Whose idea was it to push bullet trains? Rahm Emanuel’s doctor brother. I feel ill.

“The Escape Artists,” the new book about the Obama administration’s economic policy-making, has an amazing story about who’s responsible for the decision to dump tens of billions of dollars in federal stimulus money into bullet-train debacles. One Chris Reed, writing at Cal Watchdog, has all the details.

The key passage from “Escape Artists” is here:

Mass blockade of ports: Occupy’s vapidity reaches a new low

On Monday, the Occupy movement plans its grandest, most vapid action yet: attempting to shut down 11 West Coast ports from San Diego to Anchorage. Those who will be hurt by this are overwhelmingly workers, many without college educations, who have managed to find middle-class work outside the office cubicle. The timing is terrible, too, during the busy holiday season and just after some ports have been on a hiring spree. But Occupyers don’t care. They’ve concluded this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part, and they’re just the fools to do it.

Occupy backlash: Will the ‘Silent Majority’ rise again?

Is Richard Nixon, ensconced in the afterlife and watching what’s going on right now in the United States, savoring the fact that the East Coast political and media establishment are once again going to be exposed as hopelessly out of sync with how Americans think — just as they were in 1968 and 1972 in not understanding what Nixon called the “silent majority”? I think so. As I’ve watched coverage of Occupy protesters in California making life hell for commuters in Los Angeles, hassling Black Friday shoppers in San Bernardino and Orange County, and costing hundreds of middle-class truck owner-operators millions of dollars at Oakland’s port, I can’t help but think this abuse of the “99 percent” by those who pretend to be their defenders will affect our politics.