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‘The towels could have AIDS’: Pat Robertson issues scientifically false Kenya warning

TV preacher Pat Robertson warned his viewers this week that they needed to be careful when traveling to African countries like Kenya because “the towels could have AIDS.”

During the Thursday edition of The 700 Club, a viewer told Robertson in an email that God had called them to go on a mission trip to Kenya, but friends and family had said that it was dangerous because of the recent Ebola crisis.

Robertson pointed out that there was not currently an outbreak of Ebola in Kenya, but there were other problems.

“You might get AIDS in Kenya, people have AIDS, you’ve got to be careful,” he explained. “I mean, the towels could have AIDS.”

what is wrong with America:

Bernie Sanders: “If I were to run for president, do you know how much money the Kochs would spend?

“If I were to run for president of the United States, do you know how much money the Koch brothers would spend, the military-industrial complex, the drug companies, the private insurance companies, corporate America?” he added. “It would be me, it would be my wife getting attacked, my kids getting attacked. So before I do that I have got to know, number one, is the message – is America ready for a candidate to take on the billionaire class and an agenda that works for working people?”

“If I were to run, we would need an unprecedented grassroots movement,” Sanders said. “Can we do that? Can we get millions of people involved? I don’t know if we can.”

Sander’s second concern was that he wouldn’t have enough active support from the American people to push his agenda through Congress.

“Here is the second thing, equally important,” he remarked. “And I’m the only — I think probably one of the few politicians who will say this, that no matter who is elected president of the United States, the best person in the world elected president, that president will fail unless there is the active involvement 365 days a year of the people. OK? You want to raise the minimum wage? We bring 2 million workers down to Washington, D.C., who understand who is going to vote against them, who is going to vote for them, we raise the minimum wage.”


TX Rep. Louie Gohmert: Nurses infected with Ebola are part of the ‘Democrats’ war on women’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) declared on Thursday that Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Frieden was in charge of “the Democrats’ war on women nurses.”

Speaking on Glenn Beck’s radio program, Gohmert — who represents Texas, where one Ebola patient has died and two nurses have been infected — said he was “okay, but do any of us really know for sure.”


“You know, it’s a shame that the CDC head, Frieden, is apparently the commander of the Democrats’ new war on women nurses,” Gohmert opined. “Because, goodnight, they set them up, and then they throw them under the bus.”

“The idiot comes out and says that clearly she had violated protocol,” the Texas congressman continued. “At least in football, they have to tell you what you violated.”

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Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science

Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science

There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science. In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day. “It’s a very human reaction,” said Harland Dorrinson, a prominent anti-science activist from Springfield, Missouri. “If you put them under enough stress, perfectly rational people will panic and start believing in science.” Additionally, he worries about a “slippery slope” situation, “in which a belief in science leads to a belief in math, which in turn fosters a dangerous dependence on facts.” At the end of the day, though, Dorrinson hopes that such a doomsday scenario will not come to pass. “Time and time again through history, Americans have been exposed to science and refused to accept it,” he said. “I pray that this time will be no different.”

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Ebola funding won't get a hearing from House Republicans, but Ebola panic will

THU OCT 16, 2014 AT 08:49 AM PDT
Ebola funding won't get a hearing from House Republicans, but Ebola panic will
by Joan McCarter

Testimony from public health officials in the Senate a few weeks ago and subsequent media follow up has pointed out a serious deficit for public health funding. In fact, NIH Director Francis Collins said, point blank "if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready." These reports led House Democrats to call for a hearing on the lack of funding for the Ebola crisis.

"As we mourn the death of Thomas Eric Duncan and pray for the two health care workers infected in Dallas, we reiterate our call for Chairman (Jack) Kingston to convene our subcommittee immediately," Democrats on the House Appropriations Health subcommittee said in a joint statement.

"The Homeland Security Committee met nearly two weeks ago, and an Energy and Commerce subcommittee will meet tomorrow. For our subcommittee, the one in charge of funding the NIH and CDC, to continue to shirk its responsibility and go without so much as a hearing is unacceptable,” they said in their statement Wednesday.

Kingston, the first GOP lawmaker to call for an "Ebola czar" obviously has refused to hold that hearing or say why. The spokesperson for the committee said simply that the
Committee currently has no hearings scheduled as the Congress is in recess."

Recess can be interrupted,
however, for the Energy and Commerce Health Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, as the Democrats noted. That's because that hearing is about "Ebola outrage," in which "CDC Director Thomas Frieden will likely face a series of tough questions." They'll also grill NIH infectious disease director Anthony Fauci and officials from Texas Presbyterian Hospital, where two nurses have contracted the disease after treating Duncan. There's always time for bashing the Obama administration for House Republicans.


Give 'Em the Finger & VOTE!!!

Luckovich: "D-do you think it's contagious?!?.."


Former ACLU lawyer to lead US Justice Department civil rights unit

Source: Raw Story

A former lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union will assume a top civil rights post at the U.S. Justice Department, taking control of a unit that is deep into investigations into the Ferguson, Missouri police department and battles over voting rights.

Vanita Gupta, who was the deputy legal director of the ACLU, will become the acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s civil division, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. The White House is also expected to nominate her to formally lead the unit, a person familiar with the discussions said.

The division has been without a confirmed head for more than a year, after the former top official, Thomas Perez, was approved to become Labor secretary.


Gupta comes to the department as the No. 2 official in the civil rights division but will also fill the top role because current acting head Molly Moran was promoted. The move allows the department to essentially bring in a new head from the outside, which it usually does not do for acting appointments.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/former-aclu-lawyer-to-lead-us-justice-department-civil-rights-unit/

FAN-GATE: The Most Insane 4 Minutes You'll Ever See At A Political Debate Just Happened In Florida



Rick Scott Almost Refused To Debate Charlie Crist Over A Fan

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have a an extremely peculiar situation right now," debate moderator Elliot Rodriguez of CBS Miami told the crowd, as the camera panned to two empty lecterns onstage. Seconds later, Crist walked onstage, but Scott was absent.

"We have been told that Governor Scott will not be participating in this debate," Rodriguez explained. "Governor Crist has asked to have a small fan placed underneath his podium. The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign say that there should be no fan. Somehow there is a fan there, and for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, I am being told that Governor Scott will not join us for this debate."

Members of the audience booed loudly.

"That's the ultimate pleading of the Fifth I've ever heard in my life," Crist said.

Former Florida Charlie Crist brought a small table fan to the Florida Governors' debate tonight and Governor Rick Scott tried to invoke "stand his ground" by refusing to take the stage.

Governor Scott relented after a few minutes of extreme awkwardness and finally took the stage to a mix of applause and boos.


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