October 10th, 2014
CNN / By Jim Acosta, Senior White House Correspondent
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Washington (CNN) -- At pricey fundraisers -- where there's plenty of freedom to offer an unvarnished view of the world away from the cameras -- President Barack Obama is sounding increasingly pessimistic about his party's chances in the midterm elections.
At a Thursday fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Obama complained Democrats have a "congenital disease" during midterm cycles, repeating a diagnosis he has used before. "We get depressed too easily," Obama joked. "We're terrible at paying attention to midterm elections," he continued.
The gloomy mood is understandable. Former top Cabinet secretaries, and even Jimmy Carter, are hammering his policies. Key Democratic candidates are avoiding him, and in at least one case, unwilling to say if she voted for him.
Next month's elections loom at a moment of great hand-wringing for the president's party. Understanding full well Obama's unpopularity is a drag on some Democrats in tight congressional races, White House officials are signaling to party leaders and campaign managers alike there will be no consequences should they run away from the president in order to win.
Obama has yet to acknowledge his own weak standing with the public at any of his political events. Instead, the president appears to blame what he describes as obstructionist Republicans and a polarized, vapid news media.
"We live in such a cynical time, partly because of how the media is now structured," Obama said at Paltrow's home. "We only listen to folks who feed our biases and our inclinations. And bad news tends to attract the most attention," he added.
At an earlier event in the day, Obama used stark language to label House Republican refusals to pass immigration reform "suicide."
The president seemed to retool at least part of his midterm pitch, after declaring his policies are "on the ballot" in November, a line that his former strategist David Axelrod called a mistake. In Hollywood, there was a re-write to that declaration.
"My name is not on the ballot," Obama said in Los Angeles. "But our values and our ideals... are at stake," he added, avoiding any reference to his "policies."
Democratic candidates in critical races across the country are scrambling to distance themselves from both Obama and his policies, especially in the south where the president remains deeply unpopular.
In Kentucky, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to answer whether she had ever voted for Obama during an appearance before the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board Thursday.
"You know, this election isn't about the president," Grimes said. "I was actually, in '08, a delegate for Hillary Clinton," she added.
As he starts his own midterm push, the president is sticking to friendlier turf. In California, he made an unannounced stop at the campaign office of Democratic congressional candidate Ted Lieu, a state senator running for the seat vacated by outgoing Rep. Henry Waxman (D) California.
"California is right at the heart of the battle for control of the House," Obama said to volunteers at Lieu's call center. "Because of just the day-to-day work you're doing, making phone calls, making sure our voters turn out, answering people's questions about what the issues are, it makes a difference -- that's how I was able to get elected."
White House officials reject the notion that the president's mood is grim. Obama's message at upcoming public campaign events will likely differ in tone and substance from remarks he makes at fundraisers, another official added.
Obama will campaign with Connecticut governor Dan Malloy on October 15, White House officials announced Thursday. Obama's advisers argue the president still has the ability to excite base Democratic party supporters who were instrumental to his two successful runs for the White House. Steering clear of Obama, they argue, is also a gamble.
"We're not bringing him in to suppress voter turnout, if that's what you're asking," Malloy quipped to the Connecticut Post.
As soon as the president steps onto the stage in Connecticut, the president's rhetoric will be placed under a microscope.
"Not a great way to go out of office, angry and blaming the system," former presidential adviser and CNN political analyst David Gergen said. "My sense of it is he's on an emotional roller coaster," Gergen added.
Once the midterms are over, Gergen suggested a reshuffling of top White House staff to buoy the president's prospects for his final years in office.
"If he shook it up a little bit, that would help," Gergen said.
October 10th, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (CBS Houston/AP) — An Oklahoma City hospital is reportedly treating a patient exhibiting possible Ebola symptoms.
KOKH-TV reports that Deaconess Hospital has isolated the patient after arriving to the hospital Thursday night. The Oklahoma State Health Department tells KOKH that the patient’s landlord was recently in West Africa.
A hospital spokesperson states that it is not yet a confirmed case of Ebola and that they are acting with caution while following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..
This Ebola scare comes as airline passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will face temperature checks using no-touch thermometers and other screening measures at five U.S. airports, starting with New York’s Kennedy International on Saturday. The measures, aimed at identifying sickly passengers from countries experiencing the Ebola outbreak, will expand over the next week to Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, Chicago’s O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airports.
Though airline passengers may find it intrusive to have their temperature taken or directed against their wishes to seek medical care, the government has wide power when it comes to public health and border control, experts say, including quarantine and isolation. Courts would likely defer to the judgment of public health professionals in the event someone sued over what they saw as an intrusion of civil liberties.
“You are subject to an entrance screening per the laws of the land,” said Rebecca Katz, an associate professor of public health policy at George Washington University. “You can choose not to be screened, but then you don’t get to come into the country.”
The CDC cite as legal authority the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, under which the government regulates trade with foreign countries. Separately, the 1944 Public Health Service Act also allows the federal government to take action to prevent communicable diseases from spreading into the country or between states.
A U.S. citizen who presents a heightened risk of disease upon arrival at the United States has a legal right to re-enter the country and be safely quarantined, said Lawrence Gostin, a public health law expert at Georgetown University. That same guarantee would not apply to non-U.S. citizens, but as a practical matter, giving them immediate treatment might be safer than putting them on a plane back home.
The list of diseases for which quarantine is authorized by law includes cholera, smallpox, plague and viral hemorrhagic fever, which includes Ebola. It can be extended to include other illnesses, as has occurred in the past decade with presidential executive orders authorizing quarantines to deal with outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, and later, bird flu.
The CDC has said it issues a few isolation orders a year — which separates sick people from those who aren’t ill — and usually for individuals arriving from other countries with infectious tuberculosis. A federal quarantine, which separates people exposed to a communicable disease but who aren’t showing symptoms, is very rarely used.
October 10th, 2014
WELDON SPRING, Mo) A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.
Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007 and soon afterward started seeing brown recluse spiders everywhere, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . Once when showering, Susan Trost dodged a spider as it fell from the ceiling and washed down the drain.
She told St. Louis television station KMOV-TV in 2012 the spiders "started bleeding out of the walls," and at least two pest control companies were unable to eradicate the infestation.
The couple filed a claim in 2008 with their insurance company, State Farm, and a lawsuit against the home's previous owners for not disclosing the brown recluse problem.
At a civil trial in St. Charles County in October 2011, University of Kansas biology professor Jamel Sandidge — considered one of the nation's leading brown recluse researchers — estimated there were between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders in the home. Making matters worse, he said, those calculations were made in the winter when the spiders are least active.
The jury awarded the couple slightly more than $472,000, but the former owners declared bankruptcy, the insurance company still didn't pay anything and the couple moved out two years ago.
The home, now owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association, was covered with nine tarps this week and workers filled it with a gas that permeated the walls to kill the spiders and their eggs.
"There'll be nothing alive in there after this," said Tim McCarthy, president of the company hired to fix the problem once and for all.
October 10th, 2014
Why has the President come out almost consistently defending against the dangers of Ebola? It's "hard to catch?"
Seriously Mr. President?
If that's the case then why is there all of a sudden a shortage of bio-hazard suits?
Maybe it's for the same reason he defends the excesses of Islam constantly; because he's made it the politically correct thing to do, nevermind his stealthy motivations.
Oh, but like ebola, Islam is apparently "hard to catch" as well, judging by Obama's anemic air attack strategy against Isis.
Indeed, now we have blacks calling deaths from ebola racist, just as we've heard that Islamophobia is racist....
(CNSNews.com) - Speaking in a video message to residents of West African countries currently experiencing outbreaks of Ebola, President Barack Obama dispensed advice on how residents can avoid the disease, including:"You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus."
At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans who travel to the Ebola-stricken nations to "avoid public transportation."
“First, Ebola is not spread through the air like the flu,” Obama said in the video released by the White House Thursday. “You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone one a bus. You cannot get it from another person until they start showing symptoms of the disease, like fever.”
Obama also said that “the most common way you can get Ebola is by touching the body fluids of someone who is sick or has died from it, like their sweat, saliva or blood, or through a contaminated item like a needle.”
The CDC, however, is advising aid workers and others who travel to countries currently experiencing Ebola outbreaks to “avoid public transportation” if they develop a fever or experience other Ebola-like symptoms while on their trip.
Listed among their online recommendations for travelers journeying to Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria or Sierra Leone, the CDC advises travelers who begin to exhibit possible Ebola symptoms and choose to visit a doctor to “Limit your contact with other people when you travel to the doctor; avoid public transportation.”
The CDC also told travelers with Ebola symptoms, “Do not travel anywhere except to the doctor’s office or hospital.”
October 10th, 2014
2 Million Bikers Contributor and Speaker Jan Morgan needs Conservatives to ring the wagons, as she comes under national fire for taking a logical and yet completely "politically incorrect" stand against the so-called "religion of peace."
Moreover, after the Oklahoma beheading by a previously unknown Jihadist in addition to the Fort Hood mass-killing by yet another Muslim Jihadist, Boston Bombings etc, Jan's contention rings as completely logical, especially after threats by ISIS to attack Americans on our own soil.
Isn't it funny how the the Liberal's battlecry of a "right to choose" only applies when an infant's life is about to be taken?
A Muslim civil rights group is asking the Department of Justice to investigate an Arkansas shooting range whose owner recently declared it a "Muslim-free zone."
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jenifer Wicks, a lawyer for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), writes that the declaration is "a violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination" and "will inevitably result in a hostile environment for ordinary Muslims in Arkansas."
"This is not a coffee and donut shop," Jan Morgan, owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Ark., wrote in an online post last month. "This is a live fire indoor shooting range ... Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?"
Morgan, who says she has "read and studied" the Koran thoroughly, found "109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam."
"People who shoot at my range come from all religious backgrounds," she wrote. "I do not care about their religious beliefs until or unless those beliefs command them to commit violent crimes against innocent people and I witness those crimes increasing, as we all have lately."
Morgan claims that when she received her license to sell guns, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives informed her "that if we feel ANY reason for concern about selling someone a firearm, even sense that something is not right about an individual, or if we are concerned about that [person's] mental state, even if they pass a background check, we do not have to sell that person a gun. Two different ATF agents stressed that it is better to err on the side of caution. In other words, a federal agency has given [gun shops] discretion on firearms deals.
"I understand that not all Muslims are terrorists," Morgan continued. "I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible. Since I have no way of discerning which Muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their Koran, I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons."....