Former DC Mayor, Civil Rights Activist Marion Barry Dies At Age 78

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Former DC Mayor, Civil Rights Activist Marion Barry Dies At Age 78

Former Washington D.C. mayor and civil rights activist Marion Barry dies at age 78. Barry, who was dogged by allegations of drug and alcohol abuse during his longtime stint as mayor, was a council member of Washington’s 8th ward at the time of his death, the Washington Post reports. He was elected four times as Washington D.C. mayor.

The cause of Marion Barry’s death is unknown, but his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said he collapsed outside his home. He died shortly after midnight at the United Medical Center, after he was released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday.

Statement from Marion Barry’s office : “It is with deep regret that the family of former Four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed.” – @mattacklandfox5
You will recall in 1990 Barry was caught on a grainy video lighting a crack pipe in a downtown Washington D.C. hotel with a much younger woman. When FBI burst in the room Barry said “she set me up!”

Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman “Despot” Catiline Over Immigration Plan

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Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman “Despot” Catiline Over Immigration Plan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Ted Cruz, who engineered the government shutdown, is spouting off over President Obama’s immigration plan by comparing him to Roman despot Catiline (Lucius Sergius Catilina). Really Mr. Green Eggs and Ham, Roman orations?

“When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?” he said, using the beginning of Cicero’s First Oration Against Catiline.

By substituting Obama’s name for Catiline’s, Cruz compared the president to a figure who sought to violently overthrow the Roman republic.

His speech comes hours before the president is expected to offer temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and reform the immigration system by executive order. Source:  The Hill

I am guessing by Sen. Ted Cruz’s standards, his father, who is an immigrant, should high-tail it back to Cuba. Since he came to the U.S. via trickery.

Here’s more from around the Internet on President Obama’s immigration dare:

Rick Klein: “He’s daring Republicans to offer their sharpest reactions. Everything from government shutdowns to lawsuits to, yes, impeachment will be in the mix, with the driving consensus that the party needs to do something to register its extreme disapproval.”

“He’s daring them to offer and pass a different set of policies. The fact that the substance of the executive order won’t take effect for six months gives the new GOP majority in Congress another half year to do what Congress hasn’t been able to do over the decade immigration reform has been on the agenda.”

New York Times: President Obama “chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants.”

Adding, “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

Politico: “Obama directly challenged congressional opponents, declaring his intentions to fight back against any challenges to his authority.”

Wall Street Journal: “This much is clear: President Obama sets off an explosion with his plan to act on his own to change the nation’s immigration practices. What’s less clear is what happens next.”

President Obama to Address Nation on Immigration Reform

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President Obama to Address Nation on Immigration Reform (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

The heads of Republicans are exploding over President Obama’s imminent executive order for immigration reform that is expected to shield five million illegal immigrants.

Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.  Source: WhiteHouse.Gov

Alfre Woodard Plays First Female POTUS in NBC’s “State of Affairs”

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Alfre Woodard Plays First Female POTUS in NBC’s “State of Affairs” (Photo Credit: NBC TV)

Alfre Woodard will take on a historic role in NBC’s upcoming pilot series “State of Affairs,” airing Monday night as President Constance Payton. Talk about an interesting plot — the nation’s first black female president.

The drama also stars Katherine Heigl, who had an acrimonious departure from Shonda Rhimes’Grey’s Anatomy.” This time around, Heigl is the executive producer of “State of Affairs.”

Heigl plays Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a CIA analyst who delivers the president’s daily briefing. There’s another twist to this story — Charlie is still dealing with the death of her fiance during a terrorist attack in Kabul. Her fiance happens to be President Constance Payton’s son.

It will be interesting to see how this fares, considering “Madam Secretary,” which stars Tea Leoni, is a success.

 

Was President Obama’s Leadership Reason for Massive Midterm Election Defeat?

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Was President Obama’s Leadership Reason for Massive Midterm Election Defeat? (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama and his aides on are on the offensive over the midterm election shellacking the Democratic Party took on Tuesday. They “are arguing that the stinging defeat Democrats suffered at the polls Tuesday wasn’t a rejection of the policies he’s advocated over the past six years, citing evidence of popular support for his agenda even as voters turned against his party,” Politico reports.

“But that line of argument might not be the best one to boost Obama’s post-midterm standing, as it leads to a conclusion even more uncomfortable for the White House: that voters were instead passing judgment on Obama himself.” Um, so what was the reason for the defeat? Obama’s leadership?

While President Obama may shoulder some of the blame, let’s not ignore the party’s role. He was toxic to many candidates and they ran from his record, rather than crafting a message accentuating the positives. Alison Lundergran-Grimes came across as spineless for refusing to admit she voted for the President, despite being a delegate at the convention.

Poll: Democrat Michelle Nunn Leads David Perdue in GA Senate Race

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Poll: Democrat Michelle Nunn Leads David Perdue in GA Senate Race (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn leads her Republican rival, David Perdue (outsourcing king) in the latest polls.

A new CNN/ORC poll in finds Nunn with a slight lead over Perdue, 47% to 44%.

If neither candidate reaches the 50% needed on Election Day, hypothetically, Michelle Nunn still holds a small margin over David Perdue, 51% to 47%.

The same CNN poll also finds Democrat Jason Carter leading Republican Nathan Deal in the governor’s race, 48% to 46%.

 

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.