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Friday, October 9, 2015

Hillary's post constitutional presidency

Assuming that the idiots at Vox got their facts straight Hillary is is gearing up to be the first post constitutional president. It seems that what the crypto fascist in her party demand according to Jonathan Allen in his post, Hillary Clinton's sweeping executive power agenda is unprecedented. "The view from inside the campaign, said one official, is that it's important to be specific about how Clinton would use the unilateral powers of the presidency "because of the level of frustration" Democrats have felt when Obama's priorities have been blocked by Republicans in Congress. Even if Democrats are able to elect one of their own as president in 2016, he or she is all but assured of facing a Congress in which one or two of the chambers are controlled by Republicans."
Well certainly lowering the level of frustration among Democrats is a laudable goal but is this Evita Peron wannabe seriously considering running on abolishing the separation of powers? Yes, it would be called expanding Obama's legacy.
 "For Democrats, the continuing use of executive power to implement a left-of-center agenda is the logical extension of the legacy Obama's built."
In an earlier post Matt Yglesias made the compelling case that Hillary's complete lack of principles makes her uniquely fit to do the dirty work of crushing our cherished freedoms. "Committed Democrats and liberal-leaning interest groups are facing a reality in which any policy gains they achieve are going to come through the profligate use of executive authority, and Clinton is almost uniquely suited to deliver the goods. More than almost anyone else around, she knows where the levers of power lie, and she is comfortable pulling them, procedural niceties be damned."

Hackers from China, South Korea and Germany tried to hack Hillary's server.

One wonders if someday hacking might become an international team sport. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that hackers from China, South Korea and Germany attempted hacks on the former Secretary's server after she had left office. This finding is not the result of a forensic investigation of the server but rather simply reading the email correspondence between Hillary and her technical advisors. Yes, she was aware of hacking attempts and purchased a fancy firewall, a SECNAP CloudJacket, which apparently did work. It is not known if the server was successfully hacked prior to the firewall update. This information comes from Senator Ron Johnson's Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

We prefer cell phones and cash

Sympathy for "Syrian refugees" has been exhausted in some European communities and charities. Human Relief Foundation (HRF) has been generously supporting the influx of Euro wet backs but no more. It is now redirecting its efforts toward helping real refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. Why? Because the charity has finally learned it is being scammed. It found mounds of food and clothing it had distributed had been discarded and burnt. Deputy director of HRF Kassim Tokan explains that 95 to 97 percent of the refugees in the French town of Calais are healthy young men with no reason to be there. “They have enough food, they have enough clothes and we have seen clothes everywhere thrown. I think we need to find other places. These people come from certain countries, which are safe, everything is there, they can work, but I don’t know why they came here."
Meanwhile the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart is calling for ten year prison sentences for those who trespass into the Euro tunnel site. In the latest security breach, around 200 illegal immigrants stormed the tunnel on Saturday. Two Iranian men succeeded in running 30 miles through the tunnel before being arrested by British border police.

Meanwhile in the US, Barack Obama wants to take in 10,000 "Syrian refugee" and is even using Kickstarter to raise cash. "Through Kickstarter, users can donate money to buy refugees simple necessities such as sleeping bags ($15), clean drinking water ($30) and even a year’s worth of education and care ($600)."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ben Carson: Let's roll

  So the latest attempt to discredit Dr. Ben Carson is an assertion that he was mocking the Oregon shooting victims in a conversation on Fox. He said this:
"I would not just stand there and let him shoot me," Carson told "Fox and Friends". "I would say 'Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can't get us all."
  The propaganda screamers went into overdrive immediately, claiming that Carson was criticizing the behavior of the victims,  later elaborating on The Kelly File:
I would ask everybody to attack the gunman because he can only shoot one of us at a time. That way, we don't all wind up dead," he told ABC News while chuckling on Tuesday.
"The accusation there, Dr. Carson, is that you appeared tone deaf and that you seemed callous in the laughter about a massacre and what you would have done," Fox News' Megyn Kelly said.
"I'm laughing at them and their silliness," Carson responded.
"Who?" Kelly asked.
"The people asking that question. Of course, you know, if everybody attacks that gunman, he's not going to be able to kill everybody. But if you sit there and let him shoot you one by one, you're all going to be dead," Carson said.
  Look, whether you like Carson or not (I'm a fan), you're living in a fantasy world if you don't understand that something drastic has changed not only in the world but in this country.
  For some reason, Leftists believe that if we just try to get along with murderers that will make them not want to kill us.  
  Witness Obama's capitulation to Iran's demand for the bomb and the Argentinian President's assertion that Obama's team has actually pushed other countries to sell nuclear fuel to Iran.
  I might remind the media that this is the very position Flight 43 found themselves in on 9/11. They knew three other planes went down and realized what was happening was a national terrorist attack.
  At that point, several people including Todd Beamer, decided to rush the terrorists, which is why that plane crashed without damaging any buildings in D.C.
  Remember this:
'From that point,' she says now, 'he said he was going to have to go out on faith because they were talking about jumping the guy with the bomb. He was still holding the phone, but he was not talking to me, he was talking to someone else and I could tell he had turned away. And he said: "You ready. Okay, let's roll."'
'We're all running to first class,' said flight attendant Sandy Bradshaw, implying the rebellion had begun in Bingham's compartment.
  Dr. Carson has been attacked for many positions not the least of which is that he is a black conservative, some of which he brought on himself by his political naivete.
  This attack is ridiculous, as if a man who has spent his life saving and bettering lives wants harm to come to anyone.
  But I interpret his point as this:
  America, get off your fat butts and realize we are at war. Get off your stupid phones and look up. The enemy is coming: we are a house divided. Only if we stand together to rush the enemy will we survive. 
  This is Ben Carson's call: Let's roll, America. 
  They'll take us down one by one if we aren't willing to fight back.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The media's strange reaction to Mercer

  Have you noticed anything strange about the media coverage of Mercer, the Oregon murderer?
  Did you notice that CNN is said to have digitally altered the facial features and skin color of Mercer when they reported on the murderer?
  Or that the LA Times referred to him as a "white supremacist" even though he was obviously a person of mixed race with a black mother? 
  That he was discharged from the Army?
  That he hoped to be "welcomed in hell and embraced by the devil"? (I don't think there'll be a problem there.)   
 Or that Mercer's MySpace page had images of terrorists on it?
    As a matter of fact, how much have we heard has the mainstream media made of Mercer's intentional murder of only Christians?
  Have you heard about the papers--manifesto?-- he handed to a male student before he killed himself, thought to be a manifesto?
  And how about the fact that many Leftist outlets were pushing that Mercer was a conservative Republican which has been discovered to be untrue? Here's his registration from RedAlertPolitics:
  We don't seem to be hearing much from the protective mother Laurel Harper either, are we....although his father has come forward to blame the murders on the behavior of guns....of which his son owned thirteen....
  Other information about Mercer doesn't seem to be making it to the so-called mainstream media, though certainly alternate sources are available. Not to be missed is the Conservative Treehouse's rundown.
  And I'm wondering---I don't know about you--how a "conservative Republican" hates Christians enough to shoot them in the head. 
  Why did the web get scrubbed of Mercer details--and possibly tampered with details-- immediately after the murder and around the same time Obama went on camera to protest guns---before the name was made known to the public?
  And this business of comparing gun murders in the US to other countries' murder rates.
  Did you know murder by gun is down in the US? From National Review:
As Pew reported last year, the American public remains largely unaware that the last two decades have seen a quite remarkable drop in gun violence. Obama presumably knows this. ”Despite national attention to the issue of firearm violence,” Pew wrote, “most Americans are unaware that gun crime is lower today than it was two decades ago. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, today 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12% think it is lower.”
  In fact, here's a chart from NRO showing just that:

  As the gun grabbers heat up with lies, some even claiming that the law is our religion now, Governor Cuomo is claiming that Democrats need to force a government shutdown to push gun control and Obama hints at gun confiscation.
  And try not to think about our Department of Justice planning with the UN a Strong Cities Initiative that would encompass the globe, be run by the UN and target American cities for violent extremism.
  I'm not really suggesting anything conspiratorial. I'm just saying this whole business is being reported strangely.
  It is all very strange.
  Very strange indeed.

Friday, October 2, 2015

NO on Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

  I'm afraid I'm going to have to agree with Salon. Kevin McCarthy is a man "out of his depth."
  His stupidity on Hannity the other night in which he declared Hillary's numbers are down because of the Benghazi hearings did great damage to that committee.
  I might remind Mr. McCarthy that 4 men died that night and it is the job of political types to find out why and prevent it from happening again.
   I might remind Mr. McCarthy that Trey Gowdy worked very hard to actually do his job making those hearings about the loss America suffering, not about scoring political points, even if the end does serve that means.
  I might remind Mr. McCarthy that both he and Boehner have never made the case to the American people for either conservative principles or opposition positions to the wildly loony Left that runs the Democrat party.
  Not that he's listening to me. After all, I'm just a taxpayer who's absolutely disgusted with D.C. and its corruption. In addition, McCarthy comes across as a light weight who can't handle the requirements of the job. 
 It's also distasteful that the married McCarthy is conducting an "open secret" love affair with Rep. Renee Elmers. We really don't need any more of this.
  It's odd that the Democrat party presidential candidates are suffering from the disease which has traditionally afflicted Republicans: yes, I"m old, yes, I'm decrepit, but HEY! I'm next in line to be my party's candidate!!! GIVE IT TO ME!
  The same does not have to be said about House Speaker.
  So, please, you idiots.
  Not Kevin McCarthy.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ABC pushes Jeb Bush against Carson

  I've been a fan of Ben Carson for many years; although some observers have misgivings about his ability to govern because of a lack of political experience, I see that quality a benefit, given the utter corruption we are seeing in Congress on all sides.
  Anyone who can put together a team of doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists for the kind of surgeries Carson performed has the qualities of leadership needed for today's American leader. It takes quality to know quality, something Barack Obama is particularly good at, given his low personal quality as a leader and the low personal qualities of the Kerry, Holder and Clinton types he's appointed to govern these United States.
  So naturally, considering Carson has raised over $20 million this quarter and given his place in the admittedly stupid polls, the media waits to pounce on another flub, which Carson has certainly committed since his run began.
  So ABC is eagerly slobbering, waiting ike huge hairy spiders in a lair, to get Carson, today exhibiting their buffoonery with the question "how would you deal with Hurricane Joaquin."
  ABC describes the encounter this way in an article titled:

Ben Carson Cannot Say How He Would Tackle Hurricane Joaquin

“Uh, I don’t know,” Carson said with a giggle in response to an ABC News question asking what steps he would take if he was president today. 
  A giggle? I watched this exchange and wondered where the heck ABC gets their descriptors given this exchange. A giggle implies girlish indecision and lack of concern. Apparently Carson's benevolent smile of tolerance is misinterpreted as a giggle, given the discernment and intelligence of today's media.
  The article goes on to helpfully explain that Jeb Bush would know exactly what to do. Jeb Bush had a "rather detailed response," which included telling "government officials on the East Coast to be prepared for what could be a devastating storm" which was terribly enlightened advice that only an experienced government official could and would give.
  Duh. Seriously? Um, a fifth grader coulda thought of that. 
  But then, the news media seems to have the instincts and intellect of a first grader, sooooo......
  Watch for yourself. 
  IT WAS A STUPID QUESTION! I screamed that, in cast you didn't realize it. GAAHHHHH!!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Left's continued fraud in 4 examples

  We have four excellent examples today of the fraud the Left continues to perpetrate. 
  1) Bill Nye the "Science Guy" is emblematic of Democrat "knowledge" used to build the case for whatever their latest craze.
  Bill Nye the "Science Guy" is actually a mechanical engineer; he served a gig as a "science guy" on tv for kids (naturally) so now he's an authority on abortion.
  Nye's latest diatribe is available at YouTube under the ironic name of "Big Think." In it, Nye claims that if you want to stop or limit abortion, "you literally don't know what you're talking about."
  (The use of the word literally there is, again, ironic, considering Nye is a mechanical engineer and lots of real scientists and doctors have a serious problem with abortion, particularly late term.)
  Some dope whose column is cleverly titled "Because Science" encourages Nye to "preach" his message that you are "ignorant" if you're are anti-abortion because science. No facts. No logic. Just because science.
  But Nye is only one of many frauds being foisted on lazy uninformed Americans these days.
  2) The 14 year old whose "clock" inspired outrage among Leftists has milked the story as far as it can go, including free tuition, lots of money, an invitation to the White House and a ramp up of the grievance industry who claimed that there's no way a teacher would have thought this faceless "clock" was a bomb if good old Ahmed weren't a Mohammed.

  So if you're trying to figure out this is a "clock" whose intention is to tell time, well, because racism
  On to the climate warming scam. 
  3) We've known for quite some time that the numbers the Left uses are cooked, not by atmospheric rises of temperature but by fraud, er, science.
  Now, when you don't have the numbers you want, we learn, what you do is called infill.
  Never heard of infilling? That's because another name for it is called estimating.
  What's the problem with estimating to determine global warming?
  Because another name for estimating is guessing.
  What's the problem with guessing?
  You don't know and, unfortunately being human, when you guess, you infill your knowledge bank with what you want to be true.
  Because agenda.
  Now for our last example of the fraud the Left perpetrates.
  4)  We've been lectured repeatedly that we don't do enough for the gay agenda. That people are suffering because they're gay and because homophobia.That y'all are so mean and that you just don't love enough, compared to the folks who are just who they are.
  That following the gay agenda will only lead to happiness and fairness for all.
  That poor poor transgender folks need to come out of the closet, not just to combat phobias, but to live normal joyful lives.
  So how does this lecture point end?
  A good example is the caution over at the SFGate where an author warns parents not to take their kids over to the Folsom Street "Fair" (her neighborhood) where the annual BDSM "fair" is going on.
  It's absolutely revolting, especially for a "news" organization but gives a slight picture of what goes on in the world of San Francisco, where everybody is free to be me.
  If you want to see what really goes on with alternate lifestyles, check out Zombietime. Be prepared. It's not safe for work or even your mind. There's more. 
  The point is that Leftists are always working an angle to get what they want, which is power and a diminished Christian state of mind in this country.
  They won't quit. 
  And neither should we.

Jordan Spieth wins with class

Just when you are about to write off the now generation as a bunch of over privileged slackers someone like Jordan Spieth comes along and damn; he's the greatest roll model since Roy Rogers. Today the 22 year old Texan won the Coca Cola TOUR Championship. His 4 stroke win also made him winner of the Fed Ex Cup which is awarded on points earned during the season. In 2015 the pride of Dallas's Jesuit College Preparatory School won five tournaments including two majors, the Masters and the US Open. It was a very good year. Spieth won over $22 million this season and resurrects memories of Mohammad Ali, Bobby Fischer and Secretariat. He is a breed apart who has progressed from star, to super star, to legend in a single season.

As remarkable as his talent may be it's Spieth's character that really sets him apart. He eschews the first person singular pronoun. It's always we, meaning his caddy, coach, and family. At the Masters and the US Open Jordan rented two houses; one for his family and friends to party in and one where he and his caddy could get some sleep. At the family house, rules prohibit any mention of golf. Instead of a crowd of hustlers and hanger-on's the Spieth entourage includes parents, grandparents, siblings and friends from high school. On winning a tournament the first congratulations always come from his special needs sister, Ellie, Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and high school sweetheart, Annie Verret.

On the course Jordan is a gentleman's gentleman. When he strikes the ball television viewers are treated to a G-rated stream of commentary as he instructs the ball to do his bidding. In the video below he gets a high five from this years Players Championship winner Rickie Fowler and a fist bump from this year's British Open Championship winner, Jason Day. This sportsmanship and camaraderie is the norm among the younger players.

Normally driving and ball striking are not Spieth's forte. He only drives about 290 yards much less than Rory MciIroy or Bubba Watson who drive in the 360 yard range but he is a magician with a putter. Twice today Henrik Stenson drove the ball within a few feet of the hole for an automatic birdie and twice Spieth matched the birdie with putts of 20 and 46 feet. He is hard to beat!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Florida poll: Trump stalled as lead tightens

A new Florida poll shows what may be the beginning of the inevitable shake out of the Republican presidential field. Trump holds the lead but 5 candidates are in double digits and within 10 points of him. Outside of the top 5 Ted Cruz is the only candidate to get more than 2%. As the Public Policy Institute of Jacksonville University is somewhat of an unknown in presidential polling one might want to exercise some critical skepticism but the poll offers an insight into who will make the final cut as the field is trimmed from 15 to 5 or 6. Trump's momentum seems to have stalled while Fiorina and Rubio are rising.

Donald Trump 24.4%
Jeb Bush 16.9%
Carly Fiorina 15.6%
Ben Carson 15%
Marco Rubio 14,9%
Ted Cruz 4.3%
John Kasich 1.9%
Mike Huckabee 1.4%
Rand Paul 1%
Chris Christie 0.7%
Lindsey Graham 0.3%
Rick Santorum 0.2%
George Pataki 0%
Jim Gilmore 0%
Bobby Jindal 0%
A warning for Trump! When asked if there was one candidate for whom they would not vote 30.1% answered Donald Trump. Another 13.3% answered Jeb Bush and 11.5% answered Rand Paul.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Kanye West finds Ben Carson a "most brilliant guy"

Support is where you find it but even Ben Carson must have been surprised to learn that he has a connection to the hip hop community. None other than the dean of hip hop and aspiring presidential candidate, Kanye West has effusive praise for Ben Carson. He even called him.
From Vanity Fair:
"When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone. I would be like “I want to work with you.” As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy. And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together...
Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager, confirmed that West had spent three weeks trying to get the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon-turned-presidential candidate on the phone – and was eventually successful. Williams said, "They spoke for about 45 minutes. It was a fun conversation. Kanye was singing and rapping on the phone.”

I'm sure Pat Boone's endorsement of Richard Nixon put Tricky Dick over the top.

After inviting bomb hoaxer to the White House Obama blocks 13 year old critic from Potus Twitter feed.

Americans who have long since given up hope that someday Barack Obama would find the fortitude to actually stand up to Vladimir Putin are not apt to be dissuaded from their belief that the leader of the free world is utterly spineless when they learn that the White House lacks the gumption to take on a 13 year old boy. As pointed out before C. J. Pearson is not your typical run of the mill underachiever who the uber wuss-in-chief finds to be intellectually enthralling. He has no juvenile record and at times does imply that the President is a complete dolt. Nevertheless blocking the youngster from the presidential Twitter feed seems a bit extreme even for the supply spined former community organizer. Pearson documents the affront to free speech with a screen capture that he posted on Twitter.

The White House denied blocking Pearson which resulted a small scale Twitter war. This is on of my favorite jabs.

Pearson  provides his perspective rather succinctly and without the aid of a teleprompter.

The White House's treatment of Pearson certainly contrasts to its fawning praise of  Ahmed (you didn't build that) Mohamed. As usual Obama and company jumped on a story with inadequate information. The the brilliant Muslim clockmaker built no clock. He simply disassembled an electronic clock, placed it in a pencil box and added a few wires to make it appear menacing. He deserved to be arrested and suspended from school. It was a bomb hoax pure and simple. One assumes that it is a mere coincidence that Ahmed's older sister also served a three day suspension for a bomb hoax.

The only advice I would give to Pearson would be to not punch down. It does nothing but give your inferior opponent the appearance of competence.
This is what a true teen inventor looks like.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hillary--the great representative of today's Democrat

  Hillary's campaign is imploding. Personally I'm hoping this doesn't happen too soon because she's a terrible candidate and someone who would not only carry on Obama's legacy of "fundamentally changing" America but worsen it. 
  I can't even think about what he's done already and then what's to come if another Democrat takes office.
  First up, we have the (so far) rumors that HIllary's health is failing. Radar has some pictures and narrative here;  the New York Post has a few nuggets here:
The 67-year-old Democratic front-runner has been “frequently plagued” by “blinding headaches” and a series of strokes over the course of the campaign which have left her second-guessing her chances of winning in 2016, says the upcoming book “Unlikeable — The Problem with Hillary.”
  Yesterday a report emerged that the FBI has acquired Hillary's deleted emails, along with another report that the company hosting her server was hacked by the Chinese.
  Breitbart has been doing a great job reporting these days, including this information that reveals the hacks came from the Chinese:
The names of the domains used by the hackers included taunts at the United States. The domains included “,” “,” and “” (The “prc” in the latter domain might have represented “People’s Republic of China,” according to Krebbs).
  I have come to believe that today's Democrats have no scruples about lying, cheating, stealing and even endorsing murder and the trafficking of baby body parts. Persecuting those with whom they do not agree through an all powerful government while throwing taxpayer money at their cronies is the way today's Democrats operate.
  It's just business as usual and it's all fair for a Democrat to do it while mocking any Republican who might actually have moral standards. Unfortunately many of the Republicans are not far behind, just waiting in the wings for their turn to do similar deeds. 
  At least Republican feel bad when they do it and kick to the curb who get caught with their hands in cookie jars.
  But I should take heart, I suppose, in that so many Democrats are running for the seemingly innocuous Bernie Sanders, who at least appears to be exactly who he is: a money grubbing Santa Claus socialist who wants the privilege of taking money from the hard working and giving it to the non-productive. 
  He fits in perfectly with the Democrat ideals of just making stuff up.
  Cuz, yeah, he's the one who thinks cervical cancer can be cured by orgasms. Even if he doesn't believe it now, he actually did at one time.
  Another Democrat grounded in reality! YEAH!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Please, Scott Walker, just go away.

Good-bye, Scott Walker. I will not miss you. I would have better memories of you had you just said, "I quit", but no, you had to invoke the memory of Ronald Reagan because that's what Republican politicians do when they run out of ideas. My dismay and disgust with you has pretty much followed your position in the polls. I, and millions of Republican voters thought you were an man of bold vision but we were mistaken. You have proven yourself to be someone who will say anything to placate and pander. You blithely staked out three tortured positions on birthright citizenship in as many days. It was you who extolled the virtues of free markets while refusing to oppose the ethanol mandate because it may not play well in Iowa. It was your brilliant idea to build a wall along the Canadian border. It was you who carried from $10,000 to $15,000 balances on your Barclay's Credit Card and paid an annual 27.24% rate of interest while preaching fiscal responsibility.
Now the voters have soured on you but it's not your fault. It's because the campaign has shifted to personal attacks and away from the basic conservative principles of limited government and a strong military. Give us a break. You're quitting because you are broke. You hired more staff than you could afford and your donors are reluctant to pour anymore money down this rat hole. Then the pièce de résistance.
"When I was sitting in church yesterday, the pastor's words reminded me that the Bible is full of stories about people who were called to be leaders in unusual ways," you said. "Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field."
You are being called to quit and lead a field of quitters? You're a regular John the Baptist. And we thought John Kasich was full of shit when he said God told him to expand Medicaid! Just go away.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Most people are wrong about Obama's religion

How does the media know Obama is not a Muslim? According to a recent CNN /ORC poll only 39% of Americans think he is a Protestant / Christian meaning that 61% them either believe otherwise or have no opinion. Among whites 33% think Obama is a Muslim and only 36% believe he is a Protestant which puts it within the 3.5% margin of error. So why should Donald Trump wade into the controversy?

34. Do you happen to know what religion Barack Obama is? Is he Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, something else, or not religious? (RANDOM ORDER) Sept. 4-8 2015
Protestant/Christian 39%
Catholic 4%
Jewish 1%
Mormon/Church of Latter Day Saints 2%
Muslim/Islam/Islamic 29%
Something else 1%
Not religious 11%
No opinion 14%

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Florida is trending Republican

This Florida poll by PPP did not get much media attention. It was completed and released prior to the CNN debate and 32% of respondents answered "unsure" when asked to express either a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Carly Fiorina. No matter. Evidently Florida voters don't care as long as it's not Hillary. Matched head to head Fiorina beats Clinton by 5%, 46% to 41%. Keep in mind Obama carried the Gator State twice but in this particular poll, conducted by a Democratic leaning pollster, practically any Republican can beat any Democrat. The fact that Hispanic voters made up 14% of the sample did not stop Trump from beating Hillary by 6 points but Hillary does squeak out a 45% to 43% victory over Ted Cruz. Here is an encapsulation of the results.
Clinton 42 Bush 45
Clinton 40 Carson 49
Clinton 45 Cruz 43
Clinton 41 Fiorina 46
Clinton 45 Huckabee 43
Clinton 41 Kasich 44
Clinton 43 Rubio 48
Clinton 42 Trump 48
Clinton 43 Walker 45
Biden 42 Bush 46
Biden 43 Trump 47
Sanders 41 Bush 45
Sanders 33 Carson 48
Sanders 37 Fiorina 44
Sanders 41 Trump 47
Sanders 40 Walker 42
All this seems too good to be true. Let me express the usual caveats. This poll is of registered voters, not likely voters and it may be too early for polls to have much predictive value. That said, I would be positively sick if the numbers were reversed.

Debate ruminations about the future of the Republican party

  So I've let myself sit awhile before I talk about how the second Republican debate went. I'm always interested in what the talking heads are saying, spinning and sometimes outright lying.
  One thing the spinners can't lie about, even though they try, is that Carly took the night, hands down.
  All in all, however, the Republican bench is pretty impressive, especially in comparison to the clown car that is the Democrat bench. I mean, GEEZ. Hillary is the worst candidate EVER.
  Most of them did pretty well.
  Not so great were the moderators, who made little attempt to moderate and who worked very hard at ginning up animosity between the candidates.
  We need to know about Trump's insulting comments about the other candidates when the world is on fire, unemployment is unspeakably high and threats advance from all around our country?
  We really need to know who the candidates would recommend to picture on the $10 bill?
  Apparently we do need to know these things and it was certainly a good reason to extend the debate to three hours, eh?
  Generally I enjoyed the 3 hour format, though it could have been shortened to 2 1/2. It gave the candidates more time to respond; the problem was the doltish questions which extended the time. I liked Carly's response of saying no, I'm not changing the $10 bill.
  Chris Christie did well. Articulate and forceful, he pushed discussion back where it belonged, and made a great point by telling Trump and Carly to shut up about their careers.
  Scott Walker looked stressed and very sweaty by 8:45. Meh.
  Kasich looked weird, hunched and sort of goblin-ish. Not sure what to think about his responses.
  Ted Cruz did ok but he looked at the camera which creeped people out. In addition, he sorta looked like a puppy dog in the headlights.
  Trump. Huh. Times I liked him (he really did sorta act more accommodating at times) and other times he looked like he was floundering because he doesn't have substance behind his bloviating.
  Rubio looked good: he was articulate and focused. I'm really tired of the "my dad was a waiter" stories these people tell.
  Carson...well, not very forceful. Quiet. Commanding when he did speak, which wasn't often. Not sure he really hurt himself but I don't think he helped himself. Still, he projects strength and goodness. I like this. 
  Bush looked pasty to me and sort of petty, as if he was struggling to make an impression. I didn't appreciate his speaking in Spanish on the campaign trail and he should have dropped the, "Apologize to my wife!" peeve after saying it once.
  Carly was great. She's bright, articulate and forceful. You could really see her in charge of a large disgusting entity like our federal government. Criticism of her as "cold" is bullshit, IMHO. Would these same critics have made the same comment about a man? 
  So much of what we see on tv is actors playing out their roles. Certainly Obama is the guiltiest of them all, not to mention the robot queen Hillary.
  And, yes, it'd be great to see Carly take on the robot queen.
  All in all, I was pleased with the debate. It could have been trimmed and certainly the moderators need to be better than school playground monitors. 
  The moderators need to raise the bar to the actual issues.
  The issues.
  The world is falling apart. We need some real debate, not fluff and incitement.
  But seriously.
  What has the Democrat party got to offer but old hippies, communists and cranksters?
  The Republican Party, once they get rid of the Boehners and McConnells, is where true growth can be found if we nurture it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Many Americans believe Obama is a Muslim

  One out of three, to be precise.
  Gee, why would anyone think that?
  I dunno. I'm so confused.
  He disappears for periods of time when Americans are under siege in Benghazi.
  He prefers to let Muslims immigrate in huge numbers to the US.
  He ignores Christians being persecuted in the MIddle East, saying he'll get to them next year when they're all dead.
  He's decimated civility in the MIddle East, preferring to coddle the Sharia dictators over the more democratically oriented leaders, leaving the democrats to flounder and cry, "Obama, where are you?" and "Shame on you Obama!"
  He mocks Christians for things they did 700 years ago in retaliation of Muslim aggressions, yet ignores contemporary aggression by Muslim countries.
  He calls patriots "unAmerican" because they disagree with his notion that America needs to be cut down to size on a global stage, ignoring what the world looks like without America, a concept many Americans recognize as horrendous but the elite among us mock and embrace.
  He routinely ignores significant Christian religious and patriotic holidays, usually posting pictures of himself doing something.

  I guess it doesn't really matter if Obama IS a Muslim or not: his early childhood was spent in Muslim countries and he was raised by self confessed Communists. What's not to love?
  His actions speak. 
  And he sold out our security for a so-called legacy by making nuclear bombs accessible to the world's largest sponsor of terrorism.
  Like I said. What's not to love?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Ohio has now issued 2000 drilling permits in the Utica

A quick check revealed that I have written over 70 posts on the Utica Shale beginning in 2010, before the first well was drilled. In four short years the Utica has reached another landmark. It has issued over 2000 drilling permits. With the sudden decline in energy prices drilling has sharply declined. There are just 21 rigs working today compared to 45 rigs just 6 months ago but boom and bust is the nature of the energy business. From the glass is half full point of view let me point out that as of September of last year the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) began tracking the Utica, acknowledging that it is an up and coming gas play. As far as natural gas production is concerned, the Utica's per rig production is second only to the Marcellus and well ahead of the better know Niobrara, Haynesville, and Eagle Ford Shales.

According to Will Brackett, the managing editor for the Powell Shale Digest, the best is yet to come. “The Appalachian basin with the Marcellus and Utica shale is going to be center of the shale production here in the United States, at least the rest of this century and for a long time to come,” said Brackett. That's a long time!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Obama to get second Nobel PEACE Prize. It's a joke, right?

    I know, I know. I thought this was a joke but apparently, according to USA Today, it's not.
    Barack Hussein Obama will receive the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.
    From USA Today satire : (USA a satire site--)
The Nobel Committee cited three separate contributing factors which led to their choice of President Obama a second time.
  • The first was his for his leadership in brokering a diplomatic solution to the disarmament of chemical weapons in Syria.
  • The second was for his strong commitment to drawing down the military presence of The United States in foreign countries, most notably Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • The third was for his strong and continuing support of the United Nations and international law. Specifically his commitment to the U.N Assembly to move aggressively forward on U.N. resolution 21 and provide support for UNODA.
  So basically all you have to do to get a peace prize is :
  • Sell the security of the United States to the primary sponsor of terrorism in the world.
  • Make sure those terrorists get to "police themselves" when it comes to owning a nuclear bomb.
  • Subvert your country's Constitutional law for "world" law.
  • Set the entire globe on fire with millions of people--primarily young aggressive males--seeking "asylum" and running over borders in search of either generous welfare payments or jihad.
  I hope I'm outta here before all this goes down.
  I think this IS a joke, whether true or not. Eh? 
  Nothing surprises anymore.