Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen. -George Orwell

Friday, October 31, 2014


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Nate Silver: GOP chances at controlling the Senate at 68.5%, 'their highest figure of the year'

President Obama self-quarantines, will avoid contact with candidates Monday and Tuesday

When election season and Halloween combine to form one, awesome hashtag: #DemocratHorrorMovies

Katie Pavlich: Media trusts this administration over Sharyl Attkisson's hacking claims?

'WOWZA'! Are you ready for Andrea Tantaros' FNC Halloween flashback?

NYT: Rape victim who testified against Bloomberg-backed gun control guilty of 'scare mongering'

'Be there in 10': Here's why Monica Crowley wants to trick-or-treat at Pat Sajak's house

'Who is we?' Obama says being a stay-at-home mom 'not a choice we want Americans to make'

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi released from Mexican prison at last; Prosecution dropped; Update: Back on U.S. soil

Sgt. Tahmooressi freed; 'Obama to release selfie of Obama looking at the Mexican border'

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The Democratic Senate adjourned without passing any fixes or even voting on any House-passed fixes. ObamaCare is broken and Democrats will never fix it.

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The Navy Seal who killed Osama Bin Laden will reveal his identity! Plus, Democrats distance themselves from the President and Hero or Zero of the week!

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National Review's Jim Geraghty joins Greg Corombos to discuss the day's events. Today's topics: Mary Landrieu says Dems are unpopular in Louisiana because of sexism and racism, Lindsay Graham has a cringe-inducing prediction for his possible presidency, and Homeland Security employees put $30,000 worth of Starbucks on government credit cards  (that you're paying for).

Southern Shockwave: Mary Landrieu Blames Obama's Unpopularity on Racism
In comments sure to cascade into regional races across the South, embattled Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) told NBC's Chuck Todd on Thursday that Southern racism is to blame for President Barack Obama's unpopularity.
"Why does President Obama have a hard time in Louisiana?" asked Todd.
"Let me be very, very honest with you," said Landrieu. "The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader."
Landrieu added: "It has not always been a good place for women, to be able to present ourselves. It's more of a conservative place. So we've had to work a little bit harder on that. But, you know, the people trust me, I believe. Really, they do."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal blasted Landrieu's comments as desperate and out of touch.
"She appears to be living in a different century. Implied in her comments is the clear suggestion that President Obama and his policies are unpopular in Louisiana because of his ethnicity," said Jindal. "That is a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana, and I flatly reject it."
Landrieu's controversial remarks threaten to spill over into other Southern races, further placing already vulnerable Democrats in the uncomfortable position of having to defend or reject Landrieu's statements. Democrats who reject Landrieu's comments risk alienating black voters. Those who agree with Landrieu risk alienating white voters...
Also read:

Report: Feds Spent $20 Billion On Secret 'Micropurchases'

Don't Count on Lower Turnout In a Louisiana Runoff

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Former Trek President Confirms Mary Burke Fired by Her Family

'Hope and Change' give way to Fear and Loathing

A Referendum on Competence

Why it's time for Libertarians to Vote for Republicans

Russian Arms Sales to Syria, Iran Add to Middle East Instability

Welcome to Berlin, 1937

Houston Has No Legal Right to Demand Sermons

Houston's Sermon Subpoenas Represent a Legal Opportunity for Religious Liberty Advocates

Governors in Sheep's Clothing Deceiving Parents about Common Core

Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future

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Dan Bongino is 'tired of this war on women crap'

The Mary Burke firing story is worse than you think; Check out the brutal truth it proves

It takes just two (buried) generic ballot polls to prove CBS' Dem lapdoggery; It's enraging

Forget catcalls: Check out Amelia Hamilton's reaction to a guy smiling at her

'He's projecting again': Markos Moulitsas uses Tim Cook's homosexuality to smear GOP

DNC's painfully lame #GOPTrickOrTreat stand-up routine heckled with truth-snark

'The patriarchy strikes?' WH misleads on #EqualPay — again

Gov. Bobby Jindal blasts Sen. Mary Landrieu for 'throwing entire state under bus' as racist, sexist

Now it's mammograms at risk? Hillary Clinton is sounding desperate in Iowa

'5 million women just melted': Want a peek at John Stamos' Halloween costume?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014



In this week's EWTN The World Over, Raymond Arroyo reviews the headline news of the week, plus:

Raymond is joined by Dr. Timothy Flanigan, a physician currently volunteering in Liberia and Dr. Mark Abruzzese, an infectious disease specialist in Washington, DC, to discuss the current state of the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa as well as efforts to contain the spread of the virus both there and in the United States.

Jennifer Fulwiler, Catholic blogger and author of the new memoir, Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found, about her journey from atheism to faith.

Kate DiCamillo, Newberry Medal winning children's author, talks to Raymond about the importance of reading and storytelling in a child's development, her life and career in children's literature and her latest story, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up from Candlewick Press.

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EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Vatican astronomer yawns at frenzy over Pope's Big Bang words

Will Pope's Defense of Faith at Synod Ease Anxious Minds?

Cardinal Burke: Neither Bishops nor Pope can Change Christ's Teaching on Marriage

Evil, Jihadists, and the Just War Theory

Do Catholic Voters have "Non-Negotiable" Issues?

Next Tuesday, We Don't Get to Not Vote

5 Minute Review: The U.S. Bishops On Voting

RNS Blogger Mark Silk 'Inventing Own Reality,' Says Philly Archdiocese

Bishop Burbidge: Families Need Contact With the Consecrated Life

Islam Minus Muhammed?

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National Review's Andrew Johnson joins host Jim Geraghty to discuss current events. Today's topics: Hispanics could not care less about keeping the Democrats in control of Congress, a lawsuit alleges La Raza is helping illegal aliens vote, and why exactly Mary Burke got fired by her family business.

Texas Isn't Turning Purple. What Happened?
It's early October, right before the start of early voting in Texas's elections. Rosales, Pena, and a few dozen other people who'd grudgingly shown up to support Carlos Cascos, a Cameron County judge who'd recently been winning elections as a Republican. The county, which runs along the Mexican border to the Gulf, is nearly 90 percent Hispanic. In the 2012 election, Barack Obama won it by 31 points. But when I ask him what he thinks of the president, Pena sounds like this year's ever-growing posse of squirming Democratic Senate candidates.
"Obama 2008 or Obama now?" he says with a laugh. "Man, don't get me started on that." He switches the subject to Hillary Clinton, whom he'd be happy to support, because she's always seemed competent. Over plates of brisket and tortillas, Rosales tries to convince Pena that Clinton's past her prime. They finally reach an accord on the upcoming gubernatorial race between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis.
"All I know about Davis is that she made that stand in the Capitol," says Pena. He shrugs. "That got my interest, I guess."
Neither is excited about that Democrat. They're intrigued by Abbott. At a table nearby, Cascos is showing off photos of the pachanga he held this year, the one where Abbott showed up and stayed late. "Ninety percent of the people there were Democrats," says Cascos, "but they see themselves as independents, and Abbott reached out to them."
This was not supposed to happen in Texas - not this year, not to Wendy Davis. Twenty-one months after Obama campaign veterans launched Battleground Texas, on the theory that a majority-minority state could become competitive for Democrats, Davis is running far behind Abbott. A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released this week found Davis trailing Abbott by 16 points. Among Hispanic voters, the race was almost tied: 48 for Davis, 46 for the Republican.
Davis had risen to national prominence with an epic, and briefly successful, filibuster of an abortion restriction bill. Republicans had numbers, including a 2013 Wilson Perkins Allen survey that found Latinos in the states identifying strongly as "pro-life," by a 2-1 margin. When he traveled to the valley, Abbott started reminding voters that he, too, was "pro-life and Catholic." According to strategist Dave Carney, a veteran of Perry's campaigns, the brain trust looked at the lost Davis counties and identified more than 1 million Hispanic voters who might be receptive to a social, economic conservative message.
Since the primary in March, Abbott has spent seven days in the Rio Grande Valley, with three visits alone to the small sprawl town of Edinburg. Abbott's three valley organizers are triple the number that Rick Perry dispatched for his winning campaigns. Drivers who crane their necks from the highway have been seeing billboards that feature Abbott and his Latino wife, Cecilia - "Nosotros con Abbott" - or the candidate and his Latino mother-in-law. "I love having Greg Abbott as my son-in-law," she says in one ad, as Abbott beams at her. "Texas will love having him as Governor."
Also read:

Latinos Turn Away from Democrats But Few are 'Angry' over Immigration Reform Delay

Conservative Hispanic Group Attacks Dems On ObamaCare

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Wow: Scott Walker opens up seven point lead among likely voters in final Marquette poll

Damage Control: Burke now claims she was "downsized" by her family-owned Trek Bicycle Corp...

Kay Hagan's corporatism and cronyism enriches her campaign, family

That Other Republican Wave: House GOP Looking Good

In two New York districts, two trouncings to warm your heart

When Leftist Race Hatred Meets Islamism

Senators Eye Asset Forfeiture Reform

Why Singles Rights And Same-Sex Marriage Will Abolish All Marriage

Media Distort Catholic View on Evolution, Paint Pope Francis as Revolutionary

Lena Dunham's Pathetic Privilege

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That awkward moment when Salon calls TIME an 'embarrassing troll,' is crushed with ONE photo

Eureka! 'Intervention' needed, but does THIS explain Wendy Davis' 'crazy'?

'That's so science!' Obama's Ebola presser features the 'perfect prop'

Is Eric Holder's 'biggest regret' supposed to make James Rosen feel better?

'Outclassed him AGAIN!' James Rosen responds to Eric Holder's 'biggest regret'

'OK, that's clever': These won't help Alison Grimes distance herself from Obama

'Sold!' Here is the absurd Donna Brazile inadvertently offering great ad for GOP; It's mock-tastic

If you thought the NARAL 'Sweet Pea' radio ad on Cory Gardner was bad, wait until you see the TV version!

Did climate crony Tom Steyer pay for NARAL's bogus anti-Gardner ad?

Climate scientists now suffering 'pre-traumatic stress disorder'

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Greg welcomes guests Gov. Gary Johnson and Liz MacDonald.

Obama Says He's "Frustrated" By People Who Dare To Criticize His Ebola Response
A visibly agitated President Obama on Wednesday ripped into critics of the U.S. response to the Ebola virus, insisting that his administration was leading the charge to "snuff out" the deadly disease.
"When I hear people talking about American leadership and then are promoting policies that would avoid leadership … [and have us] hiding under the covers, it makes me a little frustrated," the president said, joined by healthcare workers who treated the disease in West Africa, including American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly.
With less than a week to the midterms, the president is making public remarks almost daily in an attempt to fend off charges that his administration was caught flat-footed by a virus that has traveled from West Africa to the United States.
Governors implementing Ebola policies that contradict the president's blueprint, however, are undermining the White House's message.
Also read: Democrats Walk Out on Another Obama Campaign Stump Speech

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Could First Lady Michelle Obama make a run for U.S. Senate in California? Plus, U.C. Berkeley students say no to Bill Maher and a tiny house revolution is underway!

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EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Pope Francis Offers Vigorous Defense of Sacramental Marriage

The Pope's Latest "Revolutionary" Bombshell

Life is cheaper than salt: a Nigerian bishop facing Boko Haram

Sex and the Synod: What Women Want

A Millennial's Perspective on Pope Francis and the Church

Does the Church Favor Capitalism and Democracy?

On God's Responsibility for Atheism

Are an atheist journalist's papal interviews reliable?

What is Culture War?

Who's Afraid of All Hallows' Eve?

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National Review's Andrew Johnson joins Greg Corombos. Today's topics: Millennials sour on Obama and the Dems, the State Department wants to bring Ebola-infected doctors to the U.S., and a ridiculous NARAL ad attacks Colorado GOP Senate hopeful Cory Gardner.

The unintentionally funny "Cory Gardner's going to cause a condom shortage" NARAL attack ad
An instant classic via the Federalist and a concise demonstration of what the Denver Post had in mind when it endorsed Gardner a few weeks ago, dismissing Mark "Uterus" Udall's incessant war-on-women messaging in Colorado as an "obnoxious one-issue campaign [and] an insult to those he seeks to convince." Here's NARAL backing Udall up with the stupidest ad of the campaign, in which a guy who — famously — backs making birth control available over the counter somehow becomes the grim reaper of prophylactics, singlehandedly banning the pill and triggering a run on condoms coast to coast.
I'm surprised that NARAL thinks he'd leave condoms alone; if the GOP's goal, as more excitable feminists assure themselves, is to keep women pregnant and out of the work force, it makes no sense to leave condoms on the shelves after the pill has disappeared. Maybe NARAL figured that a simple double-standard critique was more effective. Sure, Cory will allow birth control for men, but not for women. Apart from the freely available OTC birth control for women that he supports, I mean.
Listening to the ad, John McCormack had an image of Gardner as the Hamburglar, going house to house to pilfer women's pills when they weren't looking. What really cinches this as a classic, though, is this line, the funniest inadvertent self-parody of progressive attitudes since Pajama Boy:
Climate change that everyone knows is weirding our weather, Cory flat-out denies it. Sweet Pea, Cory denies science!
Mentioning "science" to flatter progressives that they're the last bulwark against a new Dark Age along with the vague, ridiculous term "weirding the weather" feels like a goof on the sort of lefty who gushes loudly and regularly about science to advertise his intellect but isn't real hung up on the details. (See, e.g., the Neil deGrasse Tyson fanboys.) Why can't Cory see the weirding, Sweet Pea? Does he hate books 'n stuff?
Exit question: Odd that a group that's all about "empowering" women would feature a man explaining politics and current events to his ignorant girlfriend, no?
Also read:

Harvard Millennial Poll Spells Doom for Democrats

If you thought the NARAL 'Sweet Pea' radio ad on Cory Gardner was bad, wait until you see the TV version!

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