Overnight Open Thread (25 Oct 2014)
Sorry. While admirable that Kaci Hickox went to West Africa to help treat Ebola victims, I don't feel bad that she has to be quarantined. She can blame her fellow medical professionals for not quite getting what voluntary quarantine requires. Update: Nurse Hickox a CDC employee?
Speaking of quarantines that should've happened, CDC admits disease imported as states data reveal illegal immigrant links.
Perhaps the White House doesn't want Americans to know that out of over 70,000 illegal immigrant children who crossed into the U.S. almost 48,000 came from Honduras, Guatemala and Salvador. In these countries measles and the EV-D68 virus are quite common. If we include these children's family and friends, not listed an "unaccompanied," over a quarter of a million people from Central and South America have entered the U.S. illegally this year.
From 1970 to 2005 there were only 26 cases of EV-D68 ever reported in America. The number in 2014 is approaching 1,000 cases, with about 10 percent of those cases known to be causing a polio-type virus that has left children crippled.
Just like he promised. Skyrocketing energy prices. Hopefully winter won't be as cold as forecast.
I'd stay off this guys lawn.
How's this for a manhood initiation? A tribe in the Amazon forest has you put your hand into a glove that has bullet ants.
These ants look like black, wingless wasps and their length can range between half-an-inch to an inch. The scarier thing about this bullet ant's sting is the toxins, neurotoxin and poneratoxin, which freeze the transmission of information by the nerve cells. The venom also causes uncontrollable shaking and throbbing pain that'll last for days. The scariest is, the Mawé boys don't need to get stung only once but many times more, from months to years.
Rage Against The Machine
Orchestral version of Killing In The Name.
Watch out for the pot Halloween candy. So where's all the outrage that it is being marketed for kids like with e-cigs?
How to save a cat in a tree. In Russia.
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A Baseball Thread! [BCochran81]
Evening Morons and Ettes, BCochran1981 here. For the first time. Nope, not afraid I'll screw this up at all.
So a few of us were...opining...that we wished we had a World Series/baseball thread with a little more depth to it. I was chief among the opiners. So, CBD called my bluff. I got an email that said, "Great idea. Write it up and I'll post it."
First, a little background on me and baseball. Love the game. Truly and deeply. I had the privilege of playing from the time I was a wee little Ron all the way through college. 17 seasons.
I was then the Head Asst Coach, Pitching Coach and general jack of all trades at a DIII school for another 3 years. I wouldn't trade a single second of any of those seasons. The lessons I learned through the game are invaluable and the friendships I made are worth more than gold and silver.
I'm one of those sick individuals who enjoys watching baseball on TV. (Although a cold beer and a sausage dog with mustard, peppers and onions from a park are two of the finest things in life.) The wife alternates between looking at me like I'm crazy and laughing at me as I scream about letting bunts roll foul, the proper way to round a bag or pitch selection.
Like I said, I love the game. It's in my blood and I hope I never lose it.
Alright, enough of memory lane, let's talk about the World Series.
As far as I'm concerned, this has been an outstanding Series so far. The two teams appear to be evenly matched and similarly situated. The Giants have the greater cachet (having won the Series in 2010 and 2012) and the more recognizable names. The Royals were one of the hottest teams in baseball in the second half. They don't have the names or the payroll or the notoriety, but they are the definition of "the whole being greater than the sum of the parts."
Game 1 in Kansas City had a dominant performance by the Giant's Madison Bumgarner and a disappointing performance by the Royals' "Big Game" James Shields. Bumgarner completely shut the Royals down and gave up a single run. Incidentally, that run broke his streak of postseason scoreless road innings at 32 2/3 innings. It also put a halt to his scoreless World Series innings streak at 21. Hunter Pence got the Giants started early with a two run homer in the first and the Giants never looked back. The cruised to a 7-1 Game 1 victory.
Game 2 saw a similar score, but a different route to it. Gregor Blanco blasted only the 10th lead off home run in World Series history to get the Giants started, but Kansas City answered back in the bottom of the 1st with an RBI double by Billy "Country Breakfast" Butler. Each team had added another run as the game entered the bottom of the sixth. At that point, the Royals bats came alive and they ultimately put up 5 runs in their half of the inning. In a weird moment, a misunderstanding on who was talking to whom between Giants' pitcher Hunter Strickland and Royals' catcher Salvador Perez led to both benches momentarily clearing. Strickland had given up a two run home run and, in anger, appeared to be yelling at himself on the mound. Perez, rounding third, thought he was yelling at him and yelled back. The two exchanged favorite recipes for a few moments and the benches came out to see who was providing the covered dish at the social afterwards. Cooler heads prevailed and the game carried on.
Ultimately, the Royals walked to a 7-2 victory.
Game 3 was in San Francisco and was a classic. Ultimately the Royals took a 2-1 Series lead with a 3-2 win. While the first two games saw each team display its offensive prowess, Game 3 belonged to the pitchers for the most part. The Royals sent 10 year vet Jeremy Guthrie to the mound, while the Giants sent 15 year vet Tim Hudson. Guthrie took a shutout into the 6th before surrendering two runs. Hudson gave up 1 in the first and 2 in the 6th. The stars of the night were KC's bullpen. The combo of Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland put on a show and held the Giants scoreless for the remainder of the game. Those 4 scoreless innings were the longest scoreless streak in relief in the World Series in 22 years.
Game 4 features Jason Vargas taking the mound for the Royals and Jonathon Vogelsong for the Giants. Vargas has hovered around a record of .500 for his entire career, but has thrown fairly well this postseason. He's given up 3 runs in 11 1/3 innings over two starts up to this point. Interestingly, all three runs were the result of solo home runs. Vogelsong is considered by many to be a potentially dominant postseason pitcher. He had allowed 1 run or fewer in his first 5 postseason starts. That came to a screeching halt in his last start against St. Louis where he gave up 4 runs and only lasted 3 innings. Look for him to have something to prove and get back on track.
If you're looking for a few characters or stories in this series, you'll find them. First and foremost is Brandon Finnegan. No, not that one. This one...
Brandon has done something that no one else in the history of baseball has, he has pitched in two World Series in one year. Just a few months ago, Brandon was pitching in the College World Series for TCU. Fast forward and now he's in THE World Series with the Kansas City Royals. This has got to be an absolute whirlwind of a year for him. I hope he's getting the chance to enjoy it.
On the Giants side, well, there's the man who was referred to as a "spaz" by a commentator during Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals, Hunter Pence.
Can't say the commentator was wrong. But what I can say is that for all his...eccentricities...Pence plays with grit, hustle and pretty much total abandon. He's fun to watch.
Well, that's enough from me. I hope you enjoy the post, I certainly enjoyed putting it together. But more than that, I hope you enjoy the Series.
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Clearing out my tabs, Part 2:
Jonah Goldberg has an initial exploration of an idea, that we are currently living not in an age where ideas per se are debated, but rather only "narratives."
I would call these "Mythologies." Like all mythologies, they serve to reduce reality into a simplified, stupided-up fairy tale that flatters the limited information of uninformed people and flatters them further by telling them You're Right; You're Good.
These mythologies are quasi-religious in nature, or maybe I should say quasi-cult-making in nature, using "cult" in the European way as a shorthand for a religious/cultural cohort.
A people -- a "cult" -- is defined by the mythologies that sustain them.
The media and Democrat party are the chief creators of new cults and sustainers of recently-made cults.
One question I have about Goldberg's post-- what is the distinction between an "idea" and a "narrative"? To be honest, I think most of what we call "ideas" in politics are actually "narratives," aren't they?
I've read two interesting (and long) takes on this basic idea lately. The first is "I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup."
The Emperor summons before him Bodhidharma and asks: “Master, I have been tolerant of innumerable gays, lesbians, bisexuals, asexuals, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, transgender people, and Jews. How many Tolerance Points have I earned for my meritorious deeds?”
Bodhidharma answers: "None at all."
The Emperor, somewhat put out, demands to know why not.
Bodhidharma asks: "Well, what do you think of gay people?"
The Emperor answers: "What do you think I am, some kind of homophobic bigot? Of course I have nothing against gay people!"
And Bodhidharma answers: "Thus do you gain no merit by tolerating them!"
His point is that for all of progressives' claims that they are Super-Good at tolerance, in fact, they're not "tolerating" anything. They're championing members of their socio-political coalition and endlessly denigrating -- that is, not tolerating -- people outside of their socio-political coalition.
That's not "tolerance." That's what everybody does, including the most intolerant people in the world.
One Nazi does not "tolerate" another Nazi, for example. He earns no Tolerance Points for supporting a fellow member of the Nazi Party. For the Nazi to show his tolerance, he'd have to tolerate his own out-groups -- his own "Others" -- such as gays, gypsies, and Jews.
Which he doesn't, of course.
Speaking of that, Reuters just reported that gays are being harassed in Liberia because "Christian churches" are claiming that ebola is a punishment from God for homosexuality.
DAKAR/NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leroy Ponpon doesn't know whether to lock himself in his flat in Monrovia because of the deadly Ebola virus, or because he is gay. Christian churches' recent linking of the two have made life hell for him and hundreds of other gays.
Ponpon, an LGBT campaigner in the Liberian capital, says gays have been harassed, physically attacked and a few have had their cars smashed by people blaming them for the haemorrhagic fever, after religious leaders in Liberia said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.
In May, Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of the Catholic Church of Liberia said that "one of the major transgressions against God for which He may be punishing Liberia is the act of homosexuality," local media reported.
This is a legitimate and important news story and I don't want to suggest it isn't. Christian leaders are succumbing to fear and hysteria in the face of a deadly plague (as people often do, whether religious or not), and they're making scapegoats and mythologies to explain the frightening and mysterious.
The church leaders peddling this nonsense should be called out.
But it's interesting to me to see just how forward leaning Reuters is when it can pin some misbehavior on Christian clerics.
I use "clerics" there deliberately, because Reuters is definitely much more shy about tracing harassment of gays to ideas put forward by Islamic clerics.
I could only find one (1) story by Reuters about the Islamist-inspired serial killer of gay men, Ali Mohammad Brown, and you will not be surprised to discover that Reuters completely omits any mention of Brown's religious motivation.
Why Reuters has not provided additional reporting now that Brown's suspected religious motivation has been confirmed is a non-question I wouldn't even call "rhetorical."
Reuters can tolerate anything except its own out-groups -- which are, for Reuters, Christians, and, of course, Jews.
Liberal professors admitted in a survey they'd absolutely discriminate against conservative professors in making hiring, tenure, and publishing decisions, and they see absolutely nothing wrong with this.
They can tolerate the hell out of their own allies. Their out-groups, however? Not so good at tolerating them.
"ClarkHat" from the Popehat blog has a pair of interesting spost about this general topic -- cults and the unending cultural warfares between them -- in the context of #GamerGate, and makes the gigantic claim that all of this KulturKampf is just a continuing culture war between factions that have been fighting since the English Civil War of the 1640s.
It's a big, neat idea. He's got to do a lot more to prove this, but it's certainly a good and juicy Big Thinky Piece for a Saturday afternoon.
Fundamental Concepts-What Does Government Produce? [WeirdDave]
Here's a simple question, but it's one that very few people even think to ask: What does government produce? Think about it for a minute. With any other organization, the first thing that you need to know to start to understand its nature is, why does it exist? What is it for? In other words, what does it produce? GM produces cars, Apple produces phones, an orchestra produces music. Once you understand that basic fact, you can start to analyze how each organization functions to fulfill that purpose, and more importantly, realize how an organization seeks to maximize that production. If you examine the structure of GM, and you find, say, a Muslim relationship division, then that division was created (absent outside influence-we'll come back to this) to help GM produce more cars. Maybe they wanted to put a factory in a Muslim country, and the division was created to make sure the company could do so efficiently by not offending the native culture. Maybe it was created to produce Muslim friendly sales material to increase sales in a Muslim country. It doesn't matter. What matters is that the division exists to further GM's production of cars.
Now, let's turn this same critical eye to government. What does government produce? A leftist will tell you that government produces jobs, health care, happiness, wealth, a healthy environment, clean water, safe food, whatever. In point of fact, government produces none of these things.
The one and only product of government is power. Government produces (or more accurately, projects) nothing other than power. Look at anything that government does, and once you strip away all the rhetoric, you'll find that all it's doing is projecting power, and that it has only two ways to do that. Government has the power to compel and the power to spend. That's it. Everything government does falls into one of those two categories.
The power to compel
Government power to compel is nothing more than brute force. The people are compelled to obey laws passed by government because if they don't, government can and will force them to go to jail. This is not a bad thing. We (most of us anyway) want government to enforce laws against murder, theft and rape. We want government to force people who break those laws into jail, hopefully for a long time.
There are two subsets of the power to compel, really they are just buffers between the citizen and the jail cell. The first is the power to regulate, and the second is the power to take. Regulations are weak versions of laws. They are not laws, because they were not passed by any legislative body. They do have the power of law behind them. The legislature established the regulatory body and lends it the ability to bring the brute force of government to bear if it chooses - break a regulation and you could go to jail - but often there is an opportunity for the citizen to come into compliance with the regulation short of that, most frequently by utilizing the power to take. The regulatory body may take money or property from the citizen as a consequence of their breaking a regulation and allow the citizen to avoid jail, but the iron fist of incarceration is always sheathed by the velvet glove of the fine.
The power to take also stands on its own. Government takes taxes from the people, it takes wealth from the future through irresponsible borrowing, and it make take wealth from the people indirectly, through inflationary policy. Remember my essay from two weeks ago, Government is theft? Government loves utilizing its power to take, because the ability to take allows them to employ something that is far more powerful than brute force, and that is the power to spend.
The power to spend
Imagine for a minute that you want your neighbor's 57 Chevy. Now, you could go over there and take it, but chances are he'd resist. You'd have to fight him for it, and even if you knew going in that you'd win, he might hurt you in the process, the Chevy might be damaged, all manner of bad things could happen. OTOH, if you had Bill Gates' checkbook, you could just keep giving him money until he gives you the keys. Which is easier?
It's the same with government. They have unlimited money to spend (see the power to take, above), so it is far easier to achieve their ends by spending money than by utilizing force. What do they care? It's not their money. Did you care how deep you went into Bill Gates' pocket to get the 57 Chevy? Didn't think so.
"OK", you say, "So what?" What I've described is simply the normal function of government. That's how it works, how it has always worked and how it will always work. And you're right. But think back for a minute to the GM example above. All parts of GM work towards the goal of producing more cars, or better cars, or producing cars more efficiently, or more profitably. Couple that with one further insight:
Organizations, like organisms, have one prime directive: They must survive, and they seek to grow.
GM seeks to survive and grow by producing more cars, or better cars, or producing cars more efficiently, or more profitably. Government is no different, and since the only thing it actually "produces" (projects) is power, the prime directive of government is to project more power, to better project power, to more efficiently project power or to project power over more and more things.
So here we have the hypothetical government bureau the Office of Muslim Outreach. The stated purpose of the OMO is to foster friendly relations with the Muslim world. Contrary to the fevered delusions of leftists everywhere, it doesn't do that by its mere existence, so it has to DO something. First, it uses its power to take money in the form of taxes to fund itself. Deciding that maybe Muslims would like us better if they were driving shiny new cars, it issues a regulation that all auto companies form a department of Muslim relations to facilitate the sale of cars to the Middle East. Then it figures that tone of the negative nellies in the US are working counter to it's directive, and prosecutes activist "Mama Lou" Feller for inciting hate and forces her into jail. It then spends money to hire everybody who belongs to the group Committee for Islamic/American Chumminess to go to Iran and tell the Imams that those American kids are just alright with them.
All of this is done in the name of fostering friendly relations, but what's created is a self perpetuating bureaucratic machine that gradually takes over the entire country. Next year OMOs budget grows, it requires the computer and gas industries to engage in outreach, the website Gee, Maud's Clock shuts down to avoid prosecution, and CIAC hires more missionaries and sends them to Saudi Arabia. Since CIAC is now dependent on funding from OMO, it lobbies Congress to increase OMO's budget, and so on, and so on, and so on.
Obviously, all of this couldn't happen in America (yet), and that's because the Founders recognized the principle I've been talking about and set firm limits on what government could and couldn't do with its power. It's been almost 250 years, however, and those limits have been weakened, exceeded, eliminated and ignored. They will continue to be weakened, exceeded, eliminated and ignored until the above scenario becomes not only likely, but inevitable (see: Prime Directive). Nothing is going to stop this unless We the People remember that the only thing government has to offer is power; and power inevitably will consume everything and everyone if it is not strictly limited and controlled.
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College Football Thread and Gardening Thread Below!
Clearing out my tabs, Part 1:
Corey Gardner is up by 7 points over Mark Uterus, per this Suffolk poll.
Hillary Clinton says "Don't let anybody tell you that businesses and corporations create jobs."
Um, who then? Only the federal government, I suppose?
An Open Letter to Ben Affleck, from a young Muslim girl who wants to know why Affleck is covering up for the people who are hurting her.
Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo implicitly say "F*** the CDC" by imposing more stringent protocols than the late-acting agency recommends.
The National Institute for Health have wasted millions upon millions of dollars on silly studies while crying that they don't have enough money to fund their core mission.
A possible reason is suggested by Heather MacDonald, who notes:
The public-health establishment has unanimously opposed a travel and visa moratorium from Ebola-plagued West African countries to protect the U.S. population. To evaluate whether this opposition rests on purely scientific grounds, it helps to understand the political character of the public-health field. For the last several decades, the profession has been awash in social-justice ideology. Many of its members view racism, sexism, and economic inequality, rather than individual behavior, as the primary drivers of differential health outcomes in the U.S. According to mainstream public-health thinking, publicizing the behavioral choices behind bad health--promiscuous sex, drug use, overeating, or lack of exercise--blames the victim.
We should not be surprised, then, that the NIH spends so much of the taxpayer dollars on studies of obese lesbians and sexual habits of gay men in Peru. (Yes, Peru.)
At Bellevue hospital -- which is treating Craig Spencer, the ebola-stricken doc -- staffers are calling in "sick" because they don't want to come into contact with the patient.
This is a very real problem caused by the CDC's lackadaisical negligence from the start. We are now fighting a war against plague on our own shores. Our doctors and nurses are the soldiers in that war -- they are most likely to be killed fighting it.
If you give your soldiers a series of flawed protocols and inadequate training, and just insist when they get sick that it's all their fault, what do you think your soldiers are going to do?
Besides the issue of proper protective gear protocols, what else went wrong in the Dallas case?
I don’t think we've really done well by our health care workers. When the first nurse in Texas got sick, the statement was, "There was a breach in protocol but we don’t know what the breach was." How do you know there was a breach in protocol and that the protocol isn't bad? Then we moved on to the nurse that got on the plane. She had the okay from the CDC to fly, but the statement was, "She shouldn’t have gotten on the plane."
So I'm getting concerned that we're now not only asking health care workers to assume the risk of getting sick but also to assume the risk of getting blamed for getting sick and getting blamed for exposing others, even when they're following guidelines. If this is how we're treating our health care workers, who's going to want to take care of Ebola patients?
You need to create an environment where staff feel supported by their institutions.
Actions have consequences. Incompetency has consequences. Not taking sufficient precautions to make sure your soldiers have a fighting chance has consequences.
I don't even want to speculate what nurses' reactions will be if anyone at Bellevue now gets sick.
When you are dealing with something serious, your response must be serious. If your response is unserious, your problems are going to become even more serious.
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College Football Thread
—Dave In Texas
Happy Saturday y'all. College football thread for all your college football mouthin off.
Top ten games today, all times Eastern:
Michigan at Michigan State (8), 3:30
Texas Tech at TCU (10), 3:30
Mississippi State (1) at Kentucky, 3:30
Ole Miss (3) at LSU, 7:15
Alabama (4) at Tennessee, 7:30
South Carolina at Auburn (5), 7:30
Oregon (6) beat California 59-41
Florida State (2) Notre Dame (7) and Georgia (9) are idle.
And that's that.
Saturday Gardening Thread: Pantless Edition [Y-not, WeirdDave, & KT]
Greetings gardeners! Welcome to your Saturday Gardening thread.
KEEP USING THE THREAD BELOW THIS ONE FOR YOUR OPEN THREAD NEEDS.
Take off your pants and stay awhile!
Our very own moronette gardening expert, KT, has "turniped" (SWIDT?) this week to teach us about rutabagas while Yours Truly gets dolled up for a charity ball she's attending tonight.
Take it away, KT!
Turnips and Rutabagas and Friends
Send the kids out in the dark with the original Jack-o-Lantern this year: The Turnip Lantern.
If you really want to impress the kids on Halloween, how about a Turnip Lantern made from a cabbage turnip? A pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern could have a hard time competing in the "gruesome" category.
But wait. Aren't we supposed to EAT the veggies we grow in our garden? Perhaps the ancient Turnip Lantern is an indication of some hostile feelings about these roots. I have noticed that most people who actually think about turnips and rutabagas either hate them or love them. Some people seem to have unusual obsessions with these vegetables. The original, botanically-incorrect Rutabaga Boogie by Paul Shelansky and his Musical Zombies was often featured by Dr. Demento. Such dedication to a vegetable is rare. Covered here by Bill Nelmes:
I totally missed the International Year of the Rutabaga last year. Don't think I'll make the Rutabaga Curling World Championship in Ithaca, New York this December, either. Oh, well. I can look still forward to National Rutabaga Month next March. That month may mark the last of the stored winter rutabagas for most people. It's also about the time rutabagas would start flowering their second year around here. If I had planted any. Yellow rutabagas are low on my garden priority list because of the climate here and because farmers produce a quality product. And because I like some of the turnips better.
Rutabagas and turnips have gone by some interesting common names over the years, but I'm not sure if this is because people liked them or didn't like them. For example, Haggis is served in Scotland with Tatties and Neeps. This translates to "mashed potatoes and rutabagas". Unfortunately, Haggis translates to "Haggis".
Much of the negativity toward rutabagas and turnips probably comes from their association with animal feed, poverty and famine. Or from childhood experiences with mashed Purple Top - White Globe Turnips, which I think are probably stronger-flavored that the orange mashed American Purple Top Rutabagas. I like them raw, but I am leery of them cooked (except in soup). Those who are into fancy roasted root vegetables, like Y-not, can maybe fill us in on how they taste roasted. People with a certain gene taste a particular compound in these plants as bitter, while other people taste nothing. The first group reportedly experiences turnips and rutabagas as being twice as bitter as those who don't taste this compound.
Turnips get some cultural love in America, too. I don't think there is a Danvers Half-Long Carrot Festival, but there IS a Gilfeather Turnip Festival. It's TODAY, October 25, in Wardsboro, Vermont. Maybe you could make some plans to include it in your travel itinerary next year. Recipes included here.
Here's a festival-related turnip video. Introduction to the Gilfeather Turnip song starts at 40 seconds:
The Gilfeather is my second-favorite type of turnip, or rutabaga - depending on your source of information. It really is distinctive. The folks in Wardsboro insist that it is a turnip. The socialists at Fedco Seeds say it is a rutabaga. They like it for harvests of greens from under the snow in January. But Frank Morton, a plant breeder they respect a lot, says that the Gilfeather is the product of an inter-species cross between a rutabaga and turnip.
I like to think that I didn't just fall off the turnip truck, but I found turnip and rutabaga genetics and nomenclature to be more complex than I had expected. Compared to rutabagas, traditional turnips have relatively straightforward basic genetics. Close relatives include Chinese cabbage, Bok choy, Komatsuna, Mizuna, Flowering cabbage and Rapini (broccoli rabe). Rapini is generally too "picante" for me. But the variety "Quarantina" sounds nice for Ebola preppers like WeirdDave, don't you think?
I highly recommend WeirdDave's sensible, limited prepper plan to Friends and Morons as a model. But for a quick-growing crop to supplement those stored items, I would personally go with a milder veggie than Rapini. One name in Italian, Cima di rapa, means "turnip tops". Greens from traditional turnips are pretty strong, too. Especially in summer. But people in Italy like bitter foods. Even so, there are some nice Italian turnip roots that aren't particularly bitter.
In the American South, people cook the bitter out of turnip greens, for a long time, often with a piece of ham or similar meat and sometimes combined with mustard greens. The greens and "pot likker" are traditionally served with cornbread. Folks get attached to this dish. Mustard greens are the only thing I have ever grown which prompted people to come to my door and ask if they could buy some.
My very favorite type of turnip is the new (in horticultural terms) generation of "summer turnip" hybrids. Their development started in Japan in the 1950s, probably by mad scientists inspired by the Triangle of U. There are some definite signs that these hybrids are not 100% turnip. For one thing, they generally don't have hairy leaves. For another, they are mild, sweet and sometimes fruity, tender and succulent. Their tops don't really taste like turnip greens.
I could go on with variety suggestions, but this thing is getting too long, and it's time for most people to be eating turnips and rutabagas, or carving them into lanterns, rather than planting them. If you live where turnips or rutabagas are being planted now, let me know in the comments. Otherwise, we can probably wait until the seed catalogs come out for 2015 for recommendations.
Hope you have a fun, creepy or peaceful Halloween, according to your preference -- and a wonderful, thankful Thanksgiving -- with or without turnips and rutabagas. Are you planning on cooking some up soon? Are you storing any roots for winter?
Y-not: And now, here's your co-host, the incomparable WeirdDave:
Today's topic is the Expand-ItTM series of lawn and garden tools from Ryobi, although Craftsman and Homelite make identical systems (the parts are interchangeable). I use these tools in my garden and yard prep, and it's a great way to add versatility without having to buy multiple tools.
Everybody has a trimmer. All summer long you use it to trim the grass around obstacles in your lawn. String trimmers do a fine job here, and you can use them to do things like light edging, although not well, and brush cutting, although brush of any diameter will make the trimmer chuckle weakly and throw up it's hands. Try to use the trimmer to prune a tree or loosen the soil in the garden and you'll look like a fool. What Expand-ItTM does is allow you to put different attachments on the head of the tool so that you can do different tasks. It all starts with the motor. This is your standard two stroke trimmer motor, mounted to a short shaft.
Each shaft ends in a coupling that mates with the various attachments. Here they are side by side.
Now, I usually have it configured as a trimmer, after all, that's the tool I use most frequently.
However, come springtime, when I want to loosen the soil in my garden and work in organic matter from the compost heap, all I have to do is loosen the clamp, push the spring loaded button in (just like a tent pole) and pop the trimmer attachment off of the head. I then grab the handy dandy tiller attachment and reverse the process. Now I have a perfectly capable light tiller, equivalent to a MantisTM.
I wouldn't want to attack sun hardened Texas prairie with this, but in my raised vegetable beds, where the soil is already fairly loose, it works wonders. After tilling the garden, if I need to trim the hedges, well, I just pop this onto the head.
And so on. Not only does the Expand-ItTM system give me tremendous versatility in my tools, the various attachments take up a lot less storage space than having a bunch of different mono-task tools. They hang on the wall of the shed, and I just grab the one I need at the moment. The one drawback is that they can be kind of heavy, especially the tiller, but rigging a shoulder strap takes care of most of that. The one attachment that I don't have that I want is the pole pruner, but I'm keeping my eye on Craigslist, one will pop up sooner or later. I bought the tiller and hedge trimmer attachments for $30 each, and also bought the straight trimmer, a second tiller and an edger for at total of $20. I got the heads in a lot of 5 trimmers that cost $50. Kept these two, replaced the fuel lines on another and sold it for $50, and trashed the remaining two. If you're patient, you can find plenty of good deals.
And now that I've written all of that, it occurs to me that I could have just linked video from RyoniTM in the first place. Ah well, here it is anyway.
Y-not: Thanks, WeirdDave and KT!
To close things up...
What's happening in YOUR garden this week?
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Saturday Morning Cartoon [Y-not]
I'm going to a ball tonight.
So I decided to delay the next installment in our 2016 Presidential Candidates thread until next weekend rather than rush it and not be around in the comments.
But I thought it would be nice to have a Saturday morning cartoon. This one has SCIENCE!
**Fixed (I think) with a better version of the episode below.**
Speaking of SCIENCE, did you see this twit's tweet?
@morningmoneyben the man in my bodega told me he's scared of Ebola. He's like "Ebola's coming!" And then I told him about science. Lol— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) October 24, 2014
It will come as no surprise to you that this confident statement of sciency-science came from a lawyer-turned-journalist.
Meanwhile, here's what the Material Data Safety Sheet for Ebola virus has to say about its transmission (emphasis mine):
MODE OF TRANSMISSION: In an outbreak, it is hypothesized that the first patient becomes infected as a result of contact with an infected animal (15). Person-to-person transmission occurs via close personal contact with an infected individual or their body fluids during the late stages of infection or after death (1, 2, 15, 27). Nosocomial infections can occur through contact with infected body fluids due to the reuse of unsterilized syringes, needles, or other medical equipment contaminated with these fluids (1, 2). Humans may be infected by handling sick or dead non-human primates and are also at risk when handling the bodies of deceased humans in preparation for funerals, suggesting possible transmission through aerosol droplets (2, 6, 28 ). In the laboratory, infection through small-particle aerosols has been demonstrated in primates, and airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected, although it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated (1, 6, 13). The importance of this route of transmission is not clear. Poor hygienic conditions can aid the spread of the virus (6).
And here's some unsettling information about its stability outside the human host:
SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4 C for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70 C (6, 20). Infectivity can be preserved by lyophilisation.
But you are anti-SCIENCE if you're concerned about catching this thing. You can trust Zerlina Maxwell... she read all about it in Glamour.
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Layers of Fact-Checking [CBD]
I have been around guns most of my life. Rifles, pistols, shotguns....but I have never heard this particular phrase to describe a rifle. I assume they mean a single-shot? Or perhaps a bolt-action? Perhaps I have led a sheltered life......
Much remains unknown about the assault, including how Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau, a convicted criminal, managed to acquire the single-action Winchester deer-hunting rifle he used in the attack, killing a ceremonial guard, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, at a national war memorial and leaving three people in the national parliamentary complex lightly injured.(Italics mine)
New York Times; October 24, 2014.
Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
karate chop break the brick http://t.co/s7hELfgBDk— Perfect Timed Photos (@damnlifepics) October 11, 2014
Yes. I am a dork. I'll admit it because I've been laughing at this stupid tweet for two days now.
This guy will do anything for a laugh, and he is unafraid to look the fool in the process. If you've seen 'This Is 40', you know what I'm talking about.
Have a great day, folks.
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Overnight Open Thread (24 Oct 2014)
I'm getting pretty tired of being lectured on Ebola hysteria but if we're not gonna at least take reasonable steps with quarantines for returning "health care professionals" from the hot zone, then I'm gonna stick with my concern until the government can show some level of competence.
While we're on the subject of hysteria, why don't these same folks berating us for our Ebola concerns apply this same anti-hysteria logic with the AGW/Climate Change/Global Warming/Climate Disruption snake oil peddlers? It's not like their models of doom are proving to be correct.
Perhaps they could go after the Mayor and Vice Mayor of South Florida who propose to split Florida into two states so they can finally deal with climate change caused sea level rise. So if they're successful and split in two, what exactly will they do that will prevent this sea level rise of 1 meter over the next 2000 years? Do these knuckleheads even know that this sea level rise is caused by subsidence? I'd love to hear their plan to counter subsidence.
In other virus news, doctors and CDC stumped about the mysterious polio-like disease affecting Americas kids. They're calling it acute flaccid myelitis.
Officially, the CDC reported on Thursday that it has confirmed 51 cases of the polio-like syndrome in 19 states, all of them occurring since August 1. But on Wednesday evening, when the moderator of the special session asked the 250 or so child neurologists in attendance how many had seen a recent case, about one-third raised their hands. Dozens kept their hands up when asked if they had seen two, three, five or more.
"That's pretty remarkable," said James J. Sejvar, the neuroepidemiologist at the CDC who is tracking the outbreak, in a telephone interview from Atlanta. "I would concur with the folks in attendance that the true number of cases is larger than the 51 we have identified so far. There are probably in reality over a hundred cases nationwide. How much more is difficult to say."
Where famous outlaws and gangsters are buried. Geraldo is still workin' on finding Jimmy Hoffa I'm sure.
T-Rexs With Friggin Lasers
Electricity prices soaring in top wind power states. What a shock. You mean liberal ideas cost more and don't save you money as promised?
The 2008-2013 price increases in the top 10 wind power states were:
Iowa – 16%
South Dakota – 25
Kansas – 26
Idaho – 34
Minnesota – 22
North Dakota – 23
Oklahoma – -2
Colorado – 14
Oregon – 16
Wyoming – 33
LIV Lesson Of The Day
It is true. There is no such thing as free stuff. Free shipping will be more expensive this holiday season.
Not exactly scientific but hey, it's dog related. Pug owners earn the highest salary and are the most happily married.
What Your Dog Says About You
Most dedicated (in terms of time) - Chihuahua
Most dedicated (in terms of money) – Dalmatian
Owns a sports car - Dalmatian
Most educated - Golden retriever
Happiest - Yorkshire terrier
Richest – Pug
Happily Married - Pug
Single - Labrador
Biggest rockers - French bulldog
Believe their dog knows what they're thinking - French bulldog
In a relationship but looking to get out of it - Bulldog
US Navy Grooming History
I think they should bring back the beards. A brief history of grooming standards in the U.S. Navy.
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—Dave In Texas
West coast. Early for them.
Makes up for all the time I had to stay up late to watch the Rangers play Seattle Oakland and LA.
Get used to it Houston. It's a pain.
Study: "Non-Citizens'" Illegal VotingIs More Than Enough to Swing Close Elections; May Have Provided Obama With His 60th Vote for Obamacare in 2009
In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.
Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.
Regarding the headline, note that the Senate passed in 2009 the version of Obamacare that the House would also vote on in 2010.
Obamacare was not passed until 2010, but the necessary Senate vote happened in 2009.
You. Decision Desk. Volunteer. Now.
Everyone who had submitted their information correctly as of yesterday has been emailed and is now in the que for assignments. We are down to the final days and need to still fill a few spots.
If you reside in New Hampshire, we could use you on-the ground in a few municipalities (Milford, Rochester, Laconia, Hampton, and just for shits and giggles, Dixville Notch). Likewise for Connecticut (Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, New Haven) and Maine (Portland).
Otherwise, again, we need asses-in-seats: we need more volunteers who can monitor returns from various sources, input them on our spreadsheets, and stick around until their precincts are all reported. That's the job, as plain as we can describe it. As I said in the last post about this:
The genius behind this project is the lack of it: it doesn't take brains to construct a spreadsheet. To hit CTRL-C and CTRL-V. To read up on past returns and early voting trends. It simply takes a mass of dedicated people.
A mass of morons.
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7 Shot in Another School Shooting
Corrected: Seven were wounded, not killed. Some are saying two were killed.
Hooky Note: As some of you probably know, I am currently being sued.
I hate to even mention this on the blog, but when you notice I'm away from the blog, and the cobloggers are filling in, it's because I'm dealing with legal matters.
This is "my other job" as I alluded to some weeks back.
It's a time consuming and stressful process. Sometimes I have a hard deadline. Today is one of those days.
Watch and Laugh
For your afternoon viewing pleasure, behold DWS in all her stumbling, incoherent glory.
Open Thread: "The Hot Zone" Author Recaps The Current Ebola Epidemic
Interesting reading, courtesy of @comradearthur.
Frederic Edwin Church, "Meteor of 1860" (1861)
Friday Morning News Dump
- The Powers Of Narrative
- Media Should Stop Lecturing Americans About Their Ebola Concerns
- Fact Check On Fact Check Of Dana Loesch's New Book
- Succesfully Engaging In Culture
- Missouri Police Prepping For Grand Jury Decision
- Simple Closing Message, Americans Deserve Better Than This
- How The Supreme Court Created The Student Loan Bubble
- New York Doctor Sick With Ebola
- NYC Ebola Patient Pretty Much Traveled Around The Entire City
- ISIS Now Using Chemical Weapons Against The Iraqis
- Feel Good Story Of The Day
- I'm Really Looking Forward To This Movie
- What Did America Do To This Peaceful Practitioner Of Islam That Led Him To Attack An Officer
- Why A GOP Wave Election Will Surprise The Media
Top Headline Comments 10-24-14
I mentioned on the podcast that a judge dismissed the lawsuits by 43 groups suing the IRS for targeting them for extra scrutiny. It does not have the appearance of a well-reasoned decision.
A new study finds that health care premiums for non-group coverage rose in 45 states due to Obamacare. That's not in lieu of Obamacare, it's because of Obamacare.
Have a good weekend.
Overnight Open Thread (10-23-2014)
My internet is majorly screwed up so you'll get this leftovers of leftovers ONT. And you'll like it.
"I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, unavailable to us without such drugs,"
-- Carl Sagan writing as the anonymous Mr. X in 1971
Eh. Having dealt with pot users from total 24/7 stoners to mere weekend enthusiasts I can't think of even one non-trivial insight gained via marijuana. Mostly the amazing thought breakthroughs achieved while high sound something like this: 'Hey what if every object is both itself and like it's complete opposite at the same time. You know like a thing and its shadow but in ONE essence. Wow. ' Which is to say stupidly trivial and nonsensical in the harsh light of sobriety. But they keep trying to explain the deep significance of their insight but struggle to put it into words that make any sense.
Now perhaps marijuana does in fact open your mind to different levels of perception and new ways of thinking - but given that these always seem to be inexpressible in either words or actions, I'm rather skeptical that they have any use or even exist. I suspect that one of the effects of pot is that it gives you the feeling that you're having amazing insights and mental breakthroughs only without any actual insights or breakthroughs.
What Do People Argue About Online Around the World
Here Ben Domenech reasonably covers the pros and cons on a travel ban as tool to fight the spread of ebola but in the middle of it he falls into a major fallacy:
In my view, a travel ban is of debatable merit. Nigeria and Senegal have eradicated Ebola with strategies that included shutting down travel. But there will be a domino effect if the United States takes this action: if we shut down travel, then Europe shuts them down, China shuts them down, and then you have a massive economic problem on top of the health risks. The problem is that there really is no way to enforce a 100% travel ban without enforcing a commercial ban as well - otherwise you still have human transit.
Well nothing in this world is 100% perfect. So since when did 100% effectiveness become the new standard for whether something is worth doing at all. Even a travel ban that only manages to block 66% of people from ebola areas has value. This is why most things rely on layers of defenses and protection. And just three independent layers of prevention that are only 66% effective at blocking something each still give you nearly 97% overall effectiveness. But for some reason people keep assuming that if something is not 100% effective, then the only alternative is to do nothing which is 0% effective.
And college athletes who want do-nothing bogus classes.
In one email exchange Wainstein uncovered, Deborah Crowder, the department secretary and mastermind of the scheme to set up the no-show classes, responded when Boxill forwarded a paper for a women's basketball player in 2008.
"Did you say a D will do for (the basketball player)?" Crowder wrote to Boxill. "I'm only asking because 1. no sources, 2, it has absolutely nothing to do with the assignments for that class and 3. it seems to be a recycled paper. She took (another class) in spring of 2007 and that was likely for that class."
According to the report, Boxill replied: "Yes, a D will be fine; that's all she needs. I didn't look at the paper but figured it was a recycled one as well, but I couldn't figure out from where."
The report said Crowder and Boxill admitted their collusion about the grade but said it was to help a student cross the finish line to graduation, not maintain her eligibility.Boxill is a senior lecturer in the philosophy department and was chair of the faculty from 2011 to earlier this year. She directs the university's Parr Center for Ethics. She has written books on race and gender and sports ethics, and she was a radio announcer for UNC women's basketball games.
This reminds me of Bill Bennett's classic story about attending a philosophy department symposium on moral ethics when during the meeting someone announced that the coke machine outside was malfunctioning and giving out free drinks. All the professors promptly took a break from their detailed discussions of what it means to be ethical in a moral sense and went out and quickly emptied the machine of all the drinks.
Well the abuse seems to have been real (and not limited to one women applicant) but the company seems very sketchy and may just be one guy with a lawyer running scams.
Hey don't nobody say they weren't warned - because you totally were.
Ah to be a young man in 1912 with $4 burning a hole in my pocket. Sadly it's probably fake.
How I Feel When Ace Assures Me That The Blog Will Be Totally Fixed Up Real Soon Now
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Man Attacks Cop In New York Subways With Axe; Possible Terrorist Connection
New York City police have shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man they say attacked a patrol officer without warning.
Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday that investigators were still trying to identify the assailant and determine a motive. He said they hadn't ruled out a possible terrorism connection.
The cops killed the man in a barrage of gunfire. One bullet unfortunately hit a bystander, but she is mentioned as "wounded," not dead, so I imagine she'll recover.
Update: And the Ebola Doctor has in fact tested positive for ebola, at least in the initial test.
A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.
The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test.
Flashback: In a terror warning completely buried by the US media (but highlighted in foreign media), feds warned that IS sympathizers were being asked to engage in lone wolf attacks against cops, soldiers, intelligence officers, and media figures.
Senior Advisor to the Iranian President Mocks Obama as the "Weakest" US President He's Ever Seen
The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).
"Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened," Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.
"Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran," Younesi said....
Click the link to see who he likes better -- conservatives or Democrats.
Hint: He says one of those two views Iran as "no threat."
Ebola + New York City Media & Self-Obsession = Terrible Combination for Obama
You know, of course, that if a tornado kills eight people in Oklahoma, the New York City-based media can barely stifle its yawns, but if a taxi runs over a dog in New York City, it's huge news for a week?
The Big Apple may have its first case of Ebola.
A 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who treated Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to New York City 10 days ago was rushed in an ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said.
Craig Spencer was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms -- a 103-degree fever and nausea, sources said.
The physician fell ill while engaging in his favorite hobby, touching and breathing on strangers' food.
Okay I made up that last part. That was a lie.
Still, this is a high-risk potential ebola carrier. Obviously I support him in his heroic efforts to treat ebola in Africa.
But how self-quarantined was he during his 21-day period of potential infection? Was he just sort of going about his life normally?
If so, this will be another huge black eye for our No Worries Mon CDC.
BREAKING: Possible NYC #Ebola didn't self-quarantine; took an über to Williamsburg bowling alley yesterday; now has fever/pain/nausea— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 23, 2014
Yup. That's what you like to see. Potentially infected people should really try to mix with as many random strangers as possible. They should try to wear as many rented shoes as possible, and stick their fingers into bowling balls that other people will be handling.
And they should touch not-strangers, too:
The doctor also spent some time with his girlfriend this week, per CNN, and now she’s at risk. All of which is to say, if you've been worried lately that members of America's medical establishment have been underestimating the risks of Ebola, you should definitely continue to worry.
Video of EMTs in hazmat suits taking him to the hospital, below.
Palin Endorses Independent-Democrat Fusion Ticket in Alaska Governor's Race, Rather Than Her Successor, Sean Parnell
The dispute is about Parnell's repeal of some of Palin's increased taxes on oil.
[O]n Wednesday, Palin rebuked her Republican successor in her home state, endorsing independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, who is running on a "unity ticket" with Democratic running mate Byron Mallott, instead. Palin's endorsement goes against her former lieutenant governor, Gov. Sean Parnell, who assumed office in 2009 when Palin abruptly resigned and is embroiled in a highly contested race for reelection to a second full term.
Parnell dismantled Palin's oil-tax increase, called ACES (short for Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share), by signing a repeal of some oil taxes in 2013 that was intended to curb the state's production decline. But many fear the measure will severely diminish the revenue brought in by the state, where oil and gas taxes have accounted for as much as 90 percent of government funds.
Incidentally, Open Secrets just reported that Palin's PAC is very selective in donating money back out of the PAC.
[A] report from Open Secrets reveals that since the 2014 two-year election cycle began, her PAC has raised a total of $2.7 million dollars, but only donated $150,000 of that money to actual candidates, a donation rate of 5.5%.
According to OpenSecrets, Palin’s PAC is notoriously "parsimonious," noting that "of the 417 leadership PACs that made at least one contribution in that cycle, SarahPAC was one of only 19 to give less than 10 percent of its total expenditures to candidates, other PACs or party committees."
I'm going to get yelled at for reporting news but before you yell at me: Please try to construct an actual argument as to why newsworthy information should not be shared.
"I don't want other people learning arguably negative information about a politician I support" is not an actual argument in favor of embargo.
Speaking of Alaskan Politics... Democrat Senator Mark Begich has an interesting way to deflect questions about his support of Obama: He's insisting that Obama isn't "relevant" to the political process at all, which draws a counter-argument from Obama's mouthpiece Josh Earnest.
Watch: AP's Headlines on Hamas Baby-Murderer Change as Outrage Grows
So yesterday a Hamas supporter drove his car into a pack of people near a Jerusalem train station and killed a baby.
That baby is -- was, rather -- reportedly an American citizen.
During the early evening attack, the car was driven at top speed into pedestrians near the Ammunition Hill tram stop on the seamline between west and occupied east Jerusalem.
Seven people were hurt, including a three-month-old girl, Haya Zissel Braun, who later died, said Hadassah hospital. She was buried on Wednesday evening.
Samri described the incident as a "hit and run terror attack" -- the second in the area in just under three months.
Take 1: Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem
Yes, they shot the man after he drove his car over a baby and then fled the scene. Odd that AP would find this to be the lede of the story.
Take 2: Car slams into east Jerusalem train station
Um... the car didn't slam into the station of its own accord. It was driven by a terrorist attempting to kill Jews.
Incidentally, notice that while the world media took notice of the Ottawa shooting, the world media pretty much ignored this terrorist attack in Israel. In fact, AP originally tried to portray it as a story of Israelis shooting "a man" in Jerusalem.
Jews, it seems, cannot be victims of terrorism, just as Palins cannot be victims of man-on-woman assaults.
Only after outrage swelled on social media did the AP give it the headline it always should have had:
Take 3: Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station
Another Day, Another Lie, Another Dangerous Action: Obama Administration Released Illegal Immigrants Who Were Facing Charges of Kidnapping and Murder
And when Americans die, lie some more.
Jim Geraghty quotes this story from USAToday:
U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release
Brad Heath, USA TODAY 8:04 p.m. EDT October 22, 2014
Some of the immigrants freed last year as a cost-saving move had criminal records far more serious than the Obama administration has previously disclosed.
New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.
The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.
The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released "low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records," a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.
Perhaps out of frustration that we're being governed by an Administration that only has two modes -- dissembling and incompetence -- Geraghty pens a suggested closing argument for the GOP.
The Simple Closing Message: Americans Deserve Better Than This By Jim Geraghty
October 23, 2014 9:30 AM
Recent events tied a bow around a simple, powerful, and true closing message for Republicans running for Congress this year: The American people deserve to be treated better than the way their government treats them.
People who like their doctors and health insurance deserve to keep them. Our veterans deserve care in a timely manner. The American people deserve the truth about illegal immigrants released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They deserve straight answers from the Centers for Disease Control, and when a promise is made, it should be kept. Americans deserve a secure border, and when there is overwhelming support for restricting flights from countries with severe Ebola outbreaks, the option deserves careful consideration, not arrogant dismissal.
Again, the Decision Desk Needs You
I want to thank everyone who answered our call and signed up with us earlier this week. Those of you who have will very soon see team emails and your assigned sheets. We are just over 2/3rds where we need to be for election night, so we still need more folks, particularly earlier in the evening Eastern time.
If you reside in New Hampshire, we could use you on-the ground in a few municipalities (Milford, Rochester, Laconia, Hampton, and just for shits and giggles, Dixville Notch). Likewise for Connecticut (Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford) and Maine (Portland,
Bangor thanks Slublog!).
Otherwise, we need, basically, asses-in-seats: we need more volunteers who can monitor returns from various sources, input them on our spreadsheets, and stick around until their precincts are all reported. That's the job, as plain as we can describe it. As I said in the last post about this:
The genius behind this project is the lack of it: it doesn't take brains to construct a spreadsheet. To hit CTRL-C and CTRL-V. To read up on past returns and early voting trends. It simply takes a mass of dedicated people.
A mass of morons.
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CNN's Carol Costello: Hyuck Hyuck, It's So Funny Listening to This Audio Where Bristol Palin Describes Being Assaulted by a Man
Young girl gets beaten by man, and this is comedy fodder for our #WarOnWomen-propagating media?
"Anyone who is concerned about a 'war on women' -- but not disturbed by this report — is clearly biased," [columnist Matt] Lewis wrote.
Enter CNN anchor Carol Costello.
"I never wanted to become the poster child for anything, let alone domestic violence. But my blood is boiling, so when I say shut up, I'm venting at all those people out there who insist on blaming the victim," Costello wrote with righteous fury directed at the National Football League (and the morning show Fox & Friends) over what she considered an insufficient level of concern for an incident involving Ray Rice striking his fiance.
Costello goes on to reveal that she, too, was the victim of what sounds like a horrible assault while by her college boyfriend. It was a brave thing for her to admit, and it made her commentary on the lax treatment Rice received from the NFL that much more powerful. But this admission also branded her take on the Palin assault as one which is inexplicably hypocritical.
"Sit back and enjoy!" Costello exclaimed as she introduced her audience recently to the audio in which Bristol Palin recounts how she was attacked. "You'll want to hear what she told cops about how it all started."
Indeed. Twitchy rounds up reactions, including this one by John Nolte:
Nobody laughed when aging mean girl @CarolCNN talked about her assault last month but she sure yukked it up when a Palin reported her's.— John Nolte (@NolteNC) October 22, 2014
Charles Cooke wrote a great post about this yesterday. Note that he begins by explaining the reasons he doesn't like Sarah Palin as a politician, as a manner of establishing his bona fides; that is, noting that he has no love of Palin, but still sees this treatment as untoward and inexcusable.
That notwithstanding, there is a material difference between one’s personal view of a person and the manner in which one wishes to see them treated, and I think we all have a responsibility to understand where that line is. All in all, I can think of few people in public life who have been as disgracefully hounded as has Palin; and nor, for that matter, can I recall a single figure in the past decade who has been subjected to self-serving double standards by the press and by elite culture writ large. It is six years since the woman ran for public office and more than five years since she enjoyed any real influence at all, and yet she is still held up by her many enemies as the standard bearer for all that ails the country. It really is no overstatement to say that, since she first came onto the scene in 2008, the self-appointed smart-set has treated Palin as a walking, talking source of confirmation bias -- part totem for the much-despised people of "flyover country"; part boogeyman of a never-quite-appearing theocratic coup; part Barbiefied pinata, to whom none of the usual rules apply.
Here, progressive hypocrisy has been utterly breathtaking. Day in and day out, the more trigger-happy feminists within America's media circus are moved to pen extravagant disquisitions on the nature of sexual inequality if and when a man they dislike so much as looks at them askew. Elsewhere, wholly substantive criticisms of Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton are held up as shining examples of deeply embedded sexism within the United States, and of the subtle, sometimes invisible role that "hatred of women" plays within the country’s political culture. To take potshots at clownish figures such as Lena Dunham, we have learned, is to invite indignant death threats. And yet, when a veritable legion of male comedians elects to use foul, carnal, and, yes, "gendered" language to dismiss Palin and her family, our contemporary Boudiceas shrug at best and offer endorsements at worst. Sarah Palin, as the abominable bumper sticker has it, "isn't a woman, she's a Republican."
He also wonders why the press isn't also chuckling about Hunter Biden's cocaine problem.
Leslie Sigala, "Stanford Dish Hiking Trail" (2014)
Thursday Age Of Ultron Open Thread
Sorry, it's been a busy week for me. I don't have time to put together a post, but I'm not going to leave you hanging. Below the fold is the new trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Overnight Open Thread (10-22-2014)
"Note how they define sexual intercourse above. Apparently men can't have sexual intercourse."
-- Tammen on the White House mandated Campus Climate surveys.
But most importantly watch out for the pistol in the hands of a man who knows how to use it and is prepared to act.
A former Mountie is being hailed a hero for reportedly shooting a gunman who went on the rampage inside the Canadian Parliament today.
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is being praised by politicians for 'selflessly keeping them safe' following today's terrifying shooting spree, with unconfirmed reports he was the one who took the suspect down.
Veteran Mr Vickers undoubtedly saved lives by bravely taking down the alleged shooter, putting his own safety at risk in doing so.Canadian media are reporting that he is a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, better known as a Mountie, and that he has held his current position as Sergeant-at-Arms since 2006.
Well after watching this fan-made trailer I'm ready to go watch it again.
Continually failing upward, Hunter snagged a seat on the board of directors of taxpayer-subsidized, stimulus-inflated Amtrak, where he pretended not to be a lobbyist, but rather an "effective advocate" for the government railroad system serving the 1 percenters' D.C.-NYC corridor.
So, where does a coke-abusing influence peddler go after raking in gobs of Daddy-enabled dough and abusing the U.S. Navy's ill-considered generosity? Back to Cronyland! Hunter joined Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings - owned by a powerful Russian government sympathizer who fled to Russia in February - this spring. The hypocritical lobbyist-bashers at the White House deny he will be lobbying and deny any conflict of interest.
Meanwhile, Just Like You Joe was whipping up class envy in South Carolina last week. "Corporate profits have soared," he railed, thanks to "these guys running hedge funds in New York," who are to blame for "income inequality." You know, like his son and brother and their Beltway back-scratching patrons.The Bidens: They're not like us.
But remember that Israel is the Worst Country in the World and committing war crimes is the number one hobby of Israelis.
But They Said This Would Never Happen: California Is Forcing All Insurance Plans to Cover Elective Abortions
Because women are semi-conscious automatons who only do what they're told by TV. Also a semi-rebuttal here.
A Saturn V rocket at 220dB can melt concrete just from sound waves but this was louder still.
Think, for a moment, just how crazy this is. If you're in Boston and someone tells you that they heard a sound coming from New York City, you're probably going to give them a funny look. But Boston is a mere 200 miles from New York. What we're talking about here is like being in Boston and clearly hearing a noise coming from Dublin, Ireland. Travelling at the speed of sound (766 miles or 1,233 kilometers per hour), it takes a noise about 4 hours to cover that distance. This is the most distant sound that has ever been heard in recorded history.
(Via Betsy's Page)
Says she took some Benadryl and finally got a good nights sleep.
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Hastily Composed World Series Game 2 Thread
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Good News: Family of Second Infected Nurse, Amber Vinson, Says Her Ebola Count is So Low As to Be Undetectable
JUST IN: Family of Ebola infected nurse Amber Vinson says doctors are "no longer able to detect virus in her body." pic.twitter.com/JPQcUQovXh— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 22, 2014
This CNN story discusses why some people live and others die. Apparently it's very important to get diagnosed early, and begin a course of hydration.
Another thing that helps is to get transfused with antibodies in the plasma of an ebola survivor.
And that's how Dr. Kent Brantly -- one of the missionaries who caught ebola a couple of months ago -- is still saving people from ebola.
Three Ebola patients -- Sacra, NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo and Texas nurse Nina Pham -- all received plasma donations from Brantly. And all three have survived.
The theory is that Brantly's plasma contains the antibodies necessary to fight the virus.
"It's very fortunate that the three patients I've been able to donate to, they and I share the same blood type," Brantly told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"I'll keep doing it as much as it's needed, as much as I can."
There was some controversy about why Brantly didn't give plasma to Duncan. But the problem came down to blood type, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said.
Nina Pham was recently upgraded to "good" condition, though she's still fighting the disease.
Nina Pham's dog, Bentley, apparently doesn't have ebola. So that's good news too.
Ottawa Gunman Identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32; Authorities Say No Motive Is Yet Known
First of all, the soldier gunned down has been identified as well: He was 24-year-old Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
RIP, Corporal Cirillo:
Regarding the killer:
JUST IN: U.S. officials tell CBS News the name of the dead Ottawa shooting suspect is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982.— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 22, 2014
A search on the internet for the name "Zehaf" discloses that the name is chiefly known in Algeria and Morocco (and France, but that is explained easily enough by the hundreds of thousands of French Algerians now living in France).
But he seems to have dubbed himself with that name:
.@CBSNews reports Ottawa shooting suspect was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall. He's a recent convert to Islam.— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) October 22, 2014
Authorities say they do not yet know Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's motive for gunning down an innocent stranger.
However, Reuters just reported he was an Islamic convert.
Two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam.
It should be noted that the media is still suggesting this is likely a case of jihadism, and authorities don't seem to be warning them off that theory.
The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over, one of them killed, in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies.
That suspect, 25-year-old Martin Couture Rouleau, was shot by police, and later died.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman David Falls said Monday that the suspect "was known to federal authorities" and "authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized."
The case is similar to one in London last year in which an al Qaeda-inspired extremist and another man ran over a soldier with a car before hacking the off-duty soldier to death. Images of Michael Adebolajo, 29, holding a butcher knife and cleaver with bloodied hands in the moments after the May 2013 killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby shocked people around the world and sparked fears of Islamist terrorism in Britain.
Supposedly, a picture of Zehaf-Bibeau, dressed like a jihadi, was posted by an "ISIS media account."
The French says something a bit clumsy like "A photo which would be that of the Ottawa shooter." I don't speak French so I don't know if that really is clumsy, or it just seems clumsy.
The account that's from does call itself "Islamic Media," apparently a French-language Islamic site. However, I have no idea if this really is an ISIS account as some say, or if this really is a picture of Zehaf-Bibeau.
I don't know if that picture is real, or a hoax, but you're going to see it anyway. Might as well see it here.
Thanks to @jimmyprinceton for that picture.
Good Lord: Zehaf-Bibeau had been designated a "high-risk traveler" by Canada (which I'm going to assume maybe meant he had some intention to fly to Syria), and his passport was seized.
ources told The Globe and Mail that he was recently designated a “high-risk traveller” by the Canadian government and that his passport had been seized – the same circumstances surrounding the case of Martin Rouleau-Couture, the Quebecker who was shot Monday after running down two Canadian Forces soldiers with his car.
Rouleau-Couture, the car-killer, had himself wanted to fly to Syria to fight with ISIS.
GOP Now +8 On AP Generic Ballot Among Likely Voters, Exceeding 2010's +7 Mark
Erick Erickson notes that we're in a 2010 type environment.
Two of the polls that got 2012 right were the Associated Press/GfK poll and the Reuters/Ipsos poll. According to Reuters, the President is at 61% disapproval among likely voters. In the Associated Press poll, 60% of likely voters disapprove of the President. Further, the AP poll has the GOP ahead by eight percentage points in the generic ballot. For perspective, the AP had the GOP ahead by +7 in 2010. Even female voters are moving toward the GOP.
Jim Geraghty seized on that finding.
Geraghty quotes from the AP's analysis of its poll:
Women have moved in the GOP’s direction since September. In last month’s AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress while 40 percent wanted the Republicans to capture control. In the new poll, the two parties are about even among women, 44 percent prefer the Republicans, 42 percent the Democrats.
Meanwhile, Josh Kraushaar reports that Democrats are beginning to snipe at the White House over its "ineptitude."
The relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats hit a new low Tuesday evening after the administration's press office released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama's appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The problem: The subject line of the e-mail referred to Braley as the "Democratic candidate for governor."
The botch came after the first lady repeatedly referred to the Democratic Senate nominee as "Bruce Bailey" in a campaign appearance earlier this month--and it took an attendee in the crowd to correct her mistake....
Indicating the sensitivity of the ["candidate for Governor"] mistake, top Senate Democratic officials wasted no time lashing out at the Obama administration's political team in response, suggesting it was acting like a junior varsity operation two weeks before the midterms....
"The ineptitude of the White House political operation has sunk from annoying to embarrassing," one senior Senate Democratic aide told National Journal.
But the Democrats aren't sunk yet: A campaign called "F*ckH8" has a bunch of little girls boosting "feminism" by saying the f-word a bunch.
WaPo: Evidence Supports Officer Darren Wilson's Account of Ferguson Shooting
For one thing, the evidence suggests that there was in fact a close-quarters struggle over Wilson's weapon.
Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown after they fought for control of the officer’s gun and after Brown moved toward Wilson as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body....
[M]ore than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.
Some of the physical evidence -- including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests -- also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post's sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer's life. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch late Tuesday night published Brown’s official county autopsy report, an analysis of which also suggests the 18-year-old may not have had his hands raised when he was fatally shot, as has been the contention of protesters who have demanded Wilson’s arrest.
Experts told the newspaper that Brown was first shot at close range and may have been reaching for Wilson's weapon while the officer was still in his vehicle and Brown was standing at the driver's side window. The autopsy found material "consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm" in a wound on Brown’s thumb, the autopsy says.
Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco who reviewed the report for the Post-Dispatch, said it "supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound."
A writer (wish I could remember who, so I could credit him) speculated that this information was being leaked deliberately -- with an okay from Holder's DoJ -- in order to let the Ferguson protesters down easily, to let them know what is coming.
Which may be a wise notion.
One protester put it succinctly: "If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose."
Croat Boxer Expresses Slight Disagreement With Referee About Stoppage of Fight
A referee stopped a fight involving a Croat boxer named Vido Loncar. He also awarded the victory to Loncar's opponent.
Both fighters went to their corners and took off their gloves.
The ref then invited each fighter over to talk with him, or something.
At this point Vido Loncar expressed his strong disagreement with the ref about his decision.
The below video begins just before the ref stops the fight. If you want to jump to the real action, skip to 1:05.
Update: No Shooting at the Rideau Center Mall
Press Conference Now On
One shooter confirmed deceased.
However, if there was no shooter at the Rideau Center, then there is no logical reason why there needs to be more than one shooter. The shooter who killed the soldier at the War Memorial could have easily have done that, then walked a block and a half to shoot up the Parliament. (In fact, there are reports he was seen moving from the War Memorial to the Parliament.)
I think, given the false reports at the Rideau Center, we just might find out this one was one shooter after all.
That's from @benk84's CBC live feed.
The CBC notes that the belief of more than one shooter was premised on the idea there were additional shootings at the Rideau Center after the gunman was killed at the Parliament. But that premise now appears to be false.
I will get to other news soon. But this seems to be a big enough update, upending previous reports, to warrant its own post.
Press Conference: Still at @benk84's link, but also on the cable news channels.