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Furgeson under emergency declaration, military called in

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Ferguson, MO citizens are barricading their businesses and arming themselves while the governor calls in the National Guard in anticipation of a verdict in the Michael Brown shooting.

Protesters are demanding that Officer Darren Wilson be indicted by the grand jury currently considering the case.

Leaks from the proceedings have indicated that Wilson will not be indicted which is fueling protests. Some groups are threatening increasingly violent reaction should the grand jury not go their way.

A decision from the grand jury is expected within days.

Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as a measure to control any violence.

Unconfirmed reports are surfacing that the hacker group Anonymous has leaked a map showing the police/National Guard containment area around Ferguson.

Surgeon who contracted Ebola virus in Sierra Leone dies at Nebraska hospital

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A surgeon who contracted the Ebola virus died this morning at a Nebraska hospital.

The surgeon had been assisting with Ebola efforts in Seirra Leone when he contracted the disease. He had been transported to the Nebraska facility for treatment.

Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said Salia died shortly after 4 a.m. Monday due to advanced symptoms of the disease.

The medical director of the unit responsible for treating the stricken physician, Dr. Phil Smith said, “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

The U.S. State department said that it assisted in making the arrangements for the transportation, but that Dr. Salia paid the costs himself.

 

Obama Legacy: No one wants to work

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Almost everyone agrees that the policies of the current administration are not conducive to job creation. What’s really eye-opening is that the current policies are causing a huge portion of Americans to find work undesirable.

So why are more Americans not seeking work? The Pew Research Center has the answer:

You might think legions of retiring Baby Boomers are to blame, or perhaps the swelling ranks of laid-off workers who’ve grown discouraged about their re-employment prospects. While both of those groups doubtless are important (though just how important is debated by labor economists), our analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggests another key factor: Teens and young adults aren’t as interested in entering the work force as they used to be, a trend that predates the Great Recession.

The youngest of the nations’ working aged people are increasingly disinterested in finding work. Many in small business have also noticed an increasing number of new hires that just don’t have any drive once they have the job.

Some Americans remember asking for permission to work before they hit the age of 16. Most had jobs for extra money during high school. Very few from the previous generations would consider finding work “undesirable.”

What has led the nation’s new youth to find work offensive when their elders found being out-of-work to be embarrassing?

The culture of government dependency is likely the answer. Why work when the government will provide healthcare, a paycheck, food and a place to live? Strange that those same promises made in nations like Russia, Cuba and Venezuela instead lead to a nation of poor people with no way out.

As is proven by the numbers, America is not different. This nation requires a motivated workforce to invent, produce and consume. Anyone of working age not doing at least two of the three is taking more wood off the proverbial American wood pile than they are putting on. They are takers and an embarrassment to the country.

EBT cards have made the “green stamps” of yesteryear obsolete. They have also removed the stigma of using a page of stamps to pay for basic groceries. They also allow holders to buy fast food, junk snacks and sodas – not the basic needs for survival.

Being unproductive is no longer embarrassing. Adults living with their parents is common. Government benefits and pay are better than what many small businesses can offer. Is it really any surprise that a ton of Americans would really rather not work.

Government subsistence is no longer temporary or undesirable – working is.

GOP: Obama Genius for bringing in Biden as VP

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Republicans are pointing at scandal after scandal and many unconstitutional actions on the part of President Obama as reasons he could be impeached. But, they won’t, and some have come out and said that Vice President Biden is the insurance policy keeping Obama in the White House that keeps them at bay.

800px-Joe_Biden_-_World_Economic_Forum_Annual_Meeting_Davos_2005_PortraitIn an interview with Fox News, Rep. Tray Gowdy (R-SC) asked ‘Have you met Joe Biden?’ when asked why the Republicans haven’t offered articles of impeachment against the President.

It would appear that any candidate for President that intends to work outside the limits of the Constitution should first find an inept, but electable, court jester.. ahem.. Vice President. Then, make sure he does things like tell the public to shoot double-barreled shotguns through doors, say that Conservatives behave like terrorists, and so much more.

For the first time, America may have its answer to the obvious question:

Q: why hasn’t Obama been impeached?

A: “Have you met Joe Biden?”

President Irritated and Aggressive after humbling loss to opponents

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President Obama is unhappy with the results of Tuesday’s election and according to news reports has become “irritated” and “aggressive” much like a hormonal teenager.

November 4th was a day that should live in humility for the President after having his agenda, politics, ideology and strategy all rebuffed by the people of the United States.

This election was not about some failure to interpret data, numbers, or robo-calling messaging – it was a basic referendum on the processes, actions, inactions and cowardice on the part of the President.

Now, Obama is threatening to capitalize the ‘B’ in bully where his agenda is concerned.

What should America expect after rejecting the President’s agenda? More of the President’s agenda unless the newly elected Congressional majority (once placed into power in January) uses the power of the purse to reject his coming executive orders on immigration reform, greenhouse gasses, firearms restrictions and more.

The question America should have for the new GOP majority – do you have the nuts to deal with an even more aggressive President Obama?

Election 2014 Results – GOP Takes Control of the Senate and Increases Seats in House

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The last two years have left Americans feeling left out of the economic recovery and frustrated at the general direction of the country. Tonight, we find out if frustration brings about a wave of change. This post will be updated with the most recent updates at the top.

Number of Senate Seats up for Grab in 2014: 36

Current Senate Balance: 

Democrats: 45 seats

Republicans: 52 seats

Current House of Representative Balance:

Democrats: 138 seats

Republicans: 221 seats

Republican Pickups now mean GOP control of the Senate (6 needed currently – GOP +7)

Arkansas – Projected Republican Win (Tom Cotton) GOP +1

Colorado - Projected Republican Win (Cory Gardner) GOP +1

Georgia – Projected Republican Win (David Purdue) Dem +0 (former Sen. Chamblis(R) replaced with another Republican)

Iowa – Projected Republican Win (Joni Ernst) GOP +1

Montana – Projected Republican Win (Steve Daines) GOP +1

North Carolina – Projected Republican Win (Thom Tillis) GOP +1

South Dakota – Projected Republican Win (Mike Rounds) GOP +1

West Virginia – Projected Republican Win (Shelley Moore Capito) GOP +1

Virginia – too close to call: Gillespie(R) down <1 point against Warner(D) with 95% votes in

 

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Obamacare forces many to avoid preventative healthcare

President Obama promised huge reductions in premiums and greater access to care. Unfortunately, forcing insurers to create plans with easy payments, unaffordable deductibles terrible networks has had dire consequences.

Fox News reports that the White House pushed for low premiums regardless of the fact that they come with high deductibles, reduced benefits and very few doctors in-network because “most people buy only based on premiums.” That pushes Obamacare recipients into community health organizations and often making choices with expensive or dangerous consequences.

When those on the high-deductible “affordable” plans are told that additional treatment, tests or drugs may be needed to identify or prevent their condition from worsening, they often balk at the preventative measures because those costs would not be paid until they hit the huge deductible that their small premium dictates. Now, the politics of Obamacare have created a medical train-wreck out of someone who previously would have just needed preventative medical attention.

To avoid becoming a medical nightmare, many of these Obamacare enrollees are using community health centers, which offer low cost or free care, to deal with their health issues. So, what did these enrollees get for taking the President’s advice and getting enrolled? They get to go outside the standard healthcare system while still paying into it.

The Demotion of Harry Reid

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With but a day left until the Senate likely knows its next makeup, Harry Reid might just be readying himself for a drastic change in job requirements – and America waits with baited breath.

Under Leader Reid’s expert guidance, the Senate has taken on virtually no controversial legislation since Obamacare. Reid has done everything in his power to prevent Democrats from having to vote on contentious issues and has therefore left them looking like patsies for the President – voting with the President’s wishes up to 99% of the time.

Reid has been worrying about campaigning instead of governing for one very good, self-important reason – if he loses too many Senate seats, he loses his leadership position. So instead of working to do the will of the people, Harry has been working to do no harm to Democrat Senators. In the end, that might just cost them – and him – their positions.

Failing to pass a budget compromise since 2009 and doing little else but cower to the President’s demands, the Senate has been the obstacle that America resents. The House has pushed bill after bill to the Senate with Reid preventing anything requiring compromise to hit the Senate floor. It has all been Obama’s way or the highway.

XL pipeline, petroleum exports .. or even .. a BUDGET would have been great. Instead, the Senate has been largely allowed to only vote on approving (or else) the President’s nominees for lower court judge seats or Whitehouse administration positions.

Getting hyper-partisan Harry Reid out of the Senate offers America some hope that Congress will get some bills on to the President’s desk. Perhaps even some that might finally reverse the shrinking percentage of Americans in the workforce. Shrinking paychecks, higher grocery bills and huge jumps in Obamacare health insurance costs will not be missed either.

Intelligent Americans Reject Democrat “War on Women” and decide to vote smart

Political polling shows that the American voting public grows increasingly weary of Democrats saying that Republicans oppose mammograms and PAP smears.

Liberal groups funded by commercial abortion operations like Planned Parenthood have been producing dramatic advertisements showing women complaining about Republican candidates who are voting against mammograms and PAP smears – key tools in the detection of women’s health issues. Unfortunately for Democrats, women are smart enough to realize that politicians aren’t banning their health screening or even reducing government funding for mammograms. They’ve just decided that taxpayer money can’t be used to kill babies. If women want to kill their unborn babies, they’ll just have to pay for it themselves. Just wait until those women see what Obamacare has done to their healthcare costs…

Voters are looking at their grocery bills, utility bills and Obamacare bills. Oddly, despite the Democrats assurances, all of those bills have gone up while their pay has not – and one party has ruled the majority of our government for 6+ years.

Why did their salaries stagnate? Probably due to increased competition from a more fluid immigration policy. As more (foreign)  people compete for the same jobs, their is nothing left to cause increased pay pressure.

Democrat policies are the sole cause of stagnant pay, increasing healthcare costs and less-available jobs. Now, they pay the price the rest of us have been bearing under their failed leadership – they may just be out of a job.

NRA Website with Gun-friendly Ratings for 2014 Candidates

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As next Tuesday’s mid-term election grows near, many are unsure of their candidate’s position on their right to own firearms for hobbies, hunting and defense.

The NRA has a website that allows voters to see how their local candidates have and likely will vote on gun rights, hunter’s rights and basic American rights issues.

Voters wishing to understand what their candidates stances on gun rights are can go HERE.

For example, here are North Carolina candidates for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis’ gun rights ratings.

Kay Hagan is anti-gun

DHS: Suspect who killed California Deputies deported twice

Americans across the nation are feeling less secure as ICE (a division of DHS) reported that the man who is suspected of killing two California police officers had been deported TWICE by ICE.

The fingerprints of the alleged cop-killer match those of Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte who was originally deported in 1997 for drug possession and again in 2001 for an offense that DHS will not disclose (trust-insipiring, huh?)

Monroy-Bracamonte  is charged with two counts each of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. His wife has now been arrested on charges of carjacking and attempted murder.

Citizens willing to trade freedom for security, until it is their own

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Reading a Dallas News story on the quarantine of a nurse returning from an Ebola infected area made it clear that some Americans are more than willing to trade freedom for security until it is THEIR freedom being sacrificed for the greater good.

Kaci Hickox, a nurse who decided to go to Africa to help Ebola victims, returned. She honestly answered the entry questions and was told that she might have to answer “a few questions.”

Ms. Hickox temperature was checked in accordance with Homeland Security guidelines and found to be febrile. She was told that she would be quarantined and where.

She spent a few hours in the airport holding area and wrote that she wondered what she “had done wrong.”

No one believes that Nurse Hickox did anything wrong. She decided to help a less fortunate populace with her considerable skills – nothing wrong with that.

The confusion comes from the fact that her decision to selflessly risk her health and life did not end when she left Africa. She CHOSE to take that risk and it came with repercussions. After having two or more health workers out in the open in the U.S. after having been infected.. she should be only so happy to be quarantined. She does not get to risk the infection of the entire nation simply because she believes she is healthy.

The idea that quarantine of those coming from overseas is unwarranted is new. Animals, fruit and vegetables are inspected and held. If only humans underwent the same scrutiny, perhaps some young, innocent American children would still be alive instead of victims of a disease this nation hasn’t seen for 50 years prior to Obama’s opening of the border.

Many would gladly subject themselves to body scanners, luggage searches or other inconveniences in the hope that it makes them safer – although it does not.

Here, someone returning from an area overrun with a lethal virus is criticizing officials for keeping her out of the public until they can make sure she is not contagious.

This isn’t about who is right or wrong. This is about understanding principle over ideology. Either you believe that freedom is an easy sacrifice in return for public safety or you realize that the government can easily use public safety concerns to strip away your freedom. You cannot have it both ways. Choose carefully – the feds will not.

First Year Teacher Hailed as Hero in Marysville School Shooting

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A Newly hired Social Studies teacher is being hailed a hero in the Marysville, WA school shooting.

Megan Silberberger, a first year Social Studies teacher, reportedly confronted the shooter while he was reloading. During that confrontation the shooter was killed.

Police are currently calling the ending shot a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but it is not yet clear whether the shooter intentionally shot himself or was shot during a struggle with the teacher.

The attacker, Jaylen Fryberg, killed one female student and critically wounded four others before he was stopped.

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