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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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In order to facilitate the national defense...

President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Thursday protects federal contractors hired to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa against lawsuits for importing Ebola into the United States.

The president’s directive gives the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) the authority to indemnify companies from lawsuits related to “contracts performed in Africa in support of USAID's response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa where the contractor, its employees, or subcontractors will have significant exposure to Ebola.”

“This authority may be exercised solely for the purpose of holding harmless and indemnifying contractors with respect to claims, losses, or damage arising out of or resulting from exposure, in the course of performance of the contracts, to Ebola,” the memorandum explained. emailed USAID to ask if the president’s directive also protects these companies from claims made by a U.S. citizen who contracts Ebola from an employee who brings the disease back from West Africa after working under a government contract.

An unnamed spokesperson for the agency responded: “Yes. The indemnification applies only to the extent that the claim, loss, or damage arises out of or results from exposure to Ebola in the course of performance of a contract and exceeds applicable insurance coverage.”

In other words, if a Company A employee contracts Ebola while working in West Africa, brings the disease back to the United States, is not quarantined and ends up infecting members of the general public, Company A is protected from any damages arising from lawsuits by these secondary victims.

According to the USAID spokesperson, employees of these contracted companies "provide essential services, including medical and non-medical management of Ebola patients."

In his memorandum, Obama justified his actions by citing Public Law 85-804, which allows the president to give any federal agency or department connected to national security the authority to enter into, amend or modify contracts with private companies in order to “facilitate the national defense.”

Let's hope that the government continues to do everything right or continues to be lucky, whichever applies...

Trey Gowdy on impeachment possibility...

A Republican congressman known as a pit bull in Washington said Thursday that he doesn't support the idea of impeachment proceedings against President Obama because winning that fight would elevate the vice president to the Oval Office.

'Have you met Joe Biden?' South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy asked during a Fox News Channel interview.

A senior aide to a House Republican told MailOnline on Friday that 'Avoiding the "I" word' is a case of 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't.'

'Only in this case, we're pretty sure we know both devils. And Biden – he's two floppy shoes short of a complete clown outfit. Let's be honest: He's Obama's insurance policy.'

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And that is that... 😁

"OMG" and "Oh-oh" and "Look at THIS" as a thread lead (w/o the quotation marks) are a...

... pretty good indication that you're about to see a hyped trolling thread following the artificial excitement exclamation, used pretty much exclusively in the "Politics" forum. "WOW!" might be another. Back in the day, "HOLY COW!!!" had it's place, as well... ☺

DU simply drips with these leads...

As a newbie, I try to make judgements as to which threads to peruse and which to give a pass...

... as no one's time is unlimited. So, I will ignore certain wording combinations, for example, I'll usually pass on:

"Can you explain to me why all Republicans (or Democrats) suck?"

"Why do Repugs..." or "Why do Democraps..." are two more worthless titles.

These and a few other thread titles have no socially - redeeming value, they're strictly trolling for rage, and you can find reason for rage in the reality of today, Left and Right. Occasionally, I'll get sucked in, against my better judgement, but, that's life.

Then, there is the OP who begins a thread. I already have a short list of posters to ignore, not ON ignore, yet, but posters who I'm fairly certain will offer nothing of value to the conversation. There's a larger list of posters who go both ways (so to speak) and who have occasional value in a conversation, and I'll work with them on occasion.

More rarely, it's the subject matter that I'm not interested in, but that's less common.

So, who can add to my efforts, trying to select the potential gold from the dross?...

Looks like the Keystone pipeline might get a Senate vote after all!...

But there's a huge element of political fraud involved, of course...

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Senate Democrats are looking at taking a vote in the lame-duck session starting today to force approval of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline, in an effort to bolster LouisianaDemocrat Mary Landrieu’s re-election chances, a party aide said.

The purpose of the vote would be symbolic: To highlight Landrieu’s support for the pipeline and her influence on energy issues in Washington -- a centerpiece of her campaign. A vote in favor of the pipeline may benefit Landrieu in her Dec. 6 runoff election, in which she faces Republican Representative Bill Cassidy.

Virus that 'makes humans more stupid' discovered

A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US.

The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness. 

Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the discovery when they were undertaking an unrelated study into throat microbes.


Of the 90 participants in the study, 40 tested positive for the algae virus. Those who tested positive performed worse on tests designed to measure the speed and accuracy of visual processing. They also achieved lower scores in tasks designed to measure attention.

Humans’ bodies contain trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Most are harmless, but the findings of this research show that there some microbes can have a detrimental impact on cognitive functions, while leaving individuals healthy.

The study’s findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

White House press does everything but ask spokesman...

... if he voted for Obama! 😅

WH Press LOLs at Earnest’s Refusal to Admit Dems ‘Lost' - Or That Losing Is 'Bad'

The White House Press Corps burst out laughing at Josh Earnest’s weak attempts to “spin” the election loss at today’s press briefing.

“Would you say that Tuesday night was a big loss for Democrats?” asked American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan.

“Well again, uh, in terms of the sort of punditry… analysis…”

At that point the reporters became indignant. The AP’s Julie Pace remarked with disbelief, “But Josh, you lost seats.”

Ellen Ratner from Fox News asked, “You’re saying it could be good for Democrats?”

“Well, no, that’s not what I’m saying,” Earnest responded, and the room burst into laughter. “I’m saying I’m not going to pass judgment on the…”


Who will Dems have as their 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren?...

Will the Dem Left allow a Hillary ticket head or will they drag the newly defeated and bleeding party far to the left? The further Left is incensed that some Dem politicians ran away from Obama, indeed, that Left likely represents a good part of the absent-from-voting in the mid-term. Will they then reward the Dem Party for its failure to perform?

The Leftmost, who don't like America to begin with, can not be expected to want, or to support a comfortable, newly-minted one-percenter at the top of the party...

With Reid vastly diminished, congressional gridlock will be gone...

... since Reid, at Obama's request, can no longer bottle - up House legislation sent to the Senate. Such senatorial gridlock served to both protect senatorial Dems from painful - to - their - careers public votes and to protect Obama from having to use his veto again and again. Now the overall congressional favorably rating will notably increase as Obama's "My way or the highway" psychosis sends his favoribility rating even lower, the blame finally finding it's proper home...

Attorney General Holder, with UN help, seeks to overturn several mid-term results

Aw, c'mon, whether you are Rep or Dem, it so FITS this administration, you just HAD to look! 😆
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