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How Will We Avoid Disaster if Politicians Won’t Listen to Experts? Cries Galaxy Guardian Krugman

The science is settled in yet another field — economics — but no one’s listening. Citizens of the galaxy, be afraid.

New York Times pundit and economist Paul Krugman says the “overwhelming” consensus among his colleagues proclaims the Obama stimulus reduced unemployment and was “worth it.” But most Americans have no idea that these academics speak with virtually one voice on Obamanomics.

More important, over the past several years policy makers across the Western world have pretty much ignored the professional consensus on government spending and everything else, placing their faith instead in doctrines most economists firmly reject.

One rejected doctrine, “government austerity measures,” is pure foolishness during down cycles according to Krugman’s cabalmates. After all, nearly every economist knows that the only sure way to keep recession from plunging into depression is massive new government spending of money borrowed from our grandchildren.

Krugman wrings his soft science hands over the consequences of ignoring the voice from the ivory tower.

All of which raises a troubling question: Are we as societies even capable of taking good policy advice?

The op-ed column is headlined: “Knowledge Isn’t Power.” Like most progressives, Krugman believes that all it takes to do the right thing is to know the right thing, and so he’s crestfallen at the realization that the treasury of economics knowledge remains untapped by policy makers.

This must be tremendously frustrating, because Krugman started his career with the ambition to be a kind of guardian of the galaxy.

 “I went into economics,” he wrote in an e-mail message, “because I read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels, in which social scientists save galactic civilization, and that’s what I wanted to be.”

For those stories, Asimov invented a fictional science called psychohistory – a mix of social science, history and math, whose practitioners, in Krugman’s words, “understand the true dynamics” and thus “save the galaxy.”

In fairness to Krugman, he has, at least, entered a parallel field of fictional science. Among the most common news headlines related to the economy are those proclaiming how far astray economist predictions were from actual performance.

Posted at 2:07 pm on August 1st, 2014 by

EPA Regs Still Busy Killing Coal Jobs

Rogue agency is rogue.

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.

Posted at 1:51 pm on August 1st, 2014 by

UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Israel, U.S. for Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas

Iron Dome was built by Israel with partial funding from the US, to protect against rockets that Hamas is launching at Israeli civilians. Its entire purpose is defensive, against Hamas and Hizballah rockets.

Today, the UN’s Human Rights Commission’s chairman condemned Israel and the US for not sharing the Iron Dome technology with Hamas.

Haaretz reports that United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, delivered this blistering statement on Iron Dome.

Pillay said that she was appalled at Washington consistently voting against resolutions on Israel in the Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Security Council.

“They have not only provided the heavy weaponry which is now being used by Israel in Gaza but they’ve also provided almost $1 billion in providing the ‘Iron Domes’ to protect the Israels from rocket attacks,” she said. “But no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling.”

Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas would have given Hamas insight into how to defeat it, in addition to being entirely pointless for Israel, given Iron Dome’s design. Its capabilities involve intercepting small, unguided rockets that are aimed at civilian populations. Israel uses no such weapons, and neither does Egypt, Hamas’ other major enemy.

Perhaps Pillay would have Israel give Hamas its drones, and the US hand Hamas a fleet of B-2 stealth bombers as well? How about a Los Angeles class nuclear sub with cruise missiles while we’re at it?

Posted at 1:29 pm on August 1st, 2014 by

Obama on CIA Scandal: ‘We tortured some folks.’

That was the most astonishing moment of today’s galling Obama press conference.

President Obama had earlier lectured journalists how to do their jobs, ripped Republicans for doing their jobs, and chided everyone within earshot for not wishing him a happy birthday yet.

After that descent into pre-teen self-absorption, the president was asked about whether CIA chief John Brennan had lied to Congress under oath when he said that the agency had never spied on senators and staff who were investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogations of a very few al Qaeda terrorists.

Obama glided past the actual question, other than voicing his full support for Brennan — who either lied to Congress, or doesn’t know what his own agency is doing and does not check his facts before testifying — and refused to wade into that scandal.

His preference, as always, was to wade into an old Bush-era scandal rather than deal with a scandal involving his appointees in his administration. And despite the fact that Congress has not formally accused anyone in the CIA of torturing anyone, Obama did.

“We tortured some folks,” he said of the waterboarding that was used on a very few captured al Qaeda suspects.

That’s a lot to pack into four words.

“Torture” opens up the possibility that CIA officers who were involved in those interrogations will be prosecuted now.

“Folks” minimizes the truly horrible terrorists who were subjected to enhanced interrogation. They are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah. KSM planned 9-11, and had planned airborne terrorist attacks before that. Zubaydah was an al Qaeda senior commander who had extensive knowledge of ongoing al Qaeda plots after 9-11. They’re not “folks.” They’re the kind of enemy operatives who Obama regularly incinerates with drone missiles whenever he gets the chance.

“We tortured some folks” opens up a ghastly can of worms for the United States. It is a public relations victory for every enemy that America has. It tells CIA officers that their anti-terror actions, sanctioned in emergency today, will get them prosecuted tomorrow if a careless president comes along to condemn them. It may even bring up the specter of the Obama administration prosecuting high level Bush administration officials.

Obama will now ride off into his vacation. But the damage he has just done will be with us for a very long time.

Posted at 12:48 pm on August 1st, 2014 by

DEVELOPING STORY: Democrat Rep. Julia Brownley is Really, Really Into Fundraising Off Of Impeaching Obama

Democrat Rep. Julia Brownley (CA) fired off a fundraising email on July 30. Subject line: DEVELOPING STORY: [Impeachment]. Here is that email.

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It’s signed “Thanks for standing strong, JuliaBrownley.com.”

The email implies that Brownley’s Republican opponent, Jeff Gorell, supports impeaching President Obama.

He doesn’t.

Brian Dennert, journalist for the Ventura County Star, started tweeting at Gorell about the email.

Gorell tweeted back.

Dennert responded:

Gorell replied:

Dennert, a liberal, was persuaded and turned his fire back on Brownley.

Brownley’s response?

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Posted at 11:40 am on August 1st, 2014 by

John Kerry, American Idiot?

It was 3 a.m. in India. While most people there were asleep, the American secretary of State, John F. Kerry, was up all night announcing yet another cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war.

Kerry’s tirelessness came to nothing. Hamas violated the 72-hour ceasefire in less than two hours, and kidnapped an Israeli soldier to boot, as anyone who knows anything Hamas should have expected. Breaking cease-fires and kidnapping (and killing) Jews is what Hamas does. Kerry’s response: More words.

 

As any sentient being knows by now, trusting Hamas is a fool’s game. The terrorist organization is one of the world’s leading taqiyya practitioners. They lie in the service of their Islam.

Perhaps Secretary Kerry doesn’t watch Hamas TV. Hamas says nice things to him, and preaches genocide to its own faithful.

Before Secretary Kerry flew off to Israel uninvited, before he wound up in India, he could have achieved far more for Israel and for the peace of the world by staying put and saying just a few clear words. Charles Krauthammer picks up the story.

Kerry seems not to understand that the Arab League backed the Egyptian ceasefire-in-place, which would have left Hamas weak and isolated, to ensure that Hamas didn’t emerge from this war strengthened and enhanced.

Why didn’t Kerry just stay home and declare unequivocal U.S. support for the Egyptian/Arab League plan? Instead, he flies off to Paris and sends Jerusalem a package of victories for Hamas: lifting the blockade from Egypt, opening the border with Israel, showering millions in foreign cash to pay the salaries of the 43,000 (!) government workers that the near-insolvent Hamas cannot.

Forget about Israeli interests. Forget about Arab interests. The American interest is to endorse and solidify this emerging axis of moderate pro-American partners (Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states, and the Palestinian Authority) intent on seeing Islamist radicalism blunted and ultimately defanged.

Indeed, but as Krauthammer notes, Kerry doesn’t see it. His slavishly devoted staff, like Marie Harf in the tweenish tweet above, don’t see it. Does anyone in the State Department see it?

Some of their joy over cease-fires that fail to cease any actual fire springs from the “everyone gets a trophy” culture. They keep playing up “engagement” in this and that as if merely talking equals getting something done. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki keeps talking up “engagement” while Putin keeps waging war in Ukraine.

But John Kerry isn’t from that millennial culture. What explains his wretched handling of the current Israel-Hamas war? What explains his acting as Hamas’ lead advocate, and isolating the United States when he could achieve something good by isolating Hamas?

Posted at 11:09 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Vitter Says Administration Tried to Hide Number of Illegal-Immigrant Children in Louisiana

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said the Obama administration is concealing the number of unaccompanied alien children sent to his home state.

Vitter formally requested the information through the Department of Homeland Security on July 10, but had not received a response. So he went through an anonymous Immigrations and Customs Agency official to tally up the number of cases that had been opened for juveniles since the border crisis hit the headlines and added that to existing cases waiting for processing.

“I’ve been warning the administration for months that this would happen. Our borders go unsecured and our president does everything in his power to hinder Border Patrol, so an influx of illegal immigrants should come as no surprise,” Vitter said. “The administration is trying to hide the truth, but we know that there are at least 3215 cases in Louisiana. This is already a national crisis – it certainly shouldn’t become a Louisiana crisis too.”

The administration has also contacted military and other facilities in Louisiana to see if they can house some of the children, including a request to Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, La., which has housed people left homeless by hurricanes. Hurricane season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

Gov. Bobby Jindal fired off a letter to President Obama yesterday calling it “unacceptable” that DHS “considers posting information on a website as a legitimate notification mechanism of unaccompanied minors being placed in Louisiana.”

Jindal noted that it’s hurricane season and filling shelters with more than a thousand additional illegal immigrant children “gravely hampers” the ability of state and local governments to plan evacuations and shelter residents in the case of an emergency.

“Furthermore, the school year is about to start. The state has received no guidance or resources to ensure the education and healthcare for these children. As you know, the state is responsible for child safety and welfare, yet no information has been provided on the vetting process of potential sponsors,” he wrote.

“This crisis is a predictable one. It is happening because your administration has failed to secure our borders and enforce immigration laws, making our country a magnet for these migrants.”

Posted at 10:33 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Homeland Security Seizes Woman’s Land Rover, and Even They Don’t Know Why

I saw this on Fox earlier today and was gobsmacked.

Six armed agents, federal plus local, seized this American citizen’s property by force and took it. They did not tell the owner where they took it. They have not given it back.

When she asked why they took it, even the agents who took it did not know why they were taking it. They thought that it might be because of some environmental regulation.

DHS seized 40 cars that day in similar raids.

Why is the Department of Homeland Security enforcing EPA regulations? And who empowered the EPA to go around taking Americans’ property away without any court action at all?

Due process, anyone?


Posted at 10:26 am on August 1st, 2014 by

You Won’t Believe the Disgusting Smear that a Democrat Just Launched in the Immigration Battle

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is getting desperate.

This is coming from a member of the party of unrestricted abortion. The party that is funded by Klan Parenthood, the eugenics-advocating abortion industrial leader that has built its business by killing millions of minority babies for profit.

Posted at 10:04 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Obama’s Minimum Wage Push Won’t Reach the Karnes City Illegal Alien Housing Facility

We’re learning more about the facility in Karnes City, Texas that will house hundreds of the illegal aliens who have recently flooded the Texas-Mexico border.

It’s no longer a “detention center” and those held there are no longer “detainees.” They’re now “residents” and the guards are called “resident advisers.”

“I am pretty sure you will agree this is nothing like we have seen before,” said ICE field office director Enrique Lucero during Thursday’s media tour of the facility.

Indeed.

It has many amenities, including free clothes and free medical exams according to KXAN, and some jobs too.

Other amenities include recreational fields, a library, internet access, and a cafeteria which will serve three all-you-can-eat meals a day. Certified teachers will also be on site to provide year-round education and small jobs will also be available paying $3 a day for four hours of work.

That’s less than a dollar an hour, far from the $10.10 that Obama wants for the federal minimum wage. Talk about minimum wages…

Of course, as long as they’re in the facility, room and board isn’t a concern. And they’ll get free lawyers too.

Added up — free health checkup, free clothing, free flat screen TV, free meals, free housing, free charter schools better than your kid’s public school, and free lawyers.

Meanwhile, 100 miles north, Austin’s homeless — a group that includes some mentally ill, some charlatans, some veterans, and some who are just stranded for one reason or another, but are American citizens — bake in the August sun.

 

Posted at 9:53 am on August 1st, 2014 by

WaPo Bewildered That Obamacare Is Now ‘More Unpopular Than Ever’

Silly commoners and their opinions.”

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.

Posted at 9:20 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Kerry to Hamas: Give Back Kidnapped IDF Soldier ‘Immediately and Unconditionally’

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Hamas to “immediately and unconditionally” release an Israel Defense Forces soldier kidnapped in a Palestinian attack that rapidly broke what was supposed to be a 72-hour cease-fire.

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack, which led to the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the apparent abduction of another. It was an outrageous violation of the cease-fire negotiated over the past several days, and of the assurances given to the United States and the United Nations,” Kerry said in a statement.

“Hamas, which has security control over the Gaza Strip, must immediately and unconditionally release the missing Israeli soldier, and I call on those with influence over Hamas to reinforce this message,” he continued.

“After the horrific loss of life in this attack and its aftermath, it would be a tragedy if this outrageous attack leads to more suffering and loss of life on both sides of this conflict. I have been in close touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu, with UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry and with other regional partners. The international community must now redouble its efforts to end the tunnel and rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists on Israel and the suffering and loss of civilian life.”

The father of captured soldier 2nd-Lt. Hadar Goldin, Simha Goldin, says he’s “sure the army will not let up for a moment and will turn over every stone in Gaza to bring back Hadar safe and sound,” according to The Times of Israel.

Netanyahu’s office said the prime minister spoke with Kerry by phone and assured him “the Palestinians had unilaterally and grossly violated the humanitarian ceasefire and attacked our soldiers after 09:00.”

“PM Netanyahu told Secretary Kerry that Hamas and the other terrorist orgs in the Gaza Strip will bear the consequences of their actions and that Israel would take all necessary steps against those who call for our destruction and perpetrate terrorism against our citizens,” his office said.

Posted at 9:12 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Coulter to House GOP on Border Bill: Don’t Pass Anything

Ann Coulter appeared on Fox and Friends today and commented on the ongoing debacle in the House over its border bill.

That bill, or anything that passes the House, stands nearly no chance of passing the Senate, and even less chance of President Obama signing it, unless it includes everything that he and the Democrats want. Yet the House is delaying its recess to pay something anyway.

Coulter says that’s not a good idea and the House shouldn’t bother.

Coulter calls the border crisis a “fake emergency, what is happening is Obama is violating the law as written.” Coulter points out that the 2008 Wilberforce law is intended to stop sex trafficking, and that hardly anyone currently crossing the border illegally is even claiming to be a victim of sex trafficking. That law also excludes anyone who crosses illegally who has family in the United States. Yet the Obama administration, says Coulter, is violating that law by transferring some of those illegal aliens to family living — often illegally — in the US.

So why shouldn’t the House pass something anyway, just to show that they’re doing something? Because it’s a trap, says Coulter.

“If they pass a fence bill it goes to conference,” Coulter said. “If it goes to conference, it could come out amnesty.”

Which is exactly what the Democrats, and some establishment Republicans, really want.

Posted at 9:03 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Senate Approves $225 Million for More Iron Dome Systems for Israel

The Senate today passed extra funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, as members argued that more defense was needed for the Jewish state as quickly as possible.

“Israel does not have enough Iron Domes to protect them,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the floor. “They need more.”

The funding bill introduced by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to the tune of $225 million, passed by unanimous consent.

“The Iron Dome missile defense system has played a critical role in defending Israel’s population from rocket attacks launched by Hamas from within the Gaza Strip,” McConnell said. “The Iron Dome system will remain essential to Israel’s security until a cease fire is achieved, and it will remain vital afterwards as well, because this defensive system helps blunt the impact of one of Hamas’ preferred tools of terror.”

“By passing this bipartisan measure, we send a message to Hamas that its terrorist tactics and its attempts to terrorize Israel’s populace will not succeed. And we can help Israel defend its civilian population against indiscriminate attacks as it continues its campaign—Operation Protective Edge—to destroy the often-Iranian-supplied weapons stockpiled within Gaza.”

Members of the House Armed Services Committee urged Reid in a letter Thursday to bring the Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act to the floor for a vote, citing Israel’s missile defense as one of the points of urgency.

The House version of the NDAA includes the $176 million the president requested for Iron Dome as well as an additional $175 million.

We believe that Hamas’ violent attacks on Israeli citizens will help us make the case for the higher level of funding provided in H.R. 4435.

“Unfortunately, the Senate’s failure, under your leadership, to consider the FY15 NDAA is needlessly tying up more than $620 million in vital defense support for Israel at a time when it is fighting for its survival from Hamas and its Iranian sponsors,” the House lawmakers wrote.

“On the matter of Iran, we also encourage you to schedule an immediate vote, upon completion of debate on the FY15 NDAA, on legislation increasing sanctions on Iran.  For example, H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, which passed the House on a 400 to 20 vote, has been waiting for Senate action for 364 days.  Further delay on both measures strengthens only Israel’s enemies.”

Posted at 8:43 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Obama’s EPA Costs Him the Support of a Key Union

The United Mine Workers of America union leans very Democrat and represents thousands of coal miners in the United States. The political trajectory of that union during the Obama years goes like this.

In 2008, the union enthusiastically endorsed then Senator Barack Obama for the presidency. That endorsement, coming from a big union in coal country, helped shore up Obama’s standing as he geared up to finish off Hillary Clinton’s Democratic primary challenge.

After four years of President Obama using the Environmental Protection Agency to wage war on coal, though, the United Mine Workers decided to sit out the 2012 election. It was the first time in decades that the union did not endorse a presidential candidate. It was clear in 2012 that Obama’s policies led directly to the union declining to endorse him a second time. Some coal miners appeared with Mitt Romney during the campaign, to slam the “war on coal.”

David Kameras, a UMWA spokesman based at the union’s headquarters in Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C., said UMWA has not officially completed its endorsement selection decisions for the 2012 election and expects to do so by about mid-September. In 2008, UMWA endorsed Obama in May of that year.

“Our members count on coal-fired power plants and burning of coal to keep jobs,” Caputo said. “We’re a very Democratic union and we try to listen to the rank and file. They’ve sent a clear message that they’re not supportive of the environmental rules that are being put in place.”

Fast forward to 2014. The United Mine Workers are now in a street protest battle with Obama’s environmentalists.

In Pittsburgh, PA Thursday, coal miners from the union gathered to protest even more EPA regulations. They ended up in a shouting match with environmentalist protesters.

On Liberty Avenue just after noon, shouts of “Move to China!” from union marchers in green camo shirts met responses of “No planet, no jobs!” from sign-waving environmentalists.


“There are many good people who have bought into these regulations,” said Edwin D. Hill, international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “Many of them have the best intentions. But if somebody is going to take our jobs and health care and pensions and harm our families, it doesn’t matter to me what their intentions are; we’re going to fight back.”

Fourteen UMWA organizers were arrested at the Pittsburgh confrontation, while protesting to protect their families and jobs from Obama’s policies.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers also endorsed Obama, both in 2008 and 2012. Now they’re protesting him, too.

Obama thanks them for their support by using the EPA to take their jobs away.

By the way, coal state West Virginia voted Democrat for decades. Now that it’s shifting to the GOP, though, the Obama EPA didn’t even bother to hold any hearings on the new regulations there. That’s of a piece with Obama neglecting the border when he visited Texas this summer. States that did not vote for him are not part of his union. When Obama isn’t neglecting red states, he either uses them as an ATM for the Democrats, or he uses federal policy to punish them.

But back to the miners union. Are we seeing Big Labor (the UMWA is affiliated with the AFL-CIO) re-think its ironclad bond with the Democratic Party? Or, at least, a fracturing of Big Labor’s support for Democrats? For all the talk of a “Republican civil war,” is the Democrat base coming to war with itself — a war between the environmentalists Luddites who oppose the Keystone Pipeline and who want to do away with coal entirely on the one hand in the name of the global warming myth, and jobs and energy security on the other hand?

Posted at 8:31 am on August 1st, 2014 by

White House: Bringing Ebola Victims to U.S. Like Bringing TB Patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased its travel warning for “the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history” as the White House claimed it’s doing everything possible to protect American citizens.

National Security Council senior director for development and democracy Gayle Smith told reporters on an administration call previewing next week’s Africa leaders’ summit in Washington that the outbreak is “obviously… a great concern.”

“We have been engaged with and in the region in working on this issue since March, when the first cases appeared. Obviously, there has been a decline in a couple of countries so that there’s greater attention on it. We are closely engaged with the leaders and the governments of the three countries most affected,” Smith said.

“We’re doing several things. One is ramping up our efforts to support a regional effort to deal with this outbreak and support, again, three governments who are doing a lot of things to contend with a real threat. Mind you, these are countries that have emerged — particularly Sierra Leone and Liberia — from years of war.  And so this is an uphill challenge for them,” she continued. “We’re also taking the necessary steps domestically to protect the American people. We have no plans to change the agenda of the summit, but we will obviously adapt as needed and in consultation with our partners, depending on their requirements.”

The CDC said it’s “rapidly increasing its ongoing efforts” in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. Far too many lives have been lost already,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a statement. “It will take many months, and it won’t be easy, but Ebola can be stopped. We know what needs to be done. CDC is surging our response, sending 50 additional disease control experts to the region in the next 30 days.”

The precautions don’t include screening air passengers from affected countries.  ”It is important to note that Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear, and that transmission is through direct contact of bodily fluids of an infected, symptomatic person or exposure to objects like needles that have been contaminated with infected secretions,” the CDC said.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told CNN that the outbreak is “coming close to being a catastrophe.”

“We already have 300 persons in Liberia under surveillance, we have 47 deaths, 28 health workers dead, and I daresay it may be even greater in some of our other neighboring countries. This is very serious, it’s a disease that is unknown to us, it’s strange, it’s deadly, there’s no cure for it. Our people have at first — at — on the basis of no knowledge, resisted. The authorities deny today as people begin to die, we have — we are fearful, we are panicking, they are moving from one community to another,” said Sirleaf.

“We need everything. We need preventive gear, we need ambulances. More importantly, we need human assistance. We need technical assistance — doctors, nurses, experts that can train our own people as to how to deal with those who are sick, how we can encourage the preventive measures we are already taken — and we’ve taken a lot of them. We’ve quarantined places, we’ve closed schools, we’ve closed our borders, we’ve closed markets, we’ve done everything we can, but we’ve done is just not enough. What has happened in our sub region with our neighbors who have done a lot is still not enough. This is an international crisis and I hope that the international community will respond to it in that kind.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest defended bringing at least one of two American aid workers stricken with Ebola back to the U.S. for treatment.

“These kinds of medevacs that are performed by private entities, by private organizations, yet facilitated by the U.S. government and government agencies, is consistent with what has been done in similar situations in the past,” Earnest said.

“In 2003, there were reports of American citizens overseas who contracted SARS. And the U.S. government facilitated the private transportation of those patients back to the U.S. so they could benefit from our modern medical infrastructure and have access to the kind of technology that could render lifesaving aid to them,” he added. “In 2007, there were Americans overseas who were at risk of contracting drug-resistant tuberculosis. Again, those individuals were transported through private means, but yet in a manner that was facilitated by the U.S. government, to return to the U.S. where they could get treatment.”

Posted at 8:25 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Sexist

In an interview with Katie Couric, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg levels a remarkable charge against the conservatives on the court. She thinks that they think with their penises.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, fresh off a bruising loss in the Hobby Lobby birth control case last month, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview that she believes the male Supreme Court justices who voted against her have a “blind spot” when it comes to women.

“Do you believe that the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision?” Couric asked Ginsburg of the 5-4 Hobby Lobby ruling, which cleared the way for employers to deny insurance coverage of contraceptives to female workers on religious grounds.

“I would have to say no,” the 81-year-old justice replied. Asked if the five justices revealed a “blind spot” in their decision, Ginsburg said yes.

There’s a blind spot here alright. But it’s not on the court’s Hobby Lobby majority.

Couric’s bias here is so obvious that it hardly merits a fisking. The question that Couric — allegedly a non-partisan journalist, but in fact a leftwing hack — asks about the “ramifications of [the majority's] decision” never allows religious freedom and private property rights to intrude. It never even allows that there are women in the Hobby Lobby-owning Green family. In fact it never even allows for the possibility of any woman, anywhere, agreeing with the Supreme Court’s decision. Even though millions of women do agree with it.

As guilty of bias as Couric is, Ginsburg’s guilt is worse. The justice fails to allow for any possibility that does not comport with the left’s most dishonest take on the Hobby Lobby case. Ginsburg cannot conceive that the 5 justices who ruled that the government does not have the right to force business owners to pay for abortion-causing drugs came to that conclusion not because they’re stupid men ruled by testosterone, but because they recognize limits on government power and because they recognize that Americans do not surrender the religious and private property rights just because they own a successful business. Ginsburg reveals here, again, that she is a menace to individual rights and freedoms and fundamentally disregards the plain text of the Constitution that she is charged with upholding. Ginsburg is unfit for the court, frankly, and should never have been confirmed to it.

Just imagine, though, if Justice Scalia had come out and said that Ginsburg voted the way she voted — on any case — because she has a female “blind spot.”  Can you imagine the firestorm that would ensue?

The left would demonize him even more than they already do. They would call for his resignation, impeachment, plus tar and feathers just for fun. There would be Code Pink activists wearing garish lady part costumes in every city.

Ginsburg gets away with lobbing a blatantly sexist smear at her fellow justices. Because she is a leftist woman, and because Katie Couric is one of the worst working journalists in America today.

Posted at 7:34 am on August 1st, 2014 by

14-Year-Old Kid Imitates LeBron James, by Becoming CEO of His Own Pizza Delivery Business

This story contains most of what’s great about this land of opportunity — creativity, hard work, volunteerism, risk-taking and learning from other leaders.

Fourteen-year-old Ajayi Jackson couldn’t could get a job because of bloody age discrimination [my phrase, not his], so he started his own company, Pop’s Pizza, with $100 of capital be borrowed from — you guessed it — his Dad.

He invented the made-from-scratch pizza recipe after learning to cook from his Mom. Already turning a profit, he’s made his sister jealous because she works longer hours for someone else and makes less money.

The best part of the story: Ajayi, like a lot of kids, admires NBA star LeBron James. But the budding entrepreneur is more interested in King James’ off-court business than in his moves in the lane.

He wants to meet the hoops hero because LeBron owns a chain of pizza places, and could share tips for success in business.

God bless Ajayi Jackson, and God bless America.

Posted at 6:57 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Hamas Violates 72-Hour Ceasefire After Just 90 Minutes

Overnight there was another humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and Hamas broke it with about 70.5 hours still on the clock.

A Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian truce, ended with the suspected kidnapping of a soldier, the IDF said Friday.

Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was named as the IDF soldier presumed to be abducted by Hamas. His family has been notified.

Two other soldiers were killed during the incident.Their families have been notified.

Terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself in the vicinity of soldiers. Heavy exchanges of fire ensued, before one of the IDF soldiers was kidnapped, a senior army source said.

If previous cases are any guide, Hamas will either trade Goldin for dozens to hundreds of its own jailed terrorists, or Hamas will murder him.

Hamas used one of the tunnels that it built with child labor to perpetrate this attack. The Israelis say that they have discovered 35 such tunnels, and have destroyed about half of them.

Some of the tunnels reportedly have entrances inside UN facilities, so American taxpayers paid indirectly for Hamas to build these tunnels in two ways — by paying aid to the Palestinians that gets diverted by Hamas, and by paying for the UN’s upkeep.

h/t Gateway Pundit

 

Posted at 6:38 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Cantor Quits Early: Governor Should Deny His Request for Lame-Duck Special Election

A member of Congress who loses his primary loses his influence. Few have lost more influence in less time than Rep. Eric Cantor, drubbed in May by a relative-unknown, summarily dethroned as House majority leader.

Nevertheless, Republicans in Virginia should call on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to deny Cantor’s request that he call a special election when Cantor quits the House early on August 18th, as he has just announced he would.

“I want to make sure that the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session,” Cantor told the Times-Dispatch. “That way he will also have seniority, and that will help the interests of my constituents [because] he can be there in that consequential lame-duck session,” he added.

Cantor actually wants the special election to happen on November 4th, the same day as the general election. This means that the winner of the special election (who Cantor naturally assumes will be the Republican Dave Brat) would start immediately, having a leg up on the rest of freshman class of 2015…that is, assuming he also wins the general election race.

Of course, there’s no reason Cantor can’t remain in the saddle, voting his conscience (if anyone does that anymore) through the end of his term.

Late-term special elections are political power maneuvers having nothing to do with the purported effort to ensure that people of the district “have a voice.” After all, isn’t Eric Cantor the voice of his district? With 234 Republicans vs. 199 Democrats, Cantor could walk away now — no doubt to a lucrative legal or lobbyist career already lined up — with no loss to the GOP.

Odds are that Cantor was told that he would call for a special election by the Oz-behind-the-curtain party patriarchs who sustain their own power through such tactics. I’m sure some partisan hack will question my devotion to the party, but my devotion is first to the rule of law, the Constitution, and integrity in public service.

To quote The Dread Pirate Roberts, “We are men of action. Lies do not become us.”

If there’s a bright spot in this story, it’s this: Cantor’s coinage of the phrase “a very consequential lame-duck session.”

Apparently a duck’s handicap does not prevent mischief.

Perhaps these should be called “starving vulture” sessions instead.

Posted at 6:08 am on August 1st, 2014 by

Cruz Scoffs at Notion That He’s Pushing Boehner Around on Border Bill

Yeah…no.

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.

Posted at 8:00 pm on July 31st, 2014 by

Hey, Hey, Hey…Ebola Is On Its Way

I’m moving to Iceland.

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.

Posted at 4:21 pm on July 31st, 2014 by

‘Blame Cruz’ Is the New ‘Blame Bush’ for Whiny Democrats

Aw, is someone sad?

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.

Posted at 4:14 pm on July 31st, 2014 by

House Border Bill Pulled, Recess Delayed After GOP Can’t Find Votes

House Republican leaders pulled a border supplemental bill and said they wouldn’t adjourn for the summer recess as planned today as they tried to scrape more votes together for the $659 million legislation.

Most Democrats oppose the bill because, in the words of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her press conference today, it “is so bad, but is not bad enough for some of their outside groups to whom they pander.”

“And so in order to sweeten the pie for them and intensify the harm for the children, they have added another bill to follow the supplemental that they have on the floor, the supplemental that does not track humanitarian assistance, due process, assistance to repatriate these children back to their own countries in a safe way. It only tracks more on the border without helping to resolve the humanitarian challenge that we have,” Pelosi said.

GOP leaders tried to rally votes for the funding supplemental by promising a separate vote to block any expansion of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws. There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said in a statement.

It’s the first major test of the new leadership team as Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stepped down from the majority leader post this morning, drawing tears from Boehner and words of praise from both sides of the aisle.

“For the past month, the House has been engaged in intensive efforts to pass legislation that would compel the president to do his job and ensure it can be done as quickly and compassionately as possible,” the GOP leaders’ statement continued. “Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference. We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country.”

The bill provides supplemental funding to the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, and Health and Human Services to deal with the influx of illegal immigrant children at the southern border. It also amends the 2008 law that has led to extended amnesty and deportation proceedings for those coming from non-contiguous countries and prohibits the Interior Department from restricting Border Patrol activities on federal lands.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gathered a group of House conservatives in his office over Dr. Pepper, pizza and Skittles on Wednesday night to lobby against the bill, Roll Call reported. Thirteen lawmakers showed up: Reps. Steve King of Iowa, Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, Steve Stockman of Texas, Randy Neugebauer of Texas, Paul Broun of Georgia, Todd Rokita of Indiana, John Fleming of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.

Cruz wanted the language on ending the deferred enforcement program for young illegal immigrants included in the main bill.

Other reports indicated that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) had greater pull with House conservatives and shepherded the downfall of the bill.

The House Rules Committee met after the bill was yanked and passed a same-day authority to move any border bill through the lower chamber quickly. A floor vote could come late Thursday or Friday, or the session could be pushed into recess next week.

“It’s beyond belief that Congress is abandoning its post while our border crisis continues to create humanitarian suffering, and criminal aliens still represent a clear threat to our citizens and our nation,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement. “While Texas has taken what steps it can to mitigate the damage caused by a porous border, Congress and the president have a duty to address our border security issues without further delay. Congress should not go into recess until the job is completed.”

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said he and other lawmakers including Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) were due to leave this evening for a tour of the Texas border.

“I guess it is harder to take candy from children than they thought. The Republicans planned to pass a bill to deport children quickly and take away protections from deportation that the president extended to children raised in the U.S., but it didn’t work out as planned. They just couldn’t go far enough over the anti-immigrant ledge to satisfy enough of the GOP conference to get a majority,” Gutierrez said in a statement.

“The number of kids who have come to this country from Central America fleeing violence could all fit in Soldier Field with room to spare, yet about 60,000 kids have made adult American legislators lose their marbles,” he continued. “They could not agree on how to deport them fast enough and the Democrats were not going to let a decade or more of progress in improving our asylum and human trafficking laws get thrown out for election year politics.”

Posted at 3:30 pm on July 31st, 2014 by

Willing To Swap? 112 Arrested At Deportations Protest

Because nothing else is happening in the world.

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.

Posted at 3:30 pm on July 31st, 2014 by