George W. Bush’s former health secretary supports ‘very aggressive’ Ebola travel restrictionsPosted October 21, 2014 at 11:37 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Michael Leavitt, who served as Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush, on Tuesday recommended “serious” travel restrictions on anyone trying to enter the United States from a country experiencing an Ebola outbreak, until the situation in West Africa is under better control.
“I don’t know that blanket travel bans have worked,” he said on CSPAN Tuesday morning. “But I think having very serious travel restrictions, even to the point of saying if you come from an area where Ebola is prevalent, that we’re going to restrict your travel, I think that’s a reasonable approach.”
Blaze poll: Will Monica Lewinsky’s return to the spotlight help or hurt Hillary?Posted October 21, 2014 at 10:53 am by Mike Opelka
Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter on Monday, accumulating 50,000 followers in less than a day.
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 20, 2014
She also made a very public appearance, speaking to a crowd of 1,000 attendees of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Summit” in Philadelphia. For the first time, Lewinsky spoke publicly about her affair with then-President Bill Clinton.
The world’s most famous intern also declared herself “patient zero” and the first victim of online bullying. She said her new mission is to eliminate online bullying.
Lewinsky’s speech has drawn considerable media attention, with many asking if her return to public life will cause any problems for a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential run.
We would love to know what you think.
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Report says hundreds federal workers have been on paid leave for anywhere from 1 to 3 yearsPosted October 21, 2014 at 10:24 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that 263 federal workers have taken anywhere from one to three years of paid administrative leave between 2011 and 2013, and that taxpayers shelled out $31 million for all that paid time away from work.
The report also found that while 48 percent of federal workers took less than five days of paid leave from 2011 to 2013, 52 percent took six or more days of paid leave. GAO said 53,055 federal workers took one to three months of paid time off.
Nancy Pelosi wants to change federal regulations to let transgender people serve openly in the militaryPosted October 21, 2014 at 9:16 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for a change to a decades-old military regulation so transgender people can serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Leader Pelosi believes there is no place for discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces, including on the basis of gender identity,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told the Washington Blade last week.
A Blaze Books exclusive excerpt from Dana Loesch’s new ‘Hands off My Gun’Posted October 21, 2014 at 9:00 am by Benjamin Weingarten
TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch has a new book out today that is sure to make gun control activists apoplectic.
Loesch’s provocative new “Hands Off My Gun” provides the intellectual firepower to stifle even the most ardent Second Amendment opponents, drawing on Loesch’s personal experiences with anti-gun trolls and a vast amount of substantive research.
Below is a Blaze Exclusive excerpt from Loesch’s new book. Be sure to look for more coverage on TheBlaze Books including an in-depth interview on Dana’s new book coming shortly.
Introduction – Hands Off My Gun
When I was a little girl, my grandpa took me out in his backyard. He showed me how to shoot food cans with a BB gun, then he graduated me to playing with my male cousin’s little green army men. He was obviously the kind of person who Barack Obama had in mind when he famously and derisively mocked gun owners and other rural Americans as “bitter” “clingers.” Talking about visiting small-town Americans as if he were on some kind of safari, the elitist Harvard-trained community organizer, believing he was talking to donors in a private setting, confided his total contempt. “It’s not surprising then they get bitter,” he said. “They cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”
Well, I guess you could say my grandpa was an OBC, an Original Bitter Clinger. The man thought bankers were crooks, doctors were quacks, and that the only things you could count on in life were God, family, and a shotgun. He probably wouldn’t care much for Barack Obama—not, as Obama apparently assumed, because anyone who disagreed with him was a racist. Instead, it was because the president lacks what my grandpa had in abundance: common sense. Obama organized communities—whatever that means. My grandpa actually lived in a community, and my visits there really changed my life. Their little bolthole in the Ozarks was a sanctuary for a kid like me. The nearest supermarket was forty-five minutes away. If you needed beer or cheese in a pinch, the Mini Mart had you mostly covered; otherwise you killed it, milked it, caught it yourself, or distilled it in a bathtub. My grandparents ate everything they killed—raccoon, squirrel, fish, deer, turkey—and were grateful for nature’s bounty. They kept goats and harvested fresh eggs from their chickens most mornings. Grandpa would take his grandsons hunting with him and bring back whatever they killed, then let us granddaughters watch him skin and clean it in the backyard. One time he made me hold a squirrel’s legs while he pulled the fur off.
Title: Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America
Author: Dana Loesch
When I stayed with my grandparents during the falls and winters, I loved to curl up with blankets by their wood-heated stove. That often meant I’d wake up with whatever Grandpa killed last night carefully laid out as a joke beside me, their life- less eyes staring straight into mine.
Nothing my grandpa killed ever went to waste. That’s how bitter clingers work in a community: They live in harmony with nature because they rely on nature to provide and sustain them. Hunting out of season or thinning a herd too much meant destabilization. Bitter clingers are conservationists, not environmentalists. They don’t need bureaucrats in plush offices in Washington lecturing them about how to protect the land; the land is essential to their way of life.
My grandparents always had some of us grandkids staying with them. Bless them, they were never left to their own devices, and I’m not sure they would have known what to do if they ever were alone. They had a few bedrooms in their tiny house, but it didn’t matter: The youngest grandkids would all somehow find their way into Grandma and Grandpa’s bed and they slept there, much like a little kid crowds their bed with stuffed animals. As a result, Grandpa was always falling out of his own bed or some kid was falling and getting stuck between the mattress and the wall.
One summer night I slept in their bed with my younger cousin as the cool valley breeze blew through the window, rustling through the curtains. The chorus of frogs and crickets outside was broken by the sound of someone sobbing and running up my grandparents’ gravel drive. The storm door slammed and there was commotion. I learned at a young age that you hear more if you pretend to be asleep, so I did just that when Grandma rushed down the hall to check on us before hurrying back down the dark hall toward the light of the living room. The late-night visitor was their daughter, my aunt, clad in nothing but nightclothes. She had been assaulted by her estranged husband. In between sobs, she told them that she had escaped after her husband tried to take a knife to her throat. When he had gone for his gun, she managed to flee. As she sat in her parents’ house, shaking, she was terrified that he’d come for her. Grandma called “the law,” but in a rural county such as these parts, “the law” could be miles and miles away. While Grandma dialed it in, Grandpa silently strode into their bedroom. His every step rang simultaneously with anger and with careful purpose. He quietly opened his glass-and-wood gun case, removed his shotgun, and strode back through the living room. From there he went right out to the front porch, sat on the swing, and cocked it.
After lying to members of Congress, VA caught hiding the truth from American LegionPosted October 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A report late last week said the Department of Veterans Affairs purposefully withheld information from the country’s largest veterans’ group about how many veterans were still waiting for a decision about their eligibility for VA health care.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the American Legion — which has 2.4 million members — asked the VA’s national Health Eligibility Center in 2013 how many veterans were waiting on the VA for an eligibility decision. But in response, deputy chief business officer Lynne Harbin prepared slides that purposefully did not answer the question.
Obama’s Labor secretary says adding more foreign workers would boost U.S. wages, not depress themPosted October 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Labor Secretary Tom Perez asserted Monday that allowing more foreign workers into the United States would have the effect of increasing U.S. wages, contrary to the findings of several studies, and the law of supply and demand, which say more workers would mean reduced wages.
Perez delivered a speech in Washington in which he cited a Congressional Budget Office study that said the Senate’s immigration reform bill would increase U.S. economic activity by 5.4 percentage points over the next two years.
A transexual sounds off on politically correct madnessPosted October 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm by Stu Burguiere
Religious liberties are under assault in Houston as the city subpoenaed sermons and private correspondence from pastors.
Today on Pat & Stu, a self-described transexual named Misty called up to offer an opinion on Houston’s attempt to squelch speech and where we can find common ground in the fight against dangerous political correctness.
The conversation on today’s Pat & Stu Show begins at 58:15 below:
Here’s the story for some background: ‘Just Tell Them Your Hard Drive Crashed’: Blaze Readers React to Texas City Demanding Five Pastors Turn Over Their Sermons on Homosexuality
We all make
mstakesmistakesPosted October 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Corey Trice
In this day and age of autocorrect, spellcheck and grammar check, we should see fewer errors when typing on our computers and phones. But those phones have tiny screens that make it hard to type accurately, and autocorrect often misses the point of the sentence entirely. Spellcheckers work when the word is typed incorrectly, but
their therethey’re incapable of telling you when you’ve used the wrong word. That’s where grammar check steps in and attempts to understand the meaning of a sentence, proposing words or punctuation it “thinks” should be used. These marvels of technology work — sometimes.
There are entire websites dedicated to autocorrect fails, and even more that attempt to teach us proper spelling and grammar. We appreciate the laughter afforded by these sites at the expense of another person’s misfortune when texting their mom or typing a letter to their teacher. However, we dread being the unfortunate soul with the embarrassing message that gets emailed to, or pops up on, the screen of that new acquaintance we just met, our boss or the pastor of our church. We both love and hate these programs that have become a natural part of our daily living.
In today’s culture, we love being social and sharing our opinions online, so when we make a mistake and notice it, we appreciate the ability to fix the issue. We love the tools that allow us to correct an issue and help us avoid being pulled over on the side of the information superhighway by that ever-present law enforcement agency, the grammar police. Those interactions are always so much fun, and usually go a little something like this:
Random Internet commenter: “i’m board”
Grammar police: “You’re wood?”
Random Internet commenter: “what?”
Grammar police: “You said you were a piece of milled lumber, also known as a board.”
Random Internet commenter: “no i said i didn’t have anything to do”
Grammar police: “Oh, you must have meant that you were bored.”
Random Internet commenter: “thanks grammar nazi…”
Grammar police: “I think you meant to type Nazi.”
Most of us have experienced this tragic fate at one time or another out in the wilds of our online world. I want you to know that we at TheBlaze.com do listen to what you, our users, have to say. We read your comments, suggestions, and yes, even your complaints. (I know you probably thought that we archived complaints in the circular file, but we don’t.) You have been telling us, for quite some time now, that you want an edit button for your comments allowing you — as one eloquent user put it — “to edit out the stupid.” (That cracks me up every time I read it.)
We have done just that! We have created a brand-new tool that allows you to edit or delete a comment for three minutes after it has been posted to the site.
Some may ask, why three minutes? We felt that this limit gives everyone enough time to fix any mistakes they may have missed when posting the comment, without providing an avenue for our favorite Internet creature, the troll, to take advantage of a constantly editable comment. We want to encourage a community of respectful discussion and discourse, so we have placed a time limit on the ability to edit or delete a new comment.
As I said earlier, we do listen to you even though we can’t always respond to every question, comment or concern. We really do appreciate the constructive feedback and awesome suggestions that you all provide. Keep them coming, and we will continue to work towards making TheBlaze.com a better place for all of us!
Corey Trice is a web developer for TheBlaze. Before joining TheBlaze in early 2014, he worked for a Dallas-area music startup as a developer. Corey has a degree in Web design and development and his M.S. in Internet marketing from Full Sail University. He lives in Lewisville, Texas, with his wife, daughter and son.
Which TV character is No. 1 on your Bada** Scale?Posted October 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Steve Krakauer
Episode four of “Homeland” ended with a…surprise, but the action before it got us thinking: Who would be #1 on your TV character Badass Scale?
On TheBlaze’s Homeland Recap Podcast, we explored this question. Spoiler alert: Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the fourth episode of season four:
Yes, there was Carrie once again going the distance to keep an asset close, but setting that aside, we also got some great moments of Peter Quinn in Jason Bourne mode. As far as TV badasses go, we agreed that Jack Bauer from “24″ was a perfect 10 on the scale. Where would Quinn fall? We went with 8.5.
What do you think, and who is your ultimate TV badass?
Also in the podcast: Where we think this whole Ayaan-Carrie situation is going (as well as his now undead uncle), and a look at what episode titles in the future will mean for the upcoming events.
Listen to all episodes of TheBlaze’s Homeland Recap Podcast on TheBlaze Radio On Demand here.
A college professor is pushing to shut down a Virginia radio station for using the word ‘Redskins’ on airPosted October 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A radio station is in the middle of a fight at the Federal Communications Commission over its right to broadcast, as a college professor has petitioned the FCC to shut it down because it uses the word “Redskins.”
WWXX in Buckland, Virginia, is owned by Dan Snyder, who also owns the Washington Redskins. The name of his football team has been under attack all year from Democrats who say the word “Redskins” is racist and is a slur against American Indians.
Can you spot the unfortunate typo on the New York Times’ front page?Posted October 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm by Jonathon M. Seidl
The New York Times came out with an unfortunate typo on its front page ebola story Monday. Can you spot it?
Still stumped? Check out the second word in the ebola headline.
The Huffington Post notes this is the second time in two weeks the Times has had a front-page typo.
House Dem writing bill to stop Nazis from getting Social Security benefitsPosted October 20, 2014 at 11:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Monday she’s preparing to write a bill to make sure Nazi war criminals aren’t given U.S. Social Security benefits.
Her comment was a reaction to an Associated Press investigation that found some Nazis and Schutzstaffel, or SS guards, have collected millions worth of Social Security benefits. The AP found that at least 38 suspects kept their benefits after being forced out of the United States since 1979.
USDA says you don’t always need to feed your preschoolerPosted October 20, 2014 at 9:17 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday said people should make one meal for the whole family, and not make separate, smaller meals for picky preschoolers.
And if a kid doesn’t like the meal being served, USDA said it’s fine if the kid eats nothing.
Watch: CNN contributor’s 45-second, spot-on assessment of ‘Fan-Gate’ from Florida debatePosted October 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm by Mike Opelka
Last week’s bizarre opening debate between the two major gubernatorial candidates in Florida made national news and inspired a host of late-night talk show jokes.
The controversy started when former governor Charlie Crist violated the predetermined rules of the debate by having a fan placed under his podium onstage. Several media outlets reported that the presence of Crist’s fan caused Governor Rick Scott to delay his appearance.
Many in the political news world as well as comedians dubbed the incident “Fan-Gate.”
On Sunday’s edition of CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” panelist and CNN political contributor Ana Navarro humorously encapsulated the entire “Fan-Gate” story in under a minute.
Navarro was responding to Crowley’s question about the fan incident, “Who does it hurt more?”
Watch Navarro break it all down in just 45 seconds:
Here’s the entire segment from CNN:
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Need proof of how misleading movie trailers can be? Watch a Mel Brooks classic become unrecognizably seriousPosted October 19, 2014 at 11:28 am by Zach Noble
We’ve all been there: You watch a trailer that makes a movie look great, but when you go to see the actual film, it’s a piece of garbage.
Trailers can be powerfully misleading.
YouTube user TheUnusualSuspect (Ross Thompson) has dedicated himself to humorously exposing just how deceptive movie trailers can be, and his latest project, Mel Brooks’ classic “Spaceballs,” done in the style of the upcoming Christopher Nolan epic “Interstellar,” reveals how a campy comedy can be made to look serious and dark.
Thompson has produced many other videos that make a similar point, including one that sets the “Star Wars” prequels in the lighthearted style of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and another (containing rough language) that sets “Saving Private Ryan” as an “Expendables”-style action flick.
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Blaze poll: Would you lie to get out of a country with an Ebola outbreak?Posted October 18, 2014 at 10:53 am by Mike Opelka
Thanks to Thomas Eric Duncan lying to officials and leaving Liberia after coming in contact with Ebola, the virus has become the biggest news story in the country.
On this week’s edition of “Pure Opelka” on TheBlaze Radio network, Board Certified Internal Medicine professional Dr. Jorge Rodriguez joined Mike to discuss the latest developments in the fight against the deadly virus.
During the course of the interview, Rodriguez weighed in on the topic of a travel ban from the West African countries where Ebola outbreaks were still active. He also talked about the false outrage some on the left have expressed because the Senate has not approved Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. Surgeon General.
However, the discussion got animated when Opelka asked Dr. Jorge if he would lie to get out of an Ebola-stricken region and travel to America.
Listen to the debate over this moral dilemma. (Dr. Jorge joins the show at the 10:00 mark.)
His answer sparked this poll. We invite you to participate in the poll and comment below.
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Out of stock: Ebola plush toysPosted October 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm by Madeleine Morgenstern
Long day? Tired? How about cuddling up to a nice, soft…Ebola virus?
In what some may be tempted to call the least tasteful advertising campaign in the history of marketing, a website called Giant Microbes, which promotes “learning & fun,” is selling an Ebola plush toy for $9.95. “Since its discovery in 1976, (more…)
Donald Trump and Cher agree on something the left calls a ‘racist’ ideaPosted October 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm by Mike Opelka
Last week, an MSNBC panel declared that even proposing a travel ban for Africa was “racist.”
On Thursday night, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews wondered about the intentions of people calling for a ban on air travel from West African nations experiencing outbreaks of Ebola virus.
“It strikes me that when Donald Trump comes out for a travel ban right off the bat, it is a right-wing position,” Matthews said.
He clarified his thinking, speculating that a travel ban might also be an “anti-Obama position, maybe even an anti-African position.”
Trump’s position on the travel ban has been consistent. He’s totally for it and doesn’t understand why Obama won’t act.
Looks like Obama will not stop the very potentially dangerous flights to and from West Africa. What the hell is wrong with this guy?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2014
But also on Thursday, a voice on the far left came out in support of a West African travel ban. Cher posted the following tweets about using common sense to limit the chance that the deadly virus could come to America.
I Don’t Understand “HOW” We make Ebola WORSE in 3 W.African Countries,by not letting ppl from those countries come into America ? — Cher (@cher) October 16, 2014
Passports R STAMPED When The Holder Visits any Country,SO USA Would b Able 2 KNOW WHERE Holder of The Passport is FROM& Where They’ve BEEN.
— Cher (@cher) October 17, 2014
That’s why(I Think)we could have temp ban on ppl coming in2 USA From Any of the 3 W.African countries, Without doing harm 2 those countries
— Cher (@cher) October 17, 2014
Cher’s thinking even appears to parallel suggestions made by Glenn Beck; they both favor allowing medical professionals to visit and give care and support in regions hit by the outbreak. However, upon returning, these workers would face a period of quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease to America.
Health workers from other countries could go in & out of Africa,but They would have 2b Quarentined 4 a number of days b4 Being let back in
— Cher (@cher) October 17, 2014
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The numerous issues of Joe Biden’s familyPosted October 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Stu Burguiere
We all have issues in our families. It happens. But can you imagine being the child of Vice President Joe Biden? Imagine the pressure if HE were your dad!
Predictably, his children have some issues…which we detailed today on the Pat & Stu show around the 47:10 mark:
Republicans trash Obama’s pick for Ebola czarPosted October 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Republicans on Friday slammed President Barack Obama’s pick to head the federal government’s response to Ebola, charging that Obama chose a political operative instead of someone with expertise in solving a health crisis.
Obama named Ron Klain as his new Ebola “czar,” and in doing so picked someone with years of experience working on campaigns for Democrats and lobbying. Klain worked on the campaigns of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and most recently was Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff.
Pending rule will force colleges to expand definition of ‘hate crime,’ boost protections against sexual violencePosted October 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Education next week will publish a final rule requiring colleges around the country to broaden their definition of “hate crime” and take other steps aimed at limiting dating violence and sexual assault.
Among other things, it will require educational institutions to add gender identity and national origin as a new basis for determining whether “hate crimes” have taken place. It will require schools to outline the disciplinary processes used to deal with cases of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
GOP lawmaker looks to force Obama’s hand with Ebola travel ban legislationPosted October 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said Friday he would introduce legislation to ban all travel between Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa and the United States, and prevent the issuance of any new travel visas to people in those countries.
Poe’s bill is the latest sign of pressure from members of Congress who have pushed for some kind of travel restriction, only to see the Obama administration continually reject that idea.
Is the Federal Reserve helping the Obama administration carry out its secretive Operation Choke Point?Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans this week asked the Federal Reserve to explain if it has in any way helped the Obama administration implement Operation Choke Point, a secretive program critics say is being used by the Obama administration to quietly shut down companies it doesn’t like.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and regulatory affairs subcommittee chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote to Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday to ask if the Fed is playing any role in that program.
Countries blowing off urgent U.N. request for Ebola fundsPosted October 17, 2014 at 11:21 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Four weeks after the United Nations made a request for $1 billion to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the U.N. has collected only 38 percent of that amount from member nations, and is warning that the shortfall is hurting efforts to fight the deadly virus.
“It’s time that those other countries who really have capacity, (that) they would provide financial support and other logistical support,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, according to a Reuters report.
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