3 November Hangover Edition: Obama is an idiot.

Workout notes I was too sleepy to do much; I skipped my morning workout and did it over lunch: 15 minutes on the arm bike and 2 miles on the AMT and rotator cuff exercises. The shoulder was slightly sore during the day.

Here is more stuff just for the heck of it

It looks as if we’ve found yet another ideal Tea Party Candidate. This person shot and killed a teenage boy who egged his Mercedes.

Point/Counterpoint at a blog

Randazza is sorry that Senator Feingold lost. His fellow blogger DeVoy is glad that he did.

That gives me a lesson in tolerance; I was tempted to unfriend all of my conservative facebook “friends”; most are “taxes are too high” right wing lunatics who….got their education at tax payer expense.

Isn’t this ironic The liberals were against undue influence by big business in elections; the Republicans didn’t see a problem with it. Well, in Nevada, this bit them in the ass.

Obama is an Idiot.
Ok, I certainly don’t think that. But read this facebook note post which I will share here. Remember that the writer is an African (as in, someone who lives in Africa). Charles Onyango-Obbo wrote:

From the East Coast of Africa, as the Americans went into the mid-term elections yesterday, we were very worried. Opinion polls had predicted that President Obama’s Democratic Party would be massacred, and lose control of both the House and Senate.

In the event, the Democrats lost their shirts – they were bloodied in the House – but kept their vests and some dignity, by keeping control of the Senate.

Now Obama, is a child of East Africa. And as a Democratic president, we were shocked to see him let his party be beaten.

This is a young man who is from a part of the world where our politicians are experts in retaining power and winning every election they, or their parties, get involved in. The fact that Obama has learnt nothing from his forefathers, is proof that he has been bewitched. He has been spoilt by the white man and woman’s ways, and lost his true path.

There are a few things Obama would be told if he had spoken to any president in Africa. He would have been told that first, he should have transported about two million Africans to vote for the Democrats (and worried about their refusal to return home after the vote later). That is what we do, we transport voters across constituency lines.

Secondly, as president of the world’s richest country (although its fortunes are in decline) he would have been told to break into the Federal Reserve, get all the dollars there, and buy votes. If there were no dollars, he would have been advised to print the money. What is a president for, if he can’t print money?

Thirdly, we didn’t hear any news that he transferred the officials in the Federal Electoral Commission, and appointed a Kenyan cousin to the job. Incredible. How can you go into an election without your man in charge of the electoral commission? (Maybe this a Kenyan problem, because I see President Kibaki is also now confused, and appointed some Somali, not a Kikuyu from Nyeri, to head the electoral commission. And we were told he stopped drinking. I think the Baks is sipping something strong under the covers, and it is messing his head).

Then, every TV station in the US was broadcasting “exit” polls, predictions, and declaring winners on their own. Madness. Take the example of Uganda in 2006. Prof. Kiggundu at the Electoral Commission was doing a good job stealing the election for “The Only One”, when The Monitor stepped into the big man’s soup. It had something called an “independent tallying” centre, which was collecting results from the polling stations, not the ones that had edited by the security services and State Houses.

What did M7’s people do? They visited The Monitor; looked at the tally centre, then went back to town, shut down KFM station that was broadcasting the results, and brought down its internet link so that the rest of the world could not see its website. Simple and effective. End of story.

The problem with people like Obama and other Africans who have migrated to live in the white, yellow, and brown people’s lands is that they abandoned the wisdom of their ancestors. They will harvest nothing but heartbreak and tears.

Disgraceful; instead of being out there stealing votes for the Democrats, Obama was at home playing with his dog!!

Yes…this is a bit tongue in cheek. 🙂

I really needed the laugh. I suspect many others do too (sample).

But in all honesty, we saw that some strategies really did work:

Aha. I almost forgot to mention this, but one of the surprises of last night is that Harry Reid, supposedly a completely hopeless case, is still Senator.

How did that happen? Reid did something Democrats almost never do: instead of apologizing for his party, he ran against a person with a habit of making crazy statements by hitting hard, again and again, with ads calling her a crazy person. It was very rude and uncivil. And it worked.

There may be something here: Mark Kirk (the Senator elect from Illinois) is a serial liar, but he isn’t as extreme as Angle. We lost that one by a narrow margin. Quinn blasted Brady again and again…and may have well won the race…and Brady is an extremist.

So, will our President stand up to the Republicans? I’m afraid not:

Mr. Obama, at his own news conference in the East Room of the White House, called the election results “humbling,” but he also attributed the far-reaching Republican victories largely to the public’s frustration over the slow economic recovery. “What they were expressing great frustration about is that we haven’t made enough progress on the economy,” he said.

The president said he was “eager to hear good ideas wherever they come from” and expressed a willingness to work with Republicans.

“We must find common ground,” he said, “in order to make progress on some uncommonly difficult challenges.” And he cited energy and education as two policy areas on which Republicans and Democrats could see eye to eye.

Mr. Obama, however, also defended his policies and said circumstances had required the actions that he took, sparking a backlash by voters concerned that government was being too big and too intrusive.

The Republicans have already gotten arrogant. Listen to what “The Chinless One” has to say

Mr. Boehner renewed his call for cutting discretionary spending to 2008 levels and for “rock-solid oversight of the executive branch.” And Mr. McConnell even went so far as to threaten that the Democrats would face additional political losses in the future should they refuse to move toward the Republicans on an array of policy initiatives, including spending, trade and energy.

“We’re determined to stop the agenda Americans have rejected,” Mr. McConnell said. “We’ll work with the administration when they agree with the people, and confront them when they don’t.”

And he issued a stark warning. “There are two opportunities for that change to occur,” Mr. McConnell said. “Our friends on the other side can change now and work with us to address the issues that are important to the American people that we all understood, or further change obviously can happen in 2012.”

Mr. McConnell said Democrats were already at risk of not grasping the lessons of the 2010 election.

Gee, 47 seats, mostly in states that have as many cows and people, can make a MINORITY LEADER get an inflated head.

November 3, 2010 Posted by | 2010 election, Barack Obama, health care, political humor, political/social, politics, politics/social, ranting, rebulican party, Republican, republican party, republican senate minority leader, republicans, republicans political/social, republicans politics | 3 Comments

21 October 2010 (PM)

A galaxy that is 13 billion light years away has been detected:

Alan Boyle writes: Astronomers have confirmed that an incredibly faint galaxy in the constellation Fornax is the most distant known object in the universe, shining more than 13 billion light-years away and reflecting an era when stars were just beginning to emerge from a cosmic fog.

The galaxy, known as UDFy-38135539, is one of several super-distant objects picked out from the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, the most sensitive snapshot ever taken of deep space. In time, astronomers may well spot objects that are even farther away, but this particular galaxy was the first of its type to go through the arduous process of having its measurements checked.

In fact, the astronomers behind the observations say they couldn’t have seen UDFy-38135539 unless there were other, fainter galaxies nearby to help clear out the space around it. “Without this additional help, the light from the galaxy, no matter how brilliant, would have been trapped in the surrounding hydrogen fog, and we would not have been able to detect it,” Durham University’s Mark Swinbank said in a news release from the European Southern Observatory.

The ESO researchers, led by Matt Lehnert of the Observatoire de Paris, published their findings in this week’s issue of the journal Nature. Those findings shed unprecedented light (so to speak) on a mysterious period in the development of the universe, about 600 million years after its big-bang origin, when the radiation of the first stars began clearing out the neutral hydrogen that filled the infant universe. That process, known as reionization, transformed the cosmos from an opaque haze to the mostly empty space we know today.[…]

Freedom of speech: yes, someone has the freedom to have racist Halloween displays. But I have the freedom to call him a racist idiot.


Polls and momentum: Yes, polls sometimes change and a candidate sometimes gains ground. But there is scant evidence of “poll momentum”; Nate Silver shows us the data.

Creationism and politics: yes, we have a candidate for the US House and a candidate for governor who are creationists. That is just shameful.

Unfortunately, being ignorant is in, especially on the Republican side. Maureen Dowd writes:

At least, unlike Paris Hilton and her ilk, the Dumb Blonde of ’50s cinema had a firm grasp on one thing: It was cool to be smart. She aspired to read good books and be friends with intellectuals, even going so far as to marry one. But now another famous beauty with glowing skin and a powerful current, Sarah Palin, has made ignorance fashionable.

You struggle to name Supreme Court cases, newspapers you read and even founding fathers you admire? No problem. You endorse a candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate seat who is the nominee in West Virginia? Oh, well.

At least you’re not one of those “spineless” elites with an Ivy League education, like President Obama, who can’t feel anything. It’s news to Christine O’Donnell that the Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. It’s news to Joe Miller, whose guards handcuffed a journalist, and to Carl Paladino, who threatened The New York Post’s Fred Dicker, that the First Amendment exists, even in Tea Party Land. Michele Bachmann calls Smoot-Hawley Hoot-Smalley.

Sharron Angle sank to new lows of obliviousness when she told a classroom of Hispanic kids in Las Vegas: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.”

As Palin tweeted in July about her own special language adding examples from W. and Obama: “ ‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”

On Saturday, at a G.O.P. rally in Anaheim, Calif., Palin mockingly noted that you won’t find her invoking Mao or Saul Alinsky. She says she believes in American exceptionalism. But when it comes to the people running the country, exceptionalism is suspect; leaders should be — as Palin, O’Donnell and Angle keep saying — just like you.

So THIS is why I have such contempt for Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and Christine O’Donnell. It isn’t because they are conservative women, even if that is what Fox News says.

So, what is going to happen in mid terms?
President Obama and President Clinton are out campaigning, albeit in different ways:

Today they are allied in an increasingly urgent battle to prevent a Republican takeover of the House and the Senate. They are crisscrossing the country on behalf of embattled Democratic candidates and, in their own ways, trying to recall and recapture some of the glories of their own best days as politicians.

Obama’s venue is the big, iconic rally that became the signature of his presidential campaign. On Sunday night, he drew a crowd of 35,000 at Ohio State University. It was almost as if the troubles of the past 20 months had never occurred.

For a few hours, it was 2008 all over again, from the recorded music loop blaring out Brooks and Dunn and Jackie Wilson to the playful banter between the president and first lady Michelle Obama to the enthusiasm of the youthful attendees.

Only when the president started to speak was it clear how the hope-and-change message of 2008 has given way to a defense of his record and a defensiveness about the fall campaign. “This is a difficult election,” he said, something rarely heard two years ago. “This is hard. And it’s hard because we’ve been through an incredibly difficult time as a nation.” […]

On Monday night, the former president appeared in Denver on behalf of Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), who is in a very competitive race against Republican Ken Buck. The evening rally, which did not end until 10, drew about 2,000 people, far more than the Bennet team had anticipated. Some in the audience came simply to see Clinton. It was like seeing Mick Jagger, said one Democrat as he awaited the former president’s arrival.

Clinton delivered not a rousing pep talk but a learned lecture on the economy, the competing positions of Bennet and Buck, why he thinks Republicans are wrong and, repeatedly, what went right when he was president. […]

One thing: we are going to have to call out the Republicans who voted “no” on the stimulus bill but yet took credit for it or asked for it:

If the White House wanted to make a real fight of it, President Obama would spend the next two weeks reading aloud from the official correspondence of GOP congressional leaders. But has he got the necessary will?

Take Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, for example. Campaigning for reelection, the photogenic Tea Party heroine postures boldly against taxes and government spending. A bitter critic of the Obama administration’s efforts to improve the economy, she specifically and repeatedly derides “the failed Pelosi trillion-dollar stimulus.”

Somewhat less publicly, Bachmann has taken a different position. Researchers for the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity released a bunch of letters she wrote to various federal agencies seeking stimulus grants for her district. Perhaps the most telling is one she sent to the Transportation Department seeking money for a bridge over the St. Croix River. […]

October 22, 2010 Posted by | 2010 election, astronomy, Barack Obama, civil liberties, cosmology, Democrats, free speech, Illinois, Peoria, Peoria/local, physics, political/social, politics, politics/social, rebulican party, Republican, republican party, republicans, republicans political/social, republicans politics, sarah palin, science, statistics | Leave a comment

20 October 2010 (pm)

Friendly Atheist: posts this humorous “free market-ish” attack on woo:

Politics: do people vote against their own economic interests? (hat tip: Mano Singham)

Probably not; the poor tend to vote Democratic and the rich tend to vote Republican:

The 2004 election:

2008 Election
From here

(more analysis here)

There are more “demographics/state maps” here.

My point: I don’t think that most of the tea party push-back is from the poor; in fact a New York Times/CBS survey said that they were more affluent than average.

Some Science Links

Do you want to see how scientific positions are challenged? Here is an article on a paper that talks about the “fine structure” constant and claims that it might vary by position in the universe:

A few weeks ago there was a bit of media excitement about a somewhat surprising experimental result. Observations of quasar spectra indicated that the fine structure constant, the parameter in physics that describes the strength of electromagnetism, seems to be slightly different on one side of the universe than on the other. The preprint is here.

Remarkable, if true. The fine structure constant, usually denoted α, is one of the most basic parameters in all of physics, and it’s a big deal if it’s not really constant. But how likely is it to be true? This is the right place to trot out the old “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” chestnut. It’s certainly an extraordinary claim, but the evidence doesn’t really live up to that standard. Maybe further observations will reveal truly extraordinary evidence, but there’s no reason to get excited quite yet.

Chad Orzel does a great job of explaining why an experimentalist should be skeptical of this result. […]

Surf to the link to read more.

More: here is a spectacular display in a pinwheel galaxy; the false color shows where star formation is going on.

Space Travel: will human travel to Mars be one way (e. g., in the same way Europeans came to the “New” World)


Why did leopards evolve spots? Why didn’t all big cats? Why do some big cats come in different patterns? Note: it has to do with the following: leopards live in different kinds of areas; cheetahs not so much.

How do some snakes eat eggs (those who don’t have teeth; what do they do with the shells?) Surf here to find out.

Here is a newly discovered species of snailfish (cool photo)

How did morality evolve? Here is a NY Times article that I am about to read. 🙂

October 21, 2010 Posted by | 2008 Election, 2010 election, cosmology, Democrats, economics, economy, evolution, nature, obama, physics, political humor, political/social, politics, politics/social, rebulican party, Republican, republican party, republicans, science, space | Leave a comment

Transitive Property of Christine O’Donnell video – Stephen concludes that masturbating equals being gay by following Christine O’Donnell’s ironclad logic.

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Transitive Property of Christine O’Donnell, posted with vodpod

October 16, 2010 Posted by | morons, political humor, politics, rebulican party, republicans, sarah palin, stephen colbert, the colbert report | Leave a comment