Overnight Open Thread (31 Oct 2014)
Trick or treat America. An Iran nuclear deal will be the Obamacare of Obama's second term. This will not end well, especially when we treat our friends like enemies.
It is worth recalling Iran's regime and its proxies murdered as many as 1,000 U.S. service personnel in Iraq in the years after 2003. As my FDD colleague Tony Badran notes, the Obama administration has simply airbrushed Iran's role in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut from history. The joint Iranian-Hezbollah terrorist operation, which took place 31 years ago last week, killed 241 Marines.
So typical of so called green energy. Ivanpah solar thermal power plant energy production falling well short of projections. Here's the kicker though. Its carbon footprint is essentially the same as a natural gas-fired power plant for just a bit more power and a lot more cost.
Under the original certification, "total annual natural gas fuel heat input" was not to exceed "5 percent of the total annual heat input from the sun" at each of the three Ivanpah units. That provision has been struck, and now BrightSource can burn a total of 1,575 million standard cubic feet of natural gas every year. To get a sense of that volume, an average U.S. natural gas-fired power plant might be expected to produce about 200,000 MWh from 1,575 mmcf of gas, according to the EIA.
The Chemistry Of Fear
Y'all should see if you can get some college credits for livin' the AoS HQ lifestyle. 'Wasting time on internet' now an Ivy League class.
Hornet Ball 2014
You might want to mute your speakers. The music choices for this video were a bit lame.
Now this is a just and proper reward for doing your job. Heroism during Ottawa shooting leads to free beer for Alain Gervais.
"We just need to constantly make sure that that person never has to pay for a beer at any pub in the country for the rest of his life."
Granted its only Molson beer but hey, it's free.
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Trending Halloween treats by state. WTF New Mexico? Pencils??
Well, maybe climate change "scientists" wouldn't suffer from pre-traumatic stress if they'd just stop peddling their BS. And what's this about a new field of psychology of global warming?
Lise Van Susteren, a forensic psychiatrist based in Washington, D.C. - and co-author of the National Wildlife Federation's report - calls this emotional reaction "pre-traumatic stress disorder," a term she coined to describe the mental anguish that results from preparing for the worst, before it actually happens.
"It's an intense preoccupation with thoughts we cannot get out of our minds," Van Susteren says. And for some, it's a preoccupation that extends well outside of the office. "Everyday irritations as parents and spouses have their place, they're legitimate," she says. "But when you're talking about thousands of years of impacts and species, giving a shit about whether you're going to get the right soccer equipment or whether you forgot something at school is pretty tough."
What's even more deflating for a climate scientist is when sounding the alarm on climatic catastrophes seems to fall on deaf ears.
It falls on deaf ears because you can't make your case.
Sums up our war effort in Syria as we bomb an ISIS flag with a few jihadis on a hill with 6 bombs.
So are beheadings in the US the new normal? Suspect charged after Oklahoma man nearly beheaded.
You can now clone your dog if you want. It's only $100,000.
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Well, it's finally Friday, which means I can finally get to Oregon Muse's list of the scariest short stories ever.
I've had five of these open in a tab all week.
From Oregon Muse's Sunday Thread:
We're coming up on Hallowe'en, so here are 50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time, or so they claim. Here are some classics from the list you can read online or download:
The Dunwich Horror, by H.P. Lovecraft (I would have preferred The Shadow over Innsmouth, but this one is good, too)
The Monkey's Paw, by W.W. Jacobs (be careful what you wish for)
The Lottery, (the all-time classic) by Shirley Jackson
The Babysitter, by Robert Coover
Lukundoo, Edward Lucas White
The Landlady, Roald Dahl
Rappaccini's Daughter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Willows, Algernon Blackwood (said to be one of Lovecraft's favorites)
Pigeons from Hell, Robert E. Howard (Stephen King called this "one of the finest horror stories of our century.")
Lots of others at the link, but these should hold you for a while.
Now here is some spoooooktacular!!!! muuuuusic.
Viral Catcall Video Sets Left Into Internal Purge Mode
My own take on this was "This has nothing to do with me." This is a fight between two factions of the leftist coalition -- white feminist women and black and hispanic males.
I think the woman was indeed harassed at several points in the video, but then, I have been repeatedly instructed that I am to never criticize any historically-oppressed minority's culture, and I'm also not permitted to have an opinion on anything that vaguely Affects Women's Health, Well-Being, or Dreams, so I am left without any voice here.
(I suppose that the video should be taken as an indictment of the Designated Villain in all social dysfunctions, that is to say, White Males. But as almost no White Males appear in the video, I decline to accept that indictment.)
The left will just have to resolve this feud among its constituent members itself.
And they are indeed in a bit of a feud, Charles C.W. Cooke report.
As it has grown in popularity, the video has been transformed into a blank canvas, onto which America’s brave advocates of hyphenated-justice have sought to project their favored social theories. Evidently unwilling to let the spot stand on its own, Purdue’s Roxanne Gay wrote sadly that "it's difficult and uncomfortable to admit that we have to talk about race/class/gender/sexuality/ability/etc, all at once." Alas, she was not alone. Soon, the claims of "sexism" had been joined by accusations of "racism" and of "classism"” Hollaback had been forced to acknowledge that it had upset the more delicate among us, and those who had celebrated the video had been denounced as unreconstructed bigots. By this process was its message diluted and appropriated, the country's most prominent peddlers of grievance and discord electing to squabble and bicker over its meaning, and to strip it of its value in favor of their own, fringe fixations.
"The fact that the video chooses to showcase the experience of a white woman experiencing harassment almost exclusively at the hands of black and Latino men," Brooklyn Magazine’s Kristin Iverson proposed earlier this week, "is a pretty clear indication of who the audience for this video is supposed to be, namely, those who seek to protect and defend innocent white women, aka the already existing societal power structure." This theme was picked up in more explicit terms elsewhere, the less direct references to the "power structure" quickly giving way to overt accusations of white supremacy. "Thousands of satisfied racists are sharing that viral catcalling video," griped Lindy West at the Daily Dot, lamenting that its creators had imposed "manipulative, specific, politicized constraints on the issue of street harassment" and thereby permitted "the bulk of the audience to divorce themselves from the problem."
To be honest, I have "divorced myself from the problem," as neither I nor anyone in my cohort (that is, anyone I could be reasonably expected to socially chide into behaving better) does this.
I've actually never seen it.
Yesterday, the Root's Dion Rabouin dispensed with euphemism entirely, confirming that "some of the video’s intentional choices seem to play on the Birth of a Nation trope that white women simply aren't safe from sex-crazed black and brown men." How that’s for a thumb in the eye for the millions who shared the spot on their Facebook pages?
I think there are actually some issues here worth discussing, such as different cultures' differing opinions on how forward men can/should be with strange women. We all have heard, of course, that some men in foreign countries are quite forward, for example. Mediterranean countries, largely, though not exclusively.
We could talk about whether or not it's fair or right for the dominant culture -- which is a liberal, college-educated urban-oriented Northern-European White culture -- to impose its own mores on less-powerful undercultures.
We could discuss whether it's entirely fair of women to expect that only attractive men will express interest in them.
We could talk about these things, but we can't talk about these things, because we live in a world of Puritan Repressiveness and Offense-Taking.
We cannot have any intelligent conversations whatsoever. We do not have discussions; we have Coordinated Group Accusations. We also have a lot of Coordinated Hysteria and Scalp-Hunting.
So we can't talk about any of these things. The penalty for venturing an opinion that someone else disagrees with is potentially career-ending.
So I really have nothing at all to say.
These people made this world, in which there is no discussion, only accusation; in which there is no search for truth, only imposition of consequences; in which there is no thought, only political campaigning and recruitment of persons for purposes of ritualized hazing.
I read a good piece by David French on Obama's insult of Netanyahu. I think it states things well.
French states that the viciously trivial mode of college campus invective has infected foreign policy discussions; I would expand that and say it's infected every mode of discourse.
For those who've lived under a rock for the past four-plus decades, the American academy has been characterized by two prime impulses: one substantive, the other stylistic. First, there's the substantive claim that the problems of the world can largely -- if not entirely -- be traced back to America's sins and the sins of our Western allies, most notably Israel. These sins have caused the peoples of the world to accumulate a long list of 'legitimate grievances,' and the problem of anti-American or anti-Israeli violence is therefore best dealt with by dealing with the underlying grievance...
Next, there's the sophomoric, malicious style of campus rhetoric, where stigma is the preferred method of argument. It's hard to overstate the propensity towards name-calling even of "elite" academics, and the culture of the academy is one where groupthink is enforced and reinforced through vicious rhetoric. Their opponents can't be merely wrong. Instead they are racist, bigoted, homophobic, or -- despite professed love of the disabled -- "Aspergery." The arrogance is overwhelming, and the fake tough-guy posture of name-calling elitists is laughable to everyone but themselves.
So this is a particularly nasty dispute between the stigma-flinging, groupthink-enforcement goonsquads of leftist identity politics; I say fuck 'em all, and let them destroy each other with their grotesque tactics.
I'll let the people who live for Identity Politics Attacks & Recriminations do what they do best.
I'll be over here, completely ignoring it all, waiting for the survivors to announce themselves.
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Virgin's "SpaceShipTwo" Crashes During Test Flight In Mojave Desert; One Pilot Dead, The Other With Serious Injuries
Terrible news about Virgin Galactic crash. pic.twitter.com/SdYulHpNfr— Chris (@forewit) October 31, 2014
They're calling the mishap a "serious anomaly." A Fox affiliate, KABC, has helicopter pictures of the rocket glider crashed in the scrub of the Mojave. The pieces of the glider are all within yards of each other, so the ship was intact until it the ground.
Breaking: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured after Virgin Galactic rocket explodes in test flight (AP) pic.twitter.com/xjmYtDGZEW— Shepard Smith (@ShepNewsTeam) October 31, 2014
One parachute was observed descending towards the earth near the crash. A while ago, someone tweeted:
Seeing reports that one of the two #SpaceShipTwo pilots has died. Cautioning on the accuracy of info from scanner,no official news available— Spaceflight101 (@SPACEFLIGHT101) October 31, 2014
Shep Smith has just updated to report that one pilot has in fact died, and that the other is injured.
Picture of what appears to be a red parachute on the desert ground is here at KABC 7.
Just updated: the rocket exploded upon ignition. The way the rocket glider works is this: It is ferried up to high altitude (around 50,000 feet) by a plane called "White Knight." White Knight brings the glider up, drops it, and then the glider ignites its own rockets to make it to orbit.
Apparently the rockets exploded upon ignition.
I can't wait 'til Shep starts lecturing us about not panicking.
More: From the Blaze, some video of the crash site.
Kaci Hickox Wins in Court
The judge has ruled that the temporary restraint, imposed on her yesterday, is not binding.
The judge ruled: "She can do, like, whatever, man."
District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected a court order drawn up by Maine health officials that would have required nurse Kaci Hickox to avoid public places and keep a three-foot buffer with other people until Nov. 10, when a 21-day incubation period for the virus will end.
LaVerdiere said Hickox should continue self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms.
She will be permitted to travel -- she just has to let people know where she's going.
The judge further ruled that MSNBC must "immediately begin development on a daytime political news/chat show suitable as a vehicle for the Plaintiff."
Sharyl Attkisson Releases Video of Her Computer Being Hacked in Real Time
It certainly does appear as if someone is accessing the computer remotely.
Video below, or here.
This story dates from August but the Blaze published it today, so I guess most haven't seen it.
20-30 Released Gitmo Prisoners Are Now Slaughtering People with ISIS, Sources Say
As the Joker observed, people will accept horrors so long as those horrors are all part of the plan.
As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees -- some of whom were released within the last three years -- are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned.
Senior Defense and intelligence officials say the vast majority of detainees released from Guantanamo don't return to the fight -- and of those who do, relatively few have made it to Syria.
Of the 620 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay, 180 have returned or are suspected to have returned to the battlefield.
Oh. Only 180.
Woman Arrested For Being Awesome
I found this telling:
The man said he woke up to find someone on top of him, "fondling his genitals" and "attempting to perform fellatio upon him," according to the complaint.
He said he did not know who it was at first and had to use a flashlight application on his phone to find out, according to police. He said he soon realized it was his friend's wife with "her breasts exposed" who had put his penis in her mouth.
Everyone get what happened there? The sequence, I mean?
The guy awoke to discover he was being -- and I'm not really joking here -- sexually violated. He did not stop the act. Instead, he activated his phone flashlight to see who it was, and then made a decision.
Sometimes Instapundit links these stories to note that there are unprosecuted female-on-male rapes, too. Sure, that's true. But you can't help but notice the differences between the situations, and therefore the differences which support treating one as more serious than the other.
Here, the guy is, as a legal matter, being raped, and what's his response? "Let me take a look-see and see if she's hot."
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There's an interesting Fourth and Fifth Amendment case coming out of Virginia about whether the police can compel a person to unlock their phone with a fingerprint even where they could not compel that person to unlock their phone with a password.
The fugitive Eric Frein was cuffed with the handcuffs of the Pennsylvania state trooper he is accused of killing.
Syfy's take on '12 Monkeys' gets a trailer:
Have a great weekend.
Overnight Open Thread (10-30-2014) - Halloween Comes At Night Mostly Edition
"Why would anyone send a kid - especially a son - to institutions that would do this? Would you send a black kid to institutions with disciplinary manuals written by the KKK?"
-- Glenn Reynolds on how universities now investigate sexual assault claims.
Also Half of MIT Students Think It's Possible to "Accidently" Rape Someone. And given how campuses are now defining 'rape' they're probably right.
The Russians Are Tan, Rested, and Ready to Rumble
NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014. These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace.
Some of the alleged Russian actions seemed petty. In several instances, U.S. officials returned home to find their belongings had been moved or a window left open in the middle of winter. American diplomats have also been trailed more overtly by Russian security agents.
Others attempted to interfere with diplomatic work, like disrupting public meetings with Russian contacts. Uniformed guards provided by Russia to stand outside the embassy, ostensibly for protection, have harassed visitors and even employees trying to enter the building.
Apparently most (maybe all) of EOP's systems were down for at least a week but the Obama administration refused to talk about it. They finally reluctantly admitted this week that it had been hacked.
Further, the administration says the computer problems resulted from "suspicious cyber activity," which suggests action by a hostile power. In an apparent effort to reassure, a second administration spokesman tells us that the outage impacted only unclassified networks, and "there were no indications at this time that classified networks had been affected." This is a distinction that our informant did not draw. Whether it is accurate or not is vitally important, although at this point we have no information about what is stored on classified versus unclassified networks.
And it wasn't just some random kids poking around either:
The administration tells the Washington Post that the hackers responsible for the White House computer outage are "thought to be working for the Russian government."
Oh and guess what: Russia Now Has More Deployed Nuclear Warheads than the U.S.
So uh, good times, good Halloween times I guess.
I know Ace covered this earlier but the whole thing is still worth reading if you haven't already.
She did not get this way by accident; she got this way because the series of economic and intellectual cloisters in which she has lived her life have functioned as the emotional equivalent of Song-dynasty foot-binding: Intended to bring her nearer to perfection, they have instead left her disfigured and disabled. Her ambition is palpable, but fashion dictates that she forswear ambition: She describes her memoir as her answer to Helen Gurley Brown's Having It All: Love, Success, Sex, Money Even if You're Starting with Nothing, which of course Dunham purchased ironically from the inevitable "dusty shelf" of a hipster-haunted thrift shop, where it sat next to a copy of Miss Piggy's autobiography. But Helen Gurley Brown of Green Forest, Ark., who lost her father at ten to an elevator accident and a sister to polio a few years later, did in fact start with something close to nothing, and laboriously rose to a position of cultural prominence (from which she inflicted a tremendous amount of damage). The self-made Helen Gurley Brown, another voice of a generation of women, was in many ways the genuine version of what Lena Dunham pretends to be - at least, the woman she pretends to be on television. Brown emerged from her chrysalis at the age of 40; Dunham is busily building an ever-thicker cocoon of fantasy, prescription drugs, and weaponized celebrity, manipulating reality to her own specifications. If she is emblematic of her generation, it is in that her life, in her own telling, is a reminder that being ruined by comfort and privilege is as easy as (perhaps easier than) being crippled by privation and abuse.
The police chief is denying this but it's likely that Wilson will have to find employment in some other police force if only for his own safety.
The Orlando Sentinel newspaper today reported that the Department of Justice has assembled a Federal Grand jury to meet next week to hear testimony about whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin's civil rights on the night that Zimmerman ultimately killed Martin in self-defense.
It was only last month that the Washington Post reported that unidentified Federal law enforcement officials thought it very unlikely that federal charges would be brought against Zimmerman, due to insufficient evidence. Indeed, despite having dozens of FBI agents interview scores of people regarding Zimmerman's shooting of Martin, not even a smidgen of racism was uncovered in Zimmerman's past or in the particular events surrounding his self-defense shooting of Martin.
Desperation + upcoming elections + the Ferguson bust = time to throw the white hispanic to the racial hounds.
This is how MSN reported a recent anti-gun speech she gave.
"She has delivered the same 64-word speech eight times already, but Gabby Giffords is struggling to get through the ninth," msn.com reports. 'Together, we can win elections,' the former Arizona congresswoman tells her Seattle audience before starting to stumble. After a moment of confused silence, an aide whispers the next line, and Giffords continues the broken sentence: '. change our laws.'"
They tried to spin it as heroic but it makes you wonder whether her remaining in congress is fair to Arizona or to Gabby Giffords herself.
Update: Ah never mind all that crap above - Giffords retired from congress in 2012. In my defense I have been smoking a lot of Vox recently plus I suspect the Russians may have hacked into the ONT and planted typos and mistakes in it. That may also explain the random penis tweets sent to women from my Twitter account. Allegedly. :-(
Well unless you want to be charged with racism and endure six months of official prosecution
Including saunas and hot tubs on their 174 meter Typhoon class subs. Which makes up a bit for the radiation leaks and occasional sinkings.
Scientists working for Crest attempted to find out.
Forty years ago, when ten-year-old Thomas went into the University Hospital of Geneva with a routine childhood infection, his blood test revealed something very curious: he appeared to be missing an entire blood group system.
There are 35 blood group systems, organised according to the genes that carry the information to produce the antigens within each system. The majority of the 342 blood group antigens belong to one of these systems. The Rh system (formerly known as 'Rhesus') is the largest, containing 61 antigens.The most important of these Rh antigens, the D antigen, is quite often missing in Caucasians, of whom around 15 per cent are Rh D negative (more commonly, though inaccurately, known as Rh-negative blood). But Thomas seemed to be lacking all the Rh antigens. If this suspicion proved correct, it would make his blood type Rhnull - one of the rarest in the world, and a phenomenal discovery for the hospital haematologists.
And why would Koko even care about some random human she met once 13 years ago?
Fun Fact: According to Gallup 1957 was the happiest year ever recorded in the United States. It was also the first year they ever asked about happiness.
Apparently in 1976 ABC decided that what America really wanted was a whole lot more of Paul Lynde. Especially around holidays. And out of this came a Halloween special.
In it you will find KISS, Betty White, and the rhinestone truck driver among other um features.
When choosing your English codename.
Food names (Candy, Sugar, Cherry) are "non-smart girl" choices and also run the risk of sounding like "stripper names." Likewise, avoid names that have a blatant sexual connotation, such as Creamy, Dong, or anything suggestive that's going to supplement Wang.
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Mary Landrieu: Let's Face It, Obama and I Are Having Problems in Louisiana Because It's Racially and Sexually Bigoted
Damning: CBS Buried Its Own Scoop to Help Obama Win the 2012 Election, And Isn't Answering Questions About It
Howard Kurtz reported a scoop from Sharyl Attkisson's book Stonewalled:
Perhaps the most eye-opening tale involves CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Benghazi and the president. During the second presidential debate in 2012, Obama challenged Mitt Romney by insisting he had labeled the assault in Libya a terrorist attack the very next day. This became a huge controversy, especially since CNN’s Candy Crowley had sided with the president.
Turns out that Steve Kroft had conducted a “60 Minutes” interview with Obama the day after the attack, portions of which had never aired. When Attkisson did a story on the flap, her CBS bosses instructed her to use a particular script and a particular sound bite that seemed to back up the president’s version.
She was stunned when a CBS colleague later read her another exchange from the interview:
KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya attack.
The correspondent then asked point-blank:
KROFT: Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?
OBAMA: Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans.
Attkisson writes, “I couldn’t get past the fact that upper-level journalists at CBS had been a party to misleading the public.”
Under pressure from Attkisson and others, the network posted the exchange on its website the Sunday night before the election, but it got lost in the final hours of the campaign. She says CBS News President David Rhodes promised her there would be an internal investigation, but she never heard another word about it.
John Sexton has some questions for CBS --though they're currently refusing any comment at all on anything to do with Sheryl Attkisson.
Nevertheless, he wrote an email to CBS:
I sent 60 Minutes an inquiry about all of this today. My email recounts the story above and ends with these questions:
Why didn’t CBS News release the clip the moment it became a significant part of a major news story, i.e. the President’s big moment in the critical 2nd debate?
Why was Sharyl Attkisson told to use another clip that backed up the President and not the one that cast doubt on his claim? Who made the decision?
Why did 60 Minutes finally release the clip quietly just hours before the election, weeks after it was newsworthy?
What happened to the investigation CBS News President David Rhodes promised? Was it started? Completed? What did it find?
Finally, if someone were to say this represented a clear case of intentional bias by 60 Minutes/CBS News--and an important one given that it took place at a critical moment in the election cycle--what would be your response?
Sexton has a few more tidbits: Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Susan Schmidt says of the media's relationship to Obama:
"With some exceptions, people don't seem to be digging as hard as they have in other administrations," Schmidt tells the Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove. She adds, "Obama came into office saying he was going to make his administration the most accessible and transparent in history; in fact, the opposite has happened."
He also collects up more information about the hacking of Sharyl Attkisson's computers.
Eric Wemple wrote to the one named cybersecurity expert who investigated Attkisson's hacking. (Two others were identified with psuedonyms.)
Erik Wemple at the Post contacted Don Allison to confirm and possibly expand on the information in Attkisson's book about the hacking. Today he received a response from Korelogic's President Bob Austin. Austin explained that his company signed a non-disclosure agreement (apparently this is standard) which prevents the company from speaking about the work they did for their client. Austin would not even confirm who he was working for when he signed the agreement, though Wemple suspects it was CBS News.
Three experts examined Attkisson's computer, one on her behalf and two on behalf of CBS News. All three found definite evidence of hacking and all three suspected, for various reasons, the hacker was working for the U.S. government. The fact that Attkisson was doggedly pursuing this administration's "phony scandals" while all of this was happening to her computer raises the distinct possibility it was politically motivated. It's a possibility that seems worthy of congressional investigation.
It's a possibility that seems worthy of a CBS Investigation, too, but Good Luck With That.
Finally: Milton Wolf Endorses Roberts for Senate; Promises to Hold Roberts' "Feet to the Fire," Should He Win
The last poll out of Kansas had the "independent" Orman up by 2.
Delusional: Obama Blames Democrat Candidates For Losing the Senate, Claiming They Would Have Fared Better Had They Snuggled Closer to Him
White House officials are preemptively spinning a midterm defeat, and they're using their own fantasies to do it. They're starting to blame candidates for not supporting President Obama enough. As a top White House official told The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty, "He doesn't think they have any reason to run away from him. He thinks there is a strong message there."
This is pure delusion: Obama is the main reason Republicans are well-positioned to win control of the upper chamber next Tuesday. And Democrats' biggest strategic mistake in this election is that most candidates didn't run away far and fast enough...
Democrats should have recognized that the president was falling out of favor with the public and inoculated themselves a long time ago. Instead, many bought the White House's spin, and are at risk of going down with a sinking ship.
How does Obama believe such nonsense?
Democrat Kristen Powers says that Obama surrounds himself with "Kool-Aid drinkers." He surrounds himself with people of lower status -- the classic Yes Men hangers-on -- who will echo his narcissisms back to him, rather than challenging him.
Even CNN is wising up, noting seven Democrats wishing Obama would just go away.
Mary Burke Was Fired By Her Own Family for Slumping Sales, Management Incompetence, and an Abrasive, #Bossy Style; Now Claims She Wasn't Fired, It's Just That Her Job and Paycheck Were Restructured Out of Existence
@benk84 linked this this morning, wondering: Why did the media never check into Mary Burke's actual history as an "executive"?
She had been the CEO of her family's bicycle company's European division.
In 1993, Tom Albers learned about big problems with Trek Bicycle Corporation's European division. Sales numbers were down, and employees were in a near mutiny against the young woman Trek founder Richard Burke had put in charge.
Albers, Trek’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, served as Burke’s second-in-command and suddenly had to navigate a very difficult situation.
The head of Trek's European division was his boss’ daughter, Mary.
"Her performance in Europe was not good"” [Albers] says. "We were losing a lot of money for us at the time. I don't remember the amount, but it was considered significant based on where we were [as a company] at that particular point in time."
"And also, we were encountering personnel/people problems over there. The people were threatening to leave the company. Many of them were."
Primarily, Albers contends, because of the managerial style of their supervisor, Mary Burke.
"Her way of managing was kind of a 'her way or the highway' kind of approach to things," Albers explains, adding that her subordinates "felt that she wouldn't listen to them and was just imposing things on them that didn't make sense."
Gee, I wonder how she wound up being a Democrat politician.
Mary Burke fought back against these late disclosures alleging that they were "ridiculous" and "completely false."
Now she "clarifies" that she wasn't fired -- it's just that the position she was occupying was eliminated, and she was not offered another position at the company.
And then she went snow-boarding for two years.
You know -- not like a firing at all.
Michael Bay in Talks to Direct Benghazi Drama "13 Hours"
The script seems just about the Benghazi side of things, the attempted defense of the compound, so it doesn't seem to be any kind of expose.
Still, interesting enough.
CDC: FYI, Ebola Can Be Transmitted Through Droplets In the Air
As I've mentioned, the CDC has been deliberately misrepresenting the transmission pathway of ebola by stating, over and over and over again, that it was not an "airborne" pathogen.
That relies on a technical meaning of the word "airborne" which scientists understand but which the CDC has been counting on the public to be ignorant of. "Airborne," so used, means that a disease is capable of forming dry motes that can float about in the air.
Ebola can't do that. (Yet. We think.)
But most people hear "airborne" and think about the most likely pathway of transmission through the air -- a sneeze.
And ebola can be spread that way-- that method of contagion is called "droplet" transmission (as each particle of disease lives within a droplet of saliva or phlegm expelled from the carrier).
They just lie and lie, and then say "Trust us."
Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted -- and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.
"If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be" infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.
Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through "droplets."
"Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person," the poster states.
Nass slammed the contradiction.
"The CDC said it doesn't spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster," she said. "They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way."
Meanwhile, the DoD warns that ebola can live on infected surfaces (plastic, etc.) for up to three weeks, under ideal conditions.
And also meanwhile, Kaci Hickox really wants you to know all the f*cks she does not give about your "voluntary quarantine."
Preliminary testing indicates that Ms. Hickox is a "high risk" of being a HuffPo Super-User.
Registered Republicans Outpacing Democrats in Early Vote in Colorado
Registered Democrats returned 294,648 of these ballots, or 32.5 percent; registered Republicans were 379,250, or 41.8 percent.
A candidate whose party is outpacing the competition by a 9.3 percentage point margin, with 40 to 45 percent of the ballots counted is in a pretty nice spot. Not rock-solid locked up, but in a nice spot.
Democrats have been depending on heroic GOTV efforts to overcome the fact that they're generally unpopular.
Okay, so where is the fruit of those efforts?
CBS Poll Shows GOP Ahead by Six on Generic Ballot, Near 2010 Levels; But CBS Hides Its Own Poll
Not only did they bury that poll finding in the ninth paragraph of the print piece, they also failed to report it at all on their broadcast report.
Robert Speer Dunning, "Departing Day" (1902)
Thursday Morning News Dump
- It Took Until A Week Before The Election For A Journalist To Look Into This?
- CDC: So You Probably Can Catch Ebola From Sneeze Droplets
- So, Is The FBI Now A Political Organization Too?
- The NARAL Cory Gardner Ad, In Full
- The Other Republican Wave
- Did Tom Steyer's Climate PAC Pay For That Awful Cory Gardner Ad?
- Sleazy MSNBC Host Scams Real Estate Broker Out Of 1.2 Million
- In Georgia, A Capitalist Struggles
- Chivalry Is Dead, Long Live Feminism
- Mostly Peaceful San Francisco Fans Celebrate World Series Win By Rioting
- Fox Lands Interview With SEAL Who Killed Bin Ladin
- Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered In Maryland
- Houston Withdraws Subpoenas For Pastors' Sermons
- Relax, Open Carry Won't Get You Shot At Kroger
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Overnight Open Thread (10-29-2014)
What's conspicuously missing from this whole debate has been any sense of the right to be wrong. For most commenters on the left, it is enough for them merely to declare the Hitching Post's proprietors to be ignorant, backward, and prejudiced, and this automatically justifies the mailed fist of the state coming in to set those bigots straight. They remind me of the old Tom Lehrer joke: "I know there are people out there who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that."
-- Robert Tracinski in Gay Marriage and the Right to Be Wrong
The comments to the linked article are uniformly angry. Typical is this: "She makes it REALLY easy to hate her." And that's among the nicer ones.
As of this evening Kaci is still a free-range ebola nurse somewhere in Maine. And isolation protocols - she don't need no pinche protocols. Because Science! bitches.
"I don't plan on sticking to the guidelines," she said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show, referring to Maine' officials' plan for her to remain quarantined at home through November 10. "I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me."
One of Hickox's lawyers, Norm Siegel, told NBC's Matt Lauer state officials had until Thursday to adjust their approach, and if they tried to physically apprehend Hickox, her legal team would take the matter to court.
But the state of Maine may have had just about enough of Saint Kaci of the Order of Unique Snowflakes.
Meanwhile it turns out that Connecticut has 8(!) people under mandatory ebola quarantine. And they are not happy about it. One of them, Ryan Boyko, was exposed to ebola via infected NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo yet is metaphysically certain that he does not have ebola. Because credentials and Science! bitches.
"I'm outraged and very upset about the impact that this policy and the subsequent policies in other states will have on the actual fight to contain Ebola in West Africa," Boyko, a Ph.D candidate in the School of Public Health's epidemiology of microbial diseases department, told the Hartford Courant.
Umm how about the the fight to contain ebola in the United States of America? Can we focus on that for just a little bit okay? I know that's racist or something but let's just pretend that Connecticut is like a suburb of West West Africa and that you're actually fighting ebola there where it's still okay to take precautions.
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It's not clear to me that this is a change, as claimed by the expert, as I think that the CDC has previously said that Ebola can be transmitted through sneezing on someone. But this poster illustrates that what most people would call an "airborne" transmission (a sneeze) is something CDC defines as "droplet spread" - allowing them to continue to maintain that it does not travel through the air.
This is a rather . . . esoteric distinction for people who are repeatedly told Ebola does not spread through the air. After all, a sneeze travels through the air. Rather far, actually. According to MIT, in fact, sneezes can travel up to 20 feet in the air.
I understand that there's a difference but rather than explaining it, the CDC tries to mislead people by simply repeating over and over again that ebola is not airborne despite the fact that you can (potentially) catch it through the air.
In this paper, we evaluate the association between wedding spending and marriage duration using data from a survey of over 3,000 ever-married persons in the United States. Controlling for a number of demographic and relationship characteristics, we find evidence that marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony.
The last minute or so could have come from an episode of Seinfeld.
Shut up bitches!, the scientists explained. End result: this.
Thank God they dealt severely with the middle-aged Canadian and American mountain biker menace.
U.S. Border Patrol agents slapped a $5,000 fine on an American citizen this week for slipping into the United States from Canada on a mountain bike, the agency announced Wednesday.
The 40-year-old American and his 44-year-old Canadian companion were nabbed Sunday near Houlton, Maine, after allegedly biking across the border south of Notre Dame, Canada, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
A Border Patrol agent spotted the two men at about 2:30 p.m. with mountain bikes on a dirt road near the border. After questioning the suspects, the agent arrested them for illegally crossing the border.Each was fined $5,000, said CBP.
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Because that work ain't gonna procrastinate itself, bitches.
Well I guess any creature that can digest you over a thousand years must have at least some positive points.
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World Series: Game Seven! [BCochran81]
Strap on your cups and your cleats one last time boys and girls. It's the final World Series post.
Again, before we get started on the series itself, there are a couple of baseball related news items I'd like to hit.
First, the weirdest headline that no one is surprised by: Jose Canseco accidentally shoots off finger
Really, I don't even need to add anything to that. But just for grins, here's the money quote by Canseco's live in girlfriend (who once had a restraining order on him), Leila Knight:
"I have to go home and clean up the blood and mess," said Knight. "It's been a long day."
Honey, you've hitched your wagon to Jose Canseco. You've got a lifetime of long days ahead of you.
Second story I wanted to touch on was last night's rendition of God Bless America performed by Tennessee Air National Guard Technical Sergeant Angie Johnson.
To begin with, she knocked it out of the park. Beautiful performance. Absolutely killed it.
Now,TSgt Johnson was a contestant on NBC's The Voice a couple years ago. Upon seeing her and hearing her, my wife immediately dubbed her "Sergeant Hottie". Apparently, several members of the Kansas City Royals agree. I didn't know it was possible to be that hot dressed in fatigues (unless you're a female IDF soldier), but Johnson managed it.
After she finished singing, the cameras panned the KC bench and caught Lorenzo Cain yelling out "Man she's hot!" Eric Hosmer apparently agreed.
Here's the video of her performance, which is worth watching just for her God Bless America. Cain and Hosmer are at the very end of the clip.
And now, with that out of the way.........
This is the first Game 7 since 2011 and only the fourth since 2001. Since 1909 there have only been 36 World Series Game 7s. Of those 36, only 6 were decided by 5 or more runs. What's that mean? Buckle up folks, history tells us that tonight is going to be fun.
How did we get to Game 7? The Royals were all out of bubble gum when the showed up for Game 6.
The Royals came out of the gate like lightning, scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd. They knocked around Jake Peavy until he was pulled and then destroyed Yusmeiro Petit.
Kansas City went on to add runs in the 3rd, 5th and 7th innings to push the score all the way to 10-0. The Royals racked up 15 hits in the game with all 9 starting offensive players recording at least one hit. They were led by CF Lorenzo Cain who ended his night with 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs batted in and 1 run scored. Five other players recorded 2 hits.
The Giants had two chances early in the game to score, but failed to capitalize on either. Hunter Pence stroked a 1 out double in the top of the 2nd, but a strikeout and a fly ball stranded him there. In the top of the 3rd, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura walked 3 hitters to load the bases. Buster Posey, perhaps, got a little over aggressive and swung at the first pitch he saw. That resulted in an inning ending double play.
Other than that, Ventura dominated for the 7 innings he pitched. Taking the mound with a tribute to his friend Oscar Tavares written on his hat, the young man pitched the game of his life. He went 7 strong innings and only allowed 3 hits. The only blemish on his night was that he walked 5 batters. But you can get away with that when no one is hitting the ball. Ventura came up big, likely bigger than anyone was expecting him to.
With the World Series on the line, the Royals handed the ball to a 23 year old who had just lost a close friend. Ventura didn't blink. With mechanics, and hair, reminiscent of a young Pedro Martinez, Ventura's blazing fastball, which he threw for 81 of his 100 pitches and as high as 100mph, gave the Royals the results of a young Pedro and a Game 7.
So, what will we see tonight?
Hell if I know. This series has been all over the place. History tells us that we're likely to see a game decided by just a few runs. However, only one game in this series has been decided by fewer than 5 runs. We've seen dominant pitching performances and pitchers knocked out in the 2nd and 3rd innings.
The Giants will call on veteran righty Tim Hudson. Hudson will become the Series oldest Game 7 starter at 39 years of age. The Royals send 10 year veteran Jeremy Guthrie to the mound.
Game 7 will be a rematch of Game 3 in which Hudson went 5 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs, while Guthrie went 5 innings and surrendered 2 runs. I think that both teams would be very happy if they can get the same kind of production again. There are two HUGE question marks going into Game 7 and they both involve pitching. The first is which KC bullpen will show up. KC's bullpen of Herrera, Holland, Davis and Finnegan (you could throw Duffy in as well) has shown itself to be alternately dominating and extremely vulnerable.
The second question mark is the Man Beast Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner will be in the pen for the Giants tonight, but you have to wonder how much he's got in the tank. He's had just two days rest since his historic domination in Game 5.
Two of the people who are likely to make their presence felt and have a huge impact won't even be on the field. Giants' manager Bruce Bochy and Royals' manager Ned Yost. We'll focus on them tonight.
Bruce Bochy is in his 8th year as the manager of the San Francisco Giants
After spending 10 years as a catcher in the majors, Bochy went into coaching and ultimately became the San Diego Padres manager in 1995. He managed there through the 2006 season and had the most success of any Padres manager. He holds the team record for most wins, won NL coach of the year in 1996 and led the Padres to the World Series in 1998.
In October of 2006, Bochy signed a deal to become the manager of the Giants. He's since gone on to become the 19th manager in MLB history to reach 1,600 wins, as well as winning the 2010 and 2012 World Series. Bochy has been here before and knows how to win. I wouldn't expect any big screwups from him tonight.
Ned Yost is in his 5th season as the manager of the Kansas City Royals.
Yost played for 6 seasons in the major leagues before going into coaching. He was the Atlanta Braves bullpen coach from 1991-1998 and then moved to the third base coach's box (where in my opinion he sucked mightily) for the 1999-2002 seasons. Yost was named the Milwaukee Brewers head coach for the 2003 season and stayed there through 2008. While Yost brought about a much improved organization, he also couldn't maintain it with any consistency. His inconsistencies, including a collapse that blew an 8 1/2 game lead in 2007, ultimately lead to his firing in 2008. He was hired as the Royals manager in May 2010. He went on to manage the Royals to their first winning season in a decade in 2013 and their first playoff berth since 1985 this year. Yost's ups and downs as a manager lead me to wonder if he'll make it through tonight unscathed.
That's all I've got Rons and Ettes. I've had a helluva good time writing these posts and talking baseball with all of you. Thank you to CBD for starting this thing off over the weekend and thank you to Ace for allowing me to post here. Most of all, thanks to you, Horde, for the warm welcome and spirited conversation. I hope you enjoyed the posts and I hope you enjoyed the Series even more.
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Now in Wisconsin, Crowd Makes For the Exits While Obama is in Mid-Drone
Via @rdbrewer4 in the sidebar: First time is happenstance...
I'm thinking maybe a lot of these people at these rallies are, how do I put this, paid to be there, or expected to be there as part of their work for the unions.
And like all good union employees, they show up late and leave early.
Some people --not a lot, but some -- are leaving as the President is speaking. pic.twitter.com/KQOp97hrQ6— Mike Lowe (@MikeLoweReports) October 29, 2014
Science: Actually, Mass Shooting Incidents Aren't Going Up At All, If You Bother To Do the Actual Research
Mother Jones is pushing some more fake numbers at the public.
[A] recent article in Mother Jones asserted that we have "entered a new period in which mass shootings are occurring more frequently." This report relied on the well-known list compiled by Mother Jones, which has been one of the key sources used to support the claim made in the last few years that the incidences of mass shootings have accelerated.
Grant Duwe, a researcher with Minnesota's Department of Corrections, and author on mass murders in America, has already run the numbers -- and Mother Jones' numbers are simply wrong. Mother Jones seems to rely only on newspaper accounts of mass shootings, and therefore does not know about a large number of mass shootings which are documented in FBI files but are not easily discoverable through Lexis/Nexis searches of newspapers. And this problem gets worse the further back in time you go:
[T]he underreporting in the Mother Jones list grows more severe the further back in time we go. When looking at the data by decade, we see that the Mother Jones list captured 89 percent of the 18 cases from 2010-2013, 69 percent of the 29 cases from 2000-2009, 55 percent of the 42 cases from 1990-1999, and just 32 percent of the 25 cases from 1982-1989.
Hit the link to see Mother Jones' graph of some mass shootings, showing an upward trend; and then page down to see the author's graph of all mass shootings, showing no particular trend at all.
The Democrats' Last Line of Defense: College-Educated, Single White Women
Socially liberal white-collar and single white women look like the fragile last line of defense for Democrats hoping to avoid a Republican sweep in next week's election, according to detailed results from a broad array of new polls.
For the third consecutive election, congressional Democrats are facing the prospect of a decisive rejection by most white voters, including not only white men but also white women who are either married or lack a college degree. But in surveys of both individual Senate races and national preferences on the generic congressional ballot, Democrats are showing stubborn strength with college-educated and single white women.
That performance—combined with preponderant leads among minority voters in almost all surveys—represents the Democrats' best chance of overcoming gaping deficits with the remainder of the white electorate in the key contests.
So that, of course, explains NARAL idiotic ad.
Note, however, that college-educated women actually prefer Republicans on most important issues not related to Condom Scarcity:
Yet in a measure of the party's vulnerability, even that advantage rests on an unsteady foundation: National Pew Research Center and ABC/Washington Post polls conducted in October found that college-educated white women, though strongly preferring Democrats on issues relating to women's health, actually trust Republicans more on both managing the economy and safeguarding the nation's security.
Nevertheless, many such women will vote with their uterii.
In Colorado, Mark Uterus leads Cory Gardner by 27 points among college-educated white women.
As the article points out: College-educated white women are, for voting purposes, minorities.
Speaking of the Lena Dunham Demographic: Kevin Williamson has actually read her memoir.
If there is such a thing as actually abusing a child through excessive generosity and overindulgence, then Lena Dunham’s parents are child abusers. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, "legs spread defiantly." Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries. And they were, in their daughter's telling, enablers of some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions -- Lena Dunham's sexual abuse, specifically, of her younger sister, Grace, the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections. Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with "three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying." At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina -- "my curiosity got the best of me," she offers, as though that were an explanation. "This was within the spectrum of things I did."
The whole article is horrifying.
And to end on a lighter note: Charles C.W. Cooke has found the transcript for the full NARAL anti-Cory-Gardener ad.
What you heard earlier today was just an excerpt.
Woman: I miss tampons.
Man: Me too, Sweetpea. Me too.
Woman: And television.
Man: Remember HBO?
Woman: Shut down by Cory Gardner for promoting pre-marital sex.
Man: And the Discovery Channel! Climate change that everyone knows is weirding our weather, Cory flat-out denied it. Now, look at how things are, Hot Legs.
Woman: He’s just not Science, is he?
Man: Exactly, Sugar Tits. This guy has no idea what's going on in the real world. Last year, he took my little brother’s shoes away. Poor Jimmy.
I'm pretty sure that's the first time National Review has published "Sugar Tits" outside the context of a Mel Gibson charging document.
Sorry: I thought it was clear that the Charles C.W. Cooke piece was parody.
However, I guess, given the Lena Dunham stuff (which is unbelievable, but from her own memoir), people weren't quite sure.
But the Charles C.W. Cooke bit is fake.
Senior Administration Official: We Pressured Israel Not To Take Any Action Against Iran's Nuke Program, and "Now It's Too Late"
Seth Mandel looks beyond the schoolboy taunts ("chickensh*t," "Asperger-y") to find the real meat of yesterday's story.
The Obama administration wanted to brag through its stenographer that the president had protected the Iranian nuclear program from Israel:I ran this notion by another senior official who deals with the Israel file regularly. This official agreed that Netanyahu is a "chickenshit" on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he's also a "coward" on the issue of Iran's nuclear threat. The official said the Obama administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities in order to keep the regime in Tehran from building an atomic arsenal. "It's too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it's too late."
If Iran goes nuclear, those words will be the perfect description of the Obama administration's fecklessness: "Now it's too late."
Meanwhile, the Administration is of course not interested in finding out which Genius of Diplomacy chose to insult an allied world leader in such personal terms.
This could be due to the fact that the insults are quite calculated and coordinated.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon traveled to Washington last week expecting to see top Obama administration officials.
Instead, he found himself with a lot of time on his hands.
The White House denied him meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Senior administration officials attributed the snub to numerous negative comments Ya'alon made earlier this year criticizing the administration in general and Kerry in particular
Meanwhile, Israel is protesting Obama's throwing of that beleaguered state "under the bus."
Israel's Economic Minister responded:
Israel is stronger than all of its defamers.
The Prime Minister of Israel is not a private person. He is the leader of the Jewish State and the entire Jewish people. Cursing the prime minister and calling him names is an insult not just to him but to the millions of Israeli citizens and Jews across the globe.
The leader of Syria who slaughtered 150,000 people was not awarded the name "chickenshit". Neither was the leader of Saudi Arabia who stones women and homosexuals or the leader of Iran who murders freedom protestors.
Remember, we were promised that Obama was a man with a "first class temperament." And that his alleged intelligence would allow him to exercise Smart Power and bring peace to the world.
Marquette Law School Poll: Walker At 50%; Burke, 43%
New Marquette Law School puts Walker at 50%, Burke at 43% among likely voters. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) October 29, 2014
Meanwhile, a majority of the most-likely to vote Millennials now want a Republican-controlled Congress.
This is good news, but not quite as good as it might appear upon first reading. Note that this is the subgrop of Millennials most likely to vote, which is only 26% of the larger group.
A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds slightly more than half (51%) of young Americans who say they will "definitely be voting" in November prefer a Republican-run Congress with 47 percent favoring Democrat control -- a significant departure from IOP polling findings before the last midterm elections (Sept. 2010 -- 55%: prefer Democrat control; 43%: prefer Republican control). The cohort --26% of whom report they will “definitely” vote in the midterms -- appear up-for-grabs to both political parties and could be a critical swing vote in many races in November.
The larger group -- including those likely to vote, and those unlikely to vote -- still prefers Democrat control:
While more 18- to 29- year-olds (50%-43%) surveyed in the IOP’s fall 2014 poll would prefer that Congress be controlled by Democrats instead of Republicans, the numbers improve dramatically for the GOP when only young people who say they will "definitely vote" are studied.
Still, that sounds like one of Obama's strongest demographics will be a net wash.
Seattle Man Attacked By Wrench-Wielding Clown
An intoxicated man with a heavily bleeding head wound told Seattle Police Department officers a man dressed as a clown hit him with a wrench at a house party Saturday night in Maple Leaf.
Officers were called to a home in the 800 block of Northeast 80th Street around 11 p.m. to investigate an assault.
According to the police report for the incident, the owner of the home and other witnesses, who were all clearly intoxicated, said the victim had been acting inappropriately toward a woman at the party, attempting to "spoon" and "rub up on" her. They said the victim eventually went too far and was asked to leave the party.
Meanwhile, in France, two or three evil clowns attempted to block a retiree's car on the street, but fled when other cars arrived.
Kaci Hickox: I've Decided That I'm Going to Ignore Quarantine and Just Do What I Want
She says she's "appalled" by her 21-day home quarantine. Asked if she intended to voluntarily observe the guidelines of the quarantine, she says No.
"I don't plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,' said Hickox, who wouldn’t emerge from Maine's 21-day voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10.
"I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I'm not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public."
This, seriously, might be the most obnoxiously special snowflake I've ever seen. Video at the link. She's got a shit-eating grin on through half of this. She's just loving her Moment in the Spotlight.
MKH makes an important point: The reason we have coercive, non-voluntary quarantines is that we have learned through 4,000 years of recorded human history that people will not voluntarily self-quarantine, and will in fact act irrationally as willing agents of plague.
Ebola Doc Craig Spencer actually lied to police and insisted that he'd been boarded up at home during his period of quarantine. Only when they began checking his Metrocard (which records rides taken) did he start admitting he'd been out of his apartment, quite a lot.
The Clerisy Class has decided that it is fashionable to lie about the risks of Ebola. Just yesterday, Chris Hayes claimed that only three people with Doctors Without Borders (MSF, for Medecins Sans Frontiers) had contracted ebola.
When called on this, Chris Hayes quickly invented a strange distinction -- fifteen of those eighteen people hadn't caught Ebola while working on patients under supervision, but rather, I guess, just living in the Hot Zone.
In other words -- of the 18 infected, only three were infected by the route the CDC and Ignorant Clerisy insists is the only plausible method of transmission (direct contact with a patient while treating him).
Most -- 15 of the 18 -- were just infected by casual contact with carriers.
That's supposed to make us feel less worried about this disease?
Have the Lovers of Science actually worked out any of the Science on this?
"Sweet Pea, Cory Gardener Denies *Science!*"
That's why he's banned birth control, Sweet Pea! That's why there's no condoms anymore, Sweet Pea!!!
Here's your new NARAL ad against Cory Gardener:
Woman: Did you try the corner market?
Man: Of course.
Woman: Grocery store?
Man: Sold out?
Woman: Drug store?
Man: Come on.
Woman: So *everyone's* sold out of condoms? Hmm. How did this happen?
Man: Cory Gardner banned birth control. And now, it's all on us guys. And you can't find a condom *anywhere*. And the pill was just the start. Pell grants my little brother was counting on for college? Cory cut them. Climate change that *everyone* knows is weirding our weather, Cory flat-out denies it. Sweet Pea, Cory denies science!
Woman: Come on!
Man: This guy has no idea what’s going on in the real world.
Lot of that goin' round.
The New York Times just published a whiny piece decrying what they call the "bumpkinization" of politics -- by which they mean pitching ads to non-progressive urban "Science Lover" voters -- and yet they don't seem to notice there's an awful lot of bumpkinization going on on the left, including among the self-alleged Leftist Elite.
As Fat Bastard said about farts: Everyone likes their own brand, eh?
More Details On the Bugging of Sharryl Attkisson's Computer
So CBS News hires an independent computer analyst whom Attkisson identifies as "Jerry Patel," also a pseudonym. He finds a massive amount of suspicious activity in the computer, including the removal of all kinds of log messages. The author describes the scene as "Patel" does his work: "Now he's breathing heavily. It alarms me because it alarms him and he’s not easily alarmed. His voice becomes more formal and he launches into what sounds like a speech for posterity. 'In my professional opinion, someone has accessed this box... I see evidence that shows a deliberate and skilled attempt to clean the log files of activity.'" Intrusions of this caliber, concludes "Patel," are "far beyond the the abilities of even the best nongovernment hackers."
More drama arises in September 2013. As White House officials pressure CBS News executives over Attkisson's Benghazi reporting, something goes haywire with her computer. "That very night, with [White House spokesman Eric] Schultz, [White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney and company freshly steaming over my Benghazi reporting, I’m home doing final research and crafting questions for the next day's interview with [Thomas] Pickering. Suddenly data in my computer file begins wiping at hyperspeed before my very eyes. Deleted line by line in a split second: it's gone, gone, gone." Attkisson grabbed her iPhone to record the madness.
Don Allison, a security specialist at Kore Logic, takes a close look at Attkisson's iMac. The results turn up scandalous, as Attkisson writes: "While a great deal of data has been expertly wiped in an attempt to cover-up the deed, Don is able to find remnants of what was once there. There's key evidence of a government computer connection to my computer. A sort of backdoor link that leads to an ISP address for a government computer that can’t be accessed by the general public on the Web. It's an undeniable link to the U.S. government."
Via Mary-Katherine Ham, who links this to the USAToday report from yesterday in which Susan Page called the Obama Administration the greatest threat to the media in history.
Late Wednesday Morning News Dump
- Pathetic Privilege
- Maher-ophobia At Berkeley
- Why Democrats Can't Face The Midterm Polls
- Rand Paul: Vote Republican For Limited Government
- The Red Cross' Secret Disaster
- Doctor Lied To NYPD Of His Whereabouts
- Who Didn't See This Coming?
- Obama's Post-Election Policy Blowout
- Insult The Voters, Great Plan Democrats
- Maine Nurse Won't Abide By Quarantine
- Obama Makes Not So Funny Voter Fraud Joke
- State Department Plans To Bring Foreign Ebola Patients To The US
- Another Crowd Walks Out On Obama
- This Is Just Sad And Disgusting
- The Democrats' Ground Game May Be Falling Short In Iowa
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Rick Klein's election roundup is worth a look.
The CIA leak case is heating up.
It was misreported last week that the U.S. was heightening security around federal buildings in the wake of the Canada shooting attack. It took a week, but DHS is doing it now.
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Hitherto the plans of the educationalists have achieved very little of what they attempted, and indeed we may well thank the beneficent obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses.
-- C. S. Lewis
"Blood, mucus, feces, semen. Now if you came across some strange mucus or feces out there on the or subway or anywhere else, don't eat it."
-- New York TV host Errol Lewis explaining how to avoid ebola. Note that only two of the listed substances are actually on the subway do-not-eat list.
Now before everyone gets too excited I have to tell you that there's a drawback to it: About a half of you are going to have to be killed.
Maybe not murder-death-kill-killed but most definitely euthanized-snuff-killed. And I'm pretty sure you can use that XY-poisoned little brain of yours to guess which half she has in mind.
Before we do anything, the very first measure to adopt is to take all men out of all positions of decision-making immediately, and actually out of any kind of social, professional position whatsoever.
Major serial killers, serial torturers, pimps, pornographers, severe domestic abusers, serial rapists, genocide planners, biocide planners and pedocriminals across the world will simply be euthanised: the decisions will be taken by women in a mass world tribunal for patriarchal crimes. This is by far the best solution, and is the most legitimate, ethical way of reducing male population to more reasonable levels.
Well okay I'm down with starting with the serial killers, serial rapists, and pedophiles. But honestly I'm iffy on the pimps and pornographers and a bit negative but open to suasion on the Irish and Chinese.
Okay so once we're past that whole male population reduction step, what lies in store for the few XYers that will be allowed to live? Well the short, nasty life of being helots in service to women and Gaia that's what. While women would finally be free to live to their natural six score and ten+ years of being IN CHARGE.
All men at least above 15 (or younger if very asocial) should live separately from women and children, on their own in small huts or studios, isolated from one another and scattered around so that women can keep an eye on them (they should never be in groups or packs, that would be illegal). So it would also be illegal for male adults to impose their presence on females, girls and children. Men would have to care for themselves on their own: food, laundry, etc. No male above his age of puberty would be allowed to receive any kind of service from a female. Their life expectancy would probably drop to the age of 40, but that's how things should be. Women's life expectancy without men would rise to 130 years at least.
...In order to keep all men and post-pubescent boys busy, we'd send them to clean up the vast amounts of detritus, pollution and toxic wastes men have littered and almost killed the world with. Much of the damage to the earth is irreversible, however with a great deal of effort and genius, women will find sustainable, natural and simple ways of healing a lot of the damage men have caused, and send men off to do the dirty work. No man will be allowed to take any decision without female guidance. We know what happens when men decide on their own! DISASTER.
But of course there are some downsides too.
PIV would be illegal too of course, as well as the initiation of any verbal or physical contact to women and girls or boy children, unless solicited by a woman for specific matters. I'm not sure what to do about boy children. Obviously you know my opinion, but let's say that's up to the mother to decide what she wants to do before he turns of age to leave the female family circle.
But on the other hand just think of all the possibilities of non-PIV reproduction now open to you ladies. I mean come on who wouldn't prefer some kind of budding process to the current man-PIV-tainted childbirth process?
The number of children and human population will naturally decrease to sustainable levels, so will the number of males born. Women will be free to experiment parthenogenesis or procreation with two female eggs.
Also banned: nuclear families, private ownership of land, war!, schools, meat, oral sex (just playing a hunch on this one), states, laws, and catty remarks about recent weight gain (also playing another hunch).
Next step: universal Feminist paradise. Yay!
But don't worry - the Onion has already covered this plan.
No way to win on bombing Iran's nuclear program.
This official agreed that Netanyahu is a "chickenshit" on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he's also a "coward" on the issue of Iran's nuclear threat. The official said the Obama administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities in order to keep the regime in Tehran from building an atomic arsenal. "It's too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn't bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it's too late."
Attack Iran and the Obamaites will call you a warmonger and a destabilizer of the entire region, but don't attack and they will call you a pussy.
How could the Obama administration not have thought through their policy on whether soldiers returning from West Africa should be quarantined? How did they get to the position that soldiers returning are now being quarantined at the same time that the administration is arguing against quarantines for people entering the U.S. from the same area, including medical workers who have been working with Ebola patients? Every day we have some fresh example of how slipshod the policymaking is on Ebola. The President sent American troops over to West Africa and yet they hadn't figured out how to bring them back safely? Amazing. The CDC keeps contradicting itself. As Mary Katharine Ham writes of the questions that White House correspondents are asking at the press briefing: "Let's be real; you're making this up as you go, right?" Sure seems that way.
And apparently some people are just too good and special snowflakey for quarantines.
They've been properly cowed by the campus mobs and just want to avoid anything 'controversial'. Sad.
Global warminingists and their very Sciency! theories hardest hit.
What they found astonished them: The images revealed new records for both the smallest maximum [Antarctic] sea ice ever recorded and the largest. The latter record was just broken this year. The two records were just two years apart, but the difference in sea ice extent was more than 1.5 million square miles (4 million square kilometers), an area twice the size of Mexico.
"We're talking a 20 percent difference," says Gallaher. "That's a sizeable change."
The Nimbus satellites also caught images of the Arctic before warming from climate change accelerated. Gallaher and Campbell were surprised to see some mysterious holes in the ice in the old images.
Holes in the Arctic ice are a common phenomenon today, as the Arctic warms. But in the colder 1960s, a large patch of thin or melted ice was unexpected-and nothing like it was seen again until the 21st century.
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