Saturday, July 26, 2014

Of Great Concern Part 2

Just 2 weeks ago I posted a piece titled Of Little Note But Great Concern that discussed the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Since then the situation has grow worse and far more perilous.  Yes there has been some coverage in the MSM but that has for the most part focused on the lead Doctor treating the patients having contracted the disease himself.  There was even one Reuters story mentioning that a man from Liberia had collapsed at the Lagos Nigeria International Airport and had subsequently been diagnosed with and died from Ebola.

Known and suspected areas
of outbreak in West Africa.
In the past the most horrific form of hemorrhagic fever has been largely confined to remote jungle villages and the outbreaks contained and died out by isolation procedures.  This time however that has apparently changed as the out break has claimed over 600 victims and spread from Guinea into Liberia, Sierra Leone and now apparently Nigeria.  That this latest victim arrived there by aircraft raises some very troubling questions.  This passenger zero boarded a flight in Monrovia Liberia.  The flight then stopped in Lome, Togo before proceeding on to Lagos Nigeria. 

  • How many passengers boarded the flight in Monrovia?
  • How many passengers got off in Lome, Togo? 
  • Were did they go from there?
  • Where did all the other passengers from the flight disperse to once it arrived in Lagos?

Given that this passenger zero died approximately 72 hours after his collapse at the airport it must be considered that he was infectious and contagious when he boarded the flight in Liberia.  Depending upon the particular strain of Ebola the incubation period is believed to be to vary from 2 days up to three weeks. 

The open questions that must be considered then are:

Ebola virus.
  • At what point between exposure and the presentation of symptoms does the exposed individual become contagious?
  • Where and how far have passenger zero's fellow passengers traveled in the interim and up to three weeks from there possible exposure? 

Lagos Nigeria is the largest city in Africa and the forth largest in the world.  Passengers fly out of its airport quite literally to every corner of the world.  This could quickly become not an African problem but a global one.  Adding to this danger has been an emerging story, also out of Liberia, that a confirmed patient there was kidnapped from the hospital where they were being held in isolation.  Allegedly this was done by family members but no one is absolutely sure.

  • Who in there right mind would do such a thing knowing the consequences?
  • Was it done deliberately in order to capture a live virus patient that could be used to further spread the disease? The very question I raised in my previous story.

I'm not foreseeing a scenario out of the movie World War Z or even the current TV show The Last Ship here but I do foresee the current administration forestalling public awareness until it is possibly to late.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Death of Reason

As I have noted before I am not unfamiliar with encountering close minded douchbags on various comment boards.  Up until now, at least in my experience, these troglodytes have been exclusively of the leftist variety.  Shocking I know!  It usually follows a familiar pattern.  I'd post a comment or respond to the post of another, generally laying out an argument or position on whatever issue is in question.  Used to be there would be those who would respectfully disagree and a conversation would ensue. and then there would be those who would immediately resort to name calling, innuendo or worse. 

I guess Voltaire is dead as well.

Not being one who is intimidated by such childish behavior I've been know to give it back, often more succinctly than it was dished out.  This of course leads those in the latter category to become enraged, sink into profanity, where the imbedded filters allow, or euphemisms for it where they don't.  Eventually One or two of these low digit IQ denizen will go crying to the board moderator, a misnomer if ever there was one, and complain.  This generally leads to the so called offending remarks being marked as deleted or disappearing all together.  A little practice I call shoving things down the memory hole. 

Not one to be deterred by such bad behavior I would continue to comment undeterred.  This of course leads to further outrage on the part of these people who I have come to refer to as "the usual suspects".  All that said I'm sure there are those who might cite similar circumstances coming from the other end of the spectrum.

As I am not exactly trusting of the MSM I often read and comment at alternative sites.  One of my favorites for quite some time has been  For the longest time the comment section has been an anything goes, rhetorical equivalent of the wild wild west.  ZH has a reputation for both perspective one didn't find on the MSM with a definite pro-capitalist / anti-bankster bent.  There had always been  tinges of anti-Americanism present but these comments were most often countered by those who refused to except that either party or any particular politician was representative of what America really means.

Sadly all that has changed.  Over the last year or so the reporting  has become dominated by a markedly anti-Semitic, hate America, pro all things Russia and Putin attitude.  With the growing tensions in Ukraine, particularly with recent shooting down of flight MH-17, and Israel's undertaking to counter Hamas' constant rocket barrages it has reached the point any commenter who takes on a contrary position comes under vicious attack.  Attacks even more profane and hateful than anything I have encountered from the vilest of the left wing sites.

I can only imagine that this image would
make the heads of  the censors at
Zerohedge explode.
As I stated the last two days events have brought things to an ugly and naked head.  Firstly Israel's launching of ground operations brought forth a stream of anti-Semitic comments and attacks against anyone who dared support Israel or question Hamas' tactics that one would fully expect to see on an Aryan Nation or KKK website.  Then, also yesterday, a story was posted outlining and openly questioning the Ukrainian perspective on the crash.  The story ended with an editorialization that "the whole thing smells fishy".  This was followed today with a story from the Russian perspective that consisted of little more than a series of direct quotes from various Russian news feeds and government agencies (as if there is any real difference).  The story again ended with an editorialization, but this time it was a rather disingenuous remark to the effect that in the end it was going to come down to which side propaganda was most effective.   My position on the fighting in Ukraine is well know, on ZH and elsewhere and it has nothing to do with Obama or Putin but history. I posted a quick and sarcastic comment that "It's official, ZH is now an outlet for RT, (Russia Times, the Kremlins cable news and internet feed site), because we all know Russia would never lie".

Within 3 minutes, (yes that fast) not only was my comment heavily downvoted, 14 to 3 the last I could see, (only logged in users can see vote counts at ZH) but my account was blocked.  I guess I was surprised at first by this but maybe I shouldn't be.  I can only speculate that this comment, combined with other remarks questioning if the (pro-Putin) commenter was comfortable in their cubicle at Lubyanka (KGB headquarters and prison in the heart of Moscow) was striking too close to home for TPTB at ZH to take anymore. 

Apparently ZH has no sense of irony.  The donations page lists three reason to donate:

1  to liberate oppressed knowledge.
2  to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint.
3  to facilitate information's unending quest for freedom.

I'd say shame on them, but I doubt they have the integrity to care that their actions prove my point.  The 21st century will be remembered for the death of reason, civility, rational behavior and indeed moral conscience.

Is This All Planed Chaos?

So far I cant figure out if this mess is spinning out of control or going precisely according to some sinister plan.  I guess it's just too bad for the Obama administration that when the government releases a $50 million contract it has to be made public.  Well thankfully at least the Baptist Church has a sense of shame because Obama's bureaucrats sure as hell don't.  Did they really think that signing a $50 million contract with Baptist Child and Family Services was going to go unnoticed?

The $50 million was intended for BCFS to take over an existing midlevel resort in Weslaco Texas and use it to house upwards of 600 juvenile illegal aliens.  Check it out for yourself.  Certainly not the Hilton at Miami Beach but I'd bet that there a tens of millions of American families who wish they could afford a weeks stay. 

Nice digs if you can afford it!
Seems the negative reaction from the Baptist Church's own congregations was so swift that BCFS was forced to withdraw from the contract within a matter of hours. Don't think for a moment that this will be the end of this obscene idea.  You can bet that HHS is casting about right now to find another entity to take this contract that doesn't have a constituency that will object.  Hell seeing how this administration operates they could very well just invent one!

Do these arrogant fools think people can't do the simple math that proves just how outrageous this plan is? 50,000,000 / 600 = $83,333.33 per illegal resident! Somehow I don't see this administration even considering using this kind of money to actually facilitate deporting these hoards back to from where they came.  Imagine if you will ICE chartering airliners to take them home.  Think  of it as Con-Air for illegals.  At an estimated $10,000 and 200 passengers a flight that $50 million would pay for a MILLION deportations!  

Even if the $10,000 per flight is inaccurate by half 
Rum & Cokes and cold Cerveza in the Lounge!

or more this simple calculation demonstrates the absolute absurdity of the administration $3.6 billion appropriation request.  No one, absolutely no one is giving the public anything approaching an honest assessment of what is going on with this situation, not  the administration, not the bureaucrats and most certainly not the MSM.  It doesn't take a particularly over active imagination to get the feeling that we are being despicably and deeply manipulated here.

We've already discussed the serious disease infestations that have been documented among those Central American juveniles that have been picked up. Measles, Whooping cough, Pertussis, drug resistant Tuberculosis  But up 'till now nobody is talking about those illegals that have so far avoided capture.  How widely have they become dispersed into society, whare they going and what kinds infections are they carrying and what are the incubation rates for the influenza infections and the other diseases they knowing or unknowingly carrying.

Stop! We are only here to make sure  the aliens
remain healthy enough to take your job!
At some point one ore more of these diseases will reach a break out.  My Guess that it will happen in numerous locations within a very short period.  Next thing you know the public will be out in force demanding the heads of various politicians for the years of neglect that created this mess.   The government response will be twofold.  First, use the pandemic as an excuse for declaring martial law and second send in agent provactures to insight violence against the immigrant community in order to distract attention away from government culpability and use that to ratchet down even more with militarized police tactics.

Well maybe some of those 18,000 laid off Microsoft employees can sign up for police training so they can help guard Bill Gates' compound from the rest of there fellow former employees who will be screaming for his head as he reads his latest proclamation calling for even more illegal immigration.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Crisis Of Arrogance And Overreach Grows

I recently posted a piece speculating that the, for all intents and purposes, deliberate flooding of the southern border with underage illegals was going to be the president's metaphorical "A Bridge to Far".  Since then the backlash against the administration's massive spending and diversion of resources for illegals has only grown.

Just because the MSM isn't covering it doesn't mean it isn't there.  State governors and local mayors are openly telling ICE and Homeland Security  "Don't you dare dump them here".  Even citizens in towns in the bluest of blue states like Maryland, California and New York are coming out and blocking buss loads of aliens and forcing them to turn back.  A story just emerged that officers of the Border Patrol threatened to walk off the job if the Feds brought in Riot police to prevent protesters from blocking busses in Murrieta California.

The reasons are as obvious as the nose on you face and are just as I predicted they would be.  It has nothing to do with racial animus or lack of compassion. It has everything to do with TAXPAYERS being tired of seeing their schools flooded with illegals, tired of seeing their local hospital's emergency services flooded with freeloaders and in may cases seeing them closed down because they can't afford to provide free services to people here illegally and maintain all the other things hospitals need to do on a daily basis.

Juvenile Measles
These are compassionate people. They're compassionate about protecting their own children and communities from deadly diseases that have long been eradicated here.  California health officials just announced they are seeing a sharp upturn in whooping cough.  They may pretend  to be "perplexed" as to why but it does not take a genius to figure out where it's coming from.  Drug resistant TB has already been found, yet I have still not seen or heard of any quarantine centers being established to prevent its spread.

Horrible infestations of measles, scabies and lice have been found.  Were are the delouseing stations? Measles has an incubation period of  10 to 12 days.  Where are the quarantine wards?  Parasitic scabies takes weeks to treat.  Navy health official have confirmed they are struggling to contain out breaks of pneumonia and swine flu at a base in Southern California among illegals brought in for processing. Last time I checked it was the Navy's job to combat the enemy not combat contagious disease. Were is the Surgeon General in all this?  So far not a word from the Admiral's office has been heard.  Meanwhile our government is simply putting possibly infected and contagious people on public transportation and shipping them around the country.  No identification?  No problem! Just sign a worthless "Promise to appear" ticket and you're free to travel anywhere in the country on the taxpayers dime!   I for one know that I won't be flying anywhere anytime soon.  What rational person would want to take the risk of exposure to god knows what?

Contract Healthcare workers that have been brought in to help are now being threatened with arrest if they dare speak out and reveal the extent of the problems or the diseases they are encountering.   Just how does that serve the public interest?  How could that do anything but undermine any public confidence in government?

Unless dramatic and drastic measures are taken these diseases and lord only knows what others, will make it into the schools and general population where over crowding and poor sanitation will only speed up the spread.  If you have kids in school prepare yourself to start receiving letters that say "Your child may have been exposed to measles, or TB or whooping cough or scabies or lice or swine flu. (At this point it's take you pick).  Please consult your health care professional to make sure your vaccinations are up to date or if any such symptoms appear." 

At some point someone or their child is going to get infected and either be horribly scared or die and then there is going to be a run on pitchforks and torches at the local hardware store.  I can only pray that they get turned against the politicians responsible and it does not turn into a race riot.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Of Little Note but Great Concern.

The stories might be confined to the back pages of most media outlets but it should be noted that the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is one of  if not the largest on record.

We can most certainly bet that there is some sick individual somewhere trying to figure out how to plant this infection somewhere in the US.  Either among the current flood of aliens who's rapid dispersement  into the general population is currently being facilitated by our own government or into some or several urban poverty centers where its spread would be exacerbated by already poor infrastructure and general health conditions.

Left vs. Right. The False Paradigm.

It has been my experience, having spent some time posting on both left leaning and right leaning comment boards, that in terms of methodology and tactics of the two sides have more in common than in difference.

There are goodly percentages on both sides that are ideologically hidebound to both party affiliation and visceral hatred of any and all who they perceive as or have been told by leadership is the "enemy".

That said I find the leftists to be far quicker to leap to generalizations, name calling and outright viciousness when it comes to responding to any content they don't agree with..  Present them with hard facts and reference historical source materials and the reactions can grow to bordering on violence.  Whatever the reaction don't ever expect them to respond with a logicly constructed counter argument.  It happens but not very often.  Engaging in open, honest debate is the last thing they want to do.  When they can't counter an argument they resort to  distraction, accusations , name calling and vilification.

Again there are elements on both sides of the aisle that are guilty of this.  Both parties suffer from a form of atrophy..  The Democrats have not had a new movement, new idea or direction come forth since the hard left took control of the part in 1972 with the nomination of George McGovern. The Republican elites reestablished control after the Regan presidency with George H. W. Bush and has fought tooth and nail to retain it ever since.  They fear and loath the emergence of the so called "Tea Party" as much or more than the democrats do.

And no this is NOT an endorsement of the Tea Party on my part.  They are as na├»vely wedded to economic free trade policy as any  capital R republican or capital D democrat establishment type. Both parties are deeply dependent upon the financial elitists and imperialists that have pushed this false notion since before the American Revolution.  These forces don't really care which party claims "control" of the government just as long as it is their agents that maintain control over economic policy.

Anyone who doubts this need only look at the pedigree of those who have held the post of Secretary of the Treasury over the last decades.  The names of Goldman Sachs, J. P. Morgan etc. come up over and over again regardless of that party occupying the White House or in control of Congress.  They are not there to serve the best interest of the party or the administration or the American people.  They are there to maintain policy continuity and control by the financial elites.

They happily set one side against the other, encouraging and financing the most vicious behavior for the singular purpose of keeping the general populace distracted from their continued accumulation of wealth and power.

The Tea Party may be right when calling for the return to founding principles but they will be destined to failure unless and until they also call for the destruction on the power of the financial elites and the return to sound asset based monetary policy.  Something that believe it are not, there are elements within the traditional old school Democrats, would agree with. 

Getting past the ideological horse blinders and conditioned hatred is and will remain a most difficult obstacle for both sides to overcome.  And that is just the way the financial gods of Wall Street and the City of London want it.

In spite of their long standing animosity both Jefferson and Hamilton were right when it came to the need for an open an honest American financial system.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The False Cry Of Genocide.

With the dubious cease fire in Ukraine having been abandoned (by both sides) the Ukrainian national forces are making good on their promise to either drive out the armed separatists or force them into submission.  There success in Slavyansk has the separatist screaming genocide and begging Putin to intervene.
Ukrainian troops in Slavyansk.
Well one man's "genocide" is another man's "collateral damage".  Russians crying about genocide in Ukraine is the stupidest irony I have heard yet.  Seems the Ukrainians have neither forgotten nor forgiven the Holdomor.  And why should they?  It should be shoved in the Russian's face every day.  If Putin wants to be the new Lenin and make Russia the new USSR let him, but let him do it in Russia and leave the rest of the world alone.   

And no my position has nothing to do with Obama's foolish international policy or international gamesmanship or Israel or anything or anyone else.  It has to do with history and that most basic of human desires to be free.  To be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness in whatever way suits their desires and talents.  Free to do so without restraining the liberty of others or having their liberty similarly restrained by others from their own nation or government or by outside forces.  

Virtually every people that live in lands bordering Russia, from the Arctic Ocean to the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea and across central Asia have dreamed, fought, struggled and died to be free of the yoke of Russian imperialism, be it in the form of Czars, commissars or now Putin's neo-fascist bureaucracy and shock troops.  They just want to be free and left the hell alone.  Their attitude is if the ethnic Russians who live in their now free nations want to be Russian nationals again, let them pack their things and go to Russia.  Their being used as political cudgels against the former Russian vassal states is no different than Hitler's tactics against Czechoslovakia and Poland in the 1930's.
Does this mean that the Ukrainian people, their government or their military forces are free of human failures and weakness?  Of course not, war is a terrible thing and imperfect people do terrible inhuman things to each other.  But that does not raise the artillery shelling on one small city in eastern Ukraine to the level of genocide any more than the destruction of the German Army Group B in the Falaise pocket or the carpet bombing of German industrial centers in the Rhur valley were acts of genocide.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Obama's "A Bridge To Far"

In the fall of 1944 Allied military commanders in Europe had become quite impressed with themselves given the rapidity with which they had pushed the Wehrmacht back to the French frontiers and into Belgium.  This led the British commander, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, to propose a daring airborne assault into the Netherlands and across the Rhine river that would open the plains of Northern Germany to the Allied armies and possible end the war in Europe by Christmas of 1944.  This became know as "Operation Market Garden", and Hollywood later depicted it as "A Bridge To Far". 

The paratroops drop in.

The operation was a costly disaster.  British and American Airborne units found themselves dropped right into the face of marshaling German armor and mounted infantry units and were unable to long secure their objectives once the Germans counter attacked.  The follow on ground units also faced heavy and determined resistance and were unable to move forward to relieve the beleaguered airborne units.  The airborne units then had to undertake a fighting withdrawal back to allied lines and suffered heavy losses. 

The "Bridge To Far" and the city of Nijmeran are destroyed.

This terrible failure, brought about by the combination of overconfidence and hubris forced the allies to delay their plans for the push into Germany until the spring.  Except the Germans were not going to wait on the allies and used the delay to organize and launch what became known as the "Battle of the Bulge" that nearly reversed the allied gains and if it had succeeded could have pushed the allies back into France.

The Dutch citizen bury the dead Allied troops..
Such may be metaphor for the Obama administration's operations to flood the entire country with under aged and disease ridden children from Central America.  The administration has achieved what it sees as victory after victory and faced little more than token verbal resistance from the public and empty blustering from an all but spineless and impotent Congress. 

  • Black Panther voter intimidation.  Bluster and words from Congress followed by no action whatsoever.  Political repercussions, zero and the media pushes it down the memory whole.
  • Fast and Furious gun running operations to dangerous criminal cartels in Mexico.  Two American Border Patrol Agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens killed with those very weapons.  Bluster and words from Congress followed by no action whatsoever.  Political repercussions, zero and the media pushes it down the memory whole.
  • Internet spying into the Constitutionally protected research files of the Associated Press and other news media outlets.  Bluster and words from Congress followed by no action whatsoever.  Political repercussions, zero and the media pushes it down the memory whole.
  • NSA spying on virtually everything. Ditto, ditto and ditto.
  • IRS political targeting of opposition groups. Ditto, ditto and ditto.

With each new event the administration cements the pattern of reaction to public and Congressional opposition as "Dude, that's so two years ago, so what difference does it really make."

Citizens standing up to the BLM.
But then we had a sea change of sorts that has forced the media to report, even if somewhat dishonestly, public reaction to government lawlessness.  First we had the Bundy Ranch events where hundreds of people turned out to oppose the BLM's use of post-facto law to try and drive Clive Bundy of land that he and his family had been using for generations.  The specter of an armed confrontation between BLM thugs and citizens standing in defense of Mr. Bundy's rights caused the government to retreat for the moment and resort to their fall back tactic of using the compliant news media as its spear point in attacking Bundy personally as a deranged individual and a racist.

It must be admitted that this is an effective tactic, especially when the weight of media and government can be focused on a single individual and/or event in a remote and isolated location.

Protestors block ICE's attempt
 to buss and dump illegals.
But now we have the debacle of the administration essentially opening our southern border to any and all comers.  There is now growing evidence that this flood of Central American children has been planned and instrumented by the administration.  The usual leftist meme of "We must protect the children." isn't working as hundreds of citizen are turning out in various locations where ICE and Home Land Security are attempting to buss in and dump hundreds of these illegals. 

This has potentially created a big problem for the administration and their media lackeys.  They don't have a single event, location or person upon which they can focus their pressure on.  Additionally it becomes harder and harder for the media to ignore hundreds of people gathering in numerous very visible and public locations especially when these protests are occurring in very "Blue" states like New York and California.  Yes the administration and the media will try to portray this reaction as a manifestation of racism and so-called "white privilege" but without any single individual or event to target this becomes a much more tenuous position. 

Portraying as racist honest soccer moms and hard working taxpayers, who are only trying to protect their own children from disease and their communities from further degradation, many of whom who probably voted for Obama once if not twice, is a dangerous tactic.  If any of these protests turn
violent especially in a Blue state, the public's alienation from and resentment of government will only grow, especially as the 2014 election approaches.  (It's interesting to note that they are not attempting to dump any of these bus loads in states with close Senatorial races.) 

Contagious disease and crowded conditions.
A recipe for death and disaster.
Making it worse for themselves Homeland security is both blocking duly elected public officials including Congressmen from viewing the facilities and conditions where these illegals are being held and they are threatening the medical personal treating them with arrest if they dare to  reveal or talk about the diseases that are running rampant and no doubt getting worse under such crowded conditions.  Measles, scabies and TB have already been documented.
The administration faces the further problem that if they are forced to back down in the face of mass public gatherings in protest of their actions, then the tactic will become more prevalent, frequently used and cemented in the minds of the opposition as an effective tool in fighting government tyranny.

The question then become one of when and how, and just how willing, will the fascists in DC be to turning loose their jack booted and militarized SS police thugs on an already defiant and angry public.  Just how are they going to portray the suburban house wife and her office working husband as "domestic terrorists"?