FACT: Republicans appropriated MORE money to CDC than Obama requested

Here’s just one more piece of evidence that makes the Democrats attempt blame Republicans for spreading ebola completely ridiculous. 

from Erick Erickson

Democrats, like drug addicts, are convinced that just one more hit of tax dollars will give them the fix they need. Every Democratic response to any situation is to demand government spend more and blame Republicans for not spending as much as they should.

The latest Democratic attack is pretty straightforward in its insanity. Because the GOP won’t let the Democrats spend more money, people are getting Ebola. The Democrats would have you believe that the very same government that could not build an Obamacare website with hundreds of millions of dollars could somehow cure Ebola yesterday with more money.

There is just one problem: facts.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, in January the CDC won in the budget deal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will see an 8.2 percent budget increase for fiscal 2014, thanks to a $1.1 trillion spending bill announced by Congress Jan. 13.

But not just that. There was also this nugget of news:

This influx of cash will raise the CDC budget to $6.9 billion, which is $567 million more than it received in 2013. This is more than the agency anticipated, because the president’s fiscal year 2014 budget request for it was just $6.6 billion — a decrease of $270 million from fiscal 2012.

Yes, you read that right. Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to give the CDC more money that President Obama requested.

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And what did the NIH and the CDC spend that money on?  Not ebola

Alison Lunderman Grimes continues her ridiculous losing streak in Kentucky Senate race.

She still refuses to admit she voted for Obama, even though everybody knows the answer.  Her whole bit about the “constitutional right” to a secret ballot is goofy because she also clearly has the right to tell people who she voted for, and that information is relevant to the Senate race.  

Look, I’m not a fan of Mitch McConnell at all, but good grief!  I would vote for an actual turtle before I voted for Lunderman Grimes. 

Comedy Gold: Coal plant protest deflated by miserable failure of renewable energy

They couldn’t even get their renewable energy sources to keep their puny inflatable coal plant upright, but they don’t want coal to supply the power their city.  This is the “logic” that drives the anti-coal (frankly, anti-science) left. 

here’s the video:

I love how visibly embarrassed the inflatable operator was.  He should be. His “renewable energy” lasted a paltry 45 minutes.  Apparently he neither understands electricity or economics. 

USDA Employee Caught Picking Up Drug Loads on the Job

Using his taxpayer funded vehicle, of course.  And here’s the kicker…he was already a convicted felon.  Why he had a job with an agency that enforces the law on other people is beyond my comprehension. 

An employee with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is believed to have been using his work vehicle and his job as a cover to pick up drugs at the Texas Border.

Court records obtained by Breitbart-Texas show that federal agents and local police arrested 27-year-old Mario Guadalupe Saenz at a shopping center in this border city where he was expected to deliver the drugs.

The arrest comes after authorities carried out a surveillance operation where they saw Saenz drive his work truck around the border fence towards a brushy area from where he picked up a duffel bag that had several bricks that ended up being approximately 20 pounds of cocaine.

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations, USDA’s Inspector General and McAllen Police arrested Saenz at the business parking lot seizing the bag with drugs and finding a .40 caliber handgun with two loaded magazines in the vehicle. Since Saenz had previous felony convictions he is not able to legally possess a weapon and had been serving a probation term, court records show.

NIH: We could have developed a vaccine for Ebola if it weren’t for ‘budget cuts’

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Oh the austerity!

As we recently reported, the left is officially blaming Republicans for the spread of Ebola. You know, sequester and such. It doesn’t matter that the NIH budget has nearly tripled since 2007, the NIH can’t possibly be expected to do its job with the paltry sum of $31 billion the taxpayers give it every year.

But let’s see what the NIH has spent some of that money on within the last couple of years (with links to sources):

  • $386,000 to massage rabbits
  • $3,200,000 to study drunk monkeys
  • $484,260 for studying the effect of hypnosis on hot flashes
  • $666,905 (pg 87) on how watching TV reruns might be good for you
  • $325,525 to conclude that wives would be happier if they could calm down faster after arguments with their husbands
  • $900,000 (pg 100) on a study determining that male fruit flies do indeed like female fruit flies
  • $548,731 (pg 127) on a study that suggests that heavy drinking in thirties is linked with immaturity
  • $702,558 on a study of the impact of televisions and gas generators on villages in Vietnam
  • $423,500 on why men don’t like to wear condoms
  • $1,500,000 to study why lesbians are overweight

In just a few minutes, I was able to find nearly $10 million of wasted NIH funds that could have gone toward the creation of an Ebola vaccine. But yeah, it was those draconian cuts that are the real culprit.

83% of American schools report increase in children throwing Michelle Obama’s nasty lunches away

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Seriously, everything this administration does is a disaster.  If you want the perfect metaphor for the Obama presidency, look no further than Michelle Obama’s ridiculous school lunch program.

from Washington Examiner:

As school children continue to protest Michelle Obama’s push for healthier lunches by dumping their full trays into garbage bins, the nation’s school boards are joining in to demand that the Obama administration let them off the hook of serving the costly and tasteless meals.

Armed with a national poll for National School Lunch Week, the National School Boards Association on Monday demanded that Washington address the “onerous requirements for federal school meal programs.”

How bad are the rules heralded by the first lady, who recently ripped Republicans for calling for the very program exceptions from the 2010 law sought by school administrators?

The survey of school leaders revealed:

— 83.7 percent of school districts saw an increase in plate waste.

— 81.8 percent had an increase in cost.

— 76.5 percent saw a decrease in participation by students.

— 75 percent of school leaders want an increase in federal funding for school districts to comply with the new standards.

— 60.3 percent want flexibility for school districts to improve their ability to provide good nutrition without harm to instruction, personnel, and other school district operations.

“As we celebrate National School Lunch Week, we must address the visible realities of complying with school nutrition requirements,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel in a statement.

“Our poll shows that school leaders are in favor of good nutrition for children but concerned with the unintended consequences of the current federal regulations. Trays of uneaten cafeteria food thrown in the trash, hungry kids, and struggling school food-service programs are the practical realities many school districts and students face.”

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Now, apply this kind of epic failure to the jobs market, Obamacare, Iraq, foreign policy, the border, national security, and any other thing the Obamas have touched. The end result is always the same.

Milestone: Obama plays golf round number 200

Of course, the taxpayers paid a fortune for every single one of these outings. 

from USA Today:

President Obama hit a sporting milestone Sunday — his 200th round of golf since moving into the White House.

Obama and a trio of aides hit the links at Fort Belvoir near Washington, D.C.

"By my count, this is his 200th round of golf as president," tweeted Mark Knoller of CBS News, who maintains a White House database.

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Ebola. ISIS. Border crisis. Obamacare pounding the economy.  The lowest workforce participation in over 30 years. None of these things concern Obama.  He’s got to improve his short game.  

What a disgrace.  

Pentagon: It’s time to start using military force to fight our true enemy…climate change

I cannot even believe the level of stupidity that keeps coming from our military commanders, and yes, that starts at the top with the Commander in Chief. Instead of focusing like a laser to defeat ISIS, something they’ve already took it upon themselves to thoroughly make a mess of, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is about to divert the military’s attention to a more fictional ominous foe: climate change.

from the Hill:

Hagel’s address at a meeting of defense ministers in Peru coincides with the release of a report that will lay out the Pentagon’s blueprint on how it will tackle climate change, the Associated Press reports.

Defense Department officials have long said that the impact of climate change is not a distant threat, but one felt now by U.S. operations across the world.

Still Monday’s report signals a shift by the Pentagon to a comprehensive effort to address climate change head on.

"If you take just the one element of climate change, potential threats as sea levels rise; the coasts of countries, islands, present obvious security challenges for stability, security, national defense institutions," Hagel said during a stop in Santiago, Chile, over the weekend, AP reports.

"When there is any natural disaster event that occurs, there always is some element of a security risk; law and order, individuals attempting to take advantage of those catastrophes, adjusting to shifts in security requirements," Hagel added.

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So, what’s useful about an “enemy” like climate change?  It will always be there, and you can blame anything on it.  

NBC News: “ISIS is not degraded at all”

It’s not like we didn’t know this was going to happen from the beginning.  The White House is fighting a war for Obama’s public opinion poll numbers, not one to actually destroy an evil enemy.  Against the recommendation of virtually every military leader who has spoken publicly, the Obama administration plods on with its worthless strategy (if you can even call it that).

It’s not working, and nobody can ignore that, not even Obama usual cheerleaders over at NBC.

Here’s the video:

There are already ground troops despite Obama’s promises otherwise.  There will be more, but Obama has already et a bad situation grow dire.

Dem ad: You know who’s really responsible for Ebola? Republicans

Of course. Of. Course.

A new “progressive” ad, that will run in select states up until the midterms blames Republicans for Ebola. Don’t believe me? Watch it yourself:

If only they just had more money.

The CDC’s annual budget is $11.3 billion (with a “b”). I’d really like to see a list of specific reasons why they need more than $11.3 billion when we are $18 trillion in debt as a nation. I won’t hold my breath.

Perhaps giving them more money will encourage them not to lie to us during press conferences. I doubt it.

5 year old forced to sign a ‘suicide and homicide contract’ for crayon gun

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Can someone stop the planet? I’d like to get off of it.

According to reports, a 5-year-old girl was made to sign a “suicide and homicide contract” after she pointed a crayon at her friend and said “pew pew.”

When will these kids Purple Penguins learn?

From the Independent:

A five-year-old girl in Alabama was made to sign a school contract saying she would not kill herself or anybody else after she pointed a crayon at another pupil, it has been reported.

The girl’s mother claims staff at E R Dickson Elementary School, in Mobile, Alabama, gave her daughter a questionnaire on suicidal thoughts following an incident in class.

Rebecca, who asked reporters not to use her last name, told WPMI Local 15 News that the school said her daughter drew an object which “resembled a gun”.

She said: "According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said, ‘pew pew.’"

She said her daughter was asked by the school whether she was depressed and given a Mobile County Public School Safety Contract to sign, which stated she would not kill herself or anybody else.

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A contract? Really? She’s. FIVE.

I have no words. Seriously, the English language is not adequate enough to accurately describe the stupidity of this. I’m not even going to try. Suffice it to say that it’s just another example of why we need school choice so urgently.

Healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola at Texas hospital

A healthcare worker at the Texas hospital where Thomas Duncan was treated has tested positive for the disease.

From Fox News:

A health care worker at a Dallas hospital tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement early Sunday.

The health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who was not identified in the statement, provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the United States, who died last week.

The worker reported a “low grade fever” Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing. The preliminary result was received late Saturday.

"We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility," Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in the statement. "We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread."

Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures.

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This is truly a horrible situation that needs to be taken seriously.

War against Isis: US strategy in tatters as militants march on

This is what happens when you run an unconstitutional war by checking the public opinion polls.

America’s plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group’s fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.

The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. President Obama’s plan to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting.

Isis reinforcements have been rushing towards Kobani in the past few days to ensure that they win a decisive victory over the Syrian Kurdish town’s remaining defenders. The group is willing to take heavy casualties in street fighting and from air attacks in order to add to the string of victories it has won in the four months since its forces captured Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, on 10 June. Part of the strength of the fundamentalist movement is a sense that there is something inevitable and divinely inspired about its victories, whether it is against superior numbers in Mosul or US airpower at Kobani.

In the face of a likely Isis victory at Kobani, senior US officials have been trying to explain away the failure to save the Syrian Kurds in the town, probably Isis’s toughest opponents in Syria. 

Lawsuit settlement: Red Bull doesn’t actually ‘give you wings’, owes consumers $13 million

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Face, meet palm. Remember these commercials?

A class action lawsuit that alleged that Red Bull doesn’t actually give you wings, recently reached a $13 million settlement.

From NBC News:

If you drank a can of Red Bull in the past 12 years you may be able to claim a $10 after a lawsuit challenged the energy drink’s claim to “give you wings.” The Austrian drinks giant agreed to a $13 million settlement with American consumers in a class action complaint that alleged the distinctive-tasting drink was no more effective than a cup of coffee despite advertisement that promised increased performance and concentration.

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Our nation is populated by infants. At one time in America, when men were free, people understood that they were responsible for the consequences of the decisions they made. Not anymore. At one time, caveat emptor defined virtually every contract…even verbal contracts. That has gone by the wayside. Now, a company that offers a popular, legitimate energy drink is sued because of its slogan. This is big government at its worst. And it’s not the first time we’ve seen it.

It should be self-evident that if you want to buy a car and you’re concerned about particular features such as safety or gas mileage, etc., you research different cars and buy whichever is best. If you want to buy a TV, you look at different televisions in your price range and pick the one that best suits you. If you want to buy a $2 energy drink and you’re concerned about it really giving you energy, research. the. ingredients. It’s not difficult.

This is a matter of principle. Businesses need to make money and they’re going to have innocent slogans like “Red Bull gives you wings” to help sell products.

Exit thought: If these people thought that drinking Red Bull would allow them to defy biology and literally grow wings, they probably need full-time psychiatric care.