[Newsmax.com] Democrats are now sounding more like Republicans on the Ebola crisis, with candidates in critical races calling this week for travel bans to avoid being tied to yet another Obama administration debacle as Election Day nears.
“It is just common sense that we need a travel ban from West Africa,” Democratic pollster and analyst Doug Schoen told Newsmax on Saturday. “And Democrats have realized that in tight Senate races that hang in the balance it is common sense, not partisanship, that gives them the best chance of getting elected.”
This is particularly acute “in a year where the president’s job approval is at or below 40 percent in swing states,” Schoen said.
Perhaps the biggest flip-flop came on Friday, when North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan called for a West African ban — two days after dismissing it as a way to contain the deadly disease.
[FoxNews.com] Scores of staffers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were put at risk by lapses in the treatment of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., the patient’s medical records show.
The medical records of Thomas Eric Duncan, given to the Associated Press by his family, provide a window of the span of exposure to the hospital’s workers in the early days of Duncan’s treatment.
The records show that because of a lag in implementing preventative measures or because of insufficient measures, multiple hospital staffers were put at risk.
The hospital’s protective protocol was “insufficient,” said Dr. Joseph McCormick of the University of Texas School of Public Health, who was part of the CDC team that investigated the first recorded Ebola outbreak in 1976. “The gear was inadequate. The procedures in the room were inadequate.” –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.
The group, which has seized land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human
U.S-led forces are bombing ISIS bases in Syria and Iraq. The group has regularly used weaponry captured from the Syrian and Iraqi armies and has overrun several military bases but this was the first time it had been able to pilot warplanes.
“They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for (former Iraqi president) Saddam Hussein,” Abdulrahman said. –Read More…
[RushLimbaugh.com] RUSH ARCHIVE: People are fed up with the Democrats. They’re fed up with Obamacare and foreign policy. They’re fed up with everything. They’re going to vote for the other guys. They’re not voting for conservatives. By necessity they’re voting Republican, but they’re not voting ideologically.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this. Eight years of Reagan and yet the voters are easily fooled to returning to liberalism. There was no protest when the liberals came along and started raising taxes, making everything worse, destroying jobs, what they always do, wrecking the culture. No protests. People voted for it. And my conclusion is that voters never, other than Reagan, the lone example, never affirmatively vote for conservatism because it’s never really presented to them. It’s presented to them by me and Fox News on some occasions and other so-called new media, but it’s not presented to voters by the Republican Party.
There are a few now and then, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio come to mind, but not the party. Voters never affirmatively vote for conservatism because it’s never really presented to them. What happens is liberals, Democrats are rejected for a time because people are fed up and they’re mad like they are now. But after a certain passage of time, they feel it’s safe to go back. –Read More…
[TheBlaze.com] The man observing Wednesday’s transport of the Dallas nurse without a hazmat suit on was a “protocol supervisor” who wasn’t wearing protective gear for a “higher level of safety,” an airline representative said.
“Our medical professionals in the biohazard suits have limited vision and mobility and it is the protocol supervisor’s job to watch each person carefully and give them verbal directions to ensure no close-contact protocols are violated,” a Phoenix Air representative told ABC News. “There is absolutely no problem with this and in fact [e]nsures an even higher level of safety for all involved.” –Read More…
[PJMedia.com] Already under fire for its handling of the Ebola outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped another bombshell when it was revealed that ill nurse Amber Vinson checked with the agency before boarding a flight from Cleveland to Dallas.
The CDC told ABC News they deemed it OK because she wasn’t throwing up:
A Dallas nurse who treated an Ebola patient contacted federal health officials before boarding a passenger flight Monday due to a slightly elevated temperature, but was allowed to board the flight because she was not exhibiting additional symptoms of Ebola. –Read More…
[Examiner.com] UFO sightings are often seen as a joke, but it is almost an absolute certainty that some are real. If you believe some of the recent reports of UFO sightings, you are not alone. The most recent UFO sighting to top the headlines comes out of Wales. According to a report from Mirror on Oct. 11, sky watchers insisted they had seen tennis-balled sized UFOs, an exploding sixpence and a multi-coloured Malteser in the heavens.
Sightings of unidentified flying objects have soared in the last month. Dancing lights, large craft and mysterious flashes are among dozens of UFOs sighted in the skies of South Wales in recent years. And just a day ago, Wales Online reported that there have been 119 flying saucer sightings in Wales reported to the Ministry of Defense since 2000.
According to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, the MoD has reviewed 13 reports of UFOs in South Wales in the last three years. Several other sightings have been placed on UFO websites, but it is believed that many more go unreported. The MoD examines UFO reports to determine if what is seen is of some importance for the defense.
[HumanEvents.com] A second health care worker who treated Ebola Patient One, the late Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia, tested positive for the disease last night. It’s horrible news, but not entirely surprising to see more cases popping up now. This is how Ebola works – it takes a while to incubate. Anyone who told you there was nothing to worry about, because no one manifested symptoms in the first day or two after Duncan was isolated, was deliberately lying to you.
Happily, the first health care worker infected by Duncan, Nina Pham, is said to be in good condition. “I’m doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers,” she said in a statement on Tuesday. “I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.” Part of her treatment involved a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor, which sounds like the kind of treatment that might be difficult to administer if the outbreak spreads to a large number of additional victims.
Hopefully that will not happen, but the authorities are still grappling with how trained medical personnel wearing protective gear were able to contract the disease – which, you’ll recall, was supposed to be relatively difficult to catch even when untrained people without such equipment come into contact with Ebola victims. The latest chapter in the feud between Texas nurses and the increasingly uninspiring head of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Tom Frieden, saw the executive director of National Nurses United, RoseAnn DeMoro, alleging that “the protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place, and those protocols are not in place anywhere in the United States, as far as we can tell.” Frieden had previously insinuated that Nurse Pham got herself infected by failing to follow these protocols – an accusation for which he has since apologized. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] WASHINGTON – Federal officials are warning U.S. law enforcement about the threat of Islamic State-inspired terror attacks against police officers, government workers and “media figures” in the U.S.
In a joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement and confirmed by Fox News, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned about the Islamic State’s calls on social media forums for violence.
A senior intelligence official told Fox News the bulletin was sent Saturday. “I requested it as a duty to warn and as an officer safety matter given ISIL’s continued statements on forums and in social media to conduct homeland attacks and to target law enforcement, government and intelligence agencies,” the official said, adding that “FBI investigator” was specifically mentioned in one post.
[American Thinker] With daily headlines featuring the world “Ebola,” fear is in the air. Along with confusion.
Many Americans are worried about Ebola spreading and becoming a serious threat. And many of us are skeptical about what the Obama administration is saying on the matter. Which leaves a lot of people feeling uncertain.
I’m one of those people and I set about trying to learn more about the virus and how it spreads, delving into areas where information has been lacking and/or has been conflicting. This is what I learned. With daily headlines featuring the world “Ebola,” fear is in the air. Along with confusion.
Many more Americans are worried about Ebola spreading and becoming a serious threat. And many of us are skeptical about what the Obama administration is saying on the matter. Which leaves a lot of people feeling uncertain. IN DEPTH REPORT: –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] BAGHDAD – Militants with the Islamic State group on Monday claimed control of a key military training camp in Anbar province — which Iraqi officials called a “tactical retreat” — as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead.
Meanwhile, Rami Abdul Rahman of the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Fox News Monday that ISIS fighters hold as much as 50 percent of the Syrian border town of Kobani, which has been the focus of fierce fighting between ISIS and Kurdish forces, backed up by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. The fall of Kobani would be a major victory for the Islamic State, and would raise new concerns that the Sunni militant group is making gains despite the airstrikes.
Rahman said that the militants are making moves from the east and southwest sides of the town and are trapping the Kurdish fighters in the center.
Other Fox News sources inside Kobani and in touch with the fight put the figure of ISIS-held territory lower, more in the range of 25 – 30 per cent. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] The Ebola outbreak is the “most severe acute health emergency in modern times,” the head of the World Health Organization warned Monday.
The agency’s director-general Margaret Chan said the epidemic had proved “the world is ill-prepared to respond to any severe, sustained, and threatening public health emergency”.
New cases of Ebola are now “rising exponentially” in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone,”
In a statement to a regional health conference in the Philippine capital Manila, she said: “I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in already very poor countries.
[WND.com] WASHINGTON, D.C. – A secret decision apparently has been made by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and even Iran to let the strategic Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border fall to ISIS fighters, jeopardizing the lives of some 160,000 Syrian Kurds, WND has been told by a well-placed Middle East expert.
In letting Kobani fall to ISIS, the source said, there was agreement “to deal with ISIS later.”
The apparent decision aims to diminish the influence of the Kurds in Syria and weaken the prospect of creating a sovereign Kurdistan, which is sought by the Kurds not only in Syria, but in Turkey, Iran and Iraq.
“It is a real set up behind the backs of everyone,” the well-placed source told WND. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] The Ebola outbreak is the worst disease crisis since the spread of AIDS, said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I would say that in the 30 years I’ve been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden during remarks at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meeting in Washington, D.C., according to NBC News.
Frieden also warned that time is of the essence in preventing it from becoming “the next AIDS.”
Approximately 36 million people have died from AIDS since it broke out in the 1980s, and currently about 35 million people are infected by the virus, according to NBC News.
[FoxNews.com] A Republican congressman on Thursday urged the White House to “come clean” after claiming to have received “very credible and very specific allegations” that a member of the White House team was “intimately involved with a prostitute” while on assignment in Colombia for a presidential visit.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also questioned whether a double standard was at play, considering many Secret Service and military personnel were disciplined on that trip for seeing prostitutes and other inappropriate behavior.
“The White House needs to come clean,” Chaffetz told Fox News. He separately has written a letter to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough seeking “all documents” from a White House counsel internal review of the incident. –Read More…
[Washington Post] Shortly after retired U.S. Gen. John Allen arrived in Baghdad as the new U.S. envoy to the coalition against the Islamic State, he made it perfectly clear what part of the plan against the Islamic State militant group included: taking back Mosul.
The city, Iraq’s second most populous, fell to Islamist fighters in June, as they captured broad sections of the country’s north. Mosul has remained under their control since, with religious shrines destroyed, women forced into marriage and human rights activists and others murdered after publicly disagreeing with the Islamic State.
Plans to retake Mosul already are underway. Kurdish militia troops are preparing for a complex battle to retake the city, according to a Los Angeles Times report. And Allen said Iraqi forces will launch operations to retake Mosul within the next year. –Read More…
[HotAir.com] Via the Daily Caller, Ebola’s not the only threat potentially looming across the border. This is … quite a claim by Hunter. Has anyone else made it? Jim Geraghty notes that Dem Rep. Tim Bishop recently said that 40 of the 100 Americans who went to fight for ISIS have now returned and are being tailed by the FBI, but he didn’t say anything about how they got here.
Presumably they flew back and showed their U.S. passports at the gate; that capability is what makes ISIS a special threat. GOP Rep. (and Senate candidate) Tom Cotton has accused Mexican drug cartels of actively collaborating with ISIS, but it’s unclear if he has a government source for that info and in any case he hasn’t claimed that ISIS has already made an attempt to enter the United States. Hunter is the first member of Congress I’m aware of to say so, citing a source inside the Border Patrol. –Read More…
There Will Be Pestilences: Why Are So Many Deadly Diseases Breaking Out All Over The Globe Right Now?
[Infowars.com] Ebola, Marburg, Enterovirus and Chikungunya – these diseases were not even on the radar of most people coming into 2014, but now each one of them is making headline news. So why is this happening? Why are so many deadly diseases breaking out all over the world right now? Is there some kind of a connection, or is the fact that so many horrible diseases are arising all at once just a giant coincidence? And this could be just the beginning. For example, there are now more than a million cases of Chikungunya in Central and South America, and authorities are projecting that there will be millions more in 2015.
The number of Ebola cases continues to grow at an exponential rate, and now an even deadlier virus (Marburg) has broken out in Uganda. We have gone decades without experiencing a major worldwide pandemic, and many people believed that it could never happen in our day and time. But now we could potentially see several absolutely devastating diseases all racing across the planet at the same time.
On Monday, we got news that the first confirmed case of Ebola transmission in Europe has happened. A nurse in Spain that had treated a couple of returning Ebola patients has contracted the disease herself… –Read More…
[American Thinker] When the Black Death was raging in Elizabethan London, some terrified citizens sought to assuage the Plague. The Queen herself ordered that anyone leaving London would be hanged. As in times past, some offered penitence to God in the form of self-flagellation, but to no avail. The Plague continued to rage even as the flagellants beat themselves to a bloody pulp.
Some frightened but resolute groups resorted to boarding up houses inhabited by anyone who exhibited symptoms of the disease. Armed watchmen saw to it that no one could go in or out, regardless of how much those trapped inside begged for mercy. The victims were given bare sustenance by means of baskets filled with provisions, which were lowered through upper windows. If any unfortunates in the plague houses survived the quarantine, which was rare, they were eventually let out.
History repeats itself. –Read More…
[Breitbart.com] National Geographic Channel has announced the cast for Killing Jesus, its third adaptation — after Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy — of a bestselling historical thriller by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard, and American actor Haaz Sleiman, who’s originally from Lebanon, has snagged the title role.
Born in the United Arab Emirates but raised in Lebanon, Sleiman moved to the U.S. when he was 21 and currently lives in Los Angeles. He’s best known for playing a Syrian immigrant in the 2008 indie film The Visitor. He’s also appeared in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie (as a gay Muslim nurse); NBC’s ER (as an American soldier); and Fox’s 24 (as a terrorist suspect in 2007).
Most recently, he had a recurring role in USA Network’s Covert Affairs, and in the CBS dramas Person of Interest (which stars Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ) and Reckless. –Read More…
[American Spectator] On Monday, the Supreme Court, somewhat surprisingly, declined to grant cert to any of the cases in which appeals courts had overturned (or upheld a lower court’s overturning of) state bans on gay marriage. The specific cases the Court could have agreed to hear included gay marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin that were struck down.
However, the impact of the Supreme Court’s declining to weigh in will be felt not just in those states, but in every state covered by the appeals court circuits whose precedents will now firmly stand. For example, the 10th Circuit, which overturned the Oklahoma and Utah bans on same-sex marriage, also has authority over (and is based in) Colorado, meaning that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage—about which a lawsuit has already been filed—is likely to be overturned in short order. –Read More…
[Gateway Pundit] ISIS was holding hostage British aide worker Alan Henning. Today they released video of his beheading. (h/t Drudge Report)
The ISIS beheader says in the video, “His blood of David Haines was on your hands, Cameron. Daniel Henning will also be slaughtered. But his blood is on the hands of the British Parliament.”
Daniel Henning made this statement in the video before his death:
“Hi I’m Alan Henning. Because of our parliament’s decision to attack the Islamic State, I as a member of the British public, will now pay the price for that decision.” –Read More…
[HumanEvents.com] Senators Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz called for the American people to overload the phone lines on capitol hill to speak out against giving illegal immigrants amnesty. Since the request, congressmen?s phones have…
There have been a number of recent attempts to explain President Obama’s fumbling, disconnected management style as everything from fatigue – he’s tired, disappointed, perhaps a little depressed, and just wants to be left alone to enjoy the perks of the office for the rest of his term – to a ponderous, hesitant approach better suited to academia than the executive branch. Jim Gerghty at National Review ran through four of these theories, beginning with the idea that “‘No-Drama Obama’ doesn’t have a crisis mode”:
[RedState.com] A new Inspector General (IG) report general report exposes yet more abuse and cover-up at the IRS.
As the Washington Examiner reports:
A review of the Internal Revenue Service’s compliance with the Freedom of Information Act found the agency intentionally withheld or failed to “adequately search” for requested information in hundreds of cases.
In others, the IRS released more than it was authorized, dispensing “sensitive taxpayer information,” including individuals’ bank records. –Read More…
[WND EXCLUSIVE] America’s ticket for divine judgment may have already been signed and sent off to the printer, but there’s still time for God to cancel the order, according to a leading Bible teacher and author.
That time could be running short, though, says Jonathan Cahn, a messianic rabbi and author of the New York Times-best seller “The Harbinger” and the newly released sequel “The Mystery of the Shemitah.”mystery_shemitah
In the absence of repentance and mass revival, Cahn sees a continuation of catastrophic “shakings” that will gradually break America down, knocking it off its perch as world leader. –Read More…
[Infowars.com] The Centers for Disease Control is advising funeral homes in the United States on how to handle the remains of Ebola victims, although officials are keen to stress that the development is not a cause for alarm.
A three page list of recommendations instructs funeral workers to wear protective gear while handling Ebola victims, as well as warning them not to carry out autopsies or to embalm corpses.
“If the outbreak of the potentially deadly virus is in West Africa, why are funeral homes in America being given guidelines?” asks WFSB.com.