Ebola + New York City Media & Self-Obsession = Terrible Combination for Obama
You know, of course, that if a tornado kills eight people in Oklahoma, the New York City-based media can barely stifle its yawns, but if a taxi runs over a dog in New York City, it's huge news for a week?
The Big Apple may have its first case of Ebola.
A 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who treated Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to New York City 10 days ago was rushed in an ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said.
Craig Spencer was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms -- a 103-degree fever and nausea, sources said.
The physician fell ill while engaging in his favorite hobby, touching and breathing on strangers' food.
Okay I made up that last part. That was a lie.
Still, this is a high-risk potential ebola carrier. Obviously I support him in his heroic efforts to treat ebola in Africa.
But how self-quarantined was he during his 21-day period of potential infection? Was he just sort of going about his life normally?
If so, this will be another huge black eye for our No Worries Mon CDC.
BREAKING: Possible NYC #Ebola didn't self-quarantine; took an über to Williamsburg bowling alley yesterday; now has fever/pain/nausea— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 23, 2014
Yup. That's what you like to see. Potentially infected people should really try to mix with as many random strangers as possible. They should try to wear as many rented shoes as possible, and stick their fingers into bowling balls that other people will be handling.
And they should touch not-strangers, too:
The doctor also spent some time with his girlfriend this week, per CNN, and now she’s at risk. All of which is to say, if you've been worried lately that members of America's medical establishment have been underestimating the risks of Ebola, you should definitely continue to worry.
Video of EMTs in hazmat suits taking him to the hospital, below.
Palin Endorses Independent-Democrat Fusion Ticket in Alaska Governor's Race, Rather Than Her Successor, Sean Parnell
The dispute is about Parnell's repeal of some of Palin's increased taxes on oil.
[O]n Wednesday, Palin rebuked her Republican successor in her home state, endorsing independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, who is running on a "unity ticket" with Democratic running mate Byron Mallott, instead. Palin's endorsement goes against her former lieutenant governor, Gov. Sean Parnell, who assumed office in 2009 when Palin abruptly resigned and is embroiled in a highly contested race for reelection to a second full term.
Parnell dismantled Palin's oil-tax increase, called ACES (short for Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share), by signing a repeal of some oil taxes in 2013 that was intended to curb the state's production decline. But many fear the measure will severely diminish the revenue brought in by the state, where oil and gas taxes have accounted for as much as 90 percent of government funds.
Incidentally, Open Secrets just reported that Palin's PAC is very selective in donating money back out of the PAC.
[A] report from Open Secrets reveals that since the 2014 two-year election cycle began, her PAC has raised a total of $2.7 million dollars, but only donated $150,000 of that money to actual candidates, a donation rate of 5.5%.
According to OpenSecrets, Palin’s PAC is notoriously "parsimonious," noting that "of the 417 leadership PACs that made at least one contribution in that cycle, SarahPAC was one of only 19 to give less than 10 percent of its total expenditures to candidates, other PACs or party committees."
I'm going to get yelled at for reporting news but before you yell at me: Please try to construct an actual argument as to why newsworthy information should not be shared.
"I don't want other people learning arguably negative information about a politician I support" is not an actual argument in favor of embargo.
Speaking of Alaskan Politics... Democrat Senator Mark Begich has an interesting way to deflect questions about his support of Obama: He's insisting that Obama isn't "relevant" to the political process at all, which draws a counter-argument from Obama's mouthpiece Josh Earnest.
Watch: AP's Headlines on Hamas Baby-Murderer Change as Outrage Grows
So yesterday a Hamas supporter drove his car into a pack of people near a Jerusalem train station and killed a baby.
That baby is -- was, rather -- reportedly an American citizen.
During the early evening attack, the car was driven at top speed into pedestrians near the Ammunition Hill tram stop on the seamline between west and occupied east Jerusalem.
Seven people were hurt, including a three-month-old girl, Haya Zissel Braun, who later died, said Hadassah hospital. She was buried on Wednesday evening.
Samri described the incident as a "hit and run terror attack" -- the second in the area in just under three months.
Take 1: Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem
Yes, they shot the man after he drove his car over a baby and then fled the scene. Odd that AP would find this to be the lede of the story.
Take 2: Car slams into east Jerusalem train station
Um... the car didn't slam into the station of its own accord. It was driven by a terrorist attempting to kill Jews.
Incidentally, notice that while the world media took notice of the Ottawa shooting, the world media pretty much ignored this terrorist attack in Israel. In fact, AP originally tried to portray it as a story of Israelis shooting "a man" in Jerusalem.
Jews, it seems, cannot be victims of terrorism, just as Palins cannot be victims of man-on-woman assaults.
Only after outrage swelled on social media did the AP give it the headline it always should have had:
Take 3: Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station
Another Day, Another Lie, Another Dangerous Action: Obama Administration Released Illegal Immigrants Who Were Facing Charges of Kidnapping and Murder
And when Americans die, lie some more.
Jim Geraghty quotes this story from USAToday:
U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release
Brad Heath, USA TODAY 8:04 p.m. EDT October 22, 2014
Some of the immigrants freed last year as a cost-saving move had criminal records far more serious than the Obama administration has previously disclosed.
New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.
The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.
The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released "low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records," a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.
Perhaps out of frustration that we're being governed by an Administration that only has two modes -- dissembling and incompetence -- Geraghty pens a suggested closing argument for the GOP.
The Simple Closing Message: Americans Deserve Better Than This By Jim Geraghty
October 23, 2014 9:30 AM
Recent events tied a bow around a simple, powerful, and true closing message for Republicans running for Congress this year: The American people deserve to be treated better than the way their government treats them.
People who like their doctors and health insurance deserve to keep them. Our veterans deserve care in a timely manner. The American people deserve the truth about illegal immigrants released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They deserve straight answers from the Centers for Disease Control, and when a promise is made, it should be kept. Americans deserve a secure border, and when there is overwhelming support for restricting flights from countries with severe Ebola outbreaks, the option deserves careful consideration, not arrogant dismissal.
Again, the Decision Desk Needs You
I want to thank everyone who answered our call and signed up with us earlier this week. Those of you who have will very soon see team emails and your assigned sheets. We are just over 2/3rds where we need to be for election night, so we still need more folks, particularly earlier in the evening Eastern time.
If you reside in New Hampshire, we could use you on-the ground in a few municipalities (Milford, Rochester, Laconia, Hampton, and just for shits and giggles, Dixville Notch). Likewise for Connecticut (Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford) and Maine (Portland,
Bangor thanks Slublog!).
Otherwise, we need, basically, asses-in-seats: we need more volunteers who can monitor returns from various sources, input them on our spreadsheets, and stick around until their precincts are all reported. That's the job, as plain as we can describe it. As I said in the last post about this:
The genius behind this project is the lack of it: it doesn't take brains to construct a spreadsheet. To hit CTRL-C and CTRL-V. To read up on past returns and early voting trends. It simply takes a mass of dedicated people.
A mass of morons.
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CNN's Carol Costello: Hyuck Hyuck, It's So Funny Listening to This Audio Where Bristol Palin Describes Being Assaulted by a Man
Young girl gets beaten by man, and this is comedy fodder for our #WarOnWomen-propagating media?
"Anyone who is concerned about a 'war on women' -- but not disturbed by this report — is clearly biased," [columnist Matt] Lewis wrote.
Enter CNN anchor Carol Costello.
"I never wanted to become the poster child for anything, let alone domestic violence. But my blood is boiling, so when I say shut up, I'm venting at all those people out there who insist on blaming the victim," Costello wrote with righteous fury directed at the National Football League (and the morning show Fox & Friends) over what she considered an insufficient level of concern for an incident involving Ray Rice striking his fiance.
Costello goes on to reveal that she, too, was the victim of what sounds like a horrible assault while by her college boyfriend. It was a brave thing for her to admit, and it made her commentary on the lax treatment Rice received from the NFL that much more powerful. But this admission also branded her take on the Palin assault as one which is inexplicably hypocritical.
"Sit back and enjoy!" Costello exclaimed as she introduced her audience recently to the audio in which Bristol Palin recounts how she was attacked. "You'll want to hear what she told cops about how it all started."
Indeed. Twitchy rounds up reactions, including this one by John Nolte:
Nobody laughed when aging mean girl @CarolCNN talked about her assault last month but she sure yukked it up when a Palin reported her's.— John Nolte (@NolteNC) October 22, 2014
Charles Cooke wrote a great post about this yesterday. Note that he begins by explaining the reasons he doesn't like Sarah Palin as a politician, as a manner of establishing his bona fides; that is, noting that he has no love of Palin, but still sees this treatment as untoward and inexcusable.
That notwithstanding, there is a material difference between one’s personal view of a person and the manner in which one wishes to see them treated, and I think we all have a responsibility to understand where that line is. All in all, I can think of few people in public life who have been as disgracefully hounded as has Palin; and nor, for that matter, can I recall a single figure in the past decade who has been subjected to self-serving double standards by the press and by elite culture writ large. It is six years since the woman ran for public office and more than five years since she enjoyed any real influence at all, and yet she is still held up by her many enemies as the standard bearer for all that ails the country. It really is no overstatement to say that, since she first came onto the scene in 2008, the self-appointed smart-set has treated Palin as a walking, talking source of confirmation bias -- part totem for the much-despised people of "flyover country"; part boogeyman of a never-quite-appearing theocratic coup; part Barbiefied pinata, to whom none of the usual rules apply.
Here, progressive hypocrisy has been utterly breathtaking. Day in and day out, the more trigger-happy feminists within America's media circus are moved to pen extravagant disquisitions on the nature of sexual inequality if and when a man they dislike so much as looks at them askew. Elsewhere, wholly substantive criticisms of Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton are held up as shining examples of deeply embedded sexism within the United States, and of the subtle, sometimes invisible role that "hatred of women" plays within the country’s political culture. To take potshots at clownish figures such as Lena Dunham, we have learned, is to invite indignant death threats. And yet, when a veritable legion of male comedians elects to use foul, carnal, and, yes, "gendered" language to dismiss Palin and her family, our contemporary Boudiceas shrug at best and offer endorsements at worst. Sarah Palin, as the abominable bumper sticker has it, "isn't a woman, she's a Republican."
He also wonders why the press isn't also chuckling about Hunter Biden's cocaine problem.
Leslie Sigala, "Stanford Dish Hiking Trail" (2014)
Thursday Age Of Ultron Open Thread
Sorry, it's been a busy week for me. I don't have time to put together a post, but I'm not going to leave you hanging. Below the fold is the new trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Overnight Open Thread (10-22-2014)
"Note how they define sexual intercourse above. Apparently men can't have sexual intercourse."
-- Tammen on the White House mandated Campus Climate surveys.
But most importantly watch out for the pistol in the hands of a man who knows how to use it and is prepared to act.
A former Mountie is being hailed a hero for reportedly shooting a gunman who went on the rampage inside the Canadian Parliament today.
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is being praised by politicians for 'selflessly keeping them safe' following today's terrifying shooting spree, with unconfirmed reports he was the one who took the suspect down.
Veteran Mr Vickers undoubtedly saved lives by bravely taking down the alleged shooter, putting his own safety at risk in doing so.Canadian media are reporting that he is a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, better known as a Mountie, and that he has held his current position as Sergeant-at-Arms since 2006.
Well after watching this fan-made trailer I'm ready to go watch it again.
Continually failing upward, Hunter snagged a seat on the board of directors of taxpayer-subsidized, stimulus-inflated Amtrak, where he pretended not to be a lobbyist, but rather an "effective advocate" for the government railroad system serving the 1 percenters' D.C.-NYC corridor.
So, where does a coke-abusing influence peddler go after raking in gobs of Daddy-enabled dough and abusing the U.S. Navy's ill-considered generosity? Back to Cronyland! Hunter joined Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings - owned by a powerful Russian government sympathizer who fled to Russia in February - this spring. The hypocritical lobbyist-bashers at the White House deny he will be lobbying and deny any conflict of interest.
Meanwhile, Just Like You Joe was whipping up class envy in South Carolina last week. "Corporate profits have soared," he railed, thanks to "these guys running hedge funds in New York," who are to blame for "income inequality." You know, like his son and brother and their Beltway back-scratching patrons.The Bidens: They're not like us.
But remember that Israel is the Worst Country in the World and committing war crimes is the number one hobby of Israelis.
But They Said This Would Never Happen: California Is Forcing All Insurance Plans to Cover Elective Abortions
Because women are semi-conscious automatons who only do what they're told by TV. Also a semi-rebuttal here.
A Saturn V rocket at 220dB can melt concrete just from sound waves but this was louder still.
Think, for a moment, just how crazy this is. If you're in Boston and someone tells you that they heard a sound coming from New York City, you're probably going to give them a funny look. But Boston is a mere 200 miles from New York. What we're talking about here is like being in Boston and clearly hearing a noise coming from Dublin, Ireland. Travelling at the speed of sound (766 miles or 1,233 kilometers per hour), it takes a noise about 4 hours to cover that distance. This is the most distant sound that has ever been heard in recorded history.
(Via Betsy's Page)
Says she took some Benadryl and finally got a good nights sleep.
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Hastily Composed World Series Game 2 Thread
—Dave In Texas
Baseball only, all the real important stuff is down there. But if you want to talk baseball here ya go.
Good News: Family of Second Infected Nurse, Amber Vinson, Says Her Ebola Count is So Low As to Be Undetectable
JUST IN: Family of Ebola infected nurse Amber Vinson says doctors are "no longer able to detect virus in her body." pic.twitter.com/JPQcUQovXh— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 22, 2014
This CNN story discusses why some people live and others die. Apparently it's very important to get diagnosed early, and begin a course of hydration.
Another thing that helps is to get transfused with antibodies in the plasma of an ebola survivor.
And that's how Dr. Kent Brantly -- one of the missionaries who caught ebola a couple of months ago -- is still saving people from ebola.
Three Ebola patients -- Sacra, NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo and Texas nurse Nina Pham -- all received plasma donations from Brantly. And all three have survived.
The theory is that Brantly's plasma contains the antibodies necessary to fight the virus.
"It's very fortunate that the three patients I've been able to donate to, they and I share the same blood type," Brantly told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"I'll keep doing it as much as it's needed, as much as I can."
There was some controversy about why Brantly didn't give plasma to Duncan. But the problem came down to blood type, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said.
Nina Pham was recently upgraded to "good" condition, though she's still fighting the disease.
Nina Pham's dog, Bentley, apparently doesn't have ebola. So that's good news too.
Ottawa Gunman Identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32; Authorities Say No Motive Is Yet Known
First of all, the soldier gunned down has been identified as well: He was 24-year-old Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
RIP, Corporal Cirillo:
Regarding the killer:
JUST IN: U.S. officials tell CBS News the name of the dead Ottawa shooting suspect is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982.— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 22, 2014
A search on the internet for the name "Zehaf" discloses that the name is chiefly known in Algeria and Morocco (and France, but that is explained easily enough by the hundreds of thousands of French Algerians now living in France).
But he seems to have dubbed himself with that name:
.@CBSNews reports Ottawa shooting suspect was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall. He's a recent convert to Islam.— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) October 22, 2014
Authorities say they do not yet know Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's motive for gunning down an innocent stranger.
However, Reuters just reported he was an Islamic convert.
Two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam.
It should be noted that the media is still suggesting this is likely a case of jihadism, and authorities don't seem to be warning them off that theory.
The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over, one of them killed, in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies.
That suspect, 25-year-old Martin Couture Rouleau, was shot by police, and later died.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman David Falls said Monday that the suspect "was known to federal authorities" and "authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized."
The case is similar to one in London last year in which an al Qaeda-inspired extremist and another man ran over a soldier with a car before hacking the off-duty soldier to death. Images of Michael Adebolajo, 29, holding a butcher knife and cleaver with bloodied hands in the moments after the May 2013 killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby shocked people around the world and sparked fears of Islamist terrorism in Britain.
Supposedly, a picture of Zehaf-Bibeau, dressed like a jihadi, was posted by an "ISIS media account."
The French says something a bit clumsy like "A photo which would be that of the Ottawa shooter." I don't speak French so I don't know if that really is clumsy, or it just seems clumsy.
The account that's from does call itself "Islamic Media," apparently a French-language Islamic site. However, I have no idea if this really is an ISIS account as some say, or if this really is a picture of Zehaf-Bibeau.
I don't know if that picture is real, or a hoax, but you're going to see it anyway. Might as well see it here.
Thanks to @jimmyprinceton for that picture.
Good Lord: Zehaf-Bibeau had been designated a "high-risk traveler" by Canada (which I'm going to assume maybe meant he had some intention to fly to Syria), and his passport was seized.
ources told The Globe and Mail that he was recently designated a “high-risk traveller” by the Canadian government and that his passport had been seized – the same circumstances surrounding the case of Martin Rouleau-Couture, the Quebecker who was shot Monday after running down two Canadian Forces soldiers with his car.
Rouleau-Couture, the car-killer, had himself wanted to fly to Syria to fight with ISIS.
GOP Now +8 On AP Generic Ballot Among Likely Voters, Exceeding 2010's +7 Mark
Erick Erickson notes that we're in a 2010 type environment.
Two of the polls that got 2012 right were the Associated Press/GfK poll and the Reuters/Ipsos poll. According to Reuters, the President is at 61% disapproval among likely voters. In the Associated Press poll, 60% of likely voters disapprove of the President. Further, the AP poll has the GOP ahead by eight percentage points in the generic ballot. For perspective, the AP had the GOP ahead by +7 in 2010. Even female voters are moving toward the GOP.
Jim Geraghty seized on that finding.
Geraghty quotes from the AP's analysis of its poll:
Women have moved in the GOP’s direction since September. In last month’s AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress while 40 percent wanted the Republicans to capture control. In the new poll, the two parties are about even among women, 44 percent prefer the Republicans, 42 percent the Democrats.
Meanwhile, Josh Kraushaar reports that Democrats are beginning to snipe at the White House over its "ineptitude."
The relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats hit a new low Tuesday evening after the administration's press office released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama's appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The problem: The subject line of the e-mail referred to Braley as the "Democratic candidate for governor."
The botch came after the first lady repeatedly referred to the Democratic Senate nominee as "Bruce Bailey" in a campaign appearance earlier this month--and it took an attendee in the crowd to correct her mistake....
Indicating the sensitivity of the ["candidate for Governor"] mistake, top Senate Democratic officials wasted no time lashing out at the Obama administration's political team in response, suggesting it was acting like a junior varsity operation two weeks before the midterms....
"The ineptitude of the White House political operation has sunk from annoying to embarrassing," one senior Senate Democratic aide told National Journal.
But the Democrats aren't sunk yet: A campaign called "F*ckH8" has a bunch of little girls boosting "feminism" by saying the f-word a bunch.
WaPo: Evidence Supports Officer Darren Wilson's Account of Ferguson Shooting
For one thing, the evidence suggests that there was in fact a close-quarters struggle over Wilson's weapon.
Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown after they fought for control of the officer’s gun and after Brown moved toward Wilson as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body....
[M]ore than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.
Some of the physical evidence -- including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests -- also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post's sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer's life. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch late Tuesday night published Brown’s official county autopsy report, an analysis of which also suggests the 18-year-old may not have had his hands raised when he was fatally shot, as has been the contention of protesters who have demanded Wilson’s arrest.
Experts told the newspaper that Brown was first shot at close range and may have been reaching for Wilson's weapon while the officer was still in his vehicle and Brown was standing at the driver's side window. The autopsy found material "consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm" in a wound on Brown’s thumb, the autopsy says.
Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco who reviewed the report for the Post-Dispatch, said it "supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound."
A writer (wish I could remember who, so I could credit him) speculated that this information was being leaked deliberately -- with an okay from Holder's DoJ -- in order to let the Ferguson protesters down easily, to let them know what is coming.
Which may be a wise notion.
One protester put it succinctly: "If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose."
Croat Boxer Expresses Slight Disagreement With Referee About Stoppage of Fight
A referee stopped a fight involving a Croat boxer named Vido Loncar. He also awarded the victory to Loncar's opponent.
Both fighters went to their corners and took off their gloves.
The ref then invited each fighter over to talk with him, or something.
At this point Vido Loncar expressed his strong disagreement with the ref about his decision.
The below video begins just before the ref stops the fight. If you want to jump to the real action, skip to 1:05.
Update: No Shooting at the Rideau Center Mall
Press Conference Now On
One shooter confirmed deceased.
However, if there was no shooter at the Rideau Center, then there is no logical reason why there needs to be more than one shooter. The shooter who killed the soldier at the War Memorial could have easily have done that, then walked a block and a half to shoot up the Parliament. (In fact, there are reports he was seen moving from the War Memorial to the Parliament.)
I think, given the false reports at the Rideau Center, we just might find out this one was one shooter after all.
That's from @benk84's CBC live feed.
The CBC notes that the belief of more than one shooter was premised on the idea there were additional shootings at the Rideau Center after the gunman was killed at the Parliament. But that premise now appears to be false.
I will get to other news soon. But this seems to be a big enough update, upending previous reports, to warrant its own post.
Press Conference: Still at @benk84's link, but also on the cable news channels.
Update: Shootings at Three Sites in Canada?
Update: Soldier Shot at National War Memorial Dies, Reports Senior Canadian Minister
PM Steven Harper: There Is More Than One Shooter
Per Fox, "police searching for multiple gunmen."
Before getting to the claims of shootings at multiple venues, The PJM Tattler notes an interesting fact:
Update: The attacks come on the same day that Canada is set to bestow honorary citizenship on Malala Yousafazi. She won the Nobel Peace Prize last week, for advocating for women’s rights and education in her native Pakistan. That ceremony is to take place in Toronto.[Quoting the Toronto Star: Yousafzai’s activism on behalf of girls in her region in Pakistan made her a target of the Taliban at the age of 15, when a would-be assassin shot her in the head. Since recovering, she has become known worldwide as a spokesperson on the importance of access to education.
Heroine Malala Yousafzai was due to get Canadian citizenship today from PM Harper. This is no coincidence. pic.twitter.com/azNp20sSdw— David Jack Smith (@davidjacksmith) October 22, 2014
That claim notwithstanding -- sometimes these things are just coincidences.
I don't know if I'd bet that way, but at the moment this is simply a theory and a speculation.
Map of areas where Ottawa shootings were reported: National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. pic.twitter.com/NcfNCR5VCV— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) October 22, 2014
Also suggestive: A Canadian soldier was just killed in a hit-and-run attack with a car in an attack police are calling a terrorist attack.
Hit-and-Run That Killed Canadian Soldier Is Called Terrorist Attack
By IAN AUSTEN
OCT. 21, 2014
OTTAWA -- A hit-and-run car crash that killed one soldier and injured another this week was a terrorist attack, Canadian politicians, police and military commanders all suggested Tuesday, saying it had resulted from another Canadian's turn to radical Islam.
But little had emerged about why the man driving the car, Martin Rouleau-Couture, became radicalized last year or ran over the two soldiers at a strip mall in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, on Monday.
The attack, which ended with the police fatally shooting Mr. Rouleau, as he was known, came at a time when Prime Minister Stephen Harper, like most of his Western counterparts, has been vigorously denouncing the Islamic State movement and warning of possible domestic terrorist attacks. Mr. Harper’s government has indicated that it is about to introduce new antiterrorism legislation, a move that troubles some civil liberties lawyers.
But the death of Patrice Vincent, 53, a warrant officer, and the wounding of an unidentified soldier underscored the difficulty the police and intelligence agencies face when dealing with radicalized citizens.
The killer had been "monitored" by an anti-terrorism task force since June.
Update: Soldier shot at National War Memorial appears to have died, per this tweet from Canada's Minister for Employment, Social Development, and Multiculturalism:
Condolences to family of the soldier killed, & prayers for the Parliamentary guard wounded. Canada will not be terrorized or intimidated.— Jason Kenney ن (@kenneyjason) October 22, 2014
Note: This update comes from the CBC live feed that @benk84 linked in the last post.
Confirmed: Some MP's are also now reporting they were told the soldier has died.
Active Shooter Near(In?) Canadian Parliament Building
[Update:] Changed: I'm seeing reports on twitter that the soldier may still be alive. I had linked to a NYT article claiming he died. I removed that link.
Sorry, this seems to be ongoing so the details are a bit sketchy.
BBC is reporting that someone was shot outside the Canadian Parliament building and that the assailant(s) then ran into the Parliament building
However, I'm seeing information on twitter that says it took place "near" the Parliament building. I will update ad credible information comes out.
You can watch CBC live coverage here.
Video of shots being fired in the Parliament building.
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Bernhard Gutmann, "Gardens, Silvermine" (c. 1910)
Wednesday Morning News Dump
- A Brief National Dialogue On Race
- Democrats Insist Pelosi Isn't Being Sent Out To Pasture Just Yet
- California Orders Churches To Fund Abortions
- How Is John Oliver Still A Thing?
- Latest Democrat Fundraising E-mail Is Pretty Accurate
- Feds Getting Ready For Executive Action On Immigration
- Obama Endorses Chicago Way Of Voting
- Anti-Gun Missouri Dem Arrested With 9mm Pistol And Refuses Breathalyzer Test
- Do Democrats Always Win Close Elections?
- Federal Tax Revenue Surpasses 3 Trillion Dollars For The First Time
- In Tennessee, Time Comes For A Nuclear Plant Four Decades In The Making
- Obama's Kiss Of Death To Democrats
- The Left's Creeping Totalitarianism
- Liberian Man With Ebola Symptoms Arrives In Newark
- Shaheen Approves Of Obama Except When She Doesn't
Top Headline Comments 10-22-14
The White House press secretary explained in the face of news media questioning yesterday that the only reason we know that the White House has been inaccurately editing the official transcripts of President Obama's statements is because of the White House's commitment to transparency. Cue Inigo.
Obama appears to be sabotaging his fellow Democrats out of single-minded, oblivious pursuit of a legacy.
If the trend holds, the GOP is about to do something magical and historic in Iowa.
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Overnight Open Thread (10-21-2014)
Why? Because the IRS and 501(c)(3) tax exemption which prohibits some political activity and speech.
'To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.'
Surprisingly this prohibition against political activity is a relatively new policy. And is being used exactly as it was intended:
To start, the political speech prohibition did not exist until 1954. To punish and prevent political opponents from speaking out against him, then - Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who was in a contentious re-election campaign, pushed through an amendment to the tax code which prohibits "political activity" by 501(c)(3) entities. It is called the Johnson Amendment. Since the prohibition passed, it has only been lightly-and selectively-enforced. Various test cases have appeared in the courts trying to figure out just what political activity is prohibited, without much success.
However the IRS has generally declined to enforce this rule - as the activities of pretty much any black church during the election season demonstrate - but not always. The situation got so egregious that Branch Ministries successfully sued the IRS in 1992 for selective and disparate enforcement of the rule. The IRS was cowed for a while but not to worry the they're busy updating their 501(c)(3) guidelines so they can get back to going after churches again.
So how as a tax exempt religious organization do you avoid running afoul of these restrictions and having your tax exemption revoked? Well guess what - currently there's no way to know because the IRS won't release their new guidelines.
The IRS has not complied with Freedom of Information Act requests to disclose those new guidelines. If the press release from FFRF is true, the IRS has new guidelines for enforcement, but just isn't telling the public what they are.
So you'll have to just guess, mind your chilled Ps and Qs, and try to avoid any Official Attention I suppose.
And how does this federal restriction relate to the city of Houston's subpoenas? Well Leslie has a pretty good idea of what the end goal is here:
The City of Houston plans to try to invalidate the petitions by showing that the pastors tried to influence city legislation and then, I suspect, will turn the communications obtained in a court proceeding over to the IRS hoping it will revoke participating churches' tax-exempt status, which would also expose the churches to property taxes in Harris County. (IRS speech restrictions apply at both the federal and local level because Texas Tax Code requires federal exemption status for local exemption status.)
And the power to tax is the power to destroy.
America and its hateful hate has failed you Michael.
Sonny Bunch points out that the same frustrations that led to #GamerGate are brewing among sports fans:
And, as I've noted here, there is a growing annoyance with the entertainment press-sports, film, video game writers-for being not only out of step with their readership but also frequently ignoring their subjects altogether in favor of opining on topics that are either implicitly or explicitly political in nature. I remain convinced that roughly 80 percent of the angst over #GamerGate relates to a similar notion: issues of ethics aside, gamers were tired of being told how horribly sexist and racist they were for playing games and engaging with gamer culture. As a result, they finally snapped. Similarly, I get the sense that sports fans are pretty sick and tired of being lectured on issues that are either entirely unrelated to sports (say, gun control) or, at best, marginally related to sports (the level of political correctness of a team name). You can see some of that frustration in the following data points, which track the answer to the question "Should the Redskins change their name, or not":
What's fascinating to me is the fact that, despite a near-unanimous chorus from the sports media over the last 18 months or so on the evils of the Redskins brand, "should not [change the name]" is +4 from 2013 to 2014 while "should [change the name]" is only +3. Considering that "should not" already had the support of almost four in five respondents, any uptick would have been surprising. But "should not" out-gaining "should" is downright shocking, and suggests to me that Americans, by nature a reactionary lot, are just about tired of all this silliness, thanks.
I guess the only question is this: How long until there's a #GamerGate for sports?
Come on - who hasn't forgotten to pay a few bills when you're busy out making the seas recede and presidenting and stuff.
The famous old story, repeated hundreds of times, that the factories employed women and children and that these women and children, before they were working in factories, had lived under satisfactory conditions, is one of the greatest falsehoods of history. The mothers who worked in the factories had nothing to cook with; they did not leave their homes and their kitchens to go into the factories, they went into factories because they had no kitchens, and if they had a kitchen they had no food to cook in those kitchens. And the children did not come from comfortable nurseries. They were starving and dying. And all the talk about the so-called unspeakable horror of early capitalism can be refuted by a single statistic: precisely in these years in which British capitalism developed, precisely in the age called the Industrial Revolution in England, in the years from 1760 to 1830, precisely in those years the population of England doubled, which means that hundreds or thousands of children-who would have died in preceding times-survived and grew to become men and women.
Better Dead Than Rude:
Gizmodo published an article on Saturday pointing out that, with The CW having aired its last episodes of Vortexx cartoons last weekend, this is the first weekend in the United States with no Saturday morning cartoons playing on national broadcast stations. NBC stopped airing Saturday morning cartoons in 1992, CBS stopped shortly after, and ABC followed suit in 2004. Gizmodo failed to take into account the Public Broadcast Station (PBS), but during an age of instant online media access...and cable...the oversight is understandable because everyone has already moved on. TV is dead. Long live the Internet.
I can make between 35-75 bucks a pair, and I don't even have to leave my apartment.
And note well morons that no pants are required.
Long live the Florida Man!
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IS Now Lobbing Mortar Shells Into Baghdad's Green Zone
Meanwhile, IS launched 15 near-simultaneous attacks into Kurdish territory.
ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory.
ISIS also launched attacks against Mosul Dam, a strategic prize, and also renewed its offensive on the Sinjar mountain range in northern Iraq.
An ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six security force members and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga spokesman Said Mamazeen.
At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the dam, which was repelled by Peshmerga forces using European and American weapons, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Turkey has said it will allow peshmerga forces based in Turkey to cross the border to fight IS in Kobani.
World Series Game One
—Dave In Texas
If you're interested in this baseball thing. If not, there are other things.
Before I go here I want to echo something Ace said in the Annie Lennox post, having 2 now adult daughters and being conservative pretty much ruined me on young girls being sexually provocative and that was before this twerking nonsense came along.
It's one of the reasons you don't get risque cheerleader pics, I'm talking Maxim like stuff, so pat yourself on the backs because my pain is your pain.
OK baseball tonight. The Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, 8:07pm EDT. The Royals haven't been to the show since 85. Both teams ripped through their AL and NL series (KC went 8-0 and the Giants 8-2). I'm pullin for KC because the hell with the Giants.
There's no cryin in baseball.
There's no cheerleaders either.
Just because I don't like the Giants (for kickin my Rangers in the teeth 4-1 in the 2010 series) doesn't mean I can't like her.
Annie Lennox: Bumping and Grinding in Skimpy Underwear for the Sexual Delight of Men Isn't "Feminism"
Annie Lennox, former member of the Eurythmics...
FYI, Annie Lennox hasn't been a "member of the Eurythmics" for like thirty years. The band -- really just her and Dave Stewart -- broke up after a couple of years. They were done by 1984. (Correction: Wikipedia says they stayed together, as group, until 1990, though I think they broke up as a romantic couple before then.)
She's been solo for 24 years. (Corrected) I get what this article is saying, but seriously. If you don't know who Annie Lennox is, telling you that she was once a member of a 24-years-defunct pop duo (which had like three hits) isn't going to help jog your memory.
Lately, those conversations have often turned to a different topic: Beyonce. Lennox labeled Bey "feminist lite" in an interview at the end of September. Talking with NPR in a recent interview, Lennox attempted to clarify her stance.
NPR's Steve Inskeep asked the singer, "What has made you comment on a lot of modern music today that is being put out by women as being over-sexualized?" "Well you've said it in the question," Lennox replied. "The reason why I've commented is because I think that this overt sexuality thrust -- literally -- at particular audiences, when very often performers have a very, very young audience, like 7 years older, I find it disturbing and I think its exploitative. It's troubling. I'm coming from a perspective of a woman that's had children."
Inskeep pressed further: "It sounds like you feel that there was a phrase taken and that became the headline, but you were actually trying to deliver a more involved thought?"
"Listen," said Lennox, "Twerking is not feminism. That's what I'm referring to. It's not -- it's not liberating, it's not empowering. It's a sexual thing that you're doing on a stage; it doesn't empower you. That's my feeling about it." Before returning to Nostalgia, Lennox suggested, "Maybe this is a good thing because it creates debate."
One major point of cleavage between progressives and conservatives is this:
When you see a young girl acting in a sexually provocative manner, do you identify that girl with yourself, or do you identify her with your daughter?
Most progressives -- either younger themselves, or "forever young" in their thinking -- always look at teenage sexuality and think about themselves. They wouldn't want any moral trips laid on them concerning their own sexual choices, so they decided they don't want any moral trips laid on the teenaged girl.
On the other hand, most conservatives -- sometimes older, sometimes pretty young, but having had children -- look at a teenage girl shaking her ass and think, "I don't really want my daughter doing that."
I'm guessing that Annie Lennox has been a fierce socialist or anarchist all her life. Everything from her look to her occupation to her nationality (British) skews left.
And yet, she's had children. So when she sees Miley Cyrus twerking, or Beyonce selling the bump-and-grind as a "feminist" statement, what she's thinking about is not she herself receiving these messages about sexuality, but her daughters.
And she's thinking of other young girls. Young girls at that age when they're determined to prove they're not little girls anymore, and go looking for possible role models.
And what do those girls see?
Any sort of judgment about sexualization of young girls is claimed to be a #WarOnWomen. Well, it's not -- what it is is a suitable level of concern for a #WarOnLittleGirls.
And where you stand on this is largely determined by whether you've had a daughter (or son) at that delicate, highly impressionable age yourself.
Thanks to @rdbrewer4.
More: And speaking of things that seem like they should be more important to self-claimed "feminists" than whether Beyonce shakes her ass well: What IS is doing to women is hellish.
Monica Lewinsky: Hey, You Know What, I'm The First Victim of Internet Bullying
At the midpoint of the clip, she lists the various invectives thrown at her -- "slut," "tramp," "floozie," etc.
One word she doesn't mention is "stalker." While she casts her claims fairly widely, she seems to avoid throwing any blame at the Clinton White House.
In his deposition Wednesday, [top Clinton aide Sidney] Blumenthal testified that he had no knowledge or involvement in spreading derogatory information about Lewinsky to the media.
"I have no idea how anything came to be attributed to a White House source," he said.
"Mr. Blumenthal stated that Monica Lewinsky had been a 'stalker' and that the president was 'the victim' of a predatory and unstable sexually demanding young woman," Hitchens statement reads. "Referring to Ms. Lewinsky, Mr. Blumenthal used the word 'stalker' several times."
Hitchens went on to say, "I have personal knowledge that Mr. Blumenthal recounted to other people in the journalistic community the same story about Monica Lewinsky that he told to me and Carol Blue."
I don't know what to make of Monica Lewinsky's efforts to cast herself as the First Victim of the Internet Bullying Culture.
On one hand, I understand it, on an emotional level: She wants her life back.
But on the other hand, I'm a bit mystified as to how she seems shocked and betrayed that she went from a "private person" to a national punchline with the revelation she had had a fairly tawdry affair with the President of the United States of America, in the Oval Office itself.
I'm pretty sure it went through her mind (and Bill's, too): OMG, I can't believe I'm doing this in the Oval Office.
Well, it went through our minds as well.
I'm also annoyed that she continues to pretend that her own actions had nothing to do with this.
But I'm only mildly annoyed by that.
What I'm really annoyed by is her determination to both claim victim status while remaining a Loyal Democrat and therefore refusing to lay any blame at Bill Clinton's feet, or Sidney Blumenthal's.
It wasn't Republicans who went to the Nuts and Sluts defense that had worked for Clinton before. Obviously, Republicans wanted Lewinsky to be a credible witness, not one tarnished by the Nuts and Sluts categorization.
And yet through all this Lewinsky just blames "the internet," "the media," and people as a general matter.
Well, as one of the four billion people who talked about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair in 1998 -- I would put forth the four billion other people who found this to be a newsworthy story.
Were they all wrong?
No they weren't.
So I'm afraid I have to reject Ms. Lewinsky's attempt to shame me. Yes, the fallout for her was unfortunate, personally. But the story was newsworthy, and the witnesses to it were lying about it (except for Linda Tripp, of course, who was personally destroyed by the Democrat Media Complex).
It was more of a story because those involved lied about it. Clinton lied about it to a judge's face.
I don't think Monica Lewinsky deserved all this -- those who experience the very worst possible penalty for misbehavior rarely deserve it; I mean, look at the millions of people who have affairs and suffer hardly any consequence at all -- but I also refuse to accept that I'm to blame for the inevitable consequences for actions I had nothing to do with.
I'm sure a lot of other people feel similarly.
Obama: Hey, Those Democrats Who Are Claiming They Didn't Vote For Me Are Actually Just Saying What They Need to Say to Win the Election
For months, Democrats have been claiming Obama wasn't on the ballot, so there was no opportunity to vote against him, and voters should judge candidates on their personal merits.
But then, on October 2nd, Obama insisted that "my policies are on the ballot."
"I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them," Obama said.
Well, that was unhelpful for Democrats. Republicans began running ads against Orman (the "independent" in Kansas) and Charlie Crist noting Obama's proclamation that his policies are on the ballot.
And Obama just can't keep from making it All About Him.
On Al Sharpton's radio show:
The president, during a radio interview on Monday, claimed Democratic candidates who are avoiding him on the campaign trail nevertheless are "strong allies" who have "supported my agenda in Congress."
"A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win," Obama said. "And so some of the candidates there -- it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout."
He added: "The bottom line is, though -- these are all folks who vote with me, they have supported my agenda in Congress."
"This isn't about my feelings being hurt," Obama said. "These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me."
Obama also implicitly suggested that Democrats are lying about "distancing" themselves from him, in order to win elections.
"These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me, and I tell them, I said, 'You know what, you do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure our voters turn out.'"
What he seems to be saying is: You claim you've "distanced" yourself from me, to win your election, but meanwhile I'll put the word out to "our voters" that in fact you are my "strong allies and supporters."
CDC Announces Additional "Protocols" For Travelers Coming to US from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea
First of all, all travelers originating from those countries (whether by direct or indirect flight) will have to terminate at one of five specified airports, which I guess will supposedly be given additional training so they can perform better screenings.
But the only screening specified is... taking the passenger's temperature. Something we already know doesn't work.
This is obviously a political move designed to pretend that we're blocking ebola cases from entering the US. But the maneuver itself is calculated to not block potential ebola cases. Once again, we're relying on the taking-temperature "screening," which has failed to stop not one but two ebola-infected patients from traveling to or within the US.
Meanwhile, a Fox TV report stated that the CDC had announced new protocols for health care workers. I don't see a print story yet, and I forget the details mentioned. However, the new protocols, broadly, were:
1. personal protective equipment (PPE) must not leave any skin exposed. I would have thought this would have been the old protocol, but apparently it's a new one.
2. Health care personnel must practice and drill putting on and taking off PPE. Again, the time for practice and drilling was five months ago, when ebola had a historically-unprecedented outbreak Africa.
3. The reporter mentioned something about a supervisor or "buddy" making sure that personnel were putting on and taking off their PPE properly.
Incidentally, they ran some B-roll of people drilling at putting on and taking off the PPE; it appears that medical personnel are leaving their gloves on until last. Taking off one's gloves first -- per the old protocol -- exposes the user to ebola when he touches a piece of ebola-infected gear (such as his face shield). I mentioned that as a flaw in the old protocols.
Five months after a historically-unprecedented outbreak, we're implementing these (still inadequate) protocols.
Here are the new "tightened" protocols. The CDC, five months too late.
Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.
Recent experience from safely treating patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reflected in the guidance.
The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:
All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including putting it on and taking it off in a systemic manner
No skin exposure when PPE is worn
All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker putting PPE on and taking it off.
All patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center have followed the three principles. None of the workers at these facilities have contracted the illness.
Principle #1: Rigorous and repeated training
Focusing only on PPE gives a false sense of security of safe care and worker safety. Training is a critical aspect of ensuring infection control. Facilities need to ensure all healthcare providers practice numerous times to make sure they understand how to appropriately use the equipment, especially in the step by step putting on and taking off of PPE. CDC and partners will ramp up training offerings for healthcare personnel across the country to reiterate all the aspects of safe care recommendations.
Principle #2: No skin exposure when PPE is worn
Given the intensive and invasive care that U.S. hospitals provide for Ebola patients, the tightened guidelines are more directive in recommending no skin exposure when PPE is worn.
CDC is recommending all of the same PPE included in the August 1, 2014 guidance, with the addition of coveralls and single-use, disposable hoods. Goggles are no longer recommended as they may not provide complete skin coverage in comparison to a single-use, disposable full-face shield. Additionally, goggles are not disposable, may fog after extended use, and healthcare workers may be tempted to manipulate them with contaminated gloved hands. PPE recommended for U.S. healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola includes:
We're just getting around to recommending double-gloves?
There is a list of PPE equipment which I'm omitting. To all of it, I say: We're just finally recommending this?
The guidance includes having:
Designated areas for putting on and taking off PPE. Facilities should ensure that space and layout allows for clear separation between clean and potentially contaminated areas
Trained observer to monitor PPE use and safe removal
Step-by-step PPE removal instructions that include:
Disinfecting visibly contaminated PPE using an EPA-registered disinfectant wipe prior to taking off equipment
Um, why limit this to disinfecting visibly contaminated PPE?
Disinfection of gloved hands using either an EPA-registered disinfectant wipe or alcohol-based hand rub between steps of taking off PPE.
I can't believe that this disinfection step -- of the gloves, which you'll be touching yourself with doing anything -- is only now recommended.
Principle #3: Trained monitor
CDC is recommending a trained monitor actively observe and supervise each worker putting PPE on and taking it off. This is to ensure each worker follows the step by step processes, especially to disinfect visibly contaminated PPE. The trained monitor can spot any missteps in real-time and immediately address.
This seemed obvious from the get-go. A nurse getting off a difficult and dangerous patient encounter -- cleaning up vomit, etc. -- is going to be jittery, exhausted, and scatter-brained. And she's not going to have muscle memory for taking off PPE after just a few hours of drilling (which, by the way, she's only now required to do).
You're going to need to have someone watching her each move, instructing her how to take off her equipment safely.
And yet it's only being recommended now.
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President Obama gives Republicans another gift. This guy just can't help himself.
Oh, hey, the dude who cracked the Jack the Ripper case made a serious error, say other dudes. So, yay (?), that mystery remains a mystery.
And, in case you missed it, Brandon could use some more volunteers at the Decision Desk to help out on Election Night. All you need is a phone and a computer.
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* Note that there's no evidence that Rob Klain ever stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. He did work for Al Gore once though.
Maybe not. Still any period of quarantine is better than none but 21 days shouldn't be taken as gospel either.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year also found that 5 per cent of patients who contracted Ebola in West Africa in the first months of the epidemic had an incubation period longer than the recommended 21 days.
The CDC's website puts the incubation period of the virus at 2-21 days.
Maher then used Affleck's comments as a springboard to launch into a short discussion on self-defense and the rights a private citizen has to defend himself and his property. He said: "In California, anyway, you can shoot an intruder in your home."
Maher then looked at Affleck and said, "I mean, you have guns." To which Affleck responded, "I do." The audience grew quiet for a second and then roused up when Maher said, "So do I, and for that exact reason."Maher added: "I'm not disarming unilaterally."
According Fox News, Pitt told Radio Times "there's a rite of passage where [he] grew up of inheriting your ancestors' weapons." Subsequently, his brother inherited their father's weapons, while Pitt says of himself, "I got my grandfather's shotgun when I was in kindergarten," which was age six.
He said his father "instilled [in him] a profound and deep respect for the weapon."
Two years later, at age eight, Pitt fired his first handgun. He said he does not "feel that his family is safe unless there is a gun in the home."In September 2012, Outdoor Life reported that Pitt gave Angelina Jolie a "$400,000 shooting range as wedding gift."
And I'm guessing that only one of these three would unreservedly support your right to have a gun for self-defense.
It's easy to dismiss Stalin and Hitler as 'madmen' and hence make them more sui generis and therefore ultimately less scary. But in her biography of Stalin Anne Applebaum makes the case that Stalin was in fact a perfectly rational, sane Communist ideologue who was willing to kill millions to keep power and achieve his aims. Pathologizing evil is ultimately just another way to deny its existence.
In the contemporary West, we often assume that perpetrators of mass violence must be insane or irrational, but as Kotkin tells the story, Stalin was neither. And in its way, the idea of Stalin as a rational and extremely intelligent man, bolstered by an ideology sufficiently powerful to justify the deaths of many millions of people, is even more terrifying. It means we might want to take more seriously the pronouncements of the Russian politicians who have lately argued for the use of nuclear weapons against the Baltic states, or of the ISIS leaders who call for the deaths of all Christians and Jews. Just because their language sounds strange to us doesn't mean that they, and those who follow them, don't find it compelling, or that they won't pursue their logic to its ultimate conclusion.
Reconciliation - why that's a term I haven't heard since...well since ObamaCare got passed that way on a pure party-line vote by the Democrats.
Outbreak's killer virus is called Lambada or Macarena or some such, and was discovered in the African jungle in 1967 by two duplicitous US Army officers Donald Sutherland (inevitably) and Morgan Freeman (rather less inevitably, but before his screen persona decayed into that picture-killing Godlier-than-God Godliness). They destroy the camp and cover the whole thing up. Twenty-eight years later, it's back - and this time it's headed for America. An employee at a holding facility gets infected and goes to California, where he infects someone else, and then flies to Boston, where he infects someone else... If that sounds boringly familiar, well, unlike the news bulletins, there's no Tom Frieden character popping up every 20 minutes to reassure you that none of this could ever happen because he's got these all-powerful "Protocols".
Anyway, within hours, this Macarena virus reduces its victims to gibbering wrecks, dripping sweat, splattered with lesions and oozing pustules, begging for a merciful release. But then what Dustin Hoffman performance doesn't have that effect?
Hoffman's always been better suited as a villain or a comic character in an ensemble but during most of his career he's insisted on roles where he plays the heroic, crusading leader who's always fighting the system and never ever wrong - which mostly meant that he came off as a preening asshole.
Mainly on the basis of daily calorie consumption which means the ultimate crew would consist of female
midgets little people whatever the hell they're calling themselves these days. But I'm guessing that an all lady midget crew might have just a few crew dynamics issues during the two year journey to Mars. On the other hand just imagine the epic intra-vessel wrestling matches that this will generate.
Well if you can buy it off the shelf in BevMo, exactly how handmade could it be? And was anyone actually confused by the name?
Just from the title alone I deduce three things:
1. Sniffing school girls is a thing in Japan
2. It's a big enough thing that parlors for it exist
3. It's also apparently illegal
And from the same source: Osaka Cops Bust Dumpers of 200 kg of Porn
FYI 200kg is about 440lbs which is a lot of pr0n even by metric standards.
A 70-year-old company executive and a care nurse, 40, are alleged to have unloaded 17 bags containing 500 AV tapes and magazines (weighing a total of approximately 200 kilograms) into Haginochaya Minami Park - a violation of trash disposal laws.
And if you're familiar with Japanese trash laws, they probably got cited for not properly sorting their recyclables into the 12 different types - each with a different pickup day.
Hmmm I wonder if that would fly here.
The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got electrolytes.
And my twitter thang.
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—Dave In Texas
A very exciting game tonight, the 3-3 Texans take on the 3-3 Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ah well. It's a game.
Have a pleasant evening y'all.
She seems nice.
OH! Please also notice Brandon's post calling for Decision Desk volunteers which I just pushed down like a fat kid at recess.
AOSHQDD Needs You
It has been a crazy year at the Decision Desk.
I could talk about our calls and press but screw that. This is a humble request to the tens of thousands of loyal readers: we need you on Election Night.
Lurkers, regulars, miscreants, if you've enjoyed our coverage and want to be part of our drive to provide a fast and reliable call on election night- with the goal of besting the bigwigs who have had a forty-year head start- I implore you to email us.
Training is simple, the task, even simpler. From the moment you sign up, a link pops in place that will guide you through the whole process.
As a volunteer, you will be plopped into a spreadsheet, assigned counties next to your name, with contacts for obtaining results for your assigned counties/municipalities. For some of you, it will be as simple as refreshing an inbox. For others, opening a PDF. For those with great phone plans, contacting frazzled clerks from Bangor to San Diego. Numbers in hand, you input. That's it. You input until all of your precincts have reported.
The genius behind this project is the lack of it: it doesn't take brains to construct a spreadsheet. To hit CTRL-C and CTRL-V. To read up on past returns and early voting trends. It simply takes a mass of dedicated people.
A mass of morons.
PS- if you live in New Hamsphire, we have a special assignment for you. We are still looking for on-the-scene reporters for Rochester, Laconia, Milford, Hampton, and, why not. Dixville Notch.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Votes to Suspend One Of Its Own Members In Bitter, Crazy Pornographic Email Tiff
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice exposed as having sent and received pornographic emails, and who is accused of then trying to coerce a fellow justice, is temporarily barred from "any further judicial or administrative action whatsoever" in the court.
The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced the decision Monday night against Justice Seamus McCaffery.
McCaffery will continue to be paid during the suspension, the order says. That could change in the event formal misconduct charges are filed by the state Judicial Conduct Board following a review slated to take 30 days.
"The most recent misconduct of Justice McCaffery — forwarding sexually explicit pornographic emails to employees of the Attorney General's Office (and, in one instance, an email depicting a naked 100-year-old woman as the target of a sexually explicit joke and a video of a woman in sexual congress with a snake that is clearly obscene and may violate the Crimes Code Section on Obscenity) — has caused the Supreme Court to be held up to public ridicule," Castille wrote. "This conduct deserves the immediate action as implemented by this court today."
[Another Justice, Eakin,] on Friday said McCaffery tried to coerce him into taking his side against Castille, saying he "was not going down alone."
I don't know how some dirty emails get trumped up into a reason to suspend a state Supreme Court justice, but if you read the order by the Chief Justice (Castille), you'll see that they've apparently been snapping at each other for years.
On page 5, Castille says that based on his knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses, he feels that McCaffrey's personality type is best described as "sociolpath."
So yeah, it's like that.
I have no idea what the hell's going on here but Castille's order borders on hysterical so I have my doubts about his claims.
McCaffrey's Response... Actually, McCaffrey issued this response based on Castille's latest round of accusations, prior to the issuance of the order of suspension.
Ron Castille's statement yesterday, issued on AOPC letterhead and purporting to represent the position of the entire Supreme Court, was a lie. In fact, members of the Supreme Court did not even know about the statement until they read the publication. And it is only the latest lie in the Chief Justice’s egomaniacal mission to 'get me.' His mission began when he reported me to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over my wife’s legitimate receipt of referral fees, and that didn’t work. He has done everything possible within our Court to undermine me with my colleagues, and that didn’t work. Now, with only two months left in the hourglass of his tenure on our Court, he is trying to finish what he has been trying to do for so many years. He has been on this mission because I had the guts to challenge him on the Family Court fiasco and on what the citizens of Pennsylvania got for the more than $3 million of First Judicial District funds that were funneled to one of his closest friends. And I had the guts to challenge him on his disastrous handling of Pennsylvania's worst judicial scandal and a tragic injustice that will forever be known as the 'Kids for Cash' disaster.
Ron Castille is a Republican, and McCaffery is a Democrat.
Per this article, McCaffrey seems to have engaged in some sleazy string-pulling behavior earlier.
But for Castille, the conduct board's work has been disappointingly slow so far.
Along with McCaffery's sexually explicit e-mail traffic, the board is investigating his role in two other matters.
The first stemmed from a 2012 report Castille commissioned that found McCaffery had met with a top administrator at Philadelphia Traffic Court while his wife and judicial aide, Lise Rapaport, contested a traffic citation inside. She was acquitted.
The second arose from stories last year in The Inquirer raising questions about fees Rapaport received for referring cases to law firms while she worked in her husband's judicial office.
McCaffery has denied any impropriety in either instance, and, in his statement on the porn e-mails last week, blamed Castille for exaggerating the circumstances of both.
"He has done everything possible within our court to undermine me with my colleagues," McCaffery said.
(McCaffery has also sued The Inquirer, saying the articles about the referral fees painted him and his wife in a false light.)
Yeah, It's Not Just About the Dirty Emails: Castille seems to suspect McCaffery of a lot more than crude language.
At the end of last year, in a report Castille commissioned about Philadelphia’s corrupt Traffic Court, McCaffery was accused of using his power in an unseemly and perhaps illegal way: He had driven his wife, Lise Rapaport, to Traffic Court on Spring Garden Street for a hearing on a ticket and, while the hearing took place, summoned a top court administrator out to his car for a conversation. Rapaport was found not guilty.
With Ron Castille’s blessing, the Traffic Court report was given to the Inquirer, which did a series of front-page stories on it. Naturally, that didn’t sit well with Seamus McCaffery, who has denied any wrongdoing.
Then a second matter came up. The Inquirer wrote about fees that Rapaport, a Harvard-trained lawyer, received for referring cases to law firms while she was employed by McCaffery as his chief Supreme Court aide. Eleven of the law firms that paid Rapaport--one referral fee was $821,000--have argued cases before the Supreme Court while McCaffery has been on the bench.
When that story broke, Castille--who was first elected to the court in 1993 and has been chief justice since 2008--told reporters he was worried about "conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety." His opinion wasn’t shocking, but it was an unusual slapdown; chief justices of a Supreme Court almost never publicly rebuke a fellow robesman....
In mid-June, McCaffery’s trouble seemed to grow worse. The Inquirer reported that the FBI had opened an investigation into those referral fees his wife received. Meanwhile, the Legal Intelligencer wrote that McCaffery had contacted a high-level Philadelphia Common Pleas administrator last year about civil cases---and that in two of the cases, a law firm that had paid a referral fee to Lise Rapaport was involved. McCaffery's lawyer says there is no FBI investigation, but Ron Castille told WHYY that he has "no reason to believe the allegations of an FBI investigation against Justice McCaffery are not true." He added, "So I think if I was Justice McCaffery, I’d start rethinking my position on the Supreme Court."
Philadelphia Magazine says the war is partly about the power to supervise all of Pennsylvania's state courts -- power Castille doesn't trust McCaffery with.
Senator Kay Hagan Recommends a Judge for Federal Service; Just Nine Days Later, That Same Judge Ruled in Favor of a Company Partially Owned by Her Husband
Just a week after Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) recommended a North Carolina judge to President Barack Obama for a seat in the U.S. District Court, the judge ruled in favor of a company partially owned by Hagan’s husband.
The case concerned a lawsuit by Hydrodyne against a local water authority. Hydrodyne claimed the water authority unlawfully siphoned water from a source and thus damaged Hydrodyne, which generates hydroelectric power. I guess: Less water, less power.
Superior Court Judge Calvin E. Murphy ruled the case in favor of Hydrodyne, setting the table for the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority to pay millions in damages to companies including Hydrodyne.
Murphy’s ruling was made on Oct. 23, 2009, just nine days after Sen. Hagan sent his name to Obama to be nominated for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for Western North Carolina.
Hagan withdrew her recommendation to Obama after North Carolina’s News and Record contacted her office about the apparent conflict of interest, telling the paper that she "was not aware that Judge Murphy was hearing a case in which my husband had an interest."
The water authority is appealing the decision based upon the connections between the Hagans and Judge Murphy.
This isn't the first time the Hagans have been accused of benefiting themselves financially using Senator Hagan's political juice.
Shocker: New York Times Reports That Obama Is Once Again Conspicuously "Seething" Over the Poor Performance of His Government
He's pulled this move so many times before that people shorthand it as the "Limbaugh Theorem." The idea is that Obama's political tactic for his many, many failures is to run against his own government, as if he were an outsider, and external critic, rather than the man who is in charge of each and every bureaucracy.
And now he's doing that with the CDC's response to ebola, Tom McGuire notes.
Here's the New York Times, carrying, get this, Obama's water:
Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obamahas repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response.
Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday. Medical officials were providing information that later turned out to be wrong. Guidance to local health teams was not adequate. It was unclear which Ebola patients belonged in which threat categories.
"It's not tight," a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. He told aides they needed to get ahead of events and demanded a more hands-on approach, particularly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "He was not satisfied with the response," a senior official said.
MacGuire says he can't even remember all the scandals about which Obama has claimed to be "mad as hell" about.
The Gateway Pundit writes more, and includes a definition of "The Limbaugh Theorem."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Runs Ad Promising That "Common Core Scores" Won't Be Implemented For At Least Five Years
He's up for reelection. He'll say anything.
But this is a remarkable about-face on Common Core.
Among [Cuomo's] education pledges is a solemn one "not to use Common Core scores for at least five years, and then only if our children are ready."
This isn't a repeal of Common Core. Rather, it's Cuomo struggling to reassure parents that the scores from Common Core won't be used for any purpose, such as deciding which schools to shut down, or which students are deemed "proficient" in subject areas.
There's been some controversy about those scores.
State officials touted increases in scores on tough Common Core exams this year but failed to reveal that they had lowered the number of right answers needed to pass half the exams.
The state Education Department dropped the number of raw points needed to hit proficiency levels in six of the 12 English and math exams given to students in grades 3 to 8, officials acknowledged.
"The reason that occurs is because the tests are slightly harder," Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Wagner told The Post.
Student scores plunged on last year’s statewide 3-8 tests -- the first based on the new Common Core standards. Before the 2013 exams, a panel of 95 educators decided how many points, or correct answers, students had to get to demonstrate proficiency.
But the point cutoffs were tweaked after this year's tests....
Score manipulation has erupted in scandal before. Between 2006 and 2009, the state reduced the number of raw points students needed to pass. Then-state Education Commissioner Richard Mills insisted the questions got harder, justifying the lower passing scores. But experts found the test items got easier, inflating scores hailed by then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg, among others, as proof of great progress.
More: Of the four candidates running for Governor, only Cuomo supported Common Core (mentioned near the end of the article), at least before he walked back this support.
It also notes that New Yorkers want Common Core suspended -- by 49% to 38%.
Close it up
Wendy Davis: Greg Abbott Won't Answer the Question of Whether He'd Ban Interracial Marriage
Greg Abbott won't say whether he'd defend an interracial marriage ban—troubling but not surprising from someone who defends a "poll tax."— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) October 20, 2014
Given that Abbott is married to a Mexican-American woman, I kinda think he's already weighed in on this important issue.
Obama Super-Fan Tina Brown: This President Makes Women Feel "Unsafe"
"They've got themselves a little better disciplined. But, you know, the fact is that Obama's down with everybody, let's face it, there's a reason,” Brown said. "And I think that particularly for women. I don't think it makes them feel safe. I think they're feeling unsafe. Economically, they’re feeling unsafe. With regard to ISIS, they’re feeling unsafe. They feel unsafe about Ebola. What they're feeling unsafe about is the government response to different crises. And I think they're beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office, you know, who's too cool for school, calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn't put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he's blaming everybody. So there's a slight sense of that."
They're beginning to feel slightly like that?
Via @instapundit, contrast Tina Brown's 2008-era opinion of Obama.
This has been an election full of magic. White Magic that only the black man from everywhere and nowhere could perform. Even his adored grandmother dying on the eve of the victory had a mythic feeling of completion to it in a candidacy full of signs and symbols. Remember the three-point basketball shot when he played with the soldiers in Kuwait? It’s as if Obama is the prince who lifts the curse in a fairy story, a curse that began eight years ago with an election wrenched away from the rightful winner and begetting as a consequence the wrathful visitation of tragedy and wars and hurricanes and economic collapse.
There's more at Ed Driscoll's link. Brown is actually just getting rolling with embarrassing herself there.
Another Super-Fan, the New York Times' Frank Bruni, is also slightly beginning to feel like that.
[O]ne dimension of the disease's toll is clear. It’s ravaging Americans' already tenuous faith in the competence of our government and its bureaucracies.
Before President Obama’s election, we had Iraq, Katrina and the meltdown of banks supposedly under Washington’s watch. Since he came along to tidy things up, we’ve had the staggeringly messy rollout of Obamacare, the damnable negligence of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the baffling somnambulism of the Secret Service.
Ebola is his presidency in a petri dish. It’s an example already of his tendency to talk too loosely at the outset of things, so that his words come back to haunt him. There was the doctor you could keep under his health plan until, well, you couldn't. There was the red line for Syria that he didn’t have to draw and later erased.
With Ebola, he said almost two weeks ago that "we're doing everything that we can" with an "all-hands-on-deck approach." But on Wednesday and Thursday he announced that there were additional hands to be put on deck and that we could and would do more. The shift fit his pattern: not getting worked up in the early stages, rallying in the later ones.
"If you were his parent, you'd want to shake him," said one Democratic strategist, who questioned where Obama's passion was and whether, even this deep into his presidency, he appreciated one of the office's most vital functions: deploying language, bearing, symbols and ceremony to endow Americans with confidence in who's leading them and in how they’re being led.
Right now in this country there's a crisis of confidence, and of competence...
Well, there's not a really a crisis of confidence per se. Bruni seems to acknowledge this, by adding in "and of competence," but it's really just a crisis of competence, and of leadership.
The lack of confidence is not a freestanding crisis. It's a direct and rational response to the lack of leadership and competence.
Tina Brown link via @instapundit, who also talks about New York State's war on online bed-and-breakfasts. The problem: Some people may be dodging the state's regulation and taxation.
The Frank Bruni link is via @hotair, and the very good Quotes of the Day from last night, which are largely about questions about Obama's competency.
More: Last week, Megyn Kelly mentioned a FoxNews poll in which 58% of respondents agreed the country was "going to hell in a handbasket." That was the actual poll question, not Megyn Kelly's paraphrase of it.
Despite the fact that 61 percent expressed some or a lot of confidence in the federal government to be able to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States, there is an air of crisis that has voters concerned. 64 percent told Politico pollsters that "things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now." Only 36 percent expressed some faith in American institutions to be able to meet the myriad economic and national security challenges they face.
When asked who they believe was a better manager of the federal government, George W. Bush or Barack Obama, only 35 percent backed the president. 38 percent said they thought Bush had more control over the reins of government
Maryland Dems Walk Out on Obama Speech, Just Ten Minutes In
From @Benk84's morning newspile, Obama just doesn't seem to have any kind of hold on even his party faithful.
Allah notes that maybe even more stunning than Democrats filing out "by the dozen" during Obama's droning monotone is the fact that liberal outlets, including Politico and Reuters, actually reported it.
Marvel's Civil War Storyline Is Not About Gun Control
Comics and film geeks, this one's for you. Everyone else, meh. As you may know, it appears that the MCU films will attempt to bring Marvel's Civil War storyline to the big screen. This story, published in 2006 and 2007, pitted hero against hero with, most notably for our purposes here, Captain America becoming a libertarian opponent of hero registration and Iron Man championing the pro-registration side of things. The writer of this series describes it as a reaction to the post-9/11 security apparatus, including the Patriot Act.
The news that this story is coming to theaters near you, put one liberal writer in a tizzy. He thinks this storyline is about a "far right paranoid fantasy" and he's worried that he might have to watch it. There are many things wrong with Bouie's piece, but I only have a few minutes to spare this morning, so here are the major problems.
First, Bouie's suggestion that Marvel did something "paranoid," "messy," and "slanted" by treating the Super Human Registration Act as a draft rather than as mere government list-making is ignorant at the outset. The purpose of the Civil War storyline, in addition to clearing up Marvel's back catalog, was to write a compelling story that would set hero against hero in a frantic, no-holds-barred, nation-breaking fight. An, er, Civil War, if you will.
Bouie might as well suggest that it is silly or messy for Magneto to keep inciting the U.S. government to hunt him, since he doesn't want to be hunted. Well, yes, but then there would be no story. Bouie might think it is "paranoid" for the Wolverine to keep acting out of irrational fear that people are out to get him all the time, but, again, then there would be no story. For the Civil War storyline, maybe the SHRA could have been mere list-making and not a draft, but then there would be no story.
Moreover, contra Bouie, treating super registration as a draft is not new to the Civil War storyline or even new to Marvel. Most comics that do super registration stories (which is approximately all of them) treat it as a draft, not mere list-making. That includes X-Men's well-regarded Mutant Registration Act stories, which are viewed by critics and liberal arts students as a thinly-veiled allegory for anti-gay bigotry. DC Comics has this story too, as the Justice League was forced to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee to be unmasked. Alan Moore's DC imprint Watchmen also used the draft version rather than the list-making version in the form of the Keene Act. Even the Harry Potter series used the draft version, with supernatural individuals forced to register and turn out to work for the Ministry of Magic or die.
Second, Bouie's real problem is that, he says, Marvel's Civil War "draft" registration does not work as a gun control allegory. This gun control allegory shtick is entirely Bouie's gloss. Nobody seemed to think the X-Men's MRA was a gun control allegory, nor are gun control schemes often compared with the Ministry of Magic's Muggle-Born Registration Commission because such a comparison is absurd on its face.
Bouie claims that Marvel poorly handled super registration because it gave too much credit to the anti-registration side. But, again, that's Bouie's invented problem. He says the story is supposed to be an allegory for gun control and that, as such, it is unreasonable for the heroes to resist registration since it, like gun control, is reasonable.
In other words, having prescribed an allegory that does not fit the Civil War storyline, Bouie proceeds to dispatch the Civil War storyline for not reasonably describing the allegory. This kind of sophistry is nice work if you can get it.
The issue, then, for Bouie is simply that Marvel set out to engage in story-telling outside of the same old "heroes versus government registration." What if, the Civil War storyline posited, in a rather fresh change, some heroes supported super registration, including a draft? It's compelling. But it's not about gun control, no matter how many words Bouie has been forced to turn out by his liberal magazine.
PS: In regards to Bouie's insistence that registration of people would be reasonable, if only Marvel had written that story, he should review the Supreme Court's decisions in NAACP v. Alabama, which concerned an exercise in government list-making here in our own world that provides a far better allegory to super registration than any gun control yarn he could possibly spin.