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  • DOJ’s Fast and Furious Prequel: Failed Grenade-Running Operation

    10/31/2014 12:49:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 31, 2014
    The Obama Justice Department endangered public safety by allowing a renowned weapons smuggler to continue working for Mexican drug cartels even after the agency had more than enough evidence to indict him, according to a federal audit made public this week. As if this weren’t bad enough, the case is all the more outrageous because it involves the same preposterous strategy the administration used in the disastrous gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. That once-secret program allowed weapons from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement...
  • [Audio] I’m instructed to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down

    10/31/2014 12:49:18 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 4 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 10/30/2014 | David Cenciotti
    “I’m instructed by Her Majesty’s government of the United Kingdom to warn you if you do not respond you will be shot down” On Oct. 29, two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby airbase, and flew at supersonic speeds across the UK to intercept a Latvian Antonov An-26 cargo plane that took an unauthorized detour over London causing concern to civil air traffic control. The two Eurofighter warplanes on QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) reached the Russian-built cargo plane (registration YL-RAA) on its way to Birmingham airport and forced it to land at Stansted airport. Interestingly, the pilot...
  • Whistleblower urges external probe into EU mission in Kosovo

    10/31/2014 12:18:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.10.14 @ 19:13 | Andrew Rettman
    Maria Bamieh, a British prosecutor at the heart of EULEX corruption revelations, says the only way to restore faith in the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo is by holding an external enquiry. The scandal erupted on Monday (27 October) when Kosovo daily Koha Ditore wrote, citing evidence from leaked EULEX documents, that senior officials colluded with suspects in criminal cases, took bribes to shut down investigations, and quashed internal EULEX probes. …
  • SLEEPER TROLL PROVIDES UPDATED RINO LIST (ZOT!)

    10/31/2014 12:00:58 PM PDT · by donjuanluis07 · 31 replies
    RINOList.org ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | RINOList.org
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lewis Beeler Jr., author of RINO List 2012 and creator of RINOList.org, is asking Republicans to vote against certain GOP members come next Tuesday. In his explosive new book, Mr. Beeler actually gives a Conservative reason to vote for the Democrats in Ohio, Kentucky, and more! RINO List 2014 is an indictment against greedy, corrupt, and Progressive Republicans who are ruining the Grand Old Party. It includes a list of ten big shots betraying the voters along with a list of ten bottom feeders who are constantly vying to get fill their pockets at the expense of...
  • Federal Government Made $20 Billion in Secret Purchases in Recent Months

    10/31/2014 11:52:33 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 8 replies
    NBC iTeam ^ | 10/31/2014 | Scott MacFarlane
    I-Team review finds $30,000 in one agency’s Starbucks purchases kept confidential from public The federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money this year on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team. The purchases, known among federal employees as “micropurchases,” are made by some of the thousands of agency employees who are issued taxpayer-funded purchase cards. The purchases, in most cases, remain confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the agencies. A sampling of those purchases, obtained by the I-Team via the Freedom...
  • AGAIN: Voting Machines Swap Votes For Republicans to Votes for Democrats ( Illinois, Maryland .. )

    10/31/2014 11:48:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 29, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In the past week we've see votes cast on machines in Illinois' Cook County and in Maryland switch from Republican to Democrat due to "calibration errors." Watchdog.org has done phenomenal work in documenting changed votes. Now, a new report from The Weekly Standard shows that votes cast in Illinois for Republicans are being changed yet again in favor of Democrats. ... So what do we do about this? If machines in different states repeatedly changed votes from Democrat to Republican, Eric Holder would have launched a federal investigation under suspicions of fraud and I doubt "calibration error" would be accepted...
  • Facebook data mining for political views

    10/31/2014 11:02:58 AM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/30/2014 | Hadas Gold
    Facebook is mining its data of users' posts to find out how users feel about certain candidates or issues and sharing that data with ABC News and BuzzFeed for use in their 2016 reporting, the social-networking site will announce on Friday. The data will be gathered from the posts of Facebook users in the United States 18 and older, classifying sentiments about a politician or issue as positive, negative or neutral. The data can also be broken down into sentiments by gender and location, making it possible to see how Facebook users in the key primary states of Iowa or...
  • Hollis v. Holder - Lawsuit over 922(o), NFA and various other items

    10/31/2014 10:53:04 AM PDT · by Dead Corpse · 8 replies
    AR15.com ^ | 10/31/2014 | Dead Corpse
    Ok folks... Here's the first of the filed lawsuits coming from Stephen D. Stamboulieh (NoloContendere @ Ar15.com). Filing: http://www.scribd.com/doc/245057730/Hollis-v-Holder-Complaint Summons: http://www.scribd.com/doc/245098266/4-Summons-to-Holder-B-Todd Public thread on ARFCOM: http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1681489_Hollis_v__Holder___Lawsuit_over_922_o___NFA_and_various_other_items.html Original thread I started here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3203012/posts?page=1 For the tl:dr crowd... ATF stepped in it. These lawsuits that Stephen is filiing may blow 922 out of the water completely. This is a good thing.
  • Eurozone ‘a problem’ for the world economy

    10/31/2014 10:50:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 31/10/2014 — 08:50 | Anne-Claude Martin (translated from French by Samuel White)
    The eurozone is struggling to revive itself, and may slip into recession in the next two years, slowing down the global economic recovery, according to the French Economic Observatory (OFCE). The director of the OFCE’s analysis and forecast department, Xavier Timbeau, presented his economic predictions for 2014-2015 on 29 October, saying “the eurozone is a problem for the global economy”. The expert believes that the eurozone is acting as a brake on the world economy, and will enter into “a phase of low inflation or even deflation in certain countries,” leading to a eurozone recession within two years. The Observatory’s...
  • Pentagon lashes out at ISIS war “micromanagement” at the White House

    10/31/2014 10:50:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Victory has a thousand fathers, John F. Kennedy once said in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs disaster, but defeat is an orphan. One can usually tell how well an enterprise is succeeding by the amount of finger-pointing that accompanies it — for instance, the blame game going on already in the midterm elections. Unfortunately for the US, JFK’s adage applies more directly to a real issue of victory or defeat, and the attempt to orphan the results comes from the top, according to Josh Rogin and Eli Lake at The Daily Beast: Top military leaders in the...
  • Being safe while isolated

    10/31/2014 10:34:30 AM PDT · by TrueKnightGalahad · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    While Abbas himself is responsible for the hit on Glick, he has had one major enabler – the Obama administration. Since Abbas first issued the order for Palestinians to attack Jews, there have been two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. Both have claimed American citizens among their victims. Yet the Obama administration has refused to condemn Abbas’s call to murder Jews either before it led to the first terrorist attack or since Glick was shot Wednesday night. Not only have the White House and the State Department refused to condemn Abbas for soliciting the murder of Jews. They have praised him...
  • Debunking The Myth of Michael Brown, Gentle Giant

    10/31/2014 10:32:43 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 9 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | October 29, 2014 | Brian Shapiro
    Ben Shapiro exposes the truth behind the media-created myth of Gentle Giant Michael Brown, the unarmed teen gunned down in cold blood by a white racist cop for the crime of walking while black. Except that every part of that story is a lie. TRANSCRIPT: Everything you know about Michael Brown is a lie. The media, the politicians, the race-baiters - they all told you the story of the innocent young, unarmed black teen, the Gentle Giant, murdered in cold blood by a vicious white cop representing the evil establishment. Al Sharpton, who is always first on the scene when...
  • How Many Elections Will The Democrats Steal?

    10/31/2014 10:21:11 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 31, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Theft: As "calibration errors" switch votes in Illinois and Maryland, an election watchdog group sues the latter over massive voting by noncitizens in one county after discovering voters registered in multiple states. The fact that many people will do anything to get out of jury duty has exposed massive fraudulent voting in Frederick County, Md., that may have been going on for years. Illegal aliens who stated they were noncitizens on jury duty forms were found to have cast votes in elections. The Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA) cross-checked jury duty forms with individual voting records and found that hundreds of...
  • Gallup: Public support for stricter gun laws drops 11 points in less than two years

    10/31/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 10/31/2014 | unk
    Emblematic of Obama’s entire second term, really. After the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012, he made gun control his top policy priority to start his second term. Public support for action spiked in the emotional aftermath of the murders; the White House, mindful of Rahm Emanuel’s advice to never let a crisis go to waste, demanded that Congress act quickly to address gun violence, knowing that public opinion would soon revert to the pre-Newtown status quo as that emotion faded. Republicans stood firm for Second Amendment rights, though, arguing — correctly — that nothing proposed by Democrats would reduce...
  • Obama admin orders sensitivity training after Army bars man from woman’s restroom

    10/31/2014 9:50:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 46 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/31/14 | Ben Johnson
    The Obama administration has said the U.S. Army “discriminated” against a transgender male employee by not allowing him to use the female restroom, calling him “he,” and asking him to stop having uncomfortable and “unwanted” discussions with his co-workers about his upcoming surgical castration. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found that the Department of the Army committed gender identity discrimination against “Tamara” Lusardi, a civilian quality assurance specialist who announced he wanted to become a woman. Lusardi, who has been a civilian employee since November 2004, announced his transition in April 2010 and began presenting himself as...
  • A Halloween Sack Full of Subsidized Sugar

    10/31/2014 9:49:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | Jim Martin
    If you really want to put a spook into people this Halloween, maybe dress up like the Free Market. That's a vision that scares a lot of folks these days – especially those who grow the sugar in our favorite holiday candies. Here in America, where the free-enterprise system should be celebrated, the government artificially props up prices by mandating how much sugar farmers can produce, restricting competition with high tariffs and buying up sugar with taxpayer money when there’s a surplus. That means in the U.S. we’re paying more for sugar and the many products that use sugar than...
  • EPA Director on Environmental Laws: ‘Enforcement Really is Democracy in Action’

    10/31/2014 9:41:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 10/31/2014 | Eric Scheiner
    EPA Director Gina McCarthy has praised environmental lawyers for their work, telling them “enforcement really is democracy in action.” “When I think about how effective we’ve been I keep coming back to the same reason for that effectiveness, it’s because our laws have teeth, it’s because EPA is empowered to enforce them,” McCarthy told attendees at the American Bar Association Fall Conference.
  • Scion prepares to return Bush name to Texas politics

    10/31/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/30/2014 | Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN - With the formalities of a lightly contested election almost out of the way, the stage is all but set for the arrival of the most anticipated political newcomer in recent Texas history. The George P. Bush era appears ready to begin. About a quarter-century after first speaking at the Republican National Convention, and two years after filing paperwork to run for a then-unspecified state position, the 38-year-old grandson and nephew of presidents is expected to easily be elected land commissioner Tuesday. And while he has maintained a relatively low profile this year, holding few public events and focusing...
  • New Dem horror story: GOP-held Senate will slow-walk Obama nominees

    10/31/2014 8:49:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    We’ll hear a lot about bottlenecks on nominations and legislation if the GOP wins control of the Senate. It’s telling, however, that the Obama administration has begun to complain about it now — and that the media is picking it up. The State Department wants Harry Reid to focus on clearing the backlog in the lame-duck session after the election, because they’re worried about what happens when Republicans take charge in January … an outcome to which they have apparently resigned themselves: State Department officials and Washington’s diplomatic community are pressing the Senate to address a backlog of ambassadorial...
  • Ted Cruz: Republicans On Verge Of ‘Historic Election’

    10/31/2014 8:36:29 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:21 PM 10/30/2014 | Alex Griswold
    Appearing on “Hannity,” Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said that he believed Republicans were on the cusp of an “historic election.” You know, what I’m seeing on the ground is a lot of excitement, a lot of enthusiasm. I think we are on the verge of an historic election night next Tuesday. I think Republicans are going to retake the U.S. Senate. I think we’re going to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader. And I tell you Sean, at this point it all comes down to if conservatives show up and vote, and if we get our friends and family...
  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS INVESTIGATES: Felony Gun Convictions Often End With No Prison Time

    10/31/2014 8:16:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    KSTP ^ | 10-30-14 | Stephen Tellier
    EYEWITNESS NEWS spent weeks analyzing more than 1,800 cases across Minnesota - murders, robberies, burglaries, and assaults, all involving firearms, as well as many cases of previously convicted felons being caught with guns. In more than half of such cases, the convicted felon received less than the minimum sentence. And whether they spent any time in prison varied greatly from judge to judge and courtroom to courtroom. Daylight was beginning to dwindle. Leaves were beginning to litter the landscape. Fall was beginning to descend on Folwell Park. "This is where kids come. This is their sanctuary," said John Joyce, who...
  • Maine Nurse Kaci Hickox Ordered to Stay Three Feet Away From People

    10/31/2014 8:16:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 31, 2014
    Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who treated Ebola patients and is locked in a standoff with the governor over quarantine rules, has been temporarily ordered by a court to stay at least three feet away from other people and avoid public places. Hickox, who has tested negative for Ebola and has no symptoms, has maintained that authorities in Maine violated her rights by demanding that she stay at home for 21 days. She took a defiant bike ride on Thursday morning, and Gov. Paul LePage said that she was testing his patience. The court order, issued late Thursday, leaves room...
  • Does the military have a problem with Jesus?

    10/31/2014 8:12:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 15 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    A colonel’s column was removed from an Air National Guard newsletter because the writer violated military policy by including references to Jesus Christ and God, an Ohio National Guard spokesman said. Col. Florencio Marquinez, the medical group commander of the 180th Fighter Wing, wrote an essay in the September edition of the “Stinger.” It was titled, “A Spiritual Journey as a Commander.” He wrote about how his mother’s faith in Jesus Christ influenced his life and he referenced a Bible verse from the New Testament, “With God all things are possible.” Before you could say God bless America, the military...
  • How ‘Dodd-Frank’ is becoming the new ‘Obamacare’

    10/31/2014 8:03:54 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-31-14 | Philip Bump
    If you don't know what the Dodd-Frank Act is, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told an audience last weekend, "it's Obamacare for banks." Ryan, outgoing chairman of the House Budget Committee, was echoing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who's been using that expression since at least April (and he used it again Wednesday night). Expect to hear the expression more, particularly once a new, probably-Republican-led Senate takes over on Capitol Hill in January. Dodd-Frank, a set of financial regulations passed in the wake of the financial crisis, has been cited by financial reporters, liberal publications, and (most importantly) Republican senators...
  • New Chinese Intelligence Unit Linked to Massive Cyber Spying Program

    10/31/2014 7:43:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 31, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese intelligence unit carried out a massive cyber espionage program that stole vast quantities of data from governments, businesses and other organizations, security analysts who uncovered the operation said Thursday. The activities of the Chinese unit called the Axiom group began at least six years ago and were uncovered by a coalition of security firms this month. Cyber sleuths traced Axiom attacks to the 2009 cyber operation against Google in China and other U.S. companies known as Operation Aurora. The group was also linked to a Chinese hacking program that targeted dissidents and opposition groups known as GhostNet. More...
  • Open Letter to President Obama from the Qatar Awareness Campaign

    10/31/2014 7:39:33 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    Right Side News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition
    President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: 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 one of America’s closest allies under your administration, the State of Qatar. Not only is Qatar a state sponsor of terror which has funded Hamas, Boko Haram, and the Islamic State, but it is increasingly apparent that Qatar is a significant factor in the United States’ diplomatic rift with Israel, and finances the genocidal Islamic...
  • Hundreds of Colorado teachers banned for criminal behavior, zero for lousy teaching

    10/31/2014 7:34:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    KVDR ^ | October 31, 2014 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    Eighty-eight teachers over the last decade have been permanently removed from Colorado classrooms for sexual improprieties – the vast majority violating young victims from their own schools. ... not a single teacher lost their license for simply being a weak educator of children. To get decertified, records show it usually takes felony-level criminal allegations or lying on the teaching certificate application about lesser crimes. Karla Danzeisen says she spent years teaching Spanish to Denver high school students in a fog of pain pills, cocaine and methamphetamines. She told Halsne, “I was using drugs every day. I was going to teach...
  • Colleges want more Public/State Funding

    10/31/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 30, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Running out of funds and ideas, colleges want more public funding to help keep them afloat. During a recent panel discussion at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, speakers praised President Barack Obama’s higher education push for performance-based pay and incentives for colleges and universities. Ted Mitchell, , U.S. Department of Education undersecretary, complained about today’s higher education funding environment, telling the audience, “There has been systematic disinvestment by states throughout the Great Recession in higher education,” adding that it “really does disadvantage students” from low-income neighborhoods and backgrounds. He felt the state governments, by not funding state...
  • EDF France: Inquiry after drones buzz nuclear sites

    10/31/2014 7:11:22 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | October 30, 2014 | Unattributed
    An investigation has been launched after France's state-owned EDF power company said unidentified drones had flown over seven of its nuclear plants. The first unmanned aircraft was spotted on 5 October and there had been further sightings up to 20 October, EDF said. Who is behind the drones is unclear but pressure group Greenpeace has denied any involvement. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says measures are being taken to "neutralise" the drones. Under French law, no aircraft is allowed to enter a 5km-wide (three-mile) zone around a nuclear plant, nor fly below 1,000m (3,300ft) there. The air force is responsible for...
  • Pentagon warns employees about potential Islamic State-related terror attacks

    10/31/2014 7:03:40 AM PDT · by null and void · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 29, 2014
    The Pentagon is warning employees about being potential targets of quick-strike terror attacks -- to the extent of suggesting they change travel routes, remove identifiable logos and avoid large gatherings. The advisory was issued by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, which protects the Pentagon and its employees, and says recent threats indicate that terrorists “directed or inspired by Islamic State” consider military and law-enforcement officers legitimate targets, as reported first by The Washington Times. The news of the advisory follows Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announcing Tuesday that his agency has increased security at federal buildings across the country, citing...
  • Israeli leftist newspaper’s political cartoon sparks outrage over 9/11 imagery

    10/31/2014 7:03:30 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/31/2014 | Ed Hornick
    An editorial cartoon in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is drawing criticism for using Sept. 11 imagery to depict U.S.-Israel relations under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In it, a character resembling Netanyahu is seen flying a small plane into a building that resembles a World Trade Center tower. An American flag flies atop the skyscraper. The cartoon, which appeared Thursday, comes after the Israeli leader was reportedly criticized by an Obama administration official as being a "chickensh**"...
  • Ebola: Three Million HazMat Suits on the Way [Move on, folks, nothing to see here... ]

    10/31/2014 7:00:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/31/2014 | Colin Flaherty
    The liberal blogosphere is aflame with accusations that the Ebola outbreak is a fake crisis manufactured by right-wing media. The World Health Organization has a different point of view: the group at the front lines of the Ebola epidemic is ordering 3 million hazardous material suits for health care workers and patients around the world to meet demand over the next 9 months. More than 400 caretakers have contracted Ebola during the recent outbreak. The WHO estimates the outbreak could cause 10,000 new cases a week in Africa over next two months. Officials say more than half of the...
  • What an Intact Family Has to Do with the American Dream, in Six Charts

    The standard portrayals of economic life for ordinary Americans and their families paint a bleak picture of stagnancy, rising economic inequality, joblessness, and low levels of economic mobility. From President Barack Obama’s speech last year at the Center for American Progress to Fed chairman Janet Yellen’s address this month in Boston, we’re getting the picture that the American Dream looks to be in bad shape. These portrayals contain an important germ of truth — today’s economy isn’t doing ordinary Americans many favors — but what is largely missing from the public conversation about economics in America is an honest...
  • The Outsourcing Canard: There is no tax break for companies to ship jobs overseas.

    10/31/2014 6:51:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2014 | Mona Charen
    When I fretted to my friend and colleague Jay Nordlinger that the Republicans may learn the wrong lessons from success in 2014, he noted sagely that he prefers to wait until the results are in before drawing any lessons. While that ought to have stayed my hand, I think some contours are discernible, and so I plunge in! The 2012 election was essentially a protracted exercise in character assassination. Democrats painted Romney and Republicans generally as extremist cretins who held rigid views on abortion, were hostile to the point of combat towards women, engineered the financial crisis to benefit their...
  • A Referendum on Competence: Anemic economy and sense of national decline portend doom for Democrats

    10/31/2014 6:49:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not. First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy. Moreover, here is a president who proclaims the reduction of inequality to be the great cause of his administration. Yet it has radically worsened in his six years. The 1 percent are doing splendidly in the Fed-fueled stock market, even as median income has fallen. Second is the question of competence. The list...
  • FEMA conducts pandemic training in NY, NJ

    10/31/2014 6:26:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 3 replies
    WND ^ | 10/30/14 | Aaron Klein
    Talk about timing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is currently in the middle of a two-year pandemic training exercise with New York City and northern New Jersey. Titled “2013-14 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise Strategy,” the FEMA training simulates a global pandemic of influenza that spreads from person to person, including in the U.S.
  • Harry Reid raises impeachment … to raise last-minute election money

    10/31/2014 6:19:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned in a fundraising pitch Wednesday that Republicans could try to impeach and remove President Obama from office if the GOP wins control of the Senate in next week’s elections. “Frankly, a Republican House and Senate could go beyond shutting down the government — they could waste months of our lives on impeachment,” Mr. Reid said in a fundraising email sent by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which is an outside group whose goal is to bolster liberal Democrats.
  • NYC tracking 117 people for Ebola symptoms

    10/31/2014 6:13:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 10/31/14 | MYFOX NEW YORK STAFF
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Out of an abundance of caution, New York City health officials say they are monitoring 117 New Yorkers for signs of Ebola.
  • 100 N.J. residents with no Ebola symptoms being monitored at home, state says

    10/31/2014 6:08:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 10/30/14 | Susan K. Livio
    TRENTON — There are “approximately 100” people in New Jersey who are under “active monitoring” for Ebola, although no one has shown symptoms of having contracted the potentially deadly virus, a spokeswoman for the state Health Department confirmed tonight. Newark Liberty International Airport is one of five airports in the nation accepting travelers from the three West African countries hardest hit by the virus. Those countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is the second closest airport.
  • Covered California Website Outage Hides Huge Premium Increases

    10/31/2014 5:49:11 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    As someone who was forced into Covered California (CC) last year when Aetna, my long-time and excellent healthcare insurer, exited California’s individual market, I am painfully aware of the technical incompetence of the CC website. This year, the CC website has been down for the last two weeks, even though CC renewals are due by November 15th. As someone who had their monthly healthcare premium jacked-up by 71% from $780 a month in 2013 with Aetna to $1,336 with Covered California in 2014, it seems convenient the website outage is hiding the huge premium increases many new Covered Californians are...
  • O-No: Voters More Apt To Oppose Obama Backers By 2-1

    Voters heading to the polls next week are increasingly downbeat about the direction of the country and the economy, are concerned about Ebola and largely oppose President Obama's plans on immigration, the latest IBD/TIPP poll finds.
  • Why Are the Senate Races Close?

    10/31/2014 3:46:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | David Horowitz
    For six years the Democratic majority in the Senate has formed a solid bloc behind a president who betrayed every American soldier who died in Iraq by deliberately losing the war and failing to secure the peace. Obama’s anti-military, anti-American zeal has brought this country to its knees internationally.
  • Democratic Dogs That Aren't Barking

    10/31/2014 3:45:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noticing the dog that didn't bark in the night. Dogs that are not barking at night -- nor in prime time -- provide some useful clues to understanding the significance of this year's election. Contrary to the disparagement of some liberal pundits, this election is not about nothing. But is not about certain, specific things they might like to hear. President Obama recently said that Democrats in serious Senate and House contests this year back "every one" of his programs. But you hear very little about those programs in their ads. The stimulus...
  • Southern Shockwave: Mary Landrieu Blames Obama's Unpopularity on Racism

    10/31/2014 2:39:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 82 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | October 31, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    In comments sure to cascade into regional races across the South, embattled Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) told NBC's Chuck Todd on Thursday that Southern racism is to blame for President Barack Obama's unpopularity. "Why does President Obama have a hard time in Louisiana?" asked Todd. “Let me be very, very honest with you," said Landrieu. "The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader." Landrieu added: “It has not always been a good place for women, to be...
  • 'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections (Husseincare never mentioned)

    10/31/2014 1:46:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/30/14 | Steve Holland
    PORTLAND Me. - Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week's elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is attending. Obama seized on government figures that said the U.S. economy grew at a rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter to suggest his policies are working and that electing Democrats will help the middle class. **SNIP** "We've created more jobs here in the United States over the last six years than Japan, Europe and all...
  • US Officials Say Obama May Replace Kerry

    10/31/2014 12:35:13 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 78 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-31-14 | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama's administration is coping with underwhelming performance on various fronts according to officials cited in the New York Times on Friday, who suggested he may replace some senior administration officials - including US Secretary of State John Kerry. "There is an inflection point in every presidency, and this certainly is a logical one, if the president feels he might be better served by some replacements on his team,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the paper. Citing the Ebola crisis in Africa that has spread to a few isolated cases...
  • Author: Fracking Reaffirms American Exceptionalism

    10/30/2014 9:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 29, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The energy boom unleashed by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling couldn’t have happened anywhere but America, says author and journalist Gregory Zuckerman. Zuckerman say America’s entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge and property rights make fracking a uniquely American story. “This reaffirms the concept of American exceptionalism,” Zuckerman told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’ve got advantages the rest of the world doesn’t have and it’s going to lead to America’s economic dominance for the next few years.” Zuckerman’s new book “The Frackers” is the story of how a few desperate entrepreneurs and wild cat drillers risked everything to extract oil and natural...
  • Russia's Jet Incursions Buzz An Alarm For Europe

    10/30/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | October 30,2014 | IBD
    This should be a wake-up call to Europe, long accustomed to living under the U.S. defense umbrella, to take more responsibility for its own defense. So far this year, NATO jets have had to scramble 100 times to intercept these airspace intruders just to show that the West's perimeters are still protected. That's three times as many as intercepted in 2013. It also coincides with a strange submarine incursion in Swedish waters, believed to have been Russian. There's no doubt about it, Russia wants its Cold War empire back, and a complacent, "Finlandized" Europe. Vladimir Putin continues in his quest...
  • Louisiana tells anyone who's been exposed to Ebola: Stay away

    10/30/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    Louisiana is set to host one of the year’s biggest gatherings of infectious disease experts next week, but anyone's who's recently been to West Africa won’t be welcome.A pair of top state officials wrote a letter to the more than 3,500 members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene who planned to attend the conference this week, warning them to stay away if they’ve had potential Ebola exposure.“In Louisiana, we love to welcome visitors, but we must balance that hospitality with the protection of Louisiana residents and other visitors,” wrote Kathy Klieber, Louisiana’s secretary of Health and Hospitals,...
  • Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight (Nausea notice)

    10/30/2014 7:28:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 29, 2014 | David A. Graham
    Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting. In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon Johnson famously shot back, "What the hell's the presidency for?" Ted Olson had a similar question for the Supreme Court Wednesday, pondering why the justices had opted not to take a single case on same-sex marriage this term. "I agonize over the court not making a decision," said Olson, an...