Crony Capitalism Notes

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.…

Neither

Who do you trust with your data? 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…

Joe Biden Is A Moron

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"…

Fun with rankings

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…

Circumventing The State

Steven Hayward is optimistic that people reacting in their own capacities can outrun the State. 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,…

Bottom Of The Barrel

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…

The Akin Mess

As Michelle Malkin puts it. 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…

Yet Another Batch Of Security Notes

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…

Some Curmudgeonly Notes

We have high expected poverty levels.   On the other hand, the past wasn't as bad as people might make you think. This is the most eloquent president ever. Corruption is a multi-party affair.