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When “Bumpkins” Are Smarter Than Elites

Heather Wilhelm  by Heather Wilhelm

If you want a quick, potent illustration of the distance many coastal political insiders feel from the average American, you can’t do much better than Mark Leibovich’s piece in this week’s New York Times Magazine. Titled “The Bumpkinization of the Midterm Elections,” the article bemoans the “countless candidates” across the country—largely Republican, of course—who “seem determined to tout their fitness” for solving our nation’s pressing problems “by trying to out-bumpkin one another.”

A “bumpkin,” as Merriam-Webster elegantly reminds us, is “an awkward and unsophisticated rustic.” Now, if you’re a normal person, you might envision a “bumpkin” as a stereotypical, over-the-top hillbilly hayseed. This “bumpkin” would have a two-tooth maximum, a pet weasel named Skeeter, a hand frozen into a beer-clutching claw, and a mysterious, unsettling perma-grin.

If you share the perspective discussed in Leibovich’s article, you might also imagine a “bumpkin” as someone who “rides a Harley to a gun range,” like Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. You might visualize a person who, like Ernst’s opponent Bruce Braley—and brace yourselves, cowering Starbucks regulars, because it’s about to get all “Deliverance” banjo, Ricky Bobby-style country up in here—“grew up doing farm jobs and working a grain elevator.” I know, it’s crazy, right? Try not to spill your latte.

The “bootstraps politician” narrative is nothing new, of course. As the old saying goes, 98 percent of political candidates will at one point claim they were born in a log cabin that they built themselves. Pundit condescension, similarly, has been around for hundreds of years. What distinguishes this electoral season is not the Rise of Ye Olde Bumpkin. And the problem with American political leadership certainly isn’t an excess of down-home, “let’s distrust D.C.” citizen-legislators. The problem is a widespread, almost comical delusion about who the real provincial yokels are.

“Not only is President Obama’s popularity in free fall,” Leibovich writes, “but whatever Everyman credibility he mustered during his ‘Washington Outsider’ candidacy in 2008 has long since been dissipated through the regal isolation of his office and the suspicion that he is aloof and presumably ill equipped”—unlike, say, Iowa’s Ernst—“at castrating hogs.”

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Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out of Obamacare Exchanges

Over 214,000 doctors won’t participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It’s also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

In January, an estimated 70% of California’s physicians were not participating in Covered California plans.

Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Reimbursements under Obamacare are at bottom-dollar – they are even lower than Medicare reimbursements, which are already significantly below market rates. “It is estimated that where private plans pay $1.00 for a service, Medicare pays $0.80, and ACA exchange plans are now paying about $0.60,” a study by the think-tank American Action Forum finds. “For example, Covered California plans are setting their plan fee schedules in line with that of Medi-Cal-California’s Medicaid Program-which means exchange plans are cutting provider reimbursement by up to 40 percent.”


White House in Denial: President Obama Is Costing Democrats Control of the Senate

The administration insists that vulnerable Democrats should have supported him more. That couldn’t be further from the truth.


Two Scenarios for Tuesday

Sean Trende by Sean Trende

The public polling right now is just sort of weird. The president’s job approval nationally is 42 percent. This should be consistent with a terrible midterm election for Democrats. And, indeed, we have polling consistent with that: Jeanne Shaheen’s tight race in New Hampshire; Cory Gardner’s and Joni Ernst’s substantial leads in Colorado and Iowa; generic ballot polling showing Republicans up by eight and six points in some polls (leads similar to what those pollsters found in 2010); anecdotes of Democrats sending funds to Lois Capps’ otherwise-safe California district.

Yet there is what we might consider a second batch of polling that is deeply inconsistent with the notion of a wave: Generic balloting showing a tie or even a Democratic lead; competitive governors’ races; small (though firm) leads for Tom Cotton in Arkansas; competitive races in Georgia and Kansas; polling showing close House races in places like Arkansas and Michigan that weren’t on anyone’s radar even a month ago.

Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that many of these races see an unusually high number of undecided voters (or claiming they will vote third party). Using the RCP polling averages: about 14 percent of the electorate is undecided/voting third party in North Carolina (9 percent if you count Libertarian Sean Haugh as a major party candidate) and Virginia; 13 percent is undecided/voting third party in Michigan; 12 percent in Kansas and Kentucky; 11 percent in Arkansas; 9 percent in Alaska, Colorado and Iowa. The only competitive state that is really where we would expect it to be at this point in the cycle is New Hampshire.

Now remember, polling is a bit of a lagging indicator; a lot of the polls we’re receiving today were conducted earlier in the week — about seven to 10 days out. So there’s more time for voters to make a move than we might perceive today.


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Media Bias

 AP’s Scott Bauer Effectively Admits That Media Didn’t Vet Mary Burke

columnist avatar Tom Blumer by Tom Blumer

M.D. Kittle at’s Wisconsin Reporter scooped everyone covering the Badger State Governor’s race on Tuesday when he reported that Democratic candidate Mary Burke’s resumé is not what her campaign’s web site says it is. Burke’s campaign bio claims that she “played a central role in Trek’s expansion as the Director of European Operations.” Kittle found “multiple former Trek executives” who told him that, in Kittle’s words, she “was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff.”

The real question to me is why it took until a week before Election Day to learn this. The answer appears to be that the establishment press in Wisconsin, whose counterparts in Washington found Mitt Romney’s alleged high school hijinks deserving of 5,400 words, made no meaningful attempt to vet or investigate Burke. The Associated Press’s Scott Bauer effectively admitted as much in the final paragraphs of his report on the controversy today (bolds are mine throughout this post):

Former Trek president Tom Albers told The Associated Press that Burke’s role as head of Trek’s overseas operations “just didn’t work out. We were losing money.” Albers spoke to the AP after the allegation that Burke was fired was first reported by Wisconsin Reporter, a conservative website. The claim that Burke was fired goes to the heart of her credentials as a successful Trek executive and comes just six days before the election. …

Albers, who worked for Trek from 1982 to 1997, said Mary Burke was fired by John Burke. Albers said he was told of the 1993 firing at the time by CEO Dick Burke, father to Mary and John Burke, who died in 2008. … Mary Burke argues that her experience at Trek, the bike company started by her father in the 1970s, qualifies her to be governor and lead economic development and job-creation efforts for the state. (final three paragraphs) … Albers, who left Trek to take a job with its competitor Specialized Bicycles, said he had no ax to grind. Albers said he’s not politically active, but campaign finance records show he gave $1,100 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Green in 2006. Albers said he thought he had donated $50 to Walker, but it doesn’t show up in campaign records.

Albers, 73, said he only talked about the situation after first being asked by a reporter. “I always had a lot of respect for Mary Burke,” Albers said. “She was very intelligent.” The last bolded paragraph in the excerpt tells us that Albers has been out there all along, but that nobody in the state’s establishment press ever bothered to look him up and get his take on Burke’s Trek tenure. That is, until a guy from one of those horrible, awful, unprofessional, yucky center-right investigative journalism outlets — the same sources which Democrats on the Federal Election Commission want to regulate into silence — did their work for them.


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White House Netanyahu insults: What a ‘chickens***’ knows about lame ducks

After months of humiliating inaction in the Middle East, the Obama administration has finally launched a full scale attack.

On Israel.

It comes in response to an announcement by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu that Israel is going ahead with plans to build about a thousand housing units in Jerusalem. In Jewish neighborhoods, yet!

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denounced this as a “unilateral step” that would prejudice the outcome of talks on Jerusalem’s future. She called Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem illegal and a danger to the moribund American-sponsored peace process.


Does anyone, anywhere, pay any attention to Jan Psaki? She’s the poster girl for rising above your competency. The State Department no longer has any credibility. Not here and certainly not elsewhere in the world.
And then there’s this?

 A “senior White House official” told Atlantic correspondent Jeffery Goldberg that the Israeli prime minister is “a chickens***,” because he is afraid to make peace according to American specifications. “The only thing he’s interested in in protecting himself from political defeat.” The anonymous official said fearlessly. “[Netanyahu] is not Rabin. He’s not Sharon. He’s certainly no Begin. He’s got no guts.”

This American nostalgia for Menachem Begin made me laugh out loud. Having served as one of his press spokesmen for five years I vividly recall the campaign of personal vilification waged against him by the Carter administration.

We constantly heard reports of senior White House officials calling Begin a terrorist, a fascist, a war monger, a lunatic and a delusional religious fanatic. All off the record, of course.

Ya hear that Bibi? Some anonymous hack at the White House says you’re chickenshit.

Cosmo magazine is encouraging female students in North Carolina to vote by offering a party bus to the voting polls that includes shirtless male models — just as our forefathers intended. ~ Conan O’Brien

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Report Claims WI Gov. Candidate Falsified Her Job History, Resume

Former coworkers claim Mary Burke was fired — by her own brother — for terrible performance, and that she has since lied about the firing and her sales record.

Mary Burke should run for the Senate instead of for Governor. Her history of incompetence and lies would make her fit right in with the other Dem Obamacrats.

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A D.C. cure: Take the Hard Votes

Jonah Goldberg by Jonah Goldberg

What day is it?”

“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

“My favorite day,” said Pooh.

As a proud member of the “don’t just do something, sit there” school of politics, I don’t fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren’t bugs of our constitutional system, they’re features. And while everyone likes to see their preferred policies sail through Congress, on the whole I think we’ve been well served by those features for two centuries.

That said, in the spirit of compromise so lacking in Washington, I would like to offer a suggestion for how to fix the alleged dysfunction in Washington: Let’s have more partisanship about ideas and less about process.

You have to wonder if Harry Reid feels like an idiot yet. For years now, the Senate majority leader has been cynically protecting Democratic senators — and President Obama — from difficult votes. The rationale was pretty straightforward. He wanted to spare vulnerable Democrats named Mark — Arkansas’ Mark Pryor, Alaska’s Mark Begich and Colorado’s Mark Udall — and a few others from having to take difficult votes on issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline, EPA rules and immigration reform.

The problem for the Marks and other red- or swing-state Democrats is that, having been spared the chance to take tough votes, they now have little to no evidence they’d be willing to stand up to a president who is very unpopular in their states.

Thanks to Reid’s strategy of kicking the can down the road, GOP challengers now get to say, “My opponent voted with the president 97 percent of the time.” Democrats are left screeching “war on women!” and “Koch brothers!”

For instance, Reid killed bipartisan legislation on energy efficiency in May by denying senators the right to offer amendments. This was a wildly partisan and nearly unprecedented move, blocking the Senate from debating important issues. He did so because he feared that GOP amendments — on the Keystone pipeline, for instance — would pass with Democratic support, angering the White House.

I’m sure Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., would love to be able to tout such a vote now. But she supported Reid’s tactic, shooting herself in the foot in the process.


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Back on bloody road to terror

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

Mark the date: Oct. 23, 2014. It was the end of an era that began on Sept. 12, 2001. In the intervening 13 years, one month and 11 days, New York City did not suffer a successful terrorist attack. But that holiday from horror, hard-earned by local law enforcement and America’s military, is over.

It ended in blood when Muslim convert Zale Thompson pulled out a hatchet and attacked four cops in Queens. Two were injured, one of them seriously, with the hatchet slashing the skull of rookie cop Kenneth Healey.

Thompson’s hatred for white people and cops is now being emphasized, but his Internet rants made his motives clear. He was a jihadist, radicalized by the butchers of the Islamic State, and he fulfilled their call to strike Americans at home, especially law-enforcement officers.

He died a martyr to their sick cause. Cue the virgins.

There is, of course, no comparison to the scale of terror on 9/11 and what happened last Thursday. Rather, the point is that a vital security barrier has been breached, yet City Hall and the NYPD seem determined to ignore the significance. So far, they are sticking to a politically correct view of the facts.

“This was the first successful terrorist event in NYC since 9/11,” an NYPD vet told me. “But the city resisted calling it a terrorist attack because of that, and the department and FBI wanted to make it an anti-white attack. But the evidence on his computer was too strong to allow it.”

Think about that: The people charged with keeping New Yorkers safe treasure their ideology above everything. They are willfully blind because the truth is inconvenient.

Thompson’s racism and anti-Christian views would have won broad condemnation if his victims weren’t cops and he wasn’t a Muslim. But there was no citywide “healing service” led by religious leaders, nor were there protest marches led by activists.

The double standard could prove deadly. Already, Mayor de Blasio is gutting an NYPD program that searched for radical Muslims where they lived and prayed. The program was upheld as constitutional by the courts, but that wasn’t good enough for de Blasio.

He called it “spying,” and promised a Muslim group during the 2013 campaign that he would disband the unit. “Not only are we going to be safe, but we’re going to be safe in a manner that is, again, consistent with our values and our Constitution,” he said.



Who’s ‘Chickensh*t’? The Goldberg Variation

rogersimon-828956056  by Roger L. Simon

In an already much talked about article for The Atlantic, “The Crisis in U. S. – Israeli Relations is Officially Here,” Jeffrey Goldberg quotes a senior administration official accusing Benjamin Netanyahu – among a long list of unpleasant things — of being a “chickensh*t.”

Never mind for a moment the absurdity of an (of course anonymous) Obama official calling the Israeli PM a coward when Netanyahu has been personally under fire in two wars, volunteering for the second after having been wounded by a gun shot in the first (his brother, as many will remember, was killed during the raid on Entebbe — both Netanyahus were in Sayeret Matkal) at approximately the time the official’s boss Barry was lulling on a balmy Hawaiian beach smoking “choom” with his gang. What’s the right word for this? Hypocrisy is a bit weak, isn’t it? Or is it simply the desperate rumblings of a failed administration?

In any case, Goldberg was a “good boy” for transmitting it and I hope he gets another opportunity for a “hard-hitting” interview with POTUS. I further hope the author achieves his ambition and restrains those bellicose Israelis from renting or buying apartments in Arab East Jerusalem. After all, the Arab countries have been so welcoming to their Jewish populations. Oh, wait… they’re Judenrein, barely a single Jew in evidence. And Abu Mazen has refused ever to have Jews living within a future Palestinian state. My mistake. Never mind again. I’m sure Goldberg omitted all this by accident.



Ed Gillespie: ‘I’ll Oppose the Anti-Redskins Bill’

I don’t think Gillespie has much of a chance. That’s too bad. Mark Warner is a disappointment. I thought he was better than he’s shown himself to be. Ho-hum, just another politician.

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Media B.S.

Jon Stewart Suggests to Wendy Davis a ‘Planned Parenthood Food Truck’- ‘Get a Taco and a Pap Smear’

You can’t accuse Jon Stewart of not being a team player. Like the rest of his media colleagues, he’s done his part to help Wendy Davis – even having her as a “Daily Show” guest while her spectacularly awful Texas gubernatorial campaign is in its death throes.

On Oct. 27, he offered her sympathy and softballs – really not much different than the love the media favorite has gotten from other outlets. Stewart dutifully brought up Davis’ June 2013 filibuster 2013 to stop “anti-choice legislation” that would close several abortion clinics in Texas. Yet the legislation passed anyway.

Davis solemnly confirmed, “Yes that’s right. In our Texas senate it passed unfortunately in a special session and it resulted in exactly what we feared. Almost all of the women’s health centers that provided that constitutionally protected medical care closed.” (How many focus groups did the Davis campaign work through to come up with that language? “Women’s health?” Check. “Constitutionally protected?” Got it. “Medical care?” It’s in there.)

Of course, those clinics couldn’t maintain the safety standards other Texas medical facilities do, but why quibble over details?

An exasperated Stewart responded, “There’s no way to gain that back? Can Austin do sort of a Planned Parenthood food truck thing for everybody? Get a taco and a pap smear? I don’t know how they could do it. But they could do it.” Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time the left has campaigned for food trucks and abortion.

Stewart then teed up another talking point for Davis, criticizing Texas voter I.D. laws. He claimed an estimated “650,000 to 700,000 Texans could be disenfranchised because of this.”

Davis started to respond, “That’s correct. My opponent, Greg Abbott, who is the Attorney General–” when she was interrupted by audience boos. She laughed and continued, “He is defending what is, of course, intended to suppress vote[s].”

Finally, Stewart couldn’t resist a slap at the red-state yokels about to reject the media’s candidate, bringing up another Davis talking point: “I was shocked when they said they were trying to cut 5.5 billion from education in Texas I had no idea you spent anywhere near that.”

If only Stewart were as funny as watching the candidacy of a liberal media “folk-hero” implode.

Quite honestly I cannot see what any thinking adult sees in this asshole. If smearing and insulting people for the crime of disagreeing with your political ideology is funny I guess he must be a hoot. I just can’t be bothered with his adolescent nonsense. And I don’t find him “likable”. I used to wonder why anyone found Don Rickles funny. He is IMO, just a nasty, mouthy POS.  Ditto Jon Stewart.

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Mayor de Blasio said New Yorkers will not get Ebola from riding the subway. He said, “Let’s focus on actual things you might catch on the subway. There’s the SARS virus, bird flu, rat flu, West Nile, East Nile — plenty to choose from. Ebola’s way down the list.” ~ Jimmy Fallon

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Government-Mandated Hysteria

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

The media starts hysterical panics the way that Burger King makes burgers, but now it’s bemoaning “hysteria” and “panic” over Ebola. It’s silly for Americans to be worried about a lethal virus that has killed thousands, the self-proclaimed experts insist. It’s time to get over our irrational Ebolaphobic fear of a deadly epidemic.

Being concerned about Ebola is almost as silly as the other target of the media’s lectures about “hysteria” and “panic”… Islamic terrorism. Ebolaphobia and Islamophobia are the real threats.

Both Ebola and Jihad are transnational crises that can be stopped at the airport. That’s why the media swarm is breeding articles shrieking that you can’t stop Ebola from coming to America by preventing people with Ebola from coming to America. They tell us that it has to be stopped in Africa at the source.

Considering that Africa has hundreds of millions of Malaria cases, accounts for around half the cholera cases in the world and has seen the return of the Bubonic Plague; it’s safe to say that no disease can be stopped at the source in Africa. The White House claims that we shouldn’t protect America if we can’t save Africa. If we follow that transnational logic, how long until we’re starving ourselves to feed Africa?

It’s leftwing hysteria that is the major problem when it comes to Ebola. Instead of having a rational conversation about a travel ban, we’re forced to cope with shrieking leftists insisting that it can’t possibly work because it wouldn’t be perfect and therefore we shouldn’t do it at all.


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“The hell with his minimum wage raise, we don’t have any jobs”

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

Black Chicago activists speak out: “My life has been hurt by Democrats”

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Random Thoughts

thomas_sowell by Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time.

Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country — including people who hate both the principles and the people of your society — will that cause zealots for open borders and amnesty to have some second thoughts, or perhaps first thoughts?

I hope Yankees manager Joe Girardi was watching the World Series when Madison Bumgarner was allowed to come out and pitch the 9th inning, even though he had already made 107 pitches. Time and again, Girardi has taken out a pitcher who was pitching a great game, and brought in a reliever who lost it. Baseball statistics provide good rules of thumb, but bad dogmas on a given day.

There seem to be a lot of comic-book-level movies, with human beings playing the role of cartoons.

Never take other people for granted. There is a point of no return in all relationships.

Back in 1947, J.A. Schumpeter said, “effective political reasoning consists mainly in trying to exalt certain propositions into axioms and to put others out of court.” That is still the game being played by “global warming” zealots.

Some people question Barack Obama’s competence, because he appointed a man with no medical background to be the Ebola czar. But Obama is not trying to solve a medical problem. He is trying to solve a political problem, on the eve of an election — and a political partisan is the way to do that. Expecting Obama to be concerned about a medical threat to the American people is unrealistic, in view of the man’s whole history.

When I see some of the bonehead plays by professional football players, I cannot understand why guys getting paid millions of dollars cannot stay alert for two hours, once a week.

Too many intellectuals are too impressed with the fact that they know more than other people. Even if an intellectual knows more than anybody else, that is not the same as saying that he knows more than everybody else put together — which is what would be needed to justify substituting his judgment for that expressed by millions of others through the market or through the ballot box.

Sean Hannity recently pointed out an essential parallel between Islamic extremists and Nazis. One believed that they were the “master race” and the other that they are the only true religion. Both believed that this entitled them to kill others, just for not being part of their group.


IRS Steal Woman’s Life Savings From Her Bank Account Because They Claim “She Deposited Too Little At A Time”

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her funds, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.



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Media Bias

NPR Can’t Handle New Facts That Ruin the Left’s Ferguson Protest Narrative

Tim Graham by Tim Graham

Count NPR as one of those national media outlets that just can’t really grasp the notion that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Washington Post have ruined the narrative that “gentle giant” Michael Brown never wrestled police officer Darren Wilson for his gun. The finding of burns on the thumb “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.”

On Thursday, this is how quickly NPR All Things Considered co-host Audie Cornish dismissed the inconvenient truth, trying to preserve the notion of an innocent victim: “Protests in Ferguson, Missouri heated up again this week. That’s after a St. Louis paper reported the leaked findings of a second autopsy report on Michael Brown. It found that the 18-year-old black man was shot at close range by a white police officer.”

What? How can NPR just avoid these reports, or in this case, acknowledge there is a report and utterly avoid elaborating on its contents? NPR correspondent Cheryl Corley went on to report on white residents of Ferguson who are upset at how the protests have painted the town as some kind of racial war zone when it’s not. One couple wondered why Al Sharpton and other black activists don’t get outraged about black-on-black crime.

Unfortunately, the co-anchors pulled the same rhetorical game on Friday’s Morning Edition:

STEVE INSKEEP: You could be forgiven for thinking the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, must be over by now. It’s been two-and-a-half months since an 18-year-old was shot by police. Demonstrations against the shooting of Michael Brown do not make as much news these days, but they do continue. They continue even as more evidence emerges about the case.

DAVID GREENE: An autopsy leaked this week to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the 18-year-old was shot at close range. That contradicts the stories of some eyewitnesses of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Such information might be of interest to investigators who are judging whether the shooting was justified.

STEVE INSKEEP: Protests continue alongside the investigation, in part because Brown’s death has turned many young people in the community into first-time activists. Some told NPR’s Cheryl Corley they really want to bring about change.

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I think some of us, those who pay attention, were aware in times past that the media tended to “slant” or “spin” the news from time to time depending if they “liked” someone or some issue or not. It wasn’t okay with anyone with any integrity but it was what it was. That was before Obama came on the scene. Suddenly media threw away any pretense of being “fair or balanced” and were little more than Obama press agents. To this day the great Michael Ramirez cartoons says it best: 
While we were unhappy with the slant and the spin many of us have passed appalled and settled on outrage at the behavior of these people today. They have no integrity, no honesty and certainly no credibility. I, for one, will never trust them again.

Lisa Benson

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Today in New York, a schoolteacher celebrated her 100th birthday. All of her students hid in the classroom and surprised her with a big party. They were hiding and they shouted, “Surprise!” May she rest in peace.

Actually the 100-year-old teacher is fine. Today she was hired as a new reporter for “60 Minutes.” ~ Craig Ferguson

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Crimes of Exactly What?

columnist avatar Victor Davis Hanson by Victor Davis Hanson

The recent unfortunate shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and its violent aftermath seem to have had everything and nothing to do with race. Brown was black and unarmed and the officer white; but it is equally true that the 292-pound Brown likely committed a number of crimes in the minutes before his death. He was high on drugs; he robbed a store and strong-armed the clerk; he was walking down the middle of a road; and he started a physical altercation with policeman Darren Wilson (who tried to question him), inflicting injuries on the officer before being fatally shot. If that were a typical day in the life of an American citizen, then civilization, as we now know it, could no longer exist.

So far, evidence both released and leaked suggests that Brown most likely tried to grab the officer through the police car window, prompting a struggle over his gun — which was fired into the patrol car twice — began to run away, and then was shot as he turned and charged.

There is no evidence so far that Brown was either shot in the back or shot while his hands were up, surrendering to the officer. Legitimate questions, of course, remain about many of these details of the shooting of an unarmed suspect, and eyewitness accounts are conflicted; but so far no forensic evidence suggests an execution-type police shooting.

No matter. Ferguson is supposedly now iconic of white institutionalized racism and police brutality, a teachable civil rights moment, as it were, that is currently being used by Democratic candidates to galvanize the African-American vote against Republican candidates. So much so that everyone from Eric Holder and Barack Obama to Elizabeth Warren and Ruth Bader Ginsburg has described the shooting or its violent aftermath as iconic of some sort of American pathology. It may be a half-century since the civil rights movement in an America that is no longer white/black but a racial melting pot, yet we seem ossified in 1965 amber.

Several days of rioting followed the shooting. Black activists such as Al Sharpton, the New Black Panther Party and Jesse Jackson, as is their wont, have leveraged the Brown shooting to indict America for endemic brutality against people of color, and by extension enhance their own deplorable careers of inciting racial tensions. More post-Ferguson demonstrations followed a subsequent fatal shooting in St. Louis of 18-year old African-American Vonderrit Myers, by a white off-duty policeman employed as a security guard. Yet so far no one has disputed that Myers first fired three rounds at the off-duty policemen and was killed by returning fire. If firing three rounds at an off-duty police officer cannot be considered to warrant a legitimate violent response, but rather must be illustrative of racism, then we are going to have some tough days again. I say that mindful as well that African-Americans statistically commit a vastly greater percentage of relatively rare interracial crimes than do whites against blacks.

The resulting logic is that the rare white-on-black crime must be transcendent and iconic of something, while the far more common black-against-white violence is either irrelevant or in some way the understandable baggage of our racial past. That, too, is not a sustainable 21st century proposition.


Hanson makes some great points and points out the danger of the way that the media is driving the “narative” in Ferguson and elsewhere. The the rest of us can only shake our heads and wonder what has happened in this country. Race-baiters like Al Sharpton have a lot to answer for but not as much as does the MSM. Everyone with a  modicrum of decency knows that Sharpton is a scrumbag. Soon everyone will know the same about our MSM. Many all ready do.

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Monday Mish-Mosh

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Psssst, Here’s What We Do When We Win (Don’t Tell The Liberals)

Kurt Schlicter by Kurt Schlichter

Democrats are trying to rally their indolent base by painting a picture of a Republican-controlled Congress as the progressives’ worst nightmare. It’s important that we conservatives make that beautiful dream come true.

Their misery is our delight. Each liberal tear is a sparkling diamond that brings joy to freedom-loving Americans.

But now is not the time to talk about what we intend to do – at least not in public. Let’s just keep it here, between us conservatives, where no liberal except for the occasional lonely troll and creepy Media Matters intern will ever tread. Ignore those geniuses who tell us that “Republican candidates need to stand for something and talk about their vision” in individual races (as opposed to useful, generic GOP rebranding efforts like this). We’re winning right now talking about how much the Democrats suck.

Thom Tillis is going to beat Kate Hagan by talking about her staggering corruption. Joni Ernst is going to clock Bruce Braley by attacking his smug farmerphobia. And Corey Gardner is going to out-War on Women Mark Uterus by mocking the leering Democrat weirdo’s gyno obsession. Why would our candidates stop the fun and give their opponents ammo by talking about the next two years?

If the consultant types fretting over candidates not babbling about their vision statements knew anything about winning, they would know that when you’re winning, you keep doing the things that made you be winning. There – I just provided you future candidates with better advice than 90% of those overpaid, under-slapped GOP consultants ever will. Now give me $100,000.


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Why Kansas Drives Liberals Crazy

Sam Brownback cut taxes to stop the state’s economic decline. Big spenders in both parties won’t forgive him.

Allysia Finley  by Allysia Finley

Politicians of both parties have sought to manage the state’s sclerosis by spending more on welfare, economic development and schools, explains Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert. They raised taxes to finance the spending. Wichita’s commercial-property taxes rank fifth-highest among the country’s 50 largest cities. Before Mr. Brownback’s tax cuts, Kansas had higher personal and corporate income-tax rates than all of its neighbors except Nebraska.

Enter the governor’s “experiment” to jump-start growth by cutting taxes. His revenue-neutral plan slashed income-tax rates across the board, nixed all itemized deductions, exempted small business income and capped state spending growth at 2% annually. Little did he know he would trigger a civil war in his party.

House Republicans passed a less aggressive version of the plan, but moderate Republican senators who were used to controlling the legislative agenda revolted. They tried to restore the tax carve-outs and strike the spending cap. They figured the governor wouldn’t sign a bill that caused a deficit, yet they still wanted to claim credit for voting to cut taxes.


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Populism for Plutocrats

Hagan and Hillary decry negative tone of campaign while smearing GOP

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Shortly before Kay Hagan took the stage at the Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, the loudspeakers blared Bruce Springsteen’s aptly titled Democratic Party theme song “We Take Care of Our Own.”

In recent weeks, Hagan’s campaign has stumbled amid revelations that companies owned by her husband, son, and future son-in-law, benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funding as part of the 2009 stimulus package, which Hagan supported. She took care of her own.

The appearance of cronyism was so embarrassing for Hagan that she opted to skip her final debate with Republican Thom Tillis rather than confront the charges in public.

In an effort to punch back against this unfavorable narrative, Hagan called in the most populist, anti-cronyist figure she could find: Hillary Clinton.

Hagan opened by invoking a line from the official North Carolina toast, imagining a world “Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great.” It would be hard to find two politicians who better embody the second part of that statement than Kay Hagan and Hillary Clinton, the latter of whom has parlayed her political power into millions of dollars on the corporate public speaking circuit. Meanwhile, the Hagan-Clinton security team showed its strength by denying access to filmmakers and manhandling protesters.


Early one morning an elderly retired Marine yelled to his wife: “Honey, come see what I created! Its an abstract panorama depicting the 6 years of the Obama presidency.”

She yelled back: “Flush the toilet and come eat your breakfast!”


 Gallup poll shows Tea Party supporters the most motivated to vote

They’re baaaa-aaack, as Carol Anne said in Poltergeist II. No, not the cheesy ghosts from the cemetery under their house, but the ghosts of the previous midterm election, and they’re about to haunt Democrats. Gallup’s survey from the end of last month shows that the most enthusiastic voters in this cycle are Tea Party supporters — and it’s not even close:

Although the Tea Party has not been as visible in this year’s midterm elections as it was in 2010, Tea Party Republicans have given more thought to this year’s elections and are much more motivated to vote than are non-Tea Party Republicans or other Americans. About one in four Americans continue to say they support the Tea Party.

These results, from a Sept. 25-30 Gallup poll, demonstrate that despite what appears to be a lower profile this year, the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party — about 18% of all national adults — remains a powerful force, given their higher interest in the election and higher motivation to vote. This is not a new phenomenon; Republican Tea Party supporters gave the 2010 midterm elections more thought and were more motivated to vote than other Republicans, although all voters in general were paying more attention that year.


Media Bias

Stonewalled No More: Ex-CBS Reporter’s Tell-All Exposes Liberal Bias

By Melissa Mullins

Sharyl Attkisson used to be an investigative journalist for CBS News, but now finds herself making headlines as the whistleblower who blew the lid off CBS’s blatant bias toward the president and his administration.

Sharyl Attkisson

From a recent book review by the New York Post’s Kyle Smith, we learn that in her new book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,
Attkisson exposes outright political corruption, and the media circus surrounding the Obama Administration; the constant praise and fawning over the president, the political bent on stories, and the decision to air “softer” news versus hard-hitting investigative reports that could potentially show the Obama Administration in bad light.

Attkisson cites many examples of liberal media bias in Stonewalled. When asking follow-up questions on scandals such as Benghazi or Fast and Furious, Attkisson has been viewed by many in the White House as being an “unreasonable” reporter. White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.”

When she pressed Eric Schultz, White House Deputy Press Secretary, on Fast and Furious, Schultz screamed, “Goddammit, Sharyl!The Washington Post is reasonable, The LA Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable. You’re the only one who’s not reasonable!” Fast and Furious, though still unanswered, led to the resignation of a U.S. Attorney, and led President Obama to utilize “executive privilege” (for the first time), to minimize the amount of damaging information released.

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The ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Party

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

At a campaign rally in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton did her best to prove that she could out-Warren Warren by declaring, “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

If the organizations that actually hire and pay workers don’t create jobs, who does?

Some leftists say that if you leave a glass of milk and a plate of cookies out on the table overnight along with a neatly spaced resume on recycled paper, elves will sneak in and create a job for you.

“You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” Hillary smirked. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”

Speaking of things that have failed rather spectacularly, aside from Hillary’s time as Secretary of State, her latest memoir or Martha Coakley whose rally was the platform for Hillary’s tripe, there’s the old theory that government central planning creates jobs.

That theory has been tried in the last six years and it has failed rather spectacularly.

It has failed so spectacularly that Martha Coakley once again can’t beat a Republican in Massachusetts. Coakley is claiming that it’s a dead heat when polls show that she’s losing by 9 points. But while Hillary insisted that her husband “brought arithmetic” to Washington (someone had to count rental costs on the Lincoln Bedroom and presidential pardons for international fugitives), leftists are really bad at math.

Their theory failed so miserably that Hillary’s party is about to lose the Senate and no Democratic candidate wants to be seen with her old boss out of fear that his stench of failure will cling to them.

Hillary Clinton is attacking Reagan while campaigning for Carter. She’s having Mondale acid flashbacks. But despite Marx, Obama and Warren, businesses actually do create jobs. Lefty politicians who have never worked for a living while claiming that businesses don’t create jobs… don’t create jobs.

The savviest cattle futures investor in all of Arkansas and former Wal-Mart board member is signaling that she intends to be a member of the Obama/Warren “You didn’t build that” party. And that’s her business. But Hillary Clinton’s only real business was monetizing her political connections.

That’s still the business that she’s in today.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t know how jobs are created because her jobs have always come through her political connections. In Hillary’s world, government really does create jobs. To professional parasites like her, a private sector in which small businesses labor to deliver products or services to their customers without being subsidized by the government doesn’t exist.


Jerry Holbert

CNN called Ebola Czar Ron Klain a lawyer with no medical expertise. He reports to Susan Rice, a lawyer with no medical expertise, and she reports to Obama, a lawyer with no medical expertise. Never think a virus will just go away if it requires the same number of lawyers O.J. had.


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Sunday Sundae

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John Kerry declared in Boston that life on earth as we know it will end if we don’t do all we can to halt climate change. He said that climate change is a bigger threat than terrorism. Unless the terrorist is on your airplane, then that extra half-degree doesn’t bother you so much

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The Race Card Cometh Yet Again (Again)

Derek Hunter by Derek Hunter

When it comes to life’s guarantees, there’s death, taxes, death taxes, the tides, the Chicago Cubs not winning a World Series, and the race card being played by Democrats as an election approaches.

With less than two weeks to go before this year’s mid-term elections, that last guarantee is in full effect.

Polls show Democrats aren’t very excited at the prospect of voting next month. They’re disappointed by the president’s failures and the fumbles by their candidates. But make no mistake – they will vote, and they will vote for the Democrats.

Polls on enthusiasm are interesting but irrelevant in terms of results. The vote of people who march into a polling place with a smile on their face and all the hope in the world in their hearts counts the same as the vote of someone reluctantly sulking in the booth next to them.

It’s down to headcount now – who can get people to show up and vote.

To that end, Democrats are starting to panic. Without President Obama on the ballot, many reliable Democratic voters simply don’t care about the election. The party must do whatever it can to get those people to the polls.

Democrats worry most about black turnout, so we’re seeing efforts to “inspire” black voters to go to the polls. Their tactic is humans’ greatest motivating force—fear.

In Georgia, where Democrat Michelle Nunn is battling with Republican David Perdue, Democrats are circulating fliers telling voters to vote if they “want to prevent another Ferguson.” This reference to the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer was roundly condemned by everyone except Democrats. Nunn refused to disavow it. She hopes this race-based appeal will motivate more black voters to the polls than it will turn off.

Fear and loathing in the US

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

A Politico poll finds most Americans a nervous wreck. Some 64 percent say the country is spinning out of control, while only 36 percent say the nation can meet its challenges.

The findings are reported as exclusive to each other, but I fit in both camps. Things are out of control, but they don’t have to be.

As Charles Krauthammer has said, decline is a choice. It can be reversed with public will and the right leadership.

We don’t have either now, which produces fear magnified by a sense of helplessness. It’s not just that the people in charge of keeping us safe aren’t up to the job. It’s that they are making things worse.

A travel ban from Ebola hot spots is a no-brainer, but Washington’s failure to impose one shows our leaders apparently have no brains. A belated quarantine requirement by Govs. Cuomo and Christie is a good start, but it came despite the feds’ dithering.

We chase after events, always surprised that feckless policies don’t work. The horse escaped the barn then, maybe, we’ll close the door.

Sometimes our bumbling bosses open the door in the first place. Mayor de Blasio made handcuffing cops a priority, and one of his first moves was to end surveillance of radical Muslims. The courts had upheld the program as constitutional, but that wasn’t good enough for Mr. Politically Correct.

If he hadn’t been so foolish, cops might have known that Thompson was looking to spill blood before he pulled out his hatchet. Instead, he was unknown to them until he struck.

How many others are still hidden because the NYPD cannot look for them? Does the mayor even care?


Until Americans support those who tell them the truth and say screw you to the PC Pinheads we are in danger. I am sorry if someone’s delicate feelings get hurt. Well actually I’m not – getting your feelings hurt is a part of life. Grow up and deal with it. And maybe, just maybe we can better deal with nutcases who join the Jihad and attack people with hatchets on the streets of our cities or shoot down our brave men and women on military bases. Oops, forgot, the PC Pinheads say that was just “workplace violence”. Do we really think we can be protected by people who can’t even role out a website?

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Opportunity knocking for GOP, but will party leaders squander it?

CT ColumnistsJK033.jpg by John Kass

Wasn’t it just yesterday that President Barack Obama extended his arms like some Hollywood Moses, promising his election would calm the seas and heal the planet?

But now the October winds have blown the messiah off the man. And November’s midterm elections — with Democrats writhing in panic — are only days away.

And what of the Republicans?

For those of you studying Hopium withdrawal, this would be the right time. The national crop has failed. The national bowls are empty. Democrats are sad. And only the Hopium pipes of the remaining true believers can cast a faint glow upon the future.

So the Republican establishment is grinning, poised to make big gains in November, keeping the House, perhaps taking the Senate by a wide margin.

But then what?

Even as the GOP establishment rubs its hands in glee over Obama’s many failures, they have yet to articulate a vision of the future.

What do the Republicans stand for, really? Where are they going? And where do they want to take the country?


Serfin, USA

By Clarice Feldman

Do you wish to spend the rest of your life supporting swarms of non-citizens streaming across our borders and voting for you to give them more of your earnings? If not, it would be a good idea to pay more attention to wiping out America’s rampant vote fraud, clearly a Democrat plan to secure a permanent majority of rent seekers.

As we near the midterm elections, the Democrats seem to be in trouble: the hated ObamaCare premiums are rising, the War on Women seems to be drawing blanks as the voters Rick Ballard dubs “the Lackwitz sisters” suddenly appreciate they are more at risk from terrorism and our weak responses to it, and Ebola and enterovirus spread by gormless government policies than they are by Republicans not wanting to buy them birth-control pills. The notion that this patriarchy rhetoric is simply mal-archy grows. Rick has analyzed the latest surveys and says the reports are hiding a major shift in female sentiment.

Women have moved in the GOP’s direction since September. In last month’s AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress while 40 percent wanted the Republicans to capture control. In the new poll, the two parties are about even among women, 44 percent prefer the Republicans, 42 percent the Democrats.

The movement from 47D to 44R or 40 R to 44R or 47D to 42D among 51% of likely voters (lets just use 10 per cent shift for simplicity) is somewhat more than a “move” in the GOP direction. “Surge” and “leap” are more apt descriptors concerning the demographic split which used to provide the thin margin of victory for the Progressive Fascists outside of the bluest of Blue Hells.

At last look, it appears that crony capitalism and graft affected even DHS’ misappropriation of funds intended to deal with Ebola, though news of this is likely to be buried in the press, too.

As for the other plank in the Democrat playbook – racism — that, too, is dying as the Brown case, like the Martin case before it, crumbles under the weight of credible evidence. The Department of Justice and the press are racing as fast as they can to deflate the controversy and rancor they themselves generated with their “narrative” that was obviously false even as they were peddling it. (I mean really — who in his right mind treats the testimony of Brown’s partner in crime as equivalent to that of the police officer who had an impeccable record and substantial bruises to sustain his view of events?) The capper this week was that Brown’s mother beat up his grandmother and cousin for trying to capitalize on his death by selling T shirts and other paraphernalia.



Why Are the Midterm Elections Turning Off Voters? (Hint: It Involves Dildos)

columnist avatar NickGillespie-75x75 by Nick Gillespie

Here’s the situation a week and change before the midterm elections:

Obama’sapproval rating recently hit an all-time low of 40 percent and the Democratic Party’s approval rating is at a 30-year low of just 39 percent. Most analysts now give the Republicans a 55 percent to 76 percent chance of winning the Senate. That’s despite the fact that Republicans’ approval ratings, at just 33 percent, are even lower than Obama’s or the Democrats’.

I’ve got a Daily Beast column up that ties voter disaffection to the stunning and persistent unwillingness of Democrats and Republicans to talk about anything really substantive. Faced with voter antipathy, itself a product of political silliness, candidates are doubling down on shambolic issues. To wit:

When faced with a demotivated electorate, there’s no reason to talk seriously about policy. The smart play is to fire up your party’s faithful and try not to be as hateable as your opponent, which is actually more difficult than it seems for most politicians. Consider fading Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, best known for holding her bladder during an 11-hour, completely symbolic pro-choice filibuster in the Texas Senate and becoming the darling of progressive Democrats all over the country. Her campaign actually sent out a press release hyping an article about her opponent that was headlined “Greg Abbott: Dildos? Against ‘em. Interracial Marriage? No Comment.”Forget that the Anglo Abbot is married to a Latina. This jibe comes after ads in which Davis attacked the paralyzed Abbot for not caring about other wheelchair-bound Texans.


Media B.S.

Ex-CBS Reporter’s Book Reveals How Liberal Media Protects Obama

That rare commodity these days, a real reporter.

Via NY Post:

Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.

When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about reinforcements sent to the Benghazi compound during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.”

Another White House flack, Eric Schultz, didn’t like being pressed for answers about the Fast and Furious scandal in which American agents directed guns into the arms of Mexican drug lords. “Goddammit, Sharyl!” he screamed at her. “The Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable. You’re the only one who’s not reasonable!”

Two of her former bosses, CBS Evening News executive producers Jim Murphy and Rick Kaplan, called her a “pit bull.”

That was when Sharyl was being nice.


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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.”


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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.


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?


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?

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


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!


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.


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.

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

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

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

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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.


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.


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.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

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.


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.


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.”


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


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


Good Stuff:

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

charles krauthammer 3 by Charles Krauthammer

The Terrorist-Sympathizing Opera

columnist avatar Brent Bozell by Brent Bozell

Democrat Pat Quinn Dealt Ethics Blow by Court

Pat Quinn failed to keep politics out of Illinois hiring process

Jerry Holbert