Government Made $20 BILLION In Secret “Micropurchases” Just In Recent Months…

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Your taxpayer dollars hard at work.

Via NBC Washington:

The federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money this year on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.

The purchases, known among federal employees as “micropurchases,” are made by some of the thousands of agency employees who are issued taxpayer-funded purchase cards. The purchases, in most cases, remain confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the agencies. A sampling of those purchases, obtained by the I-Team via the Freedom of Information Act, reveals at least one agency used those cards to buy $30,000 in Starbucks Coffee drinks and products in one year without having to disclose or detail the purchases to the public.

A series of other recent purchases, reviewed by internal government auditors, include wasteful and inappropriate purchases by government employees — including a gym membership and JC Penney clothing — that were not detected or stopped until after the purchase was completed.

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Let’s Move! Obama Orders “Death By Chocolate” Cake For Dessert…

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Later on he remembered who he was married to and tried to throw the Air Force One crew under the bus.

Pic via NYT’s Doug Mills

Breaking: Man Attacks D.C. Cop With Ax

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No warning, cop was sitting in police car and man just ran up to the police car and started attacking.

Via NY Post (click on for video):

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia police are searching for a man they say attacked a police officer with an ax.

The officer was not hit by the ax, but was being treated at a hospital for hurting his shoulder during a scuffle with the man who attacked him early Friday morning.

Police say the officer was attacked in the 3800 block of 13th Street in the city’s Northeast, near the Catholic University campus.

Police recovered the ax.

Jon Stewart: Dems Trying To Turn Texas Blue Are Like Straight Guys Hitting On Lesbians…

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Can’t really say he’s wrong…

Via Mediaite:

Jon Stewart kicked off The Daily Show‘s last night in Texas by addressing Democratic hopes that the red state is turning blue, which, well not to give anything away, but that’s probably not gonna happen. As Stewart put it, “Texas has been a conservative state since dinosaurs roamed it 6000 years ago.”

Stewart examined all the Republican candidates running for office who have proven to be solidly conservative, even gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, who wants both Bibles and guns taught in schools. Stewart proposed the Greg Abbott “Howdy Jesus Bang Bang Bible Academy” if he’s really serious about that.

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Dem Sen. Mark Pryor: Obama “Has Been A Drag” On My Campaign…

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Nice try, but no. You voted for his agenda, now it’s time to pay the price.

Via Daily Caller:

REPORTER: The Democratic incumbent, Senator Mark Pryor making a last push to hang on to his seat, meeting with Republicans in Fort Smith, Arkansas supporting him. Pryor going farther than he ever has distancing himself with President Obama, telling me yesterday the biggest drag on his re-election bid is the president.

PRYOR: Well, you know, he has been a drag. I’m just going to be honest about that. People here know that I have had my fair share of disagreements with him and you can look at, you know, gun control issues. You can look at Keystone pipeline. You know, I never supported one of his budgets.

Hillary To College Students: You Know, High School Drop Outs Are Part Of Our “Web Of Responsibility”…

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So quit being so selfish and look out for the village!

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told students at Georgetown University on Thursday that they should believe in not only their own potential but of those who may not have a high school diploma who are part of “our web of responsibility.”

Clinton told the students that she and former President Bill Clinton always believed in “an unlimited potential out there.”

“And that’s what I want you to believe,” Clinton said. “But not just you.

“People your age, not very far from here,” Clinton said. “Maybe didn’t finish high school. Maybe are in the workforce.”

“Could not dream of being in this magnificent Gaston Hall,” Clinton said, referencing the historic college’s ornate meeting hall. “But who are part of our larger community; our web of responsibility.”

“We will do so much better if we remember that we should find a way to help everybody,” Clinton said.

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FRIDAY OPEN THREAD: HALLOWEEN EDITION…

We know, kid, we know.

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Lunchtime bump: Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads get some much needed mocking (HT: Paul).

Russian Politician: Gay Apple CEO Should Be Banned Because He Could Bring “Aids, Ebola Or Gonorrhea” To Russia…

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Paging Al Sharpton.

Via Truth Revolt:

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov reacted to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement yesterday by saying he should be banned from Russia because he could bring ‘Aids, Ebola or Gonorrhea.’

According to FlashNord, the city legislator from St Petersburg said: ‘what could he [Cook] bring us? The Ebola virus, Aids, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there. Ban him for life.’

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EPA Director On Environmental Laws: “Enforcement Really Is Democracy In Action”…

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Because government knows best, right?

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – EPA Director Gina McCarthy has praised environmental lawyers for their work, telling them “enforcement really is democracy in action.”

“When I think about how effective we’ve been I keep coming back to the same reason for that effectiveness, it’s because our laws have teeth, it’s because EPA is empowered to enforce them,” McCarthy told attendees at the American Bar Association Fall Conference.

“And its because of your work, your hard work to uphold the integrity of those environmental statutes. Enforcement really is democracy in action.”

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Desperate Georgia Dem Continues To Rely On Black Pastors And Racial Fear In Senate Race…

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When the leader of your party is at historic lows and you’ve got nothing to run on, simply stir up some racial tension…

Via Daily Caller:

ATLANTA — “We are indeed the swing vote,” says the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

It’s Wednesday night, less than a week before the election here that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate, and nearly a hundred people have poured into a small gathering room at the historic church made famous by its former pastors, Martin Luther King Jr. and his father.

After singing and dancing to praise and worship music, the energetic, sharply-dressed Warnock preaches about Ephesians 3:20 and Matthew 19:20. Then he gets to politics.

“We’ve been talking about all the power that’s been sitting on the sidelines of our electoral system, as the demographics of our state are changing,” he tells his congregation, who are sitting on plastic chairs and taking notes in their Bibles. “Everybody’s talking about all the power voters of color have.”

“That’s right,” someone in the congregation shouts out loud.

“Amen,” a few other people say in agreement. One woman in attendance has with her a campaign sign for Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor.

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U.S. Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills Arab And Haqqani Network Commanders…

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Via LWJ:

The US is reported to have killed a “senior Arab commander” in a drone strike today in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike took place in an area where, less than two years ago, the US killed a Taliban commander who was supported by the Pakistani state.

Today’s drone strike took place in the Birmal area of South Waziristan, a known Taliban stronghold. The remotely piloted Predators or Reapers killed five jihadists, including one described by a villager as “a senior Arab commander,” in a strike on a compound, Reuters reported.

“The bodies were taken to an unknown location after the attack,” the news agency stated. A number of “foreign guests,” a reference to al Qaeda and other jihadist groups from outside of Pakistan, were meeting at the compound.

The Arab commander was identified as “Adil,” according to Dawn.

Additionally, Pakistani intelligence officials claimed that a Haqqani Network commander known as Abdullah Haqqani was also among those killed in the strike, Khaama Press reported. Abdullah is said to run suicide bombers into Afghanistan. The Haqqani Network is a Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda, and is also considered by the Pakistani government to be “good Taliban.”

Dem Sen. Mary Landrieu: Obama Is Unpopular In The South Because Of Racism, “Not The Friendliest Place” For Blacks…

Landrieu is trailing her GOP opponent (Bill Cassidy) by seven points, calling her constituents racists isn’t going to help.

Via NBC News:

Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu said Thursday that the issue of race is a major reason that President Barack Obama has struggled politically in Southern states.

“I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” Landrieu told NBC News in an interview. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

Noting that the South is “more of a conservative place,” she added that women have also faced challenges in “presenting ourselves.”

The comment prompted a fiery response from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who called it “remarkably divisive.”

“She appears to be living in a different century,” he said in a statement. “Implied in her comments is the clear suggestion that President Obama and his policies are unpopular in Louisiana because of his ethnicity. That is a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana and I flatly reject it.”

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BREAKING: Whiny Kaci The Ebola Fluke Ordered To Stay 3 Feet Away From Everyone

No seriously, this is what they came up with to deal with the situation.

Via NBC:

Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who treated Ebola patients and is locked in a standoff with the governor over quarantine rules, has been temporarily ordered by a court to stay at least three feet away from other people and avoid public places.

Hickox, who has tested negative for Ebola and has no symptoms, maintains that her rights are being violated by restrictions imposed by Maine authorities. She took a defiant bike ride on Thursday morning.

In a court order issued late Thursday, Hickox was instructed to stay away from public transit and workplaces, and not to leave the town of Fort Kent, where she has mostly been holed up in a house, without consulting with public health authorities.

The order applies “until further order of this court” on Friday. The order said that Hickox’s lawyers had agreed that she would follow the instructions until the court weighs in again.

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NY Democrats Sending Menacing Letters To Registered Dems: “We Will Be Reviewing Voting Records” To See If You Voted…

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Yeah, that’s just a tad creepy.

Via Daily Banter:

Election season is full of surprises. As a registered (but essentially skeptical) Democrat and former campaign worker, I’m used to seeing odd, sometimes aggressive or misleading messaging strategies and get-out-the-vote tactics.

Still, imagine my surprise to open my mailbox on Wednesday night to this bizarre, hostile letter from the New York State Democratic Committee, the very people I’m supposed to be voting for on November 4:

Dear Thomas:

Our records indicate that you are registered in New York County. Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record. Many organizations monitor turnout in your neighborhood and are disappointed by the inconsistent voting of many of your neighbors. [...]

We will be reviewing the New York County official voting records after the upcoming election to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014. If you do note vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.

In other words, do not disappoint us. “Many organizations” will be monitoring your voting habits, like your nosy neighbors and the mafia.


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Vile: Charlie Rangel Says GOP Believes “Slavery Isn’t Over And They Won The Civil War”…

He really is a classless POS.

Via Business Insider:

Veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had some harsh words for the Republican Party during a Thursday campaign rally for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

As he has done repeatedly before, Rangel compared some members of the GOP to confederates from the Civil War era. But at the Thursday evening event, he added that they “believe that slavery isn’t over.”

“We have to win. We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo. And the thing is: Everything we believe in — everything we believe in — they hate. They don’t disagree — they hate! They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and they and think they won the Civil War!” Rangel shouted.

Jordan Bans “Homosexual And Satanic” Halloween Celebrations…

Another “moderate” Islamic country.

(GSN) – Jordan has banned Halloween fearing of a backlash from Muslim fundamentalists who condemn the festival as ‘homosexual and Satanic.’

Ministry of Interior spokesperson Ziad Al Zoubi confirmed the decision to Al Ghad daily. He said all sorts of activities surrounding Halloween had been banned to prevent a repeat of the previous two years’ riots in the capital Amman.

The ministry was forced to make the ban public after several groups asked the department permission to hold celebrations.

In 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood attacked Halloween celebrations and set fire to a cafe where a party was being held.

‘We watched with disgust and shame last night homosexual and Satanic rituals in an Amman cafe. This presents a challenge to the values of the Jordanian people and their Arab and Muslim identity, as well as a violation of religious laws,’ the group said in a statement on its website.

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CAIR Mobilizing Muslims To Vote In Midterms, Warns Evil Republicans Could Try To “Suppress” Their Vote…

And as CAIR is careful to note, most are going to vote for Democrats.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/30/14) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, plans to mobilize Muslim voters this weekend through a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) call campaign directed at 145,000 households in states with high concentrations of American Muslims.

[IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of recent efforts to suppress minority voting nationwide, it is important to report attempts to block any qualified voter from casting a ballot. Report any denial of voting rights to civilrights@cair.com ]

The calls will urge Muslim voters to go to the polls on November 4 and will be recorded by regional Muslim leaders in California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Virginia.

CAIR also plans to conduct post-election exit poll on the evening of Wednesday, November 5, asking Muslim voters if they voted and who they voted for in key statewide elections.

In a recent survey of Muslim voters, CAIR found that 69 percent of registered Muslim voters plan to voter in the midterm election and that more than half will support the Democratic Party. Domestic issues like the economy and health care continue to top the Muslim voters’ list of priority concerns in this election.

U.S. Airstrikes Do Nothing To Halt Flow Of Foreign Fighters To Syria, More Than 1,000 Each Month Join The Jihad…

I figure they’d flee in terror at the thought of a Barack Obama-led military onslaught.

Via WaPo:

More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts by other countries to stem the flow of departures, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

The magnitude of the ongoing migration suggests that the U.S.-led air campaign has neither deterred significant numbers of militants from traveling to the region nor triggered a spike in the rate of travel among Muslim populations inflamed by American intervention.

“The flow of fighters making their way to Syria remains constant, so the overall number continues to rise,” a U.S. intelligence official said. U.S. officials cautioned, however, that there is a lag in the intelligence being examined by the CIA and other spy agencies, meaning it could be weeks before a change becomes apparent.

The trend line established over the past year would mean that the total number of foreign fighters in Syria has already exceeded 16,000, a pace eclipsing that of any other comparable conflict in recent decades, including the 1980s war in Afghanistan.

Experts said the foreign fighter population is likely to grow significantly larger as the three-year-old conflict drags on.

“I don’t think 15,000 really scratches the surface yet,” said Andrew Liepman, a counterterrorism expert at Rand Corp. who previously served as the deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

WaPo: Hey, You Know What’s Wrong With Global Warming Fanatics? They’re Not Alarmist Enough…

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Yeah, no.

Climate scientists aren’t too alarmist. They’re too conservative – Washington Post

On Nov. 2, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release its “Synthesis Report,” the final stage in a yearlong document dump that, collectively, presents the current expert consensus about climate change and its consequences. This synthesis report (which has already been leaked and reported on — like it always is) pulls together the conclusions of three prior reports of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, and will “provide the roadmap by which policymakers will hopefully find their way to a global agreement to finally reverse course on climate change,” according to the IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri.

There’s just one problem. According to a number of scientific critics, the scientific consensus represented by the IPCC is a very conservative consensus. IPCC’s reports, they say, often underestimate the severity of global warming, in a way that may actually confuse policymakers (or worse). The IPCC, one scientific group charged last year, has a tendency to “err on the side of least drama.” And now, in a new study just out in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, another group of researchers echoes that point. In scientific parlance, they charge that the IPCC is focused on avoiding what are called “type 1″ errors — claiming something is happening when it really is not (a “false positive”) — rather than on avoiding “type 2″ errors — not claiming something is happening when it really is (a “false negative”). [...]

So in summary, by 2100, sea level rise could be plenty worse than the IPCC suggests — and realizing this might lead policymakers around the world to view global warming very differently. So then why are its scientific assessments like this? There are surely many reasons, but the authors of the new Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society paper suggest one of them is how much the IPCC has been blasted — especially over past errors, such as an incorrect prediction that the Himalayan glaciers would vanish by 2035. Because of such flubs, the IPCC has been repeatedly attacked by outside critics — one of whose favorite epithets is calling the panel “alarmist.”

Pakistani Province Rewriting School Books To Teach Students About Jihad…

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Ensuring another generation of self-detonating Muslims.

(Reuters) – A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said on Thursday.

The public tussle over the changes mirrors a struggle for power at the heart of Pakistan’s young democracy. Secular, liberal parties are vying with conservative, religious parties for influence in the nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people.

That struggle often plays out in the classroom. Professors or teachers accused of blasphemy have been attacked, jailed or killed. School books commissioned by provincial governments have been frequently rewritten.

The latest changes in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cover chemistry, physics, English, history and geography text books.

Education official Bashir Hussain Shah told Reuters that the changes include reintroducing religious verses on jihad, a word that means holy struggle but is also often used by insurgents. That had been removed from the curriculum for 13 and 14 year olds, he said, but was being restored.