Protocol, Perception, Procrastinating, & Pretenders

Thought #1

Instead of coming up with some nonsensical excuse for explaining why the leader of the free world bowed in submission to the Emperor of Japan, the Obama Administration has decided that doing so was an act of protocol.

A senior administration official said President Barack Obama was simply observing protocol when he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday.

Who’s the moron that added “The President shall bow to all foreign leaders in a symbolic gesture of submission and capitulation” to the administration protocol books? It seems to me that Barack Obama is the only world leader that symbolizes submission and capitulation while meeting other world leaders.

Thought #2

According to the CDC, swine Mexican flu has infected 22 million Americans and killed roughly 4,000 of them.

Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, according to startling federal estimates released Thursday.

That’s a death rate of 0.00018182 or 0.01812 percent. In simpler terms, 1.812 people out of every 10,000 infected will die from swine Mexican flu.

Now there’s word of a new “pneumonic plague” sweeping across Europe that’s more deadly than H1N1.

A deadly plague could sweep across Europe, doctors fear, after an outbreak of a virus in Ukraine plunged the country and its neighbours into a state of panic.

A cocktail of three flu viruses are reported to have mutated into a single pneumonic plague, which it is believed may be far more dangerous than swine flu. The death toll has reached 189 and more than 1 million people have been infected, most of them in the nine regions of Western Ukraine.

Whoa. 189 people are dead, out of one million. That puts the death rate for this “deadly plague” at 0.000189 or 0.0189 percent. Yes, it’s true. This pneumonic plague kills 1.89 people out of every 10,000 infected.

The new scary plague will kill 0.078 more people per 10,000 infected than Swine Mexican Flu. For you mathematically challenged people out there that’s equal to 7.8 people per million. We’re talking a death rate less than one-fiftieth of one percent, and just so we all keep one foot on the ground, let’s remember a few things.

  • the survival rate for all cancers diagnosed from 1996-2004 (after five years) is just 66%. That puts the death rate at 34%.
  • in 2005, coronary heart disease death rates per 100,000 people were 187.7 for white males and 213.9 for black males; and 110.0 for white females and 140.9 for black females, which puts the lowest death rate for coronary heart disease at 0.11 percent or 11 deaths per 10,000 people.

So the next time someone starts talking about these “super bugs” and “deadly plagues” take a moment to step back and look at the whole story. It might not be as bleak as they want you to think it is.

Thought #3

Barack Obama seems to have forgotten, yet again, words that have come from his own mouth.

In November of 2008, while running for President, Barack Obama said the following while addressing a group of bipartisan governors and talking about climate change and reducing emissions.

Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response.

Candidate Barack Obama made it clear that delay was no longer an option, but today, one year and one election later, President Barack Obama and other world leaders made it clear that delay is the only option.

U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders on Sunday supported delaying a legally binding climate pact until 2010 or even later, but European negotiators said the move did not imply weaker action.

Some argued that legal technicalities might otherwise distract the talks in Copenhagen and it was better to focus on the core issue of cutting climate-warming emissions.

Great job, Mr. President. You’ve proven once again that we cannot rely on a single word that comes out of your mouth.

Thought #4

What happens when a presidential administration and recipients of stimulus funds pretend to create jobs?

More than ten percent of the jobs the Obama administration has claimed were “created or saved” by the $787 billion stimulus package are doubtful or imaginary, according to reports compiled from eleven major newspapers and the Associated Press.

I haven’t really paid attention to many AP “investigations” since Barack Obama was elected because their reporting has been so biased it just didn’t warrant wasting my time to read what they had to say. What’s different this time?

It seems that eleven major newspapers actually did some groundwork (formerly known as “journalism”) and started asking questions.

For example, in South Carolina,

“The Greenville Housing Authority “saved or created” 118 jobs by use of federal stimulus money, according to the Obama administration. Not bad for an agency that has 35 employees.”

And in Harry Reid’s neck of the woods,

At least 4,000 of the supposedly created jobs in Nevada government — and possibly hundreds more — have been called into question in the light of reports that local governments were “told to take the amount of stimulus money they received and divide it by $92,000, the theoretical average wage and benefits of a job.” The Nevada Department of Education divided by $66,681 and the state’s higher education system used a figure of $45,000 when each estimated 2,000 jobs “saved.”

Thank goodness someone is finally questioning what this administration is claiming to have accomplished. When all is said and done, I’m pretty sure the following will be a complete (and unedited) list of the Obama administration’s accomplishments: