Dumbest Story Of The Day

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) says he wants to issue a posthumous (obviously) pardon to famed Old West outlaw Billy the Kid.

How stupid is this? Our country is screwed and this is something Governor Richardson considers worth his time? Despite all the romanticism of the Old West stories, Billy the Kid was a criminal who shot and killed police officers. Needless to say, the descendants of Pat Garrett are not pleased.

Three of the late lawman's grandchildren sent a letter to Richardson this week that asked him not to pardon the outlaw, saying such an act would represent an "inexcusable defamation" of Garrett.

"If Billy the Kid was living amongst us now, would you issue a pardon for someone who made his living as a thief and, more egregiously, who killed four law enforcement officers and numerous others?" the Garrett family wrote.

The issue has resurfaced because Richardson asked a New Mexico columnist earlier this year to check with historians to measure their support for issuing a pardon. The governor plans to meet with Garrett family members next week to discuss the issue.

I don't even care that much about the issue of whether it's right or wrong. My questions is why are we even discussing such a meaningless matter as this?

This plays into what Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah (my new hero) said last week about all the stupid votes in Congress recognizing sporting achievements:

WASHINGTON — House Democrats and Republicans have put aside their differences this year to honor the likes of golfer Phil Mickelson, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson and the Penn State women's volleyball team.

But when it came time this week to memorialize the start of the 142nd season of the Saratoga race course in New York, one freshman lawmaker decided he'd had enough.

"It's an absolute embarrassment," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announcing on the House floor a vow to vote against all future sports resolutions.

He worried that there were kids in the visitors' gallery who would go back home and, asked whether Congress was talking about war or debt, reply: "Oh no, they were honoring a race course."

"It's terribly frustrating," Chaffetz said.

Amen, brother! Bunch of damned nonsense.

Obama Finally Bows To Someone Deserving

Via Doug Powers:

The Case Against Christiane Amanpour

Famed war correspondent Christiane Amanpour will take over hosting duties of ABC's This Week, er, this week...and the Daily Caller has a look at her stellar record of reporting bias over the years. I don't watch Sunday shows due to the fact that TV Journalism is dead and they offer nothing in the way of information or insight. 


Paul Ryan Shows The Way

The Wisconsin Wunderkind continues to make the case that he is the smartest man in Washington. He needs to just keep pounding the rock and his day will come.


The Sherrod Family Exposed

Dan Riehl has dug up a video of Shirley Sherrod's husband Charles, and let's just say he makes Shirley sound like Ronald Reagan.

Welcome to Obama's America.


Harry Reid Thinks We're Idiots

And if he wins this November, he'll be right.

During a question and answer session, Reid also argued against "fear tactics of those who say Social Security is going broke. It's not."


Nerds Fool Fred Phelps

The lowest form of life on earth, Fred Phelps and his followers, brought their hate to Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend. However, the nerds were ready for them. Excelsior!


Shirley Sherrod Advocates Shutting Down Breitbart Website

It amazes me how these crypto-fascists keep getting away with this crap.

She said if Breitbart’s site were shut down, “That would be a great thing, because I don’t see how that advances us in this country … at a time when we should be trying to look at how we can make space for all of us in this country, so that we can all live and work together, he’s doing more to divide us.”

Couple this with that UCLA law prof on Journolist who said Fox News should have their broadcasting license taken away (they're a cable station, they don't have a broadcast license you idiot!) and you see how we've come a long way from the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley.


Daily Caller Releases More Journolist Tidbits

Make sure to read The Daily Caller's second installment on the notorious Journolist cabal and their desire to have the government shut down Fox News and watch Rush Limbaugh die of a heart attack. Fourth Estate or Fifth Column? You be the judge.


Media Bias: Hard Evidence

I have to take my hat off to Tucker Carlson. His new website, The Daily Caller, has justified its existence. The site has got a hold of some damning post from the notorious Journolist listserv that show media collusion in trying to kill the Reverend Jeremiah Wright story in 2008.

According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

More to come.


Shock: Glenn Beck May Lose His Sight

Glenn Beck has announced that he is inflicted with macular dystrophy and could go blind within a year. From what I understand, this is essentially macular degeneration but for younger folks. Pretty awful.

Andrew Breitbart Drops Da Bomb On NAACP

Breitbart exposes the sponsored racism at the NAACP with a video clip of Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, speaking at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia.

UPDATE: And under the bus she goes. Sherrod resigns after the story is reported on Fox.

The Tyranny Of The Ruling Class

The talk of the day thanks to Rush is a lengthy article at The American Spectator about Washington, D.C.'s ruling class which includes members of both parties and the MSM.

In a nutshell, this reality has become crystal clear lately thanks to the Tea Party. Career politicians in the Republican Party have shown their true colors thanks to the populist uprising. Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett has pretty much admitted he's routing for Harry Reid to win this November, while former Senator Majority Leader Trent Lott, who's now a lobbyist, said this when asked about the anti-establishment Republican candidates:

"We don't need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples. As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them."

What's all the more frightening about this statement is who it comes from. Lott was once the leader of the Senate Republicans and for all intents and purposes, leader of the entire party for a time. Is it no wonder the Party has spent the last two-to-four years in the wilderness?


Jobs Showing Defiance Over iPhone 4 "Antennagate"

Watching the live-blogging over at ArsTechnica.com. Steve Jobs seems to be taking the stand that this is a lot of media hysteria, though they acknowledge there are problems. He is showing how other smartphones do the same thing when gripped a certain way.


Apple Next Up For A Government Shakedown

It's pretty much official...the federal government is going to use the iPhone 4 reception issue to shakedown Apple Inc. David Boaz explains:

Following in the distinguished footsteps of Microsoft and Google, Apple is the latest innovative company to be targeted by politicians and regulators for being too successful. Will it be sucked into Washington’s “parasite economy”?

For more than a decade, Microsoft went about its business, developing software, selling it to customers, and — happily, legally — making money. Then in 1995, after repeated assaults by the Justice Department’s antitrust division, Microsoft broke down and started playing the Beltway game — defensively at first.

Washington politicians and journalists sneered at Microsoft’s initial political innocence. A congressional aide said, “They don’t want to play the D.C. game, that’s clear, and they’ve gotten away with it so far. The problem is, in the long run they won’t be able to.”


And now Apple. After years as a cute little niche player, Apple has suddenly started producing wildly popular products such as the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. The Federal Trade Commission has started rumbling about Apple’s threat to competition. Note the absurdity here: Apple creates whole new products and industries, consumer benefits that didn’t exist before, and the federal government worries that it’s somehow going to “limit” competition in a field it brought to the market.

Apple’s competitors, including the massive Google, continue to play the game by filing complaints with the government.

Politicians, seeing an opportunity to extend their power and rake in some campaign cash, are circling like sharks. When both Apple and Google declined to attend a Senate show trial on Internet privacy, Senator Jay Rockefeller growled, “When people don’t show up when we ask them to … all it does is increases our interest in what they’re doing and why they didn’t show up. It was a stupid mistake for them not to show up.”

I hate this government.

Senator Bob Bennett Does Scandal Timetable Backwards

Usually the way of things in D.C. is a scandal breaks out and then (if they're Republican) they lose their seat in office. Instead, Senator Bob Bennett of Utah lost his Senate seat in the primary and then had the scandal.

U.S. senators or Senate employees received 30 loans—far more than had previously been known—under a controversial lending program at Countrywide Financial Corp. that provided cut-rate terms to favored borrowers.

The information is contained in a letter sent to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics by Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), who has been spearheading the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation into Countrywide’s so-called VIP mortgage program.

No specific loan recipients were named in the letter. But Mr. Issa’s letter said borrowers on a dozen loans listed their place of employment as the office of “Senator Robert Bennett.” Available public records don’t indicate that Sen. Bennett, a Utah Republican and member of the Senate Banking Committee, received a Countrywide home loan.

This offers a lesson. People have to get past simple numbers. The GOP has 41 Senators in Congress...but do they really? They have liberals like the Maine girls and Graham and sometimes McCain and Scott Brown...and then they have establishment types like Bennett and Cornyn and Grassley. So how many Senators do they really have...somewhere in the 30's maybe. It's the same with these "vote rankings" where they trumpet, 'I have a 96% conservative rating!' This is always misleading as not all issues/votes are equal. A vote for Obamacare carries more weight than a vote for a bridge in Syracuse, New York.

This is why the removal of Bob Bennett in Utah is so important. On paper, when Mike Lee presumably wins in November, it will be put down as "unchanged," but that's not even close to true. The GOP doesn't just want 51 Senators with an (R) next to their name. They need quality people. Bennett is an establishment-crook. Replacing him with a true conservative/libertarian is a bird in the hand versus two Lindsey Grahams in a bush.

You have to get past this desire for a candidate with "electability" and find quality people to run for office. If they lose this time around, you try again in two years. Gotta think long-term.

Penn State Clears Professor For Climate Hockey Stick Fraud

An absolute classic via Ace. Penn State University has completed its "investigation" of Professor Michael Mann, who came up with the "hockey stick" graph showing a sharp rise in global temperature over the last 50 or so years. The charges against Mann are essentially that his research was shoddy at best and he essentially was making it up. The inquire, quite amazingly as Ace points out, didn't try to gloss over it with fancy words, but instead stated the charges were impossible due to Mann's reputation:

Had Dr. Mann's conduct of his research been outside the range of accepted practices, it would have been impossible for him to receive so many awards and recognitions, which typically involve intense scrutiny from scientists who may or may not agree with his scientific conclusions...

Clearly, Dr. Mann's reporting of his research has been successful and judged to be outstanding by his peers. This would have been impossible had his activities in reporting his work been outside of accepted practices in his field.
It reminds me of Barney Franks' sister, Ann Lewis when she was Bill Clinton's Communications Director and said she knew he didn't have an affair with Monica Lewinsky because the President had told her so.

Prepare to be crushed in football in 2011 Penn State!


Biden Jokes About Spy Swap

Vice President Biden was on Jay Leno last night joking about the spy swap with Russia, saying he hoped they would take Rush Limbaugh and it wasn't his idea to send away the hot redhead.

Look, I'm not a stick-in-the-mud, I don't mind politicians joking around, but something about this just makes me shudder. I think if the country was in better shape and/or in better hands, I might have just laughed it off. Instead, all I can think about is Putin rubbing his hands together in evil bliss.


Cavs Owner Makes LeBron Story Interesting

I couldn't care less what LeBron James has done, is doing or is going to do. Nothing against him, I just have no interest. I didn't watch his special though I was intrigued at the level of narcissism on display. However, the story just got interesting to me thanks to the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, who has penned an FU letter for the ages. My favorite bit:

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Ba-zing! Read the whole thing. He's getting slammed by the sports media, perhaps rightfully so, but hey, he's got to do something to keep Cleveland's NBA team interesting.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get back to dealing with the fact that our country is being destroyed.


Obama Plays "Hussein" Card With Israel

Every day it's something else with this guy. (Hat tip: Drudge)

During the interview Wednesday, when confronted with the anxiety that some Israelis feel toward him, Obama said that "some of it may just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates suspicion."

"Ironically, I've got a Chief of Staff named Rahm Israel Emmanuel. My top political advisor is somebody who is a descendent of Holocaust survivors. My closeness to the Jewish American community was probably what propelled me to the U.S. Senate," Obama said.

"I think that sometimes, particularly in the Middle East, there's the feeling of the friend of my enemy must be my enemy, and the truth of the matter is that my outreach to the Muslim community is designed precisely to reduce the antagonism and the dangers posed by a hostile Muslim world to Israel and to the West," Obama went on to say.

Once Again The Porn Industry Shows Us The Way

A little tech news for you all. If, like me, you are an iPhone user, you no doubt have been frustrated by the phone's lack of support for Adobe Flash. I read a lot of blogs with video like Hot Air, and not being able to view Flash videos is a real detriment to the device. However, Steve Jobs does have a good argument for his stand against Adobe. The software is bulky, it burns up battery life and if you've ever had a webpage take forever to load up, it's usually because of Flash. That's not to say it's not a great product. It certainly revolutionized video on the Internet, but now we also have HTML5, the latest version of HTML that supports video playback. Jobs says this will soon be the standard, so just wait. Google, however, seems to be in Flash's corner. So who's right?

When you have a question like this, always look to the porn industry. In my line of work in video production, I'm sometimes asked why VHS beat out Beta in the 1980's. They're always surprised when I tell them that the porn industry is responsible. Like it or not, porn has quite a few consumers in the United States and elsewhere. When they pick a pony, that's usually the one to win the race. The porn industry went to Sony who made Beta and asked for a deal. Sony rejected...so they went to Panasonic, who made VHS and a deal was struck to distribute their movies on the format. Those thinking this was just a coincidence were silences when the porn industry hitched its wagon to Blu-Ray over HD-DVD. Try and find HD-DVD now.

So what is the answer to this online video question. Well, it looks like HTML5 will emerge victorious. No doubt Apple sales have influenced the decision with porn giants like Digital Playground as Wolfgang Gruener reports:

It was a natural thought to ask Ali Joone, founder and director of Digital Playground (DP), one of the leading adult film studios in the U.S. for his thoughts on the format debate. Not surprisingly, while many of us are still trying to figure out which way we should go, Joone has already a clear direction for his company: “HTML 5 is the future,” he said. For Joone, it is a simple matter of exposure why HTML 5 will win over Flash.

More than two years ago, he began offering content for the iPhone. Since Apple does not allow pornographic content in its App Store and since Safari does not run Flash, DP began taking the HTML 5 route. DP’s HTML 5 streams for mobile devices have been available for more than a year now. Joone said that he is following the Flash integration in Android, but he indicated that it is rather irrelevant to him whether Android will support Flash or not: “Mobile browsers run HTML 5 very well. Flash brings everything to a crawl and has an impact on battery life. With HTML 5, there is no reason to show our content in Flash.”

And there you have it folks. The Council of the Elders of Porn have made their ruling. Now it's just a matter of time.

(Disclaimer: My interest in this subject has to do with information technology and my ability to look at video news sites online. I'm not even sure what porn is...some form of Mediterranean cooking maybe?)

Pelosi Unemployment Claim Is A "Laffer"

Recently, economic genius Nancy Pelosi said with a straight face (which doesn't mean much as her face can't really move) that collecting unemployment checks creates jobs and stimulates the economy.

Thankfully we have Arthur Laffer to offer up some sanity: (Hat tip: Other McCain)

The flaw in their logic is that when it comes to higher unemployment benefits or any other stimulus spending, the resources given to the unemployed have to be taken from someone else. There isn't a "tooth fairy," or as my former colleague Milton Friedman repeated time and again, "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch." The government doesn't create resources. It redistributes them. For everyone who is given something there is someone who has that something taken away.

While the unemployed may spend more as a result of higher unemployment benefits, those people from whom the resources are taken will spend less. In an economy, the income effects from a transfer payment always sum to zero. Quite simply, there is no stimulus from higher unemployment benefits.


Bolton: Arab Nations Would Welcome Israeli Attack On Iran

Not a shock to anyone who pays attention and sees through the diplomatic double-speak, but few have the guts to spell it out like John Bolton.

The dirty little secret is that countries like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia...pretty much everyone except Syria, would love to see Iran de-nuked and cut down to size. They'll deny it up and down and condemn Israel if they do strike, but privately they'll be relieved.

Recess Appointment Offers Teachable Moment

I hate to throw my superior intelligence around, but this recess appointment of Donald Berwick offers a lesson in politics and journalism that shouldn't be overlooked.

Echoing Republicans, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration for sidestepping Congress to install Donald Berwick atop the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

"Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power and protects Montanans and all Americans by ensuring that crucial questions are asked of the nominee — and answered," Baucus said in a statement.

Layman's take: "Hey look! There are Democrats who stand on principle. See, some of them meant it when they said recess appointments were a bad thing during the John Bolton dustup. The Dems aren't so bad after all."

Superior intelligence take: Senate Democrats get together. They knew they didn't want this guy's dirty laundry aired in a Senate hearing, but they don't want that fact to seem obvious to the sheeple. "Max, it's your turn to play the principled guy to the media, who obviously won't question your integrity thanks to the (D) next to your name. We get what we want but at the same time we looked like we're pissed off about it. Hazzah!"

Harry Reid: Big Pharma Stooge

All you Democrats out there that have been bleating for years about "Big Pharma," could you please explain this to me?

The drug lobby has begun a pro-Reid TV blitz in his home state of Nevada. One ad praises Reid for saving jobs and for understanding that "good jobs with good benefits [mean] a better future." The narrator then instructs viewers to "call Harry Reid today; tell him to keep fighting for Nevada families."

But "Nevada families" didn't pay for the ad. The drug lobby did. And while the TV spot makes only passing reference to the health care bill passed in March, there's no doubt this ad buy -- and the rest of the drug industry's generosity toward Harry Reid -- is a big thank you for the corporate-welfare "reform" bill that Reid shepherded through the Senate.

Obama's Recess Appointment Just What You'd Expect

Meet Dr. Donald Berwick, the new head of Medicare and Medicaid.


Dutch Masters

The Netherlands have shocked the soccer world by defeating Brazil 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.

To be honest, I don't really give a crap. I just had a strong desire to use that title and picture in a blog post. It's the simple pleasures that make life worth living.