Billionaire Political Donor Steyer Addresses Conference, Media Not Allowed In

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Steyer suffers from Al Gore syndrome, no media. He down sized to a soccer mom van after his trip to Colorado.

Via Watchdog

Tom Steyer, billionaire environmental and political activist, told members of the Green Alliance here Friday he plans to remain involved in politics for years to come.

In what ways he intended to remain involved were unclear, at least to the public. The media was not allowed in.

Just before stepping inside, Steyer refused to answer a Watchdog.org question about New Hampshire’s Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s opposition to a carbon tax. During a debate Thursday night with Republican challenger Scott Brown, Shaheen said, “I have never supported a national energy tax.”

Steyer, by the way, arrived at the conference in a Chrysler Town & Country, a minivan more environmentally friendly than the Chevrolet Suburban that carried him and Gov. Martin O’Malley to a conference in New Orleans earlier this month, as Watchdog.org previously reported.

After the event, Steyer refused to answer a question about NextGen’s $239,000 donation to NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s Independent Expenditure Committee, responsible for the much-derided ad attacking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Gardner over birth control.

“If Cory Gardner gets his way, you better stock up on condoms,” says a female narrator in the ad.

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Both Canada And Australia Have Suspended Entry Of Residents From Ebola-Affected West African Countries

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Obviously racist. Canada of course has a sensible Conservative government in charge. Australia is temporarily stopping entry as well.

TORONTO – Canada is following in Australia’s footsteps and has suspended, effectively immediately, the issuance of visas to residents of the West African countries battling Ebola.

In a move that puts Canada at odds with the World Health Organization, the federal government said Friday it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with “widespread and persistent-intense transmission” of Ebola virus disease.

That stress on countries with widespread transmission provides an out for the United States, which currently still has at least one active Ebola case within its borders.

The federal government said it would stop issuing visas in the worker, student or visitor class and won’t issue any pending permanent residency visas for people from those countries either. Any applications already in the system will also not be processed at this time. The change, which goes into effect immediately, was announced Friday in the Canada Gazette.

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South Dakota Dem Senate Candidate Starts Petition To Remove Reid As Leader

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His choices aren’t any better.

Via The Hill

South Dakota Democratic Senate contender Rick Weiland is launching a petition calling for the replacement of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as majority leader.

“This is a fight I intend to continue no matter how long it takes,” Weiland said in a statement, “because it is a fight for the new leadership the Congress must have if the larger battle to drive big money out of Congress, and thus open the door to progress for all of America, is to succeed.”

Weiland has made campaign finance reform central to his platform.

His campaign said he sent a letter to other Senate candidates asking them to join his petition and consider ousting Reid.

“I wish you the very best of luck in your campaign, and I look forward, should we each be fortunate enough to succeed in our campaigns, to working with you to bring new leadership to our party, the Senate, and the country at large,” Weiland wrote.

The petition Weiland is circulating calling for new Senate leadership mentioned Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as possible replacements for Reid.

A spokesman for Reid dismissed the petition.

“Desperation is an ugly thing and it’s sad to see Rick Weiland ending his ill-advised campaign and brief political career by attacking fellow Democrats,” said Adam Jentleson in a statement to The Hill.

Weiland’s petition is the latest in a running feud between the candidate and the leader of his party. Reid was hoping that another candidate would enter the race, and appeared to largely write off Weiland’s chances.

“He’s not my choice,” Reid said of Weiland in May.

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Happy Halloween…

Stay safe everyone!

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And yes, I got a new Adidas jacket this year.

This Is What Your State Dept Spends Its Time Doing

Now they’re insulting the transgendered…

Tweeted out from the Twitter account of Marie Harf, State Department harridan:

Predictably, reaction on Twitter was not kind…

HT: Twitchy

Breaking: Mexican Judge Orders Immediate Release Of #MarineInMexico, Andrew Tahmoressi

Great news!

Parents Upset School Teaching Son Tenets Of Islam, Having Him Write Down Koran Verses . . . CAIR Calls Them “Islamophobes”…

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Can’t argue with this quote from the dad: “Can you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?”

Via Breitbart:

Parents of a boy enrolled in Manhattan Beach Middle School are pulling their son out of class because the school is teaching children the tents of Islam, Los Angeles news station KTLA reports.

The father said, “The audacity of this school, to think that they can sit these children down and teach ’em whatever religion they please; it’s preposterous. This is illegal, basically. You can’t teach religion in schools any more, but apparently, in this particular school, at least, that’s not the case.”

Parents said they discovered that what their children were learning about Islam was more about the tenets of the faith than the history of the religion, according to KTLA.  One question asked the students to write down teachings from the Koran.

The father continued, “What I saw written in these bubbles was, ‘The one true God, Allah’ in one of the bubbles. In one of the other bubbles was ‘All people must submit to Allah,’ in another bubble. The I turned the page over and I see the five pillars of Islam.”

The parents assert that the students should be taught the history behind the religions, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or others, but not the tenets of the faith.

Father: “Can you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?”

Maine Judge Removes Restrictions On #KaciHickox AS Report Breaks That Her Roommate In Africa Had Ebola

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Now her roommate had Ebola? She also claimed to have taken care of a dying child with Ebola the night before she came back to the United States. But nothing to worry about here, because according to this last judge, people are just being irrational. Apparently, he hasn’t checked with the Nobel Prize winner for medicine who noted that you cannot rule out catching it from asymptomatic people.

Via Daily Mail:

A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat on Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.

Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled Hickox must continue daily monitoring and cooperate with health officials if she chooses to travel.

The judge said there’s no need to restrict her movements because she’s not showing symptoms of Ebola. In his ruling, LaVerdiere thanked Hickox for her service in Africa and wrote that ‘people are acting out of fear and that this fear is not entirely rational’.

It was also claimed today, the 33-year-old nurse’s roommate in Sierra Leone had been treated for Ebola but the court reportedly said that any risk had passed.

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Oh, and the roommate has no idea how she got Ebola. Really reassures us about Whiny Kaci…

UNC Students Blame “White Supremacy” For Cheating Scandal In Afro-American Studies Department…

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They also blame “heteropatriarchal capitalism,” whatever the hell that is.

Via Campus Reform:

Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill blamed racism and heteropatriarchal capitalism for the recent academic scandal that has plagued the university.

Gathering Wednesday afternoon, members of the Real Silent Sam coalition gathered to share their response to the recently released “Investigation of Irregular Classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” which found that certain classes in the former African and Afro-American Department were created simply to keep athletes grade-eligible.

“In this space, we will not bend to the will of oppression! We will lift our voices to the administration and the world. We will reclaim our space in higher education. This is your space!” UNC senior Taylor Webber-Fields said to the crowd gathered on the front steps of one of the administrative buildings.

The Real Silent Sam is a coalition of UNC students, faculty, and community members who aim to “create honest dialogue” about Chapel Hill monuments and buildings, according to the group’s description.

On Wednesday, however, the coalition’s mission was more about the structure of the university as it rallied to “reveal ways in which our university participates in the ‘American’ system of white supremacist, heteropatriarchal capitalism and brings our understanding of what it means to be a Tar Heel into question,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

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Sharyl Attkisson Posts Creepy Video Of Her Computer Deleting Her Files Without Her Touching It

If it’s a virus, it’s a freaky virus…

Via The Blaze:

Former CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson — who claims the government hacked her computer, TV and phone while she reported on the Benghazi terror attack — has released a new video showing what could be evidence of the government taking over her computer.
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“That very night, with [White House spokesman Eric] Schultz, [White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney and company freshly steaming over my Benghazi reporting, I’m home doing final research and crafting questions for the next day’s interview with [Thomas] Pickering. Suddenly data in my computer file begins wiping at hyperspeed before my very eyes. Deleted line by line in a split second: it’s gone, gone, gone,” Attkisson writes in her book.

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It is perhaps even more freaky because this happened on my computer on Wednesday as I was working on posts for this site. It speed deleted backwards without my touching anything. In fact, I couldn’t stop it by hitting any key, I had to go close out the post to stop it.

DCCC Chair Rep. Steve Israel Blames Ebola And ISIS For Pending Midterm Blowout…

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Naturally, it has nothing to do with Obama’s vast unpopularity.

Via Washington Examiner:

House Democrats are bracing for the worst ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, as Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel hinted his party, which already has a 34-member disadvantage to Republicans in the chamber, may lose even more seats.

“In any president’s second midterm election, the president’s party loses seats. The historic average is 29 seats,” the New York lawmaker told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart on Friday, suggesting Democrats face a similar prospect in the House next week. [...]

Israel blamed “global issues” such as the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Ebola virus for overshadowing the Democratic Party’s message.

“Democrats beat Republicans on virtually every issue of middle class security … [But] it’s difficult to break through on those issues where Democrats win when those global issues are dominating the news cycle,” he said.

You Can Catch Ebola From Coughing And Sneezing, CDC Scrubs Info Off Its Website

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CDC officials have been saying that Ebola is difficult to catch, that you cannot catch it by airborne transmission, but only by direct contact with fluids from a symptomatic patient.

But multiple medical sources have noted that this is not true, that droplets sprayed into the air from such actions as coughing or sneezing, or indirect contact such as from a door handle, are possible sources of contaminant.

“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.

Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.”

“Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person,” the poster states.

Nass slammed the contradiction.

“The CDC said it doesn’t spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster,” she said. “They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way.”

Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day.

“A shorter duration for dry surfaces like a table or doorknob, and longer durations in a moist, damp environment,” Hassad said.

But after the CDC poster on the website was discovered and reported in the NY Post, the information was subsequently pulled off the CDC’s website.

The ​U.S. ​​Centers for Disease Control on Thursday yanked a poster off its Web site explaining how Ebola can be spread by contaminated droplets — from a sneeze for example — a day after The Post reported on the frightening revelation.

The fact sheet was taken off line, and a link that led to it a day before now sends viewers to a different page with a different message.

“The ​’​What’s the difference between infections spread through air or by droplets?​’​ ​f​act sheet is being updated and is currently unavailable. Please visit cdc.gov/Ebola for up-to-date information on Ebola,” it read​ Thursday​.

​Officials ​with the CDC ​remained mum on the issue, refusing to respond to questions for the original story and again on Thursday.

CAIR To Protest Against “Racist” Redskins Name Outside Game Against Vikings In Minnesota…

CAIR practically begging liberals to let them join their club.

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/31/14) — On Sunday, November 2, representatives of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join a community-wide protest of the racist team name of the Washington Redskins.

The protest is organized by the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media. Protestors will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Minnesota Northrop Plaza.

In June, CAIR applauded a decision by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the Washington football team’s trademark of its name because the use of the ethnic slur is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

“We have an obligation to condemn all racist slurs and make it clear that they do not represent Minnesotans or our values,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya.

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).

Late-afternoon bump:

Also check out WZ friend (now at Free Beacon) Stephen Gutowski’s latest “Games And Guns” episode.

Nobel Prize Winning Doctor: Need Quarantines, Can Catch Ebola From Person Who Is Asymptomatic

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He says don’t trust those who say you absolutely can’t catch it from asymptomatic people, that authorities just trying to prevent panic. As we’ve said before, CDC is operating on the general case, when it should be operating to foreclose ANY cases.

Via NJ.com:

After days of blistering criticism from the ACLU, the CDC and even the United Nations secretary general over Gov. Chris Christie’s new, 21-day mandatory quarantine policy for all healthcare workers exposed to Ebola, the New Jersey governor has gotten a much-needed vote of support from a heavyweight name in the medical community: Nobel Prize-winning doctor and medical researcher, Dr. Bruce Beutler.

Dr. Beutler, an American medical doctor and researcher, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 2011 for his work researching the cellular subsystem of the body’s overall immune system — the part of it that defends the body from infection by other organisms, like Ebola.

He is currently the Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas — the first U.S. city to treat an Ebola patient and also the first to watch one die from the virus. In an exclusive interview with NJ Advance Media, Beutler reviewed Christie’s new policy of mandatory quarantine for all health care workers exposed to Ebola, and declared: “I favor it.”

Unfortunately, while the doctor’s support might provide much-needed credibility for Christie as he threatens to quarantine ever more healthcare workers returning from the Ebola fight in West Africa, it also comes with some chilling words.

“I favor it, because it’s not entirely clear that they can’t transmit the disease,” Beutler said, referring to asymptomatic healthcare workers like Kaci Hickox, a Doctors Without Borders nurse returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone who was quarantined in New Jersey for 65 hours before being transported to her home state of Maine on Monday afternoon.

“It may not be absolutely true that those without symptoms can’t transmit the disease, because we don’t have the numbers to back that up,” said Beutler, “It could be people develop significant viremia [where viruses enter the bloodstream and gain access to the rest of the body], and become able to transmit the disease before they have a fever, even. People may have said that without symptoms you can’t transmit Ebola. I’m not sure about that being 100 percent true. There’s a lot of variation with viruses.”

In fact, in a study published online in late September by the New England Journal of Medicine and backed by the World Health Organization, 3,343 confirmed and 667 probable cases of Ebola were analyzed, and nearly 13 percent of the time, those infected with Ebola exhibited no fever at all.

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Pelosi On Midterms: “We’re Looking At An Absolute Catastrophe”…

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For once she isn’t being overly dramatic.

Dear Drew,

We’re looking at an absolute catastrophe if things go wrong in 4 days.
32 races are in statistical dead heats. The Republicans know it too, and according to Politico, they’ve recently bought “millions of dollars of TV advertising time” in districts we won in 2012.

If they can run the table, Republicans and their special interest backers will have bought the largest GOP majority in the House since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.

I need you in this fight, and I need you now. This is the last monthly deadline of the election — please give $5 to help us avoid a disaster.

Thank you.

Nancy

This Really Happened: Media Lapdogs Accept Chocolate Cake From Obama In Exchange For No Questions…

Obama: Let them eat cake! Media: Okay.

Via Mediaite:

It’s Friday. It’s Halloween. It also happens to be four days before the midterm elections, but that didn’t stop the White House Press Corps from reportedly agreeing to give Press Secretary Josh Earnest a day off from the usual road press gaggle in exchange for a delicious-looking “Death by Chocolate” cake from President Barack Obama.

Later, CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller revealed that Obama traded the cake to the media on Air Force One in exchange for them forgoing the scheduled press gaggle with Earnest.

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News That Won’t Shock You: Military Leaders Fed Up With White House’s “Micromanagement” Of War With ISIS…

This is how Dem presidents always run (and lose) military campaigns, the Vietnam war under LBJ was the classic example of this.

Via Daily Beast:

The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on.

Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army.

As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained within policy limits. The National Security Council has given precise instructions on which rebels can be engaged, who can be trained, and what exactly those fighters will do when they return to Syria. Most of the rebels to be trained by the U.S. will never be sent to fight against ISIS.

Making matters worse, military officers and civilian Pentagon leaders tell The Daily Beast, is the ISIS war’s decision-making process, run by National Security Advisor Susan Rice. It’s been manic and obsessed with the tiniest of details. Officials talk of sudden and frequent meetings of the National Security Council and the so-called “Principals Committee” of top defense, intelligence, and foreign policy officials (an NSC and three PCs in one week this month); a barrage of questions from the NSC to the agencies that create mountains of paperwork for overworked staffers; and NSC insistence on deciding minor issues even at the operational level.

“We are getting a lot of micromanagement from the White House. Basic decisions that should take hours are taking days sometimes,” one senior defense official told The Daily Beast.

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DCCC Hires Monkey To Help Write Donation Email Pitches…

It appears the Pelosi-led DCCC has hired a monkey to bang on the keyboard to come up with their always amusing email titles.

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And no, it wasn’t me.

Obama Disses Stay-At-Home Moms: “That’s Not A Choice We Want Americans To Make”…

With statements like this (and many others) I swear he’s intentionally trying to sabotage the Dems chances in the midterms.

Via Breitbart:

During a speech in Rhode Island today, President Obama stressed the importance of public pre-school in America, pointing out that the cost of daycare was getting too high.

“Moms and dads deserve a great place to drop their kids off every day that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg,” Obama stated. “We need better child care, day care, early child education policies.”

Obama explained that in many states it cost parents more money to put their kids in day care than it cost to put them in a public university.
“Too often parents have no choice but to put their kids in cheaper day care that maybe doesn’t have the kinds of programming that makes a big difference in a child’sdevelopment,” he said.

Because America lacks public pre-school, Obama said, women often earned less money than men.

“Sometimes, someone, usually Mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result,” he said. “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”

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