When it comes to Ebola, the story that the government is telling us just keeps on changing. At first, government officials were claiming that it was very difficult to spread the Ebola virus. Some of them were even comparing it to HIV. We were given the impression that we had to have “direct contact” with someone else’s body fluids in order to have any chance of catching the virus. But of course that is not true at all. Now authorities are admitting that Ebola is “aerostable”, that it can be “spread through droplets”, and that it can remain on surfaces for up to 50 days. That is far different information than we have been getting up until this point. So that means when they were so confidently declaring that they know exactly how Ebola spreads they were lying to us.
On October 24th, a 33 page document was released by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and in that document it is admitted that Ebola is “aerostable”. WND was one of the first news outlets to report on this…
The information was contained in a 33-page report released Oct. 24 by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction.
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Amid recent calls for lawmakers to increase the federal gas tax or come up with an alternative transportation revenue scheme to offset tax losses created by increased passenger vehicle fuel efficiency, Oregon lawmakers are preparing to launch a pilot project to examine how a state mileage tax would work.
The Oregon program will allow 5,000 motorists to volunteer to either keep a travel diary or install an odometer tracker or a GPS on their vehicles to enable government officials to keep tabs on their travel habits.
“GPS will be the most hassle-free option,” Michelle Godfrey, an official involved with the implementation of the program, told The Oregonian. “But it’s also the option that people tend to dislike the most.”
Oregon motorists currently pay around between 48 cents and 52 cents per gallon on fuel — broken down, that’s 18.4 cent per gallon federal gas tax, a 30 cent per gallon state tax and local taxes ranging from 1 cent to 5 cents per gallon.
The Oregon Department of Transportation program will deal with the state tax, sending drivers in the pilot program a monthly bill and/or a rebate check to offset the 30 cent per gallon state tax.
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For paying customers, there’s an increasingly popular way to opt out of a commitment to an Obamacare plan without running afoul of the law: Buy cheaper, short-term coverage that can be renewed on an annual basis.
It appears to be a low-risk — if not necessarily high-reward — solution to the problem of complying with the Affordable Care Act, one that saves customers money and offers them the flexibility to re-evaluate their decisions on a yearly basis. But it also may signal a quickening of the structural problem inherent in Obamacare’s financial philosophy.
That’s because as more people of a certain demographic go for short-term insurance, fewer are available to pay the lion’s share of Obamacare’s shared costs.
Fox News posits such a phenomenon could “put the government-subsidized plan into a death spiral,” as young, generally healthy people buy year-long “maintenance” insurance plans and stay away from more expensive Obamacare plans that offer too much coverage in exchange for too much money:
The plans, the only ones allowed for sale outside of ObamaCare exchanges, generally cost less than half of what similar ObamaCare policies cost, and are increasing in popularity as uninsured Americans learn they are required to get health coverage.
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As Democrats continue to distance themselves from President Obama ahead of the midterm elections, Republicans are rallying around firebrands in their party — especially Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
According to a piece published in Breitbart this week, Paul has traveled to 30 states over the course of the past year to campaign for House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates as well as candidates running for state and local offices.
The conservative news publication noted that Paul has “probably been the GOP’s most visible and most sought after surrogate this year.”
“We’ve been getting a lot of requests, and people reach out because they think we can get voters beyond the Republican Party, we can reach independents, and in the last final days of elections, elections go one way or another based on undecideds,” Paul told Breitbart. “That’s where the real power is in politics — in those who can sway the uncommitted. I think a lot of the invitations we’ve gotten, frankly, are because they think we can have influence on the independent voters.”
Paul doesn’t think his popularity among GOP voters should come as a surprise, as “Everything the President has touched in recent months has turned to stone.”
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A year ago, watchdog group Cause of Action filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), alleging he inappropriately intervened in the visa approval process for foreign investors attached to a Las Vegas casino hotel that was getting its legal counsel from his son’s law firm.
Now, Cause of Action is refiling that same complaint, because the original one, according to Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard, “has mysteriously disappeared.”
Cause of Action filed its original complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee in October of 2013, and received a signed receipt two months later — a definitive indication the committee knew of, and was in possession of, the complaint.
Fast forward to this month, when Cause of Action received a communication from the committee’s chief counsel alleging the panel “never received” the original filing. Cause of Action sent a letter (viewable here) last week to Ethics Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) inquiring about the strange disappearance; here’s how Cause of Action describes what happened:
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Many conservative voters decried Mitt Romney’s nomination as the GOP presidential candidate in the 2012 election, calling the former Massachusetts governor too moderate to excite right-leaning voters. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared to agree with those sentiments in a recent interview when he predicted that a similar scenario could jettison Hillary Clinton into the Oval Office in 2016.
Cruz called out Romney, along with Bob Dole and John McCain, as establishment Republicans who lacked the ability to excite broad contingents of conservative voters under the GOP umbrella. The lawmaker said that Republicans “need to learn from history.”
Asked about the buzz around the possibility of a potential Jeb Bush candidacy, Cruz said: “Jeb has not declared his candidacy. I like Jeb. I’m a fan of Jeb Bush’s. I’m going to let him decide if he’s running first and let the primary voters make a decision.”
But Cruz then suggested that, based on the results of past elections, Bush may not be the man for the job.
“[I]f we run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole [in 1996] or a John McCain or Mitt Romney, we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day, which is what happened for all three of them,” Cruz said on CNBC.
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In my column last week, Why Houston mayor’s attack on preachers was not a 1st Amendment issuee, I explained how the “incorporation doctrine,” a construct created out of whole cloth by an activist judiciary in the early 20th century, had subverted the Constitution and was a dangerous threat to liberty.
Not a few people, obviously indoctrinated by the public (non)education system and steeped in state-worshiping conventional wisdom, were apparently seriously aggrieved by the argument; even when they opposed the mayor’s actions. Their responses were typically vacuous and fallacious.
For example, Reid Reasor opined:
“So this author then argues the state or local government may abduct and keeping (sic) our daughters without trail (sic) or probable cause even perform cruel and unusual punishment because the federal government has limited powers outside of their enumeration?”
Clearly I argued no such thing.
“Houston is not Congress.’ True, but citizens of Houston are also citizens of the U.S., so the Constitution and Bill of Rights are still relevant.”
Not in this case, as my column points out.
Guest attempted to help JimH make his case with:
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Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. President Obama doesn’t seem concerned about Ebola. He won’t seal the border. He won’t ban flights from the Ebola zone. He named an Ebola czar who knows nothing about healthcare. He sent 4,000 U.S. military troops into harm’s way in the Ebola zone. Now a GOP congressman claims plans are underway to bring non-American Ebola victims to the U.S. for treatment.
Americans are fed up. They’ve had enough. Obama’s incompetence, ignorance, mental instability or callous disregard for the health of the American people is the talk of the country (outside of Washington, D.C.).
The irony is that while Ebola has so far done very little damage to the American people (with only one person in America dead), Ebola’s chief victims appear to be Obama and the Democratic Party. Obama’s response to Ebola has finally convinced the electorate that Obama is dangerous to our health. Ebola has finally shifted the electorate away from Obama and his Democratic Party. People finally understand the emperor has no clothes. The result is clear: A Republican landslide is forming.
How bad will the coming election results be for Obama and Democrats?
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We’ll know for sure next Tuesday night. But right now, it appears that the Democrats’ No.1 strategy against Republicans in this year’s mid-term elections isn’t working. In fact, it appears to be backfiring against them.
I’m referring to their non-stop accusation that every Republican running for office is somehow guilty of waging a “war on women.” Even outstanding female candidates, such as Joni Ernst in Iowa, are accused of being against women’s rights to abortions, contraception and equal pay in the work place. It’s all a bunch of hokum, of course. And happily, it doesn’t seem to be working.
Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado has been beating the war on women drum so long and so loudly that when he was introduced in a debate earlier this month, the moderator actually said,
“Mr. Udall, your campaign has been so focused on women’s issues that you’ve been dubbed ‘Mark Uterus’ … Have you gone too far?”
The state’s largest newspaper, The Denver Post, says that he has. The paper wrote that Udall’s “obnoxious one-issue campaign is an insult to those he seeks to convince.” The paper has endorsed Udall’s Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, for the seat. Oh, and by the way, the latest WSJ/NBC News poll says that Gardner is leading Udall 46 percent to 39 percent among women.
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“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Mark this day on your calendars. The Dow is at 16974, the S&P 500 is at 1982 and the NASDAQ is at 4549. From this day forward, we will be looking to see how the stock market performs without the monetary heroin that the Federal Reserve has been providing to it. Since November 2008, the Fed has created about 3.5 trillion dollars and pumped it into the financial system. An excellent chart illustrating this in graphic format can be found right here. Pretty much everyone agrees that this has been a tremendous boon for the financial markets. As you will see below, even former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan says that quantitative easing was “a terrific success” as far as boosting stock prices. But he also says that QE has not been very helpful to the real economy at all. In essence, the entire quantitative easing program was a massive 3.5 trillion dollar gift to Wall Street. If that sounds unfair to you, that is because it is unfair.
So why is the Federal Reserve finally ending quantitative easing?
Well, officially the Fed says that it is because there has been so much improvement in the labor market…
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This Iowa woman ran a successful Mexican restaurant for nearly four decades until the IRS showed up at her home one day in 2013, informing her that her business bank account had been frozen and her cash assets – more than $30,000 – had been seized by the government.
Carole Hinders, who owns Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food, had apparently been “guilty” of making small cash deposits to her business bank account because, according to Business Insider, “her mother told her the bank had to do ‘extra paperwork’” if she deposited more than $10,000 at a time.
The government requires that banks receiving more than $10,000 in cash deposits in single transactions report the deposits to the feds. Hinders’ consistent behavior of depositing less than that amount had, over time, raised the IRS’ suspicion that she was hiding something.
Hinders’ restaurant, though, accepts only cash or checks, not debit or credit cards, and Hinders has an aversion to storing large amounts of cash on-site.
“How can I be committing a crime by depositing money I worked for and deposited in my own bank account?” she asked. “Over 30 years of banking at the same bank, no one ever mentioned I was making my deposits ‘wrong.’”
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An Obama administration official caused controversy this week for calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit” and a “coward” who’d rather protect himself politically than make tough decisions to help de-escalate tensions in the Middle East.
The anonymous official’s comments were reported by The Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg in a piece titled: “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here”.
The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.
This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. The relationship between these two administrations— dual guarantors of the putatively “unbreakable” bond between the U.S. and Israel—is now the worst it’s ever been, and it stands to get significantly worse after the November midterm elections. By next year, the Obama administration may actually withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, but even before that, both sides are expecting a showdown over Iran, should an agreement be reached about the future of its nuclear program.
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Houston mayor Annise Parker held a press conference Wednesday to announce the city is dropping subpoenas against several local pastors who allegedly violated a local discrimination ordinance by preaching against homosexuality.
Parker, beset by the scandal that arose after news spread of her administration’s decision to subpoena pulpit speech, came full circle with the decision to withdraw the subpoenas Wednesday. She had pledged just last week to rework the phrasing of the subpoenas, in order not to offend the sensibilities of those who protested that they infringed on the constitutional right to free speech.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Parker remained defiant, even as she capitulated to her critics:
The move is in the best interest of Houston, she said, and is not an admission that the requests were in any way illegal or intended to intrude on religious liberties. The subpoenas were part of a discovery phase in a suit filed by opponents of the equal rights ordinance, who largely take issue with the rights the law extends to gay and transgender residents.
“I didn’t do this to satisfy them,” Parker said of critics. “I did it because it was not serving Houston.”
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A new study targeting a diversity of demographic groups has revealed a massive spike in across-the-board insurance premiums since the implementations of the Affordable Care Act – especially for those who previously enjoyed lower rates because they posed a lower risk burden to insurers.
The study, done by the price-shopping health insurance website HealthPocket and shared with select media outlets in advance of publication, focused on health coverage for both sexes among three distinct age groups – 23 year-olds, 30 year-olds and 63 year-olds – and found that the least damaging price spike still amounted to a whopping 22.7 percent increase (for 63 year-old men) and 37.5 percent increase (for 63 year-old women).
From there, it gets much worse. According to PR Newswire, the youngest group in the study is taking it on the chin:
Premiums in the pre-reform and Obamacare individual health insurance markets were examined for nonsmoking men and women ages 23, 30, and 63 to determine if premiums were affected differently based on age and sex. HealthPocket found that the average health insurance premium increased by double digits for each group examined though some groups saw a much steeper increase than others.
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With the 2014 midterms just days away, Democrats appear to have alienated demographics that were key to the political victories that put their man in the White House two times, according to new polling data.
A survey released this week by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University suggests that so-called millennial voters, people ages 18 to 29, are “up for grabs” in next week’s elections.
According to the results, 51 percent of people in the key demographic would prefer a Congress controlled by the GOP compared to 47 percent who feel Democrats should hold the most legislative power.
The numbers represent a reversal from polling of the millennial generation prior to the midterm elections four years ago. Back then, young voters preferred Democratic control by a 55 percent to 43 percent margin.
“Millennials could be a critical swing vote. Candidates for office: ignore millennial voters at your peril,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams.
The newfound preference for Republican candidates is likely directly related to millennials’ souring view of President Obama, whose approval rating among the demographic is just 43 percent.
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Until the next medical professional goes for a post-Liberian visit bowl and beer, it’s likely that the hubbub over Ebola and President Barack Obama’s almost laughably confused handling thereof is in the rearview mirror. If you’re not already Ebola-positive, you probably won’t contract it — unless you do … maybe. Actually, if there’s one group of people who clearly has no idea whether you should worry about Ebola, that group would be Obama and his retinue. Among them is Ron Klain, assigned to the newly created post of Ebola response coordinator (aka Ebola czar). For all the qualifications Klain brings to the job of ostensibly leading the Obama regime’s counteroffensive against Ebola, he might as well be a used bedpan. It’s almost as if Obama simply tabbed the first person he saw after the people running his perpetual campaign told him he needed an Ebola czar.
Obama: “You, there!”
Klain: “Yes, Mr. President?”
Obama: “Do you have any sort of medical or crisis management training?”
Klain: “No, Mr. President.”
Obama: “Whatever. You’re my new Ebola czar. Valerie Jarrett here will see you’re fitted out with — um — whatever stuff an Ebola czar needs.”
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When Bundy Cobb arrived at the courthouse in Douglas County, Georgia, to vote early, he was wearing the baseball cap he dons to advertise his firearms-training business, Aim True Defense. The cap bore the words “NRA Instructor,” which poll workers said was considered campaigning. They made him take off his cap.
Outraged, Cobb contacted Fox 5 in Atlanta. “It’s definitely not campaigning,” said Cobb, who is certified by the National Rifle Association in firearms training. “And it’s absolutely infringing on my rights to express myself. All this hat does is advertise that I’m an instructor for, certified by NRA and that’s all. It doesn’t endorse any candidate or anything else.”
Douglas County Board of Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton admitted the NRA is not aligned with a particular candidate. “But,” she told Fox 5, “the courts have found that anything that suggests associated with the NRA in many people’s perceptions is associated with the Republican Party. So in an overabundance of caution, Mr. Cobb was asked to remove the hat so that no one could interpret that we were favored, playing any favoritism toward one party over the other.”
The Daily Caller reported that Cobb alerted the State Election Board, “which, he told TheDC, is investigating the case.”
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If you wanted to create a religion that almost everyone would love, how would you do it? Perhaps you would change your faith to make it more appealing to a modern world that is changing at blinding speed. Perhaps you would indicate that you are willing to become more “mainstream” on hot button issues such as gay rights. Perhaps you would invite leaders of other religions from all over the planet to come visit you and make it clear that you consider all of those religions to be valid as well. And all of that “unscientific stuff” about God creating the world in six days and creating mankind out of the dust of the Earth? Well, all of that is just going to have to be thrown out. If all of this sounds vaguely familiar to you, that is because this is exactly what Pope Francis has been doing.
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“[A Living Sacrifice] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”