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Ebola: The President Is Responsible

By 10.14.14

“We can make government again responsive to people not only by cutting its size and scope and thereby ensuring that its legitimate functions are performed efficiently and justly.” —President Ronald Reagan, Conservative Political Action Conference, March 20, 1981 

A more perfect description of what’s wrong with the Obama White House’s handling of the Ebola crisis could not be had. But first? 

Two days after the death of Ronald Reagan in 2004, left-wing AIDS activist Larry Kramer wrote this charming missive in the Advocate. The title? “Adolph Reagan.” Wrote Kramer, in part:

Our murderer is dead. The man who murdered more gay people than anyone in the entire history of the world, is dead. More people than Hitler even.…

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Republicans to Blame for Ebola Outbreak, Apparently

By on 10.13.14 | 1:09PM

It was inevitable that Republicans would be blamed for the spread of the Ebola virus, especially given that this is an election year. Fortunately, we did not have to wait very long for a series of stories pinning the infectious disease on the party of Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and that sinister cabal from The Simpsons that meets in a mountaintop castle to oversee the development of their multinational evil plots. 

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Wendy Davis Attacks Greg Abbott for Being in a Wheelchair

By on 10.10.14 | 7:28PM

Wendy Davis is running ten points behind Greg Abbott in the Texas governor's race. And this ad, where she claims Greg Abbott got rich from being paralyzed.  

Classy.

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Obama Considering Closing Gitmo With Executive Order

By on 10.10.14 | 2:08PM

Last night, Gwyneth Paltrow wished up on a falling star, if she believes in such a thing, that Barack Obama would have greater opportunity to enact his legislative agenda without having to rely on the pesky details associated with a representative democracy. This morning, the Hill announced that Barack Obama is considering using executive action to close Guantanamo Bay's terrorist detention facility and by pass legislation designed to keep Gitmo detainees out of the American prison population.

Coincidence? I think not. Also a conicidence? I fully support this idea if the terrorists can be relocated to Gwyneth Paltrow's Brentwood mansion. She already has the 9-foot steel gates. 

President Obama is considering executive action to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, despite congressional legislation that bans the transfer of detainees there to prisons in the U.S., according to a Thursday report.

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White House Aides Probably Knew About Link to Colombian Prostitute Scandal

on 10.9.14 | 11:35AM

The Secret Service may now be trying to figure out how to improve security at the front door of the White House (rumor has it, they've put one of those ADT signs out front and put the porch lights on a timer), but their current malfeasance is only the latest in a line of scandals. It all started when the Secret Service were in Columbia on assignment and decided to taste the local fare. By which I mean they hired a bunch of Columbian prostitutes.

Two dozen White House aides, military officers and Secret Service officials were fired over the incident that the White House swore it knew nothing about and none of their staff was involved in. Today, the Washington Post begs to differ. It seems at least one White House official knew that at least one White House volunteer aide, the son of major Democratic donor Leslie Dach, was allegedly getting busy in Cartagena, and did next to nothing about it.

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President Obama Slams Republican ‘Party of Billionaires’ While at Billionaire’s House

By on 10.8.14 | 4:50PM

This week features a greuling Presidential schedule, with Barack Obama attending seven separate Democratic party fundraisers ahead of next month's mid-year elections. From Greenwich, Connecticut to Beverly Hills, California, the President will be criss-crossing the nation, eating organic, locally-sourced rubber chicken in private mansions and collecting checks from billionaires, as the Democratic Party faces down a possible loss of the Senate.

Last night, after two fundraisers in New York, Barack Obama settled down for a quiet, up-to-$32,000-per-plate dinner at the home of (I am not making this up) a billionaire property tycoon named (still not making this up) Rich Richman, but only after he sent a massive fundraising email to potential Democratic donors, labeling the Republicans as the "party of billionaires."

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Brent Bozell Takes Down Karl Rove

By on 10.8.14 | 11:34AM

In a direct and no-nonsense fashion, Brent Bozell has taken on Karl Rove over in Politico

Among other things, Brent notes:

Rove belongs to the same tradition of moderates who fought Barry Goldwater in 1964, who pushed back against Ronald Reagan in 1976 and did everything they could to stop Reagan again in 1980. They said Reagan would be a disaster for the party and even the country.

Today, Reagan is one of the most well-remembered American presidents and remains the standard-bearer for what it means to be a conservative Republican, popularizing a small government message that GOP moderates said was too extreme to resonate with voters. As with Rove’s predictions about Mitt Romney’s chances in 2012, GOP moderates couldn’t have been more wrong about Reagan.

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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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The Barbarians Inside the Gates

By 10.7.14

On the eve of Scotland’s vote on independence, News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch was on the phone from London to Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto. Said Mr. Murdoch, a man with a legendary political eye:

I think there’s meaning in this, and I think it goes beyond Scotland. There’s a great anti-establishment groundswell which is seen in this vote in Scotland. You’re seeing it here in Britain in the anti-European party, whose one single issue is to get out of Europe. And I think you’re seeing it in France with the polling for Le Pen — I don’t think she’d win, but you know.

And really, you can take the United States and go across to middle America. What do they think of Washington, and Wall Street for that matter? People are really looking for change.

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