TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police: Destrehan teachers had a threesome with a student.
Remember, men are under-represented in teaching because society thinks they might be predators.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police: Destrehan teachers had a threesome with a student.
Remember, men are under-represented in teaching because society thinks they might be predators.
WELL, NIGERIA HAS THE MOST COMPETENT LEADERSHIP — IN LAGOS, AT LEAST — IN ITS HISTORY. US, NOT SO MUCH. Maybe we should follow Nigeria’s lead with Ebola.
THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Report reveals illicit romance, leaks and insider info in Veterans Affairs contract.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): A followup from the comments to my earlier post today: 2nd Destrehan High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student arrested. “A second Destrehan High School teacher has been in arrested in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Rachel Respess, 24, of Kenner turned herself over to authorities Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., according to her attorney, Jeffrey Smith. Authorities say she and another teacher had a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old student. Respess was booked on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, one count of indecent behavior, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Smith said.”
Remember, there are so few men in teaching because society is afraid they might be predators.
HMM: The Centers for Disease Control Changed Its Ebola Prevention Page on September 19, 2014. Why? Here’s what they took out:
Because we still do not know exactly how people are infected with Ebola, few primary prevention measures have been established and no vaccine exists.
When cases of the disease do appear, risk of transmission is increased within healthcare settings. Therefore, healthcare workers must be able to recognize a case of Ebola and be ready to use practical viral hemorrhagic fever isolation precautions or barrier nursing techniques. They should also have the capability to request diagnostic tests or prepare samples for shipping and testing elsewhere.
Hmm. There is a vaccine now, sort of, but this gives the impression of avoiding panic at all costs.
FASTER, PLEASE: Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Reversed for First Time. My dad is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and I’d love to see his problems reversed.
RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The House Of The Usher.
The Secret Service ‘failed’ president Obama just as the intelligence agencies ‘failed’ to warn him about ISIS. The data explosion has the downside of flooding us with alarms. On any given day a thousand indicators cross a certain threshold. Then they cry “wolf” but not all of them are true, urgent cries for help. Still one of them — Murphy guarantees it — eventually may well be.
The way bureaucracies deal with this problem is to put a man in loop to check if the wolf is there. The amount of information that the US military processes is staggering. The news watching public could be forgiven for thinking that the administration’s drone warfare requires nothing more than a hi-tech model airplane, a satellite and a bunch of teenagers operating a glorified game console. In reality it requires 268 people to operate each drone.
Read the whole thing.
WELL, THIS MAKES SENSE. NOW EVERYBODY’S GOT A WITNESS THAT THERE WAS CONSENT. Univ. of New Mexico to host ‘threesome’ sex event for students. Just remember the ancient wisdom: Inside every threesome is a twosome and a onesome.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Destrehan teacher arrested for reported sexual relationship with student. “Deputies placed Shelley Dufresne under arrest for one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. She is a teacher at Destrehan High School, located west of New Orleans. . . . Officials with the St. Charles Parish Public School District reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators were told that the student was bragging to other students that he was ‘having a sexual relationship with teachers.’” Note the plural.
Remember: There are so few men in teaching because society is afraid they might be predators.
HOW BUREAUCRATS THINK: Thought Crime: UK Leadership Wants To Ban Predicted ‘Extremists’ From Social Media, TV, Events. The way they handled the Rotherham rape scandal should give you some idea of what that will involve.
Say, did any of the officials responsible for Rotherham get prosecuted for anything? . . .
THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: CDC Director Confuses CNN with Conflicting Information on How Ebola Is Transmitted. Video at the link.
UPDATE: Chris Matthews: Didn’t Obama tell us it was “unlikely” Ebola would come to America? Yeah, well, he also told us if we liked our health insurance, we could keep our health insurance.
CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Federal Appeals Court to Mull Guns in Post Offices. There’s no “safety” reason to bar honest people from carrying guns. And these arguments — that the sight of a gun “may excite passions, or excited passions may lead to the use of the firearm,” or that “someone could also attempt to take the firearm from its lawful carrier and use it for criminal purpose” — don’t wash. First of all, why give people an “heckler’s veto” on guns? And someone could also attempt to take a firearm from a cop, as sometimes happens. It’ll be interesting to see what the 10th Circuit does here. I hope someone sends them a copy of my Second Amendment Penumbras piece.
WHAT NEXT? WEARING SKINS AND LIVING IN A CAVE? My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and your) amusement; If you want to appreciate the present, try living in the past for a few days.
OKAY, NOT EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS DECADE SUCKS: This Belgian City Plans to Build an Underground Beer Pipeline.
FOR THOSE PROPOSING REGULATION, THIS IS OFTEN THE TRUE GOAL: It’s Normal For Regulators To Get Captured. This goes back to the formation of the ICC over a century ago.
WELL, AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS OF BUSH ASSASSINATION-FANTASIES BY THE LEFT, YOU CAN SEE WHY THEY’D BE PUZZLED: New York Times: Say, Why Don’t Republicans Want President Obama To Be Killed? “Of course we want the president to be safe. Those who are surprised by this perhaps need to spend some more time with their ideological opponents, or — and this will be harder, I grant — spend a little more time examining what it is about their ideology that led them to conflate political opposition and violence in the first instance.”
It’s no mystery. Lefties tend to want their opponents dead or in jail. Naturally, they assume their opponents feel the same way about them.
IN THE MAIL: From James Wesley, Rawles, Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse.
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PAUL HSIEH: Who Decides What Medical Care You Receive At End of Life? Er, death panels? Pretty much.
TRAIN WRECK UPDATE: Under the ACA, the Doctor Won’t See You Now.
Getting access to a preferred, in-network doctor is getting harder all the time. Three big stories about access blocks under the Affordable Care Act came out this week. First, the NYT profiles the troubling rise of contract ER doctors. The emergency medicine departments in many hospitals now employ doctors who are out-of-network for a given insurer, even when the ER itself is listed as “in-network” for that same insurer. The result is that even patients who have the ability to choose an ER in an in-network hospital often wind up with out-of-network doctors treating them—and large, unanticipated, out-of-pocket bills as a result. . . .
The ACA does nothing to address this trend, which is just one example of the barriers to access popping up all across the U.S. health care system. The LA Times reports that, despite several lawsuits challenging it, California intends to stick with its narrow doctor networks for ACA plans next year. Even worse, some insurance companies are planning to cut the number of in-network providers even further. There is still no registry that would allow people to make a comprehensive assessment of which doctors will be covered under their ACA plans, a gap which caused a lot of confusion for patients in the last year.
Nor are those insured through the exchanges the only ones facing access problems. A Department of Health and Human services report on the ACA’s Medicaid expansion finds that many Americans newly insured through the program often have to “wait for months or travel long distances” to get care, according to the NYT. Though the federal government requires states to ensure “adequate access to all services covered,” the definition of “adequate access” is left to the states. This access problem for Medicaid recipients is not new, as Avik Roy repeatedly points out in How Medicaid Fails the Poor, and has been exacerbated as large numbers of people have joined the program.
In all three of these reports, we see under the ACA a declining level of access to a covered care provider. This is not what progress in health reform looks like.
THIS SEEMS TO BE A HABIT WITH THEM: IRS Erased Key Records in Lawsuit, NetJets Says. “NetJets is claiming in a lawsuit that as part of its tax dispute with the agency the IRS ‘wiped clean a number of computer hard drives containing emails and other electronic documents that the Government was required to produce.’”
The hard drives may be clean, but the IRS is dirty.
TWO WEEKS AGO: CDC issues Ebola checklist: ‘Now is the time to prepare.’
I think they’ve been more worried about this than they’ve been letting on.
CAN ANYBODY PLAY THIS GAME? Secret Service didn’t file paperwork on Atlanta incident. “Agents became alarmed during Obama’s trip to Atlanta after discovering that a private security contractor working for the CDC with a criminal record had a gun within arms-length of the president, but superiors told them not to file ‘any paperwork’ or initiate an investigation, according to two sources familiar with the case. . . . The elevator case is another embarrassing blow to Secret Service leaders and exposes a breakdown in security protocols. One source called it a prime example of a pervasive ‘culture of cover-up’ at the agency.”
TURNING MECCA INTO “an amalgam of Disneyland and Las Vegas.” One does not expect refinement from the Saudis.
AN ANTI-LANDRIEU AD FROM ELBERT GUILLORY: “You are not Mary’s cause. . . you are just a vote. . . . You are a means to an end.”
Yeah, I know I posted this last night, but I’m posting it again this morning because it’s just that good.
EXUDING CONFIDENCE: From shaming to semi-stalking, Democrats flood inboxes for last-minute campaign cash. But as a consultant once told me, if you think this kind of stuff is ineffective, it just means you’re not the target demographic.
REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT: Hong Kong protest sees biggest crowds yet on holiday celebrating communist party. “On a holiday meant to celebrate the birth of China’s Communist Republic, Hong Kong residents instead swarmed the streets Wednesday to protest Beijing’s iron grip over their government and demand democratic reforms. The massive crowds appeared to be the biggest yet amid a week of demonstrations that have brought large parts of the city to a standstill. Throughout Hong Kong, it was a day of jarring images and symbolism as authorities tried to carry on with National Day celebrations only to have protesters respond with acts of emotional though peaceful defiance.”
MARGARET WENTE: The New Campus Sex Puritans.
Sixty years ago, sexual behaviour among the young caused deep alarm among the puritanical religious right. Today, it causes deep alarm among the puritanical progressive left. Like their forebears, they are doing their best to restrict and regulate it.
This weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that makes universities redefine consensual sex. From now on, students must effectively obtain the “affirmative consent” of their partners, which must be “ongoing” every step of the way. Those accused of violating the consent rule will be judged on the preponderance of the evidence. Perpetrators face suspension or expulsion, and universities face heavy penalties for failure to enforce.
The new measure is designed to stem a tidal wave of rape on campus that, in fact, does not exist. (Violent crime, including sexual assault, has been in decline for 20 years.) Even so, universities across North America have set up vast new administrative apparatuses to deal with the crisis. Many of them have also expanded the meaning of “sexual violence” to include anything that makes you feel bad.
You don’t have a right not to feel bad, after sex or at any other time.
I THINK HE JUST STANDS ALOOF, PERIOD: Michael Barone: Obama stands aloof from America’s four foreign policy traditions.
WOMAN SPENDS MONTH IN JAIL for possession of SpaghettiOs that cops mistook for meth. She should be given a choice of $10,000 a day for the time spent in prison, or the chance to horsewhip the cops and DA naked through the streets.
WISCONSIN: Here’s why you don’t steal your jobs plan from other candidates’ websites. “The Republican Governors Association on Tuesday released an ad questioning the integrity of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. The new commercial states that her campaign’s plagiarism scandal raises serious questions about her character.”
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Vanessa Williams Sheds Light on Female-on-Female Rape. “Vanessa Williams is many things: actress, singer, model, mother. She is also one of an estimated 17.7 million American women who’s been a victim of attempted or completed rape. On Oprah’s Master Class, Williams revealed that she was molested by an 18-year-old when she was just 10. But what’s really caught the attention of news outlets and the general public is this salacious detail: Her perpetrator was (yes) a woman.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Lewis & Clark Law School closes downtown legal clinic, cites enrollment, revenue decline.
KEVIN WILLIAMSON: The Gelded Age: The inequality bed-wetters are misleading you. “The inequality police are worried that we are living in a new Gilded Age. We should be so lucky: Between 1880 and 1890, the number of employed Americans increased by more than 13 percent, and wages increased by almost 50 percent. I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the Barack Obama years will not match that record; the number of employed Americans is lower today than it was when he took office, and household income is down. Grover Cleveland is looking like a genius in comparison.”
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Congo’s Forgotten Curse: Epidemic of Female-on-Female Rape. “Rape in conflict zones has long been the subject of news reports and academic study and large amounts of donor funding is channeled to organizations that respond to it. But rape specifically perpetrated by women has received less attention. Recent studies suggest the problem is more widespread than many experts previously believed. In 2010, Harvard academic Lynn Lawry and a team of researchers conducted a survey of human-rights abuses in over 1,000 households in conflict-ridden eastern Congo. It was the same year that Margot Wallstrom, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict, dubbed Congo ‘the rape capital of the world.’ Lawry’s study asked victims of sexual violence to specify their assailant’s gender. It found that 40% of the women — and 10% of the men — who said they were subjected to sexual violence were assaulted by a woman.”
ROGER SIMON: In Praise Of Benjamin Netanyahu.
This man, whatever his failings, is better able to articulate the global situation than any political leader currently in a position of power in any country by yards. In fact, virtually no one else is even attempting to do it. (Tony Blair did for a while before he turned, but he’s not in Bibi’s league.) Netanyahu may not be Churchill when it comes to courage, but he is Churchill, or close, when it comes to a precise mastery of the English language, ironic since he is the prime minister of a Hebrew-speaking nation. He is able to tell the truth about the important issues, when all others, including, notably, our president and secretary of State, are prevaricating or spinning, trying desperately not to offend the reprehensible, and he did it again the other day at the United Nations. (Full text here.) He told the truth about radical Islam to a half empty house whose Moslem delegates had left and whose remaining attendees sat there terrified of agreeing publicly with the Israeli prime minister lest some imam or dopey liberal NGO accuse of them of Islamophobia. He made that speech at an institution that has institutionalized anti-Semitism, not world peace or even basic common sense, as its modus operandi, as its very raison d’être.
What would the UN do if it were unable to bash Israel? How would it spend its time?
Who cares? Would the world be worse if the UN ceased to exist? I’m not sure it would even be much better. The UN is a fundamentally trivial body, staffed, and admired, by fundamentally trivial people.
WAIT, I THOUGHT WE HAD EVOLVED PAST TRADITIONAL SEX ROLES: For millennial women, ‘the one’ must have a steady job. “For most of Western history, marriage was a political and economic transaction (for both the spouses, and the communities they belonged to). In the late 18th century, it began transforming into an institution based on love and soul-mating. Now, it’s about politics and economics once again.” Fundamentally transformed back.
HOME NURSING: Woman Saves Three Relatives From Ebola. “Fatu stayed healthy, which is noteworthy considering that more than 300 health care workers have become infected with Ebola, and she didn’t even have personal protection equipment — those white space suits and goggles used in Ebola treatment units. Instead Fatu, who’s in her final year of nursing school, invented her own equipment. International aid workers heard about Fatu’s ‘trash bag method’ and are now teaching it to other West Africans who can’t get into hospitals and don’t have protective gear of their own.”
Perhaps we should teach it to Americans, too.
LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Vets Face Rising Worry Over Resistant Fleas. “Last summer, Mark Conrad a freelance photographer in Fairfield, Conn., noticed his golden retriever Tia scratching more than usual. Mr. Conrad said he suspected an allergy rather than fleas because the dog had been treated diligently every month for three years with a leading flea treatment that contains the chemical fipronil, which has been shown to be highly effective against fleas. Soon, however, he discovered that his dog and home were infested with fleas.”
AN ANTI-LANDRIEU AD FROM ELBERT GUILLORY: “You are not Mary’s cause. . . you are just a vote. . . . You are a means to an end.”
WELL, THIS IS COMFORTING: Centers for Disease Control Confirms First U.S. Case of Ebola. It’s in Dallas.
Plus: Report: Just Four Hospitals in the US are Ready to Handle Ebola. Better lay in more N95 masks and bleach, I guess.
And the country’s in the very best of hands: Armed Former Convict Was On Elevator With Obama In Atlanta. “A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident. President Obama was not told of the lapse in his security during his trip. Director Julia Pierson , according to two people familiar with the incident, took steps to have the matter reviewed internally and did not refer it to an investigative unit that reviews violations of protocol and standard.”
BUSTED: Paying the price for ignoring the government shutdown. “Rangers don’t take kindly to publicly mocking the government shutdown by riding a motorcycle through a closed national park. That’s especially true when you write a piece about it.” Yeah, well, since it was a political stunt designed to punish taxpayers for political gain, I’m happy with the mockery. But read the whole thing for much amusement. “The adorable court reporter looked up from her typing and flashed me a sly smile. Her blue eyes were bright with the look fathers pray they’ll never see their daughter give a boy dumb enough to ride a motorcycle and wind up in court over it.”
Plus, the joys of cleaning public restrooms. I had a job where I had to do that in high school. It was indeed education, especially the women’s room, which was always worse.
HABITAT LOSS: Pubic Lice Not Actually Going Extinct. Bah. Probably just feelgood propaganda from Big Wax.
IT’S AN ALIEN BASE BEING CONSTRUCTED BY NANOBOTS. WAKE UP, SHEEPLE! Cassini watches mysterious feature evolve in Titan sea. “The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest seas on Titan. It has now been observed twice by Cassini’s radar experiment, but its appearance changed between the two apparitions.”
I KNOW THAT ESPN HAS BECOME A HOTBED OF IGNORANT PANTYWAISTS, BUT NOW THEY’RE CHANNELING JOHN KERRY? ESPN’s Colin Cowherd: People Who Enlist in the U.S. Military ‘Have No Choices,’ Join ‘To Pay Bills.’
Watch out, ESPN. In 2006, John Kerry said “You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well, and if you don’t you get stuck in Iraq.” Now Kerry’s . . . stuck in Iraq. So, you know, you might want to be careful. . . .
JERRY BROWN VETOES PRIVACY BILL: California cops don’t need warrants to surveil with drones. “California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would have required the police to obtain search warrants to surveil the public with unmanned drones. Brown, a Democrat facing re-election in November, sided with law enforcement and said the legislation simply granted Californians privacy rights that went too far beyond existing guarantees.”
CATHY YOUNG: What Women Still Want In A Husband. “For all the talk of feminist revolution and male resistance, it seems that women are in some ways more traditional than men when it comes to marital norms.”
PROGRESS: New Nuclear Fuel Could Boost Reactors, But Also Safety Worries. If you don’t support clean, carbon-free nuclear power, you don’t really care about global warming.
TOM MAGUIRE: We’ve lost control of the Texas border? Compared to what – the White House border? “No wonder Obama has no confidence in fences or guards. And since you ask, I deplore the criminal characterization of White House intruder Omar Gonzalez; surely he should be described as an ‘undocumented resident’.”
CLAIM: Adrian Peterson Indictment Inconsistent With Texas Law. “When I asked for clarification between the clear text of the state statute and his words regarding ‘exceeding some community standard’ he said the ‘case law’ had in essence changed the law to match his statement. When I asked for a case citation we could use for the story, he became flustered and hung up. As a journalist, having an interviewee hang up or walk out is a good sign you’re on the right track. The DA’s behavior is ironically similar to that of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who secured an indictment of the Texas governor for performing a duty clearly described in the Texas Constitution, vetoing a spending bill.”
Any Texas lawyers want to weigh in on this?
IT’S COME TO THIS: New York Times Reporting Demolishes Obama’s Claims On ISIS and Iraq. “The Islamic State was born out of the ashes of Al Qaeda in Iraq, which was crippled by the time Mr. Obama withdrew American forces from Iraq at the end of 2011. The civil war that erupted in neighboring Syria pitting President Bashar al-Assad against a variety of rebel organizations provided a haven for the Qaeda affiliate to reconstitute itself with an influx of foreign fighters.”
WISCONSIN’S DEEP STATE: More suspicious goings-on. “The state’s Government Accountability Board has been less-than accountable about its expenditures concerning a certain special-investigator-turned special prosecutor in the secret John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups.”
Some background here.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Enrollment falls again at Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities. “Enrollment at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities declined for a fourth consecutive year, slipping 1.5 percent to an estimated 110,600 students, after peaking at nearly 119,500 in 2010, preliminary reports show.”
Peak Oil turned out to be a mirage. Peak College seems to be real. All is proceeding as I have foreseen.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Deep Rift Exposed as SUNY-Buffalo Dean Resigns; Faculty Foes Allege Perjury, Mismanagement of Law School. “At the center of the storm is Makau Mutua, a Harvard Law graduate, an internationally known human rights activist, and the dean of the University at Buffalo Law School. Mutua suddenly gave up that position Monday in the wake of criticism over his leadership, and he will step down in December to return as a faculty member.”
GOOD NEWS: Ebola Outbreak In Nigeria Appears To Be Over. “With quick and coordinated action by some of its top doctors, Africa’s most populous country seems to have beaten its first Ebola outbreak, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.”
IN THE MAIL: From David Drake, Dinosaurs and Dirigibles.
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SO I GUESS NOBODY’S LAUGHING AT CLINT EASTWOOD’S “EMPTY CHAIR” BIT ANYMORE: Report: Obama Has Missed over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings.
UPDATE: From the comments: “Further Report: Obama has not Missed any of his Second-Term Fundraising Trips, vacations, MSNBC engagements/weddings, or golf outings.”
TOM MAGUIRE ON THE OBAMA HOME INVASION: Who Didn’t Let The Dogs Out? “Guard dogs penned up, doors unlocked – where were the rodeo clowns?” Actually, I think he’d left the White House just a few minutes earlier.
The U.S. shale boom is about to hit another big milestone, as it looks like fracking will propel American liquid petroleum production (that includes oil and natural gas liquids) past Saudi Arabia for the first time in nearly a quarter century. . . .
The natural gas liquids portion is largely a byproduct of drilling for shale gas, and are used as a feedstock for petrochemical companies (like BASF, which recently decided to move more of its operations into the United States). Take those NGLs out of the equation, and Saudi Arabia and Russia both edge out the United States on crude production. But American oil output is expected to break 9 million barrels per day sometime this year, edging closer to Russia’s 10.1 million b/d and Saudi’s 9.7 million b/d.
With productivity continuing to rise, the United States has a chance to become the single biggest producer of crude oil sometime in the near future. If you had said that a decade ago, you would’ve been laughed at and called a fool. What a difference fracking makes.
Yeah, it was just a few years ago that all the Smart PeopleTM knew we had passed peak oil. Now you don’t seem to hear much about “peak oil,” do you?
K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Teen Jailed for Zero Tolerance Offense, Starved for 36 Hours.
Why would you place your kids in the hands of people like this? Good question.
YEAH, IT’S NOT LIKE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TAKE AN OATH TO DEFEND IT OR ANYTHING: Leading Dem insider: Save America; scrap the Constitution. I don’t see why we need a new Constitution; we’re barely using the one we’ve got.
AT AMAZON, deals on Women’s Halloween Costumes. Okay, they’re not all slutty. Oh, who am I kidding? They pretty much are, as you can see. Also Men’s Halloween Costumes. Plus, Halloween Costumes for Babies. The latter categories haven’t succumbed to the “slutty” trend. Yet.
MY USA TODAY COLUMN: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. Gay-marriage advocate and former Solicitor General Ted Olson, say.
Perhaps President Obama — and, for that matter, future presidents — should take a lesson from the way we handle the Department of Defense, and apply it to the Department of Justice: Consider naming someone outside his own party as attorney general.
This frequently happens with secretaries of Defense, and it has been of benefit to the administrations that have done it. FDR picked a Republican, Henry Stimson, to be secretary of War in 1940, and that meant that the war — and the war’s casualties — became a bipartisan matter instead of fodder for partisan attacks. President Obama retained George W. Bush’s Defense secretary, Robert Gates, for most of his first term. He replaced Gates with another Republican, Chuck Hagel, in that position.
Having a Defense secretary from the other party makes war bipartisan, and reassures members of the opposition that the powers of the sword aren’t being abused. Likewise, naming an attorney general from the opposite party would tend to make the administration of justice bipartisan, and would provide considerable reassurance, as Holder’s tenure in office emphatically did not, that the powers of law enforcement were not being abused in service of partisan ends. In an age of all-encompassing criminal laws, and pervasive government spying, that’s a big deal.
Odds that Obama will take my advice? About the same as the odds that he has nothing to cover up.
THIS ISN’T SURPRISING, SINCE THE PURPOSE OF “HOLISTIC ADMISSIONS” IS TO ENABLE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WHILE MAKING IT LESS OBVIOUS: Holistic Admissions Linked to Diversity in Health Fields.
In his speech last week at the National Press Club, Webb spoke to what he believes is a sense of economic dread and war weariness in the electorate.
“It’s rare when the economy crashes at the same time we are at war,” he said. “The centrifugal forces of social cohesion are spinning so out of control that the people at the very top exist in a distant outer orbit, completely separated in their homes, schools and associations from those of us who are even in the middle.”
Hmm. Sounds like he’s been reading Joel Kotkin’s new book. Which every aspiring candidate should.
President Obama has a pretty obvious deadline for nominating a successor to departing Attorney General Eric Holder. If Democrats lose control of the Senate in November, they’ll still run things until newly-elected members arrive in January. So just to be safe, if the president wants guaranteed confirmation of a new attorney general, he’ll need to pick one soon. That way, even if Republicans win the Senate, and even if Obama’s choice is unpopular with the GOP, lame-duck Democrats will still be able to steamroll the opposition and confirm a new Attorney General.
But it could be very, very ugly.
The White House claims there is ample precedent for a lame-duck nomination. In fact, it’s more complicated than that.
There hasn’t been an attorney general nominated and confirmed in a lame-duck session since before the Civil War. So there’s not much in the way of direct precedent, at least in the last 150 years.
Particularly since Holder has been unprecedentedly partisan in his “scandal-goalie” role.
RE-ELECTING KAY HAGAN WILL NOT SERVE THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY, I’M AFRAID: Poll Predicts Libertarian Spoiler in North Carolina Senate Race. Though it’s not clear who he’ll pull more from.
ROGER SIMON: Liberals As Low Information Voters. “In recent months I have been startled by many examples of this. In a casual conversation, an Ivy League graduate and author of several best-selling books asked me what I meant by ‘quantitative easing,’ although it has been one of the keys to the economic policies of the last half-dozen years. Since the man is highly intelligent, my conclusion was he didn’t want to know about such details because they would lead to him having to examine long-held assumptions, assumptions it would be uncomfortable to question for a whole set of reasons. Remember, these are people who voted for Obama, twice, and now are just becoming aware that many of us consider him the worst president ever and have pretty good reasons. And the public is beginning to agree with us. This is hard to process.”