Restoring Liberty http://joemiller.us Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:40:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Non-Citizens, Illegal Aliens May Determine Outcome of 2014 Elections http://joemiller.us/2014/10/non-citizens-illegal-aliens-may-determine-outcome-2014-elections/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/non-citizens-illegal-aliens-may-determine-outcome-2014-elections/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:40:08 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101898 How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote.

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vote-aqui2Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor and minority voters from exercising the franchise, while others define such incidents as a threat to democracy itself. Both sides depend more heavily on anecdotes than data.

In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.

Our data comes from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). Its large number of observations (32,800 in 2008 and 55,400 in 2010) provide sufficient samples of the non-immigrant sub-population, with 339 non-citizen respondents in 2008 and 489 in 2010. For the 2008 CCES, we also attempted to match respondents to voter files so that we could verify whether they actually voted.

How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.

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WH Lied About Releasing Illegal Immigrants Charged With Violent Crimes http://joemiller.us/2014/10/report-wh-lied-releasing-illegal-immigrants-charged-violent-crimes/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/report-wh-lied-releasing-illegal-immigrants-charged-violent-crimes/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:30:03 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101867 They cut loose thousands of detained illegal immigrants, while carefully assuring the public that those released were "low risk non-criminals." That detail was important, they reckoned, because releasing violent criminals of any sort, let alone illegal immigrants, would create a backlash that might complicate their scare tactics. But they did release violent criminals, and they lied about it.

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Rewind the tape to February of 2013, when the Obama administration was ramping up its machinations to make the federal government run as poorly as possible in order to terrify the public about the looming (microscopic) sequester cuts — which were, we’ll remind you, President Obama’s own idea. The plan was to make the “consequences” of sequestration as unavoidable and unpalatable as possible — deliberately at the expense of responsible, priorities-oriented governance. The White House’s cynical ploy faltered, as they failed to fool most Americans, and as fact-checkers took them to task for their intentional, endless mendacity. The sequester went into effect, and the earth did not implode. But don’t say they didn’t try. Team Obama was earnestly committed to hurting as many people as possible as a means of turning voters against the concept of fiscal responsibility. One of their most reckless gambits over the course of their calculated ‘parade of horribles’ was the mass release of hundreds of illegal immigrants being detained for various reasons. The federal government couldn’t afford to hold them any longer, we were informed at the time, thanks to those “draconian” budget cuts:

Federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from detention centers around the country in recent days in a highly unusual effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday. The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however. The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said. But the decision angered many Republicans, including Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, who said the releases were a political gambit by the Obama administration that undermined the continuing negotiations over comprehensive immigration reform and jeopardized public safety…A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, said the detainees selected for release were “noncriminals and other low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories.” Officials said the releases, which began last week and continued on Tuesday, were a response to the possibility of automatic governmentwide budget cuts, known as sequestration, which are scheduled to take effect on Friday.

We’re not endangering public safety, the administration insisted. We’re only releasing non-violent illegal immigrant detainees. And we’re doing it because of these tiny budget cuts, Congress. So take the hint, and cancel the cuts. (Lord knows there wasn’t any federal fat to trim that didn’t involve flinging open jail doors). Well, USA Today has been digging into this episode and has gathered proof that the administration lied. Surprise…

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Man Attacks NYPD Officers with Hatchet (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/10/man-attacks-nypd-officers-hatchet-video/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/man-attacks-nypd-officers-hatchet-video/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:29:10 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101828 A Facebook page of man who gruesomely attacked New York police officers with a hatchet Thursday features a profile photo of a heavily-armed man and an image of Islamic prayer.

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By KERRY PICKET.

A Facebook page of man who gruesomely attacked New York police officers with a hatchet Thursday features a profile photo of a heavily-armed man and an image of Islamic prayers, although officials have not confirmed links to extremist documents or jihadi groups at this time.

NBC News, citing law enforcement sources, reported the Facebook page belongs to Zale Thompson, a 32-year-old resident of Queens. The report describes the profile picture of his Facebook page as appearing to be “a Muslim warrior.”

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New York axe attack: Man dead, two police officers injured

By news.com.au

A MAN wielding an axe has turned a busy New York street corner into a scene of bloody chaos, chopping one cop in the back of the head and slicing a second cop in the arm before two other officers shot him dead on the spot.

Officer Kenneth Healy, 25, had just five months on the job when madman Zale Thompson, 32, of Queens — a “scholarly” but “weird” recent convert to Islam — fractured the back of his skull with one swing of a small, blue-handled hatchet around 2 p.m.

A 29-year-old woman walking a half-block away from the madness was struck in her back by a stray police bullet and was in stable condition, according to police sources.

The NYPD is investigating whether Islamic extremism played any role in the seemingly random attack, which left the rookie in serious but stable condition Thursday night.

“There’s nothing we know at this time that would indicate that [Islamic terrorism] is the case,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a press conference at Jamaica Hospital Thursday night.

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FBI Report Warns of Potential Homegrown ISIS Attacks Against Law Enforcement in US

By BRANDON DARBY.

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Federal authorities have warned US law enforcement of potential terror attacks against them from homegrown ISIS members or supporters, according to a leaked internal bulletin exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas. The leaked document is dated October 11, 2014, and was provided by a trusted federal agent who did so on the condition of anonymity.

The memo was issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Joint Intelligence Bulletin and is titled, “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Its Supporters Encouraging Attacks Against Law Enforcement and Government Personnel.” It is labeled, “UNCLASSIFIED/FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” and asserts that it may be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and should not be released to the public, the media, or anyone else not authorized by the DHS.

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FBI warns media: Journalists ‘desirable targets’ for ISIL

By DYLAN BYERS.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a bulletin to reporters on Thursday warning that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had identified reporters and media personalities as “desirable targets” for retribution attacks against the United States.

“The FBI assesses, based on open source statements and postings, that [ISIL] members and supporters view members of the US media establishment as legitimate targets for retribution attacks as the US-led air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria continues,” the FBI bulletin states. “Online supporters of ISIL have called—via various social media sites—for retaliation against the United States and US interests abroad, especially since US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria began.”

In the bulletin, the FBI claims to have “recently obtained credible information indicating members of an ISIL-affiliated group are tasked with kidnapping journalists in the region and returning them to Syria. Members of this group might try to mask their affiliation with ISIL to gain access to journalists,” the bulletin reads.

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Doctor at New York City Hospital Tests Positive for Ebola http://joemiller.us/2014/10/doctor-new-york-city-hospital-tests-positive-ebola/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/doctor-new-york-city-hospital-tests-positive-ebola/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:28:21 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101812 A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus in New York City, officials said.

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Photo Credit: Joshua Bright for The New York Times.

Doctor in New York City Is Sick With Ebola

By MARC SANTORA.

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 Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought to retrace every step he had taken over the past several days.

At least three people he had contact with in recent days have been placed in isolation. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which dispatched a team to New York, is conducting its own test to confirm the positive test on Thursday, which was performed by a city lab.

While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges involved in containing the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis. Dr. Spencer, 33, had traveled on the A and L subway lines Wednesday night, visited a bowling alley in Williamsburg, and then took a taxi back to Manhattan.

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Some US hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients

By Reuters.

The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient.

US hospitals have over the years come under criticism for undertaking measures that prolong dying rather than improve patients’ quality of life.

But the care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, who received dialysis and intubation and infected two nurses caring for him, is spurring hospitals and medical associations to develop the first guidelines for what can reasonably be done and what should be withheld.

Officials from at least three hospital systems interviewed by Reuters said they were considering whether to withhold individual procedures or leave it up to individual doctors to determine whether an intervention would be performed.

Ethics experts say they are also fielding more calls from doctors asking what their professional obligations are to patients if healthcare workers could be at risk.

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Experts Predict ‘Catastrophic’ Ebola Epidemic in West Africa If Aid Delayed

By HealthDay News.

A large influx of international aid is needed, and soon, if West Africa is to avoid tens of thousands of deaths from the widening Ebola crisis, a team of Yale University researchers predict.

Using a specially designed mathematical model, the researchers looked at the possible future of the outbreak in just one densely populated county of hard-hit Liberia — Montserrado County, home to the capital city of Monrovia.

The researchers said that if international aid isn’t delivered to Liberia in sufficient time and quantity, by Dec. 15 Montserrado County will have more than 170,000 cases of Ebola — 12 percent of its population — and more than 90,000 deaths.

However, if the international community ramps up efforts by Oct. 31, almost 98,000 of those cases could be avoided.

“Our predictions highlight the rapidly closing window of opportunity for controlling the outbreak and averting a catastrophic toll of new Ebola cases and deaths in the coming months,” study senior author Alison Galvani, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said in a university news release.

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Photo Credit: Joe Penney / Reuters

Ebola Reaches Mali

By CARI ROMM.

Less than a week after two west African countries successfully rid themselves of Ebola, another has announced its first case of the disease. In a television address on Thursday, Mali’s health minister, Ousmane Kone, revealed that a two-year-old girl has tested positive for the virus.

The girl was hospitalized yesterday in Kayes, a town in western Mali. A health official told Reuters that relatives brought her into the country from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak began, after her mother died of the disease a few weeks ago.

Kone said that the girl is improving, Reuters reported, and that those who had direct contact with her are currently being monitored for signs of the disease.

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Tea Party Loses Court Battle Over Targeting to IRS http://joemiller.us/2014/10/tea-party-loses-court-battle-targeting-irs/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/tea-party-loses-court-battle-targeting-irs/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:27:12 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101842 A federal court dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, ruling that the tax agency is no longer targeting conservative tax-exempt groups for greater scrutiny.

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A federal court dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, ruling that the tax agency is no longer targeting conservative tax-exempt groups for greater scrutiny.

“Unless an actual, ongoing controversy exists in this case, this court is without power to decide it,” U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled, dismissing one lawsuit brought by True the Vote, a conservative vote-monitoring organization.

True the Vote, an offshoot of the Tea Party-affiliated King Street Patriots, had its application as a social welfare group help up because the IRS suspected it was engaging in direct political election campaigning, which is forbidden under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. IRS agents found that its web site contained “Democratic attacks and Republican/conservative response,” according to confidential IRS documents obtained by USA TODAY.

Walton said the IRS has assured the public that they’re no longer screening applications for tax exemptions based on its political leanings, a practice that led to the dismissal of several top IRS officials when it was disclosed by Treasury inspectors last year.

“Thus, the allegedly unconstitutional governmental conduct, which had delayed the processing of the plaintiffs’ tax-exempt applications and spawned this litigation, is no longer impacting the plaintiffs,” Walton said in a second opinion dismissing a lawsuit brought by Linchpins of Liberty and 40 other groups in 22 states.

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Jews Under Siege in Jerusalem Amid Obama Promise http://joemiller.us/2014/10/jews-siege-jerusalem-amid-obama-promise/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/jews-siege-jerusalem-amid-obama-promise/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:26:57 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101888 New violence as Palestinians bolstered by White House support.

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Did behind-the-scenes White House support for the Palestinian position on eastern Jerusalem help embolden a violent Palestinian campaign against Israeli civilians in those areas?

The campaign of rock-throwing and other acts of violence and intimidation has been targeting Jews in eastern sections of Jerusalem – areas the Palestinians claim as a future capital. The Palestinian claim has been bolstered by Obama administration behind-the-scenes support, as WND reported earlier this month.

A terrorist yesterday used a vehicle to plow through a crowd of Israelis at an eastern Jerusalem light rail station, killing a 3-month-old baby and injuring seven other people.

The terrorist has been identified as Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi, a Palestinian resident of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

Netanyahu blames Palestinian president

While security officials are investigating whether he was acting alone, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu squarely blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for supporting a culture of terrorism.

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Finally . . . a Federal Judge Follows the Constitution, Upholds Traditional Marriage http://joemiller.us/2014/10/finally-federal-judge-follows-constitution-upholds-traditional-marriage/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/finally-federal-judge-follows-constitution-upholds-traditional-marriage/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:23:18 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101802 A federal judge has bucked the recent trend of federal courts to strike down state laws enshrining traditional marriage. His reasoning should embarrass the lawless judiciary that has supplanted the democratic process and state constitutions across the country.

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A federal judge has upheld Puerto Rico’s traditional marriage law, bucking the recent trend of federal courts to strike down state laws enshrining traditional marriage. District judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez, a Carter appointee, delivered a ruling that relied on a conservative reading of the Constitution and legal precedent, and created the potential for a split among the U.S. circuits that could prod the Supreme Court to take up the question in future. . .

In an elegant decision handed down Tuesday, Perez-Gimenez relies on two basic arguments. First, he notes that the U.S. Constitution is silent on marriage, thus reserving authority over marriage to the states–and adds that a 1972 precedent to that effect in Baker v. Nelson, which other courts have considered void, still holds. Only the Supreme Court, Perez-Gimenez says, may overturn Baker–and to this date, he notes, it has declined to do so.

Second, Perez-Gimenez notes that last year’s twin rulings in the celebrated U.S. v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry do not actually void state powers to ban gay marriage. Hollingsworth v. Perry, he notes, was dealt with on procedural grounds, and though Windsor struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it “reaffirms the States’ authority over marriage, buttressing Baker’s conclusion that marriage is simply not a federal question.”

Judge Perez-Gimenez leaves substantive questions about marriage for his conclusion, which is likely to be the most controversial part of the decision, but presents the case for traditional marriage as well as it has been put forth anywhere in recent years. Perez-Gimenez notes the “centuries”-old principle that “the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage”

Furthermore, Perez-Gimenez notes, gay marriage activists have not explained how their logic, using the Equal Protection Clause, would preclude polygamy or incest. Such questions do not arise from “cruel discrimination and ridicule,” he says, but are legitimate and demand that proponents of a “right” to gay marriage “render reasons justifying the change and articulate the principles that they claim will limit this newly fashioned right.”

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U.S., Allies Scramble Jets Almost Daily to Repel Russian Incursions http://joemiller.us/2014/10/u-s-allies-scramble-jets-almost-daily-repel-russian-incursions/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/u-s-allies-scramble-jets-almost-daily-repel-russian-incursions/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:22:24 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101807 Moscow’s military provocations signal return to Cold War-era gamesmanship.

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Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense assets on a nearly daily basis in response to air, sea and land incursions by Vladimir Putin’s forces.

Not only is Moscow continuing to foment unrest in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials and regional security experts say Russian fighter jets are testing U.S. reaction times over Alaska and Japan’s ability to scramble planes over its northern islands — all while haunting Sweden’s navy and antagonizing Estonia’s tiny national security force.

The White House months ago leveled economic sanctions on several Russian businesses and political players, and recent weeks have seen President Obama intensify his rhetoric toward Moscow. But many in Washington’s national security community say the response is simply not firm enough and that, as a result, Mr. Putin actually feels emboldened to push the envelope — Cold War-style.

“What’s going on is a radical escalation of aggressive Russian muscle flexing and posturing designed to demonstrate that Russia is no longer a defeated power of the Cold War era,” says Ariel Cohen, who heads the Center for Energy, National Resources and Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security in Washington.

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Obama Asks Judge To Hide Emails To Attorney General Holder’s Wife http://joemiller.us/2014/10/obama-asks-judge-hide-emails-attorney-general-holders-wife/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/obama-asks-judge-hide-emails-attorney-general-holders-wife/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:21:14 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101836 Obama asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege claim for Holder’s wife.

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obama-holderBy NEIL MUNRO.

President Barack Obama is asking a judge to keep secret the contents of emails apparently sent between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife.

The request is part of Obama’s three-year stonewall against Judicial Watch’s inquiry into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, during which the Department of Justice watched while military-style weapons were bought in the United States and smuggled to Mexican drug gangs. The scandal went public once one of Obama’s employees — a U.S. border guard — was killed by a criminal using one of the smuggled guns.

Late Oct. 22, moments before a judicial deadline, the White House sent the judge a 1,307-page list of 15,662 Fast and Furious documents that it wants to keep hidden from Judicial Watch and the public.

The list includes almost 20 emails between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, Sharon Malone.

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Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife

Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.

This is the first time that the Obama administration has provided a detailed listing of all records being withheld from Congress and the American people about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal. The 1307-page “draft” Vaughn index was emailed to Judicial Watch at 8:34 p.m. last night, a few hours before a federal court-ordered deadline. In its cover letter, the Department of Justice asserts that all of the responsive records described in the index are “subject to the assertion of executive privilege.”

The Vaughn index explains 15,662 documents. Typically, a Vaughn index must: (1) identify each record withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption. The Vaughn index arguably fails to provide all of this required information but does provide plenty of interesting information for a public kept in the dark for years about the Fast and Furious scandal.

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Gun-Toting Grandpa Defends Wife, Granddaughter From Rapists In NC Home Invasion http://joemiller.us/2014/10/gun-toting-grandpa-defends-wife-granddaughter-rapists-nc-home-invasion/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/gun-toting-grandpa-defends-wife-granddaughter-rapists-nc-home-invasion/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:20:00 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101872 A North Carolina man exchanged fire with three home invaders after they tried to rob his house and rape his granddaughter, reports the Fayetteville Observer.

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A North Carolina man exchanged fire with three home invaders after they tried to rob his house and rape his granddaughter, reports the Fayetteville Observer.

At his Lumberton home on Monday, Kenneth Byrd, 67, was approached by an individual claiming to have car problems. When Byrd invited the man into his home, he was rushed by two additional assailants wearing black clothes and ski masks.

The home invaders — all three brandishing handguns — corralled Byrd, his wife Judy and their 19-year-old granddaughter and demanded money and other valuables from the family safe.

Byrd initially complied with their demands, but when the men began to beat Judy and attempted to rape his granddaughter, he grabbed a hidden firearm and let loose a flurry of shots at the assailants.

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Prepare for Biological Weapons http://joemiller.us/2014/10/prepare-biological-weapons/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/prepare-biological-weapons/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:19:05 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101861 America’s inept response to Ebola indicates that we’re vulnerable to biological weapons.

Prepare for Biological Weapons

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Americans should be grateful that it is only Ebola we are dealing with right now. After all, compared with other viruses, the Ebola virus is more difficult to transmit, and the contagion period corresponds with outward symptoms. Other viruses are far more contagious, and their contagion periods occur when sick persons show no symptoms.

As has been the case with the multiple attempted terrorist attacks that failed only because of operator error, our government’s prevention and response efforts to the Ebola virus leave much to be desired. Better to be lucky than good is a nice cliché, but it cannot be how America faces a 21st century fraught with danger.

Recall, it was just a few months ago that a raid in the Middle East produced a laptop with significant details on how to develop and use biological weapons. We could minimize al-Qaeda’s ability to weaponize viruses, but the Islamic State has too many people and too much funding for us to take the possibility of a biological threat lightly any longer.

The response thus far to the Ebola virus indicates that the federal government has done too little over the last decade to prepare for a biological event in America. The fumbled issues we see reported on the nightly news were well known by the federal government.

Beginning 15 years ago, the federal government used a national full-scale exercise program to identify issues in preventing and responding to a wide variety of terrorist threats. As a senior official in the Bush administration, I oversaw the national exercise program, TOPOFF 3, in 2005. In TOPOFF 3 we tested the federal, state, and local response to a pneumonic plague in New Jersey.

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Top Iranian Adviser: Obama is ‘Weakest of US Presidents’ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/top-iranian-adviser-obama-weakest-us-presidents/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/top-iranian-adviser-obama-weakest-us-presidents/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:18:55 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101892 President Barack Obama is "the weakest of U.S. presidents" and his time in the White House has been "humiliating," a top Iranian official said in an interview.

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President Barack Obama is “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and his time in the White House has been “humiliating,” a top Iranian official said in an interview with the country’s Fars News Agency, according to a translation provided to The Free Beacon.

“Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region,” said Ali Younesi, senior adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in comments coming as the United States is trying to persuade his country to join the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State.

His words could also be a sign that the Rouhani regime does not intend to concede to the United States’ demands concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

U.S. Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told Reuters Thursday that Iran will be considered responsible if a deal to curb the nuclear program is not reached in exchange for relief from extensive sanctions placed on the country.

The United States, along with Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia have set a deadline of Nov. 24 for reaching a deal on the sanctions, and Sherman said Iran’s best hope is to reach an agreement.

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Residents Ask ‘Illegal Pete’s’ to Change Name (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/10/residents-ask-illegal-petes-change-name/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/residents-ask-illegal-petes-change-name/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:17:13 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101847 On Wednesday, 30 or so community members explained the negative context of the word illegal, or the "I-word," as some referred to it.

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Three weeks shy of opening his newest Illegal Pete’s in Old Town Fort Collins, restaurant owner Pete Turner came to Fort Collins on Wednesday to listen to a crowd of concerned residents who asked that he change his business’ name.

The Boulder-based restaurant with six locations in Boulder and Denver is modeled after Mexican food from San Francisco’s Mission District, specifically over-sized burritos. The name Illegal Pete’s, Turner said, is a literary reference to a bar in a novel he read as an English major in Boulder. “Pete” also refers to his own name and his father’s. When he started the restaurant in 1995, Turner hoped the name would be ambiguous enough to spark people’s interest, perhaps referring to counterculture activity.

But on Wednesday, 30 or so community members explained the negative context of the word illegal, or the “I-word,” as some referred to it, and its importance, down to its use as the name of a restaurant.

“Since I know the context, and I have been labeled with (the word illegal), it makes a huge difference to me,” said Lucy Gonzalez, 25.

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Peter King On Islamic Terror: ‘Nobody Should Feel Safe’ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/peter-king-islamic-terror-nobody-feel-safe/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/peter-king-islamic-terror-nobody-feel-safe/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:16:59 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101877 We should be aggressive, we should be on offensive, we should not be politically correct.

Peter King On Islamic Terror: ‘Nobody Should Feel Safe’

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peterkingBy ALEX GRISWOLD.

New York Republican Congressman Peter King told Fox’s Greta Van Susteran that in the wake of the gun attack in Ottawa against Canada’s Parliament, “nobody should feel safe” from Islamic terror.

KING: We were anticipating something like this. Since 9/11 we’ve been on our guard. But especially since this war with ISIS has broken out, we were expecting attacks against the United States, against Canada, against any of the allied countries involved, obviously including the British. And again, when it comes to ISIS they do want to go for the military, for the police, for the national monuments and memorials, they’ve been calling for this. It’s not a secret.

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Social Media Prove Double-Edged Sword for ISIS

By Helle Dale.

ISIS has issued a warning to its members about their use of social media. A new directive from the group’s leaders, first reported by the Financial Times, warned against the dangers presented by metadata and other information contained in digital postings.

A new ISIS hashtag has appeared in Twitter in recent weeks, Himlat Takteem Ialami—the media restraint campaign. And an instruction manual in online behavior was distributed to ISIS members, a copy of which was seen by reporters of the FT. It reads in part:

“A number of security gaps have appeared that have benefited the enemy and have helped expose the identities of some brothers or identify some sites used by the mujahideen with ease,” the manual begins. The information revealed in digital communication, it explains, is the kind of “data that could turn your hair gray.”

Data revealed by Twitter, YouTube and Facebook postings comes in many forms—from more obvious information about individual identities and landscape and urban geography in photos to encoded data from email accounts, servers and location of signals. All this has helped make the air campaign against ISIS more effective.

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WATCH: Canada’s Sergeant at Arms Gets Standing Ovation after Shooting Terrorist While Wearing Tails http://joemiller.us/2014/10/watch-canadas-sergeant-arms-gets-standing-ovation-shooting-terrorist-wearing-tails/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/watch-canadas-sergeant-arms-gets-standing-ovation-shooting-terrorist-wearing-tails/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:15:07 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101856 The 'Good Guy with a Gun' Kevin Vickers, dusting off his jacket and rebuffing any notions of heroism with the declaration that this is simply his job.

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Portrait of a bada**. This is Kevin Vickers moments after he brought down a suspect who had already claimed one victim. He’s Mr. Carson with a pistol, dusting off his jacket and rebuffing any notions of heroism with the declaration that this is simply his job.

Parliament reopened today, and Vickers got the kudos he deserves:

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Canadian PM Calls ‘Brutal and Violent’ Parliament Attack Terrorism, While Our President Can’t Bring Himself to Utter the Word http://joemiller.us/2014/10/canadian-pm-calls-brutal-volent-parliament-attack-terrorism/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/canadian-pm-calls-brutal-volent-parliament-attack-terrorism/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:30:15 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101722 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the perpetrator of a "brutal and violent" attack on the Parliament complex in Ottawa that left a soldier dead Wednesday as a "terrorist" in an address to the nation. When will our President start calling it for what it is?

Canadian PM Calls ‘Brutal and Violent’ Parliament Attack Terrorism, While Our President Can’t Bring Himself to Utter the Word

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By FoxNews.com.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the perpetrator of a “brutal and violent” attack on the Parliament complex in Ottawa that left a soldier dead Wednesday as a “terrorist” in an address to the nation.

“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Harper said before vowing that the attack would “lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts” to keep the country safe and work with Canada’s allies to fight terrorists.

The assault rocked Parliament over and over with the boom of gunfire, led MPs to barricade doors with chairs and sent people streaming from the building in fear. Harper was addressing a caucus when the attack began outside the door, but he safely escaped. He gave his address Wednesday evening from an undisclosed location.

Earlier Wednesday, Canadian authorities identified the shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32. A government official told Fox News that they have been advised that Zehaf-Bibeau, a Quebec native, was thought to be a recent convert to Islam who had changed his name from Michael Joseph Hall. Investigators offered little additional information about the gunman. However, Harper said in his address that “in the days to come we will learn about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had.”

Court records that appear to be the gunman’s show that he had a long rap sheet, with a string of convictions for assault, robbery, drug and weapons offenses, and other crimes.

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Gingrich Slams Obama’s ‘Delusional’ Response To Ottawa Shootings

By ALEX GRISWOLD.

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took President Barack Obama to task for his “delusional” response to the Ottawa shooting that saw the death of at least one Canadian soldier.

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Climate Change PROVED to Be ‘Nothing But a Lie’, Says Top Meteorologist, Co-Founder at the ‘Weather Channel’ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/climate-change-proved-nothing-lie-says-top-meteorologist-co-founder-weather-channel/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/climate-change-proved-nothing-lie-says-top-meteorologist-co-founder-weather-channel/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:29:27 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101729 The debate about climate change is finished - because it has been categorically proved not to exist, one of the world's leading meteorologists has claimed.

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John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.

Instead, what ‘little evidence’ there is for rising global temperatures points to a ‘natural phenomenon’ within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: “The ocean is not rising significantly.

“The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.

“Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing). I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.”

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Rise Of The Machines: Vote For Republicans In Chicago Automatically Changed To Democrats http://joemiller.us/2014/10/rise-machines-vote-republicans-chicago-automatically-changed-democrats/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/rise-machines-vote-republicans-chicago-automatically-changed-democrats/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:28:24 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101716 ‘Calibration error’ changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois county.

Rise Of The Machines: Vote For Republicans In Chicago Automatically Changed To Democrats

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Jim Moynihan, Republican candidate for the Illinois State House, went in today to vote early, and to vote for himself. But when he touched the screen mark his name, it was his Democratic opponent’s name that registered the vote.

“While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan told Illinois Review. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

Every time he touched the screen for a Republican the machine registered it as a vote for the Democrat. “Clearly, I am concerned that citizens will be unable to vote for the candidate of their choice, especially if they are in a hurry and do not double check their ballot,” Moynihan said.

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James O’Keefe Strikes Again

By John Fund.

Many liberals are adamant there is no threat of voter fraud that justifies efforts to improve the integrity of elections. “There is no real concrete evidence of voter fraud,” tweeted Donna Brazile, former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, this week. “It’s a big ass lie.”

James O’Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.

The video of O’Keefe’s encounters with other operatives is equally disturbing. He has a conversation with Greenpeace employee Christina Topping, and suggests he might have access to unused ballots from people who have recently moved out of college fraternity houses. “I mean it is putting the votes to good use,” she responds. “So really, truly, like yeah, that is awesome.”

Colorado secretary of state Scott Gessler, along with several county election clerks, have raised warning flags that a new state law that automatically mails a ballot to everyone is an engraved invitation to commit fraud. “Sending ballots to people who did not even ask for them or have moved out of state is asking for trouble” he told me. For example, little can stop someone who collects discarded ballots from trash cans, fills out the ballots, and mails them in. Election workers are supposed to compare signatures on registration records with signed ballots. But if a person has a “witness” who signs the ballot on the witness line, then the signatures do not have to match and the vote is counted.

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‘Calibration error’ changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois county

By Paul Miller.

Early Voting in Illinois got off to its typical start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.

“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

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Mark Steyn: A GOP Win in November Doesn’t Change Anything (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/10/mark-steyn-gop-win-november-doesnt-change-anything-video/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/mark-steyn-gop-win-november-doesnt-change-anything-video/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:27:44 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101746 Could Republican’s win big on Election Day and still be behind the ball in the grand scheme of things? Mark Steyn seems to think so.

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Could Republican’s win big on Election Day and still be behind the ball in the grand scheme of things? Mark Steyn seems to think so.

According to the conservative columnist, even though conservatives and Republicans may do well on Nov. 4, liberals are winning the other 364 days throughout the year, or the “culture stakes,” with tremendous effect on our society.

“Election Day is one day a year, and the culture is the other 364 days a year,” said Steyn. “So if you’re not in there competing in the schools, competing in the pop culture, competing in the media, competing in the main-line churches, then the air we breathe becomes liberal.”

“That’s the default setting in society. Whoever gets elected on a Tuesday morning in November doesn’t actually make much difference. . .The reason candidates don’t get traction is when they’re trying to move toward the center. . . Effective conservative leaders, [Ronald] Reagan and [Margaret] Thatcher, take the two most obvious examples, move the center towards them,” he said. “Mrs. Thatcher had a great line. Before you can win the election, you have to win the argument.”

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Here’s the Real Deal on the Ebola Pandemic http://joemiller.us/2014/10/heres-real-deal-ebola-pandemic/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/heres-real-deal-ebola-pandemic/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:26:10 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101755 The media has served us poorly by misreporting, minimizing or simply refusing to report Obama’s glaring failure to protect American citizens. So what are the facts, and what kind of response can we expect from official Washington?

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timthumb (1)By James Simpson.

The Ebola outbreak has stirred worldwide concern—and panic in some quarters. It is by far the largest outbreak of the deadly disease in recorded history. The media have jumped on the story for its obvious headline value, but at the same time they have served us poorly by misreporting, minimizing or simply refusing to report this administration’s glaring failure to protect American citizens. So what are the facts, and what kind of response can we expect from official Washington?

Just the Facts

As best can be determined at this point, the first Ebola fatality was a boy of two from the town of Gueckedou, Guinea, who died on December 6th, 2013 following a brief illness. He infected other members of the family, who in turn infected relatives and a health worker. These victims, in turn, carried the disease to other nearby towns. It took time however, for people to realize what was happening. A World Health Organization (WHO) timeline indicates the outbreak was first reported on March 14th, 2014, after eight people died in the city of Macenta, Guinea. Both Gueckedou and Macenta—about 50 miles apart—are major trading centers in the heart of the Guinean jungle and are located near the border with both Sierra Leone and Liberia. By March 19th, 23 deaths had been reported—all from the same area—with 35 suspected cases.

By March 23rd, Guinea’s Ministry of Health reported Ebola had spread to the capital, Conakry, some 450 miles away. On March 22nd, the first Ebola death in Sierra Leone was reported. The 14-year-old victim died after attending a funeral for someone who had died in Guinea. Liberia reported its first victims on March 25th. By the end of the month there were a total of 81 deaths, including two in Liberia. Today the reported number of cases in Africa is over 9,200, with at least 4,604 deaths.

The original source for this outbreak is believed to be tainted fruit bat meat. So-called “bushmeat,” including bats, primates, cane rats, big cats, dog and other sources, is widely prized by Africans, and there is a major black market for bushmeat among African expatriates here in the U.S. But bushmeat is a vector for a host of deadly diseases, including Ebola, monkey pox, HIV, Marburg and others. Primates and other animals may eat fruit already partially consumed by infected bats and imbibe their saliva, or otherwise come in contact with bat saliva or feces. These animals in turn become disease vectors for other animals and humans. According to one extensive video report from a Vice News journalist on the ground in West Africa, bush meat is brought into the tri-border region from the surrounding Guinean jungle by hunters. It is then transported to markets in nearby Sierra Leone and Liberia. Thus, tainted meat can wind up quickly distributed throughout the region. This is a possible explanation for its rapid spread.

As shown in chart 1, both cases and deaths have grown exponentially. These are only the reported instances. There are likely many others that have gone unreported.

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If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa

By MARIA CHENG.

A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.

The hardest-hit West African nations have been checking passengers since summer, but the new work is a reminder of how much easier it could be for the virus to travel outside the outbreak region if those measures weren’t in place — and that screening can’t catch every case.

Since the Ebola outbreak was first identified in March, there have been only two known exported cases involving flights, one before and one after screening began in Liberia.

A Liberian-American flew to Nigeria in July and sparked a small outbreak there, which has since been contained. The second man, Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, passed a screening when he left for the U.S. last month; he didn’t have a fever or symptoms until days after arriving in Dallas.

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9 in Connecticut Being Watched for Symptoms of Ebola

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS.

Nine people in Connecticut who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus have been told to stay at home and are being monitored by local health authorities for symptoms, a spokesman for the State Public Health Department said on Wednesday.

The people in question were not sick, the spokesman, William Gerrish, said, but were being watched under an order signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Oct. 7, declaring a public health emergency in the state.

They were not publicly identified because of privacy concerns, but officials said three were Yale University students and the others were from one family. At least some had traveled to West Africa.

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West African travelers to be monitored for 21 days in U.S.

By Sherry Jacobson.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that all travelers will be monitored for 21 days after arriving in the U.S. from the three West Africans countries where Ebola is spreading.

Starting Monday, each traveler from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be given a “care kit” that includes a thermometer and instructions for how to use it as well as a description of possible Ebola symptoms and what to do if any of them develop.

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GOP House Intelligence Chair: Snowden is a Murderer (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/10/gop-house-intelligence-chair-snowden-murderer-video/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/gop-house-intelligence-chair-snowden-murderer-video/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:25:35 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101743 House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told members of Britain’s Parliament this week he wants to charge National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden with murder.

GOP House Intelligence Chair: Snowden is a Murderer (+video)

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told members of Britain’s Parliament this week he wants to charge National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden with murder for revealing surveillance programs run by NSA and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters.

“We are treating him, as I would argue, [like] the traitor that he is,” the Michigan Republican told Parliament’s House of Commons Tuesday, according to The Hill. “And by the way — and this is important — I would charge him for murder.”

The Obama administration has already leveled multiple espionage charges against Snowden for leaking a cache of classified documents detailing bulk surveillance programs to journalists last summer. Citing a heavily redacted, top-secret Defense Intelligence Agency report earlier this year, Rogers and House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger claimed Snowden’s leaks “concern vital operations of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force”…

Portions of the report released to the public describe the leaks as “staggering” and “grave,” despite the fact that numerous intelligence officials — including then-NSA Director Keith Alexander — have repeatedly said they only have a vague picture of what Snowden took.

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Outrage: California Forcing Churches to Provide Abortions (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/10/outrage-california-forcing-churches-provide-abortions-video/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/outrage-california-forcing-churches-provide-abortions-video/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:24:38 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101750 The state of California is compelling churches to cover abortions, despite religious objections.

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The state of California is compelling churches to cover abortions, despite religious objections, or face the consequences from California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). . .

In a letter to the one of the churches involved, obtained by The Federalist, California’s DMHC argues that surgical abortion is “a medically necessary basic health care service for which all health care services plans must provide coverage under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act.”

The letter goes on to state that, while the department recognized the religious exemptions at first, they are “now is requiring health care service plans to provide coverage of all terminations of pregnancies, effective immediately.”

Several churches involved are fighting back.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Life Legal Defense League filed a suit on behalf of seven churches across California. On the lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services, ADF senior counsel Casey Mattox claimed that, “California is flagrantly violating the federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans,” according to World Magazine.

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6 Outrageous Times VA Employees Did Wrong and Still Got Paid by You http://joemiller.us/2014/10/6-outrageous-times-va-employees-wrong-still-got-paid/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/6-outrageous-times-va-employees-wrong-still-got-paid/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:23:02 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101794 The Department of Veterans Affairs remains embroiled in a scandal that resulted in the deaths of at least 40 veterans assigned to its medical facilities.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs remains embroiled in a scandal that resulted in the deaths of at least 40 veterans assigned to its medical facilities. Now, a report from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., outlines the actions of numerous VA employees who were suspended for various offenses but continued to get a salary from taxpayers.

Coburn today released his annual Wastebook, which highlights “frivolous” projects backed by taxpayer dollars.

This year’s edition notes that taxpayers shelled out $19 million in compensation for government employees placed on administrative leave for a variety of transgressions…

1. Executives at VA clinics nationwide were found to have manipulated wait times for patients to secure bonuses.

Officials attempted to cover up months-long wait times encountered by many veterans before seeing doctors at the VA. More than 40 veterans at one clinic died during such manipulation.

Three officials at a VA clinic in Phoenix–including the director and associate director–were put on paid administrative leave in May as a result of the scandal. The director makes $170,000 a year.

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New Feminist Tactic: Using Little Girls in Videos to Yell The F-Word http://joemiller.us/2014/10/new-feminist-tactic-using-little-girls-videos-yell-f-word/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/new-feminist-tactic-using-little-girls-videos-yell-f-word/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:22:45 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101738 Hide your daughters, parents and don't let them grow up to be feminists.

New Feminist Tactic: Using Little Girls in Videos to Yell The F-Word

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In the latest stroke of genius for the bitter movement, the feminists over at FCKH8.com have released a video featuring little girls in princess outfits dropping the f-bomb and screaming non-factual statements about women’s equality in American society.

Warning: lots of really bad language.

The part where the girls say, “Society teaches us that our bodies, boobs and butts are more important than our brains,” is painfully ironic. This video comes from a movement that has spent the past four years defining women by the pills they take and by telling them to vote with their lady parts. The most offensive part of this ad isn’t the use of foul language, but instead the lengths feminists have gone through to get little girls to hate boys at such a young age based on bogus statistics and “data.”

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Obama Tax Hikes Drive Federal Tax Revenue Above $3 Trillion for First Time Ever http://joemiller.us/2014/10/obama-tax-hikes-drive-federal-tax-revenue-3-trillion-first-time-ever/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/obama-tax-hikes-drive-federal-tax-revenue-3-trillion-first-time-ever/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:21:07 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101789 The Treasury Department released this month figures showing that federal tax revenue exceeded $3 trillion in fiscal year 2014—the first time revenue surpassed that mark.

Obama Tax Hikes Drive Federal Tax Revenue Above $3 Trillion for First Time Ever

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The Treasury Department released this month figures showing that federal tax revenue exceeded $3 trillion in fiscal year 2014—the first time revenue surpassed that mark.

Yet the deficit was still almost $500 billion.

Clearly, the government continues to spend too much. We should tax enough to fund the legitimate functions of government, like national defense, homeland security, public health and others, but no more.

The new record also shows us that, absent policy changes, the amount of revenue the government takes out of the private sector keeps getting bigger. Tax revenue grows as income grows, no matter what kind of tax system is in place. A progressive system like ours, with higher rates on higher levels of income, results in a bigger increase in revenue during economic expansions than a flat rate system would. Alternatively, when the economy enters a recession, a progressive system reduces revenue intake at a faster clip.

Tax revenues are rising even faster than the sluggish economic should yield. Tax revenue increase nearly $247 billion in fiscal year 2014 from fiscal year 2013. Contributing to that growth were two large tax increases passed during President Obama’s tenure, namely the tax hikes in Obamacare and the fiscal cliff tax increases in 2013 which allowed the expiration of certain Bush-era tax cuts.

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Obama Tax Hikes Drive Federal Tax Revenue Above $3 Trillion for First Time Ever

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The Moment When a Guy Told Obama ‘Don’t Touch My Girlfriend’ (+video) http://joemiller.us/2014/10/hilarious-moent-guy-told-obama-dont-touch-girlfriend/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/hilarious-moent-guy-told-obama-dont-touch-girlfriend/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:20:06 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101702 President Obama found himself in an unusual situation Monday.

The Moment When a Guy Told Obama ‘Don’t Touch My Girlfriend’ (+video)

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President Obama found himself in an unusual situation Monday.

As he was casting his ballot early in Chicago, minding his own business behind the voting booth, a young man walked by and warned him “don’t touch my girlfriend.”

The girlfriend, Aia Cooper, who was voting in the booth next to Obama, was humiliated, to say the least. “I really wasn’t planning on it,” Obama joked with the woman. “There’s an example of a brother just embarrassing you, just for no reason whatsoever.”

“And now you’ll be going back home and talking to you friends; what’s his name?” the president asked.
“Mike,” Cooper said.

“‘I can’t believe Mike. He’s such a fool,’” Obama said, impersonating the woman


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The Era of Political Disruption http://joemiller.us/2014/10/era-political-disruption/ http://joemiller.us/2014/10/era-political-disruption/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:19:51 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=101734 Independent presidential bids, a third party, and other big changes may be just over the midterm horizon.

The Era of Political Disruption

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From time to time in this column, I predict that the United States is entering an era of great political disruption, a bottom-up revolution on the scale of what upended the music, television, movie, media, and retail industries. Fueled by the radical connectivity of the Internet, abrupt new actors in those fields dismantled the status quo, shifted power downward, and created an explosion of options for consumers.

Consider what just one change wrought. You can now choose any musician’s song from any album, download it instantly and from virtually anywhere on earth for less than the price of a candy bar, and store it on a device with thousands of other tracks from just as many different singers. That’s power.

I ask you, how long until Americans recognized they’re no less equipped to disrupt politics and government? How soon before we stop settling for an inferior product in Washington and at statehouses? When do we demand more and better from the Democratic and Republican parties—or create new political organizations that usurp the old?

I don’t know the answers. I do believe it’s a matter of when, not if. Because, while we may be a presidential cycle or two away from the Great Disruption, you can already spot green shoots of populism emerging from an otherwise bleak midterm landscape.

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The Era of Political Disruption

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