Democratic Plant?

This is part of a Facebook exchange between supposed Libertarian candidate for US Senator from North Carolina, Sean Haugh, and a North Carolina voter, via The Daily Caller. A fuller excerpt of the exchange is at Alex Pappas’ article behind the first link above.SeanHaugh_CroppedIn case the image is hard to read, the exchange goes like this:

Sean Haugh, Libertarian for US Senate: Well, obviously our realities are quite detached. I prefer my reality over yours because logic, reason and evidence exist in mine. I pity ignorant morons such as yourself and wish you would stop voting.

Some Ally

Under pressure from its Arab neighbors, Qatar has expelled some key players in the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, whose mission, among other things, is to overthrow secular governments throughout the Middle East and replace them with MB-approved governments. Those expellees are making a beeline for…Turkey, a NATO member and supposedly staunch Middle East ally of the US.


In addition to giving asylum to the MB’s leadership, Turkey

  • is host to the Palestinian Authority’s Hamas branch “overseas command center”
  • allows ISIS to use Turkey’s territory to sell ISIS-stolen oil on Turkey’s black market

Yet Another Thought on Republican Communications

Republicans and Conservatives keep hurting their prospects of success by (dare I say it?) bitterly clinging to their glittering generalities and vague claims that they’ll be better than their Democratic Party opponents. They need to stop being afraid of providing specifics: each Republican candidate needs to lay out in clearly assessable terms what he plans to do in the coming term if he’s elected.

A Man Jumped a Fence

…surrounding the White House Friday night and was able to get all the way inside the White House before he was stopped. A little birdie has told me how the penetrator was able to get so far.

The Secret Service successfully detected the man as he was climbing the fence, and they responded to him promptly. They committed their initial effort at stopping him to remonstrating with him as he moved across the lawn: this is the sort of thing that was done in the 19th century; such things are unseemly in the 21st. The man was on the wrong side of history, and his effort was doomed to failure, anyway. And so on.

More Party-of-No Yeses

The House passed three more bills in this short period before the mid-term election campaign recess.

One bill makes it illegal for IRS workers to use personal email accounts to conduct official business.

It’s already illegal to do this in many circumstances, as all official business communications must be recorded and saved. It’s also already contrary to IRS policy; although the IRS has ignored this policy whenever that became convenient.

This is, at bottom, an obvious move, too: private enterprise has, for years, held the flip side—the use of company equipment to conduct personal business—to be a fire-able offense; although they allow some limited personal use.

DoJ Doing a Racial Bias Study of Police Departments?

That’s rich.

[T]he Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem national[.]

Notice that: not researchers, not social science researchers, not social science of conflict researchers, not social science of culture researchers, not urban social science researchers, not…. Criminal justice researchers specifically. AG Eric Holder already has made up his mind on this one.

This study will be overseen by a DoJ led by a man who insists that

They Need to Make up Their Minds

The Minnesota Vikings issued a statement early Wednesday saying that running back Adrian Peterson must remain away from all team activities until his felony child abuse case is settled.

The move was an about-face for the team, which reinstated Peterson to the active roster Monday after deactivating him following the All-Pro running back’s indictment Friday.

Peterson has an initial hearing scheduled for October 8 in Montgomery County, Texas on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child. He is accused of beating his four-year-old son with a wooden switch, leaving bruises and other wounds that were visible days later. Peterson told police that he was merely inflicting discipline and had not intended to hurt the boy.

How Does This Work?

A Senate investigation released Wednesday [17 Sep] found that hackers linked to the Chinese government broke into US military transportation companies’ computer networks 20 times in a year.

But the Senate Armed Services Committee says officials of the US Transportation Command, responsible for moving troops across the globe in times of crisis, were told about just two of those incidents. If a system was compromised, they may not have known, the panel said.

An Instructive Graph

This one is from the Census Bureau’s Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013. The headline of the report is that American household median income stagnated for the second straight year and remains, in real terms, 8% lower than it was in the last year before the Panic of 2008. The graph below reflects that.2013MedianHouseholdIncome

What interests me about this graph, though, is not the end result snapshot, but the slopes of the graph’s separate lines, the changing levels of median incomes, as we come out of recessions and panics over the last 50 years.

Personal Health Information Security

We’ve had HIPAA—the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—for nearly 20 years. This act requires, among other things, all handlers of our personal medical information (primarily, but not exclusively, our doctors, hospitals, and health coverage plan providers) to have our permission to pass that information along, even to other doctors, hospitals, and health coverage plan providers and to take adequate steps to safeguard that information when it’s in their hands or being passed along.

It seems that this administration doesn’t consider itself bound by that same law. The latest example of this evident lawlessness is ObamaMart. The GAO has completed its own assessment of ObamaMart’s security and security practices, and it’s unimpressed.