Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Voter ID?

The Daily Caller has a short piece on organizations promoting a Washington Post article which tells of the states which do not require voters to show identification.

I liked on comment:
OK.. let's get rid of photo ID for buying guns, buying liquor & tobacco, driving a car, cashing a welfare check, getting on an airplane, opening a bank account, etc etc.. and while we're at it.. I guess there's no more need for passports either.
Works for me.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why NJ and NY Make Ebola Quarantine Mandatory

Here's the story of the quarantined nurse in NJ. It makes clear to me why quarantine should be mandatory, not voluntary.
Kaci Hickox,...has been caring for Ebola Sierra Leone. Upon her return to the U.S. on Friday, she was placed in quarantine at a New Jersey hospital....

I am a nurse who has just returned to the U.S. .... I have been quarantined in New Jersey. This is not a situation I would wish on anyone, and I am scared for those who will follow me.
I am scared about how health care workers will be treated at airports when they declare that they have been fighting Ebola in West Africa. I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see...quarantine....

Again, I wondered what I had done wrong...

I had spent a month watching children die....

I recalled my last night at the Ebola management center in Sierra Leone. I was called in at midnight because a 10-year-old girl was having seizures. I coaxed crushed tablets of Tylenol and an anti-seizure medicine into her mouth as her body jolted in the bed."
I think the level of denial shown in this is remarkable. It boils down to "I did a good and unpleasant thing by helping Ebola patients in Africa (true) and now you disgusting scary awful people are locking me up in quarantine. How DARE you question my medical status (just because many, many, many doctors and nurses have already contracted ebola and died)? How dare you question my right to take a cab, ride the subways, and go bowling any time I feel like it? I am a good person. How dare you treat me like I might be infected?"

And this is exactly why NY and NJ have, in my opinion properly, made quarantine mandatory and not a mere suggestion. Like exposed, probably exposed,and possibly exposed people before her in the US, she makes it pretty clear than voluntary quarantine is not going to happen, because SHE did a good thing and should not be made to suffer at all for it.

Locking up such people as public health hazards strikes me as one of the few things our government...oh wait, strike that...two state governments are getting right.

See the whole scary story in the Dallas News.

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Do Non-Citizens Voting Illegally Affect Election Outcomes?

Political Science professors Jesse Richman and David Earnest, in the Washington Post:
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....

How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.
Why would the possible affect on one or two elections matter?:
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.
Guess what: Voter ID would not solve this problem, if a problem it is.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

McDonalds Or Organic Food Delight?

Two wicked, wicked Dutch guys present McDonalds food at a food convention and get some interesting responses.

With over 3 million views so far, the Golden Arches folks must be snickering in their Egg McMuffins.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers Applauded By The Canadian House of Commons

The Republican War On Women

"CNN host Carol Costello can barely contain her excitement" pretty much says it. Costello appears delighted that Sarah Palin's daughters were physically assaulted.

Oh...wait...I don't think Costello is a Republican...

More here, with the emergency call audio..

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Department of Justice and Democrat Collusion?

I hope not. Still...

The administration official calling House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) office last week had an odd request.

Could the Justice Department get some help leaking information about the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups? asked Brian Fallon, a top spokesman for Attorney General Eric Holder.

Apparently thinking he had reached the office of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Fallon said the department wanted congressional staffers to get documents to selected reporters so that officials could comment on them “before the majority” did.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Another Public School Taken Over By The Mentally Unbalanced

Insanity, thy name is Public School Official.

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Waste 50% of Physician's Time: ObamaCare

In their zeal to regulate and standardize health care, the law’s authors empowered bureaucrats in Washington to drown doctors like me in a deluge of paperwork and reporting requirements.

This has only forced doctors like me to spend less time treating patients. Compared to when Obamacare was passed, I now spend roughly half my time on data entry and administrative work. I feel more like a data entry clerk than a doctor. Surely this time would be better spent in the treatment room or on the phone with patients conducting follow-ups.
Thanks, Nancy. Thanks, harry. And Thank You Very Much, President Obama.

I don't think much of Republicans, but I hope they absolutely crush you arrogant SOBs next month, with an un-vetoable majority in both houses.

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Trebuchet Throws A Car

No comment needed:

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Old Guy With Gun Whups Young Guys With Guns

Good for him. I suspect it will be the last time these armed criminals decide that people in an Internet cafe are safe prey.

As one of the criminals was quoted later as saying: "It doesn't feel good. It makes you think about life's decisions, and how you should live your life."

One should think about decisions to threaten innocent people with murder.

Yes, this is a couple years old, but still fresh.

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Hawaii Ranks Low Again In Multiple Economic Categories

We like it that way: Screw the poor by screwing the not poor, and feel virtuous doing so.
State Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom stated, “I agree with the authors of Rich States, Poor States when they write “Most politicians know instinctively that taxes reduce the activity being taxed – even if they do not care to admit it. Congress and state lawmakers routinely tax things they consider “bad” to discourage the activity.” We see this when we tax tobacco and alcohol....You can’t overtax the people to support bad spending habits, and then expect people to stay and invest in our state.”
As the article also says:
there is cumulative domestic migration loss of 26,409 people from 2003 to 2012, with a net domestic migration loss of 2.4%.
The Democratic Party's subservience to the Sierra Club (the most powerful lobby in the state, and a virulently anti-building one at that) has driven the median resale price of a house here to a statewide average of roughly $675,000. Try affording that as a school teacher, or anything else, for that matter. No wonder the young move to the Mainland to escape the consequences of voting Democratic. They probably still vote Democratic on the Mainland, though, so they effectively infect the Mainland as well. They do not see the connection between making it extraordinarily difficult to build homes and the rising price of existing homes.

And the Hawaii Republican Party does a miserable job of pointing that out.

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Another Fast & Furious Gun Surfaces: Two Wounded In Phoenix

Fast & Furious: The gift which keeps on killing, or, at least in this instance, wounding. Two people in Phoenix have been shot with a Fast & Furious weapon, and Eric Holder et al apparently have been concealing that information since July of 2013.
Grassley and Issa say Obama’s executive privilege claim is invalid because he is asserting the lower of two forms of privilege, deliberative process privilege rather than the higher form of presidential communications privilege. If he asserted the latter higher form, Obama would be admitting that either he or his top deputies knew of details of Operation Fast and Furious of which he and his senior advisers have vigorously denied knowledge—and the lower form of privilege, Grassley and Issa have noted, is considered immediately invalid with even the suspicion of government wrongdoing. In Fast and Furious, Obama, Holder, and the rest of the Obama administration have admitted there was not only a suspicion of government wrongdoing, but that government wrongdoing actually occurred.
Holder and Obama continue to stonewall the investigation into crimes committed with Fast & Furious guns:
That rifle was purchased by the Fast and Furious straw purchaser. What’s perhaps most interesting about this is that Grassley and Issa noted in their letter to Cole that the Obama administration is continuing to withhold from Congress information about crimes in which Fast and Furious guns were used.
Jerry Ford issued a pardon to Richard Nixon to spare the country the agony of a criminal trial and the spectacle of a president incarcerated. I think in hindsight that he made a mistake: The spectacle of an imprisoned President would have served as a great example to Nixon's successors. Today, Presidents and Cabinet officials are above prosecution, and that is a very dangerous situation indeed. Far more dangerous to the country than a mere trial and prison time.

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Messy Star Cluster, Well Outside Hollywood

More inspiring than many a Hollywood star cluster, as well.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

It Makes Perfect Sense To Me

After all, if a vivisected, hormonized man is properly considered a woman, why wouldn't a vivisected, hormonized woman be properly considered a man? XX vs XY chromosomes and prior life experiences aside, of course. They don't count in the Liberal Arts, and Liberal Arts trump science any and every day. As we all know, and accept, they should, naturally. Science is just an opinion, while Belief is Truth.

I'm waiting for the President to stand in solidarity with himmer. Anything less would be racist.

Still, I might reconsider allowing my child to attend Wellesley at my expense.

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