Emory Backtracks on Claims DeKalb Threatened to Cut Sewer Lines Over Ebola Patients

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DeKalb County Threatened to Cut Emory Sewer Lines Over Ebola Fears (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EBOLA VIRUS: DeKalb County threatened to cut off the sewer lines to Emory University in August, when Ebola patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and mission worker Nancy Writebol, arrived at the hospital for treatment, the New York Times reports:

Federal health officials have offered repeated assurances that most American hospitals can safely treat Ebola, but Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which had years of preparation for just such a crisis, found out how hard that is while it cared for three Ebola patients.

As doctors and nurses there worked to keep desperately ill patients alive in August, the county threatened to disconnect Emory from sewer lines if Ebola wastes went down the drain. The company that hauled medical trash to the incinerator refused to take anything used on an Ebola patient unless it was sterilized first. Couriers would not drive the patients’ blood samples a few blocks away for testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And pizza places would not deliver to staff members in any part of the hospital.

This comes as the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll found a majority of Americans are concerned about the deadly virus:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the United States, and about the same amount say they want flight restrictions from the countries in West Africa where the disease has quickly spread.

A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows 67 percent of people say they would support restricting entry to the United States from countries struggling with Ebola. Another 91 percent would like to see stricter screening procedures at U.S. airports in response to the disease’s spread.

Ebola has entered the political fray. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is testing an Internet ad blaming the GOP-led budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and other health agencies for a lack of preparation in a potential pandemic, while protecting tax breaks for special interests like big oil:

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Ebola enters politics as Democrats blame GOP for budget cuts to CDC

This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that Ebola epidemic could lead to failed states, BBC News reports. WHO chief Margaret Chan ssaid the outbreak, which has killed about 4,000 people in West Africa, has led to a “crisis for international peace and security.” She warned that the cost of panic is “spreading faster than the virus,” BBC News reports.

UPDATE # 10/14/14 5:09 P.M.:  Emory is backtracking on claims DeKalb County threatened to cut sewer lines over Ebola patients. Vincent Dollard, associate vice president of health science communication released the following statement to the Political Insider:

“Emory University Hospital has been treating patients with Ebola virus disease in its Serious Communicable Diseases Unit since August 2. During the early stages of this pioneering treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States, Emory established waste management protocols with local utilities and vendors, along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Emory and DeKalb County did communicate about waste management. However, Emory was mistaken in saying that DeKalb County threatened to disconnect it from the sewer line.

“Emory used a large autoclave to sterilize medical waste so that it could be removed by its waste management vendor.

“Originally, couriers would not drive blood samples from Emory to CDC, but that was quickly resolved in discussions with CDC.

“And pizza delivery to the hospital was refused by at least one vendor early in the process.”

Oil Company VP Charlotte Lucas Goes on Facebook Rant About “Minorities”

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Oil Company VP Charlotte Lucas Goes on Epic Facebook Rant About “Minorities” (Photo credit: Indy Channel Video Screengrab)


Nothing like a one-percenter ranting about minorities….Charlotte Frances, vice president of Lucas Oil, which she co-founded with her husband in 1989, went on a sickening Facebook rant about atheists, Muslims and “other minority group[s]” that tell the “majority” what to do, The Indy Channel reports.

“I’m sick and tired of minorities running our country!” Lucas wrote. “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think that atheists (minority), muslims [sic] (minority) nor any other minority group has the right to tell the majority of the people in the United States what they can and cannot do here. Is everyone so scared that they can’t fight back for what is right or wrong with his country?”

Here’s a screenshot of Charlotte Lucas’ rant:

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Oil Company Executive Charlotte Lucas’ sickening Facebook rant

But she didn’t back down when confronted by Call 6 Investigators:

“I was very upset when I wrote that,” she said. “I will not elaborate other than to say that there are certain people who are trying to make the whole world eat what they want to eat and do what they want to do. I don’t think it’s any of their business what I put in my mouth. Thank you.”

Spoken like a true one-percenter turning her nose up at the rest of America….Only the rich white people in America have a right to speak up, right? Gee, I wonder how many atheists, Muslims and “other minorities” work for Lucas Oil?

Democratic Candidates Cringe Over Obama’s “These Policies Are On the Ballot” Comment

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Democrats Cringed Over Obama’s “These Policies Are On the Ballot” Comment

President Obama gave Republicans a gift today. He uttered 28 words during his speech at Northwestern University that made every Democrat running for election or reelection next month and possibly 2016 cringe:  “I am not on the ballot this fall.  Michelle’s pretty happy about that.  But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot.  Every single one of them.” 

Here’s more on the impact of President Obama’s words:

So, why did Obama say it? My guess is that he wanted to make the stakes clear to a Democratic base that, by virtually every polling measure I’ve seen, is less enthusiastic to turn out and vote on Nov. 4 than Republicans.  The idea being that if you like Obama and his policies — which his base, especially African Americans, still do — then you need to show it by going out and voting.  The Obama political team is working under the assumption that if you dislike President Obama, nothing he says or does is going to change that reality. So, why not show the Democratic base that this election is worth fighting for? I think that underestimates the impact of an unpopular president (on video no less!) bluntly insisting that an election in 33 days is indeed a referendum on his policies. Republicans couldn’t have written a better script than that.

President Obama seems to be as toxic as George W. Bush was in his second term. It will be interesting to see how the elections play out next month. That will undoubtedly set the stage for the 2016 presidential election.

Secret Service Blunder: Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Enters White House

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Secret Service Blunder: Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Enters White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to yet another Secret Service lapse, President Obama seems to be more vulnerable than we think. An intruder, identified as Omar Gonzalez, was able to jump the White House fence and enter the front door of the North Portico before he was apprehended. This is unacceptable and shameful on so many levels.

President Obama and his daughters had departed for Camp David minutes before Gonzalez pulled his stunt. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of the presidential residence.

This is yet another devastating incident of failure on the part of the U.S. Secret Service. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), who chairs the House subpanel on national security oversight, called the Secret Service blunder “totally unacceptable.”

Chaffetz said, “Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job.” Adding, “These are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer.”

The officers who apprehended Omar Gonzalez, of Copperas Cove, TX., say he had a small pocket knife, though initial reports said he was unarmed. He was charged with unlawful entry into the White House and is facing a weapons charge for the knife. Gonzalez was taken to an area hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Separately, less than 24 hours after Omar Gonzalez was arrested for entering the White House, a second man was apprehended after he drove up to the White House gate and refused to leave, the Associated Press reports.

Less than 24 hours after Gonzalez’ arrest, a second man was apprehended after he drove up to a White House gate and refused to leave, the Secret Service said, prompting bomb technicians in full gear to search the vehicle as agents shut down nearby streets.

Georgia Has Highest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.

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Georgia Has Highest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.

Georgia has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S., according to newly released report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gov. Nathan Deal, who is in a tight reelection race, suggested that politicking is behing the “historically faulty” data.

Georgia Democratic Party chairman DuBose Porter said: “You know it’s bad when Mississippi is saying, “Thank goodness for Georgia.”” The comment was based on the fact that Georgia had the second-worst unemployment rate, behind only Mississippi, for July. That rate improved in August to 7.9 percent while Georgia’s numbers inched up.

Here’s the chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Unemployment Rates for States
Monthly Rankings
Seasonally Adjusted
Aug. 2014p
Rank State Rate
1 NORTH DAKOTA 2.8
2 NEBRASKA 3.6
2 SOUTH DAKOTA 3.6
2 UTAH 3.6
5 VERMONT 4.1
6 HAWAII 4.3
6 MINNESOTA 4.3
8 NEW HAMPSHIRE 4.4
9 IOWA 4.5
10 WYOMING 4.6
11 IDAHO 4.7
11 MONTANA 4.7
11 OKLAHOMA 4.7
14 KANSAS 4.9
15 COLORADO 5.1
16 TEXAS 5.3
17 MAINE 5.6
17 VIRGINIA 5.6
17 WASHINGTON 5.6
17 WISCONSIN 5.6
21 OHIO 5.7
22 INDIANA 5.8
22 LOUISIANA 5.8
22 MASSACHUSETTS 5.8
22 PENNSYLVANIA 5.8
26 ARKANSAS 6.3
26 FLORIDA 6.3
26 MISSOURI 6.3
29 MARYLAND 6.4
29 NEW YORK 6.4
29 SOUTH CAROLINA 6.4
32 DELAWARE 6.5
33 CONNECTICUT 6.6
33 NEW JERSEY 6.6
33 WEST VIRGINIA 6.6
36 ILLINOIS 6.7
36 NEW MEXICO 6.7
38 ALASKA 6.8
38 NORTH CAROLINA 6.8
40 ALABAMA 6.9
41 ARIZONA 7.1
41 KENTUCKY 7.1
43 OREGON 7.2
44 CALIFORNIA 7.4
44 MICHIGAN 7.4
44 TENNESSEE 7.4
47 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 7.6
47 NEVADA 7.6
49 RHODE ISLAND 7.7
50 MISSISSIPPI 7.9
51 GEORGIA 8.1

 

Michael Moore: History Will Only Remember Obama as a Black President

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Michael Moore: History Will Only Remember Obama as a Black President (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)


Filmmaker Michael Moore slammed President Obama, saying “when the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: he was the first black president, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Moore made the comments about Obama’s legacy while speaking at the Toronto Film Festival. He said being remembered as the black president isn’t bad, he’s sure Obama wishes he would be remembered for accomplishing a few other things.

Moore said he’s not confident President Obama will achieve any milestones during the rest of his term in office.

Michael Moore, who was a staunch Obama supporter during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, has become disillusioned with the president over NSA spying scandal, drone strikes and campaign financing.

This comes as Bill Maher said he may support Rand Paul in the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton.

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Public Corruption

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Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Public Corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of public corruption and face decades in prison. They will be sentenced on January 6, the Washington Post reports.

A federal jury found Bob McDonnell, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party, guilty on 11 counts, and his wife guilty on nine counts. The couple was accused of taking lavish vacations, gifts, golf outings and $120,000 in sweetheart loans from a Richmond businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

Bob McDonnell is the first governor in Virginia’s history to be charged with a crime and to be convicted of one.

McDonnell was acquitted of lying on loan documents. His wife was also acquitted of lying on a loan document, but among the nine charges she was convicted with, obstruction of justice was one.

Virginia Attorney General on McDonnell verdict: ‘We have a long way to go to restore the public’s trust after this embarrassing and difficult period for the Commonwealth of Virginia. If there was somehow still any doubt, it should be crystal clear that the people of Virginia deserve real ethics reform that will turn off the spigot of gifts, tickets, and trips that opens the door to abuse and undermines public confidence in our government’ – @MarkHerringVA

Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Resigns Over 2012 Bribery Scandal

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Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Resigns Over 2012 Bribery Scandal

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager, Jesse Benton, resigned over his alleged role in a 2012 bribery scandal. The Kentucky Herald-Leader reports Benton met with McConnell on Friday afternoon and gave the Senate Minority leader his resignation letter.

Jesse Benton’s resignation is effective Saturday.

The bribery scandal stems from when he was the political director for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) 2012 presidential campaign and could be a major headache for Mitch McConnell as he faces a tough reelection challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergran Grimes.  Benton said he is innocent and blamed his troubles on “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors.”

Benton’s resignation comes two days after former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) pleaded guilty to taking $73,000 from Rep. Paul’s campaign in exchange for his endorsement. Sorenson also pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge for lying about his role in the exchange. The guilty plea included two sealed documents that could lead back to Benton.

 

Jason Carter Plans to Boost Education Funding by Going After Tax Cheats

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Jason Carter Plans to Boost Education Funding by Going After Tax Cheats

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter plans to boost education funding if he defeats Gov. Nathan Deal in November by going after tax cheats.

Here’s more from the Political Insider:

“There’s $2.5 billion that is uncollected out there from people who are cheating on their taxes, and against whom we aren’t enforcing the law,” the Atlanta state senator said. “That’s $2.5 billion dollars of money that’s gone uncollected by our state government for years now.”

He’s referring to a state audit released in January that encouraged revenue officials to step up efforts to collect back taxes. The report estimates that $4.4 billion is owed to the state, but at least $1.9 billion in taxes is unlikely to be collected due to errors, bankruptcies or closed accounts.

That leaves a pot of $2.5 billion that could be tapped. But even that number is squishy. Revenue officials estimate that about $800 million of that sum is from accounts that are at least 15 years old – and thus much harder to collect. By contrast, some $500 million is lower-hanging fruit – from debt less than four years old.

Carter’s idea isn’t novel. Georgia governors have long vowed to step up tax enforcement by bolstering the revenue department’s investigative wing. The audit noted that a $27 million expansion of the tax compliance division partly under Deal’s watch (in fiscal years 2011 and 2012) helped hire an additional 150 employees. In all, it said, a $67 million investment on tax compliance activities in 2013 yielded more than $450 million in financial benefits to the state.

Carter said state government should step up its investment in pursuing tax cheats and rooting out wasteful spending.

This comes as Jason Carter was endorsed by the Georgia Association of Educators. Not sure if this endorsement will make a difference.

GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King

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GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King (Photo credit: MichelleNunn.com)

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn’s campaign is getting a boost from singer Carole King. The singer/songwriter is in Atlanta to host a fundraiser and do some charity work on Nunn’s behalf.

Of course, the Republicans couldn’t wait to pounce, noting her background as an environmental activist. Yep, they are trying to make her out as a climate change nutjob. SMH.

This comes as the Democrats are aiming to ratchet up their pressure on Gov. Nathan Deal over his ethics problems and the issue of his executive orders being taken offline. To be fair, some have reappeared after his office got such negative publicity over the matter. Makes one wonder what else is Gov. Deal hiding.