Politics…as usual

I attended a local candidate forum yesterday evening. This was the second of three forums scheduled before the election in a few weeks.  There wasn’t anything really new. 

The ‘Pubs spoke about individual liberty, personal and governmental fiscal responsibility and service to people.  The dems spoke…well, of everything else.

Once dem candidate running for the state Senate bragged about being a union member—as if that was something to brag about. He wasn’t clear want he wanted to do in Jeff City other than toe the dem party line. Another dem running for the legislature spoke about “cooperation.” He, too, wasn’t clear why that was a good thing nor who would cooperate with whom. Every time there’s “cooperation” in Jeff City, it seems our taxes go up, the state spends more, and there is less liberty for everyone.

At the local level, the ‘Pub candidates spoke about service to the people, insuring the county spent no more than the revenues it received and methods of implementing real transparency in government. I noticed the dems didn’t once speak about service nor serving the people of the county. One bragged about getting more federal funds as if that was something to brag about.  Being a government bureaucrat, to me, is not an endorsement of competency.

The two candidates for Sheriff is an example. current Sheriff Dwight Diehl simply read the Sheriff’s Office Mission Statement he created when he first took office 16 years ago.  Throughout the statement, the constant theme was service, respect, enforcing the law and maintaining the peace.  When Diehl’s opponent rose to speak, he repeated the same tired theme from his last forum appearance—build alliances, cooperate with other agencies. At no time did he mention service nor serving the residents of the county. The contrast between the two was stark.

The forum ended at 8PM. I arrived home when the Ryan-Biden debate had been on for thirty minutes.  It was disgusting!

Instead of being a one-on-one debate, it was Ryan against Biden and the moderator.  All the speculation about the moderator’s bias before the debate was verified. Biden appeared to be a laughing, grinning fool, constantly interrupting Ryan as did the moderator.  I watched about 10 minutes of the farce and turned it off.

Question: why are the debates always organized by the partisan MSM? Why can’t there be at least one debate organized by us or at least a neutral party?  As lib as he is, at least Jim Lehrer treated both Romney and Obama equally.

From the reports from CNN and FOX, Biden’s and the moderator’s antics have back-fired.  The liberal core thought it was great. Everyone else, including the independents and undecided thought Biden’s performance was arrogant, condescending and disrespectful. The early morning reports today appear to confirm those opinions. Ryan held his own against the laughing hyena and his handler.

Whoops! And other topics

After yesterday’s post had been up all day, my wife informed me last night that September didn’t start today, Wednesday, as I thought, but starts on Thursday.  My glaring oversight was visible to one and all the entire day.  

Crud!
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Just when you thought you’d heard the worse of governmental regulatory abuse, something new comes up.

Feds to Trucking Company: You Cannot Fire Alcoholic Drivers

August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm
The federal government has sued a major trucking company for its firing of driver with an admitted alcohol abuse problem.
Alcoholism is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit maintains, and therefore employees cannot be prohibited even from driving 18 wheelers due to their histories of abuse.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company on August 16, noted that while “an employer’s concern regarding safety on our highways is a legitimate issue, an employer can both ensure safety and comply with the ADA.”
If the EEOC prevails, of course, it will mean that Old Dominion will still be liable both for any damage to life or property that results from a potential relapse by one of its recovering drivers – which in turn increases the risks involved in investment in the company – and for the cost of trying to ensure that such damage never occurs. All of these new burdens will raise Old Dominion’s cost of doing business, and hence the cost of everything they transport. And all of this can’t possibly ensure that a recovering driver does not relapse without the company’s knowledge.
That’s called screwed if you do and screwed if you don’t.  I suppose they’d call a self-admitted thief as having property ownership disabilities.
***
Economic news continues in a downward spiral.  The last quarter’s Gross Domestic Product was again downgraded.  The figure now is one percent growth for the year.  It seems that everytime the Obama administration releases some figures, they are updated about a week later…downward.

This time it’s domestic private sector jobs.  New jobs fell to 91,000 last week—a new low.
Published: Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 9:26 AM ET
The private sector created 91,000 jobs from July to August, a shade below expectations, according to a report from ADP that sets the stage for a likely weak report on nonfarm jobs the government will release Friday.
ADP and Macroeconomic Advisors said service-sector jobs rose 80,000, down from an average increase of 115,000 over the past two months, while the goods-producing sector saw a gain of just 11,000.

Consensus estimates are that the government will show the economy created about 80,000 jobs overall in August—including the public sector—though some economists say the report actually could show a loss of jobs.

The ADP report showed that June’s estimate of 114,000 jobs created was revised down to 109,000.
Ever wonder why, when governmental figures are revised they are always revised downward?  Of course, you rarely hear on the State Media the revised numbers, CNBC and FOX excepted.
***
Old NFO bemoaned in a comment, rightly, the lack of anything positive in the news.  He’s right. It’s tough finding something positive to report.  With that thought in mind, I’ll list a few items that are, in my mind, positive.

WikiLeaks site comes under attack

LONDON (AP) – The WikiLeaks website crashed Tuesday in an apparent cyberattack after the accelerated publication of tens of thousands of once-secret State Department cables by the anti-secrecy organization raised new concerns about the exposure of confidential U.S. embassy sources.

“WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack,” the group said on Twitter late Tuesday. One hour later, the site and the cables posted there were inaccessible. 
Heh!  Guess that goes around, comes around.
ATF HEAD SACKED…  (Drudge headline.)

ATF Director Reassigned; U.S. Attorney Out Amid ‘Fast and Furious’ Uproar

Published August 30, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.

He wasn’t fired.  But he’s been relieved of his office and put out to pasture.  It appears that Melson isn’t quite eligible to retire so he’ll continue getting a BATFE paycheck.  Still, it’s a start.

Why we’re right to trust our gut instincts: Scientists discover first decision IS the right one

Last updated at 7:05 PM on 30th August 2011
Go on your gut feeling when setting goals – because more often than not it’ll be right, researchers have revealed.
According to a study by Canada’s University of Alberta, when it comes to working out where the future lies your unconscious mind is both smarter than you think and can be a great motivator.
Science has confirmed what we’ve always known.  Vindication!

***
Finally, here’s some cartoons to lighten your day.
From Mallard Filmore…
Obama’s most vocal recent critics are…the Black Congressional Caucus.  Not even his friends want to stand near him.  By Glenn McCoy…

One of the problems with Obama and the left in general is their fascination with the failed theory of economics—the Keynsian Theory.  Too bad it’s been thoroughly discredited.  But never let it be said that the left can learn from their mistakes.  They KNOW it’s just because they didn’t use enough money!
Chumming.
Y’all have a great day.  It’ll all get better when Obama is in the unemployment line with no marketable skills.
                        

Whoops! And other topics

After yesterday’s post had been up all day, my wife informed me last night that September didn’t start today, Wednesday, as I thought, but starts on Thursday.  My glaring oversight was visible to one and all the entire day.  

Crud!
***

Just when you thought you’d heard the worse of governmental regulatory abuse, something new comes up.

Feds to Trucking Company: You Cannot Fire Alcoholic Drivers

August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm
The federal government has sued a major trucking company for its firing of driver with an admitted alcohol abuse problem.
Alcoholism is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit maintains, and therefore employees cannot be prohibited even from driving 18 wheelers due to their histories of abuse.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company on August 16, noted that while “an employer’s concern regarding safety on our highways is a legitimate issue, an employer can both ensure safety and comply with the ADA.”
If the EEOC prevails, of course, it will mean that Old Dominion will still be liable both for any damage to life or property that results from a potential relapse by one of its recovering drivers – which in turn increases the risks involved in investment in the company – and for the cost of trying to ensure that such damage never occurs. All of these new burdens will raise Old Dominion’s cost of doing business, and hence the cost of everything they transport. And all of this can’t possibly ensure that a recovering driver does not relapse without the company’s knowledge.
That’s called screwed if you do and screwed if you don’t.  I suppose they’d call a self-admitted thief as having property ownership disabilities.
***
Economic news continues in a downward spiral.  The last quarter’s Gross Domestic Product was again downgraded.  The figure now is one percent growth for the year.  It seems that everytime the Obama administration releases some figures, they are updated about a week later…downward.

This time it’s domestic private sector jobs.  New jobs fell to 91,000 last week—a new low.
Published: Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 9:26 AM ET
The private sector created 91,000 jobs from July to August, a shade below expectations, according to a report from ADP that sets the stage for a likely weak report on nonfarm jobs the government will release Friday.
ADP and Macroeconomic Advisors said service-sector jobs rose 80,000, down from an average increase of 115,000 over the past two months, while the goods-producing sector saw a gain of just 11,000.

Consensus estimates are that the government will show the economy created about 80,000 jobs overall in August—including the public sector—though some economists say the report actually could show a loss of jobs.

The ADP report showed that June’s estimate of 114,000 jobs created was revised down to 109,000.
Ever wonder why, when governmental figures are revised they are always revised downward?  Of course, you rarely hear on the State Media the revised numbers, CNBC and FOX excepted.
***
Old NFO bemoaned in a comment, rightly, the lack of anything positive in the news.  He’s right. It’s tough finding something positive to report.  With that thought in mind, I’ll list a few items that are, in my mind, positive.

WikiLeaks site comes under attack

LONDON (AP) – The WikiLeaks website crashed Tuesday in an apparent cyberattack after the accelerated publication of tens of thousands of once-secret State Department cables by the anti-secrecy organization raised new concerns about the exposure of confidential U.S. embassy sources.

“WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack,” the group said on Twitter late Tuesday. One hour later, the site and the cables posted there were inaccessible. 
Heh!  Guess that goes around, comes around.
ATF HEAD SACKED…  (Drudge headline.)

ATF Director Reassigned; U.S. Attorney Out Amid ‘Fast and Furious’ Uproar

Published August 30, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.

He wasn’t fired.  But he’s been relieved of his office and put out to pasture.  It appears that Melson isn’t quite eligible to retire so he’ll continue getting a BATFE paycheck.  Still, it’s a start.

Why we’re right to trust our gut instincts: Scientists discover first decision IS the right one

Last updated at 7:05 PM on 30th August 2011
Go on your gut feeling when setting goals – because more often than not it’ll be right, researchers have revealed.
According to a study by Canada’s University of Alberta, when it comes to working out where the future lies your unconscious mind is both smarter than you think and can be a great motivator.
Science has confirmed what we’ve always known.  Vindication!

***
Finally, here’s some cartoons to lighten your day.
From Mallard Filmore…
Obama’s most vocal recent critics are…the Black Congressional Caucus.  Not even his friends want to stand near him.  By Glenn McCoy…

One of the problems with Obama and the left in general is their fascination with the failed theory of economics—the Keynsian Theory.  Too bad it’s been thoroughly discredited.  But never let it be said that the left can learn from their mistakes.  They KNOW it’s just because they didn’t use enough money!
Chumming.
Y’all have a great day.  It’ll all get better when Obama is in the unemployment line with no marketable skills.