Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Case Against Trump

The case against Donald Trump. By Ryan Cooper
Excerpt: Donald Trump would be an absolute disaster of a president — so bad it's almost impossible to grasp. But allow me to try.... Trump constantly (and inadvertently) reveals his staggering ignorance of the most basic facts of government and recent history. Trump didn't knowthat Russia had annexed Crimea. He didn't know what Brexit was. He didn't know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership does not include China. He is very obviously a guy who gets his news from half-watching cable TV and the racists in his Twitter mentions. When he does talk policy, his positions shift on a daily basis: First he wasagainst huge tax cuts for the rich, then he was for them even more than his primary opponents. First he was against raising the minimum wage, then he was for it, then he said it should be up to the states. First he said Japanshould have nuclear weapons, then they shouldn't. And on, and on, and on.
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Worth reading

The Week Magazine Editor's letter (Worth Subscribing to, a balanced news magazine.
The media is biased, and is doing a horrible job of covering the presidential election. That is perhaps the only statement you could make that both liberals and conservatives would applaud. A new Gallup poll finds that just 32 percent of Americans surveyed said they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the media—an all-time low. Coverage of Donald Trump’s norm-shattering candidacy apparently strikes Republicans in particular as unfair: Their confidence in the media has plunged from 32 percent last year to just 14 percent. But in recent weeks, worried Democrats have become just as vocal in their anger, blaming the media for “false equivalence” in its coverage of Hillary Clinton’s various self-inflicted wounds. (See Talking Points.)

So is the media biased against Trump or against Clinton? First, let’s consider the term “the media.” It used to refer to the country’s major newspapers, magazines, and broadcast TV networks, which strive for fairness—admittedly imperfectly. But “the media” now includes websites, talk radio, and cable TV networks that are openly partisan and cater to a bitterly polarized nation’s prejudices. If you have your sensibility shaped and reinforced by MSNBC, Paul Krugman, and Vox.com, then you have no doubt that the rest of the media has placed far too much emphasis on negative stories about Clinton. If your worldview is based on what you hear and see on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Breitbart.com, you are certain that the media is out to get Trump. (One complicating factor: Most of the columnists at National Review, The Wall Street Journal, and other traditional conservative publications are horrified by Trump.) Every week, I get emails from the Trump tribe with “bias” in the subject line, and another bunch from hyperventilating Clinton supporters slugged “false equivalence.” What does this tell us? Draw your own conclusions. But bias, methinks, is often in the eye of the beholder.


William Falk, Editor-in-chief

the "Most Transparent Administration in History."

Obama used pseudonym in emails with Clinton

Charen: Who will protect us from a President Trump or Clinton?

Charen: Who will protect us from a President Trump or Clinton?
Excerpt: So the institutional guardrails are quite rickety. In the end, the only true guardians of a liberal republic are the people themselves. They must prescribe minimal standards of decency. I will be voting for Evan McMullin, the only candidate (of five) who doesn’t pose a threat to our national welfare.

Conservative counter-reformation

Grand New Party? Evan McMullin hopes to start a conservative ­counter-reformation.

Heard it all?

(Sorry about the weird line breaks, not there when posted.) From
my friend Del: Just when you think you've heard it all .... the never-ending font of truly creative thinking by some "progressive" will come along to further expand your appreciation of the ridiculous. So... the idea of science, the careful, structured, objective search for knowledge and understanding, is flawed because it assumes there is a valid, definitive answer. This is now condemned as a rigid way to stultify young minds, who should be encouraged to find whatever answer they feel somehow serves them best.
OK, I will start by saying that in my own opinion there is no way for mere human minds to comprehend all of reality fully and perfectly. In the course of human discoveries over the centuries various theories have come and gone, some found to be just false, others as a base for even more exploration of understanding how the universe works. Certainly many kinds of learning are subject to a great deal of uncertainty and lack of precision, psychology is a good example. But physics either leads to actual understanding, or the bridge collapses, and for sure you don't get men to the moon and back. Biology and medicine aren't always perfectly accurate, but people live for many more years because of heart surgery who otherwise would have died. If that isn't a good enough in terms of objective knowledge of how the human body works, then I guess there is no point in any further discussion.
There is so very much we don't know, so much we have no mastery of, so we cannot fall into any silly arrogance about how fantastic we are as masters of the universe. But the universe does have rules in it that we can learn about and understand at least some of, and the centuries of advancing science have given us some solid, objective understanding. Denigrating the concepts of science and objective understanding is a really remarkable step for a highly educated person and teacher to take. (Sorry, I think I'd advise students to find some other courses than hers to take.) --Del

Clinton Endorsement

Major Ohio paper endorses Clinton after years of backing GOP

Friday, September 23, 2016

Now we need one for Hillary

Should be an entertaining night, in a gut-twisting way. Trump has an advantage, in that everyones expectations are low. Hillary has to avoid fainting.
Hey, Lester Holt: We Made a Cheat Sheet of Trump’s Favorite Lies for You

Why am I not surprised?

Figures: Trump received $1.6 million from Secret Service. The agency pays to travel with all presidential nominees, but in Trump’s case, that money went to one of his companies. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-secret-service-campaign-travel-payments-228553#ixzz4L7rrF7ha

Bowing to the Saudis

President Obama vetoes bipartisan bill that would let families of 9/11 victims sue the government of Saudi Arabia, setting up a showdown with Congress where lawmakers on both sides of the aisle aim to override the president's decision.

Cruz will vote for Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz announces he will vote for Donald Trump, coming around to back the Republican nominee months after their bitter primary contest.
Alienating too many donors and the GOP establishment, thinking of 2020. ~Bob

McMullin for President

Evan McMullin: A Sane Alternative

http://theresurgent.com/evan-mcmullin-a-sane-alternative/

Terrorism

Hillary Clinton Would Rather Blame Free Speech than Islam for Terrorism

No lives matter to these people

So, Two blacks dead, one by a black cop, one by a black protester: Police announce arrest in shooting death at Charlotte riot

Immunity

FBI gave top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills immunity in email probe, rep says

Trump Preps


Take that, Colin

She nails Colin Kaepernick

Evan McMullin's Immigration Plan:

Evan McMullin's Immigration Plan: Our immigration system must secure our borders and enforce our laws

Catastrophe

‘We are in a catastrophe.’ Boko Haram insurgency threatens future of Lake Chad Basin

Never Trump

'Never Trump' Republicans standing firm

Racist?


Credit Card


Terrorism

Worth reading: Terrorism With the Religion Taken Out. By Phillip Jenkins

Children

Children Who Will Never Have Time To Become Adults

Forsaking Islam

Ethiopia: “Her clothes were covered with blood…Her husband was shouting that she should die for forsaking Islam”

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Voting with their checkbooks

Poll: Wealthy Voters Abandon Republican Party for Hillary Clinton

Hard Times Coming

Worth Reading: A Hard Rain Is Going to Fall. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: World events seem relatively calm, but repeated appeasement has built up pressure across the globe, and someone has to be there when crisis erupts. This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm. The summer of 1914 in Europe also seemed quiet. But on July 28, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip with help from his accomplices, fellow Serbian separatists. That isolated act sparked World War I. In the summer of 1939, most observers thought Adolf Hitler was finally through with his serial bullying.

Flag Stomping

Flag stomping teacher
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/09/21/flag-stomping-teacher-has-no-regrets-wants-student-punished.html
If you don't want to be photographed doing something, you shouldn't do it. Punish the student who filmed it to out him? Rather, rescind his US citizenship and send him to the country of his choice NOT IN THE USA. --Barb

Follow the Money

Money Laundering Scheme Exposed: 14 Pro-Clinton Super PACs & Non-Profits Implicated

Perspective


Evan McMullin Warns GOP

Evan McMullin Warns GOP While Blasting Trump and Gary Johnson. The independent presidential candidate is hopeful of a third-party emergence post-Trump. By David Catanes

Third Party--interesting

A Third Party Cannot Rise Without Killing the GOP. By Steve Berman

New Voters

Federal immigration officials may be working overtime to swear in as many new "citizen voters" as possible before the presidential election, according to an internal Obama administration email disclosed to FoxNews.com by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mustard Gas?

ISIS fighters may have fired a “mustard agent” at a US base near Mosul in northern Iraq, a Pentagon official said Wednesday. If confirmed, it would be the first chemical attack on U.S. forces in Iraq since they returned to the country in 2014.

Jewish Donors

The GOP’s Jewish Donors Are Abandoning Trump

Latest Battleground Polls

A new Fox News Poll shows Donald Trump holding narrow leads over Hillary Clinton in three key battleground states, while GOP Senate candidates are outperforming Trump in all three races.


Trump re-tweeting Mussolini

As even casual readers of my blog know, I have held Donald Trump in contempt as long as I have had the misfortune to know anything about him. Indeed. I have said all year that I would not vote for him top be sewer commissioner, never mind president. That's a pledge that I intend to keep, unlike Trump's "I can't be bought because I'm self funding" or "I will release my tax returns" pledges.

I have compared him to Mussolini, saying he was far more like that bombastic, incompetent dictator than he does of Hitler, who was an evil genius at first, until he went completely nuts. So when I heard the Trump was re-tweeting Mussolini quotes, as reported in the NYT, I wasn't surprised. Then I read the terrible quote, "Better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a lamb."

Anyone with a nodding acquaintance of history will recognize this quote, attributed to Mussolini by one source in 1942, as being a variation of several much older quotes going back to Alexander the Great.


So Trump still reminds me of Mussolini, and I still won't vote for him, but the NYT needs better educated spin doctors for their hit pieces. ~Bob 

From a pilot on global warming

From the Net, supposedly from a commercial pilot. ~Bob

"I'm a senior Captain and pilot with (a major airline). On Wednesday June 8, 2016, I was flying into JFK from Asia. Over Montana, we were told by the company to expect a small delay in landing since Air Force One was landing at 3:00 pm. Looking at the FMS (computer), we were scheduled to touchdown at 3:23. Luckily, we were ahead on fuel by 6000 pounds. About the time we passed over Green Bay, they changed our route to go further north over Toronto and to the Kingston 1 Arrival. The closer we got to New York the more vectors i.e. heading changes we received. ATC gives vectors instead of holding patterns because they are graded on efficiency, and holding patterns i.e. delays, are not rated as "efficient." Alas, it became unavoidable, and we were put in holding over Kingston VOR. This was around 3:10, and we were given an Expected Further Clearance time of 3:45, or about 35 minutes of flying ovals in the sky.

Long story short, we landed at 4:23. Originally, we were going to be 30 minutes early, but due to Air Force One's priority handling, we were 30 minutes late, and very close to having to divert to Philadelphia. Understand that late afternoon/early evening is prime time for international flights arriving in JFK, and we heard several flights having to divert because of low fuel. This was just in our sector, and not including all the diverts in all the other sectors. No telling how many airplanes diverted.

So why am I passing this along?

Just think of the the number of passengers that were inconvenienced, by being late and missing their connections. Think about how much fuel was wasted by the many planes diverted or rerouted, and what was the cost to the airlines? How much extra did the airlines have to spend for employee pay? I get paid by the minute. How much did this Air Force One flight and all its ancillary expenditures (for a second plane, armored cars, personnel, security, etc.) cost the American people? All because His Highness was going to be on a late night talk show.

I don't know where he flew in from, but, if it was DC, he could probably have gotten there just as fast on his Marine One helicopter. In any case, there could have been a better way than flying a massive Boeing 747 (VC-25A) for an hour to JFK.

So the next time Obama talks about carbon emissions or cutting expenses, just know that it's YOUR carbon footprint he's talking about and NOT HIS. And now that he's announced he's going to support and stump for Crooked Hillary, the American public will also have to pay millions for his travel to present a totally-biased, liberal, anti-American philosophy that hasn't worked in the entire 7+ years he's been President. That just really pisses me off even more.


Sausage and Cornbread Pie

My latest, modified from as recipe in The Week magazine. ~Bob

Sausage and Corn Bread Pie

Filling

2+ lbs Sweet Italian Turkey Sausages (any sausages or brats would do fine)
1 red onion, chopped
2 cups low-sodium beef broth
4 red potatoes, cut into chunks
2 cups baby carrots
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Worchester Sauce

Boil sausages in microwave. Cut into pieces and fry with onions until browned. Put into greased casserole dish with other ingredients. Microwave on high about 15 minutes until veggies are partly cooked.

Corn Bread Topping

3 cups flour
1.5 cups corn meal
3/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar or Splenda
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

2 cups skim milk
1 cup light butter melted
1/2 cup eggbeaters (or 2 eggs)
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Whisk dry ingredients together in bowl. Add wet ingredients and beat into batter. If too thick, add more milk or butter. Pour over meat and veggie mix starting from outside, until entirely covered and batter is mostly smooth. Bake about 35 minutes until golden and a knife comes out clean.


International execution rates

Comparative Execution Rates from my friend Del, a Marine Vietnam vet, statistician and a scientist. ~Bob
Here's another nice example of how well our news sources serve us.  I was doing some checking on which nations kill the most of their own citizens, and came across several articles that referred to the "Top Five" with death penalty polices.  China always heads the list, since they shoot an incredible number of people in the back of the head every week, and stopped issuing official figures because of the notoriety.  But various agencies with sources in China estimate at least 2000 people last year.  Other nations also have minimum estimates, like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.  But of course who is right there on the list as the only Western nation with a high rate of executions?  You guessed it, it is the good old but still terrible USA.

Well, of course all the writers did was look at the number of executions, never referred to the populations of the countries.  Below is the result of a tiny bit of research my yours trule.

Nation
# executed
population in millions
rate/million
China 
2000
1400
14.29
United States 
28
325
0.86
Indonesia 
14
261
5.4
Pakistan 
326
194
16.8
Egypt 
22
92
2.39
Iran 
977
80
122.1
Iraq 
26
38
6.84
Saudi Arabia 
158
31
50.97
North Korea
100
24
41.67
Chad 
10
14
7.14
Somalia 
25
11
22.73

And who leads the list now?  Iran, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Somalia, Pakistan, and China.  Who hardly rates mention?  The USA.  But people all over the world are told regularly that we are among the really murderous nations of our own people.

So much deceit, bias, manipulation, and utter irresponsibility in the media and elsewhere!


Del

Charlotte Shooting

NEVER MIND THE KING'S SPEECH, THE SPEECH OF MAYORS NEEDS WORK

For the Powder Puff Personalities and Snowflake Sensibilities in your life

Too funny: James O’Keefe Introduces ‘Emotional First Aid Kits’ for Social Justice Warriors

Allah, the merciful, the compassionate

Muslim migrant boat captain faces murder charges for pushing Christians overboard. “Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another, ruthless to unbelievers” (48:29).

Black Officer!

Charlotte protests: Police injured after black man shot
Excerpt: Twelve police officers have been injured during protests sparked by the police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina. Demonstrators destroyed marked police cars around the block of flats where the shooting took place, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted. One officer was hit in the face with a rock, it said. Earlier on Tuesday, Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by a black officer and died in hospital.

debate Prep


On Brad


History Teacher?

History teacher's lesson includes stomping American Flag in classroom
People like this will be first against the wall if (when?) the Republic collapses. Then they will say, in the words of Tom Kratman in one f his noovels, "This can't be happening. It's impossible!" ~Bob

Staying in Business

Social Justice Warriors Define Bigotry Down So They Can Stay In Business. Faced with the possibility that bigotry as previously defined is largely eradicated, the machinery of activism is under quite a strong incentive to remain in business. By Addison Del Mastro
Excerpt: In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes to combat polio. You read that right. This piece of trivia is not as widely known anymore, because polio was effectively eradicated in 1955 with the widespread introduction of the Salk vaccine. So why does the March of Dimes still exist, now as an organization researching, much more famously, birth defects? Put simply, when faced with the prospect of either closing up shop or changing missions, they chose the latter.

Never


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Burkas?

Not verified: British SAS attack ISIS in Burkas!

The Media

The Media’s Weakness for Fashionable Conspiracy Theories. By Jim Geraghty

Due Process

In twenty years, "due process" will start with, "find a wall."

Thanks


Trigger Warnings

Auburn Prof Trolls Perpetually Offended Campus PC Crowd With Trigonometry Trigger Warning

From the left

From the left: Playing by different rules: The media lets Trump “get out of jail free” but won’t let Clinton “pass go”

Managing risk

Better than Government: New ways of managiong life's risks

New e-novel

New novel out: People's Republic Kindle Edition by Kurt Schlichter

Lucky or good?

Campaigning in Terror’s Wake. By Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: s of this writing, America is witnessing something close to its luckiest stretch of days in the war on terror. A homegrown radical Islamist set up multiple bombs but didn’t succeed in killing anyone. One bomb, aimed to go off during a marathon, detonated but didn’t hurt anyone because registration problems delayed the start of the race. Another went off in Chelsea, injuring 29 people but somehow managing not to kill anyone. A third was accidentally disarmed by a thief stealing the suitcase in which it was planted. Two homeless men discovered other bombs hidden in a trash can and alerted police. Less than a day later, the primary person of interest was captured alive in a shootout with authorities. Will the bombs allegedly set by Ahmad Khan Rahami be a major factor in this year’s presidential race? It depends on whether the electorate sees the events of the last 48 hours as sheer luck or a sign that the U.S. government, for all of its flaws, is succeeding in protecting the public.

Monday, September 19, 2016

No terrorism?

Not terrorism, said the mayor: Ahmad Khan Rahami Is Arrested in Manhattan and New Jersey Bombings
Excerpt: The man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody on Monday after he was wounded in a gunfight with the police, law enforcement officials said.

Illegal Payments to Iran

U.S. wire payments to Iran undercut Obama
The United States made at least two separate payments to the Iranian government via wire transfer within the last 14 months, a Treasury Department spokesman confirmed Saturday, contradicting explanations from President Barack Obama that such payments were impossible. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/us-iran-payments-wire-transfer-228324#ixzz4Kk9PVsBD

Scottish Missionary in WWII


From an email: As you know I have lived in Budapest for many years now. One story from the nightmare of what went on in Budapest during WWII has always haunted me. It's the story of a Scottish Christian missionary woman who wouldn't abandon he Jewish students--all girls--choosing not to abandon them, accompanying them to Auschwitz death camp and died there. Here is a CNN report and video concerning new documents and photos that have been uncovered in Scotland about Jane Haining.~SC

Clinton's Impression

Travel Back to an Early Clinton Scandal. Voters have the impression Hillary isn’t trustworthy. She’s been reinforcing it since 1993. By Peggy Noonan

Not terrorism?

NYC: IED explosion wounds 29, Muslims cheer on Twitter, de Blasio says “intentional,” but not “terrorism”

Data

A trick Trump isn’t using: How Hillary’s campaign is (almost certainly) using big data