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October 16, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (16 Oct 2015)

RNC chairman: Republicans are 'cooked' if defeated in 2016. I would argue they are already cooked if they keep going down the GOPe path.

We're seeing more and more that if you don't hold the White House, it's very difficult to govern in this country - especially in Washington D.C.

I don't seem to recall the Democrats having that problem the last two years of the Bush presidency. I imagine even if the GOP wins in 2016, we'll hear that since they don't have a super majority in the House and Senate that the GOP still can't govern.

What American's Are Afraid Of

This is from a survey conducted by researchers at Chapman University. Thankfully Global Warming/Climate Change didn't make the top 10 (it was 21st). Funny that corruption of government officials is the number one fear but I bet many of these folks surveyed will end up voting for Hillary. Of note, Obamacare was 12th.


My kids wanted to have breakfast from McDonald's one night this past week for dinner and I don't recommend it. It takes forever for your order to get made up. I guess the franchisees aren't too thrilled with it either.


No, Russia's military prowess is NOT surprising western analysts. Those in power are willfully ignoring or changing reports. Like what happened with ISIS.

more than 50 analysts had supported a complaint to the Pentagon that the reports had been changed to make the terror groups seem weaker than the analysts believe they really are.

We're downplaying the recent Iranian ballistic missile test too. Oh sure, they're saying it did violate it but...
Administration officials have insisted, however, the launch does not violate the terms of the deal, which places limits on Iranís nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling economic sanctions.


The Chinese Will Steal Anything

Heh. PLA gets caught posting pictures of 'Chinese soldiers' in camouflage snatched from US hunting magazine .

Fast Workers


MRSA in sports: Long-standing, simple to prevent, still occurring. I think I'm gonna bring my own cleaning solution when I hit the gym. Which is like twice a year.

Among the long litany of MRSA cases in athletes, some have been high-profile: Lawrence Tynes, who is suing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over a career-ending infection (two of his teammates were infected as well); Brandon Noble of the Washington Redskins, who lost his pro career over a knee infection (six of his teammates developed infections too); Kenny George of the University of North Carolina-Asheville, who had part of his foot amputated.

But the list of those known to have been affected (and this is certainly not complete) is much longer. Some other names: Kellen Winslow (and five teammates) of the Cleveland Browns, Peyton Manning, Drew Gooden, Mike Gansey, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rios, Paul Pierce, Kenyon Martin, Braylon Edwards, and Grant Hill. And, in addition, the St. Louis Rams, the USC Trojans, and dozens of college and high school teams going back to 1993.

Public Education Misadventures

Laveen teacher on leave after giving racy quiz to students.

The self-scoring personality survey has questions from the ordinary like, "Are you irritable sometimes?" to things like, "Do you prefer ordinary sex?", "Do you watch pornographic videos?", and "Would you attend a wife-swapping party," which had some students and parents upset.

Undue Influence

Sure seems like a lot of undue influence in this Administration.

The likely Bergdahl endgame.

FBI agents angered by Obama's attempt to influence Hillary Clinton investigation.

Judge: Obama sex assault comments 'unlawful command influence'.

Republicans claim Obama had "improper influence" over net neutrality.

Samurai vs 100mph Baseball

Pumpkin Spice

About that pumpkin spice flavor that seems to be put in everything now.

War Dogs

The forgotten heroes of America's past wars.

In World War II, it is said that war dogs saved 15,000 men. In Vietnam, the dogs were credited with saving the lives of 10,000 men, but many handlers who served there feel that this number is grossly underestimated. Of approximately 87,000 missions, the dogs uncovered 2,000 tunnels and bunkers and enabled 1,000 enemy captures and 4,000 enemy kills.

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