"President Obama today named veteran Democratic political operative and former White House staffer Ron Klain to take over the federal response to Ebola.…
“He knows as much as you do about Ebola."
…"a Reuters/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1,577 Americans 18 or older online, found nearly 80 percent were concerned about the Ebola outbreak. Asked which precautions they were taking in light of the Ebola epidemic, almost half of respondents said they were avoiding international air travel."
I had three long-walk errands on my list, all in different directions, and got one done before the rain started. Now it’s raining pretty hard and the forecast looks, well, wet. I’m thinking I may have to wear these socks for another day.
Also, making lunch, I scorched the soup. Do you know how difficult that is?
"A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday was set to examine what actions federal health officials are taking — and should be taking…"
[Emphasis mine.]I mean, seriously, if you thought you were coming down with Ebola (by the way, you’re not) would you call a congress critter? I know, one of them’s an eye doctor, but still. If you thought your were coming down with Ebola, would you call your eye doctor?
And you wouldn’t call USA Today either, right? Or the New York Daily news. The Daily News, while we’re on that track, today published the single most misleading news graphic I’ve ever seen—it’s here—and that’s saying something.
Whew. I feel better now. I’m going to arrange a flu shot.
"Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas was one of the first lawmakers to call on the Obama administration to appoint a czar to help coordinate the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis in Africa, along with a cluster of cases at home.
"The problem? Almost five years earlier to the day, Moran introduced legislation urging Obama to cease the practice of appointing czars."
…is how many of the small-government-with-limited-powers (and keep-them-off-our-backs) crowd are now screaming for the Feds to DO SOMETHING.
Don’t worry, it won’t last.
"If you are worried about contracting Ebola, I have two suggestions. First, stop. Second, get a flu shot."
"More than two months after the U.S. first launched airstrikes against the Islamic State, the military mission has a name: ‘Inherent Resolve.’
"A senior military source confirmed to Fox News that ‘Inherent Resolve’ officially has been chosen as the title of the operation.…
"Why the mission was not named until now is unclear."
“…and 'how the [Obama] Administration, the private sector, philanthropists, the research community, and storytellers can further these goals.'"
(Storytellers? Nice touch.)
"We have an essay in The New Republic titled Obama, Not Bush, Is the Master of Unilateral War. It argues that President Obama, ironically in light of his own lofty rhetoric about lodging war decisions with ‘the people’s representatives’ in Congress, has through his practices created new precedents that push outward the boundaries of unilateral presidential powers to initiate military conflict."
"In the same way that indulgent posturing on social media became an unrelenting fad, soon in the tradition of Hegel’s dialectic, an offsetting rush for anonymity could be in vogue."
"Comic Sans has been given a classy new look in this public domain typeface, Comic Neue by Craig Rozynski. You can download it for free here: www.comicneue.com. For our friend Michael Cloran, this is a happy day. ‘It’s casual. It’s free. And nobody will reflexively make fun of you for using it.’ "
"Even when he was forced not to wear it, doctors stated: 'the patient exhibited a notable, nearly involuntary movement of the right hand up to his temple area and tapping it with his forefinger.'"
…just how typical this Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is.
"National Nurses United, citing unidentified nurses, said staff treated Duncan for days without the correct protective gear, that hazardous waste was allowed to pile up to the ceiling and safety protocols constantly changed."
My guess is, more typical than anybody wants to think.
"The new study was funded by the California Grapefruit Growers Cooperative, but researchers said that had no bearing on the results."
"'NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It's not like we suddenly woke up and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'' Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. 'Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.'"
"It’s a type of story that would fit comfortably under a headline like ‘Spy Agency Spies on People in Fashion that Does Not Violate Law’ or ‘NSA Does Exactly What You Would Imagine.’ Eventually this gets old—even for a press hyperventilating for tiny crums of the Snowden story. Eventually, apparently, is now."
Ooops, sorry. I was just listened to CNN’s radio feed for about five minutes and I’m a little overwrought. (Also I heard a Home Depot commercial advertising security systems—think about that for a minute.) Whew. Scary stuff.
For the record, we are in favor of canceling all flights going to and coming back from Texas.
"Festival folks planned to make and sell about 2,400 pints of apple butter, including about 1,300 pints prepared a couple weeks ago.
"‘Where else are you going to see actual apple butter being made right [in] a copper kettle like that over an open fire,’ asked Jeremy McCoy of Perrysburg."
There are fests all over this time of year. This one sounds pretty tasty.
"Jay Cutler makes no mistakes, leads Bears to huge victory"
…but, under the circumstances, it’ll do.
(Also, with the Bears just about any victory is “huge,” so there’s that.)
"It was 'The Judge' that disappointed this weekend as the star power of Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. could only muster $13.4 million."
…avoided work for a couple of matinee hours yesterday by watching The Judge at the local movie emporium and thought it was pretty good, even though it does [WARNING] involve some kissing and, as a story set in Indiana but filmed in a Western Massachusetts hill town, inspires a little visual vertigo from time to time.
"The Religious Crimes Code passed by Congress formally denied Indians First Amendment protections for 'freedom of religion.' The effect of this law was to drive Indian religious ceremonies such as the Ghost dance and the Sun dance, 'underground' - far from the prying eyes of white Indian agents. This odious piece of legislation was not repealed until the 1970s."
[Emphasis mine. The 1970s law was passed during the Carter administration.]
I came across this in a book I’ve been reading (more about which later); the dances mentioned were considered blasphemous and (of course) indecent.
(I’m old enough to remember people of my grandparents’s and even parents’s generation who considered any kind of dancing indecent. Even a few of my own generation, but I like to think they were only kidding and have got over it by now.)
"Second State bartenders will chip off the eight corners for a more spherical shape that sits in the glass like an iceberg."
In other football news, the Rimrock Raiders lost last Friday’s non-conference game against Wilder, 63-8. Hang in there, Raiders. The season’s not over yet.