Saturday, 18 October 2014

Meta

Hoist the Bat Signal!


...or some such:

Wanna meet up at the Broad Ripple Brewpub at 3:00 PM on Sunday after you finish perusing the Indy 1500?
I think so.

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Clipfile - October 18, 2014

‘‘The Progressive myth is that we ought to have a government of experts... to handle the nation’s problems in a calm, deliberative manner.  The reality is that we have a [government] of unscrupulous lawyers, amoral apparatchiks and political hacks whose only area of expertise is manipulating the electoral and governmental systems and getting rich by doing so.’’ - Michael Walsh

(Via Instapundit.)

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Friday, 17 October 2014

In Passing

They’re called ‘‘fronts’’ for a reason

We’re Marching Through the Institutions  Dept
Glenn Reynolds:
When students go on about social justice, the proper response is to tell them you don’t care what they think, because they don’t know enough to have an intelligent opinion yet.  If universities were run on this principle, the 3% of students responsible for 98% of the idiocy would no longer have their destructive impact.
Unfortunately, that 3% is backed by 98% of the faculty.

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In Passing

Plenty of opponents


‘‘AML’’ comments at Instapundit:

If I were going to run for President in 2016, my pitch would be to go through each government agency and excise everything that they do that is not ‘‘core’’ to the agency.  No more lesbian obesity work at CDC, no more gun control at NIH, no more global warming at DoD.  You effectively get to shrink government massively without appearing to be shrinking government -- who could be against getting CDC and DoD back on mission?
Okay, I’ll play:
[1] The boodlers, whose only mission is that they get their cut.
[2] The social justice progressives, for whom lesbian obesity, gun control, and global warming are ‘‘the mission.’’

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

In Passing

God knows, they wouldn’t want to work any overtime!


USA Today:

The drums [of ebola-contaminated household goods] needed to be driven to an incinerator 400 miles away, where they would be destroyed.  But getting the appropriate permits from the Department of Transportation took a few days, because the agency needed to draw up permits specifically for Ebola transport, McCallum said.  ‘‘There was no DoT permitting out there because this had never happened before in this country...’’
So much for all that ‘‘emergency preparedness.’’

Elsewhere:
Glenn wants to know where the money went.  Silly Glenn: It’s the federal government!  And at this point, what difference does it make?

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

In Passing

That’s ‘‘FUNDAMENTAL Transformation’’ to you!

You’ve gotta have Priorities  Dept
Politico:
...The Prevention and Public Health Fund, [is] a new series of annual mandatory appropriations created by Obamacare.  Over the past five years, the CDC has received just under $3 billion in transfers from the fund.  Yet only 6 percent—$180 million—of that $3 billion went toward building epidemiology and laboratory capacity...

Instead, the Obama administration has focused the CDC on other priorities.  While protecting Americans from infectious diseases received only $180 million from the Prevention Fund, the community transformation grant program received nearly three times as much money—$517.3 million over the same five-year period.
...cause who cares about disease when there’s transformation to be done! boodle to be passed out.

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In Passing

‘‘Evil Republican funding cuts caused ebola– Oh, wait!’’


The Federalist:

President Obama Already Has An Ebola Czar. Where Is She?
...The federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola.  The woman who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat.  And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company with ties to a Democratic donor—and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients.
Oh, and by the way...
HHS’s 70,000 workers will spend a total of $958 billion this year, or about $7,789 for every U.S. household.
I’m old enough to recall all the posturing when the entire federal budget crossed $100 Billion.

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Meta

Happy (belated) blogiversary


To Roberta, who got started 7 years 1 week and 1 day ago!

Now, the important question:  Will there be cake?

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Monday, 13 October 2014

In Passing

Reynolds assumes Republicans possess intelligence, integrity (again)

Facts Not In Evidence  Dept
Instapundit:
...somebody on the House side needs to go through the NIH/CDC budgets for next year and strip out all the non-disease funding and move it over to infectious diseases, since apparently they could achieve miracle cures with just a little more money.
Like that’s gonna happen...

Previously:
Related:

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Linkage

Who said it?

This would make a good campaign spot  Dept


I knew!

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