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Ted Cruz’s Senior Adviser Blames Obamacare for Ebola, Then Says It Was “Sarcasm”

The hoary old “sarcasm” excuse again
Wingnuts • Views: 391

Here’s today’s example of right wing humor, which doesn’t really resemble the thing most of us know as “humor.” After the news broke about Dr. Craig Spencer testing positive for Ebola in New York City last night, Ted Cruz’s senior adviser and deputy chief of staff Nick Muzin took to his Twitter account to blame Obamacare for the US Ebola cases. Because of course he did. Humor!

When people started reacting to this crazy comment, because let’s face it, it’s really pretty awful, Muzin quickly deleted his tweet. Then, a few minutes later, possibly after a conversation with his boss, he decided to haul out the favorite conservative excuse for saying horrible things without actually apologizing:

They never get tired of the hoary old “sarcasm” excuse.

An Amazing Artist From Iceland: Ásgeir - NPR Tiny Desk Concert

In the silence
Music • Views: 4,931

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When he was 20, Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson released an album in Iceland, sung in Icelandic, with many of the words written by his father. Dýrð í dauðaþögn became the biggest-selling debut in Icelandic music history. A year or so later, he rerecorded that album in English under the name In The Silence, with translation help from John Grant — an American singer-songwriter (and Tiny Desk veteran) now living in Iceland.

Ásgeir’s voice is angelic and yearning, his songs simple and universal. At the Tiny Desk, his raw, slowed-down arrangements bring a sense of grace to what were already elegant songs. On piano, with simple guitar accompaniment from his childhood friend Julius Róbertsson, Ásgeir strips these spare tunes down even further, locating their essence in the process. It’s been a wonderful year for the singer: His U.S. tour is wrapping up on the West Coast, and many in the U.S. have discovered his music in 2014. If you haven’t done so yet, here’s your Ásgeir moment.—BOB BOILEN

SET LIST:
“On That Day”
“Torrent”
“Higher”

CREDITS:
Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Colin Marshall, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Susan Hale Thomas; photo by Susan Hale Thomas/NPR

NYC Doctor Who Treated Ebola Patients in Guinea Tests Positive

Still needs to be confirmed with more tests, though
Health • Views: 6,356

Tonight the New York Times is reporting that an American doctor who recently returned to the US after working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea has tested positive for Ebola in an initial test, after developing a fever this morning.

All of his contacts are now being traced, but he was monitoring his own health and since he showed no symptoms until this morning, it’s unlikely he passed the disease to anyone else.

Bad news, but people like this who’ve had very close contact with sick patients are the ones most at risk of contracting the disease. Since the virus was diagnosed early, he has a good chance of recovering.

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test.

[…]

Dr. Spencer had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, treating Ebola patients, before returning to New York City on Oct. 14, according to a city official.

Mid-Term Elections Are Incredibly Close - and Incredibly Important

Voting is a must
Politics • Views: 7,071

The Senate and Governor races this year are incredibly close, according to the polling: Look How Close Democrats Are to Winning … and Losing.

Using the poll aggregator at the Huffington Post, I’ve compiled the current state of the hottest races this cycle, as well as what would happen if Dems shift the numbers a mere two points, then three points:

In the Senate, if the election was held today and these numbers held up, Republicans would pick up AR, AK, CO, IA, LA, MT, SD, and WV. They would lose Kansas for a net pick up of seven seats, or a 52-48 Mitch McConnell majority. Heck, at that point Kansas Independent Greg Orman would try to caucus with Republicans, and if they took him, that would be a 53-47 GOP majority.

But slide those numbers over just three points — easily doable if we get our “non-likely” voters to the polls, and things change significantly. Suddenly, Republicans are only assured of pickups in AK, LA, MT, and WV, with losses in Kansas and a too-close-to-call race in Arkansas (Blue), Kentucky (Red), and probably South Dakota. Even if they squeaked by in those three states, they’d still be shy of the majority.

It’s vitally important for anyone who cares about liberal values to get out and vote in this upcoming election; it’s going to be very close and the enthusiasm of the base is what will make the difference. Will we see another Republican sweep? I certainly hope not; that would be a real disaster for the country in my opinion. But all of us need to do our part in getting out the vote if we’re going to have a chance of preventing it.

Chuck C. Johnson Fear-Mongering Again: “We Don’t Know” Where Louise Troh Is (Yes, We Do)

Relentlessly lying
Health • Views: 7,622

I noticed our pal Chuck C. Johnson trying to spread paranoia again on Twitter:

Absolutely ridiculous nonsense. Several news sources (including LGF) reported earlier this week that Thomas Eric Duncan’s fiancee Louise Troh has been cleared of the Ebola virus and released from quarantine, including the obscure ABC News: Ebola Quarantine Ends for Louise Troh With ‘Praise to God’.

When Louise Troh, the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan, emerged from a three week quarantine today she reached both hands up to heaven and said, “Praise to God.”

Troh has been in quarantine since Duncan was diagnosed with the disease. She was among 51 who were released from quarantine today.

Maybe Chuck is trying to say he wants to find out where Troh is right now, after being released, so he can publish her address for his knuckle-dragging readers even after she’s been found not to have Ebola; that’s his style.

Again, it’s just amazing how Chuck lies so relentlessly without ever correcting his false statements. He’s deliberately trying to incite as much panic as he can. This guy is one sick piece of work.

World Net Daily Founder Joseph Farah Celebrates Earth’s 6,028th Birthday

These people are not sane
Wingnuts • Views: 9,870

Would you be surprised to learn Joseph Farah, owner of the utterly deranged right wing Birther/conspiracy theory journal World Net Daily, is a dyed-in-the-wool young Earth creationist? No, you say? I didn’t think so. But today he removes all doubt with a loony screed that’s like reading a message from the Dark Ages: Was World Created 6,028 Years Ago Today?

Do you believe the world is hundreds of millions or even billions of years old as evolutionists do?

Or do you believe the Earth is much younger, in line with the biblical genealogies beginning with Adam and Eve?

People get annoyed with me when I raise this issue. They say, “Farah, why don’t you stick with politics, instead of science and religion?” They say I jeopardize my credibility in reporting the news and the pressing issues of the day.

That, of course, is ridiculous, because in order to “jeopardize” his credibility, Farah would first need to have some.

When I did a regular daily talk-radio show years ago, my producer would beg me not to go there, because, as he believed then, evolution was a matter of scientific proof, not a theory. (After listening to me talk about this topic day in and day out, he finally came around.)

(Probably just to shut him up.)

I take the Bible literally - and seriously. And the Bible strongly affirms a date in the neighborhood of 6,000 years, at least for the age of man, who was created on the sixth day, according to Genesis. If that’s not true, it calls into question the rest of the Bible’s accuracy.

Ya think? But of course, that will never do, because Farah needs to believe that a book that’s been translated and filtered and rewritten since the Bronze Age contains absolute literal truth in every word.

But hey? What about all those fossils of dinosaurs? Not a problem!

I know what some of you are thinking: “Farah, what about the dinosaurs that were tens of millions of years old? How do you explain that?” Quite simply, I don’t believe it. Throughout man’s history, in every culture, we have stories, pictures and sculptures depicting dragons and leviathans and sea serpents. Are we to believe these were all concocted in man’s imagination? Even the Bible references such observations. If behemoths like the one described in chapter 40 of the Book of Job somehow threatened the Bible account of history, I don’t think it would be there.

Hard to argue with logic like that.

Farah continues in this vein for a quite a while longer, but I had to stop after that paragraph, dear reader, because young Earth creationism makes me very irritable. But Farah’s blind stupidity is absolutely not unusual in the right wing, or even in the Republican Party. More than one GOP congressman would fall right in line with this anti-science gobbledegook.

These are the pig-ignorant fanatics who believe they should control America, folks.

(h/t: Right Wing Watch.)

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Trailer Is Pure Eye Candy

Arts • Views: 14,234

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Here’s two minutes and sixteen seconds of special effects awesomeness, as Marvel Entertainment releases the official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Good News From the Ebola Front: Nurse Amber Vinson Has Recovered Already

Beating the disease
Health • Views: 16,124

Tonight we have some good news about Amber Vinson, the second nurse diagnosed with Ebola after being in close contact with Liberian victim Thomas Eric Duncan: doctors at Emory University Hospital’s bio-containment facility are reportedly no longer able to detect the virus in her body.

And that means American medical care is now ahead of the curve on treating Ebola, since the other nurse who contracted the virus, Nina Pham, has also been cleared of the disease.

Here’s the statement from Amber Vinson’s family, via NBC Nightly News:

UPDATE at 10/22/14 5:52:38 pm by Charles Johnson

And more good news: the free lance NBC cameraman who came down with Ebola, Ashoka Mukpo, is also now a survivor.

Being young and healthy helped the NBC News freelancer diagnosed with Ebola defeat the virus, the doctors who treated him said at a press conference, NBC News reported. Ashoka Mukpo, who was on contract with NBC News when he got sick in Liberia, left the biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Wednesday after being declared Ebola-free. During his stay, Mukpo received an experimental pill as well as serum from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, doctors said Wednesday. He also received regular testing and electrolyte replacement, necessary during the mid-stages of Ebola disease as they tend to get flushed out with severe vomiting and diarrhea.

Gohmert! Gay Massages Will Destroy Our Military

Life according to Louie
Wingnuts • Views: 17,110

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Here he is again, folks, the Dumbest Man in Congress, with a truly crack-brained theory about why gays shouldn’t be allowed to serve in the military: because they’ll be sitting around getting gay massages instead of training for battle.

Louie always comes through with the craziest shit. Never change, Louie!

“I’ve had people say, ‘Hey, you know, there’s nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks,’” he said. “Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it’s a different kind of fighting, it’s a different kind of war and if you’re sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle, then you’re not going to last very long. It’s guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism and if that’s what you start doing in the military like the Greeks did … as people have said, ‘Louie, you have got to understand, you don’t even know your history.’ Oh yes I do. I know exactly. It’s not a good idea.”

Chuck C. Johnson Said “PD Sources” Told Him Ebola Confirmed in Newark - but He Was Lying Again

The Ginger Avenger strikes again
Wingnuts • Views: 19,177

When the news came out last night that a Liberian passenger who landed at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday afternoon had been held for evaluation of possible Ebola symptoms, self-proclaimed “award-winning journalist” Chuck C. Johnson wasted no time springing into action. The Ginger Avenger stated outright that we had a new case of Ebola in New Jersey, claimed he had police sources who told him it was confirmed, and boasted that he was showing up a journalist who accused him of fear-mongering.

So, after all that bragging and paranoia, can you guess what we’re finding out today?

The Wall Street Journal reports: Airline Passenger Taken to Newark Hospital Has Not Tested Positive for Ebola.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also announced that the passenger was asymptomatic and would soon be released.

That’s right, folks — this charlatan was lying again, just as he’s been spreading lies and fear ever since the first case of Ebola was confirmed. He doesn’t have any “PD sources.” No New Jersey cop would lie about something like this, for no reason, to a blogger in California.

Inciting fear of infectious disease to get attention for himself and his crummy blog, and just outright lying about it is pretty much the bottom of the barrel. Chuck C. Johnson is breaking new ground in right wing dishonesty and vileness.

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