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October 25, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (25 Oct 2014)

—CDR M

Sorry. While admirable that Kaci Hickox went to West Africa to help treat Ebola victims, I don't feel bad that she has to be quarantined. She can blame her fellow medical professionals for not quite getting what voluntary quarantine requires. Update: Nurse Hickox a CDC employee?

Speaking of quarantines that should've happened, CDC admits disease imported as states data reveal illegal immigrant links.

Perhaps the White House doesn't want Americans to know that out of over 70,000 illegal immigrant children who crossed into the U.S. almost 48,000 came from Honduras, Guatemala and Salvador. In these countries measles and the EV-D68 virus are quite common. If we include these children's family and friends, not listed an "unaccompanied," over a quarter of a million people from Central and South America have entered the U.S. illegally this year.

From 1970 to 2005 there were only 26 cases of EV-D68 ever reported in America. The number in 2014 is approaching 1,000 cases, with about 10 percent of those cases known to be causing a polio-type virus that has left children crippled.

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Posted by CDR M at 10:12 PM Comments



A Baseball Thread! [BCochran81]

—Open Blogger

Evening Morons and Ettes, BCochran1981 here. For the first time. Nope, not afraid I'll screw this up at all.

So a few of us were...opining...that we wished we had a World Series/baseball thread with a little more depth to it. I was chief among the opiners. So, CBD called my bluff. I got an email that said, "Great idea. Write it up and I'll post it."

Ok then.

First, a little background on me and baseball. Love the game. Truly and deeply. I had the privilege of playing from the time I was a wee little Ron all the way through college. 17 seasons.

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Thinky Links

—Ace

Clearing out my tabs, Part 2:

Jonah Goldberg has an initial exploration of an idea, that we are currently living not in an age where ideas per se are debated, but rather only "narratives."

I would call these "Mythologies." Like all mythologies, they serve to reduce reality into a simplified, stupided-up fairy tale that flatters the limited information of uninformed people and flatters them further by telling them You're Right; You're Good.

These mythologies are quasi-religious in nature, or maybe I should say quasi-cult-making in nature, using "cult" in the European way as a shorthand for a religious/cultural cohort.

A people -- a "cult" -- is defined by the mythologies that sustain them.

The media and Democrat party are the chief creators of new cults and sustainers of recently-made cults.

One question I have about Goldberg's post-- what is the distinction between an "idea" and a "narrative"? To be honest, I think most of what we call "ideas" in politics are actually "narratives," aren't they?

I've read two interesting (and long) takes on this basic idea lately. The first is "I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup."

The Emperor summons before him Bodhidharma and asks: “Master, I have been tolerant of innumerable gays, lesbians, bisexuals, asexuals, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, transgender people, and Jews. How many Tolerance Points have I earned for my meritorious deeds?”

Bodhidharma answers: "None at all."

The Emperor, somewhat put out, demands to know why not.

Bodhidharma asks: "Well, what do you think of gay people?"

The Emperor answers: "What do you think I am, some kind of homophobic bigot? Of course I have nothing against gay people!"

And Bodhidharma answers: "Thus do you gain no merit by tolerating them!"

His point is that for all of progressives' claims that they are Super-Good at tolerance, in fact, they're not "tolerating" anything. They're championing members of their socio-political coalition and endlessly denigrating -- that is, not tolerating -- people outside of their socio-political coalition.

That's not "tolerance." That's what everybody does, including the most intolerant people in the world.

One Nazi does not "tolerate" another Nazi, for example. He earns no Tolerance Points for supporting a fellow member of the Nazi Party. For the Nazi to show his tolerance, he'd have to tolerate his own out-groups -- his own "Others" -- such as gays, gypsies, and Jews.

Which he doesn't, of course.

Speaking of that, Reuters just reported that gays are being harassed in Liberia because "Christian churches" are claiming that ebola is a punishment from God for homosexuality.

DAKAR/NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leroy Ponpon doesn't know whether to lock himself in his flat in Monrovia because of the deadly Ebola virus, or because he is gay. Christian churches' recent linking of the two have made life hell for him and hundreds of other gays.

Ponpon, an LGBT campaigner in the Liberian capital, says gays have been harassed, physically attacked and a few have had their cars smashed by people blaming them for the haemorrhagic fever, after religious leaders in Liberia said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

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In May, Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of the Catholic Church of Liberia said that "one of the major transgressions against God for which He may be punishing Liberia is the act of homosexuality," local media reported.

This is a legitimate and important news story and I don't want to suggest it isn't. Christian leaders are succumbing to fear and hysteria in the face of a deadly plague (as people often do, whether religious or not), and they're making scapegoats and mythologies to explain the frightening and mysterious.

The church leaders peddling this nonsense should be called out.

But it's interesting to me to see just how forward leaning Reuters is when it can pin some misbehavior on Christian clerics.

I use "clerics" there deliberately, because Reuters is definitely much more shy about tracing harassment of gays to ideas put forward by Islamic clerics.

I could only find one (1) story by Reuters about the Islamist-inspired serial killer of gay men, Ali Mohammad Brown, and you will not be surprised to discover that Reuters completely omits any mention of Brown's religious motivation.

Why Reuters has not provided additional reporting now that Brown's suspected religious motivation has been confirmed is a non-question I wouldn't even call "rhetorical."

Reuters can tolerate anything except its own out-groups -- which are, for Reuters, Christians, and, of course, Jews.

Liberal professors admitted in a survey they'd absolutely discriminate against conservative professors in making hiring, tenure, and publishing decisions, and they see absolutely nothing wrong with this.

They can tolerate the hell out of their own allies. Their out-groups, however? Not so good at tolerating them.

"ClarkHat" from the Popehat blog has a pair of interesting spost about this general topic -- cults and the unending cultural warfares between them -- in the context of #GamerGate, and makes the gigantic claim that all of this KulturKampf is just a continuing culture war between factions that have been fighting since the English Civil War of the 1640s.

It's a big, neat idea. He's got to do a lot more to prove this, but it's certainly a good and juicy Big Thinky Piece for a Saturday afternoon.

Posted by Ace at 03:42 PM Comments

Fundamental Concepts-What Does Government Produce? [WeirdDave]

—Open Blogger

Here's a simple question, but it's one that very few people even think to ask: What does government produce? Think about it for a minute. With any other organization, the first thing that you need to know to start to understand its nature is, why does it exist? What is it for? In other words, what does it produce? GM produces cars, Apple produces phones, an orchestra produces music. Once you understand that basic fact, you can start to analyze how each organization functions to fulfill that purpose, and more importantly, realize how an organization seeks to maximize that production. If you examine the structure of GM, and you find, say, a Muslim relationship division, then that division was created (absent outside influence-we'll come back to this) to help GM produce more cars. Maybe they wanted to put a factory in a Muslim country, and the division was created to make sure the company could do so efficiently by not offending the native culture. Maybe it was created to produce Muslim friendly sales material to increase sales in a Muslim country. It doesn't matter. What matters is that the division exists to further GM's production of cars.


Now, let's turn this same critical eye to government. What does government produce? A leftist will tell you that government produces jobs, health care, happiness, wealth, a healthy environment, clean water, safe food, whatever. In point of fact, government produces none of these things.


The one and only product of government is power. Government produces (or more accurately, projects) nothing other than power. Look at anything that government does, and once you strip away all the rhetoric, you'll find that all it's doing is projecting power, and that it has only two ways to do that. Government has the power to compel and the power to spend. That's it. Everything government does falls into one of those two categories.


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News Stuff

—Ace

College Football Thread and Gardening Thread Below!

Clearing out my tabs, Part 1:

Corey Gardner is up by 7 points over Mark Uterus, per this Suffolk poll.

Hillary Clinton says "Don't let anybody tell you that businesses and corporations create jobs."

Um, who then? Only the federal government, I suppose?

An Open Letter to Ben Affleck, from a young Muslim girl who wants to know why Affleck is covering up for the people who are hurting her.

Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo implicitly say "F*** the CDC" by imposing more stringent protocols than the late-acting agency recommends.

The National Institute for Health have wasted millions upon millions of dollars on silly studies while crying that they don't have enough money to fund their core mission.

A possible reason is suggested by Heather MacDonald, who notes:

The public-health establishment has unanimously opposed a travel and visa moratorium from Ebola-plagued West African countries to protect the U.S. population. To evaluate whether this opposition rests on purely scientific grounds, it helps to understand the political character of the public-health field. For the last several decades, the profession has been awash in social-justice ideology. Many of its members view racism, sexism, and economic inequality, rather than individual behavior, as the primary drivers of differential health outcomes in the U.S. According to mainstream public-health thinking, publicizing the behavioral choices behind bad health--promiscuous sex, drug use, overeating, or lack of exercise--blames the victim.

We should not be surprised, then, that the NIH spends so much of the taxpayer dollars on studies of obese lesbians and sexual habits of gay men in Peru. (Yes, Peru.)

At Bellevue hospital -- which is treating Craig Spencer, the ebola-stricken doc -- staffers are calling in "sick" because they don't want to come into contact with the patient.

This is a very real problem caused by the CDC's lackadaisical negligence from the start. We are now fighting a war against plague on our own shores. Our doctors and nurses are the soldiers in that war -- they are most likely to be killed fighting it.

If you give your soldiers a series of flawed protocols and inadequate training, and just insist when they get sick that it's all their fault, what do you think your soldiers are going to do?

Besides the issue of proper protective gear protocols, what else went wrong in the Dallas case?

I don’t think we've really done well by our health care workers. When the first nurse in Texas got sick, the statement was, "There was a breach in protocol but we don’t know what the breach was." How do you know there was a breach in protocol and that the protocol isn't bad? Then we moved on to the nurse that got on the plane. She had the okay from the CDC to fly, but the statement was, "She shouldn’t have gotten on the plane."

So I'm getting concerned that we're now not only asking health care workers to assume the risk of getting sick but also to assume the risk of getting blamed for getting sick and getting blamed for exposing others, even when they're following guidelines. If this is how we're treating our health care workers, who's going to want to take care of Ebola patients?

You need to create an environment where staff feel supported by their institutions.

Actions have consequences. Incompetency has consequences. Not taking sufficient precautions to make sure your soldiers have a fighting chance has consequences.

I don't even want to speculate what nurses' reactions will be if anyone at Bellevue now gets sick.

When you are dealing with something serious, your response must be serious. If your response is unserious, your problems are going to become even more serious.

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Posted by Ace at 12:26 PM Comments

College Football Thread

—Dave In Texas

Happy Saturday y'all. College football thread for all your college football mouthin off.

Top ten games today, all times Eastern:


Michigan at Michigan State (8), 3:30
Texas Tech at TCU (10), 3:30
Mississippi State (1) at Kentucky, 3:30
Ole Miss (3) at LSU, 7:15
Alabama (4) at Tennessee, 7:30
South Carolina at Auburn (5), 7:30

Oregon (6) beat California 59-41

Florida State (2) Notre Dame (7) and Georgia (9) are idle.

And that's that.

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Posted by Dave In Texas at 11:57 AM Comments

Saturday Gardening Thread: Pantless Edition [Y-not, WeirdDave, & KT]

—Open Blogger

Greetings gardeners! Welcome to your Saturday Gardening thread.

KEEP USING THE THREAD BELOW THIS ONE FOR YOUR OPEN THREAD NEEDS.

Take off your pants and stay awhile!

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Your blog hosts are rarely caught with their pants down.

Our very own moronette gardening expert, KT, has "turniped" (SWIDT?) this week to teach us about rutabagas while Yours Truly gets dolled up for a charity ball she's attending tonight.

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Admit it. You're green with envy, aren't you?


Take it away, KT!

Turnips and Rutabagas and Friends

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Send the kids out in the dark with the original Jack-o-Lantern this year: The Turnip Lantern.

Or, put some turnip lanterns near your doorstep to welcome trick-or-treaters. Directions for making them are here.

If you really want to impress the kids on Halloween, how about a Turnip Lantern made from a cabbage turnip? A pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern could have a hard time competing in the "gruesome" category.

But wait. Aren't we supposed to EAT the veggies we grow in our garden? Perhaps the ancient Turnip Lantern is an indication of some hostile feelings about these roots. I have noticed that most people who actually think about turnips and rutabagas either hate them or love them. Some people seem to have unusual obsessions with these vegetables. The original, botanically-incorrect Rutabaga Boogie by Paul Shelansky and his Musical Zombies was often featured by Dr. Demento. Such dedication to a vegetable is rare. Covered here by Bill Nelmes:

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Saturday Morning Cartoon [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

I'm going to a ball tonight.

No, really!

So I decided to delay the next installment in our 2016 Presidential Candidates thread until next weekend rather than rush it and not be around in the comments.

But I thought it would be nice to have a Saturday morning cartoon. This one has SCIENCE!

**Fixed (I think) with a better version of the episode below.**

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Posted by Open Blogger at 09:35 AM Comments

Layers of Fact-Checking [CBD]

—Open Blogger

I have been around guns most of my life. Rifles, pistols, shotguns....but I have never heard this particular phrase to describe a rifle. I assume they mean a single-shot? Or perhaps a bolt-action? Perhaps I have led a sheltered life......

Much remains unknown about the assault, including how Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau, a convicted criminal, managed to acquire the single-action Winchester deer-hunting rifle he used in the attack, killing a ceremonial guard, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, at a national war memorial and leaving three people in the national parliamentary complex lightly injured.
(Italics mine)

New York Times; October 24, 2014.

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Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

—Open Blogger

Good morning.




Yes. I am a dork. I'll admit it because I've been laughing at this stupid tweet for two days now.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 07:20 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (24 Oct 2014)

—CDR M

I'm getting pretty tired of being lectured on Ebola hysteria but if we're not gonna at least take reasonable steps with quarantines for returning "health care professionals" from the hot zone, then I'm gonna stick with my concern until the government can show some level of competence.

While we're on the subject of hysteria, why don't these same folks berating us for our Ebola concerns apply this same anti-hysteria logic with the AGW/Climate Change/Global Warming/Climate Disruption snake oil peddlers? It's not like their models of doom are proving to be correct.

Perhaps they could go after the Mayor and Vice Mayor of South Florida who propose to split Florida into two states so they can finally deal with climate change caused sea level rise. So if they're successful and split in two, what exactly will they do that will prevent this sea level rise of 1 meter over the next 2000 years? Do these knuckleheads even know that this sea level rise is caused by subsidence? I'd love to hear their plan to counter subsidence.

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Posted by CDR M at 09:50 PM Comments

Game 3

—Dave In Texas

West coast. Early for them.

Makes up for all the time I had to stay up late to watch the Rangers play Seattle Oakland and LA.

Get used to it Houston. It's a pain.

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Posted by Dave In Texas at 08:10 PM Comments

Study: "Non-Citizens'" Illegal VotingIs More Than Enough to Swing Close Elections; May Have Provided Obama With His 60th Vote for Obamacare in 2009

—Ace

Via Jim Geraghty, the preview of this soon-to-be-published racist study is published by... the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage."

In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.

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Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.

Regarding the headline, note that the Senate passed in 2009 the version of Obamacare that the House would also vote on in 2010.

Obamacare was not passed until 2010, but the necessary Senate vote happened in 2009.

Posted by Ace at 06:11 PM Comments

You. Decision Desk. Volunteer. Now.

—Brandon Finnigan

Everyone who had submitted their information correctly as of yesterday has been emailed and is now in the que for assignments. We are down to the final days and need to still fill a few spots.


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, New Haven) and Maine (Portland).

Otherwise, again, we need 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.

No.

A mass of morons.

Join us.

Note: look carefully after you submit. That button that appears is a critical read. About 30% of you aren't opening it and are getting left out of the que.

Posted by Brandon Finnigan at 06:02 PM Comments

AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, Noah Rothman

—Andy

Hot Air's Noah Rothman dropped in to chat with Ace, Gabe and John after being rigorously screened for the Ebolas.

Intro/Outro: Jay Z-Empire State of Mind/Dierks Bentley-Drunk on a Plane

Listen: Stitcher | MP3 Download
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Browse (and even search!) the archives

Follow on Twitter

Don't forget to submit your Ask the Blog questions for next week's episode.

Open thread in the comments

Posted by Andy at 04:53 PM Comments

7 Shot in Another School Shooting

—Ace

Alas.

Corrected: Seven were wounded, not killed. Some are saying two were killed.

Hooky Note: As some of you probably know, I am currently being sued.

I hate to even mention this on the blog, but when you notice I'm away from the blog, and the cobloggers are filling in, it's because I'm dealing with legal matters.

This is "my other job" as I alluded to some weeks back.

It's a time consuming and stressful process. Sometimes I have a hard deadline. Today is one of those days.

Posted by Ace at 03:03 PM Comments

Watch and Laugh

—JohnE.

For your afternoon viewing pleasure, behold DWS in all her stumbling, incoherent glory.

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Posted by JohnE. at 01:29 PM Comments

Open Thread: "The Hot Zone" Author Recaps The Current Ebola Epidemic

—Ace

Interesting reading, courtesy of @comradearthur.

Posted by Ace at 12:43 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Frederic Edwin Church, "Meteor of 1860" (1861)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:41 AM Comments

Top Headline Comments 10-24-14

—Gabriel Malor

Friday!

I mentioned on the podcast that a judge dismissed the lawsuits by 43 groups suing the IRS for targeting them for extra scrutiny. It does not have the appearance of a well-reasoned decision.

A new study finds that health care premiums for non-group coverage rose in 45 states due to Obamacare. That's not in lieu of Obamacare, it's because of Obamacare.

Have a good weekend.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 06:47 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (10-23-2014)

—Maetenloch

My internet is majorly screwed up so you'll get this leftovers of leftovers ONT. And you'll like it.

Quote of the Day

"I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, unavailable to us without such drugs,"

-- Carl Sagan writing as the anonymous Mr. X in 1971

Eh. Having dealt with pot users from total 24/7 stoners to mere weekend enthusiasts I can't think of even one non-trivial insight gained via marijuana. Mostly the amazing thought breakthroughs achieved while high sound something like this: 'Hey what if every object is both itself and like it's complete opposite at the same time. You know like a thing and its shadow but in ONE essence. Wow. ' Which is to say stupidly trivial and nonsensical in the harsh light of sobriety. But they keep trying to explain the  deep significance of their insight but struggle to put it into words that make any sense.

Now perhaps marijuana does in fact open your mind to different levels of perception and new ways of thinking - but given that these always seem to be inexpressible in either words or actions, I'm rather skeptical that they have any use or even exist. I suspect that one of the effects of pot is that it gives you the feeling that you're having amazing insights and mental breakthroughs only without any actual insights or breakthroughs.

What Do People Argue About Online Around the World

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Man Attacks Cop In New York Subways With Axe; Possible Terrorist Connection

—Ace

Armageddon.

New York City police have shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man they say attacked a patrol officer without warning.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday that investigators were still trying to identify the assailant and determine a motive. He said they hadn't ruled out a possible terrorism connection.


Video here.

The cops killed the man in a barrage of gunfire. One bullet unfortunately hit a bystander, but she is mentioned as "wounded," not dead, so I imagine she'll recover.

Update: And the Ebola Doctor has in fact tested positive for ebola, at least in the initial test.

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test.

Flashback: In a terror warning completely buried by the US media (but highlighted in foreign media), feds warned that IS sympathizers were being asked to engage in lone wolf attacks against cops, soldiers, intelligence officers, and media figures.


Posted by Ace at 08:19 PM Comments

Senior Advisor to the Iranian President Mocks Obama as the "Weakest" US President He's Ever Seen

—Ace

Can't argue much.


The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).

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"Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened," Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

"Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran," Younesi said....

Click the link to see who he likes better -- conservatives or Democrats.

Hint: He says one of those two views Iran as "no threat."

Posted by Ace at 07:21 PM Comments

Ebola + New York City Media & Self-Obsession = Terrible Combination for Obama

—Ace

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?

Well Ebola might have come to New York City.

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.

Well, AllahPundit thinks he knows the answer.



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.

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Posted by Ace at 04:45 PM Comments

Palin Endorses Independent-Democrat Fusion Ticket in Alaska Governor's Race, Rather Than Her Successor, Sean Parnell

—Ace

Goin' rogue.

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.

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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%.


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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.

Posted by Ace at 03:13 PM Comments

Watch: AP's Headlines on Hamas Baby-Murderer Change as Outrage Grows

—Ace

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.

You will not believe the headlines AP gave to this story.


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

Incredible. Incredible.

Posted by Ace at 02:02 PM Comments

Another Day, Another Lie, Another Dangerous Action: Obama Administration Released Illegal Immigrants Who Were Facing Charges of Kidnapping and Murder

—Ace

Lie, lie, lie, lie.

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.

Posted by Ace at 01:02 PM Comments

Again, the Decision Desk Needs You

—Brandon Finnigan

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.

No.

A mass of morons.

Join us.

Note: look carefully after you submit. That button that appears is a critical read.

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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

—Ace

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:


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.

Posted by Ace at 11:34 AM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Leslie Sigala, "Stanford Dish Hiking Trail" (2014)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:04 AM Comments

Thursday Age Of Ultron Open Thread

—BenK

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.

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Posted by BenK at 08:20 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (10-22-2014)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day

"Note how they define sexual intercourse above. Apparently men can't have sexual intercourse."

-- Tammen on the White House mandated Campus Climate surveys.

Fear The Hat, Beware the Mace

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.
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Remembering A Bridge Too Far

Well after watching this fan-made trailer I'm ready to go watch it again.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:40 PM Comments

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.

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Posted by Dave In Texas at 08:17 PM Comments

Good News: Family of Second Infected Nurse, Amber Vinson, Says Her Ebola Count is So Low As to Be Undetectable

—Ace


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.

Posted by Ace at 06:31 PM Comments

Ottawa Gunman Identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32; Authorities Say No Motive Is Yet Known

—Ace

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:


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:


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.


Posted by Ace at 05:25 PM Comments

GOP Now +8 On AP Generic Ballot Among Likely Voters, Exceeding 2010's +7 Mark

—Ace

Plus 8 is pretty good.

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.

Posted by Ace at 04:22 PM Comments

WaPo: Evidence Supports Officer Darren Wilson's Account of Ferguson Shooting

—Ace

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."
Posted by Ace at 03:27 PM Comments

Croat Boxer Expresses Slight Disagreement With Referee About Stoppage of Fight

—Ace

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.

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Posted by Ace at 02:25 PM Comments

Update: No Shooting at the Rideau Center Mall
Press Conference Now On

—Ace

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.

Posted by Ace at 01:54 PM Comments



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Jack Bruce, dead at 71
Rest in peace.

Terry Keenan, dead at 53
Rest in peace.


Least Trusted Brand in News: Something Called ‘BuzzFeed’
"You know you have a branding problem when far-left sinkholes Daily Kos and Think Progress rank ahead of you." No one trusts Buzzfeed. [rdbrewer]

UKIP unveils new poster
With 1400 reasons not to vote for Labour. Added: Breitbart London has the background. [rdbrewer]


Paul Bedard: Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge
Via Drudge. "Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos...." But the Republican chairman warned "Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report." Related: FEC chair warns that conservative media like Drudge Report and Sean Hannity face regulation --- like PACs. [rdbrewer]
CNN: NJ official: Female health care worker who'd been in Africa isolated with fever
"Yet things changed in the hours that followed. According to Leusner, 'This evening, the health care worker developed a fever and is now in isolation and being evaluated at University Hospital in Newark.'" More from NYT. [rdbrewer]

Video: Glowy Zoey LED stick figure costumes
Very cool homemade commercial. Website. [rdbrewer]

Internet Aristocrat: #GamerGate Tonight Stream
News, updates, developments. Great discussion with Ralph Retort, Sargon, Roguestar, and Jaden. Total Biscuit drops by. [rdbrewer]


WaPo Publishes Scientific Evidence of Voter Fraud on a Massive Scale — As Previously Predicted By This Here Very Blog
"1.4 million illegal votes likely cast in the presidential election of 2008." [rdbrewer]

AV Club: The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies ends with a 45-minute battle scene [rdbrewer]
Mediaite: Obama Hugs Ebola-Free Nurse: ‘Let’s Give a Hug for the Cameras’
""Obama hugged Pham after the president said something to the effect of 'Let’s give a hug for the cameras' – according to two photographers allowed into the Oval."" [rdbrewer]

Fox 5, San Diego: San Diego Zoo hatches first kiwi in decade
Aww. "The zoo now has four brown kiwis, an endangered species kept at just six zoos around the country." [rdbrewer]


Hillary Clinton: Corporations and Businesses Don’t Create Jobs
You think Hillary is different from Obama? Think again. [rdbrewer]


Elon Musk: ‘With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.’
He's right. We're programed to avoid destructive behavior for the most part because of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. AI will not have undergone the same evolutionary pruning process. [rdbrewer]

Pundit Press: Salon.com: Black People in 'Dear White People' Not Dark Enough
Wondering if Salon editors have looked around the office lately. [rdbrewer]

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: Your Second Amendment
More from BillWhittle.com. [rdbrewer]


Charles Krauthammer: Barack Obama, bewildered bystander
"It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration." Via Monty. [rdbrewer]


Shocker: ‘Recent Convert’ to Islam ‘a Devoted Muslim for Seven Years’
"We’d really love to know who came up with this 'recent convert' nonsense reported far and wide in the wake of the terror attack in Canada." [rdbrewer]


Leon H. Wolf: A Denuded Victory
"Republicans could be poised to make even bigger gains a week from Tuesday, if they could actually articulate a positive vision about something – anything – that America could be excited about.... In 1994, the country was likewise sick of the Democrats, but the Republicans didn’t just run on being sick of the Democrats. They ran on a positive platform of easily articulable reforms that enjoyed broad bipartisan support." [rdbrewer]


Kevin Williamson: Meet the New Serfs: You
"After a volley of flash grenades that set fire to the carpet and a sofa, they moved in, guns drawn. A minute later, they had their man zip-tied on the floor. If only they’d double-checked the address first." [rdbrewer]

Obama's got this
AFP Video: Air strike targets IS militants on a hill in Kobane
Yikes. [rdbrewer]


Eugene Kontorovich: ASA conference keeps out reporters, media focused on Israel or Jewish issues
"The American Studies Association is apparently unhappy about the barrage of press coverage, none of it sympathetic, of their zig-zagging roll-back of their Israel boycott...." [rdbrewer]


CJ Ciaramella: Obama Claims Executive Privilege Over 15,000 Fast and Furious Docs
"'Few of the records seem to even implicate presidential decision-making and advice that might be subject to President Obama’s broad and unprecedented executive privilege claim,' Judicial Watch said in a press release." [rdbrewer]
Video: The Monsters of #Gamergate
Via @Daddy_Warpig. [rdbrewer]

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: Just Say No To Emma Watson and Feminism
Video. [rdbrewer]

Video: IKEA spoofs The Shining [rdbrewer]

Lisa Lerer & Margaret Talev, Bloomberg: The Democrats' Coming Blame Game
Via Drudge. "The White House, bracing for an escalation of friendly fire should Democrats lose control of the Senate, has begun laying out its post-election defense by arguing that candidates are ultimately responsible for their own electoral outcomes." Remember, Reverse Jesus doesn't do anything wrong. All must assume his sins so that he is cleansed. [rdbrewer]


USA Today: Obama misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release
"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." Maybe Jon Stewart will hit that story tonight. Yeah, and maybe I'm a Chinese jet pilot. [rdbrewer]

MRC: NBC Skips Harsh Report on Violent Illegals, Makes Time for Horror Films
"ABC and NBC on Thursday ignored a shocking new report from USA Today that the Obama administration has covered up the release of illegals involved with rapes and murders. Only CBS This Morning covered the story...." [rdbrewer]


Jonah Goldberg: Anti-Israel Bias in One Headline (or Three)
"So it begins with the villain being the Israeli police. Then, in a nod to fairness, it’s changed to an evil car. Then finally, it’s a murderous Palestinian." Outrageous. [rdbrewer]


Kirsten Hunter: Canada’s Sergeant At Arms Kevin Vickers Receives Standing Ovation [rdbrewer]


An Affair to Remember
"As Hillary gears up to run, look for attempts to rewrite 1990s history." [rdbrewer]


George Will: Restoration of Senate’s dignity rides on Mitch McConnell
If we're the only ones concerned with the Senate's dignity, and it's back to business as usual if they regain it in two years, well... then we're not being smart, are we? Will should address that. [rdbrewer]

The Mitrailleuse: Intellectual bullying and the postmodern discourse of GamerGate
"The tactic of dishonestly re-framing a viewpoint into something outrageous in an attempt to discredit those who hold the viewpoint is known as intellectual bullying." Via @Zakn. [rdbrewer]

Pundit Press: Pitt University Newspaper: 'Condemning ISIS is Offensive'
??? [rdbrewer]


Canadian Jihadi Was Not a Recent Convert to Islam
"Seems to us three years ago is a bit more than recent...." Also, a roundup on the story. [rdbrewer]

The Telegraph: Oil slump leaves Russia even weaker than decaying Soviet Union
"Russia had the chance at the end of the Cold War to build a modern, diversified economy, with the enthusiastic help of the West. That chance has been squandered." Nice going, comrade. Via Monty. [rdbrewer]

Andrew McCarthy, PJM: We Need to Call It Terrorism
"The Obama administration’s practice of denying that terrorist attacks are terrorist attacks has been profoundly foolish...." Also from PJM: Dem Panic According to the 'New York Times'. Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Official TRAILER #1 [rdbrewer]

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: Donald Trump to Mitt Romney: Don't Even Think About Running Again
"You 'blew it' in the last election, so don’t even try to run for president again.... Trump said that Romney fails to appeal to the Republican base and as such would lose yet again." He's right. [rdbrewer]


Canada probes Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as possible suspect in Ottawa shooting
"Canadian police are investigating a man named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible suspect in the shootings around parliament...." Related: Heavy: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know. [rdbrewer]


Sean Davis: Wastebook 2014: Eight Absurd Government Projects Funded With Your Money
"5) Free Luxury Gym Memberships For Federal Bureaucrats." [rdbrewer]


Adam Kredo: Iranian Gangs Step Up Acid Attacks Against ‘Immodest’ Women
Horrible. "More than 1,000 Iranians took to the streets across Iran early Wednesday to protest a rash of so-called 'acid attacks' against women who do not strictly follow Islamic law...." [rdbrewer]

The Guardian: Goodfellas actor files $250m lawsuit against The Simpsons for using his likeness
The complaint reads: "1. Stop breaking my balls, alright?" [rdbrewer]


Noah Rothman: This could be the most embarrassing New York Times editorial ever
"'Back off Obama, if you know what’s good for you,' these liberal outlets appear to be saying. For liberal journalists and political commentators, however, it’s just business. That might not be so for The New York Times editorial board, which seems to be taking Obama’s rebuke at the hands of erstwhile allies rather personally." [rdbrewer]


Cuomo Sells 945 Copies of Book; Paid Over $700,000 Advance
"The memoir, released last week, has sold 945 hardcover copies in its first week of sales, Amy Chozick of the New York Times reports." I just can't see why. [rdbrewer]

Heather MacDonald, City Journal: Infected by Politics
"To evaluate whether [opposition to travel bans] rests on purely scientific grounds, it helps to understand the political character of the public-health field. For the last several decades, the profession has been awash in social-justice ideology." [rdbrewer]


Wired: The Weird Astrophysics of Interstellar
Watch the video. "Neither wormholes nor black holes have been depicted in any Hollywood movie in the way that they actually would appear." --Kip Thorne [rdbrewer]



Finalists named for $10m Star Trek 'tricorder' X Prize
"The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, launched last year, challenges anyone to develop a wireless device capable of detecting a range of diseases." [rdbrewer]


Aaron MacLean: Ebola v. Obesity: The Politicized NIH
From a couple of days ago. "But just because an outcome is good doesn’t mean that the federal government has a mandate to pursue it, let alone by means that are borderline Orwellian." Related story. [rdbrewer]

Video: Mark Udall Advocates Condone Voter Fraud: "That’s not even like lying or stealing"
James O'Keefe, Project Veritas. [rdbrewer]
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