March 27, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (032707)

Here’s an Inconvenient TruthRasmussen finds (HT Bill Sloat of The Daily Bellwether via e-mail) that “while he is now an Academy Award winner and celebrity activist, just 24% of Americans consider Gore an expert on Global Warming. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 adults found that 47% say he is not an expert on the topic.” Globaloney globalarmists won’t find very much encouragement in the supporting detail. Too bad, so sad.


It’s no fun agreeing with Don Luskin on inflation, but I have to. Core inflation (ex-food and energy) is quietly creeping upward, and Ben Bernanke hasn’t done enough about it.


Kung Pao Congress indeed. The best cartoon about it is here.


Or Maybe It’s the “Killing Time” Congress — Thanks to “clever” writing by Andrew Taylor of the Associated Press in a Saturday report, it took a while to get to the most important point about the “budget” that the US Senate supposedly “passed.”

This writer’s antennae went up on comparing the headline to Taylor’s two opening paragraphs:

Senate passes Democrats’ budget aimed at balance, keeping tax cuts
Saturday, March 24, 2007

Washington — The Senate approved a Democratic budget plan Friday that promises a balanced budget in five years by mixing spending increases with partial renewal of expiring tax cuts.

The $2.9 trillion budget outline won approval on a 52-47 vote, but only after Democratic moderates rewrote it to favor extending several popular tax cuts that are to expire at the end of the decade.

Plan? Outline? Since when is a “budget” (the headline) just an “outline”?

Reading on, it takes until the 9th paragraph to get to the truth:

The Democratic blueprint is nonbinding but sets guidelines for follow-up legislation.

Oh please, Andrew. This isn’t anything real — it’s “symbolic” nonbinding nonsense like all of those nonbinding antiwar resolutions we’ve been reading about for, what, eight weeks now?

What AP has published is a deceptively headlined report designed to keep the truth from readers who don’t make it through the entire piece. It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on, or the bandwidth it’s burning.

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Commenter Kevin will disagree with this (and I mostly agree with him), but an Investors Business Daily editorial says that last week’s stock market recovery shows that the markets several weeks ago “were blindsided by you-know-who shooting off his you-know-what.” I would suggest that the person IBD is talking about needs to take what’s on top of his shoulders (which contains the you-know-what IBD is referring to) out of his you-know-what-else.


A veiled threat (HT American Thinker) to the future integrity of elections. How tough will vote fraud be if you’re not allowed to see a person’s face?


Answers to two questions about the BBC you’ve been secretly dying to learn (HT for both to Taranto at Best of the Web):

  1. How many Beebsters does it take to change a light bulb? (Five; go to the last paragraph for who is involved in this complex operation.)
  2. How much money has the publicly-funded Beeb spent trying to turn back a Freedom of Information request about its Middle East reporting to the public it supposedly serves? (about $400,000)


At the New York Times, the company is slowly liquidating itself. Faster would be better.



  1. If Luskin is right that inflation is starting to creep upward, then the people expecting the next Fed move to be a cut will be wrong. If they do unexpectedly raise rates then we will see the 10% correction we haven’t had in a while.

    Comment by largebill — March 27, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

  2. #1, That would not be an unreasonable extrapolation.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 27, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

  3. Better jump out of bonds…

    Comment by Kevin — March 28, 2007 @ 10:43 am

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