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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:
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…
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.
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.
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.
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 enow 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.”
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:
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.
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.”
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.
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:
FERGUSON, Mo. — 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.