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Odd & Sods: Hump Day Roundup Edition

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This post is not about hunchbacks, weed killing, or humping. Sorry to disappoint you. I haven’t written one of these omnibus posts in ages and just felt like doing so. I am an arbitrary and capricious motherfucker sometimes. I may even make it a habit on Wednesdays, butdon’t want it to become a vice, which would make this whole exercise eerily like the title of a Doobie Brothers album, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. I obviously spend way too much time researching old album covers…

Now that I’ve thoroughly confused you, on with the show this is it:

Shorter Bill-O: CDC honcho should resign because he won’t come on my stupid awesome teevee show. Doesn’t Dr. Frieden know that we live in a Bill-O centric universe and that everything revolves around him? Bow down to Bill-O and kiss his mystic butthole.

Downstairs Willard: Anyone else remember the character of Upstairs John on NYPD Blue? He’s got bupkis to do with this segment. It’s called a teaser in the trade. Feel free to call me a prick. Now where was I? Oh, yeah, this:

In an evolution from his stiff, buttoned-up demeanor that was often lampooned during his previous White House runs, Romney dished in the interview on his favorite television show, his grandchildren and even a leg massage.

On “Downton Abbey”: “I think the show was most enjoyable in the first season. Then when Matthew (Crawley) went off to war, it was a bit of a departure for a few seasons,” Romney said, straight-faced. “I actually like the downstairs part more than the upstairs part, even though I think Mary (Crawley) is an absolutely delightful character and I love watching her.”

I think Willard Mittbot Romney likes the downstairs part better for voyeuristic reasons. He enjoys seeing how  his inferiors (aka the 47%) lived in Woody Old England. Now that I think of it, he probably identifies with the stiff and pompous Mr. Bates except for the whole accused murderer thing. Willard would have outsourced that to Bangladesh.

It’s reassuring that the Mittbot still feels the need to prove that he’s a human being, gosh darn it. I wonder if he likes Upstairs Mary because she’s an arrogant and haughty hottie, which is probably how he sees Ann. It’s probably a good thing that Willard is a generation removed from seeking out Mary as a sister wife like dear old grandad might have. This is what comes from my binge watching Big Love this summer…

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Ebola Hysteria Is More Contagious Than Ebola

The latest outbreak of Ebola hysteria is in Baton Rouge:

State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is seeking a temporary restraining order to block the disposal of incinerated waste from the Dallas Ebola victim’s personal items and belongings at a Louisiana landfill.

It has been reported that six truckloads of potential Ebola contaminated material collected from the apartment where the Dallas Ebola victim became ill were brought to Port Arthur, Texas on Friday to be processed at the Veolia Environmental Services incinerator. From there the incinerated material is slated to be transported to a hazardous waste landfill in Louisiana for final disposal.

Caldwell said the unknowns involved surrounding the Ebola virus have the state wanting to proceed with caution.

“We certainly share sadness and compassion for those who have lost their lives and loved ones to this terrible virus, but the health and safety of our Louisiana citizens is our top priority,” he said. “There are too many unknowns at this point, and it is absurd to transport potentially hazardous Ebola waste across state lines.This situation is certainly unprecedented and we want to approach it with the utmost caution. We just can’t afford to take any risks when it comes to this deadly virus.”

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office said it is in the process of finalizing the application for temporary restraining order and expects it to be filed as early as Monday morning. Additionally, the office is sending a demand letter to Texas state and federal officials, along with private contractors involved seeking additional information into the handling of this waste. Caldwell’s office is in contact with Louisiana health and environmental agencies involved in the matter.

This is rich considering that these incinerated items are headed to a HAZARDOUS LANDFILL in a state loaded with petro-chemical plants. Not only that, but we import medical waste to our HAZARDOUS LANDFILLS. There’s no indication that this shit is more dangerous than the shit that’s already been dumped in our HAZARDOUS LANDFILLS.

Like everything else involving politicians this is about politics as opposed to a sudden fastidiousness about toxic waste or a concern about public health. Caldwell is a party switcher who blew with the wind into the Republican party *after* the election of a black President. Strictly coincidental, right? He’s from what I call the real south region of Louisiana, pandering to the GOP base is always more important than being a responsible public servant.

It’s depressing how much of the Ebola hysteria is recycled from the AIDS hysteria of the 1980’s. Just change “gay disease” to “African disease” and the reaction on the right and, more shamefully, in the MSM is identical. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

A friend of mine provided her snarky take on this malakatude on Twitter this morning, so I’ll give her the last word:

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Malakas Of The Week: Ebola Scaremongers

I may come off as a deeply cynical person and to some extent I am. BUT I also try  to think the best of people and hope that they’ll eventually do the right thing. It’s getting harder and harder to believe that given the fact that an entire political party and its cable news mouthpiece have gone stark, raving mad. The GOP response to Ebola is one of the worst things I’ve seen in my lifetime and that is why Ebola scaremongers are the malakas of the week.

Where do I begin? The same people who believed Bush and Chaney that Iraq had WMDs are convinced that President Obama and the evil “liberal virologists” are lying about how Ebola is transmitted. People like Mike Huckabee and Rushbo don’t explain why they’d do such a thing, they just scream: BENGHAZI; IRS;  BEGHAZI;  FAST & FURIOUS; OBAMACARE; SECRET SERVICE; BENGHAZI.  (I nearly used an exclamation point, which shows you how bad things are.) All they know how to do is mash down on hot buttons and never let up. This involves public health and people in public life should be calming folks down, not lighting their hair on fire. I know that’s too much to hope for from the arsonists on the right.

The right’s anti-science agenda is coming home to roost. They’ve spent years promulgating crazy notions about vaccines, evolution, climate change and on and on and on. They seem to be incapable of accepting *any* medical or scientific facts whatsoever. They mutter darkly about liberal scientists. Here’s the deal. I’m married to a scientist and have spent a lot of time around PHDs and MDs over the last 25 years. Scientists *used* to be largely apolitical and only became “liberals” because of right wing attacks on research funding and the scientific method.

There are still quite a few conservative physicians but they tend to be older, white males. Sound familiar? In fact, there’s a doctor who’s waving the banner for malakatude:

A doctor in Atlanta who dressed up in a containment suit that said “CDC Is Lying!” on the back got write-ups in conservative conspiracy havens like The Blaze and World Net Daily (as well as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” the doctor, Gil Mobley, said. “That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”

Dr. Mobley Dick should STFU, read some Ayn Rand and go Galt so he won’t cause any more harm. I understand he’s a libertarian and an advocate for medical marijuana so he should roll a big fat doobie and smoke his brains out. If the weed is strong enough, he’ll forget his crack pot theory for awhile and leave the rest of us alone.

The news that Thomas Eric Duncan has died will only inflame the wingnut malakas,so all we can do is batten down the hatches and hope that someone on the right will denounce these idiots. I am not holding my breath. The Republican base is throwing a collective tantrum and holding their breaths until they turn blue. They should be put in the corner for an epic time-out but I have no illusions that it will work. Their brains (if you want to call them that) are highly susceptible to conspiracy theories and the spectre of a deadly virus only whips them up into a fever.

There are times when I wish we could quarantine certain wingnuts but we can’t. All we can do is call a malaka a malaka. And that is why Ebola scaremongers are the malakas of the week.

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