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31 October: The Ghost’s High Noon

31 October 2014 @ 00:01

Ha ha…

Bonus: How to succeed in government…

When I was a lad I served a term
As office boy to an Attorney’s firm.
I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
And I polished up the handle of the big front door.
I polished up that handle so carefullee
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

As office boy I made such a mark
That they gave me the post of a junior clerk.
I served the writs with a smile so bland,
And I copied all the letters in a big round hand–
I copied all the letters in a hand so free,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

In serving writs I made such a name
That an articled clerk I soon became;
I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit
For the pass examination at the Institute,
And that pass examination did so well for me,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
That they took me into the partnership.
And that junior partnership, I ween,
Was the only ship that I ever had seen.
But that kind of ship so suited me,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

I grew so rich that I was sent
By a pocket borough into Parliament.
I always voted at my party’s call,
And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
I thought so little, they rewarded me
By making me the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
If your soul isn’t fettered to an office stool,
Be careful to be guided by this golden rule–
Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
And you all may be rulers of the Queen’s Navee!

In modern America, of course, ‘Queen’s Navy’ has taken on quite a different meaning.

On Islam Turning West

30 October 2014 @ 11:25

While I don’t necessarily agree with Michael Walsh’s conclusion in his latest post, I think he’s probably right in this prediction:

At the moment, ISIS is heading east, beating up on the Kurds and doing their best to roll up the Shi’a-led puppet government of “Iraq” and itching for its ultimate confrontation with Shi’ite Iran. But look to the north and west (as the Kurds already know), where the rapidly Islamicizing Turkey (Ataturk and his forcibly secular state are a fading memory) offers a ripe target for the restoration of the Caliphate and payback for the humiliation Ataturk visited upon them. …Lately the ISIS advance has slowed and should they fail to take Baghdad — and the half-hearted U.S. response is not going to deter them; only Shi’ite resistance can do that — the savages of ISIS may well turn their attention to softer targets in Syria and even Turkey; and from Turkey, the soft underbelly of Europe — Greece, Muslim Albania and the former Muslim provinces of Bulgaria and parts of Hungary — are just a short boat ride away. When you have revanchism on your mind, expansion or extinction are the only choices.

And what’s to stop the Mohammedins from invading Europe again? The forces of The West? Don’t make me laugh too hard, I might strain something. All of Europe these days is one, big soft underbelly. The Brits talk a good game, but do you really trust David ‘The Toff’ Cameron to do what is truly necessary to arrest such a Jihad in Europe when he has done nothing about the Stealth Jihad / Islamic Invasion of his own country. And, of course, we cannot expect any needed action by the Dhimmis who run the American Regime.

In the Comments section of Mr. Walsh’s post, Ottawagirl still has hope:

Eventually, the West will beat back these barbarians. Superior cultures do prevail because they offer people real reasons to live. We could do it now but our leaders are still trying to have their cake and it eat it too.

The existential wars that will be required demand total commitment. The path to that commitment will require that we jettison political correctness, all cultures-are-equal tropes and all the dross that has built up since WW II.

So far so good but a lot of people are going to be killed, made absolutely miserable and plunged into chaos because the narcissist West lost its purpose.

I wish I could be that hopeful, but I cannot. The scenario in the novel The Camp Of The Saints, it seems to me, is more likely to happen: the Barbarians will come ashore and the governments and most of the people of Europe will stand there and do nothing, as wave after wave of these death cultists wash over them. If ISIS attacks Europe they will be aided by an uprising of the millions of Muslims who now live unassimilated throughout the old Christendom.

As the author, Jean Raspail, wrote in 1985:

…For I am convinced that at the global level things will unleash as at a billiard game, where the balls start moving one after the other following an initial shove, which can start up in this or that immense reservoir of misery and multitudes, such as the one over there, alongside the Ganges. It will probably not happen as I have described it, for the Camp of the Saints is only a parable, but in the end the result will not be any different, though perhaps in a form more diffused and therefore seemingly more tolerable. The Roman empire did not die any differently, though, it’s true, more slowly, whereas this time we can expect a more sudden conflagration. It is said that history does not repeat itself. That’s very foolish. The history of our planet is made up of successive voids and of the ruins that others have strewn about as they each had their turn, and that some have at times regenerated.

For the West is empty, even if it has not yet become really aware of it. An extraordinarily inventive civilization, surely the only one capable of meeting the challenges of the third millennium, the West has no soul left. At every level — nations, races, cultures, as well as individuals — it is always the soul that wins the decisive battles. It is only the soul that forms the weave of gold and brass from which the shields that save the strong are fashioned. I can hardly discern any soul in us….

The West will not beat back the Barbarians, will not find the Will and the Courage to do so, unless and until it rediscovers it’s Moral Imagination, not before within the Souls of it’s people it purges itself of the cancer of Leftist Thinking. Leftism breeds a Culture Of Death that fills every Soul it touches with Despair, sowing the seeds of Nihilism.

Even if The West recovers it’s vigor, things have reached a point where, as Ottawagirl puts it so well: ‘a lot of people are going to be killed, made absolutely miserable and plunged into chaos because the narcissist West lost its purpose’ and regained it’s sanity tardily.

In the same Comments section cited above, Inky Binky remarks:

There is nothing that ISIS has done that is not totally in accordance with Islam and the teachings of all Muslims’ “Perfect Man”, Mohammad, and the examples that he personally and repeatedly set. ISIS is just the latest of a long history of Islamic outbreaks. As long as the source tumor remains any “solutions” and respites will be limited and only temporary.

Islam itself, founded by a mass murdering, mass torturing, mass raping, mass enslaving misanthrope psychopath, all Muslim’s “Perfect Man”, is the greatest continuing crime against humanity the world has ever known.

At some point either Islam dies or humanity dies.

In the end, there can be only one.

Dead solid perfect.

The same, by the way, can and must be understood about Leftism.

Totalitarianism Delenda Est.

Bob’s FREE Investment Advice

30 October 2014 @ 08:27

We all know that, at some point, the crap is going to hit the fan in America.

Until that happens and in preparation for the collapse of the economy, there’s no reason why you – yes you – should not MAKE SOME SERIOUS DENARII that will help you be prepared for the coming Downfall [and I ain't talkin' about a parody video].

As a far-seeing sear, who has correctly predicted what this ‘Obama’ fellow and his minions and controllers would do, I have come-up with some investment advice that will assure YOU WILL BE READY WHEN THE DUNG IS FLYING.

This may sound contradictory, but, because there is no future for America as we’ve known it, YOU MUST INVEST IN FUTURES!

But not all futures are going to give you the return on your investments you deserve.

In these troubled times, you need to INVEST WISELY.

And that’s why I, Robert Oswald Belvedere, PHD ['pretty heavy dipsomaniac], am here.

Here’s my FREE investment advice – all I ask is that you not tell the LIV’s about it…

Invest in the following futures and YOU CAN’T NOT MAKE A SERIOUS CHUNK OF CHANGE:

-Tar Futures: The real sticky kind.

-Feather Futures: Any kind will do.

As things get worse here in The Former United States Of America, as the Left continues it’s fundamental transformation of America into a big Gulag, there will be quite a demand for these items.

Further: Once the feces is flinging, the demand for the following items will increase DRAMATICALLY:

-Pike Futures: Those severed heads of Leftists are going to send a message on the city walls by themselves.

-Mud Brick Futures: There will be quite a demand, I assure you, for adobe walls that will not cause firing squad bullets to ricochet.

Follow this investment advice and YOU CAN’T LOSE.

The great American Pimple is coming to a head; be ready to squeeze it.

[This post was inspired by my good Friend In The Ether Adobe Walls.]

What Does Stealth Jihad Look Like

29 October 2014 @ 21:20

Two examples…

-From Cindy Adams:

Fastest-growing religion Islam is nudging out Judaeo-Christian territory. A consortium of guardians informed one private upper-class London school for the wealthy and privileged that future faculty, board meetings, fund-raisers, social parent gatherings may not in future serve alcohol. Additionally, pupils all sing a certain song. Asked a meaning of the foreign words, one mother was told: “It’s a prayer from the Koran.” Horrified, she asked why not sing “Onward, Christian Soldiers”? Not fantasy, this is fact from those who are there.

-From The Washington Post, Reid Wilson reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Paco][emphasis mine]:

Christianity is by far the largest religion in the United States; more than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians. A little more than half of us identify as Protestants, about 23 percent as Catholic and about  2 percent as Mormon.

But what about the rest of us? In the Western U.S., Buddhists represent the largest non-Christian religious bloc in most states. In 20 states, mostly in the Midwest and South, Islam is the largest non-Christian faith tradition. And in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast, Judaism has the most followers after Christianity. Hindus come in second place in Arizona and Delaware, and there are more practitioners of the Baha’i faith in South Carolina than anyone else.

Here’s one of the maps from the report that shows where the Mohammedins are:

Islam-SecondLargestReligionInUSA

-What to do about The Buddhist Menace?!?

‘Barack Hussein Obama’ Surveyed

29 October 2014 @ 11:12

By poet Walt Erickson:

THREE PORTRAITS

Obama as he sees himself:

A canvas larger than each precious moment
Reflected in the polished sun lit pool
A president who didn’t know what no meant
The face, the smile, the eyes, the teeth, so cool
A canvas splashed with pigment for the ages
To last at least a thousand thousand years
To glorify the last of nature’s sages
And generate a trillion trillion tears

Obama as seen by his loyal supporters:

A canvas splashed with love and faith and kindness
A life of service, honor and of hope
Who never lost his temper as the mindless
Attacked from every side to blunt the scope
Of visions that bestrode the world around us
A vision of a world devoid of sin
A world where Barack’s loving would surround us
A world where sin and hate had never been

Obama as seen by the rest of the world:

A figure scribbled on a grain of barley
A portrait by a dabbler in the arts
A tragic figure, wizened, rough and gnarly
As if the artist showed his finer parts
A man who brought destruction to a nation
That raised him to a post beyond his worth
A post that saw him far beyond his station
A man ordained for failure from his birth

No more commentary needed, eh?

A related poem by Mr. Erikson may be found here.

Leftville: A Village Of Evil Idiots

29 October 2014 @ 08:59

Number 6: Where am I?

Number 2: In the Village.

Over at Protein Wisdom, Darleen Click reports the following [this is worth quoting in full]:

Hey girls, if you need a party bus with male strippers to get to the polls …

… stay home, m’kay?

Of course the Left clutched their pearls and looked for the fainting couch when a host on The Five dared suggest that some young women haven’t acquired the knowledge or experience to make an informed vote.

Yet it appears that Cosmo is proving FoxNews right by counting on getting the fluff-brains to the polls for Democrats by appealing to their libido, not their brains.

Shirtless male models and party buses are being offered to encourage female students at North Carolina State University to get out and vote during the Nov. 4 midterm elections. NC State students looking to vote will have the option of taking “a party bus equipped with snacks, prizes and shirtless male models” provided by Cosmopolitan magazine, student newspaper, Technician Online, reports. Colleges around the country were eligible for Cosmo’s contest prize, but the battleground state school is the winner.

I wonder if these girls have any clue what the phrase “bread and circuses” means?

Dead solid perfect, Darleen.

Big Bang Hunter commented:

A lot are not really serious Lefties, particularly the young millennials who are mooching off of daddy while they live in his basement and work hard to get back at him for not just saying screw it and aborting them. As soon as the roof started caving in on the Prog movement and jug ears they immediately headed for the exits….

His first sentence prompted the following thoughts…

On the Left you have the following:

-Masterminds

-Apparatchiks

-Fellow Travellers

-Criminals/Thugs on the Make

-Dupes

These girls are the last ones, that’s all.

To flesh out my thinking out a bit…

-The Masterminds are those who direct Leftist Thought in general, who come-up with the strategies and oversee their implementation. They are the Elite of the Left, the truly Illuminated Ones, who deserve to rule, who are the ferrymen to Utopia. They are the Inner Circle of The Enlightened, the High Priests of the religion of Leftism.

-The Apparatchiks are those who gladly carry-out the directives of the Masterminds, hoping to one day be allowed into the Inner Circle. They run the Bureaucracies and special interest groups. Often they are lead to believe by the Masterminds that they hold a special place in The Revolution. They are True Believers, but their Will To Power is not as strong as the Masterminds. They have a deep, psychological desire to be accepted by the Masterminds and will do anything to achieve that status.

-The Fellow Travellers are those who do not run the Bureaucracies and special interest groups, but are, nevertheless, as committed as the Apparatchiks to the success of The Revolution. They operate in universities, the Business Community, the Entertainment Industry, etc.. They are, in a sense, ‘independent operators’ who can always be counted on to carry out the wishes of the Masterminds on their own initiative.

-The Criminal/Thugs are people who believe in flaunting all laws and Morality to obtain whatever it is they want. They believe people who are Honest, Decent, and True are suckers. They see Life as grossly unfair and, therefore, Society is unfair. This, in their minds, justifies their active defiance of all that is Good. The Criminals/Thugs, possessed of low Animal Cunning, find that they can achieve more if they align with the Left, which rejects Absolute Truth, Morality, and Tradition in favor of a Relativism that produces Societal Chaos, because they enjoy the best conditions, they thrive, in such an atmosphere. Further, since many of the Criminal/Thugs are Psychopathic, they believe their violent desires can be more easily achieved in the climate created by the triumph of Leftist Thinking [and they are quite correct in this assessment].

-The Dupes are those who reject Right Reason, who refuse to mature and carry-out their responsibilities as citizens of a Republic, who believe that the purpose of Life is seeking and enjoying pleasures. In their rejection of Right Reason, they tightly, obsessively embrace Emotion, Feeling. They naturally gravitate towards Leftism because it’s appeal is emotional and because it seeks to bring about Paradise On Earth, where all is happy and well, and where Ecstasy reigns.

It takes a village of various kinds of Evil to raze a Republic — and we’ve got them all here in America.

 

If Orwell Had Written ‘1984’ With @SarahPalinUSA In Mind

28 October 2014 @ 21:33

Special guest post by M. Joseph Sheppard.

Introduction:

The left has gone crazy, lashing out in their portends of defeat at their “2 minute hate figure-Sarah Palin. Really, it is astounding, dumbfounding actually, that the closer the election gets, the greater the number of near hysterical anti-Palin tweets from “progressives.” It seems the Liberals have gone collectively mad. Palin is not running for anything, they deem her “irrelevant and “a diminished figure”. But, Palin makes a statements-on climate change/Ebola for example and Liberal’s Tweets explode. 

She controls their minds — in a manner unseen in political life previously. Their portends of coming electoral defeat, the final end of the “hopey changey” stuff drenches their Tweets with bitter salt tears and in their hapless hopeless fury they lash out at their hate figure. George Orwell summed up the heart of the “progressive” left in his ‘1984″ satire. Were he alive today he very much could have substituted his ‘Emmanuel Goldstein” hate figure for Sarah Palin with total validity-as per this rewrite (with utter deference to the master)

If Orwell Had Written ‘1984’ With Palin In Mind

It was nearly eleven hundred, and in the Records Department, where Winston worked, they were dragging the chairs out of the cubicles and grouping them in the center of the hall opposite the big telescreen, in preparation for the Two Minutes Hate.

The next moment a hideous, grinding speech, as of some monstrous machine running without oil, burst from the big telescreen at the end of the room. It was a noise that set one’s teeth on edge and bristled the hair at the back of one’s neck. The Hate had started.

As usual, the face of Sarah Palin, the Enemy of the Democratic Party and the Main Stream Media and especially leftist bloggers, had flashed on to the screen. There were hisses here and there among the audience. A little red-haired woman journalist gave a squeak of mingled fear and disgust. Palin was the renegade, one of the leading figures of the Republican Party, almost on a level with the near mythological figure “Reagan”, and had engaged in counter-liberal activities, had been condemned to irrelevancy, but had mysteriously escaped from liberal media attacks and gained a mass following. The programmes of the Two Minutes Hate varied from day to day, but there was none in which Palin was not the principal figure. She was the primal enemy, the defiler of the Party’s plans including the Death Panels. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of her teaching. She was still active and hatching her conspiracies: perhaps under the protection of secret paymasters, perhaps even — so it was occasionally rumoured, the mysterious Koch brothers and the equally mysterious Fox Murdoch.

The diaphragms of all liberals in the room, especially Winston’s were constricted. He could never see the face of Palin without a painful mixture of emotions. It was a lean face, with a great mass of raven hair — a clever face, and yet somehow, to the now maddened Dem’s somehow despicable, with a kind of beauty in the pert nose, on top of which a pair of designer spectacles was perched. Palin was delivering her usual venomous attack upon the doctrines of the Party enough to fill one with an alarmed feeling. She was abusing Big Obama, She was denouncing the big government policies of the Party, She was advocating freedom of speech, freedom of the Press, freedom of assembly, freedom of thought, She was crying that the principles of the revolution had been betrayed.

1984-Two-Minutes-Hate-02-500Before the Hate had proceeded for thirty seconds, uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking out from half the people in the room. The face on the screen, and the terrifying power of the Tea Party army behind it, were too much to be borne: besides, the sight or even the thought of Palin produced fear and anger automatically. She was an object of hatred more constant than either Bush or Cheney. But what was strange was that although Palin was hated and despised by everybody on the left, although every day and a thousand times a day, on platforms, on the telescreen, in newspapers, in books, her theories were refuted, smashed, ridiculed, in spite of all this, her influence never seemed to grow less.

In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the tops of their voices in an effort to drown the maddening voice that came from the screen. The little red-haired woman had turned bright pink, and her mouth was opening and shutting like that of a landed fish.  A dark-haired girl behind Winston had begun crying out ‘Swine! Swine! Swine!’ and suddenly she picked up a heavy Democratic Party talking points memo book and flung it at the screen. It struck Palin’s nose and bounced off; the voice continued inexorably. In a lucid moment Winston found that he was shouting with the others and kicking his heel violently against the rung of his chair.

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.

Thus, at one moment Winston’s hatred was not turned against Palin at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Obama, the Democratic Party, and the Spin Doctors; and at such moments his heart went out to the lonely, derided heretic on the screen, sole guardian of truth and sanity in a world of lies

Then the face of Sarah Palin faded away again, and instead the slogan of the liberal elite stood out in bold capitals:

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste.  Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.

The Real World, Season 666: The Muslims

28 October 2014 @ 14:30

Over in the Comments section of a post by Darleen Click [that is about the foolish term 'lone wolf' and is well-worth a read], Mc4Ever59 asks an important question:

Who are the real Muslims. The so called moderates or the fanatical jihadists?

Both.

The Fanaticals want to torture you and murder you.

The Moderates want to absorb you or enslave you – they are Evil with a happy, bearded face.

You’re welcome.

Lefter The Molester*

28 October 2014 @ 14:14

In a recent column for PJ Media, Robert Wargas does some more peeling back of the Leftist Mind Onion to reveal just how foul-smelling and rotten it’s core is:

One lamentable feature of the contemporary West is the ruthless efficiency of the nanny state. It works overnight. You wake up, slouch over your coffee and corn flakes, and read of the new Bad Thing that must be stopped Right Now….

It is now a given in Western civilization that “law” refers to restrictions against those least in need of them. It is not criminals but users of incandescent light bulbs who must contend with the power of the state. As I said, it all happens very quickly. Smoking has acquired a taboo that was inconceivable even a decade ago. That cigarettes are obviously unhealthy for you has only made this taboo easier to impose. But there’s a ratchet effect at work here: with each restriction against the clearly unhealthy comes a restriction, not long after, against the less clearly unhealthy.

Consider the steady campaign against electronic cigarettes. Nearly every day another city or county or school district or business has banned or restricted these devices. Type “e-cigarettes” into a search engine and you will see the paternalists at work all over the world.

Electronic cigarettes are odd targets for extinction. They emit no actual smoke; the “smoker” is inhaling and exhaling a flavored water vapor that contains a bit of nicotine—or none at all, depending on the brand. This is “smoking” only in a simulated, metaphorical sense. There is no tobacco and thus no odor, no tar, and no carbon monoxide. Even if they are not completely safe—what is?—what marginal health benefit could we possibly enjoy by stamping them out?

But paternalists are concerned with symbolism as much as, if not more than, the concrete world. Not only must smoking actual cigarettes be forcibly curtailed; any replacement becomes suspect as well, since the replacement violates the spirit of the original symbolic act of saving the masses. The people have found a loophole, and such feral children must be stopped.

Those who argue for bans draw from the bottomless fount of power that comes from invoking “health,” “safety,” “animal rights,” and “the environment.” There is room in free societies for protecting and fostering each of these, but the law-abiding citizen will have noticed that these concepts are continually used to dismantle their private lives. Since every civilization relies on the use of animals and the environment for its prosperity and cultural traditions, nothing is safe if “animal rights” and “environmentalism” are enforced to their logical limits. What possibly could not be controlled or banned in their name? Since neither animals nor environments can speak for themselves, there is always an infinite number of arguments that self-appointed proxies can employ on their behalf in order to regulate or ban what the proxies don’t like.

Is this a condition peculiar to postmodern societies such as ours? How did it get this way? How did we—I should say “they”—become more concerned about bagatelle than about actual matters of life and death and criminality? I once proposed that the term “nanny state” is actually a misnomer, since nannies are employees who provide a valuable service. They can also be fired if they don’t do a good job. A better term is “molester state”: a juggernaut whose advances are most unwelcome and not so easily terminated.

Most nannies do, indeed, provide valuable services and are decent people who truly care for their charges.

‘Molester State’ is a much more appropriate term.

It seems like a combination of mole and monster. Moles bore in where they are not wanted and wreck landscapes; monsters, well, are monsters — hideous creatures who seek Normal Human Beings for the purposes of destroying their minds and bodies.

Leftism assaults both the body and mind, seeking not simply to enslave us, but to corrupt our minds so that we come to ‘love Big Brother’.

The Oxford English Dictionary has two definitions for ‘molester‘: ‘Pester or harass (someone), typically in an aggressive or persistent manner’ and ‘Assault or abuse’. They also provide the following synonyms: ‘harass, harry, hassle, pester, bother, annoy, beset, persecute, torment; informal: roust; assault, interfere with, violate’.

Every single one of those terms describes actions of the current government of The Former United States Of America.

For nearly a one hundred and fifty years, Americans have been subjected to the molestations of the Left. As is typical of most molesters, the Left In America has been grooming us, like child sexual abusers groom their prey,

When we reach adult age, they continue the abuse, but by then so many of us have become used to the abuse that we think it a normal part of Life.

It’s time we Americans wake-up and light Burning Beds all across The Fruited Plain.

OUTLAW!

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*Reference.

Ebola, Etc: Fear Of An Diseased Planet – #AmericasGotDisease

27 October 2014 @ 22:16

NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story, nor of the Polio story.  They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Alan Colmes].

-In the ‘Well, Well, Well…’ category…

From The Daily Caller, Patrick Howley reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to @LibertyGirlNH]:

Ebola health care worker Kaci Hickox, who was released from quarantine with the support of the White House, is a Centers For Disease Control and Prevention employee, records reveal. The lawyer who helped earn her release is a recent White House state dinner guest.

Hickox was released from Ebola quarantine in Newark, N.J., Monday afternoon after the White House pressured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to release the nurse that was working in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders. Hickox’s case for release was also bolstered by New York civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who took on Hickox’s case.

“I feel like my basic human rights have been violated,” Hickox said before she was evaluated by CDC and transported back to her home in Maine.

Here’s an overlooked factor that could have contributed to her White House-backed release: Hickox is an official CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer who performed work for the CDC in recent months.

Hickox’s lawyer Norman Siegel, meanwhile, was an official guest at the White House State Dinner on Feb. 11, 2014, accompanying Jackie Robinson’s widow Rachel Robinson, who supported Siegel’s failed 2009 run for New York City Public Advocate. Siegel is the former director of the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Siegel previously partnered with Al Sharpton to fight against a New York state proposal to keep a DNA database of felons.

How stupid does La Cosa Obama think we are?  Yeah…I know….

-Speaking of Christie…

Rush Limbaugh:

So one week before the election we have here a bunch of states that are deciding to do their own quarantines, and the Regime is flipping out.  Obama and his gang are flipping out.  They want to be in total control of the quarantines.  So one week before the election, once again, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has caved.  We need to quarantine Chris Christie is what needs to happen here, folks.  This is the second election in a row. One week prior to the election, the governor of New Jersey ends up — well, I don’t know arm in arm, hand in hand, in bed with? I don’t know how to characterize it, but responding to Obama’s demands.  I’m sorry.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but (laughing) I really think the Republicans ought to make sure that Governor Christie gets quarantined.

He most definitely should be, considering what a plague he is for conservatives and Classical Liberals.

-When I first heard of this next story, I thought the culprit might be New Jersey’s Governor…

From Campus Reform, Kaitlyn Schallhorn reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Big Bang Hunter]:

A self-described progressive socialist in Michigan attacked a group of conservative students outside of a Hillary Clinton speaking engagement by attempting to lick them while yelling that he has Ebola.

Then it occurred to me that Khristie Kreme wouldn’t lick, he’d bite.

-From MIT Technology Review, Karen Weintraub reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to @AllAmericanGirl via Instapundit]:

James Collins, a synthetic biologist at Boston University, says he’s been able to print the ingredients for simple DNA experiments on paper, freeze dry them, and use them as much as a year later. It could lead to cheap diagnostic tests for viruses like Ebola.

The work, described this week in the journal Cell by Collins and colleagues from Harvard, could lead to bandages that change color if an infection is developing, environmental sensors worn on clothing, or cheap diagnostics for viruses like Ebola.

The idea of inexpensive paper-based diagnostics isn’t new. But so far, these tests have relied on traditional chemistry like pregnancy tests do (see “Super-Cheap Health Tests” and “Paper Diagnostics”). Collins says his work now extends the idea to precisely engineered genetic reactions.

As Michael Ledeen [and Insty] would say: ‘Faster, please’.

-New York, New York’s a helluva town
The Bronx is up and The Battery’s down
And Ebola rides in a hole in the ground…

Well…the Big Apple has another worm [the Communist Mayor being designated the First Worm] and he’s a reckless and irresponsible Doctor who should have known better – lovely.

Regular Right Guy has a message for New Yorkers:

Count your blessings, New Yorkers; you’re danged lucky that Dr. Craig Spencer is a board-certified specialist. Otherwise he might not have known how to run around your city without infecting cabbies, subway commuters and Brooklyn bowling enthusiasts.

And we never really had Ebola in the U.S. before Barack Obama, so it’s good we have him now to show us how to contain it.

So, lucky about that.

Luck, be Ebola tonight…

-Hey…how about that Polio-like Enterovirus?…

From Sharyl Attkisson, we learn:

The U.S. death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D-68 continues to rise.

The latest CDC update on the current outbreak of the polio-like Enterovirus D-68 states that it has now been detected “in specimens from eight patients who died and had samples submitted for testing.” That’s one more death than was disclosed in last week’s update. The CDC account does not provide any information as to where the patient died and does not disclose his/her name, age or other details.

The respiratory illness can cause paralysis. The outbreak is likely more widespread than reported since some states are not lab testing all respiratory illnesses to confirm. Most cases are said to be mild.

-From the Editors of Investor’s Business Daily on 17 October [tip of the fedora to Daniel John Sobieski][this is worth quoting in full]:

A disease that was once rare in the U.S. is killing Americans, and its rise coincides with the tidal wave of unaccompanied minor children arriving from Latin America under our de facto open-border policy.

Eli Waller, a 4-year-old New Jersey boy, died Sept. 25. He was reportedly fine and healthy when he went to bed but died overnight, with the cause confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control to be enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68), one more casualty in an epidemic that has swept the country seemingly out of nowhere.

The CDC website reports that from mid-August to Oct. 10, the CDC itself or state authorities confirmed that 691 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia had come down with some sort of respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Five children, including Eli, died from their infections.

More than a few observers have noticed that the sudden increase in EV-D68 cases coincides with the rapid rise of unaccompanied minors crossing our porous border. These children, often without proper health screenings, have been distributed throughout the U.S.

The CDC denies any connection, noting that cases of EV-D68 have occurred in the U.S. for decades, having first been detected in California in 1962.

“There is no evidence that unaccompanied children brought EV-D68 into the United States, we are not aware of any of these children testing positive for the virus,” the CDC told World Net Daily in an email response to an inquiry into the possible connection.

It is true that EV-D68 has been in the U.S. at least since 1962. But according to a study done by doctors from the Division of Viral Diseases at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases published on the CDC’s own website, EV-D68 “is one of the most rarely reported serotypes, with only 26 reports throughout the 36-year study period (1970 through 2006).”

There’s often a disconnect between coincidence and correlation. But we suspect that the jump in cases from 26 in 36 years to nearly 700 in one year coming at the same time as the open-border influx of improperly screened illegal aliens is more than just a coincidence.

As the relentless investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson points out, a 2013 study in Virology Journal found human enteroviruses, including EV-D68, present in 3% of nose and throat swab samples taken from children from Latin America under 8 years old with a median age of 3. Related human rhinoviruses were found in 16% of the samples, according to the study authored by a team of virologists headed by Josefina Garcia from U.S. Naval Medical Unit 6 in Lima, Peru.

“Keep in mind that Latin American children likely have some immunity and may not be sick, while still contagious,” Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, told World Net Daily.

So infected unaccompanied minors might not even show any symptoms detectable in screenings.

“Most of the border minors are being kept in overcrowded facilities ridden with poor hygiene,” Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, a preventive medicine specialist, told Breitbart News this summer, as the border flood escalated. “This is the ideal condition for a viral outbreak.”

The dispersal of illegal aliens, including unaccompanied minors, throughout the U.S. without proper medical screening is an appalling dereliction of duty by a president and an administration sworn to protect the health and safety of American citizens.

And after the CDC’s bungling, rethinking and dissembling about the Ebola outbreak, it looks as if we can’t trust anything it says about the origins and spread of EV-D68, either.

-Motorhead3000 speaketh the truth:

We can’t change into a 3rd world country without 3rd world diseases.

-PJMedia commentator Ulysses Grant:

…It’s not just liberals who lack common sense.

Darryl Issa, at the end of Congressional hearings today, was openly derisive of travel bans and quarantines, saying they could be easily circumvented. How stupid is this guy. Travel bans and quarantines are the only things that work! A government that rakes in close to $4 trillion in taxes should be able to institute travel bans and quarantines then prevent them from being circumvented.

Really, how do we defeat this plague if powerful members on our side give intellectual cover to Obama’s dangerous policies. I guess we are seeing why Issa Committee investigations never produce any results. They aren’t meant to.

New Injun nickname for Issa: ‘Tits On Bull’.

-Let’s end with a few Tweets:

  We’re in the very best of hands – the Pros From Bendover

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Matters Hillary – Being One With The Slime

27 October 2014 @ 14:18

I’m going to go ahead and write a bit about Hillary Rodham, even though I know it means that I’ll have to take a shower afterwards [could someone out there please invent an anti-slime Hazmat suit? The Level A's just don't cut it].

From last Friday’s The Washington Free Beacon, we learned [tip of the fedora to Darleen Click]:

At a Democratic rally in Massachusetts [BOB: Call it 'Triumph Of The Hill'], Hillary Clinton’s attempt to attack “trickle-down economics” resulted in a spectacularly odd statement.

Clinton defended raising the minimum wage, saying, “Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs–they always say that.”

She went on to say that businesses and corporations are not the job creators of America.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Clinton said.

-First of all, if you truly think it odd that Mzzz. Rodham’s statement was unusual, you haven’t been paying attention for the last two-plus decades.

-Secondly, as Mc4ever59 comments over in Darleen’s post:

And this is what stands a good chance of being our next president.

In some ways, Hillary Rodham is smarter — possessed of more low animal cunning — than Barry Soetoro, which may make her more dangerous than the Nancy Boy Lightbringer.

Although: it might not matter if this is true because Valerie Jarrett and her Junto have actually been running the current Administration.

-Further, if, as is quite possible, President Rodham suffers a Woodrow Wilson moment and strokes-out, will her Junto be able to hush it up?

-I’ve got a feeling that Hillary Borgia will be denied the Nomination a second time. It’s just a feeling, but, in my defense, it has it’s origins of over forty years of following politics. Of course, I could be being influenced by a deep desire to see the bitch humiliated.

An Orman Win In Kansas Could Give Dem’s TWO Senate Votes

26 October 2014 @ 20:32

Special guest post by M. Joseph Sheppard.

Those Republican voters in Kansas, especially the Tea Party supporters, who are considering voting for “Independent” Greg Orman for senator rather than current senator Pat Roberts might give pause when they realize Orman is potentially two senate votes for the Democratic party.

The math is simple and irrefutable. If the election result  turns out to be Dem’s 50 senate seats and the GOP 49 with Orman winning as an “Independent” then, as per his advice, he will “caucus with the party that has the most seats” that being, under these circumstances, the Dem’s who will have a two vote 51/49 majority with Harry Reid triumphant

But, if the result is, as seem highly possible on current polling, Republicans 50 Democrat’s 49 Independent 1 what then?

There is absolutely no guarantee that Orman, a Democrat in previous incarnations, might not find a plum committee post or some other bauble so enticing that he would not find “the national interest via the balance of the GOP having the house and the Democratic party the senate” or some other such wiggle room specious reasoning, to caucus with the Dem’s.

For all his running as a new broom etc he is a politician, and such have been known to do anything when it suits (see Specter, Arlen for example).

Orman himself confirms this obvious concept:

Orman: I Could ‘Absolutely’ Switch Parties After Picking Senate Side

Then the result would be Democrat’s and allies 50 Republicans 50. At which point Vice-President Biden becomes the casting vote and gives Reid and co. control of the senate.That such a result would make a mockery of  Kansas true political leanings, not having had a Democratic party senator for 80 years, is beyond doubt-which mockery counts for nothing with the Beltway machination machine.

Thus Orman goes from being the Republicans 51st potential vote to, in actuality via the Biden co-joined vote seeing the Dem’s go from 49 to 51 votes. The reality is that an Orman win can be worth two votes and a working majority for the Dem’s. Latest polling has Orman up by 5 points-the danger, not just for Roberts, but for the entire GOP is clear.

This possibility should be driven home to the wavering Kansas Tea Party (to whom Governor Palin surely made it clear where their support should go with her visit to Kansas to visibly and vocally stand by Roberts) and to the regular Kansas Republicans. A vote for Roberts shores up the possibility of getting rid of Reid, and of ensuring President Obama is the lamest of lame ducks.

A vote for Orman, or  staying home on election day can very much mean an Obama and Reid triumph and give bad portends for 2016. It also gives the Dem’s a mechanism, via “independents” to pull of this game in other red states-what difference does it make to them if, as in Alaska and now Kansas, they don’t run a regular Democrat if they can sneak one in to caucus with them under the Indie label? Electoral-Vote.com the noted polling analysis site has a commentary up which clearly states the danger for republicans:

Vox has a story on Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman and what he might do if he wins. The article says he is cynical because he says he might caucus with either party but his platform fits much better with the Democrats.

Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste.  Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.

Starved Souls: On Western Youth Embracing Jihad

24 October 2014 @ 11:41

For every one pupil who needs to be guarded against a weak excess of sensibility there are three who need to be awakened from the slumber of cold vulgarity. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.

― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man [tip of the fedora to Pecos]

Richard Fernandez on why Islam, in general, and ISIS, in particular, are found appealing by young people:

…People like a winner. A talker and a promiser, not so much. Islam now has an “aura”. [BOB: I did state several years ago that Mohammedism would eventually become chic.]

The New York Times says that Western women are embracing the Jihad in surprising numbers. “The precise number of women seeking to join the groups is unclear, but some analysts estimate that roughly 10 percent of recruits from the West are women, often influenced by social media networks that offer advice, tips and even logistical support for travel. These networks often portray life under the caliphate as a kind of Islamic paradise that offers a religious alternative to what can often be a second-class life of struggle and alienation in the West.” Michael Totten points out “a poll released last week by the Washington Institute suggestss that the Islamic State may be more popular in Europe than in the Middle East.” Even in North America the urge to convert is strong. “Revealed: Muslim convert who shot dead Canadian soldier is the ‘privately-educated son of country’s immigration chief.”

And one wonders, while we’re on the subject of the appeal of ISIS among Western women, whether the “Hussein” in the Barack Hussein Obama wasn’t part of his mystique in the first place. Maybe the teenage jihadi girls want the same mystique too, only they want more than the thrill of a middle name. The liberal ideology is a very old and empty idea that is continuously undergoing cosmetic surgery to look young. Liberalism isn’t Western culture, but its corpse. Our institutions without the animating spirit are but a coffin containing the expiring remains of a once great civilization. The box is painted in bright colors, but the young have looked inside it and seen what it contains: a demographically dying, self-hating and ultimately amoral culture that’s ready for its ghastly closeup.

And for want of an alternative to this corpse they go to the only flag permitted to fly by the corpse itself: ISIS. Too many people are looking at the offerings of decadence and theocracy and tossing the coin. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The left believed it would be safe from rivals. It feared Judaism and Christianity, but did not fear Islam, thinking it too hideous to compete. Maybe it should reconsider.

Alduous Huxley understood that not everyone would buy into the Brave New World of the left. For all too many, the Obamacare and Obamaphones and Kim Kardashian diet won’t be enough. History shows the young always demand to know why men live and die. Snarky answers from Lena Dunham aren’t good enough any more. And of all the questions in the liberal west, none is more forbidden to ask than why you are alive….

When we locked up the sacred writing of our civilization in a safe labled ‘hate speech’; when we made it shameful to fly the flag, wear the uniform, or bow your head to something greater than the Great Leader what did we think we would get? We got ISIS. The Left believed they could abolish the transcendant without understanding that this process risked abolishing man. The Great Narrative strove to make man merely an animal, and in its stead they got a monster.

The murder of the Transcendant by the Left, the removal of a belief in it from our everyday knowledge, left a a big, gaping hole in the Souls of the people of The West. Not everyone, of course, accepted that God was dead, but enough have so that His presence in the World was effectively neglected.

To further worsen the situation, too, too many of us who refused to deny the Transcendant allowed and accepted, went along with, the severe downplaying or denial of it’s existence, thereby aiding and abetting the Soul Suckers, the Enemies of Mankind, the monster makers.

So we should not be surprised that the hollow children produced by such a Society in massive Denial of Reality should embrace such things that appear to infuse their starved Souls with meaning and purpose. Add to this that young people, at that stage where they are in transition from childhood to adult — one that produces a maddening confusion of emotion — are particularly susceptible to emotional appeals that seem to answer their wretched and impatient yearnings, and what this combination produces is a desperate grasping for anything that seems to bring meaning and purpose to their empty lives, that succors their dehydrated and thirsty Souls.

Abolish Western Man, as the Left has done, and the young will turn East to the Orient.

Demonize the Western concepts of Honor and Virtue and our Posterity will seek whatever versions are left, no matter how crude, Barbaric, degraded they are.

For there is a yearning in the Human Soul for what is Honest, Decent, and True. But the forces of Evil know how to fake such noble attributes and people not infused with Common Sense, Right Reason, Morality, and History [ie: the ability to think and reason] are extremely susceptible to the pitch of the con artist, especially those who are employed in the service of wicked and malevolent masters.

SIDENOTE: As always, many of the commentators over at The Belmont Club are insightful and well-worth reading.

Here are a few of them and their remarks on Richard’s post…

-Cellec:

It’s as if Islam, as a whole, is asking, perhaps begging: "is there anyone man enough to crush us"?

Perhaps it’s unsurprising that young Western women have noticed the lack of a manly response from the simpering eunuchs that make up the Western "elite".

They’ve noticed, and found their own culture’s men repellant.

It seems western feminism despises the very "enlightened" men is seeks to create.

Does that constitute some kind of a joke?

-Greifer:

It is innate that young women want to love heroic young men. Heroic young men are men who believe in something big, some great cause that animates them, showing their courage and selflessness. They want dashing young men willing to fight, even to death.

Europe has done everything it can to prevent young men from being heroes for western civilization. But they can’t remove the instinct of young women to find such a young man. So they find it in a culture that would enslave them. Because that culture wants to conquer. Their own culture has told them it wants to die.

America is almost there. Young men are not allowed t be heroes, not allowed to fight for God and country or family. These notions are at best, foolish relics of the past. So the women will fall for ISIS.

-SparcVark:

…We have bigger welfare states! Shorter hours! Government-paid this and that! A thousand TV channels! Pictures of naked women streamed live to you while you sit in your chair!

The human need for the heroic, to be called to something larger, to endure hardship for the greater good and push forward a great cause, to live brilliantly and die gloriously, goes unanswered. And ISIS, while it is evil to its core, has something to offer that need. People who travel to the Middle East to volunteer to fight for an organization in combat with several regional armies and the US Air Force may be misguided but they’re going out of their way to sacrifice themselves for a cause, evil though it may be.

A good comparison is the small number of Westerners who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight with the Peshmerga, undergoing the same journey but with less assistance and in a good cause.

There’s something in the human spirit that wants to be a hero, at least sort of one and at least some of the time. If the West has nothing to offer that part of the spirit, people will look elsewhere, even to some very dark places.

The Orient is always to be found in the cast of a shadow.

And all the time — such is the tragi-comedy of our situation — we continue to clamor for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more “drive”, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or “creativity”. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

—C.S. Lewis, The Abolition Of Man

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Marie Harf-Wit Gets Served

23 October 2014 @ 18:59

Marie-Harf-298x330-001xA hopelessly and pathetically amateur idiot working for a mendacious, ignorant, parasitic lightweight Secretary Of State, Marie Harf proves once again that the only lever of Power she should be near is the one in a fast food restaurant.

Darleen Click is having none of this fool:

Oh yes, Islam is the Religion of Peace

Three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, the baby girl killed today in Jerusalem during a vehicular terrorist attack, was an American citizen, a US official confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday night.

The girl was thrown from her stroller as a car swerved into the Ammunition Hill light rail station, injuring seven others.

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf has “urged restraint” and calm from both sides after the attack.

Uh, Marie? Fuck you.

Do take the time to click here and read the rest.

I’ve seen some pretty feckless and stupid Secretaries Of State and their chosen minions before [William Jennings Bryan, Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright immediately come to mind], but the level of cretinism, naivete, perfidy, and pure arrogance in the Kerry Era State Department is breath-taking.  And, in some ways, it’s criminal.  It most certainly is, without a doubt, Treasonous.

The only restraint Israel should show is in using Neutron Bombs to preserve ancient Jewish and Christian Holy Sites.

Looking For Hope In A Hopeless World

23 October 2014 @ 10:54

Friend In The Ether Palaeomerus expresses what many of us are thinking in the Comments section of a Protein Wisdom post:

We were warned many times about the jacobin caprice of democracy. We were told to make changes difficult and slow occurring so that greater comity was required to shift the weight of the republic than a slick demagogue riding a fad or hysteria could muster. We’ve greased the wheels and cut the brakes. Now our best hope of salvation is running out of gas or having the engine seize somewhere between here and the canyon wall.

le chandail a démêlé

I suppose there is still hope to be found in The Convention Of The States effort.

Question: Will a GOP takeover of the Senate — which we know will not produce really any of the change that is desperately needed — kill what ardor there is for the Article V Movement?

I certainly hope not, because I see this effort as the last chance we have of avoiding less peaceful means of seeking the redress of our grievances.

Palin Versus Warren 2016 – Would Be A Choice Not An Echo

22 October 2014 @ 19:44

Special guest post by M. Joseph Sheppard.

The Punditocracy has Hillary Clinton as not only the odds on favorite for the 2016 Democratic party nomination but as the certain winner against whichever hapless Republic is thrown to the wolves as a sacrificial lamb.

That scenario is of course highly possible, especially the nomination part, under current circumstances. The qualifier is of course “current circumstances” as who knows what the political, social and perhaps most importantly, economic picture will look like in six months much less two years from now.

In early 2008 I recall seeing an “Electoral college map” which  illustrated what states, in what was obviously a cynical portrayal of a hopeless case, then Senator Barack Obama would win if he were the Democrat’s nominee. The entire country, except Illinois, was a mass of gleaming red-such are the vagaries of auguries.

But to even get to that Mondalian position Obama would have to win the nomination by breaking down the walls and crossing the moat of the seemingly impenetrable fortress of Senator Clinton-all of which came to pass against nearly all expectations.

What might cause a similar collapse of Clinton’s hopes, if such they are, for 2016?  Again, in opposition to the pundits certainties, they are legion.

Nobody of goodwill wishes Secretary Clinton ill health but health, especially for in elder who has had problems, perhaps serious ones, and who is, by her own admission not in the best shape may be a deciding factor especially where a long and grueling campaign may be on offer. Thus for that, significant factor alone she may choose not to run and who could blame her.

The social picture as a defining factor is a bit harder to quantify or pin down. America will have had eight years of liberal, progressive, social policies including same-sex marriage imposed by judicial fiat. It may be the social pendulum will cause a desire to see the pendulum swing to a more conservative, states rights based attitude.

Such social attitudes can play a significant role as they most certainly did during the 2004 campaign. Whether they are of such a significant factor by themselves as to give Mrs. Clinton pause is moot but, taken with other factors they may provide a tipping point.

“The “other factor” of major significance could well be the economy. If, after 7-8 years of economic stagnation which has produced a surly mood in the public, (63% feeling the country is on “the wrong track” at present) there is a significant stock market crash then it would be a brave person, Clinton or any other, who would wish to campaign with the albatross of having to defend the Obama administration around their neck.

There need be no further example of what such a scenario can do than the abrupt end of John McCain’s 2008 campaign after he, with the obvious assistance of Governor Palin, jumped into the lead after the GOP convention only to fall permanently behind two week later as the share market collapsed.

And of course the political environment may be so toxic for the Dem’s that the nomination would appear quixotic at best. A clearer picture of this will emerge after the November mid-terms and if there is anything like the 2010 swing  to the GOP with an increase in House seats, governorship’s and most especially capture of the senate with up to 54 seats then that too may dissuade Clinton from running.

The thought of having to defend a seriously out of favor Obama administration without the ability to cast herself as a new broom not associated with it, as McCain was able to do with the Bush administration would be a serious handicap.

If any of the preceding scenario’s eventuate and persuaded or handicapped Mrs.Clinton from running then the stage would be set for a similar run by the only Democrat who could do “a McCain” and that would be Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Warren has indicated, time and again, that she would not run, regardless of the fact that “Ready for Warren” groups have been set up around the country, if Hillary Clinton ran This  is sensible as the chances of Clinton being outflanked on the left for a second time would appear to be negligible.

But if Clinton does not run Warren would be assured of the “progressive” grass roots activist support which was a mainstay of Obama’s insurgency. A financial downturn or continuation of the sub-optimal economic environment would actually be a strong point for her as she is seen as the enemy of the banking class and a battler for the economically disadvantaged in the traditional state-ist leftist manner.

It would be a campaign of appeal to the traditional Democratic party roots whilst showing a clean pair of heels to the, by then, debunked, dispirited and condemned Beltway establishment wing. That Warren can, with credibility, distance herself from President Obama has been made strikingly clear with her Salon interview which headlined

“Elizabeth Warren on Barack Obama: “They protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over”

As with McCain, only a “rogue” campaign could be run with any credibility and Warren, also having the “it’s time for a woman” theme to hand, would be the only Democrat who could, with any credibility, mount such a campaign. It would be farcical to envisage Joe Biden running and winning under such circumstances, and a complete unknown such as Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley making any headway.

The Republicans might well take note of how successful the “rogue” effort was for John McCain. That he could take a significant lead in the polls whilst running as the nominee of a party whose president was at rock bottom in his approval rating was a tribute to the power of the idea.

That a female nominee might be important to counter not only  the Democrat of that gender but also the certain to be used “war on women” meme is a matter of serious consideration. That a nominee is needed that can appeal to the conservative grass roots who have voted in sufferance for establishment candidates or stayed at home in their millions is obvious.

There is only one high profile, tested, scrutinized to the nth degree female potential GOP presidential candidate who has not only an appeal to the grass roots but their admiration and love, and that is of course Sarah Palin.

A Palin candidacy would negate the “war on women” meme, the radical reformer against the special interest meme (Palin basically invented the “crony capitalism” attack concept) and there is nothing Warren could say in that respect which would make her superior to Palin in that populist messaging.

But above all Palin versus Warren would be a campaign of ideas and America would, finally, be given a stark choice between a states rights, small government, low taxes, individualism, pro-business, anti-amnesty, emphasis on right to life candidacy of the conservatives choice and its diametric opposite on the progressive left.

The Goldwater versus Johnson election had such a clear choice but the waters were muddied in that Johnson ran as the substitute for the martyred Kennedy and no Republican could have won. 2016 could see the choice starkly clear and epoch making for the body politic.

It would also be a joy to behold for psephologists, commentators and give political scientists years of analytically work post election. It would in the final analysis determine what sort of America would be in place for perhaps generations as did the Roosevelt election of 1932.

In what may turn out to be a highly significant event the Palin Vs.Warren campaign has had a preview of what it might look like already. The two prospective candidates positions could not be more stark in there opposition and a campaign of two such ideological heavyweights might stand America on its ear in a campaign the likes which have not been seen since Kennedy versus Nixon.

Race, gender, mudslinging ‘family values”and all the other ephemera, nonsense, distractions, red meat throwing, baiting and special interest patting would have to be tossed overboard in a genuine and absorbing campaign of ideas and ideals.

Governor Palin presented a  rebuttal to Senator Warren’s “11 Progressive Commandments” delivered to the progressive “Netroots” convent ion in July on her new “Palin TV” channel.

These were set out in a step by step reply to Senator Warren’s points.  Of course they are not the totality of Palin’s core positions as they are limited to the responses to a “progressives” positions, but they are extremely significant as an indication of strongly held conservative thinking and, of course, as examples of Governor Palin’s main beliefs.

It is important, I believe, to set these out as if or when Governor Palin runs for high office they will serve as a touchstone for supporters and a rebuttal to opponents-most significantly of course if that opponent was Senator Warren.

Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste.  Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.

American Society’s Acid Trip [UPDATED]

22 October 2014 @ 08:27

Over at Protein Wisdom, Darleen Click informs us of a Feminist-produced video, F-Bombs For Feminism, that features very young girls using very obscene language. As she remarks, this is a case of child abuse, pure and simple.

Darleen has embedded the video in her post and I urge you to watch it so that you can experience the full horror of it [we cannot afford any longer to avert our eyes from such things; we must understand our enemies].

In the Comments section, Big Bang Hunter remarks:

The question is how much more of this godless activity by the Left is society going to allow to go on with no backlash?

The trouble is: most of American Society has drunk the Kool-Aid, so we can’t expect much from them – the majority. Vulgarity is not seen for what it is: one of the acids that slowly eats away at the foundation of Culture. As we’ve become a more progressive, a more ‘enlightened’ Society, we have become more crude – trashy – in our dress, our speech, our relations with others.

If a backlash comes from this majority, it won’t be pretty because it’s origins will be uncivilized, bereft of Right Reason and Common Sense. It will be an over-reaction, unrefined in it’s strategy, primitive in it’s execution.

As it was at The Founding, it is up to we, the sane, the strivers towards the Virtuous, to steer American Society away from the worse Angels of it’s Nature. It was a close-run thing then; it will be even more so now.

UPDATE at 1957…

Shermlaw understands:

It’s tempting make a glib comment like, “harridans in training,” but the fact that some adults are so bereft of soul that they thought destroying the innocence of those beautiful little girls is a good thing leaves me feeling that all is well and truly lost. For the Left, nothing is sacred. Nothing must remain pure and wholesome. There is no childhood anymore. Everything and everyone must be fed into its maw and obliterated.

Dead solid perfect.

On Leftism, The ‘Intelligentsia’s Charitable Sympathy’, And Mad Clowns

20 October 2014 @ 14:50

Stacy McCain shoots at Leftist Thinking through the Feminist window and scores a head shot:

Leftism-Unmasked-001fx…The feminist contempt for motherhood is a variation on how progressive intellectuals, who have careers, hold a special contempt for those of us who merely have jobs. The reason progressives are always proclaiming their devotion to “workers” is because progressives consider people who work actual jobs to be in need of the intelligentsia’s charitable sympathy. Feminists love to talk about “working mothers,” but feminists are generally neither workers nor mothers. It takes a Ph.D., faculty tenure and a six-figure salary to be able to advocate the interests of those grubby moms who are too dumb to know what’s good for them.

Once you see through the dishonest hypocrisy of the progressive intellectual’s pose, you consider their pity an insult to your dignity. What the liberal is saying to the (allegedly) oppressed is, “Oh, you poor thing! You need my help, because you can’t help yourself.”

To which anyone with a scintilla of self-respect must answer: “Fuck you. Hate me all you want, you arrogant snob, but I need no pity.”

Pitying a person is not the same as helping a person, and the liberal’s problem is that he doesn’t know why the difference matters. They would rather do “Fondue Sets for Namibia” — promoting some kind of do-gooder project to “help” a distant person whom they feel deserving of their liberal pity — than to actually do anything to help nearby people who are less exotically “oppressed.” If your car breaks down on the freeway three miles from the nearest exit, you’ll walk the entire distance, both ways, before a liberal stops to help. Liberals are without exception the most thoroughly selfish people on the planet.

Indeed.

Think about it:

-The Left accuses us of bad things and Evil motivations for what it, itself, is actually doing. This is called ‘projection’ by the Shrinks.

-Have you ever met a Leftist who, if you probed down deep enough, was really happy? No. They’re all to varying extents unsatisfied with Life as it is and hate their lot in it. Instead of looking into their own Souls, seeking out the reasons for their Nihilism, and, then, working to change their outlook on Life, the Leftists turn outward and blame Society [Eric Idle of Monty Python: 'It's a fair cop, but society's to blame' / Cop: 'We'll arrest them too']. The next step for them is to adopt one of the many flavors of Leftist Thinking that provides them with what they believe is the best path to Utopia, where they can teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtledoves.

The Leftist, no matter what year they are born into, is always a member of The Me Generation. Refusing to take any responsibility for their own actions and miserable in their Irrational Selfishness, they lash-out at the rest of the World, especially those who reject Nihilism and the belief that Heaven On Earth can be achieved.

To put it succinctly: Leftists are mentally unstable.

It is imperative to know this when you are forced to deal with one. If you can, avoid arguing with Leftists just as you would avoid arguing with a madman in an insane asylum. Walk away from the Village Idiot; back away from the mad Clown [although, you may honk their nose, but be careful if you do].

The best way to deal with Leftists is to take those actions necessary to see that they are removed far away from the levers of Power And Control.

Time is very short. The center has collapsed. We no longer have the luxury of trying to persuade these deranged people. There’s an American Republic that needs restoring, that must be raised from under the rubble.

The force which manifests itself in socialism does not act through reason but resembles an instinct which threatens the very existence of mankind and at the same time paralyses its most reliable tool, reason.

—Igor Shafarevich, From Under The Rubble

DO NOT LIE, REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LIE.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, From Under The Rubble

Sunday Nocturnal: Benny Goodman / Helen Ward – These Foolish Things

19 October 2014 @ 20:35

As I do every third Sunday Evening…

A cigarette that bears a lipstick’s traces…

Recorded on 15 June 1936.

A cigarette that bears a lipsticks traces
An airline ticket to romantic places
A fairground’s painted swings
These foolish things remind me of you

A tinkling piano in the next apartment
Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant
Oh, how the ghost of you clings
These foolish things remind me of you

You came, you saw
You conquered me
When you did that to me
I knew somehow that this had to be

The winds of March that make my heart a dancer
A telephone that rings but who’s to answer
Oh, how the ghost of you clings
These foolish things remind me of you…

Ebola, Etc: Depraved Indifference*

19 October 2014 @ 03:23

NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story, nor of the Polio story.  They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at John Forbes Kerry].

Please understand: Just like you, I’m trying to make sense of this whole situation.

-Richard Fernandez:

Of course at this point nothing makes sense any more. The time for sanity is over. If the president had taken some reasonable quarantine measures in the first place, instead of using policy to “message” the principle that West Africa should not be stigmatized, then two nurses might not be sick, dozens of health care workers would not be clapped in isolation, a major hospital would not be paralyzed, and millions or possibly tens of millions of dollars in contact tracing costs could have been saved.

None of which by the way stopped the Dallas specimen handler from getting on the cruise ship.

Under-reacting proved able to backfire as badly as over-reacting.  The policy of permitting flights from West Africa was presented with such overweening confidence that when it failed it demolished what it advocated in the most embarrassing possible manner.  Often, the failure of one extreme  opens the door to its opposite.  After the spectacular humiliation of Obama’s open door policy  nobody — not Belize at least — wants to commit an Obama.  They saw what happened, and whether or not it has any chance of happening to them, whether it makes any medical sense or not, politicians the world over are under pressure to do the opposite of what Obama did.

Nerves are frayed….

‘Obama’ has either no clue or doesn’t care that, despite what many anti-American things many people say around the World, they look to us when situations like this happen.

-Friend In The Either Ernst Schreiber asks a damn good question:

Question for all y’all: If you wanted to appear like you were working to prevent an Ebola outbreak, while in fact doing nothing substantive to prevent that outbreak because you privately wanted that outbreak and the political “crisis” which it would bring, would you be doing anything differently than the regime is presently doing?

Anything, as we’ve learned the hard way, is possible in this Age Of Leftist Hegemony.  A mighty Alinsky is their god / A bastard never failing.

-Mark Steyn:

The Centers for Disease Control is one of those elite federal agencies that people hitherto assumed was, so to speak, immune to the pathologies of less glamorous government bureaucracies. It turns out it’s the DMV with test tubes – just the usual “Sorry? Did we say you need two copies of the green form? We meant you need three copies of the pink form” routine with extra lethality. The Protocols of the Elders of Druid Hills have proved to be boundlessly mutable and mostly honored in the breach:

~Don’t worry, the Protocols are in place – except that Thomas Duncan, the original Ebola patient, was left in an open area of the Dallas emergency room for hours and the medical staff treating him did not have protective clothing for the first two days.

~Don’t worry, they did eventually get fully sealed, protective clothing – well, except for their necks, which remained exposed.

~Don’t worry, exposed medical staff aren’t supposed to fly – except that Nurse Amber Vinson got on a flight to Cleveland with a fever.

~Well, okay, but that was totally in breach of the Protocols – except that Nurse Vinson called the CDC to check and they said, “Sure, get on the plane. What’s the worst that can happen? And make sure you share the bag of mini-pretzels…”

~Well, okay, but the next time Nurse Vinson got a flight, everyone followed the Protocols and wore hazmat suits – except for the guy with the clipboard, who works for the CDC and so can’t be expected to know all this Protocol stuff

The good news is Ebola seems to be rather harder to catch than SARS. The bad news is the CDC seems to be doing its best to change that.

I wonder what the metrics on that are.

More, from his latest appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Show:

…you get the strange feeling that they’re just winging it, that these elite institutions, I said yesterday or today that they basically, you know, that people think that the CDC and the National Institute for Health, they’re not like the usual government department of paperwork. And when it turns out that when something like this hits, actually, yes, they are. They’re just talking, they’re winging it, they’re talking jibberish, they’re giving out contradictory stuff, and they’re not following their own guidelines….

-Michael Walsh on what the appointment of Ron Klain as ‘Ebola Czar’ means and related matters [tip of the fedora to Ernst Schreiber]:

The announcement of Ron Klain as the new Ebola “czar” checks all the boxes: Harvard Law, longtime Democrat party op, veteran of the Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry campaigns. The problem is, it checks all the wrong boxes. The Progressive myth is that we ought to have a government of experts — top men! — to handle the nation’s problems in a calm, deliberative manner. The reality is that we have a nation of unscrupulous lawyers, amoral apparatchiks and political hacks whose only area of expertise is manipulating the electoral and governmental systems and getting rich by doing so.

…What this appointment — made only under duress, and purely for political reasons, since there is absolutely nothing Ron Klain personally can do to stop the spread of the Ebola virus now that the barn doors at our borders and airports have been left wide open for ideological reasons — tells us is this:

1. If a retread party hack like Klain is the best Obama can do, then the Democrat talent pool is incredibly shallow. Naturally, though, Obama wouldn’t think of going outside it.

2. The President considers Ebola a political/messaging problem, not a medical problem. Klain is an an insider process guy, not an expert in the field.

3. The fact that we need a “Czar” to cut across federal agency red-tape and make things happen expeditiously is an indictment of the federal agencies themselves, although no Democrat would ever dare to suggest such a thing. The choice signals that, as Ronald Reagan said, government itself is the problem, not the solution.

4. The reason they won’t dare is that the federal agencies — unelected hives of beetling bureaucrats, scurrying beneath the media surface — are the sources of their power.  You don’t alienate or fire your most ardent union voters and financial supporters.

5. This is a government devoted to process, not results. Its most deeply held belief — a by-product of its quasi-Marxist belief in the “labor theory of value” — is that putting in hours and hitting “metrics” is the job itself, not whatever it ostensibly happens to be about; hey, even if you die, they get paid. In this sense, bureaucrats are similar to to the education majors who teach our children in the public schools, with no particular expertise in anything but theory. And the results speak for themselves.

6. With theory ascendant over common sense, the government’s adamant refusal so far to ban travel to and from West Africa and its affected nations proves conclusively that Leftists are perfectly willing to have you die for their ideological beliefs.

7. The longer this goes on, the more the panic will spread — look what happened at the Pentagon earlier today, or on this cruise ship. If you haven’t started to panic yet, then read this.

8. Regarding the open borders and open airports, a larger issue: why is the Left so adamantly opposed to the people’s right to defend themselves? There is nothing “racist” about closing the country to travelers from certain countries in west Africa — heck, the Africans have already done it themselves.

9. In twice electing Barack Obama president Americans made a choice: professional politicians over men of integrity. Symbolism over substance (hello, Nobel Peace Prize). Potential over accomplishment. Guilt over responsibility.

10. If the naked malevolence of the Leftist project for America isn’t visible to you now, then you’re beyond help.

-Mr. Walsh links in #7 above to an article by Jonathan Last, entitled: Six Reasons To Panic, which is calm and well-reasoned.

Here are some highlights, including excerpts from each of the six reasons:

As a rule, one should not panic at whatever crisis has momentarily fixed the attention of cable news producers. But the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has migrated to both Europe and America, may be the exception that proves the rule. There are at least six reasons that a controlled, informed panic might be in order.

(1) Start with what we know, and don’t know, about the virus. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government agencies claim that contracting Ebola is relatively difficult because the virus is only transmittable by direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person who has become symptomatic. Which means that, in theory, you can’t get Ebola by riding in the elevator with someone who is carrying the virus, because Ebola is not airborne.

This sounds reassuring. Except that it might not be true….

(2) General infection rates are terrifying, too. In epidemiology, you measure the “R0,” or “reproduction number” of a virus; that is, how many new infections each infected person causes. When R0 is greater than 1, the virus is spreading through a population. When it’s below 1, the contamination is receding. In September the World Health Organization’s Ebola Response Team estimated the R0 to be at 1.71 in Guinea and 2.02 in Sierra Leone. Since then, it seems to have risen so that the average in West Africa is about 2.0. In September the WHO estimated that by October 20, there would be 3,000 total cases in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As of October 7, the count was 8,376.

In other words, rather than catching up with Ebola, we’re falling further behind. And we’re likely to continue falling behind, because physical and human resources do not scale virally. In order to stop the spread of Ebola, the reproduction number needs to be more than halved from its current rate. Yet reducing the reproduction number only gets harder as the total number of cases increases, because each case requires resources—facilities, beds, doctors, nurses, decontamination, and secure burials—which are already lagging well behind need. The latest WHO projections suggest that by December 1 we are likely to see 10,000 new cases in West Africa per week, at which point the virus could begin spreading geographically within the continent as it nears the border with Ivory Coast.

Thus far, officials have insisted that it will be different in America….

(3) Do you really want to be scared? What’s to stop a jihadist from going to Liberia, getting himself infected, and then flying to New York and riding the subway until he keels over? This is just the biological warfare version of a suicide bomb. Can you imagine the consequences if someone with Ebola vomited in a New York City subway car? A flight from Roberts International in Monrovia to JFK in New York is less than $2,000, meaning that the planning and infrastructure needed for such an attack is relatively trivial. This scenario may be highly unlikely. But so were the September 11 attacks and the Richard Reid attempted shoe bombing, both of which resulted in the creation of a permanent security apparatus around airports. We take drastic precautions all the time, if the potential losses are serious enough, so long as officials are paying attention to the threat.

(4) Let’s put aside the Ebola-as-weapon scenario—some things are too depressing to contemplate at length—and look at the range of scenarios for what we have in front of us, from best-case to worst-case. The epidemiological protocols for containing Ebola rest on four pillars: contact tracing, case isolation, safe burial, and effective public information. On October 14, the New York Times reported that in Liberia, with “only” 4,000 cases, “Schools have shut down, elections have been postponed, mining and logging companies have withdrawn, farmers have abandoned their fields.” Which means that the baseline for “best-case” is already awful.

In September, the CDC ran a series of models on the spread of the virus and came up with a best-case scenario in which, by January 2015, Liberia alone would have a cumulative 11,000 to 27,000 cases. That’s in a world where all of the aid and personnel gets where it needs to be, the resident population behaves rationally, and everything breaks their way. The worst-case scenario envisioned by the model is anywhere from 537,000 to 1,367,000 cases by January. Just in Liberia. With the fever still raging out of control.

By which point, all might well be lost….

(5) And by the way, things could get worse. All of those worst-case projections assume that the virus stays contained in a relatively small area of West Africa, which, with a million people infected, would be highly unlikely. What happens if and when the virus starts leaking out to other parts of the world?

Marine Corps General John F. Kelly talked about Ebola at the National Defense University two weeks ago and mused about what would happen if Ebola reached Haiti or Central America, which have relatively easy access to America. “If it breaks out, it’s literally ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”

It isn’t crazy to see how a health crisis could beget all sorts of other crises, from humanitarian, to economic, to political, to existential. If you think about Ebola and mutation and aerosolization and R0 for too long, you start to get visions of Mad Max cruising the postapocalyptic landscape with Katniss Everdeen at his side.

(6) While we’re on the subject of political crisis, it’s worth noting that the politics of Ebola are uncertain and dangerous to everyone involved….

At a deeper level, the Ebola outbreak is a crisis not for Obama and his administration, but for elite institutions. Because once more they have been exposed as either corrupt, incompetent, or both….

We have arrived at a moment with our elite institutions where it is impossible to distinguish incompetence from willful misdirection. This can only compound an already dangerous situation.

I urge you to take the time to click here and read the full article.

-Defenders of the CDC have been claiming that a lack of funding is a big part of the problem.  Ernst Schreiber is, rightly, having none of it:

The problem isn’t that there’s not enough money. Quite the opposite in fact. The problem is that there’s so much money that the CDC can afford to indulge in first world problems like lesbian obesity.

But even that isn’t the real problem. The real problem is deference to government “experts” who are anything but, as the case of the second nurse to get Ebola demonstrates. She had enough common sense to question whether she should be travelling or not, but then she deferred to some idiot with a chart full of guidelines instead of trusting her gut.

I can tell you that, from over three decades of working in government, most of the ‘experts’ on staff are hacks who couldn’t make it in the Private Sector.  Never, ever defer to such people.

-While it seems Nigeria has stopped it’s Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak, we look like fools, as Maetenloch points out [tip of the fedora to Adobe Walls]:

The Obama Administration: Less competent than Nigeria.

At this point I’m not even sure they could pull off even a simple email scam if the fate of the entire US depended on it.

-From Twitter:

  Christ, we’re a fundamentally unserious people…

And…

For Duty And Humanity!

 

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*Tip of the fedora to Adobe Walls for the term.

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