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  • Project Veritas walked into a Washington, D.C. polling place and was offered Eric Holder’s ballot. Of course the Department of Justice tried to spin the story away.

  • A member of George Zimmerman’s family wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, challenging him to enforce federal hate crime laws against the New Black Panthers for placing a bounty on Zimmerman. There’s a good point on Instapundit that you could argue Eric Holder is prejudiced against Latinos based on his actions (or lack thereof) in Operation Fast and Furious.

  • Obama’s green energy ambitions have moved from solar to wind to algae to cow flop.

  • The Department of Education plans to bypass states and offer “No Child Left Behind” wavers directly to school districts. Overreach much?

  • Remember that woman who used a Google+ hangout to ask Obama to help her husband, an unemployed semiconductor engineer, find work? He’s still unemployed. You’d think Obama could successfully help one person find a job.

  • Obama is helping the IRS to hire, though — he’s diverting $500 million to hire IRS agents who will enforce ObamaCare.

  • Kansas could be the next oil boom state.

  • Andrew McCarthy wrote a good article detailing how the Obama administration is selling the Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Egypt’s presidency, Khairat el-Shater, as the moderate candidate, at least in comparison to the Salafist candidate, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail. Unfortunately for the Obama administration, Abu Ismail has run for office twice before — as a Muslim Brotherhood candidate.

  • Here’s an update from McClatchy on Omar Suleiman running for Egyptian president. Egypt’s Higher Presidential Elections Committee excluded Abu Ismail because his mother is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Abu Ismail refutes this, claiming that the paperwork showing that the U.S. government granted his mother citizenship on October 25, 2006 is a forgery. Where was Dan Rather when this was going on?

  • Mark Steyn has an interesting perspective on National Review’s firing of John Derbyshire. I stopped reading Derbyshire a long time ago, but I agree that firing him accepts a liberal premise about politically correct speech that “shrink[s] the bounds of public discourse, rendering whole areas of public policy all but undiscussable.”

Links for 4-6-2012

  • Hosni Mubarak’s head of intelligence, Omar Suleiman, says he will run for president of Egypt. According to the article, “Hundreds of Suleiman supporters staged a rally in Cairo on Friday carrying banners reading ‘Suleiman, save Egypt’ and ‘We don’t want the Islamists’.” The situation must be ugly if a former spy chief looks like a savior.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party is drafting “demographic reserve” laws — they’re proposing to pile more taxes on young people to pay for pensions and health care for retiring baby boomers.

  • From 1959 through 1966 the U.S. Army operated a base below Greenland’s ice cap. It was powered by a nuclear reactor and tested the feasibility of stationing nuclear ICBMs closer to the Soviet Union.

  • There’s yet another entrant in the parade of Scary Charts, this one from The Center for Economic and Policy Research. It shows that real wages (compensated for inflation) have been declining steadily since mid-2010.

  • Sarah Palin was right: Obama does pal around with terrorists.

Links for 4-5-2012

Links for 4-4-2012

  • I can’t believe there are politicians who still haven’t learned this: At a minimum, buy the .com, .org, and .net domain addresses for your name and any variations of your name that people are likely to type into a web browser’s address bar. I’m looking at you, Paul Workman, who neglected to buy the .org domain corresponding to your name, only to have a primary opponent construct an effective web site at that address. I particularly like the page demonstrating that Workman personally signed off on the redistricting map that moved me into a district designed to protect an incumbent Democrat. Thanks a lot. If I was still in Workman’s district, I’d be voting for Ryan Downton.

  • The Republican National Committee produced a web ad that demonstrates Obama’s 2012 speech criticizing Paul Ryan’s budget sounded a lot like his 2011 speech on the same topic. The weird part is that Obama stumbles over the same phrases in both speeches. You’d think that either a) he would have straightened out his delivery by now thanks to sheer repetition, or b) his speechwriters would have given up and written something else for him that he wouldn’t stumble over.

  • The new parliamentarian for the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth MacDonough, decided that last summer’s debt ceiling deal, which “deemed” that the Senate passed a 2013 budget, doesn’t preclude the Senate from considering budget resolutions. Senate Republicans will try to force votes on budgets and thereby embarrass Democrats who are up for reelection in November. I’m not certain it’s possible to embarrass Senate Democrats.

  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will face a military trial at Club Gitmo. The Obama administration has apparently given up figuring out how to smuggle KSM and his cohorts into Manhattan for a civilian trial.

  • North Korea is working on a longer range intercontinental ballistic missile. This missile is larger than the one North Korea is planning to launch later this month.

  • The voter fraud case in St. Joseph County, Indiana took a weird turn when the prosecutor’s name turned up on one of the allegedly falsified petitions, disqualifying him from the case because he could be called as a witness. A special prosecutor was appointed in his place.

  • Pajamas Media visited the offices of liberal organizations that oppose voter ID laws. Not surprisingly, those organizations wouldn’t let them in without their first showing a photo ID.

  • Mexico’s state oil company, Pemex, is about to try its hand at ultra-deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. They have no experience at these depths.

  • Sarah Palin’s appearance on the Today show drew a larger audience than Katie Couric’s appearance on Good Morning America.

  • A U.S. District Court judge tossed Colorado’s law designed to collect sales tax from mail order companies like Amazon.

  • Apple wants to build a new facility in Austin that could add 3,600 people to their local payroll. They’re expecting incentives from the state, the county, and the city, much of it in the form of tax breaks. The Travis County commissioners (who are Democrats) are attempting to use this to dictate who Apple hires. Apple’s back-up plan: Phoenix.

Links for 4-3-2012

  • Teachers in Louisiana are collecting signatures for a recall election targeting Governor Bobby Jindal. So far the state’s teachers unions aren’t directly involved. The teachers need to collect signatures from roughly one-third of the state’s voters in 180 days.

  • Prosecutors in South Bend, Indiana filed felony election fraud charges against four operatives in the St. Joseph County Democratic Party. They stand accused of forging petition signatures during the 2008 presidential primary election.

  • Ben Shapiro makes a good point that NBC News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams ought to be held responsible for NBC’s “creative” editing of George Zimmerman’s 911 call. The magnitude of this deception is comparable to the fake document scandal that brought down Dan Rather.

  • Newt Gingrich is stealing ideas from me: He wants to use revenue generated by oil and gas exploration to pay off the national debt. It would be nice if Romney and Santorum stole this idea, too.

  • Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit are pissed off at Obama over his remarks regarding the right of federal courts to strike down federal laws as unconstitutional. The judges, who are hearing an ObamaCare-related case, ordered Department of Justice lawyers to submit a three page, single-spaced letter by noon on Thursday explaining whether the Obama administration believes courts have this right or not. I’m guessing the DoJ lawyers aren’t too happy with Obama, either.

  • Chile provided intelligence information to the British during the Falklands War.

  • Motorola Mobility’s attitude toward fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) patent licensing terms in the context of standards setting groups appears to have changed significantly since I worked for Motorola. The EU’s antitrust enforcer just launched two formal investigations into Motorola Mobility in response to complaints from Apple (in the context of cellular standards) and Microsoft (in the context of H.264 video standards). Standards setting groups leave FRAND terms intentionally vague to avoid becoming the subject of antitrust investigations themselves, but from this and other accounts I’ve read Motorola Mobility is pushing well beyond the accepted norms, which means they’re opening themselves to having the EU define their FRAND terms for them. They will also find that their contributions to standards still being developed will be largely ignored, and if any such contributions are accepted, that acceptance will be predicated on Motorola Mobility’s publicly committing to specific patent licensing terms. All is fair in standards wars.