US Doctor Treated With Ebola Serum Has Fully Recovered

From a quietly seething Reuters:

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug

By Joe Bavier | August 21, 2014

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the U.S. hospital that treated him with an experimental drug, his charity said.

Kent Brantly was given ZMapp, a drug used on a handful of patients in the West African outbreak and produced by U.S.-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical.

Wow. Talk about adding insult to injury. Not only did this American doctor get the scarce experimental Ebola serum, it cured him.

(You just know the news media would have preferred a different outcome. If only in the name of social justice.



Soldiers Opened Fire In Liberia’s Ebola ‘Quarantine Zone’

From the Agence France Presse:

Ebola quarantine in Liberia’s capital sparks violence in slum

Thursday 21 August 2014 

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital when soldiers opened fire and used teargas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family.

Four residents were injured on Wednesday in the clashes in Monrovia’s West Point slum, which has been closed off as part of new security measures aimed at containing the deadly virus…

The Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, quarantined West Point and Dolo Town, to the east of the capital, and imposed a night-time curfew as part of drastic measures to fight the disease.

Residents of West Point, where club-wielding youths stormed an Ebola medical facility on Saturday, reacted with fury, hurling stones and shouting at the security forces.


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Teacher Suspended After Brown Shooting Re-Enactment

From the Selma Times‑Journal (a black oriented newspaper):

Teacher suspended after lesson on shooting

By Sarah Robinson | Wednesday, August 20, 2014   

A sixth grade Brantley Elementary teacher was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday after a Facebook post revealed the teacher allegedly instructed the students Tuesday to reenact a Ferguson, Mo. shooting known nationwide.

Jessica Baughn, the mother of Brantley sixth grade student Jimmy Griffin, posted a complaint Tuesday on the Sound Off Selma Facebook page. In the post, Guaghn expressed her shock after learning a teacher had told the class to reenact the shooting in which an unarmed Mike Brown was shot by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.

Clearly, Ms. Baughn is a racist.

Students were reportedly asked to research the shooting online, finding out such details as to how many times Brown was shot and where.



Column Defending Cops In Ferguson Sparks Fury On Left

From an outraged CNN:

Column defending cops in Ferguson sparks online fury

By Josh Levs | August 20, 2014

(CNN) — In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

“I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,” the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you,” he wrote.

Dutta cautions against arguing, insulting, or screaming at officers, “and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.


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Holder Visits Ferguson Just As Grand Jury Hears Evidence

From USA Today:

Holder’s stop in Ferguson is deeply personal

Kevin Johnson | August 20, 2014

FERGUSON, MO. — Attorney General Eric Holder flew to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer leading an investigation into a police shooting.

He also arrived as an African-American who said he understands the racial tensions that have fueled days of protests that have been marred by violence and mass arrests since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

"I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man," Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding.


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Cpt. Johnson Credits Holder For Calmer Night In Ferguson

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Six arrests made as protests in Ferguson stay small, peaceful

August 21, 2014

Six arrests were made by officers patrolling the streets of Ferguson late Wednesday and early today, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson said.

Speaking at a brief press conference at 1:30 a.m., he said the protests now in their 11 night were fairly calm although an officer was hit by a bottle at one point. He said the officer was uninjured.

Probably because he was wearing riot gear. Which is part of that terrible militarization of the police that everyone bemoans.

Johnson… said the protesters were a quieter group. "We didn’t have as many of the agitators…"

Unless you count Mr. Holder. Speaking of whom…

Johnson, who is leading the security contingent, also credited the visit on Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Holder for helping lessen the tension on the streets.



New York Times Buried News of Officer Wilson’s Injuries

Via Breitbart:

New York Times Buries News of Officer Wilson’s Injury

By John Nolte | 20 Aug 2014

The New York Times has big news on the biggest story in the country today, but … the Times buried that news 26 paragraphs deep.

According to the Times’ own police sources:

"[L]aw enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car."

Obviously, the news that Wilson was injured during his struggle with 18-year-old Michael Brown is highly relevant to the ongoing investigation…

If Wilson was indeed injured, it doesn’t automatically make the fatal shooting of Brown appropriate, but it does help to fill a yawning fact-vacuum with a piece of relevant information.


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Officer Wilson Was Badly Beaten Before Shooting Brown

From Fox News:

Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source

By Hollie McKay | August 20, 2014

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

So how come this information withheld?

According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain [sic] Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic.



Terrorist Who Beheaded Foley Is Well-Educated, ‘British’

From the UK’s Telegraph:

‘British’ jihadist who beheaded journalist is Londoner called John

By Gordon Rayner, and Martin Evans | 20 Aug 2014

The jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be British born militant from London who calls himself John, it can be revealed.

We suspect that while ‘John’ maybe be ‘British born,’ he is of Middle Eastern ancestry. In fact, why pretend that these terrorists are Britons? Even if they happen to be born in the UK, they are almost all ‘first generation’ immigrants of Middle Eastern ancestry who never assimilated. And it’s clear where their allegiances still lie.

Intelligence agents in the UK and United States are urgently looking into reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighter, whose brutal actions shocked the world, is the ringleader of group of British jihadists who have specialised in hostage taking.


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ISIS Wanted $100M And Prisoner Swap For James Foley

From a memory deficient New York Times:

ISIS Pressed for Ransom Before Killing Journalist

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI [sic] | August 20, 2014

Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained that he was killing the 40-year-old American journalist in retaliation for the recent United States’ airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq.

In fact, until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his family and a former hostage held alongside him.


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US Botched Attempt To Rescue James Foley This Summer

From the Washington Post:

U.S. staged secret operation into Syria in failed bid to rescue Americans

By Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung | August 20, 2014

U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials.

Obama really is Jimmy Carter, II. It’s downright eerie. Still, notice how artfully the headline and lead underplay that this was a botched rescue attempt. Carter didn’t get this kid glove treatment from the press for his failed hostage rescue attempt.

The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight with the militants, was the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria since the country’s descent into civil war.


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Mike Ditka: Redskins Opponents ‘Politically Correct Idiots’

From Breitbart:

Mike Ditka Calls Opponents of Redskins Name ‘Politically Correct Idiots’

By Daniel J. Flynn | August 20, 2014

The Hall of Famer had some strong words…  “There’s so much horse$#!+,” the Super Bowl-winning coach and player [sic] of the nickname controversy, “it’s incredible” … in an edited audio interview with Redskins author and superfan Mike Richman…

“This is so stupid it’s appalling,” the Hall of Famer opines. “And I hope that the owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it. Because the Redskins are a part of American football history. It should never be anything but the ‘Washington Redskins.’ That’s the way it is.”

The player, coach, and broadcaster making his living from the NFL for more than a half century cites the “history” and “tradition” of the league, which he knows well, and the “reverence” the name shows Native Americans, as reasons to keep it.



US Has More People On Welfare Than Russia Has People

From CNS News:

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 20, 2014

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau…

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.


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LA Considers Paying People To Vote To Increase Turnout

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Can paying people to vote increase voter turnout? L.A.’s looking into it and the answer is yes.

By Hunter Schwarz | August 19, 2014

… The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday for Wesson to look into various ways to increase turnout, including cash incentives like a lottery.

The idea is just in the “incubation process,” Wesson said, with nothing approaching even an actual proposal, but there’s data to suggest paying people to vote increases turnout.

A study conducted in 2010 in Lancaster, Calif., in northern Los Angeles County, by Fordham University professor Costas Panagopoulos found nominal incentives like a few bucks don’t do much to increase turnout, but a few more dollars is enough of an incentive to convince a larger percentage of people to vote.



White House Not Ruling Out Sending Obama To Ferguson

From an irony proof reporter at The Hill:

White House hasn’t ruled out sending Obama to Ferguson

By Amie Parnes | August 19, 2014

The White House has weighed sending President Obama to Ferguson, Mo., and has not ruled out a visit in upcoming weeks, according to sources familiar with the internal decisionmaking.

For now, the White House believes a trip by Obama to Ferguson would do more harm than good, by diverting resources on the ground at a pivotal time for law enforcement…

Wait just a cotton picking minute. (If that isn’t too racist.) That excuse wasn’t allowed to fly when President Bush didn’t break off his vacation to visiting New Orleans soon enough after Katrina.

A presidential trip would require heavy security at a time when state and local authorities, along with the Missouri National Guard, are dealing with demonstrations, protests and looting…

Just like during Katrina.



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