Ebolaphobia Grips an Uninformed Nation


Ebola is on the loose. Quick! Get the Surgeon General on it!  (Whoops! the GOP has filibustered his appointment!)

Ebola is on the loose. Quick! Get the Surgeon General on it!
(Whoops! the GOP has filibustered his appointment!)

One patient dead in USA: Ebola panic completely grips the Blogosphere. But there’s a far more important and less talked-about issue that’s getting short shrift.


“It’s An Object of Gallows Humor for the Staff”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo

TPM Reader JM on Rick Scott, hospital preparedness and the “Ebola cart” …

but here’s the nut of it: Continue reading

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Fear is What We Need to Fear Most


The latest news suggests that the two health care workers who have been infected with ebola oughtn’t be a great surprise:

Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient
Dianna Hunt / Dallas Morning News

Health care workers treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a hospital isolation unit didn’t wear protective hazardous-material suits for two days until tests confirmed the Liberian man had Ebola …

Well, I guess protocols WEREN’T followed, all the Faux Nooz snarking and fearmongering and attacks on the head of the CDC notwithstanding. Facts banish nameless fears, unless, of course, you’re watching Faux Nooz. Continue reading


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Important Announcement

Take a look at Memeorandum today, and consider how hot the water has gotten for us wee frogs.

Insane Gift Giving

Having grown up in the house of a dangerous lunatic, I have developed a great respect for the danger of lunatics (even publicly-seeming-pleasant ones) and, therefore, there will be no blog today.

Please excuse little Hart from today’s news cycle, as he is too well to attend.



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Politicizing Ebola

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I haven’t really wanted to write all weekend, as the festival of the brain-dead has gone into full-on panic and thence into political advantage mode over ONE case of ebola, and now, one nurse infected while treating said case. CDC says protocols were breached. GOPs say somehow it’s Obama’s fault, and even if it isn’t maybe they can hang ebola on him ANYway.

CDC director: Second case of Ebola in US result of ‘breach of protocol’
Fox News

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a “breach of protocol” caused a health care worker at a Dallas hospital to contract Ebola. The health care worker, a female nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, had “extensive contact” on multiple occasions with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., who died last week, Dr. Tom Frieden said in a press conference Sunday.

The health care worker’s case is the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.  Frieden said the CDC is evaluating other health care workers who may have had the same breach of protocol as the nurse….

Containing the USUAL “The Associated Press contributed to this report” tag at the end, to cover for Faux Nooz’s rewriting of AP stories to make them “hotter.”

Right, and ‘Gateway Pundit’s pundette parses this puke from her puerile pudenda: Continue reading

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Mister Peepers Strikes Agin!


Nigel Jaquiss, Portland’s Peeper Extraordinaire

Nigel Jaquiss, the untrained “journalist” who wins Pulitzers for peeping into the bedrooms of political figures in Oregon strikes agin!

Oregon First Lady: My sham marriage
Kendall Breitman / Politico

—  Oregon Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, admitted on Thursday to entering into an illegal marriage in 1997, calling it a “serious mistake.”  —  “It was wrong then and it is wrong now and I am here today to accept the consequences, some of which will be life changing…

Awww. Nigel must be wanking furiously at this.

I’ve been covering the “uncoverer of sex lives” for a few years now. Continue reading


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Palin Comparison, Lockup Edition


The Wasilla Hillbillies are in the news again:

READ: Anchorage Police Release Report For Palin Family Brawl
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo

—  Police in Anchorage, Alaska announced on Thursday there are no plans to press charges over the brawl that reportedly involved several members of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s family….

Oh, those lovable goofballs from Alaska, getting into drunken brawls and lecturing everyone else in America about morality.

Why, that teenage unwed mother herself, Bristol, when not giving out advice on how to hold an aspirin between one’s knees to keep from foaling bastards, likes to punch homeowners in the mouth!

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The October Surprise with a Side of Fries

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”– H.L. Mencken

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Ah yes. “Scandals” aplenty in the desperate attempt to deflect attention from the worst congress in US history. “Judicial Watch” claims that FOUR ISIS TERRORISTS have been arrested in Texas, while the right-wing press crows and no one else can find evidence of this “fact” from the insanely partisan (created for the Clinton Impeachment) Judicial Watch. Oh, and this:

Aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal
By Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura
October 8 at 11:40 PM
Washington Post

As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved….


But, as we read, the “scandal” seems to vanish in a puff of partisan and Secret Service sour grapes: Continue reading


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Waiting for the Clown Car

waiting for their clown car


Republicans brace for 2016 free-for-all

—  The message from Republican officials has been crystal clear for two years: The 2016 Republican primary cannot be another prolonged pummeling of the eventual nominee.  Only one person ultimately benefited from that last time — Barack Obama — and Republicans know they can’t afford to send a hobbled nominee up against Hillary Clinton…

Politico notes:  Continue reading


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Nothing ‘tacit’ about this victory

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United States Supreme Court building, Public Domain

This is a good Omen for the First Monday in October:

Supreme Court Hands Gay Marriage a Tacit Victory
Adam Liptak / New York Times

WASHINGTON — In a move that may signal the inevitability of a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing such unions in five states.  —  The development, a major surprise …

And this outcome: Continue reading


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The Matter With Kansas

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They even pulled old Bob Dole out of mothballs to try to save Pat Roberts

What’s the matter with Kansas? Seems that they are sick of out of touch, out of state, out to lunch representation:

Kansas Surprise: Orman Leads Roberts by 10 in NBC/Marist Poll – NBC News
NBC News

Independent candidate Greg Orman is leading incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas by 10 points, while Democrats have a slim lead in North Carolina’…

Wait a minute! The National GOPs just fired Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R, Kan.) campaign staff, brought in D.C. professionals, and lots of dark money!

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The GOP Needs to Change its Symbol to the Ostrich


Not, alas, an endangered species.

The bunkum from the Denialist Corps(e) continues:

The Walrus and the Politicians
Gail Collins / New York Times

Let’s consider the walrus crisis.  —  They’re piling up in Alaska.  About 35,000 walruses have formed what looks to be a humongous brown ball along the northern coast.  A mass of critters, some weighing 4,000 pounds, are pressed shoulder to shoulder — or flipper to flipper….

Collins then does a ’roundup’ of the various GOP politicians denying the disasters overtaking their selfsame states, from Bobby “Pander Bear” Jindal in Lousy-ana to the Alaska GOP/Teatard challenger Sullivan in full-throated bloviating I DUNNO mode. Continue reading

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Typhoid Scary and other Crazy Vectors


How NOT to write about public health
issues, courtesy of then-tyro Maureen Dowd.

I was raised in a public health atmosphere. I also wrote the first national cover story on Herpes in 1980, years before Maureen Dowd and TIME Magazine engaged in the shameless fear-mongering of their 1982 “HERPES: TODAY’S SCARLET LETTER” cover article. So this is not new ground for me. It may be for you. Therefore: hearken.

The Case for Panic
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon

Deadly, irrational, and determined, the intruder snuck across a weakened perimeter.  Eluding capture, the intruder was detained only after missteps and close calls.  The spin began soon after the threat was isolated.  Information was selectively leaked…

And that’s just the opening fun. Here’s perhaps the single most irresponsible medical paragraph I’ve read in three decades: Continue reading


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The Optics on this are DREADFUL; Fortunately it’s print

At first blush, this guy:

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going after this guy with a ferocity and tenacity usually reserved to rabid pit bulls:

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looks awful. Sorry. Optics is real, and that’s the optics.

It gets even worse when you look into who this guy

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Neil Tyson’s Final Words On His Quote Fabrications: “My bad”
Sean Davis / The Federalist

After publishing an embarrassing non-apology on Facebook last week for repeated quote fabrications, planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Facebook again earlier this week to revise and extend his remarks.  His full post can be found here….

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So Long, Farewell, Aufwiedersehen, Goodbye …

Julia Pierson

Official photo.

The “embattled” head of the Secret Service resigned today, to almost no one’s surprise:

Secret Service Chief Pierson Resigns Amid Security Gaps
By Del Quentin Wilber and Angela Greiling Keane

Embattled U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency in charge of protecting the president, resigned amid mounting criticism over a series of security lapses.  —  Pierson stepped down only 18 months …

Yes. The problems of the Secret Service have been on display for a long time now, and perhaps it is not entirely fair to blame them on the new head of the Agency, sworn in on March 27, 2013. Continue reading


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