Apr
30
2014
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‘I Wish It Would Rain.’

I blame John Podhoretz for this. It’s now in my head:

I Wish It Would RainThe Temptations

Apr
30
2014
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‘DINOCALYPSE NOW!’

Oh, yeah, the people at Bundle of Holding know how to raid my wallet.

THAT cover pushes buttons, yes it does. And the rest of the stuff will appeal to the wife (she’s even more of a pulp fan than I am). Check it out before it goes too high…

Apr
30
2014
1

The inevitable ‘Wow, those #obamacare paid signup numbers are bad, huh?’ post.

I assume that everybody’s checked out on today’s bombshell revelation from the House Energy & Commerce committee that their surveys show that no more than 67% of Obamacare signups actually, you know, paid. The problem for the administration needs to be noted, however. Philip Klein:

If they attack the Republican report as inaccurate, it will be an implicit acknowledgement that they have numbers that they aren’t releasing. So their choice is either to stay silent and let the GOP-obtained data fill the news vacuum, or release detailed enrollment data.

It’s way past time for them to come clean.

Yup. Although it may take a while for the administration to realize that they’re not, in fact, invulnerable on this issue.  Which is fine: I quite like the idea of pushing the upper limits of how many Senate seats we can snag this year.

Apr
30
2014
1
Apr
30
2014
7

It is too early to say that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) will be going to jail.

Time for another installment in my favorite personal conspiracy theory: to wit, that the Illinois Combine (the ‘bipartisan’ consensus that really runs the state*) has decided that it’s time for the GOP to have a turn getting blamed for everything that goes wrong. Real shame about Pat Quinn not getting a second term, but what can you do? It’s time to offer up another sacrificial lamb: “A criminal grand jury has launched a probe into Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program —  once likened to “a political slush fund” — delivering a major blow to the Democrat as he seeks re-election this fall.” Basically, Gov. Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery program more or less handed money willy-nilly, and quite a few people in government and the public-private sector** apparently decided to take undue advantage of that. The big question is, of course, is there a piece of paper that shows that the Governor was involved in any of that? (more…)

Apr
30
2014
5

Harry Reid deliberately fails to advance his job-killing bill.

If you’re wondering why Republican Senators were perfectly happy to kill Harry Reid’s job-killing bill masquerading as a minimum-wage hike earlier today, this is why:

[Senator John] Thune [R, South Dakota] cited a Bloomberg poll showing 57 percent of the public views the potential loss of 500,000 jobs, a figure projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), as an unacceptable tradeoff for raising the minimum wage to a $10.10 hourly rate. The CBO dealt a huge blow to the legislation, the centerpiece of the Democrats’ 2014 agenda, when it warned in February of its impact on jobs.

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Apr
30
2014
10

Maureen Dowd most amusingly turns on Barack Obama. Just a *bit*.

I believe that the technical term for this is Mawreen Haz A Sad:

When you [Maureen is talking directly at* President Barack Obama -ML] hate being criticized, it’s hard to take a giant steaming plate of “you stink” every day, coming from all sides. But you convey the sense that any difference on substance is lèse-majesté.

You simply proclaim what you believe as though you know it to be absolutely true, hoping we recognize the truth of it, and, if we don’t, then we’ve disappointed you again.

Even some of the chatterers who used to be in your corner now make derogatory remarks about your manhood.

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Apr
30
2014
2

All right. Beastie Boys, Elvis, Jewel, Lindsey Stirling, and Walk Off The Earth.

Try and build a coherent customer profile using THOSE purchases, Amazon.com.

…They probably will, but I like giving them a challenge.

Moe Lane

PS: Oh, yeah, there’s a new Lindsey Stirling.

Apr
29
2014
4

…This is apparently my day for not-nice posts.

Second one in a row that I had to delete before posting for being… infelicitous.  I mean, it was just nasty.  So here: watch an animation of giraffes doing high-dives.

 

Sometimes you gotta take a step back.

Apr
29
2014
7

I hope that @TheWookieeRoars said ‘Just start putting on the zeroes, boys…’

“…I’ll let you know when there’s enough of ’em.”

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga,Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, andKenny Baker in the new film.

Via Hot Air, where Allahpundit has gone through the depths of despair and utter futility to the placid pools found beyond, and thus to a place where he can hope that “people will be pleasantly surprised by the results.” Me? I’m a Philistine, boychiks. Gimme what I crave! And go ahead and pass around all those tons of Disney cash freely there, Abrams. To quote Commander Riker: when the train comes in, everybody rides.

Apr
29
2014
9

I have a corollary to the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect.

For those who do not know it, Michael Crighton put it as follows:

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”

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