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Karl Rove As "Satan" For Some On The Right?  It is not surprising that Karl Rove became a kind of "Satan" figure for many on the left.  After all, Rove managed two winning gubernatorial campaigns for George W. Bush in Texas, two winning presidential campaigns for Bush, and a winning off-year election in 2002.

And Rove has been trying, with somewhat less success, to defeat Democrats since then.

But what is surprising is that Rove has become a similar "Satan" figure for some on the right.
Karl Rove targets attorney general race in California.”  “Who’s afraid of Kamala Harris? Karl Rove!” “Karl Rove Attacks — We Need Your Help!”  Karl Rove’s starring role in the 2010 California attorney general’s race came as a surprise to Karl Rove, who wasn’t actually involved in that particular contest.  This happens with him all the time.   For the Left, Rove served for many years as the go-to bogeyman, the marquee name with which to conjure before Democrats discovered Charles and David Koch.  “Karl Rove” was how the Left pronounced “Satan.”

What has been peculiar in the years since then is Rove’s transformation from left-wing hate totem to right-wing hate totem, an all-purpose villain whose name is used liberally by tea-party groups and conservative populists raising funds for races in which he has no involvement.  On and on they go: “Don’t let Karl Rove squish Allen West!”  “Gingrich: We can’t let Karl Rove and a bunch of billionaires handpick GOP candidates for Senate.”
Kevin Williamson explains why those attacks on Rove from the right are unwarranted, explains, for instance, that Rove has generally stayed out of Republican primaries.

It's a good read for anyone who usually votes Republican, or for anyone who just wants to understand some of the stresses in the Grand Old Party.

(For a very crude example of the attacks on Rove, take a look at the first comment, here.)
- 1:10 PM, 20 October 2014   [link]


The Chicago Tribune Says That Senator Dick Durbin Is A Hyper-Partisan Obstructionist And Often Wrong On The Issues:  And that's in their editorial endorsing him.
We recalled the last time an Illinoisan rose to the top of the Senate: Minority Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen, a Republican, was known for his civility and his willingness to set partisanship aside and get things done.  We contrasted Dirksen with the 2008 incumbent, then and now the second most powerful man in Democratic leadership and a practitioner of needless partisanship.  When TV cameras are on, we wrote, you can count on him to show up and whack a Republican.

In the end we endorsed Sen. Dick Durbin for re-election; his Republican opponent wasn't ready for prime time.  And now, with sincere respect for Durbin's long service and comparable concerns about his 2014 Republican opponent, we endorse Durbin's candidacy for another six-year term.  We often disagree with Durbin on issues.  But we would rather have Illinois represented by a highly capable partisan than by a less capable partisan.
(Emphasis added.)

As they admit, their argument "may elude the many Illinois citizens who tell us they're livid not only over Washington tribalism but also Washington gridlock".

The argument doesn't elude me; I just think that — if you are opposed to obstruction — you ought to prefer a less capable obstructionist to a more capable obstructionist, because the less capable obstructionist will do less damage.

Apparently the Tribune believes that it is almost required to endorse one of the candidates in this race.  (Similarly, the Seattle Times felt compelled to endorse Seattle's "congressman-for-life" Jim McDermott, since his opponent — in their view — is not qualified.)  They would have been better off not making no endorsement in this race.

(Here are the Wikipedia articles on the 2014 Illinois Senate race, Dick Durbin, and Durbin's opponent, Jim Oberweiss.  And here's the campaign site of the Republican the Tribune preferred, Doug Truax.)
- 12:44 PM, 20 October 2014   [link]


How Good Are Government Economic Forecasts?   "Not very."
Government economic forecasts receive a great deal of attention and are used to make a case for or against legislation or public policies.  How good are the forecasts?  The answer: not very.  Forecasting is an inexact science at best, and the trust that Congress and the public invest in these estimates is not warranted.
. . .
My analysis of 1999-2013 reveals that the CBO’s real GDP growth forecasts for the next year were off, on average, by 1.7 percentage points, either too high or low.  Administration forecasts were similarly off by a slightly larger 1.8 percentage points on average, also to high or too low.  Given that the average growth rate during this period was only 2.1%, errors of this magnitude are substantial.

Perhaps most damning: History is a better predictor of annual growth than government forecasts.  Simply assuming that GDP growth will be 3.1% in each year—the average annual rate for the 30 years that precede the study period—results in an average forecast error of 1.5 percentage points.
The economists at the Congressional Budget Office know our economy and our budgets about as well as anyone can.  Nonetheless, they, and other official forecasters, simply aren't very good.

Two thoughts on why this is so, and why it will continue to be so:  First, the elaborate mathematical models constructed by economists are, at best, only rough maps of the economy, for reasons that I hope are obvious.  (If not, try to imagine what hundreds of millions of consumers, just in the United States, will do next year.)

Second, the models do not, and can not, include what British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan may have said to a reporter who asked what might change his government's course:   "Events, my dear boy, events."

Those events can be positive or negative, can include everything from the introduction of polio vaccines to terrorist attacks.

Given this uncertainty, what should budgeteers do?  My own preference would be for them to be a little pessimistic in their budgeting; for example, if the forecasts say we will have 3.5 percent growth in the next year, then we should write budgets that assume a little less than that, say 3.0 percent.

Others, depending on their temperaments, may prefer using the estimates as they are, or even using optimistic assumptions.  (Of course, planners often do the latter, but almost never admit to doing so.)

But what everyone who makes a government budget should do is recognize, openly and publicly, the uncertainty in those estimates.  We have to build our budget houses on the sand of untrustworthy economic predictions, so we should be clear about the risks that the sand will shift underneath us.

(If you read the entire op-ed, you'll learn some interesting process details about our budget forecasts, from a man who helped make them.  And see a few examples of mistaken long-term forecasts.)
- 6:27 AM, 20 October 2014   [link]


This BBC Story isn't exactly news.
Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak.  The first victim's family hunted bats, which carry the virus.  Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis?

The origin has been traced to a two-year-old child from the village of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, an area where batmeat is frequently hunted and eaten.
Since so many previous Ebola outbreaks had been traced to similar sources.
Bats are considered the most likely natural reservoir of ebola virus.  Plants, arthropods, and birds have also been considered.[1][38]  In the wild, transmission may occur when infected fruit bats drop partially eaten fruits or fruit pulp, then land mammals such as gorillas and duikers may feed on these fallen fruits.
. . .
Bats were known to reside in the cotton factory in which the first cases of the 1976 and 1979 outbreaks were observed, and they have also been implicated in Marburg virus infections in 1975 and 1980.[40]  Of 24 plant species and 19 vertebrate species experimentally inoculated with EBOV, only bats became infected.[41]   The bats displayed no clinical signs and is evidence that these bats are a reservoir species of the virus.
The good news is that most bats don't carry the virus; the bad news is that there is almost certainly no practical way to eliminate it from the bat population in West Africa.

This risk, though low, is so well known that in March Guinea banned the consumption of bat soup.

Although I don't see Ebola as a major health risk for Americans, I do want it stopped as soon as possible here, because of the possibility that it might find a similar animal reservoir in the United States, as the bubonic plague has.
- 7:00 PM, 19 October 2014   [link]


If You Are Squeamish About Spiders, you may want to skip this article about one of the largest, the Goliath birdeater
Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the colossal arachnid is the world's largest spider, according to Guinness World Records.  Its leg span can reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), or about the size of "a child's forearm," with a body the size of "a large fist," [Piotr] Naskrecki told Live Science.  And the spider can weigh more than 6 oz. (170 grams) — about as much as a young puppy, the scientist wrote on his blog.
But it's an interesting animal, though not one you necessarily want to get too close to, even if you aren't a bird.

There's a little more in the Wikipedia article, but I didn't find anything there to answer what seems like an obvious question:  How does a spider that big handle circulation and respiration?

(When I turned to the general article on spiders, I found no answer to that question — or didn't understand it if I did run across it, but I did find this tidbit: "Unlike most arthropods, spiders have no extensor muscles in their limbs and instead extend them by hydraulic pressure."  Mechanical engineers may want to study those limbs, if they haven't already.)
- 2:42 PM, 18 October 2014   [link]


The Physical Evidence Supports Officer Darren Wilson; The Witnesses Disagree:  That isn't the headline that the New York Times put on their latest front-page Ferguson article, but it could be.

For example:
The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun.  It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.

The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform.  Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.
The article is based on what "government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter" told the Times.  Since these "officials" work for the Obama administration, I think we can assume that they are unlikely to be in complete sympathy with Officer Wilson.

There is, unfortunately, another point that needs to be made:  There is reason to think that some of the witnesses against Wilson are biased, have been tampered with, or both.
- 1:56 PM, 18 October 2014   [link]


Andrew Malcolm's Weekly Collection of jokes. Here's his favorite:
Meyers: The Obama White House wants to require police officers to wear body cameras at all times.  A great way for fans to keep up with their favorite NFL players.
And mine, though there were several others I liked.

(Serious jokesters will notice that Malcolm re-wrote the joke slightly for his title.  His version is better, in my opinion.  But if you are telling it, you should break it into two sentences, to separate the set-up from the punch line.)
- 1:25 PM, 18 October 2014   [link]


Putin Is Trying To Suppress Memorial:  If that sentence doesn't make sense to you, then take a quick look at the Wikipedia article on Memorial.
Memorial (Russian: Мемориал) is a Russian historical and civil rights society that operates in a number of post-Soviet states.  It focuses on recording and publicising the Soviet Union's totalitarian past, but also monitors human rights in Russia and other post-Soviet states.
And then at this fine Washington Post editorial describing Putin's efforts to suppress it.

Here's their concluding paragraph:
No one should underestimate the power of the Russian state to crush a person or organization.  Mr. Putin has done it repeatedly to silence his critics.  But the squelching of Memorial would be an especially grievous blow to the Russian people and their ability to understand, and shape, their history.
There's not much the United States can — or should — do to help Memorial in Russia.  But it would be nice if our diplomats at least expressed a little displeasure at these actions.

(I would like to think that we have been intelligent enough to make copies of Memorial's archives and have brought those copies to safe places in the West.  If not, now would be a good time to do so.)
- 8:43 AM, 17 October 2014   [link]


Seattle Victim Versus Seattle Victim:  A black woman, formerly press secretary to Seattle's gay mayor, Ed Murray, is suing the city for discrimination.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's former press secretary has filed a $1,000,000 claim against the city, alleging she was discriminated against because of her race and gender before being removed from the position after just three months on the job.

In a claim filed on September 26, Rosalind Brazel claims the mayor was "cool and aloof" toward her, while "affable and friendly" with other staff members.  Brazel claimed the mayor was "often snapping at her about media events she had scheduled for him."
It's a typical Seattle political story; anyone who can claim to be a victim — for a politically correct reason — has a big advantage in politics.  (Actual victims, for non-politically correct reasons, don't always do well.)

Not being a lawyer, I won't try to predict the outcome of this lawsuit.  But I can say that, about ten years ago, there was a series of Democratic primary contests in Seattle between non-heterosexual middle class and upper class whites, and working class blacks. As I recall, there were three of them in two or three years, and the whites came out ahead in all three.

(Local talk show host Dori Monson is delighted by this lawsuit, and I will admit that I am not unhappy about it myself.)
- 8:05 AM, 17 October 2014   [link]


The NYT Has Pictures Of Three Sets Of Gear Hospital Workers Wear to protect themselves from Ebola.  As you can see, "Level 2" is more protective than the original CDC outfits, and "Level 3" more protective than "Level 2".

And for the really curious (or hospital workers), four videos showing how workers remove the gloves, face shield, gown, and mask, when wearing the original CDC outfits.  Obviously, the process would be longer, and more difficult for workers using the "Level 2" or "Level 3" outfits.
- 3:03 PM, 16 October 2014   [link]


Would UCLA Hold Up An Unrepentant Nazi As A Role Model?  Almost certainly not.

But UCLA is holding up an unrepentant Communist as a role model.
Look whose photo graces the campus of UCLA, meant to be an inspiration to incoming students.  The woman in the photo is standing above the slogan: “We Question.”   On the right-hand side, in small letters, students are informed that they are “the optimists.”

This banner adds to the shadow that today is cast over so many of our major universities.

For those who can’t identify her, the photo depicts Angela Davis, the notorious former Communist Party USA leader who, beginning in the ’60s, molded together black nationalism with Marxism-Leninism.  She created a heady brew for recruiting new cadre into the CP and the original Black Panther Party of Huey Newton.
And doing it sneakily, by using her picture without identifying her.

Journalists often covered for Davis.  She might call herself a Communist, might even run on the Communist ticket, but they would soften their descriptions of her to "activist", or even "civil rights leader".

(This Wikipedia biography, reminded me that Davis was a star in the "History of Consciousness and the Feminist Studies Departments" at the Santa Cruz branch of the University of California, and that, although she ran on the Communist Party ticket, "she urged urged radicals to amass support for the Democratic Party".)
- 2:08 PM, 16 October 2014   [link]


Michael Bloomberg's Doctor:  The series of blunders by the Director of the Center for Disease Control, Tom Frieden, made me wonder why he was making those mistakes.

There are, as I said yesterday, experts at the CDC who could have given him good advice on Ebola, but for some reason he wasn't listening to them.

I have two tentative, non-conflicting explanations for his mistakes.  The first is obvious:  The "no-drama" Obama administration didn't want drastic actions taken, especially not before the November elections.  Frieden has been a "political" doctor for years now, working for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg beginning in 2002, and then moving to work for President Obama beginning in 2009.

As far as I can tell, Frieden has been able to satisfy the political needs of both patrons.

Second, it is likely that his priorities have stayed the same during those twelve years, likely that he took those priorities from Michael Bloomberg, likely that he was hired by President Obama because Obama shares those priorities.  And what are those priorities?  They are, I suspect, the threats that would worry Michael Bloomberg.

Almost all of those threats would be what are usually called "life style" diseases, diseases that we get from smoking, from eating too much, or the wrong things, and so on.  Bloomberg is wealthy enough so that he can, if necessary, isolate himself from almost every infectious disease, so it is natural that he — and his doctor — would not worry much about them, would not take them as seriously as poorer people would.

If Dr. Frieden does have Bloomberg's priorities, then he would shift the CDC away from infectious diseases, and toward life style diseases, toward, to use a famous example, a study of why lesbians tend to be obese, and away from obscure infectious diseases like Ebola.

And that would, I think, leave Frieden less able to react to infectious diseases such as Ebola and Enterovirus 68.  They aren't the kind of threats that Michael Bloomberg has to worry about.  They aren't the kind of threats that Michael Bloomberg's doctor has spent much time worrying about over the last twelve years.

(For the record:  Life style diseases are now greater threats to most Americans than infectious diseases.  We worry more about heart disease than tuberculosis, and for good reason.  But I am not persuaded that the CDC — or any other medical organization — has a clear understanding of how to reduce life style diseases.   For example, though we know many important things about nutrition, we still — in my opinion — are not ready to prescribe, with complete confidence, healthy diets for everyone.  Nor do we know, completely, how to persuade people to give up unhealthy choices.)
- 8:44 AM, 16 October 2014   [link]


"Operation Inherent Resolve"  The air attacks on ISIS now have a name.

Robin Wright is not impressed by the choice.
Two months after its first airstrikes against Islamic State, Washington has finally named its latest military operation in the Middle East.  The delay was curious.  Maybe it was hard to come up with a title that embraced the massive but amorphous nature of this novel intervention against Islamic State, an extremist movement (also known as ISIS or ISIL) that has gobbled up vast chunks of Iraq and Syria.

The choice–”Operation Inherent Resolve”–has both a loneliness and a longness about it, and even a sadness.  It reflects both the dashed hopes of the past and the distance anticipated before future gains.  It doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence either.   Indeed, it almost sounds despondent.
Which is not an emotion you want to inspire with the name of your military operation, though, it is only fair to add, that Wright may be reading too much into the name.

What disturbs me more than the name is the delay.  Just as parents are almost always prepared with names before a baby arrives, so war planners are almost always prepared with operation names long before the operation starts.  Dithering in either case makes us suspect a lack of commitment by the parents, or the planners.

(Some unkind critics have suggested that the operation is mostly intended to get Democrats past the November elections.  If that were true — and I am not ready to say that it is — then names like "Operation Kick the Can Down the Road" or "Operation Punt" might be appropriate.)
- 6:38 AM, 16 October 2014   [link]


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