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Stephen Colbert “On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and New York Governor, uhm, I want to say one of the Cuomos, Harpo?, announced that both states would enforce a mandatory 21 day quarantine for anyone who has come in contact with Ebola patients, even if they have no symptoms, which I hear, is the first symptom, leading to the immediate quarantine of a nurse returning from Ebola stricken Sierra Leone, Kaci Hickox who, after landing at Newark airport, underwent hours of interrogation and when a forehead scanner recorded her temperature as 101 degrees, authorities left her in the room for another 3 hours.  Still, better than flying into LaGuardia.  She was then taken to University Hospital in Newark and placed in a luxurious tent structure outside with a port-o-potty, no shower, and no connection to the outside world except her iPhone.  Big deal, throw in a space heater, a sixer of Labatts, and you’re basically ice fishing.  Unfortunately, she used her iPhone to gripe to the media about her forcible imprisonment.”

Hickox “I have been asymptomatic since I’ve been here.  I completely don’t understand it.  It is not based on any clear public health evidence and it’s not the recommendation of public health and medical experts at this point.  This is an extreme that is really unacceptable and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated.”

Colbert “Human rights?  I’m sorry ma’am, but the Constitution does not say the you have the right to endanger your neighbors, unless it’s with a gun.”

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/8hjpi2/ebola-in-new-york

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Bill Maher “This Valentine’s day, Americans must remember that politicians are like a box of chocolates. We bite into them to find out what’s on the inside, only to discover that Democrats are too often soft and gooey, and Republicans are mostly nuts.

Valentine’s day is a good time to remember that psychologists tell us that the strongest relationships aren’t built on animal attraction, they’re built on a lifetime of respect and trust, if that’s what you’re into. But it’s also not really an accurate description of the American psyche which is always obsessed with what is new. We love the new phone, the new app, the new restaurant, the new app that tells us about the new restaurant, and we see this phenomenon in Presidential races. Voters say they want experience, but time after time a party nominates the guy we don’t know that well, and he wins. And, when they nominate the older guy, who’s waited his turn, they loose. Bob Dole, Al Gore, John McCain, John Kerry, Walter Mondale, Mitt Romney. America looked at all of them and said where’s the mystery, where’s the romance? Or in McCain’s case, where’s the pulse?

In America, the ideal candidate for office is someone no one knows, like Barack Obama in 2007. If he had waited another four years to run, voters might have caught on that underneath his chocolate coating was a creamy layer of intellect, and that never goes over well in America. But Obama, always smart, and he realized that if you wait your turn, when your turn finally comes, America is already tired of you. Oh, he was told to wait, told that it wasn’t his turn, that he had only been a Senator since Tuesday, told that nobody knew him, that he hadn’t done anything, and he said exactly. Yes, much better to be a blank canvas before you’ve cast all those votes that can be twisted in attack ads, before you’ve made enemies and left a paper trail, before your dick pics go viral. Before, in short, you have too much baggage.

And who has more baggage than the current favorite for the next Democratic nomination. This week Rand Paul and Reince Priebus both announced that the old Clinton scandals were fair game in 2016, as if it was Hilary’s fault that her husband got blown when he was President in the ’90’s. Like she was in on it….No, that Obama. Smart guy. He knew, get in early before some stuff happens.

And the guy who missed that lesson is Chris Christie. He could have, and should have run in 2012, back when he still had that new candidate smell. Back when the public didn’t look at him and think scandal, they looked at him and thought thank God humans invented clothing. Three months ago, Christie was such a shoe-in for the White House they were practically measuring which wall to knock down to get the forklift in. But now, he’s 350 pounds of toast, because the longer you stay in, the more likely some bad thing will stick to you.

It could be anything. A land deal from 25 years ago, an illegal nanny, the fact that you’re a witch. People in your office, who you had absolutely no knowledge of, doing something really stupid like throwing a tantrum and keeping people from crossing a bridge, like a four year old crossed with a troll.

Politicians are like suede jackets. There are cheap ones and expensive ones, but once they get rain on them, they all look like shit.”

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Most Republicans steered clear of criticizing the NRA before LaPierre’s maligned press conference, but there were signs Friday and over the weekend that was starting to change. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told reporters that the proposal to place armed guards more schools — the cornerstone of the NRA’s response to Newtown — is not “the solution to safety in schools.”

“You don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids,” Christie said. “I don’t think that’s a positive example for children. We should be able to figure out other ways to enhance safety.”

Republicans largely haven’t criticized the NRA (and Christie was very careful about it in his remarks) but the New Jersey governor’s statement is an indication that the NRA did not give Republicans the cover they needed with the press conference of subsequent media appearances. On Fox News Sunday, for example, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) shied away from talk of gun control but also criticized LaPierre’s call for congressional action to force guns into all the nation’s public schools, saying decisions about guards in schools should be made at the local level. On CBS’s Face The Nation, retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said regulation of high capacity magazines is worth discussing.

“Those large clips need to be looked at,” she said.

But there are also signs the NRA is solidifying it’s support in some circles. In an interview with Slate last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested he’d be open to talk of banning high-capacity magazines. But on Sunday, Graham told Meet The Press such a ban wouldn’t do much.

“I can change a magazine pretty quick,” Graham, who spoke of his own AR-15 rifle back home, said. He embraced the call for increased school security coming from the NRA.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/nra-faceplant-newtown.php?ref=fpa