Forum: Why Do You Think Obama’s Actions On Ebola Have Been So Ineffective?

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Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Why Do You Think Obama’s Actions On Ebola Have Been So Ineffective?

 The Independent Sentinel: Mr. Obama is ineffective in handling Ebola because he sees everything as political. He doesn’t do anything for the right reasons.

Everything is done for political reasons with the goal of manipulating the public.

Mr. Obama has trouble making decisions. He’s a political coward. He’s so afraid of what people will say or how it might affect his political agenda that he can’t seem to do anything effectively. When he finally does act, it’s too little.

He has politicized every agency. Agencies are no longer doing what they are entrusted to do. Agencies we used to respect are now failures because they are working on the leftist political agenda.

Obama’s a political animal without the usual moral strictures.

He is always a day late and a dollar short and will continue to be for the next two years.

 Simply Jews : Frankly, it is hard for me to blame the current POTUS in a situation like this.

The whole heavy and creaky government juggernaut is not a creation of the last POTUS but of many decades of out of control growth, decay and increasing inefficiency.

Besides, vigilance and preparedness is not something the government institutions are known for – in any country of this world.

I am not a natural born optimist, so in my opinion, things will get much worse before everyone in the health system will get a handle on what is exactly the right thing to do and stop doing stupid things. This is, unfortunately, the human way of learning.

 JoshuaPundit : Honestly? I don’t think he cares about anything but the politics. Ron Kain is simply a partisan hack operative who can be relied on to toe the party line and keep things as buried as much as possible.  Dr. Thomas Frieden was a little too obvious and kept tripping over his own stupid tongue, so the regime wants him out of the spotlight.

Two things, BTW that very few people are discussing. First, the connection between the appearance of Ebola and other infectious diseases like Enterovirus D68(AKA EV-D68) and the president’s open borders policy. EV-D68 has already killed half a dozen Americans and there are currently over 500 cases in hospitals all over America, particularly in areas where the White House shipped illegal migrants without any in depth health screening from Central America, where there has been a major outbreak of the disease.

And second, given previous actions by this president, the racial aspect. I would happily be wrong about this, but I have a feeling that if Ebola was endemic in Ireland or Poland rather than West Africa, not only would there be a strict travel ban in place already, but I doubt we’d have 3,000 U.S. troops in Dublin or Warsaw exposing themselves to infection.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason: President Obama never fails to put politics ahead of everything else, especially when there is a good crisis to manage. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden’s inability to convince us that a travel ban is not necessary to prevent others from bringing the virus here only helped to fuel the hysteria of a possible epidemic in America. Whatever happened to erring on the side of caution, at least until we know exactly how the two nurses in Texas contracted Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan?

Dr. Frieden couldn’t sell the Administration’s talking points. The media has been relentless in its coverage and furthering the hysteria. Caving to political pressure President Obama appointed political insider Ron Klain as his “Ebola response coordinator”; a man with no medical experience or credentials. Presumably they believe he will do a better job with the talking points than Dr. Frieden. It’s not about getting control of the situation; it is about getting control of the narrative.

On a positive note, the CDC policy of contact tracing seems to be working. Today (Sunday) is day 21 and we have not heard of any of Mr. Duncan’s family members or other contacts, or any other health care workers who were in contact with Mr. Duncan, developing symptoms to indicate they contracted Ebola.

Hopefully we have seen the end of this latest crisis.

The Right Planet : ONE WORD: POLITICS! The Obama Administration handling of the Ebola issue is not just ineffective … it’s criminal. Let’s just apply a little common sense here and stick to the who, what, why, where, when and how.

Shall we?

We have a deadly virus called Ebola. We know viruses can mutate, and often do over time. There are several species or genus of Ebola, from what I understand–namely Ebola Zaire, Ebola Sudan, Ebola Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Ebola Bundibuygo (Uganda). I find the regional nature of the Ebola species rather intriguing. I would assume the deadly virus is quite virulent, and is able to adapt to a wide range of environmental factors, considering the outbreaks have steadily increased since 1976, and across numerous regions.

There had been a rather linear and steady increase in Ebola deaths since the first case appeared in South Sudan in 1976. But Ebola deaths have increased dramatically in 2014. Fatalities caused by the Ebola virus steadily began to rise during the month of May, and then a dramatic and alarming increase in Ebola deaths began in mid-July 2014. The concern now is there could be an exponential increase in deaths if the Ebola outbreak is not contained.

But I’ll leave all that to the epidemiologists and infectious disease experts … which brings me to President Obama appointing Ronald Klain as the “Ebola Czar.”

Are you kidding me?

Without even going off on a rant about the whole unconstitutional nature of the “czar” regime, one would think the president would appoint an expert in epidemiology with an extensive medical background. This is not the time for a “revolutionary change agent.” Ebola is a disease. The appointment of a extreme-left political hack is nothing more than Obama employing his former debate coach to help manage his public relations in order to protect his precious political image, when the focus should be on preventing a possible pandemic.

One thing I’ve heard from some medical experts is the Ebola virus is being spread because of the “opening up” of travel within western and central Africa. So, would it not be logical to listen to the medical experts and restrict travel in the affected and effected regions? It’s not like the travel bans would be permanent. It makes no sense to me that a patient infected with Ebola must be quarantined here in order to prevent others from becoming infected, yet the administration refuses to quarantine Ebola at its point of origin, in western Africa–which is the only real way to isolate the virus, that I’m aware of.

Up until now, the Ebola virus was isolated to Africa. But now, the virus has killed a Spanish nurse and a man in Texas. Will we have new species of Ebola now? Like Ebola Spain and Ebola Texas? The consistent minimizing of serious threats by the president screams to me that he is far more concerned about his firm hold on power than he is about doing the right thing. Banning travel in western Africa is not a “racial issue.” Ebola is no respecter of race; it will kill a white man just as fast as it will kill a black man. But, apparently the only person Barack Obama listens to is … Barack Obama.

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD :Unbelievably Jay Vee.

Selecting an organizational partisan hack (no matter how great at organizing) shows 44 and his posse are all politics all the time. Cats like General PAce (Retd) from the Marine Corps or even somedobby like former TN Senator Bill Frist (who by happy double chance is a doctor AND has been to West Africa bunches of times) would maybe might be more better.

It’s like the longest running gag on Jack Ass – and we the people are the punch line.

The Glittering Eye: They’re only ineffective if you believe there are real material risks posed by Ebola in this country. If you think that the only risks are psychological or political ones, what he’s been doing have been effective. Under pressure to “do something”, he’s committed troops to West Africa, presumably to build hospitals without staff or equipment. They certainly don’t have the training to treat patients or even handle dead bodies.

That’s how I interpret the appointment of Ron Klain as “Ebola czar”. His job is clearly to keep the story tamped down until after the November elections to minimize the damage it might do to Democratic chances of holding the Senate.

Well, there you have it!

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Kurdish Leader: “Kobane Will Be a Cemetery for Isil”

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Kurdish women heading to #Kobane to fight #ISIS.

ISIS controlled over half of Kobane two weeks ago and things were looking pretty bleak for the Kurds, but with the help of the Syrian Free Army, a motorcycle gang from Deutschland (You read right), and a few well aimed US airstrikes, the barbaric Jihadis’ attempt to takeover Kobane is being turned into a rout.

Jenan Moussa,  a reporter for Arabic Al Aan TV in Dubai reported the death toll in Kobane as of yesterday:  YPG sources in tell me: “Death toll till now: 133 YPG fighters killed, 9 FSA, 1294 ISIS.” Ouch.
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 It’s not fair – I didn’t sign up to fight these vicious banshees,  dammit. 
 Via The UK Telegraph, Firas Kharaba, 39, a Syrian rebel leader, provided “a first-hand, account of the epic battle for the town has become an acid test of the ability of US-led air strikes to defeat Isil in Iraq and Syria.”

This weekend, after almost two weeks of aerial attacks Isil has begun to to flee the Syrian border town, that they had been on the brink of capturing.

At first the air strikes had appeared to make little difference and for days the jihadists advance had continued into the centre of the Kurdish town.

The crucial turning point, Mr Kharaba said, the US airforce destroyed a building where Isil leaders had been meeting, killing everyone inside.

“About thirty major fighters were killed and some commanders,” said Mr Kharaba, adding that some Syrians loyal to his group had infiltrated Isil to act as spies.

With its best men gone, Mr Kharaba said, Isil has been forced to call on a “police division” – men who manage the law and order of Isil territories but with little experience of front line battles – to come to Kobane.

And without equipment that could be targeted from the air, the jihadists were forced to resort to the same guerrilla tactics used by their opponents. In this new dynamic, knowledge of the town’s layout became key, and in this the Kurdish fighters, many of who are from Kobane, have the upper hand.

By contrast many of Isil’s fighters are foreigners unfamiliar with the streets and alleys.

Locals said they fought Tunisians, Moroccans and Saudi Arabians as well as Syrians in the Isil teams.

“The fighting became street by street, or sometimes, room by room,” said Mr Kharaba.

The development marked a turning point in the long battle for this Kurdish town, which has now taken on, for both Isil and the international US-led alliance, symbolic importance as a test of their ability to win the wider war.

For the past year Isil had been closing in on Kobane, capturing and ruling with an iron fist the hamlets around it, and cutting electricity and water supply to the town.

Inside, men, women and young boys bought rusty Kalashnikov rifles on the black market and signed up to volunteer with the YPG, the Syrian wing of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) the proscribed Kurdish militia.

The jihadists brought reinforcements from neighbouring Iraq, where this summer they captured much of the north of the country and billions of dollars worth of American military equipment that was abandoned by fleeing Iraqi army troops.

Mr Kharaba said: “Isil brought their weapons from Iraq. They have tanks and canons and rocket launchers.

But as Rear Adm. John Kirby noted in the Washington Post, those heavy weapons make great targets.

Kirby said the U.S. will continue to launch airstrikes in Iraq as necessary. The air war around Kobane is centered on denying the militants an area they clearly want as a sanctuary, the admiral said.

“The more they want it, the more resources they apply to it, the more targets we have to hit,” Kirby said. “And part of what we’re trying to do is put pressure on them, and the strikes against them and their positions in and around Kobane allow us to do that.”

According to Bahoz Horan, a media activist in Kobane, “Isil are trying to escape. They are trapped between the YPG inside the Kobane and the air strikes outside.

Mr Horan said: “Isil fighters are hiding inside the empty houses.” It is estimated that the terrorists still control up to 20 per cent of the city.

The town and surrounding areas are now all but completely empty of its 250,000 residents, who have fled to Turkey or to fields closer to the border, local fighters told The Telegraph.

However Mr Kharaba warned that, even with Isil weakened, this was not the end of the battle.

“Even if they have pulled back, they do so to regroup. They will not give up Kobane.” Their morale heightened by the international air campaign, on which they now depend, Kurdish residents of Kobane were equally defiant.

“Our fighters will defend Kobane to the last gasp, the last bullet and the last fighter,” said Khaled Barkal, the deputy president of the Kurdish administration for Kobane. “Kobane will be a cemetery for Isil.”

Jordan Matson former American soldier joins the Kurds to fight ISIS in Kobane:
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A 28-year-old Wisconsin man named Jordan Matson is reportedly in Syria and fighting with a Kurdish militia as they battle the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Back in the US, people identifying themselves as Matson’s friends have created a page on Facebook on which they are sharing pictures of Matson and cheering him on with memes.

A spokesperson for the Kurdish Yekineyen Parastina Gel, or YPG, told Reuters Matson was one of three American fighting with the group. They said he was in northeastern Syria.

UPDATE:

Good news if true via the AP:

The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier Sunday that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area.

In a statement Sunday night, U.S. Central Command 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.

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.

President Barack Obama called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday to discuss the situation in Syria and notify him of the plan to make airdrops Sunday, one administration official told reporters. He would not describe Erdogan’s reaction but said U.S. officials are clear about Turkey’s opposition to any moves that help Kurdish forces that Turkey views as an enemy.

It’s about freaking time.

The Kurds should be thanking God that their moment of need came within weeks of the United States’ midterm elections. With the American people now paying attention to what’s going on in the Middle East, Obama couldn’t risk allowing Democrats to receive the brunt of the voters’ wrath in the wake of another major massacre.

Your Sunday Hymn: The Servant Song

This Sunday’s hymn is dedicated to all of the courageous individuals who have traveled to West Africa and put their own lives at risk, to fight the dreadful Ebola virus there.

This is an excruciatingly beautiful duet of the much beloved hymn, “The Servant Song”,  sung  by a young duo as part of a British Christian Music Program.

Lyrics:

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CDC Blew Off Ebola Expert’s Advice On Protocols (Video)

Judge Jeanine Pirro gave an opening statement, Saturday night,  slamming the Regime’s response to the Obama outbreak thus far, calling CDC Director Dr. Thomas Friedman a former “community organizer” – a designation I couldn’t independently confirm. I wouldn’t be surprised – but I do know that he’s a highly qualified epidemiologist who has experience in New York fighting infectious diseases, which makes his weak performance dealing with the Ebola outbreak, here all the more bewildering.

She had on bio safety expert and president of Behavioral Based Improvement Solutions, Sean Kaufman, who oversaw the infection control of the first two Ebola patients in the United States.

Kaufman had just returned from  Liberia where he has been fighting the disease through the organization, Samaritan’s Purse. He said there was good news and bad news to share about his experience flying back home. The screening process when he got to the Atlanta Airport was about 45 minutes long,  and was very thorough, he said, but  in Brussels, where he had a ten hour stopover after his flight from Monrovia – there was absolutely no screening what-so-ever.

When Pirro asked Kaufman if he was for or against a travel ban, he answered that he used to be  against it, but given this recent experience in Brussels, he was leaning toward favoring a travel ban for non-essential travel from those effected countries.

Kaufman – a former employee of the CDC – told Pirro that he contacted them early on to criticize their Ebola protocols – which he thought were  inadequate – but he was blown off. He told the stunned Pirro, that they reacted at first by debating his proposals and then they just  “blew me off.”  He added, “the reality is, there was no follow up.”

The CDC was expected to release new guidelines, Saturday night.

Pirro also had infectious disease expert Dr. Arnott to talk about the Ebola outbreak.

He talked about how the The World Health Organization dropped the ball on Ebola. Doctors Without Borders warned WHO about the Ebola outbreak seven months ago, but they blew them off- as did the United States.

 

Saturday Movie Matinee: Obama’s Mishandling Of Ebola

WFB: In Case You Missed It: The Ebola Response Supercut:

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: Obama’s (Mis) Handling Of Ebola -

A deadly epidemic is on the loose in America. It’s not an Ebola epidemic. It’s an epidemic of fear. In this must-see FIREWALL, Bill Whittle tells us not only that we should be optimistic, but WHY we should be optimistic, as well as what was done right, what was done wrong, and what needs to be done in the future.

Ralph Peters: The first time a soldier gets Ebola, the Obama Administration will blame the soldier:

Ralph Peters vehemently opposes sending the National Guard to Africa. Obama has authorized the Guard to go and fight Ebola. Peters said the Guard is laced the National Guard for a reason. He went on to say that the first time a soldier gets Ebola, the Administration will blame the soldier.

NRO: Krauthammer’s Take: Ebola Czar ‘a PR Move from Beginning to End':

Obama’s (Mis) Handling Of Ebola – Krauthammer: U.S. Must Get Serious About Ebola – On The Record:

Colin Flaherty, The American Thinker: Bus Driver Organizes Black Mob Violence Against White Family:

Some stories you have to read 10 times before deciding: ’Yes: What I thought was too crazy is really true.’

This is one of those stories. Here goes, believe it or not:

A black Baltimore bus driver organized a mob of 20 black people to assault a white family of three on her bus, which they did with gusto and pepper spray. All the while, the other black passengers hooted and hollered in encouragement.

All while the bus driver waited for the beating to finish so the attackers could get back on the bus. With her thanks.

The bus company didn’t give a darn. And it took Baltimore police two months before they even investigated it.

If you want to reread that another ten times, go ahead. I’ll wait.

More details from WBAL TV that somehow escaped the attention of the Baltimore Sun. (Which means either this happens all the time and is not newsworthy. Or the paper has an embargo on news about large scale black mob violence. Or both.)

SEE ALSO: The Daily Caller: Gang Of Men Is Viciously Beating People At Random At The University Of Illinois:

Over the last two weekends, a group or groups of black men have been roving have been roving the streets and beating people completely at random near the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Police say the beatdowns are consistent with initiations by big-city street gangs — a phenomenon not typically seen on most Big 10 campuses.

The latest round of maulings occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., WLS-TV reports.

PJ Media: War on Warming: U.S. Defense Secy Declares DEFCON 1 on Climate Change:

Sec. Chuck Hagel says global climate change is the biggest enemy we’ve ever faced, and the Pentagon is gearing up for the fight with Gaia. Feel safer yet?

Truth Revolt: Ben Shapiro: The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority:

In the debut of Reality Check, Ben Shapiro takes on Ben Affleck and the myth that only a tiny minority of Muslims worldwide are radical.

 

Twitchy: Is Common Core good or bad for Colorado? Sen. Mark Udall says ‘yes’:

Oooof- meltdown alert….

Here are a couple of YouTube reactions to the totalitarian freak in Houston who is trying to crack down on Christian Pastors:

Pastors Subpoenaed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker:

Gay Mayor In Houston Still Wants Sermon Notes:

Dr Bill Warner on the Worldwide Persecution of Christians:

Dr Bill Warner talks with Paul Weston and Enza Ferreri about his new project, “Voice for the Voiceless”. Hosted by Tim Burton on Liberty GB radio, 6th February 2014.

Friday Free-For-All: Holy Crap

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I rarely do link-arounds anymore – opting to focus on one thing at a time, but holy crap. Look at all these insane headlines in the news, today. I have about 20 tabs open that I have to close before my laptop crashes, so here we go:

The NY Post:Ebola ruled out as passenger dies on Nigeria flight to JFK:

A passenger died on a Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials gave the corpse only a “cursory” exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola.

How were they so quickly able to rule out Ebola? The guy was showing the ultimate “Ebola-like symptoms” – projectile vomiting and death. “Distrust of this government permeates everything” George Will noted, yesterday. And he’s right. When the Obama administration doesn’t want the American people to know something – they lie, deflect, and stonewall. Suspicious minds familiar with their tactics are going to wonder,  are they now trying to cover up Ebola deaths on airplanes?!

The president just appointed a far-left Democrat political operative with no medical background what-so-ever –  to be his “Ebola Czar.” What practically no one will say is there already IS an Ebola Czar, another political hack who at least has a medical background. But for some reason, this person – whose office is paid for by American taxpayer – is no where to be seen on Ebola. Hence an excuse to appoint a political operative to be in charge of damage control.

Yes, I’m guessing our new “Ebola Czar’s” main functions will be to quarantine the White House and the CDC from criticism on how they’re handling Ebola. Obama first concern is always preservation of power – never what’s best for the American people. The president hasn’t yet figured out that such a nakedly political apointment – designed to look like he’s doing something decisive – no longer fools people and the MSM isn’t carrying his water to the extent that they used to. There is going to be a huge backlash on this ludicrous, insulting appointment.

The Hayride: Ebola Is Nothing To Worry About Now…

Obama has appointed Ron Klain to handle it.

Who’s Ron Klain? Exactly.

Ron Klain is a lawyer and Democrat political hack who’s worked for Al Gore and Joe Biden, and in the latter capacity he was in charge of fulfilling Barack Obama’s promise that none of the 2009 stimulus money would get wasted.

Solyndra, anyone?

Ron Klain isn’t a doctor, has no medical degree, has no public health credentials, is not qualified to manage a large operation, has no executive experience to speak of. Ron Klain is a spinmeister who can offer platitudes and sweet-smelling candy to the news media.

Kevin Spacey played him in a movie once. And he’s been on Crossfire.

This would be funny if it wasn’t so scary.

Via Wikipedia another dubious “achievement”: Klain helped Fannie Mae overcome “regulatory issues.”  (Holy crap!)

Chris Stirwalt, Fox News: KLAIN: A POLITICAL FIXER FOR A POLITICAL PROBLEM:

We learned an awful lot today about how the Obama White House views the threat from Ebola with the appointment of Ron Klain as “czar” for dealing with response to the disease. Since Klain, who rose to fame as the chief Democratic lawyer in the 2000 Florida recount, is a political fixer and not an expert in epidemiology or public safety, we can assume that President Obama sees a political problem that needs to be fixed. The White House says that it is possible and perhaps “likely” that more Americans will be diagnosed with the virus, which we can assume means that more cases are almost certainly out there. But we are told that because the government has learned from its mistakes is now being aggressive with quarantines (or not), everything will be okay. The effort to get Americans to calm down and relax about the disease that dissolves human organs and carries a 70 percent mortality rate has somehow not worked out. So now, in response to all the alarm, the administration is trying to match the public tone. And as was the case two months ago on Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria, the only circumstance that seems to be different is public opinion.

Via Washington Free Beacon: CNN Reporter To WH: What Does Obama’s Ebola Czar Know About Ebola?

From the administration that says there’s no need to seal our borders or ban travel from Ebola infected countries because of their top notch protocols and tracking prowess. From the same administration that couldn’t track an Ebola infected nurse to Cleveland, we now have this!

The Washington Post: Texas hospital worker quarantined on cruise ship in Caribbean:

Updated and corrected   (Oh, did someone get a call from the new “Ebola Czar”?)

A Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has been isolated on board a Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean. The worker has shown no symptoms of the disease, according to Carnival, which said it is in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Carnival spokeswoman said the guest, who was not named, will remain on board in voluntary isolation until the ship returns to its home port of Galveston on Sunday.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital employee and a partner boarded the ship Oct. 12 in Galveston, Tex., before the CDC updated the requirement for active monitoring, the State Department said in a statement. Although the worker is healthy, the U.S. government is working with the cruise line to get the ship back to America “out of an abundance of caution.”

The employee, who has not been named, did not come into direct contact with Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. However, he or she may have been exposed to his clinical specimens, the State Department said.

The news comes amid growing concerns after two nurses who cared for Duncan tested positive for Ebola.

CBS DFW: New Patient ‘Screened Positive’ For Ebola At Baylor Hospital, Testing Not Confirmed:

On Friday morning Baylor Hospital in Dallas confirmed a patient with ‘ebola similar symptoms’ also triggered a positive on a verbal screening questionnaire.

Although a positive blood test has not been confirmed, sources says it’s not unusual to have a patient screen positive considering the wider net for ebola now over Dallas. A positive screening means the patient met some of the criteria to cause concern.

A source at Baylor Hospital Dallas says the patient came to the Emergency Room through a private entrance and went straight to isolation.The source says Baylor transferred the person to Presbyterian Hospital a short while later.

Whoopty-doo, right? A lot of symptoms probably mimic Ebola.

The patient “was at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas Thursday evening reporting ebola symptoms and indicated contact with someone with the disease.”

Holy crap.

Military.com: Sick Woman Causes Pentagon Closures as Ebola Precaution

Officials Friday morning quickly cordoned off sections of the Pentagon parking lot and closed an entrance as an Ebola precaution after a woman vomited outside the Pentagon and said she had recently been to Africa.

Pentagon police shut down its Corridor 2 entrance and suspended all pedestrian and vehicle traffic at its south parking lot after police spotted the woman shortly after 9 am around lanes 17-19 of the south lot. She was ill and vomiting, said Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Defense Department spokesman.

Hol -ee -crap.

Ace of Spades HQ: CDC: Oh, By The Way, Small Update, Amber Joy Vinsen Was Actually Symptomatic During Her Flight From Cleveland to Dallas, And May Have Been Symptomatic On Her Flight From Dallas to Cleveland, Too:

No biggie. We’re just telling you this now out of an abundance of caution.

We could have told you this earlier — because it was pretty obvious — but we didn’t want to act out of a total serious abundance of caution. Just the regular level of abundance of caution.

So even though we’re contradicting our earlier claims, again, and we sorta seem deliberately dishonest in doing so, trust us.

A nurse with Ebola may have shown symptoms of the virus as many as four days before authorities once indicated, meaning that she might have been contagious while flying on not just one, but two commercial flights, officials said Thursday.

I’m not yet worried about contracting Ebola. I’m afraid I may die of a stroke, first.

Peggy Noonan, WSJ: Who Do They Think We Are?: The administration’s Ebola evasions reveal its disdain for the American people.

It is my impression that everyone who speaks for the government on this issue has been instructed to imagine his audience as anxious children. It feels like how the pediatrician talks to the child, not the parents. It’s as if they’ve been told: “Talk, talk, talk, but don’t say anything. Clarity is the enemy.”

The language of government now is word-spew.

Dr. Frieden did not explain his or the government’s thinking on the reasons for opposition to a travel ban. On the other hand, he noted that the government will consider all options in stopping the virus from spreading here, so perhaps that marks the beginning of a possible concession.

It is one thing that Dr. Frieden, and those who are presumably making the big decisions, have been so far incapable of making a believable and compelling case for not instituting a ban. A separate issue is how poor a decision it is. To call it childish would be unfair to children. In fact, if you had a group of 11-year-olds, they would surely have a superior answer to the question: “Sick people are coming through the door of the house, and we are not sure how to make them well. Meanwhile they are starting to make us sick, too. What is the first thing to do?”

The children would reply: “Close the door.” One would add: “Just for a while, while you figure out how to treat everyone getting sick.” Another might say: “And keep going outside the door in protective clothing with medical help.” Eleven-year-olds would get this one right without a lot of struggle.

If we don’t momentarily close the door to citizens of the affected nations, it is certain that more cases will come into the U.S. It is hard to see how that helps anyone. Closing the door would be no guarantee of safety—nothing is guaranteed, and the world is porous. But it would reduce risk and likelihood, which itself is worthwhile.

Africa, by the way, seems to understand this. The Associated Press on Thursday reported the continent’s health-care officials had limited the threat to only five countries with the help of border controls, travel restrictions, and aggressive and sophisticated tracking.

John Hayward, The Conversation: Democrats blaming Ebola on ‘budget cuts’ should be their downfall:

Republicans should do a lot more than push back against this – they should turn it into a major issue during last-minute ad blitzes in tight Senate races.  This shouldbe an existential crisis for the Democrat Party.  They’re worse than useless – they’ll rob you blind with taxes, wreck your life with incompetence, and then blame their failure on insufficient funding.  They do it every damn time.  It’s built into the Party’s ideological DNA.  Politicians of every stripe are good at evading responsibility – no breaking news there – but Democrats work overtime to protect the system itself from being held accountable for anything.  They’re covering hundreds of thousands of bureaucratic asses, at a moment when it’s vitally important for the American people to understand what went wrong, and apply the lessons not just to Ebola, but to the dramatic reform of the bloated and incompetent beast sprawled along the Potomac.

 

Biz Pac Review: Dem governor threatens if he loses race, he may pardon mass murderer on his way out:

Hickenlooper indicated to a CNN reporter that he could take it further by granting the mass murderer full clemency if he were defeated by his pro-death penalty Republican opponent in November.

Complete Colorado obtained and published an audio recording of the governor saying there are still things “a governor can [do]” with the time that remains. Things he can do in the “period of time between the election…and the end of the year.”

Liberty Unyielding: Another Secret Service scandal: Agents tried to enter home of Obama critic using fake warrant (Video):

In yet another example of misconduct within the Secret Service, police in Nashville, Tenn., disclosed that several of its agents attempted to use a fake warrant in an attempt to gain entry into the private residence of one of President Obama’s critics.

What’s more troubling is that top agency officials in Washington seemed uninterested when Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson complained to them of the incident, according to local News Channel 5.

Although the event occurred in January, 2013, it only came to light Tuesday when a letter Anderson sent last week to several lawmakers seated on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee detailing the occurrence was made public.

“There’s already a lot of fodder to attack the Secret Service with, and this will be more,” Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), one of the letter’s recipients told the station.

Deroy Murdock, NRO: Bush Didn’t Lie: So why did his administration sit on the evidence of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs?

It is outrageous that the Pentagon and, apparently, Bush’s political team concealed proof that America’s chief casus belli actually existed. Instead, the howling hyenas of the Left were allowed to gnaw away at Bush’s political corpse.

Why did anyone involved in this disaster think that this would be good for America domestically or globally? How thick were the skulls of Bush’s political advisers not to see the importance of presenting this information amid deafening shouts that the president and those of us who supported Operation Iraqi Freedom were a pack of filthy liars?Anyone who aided and abetted this extremely destructive cover-up should be removed immediately and barred permanently from government agencies, political campaigns, and party organizations.

Annnnd some surprisingly good news from a surprisingly unlikely source:

Washington Post: Black voters in St. Louis County direct their anger at the Democratic Party:

Darren Seals experienced waves of disbelief and anger after Michael Brown’s death, but two months later, he has found a way to channel his emotions: Focus on changing an elected leadership that seems deaf to the concerns of African American residents like him.

So on Nov. 4, the 27-year-old assembly-line worker and hip-hop musician from a deeply Democratic community plans to take bold action. He says he will vote for a white Republican.

“Just because they’ve got the D next to their name, that don’t mean nothing,” said Seals, who lives a few blocks from where a police officer shot Brown. “The world is watching us right now. It’s time to send a message of our power.”

My computer is doing much better, now. Thank you for indulging me.

The Council Has Spoken!! Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

Money doesn’t talk,it screams – Bob Dylan

“Alliance – in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.” - Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary”

“Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states.” - Demosthenes

 

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A great deal of attention is being placed in some circles lately about the funding and support terrorist organizations like Hamas and ISIS get from certain nation in the Muslim world. This week’s winner, The Noisy Room’sThe Brookings Institution and Qatar – The Money, Power and Influence Behind Global Terror addresses the role played by one of these countries in a lucid and informative piece that you definitely need to read. Here’s a slice:

In 2012, when a revised agreement was signed between Brookings and the Qatari government, the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself praised the agreement on its website, announcing that “the center will assume its role in reflecting the bright image of Qatar in the international media, especially the American ones.” Brookings officials have also admitted that they have regular meetings with Qatari government officials about the center’s activities and budget. And, no surprise here, the former Qatari prime minister sits on the center’s advisory board.

Former US envoy Martin Indyk, John Kerry’s Middle East peace envoy, in his capacity as Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, cashed a $14.8 million check from Qatar this past year. The Brookings Institution’s Board is composed of distinguished business executives, academics, former government officials and community leaders — from both sides of the political spectrum. Brookings was involved in recent negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a definite conflict of interest since Qatar is widely known to fund terror in the West Bank, specifically, Hamas. Known as the preeminent sponsor of terror in the world today with their deep, deep pockets, Qatar has interests, both economic and political, with terrorists on a global scale.

Qatar is a benefactor of the genocidal armies of ISIS, al Qaeda and Boko Haram. They are involved in the trafficking of Taliban heroin through a strategic relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell. Furthermore, the Qatari ruling elite profit from operating a virtual slave state, which has accepted as a fait accompli that 4,000 migrant workers will die constructing soccer stadiums for the 2022 World Cup (to be held in Doha). The ruling Al-Thani family has leveraged its relationships with violent Jihadi groupsto prop up Qatar economically and politically; to the detriment of the United States, her allies and world peace. Since the Brookings Institution has a direct economic relationship with Qatar, it indicates they are not a valid, bipartisan think tank… but rather a clearing house for the funding of terror and the rise of the genocidal Islamic State.

Some background on Indyk is in order. Martin Indyk is a notorious Progressive. He was also on the Council of Foreign Relations and was Deputy Research Director for AIPAC. He is known as the framer of the US policy of dual containment which sought to ‘contain’ Iraq and Iran. Indyk was the first United States ambassador to be stripped of a security clearance. He was ambassador to Israel. Indyk was under investigation for improperly handling sensitive material at the time. His clearance was restored a month later, in October 2000, by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

One year after 9/11, the United States government decided to cozy up with Qatar. The Brookings Institution – a large, renowned think tank based in Washington, DC – founded the US-Islamic World Forum (US-IWF) with the nation of Qatar.
From the Brookings website:

The forum was launched in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Its goal was the development of research and outreach programs designed to improve US relations with Muslim states and communities. A particular challenge in that moment of tension and frustration was the virtual absence of dialogue between leaders of the United States and the Muslim world.

The formation of these outreach programs was more akin to an open invitation to bribery, spying and subversion, than improving American relations with Muslim-majority nations.
The New York Times penned an article in September of this year that outlines the influence of foreign governments through the stealth funding of US-based think tanks. The Brookings Institution is not alone by any means; however, their history of powerful connections to the White House and military analysts and brass makes them a shining star in the orbit of Qatar’s heady influence.
Qatari money buys conclusions reached by Brookings scholars in their research – conclusions that are dictated by the financier. In Qatar’s case, one that forwards totalitarian-Sharia law and a global reach for power and control. It is the prostitution of intellectual reason and financed propaganda. These think tanks are not transparent concerning their agreements with foreign governments. They have also not registered with the US government as representatives of a foreign, donor country, which is a violation of federal law. It is widely held that the practice could violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the 1938 federal law that sought to combat a Nazi propaganda campaign in the United States. Not for nothing, the Muslim Brotherhood came to maturity at the same time as, and often in direct contact with, the Nazi Party of Germany.

The Brookings Institution is a major recipient of overseas funds, producing policy papers, hosting forums and organizing private briefings for senior United States government officials that typically align with the foreign governments’ agendas. Brookings’ 2014, $14.8 million, four-year donation, from Qatar, will help fund a Brookings affiliate in Qatar, as well as a project regarding United States relations with the Islamic world. Who needs a bloody coup, when you can buy influence? The funding, which amounts to an open bribe, hushes up the criticism of research groups on Qatar and their political dealings and legal/religious systems.
From The New York Times:

“If a member of Congress is using the Brookings reports, they should be aware — they are not getting the full story,” said Saleem Ali, who served as a visiting fellow at theBrookings Doha Center in Qatar and who said he had been told during his job interview that he could not take positions critical of the Qatari government in papers. “They may not be getting a false story, but they are not getting the full story.”

Qatar hosts two massive US military bases, which are viewed as central to Qatar’s own national security. They have been especially generous in their giving to American think tanks, attempting to buy influence and sway opinion. A backer of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Qatar maintains that a Muslim Brotherhood-style political Islam is the Arab world’s best hope for democracy and they seem to have many allies in DC, including Barack Obama, who supported the Qatari-backed efforts in Egypt and Libya.

An anonymous donor at Brookings, with ties to the Turkish government, made a strong statement to a scholar there who made critical statements about Qatar by suspending their support and their money. “It is the self-censorship that really affects us over time,” the scholar said. “But the fund-raising environment is very difficult at the moment, and Brookings keeps growing and it has to support itself.” The Qatari government is the single, biggest foreign donor to Brookings. Of course, the powers-that-be at Brookings claim they have cited strict internal policies that they claim ensure their scholars’ work is “not influenced by the views of our funders,” in Qatar or in Washington. But, as evidenced by numerous insider accounts and bolstered by Brookings’ implicit backing of Qatar’s Arab Spring, big money not only talks, it controls, too.

Mr. Ali, who served as one of the first visiting fellows at the Brookings Doha Center after it opened in 2009, said such a policy, though unwritten, was clear:

“There was a no-go zone when it came to criticizing the Qatari government,” said Mr. Ali, who is now a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. “It was unsettling for the academics there. But it was the price we had to pay.

In a recent report appearing in the UK-based Telegraph, both Qatar and Kuwait were singled out for openly, and even avidly, aiding fundraising efforts for genocidal Islamic State/ISIS terrorists who are currently engaged in fierce clashes with the Syrian army alongside Israel on the Golan Heights. With Qatar’s open financing of Hamas, their ties to the Brookings Institution are even more suspect. Qatar has also been used as a proxy in Obama’s war in Syria — they are the main sponsor of the Syrian insurgency.

Much more at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was the always fascinating Michael Totten with From Havana to Hanoi submitted by Joshuapundit.Having returned from Cuba a short while ago, Totten’s next stop was Vietnam, where he compared what he saw in Havana, where socialism is still practiced with Hanoi, which has largely ditched it at least economically and where the ruling order encourages capitalism and entrepreneurial enterprise.

Here are this week’s full results. The Independent Sentinel  and Ask Marion were unable to vote this week, but neither was subject to  the usual  2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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