sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Spookiest Spook

Who is your favorite spook?


You all know that mine is President Obama...the spookiest.

Halloween Wishes


Yes, it's that time of year.

I will be stimulating the economy by buying a few bags of candy from Costco and adding to the blood sugar of the little vampires and bats that circle around a friend's house where we're jammin' in NW Nevada.





Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fun with Science


Ashima Devices scientists playing with a small QuadPuck in the hallway. Science? Yes, nice work when you can get it.

Jamming

Old NFO told me that I need some down time. Despite the fact that he's an airdale, Old NFO is usually right. I told him that I planned on renting a Harley Davidson MC and driving around Lake Tahoe this Saturday (yes it will be cold). He seemed to think that may not be enough for me to re-boot my hard drive and so I thought on the subject.

I am not a musician.

I don't play a musician on TV.

I don't even watch much TV.

But thanks to Old NFO's prompting, I will be jamming with The Smoking Rats on Friday night to get into the mood for Saturday (yes it's Halloween, but who says that you can't play the blues on Halloween?) in Reno. Reno sort of calls for the blues in a white version of Louis Armstrong sense of the word.

Ah, The Smoking Rats,  you'll say...never heard of 'em. Well, you put together a few guys who are somewhat past their prime and a pretty lady on keys that sings, and add some really well-known people who drop in and pick up with them in jams and you have the rats. The Smoking Rats don't have a gig for Halloween, so it's back to the roots of the old Juke Joint - where the music itself is both trick and treat.

Now you have to be "bad" (fake bad) to hang with the Smoking Rats and play percussion. But since I'm not a real Smoking Rat, only a jamming poser, I think that I might just fit in. I need to find a blues name for myself. Muddy Waters has been taken, and more's the pity, so I'm thinking "Swampy Water" or "Soapy Water" as a homage of sorts, while defining my general skill sets in the name.

Sometimes the Smoking Rats depart from their roots and into old Stones tunes. Honkey Tonk Woman and I Can't Get No Satisfaction are favorites because they fit comfortably into the motif of aging guys (who all identify with either Jagger or Richards) with a hot female lead singer who saves the audience from the slow dying that would come with the guys singing.

Yes, I always wanted to play drums for George Thorogood & The Destroyers...


But on Halloween, in Reno, The Smoking Rats will have to do, 
and I'll try and put some 'terminator' into the action too, just because.

The Theme Song of the Saturday ride will be Fire Lake (Bob Seger). It might not even end up as a solo ride as there are a few people forming for the run, that will inevitably end up at Gar Woods Grill and Pier for supper. Gar Woods is not a cycle tramp joint, but they are famous for the "Wet Woody" and awesome fish tacos. Would Old NFO approve? I don't know. He's a man of discriminating tastes. Maybe I'll end up with both a life and a personality?

Gar Woods

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What do you DO on Tuesday?

I guess you could do a lot of things. I'm working, but that's because I have no life and I'm impossibly boring.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Land Wars in Asia and ISIL

Some USGOV people recently approached me on a subject in Asia. They said that they were seeking advice. What they sought was a rubber stamp from a man who is completely irrelevant these days. Which makes no sense unless you move or have moved in those circles. The person who sat next to me in the meeting (because these days I bring one or more witnesses) was a friend who is also an NBC station manager. 

After the meeting, the friend and witness asked, "What are those people? Twelve years old?"

I replied, "Always thus. Light the fuse and run."
Now it is not good for the Christian's health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: "A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East." - Kipling
Afghanistan

British and US Marine Corps combat forces withdrew from two key bases in Helmand Province today. Neither announced the withdrawals and handovers of the bases to Afghan forces because of security concerns. The British withdrawal terminates the British combat mission in Afghanistan. Handing the bases to the Afghan Army is just like handing them to the jihadis. That is the end to the blood and treasure.

After 13 years of fighting, Helmand remains a Taliban stronghold. Western nations can not afford the cost of combat forces and the time required to pacify Helmand. As Taliban leader Mullah Omar planned in 2001 when he ran to Pakistan, the Taliban have outwaited the foreigners…again.

ISIL (was Iraq)

Iraqi forces counterattacked (slowly) in the Jurf Sakhar region, south of Baghdad to improve security for pilgrims during the coming Shiite observances.

The pace of both Kurdish and government forces in launching counter-attacks is glacial. The extent of the ISIL threat from south of Baghdad has not been described in detail, but it seems less serious than the threat from ISIL forces west of Baghdad, who already are within artillery range of Baghdad's suburbs.

In the north, Kurdish success depends on overhead artillery (bombing) missions from US aircraft. The Turkish backed Free Syrian Army has joined with the Pesh Merga in the Mosul area to fight against ISIL. To the extent that the Free Syrian Army is a cat's paw of Turkey, it is only time before they turn on the Kurds and back stab them. Hey, don't worry it's Iraq. All of this can be predicted in the future and it doesn't take a trained chimp to read those tea leaves.
The borders of Iraq were established by Great Britain. A wise man once said, "Never ascribe to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity," and this wisdom impels one to consider Percy Cox, the man who authored the blueprint for Iraq, to be one of the biggest idiots in world history. The boundaries of the new nation were the kind of clueless blunder that can only be the result of true ineptitude. For example, the borders resulted in coherent tribal regions being divided between Iraq and bordering nations. In other places, obvious natural boundaries were ignored in favor of straight-line borders, hastily drawn by placing a straght-edge on a map. 
The Arab Spring

Despite what Hillary  (the Bitch of Benghazi) crowed, the Arab Spring was not about politics. It was about chronic unemployment and economic factors that reached a tipping point. That means that the same general creeps that were in power, will be back in power. Islamic nations do not want democracy. They (and particularly the young) want jobs and goods. They can't understand the linkage between democracy and prosperity -- likely because they are Arab Muslims.

Tunisia is holding elections and the Islamist Party is likely to gain control of the country. I'm not going to rant further. It would be interesting if the US State Department didn't put its management in the hands of children who just graduated from Harvard and Yale, but what do I know?

History

There is plenty of historical precedent if only people would read. Einstein said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result.
The people of England have been led in [Iraq] into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and Honor. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiqués are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. It is a disgrace to our imperial record, and may soon be too inflamed for any ordinary cure. We are to-day not far from a disaster.
T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia)
A Report on Mesopotamia, 22 August, 1920 [ref]
Any competent consultant will tell you that sometimes a project can be so irredeemable that repairing the problems is virtually impossible — or at least much harder than starting it over.

Hours later, in the bar at the hotel, the same consultant will tell you that almost no one takes this advice because they are stuck in the belief that all the cost and work invested so far has to be worth something — it's has to be better than nothing.

Iraq is one of those projects. Worse yet, there are reasons why some of the people who could help fix it don't want it fixed; when those people announce an intention to fix it, their motives should be questioned and the details of their plan demanded up front.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Info on Ebola

This is the latest information on the Obama Administration's fight against Ebola with an emphasis on how its being handled in New York City.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Things that are Just Not Right

This is your Sunday Sermonette, posted on Saturday to please Jews, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventists. I'm only doing this once (Saturday Sermonette). And I only have one word for Muslims: JHAWG...so much for the 72 virgins.

The topic for this sermonette is:

IT IS WRONG!!! 

And because it's a sermonette, I'll tell you what's wrong: A pink Sig handgun (right). Lonestar Parson, this is not copyrighted and you can use it for your sermon on Sunday if you'd like. That's also one of the reasons it's coming out on Saturday. I'm sure that Texans will follow my logic completely. In San Francisco, or Austin...not so much. I think that San Francisco PD issues pink Sigs as a fashion option.

I know a lady who shoots a pink camo AR-15 and I am not going to criticize that choice because she's smoking hot and thus, the only attack for today will be on handgun color. (yes I'm a pig - you can shout it to the heavens, Jules, Purple Assassin,Viking Brighid and Pretty Jenny)  So, for the purposes of this sermon, and this sermon only, long rifles and shotguns are exempt. I'll delve there later.

I know that ladies who view this blog will likely think that a pink handgun is 'so chique'. It's just not. And if you add rhinestones to it, the handgun becomes completely 'unclean'. A "Hello Kitty" decal applied anywhere, even on a holster makes the firearm an abomination. 

It's like rain on your wedding day,
It's like a free ride when you've already paid, etc. 

Handguns can be black, some can be chrome or satin chrome. If you add a mother-of-pearl grip to a chrome handgun, you're a pimp whether or not that is your chosen occupation or avocation.

Handguns may also be 'subdued'. Desert brown (mud brown) or jungle green is fine. But if you do that, you need to actually carry the pistol in the desert or the jungle/forest. If you don't, you're a poser.

A camo print handgun in the Duck Dynasty tradition is only acceptable if you drive a monster truck with a confederate flag flying from it and the babe riding 'shotgun' has a low cut top with breasts larger than 36. She must wear Daisy Duke cut off's and look good in them. Weather permitting she may substitute a bikini bottom for the Daisy Dukes. If you don't qualify, don't carry the camo handgun. just don't even think about it.
There is an exception to the camo handgun rule: If you are a moonshiner you automatically qualify (grandfathered in). Chewing Red Man Tobacco (a whole plug at a time) may also earn you a conditional exemption. You must be chewing when you're carrying. And you can spit wherever you want, because, you're carrying a camo .45, son!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Fishwrap Friday

This constitutes a few thoughts to end what has been a long week on the road for me. Next week I will either be in Texas (Dallas area) or back in Nevada. I suspect that Nevada will win simply because of the demands of work, and I will send others to Texas. But the jury is still out on that.

I'm meeting with the FBI today (one of a number of meetings on my schedule today) at their request because they want to know more about my company's technology. No, they don't want to buy anything. I think that we simply ended up on a "collection tasking list" because of considerable press. At least that was the tacit admission when I probed for the "why" in the meeting request. Lead sent out from HQ. It's an hour of my life that I won't get back but I want to keep the federal government content that our intentions are peaceful.

Spending half of my life in hotels will have to be reassessed by next summer. It's a grind. Enough whine, onto the normal rant:

Religion of Peace

Canada's reaction to a recent spat of "Religion of Peace and Tolerance" has been interesting because public opinion there is shifting from the traditional liberal cant where, 'you can't say anything bad about Islam because that constitutes hate speech'. Western countries (Such as Denmark) and Great Britain, which have tried to embrace diversity and Islam along with that have had a string of wake-up calls. Whether that will result in public policy changes remains to be seen. I suspect that the result swings on how much more "peace and tolerance" Islam visits on the kind and meek Canadian population.
Might two jihadi-wannabe attacks in Canada in two days may cause Canadians to reassess their firearms carry laws? Doubtful, even though an armed citizen stopped a terrorist attack at the House of Commons. Kevin Vickers was authorized to carry a firearm. Most Canadians are not, and if the Parliament shooter had chosen a softer target, such as a school or movie theater, Canada might have had its own Columbine or Aurora, Colo., massacre on its hands.
The November Mid-Term Elections

Despite assurances from the shrill and manly voice of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, DNC Party Chairperson, I think that the mood of the nation is not with her and her party in power. However, it all depends on the turn-out and the vote. Elections have consequences.  I personally think that the balance of power in the upper house of the legislature will shift to the Republican Party. 
Obama's calculated outrage at each episode of scandalous behavior are not convincing. Most are contrived based on "getting caught". In those that aren't (such as the ebola problem) he shows very little aptitude for administering the nation or to get the right people to help him do it. The Peter Principle style rise from community organizer to political hack that didn't manage anything to the largest CEO job in the nation didn't work. 
Who will be the Next President?

I believe that the Republican to beat will be Mitt Romney (again). I'm not opposed to Romney despite the fact that he is not as conservative as I am on some issues. I think that he'd govern wisely and honestly. Hillary Clinton would give us four more years of Obama-style hope and change.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hey, RELAX!


Calm down, take prozac and a triple shot of Jack, tune in to MSNBC or CNN, I think that the national news is covering firemen who rescue cats from trees - our heroes.


The Ayatollahs and Imams in Iran are your friends. Pay no attention to the nuclear research program. It's to provide a country that floats on oil with safe, civilian energy. Yeah, that's it. 

America didn't bumble it's handling of the Syrian Red-Line Fever and ISIL is just part of orderly regime change in the Middle East. 

China is not expansionist and it's not threatening our neighbors. It's now the world's biggest economy and the more we bow to them, the happier they'll be. Maybe in their expansion plans, they'll leave us for last. 

Ebola is under control and we're sending 4,000 US soldiers and Marines to Africa to threaten ebola...

The Benghazi hearings are a Congressional b/witch hunt to sabotage the Bitch of Benghazi's chance to be president of the United States, commander-in-chief and leader of the free world.

Lois Learner (IRS Mandarin) is a hero for having destroyed the lives of Tea Party people with the power of the US Government in support of the leader of the free world (and Nobel Laureate).

Operation Fast and Furious was George Bush's fault. I'm not sure why, but if the Commander-in-Chief says so, it must be thus. Mustn't it?


Why isn't the mainstream media covering the US evacuation of Baghdad? ISIL is within six miles of the airport and they have a bundle of US-made Stinger man-portable air defense systems with them. The US can leave now or remain in place while the religion of peace works out its differences.

Maybe it's better that the US public focuses on ebola?

Or rescuing cats from trees...have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree? Never mind.




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Joining Today's Military

What are the priorities in today's military? It's different than when I joined in subtle ways. I think that it's hope and change at work.


Saving Africa -- Recruiting posters should show US Soldiers and Marines wearing protective gear, handing out Qurans in Africa (as a symbol of the commander-in-chief's good will) and giving aid and comfort to ebola victims.

If President Obama makes this a recruiting priority, I think that you'll see thousands of young men and women clamoring to join the military -- even as we draw down the numbers of people in the military by a few hundred thousand and demobilize the "mainstream military".


Climate Disruption -- (Was global warming and global cooling until those were proven to be hoaxes - then was climate change until that was proved to be a hoax too).
(Fox News) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: The Pentagon's new report maps out four areas of climate disruption deemed the most threatening to the U.S. military -- rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, more extreme weather and rising sea levels.
In past epochs, when there was "weather", it was simply part of military planning. If it rained or if there was a high tide or a storm at sea, there was no sinister agenda involved (unless you watched Dr. No or which-ever of the Bond movies had an evil genius with a weather control machine). Today Defense Secretary Hagel has called 'climate disruption' a major military matter that needs to be addressed.

The scene (left) of the military fighting climate disruption -- unsuccessfully, might deter people from joining in the battle against mother nature. Then again, we need to keep fighting the weather to make sure that it's not disrupted, and the front lines are clearly in the military.


Converting to Islam -- The Obama Doctrine of, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" would seem to be well underway in the US Military where a lot more effort is being made to integrate black muslims into the ranks of those serving.

The photo (right) shows negroes in the US Military celebrating the end to Ramadan with their counterparts in Bahrain. The thinking is that the more that the US military pivots in this meaningful way, the more likely that they are to understand ISIL and the need for a Caliphate

To illustrate the difference between then and now, can you imagine the reaction to US Soldiers wearing Nazi arm bands during World War Two or US Marines and Sailors carrying Mao's Little Red book as reference material during the Viet Nam War? (OK, Secretary of State Kerry did when he served in Viet Nam, but he was a trend setter).


Sodomy in Uniform -- You went to jail or were dishonorably discharged back in the dark ages before the enlightenment that President Obama brought to the military.

Today it's more about "make love not war" but only so long as it's within your own gender. There have been a number of scandals of a heterosexual nature where senior military officers and officials (General Petraeus comes to mind) were cashiered for having intimate relationships with members of a different gender. That disgrace wouldn't have happened had they opted for the more socially and politically correct homosexual relationships.

If you are a sexually unfulfilled and unemployed homosexual American, perhaps the best place for you to go and be a professional homosexual is as a member of that protected group in the US Military.




Monday, October 20, 2014

Fury (Movie Review)

I went to see the feature film, Fury, at the theater last Saturday.

I give it 10 out of a possible 10 for realism (right up there with Saving Private Ryan).  My overall impression of the movie is an 8+. Not the best film that I've ever seen but as war movies go, it is an excellent film.

M4A3E8 (Easy 8) Sherman Tank - co-starred in the film
I have just a few minor issues with the film from a historical perspective. Part of it comes with my lack of understanding of the position that Second Armored Division, Ninth Army was in in the last month of the Second World War. My personal understanding from my reading has been that by in large the SS along with the those Germans who could, moved west specifically to surrender to the Americans rather than the Russians. I don't recall a Waffen SS battalion slugging it out on the Western Front in the last month of the war. That notwithstanding, the film is historically well packaged with a great deal of effort going into realism as an element of plot development.

The SS Einsatzgrupen (ran the death camps) were very distinct from the Waffen SS (elite army units). The soldiers in this film were Waffen SS, apparently the remnants of an SS Panzergrenadier Rgmt.

No spoilers. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

From the Grand Mufti to You

Supplemental Sermonette - Because sometimes just one Sunday Sermonette is not enough.

The Grand Mufti
Before you infidels criticize: Wearing a table cloth 
for a hat makes it possible for him to have lunch 
wherever he happens to be. Eating a ham sandwich
over your cowboy hat with mustard dripping out of it
is just not done. 
Don't judge the holy man when he brings word from on high. Yes he may prefer ten year old girls in a sexual sense. To that extent the Grand Mufti fits well into the religious community of Saudi Arabia and he'd be a shoe-in as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia ruled that ten year old girls can be married off, because in his words, "Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age."

The Mufti is descended from Mohammed Wahhab who gave birth to Wahhabism and whose descendants have controlled the Saudi religious establishment, and through it Islam around the world. The Saudis are not an aberration, they are Islam in its purest and truest form. That is why Al Qaeda was founded by a Saudi and why Saudis, the wealthy citizens of a wealthy kingdom, are its best recruits. It is not poverty or oppression that moves them to kill, but wealth and privilege. 

Religiously, Wahhabism has done its best to recreate the "pure" Islam of its origins. Economically, oil has allowed the Gulf Arabs to prosper without reform or change. And if Mohammed were to ride out of the desert tomorrow, he would have little trouble fitting in, as soon as he developed a taste for Porsches. Anyone who wants to see the world as it was in Mohammed's day can visit Saudi Arabia and see inbred clans, slave labor, veiled women and thugs enforcing the will of Allah on every corner.

Is any degree of hygiene possible when
you're wearing a black tent in the middle
of a 120 degree summer? No.
Islam came out of the desert and it has never left the desert, instead it has brought the desert with it along with its codes, its deep hatreds, its constant deprivation, its deceptiveness and its nomadic expansionism. Where Islam goes, the desert rises along with its accompanying insecurities. It was backward even at the time of its birth and it has only become more so, but its singlemindedness is an advantage in an age of effete leftectuals and eurocrats dreaming of a transnational world. 

It is brutally telling that the two centers of Islam, Saudi Arabia for the Sunnis and Iran for the Shiites, are genuinely horrifying places. Neither can remotely be associated with tolerance or human rights. It is simple common sense that the spread of Islam will make Western countries more like Saudi Arabia and Iran, rather than less like them.

There are two Islams. The real Islam of the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and an imaginary Islam that President Obama talks about when he declares the US to be an Islamic Country...right...we'll get right on that one.

Islamic Texas Fashion Police (a new feature on your Supplemental Sunday Sermonette)

Wanna-be Texan
I thought that our fellow blogger, Brighid, might take exception to wearing a bhurka around because it limits one's ability to wear a cowboy hat and remain fashionable. As the photo (left) clearly illustrates, a Muslim woman can wear traditional, faith-promoting clothing and a cowboy hat, but the fashion statement doesn't work. At least it's not doing anything for me. Your experience may differ.

Can women ride a quarterhorse while wearing a bhurka? No. But since women are chattel, they are required by Islamic law to walk behind their husband (who may be mounted - though the traditional dress worn by Islamic males still interferes with roping and branding).

As noted below, it would seem to be perfectly acceptable for Muslim men to wear cowboy hats.

Famous Muslim - a Grand Mufti
in his own right.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fives

a younger version of me, getting ready to explain it to the heathen nations

I thought that today's Sunday Sermonette would come by way of advice and confession.



ADVICE - Five things that I tell my children (they're grown but I still tell them):
  • The only thing that you can change is yourself. Start there.
  • Sometimes not getting what you want is a stroke of luck. 
  • A friend has your back when you are at your lowest, not at your best. Learn to tell the difference between a friend and somebody that you enjoy spending time with.
  • Don't be afraid of being different. Enjoy it.
  • Find your passion and be passionate about pursuing it.
I tell them other things - I'm a dad. But I try to focus on the basics in the hope that the rest will work itself out. It usually does. Lately I've been quoting the late Steve Jobs:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 

CONFESSION - Five things I did as a kid that I was caught doing (not a comprehensive list)

Keep in mind that I grew up in the country...
  • Kept honeybees in my bedroom. About a hundred. The parental reaction was not amusement at what junior decided to do.
  • Cousin gave me 3 artillery simulators. I put one on the window of my church while it was in service and set it off. One of the choir ladies on the stand loosed her bladder.  I was the only one who was amused.
  • Found a king snake that looked similar to a coral snake. Took it to school in a paper bag to show and tell and to describe the difference. Turns out it was a coral snake. Oooops. Teacher not amused. 
  • Found an injured coyote pup, took it home, named him Dusty. Dusty ravaged chicken coops far and wide, brought many chickens home and laid them on the porch as a sign of tribute to the pack leader. Neighbors not amused. 
  • Kid harassed me at school with his squirt gun. I bought concentrated ammonia at the hardware store, put it in a dishwashing soap bottle and took it to school. Kid squirted me after I advised him not to. I let him have it with ammonia. A bit overkill... began to dissolve his clothes, burned his skin. Principal not amused. Other kids very amused, became a local cult hero for about two weeks. Time in detention only enhanced my reputation with the girls, who I discovered, love a 'bad boy'.
    • And I'm not going to discuss experimentation to find out how high up you can drop a cat from and have it still land on its feet...


Sailor's Corner (a new feature in the Sermonette)

"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep." -- Psalms 107:23-24

This may also apply to Naval Infantry (Marines)(Bullet Sponges) who ride on ships. One of the best things that I did in my military career was to go ashore before the Marines and make sure that the beaches were safe for them to land on. The Marines never had a genuine appreciation for all that the Navy does for them.

It definitely does NOT apply to the US Coast Guard (Puddle Pirates) because they don't sail in "great waters", or usually leave sight of land.



Crazy Saturday

For the VW owner who doesn't know whether they're coming or going.

I'll bet that you read it.

Asia

Helpful

Taking out political enemies one at a time - until she's in charge.

When you're not quite sure how you feel about sodomy. 



Friday, October 17, 2014

The Daily Ebola Report

Much of the concern about the continuing emergence of ebola and ebola strains revolves around the vectors that carry it (animals, primarily monkeys) and the interaction that Africans have with those vectors (both sexual and eating the meat). Apparently animals can be carriers of the virus without becoming ill from it, though the research is still inconclusive.

The Q and A from CDC that is cited below offers the latest advice from the US Government as it pertains to the ebola virus.

Points of Embarkation need to be restricted.

It must have been a tense flight for the passengers and flight crew.
(Daily Mail) A 63-year-old man has died during a flight from Nigeria to New York's JFK after vomiting profusely - but it was only a 'cursory' exam by the CDC that confirmed he did not have Ebola. 
The passenger boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday night, but passed away before the plane reached its final destination.

Flight attendants called the CDC, Port Authority and customs officials, who then boarded the plane as it touched down, forcing 145 worried passengers to remain on board.

The authorities then conducted tests on the body and it was only a short evaluation that suggested he did not have the deadly virus, prompting concerns there are still 'vulnerabilities' at airports.
CDC Addresses Your Concerns

1. How long can Ebola survive on a surface?
A few hours. CDC says if you come in contact with sweat from an Ebola patient, “immediately wash the area with soap and water.” A greater risk is posed if you come into contact with body fluids and then touch a cut on your body; or your nose, mouth or eyes.
2. Do hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial wipes kill the virus? Does soap and water? (What does?)
The CDC did not directly answer this question. Instead, the CDC repeated its standard recommendations:

CDC recommends practicing care hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
3. Is a person who survives an Ebola infection immune to re-infection?
Unknown. CDC says Ebola patients develop antibodies that last for at least ten years, but it is not known if they are immune for life.
4. Can Ebola be detected in blood prior to symptoms showing?
No. CDC states there isn’t enough virus in the blood to detect Ebola until symptoms surface.
5. Can animals carry and transmit Ebola?
Yes.
6. Can people get Ebola from eating meat of infected animals?
Apparently, yes—though the CDC is less than clear on this point. In a written answer to the question, the CDC implies the only risk is in handling infected meat. It makes no mention of any risk from eating it.

CDC: “In Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat, which is raw or processed meat derived from wild animals, such as cane rats, duiker antelope, nonhuman primates, and bats.” 
Additionally, a CDC fact sheet states “Generally, Ebola is not spread by food.” 
On the other hand, the same CDC fact sheet states “Ebola infections in people have been associated with handling and eating infected animals [emphasis added].” 
This association was discovered in Africa where animals such as bats, monkeys, cane rats and antelope—referred to as “bushmeat”—are butchered and eaten. The CDC states that a variety of animals, including those listed above, can carry the Ebola virus. It recommends not eating wild meat from Africa, using gloves when handling potentially infected animals and, if you choose to eat the meat anyway, cook it thoroughly. 
A CDC information page on the web states, “In some past Ebola outbreaks, primates were also affected by Ebola, and multiple spillover events occurred when people touched or ate infected primates.” 
The CDC says no human infections in the U.S. have been linked to consumption of African bushmeat, which is illegal to import or carry in.
7. Is there a plan to look at animals and the meat supply if an outbreak were to occur in the US?
The CDC did not answer whether there is a contingency plan for the handling of animals and the meat supply in the U.S.
8. Can mosquitoes or other insects spread Ebola?
CDC says there is “no evidence” of this happening but stops short of saying it is impossible.
9. Can monkeys spread Ebola?
Yes. But since no monkeys in the U.S. are known to have Ebola at this point, there is no concern about exposure to them.
10. What about cats and dogs?
On its website, CDC states, “There is limited evidence that dogs become infected with Ebola virus, but there is no evidence that they develop disease.” 
CDC doesn’t address whether an infected dog that is a carrier without becoming sick can spread the disease to other animals or to humans. However, considering that health officials are monitoring the pets of infected patients, it’s safe to conclude they believe infected animals could pose a risk to other animals and/or people. 
CDC states, “At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals.” 
Even in Africa, CDC says, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola. However, it doesn’t address whether dogs and cats that aren’t sick, but carry the virus, are known to have spread it to people or other animals.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dear Leader and Ebola

Ebola Czar

It has been a very interesting week. We learned that we have had an Ebola Czar since this insanity began, but that nobody's heard a peep out of Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services. That may have to do with a nasty rumor that's been circulating to the effect that she diverted funds from their intended purpose to an Obama donor. Nobody seems to be upset about this, but it's a dog-bites-man story. That's how the entire Obama Administration has operated (Chicago style) since 2009. 

CDC - Obama appointees explain themselves to Congress.
Tylenol

We have also learned that a simple dose of over-the-counter tylenol will mask ebola symptoms for those who wish to enter the US from the hot zone in West Africa. This means that the measures being taken by the US Government at ports of entry can be thwarted by a fifty-cent purchase of cold medication.

President Obama stopped fund raising and is staying home in the White House. Some people say that it's to lead. I suggest to you that he doesn't want to run around shaking hands with the general public for fear that some Muslim will self-infect and give the Leader of the Free world a dose. It's clearly  possible and the infected human bomb could simply fly into the US with a bottle of tylenol to defeat the Transportation Safety Administration and Department of Health and Human Services.

Mobilized the Reserves re: ebola

Yes, Obama stays home, but he must be getting some advice about how badly things could get because he's mobilized the US Military's Ready Reserves to go to Africa and fight ebola. But we still won't ban people from the hot zone in the US. Riddle me that one.

The Wheels are off the Trolly
WPTZ 5: Ebola WHO Cases - Data shows that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa is doubling every four weeks, said Dr. Isabelle Nuttall, director of the World Health Organization's director of global capacity, alert and response. Nuttall was addressing reporters Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier this week, the WHO said there could be 5,000 to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week by December.
ABCNews: Ebola Comes to Last Safe District in Sierra Leone - Imagine that?
ITV: MSF:'We have reached our ceiling in Ebola response - October 16, 2014 1:45PM The leading organisation fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has said it has reached the limit of its capacity to help, and called on governments and other groups to step up their efforts.
Suspected Ebola patient hospitalised in Denmark - A person with suspected Ebola infection has been hospitalised at Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark's capital Copenhagen for observation.
The Australians are not going to play in Africa. I can't say as I blame them. Australia Can't Deploy Health Workers to Ebola Hotspots: PM
Obama annoyed by Ebola response from France, Italy via TheHil 
NewsMax Ebola Travel Bans Enacted by Nearly 30 Countries, but Not US. Here is the complete list of nations with bans or significant travel restrictions:
Gambia,
Nigeria,
Togo,
Gabon,
Ivory Coast,
Senegal,
Rwanda,
Chad,
South Sudan,
Namibia,
Angola,
Botswana,
South Africa,
Congo,
Kenya,
Madagascar,
Malawi,
Mauritius,
Mozambique,
Swaziland,
Tanzania,
Zambia,
Zimbabwe,
Cameroon,
Gabon,
Morocco.



Who is Nicole Lurie?

Rear Admiral (UH) Nicole Lurie
National Public Health Service
She's YOUR Ebola Czar, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services.
(IBD) Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain called for an Ebola czar, not knowing one already effectively exists. Why should he, since Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., has been completely M.I.A. 
You have to wonder sometimes if anyone in a leadership position in the Obama administration bothers to show up to work these days. 
Case in point is Dr. Nicole Lurie, who arguably should be front and center in planning for and responding to the Ebola outbreak. 
After all, it's right there in her job title. She's the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, a position created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that reports directly to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Her mission, according to the HHS website, is "to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies."
If the uniform that she's wearing looks a little odd to you swabbies out there, it's because she's with the National Public Health Service and they wear US Navy uniforms (like the surgeon general). 

If you haven't seen her in the news, it's because she's laying low. I have no idea why that is. I have no idea what she's doing to earn her princely salary and what her plans are for ALL OF US. She works for the people, right? (yeah, right)
On Sept. 11, Lurie told the Washington Post that her office was diligently working with other federal agencies "to ensure that U.S. health care providers, hospitals, health clinics, emergency medical services ... have the information they need to be prepared to identify and treat Ebola infections, in case anyone in the United States becomes sick after traveling from affected countries or from contact with infected individuals."
What is she doing to carry out this mission? Apparently nobody knows - not in the Obama Administration anyway. There are even mainstream media people looking for her -- that's how weird it's getting. Imagine, the mainstream media covering something like the ebola situation.

$9 Billion for an "honor system"?
After $9 billion in federal money distributed to U.S. public health departments since 2002 for emergency preparedness, after widespread publicity about West Africa’s outbreak since last March, after reassurances that the world’s best and most modern health care system would keep Ebola out of the U.S., Duncan managed to carry the deadly virus deep into the heart of Texas by defying the honor system designed to stop it: He simply denied his contact with an Ebola patient in Liberia.

Plague

Did she already say "yes to the dress"?

The second nurse infected with Ebola at a Dallas hospital after treating a man who later died of the virus was flown by private jet Wednesday to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for further treatment in a specialized isolation unit.

The patient was identified earlier in the day as 29-year-old Amber Vinson as authorities expressed concern that she took a domestic flight — reportedly to prepare for her wedding in Cleveland — just one day before coming down with symptoms of the deadly disease.


And what will the theme song be this time? What will children chant 500 years from now? It all defies speculation.


Ring around the rosie,

A pocket full of posies,

Ashes - Ashes

We all fall down.


Perhaps it's an urban legend. It depends who you talk to. Of course, this is only a pre-Halloween scare because we all know that plagues don't have theme songs...or do they?
Wikipedia - one view listed
"The invariable sneezing and falling down in modern English versions have given would-be origin finders the opportunity to say that the rhyme dates back to the Great Plague. A rosy rash, they allege, was a symptom of the plague, and posies of herbs were carried as protection and to ward off the smell of the disease. Sneezing or coughing was a final fatal symptom, and "all fall down" was exactly what happened. 
"The line Ashes, Ashes in colonial versions of the rhyme is claimed to refer variously to  cremation of the bodies, the burning of victims' houses, or blackening of their skin, and the theory has been adapted to be applied to other versions of the rhyme. In its various forms, the interpretation has entered into popular culture and has been used elsewhere to make oblique reference to the plague."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sweat?


The Frontier Airlines Airbus 320 jet that carried the nurse/ebola patient made 5 flights before being taken out of service. The jet flew from Cleveland to Dallas, back to Cleveland, then to Ft Lauderdale and Atlanta.

CDC advises that ebola can only be transferred by fluid from a sick, infected person. 

People with fevers sweat. Did the sick nurse sweat on the seat that all of the subsequent passengers sat in? She had a fever. Did she sneeze on the airplane and did that fluid end up on her seat or an adjoining area? Did she blow her nose? What did she do with the tissue? Did somebody cleaning the aircraft touch it? Who are those people?  Did they go home today? Do they feel ill? Are they sweating, sneezing or barfing on or around people thinking that they just have the flu? Do they know that they were exposed to ebola? Not just the people on the airplane with her...all of the people who sat on or around that seat? Did she use the restroom on the aircraft? Who else used it?


We won't know for 21 days until their internal organs begin to melt and they start bleeding from their eyes, will we?
(LA Times)US-based Frontier Airlines said Wednesday it thoroughly cleaned a plane that carried a Dallas health care worker the day before an Ebola diagnosis. 
Denver-based Frontier issued a statement in response to news that the unidentified health care worker flew Monday on Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth with 132 passengers. 
The airline said it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contact all the passengers on the flight. 
The passenger "exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness while on Flight 1143, according to the crew," Frontier said. 
The Airbus A320 that carried the health care worker was put away for the night on Monday after it carried the woman from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth. But Tuesday morning the plane was flown back to Cleveland and then to Fort Lauderdale, back to Cleveland and then to Atlanta and finally back again to Cleveland, according to Daniel Baker, the chief executive of the flight monitoring site Flightaware.com.
Who are the happiest Americans? Lois Learner, IRS Mandarin (and Obama factotum). The national focus shifted away from both Lois and her hero, Hillary, the Bitch of Benghazi. 

Meanwhile what is happening on American Borders?

So long as the illegal aliens illegally vote for the Democratic Machine candidate, it doesn't matter what hitchhikers are coming north with them.

Restricting flights from blighted Africa is racist. 

So it Seems


I'm writing down these thoughts on Tuesday-the-Four-Teenth. That's not in the least bit significant... unless you're into numerology. Then you have to decide whether to put the month first= 10-14-14 or the day first= 14-10-14, which looks more symmetrical and therefore more organized. But no matter what you do, Wednesday screws up the numerology, and what's worse, it has nothing do with entropy and the eventual death of the universe in a grand fizzle, or whatever term scientists are using for it these days.


Pluto is still a planet.


Cowboy boots cause blisters.


The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.


If you don't eat your supper, you can't have any desert.


Interstellar, A movie that will be released on November 7, is about astronauts who leave an environmentally devastated Earth to go through a wormhole and find a solution for the folks back home.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Mid-Term Election


I voted absentee today. It's my preferred method of voting. However, despite my status as an already voted person, my mail box will be jammed with campaign ads all the way up to the election in November - including ads encouraging me to sustain the Obama agenda, which I find insulting (and at the same time just a bit funny).

Barack isn't popular, his policies have failed, he's an inveterate liar and with all that negativity, I wonder if his golf game is suffering? If it is, it's not for want of practice.

Nobody wants him to stump for them, so he goes to Hollywood to drag the sack and pick up fat checks from his mogul billionaire supporters. Nice work if you can get it.

This is how the Washington Post is calling the mid-term elections:

US Senate - 52 Republicans/48 Democrats

This will shift things tectonically for the Democratic Party's strangle hold on legislation and we'll see Obama begin to veto bill-after-bill-after bill. I think that the WaPo is making a good call on this. Vice President Joe (Slow Joe) Biden, sitting as president of the Senate, won't be able to cast a vote that breaks a straight party line vote, but he might get his day in the sun now and then if they can wheel him from the old folks home into the limo to take him to the floor of the Senate.

The Democrats will rue the day that they disposed of the filibuster rule in the US Senate.

House of Representatives - 241 Republicans/194 Democrats

While Hillary Clinton is desperate to distance herself from the failed Obama years, it's difficult for her to break from US foreign policy because she was the architect of much of the disaster that we've seen recently.





Monday, October 13, 2014

It's not JUST Ebola


EV-D68


An enterovirus is a positive-sense (“plus-strand”) RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus. Other diseases caused by RNA viruses include Ebola, SARS, polio and measles. The sixth death in the US just occurred.
(SA.com link) A study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013. 
Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports. 
The EV-D68 outbreak was first recognized after Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri notified CDC on August 19 of an increase in severe respiratory illnesses. Four days later, on August 23, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital notified CDC of a similar increase. 
According to CDC, there are no available vaccines, antiviral medications or specific treatments for EV-D68. Most cases are mild.
Yes, it's coming from Latin America and it's coming across the US Border. No, the Border Patrol isn't screening for it any more than they are for Ebola. 

However, I'd find it interesting to see American Border Patrol and US Customs Agents wearing full biohazard suits at American ports of entry. Not appropriate necessarily, just interesting.


Naturally, any discussion of lethal or debilitating viral infections coming into the US across our Southern Border or from Africa can be code-word identified with racism...