Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Message To Fed: Stay Away From QE4

by JASmius



"Insanity [is] doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Ergo, "some financial industry participants" are as insane as Janet Yellen is:

While the Federal Reserve is poised to announce an end to its third round of quantitative easing (QE3) later this month, some financial industry participants already are urging the central bank to consider QE4, given global economic weakness and turbulence in financial markets.

Mohamed El-Erian, former CEO of Pimco, doesn't think too highly of the idea. "It is so predictable yet also so unfortunate," he writes in the Financial Times.

"The hurdle for such a policy step is high, and it should be if it is not accompanied by a more comprehensive policy response out of Washington."

Which is to say, dis-incentivizing savings and investment and incentivizing spending and debt have not generated the avalanche of prosperity that the Keynesian socialists guaranteed us it would, but has, instead, deepened and lengthened the Obama economic depression.  The way out of which can only begin with a complete, 180-degree reversal of economic policy "out of Washington" from sclerotic statism and back to pro-capitalist, pro-free market, low tax, anti-inflation, small government, constitutionalist, job-producing, supply-side economics.  Which Barack Obama will never allow, and he's not going anywhere for years and years to come.

Thus, though the plaintive begging for QE4 is madness, there is a method behind it.  Call it "junkie logic".

The problem is that while QE4 would be designed to depress long-term interest rates, they already have dropped to near-record lows, El-Erian says.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell to a 17-month low of 1.86% Wednesday. It stood at 2.2% late Monday.

Who does that really benefit?  Answer: The Obama Regime, both by keeping the price of U.S. government debt grotesquely low compared to the attached risk, and thus protecting the already-hemorrhaging federal budget from a tsunami of debt-servicing costs, and by propping up the bubblesque illusion of an economic "recovery" by fueling an utterly unsupported bull stock market that is running out of steam in any case.

It's a gigantic house of cards erected for public relations purposes.  And if interest rates start acceleratedly trending upwards, it gets tossed to the proverbial four winds, and every economic wall comes, well, "crashing" down - or the scenario high on the list of "fundamental transformation"-clinching "Final Crises" for The One to exploit to finish off America and bring the Obama Doctrine to full fruition.

In a nutshell: There are no viable options and no way out.  Either we collapse sooner or we collapse later, but collapse is inevitable.

I'll ask it again: Still think Barack Obama is "incompetent"?

New York Mayor de Blasio: Ban Anti-Jihadist Ads, But Anti-Semitic Plays Are “Free Speech"

by JASmius



Today's episode of "Compare and Contrast," featuring Gotham City's communist Mayor, Bill de Blasio:

In a statement to the Daily News, de Blasio said the ads had “no place in New York City, or anywhere.”

“These hateful messages [against Islamic mass murder] serve only to divide and stigmatize when we should be coming together as one city [under Sharia law],” de Blasio said.

“While those behind these ads only display their irresponsible intolerance [of Islamic mass murder], the rest of us who may be forced to view them can take comfort in the knowledge that we share a better, loftier and nobler view of humanity [under the Global Caliphate].”

Might as well do the editing that the Mayor will not.

That was a few weeks ago.  Now comes the following:

And what is de Blasio’s “loftier view of humanity”? The Met[ropolitan Opera]’s “The Death of Klinghoffer,” a  vile, anti-Semitic production about the jihad[ist] murder of Leon Klinghoffer. When asked about the glorification of Islamic Jew-hatred at the Met — de Blasio cried, “free speech!” and lashed out at [his heroic predecessor, Rudy] Giuliani.

You can call this "hypocrisy" if you want.  I call it entirely consistent: Liberty and free speech for the Left and Islamic Fundamentalists, oppression and death for any who stand in their extremist, mass-murdering way.  I wouldn't expect anything else from the hateful, divisive, stigmatizing Mayor dhimmi Blasio.

And neither should you.

Oliver North: ISIS Plans Attack On U.S. Baghdad Embassy

by JASmius



Makes sense.  It's the closest American installation, on the closest piece of American territory.  And the chance for the symbolic optics of sending U.S. personnel into pell-mell evacuation aboard helicopters from another embassy roof, a la Saigon in April 1975?

Priceless.

But here's something I didn't know:

The leadership of ISIS inside Iraq is now almost all former senior leaders of Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard, North said Monday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."

"They know Baghdad. They've lived in Baghdad," North said, adding that they are the ones conducting military preparations for an attack on the largest American Embassy in the world.

Interesting, no?  Time was when Saddam Hussein's "elite" Republican Guard suppressed jihadist maniacs like ISIS, at least inside Iraq, although like any Arab nationalist regime, they supported and used them externally against Israel and the West.  It could be that these ex-Saddamites have converted to Islamic Fundamentalism, or it could be that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has shrewdly enlisted their alliance in overrunning Baghdad and the rest of Iraq because of their can-be-taken-for-granted motivation to avenge the humiliating defeat the U.S. dealt them eleven years ago.  Perhaps both.

But according to Lieutenant Colonel North, pretty much everybody in Baghdad thinks an all-out attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad is inevitable.  Would it succeed?  Why wouldn't it?  We don't have any significant forces in Iraq with which to stop such an attack.  And given what happened in Cairo and Benghazi a couple of years ago, and the fact that our embassy in Tripoli, Libya, fled to Tunisia three months ago, the Obama Regime's track record of diplomatic facility defense isn't all that reassuring.

Ollie sums up why:

Asked what he thinks President Barack Obama believes about the situation, North replied, "I don't think he gives a damn. I think he's hoping that he can hold the lid on this until after this election so it won't be just another disaster for this administration."

On the other hand, given that the past year has been one scandal, outrage, and disaster after another, what would be one more?  That is the "New Normal" that was established over five years ago, after all, and reapproved in 2012.  Remember, public morale is a function of public expectations, and people can be acclimated to just about anything.  Besides, how would yet another embassy falling get through all the ebola panicking?  ISIS would have to string together multiple attacks in rapid succession, including here at home, to get our attention again.

Or have I given away the news of the next month or two?  Sorry, my clairvoyance tends to be a little incontinent.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Murrieta Mayor Resigns, but. . .

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Reading from a prepared statement, today Alan Long resigned as Mayor, and from the City Council, of Murrieta.  The resignation follows his DUI injury accident arrest on October 16, 2014 in the evening when he rear-ended a vehicle with four teenage girls.  One of the passengers remains in the hospital.

Though Alan Long resigned from the City Council, he will continue his campaign for a seat on the city council in the upcoming election that is about two weeks away.

Why would he still run for office, if he resigned?

It has been suggested to me that he either hopes there was enough mail-in ballots with his name on them to enable him to win reelection, or Long is staying in the race to dilute the vote in order to keep unwanted challengers off of the council.

Confident he will be cleared after the investigation, Long says he resigned because the investigation would be a distraction to him trying to fulfill the duties of mayor.

With Long stepping down, Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Ramos will act as mayor, a position he was going to be sworn into in about a month, anyhow.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Mayor Resigns After Arrested - Press Enterprise

Pastor Steven Anderson Rebukes Arizona Sodomites

by JASmius



The Scripture passage that Pastor Steve should have referenced:

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than menThe God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” [emphasis added]

A lot more powerful than "homosexuality is disgusting" (which it is, but isn't the point) and appealing to the opinions of other men (and women), however right they may be (and are).  As we've seen in Idaho, pastors are now open targets for persecution using the police power of the state.  Which was the unspoken reason why no pastor other than Steven Anderson was willing to speak on camera.  He can pretty much count on a sodomite or lesbian "couple" coming to him in the very near future and demanding that he "marry" them upon threat of ruinous fines and effective lifetime incarceration.

We might want to try prayer, brothers and sisters.  'cause politics is no longer baking this cake, and God Himself is the only force in the cosmos more powerful than the Lavender Lobby.

Matthew Alvernaz Clarifies Military History Doubts

By Douglas V. Gibbs

In the Murrieta City Council race, 2014, one of the candidates, Matthew Alvernaz, has been battling uphill, bringing attention to his campaign as best he can with flyers, and attendance at as many forums and debates as possible.  In a recent article I wrote, I expressed doubts regarding some of his claims regarding his personal history, specifically as an Army Ranger.  He has asked that his rebuttal may be made available, and the following are the primary highlights of his request:

I entered in June of 2005 under a "Ranger Contract." I completed my basic and advanced infantry training (ITB) before moving onto Airborne School. Once that 3 week course was completed, I took on the challenge of the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) which was four weeks. The school and training process has since changed names and lengths. I was one of 30 to graduate and one of 8 to get assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion in January of 2006. Following my illness, I was offered a medical discharge which I refused. I wanted to finish my contract to my country. I was allowed to leave battalion and briefly work for the Ft. Lewis Post General in 1st Corps as a member of the training cadre. When healthy enough to pass the physical fitness test (PAT) again, I entered the Corporal Recruiting Program and returned home to El Cajon where I finished the remainder of service.

Most Rangers are not NCO's and operate as an elite infantry unit. As cool as it sounds, they are not Special Forces. That title is technically reserved for "Green Berets" only. Rangers are however, under Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as a direct action resource. Just watch "Blackhawk Down" and it should fill in the blanks a bit. Fairly accurate depiction of Rangers and Ranger life. Even when I entered the Army and unit, I never intended to do more than my initial contract. My goal was to become a police officer but I could not get hired without more life experience. I joined the Army with that purpose in mind from the beginning. When I got out I was initially awarded 60% disability which was recently increased to 80% this year. When I applied with the Police Department I passed all of their physical and mental tests. Since there are laws preventing employers from denying applicants a job because they are "disabled" they could not justify not hiring me. Equal Opportunity Employment and all that.


-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Douglas V. Gibbs, Keynote Speaker, Hemet-San Jacinto Republican Congress October Meeting

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs


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Hard Starboard Radio: Obama - Incompetent Or Malevolent?



From ebola to ISIS to Ukraine to a stock-market wipeout—there’s nowhere to hide from the Obama Doctrine; When it comes to ebola, it’s becoming clear that government “everywhere putting its hands to new undertakings” isn’t working out all that well; New ebola czar Ron Klaine is a long-time lobbyist and Donk capo; The threat of Ebola is real, and the threat of government malevolence is even worse; Americans are shaken by government’s ability to function in ways it should not; and will the sabotaged ebola response poke a hole in liberals’ theory of infallible government?  No!  It!  Won't!

Looking forward to baseball season at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Obama Places Order For 34 Million Green Cards For Illegal Illegals Plan

by JASmius



Beats me what La Raza and all the other illegal immigration extremists were freaking out about after O deferred his illegal amnesty decree until after the midterm elections.  "Oh, yea of little faith, why did you doubt?":

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a draft solicitation for immigrant ID cards that anticipates a "surge" in immigrants in 2016, Breitbart reports.

The proposal request says a minimum of 4 million cards would need to be produced per year, with the ability to produce 9 million cards "to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements." One estimate suggests that 34 million cards will be printed in total. [emphasis added]

What's the remaining population of Latin America, again?  Or even just Mexico?  As of last year, the official figure for the latter was 122 million, so thirty-four million would be approximately 28% of that number.  All to be imported, illegally, to Cloward-Pivenize what remains of the U.S. economy and overwhelm still-"red" states with impoverished illegal Democrat voters to entrench Barack Obama and his party in power forever.

Is The One himself ordering this?  Probably.  But then, he doesn't really have to:

A USCIS official told the U.K.'s MailOnline on Monday that a plan was developed "in case the president makes the move we think he will." He added, though, that the agency's Document Management Division (DMD) is not making it official yet by committing to buying the materials.

That was an Obamunist who had a momentary lapse of candor.  The other "official" maintained the party line:

Another official said the plan was just a "contingency" in case immigration reform legislation passes in Congress. This official stressed to the MailOnline that it was not in anticipation of an executive order from Obama.

Uh-huh.

The order "seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the 'Gang of Eight' bill," Jessica Vaughn, an immigration expert at the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart.

Precisely.  Which is why they're ordering the millions of green cards "quietly"; they know they can do so and they're so smart and we're so stupid that we will never notice.  And if we do, they'll demonize us as "racists" and "mass murderers" and the LIVs and NIVs will snarf it right down like barbeque beef brisket.

And they're probably right.  But that doesn't mean it won't still generate them some heartburn, especially if, as is looking increasingly likely, the next Congress is entirely Republican:

On CNN's "Inside Politics" Monday, moderator John King said that the unilateral executive action promised by Obama for after the midterm elections will kick off confrontation, not compromise, from Republicans driven by anger and frustration in their conservative grass-roots voter base.

"Well, if you believed perhaps there would be room and motivation for a deal after the 2014 midterms — think again," King said.

"I was so struck by conversations in Colorado, in Kansas and Iowa — just pure frustration; a belief among conservative Republicans that this problem is getting worse.

"What does that tell you? It tells you there is no prospect for any compromise legislation during the final two years of the Obama presidency," King said.

"If the president uses his executive power as promised, Republicans will be pushing the grass-roots for confrontation, not compromise. An issue we thought after 2014 Republicans would try to deal with, will be with us until 2016 and beyond."

It's really no more complicated than this: legal immigration is an issue that favors Democrats; illegal immigration is an issue that favors Republicans.  Why?  Because the former is about all the things that Dems claim characterize the latter - "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" - whereas the latter is about law and order, about the U.S. Constitution, and about protecting Americans from passive invasion, per Article IV, Section 4.

I happen to be one of those who believes that we need to cut off all immigration, legal and illegal, for at least a generation so as to get a massive breather to absorb and assimilate the huge influx of the past half-century.  Which, historically speaking, is what we've always done.  But if we can ever get the borders sealed and the passive invasion cut off and the invaders repatriated, I can confidently predict that they'll be little public stomach for slowing down legal immigration short of the sort of cataclysmic event - war or massive terrorist attack - that makes possible that degree of policy change and shift in public attitudes.  But, heck, we'd be so overjoyed just to get that point that most of us would happily settle for rendering illegal immigration a thing of the past.

That, of course, will never happen so long as Barack Obama remains POTUS.  Which he will for a long, long time to come.

But a man can dream, can't he?

Is the Obama Administration Mishandling Ebola Crisis?

Posted By Douglas V. Gibbs

MILITARY PREPS TEAM FOR EBOLA RESPONSE IN USA...

Hospitals set for panic as flu season looms...

NYT MONDAY: PARANOIA DANGERS...

Researchers try to quell fears...

US Soldiers WON'T Get Protective Hazmat Suits for Mission in W Africa...

Communities taking dramatic steps to avoid virus...

Wanted: Screeners for $19 an hour...

GOODWIN: TOXIC PRESIDENT...

NOONAN: Administration's Ebola evasions reveal disdain for Americans...

REPORT: Soldiers Get Just 4 Hours of Virus Training...

Non-American victims coming to USA for treatment?

VOMIT SCARE AT PENTAGON...

CDC tells NYC to get ready...

Feds ask labs to plan for producing Ebola drug...

Hospital worker in quarantine -- on cruise ship!

Airline now tracking 800 people...

Staff in TX Case Asked to Avoid Public Spaces...

'Prepping' goes mainstream...

New Obama 'Czar' Has No Medical, Health Background...

'Key player' in Solyndra scandal...

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

CNNMoney: Job Numbers "Aren't So Pretty Beneath Surface"

by JASmius



You don't say:

Many financial commentators expressed enthusiasm over the stronger-than-expected September jobs report, but the picture isn't as bright beneath the surface.

Non-farm payrolls rose 248,000 last month, and the ["official"] unemployment rate fell to a six-year low of 5.9%. So what's the problem? CNNMoney cites three of them:
  • "The 'glass is half-empty' workers: part-time jobs remain a big problem. Over seven million Americans want full-time work, but can only find part-time hours."
  • "The 'I'm done' crowd." These are people who have given up seeking a job for at least four weeks. There are approximately 700,000 of them, up almost 100% from 2007 before the recession began.
  • "The 'lost workers.'" These are people out of work for at least six months. They now account for almost one-third of the unemployed, up from 17% in 2007.
"Economists say the job market will continue to improve, but may take years for these economic wounds to fully heal," CNNMoney notes.

"Economists" are evidently incurable optimists when a Marxist-Alinskyist is in unchallengeable power.  But the problems CNN Money references are prima facie evidence that jobs are not being created, the U.S. economy has not "recovered" but is still in the same waste extractor into which the Democrat Financial Logic Bomb discarded it six years ago, and we are in a Second Great Depression being kept unmercifully and resolutely in place by the corrupt, anti-capitalist policies of the Obama Regime.

Larry Kudlow is the most recent observer to point out the key employment statistic:

CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow is quite concerned about the job market. "We still can't seem to stop the hemorrhaging of people dropping out of the labor force," he told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

He noted that the labor force participation rate fell to a 36-year low of 62.7% in September. [emphasis added]

And strangely enough, that percentage continues to plunge, with no floor in sight.

When I say that the disappearance of the last American job will be marked by Barack Obama striding triumphantly into the Rose Garden, or the East Room, and declaring that, "We have achieved full employment!", I am deadly serious.

And since "economists" will be in the same impoverished boat, I wonder what they'll have to say about this "momentous" occasion?

What to Eat is None of Government's Business

By Douglas V. Gibbs

When Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, he imposed limits on the size of sodas, among other things.  Michelle Obama is also a food-nazi, believing that government should be able to dictate to you, and your children, how you should eat.  In a free country, you have the freedom to be stupid, erroneous, and to eat things that are not good for you.  That is your choice as an individual.  What you eat is none of the government's business.  If they wish to impose upon you how you should eat, that is tyranny, and it can only lead to worse tyranny if allowed.  The term "progressive" is appropriate, because the progression of big government is a part of what those people are all about.

They say that it is for your own good, they are only looking out for you.

That is how tyranny begins.  Darkness never appears as darkness, but as an angel of light, with a promise of a little more security if you would just be willing to let go of a little bit of freedom.

School board slams Michelle O lunch rules...

Pretzels with no salt...

Nacho cheese banned...



-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

The Church Besieged

by JASmius



They are "integrated into society," your Popeiness.  That's the crux of the problem.  But they cannot be "integrated" into the Church Universal without repentance and turning away from their sin to Jesus Christ.

Who are you to judge?  Perhaps; but we are all to obey the Scriptures, in the Holy Spirit's enabling power, because make no mistake about it, Francis, God will judge.

But until then, his unholiness sees fit to rule with an iron fist:

Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has regularly clashed with Pope Francis over his liberal leanings, has confirmed longstanding rumors that he would soon be demoted from his position as head of the Vatican's Supreme Court.

Burke, 66, the former archbishop of St. Louis, told BuzzFeed News that Francis would soon move him to the minor position of patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta....

In December, Francis removed Burke from the Vatican’s influential Congregation for Bishops, appointing instead Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington to the 18-member board. He had been appointed to the bishops' group by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

Burke has frequently clashed with Pope Francis over a number of issues — and publicly attacked a draft document issued Monday by bishops outlining the Catholic church's position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce.

Cardinal Burke obviously recognizes "the enemy within."  Or, as the Apostle Paul put it, "Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision," who, "....are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ."  And like Christ Himself, he has boldly challenged Francis's heresies, and Francis evidently will not abide any dissent from his apostasy.

But Burke's ultimate "sin"?:

Most recently, Burke slammed President Barack Obama for having policies that "have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization."

"He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies," he said in a March interview published in LifeSiteNews.com. "Now he wants to restrict the exercise of the freedom of religion to freedom of worship."

The devil's advocate cannot tolerate blasphemy against his golden calf, Cardinal.  But you knew the job was dangerous when you took it, just as you know that that job will only get more dangerous as time "progresses".

Just ask Houston-area Christian pastors, facing their own devil's advocate in the form of Mayor Annise Parker.  To which ex-Arkansas Governor and ordained minister Mike Huckabee has an intriguing proposed response:

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee wants the nation's pastors to send Bibles and copies of all of their sermons to Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who has issued a broad subpoena demanding the city's pastors hand over copies of their sermons and communications concerning the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

"I hope she gets thousands and thousands of sermons and Bibles," said Huckabee, who is an ordained Southern Baptist minister, on his Fox News show Saturday.

"It ought to make you mad that the mayor thinks she can turn in her pastors," the Republican said. "And so I got an idea. If she wants a sermon, here is my suggestion. I would like to ask every pastor in America, not only the ones in Houston, to send her your sermons and go ahead. Obviously she could use a few. And everybody watching the show ought to send her a Bible."



Kind of an evangelical jiu-jitsu maneuver.  Or, as the Uhura Protocol states, "Be careful what you wish for, Madame Mayor; you may get it."



But look on the bright side, Annise: with that many Bibles, you can hold a public book-burning for the ages.



C'mon, you know you'll want to.


UPDATE: And now we reach the inevitable terminus of this disgusting trend:

The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is taking a step many opponents of same-sex marriage feared would come – forcing those with religious objections to perform same-sex marriages or risk facing prosecution for violating non-discrimination laws.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who oppose gay marriage, own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene. Early in 2014, a federal judge in Idaho ruled that the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, but the ruling was put on hold while the case was appealed. When the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, the ruling stood and went into effect.

The city of Coeur d’Alene has an ordinance that prohibits discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, in public accommodations. It does have a religious exemption, but the Hitching Post is a for-profit company, not technically a religious organization, in spite of the Knapp’s deeply held personal beliefs.

Back in May, when everything was on hold pending the Supreme Court, Donald told KXLY, “I think the Bible is pretty clear that homosexuality is not his way, and therefore I cannot unite people in a way that I believe would conflict with what the Bible teaches.” The Knapps have said they will close their doors before violating their religious beliefs.

But before that happens, there is another legal battle ahead.

“On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.” Note that jail time and the fine is per day, not per offense, The Daily Signal reports. [emphasis added]

It's not enough that the Lavender Lobby destroyed the Knapps' business, like the Kleins who politely declined, as their First Amendment right to religious liberty and freedom of association entitles them, to prepare a "wedding" cake for a homosexual "union" ceremony.  No, they must be punished, they must be incarcerated, their lives must be ruined and destroyed by and in the Crisco Inquisition.  Those that demand "tolerance" for their gross perversion will show zero tolerance for anybody who refuses to embrace it.  Christ must be denied, and fudge-packing hailed as "lord" - or else.

Or, put another way, "We MUST all be gay, now".

In the worst time of persecution of the Church (prior to now), during the heyday of the Roman Empire, there was the "faithful witness" Antipas:

While Antipas was martyred late in the lifetime of the Apostle John, precious little else is factually known about Antipas from respected historical sources.

However, traditions originating within the Eastern Orthodox Christian church, around and after A.D. 1,000, paint a fuller picture....

The traditional Antipas was reputed to be the Bishop of the Christian church at Pergamos, and that he was martyred for his faith because of his consistent faithful witnessing in the face of all the satanic evil present there.

When Antipas was advised: "Antipas, the whole world is against you!", Antipas reputedly replied, "Then I am against the whole world!"

Antipas was roasted alive in a hollow life-size bull, which had a bonfire under its belly, because Antipas refused to renounce his faith in Christ Jesus.

Given that Donald and Evelyn Knapp are being given an effective life sentence for the "crime" of refusing to renounce their faith - a crime against humanity indistinguishable from "blasphemy" prosecutions in Muslim countries - how far is early-21st-century Obamerikastan from their being roasted to death in a hollow life-size bull, or crucified, or buried alive, or beheaded, a la Christians under the rule of the Islamic State?  Isn't that the logical next step, especially if the Lavender Lobby continues to meet resistance from the faithful?

Hong Kong Violence May Lead to Revolution

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Chances are, Communist China will find a way to crack down on the protesters in Hong Kong.  The violence has been escalating with each passing week. China knows that the U.S. President has no interest in standing firm for freedom around the world, when Mr. Obama has taken his own steps to compromise freedom in America, so what does China have to worry about?

Tyranny and Liberty cannot coexist.  When big government tries to impose itself upon a system of freedom, there will be clashes.  Statists believe they can impose their authoritarian politics in a peaceful manner, but there is always a segment of patriots that believe in free market and laissez faire politics that are willing to stand up for what they believe, and eventually the system trying to impose their collective view on individuals decides it must be done by force. . . and when someone has lived in liberty, they don't lay down that easily.

Great Britain found out when they tried to impose their tyranny upon the colonists at Lexington Green.  The Communists discovered there would be opposition with each of their revolutions.  The Chinese are discovering this to be true in Hong Kong.

Tyranny and Liberty cannot coexist, push always comes to shove, and big government always comes to the eventual conclusion it must impose its communitarian views on sovereign individuals by force.  That is a dominant lesson from history.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Both sides in Hong Kong warn of crisis as clashes continue - Los Angeles Times

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Democrats Leave Obama Campaign Appearance Early

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.

Finish Reading at Reuters


It is indeed interesting, because everything is a contradiction for this President, and the Democrat Party. . .


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Is the Obama Thrill Gone?

by JASmius



"Officially"?  No way!....



....Factually?  Refer to the previous sentence:

Many attendees of an Obama campaign rally headed for the exits shortly after the president began speaking Sunday evening.

Speaking at campaign rally in Maryland for Democratic candidate for governor Anthony Brown, Obama either ignored or didn’t notice the movement of attendees out of the event.

The White House pool report described the mass exodus as “unusual” and one reporter present tweeted it was “weird.”

Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason tweeted that the steam of rally attendees leaving early was “noticeable and noisy.”

Meh.  It might be tough for O's ego to take, if his impenetrable narcissism didn't have such robust sociopathic delusional deflector shields to keep him from recognizing that few want to hear his mendatious chicken[BLEEP] anymore, even though most would still vote for him if he had any need to put himself on the ballot ever again.  Besides, if Anthony Brown loses the Maryland gubernatorial race - which he won't, as Brown "looks like Trayvon," if you catch my drift - The One can always use his pen and phone to install him as Martin O'Malley's successor anyway.  I imagine that was the quid pro quo behind Brown allowing his infernal majesty to get so near to him in public without a hazmat suit.

Exit question: How long until Democrats are publicly referring to their "messiah" as "political ebola"?  My guess is never, but you know they'll be thinking it, if they haven't already.

Alan Long DUI Accident from Accident Victim's Perspective

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Like myself, a politically involved citizen in Temecula has been paying close attention to what has been transpiring in Murrieta regarding the DUI Injury Accident caused by Murrieta Mayor Alan Long.  In my opinion, Alan is a good person that did something incredibly stupid, and it is even more devastating when you consider he is a first responder, as Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Ramos pointed out, that last July he became the national face of Murrieta when the Immigration Protests were occurring, and that he is in the midst of a highly contested reelection campaign.  We have heard that Long's blood alcohol was below the legal limit, we have heard that the girls should not be on the road because the driver was a minor driving around other minors, and Councilman Rick Gibbs reminded us to remember as far as the law goes, Long is innocent until proven guilty, but in the end that doesn't change the fact that a person in the public spotlight got behind the wheel of a vehicle with a bunch of alcoholic drinks in him, and then caused a vehicular injury accident. The legalities can be all of the above, or none of the above, but what is going to stand out is public opinion, and when someone like Alan Long has the public trust, and then does such a thing, it does not exactly help one's case in the arena of public opinion.

That all said, while we have focused on the accident from Mayor Long's perspective, Temecula's Ernie White suggests that I also reveal the accident from the victim's perspective, using Ashley Ludwig's Daily SoCal article, 'I Dropped Everything and Grabbed My Keys'/ A Mother's Panic, as our guide.

The last thing Murrieta mother Cathy Rogers was expecting was a call that said her daughters had been in an accident.  It didn't matter who had caused it, as a parent, the worst runs through your mind, first.

“I dropped everything and grabbed my keys” stated Rogers, via Facebook, when she received the call from her daughters.  Chloe, 17, and Camille, 14, are her daughters that were both involved in the rear-end injury crash on October 16, 2014, caused by Murrieta Mayor Alan Long, in Murrieta.

"According to posts on Facebook, Rogers had no idea the extent of the injuries or any information about the accident, or the reason behind the crash when she arrived to find her daughters.
Information on the two other crash victims is unverified at this time, though Facebook statements claim one remains hospitalized with a neck injury.

"Rogers’ children (Chloe a Senior at Murrieta Valley High School, and Camille a Sophomore at the same school), are actively involved in both school and community. Chloe is currently serving as Miss Temecula 2014."

Regardless of the political earthquake this event has caused regarding Alan Long's now questionable political career, the reality is that a mother had to answer a phone call that told her that her children were involved in an automobile accident.  Whether it was caused by the mayor, or not, she was worried, frightened, and frantic.  When she found out alcohol was involved, whether the driver of the other vehicle was technically over the legal limit or not, I am sure the news he was driving under the influence infuriated her.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Roman Catholicism Not Ready To Bend Over For Homosexuals (Yet)

by JASmius



Is there still some sanity in the Catholic Church?  Apparently there still are some bishops who do not accept homosexuals in the church who do not repent of their perversion.  Something that really shouldn't be news, and only is because of how much compromise and apostasy has been allowed already, and how correspondingly powerful the Lavender Lobby has become:

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that stripped away the welcoming tone of acceptance contained in a draft document earlier in the week.

Nomenclature trouble.  I'm not Catholic, but evangelical, so when Catholics talk about "ministering," it means something other than what the Bible refers to.  Of course, homosexuals should be ministered to, as in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them, praying for them, helping them to escape the "lifestyle" deception to which they've fallen prey.  Homosexuality is but one sin amongst many, and we are all sinners, who can be saved by grace.   Catholics, by contrast, consider "ministering" something that is done once someone is already "officially" in the church, and thus that over which the bishops were beating themselves was whether to call unrepentant, and therefore unsaved, homosexuals "Christian".

If the bishops would actually read their Bibles for a change, take the Scriptures at face value, and apply them logically, they would have no need for this foolishness.  Seriously, is this really that complicated?

It is when a growing number of bishops are flaming apostates:

It wasn’t clear, though, if the 118-62 vote on the gay section was more a protest by [apostate] bishops who refused to back the watered-down wording. The revised paragraph had deleted the words of acceptance of gays’ sexual orientation and acknowledgement that gay unions can provide “precious support” to partners that had been contained in the draft.

Trust me, it was clear.  For all that the LL snarlingly demands "tolerance" of their retrograde proclivities, they seem remarkably dismissive of the notion now that they're, as it were, "on top".

As to clergy taking votes on what will and will not be left in, and, um, "inserted" into, God's Holy Word, I didn't say Roman Catholicism wasn't on its death bed, just that they were not entirely dead yet.

Case in point:

Francis insisted in the name of transparency that the full document — including the paragraphs that failed to pass — be published along with the voting tally. The document will serve as the basis for future debate leading up to another meeting of bishops next October. [emphasis added]

So all the bishops who voted against the "national sodomists" will be subjected to harassment and vilification and death threats and probably a few representative mob-esque "hits," enough to bring at least twenty-nine bishops into line to vote the "right" way a year from now.  It's only a matter of time.

Funny, I had no idea that genuine martyrdom had gone that far out of style.  But it'll be making a comeback in the very near future, mark my words.

The Basic Constitution: An Examination of the Principles and Philosophies of the United States Constitution

The Basic Constitution: An Examination of the Principles and Philosophies of the United States Constitution

Authored by Douglas V. Gibbs

During the Summer of 1787, a brilliant assembly of American Patriots created the Constitution of the United States. After a tumultuous start, the elder statesman, Benjamin Franklin, reminded the delegates in attendance of the need to seek a firm reliance on divine Providence. The stormy convention birthed dramatic debate, unexpected compromises, and incredible changes of minds. Ideas clashed, and tempers flared. And during it all, James Madison took painstaking notes as the conciliatory Benjamin Franklin added his wisdom here and there, and George Washington often sat silent while James Wilson argued that liberty can only survive if the government of the United States is limited in its scope and power. Despite the heat and the political clashes, what emerged was a masterpiece - the greatest document ever conceived in history, save for the Holy Bible. They created a working government that would be a powerful lion to external issues, yet caged and restrained regarding the internal issues... creating a federal government given the task of promoting, preserving, and protecting the union of States, and the autonomous sovereignty of the individual States.

The Basic Constitution is written like a textbook, but in a manner that is comprehensible to every person who journeys through its pages. The book includes a glossary of terms, index, bibliography listing the resources used, The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution of the United States.

Be sure to buy the companion workbook to help in your Constitution Education! The workbook includes a list of terms for each chapter, questions for discussion, and quizzes to help you in your effort to learn the original intent of the United States Constitution. You can find the workbook under the title: The Basic Constitution - Workbook.  The Workbook should go on sale October 24th.

About Douglas V. Gibbs:

Douglas V. Gibbs has been featured on "Hannity" and "Fox and Friends" on Fox News Channel, "The Rick Amato Show" on One America News, and various other television shows and networks. Doug is a Radio Host on KCAA 1050 AM on Saturdays with his Constitution Radio program, as well as a longtime podcaster, conservative political activist, writer and commentator. Doug is the author of "25 Myths of the United States Constitution," and "The Basic Constitution." He is the founder of the award winning Political Pistachio website, and a free lance newspaper columnist for the The Central Idaho Post. Doug is a member of the "American Authors Association", the "Committee of Concerned Journalists" and "The Military Writers Society of America." He received the Golden Anchor Award for his patriotic commentary in 2008, and a California State Senate Certificate of Recognition for his efforts in educating the American Public regarding the United States Constitution in 2014. Doug is a public speaker on the U.S. Constitution, teaches classes and seminars on the U.S. Constitution around the country, and is president of the Constitution Association. Doug is a family man, married 30 years to his high school sweetheart. He is the father of two and has six grandchildren. Doug is a proud United States Navy veteran.

NFL Week 7 Predictions

by JASmius



LAST WEEK STRAIGHT UP: 11-3-1
LAST WEEK vs. SPREAD: 8-7

SEASON STRAIGHT UP: 57-33-1
SEASON vs. SPREAD: 42-49

Two straight weeks of the prognosticatory quality I still, for some unfathomable reason, expect of myself.  I'd better shut up before I jinx myself.

One of the three games I missed is the one on which I have to eat a mountain of crow bigger than the Chrysler Building.  So here goes, before the dreadful anticipation makes me wharf like an ebola patient: "How 'bout them Cowboys?" <shudder>

No, I didn't lose a bet on that contest that took place last week at Century Link Field.  I'm simply not a homer, and I'm intellectually honest.

Nor am I repentant of the dismissive comments I made about the Cowboys the week before.  Jerry Jones's football team has been a bucket of warm piss since the late 1990s.  The epitome of mediocrity.  A record of 136-136 coming into this season over that time.  Last year they had not only the worst defense in the league but one of the worst in NFL history, and what was their top draft priority?  Offense.  Tony Romo is 34 and coming off of offseason back surgery, and is no better than a second-tier quarterback even when healthy.  Yes, the Cowboys (#14 in my power rankings going into last weekend) had won four in a row, but those four victories came at the expense of Tennessee (#29), St. Louis (#28), New Orleans (#16), and Houston (#23).  Their lone defeat was to the 49ers (#10).  Now they were facing the Champs (#3) where we (almost) never lose.  And the last time Dallas visited the Clink, in 2012, we blew them out 27-7.  Nobody had any reason to expect any different of a result, other than perhaps an even bigger beat-down.  And nobody did.

I heard it reported Sunday morning that Double-J Googley-Eyes snickered, "We're gonna give 'em the business".  In what was undoubtedly a "yardstick" contest for his club, that is precisely what they did.

Dallas won 30-23, but this is a classic example of a game not nearly as close as the score indicated.  That score would have been more like 30-6.  The only reason why the game was as tight as it was because of the 'boys' usual selves showing through at times (first quarter blocked punt for a Seattle touchdown, two fumbles in the third quarter that we cashed in for ten points more).  But in straight-up, eleven-on-eleven, line-of-scrimmaging, folks, there's no other way to put it: They kicked our asses.  Their O line dominated our D line; Demarco Murray collected 115 rushing yards, equaling Jim Brown's NFL record of six straight hundred+ yard games to open a season (the Cowboys picked up 162 overall); Tony Romo put up Russell Wilson-esque numbers: 21-32, 250 yards, 2 TDs....zero interceptions.  They went 10 for 17 on third downs.  They held the ball for 37:39.  They mounted four or five long scoring drives, including the eighty yard game-winning TD march in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.  I believe the old term for this sort of thing used to be "man-handling".

But everybody knew Dallas had a great O line and the league's top rushing attack.  What drained the electric blue and neon green from our faces was that their defense was even better than their offense.

Marshawn Lynch: stuffed for 62 yards (We rushed for 80 yards overall).  Russell Wilson: 14 for 28, 126 yards, zero TDs, and a pick - and he should have thrown at least two more on plays where he was running for his life (not unusual) but threw into coverage instead of throwing it away (unheard of).  In a word, RW3 looked....rattled.  RW3 never looks rattled.  But he did last Sunday.  It was his worst performance since the Cardinals game in Week 16 last year, which, unsurprisingly, is the other home loss on Mr. Wilson's resume.

Where was I?  Percy Harvin had -1 yards from scrimmage.  5 for 13 on third downs.  One, count it, one sustained drive.  Doubled up in rushing yards, passing yards, and total yards.  Gave up thirty points for the second time in a month, versus once all of last season.

But here's the real kicker: In a Cowboys-Seahawks game, which would we be more likely to see unfold on the sidelines: Dez Bryant blowing his stack at Tony Romo (as has happened countless times the past few seasons) or Doug Baldwin blowing his stack at Russell Wilson?  Well, last Sunday at the Clink, a wide receiver erupted at his quarterback, and it wasn't Dez Bryant blistering Tony Romo.

Bottom line?  Dallas didn't just beat the Champs; the Cowboys were, and are, better.  I don't want to overreact here, but seeing as how the Saints have face-planted, the Eagles still have no detectable defense, the 49ers are in turmoil, the Cardinals are the Cardinals, and the Packers aren't quite Super Bowl caliber, I think we just might have seen the passing of the NFC torch.

Which means I've got to listen to that accursed slogan several gajillion more times over the next four months.

At least I only had to say it once.

[Straight up picks indicated by asterisk (*); picks against the spread in parentheses (x).]

Atlanta
Baltimore* (-6.5)

Carolina
Green Bay* (-7)

Cincinnati
Indianapolis* (-3)

Cleveland* (-5)
Jacksonville

Kansas City (+4)
San Diego*

Miami
Chicago* (-3.5)

Minnesota
Buffalo* (-4)

New Orleans
Detroit* (-2.5)

N.Y. Giants
Dallas* (-5.5)

Arizona* (-3.5)
Oakland

San Francisco
Denver* (-7)

Seattle* (-6.5)
St. Louis

Tennessee
Washington* (-4.5)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Houston (+3.5)
Pittsburgh*

Women's Rights Constitution Study Radio Program Postponed to Next Sunday. . .

Douglas V. Gibbs, almost every week, brings to you his commentary on the United States Constitution on his Constitution Study Program.  This week, so that he can work on completing The Basic Constitution Workbook, the companion to his new book, The Basic Constitution, today's program has been postponed to next week.

Join us next Sunday at 9:00 am for: Amendment 19, Women's Voting Rights. . . Is voting a right? Or a privilege?

Join Douglas V. Gibbs of Political Pistachio as he journeys through the United States Constitution. We study the concepts, principles, and direct text of the U.S. Constitution from the original point of view of the Founding Fathers.

New episodes each Sunday Morning at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Go to Constitution Study Radio for all podcasts of past episodes.

Doug's books are: 25 Myths of the United States Constitution is available on Amazon, and CreateSpace; and and The Basic Constitution: An Examination of the Principles and Philosophies of the United States Constitution at CreateSpace.

Canadian Pipeline To Replace Keystone XL

by JASmius



Play hard to get long enough, and the suitor will eventually give up, walk away, and seek other options (via Newsmax Insider):

With the Obama administration still not approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, citing environmental concerns, Canada is seriously considering building a pipeline to deliver its oil to a port on its own east coast.

The 1,200-mile Keystone XL would [have] transport[ed] crude from Alberta's oil sands to refineries in Texas and Louisiana.

Instead, the proposed $11 billion Energy East Project would send 1.1 million barrels of oil per day 2,900 miles east to Saint John, New Brunswick, which has supertanker access.

"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the country's largest energy concern, TransCanada Corporation, seem ready to develop the Energy East Project as an alternative" to Keystone, the International Business Times reported.

The project would convert an underutilized 1950s-era natural gas pipeline to carry oil, and add extensions to each end: one to a terminal south of Alberta's oil sands, and the other from Montreal, Quebec, to a refinery in Saint John. From there it could be shipped globally, in particular to Europe and India.

And not to the United States.  Chalk up one more "mission accomplished" banner to hang in the Oval Office.

Bloomberg observed: "Still, if this end run around the Keystone holdup comes to fruition, it would give a lift to Canadian oil and government interests who feel they're being played by Obama as he sweeps aside a long understood 'special relationship' between the world's two biggest trading partners to score political points with environmental supporters at home."

Are you kidding?  The only "special relationship" Barack Obama has is with the Muslim Brotherhood.

So the planet is saved, right?  And the American people will bow down once again to their elected lord and savior in rapturous adulation, correct?

Probably.  But it won't be because he's successfully killed Keystone XL for good:

Registered voters consider climate change the least important of thirteen issues in determining who they will vote for in November's congressional elections, a new Gallup poll reveals.

Just 40% of those polled said they consider climate change extremely or very important to their vote.

Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that climate change may be "the most serious challenge we face on the planet."

Evidently Americans don't agree.

So what issues do Americans think are important?:

Of the thirteen issues cited, the economy was deemed extremely or very important by 88% of registered voters. It was followed by the availability of good jobs (86%), the way the federal government is working (81%), the situation with Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria (78%), equal pay for women (75%), and the federal budget deficit (73%). [emphases added]

The economy and jobs.  Precisely the issues to which building Keystone XL would have been such a boon.

You know, in a constitutional federal republic, you can only govern against the will of the people for so long before you trigger a backlash.

Good thing for Barack Obama and the Democrats that they've fundamentally transformed Obamerikastan into something other than a constitutional federal republic, huh?

2014 U.S. Senate Scoreboard (10/19/14)

by JASmius



Iowa tips "red," Louisiana lunges the same direction, Kentucky widens, Arkansas narrows.

(Incumbents in bold; all polling via Rasmussen Reports)

SAFE REPUBLICAN

ALABAMA:  Jeff Sessions (R) - unopposed
IDAHO:  James Risch (R) 54%, Nels Mitchell (D) 29%
LOUISIANA:  Bill Cassidy/Rob Maness (R) 52%, Mary Landrieu (D) 41% (GOP pickup)
MAINE:  Susan Collins (R) 59%, Shenna Bellows (D) 31%
MISSISSIPPI:  Thad Cochran (R) 48%, Travis Childers (D) 31%
MONTANA:  Steve Daines (R) 55%, Amanda Curtis (D) 35% (GOP pickup)

NEBRASKA:  Ben Sasse (R) 51%, David Domina (D) 34%
OKLAHOMA:  James Inhofe (R) 58%, Matt Silverstein (D) 27%
SOUTH CAROLINA:  Lindsey Graham (R) 49%, Brad Hutto (D) 30%
SOUTH DAKOTA:  Mike Rounds (R) 44%, Rick Weiland (D) 29%, Larry Pressler (RINO) 18% (GOP pickup)

TEXAS:  John Cornyn (R) 50%, David Alameel (D) 29%
TENNESSEE:  Lamar Alexander (R) 47%, Gordon Ball (D) 32%
WEST VIRGINIA:  Shelly Moore Capito (R) 50%, Natalie Tennant (D) 39% (GOP pickup)

WYOMING:  Mike Enzi (R) 63%, Charlie Hardy (D) 27%


SOLID REPUBLICAN
ALASKA:  Dan Sullivan (R) 48%, Mark Begich (D) 43% (GOP pickup)
ARKANSAS: Tom Cotton (R) 47%, Mark Pryor (D) 44% (GOP pickup)
KENTUCKY:  Mitch McConnell (R) 52%, Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 44%


LEANING REPUBLICAN
GEORGIA:  David Perdue (R) 46%, Michelle Nunn (D) 42%
IOWA:  Joni Ernst (R) 48%, Bruce Braley (D) 43% (GOP pickup)


LEANING DEMOCRAT

COLORADO:  Mark Udall (D) 44%, Cory Gardner (R) 42%
MICHIGAN:  Gary Peters (D) 41%, Terri Lynn Land (R) 39%
NORTH CAROLINA:  Kay Hagen (D) 48%, Tom Tillis (R) 46%


SOLID DEMOCRAT
KANSAS: Greg Orman ("Independent") 45%, Pat Roberts (R) 40% (Dem pickup)

MINNESOTA:  Al Franken (D) 50%, Mike McFadden (R) 42%
NEW HAMPSHIRE:  Jeanne Shaheen (D) 48%, Scott Brown (R) 42%

SAFE DEMOCRAT

DELAWARE:  Chris Coons (D) 49%, Kevin Wade (R) 34%
HAWAII:  Brian Schatz (D) 60%, Cam Cavasso (R) 28%
ILLINOIS:  Ali Dickbar al-Durbini (D) 51%, Jim Oberweis (R) 37%
MASSACHUSETTS:  Ed Markey (D) 49%, Brian Herr (R) 31%
NEW JERSEY:  Corey Booker (D) 48%, Jeff Bell (R) 35%
NEW MEXICO:  Tom Udall (D) 52%, Allen Weh (R) 39%
OREGON: Jeff Merkley (D) 48%, Monica Wehby (R) 35%
RHODE ISLAND:  Jack Reed (D) 61%, Mark Zaccaria (R) 26%
VIRGINIA:  Mark Warner (D) 53%, Ed Gillespie (R) 36%

HIGH:  GOP picks up Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Alaska, Louisiana, Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina, but loses Kansas, for a net gain of nine seats and a 54-46 majority in the next U.S. Senate.

MEDIAN:  GOP picks up Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Alaska, Louisiana and Iowa, but loses Kansas, for a gain of six seats and a 51-49 majority in the next U.S. Senate.

LOW:  GOP picks up Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia, but the Democrats pick up Georgia and Kansas, for a net GOP gain of four seats, leaving the Democrats to retain a 51-49 majority in the next U.S. Senate.

Democrat Bruce Braley's big mouth overcomes a deluge of hit ads against Republican Joni Ernst, edging her off the schnied and out to a  three point lead in Iowa.  Alison Lundergan Grimes's similar "macaca-ism" gives Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell some breathing room in Kentucky.  Louisiana Donk incumbent Mary Landrieu is stuck at 41%, which doesn't bode well for her chances in the inevitable runoff, despite how "miraculously" she seems to do in them.  But Democrat Mark Pryor picks up some ground against Republican Congressman and challenger Tom Cotton in Arkansas.  So Iowa moves to "leaning Republican" and (probably against my cynical better judgment) Louisiana, for now at least, goes in the "safe Republican" column, bringing the worst-case "floor" for the GOP to a net four-seat gain.

Just a fortnight and change to go - can you believe it?  I can remember all the way back to when a midterm election would be monopolizing the headlines.  Now it seems to be an afterthought - which, now that I think about it, seems to indicate how "red" a night November 4th is shaping up to be.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Obama Urges Against Hysteria in Ebola Crisis

By Douglas V. Gibbs

I agree with President Barack Obama, to a point.  Yes, we must not become hysterical in the face of Ebola.  If we panic, we become crushed under our own pandemonium.  However, that does not mean we should take the opposite stance, either, and act as if Ebola is nothing more than some silly little annoyance.  Ebola is a serious disease that can be passed through droplets in the air, or any kind of fluid transfer.  It is very deadly, and gruesome in the manner that it kills people.  I get it, don't be hysterical, but let's not shoot ourselves in the foot because we were unwilling to take the proper steps to protect the population, either.

In West Africa, during this latest outbreak, the deadly virus has killed more than 4,500 people.  In this world of technology and the ability to fly anywhere in the world, spreading the virus is not held back by the inability of a person to travel from place to place.

Obama unconstitutionally named an "Ebola czar" to coordinate Washington's response to the disease, a person that was also involved in the failed green technology Solyndra fiasco.

The United Nations is calling for massive funding to help fight the spread of the disease, but not enough money is coming in, in the opinion of the U.N.

I have the tendency to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Putting a halt to flights from West Africa is not a show of panic, but a reasonable calculated precaution.  However, the Obama administration wants nothing to do with prevention of Ebola.

Fear is rising, and largely as a result of Obama's lackadaisical approach to what many people consider to be a very serious health crisis in the making.

While Obama downplays the idea of a travel ban from west Africa, the disease is popping up here and there around the world.  How many cases must emerge in the United States before the President of the United States takes a more serious stance?  I am not talking panic, but I am recommending that we take a more serious approach to preventing Ebola from entering this country, and spreading through our population.

World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim disagrees with Obama's calm response to Ebola, warning "we are losing the battle".

He blamed a lack of international solidarity in efforts to stem the epidemic.

France has begun to carry out health checks on Air France passengers arriving from Guinea, where the epidemic began in December, while a cabin crew union called for a halt to flights from Conakry altogether.

More than half of the people that come down with Ebola die from it.  The excuse that it is not passed easily may be good enough to convince everyone that panic may not be a good idea, but that does not make it reasonable to act as if nothing is happening, either.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary


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Big Stories of the Week, October 18, 2014

12.  Hong Kong Gets More Violent

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/15/hong-kong-police-protester-crackdown

11.  Yes, there were WMD

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/us-casualties-of-iraq-chemical-weapons.html?_r=0

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/352462.php

Related:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/10/13/the_obama_administration_has_a_kiss_and_tell_problem_terrorism_Turkey_ISIS_Kurdish_Slovenia_Coalition

10.  UFAIR: Exposing the IRS

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/unfair-exposing-irs.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/after-unfair-exposing-irs-movie.html

10.  Black Nationalism’s Influence in Ferguson

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/black-panthers-lynch-darren-wilson-or.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/ferguson-missouri-and-black-nationalism.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/ferguson-riots-sham.html

9.  The Disappearing, Reappearing Dictator

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/kim-jong-un-reappears-with-cane.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/in-search-of-pudgy-dictator.html

8.  General McInerney: Missing Malaysian Plane in Pakistan

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/lieutenant-general-mcinerney-flight.html

7.  Russian President Putin Eyes Western Advance

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/putins-new-soviet-union-eyes-baltic.html

6.  Lesbian Houston Mayor Demands Delivery of Pastor’s Sermons

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/progression-of-gay-militantism-reaches.html

5.  Obama’s Ebola Czar is Unconstitutional, and Unreliable

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/obama-appoints-dem-operative-ron-klain.html

And on a related note:

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/sheila-jackson-lee-blames-gop-for-ebola.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/democrats-blame-gop-for-ebola-pandemic.html

And related to that. . .

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb-staff/2014/10/17/not-sure-when-he-became-doctor-young-cbs-producer-deletes-tweet-mocking?utm_source=facebook+&utm_medium=marketing&utm_term=facebook&utm_campaign=mocking-paul

4.  Ebola Mess Proves Obama’s Incompetence, or Designed Unwillingness

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/cdc-has-more-restrictions-on-secondhand.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/ebola-travel-bans-in-thirty-countries.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/duke-professor-ebola-could-spark-us.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/growing-ebola-anxiety-just-crisis-obama.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/its-time-to-remove-obama-before-he-gets.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/obama-i-hugged-kissed-ebola-medical.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/dallas-ebola-nurse-cdc-told-me-ok-to-fly.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/second-us-health-worker-diagnosed-with.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/ebola-spreads-through-droplets-in-air.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/majority-want-ebola-travel-restrictions.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/cdc-director-frieden-if-we-ban-travel.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/who-10000-ebola-cases-week-in-africa-by.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/us-ebola-patient-zeros-impact.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/who-ebola-most-severe-emergency-in.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/protocol-breach-leads-to-second-us.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-second-ebola-patient-in-united-states.html

And on a related note:

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/as-obama-tackles-ebola-what-about.html

And related to that. . .

http://rare.us/story/paul-krugman-says-obama-is-one-of-the-most-successful-presidents-in-u-s-history/

3.  Vice President Biden’s son kicked out of Navy for Cocaine Use

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/joe-bidens-son-kicked-out-of-navy-for.html

2.  Murrieta Mayor Alan Long DUI Injury Accident

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/murrieta-mayor-alan-long-arrested-for.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/following-longs-dui-new-murrieta-city.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/mayor-longs-dui-opens-door-for.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/when-good-people-do-bad-things.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/murrietas-harry-ramos-speaks-out.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/rick-gibbs-alan-long-innocent-until.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/city-council-campaign-includes-stalkers.html

1.  The Basic Constitution by Douglas V. Gibbs is on sale now

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-basic-constitution-by-douglas-v.html

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