The CDC is Fundamentally Broken

Posted in Government,Government Incompetence & Waste,U.S. by Ryan on the October 17th, 2014
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a fundamentally broken organization and plans should be underway now for the replacement of its Director and any other senior leadership involved in decision making during the response to Ebola in the United States thus far.

The abject incompetence evident in the non-response to the first confirmed Ebola victim in the United States has exposed the absence of capability and adequate planning to deal with a contagious and deadly disease of any variety.

As a result of the CDC’s ineptitude and inaction, 2 nurses have contracted the disease and hundreds have been unwittingly exposed.

The nature of this inaction and lack of awareness betrays fundamental and inherent flaws in the CDC and its leadership. This inaction is so profound, it cannot be fixed while maintaining current leadership. A lack of planning and subsequent scenario management shows that new leadership at the CDC, or a new entity entirely ought to lead the charge against any future incidents of Ebola within the United States.

Controlling the Image

Posted in Government,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the May 13th, 2014

Interesting video about how the White House has denied access at times to control the image of the President.

This video references some of the images I include on my satirical Tumblr site,  It is exclusively dedicated to photos from the official @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama Twitter feeds intended to highlight other things, but just end up as hero shots of Obama.

Zakaria and the Bliss of Ignorance?

Posted in Government,Media Bias,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the October 5th, 2013

Zakaria’s thought lapses strike again.

That is what is at stake in Washington this week. The debate going on there is not trivial, not transitory – and not about Obamacare. Whatever you think about the Affordable Care Act, it is a law that was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, then signed by the president, and then validated by the Supreme Court as constitutional. This does not mean it cannot be repealed. Of course it can be repealed, as can most laws. But to do so, it would need another piece of legislation – one that says quite simply “The Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed in its entirely” – that passes the House and Senate and is then signed into law by the president.

He either dishonestly or ignorantly fails to acknowledge the alterations President Obama undertook to delay various portions of the law, circumventing the legislative process. No mention. And yet, when a legislative action is used to somewhat more constitutionally adjust the law, it is extortion and democracy itself weeps.


City of New York Bureau of Food Discipline

Posted in Government by Ryan on the June 4th, 2012

A short video I made with Mark Serrano over the weekend.

Toilet & Lightbulb Throwdown

Posted in Climate Change,Government,U.S. by Ryan on the March 11th, 2011

A great segment of video showing Rand Paul blast Kathleen Hogan, a deputy assistant at the Energy Department. He outlines the hypocrisy of those that fiercely advocate a woman’s right to choose, yet support restrictions that force compact fluorescent light bulbs and low capacity toilets upon consumers.

While I’m sure all conservation policies are not a bad thing, I am still confused why we would do away with harmless (but inefficient) light bulbs in favor of twirled tubes full of toxic mercury vapor. And put them in every home in America.

You would think this conservation crowd would have warmed up to nuclear power already.

“Incompetence” to Blame for Incompetence

“Frankly it just came down to the fact there was not a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed administrator in place until I was confirmed at the end of June to make a really significant decision like that, that would have impact on a number of people,” Pistole said. “That was a big part of it.”

TSA Director Pistole is basically telling us that the White House was so inept in responding to the threat of underwear bombers, that it took the actual confirmation of a TSA director over 7 months later to then begin the process of implementing the pat downs, which wouldn’t take effect until another 3 months later.

So this Christmas, if you’re flying, as we celebrate the 1 year anniversary foiling of the “Underwear Bomber,” we can also join hands in celebrating the 2 month anniversary of nationwide pat downs.


Posted in Excessive Spending,Government,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the October 11th, 2010

Obama seeks bipartisan support for infrastructure upgrade

What in the world was the stimulus for?  I thought we were pushing so many jobs out the door with that thing, our infrastructure was going to be sparkling by the end of Obama’s presidency.

Best part of the announcement?

Obama and LaHood said the cost of new investment would be paid for, rather than adding to the debt. However, LaHood stopped short of offering specific ways to do so, saying only that a number of options were being considered.

President Obama’s Endgame

Posted in Government,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the August 18th, 2010

New video from Eric Cantor on deficit spending.

This isn’t the best video I’ve ever seen on the subject, but it is certainly a step in the right direction of providing informative content on budget deficits from democrats.


Posted in Government,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the October 21st, 2009

Great video about what $1.4 trillion can buy.

Sure,there were bailouts this year, but why is the deficit expected to remain the same next year?  Anyone realize how bizarre it is that Obama was championing a halving of the deficit by the end of his first term?

Hate tip: Ed Morrissey


Posted in Government,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the August 7th, 2009

Hardly know what to say about this post on

Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to “uncover” the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care.  These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.  Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to

My email response to

from    Ryan Farnes
date    Fri, Aug 7, 2009

subject    Really?

The White House is asking citizens to report on chain emails and word of mouth?

My opinion of fishy?

Ryan Farnes

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