Friday, November 4, 2011

Steyn. On. Point.

In September 2009, Barack Obama and Muammar Qaddafi both addressed the United Nations. It is a pitiful reflection upon the Republic in twilight that, when it comes to the transnational mush drooled by the leader of the free world or the conspiracist ramblings of a pseudo-Bedouin terrorist drag queen presiding over a one-man psycho-cult basket case, it’s more or less a toss-up as to which of them was the more unreal.

Qaddafi spoke for 90 minutes, and in the midst of his torrent of words, his translator actually broke down and cried out, “I can’t take it anymore.” The colonel gravely informed the world body that the swine flu was a virus that had been created in a government laboratory, and he called for a UN inquiry into the Kennedy assassination on the grounds that Jack Ruby was an Israeli who killed Lee Harvey Oswald to stop the truth coming out about Kennedy being killed to prevent an investigation into the Zionist nuclear facility at Dimona.

On the other hand:

“I have been in office for just nine months, though some days it seems a lot longer,” President Obama mused. “I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world. These expectations are not about me. Rather, they are rooted, I believe, in a discontent with the status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences.”

Now, forget the first part, which was just Obama’s usual narcissistic “but enough about me; let’s talk about what the world thinks about me” shtick. It was the second part of Obama’s remarks that reveals the danger we find ourselves in, two years later, even with Qaddafi toppled and in hiding and Jack Ruby’s Israeli roots still unexplored.

The thing is, for better or worse, we are defined by our differences, and if Barack Obama didn’t understand that when he was at a podium addressing a room filled with representatives of Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Venezuela, and the whole gang of evil, the rest of the world certainly did as soon as Qaddafi appeared. Obama and Qaddafi may both have been the heads of state of sovereign nations, but if you’re on an Indian Ocean island when the next tsunami hits, try calling Libya instead of the United States for help and see where it gets you.

History lesson for MSNBC Libs: Hoover Dam was built by private companies

Hoover Dam has become something of a liberal icon these days. President Obama points to it as an example of the sort of federally funded projects that once “unleashed all the potential in this country” — potential that his next round of stimulus will unleash again. MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow has pointed to the 726-foot-high, 660-foot-wide dam as proof that some projects are just too big for private enterprise. “You can’t be the guy that built this,” she tells the TV screen. Only government can, is the implication.

Well, that would come as a surprise to the guy who did build it – or, rather, the guys who did, with their private companies. In the five-year process they discovered, even back then, that the biggest obstacle they faced in Black Canyon wasn’t nature or the Great Depression, but New Deal Washington.

The truth was, construction on the scale of Hoover Dam lay far beyond the powers of the federal government — in 1931 or even later. Four and a half million cubic yards of concrete — enough to build a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York — and 19 million pounds of reinforcing steel somehow had to be moved into the middle of the Nevada wilderness to construct both the dam and a 1.2-million-horsepower electric plant. Thousands of tons of loose rock then had to be scraped by hand from the surface of Black Canyon, before massive tunnels could be dug to divert the Colorado River to power the plant and then fill a reservoir 115 miles long with a 550-mile shoreline.

The heads of the consortium of six private construction firms that won the $48 million contract, which came to be known as “the Big Six,” weren’t the kind of business leaders who would appear on a presidential jobs commission today.

Another visitor passing by to say hello

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was taken in April by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. (NASA/Cornell/Arecibo)

Asteroid 2005 YU55 is as big as an aircraft carrier and the biggest space rock to come this close to Earth in 25 years. Scientists say asteroid 2005 YU55 will fly by Tuesday evening.

Day by day


Not much media attention equates to not much accountability ... or results

What happens if deficit super committee fails? Maybe nothing.

The latest rumor in Congress is that the massive $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts – designed to take effect if the deficit super committee fails to come up with its own plan – might never happen.

Interesting blog about where to spend $7B on energy projects

How would you spend $7 billion?

Two proposed energy projects (each with a $7 billion price tag) present two very different directions for America's future. Which would you choose?

Mon, Sep 05 2011 at 4:48 AM EST

Don't forget to set clocks back this weekend

Today, 10:09 AM

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Batters BHO over his handing of debt ceiling talks

Bill Clinton On Current State Of Country: 'A Mess'

Bill Clinton Book Back To Work

Former President On What Made Country Look 'Weak And Confused'

Groupon scores huge IPO

MASSIVE: Biggest Internet IPO Since Google

Groupon Ipo

That's the way to break the ice

Huge Crack Discovered in Antarctic Glacier

A huge, emerging crack has been discovered in one of Antarctica's glaciers, with a NASA plane mission providing the first-ever detailed airborne measurements of a major iceberg breakup in progress.

For those of you who use Gmail for your email

8 Things You Need to Know About the New Gmail

The new Gmail.

Gmail announced Nov. 1 it is rolling out a redesigned interface that users may preview as soon as they see the “Switch to the new look” on their Gmail homepage. Gmail designers have opted for Google’s trademark stripped-down interface along with new ways to customize the layout based on how an individual uses the free email service.

It's up to 35

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One small step for the U.S. ...

Employers add 80K jobs, rate dips to 9 pct. - AP

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Hiring slowed a bit in October

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Why the sudden obsession with U.S. income inequality?

James Pethokoukis writing in the Journal of American Enterprise:

It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. Barack Obama’s presidency was supposed to usher in The Great Liberal Restoration. With a conservative interregnum finally over, America could be nudged back onto the path toward becoming a European-style social welfare state. Here on the third anniversary of Obama’s 2008 election, however, those dreams lay in tatters. A recent poll by The Hill found that only one-in-three likely voters blames Wall Street for the country’s financial troubles, whereas 56 percent blame Washington. The public thinks the $800 billion Keynesian stimulus package was a miserable failure. Obamacare is growing more unpopular by the day. Cap-and-trade is as dead as the dinosaurs. But left-of-center politicos think they might be getting a second bite at the apple. With the economy moribund—today’s anemic jobs report was more evidence of that—perhaps they can leverage the Occupy Wall Street movement into a broad backlash against business, markets, and free enterprise. (Oh, and against Republicans, too, natch.)

Which explains the sudden obsession with U.S. income inequality. This is the one-sentence story now being sold to America: “The middle-class is no better off than it was 30 years ago because the rich greedily grabbed all the money.” If this narrative—that America’s experiment with freer markets, lower taxers, and lighter regulation was a failure—can be successfully planted, it will be easier for Washington to tax, spend, and regulate in the future. And to elect politicians pushing that agenda.

On its face, the whole storyline’s a laugher—at least to anyone who lived through both the terrible, volatile, inflation-wracked 1970s and then the 25-year boom that followed. Indeed, brand-new research from the University of Chicago and Notre Dame finds “median income and consumption both rose by more than 50 percent in real terms between 1980 and 2009.” Incomes are never equal, of course. And the rich did somewhat better for a variety of reasons, including America’s failed government school system that can’t produce enough skilled workers for America’s high-tech economy.

Connecticut diaper update

Mark Steyn on the Connecticut Diaper Stimulus program:

Last Thursday was officially "Diaper Need Awareness Day" in the state of Connecticut. . . . If you're wondering what sentient being isn't aware of diapers, you're missing the point: Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro is raising awareness of the need for diapers in order to, as Politico reported, "push the Federal Government to provide free diapers to poor families." Congresswoman DeLauro has introduced the "DIAPER" Act—that's to say, the Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act. So don't worry, it's not welfare, it's "stimulus." . . .

And, given that sinking bazillions of dollars into green-jobs schemes to build eco-cars in Finland and . . . other innovations of the Obama administration haven't worked, who's to say borrowing money from the Chinese Politburo and sticking it in your kid's diaper isn't the kind of outside-the-box thinking that won't do the trick?

The power of "one" ... plus one plus one ...

The woman who took on the Bank of America... and won: Nanny's campaign ends debit card fee

Supernanny: Molly Katchpole took on the Bank of America and won

Recent college graduate Molly Katchpole, 22, from Washington, who holds down two part-time jobs, was furious when the bank announced card holders would be charged a $5 monthly fee. Determined Molly decided to fight back so she got on her computer and ended up forcing nation's second largest bank into an embarrassing U-turn.