Kerry: The Specter Of All-Out Nuclear Warfare With The Soviets Was “Easy” Compared To What I Have To Deal With…

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Henry Kissinger begs to differ.

Via National Journal:

Today’s global political landscape makes the Cold War look simple, according to John Kerry.

“The Cold War was easy compared to where we are today,” the secretary of State said Thursday, during an appearance at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum, an annual event that features high-profile speakers in government and the private sector.

For the U.S. as a superpower, Kerry said, managing many countries’ competing interests is more difficult than dealing with just one other superpower, like the Soviet Union back then.

“So now, you have more countries with more economic power in a globalized world. … They’re going to automatically react and say, Well, wait a minute, now. Do we really want the behemoth United States, superpower of the world, telling us all the time what we have to do?” Kerry said. “So you have to approach these things a little differently. It requires more diplomacy. It requires more dialogue. It requires more respect for people, more mutual interests.”

Sanity Prevails: Nebraska School District To Stop Calling Kids “Purple Penguins” Instead Of “Boys And Girls”…

Update to this story.

Via NRO:

After nearly a month of defending them, Lincoln Public Schools District in Nebraska has finally agreed to stop using the infamous “purple penguin” transgender training handouts.

At Tuesday’s Lincoln Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Steve Joel conceded that the handouts were not “appropriate, purposeful” or “clear,” and that he “directed them to be removed” from the district’s schools, according to an article in the Lincoln Journal Star.

The announcement came after 16 people commented that they felt their concerns about the matter were not heard when they initially raised them at the October 14 board meeting.

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Hagel Continues To Insist “Climate Change Is A Security Issue”…

It really isn’t.

Via CNS News:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed hope Wednesday that next week’s midterm election would deliver an outcome that enables Congress to “work together,” in order to deal with critical security issues, including “global warming.”

Hagel, speaking at the the Washington Ideas Forum, argued that climate change presents significant security challenges.

“From my perspective, within the portfolio that I have responsibility for – security of this country – climate change presents security issues for us.”

He cited as an example melting glaciers in the Arctic, saying that was having an effect on exploration for oil, natural gas and minerals.

“As the oceans increase it’ll affect our [military] bases, it’ll affect islands, it’ll affect security across the world,” he said. “So, just from my narrow perspective, what I have responsibility for, that’s happening now, and we have to be prepared for that.”

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Liberal Dem Rep. Steve Cohen Compares Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox To Terri Schiavo…

Which is exactly the asinine comparison you’d expect Steve Cohen to make.

Sweden Officially Recognizes Palestinian Terror State…

Palestinians celebrate by blowing something up in 3… 2… 1…

(Reuters) – The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday, the first Western European country to do so, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters her government hoped it would bring a new dynamic to the situation.

“Our decision comes at a critical time because over the last year we have seen how the peace talks have stalled, how decisions over new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have complicated a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza,” she said.

The move drew praise from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and criticism from Israel, and has displeased the United States, Israel’s principle supporter.

But Wallstrom rejected accusations that Sweden was taking sides and said she hoped other EU countries would follow its lead.

University of Minnesota-Duluth: PC Enforcers Tell Student Dressing Up As Disney’s Pocahontas For Halloween Is “Offensive”…

Quick, someone drag her off to the closest reeducation camp!

Via Campus Reform:

The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) has become the latest school to urge students to be “respectful” while celebrating Halloween.

“The office of Academic Affairs is encouraging students to celebrate Halloween with respect at UMD, referencing goal two of UMD’s strategic plan,” UMD’s student newspaper, The Statesman said. “Goal two is to create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity and social justice. This applied to Halloween as students decide on what costumes to wear.”

UMD’s strategic plan was created in 2011 to outline the university’s goals and values.

“Students often strive to come up with creative and witty costumes. However, this sometimes leads to a costume that, intentionally or not, can make someone feel disrespected or stereotyped,” the article went on to say.

According to The Statesman, one UMD student was planning to dress up as the Disney princess Pocahontas for Halloween until a Native American peer informed her that that costume was “offensive.”

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CAIR Outraged After UC Berkeley Overrides Student Group’s Decision To Drop Bill Maher…

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Predictable.

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 10/29/14) — The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) tonight expressed disappointment at the decision of the UC Berkeley administration to override the rescission of an invitation to Bill Maher by the student group that selects speakers for the university’s commencement ceremonies.

The original invitation to Maher had sparked controversy and calls for him to be dropped as a speaker because of his history of bigoted comments.

In a statement issued earlier today, the university said in part:

“For many years it has been the responsibility of UC Berkeley undergraduates, through a committee known as the ‘Californians,’ to select speakers for the university’s commencement ceremonies. In August the ‘Californians” chose Bill Maher as the speaker for the December commencement ceremony. However, last night the ‘Californians’ reconvened without administration participation and came to a decision that the invitation should be rescinded. The UC Berkeley administration cannot and will not accept this decision.”

“We are disappointed by the university’s decision to disrespect students by casting aside the long-standing process for selecting commencement speakers and instead imposing its own will,” said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo. “While Mr. Maher has the right to speak whenever and wherever he likes, he does not have the right to have his hate-filled views honored and tacitly endorsed by a prestigious university.”

DNC’s Donna Brazile: “Lock Up The Gates Of Hell” To Keep Obama’s Opponents From Getting In His Way…

Yeah, Donna, what about about all those Republicans who were elected to stop Obama?

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Report: As Many As 30 Gitmo Detainees Released By Obama Fighting With Jihadist Groups In Syria Including ISIS…

Thanks, Barack!

Via Fox News:

As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to 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.

The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield.

The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria.

A number of former detainees also have chosen to help these groups from outside the country, financing operations and supporting their propaganda campaigns

Obama U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Advocates “Bumping Elbows” To Avoid Catching Ebola In Liberia…

Groan…

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Former US Ambassador To Iraq: Obama Admin “Warned By Everybody” About ISIS And “Did Almost Nothing”…

Because they were a JV team.

Climate Scientists Suffering From “Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder” Because No One Takes Their Predictions Seriously…

Yes, pre-traumatic.

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Why do they expect anyone to take their doom and gloom predictions seriously when they are always wrong?

Via Grist:

Two years ago, Camille Parmesan, a professor at Plymouth University and the University of Texas at Austin, became so “professionally depressed” that she questioned abandoning her research in climate change entirely.

Parmesan has a pretty serious stake in the field. In 2007, she shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for her work as a lead author of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2009, The Atlantic named her one of 27 “Brave Thinkers” for her work on the impacts of climate change on species around the globe. Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg were also on the list. [...]

“In the U.S., [climate change] isn’t well-supported by the funding system, and when I give public talks in the U.S., I have to devote the first half of the talk to [the topic] that climate change is really happening,” says Parmesan, now a professor at Plymouth University in England.

Parmesan certainly isn’t the first to experience some sort of climate-change blues. From depression to substance abuse to suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder, growing bodies of research in the relatively new field of psychology of global warming suggest that climate change will take a pretty heavy toll on the human psyche as storms become more destructive and droughts more prolonged. For your everyday environmentalist, the emotional stress suffered by a rapidly changing Earth can result in some pretty substantial anxieties. [...]

“I don’t know of a single scientist that’s not having an emotional reaction to what is being lost,” Parmesan is quoted saying in the National Wildlife Federation’s 2012 report, “The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States: And Why the U.S. Mental Health Care System is Not Adequately Prepared.” “It’s gotten to be so depressing that I’m not sure I’m going to go back to this particular site again,” she says, referring to an ocean reef she has studied since 2002, “because I just know I’m going to see more and more of it dead, and bleached, and covered with brown algae.”

Lise Van Susteren, a forensic psychiatrist based in Washington, D.C. — and co-author of the National Wildlife Federation’s report — calls this emotional reaction “pre-traumatic stress disorder,” a term she coined to describe the mental anguish that results from preparing for the worst, before it actually happens.

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HT: Ryan Maue

Top Israeli Liberal Paper Compares Netanyahu To 9/11 Al-Qaeda Terrorists…

Revolting to say the least.

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HT: Barb

San Diego State University Moonbats Hold “Shit-In” To Protest Non-Gender Inclusive Bathrooms”…

Even better, the university already has 10 “gender-neutral bathrooms.”

Via Campus Reform:

Students at San Diego State University (SDSU) hosted a “Sh*t-In” event last Tuesday morning to protest non-gender inclusive bathrooms.

The event’s Facebook page says the goal is “to raise awareness and advocacy for Gender Neutral/ Gender non segregated bathrooms.”

“For trans* and gender nonconforming individuals, gender segregated bathrooms can be spaces where they are met with intimidation, harassment, run-ins with security, and/or violence,” the page description says. “These occurrences happen when people using the restroom police the gender of others based on binary assumptions and expectations of who men and women are and what they look like.”

According to SDSU’s #TuesdayTrivia, there are already more than 10 gender-neutral bathrooms on the campus as part of the university’s “commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

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Tingles: RNC Chairman “Spends Most Of His Time Repressing The Black Vote”…

Only in Tingles race-obsessed mind.

Via Newsbusters:

ANDREA MITCHELL: Netanyahu has told people in his cabinet that he’s written off Barack Obama. You saw Reince Priebus and others [like Speaker] John Boehner denouncing what was in Jeff Goldberg’s piece, which was, as I say, not denied by anyone at the White House.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You mean the courageous Reince Priebus.

MITCHELL: No, no, lookl–

MATTHEWS: The guy who spends most of his time repressing the black vote. Anyway, that’s what he does.

Attention Whore Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Defies Maine’s Quarantine, Leaves Home To Go For Bike Ride…

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Her 15 minutes of fame can’t end quick enough.

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who vowed to defy Maine’s voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.

Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on bicycles, followed by state police who were monitoring her movements and public interactions. Police couldn’t detain her without a court order signed by a judge.

Hickox contends there’s no need for quarantine because she’s showing no symptoms. She’s also tested negative for the deadly disease.

State officials were going to court in an effort to detain Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10

It was the second time Hickox broke quarantine. She left her home Wednesday evening briefly to speak to reporters, even shaking a hand that was offered to her.

Update: Post is back up. I must have fat-fingered something and trashed it by accident.

Apple CEO: Being Gay One Of The “Greatest Gifts God Has Given Me”…

I don’t think that is a gift from God.

Via The Blaze:

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he is gay in an op-ed published Thursday, noting that he considers being a homosexual “among the greatest gifts God has given” to him. [...]

But he said that he recently felt as though his penchant for privacy wasn’t allowing him to help others by openly addressing the fact that he is gay — something he believes the op-ed could profoundly change.

“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he wrote. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

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Ferguson Thugs Threaten To Rape Cop’s Wife…

Nice guys, eh?

HT: Twitchy

Australia’s Most Wanted Jihadist Killed Fighting With ISIS…

If confirmed he will be the 16th Australian Muslim who has been killed waging jihad with ISIS.

Via Daily Mail:

In light of reports that Australia’s most senior Islamic State militant Mohammed Ali Baryalei has been killed in the Middle East, details about the terrorist’s past have come to light.

One source told ABC about Baryalei’s love for gambling, women, drugs and painted him as someone who mixed with some questionable characters.

‘He gambled a lot … He once won $8,000 or $9,000 on the pokies, then played it back down … and he loved cocaine.,’ the source told the 7.30 program. [...]

Meantime the Federal government is still scrambling to confirm reports that Baryalei – the most senior Australian militant in the Islamic State terror group – has in fact been killed.

‘We are currently seeking to confirm whether the 16th Australian foreign fighter has indeed been killed in this conflict,’ Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told parliament on Wednesday.

Lindsey Graham: “White Men In Men-Only Clubs” Would Do Great If I Was President…

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Lindsey not doing much to stop those rumors about him being gay.

Washington (CNN) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is toying with the idea of a presidential bid, joked in a private gathering this month that “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency,” according to an audio recording of his comments provided to CNN.

In the meeting, the Republican also cracked wise about Baptists, saying “they’re the ones who drink and don’t admit it,” a variation of a joke he sometimes tells in public.

Graham’s folksy sense of humor and his shoot-from-the-hip style are part of his political appeal, and well-known to journalists and his colleagues in the Senate. But the behind-closed-doors remarks are a departure from the G-rated jokes he tells in public, and another reminder for politicians in the iPhone era that they are rarely far from a microphone, no matter how private the setting.

The audio snippets were provided to CNN on Wednesday by two separate South Carolina Democrats who received the recordings from a person using an anonymous Gmail address. Graham confirmed the recordings in an interview Wednesday with CNN.

The person didn’t provide details on his background but told the Democrats that Graham was speaking to an “all-male club” in Charleston earlier this month, the Democrats said. Both of the Democrats wished to remain anonymous.