Current Ebola Outbreak Traced Back To Family Eating Bushmeat In Guinea…

Hunting and eating virus-ridden bats is a bad idea, who knew?

Via BBC:

Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak. The first victim’s family hunted bats, which carry the virus. Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis?

The origin has been traced to a two-year-old child from the village of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, an area where batmeat is frequently hunted and eaten.

The infant, dubbed Child Zero, died on 6 December 2013. The child’s family stated they had hunted two species of bat which carry the Ebola virus.

Bushmeat or wild animal meat covers any animal that is killed for consumption, principally chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats and monkeys. It can even include porcupines, rats and snakes.

In some remote areas it is a necessary source of food – in others it has become a delicacy.

In Africa’s Congo Basin, people eat an estimated five million tonnes of bushmeat per year, according to the Centre of International Forestry Research.

Feel Good Video Of Day: Reince Priebus Skewers Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Admittedly, it doesn’t take much, DWS has all the vision of an old avocado, dried up in the sun.

Best zinger, Priebus to DWS at about 2:10 – “You guys are losing everywhere. President hasn’t had anyone’s back, he hasn’t even had your back”, lol.

HT: Hot Air

Video: #Ferguson Protester Screams About “White People”, Spits In Face Of White Rams Fan

White people harangue, followed by spit, begins around 1:10.

Here is the lovely ‘protester':

She did it right in front of a phalanx of cops and was immediately arrested.

Protesters continue with the ‘peaceful protests':


Clancy Novel? Possible Lost Russian Sub Being Hunted In Swedish Waters


Andrei, have you lost another submarine?

MOSCOW — Ships and helicopters of the Swedish Navy searched intensively over the weekend in coastal waters after detecting what the military said were signs of “foreign underwater activity” near the capital, Stockholm.

A Swedish newspaper reported that the military had detected radio signals from a Russian submarine that was perhaps stranded underwater by an emergency.

The development, if confirmed, would have far-reaching implications for highlighting how military tensions between Russia and the West were escalating over the crisis in Ukraine.

Military brinkmanship in the Baltic Sea has risen to near Cold War levels, as NATO has deployed additional forces to the area and Russia has stepped up exercises along its borders. Russia denied on Sunday that any of its submarines were missing.

Swedish ships and helicopters have been zigzagging over a portion of the waterways in the Stockholm archipelago, an area of many channels and islands, since Friday, Swedish media reported.

On Saturday, the country’s military intensified the search and a commander, Jonas Wikström, told journalists in Stockholm that the operation was based on “very trustworthy” information about the underwater activity, without clarifying that information.

Citing unnamed sources, a Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, said the hunt began after the military intercepted a radio transmission on a frequency used by the Russian Navy for emergencies and emanating from an area in the archipelago about 30 miles from Stockholm.

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HT: Noah Rothman

Ferguson Protester Tries To Stab Fan Outside St. Louis Rams Game Using Flag Pole With Upside-Down American Flag On It…

Fan’s lucky he wasn’t stabbed with a real knife or worse.

Via St. Louis Today:

Rams fans and Ferguson protesters fought Sunday afternoon outside the Edward Jones Dome after the Rams secured a victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

About 3 p.m. a handful of fans argued with protesters, who were yelling and chanting, near the intersection of North Broadway and Cole streets. The yelling escalated, a fan appeared to spit on one of the protesters and he was then struck on the head, at which point a melee ensued and punches were thrown.

At one point during the scuffle, a protester carrying an upside-down American flag used the pole as a weapon, attempting to jab a fan with the pole. A short time later, after the initial confrontation, a different fan grabbed the flag and ran with it for a brief period; protesters then wrestled the flag back.

Two women, one of whom was a juvenile, were arrested after the fight, police said.

Two people were injured including one woman who was punched in the face after chanting “Let’s go Rams” to protesters. She was later treated and released by paramedics. Police did not provide details on the second victim’s injuries.

Police said two groups of about 20 to 25 people each had argued and fought.

The Obamacare Fraud: Unable To Meet The Deductible Or Your Doctor


I’m not sure what’s going on at the NY Times, but there’s been some sort of change. Telling the truth about WMDs, now Obamacare?

Via NY Times:

Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring.

But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best.

“To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” said Ms. Wanderlich, 61. “I don’t have that money.”

About 7.3 million Americans are enrolled in private coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more than 80 percent qualified for federal subsidies to help with the cost of their monthly premiums. But many are still on the hook for deductibles that can top $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families — the trade-off, insurers say, for keeping premiums for the marketplace plans relatively low. The result is that some people — no firm data exists on how many — say they hesitate to use their new insurance because of the high out-of-pocket costs.

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NIH’s Fauci: No, Ebola Problems Are Not Due To Budget Cuts

Smashes liberal talking points.

Via WFB:

NIH immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci said that one “cannot say” that the lack of an Ebola vaccine is due to budget cuts.

A campaign ad that surfaced Monday blames the GOP for cutting for recent Ebola deaths, boldly declaring “Republican cuts kill.”

Facui told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that the left-wing narrative is simply not correct.

“I don’t agree with that I have to tell you quite honestly,” Fauci said. “I think that the NIH has had constraints in resources for 10 years, and all of biomedical research has been less than its robust activity.”

Todd pointed out that one of Fauci’s NIH colleagues had “hinted” that, had the NIH received more funding, an Ebola vaccine would have existed today. Fauci quickly dismissed the notion.

“You can’t say that. You can’t say we would or would not have this or that,” Fauci said. “Everything has slowed down, but I would not make that statement.”

Typhoid Barack: Obama Makes Campaign Appearance, People Walk Out

U.S. President Obama waves as he arrives for a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown at a High School in Upper Marlboro

They don’t even want to be seen with him. He even got a heckler at a Democratic event.

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.

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Republican Strategist: GOP Midterm Win Coming After Obama “Conga Line Of Screw-Ups”


Cross your fingers…

Via Daily Caller:

Could things be turning in the direction of Republicans with 16 days until the midterm elections? Some strategists seem to think so.

On “Meet The Press” Sunday, GOP strategist Mike Murphy told host Chuck Todd that with a little more than two weeks, the midterms are shaping up well for Republicans because of a “narrative of incompetence” on President Barack Obama’s part, along with his ever-dwindling poll numbers.

“You can’t get Alison Grimes to admit who she voted for with the jaws of life. I mean that was a disaster for her and Mitch McConnell’s going to win,” said Murphy. ”The president’s numbers are down at 40 percent; I mean, broccoli is at 45. You’re going to have a rejection.”

“Right now, I believe the thing is moving in a good Republican direction because of the national reject the president numbers.”

“We have had a conga line of screw-ups here with the IRS, the Syria red line fiasco, now we have Ebola,” said Murphy, noting that campaigns shouldn’t politicize the issue too much.

“It does become a narrative of incompetence. He’s going to get punished”

Pentagon Readying A Military Ebola Emergency Response Team To Respond To Domestic Cases


There should be an emergency response team so the same folks who are trained are dealing with it, and bringing the patients to a couple of competent trained locations. But why a military team and why not already trained experts?

Via Washington Examiner:

An United States-based emergency Ebola response team is being prepped, the Department of Defense said Sunday.

In response to a request by the Department of Health and Human Services, a 30-person team will be ready to “response quickly, effectively, and safely” should more Ebola cases arise inside the U.S., according to a Pentagon press release.

“Secretary [Chuck] Hagel today ordered his Northern Command Commander, Gen. Chuck Jacoby, to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in statement.

The team of 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease and five trainers in infectious disease protocols will be sent to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for up to seven days of training provided by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Once training is completed, the team will remain in a “prepare to deploy” status for up to 30 days, according to the Defense Department.

The team will not be sent to West Africa or elsewhere overseas, as it is meant only to deal with domestic Ebola-related issues.

“As always, their safety and security will remain foremost on his mind,” Kirby said of Hagel.

Local Jails Refusing To Hold Illegal Alien Offenders, Forcing Feds To Track Them Down

Sending Illegals to Mexico

Somehow I don’t really believe the feds are going to any effort to track these criminals down.

Via Fox News:

Local police agencies across the country are frustrating efforts at the federal level to detain and deport criminal illegal immigrants, leaving immigration officials scrambling to track them down.

In the last nine months, 275 counties have refused to honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they be notified before releasing an illegal immigrant from custody.

In doing so, those jurisdictions have released some 9,000 with criminal records who otherwise would have been removed from the U.S.

In the past, these so-called “detainer requests” from ICE were routinely granted

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NYT’s Jonathan Martin: Ebola Just Another Example Of Obama Incompetent Government

Great commercial featuring the above clip. Competence versus Chaos…Which do you chose?

Boko Haram Attacks Continuing, Despite ‘Ceasefire’, Putting Release Of Schoolgirls In Doubt

Campaigner from "#Bring Back Our Girls" shouts slogans during a rally calling for the release of the chibok school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants, in Abuja

There’s only a deal when both sides agree…or one is dead.

(Reuters) – – A wave of violence hours after Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents.

Nigeria’s armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire on Friday to enable the release of the girls, who were abducted from the remote northeastern village of Chiboke in April.

But Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce and there have been at least five attacks since – blamed by security sources on the insurgents – that have killed dozens. Talks were scheduled to continue in neighbouring Chad on Monday.

“We were jubilating. We had every reason to be happy … but since then the ceasefire has been broken in quite a number of places already,” Lawan Abana, a parent of the one of the missing girls, told Reuters by telephone.

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Guess Who Wants To Help Us Fight Ebola?


Want a side of Communism with that Ebola?

Via Washington Examiner:

Cuba is ready to team up with the United States in the fight against Ebola.

Fidel Castro, the ex-leader of Cuba, wrote in state news media that cooperation between the two countries is in the interest of “the peace of the world,” according to the Associated Press.

Cuba has already sent 165 doctors and nurses to Sierra Leone and plans to send another 300 to Liberia and Guinea, which has prompted praise from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Cuban officials say they will try to organize more aid for the West African countries at a meeting Monday involving Cuban allies and international health organizations.

Teachers In Wisconsin Leaving Union In Droves

generic classroom shot


Via Fox News:

Teachers in Wisconsin’s public schools have learned a major lesson from the state’s landmark 2011 law neutering public sector unions, with more than a third dropping out of their labor organization.

Given no choice but to join and pay dues to the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) for decades, teachers have for the last three years been able to opt out. And that is what tens of thousands have done as a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, also known as Act 10.

“Given the evidence, it shows that the union’s hold is softening,” Patrick Wright, vice president of legal affairs for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, told

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Black Congresswoman Enters Fight Against CNN’s Alleged Lack Of Diversity


Hilarious that media that makes every effort to stoke the fires of division gets nailed for its approach to African American employees.

Via Daily Caller:

The brawl between CNN and a black media group just got nastier.

In a statement released early Saturday morning, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said the recent cuts at Time Warner are “troubling.” Specifically, though, its layoffs of African Americans in senior and executive roles at CNN, the company’s flagship news organization, that are particularly “concerning” for her.

Her statement comes on the heels of a few weeks of rough relations between CNN and the National Association of Black Journalists. Last week, NABJ condemned the practices toward black employees at CNN. This week, CNN supposedly pulled funding requested by NABJ for a jobs fair. According to Politico, CNN disputes that it has reached any final conclusions on the matter and that funding has not definitively been pulled.

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Poll: Likely Voters Want GOP-Led Congress


Via Washington Examiner:

When the new Congress reconvenes in January, voters increasingly want it to be a Republican-led one.

With approximately two weeks to go until the 2014 midterm elections, likely voters prefer them to produce a GOP-led Congress over a Democratic one, 49 percent to 44 percent, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg poll.

Registered voters — a larger group than likely voters — also said they’d prefer Congress to become led by Republicans, 45 percent to 43 percent, the poll found.

This favoring of Republicans is a first since the poll began asking about it five weeks ago.

Though Democrats carry a 10-point lead among low-interest voters, Republicans carry a 10-point lead among high-interest voters, the poll also found.

The poll of 1,172 registered voters — 484 of them likely voters — was conducted Oct. 10-16 with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.56 percentage points.

Documents? What Documents? Cheryl Mills, Clinton Fixer…


Fascinating account of the long history of document disappearing under the auspices of Cheryl Mills, Clinton fixer…

Via Sharyl Attkisson:

To Sonya Gilliam, a recent account of improper sorting of Benghazi-related documents at the State Department brought back vivid memories of her own encounters with high-level government officials who withheld, deleted or destroyed public records.

And one name stood out for its familiarity: Cheryl Mills.

A former deputy assistant secretary of state had told The Daily Signal that Mills was present during an after-hours document operation in a basement room of the State Department in October 2012. Mills was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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People Mag: Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Was “Caring, Compassionate Man”

Thomas Eric Duncan

Except for that small problem of knowingly placing thousands of lives in danger.

Via People:

Thomas Eric Duncan was remembered Saturday as a big-hearted and compassionate man whose virtues may have led to his infection with Ebola in his native Liberia and subsequent death as the first victim of the disease in the United States.

Family and friends gathered at a small Southern Baptist church with a primarily Liberian flock near where Duncan’s mother and other family members live.

Duncan’s neighbors in Liberia believe he was infected by helping a pregnant woman who later died from Ebola. It was unclear if he knew about her diagnosis before traveling to the United States. Duncan denied helping his Ebola-sickened neighbor, but it would be consistent with the caring nature he always showed, said his nephew Josephus Weeks of nearby Kannapolis.

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Fauci: Ebola Protocols Now Will Be No Skin Showing, Our Bad…


They previously put out this nonsense, protocol that may have led to the healthcare workers infected.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas were left vulnerable because some of their skin was exposed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on revisions to safety protocols. Earlier ones, he said, were based on a World Health Organization model in which care was given in more remote places, often outdoors, and without intensive training for health workers.

“So there were parts about that protocol that left vulnerability, parts of the skin that were open,” Fauci said.

“Very clearly, when you go into a hospital, have to intubate somebody, have all of the body fluids, you’ve got to be completely covered. So that’s going to be one of the things … to be complete covering with no skin showing whatsoever,” he said.

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