Monthly Archives: September 2014

Roland Burris (D) tried to cash in* while still a US Senator.

Ah, Roland Burris lived up** to the finest traditions of his beloved Chicago Democrats:

[Roland Burris’s] name came up during a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 26 in a bizarre case against a businessman accused of illegally lobbying to overturn U.S. sanctions on the regime of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Defense attorneys questioned Burris’ credibility as a witness because of allegations he was involved in a shakedown scheme during his time in the Senate.

Then-Sen. Burris offered to promote a business to the U.S. military in exchange for a $250,000 a year job when he left office, court documents allege. An FBI informant made the claim in 2012 during grand jury testimony, according to a transcript of the sidebar conversation between the judge and attorneys that was shared by the Chicago Sun-Times.

It’s all the more impressive when you consider that the man served less than two years, all told. Usually it takes a Democrat about a term or so before he or she feels comfortable enough to start selling favors***, but Roland Burris was on the job**** from Day One. Nothing stopping this man from turning power into cash*****, let me tell you…

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Moe Lane (crosspost)

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*Allegedly.

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****Allegedly.

*****Allegedly. And yes, I was prepared to run that joke right into the ground, if that’s what it took. Because this is what I do.

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino nukes Gov. Cuomo

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Trailing Gov. Cuomo by nearly 25 points and unable to get New Jersey Gov. Christie, head of the Republican Governors Association, to help him take on Cuomo, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino nukes Gov. Cuomo with a remake of LBJ’s infamous “Daisy” ad:

The ad’s message, as stated by a narrator is, “These are the stakes. Do we reelect a governor who may end up in jail?” The ad means to refer to Cuomo’s treatment of his Moreland Commission to Combat Public Corruption, which Cuomo shut down in March. As Jaime Fuller puts it, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York is looking into the circumstances of Cuomo’s shut down of the Moreland Commission’s – for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.

Astorino defended the obtuse and over the top ad during an interview on WCNY’s “Capital Pressroom”:

“The governor, who is under investigation, does not want to discuss the investigation or his role” in the Moreland panel’s demise.

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It’s a provocative ad; it was a provocative ad 50 years when President Johnson and the Democrats used it. … Andrew Cuomo’s face comes out of the cloud because we have a cloud of corruption hanging over our state.”

But why won’t Christie help Astorino? Is it, as Astorino suggests, that Christie is aiding Democrat Cuomo’s reelection? An allegation which reminds some of all the heat Christie took from Republicans over his embrace President Obama after the devastating Hurricane Sandy — just days before the 2012 Presidential election. Or does it have something to do with the fact that the two governors, Christie and Cuomo, are jointly responsible for appointing the Board of Board of Commissioners that run the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As we all know the Port Authority owns and operates the George Washington Bridge, recently of Bridgegate fame.

Christie’s defense that Astorino’s campaign is a lost cause doesn’t hold water. As Gov. Pataki points out, no one thought he could beat Mario Cuomo.

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The anti-vaccine cult

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One of the interesting things about the elevation of science to a secular religion is watching as science begins to mimic the behavior of religion on the eve of the Thirty Years War. In its purest form science is devoted to discovery. Truths are proven. Axioms are tested and retested. Science today has become a hodgepodge of beliefs that have more in common with the methodology of an aboriginal shaman than they do with actual science. Earlier we looked at the behavior of Neil DeGrasse Tyson and his followers. No discussion of this phenomenon would be complete without acknowledging Michael Mann (who may or may not be the Jerry Sandusky of climate change) and his fellow travelers.

While this can be amusing, one has to keep in mind that listening with open mouthed credulousness to charlatans is not harmless. Mann and his ilk seek to destroy the economy of the industrial world. Guys like Paul Ehrlich aim at reducing the human population by the billions. One of the more dangerous groups are the anti-vaccine advocates who are not satisfied in killing their own kids but want to kill yours as well.

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

THE KIDS AREN’T ALL RIGHT. Across California, thousands of children and babies are coughing so violently that their bodies convulse, uncontrollably wheezing and fighting to breathe for weeks. Nearly 8,000 pertussis cases have been reported in 2014 to the state’s Department of Public Health as of Sept. 2, and 267 of those patients have been hospitalized, including 58 requiring intensive care.

Adults can contract the disease, but 94 percent of all cases reported statewide involve children — and the youngest suffer the most. So far this year, three infants under 2 months of age have died statewide from pertussis, a disease commonly known as whooping cough (named for the high-pitched sound that kids make when they inhale after coughing).

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is at the front line, with 72 pertussis patients this year. “A number of them have been in the ICU and very, very sick,” says CHLA infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeffrey Bender. “They cough so hard, it turns into vomiting and broken ribs; they end up intubated, to ventilate their lungs.”

Whooping cough was once a very common disease which became rare after the advent of a vaccine for the disease. Only a few years ago, whooping cough was touted as being on the verge of …read more