Thursday, May 14, 2009

Around the Moronosphere in 60 Minutes 5/14/09 with Pakistan updates

Ace - Rumors of GOP Demise Greatly Exaggerated - On everything except ethics the GOP has closed the gap with the Dems. What we need now is a campaign on Social Security making it clear that is is the Dems driving it into bankruptcy. Follow-up with Healthcare and start attacking on the ethics issue. Take the fight to the Dems for once. Renew the contract with America. Let's get serious.

via Twitter - L.J. Williamson Pranks San Francisco Examiner Writing Absurd Posts To Generate Page Views - "Mediabistro’s FishbowlLA has the full story, but the long and short of its that Ms. Williamson decided to increase page views by writing more and more controversial articles with less basis in reality to see if the Examiner would publish them. Soon, these articles became pure comic gold, like articles on “the need to ban peanuts” and “why panic is an appropriate response to the swine flu.”

see unrequited celebrity love can result in good things

Betsy - Joe Biden Fails a Fact Check --- Again - "The Associated Press is not impressed with Joe Biden's efforts to tout the success of the Obama stimulus plan by citing isolated anecdotes."

It's Biden what more can be said?

Flopping Aces - Partial List of Thwarted al-Qaeda Attacks - pretty extensive

Little Green Footballs - New Army Combat Uniform?

Powerline - Freedom in the 50 States - "The Mercatus Center of George Mason University has released the study Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom by Professors William Ruger and Jason Soren. (...) The study claims to present the first-ever comprehensive ranking of the American states on their public policies affecting individual freedoms in the economic, social and personal spheres. The study develops an index of economic and personal freedom in each of the 50 states and examines state and local government intervention across a wide range of public policies, from income taxation to gun control, from homeschooling regulation to drug policy. The authors claim to have improved on previous studies in number, standardization and weighting of variables, as well as measurement issues."

Any guesses on where Washington landed? I haven't looked at the study yet but I am guessing between 38 and 43.


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35th on Personal Freedom, 41st on Economic Freedom, 37th on Fiscal Policy, 45th on Regulatory freedom, 44th overall. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

The Belmont Club - More Pakistani Goodness - "Pakistan, a country whose stability has been questioned of late, is building two large plutonium reactors unconnected to the electricity grid. Most experts think the Pakistanis are radically increasing their nuclear warhead production capacity. The question is why and what that development portends."

I am starting to think that maybe Pakistan isn't really that friendly to the US.

The comments on the post have some more interesting info some of its dated but still worth checking out.

Locusts and Honey - 10 most disturbing books of all time - I read the Turner Diaries online during the 2000 election. Something came up in that campaign that referenced them and I had time and an internet connection - other than that I haven't read any on these.

Support Your Local Gunfighter - Maxim’s Hottest Woman Of 2009 Named

The Other McCain - The Road to Weimar America - Like everyone I am concerned about the spending that is going on in the name of "Stimulus" but I am not sure we are on the way to Weimar Republic status yet. For one thing the rest of the world is following along so if we crash and burn they crash and burn. My other reason is this. Inflation is the lesser of many evils here. It can be controlled by contracting the monetary supply. Deflation can't.

Other Stuff:

Al-Jazeera - Pakistan 'shells Taliban bases' - "Pakistan's military has continued its offensive against Taliban fighters in the country's northwest, amid reports that the US has for the first time shared data from its unmanned drones with Islamabad."

CNN - Another Day Another Story From Pelosi on Waterboarding -

Dawn - We will crush Taliban, must win hearts: PM Gilani - ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will defeat the Taliban militarily but could lose the public relations war if it fails to help the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the fighting, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Thursday.


54 militants, nine soldiers killed in Swat offensive
- ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army’s top spokesman said on Thursday 54 militants and nine security force personnel had been killed during operations in the northwest over the last 24 hours.

France 24 - Homosexuals banned from becoming policemen - A new Peruvian regulation is to ban gay people from the ranks of the police force. Proposed by the country's hardline interior minister Mercedes Cabanillas, the law says that homosexual actions "cause scandal, or denigrate the institution's image."

OK, Perez Hilton why don't you fly down there and complain about homophobia and give my bleeding eyes a rest?

LA Times - Democrats' bill would bar Guantanamo transfers to U.S. - Washington -- A bill by Senate Democrats would fund the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but it would block the transfer of any of the detainees to the United States.

I guess we could load them into a rocket and shoot them into the sun, but barring that it seems that this bills goals are mutually exclusive

Washington Post - Growth of Hispanic, Asian Population Slows Unexpectedly, Census Reports - "Deterred by immigration laws and the lackluster economy, the population growth of Hispanics and Asians in the United States has slowed unexpectedly, causing the government to push back estimates on when minorities will become the majority by as much as a decade."

Which just furthers my contention that the way to deal with illegal immigration is economically.

Yahoo - Gates supports missile defense despite budget cuts - Take it for what it's worth

Finally another reason to defeat the burkha loving Taliban:

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