Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The DiploMad on Benghazi, Fast and Furious and journalists' collective dereliction of duty.

From Jay Nordlinger, reflections on a trip to Arkansas. Much of interest, including this:

I talk to an old pro in Arkansas politics, and Arkansas society. He has known the Clintons for a long time. He says that Bill Clinton has an excellent memory — a phenomenal memory. He meets you, he’ll remember your face and name years later.

“He comes back” to Arkansas, my friend says. “She doesn’t.” What is the extent of Bill Clinton’s political influence here? “He still moves the African-American vote.”

Daniel Pipes: Even "moderate" Islamists are extremists.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Links to a bunch of videos and suchlike, most of them at or via Neatorama:

An amazing juggler.

Creative—and strenuous—movie promotion.

Better than fetch (because you don't have to pick up anything slobbery).

Lesson: don't help kids in wheelchairs.

Remarkable trailer for a nature film.

Amazing: acquired savant syndrome.

Funny and poignant short documentary.

I so want to know what this sea otter is saying.

Feeding a baby rhino.

Two tough cookies give the Tooth Fairy what for.

No Nil nisi bonum here.

A dog doing doggy things.

Remake of the opening credits of Simon and Simon. Behind the scenes.

What it's like to be in a car crash. Blood is visible; I hope no one was seriously hurt.

"Neglected Ducks Get Their First Swim."

How to flip food in a pan.

Lots o' cats.

Birds stealing food.

Cute picture.

A runner encounters a grizzly.

Two excited dogs and a balloon.

That's love.

A presidential race in which both candidates make sound arguments.

Excellent commercial (for AXE): "Fear No Susan Glenn."

Saturday, October 20, 2012

An enjoyable poem.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Why early voting is a bad idea. Most troubling scenario: a John-Edwards-type candidate whose flaws become known only after early votes have elected him.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

According to post-debate polls Romney handily defeated Obama tonight. A response I'm seeing from the Left (e.g. here) is, "So what? Mondale and Kerry (and/or Dukakis and/or Perot) won their respective opening debates." But they weren't Republicans. Has the GOP nominee ever won the first debate decisively and gone on to lose the election? Maybe Jay Cost knows.

(Added 11/7/12) Well, now it's happened at least once.