Kashkari, Drowning in Polls, ‘Saves’ Boy from Drowning in TV Ad

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who is lagging behind incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown by double digits, has taken a rather significant risk in his latest television ad, which portrays a child drowning in a swimming pool. Kashkari enters to rescue the child, whose plight is meant to be a metaphor for children stuck in California’s failing public schools. As the child recovers, head bowed, Kashkari touts his education policy.

The ad is what strategists call a “Hail Mary,” a late move designed to maximize attention at the risk of alienating some voters. Another recent example was Democrat Wendy Davis’s ad in the Texas gubernatorial race, which depicted her disabled opponent as an empty wheelchair. Like Kashkari, Davis is behind in the polls and hoping for a last-minute comeback.

“If if does backfire and Davis wants to run for office in the future, you can rest assured this one will stick with her,” wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post, calling her ad “one of the nastiest campaign ads you will ever see.”

The same may hold true for Kashkari, who is thought to be aiming for the 2016 Senate race or a future Cabinet-level appointment. 

 Ironically, Kashkari was touted during the primary as the more genteel GOP alternative, and had warned that his opponent, Tim Donnelly, would embarrass his party as Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) had in 2012.

Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak edits Breitbart California and is the author of the new ebook, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, available for Amazon Kindle.

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New Poll Finds Tillis, Hagan Tied 40 percent to 40 Percent

A new poll among likely North Carolina voters reveals just how close the election for U.S. Senate will likely be. 

A High Point University poll released Monday finds Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) both with 40 percent of the vote, if the election were held today. The Libertarian candidate, pizza deliveryman Sean Haugh received 7 percent. 

Mondays results show an apparent tightening of the race from last month’s High Point survey when the two frontrunners were in a statistical tie with Tillis receiving 40 percent of the vote and Hagan pulling in 42 percent.

“We have been saying all along that North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race had the potential to be extremely close. These results show that it may be a tie going into the home stretch. Voters make two basic decisions: whether to vote and for whom they will vote when they get there. This particular race will likely hinge on how partisans make that first decision,” Martin Kifer, director of the High Point University Poll, said Monday. 

The poll of 410 likely voters also looked at Obama and Hagan’s approval numbers. Based on the poll, 57 percent of likely voters disapprove of Obama and 50 percent disapprove of Hagan.  

“This U.S. Senate race is very close, and one reason for that is the generally negative outlook North Carolina’s voters have right now. This electoral environment will make it more difficult for either candidate to open up a wide lead, and the competitiveness of the race will compound this tendency by continuing to attract extremely high levels of outside spending and negative campaigning,” Kifer added. 

The relative tightening of the race come following two debates and as the Tillis campaign and GOP has been hitting Hagan for her numerous absences from Armed Services committee hearings in the face of ISIS, supporting Obama policies, and conflicts of interest.

Monday, the North Carolina Republican Party highlighted a new report from Inside Sources about another possible conflict of interest, charging that Hagan has profited from her support of the Export Import Bank.

According to the report, Hagan’s husband serves on the board of and owns up to $250,000 stock in Mother Murphy’s Laboratories, which has received $300,000 annually in Ex-Im Bank loans since 2010. 

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Can You Treat Ebola — And Stay Safe?

A Dallas nurse who cared for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan — not his family or friends — has contracted the virus. Why health-care professionals are feeling especially alarmed.

The announcement that a second case of Ebola has been diagnosed in Dallas should provide an enormous sense of security for the worried general public — after all, the case has occurred not in casual contacts or even family members but rather, as predicted, in someone who cared for the patient in the late stages of his infection.

Against the sigh of semi-relief, though, is the shiver of fear as a collective chill runs down the spine of health-care workers in the United States, Africa, and Spain charged with caring for infected patients. 

According to reports on Sunday, a female nurse who was involved in the treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan has been confirmed to be carrying the disease, making her the first case of Ebola transmitted in the United States. The case further complicates an already thorny question: Are health-care workers treating Ebola ever really insulated from the disease?

The spread of Ebola from patient to health-care worker is a new development here, but it has been raging in West Africa for months. In the World Health Organization’s most recent report, it is identified as “an alarming feature of [the] outbreak.” 

As of Oct. 8, the WHO reported 8,376 cases worldwide, of which almost half — 4,024 — had died. Among medical personnel, there were 416 confirmed cases and 233 deaths, a mortality rate of more than 56 percent. While the number of health-care worker deaths may seem small in comparison to the overall death toll, just three physicians are covering six of the hardest-hit counties in Liberia, according to the CDC. The high death rate among doctors and nurses could weigh heavily on prospective volunteers. 

In some ways, the concept of a health-care professional contracting the disease from a patient in the United States is more alarming. In West Africa, most medical facilities lack basic supplies, meaning many health-care workers there who contract the disease probably never had proper protective gear in the first place. 

In the United States, with its endless supply of gloves, masks, boots, and gowns, transmission of the disease from patient to health-care worker implies something different. Personal protective gear is only as effective as the protocol for using it.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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HOLD FOR ALEX The Nuclear Option: The Post-Obama Nobel Prizes Go To…

Now, in this hopeful Spring of post-partisan, post-racial and post-violent times, the world must come together to celebrate all this truth, justice, freedom and progress with a whole new slate of Nobel Prizes.

But these won’t be just any Nobel Prizes. They will be the Post-Obama Nobel Prizes named, of course, in honor of 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and America’s greatest president, Barack H. Obama!

To be sure, no easy task this will be with so many great leaders to choose from in this constellation of statesmen around the world. But for the benefit of all mankind and historical posterity, we must push on.

Let’s start with the hardest award. Who in this world is a giant big enough to carry the mantle of peace bestowed upon us by 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack H. Obama?

How about Secretary of State John F. Kerry? It is true that he is personally responsible for a vast majority of peace in the world today — especially in the Middle East — capping decades of expertise droning on and on and on during Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings. The problem is he will probably accept the medal, and then later change his mind and throw it away during a protest outside the White House.

What about Syrian President Bashar Assad? He has been wonderfully effective at eliminating so much discord in the streets of his very own country by using creative and invisible means of coercion that are by no means guilty of discriminating against anybody. The only problem being that Mr. Assad is not being very kind to the peace-loving Islamic State immigrants who have taken up in his beautiful country.

Unfortunately, Moammar Gadhafi is dead.

So, to play it safe, we probably should just give the Post-Obama Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama again for all of the wars he has ended and applauding him for the 181 countries in the world he has not bombed, not including the United States.

With that big award out of the way, the rest are actually pretty easy no-brainers.

The Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Nuclear Physics goes to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for his unfettered expansion of centrifuges and other nuclear technologies in the face of widespread furrowed brows and finger shaking and red line-drawing from around the world.

The Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Medicine, of course, goes to Thomas Duncan of Liberia and now Dallas, who fearlessly and without regard for himself, his loved ones or anyone else on the planet did selflessly lie and board a plane in Monrovia and fly to Dallas, Texas, to share the Ebola virus with the new world.

It is a story of Love over Death. We will just have to wait and see exactly how many deaths his love will have triumphed over. If there were a Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Sharing, Thomas Duncan would get that, too.

The Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Literature goes to E.L. James with her book “Fifty Shades of Gray” for finally putting an end to conservatives’ war on women by demonstrating to men all over the world once and for all just how women really want to be treated.

Chivalry is finally dead for good! And “No” means “No” — except in cases where you know she really means “Yes!”

The Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Mathematics goes to Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security for being able to count all the tens of thousands of disease-ridden, parasite carrying, plague-spreading illegal children that have poured over the border this year. The vast majority of graduates of Chicago Public Schools cannot count that high.

The Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Community Organizing goes to none other than first lady Michelle Obama for her extraordinary successful campaign to end fatness among America’s school children. What parent could have dreamed that all you had to do is order schools to start serving children orange and green vegetable foods and they will happily gobble them all up!

The Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Economics goes to former President Jimmy Carter, who taught America how to ration gasoline, wear sweaters, welcome illegal criminals from other countries and generally deliver insufferable sermons of obnoxious piety.

The Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to North America’s favorite mayor, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Well, obviously.

And, finally, the Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Al Sharpton of MSNBC because he has such great physics ever since he went on a diet and lost 1,300 pounds, only 200 pounds of which was that giant Mercedes decal he used to wear on a chain around his neck.

Mr. Sharpton’s great physics today do not come entirely without some cost to the rest of us. Sadly, he has also put away all of those marvelous track suits that used to stretch nearly to the point of splitting at press conferences as he destroyed police careers, stirred up racial violence and blackmailed all of America’s greatest companies.

Which leads us to one of life’s most enduring questions: Why is it that people who exercise the least always seem to wear exercise clothes the most? And wear them everywhere they go? Perhaps that is a question for next year’s Post-Obama Nobel Prize in Physics.

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com, or on Twitter at @charleshurt.

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Cruz: Obama Waging War On Women, Meet The Three Women Who Inspired Me

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued here at a women’s forum hosted by Palladian View that President Barack Obama is waging a war on women.

“For the last six years under President Obama, 3.7 million have entered poverty,” Cruz said in opening remarks before taking questions from local reporters on a panel. “Under President Obama, the median income for women has dropped by $733. You want to talk about a war on women? That’s a war on women.”

Cruz opened his speech with some familiar and some new jokes about how distant Washington, D.C., is from the rest of America. 

“I spent most of last month in Washington, D.C., so it is great to be back in America,” Cruz said when he took the stage, an infamous line he first coined when visiting Texas after the defund Obamacare battle in Washington about a year ago.

“Tomorrow morning when we go to church, a lot of our pastors may start by going to the original root—looking to the etymology. If you look to the etymology of the word ‘politics,’ it has two parts. ‘Poli,’ meaning many, and ‘tics’ meaning blood-sucking parasites. That fairly accurately describes Washington, D.C.,” Cruz then said, a new joke.

Cruz, who was joined here in the early presidential primary state at this event by his wife Heidi and 6-year-old daughter Caroline—their youngest daughter Catherine, who is 3 years old, was not with them here—also joked about how Caroline doesn’t like politics.

“Back when I was running for the Senate in 2012, we were going around the clock and one Saturday morning Caroline—who’s here in the audience—on Saturday morning at 6:30 in the morning, I was doing a radio interview on the phone,” Cruz said. “Caroline jumped out of bed and came running into our bedroom like she does on most Saturday mornings. Heidi was still lying in bed, and Heidi jumped out of bed. She grabbed Caroline and she brought her into the living room. She said, ‘not now sweetie. Daddy’s doing a radio interview.’ Caroline crossed her arms and stomped back and said ‘politics, politics, politics! It’s always politics!'”

That helped him shift into the theme of his speech, which is that the reason why the 50 or so folks were there in the audience on a Saturday morning—rather than doing something else—is because “the stakes in our country are incredible.” 

“We’re here today because we’re concerned about the future for our kids and our grandkids,” Cruz said, adding that “there is no force in politics like Republican women” and he “would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Republican women.”

In his speech, Cruz laid out the three women in his life who had the most impact on him as a person: his mother, his wife Heidi and his aunt Sonia—who like his father Rafael fled communism in Cuba for America after fighting against the rise of Fidel Castro’s regime.

“What I want to do today is I want to talk about three women I admire, three women in my life who have had a real impact on my life,” Cruz said.

Cruz’s father Rafael and his story have been prominent during Cruz’s rise to political superstardom since first getting elected to the U.S. Senate a couple years ago, but his aunt Sonia’s story, his wife’s story and his mother’s story have not—Cruz later told Breitbart News this was one of, if not the first time he’s ever brought Sonia’s story up in public.

But each of the three women—his mother, his wife and his aunt—have their own compelling narratives that surround them, and their impact on Cruz as a senator and as a person.

“The first woman I want to talk about is my mom,” Cruz said, noting that his mother was born in Bloomington, Delaware, was his mother’s mother “was the second youngest of 17 kids.” 

“It was a blue collar family, and no one in the family had ever gone to college,” Cruz said of his mother’s family. “When my mom was in high school, her dad was transferred down to Houston—and my mom became the first person in her family to ever go to college. She went to Rice University and graduated in 1956 with a degree in math. Now I tell you, my grandfather was not an easy man. He drank far too much and he had a view that women didn’t need to get an education. My mother was not someone who agreed and so my mother who is very quiet and soft-spoken with a steely spine, she stood up to her father and said she was going to go college and she was going to go to work. It was an epic battle.”

Cruz told the audience of how his mother then got a job at Shell oil company as a computer programmer. “Now you want to talk about two industries where there are very few women, you take the oil and gas industry and computer programming you put them together and there were virtually no women,” Cruz said. “When I was growing up my mom used to tell me about how she literally didn’t learn how to type—she said look, ‘I understood the world I was living in. It was the 1950s, I would be walking down the hall at Shell and men would stop me and they would say sweetheart, would you type this for me? My mom would be able to smile very gracefully and say I would love to help you out but I don’t know how to type. I guess you’re going to have to use me as a computer programmer instead.'”

Cruz noted like everyone, his mom’s life “has had its ups and downs—she’s had her challenges.”

“My mom when she came out of school she was shortly thereafter married. She had a son, a son named Michael,” Cruz said. “When he was just a few months old, my mom woke up and she found Michael dead in his crib. It crippled her. I’m going to tell you that had an enormous impact on my mother. It ended up breaking up her first marriage. To this day, I don’t know anyone who is more strongly pro-life than my mother is—when you see a baby taken from you far too early it makes it personal.”

Cruz also told the audience that his parents actually split up when he was three years old—only to reunite after his father became an active Christian.

“When I was a little kid, my parents were working in the oil and gas industry up in Calgary, Canada,” Cruz said. “Unfortunately, at the time, both my parents—neither one of them thought the relationship would work. They both drank far too much. My dad, when I was three years old, decided he didn’t want to be here anymore, that he didn’t want to be a dad to his three year old son. So my dad got on a plane and he flew back to Houston, and left my mother—so my mother found herself a single mom with a toddler son. Now thank God when my dad got to Houston, a colleague of his in the oil and gas industry—he invited him to go to pray. He went to Church and he gave his life to Jesus. It turned his life around. He went to the airport and bought himself an airline ticket and got on a plane and he flew back to Calgary to be with my mom.”

Cruz said that story proves to him “faith is real.”

“I don’t know everything but I know in my family it [faith] is the reason why I wasn’t raised by a single mom,” Cruz said. “It’s the reason why I had my dad in the house every day as a father when I was a kid. My mom has been a best friend my whole life and she has been an incredibly fantastic grandmother for our two little girls.”

Cruz then shifted into talking about his wife Heidi, who sat in the front row of the auditorium at the local community college while Cruz was on stage.

“The second woman I want to talk about is my wife Heidi,” Cruz said. “Heidi is here today. Heidi was raised, she was a child of missions. Her parents periodically lived across the world including two different times where Heidi lived in Africa, in Kenya and Nigeria, as a little girl. When she was four and six years old, she lived in Africa, she would describe how she would play with kids there. They spoke Swahili and she didn’t speak a word of it—she spoke English—yet somehow Heidi and they managed to play together and connect and have fun in the universal language of children. She, as a little girl, grew up in California—and as a little girl she started a business. She was a small business owner at the age of—I don’t know 8 or 9? And it was a business baking bread. She and her older brother both started competing bread companies. When they would come home and bake bread, they would sell it to their neighbors. They baked and sold tens of thousands of loaves of bread.”

Cruz noted how he and Heidi met while both working for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000—joking that means Bush is a uniter, not a divider.

“Heidi and I met on January 3, 2000,” Cruz said. “We were both working on the George W. Bush presidential campaign in Austin, Texas. We were actually one of eight marriages that came out of the Bush campaign—which leads to a lousy joke that I’ve told many, many times, which is: no matter what else you think of George W. Bush, in our house he will always be a uniter and not a divider.”

Cruz then shifted to his aunt Sonia’s story, which is very similar to his father Rafael’s—except she stayed in Cuba longer to fight Castro after he was in power. Cruz joked that Sonia is harder core than his father, who has gotten a reputation in conservative political circles for being one of the bravest leaders along with his son.

“The third woman I want to talk about is my Aunt Sonia,” Cruz said. “Many of you have heard me talk about my dad or you’ve gotten to know my father Rafael Cruz—who fled Cuba in 1957. Well, my Tia Sonia is my father’s sister—she stayed in Cuba after my father left. She was there once Castro took over. Now, if you think my father has strong views, that’s only because you’ve never met my Tia Sonia. She thinks he’s shy and needs to express himself. My aunt remained in Cuba after the revolution and she began fighting in the counter revolution—fighting against Castro. She was a high school girl, and three of them were on the softball team together in high school during the day and at night they’d go and burn down sugar cane as part of the counter revolution. My aunt ended up being thrown in prison and tortured when she was a teenager. She fled to Cuba in the early 60s and came to Texas to be with my father here—and she is a woman who just has great principle and fire. Her daughter Bibi, who’s my first cousin who is like a sister to me, my Tia Sonia raised Bibi as a single mom.”

Cruz said that because Sonia and the rest of his family have extended family in Cuba, occasionally his “Tia Sonia” goes back to Cuba to meet with them. He told a story of one person she met with when back there who cried as he praised her courage to get out of Cuba as Castro consolidated power, something this old friend of Sonia’s didn’t have the courage to do.

“My Tia Sonia told me a story of one time she was back there, she was there with my cousin, and she was visiting a high school friend who was at the time and now is a sort of mid-level Communist Party activist,” Cruz said. “She was in his house and he has a picture of Fidel Castro up above the sink. She described how they walked in and he took her into the kitchen and very carefully closed the curtains and sealed off the windows so no one could look in. Her friend sat down and began weeping uncontrollably, and said, ‘you know, Sonia, I look at your daughter. Bibi is young, she is vivacious, she’s a beautiful woman full of fire. I see the joy, I see the hope and sparkles in her eyes.’ He said, ‘I look at my own kids and my own kids, they don’t have that joy. They don’t have that hope. You had the courage to get out of here. You had the courage to escape and make it to America’ and he said, ‘my children will never have that hope. They will never have that freedom because I was too much of a coward to get out.’ Tia Sonia said he just sat there for about 15 minutes with his head in his hands, weeping. Then he stood up and walked over to the sink, turned it on and got some water to clean up his face—smiled broadly and opened the window shades.”

Cruz said that because of his family’s impact on him, he fights for them on the national level.

“One of the great lessons of being the child of an immigrant like my dad and the nephew of an immigrant like my Tia Sonia is it makes you wonder just how wonderful, just how special and just how precious our freedom is,” Cruz said. “If I were to tell you the women who I fight for the hardest, it would be our daughters Caroline and Catherine. Caroline is 6. Catherine is 3.”

That all gets back to his larger point—about how Democrats and President Obama are hurting opportunity for Americans.

“Right now for the first time in our nation’s history, most Americans don’t think their kids will have a better life than them—76 percent of Americans right now think their kids will have a worse life than they do,” Cruz said. “That has never been true in the history of our country.”

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