disingenuous for any current story on global warming to not include a mention of the Climategate scandal, especially one that threatens humanity with death for not believing and abiding the advice of “experts”.
But more impressive than Jeter’s list of hot girlfriends is how he’s managed to play — and play — in New York City for 15 years without getting caught up in any significant personal drama. No baby mommas. No paternity suits. No risqué photos. No situations like Kobe Bryant or Ben Roethlisberger and certainly nothing like what Tiger Woods is going through now. Alex Rodriguez didn’t make it in New York four years before he was divorced, tripped up in an alleged affair with Madonna, linked to a stripper and underground poker clubs and accused by the New York Daily News of frequenting the same prostitution ring as former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. Considering how much A-Rod’s character has taken a beating since he put on a Yankees uniform, it makes Jeter’s pristine track record in such an enormous media market almost as extraordinary as his four Gold Gloves and five World Series championships.
It’s true, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. But if you’re looking to fail, and do it spectacularly and publicly, NY would be at the top of the list to make it happen for you. All the more impressive that Jeter has managed to maintain such a squeaky clean image. A real one, not a Tiger Woods one.
And while we’re on the topic of Tiger, Robert Peach pointed out in 2008 that Tiger’s character wasn’t quite perfect.