Eric Florack on August 26th, 2016

I’ve been asked several times now by Trump supporters why I’m spending so much time attacking Donald Trump and not so much time attacking Hillary Clinton.
There are two answers to this, both of which are very relevant. 
The first being there’s no person in this country who does not understand the depth of the charges against Hillary Clinton. I know she is evil, we ALL know.. Constantly preaching about that isn’t going to move the meter at all. Her supporters simply don’t care. Preaching to me about how evil Hillary Clinton is, isn’t going to sell me on anything. Isn’t going to tell anybody else either.
The second part is a little more direct.

Because for all of her lying, at least she’s not falsely claiming to be representing the conservative Viewpoint as Donald Trump is.

davidl on August 26th, 2016

Big Thigh, a/k/a Hillary  b/k/a Mrs. B.J. Clinton in campaign stunt speech has called Little Finger, b/k/a Donald Trump racist.  In the below picture, taken at Little Finger’s most recent wedding, can you pick out the racist?

CLinton_BJ_Mrs._Trump

By the way, the rapist is one on the right.

davidl on August 25th, 2016

If you an old fart, such as myself, you might remember the house scientist for the Tonight Show,  the late, famous but not great, Carl Sagan, a theoretical astronomer.   Sagan would come on the show and babble, give his opinion, about everything and then expect all his various opinions to treated as if they were scientific.

In response, I developed what I called the Sagan Principle, which holds that a person’s expertise is inversely proportion to his opinion’s distance from his core competency.   Sagan was an theoretical astronomer.  His opinions on astronomy were well formed.   Sadly for Dr. Sagan is did not restrict his pontifications to astronomy.   He gave his opinion on everything, which typically amounted to mere babble. from Collapsed Wave Function:

The so called “Sagan effect” is the belief that contact with the public is inversely proportional to academic achievement – those who have risen to the top of the “ivory tower” of academia wouldn’t need to speak with the public. Therefore, if a scientist is spending time popularizing science he must not be a real scientist.

Since Sagan’s passing, other have stepped up to mantle of spreading organic fertilizer and calling it scientific wisdom,  and among these we have Neil deGrasse Tyson and one William Nye, Phd,Scripd:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, License # 21531Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1977
  • PhD Honoris Causa, Doctor of Humane Letters, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 2000
  • Honorary PhD, Goucher College, Washington DC 2008
  • Honorary PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy NY 1999

From CNN

Bill Nye:  Climate change is the reason for the Louisiana floods, and it is going to happen again

No shat Sherlock.  The problem is not that the state of Louisiana is a freeping flood plain.  The problem that idiots, like Dr. Nye, build a city in an historic flood plain.   Without flooding there would be Louisiana.  With idiots like Dr. Nye, there would be no New Orleans.

Reax from Real Science:

The entire Gulf Coast was built from sediments deposited by floods on the Mississippi River and other rivers. Louisiana wouldn’t exist without regular flooding. That is why they call it a flood plain.

Maybe, just maybe, if Dr. Nye had actually studied and earned his only one of his three PhD’s he might know more about geological science than say Al Gore.

Hat tip: Ace

Eric Florack on August 23rd, 2016

?2016 let’s face it is a disaster for the Republican Party. There’s no two ways to slice that one. The cowardice of the Republican Party , (a phrase I don’t use lightly)…is why.

All the GOP had to be was conservative. In short, they had one job, and screwed it up. All they had to do was Embrace a real conservative instead of spending millions and millions of dollars on the erstwhile candidacy of Jeb Bush. Instead of being fearful about actually being conservative, embrace it and run with it. Learn the lessons that Reagan taught.

But no, as we have discussed, the one thing that the GOP is more fearful of than anything else is actually being conservative. They are still stuck in the 1964 mentality. This is among other things at its base a long term failure of leadership.

Meanwhile, we have yet to see any ideas whatsoever about how the GOP is going to overcome the 12 million Democrat voters that crossed over and put Trump at the top of their ticket.

( A little history lesson. This is precisely what happened with John McCain. We know how that one worked out.)

  Now, in the case of Trump what did we end up with? Someone who is a terrible fundraiser, has 70% negative ratings or higher in every demographic…( a place from which nobody has ever attained the office of president before and in all likelihood never will).. and has in every real sense fractured the party.

Long bereft of a party leadership that would not respond to its wishes, the majority of the party rank-and-file has gone their separate ways. Which has in turn led to the ones that are left, getting behind somebody who is decidedly not conservative, repeatedly… Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and now Donald Trump. 
The sad part of it is that when Trump’s policies fail because they are not conservative, the conservatives will get the blame… Despite conservatives having nothing whatsoever to do with putting him in office and the fact that Donald Trump is not a conservative himself…. and hell will freeze over before we as conservatives get another chance to save the country by putting an actual conservative in the White House and implementing conservative policies.

As for the idea that if we don’t vote for Donald Trump Clinton will get the presidency, that ship already sailed. The fact is that there is no way save Hillary’s actual imprisonment that Donald Trump is going to win the White House. None. 

In fact at this point I’d say Gary Johnson who I’m not tremendously excited about either, probably has a better chance at it.

But that point aside, I am deeply concerned about the damage that would be done by a Trump presidency.

 Ponder this one carefully please. If the party of Reagan has to become the party of Obama to win the White House, what have we gained?

And let’s say for the sake of argument that Donald Trump manages to attain the White House. How will the GOP establishment react? Considering the election of Donald Trump a victory, they will repeat the process in the next cycle, thereby guaranteeing yet again that we will have an unacceptable candidate.

But we’re being told that party unity in the thing. Not only has the Republican Party stabbed conservatives in the back once again, they are now demanding that we celebrate the act. Why is anyone surprised when we refuse to fall in line?

No.

That is not a game I intend to play. Moreover, I would ask others to seriously consider not playing at the, either.

The reluctance to submit to a Hillary Clinton presidency is completely justifiable. I share it. Yet, let’s be honest here. We have been playing this game with the establishment GOP for Generations. We’ve been told repeatedly that if we didn’t vote for the unacceptable Republican candidate the unacceptable Democrat would get power. Well, how’s that one worked out for us? Not very well at the end. Nobody has ever successfully explainef to us why we have to give up our conservative principles to elect somebody who isn’t conservative.

As it stands right now the majority of Republicans have a gag reflex going, partcularly the conservatives. 
Yes, I note the move of selecting Mike Pence as vice-president…. clearly a sop to the conservative wing of the party who he has spent the last six months alienating. Yeah, that’s going to work.

 The fact is that Mike Pence is not going to have any policy say so. Therefore it comes down to being a meaningless gesture.

At this point we are looking forward to serious pain being inflicted on the American people by the American government no matter who wins this upcoming election. The way I see it,  we have but one means of any gain out of this. That is to throttle the GOP establishment by rejecting the candidate that they have forced on the American people by means of their ineptitude and cowardice.

The only way I know to stop the GOP establishment from offering up unacceptable candidates along the lines of a Donald Trump is to not vote for them. It is thus you remove the power from them.

Again I say, this country is headed for some seriously hard times and frankly I’d just as soon the conservatives didn’t get the blame for it by way of Association.
Just say no.

Eric Florack on August 23rd, 2016

Anyone who’s read this website for any length of time at all knows full well that I am no fan of W. He was sufficiently better than the alternative at the time to trigger my endorsements, something that Donald Trump will never do.
That said, both David and myself have often pointed out the unfairness and the political nature of the attacks on him following the Katrina disaster. So you can imagine the smile that came over my face this morning whilst perusing The Hill

If ever there was a contrast to make around “then-and-now” media coverage of a Republican and Democratic president put in similar situations and their respective reactions to it, this one definitely makes the Top 5.

No kidding.

A very simple question, if George W. Bush was president right now and playing golf with celebrities in one of the richest zip codes in the country, would the headlines again be everywhere that portray him as insensitive, out-of-touch, even a racist president be the same now as they were 2005? Of course they would.

Instead, President Obama continues his vacation that includes fundraising events for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the relative silence is deafening.

Understand, there is no doubt in my mind that a lot of the attention being paid the golf games of  King Barry… mostly by the Trump zombies… are political in nature. But inherent in that observation is the equally damning observation that most of the attacks on W back in the day were purely political as well…. and that’s something the Press of today refuses to acknowledge.


Obama mocked the Bush Administration in 2005 for its “unconscionable ineptitude” after Katrina hit. He even visited the area to report what he witnessed.

But the headlines this morning are all about Paul Manafort’s resignation, Trump’s alleged pivot,  U.S. swimmers up to no good in Rio, and the $400 million payment to Iran that the administration still insists wasn’t ransom to free American hostages. 

There is also one more headline: How funny it is that the president played golf with the guy who played Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live in the form of Larry David.

Like I said, a goodly chunk of what’s going on here is attacks on Obama from the Trump zombies. But will the Obama Bots admit they did the same thing back in the day?
We both know better.

davidl on August 23rd, 2016

Eric rambled about the unintended effects of the ethanol mandate.

Given  that not all environmentalists, at least those not named Al Gore, are not stupid and the effects of using food stuffs for motor fuel were quite obvious, and environmental wackos hate people anyhow, was any of this an “accident?”  From Forbes:

In 2007, the global price of corn doubled as a result of an explosion in ethanol production in the U.S. Because corn is the most common animal feed and has many other uses in the food industry, the price of milk, cheese, eggs, meat, corn-based sweeteners and cereals increased as well.  World grain reserves dwindled to less than two months, the lowest level in over 30 years.

From Activist Post:

According to the Royal Society, “the world’s human population, coupled with unprecedented levels of consumption present profound challenges to human health and well being, and the natural environment.”

This group of Eco-fascists believes that securitizing the resources of third world countries, combined with reducing their consumption globally will stabilize the planet’s failing environment.

Just for whom do this social justice warriors want to save the world, a world devoid of people.

Using food stuffs for motor fuels is downright stupid. Mandating its use is just plain immoral.   We can not eat petroleum.  So why should we use corn to fuel our cars?

further, if ethanol is do darned good, for our economy and our environment, why we mandate that only domestic corn be used to produce it? From Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association:

But critics say the ethanol requirements are a sop to the agriculture industry that skew the free market and do not help the environment.

“This is the government using corporate welfare to shower money on a favored industry and then send the bill to the general public,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said in February, when he unveiled legislation to repeal the corn ethanol provision in the RFS.

He was joined by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, who said the ethanol requirement drives up the cost of food and gas, damages car engines and hurts the environment.

Ethanol is grain alcohol and as any drunk can tell you, the cheapest vodka, grain alcohol and water, is made from potatoes. Yet we mandate out ethanol for use as motor fuel be made from corn. Why?

Eric Florack on August 20th, 2016

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David you’ll like this one

“The reality is that the ethanol mandate hasn’t lowered emissions nor has it improved air quality. It has, however, led to rapid depletion of groundwater in several states and the destruction of millions more acres of untouched prairie grassland as corn growers have expanded their production to fuel the ethanol industry. The acreage used to grow corn in the U.S. has increased more than 15% since the establishment of the mandate in 2005. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that this year’s corn crop will be the largest ever at 14.5 billion bushels.”

davidl on August 20th, 2016

I am no fan of Little Finger, a/k/a Little Donny, b/k/a Donald Trump or his impotent campaign, but Little Finger’s first general election ad is a winner, video:

Hat tip:  Ace:

As an ex-senator, Mrs. Clinton will not let you walk  into her mansions.   As President she would not let you just walk into and stay in the People’s White House.  They why should let aliens, criminal and other wise, just walk into and stay in our county.   A state without secure borders can not long exist.

davidl on August 19th, 2016

Despite the protests of paid whores like George Stephanopoulos  journalism is not a profession. It is an activity, from Jonah Goldberg, National Review:

[A] free press is an important institution in a democracy (and even more important in non-democracies), but journalists don’t have any rights the rest of us don’t. A reporter has the right to free speech, and so does a plumber*.

Yes even a plumber.   The Constitution makes references to populations, such as The People.   It does not grant any rights to professions.

* Amusing reference Mr. Goldberg, see Samuel J. Wurzelbacher b/k/a Joe the Plumber

davidl on August 18th, 2016

Rebecca Schoenkopf goes there.  She talks about B.J. Clinton’s rape of Juanita Broaddrick Hickey, from Wonkette:

There is simply no reason Hillary Clinton would have known jackshit about it; Bill Clinton was always lying to her, and she loved him, and she kept believing him when it was long past silly to do so. “Honey, I raped that nice lady” isn’t a thing he would have opened up to her about, and “thanks so much for the campaigning you did for my husband” just doesn’t sound like a threat in any possible universe.

Schoenkopf vainly attempts to defend Mrs. Clinton, a/k/a Hillary, a/k/a Big Thigh, by suggesting that Mrs. Clinton, formerly known as the “The Smartest Woman in the  World” was simply too stupid to know her husband was lying to her.   Too stupid or just willfully incurious?

More Schoenkopf:

To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that

Absent any reference from a public apology from Bubba to to Mrs. Hickey, I can Schoenkopf’s speculation horse pucky.  To receive forgiveness, one must first ask for it.

Eric Florack on August 15th, 2016

Amazingly enough The Wall Street Journal has this one right..

By now it should be obvious that none of this is working. It’s obvious to many of his advisers, who are the sources for the news stories about dysfunction. They may be covering for themselves, but this is what happens in failing campaigns. The difference is that the recriminations typically start in October, not mid-August.

These stories are appearing now because the polls show that Mr. Trump is on the path to losing a winnable race. He is now losing in every key battleground state, some like New Hampshire by double digits. The Midwest industrial states he claimed he would put into play—Wisconsin, Pennsylvania—have turned sharply toward Mrs. Clinton.

More ominously, states won by John McCain and Mitt Romney are much closer than they should be. If Mr. Trump is fighting to hold Georgia, Arizona and even Utah by September, a landslide defeat becomes all too possible.

davidl on August 15th, 2016

Little Finger, the moron otherwise known as Donald Trump,again demonstrates what he does not understand about freedom, via Lance, Small Dead Animals:

It is not “freedom of the press” when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!

Donny while is may be treason to insult the king, you are not a king, yet or ever.

Eric Florack on August 14th, 2016

I think the Earth just moved.

On Dec. 17, Senate Democrats blocked an amendment to the new budget bill that would allow veterans to receive the pensions they were promised.

 

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has led the unsuccessful fight against veterans’ pension cuts and utilized a last-minute tactic yesterday, which failed to reverse the $6 billion that will be cut over the next 10 years.

 

Sessions argued that instead of cutting soldiers’ pensions, the federal government should curb $4.2 billion in credit from the Internal Revenue Service that illegal immigrants are “entitled to.”

 

Senate Republicans said it’s ludicrous that veterans are forced to pay for illegal immigrants’ spending. It’s not correct, and it should not happen,” Sessions said yesterday during the Senate’s debate.

It strikes me that this is the first time in recent memory that the Democrats have actually admitted by their actions that there are limits to governmental largesse.

Eric Florack on August 12th, 2016

On one of the group’s I follow on Facebook just now one of the denizens there came up with this one….

I KNOW what I’m getting with Clinton, I’ll give the unknown a chance.  Isn’t that how Obama was elected the first time?  :

My response was to point out that he just explained to us why we shouldn’t  vote for either one of them.

Eric Florack on August 12th, 2016

?By no means am I a fan of Donald Trump. I want nothing to do with him. I want him nowhere near the White House. That said, his statement about Obama created Isis does ring true. Ask yourself, who was Hillary Clinton arming in Benghazi?
said at the time that we invaded Iraq that it was going to be a generations-long struggle 2 square that situation and we had to make it work we have to stick to the plan. Withdrawing early as Obama did, most certainly contributed to the formation of Isis. No question about that in my mind.
The Democrats and their vehement denials notwithstanding, they’re the ones who broke the situation. Unfortunately, we are stuck with it now