Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Making Me Sick

The nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa but refuses to cooperate with a quarantine is making me feel ill. A medical professional with no common sense is always unsettling. Witness the case of Craig Spencer, otherwise known as "Dr. E-BOWL-a," whose travels about town as he incubated Ebola have been tracked on his credit and Metrocards.

What is wrong with these people?

Even those great American heroes, the astronauts who went to the moon, had to submit to a long quarantine when they returned to Earth. Earlier in the last century, public health officials could march up to a door and slap on a "QUARANTINE" sign if someone in the house had polio, scarlet fever, or some other serious disease. Of course, that was before there was an ACLU to protect the right of a potential plague to spread.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Steyn on Fire

Canadian native Mark Steyn is on a promotional book tour this week, but events in his home country have prompted a different conversation. His various interviews on the Islamic terrorist attacks in Canada are embedded in links throughout his online article, "An Attack on the Heart of the Canadian State."

I absolutely love listening to Mark Steyn when he is fired up about Islamo-fascist murderers, because he makes more sense than all officials in the USA's entire federal government combined. It's too bad that as a native born Canadian, he can't run for president; he'd certainly have my vote.

I've read two of Steyn's previous books, America Alone and After America. He is an eloquent, humorous, caustic, and very direct writer. After listening to him define the nature our enemy so precisely and call out our government for avoiding the harsh reality of the war we are in, I'm planning to add The [Un]documented Mark Steyn to my must-read list.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Blank-in-Chief

Throughout their four-year terms, each president earns unique personal riffs on the "commander in chief" title. However, I don't remember ever seeing quite so many variations on the term for one president as I do for President Obama. Never have I seen such contempt-laden, scathing alterations for one president, either.

I've kept track of the varied references to our "commander" in chief for about ten days, in a wide assortment of online articles and their comment sections. A list of 40 titles appears below. Just add "in chief" to each description and enjoy the creative imaginations of your fellow citizens:
  1. Agitator
  2. Amateur
  3. Blamer
  4. BS-er
  5. Bystander
  6. Clueless
  7. Communist
  8. Community Organizer
  9. Complainer
  10. Cuttlefish
  11. Coyote
  12. Deporter
  13. Destabilizer
  14. Divider
  15. Excuser
  16. Fundraiser
  17. Golfer
  18. Grifter
  19. Health Rationer
  20. Impostor
  21. Liar
  22. Loser
  23. Magician
  24. Marxist
  25. Messiah
  26. Muslim
  27. Narcissist
  28. Nullifer
  29. Professor
  30. Radical
  31. Rebuker
  32. Redistributor
  33. Scolder
  34. Stonewaller
  35. Teleprompter
  36. Traitor
  37. Transformer
  38. Underestimator
  39. Vacationer
  40. Whiner

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weapons of Mass Obstruction

US Troops handling WMD in Iraq
Photo: New York Times
“I love it when I hear, ‘Oh there weren’t any chemical weapons in Iraq.' There were plenty.”
~ Jarrod L. Taylor, US Army

A lengthy but enlightening read about the realities of the Iraq invasion after 9/11/01 is linked here.

We now know that WMDs really were discovered in Iraq, but the alphabet media would rather go dark/silent than print/broadcast any of that fact. The New York Times actually published an in-depth article on the discovery of thousands of WMDs in Iraq, but quickly leaps over this highly significant revelation to focus on assigning blame to the Bush administration's "secrecy" surrounding the WMDs and the soldiers who handled them.

I doubt you'll see mention of this story many other places. There is truly no stopping the left-wingers when it comes to blaming George W. Bush, and they don't let facts get in their way.

Today, the mainstream media repeatedly prop up a failed president who has brought the nation to mortal danger on multiple fronts. Mr. Obama is not serious on the ISIS war; he's marking time with airstrikes, at least until the election--hopefully the enemy will cooperate with His Greatness and delay the mass beheadings in America until after November 4. The southern border is as open as the Mall of America, with ISIS members occasionally being apprehended entering the country. The Ebola virus has been flown all over the country, and now it looks like it's taken a cruise, too.

Can you imagine if President Bush had been presiding over this roll call of disasters? There would be a 24/7 loop of outraged coverage on every MSM outlet. But we can choose from a full menu of President Obama's "Katrina moments"and the media just steamrolls past each one and hopes we'll forget when the next catastrophe arrives--which never takes too many news cycles.

We have an obstructive, agenda-driven media and a completely unqualified president. The next 2+ years are going to be a long, hard, ugly slog for America.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Kiss to Make it Better

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to use myself as an example just so people have a sense of the science here. 

Now, that should squelch all fears about Ebola in the USA. The president, inserting a first-person reference as is his tedious and predictable custom, "hugged and kissed" the nurses at Emory who had treated the first Ebola patients in the country and offers his personal "scientific" analysis of why there's absolutely nothing to worry about.

Feel better? Me, neither. I hope the White House physician is checking the president's temperature every day. And if you're one of the wealthy few planning on attending one of his fund raising events, you might want to skip the hug-and-kiss portion of the presidential greeting. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Absence of Reason

The television brawl on Bill Maher's "Real Time" show about a week ago, which has generated widespread media coverage, is a sight to behold. Actor Ben Affleck just about comes out of his skin when confronted with facts about the huge numbers of Islamists intent on harming anyone outside of their twisted belief system.

Reality can be a tough concept for a Hollywood celebrity to grasp, but Affleck doesn't even make an effort--and I'm not sure he is capable of that. His behavior is a classic display of an instantaneous, left-wing, emotional reaction to an argument he refuses even to hear, let alone to debate rationally.

"It's gross, it's racist!" Affleck flings the left's trump card out immediately when confronted with hard, irrefutable facts about radical Islam. How "racism" applies to a radicalized worldwide religion is beyond me, but of course in a leftist's eyes, I'm only a mentally incompetent conservative American.

Affleck goes on to remind us that we are "endowed by our forefathers with certain unalienable rights." Actually, Ben, read your script--the text says that we're endowed by our Creator with those rights. Our forefathers were just writing down the obvious. I know, I know...details, details. I've heard that's where the devil is.

Author Sam Harris has done his homework and is unfazed by Affleck's increasingly agitated histrionics. With Maher's support, Harris plows forward calmly and relentlessly, offering data points, percentages, polls, and other ugly pieces of authentic information about the truth of radical Islam.

In rapid order, Affleck goes from insisting that the jihadists are just "a few bad apples" to stating that "the majority of Muslims" don't support the Islamists' brutal tactics. Considering the fact that there are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, if even ten percent are against us and our foundational values of liberty, we're in very deep trouble. To borrow a phrase from our forefathers, that truth should be self-evident to thinking people (operative word being "thinking").

I thought poor Ben was going to need CPR by the end of the segment. As one of tinsel-town's elite, I'm sure he's not used to being contradicted very often--especially not by someone as well-informed and educated on this subject as Sam Harris. But Ben Affleck is merely the representative figurehead for what we are up against with all the politically correct left-wingers who refuse to condemn radical Islam for the evil that it is. Emotion, not reason, and heart, not mind, rule the left's "progressive" perspective. Logical discourse is not permitted. What this willful blindness will cost us as a nation unfortunately remains to be seen.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

An Untimely End

"If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."
~ President Barack Obama

To use one of the president's favorite lines, "let me be clear"--he lied.

Just in time for the midterm elections, news arrives that more than a dozen additional healthcare policies are facing cancellation. It seems the plans are not in compliance with "Obamacare." Hundreds of thousands of people will be deprived of their preferred health insurance and forced into full-on Obamacare.

Sixty days notice is required for these mass cancellations, so the notifications must be made by November 1. This is federal law, so there's no way to weasel around the date requirement--although no doubt much effort was put into trying.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Don't forget to vote!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Sound of Freedom

The Miramar Air Show is this weekend, and the Blue Angels rocked it as they usually do.

The air show is always quite a happening in San Diego. Last year the show was canceled due to the government shutdown. Of course, there was nothing else that could possibly have been cut, right? As with the closure of our National Parks, the president made certain that the shutdown was as painful, inconvenient, and highly visible as possible. But, I digress...

...When my children were youngsters, Pete would put a blanket on the roof and let the kids watch this annual aviation spectacle from the housetop. Today he might be arrested for child endangerment if he did that, but the 1980s were a simpler time. Again, I've derailed off topic.

It's great to see this cherished annual event, the Miramar Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, return to our city. In light of somber current events, it's reassuring to see a well-deserved spotlight on our military again. Thanks for standing in the gap for us. Be safe.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Plagued by Mistrust

Ebola has come to the USA. I've been waiting for it with a grim certainty that it would indeed arrive in our homeland.

How could it not get here? Despite multiple worldwide threats, both of our borders are wide open to God only knows who or what. US air travel to countries suffering mass outbreaks of the disease has not been limited, although Great Britain has awakened from oblivion and stopped flights in and out of West Africa. We continue to transport affected Americans back into our country. So naturally, the Ebola virus is doing what viruses do best--it's spreading.

I worry about Ebola, not so much for myself but for my son. He is a first responder who lives and works in close proximity to the southern US border. The CDC assures us that things are under control. Based on the track record of governmental agencies in recent years, I don't believe them. Do you?

Does the IRS operate with integrity? Does the Secret Service provide effective protection? Is the Veterans Administration well run? Is ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State the "jayvee team"? Are the borders secure?

Do I need to ask any more questions? Be careful out there, fellow Americans. Ebola is here, and we are on our own.