July 13, 2010

Lickety-Split Links (071310, Noontime)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 11:41 am

“Recovery Summer” Watch — Small business isn’t buying what the administration is selling, because its customers aren’t buying enough of what small businesses are trying to sell:

Small businesses grew more pessimistic about their economic outlook in June in the face of weak sales and political uncertainty, the National Federal of Independent Businesses said on Tuesday.

… “The performance of the economy is mediocre at best, given the extent of the decline over the past two years,” the NFIB survey concluded. “Pent-up demand should be immense, but it is not triggering a rapid pickup in economic activity.”

Very few small businesses plan to create new jobs, according to respondents. The survey showed that only 10 percent of firms plan new hiring, that is down 4 points from May, the NFIB said. About 8 percent of firms plan to reduce their workforce, up one point from the previous month, the group said.


Recovery Summer Watch II – Clear thinker Michael Barone on what consumers are doing in the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy:

Obama economy sends Americans to their mattresses

… I call it the mattress economy.

People seem to be following this investment strategy. Step one: Go to Mattress Discounters and buy the biggest mattress you can find. Step two: Take it home and stuff all your money in it. Step three: Lie down and get some rest.

This hurts the economy, but it’s a rational response to the Obama Democrats’ public policies.

It almost makes you wonder if there’s a baby boom on the way. :–> Although it wouldn’t really help for a couple of decades, Social Security and Medicare could use one.


If the Republicans somehow pull off the feat of achieving a Senate majority, the party should give serious consideration to naming Tom Coburn its majority leader. That would make too much sense, so I don’t expect it.

Although I don’t agree with 100% of what he says in this interview (HT Instapundit), the clear articulation of his view exemplifies why he would be such a good fit.


Institutionalized Gangster Government Watch (original column here) — The Obama administration apparently doesn’t care that its drilling moratorium has now been slapped down twice in court. Instead it has, as it promised after its first court loss, created a fresh new ban that apparently requires a fresh new legal action to be stopped.

This is what authoritarians who don’t respect the legal process and rule of law do.


The myth of “The Population Bomb” is hopefully beginning its long-deserved journey to the ash heap of history.


A WaPo-ABC poll says (HT Hot Air), among other things, that “nearly six in 10 voters (i.e., nearly 60%) say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country.”

(My opinion) About 15% know he isn’t making the right decisions for the country, and are perfectly satisfied with that, because they believe, as does the president, his 20-year preacher (until he was thrown under the bus, sort of), and so many of his other associates, that America deserves a comeuppance, and that they’re just the ones to deliver it.


Leftists love to call conservatives “mean-spirited.” I’ll show you mean-spirited.


Here’s a three-word suggestion to Newt Gingrich, whosaid Monday he’s seriously considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination and will announce his decision early next year”: Please, please, don’t.

Michelle Malkin nuked Newt in October of last year, and examined the “baggage” in 2007.

I share her one-word reax to the possibility of a Newt nomination: “Gag.”


Yeah, this move (“NAACP To Condemn Tea Party For Racism”) (HT Sister Toldjah via Dan Riehl) is disgusting, and it does “rise to the level of evil.”

The assertion is obviously, obviously, obviously false. And they have to know it.

Related: So now there’s racism in Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert’s reaction to LeBron James’s departure? Careful now, Jesse, Cavs’ fans of all colors are as angry at James as they’ve been at anyone since Art Modell. Are they all racists too?


Speaking of obvious things, it’s been about a year since Al Franken, the illegitimately elected Senator from Minnesota, stole his U.S. Senate seat (second item at link).

This (“Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota”) is merely further confirmation.


Yeah, there’s been some reaction to this (“Most Transparent Administration Ever Makes Effective Reporting from Gulf a Felony,” “punishable by a fine of up to $40,000″) in the establishment press. But if Bush 43 had done it, the news would have led all three evening newscasts and made every front page in America.



  1. Instapundit reminds us that this is the 50th Anniversary of “Etch A Sketch”.

    Addtl info: It is made by “Ohio Arts”. This company was originally founded in 1908, and headquartered in Bryan Ohio. Their product evolved to become an “Etch A Sketch” as of July 12, 1960. Still going after 50 years.

    More info at their home page:

    Congrats to this Ohio business.

    Comment by Cornfed — July 13, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

  2. “the mattress economy” = “The Democrat Effect”

    Comment by Joe C. — July 14, 2010 @ 9:57 am

  3. That’s all liberals have left anymore: calling people who disagree with them racist.

    Comment by zf — July 14, 2010 @ 10:10 am

  4. I should say, “that’s almost all they have left” Because if cries of racism fail, they resort to sowing class envy. And then it’s all name-calling if that fails too.

    Comment by zf — July 14, 2010 @ 10:35 am

  5. #4, indeed. It’s probably a short countdown to the scaring seniors phase (“they’re going to take your Social Security” — when it is primarily they who squandered it), followed by a flurry of visits to black churches, and a few “they’re comin’ for the children” riffs to spice things up.

    Comment by TBlumer — July 14, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

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