Larry Sabato’s final Crystal Ball mid-term prediction says that tonight will be a good to great night for the Republicans.
He predicts that Louisiana goes to a runoff, and that Georgia may also, but that both end up in the GOP column. Recent polls agree, though the dynamics of a run-off make those races dicey to predict now. The runoffs will be on different dates, which could turn them into national races, or at least give them both high national attention, and therefore spending — especially if control of the Senate is still up for grabs based on those races’ results. Which is possible.
If Sabato is right and those two seats stay undecided tonight, then the GOP still will be assured of taking control of the Senate in January. But there is one more wrinkle, at least — Alaska. Given the size of the state and the difficulty of just moving around it this time of year, it could be a week or two before we have a result there.
Even though I blanked the likely Louisiana overtime election, I’m sticking to my call that the GOP picks up 7. But I’m feeling cranky about that. The Democrats’ ground game overperformed in 2012 and could do that again. There have been numerous reports — too many to ignore — of voting machines going rogue and voting Democrat when voters were trying to vote Republican. It’s feeling like the Republicans have gotten into the third quarter with a lead, but they have a weak defense. Will it hold up? We’ll see.
And they can’t find any.
It’s honest of Matthews to admit that he’s a “progressive,” though.
WOAI reporter Jocelyn Tovar posted this image of a Bexar County voting machine today. It shows what is at least a major error — Republican Attorney General and governor nominee Greg Abbott is not on the ballot.
The image was captured by a mother who went to vote today. David Dewhurst is not only not running for governor, he is the sitting lieutenant governor — but he lost in the primary and is on his way out of office.
Tovar reports that after the county elections board was alerted to the issue, they have removed that machine and are “testing” it.
UPDATE on Boothgate: Election Officials confirm the booth has been removed from voting site and is being brought DT for testing.
— Jocelyn Tovar (@JocelynTovar_) November 4, 2014
The Bexar County Elections administrator, Jacque Callahen, publicly speculated that the image is Photoshopped. It doesn’t appear to be, and the original reporter has posted a second image of the machine. She also interviewed the voter, who says it was not Photoshopped.
Bexar County is Democrat country. The machine in question was at the First Chinese Baptist Church in Precinct 3146.
Around the country, voters have reported machine issues in Texas, Maryland, Chicago, Virginia and other places. In most of those cases, the machines were recording votes for Democrats that voters were attempting to cast for Republicans.
Republicans have been saying for months that the pro-abortion “Independent” candidate David Orman, who is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, is really a Democrat who won’t wear that brand because it would cost him the Kansas Senate election. Orman has not said which party he will caucus with, but his record of giving to Democrats suggests that he’s really one of them.
Vice President Joe Biden appears to have confirmed that, in a radio appearance today.
The media like to go on and on about how “broken” the Republican brand is, and there’s some truth to that. But how broken is the Democrat brand after Obama? In Kansas, the only way the Democrat can win a Senate race is to pretend that he isn’t a Democrat at all.
CBS’ actual headline on this story doesn’t avoid anything: “Muslim mob beats to deadh Christians over blasphemy, Pakistan police say.”
ISLAMABAD - Police in Pakistan say a Muslim mob has beaten to death a Christian couple and burned their bodies in a brick kiln where they worked over them allegedly desecrating the Quran.
Tuesday’s slaying is the latest targeting minorities in Pakistan who allegedly committed blasphemy.
Local police officer Mohammed Pervez says Tuesday’s attack took place in the town of Kot Radha Kishan in eastern Punjab province.
Pervez said officers were trying arrest those involved. He declined to elaborate.
The mob may face arrest, or not, but they were carrying out what Pakistan’s own laws specify. Blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death in that country.
TIME magazine has gotten an exclusive statement from Lena Dunham. The actress on HBO’s media buzzy but poorly rated Girls is having a bad week because in her memoir, which she wrote, she admitted to engaging in behaviors with her younger sister that she described as predatory. Those behaviors include paying her sister with candy to kiss her on the lips, and masturbating right next to her. An incident that Dunham describes when her sister was still an infant is also front and center in the controversy.
One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist, and when I saw what was inside I shrieked. “My mother came running. “Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!”
My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things that I did.
So there was a pattern of behavior, that ran for about 10 years, from the time that Lena Dunham was about 7 years old to when she was about 17. Her parents were aware of it but never did anything about it. This was a twisted family life, of which young Grace was the victim. That she remains friends with her older sister, the perpetrator, now is irrelevant. Her older sister robbed her of ever knowing what is and is not acceptable behavior with an infant.
Dunham initially blamed the controversy on the “right wing,” but that has failed. She has threatened to sue Truth Revolt and by implication, everyone else who has reported on what she wrote in her own book. That backfired. It got more people interested in the ghastly story.
So now, this statement to TIME.
I am dismayed over the recent interpretation of events described in my book Not That Kind of Girl.
First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.
Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.
As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.
This excuse changes nothing. Dunham claims that she does not “condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances,” but she clearly condoned and celebrated her own behavior until she was called out on it. Then she tried to deflect blame and silence her critics. Saying that “sexual predator” was used “comically” simply won’t fly.
Dunham is in full damage-control mode now.
The Daily Caller dropped this bombshell last night. That makes it feel a bit like a campaign dirty trick, but the DC has the goods here.
“The IRS is aware of the current public interest in this issue,” IRS chief counsel William J. Wilkins, a White House visitor described by insiders as “The President’s Man at the IRS,” personally wrote in a hand-stamped memo to “Senator Shaheen” on official Department of the Treasury letterhead on April 25, 2012.
The memo, obtained by TheDC, briefed the Democratic senator about a coordinated IRS-Treasury Department plot to target political activity by nonprofit 501(c)(4) groups. The plot was operating out of Lois Lerner’s Tax Exempt Government Entities Division. (RELATED: Liens Filed Against Dem Senator Jeanne Shaheen And Her Husband For Failure To Pay Creditors)
“These regulations have been in place since 1959,” Wilkins wrote. “We will consider proposed changes in this area as we work with Tax-Exempt and Government Entities and the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy to identify tax issues that should be addressed” in designing new regulations and “guidance.”
“I hope this information is helpful,” Wilkins wrote. “I am sending a similar response to your colleagues. If you have questions, please contact me or have your staff contact Cathy Barre at (202) 622-3720.”
Shaheen wasn’t the only Democrat who knew about the targeting. Sens. Chuck Schumer (NY), and Al Franken (MN) were also in on it, along with a handful of other key Democrat senators, according to the DC.
The Democrats have successfully walked that scandal past the mid-terms, just as they successfully walked Benghazi past the 2012 elections — by misleading and stonewalling. Release of this memo is probably too late to have much impact on Shaheen’s re-election race.
But if the Republicans do capture the Senate, investigating the IRS’ abuse of citizens must be a major priority. The Senate under Harry Reid has provided President Obama with a shield. Republicans should end that if they take over.
Here we’ll keep an eye out for the best/worst Election Day tweets. If you see tweets that you think we ought to include, send them to editors – at – pjmedia – dot – com. They have to be real tweets, nothing staged.
We’ll start off with a nod from the so-called elite media.
— msnbc (@msnbc) November 4, 2014
Just in case MSNBC deletes, here’s a screencap.
MSNBC either has the wrong Scott in mind, or the wrong state. Either way, they’re just wrong.
Here’s one that was sent out by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to encourage people to vote. We’re not sure that it accomplishes that mission.
Crack kills, governor. His social media people must agree, as they’ve switched out the photo above for something that’s a little less hilarious.
Update: Can’t you just feel the excitement at this Mark Udall rally? No? Wake up!
— Kristen Wyatt (@APkristenwyatt) November 4, 2014
Update: How about some celebrity versus celebrity action. Here’s Bette Midler, student of the school that believes that BIG LETTERS=BIG WINS.
It's ELECTION DAY! DON'T VOTE FOR OBSTRUCTIONISTS! VOTE FOR ACTION!! KEEP THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC AND TURN THE HOUSE!!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 4, 2014
Comedian Jim Gaffigan makes some sense.
If you need a celebrity to tell you to vote, you probably shouldn’t vote.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) November 3, 2014
Update: MSNBC is confused again.
— msnbc (@msnbc) October 23, 2014
If McConnell and Grimes are tied in Kansas, that would be news. They’re running in Kentucky.
Newsman Tom Brokaw turned up on Morning Joe today, election day across the country. He picked up where he left off Monday, hoping that if the GOP takes the Senate, they’ll come in with a mind to help Democrats finish up their Obama-do list.
Brokaw grilled Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). He teed Portman up as a “sensible voice,” obviously implying that Brokaw believes that the rest of the Republicans are bunch of wild-eyed yahoos, before trying to dictate the terms of victory to the winning side.
Brokaw: “Senator, I was watching you the other morning and you’re always the sensible voice. You talked about what you want to do, corporate tax reform, you want to do something as well about keystone, the oil pipeline. But to get all of that, what is your margin is because it looks like it will be in your favor but small, what are you prepared to give to the Democrats? You can’t come these deals entirely on your own. are you prepared to negotiate for example on minimum wage or immigration reform?”
Under Harry Reid, the Senate Democrats have been uncompromising for years now. They have given no ground to any GOP ideas. Brokaw must have missed all of that.
Sen. Portman, Brokaw’s “sensible voice,” noted that the Keystone Pipeline is supported by both Republicans and Democrats and should have been approved years ago.
Brokaw wasn’t interested in that, or energy overall, or the trade authority that Obama wants and Republicans say they will give him. Brokaw went right back to Democrat pet issues.
“What are the chances that you’ll get some of what the Democrats would like to have, immigration reform and increase in the minimum wage?” What are the chances that you’ll ignore your victory over the Democrats and just give them everything that they want?
Portman didn’t bite. He offered that immigration reform is “something we ought to do,” but that the current Senate bill — the one the Democrats want because it leaves enforcement up to Obama’s whims — will not pass.
The Federal Elections Commission is supposed to be a non-partisan fair broker of American election laws. FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub bills herself as an “ethics/election lawyer” on her Twitter feed.
See if you think that what Weintraub did tonight is ethical.
Federal Elections Commissioner Ellen Weintraub appeared tonight on the post-partisan news network on cable to make a partisan pitch against a Supreme Court decision that President Barack Obama has publicly attacked in a partisan way.
Weintraub previewed her appearance on MSNBC in this tweet:
— Ellen L Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) November 4, 2014
Weintraub has been vocal in criticizing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in the past, liberally deploying the term “dark money” to suggest that some types of monetary donations given by U.S. citizens to impact our politics “demean democracy.”
The FEC with Weintraub on board has shown zero interest in investigating the foreign money that the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns are known to have accepted, which is against campaign finance law.
But Weintraub used her appearance on MSNBC — on the eve of an election, no less — to pitch for the most partisan network’s viewers to head to the FEC website and comment on the decision that she had just attacked.
— Ellen L Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) November 4, 2014
A tweeter who saw the segment wondered aloud if Weintraub would appear on any other networks to make the same pitch to viewers other than those who watch Chris Hayes on MSNBC.
.@EllenLWeintraub Ma’am will you be appearing on any other media requesting comment?Is it FEC’s position that anon donations must b stopped?
— Catherine (@museofhistory) November 4, 2014
By the way, Weintraub is married to William G. Dauster, who is one of Democrat Sen. Harry Reid’s chiefs of staff. If the Republicans take the Senate on Tuesday, Reid may not only lose his Senate majority leader post, but his party leadership post as well.
Here is video of Weintraub’s MSNBC segment. Weintraub’s call for MSNBC’s viewers to comment to the FEC comes at the end.
But the media are not biased. No siree.
MSNBC Host Peter Alexander: “Give us a sense, if you can. Voters are angry, they’re disappointed, they’re frustrated. So walk us through what Americans are thinking right now.”
Tom Brokaw: “They are thinking that they would like to have Washington get something done. And the question is not just which party can get it done, but how can they change the tone in Washington so they can work together. I was listening to Governor Haley Barber a moment ago and no one is shrewder in the Republican Party than Haley. Last week Senator Portman from Ohio was talking about the agenda for the Republicans if they gain control over the Senate. The question then is what are they prepared to give to the Democrats to meet them at middle ground? What they are going to do about immigration? What are they are going to do about the minimum wage? Things have not been done in the last couple of years and in part because both parties have staked out positions at either end of the spectrum and refused to meet in the middle. That’s the question I think that the country is really fed up with. As you go around America, the city councils in Seattle, in Los Angeles and Atlanta are getting things done because they work together. It doesn’t happen in Washington.”
When the Democrats were poised to take over Congress in 2006, the media didn’t pre-emptively seek compromise Republicans. They wanted action.
Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka reads last rites to the leftwing agitprop and grifter group known as Battleground Texas.
But his column, while entertaining, is not the best read over on that page. This comment by CCIslander is hands down, the best comment ever written about Battleground Texas (so far).
I’m in South Texas. They (Battleground Texas) have imported labor…canvassers and phone bankers etc…This is not a joke but a white guy and girl seriously tried to con us into believing they were raised in South Texas to fit in…and not that this matters on substance but neither of them knew the importance of wearing deodorant, seriously you would have thought they slept in an onion truck. They talked about the environment and how bad oil and gas are for our planet (all the jobs around here are in oil and gas) and about abortion being a precious right that we must protect (we are catholic and insulted that they believe that is our issue). We offered them some bbq (fajitas) and they were vegetarians. wow! That is practically a cardinal sin down here. They clearly were not from Texas, did not understand our values much less South Texas culture. It is obvious. Mr. Bird needs to go home and take his out of staters with him. I think they may actually have flipped some D’s to vote Republican.
CCIslander wasn’t finished.
the other big thing we noticed was how far left these people were. it made us realize we have more in common with our republican friends among us than those battleground people. the should change their name to LOSINGGROUND TEXAS
*The post’s title is an obvious homage to Lyle Lovett’s “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas).” Contrary to Lovett’s song, Texas doesn’t want Battleground Texas anyway.
The Bexar County Democratic Party is on the record, likening the Tea Party to terrorists in a Spanish-language ad that is running on Univision, according to Gilbert Garcia in the San Antonio Express-News.
Manuel Medina understands this, too. That’s why the Bexar County Democratic Party chairman launched a new Spanish-language ad last Thursday on Univision, implying that tea party Republicans rank up there with ISIS as the organization most likely to behead us in our sleep.The Univision airtime was bankrolled (to the tune of $25,000) by personal-injury attorney Thomas J. Henry, who has also made a big splash in the Bexar County district attorney race by donating more than $1.2 million to Democratic candidate Nico LaHood.
The Univision ad begins by showing the United States and Mexican flags waving next to each other, with a narrator saying, “These two flags represent friendship, liberty, opportunity and justice.”
That image is quickly replaced by the tea party’s “Don’t Tread on Me” banner.
This flag, the narrator warns us, is “muy peligrosa” (very dangerous).
“It’s the flag of the tea party Republicans. They are radical terrorists and they want to take matters into their own hands, affecting our children and families with violence and firearms on the border and in our cities.”
That accusation is accompanied by photos of Texas militia members in camouflage uniforms and a worried woman holding tight to her child.
“So the Democrats want to call Tea Party friends of ours “Radical Terrorists.” Here is our response, which party in Texas has been aiding the cartels? Democrat elected officials are no different than the corrupt mayor in Guerrero, Mexico who collaborated with the cartel to kidnap and murder 43 students. These Democrats conspire and benefit from border insecurity and crime.”
It was a Democrat county sheriff in Hidalgo County whose son worked with the drug cartels, and engaged in home invasions against local citizens. Sheriff Trevino himself pleaded guilty to laundering cartel money and is going to federal prison. The Democrat corruption in that one county endangered the lives of many.
Medina, and therefore the Bexar County Democratic Party, defends the ad. The Bexar County GOP says that it goes “way over the line,” which is true. It’s close to slander.
Whatever one thinks of the militias, the fact is they would not be on the border if the federal government was doing its job to secure that border. The lack of security impacts all communities in Texas, including the many Hispanic communities that are on the front lines.
The story highlights a problem that the Tea Party and other conservative groups will have to solve going forward. Over the past few years, Democrats have saved some of their most outrageous accusations for ads in Spanish-language media. The right has mostly not responded, at least not where it would matter — in the same media space, in Spanish.
Actress Lena Dunham has published a memoir in which the 28-year-old uses two charged words to describe a pattern of behavior that she demonstrated as a seven-year-old girl.
Those two words are “sexual predator.”
As her pal Barack Obama might say, let’s be clear. No one accused Lena Dunham of being a sexual predator. Dunham uses those words against herself, in her own book about herself, which she wrote.
In her newly published collection of personal essays, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham describes experimenting sexually with her younger sister Grace, whom she says she attempted to persuade to kiss her using “anything a sexual predator might do.” In one particularly unsettling passage, Dunham experimented with her six-year younger sister’s vagina. “This was within the spectrum of things I did,” she writes.
So it’s not the “right wing” accusing Dunham of anything that Dunham did not in fact admit doing.
The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL- it’s really fucking upsetting and disgusting.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 1, 2014
Now Dunham is outraged, and Jimmy Kimmel has leaped to her defense.
Dunham is pretty clearly exhibiting the exhibitionist, outrageous behavior that has made her famous. Kimmel probably just doesn’t have a clue. Like most of the people who have facilitated Dunham’s rise to fame, he hasn’t checked the story for himself. That’s what he has producers for.
Dunham has now called off hour book tour, probably the first time ever that a celebrity’s book tour has been canceled because people actually read and responded to that book and what its author chose of her own free will to put in it.
Dunham lobbed serious charges at her 7-year-old self — that she frequently and repeatedly molested her younger sister — that she is now trying to blame on others.
Which is what sociopaths do.
As for Kimmel’s claim that a 7-year-old cannot be accused of molesting younger children, of course they can. Especially if they confess, as Lena Dunham has. Is her brand one that Kimmel wishes to remain attached to? It’s his choice now.
It’s sickening that, at this point, commentary about Dunham’s confessions are largely limited to blogs on the right. Does the so-called mainstream press have nothing to say about any of this? The leftwing Huffington Post has jumped into the fray — on Dunham’s side. Tellingly, the HuffPo left out the part in which Dunham actually used the phrase “sexual predator” against herself.
It would be a service to the country and culture if the modestly talented and very immodest Lena Dunham would now fade away from fame and get help. But that’s not likely. The edgy actress reveals in her book that she loves being famous and she loves wealth and she loves shopping and buying things. The confessed child molesting leftwing actress is quite the materialist.
*To clarify, Dunham hasn’t canceled her entire book tour based on the allegations that she wrote about in her own book. She has canceled part of her book tour, because of the allegations that she engaged in sexually predatory behavior across about 10 years, that she wrote about in her own book.
One day before the final mid-terms of Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans are looking to pick up at least 6 Senate seats net to take control of all of Congress. Can they get across the finish line with enough victories? Let’s take a look.
President Obama’s approval rating has hit a career low, according to ABC. Every Democrat is saddled with Obama’s unpopularity, and thanks to Harry Reid’s stewardship of the Senate, they can be tied to him with claims that they voted with him 99% of the time. Because they did. The Democrats’ focus on so-called women’s issues while the economy continued to sputter, the Democrats left the border open, ISIS rose to power and beheaded an American, Ebola exposed the broad incompetence of the Obama administration that Obamacare first highlighted, Russia started looking like a throwback to its Soviet days and American prestige waned around the world, was a big risk. The Democrats ignored all bread and butter issues to focus on the fringe. The party of big government has delivered a big but lousy government that cannot seem to fulfill its core missions. It doesn’t look like it’s paying off for the Democrats at all — voters young and not so young want to hand control of Congress to Republicans.
Let’s go race by race to see where things stand.
Holding KY and GA and winning LA is +1 for the GOP.
Arkansas is all but gone for the Democrats. If Cotton wins there as expected, that’s +2 GOP.
Republican Joni Ernst has opened up a 7-point lead in Iowa. If she holds that, +3 GOP.
In Colorado, Rep. Cory Gardner has built up a lead over Sen. Mark “Uterus” Udall, but that lead is tightening. Udall could pull it out; it’s now too close to call.
Alaska’s Sen. Mark Begich trails slightly to Republican Dan Sullivan, but a dearth of polling makes this race tough to call. Bloomberg says that it could get very close and become an all-nighter nail biter. Because of absentee balloting, we might not have a winner declared for days, possibly weeks, after the election.
A GOP win in either AK or CO gives them control of the Senate. Of the two, Alaska is the most likely to flip — but both are still likely GOP wins, and if they go that way, the GOP picks up the 6th and 7th seats, one more than they need to take control. If we have a winner in Alaska on election night, anyway.
Note that we haven’t discussed North Carolina and New Hampshire yet. Both have vulnerable Democrat incumbents who are not running good campaigns. The polls in both have been tight, but with the Democrat leading slightly but within the margin of error. The undecided vote in NC stands at about 7 or 8 points. If undecideds break for the challenger as they usually do, NC could tip GOP. NH is very similar — the Democrat incumbent leads slightly in one poll but within the margin of error, and undecideds stand at about 6%. Another poll gives the Republican the lead. So it’s a toss-up. Being on the East Coast, NC and NH will give us an early look at how things may go nationally. If Republicans take either one, then Udall’s chances of holding on in CO and Landrieu’s chances in LA shrink. If Democrats hold both NC and NH, then it could be a long night.
Nationally, Republicans and independents tend to be more motivated to vote than Democrat voters. So that’s another edge for the GOP in these tight races. The Republicans could run the table and get to +9. That’s not the way to bet, though — at least one race will break for the Democrats, with NH being the most likely vulnerable seat to stay in Democrat hands.
All of the above explains why the media rate the Republicans’ chances of taking control of the Senate somewhere between 70% (NYT) to 95% (CNN) to 96% (Washington Post). Democrats just don’t have any margin for error. They have to nearly run the table in states that Obama lost in 2012 and in which he is less popular now to keep control. Republicans have to take advantage of circumstances to win, and so far they have, with quality candidates, good but not necessarily great messaging pointing out Obama’s many failures, and by not getting in their own way.
For most of the year I’ve rated the Republicans’ probable gains at +7 in the Senate, and I see no reason to lower that and some reasons to raise it. But I’ll be conservative and stick with it. The Republicans are poised to pick up 7 seats in tomorrow’s elections, and therefore take control of the Senate.
That one man is James O’Keefe. In this video, he shows how easy it is to become a “lost” voter and cast vote after vote after vote in swing state North Carolina.
“Lost” voters are people who are registered but have become inactive voters for one reason or another. O’Keefe and his team checked North Carolina’s voter rolls and found thousands of inactive ones, and then narrowed that down to 30-year-old males so he could pose as them and get all the way to the point of casting votes in their names.
All over North Carolina, only one election judge team wanted to see his ID. Just one. The rest would have allowed him to cast nearly a busload of votes across the state.
Also check out J. Christian Adams’s free Crimes Against the Republic: How the Democratic Party’s Voter Fraud is Fundamentally Transforming America e-book available in the PJTV store here.
What’s more important to America’s future — parents who earn a few dollars more, or parents who actually raise their kids themselves?
Most Americans would probably answer the latter, but President Barack Obama does not agree.
Speaking at another campaign rally Friday, the president attacked the choice to stay at home and raise children.
Obama was speaking before another college audience when he assailed parents.
“Moms and dads deserve a great place to drop their kids off every day that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg,” Obama said, stressing the need for public pre-schools. This sentiment is in line with Obama’s “Preschool for all Initiative.”
“In many states, sending your child to daycare costs more than sending them to a public university. True?
“And too often, parents have no choice but to put their kids in cheaper daycare, that maybe doesn’t have the kinds of programming that makes a big difference in a child’s development. And then sometime their just may not be any slots or the best programs may be too far away.
“Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”
That’s an appalling thing for any president to say, and especially before an audience of college students whose family years are in their future. The President of the United States has just said, in no uncertain terms, that being a stay-at-home mom is a waste of your life. Money is more important than children.
One day before the Democrats and Barack Obama are expected to suffer a second mid-term shellacking, because they have been wretched stewards of the nation that gave them power, the New York Times publishes…this. It’s written by — and I’m not making this up — a college professor and a college junior at Duke. Insert obligatory “Duke sucks!” whenever you see fit.
There was a time when midterm elections made sense — at our nation’s founding, the Constitution represented a new form of republican government, and it was important for at least one body of Congress to be closely accountable to the people. But especially at a time when Americans’ confidence in the ability of their government to address pressing concerns is at a record low, two-year House terms no longer make any sense. We should get rid of federal midterm elections entirely.
Worth pointing out: The 2010 mid-terms gave voters a chance to rein in the Democrats and Obama. The president and his party, given total control of the government, chose to waste a trillion dollars on the stimulus and prioritize their unpopular Obamacare policy over everything else. The majority did not want that law, and saw fit to hand the House to the Republicans to make sure that the Democrats were unable to pull a similar stunt again.
There are few offices, at any level of government, with two-year terms. Here in Durham, we elect members of the school board and the county sheriff to terms that are double that length. Moreover, Twitter, ubiquitous video cameras, 24-hour cable news and a host of other technologies provide a level of hyper-accountability the framers could not possibly have imagined. In the modern age, we do not need an election every two years to communicate voters’ desires to their elected officials.
But the two-year cycle isn’t just unnecessary; it’s harmful to American politics.
The Durham school board can’t foist partisan policies on the whole country. They can’t declare war. They don’t have the fate of the country in their hands.
It’s time for the editorial’s authors to lay their cards down. What they really want is a stronger president who can take more unilateral action without having to worry about suffering electoral consequences for it.
The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation. Since the end of World War II, the president’s party has on average lost 25 seats in the House and about 4 in the Senate as a result of the midterms. This is a bipartisan phenomenon — Democratic presidents have lost an average of 31 House seats and between 4 to 5 Senate seats in midterms; Republican presidents have lost 20 and 3 seats, respectively.
The realities of the modern election cycle are that we spend almost two years selecting a president with a well-developed agenda, but then, less than two years after the inauguration, the midterm election cripples that same president’s ability to advance that agenda.
Sure, if the president does something that a majority of the country doesn’t like. Otherwise, mid-terms should force presidents to begin working with the other party again. Or at least consider it. Obama didn’t after 2010, of course. He went unilateral while his IRS suppressed dissent, helping him keep his job in 2012.
This may be their worst argument.
Another quirk is that, during midterm elections, the electorate has been whiter, wealthier, older and more educated than during presidential elections. Biennial elections require our representatives to take this into account, appealing to one set of voters for two years, then a very different electorate two years later.
Shorter Times: You rich white people pay too much attention to elections! And that keeps Congress from doing what liberals want it to do!
This adjustment would also give Congress the breathing space to consider longer-term challenges facing the nation — such as entitlement spending, immigration and climate change — that are either too complex or politically toxic to tackle within a two-year election cycle.
So, the Democrats’ conscious choice to focus on contraception instead of actual issues is because House terms are too short? What about Senator Mark Udall’s choice to morph into “Mark Uterus?” Or Obama’s conscious choice to promote the phony “war on women” over and above the actual war against Islamic terrorism? They’re not stuck in short House terms. They’re just choosing to waste the terms that they do have on trivia while the world burns around them.
The New York Times has offered a trick to the Texas Tribune on Halloween. And it’s not even the usual sort of trick that the Times plays, if you know what I mean and I think you do.
At Newsbusters, P.J. Gladnick wonders aloud…
Is this just a coincidence that the Halloween announcement which appeared in the Texas Tribune is happening just before the election in which it appears that the campaign of Democrat gubernatorial candidate appears to have imploded, destroying what many suspect was the not so subtle effort by the Texas Tribune to turn that state blue?
An interesting question indeed.
The Trib blames it on the challenging media environment.
This was supposed to be a proud and grateful acknowledgement of the anniversary of our content partnership with The New York Times, which began four years ago today. Well, we interrupt this blog post to bring you some late-breaking news.
Yesterday afternoon we learned from our pals at the Times that our work together will come to an end, sadly but not entirely unexpectedly, at the conclusion of the calendar year — a casualty of the challenging economic times that continue to bedevil the media industry. You may have read or heard recently about cutbacks at the paper: the elimination of newsroom jobs, the shuttering of mobile apps, the imperiling of whole sections. Even the Times’ budget, larger than those of its peers, has not been able to withstand the impact of precipitous, disruptive changes to nearly every aspect of the newspaper business. In that environment, anything on the periphery, not central to its core mission or functions, was vulnerable. The Trib partnership, while innovative, ambitious and, relatively speaking, cheaply produced, was objectively an expendable line item.
True enough, though media just might do better if they didn’t dismiss and outright insult a good half of the country. In addition to being unfair, that’s not a healthy business model. Trust in media overall, which the New York Times consciously leads, is at an all-time low for a reason.
Even in Texas, media continue to ignore little things like the fact that the “controversial” and “anti-woman” HB2 that Wendy Davis filibustered to fame was sponsored in both sides of the state legislature by women — one of whom is an emergency room physician. Mainstream media treat gun owners and Second Amendment advocates as uniformly dangerous, and anyone who sees the lack of border security as a national security problem in the age of transnational terrorism as a racist first and last. Even if those so concerned are Hispanic and work in law enforcement in border counties.
In short, only liberals and Democrats truly get a fair shake in media such as the New York Times. And because of that, it’s never truly fair.
The Times-Trib partnership was always a interesting one. The Tribune is a non-profit, and as such should not directly compete with commercial entities. That fact wasn’t lost on commercial media entities in Texas who saw the Trib as taking up space that they could fill.
As long-time and vocal critics of the New York Times, obviously we are not talking about PJ Media here. We’ve never been under any illusions at all regarding the New York Times, a paper that omits as much real news as it sees fit to print. And what it does print is often so one-sided that there should be re-prints to fix the misprints.
Thursday afternoon, the Tatler broke the story of the strange leaflets that were found on Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia.
The leaflets, about seven of which were found, bear an inverted ISIS flag and an Arabic inscription that says “We came from Mexico by train.” They were found Wednesday afternoon in an area of the base that is frequented by military members, their families, and other civilians.
The leaflets are being investigated by the FBI and NCIS. As of yet, investigators do not know who is behind the leaflets. The Marine Corps Times reports that a civilian found them.
A government employee came upon seven leaflets on Wednesday afternoon while running through the town of Quantico, Bormann told Marine Corps Times. The leaflets have a reversed image of the Islamic State group’s flag and writing in Arabic that is translated as “We are here from Mexico and came by train,” Bormann said in an email.
“Security personnel from the base informed the town of Quantico, the FBI and NCIS,” Bormann said. “While these leaflets may be a hoax, base officials are taking their discovery seriously.”
Quantico has not changed its overall security posture in response to the leaflets, but the Corps issued an administrative message Wednesday night telling Marines to be on guard and “even report the most minor suspicious activity.”
Wendy Davis, Democrat long-shot for Texas governor, unleashed this bizarre tweet this afternoon.
It’s disturbing Greg Abbott won’t denounce a fringe group after meeting w/ its leader, who was arrested w/ explosives used in OKC bombing
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) October 31, 2014
So I asked the Abbott campaign about it.
They pointed me to this story in the San Antonio Express-News. That story is a hit piece written by Joshua Fecther, evidently based on opposition research that the Davis campaign supplied him.
The story opens with a dramatic photo of some militia members who have been patrolling the Texas-Mexico border, captioned to demonize the guns they are holding.
Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.
Oooh, “semi-automatic rifles.” Be afraid, be very afraid. If you don’t know anything about firearms, anyway.
The story itself is about a campaign event at which Republican nominee Greg Abbott had a photo line, and a guy in the photo line turned out to be a militia guy, and he was later arrested on charges entirely unrelated to Abbott, his campaign, Second Amendment rights, or anything else. In fact, he has nothing at all to do with Abbott. He managed to get his photo taken with Abbott. That’s it.
Sheila Pinette of the Maine CDC has released information that the roommate of Kaci Hickox, while in West Africa has displayed signs of ebola. Pinette says “The respondents roommate in Africa became infected without knowing how she became infected with Ebola. (Any potential risk to respondent from that incident has passed).” This is one of 35 points Pinette made while filing a verified petition for public health order yesterday with the state.
What did arrogant nurse Kaci Hickox know about her roommate’s Ebola, and when did she know it?
Maine’s battle to keep her quarantined for another fortnight continues despite Hickox’s stubbornness.
It’s Halloween, which is an appropriate day to talk about one of the deepest human responses: fear.
A week ago, presumed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was speaking at a Martha Coakley campaign rally in Massachusetts. Clinton uttered what has to be among the dumbest lines of the year, when she said, “Don’t let anybody tell you, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”
Clinton aides claim that Hillary meant to insert “tax breaks for” ahead of “corporations.” That helps, but not a whole lot. Tax breaks do help create jobs. That’s why New York has gone on a national campaign advertising tax breaks for businesses that start up there or move there. Gov. Rick Perry travels all over the country and Texas has poached jobs from several states by offering tax breaks to businesses that re-locate to the Lone Star State. When businesses keep more of their own money out of government’s greedy clutches, they are free to spend those dollars to expand, and that may include hiring more people.
Hillary’s gaffe, if that’s what it was, was made with a fear factor weighing on her mind. She was speaking at a rally in Massachusetts. That state is home to one of the most vocal anti-business Democrats in the nation, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In the age before YouTube, a Democrat could speak to a far-left audience without much fear that their remarks would go national.
During her run for the Senate, Warren ran an anti-business platform. Catering to the far-left Democrat base, and articulating what she really thinks, Warren said: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody.
“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did.
“Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless — keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
That demeaning, pat-on-the-head attitude — it ignores the risks that entrepreneurs take, and the many companies that actually do build their own roads and even the infrastructure and economies that support their products — turned up again the following year, when President Barack Obama assailed business in his famous “You didn’t build that!” speech.
Both Warren’s and Obama’s comments resonate with the Democrats’ anti-business base. Warren won, Obama rallied his base and was re-elected, and the Democrat base still adores both of them even while Obama’s popularity has plummeted nationally. Warren is being pushed by the left to run for president.
And there’s Hillary Clinton last Friday. Sen. Warren is in the audience. It’s a rally for Coakley, the Democrat who stands to blow a second campaign in a deep blue state.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reportedly blasted President Obama’s Syria policy. Behind the scenes, Hagel sent a two-page memo to Obama national security adviser Susan Rice. In it, he assailed the dysfunctional policy toward Syria.
The memo was sent last week to President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, a defence official said on Thursday, confirming a New York Times report.
The memo was cited in the Times article by Hagel’s aides as an example of how the Pentagon chief is more assertive behind the scenes than his reserved public performance might suggest.
Hagel warned that the Syria policy was “in danger of unraveling” due to confusion over the US stance toward Assad, the paper wrote.
The Obama administration has focused on defeating the Islamic State group in Iraq first, and described US-led air strikes in Syria as a way of disrupting the jihadists’ supply lines.
Washington also plans to arm and train a group of 5,000 “moderate” Syrian rebels, but has not committed to attacking Assad regime forces that threaten moderate rebel fighters.
Obama’s Syria policy is a mess, but the decision not to attack Assad isn’t its main problem at this point. And frankly, now that the ISIS horse is out of the barn, we don’t really have any good options.
Attack Assad, you invite his allies Iran and Russia in to defend him one way or another, and if you take him out you may be creating a vacuum into which ISIS can move and grow stronger. So, you weaken Russia and Iran economically by dropping the price of oil. The Saudis are doing that, but so far, Iran and Russia haven’t gotten any less belligerent. They’re not any less likely to find ways to defend their ally, especially if doing so damages us.
Leave Assad alone, and he has a free hand to attack our allies on the ground. Arm the rebels, and odds are at least some of them are not so moderate, and are in fact Islamist, and have allied with ISIS — or soon will. The Kurds on the Syria-Turkey border are putting up a brave fight, but making them too strong invites action against them by Turkey. Not that Turkey would be in the right from our point of view.
So let’s attack both Assad and ISIS. They won’t work together, but soon enough we’re in the middle of Syria’s civil war, fighting ISIS on one hand and Assad (plus Iranian and Russian proxies or actual forces) on the other. That’s a recipe for us to get bogged down, while starting a world war. And that’s even if we don’t put boots on the ground.
Meanwhile, the Obama regime seems to be greenlighting Iran’s nuclear program while it alienates our strongest ally in the region, Israel.
Our best bet at this point seems to be to drive ISIS out of Iraq and keep it out. Its supply lines in Iraq are tenuous and can be disrupted. Its hold on most of its Iraqi territory is weak, though it does retain some popularity among the Sunni. You put Syria’s civil war back in Syria, preserve Iraq’s territorial integrity and build up Iraq against Iran and ISIS. Let ISIS and the rebels fight it out with Assad, take on the winner if that turns out to be ISIS. Or, maybe, if it turns out to be Assad. But the Russians and Iranians won’t just sit by on the sidelines for that. The Russians have been hacking White House computers and probing our air defenses from Europe to Alaska to Japan.
Driving ISIS out of Iraq is a long-term strategy that requires a significant number of American boots on the ground in Iraq to accomplish, since Iraq’s security forces have proven themselves incapable of defeating ISIS on their own. But, it’ll never happen. Obama doesn’t want to put more troops on the ground and he is obviously not gung ho to take on Islamist enemies. He and his lieutenants prefer to slam Israel.
When Obama held up Yemen and Somalia as examples of what he considers to be successful counterterrorism, he meant it, and that means that ISIS is here to stay. Al Qaeda operates fairly freely in both Yemen and Somalia, and what government there is in both countries is weak and tends to change hands. The way things are going, according to Obama’s stated strategy, ISIS will be a problem for the next president to deal with.
Protip for Democrats: It’s always a grand idea to insult the voters that you have been living off of for years, and that you want to vote for you so that you can keep living off of them.
So roll with that. It’s campaign gold. Let endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu lead the way for you.
Those same allegedly racist and sexist voters have put Landrieu in office, and they put Bobby Jindal in office, and before him, they put Kathleen Babineaux Blanco in office. But Landrieu thinks that they’re racist and sexist anyway.
Leading by a mile or several in the polls, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott went to the polls Thursday to cast his vote in the state’s elections. The Republican governor nominee cast his vote on the penultimate day of early voting.
After casting his vote, Breitbart’s Sarah Rumpf reports that Abbott engaged in a Q&A with press.
Texas is facing a number of issues that the next governor will have to deal with, including in no particular order, the economy, the border and the threat of crime and even terrorism that comes with it, education, the state budget, water, windstorm issues, and so forth. Or energy and the EPA, Obama’s post-election amnesty surprise, next year’s legislative session, which will be Gov. Abbott’s first as the top official in the state, the new Congress in Washington. The point is, Abbott could have been asked to opine on any number of issues, and he would have done so. He doesn’t hide from the media.
As you can see from the end of Rumpf’s story, abortion turned out to be the dominant issue. Which is convenient, if you’re Wendy Davis and you’re looking to attack Abbott on a wedge issue or disrupt his momentum at the last minute.
Wendy Davis wasn’t there. Reporters were. A witness who was there tells me that of the four or five questions reporters asked Abbott, two were about abortion.
That line of questioning follows a couple of media stories that read like attempts to insert abortion into the campaign at the last minute, and weaken Abbott’s image as a staunch pro-life candidate. That would be helpful indeed, to Wendy Davis.
The Democrat nominee famously tanked in the key Rio Grande Valley during her party’s primary. A Democrat cannot lose that part of the state and expect to be anywhere close to winning the election. Davis rose to fame by filibustering an abortion bill that eventually became law. But the heavily Hispanic and heavily Catholic Valley is also pro-life. That’s a problem for Davis, so much so that she during a stop in the Valley early on in the campaign she claimed to be “pro-life.” No one bought that.
It’s not a problem for Abbott. Texas is a pro-life state. Davis’ hard-line stance on abortion could help Abbott build support in what is usually strong Democrat territory. But the issue could become a problem for him with the GOP base, if his pro-life bonafides can be called into doubt. It wouldn’t cost him the election, not at this point, but it could depress some of his potential conservative vote and make the final results closer than they otherwise would have been.
Democrats and the media would use that to argue that Davis did better than expected, that the next Democrat candidate might have a chance, Texas might be turning a shade purple, and so forth. Democrats want to build something useful from Davis’ candidacy, and the media want them to do that, if only to make elections in Texas more interesting for them to cover. Media here are always complaining about how uncompetitive the state’s elections are now that Republicans dominate.
Abbott’s answers to the press after he voted ought to quell any doubt. He’s Catholic and he is as pro-life today as he has always been. He is defending HB2 in court because it is state law and it is the attorney general’s duty to defend state law.
On this issue, as on so many issues, there is a strikingly clear contrast. Wendy Davis filibustered against even modest restrictions on late-term abortion, and against upgrading the health standards in abortion clinics, on behalf of the abortion industry/lobby. Abbott is pro-life and supported the bill that Davis opposed. He wasn’t in the legislature and therefore did not vote on it, of course, but he supported it. He is doing his official duty in defending that law, a law that does enjoy majority support in the state. Not in the media, evidently, but among the voters. Wendy Davis supports the full Obama agenda. Greg Abbott has fought that agenda in court for six years, and would fight it as governor.
The media’s peculiar interest in asking Abbott about abortion at this point in the campaign is of a piece with its attempt to drag interracial marriage into the race. That backfired — they forgot that Abbott is half of an interracial marriage. His Hispanic mother-in-law has turned out to be his charming secret weapon. Putting abortion front and center this close to the election is really about trying to damage Abbott a little bit on his march to the governor’s mansion. Which obviously would help Wendy Davis and the Democrats, a little.
Leaflets found at the site of the Marine Corps headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, Wednesday may have ties to the international terrorist organization ISIS, a source told the Tatler today. The leaflets, which portray the flag of the Islamic State, include a message in Arabic that says “We came from Mexico on a train.”
The leaflets raise the questions of whether the Islamic State has operatives in the heart of the United State’s Marine Corps headquarters, or alternatively, whether someone is testing security responses and military command communications.
The Tatler obtained a digital copy of the leaflet today, which is being distributed within the Marine Corps command. The source, who requested anonymity, wrote:
MCB Quantico personnel found 6-7 of these leaflets in Quantico Town (the shopping/residential area inside of Marine Corps Base Quantico) this afternoon (Wednesday). The picture depicts an ISIL banner. The translation of the writing is “We came from Mexico on a train.”
Marine Corps commands in the National Capital region have been informed and are increasing situational awareness at their installations.
The leaflet is being investigated by the Marine Corps, the FBI and Navy intelligence. The Tatler contacted public affairs at Quantico, but as of publication time the base has not commented.
Here is the one-page leaflet.
The Tatler has had the inscription independently translated. It says: “We are here from Mexico. We took the train.” Coupled with the ISIS flag, it is clearly intended to be a threat, connected to the porous U.S.-Mexico border.
But the ISIS flag is upside down and reversed with respect to the Arabic text. Here is an ISIS flag in its correct orientation.
“MCB Quantico” is Marine Corps Base Quantico, in Prince William County, VA, just outside of Washington, D.C. It is the Marine Corps’ headquarters, as well as the home of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Academy and Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is also headquartered at Quantico. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is also located at at the base. The U.S. Navy’s Indian Head facility is nearby.
Virginia Railway Express has posted a notice of heightened security including random searches of individuals who access the base by train.
The leaflet is being “widely distributed” within Marine Corps ranks and is being taken very seriously, according to the Tatler’s source.
The fact that the flag is inverted may suggest that either the person who dropped the leaflets is a poser not connected with ISIS at all — but who may sympathize with the terrorist group and could intend to launch some kind of “lone wolf” attack — or the leaflet was dropped to test security, communications and analysis responses.
The timing is also of interest. The leaflets were discovered at Quantico within a week of the mid-term elections, and they connect ISIS terrorism to the porous border, which has been an ongoing security and political issue.
Neighbors of Doctors Without Borders nurse Kaci Hickox launched an online petition Wednesday to keep the nurse, who was exposed to Ebola in West Africa, quarantined in her Maine home for the virus’ 21-day incubation period.
The petition’s author, Jamie Gaskey, says that she was aiming for 1,500 signatures. But thanks to Hickox’s public grandstanding and stubborn insistence on blowing off even a home quarantine, the petition has already run well past that number. As of 10 am Central time Thursday, it has well over 2,000 signatures from all over the country.
Many of those who signed the petition have also offered detailed opinions regarding Hickox’s behavior.
One wrote “Mrs. Hickox should not be allowed to practice as a nurse any longer, or anywhere in the medical field. Her attitude is contentious and her contempt for the quarantine shows a brazen lack of concern for the public’s overall health. Maine needs to lock her up in a quarantined jail cell immediately.”
Another wrote “I am a Respiratory Therapist and a believer in Infection Control. Kaci is a Nurse. She should know better!”
Another says “This very self centered individual has no respect for the laws or safety of the US. The police officers who had to waste their time escorting Kaci Hickox while she had her bike ride should be payed by her! As an American citizen I demand she does the required quarantine voluntary or involuntary (!!!) and she deserves to be punished for not obeying the laws!”
That’s referring to Hickox’s decision to leave her house and go on a bike ride this morning. CNN, other networks and the police accompanied her.
One nurse practitioner questioned Hickox’s motives.
“I applaud this individual for her care of others in other countries but as a NP I would go into voluntary or mandatory Quarantine to protect others, the nurses’s in Texas wore protection and still were infected. This is just for a moment of fame.”
Another medical professional agreed: “I work in a medical clinic and would gladly self-quarantine in this situation. Too many unknowns with Ebola at this point.”
One pointed out that Hickox is setting a poor example: “As a health worker she is an example to the rest of us. If she doesn’t comply no one else will feel the need to and this disease can get way out of control.”
Others pointed out that US troops returning from the Ebola zone are having to be quarantined. Those troops are not complaining about it, even though they had no choice when President Obama ordered them to go. Hickox chose to go to West Africa, and knew the risks.
Nurse Hickox and, especially, Dr. Craig Spencer are the reason that we’re probably going to have to have mandatory quarantines at some point. The “honor system” is insufficient. Spencer knew that he had been exposed to Ebola yet he went all over town partying it up in New York, even while he was beginning to show symptoms. Then he lied to police about his activities. Police had to retrace all of his movements, which is time-wasting and very expensive.
Hickox is not symptomatic now and odds are she does not have Ebola, however, she was exposed to it and symptoms do not always present themselves quickly. As Hickox knows, it can take 21 days for symptoms to appear.
The New York Times often prints stories alleging Israeli racism, but never runs any pieces about Palestinian racism. This is despite overwhelming evidence that not only is Palestinian society deeply racist, it also teaches racism to its children, and explicitly ties that racism to hoping for genocide against Jews. Palestinian media also teaches Muslim supremacy. Examples are not difficult to find.
Yet the NYT, the alleged paper of record, doesn’t expose videos like the one above, or report on Palestinian racism. Why?
Editor Matt Seaton revealed why, in a tweet.
Times opinion editor Matt Seaton today provided a window into the mindset of the editors in his response to a query by this media analyst about whether readers “can expect two hit pieces on Palestinian racism in the next month” in keeping with the pace of the publication of (error-ridden) screeds about Israeli racism, both real and imagined.
Seaton, a former editor at the Guardian, known for its hostile treatment of Israel, tweeted back that The Times opinion pages would cover Palestinian racism as “soon as they have [a] sovereign state to discriminate with.”
There’s much more at the link, detailing just how many stories that the Times has recently run on so-called Israeli racism. The Old Gray Lady is being intentionally unfair and biased, and says it will only change its ways once the Palestinians have a state. The Times’ conscious decision not to report Palestinian society’s racism, Muslim supremacy and genocidal tendencies will have gone some way toward creating that state, of course. What kind of state will the New York Times have helped create?
One would think that anyone who is considering theft as an occupation would not consider Texas to be thief-friendly territory. Not only are firearms commonplace here, we have a strong castle law too. Homeowners are empowered to protect themselves and their property. Texans tend to believe that gun control is putting lead on target where you intend to put it, not keeping law-abiding people from owning guns at all.
Two female would-be thieves in the Houston area learned all this the hard way on Wednesday.
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Deputies responded around 1:30 p.m. to the 8700 block of Rolling Rapids Road after receiving calls that two people were trying to break into a house in the area.
The homeowner, who was not identified, called law enforcement to report that two females were throwing rocks at his windows in an attempt to break in, said Harris County Precinct 4 Lt. Walter Stensland.
“The homeowner never answers the door during the day,” Stensland explained.
The suspects were able to break the glass near the front of the residence and reach into the house to unlock the door.
At that point, the homeowner responded with a shotgun.
“Shots were fired. Both suspects were hit in the upper torso,” Stensland said.
One of the unidentified thieves is in critical condition, the other is in stable condition. They had reportedly stolen a car earlier, which they used to drive to the home where they were shot. So if they recover from their wounds, they can look forward to some jail time.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) says he is “shocked” that senior Obama administration officials call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickensh*t.”
“I was shocked and disappointed on reading the comments in The Atlantic,” Engel said in a statement. “I call upon the Administration to reassert the importance of the relationship between the United States and Israel, and to reaffirm that the bonds between our two countries are unbreakable.
“I realize that two allies, such as the United States and Israel, are not going to agree on everything, but I think it is counterproductive and unprofessional for Administration officials to air their dirty laundry in such a public way,” he added. “I am getting tired of hearing about the leaks and denials. This ought to be the last time we hear of such talk because it is getting to a point where nobody believes the denials anymore.”
Engel is a pro-Israel Democrat but, tellingly, he didn’t call for an apology. He did not call for anyone to be ejected from the administration. He called for words to undo the damage that other words are doing.
The Obama administration, given two chances to apologize for the remark and make amends Wednesday, chose not to. And, both Josh Earnest at the White House and Jen Psaki at the State Department were clearly singing from the same sheet of music when both said that the administration would not even bother to try to find out who made the remarks. So they were operating off of official Obama administration policy, which attempted to assert that the smears are not reflective of the administration’s stance, but no one will be punished for undermining what is the official administration stance, with regard to a key ally.
There could be a behind-the-scenes effort to get to the bottom of it, if one supposes that hating Israel is not the pervasive attitude in the Obama administration. But Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in the Atlantic makes it clear, despite most readers and pundits’ failure to pick up on this, that the anti-Israel attitude is widespread in the Obama administration.
That’s right up top before the article officially starts:
The Obama administration’s anger is “red-hot” over Israel’s settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama’s understanding of the Middle East. Profound changes in the relationship may be coming.
That’s not one official — the whole administration is said to be “red-hot” against Israel.
In the article itself, we have the unnamed senior administration official dubbing Netanyahu a “chickensh*t” and another agreeing with that (in paragraph six of the story), adding that he is a “coward.” That second official brags that the Obama administration’s pressure has worked against Netanyahu, long enough to stall him and allow Iran’s nuclear program to proceed. That’s right here:
The official said the Obama administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in order to keep the regime in Tehran from building an atomic arsenal. “It’s too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”
“Now it’s too late,” the Obama administration official bragged, for Israel to stop Iran from building deployable nuclear weapons. Iran, by the way, has vowed in the past to use those weapons to annihilate Israel.
So that’s two Obama administration officials hiding behind anonymity while insulting Netanyahu, and one evidently tilting toward Iran.
There are more, many more, than just those two according to Goldberg.
Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery.” (These are verbatim descriptions; I keep a running list.)
How many Obama officials are on that list? Does it include the president, the vice president, current and former secretaries of state? Is it two? Is it ten? Does the list include the likes of Valerie Jarrett? How about Ben Rhodes, brother of CBS News president David Rhodes? Don’t the American people deserve to know how rife the Obama administration is with anti-Israel officials?
The question is relevant because of some recent incidents, and one from three years ago. In the recent ones, Vice President Joe Biden said some negative things about Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. He chided them for funding ISIS, which they have.
Those countries objected, and they each got personal apologies from Biden by phone.
But no apologies now for Israel.
Three years ago, a hot mic caught President Obama griping about Netanyahu with then French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
“Obama began by reproaching Sarkozy for not warning him in advance that France would vote in favour of Palestinian membership of UNESCO,” the website reported. “The conversation turned to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, with Sarkozy saying ,’I don’t want to see him anymore, he’s a liar.’
“To which President Obama replied: ‘You’ve had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day!’ Obama then asked Sarkozy to try to convince the Palestinians to slow down with their UN membership drive.”
The Obama administration’s anti-Netanyahu attitude goes all the way to the top. That’s why the administration won’t even pretend to hunt down the officials who talked with Jeffrey Goldberg. They won’t reprimand or fire someone for saying what they’re all thinking and saying behind closed White House doors. President Obama will order Vice President Biden to apologize for saying an unpleasant but true thing about Arab countries, but will not go after anyone around him for smearing the Prime Minister of Israel. Because in his heart of hearts, Barack Obama agrees with the smear.
An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.
The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.
It is a federal crime to cast votes if you are not legally eligible to vote. Non-citizens, whether in the country legally or not, are prohibited from voting in most local and all state and federal elections. Yet the VVA investigation found that hundreds of non-citizens have been voting in Frederick County, Maryland. One in seven Maryland residents are non-U.S. citizens.
“The lawsuit is the equivalent of the lookout spotting the iceberg ahead of the Titanic,” state Del. Pat McDonough told the Tatler. He added that the group’s investigation found a voter fraud “smoking gun.”
Maryland state law makes it easier for non-citizens, both those present legally and those in the country against the law, to vote. Maryland issues drivers licenses to legal and illegal aliens. Driver’s licenses in turn make it easier under the Motor Voter law to register to vote. Maryland also offers copious taxpayer-funded social programs to non-citizens in the state.
The group filed suit in Baltimore’s U.S. District Court on Friday. They are suing the Frederick County Board of Elections and the Maryland State Board of Elections.
Del. Pat McDonough (R-Baltimore and Harford Counties) detailed the alleged fraud in a Maryland press conference today. He is calling for a special state prosecutor because the fraud may be taking place statewide, with significant impact on Maryland elections. Maryland currently holds 10 electoral votes in presidential elections. McDonough is also proposing legislation including voter ID to close the loopholes that he says non-citizens are using to cast votes.
It’s called “doing the right thing.” Plus, “thinking of others.” Defiant nurse Kaci Hickox would do well to look into it.
A Texas nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has agreed to self-quarantine at home for 21 days and undergo frequent monitoring from state health officials, Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday. The unnamed nurse will remain in her Austin home despite not showing any signs of the deadly disease.
Texas health officials met the nurse after she landed at Austin-Bergstrom Airport. She has not been named to protect her privacy. Perry spoke with the nurse over the phone to thank her for working to fight Ebola. “In Texas, we have a great tradition of welcoming our heroes back home, and this heroic individual deserves our appreciation, our compassion and our utmost respect,” he said in a statement. “The tremendous work that she and so many other health care workers are doing in West Africa is making life better for those in afflicted countries and helps protect the rest of the world from the spread of this terrible disease; they are doing vitally important work that makes us all proud.”
Earlier today, California joined the ranks of states that are imposing some form of quarantine on American medical personnel who return from the Ebola zone.
Passed along without much comment, other than the obligatory nod to Hillary Clinton’s failed “reset.”
MONS, Belgium – NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014. These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace.
Eight Russian Aircraft Intercepted over North Sea / Atlantic Ocean on 29 October 2014
At approximately 3:00 a.m. CET on 29 October, NATO radars detected and tracked eight Russian aircraft flying in formation over the North Sea. F-16 aircraft from the Royal Norwegian Air Force were scrambled, intercepted and identified the Russian aircraft, which included four Tu-95 Bear H strategic bombers and four Il-78 tanker aircraft. The formation flew from mainland Russia over the Norwegian Sea in international airspace. Six of the Russian aircraft then turned back to the north-east towards Russia, while two Tu-95 Bear H bombers continued south-west, parallel to the Norwegian coast, heading to the south-west. The Russian aircraft continued over the North Sea, and Typhoon fighters from the United Kingdom were scrambled in response. While over the Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal, the two Russian aircraft were intercepted and identified by F-16s from the Portuguese Air Force. The Russian aircraft turned back heading north-east, flying to the west of the United Kingdom. NATO aircraft from the United Kingdom and Norway were standing by and NATO assets on the ground and in the air tracked the Russian aircraft throughout. At present, the two Tu-95 bombers appear headed back to Russia, but as of 4 p.m. CET the aircraft were still airborne.
Much more at the link.
The raised Russian military aircraft activity isn’t limited to Europe.
It’s now official Obama administration policy not to punish people who run to the press to undermine its relations with Israel. Josh Earnest said as much during today’s White House press briefing.
And Jen Psaki, sporting a necklace that resembles a large bunch of grapes, has reiterated it at the State Department press briefing.
The AP’s Matt Lee and another reporter queried Psaki about the statement — which was made by one senior official and agreed with by another — but the most she would offer is “There are anonymous sources in all of your stories every single day. If we spent all of our time focused on that effort, we wouldn’t be working on diplomacy.”
Working on diplomacy, and specifically repairing the damage made by the controversial remarks, might also involve punishing the officials who made the statements.