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Jesse Jackson is in Dallas Fighting Ebola, Because Obviously

By on 10.7.14 | 3:22PM

For a moment there, yesterday, when the Dallas Ebola apartment was being fumigated by HazMat crews, and the Dallas medical community confirmed that the Dallas Ebola patient was receiving experimental medical care and that his family and friends were disease-free and cleared to return to work, it almost looked as though the media were about to lose their opportunity for wall-to-wall coverage of the deadly African virus's appearance in Texas.

Thankfully, Jesse Jackson arrived to save the day, and - according to Jesse, at least - the Dallas Ebola patient himself

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is in Dallas Tuesday to make sure Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is getting the best medical care possible.

Rev. Jackson said Duncan's family asked for his help. He recently tweeted that "he should not be shunned" and to "kill the disease and not the person."

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Leon Panetta Then & Now on Benghazi

By on 10.7.14 | 3:08PM

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports to promote his new book Worthy Fights.

During the interview, Panetta stated he knew "from the beginning" the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi were "a terrorist attack on our compound."

However, when Panetta testified about Benghazi before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2013, he told Senator Lindsey Graham, “I think the biggest problem that night, senator, was that nobody knew really what was going on there.”

Panetta would go on to say that he did characterize Benghazi as a terrorist attack in closed door session with the same Senate committee during a meeting on Syria 72 hours after the attack. But this was a full two days before then UN Ambassador Susan Rice's infamous Sunday talk show appearance in which she falsely characterized the attacks as a spontaneous reaction to the Muhammad internet video.

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Wendy Davis Doesn’t Understand Why Women Would Vote For Anyone Other than Wendy Davis

By on 10.7.14 | 1:40PM


At last count, Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is trailing about 10 points behind Republican candidate Greg Abbott, which is surprisingly to absolutely nobody, except perhaps Wendy Davis. The pink-shod prophet of the American feminist movement is absolutely astounded that any women would deign to support Greg Abbott's oppressive, misogynistic campaign for Texas governor, when they have the luxury or supporting a modern female icon. 

She noted her befuddlement to Alex Wagner on MSNBC yesterday. Wagner, of course, shared her shocked confusion.

WAGNER: “One thing that has been surprising to me in this is that Greg Abbott somehow miraculously is running ahead of you by a couple points in the polls among women, and I wonder if you think this latest turn of events in Texas in terms of access to abortion will change that dynamic?”

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Donald Trump Was Right on Ebola

By on 10.7.14 | 1:25PM

Donald Trump was, as usual, bluntly forthright.

On August 1, as arrangements were in gear to return Ebola-stricken missionaries to the U.S., The Donald tweeted:

The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great—but must suffer the consequences!

Predictably, all hell broke lose. Typically, this did not deter Trump from pursuing his point. On August 2, as the uproar over his remarks continued, Trump tweeted: 

The U.S. must immediately stop all flights from EBOLA infected countries or the plague will start and spread inside our “borders.” Act fast!

And later that day, he went back to the subject, tweeting:

The fact that we are taking the Ebola patients, while others from the area are fleeing to the United States, is absolutely CRAZY—Stupid pols

More outrage. Newsmax reported on Trump August 4, two days later: 

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Gay Marriage Officially Begins in Colorado

By on 10.7.14 | 12:47PM

As I predicted yesterday following the Supreme Court's refusal to hear same-sex marriage cases, it's not just the states which had cases in appeals courts which will be affected. Today, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (a conservative Republican), recognizing that this state's ban on gay marriage is now unsustainable, ordered all 64 county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

I realize many conservatives will be displeased, but I think this result is the right one for American and a big political positive for non-leftists as it removes a substantial motivating factor for many liberal voters.

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Geoffrey Holder, R.I.P.

By on 10.7.14 | 12:20PM

Actor Geoffrey Holder passed away on Sunday after a bout with pneumonia. He was 84.

Although not a household name, most people will probably remember him as the villain in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, the first Bond movie featuring Roger Moore as 007.

I remember him watching Saturday morning cartoons in the late 1970's and early 1980's and there he was, The UnCola Man, pitching 7Up. I don't watch Saturday morning cartoons anymore, but I have to imagine soda commercials are verboten what with Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign. But what I remember about the commercials wasn't the cool, crisp taste of 7Up, but rather Holder's cool, crisp voice. It was kind of voice that could narrate a technical manual and make it sound compelling. Holder would end each commercial with a laugh. He also wore that white hat.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA Home Tagged With “Obama Drone” Posters

By on 10.7.14 | 11:45AM

After spending nearly a decade bemoaning the cultural degredation of the American continent, Gwyneth Paltrow has finally returned to Los Angeles, perhaps to mend her broken heart in the wake of her "conscious uncoupling" from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (who has since moved on to this blogger's girl crush, Jennifer Lawrence). America, unfortunately, has not been equally welcoming to Gwyneth Paltrow.

This weekend, the founder will host a fundraiser, dinner and reception with President Obama to raise money for the Democratic National Committee. The author and actress, who prides herself on being our generation's Martha Stewart (though without the homemaking success or the felony arrest record), will probably hire out all aspects of the party planning process, including the invitations, which cost between $1,000 and $32,400 to obtain. And, according to Radar Online, at least one of her neighbors, controversial LA guerilla artist "SABO," is already ruining her aesthetic

This isn’t Gwyneth Paltrow’s year.

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Letter from Obama Read at Mosque of Oklahoma Beheader

By on 10.6.14 | 8:57PM

Today on the main site, I have an article up about President Obama's silence concerning Colleen Hufford, the woman beheaded by Muslim convert Alton Nolen on September 25th. 

Well, it seems that President Obama has seen to it that a letter of his was read aloud to the mosque that Nolen attended. Obama praises the mosque for its work following the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma last year.

Somehow I don't think the Hufford family has received that belated letter of condelence from Obama. 

I guess Obama once again didn't read the optics of situation. 

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Ben Affleck: “We’ve Killed More Muslims Than They’ve Killed Us.”

By on 10.6.14 | 4:04PM

There has been a great deal of discussion about the exchange between actor/director Ben Affleck and Bill Maher over Islam on his HBO program over the weekend. Although Maher took part in the discussion, the main conflict was between Affleck and neuroscientist and Athiest Sam Harris. Like Maher, Harris doesn't have much use for any religion. But, as with Maher, he doesn't sugarcoat the problems within Islam and the threat they represent to other Muslims and the West.

What got Affleck going was Harris' assertion that liberals have failed us on Islamic theocracy. Affleck responded by questioning Harris' credentials and characterizing his position as "gross and racist" and an "ugly thing to say."

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Dallas Ebola Apartment Available to Rent

on 10.6.14 | 3:48PM

This morning, the CDC declared victory over Dallas's Ebola outbreak, noting that they've managed to track down and quarantine everyone the Dallas Ebola patient might have had contact with while he was contagious with the disease. The several Ebola scares from the weekend have all cleared, and the one Ebola patient who "woke from the dead" after being placed in a body bag, appears to have never been dead in the first place. So unless you're planning a vacation to Liberia or trying to bring about the Zombie Apocalypse, your concerns about bleeding from your eyes from a deadly foreign virus can be somewhat abated.

And, if you're looking for a snappy place to live in the greater Dallas area, you may also be just in time to snag a cheap rental. The "quarantine apartment," where Thomas Eric Duncan rode out the first wave of his Ebola in style is now squeaky clean and ready for a new inhabitant, NBC News DFW tweets.

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