Sweetness & Light http://sweetness-light.com Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:17:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 MD Probes Republican-To-Democrat Ballot Switch Claims http://sweetness-light.com/archive/md-probes-republican-to-democrat-ballot-switch-claims http://sweetness-light.com/archive/md-probes-republican-to-democrat-ballot-switch-claims#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:48:59 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=40929 From the CBS Baltimore affiliate, WJZ:

Md. Board of Elections Probe Republican-To-Democratic Ballot Switch Claims

October 28, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Early voting just started last week in Maryland, but there are already accusations that some voting machines are changing Republican votes to Democrat. Now Republicans are calling for an investigation by the State Board of Elections.

As Marylanders go to the polls, there are concerns that the vote you cast may not be for the candidate you want.

“We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our district and around the state who have had this problem where they hit one button to vote for one person, and when they go to the summary they see that the other person was checked,” said Del Nik Kipke, (R) Anne Arundel County.

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Hackers breach some White House computers

By Ellen Nakashima | October 28, 2014

Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.

With Obama in the White House, why bother? Hasn’t he already given them all of our missile secrets? — Oh, wait, these were unclassified networks. So they were just going after credit card numbers.

White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said that the intruders did not damage any of the systems and that, to date, there is no evidence the classified network was hacked…

The FBI, Secret Service and National Security Agency are all involved in the investigation.

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Obama rallies for Dem seeking to oust Scott Walker

By JOSH LEDERMAN | October 28, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rallying the party faithful, President Barack Obama cast Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday as an outdated Republican holding back Wisconsin’s economy as he launched a final, weeklong campaign push for Democrats. At a packed gymnasium, Obama held up Democrat Mary Burke as a skilled businesswoman who will fight for the type of middle-class opportunity that made his own success possible…

"A packed gymnasium"? According to the pool reporter (see article below), as soon as Obama started talking people started walking out on him again. So his second campaign appearance turned out to be just like his first.

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NYT: IG Probing SS Prostitution Scandal Used Prostitute http://sweetness-light.com/archive/nyt-ig-probing-ss-prostitution-scandal-used-prostitute http://sweetness-light.com/archive/nyt-ig-probing-ss-prostitution-scandal-used-prostitute#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:16:30 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=40923 From the New York Times:

Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to current and former department officials.

Sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, Fla., saw David Nieland, the investigator, entering and leaving a building they had under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation, according to officials briefed on the investigation. They later interviewed a prostitute who identified Mr. Nieland in a photograph and said he had paid her for sex.

Mr. Nieland resigned after he refused to answer a series of questions from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general about the incident, the [anonymous] officials said.

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Where’s czar? Ebola raises management questions

By JIM KUHNHENN | October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s commander in the fight against Ebola was expected to operate below the public radar. But did that mean invisible?

Correction. He was expected to be the fall guy for any and all of Obama’s Ebola failures. (Like the song says, ‘Put the blame on Klain, boys.’) And don’t worry, he soon will be, if it is necessary.

Ron Klain has barely been seen, and a week before midterm elections, Obama is pressing to dispel criticism that the government can’t manage the Ebola crisis. The White House’s behind-the-scenes coordination of the Ebola response is being severely tested, while the Pentagon and states like New York and New Jersey take public steps that are far firmer than federal guidelines.

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Travel restrictions, flight operations and screening

Last Updated: October 29, 2014

According to their website, International SOS provides integrated medical, clinical, and security services to organizations with international operations. Services include planning and preventative programs, in-country expertise, and emergency response. It has approximately 11,000 employees, led by 1,200 full-time physicians and 200 security specialists and provides health and security support to members in 89 countries.

… The authorities in several countries have implemented entry restrictions to curtail the spread of Ebola from countries that have Ebola cases, while air carriers have restricted flights or modified schedules…

Entry restrictions

Africa

  • Cameroon An 18 August ban remains in place on travel from Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  • Cape Verde on 9 October announced that it would now deny entry to non-resident foreigners coming from countries with ‘intense Ebola transmission’ – Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – or who have been to those countries in the previous 30 days.

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Australia instigates ban on travel from West Africa

By Euan McKirdy | October 28, 2014

(CNN) – In the fight against Ebola, Australia has said: No thanks…

What an unbiased headline and lead, huh? "Instigates"? And stopping potential spreaders of the disease from coming into your country equals giving up the fight against Ebola?

Telling Australia’s parliament during a question time session Monday that his ministry was currently "not processing any application from these (Ebola) affected countries," he said that the government was also suspending its humanitarian program.

Note that total lack of details about this suspension of Australia’s "humanitarian program." Buried at the bottom of this article we learn that Australia has spent $16 million dollars fighting Ebola in West Africa.

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WH: Army’s Ebola Quarantine ‘Is Like Getting A Haircut’ http://sweetness-light.com/archive/wh-armys-ebola-quarantine-is-like-getting-a-haircut http://sweetness-light.com/archive/wh-armys-ebola-quarantine-is-like-getting-a-haircut#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:38:01 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=40911 From the Washington Post:

Obama assails Ebola quarantines, saying they are based on fear, not facts

By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Joel Achenbach | October 28, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday forcefully rejected the idea of a quarantine for medical­ workers returning from Ebola-affected­ countries, arguing that such an approach would undermine the broader effort to eliminate the epidemic…

Isn’t it telling the things that Obama gets ‘forceful’ about? Why is it so important to him to put our country at risk? After all, aren’t these returning health workers more of a threat to the public health than ‘climate change’ will ever be?

While the president did not directly criticize New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) for imposing mandatory quarantines on health workers coming back from West Africa, he made clear that he thought those moves were a bad idea and were not based on the best medical information.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox ‘Will Go to Court’ Over Maine Ebola Quarantine Rule

By KATIE KINDELAN | Oct 29, 2014

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, will take legal action against the state of Maine if officials do not lift the 21-day home quarantine restrictions by Thursday morning.

“I will go to court to attain my freedom,” Hickox told “Good Morning America" today via Skype from her home in Fort Kent, Maine. “I have been completely asymptomatic since I’ve been here. I feel absolutely great.” …

When Hickox arrived in Maine, the state’s governor ordered her to abide by that state’s policy that health care workers who arrive from West Africa remain under a 21-day home quarantine, with their condition actively monitored…

Hickox’s attorney, Steven Hyman, says his client, who last treated an Ebola patient Oct.

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Internal memo pushes bringing non-citizens to US for Ebola treatment; State denies plan

October 29, 2014

A memo obtained by Fox News indicates the Obama administration has been considering allowing non-American Ebola patients into the U.S. for treatment – though a State Department official on Tuesday denied any such plans. The document was obtained by Fox News from a Capitol Hill source, who said it is a memo prepared by the State Department. The top of the document is marked “sensitive but unclassified – predesicional (sic).”

The “purpose” of the memo states: “Come to an agreed State Department position on the extent to which non-U.S. citizens will be admitted to the United States for treatment of Ebola Virus Disease.” The document goes on to discuss – and advocate for — devising such a plan.

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School’s Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists

By Todd Starnes | October 27, 2014

The mother of an eight-year-old wants to know why a Tennessee school teacher gave her child a handout from the Nation of Islam that portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as being racists. Sommer Bauer tells me her son was given The Nation of Islam handout at Harold McCormick Elementary School in Elizabethton.

The handout asked “What does it take to be on Mount Rushmore?" The handout then explains that George Washington hailed from Virginia, a “prime breeder of black people.” Of Theodore Roosevelt, it was alleged he called Africans “ape-like.” There were also disparaging remarks made of Thomas Jefferson (he enslaved 200 Africans) and Abraham Lincoln.

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In Arizona, a Navajo high school emerges as a defender of the Washington Redskins

By Ian Shapira | October 26, 2014

RED MESA, Ariz. — The fans poured into the bleachers on a Friday night, erupting in “Let’s go, Redskins!” chants that echoed across a new field of artificial turf, glowing green against a vast dun-colored landscape… “Yes, sir!” the players shouted. “Redskins on three! Redskins on three! One, two, three, Redskins!”

The scene at this tiny, remote high school was as boisterous as it was remarkable: Nearly everyone on the field and in the bleachers belongs to the Navajo Nation.

We don’t find it any more remarkable than the descendants of cowboys cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Priebus: GOP Will Stop Obama’s Amnesty If Win Senate http://sweetness-light.com/archive/priebus-gop-will-stop-obamas-amnesty-if-win-senate http://sweetness-light.com/archive/priebus-gop-will-stop-obamas-amnesty-if-win-senate#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:59:55 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=40892 From Breitbart:

Exclusive–Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama’s ‘Un-American’ Amnesty if We Win Senate

By Matthew Boyle | October 27, 2014

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), says it’s “un-American" for President Barack Obama to consider implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across the country.

“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it,” Priebus replied when a Tea Party activist asked him about the president’s plans for an executive amnesty on a conference call hosted by TheTeaParty.net on Monday evening.

“I don’t support it. It is wrong,” Priebus said. "It is un-American for a president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the president on executive amnesty.”

Priebus promised the hundreds of activists on the call that the Republican Party, if it takes the Senate on Nov.

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Democratic attack ads aim to save Senate majority

By DAVID ESPO | October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their majority in jeopardy, Senate Democrats unleashed a late-campaign round of attack ads Monday accusing Republicans in key races of harboring plans to cut Social Security and Medicare.

What a shock, huh? It’s the same old Democrat playbook. They trot out this lie when they are behind, when they are ahead, in every election. — And yet they accuse the Republicans of fear mongering.

By the way, Hillary closed her ‘businesses don’t create jobs’ speech on Monday with these words: "The other side’s only answer to all of this is fear. Now, fear is the last resort of those who have run out of ideas and run out of hope.

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Obama To Only Campaign (In Safe Races) For Governors http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obama-to-only-campaign-in-safe-races-for-governors http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obama-to-only-campaign-in-safe-races-for-governors#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:34:11 +0000 http://sweetness-light.com/?p=40888 From the Associated Press:

Obama focuses on governor races where he’s welcome

By JIM KUHNHENN | October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is picking some temperate spots in an otherwise chilly political landscape, avoiding hostile Senate terrain during the final days of the midterm campaign in favor of tight governor races where his liabilities are less likely to stick to Democratic candidates… For Democrats and for the White House, it’s the strategy with the lowest risk.

The AP is clearly amused by this. But just imagine how they would have written this article if the party affiliation were on the other foot. That is, imagine if President Bush and his policies were so hated that he dare not campaign for any Republican candidates, except for those in the safest races.

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