Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rachel Carson's Body Count

The envy of Pol Pot, Adolph Hitler, Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. Only Mao Zedong surpasses her.
Was she really responsible for the deaths of as many as 50 million people? That's just an estimate. What we do know is that her landmark 1962 bestseller Silent Spring – the book that set a million and one green activists on the path of eco righteousness – was responsible for the worldwide ban on the insecticide DDT, the most effective preventative against the mosquitos which spread the world's deadliest disease, Malaria. In this way countless millions of people, mostly Third World children, were condemned to death in the name of ecological correctness.
Meanwhile, South Africa shows what can be accomplished when one ignores Rachel Carson.
 South Africa has turned the tide on malaria, cutting mortality rates by 85 percent over the last 12 years, and hopes to soon eliminate the disease, a report stated Wednesday amid controversy over the use of highly controversial DDT.

Last year, only 70 people died from the mosquito-borne disease, compared to 460 deaths recorded in the year 2000, said the delivered at a Pan African Malaria conference in Durban.
The number of people who caught has come down to about a 10th of the cases recorded that same year.

"South Africa is well on its way to being a malaria-free country," Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.
Worldwide the disease kills an estimated 660,000 people each year, 90 percent of them in Africa with the majority being children.

Countries severely affected by malaria in the continent include Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Authorities in South Africa believe the continent's wealthiest and most developed country is closer to eradicating malaria, but admit that there was no quick fix.

They aim to rid the country of the disease by the year 2018.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Admiral McRaven: Ten Lessons for Life

Monday, May 12, 2014

How Stupid is Eleanor Clift?

This stupid.
“I’d like to point out that Ambassador Stevens was not ‘murdered,’” Clift said, using air quotes, “but died of smoke inhalation in a CIA safe room.” 

This did not land well. “It was a terrorist attack, Eleanor,” panelist-for-life Pat Buchanan said. “He was murdered in a terrorist attack.”

Clift responded that it was an opportunistic terrorist attack inflamed by the anti-Muslim video, the blaming of which has caused so much trouble. “It was still a CIA [outpost],” Clift said. “If you’re going to put somebody on trial, put David Petraeus on trial, not Hillary Clinton.”

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Totalitarian Feminism Terrorizes College Campuses

Washington State University and the University of Idaho don’t have a sexual assault problem so much as they have a problem with totalitarian feminism. This problem afflicts all higher education in the Era of Obama. Both universities were cited as among 55 in a US Department of Justice investigation of colleges that supposedly do too little to purge their campuses of sexual predators. It’s all part of a crusade by the totalitarians to portray colleges as seething cauldrons of sexual predation that justify suspension of standard rules of evidence and burdens of proof. The investigations have nothing to do with the frequency of sexual assault and everything to do with punishing universities that exhibit excessive reluctance to trample the rights of the accused.

To placate the totalitarians, the Obama regime has tortured Title IX regulations and suspended due process on college campuses. According to the Obama regime’s concept of jurisprudence, it requires little more than an accusation of sexual assault for a man to be found guilty.

This is one of those cases when a less gullible news media could have saved everyone a lot of trouble. Obama warned us that this was coming back in January. The media are only just now taking a look at the justification for Obama’s assault on the fundamentals of justice and are finding it wanting.

The Washington Post examined the surveys that the Obama regime cited and found them seriously flawed and obviously exaggerated. The Obama regime claims that one in five coeds will suffer sexual assault during her four years as an undergrad. But to reach that factoid, they had to torture the definition of sexual assault.

For example, what was once known as a “stolen kiss” is now classified as “sexual assault.” If a man and woman get drunk and end up in bed together, it is only the male who is held responsible should the woman regret the tryst when the sun rises. What Obama classifies as sexual assault matches no rational person’s definition of the term.

It is for this reason that Obama’s statistics are contradicted by law enforcement data. If, as the Obama regime claims, one in five women suffer sexual assault, then 4,465 women should have suffered at least one sexual assault during their four-year tenure at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, one of the two schools surveyed. But Madison police statistics reveal only 136 formal complaints during those four years. Not even an extremist like Obama would try to justify overthrowing due process for the real statistics.

In addition, Obama’s data was collected from a web-based survey. Such surveys rarely yield accurate results as they draw only self-selected responses. And even the study’s authors refuse to extrapolate their data beyond the University of Wisconsin and another unnamed southern university that was also surveyed.

Obama needs the more frightening, fabricated statistics because what he proposes essentially Sovietizes our justice system.  In the old Soviet Union, all that was required for a conviction was for the accused to be denounced by the state.

The current legal standard for establishing guilt is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Obama’s standard is a “preponderance of evidence.” And because the new rules limit the accused’s rights to present evidence in his own defense or to face his accuser, a man may be found guilty if a college administration, intimidated by threats from the Obama regime, determines that 50.1% of the evidence points to his guilt.

Let’s recall who these totalitarians are. In 1993, these same man-hating feminists convinced television networks to broadcast pleas to brutish men asking that they refrain from wife beating during the Super Bowl. The totalitarian feminists fabricated domestic violence data and claimed that wife beatings escalate during the game. The networks didn’t question the evidence and were made fools of as a consequence. These same totalitarians falsified a fable about the phrase “rule of thumb.” They claimed that it was once settled law that a man could beat his wife with a stick, provided it was no thicker than his thumb. The press fell for that lie too.

So why would anyone take the word of proven liars regarding the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses?

Ideally, Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and the other 53 colleges under investigation would tell Obama to go pound sand. But that’s highly unlikely. The totalitarians are demanding sacrifices. And Obama clearly intends to quench their bloodlust.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Al Sharpton Versus the English Language

Thursday, May 01, 2014


San Jose to build little boxes the homeless to shelter in. 
A new idea is taking shape in San Jose to help the down and out get out of tents and doorways and into more sturdy shelters. The idea involves building new neighborhoods for the homeless with shed-sized buildings.

The high-end sheds at The Shed Shop in Fremont were never designed to house the homeless
“The most common use is a home office,” said Paul Johnston of The Shed Shop.

But with sturdy doors and windows, two-by-four construction, insulation and built-in electrical wiring they could be very livable.

“These are made just like a little house would be made,” Johnston said.

Why I Loath Democrats: Part 709459256

Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (Remember her?) permitted the despicable Service Employees International Union to skim Medicare and Medicaid checks for years.

Granholm allowed the SEIU to forcibly "unionize" family members who were taking care of elderly and disabled parents, children, etc. According to Granholm, if you took care of your own family, you had to pay the SEIU for the privilege. Thank goodness the Michigan finally showed the good sense to elect a Republican governor who finally put an end to this disgusting practice. 

“Family members were told they were public employees,” Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, a Michigan-based policy group, told FoxNews.com. "They are not public employees and this was not proper.

“It was an underhanded scheme to get these people in [the union],” he added.

The measure, which counted the home healthcare recipient as an employer and the caregiver as an employee, was adopted during the administration of Demcratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but abolished by Republicans including current Gov. Rick Snyder, who was elected in 2012. His election coincided with the state's vote to end forced unionization by approving a right-to-work ballot measure. Snyder subsequently signed a bill that ended the SEIU's due collection scheme.