Ebola Insanity: Time to Pressure Airlines Directly to Stop Flights From West Africa

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Fri, Oct 10, 2014 - 12:45pm

My grandfather came to the United States from Poland when he was a little boy back in the early 1900s. He was processed on Ellis Island, the original entry point for immigrants to America.

Why was Ellis Island the gateway to America? And why was it an island? Because it was a quarantine facility.

Some immigrants never made it to Ellis Island. If they were sick on the ship, they might be removed to a hospital on Hoffburn Island or Swinburne Island in New York before they even got to Ellis. Between 1909 and 1911 more than 420 immigrants died at these hospitals, with 85% being children under 13 years of age.

Unfortunately, American history has been wiped away with political correctness, and now the CDC Director is desperately trying to justify his insane policy of keeping flights from West Africa free and open to all in an editorial published on the Fox News website.

In this patronizing, condescending piece of propaganda, he tells us, among other things:

"It’s only human to want to protect ourselves and our families. We want to defend ourselves, so isn’t the fastest, easiest solution to put up a wall around the problem?

But, as has been said, for every complex problem, there’s a solution that’s quick, simple, and wrong."

Wrong? By whose metrics? He acts as if his solution - keeping all borders open and dealing with outbreaks here - is somehow less simple, more complicated, and "right."

Look at how he parses his words in this sentence:

"Stopping planes from flying from West Africa would severely limit the ability of Americans to return to the United States or of people with dual citizenship to get home, wherever that may be."

Last time I checked, "severely limit" is not the same thing as "completely ban" - there is absolutely no reason why we cannot use the military to transport legitimate humanitarian workers to and from the infected zones. There is no reason why we need commercial airlines to be the main method of transport. As for dual citizenship...what are the actual numbers of people who are both American and Liberian, and who still live in Liberia? Three? Give me a break.

He then lies outright:

"When a wildfire breaks out we don't fence it off. We go in to extinguish it before one of the random sparks sets off another outbreak somewhere else."

Mr. Friedman, I know your base constituency consists primarily of idealistic idiots, but wow...did you actually bother to read what your ignorant intern probably just wrote for you?

Firefighters don't fight wildfires by jumping into the middle of the conflagration. They couldn't possibly do that. The way wildfires are fought is precisely through "fences" aka "perimeters." This not just how wildfires are stopped, but also how they are prevented - it is why people who live in wildfire zones are instructed to prune back the forest and underbrush near their homes. That's called creating a "perimeter."

He then writes: "Isolating communities also increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to cooperate to help stop the spread of Ebola."

Sir, you need to read some of the forums here. Your own actions are making people distrust the government!

But the key to the newspeak lies in this sentence: "Casting too wide a net, such as invoking travel bans, would only provide an illusion of security and would lead to prejudice and stigma around those in West Africa."

Riiight. So giving native Africans visas to visit the United States isn't going to create a stigma for the native Africans already here? But this is the key talking point right now from the administration: That banning travel is racist, that people who are concerned about diseases being imported are racist, that calling Obama "Obola" is racist.

One writer for the Dallas News actually suggested that if we renamed Ebola "Omaha Virus" we'd suddenly stop being fearful. So in a nation where the richest female is a black woman with the funny name of "Oprah," and one of our top pop stars is named "Beyonce," anything with an African-sounding name is ssssscarrrryyyy?!! Gee, maybe it's the fact that Ebola has upwards of a 90% mortality rate! SMH!

I flipped on the TV yesterday and some self-righteous activist was explaining on PBS that the use of the term "illegal" to describe a person was on par with being a Nazi, because allegedly the Nazis said the Jews were "illegal." Are you kidding me? I'll bet this same activist will deny with spittle flying out of his face that Nazi ever stood for "National Socialist Worker's Party." (By the way, if you are a conservative and call someone a "Socialist," you are also a racist now.)

Now, some of you are going to criticize me for bringing up "race" again, but I'm not the one using it as a propaganda sledgehammer to silence all dissent and common sense in this country. I am frankly sick of it and would prefer not to write about it, but they are the ones that keep bringing it up for every big (or manufactured) issue.

What my main point, actually, is this: WHY are these insane people in charge? Why are they the ones pushing the media narrative? And how can we stop them?

I'll tell you why. Well, at least part of the reason why.

Most normal, average, every day people aren't activists. They aren't spending their days protesting, or organizing boycotts, or writing angry letters to advertisers to try to shut down an opposing viewpoint.

Rush Limbaugh (love him or hate him) has been under siege by a group of approximately 10 activists who had so much time on their hands, they appeared to represent millions. These activists have been relentlessly targeting his advertisers in an attempt to shut down his radio show.

The far left in America has organized. It has outlets like MoveOn that rally the troups to stir up a mob with pitchforks at the drop of a hat.

Where's the MoveOn for moderates? For conservatives? Or even libertarians?

Most sane Americans think it's reasonable policy - and not racist - to stop giving visas to native West Africans right now because it's not worth the risk to infect Americans with a deadly virus. Most sane Americans realize that open borders also put us at risk for Central American diseases, and it is not a coincidence that over 500 children have been paralyzed and at least 5 have died from the enterovirus most likely brought in by "undocumented" children shipped into American communities over the summer.

Where is the mob with pitchforks over this? Oh, there are a few petitions on Whitehouse.gov to stop flights from West Africa, but even a lot of people who agree with them aren't bothering to sign them, because they feel they won't do any good, or they are afraid they will be put into a database (hint: you already are in the database!).

I do agree on one point - trying to get political ideologues to do something about this is probably not going to help. However, we can take a cue from the frothing-at-the-mouth mob activists and start hitting people where it counts - their pocketbooks.

It's an issue that left and right can agree upon (mostly): Airline workers in New York have already started striking over the possibility of being exposed to Ebola when they clean planes. I will be curious to see airline unions end up taking the side of the workers or get pressured by the administration to stop these protests.

So what can we do? We should be contacting the airlines directly and telling them they need to stop flights from West Africa. People are already starting to contact the airlines; we just need more of it. I've seen quite a few people mention in online comments that they have canceled their plane tickets due to fear of being exposed to Ebola. The holidays are coming up. Can you drive instead of fly? I usually fly to see family but I am currently debating whether I am going to drive or just stay home this year.

Yes, the economy might take a little hit if airlines are boycotted. But the economy could collapse entirely if Ebola takes hold in the United States.

Take a cue from the crazy ideologues - it's time to get the pitchforks going.

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sierra skier
Oct 12, 2014 - 5:18pm

She is a Hollywood celeb.

That is about all I know bout her besides she is very liberal and beautiful. Do her yes, have a conversation with her,,,,, probably not much in common.

woofwoof
Oct 12, 2014 - 4:59pm

Paltrow is

A silver spoon college drop-out who thinks being a mother with the assistance of a full-time maid and nanny while vacationing in the Bahamas thinks Obama is dreamy and should have all the power he wants. But ... I still would do her ... maybe.

https://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/09/famous-actress-on-obama-it-w...

Bugzy
Oct 12, 2014 - 4:30pm

Paltrow

I must be a really useless idiot.

I had to go to Wikipedia to find out who she was.

Oct 12, 2014 - 4:02pm

Speaking of DoS attacks

I just found out that my personal webhost, where I run two virtual servers, has been suffering a severe DDoS attack since yesterday. They also called it "extortion."

One of my servers is completely inaccessible.

No, it's not related to this article because I am hosting nothing political there whatsoever.

I'm wondering if the DoS attacks are part of the greater cyber warfare going on.

Oct 12, 2014 - 4:00pm

@Bugzy - you're not one of the "useful idiots"

Not all people who lean left are for the tyranny. John Cusack of all people has been very critical of Obama's abuse of power and he's a raging progressive/socialist.

I'm talking about people like Gwyneth Paltrow.

Bugzy
Oct 12, 2014 - 3:52pm

The Magicians

We are not really cheering for global socialism. It is not about political ideals.

It is more about the magicians creating illusions, distracting the masses with illusion and false wants. Most folk have no idea that they are even at the magic show. Yet they can discuss at the interval the relative merits of different political ideals; staring with saucer like eyes and slack jaws the moment the curtain rises.

Like children in the playground, discussing if Batman and the Hulk had a fight, who would win. Then the bell rings and the controlled input continues.

Edit: Which brings me to the problem I have with Rand: There are times when one must make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good of others in the future. Selfishness lends itself to the I am alright jack mentality. Problems in one sense with individualism, divide and conquer. Individualism with a sprinkling with "very local" collectivism? Because the group often has strength over the individual, as long as they are all of a similar mindset. Now this bound to create a whole lotta flaming.

Bugzy
Oct 12, 2014 - 3:23pm

Wow

Are we still putting our inability to address Ebola problems down to the left right paradigm?

If this whole thing is genuine then money is the paradigm. We value economics over life. That is why borders remain open.

If this whole thing is about control and martial law, We value personal trinkets above the ability to think and act rationally.

Basically, we have been taught to value things which benefit those who wish to steal the products of our labour and enslave us in debt.

We are the product of our collective mental idleness and childhood desires, carried forward into adulthood; namely, instant gratification.

Indeed, where are the men and women?

Edit: I suspect it will come down to the second amendment. But this requires a personal commitment/sacrifice. A personal internal vote so to speak. To vote for/value freedom above living another day a slave.

Recent history suggests that folk will vote for immediate gratification. Take those with property in Ireland and Scotland. They wanted the status quo as opposed to a "financial revolution". That said, the youth had nothing to lose from change. Interesting times.

Oct 12, 2014 - 3:22pm

PS Fix - why not wake up the people at corporations?

You say "truth" is our biggest weapon. So why aren't you using it more?

Part of the point of writing to a large corporation is to let the lackeys know what is going on. They are the ones who actually read the emails. The more they become aware, the less likely they are going to go along with stuff. So even if the corporation doesn't change decisions at the top, the people at the bottom - the ones getting your complaints - might wake up.

Instead of spending so much of your time writing long comments preaching to the choir here, Fix, you should be writing long letters to each and every big corporation. No, it's not going to be read by the CEO. It will be read by the people handling customer service, and maybe a secretary. So is that a waste of time? No!! Because it's a captive audience for YOUR writing and YOUR ideas.

C'mon...expand your thinking a little bit!

Oct 12, 2014 - 3:19pm

@Bugzy - who are the "useful idiots"?

Are we still putting our inability to address Ebola problems down to the left right paradigm?

The "useful idiots" are the misinformed/naive/idealistic mobs who are used by the wannabe dictators to put themselves into power.

In our current reality, the "dictators" are Obama, the banking cartel, and the NWO globalists, who are more and more going to be pushing worldwide socialism as an answer to all our problems.

Now ask yourself, which side is going to be cheering on global socialism? Because here in America, it sure to heck isn't going to be the Tea Party. It's going to be the Hollywood liberals, the socialist progressives, and a good number of people on the MoveOn mailing list.

Is every liberal Democrat someone who wants global government? No. But let's get real here. The ones who will support it will be the "progressives" by and large. They are the current crop of "useful idiots."

And they just LOVE to sit back and watch their opposition tear each other apart as they continue to advance their "agenda."

Mr. Fix
Oct 12, 2014 - 2:58pm

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