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Head of EPA Doesn’t Know How Much CO2 is in the Atmosphere

Posted in Climate Change,Government Incompetence & Waste,U.S. by Ryan on the July 15th, 2015

When asked what percentage of the atmosphere is CO2, she deflects saying its not a calculation she has on hand. When pressed on the point, she refers to her papers (her papers!) to cite the levels in parts per million, saying we have just reached 400ppm.

How does the head of an agency, whose major regulation initiatives hinge on these very values, not know them by heart? I’ll give her a pass on not wanting to calculate the percentage given it may be an uncommon way to represent CO2, but to have to refer to notes to cite 400ppm?

Either we have another political appointee who is woefully unqualified for the job, or climate change is a convenient excuse to simply impose more control.

This is a tired record that keeps getting played over and over in the Obama era. Politicization or incompetence. Take your pick, but it might be both.

People Believe What They’re Told

Posted in Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the June 3rd, 2015

The average American is uninformed about the details when it comes to economic issues like economic growth/health, unemployment, wage growth and deficit spending. Take some results from a recent CNN/ORC poll as an example.

Compared with a year ago, more now say the nation’s economy is recovering or already recovered. Half (50%) say so in the new poll, up from 43% last year at this time. Still, nearly one-quarter (23%) feel the economy is still in a downturn and getting worse.

Meanwhile, GDP for Q1 was revised down from a paltry .2% growth to -.7%, a shift of nearly an entire point backwards.

The 0.7 percent annual rate of decline in economic output in the first quarter of 2015 was a reversal of the initial 0.2 percent advance for the period reported last month by the Commerce Department.

Wages are stagnant, real unemployment remains high (despite flawed methods making it appear near 5.4%), deficit spending continues unabated and GDP has trended downwards into negative territory.

Yet by a factor of 2 to 1, Americans think the economy is recovering or already recovered. As a left leaning media continues to carry water for the administration and saturate the airwaves, internet and newspapers with stories that don’t bring focus to these issues, paint a rosy picture, or scapegoats the bad news, the average American remains uninformed.

Hillary Clinton and America’s Ethical Compass

Posted in Election 2016,Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the April 29th, 2015

I am genuinely interested to see how long and how far the campaign of Hillary Clinton for President continues. The obvious lack of transparency and as Mitt Romney put it, “every appearance” of unethical conduct and cover up and graft, would normally disqualify someone almost instantly. Yet here we are, with still more scandals and disturbing facts coming to light, but no overwhelming swell that is clearly sweeping her from the national stage. Talking heads wonder if it will harm Hillary’s campaign and others discuss her strategy and path to be the nominee for the Democratic party, and eventually President. Fortunately, some have come to their senses and are beginning to have serious reservations, despite idealogical alignment with her. Were she a Republican, her demise would already be assured, but the media does not adhere to an unbiased standard among the two parties.

If the Democratic party proceeds to ignore the numerous issues surrounding Hillary Clinton, it will show just how ethically bankrupt democrats are. That fact that she is still held up as a serious candidate already betrays their lack of principles.

I hope that she is eliminated as soon as possible from serious discussion for the Presidency, not for the sake of ending Mrs. Clinton’s political career, but for the sanity and soul of America. We need good men and women to fill our high offices.

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, HumbleObama.com.  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.

The Lying Left

Posted in Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the May 6th, 2014

The last couple of months, I’ve given this some thought as I’ve distilled some recent observations into a straightforward conclusion. I suppose I’ve always known this, but it is worth stating succinctly.

The left lies.

They lie about many things to achieve various policy objectives and to sway public opinion. The right however is much less inclined to fabricate, deceive and lie. This puts the right in the difficult position of having to laboriously explain and clarify to mitigate untruths.

Exhibit A: Women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes
This is a great emotional rallying cry for many to latch onto as proof of gender inequality and create a partisan wedge. To engage on the point, the right has to expend a mountain of words to explain that the methodology and logic to arrive at this figure is flawed.

Exhibit B: 8 million people signed up for Obamacare
President Obama recently declared victory with with the Affordable Care Act and declared it a success with no need for further debate. To dispute this simple claim takes a paragraph to explain all the missing data and demographic information that would actually validate or invalidate this claim as successful.

Disputing these assertions of 77 cents or 8 million don’t just take more time to explain, but the energy required to combat and overcome an “original” premise that is so widely asserted takes much more effort than simply making the original assertion. In fact, without the media’s help, I’m not sure how it can be done. Were the right to lie as regularly, the media would dissemble the lies quickly and question those disseminating them. When the left does it, they rarely question them but instead often just parrot the lies without any investigative inquiry or curiosity about their origins in fact.

I’ve been musing about the inherent disadvantage the right is under because of how it has more loyalty to truth than the left does. The left misrepresents facts to achieve political goodwill for their policies, and because there is often some grain of truth inside of the larger mistruth, they take advantage of human emotion and they’re able to maintain their original assertion for much longer than they should. Sometimes indefinitely.

The right needs to find ways to counter this tactic of the left with honest but effective slogans, statements or assertions that are just as potent and emotionally attractive. Truth will always, eventually, overcome fiction.

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.

 

Skillets

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the July 12th, 2013

I was watching part of the closing argument by the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial and I was struck by how weak the case seemed to be that the prosecutor was making. It seemed to revolve predominantly around the emotional facts of Martin’s age, the snacks he had and his hoodie.

Unfortunately this case has become a racial rallying cry for many due to an overemphasis on incidental, yet legally irrelevant details. Stuff like Martin having just bought skittles. Or, as Al Sharpton called them, skillets.

In a way, Sharpton was symbolically representing for us all the level of competence and objectivity he and many others would bring to the discussion.

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One Hundred Seventeen

Posted in Election 2012,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the July 27th, 2012

President Obama last convened his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness back in January.  In the meantime, he has attended 117 fundraisers.

 

Commerce Secretary

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the June 11th, 2012

The US Commerce Secretary was involved in some accidents on Saturday.

According to the San Gabriel Police Department, Bryson’s Lexus rear ended a Buick that was stopped at a railroad crossing late Saturday afternoon in San Gabriel. Bryson spoke with the Buick’s male passengers, then drove away, “hitting the same car again as he left,” police said.

The men followed Bryson and called police. They witnessed Bryson hit a second car.

When police arrived, Bryson was “alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle.” Bryson was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, where the officers cited him for felony hit-and-run.

Sounds odd, no?  Wait for the explanation.

“He suffered a seizure,” Commerce Department spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said in a statement on Monday. “He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and has returned to Washington. The investigation is ongoing.”

A seizure?  Was this before striking the Buick at the railroad crossing? Or before talking with the occupants of that car? Or before striking it the second time? Or before striking the second vehicle? Or just before the police arrived?

I was under the impression that seizures inhibited physical control, not impairment of judgement. Hmmm.

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