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Thursday, October 30, 2014

La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide On Where People Can Vote Without An ID

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La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide On Where People Can Vote Without An ID

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington July 25, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2PA6CU.S. President Barack Obama addresses the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington July 25, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2PA6C

The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.

“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful  graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”

So who ended up using the Post’s helpful graphic? The country’s foremost pro-amnesty Hispanic immigrant organization.

The Chicago chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice tweeted Blake’s article with the message, “Reminder — #Illinoisdoes NOT require #voterID to cast a ballot,” along with the pro-Democrat hashtag#TurnOutForWhat. The tweet was helpfully retweeted by the National Council of La Raza.

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Former Guantanamo detainees suspected of joining ISIS, other groups in Syria

Sources: Former Guantanamo detainees suspected of joining ISIS, other groups in Syria

As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned. 

The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield. 

The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria. 

A number of former detainees also have chosen to help these groups from outside the country, financing operations and supporting their propaganda campaigns. 

Sources who spoke to Fox News were not able to provide the identities of the fighters. 

Senior Defense and intelligence officials say the vast majority of detainees released from Guantanamo don't return to the fight -- and of those who do, relatively few have made it to Syria. 

Of the 620 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay, 180 have returned or are suspected to have returned to the battlefield. 

Of those 180, sources say 20 to 30 have either joined ISIS or other militants groups in Syria, or are participating with these groups from outside countries. Officials say most of those 20 to 30 are operating inside Syria. 

The development underscores just one of many long-running complications for efforts to shutter Guantanamo Bay, a promise President Obama made within hours of taking the oath of office in 2009. 

Nearly six years later, that effort has run aground, complicated by problems with relocating prisoners, by concerns about fighters returning to the battlefield and by Congress' resistance to allowing any to be detained on the U.S. mainland. 

A majority of the jihadists released to their home countries tend to stay and fight locally. Afghans who return to the battlefield, for instance, tend to stay in Afghanistan. 

But these officials said the former detainees who have joined ISIS in Syria have migrated from the European and African countries which agreed to receive them from the United States.
Egypt and Tunisia, as well as six European countries, are among them. 

According to a senior U.S. official, there are between 150 and 160 detainees still at Guantanamo Bay, many of them from Yemen.

Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel . She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. 

CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola

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CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola

Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.

“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.

Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.”

“Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,” the poster states.

Nass slammed the contradiction.

“The CDC said it doesn’t spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster,” she said. “They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way.”

Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day.

“A shorter duration for dry surfaces like a table or doorknob, and longer durations in a moist, damp environment,” Hassad said.

The CDC did not respond to a request for comment.

In other developments:

  •  The de Blasio administration said the cost to New York of preparing for and treating Ebola patients and suspected victims will be “in the millions.” The city intends to ask the feds for help in paying the bill.
  •  Dr. Craig Spencer remained at Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition.
  • The 5-year-old Bronx boy hospitalized at Bellevue was taken out of isolation after doctors determined he had only a respiratory infection.
  • Texas nurse Amber Vinson, who caught Ebola while treating a Liberian man who later died, was declared disease-free and released from an Atlanta hospital — and was elated to be able to go home with the all-clear. “It has been God’s love that has truly carried my family and me through this difficult time and has played such an important role in giving me hope and strength to fight,” she said.
  • Doctors Without Borders nurse Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined against her will at a New Jersey hospital after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, is staying at an undisclosed location in Maine. Tuesday night, her lawyer told ABC News, “Going forward, she does not intend to abide by the quarantine imposed by Maine officials because she is not a risk to others.”
  • President Obama delivered a veiled jab at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s treatment of Hickox, saying officials should not react to the crisis based on “fears.”

  • Ferguson Police Chief to Resign, Officer Wilson to be 'Eased Out' of Force

    Ferguson Police Chief to Resign, Officer Wilson to be 'Eased Out' of Force

    by Warner Todd Huston

    Oct 29, 2014 7:05 PM PT

    Reports from those inside the Ferguson, Missouri police department say that Thomas Jackson may soon be out as the department's chief. Sources also say that the officer who shot teenager Michael Brown is to be "eased out" of the department.

    On Wednesday, October 29, CNN reportedthat insiders claim Chief Jackson is essentially being fired by the city as authorities begin a campaign to "reform" the city's police department

    Sources say that the announcement of the Chief's firing could come as early as next week. Jackson is strongly refuting these claims, saying he has no intentions of quitting.

    "Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated," Jackson told CNN.

    Still, CNN stands by its report that Jackson is on the way out as Ferguson's Police Chief.

    Another officer reputedly on the way out of the force is Darren Wilson, the officer who shot teenager Michael Brown in August. It was an incident that preceded months of riots and protests.

    Officer Wilson has essentially been in hiding since the August shooting, frightened that his life is threatened by the daily protests. The officer has already missed several court dates, resulting in charges against those he arrested being dropped by the courts.

    Now, MSNBC is reporting that, along with Chief Jackson, Officer Wilson is also being "eased out" of the department.

    MSNBC also reports that an unnamed insider has learned that the whole Ferguson police department is about to be taken over by St. Louis County police.

    Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston, or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.

    Voter Fraud Deniers Resurface Just in Time for the Midterm Elections

    Voter Fraud Deniers Resurface Just in Time for the Midterm Elections

    by Ben Shapiro

    Oct 29, 2014 4:44 PM PT

    The left insists that those who do not buy into its agenda regarding global warming are “deniers” – ignoramuses who refuse to acknowledge facts thanks to a political agenda. But when it comes to voter fraud, it is the left that lives in the realm of fantasy. Rachel Maddow, the heavyweight over at the pseudointellectual sewage tank of MSNBC – complete with nerd glasses for everyone but Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz! – says that voter fraud doesn’t exist.

    “The scourge of voter fraud,” Maddow writes at MSNBC.com, “is largely imaginary.” Her source for this extraordinary claim: a study by Loyola University Law School professor Justin Levitt, who claimed that he had found just 31 instances of voter fraud out of “more than 1 billion ballots” cast. Of course, Levitt’s study looked only at in-person voter fraud. It didn’t look at absentee voting; in the 2010 midterms, 15.6 percent of all ballots cast were absentee. As Philip Bump of the Washington Post acknowledged, “there have been examples of fraud, including fraud perpetrated through the use of absentee ballots severe enough to force new elections at the state level.” And the study itself looked only at active legal investigations into voter fraud – a dubious measure, given the lackadaisical enforcement of voter fraud generally.

    As Hans Von Spakovsky has written, voter fraud is quite real. In the Wall Street Journal this week, Von Spakovsky wrote:

    In the past few months, a former police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election. That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election. Former Connecticut legislator Christina Ayala has been indicted on 19 charges of voter fraud, including voting in districts where she didn’t reside. (She hasn’t entered a plea.) A Mississippi grand jury indicted seven individuals for voter fraud in the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral contest, which featured voting by ineligible felons and impersonation fraud. A woman in Polk County, Tenn., was indicted on a charge of vote-buying—a practice that the local district attorney said had too long “been accepted as part of life” there.

    In all likelihood, Obamacare would not be the law of the land today if not for voter fraud: the 60th Senate vote for that monstrosity came from newly-elected Senator Al Franken (D-MN), who won his election against Republican Norm Coleman by 312 votes in a race in which 1,099 felons allegedly illegally cast their ballots (opponents claimed that they didn’t do so purposefully, or that the number of felons voting was significantly less). Of course, Coleman wasn’t the only Republican to lose a major race thanks to voter fraud – in 2004, Republican Dino Rossi lost the gubernatorial race to Democrat Christine Gregoire by 129 votes, and more than 1,600 illegal votes had been cast, including hundreds of felons. The courts decided that since there was no evidence to suggest which way those votes went, however, they couldn’t give the election to Rossi.

    Political scientists Jesse Richman and David Earnest wrote in the Washington Post recently, explaining, “Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010,” a percentage “large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.” Media members claimed that the results were skewed, and that incorrect response to questions about citizenship status played a role in those numbers.

    It is no coincidence that those most likely to suggest that voter fraud is purely imaginary are proponents of Democratic nominees. Maddow’s fellow MSNBC host, Al Sharpton, cheered on and even hugged voter fraud convict Melowese Richardson in March – Richardson worked at the polls in 2012 and voted both early and often for President Obama.

    Voter fraud has long been a part of American life – local elections throughout American history have fallen victim to various schemes by power players. For anyone to oppose common sense measures designed to stop such voter fraud smacks of friendliness toward such fraud.

    Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.orgFollow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.

     

    With a friend like Obama...

    With a friend like Obama...

    EDITORIALS
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    Strained.

    America’s relationship with its sole steadfast ally in the Middle East — and the only functioning democracy in the disintegrating, hyper-violent region — has disgracefully hit rock bottom under President Obama’s leadership.

    The U.S. attitude toward Israel is so bitter that a senior White House official described Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “a chickenshit” in an interview with a prominent commentator on Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

    So much for Obama’s oft-stated pledge to Israelis that he has the Jewish state’s back.

    The appalling expression of disrespect for Netanyahu grows from Obama’s fury at the prime minister’s refusal to be bullied during Secretary of State John Kerry’s misbegotten drive to force a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Then, too, Netanyahu has repeatedly called on Obama to take the hardest line in talks with Iran over the mullahs’ nuclear program, while Obama moves ever closer to a softer, perilous pact.

    Lest you think that the “chickenshit” comment was an exception rather than the rule in Obamaworld, Atlantic magazine journalist Jeffrey Goldberg recounted a list of pejorative descriptions of Netanyahu that he had heard over the years: “recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous and ‘Aspergery.’ ”

    You would think that the President’s aides were talking about Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rather than, perversely, the leader of friendly nation with deep historic ties to America.

    Still more, Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden refused to meet with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon during a recent visit to Washington, stiffing him for having criticized Kerry as “obsessive and messianic,” in private remarks for which he apologized.

    Obama expected much of Israel and little of the Palestinians in what there was of a peace process — and then he got angry when Netanyahu stood up for the Jewish state’s needs while also making substantial good-faith moves.

    Not only did the prime minister agree to recognize a Palestinian state, he released scores of Palestinian prisoners, including murderers, from Israeli jails, risked tremendous political capital by engaging in talks with bad-faith partners and froze settlement construction for 10 months.

    In return, Palestinians conceded — and were asked to concede — exactly nothing.

    When negotiations failed, Kerry publicly blamed Israel — only to have Israel vindicated before the world when Hamas hit the Jewish state with hundreds of rockets and launched guerrilla attacks through cross-border tunnels that had been long in the making.

    Netanyahu responded to the unbecoming White House insults by saying he “will continue to defend the citizens of Israel.”

    But his honor is the least of the issues. Far more gravely, the administration’s revealed contempt for Netanyahu, in effect, gives an American stamp of approval to the blame-Israel-for-everything chorus, much of which would be happy to see the Jewish state disappear. Obama has frequently been criticized for leaving allies high and dry. Never has he done worse than this.

    n Democratic Election Ads in South, a Focus on Racial Scars

    In Democratic Election Ads in South, a Focus on Racial Scars 

    Democrats hope blunt ads being distributed in Southern states like Arkansas and Georgia will draw more black voters to the polls.

    In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages — invoking Trayvon Martin’s death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation — to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington.

    The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression. And their source is surprising. The effort is being led by national Democrats and their state party organizations — not, in most instances, by the shadowy and often untraceable political action committees that typically employ such provocative messages.

    In North Carolina, the “super PAC” started by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, ran an ad on black radio that accused the Republican candidate, Thom Tillis, of leading an effort to pass the kind of gun law that “caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.