Paul Ryan Says If Romney Runs For President (Again), He Won’t…

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“I would support Mitt. If he were to run, I would not. But I don’t even know if I’m going to either myself. That’s something I’m going to decide in 2015.”

Via Hot Air:

Not the first time lately that Ryan’s swooned at the thought of another Romney candidacy. In August he said he was so gung-ho for Romney 3.0 or 8.0 or whichever version we’re on now that he’d drive Mitt’s campaign bus if need be. But saying it two months ago, when the prospect of Romney actually running was still a pipe dream, and saying it now, where we’re on dude-I-can’t-believe-this-might-be-happening red alert, are two different things. After listening to Ryan here, now I’m wondering if Romney’s entrance would actually clear the field in the center (assuming Jeb Bush doesn’t jump in first, of course). Rubio’s still going to run, but he’s not a pure centrist candidate; he’ll run as a center-right guy who can appeal to RINOs and true conservatives alike. I’m thinking more about Chris Christie. Would Christie reluctantly pass (again) fearing that he’d be no match for Romney? And is that maybe the point of this whole Romney boomlet lately — convincing Christie, a damaged candidate, that he shouldn’t jump in and screw up the center’s chances of beating Ted Cruz and Rand Paul?

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Barack Obama Wishes Jimmy Carter A Happy Birthday With A Picture Of . . . Barack Obama…

The raging narcissist never fails to make it all about him.

Boehner: I Haven’t Spoken to Ted Cruz ‘Since He’s Been Elected’

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What? That has to take a lot of effort to steer clear of someone on the Hill like that…

Via Mediaite:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) talks to a lot of people in the course of doing his job, but for some reason, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) isn’t one of them, how very curious.

“I’ve not talked to him since he’s been elected,” Boehner revealed in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, and left it at that. Cruz was elected in 2012 and played a major role in recent events that threatened to derail Boehner’s agenda, like the times Cruz attempted to hijack down the federal government over Obamacare, the debt ceiling, border patrol, etc.

Boehner didn’t elaborate further, according to the wide-ranging interview, but did admit that he had at least one best friend in the Senate:

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NIH Spends $289K to Study Imbalanced Sex Ratios In India…

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Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $288,503 grant to State University of New York at Albany to study family and health consequences of the sex ratio imbalance in India caused by sex-selective abortion technologies.

“India has long experienced a numerical shortage of females, and this sex ratio imbalance is likely to grow with the widespread adoption of sex-selective abortion technologies,” the grant abstract said.

“India is the world’s second most populous country and projected to become the largest by 2050. Growing imbalances in India’s sex ratio have the potential to alter substantially multiple dimensions of demographic and family-related behavior, including the sexual behaviors that contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS,” the grant said.

“Consequently, learning more about the family and health consequences of India’s growing male surplus and female deficit is an important scientific objective,” it added.

Although “considerable research” has been done on “levels, trends, and differentials” in India’s sex-ratio imbalance, little is known about the consequences of India’s sex-ratio imbalance as it applies to “family, demographic and health-related behaviors.”

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Great News: VA Only Has One Ethics Official For Every 18,674 Employees…

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Isn’t this fantastic…

Via Capitol City Project:

A new report shows that the Department of Veterans Affairs is severely understaffed in the number of ethics officials they have in relation to their total workforce, even having the worst ratio of ethics officers per employees of any government agency by a long shot.

As many know, the department came under intense fire for having secret waiting lists dealing with veterans care and the numerous deaths that occurred as a result, making this information even more troubling.

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Court Interpretation Of First Amendment Now Allows Boobies Bracelets But Not American Flag Shirts In Public Schools?

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It’s come to this…

Via Daily Caller:

Rest easy, America, because all is right with the First Amendment thanks to the wisdom of our federal judges: American public schools can ban American flag T-shirts in high schools but must allow “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets in middle schools.

Makes total sense, right?

The “I (heart) Boobies!” case ended this week after the school district in Easton, Pa. agreed to pay $385,000 in attorneys’ fees to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. The district lost an appeal involving students who wore colorful breast cancer awareness bracelets bearing the “I (heart) Boobies!” slogan.

The settlement between the school district and the ACLU ended almost four years of litigation, notes The Morning Call, Easton’s main newspaper.

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Brooklyn Teacher Accused Of Kidnapping Teenage Girls For Sex Still Earning Salary

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Via NY Daily News:

He is the vilest pervert teacher New York has ever seen.

A sex-crazed Brooklyn educator had intercourse with several female students, took them to sex clubs and nude beaches and handed out straight A’s to a girl he was sleeping with, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The debauchery of Sean Shaynak, 44, came to light after the math and physics teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School was charged in August with sending a picture of his private parts to a 16-year-old student.

But that was only the beginning of the lurid misdeeds prosecutors accuse the divorced father of a 9-year-old daughter of carrying out.

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Comrade de Blasio: “NYC Students Stewards Of The Environment”

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Despite not being able to speak English or count to ten.

Via FreeBeacon:

Thousands of students in New York City schools are failing to meet math and English proficiency but they will learn to be “environmental stewards” as a result of a major school investment in solar panels announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio. As calls mount this week for de Blasio to reform the city’s failing school system, the mayor announced the investment of $23 million in city funds for solar panels at some city schools.

In a report issued last week, Families for Excellent Schools detailed the city’s problems. In 2013, less than 10 percent of students met academic standards in the city’s 257 elementary schools. In 2014, 87 of those schools failed to improve 1 percentage point. Of 925 schools surveyed, only 46 had an average proficiency rate in math and English above 50 percent. Additionally, 185 schools had proficiency rates below 10 percent.

Only five percent, or 46, of the schools which are Title I schools, which are designated federally as “high poverty,” are delivering a quality education by achieving more than 50 percent proficiency with their underserved student populations. The small number of successful schools, FES pointed out, are public charter schools.

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China Detains Activists For Supporting Hong-Kong Protest

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Via Freebeacon:

Chinese authorities have detained or harassed dozens of activists this week who expressed support for the protests in Hong Kong, including some who simply posted messages of solidarity online.

The activist group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) reports that several Chinese dissidents were detained or questioned by police on Monday and Tuesday as the demonstrations in Hong Kong swelled.

Authorities seized as many as 20 activists and citizens who congregated on Tuesday at the Martyr Memorial Gardens in the southern city of Guangzhou to show support for the Hong Kong protesters.

Others were punished for discussing Hong Kong online. Several activists posted messages or photos of themselves referencing the protests on blogging sites such as Weibo, prompting threatening calls from officers and in some cases detention.

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Argentina’s President Says America Tried To Assassinate Her

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Seems legit…

Via The Guardian:

Argentinian opposition politicians have accused the country’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of being “completely out of touch with reality” after she gave a rambling televised address in which she claimed the US may be behind a plot to overthrow her government and possibly even assassinate her.

“If something should happen to me, don’t look to the Middle East, look to the North,” Fernández said during the address on Tuesday night, in which she alluded to an alleged plot against her by local bankers and businessmen “with foreign help”.

Fernández had previously claimed to have received death threats from Islamic State (Isis) because of her friendship with Pope Francis. In last night’s speech, however, she seemed to suggest the threats against her, received in three emails to Argentinian security officials, had come from the US.

Her claim comes in the wake of a rapid deterioration of Argentina’s already rocky relationship with the US after the country went into default in August.

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Age Old Question Of Paper Or Plastic Solved In California

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On top of all of this, now they’re going to charge you $0.10 for paper bags too.

Via Yahoo Finance:

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.

Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.

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Hong Kong, It’s An Occupy Protest, But Not As You Know It …

Smells better too.

Via BBC:

Perhaps it isn’t actually anarchic but it is definitely one of the biggest protests in Hong Kong for years. And yet students – some of whom were at the vanguard of this movement – find time to sit down and do their homework.

An entrance to the Causeway Bay MTR station was barricaded and emblazoned with signs shouting out for democracy. In the middle was a small cardboard sign – also written by the protesters: “Sorry for the inconvenience.”

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MSNBC Ratings Implosion Continues: Sinks To Seven Year Lows, Rachel Maddow And Chris Hayes Put Up Worst Ever Demo Numbers…

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Feel good story of the day.

Via Breitbart:

. . .MSNBC just had its worst three month stretch in nearly 7 years. For Q3 2014, MSNBC is down double digits in total day and primetime viewership. Among total day, A25-54 demo viewers, MSNBC placed fourth, behind FNC, CNN and HLN. In primetime, among total viewers MSNBC was second behind Fox News and ahead of CNN and HLN.

In the all-important, advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and Lawrence O’Donnell posted their worst showings… ever.

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CBS Medical Correspondent: “Climate Change” Partially To Blame Ebola And Enterovirus Breakouts…

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Via Breitbart:

In a report on a mysterious virus causing paralysis in children that aired on “CBS This Morning” earlier this week, Dr. David Agus, a medical contributor for CBS News and a University of Southern California medical professor, discussed a so-called enterovirus that is believed to behind paralysis and muscle weakness in nine Colorado children.

The virus, known as Enterovirus D68, had spread throughout the country. Agus urged parents that suspect their child may be infected with this virus to keep their children home from school. However, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose asked how that particular virus, in addition to the Ebola virus, have been able to spread in recent weeks.

“Well, the world is flat,” Agus explained. “Right now, anybody can get on a plane and end up anywhere in this country and spread these viruses. And we have to be aware of it. We don’t know exactly why there was a dramatic spread this year. But something is happening now. We have multiple viruses. And together with global climate change, things are changing in the virus world and we have to pay attention.”

Secret Service Director Resigns …Man With Gun Allowed Feet From POTUS…

Quick to sack someone when the failure might get him killed.

Via Russia Today:

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned from her post atop the security detail in charge of protecting United States President Barack Obama on Wednesday following several recent serious breaches.

Pierson, who was appointed only last year to head the US Secret Service after the agency’s reputation was marred by events that preceded her tenure as director, testified on Capitol Hill earlier this week on Tuesday amidst recent revelations that have called into question the effectiveness of her office.

After Secret Service whistleblowers revealed to the press recently that the agency has suffered from several breaches, members of Congress called on Pierson to resign ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.

“The Secret Service has had its share of challenges in recent years,” Pierson wrote in her opening testimony prepared for Tuesday’s hearing.”I intend to lead the Secret Service through these challenges

Just a day later, however, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that he has accepted Pierson’s resignation and has already placed Joseph Clancy, the former special agent in charge of presidential detail, as acting director of the Secret Service.

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ISIS Put Heads Of Decapitated Yazidis In Cooking Pots…

Subhuman monsters.

Via Daily Mail:

Two Yazidi teenagers who escaped the clutches of Isis have revealed the full horror of their capture and captivity.

They have described being tortured and forced to watch videos of men from their community being beheaded. [...]

Her horrifying ordeal began in the Sinjar village of Tal Azir on August 3 when Isis fighters advanced towards them.

Along with her mother, her brother and his pregnant wife, they fled towards the mountains, but Isis caught up with them at a remote farmhouse.

The women were separated from the men – who were simply mown down by machine gun fire in one of the rooms.

Sara was bundled onto a pick-up truck and taken to Mosul, where she was held with hundreds of others prior to being sold off.

She added: ‘In some [videos] they put the heads into cooking pots. Sometimes they would stand on them. There were so many heads. And they would ask us, ‘Do you know this one?’ and laugh.’

Pop Quiz: How Do You Think Obama First Heard About The Secret Service Security Breach Scandal?

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NY Times: Hey, Why Don’t We Reach Out To The “Moderates” In Somalia’s Al-Qaeda Branch?…

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Seriously?

Via NY Times:

… “A lot of people advised the international community to reach out to the moderates within the Shabab and arrive at an accommodation with them to isolate the extremists,” says Rashid Abdi, a specialist on the Horn of Africa. “Critics in the West said that would be a policy of appeasement, but the outcome of the failure to engage was the rise in the power of the hard-line, much more radicalized faction of Al Shabab.”

The death of Mr. Godane offers an opportunity. There are scant prospects of talks with Al Shabab’s core leadership, which is firmly aligned with Al Qaeda and must continue to be dealt with militarily. But these jihadists should be viewed separately from the thousands of young men who joined the movement mainly to earn a living. Reaching out to them and to more moderate mid-ranking members is essential.

Code Pink Protests “War Criminal” Netanyahu During WH Visit, Claims He Committed “Genocide”…

Netanyahu met with Obama today at the White House and the Pinkos are out in full force protesting.

Do any of these people have jobs?

Obama Cancels Trip To Mecca After Islamic Clerics Forbid Selfies During Hajj…

Heartache.

Via Daily Mail:

They have been taken by Hollywood’s biggest stars and even caused a stir during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

Now selfie fever is taking one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar by storm – much to the anger of hardline Muslims.

The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, which begins today, has seen a rise in the number of pictures being taken on camera phones during the rite of passage in Saudi Arabia as followers share their experiences with family and friends back home.

But some scholars have taken issue with the practice, which they see as a ‘touristy’ distraction from the prayers and rituals that form one of the five pillars of Islam.

It came as around two million Muslims from all corners of the globe arrived in Mecca today for the start of the pilgrimage at the city’s Grand Mosque.

Jeddah-based scholar Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem told Arab News: ‘Photography without a legitimate reason is an issue of dispute among scholars.

‘However, despite this difference of opinion, there shouldn’t be any dispute when it comes to the real meaning of Haj and the essence behind it.

‘It is based on sincerity and following the sunnah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) when he went for Hajj, he said: “O Allah, I ask of you a pilgrimage that contains no boasting or showing of”. Taking such selfies and videos defy the wish of our Prophet.’

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