For the past two days, I’ve been gathering links that I’ve meant to use in stand-alone posts. That’s clearly not going to happen, though, so let me pass the links onto you, in the hope that you find them as interesting as I did.
Here’s something of a public service announcement: if you post your phone number in Facebook, your phone number has suddenly become public property. Please be careful.
Has Sarah Palin acquired a stalker or a legitimate journalist? Inquiring minds want to know.
Elvis Costello joins the ranks of useful idiots to boycott Israel. One Israeli politely takes him to task for his ignorance and inhumanity.
Much as the press loves Obama, Obama does not love the press. They’ll never abandon his ship, though. Even if they have unexpectedly found themselves traveling in steerage, when they thought they’d booked first class accommodations, he’s still taking them to their socialist port of choice.
Have other presidents blown off Memorial Day? Even if they have, it still isn’t as tacky as Obama’s having done so, because no other president has ever shown such manifest disdain and disrespect for the American military. This isn’t a one-off. It’s a package deal of giving the middle finger to the troops he commands. [UPDATE: At American Thinker, they get it.]
Heather MacDonald points to the Emperor’s Nakedness: all the huffing and puffing about the Arizona law hides the fact that Democrats desperately don’t want to enforce border security. They will willingly watch terrorists sneak into the country, they will watch drug dealers destroy our cities, they will see masses of immigrants ruin our economy — all before they will give up the possibility of millions of new Democratic party-line voters.
If you live in North Carolina’s Second District, you should find interesting this interview with Republican candidate Renee Ellmers, another woman who found politics through the Tea Parties.
Nihilism and, inevitably, anarchy. Is that the world’s future? In a post-Judeo-Christian world, Dennis Prager thinks it may well be. America used to be the single brake against this trend, but Obama’s America has jumped upon the bandwagon.
I have no idea why it’s a surprise to learn that, the more government spends, the more businesses retrench rather than joining the spending party. Business people understand what liberal policy wonks don’t: all that spending has to be paid for by taxes; all those taxes suck money out of the economy; and an economy with no money is a perilous business environment. The fact that it took a scholarly study to figure this one out tells us just how removed from reality the Ivory Tower crowd is. [UPDATE: Just wanted to add one more thing. I'm reading Jaques Barzun's The Culture We Deserve for my (conservative) reading group. I'm only two essays in, but he's already explained perfectly why I loathed the liberal arts program at UC Berkeley when I was a student there in the very early 1980s. I've always been a member of the true reality-based community. I therefore never had the stomach for the artificiality of academia. People don't live in petri dishes. They live in the real world, with real problems and, most importantly, real cause and effect.]
Great. The EPA is planning on managing plants in Texas. This should go well (see my previous paragraph).