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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Voters Poised to Hit Brakes on Obama

By Salena Zito - October 19, 2014

Midterm elections are the political equivalent of a gas pedal or a brake pedal.

This will be a brake-pedal election, centered on competency and trust — from the launch (disastrously) of the website, to telling Americans (incorrectly) that if they like their health-care policy they can keep it, to not caring for veterans, the growth of ISIS and the handling (or, more appropriately, mishandling) of the Ebola crisis.

George W. Bush went to war in 2002; he got a gas pedal, and Republicans gained seats in Congress. In 2006, the war was going badly; Bush got a brake pedal. In 2010, Barack Obama finished ObamaCare and got a brake pedal.

This year, President Obama has done nothing to slow the car.

Democrats could have held on to their Senate majority this year, but the president never tried to help them. Aside from raising money — swooping in on Air Force One to a glitzy home or hotel, and speaking to an adoring crowd of intellectuals who hang on his every word — he has remained completely indifferent.

You can see it in how he has handled immigration (saying he will not act until after the election) or outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder (saying he will not pick a successor until after the election). He is like a flashing red signal, warning that he will do something people won't like, right after they vote.

Democrats are in trouble because Obama has done too much that people didn't like — namely, ObamaCare.

If he had handled other things better, Republicans still would be campaigning on ObamaCare; in fact, it remains the No. 1 vote-driver, although Republicans haven't mentioned it in TV ads for months.

What Democrats needed and what voters, even many full-throated Obama supporters, have craved was a humble moment from the commander in chief.

But a chastened Obama has never existed.

Obama has never had that moment of walking to the podium and telling the public, “I hear you.” We've seen that with immigration, with ISIS, with Eric Holder and, now, with the risks of an Ebola outbreak in this country.

There is no question that ObamaCare is driving this year's election. What analysts miss is that Obama has continued to demonstrate that the disastrous rollout of and subsequent problems with ObamaCare were not flukes.

He could have put a tourniquet on his political problems if he had decided to govern in a centrist way and simply told voters, “I heard you. You think I went too far. I got the message.”

Instead, he has continuously demonstrated that he did not get the message and that he is going to do what he wants anyway. He has been incredibly arrogant as a leader, and dangerously indifferent to his party's political fortunes.

You can't govern if you can't lead. Yet Barack Obama seemingly does not care what Democrat is defeated because of his “stuff,” as long as he gets to do his “stuff.”

Name one Democrat who can say they were a partner with him. They were a lever, that's all — because governing with Obama always has been about politics and never has been a team sport.

When he declared, “We are the change you have been waiting for,” what he meant was, “You are the stooges I have been waiting for to help me.”

Republicans cannot win a majority in this election cycle and just walk away, however. If they do, they will be no better than the people they replace, and they will quickly lose whatever goodwill Americans feel toward them.

The smart move for Republicans would be to focus immediately on an issue important to everyone, something that makes Americans more prosperous, stable and secure, such as energy.

Not focus on a catch-phrase like “Drill, baby, drill,” but focus on a comprehensive, all-of-the-above package that brings all sides together and shows Americans that Republicans can lead and can enact policies that impact the country positively.

Not focus on something that leaves people behind, demonizes the other side or creates more bureaucracy, but focus on something that shows Republicans hear people, get it, and will get things done.

Something, in other words, that Barack Obama hasn't done. 

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The Protocols of the Elders of Liberalism

The Protocols of the Elders of Liberalism

The Protocols of the Elders of Liberalism

"Protocols.” You can’t turn on your TV without hearing about them. The last time the word featured so prominently in American public discourse was when Henry Ford took it upon himself to pay for and distribute half a million copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zionalmost a century ago. History, of course, isn’t repeating itself. The publication of those Protocols was designed to foster fear and loathing of Jews. The invocation of these “protocols” by Obama administration officials as they bungle the Ebola crisis is designed to shield themselves from justified fear and loathing on the part of the citizenry.

The bungling is a result of a toxic confluence of two major strains of contemporary liberalism—the bureaucratic ineptness of big government and the political correctness of the nanny state. Characteristically, the strains seek to conceal themselves. Bureaucratic ineptness hides behind the “protocols” that Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and his colleagues endlessly cite. Political correctness hides behind edifying exhortations like that of White House press secretary Josh Earnest that “we live in a global world.”

But the protocols and the exhortations have been mugged by reality. It turns out protocols can’t substitute for sound policy and real leadership. It turns out the global world can’t substitute for the nation-state. Government officials like Frieden and Earnest swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “well and faithfully discharge the duties” of their offices. They owe allegiance to the nation more than to the world, and they owe the nation their judgment more than their protocols. They are not faithfully discharging their duties of office when they make their priority protecting bureaucracies and enforcing orthodoxies.

But that’s what they’re doing. That’s what Americans see them doing.

Who’ll speak for these Americans? The task shouldn’t be a partisan one, but in fact it today falls primarily to one party. Democrats around the country may now be willing to deny they ever voted for President Obama, but they’re remarkably unwilling to challenge his policies. That’s because they too believe in the bureaucracies and orthodoxies of liberalism.

So it’s up to Republicans to expose the bureaucracies and criticize the orthodoxies—to ask why visas for travel to the United States are still being issued in West Africa and why American military forces are being deployed there without a workable plan or intelligible purpose, why CDC spending priorities are so skewed and CDC management so weak, and why here at home routine police powers aren’t being used and routine public health measures aren’t being implemented.

Republicans can also point to an alternate path. They can draw upon genuine experts to explain what should be done. As Jeff Bergner recently discussed in these pages, the media have tagged the GOP as “the anti-science, anti-reason party.” It’s a bum rap. But it’s been a politically effective one. This is a chance for Republicans to turn the tables. It’s a chance for conservatives to show, in this as in other instances, that it’s today’s liberals who put prejudice ahead of science and ideology ahead of reason. It’s a chance for Republicans to ally themselves with the scientists, physicians, nurses, and public health professionals who are trying to urge sensible alternatives to the fumbling failures of the Obama administration that have been so depressingly and dangerously on display.

“Don’t politicize the tragedy of Ebola,” the liberal media will say. To the contrary, we say: Don’t be afraid to politicize the Ebola crisis—but in the right way. What we need is politicization rightly understood, in which the opposition party exposes the failures of the administration in power and lays out a path to a better response. In so doing, conservatives—who don’t worship at the altar of liberal bureaucracy and aren’t intimidated by the dogmas of progressive orthodoxy—can make a case for their ability to effectively and faithfully discharge the duties of public office in the 21st century.

Grow A Pair Barack!

'I have Ebola and now I'm going to give it to you'

By: Eric Owens on October 19, 2014 10:05 AM

An elderly man calling himself a progressive socialist accosted a group of about two dozen conservative students who were protesting outside a building where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was speaking. He then said he had Ebola and tried to lick the students.

The strange episode happened on Thursday at Oakland University, a public school in the endless suburbs of Detroit, Mich., reports Campus Reform.

Clinton was on campus stumping on behalf of a couple of Democrats: Former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, who is running for governor, and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, who is running for a Senate seat.

Campus police and the Secret Service forced the conservative protesters to an area across a street and well away from the crowd waiting to get into the event.

The would-be licker who claimed to have Ebola is Larry Mitchell of the St. Clair Shores Democratic Club, according to Campus Reform.

The students represented the College Republicans, Students for Life and Young Americans for Liberty.

The action in the rather long (and basically awful) video below starts at around the 2:30 mark when Mitchell, 63, can be heard saying, "I just came from Texas. I have Ebola and now I'm going to give it to you."

Protesters say Mitchell then licked his hand and attempted to wipe spittle on them. "Without a public health system, we are going to have the spread of Ebola," Mitchell also said. "Libertarians don't want a public health system, so you're a fascist."

Campus Reform later interviewed Mitchell. He said he doesn't think he has contracted Ebola. He did double down on his criticism of libertarians, though.

"Libertarians are a bunch of Republicans who just want to smoke pot and get laid," he said. "They don't even count for much as far as I'm concerned with because they're not Americans. They don't believe in America. They believe in themselves."

Mitchell also called the protesters "bullies" and noted that he "isn't a big fan of Hillary." He described her as a "corporatist."

He said he had come to the Oakland University event to support Schauer and Peters.

After his stunt, he said, he went back and stood in line to get into the Clinton rally.

One of the students involved in the fracas, David Rowe, said Mitchell grabbed his neck and actually licked his hand. Rowe has since filed charges with campus police.

101st Airborne Won’t Get Full Protective Hazmat Suits for Ebola Mission in West Africa

101st Airborne Won’t Get Full Protective Hazmat Suits for Ebola Mission in West Africa

Troops from the 101st Airborne Division will not receive full protective Hazmat suits for their mission in West Africa.
They’re being sent to West Africa – but won’t get full protective Hazmat suits.
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US troops prepare for deployment (US Army Africa)

The 101st Airborne is a U.S. Army modular light infantry division trained for air assault operations. The division was renowned for its role on D-Day. Major General David H. Petraeus (“Eagle 6″) led the Screaming Eagles to war during the 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

The administration says they won’t need them.
Nashville Public Radio reported:

Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday.

“They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said.

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military airfields or in Liberian Ministry of Defense facilities, Rodriguez said.

Soldiers’ health will be monitored through surveys and taking their temperature on their way in and out of camps. If a service member does get sick, Rodriguez said they will be flown home immediately for treatment.

Hat Tip Virginia

Health officials admitted this past week that the death rate in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 70 percent, up from 50 percent.

Michael Brown's Blood Found Splattered on Officer Wilson's Gun and Car

CNN: Michael Brown's Blood Found Splattered on Officer Wilson's Gun and Car

by Breitbart News

Oct 18, 2014 10:37 PM PT

Editor's Note: This story, citing a shocking New York Times report, appeared today on

(CNN) -- Forensic tests have found the blood of Michael Brown on the gun, uniform and police cruiser belonging to Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot the unarmed teen two months ago in Ferguson, Missouri, The New York Times reported.

The revelation, provided by unnamed government officials familiar with a federal civil rights investigation, marked the first public account of Wilson's testimony to investigators.

That it could potentially serve as exculpatory evidence -- or at the very least, used by Wilson's supporters to back the officer's account of what transpired on Canfield Drive on August 9 -- immediately drew suspicion and anger from leading activists who portended an ominous reaction from Brown supporters.

Angela Whitman, a Ferguson resident who was among activists meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder there in August, found the newspaper account of Wilson's testimony "so hard to believe."

Read the full story here. 

Expert Warns of Mutant Ebola Evolving to Spread 'Hotter and Faster'

Expert Warns of Mutant Ebola Evolving to Spread 'Hotter and Faster'

by Breitbart News

Oct 18, 2014 8:50 PM PT

This story originally appeared at The Daily Mail. 

The deadly Ebola virus could be mutating to become even more contagious, a leading U.S scientist has warned. The disease has killed nearly 4,000 people, infecting in excess of 8,000 - the majority in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. 

Communities lie in ruins, thousands of children have been orphaned, millions face starvation but the virus continues its unprecedented pace, invading and destroying vast swathes of these countries. Meanwhile three nurses, two in the U.S. and one in Spain have caught the infection while treating Ebola patients, despite wearing protective suits. 

Now U.S. scientist Peter Jahrling of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease believes the current Ebola outbreak may be caused by an infection that spreads more easily than it did before. 

Dr Jahrling explained that his team, who are working in the epicentre of the crisis in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, are seeing that the viral loads in Ebola patients are much higher than they are used to seeing. He told 'We are using tests now that weren't using in the past, but there seems to be a belief that the virus load is higher in these patients [today] than what we have seen before. If true, that's a very different bug."

'I have a field team in Monrovia. They are running [tests]. They are telling me that viral loads are coming up very quickly and really high, higher than they are used to seeing. It may be that the virus burns hotter and quicker.'  

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.