Links for 1-2-2012

  • Jeff Jacoby writes about the fallacy that the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of what is or is not constitutional.

  • The person the Obama administration is using to mediate the not-so-secret negotiations with the Taliban, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, is not a nice man. Among his other accomplishments, Qaradawi issued a fatwa in 2003 that called for killing American troops in Iraq.

  • Paul Rahe wrote an excellent post at Ricochet that starts with ObamaCare’s erosion of self-reliance:

    The right question is whether the government of the United States or the government of any state should take responsibility for the healthcare of individuals residing within its boundaries — except in matters of public health (where the irresponsibility of one individual is a serious threat to the health or life of another). In my opinion, the answer that conservatives should give is that this is something for which the individual citizens of the United States and resident aliens should themselves take responsibility. We live in a republic — a political regime that presupposes a modicum of virtue on the part of its citizens. The supreme modern republican virtue — the one most necessary to the survival of the regime — is self-reliance, and the public provision of private goods inevitably erodes that essential virtue.

    Then he identifies the origins of the administrative entitlements state that brought us to ObamaCare, quoting extensively from a 1932 speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

    As I see it, the task of government in its relation to business is to assist the development of an economic declaration of rights, an economic constitutional order. This is the common task of statesman and business man. It is the minimum requirement of a more permanently safe order of things.

    Of course the fallacy here is that the federal government is capable of providing a “permanently safe order of things,” and erodes our rights when it attempts to do so. Rahe concludes with the observation that Mitt Romney will not roll this back should he be elected president.

  • Occupy Wall Street supporters indoctrinated third graders in Virginia.

  • Reuters published a story on South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s troubles with Tea Partiers in the wake of her Romney endorsement. She’s setting herself up for a primary challenge in 2014, assuming she doesn’t land a job in a Romney administration.

  • An interesting behind-the-scenes account of writing a book for Apress, one of the bigger names in technical book publishing. Of the technical books I buy, the vast majority are ebooks. I’m not alone in this, and because of this trend traditional publishers are increasingly irrelevant. There will be significant new market for freelance editors, technical reviewers, illustrators, and proofreaders, though.

Links for 12-30-2011

  • Chris Christie warns Iowans that if they don’t vote for Mitt Romney at the caucuses, he’s going to sit on them – or something.

  • Lloyd Marcus satirizes the illegal immigrant situation in the U.S. with a tale from his backyard.

  • The U.S. District Court of Appeals issued a stay for the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). The rule was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, and would have left Texas with an inadequate supply of power since the EPA decided the rule applied to the state only six months ago – not long enough to retrofit or replace power plants that don’t comply with the rule.

  • Anyone who is running against Rick Santorum and wants to run negative TV ads need not bother creating their own – paying to run this Santorum ad for Alren Specter would get the job done:

Links for 12-29-2011

Links for 12-28-2011

  • Peter Ferrara makes a good argument for Newt Gingrich, but he should have disclosed that he’s working for Gingrich. Ooops.

  • Kevin Williamson hammers Wall Street and its cronies in National Review:

    Here’s what Wall Street doesn’t want: It doesn’t want to hear from Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann or even Newt Gingrich, or suffer any sort of tea-party populism. It wants you rubes to shut up about Jesus and please pay your mortgages. It doesn’t want to hear from such traditional Republican constituencies as Christian conservatives, moral traditionalists, pro-lifers, or friends of the Second Amendment. It doesn’t even want to hear much from the Chamber of Commerce crowd, because those guys are used-car dealers and grocery-store owners and for the most part strictly from hick, so far as Wall Street is concerned. Wall Street wants an administration and a Congress — and a country — that believes what is good for Wall Street is good for America, whether that is true or isn’t. Wall Street doesn’t want free markets — it wants friends, favors, and fealty.

  • That incident in Grapevine, Texas where seven people were shot and killed on Christmas Day is looking like an honor killing — the shooter had financial and marital problems, but the fact that his daughter was dating a non-Muslim appears to have set him off.

  • An interesting article in The Fiscal Times on the rise of suburban poverty. People who used to donate to food pantries are now on the receiving side.

  • Andrew Breitbart announced a new annual award, the “Ambiguous Entity of the Year.” The first winner is “The Tent of the Unknown Rapist,” in honor of the mainstream media’s efforts to ignore the sexual assaults (and other crimes) at Occupy Wall Street encampments.

  • A 17 year old girl in Montana, Jenni Lake, forwent cancer treatment so she could carry her baby to term. She passed away 12 days after giving birth to healthy baby boy.

Links for 12-27-2011

  • Jeffrey Lord analyzes the National Review attack on Newt Gingrich and pseudo-endorsement of Mitt Romney as a generational handoff problem — William F. Buckley Jr. is gone and he wasn’t replaced.

  • Argentina ordered a halt to iPhone sales and told Apple that to resume sales, it must build a plant in Argentina or partner with a local company to manufacture the phone. Of course the correct response to this is to tell Argentina’s government to shove it. We’ll see what Apple does.

  • Meanwhile Foxconn is doubling the size of the plant in Zhengzhou where it builds the iPhone.

  • Ron Paul has been a member of the House of Representatives for 20 years and exactly one bill he has sponsored has become a law. Quite the coalition builder. Still, he’s ahead of Michele Bachmann — none of the bills she has sponsored during her five year career has been signed into law. I’ll be the first to admit that many laws passed by Congress are crap and we’d be better off without them, but Paul’s record is still embarrassing.

  • Meanwhile, according to Ron Paul, Rick Perry “is very much involved in the international [Bildeberger] conspiracy.” And to think he didn’t invite me. Frankly I’m disappointed. Actually the fact that Ron Paul is a frequent guest on Alex Jones’ radio show is all the reason you need not to vote for him.

  • Barack Obama has maxed out our national credit card again (spending about $6B/day we don’t have), and will seek a $1.2T increase in the debt limit on Friday. Congress isn’t scheduled to be in session when its window of opportunity to object to the increase closes, so we’ll be spared the symbolic “we object but we really don’t because objecting would require us to cut spending in a meaningful way” vote.

  • Coincidentally, federal ethanol subsidies will end, saving $6B — a year.

Links for 12-26-2011

Links for 12-23-2011