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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, October 19, 2013

For a leaf cleanup Saturday afternoon

I dunno, seems to me if God wanted leaves in a nice neat pile he'd put them there Himself. . .

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FBI investigates possible water supply threat in Wichita, Kansas
By Alice Mannette
WICHITA, Kansas (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating possible threats to the water supply systems in Wichita, Kansas, and several other Midwestern cities that are as yet unsubstantiated, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation learned of the threats in the past two days and has contacted the water supply facilities and law enforcement offices for the municipalities, said Bridget Patton, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in Kansas City, Missouri.
Patton declined to discuss the nature of the threats or the number of cities affected. She said investigators had been sent out in response to the reports, but offered no details.
"We were made aware of the threat," Patton said. "We have not been able to substantiate any of the threats."
Wichita city officials warned employees in emails to be on guard for suspicious activities. City officials also told residents the water is safe to drink and the public will be notified immediately if this changes.
Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte said Friday that the city had taken steps to keep the city's water supply safe, but would not describe what measures had been taken.
Wichita draws much of its water from the Cheney Reservoir about 30 miles west of the city. The city water department has not returned calls regarding security measurements taken.


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we take an oath to support the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Cohen said. “These are the domestic enemies.”

Well, so be it, then. Fuck the Dems and the "80 or so" traitorous "reasonable responsible Republicans."

I'm done with the Republican party as a whole.

Time to start over.


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the “leadership” on our side is completely unready and unwilling to wage this fight. They simply aren’t up to it.

The Blaze:

America’s Fundamental Transformation Under Obama    
Oct. 19, 2013 8:38am
Monica Crowley

Last week on “The O’Reilly Factor,” I recalled how Barack Obama spoke in 2008 about the “fundamental transformation of the nation.” After five years of his presidency, we see the enormous success he’s had in achieving it.
The objective was always to move America away from a nation built on individual liberty and economic freedom and toward a government welfare and dependency state. Socialism, communism, statism, leftism — in the end it doesn’t matter what you call it, because what matters is what’s being carried out…and its consequences.
Radical wealth redistribution, class warfare, socialized medicine, the atomization of American society, divisive identity politics, the war on success, the loss of our Triple A credit rating, the retrenchment of U.S. power abroad, the gutting of our military, the erosion of our international credibility.
It’s all being done deliberately by Obama and the left in order to “fundamentally transform” this country into just another crippled dependency state.
After five years of evidence, people are still wondering aloud why Obama doesn’t negotiate, why he doesn’t compromise, why he doesn’t handle things the way, say, Bill Clinton did.
Wake the BLEEP up! (and by the way, my book laid all of this out and more. Please see the top of this website for how to order the paperback edition of “What The (Bleep) Just Happened?” It’s all there…and way ahead of its time.)
Unlike Clinton, who was a pragmatist, Obama is a pure ideologue. Why do you think he hasn’t negotiated with Republicans? First, it’s because he doesn’t really have to, given that the liberals in Congress and the media protect and advance his interests at every turn and because the GOP is so spineless. Second, it’s because he’s a total ideologue who will never give anything on his way to “fundamentally transforming the nation.”
Guess what Obama’s next move is? Pushing for immigration “reform” (see the story here). Why? Because granting amnesty to tens of millions of illegals, locking them into government dependency, and creating a permanent Democrat voting majority is the final, missing piece of the “fundamental transformation of the nation.”
After that, America is over.
Stop waiting for Obama to change. It’s never going to happen. And while we’re over here, contemplating our navels and whining about his unwillingness to compromise, he and the left are busily remaking America — right from under us.
Is it too late? I don’t know. Maybe. I wish I could be more optimistic. But the “leadership” on our side is completely unready and unwilling to wage this fight. They simply aren’t up to it.
And while we’ve got a few brave souls on the Hill who get it and are fearlessly fighting back — guys like Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee — the Left has been working tirelessly (along with disgraceful members of the GOP as well) to marginalize and discredit them.
Meanwhile, the left — flanked by its troops in the media — keeps pressing and pressing, exhausting us until we give up, while they never rest, never falter, never compromise, and never fail.
And, well, we’re losing. Not just the fights over the CR and the debt ceiling and Obamacare, but the future of the country. That doesn’t mean that we should stop fighting. We must fight with every breath and ounce of energy we’ve got. But we need to understand what we’re up against, how far down the road of “transformation” we already are, and how our own leadership is failing us.
It’s time to regroup and re-energize and maybe even re-brand the Tea Party. It’s time to find and recruit real conservatives to run for office, from the bottom up. It’s time to support folks who are doing that, from Heritage to FreedomWorks.
It’s time for our own “fundamental transformation.” Let’s go.


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Canadian "American Indian" Protesters Against Fracking: Several of the provocateurs also seem to be wearing Palestinian Kefeyas or scarves

We smoke 'em Peace Pipe
Any time a vaunted Special Interest Group speaks up we're supposed to take off our shoes and tread as if we're on Holy Ground. We are supposed to think we have no right to speak back, for we would be speaking against the Lord.

It is racist to buy into the whole "Native American" or "American Indian" mythos. Why do I say that? Because it is racist to believe that one type of people, separated only by Genetics, ought to live on land set aside only for them, and that they ought to have the right to tell others what to do based only upon their genetics.

Fuck their racism.

No smoke 'em Peace Pipe.

Eeyore has the story 
here and 
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Americans warned of Kenya mall-style terror attack ‘imminent’ in Uganda

From NBC News:
JOHANNESBURG -- The U.S. Embassy in Uganda on Friday warned Americans living in the country of an imminent attack similar to the deadly rampage in Kenya's Westgate shopping mall just weeks ago. 
Americans in the capital Kampala were told to avoid crowded public spaces after the Ugandan government heightened its terror alert to maximum for the first time since al Shabaab bombings in 2010 which killed 79 people. 
"Our intelligence and that of the Americans show an imminent terror attack is likely," Patrick Onyango told Reuters. 
A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Kampala said that they were continuing to assess "reports that a Westgate-style attack may soon occur in Kampala." 
The statement added: "Embassy officials are sharing all information with the Ugandan authorities. At this time, there is no further information on timing and/or location of this attack."
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FBI Investigating Following Recent Laser Attacks On Pilots

Recent Incidents Bring Total Number Of Attacks At LaGuardia To 54 This Year

From the New York Post:
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The FBI has assigned its Joint Terrorism Task Force to lead its probe of laser attacks on the cockpits of two planes approaching LaGuardia Airport this week, inviting help from the public as well to fight a growing threat. 
The FBI said Friday a reward is available for anyone providing information leading to arrests in the Tuesday attacks. 
The FBI said the first attack occurred when a Shuttle America cockpit was illuminated by a green laser on its final approach to LaGuardia at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday. The FBI said the crew reported that the laser originated about a half mile west of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. 
The second incident occurred three hours later when a private aircraft reported a green laser two miles southwest of LaGuardia. The two recent attacks brings the total for the year to 54 at LaGuardia alone, WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reported. 
“Laser pointers can be extremely destructive,” said CBS News aviation and transportation safety analyst Mark Rosenker, also a former head of the NTSB. “They don’t realize that the actual beam itself can be magnified going through the cockpit glass.” 
“People that are using these devices in an inappropriate way don’t really understand the implications and the dangers that they’re doing when shining these devices into a cockpit,” Rosenker added. 
The FAA has reported a 17 percent increase in laser attacks for the year in the New York area, Haskell reported.
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Obama admin caught in blatant software piracy; script powering Healthcare.gov ripped off from UK company

From Will at THE OTHER NEWS:

Obama admin caught in blatant software piracy; script powering Healthcare.gov ripped off from UK company.HT: NatNews.

The Obama administration has been caught red-handed engaged in software piracy. Computer code used on Healthcare.gov was stolen (and then modified in an effort to conceal the theft) from a UK company called Spry Media.
To my best knowledge, this story was broken by WeeklyStandard.com in a blog authored by Jeryl Bier.
The computer code that was stolen is called DataTables, and it is exclusively provided under a GPL v2 license which requires anyone who uses the software code to keep the copyright notice visible in the code itself. This allows the original author of the code to receive attribution for creating it.
An analysis of the code running Healthcare.gov reveals that the Obamacare development team maliciously removed the copyright notice and credit attributions from the code while copying and using the rest of the code. In the field of journalism, this would be called “plagiarism.” In the field of computer software, it’s called “piracy” according to the U.S. government.
Here’s an image capture of the copyright notice which is supposed to remain in the code:
On Healthcare.gov, however, the copyright attribution is removed, leaving only the functional code of the script (which is a piracy violation):
Nearly all of the remainder of the script is identical to the Spry Media code, proving beyond any doubt that the Obama administration pirated this code in its construction of the failed website Healthcare.gov.
The Weekly Standard says they contacted SpryMedia for a comment: “A representative for the company said that they were ‘extremely disappointed’ to see the copyright information missing and will be pursuing it further with the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that runs the Healthcare.gov site.”
Will DHS now seize Healthcare.gov?
Willful copyright infringement is a federal crime that carries penalties for first time offenders of up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution.
Will the developers of Healthcare.gov who pirated the DataTables software from SpryMedia now be sentenced to federal prison?Read the full story here.
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What’s the positive message, Repubs, Tea Party?

Obamacare is bad for you.
It will make the debt worse.
The debt is bad for you. You have to pay up.
The debt is bad for your children. They have to pay up.
The giant card is maxed out, and the minimum payments are larger than your mortgage 
The EPA is monitoring the alcohol on your breath by their stealth drones Saturday mornings
The NSA knows how big your schvantz is, and how tight your vajayjay is, but the good news is Obamacare will pay for adjustment to both. If you can sign up.
The CIA gets it’s actionable information from a rented Chinese satellite and Wikipedia
The Navy will be destroyed by the DF-21
Shenzen is now making iToilets
These are all scolding messages. They are factually correct (well, except for the amusement license), but they won’t get votes except from those who can connect the dots from lack of debt to personal freedom, and to peace of mind every single minute of every single day.
It’s clear from the instant SUCCESS of the tea party in 2010, to their more recent failures in terms of candidates, and inability to convince others IN the legislature to go their way that the maximum effect of this groundswell of agitation has been reached.
It’s clear that the republican party, short of Paul Ryan’s message of AUSTERE DISCIPLINE has NO MESSAGE.
Both need to coalesce around a message of wallet growth, lack of debt, and the personal freedom that equates to. Make the ocean rise (yes I know that is an anti ecological message) .
Now republicans, and tea partiers, GET YOUR iconic message of HAPPY ENDING (no, not that kind).
The guy gets the girl message. They live in Provence, or Idaho, or South Carolina … IF.
If you choose this path, we get this ending.
Republicans can’t SCOLD their way to national direction.
As my grandmother would say, “FARSHTAY?”
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This is halloween

Oh yes, a bit of distraction from all of the infidelish, politicalish, ish in the world. Enjoy.

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Have A Good Friday Evening, Infidels

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Friday, October 18, 2013

"You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.”

Source code, not visible on the Obamacare website, but that’s not all.
You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.  At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.  Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful Government purpose. [The sentence beginning “To continue” also appears again, but is only visible once on the page as displayed for users.]
Better and better.
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Fitna Producer Learns To Love Islam

With a hat tip to Mark Alexander of A New Dark Age Is Dawning:
A once strident anti-Islam activist who gained notoriety as the producer of Fitna, a derogatory film wrongly portraying Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), has found peace and tranquility while performing Haj this year.

Arnoud Van Doorn, a former member of the Geert Wilders racist Dutch Party for Freedom, reverted to Islam a year ago after propagating against the divine religion for years.

Van Doorn bitterly regrets having taken part in the production of the hateful film Fitna (Sedition) and said he was in the holy sites to atone for his sins.

“I found myself among these faithful hearts. I hope that my tears of regret will wash out all my sins after my repentance,” Van Doorn said.

He said, as a token of atonement, he will produce a new film that will show the true essence of Islam and the correct personality of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Van Doorn described Fitna as a totally wrong movie which contained a lot of misleading and incorrect information that had nothing to do with the noble divine religion or its great Prophet (pbuh).

He said that since his arrival in this holy land, he has been living the best days of his life and he hoped that he could spend more time in Madinah to which he was determined to return after the completion of his Haj rites.

“I felt ashamed standing in front of the Prophet’s grave. I thought of the grave mistake which I had made by producing that sacrilegious film. I hope that Allah will forgive me and accept my repentance,” he said.

Van Doorn said he read a lot about Islam and regretted his erstwhile hostility to this great religion.

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Brad Mehldau
Bittersweet Symphony

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Only Jonah Goldberg (NRO) :Tea Obama and Care

"To me, the scandal is that there are 47 different organizations involved in building the site. I cannot imagine that any sane project executive would want it that way"
In the words of the highlander (and the experience of this now retired large project mgr) .. "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE"

This arrived in email so I am copying it complete ..awesome:
The Goldberg File
By Jonah Goldberg
October 18, 2013
Dear Reader (and those poor Hawaiians who bizarrely got this “news”letter as an error warning while trying to log on to Healthcare.gov),
Maybe it’s my sleep deprivation. Maybe it’s the fact I spent yesterday afternoon like Martin Sheen in his Saigon hotel room in Apocalypse Now doing tai chi amidst empty whisky bottles. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that I can’t get the song “The Mighty Quinn” out of my head, but I feel pretty good about the state of things.
Don’t get me wrong, I still think things are messier than my aforementioned hotel room and I’m not jumping for joy the way I will when Quinn the Eskimo gets here. I also stand by all of the comments that have elicited more bile from my colleagues on the right than a bulimia party on the set of America’s Next Top Model after the Ben and Jerry’s product-placement episode.
One fellow on Twitter proclaimed that Jonah Goldberg is “Saul Alinskying the Tea Party and he doesn’t even know it. #MediaBubble" because I said on Fox yesterday that the Tea Party comes out of this more internally galvanized but externally more radioactive among Americans outside its sphere. This guy has an elephantine epidermis compared to the other thin-skinned responses I’ve gotten to my utterly banal observation. Some have skin thinner than the slightly congealed cream on the surface of an old cup of coffee. Others don’t even seem to have a skin at all, and are simply walking around like flayed souls flinching at even the sight of a bottle of lemon juice.
The complaint seems to be that it is wrong to suggest that the Tea Parties came out of this fight with their brand or reputation diminished among non-tea-partiers, even if it is objectively true (or if that’s too tendentious, even if it’s what I truly believe). It’s difficult for me to catalogue all the ways I think this is silly. For starters, there’s nothing ad hominem about the statement.
For instance, if I were to say that Barry Goldwater became more “radioactive” when he said, “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” it would be a true observation. That wouldn’t mean, however, that I disagreed with what Goldwater said.
Moreover, radioactivity is the whole point! That’s what the Tea Party does. It reminds me of Charlie Cooke’s response to a C-SPAN caller’s asking, “Why can’t guns be safer?” He answered: “Because they’re guns.”
If the Tea Party isn’t pissing someone off, it’s doing it wrong.
Like the skinny guy everyone in prison is afraid of, much of the Tea Party’s political power is drawn from the perception that it’s just a little crazy. Boehner’s hand has been strengthened over the last few years by his ability to tell Obama, “Hey, look, I’d love to cut a deal with you but you see those guys over my right shoulder? — DON’T LOOK THEM IN THE EYE! They are crazy and if I walk back there with what you’re offering they will rip off my legs and beat me to death with them. And then they will get mean.”
So why did I get crosswise with them this time? Because I didn’t think their strategy would work. But going over all that again feels like airing dirty laundry during Thanksgiving dinner just so you can get grandma riled up about grandpa’s escapades during the war. “You weren’t fighting Communists! You were fighting syphilis! We’re going home!”
Still, like most of my colleagues, I didn’t think the strategy would work. And that was a risk for the Tea Parties themselves. Sometimes to use power means to lose power. Good hostage-takers are always careful to ask for a ransom the victim’s families can afford to pay, otherwise what’s the point?
Indiana Jones and the Tea Party of the Lost Ark
In a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon introduces his girlfriend, Amy, to the Raiders of the Lost Ark, which she’d never seen before. She liked the movie, she explains, despite the big “story problem.” Sheldon is aghast at the suggestion there could be any story problems with the “love child” of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. “What story problem?” he demands to know. She explains that Indiana Jones is absolutely irrelevant to the story. If he’d never gotten involved, the Nazis would have still found the ark of the covenant, they would have still brought it to that island, and they would have still had their faces melted.
I’d never thought of it that way before, but it’s actually a very close parallel complaint to the one I’ve written about many times. My dad — who loved the movie — always laughed at the idea that the Nazis would be able to use the ark for their dastardly purposes. The idea that God would be like, “Darn, it’s out of my hands. I guess I have no choice but to lend you my awesome powers for your evil deeds,” is pretty ridiculous. They even returned to this idea in the third movie, when the Nazis tried to get their hands on the Holy Grail — because, you know, Jesus would totally say, “Nazis!? Rats. There’s nothing I can do. It’s life everlasting for the SS!”
I’m no theologian, but I just have a hard time believing that’s how God rolls.
Anyway, I bring this up because I think you can say something similar about the last few weeks. There was a whole lot of action, but at the end of the day, things worked out the way they were going to all along. I’m sure there’s a really good extended metaphor in here somewhere. Default was the face-melting ark, but we looked away at the last minute. Or defunding Obamacare was the Holy Grail, or something like that. But I want to get back to why I feel pretty good about how things worked out.
Obamacare: The Horror
While I think the notion that we wouldn’t be talking about Obamacare were it not for Ted Cruz’s filibuster is simply untrue, the fact that he laid down that marker, and forced everyone in the party to do likewise, will almost certainly work to the Right’s advantage down the road. We can all argue about how unpopular the shutdown really was and how damaged the party brand is, but my guess is that the worst of it has to be behind us. The shutdown will fade from memory while the Obamanation of Obamacare will grow. If you read the Wall Street Journal story today alongside Yuval’s post in the Corner, it’s becoming ever more clear that this is kind of an M. C. Escher drawing of failure. The error pages literally have errors in them. Jonathan Cohn — a passionate Obamacare booster — has a relatively balanced piece about the rollout problems, but he goes back to boosterism when it comes to the issue of premiums. He simply asserts that competition is working and delivering lower premiums. I am at a loss as to how he can know that given thatall the reporting I’ve seen suggests that if you’re healthy and middle class, your premiums will likely go up. It even happened to a Daily Kos blogger whose tears are delicious!
Imagine going to Target the day after Thanksgiving for the “Black Friday” sale. You wait for hours or days for the doors to open. You rush in like O. J. Simpson in the old Hertz ads, leaping over pyramids of GI Joes with the Kung Fu Grip, sidestepping the giant Justin Bieber cardboard displays. It’s complete chaos. Some woman who wants the same George Foreman Grill you do punches you in the uvula. You kill a guy with a trident when he tries to get the last Bluetooth beer helmet. Finally, because you kept your head on a swivel, you get your cart to the check-out line and the cashier tells you everything in your cart isn’t on sale, but it’s actually twice as expensive as it would be on a normal day. Why? Because in order to buy the things you want, you have to buy a bunch of stuff you don’t want; a DVD of Bridges of Madison County, a cornucopia of indecipherable feminine products, a top-of-the-line salad spinner, and a twelve-pack of Ensure.
That’s Obamacare for you.
And the fact that the GOP caused a huge fuss that briefly annoyed some people to protest this mess is really not such a bad thing.
It’s Obamacare All the Way Down
Look, it’s always possible that eventually they’ll get all the kinks out and make this thing work well enough to avoid a total disaster. But every day it looks more and more like this thing is a Big Government onion. Liberals think the outer layer is bad but that if they just peel that away it’ll be great. But the thing about onions is they’re onions all the way down. You can peel all you want, you’ll never find a prize in the center, but you just might find yourself crying in the middle of a big mess.
Consider this from the Sunlight Foundation:
All but one of the 47 contractors who won contracts to carry out work on the Affordable Care Act worked for the government prior to its passage. Many — like the Rand Corporation and the MITRE Corporation — have done so for decades. And some, like Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics, are among the biggest wielders of influence in Washington. Some 17 ACA contract winners reported spending more than $128 million on lobbying in 2011 and 2012, while 29 had employees or political action committees or both that contributed $32 million to federal candidates and parties in the same period. Of that amount, President Barack Obama collected $3.9 million.
Arnold Kling responds:
I don’t hold it against the contractors that they had prior government experience. I don’t hold it against them that they lobby or contribute to campaigns.
To me, the scandal is that there are 47 different organizations involved in building the site. I cannot imagine that any sane project executive would want it that way. I am just guessing, but it seems more likely to me that this many contractors were imposed on the project executive because there was a requirement to “spread the work out” to keep all these companies in the politicians’ pockets.
The Limits of the Moral Equivalent of War
Don’t worry, I’m not going to wear my sandwich board and ring my bell about William James again. But I do feel like making one point. Whenever I make the argument that government is very bad at doing things like Obamacare, the liberal response is invariably to offer counter-examples. “The military is awesome! Are you saying SEAL Team 6 is bad at what it does?” or “We sent a man to the moon!” Other counter-examples are pretty rare, but there are some. The NIH does some great things. The Coast Guard, the Peace Corps, etc.
What liberals never appreciate is that in all of these counter-examples there’s something else going on. The institutional cultures that won World War II or put a man on the moon or that discover some new protein are not strictly speaking government cultures. While none of them are immune from bureaucratic stupidity and inefficiency, ultimately higher motivations win out.
How the Marines’ esprit de corps differs from the post office’s esprit de corps should be pretty obvious. But even in the other examples, the cultural core of excellent government institutions is driven by something greater than a mere paycheck and significantly different from simple “public service.” The NASA that sent men to the moon was imbued with a culture not just of excellence and patriotism but the kind of awe and wonder that cannot be replicated by the Department of Health and Human Services. Moreover, for scientists passionate about space and the race to get there, there was simply no place else to be. That meant the very best people were attracted to NASA. Even if, for some strange reason, you’re passionate about writing billions of lines of code for a website and managing health-insurance data, there are still better things to do with your time than work on Obamacare.
I want to be fair to government workers. Many individuals who work for government are dedicated to doing excellent work for the public good. But I’m talking about culture here. President Obama talks as if, absent a war or other national crisis, the entire government can still be imbued with the spirit of sacrifice and excellence that won World War II or put a man on the moon. And that’s just crazy talk.
Obama, the permanent campaigner, believes that governing should be more like campaigning. Everyone unified towards a single — Obamacentric — purpose. Everyone loyal to his needs. Everyone in agreement with his agenda. In 2008, when asked what management experience he had, he said that running his campaign proved he was ready for the presidency. That should have been the moment when we all heard the record-scratch sound effect and said “What’s that now!?” Even if Obama deserved all of the credit for his campaign’s successes, campaigning and governing are fundamentally different things. Campaign culture allows for people to be fired. It also rewards excellence, which is why some very young people rise very quickly in the campaign world, while it’s far more rare in civil service. Campaigns have a deadline-driven, crisis-junky energy and sense of team loyalty that is at least somewhat analogous to a war or some other crisis. That’s why the Obama campaign website was great. It’s also why the Obamacare website’s error page has an error page.
Various & Sundry
Today’s column is about the bizarre crusade to break the stranglehold the Rockefeller Republicans have on the party, despite the fact that there is no such stranglehold. As you can imagine, reactions to it are … mixed.
I’m finishing this “news”letter from a restaurant in New Haven. I wrote most of it at the airport, on the plane, and in the car ride to the campus. I’m speaking at a conference hosted by the Buckley Program at Yale. This is pretty late notice, but come on by if you’re in the neighborhood.
As many of you know, every Friday afternoon, usually around 4:00 p.m. I announce on Twitter the “phrase that pays” that will get me to personally send you the G-File if for some reason the gremlins blocked delivery. One day I hope that we will fix this problem because, frankly, it’s a huge drag for me to send these things out. And for that reason, I’d like to clarify something. If you send me the phrase that pays in the subject header, I will send you the latest G-File sometime over the weekend. But only over the weekend. If you wait until Wednesday of the following week, I’m sorry, but you’re out of luck. It’s one thing to get into a groove and send it when there are a hundred requests in a row in my inbox. It’s another thing to drop everything each time an individual request comes in five days later.
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WTF? Obama 1995 Interview: “My Salvation Cannot Come About Without Collective Salvation For Country”

"Their (the German people) destiny is my destiny" - Mein Kampf
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New York Doctors Sick Over ObamaCare: “It’s basically going to be a race to the bottom”

From the New York Post:
New York doctors are feeling queasy about ObamaCare — and many won’t participate in the new national insurance program because they fear they’ll go broke, The Post has learned. 
“ObamaCare is going to send me more patients to see and then cut the payments to provide the care — that’s what’s going to happen,” predicted Donald Moore, a primary-care doctor in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 
“I will not accept it.” Moore claims that President Obama made a big mistake by requiring uninsured residents to obtain medical coverage from for-profit insurers through the ObamaCare health exchanges instead of through public health programs like Medicaid. 
Under tremendous pressure to keep costs down and profits up, Moore said he’s concerned that commercial insurers will pay doctors less for patient visits and services than either Medicaid or Medicare. 
Many doctors, he argues, won’t be able to cover their costs with such skimpy fees. Moore scoffed, “Who’s going to sustain the losses? The insurance companies? It’s basically going to be a race to the bottom.” 
Despite a much publicized rollout, many other doctors said they haven’t decided whether to become ObamaCare providers, because they haven’t been notified by insurers or the state about ­reimbursement rates. 
“I have not spoken with anyone who has made a decision to participate in the exchanges. We simply don’t have any information about which we can make a decision,” said Dr. Paul Orloff, president of the New York County Medical Society. 
“We have no idea what the reimbursements will be or what the claims-form process will entail.”
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One of the perpetrators was also convicted of raping another thirteen year old victim. He was only ordered to pay a fine for that rape.

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Giant Statue of Jesus Christ Erected in Syria

A sculpture ensemble depicting Jesus Christ called ‘I have come to save the world’ has been erected on top of a 2,000-meter high mountain in Syria.
The statue has been placed on a historic pilgrim route from Constantinople to Jerusalem, at the Cherubim Monastery in the community of Saidnaya at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, the Moscow Spiritual Academy, which supported this peacekeeping project, said in a statement.
“The ensemble with the blessing Christ in its center, seen from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, is designed to bring peace, mutual understanding, and hope for common salvation to a region engulfed in the flames of war,” it said.
The warring parties suspended hostilities and were watching the statue’s installation, which took three days, it said.
The monument was installed on October 14, when some Christian churches celebrate the feast of the Intercession of the Theotokos, and on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
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Kathleen Sebelius won’t be fired. WHY NOT? She would have to be replaced

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The small indicators of the huge warnings ..unseen, unnoticed

I take courses from EdX, a conglomeration of MIT, CalTech, Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, U Ca, amd many other fins schools.
They are free and you may be one of up to 20k students depending on the course.
I take tech.
Today I was alerted to several new courses.
Here is one of them.

Principles of Electric Circuits: Part 1

This course provides a solid introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits used in cutting-edge technologies. (In Mandarin with English subtitles).

It is necessary to understand the basic ideas of calculus. Knowledge of ODE and electromagnetic fields will help your understanding, but are not necessary conditions for taking the course.


The principles of electric circuits are critical for electrical engineering and computer science students. In this course, we will cover linear and nonlinear resistive circuits, and dynamic circuits in time and phasor domains. In addition to learning critical methods for analyzing circuits, the course will discuss modern circuit elements, such as MOSFETs and Op Amps, used in cutting-edge technologies. This course provides a solid introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits. You will gain a deeper understanding of the important role circuits play in our lives.


电路原理课程是电类各专业最重要的一门学科基础课,后续各专业基础课和专业课都建立在这门课程的知识体系之上,因此是电类专业本科生的“看家 课”之一。电路原理课程的主要内容包括:线性电阻电路分析、非线性电阻电路分析、动态电路的时域分析和正弦激励下动态电路的稳态分析4大部分。清华大学电 路原理课程的教学包括电路分析基本方法、当代电路元器件、电路原理的实际工程应用等,为学生提供了扎实的基础和丰富的应用。
All knowledge is GOOD. You take it from any source, but that is not the point. Americans who worked in manufacturing, EE, and design shoud get the point here quite clearly. It’s not subtle for any of us. This knowledge is the basis of products. Products are the basis of manufacturing. Manufacturing is the basis of jobs and LARGE GROSS PROFIT. Gross profit is the basis of research, and university endowments.
And here we are.
'Will that be large or extra large, ma'am?'
The professors:


Xinjie Yu
Xinjie Yu

于歆杰 Xinjie Yu

Dr. Xinjie Yu received his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. from Tsinghua University in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and Waseda University in 2008. Dr. Yu’s textbook for the course has been recognized as the premier textbook in the field by China’s Ministry of Education and Beijing City. Dr. Yu was named the Elite Researcher of Beijing City in 2006 and the New Century Talent of China’s Ministry of Education in 2012.
于歆杰,博士,副教授,博士生导师。2003年赴美国MIT考察半年,2008-2009年赴日本早稻田大学访问一年。国家级精品课“电路 原理”课程负责人。主讲《电路原理》,《演化计算及其应用》。主编教材《电路原理》,为普通高等教育“十一五”和“十二五”国家级规划教材,被教育部高教 司评为普通高等教育精品教材,被北京市教委评为北京高等教育精品教材,被评为首届“中国大学出版社图书奖”一等奖,清华大学优秀教材一等奖。主译MIT电 路教材《模拟和数字电子电路基础》、主译教材《遗传算法与工程优化》。2006年获北京市科技新星,2012年获教育部新世纪优秀人才。曾获北京市教学成 果一等奖一次、二等奖一次。
Wenjuan Lu
Wenjuan Lu

陆文娟 Wenjuan Lu

Professor Wenjuan Lu teaches the nationally recognized Principles of Electric Circuits. She has published eight textbooks and is a recipient of the Beijing Higher Education Outstanding Teacher Award.
陆文娟,教授,国家级精品课“电路原理”原负责人。主讲《电路原理》,参加编写出版的教材有8本。曾获第四届北京市高等学校教学名师奖,全 国宝钢优秀教师奖,北京市优秀教师称号,清华大学教书育人奖和研究生“良师益友”称号等。曾获北京市教育教学成果二等奖,清华大学教学成果一、二等奖多 次。
Wei Zhao
Wei Zhao

赵伟 Wei Zhao

Professor Wei Zhao received his Ph.D. in the former Soviet Union. He teaches Principles of Electric Circuits, Discussions on Electromagnetic Measurements, and Fundamentals of Virtual Instruments.
赵伟,原苏联技术科学副博士,教授,博士生导师。主讲《电路原理》、《电磁测量选论》、《虚拟仪器基础》、《LabVIEW编程与虚拟仪器 设计》等课程,出版有《电磁测量》、《电工理论基础》(译)等教材,发表教学研究文章9篇。曾获教育部科技进步二等奖2项、中国电力科技进步三等奖1项、 中国石油和化工工业科学技术二等奖1项;国家政府特殊津贴;国家电网公司科技进步二等奖。
Jingbo Guo
Jingbo Guo

郭静波 Jingbo Guo

Professor Jingbo Guo visited Stanford as a visiting Associate Professor in 2002 for a year. He teaches Principles of Electric Circuits, Fundamentals of Communication Systems, and Modern Power Communication.
郭静波,博士,教授,博士生导师。2002.9-2003.10作为国家公派访问学者到美国斯坦福大学访问交流,并任斯坦福大学电子系客座 副教授。主讲课程:本科生《电路原理》、《通信系统原理》;研究生《现代电力通信》。获奖情况:吉林省科技进步二等奖(1996);清华之友优秀教师奖 (2001)。
Songlin Huang
Songlin Huang

黄松岭 Songlin Huang

Professor Songlin Huang teaches Principles of Electric Circuits, Magnetic Physics and Electromagnetic Measurement, and Design of Virtual Instruments.
Xiucheng Liu
Xiucheng Liu

刘秀成 Xiucheng Liu

Dr. Xiucheng Liu is an Associate Professor at Tsinghua. He visited Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1996. He teaches Principles of Electric Circuits and Circuits and Systems.
刘秀成,男,博士,副教授。1996年8月至1997年12月到香港理工大学访问。主讲本科生《电路原理》和工程硕士《电路与系统》课程。 作为主编或参与编写教材、教学参考书、电子课件、专著等10余部。发表教学研究文章4篇。获校级以上个人和集体奖励10余项,指导的硕士研究生有2人获清 华大学优秀硕士论文,是“清韵烛光”第二届清华大学“我最喜爱的教师”之一。
Guiping Zhu
Guiping Zhu

朱桂萍 Guiping Zhu

Dr. Guiping Zhu is an Associate Professor at Tsinghua. She visited Manchester University in 2004. She teaches Principles of Electric Circuits and Computer Simulation for Power Electronics Circuits.
朱桂萍,女,博士,副教授,博士生导师。2004年在英国曼彻斯特大学做访问学者半年。主讲《电路原理》、《电力电子电路的计算机仿真》, 以第一、二作者身份出版教材、专著4本。发表教学研究论文4篇。曾获北京市教学成果二等奖、北京市教育创新标兵、北京市高校第五届青年教师教学基本功比赛 一等奖、清华大学青年教师教学优秀奖、清华大学教学成果一等奖、清华大学优秀教学软件一等奖、清华大学第二届青年教师教学基本功比赛一等奖。
Qingqing Ding
Qingqing Ding

丁青青 Qingqing Ding

Ms. Qingqing Ding is an Associate Professor. She teaches Principles of Electric Circuits.
Yu Shen
Yu Shen

沈瑜 Yu Shen

Dr. Yu Shen is an Associate Professor at Tsinghua. He visited the University of California, Irvine in 2011. He teaches Principles of Electric Circuits and Object Oriented Programming.
沈瑜,博士,副教授。2011.8-2012.8,在UC Irvine访问学者一年。主讲课程:《电路原理》、《面向对象程序设计》、《软件编程项目训练》。获奖情况:曾获2002年教育部科技进步奖二等奖、 2007年清华大学林枫辅导员奖、2008年清华大学教学成果一等奖。
Yonggang Guan
Yonggang Guan

关永刚 Yonggang Guan

Dr. Yonggang Guan is an Associate Professor at Tsinghua. He visited Arizona State University in 2009. He teaches Principles of Electric Circuits and Modern Electrical Measurement.
关永刚,男,博士,副教授。2009~2010年在美国Arizona State University访问研究。先后讲授或参与多门课程的教学工作,主讲的课程有:《现代电气测量》、《高档单片机原理及应用》、《计算机应用软件》、 《电器原理及应用》、《电路原理》,部分参与的课程有:《高电压工程》、《现代高电压试验技术》、《数字化变电站》。
Ying Yang
Ying Yang

杨颖 Ying Yang

Dr. Ying Yang is an Associate Professor at Tsinghua. She worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as post-doctorate for two years, from 2002 to 2004. She teaches Principles of Electric Circuits and Storage Technologies in Smart Grids.
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