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VINDICATED TOM DELAY CONSIDERS LAWSUIT, RETURN TO D.C.
After court win charges ‘Marxist’ Democrats tried to destroy him
Published: 10/02/2014 at 10:56 PM
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NEW YORK – After learning the overturning of his felony conviction had been upheld by an appeals court, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay told WND he is considering bringing charges against the Travis County District Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial misconduct and he might run again for political office.

DeLay said the Democratic Party’s attempt to destroy him over the past 11 years because of his conservative political views is a direct reflection of the Marxist philosophy that shapes the political forces controlling the party.

He said he now has “some very clever lawyers” working on developing a legal strategy on either the federal or state level to bring charges against the Travis County DA.

On Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld an earlier ruling throwing out his conviction in 2010 on charges that he improperly funneled donations to Texas House candidates.

“If I can, I am going to go after them,” DeLay affirmed.

He also indicated he was considering returning to Washington and possibly running for political office in Texas now that his name has been cleared.

“I’m very excited that I can now get on with my life, and whatever the Lord has got for me, that’s where I’m headed,” he said.

“And I’m coming back to Washington; now that the clouds have cleared, Washington very well could be where I’m headed.”

‘The politics of Karl Marx’

DeLay reviewed for WND the history of the Democratic Party efforts to remove him from his powerful position in the House of Representatives.

“This all started back in 1996, when Nancy Pelosi and Pat Kennedy, then a Democratic congressman from Rhode Island and the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced publicly that they were going to take me out of politics,” DeLay told WND.

“They filed ethics charges against me in 1996 and 1998, both of which were dismissed. Then in 2012 a RICO (Racketeering-Influence Corrupt Organization) charge, followed by more ethics charges the Democrats filed against me in Congress in 2011 – all dismissed.”

DeLay explained the 18-year Democratic Party campaign to ruin his career by “criminalizing politics” has cost him an estimated $12 million in legal fees.

“What the Democrats did to me is right out of the pages of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals,’” DeLay said. “People don’t understand, but it’s the politics of Karl Marx that drive the far left in control of the Democratic Party.”

DeLay argued that incompetence alone was not sufficient to explain the crises and scandals that have developed under the Obama administration. They include, he said, from the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, the Department of Justice gunrunning scandal in Fast and Furious, the IRS discrimination against conservative groups, the rise of ISIS and now the Ebola epidemic coming to the U.S.

“The point is that in Barack Obama the American people are getting to see a radical Marxist with a worldview that makes him happy with the chaos that’s going on,” he said. “This is exactly what Obama wants done, and people are finally seeing Obama for who he really is.”

DeLay was critical of the Republican Party leadership for not challenging Obama for his radical Marxist ideological background and political beliefs.

“The Republican Party leadership does not understand they are dealing with the far left when they are dealing with the Democrats today,” he said. “The Democrats want to destroy you and your family. They want to bankrupt you and put you in a coffin so they can dance on your grave.”

In contrast, DeLay objected, the Republican Party is still running old-style, business-as-usual political campaigns.

“We need to be defining politics from the perspective of 30,000 feet so we can explain to voters what’s really going on today,” he said.

“Republicans are still running a 20-year-old campaign, where we go on TV and talk about specific issues, but never give a vision and a broader explanation of policies we want to implement. The left has hidden behind spin and their media friends all these years, but now with Obama, the American people are getting to see up front and personal what the left really is.”

DeLay urged Republican candidates not to be timid and afraid of establishment media criticism.

“The worldview of the left that has destroyed America is what we should be fighting,” he stressed. “The radical culture of the left is why 60 million babies have been killed in the United States since Roe v. Wade. Yet, the Republican response is to say, ‘Well, I want the Keystone Pipeline.’”

Warning to Rick Perry

DeLay also repeated his cautions to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, which WND reported in August.

The Travis County District Attorney’s office that has just indicted Perry for alleged abuse of power is the same office that indicted DeLay for alleged campaign finance violations in 2005, forcing him under Republican Caucus rules to resign as House majority leader and eventually leave Congress.

DeLay has railed against the Texas Legislature for allowing the Travis County District Attorney’s office to act in a statewide capacity as a Public Integrity Office. It gives the liberal Democrats controlling Travis County an extra-constitutional partisan political tool that the Democratic Party in Texas uses to criminalize politics by seeking to prosecute any GOP politician in the state who manages to rise to statewide or national prominence.

“I’ve warned Governor Perry, and for 10 years now I’ve warned the Republican majority in the Texas Legislature that they need to reform this abuse by separating a Public Integrity Office with statewide authority from the auspices of this locally elected Travis County district attorney and giving it to the Texas attorney general,” he said.

“There also ought to be some remedy from prosecutorial misconduct such that immunity from prosecution is taken away from the Travis County District Attorney’s office. How can a locally elected district attorney in Texas have statewide authority that reaches to being able to go after a Texas member of the House of Representatives? But the Republicans in the Texas Legislature didn’t listen to me, and now they have whacked Rick Perry.”

DeLay expressed concern that the goal of the Democratic Party nationally is to use the Texas criminal indictment of Perry as a means of destroying his 2016 presidential ambitions.

“I hope the judge throws out Rick Perry’s indictment,” DeLay continued. “But at the same time, the Democrats intend to drag this out over the next two years when Perry is running for president. It would be very easy for them to do.”

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National
Organization for Marriage
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014

On Tuesday of this week, United States District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez handed down a ruling in a case upholding Puerto Rico’s law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

This ruling is the top headline of this week’s marriage news.

“Marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order”

The Carter appointee did not fail to acknowledge that his opinion runs contrary to the majority of other Federal courts that have ruled on States’ marriage laws since the Windsor decision by the Supreme Court, that struck down Section III of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

But in acknowledging this, Pérez-Giménez spoke of a “misapprehension that has plagued our sister courts.” Specifically, he said that all of these decisions have blatantly ignored binding Supreme Court precedent from the Baker v. Nelson decision of 1972.

Baker essentially says the U.S. Constitution is silent on the issue of same-sex ‘marriage’—which is a far cry from what activist judges have claimed over the last several months, that same-sex ‘marriage’ is somehow mandated by the 14th amendment!

Pérez-Giménez points out that this absurd claim is distinctly refuted by Baker, and that only the Supreme Court can contradict or overturn Baker, which they have not done. Furthermore, he notes that the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs Puerto Rico, explicitly recognized this only just two years ago! It will be interesting to watch this case as it will most surely be appealed to the First Circuit, and to see whether the Judges on that court will have the integrity to bind themselves by their own very recent logic.

Pérez-Giménez describes the “inexplicable contortions of the mind or perhaps even willful ignorance” that seem to have guided other Judges to the conclusion that the Supreme Court, in Windsor, signaled a constitutional demand for marriage to be redefined.

But the real beauty in this judge’s decision is how he links the ideas of marriage and the rule of law itself, and points out that his fellow judges who have acted to redefine marriage have also showed a shameful disregard for the way in which our legal system works.

Allow me to quote at length from his conclusion [emphasis added]:

There are some principles of logic and law that cannot be forgotten.

Recent affirmances of same-gender marriage seem to suffer from a peculiar inability to recall the principles embodied in existing marriage law. Traditional marriage is ‘exclusively [an] opposite-sex institution… inextricably linked to procreation and biological kinship.’ Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order. And ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage.

Those are the well-tested, well-proven principles on which we have relied for centuries. The question now is whether judicial ‘wisdom’ may contrive methods by which those solid principles can be circumvented or even discarded.

A clear majority of courts have struck down statutes that affirm opposite-gender marriage only. In their ingenuity and imagination they have constructed a seemingly comprehensive legal structure for this new form of marriage. And yet what is lacking and unaccounted for remains: are laws barring polygamy, or, say the marriage of fathers and daughters, now of doubtful validity? Is ‘minimal marriage,’ where ‘individuals have legal marital relationships with more than one person, reciprocally or asymmetrically, themselves determining the sex and number of parties’ the blueprint for their design? [...] It would seem so, if we follow the plaintiffs’ logic, that the fundamental right to marriage is based on ‘the constitutional liberty to select the partner of one’s choice.’

Of course, it is all too easy to dismiss such concerns as absurd or of a kind with the cruel discrimination and ridicule that has been shown toward people attracted to members of their own sex. But the truth concealed in these concerns goes to the heart of our system of limited, consent-based government: those seeking sweeping change must render reasons justifying the change and articulate the principles that they claim will limit this newly fashioned right.

For now, one basic principle remains: the people, acting through their elected representatives, may legitimately regulate marriage by law.

I encourage you to read the entire decision and to share it with your friends. The clear logic and devotion to the truth, and the dedication to the integrity of our legal system, are a breath of fresh air compared to so many other errant decisions that have been issued over the past few months.

Patient in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola
By MARC SANTORAOCT. 23, 2014
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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 Center 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 and Prevention to confirm the initial test.

While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges surrounding containment of the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis.

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Even as the authorities worked to confirm that Mr. Spencer was infected with Ebola, it emerged that he traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley, and then took a taxi home.

Police officers stood outside the apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer on West 147th Street in Harlem on Thursday. Credit Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times
The next morning, he reported having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising questions about his health while he was out in public.

People infected with Ebola cannot spread the disease until they begin to display symptoms, and it cannot be spread through the air. As people become sicker, the viral load in the body builds, and they become more and more contagious.

Dr. Spencer’s travel history and the timing of the onset of his symptoms led health officials to dispatch disease detectives, who “immediately began to actively trace all of the patient’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at potential risk,” according to a statement released by the department.

It was unclear if the city was trying to find people who might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer on the subway. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority directed all questions to the health department, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the issue.

At Dr. Spencer’s apartment in Harlem, his home was sealed off and workers distributed informational fliers about the disease. It was not clear if anyone was being quarantined.

Health authorities declined to say how many people in total might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer while he was symptomatic.

A photo of Dr. Spencer posted on his Facebook page.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a news conference Thursday evening before the diagnosis, said Dr. Spencer has given health workers a detailed accounting of his activities over the last few days.

“Our understanding is that very few people were in direct contact with him,” Mr. de Blasio said.

Dr. Spencer had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, treating Ebola patients, before returning to New York City on Oct. 14, according to a city official.

He told the authorities that he did not believe the protective gear he wore while working with Ebola patients had been breached but had been monitoring his own health.

Doctors Without Borders, in a statement, said it provides guidelines for its staff members on their return from Ebola assignments, but did not elaborate on those protocols.

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“The individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately,” the group said in a statement.

Dr. Spencer began to feel sluggish on Tuesday but did not develop a fever until Thursday morning, he told the authorities. At 11 a.m., the doctor found that he had a 103-degree temperature and alerted the staff of Doctors Without Borders, according to the official.

The staff of Doctors Without Borders called the city’s health department, which in turn called the Fire Department.

Emergency medical workers, wearing full personal protective gear, rushed to Dr. Spencer’s apartment, on West 147th Street. He was transported to Bellevue and arrived shortly after 1 p.m.

He was placed in a special isolation unit and is being seen by the pre-designated medical critical care team. They are in personal protective equipment with undergarment air ventilation systems.

Bellevue doctors have prepared for an Ebola patient with numerous drills and tests using “test patients” as well as actual treatment of suspected cases that turned out to be false alarms.

A health care worker at the hospital said that Dr. Spencer seemed very sick, and it was unclear to the medical staff why he had not gone to the hospital earlier, since his fever was high.

Bellevue Hospital has been designated the center for treatment of the Ebola virus in New York City.
Dr. Spencer is a fellow of international emergency medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and an instructor in clinical medicine at Columbia University.

“He is a committed and responsible physician who always puts his patients first,” the hospital said in a statement. “He has not been to work at our hospital and has not seen any patients at our hospital since his return from overseas.”

Even before the diagnosis, the Centers for Disease Control dispatched a team of experts to assist in the case, before the test results were even known.

More than 30 people have gone to city hospitals and raised suspicions of Ebola, but in all those cases, health workers were able to rule it out without a blood test.

While the city stepped up its laboratory capacity so it can get test results within four to six hours, because of the precautions that need to be taken when drawing blood and treating a person possibly sick with Ebola, it took until late in the evening to confirm the diagnosis.

But doctors said that even before the results came in, it seemed likely that he was infected. Symptoms usually occur within eight to 10 days of infection and Dr. Spencer was home nine days when he reported feeling ill.

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Where the Patient Is Being Treated
A doctor, who was recently in West Africa treating Ebola patients, was taken Thursday from his apartment in Harlem to Bellevue Hospital Center after he reported a high fever.

The patient is in one of four isolation rooms in the infectious disease ward on an upper floor of this building. The rooms have been designated for high-probability or confirmed Ebola cases. The ward also has a lab to handle Ebola blood samples.

Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids and secretions, including blood, mucus, feces and vomit.

Because of its high mortality rate — Ebola kills more than half of the people it infects — the disease spreads fear along with infection.

The authorities have been on high alert ever since Thomas Eric Duncan traveled to the United States in September from Liberia, and was later given a diagnosis of Ebola.

Mr. Duncan died at a Dallas hospital this month.

Several days after his death, a nurse who helped care for Mr. Duncan learned she had Ebola. Two nurses who treated Mr. Duncan fell ill but have since recovered.

That single case led to hundreds of people being quarantined or being asked to remain isolated from the general public..

The missteps by both local and federal authorities in handling the nation’s first Ebola case raised questions about the ability of health care workers to safely treat those with the disease.

In the New York City region, hospitals and emergency workers have been preparing for the appearance of the virus for months.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University and a special adviser to Mayor de Blasio, said that the risk to the general public was minimal, but depended on a city moving swiftly.

“New York has mobilized not only a world-class health department, but has full engagement of many other agencies that need to be on the response team,” he said.

Reporting was contributed by Matt Flegenheimer, J. David Goodman, Kia Gregory and Anemona Hartocollis, and research by Jack Begg and Elisa Cho.

An American Decline that Must Be Reversed

October 17, 2014 By Alan Caruba

The tendency of pundits is to address the decline in American culture and traditional moral values. The concerns addressed include the rather sudden, but widespread embrace of same-sex marriages or calls for the legalization of marijuana so anyone can get high without the fear of arrest.

You can probably name a few things you consider evidence of decline, but there is one you are not likely to notice much. It’s the nation’s infrastructure of highways, airports, waterways and ports. It’s only dramatic declines such as the decay of Detroit, once one of the nation’s most dynamic cities that get attention because it is so blatant. We judge the backwardness of third world nations by their bad roads and lack of infrastructure to support their economies.
We don’t, however, think of the U.S. as a nation in decline, but we are.

A September study released by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) revealed that overall spending on public infrastructure fell 10.5% between 2003 and 2012. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, “Spending on highways and streets by federal, state and local governments, dropped a higher 19% during that same period, according to the study.”

NAM president, Jay Timmons, said, “The United States is stuck in a decade-long decline (in infrastructure spending) that will eventually harm job creation, future productivity and our ability to compete head-to-head with companies all over the globe.” When a manufacturer cannot transport their product in a timely fashion, it puts them at a disadvantage. Multiply that by the nation’s many manufacturers and you have a very big problem for lack of adequate highways, roads, and bridges

The great power of America’s infrastructure was supported by the maintenance it requires. The 2013 study was commissioned by the Building America’s Future Educational Fund and NAM to survey manufacturers. It found that they “overwhelmingly viewed America’s infrastructure as old, inefficient, and badly in need of modernization.”

Findings included 70% who believed that U.S. infrastructure is in fair or poor shape and needs a great deal or quite a lot of improvement. The same percentage believe that road are getting worse and 65% did not believe that infrastructure, especially in their region, is positioned to respond to the competitive demands of a growing economy over the next 10-15 years.

This may not seem very exciting compared to news of combat in the Middle East or the threat of Ebola, but consider that, in early October, the Financial Times reported that “China has surpassed the US in terms of GDP based on purchasing power parity (PPP), becoming the largest in the world by this measure, International Monetary Fund estimates show. In 2014 China reached $17.6 trillion or 16.48 percent of the world’s purchasing-power-adjusted GDP, while the US made slightly less, 16.28 percent or $17.4 trillion, according to IMF data.“

We are now number two in the global economy.

The NAM study’s research, said University of Maryland Professor Jeffrey Werling, “helps confirm what engineers and executives both know, The quality and quantity of current U.S. infrastructure is deficient, and these deficiencies are already hampering economic growth.”

For years, a federal fuel tax has helped underwrite needed highway construction, but it hasn’t been increased since 1993 and annual collections have been declining due to fuel-efficient vehicles and motorists who have been driving less than in the past. The Wall Street Journal reported that “Congress has shown little interest in raising the 18.2 cent-a-gallon tax” and has relied on stop-gap funding.

There was a time when a politician would jump at the chance to have a bridge or a strip of highway named after him. Those days are over. We have a Congress that can barely agree on anything, let alone something as undramatic as funding infrastructure projects. The States and local communities are squeezed for their own funds, burdened with pensions and other costs.

None of this bodes well, but at least we can say we’ve been warned, eh?

Pentagon to factor climate change into decisions
By United Press International October 15, 2014 11:45 am
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PentagonA Pentagon report referred to the effects of climate change as “threat multipliers,” which must be considered in military planning.

The 20-page report, a “climate change adaptation roadmap” issued Monday, included a foreword by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that ordered military planners to take climate change into account and noted scientists are “converging toward consensus on future climate projections.”

“A changing climate will have real impacts on our military and the way it executes its missions. We are considering the impacts of climate change in our war games and defense planning scenarios.”

With the report, climate change is now an immediate factor, and not a potential danger, in military decision-making. The report was released as Hagel attended an international military conference in Peru, and signal intent on the part of the United States to play a determining role in climate negotiations in December in Lima, Peru.

“It makes it a reality that climate change indeed is a risk today, and we need to plan, program and budget for it now and into the future,” said Sherri Goodman, of the Military Advisory Board, a group of former high-ranking officers that studies national security. She added locations of U.S. bases could change, and purchasing and training decisions would be influenced by matters such as sea level change and drought.

A senior defense official said the military will now factor climate change into day-to-day operations.

In comments this weekend, Hagel noted the change in military use and philosophy climate change could bring.

“We see an Arctic that is melting, meaning that most likely a new sea lane will emerge. We know that there are significant minerals and natural deposits of oil and natural gas there. That means that nations will compete for those natural resources. That’s never been an issue before. You couldn’t get up there and get anything out of there. We have to manage through what those conditions and new realities are going to bring in the way of potential threats.”

Second Dallas Healthcare Worker Who Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan Tests Positive for Ebola
BY MELISSA BARNHART , CP REPORTER
October 15, 2014|7:30 am
Ebola. U.S. health experts in Dallas on Wednesday were examining how many people may have been exposed to Ebola, just one day after the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the United States, the nation’s top public health official said.

The second nurse to contract the Ebola virus from Thomas Eric Duncan is being identified as 26-year-old nurse Amber Vinson, 26, who is in isolation at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, according to WFAA-TV.

The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Wednesday morning that Vinson was a passenger on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, which flew from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday — the day before she reported symptoms. The CDC is contacting all passengers as a precaution and is asking them to call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins confirmed early Wednesday morning that the second healthcare worker whose inital test results confirm that she has contracted the Ebola virus lives alone and doesn’t own any pets. She’s among 77 healthcare workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who’ve been self monitoring their temperatures and other possible symptoms after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the hospital from Ebola on Oct. 8.

A second healthcare worker who had direct contact with Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has contracted the Ebola virus, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The healthcare worker, a woman who hasn’t been identified, reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital, according to a news release. She’s been able to communicate with state and federal oficials as they try to identify how the virus was transmitted to her at the hospital, and to find out the number of people she was in direct contact with when she started exhibiting symptoms.

If the CDC confirms the initial test results, the healthcare worker will be the second person to contract the virus within the United States. The preliminary Ebola test was conducted Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at midnight.

“Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” the department said.

The healthcare worker was among the medical team who cared for Duncan after he was diagnosed with Ebola, though she worked a different shift than 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham, whose condition was upgraded from stable to good on Tuesday. Duncan, the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the virus, received treatment for 11 days in an isolation unit at the hospital. He died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Oct. 8.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said during a Tuesday news conference that a response team is at the hospital helping to facilitate care of Pham and any other medical staff or local residents who contract the deadly virus.

“I wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed,” Frieden said. “That might have prevented this infection.”

The CDC team, Frieden added, will be helping to improve infection control in the isolation unit where Pham and her colleague are receiving treatment. He also announced that the CDC is organizing other response teams that can go anywhere in the U.S. to aid hospitals that are treating Ebola patients.

“We’ve sent the CDC’s most experienced staff — people who’ve worked on Ebola outbreaks for decades, people who’ve stopped Ebola outbreaks in very difficult situations in Africa,” he explained. “Leading experts in the world of laboratory science, infection control and hospital administration.”

Three of the immediate enhancements, Frieden explained, include ensuring that a site manager is at the hospital every hour of the day to oversee aspects of infection control.

Second, to provide enhanced training, which includes oversight by two nurses from Emory University Hospital who have cared for Ebola patients. And third, recommending that the number of staff who provide care is limited, “so they can become more familiar and systematic in putting on and taking off of protective equipment and become more comfortable with providing care in the isolation unit,” he added.

The Village Bend East apartment complex in Dallas where the healthcare worker lives has been blocked off by police and fire department officials to conduct phase one of the decontamination process on the exterior of the apartment.

A HazMat team from Haltom City, Texas, will conduct the second phase of decontamination of the interior of the apartment.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins will be holding a news conference at 7 a.m. CT to provide more information about the second Ebola patient.

Daily Digest
Oct. 15, 2014

THE FOUNDATION
“Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1816

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Saddam’s Iraq Had Old Chemical Weapons, U.S. Troops Exposed
Saddam Hussein’s Iraq did have chemical weapons, though not an active program when the U.S. invaded in 2003. The New York Times reports, “From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule. In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.” In all, the Times “found 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. American officials said that the actual tally of exposed troops was slightly higher, but that the government’s official count was classified.” The soldiers say they were ordered to keep quiet about the findings and wounds. Saddam’s non-compliance with UN requirements was a major justification for the Iraq war, but because the weapons were manufactured in the 1980s, the Times says, “The discoveries of these chemical weapons did not support the government’s invasion rationale.” Now, of course, ISIL controls the facility where many of the weapons were found and remain. More…1

U.S. Increases Airstrikes, WH Says ‘We’re Succeeding’
Secretary of State John Kerry may have belittled the importance2 of keeping ISIL from taking over Kobani, Syria, but according to ABC News3, “U.S. warplanes have ramped up the number of airstrikes against ISIS fighters in the besieged city of Kobani, launching 21 airstrikes since Monday, officials said [Tuesday]. It is the highest number of strikes since the start of the air campaign in Syria and is an indicator of how important the U.S. now sees the battle for Kobani.” ISIL has been advancing despite U.S. airstrikes, primarily because airstrikes aren’t enough and local ground forces that are opposing ISIL are losing. But pay no attention to the facts on the ground. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “[C]ertainly the early evidence indicates that [Barack Obama’s] strategy is succeeding.” Who are you going to believe – him or your lying eyes? More…4

Houston Cracks Down on Pastors’ Dissent
It’s like the First Amendment doesn’t exist in Houston. The city passed an “LGBT equal rights” ordinance in June that also allowed men to use women’s public restrooms, and vice versa. Naturally, the city’s pastors fought back, organizing a petition drive. The city’s government, led by Mayor Annise Parker, who is a lesbian, cracked down on the pastors with subpoenas. Shockingly, the subpoena5 ordered pastors to turn over “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.” The Alliance Defending Freedom has stepped in to fight for the pastors. ADF Senior Legal Council Erik Stanley said6, “City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge. In this case, they have embarked upon a witch-hunt, and we are asking the court to put a stop to it.” A church’s non-profit status only forbids7 it from campaigning for a candidate, not from speaking on issues. The slow march of LGBT “tolerance” laws has slammed into the rights of speech and religion. More…8

Grimes Refuses to Acknowledge Obama Vote. Again. Still.
Days after Kentucky’s Democrat Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes evaded questions9 about whether she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012, she again refused to answer the same question in a debate with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. This time, she hid behind high-minded nonsense. “This is a matter of principle. Our constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy of the ballot box, for a secret ballot,” Grimes said. “I am not going to compromise a constitutional right provided here in Kentucky in order to curry favor on one or the other side, or for members of the media. I’ll protect that right for every Kentuckian.” This has nothing to do with principle. On the contrary, it shows how toxic Obama is for Democrats this November and to what lengths they’ll go to avoid him. McConnell, on the other hand, had no trouble saying, “I voted for Mitt Romney. Proudly.”

St. Louis Blacks Are Angry – at Democrats
Black voters in Ferguson, Missouri10, may be waking up to their real problem: race-baiting Democrats. The Washington Post reports11 on a nearly unthinkable sea change coming in November. “Many African Americans in Ferguson and across St. Louis County, angered over their leaders’ response to the fatal shooting [of Michael Brown], say they will be taking their outrage to the ballot box and voting against a Democratic Party that has long been their automatic choice.” The Post quotes several black residents angry at Democrats, including a young man who said, “The world is watching us right now. It’s time to send a message of our power.” Blacks have been voting Democrat for 50 years and have nothing to show for it besides destroyed families and communities stuck on Democrat poverty plantations12. It’s past time for a Great Awakening.

For more, visit Right Hooks13.

RIGHT ANALYSIS
Ecofascists Hijack EPA Ozone Regulations
The Environmental Protection Agency will release its new standards regulating ozone in December. Even while the old ozone standards have not been fully implemented and studied, environmental groups have hijacked the EPA to enact new regulations on the nation’s energy and manufacturing economy. And in the estimation of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), “This would be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American public.”

The Supreme Court recently declined14 to hear the case of Utility Air Regulatory Group, a conglomerate of coal companies, which argued the 2008 ozone rules were too strict. Even after six years, states like Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas and especially California did not reach15 the ozone production levels set in 2008.

While the EPA has not released the details of the new regulations – they’re waiting until after the election for that – the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee recommended16 to the agency in June to push the ozone standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) down to 70ppb, or even as low as 60ppb. That level “would certainly offer more public health protection than levels of 70ppb or 65ppb and would provide an adequate margin of safety,” committee chair Dr. H. Christopher Frey wrote. Well heck, if we’re talking health protection here, 0ppb would be ideal, but also against the laws of nature.

Ozone, a.k.a. smog, can form naturally, but manufacturing and burning coal can also create ozone. So ecofascist groups like the Environmental Defense Fund label it a “harmful air pollutant” because it allegedly exacerbates respiratory conditions like asthma.

In July, the DC Circuit Court ruled17 the EPA violated the Clean Air Act when it did not pass tougher ozone standards in 2008 (under the Bush administration, the greenies like to point out).

The EPA stalled on passing stricter ozone regulations until 2011. But then, Barack Obama told18 then-EPA Director Lisa Jackson to withdraw the proposed rules, saying, “I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.”

Surely stricter ozone regulations weren’t too tough even for Obama to stomach. Perhaps he wasn’t yet emboldened, as it was only his first term. However, the July regulation made environmentalists happy that they finally forced the Obama administration to act.

“Smog sickens and even kills some plants and trees, even in America’s national parks, which are supposed to have the cleanest air in the country,” said Mark Wenzler19, vice president of conservation programs at the National Parks Conservation Association. “The Obama administration now has an opportunity to follow the Science™ and not play politics with protecting our national parks and forests from air pollution damage.”

The administration would never play politics.

Wenzler meant a court-ordered opportunity. These new ozone rules go beyond executive fiat. These regulations were pushed forward by ecofascists with deep pockets and sharp lawyers. It’s rule by legal suit, baby.

And while the new regulations may make Sequoias and Redwoods happy, the rules would cut down American industry faster than a bald eagle going through a wind turbine. NAM released a study20 in July concluding new ozone rules “could cost $270 billion per year and place millions of jobs at risk.” That breaks down to costing households $1,570 per year, according to NAM. Furthermore, a 60ppb standard would make every state noncompliant with ozone regulations, with few exceptions – mostly swaths of Montana and North Dakota.

“Based on the way the EPA interprets the Clean Air Act,” the NAM report concludes, “it is virtually ensured that the agency will recommend a stricter standard every five years. Yet, ozone levels are getting so low that a rapidly growing share of even urban areas’ ozone concentration now comes from either naturally occurring ozone or from ozone that has been transported from other states or countries. We have reached the point at which significant further reductions simply cannot be accomplished in any cost-effective manner. Absent recognition of this fact from the EPA, it is time for Congress to modernize the Clean Air Act.”

Right now, an act of Congress may be the only thing that will reform the EPA because the courts have weighed in. The bottom line is the environmentalists have won their court battles; America’s manufacturers and coal industry have lost theirs.

Meanwhile, every American has the right to petition the government, but environmentalist groups seem to have an extra-special right to petition the EPA. According to Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), newly revealed emails21 between Gina McCarthy, the current EPA administrator, and David Doniger, a policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, suggest collusion. Vitter said, “These emails clearly demonstrate their beyond-cozy relationship and force the question: Who is working for whom?”

The emails show McCarthy working with Doniger to craft the recently passed greenhouse gas regulations. In the emails, McCarthy tells Doniger in 2011, “I will never say no to a meeting with you.” How many coal companies have such a relationship? And in 2010, McCarthy tells him, “I appreciate your support and patience. … This success is yours as much as mine.”

This was the same woman in July who welcomed public comment on the greenhouse gas regulations and with the same breath22 described economic arguments against EPA regulation as “tired, false and worn out criticism.”

But that was greenhouse gas regulation. When the EPA deviated from the ecofascist line on ozone, the environmentalists’ lawsuit reminded the EPA just who is in charge.

Ebola – Just the Facts
On Aug. 2, many Americans were rightly focused on the epidemic of ISIL violence23 in Iraq. On that day, Dr. Kent Brantly, a physician with the Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse, was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after contracting Ebola while treating patients in West Africa. He survived.

Under intense political pressure to put “boots on the ground” to combat ISIL, Barack Obama, who assured the nation, “The chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low,” put boots on the ground in Africa24 to help contain the Ebola outbreak there. Yet he refused to halt those from the infected regions from traveling to the U.S.

On Sept. 20, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan flew into the U.S. after lying about his symptoms and contact with Ebola patients in Africa. On Oct. 8, he died in a Dallas hospital.

Subsequently, two health care workers involved in Duncan’s care have been diagnosed with Ebola. Additionally, another American, Ashoka Mukpo, who was covering the Ebola outbreak in Africa for NBC, is being treated for the virus in a Nebraska hospital.

From Ebola’s first diagnosis in 1976 until 2013, the UN’s World Health Organization reported 1,716 cases worldwide. In March 2014, the WHO reported an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, which began with the death of a child who contracted the disease in December 2013. Ebola spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and as of today there are approximately 8,500 cases diagnosed and 4,200 deaths reported.

The viral epidemic will continue to spread in Africa and may eventually reach pandemic status, primarily because third world countries have only rudimentary skill in proper diagnosis and the practices of dealing with those who are infected or have died.

The last African epidemic, HIV/AIDS, killed approximately 36 million people on the continent and worldwide before methods of prevention and treatment contained the disease. There are now approximately 30 million people living with HIV globally.

However, Ebola, though transmitted through bodily fluids and waste, is much more virulent and lethal than AIDS. Because the incubation period for Ebola is up to three weeks, the pool of people exposed to the virus can be much larger.

Between 50% and 70% of those infected with Ebola will die, so you should be concerned. But the question is, how concerned? Certainly not as concerned as all those media outlets that depend on hyperbole for market share and advertising dollars.

Given the non-stop media attention devoted to Ebola, millions of Americans worry that they or their loved ones may become victims. Some careless scientists and “experts-on-everything” claim the virus will soon mutate and become an airborne disease – a possibility but highly improbable.

There have been two previous human cases of Ebola in the U.S. One was in 1989 at a private facility where test monkeys were held until they were moved to the Army labs at Fort Detrick, Virginia – where Biohazard Level 4 viruses are stored and studied. An infected monkey spread the virus to one of the handlers, but he recovered. In 1990 at that same base, a veterinary medical examiner entered a Level 4 room to autopsy a monkey. During the autopsy, she discovered her glove had a tear. She contracted the disease but also survived.

To put things in perspective regarding the current Ebola cases in the U.S., according to the CDC, almost 54,000 Americans died last year from influenza and pneumonia. Currently, Enterovirus D68 is in 43 states and is killing otherwise healthy elementary age school children.

Despite the 66 years of financial and other assistance the WHO has provided Africa, health and medical conditions there are prone to produce disease rather than cure it. Africa has very few doctors and nurses, and few hospitals and clinics, while equipment and supplies are spread extremely thin. Conditions outside cities are very unsanitary. Because of scarcity, doctors often reuse the same syringe on several people, possibly transmitting any of a dozen diseases in the process.

And now, the WHO warns that there will be 10,000 cases of Ebola25 before year’s end. They say we must stop it before Christmas.

So what to do?

First, the U.S. should severely restrict all visas into the U.S. from African nations where the disease is spreading. Regarding the 13,000 visas currently issued to people in those countries, step up the assessment of those entering the U.S. and quarantine any of those who may have been exposed to the virus. This should be done now, and the Obama administration’s argument against these measures – asserting that such restrictions would limit aid into Africa – is patently false.

Second, while an Ebola epidemic in the U.S. is in fact highly unlikely, you should hope for the best but prepare for the worst by familiarizing yourself with this two-step action plan26 concerning the minimum requirements to shelter in place – the ultimate defense against a pandemic threat27.

And finally, turn off the 24-hour news recycler “alerts.” You are at far greater risk of being murdered by one of Obama’s urban poverty plantation12 constituents than of dying from Ebola.

For more, visit Right Analysis13.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
Michelle Malkin: The Centers for Everything but Disease Control28
Jonah Goldberg: Ebola Is Much Less Scary Than Hollywood’s ‘Contagion.’ Or Is It?29
Walter E. Williams: Officially Killing Americans30
Terence Jeffrey: Federal Debt Now $200,000 Per Full-Time Private-Sector Worker31
John Stossel: Crumbling Constitution32
For more, visit Right Opinion33.

OPINION IN BRIEF
The Gipper: “It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work – work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.”

Columnist Michelle Malkin: “At $7 billion, the Centers for Disease Control 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000. Those evil, stingy Republicans actually approved CDC funding increases in January larger than what President Obama requested. What are we getting for this ever-increasing amount of money? Answer: A power-hungry busybody brigade of politicized blame-mongers. … [W]hile Ebola and enterovirus D68 wreak havoc on our health system, the CDC has been busying itself with an ever-widening array of non-disease control campaigns, like these recent crusades: Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. … Video games and TV violence. … Playground equipment. … ‘Social norming’ in the schools. … After every public health disaster, CDC bureaucrats play the money card while expanding their regulatory and research reach into anti-gun screeds, anti-smoking propaganda, anti-bullying lessons, gender inequity studies and unlimited behavior modification programs that treat individual vices – personal lifestyle choices – as germs to be eradicated.”

Columnist Terence Jeffrey: “Which will be greater: the burden of student debt on Americans who went off this fall to their first year of college, or the amount of federal debt per full-time private-sector worker when these students earn their degrees and start looking for jobs? There is no doubt: It will be the amount of federal debt per full-time private-sector worker. As of last Friday, the total debt of the federal government was $17,858,480,029,490.28, according to the U.S. Treasury. That equaled $200,258.81 for each of the 89,177,000 full-time private-sector workers that, according to the Census Bureau, were in the United States in 2013. … Americans who get up every morning and go to work, and do it week after week after week, and are forced to pay progressively higher taxes to maintain a federal welfare state that is driving our national debt to an unsustainable level are being forced to subsidize a system that is killing the American dream.”

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “Really baffled by how the amount of melanin in your skin cells is supposed to affect your ability to get a photo ID.”

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform – Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen – standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families.

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Houston’s First Lesbian Mayor DEMANDS to see ALL Sermons from Christian Pastors
Author: Rusty WeissPosted: October 15, 2014Comments: 97
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Houston mayor, Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, is conducting a litigious witch-hunt against religious leaders, issuing subpoenas that demand the sermons of pastors who may have spoken on the topic of homosexuality, gender identity, or Parker herself. Pastors who do not comply may be held in contempt of court.

The actions taken by Parker and her administration are a clear affront to freedom of speech, an assault on the concept of separation of church and state, and constitute one of the more alarming attempts to stop opposing political or cultural viewpoints in their tracks.

Via Fox News:

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”

“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”

The report also cites ADF attorney Erik Stanley who says “the city is rummaging for evidence to ‘out’ the pastors as anti-gay bigots.”

The controversy stems from an alleged “equal rights” ordinance passed by the city in May. The ordinance calls for a ban on discrimination amongst businesses. Two things however – one, religious institutions were exempted from the ordinance and two, speech does not amount to discrimination.

In addition, one tangential aspect of the ordinance allows transgendered individuals to file discrimination lawsuits if they are not granted access to a restroom. In other words, a man would have to be granted access to the women’s restroom if he claimed to be transgender.

Opponents of the ordinance filed petitions containing 50,000 signatures, well above the threshold of 17,269, which would call for a referendum being placed on the ballot. In true dictatorial fashion, Parker and the city announced that the petitions were not valid due to alleged irregularities. A convenient suppression of opposition.

In keeping with the dictatorial theme, Parker admitted that the entire debate on gender rights, and presumably the latest assault on First Amendment rights guaranteed to all Americans, is about her.

Via the Houston Chronicle:

In just five words, Mayor Annise Parker handed her increasingly vocal opponents exactly what they wanted in the battle against her proposed equal rights ordinance: “The debate is about me.”

That comment, part of a longer utterance at Houston City Council’s last meeting, at which the body delayed a decision on the ordinance to this Wednesday, was just what political and religious conservatives have accused Parker — the first openly lesbian mayor of a major American city — of doing for weeks: Pushing the ordinance to further her “gay agenda,” or to reward gay advocates for their political support.

Sorry Ms. Parker, the First Amendment, constitutional and religious freedoms, and the foundation for which America was built has never been about one man or one woman. And it certainly isn’t changing for you and your ego.

Stanley told Fox News that “City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge.”

Parker and the Houston City Council need to be stopped in their tracks, or the whole of America will suffer for it.

Read more: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/frighten-every-american-believes-freedom/#ixzz3GIWFosvo

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