Sunday Link-Around: The Latest Document Dumps and Obama’s Post-Shellacking Rampage Continues

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You probably didn’t think it was possible to be anymore disgusted and outraged at our corrupt and depraved government than you already are.

But I’m here to disabuse you of that notion because new information coming out of the latest Regime document dumps coupled the knowledge that the GOP is likely going to sit on their hands for the next couple of years rather than do anything about the lawlessness – should do the trick.

Go read Sharyl Attkisson’s latest report from the Fast and Furious doc dump featuring a former DOJ Flack giving Holder Crisis Management advise on how to manipulate the media and Gruber the nation. Then, for sh*ts and giggles, go watch some old youtube videos of Holder testifying before Congress, employing said advice.

Said DOJ flack Matthew Miller to Holder in an email on October 3, 2011:

2. Find a way for you to get in front of a reporter or two about this. You don’t want to call a press conference on this because it will blow things out perspective, but if you have any events in the next few days (preferably tomorrow), you could find a way to take two or three questions on it afterwards. Or if that’s not easily doable, you could find a way to “run into” a couple of reporters on your way to something. Maybe Pete Williams, Carrie, Pete Yost — that
part can be managed. Most important is that you’re in front of a camera in a relaxed manner giving a response you have rehearsed…It would be ideal if those two things happened in the same day so you didn’t have two news cycles of responding — you want to do it all at once. There may be things you need to do to go on offense as well, but I think most important right now is that you answer the charge about covering this up. Then you can move to offense.

[Note: Pete Yost of AP wrote article on Bush-era gunwalking case that seemed to so impress Holder, he wrote " WOW!" p. 539 AP presented the story as if it were "new" although I had published on the case, Wide Receiver, months earlier, with an exclusive interview with a confidential informant from the case.]

The more I think about the offense versus defense part, I do think you should go on offense, too. After explaining what happened, you could go back at them by saying something like: “But let’s be clear what this is all about. I’ve ordered an investigation into what happened. But there are people on the Hill who don’t care about what really happened. For them this has become about scoring political points and weakening an agency charged with cracking down on gun violence. There are a lot of powerful lobbyists and their allies on the hill who have wanted to cripple the ATF for a long time, and they’re using this as an opportunity to do so. I’m not going to let them. Its clear the ATF made mistakes here. We’ve cleaned house, and we’re going to fix the agency, but we’re not going to allow it to be put out of business by people carrying water for the gun lobby.” This part has to be really carefully crafted of and delivered, but I think it could be effective as a one-two punch. (One, explain what happened with your testimony; two, punch back.)

You know those long lost IRS emails that were supposedly gone forever due to several simultaneous, multi-agency computer crashes? As many as 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails have been found thanks to the efforts of federal watchdogs.

The IRS has already turned over thousands of Lerner emails to congressional investigators but has said the remainder are gone forever because Lerner’s hard-drive crashed in 2011. And in June, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that back-up tapes containing the missing emails have been destroyed.

“The IRS has continually dragged its feet, changed its story, and been less than forthcoming with information related to its egregious violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights,” said Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has spearheaded congressional probes on the issue.

“These e-mails are long overdue, and underscore again why we need a special prosecutor to conduct an unhindered investigation. Hopefully these e-mails will help us get to the truth,” he continued.

Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Republicans on the Oversight committee, says that “it could take weeks to learn their content because they are encoded.”

Need more evidence that Obama is on a scorched earth rampage in the wake of the shellacking? How about this: he’s gone over the heads of congress again and released 4 more dangerous al Qaeda fighters from Gitmo:

President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers’ objections.

The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia.

The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, were furious.

The Regime continues to Gruber America on ObamaCare: Whoopsie Daisy: Obama Makes “Mistake” In Reporting 2013 Obamacare Enrollments, Falsely Claiming It Hit 7 Million Sign-Ups Threshold By “Mistakenly” Including Dental Plans Along With Health Care Plans

The Administration had set 7 million as its goal. It was very important, politically, that they be able to claim that had met it.

Alas, only 6.97 million people signed up for Obamacare.

So you know what time it is.

It’s time for an Obama “mistake” that just coincidentally enough happens to aid him politically — the Administration made a whoopsie-daisy and “accidentally” included almost 400,000 dental plan sign-ups in the health care figures, thus meeting its 7 million sign-up goals.

More grubering: White House: Immigration steps would boost wages:

 WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period.

The president’s critics and even some labor allies dispute that claim.

About that House Intel panel report that has liberals so amped up because it supposedly exonerates the Regime of any wrong-doing in  the Bengazi scandal. (yes, it’s still a scandal – why do you think Intel Chairman is retiring so abruptly at the tender age of 51?)

Via the Conservative Treehouse: The Motives Behind The November Rogers/Ruppersberger “House Intelligence Panel” Report On Benghazi…

Those of you familiar with the Benghazi Brief will note the alignment and expectation of the Rogers/Ruppersberger report.  Their report is exactly as we anticipated it would be.

With a House Select Committee (Trey Gowdy) already in place, you might rightly ask yourself why did Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger even produce a report?  As you read their House Intelligence Panel Report on Benghazi it is important to note a few key aspects:

• Both Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger are members of the Congressional Gang of Eight.  They are the ONLY authors.

This is not a House Intelligence “Committee” report on Benghazi.  This is only two committee members writing a report based on prior information.

• Both Rogers and Ruppersberger would have been briefed on the CIA operations in Benghazi during 2011/2012 as the covert operation began.

• President Obama signed a finding memo in 2011 permitting Operation Zero Footprint to begin. The congressional “gang of eight” held oversight responsibilities.

• Rogers, Ruppersberger along with Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Saxby Chambliss and Diane Feinstein would have been notified of the presidential authorization. In 2011 they were the congressionalGang of Eight.  Their lack of oversight reflected a willful blindness to the operation.

• In addition to the covert Zero Footprint Operation, the Benghazi CIA annex served as a rendition site. [We find this out in 2013 from Paula Broadwell, who was the pillow-talk recipient of information from 2012 CIA Director General David Petraeus. Broadwell and Petraeus had an extramarital affair.]

The Rogers/Ruppersberger Report is specifically designed, by wording, to provide political cover to both parties – Republicans and Democrats within the Gang of Eight particularly  included, and protected.

SEE ALSO Twitchy: Mollie Hemingway says ‘hilarious’ Benghazi report ‘stunning indictment of … intel community’

Reads like “intel community ass covering.”

Weasel Zippers: Graham: New House Intel Committee Report On #Benghazi Is “Full Of Crap”

Weasel Zippers: Benghazi Security Team Forcefully Disagrees With New House Intel Report: We WERE Told To “Stand Down”

Via PJ Media:

Saturday on C-SPAN’s Book TV, CIA Benghazi annex security team members Kris Paronto and Mark Geist answered questions about a report released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee on the 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012. The two former CIA contractors pushed back forcefully against parts of the the committee’s conclusions about the night that Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in Benghazi.

The Washington Times: That’s rich: Poverty level under Obama breaks 50-year record:

Fifty years after President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama.

Aides said Mr. Obama doesn’t plan to commemorate the anniversary Wednesday of Johnson’s speech in 1964, which gave rise to Medicaid, Head Start and a broad range of other federal anti-poverty programs. The president’s only public event  Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, another reminder of the persistent economic troubles during Mr. Obama’s five years in office.

“What I think the American people are really looking for in 2014 is just a little bit of stability,” Mr. Obama said.

Although the president often rails against income inequality in America, his policies have had little impact overall on poverty. A record 47 million Americans receive food stamps, about 13 million more than when he took office.

The poverty rate has stood at 15 percent for three consecutive years, the first time that has happened since the mid-1960s. The poverty rate in 1965 was 17.3 percent; it was 12.5 percent in 2007, before the Great Recession.

About 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, which the federal government defined in 2012 as an annual income of $23,492 for a family of four.

 

Last but not least: Have you heard about the frequent White House visitor, Dem donor and “gay rights pioneer” who’s been accused of molesting a 15 year old boy? 

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A leading pro-abortion and gay rights activist who visited the White House numerous times has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.

Terrance P. Bean, 66, is a major Democratic donor and helped found the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

According to The Oregonian, Bean was arrested at his Portland home on Wednesday and charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse for an incident involving the underage male that occurred in 2013 in Eugene, Oregon.

Bean’s 24-year-old ex-boyfriend Kiah Lawson was also arrested in connection with the crime on Thursday.

Both are accused of having a sexual encounter with the boy at a Eugene hotel room.

Totally not something you would expect from the criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party, am I right?

 

Hump Day Link-Around: The Regime’s Transparency Lie

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I’ve gotta clear some tabs, ya’ll.

Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: Sharyl Attkisson and the Transparency Lie:

As she documents in her stunning new book, Stonewalled, there has never been a more deceptive administration, nor one more dedicated to destroying those who tell the truth. In the words of David Sanger, the veteran chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times, “This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.”

Those of us reporting from what Obama biographer David Remnick called “the Web’s farthest lunatic orbit” anticipated this turn of events before the 2008 election. In attempting to get the word out, we were routinely discredited by the Obama camp and its media allies. Attkisson uses the word “controversialize” to describe the mechanics of this process.

I had some first-hand experience with this in the fall of 2008 when I advanced the theory that terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers helped Barack Obama with his acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father. In early October 2008 Rush Limbaugh discussed the theory on air. Had any major media outlet simply examined my evidence, an honest report on the same could have turned the election.

That was not about to happen. Remnick, editor of the liberal New Yorker, took the same tack in his biography that the few in the media who bothered to cover the “controversy” took in 2008. “This may not have been Limbaugh’s most racist insinuation of the campaign,” said Remnick, but he concluded that our collective “libel about Obama’s memoir — the denial of literacy, the denial of authorship — had a particularly ugly pedigree.”

The easily intimidated pharisees on the right quickly fell into line. The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto, for instance, singled me out by name as among those right-wingers who “engaged in irresponsible rumor-mongering and conspiracy-theorizing.”

If people like me were easily “controversialized,” people like Attkisson were not. She was a veteran, Emmy Award-winning reporter for a major news network with a non-partisan paper trail. The problem was that there were too few people like Attkisson to commandeer a major media newsroom.

Michael Snyder at Doug Ross @Journal: How pervasive is government harassment of the press?

Sadly, Attkisson is far from alone. A whole host of other media personalities that have also been very critical of Barack Obama have been targeted. As we have seen, sometimes the IRS is the vehicle used to go after them. Other times, more direct action is taken.

For example, there have been very few media personalities that have been more critical of Barack Obama than Rick Wiles of TruNews. And what he has been going through in recent months is more than just a little bit alarming.

How would you feel if strange vehicles sat outside your home and the men sitting inside the vehicles stared at you for hours? Well, that is exactly what is happening at TruNews headquarters. The following is an excerpt from what Rick shared with his listeners just the other day…

Friday was an unusually busy day. A total of four vehicles parked in the same spot throughout the day. The moment one vehicle departed it was immediately replaced by another vehicle. If I were a paranoid conspiracy theorist, I’d think we were under surveillance! What a crazy idea. This is America. That kind of stuff doesn’t happen here, right?

Friday morning started out with the first car. Soon after, another vehicle joined. Both vehicles sat next to each other for several hours. I can turn around in my office and look out the window and see them. I walked outside and took photos of the vehicles. I wanted them to see me watching them.

Shortly after taking the photographs, both vehicles drove away. Immediately, they were replaced by a third vehicle.

I walked outside and took a photo of the third vehicle too. He started his engine and very slowly drove toward me. He had his window down and stared at me as he slowly drove by the office. I waved at him to let him know I was aware of his presence and wasn’t intimidated.

But even more troubling have been the repeated break-ins at night. Nothing has ever been stolen during these break-ins, and whoever was conducting them had the ability to turn off the security cameras

The good news is that the mysterious breaking and entering intrusions into our offices appear to have stopped. For months there were clear signs that somebody was entering the building. We found ceiling tiles moved, ceiling attic doors hanging open, and some doors unlocked. Nothing was ever stolen or moved.

I changed the locks and security access codes multiple times throughout the summer. They continued to enter as though they walked through the walls. Furthermore, our security cameras stopped recording at certain hours during the night. Obviously, the intruders were people with advanced skills and technologies to enable them to evade detection.

Have other conservative bloggers and journalists faced similar intimidation? Has anyone had weird issues with their computers that they blew off rather than seem paranoid? How many of us have had the FBI visit us at our homes? It’s time to come out of the shadows and tell our stories.

David Horowitz, FrontPageMagazine: The Democrats’ Great Betrayal:

Why did the Democrats turn against a war they had authorized and why did they accuse Bush of deceiving the American people (“Bush lied, people died”)? Not because of anything that had taken place on the battlefield in Iraq. The Democrats turned against the war because an anti-war activist named Howard Dean was set to win the Democratic presidential primary – which happened to coincide with the invasion – by a wide margin. It was Dean’s surge in the polls that caused John Kerry and John Edwards who eventually became the Democratic standard bearers to do an about face, repudiate their previous support of the war, and turn on the president as the chief culprit in the conflict rather than the sadistic tyrant Saddam Hussein. The Democrats even lied about the rationale for the war which was not the existence of weapons of mass destruction but Saddam’s violation of the Gulf War truce and 17 UN Resolutions designed to prevent him from building weapons of mass destruction.

Why did the Democrats claim – falsely – that Bush lied about the reasons for the war? Because the Democrats could not admit that they were turning against a war they themselves had authorized for partisan political gain, undoubtedly the most shameful act by a major political party in the nation’s history.

The Democrats went on to conduct a five-year scorched earth campaign against America’s war in Iraq, which was in effect the central front of the war on terror, as the creation of an Islamic terrorist state has since shown. Democrats did not merely oppose the war but slandered the president as a liar and war criminal, defended the leaks of national security programs (which led to their destruction), converted a minor incident in the Abu Ghraib prison into an international scandal which was then used to defame their country and demoralize its troops, and actively sought to defund the war effort in Congress and force an American defeat. They eventually succeeded in this effort by nominating a leftwing anti-war activist who upon reaching the White House proceeded to make America’s defeat in Iraq a fait accompli, thus creating the vacuum that ISIS has filled.

Keith Hennessey: Dr. Gruber’s honesty about lying:

This provokes four questions:

  1. Is Dr. Gruber right that lack of transparency was a huge political advantage in enacting ObamaCare?
  2. Do Dr. Gruber’s allies in Congress and the Obama White House agree that ObamaCare cross-subsidies were intentionally obscured to avoid politically unpopular votes?
  3. Do they agree with the more general principle, that some large, explicit, and transparent subsidies will be unpopular, and that the only way to enact them is to hide and obscure them?
  4. If so, is it ethical to hide and obscure large cross-subsidies (or large costs), in ObamaCare and elsewhere, so they can be enacted into law? Does the end of greater redistribution justify the means of obfuscation, of lying to voters?

Here are my answers.

  1. Yes. Dr. Gruber is right that lack of transparency provided a huge political advantage in enacting ObamaCare. He is correct that the cross-subsidies within that bill would have doomed it had they been explicit, transparent, and well understood. If your goal is to enact unpopular subsidies then hiding them is an effective means to doing so.
  2. Yes. I would bet heavily that both Team Obama and key Congressional Democrats involved in enacting the Affordable Care Act intentionally obscured these policies as Dr. Gruber described and for the reasons he gave. I think this logic permeates the construction, drafting, and enactment of this law.
  3. Yes. I think this tactic is core to progressives’ long-term success in expanding government’s function as a massive income redistribution machine. This logic underlies hidden cross-subsidies in many of our largest government programs and the taxes imposed to finance them. It is on occasion embraced across the political spectrum, but it’s a tool used far more often  by the Left to redistribute society’s resources behind our backs.
  4. No. I think this tactic is repulsive and unethical in a representative democracy.

Conservative Treehouse: Sheeesh – The Braintrust Behind “Anonymous Operation Ferguson” Is A Guy In Pakistan…

If you put a modern day Bill Ayers ideology together with the social media acumen of Mark Zuckerburg, and then mixed in some Mid-East Lil Wayne rap music you might end up with a kid in Pakistan, with a facebook page and access to the internet, able to convince young thugs in Ferguson Missouri to rise up in defense of Islam under the auspices of Justice for Mike Brown….

…..or something equally bizarre.

However, ridiculous this seems, it is indeed what’s taking place.

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Give me a freaking break.

Washington Free Beacon: Gallup Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Want GOP Congress to Set Country’s Agenda, Not Obama

A new Gallup poll released Tuesday showed that the majority of Americans trust the incoming Republican Congress over President Obama to set the nation on the right track.

53 percent of respondents indicated they preferred Republicans in Congress to lead the direction of the United States, while only 36 percent preferred Obama.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said 2014 voters are showing “no sign of buyer’s remorse” following the Republican sweep on November 4.

Liberty Blitzkrieg: Wall Street Journal Reports Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Has Been Involved in $904 Million in Asset Forfeitures

Earlier today, I posted the most recent piece in a series highlighting the insidious and lawless practice of civil asset forfeiture being abused by police departments and prosecutors across America in the post: Quote of the Day – An Incredible Statement from the City Attorney of Las Cruces, New Mexico. I suggest reading that before checking out the rest of this post.

Considering the fact that civil asset forfeiture has rightly entered the national spotlight as of late, the stance of Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, on the matter is extremely important. Particularly if the Wall Street Journal is correct and her office had been aggressive in utilizing this practice to seize funds under her oversight.

 

Stella Moribito, The Federalist: Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret:

You thought the gaystapo – aka the “purple mafia” were bad. Now, mimicking their successful intimidation, speech/though suppression techniques, comes the transsexual mafia.

Everyone has regrets. Some of us have big regrets. Most everyone has some place to go to get help dealing with them.

Except for, say, a guy who had sex-change surgery and now would like to have his penis back. (The one God gave him.)

Our culture seems pretty much “to each his own” when it comes to elective bodily mutilation and the regret thereof. And there’s a lot of regret out there. According to a British poll, a whopping 65 percent of those who’ve had various cosmetic surgeries regret it. People who regret their tattoos, plastic surgery, or more extreme body modifications (here’s a sad Buzzfeed pictorial on the effects of ear gauges) can read up on the Internet and find an open array of remedies. Plastic surgeons make money both puttin’ it in and takin’ it out.

Hollywood stars can speak openly about misgivings over their boob jobs and whatnot. Regarding her lip enhancement surgery, Courtney Love said: “I just want the mouth God gave me back.”

But the difference between Love and the guy with phantom penis syndrome is that the guy isn’t allowed to talk about his regret. Not openly. The transgender lobby actively polices and suppresses discussion of sex-change regret, and claims it’s rare (no more than “5 percent.”) However, if you do decide to “de-transition” to once again identify with the sex in your DNA, talking about it will get you targeted by trans activists. So it’s a challenge to understand the scope of regret for sex change surgery. It’s out there, but…

 My latest at the Conversation:

Police Fatally Shoot Sword Wielding Man in Kansas City

A man brandishing a sword was shot and killed after he charged an officer in Kansas City, Kansas, Saturday night. According to the police, the incident happened at about 10:00 pm while officers were responding to a armed disturbance. The name of the man has not yet been released by the police, but 41 Action News has confirmed that it was Carlos Davenport who was shot on his front porch.

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. 

 

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