Week of October 20 – October 18, 2014
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THE DAILY SIGNAL – HERITAGE – Government Spends $1 Million to Study ‘Subversive Propaganda’ Online -10/23
Should the same federal government that improperly denied conservatives tax-exempt status and sought to investigate newsrooms now be tracking the Twitter hashtag #teaparty? Should it be the arbiter of what constitutes “misinformation” online or attempt to reduce “subversive propaganda”? Well, the bureaucracy thinks the answer to all those questions should be yes–and it has already sunk $1 million in the effort.
THE HILL – Dems: Pelosi isn’t going anywhere – -10/22
House Democrats face long odds at the polls and are bracing for depleted numbers next year, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) just yet. Democrats on and off Capitol Hill expect Pelosi to remain as leader regardless of the outcome on Election Day. Pelosi, true to form, has been elusive about her post-election intentions, saying she’s focused on Nov. 4 without thoughts beyond.
BRIEBART – ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands 10/21
In a new video, ISIS shows American-made weapons it says were intended for the Kurds but actually were air dropped into territory they control. At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani. An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a new video online Tuesday entitled, “Weapons and munitions dropped by American planes and landed in the areas controlled by the Islamic State in Kobani.” The video was also posted on the Twitter account of “a3maq news,” which acts as an unofficial media arm of ISIS. The outfit has previously posted videos of ISIS fighters firing American made Howitzer cannons and seizing marijuana fields in Syria. ISIS had broadly advertised its acquisition of a broad range of U.S.-made weapons during its rampage across Iraq. ISIS videos have showed its fighters driving U.S. tanks, MRAPs, Humvees. There are unconfirmed reports ISIS has stolen three fighter planes from Iraqi bases it conquered.
WND – CROWD OF DEMOCRATS WALKS OUT ON OBAMA - 10/20
During an appearance for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who is running for governor of Maryland, “early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity,” reported Reuters. “A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke,” the wire service noted, “and a heckler interrupted his remarks.”
WND – ISRAEL SNUBS OBAMA PLEA FOR PERSONNEL IN EBOLA ZONE – 10/17
The U.S. may be willing to send its finest, the soldiers in its military, to Liberia to fight Ebola, but not Israel. According to a report on Twitchy, America’s best ally in the Middle East for generations has refused to go along with a request from Samantha Power, America’s U.N. ambassador. The reports have pointedly noted that the U.S. cut off flights to Israel over the recent military activity on the part of Hamas, but has continued to provide flight connections to the Ebola-stricken West Africa. “There’s a little buzz today on this story reporting that Israel has turned down a request from Samantha Power and the United States to provide medical assistance and personnel to Ebola-stricken countries in Africa,” the report said.
NEWSMAX – Ebola Chaos Adds to Obama’s Woes - 10/15
Wrapped around all of this is new, emerging chaos surrounding the nation’s response to Ebola. An increasing number of Americans believe that the government’s response to the spread of this deadly virus is more about preserving “open borders” and political correctness than about preventing the illness spreading to the United States. The claim by the CDC director that a travel ban would somehow make the situation worse seems to most illogical and, in light of recent events, just plain dumb.
THE HILL – List: Lawmakers backing travel ban – 10/15
Pressure is building on President Obama to ban flights to West African nations that are battling Ebola as concerns mount about the disease spreading in the United States. Administration officials have resisted a flight ban thus far, arguing it would make it harder to deliver relief supplies to the countries where the virus is rampant.But lawmakers in growing numbers are pushing Obama to reverse course, and polls show the idea has strong public support. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says a flight ban is something Obama should consider, adding that the president already has the authority he would need to put such restrictions in place.
CONSERVATIVE BYTE – Obama: I Hugged And Kissed Ebola Healthcare Workers -Real Smart thing to do? – 10/15
Obama said, “I want to use myself as an example so people have a sense of the science here. I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients. – NOTE: Little does he realize that they are still within the 21 day incubation period after having treated the patient?
NEWSMAX – Boehner: Ban Flights From West Africa to Stop Ebola Spread – 10/15
House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday joined a rising number of Republicans in calling on the Obama administration to ban west African travel to help stop the spread of Ebola. “A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider, along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow,” the Ohio Republican said.
GodFather Politics – “What Do You Think Would Happen if We Burned a Koran on Tonight’s Show”? – 10/14
The discussion about Islam with Ben Affleck and Sam Harris on Bill Maher’s show is still making waves. Journalist Nicholas Kristof also took part in the discussion, backing up Affleck. Both Harris and Maher are atheists. Even so, they shot down Affleck’s claim that Christianity is also a violent religion comparable to or maybe even worse than Islam. Harris also got attacked by Affleck for this comment: “We have to be able to criticize bad ideas, and Islam is the Mother lode of bad ideas.”
- THE HILL – White House: Strategy against ISIS militants is ‘succeeding’ – Any more good jokes out there? 10/14The White House said Tuesday that its strategy to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is “succeeding,” despite gains the terror group has made in recent days that have raised criticisms about the administration’s approach. “We’re in the early days of the execution of that strategy,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of the administration’s use of airstrikes against ISIS. “But certainly the early evidence indicates that this strategy is succeeding.”
ISIS has gained ground in both Iraq and Syria.
DICK MORRIS – Dems Using False Flag Strategy To Steal Senate – 10/13
Failing to persuade voters to support their discredited agenda, Democrats are now determined to use a false flag strategy to advance in stealth to steal a Senate majority. Masquerading as Independents in four key Senate races, Democratic candidates are embracing a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing tactic to fool voters into believing that they are not the party hack/rubber stamps they truly are. By pretending that they are Independents, they can take power and help Obama implement his plan to create a one party government in the U.S. Were these “Independent” Democrats true Independents, their presence in our national politics would be welcome. But they are not. If elected, they would each meekly cast their ballots for Harry Reid to be Majority Leader and form a tame part of his bloc that controls the Senate.
THE HILL – Pentagon: Climate change a national security threat – Are you kidding me? – 10/13
The Pentagon is integrating climate change threats into all of its “plans, operations, and training” across the entire Defense Department, signaling a comprehensive attempt to tackle the impacts of global warming. In a 20-page Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap released on Monday, the Pentagon details its strategic blueprint to address climate change, calling it a “threat multiplier” that has the power to “exacerbate” many of the challenges the U.S. faces today, including “infectious diseases and terrorism.” “Among the future trends that will impact our national security is climate change,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel writes in the report’s introduction.
- THE HILL – Dems want White House shakeup - 10/12
President Obama needs to shake up his White House staff to give new life to his presidency, top Democratic strategists and former White House veterans say. They argue Obama needs an infusion of talent if he hopes to recover over his final two years in office. One prominent party strategist said Obama “should take a flamethrower to his office.” “He needs dramatic change — it’s not even a debatable point,” the strategist said. “The general consensus that the president is surrounded by people who do him more harm than good because they are more focused on pleasing him than they are challenging him or proposing a different course.”