Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shooting Stars and Powerful Voting Blocks...From Paris

There were many 'shooting stars' last night.

My favorite?  Marco Rubio.

He's the whole package.  Handsome. Smart.  Well spoken.  Reasonable.  Cool.  VERY cool.

The only thing marginally troubling about Marco is that he was born in 1971.  I must come to grips with the plain spoken fact that I could have been his babysitter.

I am a feminine baby boomer relic. 

I am a representative of a powerful voting block-- Feminine baby boomer relics.

LIbs want inflation. Lots of inflation.

Paul Krugman Calls for 28% Inflation

Just how bug-eyed insane is the NY Times's Paul Krugman, crown jewel of the leftist intellectual establishment? Here's what he would do if he could live out his fantasy of becoming Dictator of the Federal Reserve:

…announce a fairly high inflation target over an extended period, and commit to meeting that target.
What am I talking about? Something like a commitment to achieve 5 percent annual inflation over the next 5 years — or, perhaps better, to hit a price level 28 percent higher at the end of 2015 than the level today. (Compounding) Crucially, this target would have to be non-contingent — not something you'll call off if the economy recovers.

He then goes on to echo his dime store messiah's denunciation of America as arrogant.

Achieving his goal would mean that 28% of the savings you spent your life working to acquire goes up in a puff of Hope & Change. Among liberals, Krugman is considered an expert in economics.

Hopefully 2008 taught us not to let the malevolent kooks comprising the "mainstream" media choose our leaders for us.


English – the language of the world

English is the nearest we have to world language. It is   spoken as a second language by more people than any other.

Its reach is worldwide. Most scientific papers are published in English. It is the language of the Internet. In short,   it has established a linguistic empire greater than the British Empire


The Chimneys of Hell Are In Russia

This is Cherepovets. And those are not nuclear weapons exploding in the horizon, but massive smoke columns from the factories that saturate this Russian city, one of the most polluted in the world. And I thought LA's smog was bad.

It was not the economy. It was spending, it was OCare, it was not listening. The Tea Parties were not about jobs. This is denial.

Obama acknowledges 'frustration’ with economy

Barack Obama holds post-election news conference

Barack Obama has said he is looking forward to working with Republicans and admitted Americans were deeply “frustrated” with the pace of economic recovery.

A start

CATO: What spending should the GOP cut?

Why not all of it? Seriously, how about starting with a 5% across-the-board cut, sparing nothing — entitlements, defense, whatever? States do this sort of thing when they’re in budget trouble.

No gender gap

SO MUCH FOR THE GENDER GAP: ” The conventional wisdom that women all prefer government-provided safety over freedom has been put to rest.” Hey, the Tea Party movement is majority-female.

It was not Jobs that slew the giant. It was healthcare and spending.

Few Democrats survive healthcare vote

Democrats who voted for their party's signature domestic achievement dropped like flies throughout the evening, adding credence to Republicans' claim that the American public wants them to repeal healthcare reform.

Libs and victimhood

Barney Frank: I’m a victim of the media!

Sore winner.

This is something I have never understood. Why is it a good idea to puncture a suspected tumor and let the cancer cells into the blood stream? It is a tumor, it is going to come out (usually) whether it is cancerous or not. Biopsy once it is out.

Novel Needle Technology Paves Way for Simultaneous Tissue Sampling and Cancer Treatment

ScienceDaily (Nov. 3, 2010) — In a new study from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, researchers present a novel technology to reduce the risk of tumor spread and bleeding associated with fine-needle biopsy in suspected cancer. The technology is called Anti-Seeding, and has been clinically tested in breast cancer on a small scale at St. Görans Hospital in Stockholm during a one year period. The researchers will now move forward with larger studies in other cancers, and are also working to develop the technology to enable treatment of some cancers in parallel with the needle diagnostic procedure.

Most deaths in cancer are due to metastases, which spread from the primary tumor to other organs in the body. It has been suspected for a long time that living cancer cells may detach from the primary tumor already during tissue sampling, and grow as daughter tumors in other parts of the body.

Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoon by Mike Lester

Junk Science – or why common sense is always needed. This comes out to having to eat 12 pounds of carbon a day. No one eats that much food and carbon is a small part of the food we do eat.


Every Person Emits Two Tons of Carbon Dioxide a Year Through Eating, Spanish Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2010) — Every person emits the equivalent of approximately two tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from the time food is produced to when the human body excretes it, representing more than 20% of total yearly emissions. That is what a study by the Universidad de Almería says, confirming for the first time that human excrements contribute to water pollution, primarily with nitrogen and phosphorus.

Healthiest Seafood



A new study out of McGill University has shown that eating more fish may reduce the risk of dying from prostate cancer.


Sardines are one of the most nutrient-rich foods; they contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which, according to the American Heart Association, help regulate and lower blood cholesterol and improve blood health. Sardines are also brain food -- omega-3s are beneficial in brain function and memory. This healthy seafood is one of the few fish that is eaten whole. As a result, high levels of calcium, iron and vitamin D are found in each serving, which is good for your bones. Sardines also contain coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which helps improve cardiovascular health and physical energy.


Mackerel is another small fish that packs a punch. It is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acid (twice as much as salmon) and an excellent source of selenium, which is good for the immune system.


Tilapia is a very popular fish due to availability, price and versatile flavor. It is also a very healthy seafood choice.  Tilapia does contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. If at all possible, choose wild tilapia. Farmed tilapia has been found to have an unfavorable ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 is thought to have an inflammatory effect on the body


If you’ve ever had fish and chips, you’ve most likely had haddock. It is a very popular fish with high levels of magnesium, vitamin B6 and niacin.


You’ve probably seen this added to shakes and smoothies as a “boost” and that’s precisely the effect that seaweed has on the body. Seaweed is a rich plant source of vitamin C, zinc and iodine. Red dulse seaweed, found primarily in the North Atlantic, provides a 100% daily value of vitamin B6, iron and fluoride, a mineral important for strong teeth.

Observation – subconscious bias?

CNN had Dem always listed first on the scrolling screen at the bottom

Fox had Repubs always listed first

Understanding how wide spread this election victory was will take days but this helps. 1870?

GOP Sweeps State Legislatures

The real story of the night was in the state legislatures, which control redistricting:

There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those — at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party.

The North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870. Yes, that is Eighteen Seventy.

The Alabama Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1876.

For those saying this is nothing because it is the South, consider these:

The entire Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislatures have flipped to the GOP by wide margins.

The State Houses in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana, and Colorado flipped to the GOP.

The Maine and Minnesota Senates flipped to the GOP.

The Texas and Tennessee Houses went from virtually tied to massive Republican gains. The gains in Texas were so big that the Republicans no longer need the Democrats to get state constitutional amendments out of the state legislature.

These gains go all the way down to the municipal level across the nation. That did not happen even in 1994.

This was a tsunami.

More from last night

  •  Pelosi Doesn't Congratulate GOP

  •  Dems Lose Support Among Women and Independents

  • Obama's Former Senate Seat Goes Republican

    Reid Holds Off Angle to Retain Seat

  • Fox News Projects Jerry Brown Wins Calif. Governor's Race

  • Boxer Beats Fiorina, Holds On to Senate Seat

  • Feingold Loses Wisconsin Senate Race

  • Misc from yesterday

    FALL ON THE SCALPEL: Few Dems survive healthcare vote...

    Cuba's Raul Castro declares: Accept reforms or 'we will fall off the cliff'...

    CHER RIPS PALIN: 'A dumb woman is a dumb woman'...

    CBSNEWS: Palin Emerges with More Clout...

    Jim Demint offers advice to the newly elected. “Remember what the voters back home want—less government and more freedom.”

    A new face for DC, one of many

    SDakota's rising star wins: Kristi Noem...

    "Now make no mistake," Noem told supporters. "I think we need a strong dose of fiscal conservatism in Washington, D.C."

    Blue on the edges


    Why not

    Compound in Daffodils Targets Brain Cancer

    ScienceDaily (Nov. 1, 2010) — When looking for new ways to treat aggressive brain cancers, an international team of scientists turned a new leaf and "discovered" the lowly daffodil. A new research study published in the November 2010 print issue of The FASEB Journal offers hope that a natural compound found in daffodil bulbs, called narciclasine, may be a powerful therapeutic against biologically aggressive forms of human brain cancers.

    Throwing your $$ away

    IT’S OFFICIAL: The Government Isn’t Getting Its Money Back Out of GM.

    California: still looking for adult voters. (If I still lived there I would leave. The state is headed for bankruptcy and punishing taxes (or more correctly, greater punishing taxes).),

    Back to the future that does not work

    Barbara Boxer apparently will defeat Carly Fiorina in the California Senate race. No surprise in the end, given the clear and persistent lead Boxer held in the polls, but a disappointment nonetheless.

    Jerry Brown is also the projected winner over Meg Whitman in the gubernatorial race. Let's call this outcome "back to the future that doesn't work."

    The size of the victory does not come thru till you start reading the names. These were once powerful people. Today they are would be lobbyist. (It is only a partial list)

    Sweetest House Victories

    Ann Kirkpatrick and Harry Mitchell in AZ – two votes for Obamacare from conservative districts.

    Betsy Markey and John Salazar in CO – ditto.

    Alan Grayson – by 18 points!

    Ron Klein - mostly because Allen West will go to Congress!

    Suzanne Kosmas – changed her vote on Obamacare from No the first time, to Yes on final passage.

    Jim Marshall in Georgia – Democrats should not represent conservative districts.

    Walt Minnick in Idaho – ditto. Plus he ran a very ugly campaign.

    Phil Hare – “I don’t care about the Constitution.”

    Baron Hill in Indiana – arrogant Congressman who shut off debate at his townhalls, and voted for Obamacare.

    Stephene Moore in Kansas – her husband retired so that he could vote for Obamacare, and she could run in his place.

    Mark Schauer in Michigan – freshman thought he could vote for Obamacare and get away with it.

    Tarryl ClarkMichelle Bachmann’s opponent. By 12 points!

    Jim Oberstar – perhaps the biggest scalp of them all. 36-year incumbent, from a district that hadn’t gone Republican in 64 years!

    Travis Childers and Gene Taylor – had no business representing their conservative Mississippi districts.

    Ike Skelton in Missouri – House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    Dina Titus in Nevada – freshman thought she could get away with a vote for Obamacare.

    Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire – horrible woman who tried to lecture her constituents on the virtues of Obamacare.

    Harry Teague in New Mexico – freshman thought he could get away with a vote for Obamacare.

    Michael McMahon, John Hall, Scott Murphy, Michael Arcuri, Matthew Zeller – New York candidates who lost despite the pathetic GOP performance at the top of the ticket.

    Bob Etheridge in North Carolina – arrogant Congressman asssaulted a couple of students, while screaming “Who are you?”

    Earl Pomeroy – permanent thorn in the side of North Dakotans, now removed.

    Steve Driehaus, Mary Jo Kilroy, John Boccieri - Ohio freshmen thought they could get away with a vote for Obamacare.

    Charlie Wilson, Zack Space - supposed to be “safe,” but lost anyway.

    Kathy Dahlkemper, Patrick Murphy, Chris Carney – Pennsylvania freshmen/sophomores thought they could get away with a vote for Obamacare.

    Paul Kanjorski – fossilized incumbent beaten by anti-illegal-imigration star Lou Barletta.

    John Spratt in South Carolina – House Budget Committee chairman.

    Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in South Dakota – could have run for the Senate or other office in a few years.

    Lincoln Davis in Tennessee – longtime incumbent.

    Chet Edwards in Texas – a survivor. But not this year.

    Ciro Rodriguez – arrogant Congressman who cursed at his constituents.

    Solomon Ortiz (?) - far too liberal for his conservative district.

    Tom Periello in Virginia – the president’s favorite Congressman.

    Rick Boucher – arrogant incumbent helped write the Cap-and-Tax bill, despite representing coal country.

    Rick Larsen in Washington (?) – ultra-liberal Congressman survives by talking a good game back home. But his number might be up.

    Mike Oliverio in West Virginia – smarmy candidate who thought he could win by talking both ways on Nancy Pelosi.

    Steve Kagen - Wisconsin sophomore thought he could get away with a vote for Obamacare.

    Elections like last night happen once in a lifetime.

    2010 was the largest wave election in 60 years:

    The Election


    BOXER IN...

    Krauthammer: 'Obama Agenda is Dead'...

    Joe keeps his perfect record

    FLASHBACK: Biden Predicts No Dem 'debacle' in November...

    When a woman puts a zinger on you…

    Bachmann to Matthews: Hey, how’s that tingly thrill now?