Ebola May Be More of A Threat Than ISIS

The President is putting troops on the ground in the fight against Ebola. These troops will be on the front line helping to put a stop to the spread of this deadly virus.

This prompte us to ask, is Ebola more of a threat than ISIS?

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history is happening right now. The outbreak is unprecedented both in the number of people who have gotten sick and in geographic scope. And so far, it’s been a long battle that doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

The Ebola virus has now hit five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal.

The virus — which starts off with flu-like symptoms and sometimes ends with bleeding — has infected about 3,700 people and killed more than 1,800 since this winter, according to estimates on September 4 from the World Health Organization.

Ebola is both rare and very deadly. Since the first outbreak in 1976, Ebola viruses have infected thousands of people and killed roughly 60 percent of them. Symptoms can come on quickly and kill fast.

Journalist David Quammen put it well in a recent New York Times op-ed: “Ebola is more inimical to humans than perhaps any known virus on Earth, except rabies and HIV-1. And it does its damage much faster than either.” Vox


Amendment 1—GOP Wants Big Government

When is it ok to expand government power?  According to the GOP more government power on abortion issues the better. Therefore, thanks to the GOP big government power grab Tennesseans are voting this November on the following amendment:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

Big government with big government power is ok on issues near and dear to the GOP’s heart. 

Some have described the amendment as follows:

“There is an amendment on the November ballot of which most Tennessee voters are totally unaware.  If Amendment 1 passes in November, legislators will suddenly have unlimited power to vote on legislation to heavily restrict or ban safe and legal abortions in Tennessee. The language of the amendment states that there are NO EXCEPTIONS for the health of the mother, or in cases of rape and incest. “

Regardless how voters feel about abortion, this Amendment greatly expands the power of government.  This amendment is a prime example of a concerted effort by GOP members to expand their influence through bigger government on issues of GOP concern. 

The power of government should be limited, not unnecessarily expanded to suit the needs of one political party or another.


Court Names “A Vigilant Defender of Tennessee’s Conservative Reforms” as Attorney General

The headline reads “Herb Slatery named Tennessee Attorney General.” The article reads:

"The decision comes on the heels of an unsuccessful effort to unseat [Democratic] [Chief Justice] Lee and [Democratic] Justices Cornelia Clark and Gary Wade in the Aug. 7 retention election.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s political action committee funded most of that effort with $425,000 in donations, campaign finance records show. He and other Republican lawmakers were critical of [current Attorney General] Cooper because he refused to join other states’ attorneys general in a challenge of the Affordable Care Act.

‘As the first Republican attorney general in Tennessee history, Herbert Slatery will be a strong advocate for the people of Tennessee and a vigilant defender of Tennessee’s conservative reforms,’ Ramsey wrote on Facebook.”Nooga.com

Did the Republican effort to oust the three Democrats on the Tennessee Supreme Court actually succeed? Did the court, realizing that it is susceptible to political attacks from the right, choose an attorney general to quiet the likes of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey? Did the Court act out of fear that Republicans could hang Obamacare around their neck because Attorney General Bob Cooper (who sought another term from the court) did not legally challenge Obamacare?

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and conservative Republicans failed in their effort to oust the three Democratic justices who constitute the majority on the court. It appears, however, their actions have a long-lasting impact on the Court and how it will react to outside political pressures. In this case, it appears that Ramsey and his forces have achieved a limited victory-taking political action against Democrats that influences later decisions.

The Republicans are now happy, they have an attorney general who will be a “vigilant defender of Tennessee’s conservative reforms.”


Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

Presidents can leave a long term historical mark on American society, a mark far outlasting their term as President. How a President leaves this historical mark is often unnoticed or overlooked—it happens by making judicial appointments.

Obama’s appointments to the Court of Appeals will leave an indelible and historical mark…one that will impact American society for years to come.

Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy.

For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees.

Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only one of those courts had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat.

The shift, one of the most significant but unheralded accomplishments of the Obama era, is likely to have ramifications for how the courts decide the legality of some of the president’s most controversial actions on health care, immigration and clean air. Since today’s Congress has been a graveyard for legislative accomplishment, these judicial confirmations are likely to be among its most enduring acts. Read more at The New York Times.

Obama’s legacy will have a long life through the key appointments he made on the judiciary.  

SARAH PALIN: ‘I Owe America A Global Apology’

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she owes America “a global apology” for her and John McCain’s 2008 loss in the presidential race against then-Sen. Barack Obama.

In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity which aired after President Obama announced his four-part strategy to fight against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, Palin said as she watched the speech “the thought going through my mind is ‘I owe America a global apology.’ Because John McCain, through all of this, John McCain should be our president.” Read more at Business Insider

Somehow Palin, who is (once again) misguided, does not think the President is taking the ISIS issue seriously. Palin’s statement is another example of why we are happy she is not the Vice President—McCain Palin would take irresponsible steps based on political motivations not the facts.

Maybe, before making her apologies Palin needs to read up on ISIS and its goals.  Moreover, ISIS isn’t even strong enough to topple the Iraqi or Syrian governments at present. Therefore, Palin needs to stop apologizing and start reading…

A little education takes you a long way.


It’s disgusting, and it’s still about race: Southern Republicans simply don’t want minorities to vote

Voter ID laws are designed to supress the vote.  It is part of a larger strategy to keep voters from the polls.  This article from Salon reveals additional facts about the GOP strategy to win.  

"Sometimes conservative politicians, particularly those who hail from the South, accidentally forget to dog-whistle and they say what’s really on their minds. It’s always revealing.

Take the Georgia secretary of state, for instance, who just this week gave a speech about voting “integrity” and told his Republican audience, “the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.” That was actually a rare slip-up in an otherwise pretty slick speech where he obliquely referred to ACORN and its alleged misdeeds and bragged about how the state is making it really complicated to register online so as to root out (nonexistent) voter fraud, wink, wink. (That last seems like a dubious strategy for a party that is dependent on elderly, rural white voters …)

But after you isolate all the clever obfuscation, you see that he is simply saying that Democrats are registering too many racial minorities and that will inevitably hurt the ball team. This is, of course, an old story that goes back to Reconstruction. In those days the Southern conservatives all gathered in the Democratic Party, but any party with which those particular folks identify gets upset at the prospect of racial minorities voting. Such things as “citizenship tests” and poll taxes are no longer available to them so they have to rely on subtler ways to ensure that this group of citizens are kept from voting their interests.” Read more at Salon.


NPR ISIS, ISIL Or Islamic State: What’s In A Name?

The Obama administration favors the term ISIL. Many Western news outlets have switched to calling the group “the Islamic State.” And in general, ISIS might be the most ubiquitous acronym.

All three terms refer to the terrorist group that rose to prominence this summer, taking over parts of Iraq and Syriadeclaring a new caliphate and beheading two American journalists. Why is there so much disagreement over what, exactly, to call them?

The South Will Rise Again…

“The neo-Confederate organization is training to advance a second southern secession by any means necessary.”

Are we going to face our own terrorist threat from within? Any means necessary sounds like ISIL.

“After years of rhetoric threatening violence, the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS) is training a uniformed, paramilitary unit tasked with advancing a second southern secession by any means necessary, Hatewatch has learned.

According to anonymous sources from within the LOS, as well as leaked internal communications, the LOS secret unit has been dubbed “The Indomitables”and appears to be stacked with white supremacists, former Klan members and neo-Nazis.” Salon

The Indomitable sounds like the American ISIL looking to destroy from within.