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"It's as though the turkeys mounted a counterattack. It's almost as if they were...organized."

From the estimable Mr Pierce, re one R. Doouthat:

ISOLATION BOOB
By Charles P. Pierce on October 21, 2014


- I wonder how, in a nation born of Enlightenment values, dedicated to reason in all things, in the country that sent men to the moon, conquered polio, and invented the Internet and Tang, the citizens could have been induced to abandon science and retreat into primal superstition, how they all could have climbed so deeply in what was thought to be a vestigial national lizard brain. It's almost as though there were a political movement that came along that found that it could deploy fear and superstition, and bogus economics, to gain political advantage. It's almost as though there were a political movement that sanctified the notion in the public mind that the government, the ultimate product of the ongoing creative experiment of self-government, was the problem. It's almost as though there were a major political party, in a country that only allows itself two, that gave itself over to this political movement and proposed and enacted policies that recreated the old class divides while sowing distrust of empirical solutions and of expertise in every area from climate science to the making of war. It's almost as though there was a class of ambitious journalists who saw promoting this movement as the golden stairs to fame and riches, and is now looking over the rubble of what that movement caused and blaming it on a natural disaster, or the intervention of the brain from planet Arous. --

To quote, not George Eliot, but Les Nessman, five-time winner of the Buckeye Newshawk Award: "It's as though the turkeys mounted a counterattack. It's almost as if they were...organized."

It gets pretty strange after that.

the rest:
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Moral_Hazard_Returns_With_A_Tale

VOTER INTIMIDATION? - Election Flyers With Lynching Photos Plastered On Churchgoer's Cars

ELECTION FLIERS WITH LYNCHING PHOTO APPEAR IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY
An ugly period in America's history is now taking center stage in the 2014 elections.



Churchgoers in Cumberland County were left shaken and disturbed when leaving services Sunday morning. They found fliers with images of a lynching plastered on their cars.

Fayetteville police say the fliers appear to be hate materials, and, because there is an implied threat to the president, it's likely federal agents will now be involved.

The fliers state "Kay Hagan doesn't win! Obama's impeachment will begin." The caption is over a disturbing photo of the lynching of three African-American men from 1920 in Duluth, Minnesota.

The fliers were left on vehicles parked at the Kingdom Impact Global Ministry church on Murchison Road, which has a large African-American congregation.



Video & MORE:
http://abc11.com/news/lynching-photo-discovered-on-campaign-fliers/358447/
http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/region-state/campaign-flier-has-background-lynching-photo-1.389673

"GLOBOLA"

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Conservative Provocateur (James O'Keefe) Creates Fake LGBT Group To ‘Expose’ Voter Fraud


James O’Keefe, perhaps best known as the undercover pimp who targeted the community organizing group ACORN, has once again been trying to target Democratic candidates with undercover schemes, this time in Colorado. Last week, he and two collaborators tried to bait field staffers working on the reelection campaign for Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) into approving voter fraud using Colorado’s new vote-by-mail system.

This year will be the first time Colorado voters have the opportunity to vote in a general election by mail. All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail that they simply fill out and return. On several occasions, O’Keefe and his collaborators approached Udall campaign staffers to suggest that they fill out these ballots for other people.

In one case, a man visited a Democratic field office in Boulder hoping to volunteer for the campaign. Identifying himself with an LGBT activist student group called Rocky Mountain Vote Pride, the individual suggested that he could fill out mail-in ballots for other college students who had moved away but still received mail on campus. Though he was turned away, he came back another time, bringing along a friend he introduced as a “civics professor” from the University of Colorado-Boulder who also served as the faculty adviser for Rocky Mountain Vote Pride. Staffers later confirmed that the “professor” was, in fact, O’Keefe himself, matching his appearance to a photo O’Keefe tweeted of himself in disguise as a “45 yo” with a mustache.

Rocky Mountain Vote Pride does not seem to be a real group. It has a basic website and Facebook page, neither of which contains any contact information. The website suggests it’s a student group dedicated to advancing “voter participation and equality in America,” listing some basic polling on marriage equality, without citation.

MORE:
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/10/21/3582258/james-okeefe-lgbt-voter-fraud/

Man to Obama: Don't touch my girlfriend

Casting his ballot in Chicago on Monday, Obama stood at a voting booth next to Aia Cooper, whose fiancé Mike Jones decided to crack wise with the president.

"Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend," Jones quipped as he walked by the two.

"I really wasn't planning on it," Obama replied, joking that Jones was "an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason."

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Obama got back at Jones after voting, with a hug and a kiss for his fiancé.

"On the cheek, just the cheek -- please, Michelle, don't come after me -- just the cheek!" Cooper told CNN affiliate WLS-TV after voting.

More, plus cute video:
http://www.channel3000.com/news/politics/man-to-obama-dont-touch-my-girlfriend/29249968

OMG! - ‘Pro-Life’ Group: No Ebola Vaccine if Stem Cells are Used

‘Pro-Life’ Group: No Ebola Vaccine if Stem Cells are Used

A “pro-life” group called Children of God for Life is throwing a fit because Ebola vaccines currently being developed use cells derived from embryonic stem cells. Because it’s totally “pro-life” to let living people die of Ebola when it won’t save a single little blastocyst.

Children of God for Life announced today that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide are made using aborted fetal cell lines despite the fact that moral alternatives are reported as equally effective.

Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID are jointly developed their ChAd3 vector for delivering the Ebola virus gene using HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cells. Likewise, NewLink Genetics of Iowa used HEK-293 cells for their VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine in Canada, while Johnson and Johnson/Crucell developed theirs using PER C6 cells, derived from retinal tissue of an 18 week gestation aborted baby…

“It is completely irresponsible of this Administration to put these problem vaccines on fast-track for approval and ignore the fact that a massive number of people may very well refuse them. Why not fast track a product that everyone can use in good conscience?” asked Vinnedge.


No, what’s irresponsible is shutting down stem cell research in the name of saving “babies” (the cells are actually derived from blastocysts that will never become babies) when that research could save the lives of actual people. That’s the exact opposite of “pro-life.”


http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2014/10/18/pro-life-group-no-ebola-vaccine-if-stem-cells-are-used/

Eugene Robinson: Warren says she isn’t running for president-At this rate, however, she may have to.

Elizabeth Warren makes a powerful case

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The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message.



She’s not running for president apparently because everyone assumes the nomination is Clinton’s. But everyone was making that same assumption eight years ago, and we know what happened. If the choice is between inspiration and inevitability, Warren may be forced to change her plans.

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Warren was making her second visit to the state in two months because Udall’s reelection race against Republican Cory Gardner is what Dan Rather used to call “tight as a tick.” If Democrats are to keep their majority in the Senate, the party’s base must break with form and turn out in large numbers for a midterm election. Voters won’t do this unless somebody gives them a reason.

Warren may be that somebody. Her grand theme is economic inequality and her critique, both populist and progressive, includes a searing indictment of Wall Street. Liberals eat it up.



MORE:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-elizabeth-warren-makes-the-case-on-income-inequality/2014/10/20/ba54c68e-588a-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html

Really? Really?? They Just Sandblasted a Michael Brown Mural.

MON OCT 20, 2014 AT 10:05 PM PDT
Really? Really?? They Just Sandblasted a Michael Brown Mural.
by jpmassar

Two weeks ago artists created a Michael Brown mural in Trenton, New Jersey on the gate to a vacant storefront - with the permission of the proper authorities. Then the police decided to get involved.


A mural was painted over Monday afternoon after Trenton police expressed concern that the painting, depicting Michael Brown, a Ferguson, Mo., teen who was fatally shot by police in August, sent the wrong message about community and police relations.

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/10/sagging_pants_is_not_probable_cause_mural_removed_after_concerns_from_trenton_police.html


Global Revolution TV @GlobalRevLive
Police in New Jersey Get #MikeBrown Mural Removed http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/10/sagging_pants_is_not_probable_cause_mural_removed_after_concerns_from_trenton_police.html
#FergusonOctober #Ferguson
4:29 PM - 20 Oct 2014

https://twitter.com/GlobalRevLive/status/524341698508226560

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/21/1338050/-Really-Really-They-Just-Sandblasted-a-Michael-Brown-Mural

Obama re: Ginsburg: "Life tenure means she gets to decide, not anybody else, when she chooses to go"

Ginsburg, 81, told Elle last month, "If I resign any time this year, (Obama) could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court."

In an article for The New Yorker's Oct. 27 issue, Jeffrey Toobin asked Obama about Ginsburg's statement.


"Well, we've got a pretty good track record," Obama said. "We've got a couple of Supreme Court Justices confirmed who I think are doing outstanding work. My sense is that the Senate necessarily has to treat the Supreme Court nomination process differently than the circuit- or district-court nomination process -- higher profile, people are paying attention."

Some of the "shenanigans" that occur during the confirmation process for lower-court judges are absent with Supreme Court nominations because of the increased media coverage of the process, he said.

"Having said that, Justice Ginsburg is doing a wonderful job. She is one of my favorite people," he added. "Life tenure means she gets to decide, not anybody else, when she chooses to go."


MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/20/obama-ruth-bader-ginsburg_n_6014042.html

Ron Paul slams Rand’s ‘politically motivated’ Ebola travel ban: It has no ‘medical purpose’

In an interview with Fox News radio host John Gibson last week, Rand Paul argued that a ban on people traveling from west African “ought to be considered.”

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.............Ron Paul urged people to put the situation in “perspective.”

“For a government to just ban all travel, I’m not much interested in that,” the former Republican presidential candidate told Newsmax. “You’ve got to put it in perspective. What if you wanted to save 15,000 deaths from AIDS this year. Why don’t you ban certain practices that spreads AIDS? So, we’re talking about one person that’s died (of Ebola in the U.S.])

Ron Paul, who is a medical doctor, pointed out that an estimated 3,000 to 49,000 people died every year from influenza, but no one was considering a travel ban to stop the flu from spreading.

“So right now, I would say a travel ban is politically motivated more than something done for medical purposes,” he concluded.


MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/ron-paul-slams-rands-politically-motivated-ebola-travel-ban-it-has-no-medical-purpose/
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