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Just a little warning for those who have weak stomachs-Maverick is back in the spotlight:

The worst possible scenario for Republicans is for McCain to get cameras around him again. As we have all come to learn, the thoroughly loathsome attention seeker won't do what is best for his constituents, his only concern is what will make The New York Times love him for a few news cycles. Given the amount of praise they gave him the last time, he's probably already sharpening knives to shove in the backs of his GOP colleagues.

The Republican majority isn't really a majority as long as McCain is now playing the role of Olympia Snowe. He looked positively giddy when the press swirled around him after his betrayal earlier in the summer. He may be impossible to rein in now.

The case for more rich people in government:

More from The Hill:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses her private jet to conduct government business across the country.

Education Department Press Secretary Liz Hill told The Associated Press on Thursday that DeVos travels completely on her own dime, accepting no government reimbursement for flights or other expenses.

“Secretary DeVos accepted her position to serve the public and is fully committed to being a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars,” Hill said.

Imagine a government filled with people who didn't spend every waking moment thinking of ways to bleed the taxpayers dry. Even better, imagine a government filled with almost no one.

A guy can dream.

She would have turned it into Stormfront:

Meanwhile, the 4Chan kids are liking what they see:

"Is Valerie Plame our girl?"

"ex-CIA anti-Bush blond hottie calls out the Jewish mafia."

Valerie Plame actually shared the stage with the founder of 4chan Christopher "Moot" Poole at a TED conference in 2010:

Plame and Poole will both appear in a session dubbed “Provocation.” Poole will discuss 4chan, the online forum he created that serves as a haunt for would-be hackers and members of Anonymous — a motley, loose-knit crew of online rabble-rousers who have launched crusades against the Church of Scientology, the Australian government and others, while often missing their mark.

Just an interesting aside.

The libmedia emotional midgets are getting more fragile by the day:

That's the producer for John Oliver's painfully unfunny "Last Week Tonight" who is bragging about lying to his own child. I'm sure he thinks it's clever, but it's pathetic.

The sooner college and pro football vanish, the happier and healthier America will be:

Tests conducted on the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and his attorney said Thursday that the player’s daughter is suing the NFL and the New England Patriots for leading Hernandez to believe the sport was safe.

In a news conference at his offices, Hernandez’s attorney Jose Baez said the testing showed one of the most severe cases ever diagnosed. “We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” Baez said.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, concluded that the New England Patriots tight end had stage 3 of 4 of the disease, and also had early brain atrophy and large perforations in a central membrane.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Boston on Thursday claims that the team and league deprived Avielle Hernandez of the companionship of her father. It is separate from a $1 billion settlement in which the league agreed to pay families of players who suffered brain damage because of repeated head trauma while playing football.

CTE can only be diagnosed in an autopsy. A recent study found evidence of the disease in 110 of 111 former NFL players whose brains were examined.

More on Valerie Plame ...

She apparently missed this "problematic AF" part of the article she tweeted out this morning:

Good lord.

Meanwhile, she sure seems to be a huge fan of the "problematic" author and website ...

Does Antifa know about this? Don't our "communities" need to be protected from antisemitic haters like Valerie Plame? She does try to keep a busy speaking schedule.

Will left-wing activists who "fight white supremacy" hound her at all of her media appearances?

Don't hold your breath.

There's little chance that patriotic Germans who can distinguish between the country's crimes during the Hitlerzeit and Frau Kartoffel's unwise open-door policy of admitting "refugees" from hostile, non-Western countries, will finally retire the woman who put the lump into Lumpenproletariat, but one can always hope:

Fears that apathy could boost the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in an election on Sunday have driven Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main rival to urge their backers to go out and vote. With many voters viewing a fourth term for Merkel as almost inevitable and put off by a turgid campaign - occasionally punctured by heckling and tomato hurling in protest at Merkel's refugee policy - pollsters say turnout may be low.

A GMS poll on Thursday said 34 percent were not planning to vote or were undecided, higher than the 29 percent who did not cast ballots in the last election in 2013. "My request to everyone is that they vote, and vote for those parties that adhere 100 percent to our constitution," Merkel told MDR radio on Thursday, pointing to the AfD.

Translation of words in bold face type: the German constitution, written in the aftermath of the war, includes the so-called Asylrecht, or right of asylum to pretty much anybody who arrives on German soil and claims fear of persecution. This was meant to help make up for the Germans' treatment of Jews, Slavs, gypsies and other "undesirables" during the National Socialist period. It was never dreamed that it would be applied to hordes of Muslim "refugees," fleeing their own poisoned lands, and keen to avail themselves of the bounty of the German welfare state, at the German taxpayers' expense.

The voters have a chance to severely rebuke Merkel for her stupidity, but probably won't. We and the Russians beat all the fight out of the Germans in 1945, and at this point they're all simply ready to lie down and die, as long as they have their free health care to help ease the pain.

The tragedy worsens:

More from Fox News:

A tenth patient from a Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma died Wednesday, as state officials suspended the facility's license.

The Hollywood Police Department announced the death on Thursday of 94-year-old Martha Murray.

The Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday it suspended the license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, after previously banning the facility from admitting new patients and from receiving Medicaid.

“As more information has come to light on this egregious situation, this facility absolutely cannot continue to have access to patients," Agency Secretary Justin Senior said in a statement. "This facility failed its residents multiple times throughout this horrifying ordeal."

There has been so much natural disaster-related tragedy in recent weeks that it almost becomes too much to process. Fox News also says that it isn't "likely" that anyone from the facility will be charged.

In more recent natural disaster news, Puerto Rico may be without power for months and the death toll in Mexico is over 200.

Robert E. Lee's church drops name of Confederate general.

After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee moved to Lexington, Va. and joined Grace Episcopal Church. He was elected senior warden, serving five years until his death in 1870. He restored stability during a difficult time, and the vestry named the church after him in 1903.

On Monday, however, Robert E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church voted to change its name, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Leaders of R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington voted Monday evening to change the parish’s name to Grace Episcopal Church — what it was originally called when the Confederate general moved to town after the Civil War and joined the congregation.

The decision concludes a quiet, two-year debate among congregants over whether it’s appropriate for a Christian institution that aims to welcome all to carry a name that memorializes a man best known for fighting a war to preserve the institution of slavery.

“It’s been a very divisive issue for two years,” said the Rev. Tom Crittenden, the church’s rector. “But Charlottesville seems to have moved us to this point. Not that we have a different view of Lee historically in our church, but we have appreciation for our need to move on.” ...

“People have left the church,” said vestry member Doug Cumming after the body’s 7-5 vote, which followed a parish meeting where members on both sides of the issue spoke. “People have felt exhausted by it. And many people have felt hurt.

“He was the senior warden of our church, we’re proud of that, it’s part of our history, but we’re not going to put that on a sign out on the street because it’s misunderstood.”

As a member of The Falls Church Anglican (TFCA), which once owned a church building that George Washington helped construct, I keenly feel these issues of history. TFCA is still proud of its heritage, despite Washington's owning slaves. But then again, TFCA did not change its name to honor Washington.

Christian churches are called to worship Jesus Christ, and find their identity in Him, even if their heritage includes famous and historical people. Remembering Robert E. Lee is one thing, keeping statues of him is another, but renaming a church after him is something else. This going back to the original name is laudable, even though costly attempts to erase the Confederacy from the nation's memory are not.

Everyone wants a free pony, until they realize each pony is sick, and they don't get to pick which one they get.

A new poll once again proved that Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care proposal would be dead in the water, if voters understood exactly what it meant. Here's NBC News:

The public is divided over a single-payer health care system, with 47 percent favoring such an approach and 46 percent opposing it.

But when supporters are told that all health care costs would be covered under a single-payer system — but that it would eliminate employer plans and that there would be only one government plan — the numbers move to 36 percent favor, 55 percent oppose.

Democrats with their eyes on the 2020 presidential race have endorsed Sanders' plan, but their counterparts up for re-election next year have been much more hesitant. Here's why the single-payer push is a huge electoral mistake for Democrats.