October 24, 2014

These are must reads

New York Doctor Craig Spencer tested positive for the Ebola virus (VIDEO)

Craig Spencer, Ebola

New York Doctor Craig Spencer Infected With Ebola New York City Doctor Craig Spencer who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday. He is the first person diagnosed in New York City. The New York Times reported the following. Doctor in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola - NYTimes.com A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case. The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the initial test. While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment … [Read more...]

This Christian Conservative believes it’s heresy to deny God entitles the rich (VIDEO)

Dave Ramsey, God, Bible, Greed, Heresy, Wealth, Rich

Dave Ramsey thinks it's heresy not to see biblical justification for the wealthy few After listening to Dave Ramsey's interview on CBN News with evangelist Pat Robertson, one should get angry. At the same time, it illustrates why many of the poor and the middle classes do not revolt against the few who continue to profit at the expense of the masses. If a sect of a religion influences the psyche of many, the teachings of Dave Ramsey and Pat Robertson are an effective lobotomy. Pat Robertson premises the interview with a statement saying there are people in the country that believe wealth is evil. Dave Ramsey was on the show to plug his book "The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity" . Dave Ramsey claims there is a problem out there with some "bad and toxic teachings" that claim if you won with money or if you got wealthy, you have done something wrong. He claims it is heresy to have that belief. Of course most people do not believe wealth is evil. They rightfully believe … [Read more...]

GOP Governors admit Obamacare not going away

Greg Abbott Obamacare

Greg Abbott's Obamacare and other promises won't stand Republican politicians are running two distinct campaigns. If one listens to them while campaigning to their base, Obamacare is red meat. I just got back from a Greg Abbott rally in Conroe, a very Conservative Republican town in Montgomery County Texas. Greg Abbott (R-TX) is running against Wendy Davis (D-TX) for Texas Governor. Despite the fact the latest polls show Gregory Abbott comfortably ahead he is campaigning hard against Wendy Davis who was endorsed by most major Texas newspapers. What is ironic is unlike many Republican governors, Gregory Abbott continues to run hard against the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) bragging that he has sued President Obama over 30 times. It should be noted that Texas has the distinction of being the state with the highest percentage of uninsured citizens. Nine Republican Governors, including Jan Brewer (R-AZ) and John Kasich (R-OH) accepted the Medicaid Expansion to Obamacare. Slowly but surely the reality … [Read more...]

Chuck Todd had 3 minutes on Ebola worth watching

Ebola Statistics

A sensible discussion on Ebola Chuck Todd and Meet The Press finally put on a substantive program that showed a few rays of what good journalism could look like. The discussion on Ebola was mostly substantive. There were a few instances where political reporters showed their lack of objectivity and journalistic decency however. The experts effectively squashed their flawed reasoning. Chuck Todd had two unbiased experts on the show. Laurie Garrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist/writer and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Gabe Kelen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, Director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), and Director of the Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER). Early on Chuck Todd showed an important table that put Ebola into context. Ebola as an actual killer in America is rare compared to many other diseases, activities, and … [Read more...]

Disjointed private healthcare guarantees more Ebola


 The Ebola scare is just the tip of the iceberg We all love our freedoms. We created civil societies by giving up some of those freedoms for the overall well-being of us all. Society creates a degree of order. We must pay taxes to build roads, maintain a military, protect our environment and much more. While there will always be a fight about how much taxes we want to pay, how much military we really need, healthcare is a no-brainer. We want a very controlled healthcare system because many diseases are very difficult to control. The current Ebola hysteria must be placed into context. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is a private hospital. Had that hospital emergency room behaved like a hospital concerned with healthcare as opposed to the bottom line, Thomas Eric Duncan would likely be alive and two nurses would likely not have been infected. Mr. Duncan had a 103+ degree fever with headaches but  no insurance. Texas did not accept the Medicaid Expansion to Obamacare and as such their hospitals are … [Read more...]

Watch Bill Maher teach Democrats how to win the White vote (VIDEO)

Bill Maher, Democrats, Whites

Is Bill Maher stereotyping the White working class voter? Bill Maher attempted to bring in another story on the evils of Islam early in his show Real Time. He relayed yet another anecdotal story about a Pakistani woman that was sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. It was obvious he was still feeling the sting both he and Sam Harris got for their Islamophobic stances from several shows back. Bill Maher quickly changed the subject as he started getting push back from two of his guest, David Frum and David Miliband, who showed much more prowess in the subject than he did. Bill Maher proceeded to concentrate on what he does best on this week's show, political satire. True to form he was very good. "Before they lose the midterm any worse than they already are," Bill Maher said. "Democrats must learn to speak to the one group of people who actually vote in the midterms, Caucasians. You hear a lot about Republicans' inability to reach minorities.  But what about the converse. Have … [Read more...]

Watch Jon Stewart slam GOP Mitch McConnell as architect of government failure (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart, GOP, Mitch McConnell

Jon Stewart hits the nail on its head Jon Stewart once again hits the nail on the head. Most importantly he got to the core of the government dysfunction and the genesis of this iteration that started just before President Obama's inauguration. A few weeks ago President Obama gave a speech where he stated that while he was not on the ballot, his policies were. The snippet got a lot of attention and was placed in the ads of many Republicans. Because of the lack of spine and fortitude of Democrats, that statement while true turned a reality into a liability when taken out of context. The snippet from Jon Stewart's skit above illustrates this perfectly. It is the timidity of Democrats, a failed traditional media, and a Republican Party that has no fear of being called out for lies, misinformation, and policies that materially hurt the middle class that is at fault. Jon Stewart shows McConnell being asked about Kynect in his debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kynect is the very successful implementation … [Read more...]

Watch President Obama reassure Americans that Ebola crisis is under control (VIDEO)

President Obama, Ebola

President Obama reassures Americans Ebola crisis under control President Obama gave a news conference on the Ebola crisis. He wanted to reassure Americans that the Ebola crisis was under control. President Obama postponed today's campaign trip in New Jersey and Connecticut in order to meet with his "cabinet agencies coordinating the government's response to the Ebola outbreak.” In the news conference the President first expressed concern for the two nurses that contracted Ebola. "Our nurses and healthcare workers are absolutely vital to the health and well being of our families," President Obama said. "They sacrifice for us all the times not just in this case but in the case of other illnesses that affect us. They are selfless. They work hard.  They are often underpaid. So our thoughts and prayers are with them. And we have to make sure we are doing everything we can to take care of them." President Obama said they are reviewing exactly what happened in Dallas. They will use what they find to … [Read more...]

Watch Chuck Todd blame candidate for his journalistic screw up

Chuck Todd Alison Lundergan Grimes

Chuck Todd donated the sound bite Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to provide Chuck Todd does not get it. Once he becomes the news in this manner he has failed as a journalist. A few days ago Alison Lundergan Grimes was interviewed by the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board. They asked her whether she voted for president Obama in 2008 and 2012. She justifiably refused to answer. The talking heads and pundits claimed she was not prepared for the question. The lack of sophistication of the traditional media is astounding. It was evident that she was prepared for the question and she intended not to answer it. It was evident that her team likely thought the downside was worse if she answered. Chuck Todd in another case of irrational verbal diarrhea said that her answer 'borders on disqualification'. One wonders how not answering an inconsequential and silly question borders on disqualification yet he never said such on the various substantive lies and misstatements by Mitch McConnell (e.g, implying … [Read more...]

Watch Elizabeth Warren tell Bill Maher real reasons 2014 Election matter

Elizabeth Warren, Bill Maher, Student Loan, Election, 2014

Elizabeth Warren knows exactly why the 2014 Election matters and student loans a big part. Elizabeth Warren was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher a little over a week ago. She was actually the most substantive guest on the show but it got little attention because of the Islamophobic exchange that occurred between Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck. The gravity of that exchange and the implications it had on an entire community needed to be justifiably challenged. Bill Maher earlier on asked Elizabeth Warren why more Democrats do not speak like she does. Democrats do not provide the full throated populist positions that Elizabeth Warren has been articulating for some time. Her positions and her ability to articulate America's economic ills and unfairness is the reason many think that she ultimately has a better chance of being the president the entire country could rally around. Bill Maher notes that while there is an election coming up in a month or so, many seem oblivious to it. … [Read more...]