October 23, 2014

SPYING: CIA Apparently ‘Impersonated’ Senate Staffers To Gain Access To Documents On Shared Drives.

NOW OUT: From Dana Loesch, Hands Off My Gun: Defeating The Plot To Disarm America. You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I think this cover will sell quite a few books. (Bumped).

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YEAH, THAT’S A CRAPPY THING TO DO: Man sentenced for lasering plane with 118 passengers aboard.

IN LIGHT OF ALL THE BEN BRADLEE WATERGATE HOOPLA, I should note two things: First, this Watergate mythbusting by Prof. Joseph Campbell, and second, that I doubt Bradlee would have done the same to a Democratic President.

ASTRONOMY: Hundreds of Comets Seen Orbiting Distant Solar System.

READER BOOK PLUG: From Lloyd Tackitt, Giants (A Distant Eden Book 6).


GOOD: Testing For Ebola Vaccines To Start Soon.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Olga Roche, the disgraced former child welfare chief ousted in April amid a firestorm of criticism, quietly retired as a state employee last Friday — right after she turned 60 — scoring a potentially hefty pension bump in the process, the Herald has learned. “Roche came under fire when a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy, Jeremiah Oliver, went missing for months while under the Department of Children and Families’ watch, before he was found dead, the first of several high-profile deaths of children under state care.”

ASHE SCHOW: CNN anchor, liberals give grins and thumbs up to violence against the ‘Right’ women.

Wednesday afternoon, CNN anchor Carol Costello hyped newly released audio of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol tearfully recounting her being physically assaulted during a fight the family was involved in last month by saying it was “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.” She grinned during the entire setup.

The anchor went on to say “sit back and enjoy,” before playing the audio, in which Bristol says she confronted a man who had allegedly pushed her little sister, only to have him shove her to the ground, then drag her by her feet while calling her an obscene name I cannot republish here that refers to the female anatomy.

Costello commented, still grinning, after the audio that “the long bleep” was her favorite part. She ended the segment by saying “you can thank me later.”

Costello is the same anchor who was enraged by the NFL’s apparent lack of concern for the wife of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who was punched by the football player in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

Obviously Costello should be fired for her misogyny and approval of violence against women. Perhaps if people are angry about this, they might call their local airport authority and demand that it take off the nonstop CNN monitors. Nobody likes it, and it’s probably CNN’s main viewership these days. . .



KATHY SHAIDLE: Two Fatal Jihadist Attacks In Canada In 48 Hours. “It was harder to explain to Americans that the guy who took down the terrorist, the sergeant-at-arms, is best known for wearing a funny, archaic getup during government ceremonies. It’s a fancy-pants job given to a distinguished older fellow — Kevin Vickers is 58 — as a kind of pre-retirement honor. Luckily, yesterday, Vickers had a handgun in his desk drawer…”

PAUL RAHE: The African-American Answer To George Wallace.

IN THE MAIL: From John Scalzi, Lock In.

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NEWS FROM THE CORRUPT OLIGARCHY: The Hunter Biden Chronicles. This is just brutal.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 532.

MAYBE SHE’S JUST NOT THAT GOOD A CANDIDATE: Democrat Martha Coakley struggles again on Massachusetts campaign trail. “One of the most famous losers in recent U.S. politics is back on the campaign trail in Massachusetts. It is not going as well as she had hoped.” When the WaPo writes that way about a Democrat, it’s not going well at all.

EBOLA MONITORING IN THE U.S.: More Citizens Under Watch Per CDC Policy.

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? Democrats Losing Public Trust on Health Care.

The Democrats’ historic advantage on the health issue continues to weaken, and the GOP advantage on foreign policy is growing. In 2007, 50 percent of respondents to a WSJ poll said they trusted the Democratic Party to improve the U.S. health care system, compared to 28 percent who trusted Republicans. By March of this year, those numbers had shifted to 44 percent and 36 percent, still in the Democrats’ favor. Now that gap is even smaller, according to a WSJ write-up of a new a AP Poll. . . .

It’s no wonder that, with numbers like these, many are now predicting that GOP will re-take the Senate in the November midterms. But it’s remarkable that not only foreign policy but also health care issues could help get them there, given how dominant the Democratic Party has been on the latter for so long. The botched ACA rollout took a toll, but more damaging has been the law’s perceived failure to noticeably lessen the burden of health care costs and access for the average American. The issue remains hugely important to U.S voters who think the country’s health care system remains deeply dysfunctional, and they are increasingly turning away from Democratic leadership regarding solutions. This, so far, is the legacy of Obama’s number one domestic achievement.

It’s a train wreck.

ASHE SCHOW: Why 15 Minutes Of Fame Should Have Been Enough For Wendy Davis. But it never is.

NEWS FROM THE EGALITARIAN WORKERS’ PARADISE: Hong Kong Leader: Popular Vote Would Give Poor Too Much Power.

LIFE IS FAT IN CAPITAL CITY: Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million.

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NAT HENTOFF ON OBAMA: “The most dictatorial president we have ever had.”

HMM: Insurers Writing “Ebola Exceptions” Into New Policies. Doesn’t sound like they think the problem is behind us.

CHANGE: 9 percent of likely 2014 voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about President Obama.

TINA BROWN’S ATTITUDE HAS CHANGED: Former Newsweek Editor Gives 4 Solid Reasons Why Women No Longer Feel Safe Under President Obama.

I WONDER IF THOSE REUSABLE BAGS COULD SPREAD EBOLA? California Outlaws Plastic Bags And Ignores The Scientific Evidence.

ELIANA JOHNSON: Rand Paul’s Non-Isolationism.

NICE POLLS, KID. DON’T GET COCKY. Things are looking better and better for Republicans in Colorado.

The survey of 500 likely Colorado voters shows that 46 percent prefer Gardner, while only 39 percent say they’re going to go for Udall.

“The findings in the state, which President Obama carried in 2008 and 2012, signal an electorate that seems to be tipping toward the GOP. The poll … comes as voting centers opened this week in Colorado and thousands of the state’s distinctive mail-in ballots have been cast,” USA Today reported.

The poll also had good news for GOP members of the Centennial State’s House delegation, especially vulnerable Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. “Those surveyed now support the Republican candidate for Congress in their district over the Democrat by 51%-39%, doubling the GOP’s advantage in September on the so-called generic congressional ballot and well outside the poll’s margin of error,” the report added.

The survey reveals that many voters in the Centennial State have turned on Udall for supposedly running an ugly and negative campaign.

“Supposedly?” But remember, you have to beat the margin of fraud.

INFECTED BY POLITICS: The public-health profession is more committed to “social justice” than to sound science.

I SUPPOSE AN EMAIL TELLING BLUENOSES TO FUCK OFF IS OUT OF THE QUESTION: University tells students to dress ‘respectfully’ for Halloween festivities.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Whistleblowers say USAID’s IG removed critical details from public reports. “The auditors said the office has increasingly become a defender of the agency under acting inspector general Michael G. Carroll. Some auditors said Carroll did not want to create controversy as he awaited Senate confirmation to become the permanent inspector general.”

THE HILL: CDC shifts into overdrive on Ebola.

Health officials at the center of nation’s Ebola crisis are moving into overdrive to tame widespread public fears about the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced three new protocols in the three days as it looks to assert control over the deadly virus that infected two Americans this month.

“The bottom line here is that we have to keep up our guard against Ebola,” Frieden told reporters Wednesday as he announced a three-week mandatory monitoring period for anyone traveling into the United States from West Africa.

The new protocols come after a week of brutal headlines for the CDC, which has been accused of falling down on the job once the first Ebola case was diagnosed in Dallas. The barrage of criticism prompted President Obama to cancel two days of campaign travel and appoint a special Ebola coordinator to direct the federal response.

CDC Director Tom Frieden said last week that the agency’s initial response in Dallas was not strong enough. He said the agency should have kept a closer eye on the nurses who treated that patient instead of letting them self-monitor for symptoms, which allowed them to travel publicly.

He also said the two nurses who became infected in Dallas may have been exposed to the virus because CDC’s protocols for hospital gear initially exposed some skin.

But even as the agency is conceding mistakes, the public storm over the agency’s response appears to be ebbing.

Well, maybe.

ROGER KIMBALL: Dem Panic According to the NY Times.

Remember, you don’t just have to beat them. You have to beat them beyond the margin of fraud.


Democrats are running against monsters. They are running to protect American women from the hostile, patriarchal, domineering men of the Republican Party. (Chivalry is not dead!) In the Democrats’ ghoulish caricature, Republicans are not just wrong on the issues that women care about, but are barely above criminals. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, used rhetoric only slightly more florid than the Democratic norm when she said of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, “What Republican Tea Party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back.”

Republicans who think they can avoid women’s issues, or blunt their power by talk of entrepreneurship or free markets, are rewarding the Democrats’ tactics. Silence gives consent. Moreover, they are conveying their fear that the Democrats’ interpretation of women’s wants is correct. They may even believe it more sincerely than Democrats themselves.

They should try looking at the polls.

October 22, 2014

OTTAWA SHOOTER: Son of a jihadist and a Social Justice Warrior:

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the slain 32-year-old suspected killer of a Canadian Forces soldier near Parliament Hill, was a labourer and small-time criminal – a man who had had a religious awakening and seemed to have become mentally unstable.

Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in 1982 and was the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Quebec businessman who appears to have fought in 2011 in Libya, and Susan Bibeau, the deputy chairperson of a division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. The two were divorced in 1999.

That’s a toxic blend.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, UNPOPULAR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES WOULD BE CRUSHED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Couer d’Alene City Attorney confirms: conservative Christian ministers’ wedding chapel business must provide same-sex marriage ceremonies. “The government can’t require the employees or owners of a for-profit newspaper or motivational speaker service to say the Pledge of Allegiance as a condition of staying in business, just as it can’t require noncommercially minded schoolchildren to say the Pledge. The government can’t require such for-profit businesses to display ‘Live Free or Die’ on their company cars. It can’t require for-profit newspapers to publish things they don’t want to publish. Likewise, it can’t require for-profit officiants of verbal ceremonies (especially religious ceremonies, but secular ones as well) to say things they choose not to say.”

ROGER SIMON: The Great ‘Workplace Violence’ Epidemic.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Homegrown Radicals Like Ottawa Gunman ‘New Face of Terror.’ They should be mocked and shamed like the pathetic, gullible losers that they are.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Coach Megan Mahoney Charged With 30 Counts of Statutory Rape. And didn’t even have to post bail. I doubt a male coach would have received such a courtesy.

THIS TIME, THEY RELEASED THE HOUNDS: Another Man Jumps White House Fence. “Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., was arrested tackled and apprehended by security officers about 20 yards past the fence after he entered the lawn at 7:16 p.m., a Secret Service official said. Adesanya was unarmed, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment. Charges are pending. . . . On Sept. 19, Omar Gonzalez, 42, allegedly breached the secure grounds of the White House in an incident that drew criticism to security procedures that led to the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.”

CHANGE: U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors. “The move announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked the latest precautions put in place by the U.S. government to stop the spread of the virus, but stopped short of a ban on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as demanded by some lawmakers. The CDC said that, beginning on Monday, travelers from those countries will be directed to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms for 21 days, the period of incubation for the virus.”

ANNALS OF CRONY CAPITALISM: Unplugged: Michigan Governor Signs GM-Supported “Anti-Tesla” Bill Into Law.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Fall Slow-Cooker Recipes.

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IN LIGHT OF POPEHAT CLARK’S THOUGHTS ON GAMERGATE, and of this piece, perhaps men’s groups on college campuses should take a lesson: Target donors to colleges. Contact them, tell them that the university is unfairly stigmatizing all men as rapists, encourage them not to donate until that changes. It’s easy to find out who the big donors are — the schools tell you as they brag — and they’re easy enough to get in touch with. They don’t hear from many students, so your message won’t be lost in the shuffle.

You could add some street-theater when prospective freshmen tour the campus by putting up posters and passing out leaflets telling them that the campus is a “rights-free zone” for men or some such, too. And maybe demand that the admissions people warn admitted men that they won’t have due process, and then making a big stink when they won’t.

AS LONG AS THE DOOR STAYS CLOSED, WE WON’T KNOW IF HIS PRESIDENCY IS DEAD OR ALIVE: Aide invokes ‘Heisenberg principle’ on Obama meetings. Plus, this amusing observation in the story: “When it comes to pop culture, Heisenberg is an alias used by Walter White, the teacher-turned-meth-dealer on the television series Breaking Bad.” Trying to tell us something?

MONSTER SOLAR FLARE: First of many? “AR 2192 has been pointing away from Earth, so its outbursts to date have not affected the planet much. But that could change soon; the sunspot is now rotating around toward Earth.”

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ASHE SCHOW: Two White House statistics on campus sexual assault that can’t both be true. Maybe both can’t be true, but I’m putting my money on “neither.”

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IT’S LIKE WE WERE SOLD A FALSE NARRATIVE BY A MEDIA EAGER TO ENABLE DEMOCRATS’ ELECTION-YEAR RACE-BAITING OR SOMETHING: WaPo: Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson. “Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post. Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life.”

Plus: “Seven or eight African American eyewitnesses have provided testimony consistent with Wilson’s account, but none of them have spoken publicly out of fear for their safety, The Washington Post’s sources said.” Sad when racial terror makes witnesses unwilling to come forward to serve justice.


NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Raise A Pig That Tastes Like Whiskey. “Whiskey-flavored bacon? Look, it was only a matter of time before someone tried this.”

Result, unsurprisingly: “It was hands down the best-tasting pig I’ve ever eaten.”


ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM: More Hispanics turning to Islam, majority women.

“When people see you with the hijab, they respect you first. Second, it’s the emotion you feel because you are different. You believe in something. It’s amazing.” Londono said.

“It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or ‘halal,’ and what’s prohibited which is ‘haram’. So they know exactly where they stand. So the Qur’an becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray.”

Like Karl Rove keeps telling us, these Latin immigrants are “natural social conservatives” all right. . . .

CHICKS DIG BAD BOYS: Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS.

JAMES O’KEEFE STRIKES AGAIN: The guerrilla filmmaker has exposed how voter fraud is both easy and condoned in Colorado.

When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.

The video of O’Keefe’s encounters with other operatives is equally disturbing. He has a conversation with Greenpeace employee Christina Topping, and suggests he might have access to unused ballots from people who have recently moved out of college fraternity houses. “I mean it is putting the votes to good use,” she responds. “So really, truly, like yeah, that is awesome.”

Colorado secretary of state Scott Gessler, along with several county election clerks, have raised warning flags that a new state law that automatically mails a ballot to everyone is an engraved invitation to commit fraud. “Sending ballots to people who did not even ask for them or have moved out of state is asking for trouble” he told me. For example, little can stop someone who collects discarded ballots from trash cans, fills out the ballots, and mails them in. Election workers are supposed to compare signatures on registration records with signed ballots. But if a person has a “witness” who signs the ballot on the witness line, then the signatures do not have to match and the vote is counted.

Secretary of State Gessler had futile arguments with Democratic state legislators last year who insisted on ramming a bill through that mandated Colorado become the only state in the nation with both all-mail balloting and same-day registration.

The only reason for these changes is to enable fraud.

FROM THE CBC: Ottawa Parliament Hill Shootings; Live Updates.

UPDATE: Looks like Islamic terrorism: “Canada’s government is tracking today’s violence as a terrorist incident, and will reportedly continue treating it as such until evidence suggesting that it is not terrorism comes to light. That is in sharp contrast to how the Obama administration handles suspected terrorist attacks in the US. The FBI and other government agencies in the US default to something other than terrorism first, and still considers Nidal Hasan’s 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hoot, Texas an incident of ‘workplace violence.’”

But stay tuned. Early reports are often unreliable.

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TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 531.


This is not your grandfather’s public health system. Public health experts were, in a way, too successful; they beat back our infectious disease load to the point where most of us have never had anything more serious than Human papillomavirus or a bad case of the flu. This left them without that much to do. So they reinvented themselves as the overseers of everything that might make us unhealthy, from French Fries to work stress.

As with the steel mills, these problems are not necessarily amenable to the organizational tools used to tackle tuberculosis. The more the public and private health system are focused on these problems, the less optimized they will be for fighting the war against infectious disease. It is less surprising to find that they didn’t know how to respond to a novel infectious disease than it would have been to discover that they botched a new campaign against texting and driving.

Don’t get me wrong: Fighting infection is still one of the things that the public health infrastructure does, and though I hope it doesn’t come to that, I expect that our system will do a much better job next time. But the CDC did not botch the job because there’s something wrong with Barack Obama, or government, or the state of Texas, or private hospitals. They dropped the ball because the public health system no longer needs to work so many miracles, and consequently hasn’t had much practice.

Sadly, I think that’s about to change.

VIRGINIA POSTREL: Oscar de la Renta’s Last Stand Against Slobs. “Once liberating, the drive toward informal attire, exemplified by hoodies in Silicon Valley, flip flops in Los Angeles, and sweaters on state visits, has become a new form of oppressive conformity. Dressing down is de rigueur. De la Renta stood against that trend. Now that he’s gone, perhaps there’s an opportunity for a transgressive young designer to do something really daring: Get us to dress up again.”

USA TODAY EDITORIALIZES: Where’s Our NSA Reform? Despite outcry, government still collects your phone data. They’re happy to ride out an “outcry,” so long as none of them suffer any actual consequences.

HIGHER EDUCATION — JUST PART OF THE DEMOCRATS’ APPARAT? Public university violated federal election laws in promoting rally for Dem congressman, Bill Clinton, says lawyer. “The email, obtained by Campus Reform, went out to the entire student body urging them to sign up for the Wednesday event using their school-issued email addresses. It was ‘[p]aid for by the New York Democratic Committee,’ according to its signature, and also appears to violate the school’s long-standing policy against using resources to aid political candidates or causes, according to the school’s College Republican chapter.”

BYRON YORK: Why is there no surgeon general? Ask Democrats.

Some of President Obama’s most ardent supporters have accused Republicans of “politicizing” the Ebola crisis. It’s not a terribly serious accusation; a public health emergency requires the response of many government agencies, so how could politics not be involved? There’s nothing wrong with that.

One specific charge, though, deserves an answer. The Ebola scare has made many Americans aware that there is no U.S. surgeon general. (The post is filled by an acting official who is not in line for the job.)

There is, however, an Obama nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has not been confirmed by the Senate after more than a year of waiting. Why hasn’t Murthy won Senate approval in all that time?

To hear some of the president’s advocates tell it, it’s the Republicans’ fault. “GOP blocks Surgeon General nominee,” tweeted Eric Boehlert of the pro-Obama group Media Matters. “After blocking surgeon general nominee, Republican blames Obama for surgeon general vacancy,” added another pro-Obama group, ThinkProgress. . . .

In February, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted along party lines to send Murthy’s nomination to the full Senate. It has sat there ever since.

It would take just 51 of the Senate’s 55 Democrats to confirm Murthy. But that confirmation has not happened. “There is bipartisan opposition, so Sen. Reid hasn’t even tried to bring him to a vote,” says another senior Senate GOP aide.

By the way, Reid, who has never been shy about criticizing Republicans, is not among those publicly blaming the GOP for inaction on Murthy. A Reid spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

They don’t want to vote on an anti-gun zealot’s confirmation, at least not until after the elections.

CORNEL WEST NOT FEELING THE HOPE AND CHANGE: “You’ve got Wall Street criminals walking free, sipping tea at the White House.”

You know, I wonder if Cornel is considering a run in 2016.


ELECTION FRAUD: Obama Endorses ‘Chicago Way’ of Voting—Making the Rules Up As You Go. “Obama’s visit to Chicago shined a spotlight on the early voting process. . . . State lawmakers enacted a series of one-time changes to make early voting easier for this election only, leading some critics to contend the move was made for political reasons tied to the hotly contested governor race between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. Among the changes, the two-week early voting period, which traditionally ends the Saturday before the Tuesday election, will this year continue through Sunday, Nov. 2, at some voting locations.”

THE HILL: Obama missteps boost GOP midterm chances.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): TTU student admits to making false statements about sexual assault. “A Texas Tech student may be facing legal and disciplinary penalties after making false statements about an alleged sexual assault at the Student Recreation Center last month. . . . The woman claimed that a man assaulted her in a locker room, but police say no crime occurred on the TTU campus and no rape occurred at the Rec Center. The case will now be referred to the Lubbock County District Attorney and the Office of Student Conduct for review.”


His tenure was marked by a series of health crusades aimed at so-called “lifestyle diseases” based on dubious evidence.

Frieden is now perhaps the most visible example of the transformation of the field of public health—for better or for worse. Until recently, that arena owed a great debt to the English epidemiologist John Snow, who correctly deduced that the London cholera epidemic of 1854 was caused by contaminated water from the Broad Street pump. Shutting down the pump not only stemmed the tide of the epidemic, but also convinced public officials to undertake construction of sewage and clean-water systems that would effectively end the spread of water-borne epidemics. Encouraged by a series of discoveries of the germ basis of many devastating diseases, researchers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries made other rapid advancements in public health, including the development of vaccines against some of humanity’s deadliest diseases and techniques such as the pasteurization of milk to stem bacterial contaminations. Through these advances, industrialized nations like the United States have completely eliminated such once-deadly diseases as smallpox, diphtheria, and polio, vastly cutting childhood mortality rates and increasing lifespans.

But as the impact of communicable diseases has lessened, public-health medicine—which concerns itself with community-wide solutions to health problems—began to look more intensely at treating and preventing conditions that don’t originate with germs. The focus of researchers and doctors turned especially to conditions thought to underlie cardiovascular disease. But unlike battles against germs, isolating the key cause of such problems has proved elusive, because multiple factors—from genetics to diet to personal habits, like smoking—are all potentially contribute.

Advocates like Frieden have plunged ahead anyway, sometimes proposing simplistic solutions to complex problems, often without much data to back up their claims.

It’s mostly about power.

UPDATE: From the comments:

We need to tell the CDC – “If it ain’t about germs, it ain’t your concern”.

They need to get their nose out of everyone else’s business.


KEVIN WILLIAMSON: National-Social Security.

If you weren’t already ready to emigrate or join a militia, consider this: The same U.S. government that was willing to take to time to lean on conservative activist groups as to the content of their prayers has paid millions of dollars in Social Security benefits to Nazis. Not, “Oh, I hate George W. Bush, he’s such a Nazi”–type Nazis, but real-life war criminals from the National Socialist German Workers Party. As Joe Biden wouldn’t say — Nazis, literally.

Do read the full AP report for how this came to pass. It is shocking, and it is shameful.

But it is utterly predictable. When it comes to government, income is sacred: Short them five bucks on your 1040EZ and they will seize your assets and, if they can find an excuse, put you in prison. Inflows matter, outflows not so much, because writing checks with other people’s money is easy and cheap, which is why we taxpayers have been funding comfortable European retirements for Auschwitz guards and SS troopers. . . . The worst part of the AP’s report is this: The Justice Department used Social Security benefits as an inducement to get Nazis to leave the country, because the same government that specifies the required font size for OSHA posters in the break rooms at insurance offices in Omaha cannot be bothered to prosecute Nazis residing in the United States.

The state is not your friend.

UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

PERSONALLY, I FAVOR CULTURAL IMPERIALISM. AND FOR IMMIGRANTS, DISPLAYS OF CULTURAL SUBMISSION. “When we import Islamic immigrants, we are importing a wide range of mores. The veil is acceptable, but to many, troubling. You might think that clitoridectomy is obviously beyond the pale, but no.”

“AFFIRMATIVE CONSENT,” LIKE SO MUCH ELSE, IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE. I thought only “yes” means yes: Did Obama get true, verbalized consent from that woman before he kissed her? No. He did not. Plus, a case study in the privilege of the powerful male lording it over the lower-class male:

Obama orders her to kiss him: “You’re gonna kiss me. Give him something to talk about. Now, he’s really jealous.” As you see in the video, he makes that declarative statement and immediately grabs her and kisses and hugs her.

Why is that acceptable? He’s using her in an effort to regain dignity and to humiliate the man who humiliated him. It might all be dismissed as play humiliation and play counter-humiliation. But the woman’s body was used as an object of that play, a means of communication between men.

Must be part of that war on women I’ve been hearing about.

October 21, 2014

IF YOU SUPPORT BROAD ABORTION RIGHTS, you probably don’t want to suggest that America should become “more European.”

LET’S HOPE THESE ARE FALSE ALARMS: Officials: 2 patients being monitored at Chicago hospitals for Ebola-like symptoms.

Related: Liberian Passenger With Ebola Symptoms Arrives In Newark Liberty – Moved To University Hospital Newark. Since “Ebola symptoms” and “flu symptoms” are basically the same, maybe it’s nothing. But good to be careful.

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TRIFECTA: Voter Suppression via Obama: Democrats Flee Former Political Prodigy.

SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CAREFUL ABOUT BODILY FLUIDS, I GUESS: Monica Lewinsky: I was “patient zero” in Internet bullying.

SCIENCE: A Pill Could Help Alcoholics, and Let Them Drink in Moderation.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Why I Visit Prostitutes. “I was an engineer in Silicon Valley entering the first dot-com boom, and the odds of finding love were long. Santa Clara County was known for having the highest ratio of single men to single women in the country. And let’s face it, tech workers are not the most socially adept.”

WHY WOULD ANY MAN VOTE DEMOCRAT? “First, ask what have the last two Democratic administrations done for boys, men and fathers?”

IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING, YOU’LL CHEER THIS DEVELOPMENT: In Tennessee, Time Comes for a Nuclear Plant Four Decades in the Making. Naturally, environmentalists oppose it. But since I’m in a position to benefit from its reliable electricity, I’m happy.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Cheerleader coach accused of having improper relations with student.

YEAH, YEAH, FEWER YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DRIVING. But isn’t that in part because, in the Obama Economy, they don’t have jobs?

SPYING: Virginia Police Have Been Secretively Stockpiling Private Phone Records.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 7 Simple Exercises That Undo the Damage of Sitting. These are good, especially the Table Pigeons. But . . . and you knew this was coming . . . squats and deadlifts are the single best thing to undo sitting-related damage to your back.

THE ONE THEY GAVE ME TO TEST-DRIVE DIDN’T HAVE THIS CAPABILITY, BUT IT WAS STILL COOL: Watch an Audi RS7 Drive Itself Around a Track at 150 MPH—with Nobody Inside.