Friday Afternoon Reading

  • On a personal note Tomorrow is my kids first day at Young Marine Bootcamp.
  • 54th Coolest Winter recorded since 1895 The average temperature across both the contiguous U.S. and the globe during climatological winter (December 2007-February 2008) was the coolest since 2001, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. In terms of winter precipitation, Pacific storms, bringing heavy precipitation to large parts of the West, produced high snowpack that will provide welcome runoff this spring. (Via Lucianne)
  • Pandora’s Box Memo To Clear-Eyed Budgeteers: The Clinton Era Was An Anomaly. If President Bush’s 2007 defense spending had matched the same share of the economy as President Clinton’s did, last year’s budget essentially would have balanced. (Via IBD)
  • No Earmarks! Whatever shall they do? WASHINGTON — Legislation that would place a one-year moratorium on congressional “earmarks” is getting a chilly response from Maine’s delegation. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Rep. Michael Michaud, a Democrat, said they would oppose a ban on the practice that allows lawmakers to direct federal spending to local projects. (Via Slublog)
  • Whudda thunk it? Free Trade is a Recession Killer. (Via MJ Perry)
  • Cut the tax cuts, reap what you sow Obama and Clinton both promise to reverse Bush’s tax cuts for wealthier taxpayers, but the Democratic budget they’ll be voting for would allow income tax rates to go up on individuals making as little as $31,850 and couples earning $63,700 or more. (Via Ameripundit)
  • Election year scare tactics at their finest Foreclosure crisis overblown. 99% of homes ARE NOT in foreclosure. (Via Liberty Pundit)
  • 50/50 Chance GOP presidential contender John McCain would not rule out Mitt Romney as a possible running mate yesterday, noting that the former Bay State governor ran an effective primary campaign and is a rising star in national politics. (Via Boston Herald)
  • Wonder if he’ll have to apologize? Olberman comment about the Clinton campaign. “This is not a campaign strategy, it’s a suicide pact.” Wonder if she was listening? (Via Crooks and Liars)
  • More than one way to get a raise Obama gets $1m earmark for the hospital that emplys his wife. Ameripundit muses: Nothing says “change” like securing a million dollar earmark for an organization employing your wife. (Via Ameripundit)
  • So, they’re finally starting to take notice Islamic states are bidding to use the United Nations to limit freedom of expression and belief around the world, the global humanist body IHEU told the U.N.’s Human Rights Council on Wednesday. (Via Liberty Pundit)
  • North Korea offers Thailand 100 million dollar loan
    Suck It Up, Florida And Michigan