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Most Measles Patients in Disney Cases Unvaccinated, State Says

Source: Bloomberg News

Most Measles Patients in Disney Cases Unvaccinated, State Says

By Anna Edney
January 15, 2015 5:42 PM EST

Most of the children and young adults in California who contracted measles in an outbreak linked to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park hadn’t been fully vaccinated against the disease, state health regulators said.

Twenty-eight people in California have come down with measles linked to the adjoining Walt Disney Co. parks and just three were fully vaccinated, the state’s Department of Public Health said in an e-mail Thursday.

The outbreak is the worst linked to a single chain of transmission since measles was eliminated in the U.S., according to the department. Health officials in 2000 declared that the disease was no longer native to the U.S., meaning cases occur when others bring it into the country.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that spreads through the air, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there have been a few hundred cases at most documented in the U.S. each year since 2000, 2014 saw a sharp increase to 644 cases representing 23 outbreaks, the CDC said. The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated, according to the Atlanta-based agency.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-15/most-measles-patients-in-disney-cases-unvaccinated-state-says.html

UK Prime Minister on Fox News 'Expert:' "Clearly a Complete Idiot"


UK Prime Minister Shames Fox News Expert For Islam Bashing


Citizens in the United Kingdom — including Prime Minister David Cameron — are expressing frustration with Saturday’s episode of the Fox News show Justice with Judge Jeanine, blasting one of the show’s guests for making wildly inaccurate claims about Islam and a British city.

In a segment meant to discuss “no-go zones” — or regions in Europe that are supposedly off-limits to non-Muslims — host Jeanine Pirro called on guest Steven Emerson, a Fox News terrorism “expert” whose career is riddled with hyperbolic claims, inaccurate reporting, and even suspicious financial arrangements. After riffing on “no-go zones” as “a country within a country,” Emerson specifically cited the British city of Birmingham as home to a population that is “totally Muslim.”
“And in Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in,” he said. “And parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire. So there’s a situation that Western Europe is not dealing with.”

Check out a video of the exchange — complete with Pirro’s seemingly horrified reaction to Emerson’s remarks — below:

Unfortunately for Emerson, almost all of his claims are either unsubstantiated or wildly inaccurate. Birmingham’s Muslim population is large, but still doesn’t even make up a quarter of the city: according to the 2011 UK census, 21.8 percent of Birmingham is Muslim, compared to 46.1 percent that are Christian and 19.3 percent that don’t identify with any religion. Emerson’s assertion that Birmingham’s Muslim population is “a country within a country” is also dubious, and vague descriptions of “Muslim religious police” who “beat” and “wound seriously” people in London is unprovable without specific examples.

TOM TOMORROW: And Then - The Hot Takes

Supreme Court rejects Louisiana same-sex marriage case, takes no action on 4 others

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: Supreme Court rejects Louisiana same-sex marriage case, takes no action on 4 others - @Reuters http://t.co/UMDS8HuKTQ/s/7wU8

@SCOTUSblog: No new grants; Court refuses early review of Louisiana SSM case, as expected. Other SSM cases will be reconsidered Friday and likely granted

Supreme Court rejects Louisiana gay marriage case, takes no action on four others

WASHINGTON | Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:56am EST

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court, which is in the midst of deciding whether to take up the issue of gay marriage, on Monday declined to take an early look at a challenge to Louisiana’s state ban.

The court took no action on four other pending cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, but could act on those cases as soon as later this week.

The decision not to hear the Louisiana case was not unexpected as gay rights advocates had sought to skip the regular judicial process by seeking Supreme Court review before the case had been decided by an appeals court. Gay rights advocates representing the Louisiana plaintiffs said in court papers there is a “pressing need” to resolve the issue once and for all.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which has jurisdiction over the state of Louisiana, heard arguments in the case on Friday and has not yet ruled. The same court is also weighing challenges to bans in Texas and Mississippi.

In the Louisiana case, a federal district court judge upheld the state ban in September 2014.

If the court were to take up one or more of the gay marriage cases, it would then issue a ruling that would determine whether 14 remaining state bans will be struck down. Gay marriage is currently legal in 36 states.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0KL1G220150112

Joan Walsh: "Almost every major urban riot of the 1960s ... was touched off by police misconduct"

Almost every major urban riot of the 1960s – Harlem and Philadelphia in 1964, Watts in 1965, Newark and Detroit in 1967 – was touched off by police misconduct.



MONDAY, DEC 29, 2014 07:00 AM EST

New York’s epic white backlash: How a horrid 1960s relic is still with us today

O’Reilly, Hannity and a defiant NYPD are fighting battles of 50 years ago. The chaos ended but the backlash endures

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White New Yorkers fear a return to the bad old days of riots, escalating crime and attacks on police. In the 1970s, 46 officers were killed in the line of duty, according to the New York Times, and 41 more in the 1980s. Before these latest murders, the last police killing was in 2011.

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It wasn’t just race: the flight was driven by crime and arson and riots, and a sense that the world was unraveling. I tried to write about some of this sympathetically in my book: the transformation of New York in the 1960s and 70s was scary. Crime and arson rates spiked: the murder rate jumped 150 percent between 1965 and 1973; property crime jumped by a third. Some of my uncles and cousins were cops and firemen, including my mother’s two brothers. She worried about them every day, and so did I.

But for a whole lot of people, it was all about race. Conservatives made sure of that, with William F. Buckley running for mayor in 1965 mocking the liberal idea that social factors drove the rising crime rate – as if poverty and racism could “make Negro crime any less criminal.”

Significantly, that comment came in a debate over whether cops needed civilian review. Almost every major urban riot of the 1960s – Harlem and Philadelphia in 1964, Watts in 1965, Newark and Detroit in 1967 – was touched off by police misconduct. When Mayor John Lindsay appointed a police review board, Pat Lynch’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association sponsored a ballot initiative to repeal it. To the shock of liberal Manhattan, a coalition of outer-borough Jews and “white ethnics” voted with the cops.

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Excessive force by police, and rampant racism, was never acceptable, not even in the years of crime and chaos. But what stuns me now is: crime is way down. Arson is almost non-existent. There are no more riots. Most protests against police abuse are peaceful. Sure, there are a few saboteurs smashing windows and punching cops, but you’ll also see a whole lot of protesters trying to stop them – and it seems most of the violent folks are white.

With one critical exception: Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the mentally ill Brooklyn native who shot his ex-girlfriend (an Air Force reservist) in Baltimore, then shot Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

Even before those murders, despite the overall calm, the defense of the cops had been just as shrill and unyielding and frankly anti-democratic as it was when crime was spiking in the 60s and 70s. It’s no accident Rudy Giuliani became the national spokesman for the cops’ point of view. Sean Hannity, the pride of Nassau’s Franklin Square, turned his show into a headquarters for the defense of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who killed an unarmed Mike Brown in August.


Sanders: I'll Decide On Presidential Run By March

Source: Associated Press

Dec 26, 3:26 AM EST



BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left.

"I don't want to do it unless I can do it well," he told The Associated Press. "I don't want to do it unless we can win this thing."

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Sanders said the issues about which he's been railing for all these years are only becoming more dire. The wealth gap has grown, and the middle class, he says, is "collapsing."

"You have one family, the Walton family of Walmart, owning more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the American people," he said. "We have 95 percent of all new income going to the top 1 percent. You have millions of families unable to afford to send their kids to college. People are desperately worried about whether or not they are going to retire with dignity."

Sanders has a 12-step plan that he says will restore the economy and especially the middle class, most of them dependent on higher taxes on the rich and corporations. Among the proposals: A $1 trillion infrastructure building program that would "create 13 million decent-paying jobs"; more worker-friendly international trade deals and legislation to strengthen unions; and transforming the U.S. energy system "away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy."

He says he'll make a "gut decision" about running for the presidency - and, perhaps, challenging Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DEM_2016_SANDERS

Former President George H.W. Bush taken to Houston hospital with shortness of breath

Source: Houston Chronicle

@BreakingNews: Former President George H.W. Bush taken to Houston hospital with shortness of breath, officials say - @HoustonChron http://t.co/5JKxBX0jYs/s/yIox

George H.W. Bush rushed to the hospital

Houston Chronicle | December 23, 2014

Former President George H.W. Bush was taken by ambulance to the Methodist Hospital in Houston after experiencing a shortness of breath earlier Tuesday evening, according to a statement from his office.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/George-H-W-Bush-rushed-to-the-hospital-5976735.php

Breaking: Dow Jones Industrial Average hits 18,000 for the first time - @WSJ

Source: Wall Street Journal / Reuters

@BreakingNews: RT @breakingmoney: Dow Jones Industrial Average hits 18,000 for the first time - @WSJbreakingnews http://t.co/rqzhT09NUJ/s/HpLq

Dow breaks through 18,000 after GDP report

Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:46am EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 setting new intraday records after an unexpectedly strong report on economic growth.

The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) rose 54.55 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,013.99, the S&P 500 (.SPX) gained 6.51 points, or 0.31 percent, to 2,085.05 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) added 10.58 points, or 0.22 percent, to 4,792.00.

Read more: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0K10YW20141223

TOM TOMORROW: Year In Review 2014 - Part One

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/22/1352770/-Cartoon-Year-in-review-part-one

"Blaming Prominent Black Leaders for Racism..."

"...is like blaming Gloria Steinem for patriarchy. You can, but shut the fuck up you stupid asshole."

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