October 25, 2014

WISCONSIN’S DEEP STATE VS. SCOTT WALKER: More Dirty Tactics in Wisconsin Governor’s Race.

Related: George Will: In Wisconsin, Done In By John Doe.

The early-morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the children’s, were ransacked, cellphones were confiscated and the citizens were told that it would be a crime to tell anyone of the raids.

Some raids were precursors of, others were parts of, the nastiest episode of this unlovely political season, an episode that has occurred in an unlikely place. This attempted criminalization of politics to silence people occupying just one portion of the political spectrum has happened in Wisconsin, which often has conducted robust political arguments with Midwestern civility. . . .

Chisholm’s aim — to have a chilling effect on conservative speech — has been achieved by bombarding Walker supporters with raids and subpoenas: Instead of raising money to disseminate their political speech, conservative individuals and groups, harassed and intimidated, have gone into a defensive crouch, raising little money and spending much money on defensive litigation. Liberal groups have not been targeted for their activities that are indistinguishable from those of their conservative counterparts.

Such misbehavior takes a toll on something that already is in short supply: belief in government’s legitimacy. The federal government’s most intrusive and potentially punitive institution, the IRS, unquestionably worked for Barack Obama’s reelection by suppressing activities by conservative groups. Would he have won if the government he heads had not impeded political participation by many opposition groups? We will never know.

An illegitimate government is no better than a band of thieves with superior firepower. If that.

THEY WEREN’T EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Police Say Three Armed Men Invaded Home and Attempted to Gang Rape 19-Year-Old — but They Didn’t Come Prepared for Grandpa.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, EXPLOITED WORKERS WOULD GET THIRD-WORLD WAGES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour. But hey, the company got a $3,500 fine.

SCIENCE: Rolling, Tumbling Tiny Bots Could Target Tumors.

WAR ON WOMEN: Nikki Haley’s Democratic Opponent: “Escort whore out the door.”

CHANGE: Universities respond to Ebola with travel restrictions, quarantines. Funny, just last week advocating precautions of this sort was racist or something.

BILL MAHER: Michael Brown “Was Not A Gentle Giant,” “He Was Acting Like A Thug.”

TAXPROF: The IRS Scandal, Day 534.

THEY ALWAYS SHOW YOU WHAT THEY’RE AFRAID OF, AND WHAT THEY’RE AFRAID OF IS FREE SPEECH: Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge.

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

Translation: Even near-total control of the legacy media isn’t enough to ensure Democrats’ dominance.

WAIT, WHAT? You Can’t Cure Ebola With Money.

I support government spending on basic research. But I really do not support the wrongheaded idea that medical research is like ordering groceries from Peapod: Just dial up what you want, and if you’re willing to pay the cost, you can have the goodies. In fact, it’s more like a lottery: if you don’t play, you can’t win, but at best, you still lose an awful lot. An Ebola vaccine is entering trials right now, and if it succeeds, that will be incredible news. But it could fail in many ways, and acting as if it’s a guarantee is grossly irresponsible.

Francis Collins is smarter than I am, and he has dedicated his life to furthering the advancement of human knowledge, one of the noblest causes there is. He’s also a Washington bureaucrat, and while he’s wearing that hat, his job is to get more money for his agency. I suspect he let his good judgment get a bit carried away in the zealous pursuit of that mission. Raising unreasonable expectations very likely to be dashed is bad for public policy, and ultimately, bad for the scientific research that Collins has done so much to promote.

That’s putting it kindly.

CHANGE: New York, New Jersey to start high-risk Ebola quarantine.

INSPECTOR GENERAL: DHS ‘mismanaged’ funds to address Ebola. “A recent inspector general’s audit of DHS purchases shows the agency hasn’t conducted a needs assessment on funds dedicated to plan, train and prepare for a potential pandemic. Therefore ‘we could not determine the basis for DHS’ decisions regarding how much or what types of pandemic supplies to purchase, store or distribute,’ he said.” In the absence of more information, I’m gonna go with graft.

PROGRESSIVE: A “little housewife or a Latino” too dumb to get voter ID. But she’s dumb enough that she thinks an out-of-state driver’s license is proof of residency. . . .

Plus, a glorious MSNBC correction: “*Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that it was not illegal to drive in Texas with a California driver’s license. In fact, it is illegal to drive in Texas on another state’s driver license 90 days after moving into the state.”

VOTER FRAUD: I guess, per @DonnaBrazile, the Washington Post must be “big ass liars.”

TRUE: Pro Due Process Does Not Equate to Pro Rape.

Mr. Miltenberg insists his decision to sue a number of universities on behalf of male students who have been suspended or expelled following sexual assault accusations is not inconsistent with any of the above. He’s already filed four lawsuits—against Vassar College, Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Drew University—will file several more before month’s end, and is consulting on 20 or so appeals at the college disciplinary level. In each, he is suing the schools for violations of the Title IX gender-parity law of 1972, contractual claims, unfair trade practices, as well as a number of tort claims.

If you feel like you’ve been reading more about campus rape of late, that’s because you have—most recently in a New York magazine cover story in September. The trend has been gathering steam since the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights sent a letter to colleges nationwide on April 4, 2011, mandating policy changes in the way schools handle sexual assault complaints, including a lowering of the burden of proof from “clear and convincing” evidence to a “preponderance” of evidence. Not surprisingly, there has been a marked increase in women coming forward with such complaints.

That doesn’t bother Mr. Miltenberg at all. The man is not pro-rape, for God’s sake. What does bother him is the way that many schools have handled the complaints.

Every single one of the men he’s representing, Mr. Miltenberg argues, has suffered egregious due process violations in closed-door college hearings. (He also believes that his clients are innocent of the charges against them.) And that is how he has found himself in the decidedly impolitic position of not only defending those accused of rape, but also suing on their behalf.

Impolitic, perhaps, but he’s also in good company. Twenty-eight current and retired Harvard Law School professors recently sent a letter to the university asking it to abandon its new sexual misconduct policy, arguing, as Mr. Miltenberg has more generally, that the new rules violate the due process rights of the accused. “This is an issue of political correctness run amok,” Alan Dershowitz, an emeritus professor, told a Boston Globe reporter.

Yes, it is.


THIS SEEMS ABOUT RIGHT: Liberals are more likely to unfriend you over politics — online and off.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO SET MEN ON FIRE! A Florida woman set her roommate on fire after he tossed her dinner leftovers in the trash.

October 24, 2014

JONAH GOLDBERG: The Enduring Power Of A Story:

For much of the summer, large numbers of Americans insisted that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was one kind of story. It was a tale of institutional racism in which the police are the villains and young African-American men the innocent victims. This was the storyline many in the media wanted, and it was one they were determined to get.

Now, as a grand jury goes about prying fact from fiction, the story is falling apart as a matter of legal reality. But you can be sure the story will live on for decades to come. That’s in no small part because many decent Americans have locked themselves into the belief that the heroic chapter of the civil-rights movement can never end. The story must go on so they can continue to cast themselves as the heroes.

Conveniently enough, heroes of whom no particular sacrifice is required.

WELL, THEY’D BETTER BE: It turns out millennials are actually really good at saving money.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Supermodel Parenting Advice.

HMM: Vitamin D levels predicted neurologic outcomes after sudden cardiac arrest. What’s amazing is how low the mean Vitamin D level was for the sample. I’d like to see this study repeated, but it’s interesting.

PROBABLY NOT: Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared For The Next Ebola Case?

[CDC director Thomas] Frieden was on the news saying any hospital in the U.S. should be able to manage an Ebola patient. That struck me as odd, because managing an infectious disease in a hospital is not as straightforward as it may seem. Infectious diseases like C. diff [Clostridium difficile] and MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] have presented significant challenges for hospitals for years. Why did the CDC think that managing Ebola would be straightforward?

I think hospitals 50 or 60 years ago were better at that.

IF THE DEMOCRATS GET THEIR WAY, SURE: Washington Post: Could Non-Citizens Decide The November Election? “How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010. Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.”

DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES — AND CLOWN SHOES. Hit On Georgia Republican Perdue Blows up In BuzzFeed’s Face. “Perdue wasn’t signing a ‘woman’s torso,’ as BuzzFeed claimed. The truth is that he was signing a woman’s diabetic pump at the request of the woman as a way to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes. Rather than own up to and correct the error, BuzzFeed merely blame-shifted by changing the headline to: Tracker Fail: Dems Miss Insulin Pump In Video Of Perdue Signing Young Woman.”

When you take pre-digested hit pieces from political hit men. . . .

IT’S NOT HER FAULT, IT’S THE CONCUSSION TALKING: Hillary Clinton: Business Don’t Create Jobs!

EBOLA: The Hacklash. “I’m much less worried about contracting Ebola than I am about the dismissive reaction to it. Hacklash appears to be a cyclical problem, and as an indicator of the health of our Republic, I don’t see how this ends well.” We have the worst political class in our nation’s history, and the journalists are just another part of that.

PRICE TRUMPS EVERYTHING: Dodge Viper’s $15,000 Price Cut Boosts Monthly Sales by Nearly 200 Percent—to 108 Cars.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Another Honor Student Expelled over “Zero-Tolerance” Idiocy.

REMEMBER, HE DOESN’T DO PHOTO OPS: Obama Hugs Ebola-Free Nurse: ‘Let’s Give a Hug for the Cameras.’

IT’S COME TO THIS: PhotoMath uses your phone’s camera to solve equations. Soon, you won’t have to know how to do anything!

WOW: Tesla About To Sell 5000th Model S.


CHESTER FINN: The State Of Education Reform.

HIPSTER TECH: The Old-School Cassette Player That’s Connected to Spotify.

IN THE MAIL: From John Scalzi, Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome.

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TAXPROF: The IRS Scandal, Day 533.

GAZPROBLEMS: Europe’s Energy Supplies Are Anything But Secure. “Nuclear energy is an attractive option, but in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster many in Europe are reluctant to move forward with new plants, and indeed Germany is in the process of phasing out the zero-carbon energy source. Commercial production of domestic reserves of shale gas hasn’t yet taken off, due to a mix of geologic complexity, bureaucratic red tape, and staunch local opposition. Starry-eyed greens will point to renewables as an option for diversifying away from Russian hydrocarbons—Putin has no hold on the sun or wind, they’ll be quick to point out—but these sources can only serve as peak supplies. That is, due to the intermittency of wind and solar energy production, they can’t be relied upon to consistently provide a baseload amount of power, and until more effective storage technologies become available, renewables won’t be able to replace fossil fuels like-for-like. LNG is another oft-touted option for Europe, but with Asian buyers paying a hefty premium for the ship-carried energy source these days, Europe will have to pay out the nose for the privilege—something the continent’s struggling economies won’t be happy to do.”


When legislators and activists say that we need low-down-payment loans because most people couldn’t possibly save up for a 20 percent down payment, what they’re really saying is that people can’t actually afford to buy a house. Helping them to go buy one anyway is not a great idea; it will work out well for some, to be sure, but it will have tragic consequences for others, and for the housing market as a whole if there’s another downturn. We just spent six years learning, the very hard way, that you can’t borrow yourself rich. That knowledge is too expensive to throw away so easily.

Our government hasn’t learned that yet.

MICHAEL GERSON: The world is in denial about Ebola’s true threat. “The Ebola virus has multiplied in a medium of denial. There was the initial denial that a rural disease, causing isolated outbreaks that burned out quickly, could become a sustained, urban killer. There is the (understandable) denial of patients in West Africa, who convince themselves that they have flu or malaria (the symptoms are similar to Ebola) and remain in communities. And there is the form of denial now practiced by Western governments — a misguided belief that an incremental response can get ahead of an exponentially growing threat.”

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One of my first papers in college was about Gertrude Stein’s “Three Lives.” I happened not to enjoy the book, and so focused my paper on its failings. When I received the paper back, I was completely horrified to discover that I’d gotten an F. The professor’s comments filled the margins—things like “you write like a conservative,” comparisons to Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, and the (still absurd) statement that “an intellectual reads with sympathy for the protagonist.”


STEPHEN L. CARTER: Obama’s White House Can’t Take A Joke.

Well, I remember when Barack Obama “joked” about auditing his enemies, so maybe they know something about his sense of humor that we don’t.

RON FOURNIER: Obama needs to ‘fire himself.’

AFTER CANADA, A QUESTION FOR THE U.S.: Do the Capitol’s Sergeants-at-Arms Carry Guns?

ED MORRISSEY: Why a GOP Wave Election Will Surprise the Media. Just remember, it’s not enough to win: You have to win outside the margin of fraud.

ORIN KERR: Tips For First-Year Law Professors.

OOPS: DNC head stumbles on Obama question. “The head of the Democrats’ campaign arm is insisting this week that President Obama is campaigning for threatened Senate Democrats in purple districts. But Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who heads the Democratic National Committee (DNC), couldn’t come up with even one example to back her claim.”

BILL MCMORRIS: How The Supreme Court Created The Student Loan Bubble: It all starts with Griggs v. Duke Power Co.

The lie that props up our Big Education regime is that the GI Bill, which paid for World War II veterans to attend college, produced the upward mobility and economic boom of the postwar period. It’s a heartwarming story, the veteran who would have been a dust farmer but for the grace of government generosity. But it just isn’t true. Only one out of every eight returning veterans attended college. The rest, the vast majority, benefited from something even more egalitarian: aptitude testing. The format favors raw talent above all else, allowing companies to hire high-potential candidates from any background and groom them to fit the company’s needs.

These tactics came to commerce from a familiar source.The armed services were forced to process hundreds of thousands of recruits during the war, and in order to filter and assign soldiers, the government developed aptitude tests. Businesses witnessed the U.S. defeat the two most efficient peoples known to man, thought there must be something to this whole testing thing, and followed suit. The chief hiring metric in the postwar era was not whether someone had a degree, but whether he had the aptitude that would enable him to succeed. Every industry from blue-blooded high finance to immigrant-heavy manufacturing employed testing to determine who would rise through the ranks, regardless of lineage, heritage, or education. Testing enabled men who set out to be blue-collar workers to ascend based solely on their ability. . . .

Two years ago I interviewed Den Black, a former automotive engineer at GM supplier Delphi whose pension was slashed to speed up the auto bailout. His backstory interested me nearly as much as his grievance with the Obama administration. A few years before the Supreme Court issued the Griggs decision, he set out to join his brother as a line-worker at General Motors. He hadn’t been the best student, didn’t care much for school, but submitted to the hiring exam. The test revealed that he had an advanced understanding of physics and mathematics. Within a few years, he was given the opportunity to take the entrance exam to General Motors University. After two years at GMU, where he combined shiftwork with education, he emerged an engineer in management. It’s no bachelor’s degree, but judging by the patents he helped generate, it was a worthy investment.

The Griggs decision has made that organic rise through the ranks impossible, as disparate impact left businesses liable for those who failed to pass hiring tests.

“Most legitimate job selection practices, including those that predict productivity better than alternatives, will routinely trigger liability under the current rule,” Wax wrote in a 2011 paper titled “Disparate Impact Realism.”

The solution for businesses post-Griggs was obvious: outsource screening to colleges, which are allowed to weed out poor candidates based on test scores. The bachelor’s degree, previously reserved for academics, doctors, and lawyers, became the de facto credential required for any white-collar job.

Read the whole thing.

RESET: Russia Now Has More Deployed Nuclear Warheads than the U.S.

BYRON YORK: Who says Obamacare isn’t a major factor in midterms? “Some Democrats and their advocates in the press believe Obamacare, a year into implementation, is no longer much of a factor in the midterm elections. But no one has told Republican candidates, who are still pounding away at the Affordable Care Act on the stump. And no one has told voters, especially those in states with closely contested Senate races, who regularly place it among the top issues of the campaign.”

Related: Stephen Green: Wargaming The Midterms.

ROGER SIMON: Could It Possibly Get Any Worse?… It Already Did!

Today, in my birth city of New York, within hours of each other, we had a doctor come down with Ebola and another quasi-Islamo-lunatic bash a cop in the head with a hatchet, only a day after a similar event in Canada.

The most amazing part of the cop attack was, at approximately 7PM West Coast time, after millions of people had been hearing about it on cable television for hours, according to Ed Henry on Fox, an administration spokesperson didn’t even know it had happened. They’re probably waiting to make sure it’s “workplace violence.”

Meanwhile, the infected doctor, who had just returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, had been riding the subway only hours before being diagnosed. He had also gone bowling. . . .

Okay, no more Mr. Nice Blogger. Anyone who doesn’t realize our country is being governed by incompetents somewhere between Caligula and Nero (with golf replacing the violin) hasn’t been paying the slightest attention.

It’s pathetic. Related: Well, I feel safer.

I THINK WE SHOULD BE PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO NIGERIAN KNOW-HOW: Ebola crisis: How Nigeria’s Dr Adadevoh fought the virus.

As Nigeria heaves a collective sigh of relief after being declared free of Ebola, one woman is being widely praised for helping to ensure a more devastating outbreak was avoided.

Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh raised a red flag when attending to a Liberian patient at the First Consultant Hospital in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, in July.

Patrick Sawyer had just flown into the country, already sick – he should never have been allowed on the plane.

Nigeria had never had an Ebola case before so it was an impressive piece of diagnostic work.

Whilst caring for Mr Sawyer and protecting the nation from the virus, Dr Adadevoh and her colleagues were themselves at great risk.

“From the day the index patient arrived in Nigeria, my father and I were constantly asking my mother and making sure she was OK. We were aware of what could come,” says Bankole Cardoso, Dr Adadevoh’s only son. . . .

During those early days caring for Mr Sawyer whilst awaiting the result of the blood test, Dr Adadevo came under intense pressure to let him leave – a move that could have had catastrophic consequences.

“The Liberian ambassador started calling Dr Adadevo, putting pressure on her and the institution. He felt we were kidnapping the gentleman and said it was a denial of his fundamental rights and we could face further actions,” says Dr Ohiaeri, adding that the hospital trusted Dr Adadevo’s judgment.

It’s good that they did. As I say, maybe we should pay more attention to how they’ve done things. We seem to be a bit less serious about it.

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EBOLA IN NEW YORK CITY? Doctors Without Borders physician tested for Ebola in NYC. “The 33-year-old physician, employed at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN. On Thursday morning, he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for testing. The doctor, who returned from West Africa about 10 days ago, has been identified as Craig Spencer, according to law enforcement officials.”

UPDATE: Patient at New York City hospital tests positive for Ebola, reports say. “A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus in New York City, according to multiple reports.” As someone says in the comments, shit just got real. Let’s hope he hasn’t infected anyone else in NYC.

And the wisdom of the doctor from Morristown, Tennessee who self-quarantined after returning from treating Ebola patients in Africa is quite clear now. I don’t think anyone who’s worked with Ebola patients should be out and about in the community until after a quarantine period.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Girlfriend now quarantined. Plus: “On his Facebook page, Spencer posted a photo of himself in protective gear. The page indicates he went to Guinea around September 18 and later to Brussels in mid October. . . . nvestigators took the case seriously from the outset because it appeared the doctor didn’t quarantine himself following his return, the law enforcement official said. The doctor traveled to Brooklyn and then back to Manhattan on Wednesday night, the official said. . . . The doctor began feeling sluggish a couple of days ago, but it wasn’t until Thursday, when he developed 103-degree fever, that he contacted Doctors Without Borders, authorities said.”

It seems quite clear that the public health people aren’t taking this disease seriously enough. Plus: “Mark Levine, a city councilman who represents the doctor’s Manhattan neighborhood, said earlier Thursday that city health department workers were canvassing the area, distributing information on the disease door-to-door, according to CNN affiliate WABC. ‘The goal right now is to make sure people don’t panic,’ he said.” Yeah, that’s been the goal all along. I suggest prioritizing this goal: Making sure people don’t get or spread Ebola. Yeah, crazy idea, I know.

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Meet The New Serfs: You. Accountability is only for the little people.

In a sane world, the New Haven authorities would have shown up at Adams’s house with a check, flowers, and an apology, and a certificate exempting him from taxes for the rest of his life. In this world, people in his situation get treated by the government like they are the ones who have screwed up. And of course they’d say they had no record of the episode — getting information about your situation from any government agency, especially from one that is persecuting you, requires an agonizing effort. Keeping people in the dark is part of how they maintain their power. For fun sometime, call the comical New York State tax department and note the intentionally garbled phone numbers on the recording about how to get in touch with a tax agent’s superior to complain or ask a question.

The strange flip-side — the second half of Samuel Francis’s “anarcho-tyranny” — is that the brunt of government abuse falls on the law-abiding. Illinois, for example, makes it difficult for an ordinary citizen to legally carry a gun for self defense — up until a couple of years ago, doing so was categorically prohibited. But Illinois police seize thousands of illegal guns from criminals each year, and the state prosecutes practically none of those weapons cases. The law-abiding — by definition law-abiding — citizens applying for concealed-carry permits get treated like criminals, and the actual criminals do not. If you follow the law and inform Illinois authorities that you have a gun in the home, you invite all sorts of intrusion and oversight. If you don’t, nobody’s really looking. Meanwhile, the streets of Chicago are full of blood, going on 1,600 shootings this year and it’s not even Halloween. Nobody is held responsible for that carnage, but if you put an eleventh round in your legally owned rifle in Oak Park, you’re looking at jail time.

A return to tar and feathers looks more appealing all the time.

TRANSPARENCY: Justice Dept. List of Withheld Fast & Furious Docs is 1,323 Pages Long.

SO IS THE IRS JUST ROTTEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH? Whistleblowers: IRS Officials Behind ‘Fraudulent’ Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Tax Giveaways. “In a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, IRS commissioner John A. Koskinen, and IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, Jane J. Kim, an attorney in the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel in New York, accused IRS executives of “deliberately” facilitating multi-billion dollar tax giveaways. The letter, dated October 19, will add further pressure on the agency, which is under fire for allegedly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Tractor Beams Are Becoming Real.

TRYING TO SHRINK THE “MARGIN OF FRAUD:” Christie wants GOP control over ‘voting mechanisms.’ “Christie stressed the need to keep Republicans in charge of states – and overseeing state-level voting regulations – ahead of the next presidential election.”

Dems are predictably apoplectic, even though they had their own “Secretary of State Project” to do the same thing.

NOW OUT: From Dana Loesch, Hands Off My Gun: Defeating The Plot To Disarm America. You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I think this cover will sell quite a few books. (Bumped).


YEAH, THAT’S A CRAPPY THING TO DO: Man sentenced for lasering plane with 118 passengers aboard.

IN LIGHT OF ALL THE BEN BRADLEE WATERGATE HOOPLA, I should note two things: First, this Watergate mythbusting by Prof. Joseph Campbell, and second, that I doubt Bradlee would have done the same to a Democratic President.

ASTRONOMY: Hundreds of Comets Seen Orbiting Distant Solar System.

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GOOD: Testing For Ebola Vaccines To Start Soon.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Olga Roche, the disgraced former child welfare chief ousted in April amid a firestorm of criticism, quietly retired as a state employee last Friday — right after she turned 60 — scoring a potentially hefty pension bump in the process, the Herald has learned. “Roche came under fire when a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy, Jeremiah Oliver, went missing for months while under the Department of Children and Families’ watch, before he was found dead, the first of several high-profile deaths of children under state care.”

ASHE SCHOW: CNN anchor, liberals give grins and thumbs up to violence against the ‘Right’ women.

Wednesday afternoon, CNN anchor Carol Costello hyped newly released audio of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol tearfully recounting her being physically assaulted during a fight the family was involved in last month by saying it was “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.” She grinned during the entire setup.

The anchor went on to say “sit back and enjoy,” before playing the audio, in which Bristol says she confronted a man who had allegedly pushed her little sister, only to have him shove her to the ground, then drag her by her feet while calling her an obscene name I cannot republish here that refers to the female anatomy.

Costello commented, still grinning, after the audio that “the long bleep” was her favorite part. She ended the segment by saying “you can thank me later.”

Costello is the same anchor who was enraged by the NFL’s apparent lack of concern for the wife of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who was punched by the football player in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

Obviously Costello should be fired for her misogyny and approval of violence against women. Perhaps if people are angry about this, they might call their local airport authority and demand that it take off the nonstop CNN monitors. Nobody likes it, and it’s probably CNN’s main viewership these days. . .



KATHY SHAIDLE: Two Fatal Jihadist Attacks In Canada In 48 Hours. “It was harder to explain to Americans that the guy who took down the terrorist, the sergeant-at-arms, is best known for wearing a funny, archaic getup during government ceremonies. It’s a fancy-pants job given to a distinguished older fellow — Kevin Vickers is 58 — as a kind of pre-retirement honor. Luckily, yesterday, Vickers had a handgun in his desk drawer…”

PAUL RAHE: The African-American Answer To George Wallace.

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NEWS FROM THE CORRUPT OLIGARCHY: The Hunter Biden Chronicles. This is just brutal.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 532.

MAYBE SHE’S JUST NOT THAT GOOD A CANDIDATE: Democrat Martha Coakley struggles again on Massachusetts campaign trail. “One of the most famous losers in recent U.S. politics is back on the campaign trail in Massachusetts. It is not going as well as she had hoped.” When the WaPo writes that way about a Democrat, it’s not going well at all.

EBOLA MONITORING IN THE U.S.: More Citizens Under Watch Per CDC Policy.

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? Democrats Losing Public Trust on Health Care.

The Democrats’ historic advantage on the health issue continues to weaken, and the GOP advantage on foreign policy is growing. In 2007, 50 percent of respondents to a WSJ poll said they trusted the Democratic Party to improve the U.S. health care system, compared to 28 percent who trusted Republicans. By March of this year, those numbers had shifted to 44 percent and 36 percent, still in the Democrats’ favor. Now that gap is even smaller, according to a WSJ write-up of a new a AP Poll. . . .

It’s no wonder that, with numbers like these, many are now predicting that GOP will re-take the Senate in the November midterms. But it’s remarkable that not only foreign policy but also health care issues could help get them there, given how dominant the Democratic Party has been on the latter for so long. The botched ACA rollout took a toll, but more damaging has been the law’s perceived failure to noticeably lessen the burden of health care costs and access for the average American. The issue remains hugely important to U.S voters who think the country’s health care system remains deeply dysfunctional, and they are increasingly turning away from Democratic leadership regarding solutions. This, so far, is the legacy of Obama’s number one domestic achievement.

It’s a train wreck.

ASHE SCHOW: Why 15 Minutes Of Fame Should Have Been Enough For Wendy Davis. But it never is.

NEWS FROM THE EGALITARIAN WORKERS’ PARADISE: Hong Kong Leader: Popular Vote Would Give Poor Too Much Power.

LIFE IS FAT IN CAPITAL CITY: Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million.

AT AMAZON, deals on Thanksgiving Dinners and Desserts.

Plus 50% off Shoes & Handbags, for women and men.

SO I GUESS WE WON THAT WAR, THEN: 95% of Vietnamese Support Free Market Capitalism.

NAT HENTOFF ON OBAMA: “The most dictatorial president we have ever had.”

HMM: Insurers Writing “Ebola Exceptions” Into New Policies. Doesn’t sound like they think the problem is behind us.

TINA BROWN’S ATTITUDE HAS CHANGED: Former Newsweek Editor Gives 4 Solid Reasons Why Women No Longer Feel Safe Under President Obama.