We know, kid, we know.
Lunchtime bump: Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads get some much needed mocking (HT: Paul).
We know, kid, we know.
Lunchtime bump: Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads get some much needed mocking (HT: Paul).
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.’
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
State has issued a court order to force nurse Kaci Hickox to follow CDC guidelines for patients with "some risk" of Ebola
— Grady Trimble (@Grady_Trimble) October 31, 2014
No seriously, this is what they came up with to deal with the situation.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ]
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.
I figure they’d flee in terror at the thought of a Barack Obama-led military onslaught.
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.
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.”
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.
Watermelon has been added to the protected food list and will require a 72 hours cooling off period after purchase. Update to this story.
Civil rights group, The National Action Network, announced Thursday, they are calling for an investigation into the firing and rehiring of Academic Magnet High School football coach Bud Walpole, and what they call a lack of diversity at the school.
The group was joined by the Charleston Branch NAACP, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and others in a 10 a.m. presser in front of the Charleston County School District headquarters on Calhoun Street.
Representatives with the National Action Network announced they have filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Justice Department, and are asking the Office of Civil Rights to investigate the lack of diversity at Academic Magnet, as well as the handling of Walpole’s firing, and subsequent rehiring. [...]
According to the NAACP, “the overwhelmingly white parents of the football student team galvanized a significant amount of support around re-instating Coach Walpole and demanded the firing of Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley.”
NAACP officials said firing McGinley would send the wrong message, and instead blamed the school board for the handling of the situation, demanding they release records of their investigation into the conduct of Academic Magnet High School football team, coaches and staff.
They went on to blame the Charleston County School Board for not supporting diversity in their schools.
Now that he mentions it…
President Obama hasn’t spent that much time on the campaign trail this election season. But that’s not because he doesn’t like it — indeed, he does.
Speaking at an event in Maine for the Democratic candidate for governor, Mike Michaud, he talked longingly of his time on the trail. “I’m not on the ballot this time and this is the last election cycle in which I’m involved as President. And I know the hardest — look, it makes you a little wistful. You kind of,” said Obama to laughter, “because I do like campaigning. It’s fun. And I know as I reflect back on the thing that I love so much about campaigning is that it reminds me about the American people. Because you get to meet everybody, of all walks of life. You get to meet young moms who are just valiantly working on behalf of making sure their kids have a better life. You get to meet business owners who take pride in making something here in America and providing their workers a decent wage, and showing what’s possible for some young worker who comes in and can move up the ranks. You have a chance to meet veterans who just render extraordinary service to our country and then come back and suddenly are critical parts of their community and — giving back as first responders or Little League coaches.”
Which I’m guessing Obama sees as good news.
Only 16 percent of Israelis believe US President Barack Obama’s administration is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, according to a Smith Research poll taken Wednesday night, exclusively for The Jerusalem Post.
The poll of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult Israeli Jewish population was taken following a report in The Atlantic in which officials close to Obama were quoted sharply criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calling him “chickenshit.”
The report resulted in a major backlash among Israelis and in criticism of Obama across the political spectrum. Smith Research has asked Israelis in 11 Jerusalem Post polls throughout Obama’s tenure whether his administration is more pro-Israel, more pro-Palestinian, or neutral, which is seen as the bellwether question of whether Israelis believe a US president is on their side.
The new poll found that 53% consider the administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel, 20% called it neutral, and 11% did not express an opinion. The margin of error of the poll was 4.5 percentage points.
By contrast, the last Smith Research poll that asked the question, following Obama’s March 2013 visit to Israel, found that 27% considered his administration more pro-Israel, 16% said more pro-Palestinian, 39% neutral and 18% did not express an opinion. Since then, Obama’s administration has gone from an 11% majority calling it more pro-Israel, to a majority of 37% deeming it more pro-Palestinian.
Yeah, Lurch, that’s exactly what it is…
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry argued Thursday that the United States cannot push its weight around in a changing and “complicated” world, and implied that the previous administration having done so had led to today’s security crisis in Iraq.
In an appearance at the Washington Ideas Forum, Kerry said that although the Obama administration wanted to see a less sectarian government in Iraq – a prerequisite for tackling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) threat – it could not have simply demanded that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki be replaced.
“The United States couldn’t just crash in and say, ‘Hey, you’re out. Here are the guys that are in.’ That’s not our – it would be playing into all of the worst stereotypes that have brought us to the difficulties we’re living with today.”
I wonder how the Obama regime would react if this was Israel calling for its citizens to attack Palestinians?
Via Free Beacon:
The Palestinian government has called on its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that will include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has sparked fears that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.
Israeli authorities shut down access to Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque late Wednesday following the shooting of a Jewish citizen by Palestinian terrorists.
Israel’s call to block access to the Temple Mount area of Jerusalem’s Old City—the first such closure since 1967—led the Palestinian government to call for armed resistance and accuse Israel of declaring war.
“Fatah calls to its fighters and to the masses of the Palestinian people to aid the Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem,” the Palestinians’ main political party said in a statement published Thursday and translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
(Times of Israel) – Washington called for Israeli authorities to reopen the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers Thursday, while also condemning the shooting of a US-born activist who lobbied for Jewish rights on the holy site.
Secretary of State John Kerry said he was “extremely concerned” by spiraling tensions in the capital, after Israeli authorities closed the site, known as Haram al-Sharif to Muslims, in an effort to staunch possible violence following the Wednesday night shooting of Rabbi Yehudah Glick.
“It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount – in word and in practice,” Kerry said in a statement.
“The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount must be re-opened to Muslim worshipers and I support the long-standing practices regarding non-Muslim visitors to the site,” he said.
Palestinians said the full closure of the site, considered holy to both Muslims and Jews, was provocative and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the closure, possibly for the first time since 1967, a “declaration of war,” according to a spokesperson.
Fits right in with the rest of the scam artists at that network.
MSNBC host and former ad exec Donny Deutsch scammed a real estate broker out of a $1.2 million commission in the sale of Deutsch’s $30 million Hamptons home, a Manhattan judge seethes in new court papers.
Justice Charles Ramos says Deutsch’s lawyer was acting on his client’s behalf when Sotheby’s broker Edward Petrie was schemed out of his 4 percent commission, The Post’s Julia Marsh reports.
Petrie had brought a potential buyer, LA hedge funder Howard Marks, by Deutsch’s Tyson Lane home in 2010.
After Deutsch realized he knew Marks, he went behind Petrie’s back and brokered the sale privately to avoid the fee, Petrie claimed.