Monday, October 20, 2014
Klavan: The Mainstream Media: Stupid and Corrupt.
The Revolting Truth
Now, of course, with the very elite of the elite running the country, we find that — what do you know? — this statism dodge doesn’t really work all that well. And there are two reasons for this. The first is that the statist premise is wrong. In fact, ordinary people left at liberty to do as they will are actually better at running their lives and businesses and country than the geniuses in Washington. Central planning works great in the imaginations of the elite, but in the real world… not so much.
And the second problem is that the elite are stupid. No, really. They’re educated and sophisticated and they dress well and speak well. They may even have high IQs. But in the immortal words of Forrest Gump’s mother: “Stupid is as stupid does.” And the elite are stupid.
Kevin Williamson pens a defense of Karl Rove in National Review online and does a good job. But in doing so he manages to skirt THE issue that has brought Rove back into the national conversation.
I can agree with pretty much all that Kevin Williamson wrote. I have no problem with a political consultant who backs the candidate he believes is most likely to win, and Rove had a good track record.
But the thing that landed Rove back in the headlines recently is an article in the NY Times about WMDs in Iraq. Tons of them …. thousands of them.
And the Times accuses the Bush administration of covering it up.
Here’s my problem with Rove, he is “credited” with advising Bush to ignore the evidence of WMDs in Iraq, one of the primary reasons for the invasion. Keep in mind that Saddam was our sworn enemy and the last thing we wanted to experience after 9/11 was a terrorist attack using chemical, biological or atomic weapons. So Bush … and the UN … demanded that Saddam declare and surrender all his WMDs. As the NY Times now reports, this did not happen.
The Rove theory was that the ”no WMDs” battle had been lost and we must move on. Team Bush never fought back against the lie that there were no WMDs in Iraq. The lie that “Bush lied” became a “fact” because there was never any pushback even when the evidence was there. Even today, I will wager that most people will tell you that there were no WMDs found in Iraq. A good case can be made that the 2008 election was lost years before when Rove and Bush surrendered to the MSM and allowed them to get away with one of the greatest propaganda coups in modern times.
Rove may be very good at counting electoral college votes and supporting Republican candidates for office, but beyond that his strategic thinking is incredibly faulty and resulted in a stupendous loss of the Republican Party. And, by the way, George Bush is ultimately to blame for taking his advice.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Stewardship of Love
1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Obama's "Affordable Health Care" Making health care unaffordable.
As the New York Times explains,
Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring.But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best.“To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” said Ms. Wanderlich, 61. “I don’t have that money.”
Patricia Wanderlich may well "bend the cost curve down" (in Obama's famous phrase) by dying from an unmonitored aneurysm on her brain. I suspect that was always part of the plan.
If you were one of Obama's "1%" a $6000 deductible would not be a big deal to monitor a blood vessel whose bursting could kill you or put you in a coma for the rest of your life. For people like Patricia Wanderlich, taking a pain pill will have to do.
As we can see from the Obama administration's reaction to Ebola, individuals don't count. It's the collective that's important. If a few, or a few hundred or even a few thousand die in a country of 300 million, the theoreticians and ideologues are willing to make that sacrifice. Especially because they are certain that they won't be the ones dying.
|All the president's men and women apparently weren't enough.|
1. We shouldn't need an Ebola czar.
2. We already put somebody in charge of corralling federal bureaucracies and coordinating local responses to national emergencies. His name is Barack Obama.
3. He has a chief of staff, the nation's chief operating officer, Denis McDonough; a homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco; a national security adviser, Susan Rice; a director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and a Cabinet full of secretaries.
4. That should be enough.
by Ron Fournier .. read the whole thing.
(Notice the girls drinking tea)
Oh, hey, looks like all the Lefty editors at Wiki are gonna have to update this now... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMD_conjecture_in_the_aftermath_of_the_2003_invasion_of_Iraq …
WMD conjecture in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq concerns the failure by the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the U.S.-led Iraq Survey Group (ISG) to locate undeclared stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction both before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Katy Conrad - CBS News "Journalist" is Achingly Stupid
Tweets' snark "not sure when [Rand Paul] become a doctor?" Deletes tweet when informed he IS a doctor.
For Obama, Ebola is seen not as a health issue for America but as a political problem.
It's self evident: the appointment of a political "fixer" as Ebola czar.
Ron Fournier (who was an Obama shill when being an Obama shill was cool) makes the point nearly as well as I did:
The choice makes sense if Obama's main concern is a) the incompetence of his team, or; b) midterm politics. My strong hunch is it's "b". The Obama White House is not self-aware. It is nakedly political. The uneven response to Ebola threatens to be a toxic issue for Democrats, and the president is under pressure from his party's desperate candidates to do something.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Good article in the American Thinker about the CDC and Thomas Friedman.
In response to repeated inquiries about travel bans to and from Ebola-riddled nations, Dr. Tom Frieden has said from his very first appearances onward, that our highest moral obligation is “to first, do no harm.” He claims that implementing travel bans would harm the very people we are trying to help -- that bans and quarantines would restrict humanitarian aid (despite the fact that exceptions can be made for charter and/or military flights to bring supplies and care in and out of the region) and disrupt economic and political stability in the region. Moreover, he and other experts claim that there would be a negative impact on the economies of these already faltering nations.In fact, Representative Tim Murphy personally spoke to Dr. Frieden about travel bans and he responded that “cutting commercial ties would hurt these fledgling democracies.” Murphy further questioned the good doctor at congressional hearings about the source of his comment -- whether it was his opinion, the CDC’s, or advice from the administration or one of its agencies -- a question he conveniently ducked. But a quick perusal of the CDC’s Mission Statement at CDC.gov, proves that it is not tasked with the job of nation building or ensuring the economic success of any country. There is no way one could recast the words in its “Pledge to the American People” or the bullet points about the Role of the CDC, to read “Thou must first do no economic or political harm to any fledgling democracies.” The Mission Statement is ironclad about the tasks of the CDC -- even Obama himself, the Master of Slick Talking -- couldn’t make these words fit Frieden’s assertions:
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.
The bottom line: the CDC's responsibility is to protect America, not the rest of the world. Read the whole thing.
Obama pays attention to Ebola, time to panic.
Question for "the folks" as Bill O'Reilly might say. When has Obama's personal attention to any issue ever had a good outcome? Can't think of one? Me neither.
Maybe his pollster tell him that he has to take time out from fund raising and golfing to hold cabinet meetings so that his dwindling fan base will stop leaving the stadium. the other explanation is that the threat posed by the Ebola virus is as dire as the most alarmist stories suggest and that the president feels he needs to personally take control. This would cause us to panic, and we’d prefer not to.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
From the Happy Hospitalist:
Atlanta, GA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new flowchart guidelines Monday to help healthcare workers understand who they could blame once they contract Ebola in the hospital setting. The new recommendations follow declarations by Dr Thomas Friedman, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that nurse Nina Pham in a Dallas, Texas hospital contracted Ebola due to 'protocol breach' while caring for the now deceased Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan.
Nurses are used to getting blamed for everything. In fact, most nursing programs teach nurses how to take one for the team when bad things happen. Getting blamed for spreading Ebola is naturally accepted by most nurses as business as usual.
"After speaking with representatives from the American Nurses Association, everyone agreed blaming nurses for spreading Ebola was just the easiest thing to do," said Jason Fenster, a CDC spokesman who blamed his nurse last year for undercooked eggs while hospitalized for an undisclosed infection contracted at a CDC laboratory.
Following the release of these CDC guidelines, officials at the Dallas, Texas hospital confirmed they are probably going to blame three or four nurses for spreading Ebola while taking care of Mr. Duncan, including one on maternity leave for the last six weeks.
"I've been in the hospital CEO business for 30 years. Whenever bad things happen in a hospital setting, we can count on at least one nurse to take the fall. In fact, I'm so confident that a nurse is always at fault, we built an entire section into our hospital rules and regulations titled 'How To Blame a Nurse For Anything Bad That Could Lead To A Lawsuit," said Jed Brainer, CEO of Texas Presbyterian Hospital.
A spokesman at the CDC, who wished to remain anonymous, says guidelines to be released next week for non-healthcare workers and pets who contract Ebola will likely blame nurses as well.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
New York Times: The Secret U.S. Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons. “From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule. In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs.”
If you read the NY Times story, it's another attack on Bush for keeping the finding of chemical weapons secret because they were old. In the NY Times world, finding old weapons is worse the not finding any WMDs.
Ace of Spades documents the lies the Times printed.
Ace of Spades documents the lies the Times printed.
Progressives deeply invested in the lie during the Bush years that no WMD were found in Iraq. Bush gave many reasons for the war, but progressives seized on just the presence of WMD and then pretended it was the only reason for war. We've known they've been wrong about the lack of WMD for many years now. But, upon the chance that ISIL will find and use any remnants of WMD, however, progressives have had to modify their story even more.
Now, progressives have finally admitted that Hussein's stockpiled weapons were found during the Iraq War, but claim these were not the weapons Bush said would be found. This is just one more lie. And they've compounded it with another lie: that the sole reason for the Iraq War was an active weapons program.
As I have demonstrated from Bush's own contemporaneous words, an active weapons program was not the sole reason for war. In fact, an active weapons program was not even mentioned in the multiple speeches Bush delivered to the American public and to an international audience.
Do not let the NYTimes get away with its false history of the Iraq War. The war was not made solely based on claims of an active Iraqi weapons program. It was made because, as President Bush explained repeatedly to the American public: Saddam Hussein possessed old weapons of mass destruction, desired to evade inspections so as to keep them, hoped to restart his weapons programs in the future, and could pass weapons to terrorist groups with ambitions to harm the West.
There really is an Obama White House censor's office. And the media has been using it.
It's all explained by Paul Farhi in the Washington Post. Before pool reports are disseminated to the rest of the media, the Obama censors make the "appropriate" changes. Of course the Post doesn't call it the censor's office, it's referred to as the press office.
I suspect that his story was printed because someone was getting ready to leak it without the excuses that Farhi makes. He wants us to believe that, in the age of instant electronic communication, the poor press needs the White House to send out news stories.
This story is total cr*p. It’s designed as cover for the media, telling us that without the Obama White House’s help they could not get their pool reports out. They really expect some people to be gullible enough to believe that it costs something to set up a blog for pool reports. Or to send out a blast e-mail to hundreds or even thousands of news organizations with pool reports. In the era of mass electronic communication via the Internet, how stupid does Paul Farhi think his readers are? Everyone knew that the press were stenographers for Team Obama, not everyone knew that their stories were run through the White House censors office.
When Rush Limbaugh refers to the "State Run media" I thought he was referring to the fact that the press is slavishly attached to Obama and the Democrats. I didn't realize that they were actually running their stories through an actual Obama censor.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
By this time in the election cycle, the public should have been awash with stories about how a poor, minimum wage worker at Walmart has lost her health insurance due to corporate greed and why that greed has is leading America closer to single payer. Everyone should now be focusing on how the resurgent economy would be trending on Twitter were it not for the sabotage of conservative news outlets — paid for by the Koch brothers.
Who would believe that reality would intrude despite the best efforts of the media to control what people talk about and how they were supposed to think about it. There are still a few weeks till the election and the spin doctors in the White House and the media as the Palace Guard will do their best to change the narrative. But it's harder to do when there is literally no part of this Administration that's believable.
From the comments:
Reality has gotten so far inside Obama's OODA loop that MSM is having difficulty propping up the Dems. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say that Reality has gotten inside MSM's OODA loop, making it difficult for them to prop of the Dems.
For a while Team Obama was able to control the series of scandals because they occurred consecutively: Fast &; Furious, IRS, NSA, Benghazi, the ObamaCare roll out, the VA, Solyndra, etc. The media were able to turn the page as scandal followed scandal, the latest obliterating its predecessor. But the current crop of disasters are happening all at once: the Secret Service scandal, ISIS/ISIL, Ebola now coming to a hospital near you. And now even the low information public is beginning to understand that this government is not just oppressive and expensive but incredibly incompetent. They want to run your life but can't tie their shoelaces.
When Jon Stewart begins making jokes about Obama you begin to wonder if he would not be a better host of Meet the Press than Chuck Todd.