NY Court Allows Incest Marriage (To Avoid Deportation)

From the New York Post:

NY State blesses ‘incest’ marriage between uncle, niece

By Julia Marsh | October 29, 2014

The state’s highest court has toppled a cultural taboo — legalizing a degree of incest, at least between an uncle and niece — in a unanimous ruling.

While the laws against “parent-child and brother-sister marriages . . . are grounded in the almost universal horror with which such marriages are viewed . . . there is no comparably strong objection to uncle-niece marriages,” Tuesday’s ruling reads…

Really? Who knew? (A hundred years of ‘hillbilly’ jokes are so easily cast aside.)

The decision stems from a case brought by Vietnamese citizen Huyen Nguyen, 34, a woman who had appealed a ruling by an immigration judge.

The judge had tried to boot her from the United States after declaring that her 2000 marriage in Rochester to her mother’s half-brother was invalid.

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Taxpayers Paid For Illegal Aliens Children’s Petting Zoos

From the Washington Times:

Illegal immigrant children treated to guitar lessons, miniature ponies, tilapia farm

By Stephen Dinan | October 30, 2014

One of the contractors housing some of the surge of illegal immigrant children from this summer offers them a petting zoo with miniature ponies, a tilapia fish farm operation and guitar lessons, according to documents released Thursday by a senator who questioned whether the plush accommodations were a good use of taxpayers’ money.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, said it seemed excessive to pay the $329 that Southwest Key Programs, the contractor, charged per child per day at one of its California facilities in Lemon Grove, California. Another facility in El Cajon cost taxpayers $316 per child per day.

According to the U.S.

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Dems Harp On Abortion To Get Out Single Women Vote

From the National Journal:

Senate Democrats’ Last Bastion: Single, College-Educated Women

By Ronald Brownstein | October 29, 2014

Socially liberal white-collar and single white women look like the fragile last line of defense for Democrats hoping to avoid a Republican sweep in next week’s election, according to detailed results from a broad array of new polls. For the third consecutive election, congressional Democrats are facing the prospect of a decisive rejection by most white voters, including not only white men but also white women who are either married or lack a college degree.

But in surveys of both individual Senate races and national preferences on the generic congressional ballot, Democrats are showing stubborn strength with college-educated and single white women. That performance… represents the Democrats’ best chance of overcoming gaping deficits with the remainder of the white electorate in the key contests.

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‘Negotiations’ With Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Have Failed

From Reuters:

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

By Steve Holland | October 30, 2014

CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) – A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine’s order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage…

The news media are trying to turn Nurse Hickox into the next Rosa Parks.

LePage’s office said negotiations with Hickox, who worked with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, "have failed despite repeated efforts by state officials" and that he would "exercise the full extent of his authority allowable by law."

Negotiations? Why negotiate with her? The question isn’t whether Ms.

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CDC Admits Droplets From A Sneeze Could Spread Ebola

From the New York Post:

CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola

By Bob Fredericks | October 29, 2014

Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.

“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.

Nass pointed to a poster the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released on its Web site saying the deadly virus can be spread through “droplets.”

Which we noticed several days ago.

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NY Democrats Are Now ‘Vote Shaming’ Registered Dems

From the New York Post:

Democrats threaten public shaming to get voters to polls

By Carl Campanile and Natalie O’Neill | October 30, 2014

Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else. The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

Democrats are having to resort to threatening voters in New York? So that that AP report we posted yesterday that said Democrats are afraid of losing even in liberal states like NY and CA and Hawaii must be true.

“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.

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NYT Crows: Early Voting Is ‘Looking Good’ for Democrats!

From the whirling dervishes at the New York Times:

Early Voting Numbers Look Good for Democrats

By Nate Cohn | October 31, 2014

Democratic efforts to turn out the young and nonwhite voters who sat out the 2010 midterm elections appear to be paying off in several Senate battleground states.

More than 20 percent of the nearly three million votes already tabulated in Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa have come from people who did not vote in the last midterm election, according to an analysis of early-voting data by The Upshot.

Meaning according to Nate Cohn, since he is author the Upshot section of the NYT. (And Mr. Cohn is also the author of the article we posted yesterday, which claimed polls always undercount Democrats.

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Obama Midterms To Lose Historic Number House Seats

From Roll Call:

Obama’s Midterm Loss Record Could Make History

By Stuart Rothenberg | October 30, 2014

President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row. In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman.

And we didn’t even realize that Harry Truman was black. (By the way, Obama was also the first President to be reelected with a smaller majority than his first election.)

Truman lost a total of 83 House seats during his two midterms (55 seats in 1946 and 28 seats in 1950), while Republican Dwight Eisenhower lost a combined 66 House seats in the 1954 and 1958 midterms.

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WP Blames Race-Baiting Black Ads On The Republicans

From the Washington Post:

How racial appeals to black voters have changed — and worsened — under Obama

By Nia-Malika Henderson | October 30, 2014

Making appeals based on race is not new in politics. It can be subtle, like the posters of President Obama sitting in a barber’s chair that hung in black barbershops in 2008. Or it can be overt and bordering on offensive, like the lynching images left on the car windows of black churchgoers in North Carolina…

As the push to get black voters to the polls comes down to the wire in the midterms, Democrats and progressive groups are using such images to engage black voters. Ferguson, Trayvon Martin and kids in bulletproof vests have all shown up in fliers, radio ads and Web videos.

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Charlie Rangel: ‘Republicans Believe Slavery Isn’t Over’

From Business Insider:

Charlie Rangel Says Some Republicans ‘Believe That Slavery Isn’t Over’

By Colin Campbell | October 30, 2014

Veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had some harsh words for the Republican Party during a Thursday campaign rally for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

As he has done repeatedly before, Rangel compared some members of the GOP to confederates from the Civil War era. But at the Thursday evening event, he added that they "believe that slavery isn’t over."

"We have to win. We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo. And the thing is: Everything we believe in — everything we believe in — they hate. They don’t disagree — they hate! They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it.

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Landrieu: Obama Unpopular Because Of South’s Racism

From the Washington Examiner:

Landrieu: South has race, gender issues

By T. Becket Adams | October 30, 2014

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Thursday that President Obama and his Democratic allies have had a tough go of it in the South during the 2014 midterm elections due to the region’s historical hostility toward African Americans and women.

The incumbent senator’s remarks came after NBC News’ Chuck Todd asked her why Obama is having a hard time in Louisiana.

“Let me be very, very honest with you," Landrieu said. "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."

She added: “It has not always been a good place for women, to be able to present ourselves.

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Ex Male Stripper Runs For Lt. Gov; Grayson’s Wife On EBT

First from the Washington Free Beacon:

Democrat Running for Lt. Governor of Arkansas Used to be Male Stripper

By Elizabeth Harrington | October 29, 2014

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Arkansas John Burkhalter said being a male stripper in Little Rock was one of the many “tough jobs” he had in his past.

“I did have that job for a while, a very short time,” Burkhalter told Larry Henry in an interview for 5NEWS, a CBS affiliate in Arkansas. He was asked about being portrayed as a candidate with a “different background, from Chippendales dancer to multi-millionaire.” “It was when I was in Little Rock,” Burkhalter said. “I’ve always been an athlete, and I was actually buying cows from a farm.” …

Did he buy cattle futures, too?

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Election May Tip Historic Number Of Legislatures To GOP

From the Washington Post, of all places:

Election could tip historic number of legislatures into Republican hands

By Reid Wilson | October 29, 2014

The GOP is poised to add to its unprecedented state House advantage. Republicans have the opportunity to take control of a record number of state legislative chambers across the country this year, as Democrats play defense in unfavorable terrain.

The Republican landslide in 2010 and the subsequent redistricting process in 2012 gave the GOP control of a nearly unprecedented number of legislative chambers.

See? The terrain is unfavorable because of evil Republican gerrymandering. 

Today, the party controls 59 of the 98 partisan chambers in 49 states, while Democrats control only 39 chambers. Once election results are tabulated in the 6,049 legislative races on the ballot in 46 states this year, Republicans could find themselves running even more…

So what?

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Democrats Rush To Save Incumbents – In Liberal States

From the Associated Press:

Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

By DONNA CASSATA | October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.

The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and adopted state of Illinois all now pose stiff challenges to Democrats who are determined to limit their losses next Tuesday…

The most liberal states in the union. Go figure.

In one sign of Democratic concern, Vice President Joe Biden was heading to Massachusetts on Wednesday for a rally with Seth Moulton, who is trying to hold onto a Democratic seat against Republican Richard Tisei.

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NYT: Polls Have Been Undercounting Democrats For Years

From the New York Times:

Why Polls Tend to Undercount Democrats

By Nate Cohn | October 30, 2014

Polls show that the Republicans have an advantage in the fight for control of the Senate. They lead in enough states to win control, and they have additional opportunities in North Carolina and New Hampshire to make up for potential upsets. As Election Day nears, Democratic hopes increasingly hinge on the possibility that the polls will simply prove wrong. But that possibility is not far-fetched. The polls have generally underestimated Democrats in recent years, and there are reasons to think it could happen again.

In 2010, the polls underestimated the Democrats in every competitive Senate race by an average of 3.1 percentage points, based on data from The Huffington Post’s Pollster model.

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