October 25, 2014

Mike Brown, a Joker, a Smoker, and a Midnight Toker

Timothy Birdnow

Big Mike Brown, the Gentle Giant, had THC, the narcotic in marijuana,T in his system when he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson. http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/health/how-would-marijuana-have-affected-michael-brown-it-s-difficult/article_af1408ef-6e49-5713-814a-5bd41bb0b869.html"

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks:

"but what does that mean?"

They conclude:

"Toxicology tests are generally used to determine whether someone has used the drug, not as a way to identify any potential effects, experts said. There is no general consensus on a connection between marijuana levels in the blood and prior or subsequent impairment"

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The P-D then goes on to dismiss any notion that dope was a major factor in the crime, saying it relaxes people and whatnot.

Brown had used it just a few hours before the incident. And had it on his person. And probably was using the cigars to roll fat joints.

While clinical evidence may be lacking, I would offer some anecdotal evidence.

Try this huyttp://newswithviews.com/Kincaid/cliff861.htm

The guy who shot up the Canadian parliament was a pothead.

As Cliff Kincaid argues:

"There is no hint of jihad here, only anti-police violence. But the role of marijuana in this violent confrontation deserves extensive coverage, not just a footnote. Trayvon Martin, the black juvenile delinquent shot and killed after he assaulted anti-crime activist George Zimmerman, also smoked marijuana regularly.

The latest White House fence-jumper, Dominic Adesanya, had a "substance abuse” problem as well. A clearly deranged individual, he told officials he smoked marijuana "sometimes, but not everyday.”

Do we see a pattern here?

Other such cases involving marijuana and violence include Jerad and Amanda Miller, who killed two cops; Maryland mall shooter Darion Aguilar; would-be Obama assassin Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez; Pentagon shooter John Patrick Bedell; killer student Jeff Weise; child killer Joseph Smith; and Vladimir Baptiste, a psychotic pot user who drove his truck through the headquarters of WMAR-TV in Towson, Maryland."

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Adrianne Peterson, the school shooter in Nevada, had been smoking pot before he went on his rampage. And two people were shot at a pot rally in Colorado.

Jared Loughner, the kook who shot Gabrielle Giffords, was a pothead. So was James Holmes, the "Joker" shooter at the premier of the Batman movie. http://www.laweekly.com/informer/2012/07/23/james-holmes-smoked-marijuana-took-vicodin-reports

I could go on and on, but you get the point; pot use has been at the core of numerous mass shootings and acts of terrorism. It is little surprise; everyone recognizes the paranoia-inducing quality of marijuana, and while it relaxes it also makes people delusional.

So yes it probably has quite a bit to do with it. Mike Brown was high, and probably spoiling for a fight. If the rest of these dopies were willing to kill why wasn't the Gentle Giant?

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Iranian Woman Executed for Killing Rapist, Following Sharia

Timothy Birdnow

Iran has executed a woman who killed a man trying to rape her.

Now, had this woman NOT resisted her attacker she would have been executed for that failure; you can't win under Sharia law (at least if you are a woman or other unprotected class.)

Granted, the claims are that she bought a knife in advance and supposedly tweeted she was going to do this, but why? The Islamic system isn't exactly designed to protect the unclean - like women.

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The Alien Vote

Timothy Birdnow

What we've known all along; massive voting by aliens - both legal and illegal - has probably tipped the balance in favor of Democrats in numerous elections.

As quoted from the The Washington Post:

" Our data comes from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). Its large number of observations (32,800 in 2008 and 55,400 in 2010) provide sufficient samples of the non-immigrant sub-population, with 339 non-citizen respondents in 2008 and 489 in 2010. For the 2008 CCES, we also attempted to match respondents to voter files so that we could verify whether they actually voted.

How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.

Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.

We also find that one of the favorite policies advocated by conservatives to prevent voter fraud appears strikingly ineffective. Nearly three quarters of the non-citizens who indicated they were asked to provide photo identification at the polls claimed to have subsequently voted.

An alternative approach to reducing non-citizen turnout might emphasize public information. Unlike other populations, including naturalized citizens, education is not associated with higher participation among non-citizens. In 2008, non-citizens with less than a college degree were significantly more likely to cast a validated vote, and no non-citizens with a college degree or higher cast a validated vote. This hints at a link between non-citizen voting and lack of awareness about legal barriers."

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I've always believed that voter i.d. is no catch-all; it's too easy to get a fake i.d. in this country. The solution, one advocated even by some conservatives, is to have a national i.d. with biometrics. That disease is worse than the cure in my humble opinion; it means we have become servants of the Federal government, with all of our data on file. A national i.d. would inevitably lead to the kind of totalitarianism seen in places like North Korea. It would be extra-Constitutional. It's a terrible idea.

BUT I don't oppose voter i.d.; it may scare off some of the more skiddish illegals. Some. And there are those who wouldn't be able to acquire a fake in time, thus reducing the amount of illegal voting.

The problem is the vast number of aliens - bot legal and illegal - in the country to begin with. This wouldn't be a problem if we would be strict with border enforcement and would limit the number of legal aliens permitted here. While there is a need for legal residency for some aliens, certainly, we do not need the vast numbers currently here. But the Democrats and their RINO allies certainly do; they need the power base, and they need to breed out the thorny old American character. If the American People won't let them play king then perhaps it's time to import a new American People?

History is replete with "invasions" that obliterated the native inhabitants of a given country. Japan was once owned by a people called the Ainu, who now reside in a tiny portion of Hokkaido. You had the Canaanites who are gone. The Britons - gone from the majority of what is now England, confined to the peninsula of Wales. The Roman Empire fell because of unrestrained immigration. The native Americans now reside in small pockets of reservations. Is that the fate of the Anglo-Americans?

It will be if we continue in this way.

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Arguing Ebola with an Overeducated Antagonist

Timothy Birdnow

In a recent blogpost at Tea Party Nation (also posted here at The Aviary) I discussed borders and the Ebola outbreak, noting a similarity between national borders and the human skin and pointing out the folly of allowing both to be open. One commenter - a molecular biologist and metallurgy specialist from Cambridge - weighed in on this in rather snarky fashion. Naturally I had my own thoughts.

Here are the posts from Robert Woodman:

1.Your proposal amounts to punishing the man for having the common human decency to go and risk his life helping people in desperate need of quality medical care. That is immoral.

Furthermore, no, he was not wandering all over the place with Ebola. The infection is (a) not contagious until the onset of symptoms, so at the earliest, he was contagious this past Tuesday, when he had already returned to the United States, and (b) the virus is less contagious than flu, measles, and even AIDS, all of which can also kill you. I don't see in your proposal where people with flu, measles, or AIDS should be quarantined at Guantanamo or on our Southern border. You commentary is ill informed and strikes me as motivated by hostility towards immigrants and people you perceive as "liberal" rather than by any rational concern about humanity

2.Mr. Birdnow's proposal is to quarantine people at Guantanamo (a prison) or on our southern border in detainment facilities where illegal aliens cross. Here is his exact quote:

I would offer a constructive plan to handle Ebola patients; establish a containment ward at Guantanamo Bay, inside the prison with the terrorists. Put them at risk instead of us. If we can't do that maybe we should set up small facilities at major illegal border crossings with Mexico; help slow the tide of aliens.

His proposal is to punish people who have risked their lives to save others, not merely quarantine them. He exhibits neither common sense nor common decency in making such a proposal. Moreover, as I pointed out, the Ebola virus is not as contagious as measles, flu, or AIDS, and all three of those diseases are potentially fatal, yet Mr. Birdnow does not propose the same sort of punitive segregation for them that he does for people with Ebola. Again, his proposal exhibits neither common sense nor common decency. It is offered for cynical political criticism, not for anything beneficial to America.

Fearbola is a bigger problem than Ebola.

3.My educational and professional background is a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, which degree includes training in virology, cell and tissue culture, and pathogenic microbiology; a Ph.D. in biochemistry with an emphasis in molecular biology; and training in the use of biosafety hazard personal protective equipment (PPE). I also have extensive experience in organic chemistry, but that's not relevant to this discussion. Professionally, part of my job is to read and analyze scientific literature (which includes medical science literature) every day and sort the good from the bad.

I agree with you that it is theoretically possible that a person who is violently ill (hence, shedding lots of virus) could transmit the virus over a very short distance through vomit, coughing, or sneezing. It is theoretically possible for an infectious droplet of body fluid from a contagious Ebola patient to enter the airway of an unprotected person. It is also theoretically possible that I can play a single $2 ticket on the lottery tonight and become a multi-millionaire. I'm not going to change my life based on the odds of that happening. Assuming that we suffer no nationwide collapse of our medical infrastructure combined with a mass importation of thousands of actively infectious patients from West Africa in the next few days, it is extraordinarily unlikely that any person not in a healthcare profession will catch an Ebola infection in the United States. If you're interested in reading a version of relative risk for non-scientists, you should check out this story from NPR. I realize that NPR may not be your favorite news source, but the problem is that the conservative blogosphere and news media are more interested in scoring political points against President Obama over his handling of this issue than they are in reporting facts about Ebola. I could refer you to some highly technical science literature that would explain it better than NPR, but if you're not a scientist and don't read the literature, then it probably will be too abstruse for you.

I agree that Mr. Birdnow is entitled to his opinion. The Constitution guarantees him the right to be a bloviating ignoramus if he so desires. He is not, however, entitled to his own facts, nor to his own selective presentation of facts in order score political points at the expense of truth.

Juls, I have had hopes over the years that at least some of the contributors and commenters to this social media site would understand morality and moral philosophy and realize that the highest human aspiration is to work for the good of others, to relieve suffering as best one can, whenever and wherever possible. That would, after all, accord with the teachings of the Bible, particularly of Jesus, whom many on here claim to follow. Alas, my hopes have been repeatedly dashed, and your comment is just the latest stone thrown on my hopes.

Dr. Spencer worked for Doctors Without Borders. They have a long, extensive track record of taking every precaution to protect themselves. No protection is absolutely perfect. Many things can compromise it. Dr. Spencer was apparently monitoring himself upon his return. As soon as he suspected he was infectious, he reported himself for isolation, including notifying the emergency service who transported him to use infectious disease protocols.

Would you rather that no doctors from the United States go to West Africa to help? Would you rather let all the people in West Africa tough this out, get through the best they can, and survive if they can? What if the shoe was on the other foot? What if some deadly, contagious disease broke out in the United States and decimated our health care infrastructure (which happened in Africa prior to the Ebola outbreak). Would you be content to tell the rest of the world, "Y'all just stay home. We'll fix this on our own."? Would you be content if the rest of the world told us, "You're on your own. Good luck."?

Many of our medical professionals look at the suffering in West Africa and realize some very important points. First, people are suffering and need help. Second, this epidemic of Ebola, unlike previous epidemics is not going to burn itself out. Previous epidemics were in isolated rural areas of Africa. This epidemic has hit major cities in West Africa and spread from there. Third, no amount of air flight restrictions and border closings of surrounding nations is going to stop this epidemic. There must be coordinated, highly intense treatment of the epidemic in the most affected nations.

If all we do is seal our borders (good luck with that, by the way!) and restrict travel in and out of afflicted West African nations, this epidemic will spread, and it will come here, probably across our southern border with Mexico If an infected person enters this country through the Mexican border, then there is no documentation of entry, and contact tracing (which is the only reliable, albeit imperfect, means of finding every potentially infected person) becomes impossible. Moreover, the disease will be in the United States and in one of our nearest neighbors, a neighbor with a much poorer medical infrastructure than we have.

The way to keep this country safe from Ebola is to quit spreading fear, quit casting blame on those who are trying to help alleviate suffering and prevent dying, and start working as hard as we can to stop the disease at its source.

Proposing that we quarantine potentially infected people in prison camps for terrorists and detention camps for illegal immigrants, which is what Mr. Birdnow proposed, is immoral. It cannot be equated with a doctor who sacrificed himself to help save lives and found himself unfortunately infected with a disease that has a fearsome mortality rate, but not an unusually high transmission rate.


Me thinks he doth protest too much! Clearly I struck a nerve here. Actually, my last TPN brought this same guy out, and he made the same arguments. I rebutted him last time as well.

Here is my reply to Dr. Woodman:

Robert Woodman, answer this; why did the Ebola in the monkey house in Reston spread from one isolated room to another? If what you say is true then you should be easily able to explain that little fact. Your argument rather reminds me of the pediatrician who told my mother that my brother couldn't possible have pyloric stenosis because he was second born and it only affected first born children. The next day they wheeled him in for surgery for ps. I would direct your attention to this paper.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1997182/ Please read the abstract:

"The potential of aerogenic infection by Ebola virus was established by using a head-only exposure aerosol system. Virus-containing droplets of 0.8-1.2 microns were generated and administered into the respiratory tract of rhesus monkeys via inhalation. Inhalation of viral doses as low as 400 plaque-forming units of virus caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days. The illness was clinically identical to that reported for parenteral virus inoculation, except for the occurrence of subcutaneous and venipuncture site bleeding and serosanguineous nasal discharge. Immunocytochemistry revealed cell-associated Ebola virus antigens present in airway epithelium, alveolar pneumocytes, and macrophages in the lung and pulmonary lymph nodes; extracellular antigen was present on mucosal surfaces of the nose, oropharynx and airways. Aggregates of characteristic filamentous virus were present within type I pneumocytes, macrophages, and air spaces of the lung by electron microscopy. Demonstration of fatal aerosol transmission of this virus in monkeys reinforces the importance of taking appropriate precautions to prevent its potential aerosol transmission to humans."

Please note the authors - Johnson, Jaax, White, and Jarling - are at the top of their field, which is Ebola research. Clearly Ebola CAN be passed through the air. And the disease is constantly mutating.

I find your comment telling: "I realize that NPR may not be your favorite news source, but the problem is that the conservative blogosphere and news media are more interested in scoring political points against President Obama over his handling of this issue than they are in reporting facts about Ebola" Speaks volumes about YOUR motivation. Why aren't the traditional methods being employed with this disease, Robert?

Spencer could have undergone a two week quarantine - a minor inconvenience. Instead he came straight home and went bowling. There are methods that have traditionally been employed in cases of exposure to dangerous diseases. Strangely, the Administration and apologists such as yourself do not want them to be used. Your claim that cutting off travel to and from the infected regions will somehow spread the disease is utterly baseless, a purely partisan political response.

You obviously need to reread your Swift. Clearly you miss the point of my Gitmo/southern border remarks. (By the way, illegals are not immigrants but invaders, and there are inherent dangers to invading a country.) But I ask you; how is quarantine punishment? It is perhaps not pleasant but it is a reasonable safety precaution, one made necessary by the actions of the individual so exposed. They KNEW they were possibly exposing themselves to a lethal, horrible disease. If you want to dance you have to pay the piper, sir. And quarantining a guy for two weeks can be considered more a rest than a punishment. I know many parents who would jump at the opportunity to be isolated for a while. I DO think we should isolate people outside of the country, in a kind of vestibule, just as we used to isolate them at Ellis Island (remember the scene in the Godfather part II where Vito Corleone is isolated for smallpox?)

The point is, nobody is saying people shouldn't go to help, but they must be prepared to accept the inconveniences that follow. You call it punishment, but is it punishment to keep a person in a pressurized vessel after deep sea diving? This is like diving with an infectious Bends. Yours is the politicized viewpoint, Robert- and you are playing with people's lives.

Oh, by the way, as government pays for the research much of the science literature you brag about reading is dubious. Any fool who studies the literature of global warming knows it is more theoretical than practical and has been astoundingly wrong. The government funds it, though. You should learn caution and not accept everything uncritically.


A quick note; my use of Swift was a bit off-center; I was not arguing against quarantining people at Gitmo or the border (as Swift was generally doing) but was exaggerating to make a point - and assuming the readers would understand that. Obviously our government would never take such action.
I'll keep everyone updated if there is more.

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October 24, 2014

Doctor without Border Ebola Patient Passed Enhanced Airport Screening

Timothy Birdnow

Turns out the doctor who came down with Ebola cleared the enhanced airport screening.

According to Gateway Pundit:


"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted tweets tonight about the nation’s latest Ebola patient, New York City Doctor Craig Spencer.

The two tweets described Spencer as having successfully passed through the CDC’s ‘enhanced screening’ for travelers from Ebola hot zones.

Healthcare worker returned through JFK Airport on Oct. 17, participated in enhanced screening for all returning travelers from W. Africa.

— CDC (@CDCgov) October 24, 2014

"Healthcare worker returned through JFK Airport on Oct. 17, participated in enhanced screening for all returning travelers from W. Africa.”

Patient didn't have fever or other symptoms of illness during screening; reported fever to health officials for 1st time today.

— CDC (@CDCgov) October 24, 2014

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Well I feel a whole lot better!

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Vote Theft in Chicago - Again!

Timothy Birdnow

A Republican candidate for office in Cook County cast his vote for himself in early voting - and it registered for his Democrat opponent.

According to Illinoisreview:

"SCHAUMBURG, IL – Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead.

"While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan. "You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat."

While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race. It is unknown if the machine in question (#008958) has been removed from service or is still in operation."

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Officials chocked it up to a "glitch". Strange how glitches always seem to favor the Democrats, especially in the Chicago area.

This election could wind up being, as Wellington said of Waterloo "the damn nearest run thing you ever saw in your life". http://kwgn.com/2014/10/15/two-new-polls-show-races-tight-in-senate-governor-races/ While polls suggest the GOP will take the Senate many of those races are far too close - and tightening up. Every vote will count.

Which is why the Democrats are trying to incite chaos across the nation. Ferguson was, is, and always will be about ginning up the black vote. The New York Times had this to say:

" The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted "crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters to the polls.

"African-American surge voters came out in force in 2008 and 2012, but they are not well positioned to do so again in 2014,” Cornell Belcher, the pollster, wrote in the memo, dated Oct. 1. "In fact, over half aren’t even sure when the midterm elections are taking place.”

Mr. Belcher’s assessment points to an urgent imperative for Democrats: To keep Republicans from taking control of the Senate, as many are predicting, they need black voters in at least four key states. Yet the one politician guaranteed to generate enthusiasm among African Americans is the same man many Democratic candidates want to avoid: Mr. Obama."

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And everything that has transpired in Ferguson has been a result of outside agitation - other than the original shooting of Mike Brown. I was at the protests on the Monday following the Saturday shooting and it was clear that professional agitators had hijacked the protest. Quick work - too quick. It was clearly something that the Democrats were ready for.

So if any of these races remain close on election day they need a way to give their guy the edge. They intend to steal the Senate - and any other race they can.

These people are foul. Unfortunately the GOP has failed miserably to counteract them. Can't say it's all their fault; they entered into a plea agreement over a voter suppression case several decades back that, among other things, does not allow them to challenge vote fraud. It was a "get out of jail free" card for the corrupt Democrats. http://gulagbound.com/36046/no-joke-the-gop-can-not-legally-help-stop-vote-fraud/

They have made vote fraud a laughing matter in Chicago "vote early, vote often" but it is no joke; it is a fundamental violation of our civil rights. Punishment for vote fraud must be severe and swift. But it will not be as long as the left seeks to thwart the will of the People - something they do each and every day. That's what Obama meant by "change".

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Ebola in New York; Why Borders Matter

Timothy Birdnow

Ebola is now in New York City. According to ABC News:

"A New York doctor who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola and is being isolated at a Manhattan hospital, city and state officials said Thursday night.

The doctor, who has been identified as Dr. Craig Allen Spencer by New York government sources, was placed in an isolation unit today at Bellevue Hospital after reporting Ebola-like symptoms. He had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was transferred to Bellevue, said NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.

Spencer, 33, was treating Ebola patients in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders, according to the officials. Guinea is one of the West African countries currently battling an Ebola outbreak.

Spencer left Guinea on October 14, said Bassett. He traveled through Brussels, Belgium, and arrived at JFK Airport, on Oct. 17."

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So, this guy was wandering around in Africa, Europe, and America with Ebola since October 14, and even now they have him in a Manhattan hospital rather than moving him to a more secure place. There are 19 million people in the greater New York City area. Even if their protocols are adequate there may be a breech, as in Dallas.

Do we want Ebola getting out in a city of 19 million?

I would offer a constructive plan to handle Ebola patients; establish a containment ward at Guantanamo Bay, inside the prison with the terrorists. Put them at risk instead of us. If we can't do that maybe we should set up small facilities at major illegal border crossings with Mexico; help slow the tide of aliens. But we should not be trying to quarantine people with such an illness in a major American metropolis; that is madness.

Another point to ponder; people stopped going to the "ebola hospital" in Dallas out of fear of the disease. They are really hurting as of now, with an empty E.R. and few occupied beds. How many people will stop going to Belleview as a result of this? I wouldn't go there if I were sick.

But that never matters to liberals:

"There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed," said de Blasio. "We've been preparing for months for the threat posed by Ebola. We have clear and strong protocols, which are being scrumptiously followed and were followed in this instance."

Earlier this week, a CDC team determined hospital staff had proper protocols and was prepared to treat Ebola patients, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden."

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We know how well that worked in Dallas.

The reallity is this doctor without borders has learned exactly how important borders can be. Isolation is a border, and it exists for a reason; to keep the infection out. The reason a nation - any nation - maintains borders is to protect the body of the country from infection. An open border means that enemies, terrorists, leeches, etc. come inside to work mischief, as surely as a virus is going to do likewise once inside of a victim. And even in cases of decent people coming in they may unwittingly destroy the host, just as many diseases of the body can ultimately overwhelm and kill the host. Take HIV; the individual virus probably "wants" the host to live; it merely wants a safe environment to reproduce. Of course, since the virus is not a symbiotic life-form and has no intention of "enculturating" to the body it acts as a parasite, and eventually kills the host. HIV isn't ebola, which acts more like a predator. If one were to compare the two one could say ebola is Al Qaeda sneaking up from Mexico while HIV is a migrant coming here for a better life. It doesn't matter; in the end the result may well be the death of the host.

Our skins and mucuous membranes are our borders, the same as a nation's border is that country's skin; both serve the purpose of protecting the inner workings of the entity.

So our doctor without a border now sees the folly of such a policy - or at least he should.

When the body gets sick it tries to isolate the diseases, using encapsulating techniques and whatnot. The same is true of most nations, which do not allow anyone to wander in willy nilly and meld into the populace.

We in America think we know better. That is hubris.

And so we keep a dangerously ill person in the largest metropolis in America. Real bright.

Political correctness is going to be the death of us.

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October 23, 2014

Pants Up! Don't Loot! - Mike Brown's Grandma and Mother Duke it Out

People wearing T-shirts with pictures of Michael Brown wait in line to ...
Timothy Birdnow

Michael Brown's grandmother and mother got into a public brawl over the elder woman's selling of "Hands Up" Mike Brown t-shirts.


According to Fox 2 News in St. Louis:

*ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – In a recent statement, Michael Brown’s mother asked that her son not be part of self-serving business or political actions as she pleaded that he be remembered for the good. A reported assault and theft this past weekend may dramatically underscore that sentiment.

It happened Saturday night, October 18th, at about 8:15 pm in the parking lot of Red’s BBQ. It`s the corner of Canfield and West Florissant, just blocks from where Michael Brown was shot and killed.

Police sources tell us Brown`s Grandmother, Pearlie Gordon, along with Brown`s Cousin Tony Petty, were selling t-shirts and other Michael Brown merchandise.

A police report describes a car pulling up and several people getting out. One of those people, was reported to be Michael Brown`s Mom, Lesley McSpadden. A witness described McSpadden yelling ‘You can`t sell this s%$&” One of the relatives, who was selling, reportedly demanded McSpadden show a document proving she had a patent.

The police report says that`s when an unidentified person with McSpadden assaulted Petty so violently that it resulted in a 911 call. A witness tells Fox 2 that the weapon was a metal pipe or pole. The suspect reportedly struck Petty in the face. Medics then took him to Christian Northeast Hospital. The witness said the assault suspect grabbed merchandise and a box of cash believed to contain about $1,400."

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I have always believed money was a part of the motivation of this family, and it appears I am correct. The cynic in me can't help but believe that the mother didn't want granny profiting not because it was disrespectful to Big Mike's memory but because it could damage the lawsuit that is sure to come.

Why do I think this? Because the family immediately signed Trayvon Martin's family attorney to represent them right after the shooting. There was no grieving period.

Hat tip; The Gateway Pundit www.thegatewaypundit.com

This story becomes more tawdry all the time.

Pants Up Don't Loot | Teespring

Pants Up Don’t Loot

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Stupid Liberal Tricks; Gun Control Edition

Wil Wirtanen

I went to Amazon to check out Dana Loesch’s new book ‘Hands off my Gun’ and read the 1 star reviews to see the criticisms.

The main criticism was that Dana misquoted the Founders view of guns. Come to find out that it was Media Matters who started this canard. Most of the 1 stars copied this trope.

Erick Erickson in the article refutes the Media Matter lies.

The leftists are getting tiresome and insipid.

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Rove's "Strategic Concealment Initiative" At American Thinker

I have a blogpost at American Thinker this morning where I argue that Rove clearly acted not out of care for our troops but rather out of shallow political considerations in the issue of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.


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Why did a Gun Control Paradise get Shot up?

Timothy Birdnow

Canada has a long history of gun control. The first gun control act was passed in 1885, a prohibition against possession of a firearm in the Northwest Territory without written approval. It has metastasized since, now covering the entire country and all types of weapons as well as ammunition.

Canadian law requires the registration of all firearms, including long guns, since 1995. (the government is not enforcing this due to extraordinarily high costs of maintaining the registry, but it is still a law on the books.) Canadians have been required to register handguns since 1934. Any foreigner who buys a handgun must acquire a permit.The sale of ammunition is heavily regulated as well.

So how did the Canadian Parliament building get shot up?

Where there's a will there's a way.

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WMD's and the Road to a Political Coverup

Timothy Birdnow

There needs to be a 12 step program for recovering co-dependents of the media. The GOP seriously needs treatment.

It has recently come to light that large caches of chemical and other banned weapons were found in Iraq, and that the Bush Whitehouse was fully aware of their existence but chose to suppress knowlege of their existence on the theory that they had lost the battle in the media and didn't want to reopen those wounds. Karl Rove appears at the epicenter of this strategy, http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/10/karl_rove_weapon_of_mass_delusion.html apparently believing the truth is less important than media treatment. For several years the Administration was flagellated by the media and Democrats over the supposed "lie" of Iraqi WMD's, and yet, when presented with concrete evidence of their existence, the Administration chose to hide the fact, hoping the problem would go away. We witnessed an unimaginable spectacle where a daily drumbeat of "Bush lied, people died" was drummed into the American psyche, and Rove's answer was to remain silent - even after the weapons were found. He had adopted the Clinton defense websites motto "move on". It was an odd strategy.

But it was vintage Rove (and Bush); these men never met a fight worth having. Both seem to believe that the key to political victory is to curl into fetal position and wait out their attackers. They seek to appear reasonable and sober, and hope their opponents appear shrill and hysterical. Sadly, it does not work that way; the media will not allow that. In the modern political climate one must fight or die.

In fact, their behavior is much like the abused spouse of an alcoholic; they hate the treatment so much they won't do anything to upset the drunken lout. In this case the media and Democrats are the abusive drunkards and Bush and Rove tiptoe around them when they are sleeping it off. Like the poor co-dependent they enable further abuse by refusing to stand up to it.

Rush Limbaugh was livid at this act by the Bushites; on his radio program stated;

"You remember this. It was like it was yesterday, and it was never-ending five years, folks, every day, every night, they body count. The Democrat Party and the media did everything they could to lose that war and saddle that loss around the neck of George W. Bush. And of course leading their charge, which they thought gave them credibility, was there weren’t any weapons of mass destruction. The whole thing was unnecessary. Bush lied, people died, remember all this?

So in the midst of it we now learn there were weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons and so forth that were found, military people are coming out of the woodwork now admitting it. They were told to put a lid on it back then because the Bush administration didn’t want to go back in time. They had a philosophy in the White House: Never respond to criticism. Never defend yourself against any criticism no matter what happens because that’ll just prolong the story. They had a belief, just let it go because the news cycle will take care of it. "Okay, they’re calling us chumps today, but there will be a new story tomorrow and everybody will forget about it.”

That’s not what happened. All of these charges and all of these allegations just piled on, one on top of another, and it became a full-fledged indictment and an allegation against the entire premise of the Iraq war. And over half of this country was talked into literal hatred for the administration, for the military, for the war, and even to a certain extent the War on Terror. And it was unnecessary. And Rove has even admitted now that one of the big mistakes he made strategically while he was chief of staff of the White House was letting some of these allegations day to day, whatever they were, not just about the Iraq war, but let ‘em all go by and not comment on it. And he’s absolutely right about that."

End excerpt.

And indeed the pounding taken by Bush and the GOP cost them first the Senate, then the House, then the Presidency. It gave Obama imperial power. It destroyed America's credibility around the world. It gave us ISIS, Obamacare, the multi trillion dollar deficit, an invasion of illegals, and most of our current social and political problems - all because Karl Rove didn't want to refight this battle.

Clearly he never understood General Douglas MacArthur's famous quote "I shall return". You have to fight for old ground at times.

Rush argues:

"I am more convinced than ever that the paralysis of the Republican Party stems from those five years of never-ending defamation that the White House chose to ignore and not reply to. There were numerous reasons why. "Well, you know, we have such reverence for the office that we're not gonna respond to these political charges. We're not gonna get down the gutter with these people. We're gonna maintain the aura of the office above all of this."

End excerpt.

But blame for this should not rest solely on Karl Rove or even on George W. Bush; this mindset goes back to the Clinton era, and indeed before.

In the 1998 midterm elections Democrats picked up 5 seats in the House of Representatives. Now, this was the first time in 58 years that the party in power picked up seats in a midterm, and only the third time since the Civil War.

Bill Clinton was not especially popular at this point, facing impeachment for lying to America about the Lewinsky affair, and yet his party actually gained seats in the House (although they lost some in the Senate). Why was that? Well, it was partly a function of dislike for Newt Gingrich, and the Democrats were successful via their media allies in nationalizing the elections. But why was Newt so unpopular?

Because he and the Republicans developed a strategy of duck and cover; Newt, a former history professor, knew the historical trends and exhorted the GOP to lay low.

According to Nancy Gibbs and Mike Duffy at CNN:

"Among the people who tried to warn him off the strategy was Ralph Reed, the boy genius who had injected the Christian Coalition directly into the Republican bloodstream in the past decade. Reed, who left the Christian Coalition last year to found his own consulting firm, was sending alarm memos as early as September 1997. He privately warned G.O.P. leaders that "Republicans face the most severe agenda vacuum since Ronald Reagan ascended as their leader in 1980." He urged the national party to "make education a major theme in the 1998 campaign" and "avoid capitulation with Clinton." And four months before anyone had heard of Monica Lewinsky, Reed even cautioned Republicans not to "put all your eggs in the Clinton-scandal basket." It was a warning he would repeat in similar private memos to Gingrich, Lott and other leaders for the next 12 months. In the last one, dated Sept. 23, 1998, Reed predicted that "if we rely entirely on the scandal, we will come up short on Election Day.""


"Last spring Gingrich was boasting to other G.O.P. leaders that they didn't have to do anything, just wait for a crippled President to come to them. And sure enough, nothing resembling an agenda emerged from the Congress. This was the House that never even got around to passing a budget--the first time such a thing had happened since the budget process was established in the wake of Watergate. This guaranteed that Republicans would have little to brag about when they went home to their districts, other than renaming National Airport after Ronald Reagan and passing a fatty transportation bill that made fiscal conservatives shudder. "We say we are the party of keeping our fiscal house in order," says South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, "but we do a transportation bill that has all kinds of pork and go $20 billion over what we'd shaken on with the budget 12 months before. There's nothing more deadly."

End excerpt.

Gingrich and the GOP chose what they thought was the path of least resistance. They wrongly believed they would be able to ride a wave of voter dissatisfaction with Clinton, and that the endless drubbing they received in the press would not matter.

This led to the infamous government shutdown. According to the CNN article:

"By deciding last summer to wrap all the unfinished business into a single massive spending bill, the Republicans handed Clinton a loaded gun. Failure to pass that bill would mean another government shutdown. That meant Clinton could pick anything he wanted with which to hold them up. With an eye on voters, Clinton chose to pick his fight on education--100,000 new teachers and 5,000 schools, to be precise--forcing Congress to stay around and bicker into October on an issue that played heavily in the Democrats' favor. The only thing the Democrats did wrong, says a Hill staff member, was not to force the G.O.P. to stay in session a week longer. That would have won them back the House.

When the budget deal was cut, the Speaker turned on his own, calling his critics "the perfectionist caucus." That probably lost him the conservatives for good and put Gingrich on the defensive. Just four years after the Contract with America was unveiled, his own followers had become the enemy. The Field Marshal was no longer leading his troops anywhere they were willing to go."

End excerpt.

Does that sound familiar? How many times have Conservatives been accused of demanding perfection by the RINO wing of the GOP? We are forever hearing from the Establishment that we must accept a moldy crust of the loaf because we cannot get the loaf itself - even while we do not try for it.

The Budget shutdown was as much Gingrich's fault as anyone. Gingrich would never committ to a steady course of action, not devise consistent policies or coherent messaging.

And with the defeat in the government shutdown many Republicans scurried for cover. The boldness that had characterized the "Contract with America" coalition died, to follow Gingrich's new "soft" policy, a "duck and cover" strategy that put political survival at all cost to the forefront.

It claimed Gingrich's scalp shortly after the '96 midterms. Tom Delay explained this in an interview with Rush Limbaugh;\http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1802383/posts

"A group of conservative Republicans, not in leadership, were very upset about Newt Gingrich and the fact that he would change the agenda about every 15 minutes. They were getting upset with the fact that he was playing footsies with Bill Clinton too much, and they were going to take him out and take him down. At the same time the leadership was having the same problem and we were having discussions with Newt about his managerial style and how difficult it was to make things happen when he would change the agenda over night."

End excerpt.

Despite this dissatisfaction the GOP adopted Newt's peace-at-any-price "footsie" approach.

Pollster John Zogby explained in 1998:

"During the first few months of this year, Republicans had been keeping somewhat of a low profile in Washington. They had found that their strident confrontational approach in dealing with President Clinton was costing them popularity. Thus, despite the President’s many problems, the more Republican’s attacked him, the higher Clinton’s approval ratings rose and the lower the Republicans’ ratings fell.

The shift to a "kinder and gentler’ Republican approach, in fact, did improve the party’s standing. Even Gingrich himself personally benefited from this tactic. The release of his new book, Lessons Learned the Hard Way, and his cross-country tour to promote the book was designed to recast the Speaker’s image. Gone was the attacking, acerbic Gingrich and in came the humble and contrite Gingrich. While the Speaker’s ratings began to rise in response to his new image, polling data apparently began to tell the Republican leadership something else."

End excerpt.

So it was this non-confrontational approach that presaged the disaster that was the '98 midterm election. What does that tell us?

In short, what good does it do to play this soft game? The GOP has been essentially been playing a prevent defense political game for decades, at least 16 years. Gosh, we still had global warming back then! And they have still not learned the futility of this approach.

The GOP fumbled the ball on the impeachment too. According to the new York Times:

"This ''Be Patient'' strategy, Republicans say, has many advantages. It deprives the White House of portraying the scandal as purely partisan. If Mr. Clinton stays in office but remains beleaguered, he will be all the more vulnerable a target as Republicans campaign against Democrats in the November midterm elections. And some Republicans go as far as to admit that they do not want Mr. Clinton forced out of office, because that would give his replacement, Vice President Al Gore, a leg up in the Presidential race in 2000.

"''I do not believe in death by a thousand cuts,'' said Representative Bob Barr, a Georgia Republican who is the most outspoken advocate of having the House consider impeaching Mr. Clinton. ''The Presidency in our country is too important for that.''


Asked about the go-slow approach of Mr. Gingrich and others in the leadership, Mr. Barr said, ''They're putting politics above principle, and I don't choose to do that.''


"One House Republican official said the leadership was determined, at least for now, to resist the cries from the most outspoken party members to take more aggressive action.

''Why are we being quiet?'' said the official, who in keeping with the low-profile House strategy, spoke only on the condition of anonymity. ''We are not taking a pass on the character issue. By remaining silent at this juncture, we're simply saying the facts aren't in yet. When the time comes, the wind will change.''

An advantage of the keep-quiet strategy is that it allows Republicans, even ones who have hardly been shy previously about savaging Mr. Clinton, to appear high-minded on a scandal that is hardly that."

End excerpts.

And we know how well that particular approach worked; the GOP refused to to subpeona key witnesses, refused to go after Clinton on more than one front, refused to do what was necessary to actually win the battle. And they lost.

So what Karl Rove did in regards to the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was a tried-and-true strategy, at least as seen from the Establishment perspective. It is a loser, but it minimizes damage, or so they think.

Actually, this approach predated the whole budget battle/impeachment; anyone remember George H.W. Bush's "kinder gentler America" and his unwillingness to get in the mud with Bill Clinton? Bush lost to Clinton because he tried to remain above the fray, and in the end was pummelled into retirement. Pucillanimity is the ebola of America politics.

Yet it has been at the core of the RINO/Establishment thinking all along. The notion of the patrician class, motivated by Nobless Oblige, permeats this particular wing, and they find the dirty nature of politics distateful even while they covet the power and prestige. The old Rockefeller types certainly believed this, and were happy to remain in the minority rather than face off with the bourgeious Democrats.

What Karl Rove did, and does, is simply the natural inclination of that particular political tradition. We shouldn't be surprised. It is uncouth to do real battle. Distasteful.

And so America continues her long, horrible slide because those who covet leadership are unwilling to fight for us.

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October 22, 2014

Global Warming Roundup



Timothy Birdnow

Here are some interesting links on climate change.

1. Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere overstated.

2. The ridiculous Oreskes and Conway

3. So THAT'S where the methane went!

And http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/M...

4. 2014 hottest year on record?

5. GISS's cheating heart.

6. Ocean acidification my a, er, foot.

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Curbing Obama power grabs

Paul Driessen

Considering how few Americans worry about global warming or support President Obama’s policies, it’s not surprising that Senators seeking reelection are running away from him and his policies – after having supported them 90-99% of the time! Those policies are having enormous adverse impacts on American businesses, workers and families – and people are growing more angry and frustrated over the arrogance and intrusiveness of EPA and other government agency policies and regulations.

My article this week takes a hard look at this – and ponders a few of the positive things that Republicans could do if they take control of the Senate.

Curbing Obama power grabs

The courts and Senate provide no checks and balances. Could a Republican Senate help?

Paul Driessen

You’ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he had a few chats.

But he certainly knew his concerns and opinions meant nothing, changed nothing, accomplished nothing. And then he voted 97% of the time with Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Dictator Harry Reid

Reid has kept over 300 bills bottled up, squelched almost all proffered Republican amendments on anything that did move, and used the "nuclear option” to end the longstanding 60-vote rule and wipe out any chance that Republicans could block Obama nominees or prevent the President from packing the vital DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The three new liberal judges on that court can now be counted on to defer to Mr. Obama’s policies and "agency discretion” on future arrogations of power.

Ditto for Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. She bellyached from time to time about offshore drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline. But she also voted with Obama, Reid and their agenda 97% of the time, on everything from ObamaCare to Dodd-Frank to packing the DC Court.

The tally for other Democratic Senators running for reelection is revealing: Hagan (NC) 96% for the Obama agenda, policies and fiats … Merkley (OR) 96% … Pryor (AR) 90% … Shaheen (NH) 99% … Udall (CO) 99% … Warner (VA) 97%

Now they’re telling their constituents, next year will be different. Send me back to Washington, and next year I will stand up to Obama and support letting people keep their doctors and insurance, allowing more domestic drilling and pipelines, promoting economic recovery and fiscal responsibility, curbing the fraud and abuses at the Environmental Protection Agency, tackling Ebola and going after Islamic terrorists.

The IRS, Benghazi, Ebola and Middle East screw-ups and cover-ups seem to have set the tone. These Senators seem willing to say almost anything to get them past the elections. However, their votes have had real consequences for millions of Americans, especially the poor, minority, elderly and working classes they profess to care so much about. They should not escape accountability so easily.

A recent political ad by black Democrat-turned-Republican Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory lays it on the line. "While you dig through the couch looking for gas money,” Guillory says, Mary Landrieu "flies around in private jets funded by taxpayer dollars.” To her, "you are just a vote,” every six years.

Nor do liberal stereotypes fit. The four Democratic House and Senate candidates in Northern Virginia are all well-off, middle-age white guys. Republican candidates include one middle-age white dude, plus two working moms and a black man – who’s also Jewish and an 8-year Marine Corps veteran.

Few of us have any personal animosity toward any of these Democrat Senators. They’re all amiable people. But as President Obama himself says, "my policies are on the ballot, every single one of them.” Those policies have been dragging this country down, and as long as Harry Reid maintains his iron grip on the Senate, there can be no checks and balances or budgetary constraints on the Obama policies.

Messrs. Reid and Obama have made it clear that they have no interest in working with Republicans. Indeed, the President prefers Saul Alinsky tactics of community agitation and interest group divide-and-conquer. He disdains democratic processes and bipartisan compromises, and much prefers to simply legislate, regulate and dictate from the White House and Executive Branch – ignoring or rewriting the clear language of laws and our Constitution whenever and however necessary.

The Train of Abuses and Usurpations gets longer by the week. Environmental Protection Agency actions alone could place virtually all our land, air, water, energy and economy under the control of regulatory ideologues, working closely with radical Big Green activists, billionaires and "charitable” foundations.

Climate. As the planet refuses to cooperate with computer models and White House fear mongering, the EPA simply ignores all contradictory studies and evidence – and continues to operate under assumptions that: carbon dioxide levels dictate climate change; natural forces are irrelevant’ America can easily replace the fossil fuels that provide 82% of its energy; skyrocketing energy prices will have no effect on the economy, jobs or human health and welfare; and slashing America’s CO2 emissions will make a difference, even though China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Poland and other nations refuse to do likewise.

Of course, the real goal was never to stop climate change. It was always to control and "fundamentally transform” our nation’s energy, economic, social and legal structure and institutions, regardless of costs.

Water. Proposed rules are so broadly written that they would cover nearly all "waters of the United States” (WOTUS), based on assertions that they would eventually end up in "navigable” waters: rivers, rivulets, lakes, groundwater, stock ponds, occasional puddles and dry creek beds. In the process, they would also control land use activities on farms, forests and other private property. Friendly, collusive lawsuits by radical environmentalists would further expand this EPA jurisdiction.

Ozone. Almost every US county meets current 2008 ozone standards. Proposed regulations would render the vast majority of them "nonattainment” areas, subject to severe restrictions on economic growth. Even EPA says the rules would cost $100 billion a year. The National Association of Manufacturers puts the cost at $270 billion annually. The impact on people’s jobs, incomes, health and welfare would be huge.

Even bigger ambitions. Clearly not satisfied with these unprecedented usurpations of power, EPA has also launched major "sustainable development,” "environmental justice” and "clean power” initiatives. These deliberately vague and infinitely malleable terms would further expand the agency’s mission far beyond anything previously imaginable or contemplated by EPA’s authorizing legislation.

Other agencies are busily writing new regulations governing Christmas lights, automobile and refrigerator coolants, endangered species guidelines that would block ranching, drilling and pipeline projects, while giving bird and bat-killing wind and solar projects carte blanche – and other activities.

Collusion. A recent Senate Minority Staff Report explains in frightening detail how far-left billionaires, foundations and environmentalist groups actively collude with EPA managers and regulators. EPA in turn happily recruits high-level eco-activists, who then help lobby, guide and control agency policies – and channel millions of taxpayer dollars to pressure groups that promote those policies. The agency also engages in frequent friendly lawsuits with activists, to make policies even more extreme.

A Republican Senate will not guarantee the kind of change needed to end these excesses and get the nation’s economy and employment back on track, especially if certain GOP members remain timid or recalcitrant. (Perhaps DePuy or Stryker could donate some spinal implants?) Presidential vetoes could also pose problems, although strong leadership could often craft bipartisan veto-proof majorities.

House and Senate hearings could grill agency heads under oath – and investigate potential fraud in developing regulations, unethical collusion between agencies and activists, improper agency funding of activist groups, sweetheart lawsuits and other activities. These investigations could form the basis for budget reductions and restrictions, legislation to end mission creep or block specific regulations, and laws requiring congressional approval of "major” regulatory actions costing billions of dollars.

Such actions would also help restore our tripartite system of government. Right now, the Executive Branch is riding roughshod over businesses and citizens alike, and the courts merely rubberstamp agency decisions. Meanwhile, the Legislative Branch is little more than an appendix that writes overly broad laws giving unaccountable bureaucrats unfettered discretion to impose an increasingly intrusive, expensive leftist, centralized government agenda. No wonder our nation is foundering on the rocks.

The upcoming elections could help get the USS United States back on course. Let’s hope they do.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death.

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October 21, 2014

Medical Malpractice of Doctor Pepper?

Timothy Birdnow

A recent study conducted by the University of California San Francisco concluded that drinking soda - any soda - shortens your lifespan.

According to the article:

"About 21% of subjects said they drank that much soda daily (20 ounces or more), while the average intake was 12 ounces. Researchers also looked at the effects of diet soda and fruit juice on telomeres; while "100% fruit juice was marginally associated with longer telomeres," they write in the American Journal of Public Health, diet sodas and non-carbonated "sugar-sweetened beverages" weren't associated with telomere length. Still, the study points to the dangers of soda beyond its role in obesity. "The extremely high dose of sugar that we can put into our body within seconds by drinking sugared beverages is uniquely toxic to metabolism," says a study author"

End excerpt.

Now, if only 21% are in this category, how can the researchers state categorically that soda makes you age quicker? Does that make the other 79% the controls? The article is unclear on this. I haven't been able to find anything on the methodology of the research.

Also, what kind of soda are we talking about? Coke? Pepsi? Dr. Pepper? 7 Up? Without distinguishing one soda from another you do not have a true picture of what is happening; there are different ingredients in soda, and Coca-Cola is quite different from 7up or Nehi Orange. Is it the Cola causing this? We aren't given this information either.

The thrust of this research is that telemers are shortened in people who drink soda (but not sugary fruit juice). Telemers are endcaps on chromosomes. If you look at a chromosome you see the maypole-llike twisted double helix with straight lines at the ends. Those ends are called telemers. They are thought to tie in with aging, because they grow shorter as we get older. People with diseases that cause premature aging (like Down's Syndrome) generally have shortened telemers. Every time a cell divides the main body of the gene is replicated but the telemers get shorter. In fact, at some point the telemers recede to the point where a new gene appears, which is thought to be an "end run" code telling the hardware to shut down i.e. a death gene. This is speculative, but it is certainly true that there is no reason for death by old age; the human genome seems programmed to self-destruct, probably to avoid competition with one's offspring, and to avoid passing along unwelcome mutations. We are the vehicle for the survival of DNA; that is our primary biological purpose. If we as people get in the way...

At any rate, the researchers conclude that there is a shortening of telemers that coincide with drinking soda. I would like to point out that correlation is not causality. I would also like to ask who exactly the subjects were in this project? How did they control for other environmental or genetic factors? It should be pointed out that people who drink lots of soda also tend to eat some pretty bad stuff; how did they control for other dietary behaviors?

This was done in California, too, and no doubt these are people getting more sun than the rest of us.

The confident way this story and others like it were written suggests a political agenda at work. The authors of the study claim diet soda has this effect too. This smells of Michael Bloomberg.

I wonder who funded this study?

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October 20, 2014

Islamic Burial Practices Spreading Ebola

Timothy Birdnow

Islamic burial rituals leading to the spread of Ebola.

From IBD:

"When Muslims die, family members don't turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In Islam, death is handled much differently.

Relatives personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. Often, several family members participate in this posthumous bathing ritual, known as Ghusl.

Before scrubbing the skin with soap and water, family members press down on the abdomen to excrete fluids still in the body. A mixture of camphor and water is used for a final washing. Then, family members dry off the body and shroud it in white linens.

Again, washing the bodies of the dead in this way is considered a collective duty for Muslims, especially in Muslim nations. Failure to do so is believed to leave the deceased "impure" and jeopardizes the faithful's ascension into Paradise (unless he died in jihad; then no Ghusl is required).

Before the body is buried, Muslims attending the funeral typically pass a common bowl for use in ablution or washing of the face, feet and hands, compounding the risk of infection.
Though these customs are prescribed by Shariah law, they're extremely dangerous and should be suspended. Mosque leaders must step in to educate village Muslims about the dangers of interacting with corpse."

End excerpt.

Islam is unhygenic. It allows child marriages, multiple sex partners (for men), genital mutilation for women, cannibalism under certain circumstances. An Iman recently said it was o.k. to have sex with your wife hours after she dies. Nice.

Now we learn that burial practices involve close contact with corpses.

This really is medieval.

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Green Cards for All!

Timothy Birdnow

Obama prepares 11 million green cards.

According to Neil Munroe at the Daily Caller:

"President Barack Obama deputies are secretly preparing to print work permits for up to 11 million illegal immigrants over the next two years, despite the nation’s high unemployment, stalled wages and increasing automation.

If Obama actually goes ahead with the plan that is sketched in a federal contract document, he would provide employers with the ability to legally hire 13 million foreign workers even as 12 million Americans turn 18 in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The plan to print millions of work permits and green cards — dubbed "permanent resident cards” — is outlined in Oct. 3 and Oct. 6 federal announcements to contractors.

The contract plan was discovered by the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a lower level of immigration.

"The objective of this procurement is … to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards,” said the Oct. 6 official announcement at FedBizOpps.gov."

End excerpt.

Immigration law lies in the purview of Congress. This is tyranny.

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Bad Data at Mammoth Spring Surface Temperature Station

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Timothy Birdnow

On my recent trip to Mammoth Springs in Arkansas I noticed something peculiar; a government temperature station sited next to the spring pond.

Mammoth Springs is one of the largest natural springs in the midwest, probably in the country. The water coming out of it is cool. There is no logical reason to site a surface temperature station next to a cold spring; it introduces a clear cooling bias to the data.

When Global Warming was all the rage meteorologist Anthony Watts agreed to conduct a survey of surface stations, since nobody knew where they were sited or how they were operating. He found a clear warming bias, largely a result of the urban heat island effect; cities grew up around these stations, and many of them were next to air conditioner condensers or on hot blacktop parking lots or whatnot. Some are quite ridiculous; one photo shows a station sited between two huge wastewater treatment plants, steam rising from them in the cold winter air.

This instance is a reverse bias, but the whole point is we aren't getting accurate data. See Watt's project at www.surfacestations.org.

And the answer has been to simply remove older stations then data norm. If we eliminate station x we then take station y and w and split the difference. This is illogical; station x may be miles from either station, and may well experience temperatures unique to the particular area. The whole point is to get an accurate reading, not a "good enough" average. It is rather like a diabetic taking two blood sugar readings, one shows his sugar at 250 and the next at 50 and concluding he is doing just fine because this averages out to 150. No doctor would be pleased with this, but climatologists are perfectly happy to accept this type of thinking. Crazy.

In point of fact the surface station readings show global warming and the satellite data do not. Slipshod data recording is undoubtedly the cause of the perceived warming. And we are told we must make policy based on this - draconian policy that will be a mammoth spring of greenbacks and will reduce human energy consumption, making the world poorer and killing people in the Third World. We cannot do that; we need accurate measurements to hold any rational discussion.

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Vacation Saga


Timothy Birdnow

Blogging has been light this past week, and I owe Aviary readers an explanation. I had a birthday on Saturday, a big one - I turned fifty. Now, for the past several years I have been pretty much homebound due to reasons both physical and financial, and so the wife and I decided to make up for lost time with not one but two trips. We didn't want to go very far, because we have a cat at home, one who had never been left alone before, and so we wanted to drop in to make sure all was well between the trips. We chose to go to two places within just a few hours of home.

The first trip was a backwoods adventure in south central Missouri. (Adventure may be a bit strong a word, but there you are!) We stayed in a "treehouse cabin" on the North Fork River, a tributary of the White River. The North Fork is trout country and we stayed in the blue ribbon area, what is known as the "miracle mile". Absolutely stunning country. The resort we stayed at was called River of Life Farms and it was beautiful, with numerous "treehouses" on or near the river. (I use the quotation marks because they are stilt houses built into the trees.) Our cabin was not right on the river but was built into the hillside with a spectacular deck. It featured knotty pine interior siding with a hot tub, bath and kitchenette. What was nice about ours was that, unlike most of the cabins there, we didn't have to climb stairs; it was just a matter of pulling the car up and carrying everything on the deck into the cabin. A good thing for a man with Congestive Heart Failure.

My only complaint was the bed and couch; the bed was hard, and I didn't sleep really well. The couch was a worn-out love seat that sagged when you sat in it. But that can be endured by intrepid campers such as myself and my lovely wife (well, myself anyway) and the facility was first-rate otherwise.

I really didn't come to fish but rather to explore. This place was remote, deep inside the Mark Twain National Forest. We did a lot of driving, just soaking in the countryside. We visited Grand Gulf, the Grand Canyon of the Ozarks, for instance.

Grand Gulf was a giant cave, something that Missouri is lousy with due to limestone soil and plentiful rainfall. The roof of the cave collapsed, leaving a rugged canyon with a river pouring from the rocks and then returning to the underground. The underground river that flows through Grand Gulf is part of the watershed of Mammoth Springs down in Arkansas, which we also visited. Mammoth Springs is the largest spring in the midwest, larger even than Big Spring. Sadly, it is not anywhere as scenic; there is just a small lake with obvious water coming from the ground and a river that pours forth from it. The water churns the bottom so the water is brown and unclean looking. It doesn't help that the great state of Arkansas chose to build a highway right next to this natural phonomenon.

We drove a number of back country roads, and saw some really amazing sights. I also let myself go while on this trip, eating foods I have been denied since suffering CHF. Rare and wondrous delicacies like hot dogs, balogna, real American cheese food. I ate meals fit for a king, a very fat unhealthy king, granted...

We looked to sample some of the local beverages but were stymied; nobody was open during the week. I had thought to travel to Little Yeoman Brewery, but it is in a private residence these days and open largely by appointment during the week. Ditto the Aux Arcs wine trail; three wineries and not one of them open except on weekends. I didn't mind; we really weren't on this trip for drinks. I didn enjoy a fine tawny port one night.

After coming home and visiting our cat, we headed to a more boozy destination, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. We had discovered this back in the early'90's when there were only four wineries tucked into the hills in southern Illinois. The area, known as Little Egypt, is close to the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, and is the Illinois portion of the Ozark Mountain plateau. It is a natural wonderland, with spectacular vistas and deep canyons. There is the Little Grand Canyon along the Big Muddy river, a deep canyon (not as spectacular as Grand Gulf) that features a natural stone bridge. There is Giant City State Park, where one can find the remains of a stone fort built by native Americans long ago. There are numerous cliffs with spectacular views. Oh, and the lodge serves excellent food, the best I've ever eaten at one of those government affairs. Breakfast was enormous and included gourmet coffee, not the cheap stuff you usually get. Their dinner service includes steaks and whatnot, although their fried chicken dinner is their specialty and it is all-you-can-eat.

But perhaps the most inspiring thing in this area is Bald Nob. The highest point in Illinois, if I am not mistaken, Bald Nob is a mountain by any estimation. The top is clear (hence the name) and it is always very windy. But the main attraction is a giant white crucifix, over a hundred feet tall, that can be illuminated at night. It is an awesome sight when you visit the area; a glowing cross in the night sky.

I was happy to see it there; last time we visited (three years ago) the cross was in such disrepair that it had to be taped off with warnings that parts fell from it. But the locals all chipped in and the Bald Nob Cross is good as new, a beacon of God's love to the good people of Little Egypt. The pillar of fire that led the Israelites would have been no more impressive, nor angered Pharoah any less.

But the main attraction is the wine trail. There are two sides; the U.S. 51 corridor and the 127 side. The 51 corridor is the monied side, since it is a major highway connecting Carbondale, with the University of Illinois Carbondale in the north and Anna/Jonesboro to the south. We stayed on this side this time, although we prefer the 127 side because it is the more rustic. We stayed in the quaint village of Makanda, a sort of hippie refuge. Makanda's claim to fame is the boardwalk, a collection of old 19th century buildings. One building is an art metal shop, which shelters a secret garden in the rear. If you follow the path through the shop you come out in a wonderfully whimsical place with faux pirate ships, log cabins, forts, all manner of children's dreams. It's built in the back yard of the building, so it isn''t large, and everything overlooks everything else. While I'm not into hippies by and large I have to say I have a soft spot for someone willing to do so much work for a purely whimsical thing. And they do not charge for it; just walk in and wander around.

Makanda Boardwalk

We didn't go there this trip, however, because the yearly Vulture Fest was in progress. Pop artists, artisanss, and assorted hippie types swoop down on Makanda every year for a sort of Woodstock for vultures (since many are around at that time). It's a carnival atmosphere, with food booths, games, music, beer, and the ubiquitous favorite of all carnivals, funnel cake. We didn't attend, even though it was close enough to our accomodations to walk; we weren't there for a street fair. But it was nice to know we could attend if we wished.

But back to the wine trail. As I said, this is the monied side (plus Giant City lodge was only two miles from Makanda) and so the wineries are swankier and more commercial. There is a ring of four of them, with a fifth on Highway 51 and a sixth up a side road a ways.

The wines themselves are as Caesar/Dom Deloise says in History of the World "nice, not thrilling but nice". Mostly French American hybrids, one can find plenty of Chamborcin and Chardonnel. A few wineries grow the old american varietal Norton, and a few others manage to grow the vinifera Cabernet Franc. (I don't know why that variety and no other classics, but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.) Missouri wines, which are much the same varieties, are better but these are decent enough. The best wines I had on the trip were at Orlandini.

Sadly, the days were beautiful and buses, coupled with events, made some of the wineries too crowded. As I said, this is the monied side, and tours usually start - and frequently finish - here.

I prefer the other side; most of the wineries are smaller, home-spun affairs. Many are deep, deep in the woods. Perhaps my favorite in terms of setting is Hickory Ridge, which is a vineyard carved out of a wilderness woodland. They specialize in red wines too, which I prefer, and make some decent Cab Franc. As I say, they are about as deep in the woods as one can get.

In previous years we stayed on that side, in Alto Pass at the Broken Wheel ranch, a horse farm on Bald Nob not far from the cross. I like it; you get a whole cabin to yourself and it's very cheap. You also have a winery and restaurant just a half mile down the road at Hedman. Swedes settled here, and the food is Swedish family food. Alto Pass is interesting; it features a root beer saloon complete with swinging doors. Too bad the staff is so snotty to the customers...

At any rate, we stayed in a cottage in Makanda, the Makanda Inn. It is a straw-bale construction, with thick, muc plastered walls and an earthen roof covered with vegetation. Unfortunately it was designed with "sustainability" in mind, meaning it was too cramped. It was set up like a townhouse with a bedroom (and I mean bedroom; a king sized bed and that was all there was room for) a bathroom featuring a big tub and the shower in the actualy bathroom (got water everywhere). You had to go through the shower to reach the deck off the back. A spiral staircase led to a smallish sitting room with a mini fridge, a hotplate, and microwave. They did have a television with cable (a treat for us). Outside the door below was a shared area (this was a duplex) with barbeque pit and fire place. Beautiful wooded setting. All in all I liked the inn, although it was a bit cramped and they used low-wattage light bulbs making it hard to see what you were doing. Sustainablility is fine if you don't want to live that well.

At any rate we visited a number of wineries, ate some good food, did a little bit of walking about, and generally had a wonderful, pleasant week. We had rain and overcast on the first trip, but it was not too bad, and the wine trail trip featured spectacular weather, none better. Still, I was glad to come home. Elliott, our darling little feline friend, was VERY happy to see us, and he about wore my lap out last night.

It was a great trip, but I'm glad to be home.

Thank you all for your patience during my absence.

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October 19, 2014

Killing Confidence in Our Government

ByAlan Caruba

What has been the over-riding theme of life in America since Barack Obama became President in 2008?

It has been the continued loss of confidence Americans have regarding various elements of the federal government. From the Centers for Disease Control, the Veterans Administration, the Secret Service, to the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, these and other agencies have been tainted in ways that have turned his two terms into a litany of scandals and failures.

Obama is a President for whom politics is the sole reason against which every decision is made.

The latest example was the naming of an Ebola Czar. "Sources confirm to Fox News that President Obama plans to name Ron Klain, a longtime political hand with no apparent medical or health background.” In the past, Klain has served as chief of staff to Al Gore and Joe Biden. Does this make you feel any better about the Ebola threat?

I think that most Americans—not the "low information” ignorant ones—are experiencing a generalized depression about the nation these days. It’s a sense of weariness because our paychecks don’t stretch enough in the supermarket where the cost of food, particularly meat and fish, is soaring.

We wonder about the quality of education our children or grandchildren are receiving. It’s poor when compared to other nations and it undermines a belief in America's exceptionalism.

In growing numbers younger Americans are choosing not to marry because of the costs involved and because we live in a society that no longer frowns on a couple living together; nearly half of marriages end in divorce. And then there’s same-sex marriage, a concept that was unthinkable not that long ago and for centuries in all societies.

We’re now six years into the Great Recession thanks to a White House that thought that, if the government spent $834 billion on top of the national debt, it would somehow "stimulate” the economy but government spending did not relieve Americans during the Great Depression, generate new jobs or achieve anything else thatthis tried-and-failed liberal theory was said to do. Who was in charge of Obama’s "stimulus” program? Ron Klain, the new Ebola Czar.

Cutting taxes, slowing and reducing regulations, and generally getting out of the way to allow people to start or expand their businesses works, but the White House went the other direction.

As an October 16 Wall Street Journal editorial noted, "Millions of American families haven’t had a raise in after-inflation incomes in years, but in Washington times are flush…the U.S. federal government rolled up record revenues of $3.013 trillion.” Individual income tax receipts rose by 5.9%, along with payroll taxes and corporate income taxes—very nearly the highest in the world—increased 16% to $321 billion.

Only the naïve or ignorant believe that the government knows how to spend our money better than we do, but liberals—Democrats—do. Their answer to every problem government encounters is more money, but not to repair and expand the infrastructure, roads and bridges, on which the nation depends and not for a military that is currently at low pre-World War Two levels of personnel and old equipment of every description.

Our current Secretary of State, John Kerry, is going around echoing the President, telling people that mankind is doomed because "climate change” is coming and will destroy all life unless billions or trillionsare spent in ways that will avoid it. Only no one can avoid climate change because that’s what climate does; it changes with well-known and predictable cycles tied to the Sun’s cycles.

Our military’s mission is now being redirected to addressing "climate change” at a time when, having been withdrawn from Iraq, a new, larger and far more dangerous entity, the Islamic State, has emerged, stretching into Syria as well.

The President recently gave an interview to France’s Canel+ TV Channel and said that the American people need to be better educated about Islam, claiming that the U.S. should be regarded as a Muslim country because of the number of Muslims living here. The truth is that the U.S. has one of the smallest percentages of Muslims of any Western nation, about 1.5% of the population. Americans know everything they need to about Islam. They recently watched two of their countrymen beheaded by the Islamic State.

The President appears to prefer unapologetic liars as his advisors. Consider Susan Rice who came to fame by lying on five Sunday television shows that the Benghazi attack in 2012 was the result of a video no one had seen and more recently said that Turkey had agreed to permit the U.S. to undertake military flights to attack ISIS only to have Turkey deny that within hours. She is Obama’s national security advisor and that is cause enough for concern, but guess to whom the new Ebola Czar, Ron Klain, will be reporting? Susan Rice.

While Obama has been in office the population has been growing by virtue of the millions of illegal aliens that have been entering. This year there was a dramatic virtual invasion of children and others from Guatemala and San Salvador at the invitation of the President. They were quickly dispersed throughout the U.S. and just as quickly schools around the nation began to report outbreaks of the diseases they brought. At the same time, deportations have declined this year.

The President has sent more than 4,000 of our military to Africa’s Ebola hot zone and he did so rapidly as what will be described as a humanitarian gesture, but he has never seen any necessity to dispatch our military to our southern border to stem illegal entry. Indeed, his administration has taken Arizona to court when it passed legislation to address the problem. In the meantime, we are left to wonder what will happen if our soldiers become ill with Ebola?

Indeed, his signature legislation, ObamaCare, is destroying our healthcare system and is a testament to the lies he repeatedly told before the Democrats in Congress passed it in 2009. No Republican voted for it. After the midterm elections, hundreds of thousands will learn that their employers will no longer provide them with healthcare insurance.

Americans are left to wonder how the nation can survive a President who has steadily engaged in programs that have harmed America’s economy—he is the first to have hadour national credit rating reduced.

In the process he has ignored the limits imposed on his office by the Constitution. The courts have repeatedly rebuked this.

On November 4thvoters will have an opportunity to go to the polls and vote out as many of his supporters, incumbent Democrats and candidates for Congress, as possible.

Our confidence in our government must be restored with new leadership.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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