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Pentagon to create Ebola medical 'swat' team
  The Pentagon announced Sunday that it will create a 30-person team of medical experts that could quickly leap into a region if new Ebola cases emerge in the United States, providing support for civilian doctors who lack proficiency in fighting the deadly virus. The equivalent of a medical SWAT team will include five military doctors, five trainers and 20 nurses. They will begin training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio within the next week. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command, said members of the medical team could directly provide care to Ebola patients. The military team would work in support of civilian physicians. It will not be sent to West Africa, but rather available to deploy as needed in the U.S. The announcement came as federal health officials tried to calm the nerves of Americans rattled by Ebola’s arrival on U.S. soil.

Washington Post: Pentagon plans Ebola domestic-response team of medical experts to aid doctors
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Isolation period ending for contacts of Ebola patient
  Dozens of Dallas-area residents who had contact with the first Ebola patient to be treated in the United States, including the man's fiancee, were expected to be free to leave seclusion early today after a 21-day quarantine period expired at midnight. In all, 48 people who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan before he was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with the Ebola virus Sept. 28 were likely to emerge healthy. The incubation period also has passed for about a dozen health workers who encountered Duncan when he went to the hospital for the first time, on Sept. 25. [As of now, the Ebola virus has still made it no further into the U.S. population than the two nurses who contracted the virus treating the patient in Texas.]

Fox News: Isolation period ends for family, contacts of Ebola patient
Pentagon to create Ebola medical 'swat' team
  The Pentagon announced Sunday that it will create a 30-person team of medical experts that could quickly leap into a region if new Ebola cases emerge in the United States, providing support for civilian doctors who lack proficiency in fighting the deadly virus. The equivalent of a medical SWAT team will include five military doctors, five trainers and 20 nurses. They will begin training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio within the next week. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command, said members of the medical team could directly provide care to Ebola patients. The military team would work in support of civilian physicians. It will not be sent to West Africa, but rather available to deploy as needed in the U.S. The announcement came as federal health officials tried to calm the nerves of Americans rattled by Ebola’s arrival on U.S. soil.

Washington Post: Pentagon plans Ebola domestic-response team of medical experts to aid doctors
Key senate races too close to call
  Democrats are pouring money into two states once considered long-shot races – Georgia and South Dakota – as the battle for the U.S. Senate comes down to the wire – and the polls in key states are within the margin of error. In Georgia, polls show Democrat Michelle Nunn gaining ground. Republican David Perdue had a consistent lead during September, but the former business executive lost altitude in the face of Democratic claims that he moved manufacturing jobs overseas during his business career. And, in South Dakota former Gov. Mike Rounds, the GOP nominee, still leads in publicly available polls, but in the low single digits - a pair of challengers is within striking distance. Democrats are banking on their investment in get-out-the-vote operations, which they believe will deliver stronger support for their candidates than polls suggest. The WSJ reports “Democrats are looking for new building blocks for a majority in unexpected places in part because prospects seem to be fading for three of their incumbents, in Alaska, Arkansas and Louisiana, while a fourth, in Colorado, has come under pressure.” In only two of ten key races do the Democrats lead in the Realclearpolitics average of polls, but all of the averages are within the margin of error.

Wall Street Journal: Democrats’ New Senate Move: Backing Long-Shot Candidates
Maryland crowd walks out on Obama campaign speech
  A “steady stream of people” walked out on an Obama campaign speech Sunday. Reuters reports: “President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.” [The report offered no further explanation for the departures.] With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money. Most candidates have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.

Reuters: Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early
Hensarling lays out aggressive GOP agenda
  At least one Republican in a position to do something plans to do something if Republicans take control of both houses of Congress in the November election. The Wall Street Journal turned a weekend spotlight on Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, who will help drive economic policy in the House, and plans to seek a fairly ambitious agenda. The Journal reports: “The common theme he stresses with Journal editors is liberating people from bureaucracy, whether they are seeking a mortgage, buying health insurance, crossing America’s southern border to make an honest living in the U.S. or simply filling out their tax returns.” In a nutshell, Hensarling would: Slash tax rates, along with loopholes, to enact a simpler, more user-friendly tax system; Defund the Export-Import Bank, a monument to crony capitalism that provides cheap financing for selected international trade deals; Revisit Dodd-Frank, with special focus on the law’s Financial Stability Oversight Council—which can vote to rescue certain huge corporations it deems “systemically important”—and on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which he calls “the single most unaccountable agency in the history of America.” --- Beyond Hensarling’s committee, he says the GOP agenda next year should include “making ObamaCare optional.” And the Texan would like to see immigration reform that allows more H-1B visas for high-tech workers and also creates a “vibrant guest-worker program” for low-skill workers who want to come here to work in agriculture for example. He said he believes a good guest-worker program is a form of border security because it allows law enforcement to focus on catching criminals and terrorists: “Less hay to find the needles.”

Wall Street Journal: What If Republicans Win?
U.S. drops arms, aid to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani
  The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants. CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to take full control of Kobani. In a conference call with reporters after CentCom announced the airdrops, senior administration officials said three C-130 planes dropped 27 bundles of small arms, ammunition and medical supplies. The airdrops are almost certain to anger the Turkish government, which has said it would oppose any U.S. arms transfers to the Kurdish rebels in Syria. Turkey views the main Kurdish group in Syria as an extension of the Turkish Kurd group known as the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terror group by the U.S. and by NATO. The airdrops came amid reports of some of the fiercest fighting yet in the month-long battle for Kobani, with Reuters reporting that Islamic state fighters had attacked Kurdish fighters with mortars and car bombs. The Britain-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights claimed that 70 Islamic State fighters had been killed over two days, though those reports could not be immediately confirmed.

Fox News: US drops arms, ammunition to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani
Bishops reject shift in tone on gays, divorce
  Catholic bishops voted Saturday to water down a report they released earlier this week that appeared to advocate a significant shift in the church’s approach to homosexuals and divorced Catholics, reflecting a deep split within the church’s leadership. That document, released halfway through the two-week synod, proposed a more open approach to gays and suggested a path for divorced Catholics who have remarried to again receive communion. A final vote on the document showed majority support for the original sections regarding gays and remarried Catholics, but it fell short of the two-third majority needed to retain them in their original in the synod’s final report. As a result of the vote, both portions were revised. The section originally applauding the “precious support” sometimes found in same-sex unions was dropped, replaced by language simply saying that gays must be “welcomed with respect and delicacy.” On the topic of remarried Catholics, the final document largely expresses the need for further study on a solution. ---Addressing the bishops following the tally, Pope Francis , who authorized the publication of the vote on each section of the document, frankly addressed the fault lines that ran through the bishops’ two-week debate. He warned against “the temptation of hostile rigidity” on the part of “so-called traditionalists,” as well as “deceptive mercy” by “so-called progressives.” One must be aware of “the temptation…to throw stones at sinners,” the pontiff said. But church leaders must also avoid “giving in to the worldly spirit, instead of purifying it in God’s spirit.”

Wall Street Journal: Bishops Reject Shift in Tone for Gay, Divorced Catholics
Pence backs off pre-K grant after pressure from conservatives
  After complaints from social conservatives and Tea Party groups, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has decided not to take $80 million in federal pre-K expansion grants. Opponents have argued that the federal program is little more than a dressed-up version of federal daycare. Pence Communications Director Christy Denault denied that the governor was swayed by pressure from the groups. "The governor's office routinely hears from constituents on a wide variety of issues, but Governor Pence makes his decisions based on fact and principle, not lobbying," Denault wrote in an email Friday. Pence had not spoken out before against the federal grant. He opened the year with an extensive push for a state-run preschool voucher program. But he explained in an op-ed issued Friday that he was concerned federal requirements could derail the state program, by forcing it to an early start. [In Tennessee, Gov. Haslam has decided to seek $70 million in the pre-K expansion grants for Nashville and Memphis.] Indiana tea party groups, social conservatives claim victory in Pence pre-kindergarten move
Why France is a nation in decline
  The London Telegraph has been examining “how France has suffered as a result of the reckless economic strategies,” including a look at what it calls “small business owners who are crippled by payroll taxes that stifle growth and still fail to pay for the lavish benefits system.” The Telegraph reports: ---“Nowhere else on the planet is the gap between pensioner and worker income quite as narrow as it is in France. Provided he’s worked enough years, a train driver can expect to retire on 80 per cent of salary at just 60 years of age.” --- “Generous public services and entitlements are only affordable if the economy prospers sufficiently to pay for them, and the French economy is most certainly not prospering. Growth has ground to a halt, unemployment is off the scale, particularly among the young, and oppressively high levels of taxation, in combination with restrictive labor laws, have undermined all prospect of meaningful business expansion and job creation.” --- “The system is self-evidently no longer affordable, or even…remotely desirable. Attempts to sustain the social contract with ever higher levels of taxation have succeeded only in further reducing the economy’s capacity to pay.” [This is the future that awaits the U.S. if we keep expanding out social welfare system, raising taxes on the rich to pay for it, and imposing more regulations on businesses large and small. In fact, it’s the future that awaits us if we don’t reverse – not just stop adding to – all those mistakes – the same ones that have France much closer to the brink than the U.S.]

London Telegraph: Small Business Owners Explain Why France Is A Nation In Decline
Judge bars from pulpit AIDS-stricken pastor who slept with flock
  It took a judge to get a pastor out of the pulpit, even though he confessed to having sex with church members and neglected to tell them he had aids. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price ruled approved a preliminary injunction sought by deacons and trustees of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church against the Rev. Juan McFarland. A lawsuit filed by deacons and trustees of the church says the congregation voted to fire him Oct. 5 but that he refused to step down, had the locks changed on the church and had names changed on bank accounts. The plaintiffs say that in August and September, McFarland delivered sermons during which he confessed to having sex with church members in the church building, but not in the sanctuary, having HIV but not telling sex partners, and using illegal drugs. The court case centers not on the pastor's confessions but on church bylaws adopted in January 2013. They say pastors can't be fired and can leave only through resignation or death. The bylaws also give pastors the authority to fire church leaders.

Fox News: AIDS-stricken pastor who slept with flock barred from pulpit
Lamar dodges amnesty question
  July 28, 2014 - The audio version of a Ralph Rant by the same name.
Rafael Cruz to rally Nashville Tea party crows
  July 16, 2014 - Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, prepares for his starring role in the Nashville Tea Party "We the people" rally.
Laura Ingraham to stump for Carr in Nashville
  July 16, 2014 - National talk show host Laura Ingraham discusses why she's coming to Nashville next week to stump for Joe Carr in his race against Lamar Alexander.
Carr defends Haslam against 'lying' charge
  April 4, 2014 - Rep. Joe Carr to VW. If you have proof Haslam has gone "all Sopranos' on you, have the courage to come forth yourself.
'Minimum'is not 'living'
  March 27, 2014 - This is for those who believe they are "stuck" in a minimum wage job, and think a higher minimum wage is the solution.
What is a free market?
  March 17, 2014 - Everyone talks about the free market, but exactly what is it?
Organized business v. Common Core Opponents
  March 17, 2014 - Here's my analysis of the campaign by organized business to protect Common Core.
Rep. Mathew Hill updates fight to repeal Common Core
  March 14, 2014 - Rep. Mathew Hill (R-Jonesborough)discusses the floor fight in the Tennessee House over Common Core, and where the fight goes next.
Looney defends Common Core
  March 14, 2014 - Williamson County School Supt. Dr. Mike Looney defends Common Core, even as he professes ambivalence about the program. He begins by answering that some central planning of the economy, and education, is beneficial.
Womick leads 'war on core'
  Mar. 11, 2014 - Rep. Rick Womick (R-Rutherford Co.) takes questions about his effort to repeal the Common Core education standards - with Common Core supporter Mark Hill, chief policy officer with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, joining the discussion about half-way through the program.
Mr. Obama, tear down these walls
  Jan. 31, 2014 - Here's a "reenactment" of my rally rant on the occasion of President Obama's visit to Nashville.
Carr accuses Lamar of protecting Obamacare
  Jan. 24, 2014 - State Rep. Joe Carr, running for U.S. Senate against Lamar Alexander, accuses the senior senator from Tennessee of siding with the defenders of Obamacare.
Sen. Stacy Campfield - Is Lamar in trouble
  Dec. 4, 2013 - State Sen. Stacy Campfield of Knoxville discusses why he thinks Sen. Lamar Alexander is running scared.
Matheny seeks 'vertical' ammunition industry in Tennessee
  Nov. 26, 2013 - Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) discusses the heightened Congressional interest in the problem of terrorists coming to the U.S. through our refugee program. He also introduces the prospect of recruiting a "vertical" ammunition industry in the state, to "guarantee ammunition to Tennesseans for generations to come."
RNC plots to squeeze out South
  Nov. 5, 2013 - A Daily Beast report makes it sound like the RNC is trying to squeeze Southern voters out of the presidential selection process. Listen and see if this makes sense to you.
Lamar ad - what he should have said
  Nov. 15, 2013 - A few people wanted to hear this again.
Matheny leads refugee cost investigation
  Oct. 2, 2013 - Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma, chairman of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, discusses the fiscal, security and federalism issues surrounding a large population of refugees from war-torn Muslim countries.
Black, Blackburn balk at Obamacare defunding plan
  Sept. 13, 2013 - Middle Tennessee Rep. Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn are not on board with a "shutdown showdown" with President Obama over funding for Obamacare.
Taxation Townhall highlight
  April 12, 2010 - Author, historian William Federer was a big hit at our Taxation Townhall Meeting on April 9th, 2010 . Here's his 3-minute lesson on the history of concentrated power. [I'm re-posting by popular demand.]
Obama v. Obama - on red lines
  Sept. 4, 2013 - No need to elaborate.
Gowdy says public, media needed for scandal justice
  Sept. 3, 2013 - South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, discusses the Obama administration scandals and Obama's plan to bomb Syria. He strongly suggests Congress needs more compelling witnesses and media interest for justice to be served in the scandals - and he's very skeptical of a national interest in Syria sufficient to put American lives at risk.
DeMint argues for Obamacare defunding plan
  Aug. 9, 2013 - Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, in the first of two live interviews, argues the plan to defund Obamacare is the last, best chance and only workable plan to stop or repeal the President's signature healthcare law, which DeMint believes is uniquely destructive to America.
Heritage Action locks horns with Corker
  Aug. 7, 2013 - Heritage Action spokesman Dan Holler rebuts Sen. Bob Corker's position that efforts to defund Obamacare are "silly" and "political."
Corker dismisses Obamacare defunding effor as political
  Aug. 7. 2013 - Sen. Bob Corker called into the program Weds. morning and continued the running debate over efforts to defund Obamacare.
The AMP - an experiment in public transporation
  Aug 3, 2013 - A Nashville's Morning News report and analysis on the issues involving a proposed Bus rapid transit system, The AMP, which would dramatically effect traffic and business on one of Nashville's busiest city streets. And that's just the beginning. [long download][runs 23 minutes]
Ralph Rant: Get to the 'top' of this
  May 22, 2013 - To preserve the Republic, Republicans in Congress cannot stop until they get, not "to the bottom of this," but "to the top of this."
ABC Analyst: IRS decision goes close to Obama
  May 21, 2013 - ABC political analyst Trey Hardin talks about his blunt assestment of the origin of the IRS scandal. “I can say with a very strong degree of certainty that people very close to the president not only knew but authorized that,” said Hardin, and much more.
Opponents rise against BRT
  May 15, 2013 - In this premeditated Ralph Rant, I break the news of a new group that has formed to oppose Nashvill'e planned Bus Rapid Transit on West End Ave.
Rick Williams, BRT opponent, speaks out
  May 15, 2013 - Rick Williams is a member of the steering committee for TNResponsibleTransit, the group opposing the planned Nashville Bus Rapid Transit on West End Avenue. You can reach him at This is the group's debut media interview - in its new campaign to stop BRT.
Tennessee Tea Party leaders respond to IRS scandal
  May 13, 2013 - Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party and Mark West, President of the Chattanooga Tea Party, respond to the IG report that busts the IRS for targeting Tea Party Groups for harassment in 2011, prior to the 2012 election.
Sen. Rand Paul on guns, immigration, taxes
  April 18, 2013 - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul discusses the failed gun bill, the immigration reform bill ahead, and the right strategy on taxes.
Leahy launches 'The Real Conservative National Committee'
  April 4, 2014 - Author, Breitbart correspondent and tea party activist Michal Patrick Leahy discusses a new organization formed to improve the ground game needed to help elect more conserative candidates to Congress, starting in 2014 with the GOP primary for U.S. Senate
Alexander on coal regs - Round 2
  June 14, 2012 - Sen. Alexander returns to respond to some of the reaction to his stand on new coal plant regulations.
Alexander defends coal regulations, says he will run again
  June 13, 2012 - Sen. Lamar Alexander defends his stand in favor of new coal plant regulations - explains why he belives Medicaid is to blame for higher college tuition - and says he intends to run for reelection in 2014.
Exclusive: The first hand account of "The Last Man to Die"
  May 11, 2012 - A 92-year-old Cookeville, TN WWII veteran solves a 67-year secret behind one of the most famous WWII photographs.

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Ralph Bristol is a 30-year veteran of radio and TV broadcasting. He is a US Air Force veteran and holds a BS degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Ralph was a radio and TV reporter, anchor and news director in Missouri and Illinois before joining WORD Radio in Greenville/Spartanburg, SC in 1995.

In the spring of 2007, Supertalk 99.7 WWTN beckoned Ralph to Nashville. Ralph defies political labels, and has no partisan loyalties, but can best be described as a libertarian/conservative. Ralph writes and speaks extensively on education, tax and economic issues. In his spare time, Ralph terrorizes golf courses, invents useful things with sharp tools and dead wood, and entertains audiences with irreverent humor and contrarian insight. Invite him to speak to your group at your own risk.