WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, joined by all 24 Texas House Republicans expressing concern about how existing public health resources were used in response to the outbreak of Ebola in the United States.
“In fact, of the $10.8 billion the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates it spent in FY 2014, almost $1.4 billion went to ‘Public Health Preparedness and Response’ activities,” the letter said. “Among these activities is a Cities Readiness Initiative to ‘support local medical countermeasure distribution and dispensing planning in the nation’s 72 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSA).’ Since Dallas is one of the cities in this initiative, and ground zero for the first U.S. Ebola case, it is especially troubling to witness the federal government’s communication missteps and confusion about protocols knowing that a wide range of federal resources have already been in place for years.”
The letter went on, “As the brave health professionals directly involved with the treatment of this virus do their part, we must understand how years spent developing strategic plans and applying these significant resources failed to adequately prepare for dealing with Ebola after it was first discovered here. Before contemplating any additional course of action, we need a better understanding of how your Department has utilized the tools it’s already been given.”
The Texas Republican Congressional delegation submitted the five following requests to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
- Please identify all strategic plans, policies, and protocols developed under the authorities of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Acts involved in the treatment and containment of the current Ebola crisis, along with a description of how these procedures are being implemented.
- Please provide an accounting of the role and steps taken by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, a position created by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006, involved in the treatment and containment of the current Ebola crisis.
- Please provide an accounting of how all your Department’s Public Health Preparedness and Response activities, such as the State and Local Preparedness and Response Capability and the CDC Preparedness and Response Capability, were utilized in preparation for and in response to Ebola cases in the United States.
- Please provide any distinction between the role and responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and those of the recently appointed “Ebola Czar,” Ron Klain, involved in the response to the current Ebola crisis, including containment efforts.
- Please identify any additional authorities and programs being used by the Department involved in the treatment and containment of the current Ebola crisis.
The letter was signed by the following Texas Republican members of Congress:
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Ted Cruz
Rep. Joe Barton
Rep. Kevin Brady
Rep. Michael Burgess
Rep. John Carter
Rep. K. Michael Conaway
Rep. John Culberson
Rep. Blake Farenthold
Rep. Bill Flores
Rep. Louie Gohmert
Rep. Kay Granger
Rep. Ralph M. Hall
Rep. Jeb Hensarling
Rep. Sam Johnson
Rep. Kenny Marchant
Rep. Michael T. McCaul
Rep. Randy Neugebauer
Rep. Pete Olson
Rep. Ted Poe
Rep. Pete Sessions
Rep. Lamar Smith
Rep. Steve Stockman
Rep. Mac Thornberry
Rep. Randy Weber
Rep. Roger Williams
View letter here http://www.cruz.senate.gov/files/documents/Letters
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.
A world that did not lift a finger when Hitler was wiping out six million Jewish men, women, and children is now saying that the Jewish state of Israel will not survive if it does not come to terms with the Arabs. My feeling is that no one in this universe has the right and the competence to tell Israel what it has to do in order to survive. On the contrary, it is Israel that can tell us what to do. It can tell us that we shall not survive if we do not cultivate and celebrate courage, if we coddle traitors and deserters, bargain with terrorists, court enemies, and scorn friends.” – Eric Hoffer, Before The Sabbath, 1974.
“The only thing chicken about Israel is their soup.”
– Bob Hope
“I never thought I’d live to see the day that an American administration would denounce the state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem.” – Rep. Mike Pence
As a Jew, it is my historic responsibility to defend the Jewish people. I feel this responsibility for the survival of the Jewish people. We’re not going to accept any decision by anybody else about security of the State of Israel. It is our role and only our role.– Ariel Sharon
A few days ago, there was an article published by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that was fairly revealing about the current state of the relationship between the Obama Administration and Israel. In this week’s winner, Joshuapundit–Chickensh*t , I had a few things to say about that situation, as well as the real story about how it came about. Here’s a slice:
That quaint kid’s playground epithet is the money quote from an article entitled “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here,” posted by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic.
It’s what Goldberg reports that an anonymous senior Obama administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in a conversation Goldberg had with him. And in the article, Goldberg also mentions that President Obama “in interviews with me, has alluded to Netanyahu?s lack of political courage.”
Now, for all that Jeffrey Goldberg has consistently been a fairly servile apologist for the president and the Obama Administration when it comes to Israel, he’s not entirely wrong that Netanyahu has been guilty of a lack of courage in some instances. But that lack of courage is from an entirely different direction than Goldberg supposes.
Contrary to the tile of Jeffrey Goldberg’s piece, the crisis in US-Israel relations started from the moment Barack Hussein Obama was elected president. Where Netanyahu and certain other Israeli leaders have exhibited a lack of courage is in trying desperately to deny and fend it off, and make believe it wasn’t happening.
Barack Obama started his presidency by stating openly (once he was safely elected) that he wanted to create daylight between the U.S. and Israel, and he has been doing so ever since.
Is Jeffrey Goldberg suffering from amnesia? Do we really need to revisit the climate that’s been created between the US and Israel since Barack Obama took over as president? His repudiation of the agreements made with Israel by President Bush that convinced Israeli PM Ariel Sharon to go ahead with the Gaza disengagement, claiming they never existed? His call for Israel to re-divide Jerusalem and retreat to indefensible borders? His telling Iran that Israel was on its own in the event of any hostilities? His insisting that Israel has no right to Jewish religious sites? His repeated statements that the Palestinians need not recognize Israel as a Jewish State and his continued funding of the Palestinian Authority in spite of their continued support and incitement for terrorism against Israeli civilians? His instituting what amounted to a de facto arms embargo for six months during the early part of his first term? His approval and funding of the new Hamas/Fatah entity which includes a genocidal terrorist group? The list could go on for quite some time.
Would any other sovereign nation put up with constant temper tantrums from a foreign government over building homes in its own capital? With pressure to release convicted murderers from its jails as a ‘gesture for peace?’ With mysterious holdups for bureaucratic ‘review’ of badly needed military supplies in the middle of a war? With deliberately insulting treatment of its elected leader by the president of what was supposed to be a closely allied government?
While Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders have sometimes made statements that have revealed a lack of discretion,it’s been in reaction to a long climate of outright hostility from the White House that makes even former President Carter’s tenure look benign by comparison. Jeffrey Goldberg might wish to forget it, but it was the overt actions and attitude from this president and his administration towards Israel and Netanyahu that came first and poisoned the well.
The Israelis never figured on a president getting elected in America who had an animus towards Israel, and their futile attempts to muddle through and somehow make the relationship work only made President Obama more insistent, unreasonable and demanding.
And speaking of political courage, let’s take a good look at what gave Barack Obama the license to act out this way towards Israel. It was America’s Jews on the Left – like Jeffrey Goldberg.
Remember this,from back in 2008? (courtesy of Omri Ceren):
So, all you rumor-mongering, fever-headed Jewish conspiracists: Support McCain, if you want, and there are credible reasons for doing so, but stop smearing Obama in the face of overwhelming evidence that the man is a great friend of Jews and of Israel. After a point, it becomes obvious that what you fear is not Israel’s destruction, but the presence of an African-American in the White House. And that’s disgusting.
Obama’s background and his feelings about Israel were obvious to anyone whom bothered to look at him honestly. President Barack Obama has had close associations with Israel haters and in some cases open anti-semites his entire life. Frank Marshall Davis, Edward Said, Rashid al-Khalidi, Khalid al-Mansour, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Al Sharpton and others like them all figure or have figured prominently in his background.
So how did this all slip by?
What happened is that many on the Left and those in media simply didn’t want to know, especially Jews. They made a clear decision that voting Democrat and embracing their Leftist politics meant more to them than supporting their brothers and sisters in Israel. It was this hideous betrayal that enabled President Obama to act out and make support for Israel as an ally a partisan issue once he was elected. A significant number of American Jews voted Democrat in 2008 and found solace in candidate Obama telling them what they wanted to hear, in political groups the George Soros financed J-Street,and the NJDC, and in the bogus mantra of ‘the two state solution’. It enabled President Obama to neuter AIPAC, as well as other Jewish groups. With a few honorable exceptions, they all fell in line with the New Order. And even after they had ample evidence of President Obama’s attitude towards Israel during his first term, most of them voted for him again.
And this backing of Obama and his agenda led,in case no one’s noticed, not only to the increased intransigence of Abbas and Fatah but to the increased hostility towards Jews and Israel in places like the EU and and a rising climate of Jew hatred in places like university campuses, again with some rare exceptions. The backing of the majority of America’s Jews for Obama and their tolerance for his policies was and is the protective cover and the impetus for all of it.
More at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Sultan Knish ?The Left’s Worst Crime in the Middle East submitted by The Noisy Room. The crime he’s talking about? Ah, you’ll have to read it to find out, and read it you should, because the Sultan is definitely on target with this one.
Here are this week?s full results.
- *First place with 3 2/3 votes!?Joshuapundit–Chickensh*t
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes ?The Right Planet ? No Gaslighting for Ottawa
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes –Simply Jews ? Why we must talk to ISIS: please do tell…
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes –The Noisy Room ? The Ties That Bind Michael Bloomberg, Qatar and Radical Islam
- The Independent Sentinel – Drudge Beware: FEC Joins Attacks on Free Speech of Conservatives
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote ?Simply Jews ? Why we must talk to ISIS: please do tell…
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote ? Nice Deb ? Why Does CNN host Carol Costello Still Have A Job?
- Fifth place with 2/3 vote ? VA Right! – 2014 Senate Polls are All Skewed Up
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote ?Bookworm Room ? The American college application process reveals a bias against paid work
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote ? Rhymes With Right ? More Proof That Wendy Davis Has No Shame
- First place with 2 2/3 votes! ? Sultan Knish ?The Left’s Worst Crime in the Middle East submitted by The Noisy Room
- Second place *t* with 2 votes ? Rebelpundit –Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership submitted by Nice Deb
- Second place *t* with 2 votes ? Seraphic Secret ? The Redefinition of Marriage is Not About Marriage submitted by The Watcher
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes –The Other McCain ? Never Forget Joe McCarthy Was Right submitted by The Right Planet
- Fourth place with 1 vote –The Contentious Centrist ? The strange case of Obama’s problem with words submitted by Simply Jews
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes –David Adesnik/Weekly Standard ? Rand Paul’s Contradictory Foreign Policy submitted by GrEaT sAtAn?S gIrLfRiEnD
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes –Clark Bianco/Popehat ? The Three Stages of Gamer Gate submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Andrew Michta/The American Interest ? Europe’s Moment of Blinding Strategic Clarity submitted by The Razor
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Ian Tuttle/NRO ? South Texas Democrats Leave Wendy Davis Off Voter Guidesubmitted by Rhymes with Right
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Clarice Feldman/American Thinker–Serfin’ USA submitted by Bookworm Room
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Victor Davis Hanson ? Crimes of Exactly What? submitted by Joshuapundit
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A shocking Halloween display at a house located on the military base in Fort Campbell, Ky. turned some heads, earlier this week. It was taken down after Ft. Campbell Public Affairs received a report of the “offensive” display.
A ClarksvilleNow.com reader sent a photo of the display, which shows what appears to be a black family hanging from a tree in a yard on Litwin St.
The child in the display has a knife in its back and one of the figures holds a sign that is not legible in the photo.
Fort Campbell Public Affairs said they are aware of the display and have since had it taken down from the yard.
Reportedly, the occupant removed the display after being made aware of the “concerns of the community.”
According to Brendalyn Carpenter, a Public Affairs official, “it was her understanding that the display was not intended to be offensive.” She said the occupant, whose race and sex were not specified, did extend an apology about the decorations.
It’s hard to imagine what would possess someone to create a display like that. It’s harder still to imagine how someone would not know it was offensive and upsetting.
“Displays of an offensive nature are not reflective of Army values and the family-friendly environment provided for employees and residents of the Fort Campbell community,” Carpenter said.
More Halloween inappropriateness, here: 5 Halloween Displays That Make Us Ask, WTF?
The point of this holiday, as I see it, is to confront the scary things in life by making fun of them and then getting wasted on sugar. But every October, local news stations across the country comes up with a story about someone’s Halloween display causing neighbors to complain because they’ve “gone too far.” This year’s winner comes from Pittsburgh, where a display that includes baby dolls with bullet holes in their heads is, um, what? There to encourage trick-or-treating? C’mon, dude. It’s a little much. Adult corpses are great. Dead babies, not so much.
That guy in Pittsburgh is seriously demented…
It’s my biggest fear less than a week out from the midterm elections. You know what they say – Republicans have to have a commanding lead – outside the margin of voter fraud – to win elections. Obama’s been importing millions of illegal immigrants, while his wing-man Holder has been suing states for passing voter integrity laws. No matter how good things look for Republicans, the fraud could surpass the margin of difference in places like Colorado, and North Carolina.
Fanfare, everyone!It?s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they?ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slime-worthy,but in the end the winner by a nose was….
CNN ‘News Anchor’ Carol Costello!!
Nice Deb :Although CNN News Anchor Carol Costello shouldn’t have a job after her disturbing antics, last week, she does deserve to be considered for the esteemed title of Weasel of the Week in my humble opinion.
In the shocking segment, Costello could barely contain her glee over hearing new audio of Bristol Palin describing her assault at a party in Alaska a few weeks ago. In fact, Costello called it “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we?ve ever come across.?
Costello then proceeded to describe the ?massive brawl? and before playing the audio she told her viewers ?so sit back and enjoy.?
What you were asked to ?sit back and enjoy? was the sound of a tearful and near hysterical Bristol Palin describing to the police the physical assault she had just experienced.
Despite overwhelming approbation from fellow journalists and conservatives appalled by her hypocrisy, Costello has thus far resisted offering an apology on the air for gloating over Bristol Palin’s distress, instead opting to offer a weak and weaselly apology to Politico.
People that hate Sarah Palin so much ought to be in jail. There is no place in America for such hate by proxy.
Yes, this weeks’ honors went to Carol Costello, who yet again proved that the real war on women is being carried on by the Left, and that women who have left the Left’s Plantation and think for themselves are fair game for pretty much anything, no matter how vile.We all know that if it was Wendy Davis, Debby BlabberMouth Schultz or Rachel Maddow getting assaulted, you know Carol Costello’s jowls would have been quivering in outrage and she’d be yowling like an outraged alley cat.
Actually, considering CNN’s ratings, I’m kinda surprised so many people noticed anything this 53-year-old partisan hack was doing, even in morning prime time. But they did. As a matter of fact, there’s even a #firecarolcostello hash tag on Twitter, and a CNN Should Fire Carol Costello Facebook page.Apparently a lot of people found Carol Costello’s disgusting schadenfreude over the assault on Bristol Palin nauseating, although her network doesn’t seem to since they haven’t forced her to make an on air apology – yet.
Not only that,but other instances of Ms. Costello’s particular brand of hypocrisy have come to light..like her on-air attack on ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith, who she shrieked should be fired or be suspended for comments he made about the Ray Rice controversy after he apologized for them on the air.
It’s the caro Costellos of the world who make awarding the statuette of shame such a gratifying experience.
Well, we have the Golden Weasel all ready to add to the other souvenirs Carol Costello has undoubtedly collected over her career. However, at the express request of Sarah Palin, we sent the Weasel to the Governor so that she could have the pleasure of personally awarding it to Ms. Costello. From what Mama Grizzly said, if I understood her correctly, she wants to make a point of ‘giving it to her good’ in person and is willing to come down to New York to spend some private time with Ms. Costello to ‘let her have it’.
Seemed like the right thing to do to me..
And BTW, when I happened to catch a clip of Governor Palin on FOX this week with Stuart Varney she sounded great, hasn’t lost any of the old fire and hinted at running for office again…
Well, there it is!
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The guessing game has begun as to who in the Obama Regime told Obama toadie Jeffrey Goldberg Netanyahu was recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, “Aspergery” and chickenshit.
On that front, it’s worth noting that the person being repeatedly being called “chickenshit” by anonymous officials volunteered for the Israeli Defense Force, saw combat, and was the leader of an elite special-forces unit deployed on numerous missions, including the freeing of hijacked Sabena Flight in 1972, where he was shot. Granted, this might not be as courageous as hopping the Amtrak from Delaware to DC each day or rallying the troops at a fundraiser in Greenwich, but God knows we can’t all be heroes.
The worst part of the insults was the gloating over how the Regime pressured and bullied Israel into living with a nuclear Iran.
This official agreed that Netanyahu is a ‘chickenshit’ on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he’s also a ‘coward’ on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat. The official said the Obama administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in order to keep the regime in Tehran from building an atomic arsenal. ‘It’s too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.’
Now, it’s too late. They’re actually proud of themselves. Do these children even know what they have done?
The Regime is not denying the story is true, nor are they interested in punishing the person or persons who have characterized the Israeli Prime Minister in insulting and scatological terms. Nor are they interested in apologizing to Netanyahu or Israel for the insults.
They seem to be pleased that the story was leaked.
Via Truth Revolt:
Earnest was asked if he had yet been able to determine if in fact the quote was even accurate. He has not, but that didn’t stop him from making sure that everyone knows that Goldberg is super reliable and knows lots of people, so it probably is.
CNN’s Jim Acosta: Have you been able to determine whether or not that comment was even made?
Earnest: I have not, Jim. I don’t say that to question the reporting of somebody like Mr. Goldberg, who obviously is a very well-respected journalist here in Washington. He’s somebody that has a lot of sources inside the administration. So, I didn’t come here seeking to undermine his reporting.
He was also asked if the White House has any intention of looking into who might have said this and punishing them in some way, as they have done before. Nope.
And Netanyahu responds: “the attack on me only comes because I’m defending Israel.”