Kevin McCarthy Backs Out of Speaker’s Race; Bret Baier Blames Ted Cruz


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Breaking: Kevin McCarthy announced moments ago his decision to drop out of the race for Speaker of the House. Exact words: “I just think it’s best we have a new face.”

Washington Times

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called off his bid to be the next House speaker Thursday, and the GOP canceled its internal party as it hit the panic button, stumbling toward an end-of-month deadline without a leader in sight.

Mr. McCarthy had been the clear front-runner and likely had support of a majority of House Republicans, but could not win over enough members to claim the 218 votes he’d need to win the position in an Oct. 29 vote on the full House floor…..

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Let’s be honest, the only people shocked was the mainstream media and the establishment of both parties.

Immediately after the announcement, Fox News (and they’re not alone) jumped on the blame game wagon. Bret Baier wasted no time pointing the finger at Senator Ted Cruz.



H/t Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit for catching Fox News blame game.

McCarthy sent the following tweet a few moments ago.


And then there’s a tweet from Hillary Clinton’s camp.

While not a McCarthy fan, I could not let the sarcasm go so I responded as follows attaching image below (assuming my tweet is sitting in Twitter’s cue somewhere).

“@HillaryClinton @KevinMcCarthy made his bed and so did you.”

BE FUNKY Valerie Jarretts takedown of Hillary Clinton


Bill de Blasio to Air-Conditioned Businesses: Shut Door or Pay Fine…Really.


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For starters, the majority of New York City businesses ceased keeping their doors wide open on a hot day while at the same time running their air conditioners YEARS AGO. While some do it to save energy, all do it to cut down on costly utility bills.

At the same time, there are those businesses that have hundreds + customers coming through their doors on a hot summer day and have made the conscious choice to keep their doors open.

Whatever the reason, the choice to keep one’s door(s) open (or not) while running the air conditioner belongs to the store owner not an over-regulating Communist petard looking for yet another pretext to swindle New Yorkers for every little thing no matter how menial from the unimaginable to the just plain ridiculous and from the second they step out of their doors until the second they return.

This latest fleecing (of the day) hails from the Communists at the New York City Council who have already gone after larger New York City businesses, many of whom again do not keep their doors open while running the air conditioner (why are we even having this discussion?).

As with all things Communist, the eco-fascists on the NYC Council have labeled keeping a door or window open with air conditioners running, “the co-mingling of indoor and outdoor air” and, therefore, illegal.

The law which will be enforced by the NYC’s Department of Consumer Affairs goes into effect next summer with fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 is an attack on small business owners.

New York Times by Michael M. Grynbaum

Starting next summer, nearly all shops and restaurants in New York City will be required to keep front doors and windows shut while their air-conditioners and cooling systems are running.

The requirement, which became law on Wednesday, is intended to address a ubiquitous, if environmentally unsound, summer sensation: the beckoning blast of chilled air that lures sweaty passers-by into the cooler confines of an enterprising merchant’s store.

“It’s always been a pet peeve of mine,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a City Hall ceremony on Wednesday before signing the bill into law.

“It’s the middle of the summer in New York City, it’s 90 degrees, you walk by a store, and the door is wide open and the air-conditioning is blasting,” the mayor said. “That’s wasting a lot of energy. That’s having its own impact on global warming.”

Shop owners who violate the rules would face fines, ranging from $250 for a first offense to as much as $1,000 for an egregious violation. The measure is an expansion of an earlier law passed by the City Council…

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Counter-type stores and businesses with outside cafes are exempt (so far); and on that note, I ask, what are the odds of Commie Bill regulating New Yorkers from their homes, dispatching drones and/or police helicopters for the purpose of issuing fines to those of us who have air conditioners and might keep a window or door open?

Don’t laugh its right up this bastard’s ally, i.e., one out of a thousand de Blasio’s many scams pet peeves.

P.S.: The owners of the Empire State Building had better watch out. NOT! The Empire State Realty Trust is owned by Democrat fundraisers, Democrat contributors, and a Democrat Senator from Connecticut.”


Progressive Candidates Ditch Education Forum, Fear Backlash from Unions


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Washington Examiner by Brent Scher

The Democratic candidates for president have decided to ditch plans to participate in an education forum planned for later this month in Iowa, and the forum’s organizer says it is because the candidates fear backlash from teachers unions.

The forum was set to be hosted by the Seventy Four, a news organization launched earlier this year by Campbell Brown, an education reform advocate, to direct more attention towards critical education issues. It was going to be co-hosted by the Des Moines Register and the American Federation for Children….

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With it being election season, Progressive candidates once again electing to stand with the teachers’ unions have refused to publicly go on record unless, it’s of course, to voice their support of teachers’ unions as Hillary Clinton did earlier this week when she accepted the endorsement of the pro-Common Core National Education Association.

Brown wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post earlier this year in support of Common Core while at the same time accusing Republican Party 2016 presidential primary candidates of pandering.

It is worth noting that in July, Brown, husband, Dan Senor, an adviser under George W. Bush administration, attended a fundraiser for brother, Jeb.

So what is the problem? Because it is darn sure not about the children.



In Which Charles “C.W.” Cooke Enlists in the War On Men


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Grumpy Opinions by bobmontgomery

Remember the “Young Guns”? Yes, indeed – Eric Cantor and that group who were going to ride in and save the day for “limited government”? That worked out well, didn’t it? Well, there’s another posse riding around stirring up dust and giving us the what for on prescriptions for our well-being and future happiness. It consists of people like Erick Erickson, Ben Domenech, some really hip talking faces over at Fox News, and of course the nimble dudes at National Review. They are male and female, but their common thread is they are thirty-to-forty-somethings who just can’t wait to bring conservatism into the 21st Century. We told on the up-and coming Ben Domenech (he’s been on Gutfeld, as has Charlie Cooke, and Fox News Sunday lately) here. To these types, extremism in the defense of liberty is a vice.

Cooke’s latest output is a nod to Hillary Clinton and all the progressives who are doing the stealth gun confiscation thing by setting up straw men (in this case domineering spouses or dating partners) as reasons why we probably need to vastly expand the BATF and further politicize the Department of Justice.

“Buried amid the hyperbole and nonsense that stains Hillary Clinton’s newest gun-control plan are a couple of rather good ideas. The first: To expand the definition of “domestic abuse” so that guilty men do not fall through the cracks. “While federal law generally prohibits domestic abusers from purchasing or possessing guns,” Clinton notes correctly, “this protection does not apply to people in dating relationships or convicted stalkers.”

“Expand the definition of domestic abuse.” Why yes, Charlie, Hilly’s right as rain, isn’t she? Let’s see, we could expand the definition of domestic abuse to include when a man tells his wife her chicken casserole was a bit too undercooked, or if he gives her a dirty look when she overdraws the checking account. Let’s just progressively expand our horizon of definitions….

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Image source: Erick Erickson photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Flickr-Creative Commons, Ben Domenech photo – Twitter, Charles C. W. Cooke photo – screenshot.


Strong Cities Network Should Raise Alarms for Liberty Advocates


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Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice are joining with an international law enforcement coalition for the claimed purpose of “strengthen[ing] community resilience against violent extremism,” a Sept. 28 release from the DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs announced.

“The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” Lynch proclaimed for the United Nations SCN launch. “As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform will enable cities to learn from one another, to develop best practices and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world.”

Curious, that she deliberately chose the word “collaboration.” And as for “best practices,” we have them already, in the Constitution, with its Bill of Rights that she swore an oath to uphold. And that’s just the start of the flags this globalist venture ought to be raising.

To paraphrase another miserable oath-breaker, Bill Clinton, it depends on what the meaning of the word “extremism” is. As Oath Keepers and other Constitutionalist/traditional values groups have seen time and again, the Feds are more than happy to embrace the Southern Poverty Law Center’s politically-motivated insinuations. Speaking out in defense of traditional marriage or opposing “progressive” usurpation of powers results in being conflated with truly violent and racist groups, being smeared with the label of “hater,” and being held up as examples for law enforcement fusion centers to be on the lookout for…..

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Jerusalem Under Assault Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, The Federalist and Simply Jews earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Putin Steps up Battle against ISIS; China prepping to ‘team up with Russia in Syria’


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Russia China team up in Syria to take down ISIS

“The world cannot afford to stand by and look on with folded arms, but must also not arbitrarily interfere.”    China’s foreign minister by Robert Virtue

Russia has carried out a series of deadly airstrikes against the terrorist group over the last few days and Vladimir Putin has now sent the country’s most elite special forces team into the war zone.

And speculation is heightening that offensive will be bolstered by the China’s People’s Liberation Army, following a number of reports of military movements in the region backed up by strong words from a senior government member at a United Nations meeting.

Reports emanating from the Middle East last week said China was planning on joining the fight against ISIS “in the coming weeks”, according to a Syrian army official.

While Beijing insists it will abide by the United Nations (UN) in the region, hints of an action were backed up when it spoke strongly about a coordinated response to the rising terrorist threat….

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Leftist Tyranny: Elizabeth Warren Gets Scholar Fired For Disagreeing With Her


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Elizabeth Warren loves to say how she was once a Republican.

Well, kudos to ‘Faucahontas’ for mastering an important Leftist principle:

If someone disagrees with you, don’t bother trying to convince them with facts.

Just attack and destroy them.

Via WSJ: Don’t Cross Elizabeth Warren

What good is a think tank if thinking isn’t allowed? That’s the question the hard-left senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, forced on the soft-left Brookings Institution by getting one of its top economists fired.

Her victim is Robert Litan, a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration and had been associated with Brookings since the 1970s, including as a former director of its economics division.

The ambush of Mr. Litan occurred in Internet time. At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday last week, the Washington Post reported online a letter Ms. Warren sent to Brookings complaining about him. Twitter lit up, with her fans demanding Mr. Litan’s head….By 9:30 Mr. Litan was gone….


A message to the mainstream media in the event of a Biden/Warren ticket?


How California’s New Assisted Suicide Law Could Especially Hurt the Poor


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The Daily Signal by Katrina Trinko

“My concern is for people who don’t have resources, who don’t have a choice.”

“You read about Oregon denying someone a lung transplant, but, ‘Here, you can you have these pills.’”

“That’s my fear about what this would become.”

That’s what Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat who represents the San Diego area, told the Sacramento Bee in an interview published in July.

Gonzalez is a Democrat who opposed California’s new physician-assisted suicide law, which was signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, also a Democrat.

Gonzalez is right to be afraid.

In theory, the California law has safeguards ensuring that suicide is solely the patient’s choice. “Before the drugs can be prescribed, two California doctors must agree that the person has no more than six months to live,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “It is then the patient’s choice whether to take the drugs. Those who want to must affirm their intention 48 hours in advance and must take the drugs on their own, without help.”

Oregon’s Example

But there are many ways to influence people, to get them to the point where they do state that their intentions are to die. And the example of Oregon, which enacted physician-assisted suicide in 1997, provides plenty of reason to be concerned that people, especially those who are low-income, are susceptible to ill-intentioned persuasion.

>>> Read More: Purported Safeguards in Physician-Assisted Suicide Are Ripe for Abuse

Dr. William Toffler, an Oregon doctor, wrote in The Wall Street Journal in August that “the regular notices I receive indicating that many important services and drugs for my patients—even some pain medications—will not be covered by the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program” were “concerning.”

“Yet physician-assisted suicide is covered by the state and our collective tax dollars,” Toffler, who is also national director of Physicians for Compassionate Care, noted. “Supporters claim physician-assisted suicide gives patients choice, but what sort of a choice is it when life is expensive but death is free?”

Take the case of Barbara Wagner, whom Gonzalez was likely referring to in her remarks. Wagner was a lung cancer patient whose case attracted national attention in 2008, after her insurance company told her it wouldn’t cover a drug costing $4,000 a month her doctor had prescribed but would cover the drugs required for a physician-assisted suicide, according to ABC News. “It was horrible,” Wagner told ABC News at the time.

“I got a letter in the mail,” she recounted, “that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won’t give you the medication to live.”

Health Care Costs and Physician-Assisted Suicide

The situation in Oregon and Washington, which legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2008, also support the worries of Gonzalez and others about the financial incentives created by legalizing physician-assisted suicide.

“Last year, over half the patients who committed assisted suicide in Oregon relied on the government for their health coverage or had no coverage at all,” wrote Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in Public Discourse earlier this year. “Over three-quarters of those dying under Washington’s assisted suicide law were partly or completely dependent on Medicare or Medicaid.”

>>> Read More: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

As health care costs continue to soar, physician-assisted suicide could potentially draw more interest as a solution. Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon fellow at The Heritage Foundation, warned in a March report about that possibility.

“Given the increasing number of elderly patients in modern societies, their increasing longevity, and the increasing cost of treating their chronic illnesses,” he wrote, “[physician-assisted suicide] will increasingly be seen as a cost-effective option and one that the elderly should be encouraged to consider….”

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The problem is not guns, but it may be democrats!


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Grumpy Opinions by justavet

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office….



FBI Seizes Four State Department Servers in Clinton Email Probe


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Hillary Clinton State Department ServersWashington Free Beacon by Bill Gertz

The FBI has seized four State Department computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The four servers, which were located at the State Department’s headquarters building, were seized by the FBI several weeks ago. They are being checked by technical forensic analysts charged with determining how Top Secret material was sent to Clinton’s private email by State Department aides during her tenure as secretary from 2009 to 2013, said two people familiar with the probe. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation….

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Obama administration attorneys attempting to distance themselves from the Clinton email server cover up are arguing that Clinton’s email server was a personal server and not under the purview of the State Department.

Washington Times

Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm pursuing the emails, told a federal judge Tuesday that it would argue that the email account and the server Mrs. Clinton kept at her home in New York were always government property, so the State Department — not Mrs. Clinton — has an obligation to go through the emails and decide what should be released to the public….

Obama administration attorneys attempting to distance themselves from the Clinton email server debacle are arguing that Clinton’s email server was a personal server and not under the purview of the State Department.


Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS


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When you’re running in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary, as is John Kasich, as a spoiler and at the same time don’t stand a chance in h*** of doing the slightest bit of damage to any of your opponents, the only thing left to do is to shoot oneself in the foot.

Fire Andrea Mitchell

So far, there are two Republicans I will NOT vote for under any circumstances if they are the nominee in 2016. One is Jeb Bush. The other is this jackass John Kasich. While pandering to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, John Kasich said:

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I mean, look at Medicaid expansion. You know how many people are yelling at me? I’ve gone to events where people yell at me. You know what? You know what I tell ‘em? I mean, God bless ‘em, I’m telling them a little bit better at this. I said, you know, there’s a book, it’s got a new part and an old part. They put it together. It’s a remarkable book. If you don’t have one, uh, I’ll buy you one. It talks about how we treat the poor. I mean, sometimes you just have to lead.

Kasich even compared to those against ObamaCARE aka ‘medicare expansion’ to fighting ISIS. Seriously.

Kasich went on to say “It’s like fighting ISIS, okay?” Leaders don’t let the yelling and the screaming determine their decisions, he said…..

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FYI: Kasich is polling this morning at 4%, which explains the bitterness, lunacy and desperation of the long-time RINO to twist scripture and bible verses to further the Progressive agenda and to rationalize why “stupid” Conservative voters are not buying his spiel (sarcasm). Nothing new for Progressives and Kasich is a habitual offender.




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