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Democrat Vincent Sheheen of South Carolina referred to his Republican opponent, sitting governor Nikki Haley, as a “whore” in an apparent slip of the tongue during a recent campaign rally. “We are going to escort whore out the door,” said Sheheen at a Thursday night event in Florence. The Democrat immediately recognizes his mistake and corrects himself. “We’re going to escort her out the door,” he says, smiling. Watch the video below: A spokeswoman for… Continue reading
Even if the odds are overwhelmingly against contracting Ebola, it’s fairly rational to be worried about a horrific plague that has already infected thousands of people. The way to reassure people is to honestly tell them about what’s being done to counter the risks of it spreading further. Insisting that you shouldn’t worry about it actually makes things worse. It’s an apocalyptic version of the “don’t think of an elephant” problem. With Ebola already in… Continue reading
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo planned to ride the New York City subway on Friday to demonstrate its safety, after health officials disclosed that a doctor had taken the subway before becoming ill with Ebola. The governor said he planned to ride the A, L or 1 lines, all of which were used by Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old physician, after his return to New York from Guinea, where he had been working with Doctors Without… Continue reading
The news of an Ebola patient in New York has stimulated a predictable response from government officials and the media: “Don’t Panic,” they say, with their usual air of confidence.  This, of course, is always good advice. It is never a good idea to panic.  Most people know that. They also know that the people who are telling them to stay calm, “we have things under control,” generally… Continue reading
Foreigners should always stay out of North Korea. By traveling there, after all, tourists provide financial support to a manifestly evil regime. Moreover, they put themselves at risk – two American tourists are currently being held hostage there. (A third was released from captivity just this week.)  Happily, the North Korean regime appears to agree with my advice. This week, Pyongyang suspended all tourism to the country due to fears about Ebola. The ghoulish… Continue reading
Dr. Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, claimed in a press conference last night that the latest Ebola patient had self-isolated since returning from Africa. Later, she admitted that in fact the patient had spent a lot of time in public and with other people: “We know that he left his apartment and so that he — self-quarantine would have meant he never left his apartment. But he… Continue reading
Accusations of blasphemy are brought disproportionately against Pakistan’s Christians, some 2 percent of the population. Intent is not an element of the crime, and recent years have seen cases brought against illiterate, mentally disabled, and teenage Christians. Each case seems to heighten the sensitivities of the extremists and further fracture society. The flimsiest rumor of a Koran burning can spark hysteria ending in riots against entire Christian communities. Lahore’s St. Joseph Colony was torched last… Continue reading
The polls in Virginia also close at 7 p.m. Mark Warner has held a comfortable lead throughout the cycle, but recent news regarding his role in the so-called Puckett scandal—whether Warner tried to get a job for the daughter of a critical state senator—has cast some doubt. Warner has worked hard to maintain a sterling reputation throughout the state, so Republican Ed Gillespie remains a massive underdog. Still, a “perfect storm” just might produce the… Continue reading

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