Ebola worries here?

We had two different doctor’s appointments today at two different locations, although both were at Straub Hospital offices. Each of them had signs posted at the sign-in desks asking patients to inform the nurse or receptionist whether they had traveled outside the US in the past 30 days.

Better safe than sorry, I suppose, but I suspect the number of people traveling from Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea to Hawai’i is vanishingly small.

Game Seven of the World Series

There’s no more dramatic phrase in sports, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve said so before and I’ll say it again: Game Seven is evocative of heroics on the field in do-or-die circumstances: Bill Mazeroski and Joe Carter’s home runs, Sid Bream’s slide, Carlos Beltran’s strikeout, Luis Gonzalez’s dribbler…so many instances of melodrama.

The Royals walloped the Giants 10-0 tonight in Game Six, forcing a Game Seven tomorrow evening. If you’re a fan, you have an appointment with your television at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT/5:00PM PT/2:00PM HST.

The only downside is that after tomorrow night’s game, there will be no more baseball until February when pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.


I just got the newest entry into the Honorverse at the library. David Weber and Tim Zahn have written a story of the early days of the Royal Manticore Navy, some 375 years before Honor and her contemporaries were born. The Navy is at risk of being broken up by politicians who begrudge spending money on defense (no, there’s no reflection of Weber’s politics in it. None at all. Why do you ask?) when there are many more domestic problems which could be solved with those funds.

It’s called “A Call to Duty”, and it’s good. It’s got the same kind of action as early Honor books did, with piracy and political chicanery as well.

Now if Weber would just get going on a sequel to “A Rising Thunder” in the main series, I’d be a happy camper. For a while. Until that’s published.

Oh, Iowa, think twice

Are you really preparing to put a nitwit like Jodi Ernst in the United States Senate to represent you? The woman who has said she’d use a gun to protect herself from the very government she hopes to be elected to?

“I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important,” Ernst said at the [2012 NRA] rally.

Great. Most people take disputes to courts in this country, but not this pig-castrating, Agenda 21-bashing, Balanced Budget Amendment-loving, entitlement program-slashing right-wing buffoon.

Iowa takes itself and its political standing in this country very seriously, what with its steak fries and early caucuses and so on. It’s at risk of making itself a laughingstock if it votes for a lightweight like this.

Plainspoken intent to steal

Votes, that is.

From the Bergen Record:

[Governor Chris] Christie stressed the need to keep Republicans in charge of states — and overseeing state-level voting regulations — ahead of the next presidential election. Christie made his push at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in Washington, D.C., where he ran down a list of states he’s spent time in recently as chairman of the Republican Governors Association questioning whether a Republican presidential nominee would rather have the incumbent GOP governor in power or the Democratic challenger.

“Would you rather have Rick Scott in Florida overseeing the voting mechanism, or Charlie Crist? Would you rather have Scott Walker in Wisconsin overseeing the voting mechanism, or would you rather have Mary Burke? Who would you rather have in Ohio, John Kasich or Ed FitzGerald?” he asked.

I think Norm Orenstein of AEI has the best answer to this:

via Ed Kilgore and Steve Benen.

Glad that’s over

Yesterday (or earlier today, depending on your time zone), Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years for “culpable homicide” in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. That’s a term we in America might translate as manslaughter or negligent homicide.

I don’t know if that’s the right verdict or not, but I’m very glad the case is over. I get two different hours of BBC news on public radio out here, and the Beeb was almost obsessed with it. I got live audio feeds while the case was being tried. I got live feeds when the judge announced her verdict, and I got live feeds when the sentencing was announced.

I really don’t know why. I mean, sure, Pistorius is a celebrity and a sympathetic one. His physical disability and his work to overcome it and run in the Olympics as well as the Paralympics make him so. He is a handsome guy who had a beautiful girlfriend too. But it was a crime in South Africa. I could understand if the South African press went with wall-to-wall coverage (as I imagine it did), but the veddy British BBC? Staid old Auntie Beeb?

I was puzzled while it was going on and I still am.

Land of the brave?

Not hardly.

  • Navarro College, a two-year college about 60 miles from Dallas, sent out rejection letters to some applicants from Nigeria because the country had a few Ebola cases.
  • A woman boarded a shuttle bus in a Pentagon parking lot Thursday, got off and vomited. A hazmat team responded, the area was cordoned off, military officials going to a Marine Corps ceremony were temporarily quarantined, the woman was put into isolation.
  • A passenger who vomited in the aisle of an American Airlines plane from Dallas to Chicago was allegedly told to stay in the lavatory for the rest of the flight.
  • An elementary school teacher in Maine was put on 21 days’ leave – the incubation period for Ebola — because she went to Dallas for an education conference. While there, she stayed at a hotel about 10 miles from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where a patient died of the disease.
  • A middle school principal in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, who went to his brother’s funeral in Africa is now on a weeklong paid vacation. Why? Because parents pulled their kids out of school Friday once they learned of the trip. And where in Africa did the principal go? Zambia, which has reported a total of zero Ebola cases.

Do I have to tell you that none of those people, none, had Ebola?

There’s more idiocy at the link.

What ever happened to common sense? I realize that CNN, Fox and to a lesser degree MSNBC have all been reporting on Ebola nonstop, but there have been eight confirmed cases in the US. EIGHT! Yet we see panicky decisions like those above every day!