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Live by reconciliation, die by reconciliation

Obamacare was passed using a tricky little adaption of a parliamentary maneuver called reconciliation. Mitch McConnell says he will use that same maneuver to kill it if the GOP takes the Senate.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he would be willing to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority if he takes over as majority leader in January, his spokesman told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.

The announcement comes just days before Tuesday’s midterm congressional election, in which Republicans have a strong chance of seizing the upper chamber from the Democrats and putting the Kentucky senator in charge.

“Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he’ll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs. He knows it won’t be easy, but he also believes that if Republicans are fortunate enough to take back the majority we’ll owe it to the American people to try through votes on full repeal, the bill’s most onerous provisions, and reconciliation,” McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire wrote in an emailed statement.

Reconciliation is a parliamentary maneuver that allows legislation to be passed without needing the usual 60 votes to overcome blockage by a filibuster.

Of course Obama will veto the repeal and there won’t be enough votes to overturn it so, when all is said and done, it is political theater.

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Released GitMo detainees fighting with ISIS

No surprise there.

Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote to Hagel on Thursday also urging a suspension of detainee transfers. He cited, among other concerns, “public reports that detainees are specifically rejoining the fight alongside ISIL.”

“The U.S. Government must not release terrorist detainees at the same time we have committed U.S. service members to fight ISIL,” McKeon wrote. “To continue to do so just as we have had to open a new front in the war on terror is unthinkable. Thus, I request an immediate suspension of all detainee transfers.”

The intelligence on where detainees have gone offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria.

A number of former detainees also have chosen to help these groups from outside the country, financing operations and supporting their propaganda campaigns.

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Eric the Holder still has some dirty tricks up his sleeve

For example, there is this tin-pot, shittly little stunt.

Hot on the heels of the Department of Justice’s suddenly-renewed interest in George Zimmerman’s civil rights liability in the self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin (see: FBI Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case) just days before next week’s election comes another DOJ action timed perfectly for electoral manipulation.

National Review Online is reporting that the FBI (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DOJ) has made the highly unusual decision to disclose their investigation into Mike Rounds (pictured above), a Republican Senate candidate in South Dakota, less than a week before next Tuesday’s vote.

The alleged misconduct being investigated is somewhat obscure–something involving a work visa program in the state–but it is notable that the alleged misconduct was to have occurred three years ago, and the FBI’s announcement comes a year after the state’s own attorney general closed its own investigation without bringing any charges.

The concern, of course, is that the FBI announcement was timed to influence Rounds’ prospects in next week’s voting. When asked for more detail, the FBI replied that the agent in charge of the investigation would be unavailable to provide additional information until late next week, after the election, thus leaving a cloud over Rounds’ candidacy through election day.

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Freaky Halloween Caption Contest

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Officer MacLeod is a little confused

This police officer has confused “respect for the law” with “respect for Officer MacLeod”. When police officers get confused in that manner, they become dangerous.

Granted, we haven’t seen the whole encounter and it may very well be the “God bless you” was sarcastic as hell, still, the kid’s comment doesn’t really strike me as fighting words.

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Doctors bailing out of Obamacare

They want no part if it.

Over 214,000 doctors won’t participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It’s also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

In January, an estimated 70% of California’s physicians were not participating in Covered California plans.

There are three reasons they are bailing

1) Substantially lower reimbursement rates
2) A significant risk of not getting paid at all
3) Sicker patients that cost more to care for

To Obamacare users: Congratulations. You have insurance. Now try to use it.

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La Raza publishes helpful voting guide

The group supporting illegal immigrants has offered them a helpful guide as to where they can vote in America without an ID.

The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.

“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification.

Meanwhile, you need an ID to buy Sinutab in all 50 states.

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Homeland Security is really cracking down hard!

The US Border Patrol is getting deadly serious about illegal border crossings.

U.S. Border Patrol agents slapped a $5,000 fine on an American citizen this week for slipping into the United States from Canada on a mountain bike, the agency announced Wednesday.

The 40-year-old American and his 44-year-old Canadian companion were nabbed Sunday near Houlton, Maine, after allegedly biking across the border south of Notre Dame, Canada, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

A Border Patrol agent spotted the two men at about 2:30 p.m. with mountain bikes on a dirt road near the border. After questioning the suspects, the agent arrested them for illegally crossing the border.

Each was fined $5,000, said CBP.

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Alarmists to ‘fast-track’ bad weather as global warming

Remember when it was freezing cold and somebody would say, “well, so much for global warming”. The alarmists would always say, “there is a difference between weather and the climate and this is just weather”.

Now the alarmists have a new plan: Any bad weather can be immediately attributed to global warming. Good weather will be ignored.

Environmental scientists want to introduce a new system to prove that adverse weather events are directly linked to climate change to counter global warming sceptics.

Under the new plan, a heatwave or major storm will be linked scientifically to man made climate change immediately after the event to prevent critics from blaming it on natural variations in the weather.

Scientists want to be able to provide proof of whether an event was caused by climate change within three day rather than the current system which can take up to a year.

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Ebola nurse won’t stay home..

She is refusing voluntary isolation.

Kaci Hickox, the Ebola nurse who was forcibly held in an isolation tent in New Jersey for three days, says she will not obey instructions to remain at home in Maine for 21 days.

“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines,” Hickox tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.”

Maine health officials have said they expect her to agree to be quarantined at her home for a 21-day period. The Bangor Daily News reports.

But Hickox tells TODAY she will pursue legal action if Maine forces her into continued isolation. “If the restrictions placed on me by the state of Maine are not lifted by Thursday morning, I will go to court to fight for my freedom,” she says.

Ah, yes. She is wrapping herself in the mantle of liberty and freedom. Because freedom carries no responsibility to your neighbors or fellow man. Freedom means doing what you want, when you want, others be damned. Because freedom is your right and everybody knows there are no responsibilities associated with rights.

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The Feminist Utopia

A radical feminist tries to lay out a vision for a better tomorrow: Men regulated almost out of existence.

All of men’s (alive and euthanised) belongings, property, resources and land will be confiscated from men and handed back to female care and supervision – property rights over land will be abolished. You can’t own land!

All men at least above 15 (or younger if very asocial) should live separately from women and children, on their own in small huts or studios, isolated from one another and scattered around so that women can keep an eye on them (they should never be in groups or packs, that would be illegal). So it would also be illegal for male adults to impose their presence on females, girls and children. Men would have to care for themselves on their own: food, laundry, etc. No male above his age of puberty would be allowed to receive any kind of service from a female. Their life expectancy would probably drop to the age of 40, but that’s how things should be. Women’s life expectancy without men would rise to 130 years at least.

PIV would be illegal too of course, as well as the initiation of any verbal or physical contact to women and girls or boy children, unless solicited by a woman for specific matters. I’m not sure what to do about boy children. Obviously you know my opinion, but let’s say that’s up to the mother to decide what she wants to do before he turns of age to leave the female family circle.

In order to keep all men and post-pubescent boys busy, we’d send them to clean up the vast amounts of detritus, pollution and toxic wastes men have littered and almost killed the world with. Much of the damage to the earth is irreversible, however with a great deal of effort and genius, women will find sustainable, natural and simple ways of healing a lot of the damage men have caused, and send men off to do the dirty work. No man will be allowed to take any decision without female guidance. We know what happens when men decide on their own! DISASTER.

You really should read it all. It’s a hoot.

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US plans to bring foreign Ebola patients to US

Sure. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen?

The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop.

Some countries “are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances” before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed by The Washington Times.

“The United States needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis,” says the four-page memo, which lists as its author Robert Sorenson, deputy director of the office of international health and biodefense.

Meanwhile, back in the sane world, Australia institutes a travel ban from West Africa.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced “strong controls” on arrivals from West African countries affected by cases of the deadly disease.

Telling Australia’s parliament during a question time session Monday that his ministry was currently “not processing any application from these (Ebola) affected countries,” he said that the government was also suspending its humanitarian program.

He added that holders of permanent Australian visas based in these countries would be subject to a mandatory, three-week quarantine process prior to their departure. Visitors approved to travel to Australia will also face further screening and followup checks upon arrival.

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NASA rocket explodes during liftoff

This seems pretty much symbolic of everything the government does these days, doesn’t it?

It happened was about an hour ago…

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Not very Iowa…

Heh.

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Union alarmed by DHS order for millions of blank green cards

They see the writing on the wall.

A union that represents thousands of federal immigration officers is raising alarm after the U.S. government ordered supplies to create millions of blank work permits and green cards, touching off speculation that the Obama administration may be preparing executive action on immigration.

The Associated Press reported last week that the new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department would allow the government to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the next five years. The move appeared to suggest that the administration is preparing for a surge of work permit applications from illegal immigrants.

Kenneth Palinkas, the president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, said in a press release Monday that he believes the move indicates the administration is planning to enact “massive unilateral amnesty” after the midterm elections.

“…If you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty,” he said. “Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors. We who serve in our nation’s immigration agencies are pleading for your help – don’t let this happen. Express your concern to your Senators and Congressmen before it is too late.”

Don’t worry. The White House says that concern that the order for the green card and work permit card-stock by DHS is foreshadowing of executive orders on immigration policy is “crazy”.

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Panic Panic

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The media and the liberal elite are really quite panicked that you might panic. They are constantly assuming that you are at the edge of panic that might just become full fledged hysteria. They see it as their responsibility to comfort you and do everything they can to keep you from doing what they think you are always at right at the edge of doing: going full retard.

The elites see all you flyover people as really little more than superstitious rubes living in fear and ready at all times to go to the pitch forks and torches.

If a crime is committed by an African American man, they conceal his race from you because they assume you will get out the ropes and start lynching every black man you see.

If a dedicated jihadi beheads a coworker while screaming “Allahu Akbar” they tell us it is simple workplace violence because they assume you will firebomb the nearest mosque.

If Ebola infections occur in the United States, they will cite “science” and tell you that you have nothing about which to worry despite the reality that there are many unknowns about the current state of Ebola virology. They fear that you will burn down the hospital if you aren’t given a dose of MSM sedative.

Mark Hemingway explains how the MSM elite’s “panic panic” actually contributes to distrust of the so-called “experts” and makes things worse.

To some extent, this is just another way that the media are at once disdainful of their readers, and insecure about their self-declared expertise. And they should be insecure, because they are not experts in virology. Or economics, nutrition, religion, or any of the myriad subjects the media regularly get wrong. They can’t tell the future, but they act like they can. And they sure can’t reliably predict human behavior. When it comes to situations such as the Ebola crisis, there are, as Donald Rumsfeld put it, a lot of “unknown unknowns.” Situations like this call for humility and facts first, pronouncements later.

However, the Ebola coverage is just the latest example of a familiar process. It’s a common enough phenomenon that I suggested it needs a name, and a couple of smart friends suggested I call it “hacklash.” I’ll take a stab at fleshing out the problem: Again and again we see the media and political establishment, which frequently collude, trying to preempt calls for honesty and accountability by enforcing some elite consensus that’s dismissive of the need to address institutional failures. There’s a dismissal of legitimate concerns, right up until the facts finally overwhelm the preferred narrative and prompt some degree of public outrage. When the public inevitably gets wise, it’s often before the media catch up, but usually too late to have avoided some secondary consequence or disaster. Each failure leaves the public more distrustful than they were before, and this necessitates even more aggressive attempts to ratchet up the elite consensus. Lather, rinse, repeat. This is basically the story of the Obama presidency, where nearly all of the staggering failures and crises–Ebola, ISIS, Obamacare, Benghazi, et al.–have played out in a similar fashion.

Of course there are exceptions: The MSM has been stoking fear and panic about global warming. The reason for this exception is clear: Elites are perfectly comfortable with you panicking, tearing down capitalism and demanding the government take control of every aspect of our public and private lives. In this case, the panic serves their ends.

In this case, as in the examples above, however, the elites underestimate the folks of Flyover Land. We don’t panic. African American crime doesn’t turn us into lynch mobs, jihadis don’t have us burning mosques, Ebola doesn’t have us in a health panic and global warming fear-mongering doesn’t have us tearing down our economy.

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Berkeley students demand Bill Maher invitation be withdrawn

Increasingly, American college students demand to be isolated inside a comfortable ideological bubble where all they ever hear is sanitized, leftist echos. For example, now they don’t even want Bill Maher (!) to speak.

In response to an announcement last week that comedian Bill Maher would speak at UC Berkeley’s fall commencement, an online petition started circulating Thursday that demanded that the campus rescind its invitation.

The Change.org petition was authored by ASUC Senator Marium Navid, who is backed by the Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition, or MEMSA, and Khwaja Ahmed, an active MEMSA member. The petition, which urges students to boycott the decision and asks the campus to stop him from speaking, has already gathered more than 1,400 signatures as of Sunday.

Maher, a stand-up comedian and host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, is best known for his often-polarizing political commentary. Recently, Maher faced some backlash after controversial remarks regarding Islam during a segment on his Oct. 6 show.

Commencement: A ceremony marking the end of a program of studies that informs the world they are “educated” and are in possession of the credentials to prove it. What a joke.

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The Problem with Russia

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Clinton v. Bush 2016?

An American Oligarchy.

Will another member of the Bush family dynasty make a run for the White House? In an interview in College Station, Texas, this week, George P. Bush told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl he thinks his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will “more than likely” run for president in 2016.

“I think it’s actually, I think it’s more than likely that he’s giving this a serious thought in moving forward,” George P. Bush told Karl aboard his campaign bus in College Station, Texas.

“More than likely that he’ll run?” Karl asked.

“That he’ll run,” Bush said. “If you had asked me a few years back, I would’ve said it was less likely.”

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If we just had a law against murder…

Evidently the shooter in Washington was 14 years old and he used his father’s .40 caliber Beretta. This means…

He broke the law against anyone under 21 possessing a handgun or handgun ammunition.

He broke the law against carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

He broke the law against carrying a weapon in a school.

He broke various laws against discharging a weapon in unauthorized areas.

He broke various laws against assault.

He broke the law against murder.

In other words, the kid broke at least a dozen laws and still managed to shoot up a gun-free-zone.

As the usual fools begin to offer up new laws in the wake of this shooting, we should ask them: Why would a kid who broke all of the laws listed above not break the new laws as well?

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“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

If corporations and businesses don’t create jobs, who does? The Job Fairy?

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FEC to regulate the Revo?

They are moving to start regulating political blogs. After all, if there is one thing the government can’t have, that is free political speech.

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.

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What happens when you serve McDonald’s to Euro food snobs?

Well, if you present it like tapas and tell them it is organic, they love it.

Hit the CC button for English subtitles.

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Obama’s Fast and Furious cover-up is going strong

The self proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” has claimed executive privilege regarding Fast and Furious for Eric Holder’s wife.

Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.

It’s been so long, here is a reminder. Holder’s Justice Department legally acquired guns from US gun dealers, transferred them to Mexican drug lords and then, when the guns were used in all manner of crimes, blamed the US gun dealers. It was all part of the administration’s plan to to demonize gun dealers, guns and gun owners in order to advance their gun control agenda.

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Subway Hatchet Man in NY

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One man with a hatchet, two cops down, one bystander shot.

An NYPD rookie is in critical condition and another police officer is in stable condition after being attacked by a man wielding a hatchet on a Queens street Thursday, police said.

Two other officers fired on the man, stopping the attack. The assailant was pronounced dead at the scene. A 29-year-old female bystander was also struck by a bullet and underwent surgery at Jamaica Hospital, where she’s recovering, officials said.

What do we know about the hatchetman? That’s right, you guessed it. Let’s go to his Facebook page.

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Based on that, I think we can say that it is a case of random street violence, don’t you think? The source of the problem is a scandalous lack of universal background checks for hatchets. Time to close the hardware loophole.

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