As the death toll rises in West Africa amid the worst Ebola outbreak on record, a separate threat is compounding the problem: the rainy season and the malaria cases that come with it.
In Sierra Leone, with the most Ebola cases in the epidemic, a fearful population is failing to seek medical attention for any diseases, health officials say. If they have malaria, the feeling is they don’t want to go near a hospital with Ebola cases. If it’s Ebola, they don’t believe the hospitals can help them anyway.
Of course, malaria wouldn’t be a problem at all if chemicals like DDT were being used to kill the mosquitoes that spread it. But, hey, Rachel Carson wrote a book, right?
It still mystifies me how the “we believe in science” crowd is still able to get away with this nonsense given the body count (around 100,000 per year) on their hands in Africa since they decided to prioritize the lives of birds over humans.
Finger crossed that their 10th Century nets (SCIENCE!) save at least a few lives…
“One useful idiot please, heavy on the idiot.”
Former President Jimmy Carter once again is getting way out in front of the U.S. government on the Middle East, co-authoring an op-ed in which he calls for Washington to recognize designated terror group Hamas as a legitimate “political actor” — while blasting Israel for its military campaign in the Gaza Strip.
The scathing column on ForeignPolicy.com was written by Carter and Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson.
The article called the current conflict a “humanitarian catastrophe,” and while acknowledging Hamas’ “indiscriminate targeting” of Israelis, focused its criticism on Israel.
“There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war,” they wrote. “Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals.”
Carter is bristling at the fact that he lost his Most Embarrassing Nobel Peace Laureate title to Barack Obama. Now he just wants to work as hard as he can for the next couple of years to keep The Idiot King from wresting the “Worst Ex-President” mantle away from him, as most expect him to do.
After a presidency that Americans would love to forget, Carter has spent over three decades spouting inanities for media attention just so we can’t. Bill Clinton has exhibited more class as an ex-president than Carter, and he’s the guy who stole furniture on his way out of the White House.
The water main that broke near UCLA last week was ninety years old, which isn’t unusual here in the City of Angels. The only things more common than fault lines running under this city are ancient water pipes. It’s a situation that even the mayor admits isn’t going to get better soon.
As is typical with bureaucracies, the problem is blamed on a lack of money. As is also typical with bureaucracies, it is really more a problem of prioritization and budgeting than available funds.
From the Wall Street Journal article linked above (emphasis mine):
The DWP blames a lack of money, but consider its labor costs: According to the Los Angeles Times, DWP workers in 2012 earned on average $101,237, which is 50% more than other city employees and 25% more than those at comparable public and private utilities. Many earn more than half their salaries in overtime—perversely because of the need to make emergency repairs. During the first six months of 2013, workers grossed $77 million in bonuses and overtime.
Then there’s the $40 million the city last year discovered had been diverted to two trusts jointly controlled by the union and utility managers. The DWP recently spent $162 million on a new electronic billing system that overcharged more than 60,000 rate payers and resulted in bank overdraft fees.
Like many cities, Los Angeles has underinvested in public works as its priorities have changed to finance transfer payments and government employees instead.
What we have here is a situation that is waiting to literally and figuratively just waiting to blow up in their faces. Sadly, like the other municipal and state governments that are rushing headlong into financial oblivion because they’re run by Democrat Big Labor cronies, they may not do anything until everything explodes.
Will of the people, remember when that was a thing.
The State of Wisconsin is asking a federal appeals court to allow Wisconsin’s voter identification law to be enforced during this fall’s general election.
In a filing Tuesday with the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, lawyers for the state ask that a federal district court judge’s injunction blocking the law on grounds that it would racially discriminatory be lifted until the state’s appeal of that decision can be resolved.
“The balance of harms tips in Defendants’ favor because the district court’s impermissibly broad injunction purports to permanently enjoin a voting regulation that is designed to preserve the right to vote of all eligible Wisconsin voters,” Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and other state lawyers wrote in the new motion (posted here).
The motion also argues that District Court Judge Lynn Adelman’s order was too broad because it appears to prohibit Wisconsin from enforcing any voter ID law, even if state legislators were to try to fix the statute.
Kudos to the state of Wisconsin for continually battling the forces that leftists have relied upon for so long: unions and activist judges. This is the model for how to proceed in other blue-ish states if we are going to begin to kneecap these interests that have run roughshod over the electoral process for decades now.
Texas governor and potential presidential contender Rick Perry took a familiar step that other White House hopefuls have taken recently: He set up a federal PAC.
Perry filed the paperwork for RickPAC with the Federal Election Commission. It was processed Thursday. PAC spokesman Mark Miner told Bloomberg News on Monday that the political action committee would help “elect Republicans to office who share the governor’s philosophy of low taxes, limited government, border security, and job creation.”
Perry has certainly been upping his visibility lately. His handling of the border children crisis has gotten him a lot of good press, something he will need a lot of to erase the public’s memories of his three poor debate performances in 2012. He was fantastic after those missteps but no one remembers that right now. There is also the fact that, despite MSM proclamations to the contrary, illegal immigration is a winning issue for Republicans, especially now that non-border states are getting a taste of what it is like.
As reboots go, conservatives would probably rather see Perry 2.0 than Romney 3.0.
West Virginia coal company, Alpha Natural Resources, told 1,1000 workers to prepare for layoffs because 11 mines across the state are “subject to being idled.”
The reason: weak market conditions and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, the company said.
The company notified the 1,100 employees late Thursday that “sustained weak market conditions and government regulations have challenged the entire Central Appalachian mining industry.”
The layoffs would not take place till mid-October, Alpha said.
When The Idiot King said he would have a “laser-like” focus on jobs oh so long ago he really didn’t specify whether he would be focused on creating or destroying them. At least we’ve cleared that up.
These greendoggle regulations aren’t just wreaking havoc on an industry, they’re intentionally assaulting one of poorest regions of the United States.
Remember though, it’s the Republicans who hate the poor.
Even after survey after survey has recently shown a major drop in the nation’s uninsured rate, Obamacare just had its worst month in a key health-care poll.
Kaiser Family Foundation, which has done arguably the best and most consistent polling on the health-care law in the past four-plus years, found that public opinion on the law sank to a record low in July. More people than ever (53 percent) last month said they viewed the law unfavorably, an increase of 8 percentage points since June — one of the biggest opinion swings ever.
That first line would have been more accurate if it had read, “Even after survey after survey has recently shown a major manipulation of the uninsured rate by playing with Medicaid numbers…”
The “broken website” excuse is gone and more people dislike the law and that just isn’t going over well with those who championed it as The Idiot King’s “SIGNATURE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT OOZES MESSIANIC AWESOME!” before anyone ever had to deal with it in real life. Then again, real life doesn’t visit WaPo very often because it gets an icky rash when it does.
The realities of elevating a cipher who had a couple of media friendly catch phrases to the most powerful position on Earth are raining down all around us and the kids are taking the news that Santa Claus isn’t real rather hard.
The good news is…kidding.
There’s never good news these days.
As House Republicans struggled Thursday to rally behind legislation to address the influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), a tea party favorite who has close ties to House conservatives, dismissed talk that he was partly responsible for the GOP’s stumble.
Defending his recent meetings with House Republicans, Cruz insisted that he was seeking fellowship with conservatives, rather than whipping against House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).
“One of the unfortunate things in Washington is how little communication there is between members of House and Senate,” Cruz said in an interview with The Washington Post. “For many months, I’ve been periodically hosting gatherings with House members to discuss issues and challenges of the day and our gathering last night was scheduled several weeks ago.”
“The suggestion by some that House members are unable to stand up and fight for their own conservative principles is offensive and belittling to House conservatives,” he added. “They know what they believe and it would be absurd for anyone to try to tell them what to think. In order for Washington to work better, and for Republicans to work better, and for Republicans to come together to defend conservative principles, we need to build relationships between both chambers and I’m working hard to do so. There should be much more of that in Washington.”
When asked whether he ever encouraged his allies to vote against Boehner’s border plan on Wednesday night, when he hosted more than a dozen House Republicans in his office, Cruz said he simply reaffirmed his position and listened closely to the concerns of his guests as they mulled how to proceed.
Cruz also recalled that he did praise efforts by Boehner to hold a vote on President Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, which has granted temporary relief for some children of illegal immigrants and is set for renewal this fall.
“The House, to its credit, is trying very hard to pass legislation to prevent President Obama from illegally granting amnesty to millions of people who entered the country illegally,” he said. “Harry Reid and Democratic senators have refused to even discuss the matter, much less allow a vote on it.”
As noted in an earlier post, it has become all the rage to blame Cruz for pretty much everything but Roger Goodell’s wussification of the National Football League. There is a very real possibility at any moment of the day that Hank Johnson is in a fetal position somewhere mumbling something about Ted Cruz invading Poland in 1939. Cruz, however, succinctly points out that all of this is simply nonsense:
But the idea that the freshman is looking to be speaker in all but name is “hyperbole,” uttered by “Democrats desperate to shift blame,” Cruz said.
Cruz is forever under fire from both sides and isn’t as petulant as his detractors so he doesn’t run to his own defense each time someone says something ridiculous. He is so good at verbally brushing these attacks off though that I wish he would do it just a little more often.
Emory University Hospital has been told that a patient with the Ebola virus will be transferred to its hospital in Atlanta.
Emory says it has a special isolation unit to treat patients that are exposed to serious infectious diseases that is separate from other patient areas at the hospital.
Emory’s isolation unit is one of only four such units in the country, according to the hospital, which also said that its staff are highly trained in the procedures necessary to care for the patient.
A spokesperson from the hospital said the exact arrival date of the patient is unknown.
White House officials are expected to reassure a nervous public that this doesn’t pose a terrific threat because something much worse will most likely happen next week.
They’ve got a system, you know.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen slammed House Republicans on Thursday, saying members now have to check with “Speaker Cruz” to get any legislation passed.
“It was Senator Cruz calling the shots, and that’s why people around here are calling him ‘Speaker Cruz’ today,” the Maryland Democrat said to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. “It means when Speaker Boehner says he’s going to get something done from now on, he’d better be checking with Senator Cruz to see if he’s gonna get the votes because clearly the new leadership team isn’t up to the task.”
It is perfectly understandable that Democrats would be upset at the thought of someone other than them pushing John Boehner around. He has, after all, been theirs to do with what they will for the longest time.
No one is living rent free in more Democrats’ heads these days than Ted Cruz. He could take the next six months off and they would be blaming everything on his “failure to come to work and show leadership” or something. He is a convenient fall guy because none of the useful idiot Republican senators from the old guard will openly defend Cruz after he failed to spend his first year in office kissing their backsides.
What Cruz is most guilty of is responding to his constituency rather than the popularity police on Capitol Hill. We have created a permanent ruling class thanks to a lazy electorate who returns idiots to office for decades. These idiots stay in office by mugging for the cameras but not really doing much. Anybody new who shows up and acts like a representative in this — you know –representative republic is just asking for trouble.
Immigrant activists and religious leaders massed outside the White House on Thursday to protest against U.S. policies on deporting migrants in the country illegally, and police arrested 112 demonstrators for blocking traffic.
The protesters urged President Barack Obama to immediately halt all deportations. They also called on him to extend relief for migrants by decree and to protect Central American children crossing into the U.S. unaccompanied by adults.
Minerva Carcano, a bishop for the United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, said such protests are needed to “raise a moral voice, because you do not hear from either Congress or the White House.”
“The two parties only think of immigrants for their political games, when elections come or to hurt their rivals,” she said. “But immigrants are not balls, nor ciphers. They are people.”
Pedro Palomino, a Peruvian journalist living in Baltimore, said he had put aside his fears and decided to publicly declare that he is in the U.S. without authorization by joining in the protest. He said it’s time for Obama “to provide a solution for millions of immigrants” who are fearful of deportation.
My solution: take the Americans citizens who are protesting, drop them in a foreign country with no papers or embassy access and let them see how other countries handle things like this.
As a bonus, every illegal dumb enough to show up at a protest is given the option of having one border kid stay if he or she gets sent back. We’ll see how much they care then.
In the past two months, Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza has used his platform at The Fix to obsess over the question of whether Hillary Clinton has sufficiently explained her family’s wealth, dismissing Clinton’s comments on income inequality while offering conflicting advice on how she should answer the question in a way that satisfies Chris Cillizza and The Washington Post.
Cillizza’s latest post came in response to an interview Hillary Clinton gave to Fusion TV host Jorge Ramos that aired July 29. “Hillary Clinton still hasn’t found a good answer to questions about her wealth,” according to the July 29 headline over at The Fix. After crediting GOP opposition research firm American Rising with focusing his attention on Clinton’s wealth, Cillizza concluded: “Until she finds three sentences (or so) to button up any/all questions about her wealth, those questions will keep coming. And that’s not the way Clinton wants to run-up to her now all-but-certain presidential bid.”
This is the third time in two months that Cillizza has posted a column fixated on Clinton’s wealth and his belief that she is struggling to explain it — and the third time since June 22 that The Fix has turned to America Rising to help define Hillary Clinton.
There are a couple of things really bugging the Soros Monkeys here, neither of which they’ll admit to publicly.
The first isn’t that Cillizza is using oppo research from America Rising, it’s that he is questioning Madame’s inevitability at all. Cillizza might not be Charles Krauthammer, but he isn’t Rachel Maddow either. He has been exploring Hillary’s 2016 possibilities without putting on a cheerleader outfit and preordering inaugural swag. He’s been asking some rather fair questions and not really doing hit pieces but neither approach is acceptable to lunatic fringe that desperately wants to confer godlike powers to its presidents.
The other problem is that in the poor, diseased mind of Eric Boehlert, Hillary really gets a rough time from the media. As such, every legitimate question becomes slanderous bullying. The poor guy probably can’t sleep at night because he’s so busy trying to make the case for her being the most powerful woman on the planet all the while telling everyone to give her a break because she’s a girl.
It’s a tough gig. The fact that Madame Inevitable is a horrible candidate and perhaps the least likable human this side of anyone not called “Ayatollah” is only going to make it tougher.
The cable news ratings seesaw for No. 2 has been in MSNBC’s favor for some time, but not in July. CNN reclaimed runner-up status to Fox News Channel for the month by most key measures.
What’s most disconcerting for MSNBC might be its total day average among the news demo of adults 25-54. Dropping 33 percent from July 2013, it actually ranked below HLN by 16,000 viewers for No. 4
To be sure, it wasn’t a particularly outstanding month for most of the networks. In primetime and total day, CNN, MSNBC and HLN all were off double digits in the targeted demographic compared to a year ago. FNC, which easily retains the top slot, had the benefit of being up a tick (2 percent) in primetime for an average 299,000 adults 25-54.
The only thing MSNBC has had to crow about in recent years is that it was ahead of CNN, a network that was busy hitting historic ratings lows during that period. MSNBC‘s brand of crazy doesn’t seem to sell as well when President Obama isn’t on the ballot or is in an extended free fall of his own.
What progressives in the MSM don’t understand is that they are the fringe of the fringe. They tend to remain unaware of this by staying in the Manhattan/D.C. media bubble, a place that bears almost no resemblance to the real world. The network has benefited from being part of a parent news organization that is run by hard-left ideologues and has been willing to subsidize it regardless of ratings.
As long as it was Number Two.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who raised eyebrows earlier this year by questioning the sense of “inevitability” around Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential candidacy, emphasized Thursday that he’s worried Clinton’s inner circle will perpetuate an “off-putting” feeling of “entitlement” surrounding her possible White House bid.
“I worry about the campaign; I don’t think it’s so much her,” the Bay State Democrat said during an appearance on WGBH-FM, a public radio station in Boston.
Patrick added that he had a chance to speak with Clinton at a biotech conference in San Diego last month but said that he and the former secretary of state aren’t close.
“It’s not like we’re pals,” he said.
Patrick, echoing comments he made to CNN earlier this year, said the feeling of inevitability played a role in sinking Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“The worry of that is that that can be interpreted by people as entitlement. And that can be off-putting to folks,” he said. “They want you to sweat for it.”
The real big rift in party politics isn’t between the GOP establishment and the tea party conservatives (although that is genuine) but between the Clinton Democrats and the Obama Democrats. The media, of course, won’t talk about it because they just get too emotional when mom and dad fight.
Patrick and the New Guard aren’t impressed by Her Madameship and, thanks to a better relationship with the press, aren’t afraid to mention it.
He was very kind to imply that it’s only her perceived sense of entitlement that is off-putting.
More Republicans are on the edge of their seats to vote for who will fill the seats of Congress than Democrats, according to a new poll.
In a Pew Research Center poll that measures voter enthusiasm, Republicans were found to be more enthusiastic about voting in November, but they are still not as enthused as they were for the midterm elections four years prior.
Forty-five percent of those polled who plan to vote Republican say they are more enthusiastic about voting this time around than in previous years. Of those who plan to vote Democratic, 37 percent expressed enthusiasm for the November elections. Four years ago, Republicans weighed in at 55 percent, and 42 percent of Democrats were enthusiastic for the midterms.
I’m leery of polls like this because “enthusiastic” Republicans can often turn into “cocky” and let almost certain victory slip away. It does, however, indicate that, just as in 2010, the Democrats don’t have much to get excited about without Barack Obama on the ballot. Or the idea of Barack Obama. The reality can’t be helping.
Stupid Repub…oh wait.
An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn’t get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won’t fall into the hands of extremist militants.
In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at senior State Department and Defense Department officials appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he chairs.
The New Jersey senator, who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, said lawmakers haven’t been informed about potential military assistance to Iraq or about its troops’ capability to push back the growing insurgency by rebels calling themselves the Islamic State.
“You know, this committee has jurisdiction over arms sales,” Menendez said. “And my reticence to arms sales to Iraq has in some respects been proven true when in fact we had much of our equipment abandoned and now in the hands of (Sunni extremists).
“So unless you are going to give us a sense of where the security forces are at, moving forward, this chair is not going to be willing to approve more arms sales so they can be abandoned to go to the hands of those who we are seriously concerned about in terms of our own national security.
It seems Menendez is frustrated by the lack of information and clarity coming from the Most Transparent Administration ever. When chastised by a member of Team Lightbringer about believing leaks, the party boy from New Jersey replied:
“Well, the absence of having information leads me to only publicly reported resources,”
Barack Obama may yet become the uniting force that all the hopeychangeys dreamed about: we could very well all end up disliking him.
Hillary Clinton, who has long had a tempestuous relationship with the media, on Thursday said she may need to “work on” her “expectations” of the press.
Her comments, which came on NPR’s “On Point” program, follow criticism from former New York Times editor Jill Abramson that Clinton expects loyalty from journalists, especially female journalists.
“I think maybe one of the points Jill was making is that I do sometimes expect perhaps more than I should,” the former secretary of state and possible Democratic presidential front-runner said.
This is classic Madame Clinton: imperious, dismissive and always finding a way to blame it on someone else.
It’s just that she expects too much from the poor dears, who are forever failing to live up to what she wants from them.
This “inevitable” woman who would be president is a Democrat who can’t get along with the MSM, a group of people who have mostly become the publicity wing of the party in the past twenty years. Hillary Clinton is such an awful human being that the lap puppies can’t warm up to her.
The best thing that could happen to the Republicans would be Mommy Dearest being the nominee. Fingers crossed…
This is mostly full of what you would expect from cheerleaders in the MSM but there are a couple of notable nuggets here, the first of which is an implication that Kerry has grown weary of the boss’s thumb-twiddling:
Kerry is an activist and simply couldn’t abide the fact that people were dying and the United States wasn’t at least trying to stop it.
The comments on Kerry are generally full of praise for a Secretary of State who talks about climate change as a threat more than he does terrorism.
Amid the repeated reminders in the op-ed that Palestinians are dying, the author tosses out this gem:
As for Hamas, it’s not easy to read its calculations, in part because it’s not clear whether the military or political wing is in charge.
Really? Are we still pretending there is a lot of nuance there?
Let me offer some armchair (ok, desk chair) analysis: Hamas attacks Israel until it runs out of things with which to attack. As a distraction while re-arming, Hamas then whines about retaliation and is supported by useful idiots in various media around the world. Then it attacks again.
It is rather difficult to deal with the various evils in the world when so many keep playing dangerous games of moral equivalence.
This is part of the organization’s Trigger The Vote campaign:
Central American leaders will ask U.S. President Barack Obama to support a regional development and security plan to stem the tide of illegal child migrants to the United States at a meeting next week, a Honduran minister said on Saturday.
Presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras will meet with Obama on Friday to look for ways to curb a record-breaking exodus of Central American children, fleeing to the United States to escape violence and poverty.
Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, most of them from Central America, and double last year’s count.
OK, they haven’t hit us up for any money yet, but let’s just say I tend to err on the side of cynical these days. When other countries want “support” from the United States they aren’t really looking for a group hug.
Kudos to them for at least admitting there is a problem on their end. That’s more than we’ve gotten from various Mexican presidents in the last several decades.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will launch a half-million-dollar television-ad campaign in Iowa on Tuesday against GOP nominee Joni Ernst, hitting her on entitlements.
“She’s proposed privatizing Social Security — gambling our savings in the stock market,” a female narrator says in the commercial, shared first with POLITICO. “Experts say that could be a windfall for Wall Street but a wipeout for us.”
“Joni Ernst — her ideas are just too extreme for Iowa,” the 30-second spot concludes.
The DSCC has reserved $188,000 in Des Moines, $145,000 in Davenport, $109,000 in Cedar Rapids and $72,000 in Sioux City between July 22 and August 4. It’s all broadcast, according to a source tracking the air war.
This a sizable early buy for the national party to make mid-summer, coming in the wake of an NBC News/Marist poll last week that showed the race tied at 43 percent. The Cook Political Report and Rothenberg Political Report also recently moved the contest from “Lean Democrat” to “Toss Up.”
It’s always amusing these days to see or hear the Democrats trot out the “OMG-PRIVATIZING SOCIAL SECURITY!” nonsense. Whenever anyone on the Left tries to put lipstick on the Obama economic pig about the only thing they can tout is the stock market’s performance. In fact they’re huge fans of it then. But the notion of people taking money that the government robs from them to invest in the market is still a Halloween story for them.
The Democrats are tired and old, even more so than the Republicans. The “extreme” bogeyman is all they’ve got. Extreme, of course, means “what most Americans outside of Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco are comfortable with” and this tactic is losing its oomph.
So let ‘em keep at it.
While the rest of the world worried, The Idiot King who doesn’t like photo ops couldn’t wait to get back to his photo op.
Sure, it wouldn’t seem odd if someone like me found his response…lacking but when he’s lost Piers Morgan…
President Obama massively dropped the ball just now. 23 Americans killed and he says 'it looks like a terrible tragedy' then back to jokes?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 17, 2014
Let me help, Mr President – it IS a terrible tragedy, and it's more probably mass murder of your citizens & many other nations' citizens.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 17, 2014
The world is burning all around us and this is what a member of the Prom King Fan Club from one of the Big Three networks decides to pass along:
“I’m starving,” said Pres Obama as he sat down to lunch with letter writer Tanei Benjamin. He order a cheeseburger and fries. (Medium well)
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 17, 2014
Protesters and counterprotesters Tuesday made Arizona the second border state to become a national flashpoint over what to do with the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children entering the country illegally.
Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Oracle, Arizona, about 100 miles north of the Mexican border, where federal officials were expected to send dozens of detained immigrant children for housing.
This is going on in a rather sleepy little town just north of my hometown (Tucson). There were counter protesters who were afraid Oracle would appear to be “anti-immigrant”.
Well, let’s wait until some legal immigrants show up before we make that decision.
Yeah, this is going to get much worse before it gets even a little better.
From the Associated Press:
Three members of an imprisoned pastor’s family have sneaked out of China to the U.S. with the help of activists after complaining about an extended campaign of harassment by Chinese authorities, a Christian rights group said Tuesday.
Zhang Shaojie’s daughter, son-in-law and 1-year-old grandchild landed in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, according to U.S.-based China Aid. The group said an underground network of activists helped the three leave China via Southeast Asia.
Zhang, who led the Nanle County Christian Church in the central province of Henan, was sentenced this month to 12 years in prison on charges of fraud and gathering crowds to disturb public order.
Zhang’s church is sanctioned by the communist government, which allows worship only in state-monitored groups, but was involved in a dispute with local authorities over land for a new building.
While land disputes are common in China, Zhang’s popularity prompted other Christians to rally around him to defend what they say is religious freedom.
China Aid founder Bob Fu said that after Zhang was sentenced, his elderly parents received threats and were harassed, his daughter’s car was kept by police and Nanle officials mobilized different government agencies to write to the court to ask for a longer sentence.
It’s a brief and sobering reminder of the rarity of so many of our freedoms in much of the rest of the world.
CORRECTION: The NRSC’s Bill Murphy contacted me to let me know that Rothenberg had moved North Carolina to “Tossup/LeansD” from “Tossup”. However, 538 has the race a tossup.
Rothenberg has moved the Iowa race to “Tossup” and the North Carolina and Colorado races to “Tossup/Leans D”. All are improvements for Republican prospects for the fall. The GOP is definitely on offense but there is still a long way to go. The Arkansas race continues to see-saw but Rothenberg believes that Cotton has a slight edge.
Many people I talked to continue to behave as if it’s 2010 all over again but this time around the margin for error is significantly smaller. Confidence to keep working is good, cockiness will keep Harry Reid in place as Majority Leader.
The bad news from Rothenberg is, as many of us feared, Mitch McConnell isn’t exactly leaving Alison Lundergan Grimes in the dust:
Kentucky, on the other hand, remains a risk for the GOP.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s strong primary victory is worth noting, but the Senate race remains tight and antipathy in the state to the Republican Senate Leader remains considerable. In a bad Republican year, McConnell’s current positioning would be extremely worrisome for the GOP, but the president’s unpopularity and the midterm dynamic should help the incumbent.
Still, until (and unless) McConnell opens up a statistically significant lead, Democrats have every reason to focus their attention and resources on this race.
My fear all along is that Grimes will keep this race so close that the NRSC will start devoting resources to saving McConnell’s hide that could be spent elsewhere to flip a seat.
Don’t laugh. There is a tendency by most conservatives to dismiss Warren because they think she’s ridiculous. Yet she’s building momentum and out there endorsing candidates.
If you find anyone tripping over themselves to get Hillary out on the campaign trail, let me know.
Warren, however, is so golden a longshot moderate Dem in West Virginia is hoping she’ll turn out the progressive base for her in the primary.
She seems to be positioning herself to make a run in 2016, even if she says she isn’t.
Gosh, it’s just difficult to imagine a foregone conclusion like a Hillary win in the Democratic presidential primary being upset by an upstart challenger who’s only been a Senator a little while…
A major speech by Iran’s Supreme Leader has limited the ability of the Iranian delegation at high-level nuclear talks to make concessions with six world powers and this could scuttle chances for Tehran to reach an accord to end sanctions, diplomats said.
In a public address filled with technical detail, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week Iran needs to significantly increase its uranium enrichment capacity, clashing with the powers’ push for it to be reduced to minimise the risk of nuclear bombmaking, as July 20 deadline for a deal nears.
This is your weekly reminder that behind all of the “we want to play in the polite world” theater Iran occasionally engages in is an anti-Western, Islamic fundamentalist dictator who will kill those who don’t dance for him.
We counter that with a meandering, unfocused approach to this that has gotten so bad Bob Menendez and Linsdey Graham are the Senators calling for a hard line.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is worried about wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts.
Take, for instance, the current mix of bomb-makers from Yemen with foreign fighters in Syria.
“That’s a deadly combination, where you have people who have the technical know-how along with the people who have this kind of fervor to give their lives in support of a cause that is directed at the United States and directed at its allies. And it’s something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
He estimated there are about 7,000 foreign fighters in Syria, coming from places like Europe and the United States.
In this sixth year of the “Politics of Oprah” presidency, it’s a bit different to hear his closest confidante in the administration acknowledge what most fourth graders have been aware of for a long time: hey these people want to kill us and they talk to each other. Oh, by the way, Syria is kind of a mess.
Holder is actually the only member of Team Lightbringer besides Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep who can get away with remotely making any realistic observations without incurring the wrath of President “Don’t Rush To Judgment” and keeping his job.
It probably isn’t safe to place bets on any reality making it to the guy at the top any time soon though.
The list of colleges and universities that charge more than $60,000 per year in tuition, fees, and room and board has grown to 50, as reported by Business Insider.
At the top of the 2014-2015 list is Harvey Mudd College, at $64,527, followed by Bard College and the University of Chicago, at $63,626 and $63,585, respectively.
A year ago, the $60,000-plus list stood at nine, topped by New York University’s $61,977.
The bitter irony is, of course, the fact that universities have been safe havens for hippie remnants to wax poetic about socialism all the while screaming about the evils of capitalism. If any one of these lecherous, flea-bitten idiots ever had to live under the economic circumstances they so gleefully champion they’d be hanging Koch brothers posters up in their offices in less than a week.
The leftist political approach to these rising costs is a mix of whining and demanding more taxpayer support for “free” education, never once examining why the situation is out of control.
That’s an approach they learned in college, by the way.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the “coming weeks” to address last month’s Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
Democrats on Capitol Hill have overwhelmingly criticized the high court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and are working to craft a response that would restore the coverage, though no specifics have yet been outlined.
“We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday as he ticked off the Senate’s to-do list over the next several weeks.
Sure, it’s better than dealing with the fact that the Messiah presidency is imploding. Harry has certainly never met an overreach he didn’t embrace, so it only follows that he would look for a less conspicuously unconstitutional way to go about crushing religious freedom.
At least there is nothing more pressing on the domestic front. We’ve all been so worried about the oppressive lack of access to the morning after pill.
You’re a real hero Harry.
— CNN (@CNN) July 7, 2014
(Google: “George W Bush effigy” for more.)
A coalition of Seattle businesses has cleared a major hurdle in its effort to repeal the city’s newly enacted $15-an-hour minimum wage, gathering enough petition signatures to put the issue to voters on the November ballot if the signatures hold up.
Forward Seattle — which represents restaurants, merchants and other businesses — submitted roughly 19,500 signatures last Wednesday to City Hall.
The group needed 16,510 signatures. City officials could complete a preliminary count by as early as Monday, then send the signatures to the King County election office for final verification.
However, the effort also faces allegations of fraud that appear backed by well-funded groups intent on preserving the wage increase, Forward Seattle Co-Chair Angela Cough said.
She also told FoxNews.com the group’s grassroots effort is under-funded in large part because members are being intimidated by opponents, who she said are compiling online boycott lists and going on members’ Facebook pages and websites like Yelp to post negative comments.
There are a couple of notable things about this fight. The most important is that the group is mad at the way the imperious Seattle City Council went about shoving this down the business community’s throat. Rabid leftists Democrats generally have no business experience or an all-out contempt for business owners, especially the successful owners. Measures like this happen because they either believe in economic fantasy (the inexperienced Dems) or are intentionally punitive (the contemptuous Dems). The measures are never in the best interest of anyone other than the politicians or activists pulling the strings of the people they will ostensibly help, but really don’t in the end.
It’s also important to note the tactics. Boycotts and social media sabotage are threatened because there isn’t a sound economic case to make. As that is the case for all progressive economic policy, they become more combative and desperate and, in the end, violent. These are the baby steps.
There is a temptation to let these socialist enclaves in America destroy themselves but the collateral damage is too high, including the fact that we often end up directly or indirectly funding bailout efforts.
The best move is probably just to focus on destroying progressivism.
Supporters of legal marijuana in Washington on Monday delivered more than double the signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot, an initiative that could face congressional opposition.
Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, said the group had collected about 57,000 signatures to put the measure on a Nov. 4 ballot in the U.S. capital, well over the 22,373 required by law.
“This would not open up stores. This would not lead to D.C. becoming a tourist haven,” he told reporters at the District of Columbia Board of Elections.
“This is just for the citizens who live here, the residents who pay taxes, to have the right to use marijuana freely in their homes without fear of arrest, harassment or a ticket.”
Look kids, the chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign is so high he isn’t aware that the nation’s capital is already a “tourist haven”.
Personally, I’m in favor of letting the members of Congress get as stoned as they want. It would be much better for the country if they were truly “do-nothing” and devoted to the pursuit of Doritos while overwhelmed by the munchies.
Two years into President Barack Obama’s second term, more voters say they are dissatisfied with his administration’s handling of everything from the economy to foreign policy, giving him the worst marks of any modern U.S. president, a poll on Wednesday said.
In a survey of 1,446 registered voters, 33 percent said Obama was the worst president since World War Two, while 28 percent pointed to his predecessor, George W. Bush, as the worst, the poll by Quinnipiac University found.
Voters were split over which of the two most recent presidents has done a better job with 39 percent saying Obama has been a better president than Bush and, 40 percent saying Obama is worse.
Most voters said Ronald Reagan, who served two terms in the 1980s, was the best president since 1945, the survey showed.
While I am no cheerleader for the George W. Bush era, I do believe that history will eventually make sure that he won’t be at the bottom of an barrel with The Lightbringer. Sadly for the country, it is almost impossible to imagine a scenario that sees President Obama greatly redeeming himself before the end of his presidency, especially now that he’s indicated he is ready to become even more executive action happy. He seems to make every decision on a whim, with almost no thought to the future.
Those of us who have to deal with his petulance in the future won’t remember that fondly.