Political Quarantine?

Politicians are like hammers looking for nails to pound.  The difference is that politicians will pry up otherwise perfectly good boards only to pound them back down as loud as they can to show that they can do something. – Tom Roland

The current crisis is now Ebola.  Don’t get me wrong – Ebola is a nasty disease with a frightenly high mortality rate especially in underdeveloped countries.  However, the tactics that our government is taking to prevent this disease from affecting the American people is absolutely wrong.

History has shown that the only way to prevent the spread of disease is to quarantine the area in which the epidemic is prevalent.  Aid is then rendered to that area to help the afflicted and end the epidemic.

However, history is being ignored on a grand scale by this Administration and its sycophants.  The reasons are as bizarre as the people uttering their nonsense.

First out of the box is the inane Texas Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee who stated:

“I don’t think we gain anything by spending our time talking about quarantines of entire countries. We don’t have an epidemic, and for that reason I don’t think that calling for a quarantine of countries answers the question. We have to turn internally and look at our own selves and make sure our health infrastructure is where it needs to be.”

The way to prevent a disease from spreading while working to stop it at its source is to stop the migration of infected people.  Our health infrastructure can be strengthened, but let’s work on keeping the the epidemic from ever occurring in this country in the first place.

Next on the list is Wisconsin Democratic Representative Gwen Moore who stated the following in support of her fellow Representative:

“Aside from being impractical, this reactionary strategy will force Ebola patients underground making it nearly impossible to track their movements, hinder the capacity for international healthcare workers to transport and administer critical aid, and erode the continent’s fragile economy,”

The last thing that an Ebola patient wants to do is go “underground” – they want and need hospitalization or they will die.  Moreover, while the concern for the African continents’ economy is touching, Rep. Moore’s concerns should lie more with the American people.  And I hardly call quarantining an area with an epidemic “reactionary” – it’s called self-preservation and protecting the people that you, Rep. Moore, were elected to represent.

Also, one would think that the head of the CDC would support a quarantine, or at least travel restrictions.  And you would be wrong.  CDC Tom Frieden stated his opposition to travel restrictions from countries that are known Ebola “hot zones,” and that “cutting commercial ties would hurt these fledgling democracies.”  The CDC is now concerned over the economic health of an infected country?  I’ll leave you to ponder the rationality of this statement…

I also understand that the President has appointed a person to be in charge of the Ebola crisis (if it can be called that).  That’s the good(?) news – someone who can be responsible (hah!) and be held accountable (double-hah!).  However, the appointee, Ron Klain, does not have a medical background, but is a former White House advisor.  Obviously, the political connection is all that is needed to oversee the response to a health-related crisis.  Almost sounds as credible as having a bunch of politicians determine the health insurance and care for the entire country…oh wait…that did happen…

Last is the insane ranting of the politicos.  First, the NRA is causing the Ebola outbreak in Africa (MSNBC), then the Democrats accusing the Republicans of causing the epidemic.  I’m waiting for someone on the Left to state that it’s the United States fault that Ebola even exists, and that it was created to depopulate Africa so that a US-backed corporation will have access to all the natural resources that Africa has (diamonds, gold, silver, copper, chocolate…) because the tin-hat society certainly has theorized this is the case – why shouldn’t the wacko-wing of the Liberals drink up this pitcher of Kool-Aid?

Obviously, I’m no big fan of this Administration, nor of politicians in general.  Politicians are, for the most part, self-serving and will exploit any crisis to further their personal and political agendas.  In many respects, politicians create more problems than they solve.  Just look at the unintended consequences of ObamaCare, and one doesn’t have to go much further for examples.

From what I have seen of the politicians, and especially of this Administration, is either gross incompetence, or a cold, calculating plan to exert even more control over the citizens of the United States.  Warning – tin-hat zone ahead!

The War on Drugs and later the War on Terror, both through legislation, exerted more control over the people of the United States by passing laws which restricted rights and expanded the authority of the government.  No-knock warrants became common-place, confiscation of property became easier if the person was even accused (not convicted) of a drug-related crime, warrantless wiretaps were granted on suspicion of criminal activities, and so on.  In recent times, we have the NSA storing and possibly listening in on private conversations in violation of the 4th Amendment, but that does not seem to matter to our government.  The apparent abuses just do not seem to stop.

A scenario that I can come up with concerning the Ebola virus is this:  People are allowed to travel from known infected zones and bring the virus with them.  More and more people are exposed and become sick, rapidly overwhelming the health system.  Legislation is rapidly passed giving powers of the government (Federal, State, and Local) to restrict domestic travel and commerce.  Civil rights are suspended as well as the Bill of Rights for the term of the crisis, only the crisis ends but the restrictions do not.  We the People have lost more of our freedom.

So much for the ranting & back to reality…

The course of action that the Administration will not serve the American people, but serves a political agenda.  That agenda does not serve the American people’s interests, nor does it defend this country from a disease with frightening implications.

This latest crisis, manufactured or not, should serve as a warning for those who are considering their voting selections for this mid-term election.  You, the voter, need to forget if there is a D, a R, or an I after the candidate’s name, and cast your vote for the most competent person for the position the candidate is running for. 

I’ll tell you right now, the clowns in the White House are not competent – use them as examples of who not to vote for.

I Just Can’t…

…let this one pass by.

Gwyneth Paltrow, aka Pepper Potts, said this about granting President Obama the following super-powers even though knowing that evil seeks ultimate control as shown in the “Iron Man” series of movies:

“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”

Obviously, Ms. Paltrow hasn’t the foggiest clue that we live in a constitutional republic, or is deliberately ignorant of the system of government that we have with the checks & balances needed to prevent such an ad-hoc dictatorship from happening.

Obviously a product of either the public school system or a brainwashing private school.  But I digress…

A question that Ms. Paltrow should be asked after making the above statement is:

“Ms. Paltrow, if you believe that the President should be granted supreme powers, how would you feel if George Bush (either one) had similar powers during their respective presidencies?” 

I thought so…

Food for Thought

Migrating to Windows 8 from XP (yes, there are still computers running XP) is not easy.  Forget all the fancy tools for moving your data – Get a portable hard drive & physically copy the data from the old computer to the hard drive to the new computer.  If you don’t know how to do this, get a techno-geek from your family (every family has one) & bribe them with their favorite food or beverage.  You will save yourself a lot of grief in the long run.

In my opinion, Eric Holder and Barack Obama have together made racial tensions higher in this country than any other administration.  Every statement that these two have made that I can remember is more about racial justice (i.e., the minority is always oppressed) than racial equality.  Their statements and handling of the  Professor Gates incident, and the Trayvon Martin & Michael Brown shootings show that they are more interesting in balancing the racial scales than they are about actually bringing about the equality promoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  To whit:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Thinking about the Michael Brown shooting and the recent shooting in the same area, I have still to figure out how the rioters could possibly be protesting the shootings by looting and trashing the local businesses in the area.  The businesses had nothing to do with these deaths.  Why didn’t they march on the police station and mayor’s office?

I’ll let you think about that one for a little bit…

Ran across this statement by Esther Cepeda on the Oakland Press Opinions page:

The inevitable result of affirmative action is contempt for those it is supposed to benefit.

After institutions have been begged, cajoled or scolded into diversifying their ranks, minorities who get the opportunity to bring their unique views to a previously homogenous organization are immediately seen as tokens — not good enough to get in on merit alone.

Yep.  Can’t add too much more than the above except that when the “tokens” are under-qualified or incompetent only adds to the contemptuous view that affirmative action is a reverse discrimination vehicle.

Zero-tolerance policies are not a replacement for good judgment or common sense.  However, that is exactly what various school administrators do when bullies pick fights, and the result is that both victim and aggressor are suspended, especially if the victim fights back.  All this does is teach the victims to be helpless, and the bullies to be more careful about being caught.

A person has the right to defend themselves from an aggressor, period.

If you need coffee to wake up, but you need to wake up to make the coffee, how does the coffee get made?

While he was a State and US Senator, Barack Obama voted “Present” more often than a “Yea” or “Nay” on various issues.  Is it any wonder that he is only present as President, and can be found more often at fundraisers & the golf course rather than the White House?  Absolutely no leadership here.

John Hawkins has this one right:

What good are “elites” who couldn’t successfully manage a fast food restaurant, who are morally inferior to the average person, and who regularly fail at the jobs they’re supposedly “experts” at? What good are “intellectuals” who habitually say ridiculous things, who are hostile to God, country and capitalism and who don’t have any common sense?

Even worse are the legions of “elites” and “intellectuals” who haven’t accomplished anything of note, truly proven their intellect or shown that they’re particularly good at anything.

For example, what accomplishments led anyone to believe that Barack Obama was ready to be President or that the Democrat Party’s assumed candidate in 2016, Hillary Clinton, is up to the job? Neither of them are stunning intellects. Neither have led particularly accomplished lives given the gravitas of the presidency. Neither of them seem to be extraordinarily gifted at anything. If either of them were unknown, it seems unlikely that they could successfully run their own small businesses or work their way up through the ranks of a corporation. In other words, they’re both Paris Hiltons of politics who are famous for being famous.

And this is why I never thought that Barack Obama was suited for the Presidency in the first place, and neither is Hillary Clinton.

That’s all for this week. Until next time.

More Random Thoughts

Not having time to properly research a post subject, (and folks, there are many!!), here are a few more thoughts on the various topics of the past few weeks.  Yeah, a few could land me in the land of tinfoil hats, so hang on for the ride!

Eric Holder has stated that he will resign his post as Attorney General of the United States as soon as his replacement has been found.  About time…

Attorney Generals have typically been political pawns for the Administration, but none in my memory has been as biased and willfully negligent of enforcing the laws of the United States as this particular Bozo.

President Obozo is sending 3000 United States troops to Africa to combat the Ebola virus.  My guess they will not be all combat troops (although security would be necessary), but would be troops from the Medical Corps and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (ASAMRID).  Ebola is a nasty disease, and should be halted.  It is interesting, however, that US Army troops are being used and not elements of the Center of Disease Control (CDC), which are also under the Administration’s umbrella.  Furthermore, this appears to be more on President Obozo’s radar than protecting our borders from illegal immigrants and terrorists…

Saw a report today that compared the fast food workers demanding $15 an hour for flipping burgers, and the pay that our troops get for putting their lives on the line.  That sum is just over a paltry $8 an hour. 

Somehow, I don’t think that the occasional grease splatter is cause for hazard pay…

Also saw a news report that a 9-year old was killed in Chicago last weekend – executed, really – by gang members.  No outrage from the Sharpton / Jackson crowds.  They only come out when there is a racial ax to grind, and it doesn’t have to be real.  Just look at Sharpton’s record and you’ll understand that last statement.

What frosts me about these folks is that they put themselves in positions of authority and influence with the stated purpose of bettering their “people”, but do nothing significant about it.  Just like President Obozo, they stir up the masses to further their agenda and (dare I say it?) line their pockets.

I have nothing against success and people bettering themselves.  I just believe that doing that at the expense of other people is just wrong.

President Obozo saluted the Marines at the bottom of Marine One with a Styrofoam coffee cup in his hand.  A couple of comments on that…

The Commanders in Chief are not required to salute the military they are in charge of.  That being said, if the CinC decides to salute our soldiers, he needs to show respect by doing it right, and that mean that nothing is to be in the hand that does the saluting.  Having anything in the saluting hand is disrespectful, of which this President has been of the military.

I’m trying to figure out why President Obozo had a Styrofoam cup in his hand, and not something that is more Earth-friendly.  Isn’t that going against his environmentalist / climate change constituency not to mention his pro-Earth rhetoric?  One gets more than a whiff of hypocrisy here.

This past week, a disgruntled, fired worker beheaded one of his former coworkers and was stabbing another before being shot by one of the managers.  It was revealed that this person was a convert to Islam, and was attempting to convert others.

Where do I start?  Here’s the first point…

I remember many years ago in my high school world history class, and Mr. Sikes taught the following about the conversion process used to spread the word of Islam.

“The Imam and his soldiers would ride into the village and after all resistance had been eliminated, the villagers would be herded into the town square.  The surviving village elders would then be singled out and then told that they and their people would submit and convert to Islam.  They would approach the first elder, and if he refused, would then be beheaded.  And down the line they went until the surviving elder would command the villagers to convert.  It usually didn’t take that many elders getting their heads cut off before Islam added another village to their fold.”

The lesson was simple:  Infidels will convert to Islam or die. Islam requires the faithful to spread their faith, with violence if necessary, and to show no mercy.

And by the way, the Koran commands such actions – convert or die, and show no mercy to the Infidels.

No matter how the media or the political double-speakers spin this in their politically correct language, Islam is not the “religion of peace” that it is purported to be.  It is anything but tolerant and kind.  Look at the persecution of other religions within the Islamic realm of influence and you will find no tolerance.  Hint:  look up “Rotherham” and the news articles concerning the persecution of Christians in the Middle East (including Saudi Arabia as well as ISIS) for more information.

Here’s the second point…

Many companies (including mine) prevent the carrying of firearms on company property even if you are a licensed concealed-carry holder.  I have no doubts that the second person in the above incident would have been killed and possibly more if this company had that same policy in place.

Companies always put in their employee handbook that the safety and welfare of their employees is important to them.  Security often is a passcard to the building, and cameras in the entrances.  Makes a person feel safe, right?  Wrong.

If a determined person knows how to defeat or get around the security systems (if there are any), then the carnage begins.  The same systems that keep people out also keeps the police out, and the carnage mounts – all recorded by those same security cameras.

And I’m reminded of that every time an incident like the above occurs.  I assess my escape routes constantly because I have no other reasonable and offensive ways to defend myself.  Sure, I can throw a phone at the assailant – providing he’s within the length of the phone cord, but that’s about it.  Just about everything else available in a typical office cannot be used unless you are up close and personal, and if the person has a gun or knife, you’re toast.

It’s interesting that Nobel Peace Prize winner President Obozo is now calling on a coalition of various countries to “manage” ISIS.  Never mind that he has p****d most of our allies off, and cannot seem to make new ones.  The foreign policy of this Administration is an epic fail.

And by the way, I still remember President Obozo stating that he struggles with his daily drone kill list…

Can the Nobel Prize Committee ask for the Peace Prize to be returned?

The reason that the Democrats want an open border is that the majority of the illegal immigrants will vote Democrat.  Keep going, and the possibility of a one-party government becomes very, very real.  An excellent article by Ed Lasky is here, and describes that the plan to “fundamentally transform America” does not bode well for the future of this country.

That’s all for this post.  Be well, my friends.