Archive for January 2010

Cloture and the Constitution

This would have had at least some weight with me had it been written in, say, 2005. Now, though, it’s just your standard bullshit liberal hackery.  “Whah, we don’t like the rules that we used as the minority now that we are the majority.”

In Federalist No. 75, Hamilton denounced the use of supermajority rule in these prophetic words: “The history of every political establishment in which this principle has prevailed is a history of impotence, perplexity and disorder.”

Hell, to me, that’s an endorsement, not a denouncement.

Shocked! Shocked!

Judge tosses out most evidence on Gitmo detainee

A federal judge has tossed out most of the government's evidence against a tarrorism detainee on grounds his confessions were coerced, allegedly by U.S. forces, before he became a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan also said the government failed to establish that 23 statements the detainee made to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were untainted by the earlier coerced statements made while he was held under harsh conditions in Afghanistan.

Of course, there is no way to be shocked if you read this blog.

Tablet

Steve Jobs is going to take some scalps over this leak:  Tablets to be announced later this month:

Looking to build on the momentum of its iPhone and iPod, Apple Inc. will unveil a new multimedia tablet device later this month, but isn’t planning to ship the product until March, say people briefed by the company.

This is the part that got my attention:

With the new device, Apple wants to change the way consumers interact with a variety of content, these people said. Textbooks and newspapers, for example, could be presented differently through color screens, a touch interface, and the integration of live up-to-the-minute information from multiple sources.

Could it mean… dare I say?  The return of Hypercard?

The Anti-Obama

Newsweek:

The parallels between the 1990s and today should offer only so much comfort for the Republicans, Barbour says, particularly on the presidential level. The year 2012 won’t be an easy one for the GOP. After all, “the predisposition of voters” is to reelect a president.

No.  Not really.  Let’s look at the last 40 years:

  • Ford: One term
  • Carter: One term
  • Reagan: Two terms
  • Bush 41: One term
  • Clinton: Two terms
  • Bush 43: Two terms

By my count, that’s three one termers and three two termers.  Don’t be fooled because the last two happened to be two termers.  We don’t have any sort of “predisposition” to reelect presidents.  Congressmen benefit from incumbency; presidents, not so much. Even over the history of the presidency, it’s about 5 one termers to 2 two-termers.

None of this means that it’s a Republican lock in 2012, but I don’t think it is any sort of uphill climb.