“Military preps team for Ebola response in US” – Why does it need to be a military operation?

From CNN:

The U.S. military is forming a 30-person “quick strike team” equipped to provide direct treatment to Ebola patients inside the United States, a Defense Department official told CNN’s Barbara Starr on Sunday.

Okay, finally a quick response team on standby for dangerous infectious diseases, but why does it have to be a military group? Surely we can have a team of dedicated civilian medical professionals on standby for such an important mission, so does it have to be military operation? Jeeze, it’s like the administration purposefully baiting the conspiracy kooks.

A little Ebola can cause big economic damage.

As I said in comments on Instapundit days ago,

Ebola didn’t just kill Mr. Duncan, it now may be killing the hospital that treated him.

Almost no one would willing choose a hospital for treatment for anything as long as Ebola is jumping to caregivers. Unless they stop this soon, I don’t know how they will stay in business.

It may be happening – from ABCNEWS: Ebola Scare Turns Dallas Hospital Into a ‘Ghost Town’

The Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have been moved from the building, but patients are still steering clear of the once-bustling hospital.

People have called to cancel outpatient procedures, and some have even opted not to go to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in emergency situations, ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA reports.

People are avoiding the hospital out of fear of contracting the disease, even though that is remarkably unlikely if not impossible at this point. But, the fear exists and is powerful enough for people to alter their plans – including cancelling medical procedures. Now imagine if a case of Ebola appears somewhere in the U.S. and we are unable to determine the source? Zap! People may start avoiding malls, restaurants, movies, etc… anyplace where people gather. Even pumping gas might seem dangerous. The economic impact would be significant at that point. – Only a few people ever need to get sick to have a big impact on the economy. We need to make every attempt to contain the disease before we get those few cases, but the recent blunders of the CDC hasn’t instilled me with an abundance of confidence.

The peaceful transfer of power…

Faith in the voting process allows for the peaceful transfer of power. If that faith is eroded, as it has been for years now, then transfers of power may not be so peaceful in the future.

Everyone knows the Dems oppose any and all attempts at reducing voter/election fraud, because they profit from cheating. (All those dead folks are voting for someone!) However, their actions and rhetoric are quickly eroding that essential faith that elections are honest and true. If people believe, on either side of the isle, that elections aren’t honest and are just a rigged show, then they will no longer feel bound by the results, no longer bound by law as it will be seen as illegitimate. That is a world I do not want to live in.

Please support policies that will restore and maintain the integrity of our election process. Lets make it harder for folks in any party to cheat.

Obama Plans to Let Ebola-infected Foreigners Into U.S. for Treatment – Is it true?

If this is true, and I’m very skeptical, I would expect even a lot of Democrats to balk at this plan.

Judicial Watch has learned that the Obama administration is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.  Specifically, the goal of the administration is to bring Ebola patients into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis.

The report doesn’t specify whom would qualify for this special treatment, but considering the government has proven it is unable to contain Ebola I do not think bringing in a bunch of new infected folks is a good idea.  I imagine a lot of Dems running for office would be unhappy too.

via The Gateway Pundit

The CDC’s (now destroyed) image of competence –

I now realize the CDC’s credibility was based upon their representation in movies and television.  In movies, whenever there is a risk of a dangerous outbreak, CDC officials quickly arrive, quarantine the area, disinfect everything, and stop the disease.  Considering the astronomical amounts of money the federal government spends each year, it isn’t unreasonable to assume that such fast reaction teams might actually exist on standby, but they simply do not exist.

You couldn’t make a movie like Contagion (2011) today because no one would buy it.  They were all too good at their jobs to be considered believable.

Why no one has confidence in the CDC

Exposed to Ebola? Don’t let that slow you down! Take your flights, take your cruises, don’t be afraid to go pickup takeout! Why the hell not? The CDC doesn’t care! ROFL Go for it!  (Just kidding.  Act like you have some basic intelligence and stay home!)

If you wish to contain an outbreak then you need to actually contain the outbreak! Isolate/quarantine all those that could have been exposed to the disease. This isn’t a hard concept, but apparently it is for government officials.  And now, because they did not do that immediately, we have a whole new pile of people at risk of having Ebola.  How many of them will decide to ignore common sense, break quarantine, and potentially expose hundreds  if not thousands of others?

If the CDC doesn’t have the sense to do this BEFORE high risk individuals start getting sick on planes, then what else are they screwing up? Might there be Ebola cases out there we have no idea about because the CDC has let high risk individuals run around?  Following all this mess, why would anyone believe the CDC is up to the job?

If this spreads it will be the direct result of insufficient policies, incompetent goobers in charge, and some stupid individuals. (Hey dummies, if you have been exposed, stay the heck home!! Geeze.)

FEC Chair warns of efforts to regulate conservative media outlets.

From the Washington Examiner:

Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media’s exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight.

“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview.

 

If the government suppresses the right to express ideas peacefully, then they should expect less peaceful means of expression.

Via Instapundit