The solution to rising food prices? How about – nothing at all

From: News » Daniel Hannan

We’re all going to starve, apparently. Well, some of us, anyway. Food prices are surging, and not just because of a one-off commodities spike. According to Oxfam, the price of such staples as cereals will rise by between 120 and 180 per cent over the next twenty years. “Yea, the hind also calved in the field, [...]

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Blago on Trial: Senate Seat Deal ‘Didn’t Appeal’ to Him


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich testifies at his trial that he did not try to sell or trade Obama’s Senate seat

  • VIDEO: Blagojevich Addresses Controversial Allegations
  • Blagojevich Says He Was Interested in Legal Horse Trade
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    In Which I Attempt To Explain Human Behavior To the Reality-Based Community

    From: Ace of Spades HQ

    I wrote this as an update to the post below, but it’s “Classic Ace,” by which I mean it’s smug, gloating, lecturing, hectoring, dickish, prickish, arrogant, condescending, superior, and douchey. It’s all those things. It’s also kinda right. I love…

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    The Inevitable Xtranormal Weinergate Animation (Video)

    From: Gateway Pundit

    You knew this was coming…
    The Weinergate Xtranormal animation.
    Via Ben Smith:

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    Court Ruling JeopardizesFourth of July Celebration


    California environmental laws threaten to shut down San Diego’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration

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    Place Your Bets

    From: Ace of Spades HQ

    1. A low-paid staffer who will soon go on to a prize posting in the Obama Administration did it, and I was protecting him 2. I was Tweeting it to my wife, whom I love so very much; how dare…

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    Quotes of the day

    From: Hot Air » Top Picks


    “In a Republican presidential field where no top-tier candidate offers a flawless resume, the question facing GOP primary voters is whether they can find a diamond in the rough — a standard-bearer who embodies the party’s conservative backbone and can give President Obama a run for his money. “With former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the [...]

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    Weighing in on Weiner; Update: Getting testy with MSM reporters, calls one a “jackass”

    From: Michelle Malkin

    I know many of you have been following every twist, turn, and awful pun related to Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter-gate fiasco. I’m still catching up after being offline with family over the holiday weekend, but I do know this:

    Weiner’s certainly not doing himself any favors with his Talk-y McTalkingpoints deflection of the brouhaha. Even the Beltway press is not buying it.

    Lefty blogs are not doing themselves any favors with wild and desperate conspiracies about this being a right-wing hit job.

    And MSM types who are dismissing the story are not doing themselves any favors with their selective moral policing of Dem vs. GOP politicians.

    So many other conservative blogs have done yeomen’s work digging into Weiner-gate. Memeorandum has links galore on all the forensic work.

    (Note to Ace of Spades: There’s no “embargo” among the “conservative media establishment.” Don’t throw in the towel. You should be taking a victory lap. Fit is hitting the shan. Petards are being hoisted. And it wasn’t necessary to have every conservative site featuring the story in Armaggedon-size font. That is a good thing.)

    My best guess about what really happened:

    As a dedicated Twitter user myself, the most likely scenario is that Weiner himself mistakenly DM’ed (direct-messaged) the “prank” photo to the young woman in Seattle and intended it to be private. It takes just one wrong keystroke for a private DM to appear in one’s public timeline. (Allah wonders if Weiner would be so stupid as to post the photo through publicly-viewed Yfrog, but as we’ve seen from the recent bipartisan parade of — pardon my language — political wankers from Ensign and Edwards to Schwarzenegger and Sanford, etc, etc, etc — politicians do supremely stupid things when they think with the wrong organ.)

    A second, but less likely, scenario is that someone with permission to post on Weiner’s account (most politicians have staffers who know the password to their bosses’ official Twitter accounts) tweeted the photo.

    The “hacking” scenario strikes me as the most complicated, convoluted and least plausible of all the possibilities — and the lack of urgency and outrage on Weiner’s part deepens suspicions about his claim.

    What should the consequences be if in fact he tweeted his package? It’s not a crime to send creepy photos to another adult on Twitter. But it is abjectly embarrassing for Democrats to be caught with their double-standards pants down. And as always, it’s the cover-up that’s worse than the original transgression.

    Imagine if it were Weiner’s congressional nemesis, Michele Bachmann (whom he refers to as “Crazy”), in the middle of this scandal.

    He’d be the first to take to Twitter to mercilessly harangue anyone who played the “move on, this is a distraction” card.

    He’d be the first to take to MSNBC to bray about “GOP family values.”

    He’d be the first to come up with some snarky partisan #hashtag and indulge in unfettered schadenfreude.

    Perhaps pity is the best response.



    Update: Video…Testy, testy…Among the many choice moments…Reporter: “You follow a lot of young women on Twitter…”; And…calls another reporter a “jackass”…Invokes hecklers throwing imaginary pies at him and brays about Clarence Thomas…

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    Of Course: Obama’s Commerce Department Nominee is a Global Warming Fanatic

    From: Michelle Malkin

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Because designing an economy around the assumption that we’re all about to die from man-made global warming is working out so well for commerce in Spain, let’s keep the ball rolling in the United States:

    ( – John Bryson, nominated by President Barack Obama today to head the Department of Commerce, once said it was “incredibly important” that the United States pass cap and trade legislation and that America needed to become a global leader in combating man-made global warming.

    “I regard it as incredibly important that the United States comes forth in this year with federal climate change legislation as a foundation for moving ahead,” Bryson told the U.N. International Energy Conference in late August 2009. “I think we in the U.S. have an obligation to assist in significant ways in providing leadership in this community of nations that you represent and addressing energy and climate change.”
    Bryson, a co-founder of the liberal environmentalist group Natural Resources Defense Council, was most recently a member of the United Nations’ Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change, a panel of scientific and industry experts tasked with providing advice on combating global warming.

    The nomination requires Senate approval, but it may not take much to convince Scott Brown and Olympia Snowe that voting against John Bryson is a major contributor to global warming:

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Overnight Open Thread

    From: Ace of Spades HQ

    If you enjoyed Ace’s super-blogging on Weinergate over the holiday weekend, now might be a good time to kick in a little donation for him. He’s too proud to ever ask so we have to occasionally do it for him….

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