Dead Cats: CommonCore, 10/22/14, (14)11: James Brody




EBOLA, etc.: MORA – House not briefed; HOWELL – Vaccine abandoned in 2008; DANIELS – Ebola in cold air; THIESSEN – Ebola terrorism?; DRUDGE links 10/22/14

LEADS: ZITO – Brakes on BO; HANSON – The biggest lie; PAUL – Religious freedom; BROWN – Afr-American TEA; PATTEN – Hillary’s record take; CBS – Latest Ferguson squabble; COHEN – Oil.

PA: JO – Common Core info; JO – Common Core in Bucks; FIELD – Seamus grounded; STAUB – ACLU promises lawsuit to protect speech



Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot…….October 28 

Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive Voted Civilian absentee ballots October 31 

General Election… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 4


“Freedom is lost gradually from an uninterested, uninformed, and uninvolved people”.

Thomas Jefferson


Put the “WE” In We the People . . . (Printed versions now available . . . worth your time!)

WEEK 1: In just a week, we’re already off to a great start – with more than 157 submissions and the first 35 posted right here. The most talked about topics include: liberty and freedom, women’s issues, the safety of the nation and the qualities that make us Americans.

Now it’s time to add your voice to the mix by telling us what you think of the ads submitted so far – and how effective you think they are when it comes to persuading voters to vote right in the upcoming elections. It’s easy . . .

EBOLA etc.

Edwin Mora, Big Peace: “House Armed Services Chairman: Unnecessary to Hold Hearings on Ebola Mission”

“The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee does not think it is necessary to reconvene Congress and hold emergency hearings on the Ebola mission in West Africa, despite comments by two top generals raising concerns about the safety of the American troops deployed to fight the lethal virus.

“Claude Chafin, a spokesman for the House armed services panel, told Breitbart News that comments made by Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, and Gen. Darryl Williams, the commander of U.S. Army Africa, are inconsistent with the briefings the committee has received from the Pentagon.

“According to Chafin, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been diligent in keeping House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) informed about the mission.

‘With the kind of response he is getting from DoD, with the kind of information he is getting from DoD, [the chairman] does not think calling people back and having an Ebola hearing is warranted because DoD like I said is being very, very responsive to our inquiries,’ Chafin explained.

“Nevertheless, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), the third-ranking member of the committee’s majority, thinks Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) should call the House back to debate the Ebola mission in West Africa on the floor.

“‘I think Speaker Boehner ought to let us debate this issue of the president’s authority to bypass Congress to go whether it be Africa to fight Ebola or the bombing in Syria without coming to Congress,’ Congressman Jones told Breitbart News. ‘This is just another example of my concerns of the president’s lack of respect for the Constitution and the Congress.’ . . .”

Tom Howell, Jr, Washington Times: “Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials”

“Health officials blame budget cuts for lack of pharmaceutical shield against virus

“The pitch was intriguing: U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for volunteers.

Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of Health already had filled its queue and wouldn’t need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of shots of a deactivated virus, a year’s worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising.

“A decade later, the country is still waiting for a vaccine amid a worldwide Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Sullivan is wondering what happened to the research conducted on him and 27 other test subjects in 2003. “‘It seems like they’re fast-tracking the same thing they were fast-tracking a decade ago’ said Mr. Sullivan, a 51-year-old resident of Rockville, Maryland. . .”

Kit Daniels, InfoWars: “Scientists: Ebola Can Spread by Air in Cold Weather

“Ebola can go airborne but hasn’t in West Africa because it’s too warm, researchers conclude

“Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a ‘possible, serious threat’ to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.

“After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which ‘caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,’ scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the region is too warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 65°F.

“‘We… demonstrated aerosol transmission of Ebola virus at lower temperature and humidity than that normally present in sub-Saharan Africa,’ the 1995 study entitled Lethal Experimental Infections of Rhesus Monkeys by Aerosolized Ebola Virus reported. ‘Ebola virus sensitivity to the high temperatures and humidity in the thatched, mud, and wattle huts shared by infected family members in southern Sudan and northern Zaire may have been a factor limiting aerosol transmission of Ebola virus in the African epidemics.’

“‘Both elevated temperature and relative humidity have been shown to reduce the aerosol stability of viruses.’ . . .”

Marc Thiessen, WaPo: “A ‘Dark Winter’ of Ebola terrorism?”

“. . . Unlike smallpox, which is hard to come by, the Ebola infection is raging right now in parts of Africa where Islamist extremists could have easy access. As physician Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute points out, with Ebola, “Mother Nature has created the perfect bioweapon in many respects, as long as the attacker has suicidal aspirations.” Ebola has up to a 21-day incubation period — more than enough time for terrorists to infect themselves and then come here with the virus. In a nightmare scenario, suicide bombers infected with Ebola could blow themselves up in a crowded place — say, shopping malls in Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and Atlanta — spreading infected tissue and bodily fluids. . .”

Matt Drudge, Links (10/22/14)

ROBOTS TO JOIN EBOLA FIGHT? MYSTERY: Screenings at D.C.-area airport send four to hospital… Study predicts more infected will fly out of Africa… Rwanda starts screening — Americans… Cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone… Curfew in town after rioting, shooting… Scientists devise fast test…


Salina Zito, RCP: “Voters Poised to Hit Brakes on Obama, Dems”

“Midterm elections are the political equivalent of a gas pedal or a brake pedal.

“This will be a brake-pedal election, centered on competency and trust — from the launch (disastrously) of the website, to telling Americans (incorrectly) that if they like their health-care policy they can keep it, to not caring for veterans, the growth of ISIS and the handling (or, more appropriately, mishandling) of the Ebola crisis.

“George W. Bush went to war in 2002; he got a gas pedal, and Republicans gained seats in Congress. In 2006, the war was going badly; Bush got a brake pedal. In 2010, Barack Obama finished ObamaCare and got a brake pedal.

“This year, President Obama has done nothing to slow the car.

“Democrats could have held on to their Senate majority this year, but the president never tried to help them. Aside from raising money — swooping in on Air Force One to a glitzy home or hotel, and speaking to an adoring crowd of intellectuals who hang on his every word — he has remained completely indifferent.

“You can see it in how he has handled immigration (saying he will not act until after the election) or outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder (saying he will not pick a successor until after the election). He is like a flashing red signal, warning that he will do something people won’t like, right after they vote.

“Democrats are in trouble because Obama has done too much that people didn’t like — namely, ObamaCare.

“If he had handled other things better, Republicans still would be campaigning on ObamaCare; in fact, it remains the No. 1 vote-driver, although Republicans haven’t mentioned it in TV ads for months.

“What Democrats needed and what voters, even many full-throated Obama supporters, have craved was a humble moment from the commander in chief.

“But a chastened Obama has never existed. . . Jennifer Agiesta & Emily Swanson, Yahoo!: “AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November”

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation’s likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that’s the outcome they’d like to see.

“But the survey suggests many will cringe when they cast those ballots. Most likely voters have a negative impression of the Republican Party, and 7 in 10 are dissatisfied by its leaders in Congress.

“The Democrats win few accolades themselves. Impressions of the party among likely voters have grown more negative in the past month. In fact, Democrats are more trusted than the GOP on just two of nine top issues, the poll showed.

“The economy remains the top issue for likely voters — 91 percent call it “extremely” or “very” important. And the GOP has increased its advantage as the party more trusted to handle the issue to a margin of 39 percent to 31 percent.

“With control of the Senate at stake, both parties say they are relying on robust voter-turnout operations — and monster campaign spending — to lift their candidates in the final days. But the poll suggests any appeals they’ve made so far haven’t done much to boost turnout among those already registered. . .”

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Biggest Lie” “The Left would rather forget its old slogan, ‘Bush lied, thousands died.’

“The very mention of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and Iraq was toxic for Republicans by 2005. They wanted to forget about the supposed absence of recently manufactured WMD in great quantities in Iraq; Democrats saw Republican defensiveness as key to their recovery in 2006. By the time Obama was elected, the issue had been demagogued to death, was no longer of any political utility, and so vanished.

“So why all of a sudden is the New York Times strangely focused on old WMD stockpiles showing up in Iraq? Is the subtext perhaps that the rise of ISIS poses an existential threat in such a dangerous landscape (and by extension offers an explanation for the current bombing)? Or are we to be reminded that Bush stirred up a WMD hornets’ nest that Obama was forced to deal with? Or is the sudden interest intended to preempt the story now before we learn that ISIS routinely employs WMD against the Kurds? How strange that Iraq, WMD, bombing, and preemption reappear in the news, but now without the hysteria of the Bush era.

“Indeed, for the last two years, reports of WMD of some sort have popped up weekly in Syria and Iraq. Bashar Assad has used them, apparently with strategic profit, both in deterring his enemies and in embarrassing the red lines of Barack Obama, who had threatened to bomb him if he dared use them.

“ISIS is rumored to have attempted to use mustard gas against the Kurds. Iraqi depots are periodically found, even as they are often dismissed as ossified beyond the point of easy use, or as already calibrated and rendered inert by either U.N. inspectors or U.S. occupation forces. But where did all the WMD come from, and why the sudden fright now about these stockpiles’ being deployed? . . .”

Rand Paul, Big Govt: “Exclusive — Rand Paul: Religious Freedom Dying at Altar of Political Correctness”

“On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. Christianity was for all time changed by one man’s confrontation with authority.

“For his audacity, for alleging that one’s path to heaven could not be purchased, Luther was excommunicated. It took great bravery to challenge what was then considered to be the ultimate arbiter of God’s will. Luther was told, effectively, that his pathway to heaven was foreclosed.

“When the Mayor of Houston, sent her legal attack dogs to demand the sermons of ministers who opposed an ordinance that might prevent churches from hiring people who adhered to a traditional faith, my first thought was of Martin Luther and my hope was that someone would, in elaborate calligraphy, stencil the First Amendment upon parchment and nail it to the doors of city hall.

“‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

“The Amendment was clear, and its intent was not to keep religious people out of government, but rather to keep government out of religion. . .


Melissa Brown, Daily Caller: “African-American Tea Party Members Begin 2014 Campaign”

“A collaboration of African-American  civil rights leaders and tea party members joined together to launch the ‘Restore the Dream 2014’ campaign on Monday. The group’s mission is to fill the void in urban communities where they say liberal leadership has failed to change — or provide hope — for community members.

“‘Liberalism has failed the black communities,’ said American Conservatives of Color founder Derrick Wilburn.

The 13 conservative partners of the ‘Restore the Dream 2014’ campaign will use social media, as well as personal outreach, to share their vision of change in inner-city neighborhoods.

“‘This is not a black thing it’s not minority thing, it’s an American thing — our plan and our endeavor is to engage urban centers all across this county is a collaborative effort,’ said Executive Director Niger Innis. . .”

Dominic Patten, Deadline: “Hillary Clinton Raises Record $2.1M At Jeffrey Katzenberg Co-Hosted Hollywood Fundraiser”

Hillary Clinton tonight told a room full of Hollywood heavyweights that the midterm elections are very important to make sure the Democrats retain the Senate so they can move forward on “important issues like immigration reform.” What she also told the 60 or so guests in attendance is, to use some of  the introductory remarks by co-chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, is “the amazing drawing power” of the former Secretary of State. A fact not lost on anyone as tonight’s event raised $2.1 million for Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a fundraising record. . .”

CBS/St. Louis: “Former Police Chief Speaks on Latest Michael Brown Shooting Information”

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Information about the Michael Brown fatal police shooting is beginning to leak out, and former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says it’s no accident the feds are allowing the information.

“Fitch discussed a New York Times article indicating, according to federal investigators, there was a struggle that led up to the fatal police shooting of Brown, with KMOX’s Mark Reardon on Monday.

“Fitch calls the information from the investigation coming out as phase two – to ‘coordinate leaks to the media, and to start getting some of the facts out there to kind of let people down slowly,’ he says. ‘When I say this is phase two – phase one was really Eric Holder’s announcement how they were going to basically do a complete review and take over the Ferguson Police Department.’

“Fitch says he thinks the feds recognize that it’s ‘probably very unlikely’ that there’s going to be charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. . .”

Stephen F. Cohen, JohnBatchelorShow: Oil

“Tuesday  21 October  2014 / Hour 2, Block B:  Stephen F. Cohen, NYU & Princeton professor Emeritus; and author; in re:  . . . Ukraine owes Russia $5 bill ion for gas already shipped, and Russia refuses to send any more till it’s repaid. Some deal was worked out; Putin reduced the debt to about $4 billion, also dropped the price to $100 less per unit – but Ukraine is bankrupt. Putin said, “It’s time for Europe to stand up and pay and prepay for the gas that both Ukraine and Europe want.” Russia says that the EU must pay, at $385 per unit.  If winter comes and Putin doesn’t ship – btw, it has to go to underground pressure tanks and be shipped by the first week of November.   Europe probably wants the IMF to pay –which is US money; thus you and I are to pay for that gas.   . . . Unintended consequences of the Ukr crisis: the splintering of different factions in Europe; resentment in Europe toward the US will grow as the temperature drops.”


Ron Radosh, PJM: “Obama’s Path to an Imperial Presidency

“President Barack Obama has just taken another giant step towards implementing his imperial presidency.

“The announcement in yesterday’s New York Times that he will seek an Iran deal “that will avoid Congress” reveals his utter contempt for the American people. Moreover, it shows us that what clearly will be a very, very bad deal is one he hopes to portray as proof that he has brought stability to the Middle East, and that — just as he had argued — Iran has shown that it is cooperative, is under “moderate” leadership, and has proved that it wants peace and can be a partner of the United States.

“As the Times story by David E. Sanger puts it: “President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it.” He will do it with a sleight-of-hand semantic trick which involves removing sanctions on Iran without Congressional approval, which a Treasury Department study evidently argues that he can do. By calling it simply an “agreement” and not a treaty, Obama thinks he can accept a bad deal and legally not have to obtain a two-thirds vote of the Senate.

“The reason he wants to do this is obvious: even if the Democrats control the Senate, he would not have enough votes for a treaty to pass. . .”

Also: David Sanger, NYT: “Obama Sees an Iran Deal That Could Avoid Congress”

PA . . .

Jo: “Good Opportunity to get the word out about Common Core and Opting out of PSSA’s and Keystones”

(5 pdfs available: contact Jo!)

“Hello Common Core Opponents:

“Election Day is coming up soon (November 4).  This is an excellent opportunity for us to educate others about Common Core and also to provide information to parents on the procedures for opting out of the PSSA’s and Keystones.

“At the primary in May, I handed out informative flyers on Common Core AFTER VOTERS HAD VOTED.  (It is important to do this AFTER voting, because anything given to them before voting will probably go into the trash basket!)  As they came out, I asked them if they knew anything about Common Core, and the vast majority did not.  I gave a brief explanation to those who agreed to listen, and handed them flyers.  Most were willing to listen briefly, particularly when I told them that this was not a partisan issue.

“I have attached several files that can be photocopied and distributed.  You will have to photocopy them yourself.  UPS does copies for less than 9 cents/copy.  Although they are in color, you’d want copies in black and white due to cost concerns.  Please read the files to determine which you would prefer to use.  You certainly won’t want to give everyone every flyer.  You might only want to hand out one.  IF YOU CAN’T DISTRIBUTE THEM ON ELECTION DAY, PLEASE FORWARD THEM TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN EDUCATE EVERYONE.  IF ANY OF YOU BELONG TO ANY GROUPS THAT WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THESE, YOU COULD TAKE THEM THERE AS WELL.

Here are explanations of the flyers:

  1. ONE PAGE SUMMARY OFCOMMON CORE CONCERNS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW:  This is an excellent one-page summary of the concerns.  It also gives an E-mail address for those who want further information.  (The E-mail will come to me.)  I would suggest that if you want to minimize your cost of photocopying and only want to distribute one handout, this would be a good one.
  2. TWO PAGE SUMMARY OF CONCERNS AND DETAILED EXPLANATIONS: This is obviously more thorough than the one-page handout (above).  Its first page is identical to #1, but it contains detailed explanations on the second page.  If you use this, it should be printed out back-to-back.
  3. OPT OUT INFORMATION: I would HOPE that many of you will distribute this flyer.  It is only one page.  It should only be given to parents(not all voters, unless, for example, a grandparent is interested) to let them know that there is an avenue provided for opting their children out of these incessant assessments.  It provides a detailed explanation for the procedure and also gives an E-Mail address for those who have questions.  It is also important to note that because the State has specified an opt-out procedure for the Keystones and the PSSA’s, a school’s academic rating and funding cannot be affected by students who opt out and do not take the assessment, as long as the procedures stipulated in the regulations for the opt-out process are followed.  (Note that I checked the statement in red with Peg Luksik and she said it is true.  Parents might be concerned about this since some school districts have been misinforming them in this regard.)\
  4. HOW TO GET STARTED IN LEARNING ABOUT COMMON CORE: This handout gives just a few Internet sources such as the Pennsylvanians Against Common Core web site and also a way to access two YouTube videos that explain the concerns of Common Core opponents.  One is the YouTube “Building the Machine,” and another is the set of five videos made by Georgians Against Common Core that explain very simply what Common Core is all about in slightly over 30 minutes.  It’s good for someone who knows little about Common Core.
  5. TAKE ACTION ON COMMON CORE: This is a good handout to distribute at meetings for activist groups.  It provides suggestions for actions to combat Common Core and contact information for legislators and other individuals to contact.  I definitely wouldn’t give it to too many people at the polls — just those who are more informed and ask what they can do.  I will have SOME available for those individuals.

Well I guess that’s it!  I just hope that each of you can find SOME time to hand out some of this information.  There are two times/year that we can reach people like this and legally hand out flyers.  Lighting even a few little “fires” across the state could result in a raging bonfire that enables us to get rid of this “educational” disaster that is being inflicted on our children and grandchildren in PA and throughout the country.


Please E-Mail me if you have any questions:


Joanne Yurchak

West Chester, PA

Jo: Common Core in Bucks County

Council Rock Forum on PA Core Standards

On Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM there will be an informational session for parents on the recently adopted PA Core Standards for Math and English Language Arts.   This program will be held at the District’s administrative offices – The Chancellor Center (30 N. Chancellor Street, Newtown, PA 18940).   It will be an opportunity for parents to gain better understanding of the Core Standards and their implementation as well as get answers to questions they may have.  The Deputy Executive Director of the Intermediate Unit, Dr. Mike Masko, as well as two representatives from the Department of Education will lead the session.  We invite questions in advance of this forum.  Please send your questions to

Nick Field, Politics PA: “BREAKING: PA Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery Suspended”

“Justice Seamus McCaffery has been suspended from the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court.

“The judge is being relived [sic!] of his duties on an ‘interim basis’ as the result of three different controversies.

“The first is the allegation that McCaffery improperly interfered with a traffic court hearing for his wife. There are also other contentions that the judge’s wife accepted fees for outside work while employed as his assistant and that he may have tried to influence an appointment to a Philadelphia common pleas court.

“The latter two allegations concerned the recent email scandal. First, that the Justice received and sent hundreds of these emails and that he threatened Justice Eakin that similar emails would be released if Eakin convince Chief Justice Castille to back off from his investigation.

“The Judicial Conduct Board has thirty days to determine what action to take concerning these allegations. . .”

Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “ACLU vows lawsuit against law targeting offenders’ speech”

“HARRISBURG, Pa. – State lawmakers fast-tracked legislation last week that would give victims the power to seek a civil injunction to silence their offenders if they believe their speech is re-victimizing them.

“Now, even after sailing to Gov. Tom Corbett, who signed the Re-Victimization Relief Act into law Tuesday in Philadelphia, the legislation could get bogged down in court. Andy Hoover, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said the newly minted law is ‘definitely going to litigation.’

“‘This bill is written so broadly that it is unclear what behavior is prohibited,’ Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said in a statement. ‘Essentially, any action by an inmate or former offender that could cause ‘mental anguish’ could be banned by a judge. That can’t pass constitutional muster under the First Amendment.’

While the wheels of the Legislature have a tendency to turn slowly, lawmakers smashed the pedal to the floor after convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal – speaking from the prison where he is serving out a life sentence – delivered a recorded commencement address to a small group of students at Goddard College in Vermont.

“The state Department of Corrections indicated it couldn’t stop the speech, but lawmakers quickly introduced legislation that would allow victims or prosecutors acting on their behalf to seek a civil injunction to stop conduct that could cause a “temporary or permanent state of mental anguish.”

“The legislation also allows victims to seek ‘other appropriate relief, including reasonable attorney fees and other costs associated with litigation, for conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.’ . . .”

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