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Stray voltage

More subjects than one can conveniently throw a stick at … so we’ll throw several sticks.

Have you seen the latest Brookings Institute poll on Obama’s “greatness” as a President?  It is interesting.  They decided to poll the American Political Science Association.  Their “consensus”?

First, President Obama ranks 18th overall, but beneath the surface of the aggregate figures lurks evidence of significant ambivalence. For example, those who view Obama as one of the worst American presidents outnumber those who view him as one of the best by nearly a 3-1 margin. Similarly, nearly twice as many respondents view Obama as over-rated than do those who consider him under-rated.

Well there you go.  Even a liberal leaning think tank polling liberal leaning academics can’t manage to put lipstick on a pig.  18th overall?  Hilarious.

Remember we were told that Iraq was “poorly thought out” and that “armed intervention” was a mistake?

Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone applied the same standard to Libya?  Yesterday we got to see what some of the result of that awful decision when 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS.  And the White House reaction?

The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists.

Can’t even get up the gumption to identify who the “Egyptians citizens” were.  They weren’t beheaded for being Egyptians, folks.

We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat.  We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.

Because, you know, Obama and the boys kind of broke the last government.

Meanwhile in Oregon, the Democratic governor resigns in disgrace, a victim of corruption in the “green energy” field.

It is a safe bet that Kitzhaber’s implosion has sent the rest of the nation’s Democratic governors, and even a few officeholders in Washington, scrambling to review their affairs. It is the very nature of green energy that its unprofitability ensures that it is only viable in the marketplace if it is subsidized at taxpayer expense. The political class’ favorability toward clean energy and the media’s deference to the project of green technology have created the perfect conditions where corruption can thrive.

Leftist billionaire Tom Steyer is deeply implicated in all of this.  I wonder if he’ll get the “Koch brothers” treatment by the media.

You can read on when you stop laughing hysterically.

Oh, and here’s another in a long line of damning reports about ObamaCare.

On another subject, I’m old enough to remember friends crippled by polio and the “iron lung”:

“We are at a stage where people have no memory of just how dangerous pathogens used to be. There is no visceral fear of viruses and bacteria. Children in wheelchairs as a result of polio are a thing of the past because the United States has been polio free since 1979 as a result of vaccines. The only people I’ve ever met who were hobbled by damage from polio were older than me. . . . I do not expect an innumerate and unscientific public to become more trusting of medical organizations that support vaccination. In some communities herd immunity has already been lost and it will be lost in more other communities. This trend will continue until an old disease comes sweeping thru and racks up lots of damage and fatalities.”

On the other hand, the government has reported for 40 years that cholesterol was going to kill us and then, recently said, “never mind”.  But they still want us to believe their science about “global warming”.  That said, one small pox plague and I’d bet everything would change.  Its hard to be fearful when you’ve never had to live with the results of awful afflictions like polio.   I remember that being the greatest fear of many parents.  Now, well, now they don’t even give it a second thought.  That’s because of a vaccination, for heaven sake.  Same with small pox.  But then anti-vaxxers are using the same sort of science that warming alarmists do, so you shouldn’t be particularly surprised.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin (not surprisingly, Madison, WI) 30 homes were spray painted with anti-Semitic graffiti.  My guess is the White House would characterize the act as “a random act by some juvenile delinquents”.  I’m still in awe of the spineless characterization of the victims in the Kosher Deli in Paris as some “folks” in a random incident.  But then, this is the same administration that for years characterized the Ft. Hood shootings as “workplace violence”, so it really isn’t a big surprise.  Back in Madison, don’t even begin to believe that the vandalism will ever be classified as a hate crime.  That is reserved for favored minorities only.

Graeme Wood (read the whole thing) lays the wood to the cowardly among us who can’t find it in themselves to identify the enemy and the enemy’s foundation:

The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.

Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it. We’ll need to get acquainted with the Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy if we are to react in a way that will not strengthen it, but instead help it self-immolate in its own excessive zeal.

Meanwhile, at the State Department and White House …


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17 Responses to Stray voltage

  • The only comment I would make on the American Political Science Association is I suspect the reason Obama is rated so low is because, in their view, he hasn’t done enough of what he’s doing.

    They want more, not less: hence the rating.

  • It’s telling that Progs are now running from Obamacare — “You see? This is why I wanted single payer!” Failure is truely an orphan.

    Meanwhile, those who said that the purpose of Obamacare was to destroy what’s left of private insurance are starting to look like Nostradamuses.

    • Just saw where the Obami are moving to sell ObamaDoggle over the pulpit.

      “The body is a temple. It should be insured.”

      Bu…bu…but isn’t it WRONG to conflate government and religion, to whip them together in some unholy (see what I did there?) bastardization of terribly mixed messages?

      Yeh. I thought so…

  • They weren’t beheaded for being Egyptians, folks.

    >>>> Of course not! They were chosen TOTALLY at random!

    In the meantime, I assume the State Dept. responded with another stern hashtag or maybe an Obama selfie of him looking all frowny? Maybe it’s time for the Pentagon to break out the tactical emoji??

  • Helluva state of affairs when a Jordanian king and an Egyptian strong-man are leading the fight against Islamist pirates.

    Both in terms of moral authority and relative military commitment.

    My, how the U.S. has fallen in the Obamic Decline…!!!

    • And still, 50% think he’s doing a bang up job.

      Sure, that number is questionable. The question, though, is “What moron would think that”; the answer is “That 47% and a few more that Mitt Romney referred to”.

      • In the light of the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded, I’m more concerned with the idiots who stayed home and pouted because Romney was a Mormon.

        Hopefully they are concerned with the consequences of their choices.

      • And at least 1 professor in Mooseplatt.

  • Now we learn that it was the New York Times…plus Soctt Erp and the entire Collective…who lied about WMD in Iraq.

    The intel agencies were right. As was Bush.

    • No, see THOSE WMD’s don’t count!

      Cuz ya know they were just nerve gas rockets and shells, and we all know that WMD’s have to be ‘nukuler’ or something or they don’t count
      because BOOOOOOOSHHHHH!
      appointed not elected!

    • And meanwhile enlightened European Italians get all silly and Islamophobic when someone from North Africa reminds them the sea isn’t all that broad between good old Carthage and Rome.
      Gee, so silly to worry that illegal immigrants, I mean migrants of the Religion of Peace, uh undocumented Italian citizens, from North Africa could be packin heat and planning on a little work place violence?

    • Furthermore in unrelated news 50% of Americans approve of the job Barack Obama is doing, and think we should ban oxygen as a green house gas.

  • “We are at a stage where people have no memory of just how dangerous …” a whole host of things are.
    When was the last above ground nuclear test ? Wasn’t there a proposal to detonate one every ten years just to keep the size and level of destruction these “devices” can render >

  • 1980

    • You are forgetting the “Big Buster Ultimate Dynamite Fishing Challenge” on Lake Conroe. Some of those glowing bass are still coming down.