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Army General Upholds Chelsea Manning’s 35-Year Sentence
Posted: 04/14/2014 1:41 pm EDT Updated: 04/14/2014 2:59 pm EDT
WASHINGTON — An Army major general has denied Chelsea Manning’s request for clemency and upheld her 35-year sentence for leaking sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks, in a move that will kick off the appeals process in the high-profile case.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan’s decision was announced in a Monday press release from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. As the commanding authority for Manning’s court martial, Buchanan had under military law the power to approve or reject the results of the trial judge, Col. Denise Lind.
Manning’s supporters had flooded Buchanan with over 3,000 letters of support, but his move was nonetheless widely expected.
“It’s no surprise that the convening authority denied this request. We anticipated it, and we’re prepared to go forward with the appeal,” said Nancy Hollander, Manning’s recently selected appeals lawyer. “We did not expect any relief from the general. But we do believe that we will go forward with the appeal, and that was always what we intended to do.”
Manning has been held in military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas since shortly after she was sentenced in August 2013 for leaking the military reports and other documents. Formerly known as Bradley, she began legal proceedings last month to formally change her first name to Chelsea. She is seeking treatment for gender dysphoria from the Army, which currently bans service by transgender persons.
A bit more at the link.
But, note the silliness: the HuffPo — or PuffHo, as John Hitchcock refers to it — cited The Washington Post story which noted that Prisoner Manning has applied fore a legal change of name, and that story states that the hearing on his request is scheduled for April 23rd, which hasn’t arrived yet. Mr Manning’s legal name is Bradley Manning, and that is the only proper way to refer to him. I’d note here that the Post went along with the same silliness, referring to Mr Manning with feminine pronouns and the name he wishes to be called.
But Mr Manning has not had his name changed, legally, nor has he undergone any “gender reassignment” treatment; he remains a male.
Unfortunately, the problem isn’t just silliness: it’s a leftist attempt to nudge people into accepting Mr Manning’s illness as somehow normal. Our (supposed) newspaper of record, The New York Times used the Reuters story as its version, a version which used the wrong name and the incorrect pronouns exclusively, and made no reference at all to Mr Manning having been born male and wishing to become female:
Ms. Manning was an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when she gave WikiLeaks 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts. She pleaded guilty to 10 charges but was convicted on 20 counts, including espionage and theft.
Even if someone foolishly accepts Mr Manning’s claim that he is really female, as Reuters seems to have done, at the time Mr Manning pleaded guilty on some charges and was tried on others, he had made no (public) mention of his desire to emasculate himself. The Reuters, and hence The New York Times, report is simply false.
Other supposedly mainstream news sources going along with this included MSNBC (hardly a surprise), The Guardian, (again, not a surprise) ; UPI at least tried to get it correct, but also erred with a single use of the female pronoun.
Many of the mainstream press sources I searched used wire service copy rather than their own. The Philadelphia Inquirer published, on page A-7, with a five column-wide headline, part of the Associated Press version, cutting it short of the point at which the AP version mentioned Mr Manning’s declaration that he was female, which left the Inquirer’s story as one referring exclusively to “Chelsea” Manning and using the feminine pronouns. And even Fox News used the Associated Press version uncritically.
The left, when it was trying to make its case against President George Bush, used to call itself the “reality-based community,” and say that everyone is entitled to his opinion, but nobody is entitled to his own facts. Well, the facts are that:
By all objective measures, Mr Manning is male. The only indication that he might be female is his expressed desire, and that makes him no more female than my desire to be Tsar of All the Russias has given me the throne. Even if someone believes that hormone treatments and “sexual reassignment” surgeries can transform a male into a female, those things have not happened in Mr Manning’s case.
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We Only Have Two Decades To Stop The Coming Climate Hell
April 14, 2014 – 7:30 am
Whew! I thought there was an actual danger (if you hit the paywall, try searching the article on Google or Yahoo or something. That’s the way I get in)
World has two decade window to stave off ‘dangerous’ climate change
The world has a two decade window to build an efficient, low carbon society or risk being “locked-in” to a pathway towards dangerous levels of climate change, authors of the latest UN-backed climate change report have warned.
Working group three (WGIII) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will on Sunday release its latest report, calling for a fundamental shift in global investment from fossil fuels to renewable energy and other green technologies, as a means of tackling escalating climate change risks.
Which amuses me to no end, since all these folks working for the IPCC, along with most “climate change” groups, use vast amounts of fossil fuels to get to and from their constant “climate change” meetings, symposiums, speeches, conferences, and demonstrations.
More at the link.
Mr Teach noted that twenty years is more than we were previously given — 15 years by renowned scientist Desmond Tutu, four years by James Hanson five years ago, and until 2017 by yet another highly regarded scientist, Al Gore — but, surprisingly! none of their projections of what would happen in the future have been demonstrated to have occurred as time passed.
It makes perfect sense to conserve and to try to reduce pollution, and it’s a wise idea to try to develop new and renewable energy sources for the future. But the ideas of the climate changers are ideas for the increased impoverishment of people in the developed world, and increased government control over everybody.]]>
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Now, I don’t object to paying taxes for things which apply to the community, for roads, for schools (though I do object to how poorly the money is spent), for police and national defense, but I certainly do object to paying taxes for welfare and for income redistribution.]]>
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Smith Electric Vehicles has suspended productionSmith Electric Vehicles, a centerpiece of the Kansas City area’s once high hopes for a wave of green industries, quietly suspended production at the end of 2013 because of a shortage of cash.
By Steve Everly | The Kansas City Star | April 4, 2014
The move was disclosed in a report for the last quarter of 2013 filed with the U.S. Department of Energy, which in 2010 awarded the company a $32 million grant. Smith Electric said it stopped delivery of its Generation 2 trucks and vans because of the “company’s tight cash flow situation.”
The company didn’t respond to requests for comment. The Energy Department in an email said it is working to ensure that a demonstration project that is supposed to have 510 Smith Electric vehicles placed in fleets across the country will be successfully concluded.
“DOE continues to work with Smith Electric on the path forward for the remaining vehicle production,” the federal agency said Thursday in the email.
Smith Electric, which would eventually have about 100 employees, arrived in Kansas City in 2009, setting up offices and a production facility near Kansas City International Airport. It marketed its electric vehicles to businesses that make deliveries and snagged some notable customers, including Coca-Cola, Staples and Frito-Lay.
Read more here.
Smith Electric was a green energy company grant recipient from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the stimulus program which was supposed to hold unemployment to a maximum of 8%. It looks like the economic judgements of the Administration concerning Smith Electric were just as solid as their economic judgements about he performance of the stimulus plan as a whole.
In other words, $32 million, $32 million that the Obama Administration borrowed and will still have to pay back, with interest, was just urinated away. The $32 million is now gone, shot away, blown, wasted, but the $32 million debt that the United States incurred, that still exists.
It is no surprise, at least not to your Editor, that so many of these “investments” under the stimulus program have turned out bad: these investments were being decided upon by people with little economic understanding, and even less business experience, and basing their decisions on how well the grant application proposals were framed, and with a political eye looking for a politically correct, green investment.
President Obama visited the Smith plant in 2010, and said, “You’re setting a model for what we need to be across this country.” Well, it seems that Smith has pretty much set the model for the economy under this President, so I guess he got his statement right.
Part of Smith Electric’s problems stem from increased competition from hybrid and natural gas powered vehicles. Those are the types of technologies which private companies, using private investments, have pushed.
A solid investment rule: if President Obama and his Administration have supported any particular company or business, run, run away from them. Do not invest in them, and if you already have stock in them, sell!]]>
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Actually, the only other firm requirement, besides the convertible top itself, is a manual transmission. Automatics are for girls, real men drive sticks. At the bottom end is the Mazda Miata. A fine car in its day, it just hasn’t kept up with the times. 25 years ago, a 0-60 time in the 8 second range was still pretty sporty for an inexpensive car, but I’m not driving something that can be blown away by a mom in a Dodge minivan with a V-6. Somewhat more impressive is the Honda S2000, sort of a halfway point between the Miata and the much more expensive BMW 3 series convertible, but Honda stopped making them about 4 or 5 years ago.
So that has me shifting gears (so to speak) and looking at domestic models. For one, you can still get a big V-8 in an American car without spending a fortune, which nicely solves the lack of power problem. And if you want a convertible, a V-8, and a stick shift, that pretty much leaves you with either a Ford Mustang or a Chevy Camaro. A friend (who lives in Southern California) recently bought a Mustang so configured, and loves it. But I’ve never been keen on the Mustang’s styling, indeed, even going back to the late 60′s, the Camaro was always the better looking car. Also, the Mustang still (still!) has a solid rear axle whereas the Chevy has an independent rear suspension. The latter almost always makes for both better handling and ride, the only excuse for putting the former on any car (and especially one intended for performance/sporty driving) is because you’re too cheap to put a proper suspension on the back end. So the Mustang is out.
So you can get a Camaro with a convertible top, a V-8, and a stick shift. The only remaining question is: which engine? The standard V-8 puts out 426 hp, and yields 0-60 times in the 4.7 second range. Not quite Corvette territory, but pretty impressive still. This will net you around $45,000, which, considering what you get, isnn’t bad at all. Or you can spring an extra $10-15k and get the version with the Superman engine and trick suspension, which gets you a 580 hp V-8 and is still available in both a convertible version and a manual transmission. However, according to both Car & Driver and Chevy’s own brochure, this only lowers 0-60 times to about 4.0 seconds and you pay for it in extra fuel consumption. So why spend the extra money for so little apparent gain? Not to mention the supercharged V-8 in the faster model is likely to be less reliable and more expensive to repair?
Anyway, food for thought. The only other possibility that fits my basic requirements would be a BMW M3 convertible, which can also be had with a manual, but is much more expensive, both to buy and to maintain. And, since I haven’t even begun to research those, no point in writing about that option yet.]]>
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Yale Tries to Give a Student an Eating Disorder
by DEANNA FISHER on APRIL 9, 2014
Frances Chan is thin. At 5′ 2″, and 92 pounds, she is petite and thin. However, the college junior, according to Yale University, probably has an eating disorder.
Last September, Chan went to Yale Health to have a lump in her breast checked out. Fortunately, it was benign, but she got a callback from health officials anyway, who informed her that they had her scheduled to meet with a nutritionist, a mental-health counselor, and required her to come back for weekly check-ins – because they wanted her to start gaining weight.
As Chan writes in an essay for the Huffington Post:
I’ve always been small. I’ve been 5’2” and 90 pounds since high school, but it has never led to any illnesses related to low weight or malnutrition. My mom was the same; my whole family is skinny. We all enjoy Mom’s fabulous cooking, which included Taiwanese beef noodle soup, tricolor pasta, strawberry cheesecake, and cream puffs, none of which make the Weight Watchers shortlist. I just don’t gain weight easily.
Yet the clinicians at Yale Health think there’s more to it. Every week, I try to convince my clinician that I am healthy but skinny. Over the past several months, however, I’ve realized the futility of arguing with her.
And if she didn’t comply, Chan was told that she could face academic suspension via “medical leave.” So, being a good student who took her education seriously, she gave it a try. After months of jumping through their hoops, and finally managing to gain two pounds on a carb-heavy diet, Chan was finally told… that it wasn’t enough:
You can read the rest at the original. But my question is: why is it an of Yale University’s fornicating business whether Miss Chan is thin? This is the kind of busybodiness that has been encouraged by people like former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City and First Lady Michelle Obama. They’ve decided that they have some sort of right or moral authority or whatever to tell people how large a soda they can drink or how much they can weigh. And worse, because of Mrs Obama’s repugnant husband, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
As of January 1, 2014, all public and private healthcare providers and other eligible professionals (EP) must have adopted and demonstrated “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMR) in order to maintain their existing Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement levels.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also includes financial incentives for healthcare providers who prove meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR). EHR is not only a more comprehensive patient history than EMR, the latter of which contains a patient’s medical history from just one practice, but also the end-goal of the federal mandate. “Meaningful use” of EHR, as defined by HealthIT.gov, consists of using digital medical and health records to achieve the following:
- Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
- Engage patients and family
- Improve care coordination, and population and public health
- Maintain privacy and security of patient health information
Translation: Electronic Health Records must be maintained and be available to medical care professionals. The goal, supposedly, is to give physicians more information about a patient’s previous medical treatment, to enable the physician to take better decisions concerning a patient’s health care, but what it does, in the process, is to create searchable records of everyone’s health care which will be available to the government. Oh, doubtlessly, doubtlessly! there will be all sorts of appropriate safeguards to prevent the misuse of such records, but perhaps we might ask Edward Snowden about how impossible it is to crack through that.
And, even if the Department of Health and Human Services doesn’t decide to track Miss Chan’s weight after she is graduated from Yale, every physician that she sees from now on will have medical records telling them that she was suspected of having an eating disorder! What is none of their damned business will now be part of a record which will follow Miss Chan for the rest of her life.
William Teach laughed about a British Lord who actually raised the question of whether Blighty’s consumption of baked beans was resulting in too many flatulent Britons emitting too many greenhouse gasses, leading to global warming.
Phineas on Sister Toldjah wrote about a young woman who has escaped from the worker’s paradise of North Korea being so brainwashed that she used to think that past leader Kim Jong-il could read minds. While I haven’t heard any similar claims about current leader Kim Jong-un, there have been reports that he had a political opponent executed by flamethrower.
L D Jackson tells us about some local news from Colorado, eminent domain, and why it’s important to pay attention to local elections.
Hube appreciates the honesty of moonbat Democrat Mike Dickenson, who’s running against Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA-7), and I do, too. Mr Dickenson has all the chance of a snowball in Hell of winning that election, so he’s going full-out whacko leftist, declaring war on Fox News, the Second Amendment, the National Rifle Association and the TEA Party. He’s saying aloud what a lot of us realize that too many Democrats secretly believe, but are savvy enough not to openly express.
Hube also noted the incident during which someone chucked a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mockingly suggesting that the Obama Administration will have to issue regulations concerning the aerodynamics of footwear. Naturally, I thought of the Delaware Liberals, and their reaction to the incident in which an Iraqi “journalist” threw a shoe at President Bush. And it’s somewhat amusing to revisit the reaction of the left to the shoe thrown at President Bush, vis a vis how they are reacting to the incident concerning Mrs Clinton.
On Truth Before Dishonor, DNW philosophizes about narrative problems.
Karen, the Lonely Conservative, wrote about Sharyl Attkisson and her story about how CBS News leadership would routinely squash any attempts to report on Obama Administration scandals. Donald Douglas and Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion also noted the topic.
Finally, Robert Stacey Stacy McCain is rather amused by the strange antics of the left when it comes to pronouns. The oh-so-inclusive left want people to refer to “transgendered” people as being the sex they wish to be, rather than the sex which they were born, unless it becomes a problem. After the “transsexual lesbian” Dana McCallum raped “her” lesbian ex-wife — and can you appreciate all of the irony in a statement like that? — a tweet from someone or someones calling herself/ themselves Actual Dykes said:
Dana McCallum (@danadanger) is not a Lesbian who raped her wife. He is a man who raped his wife.
— Actual Dykes (@ActualDykez) April 11, 2014
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Child bride forced into marriage poisons groom and three of his friends in Nigeria
Imagine, for the moment, the horror, the terror that would drive a young girl to murder. Unimaginable.
But Islamic supremacists and islamic apologists are working furiously to make sure that no one talks about it. And quislings like Brandeis University’s President and leftwing activists are doing their bidding.
“Child bride forced into marriage makes poisoned meal which kills groom and three of his friends in Nigeria,” by Chris Pleasance, Daily Mail, April 10, 2014 (thanks to Claude)
- Wasila Umaru, 14, married to Umaru Sani, 35, a week ago
- Umaru invited his friends to village in Nigeria to celebrate
- Wasila bought rat poison from market and put it in rice
- She has admitted killing Umaru and three of his friends
- Told police she did it because she was forced to marry him
A child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria killed her husband and three of his friends by lacing a meal with rat poison, police said.
Wasila Umaru, 14, was married last week to 35-year-old Umaru Sani, according to assistant superintendent Musa Magaji Majia.
But when Umaru invited a dozen friends to celebrate in northern Ungwar Yansoro village, near the city of Kano, the teenager slipped the deadly chemical into a rice dish.
Umaru died the same day along with friends Nasiru Mohammed and Alhassan Alhassan, while another female victim, Indo Ibrahim, died in hospital hospital while receiving treatment.
Wasila admitted buying the poison at a local market and putting it into the food.
‘The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love,’ Majia said.
Umaru is cooperating with police and likely will be charged with culpable homicide, according to Majia.
ABC News noted:
Early and forced marriage is classified as modern-day slavery by the U.N. labor organization, and Nigeria’s Child Rights Act prohibits marriage before 18. But that federal law competes with Islamic Shariah law that holds in most northern states.
No one in Nigeria has been prosecuted for marrying a child, including Sen. Sani Ahmed Yerima, infamous for divorcing a 17-year-old that he married when she was 15 so he could marry a 14-year-old Egyptian girl in 2010, when he was 49. He had to divorce one of his child brides because Islamic law allows a maximum of four wives at a time.
Note his title, abbreviated in the ABC account, of Senator. Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Sani Yerima was Governor of Zamfara State, Nigeria from May 1999 to May 2007, and is now Senator for Zamfara West and Deputy Minority Leader in the Senate. He is a member of the All Nigeria People’s Party.
Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima Justifies Marriage To 13-year-old Egyptian Girl.
by Felibaby: 6:59am On May 13, 2010
Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, under fire over marrying a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, justified his actions yesterday by saying he was following in the footsteps of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. “I am only following Prophet Mohammed’s footsteps who married a nine-year-old girl, Aishatu,” Yerima told journalists shortly after his opposition ANPP party paid a visit to President Goodluck Jonathan. Yerima, 49, who was governor of northwestern state of Zamfara when it became the first of 12 Muslim-dominated northern states to introduce Sharia law in 2000, spurned Nigeria’s Child Rights Act of 2003 which forbids marriage with anyone under 18. “I do not work with such law that runs counter to my religion. For clarity, I do not have to obey the Child Rights Act so long as it contravenes my religious belief and I’m sick and tired of repeating myself all the time. I hope I can be left alone now.’’ The Nigerian Senate has ordered a probe after the national rights watchdog and 10 other groups accused him of shaming the country. Media reports have alleged Yerima paid a 100,000-dollar dowry and married the girl at the National Mosque in the capital Abuja.
There are reports indicating that the petition may die a quiet death at the hands of the committee. The ethics panel, headed by Umar Hambagda (ANPP Borno State), has received four public petitions in the last 12 months, but has not submitted a report on any of them. Last week Yerima emphasised that he had done nothing wrong. In an interview with the BBC, he said his fourth wife was not 13, but would not say how old she was. He denied breaking the law but said he would not respect any law that contradicted his religious beliefs. A spokesman for the Egyptian embassy in Nigeria had said the girl is still at school in Egypt. ‘’As a Muslim, as I always say, I consider God’s law and that of his prophet above any other law. I consider all those complaining about this issue as detractors, because since 1999, many people have been waging different kind of wars against me. I don’t care about the issue of age since I have not violated any rule as far as Islam is concerned. History tells us that Prophet Muhammad did marry a young girl as well. Therefore I have not contravened any law. Even if she is 13, as it is being falsely peddled around. If I state the age, they will still use it to smear Islam,” he said.
An officials of the Egyptian embassy in Abuja Mohammed Saber yesterday said the mission “will follow the issue” because it is illegal in Egypt to marry an underage girl.
Roman Polanski was unavailable for comment.
The good people at Brandeis, of course, have been appalled that Ayaan Hirsi Ali connected the oppression of women, including female genital mutilation, with Islam, because, why, that’s just not done, hat’s just not nice, that’s not politically correct, but Mrs Ali, who was born in Somalia, knew a lot more, much of it from having lived in a Muslim country, than the privileged American students at Brandeis.1
Perhaps if we point out that Nigeria isn’t all that nice to homosexuals, even though the African Muslim nations don’t hold a candle to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Note our (current) site tagline: Nobody whines quite so exquisitely about oppression as a millennial twit who lacks absolutely nothing except self-awareness.2 The good people at high-falutin Brandeis University just couldn’t, couldn’t! handle the notion that so many of the things that they see as terrible patriarchal oppression are, in fact, all tied together in one religion and culture, because for them to recognize that would be an affront to political correctness and the goodness of multiculturalism.
I am reminded of Robert Stacey Stacy McCain’s article about the Concerned Asian, Black, Latina, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College — yes, that is a real group — raging on about the elitist white patriarchal nature of a college which admitted them in the first place. It ought to be obvious: the very presence of “Asian, Black, Latina, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College” means that Dartmouth has already changed, and is perfectly willing to educate the “Asian, Black, Latina, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled” to join the ranks of rich, white men as intellectually and economically successful individuals.
Well, maybe not intellectually successful. The problem seems to be that liberalism is a mental blockage, which prevents otherwise intelligent (?) people from seeing obvious connections. Jonah Goldberg noted the “confirmation bias” of the (supposedly) intellectual left, in which Paul Krugman famously said that “the facts have a liberal bias,” and that “conservatives are more prone to confirmation bias because he and all the liberals he knows are so much more open-minded than conservatives.”3
Unfortunately for the left, their “confirmation bias” appears to be an unwillingness to entertain any facts which conflict with their political correctness. There are so many things intertwined, but looking at the whole picture, rather than the individual pieces, simply cannot be done, if doing so challenges the the overarching multicultural view.
I will put it very plainly: some cultures and some religions4 are superior to others, in the economic rewards they produce, in the freedom they allow the individual, in the rights they accord their people. The good liberals at Brandeis, and the Concerned Asian, Black, Latina, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students at Dartmouth College, all so thoroughly enjoying the rewards and freedoms allowed by the horrible, white patriarchal against which they so nobly protest, seem completely unwilling and unable to look at other cultures and societies with anything like a realistic eye.
Their universities have failed them. Colleges exist not only to teach facts, not only to train for technical professions, but to impart the ability to think critically, and so many of our educated liberal elites just plain lack that.
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Kathleen Sebelius to Resign Health Post
Move Comes After Health-Insurance Enrollments Reached 7.5 Million
By Louise Radnofsky and Carol E. Lee | Updated April 10, 2014 11:53 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who led the government’s troubled rollout of the 2010 health-care law, will step down, her spokeswoman confirmed Thursday, capping a rocky five years in the Obama cabinet.
President Barack Obama was expected to announce on Friday that Mrs. Sebelius, 65 years old, will be succeeded by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, according to senior administration officials.
Mrs. Sebelius’s departure came after months of speculation that she would resign over the shaky implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A wave of technical problems initially prevented consumers from buying insurance plans on HealthCare.gov, while millions of Americans had their plans canceled because they didn’t meet the law’s requirements.
The fallout became one of the greatest political liabilities of Mr. Obama’s presidency and is expected to shape November’s midterm elections.
Mrs. Sebelius appeared to be moving past that rough patch in recent weeks as insurance enrollments surged. On Thursday, she told lawmakers the administration believed at least 7.5 million people had picked plans through HealthCare.gov and similar state-run exchanges to date. That number exceeded prior enrollment projections.
More at the link.It’s not much of a surprise that Secretary Sebelius is leaving; it’s fairly rare for cabinet secretaries, regardless of whether the President is a Republican or Democrat, to stay for two full presidential terms. Now that Mrs Sebelius has taken the heat, her (probable) successor, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, begins with a clean personal slate: she will be able to take credit for whatever successes HHS has, while Mrs Sebelius will still wind up with all of the blame. The Journal again:
Mrs Burwell has a low public profile but is one of the most experienced officials in the Obama White House. As a young graduate of Harvard University and Oxford University, she worked in the administration of President Bill Clinton, on the National Economic Council and in the Treasury Department before becoming deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. She was a confidante and protégé of Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
Mrs Burwell was the official who actually ordered the government shutdown in October of 2013. But even though President Obama said Mrs Burwell, when he nominated her for the position at OMB, was “part of a team that presided over three budget surpluses in a row,” she has since been part of the team which presided over the largest budget deficits in our history.
Mrs Burwell has a strong reputation as a problem solver, but she also has a reputation as someone who knows and understands business, yet is part of a very business unfriendly administration. Her baccalaureate degree from Oxford was in philosophy, politics and economics, but her economics are those of the President she serves . . . and his economic policies have been failures.
The problem was not Kathleen Sebelius, and the solution will not be Sylvia Burwell; the problem is with the entire notion that the federal government is responsible for seeing to it that the individual receives health care coverage. Perhaps Mrs Burwell can slightly ease the problems associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but she will be unable to fix the philosophical problem which underpins the whole thing.]]>
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Graduate school, I suppose, to become a Mistress of Arts or even a Doctor of Philosophy in Gender Studies, and hope that you can land a tenure-track professorship at some college.
But if I were a human resources director at some corporation, and I received a résumé from someone who claimed a degree in Gender Studies, it would go straight in the trash: who wants to hire a walking discrimination lawsuit, which is exactly what would be the most probable result of hiring a Gender Studies graduate?
The smart HR director would look for students who were smart enough and serious enough to major in something serious, something which would be of reasonable help in a professional career.]]>