Sunday, November 2, 2014

Today's Election and Political News


Posting again today, as there is election news you might want to share. Get out and vote Tuesday. ~Bob

General News and Comment

KY: McConnell takes lead and momentum
Excerpt: The poll found that 48 percent of likely voters plan to vote for McConnell while just 43 percent plan to back Grimes. Three percent said they are voting for Libertarian David Patterson and 6 percent said they haven't made up their minds. While the results are within the poll's margin of error of 4.1 percentage points, McConnell's lead shows that he has the momentum in the race's waning days. Grimes, meanwhile has gone from being 2 percentage points ahead in the poll to 5 behind.

So the desperation "Hail Mary" happens: Mitch McConnell’s sick new low: New mailers expose the GOPer’s shameless voter suppression tactics
Excerpt: Mailed in envelopes that blare “ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE” and state “You are at risk of acting on fraudulent information,” the Kentucky Republican Party issued a letter that accuses Grimes of “blatant lies” about McConnell’s advocacy for a local coal plant and his support from “anti-coal activists like Michael Bloomberg.” The letter also takes Grimes to task for her support among “anti-coal and anti-gun” Hollywood celebrities and accuses her of hypocrisy in her call for an increased minimum wage because a restaurant owned by her family pays employees less than the minimum. (Gee, you can tell from the headline that Salon is an unbiased, straightforward journalism site. Of course, last minute charges that won't be ruled upon until after the votes are counted are nothing new, for either party. There's even a report being circulated that 40kg Of Cocaine Found On Mitch McConnell’s Father-In-Law’s Boat. Sounds bad, right? But the "boat" is one of several ships owned by the guy's company. No indication that the father-in-law is really involved, never mind McConnell himself, but the headline names McConnell. More likely to be the ship captain or a couple of crew members. Typical left wing smear. ( ~Bob)

PPP has McConnell up 8 in Kentucky and Cotton up 8 in Arkansas. Both of those races have fallen out of reach for Dems in recent weeks.

McConnell-Grimes outcome could decide whether Kentucky goes right-to-work
Excerpt: All eyes will be on Kentucky Tuesday as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a serious challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. But beneath that marquee matchup lies a fierce battle between labor unions and anti-union groups over whether Kentucky, long a rare pro-union outpost in the anti-union South, becomes a right-to-work state.

Excerpt: The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday. “Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says. “We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

Krauthammer: Race-Baiting By Dems What Happens When You ‘Don’t Have Any Arguments’ [VIDEO]
Excerpt: Krauthammer: Well, the desperation and the ad hominems come into play when you don’t have any arguments. the 2010 election, the shellacking the Democrats took was about ideology. It was about liberal overreach–the stimulus, Obamacare, over-taxation, over-regulation, and we know what the result was. that set off this counterreaction called the Tea Party. And what we’re seeing now six years later is an election that’s not only about ideology. It is a rejection of hyper-liberalism, but there’s now an overlay of sheer incompetence.


Iowa Poll: Ernst takes 7-point lead
Excerpt: Joni Ernst has charged to achieve a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a new Iowa Poll, which buoys the GOP's hope that an Iowa victory will be the tipping point to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate. Ernst, a state senator and military leader, enjoys 51 percent support among likely voters.

GOP likely to win in AR and KY, Louisiana could still be close
Excerpt: PPP's final polls in Arkansas and Kentucky find Republicans in a strong position to win the Senate seats in those states on Tuesday, but the Louisiana Senate race still has the potential to be pretty competitive. ... In Arkansas, we find Republicans leading the races for Governor and the Senate by 8-10 points. Tom Cotton is up 49/41 on Mark Pryor, and Asa Hutchinson is up 51/41 on Mike Ross. (Think PPP is leftist polling group. ~Bob)

Good Collection: Famous Political Quotes
Excerpt: "Politics have no relations to morals"...Machiavelli. "I tried pot but I didn't inhale"...Bill Clinton. "I did not have sex with that woman"...Bill Clinton. "You'll have to define what sex is"...Bill Clinton.

Excerpt: News is piling up right now about crunch time for the Iran nuclear talks; ISIS, Ebola, Russian warplanes buzzing NATO, and upheaval in Burkina Faso (where this week protesters set fire to the Ouagadougou parliament, the longtime president tweeted his resignation and fled the country, the military stepped in, and fallout of the upheaval may entail problems for U.S. anti-terror operations in West Africa). What next? Call me impulsive, but I had a twitch today that amid these crises, it’s about time for North Korea to throw its hat into the ring — with its next nuclear test.

Connecticut Governor: Malloy (D) 48%, Foley (R) 47%
Excerpt: Does Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy have a chance to keep his job after all?
The final Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Connecticut Voters finds Malloy picking up 48% of the vote to Republican Tom Foley’s 47%. 

Iowa Governor: Branstad (R) 55%, Hatch (D) 37%
Excerpt: Iowa Republican Governor Terry Branstad looks comfortably on his way to reelection next Tuesday.

Legal teams brace for election battles. By Alexandra Jaffe
Excerpt: Candidates from Alaska to Iowa are preparing legal teams in case tight election battles go into overtime, potentially prolonging the battle for Senate control indefinitely.
New voting laws in some states, razor-thin margins in others and high stakes nationwide have increased the likelihood of recounts and challenges that could drag on for weeks or even months. 

Excerpt: While outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder continues to fend off responsibility for the law enforcement snafu known as Operation Fast and Furious, documents obtained through a judge’s order reveal that not only did Holder know about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), but he discussed it via email with his physician spouse, Sharon Malone, however President Barack Obama is granting those emails to be withheld based on an “executive privilege” claim.

Excerpt: The first case of voter fraud in New Mexico this election has been confirmed by the Rio Arriba County Clerk's Office. According to the Rio Arriba County Clerk's office, a voter trying to cast an early ballot in Espanola Saturday was told he had already voted three days prior.
The man told poll workers he hadn't voted. He was then shown the signature of the voter, but he says it wasn't his signature.

62p AN HOUR: What women sleeping 16 to a room get paid to make Ed and Harriet's £45 'This Is What A Feminist Looks Like' T-shirts
Excerpt: Feminist T-shirts proudly worn by Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman are made in ‘sweatshop’ conditions by migrant women paid just 62p an hour, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed. The women machinists on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius sleep 16 to a room – and earn much less than the average wage on the island. The £45 T-shirts carry the defiant slogan ‘This is what a feminist looks like’. But one of the thousands of machinists declared: ‘We do not see ourselves as feminists. We see ourselves as trapped.’


Open-Carry Advocate Targeted In 'Swatting'
Excerpt: He said yes when an officer asked if he could remove a handgun from a holster Dickens was wearing. He gave the same answer when the officer asked to take temporary custody of a pocketknife he had in his pocket. In the end, he’s thankful he’s still alive after an up-close and personal encounter with “swatting,’ the practice of making a false report of an on-going critical incident to prompt an emergency response.

The medical cost of gun violence is only 0.16% of America’s annual health care expenditures.

Accidental Gun Deaths At All Time Low
Excerpt: Unintentional Firearms Fatalities Remain at Historically Low Levels Data released by the National Safety Council demonstrates that unintentional firearms-related fatalities continue to remain at historically low levels.

Senate Flip Key to Securing Gun Rights. By David Codrea 
Excerpt: The elections are almost upon us, and activist gun owners are looking at the possibility of fundamentally transforming the composition of the U.S. Senate by switching the majority party to the Republicans. While support by individual GOP incumbents and candidates at times runs counter to the interests of Second Amendment advocates, there is no question that, as a whole, the Democrats, with a central component in their platform calling for “strengthening our background check system [and] commonsense improvements—like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole,” is the party of “gun control.”

Ebola and Enterovirus News

Dallas nurse cleared of Ebola has been reunited with her spaniel Bentley who has spent 21 days in quarantine
Excerpt: A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola has been reunited with her dog Bentley, who has spent 21 days in quarantine. The King Charles Cavalier spaniel has undergone twice-daily check-ups by vets in hazmat suits at a secret naval base while his owner, Nina Pham, was treated for the deadly virus. (Both cute. Glad they are okay. ~Bob)

Race Card News

Maybe Racist? Black Power: A Done Deal. By Fred Reed
Excerpt: As I write America waits, again, to see whether blacks will riot, this time in Ferguson. Will they loot, burn, kill, and rape? The usual? The police in Ferguson prepare to protect stores from looters, as rioters seem to regard their insurrections as shopping opportunities. Will it come, we wonder tensely? Will the destruction get out of hand, spread to other cities? (Liberals, centrists and many conservatives will find this piece racist. I know too many decent black folks, including some fine Marines like my late Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Ezekiel Owens, Jr. (Ret) to put people in groups like this. But some of the points he makes should be considered and discussed. ~Bob)

MSNBC admits not showing viral catcall video because only black men were in clip
Excerpt: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes had no problem admitting to his audience that his network chose not to play the recent mega-viral video of a woman getting catcalls throughout New York City because she was white and the men bothering her in the chosen sample clip were black. (Race trumps gender rights. ~Bob)

.....she obviously didn't steal English or spelling from any school she went to.

Black Grandmother Calls C-SPAN to Explain Why She Voted ‘Straight Republican’
Excerpt: Recently on C-SPAN, a woman describing herself as a “black senior-citizen grandmother” called in to let the nation know why she just voted “straight Republican,” including miserable economic conditions in the black community, the Democratic Party’s advocacy of abortion, and its mishandling of welfare: 

Teen Dies Speeding Away From Police In Stolen Car and Her Mother Says Police ‘Killed My Baby’
Bad parenting killed your baby. ~Bob

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Obamacare Covers Foreign Diplomats
Excerpt: Two House committees are demanding answers after learning that the Affordable Care Act makes foreign diplomats eligible for health care subsidies. Obamacare has a loophole that allows foreign diplomats to receive healthcare subsidies, the House Ways and Means and Foreign Affairs Committees revealed Wednesday as they announced a joint investigation.

30,000 Lose Health Care Due to Obamacare in Indiana. By Daniel Halper
Excerpt: WRTV reports that around 30,000 are going to lose their health care plans due to Obamacare in Indiana:

Undocumented Democrat News

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
Excerpt: Authorities were investigating on Friday a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

UN climate report offers stark warnings, hope
Excerpt: Pointing to the solution, the IPCC said the costs associated with mitigation action such as shifting the energy system to solar and wind power and other renewable sources and improving energy efficiency would reduce economic growth only by 0.06 percent annually. And Pachauri said that cost should be measured against the implications of doing nothing, putting "all species that live on this planet" at peril. The report is meant as a scientific roadmap for the U.N. climate negotiations, which continue next month in LimaPeru. (Per article, global summit in Paris in 2015 to adopt "global plan." Solar is frying birds. Wind turbines chop up birds, eagles bats, insect eaters, leading to overgrowth of insects, spreading of diseases that would be controlled by predators. UN and ilk trying to play gods with our world.... manipulating the jet streams....There is a price for their unregulated experimentation. --Barb)

Religion of Peace News

Interesting: Obama Administration: To Defeat ISIS, We Must Highlight ‘Our Profound Respect’ for Islam
Excerpt: Obama says the Islamic State “is not Islamic.” Obama says Islam is peace. His Secretary of State insists that Islamic jihad “exploits a legitimate and beautiful religion.” President Obama, are these Islamic groups also exploiting a “legitimate and beautiful religion,” while they invoke the quran and Islamic texts and teachings myriad times daily?: Hamas, Hezb’allah, Boko Haram, the Muslim Brotherhood and these other designated Islamic terrorist organizations: (Includes a LONG list of Muslim organizations designated by us as terrorists, all of whom invoke the Qur'an and Hadith, chapter and verse, to justify their depredations. ~Bob)
Worth Reading: A halfhearted U.S. war effort in the Middle East. By Andrew J. Bacevich
Excerpt: A common thread connects U.S. military operations of the last 20 or more years: We've persistently tried to fight them on the cheap. In gauging the requirements of a prospective campaign, “What do we need to win?” has repeatedly taken a back seat to “What's the minimum we can get by with?” The ongoing air campaign against Islamic State illustrates the point. Having declared that this new threat must be destroyed, the Obama administration refuses to provide the forces needed to do just that. (Bacevich is not always my favorite military writer, he has occasionally said not so bright things about Viet Nam, but this time he has hit one out of the park. No damn half measures, don't send our people into danger unless you are reading and willing to do whatever it's going to take to really do the job right and get it over with. That is what makes sacrifice worthwhile, and incidentally, gets us the respect needed for us to function well as a force for good in the world. Wasting billions but more importantly, lives has not worked at all for us for a long time now, what does it take for our leaders to figure out we have to do things differently? --Del)

Excerpt: The Islamic State has released pictures showing its capture of large parts of the al Shaer gas field in the eastern part of Homs province, Syria. The field is due east of the ancient city of Palmyra. The photos were disseminated on Twitter by the jihadist group's supporters after being posted elsewhere online. The Islamic State has taken to releasing its propaganda this way after the social media site began to crack down on its official accounts.

Team Obama Inadvertently Takes ‘Credit’ for Ensuring Iran Goes Nuclear
Excerpt: Much has already been written about Jeffrey Goldberg’s piece this week in The Atlantic, where two senior Obama administration officials deride Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu as “chickensh*t.” Most pundits have focused on the juvenile name-calling, but the importance of that is dwarfed by a devastating admission that was inadvertently made by one of those officials: Thanks to the Obama administration’s pressure on Israel, it is now too late to prevent Iran from going nuclear. (Official credits "our pressure" for stopping Israel. So, Iran goes nuclear along with N. Korea and what happens to the security of the United States? What's it matter? --Barb)

Fanatics sink to a new low: Shocking photograph shows ISIS supporter getting a BABY to kick the severed head of a Syrian soldier
Excerpt: A sickening photo has emerged social media showing a toddler kicking the severed head of a dead soldier in Syria. The toddler's father is believed to be an avid Islamic State supporter and is wearing a camouflage military style baseball cap on his head. (These fellows are starting to annoy me. As my tee shirt says, 'Some people just need killing. That's why we have Marines." ~Bob)
Excerpt: Raif Badawi was arrested in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) in June 2012. On July 29, 2013 after he was convicted under Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Cybercrime Law of “founding a liberal website,” “adopting liberal thought” and for “insulting Islam”, he was sentenced to 600 lashes and seven years and three months in prison. He is now facing 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals.

U.S. readying plan to send advisers to Iraqis fighting ISIS in Anbar
Excerpt: Pentagon officials are readying a plan that would deploy U.S. military advisers to the volatile Iraqi province of Anbar to advise and assist Iraqi security forces in a region currently dominated by ISIS militants.

English translation of clip showing ISIS fighters discussing "buying and selling Yezidi slaves"

The Jihadi Connection between Sinai, Gaza and Islamic State. By Jonathan Spyer
Excerpt: What kind of relations do the jihadists of northern Sinai and Gaza have with Islamic State, and with Hamas? Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month national emergency this week, following the killing of over 31 Egyptian soldiers in a suicide car bombing carried out by jihadists in northern Sinai.

Excerpt: A suicide bomber killed more than 50 people in a blast today at the Wagah border crossing in Pakistan. Two major Pakistani jihadist groups claimed credit for the attack.
The blast occurred outside of a restaurant near a checkpoint manned by Pakistani border guards. The Wagah border crossing is the only road link between Lahore and the Indian city of Amritsar.

Excerpt: Islamic State (IS) fighters have beheaded a man for allegedly working for Syrian President Bashar Assad and announced that all who insult Allah are to be executed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Friday.

PA Calls Assassin Terrorist 'Hero Defending Freedom'
Excerpt: Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqa on Thursday lionized Mu'taz Hijazi, the Islamic Jihad terrorist who tried to assassinate Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem on Wednesday and was later killed in a shootout with police. "Hijazi was one of the heroes of the Palestinian prisoners' movement who defended freedom and dignity," Qaraqa wrote in a statement published by the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency.


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

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