Assorted Links 11/19/09


Video: Rick Perry asserts Texas’s Tenth Amendment rights


How do you convince someone to stay away?

  • New GM’s Projected Cash Burn is . . . Unspecified – “Taxpayer money given to GM (not including the Department of Energy’s $10 billion, 25-year, no-to-low interest “retooling’ loan): $52 billion. Current cash pile: $42.6 billion. Cash flow (according to Automotive News source): was $3 billion. And what of future cash flow? On this key issue–the only key issue–GM’s non-standard accounting of its accounts is, by no account, clear.”
  • Obama’s swelling ego – “At this rate, it won’t be long before the president’s ego is so inflated that it will require a ZIP code of its own.”
  • Tanks on the borders of….Colombia? – “Everyone’s favorite autocrat, Hugo F. Chavez, is mobilizing his military to the Colombian border to heroically repel the expected US invasion.”
  • Less Fearful Babies More Likely To Become Criminals – “Babies less prone to feel fear are more likely to commit crimes.”
  • New Google Book Settlement Tries To Appease Worries – “I still stand by my original feeling towards the settlement, which is that I’m upset anyone felt it was necessary at all. Google had a strong fair use claim that I would have liked to have seen taken all the way through the courts. And, of course, this settlement really has nothing at all to do with the main issue of the lawsuit (that fair use question) and is really a debate over a separate issue: how to take the books Google scans and trying to turn them into a ‘book store’ rather than more of a ‘library.’ And, in doing so, the important fair use question gets completely buried — which I find unfortunate.”
  • Where Is an Hour Not an Hour? – “In the new fairy-land of New York City parking, where drivers, who tend to act like children to begin with, will be treated thusly and indulgently, in an act of colossal political cowardice (the car is, if nothing else, the great vehicle for political pandering — remember the ‘gas tax’ holiday?). Why a five-minute ‘grace period’? Why not ten minutes? Why enforce any law at all?”


My nomination for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year!

  • Has Anyone Seen the Tenth Amendment? – “I hate to be old fashioned and think that constitutional constraints limiting the size and scope of government are essential to sound government, but still, has anyone seen the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? It seems to be missing.”
  • Asus Eee PC 1201N — Perfect Blend of Netbook and Notebook? – “The debate between netbook and notebook might have found some middle ground with the ASUS Eee PC 1201N. I just caught the LAPTOP Magazine hands on with this device and that’s the impression I came away with. Why is that? Mainly because the 1201N offers specs closer to a notebook, but has the price and size near to a netbook. The $499 price tag competes well with many high-end netbooks and offers”

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