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Mike Lester

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Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett Helped Manage Fallout Over Eric Holder’s Changing Fast and Furious Testimony to Congress

Katie Pavlich by Katie Pavlich

For years the White House has argued it had nothing to do with Operation Fast and Furious while it was active and certainly wasn’t involved the fallout and cover-up that followed after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 by Mexican bandits carrying guns from the lethal program.

Now years later, a Vaughn Index describing Fast and Furious documents being held from the American people and Congress under President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege shows White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett played a key role in Attorney General Eric Holder’s changing testimony to Congress.

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Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media.

The files received by JW include three electronic mails between Holder and Jarrett and one from former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to Jarrett. The e-mails with Holder are all from October 4, 2011, a significant date because, on the evening of October 3rd, Sharyl Attkisson (then at CBS news) released documents showing that Holder had been sent a briefing paper on Operation Fast and Furious on June 5, 2010. The paper was from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.

This directly contradicted Holder’s May 3, 2011 testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during which he stated that he, “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” The October 4, 2011 date may also be significant because it came shortly after the August 30, 2011 resignation of U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and reassignment of acting ATF director Kenneth Melson to the position of “senior forensics advisor” at DOJ.

The description of one of the e-mails, written from Jarrett to Holder, reads, “re: personnel issues.” Another, also from Jarrett, reads, “outlining and discussing preferred course of action for future responses in light of recent development in congressional investigation.” Unfortunately, the index is vague and that’s all the information we have about them. Nevertheless, given the timing and subject of these e-mails, it seems clear that Jarrett quickly became a key player in the Fast and Furious cover-up in the immediate aftermath of the revelation that Holder had lied to Congress.

Despite evidence showing Attorney General Eric Holder lied about when he became aware of Operation Fast and Furious and about the extent of his involvement with the initiation of the program, he has maintained that the testimony he gave under oath to Congress was “truthful and accurate.”

more: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/10/24/valerie-jarrett-played-crucial-role-in-eric-holders-changing-fast-and-furious-testimony-to-congress-n1909731

Ken Catalino

This Is How the War On Women Meme Ends

Ben Domenech by Ben Domenech

This morning, the Wall Street Journal reports on a stunning development in three key Senate races. In Colorado, Iowa, and Arkansas, the gender gap is shifting against the Democrats.

In a warning flag for Democrats, recent polls suggest the party is failing to draw enough support from women in three key Senate races—in Iowa, Arkansas and Colorado—to offset the strong backing that men are giving to Republicans. Surveys this week in Arkansas and Colorado for the first time also showed the GOP candidates pulling even or ahead of Democrats among women voters, threatening to close the gender gap that has been a cornerstone of Democratic electoral strategy for decades.

While the situation remains fluid, an erosion in the Democrats’ traditionally large advantage among women would be perilous for the party, especially in an election year in which men, who favor Republicans overall, are showing a greater enthusiasm for voting. Democrats are making a particular effort to mobilize unmarried women—their strongest supporters, but a group that tends to skip midterm elections. However, the rise of national-security concerns and low approval ratings for President Barack Obama may undercut that effort.

In a recent interview with The Federalist, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the case that the “war on women” has essentially played itself out over the course of the 2014 cycle, as vulnerable Democrats doubled down on it one too many times and Republicans learned to fight back against the idea.

more: http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/24/this-is-how-the-war-on-women-meme-ends/

It is to be hoped that the dimwit Dems will continue to use both of their overplayed memes. A. Calling everyone that disagrees with Obama and his policies a racist and B. suggesting that any critisizim of a woman is a “war” on her while saying horrible things about conservative women. Even some of the brain-dead women voters who supported Obama so girlishly are now seeing that maybe he ain’t all that.

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Hillary Clinton: Business Don’t Create Jobs!

Bryan Preston by Bryan Preston

This video is sure to make a glorious return in a couple of years. In it, Hillary Clinton disparages the entire capitalism system in one revealing sentence.

Aside from Hillary’s actual words, notice how she’s dry-washing her hands as she winds up to the line. It’s not an off-the-cuff mistake. It’s obviously a line that she knows is coming and is preparing to deliver with relish.

Politico plays this quote as a Hillary vs. Elizabeth Warren thing, which it undoubtedly is. Hillary spends a lot of time in the story driving a knife in Warren’s back while smiling that smile of hers the whole time.

But it tells us so much about Hillary Clinton.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs,” Clinton said. “They always say that.”

“They” being the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which predicts that raising the minimum wage could destroy half a million jobs. Aren’t “they” horrible?

“I’ve been through that. My husband gave working families a raise in the 1990s,” Clinton said, saying she herself voted for raising the minimum wage when she served as a senator from New York. “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

The quote comes out of the context of Warren’s challenge to Clinton from the left, and charges that Clinton has been too close to Wall Street for the left’s liking. Clinton is trying to shore up her leftwing bonafides to head off Warren’t challenge.

But, if corporations and businesses don’t create jobs, then who does? Is it government? Does Hillary Clinton really believe that? Does Hillary Clinton really believe that no one should believe that businesses and corporations create jobs?

Really?

Or is she so unprincipled and such a coward in the face of even mild criticism of capitalism from the left, from a fake Indian academician no less, that she is prepared to attack it and even sacrifice it if that helps her achieve her ambitions?

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/10/24/hillary-clinton-business-dont-create-jobs/

Remember the Ben Shapiro video I posted yesterday where he made repeated remarks about Hillary riding her husband’s coattails? I thought that was a bit harsh. Then you have her basically “riding his coattails” by referring to what he did. Is she claiming she’s Bill Clinton? Is she just the “little woman” who must have the big strong man to back her up? 1 wtf small smiley

Midterms

Michelle Nunn has the momentum, but Georgia’s runoff system is not her friend

 by Aaron Blake

Update: A new CNN/Opinion Research poll on Friday showed Democrat Michelle Nunn leading Republican David Perdue by three points in the Georgia Senate race, 47-44. That’s within the margin of error, but it reinforces the increasing likelihood that this race could be headed for a runoff. With that in mind, we are re-posting our runoff primer from two weeks ago below, with updates.

Do you folks love the 2014 election?… Anybody?

Well, in case you do, good news! It might last a couple more months. That’s because it’s looking increasingly likely that the Georgia Senate race is headed for a runoff. And that runoff, as it happens, wouldn’t even be decided in 2014. It would be decided on Jan. 6, 2015, just more than two months after Election Day. That’s right, D.C. reporters — New Year’s in Atlanta!

more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/10/the-2014-election-might-stretch-into-2015-thanks-to-georgia-it-probably-wouldnt-matter/

Media B.S.

Washington Post’s All-Male Masthead Somehow Eludes Rachel Maddow’s Scrutiny

Hard to believe Rachel Maddow would let this pass had it been the Wall Street Journal or Washington Times instead. Responding to news of the death of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, Maddow recounted Bradlee’s three-decade long tenure at the Post, the sole daily newspaper in his career.

The paper’s masthead on Tuesday still included Bradlee’s name, Maddow pointed out, with the masthead being shown — Ben Bradlee retired from the Washington Post in 1991 but he did stay active as a vice president at large for the paper.

This is today’s edition of the Washington Post. You can see Ben Bradlee’s name still appears in that role on the newspaper’s masthead.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2014/10/24/washington-posts-all-male-masthead-somehow-eludes-rachel-maddows#sthash.ShPDfmOp.dpuf

No surprise here – Maddow, like most of her ilk, are hypocrites and serenely accept behavior from the left that they excoriate when it comes from the right. That’s why I ignore anything they say as not worth my time. Except like now when I point out their hypocrisy again. And again. And, well you know.

Lisa Benson

But hey, keep voting for Democrats all you poor folks!

My Top Videos Today:

Early Voting Turnout for Republicans in Iowa is Unprecedented

New Ad Slams Nunn for Blindly Following President Obama

Jim Jordan Presses HHS Official on WFB Reporting of Wasteful NIH Spending

Korean War Veteran Fighting Homeowners Association for Right to Keep Flying American Flag

My advice to anyone would be to avoid buying a house in a community with a “Homeowners Association”. You have to know that they are run by busybody dictator types that want you to conform to what they believe. Avoid them and let those neighborhoods consist of like-minded tyrants.

Meet The Dimmest Dems

Keep digging, Wendy! Tapped-out Team Davis reduced to playing the dildo card laughing smiley with hand in front of mouth

http://twitchy.com/2014/10/20/keep-digging-wendy-tapped-out-team-davis-reduced-to-playing-the-dildo-card/

You just cannot make up this kind of nonsense. Wendy Davis rising star seems to be crashing back to earth where just wearing pink tennis shoes and supporting late term abortion isn’t as popular as the donks thought they would be. smiley dazed and confused

It’s a great day for America — or is it? Because today is National Talk-Show Host Day. Yep. That is a real thing. How sad is that?

“National Talk-Show Host Day” is the day we honor middle-aged white guys brave enough to mock the misfortunes of others from the safety of their TV studios. Hooray!

There is a big party tonight at the late-night talk-show host clubhouse. No women or minorities allowed. Hey, I didn’t make the rules!  ~ Craig Ferguson

Good Stuff:

There’s No Place Like Utopia

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/mark-tapson/theres-no-place-like-utopia/

The Poison Tree

Islamic State and Hamas are branches of single Islamist threat

http://freebeacon.com/columns/the-poison-tree/

Who says Obamacare isn’t major factor in midterms?

Byron York by Byron York

http://www.washingtonexaminer

Another Freakin Friday

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Glenn McCoy

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Dear Mitt and Jeb: No, Thanks

Mark Davis by Mark Davis

I should begin by offering praise to two gentlemen I am asking to stay out of the 2016 Republican presidential race.

There is a long list of people I admire whom I do not wish to see in the GOP field. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are two of them.

Governor Romney has been enjoying enthusiastic and deserved warmth as he campaigns in various states to help the party regain U.S. Senate control. Audiences know that many of the things he said on the campaign trail in 2012 look better in the rear-view mirror than the actual governance of the incumbent who beat him. It is natural to show some appreciation to a man who stood for so many good things in an honorable White House bid.

But anyone planning a Romney re-do should know that broad appreciation for him on the 2014 trail in no way signals a wave of enthusiasm to see him again on his own campaign bus next year.

Mitt Romney is a good man, a good American and a good Republican. But there are two disqualifiers: inconsistent conservatism and the curse of his own private-sector success.

The willingness to foist a state-level version of Obamacare on the people of Massachusetts is a stain that does not go away so soon. What to do about the scourge of Obamacare is a major test for any proper 2016 candidate. Time does not change Romney’s inability to argue against big-government health care nationally when he favored it locally.

Time also does not erase his place in the stratosphere of Wall Street success stories. This should not be a handicap, but it is. An America repelled by Wall Street excesses in 2012 was in no mood to be led by someone who had ridden the rocket of high finance. That was unfair then, and it is unfair now. Wise navigation of the business world is actually an attribute that should reflect well on a presidential hopeful.

But as our fathers told us, life is unfair. Ann Romney recently said she is “done” with the idea of her husband teeing it up again for 2016. Her husband should know she has a lot of company in that sentiment. Not out of disrespect or lack of appreciation; the urgency of 2016 is fueled by a pressing need for an unapologetic, consistent conservative with no biographical obstacles. I hope our nominee has Mitt Romney’s sunny demeanor and ample communications skills, but it must be fused to a demonstrable passion for the kind of muscular, unwavering conservatism on all fronts— social, fiscal and foreign policy— that will be needed to mend the wounds of eight years of Barack Obama.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/markdavis/2014/10/24/dear-mitt-and-jeb-no-thanks-n1909410

Steve Kelley

Why Narratives Are More Powerful Than Ideas

Jonah Goldberg by Jonah Goldberg

There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. Ideological debates are fought over ideas, but politics is more often about competing stories, or, as the eggheads call them, “narratives.”

Much has been written about the power of ideas. “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood,” John Maynard Keynes famously wrote. “Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves of some defunct economist.”

Victor Hugo even more famously declared, “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”

Maybe so, but the only reason an idea’s time ever arrives is that some story gives birth to it.

Of course, the two overlap. You may boil down your beliefs to a series of ideas, but odds are that every lesson you ever learned came at the end of a story, either one you lived or one you watched unfold. All great religions are taught to us as stories. Every great journalistic exposé came in the form of a story. We evolved to learn through stories. We may as well be called homo relator, or storytelling man.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2014/10/23/draft-n1909283

I thought about this for awhile and decided that I agree. We do decide a great many things by the “stories” we listen to or see. Think about all the annoying commercials that tell you some “story”. Stupid stories and boring stories when all we want is to get back to the “story” we were watching on our favorite channel or online. (I may be differant from the rest of humanity but if they think that while I am searching for a certain topic I will suddenly stop in my tracks to watch a popup commercial they have rocks in their narrative telling minds.)
We may think the Democrats are weasels, cockroaches or pond scum but all that aside, they have told a “better” story, or told their story “better” than those of us with ideas, brains, morals, dencency, honesty and character have done.
There was a time when I thought that my response to anyone with whom I had a political difference was a polite, “we shall then have to agree to disagree”. Those days are gone. The internet has allowed many nasty people to unleash their inner scumbag and remain annoymous. Others, the exhibitionists among us unleash it and are proud of it. Many of these repulsive people are on television or radio or a part of the dying print media. Carol Costello comes to mind for her mindless attack on Bristol Palin. Costello has since apologized, but since she didn’t mean it the apology was meaningless. Decent people don’t do and say what she did let alone on live television. Fortunately she was on CNN so a lot of people didn’t see it.
Republicans have a good story to tell. They just aren’t telling it. They seem to prefer to be reactive to all the slurs thrown their way than reactive in telling the people their narrative. It’s hard to support people when you don’t know what they stand for. Just being against Obama is not a plan. Any more than his “hope” narrative was a plan.

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Holder’s Justice Department Isn’t Interested in the Facts in Ferguson

Bryan Preston by Bryan Preston

The official autopsy of Michael Brown leaked Wednesday. It strongly suggests that there was an altercation between Brown and Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson before the 18-year-old man was shot dead on August 9. The autopsy also revealed that Brown had been using marijuana, and had enough THC in his system to trigger hallucinations.

The Justice Department is angry — with the leak.

The U.S. Department of Justice condemned the leaks Wednesday as “irresponsible and highly troubling” and said, “There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”

That’s rich coming from a Justice Department that bigfooted its way into Ferguson with the express intent to impact public opinion, after the media did its best/worst to turn what might have been an ordinary if tragic police shooting incident into a nationwide race case.

Supposing the leaker does want to influence public opinion, why might that be the case? Could it be because the rioters who menaced Ferguson for weeks after the shooting continue to demand that Wilson not only be indicted, but convicted, no matter what the facts say? Could the leak be an attempt to start slowly draining the story’s controversy away? Could it be because the leaker is aware that the grand jury’s failure to indict Wilson, if that’s what happens, could trigger a whole new round of riots and violence if it comes without some warning?

Here’s what we’re getting, in what looks like an effort to start pulling some of the rage out of the situation ahead of any grand jury decision.

The New York Times reported that investigators found Brown’s blood on Wilson’s gun, on the interior door panel of Wilson’s car and on Wilson’s uniform.

The Washington Post reported that several black witnesses had provided details in secret grand jury testimony that supported Wilson’s account.

(Those witnesses will not reveal their names now, out of fear of reprisal.)

And the official autopsy report, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, showed a gunshot wound to Brown’s hand that appeared to be from close range. That seemed to support the officer’s account that there was a struggle for his gun inside his patrol car.

The Justice Department, though, seems to want riots.

A Justice Department spokeswoman responded in a statement to the Los Angeles Times: “The department considers the selective release of information in this investigation to be irresponsible and highly troubling. Since the release of the convenience-store footage, there seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”

The reference to the convenience-store footage alluded to a video released by Ferguson police on the same day they disclosed Wilson’s identity. The video showed Brown apparently intimidating a store clerk shortly before the shooting.

And that video destroyed the image that Brown’s family and friends and the media had carefully crafted, of a gentle giant kid who was just getting ready to go to college. That video shed light on his real life, which included petty theft, gang wannabe behavior, and drug use.

It was relevant, both as to Brown’s character and behavior and what might have been his motivation to attack Officer Wilson.

And the United States Department of Justice is still upset that the American people know about it.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/10/23/holders-justice-department-isnt-interested-in-the-facts-in-ferguson/?singlepage=true

Midterms

In the battle for the U.S. Senate, the ‘E-word’ is largely ignored

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — This year’s battle between Republicans and Democrats for control of the Senate has not exactly been a wellspring of new ideas for how to solve the country’s economic problems.

“I’ve got to say that it hasn’t been a great political season for good ideas about economics,” said Susan Collins, a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan. Collins is not related to the Maine Republican senator of the same name, who’s expected to cruise to reelection.

more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fresh-economic-ideas-scarce-in-crucial-senate-races-2014-10-23

Lisa Benson

Media B.S.

TV News Blacks Out This Year’s Bad Election News for Democrats 

In less than two weeks, voters head to the polls in midterm elections that seem certain to yield strong Republican gains, if not outright control of the U.S. Senate. Such a political sea change is big news, but a new Media Research Center study finds that, in contrast to their enthusiastic coverage of the 2006 midterms when Democrats made big gains, the Big Three broadcast evening newscasts are all but ignoring this year’s political contests. MRC analysts studied every election story on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts from September 1 through October 20 in both 2006 (the midterm election in George W. Bush’s second term) and 2014 (the equivalent election under President Barack Obama).

Even in a changing media landscape, Big Three evening newscasts are a principal news source for more than 23 million viewers, beating all of their broadcast and cable competition. Our analysts found that, when Democrats were feeling good about their election prospects eight years ago, the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and ABC’s World News aired a combined 159 campaign stories (91 full reports and another 68 stories that mentioned the campaign). But during the same time period this year, those same newscasts have offered a paltry 25 stories (16 full reports and 9 mentions), a six-to-one disparity.

Amazingly, since September 1 ABC’s newly-renamed World News Tonight has yet to feature a single mention of this year’s campaign, let alone a full story. In contrast, eight years ago ABC’s World News aired 36 stories that discussed that year’s midterm campaign, including a weekly Thursday night feature that then-anchor Charlie Gibson promised would look at the “critical races.”

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/10/22/tv-news-blacks-out-years-bad-election-news-democrats#sthash.mmyoATpS.dpuf

Every day in every way I loathe the MSM more. They are scum. And corrupt scum at that. They are the kind of 5th column that destroys nations and they are doing their level best to destroy ours. 

My Top Videos Today:

Attacker ‘Radicalized’ by Islamic State Propaganda

Korean War Veteran Fighting Homeowners Association for Right to Keep Flying American Flag

Ben Shapiro: Women Are Winning the War on Women

Andrew Klaven – Just say no to Emma Watson and Feminism

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The annual Wastebook report was released today. This is an annual report that lists what Senator Tom Coburn describes as wasteful government spending. I didn’t read it. I’m waiting for the movie to come out.

Our government spent $387,000 giving rabbits a daily massage. That doesn’t sound wasteful to me. That sounds adorable.

It’s kind of ironic for a member of Congress to be complaining about government waste. I think we spend around $5 billion every year on Congress. We don’t seem to be getting anything out of that, right? What we got is a report on how much money they waste, so thank you.

Speaking of major expenditures, a new Starbucks drink is on the way. Starbucks soon will be offering a chestnut praline latte. And I have to say, it’s hard to criticize the government for wasteful spending when we pay $7 for candy-flavored coffee twice a day, right?

They say a chestnut praline latte is the perfect beverage to buy a rabbit after a relaxing massage. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

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Good Stuff:

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

charles krauthammer 3 by Charles Krauthammer

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/barack-obama-bewildered-bystander/2014/10/23/335bd0e2-5aeb-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html

The Terrorist-Sympathizing Opera

columnist avatar Brent Bozell by Brent Bozell

http://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2014/10/24/the-terroristsympathizing-opera-n1909402/page/full

Democrat Pat Quinn Dealt Ethics Blow by Court

Pat Quinn failed to keep politics out of Illinois hiring process

http://freebeacon.com/politics/democrat-pat-quinn-dealt-ethics-blow-by-court/

Jerry Holbert

 

Thursday’s Thistles

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This quote by JFK is almost as great as this wonderful man himself. There are so many people of weak and cowardly intellect that will so easily conform to the thinking of fools. Is it not for this reason that there is so much persecution and suffering in this world? John F Kennedy, Conform, Wisdom, Jfk, Inspir, Word, Senior Quotes, Enemi, Live

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The News I Choose

What election? Network news gives up on covering midterms

Noah Rothman by Noah Rothman

It is probably safe to assume that you have been following the midterm elections closely. You decided to click on this link, which would indicate that you have at least a passing interest in the coming national vote in which Americans will determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress for the remainder of the Obama presidency. If, however, you have been closely following the coverage of the coming midterms, you might have noticed that network news outlets do not appear to share your enthusiasm. You’re not imagining things.

According to an exhaustive study performed by Media Research Center analysts, between September 1 and October 20, the three major broadcast networks only bothered to mention the fact that there is a critical election coming up only 25 times. Of those mentions, only 16 of them were in the context of packaged report.

By contrast, in the same period in 2006, when Democrats were believed to be likely to take control of both the House and Senate, the three major networks mentioned the coming midterms 159 times with 91 of those mentions broadcast as part of detailed reports.

more: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/10/22/what-election-network-news-gives-up-on-covering-midterms/

Lisa Benson

Clinton’s Pardons for Pedophiles

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

The Office of the Inspector General of the State Department found in its latest investigation that Clinton aides had “created an appearance of undue influence and favoritism” in a number of cases including that of Ambassador Howard Gutman.

The investigation is largely a whitewash. There is no mention of the fact that one whistleblower related to the case, Richard Higbie, had his emails deleted by a hacker. Or that the main whistleblower, Aurelia Fedenisn, was harassed at home and had her law firm burgled.

It goes almost without saying that Richard Nixon went down for much less than that.

There is also no mention of the more explosive allegation that Howard Gutman had not merely solicited a prostitute on a single occasion, as the report mentions, but had escaped his detail to “solicit sexual favors from minor children.”

Also overlooked is the fact that the Gutman case was shoved under the rug by Cheryl Mills, who was not only Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff but the White House Counsel who ferociously protected Bill Clinton when questions were raised about his own sexual activities.

Mills is a fanatical Clinton loyalist. During her days in the Clinton White House, a colleague was quoted as saying, “If something’s on the other side of a brick wall and the Clintons need it, she’ll find a way to get to it: over, around or through.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/clintons-pardons-for-pedophiles/

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For Steyer’s Political Godfather, Environmentalism Means Living With Less

Bill McKibben, advocate for ‘controlled decline,’ advises the country’s biggest political donor

Lachlan Markayby Lachlan MarKay

Does Tom Steyer want Americans to live more like Ethiopians? His ideological mentor and the man responsible for his political ascendance does.

Middlebury professor and environmentalist radical Bill McKibben recruited Steyer into the national green political apparatus in 2012. Steyer has since become the nation’s single largest Super PAC donor, giving $55 million to outside spending groups.

Ostensibly a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist, Steyer actually made his fortune at a hedge fund that invested heavily in the types of fossil fuel resources he now decries. The details of his ideological views are still being teased out.

McKibben’s views, spelled out in books and essays over the last 25 years, are far more explicit: de-industrialize the United States (and the developed world in general) and learn to accept a dramatically lower standard of living.

Given McKibben’s friendship with Steyer and close involvement in his political efforts, an examination of his proposed solutions to what he sees as a global energy and climate crisis might provide some insight into the intellectual tenor surrounding arguably the most powerful political financier in the country.

Democrats have McKibben to thank for the tens of millions of dollars that Steyer has poured into competitive Senate races around the country.

He has not succeeded in making climate change a wedge issue, one of his stated goals, but he has provided air support for vulnerable Democrats in races that the party needs to win if it hopes to hold on to the Senate next month.

Some of the ads produced by NextGen Climate Action, Steyer’s personal Super PAC, have ignored environmental issues altogether, or even endorsed alternative fuels that Steyer himself has criticized in attempts to attack Republican Senate candidates.

more: http://freebeacon.com/politics/for-steyers-political-godfather-environmentalism-means-living-with-less/

As of today, Starbucks will allow their employees to display tattoos and ear gauges. Those are the round plugs that some people put in their ear lobe to let the world know their dads never played catch with them. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

Midterms

Senate Update: Colorado Polling Is Probably Right. Udall Is Losing.

Colorado is a tipping point state in presidential elections — lately, it’s been the tipping point state. Arrange all the states by President Obama’s margin of victory in 2012, starting with his biggest wins, and add up each state’s electoral votes. The state that gets you to 270 is the tipping point state. In 2012 and 2008, that was Colorado.

Colorado’s place at the center of the political universe seems to be secure this year. The Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Cory Gardner has been one of the most competitive for most of campaign season.

That’s why the strength of Gardner in recent polls has been so important in our Senate forecast, which currently gives Republicans a 66 percent of securing a majority. Gardner’s chance of winning has risen to 80 percent. He has led in all but one of 15 nonpartisan sponsored surveys released since mid-September, and by an average of 3.4 percentage points. That includes a newly released Ipsos poll that has Gardner ahead 47 percent to 45 percent, and a new Suffolk University poll that found Gardner up 46 percent to 39 percent. Gardner was only ahead by 1 percentage point in the previous Suffolk survey.

more: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/senate-update-colorado-polling-is-probably-right-udall-is-losing/

The Pentagon just announced that its fight against ISIS will be called Operation Inherent Resolve. They came up with that name using “Operation Random Thesaurus.”

Media B.S.

Dem Panic According to the New York Times

roger kimball by Roger Kimball

You don’t need to be a genius to know that Democrats are worried about the midterm elections. But it does take a little ingenuity to come up with this explanation for what the New York Times rightly called “The Democratic Panic.”

You or I might think that the Dems are panicked because almost every poll shows that the Republicans will pick up at least 7 and possibly as many as 9 Senate seats on November 4. This will put the Republicans comfortably in control of the Senate, which, since they will doubtless also extend their majority in the House, will put one or two road blocks in the way of Obama’s promise to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

I do not say that Republican control of the Congress will prevent Obama from further realizing his dreams of transforming the United States into a socialist utopia where everything that is not mandatory is prohibited and the country’s innovative spirit is finally quenched by staggering debt, mindless regulation, and all the assorted enervations that Tocqueville aggregated under the memorable phrase “Democratic Despotism.”

No, Obama has shown sufficient contempt for Congress, as well as ostentatious disregard for the law, that Congress will have a hard time providing that check on abuse of power by the executive that so worried the Framers of the Constitution. If the president simply ignores Congress and governs by fiat — having taken care to pack the courts and civil service with apparatchiks sympathetic to his statist ambitions — then there is not much the Congress can do unless it is willing to confront the president directly and call him to account. The spineless John Boehner has shown just how likely that contingency is. Barack Obama flagrantly disobeys the law. John Boehner threatens to sue the president. Ha ha ha. With what Justice Department were you planning to do that, Mr. Speaker?

But I digress. It’s pretty clear, I say, why the Democrats are panicking. They are panicking because all signs point to a “shellacking” at the polls that will make the 2010 shellacking look like a walk in the park. That’s the simple explanation. It also happens to be the true one.

Want to read something funny? Here’s how our former paper of records explains it:

The panicky Democratic flight away from President Obama — and from some of the party’s most important positions — is not a surprise. Mr. Obama remains highly unpopular among white voters, particularly in Southern states where candidates like Ms. Nunn, Ms. Grimes and several others are struggling to establish leads. But one of the reasons for his unpopularity is that nervous members of his own party have done a poor job of defending his policies over the nearly six years of his presidency, allowing a Republican narrative of failure to take hold.

Let’s devote a little scrutiny to this remarkable passage. First, note the coy insertion of the adjective “white.” It’s among “white voters,” you see, especially in Southern (code word for “racist”) states, that Obama “remains unpopular.” Why is he unpopular? Because “nervous members of his own party have done a poor job of defending his policies over the nearly six years of his presidency.” Really? Let’s list just a few of the defining moments of this wreck of a presidency: Obamacare (probably the most unpopularity piece of legislation shoved down the throats of the American people since Prohibition), the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the Bergdahl swap, the recovery-that-wasn’t, the loss of prestige of the country, the S&P downgrade, the 20-plus trillion (trillion!) dollar federal debt, chaos on our Southern border, a newly emboldened Russia, China, Iran, the “jayvee” threat of ISIS that suddenly made varsity, the bungled effort to manage the Ebola scare, etc. etc. What greater litany of failure do you need?

more: http://pjmedia.com/rogerkimball/2014/10/22/dem-panic-according-to-the-ny-times/?singlepage=true

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Confirmed: Wendy Davis Literally Has THE Worst Twitter Campaign Of All Time

Matt Vespa by Matt Vespa

Well, if you thought the Wendy Davis gubernatorial campaign, which has devolved into a clown show, couldn’t get any worse; you should brace yourselves. She had this tweet featuring a bunch of eager young Davis supporters, but there’s only one problem. It was actually a group of volunteers for the College Republican Federation of Virginia who posed for a photo after knocking on doors for Ed Gillespie, the GOP senate hopeful in the Old Dominion.

more: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2014/10/22/confirmed-wendy-davis-literally-has-the-worst-n1908828

This little mud-slinger in pink tennis shoes can seem to get nothing right. Oh wait, she was all for late term abortion – that certainly qualifies her to be Governor of the great state of Texas. NOT. It appears she’s not qualified to run for anything.
The latest “darling” of the left, based on her pink tennis shoes and support for late term abortion, is nothing but a dimwit, and a nasty one at that. Certainly NOT ready for prime time.

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Kim Kardashian turned 34 years old. I hope she got the day off from work. Can you imagine trying to buy Kim Kardashian a gift. What do you get for the woman who has everything for no apparent reason?

Kim Kardashian, by the way, shares a birthday with Benjamin Netanyahu and the scientist Alfred Nobel. Which just goes to show you: Horoscopes are crap. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

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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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According to a new survey, almost 40 percent of new moms create social media accounts for their newborns. A good way to know you shouldn’t have a baby is if you think it’s a good idea to set up a Twitter account for it. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

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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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“Time” magazine today released a list of the 25 most influential teenagers. When they heard they made it on the list, every teenager had the same response: “What’s a magazine?” ~ Craig Ferguson

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Chants and boos mar Death of Klinghoffer’s opening night

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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

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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

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2014/10/19/obama-hasnt-had-your-back-priebus-zings-wasserman-schultz-sly#sthash.S9DjHodt.dpuf

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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

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

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

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Meet The Dimmest Americans

Saturday Night Funny Video: Who Is Joe Biden?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2014/10/19/saturday-night-funny-video-who-joe-biden

Good Stuff:

BuzzFeed Accidently Gives MSM Game Away

ed driscoll-image by Ed Driscoll

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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