Election Day reminder: Early exit polls are meaningless.
UPDATE: But make sure to point your browsers later tonight to Ace‘s Decision Desk for live results.
A question that could take days to answer: WaPo: Where did Obama go wrong?
The Changestapo’s Handiwork: Sharyl Attkisson Just Released a Creepy Video of Her Computer That Will Likely Send Chills Down Your Spine.
Nixon never quite got this acquainted with his perceived enemies. So I think calling Obama Nixonian is unfair to Richard Nixon. Stasian is more like it.
Good Thing Eric Holder Failed Big: 1 dead after NC grandfather fires back at trio in attempted rape of teen granddaughter.
The fatality was one of the 3 assailants. The other 2 were also injured, as was grandpa. When seconds count, the police are always minutes away…
Eric Holder lists the Obama administration’s inability to restrict gun rights among his biggest failures.
I sense a disturbance in the Force: VIDEO: Every on-screen death in the original Star Wars trilogy in under 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, In Japan: Cyber High School Will Allow Students To Attend Via Avatars.
World’s Smallest Violin: Holder: Gun control among biggest failures. I don’t think I’ve ever delighted so much in anyone’s failure.
Related: We don’t have a surgeon general because Democrats made a losing bet on gun politics. Serves them right for allowing POTUS to politicize the Surgeon General’s nomination.
MUCH GOOD THIS WILL DO: We’re Getting an Ebola Czar. Namely Ron Klain. And he has no public health experience.
This is a clear indication, in my arrogant opinion, that no one in the White House knows what to do either about Ebola reaching our shores or about the Center for Disease Control’s perceived impotence and incompetence in the face of related events…or about the resulting CDC (Crise de Confiance, ‘Crisis of Confidence’ in French – pardon my French, by the way)
Now, Klain used to be Chief of Staff for Fredo Biden and Al Gore. And I will grant that this points to a decent level of skill at containing walking disasters; but goofy VP’s are not self-replicating pathogens on the scale of Ebola (but I will note that VP Biden’s gotten close to achieving self-replication. We have been warned).
So you have to conclude Klain is way in over his head on this one. Can a consummate Washington insider coordinate the necessary response? Maybe only in Washington. What about at the state level? Not everything happens within the federal sphere of influence.
A Czar is a creature of the Executive Branch. So his powers will be limited to enforcing executive orders. However, there are a great many things that executive orders can’t achieve. That’s just the way our government is set up. But you are educated. I don’t need to tell you this.
So call me cynical, but I can’t help to see this as a transparent, purely political move: Need to look busy. Need to look like we’re doing something. Less than 3 weeks until the midterms!
UPDATE: More on the Ebola Czar un-credentials (and why his appointment is mainly about politics, not public health) via Instapundit.
Life Imitates The Onion: Idaho Man, 52, Arrested For Battering Female Victim With A Burrito.
What’s the point of all this big government if we can’t stop the spread of deadly diseases and keep people from weaponizing food in this fashion? Seriously, is anyone running the show anymore?
Frontiers of Medicine: How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola.
An elegant facility from a more civilized age: TWA Terminal Still Sitting In Beautiful Abandonment.
They don’t make anything about air travel like they used to…
Probably just campaigning for the upcoming elections: Creepy Clowns Stalk California Town.
It could be worse. At least they are not Ebola-carrying zombie clowns. Not yet, anyway…
Frontiers of Profiling: Iowa Cop Demands To Search Car Because ‘Everybody That Plays Frisbee Golf Smokes Weed’.
Thugs With Badges: Cop Allows K-9 to Maul Handcuffed, Face Down Suspect, Then Blames it On Him.
I read a great deal about police brutality and abuse, but this is a new one…
VIDEO: Executive Toxicity: 40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama.
Not particularly bright from her, but evidently Obama’s numbers in Kentucky are abysmal.
Parallel Reconstruction: This Is How the Feds Illegally Obtain Evidence of a Crime and Lie About It in Court.
The NSA plays a role in this process…
More on that “Obama Drone” Street Artist: Who Is This Guy Going After Hillary, Obama & Gwyneth Paltrow? Meet Artist SABO. And He’s Just Begun.
Government is the only thing we all belong to: DEA Agent Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name: “A DEA agent commandeered a woman’s identity, created a phony Facebook account in her name, and posted racy photos he found on her seized cell phone. The government said he had the right to do that.”
Of course it did. It’s a lot easier to do that than to hold him accountable, especially since the DEA and other federal agencies might have already done something like this more than once…
Not one bit surprised: White House: Biden Remains Trusted Adviser on National Security.
…not coming from this White House…
Frontiers of Oversharing on Social Media: A top Taliban figure gives away his hiding spot on Twitter.
Odds are the NSA already knew where he was. Unless, you know, the NSA is too busy spying on every American to spy on these other guys…
Starz’s ‘Boss‘ should also be on this list, I believe, for its thorough and realistic depiction of machine city politics.
Frontiers of International Travel: Coast Guard rescues man trying to “run” to Bermuda in hydro-bubble east of St. Augustine, Florida.
Unsustainable corruption: Florida town infamous for speed traps disbanding police force.
It was unsustainable because they got caught…
Strangely entertaining: Famous Movies Recreated With Stock Footage.
Your background knowledge will have to fill in the blanks. Seemed a letdown at first, but it grew on me.
So…Osama is dead, GM is alive…and Al Qaeda, too?
Alas, it’s not a Robert Ludlum novel: What Is the Shellshock Vulnerability?
Essentially, the bug comes from how Bash handles what are called “environmental variables.” If you know about the vulnerability, you can trick Bash into executing commands that it shouldn’t even be registering as commands. The malicious command can be sort of tucked into text that Bash should ignore. And it can direct a computer to download malware or wreak all kinds of havoc.
But Windows is immune, so there’s that…
War On Women: Swedish Man Acquitted of Rape Due to ‘Sexomnia’.
They say Europeans are more sophisticated, but this is ridiculous…
Dispatch From the Mirror Universe: NBC’s Chuck Todd: Self-Professed Activist Eric Holder ‘a Very Non-Political Person’. (via Insty)
I wish NBC News would stop insulting my intelligence.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Mr. Holder.
Now you tell me: Scientific Study Concludes No One Trusts Lawyers.
This can only make paying off those student loans all the much more unpleasant…
Life Imitates The Onion: iPhone 6 Screen Size Issue Solved by Giant Thumb.
ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES: The President’s paper cup speaks for itself. It’s his plenary powers as Commander-in-Chief that make it possible for him to order men and women into danger as he has done over Syria (but note that a president by himself doesn’t have the power to declare war). Least he can do is show the world he takes those powers seriously.
What’s even sadder is that the photo wasn’t inadvertently published. It was intentionally uploaded to the White House’s Instagram feed. The administration’s PR staff simply didn’t see anything wrong with it.
So I guess they won’t mind if we have a little fun with it:
EVEN A BROKEN CLOCK: VIDEO: Joe Biden told us that if we voted for Romney we’d have a president who’d go to war with Syria…AND HE WAS RIGHT! (with apologies to Professor Reynolds)
UPDATE: Actually, apologies to broken clocks everywhere. The comparison is obviously unfair.
Journalism is hard. Evidently, so is taking responsibility…
In the state of Karnataka in southern India, Minority Report has come true. Actually, the state’s so-called Goondas Act–an umbrella law covering offenses from bootlegging to gambling–has long allowed police to put habitual offenders in “preventive custody” for up to a year before they offend again. But just this month Karnataka’s government expanded the law even further to make it cover copyright violations and “digital offenses” such as sharing material deemed obscene or blasphemous.
JOURNALISM IS HARD: Vox entertainment news piece reveals 7-year Tony Soprano mystery, gets it wrong: “A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying,’Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate.”
That was no journalist. That was a Vox writer…
Just part of a pattern, really: Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap.