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October 24, 2014

Open Thread: "The Hot Zone" Author Recaps The Current Ebola Epidemic


Interesting reading, courtesy of @comradearthur.

Posted by Ace at 12:43 PM Comments

Open Thread


Frederic Edwin Church, "Meteor of 1860" (1861)

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Top Headline Comments 10-24-14

—Gabriel Malor


I mentioned on the podcast that a judge dismissed the lawsuits by 43 groups suing the IRS for targeting them for extra scrutiny. It does not have the appearance of a well-reasoned decision.

A new study finds that health care premiums for non-group coverage rose in 45 states due to Obamacare. That's not in lieu of Obamacare, it's because of Obamacare.

Have a good weekend.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 06:47 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (10-23-2014)


My internet is majorly screwed up so you'll get this leftovers of leftovers ONT. And you'll like it.

Quote of the Day

"I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, unavailable to us without such drugs,"

-- Carl Sagan writing as the anonymous Mr. X in 1971

Eh. Having dealt with pot users from total 24/7 stoners to mere weekend enthusiasts I can't think of even one non-trivial insight gained via marijuana. Mostly the amazing thought breakthroughs achieved while high sound something like this: 'Hey what if every object is both itself and like it's complete opposite at the same time. You know like a thing and its shadow but in ONE essence. Wow. ' Which is to say stupidly trivial and nonsensical in the harsh light of sobriety. But they keep trying to explain the  deep significance of their insight but struggle to put it into words that make any sense.

Now perhaps marijuana does in fact open your mind to different levels of perception and new ways of thinking - but given that these always seem to be inexpressible in either words or actions, I'm rather skeptical that they have any use or even exist. I suspect that one of the effects of pot is that it gives you the feeling that you're having amazing insights and mental breakthroughs only without any actual insights or breakthroughs.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 09:04 PM Comments

Man Attacks Cop In New York Subways With Axe; Possible Terrorist Connection



New York City police have shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man they say attacked a patrol officer without warning.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday that investigators were still trying to identify the assailant and determine a motive. He said they hadn't ruled out a possible terrorism connection.

Video here.

The cops killed the man in a barrage of gunfire. One bullet unfortunately hit a bystander, but she is mentioned as "wounded," not dead, so I imagine she'll recover.

Update: And the Ebola Doctor has in fact tested positive for ebola, at least in the initial test.

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test.

Flashback: In a terror warning completely buried by the US media (but highlighted in foreign media), feds warned that IS sympathizers were being asked to engage in lone wolf attacks against cops, soldiers, intelligence officers, and media figures.

Posted by Ace at 08:19 PM Comments

Senior Advisor to the Iranian President Mocks Obama as the "Weakest" US President He's Ever Seen


Can't argue much.

The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).


"Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened," Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

"Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran," Younesi said....

Click the link to see who he likes better -- conservatives or Democrats.

Hint: He says one of those two views Iran as "no threat."

Posted by Ace at 07:21 PM Comments

Ebola + New York City Media & Self-Obsession = Terrible Combination for Obama


You know, of course, that if a tornado kills eight people in Oklahoma, the New York City-based media can barely stifle its yawns, but if a taxi runs over a dog in New York City, it's huge news for a week?

Well Ebola might have come to New York City.

The Big Apple may have its first case of Ebola.

A 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who treated Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to New York City 10 days ago was rushed in an ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said.

Craig Spencer was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms -- a 103-degree fever and nausea, sources said.

The physician fell ill while engaging in his favorite hobby, touching and breathing on strangers' food.

Okay I made up that last part. That was a lie.

Still, this is a high-risk potential ebola carrier. Obviously I support him in his heroic efforts to treat ebola in Africa.

But how self-quarantined was he during his 21-day period of potential infection? Was he just sort of going about his life normally?

If so, this will be another huge black eye for our No Worries Mon CDC.

Well, AllahPundit thinks he knows the answer.

Yup. That's what you like to see. Potentially infected people should really try to mix with as many random strangers as possible. They should try to wear as many rented shoes as possible, and stick their fingers into bowling balls that other people will be handling.

And they should touch not-strangers, too:

The doctor also spent some time with his girlfriend this week, per CNN, and now she’s at risk. All of which is to say, if you've been worried lately that members of America's medical establishment have been underestimating the risks of Ebola, you should definitely continue to worry.

Video of EMTs in hazmat suits taking him to the hospital, below.

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Posted by Ace at 04:45 PM Comments

Palin Endorses Independent-Democrat Fusion Ticket in Alaska Governor's Race, Rather Than Her Successor, Sean Parnell


Goin' rogue.

The dispute is about Parnell's repeal of some of Palin's increased taxes on oil.

[O]n Wednesday, Palin rebuked her Republican successor in her home state, endorsing independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, who is running on a "unity ticket" with Democratic running mate Byron Mallott, instead. Palin's endorsement goes against her former lieutenant governor, Gov. Sean Parnell, who assumed office in 2009 when Palin abruptly resigned and is embroiled in a highly contested race for reelection to a second full term.


Parnell dismantled Palin's oil-tax increase, called ACES (short for Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share), by signing a repeal of some oil taxes in 2013 that was intended to curb the state's production decline. But many fear the measure will severely diminish the revenue brought in by the state, where oil and gas taxes have accounted for as much as 90 percent of government funds.

Incidentally, Open Secrets just reported that Palin's PAC is very selective in donating money back out of the PAC.

[A] report from Open Secrets reveals that since the 2014 two-year election cycle began, her PAC has raised a total of $2.7 million dollars, but only donated $150,000 of that money to actual candidates, a donation rate of 5.5%.


According to OpenSecrets, Palin’s PAC is notoriously "parsimonious," noting that "of the 417 leadership PACs that made at least one contribution in that cycle, SarahPAC was one of only 19 to give less than 10 percent of its total expenditures to candidates, other PACs or party committees."

I'm going to get yelled at for reporting news but before you yell at me: Please try to construct an actual argument as to why newsworthy information should not be shared.

"I don't want other people learning arguably negative information about a politician I support" is not an actual argument in favor of embargo.

Speaking of Alaskan Politics... Democrat Senator Mark Begich has an interesting way to deflect questions about his support of Obama: He's insisting that Obama isn't "relevant" to the political process at all, which draws a counter-argument from Obama's mouthpiece Josh Earnest.

Posted by Ace at 03:13 PM Comments

Watch: AP's Headlines on Hamas Baby-Murderer Change as Outrage Grows


So yesterday a Hamas supporter drove his car into a pack of people near a Jerusalem train station and killed a baby.

That baby is -- was, rather -- reportedly an American citizen.

During the early evening attack, the car was driven at top speed into pedestrians near the Ammunition Hill tram stop on the seamline between west and occupied east Jerusalem.

Seven people were hurt, including a three-month-old girl, Haya Zissel Braun, who later died, said Hadassah hospital. She was buried on Wednesday evening.

Samri described the incident as a "hit and run terror attack" -- the second in the area in just under three months.

You will not believe the headlines AP gave to this story.

Take 1: Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem

Yes, they shot the man after he drove his car over a baby and then fled the scene. Odd that AP would find this to be the lede of the story.

Take 2: Car slams into east Jerusalem train station

Um... the car didn't slam into the station of its own accord. It was driven by a terrorist attempting to kill Jews.

Incidentally, notice that while the world media took notice of the Ottawa shooting, the world media pretty much ignored this terrorist attack in Israel. In fact, AP originally tried to portray it as a story of Israelis shooting "a man" in Jerusalem.

Jews, it seems, cannot be victims of terrorism, just as Palins cannot be victims of man-on-woman assaults.

Only after outrage swelled on social media did the AP give it the headline it always should have had:

Take 3: Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station

Incredible. Incredible.

Posted by Ace at 02:02 PM Comments

Another Day, Another Lie, Another Dangerous Action: Obama Administration Released Illegal Immigrants Who Were Facing Charges of Kidnapping and Murder


Lie, lie, lie, lie.

And when Americans die, lie some more.

Jim Geraghty quotes this story from USAToday:

U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release

Brad Heath, USA TODAY 8:04 p.m. EDT October 22, 2014

Some of the immigrants freed last year as a cost-saving move had criminal records far more serious than the Obama administration has previously disclosed.

New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.

The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released "low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records," a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.

Perhaps out of frustration that we're being governed by an Administration that only has two modes -- dissembling and incompetence -- Geraghty pens a suggested closing argument for the GOP.

The Simple Closing Message: Americans Deserve Better Than This By Jim Geraghty

October 23, 2014 9:30 AM

Recent events tied a bow around a simple, powerful, and true closing message for Republicans running for Congress this year: The American people deserve to be treated better than the way their government treats them.

People who like their doctors and health insurance deserve to keep them. Our veterans deserve care in a timely manner. The American people deserve the truth about illegal immigrants released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They deserve straight answers from the Centers for Disease Control, and when a promise is made, it should be kept. Americans deserve a secure border, and when there is overwhelming support for restricting flights from countries with severe Ebola outbreaks, the option deserves careful consideration, not arrogant dismissal.

Posted by Ace at 01:02 PM Comments

Again, the Decision Desk Needs You

—Brandon Finnigan

I want to thank everyone who answered our call and signed up with us earlier this week. Those of you who have will very soon see team emails and your assigned sheets. We are just over 2/3rds where we need to be for election night, so we still need more folks, particularly earlier in the evening Eastern time.

If you reside in New Hampshire, we could use you on-the ground in a few municipalities (Milford, Rochester, Laconia, Hampton, and just for shits and giggles, Dixville Notch). Likewise for Connecticut (Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford) and Maine (Portland, Bangor thanks Slublog!).

Otherwise, we need, basically, asses-in-seats: we need more volunteers who can monitor returns from various sources, input them on our spreadsheets, and stick around until their precincts are all reported. That's the job, as plain as we can describe it. As I said in the last post about this:

The genius behind this project is the lack of it: it doesn't take brains to construct a spreadsheet. To hit CTRL-C and CTRL-V. To read up on past returns and early voting trends. It simply takes a mass of dedicated people.


A mass of morons.

Join us.

Note: look carefully after you submit. That button that appears is a critical read.

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CNN's Carol Costello: Hyuck Hyuck, It's So Funny Listening to This Audio Where Bristol Palin Describes Being Assaulted by a Man


Young girl gets beaten by man, and this is comedy fodder for our #WarOnWomen-propagating media?

"Anyone who is concerned about a 'war on women' -- but not disturbed by this report — is clearly biased," [columnist Matt] Lewis wrote.

Enter CNN anchor Carol Costello.

"I never wanted to become the poster child for anything, let alone domestic violence. But my blood is boiling, so when I say shut up, I'm venting at all those people out there who insist on blaming the victim," Costello wrote with righteous fury directed at the National Football League (and the morning show Fox & Friends) over what she considered an insufficient level of concern for an incident involving Ray Rice striking his fiance.

Costello goes on to reveal that she, too, was the victim of what sounds like a horrible assault while by her college boyfriend. It was a brave thing for her to admit, and it made her commentary on the lax treatment Rice received from the NFL that much more powerful. But this admission also branded her take on the Palin assault as one which is inexplicably hypocritical.

"Sit back and enjoy!" Costello exclaimed as she introduced her audience recently to the audio in which Bristol Palin recounts how she was attacked. "You'll want to hear what she told cops about how it all started."

Indeed. Twitchy rounds up reactions, including this one by John Nolte:

Charles Cooke wrote a great post about this yesterday. Note that he begins by explaining the reasons he doesn't like Sarah Palin as a politician, as a manner of establishing his bona fides; that is, noting that he has no love of Palin, but still sees this treatment as untoward and inexcusable.

That notwithstanding, there is a material difference between one’s personal view of a person and the manner in which one wishes to see them treated, and I think we all have a responsibility to understand where that line is. All in all, I can think of few people in public life who have been as disgracefully hounded as has Palin; and nor, for that matter, can I recall a single figure in the past decade who has been subjected to self-serving double standards by the press and by elite culture writ large. It is six years since the woman ran for public office and more than five years since she enjoyed any real influence at all, and yet she is still held up by her many enemies as the standard bearer for all that ails the country. It really is no overstatement to say that, since she first came onto the scene in 2008, the self-appointed smart-set has treated Palin as a walking, talking source of confirmation bias -- part totem for the much-despised people of "flyover country"; part boogeyman of a never-quite-appearing theocratic coup; part Barbiefied pinata, to whom none of the usual rules apply.

Here, progressive hypocrisy has been utterly breathtaking. Day in and day out, the more trigger-happy feminists within America's media circus are moved to pen extravagant disquisitions on the nature of sexual inequality if and when a man they dislike so much as looks at them askew. Elsewhere, wholly substantive criticisms of Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton are held up as shining examples of deeply embedded sexism within the United States, and of the subtle, sometimes invisible role that "hatred of women" plays within the country’s political culture. To take potshots at clownish figures such as Lena Dunham, we have learned, is to invite indignant death threats. And yet, when a veritable legion of male comedians elects to use foul, carnal, and, yes, "gendered" language to dismiss Palin and her family, our contemporary Boudiceas shrug at best and offer endorsements at worst. Sarah Palin, as the abominable bumper sticker has it, "isn't a woman, she's a Republican."

He also wonders why the press isn't also chuckling about Hunter Biden's cocaine problem.

Posted by Ace at 11:34 AM Comments

Open Thread


Leslie Sigala, "Stanford Dish Hiking Trail" (2014)

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Thursday Age Of Ultron Open Thread


Sorry, it's been a busy week for me. I don't have time to put together a post, but I'm not going to leave you hanging. Below the fold is the new trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

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Posted by BenK at 08:20 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (10-22-2014)


Quote of the Day

"Note how they define sexual intercourse above. Apparently men can't have sexual intercourse."

-- Tammen on the White House mandated Campus Climate surveys.

Fear The Hat, Beware the Mace

But most importantly watch out for the pistol in the hands of a man who knows how to use it and is prepared to act.

A former Mountie is being hailed a hero for reportedly shooting a gunman who went on the rampage inside the Canadian Parliament today.

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is being praised by politicians for 'selflessly keeping them safe' following today's terrifying shooting spree, with unconfirmed reports he was the one who took the suspect down.

Veteran Mr Vickers undoubtedly saved lives by bravely taking down the alleged shooter, putting his own safety at risk in doing so. 

Canadian media are reporting that he is a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, better known as a Mountie, and that he has held his current position as Sergeant-at-Arms since 2006.
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Remembering A Bridge Too Far

Well after watching this fan-made trailer I'm ready to go watch it again.

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Hastily Composed World Series Game 2 Thread

—Dave In Texas

Baseball only, all the real important stuff is down there. But if you want to talk baseball here ya go.

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Posted by Dave In Texas at 08:17 PM Comments

Good News: Family of Second Infected Nurse, Amber Vinson, Says Her Ebola Count is So Low As to Be Undetectable


This CNN story discusses why some people live and others die. Apparently it's very important to get diagnosed early, and begin a course of hydration.

Another thing that helps is to get transfused with antibodies in the plasma of an ebola survivor.

And that's how Dr. Kent Brantly -- one of the missionaries who caught ebola a couple of months ago -- is still saving people from ebola.

Three Ebola patients -- Sacra, NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo and Texas nurse Nina Pham -- all received plasma donations from Brantly. And all three have survived.

The theory is that Brantly's plasma contains the antibodies necessary to fight the virus.

"It's very fortunate that the three patients I've been able to donate to, they and I share the same blood type," Brantly told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"I'll keep doing it as much as it's needed, as much as I can."

There was some controversy about why Brantly didn't give plasma to Duncan. But the problem came down to blood type, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said.

Nina Pham was recently upgraded to "good" condition, though she's still fighting the disease.

Nina Pham's dog, Bentley, apparently doesn't have ebola. So that's good news too.

Posted by Ace at 06:31 PM Comments

Ottawa Gunman Identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32; Authorities Say No Motive Is Yet Known


First of all, the soldier gunned down has been identified as well: He was 24-year-old Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

RIP, Corporal Cirillo:

Regarding the killer:

A search on the internet for the name "Zehaf" discloses that the name is chiefly known in Algeria and Morocco (and France, but that is explained easily enough by the hundreds of thousands of French Algerians now living in France).

But he seems to have dubbed himself with that name:

Authorities say they do not yet know Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's motive for gunning down an innocent stranger.

However, Reuters just reported he was an Islamic convert.

Two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam.

It should be noted that the media is still suggesting this is likely a case of jihadism, and authorities don't seem to be warning them off that theory.

The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over, one of them killed, in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies.

That suspect, 25-year-old Martin Couture Rouleau, was shot by police, and later died.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman David Falls said Monday that the suspect "was known to federal authorities" and "authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized."

The case is similar to one in London last year in which an al Qaeda-inspired extremist and another man ran over a soldier with a car before hacking the off-duty soldier to death. Images of Michael Adebolajo, 29, holding a butcher knife and cleaver with bloodied hands in the moments after the May 2013 killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby shocked people around the world and sparked fears of Islamist terrorism in Britain.

Supposedly, a picture of Zehaf-Bibeau, dressed like a jihadi, was posted by an "ISIS media account."

The French says something a bit clumsy like "A photo which would be that of the Ottawa shooter." I don't speak French so I don't know if that really is clumsy, or it just seems clumsy.

The account that's from does call itself "Islamic Media," apparently a French-language Islamic site. However, I have no idea if this really is an ISIS account as some say, or if this really is a picture of Zehaf-Bibeau.

I don't know if that picture is real, or a hoax, but you're going to see it anyway. Might as well see it here.

Thanks to @jimmyprinceton for that picture.

Good Lord: Zehaf-Bibeau had been designated a "high-risk traveler" by Canada (which I'm going to assume maybe meant he had some intention to fly to Syria), and his passport was seized.

ources told The Globe and Mail that he was recently designated a “high-risk traveller” by the Canadian government and that his passport had been seized – the same circumstances surrounding the case of Martin Rouleau-Couture, the Quebecker who was shot Monday after running down two Canadian Forces soldiers with his car.

Rouleau-Couture, the car-killer, had himself wanted to fly to Syria to fight with ISIS.

Posted by Ace at 05:25 PM Comments

GOP Now +8 On AP Generic Ballot Among Likely Voters, Exceeding 2010's +7 Mark


Plus 8 is pretty good.

Erick Erickson notes that we're in a 2010 type environment.

Two of the polls that got 2012 right were the Associated Press/GfK poll and the Reuters/Ipsos poll. According to Reuters, the President is at 61% disapproval among likely voters. In the Associated Press poll, 60% of likely voters disapprove of the President. Further, the AP poll has the GOP ahead by eight percentage points in the generic ballot. For perspective, the AP had the GOP ahead by +7 in 2010. Even female voters are moving toward the GOP.

Jim Geraghty seized on that finding.

Geraghty quotes from the AP's analysis of its poll:

Women have moved in the GOP’s direction since September. In last month’s AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress while 40 percent wanted the Republicans to capture control. In the new poll, the two parties are about even among women, 44 percent prefer the Republicans, 42 percent the Democrats.

Meanwhile, Josh Kraushaar reports that Democrats are beginning to snipe at the White House over its "ineptitude."

The relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats hit a new low Tuesday evening after the administration's press office released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama's appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The problem: The subject line of the e-mail referred to Braley as the "Democratic candidate for governor."

The botch came after the first lady repeatedly referred to the Democratic Senate nominee as "Bruce Bailey" in a campaign appearance earlier this month--and it took an attendee in the crowd to correct her mistake....

Indicating the sensitivity of the ["candidate for Governor"] mistake, top Senate Democratic officials wasted no time lashing out at the Obama administration's political team in response, suggesting it was acting like a junior varsity operation two weeks before the midterms....

"The ineptitude of the White House political operation has sunk from annoying to embarrassing," one senior Senate Democratic aide told National Journal.

But the Democrats aren't sunk yet: A campaign called "F*ckH8" has a bunch of little girls boosting "feminism" by saying the f-word a bunch.

Posted by Ace at 04:22 PM Comments

WaPo: Evidence Supports Officer Darren Wilson's Account of Ferguson Shooting


For one thing, the evidence suggests that there was in fact a close-quarters struggle over Wilson's weapon.

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown after they fought for control of the officer’s gun and after Brown moved toward Wilson as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body....

[M]ore than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Some of the physical evidence -- including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests -- also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post's sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer's life. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch late Tuesday night published Brown’s official county autopsy report, an analysis of which also suggests the 18-year-old may not have had his hands raised when he was fatally shot, as has been the contention of protesters who have demanded Wilson’s arrest.

Experts told the newspaper that Brown was first shot at close range and may have been reaching for Wilson's weapon while the officer was still in his vehicle and Brown was standing at the driver's side window. The autopsy found material "consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm" in a wound on Brown’s thumb, the autopsy says.

Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco who reviewed the report for the Post-Dispatch, said it "supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound."

A writer (wish I could remember who, so I could credit him) speculated that this information was being leaked deliberately -- with an okay from Holder's DoJ -- in order to let the Ferguson protesters down easily, to let them know what is coming.

Which may be a wise notion.

One protester put it succinctly: "If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose."
Posted by Ace at 03:27 PM Comments

Croat Boxer Expresses Slight Disagreement With Referee About Stoppage of Fight


A referee stopped a fight involving a Croat boxer named Vido Loncar. He also awarded the victory to Loncar's opponent.

Both fighters went to their corners and took off their gloves.

The ref then invited each fighter over to talk with him, or something.

At this point Vido Loncar expressed his strong disagreement with the ref about his decision.

The below video begins just before the ref stops the fight. If you want to jump to the real action, skip to 1:05.

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Posted by Ace at 02:25 PM Comments

Update: No Shooting at the Rideau Center Mall
Press Conference Now On


One shooter confirmed deceased.

However, if there was no shooter at the Rideau Center, then there is no logical reason why there needs to be more than one shooter. The shooter who killed the soldier at the War Memorial could have easily have done that, then walked a block and a half to shoot up the Parliament. (In fact, there are reports he was seen moving from the War Memorial to the Parliament.)

I think, given the false reports at the Rideau Center, we just might find out this one was one shooter after all.

That's from @benk84's CBC live feed.

The CBC notes that the belief of more than one shooter was premised on the idea there were additional shootings at the Rideau Center after the gunman was killed at the Parliament. But that premise now appears to be false.

I will get to other news soon. But this seems to be a big enough update, upending previous reports, to warrant its own post.

Press Conference: Still at @benk84's link, but also on the cable news channels.

Posted by Ace at 01:54 PM Comments

Update: Shootings at Three Sites in Canada?
Update: Soldier Shot at National War Memorial Dies, Reports Senior Canadian Minister
PM Steven Harper: There Is More Than One Shooter


Per Fox, "police searching for multiple gunmen."

Before getting to the claims of shootings at multiple venues, The PJM Tattler notes an interesting fact:

Update: The attacks come on the same day that Canada is set to bestow honorary citizenship on Malala Yousafazi. She won the Nobel Peace Prize last week, for advocating for women’s rights and education in her native Pakistan. That ceremony is to take place in Toronto.
[Quoting the Toronto Star: Yousafzai’s activism on behalf of girls in her region in Pakistan made her a target of the Taliban at the age of 15, when a would-be assassin shot her in the head. Since recovering, she has become known worldwide as a spokesperson on the importance of access to education.

That claim notwithstanding -- sometimes these things are just coincidences.

I don't know if I'd bet that way, but at the moment this is simply a theory and a speculation.

There are reports at three different sites.

Also suggestive: A Canadian soldier was just killed in a hit-and-run attack with a car in an attack police are calling a terrorist attack.

Hit-and-Run That Killed Canadian Soldier Is Called Terrorist Attack


OCT. 21, 2014

OTTAWA -- A hit-and-run car crash that killed one soldier and injured another this week was a terrorist attack, Canadian politicians, police and military commanders all suggested Tuesday, saying it had resulted from another Canadian's turn to radical Islam.

But little had emerged about why the man driving the car, Martin Rouleau-Couture, became radicalized last year or ran over the two soldiers at a strip mall in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, on Monday.

The attack, which ended with the police fatally shooting Mr. Rouleau, as he was known, came at a time when Prime Minister Stephen Harper, like most of his Western counterparts, has been vigorously denouncing the Islamic State movement and warning of possible domestic terrorist attacks. Mr. Harper’s government has indicated that it is about to introduce new antiterrorism legislation, a move that troubles some civil liberties lawyers.

But the death of Patrice Vincent, 53, a warrant officer, and the wounding of an unidentified soldier underscored the difficulty the police and intelligence agencies face when dealing with radicalized citizens.

The killer had been "monitored" by an anti-terrorism task force since June.

Update: Soldier shot at National War Memorial appears to have died, per this tweet from Canada's Minister for Employment, Social Development, and Multiculturalism:

Note: This update comes from the CBC live feed that @benk84 linked in the last post.

Confirmed: Some MP's are also now reporting they were told the soldier has died.

Posted by Ace at 12:59 PM Comments

Active Shooter Near(In?) Canadian Parliament Building


[Update:] Changed: I'm seeing reports on twitter that the soldier may still be alive. I had linked to a NYT article claiming he died. I removed that link.

Sorry, this seems to be ongoing so the details are a bit sketchy.

BBC is reporting that someone was shot outside the Canadian Parliament building and that the assailant(s) then ran into the Parliament building

However, I'm seeing information on twitter that says it took place "near" the Parliament building. I will update ad credible information comes out.

You can watch CBC live coverage here.

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Posted by BenK at 11:02 AM Comments

Open Thread


Bernhard Gutmann, "Gardens, Silvermine" (c. 1910)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:59 AM Comments

Top Headline Comments 10-22-14

—Gabriel Malor

Happy Wednesday.

The White House press secretary explained in the face of news media questioning yesterday that the only reason we know that the White House has been inaccurately editing the official transcripts of President Obama's statements is because of the White House's commitment to transparency. Cue Inigo.

Obama appears to be sabotaging his fellow Democrats out of single-minded, oblivious pursuit of a legacy.

If the trend holds, the GOP is about to do something magical and historic in Iowa.

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Overnight Open Thread (10-21-2014)


Leslie Loftis: Houston Sermons Are, Legally Speaking, Fair Game

Why? Because the IRS and 501(c)(3) tax exemption which prohibits some political activity and speech.

'To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.'

Surprisingly this prohibition against political activity is a relatively new policy. And is being used exactly as it was intended:

To start, the political speech prohibition did not exist until 1954. To punish and prevent political opponents from speaking out against him, then - Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who was in a contentious re-election campaign, pushed through an amendment to the tax code which prohibits "political activity" by 501(c)(3) entities. It is called the Johnson Amendment. Since the prohibition passed, it has only been lightly-and selectively-enforced. Various test cases have appeared in the courts trying to figure out just what political activity is prohibited, without much success.

However the IRS has generally declined to enforce this rule - as the activities of pretty much any black church during the election season demonstrate - but not always. The situation got so egregious that Branch Ministries successfully sued the IRS in 1992 for selective and disparate enforcement of the rule. The IRS was cowed for a while but not to worry the they're busy updating their 501(c)(3) guidelines so they can get back to going after churches again.

So how as a tax exempt religious organization do you avoid running afoul of these restrictions and having your tax exemption revoked? Well guess what - currently there's no way to know because the IRS won't release their new guidelines.

The IRS has not complied with Freedom of Information Act requests to disclose those new guidelines. If the press release from FFRF is true, the IRS has new guidelines for enforcement, but just isn't telling the public what they are.

So you'll have to just guess, mind your chilled Ps and Qs, and try to avoid any Official Attention I suppose.

And how does this federal restriction relate to the city of Houston's subpoenas? Well Leslie has a pretty good idea of what the end goal is here:

The City of Houston plans to try to invalidate the petitions by showing that the pastors tried to influence city legislation and then, I suspect, will turn the communications obtained in a court proceeding over to the IRS hoping it will revoke participating churches' tax-exempt status, which would also expose the churches to property taxes in Harris County. (IRS speech restrictions apply at both the federal and local level because Texas Tax Code requires federal exemption status for local exemption status.)

And the power to tax is the power to destroy.

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IS Now Lobbing Mortar Shells Into Baghdad's Green Zone


So that seems to be that then.

Meanwhile, IS launched 15 near-simultaneous attacks into Kurdish territory.

ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory.

ISIS also launched attacks against Mosul Dam, a strategic prize, and also renewed its offensive on the Sinjar mountain range in northern Iraq.

An ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six security force members and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga spokesman Said Mamazeen.

At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the dam, which was repelled by Peshmerga forces using European and American weapons, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Turkey has said it will allow peshmerga forces based in Turkey to cross the border to fight IS in Kobani.

Posted by Ace at 08:07 PM Comments

World Series Game One

—Dave In Texas

If you're interested in this baseball thing. If not, there are other things.

Before I go here I want to echo something Ace said in the Annie Lennox post, having 2 now adult daughters and being conservative pretty much ruined me on young girls being sexually provocative and that was before this twerking nonsense came along.

It's one of the reasons you don't get risque cheerleader pics, I'm talking Maxim like stuff, so pat yourself on the backs because my pain is your pain.

OK baseball tonight. The Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, 8:07pm EDT. The Royals haven't been to the show since 85. Both teams ripped through their AL and NL series (KC went 8-0 and the Giants 8-2). I'm pullin for KC because the hell with the Giants.

There's no cryin in baseball.

There's no cheerleaders either.

So what.


Just because I don't like the Giants (for kickin my Rangers in the teeth 4-1 in the 2010 series) doesn't mean I can't like her.

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Annie Lennox: Bumping and Grinding in Skimpy Underwear for the Sexual Delight of Men Isn't "Feminism"



Annie Lennox, former member of the Eurythmics...

FYI, Annie Lennox hasn't been a "member of the Eurythmics" for like thirty years. The band -- really just her and Dave Stewart -- broke up after a couple of years. They were done by 1984. (Correction: Wikipedia says they stayed together, as group, until 1990, though I think they broke up as a romantic couple before then.)

She's been solo for 24 years. (Corrected) I get what this article is saying, but seriously. If you don't know who Annie Lennox is, telling you that she was once a member of a 24-years-defunct pop duo (which had like three hits) isn't going to help jog your memory.


Lately, those conversations have often turned to a different topic: Beyonce. Lennox labeled Bey "feminist lite" in an interview at the end of September. Talking with NPR in a recent interview, Lennox attempted to clarify her stance.

NPR's Steve Inskeep asked the singer, "What has made you comment on a lot of modern music today that is being put out by women as being over-sexualized?" "Well you've said it in the question," Lennox replied. "The reason why I've commented is because I think that this overt sexuality thrust -- literally -- at particular audiences, when very often performers have a very, very young audience, like 7 years older, I find it disturbing and I think its exploitative. It's troubling. I'm coming from a perspective of a woman that's had children."


Inskeep pressed further: "It sounds like you feel that there was a phrase taken and that became the headline, but you were actually trying to deliver a more involved thought?"

"Listen," said Lennox, "Twerking is not feminism. That's what I'm referring to. It's not -- it's not liberating, it's not empowering. It's a sexual thing that you're doing on a stage; it doesn't empower you. That's my feeling about it." Before returning to Nostalgia, Lennox suggested, "Maybe this is a good thing because it creates debate."

One major point of cleavage between progressives and conservatives is this:

When you see a young girl acting in a sexually provocative manner, do you identify that girl with yourself, or do you identify her with your daughter?

Most progressives -- either younger themselves, or "forever young" in their thinking -- always look at teenage sexuality and think about themselves. They wouldn't want any moral trips laid on them concerning their own sexual choices, so they decided they don't want any moral trips laid on the teenaged girl.

On the other hand, most conservatives -- sometimes older, sometimes pretty young, but having had children -- look at a teenage girl shaking her ass and think, "I don't really want my daughter doing that."

I'm guessing that Annie Lennox has been a fierce socialist or anarchist all her life. Everything from her look to her occupation to her nationality (British) skews left.

And yet, she's had children. So when she sees Miley Cyrus twerking, or Beyonce selling the bump-and-grind as a "feminist" statement, what she's thinking about is not she herself receiving these messages about sexuality, but her daughters.

And she's thinking of other young girls. Young girls at that age when they're determined to prove they're not little girls anymore, and go looking for possible role models.

And what do those girls see?

Any sort of judgment about sexualization of young girls is claimed to be a #WarOnWomen. Well, it's not -- what it is is a suitable level of concern for a #WarOnLittleGirls.

And where you stand on this is largely determined by whether you've had a daughter (or son) at that delicate, highly impressionable age yourself.

Thanks to @rdbrewer4.

More: And speaking of things that seem like they should be more important to self-claimed "feminists" than whether Beyonce shakes her ass well: What IS is doing to women is hellish.

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Monica Lewinsky: Hey, You Know What, I'm The First Victim of Internet Bullying


I don't know what the hell to say.

At the midpoint of the clip, she lists the various invectives thrown at her -- "slut," "tramp," "floozie," etc.

One word she doesn't mention is "stalker." While she casts her claims fairly widely, she seems to avoid throwing any blame at the Clinton White House.

In his deposition Wednesday, [top Clinton aide Sidney] Blumenthal testified that he had no knowledge or involvement in spreading derogatory information about Lewinsky to the media.

"I have no idea how anything came to be attributed to a White House source," he said.

"Mr. Blumenthal stated that Monica Lewinsky had been a 'stalker' and that the president was 'the victim' of a predatory and unstable sexually demanding young woman," Hitchens statement reads. "Referring to Ms. Lewinsky, Mr. Blumenthal used the word 'stalker' several times."

Hitchens went on to say, "I have personal knowledge that Mr. Blumenthal recounted to other people in the journalistic community the same story about Monica Lewinsky that he told to me and Carol Blue."

I don't know what to make of Monica Lewinsky's efforts to cast herself as the First Victim of the Internet Bullying Culture.

On one hand, I understand it, on an emotional level: She wants her life back.

But on the other hand, I'm a bit mystified as to how she seems shocked and betrayed that she went from a "private person" to a national punchline with the revelation she had had a fairly tawdry affair with the President of the United States of America, in the Oval Office itself.

I'm pretty sure it went through her mind (and Bill's, too): OMG, I can't believe I'm doing this in the Oval Office.

Well, it went through our minds as well.

I'm also annoyed that she continues to pretend that her own actions had nothing to do with this.

But I'm only mildly annoyed by that.

What I'm really annoyed by is her determination to both claim victim status while remaining a Loyal Democrat and therefore refusing to lay any blame at Bill Clinton's feet, or Sidney Blumenthal's.

It wasn't Republicans who went to the Nuts and Sluts defense that had worked for Clinton before. Obviously, Republicans wanted Lewinsky to be a credible witness, not one tarnished by the Nuts and Sluts categorization.

And yet through all this Lewinsky just blames "the internet," "the media," and people as a general matter.

Well, as one of the four billion people who talked about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair in 1998 -- I would put forth the four billion other people who found this to be a newsworthy story.

Were they all wrong?

No they weren't.

So I'm afraid I have to reject Ms. Lewinsky's attempt to shame me. Yes, the fallout for her was unfortunate, personally. But the story was newsworthy, and the witnesses to it were lying about it (except for Linda Tripp, of course, who was personally destroyed by the Democrat Media Complex).

It was more of a story because those involved lied about it. Clinton lied about it to a judge's face.

I don't think Monica Lewinsky deserved all this -- those who experience the very worst possible penalty for misbehavior rarely deserve it; I mean, look at the millions of people who have affairs and suffer hardly any consequence at all -- but I also refuse to accept that I'm to blame for the inevitable consequences for actions I had nothing to do with.

I'm sure a lot of other people feel similarly.

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Obama: Hey, Those Democrats Who Are Claiming They Didn't Vote For Me Are Actually Just Saying What They Need to Say to Win the Election


For months, Democrats have been claiming Obama wasn't on the ballot, so there was no opportunity to vote against him, and voters should judge candidates on their personal merits.

But then, on October 2nd, Obama insisted that "my policies are on the ballot."

"I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them," Obama said.

Well, that was unhelpful for Democrats. Republicans began running ads against Orman (the "independent" in Kansas) and Charlie Crist noting Obama's proclamation that his policies are on the ballot.

And Obama just can't keep from making it All About Him.

On Al Sharpton's radio show:

The president, during a radio interview on Monday, claimed Democratic candidates who are avoiding him on the campaign trail nevertheless are "strong allies" who have "supported my agenda in Congress."


"A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win," Obama said. "And so some of the candidates there -- it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout."

He added: "The bottom line is, though -- these are all folks who vote with me, they have supported my agenda in Congress."


"This isn't about my feelings being hurt," Obama said. "These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me."

Obama also implicitly suggested that Democrats are lying about "distancing" themselves from him, in order to win elections.

"These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me, and I tell them, I said, 'You know what, you do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure our voters turn out.'"

What he seems to be saying is: You claim you've "distanced" yourself from me, to win your election, but meanwhile I'll put the word out to "our voters" that in fact you are my "strong allies and supporters."

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CDC Announces Additional "Protocols" For Travelers Coming to US from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea


First of all, all travelers originating from those countries (whether by direct or indirect flight) will have to terminate at one of five specified airports, which I guess will supposedly be given additional training so they can perform better screenings.

But the only screening specified is... taking the passenger's temperature. Something we already know doesn't work.

This is obviously a political move designed to pretend that we're blocking ebola cases from entering the US. But the maneuver itself is calculated to not block potential ebola cases. Once again, we're relying on the taking-temperature "screening," which has failed to stop not one but two ebola-infected patients from traveling to or within the US.

Meanwhile, a Fox TV report stated that the CDC had announced new protocols for health care workers. I don't see a print story yet, and I forget the details mentioned. However, the new protocols, broadly, were:

1. personal protective equipment (PPE) must not leave any skin exposed. I would have thought this would have been the old protocol, but apparently it's a new one.

2. Health care personnel must practice and drill putting on and taking off PPE. Again, the time for practice and drilling was five months ago, when ebola had a historically-unprecedented outbreak Africa.

3. The reporter mentioned something about a supervisor or "buddy" making sure that personnel were putting on and taking off their PPE properly.

Incidentally, they ran some B-roll of people drilling at putting on and taking off the PPE; it appears that medical personnel are leaving their gloves on until last. Taking off one's gloves first -- per the old protocol -- exposes the user to ebola when he touches a piece of ebola-infected gear (such as his face shield). I mentioned that as a flaw in the old protocols.

Five months after a historically-unprecedented outbreak, we're implementing these (still inadequate) protocols.

Here are the new "tightened" protocols. The CDC, five months too late.

Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.

Recent experience from safely treating patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reflected in the guidance.

The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:

All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including putting it on and taking it off in a systemic manner

No skin exposure when PPE is worn

All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker putting PPE on and taking it off.

All patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center have followed the three principles. None of the workers at these facilities have contracted the illness.

Principle #1: Rigorous and repeated training

Focusing only on PPE gives a false sense of security of safe care and worker safety. Training is a critical aspect of ensuring infection control. Facilities need to ensure all healthcare providers practice numerous times to make sure they understand how to appropriately use the equipment, especially in the step by step putting on and taking off of PPE. CDC and partners will ramp up training offerings for healthcare personnel across the country to reiterate all the aspects of safe care recommendations.

Principle #2: No skin exposure when PPE is worn

Given the intensive and invasive care that U.S. hospitals provide for Ebola patients, the tightened guidelines are more directive in recommending no skin exposure when PPE is worn.

CDC is recommending all of the same PPE included in the August 1, 2014 guidance, with the addition of coveralls and single-use, disposable hoods. Goggles are no longer recommended as they may not provide complete skin coverage in comparison to a single-use, disposable full-face shield. Additionally, goggles are not disposable, may fog after extended use, and healthcare workers may be tempted to manipulate them with contaminated gloved hands. PPE recommended for U.S. healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola includes:

Double gloves

We're just getting around to recommending double-gloves?

There is a list of PPE equipment which I'm omitting. To all of it, I say: We're just finally recommending this?


The guidance includes having:


Designated areas for putting on and taking off PPE. Facilities should ensure that space and layout allows for clear separation between clean and potentially contaminated areas

Trained observer to monitor PPE use and safe removal

Step-by-step PPE removal instructions that include:

Disinfecting visibly contaminated PPE using an EPA-registered disinfectant wipe prior to taking off equipment

Um, why limit this to disinfecting visibly contaminated PPE?

Disinfection of gloved hands using either an EPA-registered disinfectant wipe or alcohol-based hand rub between steps of taking off PPE.

I can't believe that this disinfection step -- of the gloves, which you'll be touching yourself with doing anything -- is only now recommended.

Principle #3: Trained monitor

CDC is recommending a trained monitor actively observe and supervise each worker putting PPE on and taking it off. This is to ensure each worker follows the step by step processes, especially to disinfect visibly contaminated PPE. The trained monitor can spot any missteps in real-time and immediately address.

This seemed obvious from the get-go. A nurse getting off a difficult and dangerous patient encounter -- cleaning up vomit, etc. -- is going to be jittery, exhausted, and scatter-brained. And she's not going to have muscle memory for taking off PPE after just a few hours of drilling (which, by the way, she's only now required to do).

You're going to need to have someone watching her each move, instructing her how to take off her equipment safely.

And yet it's only being recommended now.

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Top Headline Comments 10-21-14

—Gabriel Malor

Happy Tuesday.

President Obama gives Republicans another gift. This guy just can't help himself.

Oh, hey, the dude who cracked the Jack the Ripper case made a serious error, say other dudes. So, yay (?), that mystery remains a mystery.

And, in case you missed it, Brandon could use some more volunteers at the Decision Desk to help out on Election Night. All you need is a phone and a computer.

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Overnight Open Thread (10-20-2014)


2001 Holiday Inn Commercial Accurately Predicted Our Current Ebola Czar*

* Note that there's no evidence that Rob Klain ever stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. He did work for Al Gore once though.

Related: CBS Employee Snarkily Wonders When Rand Paul Became 'Doctor' Rand Paul, Deletes Tweet When Someone Puts Some Knowledge to Her

Is a 21 Day Ebola Quarantine Long Enough?

Maybe not. Still any period of quarantine is better than none but 21 days shouldn't be taken as gospel either.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year also found that 5 per cent of patients who contracted Ebola in West Africa in the first months of the epidemic had an incubation period longer than the recommended 21 days.

The CDC's website puts the incubation period of the virus at 2-21 days.

Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, and Brad Pitt All Own Guns to Protect Their Homes and Families

Maher then used Affleck's comments as a springboard to launch into a short discussion on self-defense and the rights a private citizen has to defend himself and his property. He said: "In California, anyway, you can shoot an intruder in your home."

Maher then looked at Affleck and said, "I mean, you have guns." To which Affleck responded, "I do." The audience grew quiet for a second and then roused up when Maher said, "So do I, and for that exact reason."

Maher added: "I'm not disarming unilaterally."
According Fox News, Pitt told Radio Times "there's a rite of passage where [he] grew up of inheriting your ancestors' weapons." Subsequently, his brother inherited their father's weapons, while Pitt says of himself, "I got my grandfather's shotgun when I was in kindergarten," which was age six.

He said his father "instilled [in him] a profound and deep respect for the weapon."

Two years later, at age eight, Pitt fired his first handgun. He said he does not "feel that his family is safe unless there is a gun in the home."

In September 2012, Outdoor Life reported that Pitt gave Angelina Jolie a "$400,000 shooting range as wedding gift."

And I'm guessing that only one of these three would unreservedly support your right to have a gun for self-defense.


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MNF Thread

—Dave In Texas

A very exciting game tonight, the 3-3 Texans take on the 3-3 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ah well. It's a game.

Have a pleasant evening y'all.

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She seems nice.

OH! Please also notice Brandon's post calling for Decision Desk volunteers which I just pushed down like a fat kid at recess.

Thank you.

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—Brandon Finnigan

It has been a crazy year at the Decision Desk.

I could talk about our calls and press but screw that. This is a humble request to the tens of thousands of loyal readers: we need you on Election Night.

Lurkers, regulars, miscreants, if you've enjoyed our coverage and want to be part of our drive to provide a fast and reliable call on election night- with the goal of besting the bigwigs who have had a forty-year head start- I implore you to email us.

Training is simple, the task, even simpler. From the moment you sign up, a link pops in place that will guide you through the whole process.

As a volunteer, you will be plopped into a spreadsheet, assigned counties next to your name, with contacts for obtaining results for your assigned counties/municipalities. For some of you, it will be as simple as refreshing an inbox. For others, opening a PDF. For those with great phone plans, contacting frazzled clerks from Bangor to San Diego. Numbers in hand, you input. That's it. You input until all of your precincts have reported.

The genius behind this project is the lack of it: it doesn't take brains to construct a spreadsheet. To hit CTRL-C and CTRL-V. To read up on past returns and early voting trends. It simply takes a mass of dedicated people.


A mass of morons.

Join us.

PS- if you live in New Hamsphire, we have a special assignment for you. We are still looking for on-the-scene reporters for Rochester, Laconia, Milford, Hampton, and, why not. Dixville Notch.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Votes to Suspend One Of Its Own Members In Bitter, Crazy Pornographic Email Tiff


There seems to have been bad blood boiling on the court for years.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice exposed as having sent and received pornographic emails, and who is accused of then trying to coerce a fellow justice, is temporarily barred from "any further judicial or administrative action whatsoever" in the court.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced the decision Monday night against Justice Seamus McCaffery.

McCaffery will continue to be paid during the suspension, the order says. That could change in the event formal misconduct charges are filed by the state Judicial Conduct Board following a review slated to take 30 days.


"The most recent misconduct of Justice McCaffery — forwarding sexually explicit pornographic emails to employees of the Attorney General's Office (and, in one instance, an email depicting a naked 100-year-old woman as the target of a sexually explicit joke and a video of a woman in sexual congress with a snake that is clearly obscene and may violate the Crimes Code Section on Obscenity) — has caused the Supreme Court to be held up to public ridicule," Castille wrote. "This conduct deserves the immediate action as implemented by this court today."


[Another Justice, Eakin,] on Friday said McCaffery tried to coerce him into taking his side against Castille, saying he "was not going down alone."

I don't know how some dirty emails get trumped up into a reason to suspend a state Supreme Court justice, but if you read the order by the Chief Justice (Castille), you'll see that they've apparently been snapping at each other for years.

On page 5, Castille says that based on his knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses, he feels that McCaffrey's personality type is best described as "sociolpath."

So yeah, it's like that.

I have no idea what the hell's going on here but Castille's order borders on hysterical so I have my doubts about his claims.

McCaffrey's Response... Actually, McCaffrey issued this response based on Castille's latest round of accusations, prior to the issuance of the order of suspension.

But so this is what he said four days ago.

Ron Castille's statement yesterday, issued on AOPC letterhead and purporting to represent the position of the entire Supreme Court, was a lie. In fact, members of the Supreme Court did not even know about the statement until they read the publication. And it is only the latest lie in the Chief Justice’s egomaniacal mission to 'get me.' His mission began when he reported me to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over my wife’s legitimate receipt of referral fees, and that didn’t work. He has done everything possible within our Court to undermine me with my colleagues, and that didn’t work. Now, with only two months left in the hourglass of his tenure on our Court, he is trying to finish what he has been trying to do for so many years. He has been on this mission because I had the guts to challenge him on the Family Court fiasco and on what the citizens of Pennsylvania got for the more than $3 million of First Judicial District funds that were funneled to one of his closest friends. And I had the guts to challenge him on his disastrous handling of Pennsylvania's worst judicial scandal and a tragic injustice that will forever be known as the 'Kids for Cash' disaster.

Ron Castille is a Republican, and McCaffery is a Democrat.

Per this article, McCaffrey seems to have engaged in some sleazy string-pulling behavior earlier.

But for Castille, the conduct board's work has been disappointingly slow so far.

Along with McCaffery's sexually explicit e-mail traffic, the board is investigating his role in two other matters.

The first stemmed from a 2012 report Castille commissioned that found McCaffery had met with a top administrator at Philadelphia Traffic Court while his wife and judicial aide, Lise Rapaport, contested a traffic citation inside. She was acquitted.

The second arose from stories last year in The Inquirer raising questions about fees Rapaport received for referring cases to law firms while she worked in her husband's judicial office.

McCaffery has denied any impropriety in either instance, and, in his statement on the porn e-mails last week, blamed Castille for exaggerating the circumstances of both.

"He has done everything possible within our court to undermine me with my colleagues," McCaffery said.

(McCaffery has also sued The Inquirer, saying the articles about the referral fees painted him and his wife in a false light.)

Yeah, It's Not Just About the Dirty Emails: Castille seems to suspect McCaffery of a lot more than crude language.

At the end of last year, in a report Castille commissioned about Philadelphia’s corrupt Traffic Court, McCaffery was accused of using his power in an unseemly and perhaps illegal way: He had driven his wife, Lise Rapaport, to Traffic Court on Spring Garden Street for a hearing on a ticket and, while the hearing took place, summoned a top court administrator out to his car for a conversation. Rapaport was found not guilty.

With Ron Castille’s blessing, the Traffic Court report was given to the Inquirer, which did a series of front-page stories on it. Naturally, that didn’t sit well with Seamus McCaffery, who has denied any wrongdoing.

Then a second matter came up. The Inquirer wrote about fees that Rapaport, a Harvard-trained lawyer, received for referring cases to law firms while she was employed by McCaffery as his chief Supreme Court aide. Eleven of the law firms that paid Rapaport--one referral fee was $821,000--have argued cases before the Supreme Court while McCaffery has been on the bench.

When that story broke, Castille--who was first elected to the court in 1993 and has been chief justice since 2008--told reporters he was worried about "conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety." His opinion wasn’t shocking, but it was an unusual slapdown; chief justices of a Supreme Court almost never publicly rebuke a fellow robesman....

In mid-June, McCaffery’s trouble seemed to grow worse. The Inquirer reported that the FBI had opened an investigation into those referral fees his wife received. Meanwhile, the Legal Intelligencer wrote that McCaffery had contacted a high-level Philadelphia Common Pleas administrator last year about civil cases---and that in two of the cases, a law firm that had paid a referral fee to Lise Rapaport was involved. McCaffery's lawyer says there is no FBI investigation, but Ron Castille told WHYY that he has "no reason to believe the allegations of an FBI investigation against Justice McCaffery are not true." He added, "So I think if I was Justice McCaffery, I’d start rethinking my position on the Supreme Court."

Philadelphia Magazine says the war is partly about the power to supervise all of Pennsylvania's state courts -- power Castille doesn't trust McCaffery with.

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Charles Krauthammer: Barack Obama, bewildered bystander
"It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration." Via Monty. [rdbrewer]

Shocker: ‘Recent Convert’ to Islam ‘a Devoted Muslim for Seven Years’
"We’d really love to know who came up with this 'recent convert' nonsense reported far and wide in the wake of the terror attack in Canada." [rdbrewer]

Leon H. Wolf: A Denuded Victory
"Republicans could be poised to make even bigger gains a week from Tuesday, if they could actually articulate a positive vision about something – anything – that America could be excited about.... In 1994, the country was likewise sick of the Democrats, but the Republicans didn’t just run on being sick of the Democrats. They ran on a positive platform of easily articulable reforms that enjoyed broad bipartisan support." [rdbrewer]

Kevin Williamson: Meet the New Serfs: You
"After a volley of flash grenades that set fire to the carpet and a sofa, they moved in, guns drawn. A minute later, they had their man zip-tied on the floor. If only they’d double-checked the address first." [rdbrewer]

Obama's got this
AFP Video: Air strike targets IS militants on a hill in Kobane
Yikes. [rdbrewer]

Eugene Kontorovich: ASA conference keeps out reporters, media focused on Israel or Jewish issues
"The American Studies Association is apparently unhappy about the barrage of press coverage, none of it sympathetic, of their zig-zagging roll-back of their Israel boycott...." [rdbrewer]

CJ Ciaramella: Obama Claims Executive Privilege Over 15,000 Fast and Furious Docs
"'Few of the records seem to even implicate presidential decision-making and advice that might be subject to President Obama’s broad and unprecedented executive privilege claim,' Judicial Watch said in a press release." [rdbrewer]
Video: The Monsters of #Gamergate
Via @Daddy_Warpig. [rdbrewer]

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: Just Say No To Emma Watson and Feminism
Video. [rdbrewer]

Video: IKEA spoofs The Shining [rdbrewer]

Lisa Lerer & Margaret Talev, Bloomberg: The Democrats' Coming Blame Game
Via Drudge. "The White House, bracing for an escalation of friendly fire should Democrats lose control of the Senate, has begun laying out its post-election defense by arguing that candidates are ultimately responsible for their own electoral outcomes." Remember, Reverse Jesus doesn't do anything wrong. All must assume his sins so that he is cleansed. [rdbrewer]

USA Today: Obama misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release
"The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide." Maybe Jon Stewart will hit that story tonight. Yeah, and maybe I'm a Chinese jet pilot. [rdbrewer]

MRC: NBC Skips Harsh Report on Violent Illegals, Makes Time for Horror Films
"ABC and NBC on Thursday ignored a shocking new report from USA Today that the Obama administration has covered up the release of illegals involved with rapes and murders. Only CBS This Morning covered the story...." [rdbrewer]

Jonah Goldberg: Anti-Israel Bias in One Headline (or Three)
"So it begins with the villain being the Israeli police. Then, in a nod to fairness, it’s changed to an evil car. Then finally, it’s a murderous Palestinian." Outrageous. [rdbrewer]

Kirsten Hunter: Canada’s Sergeant At Arms Kevin Vickers Receives Standing Ovation [rdbrewer]

An Affair to Remember
"As Hillary gears up to run, look for attempts to rewrite 1990s history." [rdbrewer]

George Will: Restoration of Senate’s dignity rides on Mitch McConnell
If we're the only ones concerned with the Senate's dignity, and it's back to business as usual if they regain it in two years, well... then we're not being smart, are we? Will should address that. [rdbrewer]

The Mitrailleuse: Intellectual bullying and the postmodern discourse of GamerGate
"The tactic of dishonestly re-framing a viewpoint into something outrageous in an attempt to discredit those who hold the viewpoint is known as intellectual bullying." Via @Zakn. [rdbrewer]

Pundit Press: Pitt University Newspaper: 'Condemning ISIS is Offensive'
??? [rdbrewer]

Canadian Jihadi Was Not a Recent Convert to Islam
"Seems to us three years ago is a bit more than recent...." Also, a roundup on the story. [rdbrewer]

The Telegraph: Oil slump leaves Russia even weaker than decaying Soviet Union
"Russia had the chance at the end of the Cold War to build a modern, diversified economy, with the enthusiastic help of the West. That chance has been squandered." Nice going, comrade. Via Monty. [rdbrewer]

Andrew McCarthy, PJM: We Need to Call It Terrorism
"The Obama administration’s practice of denying that terrorist attacks are terrorist attacks has been profoundly foolish...." Also from PJM: Dem Panic According to the 'New York Times'. Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Official TRAILER #1 [rdbrewer]

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: Donald Trump to Mitt Romney: Don't Even Think About Running Again
"You 'blew it' in the last election, so don’t even try to run for president again.... Trump said that Romney fails to appeal to the Republican base and as such would lose yet again." He's right. [rdbrewer]

Canada probes Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as possible suspect in Ottawa shooting
"Canadian police are investigating a man named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible suspect in the shootings around parliament...." Related: Heavy: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know. [rdbrewer]

Sean Davis: Wastebook 2014: Eight Absurd Government Projects Funded With Your Money
"5) Free Luxury Gym Memberships For Federal Bureaucrats." [rdbrewer]

Adam Kredo: Iranian Gangs Step Up Acid Attacks Against ‘Immodest’ Women
Horrible. "More than 1,000 Iranians took to the streets across Iran early Wednesday to protest a rash of so-called 'acid attacks' against women who do not strictly follow Islamic law...." [rdbrewer]

The Guardian: Goodfellas actor files $250m lawsuit against The Simpsons for using his likeness
The complaint reads: "1. Stop breaking my balls, alright?" [rdbrewer]

Noah Rothman: This could be the most embarrassing New York Times editorial ever
"'Back off Obama, if you know what’s good for you,' these liberal outlets appear to be saying. For liberal journalists and political commentators, however, it’s just business. That might not be so for The New York Times editorial board, which seems to be taking Obama’s rebuke at the hands of erstwhile allies rather personally." [rdbrewer]

Cuomo Sells 945 Copies of Book; Paid Over $700,000 Advance
"The memoir, released last week, has sold 945 hardcover copies in its first week of sales, Amy Chozick of the New York Times reports." I just can't see why. [rdbrewer]

Heather MacDonald, City Journal: Infected by Politics
"To evaluate whether [opposition to travel bans] rests on purely scientific grounds, it helps to understand the political character of the public-health field. For the last several decades, the profession has been awash in social-justice ideology." [rdbrewer]

Wired: The Weird Astrophysics of Interstellar
Watch the video. "Neither wormholes nor black holes have been depicted in any Hollywood movie in the way that they actually would appear." --Kip Thorne [rdbrewer]

Finalists named for $10m Star Trek 'tricorder' X Prize
"The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, launched last year, challenges anyone to develop a wireless device capable of detecting a range of diseases." [rdbrewer]

Aaron MacLean: Ebola v. Obesity: The Politicized NIH
From a couple of days ago. "But just because an outcome is good doesn’t mean that the federal government has a mandate to pursue it, let alone by means that are borderline Orwellian." Related story. [rdbrewer]

Video: Mark Udall Advocates Condone Voter Fraud: "That’s not even like lying or stealing"
James O'Keefe, Project Veritas. [rdbrewer]
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