Radar Online has posted the unedited audio of police interviewing people after the Sarah Palin family’s drunken brawl last September at a party in Anchorage, and it’s a trash-fest if there ever was one. Warning: Bristol and Willow Palin drop plenty of F-bombs and other initial-bombs too. Tell the kids to leave the room before you listen.
Here’s one of those moments for which we live, as crazy uncle Ron Paul says his crazy son Rand’s idea of a ban on travel to and from West Africa is “politically motivated.” Instant classic.
Ron Paul on Monday said that calls for a ban on travel from West African countries affected by Ebola are primarily “politically motivated” — just days after his son Sen. Rand Paul announced his support for one.
Appearing on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum” with former Arizona Republican Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Ron Paul said he wouldn’t support a travel ban. “Right now, I would say a travel ban is politically motivated more than something done for medical purposes,” the former Texas congressman and three-time presidential candidate told Hayworth.
Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator openly considering a 2016 presidential bid, said on a radio show last week that a temporary travel ban is “only reasonable,” BuzzFeed noted Monday.
Pew Poll: Ebola Worries Rising, Especially Among Republicans, but Most Trust Government to Deal With It
After the non-stop fear-mongering by most of the media (but especially right wing media) about Ebola, it’s not surprising that the latest Pew poll shows a rise in the general public’s fear level. But a majority of the respondents still believe the US government and hospital systems are capable of preventing a major outbreak.
Public concern about the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S. has increased since early October. Currently, 41% are worried that they themselves or someone in their family will be exposed to the virus, including 17% who say they are very worried. In a survey two weeks ago, 32% worried about exposure to Ebola; 11% said they were very worried.
Most people (58%) express little or no concern about becoming exposed to Ebola, though that is down from 67% in early October. And majorities have at least a fair amount of confidence in both the federal government and U.S. hospitals to deal with the disease.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Oct. 15-20 among 2,003 adults, finds that 54% express either a great deal (18%) or fair amount (36%) of confidence in the federal government to “prevent a major outbreak of the Ebola virus in the U.S.” This is little changed from early October, when 57% had a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the government to prevent a major Ebola outbreak.
A very interesting and telling result from this survey: Republicans (who almost exclusively get their news from Fox and other right wing sources) have gotten significantly more fear-stricken since earlier this month. And obviously, it’s due to the panicky and often misleading nature of so much right wing media coverage of the disease.
Since early October, worries about Ebola exposure have increased across most demographic and partisan groups. But the rise in concern has been particularly striking among Republicans.
In early October, 33% of Republicans were at least somewhat worried that they themselves or a family member would be exposed to the Ebola virus (7% very worried, 26% somewhat worried). Today, nearly half of Republicans (49%) are worried, with 16% saying they are very worried and 33% somewhat worried.
There has been less change among Democrats - 36% now have at least some concern about personal exposure to Ebola, compared with 30% in early October. The partisan gap in Ebola worries, which was negligible two weeks ago (three points), has increased to 13 points in the current survey.
Today’s absolutely grotesque example of right wing hate speech comes from radio screamer Michael Savage (real name: Michael Weiner), who launched into a deranged rant against veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because they aren’t strong manly men like him.
Remember when right wingers used to pretend to care about military veterans?
He then blamed America’s problems on those who “cry like a little baby” over depression: “If the whole nation is told, ‘boo-hoo-hoo, come and get a medication, come and get treatment, talk about mental illness,’ you know what you wind up with? You wind up with Obama in the White House and lawyers in every phase of the government, that’s what you wind up with. It’s a weak, sick nation. A weak, sick, broken nation.”
Savage continued that veterans with PTSD are a “bunch of losers” and recommended that they be more like Michael Savage.
“You need men like me to save the country,” he said. “You need men to stand up and say stop crying like a baby over everything.” He continued that “men are so weak and so narcissistic” that it is “no wonder ISIS can defeat our military.”
This is what passes for “investigative journalism” on the right these days.
Only time for 2-3 more election investigations. I went in Disguised as 45yo, this time people may lose their jobs pic.twitter.com/ihuTjpierm
Democratic staffers in Colorado recently came to believe they were the subject of an O’Keefe operation after campaign workers became suspicious about would-be volunteers who had asked about filling out and submitting mail-in ballots for others. Recently, the 30-year-old O’Keefe has targeted the Senate campaigns of Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor and Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by filming undercover videos of staffers or the candidate.
Last Tuesday, a man who appeared to be in his 20s showed up at a Democratic field office in Boulder wanting to volunteer to help elect Udall and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), according to a Democratic staffer who met with him and asked not to be identified. The man introduced himself as “Nick Davis,” and he said he was a University of Colorado-Boulder student and LGBT activist involved with a student group called Rocky Mountain Vote Pride. Davis mentioned polls showing the race between Udall and Gardner was tight, and he asked the staffer if he should fill out and mail in ballots for other college students who had moved away but still received mail on campus. The Democratic staffer says he told Davis that doing this would be voter fraud and that he should not do it.
On Friday, Udall campaigned with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus. After the event, a woman calling herself “Bonnie” approached a different staffer and, according to this staffer’s boss, asked whether she could fill out and submit blank ballots found in a garbage can. The staffer, according to her boss, said that she told her no.
That same day, the guy identifying himself as “Nick Davis” returned to the Democratic office in Boulder. He was accompanied by a man wearing heavy makeup and a mustache, according to the Democratic staffer who had met Davis three days earlier. Davis introduced his friend as a “civics professor” at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the faculty adviser to Rocky Mountain Vote Pride. Davis and the professor, who said his name was “John Miller,” picked up Udall campaign literature and canvassing information.
On Monday, O’Keefe tweeted a photo of himself with a mustache and said he’d recently posed as a “45yo” for one of his “election investigations.”
Here we go again with the relentless fear-mongering about Ebola.
The latest meme being circulated by right wingers and conspiracy theorists (two groups that have considerable overlap) is that Ebola actually has an incubation period of 42 days, not 21 as has been reported. SHOCK NEWS! SCIENTISTS ARE LYING TO US!
This claim is all over the loonball sites today; here’s a Google search to show you what I mean: Ebola 42 Days Incubation. You’ll see all the usual suspects in there; World Net Daily, Natural News, Infowars, Fox News, Breitbart, etc.
To back up these overheated claims, they’re all citing this article at the World Health Organization site: WHO | Are the Ebola Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal Over?
The “42 days” meme is apparently drawn from this opening paragraph:
If the active surveillance for new cases that is currently in place continues, and no new cases are detected, WHO will declare the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal on Friday 17 October. Likewise, Nigeria is expected to have passed through the requisite 42 days, with active surveillance for new cases in place and none detected, on Monday 20 October.
Notice that this does not say anything about an “incubation period,” and there’s a reason: because this is the time period the WHO uses to determine with full confidence whether an outbreak is officially over in an entire country.
Here’s the part all these crazy fear-mongering sites don’t mention:
The period of 42 days, with active case-finding in place, is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola virus disease and is considered by WHO as sufficient to generate confidence in a declaration that an Ebola outbreak has ended.
It couldn’t be any clearer — this WHO report actually says explicitly that “42 days” is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola. The number is derived from any potential contact’s 21 days plus any of those contact’s contacts’ 21 days.
Once again, the right wing sites are deliberately distorting the words of the WHO in order to cause panic about Ebola.
Ted Cruz calling blocked Surgeon General nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy an “anti-gun activist” is incredibly dishonest. Murthy advocates very minimal restrictions on guns because guns are used in more than 300,000 violent crimes against American citizens every single year. Murthy sees that as a public health problem, and he’s NOT WRONG. It is.
The fact is, looking at this as a public health issue is absolutely appropriate, and not “extreme” at all. The Republican Party and their NRA cohorts have pushed the debate about guns so far to the right, it’s utter insanity at this point. A nominee for Surgeon General proposes simple common sense measures to address the gun violence problem, and the right freaks out and blocks his nomination at a time when we need a strong voice for public health more than ever. It’s sick. Deeply sick.
This shit makes me crazy. America is incredibly dysfunctional on the gun issue and people are dying every day because we won’t face the monster we’ve created.
Ric Ocasek is back in the producer’s chair for Weezer’s latest, and it sounds absolutely great. This tune is a mission statement if there ever was one.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports today that the first person known to have contact with Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has now been cleared, and at least 46 other quarantined people who had contact with Duncan are also not showing any signs of the virus and are expected to be cleared by tomorrow.
Also, Duncan’s fiancee Louise Troh, who probably had closer contact with him than anyone in the days before he was hospitalized, is also symptom-free and expected to be out of quarantine tomorrow.
Nina Pham, the nurse who did contract the virus after being in close contact with Duncan when he was at his most infectious, is stable and in fair condition at a bio-containment facility in Maryland, and is expected to make a full recovery.
And in more good news, the healthcare worker aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship that was denied entrance to Belize this week has also tested negative for Ebola.
A healthcare worker who had self-quarantined herself aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship has tested negative for Ebola and was allowed to disembark with the rest of the passengers in Galveston, Texas, on Sunday.
In a statement, the Galveston County Health Authority said it had determined “there is no evidence of a public health threat to cruise passengers or to Galveston county.”
Does Bill O’Reilly admit there is such a thing as “white privilege?” Take a wild guess.
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