The Agenda Project is a leftist 501(c)4 organization running campaign ads in various battleground states. And they're working to solve the Ebola problem by properly assigning blame. In an email with the subject line, "If you die, blame them," the group says it's launching "a multi-pronged blitzkrieg attack that lays blame for the Ebola crisis exactly where it belongs -- at the feet of the Republican lawmakers. Like rabid dogs in a butcher shop, Republicans have indiscriminately shredded everything in their path, including critical programs that could have dealt with the Ebola crisis before it reached our country." It's evidently escaped the group's notice that Democrats have controlled the White House and Senate since 2009, or that the "Republican sequester" was actually Barack Obama's idea and he signed it into law. In related news, Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, blamed budget cuts for the lack of a vaccine for Ebola. Perhaps Collins would care to explain why NIH spent $1.5 million last year to study why lesbians are fat instead of putting the money toward that vaccine. The truth is, House Republicans added more money to CDC's budget than Obama requested. As the U.S. Army cuts its forces to 490,000, and then to 450,000 due to budget constraints, it will struggle with training and standing equipped to respond to national security crises around the world, according to U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno. "The problem is that since we made those statements [about the cuts], the world is changing in front of us," Ordierno said. "I now have concerns whether even the old level of 490,000 is the right thing to do because of what I see potentially on the horizon." That horizon is filled with an emboldened Russia, ISIL and the spreading scourge of Ebola. But while the federal government has an enumerated, constitutional duty to create a military force to provide for the defense of the nation, the military is not immune from government waste plaguing other agencies. For example, the Pentagon bought the Afghani government 20 Italian airplanes -- totaling $486 million -- but the planes were defective. The scrapped planes recouped $32,000. Maybe they should have bought American-made equipment. Last month, the FBI released a study on mass shootings since 2000. We looked at the underlying cultural problems, but gun researcher John Lott dug deeper into the actual numbers the FBI used. What he found is astounding. "The FBI counted 160 'mass' or 'active' shootings in public places from 2000 to 2013," Lott wrote. "Worse, it said these attacks rose from just one in 2000 to 17 in 2013. Media outlets worldwide gave the 'news' extensive coverage. Too bad the study is remarkably shoddy -- slicing the evidence to distort the results. In fact, mass public shootings have only risen ever so slightly over the last four decades. While the FBI study discusses 'mass shootings or killings,' its graphs were filled with cases that had nothing to do with mass killings. Of the 160 cases it counted, 32 involved a gun being fired without anyone being killed. Another 35 cases involved a single murder. It’s hard to see how the FBI can count these incidents, which make up 42 percent of its 160 cases, as 'mass killings.'" In other words, it appears the FBI produced a deceptive report that just happens to bolster the gun-grabbing agenda of the Obama administration. If you know about Common Core, the North Dakota oil boom, and the leader of Israel, then you might be a conservative. The Pew Research Center conducted a News IQ poll from Sept. 25-28 quizzing people on their news knowledge. On average, a conservative respondent answered 5.7 of the 12 questions correctly, while the average Democrat correctly identified 5. "Differences in news knowledge across partisan groups are relatively modest, though Republicans tend to do somewhat better than Democrats overall," Pew reported. "On other issues, such as the unemployment rate, there are hardly any differences in news knowledge between Republicans and Democrats. Just 38% of Republicans and 34% of Democrats know that the unemployment rate is currently closest to 6%. Many Americans overestimate the current unemployment rate: 27% say it is closest to 9%, while an additional 18% think the rate is closest to 12%," which only further highlights the recovery is not yet felt by most Americans. Perhaps conservatives know more because they understand a self-governing people must be informed. And don't forget how much Democrats depend on low-information voters. Jim Morris
Twilight Imagery, Inc.