PolitiFact’s Lie Of The Year: ‘Exaggerations’ About Ebola

From PolitiFact:

2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Aaron Sharockman | December 15, 2014

… [F]ear of [Ebola] stretched to every corner of America this fall, stoked by exaggerated claims from politicians and pundits. They said Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy.

The claims — all wrong — distorted the debate about a serious public health issue. Together, they earn our Lie of the Year for 2014…

Fox News analyst George Will claimed Ebola could be spread into the general population through a sneeze or a cough, saying the conventional wisdom that Ebola spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids was wrong.


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Holder/Obama Praise The NBA For ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirts

From The Hill:

Holder praises NBA stars for ‘I can’t breathe’ shirts

By Justin Sink | December 15, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said he thought was “a good thing” that NBA players were protesting the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner by wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during the warm-ups before games.

And never mind that Mr. Garner didn’t die from a chokehold. He died from asthma and heart disease which was aggravated by his resisting arrest.

“For them to get out there and to express in that way a social conscience, I think goes back to maybe people that these guys don’t even know or my son has a vague awareness of, to Jackie Robinson, who is seen as not only a great athlete, but as an involved, thinking, caring black man,” Holder told the Chicago Sun-Times.


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Guidelines For White People At Ferguson/Garner Protest

From The Right Scoop:

‘Follow direction of black leadership’ – Guidelines for white people at Ferguson protest are AMAZING

By Soopermexican | December 13, 2014

Apparently black people protesting Ferguson believe that one of the ways to stop racism is to have racially-based guidelines for white people so that they know their place…

Here are the guidelines for the white racist oppressor from an attendee of a Boston protest meeting:

White Peoples [sic] Roles & Responsibilities

• Show up

• Stay off the megaphone

• Direct media to Black leadership

• Follow direction of Black leadership

• Protest from our position (We are not Mike Brown, carry signs challenging white supremacy)

• Call-in/collect white folks who are causing harm and/or breaking guidelines set by Black leadership

• When planning white specific solidarity actions, target spaces of white power, and don’t speak for black people but about white culpability

Remember, they are protesting ‘racism.’



NYC Cops Tell De Blasio To Stay Away From Their Funerals

First from the New York Post:

Cops tell de Blasio: Stay away from our funerals

By Tara Palmeri | December 12, 2014

Cops are warning Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa ​Mark-​Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be ​killed in the line of duty. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association distributed a flier to members, blaring: “DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!” Cops were encouraged to sign and submit the “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waiver to ban the cop-bashing pols from their funerals.

“I, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty,” the waiver states.


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De Blasio Ripped For Response To Attacks, ‘Prof’ Charged

First from the New York Post:

Cops rip ‘nincompoop’ de Blasio’s response to protester attack

By Kirstan Conley, Michael Gartland and Bruce Golding | December 15, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio has again spit in the face of city cops — using the word “allegedly’’ to describe the vicious mob attack on two NYPD lieutenants, outraged police reps said Sunday.

Bending over backward to praise the city’s anti-cop protesters for their “peaceful’’ behavior — even as some chanted on Saturday night, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” — the mayor said the attack was “an incident . . . in which a small group of protesters allegedly assaulted some members of the NYPD.”

“When cops are the accused, the word ‘alleged’ never enters into the discussion,” fumed Michael Palladino, president of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association.


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NYC Protesters Want Dead Cops, CNN Hosts Do ‘Hands Up’

From Reuters:

Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest against police killings

By Ian Simpson, Lacey Johnson and Jonathan Spicer | December 14, 2014

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, New York and Boston on Saturday to protest against killings of unarmed black men by police officers…

The rallies were mainly peaceful, though police in Boston said they arrested 23 people who tried to block a highway. Officers in Oakland, California said they detained about 45 people for vandalism, failure to disperse, resisting arrest and other charges on Saturday night after thousands took to the streets…

So apart from blocking highways and streets and the vandalism — oh, and the attack on police officers in NYC that Reuters buries) — the protests were entirely peaceful.


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WP Sobs: America Shrugged Off Dem CIA Torture Report

From a hugely disappointed Washington Post:

That big CIA ‘torture’ report? Americans just shrugged.

By Aaron Blake | December 15, 2014

A new poll from the Pew Research Center is the first to gauge reactions to last week’s big CIA report on "enhanced interrogation techniques" — what agency critics call torture. And the reaction is pretty muted. The poll shows people says 51-29 percent than the CIA’s methods were justified and 56-28 percent that the information gleaned helped prevent terror attacks.

How annoying. What does our media have to do to convince the public that ‘America tortures’?

The word "torture," it should be noted, isn’t mentioned in the poll, but it has been associated with much of the coverage of the issue.

Even though there was no ‘torture.’ (Which is why Obama and Holder were unable to send anyone to prison, as they had promised to.)

And the numbers align nicely with polls on the use of torture, which shows that relatively few Americans are concerned about it — especially when you bring the prospect of combating terrorism into the mix.


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Sydney Terrorist Wrote Obama: Don’t Hide Being Muslim

From Charles C. Johnson at Got News:

Read Muslim Terrorist Man Haron Monis’s 2008 Letter to Barack Obama

Charles C. Johnson | December 16, 2014

The Iranian-born Muslim terrorist in Sydney today once wrote a letter to Barack Obama telling the future president to openly admit being Muslim… The letter is reproduced below.

12 June 2008

Senator Barack Obama
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510 USA

Dear Brother Barack Obama

I got your message. Hiding the religion for political purposes is not permitted. When a Muslim is asked about her/his religion, she/he must tell the truth. You think it is permissible by Shariah law to hide your religion to achieve some positions to be able to help Islam and to give a better service to Muslims.


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Obama Vows ‘Leaner’ Military In Fight Against Terrorists

From a cheering Washington Post:

At N.J. military base, Obama thanks troops, ushers in era of leaner military

By Katie Zezima December 15 at 5:21 PM

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – President Obama came to this base that houses three branches of the military to thank troops for their service and to usher in an era of a leaner military that no longer engages in “nation-building” with large numbers of ground forces.

So he ‘thanked’ the troops by promising to slash their already slashed budget even more.

Flanked by gray C-130 Hercules transport plane in a hangar, Obama welcomed back members of the military who just returned home here and to other bases from Afghanistan, where the president said the war “will come to a responsible end” at the end of December…

So he is going to bug out of Afghanistan like we bugged out of Iraq.


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Taliban Kill 126 At School, Sydney Terrorist Was ‘On Bail’

From CNN:

At least 126, most of them children, slaughtered as Taliban storm Pakistan school

By Sophia Saifi and Paul Armstrong | December 16, 2014

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday and gunned down at least 126 people, most of them children, in one of the country’s deadliest attacks in recent weeks…

The "deadliest attacks in recent weeks."

Hours after the attack, the Pakistani military was still exchanging gunfire with the militants inside the Army Public School and Degree College, in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country’s capital, Islamabad…

The death toll has steadily risen, and officials fear it will climb higher. The number of injured was upwards of 100.


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Texas College Quizzes Students On Their ‘White Privilege’

From Campus Reform:

Prof. measures students’ white privilege with class assignment

By Maggie Lit | December 11, 2014

A professor at Lone Star College in Texas required her students complete a white privilege assignment to measure how privileged they are.

So this nonsense is even happening in Texas. No place is safe.

The assignment consisted of a white privilege handout, quiz, and checklist.The professor allegedly deemed the worksheet appropriate in light of the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. A student whistleblower, who chose to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from the college, told KPRC he felt singled out and uncomfortable despite the class being online, and didn’t feel right answering the questions. ?

“I was shocked, I thought it was a joke [when I received the assignment],” the student told the local station.



Black Hill Staffers Pose For ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ Photo

From a deeply moved Washington Post:

House staffers gather in solidarity with protests against police shootings

By Joe Davidson | December 11, 2014

In a quiet, dignified way, congressional staffers drew attention to an issue that has become loud and boisterous — police shootings of black males. The cold, cloudy weather seemed an appropriate backdrop as about 100 congressional employees silently gathered on the House steps in solidarity with many across the country who have protested the refusal of grand juries to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.

The only person who spoke was the Senate chaplain, Barry Black. “Forgive us,” he prayed, “when we have failed to lift our voices for those who couldn’t speak or breathe for themselves.” Black didn’t mention any names, nor did he criticize any agency.



Fannie/Freddie To Resume Subsidies, Still Owe US $188B

From the Daily Caller:

Taxpayer-Backed Fannie And Freddie Ordered To Subsidize Low-Income Housing

By Rachel Stoltzfoos | December 11, 2014

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have yet to repay a $188 billion taxpayer bailout, but the Federal Housing and Finance Administration ordered the agencies Thursday to begin diverting some of their profits to low-income housing funds.

It’s almost as if the housing collapse that led to the recession didn’t happen. Meanwhile, the Democrats are pretending to be outraged by the rollback of Dodd-Frank that would let airlines buy jet fuel futures in order to keep prices stable.

Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the Financial Services Committee, slammed the move. ”Director Watt’s decision to activate the Fannie and Freddie slush fund may be an early Christmas present for Acorn-like, liberal housing activists, but it’s a lump of coal in the stocking of every American taxpayer,” he said in a statement Thursday.



Illegals Will Get ‘Earned Income’ And ‘Child Tax’ Credits

From Byron York, over at the Washington Examiner:

Obama opens fraud-ridden benefits programs to illegal immigrants

By Byron York | December 11, 2014

President Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer payments.

Why not five million? (The number is Obama going to give work permits to. So they will be paying taxes.) In fact, this will eventually be true for all of the 11 or 20 million illegals who are in the US. Many of whom are already defrauding the system.

That will be done primarily through two widely used programs — the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC.

As it turns out, those two programs are already among the most corrupt and fraud-ridden in the entire federal government.


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