Rule 5 Blogging: Sailors!

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. This week: United States Navy sailors! (Click any photo to enlarge.)

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 18, 2014) Master-At-Arms 1st Class Renault Nwokeuku, right, instructs Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Amber Mahaffey, left, and Culinary Specialist Seaman Deantae Kirkwood how to conduct a proper take down maneuver aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily M. Blair/Released)

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From Around the Blogroll

From WLEX TV in Lexington, Kentucky:

Former Youth Minister Charged With Rape

A former youth minister who served throughout the Bluegrass is now facing rape charges in Powell County accused of abusing a child.

A Powell County grand jury indicted Barry Wethington last month on two charges of third degree rape.

According to court paperwork, the 35-year-old had sex with a child younger than 16-years-old on two separate occasions back in August.

He was arrested last week and remains in the Powell County jail.

While Wethington currently lives in Lexington, he previously served as a youth minister at Stanton Christian Church, according to the director of Teen Mission, USA, a group out of Lexington where Wethington served as a board member.

The Clay City Times, the local newspaper, had a bit more, noting that Mr Wethington had a criminal history, but, despite five felony convictions, he was sentenced to five years of supervised probation. The current charges occurred after his probation was over.

But what we weren’t told, and what I could not find after a google search, was the sex of his victim. Why, it’s almost as though the media — apparently even including a small-town weekly newspaper, covering a local story — want to keep this information quiet. If they establish a precedent of never identifying the sex of the victim, then we can never take any assumptions about whether a reported case of child abuse was heterosexual or homosexual.

#NCSEN: Kay Hagan skips a debate

Kay Hagan’s empty chair. Thom Tillis had the guts to show up.

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) is, according to the polls, has a slight lead over state House Speaker Thom Tillis in their closely watched election contest. So why on God’s earth would she skip tonight’s debate?

I think that she’s scared.

I’m guessing that Mark Pryor, Alison Grimes and Kay Hagan aren’t really happy about this one

Democratic Senate candidates Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan and Alison Grimes have been doing their absolute best to try to separate themselves from President Obama. Here is Mrs Grimes, the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate, in Kentucky:

And now, from The Pirate’s Cove:

Obama: Say, All These Red State Democrats Support My Agenda
October 21, 2014 – 9:50 am

Remember back to the beginning of October, when Obama’s pronouncement that his “policies are on the ballot — every single one of them” inspired panic amongst vulnerable Democrats and glee from Republicans. Well, this next one is surely inspiring more panic from all the Red State Democrats who have been doing all they can to run away from Obama (via Hot Air)

(Weekly Standard) “Well, look, here’s the bottom line,” said Obama, “We’ve got a tough map. A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win. And so some of the candidates there, you know, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turn-out. The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress. They are on the right side of minimum wage. They are on the right side of fair pay. They are on the right side of rebuilding our infrastructure. They’re on the right side of early childhood education.

“So, this isn’t about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. And I tell them, I said, you know what, you do what you need to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn up.”

This reminds me of that Bob and Tom song, You’re Not Helping The Show. Just substitute “Barack Obama” for “Chick McGee”.

Congratulations to President Obama, for telling everyone that the various Republican candidates’ campaign advertisements are true! When James O’Keefe caught Mrs Grimes’ campaign supporters and aides saying that she was basically just saying what she needed to say to get elected, but that she’d be completely different once in the Senate, it got some attention, but not as much as it might have. Now, President Obama has just put himself squarely into Mr O’Keefe’s video, saying just what Mr O’Keefe claimed that Democratic candidates’ supporters believe.

The Democrats running for the Senate in the red states all want the voters to think that yeah, they’re independent thinkers, don’t you know, and not sycophants who will blindly vote for whatever the President — or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) — wants, and then their party’s leader comes out and tells everyone, don’t you worry, they’ll all fall in line behind me once they’ve been elected (or re-elected).

From Mary Katherine Ham on Hot Air:

Perhaps (the President) was understandably unconcerned that many people would catch the Sharpton show live, but a veteran politico should know someone’s always listening (and that Sharpton would totally play it on TV later). Really, though, what is this about? Perhaps on the same day as his lackluster reception in Maryland (Maryland!), he just couldn’t let stand another suggestion that he didn’t hang the moon? There are plenty of ways for the Smartest President Evah to finesse this answer without giving Republicans the exact soundbite they need in a manner so explicit, they could have written it themselves. He can’t be bothered. Remember, this is the stuff he’s supposed to be good at.

I suppose that it could have been the President just rambling, like a sophomore shooting the bull in the Student Center coffee shop, but it seems more as though Mr Obama is simply unable to get past the me, me, me, me, me! stage. This was the kind of thing he might say on November 5th, rather than two weeks before the election. Then again, it could also be that internal Democratic polls have already concluded that the Democrats’ position is hopeless anyway.

But, there’s another possibility. While man Democratic candidates are avoiding association with President Obama, a lot of them — Mr Pryor and Mrs Grimes among them — are bringing in the Clintons, both Bill and Hillary. Jason Scott of the Delaware Liberal thinks that President Clinton is responsible for what he sees as the terrible state of the Democratic Party nationally, but the Democratic candidates, the people who have to try to do something really radical like get people to vote for them, apparently think that association with the Clintons is a lot better for them than being tied to President Obama. And you can bet your last euro that Barack Obama doesn’t like that, doesn’t like that at all.

#TXGov : Wendy Davis gets desperate

State Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX) is a very pretty woman with a very ugly personality!

Wendy Davis Plays the Race Card and It Blows Up in Her Face, Will Nets Report?
By Geoffrey Dickens | October 20, 2014 | 4:01 PM EDT

Wendy Davis keeps failing. The one-time media darling keeps whiffing in her attacks against her Republican opponent in the Texas gubernatorial race. On Monday she implied Texas Republican Attorney General Gregory Abbott was against interracial marriage – even though Abbott’s wife, Cecilia, is a Latina. If Abbott were to be elected she would become the first Latina first lady of Texas. The question has to be asked will the networks report this latest gaffe from the abortion advocate they once billed as a “political star?”

Davis most recently got into trouble for depicting Abbott as an empty wheelchair.

Screen capture of the tweet. Click to enlarge.

The following tweet was sent from Davis’s official account on October 20:

Wendy Davis

State Senator Davis parleyed a eleven-hour filibuster against a Texas abortion restriction bill into national fame, and the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Along the way, she has made just about every political mistake she possibly could, and trails state Attorney General Greg Abbott with just fifteen days until the election. She threw a desperation pass a few days ago with the empty wheelchair ad, and got it intercepted, and now she’s trying another one. Abortion Barbie’s campaign sale of Wendy Davis onesies, and she has tried to play the race card before, without any appreciable success; her personal life has not exactly been stellar, either.

The lovely Mrs Davis is, at bottom, playing not to Texas voters, but to every liberal caricature of conservatives, and of Texans. The left liked to call themselves the “reality-based community,” but they never were, and are getting further and further away from reality every day.

#KYSEN : The end of the road for Alison Lundergan Grimes?

From The Washington Post:

Why Alison Lundergan Grimes was probably doomed anyway
By Scott Clement | October 17, 2014

In this Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks to a group of supporters during a political rally at the Hal Rogers Center in Hazard, Ky. Seated behind Grimes are to left, former President Bill Clinton, and members of the United Mine Workers Association. Grimes will face Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the general election for U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) Click to enlarge.

Alison Lundergan Grimes has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in the Kentucky Senate race: The week was dominated by her refusal to say whether she voted for Barack Obama for president, she trailed by four points in a new Fox News poll, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has now pulled its ads from the race.

But a new polling analysis shows the extraordinary headwinds she has faced in trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) this year — and why it might just be too much to overcome.

On Friday, Gallup reported Kentucky Democratic party identification and President Obama’s approval rating in the state fell to record lows in the first half of 2014. The share of Kentuckians saying they identify with or lean toward the Democrat Party dropped from 45 last year to 39 percent, giving Republicans their first edge in leaned party ID.

You might ask, “How much does party identification matter if Democrats had an edge on it in 2012 but Obama still lost the state by 33 points?” Party identification is indeed more complicated in southern states, with many older diehard Democrats holding conservative political views and voting Republican in federal elections. As these Democrats get older and exit the electorate (or finally convert to the GOP), we should expect Kentucky to become more Republican.

But the shift in this year’s Gallup surveys shows an acceleration in Democrats’ falling party identification, suggesting the party’s brand has taken a hit above and beyond the aging southern Democrat dynamic.

More at the link.

In one of my first political science classes at the University of Kentucky, Malcolm Jewell, the professor, pointed out the difference between party registration and party identification. Registration is pretty obvious, but party identification is the general sense, by the individual, of which political party he favors, to which party he feels closer. The Bluegrass State has a closed primary system, and there are plenty of places in which all of the action takes place not in the general election, but in the Democratic primary. In the first election in which I was eligible to vote, in 1971, I found out that I had no voice at all in who was going to be on the Mt Sterling city council, because the eight candidates had all been selected in the Democratic primary; as a registered Republican, I could not vote in that primary the previous May. That’s anecdotal, to be sure, but it was also a common story, not only in Kentucky, but throughout the South.

Of course, Kentucky Democrats tend to be more conservative than Democrats at the national level, and even today Democrats have a significant registration advantage in Kentucky; as of May 20, 2014, there were 1,672,664 registered Democrats (53.9% of all registered voters) compared to 1,196,183 registered Republican voters (38.5%) in the Bluegrass State, and Democrats control both the state House of Representatives and the gubernatorial seat; the GOP has the majority in the state Senate. But if a plurality of respondents identifies as Republicans, and only 39% as Democrats, and the poll results are accurate, then the GOP is going to move ahead in state politics as well, though it may take a few more years.

Economics 101: In the end, only results matter, and the results of liberal economics are failure

From the Sacramento Bee:

Census Bureau: California still has highest U.S. poverty rate
By Dan Walters | | 10/16/2014 11:25 AM | 10/17/2014 9:46 AM

California continues to have – by far – the nation’s highest level of poverty under an alternative method devised by the Census Bureau that takes into account both broader measures of income and the cost of living.

Nearly a quarter of the state’s 38 million residents (8.9 million) live in poverty, a new Census Bureau report says, a level virtually unchanged since the agency first began reporting on the method’s effects.

Under the traditional method of gauging poverty, adopted a half-century ago, California’s rate is 16 percent (6.1 million residents), somewhat above the national rate of 14.9 percent but by no means the highest. That dubious honor goes to New Mexico at 21.5 percent.

But under the alternative method, California rises to the top at 23.4 percent while New Mexico drops to 16 percent and other states decline to as low as 8.7 percent in Iowa.

More at the link.

The formerly Golden State, blessed by God with a long coastline and mild climate, the most populous state in the union, used to be among our wealthiest states, and affluence is on vivid display there. But this now heavily Democratic state — it wasn’t that long ago that the Republicans controlled California — demonstrates an exceptionally brutal contrast between the haves and the have nots, precisely the thing that the left say they are trying to fight. It isn’t all that far from the glamor and opulence of Hollywood to the barrios of East Los Angeles, and, despite it’s high-end appearance, the San Francisco Bay area is considered among the poorest areas under the new methods due to its high costs of housing.

And then there are taxes. WalletHub ranked the fifty states and the District of Columbia in tax burden, and the Pyrite State, with an average annual state and local tax burden of $9,509, 36% above the national average, was number 50, with only New York’s $9,718 rate being worse.

Yet, with all of the oh-so-well-intended taxes and state services being provided, so very many Californians are poor. Of course, we have previously noted that states that emphasize redistribution above growth have a wider gap between lower and higher incomes, and that California among other  business unfriendly  states have  negative impacts on business, costing states jobs.  That’s what happens when you let liberal Democrats run things!

The point is obvious: liberals simply don’t understand economics, or reality, and the further to the left that you go, the worse it gets.   The Freedom Socialist Party, based in Seattle, another Left Coast hotbed of liberalism, has been advocating a minimum wage of $20.00 per hour, but has been offering $13.00 an hour for a “Web Content Manager.”1 Nearby SeaTac, Washington, has a minimum wage of $15.00, but the Freedom Socialist Party couldn’t even offer that much! Seattle itself has a $15.00 an hour minimum wage, but that is being phased in over time, so the Freedom Socialist Party isn’t in violation of the law . . . yet.  A conservative might think, well, that little irony ought to teach them that their political wishes and views have little to do with the actual economy, but then, that same conservative would realize that the left are blind to their own irony, and impervious to actual logic and introspection.

Yet Texas, home to the former President that the left blame for everything, and home to a conservative economic approach of lower taxes and fewer regulations, has not only been leading the nation in job growth, but, to answer the complaints of the left, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reported that the Lone Star State has been leading the nation in job creation at all pay levels.2

When it comes to economics, your Editor is concerned about only one thing: results! He has been involved in production, in the ready-mixed concrete industry, for almost three decades now, and real world, real time results are the only things which matter; you produce and make money, or you go broke. If the economic policies of the left had produced good results, he would support those policies. But the cold and sober facts are that it has been the economics of the conservatives which have yielded the greater real world results. In the United States, those states which have lower taxes and fewer regulatory burdens have, generally speaking,3 had better economic outcomes than those which have been governed by liberals. Worldwide, the nations which have been more capitalist have grown the fastest, taking a significant share of what used to be American industrial jobs, by producing more, for lower costs. The two Koreas, sharing an ethnic background and history, are a whole world apart, with capitalist South Korea being an economic powerhouse, while the unfortunate subjects of the Kim dynasty in North Korea suffer widespread malnutrition, while socialist Venezuela, with the world’s largest proven petroleum reserves but a government-run oil industry, is in desperate shape economically.

In the end, only actual results matter, and the results of conservative economics, of capitalism, have been far greater than those produced by the left, by socialism. Politics being what it is, the promises of the left, of socialism, certainly do have a greater visceral appeal, promises of greater wealth for everybody, promises of increased fairness, along with the wealthy getting their comeuppance, and thus we have seen, in California as in other places, the poorer voters voting for the people who make such promises. Mitt Romney, in an unfortunately-made-public video, said that there was a solid 47% of the electorate which would vote Democratic because they are “dependent upon government,” because they believe that they are entitled and have been unfairly treated by businesses and corporations and the wealthy, and he was right. But the promises made by the left for their economic policies have not been kept, have never been kept, and can never be kept, because they are based on a complete failure to understand economics. We’ve said it before: if liberals actually understood economics, they wouldn’t be liberals any more.

  1. The position is part-time, 20 hours per week, which keeps it below the 30 hour per week threshold for having to provide health care benefits, and such benefits are not mentioned in their help wanted ad.
  2. This isn’t all recent; the report states that “The data show Texas has experienced far greater growth of ‘good’ jobs than the rest of the nation has since 2000.”
  3. Different states face different economic conditions.

Rule 5 Blogging: Strange Bedfellows!

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Yasmine Hamdan in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

This week, an ally we never expected to have. President Obama said that he wanted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad overthrown, and was going to send weapons to the “moderate” Syrian opposition forces, but now, since part of the opposition has metastasized into الدولة الإسلامية‎ ad-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah, the Islamic State, we are conducting air strikes, some of them in Syria, against some of President Assad’s enemies. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, I suppose. So, without further babbling, women from the Syrian Army, who are fighting for our frenemy, President Assad!

Syrian soldier; click to enlarge.

Syrian soldier; click to enlarge.

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I Will Flat Out Say It

Ebola spreading is Obama’s Fault. Once known, he did what he always does – NOTHING. That is until people are screaming. This now is BO’s 9-11.

More than 100 monitored for Ebola symptoms in Ohio

They are NOT saying the 100 have it, but the nurse from TX is the reason. My feeling the Government is NOT on top of this and all this is doing is spreading fear. A rumor moves at the speed of light, the Truth crawls, and BO blames everyone else. Beat me up, I’ve been through more shit than I would wish on anyone. The Editor can CONFIRM.