Republicans Want America To Be Full Of Wimps

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Or…. as the Rude Pundit says, pussies.  He articulates my views exactly: The Republican National Committee is up with an ad that throws every scary thing in the world at you. “ISIS gaining ground. Terrorists committing mass murder. Ebola inside the U.S. Americans alarmed about national security,” says the ominous voice ominously. “What’s President Obama doing? Making plans to bring … Read More

This Is Not A Gaffe

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Republicans are popping the champagne based on 15 words, taken out of context in the video above, specifically the words: Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. Unfortunately, reliance on this phrase (to stab Hillary with it) will likely backfire.  Why?  Because it’s substantively identical to a gaffe they seized upon two years … Read More

Breaking: Today’s School Shooting

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Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the State of Washington: 3 shot, not including the dead shooter (a student).  It’s happening now, but it’ll happen somewhere else soon. UPDATE:  2 dead, including the shooter.   Looking at the shooter’s Twitter account, it looks like he was distraught over a relationship: It won’t last…. It’ll never last…. — Jaylen Fryberg (@frybergj) October 23, 2014

Ebola Update

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There was news yesterday that a doctor in New York tested positive for Ebola: A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him. The doctor, Craig … Read More

Things Not Looking Good For 2014 Elections

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Nate Silver: For most of 2014, Republicans’ probability of taking over the Senate has been somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 percent, according to theFiveThirtyEight forecast. The gambler in me says that’s not quite close enough to describe as a “tossup”; you’d make a lot of money over the long run betting on a coin toss weighted 60-40 to your … Read More

Today’s Attempt At Perspective

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Number of people in the U.S. who have died from Ebola:  1 Number of people in the U.S. who have contracted Ebola:  2 Number of people in the U.S. who have died from the flu so far this year:  2 Number of people in the U.S. who will die from the flu this year (est.): 36,000 Turn off Fox TV … Read More

Josh Voorhees: Everything that went wrong in Dallas — a timeline of Ebola missteps | Dallas Morning News

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Thomas Eric Duncan first arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on the night of Thursday, Sept. 25, with a fever, abdominal pain, dizziness, and nausea. What doctors failed to realize then is that Duncan had Ebola—the first case to be diagnosed in the United States. That was only the beginning of the hospital’s problems. In the three weeks since, Duncan … Read More

Keep Calm Or Fear Ebola?

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It is really hard to take the position that the Ebola fear is the by-product of Fox News doing their usual fearmongering shtick when you read that, for all their care given to contain the virus here in the United States, a nurse who treated the single Ebola patient in Dallas now has Ebola… and then… another nurse from the same Dallas hospital has … Read More

Here’s The Interesting Thing About The Republican Freakout Over Ebola

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Fox News host Gretchen Carlson managed to wrap Ebola, the Secret Service scandal, the Veterans Affairs scandal, Obamacare, the IRS and Benghazi into one long string of questions on competence and safety on her Monday show: Time now for my take. So, should we trust the government to keep us all safe from Ebola? With the government’s recent track record … Read More