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Where was President Obama?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:06

Where was President Obama?
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

President Obama says he’s “shaken” by this week’s violent attacks on three soldiers in Ottawa by an Islamic jihadist. He immediately phoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer support and “solidarity.” He vowed to “remain vigilant.”

Too bad Obama didn’t show the same resolve after multiple attacks and plots against our troops by Muslim terrorists on our soil.

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And I’m not just talking about the “workplace violence” of jihadist Nidal Hasan, whose Koran-inspired Fort Hood rampage took the lives of 13 American servicemen and servicewomen and one unborn baby.

An entire parade of infidel-hating fanatics targeted U.S. soldiers long before Islamic State barbarians issued threats against our military personnel and their families this fall. What happened in Canada — what ISIS wants worldwide — has been happening here for years under Barry-come-lately’s watch.

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Where was President Obama when Muslim convert Muhammad Hussain was arrested in Maryland in 2010 after scheming to blow up an Army recruitment office to avenge his “Muslim brothers and sisters”? Hussain’s message: “Whoever joins the military, they will be killed.” He planned to “blow one recruiting center up … then we hit another … and just keep it movin’ … Insha’ Allah. … Insha’ Allah. … Do it for jihad.” Next, Hussain told informants he would take on Andrews Air Force Base, blow it up and then take over the homes of military personnel.

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Where was President Obama when Ethiopian-born Muslim Marine reservist Jonathan Melaku — shouting “Allahu Akbar” — fired shots at the Marine Corps Museum in D.C., the Pentagon, a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly, Va., and a Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge, Va., during a months-long jihad campaign in 2010-2011?

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Where was President Obama when Muslim Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo, who went AWOL from Fort Campbell, Ky., was arrested in 2011 with explosives, a gun and jihadi propaganda? Abdo, who shouted, “Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009!” after his arrest, planned to attack soldiers at a restaurant near the base.

Where was President Obama when a gang of Islamic thugs in Newburgh, N.Y., was arrested plotting to “bring death to Jews” at nearby synagogues and “commit jihad” by shooting planes at the local Air National Guard base with Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles?

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Where was President Obama in June 2011 when Seattle jihadists Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., were busted after plotting to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle in a shooting and grenade spree. “Imagine how many young Muslims, if we’re successful, will try to hit these kinds of centers,” Abdul-Latif (an admirer of Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan) exulted. “Imagine how fearful America will be, and they’ll know they can’t push the Muslims around.” His bloodthirsty agenda: “Hopefully there will be more soldiers who come out of the woodwork to serve Allah.”

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Where was President Obama when Muslim convert Muhammad Yusuf (a.k.a. Jose Pimentel) was caught by New York City police in 2011 building a pipe bomb he planned to use to kill police and U.S. soldiers returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yusuf declared that he would wage holy war in the Big Apple to show that “there (were) mujahideen in the city ready to fight jihad here.”

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Where was President Obama when Rezwan Matin Ferdaus was arrested in Framingham, Mass., in 2011 while planning an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with explosives-packed model airplanes, automatic weapons and grenades? Ferdaus declared his intent to “disable their military center,” “cut off the military” and then “take care of the politicians.”

Where was President Obama after an Islamic terrorist ring in Raleigh, N.C., got busted in 2009 plotting to bomb military installations and die “as martyrs in furtherance of violent jihad”? They received overseas training, conducted surveillance of the Quantico, Va., Marine base and conspired to kidnap, maim and kill American targets abroad, as well.

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And where was President Obama in June 2009 when Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad walked into an Arkansas Army recruiting center, murdered 24-year-old Pvt. William Long and gravely wounded 18-year-old Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula?

The Little Rock jihadist had planned on killing many more “infidel forces” in the name of Allah. “The U.S. has to pay for the rape, murder, bloodshed, blasphemy it has done and still doing to the Muslims and Islam,” Muhammad warned. “So consider this a small retaliation the best is to come Allah willing. This is not the first attack and won’t be the last.”

It took three days for the White House to issue a pathetic politically correct statement expressing “sadness” over the attack, which Obama opaquely described as a “senseless act of violence” (instead of the intentional, systematic act of Islamic terrorism that it was). In the same week, the Obama administration issued an immediate condemnation and statement of “outrage” over the shooting death of late-term abortionist George Tiller.

Where was Obama? Sabotaging our borders, restricting our gun rights, working to free Gitmo jihadists, decrying Islamophobia, demonizing conservatives, welcoming jihad sympathizers to the White House and putting politics over national security.

Now “shaken” over the death of a Canadian soldier killed by a jihadist, our president has barely stirred in response to the homegrown Islamic terror campaign against our men and women in uniform under his own aloof nose.

Great: Nurse later diagnosed with Ebola flew because CDC told her it was OK despite low-grade fever

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Earlier today, CDC Director Tom Frieden said that the second nurse to later be diagnosed with Ebola shouldn’t have been allowed to fly.

What Frieden didn’t say was that the CDC gave her the green light to get on the plane in spite of a low grade fever:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of “high risk” and was allowed to fly.

I can’t help but wonder if the CDC would have OK’d her to board the flight if her seat assignment were next to one Tom Frieden.

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Number of people saying ‘do not panic’ about Ebola might be about to drop now that it’s in NYC

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:10

**Written by Doug Powers

A doctor who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola in New York City:

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.

The concern is that just before diagnosis, the doctor had been on the subway, to a bowling alley (which is now closed), and possibly to a restaurant.

Don’t worry though, because the U.S. now has an Ebola Czar who is an expert in implementation and management, just in case Ebola needs to be shown just who’s boss when it comes to corralling a bunch of bureaucrats into a room to strategize about things they know very little about. But rumor has it Ronald Klain did once roll a 137 at Harvard Lanes in rented shoes, so by this administration’s definition of “communicable disease expert,” he’s got the bowling angle handled.

The MSM’s approach is about to swing wildly:

Now we get to watch smug NYC journos who were lecturing everyone else not to freak out about Ebola…freak out about Ebola.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 24, 2014

Regardless of how Ebola arrived in NYC, the calls for flight bans from affected countries aren’t exactly about to decline either.

In closing, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air made a good point:

We should note that Dr. Spencer put his life on the line to help people in Guinea, a courageous effort that deserves recognition. It doesn’t change the fact that running around on public transportation within the incubation period to go bowling seems very irresponsible — and if a doctor can’t be disciplined enough to self-isolate, those with less understanding of the issues probably won’t be either.

**Written by Doug Powers

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‘Only white boy on the east side of Wilmington’ Joe Biden warns of ‘crazy’ Tea Party

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:35

**Written by Doug Powers

The Joe Biden headline of the week (so far):

https://twitter.com/ThePowersThatBe/status/522202248651087872

Vice President “put y’all back in chains” is cranking up the rhetoric heading into next month’s elections. Translation from the Pander-Matic 5000: I speak jive:

Vice President Joe Biden, in a closed-door meeting with black clergy in South Carolina on Tuesday, referred to himself as “the only white boy on the east side of Wilmington” as he recalled his days as a Delaware public defender and pressed faith leaders to elect Democrats this year.

He offered a candid critique of Republicans, calling the tea party “crazy,” according to a detailed readout of Biden’s remarks provided to CNN by a person in the room.

“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” he said, according to the source. “This is a different breed of cat, man. I am not making a moral judgment, but I will tell you that they have no judgment.”

“This is not your father’s Republican party”? Beats a reminder about their grandfather’s Democratic party, right Joe?

**Written by Doug Powers

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Caption DWS after being asked which Senate Dems Obama has been campaigning for

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:21

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s a good thing they didn’t ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she voted for Obama — she might have gone full-blown “Scanners” (via Twitchy):

The latest awkward moment between President Obama and Democrats has arrived http://t.co/6drjZtbDli https://t.co/YfG4iPVvRH

— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) October 23, 2014

“Homina homina homina…”

Caption away!

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Just to get things started: “What do you mean you can’t find my perm kit?”

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is among those Dems who know that if Obama were to show up, he’d be handing out cancellation notices — except this time for something much more important, like her Senate seat:

"We have a lot going on. I don't think it makes sense for the president " to come to nh right now – @SenatorShaheen #nhsendebate

— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) October 23, 2014

Maybe Alaska Dem Sen. Mark Begich will be a little more open to bragging about his support for, and from, Obama:

Will Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Michelle Nunn be more open to discussing how she has and will support Obama’s agenda if she’s elected next month?

And don’t forget about true patriot Alison Grimes, who knows that American heroes have fought and died for her right not to admit who she voted for.

They’re SO braggadocious about what’s been accomplished in the last few years!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Shocker! Somehow a voting machine in Cook County, Illinois knows just what to do

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:26

**Written by Doug Powers

Who’s up for a re-run of “The Daley Show”?

The “honest mistakes” with these things almost always favor Democrats — even more so when we’re talking about voting machines in Cook County, Illinois:

Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.

“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

Clearly the machine was programmed incorrectly — every vote for a Republican is supposed to record THREE votes for the Democrat. Somebody’s getting fired!

But in a county that banned “honest mistakes” in elections decades ago, this is nevertheless being called an honest mistake:

Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti told Illinois Watchdog the machine was taken out of service and tested.

“This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”

The voting machine in Cook County knew it was supposed to change the Republican vote to Democrat all on its own? It’s like the “Skynet” of Illinois voting shenanigans. If it becomes self-aware before November of 2016, Barack Obama gets a third term.

County election officials plan to contact others who voted in the district on the same machine as soon as somebody finds the Ouija board.

(h/t Illinois Review)

**Written by Doug Powers

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FLOTUS’ convincing ‘yummy face’ sure to motivate kids to eat more veggies

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Michelle Obama did an impression of kids eating a FLOTUS-approved school lunch today. Twitchy sets the scene:

A group of fifth graders joined the first lady in the White House garden Tuesday for the fall harvest and later dined with Mrs. Obama on the just-picked vegetables.

“REAL tomato ketchup, Eddie?”

Mrs Obama joins kids in eating some of the just-picked veggies in the healthy meal recipes. pic.twitter.com/anlj6c8YLb

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 14, 2014

So I guess we should also talk about his, eh?

Hey, @Alphacat. The First Lady wants to know… #TurnipForWhat? https://t.co/WL7jCellbC #AskTheFirstLady #TD4W

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) October 15, 2014

Don’t miss FLOTUS’ upcoming remakes of and “If I Didn’t Carrot.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama question dodge of the day: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen twists self into pretzel

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:58

**Written by Doug Powers

At yesterday’s New Hampshire Senate debate, incumbent Jeanne Shaheen didn’t deny that she’s voted with Obama 99 percent of the time (I was surprised it was that low), but when asked to answer yes or no to the question of whether Obama’s done a good job, Shaheen went into full “pretzel twist” mode:

The moderator should have asked her if she voted for Obama and it might have gotten really funny.

Other Dems are also attempting to run out the clock on this election, and Chris Matthews said “it’s like Obama has Ebola” (the leg thrill is still there, but it is now wearing a Haz-Mat suit).

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Paging Sheriff Joe! Company co-owned by husband of Sen. Kay Hagan allegedly pocketed unspent stimulus money

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:35

**Written by Doug Powers

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That is why I have asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort – because nobody messes with Joe. I have told each member of my Cabinet as well as mayors and governors across the country that they will be held accountable by me and the American people for every dollar they spend.”

–Barack Obama, 2/24/09

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Here’s Sen. Kay Hagan in 2009 explaining why she voted for the stimulus bill:

Most important, though, this legislation delivers on our simple promise to change the way things work in Washington — for working families and not for special interests.

So how did that work out?

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The story about Sen. Hagan’s husband’s company getting a stimulus grant isn’t new, but according to the Carolina Journal they made a neat little profit off an overcharge that wasn’t repaid:

JDC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband Charles “Chip” Hagan, lowered the total cost of a 2010 stimulus-funded energy project but kept all of the savings, sending none back to taxpayers who had funded the stimulus grant.

The company’s original application stated the total project would cost $438,627, and said JDC would contribute “leveraged funds” amounting to $187,983, or 43 percent of the total. As the project reached completion, however, JDC revised the total budget downward by $114,519 and applied all the savings to its share, keeping all the taxpayer funding.

Read the whole story here and remember it for the next time Sen. Hagan says the stimulus worked, because it did — for some.

“Sheriff Joe” might want to look into that after he’s done rooting out “Shylocks” elsewhere.

**Written by Doug Powers

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The Hunter Biden Chronicles

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:36

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The Hunter Biden Chronicles
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way.

The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news last week after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had been booted from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use. His drug abuse was certainly no surprise to the Navy, which issued him a waiver for a previous drug offense before commissioning him as a public affairs officer at the age of 43. The Navy also bent over backward a second time with an age waiver so he could secure the cushy part-time job.

Papa Biden loves to tout his middle-class, “Average Joe” credentials. But rest assured, if his son had been “Hunter Smith” or “Hunter Jones” or “Hunter Brown,” the Navy’s extraordinary dispensations would be all but unattainable. Oh, and if he had been “Hunter Palin,” The New York Times would be on its 50th front-page investigative report by now.

Despite the disgraceful ejection from our military, Hunter’s Connecticut law license won’t be subject to automatic review. Because, well, Biden.

Biden’s bennies are not just one-offs. Skating by, flouting rules and extracting favors are the story of Hunter’s life.

Hunter’s first job, acquired after Joe Biden won his 1996 Senate re-election bid in Delaware, was with MBNA. That’s the credit card conglomerate and top campaign finance donor that forked over nearly $63,000 in bundled primary and general contributions from its employees to then Sen. Biden. As I’ve reported previously, Daddy Biden secured his custom-built, multimillion-dollar house in Delaware’s ritziest Chateau Country neighborhood with the help of a leading MBNA corporate executive. Average Joe went on to carry legislative water for MBNA in the Senate for years.

Hunter zoomed up to senior vice president by early 1998 and then scored a plum position in the Clinton administration’s Commerce Department, specializing in “electronic commerce” before returning to MBNA three years later as a high-priced “consultant.” While he collected those “consulting” (translation: nepotistic access-trading) fees, Hunter became a “founding partner” in the lobbying firm of Oldaker, Biden and Belair in 2002.

William Oldaker was Papa Biden’s former fundraiser, campaign treasurer and general counsel — a Beltway barnacle whose Democratic machine days dated back to Teddy Kennedy’s 1980 presidential bid. Under Oldaker’s tutelage, Hunter lobbied for drug companies, universities and other deep-pocketed clients to the tune of nearly $4 million billed to the company by 2007.

Coincidentally, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama personally requested and secured cozy taxpayer-subsidized earmarks for several of Hunter’s clients.

Hunter got himself appointed to multiple corporate board positions, including a directorship with Eudora Global. It’s an investment firm founded by one Jeffrey Cooper, head of one of the biggest asbestos-litigation firms in the country. SimmonsCooper, based in Madison County, Ill., donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Biden the Elder’s various political campaigns over the past decade — all while the firm poured $6.5 million into lobbying against a key tort-reform bill, which former Sen. Biden worked hard to defeat. Cooper also contributed to the Delaware attorney-general campaign of Hunter’s older brother, Beau, and paid Beau for legal work on lucrative asbestos-litigation cases.

Hunter also was previously a top official at Paradigm Global Advisors, a hedge fund holding company founded with Vice President Biden’s brother, James, and marketed by convicted finance fraudster Allen Stanford. As Paradigm chairman, Hunter oversaw half a billion dollars of client money invested in hedge funds while remaining a lobbyist at Oldaker, Biden and Belair. Cooper chipped in $2 million for the ill-fated venture, which went bust amid nasty fraud lawsuits.

Continually failing upward, Hunter snagged a seat on the board of directors of taxpayer-subsidized, stimulus-inflated Amtrak, where he pretended not to be a lobbyist, but rather an “effective advocate” for the government railroad system serving the 1 percenters’ D.C.-NYC corridor.

So, where does a coke-abusing influence peddler go after raking in gobs of Daddy-enabled dough and abusing the U.S. Navy’s ill-considered generosity? Back to Cronyland! Hunter joined Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings — owned by a powerful Russian government sympathizer who fled to Russia in February — this spring. The hypocritical lobbyist-bashers at the White House deny he will be lobbying and deny any conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, Just Like You Joe was whipping up class envy in South Carolina last week. “Corporate profits have soared,” he railed, thanks to “these guys running hedge funds in New York,” who are to blame for “income inequality.” You know, like his son and brother and their Beltway back-scratching patrons.

The Bidens: They’re not like us.

Alison Grimes doubles down: Military has fought and died for my right to not admit I voted for Obama

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Late last week I said Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Grimes set the “gold standard” for dodging a question about whether she voted for Obama in 2008 and/or 2012. At a debate tonight against Mitch McConnell, Grimes took that gold standard to a higher level.

Here’s the video with a partial transcript. Short version: America’s finest have fought and died for her right not to answer the “who did you vote for” question:

“Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box — for a secret ballot. You have that right, Senator McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has that right. And as secretary of state — the chief election official — I’m tasked with overseeing and making sure we’re enforcing all our election laws. And I’ve worked very closely, especially with the members of our military, to ensure the privacy at the ballot box — those that lay their life on that line…”

Here’s what I heard: “Look, our boys didn’t storm the beaches at Normandy just so 70 years later some fascist could ask me if I voted in favor of Hope & Change!”

Grimes said her refusal to say who she voted for was a “matter of principle”. Actually there are two principles that Grimes is trying to protect with her serial non-answer: Peter and Darwinian.

This message brought to you by the Founding Fathers:

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Idiocracy update: Labor Secretary has brilliant idea to boost labor force participation

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:43

**Written by Doug Powers

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The labor force participation rate is at its lowest level since America was drowning its malaise in Billy Beer. Why is the U.S. labor force so small? According to Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who on his worst days makes Robert Reich look like a supply-sider, too few people are being paid not to work, or something:

Paid leave will improve the nation’s labor participation rate, currently at record lows, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said on Monday.

“It is a sleeper issue that will sleep no more,” Perez told a gathering at the National Press Club.

“Every first Friday of the month, the most frequently asked question I get, ‘What can you do, Tom, to increase labor force participation?’ Well, let’s talk about paid leave and let’s compare the United States with Canada,” Perez said.

“The labor force participation rate of women ages 25 to 54 in the year 2000 in the U.S. and Canada was virtually identical. Today, Canada is ahead of us by roughly 8 percentage points, in large measure because they have generous paid leave laws and they provide affordable access to affordable child care.


The first step on the road to economic recovery would be to get this guy fitted for a Marxist dunce cap (or maybe he could just borrow Nancy Pelosi’s). That said, I might agree with his motivation for paid leave as long as Perez is the first one paid to leave.

In the private sector, how would “paid leave” increase the size of the labor force if there are no jobs? That’s why people like Perez believe in the promise of government jobs, because those ridiculous theories are workable in the public sector utopia:

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See? Paid leave works! Has Perez considered that maybe the private sector would have a little more time for paid leave if they weren’t so busy working to pay for the public sector’s paid leave?

The Perez full employment theory explained in just a few seconds here.

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NIH director: You know, we might have an Ebola vaccine if we had adequate funding

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Never let a crisis go to waste:

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You knew this was coming:

As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country’s top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget cuts.

Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.

There’s not enough money for Ebola vaccine research, but somehow the government always seems to scrape up enough funding for studies about duck genitalia and so much more:

This is how the NIH spends your money. So they can just STFU with the "budget cuts" nonsense: pic.twitter.com/5vavMzAHAs

— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) October 13, 2014

What's that, the NIH wants more money? Here I found some. http://t.co/ISu9Mcy3h1

— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) October 13, 2014

NIH's funding went from about 17 Billion to over 30 billion from 2000 to 2014. You're really going to claim funding is the issue? Nonsense.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) October 13, 2014

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Obama pulls fleeing Dems back in again: ‘These are all folks who vote with me’

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:57

**Written by Doug Powers

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Earlier this month, President Obama reminded voters that his policies are on the ballot next month, which caused a bit of panic in the Dem ranks.

Things are looking so grim that Obama even went on Al Sharpton’s sketch comedy show on MSNBC yesterday to preach to the liberal choir Dems fear will be staying home next month. In the process, Obama handed the GOP more arrows:

Describing the “tough map” that Democrats face in this year’s midterms, Obama told Sharpton, “A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win. And so some of the candidates there — it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout.”

“The bottom line though is, these are all folks who vote with me, they have supported my agenda in Congress,” Obama added, citing the minimum wage and fair pay as issues on which they all agree. “This isn’t about my feelings being hurt, these are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me,” the president said.

Some Dems on the ballot next month are not only hiding the fact they have or would vote in support of Obama’s agenda — but at least one doesn’t even want to admit she voted for Obama.

Obama, however, has no intention of letting them off that easily. Pass the popcorn.

**Written by Doug Powers

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John McCain calls for ‘Ebola Czar’ after 2nd person tests positive; ‘Golf Czar’ already on the job

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:35

**Written by Doug Powers

A health care worker who was involved in treating Ebola patient Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the virus in Dallas:

If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

Meanwhile, a top federal health official said the health care worker’s Ebola diagnosis shows there was a clear breach of safety protocol and all those who treated Thomas Eric Duncan are now considered to be potentially exposed.

Dr. Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resources, said during a news conference Sunday that the worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield while they provided care to Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Varga did not identify the worker and says the family of the worker has “requested total privacy.”

Another historic first! And the CDC continues to say Ebola is totally hard to catch.

This morning, John McCain said this situation calls for immediate czar creation:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday called for President Obama to nominate an “Ebola czar” to coordinate the administration’s response to the deadly virus.

“I’d like to know who’s in charge,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The senator’s appearance followed news from Dallas early Sunday that a second Ebola patient had been identified – a healthcare worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient who died last week.

McCain said his constituents in Arizona are “not comforted” and “need more reassurance.”

The senator said the administration should also “look at” airports in West Africa as well as those in the United States.

“Americans have to be assured here,” McCain added.

Because the Transparency Czar, Car Czar, Border Czar, Government Performance Czar, Stimulus Accountability Czar, et al have been such rousing successes.

Meanwhile, the Fundraising Czar returned and briefly transformed into Photo Op Czar:

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/521341963975819264

This was put together so quickly the Fundraising Czar forgot to remove the Golf Czar’s jacket:

The photo op of Pres Obama on phone with Burwell lasted only 40 seconds. No remarks could be heard through window. pic.twitter.com/TwcdAPZZqp

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 12, 2014

Golf Czar was then on the job:

Pres Obama now at Ft Belvoir for a round of golf. By my count, this is his 200th round of golf as President.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 12, 2014

Never let it be said he can’t multitask.

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Crowd so shocked a Dem candidate allowed Obama to campaign for him that some had to walk out

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 22:14

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama is in such demand these days that on Sunday he did his first — yes first — campaign appearance for a Democrat on the ballot next month. Obama was in Maryland campaigning for the Democrat candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, who either wanted the president to personally lobby on his behalf or was too slow to mount a successful retreat like so many other Dems.

This Reuters headline sums things up:

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Maybe the audience was so stunned a Dem candidate accepted Obama’s help this year that they had to remove themselves from the room.

From New York Times First Draft:

Maybe it was the huge traffic jam that the 8,000 people in a Maryland high school gym were anticipating at the end of President Obama’s speech. Or maybe some people had decided that getting a quick picture of Mr. Obama was all they really wanted.

Whatever the reason, a noticeable stream of people — perhaps 200 or more — started filing out just minutes after the president started making his pitch for Anthony Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland.

Thousands of people at the event in Upper Marlboro heard every word, and as Mr. Obama’s aides fervently noted, there was an overflow room at the event, a testimony to the interest in the president’s appearance.

But it was hard not to notice that the crowd in at least some of the stands resembled that of a blowout baseball game in the sixth inning, when the less-than-die-hards have had enough.

Metaphor alerts aplenty for the upcoming elections:

Obama: "This week obviously everybody's been spending a lot of time concerned about the spread of disease …"

— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 20, 2014

Sure, but enough about explaining away anti-Dem sentiment at the polls next month — what about Ebola?

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George Stephanopoulos: Ronald Klain is the communications and management expert government needs (wasn’t Obama supposed to be?)

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:06

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama’s choice of longtime Democrat hack Ronald Klain to be “Ebola Czar” was lauded by those who also believe we’re just a couple of political activists who are adept at doling out somebody else’s money away from the cure for cancer. George Stephanopoulos said this morning that Klain is just what “the government” needs.

From Newsbusters:

Speaking to weekend GMA host Dan Harris, Stephanopoulos insisted that “Ron Klain is an expert in communications, he’s an expert in management. That’s what the government needs right now.

By “the government” Stephanopoulos means “the Obama administration.” Hey, wasn’t Obama sold to the country as the management and communications expert the government (and America) needed?

So far the “communications and management expert” can’t even convince anybody to fast track paperwork:

Ron Klain, the newly announced White House Ebola “czar,” was spotted entering the White House at about 5:30 p.m., but did not attend the meeting because he hasn’t officially started, White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said. He is still completing paperwork and hopes to start in the next week, she said.

Klain has however already started to test out the training wheels even though his application and W-2 haven’t been fully processed by personnel:

Klain — whose official title will be “Ebola response coordinator” — did meet separately Saturday with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough “to start to get up to speed,” Palmieri said.

Doesn’t Klain bear a striking resemblance to the bumbling “not a scientist” in this Holiday Inn “Ebola” ad from 2001?

Very prescient, Holiday Inn.

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Wendy Davis’ campaign website selling baby onesies — baby optional

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 16:05

**Written by Doug Powers

Don’t get too close to this just in case there’s a lightning strike from on high (via Daily Caller):

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Not unlike the Davis campaign in Texas and accompanying moral value of her position on abortion, the onesie pictured above is empty… perhaps for unintentional symbolic reasons.

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