Thursday, October 30, 2014

A LOT of important political and election news today


This post is long, but it has a LOT of very important political/election news and comment.

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Gas has dropped to $3.07 in Madison. You'd think an election was coming.

We have the granddaughter, Britnye, and 4 other 14-year-old girls coming for a sleepover on Halloween. I baked fairly-healthy oatmeal peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal cookies, using Splenda and low fat ingredients. We shall see if they like them. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Interesting: The Mary Burke firing story is worse than you think; Check out the brutal truth it proves
How many early voters might have changed their minds over this? ~Bob

WI: Mary Burke Says She Was Not Fired By Trek
Excerpt: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and her brother on Wednesday rejected a claim by a former top Trek executive that she was fired from her job at the family company, calling it "character assassination" just days before an election where she's running close with GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

WI: Democrats Walk Out on Another Obama Campaign Stump Speech. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Last night President Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail to stump for Wisconsin Democrat Mary Burke, who is challenging Governor Scott Walker. During Obama's speech, in particular the moment when he encouraged people to vote and to knock on doors for Burke, people were caught on video filing out of the room. (if you like Obamacare, you'll be able to keep...hey, where you guys going? ~Bob)

WI: Poll suggests Scott Walker is poised for a big victory in Wisconsin. By T. Becket Adams
Excerpt: The Marquette poll, which was conducted from Oct. 23-26, shows that 50 percent of 1,164 likely voters plan to vote for the Republican governor, while only 43 percent in this same category plan to vote for Burke. Marquette's last poll, two weeks ago, had shown Burke and Walker tied at 47 percent with likely voters, suggesting a late trend in Walker's favor.

What happened to us? Guest Post from Del
Excerpt: It seems that we have more crazy stuff going on in this society now than I would ever have believed possible. And I meet or come into contact with people all the time who are intelligent and educated, yet are hanging on to various viewpoints with a passion that precludes any remotely rational discussion. I just ran into one a couple of days ago, a former worker for big companies whom I knew faintly decades ago, who is all the way into the "vast Right Wing conspiracy" and every political bill on Voter ID is part of it, angling to prevent millions of poor Black people and others from voting.

Interesting: Harvard Millennial Poll Spells Doom for Democrats. By Conn Carroll 
Excerpt: According to Harvard's poll of more than 2,000 18-29 year olds, 51 percent of definite millennial voters plan to pull the lever for Republicans Tuesday, compared to just 47 percent who said they were planning to vote for Democrats. That is even worse than in 2010 when 55 percent of definite millennial voters said they were voting Democrat compared to 43 percent who planned to vote Republican. (Count not boneless chicks yet in the shell. But work and vote. ~Bob)

CBS Poll: Obama Approval 39 Percent, GOP Up Big on Congressional Ballot. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: The eight-point Congressional ballot margin for Republicans is wider than CBS News' last pre-election survey in 2010, which seems newsworthy, yet CBS News doesn't seem very excited about reporting their own results. As you note this headline juxtaposition, remember that 2006 was a similar midterm environment to this year, just with the roles reversed:

Bet on a Republican Senate Majority. By Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley, Sabato's Crystal Ball
Excerpt: While many races remain close, it’s just getting harder and harder to envision a plausible path for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Ultimately, with just a few days to go before the election, the safe bet would be on Republicans eventually taking control of the upper chamber. We say eventually because there’s a decent chance we won’t know who wins the Senate on Election Night. Louisiana is guaranteed to go to a runoff, and Georgia seems likelier than not to do the same. The Georgia runoff would be Jan. 6, 2015, three days after the 114th Congress is scheduled to open. Vote-counting in some states, like Alaska, will take days, and other races are close enough to trigger a recount.

GA: Brewing in GA: Perdue Leads in Latest Polls. By Sarah Jean Seman 
Excerpt: According to a SurveyUSA poll, Perdue leads Nunn by three points. This comes as a direct reversal from last week’s results, which showed Nunn up by two.

The national environment is terrible for Democrats, say Democrats. By Chris Cillizza
Excerpt: In conversations Wednesday with more than a dozen Democratic strategists deeply involved in this campaign — a few who were willing to speak on the record, a majority who were not — there was a widespread pessimism about the party's chances Nov. 4. "Challenging," acknowledged Ali Lapp, executive director of the House Majority PAC, a super PAC spending millions on ads to promote House Democrats. "It's a very challenging environment," agreed Penny Lee, a Democratic lobbyist and longtime political aide to former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. "Unsettled," offered Democratic pollster Fred Yang. "The trends are not good," said Steve Rosenthal, the veteran Democratic and labor strategist.

AGAIN: Voting Machines Swap Votes For Republicans to Votes for Democrats. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: In the past week we've see votes cast on machines in Illinois' Cook County and in Maryland switch from Republican to Democrat due to "calibration errors." has done phenomenal work in documenting changed votes. Now, a new report from The Weekly Standard shows that votes cast in Illinois for Republicans are being changed yet again in favor of Democrats.

Excerpt: An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years. (Anyone convicted of voter fraud should not only serve time, two years mandatory as a minimum, but permanently forfeit their right to vote. Of course, you can count on liberal opposition, even though they say it's very rare, because these would be 99% Democrat voters. ~Bob. Article suggests easy because of Motor Voter set up; also benefits fraud. --Barb)

NC: Voter Fraud Video

Obama Jokes About Voting Only Once. From The Patriot Post
In a rare campaign rally appearance, Barack Obama exhorted attendees to get out and vote. "One week, Wisconsin. One week," he said. "One week from today you get to choose a new governor. And because early voting runs through this Friday, you don't have to wait until Election Day. You can vote all week." He then clarified, "I mean you can only vote once. This isn't Chicago now." After pausing for laughter, he added, "I'm teasing Chicago, I'm messing with you. That was a long time ago." Yeah, well, Obama joked about having the IRS audit political opponents, too, and look how that turned out. Voter fraud benefits Democrats, which is why he's laughing it up.

Houston drops controversial pastor subpoenas
Excerpt: The mayor of Houston announced Wednesday that the city will withdraw subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents, The Houston Chronicle reports. "I didn't do this to satisfy them," Mayor Annise Parker said in reference to critics of the subpoenas. "I did it because it was not serving Houston." (I oppose discrimination against gays. I also oppose any government attempt to chill freedom of speech or freedom of religion, as Houston tried to do. ~Bob)

Wyoming has the best tax climate. North Carolina’s is most improved.
Excerpt: On Tuesday the Tax Foundation releases its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index and once again Wyoming leads the nation in welcoming commerce. Last year the state’s economy recorded real GDP growth of 7.6%, according to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. You won’t find growth like that in New York or New Jersey, the high-tax locales that once again finished 49th and 50th among the states. New Jersey eked out real GDP growth of 1.1% last year, while New York’s economy grew an anemic 0.7%.

Democrats sprint away from Harry Reid; candidates wary of pledging support
Excerpt: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has become a major focus of the 2014 campaign, with many of his embattled fellow Democrats declining to say whether they’d back him for their party caucus leader. (I guarantee that every Democrat senator [or Democrat pretending to be an independent as in Kansas] will vote for Harry Reid to be leader. Anyone fooled by a Democrat or fake-independent candidate refusing to say so is an idiot. ~Bob)

Pressure Grows for Marines to Lower Standards for Women
Excerpt: Under the paper-thin guise of asking for fair treatment, they actually engage in special pleading. Ellen Haring is a retired Army officer who received a fair amount of attention over the summer for arguing that the CET ought to be scrapped as an entry barrier for IOC. Having made an extensive argument for lowering and changing the standards for IOC so that women can more easily pass it, she displayed a remarkable level of rhetorical shamelessness by concluding her article with, “Women Marines don’t want standards to be lowered or changed. They just want a fighting chance to become Marine infantry officers. (Just confirming what I said before...the CMC and other service chiefs are going to be forced, due to political correctness, to lower the standards. --MasterGuns. There's no pressure. This is a foregone conclusion. A done deal. In protest, men, w/ the inclination to be infantry, should quit enlisting. That will end the nonsense. In numbers there is power. --Andy.)

True, this: Humps - Truthtellers. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Today's comment is not complicated nor sophisticated. And it's not complicated nor sophisticated because there is nothing complicated nor sophisticated about shouldering a heavy pack and marching for miles and miles - the work requires muscle, strength, and stamina. Pain and sweat, too. (I was in 3/5 when I was a corporal and sergeant in the 50s. It seems that this administration is set on placing women in the infantry no matter what the consequences. Effectiveness be damned. Andy and every other career Marine can cite undisputed evidence that it will not work, but it makes no difference to these people. They have no experience, but they are so much smarter than we are. -- Don [A retired Col.])

Three Women Dropped From Marines' Infantry Officer Course Will Not Reattempt
Excerpt: The three officers were dropped from the course the week of Oct. 17, Krebs said, after failing to keep up on two long hikes while carrying an approach-march load of up to 120 pounds. The load represents a day’s meals, clothing, supplies and assault gear for a 20-mile march into combat. (I think it's just a matter of when, no if, the CMC and other service chiefs will be told to re-evaluate the requirements to where women can meet the standard. --MasterGuns)

Report: 'Sustained Cyberattack' Crippled White House for Two Weeks. By Wynton Hall
Excerpt: A "sustained cyberattack" has crippled the White House for at least two weeks or longer, reports the Huffington Post.

"Being told "Hey beautiful" is not offensive! Being told to vote solely based on my vagina is." - Wife.

BREAKING: DOD Orders Off-Duty Troops To Hide Their Military Identity In Public
Excerpt: Unbelievable. Our military has to hide that they’re in the military on our own soil? Isn’t that giving terrorists the upper hand? Howzabout we put these Muslim stooges in internment camps instead? Check this out… (Better would be to pass a Federal law allowing concealed carry by US troops in uniform in all states, in all locations, with a no-drinking provision, and provide those who want one with a weapon. Like that might happen. they trust illegal immigrants but not our troops. Maybe they have reason. ~Bob)

Taunton Students Suspended After Posing With Airsoft Rifles On Facebook
Excerpt: Two high school students in Taunton have been suspended after they posted a photo of themselves holding Airsoft rifles. Thousands of people have leapt to their defense online, but their school isn’t backing down. The Airsoft rifles look dangerous, but they shoot plastic pellets. Tito Velez, 15, often competes with a team as a hobby. (I'm sure they checked with Elizabeth Warren before suspending them. --Steve)

Ryan: The most experienced 2016 contender. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is sounding Romneyesque in his foreign policy views. In a Post interview he says: “I spend a lot of time thinking about foreign policy and reading about it. My thinking has evolved, and going through the vice presidential experience gave me a deeper appreciation for these issues. I fear that we’re losing our place in the world and it’s to the world’s detriment. I think the president’s weak foreign policy, from his vacillating positions to his defense cuts, are causing us to lose our standing and it’s created a vacuum for those who don’t share our values.” 

Our Make-It-Up World. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Do bothersome facts matter anymore? Not really. This is an age when Americans were assured that the Affordable Care Act lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the supposedly noble aims of health care reform. The Islamic State is at times dubbed jayvee, a manageable problem, and a dangerous enemy – or anything the administration wishes it to be, depending on the political climate of any given week.

Why is Hillary Clinton Not Cutting Television Ads? The prospective 2016 presidential candidate is the Democrats star attraction. So why don't they want her in their television ads?
Excerpt: Though she's traveled the country for Democrats, headlining rallies from Colorado to North Carolina, Clinton has not lent any of her star power to any televised campaign ads. It's a strange discrepancy: While Clinton is one of—if not the most—requested surrogates for Democratic congressional campaigns, many seem far less seem eager to put her in their television ads.

Worth Reading: Married, Intact Families Yield Higher Incomes
Excerpt: The drop in the marriage rate is having a significant impact on incomes. If the United States had a married parenthood rate at the same level that it had in 1980, the median income of families with children would increase by 44 percent. Since 1979, 37 percent of the decline in the male employment rate is due to the drop in the number of intact families. Children who grow up with both parents in the home tend to be higher educated and have higher incomes. Both men and women earn an income premium of $6,500 and $4,700, respectively, simply for growing up in an intact household. Married men have an income "marriage premium" of $15,900 annually, compared to their single counterparts, making family incomes higher. Married couples who themselves were raised by intact families have a family income premium of $42,000 compared to their unmarried counterparts raised in non-intact families. (As I've said before, the threat to America is not gays getting married. It is straights having kids and NOT getting married. ~Bob)

PA: Endangered Governor Takes Big Gun Action in Lead up to Election
Excerpt: A week before Pennsylvania voters render their verdict on his last four years, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed a pro-gun law barring local restrictions. The bill specifically would prevent local governments from passing gun laws that are more restrictive than the state gun laws and basically erases existing local gun laws.

Reinflating the housing bubble. The feds are pushing the same lax rules that triggered the crash. By Sephen Moore
Excerpt: he headline in newspapers one recent weekend read like an April Fool’s joke, but it wasn’t April 1. The Obama administration announced it wants to provide a little more juice to the now-lackluster housing market by bending the home lending rules to make it easier for banks to make loans and marginal buyers to take on a mortgage.
One of the big changes: The Federal Housing Finance Agency will lower down payment requirements from an already absurdly low 5 percent to a ridiculously low 3 percent on many loans that are eligible for federal mortgage insurance assistance. (Liberals never learn. And the poor, working class and middle class suffer for it. ~Bob)

Ebola and Enterovirus News

Jeanne Shaheen's Ebola Opportunities Team
Excerpt: In this year's midterm elections, New Hampshire's Scott Brown is taking on the slickest Democratic politician since John Edwards. 

Hagel orders 21-day quarantine for all military personnel returning from Ebola mission in West Africa
In Maine, the returning nurse who battled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over her mandatory quarantine is now battling her home state after returning to Maine. Maine health officials are threatening to go to court to force Kaci Hickox to comply with the state's "voluntary" 21-day quarantine period for health care workers who treated Ebola patients. Hickox, on Wednesday, told NBC's "Today" that she doesn't "plan on sticking to the guidelines" and is "appalled" by the home quarantine policies "forced" on her.

Obama's Quarantine Remarks Draw Fire From Military Spouses
Excerpt: The president went on to say, "When we have volunteers who are taking time out from their families, from their loved ones and so forth to go over there because they have very particular expertise to tackle a very difficult job — we want to make sure that when they come back that we are prudent, that we are making sure that they are not at risk themselves or at risk of spreading the disease — but we don't want to do things that aren't based on science and best practices. Because if we do, then we're just putting another barrier on somebody who's already doing really important work on our behalf. And that's not something that I think any of us should want to see happen." (So, does that mean that quarantining military members IS based on science and best practices and that they are not doing really important work on our behalf? --MasterGuns)

The city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said. Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn’t admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said....Officials then retraced Spencer’s steps, which included dining at The Meatball Shop in Greenwich Village and bowling at The Gutter in Brooklyn.

Does White House Want An Ebola Epidemic In U.S.? Exclusive: Erik Rush looks at curious case of 'diva' nurse Kaci Hickox
I think a stretch. More likely a Democrat who feels the rules don't apply to her. ~Bob. Excerpt: One would think that Kaci Hickox, a health-care professional who had seen the devastation wrought by Ebola, and who understood the risks, would have considered it her civic duty to take one for Team America and sit out the quarantine.... Though efforts were made to scrub the evidence of Kaci Hickox’s affiliation with the CDC from online sources, enough remained to definitively determine that she was not only an employee of the CDC, but a registered Democrat and Obama supporter with a history of left-wing activism....Thus, it is no great intellectual leap in considering the timing of Hickox’s quarantine (and subsequent public meltdown), the “omission” of her ties to the CDC and her penchant for left-wing causes to arrive at the conclusion that this stunt just might have been an elaborate White House PR contrivance to foment opposition to Ebola quarantine efforts. (Black author. --Barb)

Who Relying On U.S. To Airlift Foreign Ebola Workers. Amid State Department denial they will come to America
Excerpt: While the State Department denies its medevac plan for health-care workers in Ebola-stricken West Africa would bring infected foreigners to the U.S., a World Health Organization announcement indicated the U.S. and its advanced health-care system is crucial to a program designed to attract workers from around the world by guaranteeing they would receive the best care available should they become infected. At a news conference in Geneva Tuesday, Bruce Aylward, the WHO director-general in charge of the operational response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, pointed to the website of the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, for details of the program, which includes evacuating foreign workers, without specifying where they would be taken for treatment. The WHO made clear Tuesday, however, that a major goal of medevac efforts is to make sure there is sufficient hospital capacity in the U.S., Europe and the United Kingdom to provide treatment for any infected international health-care workers in West Africa, regardless of citizenship.

Governor says negotiations with Kaci Hickox failed: Nurse defies quarantine with Thursday morning bike ride
Excerpt: "I remain really concerned by these mandatory quarantine policies for aid workers. I think we are only adding to the stigmatization that again is not based on science or evidence and if these restrictions are not removed from me from the State of Maine by tomorrow morning, Thursday morning, I will go to court to obtain my freedom," Hickox said. (Somehow, I suspect the judge will not ask her to approach the bench. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

Race Card News

There ARE Black conservatives!
And some of them are from right in the middle of the most famous disaster area cities run all these years by Black Democrats, and they are pointing out that this has not served the people there very well at all. I wonder if they can make a dent in the huge tendency of Blacks to vote Democrat at levels 95% or so, but maybe at some point people will figure out that all the years of supporting that Party haven't brought any of the promised benefits to them. And insanity is continuing to do the same thing that got you bad results, while still expecting to get some good results. Check the link to see how these men are taking on the situation. --Del. I follow several black conservatives on Twitter. When I have time to look at twitter. ~Bob)

What is the Nation of Islam?

Excerpt: The Nation of Islam's declared aim is the raising of the moral, social, and economic standing of non-whites. This has included the vilification of the dominant group, white Caucasians, even to the point of calling whites the personification of evil and maintaining that the white race is an aberration, the human race having originally been black.... In 1979, Louis Farrakhan broke away from the Mission, establishing the more radical Nation of Islam, which restricts membership to blacks and advocates a separate black social structure.

Second Parent: My child got Nation of Islam paper, too
Excerpt: The teacher held up each one and said, ‘These do not go home. These are just to use here,” the parent told me.... And what is not acceptable is sending out mass emails accusing the child of pilfering a “sheet” from his teacher’s work station. If I didn’t know better – I’d say that little boy is the victim of grownup bullying. (Child victims of leftist indoctrination under the guise of education. ~Bob)

Anonymous Unveils Explosive ‘Leaks’ on Michael Brown Grand Jury and Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson: Report. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: Hacker group Anonymous is claiming that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted by a grand jury in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, according to purported government sources.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Low-info voters November Surprise! How High Will Your Health Insurance Premiums Go In 2015? By Hugh Hewitt
Excerpt: Folks trying to plan their personal fiscal '15 are at a loss. They can't do a budget because they don't know what their health insurance costs will be. Nobody knows because Team Obama has conveniently arranged for you to be kept in the dark on your health insurance costs until after everyone votes next week. Most are expecting 5 percent to 10 percent hikes, but there are rumblings of far nastier surprises.

Obamacare premiums soar as much as 78% to help cover ‘essential health benefits’: Covering pre-existing conditions and ‘essential benefits’ raising insurance plan costs
Well, duh! ~Bob

Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out of Obamacare Exchanges. By Barbara Boland
Excerpt: Over 214,000 doctors won't participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It's also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

How California Could Lose a Generation of Doctors. By Zachary David Skaggs
Excerpt: When California voters go to the polls on November 4, they won't just be choosing their members of Congress. They'll also be making a decision on Proposition 46, a three-part ballot measure that could have profound effects on the cost of their health care and the privacy of their medical records. ... Proposition 46 would adjust the MICRA reforms for inflation -- which after almost 40 years means more than quadrupling them. These increased costs would not be borne solely by doctors. They would be passed on both to patients and to employers who pay for health plans, including state and local governments. The California Medical Association has estimated that raising the cap to $1 million would increase health costs by $9.9 billion per year -- or more than $1,000 for a family of four.

VA is critical to medicine and vets. By Robert A. McDonald
Excerpt: During preparation for my confirmation as secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), I was repeatedly asked, "Why doesn't VA just hand out vouchers allowing veterans to get care wherever they want?" For a department recovering from serious issues involving health care access and scheduling of appointments, that was a legitimate question. After nine weeks at VA, travel to 31 VA facilities in 15 cities, discussions with hundreds of veterans and VA clinicians, meetings with 75 Members of Congress, two hearings before the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs committees and dozens of meetings with Veterans Service Organizations and other stakeholders, I can answer that question.

Obamacare an Economic Failure for the Middle Class - USA Today. By Mark Horne
Excerpt: Naturally the newspaper did not admit that they were telling us that Obamacare is an economic failure. They didn’t mention Obamacare at all. But that is what they ended up saying anyway. The (hidden) admission occurred under the depressing headline: “7 things the middle class can’t afford anymore.”

Excerpt: Nearly 39 million Medicare beneficiaries, including seniors and the disabled, have subsidized drug coverage thanks to the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003. Medicare drug plans are popular with seniors. Although subsidized by Medicare, Part D plans are offered by private insurers and compete with each other for seniors’ patronage.
When Congress passed the Medicare Part D drug program back in 2003, it inadvertently created a license to steal. Prescription drug abuse costs health plans nearly $75 billion per year — about two-thirds of it from public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. That makes Uncle Sam the biggest illicit drug dealer in the country!

Undocumented Democrat News

The Great Progressive Hope: Illegals Could Prevent Republican Control Of Senate
Excerpt: Illegally cast votes by illegal immigrants could prevent Republicans from gaining control of the Senate in next week's election. Our porous border is transforming American politics sooner than many believed. Did illegal aliens make ObamaCare the law of the land, perhaps permanently? Did foreigners in 2008 give Barack Obama North Carolina's 15 electoral votes in a state Obama was never given much chance of winning, and where his margin of victory ended up being only about 14,000 votes, or 0.32%? Political science professors Jesse Richman and David Earnest of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., think that may be the case. (This is a timely and scary article about something that should concern everyone. Do we want to allow non-citizens to vote in elections? That thought doesn't scare Democrats because they assume, and correctly, that the great bulk of illegals will vote for them. So of course Republicans are much more concerned about this. But it shouldn't be a partisan issue for any sincere American. Allowing noncitizens to vote is unheard of everywhere, no matter what their bias might be, it is simply wrong for those not legal members of the society to take a role in how the society will be governed. And when we see elections that swing by truly tiny percentages of the total votes, when illegals make up a much larger percentage of those living in the region, it becomes understandable that they might constitute the swing vote that decides in the end who is elected. This should be a concern for everyone. --Del)

Criminal alien: Bloodthirsty MS-13 member gets 2 life sentences
Excerpt: A federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday sentenced a member of the ultra-violent, El Salvador-based organized-crime gang MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) to two life terms in federal prison for his participation in gang violence including murder and attempted murder, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia. (I will always remember GW Bush's words spoken on national TV in his last term: They're just good people looking for a better way of life. I never trusted him -- or the GOP -- after that. --Don Hank. I would have suggested a long drop on a short rope. ~Bob)

Making crime pay: Report: Immigration activists hearing that Obama will go small on executive amnesty
Excerpt: Don’t get too excited. “Small” in this case means as many as three million illegals get legalized. Amnesty shills wanted that number to be eight million or more.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Electricity Prices Soaring In Top Wind Power States
Excerpt: Electricity prices are soaring in states generating the most wind power, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. Although U.S. electricity prices rose less than 3 percent from 2008-2013, the 10 states with the highest percentage of wind power generation experienced average electricity price increases of more than 20 percent. ("Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Obama told the Chronicle . "Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers." Promise kept. ~Bob)

Drainage Ditches Aren’t Navigable Waters
Excerpt: When you think of a navigable water, you think of the Mississippi or the Potomac River not a ditch or a puddle. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a different viewpoint and is attempting to burden major parts of our nation’s economy including our farmers, realtors, engineers, builders, manufacturers, foresters, and even golf and tourism professionals with intense regulations and stipulations. In April, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule called the “Definition of Waters of the U.S.

Religion of Peace News

Why Obama Hates Netanyahu. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The original plan was to sideline Israel by focusing on the Muslim world. Instead of directly hammering Israel, the administration would transform the region around it. The American-Israeli relationship would implode not through conflict, but because the Muslim Brotherhood countries would take its place. That didn’t work out too well. Instead of gracefully pivoting away, Obama loudly snubbed Netanyahu. A photo of him poking his finger in Netanyahu’s chest captured the atmosphere. Netanyahu delivered a speech that Congress cheered. And Obama came to see him as a domestic political opponent. The torrent of anti-Israel leaks from the administration is a treatment usually reserved for political opponents.

Terrorists, Not U.S., Winning War on Terror
Excerpt: The number of voters who think the United States is winning the War on Terror continues to fall to new lows, and more than ever they see a terrorist attack as the biggest threat to the nation. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror, a new all-time low. 

Surprise: Sources: Former Guantanamo detainees suspected of joining ISIS, other groups in Syria. By Justin FishelJennifer Griffin
Excerpt: As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees -- some of whom were released within the last 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. (Show me your shocked face. I'd release all the Gitmo inmates. from 100 feet up, 50 miles at sea. ~Bob)

Fund Headed by Kerry’s Wife Donated to Anti-Israel ‘Conflict Kitchen.’ Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism come in 57 varieties. Just ask Heinz. By Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Excerpt: The Heinz Foundation, headed by the wife of Heinz heiress Mrs. John Kerry, AKA Teresa Heinz Kerry, has been caught having donated $50,000 to the “Conflict Kitchen,’ a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania soup kitchen that serves up food on a platter of anti-Zionism. The soup kitchen recently came up with the gimmick of serving “Palestinian food,” whatever that means, in leaflets with quotes that support both terrorism and the idea that Israel should not exists.

White House tries to ease flare-up over Netanyahu insults
Excerpt: “ISIS is on a rampage through the Middle East, slaughtering innocents and committing mass murder while plotting to kill more Americans,” Priebus said in a statement. “The priority of the Obama administration should be defeating our enemies; instead they are once again insulting our allies. It’s inexplicable and dangerous. (Therein lies the problem. The O Regime does not view Israel as an ally; they view Israel and the US and its citizens with contempt. They will not protect them and they disparage them. Remember that "flexibility"? Wait 6 days. --Barb)

Excerpt: Police are hunting the former head teacher of a private Islamic school accused of the sexual abuse and rape of two middle school female students. Tariq Ahmad, 35, who worked at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy, Florida, has been charged with five first degree counts after the alleged abuse which left one student needing ‘substantial surgical repair’. (Now don't go all Islamophobic. It's their culture based on Mohammad's perfect example. And as any good Progressive will assure you, all cultures are equally valid. Except, of course, rural, white, hillbilly/redneck culture. ~Bob)

Former Marine banned from daughter’s school after dispute over Islam lesson
Wood's wife, Melissa, wondered how teaching about one religion is considered a history lesson while teaching about Christianity would be viewed differently. The three-page assignment asked questions including, "How did Muslim conquerors treat those they conquered?" A homework assignment obtained by showed the correct answer was, “With tolerance, kindness and respect." ("They have to be carefully taught." Islam seems to be in the curriculum in various states.... Where is the ACLU? --Barb. The ACLU is not interested in civil liberties for vets and conservatives. ~Bob)

Israel Reopens Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem
Excerpt: The decision to close the site, a step that a Palestinian spokesman had denounced as “a declaration of war,” came after Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of involvement in an assassination attempt on a leading agitator for more Jewish access to the site. The closing prevented Muslims from worshiping at Al Aksa mosque, one of the three holiest sites in Islam. (Like many Muslim holy sites worldwide, the Al Aksa mosque as deliberately built on the holy site of another religion, to put it down. ~Bob)

Egypt has right to build Gaza buffer zone: US
Excerpt: Egypt began demolishing houses along its border with Gaza on Wednesday to set up a buffer zone to prevent militants sneaking into the Sinai desert, and to curb arms smuggling following a wave of deadly attacks. The move, which will see about 800 homes razed, comes after a suicide bomber killed 30 soldiers on the Sinai Peninsula, which borders the Palestinian territory, last Friday. (Jews building homes on the West Bank, or destroying homes sheltering terrorists in Gaza? Outrage. Muslims destroying homes to stop Muslim terrorists? Perfectly okay. ~Bob)

Report says child sexual exploitation ‘normal in parts of Greater Manchester
Excerpt: Sexual exploitation of vulnerable children has become the social norm in some parts of Greater Manchester, fuelled by explicit music videos and quasi-pornographic selfies, an MP has warned. The systematic grooming of boys and girls remains a “real and ongoing problem”, a year after Greater Manchester police (GMP) was forced to admit it had failed abuse victims in Rochdale, said Ann Coffey, a former social worker who is now the Labour MP for Stockport. “My observations will make painful reading for those who hoped that Rochdale was an isolated case,” she writes in a significant report. (This report doesn’t mention it (which in itself is telling), but75%, and probably more (since it is so politically unacceptable to report such things), of these rape and sexual exploitation gangs are “Asian,” which is British Newspeak for “Muslim.” Despite the continuing horror of these revelations, the British continue to take this with equanimity, for to resist it would be “racist” and “Islamophobic.” --Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.Org)

N.Y., Canada attacks appear inspired by Islamic State exhortation
Excerpt: A spate of terrorist attacks in Canada and New York City last week appears to have been inspired by calls from Islamic State and other militants to launch lone-wolf attacks that could signal the rise of a kind of DIY terrorism, sowing fear on a smaller but more pervasive scale. (Reality is getting to be so unmistakable that even the mainstream media can’t ignore or gloss over it as easily as it has done in the past. And so now even mainstream outlets have to acknowledge truths that they have excoriated Jihad Watch and other counter-jihad outlets as “Islamophobic” for noting in the past. ----Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.Org)

Excerpt: Dear Sirs, while I stand before you today, the earth of the Middle East is soaked with the blood of Christians being killed daily. Do you know that at the start of the 20th century, Christians comprised 20% of the population of the Middle East? Today they comprise only 4%. Do you know that over the past years some 100,000 Christians have been killed annually? And why? Not for a crime they’ve committed, but only for believing in Christ.

Excerpt: A new report from the Swedish National Police Board shows that the number of criminal networks are increasing. And now they are no longer only in major cities, but in 55 areas spread across 22 cities. They are especially in vulnerable areas where many immigrants live. It is very bad in the southern suburbs of Stockholm, for example, Sodertalje (Muslim-dominated area), but also Northeast Gothenburg (Muslim-dominated area) is subject to this phenomenon. Common for such areas is that the criminals are trying to take control of or affect the citizens and the surrounding area.

Obama, Not Bibi, Created U.S.-Israel Crisis
Excerpt: Since Barack Obama became president, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has been a reliable indicator of administration opinion about foreign-policy issues. Like some other journalists who can be counted on to support the president, he has been the recipient of some juicy leaks, especially when the White House wants to trash Israel’s government. But Goldberg and his “senior administration sources” reached a new low today when piece in which those anonymous figures labeled Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a “chickenshit” and a “coward.” The remarks are clearly not so much a warning to the Israelis to stop complaining about the U.S. push for appeasement of a nuclear Iran and the administration’s clueless approach to the conflict with the Palestinians. Rather the story is, as Goldberg rightly characterizes it, a genuine crisis in the relationship.

Ambassador: Obama admin warned about ISIS, they did nothing
Excerpt: Former US ambassador to the Iraq the latest to say Pres. Obama could have acted on the Islamic militants much earlier.

Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State
Excerpt: A convoy of peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq headed across southeastern Turkey on Wednesday towards the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes.

Bangladesh Islamist party chief sentenced to death
Excerpt: A special tribunal sentenced the leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party to death on Wednesday for atrocities and multiple killings during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

Worth Reading: Most Arab states share Isis’s ideology. They’re trying to have it both ways. Brian Whitaker, The guardian (Liberal UK newspaper)
Excerpt: Compulsion in religion is the ideological foundation stone of Isis and Islamist movements in general. Believing they have superior knowledge of God’s wishes for mankind, such groups feel entitled – even required – to act on his behalf and punish those who fail to comply with the divine will. In doing so, of course, they do not claim to be seeking power for themselves but merely trying to make the world more holy.
Bombing Isis and banning Islamist movements may suppress such movements for a while but it does nothing to address the ideological problem. 

Blasphemy: Mob attacks Ahmadis, kills woman, 2 girls in Pak
Excerpt: Lahore: A woman and her two minor grand- daughters were killed when an angry mob set alight several houses, shops in Pakistan's Punjab province belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect in riots that followed the alleged posting of blasphemous content on Facebook.

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels.' Interview Conducted by Hasnain Kazim
Excerpt: SPIEGEL ONLINE: You are spreading fear and horror and are killing innocents, most of them Muslim. You call that successful resistance? Abu Sattar: We are following Allah's word. We believe that humanity's only duty is to honor Allah and his prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. We are implementing what is written in the Koran. If we manage to do so, then of course it will be a success.


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What happened to us?

What happened to us?

It seems that we have more crazy stuff going on in this society now than I would ever have believed possible.  And I meet or come into contact with people all the time who are intelligent and educated, yet are hanging on to various viewpoints with a passion that precludes any remotely rational discussion.  I just ran into one a couple of days ago, a former worker for big companies whom I knew faintly decades ago, who is all the way into the "vast Right Wing conspiracy" and every political bill on Voter ID is part of it, angling to prevent millions of poor Black people and others from voting.

That voting rights are absolutely guaranteed everywhere in this country and that there has been voter fraud, mostly from Democrats, which was proven and people went to jail for it, has no meaning at all for this guy and the others.  That all the "restrictions" still give everyone born here plenty of time to get official ID, often for free with volunteer help, and time to vote by mail or get a ride to the polls, also escapes them completely.  None of those facts make any difference at all to them, and attempting to discuss the facts just meets with outrage and personal attacks.

And the really funny part is, some of the same people will claim that there is as much or more voter fraud by the GOP.  Yet it doesn't occur to them that if this is true, then they should want Voter ID to stop those evil Republicans from stealing elections!

Then there are all the people who cannot get past the "religion of peace" thing with Islam, and cannot acknowledge in any way the fact that some fundamentalist Muslims who take the words in the Quran and the other holy books as literally from God will see themselves as warriors whose primary duty in the world is to spread Islam everywhere by every means, including, and in fact mainly, "by the sword".  That they relate to the majority of Muslims the way that Nazis related to the majority of Germans, doesn't register because they won't let it, and all discussion ends with the charge of "Islamophobe" and personal attacks.

Somehow thinking by logic and reason has been supplanted widely by emotional reactions, and you cannot argue with the passions of deep-seated emotions and a worldview that the owner is addicted to, and cannot abide any and all facts that go against that worldview.  Two thousand years of Greek and Roman philosophy about how to do critical thinking are somehow dismissed, and in too many colleges the teaching is more like indoctrination into that liberal, semi-Marxist worldview.  That's the one where the USA is an example of an imperialist, racist nation founded on the corrupting system of capitalism.

I don't know where it's all going to go, but no question that Western Civilization is in decline, the only question being how far will the decline go before something really breaks down and a form of chaos begins until a new set of standards are accepted widely enough to restore a form of stability.  The example that haunts me is how the Weimar Republic morphed into Nazi Germany.  I can only hope that the memory of the days of freedom and prosperity will motivate people to get back to principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

You won't want to miss today's political news and comment


FEV1 average (Litters of air I can expel in one second) Monday was 1.74--highest since April 1. Getting better, if slowly. I credit the Power of Prayer, Physical Therapy, my BiPAP and Marine discipline. But I've seen too many fellow lung transplant patients who were doing well have setbacks. Two are in rehab now were better than I am, now worse, back on oxygen. So each day is a victory--and a gift.

We put up one of those "Little Free libraries" in front of our condo today. I know a Kindle is more convenient and cost effective. But we curmudgeons still love books! ~Bob

General News and Comment

The penalty for refusing to vote for "the lesser of two evils"(or refusing to vote at all), is to be governed by the "greater of two evils." ~Bob

Will Mary Burke Plagiarize Obama's targeting of Conservative Groups? Wait, John Chisholm's already doing it

The Chicago Way: Obama Administration Officials Convicted Of Voter Fraud
Excerpt: Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. from St. Joseph County was convicted of felony conspiracy to commit petition fraud and forgery. Dustin Blyth, who served on the Board of Elections, was charged with felony forgery and several counts of making a false petition. Both men were charged and convicted for submitting fake names and signatures on petitions that were designed to get Obama and Hillary Clinton onto the 2008 primary ballots

Again: ‘Calibration issue’ pops up on Maryland voting machines
Excerpt: Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland. “When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” Donna Hamilton said. “This happened multiple times with multiple selections. (Odd how these errors--in Democrat controlled areas--always benefit Democrats. ~Bob)

National Effort to Bully Churches into Silence before Elections with IRS Threat
Excerpt: Many pastors have been cowed into inactivity by the threatened loss of their tax-exempt status if they say anything remotely political. (This would not include black churches and other pro-Obama pastors. ~Bob)

MA: Boston Globe endorses Republican for MA governor
Excerpt: Maybe this would have meant more if the Globe had endorsed Charlie Baker before the Republican gubernatorial candidate had opened up a 9-point lead over Martha Coakley. The latest Globe poll shows Baker as an inevitability, which gives this editorial endorsement more of a flavor of a bandwagon effect than a heartfelt choice. Even so, Baker’s team has to be as happy about this development as Coakley’s is despairing of it:

Absolutely: Imposing a Single Subject Rule on Federal Legislation
Excerpt: Americans have become used to the laws that come out of Congress -- bills are massive and can reach thousands of pages, making reading them all but impossible. Plus, they seem to cover just about any topic, with a number of unrelated riders and amendments that politicians squeeze into larger bills in order to pass unpopular legislation or get benefits for their own constitutions. But what if that weren't allowed? Brett Joshpe, an attorney with Joshpe Law Group in New York City, suggests that federal legislation be subject to a "single-subject" requirement, which would restrict logrolling and ensure that all of a bill's provisions are relevant. (In the Massachusetts Senate, amendments to bills had to be relevant to the bill's content, or were ruled out of order. Problem is if it's a rule, the congress can suspend the rule. ~Bob)

Pro-Western Parties Sweep Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections
Excerpt: Elections in Ukraine are pointing to a new parliament that will be dominated by pro-Western parties, a result that President Petro Poroshenko is hailing as a "course toward Europe" but one that is likely to further anger Russia.

‘Big Three’ networks ignoring possible GOP Senate takeover?
Excerpt; Video The Boston Herald’s Adriana Cohen reacts.

Obama’s post-election plans for a secret radical agenda
Excerpt: He’s the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4. Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet. This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate. But it’s more than that. Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention.

The Hell that is the Obama White House
Excerpt: Every sentient human being whose brain isn’t stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace. How can one know this? Because the culprits haven’t been fired. Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they’ve actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is possible

Worth Reading: The Left and the Distortion of History. By John L. Hancock
Excerpt: In the fall of 1991, the relatively small and quiet university of Alfred University in New York State was engrossed in controversy. Indignant professors led students in protests, heated debates raged throughout the divided campus, editorials filled the school and local papers. At the heart of the controversy was the newly-installed statue of King Alfred, the medieval English monarch after whom the town and school was named. Ten years prior, when the monument was commissioned, no one could foresee the controversy it would eventually cause. Yet, its placement offended the sensibilities of the university's history professors. (This article is one of the most important ones I have seen in a very long time. It explains, clearly, how the teaching of Western history changed from being fact-based to ideologically based. Oh sure, the history book writers refer to various facts, some of which are perfectly valid, some of which are misinformation in varying degrees, the same way that politicians in a campaign writing about their opponents will refer to some facts, but then rumors, allegations, things out of context, slanted statistics, and occasionally just plain false items. Because like the politician, they are starting off with a conclusion in mind, for the politician it's that the opponent is a very bad candidate for office, for too many historians it's that Western Civilization has always been and still is loaded with more vices than virtues. Everyone was imperialistic, and still is, everyone was racist, misogynistic, corrupt, and they still are (if perhaps a bit less so now and covering it up better), and above all, all those famous DWM (Dead White Males) were great practitioners of all these vices and can hardly be held up as paragons of virtue. Only those who have led the fight against the image of corrupt imperialist capitalism (think Che Guevara, never mind he didn't just murder people and rape his maids, or that he even slaughtered puppies) get to be revered in any sense. Washington owned slaves, Jefferson slept with his, Lincoln was really a racist, and so on, so all these DWM really can't be lauded the way our previously false history taught. Bill Ayers is the really true American hero of this age. The facts of history are the facts, but freely laying heavy moral judgments on figures from a different time using the particular morality of some people today is not just inappropriate, it's both silly and seriously counterproductive. That most changes in societies for good or ill trace back to males is simply due to the millennia of male domination of societies, something we in modern times have learned to move away from. But refusing to acknowledge good accomplished by DWM just because they are DWM is an error just as clearly as racism is. Acknowledging accomplishments by human beings, irrespective of their age, gender, race, religion, or eye color and seeing the good in those individuals is what is right and proper and constructive. Cloaking ideology as valid history is a terrible kind of deceit, but we see it all around us now, and those who try to write history going back to the actual facts are called "revisionists" in a negative sense. We need a revolt among people and scholars, to demand the abandonment of history by ideology. --Del)

The highly sophisticated hacking of Sharyl Attkisson's computers
Excerpt: From the moment that Sharyl Attkisson met a shadowy source I’ll call Big Mac, she was plunged into a nightmare involving mysterious surveillance of her computers. They met at a McDonald’s in Northern Virginia at the beginning of 2013, and the source (she dubs him Number One) warned her about the threat of government spying. During their next hamburger rendezvous, Big Mac told Attkisson, then a CBS News reporter constantly at odds with the Obama administration, that he was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” by his examination of her computer and that this was “worse than anything Nixon ever did.”

Excerpt: What exactly has this country stooped to, when our officials and public figures traffic in politicizing the end of human lives? We are becoming not just a sick country, but an amoral one as well. What Ferguson wrought will not end well.

Worth Reading: Tough Death Penalty Ad: 'He Sat in a Room, and He Lied to Me.' By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Last week, Sarah posted video of an interview-style web ad featuring Dennis O'Connor, whose daughter was murdered in cold blood by a man named Nathan Dunlap in 1993. Dunlap was convicted of the premeditated quadruple murder, the appeals process was exhausted, and the convicted killer was scheduled for execution -- until Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper granted him a temporary, indefinite reprieve in May of 2013. Hickenlooper, who campaigned as a "vocal" proponent of capital punishment in 2010, recently told CNN that if he loses his re-election bid, he'd consider granting Dunlap full clemency during his waning months in office:

Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks. By Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams and Nicholas Confessore
Excerpt: The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a United States foreign aid program. But the recipient of the cash was not one of the many Beltway lobbying firms that work every year on behalf of foreign governments.

Random Thoughts. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time. -- Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country – including people who hate both the principles and the people of your society – will that cause zealots for open borders and amnesty to have some second thoughts, or perhaps first thoughts?

Worth Sharing Widely: Witness voter fraud? There's an app for that. By Derek Hunter
Excerpt: According to the app’s website, the VoteStand is “America’s first online election fraud reporting app. VoteStand provides you the online tools and support you need to quickly report suspected election illegalities as they happen.”

Group sues Maryland over ‘illegal’ voters. By Kenric Ward
Excerpt: The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, asserts that individuals who opted out of jury duty because they were not legal U.S. residents have cast ballots in at least three Maryland elections. Based on the number of potential unqualified voters identified in Frederick County, up to 7 percent of Maryland’s registered voters could be illegal immigrants, according to estimates.

Voter ID Myth Crashes. By Mona Charen
Excerpt: The Democrats have made a number of arguments against voter ID laws. They argue a) that the problem of voter impersonation or in-person voter fraud is nonexistent, b) that black and poor voters are more likely than others to lack a valid ID and c) that Republicans are attempting to “suppress” the votes of Democratic constituencies in a bid to revive Jim Crow. To believe a), you must assume that Americans, who engage in widespread tax evasion (an estimated $2 trillion in income goes unreported), insurance fraud (an estimated $80 billion worth in 2006), identity theft (15 million victims annually) and thousands of other deceptions and crimes large and small, are perfect angels when they step into the voting booth. Vote fraud simply “doesn’t exist,” pronounced Attorney General Eric Holder.

Excerpt: So the Democrats and all their many minions are doing everything they can to win this election, just as they did in 2012. Sadly, they are using voting fraud to win the day. Already this election season we found voting machines in Illinois automatically changing Republican votes over to the Democratic candidate. In California we found election officials sending out mail in ballots with the Democratic candidate pre-marked. In Georgia last week they discovered 1400 illegal Mexicans who had registered to vote. When discovered election officials were unable to tell how many more illegal votes were already submitted by mail in ballots...or even if they can cull those illegal votes out of the system. In Baltimore and Detroit our Democratic friends were filmed while going through trash dumpsters retrieving mail in ballots that had been trashed, then filling out the ballots in the Dems' favor. In Ohio a Black woman was found to have voted for Obama seven times and Al Sharpton embraced her and laughingly gave her a free Obamaphone for her efforts to swing Ohio into the Democratic column. And finally, Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder has been death on any state that might demand voter ID before casting a vote. Have you forgotten, dear reader, how surprised we all were in 2012 when we woke up to find Obama had won the Presidential contest going away? After all those polls that showed Mitt Romney either ahead, or in a dead heat? Do you remember those Philadelphia voting districts that turned out Obama voters by 115%, and no one ever investigated how you could record more votes than eligible voters? Today I just read a new item that says Democrats are mailing in more mail in ballots than Republicans, in some states with ratios as large as two to one!

Worth Reading: Plutocratic Populism Pays: What’s with rich liberals who blast other people for being rich? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: In early October, Barack Obama went to a $32,000-a-head fundraiser at the 20-acre estate of the aptly named billionaire Richie Richman. The day before he charmed his paying audience of liberal 1 percenters, Obama had sent out an e-mail alleging that Republicans were “in the pocket of billionaires.” Does that mean that Republicans who accept cash from billionaire supporters are always in their pockets, but that when the president does likewise, he never is? And if so, on what grounds is he exempt from his own accusations?

Minimum Wage Leads to Benefit Cuts, Unemployment
Excerpt: While many in the public may be in favor of raising the minimum wage, Iain Murray, vice president at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, explains why such legislation would harm the people it is alleged to help. Seventy-nine percent of economists agree that the minimum wage increases unemployment for young and unskilled workers, and numerous studies on the effect of the wage confirm that view. For example: A 2007 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher analyzed 100 minimum wage studies, finding that two-thirds of the studies showed negative effects of the wage on employment. Most damage was to low-skilled workers and the young. Just one-eighth of the studies found positive effects. A study by professor Aspen Gorry showed how the minimum wage impacts youth because it affects a worker's ability to gain job experience. He found that the 2007 federal minimum wage increase raised unemployment generally by 0.8 percentage points but unemployment for 15- to 24-year-olds by nearly 3 percentage points. France has a minimum wage of $12 per hour and a youth unemployment rate of 24 percent -- twice the rate in the United States. According to Gorry, the difference is entirely due to France's wage rate. (If low-info voters believed that arsenic was beneficial, democrats would pass a law putting it in kid's milk. Votes count, not the outcomes for real people. ~Bob)

Robbers didn't get the "no-guns" memo. 2 robbed at gunpoint after concealed carry ban at NC State Fair upheld
Excerpt: Two people were robbed at gunpoint Saturday night as they left the North Carolina State Fair, which has been at the center of controversy after a judge ordered the fair to remain a gun free zone, despite expanded gun legislation. The victims told authorities that around 11:30 p.m., as they were walking to their vehicles after attending the fair, they were approached by two armed men who demanded money, WATE reported.
Excerpt: “If we can get her elected do you think she is going to do the right thing and she’s gonna try to wipe out that coal industry and go for better resources?” asks an undercover videographer in one segment of the video. “I absolutely think she is,” responds Fayette County Democratic Party operative Gina Bess.

We must stop the GOP campaign of fear, and also their plot to lynch black people and enslave women in fundamentalist breeding camps.

Ebola and Enterovirus News

Risk? Only one person in the US has died of Ebola as I write. I personally know several folks killed by pulmonary fibrosis or a PF-driven lung transplant in the past year. ~Bob

The Czar
Some people question Barack Obama’s competence, because he appointed a man with no medical background to be the Ebola czar. But Obama is not trying to solve a medical problem. He is trying to solve a political problem, on the eve of an election – and a political partisan is the way to do that. Expecting Obama to be concerned about a medical threat to the American people is unrealistic, in view of the man’s whole history. --Thomas Sowell

New York revises controversial policy on Ebola quarantines amid pressure
Excerpt: New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Sunday revised a controversial policy to quarantine returning health-care workers from Ebola-stricken nations, under pressure from the Obama administration and medical experts over the aggressive measures.

Australia instigates Ebola-prompted ban on travel from West Africa
Excerpt: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced "strong controls" on arrivals from West African countries affected by cases of the deadly disease. Telling Australia's parliament during a question time session Monday that his ministry was currently "not processing any application from these (Ebola) affected countries," he said that the government was also suspending its humanitarian program.

Doctor: NYC Case Shows Ebola Could Transmit By Air
Excerpt: There have been studies, including one conducted by scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that found strains of aerosolized Ebola were transmitted to monkeys...Frager explained that in West Africa, Spencer was likely not wearing a Level 3 respirator mask, which, he said “does not allow the particles of air to enter into a person’s mucous membranes.” Instead, Frager surmised, Spencer was most likely utilizing Level 2 gear, which is designed for moderate protection against fluid penetration and does not fully protect against vapor.

Document Shows Feds Fear Airborne Ebola: Quietly seeking tools to kill 'aerosolized' virus
Excerpt: In a lengthy document that received nearly no media attention, a U.S. government agency has warned preliminary data shows Ebola is aerostable, meaning it can survive in the air and potentially be transmitted via airborne means. ...The information was contained in a 33-page report released Oct. 24 by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction. The agency report states “preliminary studies indicate that Ebola is aerostable in an enclosed controlled system in the dark and can survive for long periods in different liquid media and can also be recovered from plastic and glass surfaces at low temperatures for over 3 weeks.”

CDC Says Ebola Droplets Can Only Travel 3 Feet … But MIT Research Shows Sneezes Can Travel Up To 20 Feet
Excerpt: CDC (like the World Health Organization) admits that Ebola can be spread through sneezing or coughing. But the CDC itself admits that flu droplets can travel 6 feet. Mythbusters demonstrated that sneezes can nail people some 17 feet away: But engineers at MIT show that sneezes can actually travel up to 200 times farther than previously thought.

Race Card News

The Real Racists Oppose Voter ID
Excerpt: There is no intellectually sound argument against having proper ID to vote – which is quite predictably why the American Left must resort to emotional demagoguery to fight it. Equally unsurprising, playing the race card is their most reliable vehicle for doing so. Yet stunning testimony against North Carolina’s election laws reveal that it is leftists themselves who are willing to disparage black Americans and Hispanics to pursue their agenda. According to expert witnesses retained by the Justice Department (DOJ) and, yes, the NAACP, it is racist to assume minorities can be treated like everyone else – because they are “less sophisticated.”

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Virginia has proposed a substantive plan to reform U.S. health care. The Washington Post called it “the most sensible GOP alternative.” An economic consulting firm estimates the plan, which was developed by the 2017 Project, would reduce the federal deficit by $1.3 trillion over 10 years. There is significant overlap between the 2017 Project’s proposal and the NCPA’s: They both rely on individual tax credits for individually-purchased insurance as a building block for a new, consumer-driven health system.

New York Times: The Obamacare Rip-off. By Mark Horne
Excerpt: Thus, the New York Times story tells us: “As Insurers Try to Limit Costs, Providers Hit Patients With More Separate Fees.” Cindy Weston of the American Medical Billing Association, an industry group, said it was up to physicians to decide what to include in their principal payment and what merited an extra charge. She said they now “may be forced to charge” for new services because the Affordable Care Act “has shifted so much responsibility for payment from insurers to patients” and patients do not pay as reliably as insurers.

The Facts Behind ObamaCare's Numbers: Many enrollees had coverage before the health care law forced them out. By Edwin J. Feulner 
Excerpt: A new report from health care expert Ed Haislmaier – one based on actual enrollment data, not surveys – illustrates two facts that should give us pause. One is that the decline in the number of people who are uninsured isn’t as high as it may seem at first glance. The other is that more than two-thirds of the gain in coverage is a result of an increase in the number of people in Medicaid, the federal government’s health care program for the vulnerable poor.

Undocumented Democrat News

Man Accused Of Killing Two California Deputies Friday Was Deported Twice, Gave False Name
Excerpt: Marcelo Marquez, the man accused to killing two sheriff’s deputies in California was in the country illegally and had been deported twice to Mexico — once in 1997, and again in 2001. ... And Marcelo Marquez is not even his real name, it’s actually Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Show me your shocked face. --Barb)

President Obama never met with Janet Napolitano prior to halting deportations in 2012. By Philip Bump. Washington Post
Excerpt: Former Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano never met with President Obama as the White House debated the agency's 2012 proposal to suspend deportations for certain groups of undocumented immigrants. Instead, she defended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) idea to Obama advisers, suggesting that -- contrary to the public perception the administration sought to bolster -- immigration reform was not a top priority for the president as his reelection approached.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Video: Watch The Co-Founder of The Weather Channel Talk About How Global Warming is a Myth. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: During the segment Coleman takes on everyone from Al Gore to the scientists who refuse to present both sides of the climate change debate at universities across the country. 

GOP Senators: Admin Being ‘Wholly Misleading,’ ‘Belittling’ Critics to Push Through EPA Water Rules. Lawmakers also contend that the EPA may be running afoul of the Anti-Lobbying Act in drive to regulate all waters with downstream connections.
Excerpt: “A request for a regulatory clarification does not provide a license to run roughshod over the property rights of millions of Americans. Yet the Obama Administration has used prior rulemaking requests as an excuse to unilaterally advance a regulatory agenda that defies the jurisdictional limits established by Congress when it enacted the Clean Water Act in 1972,” they wrote. “In fact, the proposed rule would harm the very landowners, small businesses, and municipalities that expressed interest in working with EPA and the Corps to address Clean Water Act jurisdictional issues.”

Developing world embracing coal despite Obama’s efforts to limit use. By Patrice Hill
Excerpt: Coal is more popular than ever as the cheapest fuel for generating electricity in the developing world, despite efforts by the Obama administration and environmentalists to limit its use.

Poster girl for Kurdish freedom fighters in Kobane is 'captured and beheaded by ISIS killers' who posted gruesome pictures online
Excerpt: A female Kurdish fighter who became a poster girl for the Kobane resistance movement after a picture of her making a peace sign was retweeted thousands of times on Twitter has reportedly been beheaded by Isis. The woman, known by the pseudonym Rehana, was celebrated as a symbol of hope for the embattled Syrian border town after a journalist tweeted a picture of her making a 'V-sign', claiming that she'd personally killed 100 Isis militants. (What can you believe from there? ~Bob)

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'sends girls to front line'
Excerpt: Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has forced abducted women and girls to go to the front line to help fight the military, a new report says. The group has taken more than 500 women and girls hostage since it began its insurgency in 2009, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report adds. Suspected militants seized about 30 children on Thursday, despite government claims of a truce.

Leaked DHS Report Reveals 13 Foreign Suspected Terrorists Illegally Entered Canada from US
Excerpt: At least 13 men from Africa with terrorist-related records illegally entered Canada from the U.S. since 2010, according to a leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intelligence Information Report exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas. The data pertains only to one small region of the vast U.S.-Canadian border.

RCMP have video Parliament Hill terrorist made before deadly attack 
Excerpt: "The RCMP has identified persuasive evidence that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's attack was driven by ideological and political motives," Paulson said. "Zehaf-Bibeau had prepared a video recording of himself just prior to conducting this attack." (They don't say what the ideology might have been. But at least they had more courage than Obama, didn't call it "workplace violence." They do mention the other Islamist terrorist attack in the last sentence. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Salon has suddenly discovered that the Qur’an sanctions jihad, suicide attacks, beheadings, and sex slavery, and that Islamic law also allows for female genital mutilation, wife-beating, stoning, etc. — after having excoriated me for years as an “Islamophobe” and a “bigot” for saying just such things. To compound the heresy, they’re publishing this in the context of a takedown of media darling Reza Aslan, whose every pronouncement, no matter how ridiculous, is ordinarily greeted with breathless adulation from media types. To be sure, the author of this piece, Jeffrey Tayler, makes it more palatable to his Leftist audience by claiming that Jewish and Christian Scriptures contain material that is just as hateful and violent as that which is in the Qur’an — and he doesn’t explain, of course, why we don’t see Jewish or Christian terrorists committing acts of violence and justifying them by reference to their Scriptures. (I strongly suggest that you follow and subscribe to their free e-newsletter. Info you won't get elsewhere. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Further demonstrating its true face, Egypt’s National Salafi Party recently refused to count the Islamic State as a “terrorist” organization, or even that it had misinterpreted Islam.

Excerpt: The self-radicalized madman who attacked four rookie Queens cops with a hatchet had more than just ­jihad on his mind — he also wanted to kill white people. ... “He Googled the words ‘jihad against police,’ ” the source said of Thompson’s more recent activity. “He also looked up [news stories on] the two Canadian attacks” last week, the source added, referring to so-called “lone wolf” jihadist shooting of a ceremonial guard in Ottawa and a fatal attack on a soldier in Quebec.

Video Teaches Fifth Graders That America Was Responsible for 9/11 [VIDEO]
Excerpt: While the majority of Americans view 9/11 as a deliberate attack by radical Islamic terrorists and remember the tragic event with somber reflection and renewed determination, not everyone feels that way. Those who hate America and all that it stands for make jokes about 9/11, or “celebrate” the successful attacks by radical Islamic terrorists.

Your tax dollars at work: VIDEO: How Many Wives Can a Muslim Have on Welfare in Michigan?
Excerpt: Although polygamy is illegal in the United States, it is apparently acceptable in Michigan, as an informative video explains how Muslim men are able to claim up to four wives as dependents while on welfare. According to the video, Muslim men can claim up to three additional wives on their welfare application as “extended family,” and they will qualify for additional benefits.

Afghan newspaper’s ‘blasphemy’ causes protests after rebuking Isis and Islam. Comment piece in Afghanistan Express launched ‘by technical error’ also attacked Taliban and said Islam is parochial religion
Excerpt: A newspaper columnist condemning Islamic State (Isis) and the Taliban triggered demonstrations in several Afghan cities on Friday, with protesters denouncing the article as blasphemous and calling on the government to punish the publication.

Excerpt: The gang started beating the older man, and when he tried to defend himself, he was attacked with kicks from a couple of other youths. He found it difficult to keep balance during the attacks, because besides his hearing loss, he is also completely dependent on his lenses in order to see, and the lenses were knocked out of his eyes because of the blows and kicks… (Ignorant savages trying to become barbarians. ~Bob)

Turkey: No Longer a "Rock Star" on Arab Street. By Burak Bekdil
Excerpt: Back in 2009-10, then Turkey's Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan was greeted like a rock star in every Arab capital. He was presumably the darling of the Arab street, including Damascus, Beirut and Egypt -- all of which are today Turkey's regional nemeses. In 2011, an Egyptian columnist wrote a commentary in which he "begged the Turks to lend [them] their prime minister." To which this columnist replied: "By all means. Take him, and you need not return him."

Berkeley Students Rally To Remove Bill Maher As Commencement Speaker
Excerpt: The petition, which had gathered nearly 2,000 signatures by Monday afternoon, was authored by Marium Navid, a senator with the student government group Associated Students of the University of California, with the support of Khwaja Ahmed, a member of the campus advocacy group Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition, the campus’ Daily Californian reported Sunday. “Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for,” the petition reads. (An Apostate from the Great Progressive Church. Stone him! I suggest they send a delegation to Iraq to invite the head of ISIS to be the speaker. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Earlier this month, Kurds in Germany clashed with radical Muslims in the northern city of Hamburg and elsewhere in street clashes fueled by the conflict involving the jihadist group Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syria. Europe is different from the U.S. in which political activism either takes on extremist left wing or ultra conservative right wing forms. The media on the left says that these groups end up uniting with neo-Nazis and fascists while others say that the German media is demonizing the movement with the usual “Nazi” slur. ((at least some people have balls. --JB)

Landmark case: Islamic cleric who raped girl, 11, inside mosque sentenced
Excerpt: In what's being hailed by human rights groups as a landmark court case, an Afghan mullah was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a young girl in his mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to Middle Eastern news reports on Monday. While the defenders of the Muslim cleric attempted to persuade the court that the cleric's sex with the 11-year-old girl was consensual, the judge was not sympathetic to the religious leader, Mullah Mohammad Amin.

Marines End Mission In Afghanistan After 13 Years
Excerpt: Officials also said in September that the Afghan Ministry of Defense was still determining how to best use the massive 1,600-acre Leatherneck. Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, commander of Regional Command Southwest, said the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps planned to use the airfield at Bastion to connect with Kabul and to support its aviation operations in the meantime. (My guess is that it will be turned into a recruiting station for the Taliban within six months. Note the misspelling of "Leatherneck" on the sign. --MasterGuns)

IPT Exclusive: Qatar's Insidious Influence on the Brookings Institution. By Steven Emerson, John Rossomando and Dave Yonkman
Excerpt: The Brookings Institution bills itself as "the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world," but should it be? Brookings' long-term relationship with the Qatari government – a notorious supporter of terror in the Middle East – casts a dark cloud over such a lofty claim to credibility. A September New York Times exposé revealed Qatar's status as the single largest foreign donor to the Brookings Institution

US Funds Child Beheading “Freedom Fighters” with Billions in Tax Dollars
Excerpt: It's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore. You've seen it in the news. It has shocked and horrified the civilized world. Christians and Yazidis, by the thousands, are fleeing for their lives in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere as devout followers of the "prophet" Muhammad, aka, the "Islamic State," continue to brutally slaughter these "infidels" on the run, even torturing, dismembering and beheading children as their parents are forced to watch. (Maybe Obama could offer asylum to these Christians, [if he truly is one] rather than the thousands of illegals he plans to bring here. --JB. He wouldn't trust Christians to vote Democrat. ~Bob)

Kerry's "Real Islam": Jerusalem Terrorist's Mother: 'Praise Allah He's a Martyr': Rioting and family refusal highlight burial of Hamas terrorist, after he 'brought honor to family' by murdering baby and 22-year-old. By Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar
The Obama administration called the baby's murder a "traffic incident." That's like calling the KKK a "social club." ~Bob

Ottawa Police Services Reach Out to Islamist Groups After Attack
Excerpt: Just after last week's terrorist attacks in Ottawa, the city's police chief Charles Bordeleau reached out to various Muslim leaders and organizations with questionable ties to radical organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, according to a report produced by the Canadian website Point De Bascule Sikhander Hashmi, the imam at the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA), acknowledged that Bordeleau contacted him to reassure the Muslim community in case of "backlash" from the terrorist attack. (After every Muslim terrorist atrocity, the liberals always hope for a backlash against Muslims, that will prove how benighted everyone but they are. And they are always disappointed, but hope springs...~Bob)

The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here. The Obama administration's anger is "red-hot" over Israel's settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama's understanding of the Middle East. Profound changes in the relationship may be coming. By Jeffrey Goldberg
Excerpt: The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname. This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. (there is no one in the Obama Administration who could have gone into combat as Netanyahu has without wetting his panties. ~Bob)


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is