Source of Haitian Cholera Outbreak Found

UN peacekeepers from Nepal failed to keep their contaminated poop out of the Haitian water system.  As a result, 5,000 dead and 300,000 sick.

— uo

Published in: on May 6, 2011 at 6:56 am  Leave a Comment  

EPIC FAIL: Bad Tan

With summer having arrived, a word of warning about trying to get that perfect tan look.

Not just your face and chest. You need to get your arms too!

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Published in: on June 12, 2010 at 9:39 am  Leave a Comment  

A Breathtaking Level of Stupidity

I usually don’t like to directly call a person stupid.  I do think that certain people believe they’re far smarter than they really are.  But in this instance, the level of idiocy is simply mind-blowing.  Sarah E. Mendelson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, who despite having studied the issue intensively, has this to say:

“It’s obviously proven a lot more difficult than a lot of us expected to close Guantánamo.”

Hey you idiot who has studied this issue intensively and are still too stupid to know that this was a dumb idea, leave the “us” out of it.  Only an imbecile like yourself would have thought that closing Guantánamo would be easy.  The reason it would be so difficult is this concept called UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.  Have you ever heard of that you freakin’ moron?

You can’t just shut that prison down.  You either have to release the prisoners, move them, or try them.  There are no other choices.

If you move them, where are you going to put them?  The U.S.?  Not a chance.  Mayor Bloomberg finally figured how stupid that was.  Move them to another country?  Are you kidding?  Nobody else wants them.  So moving them is out.

How about releasing them?  I think the release of those Yemeni prisoners who returned to jihad to fight again put an end to that.  So you can’t release them.

So now what?  That leaves only two choices.  Try them or hold them without trial.  You can’t do the latter, so you have to try them.  But where?  And when?

More important, why?  No al-Qaeda member is going to get a fair trial.  After all, the president’s own press secretary Robert Gibbs has already told us what the outcome of the trial is going to be.  Not only that, he has told us what the sentence will be (which means he knows the verdict will be guilty).  Talk about jury tampering!!

I’m telling you, these people advising the president, especially Eric Holder, are morons.  President Obama is making horrible decisions.  He’s dropping in the polls is because everybody now knows how bad those decisions are.

— uo

Published in: on January 31, 2010 at 1:07 pm  Comments (1)  

Delicious Irony

In nearly every state in the union, a replacement senator is chosen by the governor.  And that’s the way it was in Massachusetts for more than a century … until 2004.  What happened in 2004 is that the state had a Republican governor.  And with John Kerry running for president, the Democrat-controlled legislature worried that Governor Mitt Romney would appoint a Republican to replace Kerry.  So they passed a law that mandated a special election in 145 to 160 days.

The special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s old seat is today.

With that in mind, I think it’s very important that Barney Frank ponder his wishes more judiciously.

“God Didn’t Create The Filibuster”

Be careful what you wish for Barney.  Senator Barbara Boxer gave you and the rest of us a history lesson a year ago:

“I understand how they feel out there, because when I came I felt the same way,” says Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Elected in 1992, she quickly introduced an amendment with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) to abolish the filibuster. Democrats controlled both the White House and Congress, so she figured it was time to move the progressive agenda forward.

In the very next election, they were wiped out by the 1994 Republican Revolution. Boxer says she was glad her effort failed.

“I wish we could do it for now, but having gone through a time when we were in the deep, deep minority and Newt Gingrich was repealing every law over there, were it not for the filibuster, we would have lost everything. This country would not look the way it looks today,” she says.

— uo

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Everything You Need To Know About The Health Care Bill

Democrats need 60 votes to pass the health care bill.  That means all of them need to vote yes.  If they lose one vote, the bill dies.

Ted Kennedy’s old seat is being contested.  The election is next Tuesday.  The Republican in the race has closed a massive gap.  Some polls put the Republican in the lead.  If he wins, the health care bill in its current form is dead.

The Democrat needs help … big time.  So who is coming to the rescue?

HMOs and drug companies!

These guys are not giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars because they like you and me.  No, they are not evil.  But they’re not doing it because of some benevolent, humanitarian reason.  They want the Democrat to win because the health care bill will make them more money!

Think about who is willing to spend whatever it takes to pass the health care bill pass whenever you think that bill will keep a lid on costs.

— uo

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

GOP Hyperventilating Over Harry Reid

One thing I try to teach my kids is to pick your battles.  If you get agitated over every little thing, people either stop paying attention (best case scenario) or they start to think you’re nuts.

In the case of Harry Reid’s “insensitive” remarks, the Republicans should just shut up, because they’re only making themselves look stupid.

First, I agree completely with Ilya Somin, that they’re making a mountain out of a molehill, which could lead to unintended consequences.

Second, they’re comparing Harry Reid’s comments to Trent Lott’s noteworthy praise of Strom Thurmond.  WTF?  Harry Reid did not say that he wished a segregationist won the presidency.  Trent Lott did!  Sure, Trent was just being polite to an aging politician who had been in office since the fall of Rome.  [As an aside, isn’t that part of the problem, that once in office, these guys never leave until they’re chased out?]

What Trent Lott did will be identical to what is bound to happen sooner or later.  When Democratic West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd eventually passes on, there are going to be all sorts of tributes to the man who has had more roads and buildings named after him while he was still alive than any American.  Just drive through West Virginia and you can’t help but see the name of the former Exalted Cyclops everywhere.

Robert Byrd was a racist member of the KKK.  It will be fascinating to see how he is eulogized.  Because my guess is that many Democrats who were up in arms over Trent Lott saying something nice about a 100-year old former racist, will be the ones who will say some very nice things about a former racist who went on to be the longest serving member in the history of the Senate.

That’s when Republicans can make an accurate comparison to the treatment Lott got.  Until then, they should just drop the Lott analogy.

— Don

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  

For Low To Middle Income Americans: There’s Going To Be A New Marriage Penalty

From The Wall Street Journal:

The built-in “marriage penalty” in both House and Senate healthcare bills has received scant attention. But for scores of low-income and middle-income couples, it could mean a hike of $2,000 or more in annual insurance premiums the moment they say “I do.”

Scant attention indeed.

— uo

Published in: on January 7, 2010 at 10:25 am  Leave a Comment  

CBS News: Obama – The New King Of Spin

Where was this kind of thinking before the election?

JAN CRAWFORD: “Well, I mean when you’re talking about the Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano coming out and insisting that the system worked and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs saying on this program last week, pretty much the same language that the system has worked. That’s a problem. I mean obviously the American people can look out there and go, well, you know, it didn’t.

“But it’s not just those sound bites. I mean those are sound bites. The reason that’s an issue for Obama is that it goes to the bigger question of the competency of his government and the trust that people have in that government. You look at polls. Polls show that the trust in government is an all time low. Domestically, obviously, stimulus plan hasn’t worked. Unemployment is high.”

Bob Orr: It’s just amazing to me that questions about privacy and your rights would trump security.

David Martin: “Closing Guantanamo is going to nothing more than a change of address for the detainees because they [the Obama administration] still have the procedure of indefinite detention for people you can’t take to court because the evidence won’t stand up in court for any number of reasons, but you considered too dangerous to release.”

Jan Crawford: “I agree with David. I mean, moving these guys here is really just a change of address on Guantanamo. The Supreme Court has decided they should get some rights. So whether they’re in Illinois or Guantanamo, it’s not a huge difference. But holding criminal trials for these enemy combatants is something that historically the United States has never done. In World War II, for example, you know we had the German saboteurs coming into this country. FDR ordered them tried by a secret military tribunal. And they were executed month later.

“But we’ve decided, this administration has decided, that we’re going to give them a full range of constitutional and procedural protections and allow them to be treated as ordinary criminal defendants. That’s going to be a major issue picking up on what Bob said of how we’re going to kind of have this tension between the rule of law and rights for these people while we’re also waging war. We’re going to be holding them, giving them these full range of constitutional rights while we’re stepping up drone attacks and trying to basically kill their counterparts.”

BOB SCHIEFFER: “Finally today, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano is getting hammered because her first response to the undie bomber fiasco was that the system worked.

“We shouldn’t have been surprised. Sure, she looks a little silly now that the facts are dribbling out. But she was just following the modern bipartisan public relations template in this age of information management.

“First, play down the problem. Second, emphasize what did not go wrong. Assure us that those in charge are investigating, and most important, emphasize no one in any position of responsibility is at fault. It’s not lying. But it’s not exactly the whole truth, certainly not the whole story. All she left out was that part about asking us to respect the privacy of those involved. Oh, I’m sorry. I got the government spin mixed up with the Tiger spin.

“Here is the difference. Tiger can hire as many people as he wants to make his excuses. It may do him no good but it’s his money to spend as he wishes. When government officials insult us with spin they’re doing it on our dime, which is supposed to be used to operate the government, not to hold news conferences to tell us what a fine job people on the public payroll are doing.

As we learned during Katrina, self-serving spin at the first sign of crisis does not help the situation. It makes it worse. Because it makes it harder to believe anything the government says. Real security is built on trust in government. That requires truth, which should be the beginning of government presentations, not the fallback position.”

I’ll add this.  To me, the Bush administration began its descent on one bright, hot sunny day down in Alabama when the former president uttered those immortal words that every human knew was complete bullshit.

No, it wasn’t a heckuva job.  It may not have been Brown’s fault, or the federal government’s fault.  Personally, I think the only organization that could have responded properly and rapidly was the Navy or the Marines.  But that’s beside the point.  The point is, it wasn’t a “heckuva job” that was being done down in New Orleans, and everybody knew it.  Just like everybody knows that the “system” did not “work”.

Spin has a tipping point.  Use it too much, and suddenly nobody believes a thing you’re saying.  The country forgave Bush for not connecting the dots, and for a time, they forgave him for not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  But once he was exposed as a bullshit artist, every criticism, right or wrong, stuck.  I think Obama runs the risk of having the same thing happen to him.

— uo

Published in: on January 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

“That All Depends”

Here’s an excerpt of a conversation between Senator Lindsey Graham and Attorney General Eric Holder at yesterday’s Senate hearing, where even NPR reported that Holder was unprepared:

GRAHAM: If we captured bin Laden tomorrow, would he be entitled to Miranda warnings at the moment of capture?

HOLDER: Again I’m not — that all depends. I mean, the notion that we —

GRAHAM: Well, it does not depend. If you’re going to prosecute anybody in civilian court, our law is clear that the moment custodial interrogation occurs the defendant, the criminal defendant, is entitled to a lawyer and to be informed of their right to remain silent.

That all depends?  Are f-ing kidding me?  Holder’s desire to capture bin Laden and prosecute him in civilian court sure seems to be a big departure from the words his boss said during the campaign.

Read the whole outrageous thing.

Here’s the NPR report on the subject.

More evidence that these guys simply are not nearly as smart as they think they are, as they fail to consider even the most rudimentary unintended consequences.

— uo

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Hey ACLU, Be Careful What You Wish For

My biggest fear with bringing KSM to the U.S. to be tried was centered on three things: security during and after the trial (for the police, the judiciary, the prosecutors, the defense and the jury), the potential that state secrets might be exposed, and the potential that they might actually get acquitted due to evidence being excluded due to the methods used to acquire the evidence.

I hadn’t thought of this:

The greatest danger posed in the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) isn’t that he will go free. The greatest danger is that he will be convicted and that during his appeals the courts will ratify all of the extraordinary measures used to capture and convict him.

So to all those so-called civil libertarians, if you think the Bush Administration trampled on your rights before, just imagine what life might be like if these Islamists actually get convicted and the tactics used against them get validated not just overseas, but on U.S. soil as well!

I don’t want to overstate things, or understate them.  But the President’s decision to try KSM in a criminal court could be one of the most consequential decisions a President has made since World War II.

Read the whole thing.

— uo

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 9:16 am  Comments (1)