Friday, March 27, 2015

Buh-bye

Powerline: "Harry Reid to step down, says not due to 'exercise accident'."

Oh, sure, I totally believe that Harry Reid had an "exercise accident" that broke his eye socket and a couple of ribs in a sequence of Inspector Clouseau-like pratfalls.  And now he's been - ahem - convinced not to run again.

John Kerry makes Lionel Hutz look like a master negotiator

After all, he got two popsicles and the birdcage.



Related - Vodkapundit: "Let's make a nuke deal."

Extra - Ace: "Richard Engel: US Allies in Gulf Won't Tell Obama Anything Because They Believe That Obama Is Leaking Secret Information to Iran to Kiss Up To Them."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every crash starts the same: "What was that?!?"

Breaking tonight: "Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France."
A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”
He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”
It seems from this description that the pilot in the cockpit is silent ("no answer") as the plane is plunging into the Alps.  This is exactly the situation that occurred with Egypt Air 990 in 1999: the co-pilot just kept repeating "I rely on God" as he pushed the plane into the Atlantic.  Here's Bernard Loeb, head of aviation investigations at the NTSB describing the first couple seconds of every crash:
"Look, first we sit through this cockpit voice recording in which ... " He shook his head. "How many cockpit voice recordings have I heard? Hundreds? Thousands? When someone has a problem with an airplane, you know it. One of our investigators used to say to me, 'These damned pilots, they don't tell us what's happening. Why don't they say, "It's the rudder!"' They don't do that. But I'll tell you what they do say. They make clear as hell that there's something really wrong. 'What the hell's going on? What is that?' Every single one of them. When there's a control problem of some sort, it is so crystal clear that they are trying desperately to diagnose what is going on. Right to when the recorder quits. They are fighting for their lives.

"But this guy is sitting there saying the same thing in a slow, measured way, indicating no stress. The captain comes in and asks what's going on, and he doesn't answer!
This story is scary similar.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Left hates free speech, a continuing series

Federalist: "Reporters Explain Why Balance Isn’t Needed On Global Warming - Elite journalists explain why they have no need for ‘balance’ on the global warming issue. So much for scientific and reportorial inquiry."

If the AGW crowd has the facts on its side, why the need to censor those who disagree?  Oh, right, the facts.  Shut up, they explained.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The greatest dictator of the 20th century

That's how Commentary describes Lee Kuan Yew, the former leader of Singapore, who died today at age 91.  He eschewed democratic values and replaced them with what he called "Asian values" which pressed for stability and growth above all.  As bad as this might sound to freedom-lovin' Americans, it's hard to argue with a guy who transformed a country that was once earning a per capita income of $1.50 a day:
As other Asian economies in the 1960s and 1970s were plagued by social and political upheaval, Mr. Lee’s comparatively stable government was able to establish industrial zones, training colleges for workers, first-class infrastructure and business tax breaks, notably for electronics companies, powering the city-state’s growth as an export hub.
Hundreds of Western companies set up regional headquarters there, with Hewlett-Packard Co. and General Electric Co. among the early investors. Gross domestic product per capita, which stood at $512 in 1965, grew to more than $56,000 in recent years—similar to levels in the U.S. and surpassing those of Japan and Germany.
So the good news, Singapore, is that you have one of the best economies in the world.  Bad news: step out of line and it might be time for a caning.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Iran negotiations going great

The Hill: "Ayatollah: Iran nuke talks 'fraudulent'."
Hot Air: "Fruitful negotiations: Khamenei calls for “Death to America”."
The Corner: "CIA director: Iran Still Funds Terrorism."

It looks like we're heading for another Middle East success story like Yemen.

Early onset Clinton fatigue

Today's Boston Globe main editorial: "Elizabeth Warren, run for the White House."

I think this is a great idea.  Elizabeth Warren might be the only politician in America with fewer accomplishments than Hillary.  I look forward to her national campaign of studied victimology and brain-dead legislative proposals.  Are you feeling "hammered" and "squeezed", America?  Yes we are!

Extra - From Legal Insurrection, natch.

Friday, March 20, 2015

And the Mafia thanks you for that

Hit and Run: "New York Creates Massive Cigarette Black Market, Wants Virginia to Fix It - Because lowering taxes to reduce the incentive for smuggling is out of the question."

I forget where I saw it but this story confirms that well over 50% of all the cigarettes in New York City are black market.  The news story I saw showed a guy walking the streets of the Big Apple picking up stray cigarette wrappers, which are marked with the state of origin.

"How many packs ya want?"

The end of "Glee"

I predict the whole show is in fevered imagination of the mute piano guy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dick Durbin's selective racial demagoguery

Hot Air: "Durbin: These Republicans are putting Loretta Lynch at the ‘back of the bus,’ if you know what I mean."  (If you want to know where this showdown is coming from, read this Federalist article.)

Yeah, we get it, Durbin.  Remember when Bush judicial nominee Miguel Estrada needed to be stopped because, dammit, we simply can't have conservative Hispanics on the Federal bench:
One Nov. 7, 2001, memo from staff to Sen. Richard Durbin, R-Ill., suggested that the "groups" would help stall the nomination of Miguel Estrada, a Bush nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The memo called him "dangerous," in part because he "has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment."
Why does Dick Durbin hate Hispanics? Tsk tsk.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Great moments in business

What happens when you combine self-regarding moral preening with marketing?  You get the current trainwreck at Starbucks and their "Race Together" nonsense, complete with a healthy dose of ridicule and deleted Twitter accounts.

I'm reminded of a quote by Jerry Seinfeld when he said there will never be a "very special episode" of Seinfeld, the point being is that his show was designed for entertainment and not social commentary.

Sometimes people just want to have a cup of coffee.

Al Gore's green

Politico: "Al Gore, richer than Romney."

That's how he can afford an electricity usage rate 20 times the national average.