Napolitano Backs Amnesty, Says DREAMERs Is A Success

From the Washington Post:

Janet Napolitano throws her support behind executive action on immigration policy

By Jerry Markon | October 27, 2014

Former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano is supporting executive action by President Obama to change immigration policy if Congress fails to pass a broad overhaul, citing what she calls her successful 2012 push to delay deportations of many younger immigrants.

And what an achievement Obama’s illegal DREAM executive order has been. At the very least, it helped give us the untold thousands of illegal aliens who streamed across the border every month since its passage. And bear in mind, Ms. Napolitano was in charge of Homeland Security at the time.

“If Congress refuses to act and perform its duties, then I think it’s appropriate for the executive to step in and use his authorities based on law .



Study: Non-Citizens Give Dems Victory In Close Elections

From the Washington Post, of all places:

Could non-citizens decide the November election?

By Jesse Richman and David Earnest | October 24, 2014

Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? … In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections.

(For the record, Jesse Richman is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Old Dominion University, and Director of the ODU Social Science Research Center. And David Earnest is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Old Dominion University, and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters.)

Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote.


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Abdul Zehaf Made Video Attacking Canada, Praising Allah

From Canada’s CBC News:

Ottawa shooting: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau made video, police say

By Chris Hall | October 26, 2014

The RCMP says it has evidence that indicates the attack that killed a Canadian soldier in Ottawa and resulted in a gunfight on Parliament Hill was driven by ideological and political motives.

Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, made a video recording of himself just before last week’s attack, the RCMP said on Sunday. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said in a statement it was conducting a detailed analysis of the video and could not release it at this time.

A source familiar with the investigation told CBC’s Chris Hall that in the video Zehaf-Bibeau appears to make specific reference to Canada’s foreign policy as motivation for his actions and that he praises Allah in the recording.


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Bellevue Staffers Called In Sick After Ebola Case Arrived

From the New York Post:

Bellevue staffers call in ‘sick’ after Ebola arrives

By Jamie Schram and Larry Celona | October 25, 2014

An extraordinary number of Bellevue Hospital staffers called in sick on Friday rather than treat the city’s first Ebola patient — and those who showed up were terrified to enter his isolation chamber, sources told The Post.

“The nurses on the floor are miserable with a ‘why me?’ attitude, scared to death and overworked because all their co-workers called out sick,” one source said. “One nurse even went as far as to pretend she was having a stroke to get out of working there, but once they cleared her in the ER they sent her back up,” the source added…

Where is the SEIU?


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Duncan Lied About Exposure To Ebola In Second ER Visit

From The Hill:

ER nurse: Duncan lied about exposure to Ebola

By Kyle Balluck | October 26, 2014

An emergency room nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan said in an interview broadcast Sunday night that the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S. was not honest about his exposure to the deadly virus.

Sidia Rose told “60 Minutes” that Duncan said during his second trip to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas that he had not been in contact with anyone who had been sick.

Note that Ms. Rose is talking about Mr. Duncan’s second trip to the ER.

“I explained to him, ‘We are under the impression that you may have been exposed to Ebola.’ And I said, ‘Where are you from?’ And he told me Liberia,” she said.


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Christie Caves, Ebola Nurse To Be Transported To Maine

From a gleeful CNN:

Quarantined woman to be discharged, Christie’s office announces

By Sara Fischer | October 27, 2014

Washington (CNN) — After a heated weekend of sparring between a quarantined nurse and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the nurse is being discharged, the state’s Department of Health said in a statement Monday morning…

Hickox has will be transported by name by a private carrier, "not via mass transit or commercial aircraft," read the statement, which was blasted out by Christie’s office.

"Blasted out"? CNN can’t even report a press release without giving it some negative spin. (By the way, is the ACLU paying for her transportation?)

"She will remain subject to New Jersey’s mandatory quarantine order while in New Jersey," the statement continues. "Health officials in Maine have been notified of her arrangements and will make a determination under their own laws on her treatment when she arrives." …

Hopefully, she will be put on her word of honor.


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Quarantined Nurse: My Human Rights Have Been Violated

From CNN:

Nurse describes Ebola quarantine ordeal: ‘I was in shock. Now I’m angry’

By Elizabeth Cohen, Leslie Holland and Ralph Ellis | October 27, 2014

(CNN) — Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey, went on CNN on Sunday and criticized the "knee-jerk reaction by politicians" to Ebola, saying "to quarantine someone without a better plan in place, without more forethought, is just preposterous."

Hickox, an epidemiologist who was working to help treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has tested negative twice for Ebola and does not have symptoms, she said. She is quarantined for 21 days at University Hospital in Newark.

"This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated," Hickox told CNN’s Candy Crowley on "State of the Union." … "To put me through this emotional and physical stress is completely unacceptable," she said…

She wants to be allowed to quarantine herself.


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State Quarantines Surprised Federal Officials, CDC, NYC

From CNN:

N.Y. official: New Ebola policy ‘a real stunner’

By Ray Sanchez and Elizabeth Cohen | October 26, 2014

New York (CNN) — … The policy of isolating medical personnel and others arriving from Ebola-affected countries zones was abruptly implemented Friday by the governors of New York and New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie…

The mandate came as a surprise to the federal Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention in Atlanta, according to a federal official familiar with the situation.

Typical. First, the CDC announces that it’s up to the states to come up with Ebola policies. Then, the CDC gets bent out of shape when the state do exactly that.

But doesn’t this put the lie to all of the previous reassurances from the Obama administration and the CDC that the state and federal government are in sync as to who to handle Ebola?


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NY, NJ Quarantine Ebola Workers, But Cuomo Backtracks

First, we had this from Reuters:

Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

By Ellen Wulfhorst and David Morgan | October 24, 2014

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday…

"Voluntary quarantine is almost an oxymoron," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "We’ve seen what happens. … You ride a subway. You ride a bus. You could infect hundreds and hundreds of people." …

Cuomo said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had agreed that individual states have the right to exceed federal requirements.


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The Hill: Millennial Voters Are New Worry for Democrats

From The Hill:

Millennial voters a new worry for Dems

By Amie Parnes | October 24, 2014

Disenchantment among millennial voters is the latest worry for Democrats fighting to hold their Senate majority… Plagued by unemployment and an overall economy anxiety that has seen many take jobs beneath their qualifications, the generation of 18- to 34-year-olds feels a sense of disappointment in the party it helped boost in previous elections, political observers say.

Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said that the promise of “hope and change millennials invested in has hit a brick wall.”

AKA ‘reality.’

Manley said that this in turn has made young voters “very cynical about the political process and less likely to vote than they had in the past.”

Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, agreed that winning over young voters is an issue for Democrats.



Holder’s Justice Department Condemns Ferguson Leaks

From Breitbart:

Justice Department Condemns Ferguson Leaks

By John Sexton | October 23, 2014

The Department of Justice has condemned recent leaks to the media suggesting evidence being heard by the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case is favorable to police officer Darren Wilson.

A spokesman for the DOJ told the LA Times, " The department considers the selective release of information in this investigation to be irresponsible and highly troubling. Since the release of the convenience-store footage, there seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case."

The convenience store footage was released by Ferguson police in August. Reports at the time said the DOJ had learned of the video, which showed Michael Brown robbing a convenience store shortly before the shooting, and asked the police not to release it.



WP: 8 Black Witnesses Support Officer Wilson’s Account

From the Washington Post:

Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson

By Kimberly Kindy and Sari Horwitz | October 23, 2014

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug.



US Is Investigating Reports That ISIS Used Chlorine Gas

From an irony proof New York Times:

U.S. Is Investigating Report That Islamic State Used Chlorine Gas

By KIRK SEMPLE and ERIC SCHMITT | October 23, 2014

BAGHDAD — American security officials said Thursday that they were looking into a new report that Islamic State militants had used chlorine gas as a weapon against Iraqi police officers last month near Balad, north of Baghdad.

According to the accounts of the officers, fighters for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, set off an explosive that unleashed a mass of yellow smoke that hung close to the ground, The Washington Post reported. The Post said that hospital officials who treated the men, as well as an unnamed Iraqi Defense Ministry official, confirmed the men’s suspicion that chlorine gas had been used against them.


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Zehaf Was A Devoted Muslim For More Than Nine Years

From the Vancouver Sun:

Details of accused Ottawa gunman’s crack addiction revealed

By Mike Hager, Tara Carman and Matthew Robinson | October 23, 2014

VANCOUVER — … New court documents released by a B.C. Provincial Court judge Thursday afternoon paint the picture of a young man so desperate that he attempted robbery to go to jail, which he saw as the “only way to overcome his addiction to crack cocaine.”

Police picked up Zehaf-Bibeau on Dec. 16, 2011 following an incident at a McDonald’s restaurant at Main Street and Terminal Avenue. According to the Crown, he entered the building with a sharpened stick and asked a clerk for money. The clerk asked the smiling would-be robber if he was serious, then called police. The accused went outside and sat down on a backpack to wait for the officers.



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