Sodas cause obesity

Specifically, fructose (as in “high-fructose corn syrup”) appears to cause more weight gain[*1] (in mice) than other sugar sweeteners like glucose, and that weight gain is not explained by calories alone.

All the mice began the study at an average weight of 39 grams. Those consuming the fructose-sweetened water showed significant weight gain over the course of the study, with an average final weight of 48 grams–compared with averages below 44 grams for the other groups–and had about 90 percent more body fat than the mice that consumed water only.

Total caloric intake was lower in the mice that consumed the fructose-sweetened water than in the other groups, except for the control animals provided with water only.

“We were surprised to see that mice actually ate less when exposed to fructose-sweetened beverages, and therefore didn’t consume more overall calories,” said Dr. Tschöp. “Nevertheless, they gained significantly more body fat within a few weeks.”

I’m always astonished that it seems to come as a surprise to most dieticians and physicians that not all calories are the same. There’s this little thing called biochemistry. This is the intricate system of chemical reactions which determines how the body processes food. It’s driven by enzymes created by the body, and each person’s body creates and processes enzymes at slightly different rates (just like everybody has a unique fingerprint). This means that everybody’s biochemistry is a bit different. This is why one diet does not fit all. Some diets (i.e. controlled carbohydrate diets) directly address manipulating the body’s biochemistry. Others (“portion control” starvation diets and “low-fat” diets) don’t.

The Whip-Science, July 30, 2010

Science

Western Diet Link to ADHD, Australian Study Finds [*1]

Science Turns Authoritarian [*2]

Rabbits grow their own joint replacements in study [*3] — Go Rabbits!

Why “science” has a problem [*4]

Anatomy of a Microburst [*5]

Is a stiff hamstring more susceptible to a strain? [*6]

The Whip-The News, July 30, 2010

Three (possible) sections in the News Whip(s): World News, National News, and Heartland News (Heartland being defined as my home territory–from Kansas City north to South Dakota). World News

Russia clamps down on Internet, Google frowns [*1]

King of Discount: Aldi Founder Theo Albrecht Dies [*2]

How to Win Turkey [*3]

Time to throw Afghanistan under the bus? [*4]

Wikileaks exposed hundreds of Afghan informants [*5] — People will die because of Wikileaks, and the person or people responsible for leaking the secret military information. Turns out there is a reason why some things aren’t instantly made public. Turns out doing that can get people killed. Turns out Julian Assange, the head dimwit of Wikileaks, doesn’t care about that. Doesn’t care enough, anyway. Would “accessory to murder” be too harsh?

Murphy Rides Again [*6]

Blind Men and Elephants [*7]

National News

Rasmussen: Support For Border Fence Up To 68% [*8]

Three Silver Linings in the Bad Arizona Court Decision [*9]

Dipping and Deflating–A double-dip recession now appears all too probable, likely tipping the U.S. economy into deflation [*10] — As far as I can tell, deflation is mainly a threat to the Ruling Class. For everyone else, prices going down may not be such a bad thing (even if wages go down at the same rate). Deflation encourages saving–think about it. If your $1 will be worth #1.05 next year (5% deflationary rate) does it make sense to frivolously spend your money on crap, or only buy stuff you really need? With inflation, the equation is reversed–inflation tells people not to save at all, but to buy as much as they can right now–even if they have to borrow to do it. Which, it seems to me, is how we got into the mess we’re in in the first place.

AP survey: A bleaker outlook for economy into 2011 [*11] — Hope! Change! Economic carnage as far as the eye can see! It’s ALL good!

No Court Ruling Can Stop Crazy Joe Arpaio [*12]

Video: University makes diploma contingent on supporting gay rights? [*13]

Will Obama’s Deficit Commission Call for $26.7 Trillion Tax Increase? [*14]

Helplessness and Anarchy [*15]

Damn: NV Senate Race Moved From “Toss Up” To “Leans Democratic” By…Hitler’s Own Pollster [*16]

Mounting U.S. Debt Makes Fiscal Crisis More Likely [*17]

Where Has All The Oil Gone? [*18]

Durable goods orders drop 1% in June [*19]

CBO: Risk of crisis growing with higher debt levels [*20]

Age is Not the Only Number for Social Security [*21]

VIDEO: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Tells MSNBC Where to Cut [*22]

The Whip-The Ruling Class, July 30, 2010

As I described in the previous post,, the Ruling Class is composed of people who simply think it is their right (if not their duty) to tell other people how to run their lives, and the People Class is composed of people who just want to get on with their own lives and don’t have that urge to tell other people what to do. These Whips document the various activities of the Ruling Class.

And they’re very, very, very active, unfortunately. Did the WaPo “Top Secret America” project succeed? [*1]

Sherrod Hints At Obama Being An Uncle Tom [*2] — Shirley’s husband, that is, who it seems is a ‘piece of work.’

Shirley Sherrod To Sue Breitbart [*3] — And if I were Breitbart, I’d be talking to my lawyers about a counter-claim that Sherrod is engaged in a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation-SLAPP. And California, where Breitbart resides, has a very robust anti-SLAPP law.

JournoList And The Vast Left-Right Wing Conspiracies [*4]

What Judge Bolton’s Injunction Doesn’t Say [*5]

Fake “Tea Party” Democratic operatives fail my smell test! [*6] — Yeah, another one. Michigan, this time.

Why we ignored two huge stories–In the last two weeks, two major newspapers reported two major stories, but Americans mostly yawned [*7] — Reason #4? “They didn’t play into the current political narratives.” In other words, they inconveniently ran counter to the political spin we were doing, so we ignored them. No political bias there. Nope. None at all.

Political operatives on Journolist worked to shape news coverage [*8]

The Progressive Inverted Tongue (PIT) [*9]

DNCC still whistling past the graveyard of Nov. election [*10]

Democrat Civil War: Time to Turn to the Capo di tutti Capi? [*11]

Science Turns Authoritarian [*12]

Time Magazine Confesses: Rush Is Right! [*13]

The View from the top: Obama tries to woo back women voters [*14]

Surprise: Federal Judge Upholds University’s ‘No Christians Allowed’ Policy [*15]

M Is For Machiavelli [*16]

The DEMOCRAT Anthem [*17]

Democratic Message: We May Be Incompetent, But They’re Crazy [*18] — And the Republican response: “Actually, the Democrats are incompetent AND crazy. We’re just crazy.”

More Democrat Tea Party Fail [*19] — “They. Got. Nothing.”

Dems’ new midterm message: These tea-party wingnuts have captured the GOP [*20]

And Now, For Something Completely Different… [*21] — The phrase “beclowning himself” comes to mind . . .

David Horowitz Runs Pro-Israel Ad on Olbermann Show; Kos Kids Freak Out [*22]

Susan R. Bolton Hands GOP A(nother) Campaign Issue [*23]

From Book Publishers to the Media: The Left’s Crusade to End Debate [*24]

Empire of Silence: Journolist, Breitbart, and what the Left doesn’t say [*25]

Barney Frank’s one dollar fare conundrum and the ruling class [*26]

Report: Meeting on ethics charges involving Rangel’s lawyers may have been, er, unethical [*27]

IRS Continues to Use ‘Tax Protester’ Label Despite Congressional Prohibition [*28]

House Democratic Memo Is Another Blow to J Street [*29]

In July, ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann‘ Saw Lowest Viewership Since April 2008 [*30]

Pigford v. Glickman: 86,000 claims from 39,697 total farmers? [*31]

Helplessness and Anarchy [*32]

Breaking: Judge Blocks Part Of AZ Immigration Law [*33]

JournoList: Bias Leads to Recklessness [*34]

Obama Has A “G” Problem [*35]

A demotion for Nancy Pelosi? Part One [*36]

Our Divisive President: Barack Obama promised a new era of post-partisanship. In office, he’s played racial politics and further split the country along class and party lines. [*37]

Guess who’s handling Rangel’s defense? [*38]

Serious Journalists Feel Betrayed By Klein’s JournoList, But Do Nothing About It [*39]

House Democrats Head for Thumping at the Polls [*40]

DISCLOSE act defeated … for now [*41]

Promises, promises, promises … [*42]

An old argument revisited [*43]

ObamaCare: The Government’s Rationing Toolbox Exposed [*44]

Is Photography in Public Illegal? [*45]

If A Republican With A Racist Spouse Was Promoted By The WH, Would It Be News? [*46]

New Black Panther Case Takes Bipartisan Twist; Democrat Asks Holder to Review [*47]

Clintonista Rendell: Obama May Be Primaried In 2012 [*48]

My Apology to Shirley Sherrod — Withdrawn [*49]

Fiscal Effects of Government Spending, Or: What Macroeconomists Don’t Know [*50]

Like Pigfords At A Trough [*51]

Why does Franken fear oversight? [*52]

The Economist on Overcriminalization [*53]

The Misguided Right On Issues Of Race [*54]

Mike Pence: No, TurboTax Tim, The Country Cannot “Withstand” Tax Hikes [*55]

Collins a no, Lieberman a miss on DISCLOSE vote; Update: Brown says no; Update: Snowe says no — and Feinstein, too; Update: Cloture fails, 57-41 [*56]

Barney behaves badly [*57]

Full Sherrod Video: Violence Against Cops, Judges And Lawyers? [*58]

JournoList: No Absence Of Malice [*59]

The Whip-The People Class, July 30, 2010

This Whip category pertains to what I call the People Class–my name for the “Country Class” as identified by retired Boston University professor Angelo M. Codevilla in his influential essay America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution[*1] .

This would be the “us” as opposed to the “them” of the Ruling Class. The difference is that people in the People Class don’t want to run anyone else’s life–they just want to be free to run their own lives to the best of their abilities. The people in the Ruling Class think that they’re qualified to tell the rest of us how to run their lives–up to and including demanding that the People Class give money to the Ruling Class because they’re somehow “owed” some kind of reparations to make things more “fair.” So yes, the Angry Poor are, in fact, part of the Ruling Class, not of the People Class, in that they think they have the right to order other people to provide for their “needs.”

This is the fundamental political issue of our time–despite what the journalists and “opnion-makers” (but I repeat myself) in the Ruling Class would have you believe.

The issue IS the Ruling Class, and more specifically, how long the People Class will continue to put up with their increasingly shrill and unreasonable demands. Cover Photo for Governor Palin’s New Book Revealed [*2]

VAT Time? A money machine that conservatives shouldn’t oppose. [*3]

“Guerrilla Economics” Coming to Forbes.com [*4]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Should Go–It’s time to let gays serve openly in the military [*5] — Nobody’s asking you to like it . . . but if you liked everything everyone else said, we wouldn’t need a First Amendment either, would we? This is where the pro-gay people trip up. Yeah, gay people should be perfectly free–but so should everyone else, and that means tolerating the civil expression of disapproval–of speech, of political orientation, of sexual orientation. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. You can’t have “gay rights” without at the same time allowing other people the right to approve or disapprove as their consciences direct. That’s called freedom, and that’s why freedom is not easy, and must be constantly defended.

Liberty or Tyranny in 2010: Support the Rightward, Most Viable Candidate [*6]

The Great Economics Smackdown [*7]

Krugman contra Hayek [*8]

California’s fiscal crisis provides a stark look at the difference between today’s left and right [*9]

The choice [*10]

NEED INPUT: Was there ever a time when you had to call out someone you liked very much for doing something very bad? [*11]

A Liberaltarian Reader [*12] — “Liberaltarians” are, I fear, a bit like unicorns . . . very pretty, nice to think about, but don’t really exist in the real world. At least until we re-redefine the word “liberal” to mean what it once did–what we now call “classical liberal.” Libertarians need to stop calling themselves “libertarians” and start calling themselves what they are: Freedom-centrists.

A Liberaltarian Reader? [*13]

Reason.tv: On the Set of Atlas Shrugged – 53 Years in the Making [*14]

Swapping a VAT for failing income tax is good policy [*15]

Year of the Tea Party Voter: Republicans are winning over voters who are disgruntled with both parties. [*16]

November Starts Now — Obama’s 3:00 AM Fail [*17]

If This Doesn’t Motivate You For November, Nothing Will [*18]

My finger on the Gingrich lever? (A hypothetical doomsday scenario which gives me nightmares…) [*19]

A Rhee of Hope: Will Michelle Rhee fix D.C.’s notoriously dysfunctional school system? [*20]

Right to Work Is a Winning Political Issue [*21]

Restoring Honor Rally – New Video [*22]

Institute for Justice: The Power of One Entrepreneur Campaign [*23]

The Whip, July 26, 2010

Wolfe’s lost road: Discovering an author’s personal essay on J.R.R. Tolkien [*1]

Wolfe’s (essay) says that The Lord of the Rings taught him that right and wrong can be absolutes, and that absolute moral equivalency is another piece of Mordor. In addition, it taught him that “progress” is not necessarily progressive, and with change comes inevitable loss.

The difference between knowledge and wisdom is also a feature of Tolkien’s greatest work. The “progressives” confuse knowledge with wisdom. This is their great weakness. They believe that intricate and complicated concepts must be correct, because they’re hard to understand. Conservatives believe that intricate and complicated concepts are best judged with deep suspicion, and that the basic truths are actually quite simple to comprehend. The “right thing to do” is often difficult to actually do, by we imperfect humans in this imperfect world, but it is often quite simple to understand. Ex-Moran Campaign Chief Endorses Tiahrt [*2] — While riding around in the car and listening to the radio, my wife and I suddenly started lampooning the vicious advertising battle between Moran and Tiahrt for the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate from Kansas:

“Todd Tiahrt lives in WASHINGTON!
“Jerry Moran said he could WORK WITH OBAMA!
“Todd Tiahrt ran an ad saying that Jerry Moran could WORK WITH OBAMA!
“Jerry Moran sleeps with farm animals!
“Todd Tiahrt is a WEREWOLF!
“Jerry Moran is a VAMPIRE!
“Todd Tiahrt drinks puppies after he grinds them up in blenders!
“Jerry Moran kills and eats his entire family every single night!
“Todd Tiahrt is building a network of secret gas chambers in western Kansas to exterminate moderate Republicans in order to take over the party!
“Jerry Moran is the illegitimate son of Kim Jung Il, has nuclear weapons, and is threatening South Korea and Japan with NU-CU-LAR ANNIHILATION!
etc.

Sheesh.

For the record, if I lived in Kansas, I’d probably vote for Tiahrt–mainly because it appears to me that Moran started the disingenuous mud-slinging with his slimy insinuation that he lived in Kansas, while Tiahrt “lived in Washington!” Uh, duh, Jerry, he’s in the House of Representatives. As are you. Hypocrite.

Right Online interview: Herman Cain [*3]

How To Get Rid Of Racism [*4]

“Stop talking about it. I’ll stop calling you a white man. You stop calling me a black man.”

Sherrod: “We Must Stop The White Man And His Uncle Toms …” [*5] — That’s Charles Sherrod, Shirley’s wife. When this is over, the “progressives” are going to wish they’d left this can of worms unopened . . . in the wise words of Morgan Freeman: “Stop talking about it.”

The Afghanistan Leaks:
The Wikileaks Afghanistan War Leak Page [*6]
The Helpless Germans: War Logs Illustrate Lack of Progress in Bundeswehr Deployment [*7]
Task Force 373 and Targeted Assassinations: US Elite Unit Could Create Political Fallout for Berlin [*8]
Documents allege Pakistan secretly backed Taliban [*9]
Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation [*10]
Afghanistan: The War Logs [*11]
W.H. condemns ‘irresponsible’ leaks, dismisses stories [*12] — Predictably, it’s all Bush’s fault.
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on the ‘War Logs’: ‘I Enjoy Crushing Bastards’ [*13] — I wonder if Obama didn’t order the “leak” of these documents. I wonder . . .
Wikileaks document dump exposes what everyone knows about Af-Pak war [*14]

War is an ugly, nasty, brutal business. War against an utterly amoral enemy is even worse. I’m not particularly shocked by anything that’s been released so far. It’s a sad commentary on the unreality of the “reality-based community” as well as the population at large that the military leadership thought that so much of this needed to be kept secret. Of course, “loose lips sink ships” and as the JournoList scandal shows, there are lots and lots of people who really don’t care who gets hurt as long as they win their own domestic political battles.

That’s what this massive leak is about. It’s about forcing Obama to get out of Afghanistan, by shaming him into doing it. Any outrage over the actual contents of the leak are a poor second to that overarching political goal. Always remember that when looking at reports stemming from the leaks.

Illegitimi non carborundum [*15] — As we go forward, we need to be of good cheer. Hey . . . the Cheerful Revolution . . . maybe that will catch on?

Climate Craziness of the Week: Grist uses Scientific American to highlight voluntary human extinction and GW fears [*16] — See, civilian casualties in a war zone are unfortunate, but they happen. This sort of thing is just sick.

Jabs at Sarah Palin only make her more endearing [*17]

Down This Gravel Road: A Look at Contemporary Rural Fantasy [*18] — I did not know there was such a thing as “contemporary rural fantasy.” Urban fantasy, now, that I’m down with–that encompasses the sympathetic/pathetic vampire genre and the Jim Butcher The Dresden Files kind of books. But contemporary rural fantasy? That seems a rather . . . fragmented market slice to me.

Feet and Shoes across cultures [*19]

Journolist debates making its coordination with Obama explicit [*20]

My Writer’s Block Rant [*21]

The Unpresidential President: Barack Obama has managed a rare feat: The longer he holds office, the more he diminishes in stature. [*22]

Lewis, Carson, Cleaver and the phantom n-word [*23]

Soroswood: The Intersection of Politics and Hollywood Propaganda, Part 1 [*24] — It is far past time to shine the cleansing light of publicity on George Soros and his Machiavellian manipulation of the American political system . . .

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Government-Run Insurance Option Is Inevitable [*25] — They won’t quit, you know . . .

Our Totalitarian Regulatory Bureaucracy [*26]

It may sound shocking to some, but modern-day America compares “favorably” to fascist Germany of the 1930s with regard to the degree to which the state interferes with and controls economic activity. First of all, government expenditures at all levels of government account for about 40 percent of national income. It differs by a few percentage points, year by year, but it has been in the 40 percent range in the past few years. This doesn’t count all of the off-budget government agencies that exist at the federal, state, and local levels of government as James Bennett and I documented in our book, Underground Government: The Off-Budget Public Sector[*27] . If this is included, government expenditures as a percentage of national income would be at least 45 percent, which is not so far from the 53 percent in Nazi Germany that Hayek alluded to.

None dare call it fascism.

More States “Competitive” in Terms of Party Identification: Democrats lose ground, while Republicans gain [*28]

Gallup: Democrats lose ground in state polls [*29] — Ed Morrissey analysis of the above . . .

Self-Reliance: Better Than Government Dependence [*30] — We live, unfortunately, in a world where the obvious must be forcefully stated and re-stated over and over again, lest people be led astray by liars, cheats, and thugs . . .

Sunday Whip, July 25, 2010

Five Minutes With Andrew Breitbart [*1]

Q: Anything else folks should know about this or about Andrew Breitbart?

A: Believe it or not, one of my primary motives on this planet is to stop this racism, and to stop the Democratic Party’s use of race that divides us intentionally. Google me and Clarence Thomas. I went from left to right because I watched this tactic happen to him and I aligned myself with black conservatives. Free thinkers recognize the Democratic Party will do or say anything to instill fear into black Democratic voters. . . . Shirley Sherrod in that video said those who disagree with Obamacare are coming from a racist point of view. That is a troubling racist sentiment.

And this is the greatest tragedy–the greatest crime–that the neo-feudalist left has committed against this country with the Sherrod affair–and with so many other instances of rabidly shouting “RAAAAACIST!” as a craven political tactic to shut up and shut down opposing voices. The dirty secret is that the festering pus of lingering racism in the United States is flowing from the left–from the “progressives”–from the very same neo-feudalists who organize intellectual lynch mobs against anyone who really, really took to heart Martin Luther King’s words about judging people on the content of their character.

What the neo-feudalist “progressives” do to the “national conversation on race” is obscene. They’re the ones who should be shouted down–not the brave few on the Right like Breitbart who stand up to the neo-feudalists. North Korea declares “sacred war” on U.S. and South [*2]

Rorschach Test [*3] — What your reaction to the Shirley Sherrod affair can tell you about yourself, perhaps . . .

Climate science could take a cue from genome data release [*4]

Refudiate Liberalism! Sarah Palin was on to something. [*5] — Refute + Repudiate = Refudiate. Because in today’s post-modernist world, it does not necessarily follow that something that has been refuted will also necessarily be repudiated. Counterexamples abound . . . “intelligent design,” “anthropogenic global warming,” “Keynesian economics,” “big government,” “socialism,” “the Democratic Party,” “the Republican Party,” etc., etc.

Guest Blog Post: Active Reading For Better Writing [*6]

Journolist [*7] — Should be viewed with the sound on. My main editorial comment would be that the chirping birds should probably have been crickets . . .

I’ll also just point out in passing that this comes from a site run by folks that were, during the 2008 Presidential primaries, STAUNCH hard-core Democrats. Before Obama happened to them. Before they discovered the truth behind the lies told by Democrats and leftists.

Once your eyes have seen, you will never truly be blind again.

CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on ‘Bloggers’ in Wake of Sherrod Incident: ‘Something’s Going to Have to be Done Legally’[*8] — And, of course, being the contrarian I am, I start thinking that “something’s going to have to be done legally” about CNN’s penchant for spinning and shaping the news by sins of omission and commission to move public opinion–always it seems towards more governmental power.

Things like this always sound like good ideas until you’re the one staring down the barrel of a police-state gun pointed at you. Be careful what you wish for, CNN . . . “there but for the grace of God” and all that . . .

Patronage, Principles, and Political Parties [*9] — A short meditation on the history of American political parties, from the increasingly relevant Paul A. Rahe . .

The case against Elena Kagan [*10] — Is it really too much to ask that Supreme Court justices actually, you know, uphold the actual Constitution–the one on paper–rather than the one swimming around in their heads? Sadly, apparently, the answer to that question is yes, it really is too much to ask.

Journolist Archives prove Media coordinated assault on Sarah Palin to secure Obama election [*11]

In Chicago, the Liberals around him cringed, as that excitement and energy reverberated through the large screens and smacked them in the face.

K. will never forget two Liberal women, clutching each other, faces blanched, with true dread in their eyes.

“What are we going to do now? She’s incredible. He can win now, with her. What are we going to do?”.

“We need to destroy her. We need the media to destroy her”.

“They need to do their job. They need to destroy her”.

And try to destroy her the Media did.

Just like those two Chicago Libs wanted them…expected them…to do.

When in doubt, destroy, seems to be the standing policy of the “progressives” of the neo-feudalist left.

‘A Commandeering of the People’ [*12] — Does political power come from the people in this country, or does it come from the neo-feudalists who would be your lords and masters? You still have a choice. For a little while longer, anyway.

Breaking: Anita MonCrief to File FEC Charges Against Obama Administration [*13] — Actually, the Obama campaign not the Administration, but still, in a country with a truly free and independent press, this would be a bombshell of enormous magnitude. This is Watergate-level corruption. Bigger than that, actually . . . not that the Coverup-Media will bother to notice it. And you can bet the FEC will be instructed to bury this, too. It’s the Chicago Way.

Obama’s Soft-Core Socialism [*14] — I’m not sure that this isn’t really full-frontal socialism. Actually, the more technically correct term for what Obama and the Democrats are busily implementing would be “fascism,” but since the shrieking Left has rendered that word as meaningless “racist” as a useful description of human behavior, I’ve had to go with “neo-feudalism.”

“Creative Destruction” [*15] — A classic essay on the complex emergent organizing behavior of free people freely associating in an economy of free exchange. Note the word “free” in the previous sentence. There is no political freedom without economic freedom. There is no economic freedom without political freedom.

Anatomy of a Scandal: Why conservatives nationwide should care about what Lee Roupas has done to the Cook County GOP [*16] — We must at all times continue to demand–DEMAND that those whom we elect to represent us are the best of us.
The BEST of us. Not sleazebags like Charlie Rangel (for instance) or like the craven power-mongers of the RINO GOP.

Journolist and the loneliness of the long-distance conservative blogger [*17]

JournoList: 107 Names Confirmed (with news organizations) [*18] — A list of people whose independence is Not To Be Trusted. Also a list of organizations whose independence is similarly Not To Be Trusted.

Youths turn on Obama: Shock poll reversal [*19]

Settled science: Can everyplace really be warming much faster than everyplace else? [*20] — A highly amusing observation, backed up by no less than seventeen different alarmist news stories . . .

The Calculus of Racism [*21] — If the neo-feudalists really, really want to make racism an issue, I think the liberty movement is more than willing to take them on. They won’t win the argument. Because when it comes down to it, it is the “progressive” neo-feudalists who are the racists.

There is nothing racist about liberty. In fact, liberty is the exact opposite of racism.

Britain Plans to Decentralize Health Care [*22] — You know that feeling you have when you’re the only person walking one way when everybody else is going the other direction–that sort of “salmon-swimming-upstream” feeling? . . .

‘Sometimes I Think You Guys Are A Bunch Of Cowards’ [*23] — The words are Fox News’ Greta van Sustern, interviewing Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan who is possibly the only adult left in Congress today . . .

Seven Eminent Physicists Skeptical of AGW [*24]

Coming Soon: The Biggest Tax Increase Ever [*25] — How Not To Stimulate An Economy, by Barack H. Obama . . .

The Liberal Tax Revolt: Is it a Game-Changer? [*26] — No. “Progressives” and taxes are almost exactly like hard-core alcoholics and alcohol. Even when they begin to suspect that it’s killing them, they still can’t resist another drink. The “progressives” will have to hit rock-bottom before they can hope to begin the long, slow process of recovery. In the context of the present political situation, “hitting rock bottom” means, to begin with, being totally purged from the Republican Party in favor of the classical Republican coalition of the Constitution-based liberty movement and the traditional faith-based community of the country. But that by itself is not hitting bottom for the “progressives.” They need to be pushed out of all of their currently dominant positions in academia, entertainment, the media, and the popular culture. The Democratic Party needs to be demolished–erased from American political culture, gone the way of the 19th Century Whigs. Businesses need to stop donating to Democrats. All of them. People need to stop buying or watching “progressive”-dominated media and entertainment. Approval and donations need to be withdrawn from all of the bastions of “progressive” academia–the Ivy-League, Big-10, Big-12 and other “elite” universities.

Chris Christie on ABC’s This Week [*27] — If more politicians were like Christie, this country would be in a much, much better place.

Oh Boy: White House Recommended Release of Lockerbie Bomber Over Jailtime In Libya [*28] — Worst. President. Ever. Freedom for terrorists, serfdom for Americans. Nice.

Hollywood Babylon—For Ugly People: A week of navel-gazing coverage of Andrew Breitbart, the Journolist, and race [*29]

If you haven’t noticed the recent “news,” you blissfully missed another week of Beltway navel-gazing, of self-referential media stories, holier-than-thou sermonizing about journalistic ethics, and the usual bipartisan accusations of race-baiting.

Which, unfortunately, you could say about just about any week in recent memory . . . (except for the bipartisan accusations of racism–that’s a relatively recent development) . . .

Friday/Weekend Whip, July 23, 2010

This is gonna be a long one . . . stuff has been piling up . . .

‘JournoList’ E-mails Show Media Plotting to Kill Stories about Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Daily Caller [*1] — Almost all national journalists for the “mainstream” media are lying to you. On purpose. With reasons they think are good and proper. But the fact remains that they daily–hourly lie to you, in order to advance what they think is the “correct agenda.” After all, these people went into journalism to “make a difference in the world.” If they have to lie and deceive in order to do it, well, the ends justify the means, don’t they?

Video: “Same As It Ever Was” [*2]

And, if you’re missing the parody, here’s the original:

Yeah, it’s weird. That’s kinda the point.

“My God, what have I done?” Science Shows That Markets Make People Fairer [*3]

Refudiate [*4] — What can you say? It’s July. The Dog Days. The Silly Season.

Value Is Knowledge [*5] — The worth of anything you happen to have is exactly, precisely what somebody else will freely pay you for it. Government only screws up the process:

The State is exceptionally poor at analyzing the true value of anything. The lens of ideology is filled with clouds of hatred, occasionally sundered by blinding flashes of righteousness. The actual value of health care and medical insurance was almost completely invisible to the architects of ObamaCare. The market is beginning to react as their legislation shudders and screeches to life… by canceling the health benefits[*6] of employees entirely, because it’s much cheaper to pay the ObamaCare fines. The Democrats will learn absolutely nothing from this. Their most likely response will be to slander these employers as heartless misers. The masterminds behind ObamaCare will quietly relish the collapse of the private health insurance industry, which was one of their primary objectives all along. No data will be transmitted into the government from this market disaster. Value will not become knowledge.

Spider-infested ship turned back from Guam landing [*7] — Ick.

SDSU to play exhibitions next month in Canada: Men’s basketball team has started practice; regular season begins Nov. 12 [*8]

Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism [*9]

Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright [*10] — Just the latest in the long, sorry history of “objective” journalists whoring themselves to a political agenda, all the while proclaiming that they have no biases–nope, none at all.

If you want to be a partisan, then be a partisan. Don’t pretend to be objective or unbiased. Don’t lie to us. That’s really all we ask. Be as stupidly, myopically “progressive” as you want to be. Just don’t lie to us about what you really are.

NAACP Statement on Resignation of Shirley Sherrod [*11] — Something about stones and glass houses . . .

Southwest Restricts Unused Tickets, I’d Rather See a Change Fee [*12]

The Decline Of TV Network News Into Ignorance [*13] — . . . and the body blows to the “profession” of journalism just keep coming. There’s a reason why “journalist” rivals “politician” as one of the jobs held in deepest contempt by the American people . . .

Hoover’s Dam Folly [*14] — As a feat of engineering, the Hoover Dam is a marvel. As an economic and ecological force, it has been a near-complete disaster–and I think that most people who do not live in the American Southwest (and, perhaps, many who do) are maybe beginning to see this. This is one of the things that horrifies me when I visit Las Vegas. There really isn’t supposed to be that much green in the middle of the desert. That water is supposed to be in the Colorado River, where it belongs. Harrumph.

CNN: Golly, why is Obama unpopular? [*15]

Morning Bell: White House Admits Obamacare’s Individual Mandate is a Tax [*16]

Another lefty journalist confesses he doesn’t know “who” Barack Obama is [*17] — If journalistic malpractice was a criminal act, most political reporters in Washington and around the country would be behind bars today . . .

Risky Business: Mothers Against the Madness: Women help restore the America we’ve known and loved. [*18] — The “mama grizzly” meme has legs. A wise person does not get between a mama grizzly and the future of her cubs. Democrats should ponder this thought as they watch their Congressional majorities evaporate this November. (I’ll add, a wise husband knows that there are certain things, at certain times, when you simply do not argue with your wife. Mostly, it’s a sense of self-preservation. Guys–smart ones–will recognize “yes, dear” moments for what they are, and act accordingly.)

Beeler: The party of No [*19] — Amusing and trenchant political cartoon at the link . . .

Health care “reform”: What if the individual mandate is unconstitutional? [*20]

Bobby Jindal’s Plan [*21] — While Obama searches for asses to kick, Jindal tries to fix the problem and repair the damage. The contrast is striking.

IG report says Obama GM, Chrysler moves needlessly accelerated job losses [*22] — Something of a re-post, but my question remains: Does Obama count these as jobs saved, or jobs created?

Does Government Spending Stimulate Economies? [*23] — Did you know that academic studies show that tax cuts have a multiplier of 3–that is, a tax cut (TO THE RICH!!!!) of one dollar generates three dollars in economic activity. The best guess of economists for the multiplier due to stimulus spending is somewhere from 1 to 1.5. So, tell me again, my friends in the Democratic Party, how awfully terribly bad tax cuts are, when people are out there without jobs. Because if you really wanted to stimulate job growth, you’d be slashing taxes left and right, because that’s where the “bang for the buck” is when you’re talking about stimulating an economy.

barking back at authoritarian dogs [*24]

‘Go Back to Europe’? You Mean, Where They Speak Foreign Languages? [*25]

Please, No More Government Spending! [*26]

Natural Fake: Refudiate The Epantsipation Of The 57 States! [*27]

Does Obama Have a Pathological Need to Attack Republicans? [*28]

Journolist – conspiracy, colloboration and propaganda on the left [*29]

Breaking: Nevada To Press On With Criminal Prosecution of ACORN [*30]

Eric Cantor: The tea party’s better off as a grassroots movement, not a House caucus [*31]

Libertarian Influence [*32]
Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com[*33]

Taking Photos In Public Places Is Not A Crime: Analysis [*34]

So what should you do if you’re taking photos and a security guard or police officer approaches you and tells you to stop? First, be polite. Security people have tough jobs and probably mean well. Ask them what legal authority they have to make you stop. (If you’re in a public place, like a street, a park, etc., they have none; if you’re in a private place, such as a shopping mall, they may have a basis for banning pictures.) Krages advises those hassled by security guards to threaten to call law enforcement. If it’s an actual police officer who’s telling you to stop shooting, ask to speak to a superior. And remember–you never have a legal duty to delete pictures you’ve taken.

Chinese police beat official’s wife by mistake [*35]

Race relations – oh, much better, you bet … [*36] — Tribalism . . .

Class Warfare in America [*37] — Tribalism . . .

Where Do Libertarians Belong Politically? Maybe nowhere [*38] — “The perfect is the enemy of the good . . .”

ACORN Missouri Assaults Bank As President Obama Signs Bank Bailout Bill [*39]

Breitbart Didn’t Hide Sherrod’s Redemption and Other Things the Media’s Gotten Wrong So Far [*40]

American jihadi who threatened “South Park” creators arrested on terrorism charge [*41]

NAACP and the Tea Party: Last throes of the fear-and-smear machine? [*42]

The New Black Panther Party Evidence on Voter Intimidation [*43]

Media Bias? What Media Bias? BOMBSHELL! [*44]

SDSU places second for Division I GPA [*45] — Smart women, good basketball players, what’s not to like?

After Outcry From Its Members, NAACP Decides It Was “Snookered”; Beck Defends; Krauthammer Defends; So, Tentatively, Do I [*46]

NAACP and Glenn Beck agree: People rushed to judgment on Sherrod [*47]

Video: NAACP posts full Sherrod video [*48]

Frickin Laser Beams [*49]

The Vast Left-Wing Journalists’ Conspiracy [*50]

The Tea Party: What’s Its Role? [*51]

The Big Implosion of Big Breitbart’s Big Story [*52]

Whistling Past The JournoList Graveyard [*53]

Why E-Books Are Winning [*54]

100 Science Fiction Novels Everyone Should Read[*55]

Liberal journalists suggest government shut down Fox News [*56]

Q&A with SDSU strength and conditioning coach Nate Moe [*57]

Breitbart: It’s Not About Shirley Sherrod; It’s About NAACP Attacking Tea Party[*58]

NAACP: Breitbart ‘snookered’ us [*59]

RNC fails to report $7M in debt to FEC: Party treasurer faults Steele [*60]

United flight: ‘If you didn’t have your seatbelt on, you got hurt’ [*61]

Context Is Everything. NAACP’s Jealous ‘Snookered’ Himself [*62]

True Libertarianism [*63]

Breitbart On Sherrod’s NAACP Speech: ‘I Did Not Edit This Thing’ [*64]

Google takes the FTC to school [*65]

Obama Approval Drops To Lowest Point Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Independent Voters Turn On President Since Honeymoon [*66]

The “elitism gap” [*67]

Journolist, Jeremiah Wright and Groucho Marx [*68]

Breaking: NAACP President Was In Attendance at Sherrod Speech (Video) [*69]

Ted White: Lee’s Summit has Broken Their Promise [*70]

Excellent: Jindal rallies Louisianans to oppose the feds’ drilling moratorium [*71]

In protest, I quote your words! [*72]

One Of These Things Is Not Like the Other [*73] — The “substitute just one word in the story with its opposite” strategy for detecting utter bullshit is always quite illuminating . . .

The National Republican Senatorial Committee Declares War on the Grassroots [*74] — Actually, I think this is Palin declaring war on the NRSC . . . God help them . . .

Coordinated Attack on Governor Palin from the Media On the Day She Was Announced as McCain’s VP Pick [*75]

Jurassic Farce [*76]

The fundamental weakness with President Obama’s theory of racial healing and social progress is that has assumed that America would always have the means to pay for its grand ambitions. With the arrow of redistribution flowing along racial lines from the relatively well-off whites to the latinos and blacks, ‘progressive politics’ in a depression may just be another word for “division and tension between black and white Americans”.

You have to wonder why Obama and the Democrats want to play with this particular fire.

When McCain picked Palin, liberal journalists coordinated the best line of attack [*77]

The shafting of Shirley Sherrod [*78] — Self-inflicted wound, if wound it be . . . don’t discriminate on the basis of race in the first place, and this never becomes an issue. Easy.

Palin is at the top of her party [*79]

Congress Ranks Last in Confidence in Institutions [*80] — Our government is failing. Actually no, that’s not correct. Our politicians are failing to properly run our government. Maybe they should start with actually reading and understanding that document that they swear that they will preserve, protect, and defend . . .

Another “Great Depression” or just a very slow recovery? [*81]

Mervyn Peake and the Great Individualist Novel [*82]

Suppose There Were Food Insurance [*83] — Now, shouldn’t this be “Suppose there WAS food insurance?” Was? Were? What? (OK, the article makes a pretty good health care insurance point, if you can get past the whole was/were issue . . .)

Dems Aren’t Disclosing Early Polls [*84] — Hmm . . .

Democrats Dissent on Bush Cuts [*85] — Weird WSJ headline . . . thrust of the story is that two Dems have come out in favor of extending the tax cuts . . .

At Politico, Context and Facts Are Negotiable [*86]

Congressman: Sherrod’s Hiring Should Be Investigated [*87] — The sound of a can of worms being opened . . .

Sarah Palin strikes back at Journolist’s ’sick puppies’ [*88]

Terry Moran on ‘Nightline’ — ‘A Kind of Victory for Breitbart’ [*89]

The Vast Left-Wing Media Conspiracy [*90] — The left always–ALWAYS accuses the right of what they themselves, the left, are doing–or want to do: Being racist; creating vast conspiracies (*cough* JournoList *cough* the Soros-funded echo-machine of think tanks and media screechers *cough*); fomenting violence at Tea Party rallies; politicizing the Department of Justice; etc., etc., etc. . . the list just goes on and on and on.

Breitbart on Breitbart: Polarizing Blogger Speaks [*91]

Glenn Beck hilariously derides Keith Olbermann for special comment on Sherrod Story [*92]

Dan Riehl: Hey, Since We’re In There’s-No-Evidence-For-This-Charge-of-Racism Mode, How About Noting There Is Less Evidence for Tea Partiers’ Racism? [*93]

In Defense of Andrew Breitbart [*94]

NBC Interviews Breitbart [*95]

CBS Video: Breitbart Stands Behind Sherrod Story [*96]

The Real Threat From Shirley Sherrod Is Economic [*97]

Obamacare Mandate Much Worse than a Tax [*98]

Democrats Abandon Sweeping Energy Plan [*99]

CNN: Facebook Apologizes for Deletion of Palin Post (Update: Far-Left Extremists Appear to Be Responsible for the Post Being Taken Down Initially) [*100] — Wow, imagine my shock! Lefties trying to suppress the free speech of somebody they disagree with. I’m shocked! Shocked!

Breaking: House committee charges Rangel with multiple ethical violations [*101] — Again, shocked! Shocked!

Beck on JournoList; Limbaugh and Gallagher on Palin [*102] — More YouTubey goodness:

Sherrod Wants BigGovernment Shut Down, Thinks She Should Sue Breitbart [*103] — I direct Ms. Sherrod’s attention to: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” If you don’t want to be called a racist, don’t sound like a racist. It’s not nearly so much fun when you’re the one on the receiving end, is it, Ms. Sherrod?

Black racism: a real problem, or pure politics? [*104] — If you accept (which I vehemently do not) that racism is only possible when one group has power over another . . . what is the race of the sitting President of the United States? The current Attorney General? If you want to go down that nonsensical road where personal prejudices against other races are only a problem when one group has power over another, then it makes no difference. In fact, as long as Obama is President, then blacks by the racism-power definition can indeed be racist.

It is time for the black community to face their own demons, the way that whites have for the past forty or fifty years, if not more.

A good start would be suspending the use of race as an excuse for every single little god-damned thing that’s wrong in your lives.

Suck it up.

Counter-Narratives [*105]

First came Climategate, now it’s JournoList; Who’s next for an email scandal? [*106] — I’ve been telling people this for well over twenty years now: Don’t send anything via e-mail that you don’t want to see on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow. You would think that journalists–or in this case “journalists,” of all people would know this. You would, apparently, be wrong.

Old & busted: ‘Liberal media bias? Get real!’ New hotness: ‘Well, of COURSE the media has a liberal bias. Don’t act so surprised, rube!’ [*107]

Democrats Attack Small Business Owner for Speaking Out Against Obama’s Policies [*108]

Obama, cable chatter & liberal fury [*109]

Republicans need to show beef or they’ll get the hoof [*110]

What I Learned From the Shirley Sherrod Case [*111]

Tenure: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone [*112]

Obama’s Lack of Faith: It’s time to start trusting the American people [*113]

More problems at the RNC [*114]

The Independent Question [*115]

Royals trade Callaspo to Angels for two pitchers [*116]

Sherrod: Breitbart Wants Blacks to Be Slaves Again [*117]

From Buckley to Breitbart [*118]

How To Fix Common Mac Startup Problems [MacRx] [*119]

Sherrod Blasts Fox News as Racist [*120]

‘Cry Racism!’: The Art of Mis-Communication [*121]

“First They Call You A Whore…” [*122] — The ongoing character assassination of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley . . . just like the left tries to assassinate the character of all who stand against them.

Obamanomics 101: Failure Explained [*123] — The stimulus failed to stimulate precisely because, at a fundamental level, Democrats do not understand economics . . .

Mandatory Nonsense [*124]

Amazom.com Switches Sides on Net Neutrality [*125] — Government control (i.e. regulation) of the Internet’s content–“Net Neutrality” is an epically bad idea . . . as Amazon has come to realize . . .

Why Are We Discussing Racism? [*126] — Two reasons: 1: To distract people from the continuing economic problems that the Democrats have actively worked to prolong–whether or not that is their goal, that’s the effect–and 2: To try to activate their lethargic, dispirited base for the 2010 elections. In other words, there’s nothing noble about it–this is pure, cynical politics.

More Government Means Less Trust [*127]

Bachmann: Get ready for the subpoenas [*128]

“cry poverty while lavishing money on the beautiful people” [*129] — Should any government be spending money on art–at any time? Ever?

Shirley Sherrod: Beneath The Headlines [*130] — The recent evidence coming to light indicates that Sherrod has, sadly, not overcome her own racism . . .

Oh my: Palin 28, Romney 18, Gingrich 17, Huckabee 13 [*131]

Wendy McElroy: Under “Cooperation” Act, Cops Can Punch You In the Face Whenever They Want [*132]

Typical: Obama’s ambush on Pete Hoekstra in Michigan was coordinated with the media [*133] — Strip away all of Obama’s various facades and rationalizations, and what you have left is a simple thug.

Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege [*134] — A sighting of the rare, almost extinct Moderate Democrat. Somebody invoke the Endangered Species Act . . . perhaps we should start some sort of captive breeding program, lest this relic of a bygone age vanish forever in the mists of extinction . . .

Considering Elizabeth Warren, the Scholar[*135] — Warren is, apparently, to become the Czar Of All Consumers in the New Obama Regime . . .

Figures: Kerry Docks Luxury Yacht in RI to Avoid MA Taxes [*136] — Somewhere else on the Internet, I forget where (Ace of Spades HQ, probably) somebody called this “slow-boating Kerry.” Heh.

Obama era makes Clinton, Bush look better [*137]

Obama Journolist Operative Invited Other Journolistas to White House [*138] — This is what corruption looks like.

Put Up or Shut Up, Ezra: Why Is JournoList Founder Klein Whining About Tucker Carlson? [*139]

Time to be bored with race [*140] — Actually, time to point and laugh heartily at people who start throwing around the “racist” word for cynical political gain–which actually is just about everybody nowadays . .

Cruise Line Smoking Policies [*141]

Shirley Sherrod, behaving badly [*142]

How the New Cruise Safety Bill Affects You [*143]

DISCLOSE Act Assault on First Amendment Continues [*144]

Charlie Rangel: Hey, sorry for acting like a total jackass with Luke Russert [*145]