Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Palin Fans Need to Chill

 

The Daily Caller stepped in it today.  In a fairly innocuous piece about Sarah Palin’s TLC reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” they reported on a story already in the news, here and here, about the state tax subsidies the show’s producers received for filming in Alaska.  From today’s DC:

…in a political age where it’s controversial in many circles to defend public funding of National Public Radio, critics panned Palin for supporting a measure that forced taxpayers to foot the bill for a private media project after many statements from the former governor in support of a government that only plays a limited role in the economy.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. “American Planes Like Angels”

 

Michael Totten has posted a most interesting interview with his colleague Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, who is on the ground in Benghazi. We’re at several removes of judgment here, but Totten is a reporter I trust who writes that people he trusts find her a trustworthy observer. (Take that for what it’s worth. Better than nothing, I guess.) 

The rebels I’ve met so far are mainly young, educated, middle class, urban people with a powerful wish for democracy. … In Benghazi, every person I’ve met so far has insisted on showing me the bridge in town where the Qaddafi troops arrived and started firing—and that bridge is actually inside Benghazi—saying he would cleanse the city “street by street, and house by house.” They all say, “Allah saved us, he sent us French and British and American planes like angels, Alhamdulillah.” … They’re genuinely surprised that they’re getting so much help from the West, and they are very very grateful for it. Everyone is saying, “Sarkozy saved Benghazi! Thank you Sarkozy, and thank you Cameron and Obama.” The West is heroic here in Benghazi.

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The Tea Party movement will regain their credibility, and I’ll support them in holding the GOP accountable on spending cuts. But if Kloppenberg wins, then the momentum will be on the Dem/Union side, and the Tea Party will be exposed as unreliable partners–more effective when it’s angry than defending our side when they are under […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What Can $40 Million Buy These Days?

 

One bug riddled, easy to cheat New York Times paywall.  This, from Philip Greenspun, is baffling:

Aside from wondering who will pay more than the cost of a Wall Street Journal subscription in order to subscribe to the New York Times, my biggest question right now is how the NY Times spent a reported $40-50 million writing the code (Bloomberg; other sources are consistent). Google was financed with $25 million. The New York Times already had a credit card processing system for selling home delivery. It already had a database management system for keeping track of Web site registrants. What did they spend the $40-50 million on? A monster database server to keep track of which readers downloaded how many articles? They should already have been tracking some of that for ad targeting. In any case, a rack of database servers shouldn’t cost $40 million.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Let ‘Em All In?

 

A young friend just out of college (he played football, which is good news, but for Yale, which is bad news for everyone but Rob) writes that he’s been giving some thought to immigration policy. “As a second generation American and the grandson of a poor Bavarian immigrant,” he says, he found compelling “this article from First Things.”

[M]y immigration policy is simple. Let ‘em all in. That, I cheerfully admit, likely makes for poor public policy. Nonetheless, it is my instinct, based on my collection of immigrant stories. I’m pretty forward when I hear an accent. I want to know about it so I ask. The stories come easily. Almost everyone is eager to tell me how they got to America, and why. The why is simple: freedom, opportunity, a dream they wanted fulfilled. How they got here is always different. Stories do not make for good public policy either, but they are nice to hear:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Are You Really a Conservative? Here’s a Simple Test

 

You either think this is cool, or you don’t:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCc0MAWL4tY

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Addiction Answers?

 

I’m partial to one method of treating addiction — the Twelve Steps. I’m alive because of it, actually.

My father’s drinking was wearing my mother’s patience thin in the late 60s. They had two young sons — my brothers — and my dad wasn’t around much. It was shape up or ship out, my dad told me later, although those words were never spoken by my strong, no-nonsense mother. But my father saw the writing on the wall and shaped up through Alcoholics Anonymous. I was born in 1971. He died last year, and one of the proudest moments of his final months was earning the 40 Years Sober chip. I now carry it with me everywhere I go.

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In November 2008 I held my nose and voted for John McCain.  My wife was unable to compromise her principles and thus stayed home.  Her thinking was that in four years things would be so screwed up that Obama wouldn’t possibly be able to win and thus the Republicans would return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Single Sentence From Col. Bing West

 

On the podcast tomorrow, Rob and I will be talking tomorrow with Bing West, a soldier’s soldier and a journalist’s journalist.  A Marine, Col. West served in Vietnam, writing a book about his experiences, The Village, that remains on the commandant’s list of recommended books four decades later.  An assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan administration, Col. West has reported extensively on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, always writing from the point of the view of the man who does the fighting, the American grunt.

On the podcast we’ll be discussing Col. West’s latest book, The Wrong War:  Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan.  The book is fascinating–Col. West traveled to Afghanistan eight times–but I was struck by a single sentence.  Just one.  A simple, declarative statement that seems obvious the moment you read, but that says–well, in a way it says everything.  

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While watching “Rango” with my two young daughters yesterday, and having had an extra cup of some stronger coffee that morning, I thought of a definition for offensive and thought it helpful at the time. Offensive means that you as a creator of a product for public consumption understand the needs, the mores, and expectations of your audience, and not only do you […]

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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/52290.html Microsoft and other Google foes say Google’s powerful search engine and its move into other markets — from advertising to mobile phones to travel — has stunted industrywide competition. More

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A definition of a successful real estate investment is summed up by that old adage we all have heard ad nauseam: Location, location, location. When I was a wet behind the ears pup looking to play politics long before I was ready for the game, a similar message was drummed into me, and it went, […]

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Speaking for me, I am tired of hearing that it’s always about the kids.  We have to spend here, there and everywhere for the kids.  No, cuts can’t be made in the budget…it’s about the kids don’t ya know!  We have a local school board referrendum on the up coming ballot for 250 million dollars and a […]

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In our town, Wheel of Fortune comes on at 7:30pm. According to this story, the president’s [utterly useless] speech was re-scheduled to accommodate Dancing With The Stars, thereby squatting on Wheel’s time slot.  That’s the cover story, anyway. More

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PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed what is likely the first legislation in the nation to ban abortions over ethnicity. The law makes it a Class 3 felony to knowingly perform or provide financing for an abortion sought because of the race or sex of the fetus or a parent’s race. The maximum punishment if […]

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Yesterday, in his energy speech, President Obama seemed to say he’s ready for America to drill.  We’ve known about the dangers of our oil dependence for decades…So today, I’m setting a new goal: one that is reasonable, achievable, and necessary.  When I was elected to this office, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day.  […]

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Public sector union brown shirts have begun a protectionist racket in southeast Wisconsin. WSEU circulating boycott letters: Members of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, asking them to support workers’ rights by putting up a sign in their windows. If businesses fail to comply, the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Kaus/Limbaugh #3: Libya Government Shutdown, Blacks Flee Blogger Battle

 

Ricochet’s own star-crossed pundits, Mickey Kaus and David Limbaugh are back. This week, they mix it up over the action Libya, who benefits and who doesn’t from a threatened government shutdown, the flight of blacks from the industrial upper mid-west, and the Breitbart-Huffington epic Battle of the Bloggers. 

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David Sokol, widely seen as the leading contender to succeed billionaire Warren Buffett at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., resigned unexpectedly amid surprising revelations about his personal stock trading. In an unusual and personal announcement, Mr. Buffett said the resignation followed revelations that Mr. Sokol had purchased roughly $10 million in shares of a chemicals company that Berkshire […]

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The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Thursday said he is opposed to arming Libyan rebels in their fight against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s troops, as the alliance assumed command of all operations in Libya. “We are there to protect the Libyan people, not to arm people,” Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Stockholm. […]

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