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Trump announces fix of East Chicago's lead problem

East Chicago has suffered from serious lead poisoning, a fact known by the District EPA since 2006. Yet, it did nothing, not until citizens began doing their own tests. Finally, the EPA began test results from 2014 In some cases, dirt 6 inches deep has lead levels more than 30 times the maximum permitted level. The EPA admitted that its 2008 plan to remove some contaminated soil without displacing residents was an utter failure.

The Trump campaign immediately pounced on what they called another failure by the Obama Administration: "Yet again, the racist, incompetent Nasty Obama administration fell down on the job. I have a solution, one that will permanently fix this problem.

"People, I've told you before, and I'll tell you again, only I can fix every problem this country faces. In East Chicago, the solution is easy. I'm going to raise the lead standard. In fact, I will raise standards across the country on every issue. Raising standards will lead to solutions! Right now, our stupid, stupid EPA has issued lead standards of 0.015 mg/L. I am raising those standards to 0.15 mg/L. Not only will this solve the problem of lead in East Chicago, it will help communities and businesses across this country. Higher standards are good for everyone!"
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Aug 31, 2016, 08:52 AM (11 replies)

Captain Kirk, losing his enterprise.

Kudos to our senatorial candidate for calling out his Obama is a drug dealer in chief comment.

He really is on some bizarre orbit around this flat earth, and not fully grounded in our reality.

I have known many stroke victims, I have watched them struggle as they recover and regain their abilities, but I have never seen a senator stay in office when he clearly is physically and mentally disabled.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Aug 24, 2016, 10:15 PM (4 replies)

"I'm from the trump campaign and I am here to help."

I channeled Sir Ronald of Raygun while listening to Teh Donald while he was filmed grabbing 2 boxes of aid and handing them to the next person. His words? "The devastation is terrible, until you see it, you don't know how bad it is. I am here to help. "

How, Donald? How?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Aug 19, 2016, 05:11 PM (1 replies)

Is it evil for my icy cold heart to experience schadenfreude?


If there were any asshole more deserving of a biblical flood, I cannot think of one. Tony Perkins has destroyed more lives and brainwashed more folks than most people still living. While his body count does not approach ISIL, Boko Haram, or others, he has caused endless pain and suffering simply because his poor interpretation of a badly translated, irrational, contradictory, and mostly stolen two part work of fiction says (to his mind) that he should.

Frankly, I hope those storm clouds follow him around much like a character in a that dude in a Douglass Adams book.

A home owned by the head of a “family” group that has claimed that the LGBT community could bring about human extinction has been nearly destroyed in a flood.

In 2015, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins interviewed extreme Messianic Jewish pastor Jonathan Cahn, who suggested that Hurricane Joaquin, which devastated Hawaii, was a “sign of God’s wrath” against abortion and the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage. Perkins agreed, saying that while “those on the left like to mock these things,” American leaders have historically viewed hurricanes as signs that “God is trying to send us a message.”

A year later, however, it’s a much different story. On Tuesday, Perkins said he and his family had to escape their Louisiana home in a canoe over the weekend because of the state’s devastating ― and record-breaking ― floods.

“This is a flood of, I would have to say, near-biblical proportions,” Perkins told listeners on his “Washington Watch” radio show, as heard in the audio snippet below. “This is unlike anything we’ve seen before... It’s a matter of picking up the pieces.”

So, is it bad for me to smile, even a little? I usually feel empathy for anyone who suffers. Not in this case. Here is but one example of the blitherings, blatherings, bullshit, and beastly statements:

Perkins returned to the topic later in the program, once again linking sexual assaults in the military to the policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly and linking porn viewing by government employees in general to the “sexually charged environment” promoted by Obama.

“Of course, the military has been ground zero in the president’s sexual agenda, first repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, women in frontline combat … and guess what’s happened?” he said. “I know this will surprise you, but sexual assaults have gone through the roof.”

“That’s the result of this sexually charged environment, the results of policies of the Obama administration,” he said. “So we shouldn’t be surprised that every other agency is having these issues.”
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Aug 18, 2016, 03:34 PM (7 replies)

I can outrun David Rudisha

If he is encased in 15th century armor, is carrying two huge water tank water bottles (full), and is dragging a deployed parachute behind him.

Maybe. Maybe not.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Aug 15, 2016, 10:00 PM (6 replies)

Today's London Review of Books explains Trump phenomena

Last issue had a review involving the selection of Trump and his unbelievable rise. A GREAT letter to the editor contains this priceless gem:

"If Eliot Wienberger still finds himself perplexed by the Republican Party's deletion of Donald Trump as its presidential candidate, he need look no further than the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) for an explanation:

trumpery [n]

1. Deceit, fraud, imposture, trickery. Obs.

2. Something of less value than it seems; hence 'something of no value,trifles'; worthless stuff, trash, rubbish.

b. Applied to abstract things, as beliefs, practices, discourse, writing, etc: nonsense, 'rubbish.'

c. Applied contemptuously to religious practices, ceremonies, ornaments, etc.; regarded as idle or superstitious.

d. Showy, but unsubstantial apparel, worthless finery."

I had no idea the OED used Teh Donald as a template for some of the definitions contained therein. Their unerring accuracy is almost scary.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Aug 12, 2016, 04:30 PM (0 replies)

The RNC doesn't get it. Teh Don will "win" this meeting.

This is the $#|¥ he thrives on. A private meeting, on one side, the RNC with its desperation seeping through the walls. On the other, Teh Don, ready to "negotiate" a deal. No matter what happens, the RNC will walk away quietly, and teh Don will proclaim victory. That is how he operates.

The idea that the RNC has a spine under these circumstances is simply wishful thinking. They will be spinned, bent, cut, torn, spindled, mutilated - and they won't even know it.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Aug 12, 2016, 08:31 AM (3 replies)

NBC has achieved the unthinkable.

They took what has been historically one of the greatest international sporting events and turned it into something resembling night soil, except NBC's is far more pungent and lacks any ability to fertilize vegetation or crops.

Watching video of American spouses of athletes? Seriously? When there are exciting matches being played live? US- centric coverage might be understandable, but for the fact that so little sport is being shown.

Even worse, you'd figure that with all of the advance warning that they won the monopoly bid to film and show the games, that they would have designed a fantastic (with emphasis on the "fan" app for android or iOS. Instead, their Rio app is buggy, consists of mainly advertising and silly commentary, and shows little sport. For the few hours that I tried to watch, between crashes and hang ups, I saw no sport at all, but got to see lots of ads.

NBC Has to go. We need to prevent them from ever doing such a lousy job again. I think a healthy dose of competition would serve everyone a lot better.

NBC has earned an F+. Barely
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Aug 11, 2016, 08:39 AM (49 replies)

Delta Meltdown

So, one of the best run, profitable, and on-time airlines built its own internal computing system to track flights, issue tickets, handle scheduling, billing, and more.

It is a complex, robust, effective computer system, far better than the 1890's technology that Southwest Air has been trying to replace.

Can someone explain to me how a power failure in Atlanta caused the airline to collapse? Even my home office computer has a backup power system, letting me work even if the office is getting no power. Do they really expect us to believe that with all its programing and computer successes, Delta did not have a backup power system set up to prevent such a meltdown?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Aug 9, 2016, 10:18 AM (20 replies)

I was struck by Trump's lack luster support of Ryan and McCain

Clearly, he was reading a script. His lack of enthusiasm was as clear as the tips of his tiny fingers.

So, it begs the question: What just happened behind the scenes? And who has the clout with Teh Don and enough "respect" from him to get his addled attention long enough to convince him that this was a necessary, if painful, step?

His closest hired aides? Doubtful. Rob Bennett? The guy who called Ben Carson the smartest guy he had ever met? Heh. Lewandowsky? He is too busy making an ass of himself on CNN. Paul Manafort? ha.

I am going with his daughter and one of his sons. Even they realized how bad the optics were becoming.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat Aug 6, 2016, 11:13 AM (6 replies)
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