Your Polling Place Locator

If you’re not sure where to vote for the mid terms, help is on the way.

A nifty new tool courtesy of Pew’s Voting Information Project makes it very easy for voters to find their polling place and ballot information.

I’ll be keeping this polling place locator at the top of the page until election day.

Check it out:

Monday Catch-Up: Radicals Prepare For Battle In St. Louis

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I’ve got to clear some tabs, people.

Gateway Pundit: Breaking: Anonymous & #Occupy Call on Supporters to Flood St. Louis for Violent Uprising:

   The radical Anonymous and Occupy groups are working in concert to prepare protesters for battle.

Not only are the radical groups calling for supporters to pour into the St. Louis region, they’re instructing them on what to bring, make, and do. It sure seems they are working to turn the grand jury announcement into the opening salvo of a violent revolution.

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It’s going down right now, protesters flying in, Riding train in, & driving to #Ferguson. Protest on the ground and the internet, #Ferguson

This is an outrage: NYTs: Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required:

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”

The federal government does.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

Abolish the IRS.

Twitchy: They didn’t answer’: Sharyl Attkisson questions CDC about Ebola bioterrorism safeguards:

With so much focus on halting the spread of Ebola in the U.S., investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has questions for the CDC about what’s being done to guard against somebody easily obtaining the virus and spreading it intentionally…

Just One Minute: Ebola And Project Bioshield:

Via Glenn we learn that Dick Cheney took point in getting greatly expanded funding for research into protection against potential weapons of biological terror, including Ebola.

Democrats looking to blame Republicans for the lack of an Ebola vaccine may owe Dick Cheney an apology.

It turns out that as vice president, Cheney was the driving force behind more funding for the National Institutes of Health that helped lead to the development of Ebola vaccines being tested today.

CNS News: Infectious Disease Experts Argue: ‘Ebola Virus Could Be an Aerosol-Transmissable Disease’:

On Saturday, President Obama stated that “Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch. It’s not transmitted through the air like the flu.”

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also said that “this is not like flu. It’s not like measles, not like the common cold. It’s not as spreadable, it’s not as infectious as those conditions.”

But after reviewing the scientific literature, Dr. Lisa Brosseau and Dr.Rachael Jones found little evidence that the deadly hemorrhagic fever can only be caught through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

The CDC and the World Health Organization “speak very loudly and say very strongly it isn’t airborne, but they don’t offer a lot of support for that. And I will tell you when I look for the data, there is not a lot of data to support their contention that it isn’t an aerosol-transmissible disease,” said Brousseau, who explained the difference between “aerosol transmission” and “airborne transmission”.

“We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks,” Brousseau and Jones stated in a guest commentary published in September by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

Gateway Pundit: Sick Five Year-Old Boy Quarantined for Ebola After Returning to US from Guinea (Video)

ABC News reported:

A 5-year-old boy who returned home from Guinea Saturday is being tested for Ebola at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, officials said today. Preliminary results will be available within the next 12 hours.

The boy was transported to Bellevue Hospital Sunday night because of his travel history and initial reports that he had a fever, but he actually had no symptoms when he first arrived at the hospital, officials said.

The Washington Post; I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an ISIS commander. Here’s how I escaped.

As the sun rose over my dusty village on Aug. 3, relatives called with terrifying news: Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) were coming for us. I’d expected just another day full of household tasks in Tel Uzer, a quiet spot on the western Nineveh plains of Iraq, where I lived with my family. Instead, we scrambled out of town on foot, taking only our clothes and some valuables.

After an hour of walking north, we stopped to drink from a well in the heart of the desert. Our plan was to take refuge on Mount Sinjar, along with thousands of other Yazidis like us who were fleeing there, because we had heard a lot of stories about Islamic State brutality and what they had done to non-Muslims. They’d been converting religious minorities or simply killing them. But suddenly several vehicles drew up and we found ourselves surrounded by militants wearing Islamic State uniforms. Several people screamed in horror; we were scared for our lives. I’ve never felt so helpless in my 14 years. They had blocked our path to safety, and there was nothing we could do.

The militants divided us by gender and age: One for young and capable men, another for girls and young women, and a third for older men and women. The jihadists stole cash and jewelry from this last group, and left them alone at the oasis. Then they placed the girls and women in trucks. As they drove us away, we heard gunshots. Later we learned that they were killing the young men, including my 19-year old brother, who had married just six months ago.

Judicial Watch: Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife:

Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughnindex” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.  The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequentSeptember 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)).  A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal.  Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act.  The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.

This is the first time that the Obama administration has provided a detailed listing of all records being withheld from Congress and the American people about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal. The 1307-page “draft” Vaughn index was emailed to Judicial Watch at 8:34 p.m. last night, a few hours before a federal court-ordered deadline.  In its cover letter, the Department of Justice asserts that all of the responsive records described in the index are “subject to the assertion of executive privilege.”

Judicial Watch: Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch.

The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency’s objections. Yesterday JW reported on the broad information in the records, including that Obama asserted executive privilege for Holder’s wife as part of the administration’s efforts to cover up the scandal.

 John Sexton, The Conversation: Sharyl Attkisson’s Computer was Bugged Using Government Software

Reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was hacked using software that is proprietary to U.S. government agencies. The computer analyst who discovered evidence of the hacking described it as, “Worse than anything Nixon ever did.”

Today the New York Post reports details of the hacking revealed in Attkisson’s forthcoming book, Stonewalled. According to the Post, the hacker found their way in via an email in February 2012 using proprietary spyware that is only available to U.S. government agencies, such as the NSA and CIA. The hacker later refreshed their connection on two occasions.

Friday Free-For-All: Holy Crap

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I rarely do link-arounds anymore – opting to focus on one thing at a time, but holy crap. Look at all these insane headlines in the news, today. I have about 20 tabs open that I have to close before my laptop crashes, so here we go:

The NY Post:Ebola ruled out as passenger dies on Nigeria flight to JFK:

A passenger died on a Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials gave the corpse only a “cursory” exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola.

How were they so quickly able to rule out Ebola? The guy was showing the ultimate “Ebola-like symptoms” – projectile vomiting and death. “Distrust of this government permeates everything” George Will noted, yesterday. And he’s right. When the Obama administration doesn’t want the American people to know something – they lie, deflect, and stonewall. Suspicious minds familiar with their tactics are going to wonder,  are they now trying to cover up Ebola deaths on airplanes?!

The president just appointed a far-left Democrat political operative with no medical background what-so-ever –  to be his “Ebola Czar.” What practically no one will say is there already IS an Ebola Czar, another political hack who at least has a medical background. But for some reason, this person – whose office is paid for by American taxpayer – is no where to be seen on Ebola. Hence an excuse to appoint a political operative to be in charge of damage control.

Yes, I’m guessing our new “Ebola Czar’s” main functions will be to quarantine the White House and the CDC from criticism on how they’re handling Ebola. Obama first concern is always preservation of power – never what’s best for the American people. The president hasn’t yet figured out that such a nakedly political apointment – designed to look like he’s doing something decisive – no longer fools people and the MSM isn’t carrying his water to the extent that they used to. There is going to be a huge backlash on this ludicrous, insulting appointment.

The Hayride: Ebola Is Nothing To Worry About Now…

Obama has appointed Ron Klain to handle it.

Who’s Ron Klain? Exactly.

Ron Klain is a lawyer and Democrat political hack who’s worked for Al Gore and Joe Biden, and in the latter capacity he was in charge of fulfilling Barack Obama’s promise that none of the 2009 stimulus money would get wasted.

Solyndra, anyone?

Ron Klain isn’t a doctor, has no medical degree, has no public health credentials, is not qualified to manage a large operation, has no executive experience to speak of. Ron Klain is a spinmeister who can offer platitudes and sweet-smelling candy to the news media.

Kevin Spacey played him in a movie once. And he’s been on Crossfire.

This would be funny if it wasn’t so scary.

Via Wikipedia another dubious “achievement”: Klain helped Fannie Mae overcome “regulatory issues.”  (Holy crap!)

Chris Stirwalt, Fox News: KLAIN: A POLITICAL FIXER FOR A POLITICAL PROBLEM:

We learned an awful lot today about how the Obama White House views the threat from Ebola with the appointment of Ron Klain as “czar” for dealing with response to the disease. Since Klain, who rose to fame as the chief Democratic lawyer in the 2000 Florida recount, is a political fixer and not an expert in epidemiology or public safety, we can assume that President Obama sees a political problem that needs to be fixed. The White House says that it is possible and perhaps “likely” that more Americans will be diagnosed with the virus, which we can assume means that more cases are almost certainly out there. But we are told that because the government has learned from its mistakes is now being aggressive with quarantines (or not), everything will be okay. The effort to get Americans to calm down and relax about the disease that dissolves human organs and carries a 70 percent mortality rate has somehow not worked out. So now, in response to all the alarm, the administration is trying to match the public tone. And as was the case two months ago on Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria, the only circumstance that seems to be different is public opinion.

Via Washington Free Beacon: CNN Reporter To WH: What Does Obama’s Ebola Czar Know About Ebola?

From the administration that says there’s no need to seal our borders or ban travel from Ebola infected countries because of their top notch protocols and tracking prowess. From the same administration that couldn’t track an Ebola infected nurse to Cleveland, we now have this!

The Washington Post: Texas hospital worker quarantined on cruise ship in Caribbean:

Updated and corrected   (Oh, did someone get a call from the new “Ebola Czar”?)

A Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has been isolated on board a Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean. The worker has shown no symptoms of the disease, according to Carnival, which said it is in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Carnival spokeswoman said the guest, who was not named, will remain on board in voluntary isolation until the ship returns to its home port of Galveston on Sunday.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital employee and a partner boarded the ship Oct. 12 in Galveston, Tex., before the CDC updated the requirement for active monitoring, the State Department said in a statement. Although the worker is healthy, the U.S. government is working with the cruise line to get the ship back to America “out of an abundance of caution.”

The employee, who has not been named, did not come into direct contact with Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. However, he or she may have been exposed to his clinical specimens, the State Department said.

The news comes amid growing concerns after two nurses who cared for Duncan tested positive for Ebola.

CBS DFW: New Patient ‘Screened Positive’ For Ebola At Baylor Hospital, Testing Not Confirmed:

On Friday morning Baylor Hospital in Dallas confirmed a patient with ‘ebola similar symptoms’ also triggered a positive on a verbal screening questionnaire.

Although a positive blood test has not been confirmed, sources says it’s not unusual to have a patient screen positive considering the wider net for ebola now over Dallas. A positive screening means the patient met some of the criteria to cause concern.

A source at Baylor Hospital Dallas says the patient came to the Emergency Room through a private entrance and went straight to isolation.The source says Baylor transferred the person to Presbyterian Hospital a short while later.

Whoopty-doo, right? A lot of symptoms probably mimic Ebola.

The patient “was at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas Thursday evening reporting ebola symptoms and indicated contact with someone with the disease.”

Holy crap.

Military.com: Sick Woman Causes Pentagon Closures as Ebola Precaution

Officials Friday morning quickly cordoned off sections of the Pentagon parking lot and closed an entrance as an Ebola precaution after a woman vomited outside the Pentagon and said she had recently been to Africa.

Pentagon police shut down its Corridor 2 entrance and suspended all pedestrian and vehicle traffic at its south parking lot after police spotted the woman shortly after 9 am around lanes 17-19 of the south lot. She was ill and vomiting, said Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Defense Department spokesman.

Hol -ee -crap.

Ace of Spades HQ: CDC: Oh, By The Way, Small Update, Amber Joy Vinsen Was Actually Symptomatic During Her Flight From Cleveland to Dallas, And May Have Been Symptomatic On Her Flight From Dallas to Cleveland, Too:

No biggie. We’re just telling you this now out of an abundance of caution.

We could have told you this earlier — because it was pretty obvious — but we didn’t want to act out of a total serious abundance of caution. Just the regular level of abundance of caution.

So even though we’re contradicting our earlier claims, again, and we sorta seem deliberately dishonest in doing so, trust us.

A nurse with Ebola may have shown symptoms of the virus as many as four days before authorities once indicated, meaning that she might have been contagious while flying on not just one, but two commercial flights, officials said Thursday.

I’m not yet worried about contracting Ebola. I’m afraid I may die of a stroke, first.

Peggy Noonan, WSJ: Who Do They Think We Are?: The administration’s Ebola evasions reveal its disdain for the American people.

It is my impression that everyone who speaks for the government on this issue has been instructed to imagine his audience as anxious children. It feels like how the pediatrician talks to the child, not the parents. It’s as if they’ve been told: “Talk, talk, talk, but don’t say anything. Clarity is the enemy.”

The language of government now is word-spew.

Dr. Frieden did not explain his or the government’s thinking on the reasons for opposition to a travel ban. On the other hand, he noted that the government will consider all options in stopping the virus from spreading here, so perhaps that marks the beginning of a possible concession.

It is one thing that Dr. Frieden, and those who are presumably making the big decisions, have been so far incapable of making a believable and compelling case for not instituting a ban. A separate issue is how poor a decision it is. To call it childish would be unfair to children. In fact, if you had a group of 11-year-olds, they would surely have a superior answer to the question: “Sick people are coming through the door of the house, and we are not sure how to make them well. Meanwhile they are starting to make us sick, too. What is the first thing to do?”

The children would reply: “Close the door.” One would add: “Just for a while, while you figure out how to treat everyone getting sick.” Another might say: “And keep going outside the door in protective clothing with medical help.” Eleven-year-olds would get this one right without a lot of struggle.

If we don’t momentarily close the door to citizens of the affected nations, it is certain that more cases will come into the U.S. It is hard to see how that helps anyone. Closing the door would be no guarantee of safety—nothing is guaranteed, and the world is porous. But it would reduce risk and likelihood, which itself is worthwhile.

Africa, by the way, seems to understand this. The Associated Press on Thursday reported the continent’s health-care officials had limited the threat to only five countries with the help of border controls, travel restrictions, and aggressive and sophisticated tracking.

John Hayward, The Conversation: Democrats blaming Ebola on ‘budget cuts’ should be their downfall:

Republicans should do a lot more than push back against this – they should turn it into a major issue during last-minute ad blitzes in tight Senate races.  This shouldbe an existential crisis for the Democrat Party.  They’re worse than useless – they’ll rob you blind with taxes, wreck your life with incompetence, and then blame their failure on insufficient funding.  They do it every damn time.  It’s built into the Party’s ideological DNA.  Politicians of every stripe are good at evading responsibility – no breaking news there – but Democrats work overtime to protect the system itself from being held accountable for anything.  They’re covering hundreds of thousands of bureaucratic asses, at a moment when it’s vitally important for the American people to understand what went wrong, and apply the lessons not just to Ebola, but to the dramatic reform of the bloated and incompetent beast sprawled along the Potomac.

 

Biz Pac Review: Dem governor threatens if he loses race, he may pardon mass murderer on his way out:

Hickenlooper indicated to a CNN reporter that he could take it further by granting the mass murderer full clemency if he were defeated by his pro-death penalty Republican opponent in November.

Complete Colorado obtained and published an audio recording of the governor saying there are still things “a governor can [do]” with the time that remains. Things he can do in the “period of time between the election…and the end of the year.”

Liberty Unyielding: Another Secret Service scandal: Agents tried to enter home of Obama critic using fake warrant (Video):

In yet another example of misconduct within the Secret Service, police in Nashville, Tenn., disclosed that several of its agents attempted to use a fake warrant in an attempt to gain entry into the private residence of one of President Obama’s critics.

What’s more troubling is that top agency officials in Washington seemed uninterested when Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson complained to them of the incident, according to local News Channel 5.

Although the event occurred in January, 2013, it only came to light Tuesday when a letter Anderson sent last week to several lawmakers seated on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee detailing the occurrence was made public.

“There’s already a lot of fodder to attack the Secret Service with, and this will be more,” Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), one of the letter’s recipients told the station.

Deroy Murdock, NRO: Bush Didn’t Lie: So why did his administration sit on the evidence of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs?

It is outrageous that the Pentagon and, apparently, Bush’s political team concealed proof that America’s chief casus belli actually existed. Instead, the howling hyenas of the Left were allowed to gnaw away at Bush’s political corpse.

Why did anyone involved in this disaster think that this would be good for America domestically or globally? How thick were the skulls of Bush’s political advisers not to see the importance of presenting this information amid deafening shouts that the president and those of us who supported Operation Iraqi Freedom were a pack of filthy liars?Anyone who aided and abetted this extremely destructive cover-up should be removed immediately and barred permanently from government agencies, political campaigns, and party organizations.

Annnnd some surprisingly good news from a surprisingly unlikely source:

Washington Post: Black voters in St. Louis County direct their anger at the Democratic Party:

Darren Seals experienced waves of disbelief and anger after Michael Brown’s death, but two months later, he has found a way to channel his emotions: Focus on changing an elected leadership that seems deaf to the concerns of African American residents like him.

So on Nov. 4, the 27-year-old assembly-line worker and hip-hop musician from a deeply Democratic community plans to take bold action. He says he will vote for a white Republican.

“Just because they’ve got the D next to their name, that don’t mean nothing,” said Seals, who lives a few blocks from where a police officer shot Brown. “The world is watching us right now. It’s time to send a message of our power.”

My computer is doing much better, now. Thank you for indulging me.

Monday Catch-Up: The Gentle Giant Narrative Crumbles

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It’s back to school week, so there’s been a flurry of activity at my house getting ready for the big day (Wednesday.) I’ve been swamped – in case you’re wondering about the light blogging.

I haven’t done a link-around in awhile, and I’ve got a lot of tabs open on Ferguson, so I guess we’re going to focus on that.

As I’m sure, you’ve noticed, the entire “Gentle Giant” narrative that initially took hold – is falling apart.

This is all coming down in Jim Hoft’s (Gateway Pundit) backyard. If you haven’t been reading his on the scene reports, you should be.

BREAKING: Michael Brown Was Shot IN FRONT By #Ferguson Cop – Not in the Back – Autopsy Released

SHOCK VIDEO: Protester Shot & Hogtied By #Ferguson Police

PHOTO COLLECTION: ‘Peaceful Protesters’ Vandalize, Loot & Destroy #Ferguson Businesses

CALL OFF THE RACE HUSTLERS… Autopsy Shows Big Mike Brown Was Bumrushing Cop – Not Surrendering

MO Governor Calls in National Guard to #Ferguson After Bashing Local Cops

Michael Brown’s Mother: No Peace Possible Until Police Officer Darren Wilson Is Arrested (Video)

Autopsy SHOOTS HOLES in Eyewitness Testimony: Victim Michael Brown WAS NOT Shot in Back

SECOND RALLY Held in Support of #Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in St. Louis

MO DEMOCRAT Accuses Police of Purposely Planning & Executing #Ferguson Violence (Video)

Allapundit at Hot Air reports that the Brown family lawyers still maintain, One of the gunshots that hit him was back-to-front:

Big news if true as it seemingly contradicts a key takeaway from Michael Baden’s autopsy, that none of the shots that hit Brown came from the back. As noted in the last post, eyewitness accounts are mixed: Dorian Johnson claims Brown was hit from behind before turning and putting his hands up, an eyewitness who live-tweeted the shooting claims that two shots were fired at his back before Brown turned to face Darren Wilson and was then fired at repeatedly, and a third eyewitness captured on audio claims that Brown initially ran away from Wilson before coming back at him. There’s rough consistency there on Brown’s movements, first fleeing from Wilson and then facing him, but when the shots were fired, which shots hit him, and what Brown was doing when he turned back towards Wilson are uncertain.

The Conversation: Holder DOJ Behind the Suppression of Michael Brown Robbery Video:

The shooting took place on Saturday, August 9 and it took until the Friday the 15th for the surveillance video to be released. Since the shooting occurred, Ferguson has been wracked with  riots, destruction of property and looting every night.

The significance of the surveillance video has understandably led some to wonder,why on earth did the police not release it sooner?

“What upsets me is that it should have been all over the news,” said Tatinisha Wheeler, a protester who lives in St. Louis. She said she was confused why the police wouldn’t have immediately said Mr. Brown had been allegedly involved in a crime. “Now they’re going to say it’s a robbery?” she asked.

If the video had come out right away, the gentle giant narrative would never have been able to take hold in the way it did.

Now we know the reason for the delay.

The Holder Justice Department pressured the Ferguson Police Dept. not to release the tape showing the latest left-wing cause celeb to be a violent criminal.

Via NBC News:

The Department of Justice urged Ferguson police not to release surveillance video purporting to show Michael Brown robbing a store shortly before he was shot and killed by police, arguing the footage would further inflame tensions in the St. Louis suburb that saw rioting and civil unrest in the wake of the teenager’s death.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson released the video Friday, telling reporters that he had no choice because the media requested the release under the Freedom of Information Act. The Department of Justice, which is conducting its own investigation into Brown’s Aug. 9 death, has had a copy of the footage all along and never considered releasing it to the public, the source said.

Holder has also ordered another autopsy in addition to the state-performed autopsy.

John Hayward, the Conversation: The truth will set you free…or maybe inflame you, one or the other

I find this whole idea of suppressing the truth because it might be “inflammatory” to be incredibly offensive, not to mention obviously ineffectual.  The people who profess sympathy for the protesters in Ferguson are awfully quick to patronize them as volatile children who can’t handle the truth.  (Let’s be honest, some peopleare sympathetic to the rioters and looters too, and I suspect those individuals are no longer terribly concerned with the truth, so it’s not going to “inflame” them any more than they already are.)

Indulging in dark fantasies about Saint Michael Brown the Gentle Giant gunned down for no reason by an evil racist rogue cop certainly hasn’t done much to restore order in Ferguson, has it?  On the contrary, that’s just making it worse.  This whole thing got started because people latched onto false narratives within hours (actually, to judge by some of the social media traffic, minutes) of the incident.  They couldn’t be troubled to wait even a few days for the truth.  How’s that working out for everyone?

The Right Scoop: Larry Elder: If Ferguson Police Dept. must represent racial makeup of city, then Obama can’t be president

Larry Elder said today on CNN regarding the suggestion that the Ferguson police department must match the racial composition of the city in order to represent them, that if this is true then Obama can’t be president since blacks are only 13% of the United States.

Twitchy: Why is Obama grinning in this Ferguson briefing photo? Plus, key question for Pres. Photo Op:

 

Twitchy: ‘FEEL THE RESPECT, MINIONS’! Tie-less Obama oozes ‘detachment and contempt’ [photo]

 UPDATE:

This is significant:

 

Video: House Homeland Security Chairman: Flight 370 Went Missing Due To ‘Intentional Deliberate Act’ – Probably In Indian Ocean

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security appeared on FOX News’ The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss the latest findings in the investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

With the dismissal by the investigative team of the possibility of mechanical malfunction, the focus of the investigation is now on the pilots, Kelly began and she asked McCaul for his thoughts.

He said that the plane’s disappearance was due to “an intentional, deliberate act” but had no ideas as to the motive – lamenting that the Malaysian government has been less than helpful on that front.

Kelly has been entertaining the theory for the past week that the plane was flown to Pakistan, but McCaul said he believes that based on all the intelligence he’s seen the plane was headed on a Southern route and it’s somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

He also said that it is still a rescue operation – not a recovery.

 

Monday Catch-Up: Obama Most Well-Traveled, Expensive President In History

 

 

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Matthew Boyle, Big Government: Exclusive – Study: Obama Most Well-Traveled, Expensive President In History Through Five Years:

President Barack Obama has spent more time traveling abroad than other U.S. president in history at this point in their presidencies, according to a forthcoming study from the National Taxpayer Union Foundation (NTUF) provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release.

“The most internationally well-traveled President, through five years, is also flying the most expensive-to-operate Air Force One to date,” NTUF wrote.

After five years in the White House, Obama has taken 31 trips for a total of 119 days abroad. At that point in George W. Bush’s presidency, Bush had taken 28 trips for 116 days, while Bill Clinton had taken 27 trips for 113 days. Ronald Reagan, after five years, had taken 14 trips for 73 days while Richard Nixon had taken 12 trips for 60 days after five years in the White House and Lyndon Johnson took 10 trips for 34 days at the half-decade mark. Dwight Eisenhower took 8 trips for 31 days after five years in the White House.

Citing a recent report in the Washington Examiner that found through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that taxpayers are on the hook for about $228,288 per Air Force One flight hour in 2013, a 27 percent increase from the previously confirmed cost of $179,750 per fight hour that NTUF used in its last study, the taxpayer watchdog concludes that Obama’s flights have cost taxpayers more than any other president.

The Hayride: Obama Suggests Leaving Us With No Functional Missiles:

So says the Washington Free Beacon

President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say has helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.

The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy.

In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.

The Navy will also be forced to cancel its acquisition of the well-regarded and highly effective Hellfire missiles in 2015, according to Obama’s proposal.

Charles Cooke, National Review: Power Isn’t Funny:
Obama bombs when he jokes that he’ll sic the IRS or the Secret Service on his critics.

The president’s latest witticism was inspired by his much-debated appearance on Between Two Ferns, during which he traded carefully scripted barbs with actor Zach Galifianakis. “Zach actually was pretty nervous,” Obama explained to Ryan Seacrest in a postmortem interview. “His whole character is to go after the guest, and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys with guns and thinking, I wonder what happens here if I cross the line? But we had a great time.”

Gettit? Because if Galifianakis had said something that the president didn’t like, the president’s armed guards would have killed him. In consequence . . . and prepare yourself, because this is hysterical . . . the comedian self-censored, permitting Obama to get in a nice little barrage of prepared zingers and sitting by quietly while he hawked his vision for the federal government! Nice thing you’ve got going here, matey. Shame if anything were to happen to it. Funny or Die! Ha, ha, ha.
Here’s another rip-roaring yarn from our commander-in-chief, this one aimed squarely at the Jonas Brothers: “Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: ‘Predator drones.’ You will never see it coming.” See, if the Jonas Brothers try to date the president’s daughters, he’ll execute them from the sky. The best part? Like so many Pakistani villagers, they won’t even know what has hit them! Brilliant.

UK Telegraph: Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals:

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.

Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’

At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.

The programme, which will air tonight, found that parents who lose children in early pregnancy were often treated without compassion and were not consulted about what they wanted to happen to the remains.

A nationalized healthcare system nightmare – and the logical result of publically funded abortions and rationed care… Will we be hearing similar stories in our not too distant future?

Seton Motley, The Daily Caller: Sprint’s crony socialist hypocrisy:

Crony Socialism is, in part, the government cutting special deals for certain companies – at the expense of other companies, and the free market.

It is particularly pathetic when companies publicly troll for this treatment.  It’s almost as if they’ve given up on actually, you know, trying.

Sprint, T-Mobile US, Dish Network and other smaller carriers are already lobbying [Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler]. 

In a letter to Wheeler on Thursday, the companies’ top executives…urged Wheeler to adopt rules for the (spectrum) auctions that would ensure “that the two dominant wireless incumbents not be allowed to lock competitive carriers out of acquiring…spectrum.

But — it’s an auction. Everyone bids, and the best bids win. Everyone has equal access. Problem preemptively solved. Except that’s not what these guys mean. More from their begging letter:

“To be clear, none of us has ever suggested excluding the largest two carriers from theauction.

AoSHQ: Pew Polling Reports That Even Among Obamacare Opponents, Most Want Their Congressmen to “Make Obamacare Work.” Here’s How They Got The Answer They Wanted.

Here are the options — two of them — that Pew gave respondents to choose from:

What do you think elected officials who oppose the health care law should do now that the law has started to take effect? Should they [X] or should they [Y]?Do what they can to make the law work as well as possible

Do what they can to make the law fail

Emphases added.

Pew gave them a binary choice between “doing what they can to make the law work” and actively working to subvert and sabotage the law, and they present it as a meaningful bit of data that 30% supported the former choice, and only 19% the latter.

Good God.

CNN: Does the Big Bang breakthrough offer proof of God?

The prevalent theory of cosmic origins prior to the Big Bang theory was the “Steady State,” which argued that the universe has always existed, without a beginning that necessitated a cause.

However, this new evidence strongly suggests that there was a beginning to our universe.

If the universe did indeed have a beginning, by the simple logic of cause and effect, there had to be an agent – separate and apart from the effect – that caused it.

That sounds a lot like Genesis 1:1 to me: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.”

So this latest discovery is good news for us believers, as it adds scientific support to the idea that the universe was caused – or created – by something or someone outside it and not dependent on it.

Atheist-turned-agnostic astronomer Fred Hoyle, who coined the term “Big Bang,” famously stated, “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics.”

As Hoyle saw it, the Big Bang was not a chaotic explosion, but rather a very highly ordered event – one that could not have occurred by random chance.

We also need to remember that God reveals himself both through scripture and creation. The challenge is in seeing how they fit together. A better understanding of each can inform our understanding of the other.

Stanley Kurtz, the Corner, The Truth About Obama’s ‘Catholic Roots’:

I suspect Obama and his acolytes think of Pope Francs as a “fellow traveler.”

In advance of his Thursday meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, the New York Times is portraying President Obama’s community organizing as a kind of Catholicism in practice.  In a front page, above-the-fold piece titled “The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism,” Jason Horowitz highlights the close alliance between Obama, his organizing mentors Greg Galluzzo and Gerald Kellman, and the Catholic Church. Obama’s frequent invocation of Chicago’s Cardinal Bernardin is referenced, along with Obama’s ties to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Horowitz notes that the alliance reached the point where young Obama was effectively proselytizing for the Catholic Church. A fuller and more accurate account of Obama’s organizing paints a very different picture, however.

Before we get to the reality of Obama’s organizing connection with the Catholic Church, let’s have a quick look back at the founder of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. Obama’s Chicago organizing mentors, after all, were consciously trying to replicate Alinsky’s church strategy. In fact, they were working in some of the same Catholic churches originally organized by Alinsky.

Paul Mirengoff, Powerline: Obama shows his foreign policy resolve against a has-been African warlord:

President Obama is unwilling to engage militarily in Syria. Assad’s butchery has not moved him, nor have the 150,000 deaths produced thus far by the civil war. When Assad and his Hezbollah/Iran backers crossed the “red line” by using chemical weapons, Obama punted. He has even been unwilling to provide meaningful assistance to Assad’s non-radical opponents.

In Iraq, Obama opted for a total U.S. pullout. He appears poised for a similar pullout in Afghanistan, which would mean abandoning those Afghans who put their life on the line to support his surge.

In addition, Obama has thus far turned down requests for arms and other military assistance by the government of Ukraine. He did engage militarily in Libya for a brief time. But that was a NATO operation, sanctioned by the United Nations, in which the U.S. “led from behind.”

Now, Obama has found someone against whom he is willing to commit U.S. troops without NATO. The target is Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord. Pursuant to the War Powers Act, the president has notified Congress that approximately 300 U.S. forces will be deployed to assist in the hunt for Kony. He will also deploy Osprey aircraft. Obama previously had deployed 100 Special Operations troops to assist in the search.

In a sense, Kony is a worthy target. For years, his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has attacked central African villages, mutilating civilians and stealing children.

But according to the Washington Post, LRA attacks have decreased significantly (probably by 75 percent) since 2010. Three of its five commanders have been taken out since 2012, including Kony’s second in command.

It would appear, then, that Obama is participating in a mop-up operation.

Watcher Of Weasels: Forum: What Is The Meaning Of ‘Spirituality’ To You?

Every week on Monday morning , the Watcher’s Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What Is The Meaning Of ‘Spirituality’ To You?

Liberty’s Spirit:Spirituality is the understanding that the universe is greater than yourself, but at the same time, you are obligated to better the world around you as if you, and you alone, are responsible for the continuation of all living creatures. It matters not to me how any one person comes to this realization. I do not believe that a person has to have a religion to be a good person (unfortunately there are too many people in the world who use religion as a weapon to hurt others instead of a path to goodness). What matters is that individuals understand that their singular actions effect everyone around them and that there is a ripple effect in the dynamics of the universe. The constant desire to be kind to all living creatures around you is the epitome of spirituality. Every little action can have a positive effect on a stranger. A simple smile at a passing individual could bring joy to their world in ways you will never know. Trying to be a better person than you were the moment before is the path to spirituality and the constant challenge of humanity.

Simply Jews:That one sent me to the dictionary.

The first meaning (“Property or income owned by a church”) is hardly relevant to me.
The second one (“Concern with things of the spirit”) is somewhat more interesting, although, I suspect, much easier to deal with for religious people, which I am not.

So, I shall have to define it for myself, then. I would say that spirituality means several activities that a person occupies him/herself during the breaks in the daily mundane pursuit of happiness in its material aspect.

Our spiritual pursuits could be the main difference between us and the animals, although as a definition this statement doesn’t add much understanding of spirituality.

So, to be more specific, let’s go by example: fine arts, literature, music and, (unfortunately I have to say it), the elements of popular culture such as pop, heavy metal and similar kinds of musics, should be all named as part of our spirituality.

As, of course, the religious person’s study of things religious and praying, equivalent of which for a secular person would be philosophy – provided the secular person indulges in this field of activity.

And, if you want to take the root of the word “spirituality” more literally, a good bottle of spirit, like the one distillated by the magicians of Scotland, has something to do with spirituality too. Depending on the dosage, of course.

The Noisy Room: The meaning of ‘spirituality’ to me is simply my lifelong walk with God. As a child, my father was in construction and we moved constantly. My father was agnostic and my Grandmother was a devout Christian. However, we were never forced to go to church. From the time I can remember walking and talking, I have always gravitated to the Bible and its teachings. I went to church myself from the time I was very young – always alone. I have always felt Him with me – in the good and bad times and he has sustained me through many battles during my life. I could no more separate my life and being from my belief in God, than I could stop fighting against Communism. Most of my life, I have felt led by my spirituality to pursue the work I am ensconced in. It is my belief that I follow a calling from God and each and every day I pray for guidance. I gladly follow my path and His lead… I always will until I leave this world for the next.

JoshuaPundit: Spirituality is the horse that takes you on your journey towards Almighty G-d. Faith and acceptance is the reward at journey’s end. And should you be so fortunate as to be so close to the Father of Us All to be blessed with faith and acceptance, the next step is the self discipline to practice and live that faith and acceptance in this world, as an offering.

My Latest At The Conversation:

A Rebuttal To First Lady’s Claim That They Welcome Criticism

In response to Michelle Obama: My Husband and I Welcome ‘Criticism’ from ‘Media’ and ‘Our Fellow Americans’:

Uh-huh.

They sure have a strange way of showing their “welcome.”

What was the IRS scandal but a project to “shut up conservative voices” that criticize the president?

The IRS is now in the process of codifying the rules they used to illegally target conservative 501 (C) (4) groups.

This president has been at war with Fox News since the early days of his administration, and has called out Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by name.

This is the president of “Fight the Smears,” “Attack Watch,” “Truth Team,” and Linda Douglass’s ghastly “snitch network” which was set up to squelch “misinformation” (aka “the truth”) about ObamaCare.

And just last month the FCC had to shelve their plans to have “news police” monitoring newsrooms, only because of the huge public outcry.

The best rebuttal to the First Lady nice-sounding but ludicrous claim actually came from Senator Mitch McConnell in a speech he made, last June.

Say what you will about Mitch McConnell – he is a longtime First Amendment hawk, and he didn’t hold back in this AEI speech in which he called out in a very striking and memorable way, the tyrannical president and his willing accomplices for attempting to silence his critics. McConnell said, “this administration has institutionalized the practice of pitting bureaucrats against the very people they’re supposed to be serving, and it needs to stop.”

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church haven’t changed their hateful ways just because their hateful ringleader passed away. According to KSHB, more than 20 members staged a demonstration to protest the pop star, Lorde, who was appearing at the Midland theater in Downtown Kansas City, Friday evening. 

 

Friday Free-For-All: Don’t Tread On My ObamaCare?

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Twitchy: ‘Oh the irony’: Pelosi daughter shares Obamacare sticker that would make Gadsden gag [pic]:

Unbelievably shameless.

Joel Pollack, the Conversation: Democrats Steal Tea Party Symbol to Promote Obamacare:

Matt Welch of Reason.com has a nice roundup of past Democrat statements about the Gadsden flag. The irony is compounded by the fact that the Gadsden became popular at Tea Party rallies in 2009-10 partly because Obamacare is so damaging to liberty.

Me, the Conversation: ‘Don’t Tread On My ObamaCare?’ Tell That to the 5-6 Million Americans Who Already Lost Theirs:

“Don’t tread on my government-controlled healthcare?” Seriously? Do these fools not know more government control over our lives  = less independence and freedom? To be a Democrat in 2014 means to wake up every day in Opposite Land.

I know of  5-6 million Americans who would love to adopt the “don’t tread on my health care” motto, but unfortunately, it’s too late for them. Thanks to ObamaCare, their old health care plans have the government’s tread marks all over them.

What a sick, profoundly unfunny joke.

The left’s Koch brothers obsession, however, continues to be an unintentionally hilarious joke:

The Hayride: VIDEO: Vitter To Lefty Moonbat Heckler – ‘God Bless The Koch Brothers’:

This is almost too good to be real, but it is.

At a town hall on Tuesday in Broussard, Vitter was accosted by a left-wing questioner who harangued him over the influence of lobbyists, and quickly regurgitated the typical left-wing hate for Charles and David Koch, the owners of Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries. The Koch brothers, or most specifically their company Koch Industries, rank as the No. 45 political contributor in the current political cycle, despite the breathless hype on the left making them out to be right-wing kingmakers.

In fact, Koch Industries isn’t even in the top five of corporate contributors to primarily Republican candidates in this cycle.

Caleb Howe, the Right Scoop: Brad Woodhouse TOTALLY BUSTS David Vitter In Tawdry Love Affair:

DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse is outraged, OUTRAGED I SAY. He has proven that Harry Reid is right about everything. For the smoking gun has at last been revealed. Sen. David Vitter says God Bless the Koch brothers.

You know, I used to think I was a Republican. I too drank the conservative Flavor Aid. But then I saw this video and IT CHANGED EVERYTHING. Now I realize that Democrats like Brad have been right all along. People like George Soros the Koch Brothers are ruining everything. I mean, obviously. They support conservative causes with money and everything!! They’re as bad as the Unions Hollywood Al Gore Tom Steyer the Unions Tim Gill Time-Warner China also the Unions Satan … um … Santa Claus?! Totally.

At least Louisianans now know that their Senator is pro Oil and Gas. Goodness knows the voters there HATE those industries!

AoSHQ:  Shockingly, Left-Wing Report Makes It Into Washington Post With Little Fact-Checking, and Rife With Errors:

@johnekdahl sends this along, noting that it’s one of my pet peeves. While, for example, that Pennsylvania AG case will be ignored by the national press (as the Gosnell case was ignored as a “local crime story”), all the left has to do is get one of its many house organs to type up a largely false and misleading report, send it over to one of the country’s allegedly “mainstream” media outfits, and wait for its claims to be endlessly retransmitted throughout the country.

Powerline notes that a left-wing organization wrote up a report claiming that the Koch Brothers stood to benefit greatly from their operation of tar-sands operations in Alberta.

There are numerous problems with the claims made. The report claims, falsely, that the Koch Brothers are the largest leaseholders of Canada’s tar sands. That’s simply false. Apparently the article compares their holdings to Exxon and Conoco and Chevron but fails to check for other leaseholders — other companies own more.

They then assume that companies with the most acreage of leaseholds must be producing the most oil — which is false. The Koch Brothers’ holdings are in fact largely non-productive. Despite their acreage of leaseholds, they’re a “negligible” producer as far as actual extraction of oil.

Washington Free Beacon: WaPo Defends Decision to Report on Anti-Koch Allegations It Admits Are Baseless:

In defending its initial story, the Post noted that it explained why IFG’s allegations were baseless, but still opted to relay those allegations to its readers.

[W]e make clear that many of Koch’s leases pre-date the pipeline plan, that Koch has not bid for space in the pipeline, and that Koch would not be a customer. Third, if Koch’s lease holdings are 1.1 million acres, that would make it one of the region’s largest, rivaled only by Shell (1 million net acres through an Athabasca joint venture and perhaps 1.3 million net acres altogether), Cenovus Energy (1.5 million net acres), and perhaps Canadian Natural Resources (717,000 net undeveloped acres plus an undetermined number of developed acres). Shell declined to release its total acreage figures. If Koch’s lease holdings are “closer to two million,” as has been said by industry sources we consider highly authoritative, then Koch is indeed the largest lease holder in the province.

IFG itself has backed away from the 2 million acre figure, opting in its most recent report to go with 1.1 million.

The Post’s initial story continues to claim, without qualification, that Koch is “the biggest lease owner in Canada’s oil sands.”

According to TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard, the company “continue[s] to be puzzled” by efforts to tie Koch to the Keystone pipeline.

Oh come now. We’re talking about Democrats, here – there’s no need to be puzzled. Without lies – they’ve got nothing.

 

The People’s Cube: Obamacare Art Appreciation Lesson #1: What’s Art?

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“We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” Pelosi said in May 2010. “A bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.”

Last year, while marking the second anniversary of the health care law, Pelosi used a similar line, saying Obamacare allows you to quit your job and become “whatever.”

We made the above visual aid for a new government program helping workers who have lost their jobs due to Obamacare, in their transitioning from shovels to paintbrushes.

Twitchy: ‘They’re starting to get serious’: Obamacare #GetCovered desperation hilariously lampooned [pic]

Weasel Zippers: Reid Asks For Computer Examination In CIA-Senate Spying Dispute:

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instructed the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to examine the Intelligence Committee’s computers amid an escalating fight between the CIA and lawmakers over access to secret documents about the agency’s interrogation tactics during the Bush administration.

In a letter dated Wednesday to CIA Director John Brennan, Reid challenged the spy agency head’s complaints that committee staff improperly accessed the agency’s computers to obtain the documents, calling the allegation “patently absurd.”

Last week, the head of the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, questioned whether the agency broke the law and violated the Constitution in searching a computer network exclusively established for the committee.

Brennan has dismissed Feinstein’s complaints.

Reason: “Go Fruve Yourself!”; Sad-Sack Govt Attempt at Nutritional Advice Just May Start Revolution:

The USDA has given $5 million in your tax dollars to a University of Tennessee campaign that tells kids to “Get Fruved.” Part of that grant is on display above in a 30-second that implores an unsuspecting college student (who I really hope is calling out a campus SWAT team) to “get fruved – grape style!” Where are ultra-restrictive campus speech zones when you need them?

Fruved is a portmanteau of fruits and vegetables and the campaign – like so many of these things – around awful videos and activites (such as “Join Team Banana“).

God help us.

The Conversation: Reporter Suggests Press Sec Gets Questions From Press In Advance – Carney, WH Reporters Deny:

Video here.

Carney denied the story, telling a reporter on Twitter, “briefings would be a lot easier if this were true! Rest assured, it is not.”

Reporters Jonathan Karl (ABC) and Ed Henry (Fox) also denied the claim.  Henry on Twitter said that the story is “dead wrong.”

When I asked Karl if the story was true, his response, was “uh, no.” He suggested that the CBS reporter was referring to the questions Carney’s staff supplies him in anticipation for what will be asked.

White House Dossier: AZ Reporter Retracts Carney-Press Collusion Charge:

Yesterday, I noted in reporting this that she seemed like a lousy journalist and her charges were suspect, and that it was not possible that all – as she said – or even most reporters provide their questions in advance.

But I didn’t rule out that some might do this, and I still don’t.

To start with, I can tell you one thing that surely happened yesterday. The full, expletive-filled wrath of the White House press operation came down on Anaya and her bosses to make them change their story. We’re used to this garbage in Washington, but I’m sure they’re not.

And, assuming she is not prone to hallucinating and didn’t bring her lithium with her to Washington, her new explanation also sounds suspect, since she was very specific about her charge Thursday:

(Carney) also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask — the correspondents — they are provided to him in advance. So then he knows what he’s going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they’re producing their reports for later on. So that was very interesting.

So it’s also not clear to me that Carney didn’t say something along these lines, even if it was misinterpreted.

Townhall Cartoon of the Day by Glenn McCoy:

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Gabriel Malor at Hot Air: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane lawyers up:

The decision of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to drop the investigation and potential prosecution of Philadelphia Democrats who were recorded accepting cash, money orders, or jewelry certainly seems suspicious. According to news reports, investigators collected over 400 hours of audio and video of five Democrats, including four state lawmakers, before Kane, also a Democrat, secretly killed the investigation last fall. When confronted with this troubling story by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kane cited racism and mismanagement in the investigation, but the detailed descriptions of the recordings certainly seem to indicate that the payments were made.

Kane’s reaction to reports about her decision went from bad to worse. At first, she complained that white men were attacking her:

In the statement, Kane provided only one quote, dismissing those who questioned her decisions as “nothing more than the Good Ol’ Boys club playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.”

The statement cited Kane’s pursuit of political-corruption cases, including the pay-to-play scandal involving Democrats tied to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the corruption charges brought last week against Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington.

The Daily Caller: Obamacare architect: Law will cause ‘the end of employer-sponsored insurance’

No way….

Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel claims in his new book that the health care reform law will result in “the end of employer-sponsored insurance.”

Despite President Barack Obama’s claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” — a talking point developed in his first 100 days in office by a tiny but influential left-wing messaging group called the Herndon Alliance — his administration has long planned to disassemble the current U.S. insurance industry as well as alter health care reform.

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James Delingpole, Breitbart London: American Physical: First Major Scientific Institution to Reject Global Warming ‘Consensus’?

The American Physical Society (APS) has signalled a dramatic turnabout in its position on “climate change” by appointing three notorious climate skeptics to its panel on public affairs (POPA).

They are:

Professor Richard Lindzen, formerly Alfred P Sloan Professor of Meteorology at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a highly regarded physicist who once described climate change alarmism on The Larry King Show as “mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves.”

John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, who has written: “I’m sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see.”

Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, a former Warmist (and still a self-described “luke warmer”) who has infuriated many of her more extremist colleagues by defending skeptics and by testifying to the US House Subcommittee on the Environment that the uncertainties in forecasting climate science are much greater than the alarmists will admit.

As Anthony Watts has noted, this is news guaranteed to make a Warmist’s head explode.

I’ll let Senator Ted Cruz have the final word, today…

My Latest at the Conversation:

Court Rules in Favor of Kansas, Arizona in Voter I.D. Suit

A federal court ruled Wednesday that the two states can demand that the federal voter registration form contain citizenship proof, removing the loophole that would have curtailed enforcement of their proof-of-citizenship requirements. This is not only a big win for Arizona and Kansas on election integrity – it paves the way for other states to follow suit.Mar 19, 2014 1:13 PM PT 132

All Aboard the Republican Party Train (Video)

According to Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, there are now at least 11 Democratic-held seats in red or purple states that are in trouble – 12 if you count the Virginia seat held by Sen. Mark Warner. 14 if you count Oregon and Minnesota, which Republicans hope to flip as well. Mar 18, 2014 9:54 AM PT

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