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  • Jehuda 5:24 pm on November 30, 2012 Permalink  

    Of course he does: Dem Rep Wants to Amend Constitution To Allow Control Of Speech.

  • Jehuda 10:35 am on November 29, 2012 Permalink  

    New Media: Online Service Offers Bank Robbers for Hire.

    Beats running for office, I suppose…

  • Jehuda 2:03 pm on November 28, 2012 Permalink  

    About that higher education bubble: Vermont Law School Faces $3.3 Million Budget Shortfall:

    “Sooner or later, I think everyone will have to face what we’re facing right now,” [Vermont Law School Dean Marc] Mihaly said during an interview with The National Law Journal on November 26. “We’re all facing the winds of sweeping change,” he said.  Mihaly said that the voluntary buyout offers were sent to staff members not long ago and administrators at the school hope the buyouts will help the school meet most of its goal. Mihaly also noted that the school could be in for more cuts somewhere along the line.

    I don’t think “sweeping change” begins to describe what’s to come – not just for the Academia-Industrial complex, but for our economy as a whole once all those unpaid student loans hit the fan

  • Jehuda 11:18 am on November 27, 2012 Permalink  

    Mislead, cover up, whatever: Ambassador Rice: We didn’t intend to mislead on Benghazi.

    Of course not, the intent was always to protect the administration from embarrassment mere weeks before the election.  Lies and deception were purely incidental…

  • Jehuda 3:34 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink  

    The verdict is in: Reviews of the ‘killing Bin Laden’ flick, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.

  • Jehuda 3:02 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink  

    More Bond for your buck: At Amazon, get 4 James Bond Books for the Price of 3.

    Speaking of, Dr. Wife and I saw the new Bond movie last night, Skyfall. Very character-driven, and yet full of exciting action and suspense. A good show to catch…

  • Jehuda 2:41 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink  

    Epistemic Closure Incident of the Week Month Year: College Professor Claims Stalin Murdered No One.


  • Jehuda 12:54 pm on November 22, 2012 Permalink  

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    Our kitchen has been a whirlwind of activity for several hours already (for which we’re certainly grateful – lest we forget the hungry).

    Which reminds me: Challenges are opportunities to grow, so remember to be thankful for your challenges, too!

  • Jehuda 3:50 pm on November 21, 2012 Permalink  

    Ben Domenech: Free Exercise of Religion?  What Free Exercise of Religion?

    Hobby Lobby, the mega craft store, has lost the first round of their case against the government over the contraception mandate, and will be fined $1.3 million per day starting January 1st if they do not pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients through employee provided insurance. As a “secular” corporation, they have no rights to use the religious beliefs of their ownership as a justification not to abide by the contraception mandate.

    Of course, as Ben notes at the link, this isn’t over yet.  And if it makes it to SCOTUS I believe Hobby Lobby has more than a fighting chance of prevailing; but if Obama is still president when and if the case gets there, get ready for another howler from him about how the Supreme Court has no power of judicial review or something…

  • Jehuda 3:41 pm on November 21, 2012 Permalink  

    Just small enough to fail: Judge Approves Hostess Liquidation.

    No bailout?  I guess Obama doesn’t need those workers’ votes anymore, plus he needs to save his political capital to bailout California and Illinois, I’m sure…

    I know there’s no money to do any of that, but that’s never stopped Obama before, has it?

  • Jehuda 2:35 pm on November 21, 2012 Permalink  

    Moral confusion at The Hollywood Reporter: Jonah Goldberg: How did the Red Scare era’s Hollywood blacklist become a ‘Hollywood Holocaust’?

    I got a link to a related Reporter article by e-mail yesterday or the day before.  I was surprised to learn that the Reporter’s management had adopted such a strongly anti-communist posture back in the day, but the word ‘Holocaust’ wasn’t anywhere in the text.  However, I believe what Goldberg’s piece refers to is this apology from the son of the Reporter’s founder.

    I have to agree that terming the blacklist a Holocaust is a ridiculous exaggeration.  Blacklisted talent often went on to work in Europe.  No genocidal government ever gave a similar alternative to the populations they were intent on destroying.

    Alas, moral confusion revolving around topics as grave as genocide is not exactly new in some Hollywood circles

    UPDATE: Speaking of… (via Ed Driscoll, who reminds us we don’t need to look as far back as Nazi war crimes for examples of moral confusion in Hollywood – and really, how could I forget?).

  • Jehuda 2:11 pm on November 21, 2012 Permalink  

    Ruling Class Update: Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns from Congress amid FBI investigation: “The FBI investigation has been looking at Jackson’s alleged use of campaign funds to decorate his home and to buy a $40,000 Rolex watch for a female friend. The investigation into misused campaign funds has now expanded to include Jackson’s wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, according to reports.”

    Just another day in Chicago…or just another day in Washington?


  • Jehuda 9:51 am on November 21, 2012 Permalink  

    Of course she does: Gloria Allred joins Petraeus scandal fray to represent Jill Kelley’s twin.

  • Jehuda 3:29 pm on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    The New NarrativeThe “crazy-ing” of Marco Rubio begins.

    Marco Rubio is Hispanic, part of a culture with deep religious roots that go back centuries.  Which is to say that attacking Rubio is racist, right?

  • Jehuda 11:37 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    Marc Thiessen: Go over the fiscal cliff, GOP:

    For the GOP, this would be far preferable to the current scenario. Right now, Democrats are demanding that Republicans raise taxes while Republicans are demanding that Democrats agree to cut Social Security and Medicare spending. A grand bargain this fall, then, would mean that Republicans get to raise revenue from their own supporters (small-business job creators) in exchange for cutting spending for their own supporters (seniors). Genius! Much better to wipe the slate clean, and start over with more leverage for fundamental tax reform and structural entitlement reform.

    What if we go off the fiscal cliff and Democrats still won’t negotiate? Then Republicans should make clear that they are willing to live with the higher, Clinton-era rates. It will be hard for the Democrats to paint such a scenario as an economic disaster, because letting the Bush tax cuts expire simply restores the status quo during the Clinton administration. During the campaign, President Obama repeatedly told us how he wants to “go back to the income tax rates we were paying under Bill Clinton — back when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history, and plenty of millionaires to boot.” Well if the Clinton tax rates were so great, let’s go back to all of the Clinton rates and relive the booming ’90s.


    Sounds smart, but is the Congressional GOP smart enough to try it?

  • Jehuda 10:47 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    World’s Smallest Violin: Anonymous Is Losing Its War Against Israel.

  • Jehuda 1:41 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink  

    Ha!  Jay Leno: ‘Economy Is So Bad MSNBC Had To Lay Off 300 Obama Spokesmen’.

    It’s funny because it’s true (the Obama spokesmen part, not the lay-offs).

  • Jehuda 11:20 am on November 16, 2012 Permalink  

    Asymmetrical Stupidity: Taliban Reveal Identities of Their Mailing List Members: “The list, made up of more than 400 recipients, consists mostly of journalists, but also includes an address appearing to belong to a provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, an l Afghan consultative committee, and a representative of Gulbuddein Hekmatar, an Afghan warlord whose outlawed group Hezb-i-Islami is believed to be behind several attacks against coalition troops.”

    More names for Obama’s Drone Kill List.  Er, Disposition Matrix, I mean…

  • Jehuda 12:41 pm on November 14, 2012 Permalink  

    But going after Mr. Nakoula and his video, neither of which had anything to do with Benghazi, was also outrageous: Obama: “For them to go after the UN ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi . . . to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous.”

    Obama sounds an awful lot like the ‘advise and consent’ provisions of the Constitution mean nothing to him (what else is new?).  But nomination fights are supposed to be outrageous.  Ever heard of Borking?  Look it up.  Oh, wait, that’s only when the president is Republican.  Never mind… 

  • Jehuda 3:51 pm on November 13, 2012 Permalink  

    First Amendment Be Damned: W.H. Petition Calls for Stripping Citizenship and Exile for Anyone Who Signs Petition to Secede.

    Well, given this administration’s approach to the First Amendment, Separation of Powers, and Due Process, they may be on to something…

  • Jehuda 1:54 pm on November 13, 2012 Permalink  

    Don’t allow yourself to become unhinged by Obama.

    Excellent advice for 7 days after the election – and beyond.

    I must confess that since I became a libertarian, Republican defeats just don’t sting as much as they used to, no matter how much I root against Democrats.  The status quo wins either way, if you think about it.  

    Besides, we must put presidential power in perspective.  Obama is clueless at what makes an economy like ours grow – and his foreign policy leaves much to be desired.  That much is clear.  Not to mention he personally has a narcissistic and authoritarian streak that would make the average Leftie tear his hair out if Obama were a Republican.  But it’s not “the end of America”, or anything like that…

    If I had more time, I’d write a nice essay that goes in-depth into why I feel the way I feel, but I barely have time to blog as it is…

  • Jehuda 1:30 pm on November 13, 2012 Permalink  

    Get your Bond on at Amazon:  Stream all 22 Bond movies for only $2 each.

    Yeah, you don’t get to keep them.  Rentals only, but it’s still the cheapest way to do  a Bond marathon from your living room.

  • Jehuda 5:20 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink  

    Everyone has to start somewhere: Before Kubrick was Kubrick: “The film was not well received. There were giggles in the wrong places, and it all seemed overdone and overwrought.”

  • Jehuda 10:14 am on November 11, 2012 Permalink  

    With deepest gratitude to our veterans, for all their service – and all they must give and give up in order to carry it out – and to their families, too: Happy Veteran’s Day.

  • Jehuda 3:41 pm on November 9, 2012 Permalink  

    Why the internet is awesome: Introducing Amazon Wine.

    More than a thousand wines from different American vintners. And, yes, if you buy through the link above, I’d get paid a small commission – so I recommend you do so…

  • Jehuda 3:30 pm on November 9, 2012 Permalink  

    Oh, goody: Obama to Use Massive Campaign List to Press Agenda.

  • Jehuda 3:11 pm on November 9, 2012 Permalink  

    So does the average Pakistani, actuallyOliver Stone: ‘I find Obama scary’.

    Or maybe he’s just racist?

  • Jehuda 3:07 pm on November 9, 2012 Permalink  

    Dirty Dem Tricks: Allen West Seeks Recount Amid Growing Vote Count Scandal.

    There sure were way too many reported irregularities on Tuesday…

  • Jehuda 7:08 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink  

    I haven’t been ignoring the election. I’ve been neglecting the blog. I have a bad cold – worse than last week’s – and blogging has become a non-priority…

  • Jehuda 12:51 pm on November 5, 2012 Permalink  

    Herd Mentality: 181 Obama surrogates who’ve been hitting the campaign trail.

    Lots of Hollywood people on the list…

  • Jehuda 12:47 pm on November 5, 2012 Permalink  

    R.S. McCain: Ohio is Mitt’s to Win.

    Make sure you vote.  It all comes down to that…

  • Jehuda 8:11 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink  

    Today in Jackassery: Axelrod laughing at questions about Benghazi, explained.

    The short version is that this administration puts politics above everything (did right from the start, too) – including civility and common decency.  They have nothing but contempt for anyone who disagrees with them or opposes them.  That’s not presidential.  It’s despotic – and hopefully it will end before too long…

  • Jehuda 8:00 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink  

    Dirty Dem Tricks: RNC Raises Alarm About Illegal Voting That May Be Occurring in Iowa.

  • Jehuda 6:14 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink  

    A warm welcome to all new visitors. This blog used to be updated daily, but it’s now updated several times a week – at best. And it’s rarely updated on weekends. I have to keep posts quite short, too. Still, odds are you will find some fun posts here linking to something you haven’t read yet…

  • Jehuda 2:29 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink

    Yawn: John Cusack Developing Rush Limbaugh Biopic.

    Well, at least it’s not Sean Penn behind it.

    You don’t really need Rush’s permission to adapt his life story to the screen, as long as you stick to public records and known facts about him.  But I have the feeling that if Rush can lawfully stop this project from coming to fruition (and it’s quite possible that he could have that opportunity), he will.  Or at least he will make it more difficult and time-consuming than it would be otherwise…

    UPDATE: Insta-lanche!  Thank you, Ed Driscoll (who links with an excellent idea).  And here’s some analysis from Christian Toto at Breitbart’s Big Hollywood.


  • Jehuda 6:52 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink  

    It was only a matter of time: the NOLA to New York Tumblr: Katrina survivors talk to New York.

  • Jehuda 5:09 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink  

    So we’ve been eating a lot of turkey lately, mostly because Dr. Wife is so busy with schoolwork and her full time job (which is not the practice of medicine – she has a doctorate in another area).  So every other week or so she’ll cook a whole turkey in the oven on a Sunday, which will feed us for a week.

    Meanwhile, I’ve been barbecuing chicken in one form or another on Sunday nights on non-Turkey weeks.  Saves us time in the kitchen.  And – most importantly – it saves my wife time.  But – and this might come in handy for Thanksgiving and Christmas – to keep the turkey juicier longer while it’s in the fridge we are making use of these gigantic Ziploc Big Bag Double Zipper, X-Large bags at Amazon.  Box of 4 goes for less than $7.

  • Jehuda 4:50 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink  

    Lingerie Saves the DayHow Victoria’s Secret Saved the National Guard From Hurricane Sandy: “We were dead in the water until Victoria’s Secret showed up”.

    On the other hand, if our infrastructure and a National Guard regiment are unable to serve their purpose without the aid of Victoria’s Secret, we have a bit of a serious problem…

  • Jehuda 3:31 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink  

    Bloomberg Blinks: NYC Marathon canceled.

    I suppose it became impossible to enforce his Large Soda Ban and stage the marathon at the same time in the aftermath of Sandy… 

  • Jehuda 2:02 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink  

    CHANGE: National Journal: “For the first time in memory, it is the Democratic, not the Republican nominee, counting on Ohio as his firewall in an achingly close campaign.”

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