Friday, October 24, 2014

Gowdy Questions Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response about Ebola


A new Public Policy Institute of California poll reveals that the huge lead California Governor Jerry Brown holds over his challenger, Neel Kashkari, can be attributed to one salient factor: Brown’s massive lead among Latino voters. The poll's data show Brown is winning 73% of votes from Latinos, as opposed to 19% for Kashkari. - Breitbart

As Joel Fox of Fox & Hounds Daily notes, Brown is trouncing Kashkari by 16 points overall, but his lead among Independents is only 44% to 40%. That 4% difference is within the poll’s margin of error. Even more remarkably, among white voters, Kashkari actually leads Brown by one percentage point.

Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report. - Paul Bedard/Washington Secrets/Washington Examiner

Under a 2006 FEC rule, free political videos and advocacy sites have been free of regulation in a bid to boost voter participation in politics. Only Internet videos that are placed for a fee on websites, such as the Washington Examiner, are regulated just like normal TV ads.

Ravel’s statement suggests that she would regulate right-leaning groups like America Rising that posts anti-Democrat YouTube videos on its website.

FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated. He added that funny internet campaigns like “Obama Girl,” and “Jib Jab” would also face regulations.

“I told you this was coming,” he told Secrets.

Miraculous: Liberian Doctor Curing 90% Of Ebola Victims

Desperation and hope led Liberian doctor Gorbee Logan to treat a fellow healthcare worker for Ebola using Lamivudine, a drug used for treating HIV and hepatitis B. - Western Journalism
Over the next two days, the patient showed remarkable improvement and ultimately survived.

As of October 3rd, Dr. Logan had used the drug on at least 15 others, saving 13 of them. That’s a survival rate of 86.6%, a miraculous contrast to the 70% fatality rate observed during this year’s Ebola outbreak....

School districts from New Hampshire to Oregon are revolting against the coming Common Core tests

Common Core revolt goes local - Politico

Even as political leaders in both red and blue states continue to back away from the standards — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest example — the hottest battles have shifted to the local level, where education officials are staging public revolts against state and federal mandates to administer Common Core exams.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett this week announced she did not want students in the nation’s third-largest district to take the federally funded PARCC exam, which will debut next spring in 11 states, including Illinois.

Byrd-Bennett called the test “unproven” and said adding such a long exam to a year already crammed with standardized tests would be overwhelming to students, teachers and principals. The PARCC test takes nine to 11 hours, depending on a student’s grade level.

Her defiance was striking in a district that has long been viewed as a national leader in test-based accountability. It was also rich in symbolism because Chicago public schools were once run by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a huge cheerleader for both the Common Core and the new exams, developed with $370 million in federal funds....

A huge suburban school district in Colorado — in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation — is pressing to be excused from the PARCC exam, calling it a “one-size-fits-all” approach that’s less rigorous than its students deserve. A second, smaller Colorado district has also asked the state to exempt most of its students from the exam....

Kentucky legislators have floated a plan to let certain districts develop their own assessments, rather than administering the statewide test. The Manchester School District in New Hampshire has demanded similar flexibility....

In Oregon, the Portland School District is refusing to set state-mandated academic achievement goals based on the Common Core test the state requires.

And in Florida, Lee County opted out of state Common Core testing entirely at the start of the school year. The district reversed course a few weeks later, after the state warned that students wouldn’t be eligible for a high school diploma unless they took the tests, but the issue continues to simmer in Lee County and other Florida districts.

Meanwhile, rural districts across the country are complaining that they don’t have the bandwidth or the computers needed to administer the most widely used Common Core exams, known as PARCC and Smarter Balanced. Those assessments will be available in paper-and-pencil versions next spring but are expected to be given exclusively online within a few years....

A New Ebola Vaccine? Thank Dick Cheney

When George W. Bush signed the Project BioShield bill into law, he claimed Cheney "was the point man in the White House" on the legislation.
How Dick Cheney Joined the Fight Against Ebola Without Even Trying - Bloomberg
Thomas Geisbert spent the ’90s scraping together funds to work on an Ebola cure. Occasionally, he’d get enough to test a potential vaccine in primates, but the monkeys always died. There was just never enough money.

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Dick Cheney helped change that. Cheney, then the vice president, said he feared assaults by bioterrorists could be far more devastating than what happened that day, and became an advocate in the George W. Bush White House for the appropriation of billions of dollars to stop deadly pathogens. Congress agreed, funds began flowing to scientists like Geisbert and breakthroughs followed.

At least seven drugs now being tested -- including some used to treat Ebola victims in the U.S. -- grew from biodefense measures first approved after Sept. 11. The National Institutes of Health budget for studying potential bioterrorism agents has grown to $1.6 billion from $53 million in 2001, according to Crystal Boddie, an associate with the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore, Maryland.
The U.S. Is Working on an Ebola Vaccine — And You Have Dick Cheney to Thank - Policy Mic

Could It Possibly Get Any Worse?… It Already Did!

Only eight days ago, October 15, I wrote a piece asking “Could It Possibly Get Any Worse?” Although I was only half-serious and thought I was just being intentionally hyperbolic, it already did! - Roger L. Simon/PJM

Today, in my birth city of New York, within hours of each other, we had a doctor come down with Ebola and another quasi-Islamo-lunatic bash a cop in the head with a hatchet, only a day after a similar event in Canada....

Okay, no more Mr. Nice Blogger. Anyone who doesn’t realize our country is being governed by incompetents somewhere between Caligula and Nero (with golf replacing the violin) hasn’t been paying the slightest attention or, as many liberals are these days, is so delusional they are willing to sacrifice their children in a manner that would make even Aztecs recoil. Those latter people are what is known as “progressives,” a term so distorted and misapplied it could destroy the English language all by itself.... KEEP READING

First Time in History President Has Affected Public Safety of All Americans

AZ Sheriff: Obama Administration “Knowingly Lied” to US About Releasing Criminal Illegals (Video) - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit
Last year the Obama administration assured Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails to save money had only minor criminal records.

It was not true.
Judge Napolitano Slams Obama: First Time in History President Has Affected Public Safety of All Americans (Video) - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit
On Wednesday USA Today reported that Obama immigration officials released illegal immigrants who had faced serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

On Thursday Judge Andrew Napolitano condemned the irresponsible and dangerous move.
“The president releases people from a jail who have a record of violence, a criminal conviction of violence. It’s the first time in my memory in knowledge of modern American history… that the President of the United States has affirmatively, in a negative way, affected the public safety of the average American. I just don’t understand what kind of a possible justification, he or Josh Earnest could give for that.”
Sheriff Babeu: Administration Knowingly Lied About Release of Criminal Detainees – “It Went All The Way up to the WH” - Nice Deb
Where are the whistleblowers? Babeu told Jeanine Pirro that “several memos had been sent out to ICE agents about the prisoner releases, and anyone who talked about it “outside our agency shall be disciplined up to and including termination, creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.” He said, “these federal agents, who swore an oath to protect our country, are being intimidated from doing the right thing.”
But Jay Carney and ICE Chief John Morton insisted the released detainees were “low risk” and “non-criminal” – and the MSM apparently took their word for it, because that outrageous scandal – like so many other outrageous scandals – simply disappeared from the news.

So now, all these months later, the truth comes out.
The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’

Adviser to Iranian president mocks Obama’s ‘humiliating’ presidency (UPDATED) - Washington Free Beacon

The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.

The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).

And with the deadline quickly approaching on talks between the U.S. and Iran over its contested nuclear program, Younesi’s denigrating views of Obama could be a sign that the regime in Tehran has no intent of conceding to America’s demands.

“Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened,” Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

“Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran,” Younesi said.

The criticism of Obama echoes comments made recently by other world leaders and even former members of the president’s own staff, such as Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.... KEEP READING

Thursday, October 23, 2014

IRS notches legal victory in tea party cases

The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place — tax-exempt status. - Politico

That was a major reason a Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday threw out two lawsuits brought by more than 40 conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal, a victory for the IRS.

Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia dismissed almost all counts brought against the tax-collecting agency in two cases, ruling that both were essentially moot now that the IRS granted the groups their tax-exempt status that had been held up for years.

Republicans said they were outraged at Walton’s decision.

“You get targeted and harassed for three years but, oh, because you finally get [tax-exempt status], the three years of harassment doesn’t mean anything?” asked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who heads a congressional subpanel investigating the controversy. “I find that argument lacking tremendously in light of what these people went through.” KEEP READING

Doctor in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola


CONFIRMED: NYC Patient Tests Positive for Ebola - Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case. - NY Times

While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges surrounding containment of the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis.

Even as the authorities worked to confirm that Mr. Spencer was infected with Ebola, it emerged that he traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley, and then took a taxi home.

The next morning, he reported having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising questions about his health while he was out in public.

People infected with Ebola cannot spread the disease until they begin to display symptoms, and it cannot be spread through the air. As people become sicker, the viral load in the body builds, and they become more and more contagious.

Dr. Spencer’s travel history and the timing of the onset of his symptoms led health officials to dispatch disease detectives, who “immediately began to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk,” according to a statement released by the department.

It was unclear if the city was trying to find people who might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer on the subway. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority directed all questions to the health department, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the issue.

At Dr. Spencer’s apartment in Harlem, his home was sealed off and workers distributed informational fliers about the disease. It was not clear if anyone was being quarantined.

Doctor With Ebola Symptoms In NYC Went Bowling Last Night - CBS New York
Sources said Spencer went bowling last night in Williamsburg and took an Uber car to get there and back, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
Girlfriend quarantined
A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed case in the city, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN.

The doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, came back from West Africa about 10 days ago, and developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night.

The physician, employed at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, has been in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday morning, the official said....

The law enforcement official said the doctor was out in public. Authorities also quarantined his girlfriend, with whom he was spending time since his return from Africa.

The doctor began feeling sluggish a couple of days ago, but it wasn't until Thursday, when he developed 103-degree fever, that he contacted Doctors Without Borders, authorities said.

The case came to light after the New York Fire Department received a call shortly before noon Thursday about a sick person in Manhattan. The patient was taken to Bellevue.
Ebola Alert: NY City Dr. With Ebola Symptoms Hospitalized, Went Bowling Last Night (Video) - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit
New York City Ebola Doctor Took A-Train, L-Train and Went to the High Line (Video) - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit
GOOD NEWS! CDC Says NYC Ebola Doctor Cleared Enhanced Airport Screening - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit


BREAKING: Suspected Ebola Case Located In New York City

“We just can’t let anyone in the building right now..." - Western Journalism
America’s most populous city is the latest scene of an Ebola scare as a patient was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Thursday after showing symptoms of the deadly disease. According to the New York Post, Harlem resident Craig Spencer had recently returned from Guinea where he had been treating Ebola patients as part of the Doctors Without Borders organization.

Enhanced Ebola Screening Sends Three Liberians To US Hospitals - Western Journalism
Will the Liberian passengers with Ebola symptoms finally convince Congress to take action on travel controls from Liberia?

Major victory for Prop. 13! Bakersfield joins fast growing list of cities and local governments reaffirming their support for California's landmark taxpayer protection!

9th Largest City in California, Bakersfield, Passes Resolution Supporting Taxpayers and Proposition 13 - Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Just 20% of 2014 voters favor Obama

President Obama isn’t on the ballot this fall, but voters say they'll be turning out to oppose him. - Washington Examiner

Thirty-two percent of registered voters see the midterm elections as a vote against Obama, compared to just 20 percent in favor, with the midterm elections less than two weeks away....according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

The negative factor brought by Obama — who maintains a disapproval rating of 51 percent — could spell trouble for the Democrats on Nov. 4, who cling to a narrow Senate majority.

Breitbart Reporter Covering N.H. Senate Race Ordered to Leave Democrat’s Press Conference

Perhaps she doesn't like freedom of the press --
unless it's sympathetic to her agenda.

Breitbart News reporter Matthew Boyle was removed, without explanation, from a campaign event for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in Exeter, N.H., yesterday despite the event having been advertised as a press conference open to media.

Breitbart News editor in chief Alex Marlow says the decision to block Boyle demonstrates hostility toward a free press.

“We are in a new era of media where large and influential news outlets treat Democrats much like the mainstream media has always treated Republicans: with a healthy skepticism,” Marlow told The Daily Signal. “The First Amendment gives us freedom of the press, but apparently Senator Shaheen believes that right only applies to publications sympathetic to her agenda. This should be troubling not only to conservatives, but to anyone who values the free flow of ideas.”

Why the House will stay Republican

You probably haven’t read much commentary about this year’s elections to the House of Representatives. There's a good reason for that: The majority in the Senate is up for grabs, but it’s clear to everyone who follows these things that Republicans will continue to control the House. But there are lessons to be learned from this year’s House races, some of them relevant beyond this election cycle. - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner @michaelbarone

The House math is fairly simple. Republicans won 234 House seats in 2012 and Democrats 201. There are three vacant seats now, but neither party has gained a seat in a special election or by a party switch.

Put that together with the fact that we’ve become a straight-ticket voting nation now, no matter how many voters swear they’re Independents....

Half a century ago, many political scientists wanted America to have one clearly liberal and one clearly conservative party. Most probably thought the liberal side would usually win.

Well, their prayers have been answered. We now have two ideologically distinct political parties. The liberal party seems to have an edge, though not an overwhelming one, in presidential elections. But the conservative party, to the dismay of many political scientists, has an edge, though again not overwhelmingly, in elections to the House of Representatives.

That advantage may not prevail through the whole 10-year redistricting cycle. But it will this year.