Stench of Obama sinks Alvarez campaign for San Diego Mayor

February 12, 2014
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A look at three recent news items in the San Diego mayor’s race:

Feb 9: Mayor’s race a dead heat (47%-46%), poll taken Feb 3 -6.

Feb 8: Obama endorses Alvarez.

Feb 11: Faulconer crushes Alvarez by 9 points.

Alvarez is an earnest young man, and a fresh face.  Faulconer is a boring old moderate Republican.  But like almost every modern Democrat, Alvarez was beholden to the government workers’ union political machine.  Was Obama’s endorsement what cemented that fact in voters minds?  Or is it the cumulative effect of Obamacare, rewriting laws by executive order, NSA wiretapping, and drone strikes on children?

292 Responses to Stench of Obama sinks Alvarez campaign for San Diego Mayor

  1. Judy T on February 12, 2014 at 6:11 am

    from TPM: “Faulconer, who was backed by Filner’s two-term Republican predecessor, Jerry Sanders, played down his party affiliation.”

  2. Ken_phd on February 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Judy T:

    “from TPM: “Faulconer, who was backed by Filner’s two-term Republican predecessor, Jerry Sanders, played down his party affiliation.””

    I was on the Faulconer mailing list. He never downplayed his party affiliation when asking for campaign contributions.

  3. jackie blue on February 12, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Much like the media downplayed Filner’s party affiliation during their ‘coverage’ of the story>

  4. Judy T on February 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Except for a six-month period with acting mayors, there was a Republican mayor in San Diego from 1992 to 2012; there was also a Republican mayor from 1971 to 1886. This result is unsurprising.

  5. Ken_phd on February 13, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Judy T:

    ” This result is unsurprising.”

    Strange interpretation.

    Considering that registered Democrats hold a 14% lead over registered Republicans in San Diego, outspent their GOP rivals by $2 million and garnered 54% of the total vote cast during the initial mayoral election, I would suggest “unsurprising” indicates an unusual degree of denial. It was a seismic shock to the democrat/union machine.

    • Judy T on February 13, 2014 at 6:23 am

      “seismic shock” = wishful thinking

  6. Ken_phd on February 13, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Judy T;

    “seismic shock” = wishful thinking”

    LOL. You got your butt burned, babe.

  7. ExPat on February 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

    The post title reminds me of how the Tea Party stank sunk the Romney Ryan ticket in 2012.

  8. Judy T on February 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

    George Bush smells great.

  9. maddog on February 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Judy T, what you need is a Clorox douche. It should at least mask the smell from your nether regions.

    • Judy T on February 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

      When was the last time anyone got near enough to your nether regions to smell anything?

      • Mad Dog's mom on February 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

        Mad Dog, dear, Judy T has a point, you could come up from the basement once a month and sprinkle a little soap and water on yourself.

  10. I Am on February 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    ^The GOP hard at work courting the female vote^

  11. Siggie Freud on February 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    “What you need is a Clorox douche.”

    Mad Dog, what did we discuss about mysogyny? The terms of your parole require that you confront your tendency to lash out. Now, let’s discuss your relationship with your father after he abandoned you.

  12. Tulipomania on February 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    STOP Lindsey Graham’s assault on civil liberties

    Commercial for Lee Bright for S.C

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb5qb4HuBMU&feature=youtu.be

    • Paul on February 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Lee Bright is considerably in debt.

      Will he pay the millions that he owes his creditors, ever?

  13. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Another Obama endorsement gone awry: Tennessee union vote.
    http://freebeacon.com/uaw-loses-at-vw/
    “The rejection of a key Democratic Party ally [UAW union] occurred despite President Barack Obama’s personal support for the unionization drive. Tennessee Republicans “are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers,” Obama said shortly before American workers shot down the unionization bid…”

    A bit of fun: pictorial comparisons of Obama and Putin.
    http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/putin-vs-obama-pictorial-comparisons-t12846.html

  14. Ron Paul SUX - 0Zero SUX on February 19, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Shock poll on Drudge says 71% regret voting for 0zero’s re-election.

    0bama’s numbers are about as bad as that fringe loon Ron Paul, who helped 0bama get a second term. They’re both idiots and they’ve both betrayed the Constitution. In short, they both SUCK! and so do the blind fools who support them. Only true Conservatism is the historically proven ideology that works again and again. Liberalism and Liberalturdianism are both FAILED ideologies. Always have been, always will be.

    • Paul on February 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      “…betrayed the Constitution…”

      Translation: Far right wing nutters have blessed themselves only with the ability to judge what constitutes a betrayal of the Constitution.

      • Paul on February 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        “…0zero…”

        Translation: It is easier to justify your irrational hatred if you make up names for people. Note the “clever” use of a “0” rather than an “O”.

        • Edward on February 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm

          No you’re wrong, Prez ZERO “0” has truly earned that name / title for both his domestic and international failures. Better get use to it because Prez ZERO has earned his title and only willfully ignorant liars would dare to refute it.

      • Edward on February 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm

        True, Conservatives are the ONLY ones remaining in the USA to both understand and apply the US Constitution. The liberal progressive marxist swaprat scum, such as yourself, only view the Constitution as toilet paper to wipe your arrogant asses with as you goose step your brownshirt armies into yet another socialist/communist Failure that history has seen again and again. Only arrogant fools such as yourself disregard the brilliance of the US Constitution as you foolishly repeat the exact same BLUNDERS that have brought down every single nation that was stupid enough to attempt your FAILED ideologies.

        • Cal on February 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

          “True, Conservatives are the ONLY ones remaining in the USA to both understand and apply the US Constitution.”

          Can you provide two examples?

  15. Judy T on February 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

    45% of those who regret voting for Ozero complain that he’s not Liberal enough.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

      So…if somewhere between 45% to 50% didn’t vote for Obama in the first place, and 70+% regret voting for Obama…even subtracting the 45% who consider him not Lib enough, you still have a HUGE number of people who think he is way too liberal, statist and controlling.
      For example, 47% + (.55 * .71 * 53%) would make about 2/3s of the electorate anti-Obama.

  16. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 19, 2014 at 10:23 am
    • Paul on February 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Your ten days off didn’t release you from your bubble, JIm.

      • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        Wait….you mean the article is a hoax?
        Or is it just that you can’t handle anything that doesn’t fit in your cocoon?

        • Paul on February 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

          “Wait….you mean the article is a hoax?”

          That’s a bizarre leap in logic, Jim. I pointed out that you are still in your bubble, and you conclude that what you read must therefore be a hoax.

          “Or is it just that you can’t handle anything that doesn’t fit in your cocoon?”

          Another bizarre leap of logic from Jim, the world outside his bubble is somehow a cocoon.

          • Edward on February 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

            No, Jim is correct and you’re just a fragile sniveling crybaby that’s too sensitive to accept the massive failures of your inept leftist ideologies. You’re too much of a COWARD to admit the truth because the truth threatens your microscopic tiny worldview. What a pathetically small and wretched individual you are. YOU embody everything that is wrong with America, you disgusting freak

          • Cal on February 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

            Keep going, Edward, you are on a roll.

        • Ken_phd on February 19, 2014 at 10:49 pm

          Jim:

          Glad to have you back.

          I kinda liked Poli’s title for this posting:-)

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

            Thanks, nice to be back!
            I got to view this awesome site on the trip, recommended if you are ever in the area–
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_Temple
            From far away it looks like a model made of match sticks but when you walk on it, you can see how enormous it is, crafted with carved wood and stone, and artwork like Buddha statues and so on.

          • Ken_phd on February 21, 2014 at 5:57 am

            Jim:

            I looked at the link you provided for the Hanging Temple. Amazing. I wonder how they built the temple in the first place.

  17. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Truth.
    But the MSM will continue to studiously avert its eyes.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/02/branco-cartoon-what-difference-does-it-make/

    • Cal on February 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      But the MSM will continue to studiously avert its eyes…

      …to the far right wing’s flights of fancy free associations.

  18. Vice Principal Eckert on February 21, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Fun website to watch Chris Christie’s downfall:

    http://project.wnyc.org/christie/

  19. Ken_phd on February 21, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Vice Principal Eckert:

    Hint: If you ever want to be promoted to Principal, you’ll need to jettison the CDS (Cristie Derangement Syndrome).

    • Vice Principal Eckert on February 21, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Thanks for the helpful tip! I’ll substitute my CDS to WDS (Scott Walker Derangement Syndrome).

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 21, 2014 at 8:38 am

        Here’s a start:
        http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/184307/
        “…[quoting Althouse:] ‘3 years ago today, in the Wisconsin protests, which included teachers who were calling in sick to absent themselves from the classroom, doctors stood on a street corner under a sign that read “I’m a doctor/Need a note?” They were real doctors, putting their names on notes that the protesters could use to excuse their absence from work.’
        When lefty politicians or groups break the law, the press’s attitude is “politics ain’t beanbag.” But that forbearance doesn’t extend to Republicans. The reason for this is that the press is largely made up of Democratic operatives with bylines.

        • Cal on February 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

          “The reason for this is that the press is largely made up of Democratic operatives with bylines.”

          Huh? This is an old GOP whine/yarn. The press is made up of people who want to work in journalism. If these people are largely Democrats by party affiliation, then whose fault is this?

          The GOP has their press, Fox News, which is run by the GOP operative, Roger Ailes. The GOP also dominates talk show radio.

          There is no great covert or overt conspiracy underpinning media. If some story doesn’t get press, then likely there is no story, just GOP spin whining away for want of a loudspeaker. For example, the GOP Benghazi myth, or climate denial.

          • Ken_phd on February 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

            Cal:

            ” For example, the GOP Benghazi myth, or climate denial.”

            You left out the faux IRS conspiracy and the successful implementation of Obamacare. Read the talking points again, bub.

          • Cal on February 22, 2014 at 12:13 am

            “faux IRS conspiracy and the successful implementation of Obamacare”

            Wow, you know your GOP mythology! But then, you thrive in that hothouse, flower.

            You are correct, of course, dear ken_past_having_doubt, the IRS thing was another monkey flying out of collective conservative butt (why, oh why, did it not gain traction in the MSM!?). It turned out that the truth was other than the GOP spin. And, Obamacare is alive and well, despite the best efforts of the right to sabotage and spin.

            Ah well, Nov 2014 will be another day in the sun for the GOP. Midterms always are.

          • Ken_phd on February 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

            Cal:

            “Nov 2014 will be another day in the sun for the GOP”

            Yes, that’s an accurate forecast.

          • Cal on February 22, 2014 at 11:35 am

            ken_past_having_doubt:

            “Yes, that’s an accurate forecast.”

            If only we could forget that you forecast Cain crushing Obama.

            To extend the forecast, after November 2014, the GOP will once again sit on their mischievous thumbs, since their intent is not to lead but to drown, and in 2016 the broader electorate will wake up, once again, and the balance will tilt.

            Lynx and hare, lynx and hare…

          • Ken_phd on February 23, 2014 at 9:55 am

            Jim:

            “Nov 2014 will be another day in the sun for the GOP”

            The board’s bought and paid for troll seems to have made a faux pas. Hopefully, his handlers won’t notice:-)

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm

            Ben Franklin is reputed to have written “letters to the editor” under pen names in order to spur controversy and sell more newspapers.
            I wonder if we do a sufficiently complete job of stirring up IAM and Cal, whether Poli will give us a cut of the ad revenue :)

          • Cal on February 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

            “…sufficiently complete job of stirring up Cal…”

            No harm in trying, right? Ken and Jim, what say?

            Jim, you could link to your signature bat-shit-crazy internets fare, and Ken, you can throw in your droll drive-by snark! Maybe get Mad Dog and his alter ego, Lady F., to dance that merry jig that he has down pat. That should stir up Cal, work him into a frenzy!

            Unless, of course, Cal is just here for entertainment.

          • Ken_phd on February 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

            Cal:

            “Unless, of course, Cal is just here for entertainment”

            Unlikely….unless you’re a masochist.

          • Cal on February 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

            ken_past_having_doubt:

            “Unlikely…unless you’re a masochist.”

            OK, this is good, ken is on board and is providing the odd drive-by snark! One dry line only, ken, that is your specialty.

            Jim, step it up, let’s have some of those bat-shit-crazy links!

          • Ken_phd on February 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

            Cal:

            “One dry line only, ken, that is your specialty.”

            Thanks. I prefer to be concise.

    • Cal on February 22, 2014 at 12:31 am

      “CDS (Cristie Derangement Syndrome)”

      Huh? It is more like making a bowl of popcorn and watching an old episode of Perry Mason. In every episode the trial starts at minute 35, and the puzzle is solved at minute 50. Christie is the scenery chewing character that just does not smell right, but is it a red herring or not? Problem is, we are still at about minute 20 and won’t know for another 30 minutes why the bridge was shut down.

      But derangement? Uh, no.

  20. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    A long, and fairly technical discussion of some side issues related to global warming.
    Seems like a blog that one could learn a lot from, if you have time to read it. The comments are quite interesting as well.
    I think Ursus may have mentioned this blog in the past.
    http://judithcurry.com/2014/01/23/the-logic-of-the-ipccs-attribution-statement/#more-14408

    • Ursus maritimus on February 23, 2014 at 12:53 am

      I think Ursus may have mentioned this blog in the past.

      Nope, I mentioned her name, but not her blog.

      Seems like a blog that one could learn a lot from…

      Yes. And to give perspective, you can also learn the points on which her colleagues disagree with her; for example, go to realclimate.org and type her name in the site-specific search function.

      Not her colleagues, per se, but google “tamino curry” as one window to the pull-no-punches climate blogosphere disagreement of her statements.

      • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        Thanks for the correction and further links.

  21. Stan the Man and the Pharohs on February 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Good to see Cal is back. Sad to see he’s off his meds. The Bones episode The Soldier on the Grave is perhaps the worst piece of trash ever put on TV. Just thought everyone should know.

    • Cal on February 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      ^Oh, it’s Mad Dog.

  22. Stan the Man and the Pharohs on February 23, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Good to see Ca (a/k/a “the eternal loser”) is back. Sad to see he’s off his meds. The Bones episode The Soldier on the Grave is perhaps the worst piece of trash ever put on TV. Just thought everyone should know.

    REPLY

    • Cal on February 23, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      What’s with the pseudonyms, Mad Dog?

  23. Vice Principal Eckert on February 23, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Oh noes! Trouble in Republican paradise:

    “Governor Brownback is so incredibly unpopular that he is actually trailing an unknown Democratic state Representative in most recent polls.

    Basically, the people of Kansas are conservative, but they’d prefer Eisenhower conservatism to Brownback conservatism, and the only place they can find that kind of moderation today is in the Democratic Party.”

  24. Vice Principal Eckert on February 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Speaking of stench:

    “Mitt Romney to fundraise with Chris Christie”

  25. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 23, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Seems like the ObamaCare situation is not stable yet.
    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/022014-690677-obamcare-is-unfixable-and-democrats-know-it-webhed-beware-democrats-promising-to-fix-obamacare.htm
    “Case in point is a recent news story noting how many ObamaCare enrollees in San Francisco “are struggling to find even one doctor willing to take new patients.””

    And the amazing Oregon website which still has signed up 0 people: they’re forced to use paper applications.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/198474-republicans-open-investigations-into
    “Lawmakers are … demanding to know why their expensive online portals remain useless more than four months after launch… House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the $304 million in federal grants that Oregon received to build its broken website…In Oregon, not even one person has yet to enroll online, leaving the state completely reliant on paper applications.”

  26. Lady F. on February 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Assuming what Vice President Eckert quoted is true, in that someone actually wrote it or said it, somewhere a village is missing its idiot. That’s over and above the village that Eckert left, of course.

    • Cal on February 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      What’s with the pseudonyms, Mad Dog?

  27. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Cal: “The GOP has their press”
    Yeah, I’ve heard that canard before. It’s true the the fever-swamp media like MSNBC or Nation magazine have piddling audiences. In places where the competition is open, the right does very well: Fox matches all the other cable channels put together and the right dominates talk radio (although you get a reliable lib viewpoint in the official news reports on radio).
    But in the big media, where barriers to entry are high, ABC/NBC/CBS for TV and NYT/WaPo for newspapers, the left currently has a stranglehold. What is the audience ratio of Fox to ABC/CBS/NBC? I’d guess 1 to 10 at best.
    Also, when they compare bell curves for reporters versus the bell curve for the general public the reporters are massed on the left-wing of the Dem party.
    Evan Thomas, sure this is from 2004 but nothing has changed except they don’t allow themselves to be quoted anymore: “There’s one other base here, the media. Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win and I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox. They’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and there’s going to be this glow about them, collective glow, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.”
    Be sure to google Journolist sometime, too….

  28. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

    A couple of interesting articles from John’s recommended blog.
    1) the decision to support delta smelt over CA farmers will cost the nation dearly in the cost of fruits and veggies.
    http://bejohngalt.com/2014/02/californias-man-made-drought/

    2) RINOs still seem to regard the Tea Party as a bigger enemy than Dems
    http://bejohngalt.com/2014/02/who-hates-cruz-most-democrats-or-rinos/

  29. Cal on February 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    ” the decision to support delta smelt over CA farmers will cost the nation dearly in the cost of fruits and veggies.”

    Did you look into the whole story, or are you content with just the highly simplistic, shrill version that is circulating the right wing internet? Did you even think a tiny little bit that the story doesn’t smelt right?

    For example, if water is diverted from A to B, what about the jobs and quality of life lost at A?

    That is, it isn’t just about smelt and those evil “Enviro-Nazis” that lurk under conservatives beds at night.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      I guess the stench of dying smelt is a price that I’m willing to pay in order to stand with the farmers who provide “… the majority of fruits and vegetables for the entire nation.”

      It _must_ smell better than those San Diego mayoral candidates the Dems keep throwing up.

      • Cal on February 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm

        “I guess the stench of dying smelt…”

        OK, I will take that as a no, you did not look into the story.

        That is why you are known as the Bubble Boy, Jim! Ping! Ping!

        No matter, fact stands that when you divert water from A to B, it helps the economy at B, but hurts the economy at A. What is the economy at A?

        Think, Jim, think, it isn’t smelt! That is, unless your handlers wish you to think that it is only smelt.

        Are you sure, Jim, that the man-made drought is at B, and not at A?

        • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

          Go on, Cal. Show off your dazzling insight.

  30. Ken_phd on February 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Jim:

    “man-made drought ”

    Sounds like another vast right wing conspiracy. Who knew?

    • Cal on February 25, 2014 at 1:59 am

      “Sounds like another vast right wing conspiracy.”

      Naw, local right wing propaganda. The term was from one of Jim’s handlers.

      But, don’t stop daring to dream, ken_past_having_doubt!

      • Ken_phd on February 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

        Cal:

        “man made drought”

        ” The term was from one of Jim’s handlers.”

        When was that term posted?

        • Cal on February 26, 2014 at 5:47 pm

          “When was that term posted?”

          Jim’s post above, on February 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

          Crazy argument that they are setting up, really: moving water from A to B creates a man-made drought at A. Not moving water from A to B creates a man-made drought at B. No matter what, you have a drought, if there are drought conditions, hence the man-made aspect is simply the drought’s location.

          All to say that water in California is complex, going back over 100 years, as Jim well knows, and the Delta smelt itself has little do to with it other than being a legal lever toward greater goals.

          A few years ago a Joachim Valley landowner group sold their water rights for 77 million, and cut down 2500 almond trees as a result. Pretty crazy, that water in the wild, wild west is a commodity rather than, “use it or lose it”.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 28, 2014 at 8:09 am

            The article says that a value judgment was made.
            Water was sent to the SF Bay delta to adjust the salinity of the water in order to support smelt who lived there.
            Water was purposely denied to the Central Valley where the majority of the fruits and veggies consumed in the entire USA are grown.

            Does anyone understand Cal’s post about Point-A and Point-B?
            I think he is saying that if the water was sent to the farmers, then the SF Bay would be drought stricken (the Bay itself, not the communities around the Bay).
            If so, his phrase “bat-shit crazy” reaches a whole new level.

  31. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 25, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Cal: “Jim, step it up, let’s have some of those bat-shit-crazy links!”
    As you wish.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/obama-administration-health-laws-new-rules-will-increase-costs-for-most-small-businesses/2014/02/24/0623d01e-9d9c-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html
    “Nearly two-thirds of small businesses that currently offer health insurance to their workers will pay more for coverage as a result of new rules in the health care law, as will millions of small-business employees and their family members, according to new estimates released by the Obama administration.”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Of course WaPo is quick to note that for 1/3 of businesses the cost will go down due to subsidies paid for by taxpayers. They also note lower prices in some few situation where a pre-existing condition caused people to pay through the nose for their health insurance.

      They do not, however, cover the fact that for a lot of people with pre-existing conditions, getting a lower price policy is NOT the end of the story. Many people on the new policies have trouble getting any doctor, let alone keep the one they had. There are glitches in coverage too.
      http://pjmedia.com/rogerkimball/2014/02/24/the-human-face-of-obamacare/?singlepage=true
      “Stephen Blackwood’s … mother, who had been diagnosed with a particularly nasty form of cancer in 2005 when she was only 49, had been receiving treatment through her insurer. She had had the Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan for nearly 20 years. It was expensive, but so was her treatment. “It gave her access to any specialist or surgeon, and to the Sandostatin and other medications that were keeping her alive.” Then came November. She, like millions of other Americans, woke up one day and found out that her plan was cancelled. … Mrs. Blackwood was no naif. “As a medical-office manager, she had decades of experience … [It took her endless hours on the phone. She eventually purchased a new ObamaCare-compliant policy, but] on Feb. 12, just before going into (yet another) surgery, she was informed by Humana that, Oh, by the way, we are not going to cover that drug Sandostatin, or your other cancer-related medications. Since January 1, Mr. Blackwood reports, the cost of the Sandostatin alone was $14,000. …
      So here you have it: Mrs. Blackwood had an affordable health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren’t happy with that because they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn’t cover her condition and it’s completely unaffordable.”

  32. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

    How long before the Obama Admin begins using these techniques on its Tea Party opposition….
    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/

  33. Ken_phd on February 25, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Jim:

    Good link. Could the Wash Post be going all soft and rubbery on Obamacare? Horrors!

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

      They might be going soft. There was another article recently by some pro-Dem reporter lamenting how tough it was to keep trying to defend O’care.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 25, 2014 at 11:03 am

      It’s not just WaPo, either.
      The Obama Admin is experiencing difficulty in finding politically liberal celebs to tout ObamaCare in the final push to reach 7 million sign-ups by the end of March, according to this bat-sh*t crazy source that Cal will not approve of.
      http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/199121-obamacare-stars-fade

  34. Ken_phd on February 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Jim:

    “How long before the Obama Admin begins using these techniques on its Tea Party opposition….”

    I characterize the GOP as the sleeping giant that has been awakened by the Tea Party activists. Here in Texas, most GOP candidates are looking for Tea Party endorsements.

    Also, here’s a very candid analysis by Cleta Mitchell on IRS activities

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/02/cleta-chronicles-irs-scandals-part-3.php

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Agree, that’s a powerful series.
      Not only the media but the RINO party at large has fallen down on the job of protecting citizens from gov’t persecution after non-violent expression of political beliefs.
      Because of the protection of the pro-Dem media it will take longer but I predict that, like Nixon before him, Obama will live to see blowback from this.
      Lois Lerner did not take the 5th in her testimony for no reason…

  35. Ken_phd on February 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Jim:

    Next time you see the term “peer reviewed” used.

    http://www.nature.com/news/publishers-withdraw-more-than-120-gibberish-papers-1.14763

    Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers (peer reviewed)

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

      LOL!
      Computer generated gibberish gets past the gate keepers :)

    • Mark J. on February 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Next time you see the term “peer reviewed” used.

      Those gibberish papers were from conference proceedings in China. Conferences are a business in China, I get an invitation almost every week.

      It has no bearing on the peer review system as a whole.

      • Ken_phd on February 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm

        Mark J:

        “It has no bearing on the peer review system as a whole.”

        Highly doubtful.

        The papers were allegedly peer reviewed prior to the conferences and published outside of China.

        “Sixteen appeared in publications by Springer, which is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and more than 100 were published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), based in New York.”

        • Mark J. on February 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

          “Highly doubtful.”

          You might have an axe to grind about the scientific peer review system, if you think that obscure conference proceedings from China, by Chinese scientists have broader relevance.

          “The papers were allegedly peer reviewed…”

          Really? Where does it say that IEEE peer reviewed the 100+ papers? That information is critical to your argument, which thus far is that proceedings from obscure Chinese conferences by Chinese participants reflect on peer reviewed science as a whole. You do realize that conference proceedings are not how scientists publish their work; rather, they submit their manuscripts directly to journals.

          • Ken_phd on February 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

            Mark J:

            “Where does it say that IEEE peer reviewed the 100+ papers?”

            “https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/organizers/paper_review_process.html”

            Submissions to IEEE conferences shall undergo a review process by independent referees who are knowledgeable in the pertinent subject area.

            Time for your bottle, bub.

          • Mark J. on February 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm

            “The manner of implementation of the process shall be defined by the appropriate governing body…Conferences that are held in cooperation with non-IEEE organizations are encouraged to have a review process that is consistent with the policy stated in the paragraph above.”

            In other words, IEEE does not peer review, they leave it up to the conference organizers.

            One of the reasons why conference proceedings are not serious venues and have no impact on the peer review process as a whole.

            As you say, time for your bottle, bub, the axe that you are grinding is still dull.

          • Ken_phd on February 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

            Mark J:

            “the axe that you are grinding is still dull.”

            Really?

            From the statements you have made (along with your references) you discount the validity of “peer reviewed” because the papers were mostly connected with Chinese conferences. But you fail to provide an explanation why the papers were not peer reviewed and how they came to be published in subscribed reports by two well recognized international agencies (IEEE and Springer). But it is enough that you recognize that hoaxes occur all the time in the scientific community.

            Similar to the shenanigans of East Anglia and the “peer reviewed” hysterical claims of the AGW crowd.

          • Mark J. on February 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm

            Ken, you are the one painting with a broad brush:

            “Next time you see the term “peer reviewed” used.”

            You are trying to cast doubt on all peer reviewed science, with zero evidence. Hysterical claims and shenanigans on your part.

            But, we now know your axe to grind:

            “Similar to the shenanigans of East Anglia and the “peer reviewed” hysterical claims of the AGW crowd.”

            Again, you are painting with a broad brush, with zero evidence, but at least now your motive is unvarnished, you are a propaganda mill.

            Time for your bottle, bub, you have been found out.

          • Ken_phd on February 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

            Mark J:

            Weak.

          • Pluto on February 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

            Yay! Ken pulled the “weak” card! Aw, Ken you lost again! Go Ken!

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

            “… cast doubt on all peer reviewed science, with zero evidence.”
            Well, it was not exactly “zero” evidence was it?
            Are you saying it is hard to find bogus science? Now _that_ sounds like a broad brush. Here’s a random selection to ponder….

            http://www.nature.com/news/research-ethics-3-ways-to-blow-the-whistle-1.14226
            Retractions of scientific papers have increased about tenfold during the past decade, with many studies crumbling in cases of high-profile research misconduct that ranges from plagiarism to image manipulation to outright data fabrication.

            http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21588057-scientists-think-science-self-correcting-alarming-degree-it-not-trouble
            “There is no cost to getting things wrong. The cost is not getting them published.”

            http://narrative.ly/pieces-of-mind/nick-brown-smelled-bull/
            Why is it that no one before Nick—and I mean Nick was a first semester part-time Master’s student, at, let’s be honest, a fairly obscure university in London who has no particular training in mathematics—why is it that no one realized this stuff was bullshit? Where were all the supposed experts?”
            “Is it really true that no one saw through this,” he asks, “in an article that was cited 350 times?”

            http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/02/uspto-issues-patent-for-fraudulent-stem-cell-procedure/
            USPTO issues patent for fraudulent stem cell procedure: Retracted papers, prison sentence apparently didn’t tip patent examiners off.

            http://nypost.com/2013/12/26/professor-admits-faking-aids-vaccine-to-get-19m-in-grants/
            The penalty: “Han agreed last month not to seek government contracts for three years”

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on February 27, 2014 at 9:21 pm

            Here’s a science related article of interest. Well, of interest to me anyway.
            Would be interested to get opinions (no snark, no agenda, this is an honest request for feedback) on the article ref’ed by this blog post (the link, not the blog post itself) and also the comment discussion below the blog post.
            http://www.transterrestrial.com/?p=53819

          • Mark J. on February 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

            “… cast doubt on all peer reviewed science, with zero evidence.”
            Well, it was not exactly “zero” evidence was it?

            OK, you are correct Jim, next to zero evidence.

            Are you saying it is hard to find bogus science?

            No, but you appear to be setting up a straw man. The discussion was Ken’s conference proceedings from China and the hysterical claim that they reflect on peer review as a whole.

            Now _that_ sounds like a broad brush. Here’s a random selection to ponder…

            Yep, you were setting up a straw man. Now, use your same straw man argument and google “malpractice”, pick a few anecdotes, and argue that all of medicine is suspect.

            Yes, I am aware of the flaws in the peer review system, and of fraud in science. I have peer-reviewed hundreds of research paper and grants, and served on editorial boards for several journals. I have been in research for 30 some years now. Peer review has problems, but Ken’s argument is weak, particularly when one of his motives is to bludgeon AGW.

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

            OK, fine.
            But let me leave this with 2 thoughts.
            1) Trust in science is legitimately falling. Please do read the entertaining http://narrative.ly/pieces-of-mind/nick-brown-smelled-bull/ because there does seem to be vast amounts of science justification that amounts to little more than “shut up, he explained”.
            And note the Nature article that retractions have increased TEN FOLD over the recent past.

            2) One day we will find that AGW is WAY over-hyped and that science was highjacked to be used to bolster policies that cement the ruling class in power. People will laugh at it the way people would shake their heads today at Lysenko’s “research”.

          • Ken_phd on March 1, 2014 at 11:33 am

            Mark J:

            ” I have peer-reviewed hundreds of research paper and grants, and served on editorial boards for several journals. I have been in research for 30 some years now”

            That’s a mighty convenient statement from a troll who is too frightened to list his own name on his postings. Why not provide some long overdue honesty in your goals on this board? If you were such an acclaimed academic (as you suggest), you would find better use of your time rather than to post insults and then be bludgeoned constantly on this board.

            The evidence suggests you are a fraud with no job other than a political hit man on a conservative board. It would appear that is the only position available to you. While I emphasize with predicament, you alone are responsible for it.

          • Mark J. on March 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

            too frightened

            In other words, you lost the argument, and now have changed the subject.

            list his own name on his postings.

            Uh, right. Very few people do. You have switched to attack mode on character, telling.

            Why not provide some long overdue honesty in your goals on this board?

            Huh? You seem to be the judge on this board.

            If you were such an acclaimed academic (as you suggest)

            I never suggested, you did, in order to set up a straw man. My record is middling OK, not acclaimed.

            you would find better use of your time rather than to post insults

            Huh? You are the one posting insults, and so back to your bottle, bub.

            bludgeoned constantly on this board.

            I won my argument with you.

            The evidence suggests you are a fraud with no job other than a political hit man on a conservative board.

            Huh? This appears to be a backwater board, just you and Jim and some trolls.

            It would appear that is the only position available to you.

            It would appear that you forgot that I am a research scientist.

            While I emphasize with predicament, you alone are responsible for it.

            Huh? I alone am responsible for your fictions?

            My guess is that you are a tea party conservative evangelical, a far, far worse danger to science in this country than a peer review system in need of polishing.

          • Mark J. on March 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

            Trust in science is legitimately falling.

            I would agree to some extent, and that is a another subject, but then there is a highly active and well-funded effort to discredit science, in order to discredit AGW research.

            Please do read the entertaining http://narrative.ly/pieces-of-mind/nick-brown-smelled-bull

            OK.

            One day we will find that AGW is WAY over-hyped and that science was highjacked to be used to bolster policies that cement the ruling class in power.

            I doubt it. I am afraid the first half of your sentence will be shown false, and the second half of that sentence is fanciful.

            People will laugh at it the way people would shake their heads today at Lysenko’s “research”.

            Lysenko was a different beast altogether. To conflate AGW with Lysenko is fanciful. Lysenko is best compared, scientifically, with evolution. Politically, perhaps the billions spent on star wars.

          • Mark J. on March 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

            you would find better use of your time

            You got that right, if I may insult you. I spent about 7 hours today at the computer, with about 12 to 20 different windows open, some on various databases, some on UNIX applications, some on web-based applications. (Not a cent of your taxpayer money involved) Mind numbing stuff, but it has to be done, looking for some nice grain within a lot of chaff. Same thing Sunday, about 7 hours, but not database stuff, rather, putting a manuscript in shape for submitting to a journal (where it will get peer-reviewed by two or three reviewers).

          • I AM on March 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

            for ken the benchmark for a scientists to be taken seriously would be first proving the superiority of his race.

            for jim if they haven’t been published at Breitbart or the Daily Caller they are liberal shills.

            These are the people claiming they want to have a serious conversation about science. Currently aka as intellectuals in the GOP bubble.

          • Ken_phd on March 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

            Mark J:

            “too frightened”

            The truth hurts.

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

            Ken, we get quite the variety of troll on this site. I admit to being puzzled!
            Ursus and Mark J give every indication of being thoughtful and well-educated. We get a selection of “libtard”-style blowhards like Cal and Luke. There are some that appear to be only marginally tethered to reality like IAM and Pluto.
            I don’t read blogs much anymore (yes, this one remains a hobby) but I don’t recall similar numbers and such a range of personalities of lefties on other conservative blogs I’ve frequented. And this blog doesn’t have super-frequent new posts or the biggest audience either.

            I’m a comparative new-comer to this blog, I wonder if there are historical factors which have drawn them?

            You and I joke from time to time about this, but it seems unlikely to be the whole story.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_cent_party

          • Ken_phd on March 2, 2014 at 10:02 am

            Jim:

            “I don’t recall similar numbers and such a range of personalities of lefties on other conservative blogs”

            I agree. However the writing style of Ursus, and Cal and Mark J and Paul and et al. are all too similar. They are, imo, the same troll. The one that hides behind numerous pseudo-names because he is too insecure (frightened) to post under his own name.

            His claim that he (they?) is a “research scientist” is laughable.

          • Pluto on March 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm

            His claim that he is a “research scientist” is laughable.

            You always are more comfortable down in the mud, ken. It doesn’t take you long to resort to ad hominem attacks. Go get ‘em, champ, knock them back on their heels…by lying.

            What you can’t see is that your dual character is precisely why the tea party will only be a disruptive force, and never one capable of leading. America is wary of the tea party, because they see that lying is too facile, it comes too easily to the tea partiers under the guise that the ends justify the means.

            You can’t see it, you knock that back too.

          • Ken_phd on March 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

            Mark J et al.

            Bears repeating

            “too frightened”

            The truth hurts

          • I am on March 3, 2014 at 3:20 am

            The only way to be taken seriously by a lunatic like ken is to put your full name on a site frequented by unhinged people like himself. In his warped mind that crazy assertion is to be taken seriously and makes him the victor on thread where he has been schooled.

            Ken what’s your full name? Which state do you live in? What is your phd in and where did you get it? I’m curious. I’ve asked you what your phd is in before and you’ve never responded. I’m pretty sure in your case phd is an acronym for pot head.

          • Ken_phd on March 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

            Pluto:

            “The only way to be taken seriously by a lunatic like ken”

            Ah, yes. Your alter ego dropped in from the ether to complete the theater of the absurd. Fitting.

          • Pluto on March 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

            Ken said:

            “the theater of the absurd”

            Ah, that Alfred Jarry fellow was something else. His last words were, “Bring me a toothpick.” However, Ubu Roi, Rhinoceros, and those various works in that genre are kind of tedious.

            Ken, the poster “I Am” does has a point though, you *have* always been obsessed with the trolls on this website. Too bad, because for your efforts all you do is entertain them, when they troll for that five pound bass.

            I Am: to answer your question, Ken doesn’t have a PhD. In his case “phd” stands for “past having doubt”, meaning that he has a Doctorate in Jesus.

            Strange, actually, since Jesus is registered as a Democrat. That is a fbd (fact beyond doubt). The Rapture is going to catch the Tea Party rather flat-footed, but will they listen? Fortunately, they will catch the coattails, because Dems are nothing if not sympathetic. Speaking of the theater of the absurd, the Tea Party will feel persecuted nonetheless, to find out that Jesus is a Dem, it is in their nature.

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

            Astonishing.
            Perhaps I was over-generous in saying “marginally tethered”.

  36. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    More right wing hysteria on gov’t health care (veterans, this time).
    They were getting too many requests for medical exams and a backlog was growing. This made them look bad so they simply destroyed medical records of veterans in order to reduce the backlog.
    Could this happen in ObamaCare some day? I’m thinking the answer would be “yes”.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/24/va-employees-destroyed-veterans-medical-records-to-cancel-backlogged-exam-requests-audio/
    Basically we would get about 3,000 requests a month for [medical] exams, but in a 30-day period we only had the resources to do about 800. That rolls over to the next month and creates a backlog,” Mitchell said. ”It’s a numbers thing. The waiting list counts against the hospitals efficiency. The longer the veteran waits for an exam that counts against the hospital as far as productivity is concerned.”

    By 2008, some patients were “waiting six to nine months for an exam” and VA “didn’t know how to address the issue,” Mitchell said.

    VA Greater Los Angeles Radiology department chief Dr. Suzie El-Saden initiated an “ongoing discussion in the department” to cancel exam requests and destroy veterans’ medical files so that no record of the exam requests would exist, thus reducing the backlog, Mitchell said.

  37. Ken_phd on February 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Jim:

    ” to cancel exam requests and destroy veterans’ medical files …”

    And guess whose “political affiliated” files would be destroyed?

  38. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

    ObamaCare signups slipping…how will they reach the target of 7 million by March 31?
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/pace-of-obamacare-sign-ups-is-slowing-in-february/article/2544651
    “Last year, before the law’s exchanges had opened, an HHS memo had projected about 200,000 more individuals would sign up in [February] than in January. That memo estimated nearly 1.3 million sign-ups in February — or nearly 600,000 more than HHS claims have signed up thus far. … Before the botched rollout of the law’s exchanges, the administration had defined success as 7 million total sign-ups.
    The HHS numbers include only those who have selected a plan through one of the exchanges, rather than the number who have paid”

    A comment says “even the phony “shopping cart” numbers are below the target”

  39. ATTILA727 on February 27, 2014 at 11:56 am

    The stench of the Obama would sink the titanic.

  40. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    People complaining about ObamaCare are all liars, says Sen Reid.
    What an a@@hole he is.
    But check out another info bit from the article. After all is said and done, will FEWER people be covered after ObamaCare?
    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2014/02/27/Obamacare-Victims-Are-Liars-Says-Top-Democrat
    “… insurers were forced to cancel insurance for five to six million people under now-forbidden coverage. To this day, the Obamacare exchanges have only had four million sign-ups, with as many as 20 percent of those failing to complete enrollments”

  41. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    From the that-was-then-this-is-now department.
    1) Sarah Palin mocked for saying our tepid support of Georgia in its dispute with Russia could have consequences for Ukraine.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/28/Flashback-Palin-Mocked-in-2008-for-Warning-Putin-May-Invade-Ukraine-if-Obama-Elected-President
    2) Mitt Romney was mocked for saying the Russia remained the most serious geo-political opponent for the US
    https://twitter.com/danabrams/statuses/184373871019950081
    3) Obama unable to attend intelligence briefing on invasion of Ukraine by Russia
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/03/01/obama-misses-national-security-meeting-on-russian-invasion-of-ukraine/
    A commenter “Guess he couldn’t move his tee time”

      • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

        “I’ll take ‘playing American presidents’ for $1000, Alex”
        https://twitter.com/PeteMu304/status/379697223778328576/photo/1

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

        Oddly, my comment has disappeared but this and another follow-on “reply” to the comment are still here.
        1) Palin mocked for saying Ukraine could be invaded if Obama elected
        http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/28/Flashback-Palin-Mocked-in-2008-for-Warning-Putin-May-Invade-Ukraine-if-Obama-Elected-President

        2) Romney mocked for saying Russia was the greatest geo-political foe of the US
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqE8L2XGGys
        https://twitter.com/danabrams/statuses/184373871019950081

        3) Obama doesn’t show up for intelligence briefing over Russian invasion of Ukraine.
        http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/03/01/obama-misses-national-security-meeting-on-russian-invasion-of-ukraine/
        A commenter: “Guess he couldn’t get a change in his tee time”

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

          Ha, the comment is back. :)

          Thoughts on climbing out of the Obama foreign policy hole. As many are pointing out, the right has long predicted that a “Jimmy Carter re-run” is the best case for our Obama presidency. Looks like that is a forlorn hope, though.
          http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/2014/03/climbing-out-of-obama-foreign-policy.html
          The Obama foreign policy team is peopled by the “well-educated,” i.e., they have college degrees, and as befits the “well educated” in today’s America, they are stunningly ignorant and arrogant leftists, but mostly just idiots. They do not make plans; they tend to fly by the seat of their pants using a deeply ingrained anti-US default setting for navigation.

          • Pluto on March 3, 2014 at 11:02 am

            “Palin mocked for saying Ukraine could be invaded if Obama elected”

            “They do not make plans…”

            Jim, what would be different if McCain or Romney were President? Do you *really* think that Putin would have acted differently? What “plans” would they have made? What plans would Palin have made, if I might indulge in the delightful.

            Full disclaimer: I am all for Palin feeling her oats, because it is the theater of the absurd*.

            *Shout out to Ken!

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

            Pluto: “would it be different”
            Well, duh. Of course.
            Here’s why.
            http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/putin-vs-obama-pictorial-comparisons-t12846.html

          • Pluto on March 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

            “Well, duh. Of course.”

            Got it. You are saying that Putin would still have invaded Crimea, because he is black belt kick ass, but there wouldn’t be photo montages on right wing nutter websites, because there would be no ODS.

            The hate and vitriol against Michelle is one of the stranger manifestations of ODS.

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

            Sure, the paper is a well-known right wing shill operation but this is stern stuff. Washington Post editorial: “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy.”

            Ya think?
            But I _will_ give you this: the sincerity of President Obama is beyond disagreement. How do I know?
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erYpXzE9Pxs&feature=youtu.be

          • Pluto on March 3, 2014 at 10:51 pm

            …this is stern stuff.

            I liked this rather stern part:

            “The model for Mr. Putin’s occupation of Crimea was his incursion into Georgia in 2008, when George W. Bush was president. Mr. Putin paid no price for that action…”

            In other words, no matter what Obama does, anywhere in the world, the right wing will have ODS and will become apoplectic.

            Because, to use your phrase, the right wing is, “only marginally tethered to reality”. You are either on their bus, or off their bus, Jim.

  42. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

    http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/28/weber-obamacares-punch-to-home-health-care/
    “On Jan. 1, Medicare’s home health care services, formerly serving 3.5 million elderly beneficiaries across the country, were cut under Obamacare. The cut deleted exactly 14 percent, or an estimated $22 billion, from these lowest-income Americans over four years. News of the forthcoming cut only trickled out the Friday before Thanksgiving, yet another stunning attempt by the Obama White House to reduce Medicare benefits without attracting notice.”

    It worked on me, I didn’t notice that this had happened.
    The article claims that home health care is cost-effective, and requires less money than expensive hospital stays, etc.

  43. Ken_phd on March 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Jim:

    “formerly serving 3.5 million elderly”

    It would seem that those voters are now lost for the Dems.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      I think the plan is to reduce their medical care to fatal levels quickly enough that they don’t get a chance to vote against Dems.

  44. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 3, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Mark J: “My guess is that you are a tea party conservative evangelical, a far, far worse danger to science”
    I AM: “These are the people claiming they want to have a serious conversation about science.”
    Biases commonly held by those who read the MSM without using their critical thinking skills.

    Tea Party’ers are angry old white men:
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35094.html
    When the tea party movement burst onto the scene last year …some liberal critics were quick to label its activists as angry white men…[but] it’s become increasingly clear that … the tea party’s most influential grass-roots and national leaders are women.

    Tea Partyers are poor uneducated angry old white men who don’t know science:
    http://www.culturalcognition.net/blog/2013/10/15/some-data-on-education-religiosity-ideology-and-science-comp.html
    I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. …But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the “paper” (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused internet sites like Huffington Post & Politico).

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/02/earth-revolves-around-liberal-democrats/
    Percent correctly saying Earth revolves around the Sun
    Dem 48.6%
    Repub 62.1%

    Sadly for those memes, it seems to be the case that if all the liberal Dems moved to Canada the average scientific literacy of the US would improve.
    Similarly if all the Tea Party members were sent to “Boncentration Bamps”, scientific literacy would go down.

  45. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 4, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Cal, still there? Avoid reading the links in this comment. It’s from those hot-beds of right-wing agit prop called “The New Republic” and “Slate”.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2014/03/03/why_obama_got_russia_wrong_and_romney_got_it_right.html

  46. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 4, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Even right-wingers are beginning to look back at the Carter years with nostalgia …
    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/carter-miss-me-yet.jpg

  47. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 4, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Mark J: “perhaps the billions spent on star wars.”

    Ken, have you kept up with SDI and, more recently, NMD? I haven’t, really. Last time I looked into it there were these tradeoffs:
    1) CON: spent a lot of money. to be sure, less than Dems waste on failing “green energy” companies that enrich the DemParty donors who create these companies and get gov’t funding, and “high speed trains” and so on.
    2) CON: laser and other revolutionary ideas did not pan out, final result was to use anti-missile missiles as interceptors.
    3) PRO: enormous pressure on the old Soviet Union which realized it could not keep up with US technology. SU collapsed, ending the Cold War for some years
    4) PRO: a useful shield that gives pause to smaller rogue states like NKorea and Iran that have few missiles to launch and cannot count on getting through the defenses…avoidance of “nuclear blackmail”
    5) PRO: lots of new tech developed which was of use, for example, in creating the more tactical anti-missile systems used in the Iraq wars and for ship defense.

    • Mark J. on March 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Billions and billions spent on SDI, nothing to show for it other than enriching the RepubParty donors who create defense-aerospace companies and get gov’t funding, and the pigs at the trough all the way down the line. Republican welfare, they just don’t call it that. They think that AGW is manufactured hysteria, because of their own experience with SDI, it is called projection.

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

        Bull.
        There were LARGE direct payoffs to individuals in several dozen cases, of which a prominent one was Solyndra. Company officers got paid first, then the companies went bankrupt and the public got nothing back.
        Those donors were contributors to the Dem Party.

        For SDI there were large amorphous gov’t contracts. There were no specific payoffs to Republican donors.

  48. Ken_phd on March 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Jim:

    You have hit on a sensitive subject with me.

    Most of my career was spent in the defense-aerospace arena. I am fairly well versed in identification and targeting technology on ground based systems: not so much on SDI and space based systems. My concern with our defense is not primarily with anti-missile technology, however.

    My concern for our country’s defense is primarily based on the weakness we have in non rad-hardened energy grid systems. A single nuclear device detonated over mid America would cause immense damage to our energy grid and disable all computer systems within hundreds of miles. (A huge electromagnetic pulse would immobilize most electrical systems.) Command headquarters would be safe but what good would that do? Who would we target if a bomb was detonated by a terrorist group somewhere in the middle of Kansas? It wouldn’t take much of a disruption to inflict serious damage.
    http://web.ornl.gov/sci/ees/etsd/pes/pubs/ferc_Meta-R-320.pdf

    It would make 9-11 look like a walk in the park. The loose border policy we have instituted is a suicide mission in the making.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Sobering.
      Thanks for the response, I’ve briefly scanned the doc and look forward to reading through it…I’m sure a lot will be beyond me :)
      In my recent vacation I rarely had internet connectivity, did not have a phone and so on. Basically, I was tech-free.
      It made me realize how dependent I’ve become on the web to buy stuff, pay bills, entertain myself, keep in touch with people, store documents, get directions … well, the list goes on and on. And I’m just one guy, a consumer. How would food get delivered? How would medical care be provided? And, needless to say, utilities like electricity and gas. People who have not thought about this don’t appreciate the knife’s edge we are standing on.

    • Mark J. on March 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Most of my career was spent in the defense-aerospace arena. I am fairly well versed in identification and targeting technology on ground based systems: not so much on SDI and space based systems.

      Your claim is laughable. You were no such thing. You have no such expertise. You have proven that you can’t be taken seriously.

      Truth hurts.

      • Ken_phd on March 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

        Jim:

        Did you feel a draft? I thought I heard the wind blowing.

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

          Yeah, I felt it too!

          • Pluto on March 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

            Weak.

            You two should get a room.

          • Ken_phd on March 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

            Jim:

            There it goes again. It sounds like it’s coming from the bathroom.

          • Lady F. on March 5, 2014 at 2:09 am

            This once fine blog has now become Ken and Jim’s personal chat room.

    • The Trolls on March 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

      “Most of my career was spent in the defense-aerospace arena.”

      BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Ken feathers his nest with taxpayers’ money, while preaching against big government. Scratch a right winger, find a hypocrite. The rest of the country says, “All my taxes went to Texas.” But it is OK to foment hysteria and put taxpayers’ money in your pocket, if you are a Republican, otherwise call it socialism! BWAHAHAHAHA!

  49. jackie blue on March 5, 2014 at 5:26 am

    It seems the trolls do not like being ignored.

    More power to Jim and Ken–I enjoy your posts. Keep up the good work and don’t feed the trolls.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Hey, thanks! Appreciate the support.
      Also, like the song and more generally the group which sang it :)

    • The Trolls on March 5, 2014 at 10:40 am

      It seems the trolls do not like being ignored.

      But, how would the trolls know, when they have never been ignored? Ken and Jim are obsessed with being bludgeoned whack-a-mole senseless by the trolls.

  50. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Pluto was displeased that I mentioned Putin is vicious (but effective), whereas Obama is a wuss (and incompetent).
    But look, they have something in common.
    Both got nominations (Obama actually won) for the Nobel Peace Prize for the achievement of not being Republicans. Putin was nominated for shielding a dictator who used poison gas on civilians from US retaliation.
    Does anyone else sense the Nobel committee is showing judgment problems?
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/putin-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize/

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