Dancing with the padres

October 23, 2014

If all priests were this much fun, attendance at mass would be much higher.


Typhoid Barry and the Centers for Disease Control and Redistribution

October 21, 2014

“In August, Science magazine published a survey conducted by 58 medical professionals working in African epidemiology. They traced the origin and spread of the virus with remarkable precision—for instance, they discovered that it crossed the border from Guinea into Sierra Leone at the funeral of a ‘traditional healer’ who had treated Ebola victims. In just the first six months of tracking the virus, the team identified more than 100 mutated forms of it.

“Yet what’s really scary is how robust the already-established transmission mechanisms are. Have you ever wondered why Ebola protocols call for washing down infected surfaces with chlorine? Because the virus can survive for up to three weeks on a dry surface.

“How robust is transmission? Look at the health care workers who have contracted it. When Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who was part of the team caring for Liberian national Thomas Duncan, contracted Ebola, the CDC quickly blamed her for ‘breaching protocol.’ But to the extent that we have effective protocols for shielding people from Ebola, they’re so complex that even trained professionals, who are keenly aware that their lives are on the line, can make mistakes.

“By the by, that Science article written by 58 medical professionals tracing the emergence of Ebola—5 of them died from Ebola before it was published.” —Jonathan V. Last, Six Reasons to Panic

“All our radical Jihadist enemies have to do is inject tainted Ebola blood into volunteer suicide bombers, or worse, innocent children, and send them across the border. Undetectable, they walk across our Southern border showing no symptoms and surrender to U.S. border agents. Obama disperses them across the country where they sneeze or cough on their lawyers, caretakers, and classmates. It’s that easy, it’s that simple, to start a deadly Ebola Pandemic across America. …

“What if Ebola spreads to Mexico, Central or South America? Suddenly panic ensues and hundreds of thousands of their citizens (or even millions) run for the U.S. border looking for America’s medical system to save them, spreading Ebola like wildfire… into your home and mine. …

“Knowing all this, Obama does nothing. He refuses to secure the border. He sends our young military men and women into the death zone to face an invisible killer. He even purposely chooses to refuse to do something so simple and common sense as ban flights and quarantine travelers from the Ebola Zone.

“Our president is putting all of our lives, our families, our economic survival, at risk. He is gambling with our children, our jobs, the future survival of America. …

“Why take that gamble? Why risk economic suicide? Why not take all possible actions and precautions to limit the possibility of a widespread epidemic? Is Obama criminally insane? A madman? An ignorant, delusional fool? Or is he doing this purposely to overwhelm America’s economic system? Does it matter?” —Wayne Allyn Root, It’s Time to Remove Obama from Office Before He Gets Us All Killed

“What short-term risk do Americans face from infected people flying here from West Africa? Small national risk: under current policy, you might see a sick West African visitor infect one or two Americans, likely hospital personnel. And some of those infected people would die, even with good care. Second question: Why take this risk? There’s no reason to do so. The administration claims that limiting incoming travel from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone would backfire. Why do they say that?

“I’d say that it’s because they’re nuts, which is often the deep reason behind federal action. Oh, undoubtedly they’re thinking something nonsensical about the horrors of profiling black Africans, but let’s be real: we’d quarantine Sweden if they had something like Ebola, be they ever so blond, and we’d be right to do so. At the end of the day, nuts, like I said.” —Gregory Cochran, Come on in, the Plague Is Fine

“The average man on the street in, say, North Carolina or South Dakota isn’t shopping for hazmat suits and expecting a cloud of Ebola to come boiling down Main Street this Halloween, leaving a trail of corpses in its wake. They’re asking how the response could have been so confused, how the huge federal agencies charged with responding to such a crisis could have gotten everything wrong, how they could spew talking points about ‘abundance of caution’ while making ridiculously careless mistakes, such as allowing health care workers exposed to the deadly disease hop on airplanes and cruise ships without going through prudent isolation and observation periods.  Watching some of these decisions changed in mid-stream, after risk had been needlessly extended to additional people – leading to such spectacles as the cruise-ship standoff off the coast of Belize – only enhances that perception of haphazard confusion. …

“It’s the Obama Administration that dissolved into hysteria and confusion, not the American public. This is a matter of concern not just because the performance of billion-dollar agencies was so disappointing – a wound Democrats proceeded to thoroughly salt by claiming the Ebola fumbles were a result of phantom ‘budget cuts’ – but because we know more Ebola carriers are coming, and we’re hoping the next encounter goes down a lot better than the Thomas Duncan saga did. The public is looking for reassurances that lessons have been learned.

“President Obama completely misread that moment by appointing a political fixer, Ron Klain, as ‘Ebola Czar.’ If the American people had been polled on the subject last week, I doubt many of them would have said an Ebola Czar was the solution they were looking for, even if it wasn’t someone whose big previous ‘achievement’ was arranging the Solyndra debacle. Symbolic managerial positions aren’t the answer. In fact, they’re a symptom of the disease. If this gigantic, lavishly-funded government has reached the point that a new layer of executive bureaucracy must be installed to make the other bureaucracies coordinate well enough to manage a crisis that initially involved about a hundred people, it has degenerated to a terrifying level of dysfunction.” —John Hayward, Obama ‘Seethes’ over Obama Administration’s Inept Response to Ebola

“Politico released a poll revealing that 64 percent of Americans believe ‘things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now.’ One is left to wonder how oblivious the remaining 36 percent are – or how wedded they are to a leftist ideology that elevates political considerations above everything else.

“Nothing speaks to that reality louder the the president’s appointment of Ron Klain as “Ebola Czar.” Klain’s track record as a political operative is long and tawdry. His medical credentials? Non-existent. His and/or the administration’s level of seriousness? He either skipped, or wasn’t invited to, two high-level meetings discussing the federal response to Ebola, last Friday and Saturday.

“In the meantime, the media is once again more than willing to carry the president’s water. A CBS News report’s title gives the game away: ‘Ebola panic spreading much faster than disease in U.S.’

“Memo to CBS and all of the other leftist media lapdogs: ‘panic’ is not the operative word. Panic aligns itself with the leftist worldview, as in Americans are too stupid to behave rationally when faced with one of the deadliest viruses on the planet.

“Americans are not panicked, not nearly as much as they are angry and disgusted by an Obama administration, a Democrat Party and a mainstream media thoroughly invested in the notion that any deviation from leftist prescriptions for containment must be derived from panic and/or racism. They are rightly appalled by the plethora of unpreparedness, misinformation and outright lying that emanates from the Obama administration, seemingly on a daily basis. They are disgusted by the toxic stew of political correctness, bureaucratic incompetence and corruption that is putting their lives in unnecessary danger.

“In fact, the only real panic is coming from the left itself. They realize that all of this nonsense is occurring less than a month before the voting public gets a chance to render their verdict on the administration’s performance – along with Democrat and media support for it.” Arnold Ahlert, Americans Are Angry, Not Hysterical

For further enlightenment:

CNN Columnist: Slow Aid for Ebola Because… Racism, by Jazz Shaw

Ebola? It’s the Video! by Roger Simon

Ebola Survivor Reveals What Sustained Her While Battling the Deadly Virus, by Billy Hallowell

$39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine, by Elizabeth Harrington

Ebola and the CDC’s Dangerous Mission Drift, by Jacob Sullum

Weirdly Prescient Holiday Inn Commercial from 2001

Oslo called; they want their peace prize back

October 21, 2014

Hey, everyone makes mistakes.


Some beautiful music for Sunday

October 19, 2014

I first heard the South African praise song “Siyahamba” at a choir concert several years ago, and it instantly became one of my favorites. This performance by the Tapiola Children’s Choir perfectly captures the spirit of the song.

Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkhos,
Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkhos.
Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkhos,
Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkhos.
Siyahamba, hamba, Siyahamba, hamba
Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkhos.
Siyahamba, hamba, Siyahamba, hamba
Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkos.

We are marching in the light of God,
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God,
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, marching, we are marching, marching,
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, marching, we are marching, marching,
We are marching in the light of God.


Happy Caturday

October 18, 2014

Because we need a break from politics, perfidy, pestilence, and plague.


Gallows humor

October 17, 2014

(Click each image to get the full story.)

Obama Declares November 4th a National Day of Quarantine (The People’s Cube)

Like Cockroaches Surviving Nuclear Blast (iOwnTheWorld)

Obama’s CDC Containment in Action (All the Right Snark)

We’d Have an Ebola Vaccine By Now, If It Hadn’t Been for Budget Cuts (CRASHR)

Grand Opening: AirEbola Airlines (The People’s Cube)

Welcome, Fundamental Transformation Helpers! (iOwnTheWorld)

Ebola without borders

October 16, 2014

CDC brain trust confers on Ebola crisis

“The President is clearly getting the message that he has a big problem on his hands, even though his reaction isn’t fundamentally different from the way he handles every crisis: ignore it for as long as possible, while his media sycophants crank out fawning articles about ‘no-drama Obama,’ until the howls of outrage from the American people grow so loud that he finally has to hop off his golf cart and get photographed doing something.

“It’s the opposite of his scandal protocol, in which he initially claims to have been completely blindsided by something like the corruption of the IRS, declares he’s more outraged than anybody, vows to get to the bottom of it, maybe pretends to fire someone, and then rolls away in his golf cart while the media gets busy declaring the story over. By the time Obama reaches the ninth hole, the press is saying the whole thing is old news, and wonders why obsessive right-wingers are still asking the sort of questions journalists reserve for Republican administrations. …

“The crisis of managerial liberalism has been decades in the making. Ebola arrives on the heels of the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal, the smaller but still astonishing ball-drop at the Secret Service, the stunning failure of the super-State to deliver anything remotely resembling the economic performance we were promised, and the ObamaCare disaster. The website flame-out alone ended up costing taxpayers a billion dollars more than the already mind-boggling budget allocated for the project. How much Ebola protection could that billion dollars have bought us, if Health and Human Services didn’t blow it on patching up a crappy website?

“HealthCareDotGov spotlighted the corruption and incompetence of managerial liberalism. The Ebola faceplant emphasizes how distracted it is. Bales of cash were squandered on countless absurd sideshows while our health agencies not only failed to address their core missions, but became so top-heavy and politicized that their response to a sudden crisis was sluggish and confused. Stupid drunk on taxpayer cash and flabby with bureaucracy, our health agencies got stuck in the floor when they tried to slide down the fire pole and answer the emergency bells.” —John Hayward, Ebola and the Crisis of Managerial Liberalism

“There have been plenty of movies about deadly viruses running amok. But most involve dark conspiracies, or aliens, or at the very least secret agendas and government corruption. The awful 1995 film ‘Outbreak’ is typical of the genre: Good scientists fight an evil military determined to keep its hands on a biological superweapon at all costs, even if it means killing Americans. (Oh, sorry, spoiler alert.)

“‘Contagion’ broke away from the shackles of the genre. Ross Douthat put it well in an essay for National Review, calling it a ‘pro-establishment thriller.’ Government officials, the scientists, even the military were all competent and determined to do the right thing. It was a fascinating departure from the speak-truth-to-power cinema of the Bush years and even Hollywood’s paranoia in the Clinton years. […] In ‘Contagion,’ the only real villain was a blogger, Alan Krumwiede (played by Jude Law). He refuses to take the government at its word. He disseminates lies for personal gain. He questions the motives of the mainstream media. …

“Given the timing, I think it’s no accident Hollywood produced ‘Contagion.’ After all, Obama was going to restore faith in government. The smart and decent people were in charge. Under a different president, ‘Contagion’ might have been a paranoid delusion, a la Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK,’ and Krumwiede might have been a left-wing hero like Edward Snowden or an I.F. Stone-style crusader. But under Obama, he had to be more like a cartoonish Matt Drudge. [...] Under Obama, right-thinking people don’t question power like a Krumwiede. They, like Gwyneth Paltrow, wish the already-powerful ‘all of the power’ they need.” —Jonah Goldberg, Ebola Is Much Less Scary Than Hollywood’s ‘Contagion.’ Or Is It?

“Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where Ebola is epidemic. The problem we face is not just one African who entered our country and then died from Ebola. It’s a national health problem that has made our health care personnel carriers of a fatal African disease endangering Americans who never went to Africa.

“Obama sent thousands of U.S. troops to Liberia, a country stricken with Ebola. He ignores the danger to our American troops and also to other Americans when these servicemen and women return home. The safety of the American people is less important to him than posing as a world citizen.

“Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, told the National Defense University in Washington, DC that, if Ebola comes to Central America, ‘it will cause a panic [...] there will be mass migration into the United States.’

“Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control reports that ‘By the end of the year, there will be 14 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying.’

“Why doesn’t Obama impose a travel ban on persons flying here from Ebola-infected countries? It’s not enough to take the temperature of airline travelers and have them fill out a written form because we know that the African who died from Ebola after arrival in the U.S. had lied on his form.

“Mark Krikorian points out that the U.S. has issued 13,000 visas for travel to America from the three most Ebola-infected West African countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Will Obama let those 13,000 people into America?” —Phyllis Schlafly, Stop Disease at the Border

“The government assures us there’s nothing to worry about with Ebola. They’ve got it under control. Unfortunately, everything the government says about this disease keeps being proved untrue — usually within a matter of days.

“They told us that you’d basically have to roll in an infected person’s vomit to catch the disease. Then, nurses at two first-world hospitals in Spain and the U.S. contracted Ebola from patients. With no evidence, the CDC simply announced that the nurses were not following proper protocol. The disease didn’t operate the way CDC said it would, so the hospitals must be lying.

“The government told us that national quarantines won’t work, but then they quarantine everyone with Ebola — or who has been near someone with Ebola, such as an entire NBC crew. To me, this suggests that there’s some value in keeping people who have been near Ebola away from people who have not.

“Quite obviously, the only way to protect Americans is to prevent Ebola from coming here in the first place. The problem isn’t that Ebola will leap across oceans to infect Americans; it’s that Obama doesn’t want to protect Americans.” —Ann Coulter, We’ll Tell You How Dangerous Ebola Is After the Election

“Iraq, Syria, ISIS and now Ebola. Isn’t there anyone in Washington who’s qualified to do anything right?

“The president made fun of ISIS last year when he called them ‘the JV team,’ but it turns out the real JV team is based in DC and he’s the captain.

“I don’t pretend to know the best way to keep the USA safe from Ebola. That’s supposed to be the CDC’s mission. But I do know that the best way for the federal government to deal with this or any problem is to put qualified people in charge of solving it.

“We’ve known for six years that the president isn’t qualified to be where he’s at. We know Susan Rice isn’t qualified to be his national security advisor. And now we’re finding out that Dr. Frieden of the CDC isn’t qualified to take your temperature.” —Michael Reagan, Government Malpractice

“As the American public has begun to grasp the massive ineptitude behind the Obama administration’s response to Ebola, a leftist non-profit, the Agenda Project Action Fund (APAF), has sprung to the rescue. An ad campaign entitled “Republican Cuts Kill” features several prominent Republicans, and implies that budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are responsible for the current Ebola outbreak – all over the world. ‘Like rabid dogs in a butcher shop, Republicans have indiscriminately shredded everything in their path, including critical programs that could have dealt with the Ebola crisis before it reached our country,’ Erica Payne, founder and president of APAF told supporters in an email.

“Unfortunately for the American left, research compiled at the twitter feed of CounterMoonbat illuminates a few of those ‘critical programs’ in which the NIH and CDC involved themselves. They include $325,525 for a study showing wives would be happier if they could calm down faster during marital spats, $386,000 to study rabbit massage, $939,771 on why fruit flies fall in love, and $666,905 to study mood relationships with those who watch Seinfeld reruns. Another $350,000 studied the relationship between golfers and their imagination, $702,000 was spent studying the impact of TV’s and gas generators in Vietnam, $150,000 went to China to learn more about acupuncture, and $423,000 was used to determine why men don’t like to wear condoms.

That’s the small stuff. The NIH has a whopping $90 million to fund various health projects in China, including $17 million to learn whether 420 prostitutes and 241 of their clients were willing to use microbicides during sexual activity to combat sexually transmitted diseases.” —Arnold Ahlert, The GOP Caused the Ebola Outbreak?

“The Ebola crisis in the United States has become an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency.

“Already under fire from critics who saw the federal response to the outbreak as disorganized and timid, things went from bad to worse on Wednesday, when it was revealed a second nurse had contracted the disease while treating a Liberian man at a Dallas-area hospital.

“More alarmingly, the diagnosis was made just hours after the nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, had flown from Cleveland to Dallas on a commercial airliner, despite reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that she had a fever.

“That Vinson was allowed to travel at all — along with continued questions about why federal procedures for Ebola treatment appear not to have been implemented in Dallas — have prompted serious questions about the administration’s handling of the disease less than three weeks before the midterm elections. Democrats are expected to lose significant ground in those contests, in no small part due to public dissatisfaction with Obama and resilient questions about the president’s competency.” —Justin Sink, President Obama’s Ebola Problem

For further enlightenment:

Protocol Theater, by Mark Steyn

The Obama Administration’s Ebola Response Focus-Grouped Word for the Day is ‘Tenacious’, by Bryan Preston

The Centers for Everything But Disease Control, by Michelle Malkin

Ebola vs. Civil Liberties, by Charles Krauthammer

The Ebola Twilight of Public Institutions (Wall Street Journal Editorial)

Glenn Beck Uses Spaghetti to Demonstrate How Quickly Ebola Can Spread (video at link; do not attempt to eat or drink anything while watching this one)

Bill Whittle: Fear of Ebola (video)

Jay Carney Admits Ebola Outbreak Puts Obama ‘In a Bad Light’ (video)

Megyn Kelly Exposes CDC Director’s Ebola Deceit (video)


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