Author Archives: Dr. Eowyn

Can out-of-control Ebola epidemic hit America?

Ebola virusSince the first outbreak last February in the remote jungles of Guinea in West Africa, the terrible Ebola epidemic — the largest Ebola outbreak ever — had made the jump from West Africa’s jungles to the cities in the space of just two months. By April, the charity medical group Doctors Without Borders already declared the epidemic to be out of control.

By now, the Ebola epidemic has taken the lives of more than 700 people in the 4 West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. The latter, with a population of more than 174 million, is the most populous country in not just West Africa, but the African continent. Among the dead are, tragically, Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor and an American named Patrick Sawyer (more on him later).

Over 320 known Ebola cases are in Liberia alone. That has prompted Liberia’s assistant minister of health Tolbert Nyenswah to declare that the Ebola outbreak is now above the control of the government. Nyenswah told CBS News, “Our government has declared this now as a humanitarian crisis that is above the control of the national government. This virus, if it is not taken care of, will be a global pandemic.

Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest viruses with a high fatality rate of 60 to as high as 90%. There is no vaccine. No cure.

First identified in 1976 in the sub-Saharan jungles of Zaire and the Sudan, Ebola was transmitted to humans via the blood or bodily fluids of an infected fruit bat or monkey.

Symptoms typical of an Ebola infection begin 2 to 21 days after contacting the virus — those of fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. Then it gets worse, with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Then it gets even worse. The infected starts hemorrhaging or bleeding from the body’s mucous membranes — mouth (gums), nose, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina.

Westerners are evacuating from the stricken West African countries:

  • The Peace Corps has temporarily evacuated 340 volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after two members were exposed to the virus.
  • Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a Texas-trained doctor and a missionary from Charlotte contracted Ebola.

“This virus, if it is not taken care of, will be a global pandemic.”

So what’s the likelihood that Ebola will hit the United States? – and if it does, what plans does the federal government have to deal with it?

Can Ebola come to the United States? The answer is “Yes.” Here’s why:

1. The frightening case of Patrick Sawyer

America actually narrowly dodged the bullet. Patrick Sawyer, 40, was a naturalized U.S. citizen working for the Finance Ministry of his native Liberia who recently died from Ebola, after collapsing at Nigeria’s Lagos airport.

On July 20, 2014, Sawyer became manifestly ill during the 6-hour, 40-minute journey (via two ASKY flights) from Liberia to Lagos, where he was scheduled to attend an economic development conference. Sawyer was taken to a nearby hospital and placed in isolation. Five days later, he died.

Sawyer was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in time for an August 16 joint birthday party for two of his daughters. Had he remained at least outwardly healthy enough not to exhibit symptoms of Ebola, he almost certainly would have boarded that flight to Minneapolis.

If that had happened, all those who came into contact with him — every passenger and crew member in his flight, as well as people he’d encountered in the airport, would have to be quarantined or monitored. That is precisely what happened to the 15 people Sawyer encountered at the Lagos airport, reportedly including the Nigerian ambassador to Liberia, as well as the 44 people with whom he was known to have had contact at the Lagos hospital. As for those who were on Sawyer’s two ASKY flights, disturbingly, Nigerian officials are unable to check who might have been exposed on those flights because the airline inexplicably had failed to provide passenger lists. ASKY did suspend all service to Liberia and to Sierra Leone, which also has reported numerous Ebola cases. (Source: Daily Beast)

The latest: The Nigerian government has widened the search to find up to 30,000 people who could be hosting the dreaded virus because they had been in contact with Sawyer, including anyone at one of four airports visited by Sawyer, and those in contact with him in Lagos. Several airlines have now stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone over concerns about the spread of the disease from Guinea. (Source: Daily Mirror)

2. Ebola can be asymptomatic for up to 21 days

Airlines are now instructed to be on the lookout for passengers who exhibit signs of Ebola. The CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advises crew members on a flight with a passenger or crew member who is “ill with fever, jaundice, or bleeding” and has been traveling from or has recently been in an area at risk for the disease should follow these precautions:

  • Keep the sick person separated from others as much as possible.
  • Provide the sick person with a surgical mask (if the sick person can tolerate wearing one) to reduce the number of droplets expelled into the air by talking, sneezing, or coughing.
  • Give tissues to a sick person who cannot tolerate a mask. Provide a plastic bag for disposing of used tissues.
  • Wear impermeable disposable gloves for direct contact with blood or other body fluids.

The problem, of course, is that a person stricken with Ebola can display no symptoms for up to 3 weeks or 21 days, which means — I’m not being unduly alarmist but just thinking logically — that individual may be on a flight sitting right next to you.

3. America’s open southern border

Already, our beleaguered — and now physically attacked — U.S. border agents have warned us about the many infectious diseases borne by the tens of thousands of illegals “surging” across the U.S.-Mexico border.

That prompted Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-Georgia), who is a medical doctor, to write a letter to the CDC stating his concern: “The influx of families and unaccompanied children at the border poses many risks, including grave public health threats. As a physician for over 30 years, I am well aware of the dangers infectious diseases pose. In fact, infectious diseases remain in the top 10 causes of death in the United States. … Reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning.”

Although CDC spokesman Daniel J. DeNoon confirmed that the CDC has received no reports of a human Ebola infection anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, much less the U.S.-Mexico border, the fact remains that, as Gingrey conveyed to NBC News’ Luke Russert, it was the border patrol who included Ebola among the list of diseases they’re concerned about. Gingrey concludes, “I can’t tell you specifically that there were any cases of Ebola, I don’t think there were, but of course tuberculosis, Chagas disease, many – smallpox, some of the infectious diseases of children, all of these are concerns.”

What may happen in the United States if Ebola goes global

Infowars reports that in April, the Department of Defense announced that it had deployed biological diagnostic systems to National Guard support teams across the U.S. in readiness for any potential Ebola outbreak.

The CDC has procedures in place to deal with such an outbreak backed by force of law. On the official CDC website are “Specific Laws and Regulations Governing the Control of Communicable Diseases” specifying that, due to Ebola’s incubation period of as long as 21 days, seemingly healthy citizens who show no symptoms of Ebola can be forcibly quarantined at the behest of medical authorities:

“Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.”

Infowars fears that the Obama administration may use an Ebola outbreak to impose martial law.

Meanwhile, President Beezlebub the POS is sticking to plans to convene a three-day summit for Monday through Wednesday of next week in Washington for leaders of African countries.

As principal deputy press secretary mouth of Sauron Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One yesterday: “We have no plans to change any elements of the U.S.-Africa summit as we believe all air travel continues to be safe here,”

~Eowyn

Looney imam on those virgins waiting for jihadists in paradise

Conventional knowledge is that Muslim men are spurred to undertake suicidal jihad missions by the promise that they will be met with 72 virgins in paradise.

Thanks to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), we have the translation of what a Saudi cleric says about those virgins. (Source: The Blaze)

So if every man gets at least 2 black-eyed virgins in paradise, each of whom comes with 70 servant girls who also are virgins, that means each man gets at least 142 virgins, not 72 virgins.

It gets better if you’re a Muslim man who’s married.

As the looney-tune cleric says, with a blissfully insane smile: “If you get married in this world, then [in paradise], you get your wife from this world, along with 70 black-eyed virgins with whom you are allowed to have sex, and each of these 70 virgins comes with 70 servant girls. So how many women do you get? That’s the minimum.”

Answer: 70 x 70 = 4,900

Truly, Islam is a cult for morons.

Here are the “black-eyed virgins” awaiting jihadists:

72-virgins-photo

H/t my sis-in-law Shireen

~Eowyn

One pair of hands

Are you as depressed as I am about America?

Watch this.

Listen to this.

And take heart.

H/t Miss May

~Eowyn

Hamas’ objective: Get Israel to kill as many Palestinians as possible

Dr. Eowyn:

A chilling look into the psychology of Hamas terrorists.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

The Palestinian State is more fiction than real. Rather than a single state, it is split — geographically and politically — between the Fatah-ruled West Bank and the Hamas-ruled Gaza or Gaza Strip.

West Bank & Gaza

Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by Israel and a number of Western and non-Western governments, including the United States, Canada, the European Union, Jordan, Egypt and Japan.

In the present renewed military conflict between Israel and the Hamas Palestinians, Hamas has fired more than 500 rockets at Tel Aviv and other population centers in Israel. The rockets have terrorized Israelis but have inflicted few casualties due to Israel’s air-defense missile system “Iron Dome” that, according to the Israeli Army, intercepted and shot down 90% of the rockets.

Israel has retaliated in reaction to Hama’s rockets. In contrast to the ineffectiveness of Hamas’ rockets, Israeli air strikes against Gaza has exacted a death toll of more than 1300 (vs. 53 on the Israeli…

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UK boy, 4, has strange satanic mark on skin

The following story is from an UK tabloid, The Sun (via Malaysia Chronicle), of July 29, 2014, so read it with caution.

The significance of the article is in readers’ comments. They’re hilarious!

Samuel Jones14-year-old Samuel Jones, with his mom, pointing to the sign on his chest.

Boy, age 4, has mark of the DEVIL on his chest

The parents of a boy aged four were horrified when a “mark of the Devil” appeared on his chest.

Sharon Lewis and Robby Jones spotted the cross-hair imprint as they got son Samuel ready for bed.

Samuel Jones2The sinister sign is proving a devil to explain. The imprint has baffled his parents, teachers and even the family’s GP.

Shocked Sharon, 37, of Market Drayton, Shrops, said yesterday: “It’s a nightmare. Some people have said it’s the Symbol of Mammon — the sign of the Devil’s first born — which has been very upsetting. Just looking at it made me shake thinking something unnatural had visited my boy. Something or someone made the sign on him but we just can’t explain how.”

Sharon, an adult care worker, said there was no mark on Samuel when she gave him a bath and put him to bed on May 23. The lad dressed himself for school next morning and the couple spotted the symbol that night.

Sharon said: “I took off his uniform and there it was — two concentric circles with a cross through the middle. I asked Samuel if he’d had a bump at school or fallen over but he said ‘no’. He looked at it in the mirror and — like Robby and myself — could not explain it. Samuel suffers from a rare brittle bone disorder and we assumed he had slept with a toy or something pressing into him. But he said he hadn’t. We stripped off his sheets and found nothing.”

Fearing he had a skin infection or rash, Sharon of Market Drayton, Shrops, took him to her GP.

She said: “The doctor said it was not a rash, the mark was not sore and there was no surrounding reddening. He admitted he hadn’t a clue what it was. We were confused and frightened.”

When Samuel returned to school after the half-term break, Sharon asked his teachers at Hinstock Primary if they could explain it. But they knew of no incidents.

Worried Sharon put a picture of Samuel on Facebook asking what people thought the mark could be.

She even contacted a US website specialising in mysterious body marks and read claims of alien abductions. She said: “They asked me to do a questionnaire. One question was: ‘Have you seen objects in the sky you cannot identify?’ It felt strange getting involved in that stuff but we were, and still are, desperate to find the truth.”

Sharon, who has two children, Joe, 16, and Hannah, ten, from a previous relationship, said: “The whole thing has been a nightmare. You see this kind of thing on scary sci-fi films. It isn’t supposed to happen to families like us. Now we sleep with the landing light on and Samuel often comes into bed with me and Robby. I know it sounds crazy but I have found myself listening out for bumps in the night.”

The marking stayed on the right of Samuel’s chest for three weeks before finally fading on June 16.

Robby, 34, a plumber, said: “You can still make out a faint silvery outline of where it was.”

The symbol features in the 2005 Keanu Reeves film Constantine. A priest carves it into his hand after a nightmare.

Mammon is said to be one of the Seven Princes of Hell and used the cross-hair symbol as his calling card. He is associated with the deadly sin of greed. The symbol appears in Egyptian tomb paintings and carvings dating back to 1500BC and cave paintings in Italy apparently depicting visits by beings from outer space.

Samuel Jones3 symbol for Mammon, son of SatanSymbol for Mammon

Below is a sample of hilarious readers’ comments on the Sun article:

Paul Taylor: “Who stole Obama’s mark”

Brian Young: “Nothing to worry about. The Anti-Christ is either playing golf or at a fundraiser.”

me: “Obummer must have come into his bedroom one night and left his ‘mark’.”

Rob Gunn: “If obama had a white son, after all he is half white”

Karen Cox Callahan: “Has Obama visited them recently?”

Biff Wellington: “What’s the big deal? The Anti-Christ was born in 1961, and is now running the US….or should I say ruining?”

cjccam: “Trouble is, this wouldn’t show up on Obama . . . but we all know its there.”

Ryan E: “The mark is in the wool on his dome”

~Eowyn

What time is it?

It’s time to flush!

Flushing ToiletFlush what?

turd

Oops!

I just called the POS a “turd” — and turds are brown in color.

That makes me a RAAAAACIST! s_shocked-16 s_shocked-15

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

~Eowyn

Militia on the move in Texas to defend U.S. border against invasion of illegals – Photos

militia4Kolten Parker reports for the San Antonio Express-News (via Chron.com), July 28, 2014, that, defying warnings from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and state lawmakers, militia groups along the Texas-Mexico border have grown to more than 10 active “teams” from El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley.

As you can see in the photos above and below, the militia members are carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear. They are seen at campsites, walking along the Rio Grande while speaking with Border Patrol agents, and pointing rifles and pistols out of frame.

militia2The photos of the militiamen were provided to the San Antonio Express-News under the condition that members’ faces be blurred because of fear of being identified by Mexican cartel and gang members.

Interestingly, although the CBP has said it does not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands, as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences,” one of the photos (below) shows a Border Patrol agent providing directions to a vehicle of armed militia members. CBP did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

militia1The militia groups, with members including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, began recruiting and organizing more than a month ago as national media outlets began focusing on the growing number of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the border, including more than 50,000 “unaccompanied minors,” the majority of whom actually are teen males ages 15 to 17.

Barbie Rogers, founder of the Patriots Information Hotline, which is helping organize and recruit for the militia groups, said there are 10 “operations on the ground along the Texas border” from El Paso to Laredo to the Valley. Many of the groups are stationed on ranch land with permission from the owners, she said.

The Texas militia’s operation names, according to Rogers, are: Bolinas Border Patrol, Central Valley Militia, Independent Citizens Militia, Alpha Team, Bravo Team, FOB Harmony, Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector, O’Shanessy’s Team, the 77’s and Camp Geronimo.

In an interview with the Express-News last month, Chris Davis, commander of the militia’s Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector, said members would secure the border in a “legal and lawful manner.” In 21-minute YouTube video that has since been deleted, Davis said: “How? You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.'”

Davis, a 37-year-old truck driver from Von Ormy, was discharged from the Army in 2001 “under other than honorable conditions in lieu of trial by court-martial,” according to a summary of his military service obtained by the Express-News.

Rogers called on Texas Governor Rick Perry to send 5,000 more National Guard members to the border and said that “if cost is an issue” then “call the militia. They will come if you call them.”

Gov. Rick Perry, who last week ordered 1,000 Texas National Guard members to the border, declined to comment through a spokesman specifically on whether he supports the militia groups but said the governor is “leading to secure the border.”

Leticia Van de Putte

Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio),who is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) for lieutenant governor, denounced the militias in a statement, saying “pointing guns at children solves nothing. Local law enforcement and federal Border Patrol agents have been clear. The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts.”

Here are some more photos of the border militia:

militiamilitia5militia8militia9militia12militia13militia11militia14See also:

H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

~Eowyn

Iowa newspaper fires editor for writing about Gaystapo on his personal blog

persecution-of-christiansThe war against Christians and Christianity isn’t just in Islamic countries of the Middle East and North Africa, it is now in America.

A newspaper editor in Iowa was fired from his job because he wrote IN HIS PERSONAL BLOG about his Bible-based beliefs on homosexuality being a sin.

It is against federal law for employers to discriminate against their employees on the basis of religious beliefs and practices. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, § 1605.1 says:

In most cases whether or not a practice or belief is religious is not at issue. However, in those cases in which the issue does exist, the [Equal Employment Opportunity] Commission will define religious practices to include moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views. This standard was developed in United States v. Seeger, 380 U.S. 163 (1965) and Welsh v. United States, 398 U.S. 333 (1970). The Commission has consistently applied this standard in its decisions. 1 The fact that no religious group espouses such beliefs or the fact that the religious group to which the individual professes to belong may not accept such belief will not determine whether the belief is a religious belief of the employee or prospective employee. The phrase “religious practice” as used in these Guidelines includes both religious observances and practices, as stated in section 701(j), 42 U.S.C. 2000e(j).

Robert Eschliman

Robert Eschliman

Daniel Finney and William Petroski report for The Des Moines Register, July 23, 2014, that Bob Eschliman, former editor of an Iowa newspaper, Newton Daily News, filed a complaint this week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office in Milwaukee claiming he is a victim of religious discrimination by his former employer because he was fired May 5 after publishing his views on homosexuals in his PERSONAL blog.

If the dispute isn’t resolved to Eschliman’s satisfaction, he could sue in federal court to seek financial damages.

In late April, Eschliman, 41, a member of Christian Reformed Church of Newton, Iowa, wrote a personal blog post criticizing the “Queen James Bible,” a website that rewrites sections of the Bible to make homosexuality acceptable. In his blog, Eschliman accused “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” of trying “to make their sinful nature right with God.”

Jim Romenesko

Jim Romenesko

Jim Romenesko, who hosts an eponymous widely-read online blog about the news media, reported on Eschliman’s post and questioned whether Eschliman, in light of his publicly stated views, would be able to fairly cover issues involving gays.

Romenesko claimed he had emailed Eschliman inquiring if he could report about homosexuality objectively because of his published views. Eschliman ignored Romenesko’s correspondence, but removed the post from his personal blog.

Shaw Media, a Dixon, Ill., company, suspended Eschliman with pay and eventually fired him. Eschliman’s attorneys claim that violated his constitutional rights of religious expression. Newton Daily News Publisher Dan Goetz declined to comment Wednesday.

John Rung

John Rung

After Eschliman’s dismissal, the Newton newspaper published an editorial by Shaw Media President John Rung, who wrote: “Last week, he expressed an opinion in his personal blog that in no way reflects the opinion of the Newton Daily News or Shaw Media. While he is entitled to his opinion, his public airing of it compromised the reputation of this newspaper and his ability to lead it.”

The Liberty Institute, a Dallas nonprofit legal firm that advocates for religious freedom, has taken up Eschliman’s case. Jeremiah Dys, a senior lawyer with the Liberty Institute, told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that he believes Eschliman has a strong case. He was joined by former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, who now has a private law practice and will also be representing Eschliman. Whitaker said, “No one should be fired for simply expressing his religious beliefs. In America, it is against the law to fire an employee for expressing a religious belief in public. This kind of religious intolerance by an employer has no place in today’s welcoming workforce.”

Eschliman, a Boone native and U.S. Navy veteran who is married with two young children, has worked as a writer and editor for seven different companies, garnering almost 70 journalism awards. Seven awards came while he was editor in chief of the Newton newspaper, according to his attorneys.

But Eschliman said Wednesday that he has had difficulty finding employment since his dismissal, “particularly here in Iowa.” He said his writing, which some considered objectionable, was posted on a personal blog that was read mainly by family members and friends.

Mark Kende, a constitutional law professor at Drake University, said that at first glance, it appears that Eschliman has a potential case, “I am not saying the newspaper does not have an attempted defense, but federal laws generally prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion.” Kende described the case as untypical because the behavior in question occurred outside the workplace.

Eschliman “is arguing that they are firing him for his religious beliefs, and to the extent that the comments he made are based on his religion, that doesn’t seem frivolous,” Kende said. “But having said that, if I were the company, I would say that we are not firing him for his religious beliefs. We are firing him because his job is to be an impartial reporter, and as an impartial reporter he has lost his credibility, so it has nothing to do with his religion.”

Donna Red WingDonna Red Wing, executive director of One Iowa, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, said she takes religious liberties and the rights of journalists very seriously, noting she worked previously in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff of the Interfaith Alliance. But she also said Eschliman’s comments overstepped boundaries, describing his use of the term “Gaystapo”as horrific and suggesting he failed in his responsibility to be fair and objective.

“Certainly, his bosses at Shaw Media did what they felt they needed to do. I find his words disconcerting,” Red Wing said. “I am not a lawyer, but if he were working for me, I would fire him.”

H/t Christian News and FOTM’s Sig94

~Eowyn

Hobbit 3: Battle of Five Armies trailer is here!

Hobbit 3 poster

For Tolkien-Lord of the Rings-The Hobbit geeks!

A mere hour ago, Warner Brothers released this teaser trailer for the third Hobbit movie: The Battle of the Five Armies:

The movie will be in U.S. theaters December 17.

What a bitter-sweet moment it’ll be because The Battle of the Five Armies will be the last time we get to visit Middle-earth on screen because the Tolkien Estate has not given copyright approval to any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s other writings, including The Silmarillion.

Sniff, sniff….

H/t FOTM’s sufercajun

~Eowyn

Have you ever been in Kahoots?

Daffy Duck waiting

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there?

I have, however, been in Sane.

They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there.

I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, work, politics, and Obama.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, when I try too many DIY projects from Home Depot.

I may have been in Continent, but I don’t remember which one I was in. It’s an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

H/t FOTM’s dee   :D

~Eowyn