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November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Forget Denmark, something’s rotten in St. Lucie county, Florida

Allen West has lost his seat in Florida, possibly due to these kinds of shenanigans.  This isn't rocket surgery, people.  How hard is it to count some ballots?  

I mean, with such a as this, I can't see why anyone thinks there's a problem:

Then there is Gertrude Walker, the 32-year-veteran election supervisor of St. Lucie County, who has spent much of the last two weeks explaining why her office completely botched the count. She admitted that her office had acted in "haste" in issuing election results, and that "mistakes were made." Among her mistakes was failing to count 40 of the 94 precincts under her jurisdiction on Election Night - and then counting the other 54 twice. Indeed. On Friday, her office announced it had "discovered" 304 additional early votes left in a box. None had been counted

But Walker wasn't available for comment. She has been hospitalized for unknown reasons.

Opposition to SF "nudity ban" shows much of what’s wrong w/ modern-day liberalism

San Francisco gets classier and classier.  Most city officials, in a far-too-rare display of common sense, wouldn't even allow this kind of thing for "special" events.  The fine folks of Frisco think they should be able to strut around naked in public whenever and wherever they want. Sick From

A San Francisco Supervisor has proposed a public nudity ban, with exceptions to be made for sex-themed parades and festivals.  The :

San Francisco's lawmakers are voting Tuesday on whether to ban nudity in a  city where anything goes, including clothes.

The ordinance would prohibit nudity in most public places. It represents an  escalation of a two-year fight between a group of men who strut their stuff  through the city's famously gay Castro District and the supervisor who  represents the area.

Supervisor Scott Wiener's proposal would make it illegal for a person over  the age of 5 to "expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any  public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza" or while using public  transit.

Now that the Election Is Over, the Washington Post Admits that the Obama Recovery Has Been Terrible

Timing is everything.  Source: 

I agree that Obama inherited a crappy economy, and I think it is silly to assert that he bears any responsibility for the severity of the 2007-2009 recession.

But it is very fair to hold him responsible for what's happened since the recession ended. I've cited data from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve on both employment and gross domestic product to show that .

And I think it is fair to blame Obama for the economy's anemic performance during that time, largely because his agenda of and exacerbated the . In other words, he promised "hope" and "change," but delivered more of the same.

Reports of Boise State talking about a return to MWC

Wow, will BSU move conferences again?  It sounds like it's possible that they will move back to the MWC.  :

Reports released by various sports news sites are reporting that Boise State, San Diego State and BYU may be looking to defect back to the Mountain West Conference. reports sources confirming the schools have had conversations with MWC membership after a series of events appear to be leading to the exit of Rutgers from the Big East to the Big 10 leaving the league with 11 football teams for the 2014 season.

Boise State president Dr. Robert Kustra responded to the reports Monday night in a released statement saying:

"We are in contact with the Big East Conference office and are evaluating the information that has come forward regarding conference realignment the past few days."

Kustra followed up his statement later that night, saying:

"In following up on my statement from earlier this evening and because of a report that Boise State has been talking with the Mountain West, I want to make it clear that Boise State has had no discussions with the Mountain West Conference in the past couple of weeks. %u3000We are in constant communication with presidents and athletic directors of the Big East and we intend to strengthen our the conference by adding members who can contribute to a strong conference."

Bovine exodus from California?

This is actually quite interesting.  I never knew there was government cheese before...

It's not just millionaires and billionaires who are fleeing the economic madness in California. Even cows are starting to depart for greener pastures. That's right, 400 bovine refugees shuffled off to Kansas just this month, with more expected to follow as over 100 dairy farms in California close their doors.

Why are cows voting with their hooves?

It's hard to find a government program as insane as the complex web of price supports, market orders, direct payments, diversion programs, herd reductions, import barriers, export subsidies, and stacked-to-the-rafters cheese warehouses that characterize Uncle Sam's efforts to "rationally manage" the dairy market. If you really want to understand how crony capitalism works to create market conditions only a Soviet commissar could love, take a look at what happens when byzantine federal regulations collide with state interventions.

Around the time of the New Deal, guaranteeing the milk supply joined life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as one of the cardinal responsibilities of government. While this may be ascribed to a desire by politicians to always have enough babies to kiss, some suspect that buying the votes of dairy farmers had something to do with it.

DHS Hides Records of Failed $1 Bil System from Congress


In an apparent effort to cover up a potential scandal, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has for months refused to provide congressional leaders with records related to a failed program that was quietly nixed after the agency blew $1 billion on it.

The faulty “life-saving” technology, known as was supposed to detect biological attacks. However, it’s never come close to meeting its goal of accurately detecting pathogens that cause anthrax, tularemia, smallpox, plague and other deadly diseases. Instead it is well known for false alarms and other glitches. In short, it’s turned out to be a worthless money pit for U.S. taxpayers.  

The system became such a joke that state and local authorities didn’t bother ordering evacuations when its alarm triggered. In fact, before DHS pulled the plug in BioWatch a few months ago, it was revealed that federal agencies documented 56 false alarms since 2008. Regardless, DHS kept pouring money into it and even planned to invest billions more to upgrade the inept BioWatch system this year. DHS’s chief medical officer even vouched for the upgrade, telling a congressional committee that it was “imperative to saving thousands of lives.”

Hostess Goes Down: Daily Kos Blames Corporate Greed and Mitt Romney-Style Liquidation

Not that I eat them much, since they are chock-full of notgoodforyou, but the Twinkie is also chock-full of nostalgia.  Alas, the poor Twinkie and cakey compatriots are no more.  :

The Wall Street Journal has the main story, "." (At .)

But check the extreme left Daily Kos for the "workers'" perspective, "":

We're doing fine...

by Dr. Radut