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Experts say 3,000 could die in Texas this year --- Not because of Ebola. Because of Rick Perry.

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Experts say 3,000 could die in Texas this year.
Not because of Ebola. Because of Rick Perry.
#Obamacare #Medicaid
7:50 AM - 19 Oct 2014


I don't even know what the chant "I am Darren Wilson" means besides "I'm excited about being racist"

I don't even know what the chant, "I am Darren Wilson" means besides "I'm excited about being racist."

Never forget…Dorothy Counts being mocked by an entirely white audience on enrollment day at Harding High School. September 4th, 1957


The evidence on travel bans for diseases like Ebola is clear: they don't work

After HIV/AIDS was discovered in 1984, governments around the world imposed entry, stay and residence restrictions on people with the disease. As one 2008 study notes: “Sixty-six of the 186 countries in the world for which data are available currently have some form of restriction in place.” In the US, the ban — instituted by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 — was only lifted when Obama came into office. But HIV/AIDS managed to spread anyway, reaching pandemic proportions by the 1990s. This 1989 review of HIV/AIDS travel restrictions found they were “ineffective, impractical, costly, harmful, and may be discriminatory.” Prevention of HIV worked better than travel restriction, the authors concluded.


Criticism of Obama’s pronouns falls apart

Criticism of Obama’s pronouns falls apart
10/21/14 09:36 AM—UPDATED 10/21/14 09:39 AM
By Steve Benen

As odd as this may seem, President Obama’s critics have taken a keen interest in his pronouns: for some on the right, carefully counting the number of times Obama uses the word “I” or “me” tells us something important about the president’s arrogance. Or something.

This line of attack has been ongoing for years, though Charles Krauthammer, non-practicing psychiatrist, summarized the right’s pitch about a month ago: “I mean, count the number of times he uses the word I in any speech, and compare that to any other president…. You know, this is a guy, you look at every one of his speeches, even the way he introduces high officials – ‘I’d like to introduce my secretary of State.’ He once referred to ‘my intelligence community.’ And in one speech, I no longer remember it, ‘my military.’ For God’s sake, he talks like the emperor Napoleon.”

With this in mind, BuzzFeed put together an interesting research project.

BuzzFeed News analyzed more than 2,000 presidential news conferences since 1929, looking for usage of first-person singular pronouns – “I,” “me,” “my,” “mine,” and “myself.” Just 2.5 percent of Obama’s total news-conference words fell into this category. Only Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt used them less often.

While Obama has shied from the first-person singular, he’s leaned heavily on the first-person plural – “we,” “our,” “ourselves,” and “us.” In fact, he’s used it more than any president in the dataset.

Hmm. This would suggest Obama is actually the least narcissistic president in the modern era. Krauthammer, who specifically urged the public to “count the number of times he uses the word I in any speech,” isn’t just throwing around cheap criticism, the far-right pundit actually has the entire line of attack backwards.

In fact, this seems like a fine time for a new chart.

"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:

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:

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

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:



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.


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."


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:

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.”

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