Did anything really think “fundamental transformation” would be something benevolent?
Did anything really think “fundamental transformation” would be something benevolent?
To swallow the politically correct lie that Islam is mainly peaceful you would have to be both pathologically gullible and totally ignorant of Islam’s long history of intolerance and violent expansionism (or as in the case of Ben Affleck, full of crap and not very bright). But we aren’t just talking about history. Ben Shapiro crunches a few numbers regarding right now:
Via The Last Refuge, on a tip from ed357.
A use has finally been found for envirokooks. Entertainment:
As even ecokooks know perfectly well, the energy sources they champion and use the government to impose are inefficient and unreliable (renewable sources that actually work, like hydroelectric dams, are frowned upon by moonbats). “Renewable energy” is a sanctimonious pose, not a reasonable approach to meeting our energy needs.
Nonetheless, environazis want to restrict our access to efficient and reliable energy sources. It would take an expert psychiatrist to unravel their motives, but a layman can easily recognize that they are not benevolent.
On tip from Lyle.
America is being fundamentally transformed, all right, but not only by Obama and his collaborators. Jackpot justice and a practice of rewarding and even honoring victims at the expense of everyone’s self-respect is producing a very different culture. Pride and rugged individualism aren’t the only casualties. We are losing our sense of humor too:
A man is suing Delaware Surgery Center for damages after allegedly waking from a colonoscopy medical procedure in women’s pink underwear.
Andrew Walls, 32, from the city of Dover, Delaware, was under anesthesia after the colonoscopy at the city’s Delaware Surgery Center in October 2012 when he claims he was pranked, The News Journal reported.
“When the plaintiff recovered from the effects of the anesthesia administered by defendants, he awoke to realize that while he was unconscious pink women’s underwear had been placed on his body,” according to the civil damages suit filed in New Castle County Superior Court.
“When the plaintiff initially presented for his colonoscopy he had not been wearing pink women’s underwear and at no time did the plaintiff voluntarily, knowingly or intentionally place the pink women’s underwear upon himself.”
Shades of Abu Ghraib. This may qualify as a crime against humanity.
A jury probably consisting of irresponsible morons will decide how many $millions the pink panties are worth. Healthcare costs will get yet another nudge upward for the rest of us so as to cover the windfall.
This wasn’t just some guy off the street. The
looter victim was apparently well known to the pranksters.
Walls was an employee of Delaware Surgery Center when he underwent the colonoscopy.
No one is more fun to pull a prank on than a coworker with no sense of humor. But in liberal utopia, there won’t be any more pranks. They lack sensitivity.
On a tip from Wiggins.
We are told that rather than fret, we should just trust the federal government to tell us what we need to know to keep our families safe from the Ebola that Obama has refused even to attempt to keep out of the country. Let’s give it a try.
Question: Is it safe to ride a bus?
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said during a telephone press briefing Wednesday that you cannot get Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus, but that infected or exposed persons should not ride public transportation because they could transmit the disease to someone else.
The update comes more than a week after President Barack Obama issued a video message to Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, telling residents they “cannot get [Ebola] through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus.” The message has been widely circulated online and is currently posted on multiple U.S. embassy websites.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the CDC told CNSNews.com that it’s “not impossible” to contract Ebola from an infected person on a bus, particularly if the healthy person touches a contaminated object.
Okay, let’s try again. Maybe the State Department has a clue:
Nope, no clue there.
Too bad doubletalk, obfuscation, evasion, and outright lies can’t cure Ebola. Obama and his gang of bumbling leftist ideologues would have the situation well in hand.
On tips from Petterssonp and Dean D.
If the need for secure borders wasn’t obvious before, it certainly is in light of the spread of Ebola:
On Thursday, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, admitted that Africa’s porous land borders made the Ebola crisis worse. …
“The porous land borders among countries and remoteness of many villages have greatly complicated control efforts,” Frieden conceded in his prepared statement, noting that there have been Ebola cases “imported into Nigeria and Senegal from the initially-affected” West African nations.
Can you think of a country outside Africa that has a porous land border that has probably led to the spread of lethal disease? Here’s a clue:
Since October of last year, there have been at least 66,500 illegal immigrant unaccompanied juveniles who have been detained at the border. That number does not include adults, those who were accompanied, and illegal immigrants who entered the country. Illegal immigrant juveniles have been released across the country. As journalist Sharyl Attkisson has noted, the Obama administration’s lack of transparency regarding the Enterovirus outbreak that coincided with the arrival of illegal immigrants from Central America and has killed at least five children has left Americans wondering if the summer’s flood of illegal immigrants was responsible for spreading that virus.
If you think the flow of illegal aliens is massive now, wait until Ebola inevitably hits Latin America, and everybody who even thinks they might get it heads north for free healthcare.
Friedan says we should let potential Ebola vectors continue to pour in from West Africa through our airports, because that way we could potentially keep track of them and the thousands of people they interact with. The alternative, says Friedan, is to let them sneak across the undefended border.
Wrong. The alternative is the defend our border. Now we have a more urgent reason than ever.
On tips from Petterssonp.
The Obama Administration has gone beyond simply refusing to take the obvious common sense measure of restricting flight into the USA from countries where Ebola is raging out of control. It is actually going out of its way to encourage, facilitate, and expedite the immigration of potential vectors from these countries into ours — specifically because of Ebola:
[US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, a division of Obama fundraiser Jeh Johnson's Department of Homeland Security)] has been waiving fees, expediting the immigration process, and allowing extensions of visas for anyone coming from the three designated Ebola-stricken countries, provided that they are in the United States. The Free Republic blog reported that the law firm of Edward W. Neufville, III, LLC, a Washington, D.C. area immigration firm, added a section to their website two days after the USCIS announcement, with more details about how these relief measures would work, including extensions of the time that the foreign national could remain in the United States, additional work permit opportunities, and even forgiveness for failure to appear at required interviews or submit required evidence. According to the Neufville firm, the new USCIS policies mean that “[i]ndividuals from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea currently in the United States may apply for an extension or change in status due to the Ebola Outbreak, even if their request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired.” Otherwise stated, this means that someone from one of those countries who illegally overstayed their visa can now apply for an extension, or someone who arrived illegally can apply to get legal status.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died from Ebola earlier this month, had traveled to the United States after his visa was approved in August, the same month that USCIS announced the new relief measures. One of the concerns many have had about the Ebola crisis is the lure those in the affected countries would — quite understandably — feel toward the advanced sanitation standards and medical care available in American hospitals, similar to how open borders, social services, and in-state tuition have been criticized as creating “magnets” for immigrants to illegally cross the U.S. – Mexican border. These specific USCIS policies do not apply to those who are not yet in the United States and are seeking a visa to leave Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone, but the more generous rules that await them once they arrive likely create further incentives for them to attempt to travel here.
Even as other African countries seal their borders against the Ebola Zone, Obama steadfastly refuses to prevent potential vectors from continuing to pour into the country from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. As Doug Ross emphasizes, once they get here, they are home free, and qualify for the special treatment outlined above.
If thousands of Americans end up dying of Ebola, Obama will be remembered for two words. They won’t be hope and change. They will be treason and genocide.
On tips from Ellen S and Artfldgr.
Obama’s refusal to restrict the inflow of potential vectors from the Ebola Zone has made travel more exciting than ever.
A potential outbreak will add zest to any luxury cruise:
Obama administration officials said a Dallas health care worker who handled a lab specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola is self-quarantined on a Caribbean cruise ship and is being monitored for infection. … The government is working to return the woman and her husband to the U.S. before the ship, the Carnival Magic, completes its cruise.
An update via The Last Refuge:
Belizean authorities are stating the Dallas Healthcare worker is exhibiting Ebola symptoms (also below) and refusing port entry for emergency airlift evacuation. Armed Coast Guard vessels are forcing the Carnival Magic Cruise Ship to remain at sea. This is quickly becoming an international incident. There are 3,652 passengers on board and a total population of 4,633 souls at risk.
Too bad The Love Boat isn’t still on the air. This would make a great episode. Gopher falls for a passenger, but it turns out she has Ebola! Can love triumph over a highly contagious, lethal flesh-eating virus?
Or how about this story for an Airport sequel:
A passenger died on a Nigeria-to-JFK flight after a vomiting fit Thursday — and a top lawmaker said officials gave the corpse only a “cursory” exam before declaring that the victim did not have Ebola.
Rep. Peter King said in a letter to Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection that the handling of the remains exposed serious flaws in airport preparedness for an Ebola outbreak.
Between 70 and 100 passengers a day arrive at JFK from the Ebola epicenter countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, King noted, and they have access to public restrooms and mingle with other travelers before their first screening.
Much scarier than snow storms and suicidal bombers!
It’s a shame the 1970s didn’t know about Ebola; today’s news stories would have made for great entertainment.
On tips from Bodhisattva, JusttheTipHQ, and G. Fox. Graphic via Still Evident.
You had to know it was only a matter of time:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted on its website an article that claims Ebola is a “direct consequence” of manmade climate change.
The article reveals that Ebola is much more serious than we thought. It doesn’t just kill humans, who are a cancer endangering the planet, but also threatens monkeys.
The article also stated that the virus specifically threatens conservation efforts focused on ape and monkey populations in Africa, including those in Guinea, one of the countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak and where the U.S.-run Chimpanzee Conservation Center is located.
Global warming — alleged by moonbats to be a result of human activity — isn’t the only cause of Ebola.
“The larger conservation connection, however, is perhaps less obvious: Ebola appears to be a direct consequence of deforestation and human disturbance,” the article stated.
Maybe Ebola is simply a matter of Gaia righteously rising up to take revenge against the iniquitous human race. If only the poor monkeys didn’t have to suffer needlessly.
Not I get why Obama won’t prevent vectors from West Africa from entering the USA. It’s better to strike at the root of the problem, by restricting carbon emissions and economic development.
Unfortunately, while global warming and related environmentalist tomfoolery are fantasy, Ebola is quite real.
On a tip from TorcerT.
You can’t blame Obama for spending so much time golfing even as Ebola and ISIS threaten to spin out of control. He needs to rest up, because after the midterms, he is going to be very busy.
That’s when he will have nothing left to lose, unless Republicans acquire enough spine to impeach him for incompetence, abuse of power, corruption, and/or treason. Among the brown clots that have been held back, but will soon be hitting the fan:
President Barack Obama says he’s postponing executive action on immigration until after November’s elections because it would be “more sustainable” then.
Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased — after the Nov. 4 election.
The Administration is pushing another ObamaCare delay on Americans until after the 2014 election in an obvious effort to conceal the fact that millions more are about to lose their insurance.
The new plan cancellations will be sent out after the elections! The delay has been made unilaterally by the Administration because it involves millions of people who are about to lose their insurance that they hoped to keep but which Obama has determined is inferior.
President Barack Obama does not plan to announce his choice for attorney general before the November elections, shielding the nomination from the midterm election politics while setting up a potential year-end showdown with the lame duck Senate.
The Army has completed its investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s abandonment of his Afghan post but will not release the report until after the midterm elections lest it embarrass the Obama administration.
Okay, that last title isn’t quite on the level. The piece is well worth reading though.
In short, we will be hit with: amnesty for millions of Third World peasants who are in the country illegally, which will increase the welfare burden and likely set off a massive Third World invasion even as Ebola spreads; outrageous new ObamaCare costs after we were led to believe we would pay less for healthcare; cancelation of insurance plans we were promised repeatedly we could keep; an Attorney General if possible even more ideologically demented and openly hostile to the majority of the US population than Eric Holder; and confirmation that the cringing sad sack Obama traded five top terrorist commanders for was at the very best a deserter and possibly a deliberate defector to the Taliban who will nonetheless not be persecuted for treason.
After the midterms, stalling tactics may come to an end regarding an admission that outlandishly expensive airstrikes mostly on low-value targets will not defeat ISIS without the ground troops Obama has refused to deploy. At that point the Audacity of Hope may degenerate into arrogance sufficient for him to admit that he is fine with terrorist maniacs taking over a country that thousands of Americans recently died to liberate.
No doubt there will be more. He has a pen and a phone, after all. Who knows what final kicks to the teeth Obama will deliver in his final 2 years? Slavery reparations? Amnesty for all federal drug criminals? Depression-inducing carbon restrictions? Forgiveness of all student loans? A guaranteed living wage that would obviate any need to work? Extra Supreme Court slots for Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn? As we have been learning for years, anything is possible with this character — except of course responsible, competent, or even benevolent leadership.
Dealing with the fallout from a country that may find itself pushed to the verge of revolt will require that Obama be rested and at his best — unless he chooses to deal with the public’s rage the way he has dealt with other crises: by shrugging it off and hitting the links.
You would think, considering that he presumes to rule it largely through executive order, that Obama would learn a few basics about America — like for example that it is not a Muslim country, as he claimed on French TV:
Since his racial Teflon prevents the American media from indicating just how alarmingly unsuitable this demented fool is for the office that same media hyped him into, let’s turn to the Israeli press:
In reality the US has one of the smallest percentages of Muslims of any Western country. The number of Muslims in the US is approximately 4.5 million, 1.5% of the population, one of the smallest minorities in the US. Since there are approximately 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, the number of Muslims in the US is approximately 0.3% of the world Muslim population. By comparison there are between approximately 6 million Jews in the US, who account for approximately a third of the world’s Jewish population. Whereas many Americans regard it as a society based on “Judeo-Christian values”, it is doubtful if there is one sane American who would define it as a Jewish country. …
India has 150 million Muslims (13%), making it the country with the world’s biggest Muslim minority, and the world’s third largest Muslim population after Indonesia and Pakistan. No Indian in their right mind, let alone the Prime minister would ever regard India as a Muslim country.
Is Obama not in his right mind, or is it only his ideology that is insane? As his former henchharpie Shrillary might shriek, “At this point what difference does it make?” After all, the damage he inflicts on the country will be the same.
On tips from Jeanne and Apostle53.
If Fox News ever figures out that Shep Smith’s liberal outlook and personal creepiness are driving viewers away, he might be just the guy to replace the clueless Tom Frieden as head bureauweenie at the CDC. Watch how deftly he dismissed public concern yesterday over the ongoing importation of Ebola to the USA:
What Shemp doesn’t explain is why we would trust our “leaders” when these incompetent moonbats have lied to us constantly since the beginning of the unfolding crisis.
A classic Freudian slip occurs in the clip above when Doug McKelway says “Obama” while meaning “Ebola” at 1:57, exactly the way journalists used to mix up “Obama” and “Osama” (see here, here, here, and here). Dig a few millimeters below the surface of the public consciousness and Obama is regarded as the essential enemy of this country, easily confused with whoever or whatever is currently most overtly threatening. That’s why his opponents voted against him, and why his supporters, deranged by the festering self-hatred implicit in liberalism, voted for him.
On a tip from Henry. Hat tip: Daily Caller.
Meanwhile, as Democrats screech that the introduction of Ebola into the USA by West Africans whom Obama refuses to restrict from entering the country was actually caused by Republicans not giving enough of our money to the NIH, and while those same Republicans have been giving the NIH even more of our money than the spendthrift Obama wanted, here is how some of that money is spent:
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $162,313 to the San Francisco Department of Public Health to determine the HIV risk of female-to-male transgender persons (transmen).
“This study seeks to address two pressing scientific needs: 1) to improve ways to sample and recruit hard-to-reach minority populations for inclusion in research and 2) to fill a gap in our knowledge of the health problems faced by female-to-male transgender persons (transmen),” the grant said.
There probably aren’t many more “transmen” out there than there are left-handed leprechauns, but according to the grant they suffer from “discrimination,” so their health needs take priority.
Every time the government demands more of our money, the response should be obvious: Stop wasting what you have already taken.
On a tip from Petterssonp.
The racial Teflon could be wearing off at last if even the liberal New York Daily Snooze will run a cover like this:
If Congresscritter John Yarmuth (D-KY) had a subscription, he would probably cancel it. Yardmush tells MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart it is a “disservice” to notice that the erstwhile Moonbat Messiah appears to be in way over his head:
“Well, you know, we’re in a political season, Jose, and obviously any time there is some kind of a question it’s going to be raised, the spectrum of whether this administration is competent. I think that is really a disservice to the discussion.”
Maybe Obama isn’t incompetent. The alternative explanation for his presidency is that he shares the rabidly anti-American ideology of virtually everyone he has had a close association with and is bringing down the USA on purpose. Or maybe he is both treasonous and incompetent, which would explain why the country is still standing, even if it is starting to walk with a limp. But let’s not go down that road; Yardmush might consider it a “disservice to the discussion.”
On a tip from DinaRehn. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.
No matter how high they raise taxes in liberal Illinois, it will never be high enough. This gives an indication of why:
In 2011, the Chicago Tribune exposed a pair of Illinois teacher union lobbyists, Stephen Preckwinkle and David Piccioli, who substitute taught for one day and stood to collect nearly $1 million [each!] in state teacher retirement pensions from a severely underfunded system. The five Illinois pension systems have a $100 billion liability and the teachers fund may run out of money as early as 2029. Newspaper editorials, elected officials, the governor and citizens cried foul. Legislation was quickly passed to stop the abuse.
All fixed now, right? Of course not; only bankruptcy can slow down wasteful spending when liberals are in charge.
Even though all Illinois citizens were led to believe that the pension abusers had been stopped, within twenty-four months after the “reform” legislation passed, the union lobbyists retired and received their lifetime Illinois state teacher pensions. …
A couple of weeks ago, we spotted Preckwinkle and Piccioli within a long list of 30 state retirees from the Illinois Federation of Teachers (private sector teachers union). Sure enough, in 2014, Piccioli is receiving $30,564 and Preckwinkle $37,416 pensions (click here for their life expectancy pension payouts of nearly $1 million each).
The cases are representative of a system rotted through by greed.
The Washington Times recently ran a story based on data collected at OpenTheBooks.com exposing 40 private sector union leaders from the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers who cleaned out $5,000,000 a year in Illinois teacher pensions.
Data at OpenTheBooks.com shows that twenty-four of those union employees have already collected more than $1 million in retirement pensions. Because the union is a private sector employer, taxpayers have no say in the active salaries awarded to the union employees, but guarantee funding for the lifetime pension payouts.
Rank and file teachers in Illinois, many of whom are union members, should be outraged that their union leadership is draining pension dollars from their underfunded retirement plan.
However, teachers are easily stampeded along toward the stockyards with the rest of the liberal cattle drive with promises that ever higher taxes will allow them to climb aboard their own lavish retirement gravy train.
They had better finish being retired before excessive taxation brings down the whole house of cards, and society is forced to fall back on the sustainable principle of 2 Thessalonians 3:10.
On a tip from JusttheTipHQ. Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.
Political optics actually forced Obama to postpone 2 days of his usual fundraising activities so as to give the impression that he is doing something to prevent an epidemic of Ebola in the USA. Yet somehow people still get the feeling that authorities aren’t quite taking this seriously — and not only because potential vectors continue to pour in from Liberia:
[O]fficials confirmed the man was indeed following protocol and supposed to be there.
“His role is to oversee the process of transport including on the tarmac,” Randy Davis, vice president at Phoenix Air, told NBC News. “Part of our protocol is to have 1 person NOT in a bio-Hazard suit. “
A clever policy. Ebola would naturally expect everyone to be wearing a hazmat suit. This helps keep the virus off balance, always wondering what we’ll do next.
The unidentified man stood very near another hazmat-suited worker and then took what appeared to be a container from one of the suited workers. He placed it on the steps to the jet and walked out of view.
Then the hand that touched the container was decontaminated with a flamethrower. Or maybe not.
He then reappeared as one of the PPE-suited workers came off the plane with red hazmat bags. He took what appeared to be a not-yet-used red bag from the worker in protective gear, then handed it to the workers as they bagged up items from the ambulance ride.
Uh oh, now his other hand needs the flamethrower. Hopefully they brought it with them, because the guy got on the plane, where it is easy to imagine everybody else taking off their biohazard suits once out of view of the cameras.
Like everything else in this country since Obama took power, Ebola defenses are a farce.
On tips from Mr. Mentalo and Petterssonp.
Remember all the corny rhetoric back in 2008 regarding how Obama would unite us by rising above politics as usual? He didn’t rise above it; he sank below it:
This is a big moment in the fight against climate change—stick it to climate change deniers by adding your name: http://t.co/fkCzkiMhFw
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 14, 2014
A significant and rising percentage of Americans are aware that “climate change,” by which he means global warming, is a hoax. What kind of president wants to “stick it to” a large part of the population that he supposedly represents?
By comparison, this classless adolescent makes Bill Clinton look like a gentleman.
On tips from TorcerT, Petterssonp, and Mr. Mentalo.
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