From College Humor.
H/T Becky on FB
Pushed into the background with the outbreak of Ebola in Texas, and possibly Ohio, and other locations, is the stunning increase of the deadly Enterovirus D68. The EV D68 is the illness that strikes with symptoms similar to polio, affecting children almost entirely. Between 1970 and 2006, this virus was considered exceedingly rare. In the 36 year study, only 26 cases had been reported in the United States, an average of just under one case per year. In 2014, the number of cases has reached 691. What has happened to cause an increase of more than 960% in this rare and potentially deadly pathogen? Well, let’s see. Barack Obama has allowed untold numbers of illegal immigrant children into our country, our cities and towns, our communities, and our schools. Most are from Central America, an area where such diseases are relatively common. The locations of these children have been kept from the American public. How many children? Thousands and tens of thousands. Where are there clusters of EV D68 cases? Kansas City. Chicago. Areas where significant numbers if illegal immigrant children have been moved. What has the CDC to say in the matter?
“There is no evidence that unaccompanied children brought EV-D68 into the United States, we are not aware of any of these children testing positive for the virus”
The wording would lead one to assume that these many tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children were tested for EV D68. Which is, of course, not the case. It also might cause one to believe that the CDC has the slightest idea what diseases these illegal immigrants brought in with them. Such as drug-resistant tuberculosis. For which the CDC remained ominously silent. While the medical staffs of the holding facilities were forced to be so. The CDC, in reality, has no real idea what pathogens are crossing our borders, even if what they do know paints a grim and dangerous picture.
Seems Joy Reid and Alex Wagner brought a whole deck of race-cards. From the Daily Caller. Seems the race-baiters have few limits on their claims. Allowing people in from countries where a deadly and contagious pathogen is running rampant and uncontrolled is somehow wise policy. Otherwise, you be racisssssss!
As the ebola outbreak continues to spin out of control in western Africa and ramps up here in the United States, remember these comments from these people. They, along with the race-baiting Attorney General, the sycophantic and incompetent Director of the CDC, and the arrogant and feckless President, are fanning the flames.
Had this disease emanated from Finland, there would have been a travel ban months ago. But then, the Finns don’t have nincompoops like these two nitwits screaming into microphones how not allowing carriers of disease into the United States is racist. Most Finns are the wrong color to have microphones for that purpose.
A pox on both your houses. Perhaps sooner than you thought.
It seems that Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, aged 44, has been booted out of the Navy for being a cocaine user. The NY Post has the story. The younger(-ish) Biden is reportedly “embarrassed” by taking the oath of a Commissioned Officer in the US Armed Forces under knowingly false pretenses, violating Article 92 and Article 112a of the UCMJ on what I suspect strongly was a regular basis by seeking out drug dealers, buying the coke, and either smoking, snorting, or ingesting the psychostimulant narcotic. And please, spare the nonsensical bullshit about how this might have been his first time and how he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
One has to wonder how many strings were pulled, and how many waivers signed, to get Biden, aged 43 at the time, into the United States Navy Reserve as a Public Affairs Officer. One also has to wonder how many lies he told during his recruiting interviews, if he had any at all. And what aspiring and honorable person was bumped out of serving in this time where the Navy and the rest of the services are shrinking like a puddle in the sunshine.
But, of course, young Hunter there is “embarrassed” to have popped for coke as Navy Officer. Most people are “embarrassed” by getting a parking ticket or having an overdue water bill. What he really deserves is to be recalled to active duty and disciplined. A Summary Court Martial would do nicely. Sixty days’ restriction has a nice ring to it. At least he has a good civilian job to go to, and Dad can always send him some taxpayer-provided spending money, once Burisma gets its cut, at least.
Ahh, the US Navy. A Global Force for Padding Your Resume for when you seek office. Perhaps the coke pop hurts poor Hunter in that quest, perhaps not. It isn’t as if he would be the first elected official to openly admit to using illegal drugs routinely. If elected, he might go ahead and tell us that coke is less harmful than cigarettes.
And if he doesn’t win, we can always commission a USS Hunter Biden.
Know what? I was wrong in my above assertion about what Hunter Biden deserves. I am not afraid to admit my error. For a first offense, I think Ensign Biden should be retained. In fact, he should be activated on an individual call-up. And sent to Liberia to have direct contact with ebola patients.
A travel ban to the countries facing an Ebola outbreak could paradoxically make the problem worse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said during a Saturday press conference.
Frieden said the CDC would consider any and all precautions, but warned that a travel ban could make it harder to get medical care and aid workers to regions dealing with the outbreak.
He cited the recent delay African Union aid workers experienced trying to get to Liberia.
“Their ability to get there was delayed by about a week because their flight was canceled and they were stuck in a neighboring country,” he said.
Will someone please take a tire iron and beat some sense into this man?
I’ve been told for years now that the left is full of nuanced thinkers, but us cousin-humpin’ conservatives can only think in stark terms.
Uh, how about… there are ways to ban casual travel from Liberia and other infected countries that won’t overly burden the transport of aid and aid workers.
For instance, how about we use immigration control to prohibit any business or tourist travel from Liberia? Right now, there is absolutely nothing preventing an asymptomatic infected Liberian from hopping on a flight to the US or elsewhere. Maybe we could stop that, and still have other ways of transporting people and supplies to Liberia. I’m sure some bright people can conceive of ways of doing that.
Jerry Hendrix, late of the Naval Historical Center and now a fellow at CNAS, addresses a letter from Randy Forbes (R-VA) to CNO Admiral Greenert. Read it all on DefenseOne.com.
A response, but certainly not a rebuttal. I think the good Captain (Retired) is spot on with his assertions of the victory of the “Technical Rickovers” over the “Humanities Mahans”. And that the very lack of being able to verbalize the importance of seapower is a major factor in the dearth of strategic eloquence from our Navy leadership.
When senior admirals speak strategically, their message can be summarized as “we do what we do because we have always done what we have done. The oceans are peaceful, we created that environment, and there is no need to change the formula.”
Indeed. We are saddled with senior Navy leadership that assiduously avoids meaningful discussion about why the US Navy is building a fleet so entirely contrary to the requirements of the Cooperative Strategy. Inherent in that avoidance is the unwillingness to discuss true ship numbers, or anything approaching a proposition for a high-low mix. We have ever-smaller numbers of very large and very expensive warships which bodes poorly for forward presence. The result is an increasing tally of unmet requirements, and of capital ships being employed in very low-end missions, to the detriment of other missions more appropriate and important.
That shipbuilding is a colossal mess, with LCS being the poster-child, should be no surprise. This is the Navy, after all, that has its senior leadership in critical c0mmand positions offering up such gems as the Navy’s mission not being war at sea, and the most dangerous threat to US interests in the Pacific is not China or North Korea, but global warming. And, though less openly now, the rather curious assertion that forcible entry is no longer possible or required, that somehow the sea as strategic or operational maneuver space is an outmoded idea.
Have a read, folks, and let me know what YOU think of Hendrix’s assertion.
Our dear friend Boston Maggie damn near made me spit coffee this morning with her outrage at the ignorance of the contestants. She is all about the Revolutionary War, having lived most of her life amidst the historical geography of Boston. So when she gets the category of “American Revolutionaries” she is guaranteed to be all but crawling through the television screen. Of course, she calls it “Jeppidy”, but she excels at it. No surprise, with her quick wit and impressive intellect. Mixed with the educational boot camp of Catholic school.
And she is, of course, correct. Jeppidy contestants are sposta be smaaaahht. Smart enough to know George Washington wasn’t in the Navy, for cryin’ out loud.
But what happens when the category is “Civil War”? Or “Mayberry”? “Who is…. Mayor Pike”?
This is Johnny Gilbert speaking….