Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced that the city of Houston will withdraw subpoenas of five pastors in the lawsuit over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance ( dubbed the “bathroom bill”).
Update to this story.
Convinced by clergymen from across the country that she had entered a raging national debate on religious freedom she wanted no part of, Mayor Annise Parker on Wednesday agreed to withdraw controversial subpoenas the city issued to five local pastors in connection with a lawsuit over Houston’s equal rights ordinance.
The mayor’s announcement came amid an unabated firestorm over the subpoenas, particularly among Christian conservatives and Republican politicians, who blasted Parker for trying to “silence the church.”
Parker’s decision represented the only viable political option, said University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock, a specialist in religious liberty law. Seeking so much material was inflammatory, he said, adding that much of what the city seeks can be obtained by other means.
“There was so little that seemed relevant and legitimate,” he said, “they were better to just completely withdraw them.”
Jeffrey Goldberg quoted an anonymous Obama Administration official, “The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.”
As Prime Minister, I stand firm with regard to Israel’s security. I care about the lives of each and every citizen and each and every soldier. I have been on battlefields many times. I risked my life for this country, and I am not prepared to make concessions that will endanger it….
I am being attacked only because I am protecting the State of Israel. If I did not protect the State of Israel, if I did not stand up decisively for our national and security interests, they would not attack me. And despite the attacks I face, I will continue to protect our country; I will continue to protect the citizens of Israel.
Washington Post Analysis:
“The underlying dynamic here reflects not just the general antipathy the Obama and Netanyahu administrations have for each other, but the continuing fallout from the Obama Administration’s initial gross misreading of the Israeli political scene. Very succinctly, the Obama Administration came in to office thinking it could either force Netanyahu to make concessions, or force his government to fall.” Read More
Who should have the last word in quarantine decisions elected officials or medical experts? “Elected officials, not medical experts, should determine the parameters for quarantining people in the United States. It can not be the medical experts. Nobody has elected them to make the cost benefit analysis of what is the risk of Ebola… that is essentially a political decision,” says Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
North Carolina Missionaries (SIM USA and Samaritan’s Purse) are under a 21-day quarantine when they return from Ebola-affected countries.
For precautionary measures, state and local public health officials are requiring a period of voluntary quarantine for the staff and other people who were exposed to Ebola and are returning to North Carolina within 21 days since their last exposure,” said a statement from SIM USA.
The U.S. Army will quarantine returning soldiers from Ebola-affected countries.
Dr. Craig Spencer crisscrossed New York for days before coming down with Ebola. It has emerged that Dr. Spencer “lied to officials, insisting he had stayed inside his home since arriving back in America. Detectives only discovered the truth when they checked his credit card statement.”
Nurse Hickok works for the CDC and lives in Maine. When she returned from Africa, landing in New Jersey, with a temperature, she was placed in a mandatory quarantine in a hospital as she does not have a residents in New Jersey. Hickok was driven from New Jersey to her home in Maine and placed under a 21-day in-home quarantine.
Nurse Hickok told Matt Lauer on the Today Show, ‘I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.’
Over the last 10 years the number of “great” earthquakes has nearly tripled. The frequency and intensity of earthquakes have increased. Earthquakes are the deadliest natural hazard of the past ten years. The Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) report stated, “In the past decade, nearly 60 per cent of the people killed by disasters died because of earthquakes.”
Between 2004 and 2014, 18 earthquakes with magnitudes of 8.0 or more rattled subduction zones around the globe. That’s an increase of 265 percent over the average rate of the previous century, which saw 71 great quakes, according to a report to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.
It’s clear that recent “great” earthquakes “triggered” related major quakes, says study author Thorne Lay, distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Gov. Cuomo of NY defends Ebola quarantines but loosens policy. Health works can quarantine at home and will be paid.
Facing fierce resistance from the White House and medical experts to a strict new mandatory quarantine policy, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Sunday night that medical workers who had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa but did not show symptoms of the disease would be allowed to remain at home and would receive compensation for lost income. NYTimes
Chris Christie insists he DIDN’T do U-turn under pressure from Obama after Ebola nurse is allowed to leave New Jersey hospital quarantine tent to return to Maine
New Jersey governor said Monday that the CDC cleared nurse Kaci Hickox to go home during 21-day quarantine after she tested negative for Ebola. DailyMail
Whist House pressure is being applied to the governors of NY and NJ to reverse the decision on quarantining medical workers return from Ebola-affected regions.
The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said.
But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough. NYTimes
Gov. Christ Christie has this correct and good for him for not backing down.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie explained his state’s new mandatory Ebola quarantine during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” saying that government’s first priority is protecting its citizens.
HOST CHRIS WALLACE: What about [National Institute of Health infectious disease chief Anthony] Fauci who says it’s not good science to quarantine people when they’re not symptomatic because they can’t spread the disease in those situations?
CHRISTIE: I have great respect for Dr. Fauci. But what he’s counting on is a voluntary system with folks that may or may not comply. We had this situation in New Jersey, as you know, with the NBC news crew they said they would self-quarantine and two days later they were out picking up takeout food in Princeton and walking around the streets of Princeton. The fact of the matter is I don’t believe when you’re dealing with something as serious as this we can count on voluntary system. This is government’s job. If anything else the government job is to protect the safety and health of our citizens. So we’ve taken this action, and I absolutely have no second thoughts about it. DailyCaller
New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for all medical workers who have contact with Ebola-infected individuals and arrive from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The new measures were ordered by state governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie the day after an American doctor tested positive for Ebola one week after returning from working in Guinea.
After Doctor Craig Spencer returned to New York from Guinea he crisscrossed New York ; riding different subway lines, going for a three-mile run in Harlem, grabbing coffee on the High Line, bowling in Brooklyn….
Earlier today, a woman who cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone was quarantined in Newark, New Jersey, after her plane landed. She was originally quarantined despite not having any symptoms. Hours later, however, officials said the woman, who was not identified, has a fever.ABC Later she was taken to University Hospital in Newark, NJ in a hazmat suit, placed in isolation and is being tested for Ebola. DailyMail
The CDC guidelines require 21-day self-monitoring — but not self-quarantine– for travelers from Ebola-affected regions. That needs to change to what New York and New Jersey have-mandatory quarantine for all medical workers from Ebola-affect regions.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also announced a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who have had direct contact with an individual infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. ABC7
Also stop issuing visas and stop flights from Ebola-affected countries to the USA! What U.S. officials have shown is disorganization, compliancy, and a serious lack of clarity in response to Ebola in the USA that is deeply disturbing.
George Deek is a young Christian-Arab from Jaffa, he recounts his family’s story. A story in which they were told by Arab leaders in 1948 to flee their houses while the Arab armies would destroy Israel.
George Deek is Israel’s vice ambassador to Norway. He addressed a gathering hosted by the Norwegian group “With Israel for Peace.” Mr. Deek’s speech is being characterized as “the best speech an Israeli diplomat ever held.”
“Nakba” is the Arabic word meaning “catastrophe” that Palestinians use to describe the events of 1948. Listen or read what Mr. Deek has to say about the “Nakba.”
Mr. Deek’s story captures the turbulent history of the region and he makes incredibly good points. A powerful speech that is well worth the time. The full speech transcript can be found here.
A vehicle driven by Hamas terrorist plowed into a light rail station in Jerusalem. A three-month-old girl, Chaya Zissel Braun, was killed and eight others including the baby’s parents were lightly and moderately injured. An unspeakable crime. “Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that both Chaya Zissel Braun and her parents were American citizens.”
The suspect attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot and injured by police. Israeli officials identified the suspect as a member of the terrorist group Hamas. The alleged attacker is Abdelrahman al-Shaludi, a former Palestinian prisoner from the flashpoint neighborhood of Silwan. Shaludi is the nephew of Mohiyedine Sharif, the former head of Hamas’s armed wing and its chief bombmaker who was killed in 1988. Continue reading Jerusalem Terror Attack At Light Rail Station→
Update: The shooter was identified by Canadian authorities as Muslim convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, DailyMail confirmed.
Update: Nathan Cirillo, 24 was the Canadian solider shot at the National War Memorial -a reservist from Hamilton from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment. – has died from gunshot wounds.
Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada came under attack.
A gunman shot and wounded a reserve solider standing guard at the National War Memorial across the street from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The gunman hijacked a car, drove to Parliament Hill’s Centre Block . Dozens of shot fire were heard inside Parliament Hill.