Power To The People


Of Ebola and Quarantines

EbolaFortKentPresser102914 003.JPGNurse Kaci Hickox is making headlines in her showdown with the governments of New Jersey and Maine over their quarantine policies for people entering the United States from West African nations dealing with Ebola epidemics.

The quarantines have been imposed due to the federal government’s continued unwillingness to implement travel restrictions on Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. We have repeatedly been told, primarily by the Obama administration and their media allies, that travel bans and quarantines are “unscientific,” but this comes from the same administration that told us that you could not contract Ebola while riding on a bus with an infected person…and then in the next breath advised people who might be infected to stay away from public transportation. They tell us that they are taking every precaution, and then they tell us that it isn’t necessary to take every precaution.

Kaci Hickox, an employee of the CDC, has complained about how she was treated upon her return to the United States, and has slammed the quarantines as “inhumane,” and a violation of “basic human rights.” It seems that she was so upset by the inhumanity of having her temperature taken when she returned to the United States that got worked up enough to register a fever of over 100 degrees. Meanwhile, New Jersey and Maine are standing firm, and the government of Maine may even pursue legal action against Hickox for violating the quarantine.

The CDC and the Obama White House are actively opposing any travel restrictions or quarantines, calling them unscientific and unnecessary. And yet, the “scientists” giving the advice seem to be motivated more by politics than science – all while accusing those who seek to keep their states safe of doing the same thing.

So if even the idea of travel restrictions or quarantines is so “unscientific,” why would anyone consider imposing them? There is one, very simple reason:

People lie.

When Thomas Eric Duncan came to the United States from Liberia, he had no symptoms, though just days before he had been in close contact with multiple people who had Ebola. All he had to do to get into the United States was to lie on a questionnaire. In the ensuing weeks, the CDC had to track down hundreds of people that he had come into contact with, and two Dallas nurses ended up contracting the disease.

Dr. Craig Spencer, after returning from Guinea, where he had been treating Ebola patients, lied about staying under a voluntary quarantine, later admitting that he rode the subway, went out to dinner, and went bowling while he was supposed to be under quarantine. It wasn’t until authorities in New York started asking questions about activity on his Metro card that he admitted to having broken quarantine. Now, we just have to wait and see whether anyone else ends up contracting the virus during the course of his treatment.

To date, there have been 9 confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States – and that number includes 5 aid workers who were brought back to the U.S. for treatment after contracting Ebola in West Africa. So out of the 4 total cases of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States, half of them have lied.

We are continually told that Ebola is difficult to contract, and it’s true that it is much more difficult to contract than any number of other diseases. But while Ebola is not airborne, it can be carried via saliva through, say, a sneeze. Two of the symptoms are projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea. Imagine either of those on a New York subway (if that’s even out of the ordinary for a New York subway). The most frightening thing about Ebola is not how easy or difficult it is to contract, the frightening thing is the mortality rate, which has ranged from 25 to 90 percent in past outbreaks. We have been extremely fortunate here in the United States thus far, as a low number of cases has allowed us to keep the mortality rate low.

But refusing to impose any travel restrictions or mandatory quarantine protocols means we’re playing with fire. We already know that it’s possible for people with Ebola to enter the United States with no symptoms. We already know that people – even medical professionals – will lie to get around voluntary quarantines. There is nothing unreasonable about making people wait 21 days so we can be absolutely sure that they are Ebola free and won’t potentially cause a public health crisis.  Our hospitals are scrambling to try and get the protective gear necessary for treatment of Ebola patients.   Our nation is woefully unprepared for a major outbreak, and if one were to occur before we are ready, it will mean the deaths of many Americans – deaths that can easily be prevented through travel restrictions and quarantines.

It also makes one wonder: if quarantining U.S. soldiers for 21 days is a “smart, wise, prudent, disciplined, science-oriented decision,” why wouldn’t the same be true of aid workers, who would be working much more closely with infected people?

Kaci Hickox may not be symptomatic now, as she flagrantly goes on a bike ride with her boyfriend. She may not have Ebola, may never become symptomatic, may never pose a danger to anyone. But when Thomas Eric Duncan flew to Dallas, he probably hoped the same for himself. When Dr. Craig Spencer took the subway to his bowling match, he likely thought everything was fine.

That the United States has not seen a much larger outbreak of Ebola has had more to do with luck than skill, and the administration seems intent on pressing their luck. We may very well soon be faced with the reality of a few politicians’ and bureaucrats’ poor decisions putting Americans’ lives at risk.

It’s Time To Stand For Something

My latest column is up at Right Wing News!

Here is an excerpt:

Jerry BrownWith the midterm elections just weeks away, the numbers indicate that Republicans are pretty well positioned to take control of the Senate. While this is good news, in that it would give Republicans what they need to pass much-needed legislation to stimulate our economy, strengthen our immigration system, and put the brakes on some of the out-of-control agencies in our federal government.

Not that they would have any prayer of getting this type of legislation signed by President Obama, but at the very least, it would give the lie to the “do-nothing” lies that Democrats have used to smear the Republican-controlled Congress.

But as usual, the Republican Party seems intent on squandering a great opportunity to secure a future for the party, and for conservatism, within the U.S. government.

President Obama, intent on doing anything and everything he can to skew the elections in the Democrats’ favor, has pushed off the announcement of insurance rate increases under Obamacare until after the midterm elections. He has put off his plan to take executive action on amnesty until after the midterm elections (though the federal government has been caught making preparations for amnesty). He has delayed the announcement of his pick for Attorney General until after the midterm elections. He has pretty much delayed his entire agenda until after the midterms, because the only concrete action he can possibly take to improve Democrats’ chances is to do nothing.

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Containing Ebola

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

The Obama administration’s reaction to the arrival of Ebola has revealed some very troubling, very messed-up priorities in the top tiers of our government.

The most recent narrative among the punditry and America’s ever-present race-baiting community is that the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola within the United States, died because of racism. Now, I’ve heard about the EMR system issue that led to his being sent home with antibiotics the first time he went to the hospital (or was there really an issue?), but to date, there has been no believable evidence suggesting that Duncan received sub-par medical care due to his race. Not that it takes any evidence to get people hyped up about allegations of racism these days.

Truth be told, the “racism” angle is just a distraction from the real, serious issues about the spread of Ebola. As more time goes on, and the outbreak gets worse in West Africa, the danger that Ebola will continue to spread worldwide continues to deepen. A nurse in Dallas who treated Thomas Duncan has now been diagnosed with Ebola. A nurse in Spain who had treated two missionaries who died from Ebola has herself been diagnosed with the disease. Every day, there are more rumors that an infected person may have entered the U.S.

The CDC continues to tell us that cutting off flights out of West Africa would cause more harm than good, yet it is difficult for those of us who possess common sense to see the reasoning there. Containment is absolutely vital to stopping this plague, but the authorities entrusted with protecting us refuse to take the necessary steps to contain Ebola.

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The Competence Gap

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

As polls and surveys continue to show that trust of the American government among her citizens is at all-time lows, it daily becomes easier and easier to see why that is the case. Our government is suffering a deficit in basic competence that seems to extend far beneath the surface, penetrating the bureaucracy to its very core.

Consider the headlines of the past several years.

  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was exposed for its “gun-walking” operation, known as Fast and Furious, which involved BATFE pushing – sometimes even coercing – gun stores into selling firearms to known straw purchasers. Those guns then “walked” across our southern border into Mexico, into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

    The alleged goal of this program was to track gun traffic across the border…and yet, as soon as the guns crossed the border, BATFE lost track of them. To date, at least one U.S. Border Patrol officer, as well as hundreds of Mexican civilians have been murdered with Fast and Furious guns.

    The Obama administration then began a cover-up of the operation, taking retaliatory action against whistleblowers, and refusing to hand documents over to the Oversight Committee, eventually leading to charges of Contempt of Congress for Attorney General Eric Holder, which have gone unanswered by the Justice Department. The cover-up continues to this day.


  • Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Since then, implementation of that Act has been one blunder after another. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued thousands upon thousands of new regulations on the health care and health insurance industries, making medical care and insurance increasingly expensive. Many of these regulations forced insurers to drop plans, leaving millions of Americans without insurance, and hundreds of Americans who relied on specialists for critical medical care could no longer be treated by their doctors.

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California’s One-Party System

The midterm elections are rapidly approaching, and my sample ballot came in the mail yesterday.  It made me cringe, seeing the choices offered in this election.

A few years ago, California adopted the idiotic top-two open primary system.  Under this system, all statewide elections have open primaries – anyone can vote for any candidate from any party.  The top two end up on the ballot for the general election.

Now, I don’t know who thought this would be a good idea – probably some left-wing think tank (in the election after the open primary was adopted, 6 California districts ended up with two Democrats facing off in House races).  But every time I look at my sample ballot, it makes me want to skip voting on election day.



Going down the list, this is all I see:


  • Republican
  • Democrat

Lieutenant Governor

  • Democrat
  • Republican

Secretary of State

  • Republican
  • Democrat


  • Democrat
  • Republican


If you’re anything like me, you’re just as frustrated with the politically-correct left-of-center Republican Party as you are with the socialist Democrat Party.  There’s nothing that excites me about Neel Kashkari; if he wins, he has potential to be as disastrous for the GOP as Arnold Schwarzenegger was, as instead of taking a stand based on conservative values, Kashkari will end up fighting the Democrats for largely partisan reasons – because they have a “D” next to their names, while he has an “R.”

The Republican Party has been rendered impotent in California.  While there are a few Republicans in the state Senate and Assembly, they are vastly outnumbered…and they aren’t all conservative, which means that California’s conservative population gets virtually no representation in the state.

I’m not one to give up on the elections process – in fact, I’m usually the guy who gives people a hard time when they say there’s no point in voting.  But with the practical differences between America’s largest political parties vanishing at an alarming rate, all the voters are left with is a choice between criminals and shysters whose only distinguishing feature is whether they side with the elephant or the donkey.


These days, neither major party is taking on the important issues head-on.  Very few in government care about doing what’s right for America.  Rather than being a struggle over the future course of the freest nation on the planet, elections in America – or at least in California – are just a popularity contest to see which party’s corrupt scumbags will control things for the next few years, and which party’s corrupt scumbags will whine and cry about being the oppressed minority.

Don’t get me wrong, we do have some great fighters for conservatism here in California, but those are the people who get beat up by both sides, like Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was in the gubernatorial primary.

Holder Gone

With Attorney General Eric Holder’s announced resignation, there is a slight possibility that America could see some justice in the Justice Department again…but don’t bet on it.  Barack Obama is still president, after all, and the prevailing theories seem to be that he will either go with another Leftist wacko, in order to energize the Democrat base for the November midterms, or he will go with someone left-of-center, but slightly more moderate, in order to avoid a tough confirmation battle in the Senate.  Either way, we’ll be getting another left-wing Attorney General, and with some of the names floating around (Kamala Harris…ewww), losing Eric Holder won’t be quite as good for America as it should be.

Attn. General Holder Testifies At Senate Judiciary Hearing On Justice Dept OversightOne thing in particular that struck me about Holder’s resignation came from the news stories about his announcement.  While they pointed out that Holder’s tenure had been “controversial,” the AP report only pointed out two things: his calling America “a nation of cowards,” and his opposition to voter ID laws.

Controversy is one thing, but this constitutes an all-out whitewashing of Holder’s time as Attorney General, likely to prevent his horrible record from reflecting poorly on President Obama and other Democrats.

Holder’s “controversy” started early on, when he refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for blatant voter intimidation in Philadelphia during the 2008 election.  The NBPP members were decked out in military-style uniforms, brandishing clubs right outside a polling place.  Under normal circumstances, this would be a federal crime.  But to Eric Holder, complaints about the intimidation were unfounded.  The NBPP members were never prosecuted.

The true hallmark of Holder’s time as Attorney General, though, was his constant obstruction of Congressional investigations.  One of the first (and worst) of these was the Fast and Furious investigation, which culminated with Holder being found in Contempt of Congress – the first Attorney General in U.S. history to be found in contempt.  In the end, President Obama had to swoop in with a questionable claim of Executive Privilege.  To date, Holder still has not answered for those charges, though now that he’s stepping down, there’s a chance he may have to.

Holder’s term was marked by selective enforcement – an extreme negative for a man charged to be America’s top law enforcement officer.  African-Americans and leftists could be assured of some leniency if they were involved in an incident that caught Eric Holder’s attention.  He refused to investigate the IRS scandal, despite repeated calls from the Oversight Committee to do so.

But most of all, Eric Holder distinguished himself by being a pompous, arrogant ass.  After getting into a tiff with Congressman Louie Gohmert over the fact that the Justice Department had refused to hand over documents to Congress in yet another investigation, Holder whined about how poorly he had been treated, alleging that animus shown toward him and President Obama was racially motivated, and that no other Attorney General would be treated this way, despite the fact that it was Holder’s attitude toward Congress – namely, that he didn’t have to be answerable to them – that earned him their disdain.

That Eric Holder is stepping down as Attorney General is, without a doubt, a good thing. Only time will tell whether his replacement will bring Justice back to the Department of Justice again.

Doomed To Fail

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

Even after President Obama announced his grand strategy for taking on ISIL, his administration still seems like more of a JV team than our enemies. While ISIL seems ever more intent on committing acts of terrorism here in the United States, the Obama administration can’t even agree on a strategy even after that strategy has been made official.

President Obama continues to pledge “no boots on the ground” in Iraq or Syria, yet there seems to be some disagreement as to the wisdom of that pledge. Robert Gates, President Obama’s former Defense Secretary, stated quite plainly that “there will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy. And I think that by continuing to repeat that, the president, in effect, traps himself.” This is, without question, a major concern – for the president to box himself in by repeatedly pledging “no boots on the ground,” President Obama could potentially be left with two options in the long-term battle: either he will be forced to make himself into a liar by sending in troops, or in standing by his pledge, be married to a strategy that will never achieve victory.

And while Robert Gates isn’t a decision-maker in the administration anymore, he isn’t the only one contradicting President Obama’s strategy, and this is where it gets increasingly surreal. General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left the door open for ground troops in the conflict in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

To put it bluntly, for the President of the United States to continue to repeat this pledge is the height of foolishness. While pretty much anyone can understand that the people of the United States don’t want to get dragged into another prolonged war in the Middle East, there is little question about the fact that the enemy we face in ISIL is one of the greatest evils we have seen in these modern times. ISIL has cut a path of destruction across Syria and Iraq, and they aren’t planning on stopping there. Just the way their organization has changed its name over time tells the story of their plans: they started out as ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This was quickly changed to ISIL: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In case you don’t know, the Levant is a region stretching from Southern Turkey to Northern Egypt. It encompasses Syria, Jordan, Israel, and parts of Egypt and Turkey. The subsequent shortening of their name to IS, or the Islamic State, suggests that they have no intention of stopping with the Levant. Their goal is to bring back the Caliphate. Since its inception, Islam has always been expansionist, and it is very clear that ISIL’s long-term goal is to grow a modern Islamic empire reminiscent of the Caliphate as it existed a thousand years ago.

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