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Texas governor’s race: the weirdest, nastiest EVER?

Has there ever been a political contest weirder or nastier than that of Texas this year? That state’s gubernatorial race has gone absolutely bonkers, moving into increasingly surreal subjects no one ever could have anticipated.

With the seat up for grabs as Governor Rick Perry steps down, it was expected to be nasty. But as election day draws closer, Democratic nominee Wendy Davis is churning out some of the strangest campaign materials in modern history. Read all »

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MSNBC/Sharpton’s desperate election stunt

Faced with unprecedented unpopularity, just how desperate are Democrats to get core voters to the polls? A last-second stunt by Al Sharpton speaks volumes: the MSNBC host is headed back to Ferguson in an attempt to stir up anger just before election day.

Of course, the “official” reason is to call attention to supposed civil rights abuses over the police shooting of Michael Brown, but you’ll never see that scheduled for AFTER voting takes place, right? Read all »

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Book saw Ebola entering US through Dallas- published in 1999!

How is Frederick Aldrich feeling right about now?

A full fifteen years ago, the obscure author of terrorism thrillers predicted a future eerily similar to current events. “Absolute Zero” has a premise so dead-on, you’ll think he’s either psychic, or someone’s pulling a prank.

Long out of print, the book’s for real, however, with reviews stretching back to 1999, where readers must have had a tough time envisioning a post 9-11 future. Aldrich saw an Ebola scenario where “an African man carrying the virus has arrived unhindered in Dallas.” Sound familiar?

It gets better: “experts assure the public there is no cause for fear. But is there really nothing to fear?”

All that’s missing is a president golfing his way through the crisis!

Absolute Zero bookOne difference: Aldrich saw Ebola entering the US intentionally as an act of terrorism, which of course hasn’t been the case in 2014. Or has it? Who really knows at this time?

Reviews have been decidedly mixed over the years, with some finding it “contrived”, while others, discovering it just now in e-book form, are amazed at the way life is imitating art.

Reader Richard N Owens, posting his critique just two days ago, said “I was mesmerized by this story which explained the Ebola virus threat better than CDC has to date. A fast paced story you won’t be able to put down.”

But IM Tanuki was relatively harsh in his assessment: “wooden characters, contrived plot, really weak dialogue. But the concept is interesting, if only in light of the current Ebola epidemic.”

If Aldrich has any winning lotto numbers he’d like to share, please let us know!

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CNBC Ebola editorial attacks ‘idiocy and vileness of the Republicans’

Are Republicans who call for greater presidential leadership over the unfolding Ebola crisis guilty of “idiocy and vileness”?

That’s what appeared at CNBC.com’s main page earlier this evening in a particularly non-constructive analysis of Obama’s Ebola Czar appointment. While many have focused their criticism of appointee Ron Klain on his political insider status and lack of medical and health care background, Jeffrey Sachs sees the entire process as nothing but an attempt by Obama to appease evil Republicans. Read all »

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If St Lucia can do it, why not America?

While Senator Ted Cruz calls for a special session of Congress to discuss an Ebola travel ban, one tiny Caribbean nation isn’t messing around- it has already imposed that very policy.

St Lucia, an island nation of 200,000 in the Eastern Caribbean, said it enacted a visitation ban on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because it simply isn’t equipped to deal with infected patients. Read all »

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Reporters rebel against Obama’s control over White House news

Obama and his minions have been censoring news reports coming out of the White House and some media scribes have finally had enough.

Though small in number so far, enough pool reporters have joined together to create the makings of an alternative system, reports the Washington Post. Ninety print correspondents have found a way to bypass administration control over news dissemination using a private Internet group.

Left unexplored, however: how did Obama & Friends ever get this kind of control over the news? It’s the kind of thing we’ve long suspected, but never could confirm. According to the story, the White House has kept the master contact list for print reporters and also handled distribution.

So much for a free press! Does that sound like America, or a despotic Third World hellhole? Read all »

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Hollyweirdest: Brad Pitt owned guns in kindergarten?

In perhaps the strangest-ever case of Hollyweird liberal idealism clashing with the truth, actor Brad Pitt has admitted he’s owned guns since kindergarten (!) and learned to fire a handgun at age eight. In addition, he apparently remains armed at all times to this day, at least while at home.

Details are coming from the British press via an interview with RadioTimes that is not available online.

Pitt’s revelations have understandably shocked and alarmed his media and industry pals as the story made its way to this side of the Atlantic. Read all »

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Democratic women and pot = today’s news trend

For whatever reason, it’s been a strange day for Democratic women and marijuana.

First, in what may or may not have been a contrived, cynical ploy to get the pothead activist vote, Hillary Clinton cracked a weed joke during a campaign visit to Colorado on behalf of US Senator Mark Udall.

Was this planned ahead of time? After all, she’s in dire need of enthusiastic special interest groups and that is a particularly active one. Read all »

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NBC worried some liberals are embracing ‘Islamophobia’

Are some liberals wandering off the politically correct reservation? The folks at NBC think so and are sounding the alarm.

Apparently, they’re having a harder time convincing the left that Islam is “a religion of peace” and are doubling-down on the propaganda. On the surface, what msnbc’s Toure and other network talking heads are saying sounds reasonable, that not every Muslim can be blamed for ISIS / al-Qaeda extremism. But their “facts” are presented in a way that makes today’s Islam seem mainstream and bypass unpleasant realities (43% support al-Qaeda, for example).

Watch as the (otherwise UN-watched) Toure and a NBC political analyst “explain” why everyone else is wrong, at one point even comparing Islamic extremism with that of Hindus (?): Read all »

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Media misunderstands public panic over Ebola

Without encountering a public official or talking head telling us not to panic over the Ebola virus, it was hard to go anywhere near a TV or radio today. But the lecturing likely fell on deaf ears, not only because of new cases and a suspect plane in Boston, but especially from a misreading of public alarm.

People are “panicking” not because they’re overreacting to the virus itself. Rather, it’s the woefully inadequate governmental response that has greatly undermined confidence that a highly infectious disease can be safely contained. Read all »