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A Fight At The Opera

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

Mayor de Blasio has a gift for clarifying conflicts. His muddled thinking usually puts him on the wrong side, which helps the rest of us come to the right conclusion.

He’s also got a knack for picking losing fights with Rudy Giuliani. You’ll know de Blasio is getting smarter when he finds another sparring partner.

The patterns established with the mayor’s warped views on policing emerge again in the battle over “The Death of Klinghoffer.” There are legitimate views on both sides about whether the Met should stage the opera, but when de Blasio suggested that opponents, including Giuliani, were out of bounds with their protests, he handed total victory to the other side.

Said Mayor Muddle, “I really think we have to be very careful in a free society to respect that cultural institutions will portray works of art, put on operas, plays, that there will be art exhibits in museums. And in a free society, we respect that.”

He also blasted Giuliani, saying, “The former mayor had a history of challenging cultural institutions when he disagreed with their content. I don’t think that’s the American way. The American way is to respect freedom of speech — simple as that.”

Simple? That perfectly describes de Blasio’s view of the freedom of speech. He’s for it only when it suits his politics. Remember, he supported the Occupy Wall Street rabble when it set up camp in a downtown park.

The First Amendment is not a suicide compact or a vow of silence. It encourages dissent by protecting it. That means those who see an opera that justifies terrorism, with anti-Semitic overtones, have more than a right to speak out. They have a duty to warn the world, which is what the protesters are doing.

Obamacare Dumping Patients Into Medicaid

columnist avatar Keith koffler by Keith Koffler

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According to an article in the Wall Street Journal today by Jeffrey A. Singer MD, a general surgeon who is also an adjunct scholar at the conservative CATO Institute, Obamacare is resulting in a involuntary shift of patients onto government-run care, establishing at least a beachhead for the long-held liberal dream of fully socialized medicine.

From the piece:

A recent Boston University/Harvard Medical School study suggests that up to 80% of people participating in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion have been shifted off their private insurance. These patients’ plans—that they liked, and were told they could keep—did not meet Affordable Care Act requirements, and were wiped out. Healthcare.gov offered them Medicaid.

But the irony doesn’t stop there. Even if my patients save money by no longer paying premiums, they suffer in the long run by being trapped in a subpar health-care system. A Medicaid card does not translate into quality medical care. In some cases, it does not translate into medical care at all.

Only 45% of doctors are now accepting new Medicaid patients, according to a recent survey by the health-care company Merritt Hawkins. This number has dropped from 55% in the past five years. In some cities—Dallas and Minneapolis, for example—as few as 23% of doctors are seeing new Medicaid patients. As ObamaCare vastly expands the number of patients on the Medicaid rolls—three million new patients, by last count—this threatens these patients’ well-being.

For some, this will literally be a death sentence:

Medicaid patients were twice as likely to die in the hospital after undergoing major surgery than those on private insurance, according to a 2010 study from the University of Virginia published in the Annals of Surgery. The research also showed that patients who had no insurance at all were 25% less likely than those on Medicaid to have an “in-hospital death,” and that Medicaid patients have the longest stays and highest hospital costs.

How will government solve the problem of too many patients for too few doctors?

Well, Death Panels, for one. The geniuses in the Obama administration, despite their remarkable intellectual prowess and top-school degrees, have still not found a way to eliminate the laws of supply and demand. And so rationing, at least in the public sector, must take place.

more: http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/10/21/obamacare-dumping-patients-medicaid/

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Teacher Tenure Opposition Gets Some Powerful Advocates

Former CNN anchor says legal efforts needed to overturn policies that make it nearly impossible to fire incompetent teachers.

Rodrigo Sermeno PJ media  by Rodrigo Sermeno

WASHINGTON – Campbell Brown, an education reform advocate, says legal efforts are needed to do away with unduly protections for incompetent teachers that prevent student access to quality education.

Brown, a former CNN anchor, is supporting the lawsuit of eight New York families challenging teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority laws in the state.

“What we want is a system that supports, protects and properly pays good teachers and makes it possible in a responsible and fair way to remove teachers judged to be incompetent or abusive – that’s it,” Brown said during a recent speech at the American Enterprise Institute. “And the laws in the books right now in New York all work against that incredibly important goal.”

In New York, school administrators decide whether to grant tenure after a teacher has been on the job for three years, and if granted, the teacher has a job for life. State seniority laws aimed to protect veteran teachers put new teachers first in line for layoffs, regardless of job performance. Laws governing teacher dismissal mandate that tenured teachers can be dismissed only after just cause has been established through a series of administrative hearings.

Brown recently founded the Partnership for Education Justice to overturn policies that make it nearly impossible to fire incompetent teachers.

“I’m in this fight because I believe there is no debate about the fact that all children deserve a decent education,” she said. “The single most important school-based factor for ensuring that they get that education is to have an effective teacher in the classroom.”

more: http://pjmedia.com/blog/teacher-tenure-opposition-gets-some-powerful-advocates/?singlepage=true

When Campbell Brown was on CNN I thought she was one of the worst in her blatent bias. I still think that she was. To find her on this side of this issue astounds me. And being a fair-minded person, some of the time, I applaud her efforts. I hope she is ready for the villification that the left aims at anyone that dares disagree with them.  Teachers and their unions are among the most vile.

Media B.S.

Paul Krugman Uncovers a Right-Wing Conspiracy at Amazon.com

arnold ahlert by Arnold Ahlert

Big-government aficionado Paul Krugman is calling for “public action to curb the power” of an entity he can’t quite bring himself to call a monopoly, even as he nonetheless compares its “abuses” to those of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company. The subject of his ire? “Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America,” Krugman whines.

“Does Amazon really have robber-baron-type market power? When it comes to books, definitely,” Krugman insists. “Amazon overwhelmingly dominates online book sales, with a market share comparable to Standard Oil’s share of the refined oil market when it was broken up in 1911. Even if you look at total book sales, Amazon is by far the largest player.”

It is the largest player that even Krugman is forced to admit “has not tried to exploit consumers.” Yet he posits the notion that keeping its prices “systematically low” is not a benefit for those consumers, as much as it allows Amazon to “reinforce its dominance.” That dominance is used to “squeeze” publishers to lower the price of book sales to Amazon, and despite the fact that Krugman has already admitted Amazon passes those savings on to its customers, he remains adamant that one of the most basic concepts of free-market competition is a bad thing.

“In economics jargon, Amazon is not, at least so far, acting like a monopolist, a dominant seller with the power to raise prices,” he writes. “Instead, it is acting as a monopsonist, a dominant buyer with the power to push prices down.” Despite Krugman’s hand-wringing, one is inclined to think the public would look favorably on this effect on the marketplace.

He notes that people buy books because they’ve heard about them, other people are reading them, they’re a topic of conversation, they‘ve made the best-seller list, and writers are promoting them. Yet Amazon’s “immense” power gives it the ability to “kill the buzz.” “It’s definitely possible, with some extra effort, to buy a book you’ve heard about even if Amazon doesn’t carry it,” Krugman concedes, “but if Amazon doesn’t carry that book, you’re much less likely to hear about it in the first place.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/arnold-ahlert/paul-krugman-uncovers-a-right-wing-conspiracy-at-amazon-com/

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Republican Tillis is lone NC Senate candidate on live program intially billed as debate

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/22/republican-tillis-is-lone-nc-senate-candidate-on-live-program-intially-billed/

If Hagen couldn’t bother to show up for the debate then e-mailing responses to Tillis is cowardly. She should have either participated or STFU.

 ACLU not happy with Houston Mayor Annise Parker

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/10/aclu-not-happy-with-annise-parker/

Pro Hagen flyer uses lynching image

http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/20/pro-hagan-flier-uses-lynching-image-warns-of-obamas-impeachment-if-democrat-loses/

If Hagen has any decency at all she will make it absolutely clear that she had nothing to do with this and that she is disgusted by it. Otherwise she’s just another race-baiting Dem.

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Knucklehead Row

Andrew Klaven  by Andrew Klaven

Whatever its pretensions, whatever its claims, statism — progressivism, leftism, socialism — is based on the idea that a small elite intelligentsia can run your life better than you can. They know how to spend your money. They know how to educate your children. They know how to run your health care. They know how to protect you from yourself.

You do not have to talk to a statist very long before he will profess an intense dislike, distrust and even fear of ordinary people. Ordinary people spend money on what they want (TV’s restaurants and cars) rather than what the elite know they ought to want (aluminum foil climate change reversers). Ordinary people teach their children that God created the world rather than a random pattern of mathematic realities that came into being through another random pattern that came… well, the elite know: it’s random patterns all the way down! Ordinary people will give jobs and business to those who earn them rather than those the elite, in their greater understanding, know are historically deserving because of past oppression. And so on.

Now, of course, with the very elite of the elite running the country, we find that — what do you know? — this statism dodge doesn’t really work all that well. And there are two reasons for this. The first is that the statist premise is wrong. In fact, ordinary people left at liberty to do as they will are actually better at running their lives and businesses and country than the geniuses in Washington. Central planning works great in the imaginations of the elite, but in the real world… not so much.

And the second problem is that the elite are stupid. No, really. They’re educated and sophisticated and they dress well and speak well. They may even have high IQs. But in the immortal words of Forrest Gump’s mother: “Stupid is as stupid does.” And the elite are stupid.

Take the columnists at the New York Times. Or as I call them: Knucklehead Row. These guys look like smart people, they talk like smart people, they’ve got the trappings of smart people. But they are not smart. They are the opposite of smart. What’s the word I’m looking for? Oh yeah. They’re stupid.

more: http://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2014/10/19/knucklehead-row/?singlepage=true

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Running Against Obama, Republicans Positioned for Midterm Sweep

Most of the battleground Senate races are trending in the GOP’s direction, while Democrats are playing defense in the House.

columnist avatar Josh Kraushaar by Josh Kraushaar

In baseball, not long ago, there was a long-standing feud between scouts and number-crunching sabermetricians. Baseball traditionalists resisted the influx of new thinking into the game, while the data gurus too often adopted a dogmatic position that numbers always trumped personal reporting and observation. It quickly became obvious that the most successful teams are the ones that utilized a hybrid model—the best in scouting and statistics—and the Moneyball war in baseball subsided.

That’s not all that different from what’s happening in politics, where armchair pundits and number-crunching congressional-race modelers frequently overhype the latest polls, while downplaying the broader environment. They’re directly related. The leading fundamentals of an election—presidential approval, right track/wrong track, and the congressional generic ballot, among them—are like “park effects” in baseball. If a hitter is playing in the thin air of Denver’s Coors Field, it’s much easier to hit a home run. Likewise, in a political landscape where the president is deeply unpopular, it’s much easier for the messages of the other party’s challengers to resonate, even if they’re running weaker campaigns.

Republicans now are positioned to net between six and nine Senate seats in the upcoming midterms, with the higher end looking more likely. Most of the battleground Senate contests are now either trending in a Republican direction or remaining stable with a GOP advantage. Trailing in the North Carolina Senate race throughout much of the fall, Republican Thom Tillis has lately put Sen. Kay Hagan on the defensive by connecting her to the president’s management of the ISIS threat and the outbreak of Ebola. In Colorado, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner has led in all of the six public polls released in October, with leads ranging from 2 to 6 points. Early voting data out of Iowa is looking favorable for Republican Joni Ernst, consistent with public polls showing her with a small advantage. The Cook Political Report recently moved the New Hampshire race between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown into toss-up status, indicative of polling showing Shaheen still ahead but with a rapidly narrowing lead. Outside of Kansas, political analyst Stuart Rothenberg now has Republicans holding an edge in all the red-state races, reflecting a nationalized environment against the party in power.

more: http://www.nationaljournal.com/against-the-grain/running-against-obama-republicans-positioned-for-midterm-sweep-20141020

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Predatory Journalism

 by Thomas Sowell

The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.”

Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times.

People who believe in government-set price controls — whether on interest rates charged for loans, rents charged for housing or wages paid under minimum wage laws — seem to think that this is the end of the story. Yet there is a vast literature on the economic repercussions of price controls.

Whole books have been written just on the repercussions of rent control laws in countries around the world.

These repercussions include the housing shortages that almost invariably follow, the deterioration of existing housing and the shift of economic resources — both construction materials and construction labor — from building ordinary housing for the general public to building luxury housing that only the affluent and the rich can afford, because that kind of housing is usually exempted from rent control.

There is at least an equally vast literature on the repercussions of minimum wage laws. Unemployment rates over 20 percent for younger, less skilled and less experienced workers have been common, even in normal times — with much higher unemployment rates than that during recessions

Against this background of negative repercussions from various forms of price control, in countries around the world, why would anybody imagine that price controls on interest rates would not have repercussions that need to be considered?

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2014/10/21/predatory-journalism-n1907589

Yet there is remarkably little concern on the political left as to the actual consequences of the laws and policies they advocate. Once they have taken a stance on the side of the angels against the forces of evil, that is the end of the story, as far as they are concerned.

Media B S

AP: ‘Troubles Clearly Aren’t Over’ For NBC’s Snyderman Over Ebola Move

Matthew Balan by Matthew Balan

On Monday, David Bauder of the Associated Press spotlighted the ongoing controversy over NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman breaking her own quarantine, after she returned from West Africa to cover the Ebola outbreak.

Bauder underlined that Synderman’s “quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week…but the troubles clearly aren’t over for NBC News’ chief medical editor.” He added that “NBC must now decide whether Snyderman’s credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long.”

Bauder also pointed out that the journalist’s “admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response.” He cited an expert on journalistic ethics, who asserted that Dr. Synderman’s “‘arrogance and dismissiveness’ create[d] a huge PR and credibility problem for NBC.”

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2014/10/20/ap-troubles-clearly-arent-over-nbcs-snyderman-over-ebola-move#sthash.iVKSBWpN.dpuf

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Pro-Israel Protesters Disrupt Anti-Semitic Met Opera

Chants and boos mar Death of Klinghoffer’s opening night

http://freebeacon.com/issues/pro-israel-protesters-disrupt-anti-semitic-met-opera/

Obama Takes Like Forever to Vote

columnist avatar Keith koffler by Keith Koffler

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/10/20/obama-takes-vote/

Obama Voters Struggle with Stockholm Syndrome

John Ransom by John Ransom

http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2014/10/20/hillary-says-she-was-in-bills-cabinet-ransom-notes-radio-n1903582

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Here Comes A New Week

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Trusting This Administration on Ebola, Or Anything Else, Is Insanity

by Kurt Schlicter

Maybe the White House could organize a coherent response to the myriad problems exploding all over the place if this was an amorphous “community” instead of an actual country. We are seeing a real-life PowerPoint demonstration explaining exactly what happens when you turn the Executive Branch over to people who have never executed anything more complex than a sit-in at the local welfare office.

Since everything they touch turns to failure, their response is to lie. And everyone sees it. Everyone except Chet. Chet is my unicorn.

I’m a lawyer and get paid to watch equivocating weasels twist in the wind – in fact, one of the best parts of my job is doing the huffing and puffing. I have to give credit to the director of the Centers for Disease Control – rarely have I disbelieved someone so thoroughly so quickly. I don’t even believe his punctuation.

Instead of a rational, authoritative scientist calmly explaining what we do and don’t know, and exactly what commonsense steps his agency is taking to battle the Ebola outbreak, we get Dr. Kevin Bacon being flattened under a stampede of exposed medics running rampant across the country as he shrieks, “Remain Calm! All is well!”

Dude, all is not well. Everyone knows it. And that’s why people aren’t remaining calm.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2014/10/20/trusting-this-administration-on-ebola-or-anything-else-is-insanity-n1906111

 Joel Kotkin: Thunder on the Left

Much has been written about the right-ward shift of the Republican Party, but far less about a mounting left-wing movement among Democrats. While the media tends to dismiss the right-wingers of the GOP as “wingnuts,” it typically refrains from categorizing even the extreme left of the Democratic Party in a similar manner.

President Barack Obama has accelerated this leftward trend in two ways. First, his administration, particularly in contrast to that of former President Bill Clinton, has laid the rhetorical basis for a move to the left by shifting the party agenda on social, environmental and economic policies. Clinton may have declared that “the era of big government is over,” but under Obama an ever-expanding federal government has become the essential raison d’être for the party.

more: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/party-638889-left-democrats.html

Oct. 17, 2014

Republican Populism—or Republican Destruction

victor_davis_hanson by Victor Davis Hanson

Those not working are at all-time highs. Zero-percent interest rates have impoverished the middle class and enriched the Wall Street elite. Our youth, saddled with $1 trillion in student debt, will have to pay back much of the $18 trillion national debt, more than a third of it piled up by this administration. Unsustainable entitlements will strangle the futures of anyone under thirty.

In reaction, Democratic congressional and Senate candidates choose to orphan themselves from Obama. Even Jimmy Carter finds Obama wanting. Two former Obama secretaries of defense describe him as vacillating, predicating foreign policy decisions on politics.

Given such a disastrous Democratic landscape, it may be penny-wise for Republicans to eek out a midterm victory to win back the Senate by being against anything Obama is for. But it is a pound-foolish strategy that won’t do anything to stop Hillary Clinton or a Democratic resurgence in 2016.

In a word, the Republicans have several issues that resonate with the middle class, and yet they either cannot or will not cast them in a populist vein.

more: http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/republican-populism-or-republican-destruction/?singlepage=true

Media Bias:

ABC’s Stephanopoulos Rushes To Defend Obama’s Ebola Czar

The ABC host’s defense of Klein came after Harris pointed how the appointment was coming “under fire, however, from some Republicans in Congress for the man he appointed, Ron Klain, who’s got a political background and not a medical one.”

Unsurprisingly, Stephanopoulos dismissed such criticism, specifically Klain’s lack of medical expertise, and insisted that the United States doesn’t need more medical experts dealing with Ebola:

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/10/19/abcs-stephanopoulos-rushes-defend-obamas-ebola-czar#sthash.IPBL83KH.dpuf

Stephanopoulos has never been anything but a lefty tool. Why would anyone expect anything different from his now? The MSM is riddled with these corrupt scum posing as “news” people.

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Hillary Clinton commanded a two hundred and twenty-five thousand dollar speaking fee last Monday night in Las Vegas when she showed up to address the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Foundation Dinner. You can’t make it up. Her topic was the importance of free speech.

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Looks Like a Democrat, Quacks Like a Democrat, But…

“‘Republicans for Orman’ is nothing but a sham and an attempt to dupe Kansas voters,” argues Roberts campaign.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/looks-like-a-democrat-quacks-like-a-democrat-but/?singlepage=true

If Orman truly was an Independent I think he’s the candidate for whom I would vote. But he isn’t. Not anymore than Bernie Sanders is an “Independent”.  So if I was a Kansan I would have to hold my nose and vote for Pat Roberts who is two of the things I hate most about politicians, a long time incumbent and an old incumbent.

We Have a “Truthy”-ness Problem

Liberals are concerned about “astroturfing” online, so here comes science to save the day.

Amy Miller by Amy Miller

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/10/we-have-a-truthy-ness-problem/

Obama ‘Hasn’t Had Your Back': Priebus Zings Wasserman Schultz With Sly Reference to Politico Story

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A Toxic President

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

Chalk it up to karma, fate or bad luck. Whatever you call it, the Ebola scare is proof that Bad Things Happen to Bad Presidents.

The morphing of what is a single case into near panic is, according to medical experts, unwarranted. They point out that, so far, one person from Liberia died in a Texas hospital and two nurses who treated him got sick. Period, end of panic.

In rational and medical terms, they may be right. But their calculations omit another factor. It’s the X factor.

In this case, X stands for trust.

President Obama has spent six years squandering it, and the administration’s confusion, contradictions and mistakes on Ebola fit the pattern. This is how he rolls.

Don’t worry, there’s no chance of an outbreak, they said. Then it was, Oops, we must rethink all procedures for handling cases. Then there was no worry about a “wide” outbreak, yet quarantines for lots of people.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/10/19/a-toxic-president/

And then there is our idiot SoS…

Hold your peace, John

John Kerry took another stupid pill. How else to explain our secretary of state’s idiotic comment that the failure of Israel and Palestinians to make peace “was a cause of recruitment” for the Islamic State? He makes murder and carnage sound like righteous anger.

Before he opens his yap again, Kerry should learn this Israeli refrain:

If Palestinians laid down their arms, there would be no more war. If Israelis laid down their arms, there would be no more Israel.

That’s truth, and everything else is nonsense.

Obama: Our House is Your House

By Clarice Feldman

The problem with voting into the presidency an internationalist is that his oath to “protect and defend” the Constitution (and by implication the nation) doesn’t apply to this nation. He sees it as his duty to protect and defend some undifferentiated poor folks in the Third World. You suckers just pay the bills and suffer the consequences of his actions.

Proof is overwhelming that this represents Obama’s mindset. This week is no exception. From a review of the expenditures made by this administration with tax revenues meant to protect our health and safety and his immigration policies, we can see yet again where he’s coming from.

Here are some of the ways his people spent your public health money.

As you can see, the National Institutes of Health expenditures, from the clearly frivolous (origami condoms) to the clearly extraneous (syphilis transmission by gays in Peru) reflect not only mission creep, but a lack of rational priorities.

[T]he Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth of NIH studies within the past several years that have gone to questionable research.

For instance, the agency has spent $2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese, and $466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates. Another $2,075,611 was spent encouraging old people to join choirs.

Millions have gone to “text message interventions,” including a study where researchers sent texts to drunks at the bar to try to get them to stop drinking. The project received an additional grant this year, for a total of $674,590.

The NIH is also texting older African Americans with HIV ($372,460), HIV and drug users in rural areas ($693,000), HIV smokers ($763,519), pregnant smokers ($380,145), teen moms ($243,839), and meth addicts ($360,113). Text message interventions to try to get obese people to lose weight have cost$2,707,067.

The NIH’s research on obesity has led to spending $2,101,064 on wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person’s weight, and $374,670 to put on fruit and vegetable puppet shows for preschoolers.

A restaurant intervention to develop new children’s menus cost $275,227, and the NIH spent $430,608 for mother-daughter dancing outreach to fight obesity.

Sexual minorities have received a substantial amount from the NIH. The agency has now spent $105,066 following 16 schizophrenic LGBT Canadians around Toronto for a study on their community experiences.

The total for a project on why gay men get syphilis in Peru is now $692,697after receiving additional $228,425 this year. The NIH is also concerned about postpartum depression in “invisible sexual minority women,” with a study that has cost $718,770.

Millions went to develop “origami condoms,” in male, female, and anal versions. The inventor Danny Resnic, who received $2,466,482 from the NIH, has been accused of massive fraud for using grant money for full-body plastic surgery in Costa Rica and parties at the Playboy mansion.

How transwomen use Facebook is the subject of another NIH study worth $194,788.

The agency has also committed $5 million to “mine and analyze” social media to study American’s attitudes toward drug abuse, and $306,900 to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people.

The NIH has also spent $15,313,372 on cessation studies devoted to every kind of smoker imaginable. Current studies are targeted at American Indians($2,899,954); Chinese and Vietnamese men ($424,875); postmenopausal women ($4,151,850); the homeless ($558,576);Korean youth ($94,580);young schizophrenics ($397,802); Brazilian women smokers ($955,368);Latino HIV-positive smokers($471,530); and the LGBT community ($2,364,521).

Yale University is studying how to get “Heavy Drinkers” to stop smoking at a cost of $571,799. Other projects seek to use Twitter to provide “social support to smokers” ($659,469), and yoga ($1,763,048) as a way to quit.

An NIH project studying sighs cost taxpayers $53,282.

On Tuesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) had to outsource efforts at an Ebola vaccine to the Baltimore-based Profectus BioSciences Inc. The company will receive $8.6 million to research and test their vaccine, a fraction of NIH funding that went to the above projects.

Besides the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and HHS have roles to play in protecting national health.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/10/obama_our_house_is_your_house.html#ixzz3GaUNeiFT

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Christians Can’t Accept Houston’s Intimidation Tactics Without Protest

columnist avatar Mollie Hemingway by Mollie Hemingway

Support for legalizing same-sex marriage dropped from 54 percent to 49 percent since February,

according to a Pew Research Center poll. Analysts said they had no idea why or if it was just a random blip. I joked on Twitter that my April article “Rise of the Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents” probably was the cause.

But in all seriousness, perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law — or at least given people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual or gender identity. We’ve all seen the stories about lawsuits against small business owners. The boycotts against companies for harboring employees who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon and therefore believe marriage is essentially built around sexual complementarity. The public outrage of enthused mobs believing themselves to be on the right side of history.

And the latest story out of Houston will likewise do little to quell concerns that religious liberty and free speech are under serious attack. Earlier this year, the City Council passed a law regarding rights related to sexual and gender identity. Mayor Annise Parker has made support for this law — the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance — a major part of her administration.

A petition drive to repeal the ordinance — with more than 50,000 signatures, and only 17,259 required — was disallowed by Parker and the city attorney. Some of the Houston citizens sued over the matter and the city responded by subpoenaing emails and sermons from five pastors who are not party to the lawsuit but were involved in the petition drive.

more: http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/16/christians-must-fight-houstons-attack-on-freedom-of-speech/

There goes those hypocritical liberals showing their disdain for the Constitution again. They insist that they have rights while seeking to deny others theirs. WTH? By her actions this woman has shown she is unfit for public office. Does that mean I am anti-gay or a homophobe? Not so much. It means that I am anti tyrant.

Media Bias:

How the NYT blatantly spins for Obama on Ebola

John Podhoretz by John Podhoretz

These are difficult times, so it makes sense for America’s journalistic institutions to locate new revenue streams.

Just look at the New York Times, always an industry leader: It’s become the official stenographer of the Obama White House.

On Saturday, The Times ran a story about the president and his response to the Ebola outbreak that read like it was dictated word for word by the president’s top men.

If I were a stockholder in the New York Times Co., I would certainly hope the paper was properly compensated for the front-page placement of this naked political advertisement.

The only thing missing from it was the opening line that all political commercials are now required to include: “I’m Barack Obama and I approve of this message.”

According to the article, the president isn’t actually as supportive of his administration’s Ebola-fighting team as he has sounded over the past couple of weeks.

Quite the opposite: “Amid Assurances on Ebola,” the headline ran, “Obama Is Said to Seethe.”

The White House, anonymously of course, wants people to think the president shares their disbelief at how ham-handed and inconsistent his team’s conduct has been — no matter that he has repeatedly praised it and has himself contributed to the appearance of cluelessness with his own public statements on the Ebola problem.

And so it was time for a story revealing that the president is really quite furious — but in private.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/10/18/how-the-nyt-blatantly-spins-for-obama-on-ebola/

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Don’t you wonder how often you would see this in the media if it was the son of a prominent Republican?

A gang member turned rabbi has been arrested in New York for impersonating a police officer. A gang member, a rabbi, and a police officer. He’s basically a one-man version of the Village People.  ~ Seth Meyers

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

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Saturday Night Funny Video: Who Is Joe Biden?

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BuzzFeed Accidently Gives MSM Game Away

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http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/10/17/buzzfeed-gives-msm-game-away/?singlepage=true

Ebola Czar Should Be a General Not a Pol

 by Albert Hunt

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-10-18/ebola-czar-should-be-a-general-not-a-pol

If I Were Gay, I’d Oppose Houston’s Old Lesbian Mayor

Doug Giles by Doug Giles

http://townhall.com/columnists/douggiles/2014/10/19/if-i-were-gay-id-oppose-houstons-old-lesbian-mayor-n1906990

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Why I Oppose Barack Obama

John_Hawkins_Updated by John Hawkins

We keep hearing from liberals that people who oppose Barack Obama MUST feel that way because of racism. As if there couldn’t be another reason or for that matter, dozens of other reasons like…

· The IRS scandal

· Obamacare

· Fast and Furious

· Opening up the borders and illegally implementing the DREAM ACT

· Lying about being opposed to gay marriage in 2008 and then supporting it later

· Refusing the turn away flights from nations with Ebola

· Killing NASA’s manned space program

· Losing America’s AAA credit rating

· Helping radical Islamists take over in Libya and Egypt

· His obnoxious bowing to other world leaders

· He’s doing nothing of consequence to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons

· Cash-for-clunkers

· Benghazi

· 1 out of every 5 Americans is on food stamps thanks to Obama

· Going to war multiple times without congressional approval

· Creating the rise of ISIS in Iraq by not leaving American troops there

· Losing the fight against ISIS

· Losing the war in Afghanistan

· He’s a gun grabber

· Illegally bypassing Congress many times with overreaching, unconstitutional executive orders

· Trading Taliban terrorists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl

· Wasting billions to bail out his union allies at General Motors & the now Italian owned Chrysler

· His nearly trillion-dollar failed stimulus program

· Increasing the debt from $10.6 trillion when he took office to $17.8 trillion today

….and the sad thing is, this isn’t even remotely close to a comprehensive list of Obama’s scandals, corruptions, stupidities and lawlessness. It’s just that reciting the sheer number of poor decisions and bad policy choices that Obama has made would cause people to mentally check out, like they do when they’re trying to wrap their minds around the almost unimaginable size of the national debt.

In fact, other than not stopping SEAL Team 6 from killing Osama Bin Laden, conservatives have disagreed with Obama on almost every significant decision of his presidency. When it matters, he either does nothing when he needs to do something, does something when he should be doing nothing or just plain old does the worst thing possible.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2014/10/18/why-i-oppose-barack-obama-n1906802

The liberals have overused and overplayed their “race” card to the point that many of us who were once appalled that someone would call us such a name now simply laugh and shrug. They, in their own foolishness have destroyed one of the greatest weapons in their arsenal. Only the dimmest bulbs, and granted there are a lot of them, in their own party believe the “racist” slur anymore. In fact many have now seen that some of the worst “racism” comes from black liberals. Proof is in “their” voting patterns. Or maybe you know some districts where every white voted for a white as districts where 90 to 100 percent of the blacks voted for Obama. 90 to 100% of people do not agree about anything. It’s just in our nature. Unless it is black voters voting for a black man for president.

Chip Bok

In Colorado, overheated rhetoric from ‘Mark Uterus’

00 12 columnist avatar george will by George Will

One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope. And the Democrats’ trope about the Republicans’ “war on women” clearly assumes that women are civic illiterates.

Access to contraception has been a constitutional right for 49 years (Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965). The judiciary has controlled abortion policy for 41 years (Roe v. Wade, 1973). Yet the Democratic Party thinks women can be panicked into voting about mythical menaces to these things.

One Democrat whose gallantry toward women is monomaniacal, Sen. Mark Udall (Colo.), is now uncomfortably known here as “Mark Uterus.” He is seeking a second term by running such a relentlessly gynecological campaign that the Denver Post, in endorsing his opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, denounced the “shocking amount of energy and money” Udall has devoted to saying that Gardner favors banning birth control.

more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-mark-udalls-overheated-war-on-women-in-colorado-senate-race/2014/10/17/84506456-5562-11e4-ba4b-f6333e2c0453_story.html

Please, Janet Yellen, Shut Up

John Ransom by John Ransom

It’s long past time to end the Fed as it is currently constructed. And it was only a matter of time before an Obama appointee put an exclamation on the point. It’s what Obama appointees are best at.

Yellen stepped out of her role as Master of the Stock Market to expound on taxation and public education.Yellen points out that poor school districts sometimes aren’t funded as well as rich one are because the United States relies on local control of education. It’s what she calls “subnational taxation.”

Her implied proposal is that it would be much better if the Feds (as in federal government, not Federal Reserve) taxed and spent the money on behalf of the school districts.

“A major reason the United States is different,” says Yellendifferent in this case means worse in liberal-speak—“is that we are one of the few advanced nations that funds primary and secondary public education mainly through subnational taxation.”

To which my reply to Yellen is: Shut up.

A few years ago we got this idea in our head that we wanted to hear from our Federal Reserve Chairman more often.

So Bernanke held court through press conferences.

Actually, it would be better if they just shut up, starting with Yellen.

What do 100 battered markets have in common? The Fed just doesn’t know when to shut the hell up.

more: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2014/10/18/please-janet-yellen-shut-up-n1906626

I particularly liked these “facts” even if I don’t particularly “like” John Ransom.

New York spends the most amount of money per pupil per year with funding at $19,552. That means that to teach a class of 25 kids to read and write for the year it costs $488,800. Yet only 31 percent of New York’s public school students were proficient at reading and math in the 2012-2013 school year.

If I gave you $500,000 and told you to teach 25 kids to read and write would you end up with only seven kids who were proficient at the end of the year? I bet you could if you TRIED.

Glenn McCoy

Vote Early – Vote Dumb

Early Voting Americans Surrender Voice on Ebola

J. Christian Adams by J. Christian Adams

We always knew early voting was an expensive and divisive bad idea, but Ebola has provided another reason to oppose it. The government’s response to Ebola has become one of the most important, and passionate, issues of the midterm elections. Surveys show the overwhelming majority of Americans are paying attention, and are worried.

Yet one million Americans have already surrendered their voice on the issue because they voted early. From the AP:

Midterm elections are less than three weeks away, yet more than 904,000 Americans already have cast their ballots, with almost 60 percent of those early votes in Florida, according to data compiled by The Associated Press from election officials in 11 states.

How unfortunate. This is the one of the serious problems with early voting — voters making dumb or uninformed decisions about fast-moving events. If you voted weeks ago, you voted before the administration’s bungling of the Ebola problem became conventional wisdom. The list of congressional leaders calling for a travel ban continues to grow. Yet the Obama administration continues to oppose it for some frighteningly outlandish reasons.

These are the types of critical issues, life-and-death issues, that voters would have been well-advised to consider when Americans have been casting ballots for centuries — on Election Day. As I wrote at the Washington Times:

First, early voting produces less-informed voters. After they cast an early ballot, they check out of the national debate. They won’t care about the televised debates, won’t consider options, and won’t fully participate in the political process.

Early voting means stubborn voters will make uninformed decisions prematurely. Voting even one week early produces less-informed voters and dumbs down the electorate. …

Those who vote a month in advance are saying they don’t care about weighing all the facts. Early voting encourages stubborn and uninformed voters — something the country could use fewer of, not more.

If you’ve voted early in the past, you should resolve to stop. Wouldn’t you rather listen and learn all you can before you commit?

Folks who vote early should be handed a sticker that says, “I Voted (early without knowing all the facts).” The “I voted” stickers should be reserved for the rest of us who vote on Election Day.

So, vote early, vote dumb. The people who vote early sacrifice information to make a fully informed, and sometimes terribly serious, decision.

http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2014/10/17/early-voting-americans-surrender-voice-on-ebola/

Mike Lester

New Ebola Czar Ron Klain Is A Long-Time Lobbyist, Democratic Operative

Earlier today, President Barack Obama announced that he would be appointing Ron Klain as an additional Ebola czar (he already had one before today). If Ron Klain sounds familiar to you, it’s because he has a long political pedigree. He has no medical, scientific, or federal agency administrative expertise, but he has a whole lot of political experience.

In January of 2011, Klain stepped down as chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden. Before that, Ron Klain was a well-connected Washington lobbyist. According to Senate lobbying disclosure records, Klain’s clients included Fannie Mae, U.S. Airways, Time Warner, CIGNA, and Imclone.

Klain also worked as chief of staff for former Vice President Al Gore, Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. But that’s not all! Ron Klain did debate prep for both Obama and former president Bill Clinton. And if that weren’t enough, Klain was also general counsel of Al Gore’s election recount committee in 2000.

more: http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/17/new-ebola-czar-ron-klain-is-a-long-time-lobbyist-democratic-operative/

So once again, a POTUS who can do nothing except play politics is playing politics by appointing a political hack for this position. Personally I find it appalling that we need to appoint a “Czar” to do the job that the people who should be doing “their” jobs are unwilling or unable to do. Instead of appointing another layer of politics and bureaucracy between the problem and a solution why not insist that the people who are tasked with this job do it or fire their sorry asses.

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And Josh Ernst tells us all about Klain except what the hell he knows about Ebola. Typical.

Meet The Dimmest Dems

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‘Idiots everywhere': Bonehead Wall Street protester shows a major sign of stupidity.

They should build apartments outside of Apple stores so people can live in line, waiting for their products. They just had a big announcement event recently. I wonder if they’re aware that the phrase “An apple a day” is just an expression. They don’t have to take it literally. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

Media News:

Frank Luntz on CBS: ‘Collapse in Confidence’ of Government, Media

Appearing on Friday’s CBS This Morning, Republican pollster Frank Luntz reacted to the latest CBS News poll showing Americans having a “crisis of confidence” in government institutions:

“The problem is that the institutions that have the greatest impact on us, the CDC, the FDA, the EPA, those that are responsible for our health and safety, are the ones that have had the biggest collapse. In fact, in some cases it’s 20-30-point drop in just the last 15-18 months.”

He continued:

“And even the media, even the media has gone through a collapse in confidence. So the people who report the information about whether we should trust politicians, we don’t even trust the people who report that trust.”

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/10/17/frank-luntz-cbs-collapse-confidence-government-media#sthash.MKyduhJV.dpuf

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More Stuff:

U.S. Soldiers Receive Just Four Hours of Ebola Training Before Deployment

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-soldiers-receive-just-four-hours-of-ebola-training-before-deployment/

Are you kidding me? This government gives them insufficient training then sends them in harm’s way? This is despicable!

Leftists Lose It… Threaten to SHOOT & BOMB POLICE After NYT Piece on Darren Wilson #Ferguson

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/10/leftists-lose-it-threaten-to-shoot-bomb-police-after-nyt-piece-on-darren-wilson-ferguson/

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My Top 3 Acticles Picks

No one at the helm on Ebola

 by A.B. Stoddard

The spread of Ebola in America, once described in repeated reassurances as only a remote possibility, has caught our health system flat-footed. Sadly, that doesn’t come as a big surprise.

But now, weeks after the disease was first diagnosed in our country and began spreading thanks to simple mistakes, it is staggering that there is still no one in charge. Citizens and lawmakers alike are asking if there is a czar or a national doctor, someone who could truthfully articulate the threat and the extent of the errors made so far as well as be held responsible for stopping the outbreak in its tracks. Nope.

Pressed several times about who is in charge Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest conceded that though Lisa Monaco, homeland security adviser, has been tasked with “coordinating” the response to the outbreak, she is not in charge. This means no one is accountable for solving this problem; not being in charge makes Monaco free of potential blame should things go fatally wrong.

Currently we have no surgeon general. President Obama’s nominee, named last November, referred to gun violence as a public health problem in a tweet and the National Rifle Association put a stop to his confirmation by the U.S. Senate lickety-split. Though the president now has the rapt attention of everyone who followed the illness and death of Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived in the U.S. from Liberia with Ebola on Sept. 20, Obama has not called for the Senate to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general because Senate Democrats in tough races don’t exactly want to cross the NRA three weeks before the midterm elections.

more: http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/221023-ab-stoddard-no-one-at-the-helm-on-ebola

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Franken’s Attacks on ‘Fat Cat’ Financiers Backfire

Minnesota Democrat invested in opponent’s tax-inverting company as son’s private equity firm opens shop in Caymans

Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) is hoping to saddle his Republican challenger with Mitt Romney-esque charges of “vulture corporatism,” but his own investment activities, and those of his son, could blunt those attacks with charges of hypocrisy.

Franken’s campaign has scoured public records for evidence that his opponent, investment banker Mike McFadden, has closed business deals that resulted in layoffs.

“‘The Democrats are going to try and nail McFadden as the incarnation of a Wall Street fat cat, as they did with Mitt Romney,” University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs told Bloomberg.

The Franken campaign points to a 2012 deal in which McFadden’s firm, Lazard Middle Market, organized a merger that relocated the corporate headquarters of Jazz Pharmaceuticals to low-tax Ireland, a move commonly known as a tax inversion.

McFadden says he was not directly involved in striking the deal, but Franken’s campaign has seized on it. “He knew he was helping an American company dodge paying taxes and is just as culpable for this deal as anyone else,” Franken spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff said in August.

more: http://freebeacon.com/politics/frankens-attacks-on-fat-cat-financiers-backfire/

I cannot for the life of me see why anyone with a brain would vote for this asshat. What the hell has he done in 6 years to benefit his constituents? Does sitting in the Senate and making faces count as progress for Dem voters? Or is just being a Dem enough. Not character, no competence and nothing to show for his time in D.C. is enough for the fools that voted for him and will more than likely do so again.

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$39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

Agency spends millions on Origami condoms, fat lesbians, texting drunks

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine.

“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus.

However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth of NIH studies within the past several years that have gone to questionable research.

For instance, the agency has spent $2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese, and $466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates. Another $2,075,611 was spent encouraging old people to join choirs.

Millions have gone to “text message interventions,” including a study where researchers sent texts to drunks at the bar to try to get them to stop drinking. The project received an additional grant this year, for a total of $674,590.

The NIH is also texting older African Americans with HIV ($372,460), HIV and drug users in rural areas ($693,000), HIV smokers ($763,519), pregnant smokers ($380,145), teen moms ($243,839), and meth addicts ($360,113). Text message interventions to try to get obese people to lose weight have cost $2,707,067.

The NIH’s research on obesity has led to spending $2,101,064 on wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person’s weight, and $374,670 to put on fruit and vegetable puppet shows for preschoolers.

A restaurant intervention to develop new children’s menus cost $275,227, and the NIH spent $430,608 for mother-daughter dancing outreach to fight obesity.

Sexual minorities have received a substantial amount from the NIH. The agency has now spent $105,066 following 16 schizophrenic LGBT Canadians around Toronto for a study on their community experiences.

more: http://freebeacon.com/issues/39643352-worth-of-nih-funding-that-could-have-gone-to-the-ebola-vaccine/

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 My Top Videos Today:

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It’s still dry here in L.A. The mayor said residents should cut water use by 20 percent. Unfortunately, he said it in English so nobody understood him. ~ Craig Ferguson

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Media Corruption:

Network Priorities: 57X More Coverage of NFL Scandals Than Obama Scandals

By Geoffrey Dickens

In the crucial weeks leading up to the midterm elections, the broadcast networks were obsessed with scandals, but not any of the Obama administration controversies that might influence how voters behave on Election Day. No, despite revelations in the Benghazi, IRS, Veterans Administration and Secret Service prostitution scandals it was the NFL domestic abuse scandals that captured the attention of the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) networks.

Since September 4 (the start of the NFL regular season) through October 15 the networks, on their evening and morning shows, devoted a total of 171 (NBC 71, CBS 55, ABC 45) stories or briefs to five NFL players (Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Dwyer, Ray McDonald, Greg Hardy) embroiled in domestic abuse cases.

Number of stories on Obama scandals over that same time period? Just three. And while no one would dispute the seriousness of the charges underlying the NFL cases, the question has to be asked doesn’t the state of the body politic deserve at least the same amount of coverage as the state of the NFL?

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-dickens/2014/10/16/network-priorities-57x-more-coverage-nfl-scandals-obama-scandals#sthash.0XwSeDHm.dpuf

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By Charlie Cooke

http://www.nationaljournal.com/the-cook-report/the-trench-warfare-begins-20141017

Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate: 14-Year-Olds Can Have an Abortion Without Parental Consent

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/kysisson/2014/10/16/arizona-governor-candidate-14-yearolds-can-have-an-abortion-without-parental-consent-n1906114

Separationists Run Amok in Milwaukee

columnist avatar Jonathan S Tobin by Jonathan S. Tobin

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/10/15/separationists-run-amuck-in-milwaukee-sukkah-church-state-christmas/

Thursday Things

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A new study has revealed that the reading level of presidential speeches has dropped significantly over the last 200 years. Or as Americans put it, “Why dat?” ~ Jimmy Fallon

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The Progressive Pajama Boy Era Is Over

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

Obama’s approval ratings and MSNBC’s viewer ratings are in a close race to the bottom of Death Valley. It’s only a question of which set of obnoxious hipsters with a head full of bad policy ideas and no real life experience will be fired first; the Maddow crew or the White House staff.

The progressive pajama boy era is over. The asexual messenger bag toting wonk has met an ISIS Jihadist and run home to its non-traditional family. Liberalism isn’t over, but its contenders are trying to butch up their act. The second coming of Hillary is accompanied by bellicose rhetoric about Putin and Syria. Leon Panetta, her gnomish errand boy, is sneering at Obama as an egghead too busy dithering about what not to do to be able to actually do anything about ISIS.

Democrats are adjusting to a new reality of less nuance and more centrist politics. So is MSNBC.

If Obama loses the Senate, then his leftist backers also lose their death grip on the Democratic Party. And that’s why they’re panicking so badly. Progressives proved that money and media bias could let them get away with anything. But then they lost in 2010, barely hung on in 2012 and are heading for a beating in 2014. If they can’t buy the Senate now, the Democratic Party will have to correct its course.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/the-progressive-pajama-boy-era-is-over/

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Is Democrats’ Kick-the-Can Strategy Backfiring?

 by Tom Beven

If you believe the cliché peddled by the candidates and their parties every two years, elections are an opportunity to present voters with a “clear choice.” Most of us know better. Candidates in competitive races always try to blur the lines, by rallying their respective bases while trying to simultaneously convince those in the political middle of their inner moderate. Difficult policy issues? Steer clear of those at all costs. It’s Politics 101.

But faced with a tough political map, an unpopular president, and an electorate that is exceedingly anxious and angry, the Democrats have taken this strategy to an almost comical extreme this year. The number of significant issues they have attempted to kick down the road and dodge until after the midterms is substantial — and growing by the day.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/16/is_democrats_kick-the-can_strategy_backfiring_124317.html#ixzz3GJJlDoYt

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Ethnic Aristocracies Have no Place in Modern America

columnist avatar Victor Davis Hanson by Victor Davis Hanson

Once upon a time, the liberal position was to reject the old discriminatory branding of people by the color of their skins rather than by the content of their characters.

Not now. Political and career advantage is found in trumpeting — or occasionally making up — genealogies.

Take the inexact category of Latino or Hispanic — an often constructed identity that increasingly no one quite knows how to define. Almost anyone can be a Latino or Hispanic, from a fourth-generation American with one-quarter Mexican ancestry, to a first-generation Cuban, to a youth who recently arrived illegally from Central America, to someone whose great-grandparents emigrated from the Portuguese Azores.

What ties them together? Not necessarily appearance, their names, knowledge of Spanish or proximity of their ancestral homelands.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is Latina — her parents were Mexican-American. But her now-desperate Democratic challenger for the governorship, Gary King, claims that Martinez “does not have a Latino heart.” Apparently for King, a self-appointed genealogist, if you do not share his liberal agenda, then you are, de facto, not Latino.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2014/10/16/ethnic-aristocracies-have-no-place-in-modern-america-n1905644

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 The most rat-infested city in the United States is Chicago. New York is fourth. That surprised me. I think that report is a bit misleading. The list is based on the number of calls Orkin got last year in each city. In New York, if you see a rat you don’t even bother to call.

Rats are considered to be roommates in New York. All you can do is ask them to pitch in on rent and hope for the best.

It’s hard to believe but they say we have more rats here in L.A. than they have in New York City. I guess we’re so focused on taking care of the Kardashian infestation that we forgot about the rats. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

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Media In The News:

NBC Correspondent Admits Crew Violating Voluntary Quarantine

An NBC News medical correspondent admitted that some of her crew are violating a voluntary quarantine meant to protect against Ebola, the Associated Press reports.

Nancy Snyderman and her crew are having their temperatures taken regularly and so far remain healthy. They were reporting in Liberia with the NBC cameraman who tested positive for Ebola.

more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/nbc-correspondent-admits-crew-violating-voluntary-quarantine/

Obeying rules and following protocols are for the little people, right Nancy? Not for the “entitled” media.

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

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The ‘Bam Who Fell To Earth

ed driscoll-image by Ed Driscoll

http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/10/15/the-bam-who-fell-to-earth-6/

Is Jeff Bezos really the bad guy?

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/10/15/jeff-bezos-world/ZKJDo5QuGVvaE4fku8tvhK/story.html