March 26, 2009

Lucid Links (032609, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:40 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

Richard A. Eptstein, in the Wall Street Journal, with the unfortunately true line of the day, on the sadly small likelihood that the courts might actually follow the Constitution and throw out the mob rule-driven AIG-Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac bonus tax — “Double crosses are now fair game.”

But I thought he was on a roll, or something — James Hibberd at the Live Feed, in a story about declining viewership for Obama pressers, writes: “Knocked off stride by public anger over hefty corporate bonuses and facing skepticism about his massive budget plan, the president moved to regain his political footing and refocus attention on his broader economic agenda.” The kool-aid truck must have skipped Hibberd’s place the previous day.

Tuesday night, President ‘Prompter’s prompters preemptively propped up President ‘Prompter by prominently placing the Mother Of All Teleprompters, as seen here (HT Holly Bailey at Newsweak):

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More Chris Dodd entanglements — “Dodd’s Wife a Former Director of Bermuda-Based IPC Holdings, an AIG Controlled Company.” Relevance: “Dodd is likely more familiar with the complicated workings of AIG than he was letting on last week.”

White House Allies Target Moderate Dems.”

Extortion — “An email from the head of a controversial unit at AIG suggests employees who gave up their bonuses did not do so voluntarily, but feared their names would be released if they did not.”

Newsosaur has a post on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s attempt to become viable online after ceasing print operations last week. Conceivably, it’s doable, but the digital effort is doomed to failure if it keeps doing what it did that led to its failure, as described here last week in an e-mail I received. (Comical aside: Posting the e-mailer’s accurate [in my experience] observations about op-ed writers and others who have mostly described themselves either at the P-I or elsewhere as “[fill in the blank]” nationalists” makes me racist, according to the far-lefties who have come to dominate the Ohio leftosphere. You guys are pathetic, and need to buy some coherent, non-defamatory arguments. Here’s a place to start. Or are they racists too?)

Buckeye State Blog has, because of two (possibly more) resignations, essentially turned into Buckeye Potts Blog. It must not be easy being blue. It won’t be getting easier any time soon.

Yet another Obama vetting failure — Jon Cannon, who was to be the EPA’s Deputy Administrator, and who was destined to be tagged “Loose” Cannon had he hung around, has withdrawn from consideration. Michelle Malkin tells us why.

Ken Shepherd at NewsBusters has a quick quiz — “The number one enemy of solar and wind energy projects in the Mojave desert is a) Big Business b) Dick Cheney c) a Republican “cabal” d) environmentalists, with the political backing of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).” The answer is “d” (“Senator wants hundreds of thousands of acres in California designated as a national monument”). The larger lesson is that politicians are not only eager to lock up fossil-fuel resources, they’ll even lock up prime alternative-energy sites to prevent production of energy if enough people shout loudly enough about it. It’s as if they think energy comes from the Tooth Fairy.

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