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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Many walk out on Obama at Maryland rally

When you're hot you're hot. When you're not you're not. As Obama rose to speak at a political rally in  Maryland for Democratic candidate for governor Anthony Brown many in the crowd began to leave. The White House pool report described the mass exodus as “unusual”. Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason tweeted the exodus was both noticeable and noisy.





Who says Democratic voters are dispirited?

Go Green! Fracking is more environmentally friendly than solar panels or wind turbines

Don't expect to read about this study in the Toledo Blade but a British study has found fracking to be less environmentally damaging than installing solar panels or offshore wind turbines.

The study conducted by the University of Manchester suggests that the production of panels and turbines result in a greater depletion of natural resources which have an impact on freshwater and marine organisms also heavy metals and other toxic elements used in the life cycle of solar panels and wind turbines give them a ‘human toxicity’ rating at least three times greater than for shale.
The study also found that solar panels cause more damage to the ozone layer than shale gas because of the use of tetrafluoroethylene in the production of cells, furthermore the silver and tellurium used to produce silicon cells for panels and steel used in turbines mean these renewable energy sources score far worse for resource depletion.

The end of Alison Grimes

What a disastrous end game! Critics said Alison Lundergan Grimes should have been ready when a member of the Louisville Courier Journal editorial board asked her if he had voted for Obama. Grimes refused to answer the question then and for the benefit of all those who missed it repeated the error in a debate that was televised statewide. One might draw some consolation in the fact that she is not a fast talking lawyer; merely a lawyer. Following her double gaff the DSCC cut its loses and declined to buy more air time in Kentucky.



By Friday Rasmussen had released a poll showing Grimes to be behind by 8 points 52 percent to 44 percent. This is well out of the margin of error and with McConnell above 50 percent signals an easy GOP win in Kentucky.

You can't make carpenter out of a pile buck

It's a common joke in the building trades that you can take a carpenter and make a pile driver of him but you can't a pile driver and make him a carpenter. Dr. Thomas Freiden is evidence that you can take a doctor and make a political hack of him and Ron Klain is about to prove that you can't take a political hack and make a doctor of him. Somehow the public is to be reassured that by hearing from a hack who has no idea what he is talking about, who reports to someone who no one believes, Susan Rice, that it is receiving the best care that medical science can offer.
"Hmm, you seem to have contracted a case of nation malaise. There's a lot of that going around. Take two aspirin and call me in the morning."
Sadly, the world does not produce enough aspirin to to treat the headaches produced by the Obama administration. Dr. Freiden has taken a the CDC from an agency that enjoyed a 60% public approval rating just a year ago to one that is running just ahead of the Veterans Administration in a race to the bottom. This CBS poll shows the decline in public confidence in the past 18 months of governmental institutions.

Ratings of Government Agencies
(% who say Excellent or Good Job)
Now 5/13 Gallup Poll
Federal Bureau of Investigation 51%
55%
Central Intelligence Agency 44%
40%
Dept. of Homeland Security 43%
46%
Environmental Protection Agency 39%
41%
Secret Service 38%
n/a
Centers for Disease Control 37%
60%
Food and Drug Admin 37%
45%
Internal Revenue Service 31%
27%
Veterans Administration 30%
n/a
There is one institution that still enjoys high public approval. The military rates a 73% approval rating but Obama is setting it up for a failure by sending it on a mission it is not equipped to complete. Only Obama could think paratroopers have the know how to build hospitals. Give me a break! The 101st has one of the most storied and glorious histories of any combat division. From the Battle of the Bulge in World War II to Hamburger Hill in Vietnam these men fought with a bravery most think went out of vogue a century ago but no where in its history is it recorded that anyone drove a single nail.
Yes, the know-it-alls, in the media will proclaim but they will be under the supervision of the Army Corp of Engineers. Great! The Army Corp of Engineers is for the most part a civilian agency whose chief responsibility is overseeing the construction of dams, bridges, locks and levees and keeping the country's navigable rivers navigable. They hire private companies to design the dams and bridges and hire other private companies to build them. They hire other companies to dredge the channels which means pumping sand from here to there. Necessary but not exactly high tech. Most of their work is on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers. Like the NASA they are purchasers of technology not technologists. This is not to say that they are dull witted people but they do not nor does any Army sector build anything. The agency's forte is the accumulation of congressional earmarks as the above mentioned rivers flow through scores of congressional districts.
The modern Army has subbed out most commissary and security functions on its stateside bases to keep more troops combat ready. Why would anyone with an ounce of sense tinker with combat readiness to achieve some sort of international public relations coup? Is the deployment to West Africa merely a ploy to drag to military's esteem down to the VA's level? Thank God the country still reveres the military but no one would want Alvin York or Audie Murphy to wire their homes even if they were resurrected for that sole purpose. You can't make carpenter out of a pile buck.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Obama expediting visas from Ebola infected countries

  Have you been wondering if Obama is an idiot? Incompetent? An America hater? 
  Well, let this information help you make up your mind:
  Doug Ross has the story of the Obama administration's DHS EXPEDITING VISAS from infected countries. Screw banning flights from the diseased populace. Instead BRING MORE in!
  They even have lawyers lined up to help sue to get in.
  Infected individuals such as Duncan can get their fees waived by the Obama administration. He was high risk but he received a visa anyway.
  Even other African countries have banned visitors from the afflicted nations, which is how places like Nigeria have kept their risks low.
  Overstaying visas is a chronic problem for Liberians, according to the Washington Post:
Vaughn also pointed out that Liberians have an extremely high rate of “visa overstays” — higher than all other countries except Cuba, Burundi, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2012, she said, the Department of Homeland Security reported to Congress that 148 visiting Liberians had remained in the U.S. illegally.
In the past five years, the number of Liberians issued U.S. visitors’ visas has risen sharply. Last year about 3,500 were granted to Liberians, and a total of about 13,500 were granted to people from the three ebola-stricken countries — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
  So, yeah. Here we are, with the most incompetent, malevolent administration in our history damaging the country.
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Does Whole Foods or Cracker Barrel Denote Democrat or Republican?



On the lighter, if not too scientific, side of politics David Wasserman at FiveThirtyEight has resurrected the Whole Foods - Cracker Barrel predictor of election outcomes. He shot down the Chick-Fil-A - Starbucks forecasting model noting that Chick-Fil-A has a store in New York's Greenwich and Starbucks has several locations in Salt Lake City.
Both Whole Foods and Cracker Barrel are adept at marketing a lifestyle, with an emphasis on “local” and “close to home.” They have similar reaches: Cracker Barrel counts restaurants in 42 states, while Whole Foods just hit its 43rd state.
In 2010, when Republicans regained control of the House, 82 percent of the 66 districts they flipped from Democratic control contained a Cracker Barrel; just 20 percent contained a Whole Foods.
The good news for Republicans in 2014 is that most of the top 12 competitive Senate races are playing out in Cracker Barrel country more than in Whole Foods country. In fact, just three of the 12 Senate races with less than a 95 percent certainty in the latest FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast are in states where more voters live in Whole Foods counties than Cracker Barrel counties.
I remain an agnostic on this theory. I have never set foot in a Whole Foods store and while Cracker Barrel is top shelf in the estimation of my down home in-laws I wince every time I remember the plate of undercooked chicken livers I was served years ago in Durham, North Carolina.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CDC director: Obama has "leaned forward" on dealing with Ebola crisis

  I made a note of this during the October 8 Frieden speech about the Ebola crisis.
  What I didn't realize on October 8 that others have noted the significance of using the phrase in previous instances, including September 30.
  Why did it bother me then and continues to bother me now?
  Because it indicates that Dr. Frieden is intent on using the occurrence of Ebola in the US as a political tool. 
  It indicates that Frieden is willing to politicize even this disease, placing politics over public health.

Obama: not MY decision to "end war in Iraq"

  This is pretty hilarious from the Washington Beacon. Wha-wha-what? Me to blame for creating the mess that is Iraq?