October 14, 1066: The Battle of Hastings

Harold Rex Interfectus Est

On this date, 948 years ago, a battle was fought which has shaped the history of Great Britain, and eventually the United States, ever since. William the Conqueror, of Normandy, defeated the Anglo-Saxon forces of King Harold II Gowdinson, setting up the Norman dynasty and the transformation of our mother country into something which would eventually become the leading power on earth. No one can know what would have happened had it been William of Normandy who had taken an arrow in the eye rather than King Harold; our history would have been unguessably different.

Never let a crisis go to waste!

That was Rahm Emanuel’s advice, and, for the Obama Administration, it’s a well-learned lesson:

Unreal — NIH Director: We’d Probably Have An Ebola Vaccine If It Wasn’t For GOP Budget Cuts…

Remember these headlines from Obama’s NIH?

Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health

BETHESDA, Md. — As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country’s top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget cuts.Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.

“NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,’” Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

A bit more at the link; internal hyperlinks added by the Editor.

And from National Review:

Miserly GOP House Passed Budget Increasing CDC Spending 8.2%
October 13, 2014 4:15 PM

The DCCC unveiled advertising declaring “Republicans voted to cut CDC’s budget to fight Ebola. Republicans protect tax breaks for special interests.”

In January, that allegedly miserly and cruel and callous GOP-controlled House also approved a budget that increased CDC’s budget by a lot:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will see an 8.2 percent budget increase for fiscal 2014, thanks to a $1.1 trillion spending bill announced by Congress Jan. 13.

This influx of cash will raise the CDC budget to $6.9 billion, which is $567 million more than it received in 2013. This is more than the agency anticipated, because the president’s fiscal year 2014 budget request for it was just $6.6 billion — a decrease of $270 million from fiscal 2012.

Of the $6.9 billion, $1.3 billion was allocated to protect the United States from foreign and domestic threats, both intentional and naturally occurring. $255 million will go to support bio-defense efforts, and $160 million will be set aside for states to address their most pressing public health needs. The CDC will get $30 million for Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD), which will help identify potential disease outbreaks earlier and more accurately.

The harsh, merciless tightwad House of Representatives passed the omnibus spending bill 376 to 5.

And if health funding is so vital, no matter the circumstances… remember when House Republicans introduced a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health during the government shutdown, and the Senate Democrats refused to consider it?

More at the link.

So, while the Obama Administration has the National Institutes for Health spending money tying to figure out why lesbians are tubby, the Director of the NIH is blaming the wicked Republicans for not spending enough to fight ebola. I wonder what could have happened if they’d hadn’t been so very concerned about zaftig homosexuals and put that money into research on ebola?

Oh, I’m sorry; simply asking that question is almost certainly homophobic, right? But, since the Congress actually increased funding for the Centers for Disease Control above what the President had asked, shouldn’t an shortfall in past spending be on the President, and not the GOP? Oh, sorry again; asking that question is almost certainly racist!

So, we have an Administration which will not stop travel from ebola-ravaged countries, then trotting out a bureaucrat to say that it’s all the Republicans’ fault. And, of course, we’ll have the weak-minded Democratic voters — please, pardon the redundancy — believing that bovine feces.

The twitter hashtag #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch has plenty of other examples. But if Dr Collins is doing such a great job as Director, why didn’t he reorganize NIH’s spending priorities? He has the authority to do just that, within the confines of his appropriations.

One good way to save a couple hundred thousand dollars from the NIH budget would be to fire Dr Collins.

Rule 5 Blogging: Do not mess with them!

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 Gwyneth Paltrow 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: American soldiers. Click any photo to enlarge.

On duty

On duty

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Nothing says freedom . . .

. . . like an American flag mounted on a flagpole made from a gun barrel.

I wish that I could have found a photo of it, but it was shown at a home in North Pole, Alaska, on the Discovery Channel show, Buying Alaska, this evening between 9:00 and 9:30 PM EDT; the homeowner had constructed a flagpole out of .50 caliber machine gun barrels. It would have driven the left absolutely nuts!

What is it about telling the truth that so bothers Democratic candidates?

The First Street Journal has already noted Secretary of State Alison Grimes’ (D-KY) refusal to answer a simple yes-or-no question, not wanting to do something really radical like tell the truth to the voters, and now we have The Philadelphia Inquirer, a solid editorial supporter of Democrats, noting that the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania doesn’t want to be honest with the voters either:

Fuzzy Math
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board | Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014, 1:08 AM

Tom Wolf. Photo by Keith Srakocic / AP

In the last debate of the gubernatorial campaign Wednesday and a meeting with the Inquirer Editorial Board Thursday, Democratic nominee Tom Wolf reiterated his refusal to detail his plans for the state income tax. Indeed, Wolf’s studied vagueness on the subject has become familiar enough to be routine. But that shouldn’t make it any less troubling.

The York County businessman has proposed making the state’s constitutionally mandated flat tax progressive by exempting an unspecified amount of income and raising the rate. He says he would hold total revenues neutral and that the dividing line between those paying more and those paying less would be in the range of $70,000 to $90,000 in individual income. But Wolf maintains that he can’t be specific about any of those numbers without state fiscal data to which he isn’t privy.

Polls suggest Wolf has a substantial lead over Gov. Corbett, so political calculations may well dictate that he avoid committing to a controversial policy that might cut into his advantage. But his failure to engage in a concrete discussion of the numbers is difficult to take from a successful businessman and former state revenue secretary – much less one who claims to represent a departure from politics as usual.

Wolf has taken to saying that given the information he has, it would be “dishonest” to explain his plan in detail. On the contrary, honesty would dictate exactly that.

Why, it’s almost as though Mr Wolf believed that telling the truth would cost him votes!

Tom Wolf is a successful businessman, something he claims as the reason Pennsylvanians should vote for him, and was the Secretary of Revenue for the Commonwealth from April 25, 2007 until November 30, 2008; if any man ought to know and understand revenue and income numbers, Mr Wolf should be that man. But, instead, despite having announced his candidacy for governor 18 months ago, he still doesn’t have an solid numbers on what he intends to do concerning taxes. He has been an declared candidate for governor for only 30 days fewer than his entire tenure as Secretary of Revenue,1 so it’s rather difficult to think that, in all of that time, he couldn’t have come up with some numbers, even provisional ones.

The Philadelphia Inquirer almost always supports Democrats. Yet here we have the spectacle of the Inquirer’s Editorial Board telling us that the man they will almost certainly endorse is being less than honest with the voters.

Mrs Grimes is a probable loser in Kentucky, while Mr Wolf is currently favored to win in the Keystone State, but they have one thing in common: an aversion to telling the truth. In Mrs Grimes’ case, it concerns a matter of not very much importance, and serves only to illustrate what a poor candidate she is, but in Mr Wolf’s case, it concerns a serious matter of policy, and an issue on which the voters ought to be informed.

  1. April 25, 2007 through November 30, 2008 = 586 days; April 2, 2013 through October 10, 2014 = 556 days.

From Around the Blogroll

We always seem surprised when a Hollywood liberal says something like this, but we really shouldn’t be.

Gwyneth Paltrow: useful idiot for Liberal Fascism
Posted by: Phineas on October 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Ready for dictaorship

So, yesterday President Obama screwed up traffic here in Los Angeles so he could attend a(nother) fund-raiser at the California ATM, hobnobbing over $1,000 a plate meals with the Hollywood glitterati  at the home of actress and Obama fan-girl Gwyneth Paltrow. As Politico reports, her introduction of the President was cringe-worthy on several levels:

Gwyneth Paltrow wants President Barack Obama to know: she’s just like everyone else.

She makes $16 million per movie, sure, but that doesn’t mean that she’s not worried about Obama getting equal pay legislation through Congress.

At a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee held at her house in Brentwood Thursday evening, she called the issue “very important to me as a working mother.”

In front of a crowd that included fellow actors Julia Roberts (who took her picture in front of the presidential limo on her way out) and Bradley Whitford (that’s Josh Lyman from “The West Wing”), Paltrow told Obama she is “one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest.”

Reminding Obama that she hosted an expat fundraiser for him in London when she was living there, Paltrow described Obama as a president who would be studied for generations, and a role model for everyone of this generation.

“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass,” she told the crowd.

More at the link. Of course, there really was a President who was given all the power to pass the things he needed to pass, and the Hollywood left just swooned over him; his name was Hugo Chavez, who received authority from the Venezuelan Congress to rule by decree.

And now, onto the blogroll!

Of what is she afraid?

When a Democrat loses The Washington Post, she’s just plain toast!

40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama
By Philip Bump | October 9 at 4:56 PM

Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) this fall, appeared before the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board on Thursday to make her pitch for their endorsement. The life-long Democrat, whose father represented Kentucky for the party in the state House and who herself has been on the ballot in the state on the Democratic ticket, was asked a simple question. Did she vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012?

And she didn’t answer. Repeatedly.

In an interesting nod to the times, the interview was streamed live, meaning that it took no time at all for Republicans to clip the non-answer and put it online.

More at the link.

The Post article noted that President Obama is deeply unpopular in the Bluegrass State, and he never has been; in 2012, he received only 37.8% of the votes cast for president in Kentucky, even worse than the 41.2% he received in 2008. But Mrs Grimes, already an elected official as a Democrat — she’s the Secretary of State — would simply be assumed to have voted for the President, had the question not been asked. There wouldn’t have been any real damage to her prospects had she said that yes, she had voted for Mr Obama, and it could only have helped her in Kentucky to say that she had voted for someone else. The greatest potential damage was from what she did: refuse to answer, and looked scared at the time.

There are people in Kentucky who say that Mitch McConnell has been in office for too long, and that’s a valid position to hold. Trouble is, if someone wants to vote him out for that reason — and the Democrats have been running commercials promoting that reason — you still have to look at the only alternative, and that would be Mrs Grimes.

For someone who says that she’s going to stand strong for Kentuckians, she sure didn’t look very strong.

Today’s Muddled East Warring Outbreaks has its Roots in the Armistice of WW1

I received an email the other day from a Think Tank on World events. The group is called STRATFOR and tackles all types of Issues on World Problems. I dod not get the big in depth reports mostly made for International Businesses and other interests that have reasons to know what goes on in the world for News Analysis, Financial Decisions, International Corporations and others on an in depth need to know. For me, it’s sort of a casual curiosity of why things may go bump in the night. However, in the last few days this one report came through on the Muddled East and it instantly made things clearer as to why I instinctively have labeled the area “The Muddled East” for years.

First off over the centuries Islam has been at war with the West. Their extent ranged at one time from the Pyrenees Mountains in the west between France and Spain, and in the east from Instanbul to Vienna and Eastwards. By 1492 they were out of Spain, and later pushed to the Balkans. By the late 19th Century what was left was the Ottoman Empire/Caliphate. By World War1 it was somewhat worn out. In WW1 it hitched its wagon to the equally Austro-Hungarian Empire. Unfortunately, they lost that bet.

While Germany was being pounded at Versailles, Turkey or the Ottomans ware waiting their turn at the table. They went to the Table with DEMANDS. They were told they LOST and was handed their Treaty and told to SIGN. They did, but hated it since their crumbling Empire was sliced and diced to where it is or being contested today. So, the reality was there was a treaty, but in the Muddled East was there PEACE.

Since the same wagons were rehitched in WW2, the outcome was worse since Israel was introduced into the Muddled area. So, after I read the following report, and watched Turkey in the last few days just watching ISIS come to the Syrian-Turkey border, but not crossing it, Turkey in a “Humanitarian” effort sat on its ASS. Apparently, the ghost of the WW1 is still alive and muddling the more than usual Muddled East.

Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk
Geopolitical Weekly

By Reva Bhalla

In June 1919, aboard an Allied warship en route to Paris, sat Damat Ferid Pasha, the Grand Vizier of a crumbling Ottoman Empire. The elderly statesman, donning an iconic red fez and boasting an impeccably groomed mustache, held in his hands a memorandum that he was to present to the Allied powers at the Quai d’Orsay. The negotiations on postwar reparations started five months earlier, but the Ottoman delegation was prepared to make the most of its tardy invitation to the talks. As he journeyed across the Mediterranean that summer toward the French shore, Damat Ferid mentally rehearsed the list of demands he would make to the Allied powers during his last-ditch effort to hold the empire together.

Read it all here:

Anyway, it’s not a pretty picture, and let’s not get started on Obola


Democrats must think that their voters are just plain too stupid not to notice stuff like this. Given the results of the 2008 and 2012 elections, they may be right!

Obama slams billionaires at the home of a guy named Rich Richman
By Richard Johnson | October 8, 2014 | 5:09 pm

President Obama blasted Republicans as the party of “billionaires” on Tuesday while mingling with high-rollers at the $26 million estate of Rich Richman — yes, that’s his real name — in Greenwich, Conn.

Richman, who built his $10 billion company developing rental housing, lives in the Conyers Farm area, where the minimum lot size is 10 acres. Twenty-five donors paid $32,400 each to get their photo taken with the president. Others paid $10,000 for dinner.

While Obama was schmoozing — and the press pool was playing billiards in the basement — he was also soliciting donations for House Democrats in an e-mail.

“If Republicans win, we know who they’ll be fighting for,” Obama said. “Once again, the interests of billionaires will come before the needs of the middle class.”

Obama arrived from New York City — where he had attended a fundraiser with hedge-fund billionaires George Soros and Paul Tudor Jones — in a convoy of four helicopters that landed at the Greenwich Polo Club.

A bit more at the link.

You know the real difference between Democrats and Republicans? Democrats think that being a billionaire is bad, bad, bad! and they want to enact policies that would prevent more people from becoming billionaires, and keep the people who are already billionaires wealthy, while Republicans love billionaires so much that they want to see more people become billionaires.

But the Democrats know that there are just so many stupid, stupid voters, who will listen to what they say and never look at what they do, for them to win a lot of elections.

California Girls

“California Girls”

Well East coast girls are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern girls with the way they talk
They knock me out when I’m down there

The Mid-West farmer’s daughters really make you feel alright
And the Northern girls with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

The West coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a french bikini on Hawaii island
Dolls by a palm tree in the sand

I been all around this great big world
And I seen all kinds of girls
Yeah, but I couldn’t wait to get back in the states
Back to the cutest girls in the world

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls