October 7, 2011

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100711)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 3:50 pm

Rules are here.

Possible comment fodder will follow shortly. Other topics are also fair game.


Here are just a few noteworthy items (will update periodically between now and the end tonight’s TIB All-Stars broadcast [go to Weapons of Mass Discussion at 6 p.m. for details and links]).

Cincinnati Enquirer“‘Occupy Cincinnati’ organizer Democratic activist.” Anyone think this got into the print edition?

James Pethokoukis at AEI’s Enterprise blog (“Occupy Wall Street Now Occupies Obama”) — “America’s #1 community organizer—in a switcheroo—has himself now been organized by a community, in particular those demonstrators up in New York and several other cities across America.” Well, yes and no. Obama really agrees with most of the vague things they want, and many of his supporters (see previous item, plus unions, plus MoveOn.org) have now joined.

Steve Jobs Roundup:

  • At Pajamas Media, via Michael S. Malone — “An Unexpected Appreciation”
  • At the New York Times, the pull quote of the day, on why he authorized a biography — “‘I wanted my kids to know me,’ Mr. Jobs replied, Mr. Isaacson wrote Thursday in an essay on Time.com. ‘I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.’”
  • Sebastian Anthony at Extreme Tech“What would the world be like if Steve Jobs had never existed?” We don’t want to know, and thankfully don’t have to find out. The author’s conclusion, after engaging in some over-the-top what-ifs: “the world would be less joyous, less functional, and less beautiful.”
  • Jobs’s Stanford commencement speech

Michael Ledeen at Pajamas Media — “Victory Could Be Ours, If Only We Want It.” I don’t think the Obama administration wants it, and it doesn’t really matter what “we” think. It’s too bad, as Ledeen notes: “In the real war, our major enemies are the evil regimes in Iran and Syria, and both are hollow and wobbling, needing only one good push to go over.” An historic opportunity may be lost.

Jake Tapper asks Obama a “tough” question (i.e., one you would expect any conscientiious reporter to have), and turns the President into an incoherent blubberer.

Jason Riley at the Wall Street Journal“Cain’s Post-Racial Promise”

Todd Spangler at USA Today“Those making $75,000-$100,000 a year are the fastest-growing share of people who don’t pay federal income taxes.”

A horrible truth about the 1979 Jonestown mass suicide/murders — “There were plenty of senior figures—sentient, educated people—cooking up the death plans. The medical director suggested mass shootings, and nurses volunteered to manage the massacre. It was the dietician who suggested a form of killing that would capture the attention of the world.”

Scroll to the end of this PDF, and you’ll find that a U.S. District court in California has dismissed a suit challenging the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner“Reid rewrites Senate rules with shocking move.” All of this to avoid embarrassing the president over the lack of support for his “jobs bill.” Related: Taranto at the Wall Street Journal“Radioactive Reid; The Senate majority leader’s power play is certain to backfire.”

At American Free Press“Corruption Plagues Obama.” Much of the first third is new info that most people don’t know.


TIB-added Links:

ABC News“Obama Fundraiser Pushed Solyndra Deal From Inside”

Chicago Sun-Times on Solyndra and Valerie Jarrett.



  1. Pope Leo’s encyclical on Christian Wisdom….


    Comment by G — October 7, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  2. Just to give you an idea how much the Federal Reserve is on tap to rescue US banks and institutions exposed to European debt once Greece defaults…$640 BILLION A sum that Tim Geithner calls very modest!


    Comment by dscott — October 7, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

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