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.

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  • There were several notable endorsements for Governor Rick Perry today: Lori Ziganto at CafeMom, Mike Flynn at Big Government, Ace at Ace of Spades HQ, and Aaron Gardner, Ben Howe, Moe Lane, Steve Maley, Dan McLaughlin, Neil Stevens, and Russ Vought at RedState. I agree with a lot of what Lori Ziganto is looking for in a presidential candidate, and the RedState article is very well written.

  • Texas Democrats found their sacrificial lamb for the U.S. Senate race.

  • Former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams filed to run in Texas’ 25th Congressional District, a seat currently held by far-left Democrat Lloyd Doggett. This filing assumes that the Congressional map drawn by the federal district court in San Antonio holds. I’d be very happy if Williams represented me in Congress — I’m just hoping it’s according to the map drawn by the Texas legislature, not a federal court.

  • Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch provides more details on apparent coordination between the White House and Project Vote on voter registration lawsuits.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder is now asserting that he’s being widely criticized (for Operation Fast and Furious and other DoJ screw-ups) because he’s black.

  • It appears that North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue’s staff has been obtaining Bureau of Labor Statistics data before it’s published and writing press releases to spin the numbers. Unfortunately for them this is likely a violation of federal law. There’s some good investigative journalism here.

  • Queen Nancy Pelosi repeatedly included one of her husband’s business partners (William Hambrecht of WR Hambrecht + Co.) in Congressional meetings and forums and advanced at least one bill that would have benefitted one of their investments. The new laws being discussed that would restrict members of Congress from trading stocks using inside information don’t address relationships like this one.

  • Less than 24 hours elapsed between the last U.S. soldier leaving Iraq and the Iraqi government falling apart, including allegations of torture and attempts to form autonomous regions within the country.