Daily Archives: October 20, 2014
Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit [1:28]
October 13, 2014: The Democrat’s candidate for Kentucky’s 2014 U.S. Senate seat, Alison Lundergan-Grimes, had no problem in the past saying that she voted for HRC in the 2008 primary. Now, though, she has decided her presidential votes in 2008 and 2012 are too “sacred” to reveal. Or something.
October 14, 2014: The Democrat’s candidate for Georgia’s 2014 U.S. Senate seat, Michelle Nunn, has likewise refused to answer whether she voted for Obama in 2008 and/or 2012.
October 17, 2014: The Democrat’s candidate for West Virginia’s 2014 U.S. Senate seat, Natalie Tennant, would not mention President Obama by name when asked, answering that she had voted “for the Democratic party” before changing the subject.
October 19, 2014: Shortly after Obama began speaking at a campaign rally, a “noticeable and noisy” number of people in the audience got up and walked out.
- H/t Pistol Pete, Grunt of Monte Cristo
2005 VIDEO: Senator Obama rips Bush for being unprepared for avian flu epidemic. The avian flu could only be contracted directly from infected birds, not passed human to human, but the threat of it mutating into a highly infectious flu strain scared the bejeebers out of disease experts. However, as of today, the majority of human cases have resulted from direct contact with infected poultry and there has not been a single case reported in the U.S.
2005: A sudden spike in cases of the H5N1 (avian or bird flu) virus (98 cases/43 deaths) led the WHO to warn of a possible global pandemic. As the New York Times reported (link below), then-Senator Barack Obama signed a protest letter with 30 Democrats expressing grave concern that the nation was “dangerously unprepared” and personally scolded the Bush administration from the Senate floor. In a New York Times op-ed, he specifically mentioned the dangers to the American public posed by international air travel.
2008: The CDC informed the incoming Obama administration it had less than one-third the resources necessary to properly protect the nation from an outbreak of deadly diseases like avian flu and Ebola.
2009: In the face of a possible epidemic of swine flu, the Obama administration quietly dusted off federal quarantine regulations that had been proposed by the Bush administration in 2005. Civil liberties people were appalled; health official were generally supportive.
2010: The Obama administration quietly scrapped the quarantine plans it had been developing in case Americans needed to be protected from travelers carrying dangerous diseases.
2014: September 9 – WHO says public transportation is “a hot source of potential virus transmission.”
2014: October 3 – Three weeks after declaring the Ebola outbreak a “national security priority”, Obama continued to refuse to ban travel into the U.S. for people who have been in affected West African countries. He has the legal power to impose such an emergency measure.
2014: October 9 – Obama released a video saying, “You cannot get [Ebola] sitting next to someone on a bus.” Virus researchers said Ebola could be spread through the air and from infected people exhibiting no symptoms.
2014: October 10 – President Obama said in a video message that Ebola cannot be contracted through casual contact “like sitting next to someone on a bus.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised Americans with symptoms of the disease traveling in or arriving home from Ebola-stricken nations to “avoid public transportation.”
2014: October 15 – President Obama says he personally hugged and kissed two nurses treating Ebola patients and he didn’t get the disease, but since a second Ebola nurse has now contracted the virus, his administration will respond in a “much more aggressive way” to cases of Ebola in the United States.
2014: October 17 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced 9,216 known cases and 4,555 deaths in the Ebola outbreak that began in west Africa in March. Obama’s Secretary of State, John Kerry, called on world leaders to provide cash, helicopters and treatment centers to help fight Ebola. “If we don’t adequately address this current outbreak now, then Ebola has the potential to become a scourge like HIV or polio, that we will end up fighting, all of us, for decades. And we shouldn’t kid ourselves. Winning this fight is going to be costly, it is going to take all of our efforts, and it is not risk-free.”
2014: October 18 – President Obama said no to those demanding a travel ban on planes from West Africa and urged Americans not to give into hysteria about the deadly virus, because we’ve only had three cases.
About H5N1 Avian Flu (H5N1 Bird Flu)
WHO Fact sheet: Ebola virus disease
Bush Weighs Strategies to Counter Possible Outbreak of Bird Flu
By Brian Knowlton – October 4, 2005 – New York Times
Obama administration failed to implement all of the CDC’s advice to prevent an Ebola outbreak
By Jim McElhatton – October 15, 2014 – The Washington Times
Obama team mulls new quarantine regulations
By Josh Gerstein – August 5, 2009 – Politico
Obama administration scraps quarantine regulations
By Allison Young – April 1, 2010 – USA TODAY
Ebola virus spread by taxi passengers, says World Health Organisation
By Stephanie Nebehay – September 8, 2014 – The Independent
Obama 2005: The Avian Flu Is Very Dangerous and It’s Only A Matter of Time Before It Comes to America
By Ace of Spades – October 2, 2014
If Obama thinks Ebola is a ‘national security priority,’ why no travel ban?
By Gregg Jarrett – October 3, 2014 – Fox News
Obama: ‘You Cannot Get [Ebola] Sitting Next to Someone on a Bus’
October 9, 2014 – CNS News
Virus researchers say Ebola could spread through air – and even spread without symptoms
By Jonathan Benson – October 9, 2014 – Natural News
Obama says you won’t get ebola sitting next to someone on a bus, CDC says avoid public transportation
October 10, 2014 – Breitbart
Obama Responds to New Ebola Outbreaks in U.S.
AP – October 15, 2014 – Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post
With New Ebola Case Confirmed, U.S. Vows Vigilance
By Manny Fernandez and Jack Healy – October 15, 2014 – New York Times
Ebola death toll soars to 4,555 out of 9,216 cases: WHO
AFP – October 17, 2014 – Yahoo News
Ebola ‘could be scourge like HIV’, John Kerry warns the world
By Nicholas Watt, Sarah Boseley, Lizzy Davies, Kim Willsher, and Philip Oltermann
October 17, 2014 – The Guardian
Obama reinforces argument against travel ban, urges Americans to resist Ebola ‘hysteria’
AP – October 18, 2014 – Fox News
H/t GP, Ace of Spades, Ed Morrissey
The following meditation is by Kendra Tierney.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:13-21
I don’t have any grain, myself. But you know what I do have? Baby clothes. Washed and folded, sorted by size and separated into bins. I installed built-ins in the guest room closet to fit all the little seasons and sizes.
All so I could rest easy knowing that I had enough tiny sneakers and sweater vests to last me a lifetime.
Now, fortunately for all the little sneaker-wearing people who live in this house, my life has not yet been required of me. But, nor have I required all that stuff I so carefully hoarded for so many years.
I moved winter girl clothing from the Bay Area, to Chicago, Chicago again, and two stops in LA, all so they could live in my guest room for when my next future daughter would need them.
And this while other mothers in this world didn’t have any lovely warm dresses at all to put on their babies.
I saved all of those things from a place of trying to be a responsible steward of our resources, and be able to use again things that we had bought or been given.
But, in his “Sermon to the Rich” I think St. Basil pretty specifically calls me out on it: “The coat, which you guard in your locked storage-chests, belongs to the naked; the footwear mouldering in your closet belongs to those without shoes. . . . Thus, however many are those whom you could have provided for, so many are those whom you wrong.”
They are strong words. But, to me, they ring true.
I still pass clothes from one brother to the next, from one boy’s drawer to another, and I have a few items saved that are of sentimental value. But, even though I hope to have another baby or two before this part of my life is over, all my stores of baby clothes are heading to new homes.
Packing up a huge box of my 0-12 month hoard to send to my new baby nephew, who just came to the family (with very little notice) through adoption, was a joy in all sorts of ways. It was a little hard, too. I am attached to those clothes.
But that’s exactly the problem. My Christian faith calls me to be recklessly, generously detached from my possessions. Even baby clothes.
Now I just have to steel myself to pass along the tiny little dresses. Gulp.
This is going to be very short for obvious reasons. I’m asking Grunt,Mindful,CtH and BoB to take the reins for posting links today.
I got up yesterday at 12:30 am, like every day, and my beloved child bride was laying on her bed,gasping for air and clutching her chest. She insisted on getting dressed and having me take her to the hospital insyead of calling an ambulance. At the ER they tried to stabilize her blood pressure and her heart rate was about 92 beats per minute. They did a number of tests,took x-rays,EKGs and drew about 1/2 gallon of blood. She was admitted and they did a few more tests,but the chief cardiologist was off yesterday so he’ll have to determine today if he needs a stress test or some type of scan. We’re hoping its atrial fibrillation,which can be managed in most cases with blood thinners rather than surgery. Only time will tell. I have to get a few hours sleep before I head back up to the hospital since my apnea almost did me in staying up from midnight Saturday until last night. She turned 65 12 days ago,so she has medicare, but I just pray it’s nothing too serious. I cannot imagine being without her.
I’ll try to post a couple threads,but my computer is really loading slowly.