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Video Interview with Glenn Reynolds on The Higher Education Bubble
7 Jul 2012 4:19 pm
Since my blog was one of many inspired by Instapundit.com in the immediate wake of 9/11, and since it’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, I had wanted to do a video interview with Glenn Reynolds to discuss the history and state of the Blogosphere. Given that he has a new “Broadside” (much longer than most magazine articles, but shorter than most books) from Encounter Books on the Higher Education Bubble and the impact of its aftermath on both students and academia, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. With a …
New Silicon Graffiti Video: Where Krugman Has Gone Before
23 Jun 2012 4:09 pm
Rather than shoot the new video in the newsroom set we typically use as home base, I decided to borrow a used Apollo capsule and Saturn rocket to make my way to Space Station V. What better place to discuss the alien invasion that’s about to strike planet earth?
Or at least the one that Paul Krugman of the New York Times has publicly called for on two different occasions, first during an interview with CNN host Fareed Zakaria in 2011, and then just last month on Bill Maher’s HBO series. …
New Silicon Graffiti Video: March Madness
14 Apr 2012 3:25 pm
Hey, is this mic working? Is the camera on? At last — we’re back with our first Silicon Graffiti after a long hiatus, with a whirlwind look at some of the lowlights President Obama and the left suffered in March:
Seven Days in March: The brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency.
ObamaCare at the Supreme Court.
Premiere Medvedev transmits the secret message of Double-Oh-Bama in Operation Hot Mic!
Obama’s budget goes down to defeat…with Zero Votes.
The high gas prices we’re currently paying, and a look back at how Tom Brokaw (and …
Interview: Mark Steyn on After America
16 Aug 2011 1:30 am
Armageddon, now in handy, portable, YouTube form.
As Mark Steyn writes in the introduction to his new book, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, just out today from Regnery Publishing:
Nobody writes a doomsday tome because they want it to come true. From an author’s point of view, the apocalypse is not helpful: the bookstores get looted and the collapse of the banking system makes it harder to cash the royalty check. But Cassandra’s warnings were cursed to go unheeded, and so it seems are mine. Last time ’round, I wrote that …
Video: ‘Starting From Zero’
12 Mar 2011 3:41 am
In our latest Silicon Graffiti video we look at several attempts by the left to, as Tom Wolfe would say, “Start from Zero,” and hit the CTL-ALT-DLT keys on western civilization.
Video: ‘Steer the Coverage’
29 Jan 2011 4:53 pm
The media’s prefab narrative to blame the horrific shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) on the right was far from the first time the MSM had a response ready to go, even if it meant shaping the facts like a pretzel to fit a preexisting storyline
‘Snowfalls Are Now Just a Thing of the Past’
19 Dec 2010 6:18 pm
That was a headline that ran in England’s Independent newspaper in 2000; this year, snow has been so heavy in England that it’s closed their major airports for long stretches. In early 2010, Time magazine, responding to resurgent snow in America’s capital would take the exact opposite stance: “DC Snowstorm: How Global Warming Makes Blizzards Worse.”
Is there nothing that global warming can’t do
They Don’t Know Their History at All—This is Elitism Straight Up
4 Oct 2010 3:10 am
To understand the frustration of legacy media journalists such as New York Timeso racialist Kate Zernike over the strength of the Tea Parties and the resurgence of Friedrich Hayek and other past voices from the right, let’s paraphrase Janene Garofalo’s infamous rant last year on MSNBC. It’s not about bashing Republicans, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating conservatives in America. This is elitism straight up
‘Something Weird Happens When Presidencies Go Wrong’
7 Sep 2010 4:51 am
As John Podhoretz wrote last week, “Something weird happens when presidencies go wrong — presidents become incompetent at doing the things they were always able to do in their sleep, and their aides follow suit.”
And that was before President Obama’s was dogged by unforced errors on this holiday weekend
New Silicon Graffiti Video: The Quotable Harry Reid
22 Aug 2010 4:00 am
Over the past two centuries, the Democratic Party has had many powerful orators. Needless to say, Harry Reid, the Democrats’ Senate Majority Leader since November of 2006, has failed to live up to this proud heritage on a titanic scale. Which is why, from The Home Office in Carson City, Nevada, we’re proud to present, The Top Ten Harry Reid gaffes!
Narrative and the Memory of War
8 Aug 2010 1:27 pm
“It is a measure of the power of narrative that we publicly grieve more for the deaths of our enemies than those of our allies in a war that is now fading quickly from human memory,” the blogger Tigerhawk writes. On both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II, Hollywood and the rest of the left have certainly been doing their part in recent years.
Through a Gimlet Eye: Studying the Washington Post Kremlinologist-Style
18 Jul 2010 3:15 am
Let’s employ a little Cold War-style Kremlinology to try and ascertain the health of the Washington Post. Or even a little Nixonology — a modern-day equivalent of Woodward and Bernstein (or at least how they were presented to the public in the form of Redford and Hoffman) would have lots of fun tying together all of the strange stories that have circulated recently from the former home of Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham:
New Silicon Graffiti Video: ‘The Cold Civil War’
6 Jul 2010 7:50 pm
In 2007, author William Gibson wrote the phrase the “Cold Civil War” for one of his science fiction novels. That led blogger April Gavaza, also known as the “Hyacinth Girl,” as well as Mark Steyn to pick up on the concept a year later. But of course, as General McChrystal’s disastrous interview with Rolling Stone and his subsequent dismissal illustrates, the media isn’t just where wars are fought domestically, as we discuss in the latest edition of our Silicon Graffiti video blog
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) Dead at 92
28 Jun 2010 6:20 am
Get ready for the mother of all narrative struggles: the left will be eager to whitewash Byrd’s horrific legacy, which includes a stint in the KKK, filibustering the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and opposing both Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas
Welcome to East Germany on the Potomac
27 Jun 2010 8:43 pm
Newsweek, owned by the Washington Post, famously screamed on a cover story early last year that “We Are All Socialists Now.” In contrast, the conservative Hot Air blog recently noted the correlation between the leviathan socialist state virtually all Beltway journalists begged for when they endorsed Obama in 2008, and the state of journalism itself. You wanted East Germany on the Potomac, MSM? The paranoia over who leaked faux-conservative Dave Weigel’s incendiary emails on the Journolist goes hand in that hand with that big of a government
Fox40 Covers Sarah Palin at Cal State, Forgets ‘All Mics are Hot’ Rule
26 Jun 2010 7:50 pm
If there’s a theme that ties this week’s events together, it’s to assume that all mics are hot, all emails risk becoming public, and all information captured by journalists no matter how off the record will eventually escape, whether your last name is McChrystal or Weigel, or you’re covering a Sarah Palin speech for a local Fox affiliate
Samuel T. Cogley, Come On Down!
20 Jun 2010 6:08 pm
Meet Texas’ surprise Democratic primary winner, congressional nominee Kesha Rogers. What could go wrong?
Video: 1969—The Death of Modernism
11 Jun 2010 5:33 am
The 1960s began with a presidential election between conservative cold warrior Richard Nixon…and the surprisingly conservative cold warrior John F. Kennedy. In terms of the similarity between the two candidates, and the public they represented, this was a high point in national unity. The assassination of JFK began a process that ultimately shattered that unity. During the course of the 1960s, Americans witnessed the split between the liberalism of FDR, Harry Truman, JFK and LBJ, and the rise of the punitive New Left that emerged in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination. As we explore in the latest edition of our Silicon Graffiti video blog, the alpha and the omega of those two forms of American liberalism came less than a month apart, in the summer of 1969…
Video: The News They Kept To Themselves
22 May 2010 3:04 am
Recently the Washington Post announced that they were putting their weekly liberal opinion magazine Newsweek up for sale after recording horrific losses. And about the same time, CNN and CBS announced that they were in talks to consolidate news operations. What ties these two stories together? All three outfits fell victim to The News They Kept To Themselves
The Last Days of Tehran
16 May 2010 4:24 pm
Some Hollywood films are built on the idea of suspense on a grand scale — “The Last Days of Pompeii”, and the story of the Titanic are both perennials for filmmakers, because the audience knows the characters are doomed, and thus watching their otherwise everyday quotidian details takes on a whole new dimension, as we await the tragic denouement. Photos of the Middle East in the 1970s take on a similar look these days.