- Paul Mirengoff on Harry Reid’s ties to Chinese businesses. I’m sure it’s all overboard; I mean, Harry Reid never had any trouble with corruption in the past, right? Right?
- Government policy in a nutshell. As the joke goes, how do you starve a farmer? Weld his mailbox shut.
- Whew, Jon Corzine is off the hook. I’m sure I’ll be all-in on his new hedge fund!
- Exporting stupidity is working. U-S-A! U-S-A!
August 31, 2012
August 30, 2012
I certainly don’t trust governments with our data, because I know how poorly many government agencies protect their data. And I don’t trust Google with the data, because their goal is to make money off of my life, not safeguard what they’ve collected. I suppose I trust Google marginally more than the government (although I’m sure the former is doing a lot of collecting for the latter), but neither all that much.
August 29, 2012
Anybody who voted for Obama-Biden should not be allowed to joke about Sarah Palin. Why?
- Joe Biden’s Time Machine. Helpfully located in North Carolina.
- Joe Biden is coming to town. Joe Biden is not welcome. Bonus bit: his Secret Service staff apparently dislike him.
- The answer to John Hinderaker’s question is an astounding “Yes!”
- “Flat” is the new “literally.” Someone must have told Biden that “literally” doesn’t mean “figuratively.” Someone must have literally told him.
And that’s just in the past couple of weeks. This man is the epitome of Washington uselessness, and Barack Obama tagged him to be his VP. Probably to make sure that nobody would ever dream of assassinating him and leaving Slow Joe in charge.
August 28, 2012
- Denny Cherry asks why SQL injection is still a problem. Check out his book, as well as my series on the topic. This is not a difficult problem, people.
- This seems like more fantasy than reality.
While writing for an online forum, I looked up the Wikipedia entry for Churchill to find out when he was born. I found out that he was the greatest Briton of all time, as voted by the Internet, to which I say, “Good show, Interwebs!” I’m perplexed by some of them — David Bowie is really #29? No H.G. Wells? — but these sorts of things are always fun. Here are some others, if you’re interested:
The Greatest American — This one is frankly weird. There’s no Andrew Jackson, but there is Brett Favre. Dr. Phil isn’t a greatest anything.
“The Name of Russia” — It’s in Russian, so here’s the list in English:
1. Alexander Nevskii
2. Pyotr Stolypin
5. Peter the Great
6. Alexander Suvorov
10. Ivan the Terrible
11. Catherine II
12. Alexander II.
That’s a fun list, isn’t it? Apparently, if you can believe Wikipedia, people wanted to use Lenin and Stalin even more than they did. (If you’re wondering where Putin is, you have to be dead first).
Unsere Besten – Certain people were excluded from the list of 300 you could choose from. You can probably guess who.
Greatest Canadian — I’m frankly stunned there were only two hockey related individuals in the top 10.
August 27, 2012
The one problem I have with this argument is that it all depends upon the State not reacting by limiting choice. In Hayward’s USPS example, a regulatory body chose not to expand the “right” of monopoly that the USPS held, but that was during the Reagan administration. In other words, the State will not go quietly in the night.
On the other hand, they may simply run out of money and become entirely impotent as a result. So we’ve got that going for us.
August 26, 2012
John Hinderaker, about a month ago, had some fun at Harry Reid’s expense. When he was announced as Senate Minority Leader after Tom Daschle lost his election in 2004, I thought it was a shrewd move putting a Democrat with a relatively moderate (for a Senate Democrat) record in as leader. Since then, Reid has been rather underwhelming.
Not that I’m complaining, of course; I’d rather have stupid opponents than cunning and intelligent ones… Of course, Democrats can often say the same…
August 25, 2012
This is the political definition of an own-goal. It’s pretty amazing to see a monstrously stupid statement turn a likely Republican pickup into a likely Democratic retention.
Top Republicans wanted him to withdraw, but he apparently won’t do so.
As one side note to this imbroglio, a PPP poll changed its political composition significantly, which may perhaps have influenced Akin’s decision. Considering that I’m generally against polls oversampling Democrats, and considering that Missouri could very well be not too far from an R+9 state, it’s kind of hard to know exactly what to think here. It’s so rare for any pollster, including PPP, to sample Republicans so heavily, so it does seem just a little convenient that this poll happened to be sampled thusly.
August 24, 2012
- This is about a month old, but Yahoo lost a bunch of unencrypted passwords. They claim that they fixed the problem.
- The classic “dump a bunch of USB sticks in the parking lot” social engineering attack actually failed this time. Maybe they weren’t large enough sticks…?
- Local and state governments buying discount security technology. Expanded buying power is an advantage to doing this, but I’m always a bit concerned when a lot of groups all go in on the same technology. If you develop an exploit, you now have the ability to own a lot of machines.