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The CDC and Enterovirus D68; Another Political Denial

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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.

So one can take the “There is no evidence” claim by the CDC regarding EV D68 at face value, or one can fairly sensibly take into consideration the dismally inept performance of the CDC in handling the Ebola situation and unbroken track record of deliberate falsehoods promulgated by this Administration (F&F, IRS, Benghazi, Justice subpoenas, ISIS, etc.) and come to the reasonable conclusion that what the CDC means by “no evidence” is that “There is no evidence we would dare make public” regarding the explosion of the deadly enterovirus and any possible link to the wholesale dumping of illegal immigrant children into America’s cities and towns.    Much like the idea that restricting flights from ebola-affected countries in west Africa won’t do anything to reduce ebola cases in the US, but restricting the travel of US citizens possibly exposed, somehow would.
In essence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have done precious little of either.  Instead, they have served as a quasi-legitimizing mouthpiece for Barack Obama’s far-left agenda (gun control) and his dangerously bankrupt policies and decisions.  However, the credibility of the organization, and its parent Health and Human Services (HHS), is at very low and still-sinking ebb (Obamacare, anyone?).  The ebola situation is just a part of that loss of credibility.  The alarming outbreak of enterovirus D68 is yet another.  It remains to be seen which will be more serious, more disruptive, or will kill and cripple more Americans.
While the President of the United States and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cannot be held responsible for ensuring such outbreaks didn’t happen in the US, they sure as hell can be held responsible for ensuring that they did.
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May The Next Ebola Patient Throw Up On These Two

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.

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Biden’s Son “Embarrassed” to be Kicked Out of Navy for Cocaine Use

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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.

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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.

 

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The Political Paradox of Crisis Response

I’mma borrow a bit from our old friend John’s post on Facebook:

Usetabe – we really did know how to do it. And practiced it. And had the balls to not be so sensitive to the politics of it – because it was just that damn important to be ahead of it – which, oddly enough, is how you can get *less* hung up in the politics of it.

Actual public health issues aside, the CDC and Obama administration response to the Ebola outbreak shows the political problem of putting politics first when addressing an issue.

The CDC and White House have tried to carefully craft the response to minimize the political fallout. No drastic measure like limiting air travelers from Ebola stricken countries, or using public health quarantine powers to restrict the movement of possibly exposed persons here in the US. Instead, the goal was to display a calm demeanor and forestall any appearance of a crisis. No Drama Obama!

But reality has a way of intruding into the narrative. The common flu will kill tens of thousands this year. And the Enterovirus D-68 already has a higher body count that Ebola here in the US. But Ebola is such a nightmare scenario that it justifiably has the attention of the population.

Had the CDC and White House acted aggressively, perhaps even drastically, to prevent the introduction of Ebola into the US, they wouldn’t be receiving the pummeling in the press and public opinion that they are today. Any political costs from an immediate and powerful response would have been far smaller than those they face today.

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Jerry Hendrix Discusses Rep. Randy Forbes’ Assertion That the US Navy Has No Strategy

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.

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Panetta Jumps Ship

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Former SECDEF and CIA Director Leon Panetta has released an excerpt from his memoirs, Worthy Fights, in which he lays out precisely what nearly everyone who paid any attention at all (to someone other than Chris Matthews, at least) in the last four years knew to be true.  Obama cut and ran from Iraq for domestic political reasons.  The WAPO, of all places, has the story.

(Michele) Flournoy argued our case, and those on our side viewed the White House as so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather than lock in arrangements that would preserve our influence and interests.

Barack Obama threw away a victory paid for with the blood of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines.  He did so with the cavalier disregard of someone discarding old socks.   Obama rendered the blood and sacrifice of our service men and women moot.   Watching ISIS roll over Anbar Province, taking control of places whose names evoke such strong emotion in those who were there, Ramadi and Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit, engendered in me a seething anger that has not really dissipated.   Anger at Barack Hussein Obama for his dereliction of duty, and for the Useful Idiots who believed his far-fetched fabrications, and who yet refuse to place responsibility for ISIS and Iraq’s current troubles on the man whose blithe and egregious neglect of his responsibilities brought on precisely what he was warned about.  It must be akin to a Vietnam Veteran watching the fall of Saigon.

Maybe it was Leon Panetta’s time in uniform (He was a United States Army Intelligence Officer) that would not allow him to ignore the despicable falsehoods perpetrated by his boss, especially when he knew the price that had been paid for the gains Obama was throwing away.  Whichever, Panetta puts paid to the lies of this Administration regarding ISIS and his headlong skedaddle from Iraq.  Panetta goes further.

To this day, I believe that a small U.S. troop presence in Iraq could have effectively advised the Iraqi military on how to deal with al-Qaeda’s resurgence and the sectarian violence that has engulfed the country.

Barack Obama has not told the truth about a single act or decision he has made.  His is the most malignant, corrosive, dishonest, and damaging presidency in the history of our nation.   The blood of the mass murders committed daily in Iraq is largely on his hands.  Not that he cares.  He got re-elected.  Much to this great nation’s detriment.

“The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world.”     – Ayn Rand

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AG Holder Resigns

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The news broke a bit ago that Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation.  His six years as the senior law enforcement official in the United States has been particularly damaging to the civil liberties of American citizens.   Holder’s race-baiting tactics, which include refusing to investigate and prosecute cases which he believed reflected poorly on “his people”, was typical of his lack of integrity and character.  Appointed by the first black President as the first black AG, Holder more than anyone else made skin color an issue.

Holder also was in constant full-court press in executing his boss’s Alinsky-esque plans to treat political opposition as enemies, use the powers of government for extralegal persecution of those opponents, and curtailing individual freedoms in order to promote a politically-favored class, his own.  His conduct while in office has been blatantly dishonest, most notable being the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal which took the lives of a US Border Patrol agent, hundreds of Mexican civilians, and unknown US citizens at the hands of the criminal elements Holder was responsible for arming.  Worse, Fast and Furious was an effort to make a case for draconian gun control measures and the disarming law-abiding American citizens.  His testimony regarding the scandal was unadulterated lies and evasion, again typical of his lack of character and integrity.   Holder was made to recant some of his falsehoods when proof came to light that he had not only been briefed on the operation, but briefed on several occasions, and in detail.

There were other scandals.   There was the subpoena of phone records of AP reporters without cause, for which Holder was responsible but faced no consequences.  There was his leaking of Justice Department information to Media Matters so that they could dutifully spin the scandal stories.  There was Holder’s active role in ensuring that IRS officials would not be brought to trial during his tenure for their use of their government apparatus in persecuting political opposition.

Inexplicably, it is to a man like this that many Americans are willing to cede their Constitutional rights under due process in determining Federal Government actions to kill US citizens without conviction, or even trial.  Holder, and men like him, in the star chamber of “informed Government officials” making decisions on who presents a “threat” and who does not, with the winners being awarded a Hellfire for their troubles, is perhaps the worst of situations I can imagine.

Eric Holder is a malignant tumor to the liberties of a free people.  A race-baiting, gun-grabbing, lying, cheating, bullying Communist of the most corrosive ilk.  You can bet he is not going of his own accord, despite what his public proclamations might be.  Someone has something on him, big enough that Obama wants him under the bus, otherwise he would not be going anywhere.  No matter what it is, Holder can be guaranteed a Presidential pardon from Bath House Barry, or from Hillary Clinton, if we are faced with that particular catastrophe. Holder is an enemy of freedom, and of the Constitution.  He is without honor, without any redeeming value whatsoever.

Whomever replaces him should face extreme scrutiny in the confirmation process.  One hopes those who love freedom have the courage to apply that scrutiny.

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