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Ebola (And Polio?): Just FUBARing Around

08 October 2014 @ 22:14

NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story.  They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Nancy Pelosi].

-From Andrew McCarthy we learn [tip of the fedora to Adam Baldwin]:

Thank God one half of one third of the national government is doing something constructive.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll be voting for any and every Republican I can in a few weeks.

-Colorado is in the lead again, leaning forward into the future.

Leslie Eastman reports [tip of the fedora to GeoffB][emphasis mine]:

It the wake of reports that Colorado children who suffered from an infection of the very aggressive respiratory pathogen, Enterovirus D-68, have also experienced limb paralysis, today’s “Bio-Insurrection” research has revealed that there is a nice, new moniker associated with it: Non-Polio Enterovirus.

You know the CDC will soon pick-up on this.  I mean, after all, as Leslie reports:

Now, the illness associated with a terrible pathogen is now being reclassified [by the CDC] from “Ebola Virus Hemorrhagic Fever” to “Ebola Virus Disease”.

This seems to be an attempt to lull people into a false sense of security, lumping it with other “Virus Diseases” like the flu and the common cold.

I have taught bloodborne pathoghen safety from the early 1990′s, when healthcare, security, and first-aid providers were worried about contracting AIDS. Ebola is rated as a class 4 pathogen because of its fatality rates in humans and the fact that there is no cure or treatment.

It is, and remains, a “hemorrhagic fever”. It did not stop being a Class 4 pathogen once it hit the Dallas hospital. The mechanism of attack, which includes destruction of the endothelial cells that weaken the blood vessels and cause excessive bleeding, has not changed. Once the blood vessels are weakened, a suite of devastating symptoms occurs….

No orifices bleeding here; move along.

Of course, this attempt by Leftists in political power to try and deny Reality is not surprising.  As Jeff Goldstein says: ‘It’s what they do; it’s who they are’.

-We’re surrounded?

From The Weekly Standard, Jeryl Bier reporting, we learn:

Those looking for good news on the fight against Ebola will not find much encouragement from Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command. As Jim Garamone of Department of Defense News reports, Kelly told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday that, if the disease reaches Central America, “it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States.” He also said with certainty that “there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.”

“By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]…”

“So, much like West Africa, it will rage for a period of time,” Kelly said.

This is particularly possible scenario if the disease gets to Haiti or Central America, he said. If the disease gets to countries like Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, it will cause a panic and people will flee the region, the general said.

“If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”

Kelly said that human trafficking could be an additional wrinkle in the battle to contain the disease.

Ebola and the new Polio: Thelma and Louise 2014?

-Dr. Sanity on an important issue effecting the battle against the spread of Ebola in the Comments section of a post over at The Belmont Club:

I’m not exactly sure when “pre-symptomatic” morphs into “symptomatic” or at exactly what instant Ebola become contagious, do you? Have you ever suddenly noticed that you had a sore throat or didn’t feel exactly up to par but were busy and couldn’t exactly pinpoint when it started? Such things don’t matter much with the common cold or sore throat virus, but exactly WHEN a virus like Ebola becomes transmissable certainly is crucial.

And how can we know when the line this crossed?

In a response to the Doc, Nutherguy makes some damn good points:

Pretty obviously ‘symptoms’ isn’t a bright line for safe v. dangerous. Symptoms are just a marker for a certain level of cell damage but obviously the virus was there in substantial quantities for some period before the symptomatic state was reached.

What’s true is that because the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and sweating, PRODUCTION of dangerous body fluids dramatically increases at that point and thus the risk of contact and infection does too.

But are there virus particles in fluids that are produced the day before symptoms start? The day before that? I’d guess there are — it’s a VIRUS so it’s small enough to go anywhere. Probably the concentrations are less but when the infective dose is ONE TO TEN particles, how much does a concentration that’s likely measured in the millions per cc, regardless, matter?

I think that IF we have a substantial outbreak in the U.S. it will involve transmission modes different from those predominating in Africa. Think of the difference in AIDS there — mainly a heterosexual disease — compared to here — mainly a homosexual disease. It’s the difference in behavior patterns that makes the disease attack substantially different groups.

We’re likely to do a much better job avoiding body fluids than Africa can: Our people will go to hospitals, after a few initial FUBAR events (as in Dallas) we’ll likely do containment and cleanup pretty effectively, Americans aren’t going to prep the bodies of loved ones for burial or kiss them goodbye.

HOWEVER, assuming that the virus is in every body output in lessened concentration for a few days prior to symptoms, I think we might have other modes of transmission: Urine on the seats and floor of public toilets, sweat coming from exercise and/or heat and passed via a handshake, sexual intercourse … pre-symptom transmission may be masked in Africa because the better known modes are allowed to happen there, but with those modes not often occurring here …

It doesn’t need to mutate or have an unknown airborne capability in order to be a very different disease here.

I’m not a professional but I will flat guarantee you that pre-symptom transmission can occur. The question is just how frequently it WILL occur and how quickly we’ll adapt to dealing with whatever new modes there are.

This whole situation, as I’m sure you have sussed out, is much more complicated than the Friedens of this world, in their talking to us like we’re children or of low IQ, make it out to be.  They’re lying, plain and simple [but I'm sure you've already come to that conclusion, as well].

-If this whole situation creeps you out, get ready for The Creeping Truth, as described by Richard Fernandez:

There is also something you might call “the creeping truth”, where something formerly false becomes gradually true. The Washington Post says: “President Obama said Monday the U.S. government would increase passenger screenings in the United States and Africa to detect the Ebola virus, even as he resisted calls to impose a ban on those traveling from the three countries most affected by the outbreak. Neither the president nor White House officials elaborated on exactly what those new screenings would entail. At the moment, passengers leaving the three nations most affected by the virus — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — are screened for symptoms at the airport before departing.”

It’s a way of admitting something without admitting it, or even impose what is effectively a flight restriction. What’s true is relative in the official world. As the long as the president isn’t proved “wrong” all kinds of gyrations are possible.

-Here’s some more comforting news, this time from Ace [tip of the fedora to Adam Baldwin]:

Ah, of course.

From MSNBC:

“The fever-screening instruments run low and aren’t that accurate,” said infection control specialist Sean Kaufman, president of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions, a biosafety company based in Atlanta. “And people can take ibuprofen to reduce their fever enough to pass screening, and why wouldn’t they? If it will get them on a plane so they can come to the United States and get effective treatment after they’re exposed to Ebola, wouldn’t you do that to save your life?”

So the only safety mechanism we have in place can be defeated by thirty cents worth of a medication available in every pharmacy on the face of the earth.

-Richard Fernandez, again:

In early August 2014 “Ken Isaacs, a vice president with Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian humanitarian organization,” warned that WHO was low-balling the figures.  What’s the harm in a little delay?  As it turns out, a great deal of harm, because when diseases expand at a nonlinear rate “too late” comes very quickly. Scott Gottlieb, writing in Forbes, says it must now be accepted that it can break out of West Africa. “The decisive risk to the U.S. will emerge in a few months. If the virus continues to spread in West Africa at its current pace, much larger global outbreaks will become likely.”

And if Ebola does decisively break out of West Africa, we may be unable to control the spread of the disease solely by conventional public-health tools of infection controls, tracking and tracing sick contacts, and isolating the ill. If this happens, we may face a global pandemic early next year.

Tom Friedan asked, ‘how did Ebola spin out of control’?  In the usual way, with the block being a second behind the arrival of the punch. In the time honored way. The collapse of a complacent bureaucracy in the face of an emergent threat usually goes through 3 phases. Denial. Confident half-measures. Panic. These psychological phases are remarkably constant throughout history.

Indeed.  They are.

-Back to this new version of Polio.

From Bloomberg, Shannon Pettypiece reporting, we learn:

Amid fears of Ebola’s reach into the U.S., a more enigmatic virus is suspected of causing paralysis in dozens of children nationwide as doctors race to solve one of the most perplexing mysteries of their careers.

Enterovirus D68, which has hospitalized hundreds of children in almost every state and been linked to at least four deaths, may also have caused unexplained paralysis in cases from Boston to San Diego, doctors said. Researchers said they fear EV-D68 could be this generation’s version of polio, said Ben Greenberg, a Dallas-based neurologist.

Enterovirus typically causes only mild cold symptoms in most patients. Now, though, U.S. health officials are probing whether EV-D68 is directly linked to the paralysis. At the same time, more than 50 doctors at top U.S. hospitals are holding regular calls and pooling research, seeking to pinpoint physical changes that may lead to a treatment or a vaccine.

Greenberg, who spoke by telephone, said he didn’t realize the full scope of the problem until early last week. After reports of a cluster of 10 paralysis cases in Colorado, he and 30 other neurologists, infectious disease experts and public health officials hastily organized a conference call Sept. 29.

Many Cases

To Greenberg’s surprise, almost every doctor on the call, from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles, had seen at least one case of unexplained paralysis in the past several months, and some had seen as many as 10.

In cases where children develop paralysis, the symptoms usually start with those similar to a cold or stomach bug. They are followed by a fever, headaches, neck pain and, within a few days or weeks, a swift and sudden paralysis that in the most severe cases left children bound to a wheelchair, unable to speak or breathe on their own, said Keith Van Haren, a Stanford School of Medicine neurologist who has been studying a link between the virus and paralysis since 2012.

Similar Look

While there were some variations, most images from medical scans of those with paralysis looked strikingly similar, with the connection between the spinal cord and the muscles killed off with little chance of rebuilding the bridge — just like seen in scans of those infected with polio, Greenberg said.

“There were remarkable similarities,” said Van Haren, who was also on the doctors’ conference call. “They sounded like interchangeable cases.”

The CDC hasn’t determined definitively whether the virus is causing the paralysis. EV-D68 hasn’t been detected in all of the paralyzed patients and given its widespread circulation, its presence could be coincidental, the agency said last week.

While the CDC continues to study the paralysis cases, “as a member of the clinical community, I think it is just a matter of time before we establish a definitive link between EV-D68 and this polio-like illness that follows,” Van Haren said.

-As an old and decrepit poser once said: ‘Good night and good luck’.

Elections 2014: ‘Paralysed Force, Gesture Without Motion’

08 October 2014 @ 14:28

Stacy McCain is not very enthusiastic about the November Elections:

Let me say, to begin with, that elections matter. From 2009 (the Doug Hoffman campaign in NY-23) through 2012, nobody argued more strenuously than I did about the importance of winning elections, and nobody covered campaigns with the kind of gonzo fanaticism that I brought to the gig. In the past couple of years, however, it has been very difficult to ignore the evidence that Republicans don’t want my support, and that the GOP Establishment in general is profoundly embarrassed to be associated with conservatives in any way.

What was done during the dishonest and brutal Mississippi primary was definitive in that regard. If ever conservatives needed an argument why they should stay home on Election Day, “Re-Elect Thad Cochran” was it.

The Republican Party reminds me of a Bible verse, which is to say it is “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2).


See, here’s my problem: It’s not just that I remember all the recent backstabbing and sellouts by Mitch McConnell and his GOP Senate cronies, but I also remember the history of Republican Senate majorities under such paragons of conservative leadership as Bob Dole and Trent Lott. I remember how GOP leaders begged and groveled in their vain attempts to retain the “party loyalty” of such stalwarts of Republican principle as Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter. And then I think one more time about that Mississippi primary, you see, and the way all these things keep adding up in my mind . . .

Well, maybe Mitch McConnell will be Senate Majority Leader next year. Maybe that gives you a raging boner, just thinking about it.

But speaking for myself, “Meh.”

They haven’t done a damned thing to suggest they even care whether I care or not. And I’m pretty sure I don’t care. Do you? Why?

There has been a lively discussion going on in the Comments section of Stacy’s post…

Friend In The Ether and TCOTS contributor Adobe Walls:

Remember during the 2009-2010 period when the Republican house and Senate members were full of vim and vinegar, full of righteous outrage and indignation at what Obama and the massive majority Democratic legislature were doing to this Republic? Remember the anti-Obamacare rallies at the Capital? Remember House leader Boehner casting shame and opprobrium, he even swore a little, at the Democrats for the travesty they were inflicting on our nation the night the house voted for passage of the ACA? What happened to that outrage was it feigned, was it just a bit of theater for us rubes?

After having some time to ponder I’ve determined that all that outrage and indignation was indeed genuine. They just weren’t outraged for the reasons we were. For the majority of Republicans the outrage was that they were excluded from the process. They weren’t indignant that the federal government was taking of the nations healthcare system, they were indignant that they didn’t get a seat at the "stake holders" table when it was decided how the federal government would take over healthcare.

The best we can hope for from a Republican house, senate and White house is a repeat of the 2000-2008 Republican "Caligula" period. Maybe less spending than under Democrats but still higher spending. Under Bush we got more regulations than under Clinton. Is there any reason to believe a new Republican regime would be different?

FITE K-Bob:

I think the reality will be that the Statists will retain the majority in the US Senate.

We will have more Republicans in there than Dems, or at least an equal number. But the leadership will only change in name

But with more Republicans, why they could defund Obamacare! Woo hoo!

But you know they won’t even bring it to the floor for a vote.

More Adobe:

The Republicans will move more to the left whether they win or lose. If they lose they’ll say they need to move left in order (see 2012 post mortem) to win next time. When they win they’ll say we can’t govern conservatively or the left will throw us out, this was the excuse they made throughout theBush years. That and all politicians inability to grasp the concept of don’t just do something stand there or better yet don’t just do something undo something.

At least the left has some elements of a governing vision no matter how sick. The Republicans only have a winning vision and when they win they introduce policies that they think will keep them in office.

On the other hand, Ms Evi is dispirited by this kind of talk:

I find it depressing how many conservatives are simply giving up. It did not work well for the Roman Empire.

Jeanette Victoria counters:

They have given up because it clearly doesn’t matter what the public wants or what they vote for. That has been made abundantly clear.

She’s quite right. Voting here is becoming more and more like it is in Democratic Dictatorships: a pretense and a big joke. Those we elect serially disregard us, caving in occasionally to us when the pressure gets too high, but never abandoning their plan to eventually get their way [usually in the dark of night or behind closed doors — the perennial haunts of wretched cowards].

Have I given up?

No, not on saving the idea of The American Republic. We have a duty to fight on — for our Posterity, if nothing else, but this Election does not matter that much.

The GOP waged war on the Right with their sabotages and vile behavior towards conservatives and conservative candidates so that we WILL NOT end up, if the GOP takes the Senate, with any chance of the conservative restoration occurring in the next session — and time is very short before the shackles are closed around our ankles.

The dice have been cast and they have returned snake-eyes.

The monkey-see, monkey-do party have flung their crap at us once again and their Leftist ringmasters and tamers are laughing their arses off at them and us.

If we want to stay in the political fight, we have two choices: band together by taking over several of the Several States or go UKIP.

Even those options, however, do not address the rot at that core of American Society: the Leftist Thinking that has infused every cell of this Culture like a raging cancer.

Let us now sing the Republican Party Theme Song [to the tune of the Anthem Of Oceania]:

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

A Quick Note (Am)

07 October 2014 @ 21:21

A-minor has always been my favorite — full of pending doom.

Anyway…

Work is very busy these days and that’s why my posting quantity has been down.  This is my busy season and it’s been complicated this year by the fact that I’m having to train someone at the same time in doing those tasks which make it my busy season.

Being so disgusted with the situation in this country doesn’t help.  It’s often been rendering me speechless.

You gotta keep on strokin’. —Baretta

When Narcissism Becomes Deadly

05 October 2014 @ 19:50

What you get is as Stacy McCain describes:

After 9/11, a lot of liberal hand-wringers kept asking, “Why do they hate us?” What have we done, liberals asked, that has inspired the kind of hatred that would cause people to hijack jetliners and crash them into skyscrapers? Implicit in such questions was the naïve idea that, if our policy was to blame for their hatred of us, then by changing our policy — choosing a policy of peace — we could end their hate. This was the meaning of the question, “Why do they hate us?”

BECAUSE THEY HATE, answered Brigitte Gabriel in her 2006 book.

This is not about us, this is about them — the people who hate us, the people who want to kill us all. It is a narcissistic delusion for liberals to believe that somehow we have caused Muslims to hate us when, in point of fact, the Koran and other Islamic scriptures command them to hate us. The texts that Muslims consider sacred order them to kill us all, and promise the greatest blessings for those martyred Muslim warriors who die while pursuing Mohammed’s murderous commandments.

As I’ve written many, many times: you cannot consider yourself Muslim unless you believe in this, because The Koran is the direct word of Allah and cannot be questioned.  There can be no Moderate Islam, in the sense we understand moderation.  There is no gray.

There is only one way to handle such deranged people.  Stacy understands:

We cannot negotiate with this hate. We cannot compromise with this hate. No policy of ours will permit us to co-exist in peace with this hate. We cannot choose peace when Islam chooses war, and we cannot hope that “tactical air strikes” will suffice to defeat their deadly hatred. The only option left to us is to give them war without limits, war without mercy, a determined, relentless and unceasing war that will not be satisfied with anything less than complete victory over these murdering Muslim monsters who want to kill us all.

Dead solid perfect.

The Mohammedins will always be at War as long as any Infidels live.

The longer those in Power And Control do not realize this, the many more innocents will be murdered by these Servants Of Evil.

‘Servants Of Evil’?

TOM commentator TheOtherAndrewB explains:

When God called Abraham, Noah and Moses to make covenants with Him, he summoned them to a mountaintop. When Christ was transfigured, when He offered up a new understanding of divine law in the Sermon on the Mount and again when He was crucified, it was on a mountaintop. God calls us upwards to be in His presence. When Mohammed was summoned, it was into a dark hole in the ground. Who or what was summoning him? Answer that, and the question of hate answers itself.

Friend In The Ether McGehee supplements:

I have half-seriously suggested Mohammed’s summoner had previously appeared in Gospel, offering Jesus power and glory on earth during the latter’s 40 days in the desert.

The Nazarene passed, but a few centuries later an illiterate goat herder signed on.

And nothing — not a blessed thing — Good has ever come out Islam.

Ebola (And Polio?): Clusterf–k – Stage II

05 October 2014 @ 01:06

NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story.  They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Debbie Vassermann Schultz].

-A Dennis Miller double-shot:

  And…

-GeoffB’s remarks in the Comments section of my last Ebola-related post are worth a read and your consideration:

A few more things to ponder together.

Ebola is extremely infectious but not extremely contagious. It is infectious, because an infinitesimally small amount can cause illness. Laboratory experiments on nonhuman primates suggest that even a single virus may be enough to trigger a fatal infection.

Instead, Ebola could be considered moderately contagious, because the virus is not transmitted through the air.

Except as noted the comment by Bob above it is at short range by coughing/sneezing. A fully symptomatic patient will have about 100 million virus copies per milliliter of fluid.

Taking a page out of the Borgia book for poisons that can be absorbed through the skin, Ebola can transmit through people’s skin. It’s not enough to keep your hands away from your nose and mouth. If someone’s infected blood, vomit, fecal matter, semen, spit, or sweat just touches you, you can become infected. Even picking up a stained sheet can pass the infection. Additionally, scientists do not know how long the virus will survive on a surface once it’s become dehydrated. The current guess is that Ebola, unlike other viruses, can survive for quite a while away from its original host.

Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
[...]
It can be difficult to distinguish EVD from other infectious diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and meningitis

Now this said the body does fight this virus, somehow, because people do survive and develop resistance. Being infected by a single virus particle landing on bare skin from a person who appears to have the flu coughing behind you in the elevator is to be thought of as almost impossible and that’s true.

But the fact that it is so infective, that the early symptoms look like other common infections, that even later ones look like some other not quite so dangerous infections, that it can pass through unbroken skin, that the fluids expelled by an infected person contain so many viral copies. These things taken together say that this is a disease that must be dealt with by serious people who are not looking at poll numbers to see how effective their efforts are.

Dead solid perfect.

Pardon my French, but this is the kind of disease you don’t fuck around with.  You come down hard on it when it rears it’s ugly head and you remain vigilantly relentless in seeing that it does not spread within your country — that is, if you give a good Goddamn about the people who put you in a government position of responsibility.  The current Administration and all the Leftists ensconced in the Bureaucracies of government at all levels don’t.  Being the good little Ideologues they are, they see us as eggs for their Utopian omelet.

-As for these kind of diseases being dealt with by serious people, we learn of this:

Twitchy commentator Legalize Shemp knows the type we’re dealing with here:

No surprise, leftists are far more fearful of scrutiny of government incompetence and horrible decision making than they are of actual threats to US citizens. What they fear the most is that people will find out they’re driven by political considerations, not practical considerations.

I know the type too, since I’ve been working with [and struggling against] them for over three decades — poster children for The Banality Of Evil.

-Subotai Bahadur:

… It is not only deliberate government actions, and PC-originated incompetence that will cause an outbreak. Leftist stupidity, arrogance, and belief that they are above reality is going to make it worse.

Darwin gets his licks in, too.

NATIVE LIBERAL TEXAS JUDGE ENTERS EBOLA APARTMENT WITHOUT PROTECTION

All the waste from Duncan, plus the by now surely infected 4 family members, were in the apartment which had not been decontaminated in any way. He wanted a photo op. I suspect he got a death sentence for himself, his two workers, and their families.

I would urge all and sundry in the Dallas area to avoid contact with the County Courts in general, and anything to do with Judge Clay Jenkins in particular. And that includes his court staff.

Note that YHS is by nature a cynic about the incredible stupidity of the members of our species, especially those in power. And I have a fairly large vocabulary of invective. I have access to the compact Complete Oxford English Dictionary within 15 feet of where I sit.

And words freaking fail me.

You too, huh?  I hope, unlike me, you don’t have high-blood pressure, because mine’s been spiking a lot recently.

In response to Mr. Bahadur’s comments,  offers some remarks that show he or she understands the Leftist Mindset:

How insane is it that I’m not completely ruling that out as a martyrdom operation? It sounds like a stupid theory, especially for someone in a position of power like that, but what’s the other alternative? Have we really gotten so deep into King Canute land, where people like that think they can repel a highly infectious contagion merely by the aura of their progressive awesomeness?

Like you, I am a cynic about the limitless bounds of human stupidity, and yet I am at a complete and utter loss to explain this. But this does give me a sense of foreboding…something awful.

Me too — dammit.

-As for a possible return of Polio to America, we have this report from Sharyl Attkisson [tip of the fedora to Instapundit].

A highlight:

The CDC reports that in the past month and a half, at least 538 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia have become ill with EV-D68. Most of them are children and some developed limb paralysis. Polio, which can cause paralysis and death, is a type of enterovirus. EV-D68 is one of more than a hundred “non-polio” enteroviruses.

The actual number of EV-D68 infections is likely significantly higher than reported since some state health officials are not testing every suspected case.

Link to Illegal Immigrant Children?

Enteroviruses commonly circulate in the U.S. during summer and fall. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Over the past thirty years, only small numbers were reported in the U.S.

The CDC hasn’t suggested reasons for the current uptick or its origin. Without that answer, some question whether the disease is being spread by the presence of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children from Central America admitted to the U.S. in the past year.

The origin could be entirely unrelated.

However, a study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013.

Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.

Do click here to read the whole of her report.

-I Can Feel The Fear In The Western World.

Ebola: Well And Truly Screwed?

04 October 2014 @ 02:10

NOTE: These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story.  They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Rosie O'Donnell or one of The Kardashians].

-Iowahawk sums things up with, as GeoffB puts it, ‘perfect clarity':

[Bob turns and runs away from the keyboard...SMACK!...THUNK — runs into a wall and knocks himself out.]

-Science Magazine has created a free-to-all sub-site that contains, as they put it, a ‘collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public’ [tip of the fedora to PA Cat].

-Via one commentators on this article in Science, WinstonSmith2012, we learn of a report published on the website of the Center For Infectious Disease Research And Policy [CIDRAP] by Lisa M Brosseau, ScD, and Rachael Jones, PhD, entitled: Health workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola.

A highlight from their introduction:

There has been a lot of on-line and published controversy about whether Ebola virus can be transmitted via aerosols. Most scientific and medical personnel, along with public health organizations, have been unequivocal in their statements that Ebola can be transmitted only by direct contact with virus-laden fluids and that the only modes of transmission we should be concerned with are those termed “droplet” and “contact.”

These statements are based on two lines of reasoning. The first is that no one located at a distance from an infected individual has contracted the disease, or the converse, every person infected has had (or must have had) “direct” contact with the body fluids of an infected person.

This reflects an incorrect and outmoded understanding of infectious aerosols, which has been institutionalized in policies, language, culture, and approaches to infection control. We will address this below. Briefly, however, the important points are that virus-laden bodily fluids may be aerosolized and inhaled while a person is in proximity to an infectious person and that a wide range of particle sizes can be inhaled and deposited throughout the respiratory tract.

Please take the time to click here and read the full report.

-Regarding whether the Virus will be easy to spread worldwide or not, The Belmont Club commentator Tarnsman offers this anecdote that offers the possibility that the raging Narcissism of our times may be our modern version of Typhoid Mary [paragraphing by me]:

How will it get here? Very easily I am afraid.

Years ago a friend of mine, a businessman living in Southern California and with factories in China, were engaged in conversation during one of our sons’ Scout meetings. Mind you this was same time period as the SARS outbreak. During the course of our conversation my friend talked about his recent trip to China and how while on the trip he started to feel ill with flu like symptoms. I stood in dumbfounded silence as my friend continued his story.

Seems in China they are very conscious of the fact that outbreaks of infectious diseases in a country of 1.3 billion people must contained, period. All of the public transportation hubs have special thermal cameras to pick sick people out of the crowd. If you are picked up by one of these cameras you will be quickly apprehended by the health officials and off you will go to quarantine. No arguing, no pleading, no appeal and it doesn’t matter if you are a foreigner or not, off you go.

So my friend once he realized that he was coming down with something suddenly had one imperative: get out of China and get home. Never mind who knows what he was ill from, just that he needed to get home. Feeling like crap, he made good his escape with the help of Tylenol and his knowledge of the Chinese health surveillance cameras. He traveled first by train from one of his factories to Shanghai where he boarded a plane for Tokyo where he caught his plane to the States and home.

When he got home he was bed-ridden for three days until the fever broke and he felt good enough to get out of bed. At one point his wife wanted to take him to the hospital, but he would have none of that. My friend was quite proud of himself when he finished his story.

Me? I wanted to smack him across the face. I did scold him about the fact that not knowing what he was ill from that he was placing the health of all those he came in contact with at risk, including his own family. My friend seem genuinely surprised by my reaction as if he had never once consider that what he did was even remotely wrong.

Another one of my friend’s has a saying that sums up the attitude of too many of our fellow human beings: ‘It is all about me” So that is how it will get here. Because someone somewhere will come down with the disease and want to get home and screw everyone else

More from Bryan Preston:

Thomas Eric Duncan aka Patient Zero traveled to the United States out of desperation. He knew that he had been exposed to Ebola, and knew that he could not get treatment where he lived in Liberia. He had seen a friend turned away from three hospitals, and then die of the disease.

Having come to the United States, lying about and concealing his condition along the way, Duncan has exposed his own family, residents in their apartment complex, kids in several Dallas schools, and who knows how many other people to the deadly Ebola virus.

How many other carriers are going to make the same choice — if not to come to the U.S., to go to Europe, to Canada, Japan, or somewhere else where they believe that they will get treatment? As long as flights are running, it remains a possibility — or probability.

They will be traveling without symptoms, and will therefore be undetectable at airports, but they will know that they have been exposed, as Duncan knew. They will be able to use credit cards, if they have them, to pay for the flights whether they actually have the cash on hand or not. Desperation will drive the calculation that it’s worth running up some debt if it means the difference between life and death. Duncan has already shown that for some, the possibility of exposing others — even family members, but mostly total strangers — is not their first or even second concern.

In an age when Duty and Responsibility are mocked and held in low-esteem, we often find ourselves well and truly screwed. This may be one of those times.

-Another Cultural aspect to consider: this one from Maineman:

…here in the good old USA, one of the chief tools that the left has used to erode the family and the culture has been to throw a shroud of secrecy over a whole host of medical and mental health concerns, effectively promoting circumstances under which pathogens can fester unnoticed for long periods. This was one of the chief early “accomplishments” of the homosexual rights movement, which successfully legislated against routine disclosure of the danger of AIDS transmission to those at risk. The “rights” of the homosexual male to avoid “discrimination” precluded informing his wife that he was contagious with a potentially fatal disease.

And that logic infects many other health related matters: parents are not automatically privy to knowing if their 12 year-old child is seeing a therapist or being treated for a drug problem, being prescribed birth control pills by the school nurse, or scheduled to have an abortion.

So you tell me how we will quarantine and isolate the danger when the privacy police are crawling over every public and private institution in the country.

And so many people thought those of us who have been warning about the deadly implementations of allowing Leftist Thinking to continue to infect our Society were cranks and melodramatic fools.

-From the Editors of Investor’s Business Daily [tip of the fedora to Instapundit]:

We’re not counseling panic here. The U.S. should be able to control an outbreak. But the White House’s blase and even lackadaisical response isn’t reassuring.

As of now, Ebola has no cure, which is why it must be stopped. You can treat the symptoms and, hopefully, keep those with the disease alive long enough to survive it. But given that Ebola causes massive internal bleeding as the victim’s organs basically start to liquefy, survival is iffy at best.

There are promising new treatments, including the experimental drug ZMapp. Unfortunately, we’ve run out of it. The reason? A two-year delay by, you guessed it, the federal government in issuing a contract to make the stuff. Yet again, more government incompetence.

The administration’s feeble response to the threat of Ebola poses a danger to Americans’ health. We’ll be lucky indeed if no one dies from it.

I just get the feeling our luck has run out.  If we emerge from this relatively unscathed, it will be because of the heroic efforts of individual Americans who risk their lives to accomplish it and definitely not because of our governments and their Bureaucratic parasites [but, I repeat myself].

-Our government is refusing to stop all flights from those countries where Ebola is and shut our borders. As Subotai Bahadur comments over at Richard Fernandez’s place:

The one constant of US policy both in the case of Ebola and diseases coming from below the former southern border has been to deliberately open routes for the entrance of as many epidemics and pandemics as possible, and to wage a fight to the death [literally] to keep them open and frustrate every effort to protect the American people from epidemics and pandemics.

This is policy, not error. It is applied so consistently, that Buraq Hussein Obama, his underlings, and every Democrat and Leftist in the country are deliberately culpable….

-What can we do?  Commentator Peppermint has a very good suggestion for some private action that would be effective:

The private sector could still throw a wrench in the works, as least as far as air travel goes. The airlines and pilots unions could refuse to fly without effective precautions to make sure travelers are healthy. As a first step they could refuse to fly people with passports or passport stamps from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Glad I put some of my money in flame-thrower futures.

Ebola: Clusterf–k – Stage One

02 October 2014 @ 22:19

These posts are not an attempt to be comprehensive in coverage of the Ebola story.  They just contain some items that have caught my eye [which is still not hemorrhaging blood, I'm happy to report — that only happens when I look at Hillary or Lady Michbeth].

-Please see my previous posts on the subject: On Ebola, Dis Ease, Ebola: Beware The Modern Witch Doctors.

-From Breitbart,

A Dallas paramedic claimed he drove the ambulance that the US Ebola patient was transported in and that he was not contacted by anyone about the potential exposure. He claims he drove the ambulance sometime after the patient was transported. The Dallas Fire Department left the ambulance that transported Ebola patient Thomas Duncan to the hospital in service for at least 48 hours before putting it in quarantine on Wednesday. The ambulance was exposed to the Ebola virus when Duncan was transported on September 28th.

“All the people in the back of the ambulance 48 hours later before they finally took the ambulance out of service,” said Dallas Paramedic Geoffrey Aklinski in a discussion on Facebook, “none of them have been contacted. None of the paramedics that were on that shift and went in the ambulance were contacted. I’ve been off three days now. No one contacted me and I was in and drove that ambulance after it was infected.”

“Three days after the fact,” an exasperated Aklinski stated, “I had to demand exposure testing and they are reporting following up with all the people in the ambulance??? Bull crap!!! They haven’t even followed up with the ten firefighters that were on duty Sunday.”

Aklinski went further in explaining the frustration he and most likely, other firefighters, are feeling. “How do you not test and contact the firefighters at the station on Sunday!!! Only the two medics and the intern on the ambulance? I was freaking in that ambulance hours later driving it!!! No one bothered to contact me about it?!!!”

He went on to say he has contacted other news outlets and they won’t report his side of the story. “They just go with the official reports,” Aklinski stated.

‘They just go with the official Party line’ — there, fixed that for you.

-Ladd Ehlinger:

-From The Weekly Standard, Daniel Halper reporting, we learn:

NBC News chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and her crew will be flown back to America from Africa to be quarantined, an NBC memo states. The drastic action comes after a freelance member of the NBC crew reporting on Ebola was in fact diagnosed with Ebola.

-From Bretbart, again, John Nolte reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Jeff Goldstein]:

CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden either refused or is incapable of giving CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta a straightforward answer to a very simple question: Can Ebola be transmitted through a cough, sneeze, or handshake. The CNN clip, first snagged by Twitchy, is equal parts staggering and terrifying — like something you see from an arrogant government official in a zombie movie before the plague explodes.

There are many times during the course of the day these days where you feel like you’ve woken up in an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it movie.

And I don’t feel fine.

-Some very insightful remarks from Subotai Bahadur, frequent commentator over at The Belmont Club:

1) Responding to epidemics/pandemics is NOT something that has never come up before. The very fact that we are here, with our pre-Ebola life expectancies, is based on the ability of medical science to respond to disease outbreaks.

2) The standard first response, backed by millennia of successful experience, is isolation of the infected community/individuals with quarantine for those who are suspected and at risk.

3) The deliberate, considered, and premeditated response of Federal agencies across the board has been to bring as many disease vectors into this country as they possibly can, to forcibly prevent them from being medically screened, to scatter them throughout the country, and to actively impede state and local health authorities from responding to any disease outbreaks triggered.

We now have Ebola being spread by government actions within our borders. We now have previously eradicated TB being spread by government action within our borders, except now drug resistant. We now have an epidemic enterovirus all over the country attacking children, now killing them, and mutating into a form of polio which we had eradicated within our borders. We now have Dengue Fever spreading within this country, which has not been here in any volume for a century.

And all of it spread in the last couple of years with the help of all agencies of the Federal government.

This is a level of “incompetence” that cannot be blamed on one or two individuals. It crosses several Cabinet level departments with them working together for a common result. Which we are seeing now. That level of “incompetence” is in fact planning and premeditation. The odds of multiple departments committing reinforcing acts to bring this result by pure chance are beyond credibility. Especially, since not one of them are responding to the breaking reality with changed behavior.

The proper domestic response to the initial outbreak would have been stopping all direct flights between the US and the affected countries, blocking entry of anyone who has been in those countries until they can prove that they have been outside those countries for 30 days, the cancellation of student and tourist visas for people from those countries, and [oh, yes] securing our borders so that anyone who comes in is screened for health and legal status. Noting that 15% of the illegal invaders who cross our deliberately-erased-by-the-Federal-government are NOT from Mexico, Central, or South America. And that from January-August this year 71 nationals from the Ebola infected countries were caught at the former border. And that we only catch a small percentage of those crossing.

I would also note that we have done the travel restrictions relatively recently for H1N1 flu. This is not breaking new ground. It is deliberate avoidance of proper epidemiological procedure.

Prediction: sometime soon, the Federal government will institute movement and quarantine controls inside the country for US citizens only. The national borders will remain wide open. Foreigners, legal or invaders, will be allowed to move as they please. And all anti-discrimination laws will be firmly enforced.

I have expressed doubts about a real election in November. This reinforces those doubts.

You are not alone.

-That this whole situation is turning into a Clusterfuck is no surprise.  The Bureaucracy has never been more powerful in this country [thanks to the support it receives from Leftist and Quisling politicians] and, concurrently, it has never been harder to build new bridges, highways, power plants — any of those things that symbolize a healthy and vibrant Society.  We are drowning in an ocean of regulations that are putting our safety at risk.

Be worried.  Be very worried.

Ebola: Beware The Modern Witch Doctors

02 October 2014 @ 15:26

Richard Fernandez is dead solid perfect:

But while restrictions may in some cases be necessary, the first line of defense against Ebola, and other diseases whether natural or man-made, is personal responsibility, scientific knowledge and common sense. It is culture. It is education. Education, not a diploma.

Washing your hands and avoiding occasions of exposure will help you more than all the public assurances in the world. If you suspect infection, do your duty and turn yourself in. Odd word that: duty. But duty is what saved the herd in history; saved the herd in World War 2. The very same duty the Left laughs at and and lumps in the same dustbin of history as that 100 year old document that nobody reads any more. And science. Not affirmative action or quota or “committed” science. But science, period. Duty and science, not amulets, voodoo, talk shows, assurances, security theater or muted alarms can stop Ebola.

We need to rid ourselves of superstition. There’s a reason why people stopped believing in Gaia, Xenu and Coatlicue. The modern return of witchcraft has brought with it the ancient diseases and human savagery. It’s time to return to the 21st century. We’ve been absent too long.

The Leftist Masterminds are, all-in-all, not very smart, but they all do possess low, animal cunning.

So, when they kill God in someone’s mind, they also, in an effort to leave no witnesses for their Souls, murder His companions, two of which are Common Sense and Right Reason.

Out of this bloody homicide scene comes the Truth that those who do not believe in God will believe in anything. Strip away a person’s facility for properly assessing information and for interpreting events and you are left with Superstition and Whim. Strip away that innate understanding what things are worthy of caution and suspicion and, more than likely, rejection, and you are left with Gullibility and Rank Naivete. The control of of the rudder of one’s soul is under the sole control of the emotions, so the course of Life taken is Chaotic, often meandering, and always, ultimately, aimless.

Yet, Man must believe in something – it is hard-wired into every Human Soul this desire for Transcendence.

Right Reason and Common Sense tell one that it can only be aimed at and not achieved because Man is a fallen creature, but one takes satisfaction in knowing that the Creator loves each and every one of His children and is a forgiving Father.

The person who forsakes God seeks Transcendence anywhere his emotions at that moment tell him he has found it. And, if what he has found proves to not satisfy [as it always, eventually, does], he moves on to another. Such a person is like a serial womanizer – jumping from bed to bed searching for a lasting satisfaction that never comes. Yet, stripped of his Right Reason, this type of person becomes more convinced as he goes along that Perfection in the here and now is possible. This happens because, as his desperation grows, his lack of restraints on his actions push him into a more intense state of Fanaticism. In such a rabid state, every other person can, without Guilt, be trampled underfoot. In such a rabid state, the concept of Duty holds no place.

Some Enlightenment, eh?

Mandy Nagy – @Liberty_Chick – FUNDRAISER

30 September 2014 @ 21:01

[NOTE: This post will stay here, at the top of the Dispatches, until further notice. See new posts below]

As you may recall, my very good Friend In The Ether, Mandy Nagy, suffered a stroke in early September.

William Jacobson has been updating us nearly every day on her condition here.

She’s going to require a good amount of rehab, so Bill has put together a Fundraiser to help her and her family with some of the expenses she will incur in the coming months.

Please give what you can.

And leave a word for Mandy at Bill’s post — he’ll make sure it gets to her.

If you’re the praying kind, well, that won’t hurt either.

Dis Ease

30 September 2014 @ 20:39

How you feeling right about now?

Dr. Bob is here to make it all worse…

-From Bryan Preston, we learn [tip of the fedora to Instapundit]:

I’ve just watched the CDC’s press conference on the Ebola patient. He is not a US citizen, though the CDC refused to confirm that outright. He entered the US from Liberia, and was staying with family in the Dallas area. He entered on September 20. On September 24 he entered the hospital with unspecified illness (which we now know is Ebola), but he was sent home. He re-entered the hospital on September 28. He showed no signs or symptoms when he left Liberia.

Darleen Click comments:

Well, I certainly feel relieved that the government is in control of the situation. I’m just brimming with confidence.

Aren’t you?

And CDC Director Frieden said King Barack was ‘leaning forward’ on this whole Ebola thing.  That boosted my faith in this government, I’ll tell you.

Just earlier today, Kent Brantly, one of our recent Ebola survivors, testified before the Congress and said:

Many have used the analogy of a fire burning out of control to describe this unprecedented Ebola outbreak.  Indeed it is a fire — it is a fire straight from the pit of hell. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that the vast moat of the Atlantic Ocean will protect us from the flames of this fire. Instead, we must mobilize the resources … to keep entire nations from being reduced to ashes.

We can all look forward to a future of leaning forward and collapsing.

-Back on the yesterday’s virulent virus front:

An unusual respiratory virus has sickened more than 400 children across the United States, and the emergence of sudden paralysis in some Colorado youths is sparking concern among doctors.

The nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 — which can cause wheezing and coughing — coincided with the hospitalization of nine children due to limb weakness in Colorado since early August, and officials are investigating if there is any link between the two.

The nine children in Colorado “had respiratory illness and later developed neurologic illness,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

In the meantime, experts are struggling to understand why so many young people — ranging in age from one to 18 — have fallen ill from the virus in the past two months.

“It is concerning,” said Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

“It is not clear why, given the widespread nature of this virus, at this point it is now showing some neurological symptoms in a very small portion of patients,” he told AFP.

“The investigation is ongoing to find if there is a link.”

Eight of the nine children afflicted with paralysis are up to date on their polio vaccines.

Some are reported to be improving, and it remains unclear whether or not their paralysis will be permanent.

Ah, Polio!  We missed ya!

Iron-Lung-001bx

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Perhaps we should rename this virus the Illegal-Enterovirus D666?

Nah…that would hit too close to the Truth, too close to home [kinda like the viruses themselves].

‘TB or not TB?’ — that is the question.

I don’t know about you, but I’m investing heavily in Haz-Mat Suit futures.

Lies, Damned Lies, And Hoaxes

30 September 2014 @ 14:47

Ed Driscoll, with some help from the venerable Tom Wolfe, sets the record straight quite succinctly:

Tom Wolfe once wrote that “the greatest hoax of modern history” occurred when “Russia’s ruling ‘socialist workers party,’ the Communists, established themselves as the polar opposites of their two socialist clones, the National Socialist German Workers Party (quicknamed ‘The Nazis’) and Italy’s Marxist-inspired Fascisti, by branding both as ‘the fascists,’” which quickly led to those two socialist clones as being described, per Stalin’s orders, as “right wing” for the rest of the 20th century with very little in the way of effective pushback from limited-government conservatives and libertarians until recent years. The Democrats’ ongoing efforts to offload their shameful racist past onto the GOP has to run a close second. Don’t let them get away with it.

Sadly, we already have, which makes the job of getting the Truth to be heard, understood, and absorbed so much the harder.

What makes our situation even worse is that there is not much time left [if there is any at all and I'm just being too hopeful].

Lie Back And Think Of Utopia

30 September 2014 @ 14:17

Alternative Title:

Bend Over And Dream Of Unicorns

From CBS Washington, we learn [tip of the fedora to Darleen Click]:

Wisconsin’s tense race for governor got some political star power Monday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke.


Meg Kissinger, a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, posted on Facebook that she was told by a White House aide that she was not allowed to talk to people in the crowd.

“[A]ssigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech today and was told by a Mary Burke aide and one for the White House that I could not speak to the people in the crowd. To say that I was creeped out is an understatement. This is what reporters do in America: we speak to people,” Kissinger posted. “At least that’s how I’ve been doing things — at all kinds of political events — since 1979.”

Kissinger wrote that reporters and photographers were cordoned off during the event.

“Reporters and photographers were cordoned off in a central area with chairs and tables…,” Kissinger reported.

According to Darleen, none of the reporters disobeyed.

This is, of course, not surprising at all.

The Leftist Media are so invested in bringing about the Fundamental Transformation of America [ie: Heaven On Earth, Utopia, Immanentizing The Eschaton] that, despite being treated like battered wives, they still stay with their ‘man’, defending him and his ‘buddies’, letting themselves humiliatingly be misused and abused over and over again.

It is sick.

It is, most of all, pathetic.

It is something we’ve witnessed in History many times before. The denouement for them will not be pretty.

For now, they’ll enjoy being part of the ‘cool kids’ crowd, invited to be in the presence of the Power And Control Elites, but they’ll be discarded like the cheap whores they are when they no longer serve any use. And that is, if they’re lucky. Every Revolution finds a reason to put such pathetic lackeys up against a wall or at the edge of a mass grave.

Enjoy yourselves, suckers: it’s later than you think.

The State Of The Union 2014

30 September 2014 @ 09:14

The precedents have all been ignored.

Traditions and customs long held have been rudely discarded.

The calendars have been set back, History restarted.

The lessons of the Past lie unwanted, not consulted.

The Creator is persona non grata.

Anything is possible now.

Fantasy Warball

29 September 2014 @ 21:22

The-Jarrett-Junto-001f-275x166While this Administration adheres strictly to an Ideology that is a bad-smelling stew of Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, Alinsky-ism, and few other Nihilistic -isms, it seems that, when it comes to matters like War and Terrorism, it practices a rather amateur form of Improv.

The worst kind of improvisation is the kind that is not based in Reality because the audience can’t relate to it.  It is the kind practiced and performed by children.

Children construct fantasy worlds of their own that adults find hard to understand and the kids tend to expand upon it as they go along, making-up transparent lies they think will fool the adults in the room.

From Andrew McCarthy, we learn:

For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.

The who?

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”

“Core al-Qaeda,” you are to understand, is different from “Jabhat al-Nusra,” which in turn is distinct from “al-Qaeda in Iraq” (formerly “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,” now the “Islamic State” al-Qaeda spin-off that is, itself, formerly “al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham” or “al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant”). That al-Qaeda, don’t you know, is a different outfit from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula . . . which, of course, should never be mistaken for “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” “Boko Haram,” “Ansar al-Sharia,” or the latest entry, “al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.”

Coming soon, “al-Qaeda on Hollywood and Vine.” In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if, come 2015, Obama issued an executive order decreeing twelve new jihad jayvees stretching from al-Qaeda in January through al-Qaeda in December.

It gets worse, because, you see, these stunted-growth juvenile delinquents can’t stop themselves:

You also got a smiley-face story about five Arab states joining the United States in a coalition to confront the terrorists. Finally, the story goes, Sunni governments were acting decisively to take Islam back from the “un-Islamic” elements that falsely commit “violent extremism” under Islam’s banner.

Sounds uplifting … until you read the fine print. You’ve got to dig deep to find it. It begins, for example, 42 paragraphs into the Wall Street Journal’s report on the start of the bombing campaign. After the business about our glorious alliance with “moderate” allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar who so despise terrorism, we learn:

Only the U.S. — not Arab allies — struck sites associated with the Khorasan group, officials said. Khorasan group members were in the final stages of preparations for an attack on U.S. and Western interests, a defense official said. Khorasan was planning an attack on international airliners, officials have said. . . . Rebels and activists contacted inside Syria said they had never heard of Khorasan and that the U.S. struck several bases and an ammunition warehouse belonging to the main al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria, Nusra Front. While U.S. officials have drawn a distinction between the two groups, they acknowledge their membership is intertwined and their goals are similar.

Oops. So it turns out that our moderate Islamist partners have no interest in fighting Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate. Yes, they reluctantly, and to a very limited extent, joined U.S. forces in the strikes against the Islamic State renegades. But that’s not because the Islamic State is jihadist while they are moderate. It is because the Islamic State has made mincemeat of Iraq’s forces, is a realistic threat to topple Assad, and has our partners fretting that they are next on the menu.

Meantime, though, the Saudis and Qatar want no trouble with the rest of al-Qaeda, particularly with al-Nusra. After all, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch is tightly allied with the “moderate opposition” that these “moderate” Gulf states have been funding, arming, and training for the jihad against Assad.

Oh, and what about those other “moderates” Obama has spent his presidency courting, the Muslim Brotherhood? It turns out they are not only all for al-Qaeda, they even condemn what one of their top sharia jurists, Wagdy Ghoneim, has labeled “the Crusader war against the Islamic State.”

“The Crusaders in America, Europe, and elsewhere are our enemies,” Ghoneim tells Muslims. For good measure he adds, “We shall never forget the terrorism of criminal America, which threw the body of the martyred heroic mujahid, Bin Laden, into the sea.”

This whole bombing campaign is a big, fat lie.

Andrew Klavan, correctly, believes that King Barack The Unready and his Court live in a ‘Make-Believe World’:

We got a taste of this fabulism in the president’s recent speech to the United Nations in which he compared the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to the horror show in the Middle East and Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. As the president called for UN support in fighting Islamic extremism, he added:

I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within its own borders.  This is true.  In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri — where a young man was killed, and a community was divided.  So, yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions.

Now, to be fair, Obama did go on to say that the United States deals with its problems in a better way than other nations. But a puling moral equivalence that compares a dubious police incident and some looting with the worldwide jihadi onslaught or the imperialist depredations of Vlad the Impaler Putin is just nuts. It denotes a view of the world that can’t tell the difference between imperfection and wickedness, or just between normal and tragically bad! “As I denounce Jack the Ripper’s murder of women, I know my critics will point out that I leave my towels on the bathroom floor sometimes, annoying my wife…” To hell with the critics. Jihad is evil; sharia is evil. They have to be stopped.

I think it was this utter lack of respect for real life that made the president’s Latte Salute so egregious, so despicable. Leftists mocked conservatives for expressing disgust over this small incident. They tried to compare it to a clumsy but properly executed salute George W. Bush once made with a dog in his arms. And normally, I’d take their point. It’s wrong to pick relentlessly on a public figure’s small mistakes. We can all be caught out in bad moments, especially with cameras on us 24/7.

But no, I have to confess, this particular small moment did seem to me indicative of a larger dysfunction. It wasn’t just a commander-in-chief’s breezy disrespect toward the people he sends off to kill and to die. It was the arrogant action of a man who doesn’t know what’s important because he doesn’t know what’s true. He lives inside his own insistent fantasy world rather than the real one. In that goofy kingdom, President Stardust has decimated the terror threat — and the threat was created by the sort of no-goodnik American who polices Ferguson. In that world, sure, the dear leader’s chai is more important than the mere rituals of honor. In fact, you and me and the Marines and everyone — why, we are just wandering blind on this dark shore, waiting to join the president on the right side of history in the sweet bye and bye.

It’s unfortunate the rest of us can’t live in that delightful place of the president’s imagination. We are stuck here in the mess he has made of reality, with jihad resurgent and the last, best hope of earth growing weaker by the day.

Of course, as often happens, this pathological habit of refusing to acknowledge Reality spreads to others in charge of our Security, as we’ve seen regarding that Jihadist’s beheading of a Kafir woman in Oklahoma last week, which, as Darleen Click reports [and predicted], is being labeled by authorities as merely ‘Workplace Violence’ [Pop! goes my blood pressure].

It seems it was ‘Workplace Violence Weekend’ in the Sooner State, as Jim Hoft reported [tip of the fedora to Newrouter]:

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, a Muslim from Kenya, was arrested after he threatened to behead a coworker at the Bellevue Nursing Home. Muriithi told the coworker he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians.”

But all of this is just another chapter in the ongoing sad tale entitled: The Age Of Leftist Hegemony And Quisling Submission, as Roger Kimball points out [tip of the fedora to Sdferr]:

…After 9/11, President Bush assured the world that Islam was a religion of “peace,” ignoring the inconvenient fact that Islamic peace can be vouchsafed only when the entire world has been converted to that barbaric faith. At the end of the day, the options for non-Muslims are three: conversion, slavery (“dhimmitude”), or death. Which makes perfect sense in a religion whose very name means “submission.”

George Orwell was right when he observed that the first indispensable step towards freedom is the willingness to call things by their real names.  The cause of freedom is not aided when a director of National Intelligence says (and says with a straight face) that the Muslim Brotherhood is “a largely secular organization.”  Nor is it aided when the U.S. president, his secretary of State and other underlings lie about what caused the Benghazi massacre.

The triumph of political correctness has encouraged an epidemic allergy to candor.  The hope is that the embrace of euphemism will alter not only our language but the reality our language names. And to a large extent, it is working. Unfreedom does not become freedom by calling it free, but the misprision can help spread and reinforce the fog of self-deceit. Terrorism committed by Muslims is not Islamic terrorism but “anti-Islamic activity,” A Muslim Army officer who goes on a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood while shouting “Allahu Akbar” is guilty of  “workplace violence” not slaughter undertaken to advance the cause of Islam, etc., etc.

There is a sense in which the triumph of political correctness erodes free speech chiefly by negative means.  It promulgates speech codes, rules against “hate speech,” and the like, but I suspect that its gravest damage is done by instilling a timidity of spirit among its charges. A reluctance to speak the truth instills an unwillingness or even inability to see the truth. Thus it is that the reign of political correctness quietly aids and abets habits of complacency and unfreedom.

This atmosphere of supine anesthesia  is an invitation to tyranny. I was shocked to learn when at Winchester that Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, had actually introduced a bill to challenge key provisions of the First Amendment.  Yes, you read that aright. Democratic senators have proposed to gut the First Amendment. If passed, the provision would enable Congress to ban movies, books, and other forms of expression that bore on political controversies. Breathtaking, is it not? As far as I can tell from here, public response to this outrageous attack on free speech has been muted. Republican Senator Ted Cruz had the right idea when he proposed replacing the Democratic proposal with the text of the First Amendment itself. His clever rejoinder, however, was unanimously rejected by the Democrats at the hearing. The First Amendment protects free speech, especially as it bears on political debate.  But it is precisely such freedom that is anathema to those of our masters who prefer their citizens submissive.

It took several centuries and much blood and toil to wrest freedom from the recalcitrant forces of arbitrary power. It is a melancholy fact that what took ages to achieve can be undone in the twinkling of an eye. It seems to me that we are at a crossroads where our complacency colludes dangerously with the blunt opportunism of events.  Courage, Aristotle once observed, is the most important virtue because without courage we are unable to practice the other virtues. The life of freedom requires the courage to recognize and to name the realities that impinge upon us.  Day is Night. Peace is War. Love is Hate. Out of such linguistic capitulations, Orwell showed in 1984, totalitarian tyranny is born. We’ve all read the book. Have we learned that hard lesson?

It’s just another wonderful day in the Neighborhood…

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To quote another ditty: Stop the World; I wanna get off.

There’s A New Death In Town

28 September 2014 @ 20:00

According to the World Health Organization, the top causes of death worldwide have remained pretty stable.

They are, in order, for 2012:

1. Ischaemic heart disease

2. Stroke

3. Chronic obstructive lung disease [COPD]

4. Lower respiratory infections

5. Lung cancer

6. HIV/AIDS

7. Diarrhoeal diseases [not of the mouth, as Leftists and politicians suffer from]

8. Diabetes

9. Road injury

10. Hypertensive heart disease

Now a new cause has come along that may soon give these and the others a run for their money.

From Dr. Mark Steyn:

Colleen Hufford [of Oklahoma] was not the first western woman beheaded this month. In Edmonton, north London, 82-year-old Palmira Silva, an Italian immigrant, was beheaded by Nicholas Salvadore, also a convert to Islam. Miss Silva’s executioner was reported to have been “inspired” by recent Isis beheadings of westerners. As we know from President Obama, that’s nothing to do with Islam, too. “Nothing to do with Islam” is not yet the leading cause of death in developed nations, but it’s making impressive strides.

Indeed.

And we can thank people like the Nancy-Boy-In-Chief and the Prime Toff Minister for raising awareness of this new cause.

A hearty ‘Bravo’ to those two pencil-neck geeks!

Derelictions Of Duties

25 September 2014 @ 19:51

Well, well, well…

From the Editorial Board of Investor’s Business Daily, we learn [tip of the fedora to GeoffB and Instapundit]:

The president launches attacks on the Islamic State with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ended or any replacements were ready.

As the Washington Post reported, the first strikes Monday night included a volley of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships, the guided missile destroyer Arleigh Burke and the guided missile cruiser Philippine Sea. They are part of the George H.W. Bush carrier battle group led by the aircraft carrier of the same name.

Obama-IndianKid-DoucheNozzleThe problem, as we reported back in March, is that the Tomahawk was slated by Obama to be phased out of the Navy’s inventory, with no timely replacement ready. Under his budget proposals, the Navy, which as recently as last year had plans to buy 980 more Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile used throughout the fleet, would see purchases drop from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.

Doing the math, we see that Obama has already consumed in one night of strikes 47% of next year’s planned purchases. The naval inventory will soon be depleted at this rate unless we crank up the arsenal of democracy and stop beating our swords into solar panels. As Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker calculates, the U.S. supply of roughly 4,000 Tomahawks would be exhausted in about 85 days at that rate of use.

A Syrian campaign is going to be tougher than the effort in Libya, where there was no sophisticated air defense weaponry to worry about, which is why the Air Force chose to use the F-22 Raptor for the first time in combat. Its ability to evade radar detection plus its high-speed maneuverability make it ideal for high-risk environments.

Yet F-22 production was capped at 187 in the defense cuts that were part of the fiscal 2010 budget.

In 2009, Obama said expanding the F-22’s procurement budget would be “an inexcusable waste of money” and Congress took away $1.75 billion for additional planes in the 2010 budget. The last F-22 rolled off the production line in 2011.

Another “Cold War” weapon, as Obama calls it, that was slated for the scrap heap but which will be used against the Islamic State is the A-10 Warthog, which entered service in 1972 and was designed to destroy Soviet tanks on a European battlefield. According to Business Insider, the Pentagon is to deploy a dozen A-10s to the Middle East in October, the Indiana National Guard reports.

The issue is not just boots on the ground, but whether we have enough boots, or anything else, under Obama’s unilateral disarmament.

This is, foreign policy / national security wise, the lamest Administration in History.

The American People are in a more dangerous situation now than they have ever been – greater than in The War Of 1812, in the 1930′s-1940′s, and during The Cold War.

The-Jarrett-Junto-001f-275x166The Jarrett Junto has accomplished in six short years what our past enemies were never able to do.

It’s Treason Within.

Americans will die because this Nancy Boy man-child has severely damaged our national defense capabilities.

And the Congress doesn’t care.

They are derelict in their Duty as long as they will not Impeach this Treasonous Rat Bastard.

Michelle Be Not Proud*

25 September 2014 @ 09:05

One would have thought that after a half-decade of The Jarrett Junto being very successful in destroying The United States, Lady Michbeth would finally be proud of America…but, noooooooo.

From Breitbart, Pam Key reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Weasel Zippers via Wombat Socho's Live At Five]:

Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama said that American women are suffering under “harmful cultural norms” at a U.N. education event.

Mrs. Obama said, “Women here are still woefully underrepresented in our government and the senior ranks of corporations. We still struggle with violence against woman and harmful cultural norms that tell woman how they are expected to look and act.”

Judging by the picture of you in WZ’s post, Michelle, I guess American Culture told you they expect you to look like Angry Clown.

In the Comments section of WZ’s post, CBK has some great advice for Lady Michbeth:

Are you freaking kidding me?!? As a Canadian woman, women in North America have the best freedom and prosperity in the world. The real oppression is in areas such as Communist countries, the Middle East, and Africa.

Mooch should go screw herself and get lost in a Commie craphole.

She may just be waiting it out, CBK, because, in but a few years, America could very well become a Communist Craphole — I mean, it’s well on it’s way to becoming a Fascist Craphole.

What a disgrace. Shame on us for tolerating her and her beard, er, husband.

Michelle be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art just ugly
Inside….

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*See what I did there?

The First Recourse Of The Left

24 September 2014 @ 20:11

Mike Hendrix, proprietor of Cold Fury, is [once again*] asking some questions of the Left In America† that get right to the heart of the matter.

Leftism-Unmasked-001fxHere are two of them [tip of the fedora to Doug Ross]:

Why is it that you, who have gone to great lengths to falsely hang Naziism around the necks of the Right forever, cling to fascism yourselves as not your last but your first response to any whiff of dissent from your opinions?…

Why is it that the very people who once claimed that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”–a phrase they falsely attribute to Jefferson, who never said any such thing–will brook no dissent whatever, preferring instead to openly and loudly call for the imprisonment of those few they can’t shout down?

Leftism is an Ideology.  Therefore, it is a system of ideas created in the sterile laboratories of the minds of people who are dissatisfied with Life as it is, with Reality.

With great care and with much emotional investment, these Intellectuals construct plans for remaking the world into Heaven On Earth, a destination of Perfection.

Such creations are always fragile constructions because they do not figure into their calculations Human Nature, because they assume without question that Human Beings can be made Perfect, faultless and flawless — that we can all become gods.  Since this belief is based on pure Fantasy, it can never stand scrutiny by Right Reason, nor can it withstand the Will of the Human Heart to remain Human.

Knowing deep down — in a part of their Souls that they refuse to acknowledge — that this is true and that all of their systems of ideas are, therefore, brittle and fragile, the Left will do everything and anything in it’s power to crush any dissension from their plans to fulfill their Utopian schemes, because the thwarting of their dreams will cause their whole, fantastically constructed world, their psyches, to collapse in a eternal heap of absolute Despair.

This is why the Left can so easily seek to consign us to the asylums, the Gulags and the gas chambers.

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*I do not link Mike enough.  His site is one of those that
is worth visiting on a regular basis because of the vast
insights he has into Human Nature and his very deep
understanding of the Leftist Mind.

†I call those Leftists who live here the ‘Left In America’
because they and their ideas are an alien presence, their
philosophy quite clearly un-American, foreign to our
Culture.

It’s Hereditary

23 September 2014 @ 21:35

We now have conclusive proof that being insipid, rank arrogance, unbridled ignorance, and unmitigated gall are traits that can be passed-on, transmitted, genetically from parent to offspring:

Professional Ethics requires me to mention that the consensus among my medical colleagues was not unanimous on this — although it was nearly so.  The dissenting few believe that what this actually proves is simply that being fucking stupid can be transmitted genetically.

Respectfully,

Dr. Robert Oswald Belvedere
OB-SCAT, OB-GYN [lunch hours and weekends only], OB-GED

Tip of the fedora to Twitchy.

Thought For The Day

22 September 2014 @ 21:06

Special guest post by The Reverend David R. Graham, A.M.D.G.

Leading And Let To The Slaughter

Over half the USA electorate wants the USA to be unable to defend herself. Less than half the USA electorate wants the USA to be able to defend herself. The networks — environmentalists, academic faculties, trial lawyers, caliphists, political parties, unions, government bureaucrats, religious orders, clergy — who want the USA unable to defend herself are leading 80% of the USA electorate to slaughter … and thinking they are the 20% destined for heaven on earth.

[Do check out The Rev's blog: Theological Geography]

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