Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why we don’t make a dent in the hunger problem

We never see improvement and the rolls of both poverty workers and the needy continue to grow. Hunger became "food insecurity" and poverty is an arbitrary number set by the Government that is raised every year, but “percent of poverty level” is the standard for benefits. 200% of poverty is the standard for food assistance in Ohio. To be "food insecure" means at some time during the year you changed your eating pattern to accommodate your resources.

The actual number of Americans who are “food insecure” for more than a few days is tiny, under 1% and most of those are children in unmarried households and elderly without family, but even a day counts toward the annual figure--the figure we see in the news is 14.3%.  This guarantees political fights in Congress when USDA funding comes up, government grants to academics, fodder for campaigning, and good jobs for people and agencies in the benefits distribution field. Churches, charities, non-profits and foundations also receive a portion of their annual budget from government grants. Food pantries, mostly run by churches, are involved in a complex mix of federal, state, local and non-profit resources.

62% of "food insecure" families participate in SNAP, WIC or free and reduced school meals (we used to call this school lunch, but now it is breakfast, lunch, and after school, plus summer meals).

Poverty rolls took a big jump in 2008, but haven't really come down.  A chunk of ARRA money in 2009 went to find and enroll people in the programs. It was very successful. Because of the weak economy, they remain on the rolls.

If poverty were solved tomorrow, we’d have a whole new crew of poor people—those who formerly worked in the business.


The Ohio Association of Foodbanks was awarded $2.18 Million Federal Navigator Grant for a 2nd year not to feed the hungry, but to enroll people in Obamacare.

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In SFY 2014, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 186 million pounds of food and grocery items. The association also serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank and operates the state’s largest navigator program for the Affordable Care Act.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Free stock photos

I needed someplace to stash this amazing information.  What better place than a blog? 14 free stock websites for photos.


Some require attribution, others not.

The richest man in Africa will help Liberia

Before I read the article, I figured the richest man in Africa would be Nigerian. The richest African Americans are often Nigerian Americans; look at the rolls of Harvard and Yale and you'll find Nigerians. Something in their culture pushes them to excel; also Nigeria is close to 50% Christian. American and European missionaries brought Jesus and the Protestant work ethic. Aliko Dangote himself is Muslim. That said, why can't he do anything with his lavish wealth to stop Boko Haram, a Muslim terrorist group?


Nigerians make up less than 1 percent of the black population in the United States, yet in 2013 nearly one-quarter of the black students at Harvard Business School were of Nigerian ancestry; over a fourth of Nigerian-Americans have a graduate or professional degree, as compared with only about 11 percent of whites. (NYT, Jan. 25, 2014)

Brittany Maynard, suicide publicity hound

“Maynard is the subject of a well-planned PR campaign orchestrated by the George Soros-funded assisted-suicide advocacy group Compassion and Choices (formerly known as the Hemlock Society). C & C’s press release applauds Maynard’s “courage to tell her story as she is dying and alert all Americans to the choice of death with dignity” as “selfless and heroic.” “


“Suicide has made Maynard an international celebrity. Partly, that’s because she is the perfect icon: young, pretty, newly wed, tragically dying, and transgressive for wanting to kill herself rather than face the rigors of late-stage brain cancer.”

How many people will be pushed to their death through her example?

The missing Public Health Service Corps

The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,800 full-time, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the nation's public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science. Instead of sending them to Africa, Obama is sending the 101st Airborne, who are not trained in anything medical. Why? The Corps is trained and equipped to respond to public health crises and national emergencies such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or terrorist attacks, both here and overseas. Obama is apparently having a hissy fit because the Senate (his guys, btw) won't approve his anti-gun nominee for Surgeon General, who is the head of the Corps. Of course, there is an interim Surgeon General, Rear Admiral  Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H. , but maybe Obama is doing this deliberately--putting our troops at risk.


Vivek  “Murthy, who has a history of calling guns a "healthcare issue," classifying guns as a "public health threat" and of slamming the National Rifle Association, is being opposed not by just Republicans, but numerous Democrats in an election year.”




How low can they go?

Wendy Davis of Texas (think pink tennis shoes and abortion) isn't the first Democrat to play dirty with people's personal lives or disabilities (uses a wheelchair in a scare ad because her opponent is disabled). In 2004 both Edwards and Kerry brought up Cheney's lesbian daughter during the debates. I doubt they cared with whom she was having sex, but they hoped to smear Cheney. Really. Democrats will stoop that low.

Jesse Jackson (and a woman whose name I missed) are declaring the death of the Liberian treated at the Dallas hospital, because when he was first seen in the ER they did not recognize his symptoms.  The two nurses he infected are also minorities, Mr. Jackson.  Was Mr. Duncan a racist or was it just the hospital staff? Democrats find racism everywhere; they have it on the brain.  People aren't individuals capable of living without government help—they are all victims, at least if they are non-white.  Trillions spent on the War on Poverty and you’d think they’d be happy.

Ebola was brought to Nigeria by a Liberian on an air flight. They then responded responsibly and banned flights from West Africa.  Now they have been declared Ebola free by WHO.  But American race baiters will still rave on.





Bigotry comes in all shapes, sizes, races, genders and public offices.

Excuse the use of the Swastika please. We did not make the meme. We are just sharing it. And we think it needs to be shared. Any attack on one right is an attack on them all. Any affront to one group of Americans is a threat to all Americans. We cannot let such a violation of the First Amendment go unchallenged! Please share this with your friends so we can make as many people aware as possible.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crash diets work better than slow and steady, but they all fail

“People in the fast-dieting group were more likely to achieve their target weight loss than the slow-dieting group, but both struggled to keep the weight off over time.”

I actually think this is good news.  Quicky diets are much easy; I have no will power for the long run.

Weight-loss guidelines have long counselled that kilos shed too quickly are likelier to creep back than those lost at a slower pace.

But a new Australian study, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, found that over the long term, fast-track and slow-track dieters were equally likely to regain most of the weight they lost.

Research led by Joseph Proietto of the University of Melbourne divided 204 obese men and women into two groups.

One group entered a weight-loss programme of 12 weeks, the other a more gradual 36 weeks.

The 12-week group were restricted to a diet of 450-800 calories per day, while the other group had their energy intake reduced by about 500 calories per day.

Those who lost 12.5 per cent or more of their bodyweight from both groups were then placed on a three-year maintenance diet.

By the end of the trial, individuals in both groups had regained some 71 per cent on average of the kilos they had shed.

"By contrast with the widely-held belief that weight lost rapidly is more quickly regained, our findings show that regain is similar after gradual or rapid weight loss," the team says.


There’s only one answer.  Regardless of how much you lose and how you do it, immediately go back to dieting when you’ve regained 5 lbs.  Because you definitely will gain it.

Ebola vaccine news

“The pace of human safety testing for experimental Ebola vaccines has been expedited in response to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1,400 suspected and confirmed deaths from Ebola infection have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone since the outbreak was first reported in March 2014. 

“There is an urgent need for a protective Ebola vaccine, and it is important to establish that a vaccine is safe and spurs the immune system to react in a way necessary to protect against infection,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “The NIH is playing a key role in accelerating the development and testing of investigational Ebola vaccines.”

“Today we know the best way to prevent the spread of Ebola infection is through public health measures, including good infection control practices, isolation, contact tracing, quarantine, and provision of personal protective equipment,” added Dr. Fauci. “However, a vaccine will ultimately be an important tool in the prevention effort. The launch of Phase 1 Ebola vaccine studies is the first step in a long process.”

“Tried and true public health interventions, strong supportive medical care and the rapid testing of Ebola vaccines and antiviral treatments can help to reduce suffering now and in the future,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

The investigational vaccine now entering Phase 1 trials was designed by Nancy J. Sullivan, Ph.D., chief of the Biodefense Research Section in NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center (VRC). She worked in collaboration with researchers at the VRC, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, and Okairos, a Swiss-Italian biotechnology company acquired by GSK in 2013.”

Isolation and quarantine, but not restricting passports from West Africa?


A number of research reports and grants go back to 2007. It’s not true that this disease (and others like it) were being ignored.

Danners in the tree

There used to be a lot discussion on the Danner genealogy forum about Blythe Danner (like whether she was one of ours), but if her daughter Gwyneth doesn't stop saying such strange things, the conversation will really cool. (I'm a descendant of Henry Danner).

Right Wing News's photo.

An oldie but goodie

This is an oldie but a goodie!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brown struggled with Wilson over the gun—report in New York Times

The New York Times reports:

"The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck."

Many witnesses have testified to the grand jury that Brown was attacking Wilson, although their accounts vary in details. I doubt that this will make any difference to the imported demonstrators. But I think Holder and Obama need to apologize for the problems they made for that community. Read the account carefully, the NYT reporters, who weren't there try to second guess Wilson's behavior after being attacked.


Four low flow toilets

It was bound to happen with 4 low flow toilets in our house.  But I have successful “plunged” and we are free flowing again.  I had to buy a new plunger, as the old style don’t fit the angles.  It was a Waxman Heavy Duty Toilet Plunger.  It’s black plastic and has sort of accordion pleats.  There are models that have little containers, but this one is larger. I looked at the tag after I was finished, and happy to see not only was it made in the USA, but right here in Ohio.

Waxman Industries, Inc. markets specialty plumbing, and floor and surface protection products to retailers, primarily mass merchandisers, do-it-yourself warehouse home centers, and home improvement centers. It offers various products from plumbing repair to floorcare, and faucets to showers. Waxman Industries, Inc. also manufactures, packages, sources, and assembles plumbing products for industrial, OEM, and wholesale distribution customers. The company was incorporated in 1989 and is based in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

Everything is under control . . . of the president


I haven’t snoped Hillary’s past, but this sounds about right.


A letter to the Mayor of Houston


Dear Ms. Mayor of Houston,

You believe anyone with gender confusion or change should be allowed to share restrooms with whomever they identify to the point you want to destroy the first amendment over it. At what point in the conversion should the sharing begin?

On NPR I listened to a female to male transgendered man, at least that's how s/he identified herself--only hormone treatments, but no surgery yet--just the clothing, facial hair, muscle bulking, voice change, receding hairline, etc. Much to her shock, because s/he'd been raised a good feminist, s/he found out her brain had been changed. S/he had become interested in pornography, and even just a little skin showing on another female aroused her. S/he found her crude thoughts embarrassing, but unstoppable. S/he began losing her verbal acuity which had always been her long suit, and s/he had difficulty crying. S/he claimed she was reading more in the sciences which had never interested her before. Some points sound like a joke, but this interview was on NPR and I know we can trust the government in all things about sex.  The NPR guest doesn't have the right equipment for the urinal in the men's room yet, but sounds a bit dangerous for the ladies room. Maybe while in Houston, s/he could use your private restroom?


P.S. You may remember Chaz Bono's girlfriend (a lesbian) complained about her former lesbian lover's male behavior (and personal habits) and left her/him. The former Chastity Bono decided her attraction wasn’t because she was a lesbian, but because she was a man.



What it takes to discourage Democratic voters

"Apparently all it takes is six years of economic torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt; revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Veterans Administration, the IRS, the Secret Service, and the Justice Department; Russian revanchism on the march; a rampaging army of (literal) cutthroats gobbling up territory in the Middle East; and the feeble and patronizing government response to a modern plague." Mona Charen.

But all the polls show voters still think the Democrats care more about them. If this is caring, go love on someone else!

During the Great Depression when the economy would start to perk up, FDR would get some bloated socialist program passed, and the economy would sink again.  Ten years he did this, yet Democrats still think he is a saint because Grandpa was sent to the woods to built cabins or grandma got a ten cent raise.  Although I think the Ebola thing has been way over publicized, we see that it has lessened respect and faith in the president, who sits on his hands and worries about West African economies when our stock market got shaky just from the damage to airlines. Then he appoints a political hack to be the Ebola czar.   No one, except maybe Rachel Maddow has faith in him.

Hate speech and Houston

Gay marriage, confused restrooms and hate speech packaged ordinances such as Houston's will not be the end of it, folks. There is hate speech legislation that includes 30 forms of sexual behavior, many of which I didn't know existed such as klismaphilia and gerontosexuality, as well as pedophilia and incest. H.R.1913 - Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

  • Apotemnophilia - sexual arousal associated with the stump(s) of an Amputee
  • Asphyxophilia - sexual gratification derived from activities that involve oxygen deprivation through hanging, strangulation, or other means
  • Autogynephilia - the sexual arousal of a man by his own perception of himself as a woman or dressed as a woman
  • Bisexual - the capacity to feel erotic attraction toward, or to engage in sexual interaction with, both males and females.
  • Coprophilia - sexual arousal associated with feces
  • Exhibitionism - the act of exposing one’s genitals to an unwilling observer to obtain sexual gratification
  • Fetishism/Sexual Fetishism - obtaining sexual excitement primarily or exclusively from an inanimate object or a particular part of the body
  • Frotteurism - approaching an unknown woman from the rear and pressing or rubbing the penis against her buttocks
  • Heterosexuality - the universal norm of sexuality with those of the opposite sex
  • Homosexual/Gay/Lesbian - people who form sexual relationships primarily or exclusively with members of their own gender
  • Gender Identity Disorder - a strong and persistent cross-gender identification, which is the desire to be, or the insistence that one is, or the other sex, "along with" persistent discomfort about one’s assigned sex or a sense of the inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex
  • Gerontosexuality - distinct preference for sexual relationships primarily or exclusively with an elderly partner
  • Incest - sex with a sibling or parent
  • Kleptophilia - obtaining sexual excitement from stealing
  • Klismaphilia - erotic pleasure derived from enemas
  • Necrophilia - sexual arousal and/or activity with a corpse
  • Partialism - A fetish in which a person is sexually attracted to a specific body part exclusive of the person
  • Pedophilia - Sexual activity with a prepubescent child (generally age 13 years or younger). The individual with pedophilia must be age 16 years or older and at least 5 years older than the child. For individuals in late adolescence with pedophilia, no precise age difference is specified, and clinical judgment must be used; both the sexual maturity of the child and the age difference must be taken into account; the adult may be sexually attracted to opposite sex, same sex, or prefer either
  • Prostitution - the act or practice of offering sexual stimulation or intercourse for money
  • Sexual Masochism - obtaining sexual gratification by being subjected to pain or humiliation
  • Sexual Sadism - the intentional infliction of pain or humiliation on another person in order to achieve sexual excitement
  • Telephone Scatalogia - sexual arousal associated with making or receiving obscene phone calls
  • Toucherism - characterized by a strong desire to touch the breast or genitals of an unknown woman without her consent; often occurs in conjunction with other paraphilia
  • Transgenderism - an umbrella term referring to and/or covering transvestitism, drag queen/king, and transsexualism
  • Transsexual - a person whose gender identity is different from his or her anatomical gender
  • Transvestite - a person who is sexually stimulated or gratified by wearing the clothes of the other gender
  • Transvestic Fetishism - intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving cross-dressing
  • Urophilia - sexual arousal associated with urine
  • Voyeurism - obtaining sexual arousal by observing people without their consent when they are undressed or engaged in sexual activity
  • Zoophilia/Bestiality - engaging in sexual activity with animals

APA's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," Fourth Edition, Text Revision (Washington: American Psychiatric Association, 2000), pp. 566-582 (DSM-IV)

A plan to increase welfare by raising the minimum

The Democrats are on a roll again, lying about income, wealth and the minimum wage.  The Obama economy has only done well for the wealthiest, so of course they are demanding increase in minimum wage.  Walmart union led protests this week are saying $15, some $20 an hour. Minimum wage workers account for 4.7 percent of hourly paid workers and 1.1% of all workers and there are more women, and most are part time. Most companies will have to cut employees and when it doesn’t work, the demands will only increase.  And this is sort of an evil plan, because that means fewer teens working and learning job skills, therefore, more poorly prepared adults, and larger welfare rolls to vote Democrat. See how it works? When I worked at minimum wage I was probably not even worth that, but some employers decided I had a future and could be trained. Thank you Mayor Zickuhr, Mt. Morris Public Library and Foxbilt Feeds.



Two-thirds of minimum-wage workers earn raises within a year—without the government’s help.

The average family income of a minimum-wage worker is $53,000 a year, less than the national average of $79,500 a year but well above the poverty level.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sometimes it’s what you DON’T do that saves the environment

Our friend Fran in South Carolina snapped this shot of a beautiful royal tern flying over Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary, entangled in a latex balloon & its ribbon. Balloons are worse than other forms of litter because they are sent aloft in great numbers & can find their way to places otherwise untouched by humans. Trashed balloons are a threat to all animals - land, sea & air.
Much respect to our friends at the South Carolina Shorebird Project

Don’t release balloons at parties and weddings and community celebrations.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Speaking of Ebola

While you've got exotic diseases on your mind, Chikungunya Virus which is spread by mosquitoes has now arrived in Florida from the Caribbean. You don't die, but it sure hurts. Also, how's this for speedy food safety investigations. Live swamp eels have been shipped to the U.S. from Asia since the 1990s for ethnic food markets, and now a study shows 27.7% of them are infected with some nasty nematodes which can transmit Gnathostomiasis. Vision loss, blindness, pain, paralysis, coma and death.  As reported in JAMA

Two female publicity hounds

There are two women whose stories are making the rounds of the internet, twitter and Facebook.  It’s hard to tell just how much they’ve generated since these stories are “shared” and passed along by multiple people, which could account for how recently I see them. But I think they are publicity hounds.

One is planning her suicide because she has a fatal illness. Famous and not so famous are pleading with her, telling her life can be good. 

The other is planning her abortion with writing a tender, loving letter to her baby who she is planning to kill because this just isn’t the right time.  I figure she’s angling for money and when the offer is high enough, she’ll take it.

I’m not giving them any publicity by providing a link, photo, or name.

Houston, we’ve got a problem

There are apparently some government officials in Houston who haven't read the Constitution and don't know the history of clerics in the Revolution, elimination of slavery, the Civil Rights movement, every war protest, and construction of every social agency from schools to hospitals. Somehow they've gotten the idea pastors can't preach morality and politics from the pulpit. That should surprise the ones preaching about climate change and income gap, which is also the topic of many (boring) sermons and church workshops.  I wish I had $5 for every sermon I heard against the Viet Nam war in the 1970s.

The mayor of Houston is a tyrant and bigot. Transgenders now think THEY are being thrown under the bus because they might not have open-to-all toilets if she backs down.



Hearty Breakfast Muffins (Carol Shaw Johnston)

  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used low-sugar Craisins)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place paper muffin cups into a 12-muffin pan.

. Mix carrots, banana, zucchini,vegetable oil, yogurt, and eggs together until fully incorporated.

. Whisk flour and baking soda in a separate bowl. Mix brown sugar, oats, coconut, pecans, cherries, cinnamon,salt, and ginger into flour mixture until all ingredients are coated in flour.Stir wet ingredients into flour mixture until just combined. Scoop batter into the prepared muffin cups.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean and edges are slightly brown, 17 to 22 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

What has NIH done with funding specifically for preparedness and biosurveillance?

The NIH has already been given massive amounts of money beginning with post Katrina funding to handle the situation we have now with Ebola.  Where has the money gone?

Here’s what’s covered in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013

“The 2013 law builds on work the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken to advance national health security. These include authorizing funding for public health and medical preparedness programs, such as the Hospital Preparedness Program and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. These programs build the capabilities of communities’ health care and public health systems to support people in need during and after disasters.

Thousands of hospitals and communities across the country participate in these programs, and because of this participation they now have stronger capabilities and better planning to respond to disasters. They regularly exercise and conduct drills. They are building partnerships across their communities so that if parts of the infrastructure are overwhelmed by disaster, the system can still provide care. Using these programs over the past seven years to strengthen health systems and build coalitions, states have been able to handle in a number of disasters on their own without federal responders.”



More lies about the Founders—left is working overtime

American students are taught that democracy was invented by our Founding Fathers, who adapted it from Ancient Greece. This is a myth as foolish as Columbus "discovering" America. The U.S. Senate even passed a resolution in 1987 finally acknowledging that "the confederation of the original thirteen colonies into one republic was influenced by the Iroquois Confederacy, as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the constitution itself."


No, democracy wasn't invented by the Founding Fathers nor the indigenous peoples, who had many cultures and languages. They relied on many sources not only in Europe, but the Bible and all the way back to the Greeks and Romans. No one ever learned the nonsense of this straw man poster misinformation which first tells a lie, then reports to correct the lie. Also, we don't have a Democracy, we have a Republic. The Founders were brilliant men with flaws who knew they stood on the shoulder of giants. We have tiny shriveled gnomes today who don't think, plan or read history, whose ideas are rooted in Marxism and the divine right of kings.

Yes, the archives belong to the victors as we say in the library field, however, we are fortunate to have many original documents, although well hidden and disguised in government schools today. There was a real fascination with everything Indian if you check 19th sources. And if you go back to 16th and 17th c. sources, some Europeans were horrified by the behavior and culture they found--and obviously saw their own culture as superior (although not by our enlightened, humanist standards where we sacrifice the unborn for personal gain but not usually living children).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, Obama’s speeches rate at the bottom of the presidential scale


I checked several sources for this story. The liberal ones claim that Bush and Obama were equally elementary in the speeches and today no one would be able to understand the complex speech and references of the pre-1920 politicians. But others say Bush's speeches were better. Actually, it's the speech writers, with the politician putting in his own touch. I find Obama's mannerisms, teleprompter dependence and stammering very distracting, as were Bush's facial quirks and folksy good ol' boy mannerisms. But Bush was an avid reader of history, biography and politics--Obama depends on hip hop music on his I-pod and it showed.


I took a writing class a few years ago at Lakeside in which the instructor told us the most difficult vocabulary and complex constructions were on the sports page of the newspaper. I was once a speech writer for an Ohio female politician. It's not that hard to learn the cadence and style of a speaker by reviewing previous speeches. But you do need to consider the audience.  Speaking to a conference of state workers was different than speaking to a gathering of unemployed workers who were over 55 (the area I was working in).

Do you know what day it is?

Today, October 15, we celebrate the end of the Siege of Vienna in 1529 by the Ottoman Caliphate under The Sultan Suleiman. Buck Sexton says, "Consider it the anniversary of the West refusing to go quietly into the long cold night at the hands of the Islamic conquest almost 500 years ago...."   I'm not sure it's worth too much celebrating. The Muslims were persistent and there was another famous battle in 1683 to take the West.



Spin and fear equal hysteria

I hate the way Ebola is being politicized, both by the right and the left. There's a Democrat action group that's made a ridiculous ad about the GOP causing this with the budget when the CDC did zip nada zilch about a disease known since 1976 and had it's budget line increased. And on the opposing team paranoid Christian survivalists are claiming Obama is launching germ warfare because he hates us. They are making the loony left look almost normal. Millions are dying of AIDS, TB and malaria in Africa; we have hysterical people in the U.S. who are refusing vaccines for measles, mumps, polio, diphtheria, HPV and seasonal flu. Add to that the biggest killer in the U.S. is not bacteria or viruses, but lifestyle diseases--alcohol, drugs, tobacco, overeating, sexual promiscuity and couch surfing--things we actually DO control. Plus there are those among us who believe we are mini-gods and can control the climate and viruses and bacteria. Really, it's like living in the dark ages. The news media pile on like ants at a picnic spreading fear and misinformation. I’ve been awake about an hour and have heard about the 2nd hospital employee with Ebola at least 10 times.