ICYMI: Steve Jobs’ legacy, Biden in China, Echols as Oxendine and Super Marco (Rubio)

Catching you up on what you might have missed during the past week:

  • Steve Jobs’ resignation as chief executive Apple provoked a host of reactions. Here are two: the ways he and Apple have changed the way we live, and why he “failed better than anyone else in Silicon Valley,  maybe better than anyone in corporate America.”
  • Only Joe Biden would describe China’s one-child policy as “repugnant” to him by saying he “fully understand[s]“ it.
  • Speaking of China, a long but interesting piece about the “Sinosphere.”
  • Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, a look back — and explanation of why today’s Russia isn’t as democratic as hoped.
  • With all the talk about Rick Perry’s grades, this score from his time as governor will have much more to do with the way he’s judged.
  • All the details about Georgia’s new legislative maps.
  • Put a blue light and siren atop the car he uses to check limousine registrations, and Tim Echols’ transformation into John Oxendine will be complete.
  • Why the Congressional Budget Office’s mid-year budget review is too optimistic — and yet still damaging to President Obama’s re-election chances.
  • Finally, a fantastic speech (watch it here or below) that underscores why so many conservatives are excited about Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

37 comments Add your comment

saywhat?

August 25th, 2011
1:24 pm

I wouldn’t let Cato issue a report card on my dog (if I had one), let alone impart any meaning to it.

MrLiberty

August 25th, 2011
4:21 pm

I would hope that Perry’s stint as Al Gore’s campaign director in Texas during his presidential run and his being a former Democrat would have a greater impact on his support among republicans. He is a figurehead in Texas and came into office in a state with a pre-existing pro-business and freedom climate. Yes, he didn’t screw anything up too bad, but that hardly reflects on his abilities to fix the US economy.

Further, he signed an executive order that would have forced all teenage girls to get the dangerous and deadly Guardasil vaccine (at $350 a piece paid by the taxpayers). Coincidentally his chief of staff used to work for Merck, the manufacturer and he received a bunch of money from them for this campaigns.

Also, he is the main proponent of the NAFTA superhighway from Mexico to Canada. It would require the siezure of 500,000 acres of privately owned land in Texas alone for construction. And let’s not forget the billions of construction dollars for Rick’s friends.

Don’t understand why this guy has any support at all. He is trying hard to sound like Ron Paul, but has a history that shows that he is just another status quo establishment republican trying to get elected with big talk of liberty and freedom.

Jefferson

August 25th, 2011
4:29 pm

This kid from Cuba knows NOTHING about the dogs of Washington in the GOP party. It sounds good but won’t work in life.

Politi Cal

August 25th, 2011
4:48 pm

Gosh, Ernie, what’cha got against Cato?

old timer

August 25th, 2011
5:26 pm

This “kid” from Cuba is refreshing! What a fine person he is. I know his parents are proud and I hope someday to be able to vote for him for president.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 25th, 2011
5:35 pm

He is trying hard to sound like Ron Paul, but has a history that shows that he is just another status quo establishment republican trying to get elected with big talk of liberty and freedom.
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OK, so he’s only 200% better than the failed liberal fascist we have now. I think we can live with that.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Thee Magnificent!!! mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 25th, 2011
5:50 pm

I can’t wait until the hurricane hits so I can go loot.

Oh, wait a minute, I’m not on government assistance.

Never mind.

Tiberius

August 25th, 2011
6:02 pm

“Also, he is the main proponent of the NAFTA superhighway from Mexico to Canada. It would require the siezure of 500,000 acres of privately owned land in Texas alone for construction.”

OK, Mr. Liberty, let’s get one thing straight. The word “seizure” is inflammatory at best, and incorrect at worst. The government has ALWAYS been allowed to acquire land through the use of eminent domain for public purposes; i.e. roads, bridges, etc. To use the word “seize” denotes a taking without compensation or an illegal taking.

Even though eminent domain can be used when the landowner does not agree, a fair compensation for the land is given.

There are plenty of reasons why Perry isn’t a very good choice for Republicans, let alone Democrats, but to insinuate that Perry advocated the taking of private property for a valid governmental purpose without compensation is disingenuous.

Tiberius

August 25th, 2011
6:03 pm

I don’t know who will eventually win the GOP nomination, but I’ll bet that Marco Rubio is on everyone’s short list for VP.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 25th, 2011
6:11 pm

I Report: Oh, wait a minute, I’m not on government assistance.
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You must be one of those fortunate folks with the success gene. Your taxes should be raised.

MarkV

August 25th, 2011
6:26 pm

“I can’t wait until the hurricane hits so I can go loot.
Oh, wait a minute, I’m not on government assistance.”

Oh yeh, there will be no Republicans screaming for government assistance.

Antoniqua

August 25th, 2011
6:28 pm

“Only Joe Biden would describe China’s one-child policy as “repugnant” to him by saying he “fully understand[s]“ it.”

What Joe really finds repugnant is the idea of illegals and ghetto women not being able to download litters of little future Democrats.

carlosgvv

August 25th, 2011
6:33 pm

China has a strong space program and is planning a manned moon landing in 2020. China recently launched their first aircraft carrier. China is planning to develop a large bullet train system. China is not wasting billions of dollars in unnecessary wars. With the exception of aircraft carriers we are doing none of the above. Look for China to be the dominant world power by 2030 and us to be just another third-rate Nation. If you wish to give thanks in advance for this sorry state of affairs, just contact your politicians.

MarkV

August 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

carlosgvv @6:33 pm: Cannot be. They have all those government regulations in China.

ragnar danneskjold

August 25th, 2011
6:41 pm

Looks like Mr. Perry’s candidacy has energized the discussion on the conservative side. Our leftist friends tremble, and conservatives debate “who is the purest among us.” As one who will vote for any candidate to the right of Hugo Chavez – that pointedly excludes the community organizer in chief – Perry is fine by me. Or Cain. Or Palin. Or Gingrich. Or Bachmann. Or Paul. Or Romney. Or even Huntsman, despite his hand-wringing on global warming. Anyone is an improvement.

Michael H. Smith

August 25th, 2011
6:47 pm

Encore Marco!

Michael H. Smith

August 25th, 2011
6:51 pm

Anyone is an improvement.

As long as they follow President Reagan’s simple plan for victory:

WE WIN!

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 25th, 2011
7:05 pm

Ragnar, good post. Republicans have choice, Democrats are stuck with the dog turd that refuses to dry up and stop stinking.

hsn

August 25th, 2011
7:27 pm

Another overhyped fraud ala Bobby “Priush” Jindal.

The Republicans will drop him in a heartbeat if the “appropriate” white boy emrges!

Hillbilly D

August 25th, 2011
7:43 pm

Put a blue light and siren atop the car he uses to check limousine registrations, and Tim Echols’ transformation into John Oxendine will be complete.

Don’t care who you are, that’s a good line.

Even though eminent domain can be used when the landowner does not agree, a fair compensation for the land is given.

Sometimes yes and sometimes no, especially now that eminent domain can be used to the benefit of private companies.

Tiberius

August 25th, 2011
7:49 pm

Hillbilly, there will always be instances where compensation for land taken by eminent domain is not perceived to be fair, however, when one finally gets around to looking at the situations without the emotion of the immediacy, the issue dies down because the amounts tend to be fair.

Even though I strongly disagreed with the use of eminent domain in Alabaster, AL for Walmart and with Kelo v. New London, the amounts given to the homeowners was considered fair by market standards.

Hillbilly D

August 25th, 2011
8:11 pm

Tiberius

Do some research on Georgia Reservoir, LLC. Might change your mind.

Soothsayer

August 25th, 2011
8:24 pm

Kyle: I thought I would post something, anything over here so’s to help you get your pathetic count up! Kyle, really, I don’t want to see you unemployed right now! It’s not a good time!

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 25th, 2011
9:00 pm

“eminent domain can be used to the benefit of private companies”
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Thank you, liberal supreme court justices. Wouldn’t want to prevent more tax revenue going to bigger government.

david green

August 25th, 2011
9:04 pm

Lil’ Barry Bailout (Revised Downward) the fact that conservatives continue to vote dishonest politicians into office just because they are RINO’s proves beyond the shadow of a doubt just how intellectually dishonest the ideology of conservatism and the average conservative truly is.

buck@gon

August 25th, 2011
9:06 pm

Antoniqua @ 6:28pm,

Nicely said.

What I’m old enough to remember is how poor Dan Quayle was portrayed by the press.

Biden is at least twice the idiot Quayle ever was. JB is so full of cliches, nonsense and liberal rot I can’t stand him even less that I can take the Prez. Zell Miller wrote a fine bit about him in his book, A National Party No More. Now thanks to nitwits like Biden and radicals like Obama, that may yet happen.

buck@gon

August 25th, 2011
9:07 pm

hsn,

give up the hate!

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 25th, 2011
9:09 pm

The Idiot Messiah said during the campaign that adding $4 trillion in debt is unpatriotic, and I wholeheartedly agree.

buck@gon

August 25th, 2011
9:13 pm

Tiberius @ 6:02,

We use accurate and urbane words like “disengenuous.”

They (look at the Bookman blog if you want evidence) drop bombs like “rethuglicans,” “racist Tea Party,” and they demagogue (the President being the best one around nowadays: “millionaires and billionaires.”

I’m all for leveling the playing field, so that when Obama goes on a national tour to say, talk about talking about healthcare or to talk about talking about jobs, it should be known to everyone how “disingenuous” and incompetent he is every minute of every day of every year.

pee green

August 25th, 2011
10:58 pm

Just wondering if Joe Biden gets progressively dumber naturally or does he have to work on it like all the other members from the democrat wiener-holder party?

Tiberius

August 25th, 2011
11:22 pm

“Do some research on Georgia Reservoir, LLC. Might change your mind.”

I did, Hillbilly. You DO realize that no government is involved with that project as of this date, right? You are referencing a shady real estate agent going around using the threat of eminent domain that they do not have the power to exercise, right?

The agent is trying to scam these homeowners into signing over their property at cut rates so that if the counties come back later to take over the land for a reservoir, the real estate company gets a big payout.

Tiberius

August 25th, 2011
11:25 pm

“Lil’ Barry Bailout (Revised Downward) the fact that conservatives continue to vote dishonest politicians into office just because they are RINO’s proves beyond the shadow of a doubt just how intellectually dishonest the ideology of conservatism and the average conservative truly is.”

david green, great speech. Utterly lacking of facts or citations of proof, but a 9 on the hyperbole meter.

And a 10 on the bull$hit meter.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 26th, 2011
6:49 am

Not to mention a zero on the relevancy meter. What’s next, david, your recipe for green bean casserole?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 26th, 2011
8:13 am

ICYMI, Reaganomics worked.

How’s Obozonomics doing?

Lil Bushie Bailout (Revised Upward)

August 26th, 2011
11:55 am

Ragnar, good post. Republicans have choice, Democrats are stuck with the dog turd that refuses to dry up and stop stinking.
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Vote for Perry. He is just like me. Fake Cowboy bravado, exaggerated southern accent, and I taught him my catchprhase:

“The constitution is just a g.d. piece of paper!”

Lil Bushie Bailout (Revised Upward)

August 26th, 2011
11:57 am

ICYMI, Reaganomics worked.

How’s Obozonomics doing?
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Only a contard would believe this. That trickle has slowed down to a drip. But keep on drinking that bailout kool-aid.

MrLiberty

August 26th, 2011
12:41 pm

Tiberius – Either private property is respected or it isn’t. If there is one serious problem with the 5th amendment is that it is too broad in its terminology regarding taking of land with compensation. The use of the words “for public use, without just compensation” open the door to the very abuse we see today. When “for public use” can mean a use that will put more money into government coffers than the owner’s current use there is NO LIMIT to abuse. As with ‘just compensation”. What is just? It is never up to the property owner what is just.

The bottom line is that you can get from Mexico to Canada right now. This is just another big govenrment program that will absolutely result in hundreds of thousands of acres of land being taken from american citizens against their will. Those who pay off government officials to secure offramp locations adjacent to their property will reap windfalls while eminent domain victims will receive FAR FAR less compensation. This unamerican practise must be stopped. My word use is not disingenuous. It is quite accurate if you actually care about liberty and property rights.