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  • Qatar Awareness Campaign – ExxonMobil @StopQatarNow

    10/20/2014 4:39:45 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | October 20, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign
    Rex W. Tillerson ExxonMobil Corporate Headquarters 5959 Las Colinas Boulevard Irving, Texas 75039-2298 Dear Mr. Tillerson: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. Of all the American companies currently involved with Qatar, none is more responsible for Qatar’s economic success than ExxonMobil. Indeed, Qatar has the world’s highest per capita GDP, at $102,100 (2013). The United States has two massive military bases in Qatar: Al Udeid, the home of CENTCOM for the region, and As Sayliyah, the largest...
  • EPA takes step in regulating drinking water

    10/20/2014 4:33:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Environmental Protection Agency took the first step toward regulating a chemical in the country’s drinking water on Monday. The EPA issued a preliminary determination to regulate the chemical called strontium, which is a naturally occurring element. At elevated levels strontium can impact bone strength in people who don’t consume enough calcium, the EPA said. Strontium has been found in roughly 99 percent of the public water systems in the U.S..
  • Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'

    10/20/2014 4:27:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 20, 2014 | By Roger Harrabin
    Europe’s leaders are about to consign the Earth to the risk of dangerous climate change, a UN expert says. Prof Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the EU’s plan to cut CO2 emissions 40% by 2030 is too weak. He says it will commit future governments to “extraordinary and unprecedented” emissions cuts. The Commission rejected the claim, saying the 40% target puts Europe on track for long-term climate goals. Prof Skea believes governments are setting targets by what appears to be politically achievable rather than what is necessary to transform the way we make...
  • Up to 34 MIL. blank 'green cards' & work permits ordered ahead of Obama illegal immigrant 'amnesty'

    10/20/2014 3:30:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to seek a vendor to produce as many as 34 million blank work permits and 'green cards' – the paperwork that authorizes illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States – as the White House prepares to issue an executive order after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. According to a draft solicitation published online, the government agency will look for a company that can produce a minimum 4 million cards per year for five years, and 9 million in the early stages. President Barack Obama has pledged that he will make a...
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency Unveils Plan to Loosen Mortgage Rules

    10/20/2014 3:18:01 PM PDT · by John W · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | DIONNE SEARCEY and PETER EAVIS
    A federal housing regulator on Monday announced a plan that could ease tight credit and allow more people to qualify for mortgages in an attempt to put the nation’s housing market back on track. The plan, announced at a convention of mortgage bankers, includes offering reassurances to lenders that fear they could suffer unpredictable losses on the loans they sell to the government. Separately, plans are in motion to set up programs for borrowers to receive government-backed loans with much smaller down payments than are now required. “We know that access to credit remains tight for many borrowers, and we...
  • Cable News Ratings for Friday, October 17, 2014

    10/20/2014 2:57:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    TV By The Numbers ^ | October 20, 2014 | By Amanda Kondolojy
    Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Friday, October 17, 2014  Total Day P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s) FOXN  1,154  229  456 CNN  456  161  255 MSNBC  309  72  128 CNBC  157  51  73 FBN  46  7  14 HLN  242  92  127 Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s) FOXN  1,823  332  672 CNN  494  179  275 MSNBC  551  116  221 CNBC  249  110  140 FBN  26  10  15 HLN  377  116  159 Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s) FOXN FOX AND FRIENDS  1,054  259  546 CNN NEW DAY  408  122  214 MSNBC...
  • 'Crossfire', 'Sanjay Gupta M.D.', 'CNN Money' & 'Unguarded' Canceled by CNN

    10/20/2014 2:51:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    TV By The Numbers ^ | October 16, 2014 | By Sara Bibel
    CNN has canceled multiple series. Per Deadline,Crossfire has officially been canceled. The series, a CNN staple from 1982-2005, relaunched in September 2013, earned low ratings until it went on hiatus in May. The show briefly returned in July, then went on hiatus again. CNN is also canceling Sanjay Gupta M.D, CNN Money With Christine Romans and Unguarded With Rachel Nichols. All three anchors will remain with the network.
  • Europe must drop the euro, Germany abandon mercantilism

    10/20/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/20/2014 | Peter Moricici
    Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism. When the euro was adopted in 1999, domestic prices -- the face values for bonds and loans -- and bank accounts were translated into euros according to prevailing exchange rates for national currencies at the time. Initially, the single currency posed few significant problems. Over time, however, differences in labor market policies and geographic conditions that are difficult for governments to alter caused productivity to grow more rapidly in Germany...
  • Thousands of federal workers on extended paid leave

    10/20/2014 11:26:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 20 2014 | Lisa Rein
    Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show. 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. The extensive use of so-called administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing...
  • Sowell: Predatory Journalism

    10/20/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending." Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times. People who believe in government-set price controls — whether on interest rates charged for loans, rents charged for housing or wages paid under...
  • Toys R Us Is Selling Crystal Meth Toys From Breaking Bad

    10/20/2014 9:53:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Time ^ | 10/20/14 | Brad Tuttle
    Parents aren't happy that the toy store chain is selling drug dealer dolls, complete with bags of crystal meth and sacks of cash. Susan Schrivjer, a mom from Fort Myers, Fla., was a fan of the award-winning AMC show Breaking Bad.... Even so, she thinks it’s not such a great idea to sell action figures based on the show’s notorious crystal meth dealers Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a store where the customer base is families with young children.
  • Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring

    10/20/2014 9:21:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 9:38 AM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and salaries in the July-September quarter. That’s down from 43 percent in the April-June quarter and the first drop after three straight increases. Yet the firms still added jobs at a healthy pace, which usually pushes wages higher as employers compete for workers. A measure of hiring in...
  • GAFFE: Markey Unable to Answer Basic Financial Question ( Colorado )

    10/20/2014 8:08:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | October 20, 2014
    And you thought the Treasurer’s debate would be boring. That was the observation made by Fox 31 political reporter Eli Stokols as he moderated a debate between Treasurer Walker Stapleton and failed Congresswoman Betsy Markey. At about the 7 minute mark in the below video is when things get really heated. Stapleton asks Markey a basic question about public finance: “Could you describe to me what a yield curve is, please?” She is unable to answer. ... Stapleton has a degree in business economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is not...
  • O Beholden Canada: America’s northern neighbor is beset by familiar pension-funding problems

    10/20/2014 7:33:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | 10/20/2014 | Steve Malanga
    This summer, Montreal residents witnessed a strange sight: local police abandoned their traditional uniform pants and instead donned casual attire, ranging from camouflage and fluorescent-colored trousers to multicolored slacks. Some cops bizarrely even donned skirts. The dressing down was all done to show cops’ anger at the Quebec provincial government’s proposals to cut the costs of municipal pensions by getting workers to contribute more toward their retirement. Call it Canada’s summer of pension discontent. Governments throughout the country are grappling with as much as $300 billion in unfunded government-worker retirement debt. In a country of just 38.5 million people, that’s...
  • Philadelphia Society Memories from Grand Rapids

    10/20/2014 7:27:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 18, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For several years now, I have been honored to be a member of a group known as the Philadelphia Society. The Society of leading conservative intellectuals was formed in 1964 in the wake of the Goldwater defeat. While I would never self-identify as an intellectual, I fall back on what the Sisters of St. Joseph used to tell us in grade school: “There’s two kinds of knowledge: knowing something and knowing where to find it.” You can gain a lot of insights at Society meetings. Here are just a few highlights from the Society’s regional meeting in Grand Rapids last...
  • Obama Behind Pumpkin Patch Melee

    10/20/2014 6:24:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    As you can imagine, I was alarmed, but not very surprised, when I received reports of rioting at the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, NH. The residents of Keene hold the Pumpkin Festival annually. Their mission is first and always to amass the most number of jack-o-lanterns in history. In 2013 they broke the previous record held by Boston when they brought together 30,581 jack-o-lanterns, according to accounts by the Keene Sentinel.But into their 30,581 points of light this year was inserted sinister, dark forces. Forces that were nonsensical, dystopian and anarchical.And those forces descended into the hallmark expression of Obama’s...
  • Obama Administration Prepares Amnesty ID Cards for Up to 34 Million Illegals

    10/20/2014 6:14:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 10-20-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Obama administration is planning to issue millions of new immigrant ID cards. The federal program will move forward after the midterm elections. US immigration released for illegal immigrants.The federal contract will plan for for up to 34 million cards.Breitbart reported: Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable...
  • Flawed Ebola protocols left U.S. nurses vulnerable, health official says

    10/20/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals. Two nurses caring for an Ebola patient flown into...
  • Denton fracking ban may be unconstitutional

    10/20/2014 5:22:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Wichita Falls Times Record News ^ | October 19, 2014 | Alex Mills, President, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
    The good citizens of Denton will be voting on Nov. 4 whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing. They have been told by former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips the ban on fracturing is unconstitutional. “Under the Texas Constitution, I do not believe that a municipality may ban all oil and gas drilling within its borders,” former Chief Justice Phillips said during a hearing before the Denton City Council on July 15. He said the ban is incompatible with state law, and it amounts to a government taking of private property of many mineral interest owners and operators....
  • Jobs Outsourced Overseas by Delaware’s U.S. Senator Chris Coons

    10/20/2014 4:57:00 AM PDT · by Moseley · 3 replies
    Red State ^ | October 20, 2014 | Johan Snyder
    Delaware’s Democrat U.S. Senator Chris Coons has outsourced over 2,170 high-paying Delaware jobs to China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland from his family’s business W.L. Gore and Associates. Yet in a bold act of chutzpah, Coons is also running for re-election by promising voters he will bring manufacturing jobs to ‘the First State.’ Nationwide, Republicans have been hammered for many years with the false and unfair accusation that American jobs are going overseas because of Republican plans. Whereas Democrat Party policies harm the nation's business environment and drive employers out of the U.S.A., liberals come close to accusing Republicans...
  • Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

    10/20/2014 1:46:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 1:55 AM EDT | Erika Kinetz
    The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This fire had been burning for some time. The fire station is two minutes from the Teresa Moda garment factory, on the edge of the main industrial zone of Prato, a town outside Florence. The zone was developed for Italian textile manufacturers in the 1980s but now is predominantly Chinese. […] Prato is the epicenter of a thriving, illicit Chinese economy...
  • Small Businesses Get Sobering Dose Of Reality as Health Insurers Reveal Their Rates For 2015

    10/19/2014 9:30:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | october 19, 2014 | michael hausam
    Although the Obama administration has yet to release the federal health care premiums for 2015, some private insurers have. One of them in Minnesota has indicated that they will be showing increases of up to 60% for their ACA-compliant policies. Preferred One, the largest and lowest-cost provider of health insurance in the state, pulled out of the state’s MNsure exchange last month due to its being “unsustainable.” Alycia Riedl, with the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters, commented on the news:
  • These 6 Countries Will Be Screwed If Oil Prices Keep Falling

    10/19/2014 6:48:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/19/2014 | Tomas Hirst
    The collapse in oil prices is already a major cause of concern for countries heavily reliant on exports of the commodity. For some, it could be a matter of avoiding a severe recession. Here's why: For governments in oil-exporting countries to meet their spending commitments they need oil to remain above a certain price. With oil prices under $87 a barrel, countries that rely on high oil prices, including Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, may have a reason to be concerned. This chart shows the price per barrel that the six most exposed countries need to meet their national budgets....
  • Obamacare Causing Big Layoffs for Union Nurses

    10/19/2014 6:16:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 Oct 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Kaiser Permanente and other health providers are putting pressure on the powerful California Nurses Association (CAN) in negotiations for reductions in medical staffing and compensation due to the implementation of California’s version of Obamacare. Union nurses on Friday tried to launch a new initiative by demanding an extra compensation supplement and more staffing to be prepared to fight the Ebola virus. But just three years after union nurses won huge contract gains by striking, Obamacare rules that cut patient access to care could now result in huge nurse layoffs. ... the California Nurses Association and other labor unions that campaigned...
  • Wal-Mart’s new everyday low price: A $40 doctor visit

    10/19/2014 5:01:22 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 83 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Oct. 17,2014 | Andria Cheng
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pushed down prices for some generic prescription drugs to just $4 eight years ago, setting a new industry standard. Now it is trying to do the same for seeing a doctor. On Friday, a Walmart Care Clinic opened in Dalton, Ga., six months after Walmart U.S., the retailer’s WMT, +0.38% biggest unit, entered the business of providing primary health care. It now operates a dozen clinics in rural Texas, South Carolina and Georgia and has increased its target for openings this year to 17. An office visit costs $40, which Walmart U.S. says...
  • Fans and protesters clash after Rams game

    10/19/2014 4:48:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 19, 2014 | Samantha Liss
    Protesters fight to regain control of a flag that was taken by a fan (right) leaving the Edward Jones Dome after the St. Louis Rams game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2014. Several fights erupted as fans and protesters mixed after the game. Two arrests were made.Rams fans and Ferguson protesters fought Sunday afternoon outside the Edward Jones Dome after the Rams secured a victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks. At around 3 p.m. a handful of fans argued with protesters, who were yelling and chanting, near the intersection of North Broadway and Cole streets. The yelling escalated, a fan appeared...
  • Exclusive: NSA reviewing deal between official, ex-spy agency head

    10/19/2014 4:23:01 PM PDT · by Red6 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Yuri Gripas
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has launched an internal review of a senior official’s part-time work for a private venture started by former NSA director Keith Alexander that raises questions over the blurring of lines between government and business. Under the arrangement, which was confirmed by Alexander and current intelligence officials, NSA's Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, the private firm led by Alexander, a retired Army general and his former boss.
  • Who You Going to Believe on Infrastructure Spending: The IMF in August or the IMF in October?

    10/19/2014 1:15:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The International Monetary Fund isnÂ’t my least-favorite international bureaucracy. That special honor belongs to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, largely because of its efforts to undermine tax competition and protect the interests of the political class (it also tried to have me arrested, but I donÂ’t hold that against them). But the IMF deserves its share of disdain. ItÂ’s the Doctor Kevorkian of global economic policy, regularly advocating higher taxes and easy money even though thatÂ’s never been a recipe for national prosperity.And it turns out that the IMF also is schizophrenic. The international bureaucracyÂ’s latest big idea,...
  • Department of Homeland Security: Who Needs It?

    10/19/2014 12:55:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    The Secret Service is scandal prone. It spends excessively on foreign presidential trips, and it has agents who get in trouble with prostitutes and liquor bottles. The recent White House fence-jumping incident was a stunning failure. Despite the Service spending $1.9 billion a year, a guy with a knife jumped the fence, sprinted across the lawn, pushed open the front door, galloped through the Entrance Hall, danced across the East Room, and almost had time to sit down for a cup of tea in the Green Room. In the wake of the incident, the head of the Secret Service resigned....
  • FBI Director Warns Google and Apple "If You Don't Decrypt Phones, We'll Do It For You"

    10/19/2014 12:42:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 101 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19 | Mike Shedlock
    The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution is crystal clear in meaning. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. FBI Director, James Comey, an Obama appointment, does not give a damn what the Constitution says. In a recent speech, Comey warns If Apple and Google Won't Decrypt Phones, We'll Force Them To Everyone...
  • How ObamaCare’s Victories Count Against It In Sissel v. HHS

    10/19/2014 12:30:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Randy Barnett has an excellent post at the Volokh Conspiracy about his recent amicus brief requesting the D.C. Circuit grant en banc review of Sissel v. HHS. (Sound familiar?) Sissel challenges the constitutionality of ObamaCare’s individual mandate – which the Supreme Court ruled could only be constitutional if imposed under Congress’ taxing power – on the grounds that this, ahem, tax originated in the Senate rather than the House, as the Constitution’s Origination Clause requires. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled against Sissel. The panel’s rationale was that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was not the...
  • Ebola: What Would George Washington Do?

    10/19/2014 11:28:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10-19-14 | Carl M. Cannon
    As a nervous nation watches the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, many Americans have concluded that the country’s top health officials seem more concerned with stopping the spread of panic than stopping the spread of the virus. But Americans’ fear is only growing, and one reason is that too few people believe what the president of the United States says anymore. A recent poll asked Americans this question: “How often does Barack Obama lie to the country on important matters?” Not about sex. Not about whether he really likes baseball. Not whether he still cadges an occasional cigarette...
  • Investment & Finance Thread Market Bounce Re-cap

    10/19/2014 11:18:38 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 39 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Oct. 19, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    This past week saw upside reversals across the board coming out with prices holding steady in spite of the hammering we had over the past month or two.  [click pix to enlarge]The October metals rally held on to its gains, in fact market prices show gold's just about clawed back to break-even for 2014.  That's said, metals' role in price trends ahead is become increasingly controversial (re Gold And Silver - Financial World: House Of Cards Built On Sand) even while many see a bright tomorrow with other commodities (We Maintain Our Outlook For Higher Prices For Commodities).  Stocks.  OK,...
  • Stunning federal corruption case moving forward with almost no media attention

    10/19/2014 11:14:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-19-14 | Thomas Lifson
    Corrupt federal prosecutors presenting false evidence in order to shake down a blameless corporation and bring in tens of millions of dollars seems like a pretty dramatic story. Especially when former prosecutors support the charge and a chief judge acts on the allegations and takes dramatic action. Yet the media silence is deafening. Eric Holder’s Justice Department is implicated in a dramatic and shocking case of alleged corruption that is so bad that the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California has taken what can rightly be called the “nuclear option” and recused all the judges in the district...
  • Nurse on flights may have had worse case of Ebola

    10/17/2014 10:51:36 PM PDT · by knak · 35 replies
    DENVER The president of Frontier Airlines says a nurse who was on flights between Dallas and Cleveland and who later tested positive for Ebola may have been at a more advanced stage of the illness than previously thought.Barry Biffle emailed employees Friday about the findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said the CDC has assured the Denver-based airline that crewmembers on the flights are at a very low risk of exposure.The airline put the pilots and flight attendants on leave for 21 days, which health experts consider the outer limit of how long it would take someone...
  • Budget Cuts and Ebola

    10/19/2014 10:46:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Michael Tanner
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Government fails at one of its most basic tasks. In response, the politicians from both parties complain that we are not spending enough money. And Democrats, in particular, claim that the failure never would have happened if only the evil Republicans had not cut some agency’s budget. Sound familiar? This hoary Washington drama is now playing out in regards to Ebola. With one death and one active case in Dallas, and several more Americans under observation, it is becoming clear that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were not prepared...
  • The soda wars move to Berkeley

    10/19/2014 9:20:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 10/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The progressive War on Soda may have failed in New York, despite the best efforts of the Deplorable Nanny State Mayor, but this is a multi-front battle which will clearly rage on for some time. As any good battle commander will tell you, when fighting an opponent with numerical superiority, it’s best to drag them into a skirmish on your home turf. In the effort to save people from their own ignorant, evil selves, the fight to make soda more expensive – and thereby modify public behavior through tax policy – has moved to Berkeley.
  • If you want to live, ignore the CDC

    10/19/2014 8:52:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 10/18/13 | Richard Amerling, M.D., of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
    To maintain, as does Dr. Frieden, that stopping travel to the U.S. from the few countries where Ebola is running rampant would somehow harm us is illogical to the point of absurdity. And it is now clear to every other sentient being that Ebola is far more contagious, and deadly, than AIDS, to which Dr. Frieden compared Ebola. The latest nugget is that Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola, called the CDC numerous times before boarding her flight from Cleveland back to Dallas and was told it was OK for her to fly because her fever did...
  • We all pay the price for climate hysteria as alarmist predictions fail

    10/19/2014 6:15:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | October 19, 2014 | by Andrew Bolt
    HEAR that rain on the roof last week? That’s nature telling us our politicians have been idiots. I’m talking about the politicians who let themselves be fooled into thinking it never would rain like this again. I’m talking about politicians who listened to the likes of Tim Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year and then head of the Climate Commission. From 2005 to 2008, Flannery, the global warming guru, made a string of outlandish claims like these: “So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems ... “In Adelaide, Sydney and...
  • Obamacare Customers Afraid to Use Benefits Due to Sky-Sigh Deductibles

    10/19/2014 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 18, 2014 | by JOHN HAYWARD
    It must have pained the New York Times to publish its article about how many ObamaCare customers fear to make use of their taxpayer-subsidized, hyper-regulated benefits because the deductibles are so high.  It's a devastating indictment of the Affordable Care Act, cutting deep into the very small number of Americans who actually find the ACA somewhat useful.   Not only does ObamaCare have low approval ratings from the American public at large, it doesn't even score well among the group it was nominally intended to benefit most directly, the uninsured.     Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this...
  • Rove Agonistes Karl Rove’s metamorphosis into legend is now complete.

    10/19/2014 5:02:30 AM PDT · by shuck and yall · 35 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10/19/14 | Kevin Williamson
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE www.nationalreview.com PRINT October 19, 2014 12:00 AM Rove Agonistes Karl Rove’s metamorphosis into legend is now complete. By Kevin D. Williamson ‘Karl Rove targets attorney general race in California.” “Who’s afraid of Kamala Harris? Karl Rove!” “Karl Rove Attacks — We Need Your Help!” Karl Rove’s starring role in the 2010 California attorney general’s race came as a surprise to Karl Rove, who wasn’t actually involved in that particular contest. This happens with him all the time. For the Left, Rove served for many years as the go-to bogeyman, the marquee name with which to conjure before...
  • If I Were Gay, I’d Oppose Houston’s Old Lesbian Mayor

    10/19/2014 5:20:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Associated Press Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    I’m not gay. I get called gay all the time by Leftists who seek to disparage me when they’ve run out of their specious, illogical arguments and the full weight of common sense lands on their fetid heads and they have no other recourse but to go ad hominem on me and say, “he must be gay.” Which, like I said, I take they equate with a cut down; which is weird because, supposedly, they’re the homosexual’s champion. For what it’s worth, the only gay thing about me is, and I must confess, I did tear up a bit during...
  • How Should Christians Expect Our Nation to Respond to ISIS? With Wrath and Vengeance

    09/05/2014 5:49:31 AM PDT · by shuck and yall · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | By David French September 3, 2014 1:22 PM | David French
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE www.nationalreview.com PRINT September 3, 2014 1:22 PM How Should Christians Expect Our Nation to Respond to ISIS? With Wrath and Vengeance By David French Even in the face of jihadist horror, it’s surprising how many Christians are deeply confused about issues of war and peace, with the root of the confusion embedded in the distinction between personal and governmental responsibilities. Admonitions to turn the other cheek, to love our enemies, and to repay good for evil are at core individual responsibilities — responsibilities that not only call on us to imitate Christ’s own example as he forgave...
  • Obama's Biggest Fail Yet

    10/19/2014 4:50:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    Anderson659 wrote: Obama is not an idiot, far from it, he has a vision for America that is defined by radical left progressive social marxism, trickle down economics from the government. The Democrat party us now a party of secular humanist radicals. -Idiots Offer Hope, Change, Blame, Revenge- and Self GovernmentDear Brother Anderson,The Democrat Party has been a bunch of secular humanists for quite some time. This isn’t Harry Truman’s Democrat Party, although I’ll admit that Truman’s economic policies were really bad.I disagree with your evaluation of Obama however. First of all, he’s dedicated his whole life to running for...
  • Media: Germany 'working to build Ebola transport plane'

    10/19/2014 12:33:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    A German newspaper has reported that the government is developing a special aircraft designed to transport Ebola patients. At present, only the US has planes equipped for the task. The German government has commissioned flag carrier Lufthansa to develop special aircraft equipped to carry patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Citing government sources, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported that officials planned to develop several planes that were designed to safely carry such highly infectious patients. According to the paper, the planes are meant to be ready by mid-November, which is when the first German...
  • The Magical Land of Progressitopia

    10/18/2014 8:29:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 15, 2014 | Matt Barber
    There once was a land, a magical land, with a chicken in every pot. And in this land, which was called Progressitopia, there were two peoples. There were those who saw the world as it was, and there were those who saw the world as they oh-so-very-much wished it could be. The former were called the Trads, and the latter, the Progs. It was the Progs who held dominion over this great land, and so it was they who wrote, or re-wrote, her history. Now, in this kingdom we must remember that Christianity, or “Christianism” as it would later be...
  • White House: Ron Klain's work handing out stimulus money good experience for Ebola czar

    10/18/2014 7:54:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | October 17, 2014 | Byron York
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama's choice of veteran Democratic politico Ron Klain to serve as Ebola czar stunned many Republicans. Their first objection is that Klain has no experience in public health or infectious diseases. But in a larger sense, GOP critics see Klain, a former chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, more as a political operative than a potential leader of the fight against Ebola. What qualifies Klain for the job, the formal title of which is Ebola Response Coordinator? First, the White House makes no claim of any expertise in health matters. Instead, officials point to...
  • British invasion of Utah national guard base sparks outcry

    10/18/2014 7:32:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, October 17, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Members the Utah National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group allegedly hosted sexy British swimsuit models at their Draper compound. The deviation from their mission to train for paramilitary operations has been met with an investigation. The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Utah National Guard are both investigating how the British “Hot Shots 2015” calendar was shot at the military installation without authorization, a local Fox affiliate reported Friday.
  • FDA halts Dallas hospital from using Ebola-screening device

    10/18/2014 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, October 17, 2014 | Doughlas Ernst
    The Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan had a version of the Ebola-screening device used by the U.S. military in West Africa sitting on a shelf, but FDA guidelines prohibited staff from using it on the patient. A $39,000 machine called FilmArray was available to the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital when Duncan came in with a fever. The device has a high success rate for detecting Ebola in less than one hour, but sat idly because current federal guidelines prevented the hospital from obtaining a specific “kit” needed for screening, the military website Defense One reported Thursday.
  • Ebola: Is bushmeat behind the outbreak?

    10/18/2014 6:47:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    BBC News Health ^ | October 18, 2014 | Melissa Hogenboom
    Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak. The first victim's family hunted bats, which carry the virus. Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis? The origin has been traced to a two-year-old child from the village of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, an area where batmeat is frequently hunted and eaten. The infant, dubbed Child Zero, died on 6 December 2013. The child's family stated they had hunted two species of bat which carry the Ebola virus. Bushmeat or wild animal meat covers any animal that...