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Fresh Out of Real Support in Texas, Wendy Davis Tweeps Steal Pic of College Republicans

Well, this is curious. Take a look at this tweet.

It’s a retweet of a Wendy Davis retweet, in which the Democrats’ fading hope to take Texas retweets a fan claiming that she and her friends all just turned out to vote for Wendy Davis

 

Only, they didn’t. The photo is actually of a bunch of College Republicans. In Virginia. They didn’t vote for Wendy Davis.

Funny thing, Wendy Davis has raised much of her campaign money outside Texas. Maybe her campaign staff think voters outside the state can make her governor?

As you can see, the original tweeter is a @Lisa_In_Austin.

Or, was.

Posted at 3:25 pm on October 22nd, 2014 by

Soldier, Murderer in Ottawa Shooting ID’d (Update: ISIS Posts Photo)

The soldier who was killed in today’s shooting rampage in Ottawa, Canada has been identified. He was Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. He was 24 years old.

The soldier that was killed was identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, according to his aunt. Cpl. Cirillo, who was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a regiment of Reserve Forces based in Hamilton, was training to join the Canada Border Services Agency, his aunt told The Globe and Mail.

“We’re still in the process of an active operation right now. We’re treating this very seriously with the RCMP in identifying and clearing Parliament Hill to render it safe,” Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau told a mid-afternoon media briefing.

The shooter who was killed has also been identified. His name was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32. Witnesses report that he was wearing a black jump suit and a white scarf during the attack. According to reports, he drove up to the National War Memorial of Canada and shot Cirillo in the chest. He then made his way into the parliament building nearby and opened fire inside, where the sergeant-at-arms killed him. Reports of a third shooting at a nearby mall turned out not to be true.

Canadian police continue to search for other gunmen.

Update: Zehaf-Bibeau is reportedly of Algerian descent, and was recently designated a “high-risk” traveler by Candada’s government. His passport had reportedly been seized. Canada recently announced that it would revoke passports of anyone found to be trying to support ISIS.

Update: And then there’s this — ISIS has posted what it claims is a photo of the murderer during the attack.

Posted at 2:12 pm on October 22nd, 2014 by

Why Is President Obama Running Around the Country Kissing Women?

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CNN reported on Tuesday:

The woman who voted next to President Barack Obama on Monday says she was “embarrassed and just shocked,” after her fiancé jokingly told him “Mr. President, don’t touch my girlfriend.”

Casting his ballot in Chicago on Monday, Obama stood at a voting booth next to Aia Cooper, whose fiancé, Mike Jones, decided to crack wise with the president, which prompted Obama to reply with “I really wasn’t planning on it,” before adding that Jones was “an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason.”

In an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tuesday afternoon, Cooper said she was “embarrassed and just shocked” after hearing her fiancé comments. “I was just shaking,” she said.

CNN reported that Obama “got back at Jones” when he finished voting, “with a hug and a kiss for his fiancée.”

“On the cheek, just the cheek — please, Michelle, don’t come after me — just the cheek!” Cooper told CNN affiliate WLS-TV after voting.

“Now, he’s really jealous,” Obama told Cooper.

All these years we thought ogling the women was supposed to be Joe Biden’s gig.

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If this was just a one-off, we might be tempted to ignore it because ISIS is advancing, midterm elections are right around the corner, and everyone is stockpiling hand sanitizer and hazmat suits in the event of an Ebola outbreak in their area. But this wasn’t a one-off.

Which brings us to the second presidential kissing incident.

Last week when talking about the potential of an Ebola epidemic in the United States, President Obama tried to reassure the folks by saying that he had visited the hospital in Atlanta where Ebola patient Amber Vinson was being treated.

“I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did,” Obama said. “In treating one of the patients, they followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so.”

Before we move on to the kissing part, it’s worth mentioning that Obama was not actually at Emory when Amber Vincent was being treated there. In fact, he visited on September 16, a full 26 days after the second American missionary being treated for Ebola had been discharged from the hospital and nearly a week after any medical personnel who had treated her would have been at risk of contracting the deadly disease.

Besides the fact that Obama went out of his way to say that he kissed only the nurses and not the doctors (is that sexist or homophobic or both?), the whole notion of the president bragging about kissing people while talking about a deadly infectious virus seems not only ill-advised, but very strange.

Have you been to a hospital lately? Nobody should be kissing anybody there. Everywhere you look there are vats of hand sanitizer and warnings about washing hands and disinfection protocols. The places are crawling with germs — staph infections, MRSA, C. diff and, especially this time of year, the flu.

Posted at 1:59 pm on October 22nd, 2014 by

Ferguson: Autopsy Consistent With Struggle, Not Surrender (Update: Hallucinations?)

Minutes before he was killed by Ferguson, MO police Officer Darren Wilson, Michael Brown stole about $43 worth of Swisher Sweets cigars from a convenience store.

As Tatler reported at the time, an examination of Brown’s social media strongly hinted that the teenager was a marijuana user and that he stole the cigars in order to use them to smoke pot.

An official autopsy of Brown confirms that he was a pot user. He had THC in his system at the time of his altercation with Wilson. The autopsy also suggests that Brown was fighting with, or attacking, Officer Wilson when he was shot.

The official autopsy on Michael Brown shows that he was shot in the hand at close range, according to an analysis of the findings by two experts not involved directly in the case.

The accompanying toxicology report shows he had been using marijuana.

Those documents, prepared by the St. Louis County medical examiner and obtained by the Post-Dispatch, provide the most detailed description to date of the wounds Brown sustained in a confrontation Aug. 9 with Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

A source with knowledge of Wilson’s statements said the officer had told investigators that Brown had struggled for Wilson’s pistol inside a police SUV and that Wilson had fired the gun twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Later, Wilson fired additional shots that killed Brown and ignited a national controversy.

The St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, reviewed the autopsy report for the newspaper. He said Tuesday that it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.”

If Brown had had has hands up in surrender, as some witnesses claimed, how could he have gotten shot in the hand?

Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” She added, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.”

Reaching for an officer’s firearm, not surrendering. And acting under the influence of drugs, not a choirboy headed to college as some have portrayed him.

In addition, blood may have been found on Wilson’s gun, another indication that that there was a close-up fight.

The autopsy’s findings support theories that Brown believed that Wilson intended to arrest him for the convenience store theft when the officer came upon Brown and a friend walking down the middle of a street, disrupting traffic. If Brown believed his arrest was imminent, and he was on marijuana which impaired his judgement, he may have lashed out at Wilson to resist arrest and get away. If so, that was a fatal mistake.

Update: This is huge, from the Washington Post.

Jurors have also been provided with the St. Louis County autopsy report, including toxicology test results for Brown that show he had levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. The Post’s sources said the levels in Brown’s body may have been high enough to trigger hallucinations.

Posted at 1:33 pm on October 22nd, 2014 by

Little Girls F-Bomb the Internet, Social Media Goes Wild

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Serious content warning. Serious enough that the original video was pulled from YouTube.

There’s a great episode of Modern Family in which Cam and Mitchell have to explain to their four year old daughter Lily that she can’t use the f-word. Every time Lily drops the f-bomb, Cam starts compulsively laughing, making it very hard to convince the child that using the f-word is inappropriate. Horrified, Mitchell rebukes Cam throughout the episode until Lily drops a big, fat f-bomb while standing in front of a church full of people, dressed as a flower girl in a wedding party. At that point everyone laughs. Point being: Adults get a perverse kick out of watching innocent little kids use bad words.

It’s probably why Will Ferrell made a series of videos for Funny or Die featuring his creative partner Adam McKay’s toddler daughter repeating loads of foul, inappropriate language in adult-like scenarios. Commenting on his child’s foul-mouthed role, McKay remarked:

“Fortunately she is in this great stage now where she repeats anything you say to her and then forgets it right away, which is key,” says McKay, who has two daughters by his wife of 11 years, actress Shira Piven (Jeremy’s sister).

Adds McKay, “She has not said the B-word since we shot the thing.”

Rumor had it that the videos ceased production once the toddler was old enough to realize what she was saying and repeat it.

Adults find kids cursing to be funny. The younger the kid, the better. So, when FCKH8 decided to have a load of little girls dress up as princesses and drop the f-bomb all over the Internet, they basically decided to give adults everywhere (except those with some sense of moral fiber) a laugh.

And mock feminism at the same time.

I laugh at the War on Women mythology quite frequently. The idea that beauty is somehow associated with helplessness, that abortion translates to career equality, and the whole 77 cents-to-a-dollar thing all really tickle my funny bone. But I do take feminism seriously. And I wonder, if the folks at FCKH8 really took feminism seriously, would they have chosen to market it by employing one of the gags that makes adults laugh the most?

Apparently, FCKH8′s real goal is to say American Feminism, with it’s slavish attachment to the War on Women is a complete joke best understood by those with the intellect of a 5 year old. Which is a shame, both for FCKH8 and American feminism, because, for the women facing real issues of inequality and gender-based persecution, feminism is no laughing matter.

Posted at 1:31 pm on October 22nd, 2014 by

White House Trying to Determine If Canada Attack was Terrorism

The White House said it’s “in close touch” with Canadian counterparts after today’s deadly shooting at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and at parliament.

Most of the member of the House of Commons and the Senate were on Parliament Hill for caucus day. The buildings went into lockdown and were slowly being cleared as authorities tried to determine if there were any more shooters.

The attack came two days after two Canadian Armed Forces members from Canadian Forces Base Saint-Jean Garrison were run down in a car driven by, in the words of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, “a man who, according to our national security services, had become radicalized.”

Harper was scheduled to host a Q&A session today at a school in Toronto with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who lives under constant threat from the Taliban. He was also going to grant honorary Canadian citizenship to the Pakistani teen.

President Obama called Harper today to “express the American people’s solidarity with Canada” in both Monday’s attack and today’s attack.

“President Obama condemned these outrageous attacks, and reaffirmed the close friendship and alliance between our people,” said a White House readout of the phone call. “The president offered any assistance Canada needed in responding to these attacks. Prime Minister Harper thanked the president and the two leaders discussed the assault and agreed to continue coordination between our governments moving forward.”

In the latest issue of its magazine Dabiq, ISIS faulted “crusader” media for making lone wolf attacks “appear to be random killings” and encouraged attacks on citizens from “crusader” countries.

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” stated the magazine article. “Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling.”

The attacks also came as al-Qaeda released a new 117-page slick English-language magazine, Resurgence, which is largely geared toward its new southeast Asia chapter.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama was briefed earlier today in the Oval Office by his top homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco.

“The details about the nature of this event are still sketchy, which is not unusual in a chaotic situation like this one,” Earnest said.

“Canada is one of the closest friends and allies of the United States. And from issues ranging from the strength of our NATO alliance to the Ebola response to dealing with ISIL, there’s a strong partnership and friendship and alliance between the United States and Canada. The United States strongly values that relationship, and that relationship makes the citizens of this country safer.”

Earnest said he was “not in a position to render a judgment… at this point” on whether Canada was the victim of a terrorist attack.

“There’s no conclusion like that that I’m able to share with you at this point, but we’re obviously in the very early stages of determining what exactly happened here. And as I mentioned, a number of U.S. officials in this government have been in touch with their Canadian counterparts to offer some assistance as they respond to and deal with this tragic situation,” he said, adding he was “not aware” of any change to the threat status in the U.S.

“The United States has been in touch with Canadian counterparts over the last several months to talk about this issue of countering violent extremism and trying to deter foreign fighters who could be radicalized by ISIL. ISIL has demonstrated a capacity to use social media and other aspects of modern technology to try to radicalize citizens in other countries,” Earnest continued.

“…The circumstances around today’s tragic events in Canada are still unknown, but that is a concern that the United States has been focused on for quite some time. We’ve been talking to other countries about steps that we can take in coordination to mitigate that threat, and Canada is one of the countries that has been robustly engaged in those efforts.”

Though Capitol Police are said to be monitoring the developments in Canada, U.S. lawmakers are out of town until after midterm elections.

The State Department said the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was under lockdown and “restricting the movement of embassy personnel as a precautionary measure.”

Secretary of State John Kerry was briefed on the attack while flying, spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

When asked if there was a tie to the Islamic State, Harf interjected, “I don’t even want to speculate. It’s way too early.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN “there’s been chatter for some time.”

“ISIS encouraging people to undertake self-radicalized attacks, low-tech or high-tech, they don’t care as long as western targets are gone after. We don’t know yet… whether this was a terrorist-inspired attack. But if it was, it’s certainly consistent with what ISIS has been urging,” Schiff said. “So I think FBI taking some prudent steps today to raise alert among the FBI offices and make sure either from a copycat attack perspective or because of this chatter it’s a very prudent step.”

“…Intelligence is really our best defense against something like this, but even intel, obviously, isn’t perfect.”

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. EST: An ISIS-associated account tweeted a purported photo of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, reportedly the shooter killed by parliament Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers. It’s not a new account and tweets an extensive amount of jihadi news, yet didn’t elaborate when pressed for more information about the photo — particularly who took it. The account was suspended minutes after PJM took this screenshot.

The photo is not verified, yet does not conflict with witness accounts:

An Ottawa Citizen reporter inside the Parliament building, Jordan Press, wrote on Twitter that a suspect was ’5’9-5’10, overweight & wearing a dark jacket’. 

Witnesses also told the Citizen that they saw a man wearing an ‘Arabic scarf’ and carrying a long rifle, while others said the suspect looked South American. 

Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, told CBC that he saw a man running with a shotgun, wearing a scarf and blue jeans.

…Those who saw the shooter at the War Memorial say that he had dark hair, a dark complexion and a scarf on his head and was armed with a rifle.

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Posted at 1:19 pm on October 22nd, 2014 by

NBC Cameraman Beats Ebola

Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo is now Ebola-free.

 

It’s still not clear how Mukpo came with with the virus. He may have contracted it when he was cleaning a car in which a person infected with the virus had ridden.

Mukpo received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, the American missionary who also survived the disease thanks in part to a blood transfusion that he received from a fellow Ebola survivor. Brantly has also donated blood to Dallas nurse Nina Pham, one of the two nurses who got Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan.

Posted at 1:05 pm on October 22nd, 2014 by

Another Senator Accuses Democrat-Led Senate of Sexism

First it was Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, using her book to describe sexist behavior aimed at her in the US Senate. Gillibrand failed to name names, leading to the obvious conclusion that the Democratic senator was talking about fellow Democrats. If the perps were Republicans, Gillibrand would have named them, shamed them, and maybe even Bob Packwooded them.

In the end, Gillibrand blamed a dead Democrat, the late Sen. Daniel Inoue. Whether that was true or not, it certainly took a difficult story for Democrats off the media’s radar.  Try as they might, the media can’t credibly blame anything Inoue did or didn’t do on any Republican, or even the Democrats who currently run the Senate.

Today it’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), accusing unnamed senators of behaving boorishly, according to CNN.

During a wide-ranging interview on the Colorado campaign trail—where she was stumping for endangered incumbent Sen. Mark Udall—CNN asked Warren whether she had experienced any different treatment as a woman. “Yes,” she said. Would she elaborate? “Nope.” But was it surprising? “Not really, I wish it were,” she told CNN. “But it’s hard to change these big, male dominated institutions. What I am very happy about is that there are now enough women in the United States Senate to bring change to that place and I think that’s just powerfully important.” There are now 20 women in the senate.

Warren didn’t want to talk specifics, or how the different treatment manifested itself. “I’ve said all I am going to say,” ending that part of the conversation.

Well, we can all infer what’s going on here. If the culprit or culprits were Republicans, Warren, false Indian and darling of the far left, would not hesitate to name them and call them out. No doubt about it. Her accusation would resurrect the phony “war on women” with less than two weeks to go before the election.

So the culprits must be Warren’s fellow Democrats. That’s why she has said all she’ll say about it.

Posted at 12:33 pm on October 22nd, 2014 by

‘Anti-Hate’ Group Unleashes Hateful Video in the Name of Stopping Hate

Mediaite:

You know how elderly white people trying to rap is off-putting? Well, multiply that by 100 and you’ll understand how jarring it is to hear little girls in a new ad repeatedly dropping f-bombs in the name of feminism. Yeah, in this video by FCKH8.com, little girls dressed up as princesses explain how unfair the world is to women with a crapload of words far worse than crapload.

For example, choice phrases include “I’m not some pretty fucking hopeless princess in distress!”, “Pay up, motherfucker!”, and “Start teaching boys not to fucking rape!”

Mediaite has the video. It’s appalling.

The left likes to say that hate has to be taught. Fair enough. Those girls had to be taught and directed by adults to act so profane and hateful.

It’s no exaggeration to call the girls in the video “little,” as they’re definitely pre-teens. It’s also no exaggeration to call the video itself borderline child abuse. Plus, thoroughly hateful, devoid of thought, and ultimately counterproductive.

Posted at 11:53 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

Islam: More ‘Like the Mafia’ than Bill Maher Knows (Part 1)

Editor’s note: The following is Part One of a three-part series examining the many parallels between Islam and the mafia.

During a recent debate on HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher declared that Islam is “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.”

Maher was apparently referring to Islam’s “blasphemy” laws, which ban on pain of death any “insult”—as found in a statement, a picture, a book—to Islam and especially its prophet, Muhammad.

While Maher has been criticized for his “Islamophobic” assertion, he and others may be surprised to learn that the similarities between Islam and the mafia far exceed punishing those who say, draw, or write “the wrong thing.”

In the following three part article, we will examine a number of these similarities.

In this article, Part One, we will look at the relationship between Allah, his messenger Muhammad, and the Muslims, and note several parallels with the relationship between the godfather, his underboss, and the mafia.

In Part Two (forthcoming), we will examine the clannish nature of the mafia and compare it to Islam’s concept of “Loyalty and Enmity”—including how in both Islam and the mafia, those members who wish to break away, to “apostatize,” are killed.

In Part Three (forthcoming), we will examine how both the mafia and Islam have both historically profited from the “protection” racket.

Allah as Godfather; Muhammad as Underboss

The padrino of larger mafia organizations and families—literally, the godfather or “boss of bosses”—has absolute control over his subordinates and is often greatly feared by them for his ruthlessness.  He has an “underboss,” a right-hand man who issues his orders and enforces his will.  The godfather himself is often inaccessible; mafia members need to go through the underboss or other high ranking associates.

Compare this with the relationship between Allah and his “messenger” Muhammad (in Arabic, Muhammad is most commonly referred to as al-rasul, “the messenger”). Unlike the Judeo-Christian God—a personal God, a Father, that according to Christ is to be communed with directly (Matt 6:9)—Islam’s god, Allah, is unreachable, unknowable, untouchable.  Like the godfather, he is inaccessible.   His will is enforced by his messenger, Muhammad.

If the Judeo-Christian God calls on the faithful to “come now, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18), Allah says “Do not ask questions about things that, if made known to you, would only pain you” (Koran 5:101).  Just follow orders.

Though largely invisible and operating behind the scenes, the godfather and his underboss get a “piece of the action”—a “cut”—of all spoils acquired by their subordinates, the mafia.

So do Allah and his messenger Muhammad.  Koran 8:41 informs Muslims that “one-fifth [a “cut”] of all plunder you acquire goes to Allah and the messenger” (followed by Muhammad’s family and finally the needy).

The godfather, through his underboss, regularly sends his followers to make “hits”—to assassinate—those deemed enemies of the family.

So did Allah and his messenger. .. Keep reading

Posted at 11:22 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

Wasserman Schultz’s ‘Best’ Election Day Prediction? ‘We Have an Opportunity to Pick Up Seats’

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said close races have her feeling better about the party’s prospects in this midterm election than in the Tea Party rout of four years ago.

“I think we are still really in a neck- and-neck situation in terms of whether or not we see pickups for Democrats or pickups for Republicans,” Wasserman Schultz told MSNBC this morning. “This is an election where, in every single competitive race, it’s coming down to the wire. Just an example, four years ago in 2010, the DCCC had cut loose a whole bunch of incumbents and there’s not a single incumbent Democrat that today you would predict would be losing.”

“And we’re doing well, because Republicans are so extreme,” she added.

The DNC leader cautiously said “the best thing” she could predict “is that we have an opportunity to pick up seats.”

“And beyond that, I wouldn’t make any other prediction.”

Wasserman Schultz said political observers need to be asking, “Why are Republicans doing so badly?”

“They’re do so badly in a second term midterm with a, you know, a Democratic president, where the president’s party loses, on average, 29 seats. And you know, there’s even a question mark whether the Republicans will pick up any seats at all,” she said.

“In fact, they could still lose seats, and that’s because they are extreme. They’ve put suing the president for doing his job at the top of agenda. They’ve put investigating Benghazi 13 times at the top of the agenda. And Democrats all across the country have put creating jobs, getting the economy turned around, fighting for the middle class by supporting an increase in the minimum wage. And so, that’s why the Republicans are not trending with history and why there’s still competitive races all over the country and Democrats are well-positioned, for governors, for the House and the Senate.”

Politico is predicting a loss of 10 seats for Democrats, with 14 toss-up races not included. Larry Sabato is predicting a “strong and increasing chance” for the GOP to gain control of the Senate, but a House map that “isn’t really expanding to a great degree.” The Washington Post is predicting a gain of 8 seats in the House for Republicans and seven seats in the Senate.

Wasserman Schultz framed the news for Democrats like so: “There’s not going to be historic gains in the House.”

“If you vote for Democrats, you are voting for candidates who are focused on creating jobs, getting the economy turned around and continuing to move us forward, creating more opportunities for people to succeed,” she said. “If you vote for a Republican, you’re voting for someone who has embraced that Tea Party agenda, who would double down on obstruction and who would stop us from moving forward.”

Posted at 9:26 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

Christie Chides Politicians for ‘Stoking the Hysteria’ About Ebola

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a series of tweets moments ago urging parents to talk to their children about Ebola and “calm their nerves,” and taking a dig at “people in public office” who have added to “hysteria” about the virus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newark is one of the five airports accepting travelers from the Ebola “hot zone” of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Posted at 8:53 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

‘Simply Doesn’t Go Far Enough’: DHS Travel Restrictions Unlikely to Stop Congressional Ebola Efforts

Lawmakers who wanted a travel ban from the three West African countries hardest hit by Ebola aren’t satisfied with the Department of Homeland Security’s new travel restrictions announced Tuesday.

The new measures, which go into effect today, require travelers originating from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to land at New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta or Chicago.

Those airports implemented last week implemented “secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States.”

“We are working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption. If not already handled by the airlines, the few impacted travelers should contact the airlines for rebooking, as needed,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

“We currently have in place measures to identify and screen anyone at all land, sea and air ports of entry into the United States who we have reason to believe has been present in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea in the preceding 21 days… We are continually evaluating whether additional restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are necessary to protect the American people and will act accordingly.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the new procedures “strengthen the measures that are in place to protect the American public because it ensures that individuals who are traveling on commercial airlines to the United States are funneled to these five airports where there is personnel available to pull them aside and ensure that they get proper screening before entering this country.”

“You’ll recall that there are other measures that are in place, too,” Earnest added. “They are given information about Ebola — what signs they should be on the lookout for in terms of symptoms; their contact information is also collected so that if there’s a need to reach them on short notice, that that can be done as well.”

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said the DHS plan “simply doesn’t go far enough.”

“I continue to believe that the best approach is a temporary suspension on all travel visas for those traveling to the United States from Ebola-stricken countries,” Blunt said.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) maintained that the new rules are “not going to protect us.”

“What this policy does, what it provides is what we call the hospital gown coverage. Their goal at the White House is just to make you think you are covered, when actually you’re exposed from areas you don’t see,” Gohmert told Fox.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), though, said what the administration is doing is “still the best solution, because if you go to a travel ban, as some are advocating, then you get people really going to ground, really trying to evade any kind of testing.”

“And then I think you get people coming into the country surreptitiously and potentially spreading the virus if they have it,” Schiff told MSNBC. “So I think it’s the best option, it’s the one that I think uniformly health care experts are advising the president to undertake. And we should want the president to listen to the experts rather than listen to some hyperbole. So I think this is the right step.”

“But the White House also is sensibly saying they’re gonna keep an eye on things, and if things need to change, they’ll be prepared to do it.”

Posted at 8:44 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

Gunman Opens Fire in Canada’s Capital (Updates: Lockdown in Ottawa)

In the second shocking violent episode in Canada this week, a gunman reportedly exited a car near Canada’s parliament building in Ottawa. He shot one soldier standing guard in the chest.

Witnesses reported seeing a gunman firing at the Ottawa War Memorial and then running toward the government buildings, where more shots were heard.

A soldier has been wounded in the attack, Canadian media report.

The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level following a fatal hit-and-run attack on two soldiers earlier in the week.

“Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted on Wednesday as a witness reported seeing authorities search from room to room for the suspect.

Police have told those in the vicinity to stay away from windows and roofs as they search for the suspect.

The gunman – said to be carrying a rifle – fired on soldiers guarding Canada’s main war memorial and then ran into the parliament.

Whether this incident has any connection to Islamist terrorism or not is not yet clear, but Canada had just raised its terror threat from low to medium following a clear instance of Islamist terrorism.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not near the scene of the shootings, and is reported safe.

There are reports that more than one gunman remains active in the area around the parliament and Canada’s National War Memorial. Police also report that there have been at least three shooting incidents in Ottawa today.

Update: The Mirror has video of the moment that the gunman opened fire inside the parliament building.

Update: The attacks come on the same day that Canada is set to bestow honorary citizenship on Malala Yousafazi. She won the Nobel Peace Prize last week, for advocating for women’s rights and education in her native Pakistan. That ceremony is to take place in Toronto.

Yousafzai’s activism on behalf of girls in her region in Pakistan made her a target of the Taliban at the age of 15, when a would-be assassin shot her in the head. Since recovering, she has become known worldwide as a spokesperson on the importance of access to education.

Update: The American embassy in Ottawa is on lockdown. One of the gunmen has reportedly been killed but others remain at large.

Update: The soldier who was shot at the beginning of today’s events has died.

Update: Reports now say that the first gunman was dressed all in black and was wearing a scarf over his face. He carjacked a car near the parliament and drove that car on the way to the first shooting.

Update: Canada’s government is tracking today’s violence as a terrorist incident, and will reportedly continue treating it as such until evidence suggesting that it is not terrorism comes to light. That is in sharp contrast to how the Obama administration handles suspected terrorist attacks in the US. The FBI and other government agencies in the US default to something other than terrorism first, and still considers Nidal Hasan’s 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hoot, Texas an incident of “workplace violence.”

Update (1:23 PM Central): The Canadian authorities are holding a press conference on the shootings. Canada’s capital remains in lockdown as suspects are sought. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson described the day as a “sad and tragic day for our city and our country.” Authorities confirmed that a Canadian soldier and one gunman were killed.

The motive behind the attack has still not been determined, but it comes on the heels of one Islamist attack on Canadian soldiers, and ISIS chatter that western military personnel and their families should be targeted.

Update: A good guy with a gun stopped one of the bad guys with a gun. The good guy’s name is Kevin Vickers, and he is the sergeant-at-arms of the Canadian legislature.

Posted at 8:41 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

Why Did North Korea Free American Tourist?

The State Department is staying tight-lipped about why North Korea freed an Ohio father of three before he was supposed to go on trial.

Jeffrey Fowle was seized April 29 after entering the country as a tourist and acting “in violation of the DPRK law, contrary to the purpose of tourism during his stay,” the official Korean Central News Agency reported on June 6.

Reports have indicated that Fowle was arrested after a Bible was discovered in his hotel room.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters yesterday that the U.S. government sent a DoD aircraft flown by military personnel based out of Hawaii to pick up Fowle.

“What I can tell you is that, at the request of the State Department, we did provide an aircraft to effect the transportation of Mr. Fowle out of North Korea,” Kirby said.

The Korea Herald said Pyongyang’s motive for releasing Fowle was unclear.

“When it comes to the release of Fowle, it seems that there had been no consultations in advance between North Korea and the U.S.,” the paper quoted a high-ranking official at Seoul’s Foreign Ministry. “It is hard to gauge the North’s intention for the move, and it remains to be seen how the North deals with the two other American detainees.”

Those are Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in April 2013, and  Matthew Miller, arrested April 10 while trying to enter the country and recently sentenced to six years of hard labor.

Sources told the paper that Washington had alerted South Korea before it sent a plane into the North to pick up Fowle.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told CNN that they had ”a time window where the DPRK asked for us to facilitate his travel home.” The plane stopped in Guam before bringing Fowle back to the U.S.

“We’re not going to get into the details of how these activities — how we work with the North Koreans or others that are trying to get these people back home with their families,” Harf said. “There are two Americans still there. We want to preserve our space to be able to bring them home, as well.”

North Korea curiously released Fowle without the apparent visit of any high-profile American to lead negotiations, such as when Bill Clinton went to Pyongyang in 2009 to secure the release of two American journalists.

“Well, you know, every case is different. You remember Merrill Newman, an American who returned home from the DPRK just a few months ago. I don’t want to speculate on how they make decisions in Pyongyang or how they decide when to release these Americans,” Harf said. “But what we are focused on is doing everything in our power, again, not always being able to talk about it publicly, to reunite these Americans with their families.”

The release comes after an extended disappearance of Kim Jong-un off the national stage, leading to speculation about whether he was gravely ill or had been deposed.

Harf said their assessment on Kim still being in power “hasn’t changed.”

“We have nothing to indicate otherwise. I know senior officials have talked about this before,” she said. “Obviously, it’s a very opaque society and we pay very close attention to it. But, again, our assessment of that has not changed.”

Posted at 7:49 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

BREAKING: Reports Say ISIS Hits U.S. Embassy in Baghdad with Mortars

RIA Novosti is confirming reports seen on Twitter in the past few hours that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has been hit by rockets/mortars by ISIS:

The report:

BAGHDAD, October 22 (RIA Novosti) – The US Embassy in Iraq located in central Baghdad has been shelled with rockets, Al-Mustakillah news agency reported Wednesday citing a security source.

“On Tuesday night the US Embassy was hit with three rockets. They were fired from a park area in the Dora district [in southern Baghdad],” the agency’s source said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Al-Sumaria TV channel reported a mortar shelling of the so-called “green zone” in the center of the capital, housing government buildings and foreign missions. Security forces surrounded the area to repel a potential attack.

In my article last week on possible implications of ISIS taking Baghdad, I raised the issue of the problem of evacuating the thousands of U.S. military, diplomatic personnel, and American citizens from Iraq if Baghdad fell.

Reports yesterday indicated that ISIS had been walking rounds into the International Zone, presumably to sight in their rounds.

And the Washington Post reported last Thursday that ISIS had been lobbing rounds into the International Zone since early this month:

On Oct. 1, four mortar shells struck inside the Green Zone, a fortified area in central Baghdad filled with foreign embassies and government buildings, according to a U.S. Embassy security official, who declined to be identified. The rounds fell a few hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy and followed another mortar attack a week earlier, he said.

Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command, confirmed that mortar fire had hit inside the Green Zone but said the shells landed on “empty space without any buildings.” He declined to give further details but said an investigation was underway to determine its source. He stressed that there have been no further incidents.

Consider today’s attack by ISIS a “further incident.”

Will the D.C. foreign policy establishment tell us, again, that ISIS attacking our embassy in Baghdad is a “sign of desperation” and an indication of their weakness?

Posted at 7:02 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

Obama Lauds Ben Bradlee for Setting ‘Standard for Honest, Objective, Meticulous Reporting’

Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, died at his home in D.C. yesterday. He was 93.

President Obama released a statement in the evening praising the man who presided over the newsroom for 26 years as managing editor then executive editor.

“For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession – it was a public good vital to our democracy,” Obama said. “A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country’s finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told – stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better.”

“The standard he set – a standard for honest, objective, meticulous reporting – encouraged so many others to enter the profession,” he added. “And that standard is why, last year, I was proud to honor Ben with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Today, we offer our thoughts and prayers to Ben’s family, and all who were fortunate to share in what truly was a good life.”

At the November 2013 Medal of Freedom ceremony, Obama noted that Bradlee was a veteran of World War II and more than a dozen Pacific battles.

“Ben Bradlee brought the same intensity and dedication to journalism,” Obama said then. “When Ben retired, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan put the admiration of many into a poem: ‘O rare Ben Bradlee/His reign has ceased/But his nation stands/Its strength increased.’”

“As editor of our hometown newspaper, Benjamin Bradlee defined an era of reporting that gave birth to investigative journalism as we now know it,” D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said. “He will be remembered for his fearless journalism, for building a team of pathbreaking journalists, and for giving them the freedom to do what seemed to be the impossible.”

“Bradlee, his publisher Katharine Graham, and his reporters lived among the powerful in Washington, but were completely undaunted by them, including the president,” Norton stressed. “Outside of the newsroom, Bradlee did not forget our community, raising millions of dollars for the District’s Children’s National Medical Center.”

The Washington Post obituary stressed that the paper won 17 Pulitzer prizes during Bradlee’s reign.

Bradlee was portrayed by Jason Robards in All the President’s Men.

“Mr. Bradlee’s patrician good looks, gravelly voice, profane vocabulary and zest for journalism and for life all contributed to the charismatic personality that dominated and shaped The Post. Modern American newspaper editors rarely achieve much fame, but Mr. Bradlee became a celebrity and loved the status,” reads the WaPo article:

“He was a presence, a force,” [Bob] Woodward recalled of Mr. Bradlee’s role during the Watergate period, 1972 to 1974. “And he was a doubter, a skeptic — ‘Do we have it yet?’ ‘Have we proved it?’ ” Decades later, Woodward remembered the words that he most hated to hear from Mr. Bradlee then: “You don’t have it yet, kid.”

Mr. Bradlee loved the Watergate story, not least because it gave the newspaper “impact,” his favorite word in his first years as editor. He wanted the paper to be noticed. In his personal vernacular — a vivid, blasphemous argot that combined the swearwords he mastered in the Navy during World War II with the impeccable enunciation of a blue-blooded Bostonian — a great story was “a real tube-ripper.”

This meant a story was so hot that Post readers would rip the paper out of the tubes into which the paperboy delivered it. A bad story was “mego” — the acronym for “my eyes glaze over” — applied to anything that bored him. Maximizing the number of tube-rippers and minimizing mego was the Bradlee strategy.

Mr. Bradlee’s tactics were also simple: “Hire people smarter than you are” and encourage them to bloom. His energy and his mystique were infectious.

Posted at 6:48 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

California Forces Churches to Fund Surgical Abortion

Just passing this along, from the Federalist. Not alleging that if you add this plus Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s subpoenas of pastors’ sermons, mix in what’s happening to various Christian business owners, you get a leftwing-driven war on the church.

Nah.

California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion.

At the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union, the DMHC concluded that a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover “basic health services” had been misinterpreted all these decades. Every plan in the state was immediately ordered, effective August 22, to cover elective abortion. California had not even applied this test to its own state employee health plans (which covered only “medically necessary” abortions). But this novel reading was nevertheless quietly imposed on every plan in the state by fiat.

The news has slowly leaked out as insurers grappling with this change have begun quietly informing employers of this sudden change in the terms of their policy.

 

Posted at 6:18 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

You Pay a Billion Bucks Per Presidential Term for Federal Workers on Extended “Disciplinary” Leave

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Look on the bright side: Although you’re paying for tens of thousands of federal workers on extended leave, at least they’re not wearing out the office furniture.

Irked that you pay Federal employees to goof off or surf porn on the clock when they should be working?

At least they show up.

President Obama — so enraged about the “do-nothing Congress” — might also want to find out how many of his 2.7 million executive branch employees get paid to stay home and watch “The View.”

According to the Washington Post, your tax dollars support tens of thousands of public servants on extended paid leave (a month to a year or more) while they await the adjudication of their disciplinary cases.

Unlike former Senator Barack Obama, they can’t even vote “present.”

During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone….While the employees stayed home, they not only collected paychecks but also built their pensions, vacation and sick days and moved up the federal pay scale. (Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2014)

That’s more than a $1 billion every four years going from the pockets of hardworking taxpayers, to the pockets of non-working bureaucrats. This accounts for only about three-fifths of the total federal workforce, since some government agencies don’t keep track of paid-leave data.

Under official rules, dating back to 1980, this “cannot” be, since employees under disciplinary review are to be sent home only in “rare circumstances.”

The extensive use of administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing discipline to “rare circumstances” in which the employee is considered a threat. The long-standing rules were written in an effort to curb waste and deal quickly with workers accused of misconduct.

And the comptroller general, the top federal official responsible for auditing government finances and practices, has repeatedly ruled that federal workers should not be sidelined for long periods for any reason.

Nevertheless, government bosses do as they please, sending bureaucrats home (with pay) for “alleged violations of ­government rules and laws, whistleblowing, doubts about trust­worthiness, and disputes with colleagues or bosses. Some employees remain on paid leave while they challenge demotions and other punishments.”

If you work in the private sector, you know that administrative leave is granted sparingly, and only for brief bursts. Serious problems spark termination, or unpaid suspension. Oddly enough, private companies working government contracts cannot bill the government for employees on paid leave…so they don’t have many of those.

But it seems our passive-aggressive federal overlords would rather make a problem go away than deal with her.

The financial tally above does not include a calculation of productivity losses, although perhaps this is negligible for federal workers. (When Bob left, he didn’t leave no vacancy.)

By the way, one might expect a large number of disciplinary cases to happen in the Defense Department, both because of the sheer number of employees (roughly 35% of the total), and the psychological demands of the work. But only 9,623 of the extended-leavers worked (or didn’t) for the Pentagon (about 17%).

Posted at 5:50 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

Ben Shapiro Joins the Factual Feminist Crowd

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Truth Revolt‘s Ben Shapiro (a.k.a. the guy who took over the Breitbart mantle) has jumped on Christina Hoff Sommers‘ Factual Feminist bandwagon with his own info short Women are Winning the War on Women. Knocking down the pay gap, birth control, and sexual assault myths with statistical evidence, Shapiro declares, “It’s a great time to be a woman, which means we don’t need Hillary Clinton and her magical X-chromosomes to save the day.”

In the short Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, touts the fact that his wife balances both motherhood and medical school, destroying the stereotype that religious men don’t (or can’t) support gender equality.

Using midterm hype to get ahead of 2016 Presidential electioneering, Shapiro applies his legal mind and quick wit to what is becoming a genre of informational videos geared towards the next generation of American feminists.

Check it out and pass it on.

Posted at 5:36 am on October 22nd, 2014 by

DOJ, Social Security Administration Asked to Investigate Nazis Getting Benefits

The co-author of the 1998 Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act says she hasn’t gotten answers from the administration on whether suspected war criminals and SS guards have been receiving Social Security payouts.

The Associated Press reported the results of its two-year investigation that found at least 38 of 66 Nazi suspects removed from the United States since 1979 kept their Social Security benefits.

Four are still receiving checks from the U.S. government.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Monday that she wrote to the inspectors general of the Social Security Administration and the Department of Justice to ask that they launch a probe into the allegations. Her 1998 bill created an interagency group to sift through wartime records about Nazi crimes and recommend files for declassification.

“We passed laws saying they should get no benefits and leave the country. But there’s a loophole. The law said they had to be deported. And some were denaturalized, some left of their own accord, so they have continued to receive benefits,” Maloney told CNN today.

“…Congress is not known for a lot of areas that we agree. But I — everyone I talk to is outraged across the country. The response is very strong.”

Maloney said neither the DOJ nor the Social Security Administration have responded yet to her requests, “but we’ll keep calling, and we’ll keep trying.”

“And they certainly should respond. The transparency is the hallmark of this administration and the sunshine is the best disinfectant. And they should come back with as much information or all the information that really respects our privacy laws, but there’s no reason that they can’t give numbers of how much has been spent and where,” she said. “These are known Nazi war criminals.”

Maloney said she’ll introduce a bill to close the loophole when Congress returns.

“Many of them weren’t even suspected. They had the proof that they were Nazi war criminals. And I have asked for that information of who received it, how much, how much of a period of time. And also the widows. In the event they died, their widows will continue to receive Social Security benefits,” she said. “So we need to get these numbers and see the span of it. A.P. reported four known criminals are receiving funds that they were able to locate. But I have asked the Justice Department and the Social Security Department to get back to me with the appropriate information, and I trust they will.”

Posted at 4:27 pm on October 21st, 2014 by

PA Governor Corbett Signs ‘Mumia Bill’

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Just a few feet from the site where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981, Gov. Corbett on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would censor former offenders from causing victims mental anguish.

With Faulkner’s widow, Maureen, at his side Corbett assured the crowd that the law was not just about one particular killer.

Instead, he gave his rationale for signing what he called the “Revictimization Relief Act.”
“Over the years we’ve heard much about the constitutional rights of prison inmates when the focus should be on victims,” Corbett said.

Corbett added that the victim’s right to seek redress in court had been overlooked for far too long.

“This bill was meant to strengthen, to clarify, and to empower the victims,” Corbett said.

Of course, some of the “Free Mumia” bottom-feeders were there protesting the bill, which just shows that it is necessary. They are all probably too stupid to understand that they were making the case for the very thing they were opposing merely by being present.

That leftists have turned this murderer into a celebrity is really all anyone needs to know about the direction of politics in this country since the progressives began hijacking the Democrats and all things left-of-center in the early 1970s. One would think that a life sentence would be enough to keep a murderer out of the way of the victim’s family and legislation against the academic celebration of these sociopaths wouldn’t be necessary.

One would think.

Posted at 4:18 pm on October 21st, 2014 by

Has the Democrats’ Fear Game Failed in Colorado?

In a time of war, plague and economic upheaval, Sen. Mark Udall (D) chose to base his re-election campaign on fear. Not fear of any of those things, but the irrational fear that the Republican nominee — whoever that turned out to be — was gunning for women’s birth control.

The Republican nominee turned out to be Rep. Cory Gardner, and he pre-empted the birth control fear game by advocating over-the-counter birth control.

Udall went so far all-in on the phony “war on women” schtick that he morphed into “Mark Uterus.” And he’s now tanking in the polls.

[O]bservers also say that Udall hasn’t helped matters by running a campaign that seems to be designed as a replay of the campaign that helped Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet eke out a win in 2010, despite lagging in the polls until the end. Back then Senator Bennet won, in large part, by focusing on women voters as well as reproductive rights. His opponent, Ken Buck, was a cultural conservative who believed abortion should be banned in all instances, and he made tone-deaf statements, once telling an audience they should vote for him “because I don’t wear high heels.”

In the end, women voted for Bennet by a margin of 16 percent, according to the exit polls, and were a big reason behind his victory.

Udall’s advisers have clearly wanted to re-create that victory, and reproductive rights have been such a focus of Udall’s campaign that his critics began calling him “Mark Uterus.” Unlike with Bennet, the focus has turned into a negative for Udall.

“It’s a case of the Democrats fighting the last war,” says Peter Hanson, a political science professor at the University of Denver. “The Republicans have seen this strategy and were prepared for it.”

Along with that, voters have seen reality. Udall has tried stoking phony fears, while he has either ignored or embodied real fears. He is a leftist prog Democrat who participated in the attack on Second Amendment rights, and who helped Obama foist Obamacare and his other disastrous policies on Colorado. Gardner just has to point that out, and he has.

The fear game has a shelf life, and it’s less likely to work for you when you’ve proven yourself to be scarier than the other guy, and oblivious to real threats at the same time.

Posted at 3:02 pm on October 21st, 2014 by

Christie ‘Tired of Hearing About’ Raising the Minimum Wage

Someone had to say it.

“I have to tell you the truth,” said Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate. “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. I don’t think there’s a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight saying ‘you know honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my god – all our dreams would be realized.”

Christie continued, “Is that what parents aspire to for our children?

The Democrats have seized on the minimum wage issue during this election cycle because it is one of those heartstrings-tuggers that make for an easy sell to the low-info crowd and because they are loathe to bring up Obamacare.

Christie gets close to the real heart of the matter here: Democrats don’t want people to aspire to bigger things. Now that the party is firmly in the grip of its progressive lunatic fringe, it behooves them to encourage Americans to remain in circumstances that will forever keep them dependent upon the government for survival, which a slightly increased minimum wage most certainly does. They demonize anyone who correctly describes what the minimum wage is supposed to be: an entry-level, part-time wage for younger people.

The fact that so many adults are working for minimum wage, rather than the wage itself, is the real problem.

OK, the fact that Democrats want to make people more comfortable in jobs they should be trying to get out of is the real problem.

Posted at 2:46 pm on October 21st, 2014 by

US Accidentally Airdrops Weapons to ISIS

This will go down as a moment in the war with ISIS that has little strategic meaning, but may have significant psychological meaning.

The US airdropped a cache of weapons, intended for our Kurish allies in Syria, on territory that the Islamic State controls.

The terrorists have published video showing the weapons while they brag about having them.

The weapons, in the grand scheme of a war that already has ISIS driving around in American tanks and using Howitzers made by the American defense industry, don’t amount to all that much. A grenade kit for making lots of those, and a few boxes of rocket launcher rounds. That cache by itself won’t turn the tide of the war.

But the Obama government is already reeling from its pitiful response to the Ebola outbreak on one hand, and has earned distrust for its handling of the US border and for quietly planning to issue tens of millions of guest worker cards after the elections on the other.

At home Obama’s government is either ridiculed, disliked, distrusted or dismissed. Now it’s dropping weapons into a war zone and hurting our allies there twice — by misplacing the weapons themselves, and by showing America’s unreliability as an ally.

Posted at 1:46 pm on October 21st, 2014 by