Archive for October, 2010

Does Matt Continetti believe his own book?

October 15, 2010

Continetti wrote a book called The Persecution of Sarah Palin, which I have no interest in reading, but I assume that its thesis is that Sarah Palin was persecuted by the media and that said persecution hurt her credibility unfairly.  (more…)

Steve Jobs = Robert Mugabe?

October 9, 2010

Let’s face it, Apple lovers can no longer claim Apple is the benevolent alternative to the evil empire in Microsoft. The people who build iPhones and iPads continue to be abused and exploited in China and now they seem to have evil plans to kill the greatest app I use regularly–Spotify. If Apple can create a program that is better than iTunes then that’s one thing. But Spotify is so much better than iTunes it’s hard to believe. For instance, Spotify responds to the play pause forward and backward keys on my MacBook faster than iTunes does and iTunes is an Apple program! The search function is extremely quick unlike iTunes. I don’t have to download another version of Spotify every month like I have to do with iTunes. And so on. If iTunes can replicate those great features then fine. But it’s not real capitalism for it to just muscle a better product out of its competition just so it can suck. It’s become Microsoft.

It’s not unlike those promising liberators in certain African countries who, once they get into power, end up being just as bad as they guys they replace.

GOP strategy: Come up with ideas not good enough to persuade the Democrats; anything else is good

October 6, 2010

That’s the lesson to learn from Mitt Romney, who Jonathan Chait notices was endorsed by the National Review until the Democrats decided he made good policy ideas. Once Obama, Reid, and Pelosi adopted Romney’s health care plan, it was considered anathema and pretty much killed Romney’s chances of winning the Republican primary in 2012. Maybe that’s why the Republicans seem to be bereft of ideas. If they somehow persuade the Democrats to adopt them, they will be dirty. Or something.