"The Houston bunch isn't a gang of hipsters so much as a "diverse coalition of groups, businesses and passionate individuals," in the words of one flyer. Mostly, they're earnest activists - lovers of biking, of intelligent transit design, of urban planning - who have joined what's now the national Better Block movement to improve city life. The Houston bunch is much more likely lapse into jargon - "complete-streets principles" and "proof of New Urbanist theory" - than to crow about sticking it to the man."
// - Translation: They're a bunch of wealthy, elitists who think everyone should want and value the same things as they. And Gray is one of them or, at least, willing to provide them journalistic cover.
"The speech served up progressive approaches to save the planet with windmills, toy cars (“1 million electric vehicles on our roads by 2015”) and generators hooked up to millions of people playing Angry Birds on their iPhones. Just kidding about the Angry Birds. The top-selling app in the world (100 million downloads), the addictive bird video game was developed without government grants. Not a useful example in any case for a president who extols the idea that all good things come from government’s hand." // - Nice job.
"Many companies complain that the Obama administration has increased the cost of doing business by issuing loads of new regulations. The administration does not deny being aggressive in issuing new rules or that compliance costs may ultimately total in the billions of dollars. Instead, it has rejected logic and common sense and argues that increasing the costs of doing business benefits the economy. The chain of reasoning by which it reaches this conclusion is breathtakingly audacious, not to say absurd." // - Obama & Co are getting the economy they want. Less socialist than state-controlled.
"Mr. Obama and other world leaders did something truly extraordinary, wonderful and rare: they ordered a humanitarian intervention that saved thousands of lives and that even Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s closest aides seem to think will lead to his ouster." Uh...no...it looks as if Muammar is going to be just fine.
"The dissidents don't seem to realize that conservatives have already won the argument with liberals on one important level." That's because there's considerable evidence they haven't. Dems will seek to roll back those cuts almost immediately.