Eerily reminiscent of Obama’s “God bless” Planned Parenthood remark.
Via Daily Caller:
Vermont’s governor, Democrat Pete Shumlin, was proud to receive Planned Parenthood’s endorsement last week and praised them for their “extraordinary work”– apparently forgetting the willingness of PP clinics in his own state to cover up rape and child abuse.
“Vermont is unusual,” he said. “We should be blessed to live here with a Planned Parenthood that does such extraordinary work and a legislature that will stand behind you.”
Shumlin may have forgotten about the 2002 investigation exposing Planned Parenthood’s willingness to cover for child molesters. Pro-life group Life Dynamics called PP clinics throughout the country, including 12 in Vermont, posing as 13- and 14-year-old girls who’d been impregnated by 22-year-old men asking for abortions.
The age of consent in Vermont is 16, with exceptions for married couples, or if both partners are between and ages of 15 and 19. This means that in every case, the group was informing Planned Parenthood workers of rape.
Tingles nods in approval.
… Strikingly, though, many Republicans have been depicting ISIS not primarily as a foreign concern, but as a domestic threat that may portend the invasion, and even the potential collapse, of our country. Especially in the repeated linkage of ISIS to security on the Mexican border, conservative warnings on ISIS seem to constitute a new form of dog whistle politics, the dark art of using coded terms to stir racial anxiety among voters.
First, the claims:
Representative Trent Franks, a Republican from Arizona, warned earlier this month: “It is true, that we know that ISIS is present in Ciudad Juarez or they were within the last few weeks.” He continued: “So there’s no question that they have designs on trying to come into Arizona… If unaccompanied minors can cross the border then certainly trained terrorists probably can to. It is something that is real.”
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in a CNN opinion piece published on September 10, explained how the nation must prepare to confront ISIS: “First and foremost, Washington should resolve to make border security a top priority finally, rather than an afterthought . . . in light of concerns about potential ISIS activities on our southern border.” First and foremost, we should combat ISIS by focusing on our southern border? Yes, Cruz explained, for “[a]s long as our border isn’t secure, the government is making it far too easy for terrorists to infiltrate our nation.” [...]
It’s easy to shrug off as farcical the warnings of Cruz, Brown and other GOP figures about an ISIS invasion from the south — and then to look askance at those voters who credit such evident absurdities. But this misses the point. ISIS on the southern border is a dog whistle. Decoded, it’s a warning not of any actual military threat, but of accelerating demographic change. This is the real panic that the GOP seeks to harness in the voting booth.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has slammed The 5 Point Cafe in Seattle for allegedly being “antiworker” and having a “super-rude staff” after reportedly being denied entry to the restaurant-bar over the weekend.
Following his performance Friday night (September 26) at the El Corazon as part of a benefit concert for 15 Now, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Morello and his entourage allegedly tried to get “a special room” at The 5 Point Cafe even though the place was already “at capacity” and there was “a line” of people waiting to get in.
The restaurant’s doorman apparently told Morello and his crew that he could not accommodate them, after which the guitarist took to his Twitter to blast the eatery, writing: “Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.”
David Meinert, the owner of The 5 Point Cafe, has since posted the following response on the restarant’s Facebook page:
“For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share.
“Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.
I’m guessing the CDC wishes it didn’t promise no additional cases right around now.
Via USA Today:
Health officials are closely monitoring a possible second Ebola patient who had close contact with the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S., the director of Dallas County’s health department said Wednesday.
All who have been in close contact with the man diagnosed are being monitored as a precaution, said Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.
“Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” he said. “So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”
The director continued to assure residents that the public isn’t at risk because health officials have the virus contained.
But it probably won’t.
Via Washington Examiner:
The first case of the deadly Ebola virus has been diagnosed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday, saying that a man who flew back to the U.S. from Liberia tested positive for the disease.
The unnamed Ebola patient did not report symptoms of the virus until after entering the U.S. on Sept. 20 and did not get sick until after being in the country for four days, according to CDC Director Tom Frieden.
“I have no doubt that we will control this case of Ebola so that it does not spread,” Frieden pledged during a Tuesday evening press conference.
The CDC chief said that officials were not concerned that passengers on the plane ride from Liberia to the U.S. were at risk of contracting the virus because Ebola can’t spread until after symptoms show up.
“It is only spread by direct contact with somebody,” Frieden said. “It’s only someone who is sick with Ebola who can spread the disease.”
If there is one thing Mark “Look At Me!” Kelly excels at, it’s keepin’ it classy.
COLMES: An atmosphere was created do you think where what happened to your wife was possible? I mean people have talked about things like Sarah Palin putting out a map with targets on it. Do you put any blame in that direction?
KELLY: No, you know, this has come up a number of times with the targets of Gabby’s district and others. There’s no evidence between a direct correlation between that and what happened. Having said that, Gabby gave an interview a couple of days after the election, where she did say, you know, it is an irresponsible thing to do.
COLMES: To do what Sarah Palin did?
KELLY: Well, yeah, you know it’s insensitive. I don’t think it’s related to what happened that day. We clearly know from the evidence it was not. But at the same time, I don’t think it’s the best choice.
Keep reading w/audio…
Endless savagery from Allah’s Seventh-Century Brigade.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State beheaded seven men and three women in a northern Kurdish area of Syria, a human rights monitoring group said on Wednesday, part of what it described as a campaign to frighten residents resisting the militant group’s advance.
The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human, Rights Rami Abdulrahman, said five anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including three women, and four Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded on Tuesday 14 km (8 miles) west of Kobani, a Kurdish town besieged by Islamic State near the Turkish border.
He said a Kurdish male civilian was also beheaded.
“I don’t know why they were arrested or beheaded. Only the Islamic State knows why. They want to scare people,” he said.
Reuters could not independently verify the information.
Islamic State fighters have carried out several beheadings of enemy fighters and civilians in Syria and Iraq.
The beheadings are often carried out in public and with a message that any violent or non-violent dissent with not be tolerated.
(Inquisitr) – For many Kurds in Syria the U.S.-led air strikes against ISIS positions invading them couldn’t come soon enough as the radical Islamists slowly creep north, toward the Turkish border.
Kurdish sources in the town as well as a monitoring group said on Wednesday that nine Kurdish fighters who were captured were all beheaded including three women, whose heads were placed on concrete blocks in the ISIS-held city of Jarablous.
The Associated Press released the pictures of the three women’s heads on the concrete block but as yet the images have not been verified, even though it’s pretty obvious who the heads belong to.
According to the reporter, this is the only time she was told she can’t speak to people since she started in 1979.
Via The Blaze:
Meg Kissinger is a seasoned reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin’s well-known newspaper. She’s seen a lot in her days. But what she said happened at a speech by Michelle Obama in the state on Monday left her utterly “creeped out.”
Kissinger took to her Facebook and Twitter page to describe what happened. In short, she said, aides for both the first lady and Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor, Mary Burke, told her she was banned from talking to members of the crowd.
Kissinger was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, covering the first lady’s speech in which she was stumping for Burke.
“[A]ssigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech today and was told by a Mary Burke aide and one for the White House that I could not speak to the people in the crowd,” she said on her Facebook page. “To say that I was creeped out is an understatement. This is what reporters do in America: we speak to people. At least that’s how I’ve been doing things — at all kinds of political events — since 1979.”
Not sure about you guys, but Salon is where I go when I need theological advice.
Gravity—yes, gravity—is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That’s the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency.
“The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch. Here’s the data visualized.
It reminds me of those first images of the ozone hole, decades ago.
To be fair, the change in gravity is very small. It’s not like you’ll float off into outer space on your next vacation to the Antarctic Peninsula.
The biggest implication is the new measurements confirm global warming is changing the Antarctic in fundamental ways. Earlier this year, a separate team of scientists announced that major West Antarctic glaciers have begun an “unstoppable” “collapse,” committing global sea levels to a rise of several meters over the next few hundred years.
This area continues to be a breeding ground for radical Islamists.
Via Truth Revolt:
The revelation that Boston-area fugitive Ahmad Abousamra is running the Islamic State’s (ISIS) sophisticated social media propaganda campaign casts light on the leadership of a complex of radical mosques in and around the Greater Boston area. According to information obtained during litigation discovery and provided by Boston Muslims who asked not to be identified out of fear for their physical safety, Ahmad Abousamra is deeply connected to the top Muslim community leaders in Boston.
Ahmad’s father, Abdulbadi Abousamra (Abousamra Sr.), has served as a president or board member of several mosques, Islamic schools, and Muslim political organizations in Massachusetts from the mid-1990s. In fact, he is still the president of an Islamic elementary school in Sharon, MA. Abousamra Sr. had used his leadership position in multiple Boston Islamic institutions to import extremist and terrorist-affiliated imams into Boston. One of these imams, Hafiz Masood, appears to be the one who radicalized his son, Ahmad Abousamra (Abousamra Jr.).
Until 2007, when Abousamra Jr. was first questioned by the FBI over a plot to provide assistance to Al Qaeda in Iraq and to massacre shoppers at the Emerald Square Mall in North Attleboro, MA, his father, Abousamra Sr., was vice-president of the Boston branch of the Muslim American Society (MAS Boston). According to federal authorities, the Muslim American Society was created to be “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” MAS Boston operates the largest Islamic center in the Northeast, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC). The Boston Marathon bombers attended the ISBCC’s sister mosque in Cambridge. Both mosques have a long history of Islamic extremism and terrorism.
Could it be Holder smearing white conservatives as racists while praising degenerate race baiter Al Shartpon?
Voters think Eric Holder played politics as U.S. attorney general and hope President Obama picks someone who’s not like him to be the nation’s next top law enforcement officer. But those who view the Constitution as “a living document” are much more appreciative of his efforts than those who favor a strict interpretation of that document.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Holder was more interested in politics than in administering justice in a fair way. Just 28% disagree and think fair administration of justice was Holder’s chief interest. Nearly as many (25%) aren’t sure.
Makes me think of the old commercial “and I told two friends, who told two friend, who told two friends, and so on and so on…”
The first case of Ebola has officially been diagnosed in the United States after the Centers for Disease Control confirmed that an unnamed patient in Dallas has the disease. What now?
Well, as we’ve noted before, the disease is only spread through bodily fluids after someone presents actual Ebola, so we’re not all doomed. But that doesn’t mean this case is going to be the only one we see in the country.
In fact, CDC director Thomas Frieden admits that the man, who is visiting American family members from Liberia, was sent home to his family’s house from the hospital for two days after he was initially sick. Frieden also says the man was sick for a total of four days in Texas before he was ultimately admitted to the hospital on Sunday. That’s not good.
In a press conference, Frieden said that “because the initial symptoms are nonspecific”—that is, they are similar to flu or fever—the patient was sent home for two days, when he could have theoretically infected others.
According to doucheface (aka Colin Cowherd) Americans join the military when they have no other choices and need money.
ESPN’s Colin Cowherd went off on a rant today about Americans who do and do not, in his view, deserve his “sympathies.”
Those who do not include those who choose to smoke, eat fast food or drink “13 cokes” every day. “That’s on you,” Cowherd said, delivering a sentiment that many Americans would probably agree with.
Cowherd says that he does “sympathize” with Americans who enlist in the military, because of the reasons he believes they join.
“My sympathy goes to the military members in this country,” Cowherd said toward the end of Tuesday’s show. “Socio-economically, no choices, paid almost nothing, lose a limb, lose a life. That, I feel sympathy for.”
Via The Blaze:
An armed felon was allowed to get “within arm’s reach” of President Barack Obama on an elevator in Atlanta early this month, a serious breach of Secret Service protocols, according to sources familiar with the incident.
Obama was visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address the severe Ebola outbreak when the man, a security contractor, reportedly started video recording the president with a cellphone. When Secret Service agents told him to stop recording, he refused.
It was only then that Secret Service questioned the man and ran a “database check,” uncovering his criminal history, the Washington Post reports. The man reportedly has three past convictions for assault and battery.
So it’s now racist to compliment someone?
HT: Honcho via Moonbattery
ISIS won’t have a hard time finding him, just check the closest golf course.
Via Your Daddy