Jobs ‘saved’ by ‘stimulus’ reduced to 2.5 million.

This week.

Contra Wizbang and Roger Kimball, this is actually the latest estimate of Mark Zandi, not the Obama administration itself. What the Obama administration is merely doing is trying to lower the expectations of their debt bill:

WASHINGTON (Reuters)- President Barack Obama’s aides warned Americans on Sunday not to expect instant miracles from the $787 billion economic stimulus bill he will sign this week, but said it would help eventually.

[I’m snipping the nonsense about how this was Obama’s first major legislative victory. The sentence should more properly read: “It was the legislature’s first major victory over his young presidency.” – ML]

“There will be signs of activity very quickly,” David Axelrod, the White House senior adviser, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But it’s going to take time for that to show up in the statistics. The president has said it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.”

Continue reading Jobs ‘saved’ by ‘stimulus’ reduced to 2.5 million.

‘…but I’ve only been in country four months and already I hate liberals.’

OK, I’m going to break my rule just this once and give traffic to a pro-torture site (in this case, HuffPo) because it’s not every day that you get to see the shell of a Marxist develop its first crack from a blow of the Hammer of Objective Reality. Meet SD Liddick, and doesn’t he sing pretty?

I’m phobically allergic to the conservative Republican types the military is rife with, but I’ve only been in country four months and already I hate liberals. There’s plenty of ugliness to report in Iraq (as there are thousands of stories of hope and headway)–and the U.S. military certainly isn’t beyond reproach. Nobody’s telling you to report on one side or the other. But manipulating the truth because of your own personal biases is wretched and works in the face of progress. The other end of the political spectrum disregards you, Dahr, and now I know why. I thought it was because you’re a liar–but you aren’t. You don’t have enough backbone to be a liar. You’re a craven obfuscationist, intent on promoting your agenda at the cost of a menagerie of much braver men and women.

Continue reading ‘…but I’ve only been in country four months and already I hate liberals.’

And so it begins: the Right to take a swig of Protest Culture.

Contemplate the quote below before you snicker.

“How come,” I asked Andy, “whenever someone upsets the Left, you see immediate marches and parades and rallies with signs already printed and rhyming slogans already composed, whereas whenever someone upsets the Right, you see two members of the Young Americans for Freedom waving a six-inch American Flag?”
“We have jobs.” said Andy.

-P. J. O’Rourke

Which tells you two things:

  1. It’s in the Left’s best interests to keep the unemployment rate down… oops.
  2. Don’t let the time that elapses between the emergency session to pass a bill and the leisurely signing of it four days later include a national holiday. People get those off.

Via Little Miss Atilla – sorry, no CPAC again for me this year – we’re told that there are actually going to be protests against this monstrosity of a Democratic debt bill tomorrow in both Denver and Seattle. Check out Michelle Malkin and Redistributing Knowledge for further details. Will it be large? Don’t know. Will it be mocked? Almost certainly, as only people who know that you have to squash populist resentment quick before it breeds can do it. Will it be worth it? Yes. Will you be there, or do something of your own down the line?

Well… that’s up to you, isn’t it?

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Mickey, you almost seem *surprised* that Obama gutted welfare reform.

Bless your heart, but why?

(Via Instapundit) Now that Kaus can actually read the debt bill that the Democrats just passed – a courtesy delayed to everybody who wasn’t a lobbyist – he’s kind of alarmed that his political party has decided to cater to its base by bringing back rules that encourage the formation of a permanent underclass. His major practical objection:

3) But the reference to liberalism isn’t irrelevant, because the now-undermined welfare reform was the key to rebuilding confidence in (liberal) affirmative government. As Bill Clinton recognized, voters may well have been willing to let government spend, but they didn’t trust old style liberals not to spend in actively destructive ways, like subsidizing an isolated underclass of non-working single mothers with a no-strings cash dole. It’s a 75-25 values issue. Work yes. Welfare no. Even if welfare spending was only a tiny portion of the liberals’ spending agenda, it poisoned the rest of it. Only when Clinton’s New Democrats put an ostentatious “time limit” on welfare and required work did they regain the public confidence necessary to increase other kinds of spending (on work-related poverty-fighting benefits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, day care and Social Security, for example.)

A reemerging “welfare” issue is a potential killer, in other words, for Obama’s big remaining plans, especially health care. If Dems seem determined to reinstate dependency–or at the least blind to the dangers of dependency–voters aren’t going to trust them to spend trillions on universal health insurance and fortified pensions. It’s hard to believe Obama doesn’t realize this. Continue reading Mickey, you almost seem *surprised* that Obama gutted welfare reform.

I’ve added a Webcomics page.

It would have been a list of links, except that the sidebar’s going to get pretty crowded at this rate.  I’m still not entirely sure that it isn’t a little crowded now, but we’ll see how that goes.

Suggestions for new ones welcome, of course.  Or general site observations.  You can see that Neil’s already fixed that little “pingback getting read as a comment” problem, so go Neil.

Rasmussen: Public opinion flips on ‘Fairness Doctrine.’

And not in a way to make Democrats smile.

But a majority expects Congress to try to pass it anyway:

47% Oppose Fairness Doctrine, But 51% Think Congress Likely To Bring It Back

Just 38% of U.S. voters think that the government should require all radio stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary.

Forty-seven percent (47%) oppose government-imposed political balance on radio stations, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure which course is better.

These findings are a dramatic nine-point drop-off in support for the Fairness Doctrine from a survey last August when 47% said the government should require all radio and television stations to offer balanced political commentary.

Continue reading Rasmussen: Public opinion flips on ‘Fairness Doctrine.’

Politicians gone wild!

I posted the link to this Cracked article over at RedState under a different name and purpose (Sunday open thread), but it’s got too many good bits not to put over here, too. Here’s one (and not the one I was originally going to use, either):

Yeah, yeah, I know: we shouldn’t be amused by scenes like this. But the Youtube guy was right. That guy was poking them with a stick, and they did take it.

Moe Lane

PS: Make sure you watch the #1 video. It’s relatively tame, but it’s also evidence that we’re not immune from this phenomenon.

PPS: Alas, the market for “politicians fighting” seems to be tragically under-explored, although this back-in-the-day worshipful look at the guy who helped destroy the mortgage market might prove unintentionally amusing.

Greg Gutfield has exposed the 9/11 Conspiracy once and for all!

“Seriously, how much is Rosie O’Donnell paying you to say it’s the Jews?”

And – of course! – it’s in the last place you’d look:

Here’s how my very simple theory works: the common 9/11 truthers are – as a rule – unemployed, living at home, and nutritionally deficient due to a vigorously vegan diet. This gave them the free time, as well the depressed hostility (due to lack of animal protein) needed to plan the attacks. After the attacks, they were initially pleased that America mistakenly blamed bin Laden. But they also knew that, given time, after realizing the innocence of these young Islamic entrepreneurs, the scent of guilt would lead only to them.

Fiendish! Continue reading Greg Gutfield has exposed the 9/11 Conspiracy once and for all!

Friday the 13th, explained.

Admittedly, what happened two days ago probably would be enough to cement the unlucky reputation of the day, but just in case it’s not, the Weekly World News is on the case and researching the problem as only they can. A taste:

* In London’s summer of 1865, seven prostitutes, two flower sellers, three secretaries and a nun were assaulted on Friday July 13th by a crazy man wearing an athletic mask. The assailant would jump out of the shadows and present them with literature supporting the Conservative Party. As the women screamed and tried to run away, they were asked for donations repeatedly, up to 18 times in one case.

I don’t know why that one’s the funniest – to me, at least – but it is.

Moe Lane

PS: No, I won’t be seeing the movie. I’m one of those weird people who liked TV series better, and by “better” I mean “I actually liked the series, as opposed to the movies, which I pretty much hated.”  I guess that I’m a snob.

Well, until people start buying ad space…

…on the sidebar, I guess that I’ll have to load my own.

We’ll start off by replacing the Kindle 2: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation) ad with Momfidence!: An Oreo Never Killed Anybody and Other Secrets of Happier Parenting, which was an absolute sanity-saver when I read it during my wife’s pregnancy. It’s an excellent antidote to Overeager Parent Syndrome, and I think that anybody with kids or expecting them should read it.

I can also recommend Pregnancy Sucks For Men: What to Do When Your Miracle Makes You BOTH Miserable, which was likewise a lifesaver. I never read its “prequel” Pregnancy Sucks: What to Do When Your Miracle Makes You Miserable, for fairly obvious reasons…