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Daily Digest for Monday
October 20, 2014
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” –Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
You Know What We Need? An Ebola Czar.
Barack Hussein Obama announced Ron Klain as his new “Ebola Czar.” Obama said, “It may make sense for us to have one person, in part just so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process to make sure we’re crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s.” Just who is Ron Klain? He’s the former chief of staff for both Al Gore and Joe Biden. As RedState’s Dan McLaughlin put it, “Maybe Ron Klain will do a good job, but for perspective, imagine Bush putting Karl Rove in charge of Katrina recovery in October 2006.” Or better yet, Scooter Libby. Furthermore, Klain is a K Street lobbyist with ties to the Solyndra boondoggle and bankruptcy. He’s a political hack, not a doctor or an expert, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. More…
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Is the Federal Government Expecting Four Million New Immigrants?
If a document on the government’s website to publicize job-bidding opportunities is any indication, the Obama administration’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will be breathtaking. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a draft solicitation Oct. 6 looking for a company that can produce four million identification card templates a year. The synopsis of the bid said, “The objective of this procurement is to provide card consumables for the Document Management Division (DMD) that will be used to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards.” In total, the company must be able to produce 34 million cards — about a tenth of the current U.S. population. Breitbart suggested this bid may indicate the executive is already implementing its version of immigration “reform.” What will be more telling is if we see more government bids soliciting more items preparing for a surge. The strategic aim is simple: Democrats’ political salvation lies in creating a huge voter bloc protectorate just like they did with blacks. More…
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That Time Obama’s Credit Card Was Declined
Credit card fraud has become a large problem, but there are measures being taken to stop it. This one is a federal order. The Hill reports, “Obama on Friday is signing an executive order to move the government towards more secure payment cards, a measure designed to help fight the recent rash of data breaches at high profile businesses.” In announcing it, however, he recounted some credit card troubles of his own — his card was declined while dining in New York recently. “Turns out, I guess I don’t use it enough, so they thought there was some fraud going on,” he joked. Oh, there’s some fraud going on, alright. “Fortunately Michelle had hers,” he added. “But I was trying to explain to the waitress: ‘You know, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills.'” Actually, no, he hasn’t been “paying his bills” — that’s why the nation’s credit card is so far over its limit.
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People Walk Out on Obama, Heckler Interrupts Him
How unpopular is Barack Hussein Obama? Well, let’s just say the Democrats’ messiah has lost the luster from his 2008 Democratic Convention speech in front of those grand Greek columns. One of the few Democrats willing to be seen with Obama these days is Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who is campaigning for governor. Reuters reports it didn’t go well: “Obama made a rare appearance [with another candidate] 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.” That’s right — people headed for the exits when he started speaking. “There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said as he repeatedly encouraged people to vote. Reuters adds, “A heckler interrupted his remarks.” How the mighty have fallen.
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‘The President Hasn’t Had Anybody’s Back’
DNC Chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz squared off against her Republican counterpart, Reince Preibus, on Fox News over the weekend. As Democrats are wont to do, she made the election about emotion and a false sense of “caring” from Democrats. “The one question that voters are going to ask themselves,” she said, “is who has my back? And on issue after issue, Democrats have stood up for jobs, for the economy, for investing in education and health care — those are the issues that voters are talking about.” Preibus responded with this zinger: “Debbie, you guys are losing everywhere, first of all. And the president hasn’t had anybody’s back. He hasn’t even had your back. And so, I don’t know whose back these Democrats have, but it’s not the American people’s back.” Indeed, Democrats have destroyed jobs, held back the economy, and ruined education and health care. You might say Democrats have done quite well stabbing people in the back.
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Voting Democrat Could Endanger Your Health
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, millions of Americans will head to the polls to vote in one of the more crucial elections of modern times. As we’ve witnessed the recent debacle surrounding the Obama administration’s response to Ebola, and its orchestrated dispersal of illegal alien children throughout the nation — with support from the Democrat Party every step of the way — one thing becomes clear: A vote for any Democrat is hazardous to your health.
Most Americans are now distressingly aware of the series of unconscionable bungles by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson have both been infected by the late Patient Zero, Thomas Eric Duncan, and the CDC response has been pathetic. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden first sought to blame Pham herself for a “protocol breach,” even as it was subsequently revealed such protocols were either haphazardly applied or non-existent. Even worse, Vinson was cleared to fly to Ohio and back to Texas by the CDC itself, despite reporting a temperature. As a result, the agency was not only forced to monitor more than 100 people in Ohio, but hundreds more people that flew on the same Frontier Airlines plane in subsequent flights. Another hospital worker exposed to Duncan’s medical specimens was quarantined — on a Carnival Magic cruise ship.
There are numerous other examples of lapses committed by both the hospital and the CDC, but all of them have only happened for one overriding reason: Barack Hussein Obama refused to restrict incoming flights from Ebola-ravaged nations in West Africa. And make no mistake: Every subsequent bureaucratic failure stems from that decision.
Moreover, it is a decision on which the administration actually doubled down in August, when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began “waiving fees, expediting the immigration process, and allowing extensions of visas for anyone coming from the three designated Ebola-stricken countries, provided that they are in the United States,” Breitbart reports.
Obama’s fellow Democrats have supported him every step of the way. “There’s no such thing as fortress America when it comes to infectious disease,” said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). “The best way to stop Ebola is going to be to stop this virus in Africa.”
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) agreed. “Sealing people off in Africa is not going to keep them from traveling,” he insisted. “They’ll travel to Brussels, as one of the people did, and then into the United States.”
Animals from foreign nations are subject to quarantine, and many agricultural products and other foodstuffs are denied entry altogether. Yet Democrats not only believe applying the same rules to people is impractical, they conflate going to West Africa to fight Ebola with allowing people from West Africa to enter our country.
And why not? Democrats are equally on board with the administration’s decision to allow 66,000 illegal alien children, not only to enter our country, but be dispersed throughout it. Alien children the administration knew were coming seven months before it occurred. This government ad posted on Jan. 29, entitled “Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children,” sought escort services for “approximately 65,000 UAC in total” via “local ground transport,” “ICE charter” and “commercial air.”
The all-out assault on our Southwest border occurred over the same time frame Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68), relatively rare in the United States, began ramping up in earnest. The CDC and state authorities confirm that 691 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia contracted EV-D68 between August and October. Five children have died from it, and it is also linked to four confirmed and seven suspected cases of paralysis-like symptoms in Colorado, as well as additional cases in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. In some cases, children have been left bound to a wheelchair, unable to speak or breathe on their own. They have little chance of full recovery, because the disease kills the connection between the muscles and the spinal chord. Stanford School of Medicine neurologist Keith Van Haren believes it’s “just a matter of time before we establish a definitive link between EV-D68 and this polio-like illness that follows.”
The CDC denies any connection between the disease and the illegals. How believable is that? Doctors from the Division of Viral Diseases at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases published a study posted on the CDC’s own website. It reveals that EV-D68 “is one of the most rarely reported serotypes, with only 26 reports throughout the 36-year study period (1970 through 2006).” Thus we are expected to believe that 26 cases over a 36-year period, rising to 691 in a single year — even as the CDC waived its own health screening regulations for entry — is sheer coincidence.
If you believe that, by all means, vote Democrat.
Those would be the same Democrats, along with their media lapdogs, who have been decrying the “hysteria” surrounding the Ebola outbreak. Really? Nurse Vinson visited a bridal shop in Ohio and flew on Frontier Airlines. Anyone want to bet on that airline’s future business prospects, or those of Texas Presbyterian Hospital, which feels like a “ghost town” according to local health care vendor Rachelle Cohorn? How many people will forego booking a cruise on any Carnival Cruise ship? Moreover, note that all of this economic upheaval has been caused by a total of four people (Duncan, the two nurses and the shipboard health worker). Imagine the economic devastation that would follow an Ebola outbreak among, say, 50 Americans, including the massive amount of time, effort and money required to track down the exponential number of people with whom they will have come in contact.
Some Democrats aren’t stupid. Some of them recognize the administration’s response to Ebola and EV-D68 is toxic. Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn both declined to say they voted for Obama. Yet is there a scintilla of doubt in anyone’s mind that they and every other Democrat currently distancing themselves from the president and his policies to win an election won’t turn around and support him wholeheartedly if they win? Have modern-day Democrats ever exhibited anything other than a lemming-like loyalty to their party, even when that loyalty is detrimental to the nation?
Don’t misunderstand. Many Republicans are equally loathsome. They love the trappings of power without the responsibility that comes with it when you’re the majority party. Mitch McConnell is willing to “follow the advice of the experts” with regard to Ebola, and many other GOPers support immigration reform even though they know the promise of border control is a joke.
Yet an Obama administration that reduces everything to a political calculation, even a life-threatening, economy-killing disease, along with one that has paralyzed and killed American children, is beyond the pale. So is every Democrat who supports it. The same Democrats who will stand up and cheer when Obama unilaterally and illegally grants amnesty of millions of illegals after the election — even as nearly 167,000 convicted criminal immigrants with final orders of removal remain at large in our nation.
Thus, the election comes down to the Stupid Party (GOP) versus the Toxic Party (Democrats). Opt for Stupid. Your life might depend on it — literally.
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‘Inherent Resolve’ to Appear Hawkish
Political correctness has spread to the very naming of military operations. Despite objections from the Pentagon about the name, which one officer called “kind of bleh,” the administration chose a name for our military excursion against the Islamic State based on the effort to offend as few of our so-called coalition partners as possible. Thus, we’re embarked on “Operation Inherent Resolve.”
Barack Hussein Obama didn’t even have a strategy for countering ISIL until last month, and now he wants us to believe his plan is the essence of Inherent Resolve? In fact, resolve seems to be lacking in everyone involved except ISIL itself. And a nation doesn’t usually name its military operations as a compliment to its foe.
Many coalition nations fear getting involved in the Syrian civil war between forces allied with and opposed to Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. But there’s a calculation involved. Since ISIL forces are generally seen as opposed to Assad, their defeat makes Assad stronger and by extension increases Russia’s influence in the region. On the other hand, few want a maniacal Islamic caliphate gaining power in the Middle East, either. The situation leaves many nations facing what they might consider a Faustian bargain. They already distrust the United States, given Obama’s erratic foreign policy and propensity to assume that nations will just let America use what it needs in the fight, whether domestically popular in those countries or not.
Nearly two dozen of these partners sent their best and brightest military minds to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for a meeting with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. Obama tried to reassure them of our resolve but also warned, “There are going to be periods of progress and setbacks.” Clearly, even the best military strategy goes out the window as soon as the first shots are fired. But Obama’s setbacks are too often self-inflicted.
While we have made an effort to loosen ISIL’s grip on the Syrian border city of Kobani through ramped up airstrikes last week, the operational tempo of the newly christened Inherent Resolve falls far short of other recent operations in that region of the world. And since Obama has ruled out “boots on the ground” for purely political reasons, it’s clear he’s hoping other nations will do the dirty work in return for some unspecified reward down the road. That may be desirable — if it works. But it’s a big “if.”
What “inherent resolve” did Obama show in prematurely pulling our troops out of Iraq? His history of governing by poll numbers instead of a broad strategic plan against the entire scope of Islamic terror — whether al-Qaida, ISIL or the bevy of other splinter groups in the Islamic Crescent — shows why Inherent Resolve isn’t a philosophy. It’s just an empty name from an empty suit.
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TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
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OPINION IN BRIEF
The Gipper: “When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well ladies and gentleman, I’d follow the example of their nominee; don’t inhale.”
Columnist Thomas Sowell: “Nothing is easier than to prove that America, or any other society of human beings, is far from being the perfect gem that any of us can conjure up in our imagination. But, when you look around the world today or look back through history, you can get a very painfully sobering sense of what a challenge it can be in the real world to maintain even common decency among human beings. Living just one year in the Middle East would be an education in reality that could obliterate years of indoctrination in grievances that passes for education in too many of our schools, colleges and universities. You could go on to get a postgraduate education in reality in some place like North Korea. … There is so much knowledge and skills that need to be transmitted to the young that turning schools and colleges into indoctrination centers is a major and reckless disservice to them and to American society, which is vulnerable as all human societies have always been, especially those that are decent.”
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Columnist Burt Prelutsky: “One can imagine Obama being the Commander-in-Chief during World War II and announcing, ‘Yes, we are at war with Adolf Hitler and his savage war machine. But we are not — let me repeat — not at war with Nazism, which is a religion of peace. And we will definitely not have any boots on the ground in Europe.’ As for those European nations currently unwilling to take up arms either against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or the Islamics in the Middle East, I suggest they heed the words of concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel: ‘Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the oppressed. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.’ Or as Winston Churchill once said, ‘An appeaser is one who feeds an alligator in the hope it will eat him last.’ One can only hope that the civilized world will wake up sooner rather than later, and conclude that a united front is required to hasten the transformation of ISIS into WasWas.”
Fred Thompson: “White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the U.S. strategy for defeating ISIS is ‘reliant on something that is not yet in place.’ Yes. A Republican President.”
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