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Thoughts on Australia’s Ebola Travel Ban

By on 10.28.14 | 11:22PM

Consider what this Reuters report had to say about Australia's travel ban from three West African countries currently in the midst of an Ebola outbreak:

Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground.

Two things.

First, yet Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola and it wants to keep it that way.

Second, note how the passage emphasizes that Abbott is a conservative and won't help stop the outbreak. The underlying message is clear: Abbott is a conservative and doesn't give a damn about those who are suffering. 

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Obama Officials Call Netanyahu Coward & Chickens#@t

By on 10.28.14 | 10:29PM

It has long been clear the disdain with which President Obama holds Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Not surprisingly this contempt extends to a number of officials within the Obama Administration. In a series of interviews conducted by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, one Obama official refers to Netanyahu as "chickens#@t" and the "only thing he cares about his political survival." As if Obama doesn't care about such things.

This same official also said Netanyahu was "afraid to start wars." This from the Administration whose red line Syria crossed without consequence. For good measure, this official said Netanyahu was "no Rabin, Sharon and certainly not Begin." This is precious considering how Rabin, Sharon and Begin have long been bogeymen of the Left.

Another official called Netanyahu "a coward, arrogant" and said he has "Asperger's Syndrome". 

It's too bad that Iran and ISIS don't inspire such contempt from the Obama Administration.

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Obama in The Bargain Book Bin

By on 10.28.14 | 9:52PM

A couple of weeks back, I was in a second hand bookstore near the Old South Meeting House and bought a 2010 book by Richard Wolffe titled Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House and have just finished reading it. Much of the book dealt with the passage of Obamacare. I feel the need to remind myself of the level of Obama worship in the liberal media and to put things into historical perspective. Consider this passage:

Obama had now served as president for fourteen months, which was still only two-thirds of the time he spent campaigning for the job. He was already a war president utterly unlike George W. Bush and a health care president utterly unlike Bill Clinton. He aspired to have the impact of a Reagan and avoid the fate of a Carter. He wound down a war like a Nixon but hoped to inspire like a Kennedy. There would be many cruel months ahead, but he had stumbled his way through the wasteland. This was the season of his revival.

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Why Rob Ford is Back on Toronto City Council

By on 10.28.14 | 3:57PM

Emily is decidedly unimpressed that the people of Ward 2 elected soon to be former mayor Rob Ford to Toronto City Council:

People of Toronto City Council Ward 2, we understand what you're doing. Clearly, the intent is to have Rob Ford continue to entertain people he represents into infinity, as though his habits of getting boozed up in public places and happening into the recording screen of a cellular phone will continue. But this is a little like insisting that Lindsay Lohan is a good actress who can definitely pull off a David Mamet play on London's West End. Based on prior experience, we want to believe it won't be a disaster. But deep, deep down in our hearts, we know that Lindsay Lohan lost all her talent around the time she lost all the elasticity in her face. And we know that Rob Ford is a train wreck waiting to happen that you, City Council Ward 2, will be responsible for.

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Marvel Has New Movies, DC Has Sen. Debbie Stabenow In Batman v. Superman

By on 10.28.14 | 3:12PM

This is probably the greatest day of my little nerdy life. As a Marvel fan since birth and a proud, card-carrying nerd, today's #MarvelEvent was nothing short of miraculous. According to Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige, who staged a super-secret press conference today to make the announcements, comic movie fans can look forward to Doctor StrangeBlack Panther, and Captain Marvel (all of which were hinted at in the last Captain America movie) as well as Captain America 3: Civil War (OMG), Guardians of the Galaxy 2Thor 3: Ragnarok, and the two-instalmen Avengers: Infinity Wars. AND to top it all off, a 2019 Inhumans movie. And they even showed a clip of Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. *swoon*

I'm already starting to work on my Carol Danvers costume. 

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They See Greg Abbott Rollin’, They Hatin’

By on 10.28.14 | 2:15PM

By the weekend, I fully believe that someone in the Wendy Davis campaign (or at least affiliated with the campaign) will announce that Greg Abbott is not actually paralyzed, but has been using the wheelchair as a prop since the mid-1980s to garner sympathy for his oppressive Republican positions, not merely just as a way of hypocritcally punishing the disabled of Texas by supporting tort reform (even though Abbott himself didn't take any of the punitive damages he sought to limit). 

After all, they have pretty much nowhere else to go. On Friday, at a Wendy Davis rally in Pflugerville, Texas, a charming state representative named Dawnna Dukes attached Greg Abbott for his dastardly habit of having to "roll around" everywhere.

To wit:

“And then we have this guy who kind of just rolls around thinking that he can get tort reform for himself but take it away from everybody else in the state of Texas."

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Rob Ford Gets Elected to Something Yet Again

By on 10.28.14 | 1:27PM

Before we analyze the results of Toronto's elections last night, let's just briefly consider that, aside from their obvious political shortcomings, Canada has made notable contributions to global culture. They may have been responsible for Nickelback, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber, but they also invented poutine, ice hockey, ears with flaps and Alan Thicke. And even though they've somehow managed to return Rob Ford to an elected office, as least they didn't elect his brother mayor.


Doug Ford, the almost equally colorful brother of blustery, crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, lost his bid to succeed his brother in the city's top job Monday night — but the scandal-ridden mayor was elected to the City Council.

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Re: Everyone’s Kidney Stones

By on 10.28.14 | 1:02PM

...I feel kind of left out, in the sense that I've never been lucky enough to have an experience with kidney stones. It's a club that, from the looks of things, I hope to never join. I have also never birthed children. As such, my only contribution to this discussion is that one time I accidentally got into the middle of a barfight (at my husband's tenth high school reunion), and while I went one way, my 4-inch-heel-clad ankle went another. I'm just going to take that experience, extrapolate it by, like, 100, imagine it happening in my lower back and say I have an intense amount of respect for my fellow bloggers.

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Hillary Clinton Totally Thinks Businesses Create Jobs Now

By on 10.28.14 | 12:58PM

This weekend, Hillary Clinton, who is trying valiantly to distance herself from Barack Obama's policies in anticipation of an inevitable 2016 run, decided to air her thoughts on "trickle-down economics" and ended up telling a gathered crowd of Massachusetts Democrats that corporations and businesses don't create jobs

Now, it's not as though anyone who already didn't like Hillary Clinton was somehow swayed by the statement, as ill-advised and ill-constructed as it was. As we've learned in the first leg of her national speaking circuit, Hillary Clinton barely even needs to appear in B-roll on the news to watch her negatives fly. But Clinton herself was concerned enough about the coverage her statement got that yesterday evening, she tried to iron everything out. She didn't succeed. But she tried.

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I Feel Ross’ Pain

By on 10.28.14 | 12:27PM

I'm sorry to hear Ross endured his third kidney stone attack last night, but am glad to hear he's getting through it.

Ross and I can share some war stories on the matter of kidney stones. I, too, have had three attacks. The first came in February 1998, the second in September 2003 and the most recent was right before Fourth of July weekend in 2012. As with Ross, the third attack was the most bearable. The best thing to come out of it was that I stopped drinking carbonated beverages and iced tea and subsequently began to lose weight.

Ross also made a point of saying that it is closest men will experience the pain associated with going through labor. I would say that's pretty close. My three kidney stone attacks pale in comparison to the pain I felt when my gall bladder disintegrated forcing me to have emergency surgery on Christmas Day 2007.

In any case, a few days after the kidney stone attack, I spoke at an anti-Obamacare rally sponsored by the Greater Boston Tea Party. Naturally, I made reference to that experience:

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