Patterico's Pontifications


Whoa: Unmanned Rocket Explodes Seconds After Liftoff (Video)

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:12 pm

It was taking supplies to the Space Station.

Shorter Obama Ebola Presser

Filed under: General — JD @ 3:23 pm

[guest post by JD]



Military men and women are not around any Ebola patients, so they need a 21 day quarantine overseas.

Healthcare workers are doing God’s work treating Ebola patients, so they don’t need to be quarantined.

Because, SCIENCE !

I’ll have more tomorrow after my photo op of me hugging returning healthcare workers.

SCIENCE !!!!!!!!


New York Times: Doctor in NYC Was Not Symptomatic; New York Times: Doctor in NYC Was Symptomatic

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:26 am

The New York Times editorial board lectures the rubes:

Lost in this grandstanding was one essential point. The danger to the public in New York in the case of Dr. Craig Spencer, who had worked in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders, was close to nonexistent. Health experts are virtually unanimous in declaring that people infected with the virus do not become contagious until after they develop a fever or other symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or severe headaches, at which time they need to be hospitalized and taken out of circulation.

Health care workers like Dr. Spencer know that it is in their interest to ensure that — if symptoms do arise — they get care quickly to improve their chances of survival and to reduce the risk of infecting their friends and families. Dr. Spencer reported his temperature promptly when it was a low-grade fever of a 100.3 degrees and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center for isolation and treatment while his fiancée and two friends were put into voluntary isolation.

The New York Times (which is the very same paper in which the editorial board’s pompous sermonizing appears) from October 23:

Dr. Spencer, 33, had traveled on the A and L subway lines Wednesday night, visited a bowling alley in Williamsburg, and then took a taxi back to Manhattan.

. . . .

Dr. Spencer began to feel sluggish on Tuesday but did not develop a fever until Thursday morning, he told the authorities. At 11 a.m., he found that he had a 100.3-degree temperature and alerted the staff of Doctors Without Borders, according to the official.

Sluggish, you say? What are the symptoms of Ebola, according to the CDC?

Symptoms of Ebola include

Severe headache
Muscle pain
Abdominal (stomach) pain
Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Last time I checked, sluggish means weak.

Let’s stop saying the doctor had no symptoms of Ebola while he was gallivanting about town, New York Times editors. Per your own paper’s reporting, it’s just not true.

Message To Bill Maher: Exercise Your First Amendment Rights And You Will Pay

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:06 am

[guest post by Dana]

Recently we saw Bill Maher in a heated debate with Ben Affleck over the religion of peace. Maher pulled no punches with Affleck as he voiced his opinion about Islam and violence. As a result, his invitation to give the keynote address at UC Berkeley’s mid-year commencement is up in the air, as 1,400 students have signed a petition requesting it be rescinded:

The protest was started by the group and is backed by the Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition on campus, the paper reported.

“It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate,” student senator Marium Navid told the newspaper. “The First Amendment gives him the right to speak his mind, but it doesn’t give him the right to speak at such an elevated platform as the commencement. That’s a privilege his racist and bigoted remarks don’t give him.”

“I can’t condone the university inviting a speaker that threatens the campus climate of our university,” [UC system student regent Sadia Saifuddin, who is Muslim] said in an email. “I believe there is a fundamental difference between free speech and hate speech, as well as a difference between Maher being allowed to express his views, and being given the honor of giving the keynote address sponsored by the university. And as the Student Regent, I don’t stand for any university-sponsored action that makes students feel unsafe and unwelcome, especially on such an important day as their commencement.”

President Obama’s “Surge” Will Harm The Black Community

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:24 am

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Speaking for himself, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has written President Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus a letter warning them of the harm the anticipated “surge” of illegal immigrants will cause the black community:

“Granting work authorization to millions of illegal immigrants will devastate the black community, which is already struggling in the wake of the recession that began in 2007 and the subsequent years of malaise,” he explained.

“Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African-American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force,” Kirsanow added.

When one considers that unemployment rates for blacks is roughly double that of whites, Kirsanow is right to be alarmed.


The proposed executive order will also have a negative effect on young African-Americans at the outset of their working lives. Young, low-skilled workers are facing enormous difficulties in this economy,” Kirsanow wrote.

“Since 1986, we have seen that granting legal status to illegal immigrants, or even mere rumors that legal status will be granted, increases illegal immigration. Likewise, the evidence indicates that the flood of illegal immigrants across our southern border is mostly attributable to your directive granting temporary legal status to people allegedly brought to the United States as children. This is unsurprising. When you incentivize bad behavior, you get more of it,” he wrote.

The black community’s growing disappointment in President Obama continues. And now with millions of illegal immigrants positioned to receive amnesty, the competition for low-skilled jobs will dramatically increase and cause further harm to an already struggling group of Americans. While Democrats are currently desperate for black voter support, that vote is certainly may not be a sure thing:



Hillary! Starts Walking It Back

Filed under: General — JVW @ 10:32 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Fresh off her most recent self-inflicted wound, Hillary! Rodham Clinton sought to walk back her comments made last week that suggested that businesses do not create jobs. Naturally, being a Democrat and a Clinton, Hillary! and her enablers tried to pass off the whole imbroglio as being a misunderstanding. Appearing at a campaign event for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), she complained that we had missed the context of her remarks:

So-called trickle-down economics has failed. I shorthanded this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades: Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.

To refresh our memories, here is her quote from the earlier event in Massachusetts supporting Martha Coakley, her party’s nominee for governor:

So, dear reader, it’s really your fault if you didn’t understand the full context of Hillary!’s remarks in Massachusetts. It is most certainly not a case where Hillary! was caught pandering to a far-left audience which probably hopes to replace her with their own local sweetheart Elizabeth Warren as the 2016 nominee for President. This is just another instance where perhaps she slightly misspoke or where maybe her statement just needed a little bit of clarification.

I’m no longer thinking that she is at all inevitable as the Democrat’s nominee in 2016. (I still disagree with some of you in that I think she will still run. She’s spent her whole life wanting to be President and this is almost literally her last chance. No turning back now.)


SNL: Mocking New Ebola Czar

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:30 pm

[guest post by Dana]

At this point in time, who isn’t?


US Army To Quarantine Returning Troops

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:57 pm

[guest post by Dana]

In an effort to ensure the safety and health of troops returning from Liberia back to their home base in Italy, the US Army has made the decision to enact a 21-day quarantine:

“Out of an abundance of caution the Army directed a small number of personnel, about a dozen, that recently returned to Italy to be monitored in a separate location at their home station of Vicenza,” Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said today. “None of these individuals have shown any symptoms of exposure.”

“The Army Chief of Staff has directed a 21-day controlled monitoring period for all redeploying soldiers returning from Operation United Assistance,” the statement said. “He has done this out of caution to ensure soldiers, family members and their surrounding communities are confident that we are taking all steps necessary to protect their health.”

I think it’s safe to say that this reasonable, commonsense abundance of caution is just what most Americans want to see put in practice here at home. No more ever-changing safety standards and protocols, no flip-flopping on quarantine decisions and certainly no more admonishments by the administration to quit being hysterical simply because Americans want to see this abundance of caution exercised across the board on American soil.


Sharyl Attkisson: I Was Told Government Planted Spyware and Classified Documents on My Computer

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:43 am

Deeply terrifying:

A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.

“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.

She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.

This is an extraordinarily serious charge, and naturally one would like to see more evidence of it than the word of an anonymous source. But then, that’s how these things work, isn’t it? They do things so outrageous that if you find about it and report it, you sound like a nut. And they terrify anyone who comes forward, and leave a person with no place they can go.

I guess she could take her computer to the FBI — oh, right. Well then, she could go to the Department of Justice — right, same problem.

Who do you go to when you can’t trust the people who are supposed to be protecting you? Where do you go when those people are the ones you need protection from?

Christie Flip-Flops on Quarantine for Ebola-Exposed Nurse

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:29 am


A nurse returning from West Africa is the first American forced into involuntary quarantine under a new policy imposed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

She’s furious about it and has even hired a lawyer to challenge the quarantine order, but Christie says he “absolutely has no second thoughts about it.”

“It was my conclusion we need to do this to protect the public health of people of New Jersey,” Christie told “Fox News Sunday.”

“I don’t believe when you’re dealing with something as serious as this that we can count on a voluntary system. This is government’s job. If anything else, the government job is to protect safety and health of our citizens. And so, we’ve taken this action, and I absolutely have no second thoughts about it.”


No second thoughts? Third thoughts, then?

P.S. E.R. Nurse: Duncan Lied About Exposure to Ebola.

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