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HuffPo uses Dr. Rand Paul to blast pols who give a medical opinion on Ebola

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Hopefully people have enough sense to ignore The Huffington Post — we certainly do — but check out their latest screed where they go after politicians who dare to have a medical opinion on Ebola. Notice anything odd about the picture they chose for their piece?

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Why that’s Senator and doctor Rand Paul. Imagine that. A senator, who is also a doctor, might have medical opinion on a virulent disease. And this shocks the HuffPo.

But what the heck is the HuffPo up to anyway? Although they are using a photo of Dr. Paul for their hit piece, they don’t ever write anything about Dr. Paul. So why put a photo of Dr. Paul in the first place?

We don’t know for sure, but we can assume it’s because Dr. Paul has become somewhat of a lightning rod as his medical degree does make him an expert on Ebola — and libs can’t stand that.

For example, Twitchy reported these smart-takes trying to discredit what Dr. Paul had to say:

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Or this flash of brilliance that Twitchy reported last night from journalist Zerlina Maxwell who, for some reason, thought this statement from Dr. Paul was outrageous:

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If Ebola is not very contagious and you can’t get it by standing close to somebody, why the hazmat suits? And why is the Pentagon putting the military in charge of training doctors in the U.S.? And why did the president feel the need to name a czar to keep Ebola from spreading?

Sorry, libs. Sen. Rand Paul IS a doctor and he just might know what he’s talking about.

Related:

Yet another ‘journalist’ reveals herself to be ‘a giant ball of fail’

CBS reporter deletes snarky tweet wondering when ‘Rand Paul became a doctor’

Check out what absurd card this journo pulled when schooled on her idiocy

http://twitter.com/#!/EvanDMyers/status/524750492925440003

How dumb? Well, as Twitchy reported, freelance journo and “political analyst” Zerlina Maxwell exposed herself as a big “ball of fail” when she moronically tried to slam Rand Paul for weighing in on Ebola. How? By snarking “he’s a doctor?” Um, yes. Yes, he is. Google is your friend!

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She was swiftly schooled, but her subsequent excuse sparked even more mockery. You won’t believe what ludicrous “card” she pulled:

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Oh, sweetie. Bless.

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Gasping!

But wait … she couldn’t stop.

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Sheesh, meany pants people! Pulling out the lame dad card was just trying to be nice and all. Or something. What?

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Yes, that’s totally clear now. Sigh.

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In a nutshell (emphasis on “nut”):

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And an exit question for the genius:

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Related:

Yet another ‘journalist’ reveals herself to be ‘a giant ball of fail’

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‘Empty bleachers’: As Pres. Obama peddles hope, Maryland Dems head for the exits

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This journo is SHOCKED the WH can’t be trusted; This has to be the most unreal statement ever

This Huffpo journo forgot he has ONE JOB: Guys, don’t ask questions about new Ebola case (What journalism!)

This TIME journo asked absurd Obama admin question; The schooling answers will crack you up

Politico’s Blake Hounshell distracts after Dem senator accused of plagiarism

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The New York Times has alleged that Montana Democrat Sen. John Walsh plagiarized “at least” one-quarter of a 2007 thesis he turned in to earn a master’s degree from the United States Army War College. Serious allegations, right?

For Blake Hounshell of Politico, the first order of business was to provide spin and maybe a talking point for his MSM colleagues and Walsh’s fellow Dems:

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It must just be sheer instinct.

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SQUIRREL! … no, seriously รขโ‚ฌโ€ pregnant squirrel trashes Montreal home

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The whereabouts and reproductive status of @HRCSquirrel are currently unknown.

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Great headline assuming it’s not your house being trashed.

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Hiding the Skippy will do it every time.

 

Sen. Rand Paul honors Festivus with epic anti-DC Twitter rant

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Promise made, promise kept.

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Sen. Booker responds:

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We want more!

Update:

We asked for more, and we got it!

http://twitter.com/#!/SenRandPaul/status/415211373002784769

Well now we know, America. Sen. Paul had a few other grievances to air:

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Happy Festivus, Senator!

Paul Begala tells conservatives not to defend Sterling; Gets schooled

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Correction: Since the publication of this post it has been learned that Donald Sterling, while having a history of donations to Democrat candidates, is a registered Republican. Here’s more on Sterling’s political background from the Washington Post:

Although Sterling is a registered Republican he has supported Democratic candidates in the past. He gave $5,000 to Gray Davis’ gubernatorial campaign in 2002, and$1,000 in support of a group pushing for Proposition 2 in 2008, which sought to give farm animals larger living quarters. He gave another $1,000 to Davis in 1991, a year when he also gave $1,000 to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy. In 1989, he gave $2,000 to former basketball player and Democratic senator from New Jersey Bill Bradley. If Republicans wanted to go really deep, they could also mention that Sterling attended the wedding of Jeff Greene in 2007, who ran in the 2010 Democratic Senate primaries in Florida — to disastrous result.

Twitchy apologizes for publishing incomplete and incorrect information. The original post remains below.

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The media have demonstrated a distinct lack of curiosity as to the limited but telling political donation history of the embattled owner of the L.A. Clippers, Donald Sterling.

CNN commentator and former Bill Clinton adviser Paul Begala has given the impression that Sterling’s on the political Right after advising Sean Hannity, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul not to defend him:

http://twitter.com/#!/PaulBegala/status/460161861946974209

Instapundit and others gave Begala a few necessary reminders:

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Begala, having been informed about the donation history of the Clippers owner after trying to tie him to the Right, suddenly said he didn’t care about Sterling’s political affiliation:

http://twitter.com/#!/PaulBegala/status/460500683826135041

Gee, that was a fast change of direction.

(h/t @LadyOnTheRight1)

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Related:

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Yet another ‘journalist’ reveals herself to be ‘a giant ball of fail’

http://twitter.com/#!/ZerlinaMaxwell/status/524743455772520448

Wait. Is that what really happened? Not so much.

Zerlina Maxwell’s Twitter bio describes her as “J.D. Freelance journalist. Political analyst. Speaker.” With those credentials you might think she’d learn from the mistake a CBS journalist made this week. CBS reporter deletes snarky tweet wondering when ‘Rand Paul became a doctor’

Instead of recognizing her self beclownment and deleting the tweet and moving on, Zerlina just kept digging herself into an incoherent hole.

Since 1993.

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Even shorter your thoughts on tonight: Never question the official narrative. Always question those who challenge authority.

Modern journalism in a nutshell.

Heh.

 

With Vaccines, Republicans Are Pandering To The Wrong Fringe

Chris Christie still won’t play in Santa Monica. But he might catch measles there.

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If there’s one thing in America you can actually be unequivocal on, it’s vaccinating children against diseases like measles. It is an uncomplicated issue.

And yet, a handful of top Republicans have opened the door slightly on the subject: Parents “need to have some measure of choice in things,” Chris Christie said in London after saying his own kids were vaccinated, “so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

“What happens if you have somebody not wanting to take the smallpox vaccine and it ruins it for everybody else?” Rand Paul asked on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, before continuing, “I think there are times in which there can be some rules, but for the first part it ought to be voluntary.”

“I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” he told CNBC.

“I think parents have to make choices for their family and their children,” Carly Fiorina told BuzzFeed News.

Observers have rolled their eyes with disgust and familiarity: These politicians are seeking the Republican nomination for president, and the primary process does often involve pandering to fringe elements of one’s own party.

But who are these people pandering to? What part, exactly, of the Republican coalition so opposes mandatory requirements that, in the context of a measles outbreak, vaccination is a compromise issue?

Because here’s the truth: This is largely a liberal fringe issue.

The people not vaccinating their kids against the diseases once declared defeated don’t live in South Carolina or Indiana or a particularly conservative part of Ohio or Florida. That isn’t where people are contracting the whooping cough, like it’s goddamn Little Women.

No, the strongholds are in places like Newport Beach, Santa Monica, and Marin County, California. The affluent, the educated, the enlightened, the ones who believe in purity and science — people in liberal enclaves are the ones rejecting one of the 20th century’s major scientific achievements.

Half of the children that attend some schools in Marin (median income: $90,839), the county’s health officer told the New York Times last week, are unvaccinated. People don’t want toxins in their children’s blood.

“It’s good to explore alternatives rather than go with the panic of everyone around you,” the mother of two unvaccinated children told the Times. “Vaccines don’t feel right for me and my family.”

Now, as of 2011, 19 states had “philosophical” exemptions — the way you might oppose designated hitter, except in this instance, you oppose a medical professional immunizing your child from rubella, and cool, that works.

Many of those states, with a fair amount of exceptions like Texas and Louisiana, conjure the image of people hiking in fleeces. California, Vermont, Washington state, Maine, New Mexico, Colorado. These are states where one can oppose vaccination for personal reasons.

And Democrats do in fact pander to these people. In fact, in 2008, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama gestured in the direction of the discredited link between autism and vaccines (though whether Obama actually pandered is in dispute).

Now, a YouGov poll last week (on smallish party ID samples) put Republican support for mandatory vaccination requirements at 57%, significantly lower than Democratic (70%), and higher than independent (48%). And maybe there is some inherent, liberty-based resistance to the word mandatory, or that’s a lingering, socially conservative byproduct of the protracted 2011 debate over a Texas law that had mandated the HPV-vaccine for young girls.

But it’s easy to confuse answers to back-of-mind poll questions with real, organized, political constituencies — and when opposition to vaccination is happening in an organized, robust way, it’s happening in parts of the country with very little conservative appeal.

And so this is actually the perfect, almost platonic ideal political setting for a Republican to say very simply and end it there:

Vaccinate your kids.