Thursday, October 16, 2014

…And There's This Sense Of Panic Because We Don't Yet Know The Scale Of The Disaster Of This Imported Chaos

For six years now, the duplicitous press poodles of the media have aided and abetted The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer in a fashion they hoped would camouflage his ineptness.  Their arrogance has cleared the way for their messiah to risk an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in America for his own ambitions.

Susan Rice is unequivocally unqualified to serve as National Security Advisor.  Evidence of which is demonstrated by her comments on last Sunday’s Meet The Press when she pointed a finger at other countries for the spread of Ebola: 
“No, they haven't done enough. And we are pushing very hard for everybody to do more. This is going to take all hands on deck, because the goal has to be to contain this epidemic in the three countries that we've seen in West Africa to try to prevent its spread and to provide the appropriate care to those that need it.”
And now we’re discovering that CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, isn’t qualified to take your temperature.

Representatives from the CDC and the Obama Administration were notably absent from a Dallas city press conference early Wednesday morning.  The presser included remarks from Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources Clusterfuck Central who called Ebola “an unprecedented crisis” and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings declaring that, “It may get worse before it gets better but it will get better.”

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The Dow tanked more than 400 points in midday trading Wednesday after news that a second Dallas health-care worker had contracted the deadly Ebola virus and flew on a commercial airline and the fear that more cases were now likely.

What is most galling for this observer is congressional testimony offered on September 16, 2014 by Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) representative, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who brazenly demurred that sequester-related cuts, which amounted to $1.55 billion in 2013 "eroded our ability to respond in the way that I and my colleagues would like to see us be able to respond to these emerging threats. And in my institute particularly, that’s responsible for responding on the dime to an emerging infectious disease threat, this is particularly damaging.”  His assertion proved to be patently absurd.

The UK’s Daily Mail provides an infuriating list of “highly unusual research that redirected precious funds from more conventional public health projects” like producing an Ebola vaccine in time to combat this year's epidemic:
  • The NIH budget included $2.4 million for a new condom design whose inventor is now being investigated for fraud
  • Another $939,000 taught scientists that male fruit flies prefer younger females
  • $257,000 went to create a companion website for first lady Michelle Obama's White House garden
  • It cost $592,000 to determine that chimpanzees with the best poop-flinging skills are also the best communicators, and another $117,000 to learn that most chimps are right-handed
Ebola is not a new phenomenon.  It first appeared in 1976 in South Sudan.  The second outbreak occurred in 1995 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   The next major outbreak hit Uganda in 2000.  The DRC was stricken with yet another outbreak in 2007 and again in 2012.  In March of 2014, the World Health Organization reported a major outbreak in Guinea.  The deadly infection has metastasized enveloping Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Ebola is lethal.  Unfortunately, the seriousness of the disease has been profoundly mishandled.

Edward-Isaac Dovere at Politico (I refuse to provide a link) offers his conjecture that The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer called a cabinet meeting yesterday to discuss the government’s response to the outbreak scrapping fundraisers in New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid “the risk of embarrassing juxtapositions of dying health care workers while out campaigning.”  According to reports later that day, we learned that today’s events in Rhode Island and NYC have also been canceled.

I’ll close my rant with the remarkably satisfying carving up of this president by The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl:
Team Obama is in full panic mode—but only for political reasons.  Although the president flew to a fundraiser in Colorado on Sept. 12, 2012—just hours after four Americans were slaughtered by terrorists—Mr. Obama on Wednesday suddenly canceled plans to attend two fundraisers.  He hastily scheduled a meeting on Ebola. 
That move followed another on Saturday, when The First Golfer, already in his limo preparing for yet another round of golf, delayed his outing so he could take a phone call from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  The move was pure politics:  He couldn't very well take that call on the way to the course, and by staying at the White House; he was able to call in the photographers, who moved photos of him "working." 
Ebola is now Mr. Obama's Katrina.  But where President George W. Bush was trying to mobilize thousands of rescue workers and tons of supplies for a surprisingly damaging hurricane, Mr. Obama could have prevented the arrival of a catastrophic illness that had been stomping across Africa for months.  With three words: "No one in." 
During August, when Ebola was emerging as a worldwide threat, Mr. Obama was playing golf daily on Martha's Vineyard.  He did not direct his top advisers and Cabinet secretaries to leap into emergency mode.  No Drama Obama made it all sound like everything was peachy (while throwing salt in the wound that was Ferguson, Missouri). 
But with an election just three weeks away, the president is suddenly engaged. Every day brings more announcements of blue-ribbon meetings on Ebola, more pictures of him hard at work solving the world's problems (no reporters, so no questions).  There was even sudden talk of him going to Dallas to make it all OK. 
The White House has repeatedly used one word to describe the administration's response to the Ebola crisis: "Tenacious." 
The real word that applies though is "mendacious." Or "fallacious." Any other claim is audacious.

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