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I'm a conservative and tend to trust but verify when I hear or see something in the media, even if that media is Fox News. I am disappointed to see that Fox continues to distort the State Department internal pre-decisional memo about treating foreign ebola patients in the United States. The proposal, which has not gone anywhere in the State Department for a decision, applies only to health care workers from other countries who are working in west Africa and contract the disease. It does not apply to the thousands of west African citizens who are ill or may become ill. It's purpose is to lay out the pros and cons of doing this, as well as to identify legal and regulatory hurdles. The driving force for starting this process is the need to keep other countries engaged in fighting the disease. Someone in the bowels of the State Department obviously thinks that concern about treatment if they become infected could deter participation, so he or she started staffing this paper up the chain. I realize this doesn't make for very exciting "news", but it is a fair and balanced analysis of the situation.
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Africa: A Tragic Continent

William6382 Wrote: 16 hours ago (4:38 PM)
I had a couple of college professors back in the early 70s who were Africans selected by the USSR for an education in Moscow. The theory was they were high achievers who could be indoctrinated then returned to their home countries to spread the good news according to Lenin. Some might even become leaders back home. It didn't quite work out. They were smart enough to take their education and go somewhere they could earn a living with it. In fact, they thought most of the Africans picked up for this treatment saw through the Soviets and played along.
Too late this time to do anything except be vigilant. In 2016 we should demand that the positions on the ballot be reversed - Republicans on top and Democrats below. If there is a genuine calibration problem, failure to touch the screen precisely would favor Republicans. It would also result in an immediate correction, not days or weeks of Democrat spin.
I'll bet if the ballot was rearranged with the Republican listed on top and the Democrat below we would see an immediate "recalibration."
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Incumbents Always Win

William6382 Wrote: 19 hours ago (1:50 PM)
That only applies to Republicans. If you're a Democrat, by definition you have no morality, but you also have total immunity from having your indiscretions appear on the front page of the Washington Post.
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Incumbents Always Win

William6382 Wrote: 19 hours ago (1:45 PM)
Someone should brand that on the foreheads of the politicians who have passed gun control legislation that criminalizes the exercise of our Second Amendment rights, while doing nothing to the criminals who are already violating existing laws.
Incredibly, many Roman Catholics have the same affliction. In their weekly homilies priests call for open borders and amnesty and praise government mandated wealth redistribution through government programs like Obamacare. Then they call upon the faithful to oppose the government's attempts to mandate funding for abortion. And they see no conflict between advocating using the power of government to force others to "do the right thing" (as long as "the right thing" is what they think is right) and opposing the use of government power to force Catholics to do what others think is the right thing.
The bidding war could be spirited if the final count in the Senate is close. Look for nominal Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and Socialists to put themselves on the auction block to change parties after they are elected. What's the value of a committee chairmanship these days?
If the teacher had told the class that neither sheet could go home, there might be a case here for the school system. Since she only told them not to take the anti Founding Fathers sheet home, the teacher and the school system are liars at best and leftist useful idiots at worst. Then again, they could be both.
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Africa: A Tragic Continent

William6382 Wrote: 21 hours ago (11:30 AM)
That is only partially true. The State Department is in the "pre-decision" phase of discussing what recommendations to make regarding bringing non-American health care workers here for treatment if they contract ebola while working in the affected countries. They are hoping that such a mvoe woudl encourage other coutries to send more health care workers to Africa to fight the disease. There is no discussion of a wholesale transfer of ebola-infected Africans to the USA for treatment.
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