I don’t think Hillary will be the Dem nominee

In my eyes, it seems that she lost her mojo when Obama overtook her in the primaries years ago. It feels like momentum and a relatively uninteresting class of Dem candidates kept her candidacy alive, but that momentum is running out and candidates like Elizabeth Warren will prove to be more stimulating to the Dem base.

As things stand now, I think Hillary will run, but fade after the early debates. My prediction – Warren will be the nominee.

Will the Republican leadership do anything substantive to oppose Obama’s amnesty order?

I am pessimistic because I don’t think many of the GOP leadership actually oppose what President Obama has done. Oh, I expect some bluster and fuss, but nothing that would actually make a difference. Additionally, I don’t know how upset they truly are about the power grab by the executive as they imagine one of their own wielding that power sometime soon – i.e. Jeb Bush.

Evil Dead TV show? Hmm… Could be fun!

Sounds like it will happen and Bruce Campbell will star! Excellent!

The logline: “Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its ‘Evil’ grip.”

The Evil dead movies were a blast and I’m hoping the series can capture that same magic. (Note: I’ve not seen the most recent incarnation of the film, but the series will pull from the earlier versions, so I don’t think it will be necessary.)

GOP wins big! Will they please or piss off their base?

The GOP won big in the recent elections, far better than I expected for a variety of reasons. The question I have now is what will they do with their new found gains. I’m fairly confident those that won state elections will try to do what their voters want, but the fellas in Washington DC are another matter. IRS abuses, judges, Obamacare, border security, etc… there is plenty for the new GOP majorities to work on, but will they? I fear they will put on a few efforts for show and then simply press hard for amnesty for illegal aliens against the wishes of the base, but I tend to be a pessimist about such things.

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

Over a week ago I linked to a Judicial Watch report about this, but I was very skeptical. Now it turns out that it is indeed true.

From the Washington Times:

The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop.

Some countries “are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances” before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed by The Washington Times.

You know, I kinda wonder what kind of help these nations can provide if they are unable or unwilling to care for one or two of their own people with Ebola.

If there is mass voter fraud, then what?

Nothing substantive has been done to stop the abuses by the IRS and DOJ, so I don’t think much would be done if there was large scale voter fraud carried out by the Dems. Oh, the GOP would fuss, but the leadership would only have the stomach to hold a few hearings before giving up and promising to fight really hard next time.

I believe the Dems know this and will take advantage of the situation. Do you think they are afraid of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell? Neither do I.

“Cuomo Says Ebola Quarantines Can Be Spent at Home” – Please, put a guard on them. *Updated*

From the New York Times:

Facing fierce resistance from the White House and medical experts to a strict new mandatory quarantine policy, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Sunday night that medical workers who had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa but did not show symptoms of the disease would be allowed to remain at home and would receive compensation for lost income.

I don’t have any objection to this, but I have one question… Will there be a guard to make sure they don’t leave? Considering Kaci Hickox’s expressed aversion to any quarantine and after NBC’s Nancy Snyderman’s decision to break her quarantine, perhaps we need to keep an eye on these folks.

Update: It sounds like there will be no guards and no isolation for Kaci.

From the Gateway Pundit:

Maine officials are demanding Hickox be quarantined for the 21 day Ebola incubation period. One of Hickox’s lawyers said Tuesday night she would not obey a quarantine and would only agree to self-isolate for two days

Emphasis mine.

Kaci Hickox – Quarantine? Whatever! Whatever! I do what I want!

From MSN.com:

Kaci Hickox, the nurse currently being held in quarantine at Newark University Hospital despite testing negative for Ebola, has hired a prominent civil rights attorney to help get her out of isolation.

It is my understanding, based on articles I’ve read, that one of the reason Ebola has been spreading in Africa is that it is difficult to get people to maintain quarantine. People refuse to isolate themselves and thus end up spreading the disease. Ah, and we all assumed it couldn’t happen here because we are so well educated and such, but now we have a health worker returning from treating those infected with Ebola in the hot zone and she absolutely refuses to remain in quarantine. In fact, she has hired a civil rights attorney to help get her out.

It does sound like the conditions and her treatment haven’t been great, of course we have only heard her descriptions of the conditions, but I’m willing to believe that government officials haven’t done a great job on that. We should try to make people in quarantine as comfortable as practical.

As for how the public will react to the news that she is suing to get out… I wouldn’t expect much sympathy or support for her. The attitude I’ve seen on the net, myself included is that a 21 day quarantine doesn’t sound like a significant burden for one person to bear considering the risks of exposure to Ebola. Think of how much Craig Spencer’s lack of isolation has cost the people, the businesses, and the taxpayers since he was diagnosed. Stay in isolation or risk disrupting the lives of thousands… Gee, doesn’t seem like a hard choice to me.

Of course, if just one person catches Ebola from Craig Spencer, then this whole quarantine debate goes out the window. Public pressure to isolate high risk individuals will be too great for officials to ignore.

Can Craig Spencer be sued for the disruptions he caused by not isolating himself?

By not isolating himself, Craig Spencer risked the lives of others, risked causing serious disruptions in the lives of others, and risked costing tax payers a bundle. He bet that he wouldn’t cause all those disruptions and lost. Sounds like he is open to lawsuits to me.

I suspect a few lawsuits filed against him might also encourage returning doctors to isolate themselves rather than open themselves up to liability.