Jul 232010

In calling for internet censorship, CNN newsreader John Roberts said,

“Imagine what would have happened if we hadn’t taken a look at what happened with Shirley Sherrod and plumbed the depths further and found out that what had been posted on the internet was not in fact reflective of what she said.”

Imagine, he said. But it doesn’t take much imagination at all. There are any number of topics where the MSM have declined to take a close look and “plumb the depths.” That’s how President Obama can get by with some of his wild conspiracy theories, e.g. about how the economic crisis came about.

Think about what might happen if the MSM did investigate ObamaCare or the financial crisis, or the latest bank nationalization act. That’s something that requires a feat of imagination.

Jul 152010

So Michelle Obama and the NAACP want the tea parties to repudiate any racism in their midst. That would be fine, although they’d first have to identify some. If the tea parties and the NAACP worked together on it, I would be surprised if they couldn’t find any.

But what Ms Obama and the NAACP have failed to do, as far as I know, is praise the non-racist aspects of the tea parties. They wouldn’t have to agree with the political stands, but they should affirm the principle that we used to hear from liberals, e.g. back in John F Kennedy’s day: “We may disagree with what you say, but we will defend to the death your right to say it.”

That would allay any suspicions that it isn’t so much that the NAACP and Michelle Obama want to stop racism, but that they are trying to stifle dissent.

Jul 142010

We bought a low-mileage Corolla this spring to replace our 1998 one. I had no reason to believe any of the hysteria about safety defects. There may be some actual problems, but the people who were peddling (heh) that story had a huge conflict of interest.

And I remembered one of the previous rounds of hysteria about spontaneous acceleration, back in the late 70s or early 80s. I wondered why they couldn’t come up with something a little more original this time.

Now arrives the vindication. It’s from an article in The Atlantic by Megan McArdle: “NHTSA: No, Toyotas Do Not Suddenly Accelerate Unless You Press the Accelerator

I did an actual LOL on this paragraph:

Now the NHTSA, which is in charge of investigating this sort of thing, has released its report data on this round of SAIs. And while history may not repeat itself, it seems to stutter like hell:

And this was the best quote from the P.J. O’Rourke article that is reproduced in the article:

This was the most disheartening thing I ever heard in Washington. This was much worse than hearing about government malfeasance, incompetence and corruption. When it’s better for enthusiastic and ambitious professionals to go to work for a country’s government than it is for them to go to work, the country is in trouble . . .

Jul 112010

An article at the WSJ by one Ana Campoy invokes tears of sorrow for those who have been left uncounted by the Census Bureau this year: “Census Countdown Brings Fear of Exclusion.” My comment:

It’s amazing that this article was written without a single reference to the census bureau scandals this year – overcounting the number of jobs created by census bureau hiring, and faking the data by filling out bogus questionnaires. With skills like that, the author is eligible to be a full-fledged journalist. Or she could get a job at the census bureau.