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October, 2014

Ebola-Treating RN Forcibly Quarantined in Prison-Like Conditions

fyr_logoAn American Registered Nurse (RN), who traveled to West Africa on a mercy mission to care for patients with Ebola, recently returned to the U.S.  This RN had performed acts of courage, charity and service that brought her in close contact with these desperately ill Ebola patients.

Other Americans having had similar contact with Ebola had been cautioned to go home and self-monitor.  This American RN was not similarly cautioned.  Instead, she was rewarded for her heroism by being forcibly isolated from family and friends and quarantined in bleak, third-world prison-like conditions.  Is it any wonder she complained about her mistreatment?

I guess it’s true what they say:  “No good deed goes unpunished.” 

Obama’s Ebola Disinformation Campaign: Blatant Lies

CDC Director Tom Frieden gave a news conference about Ebola and discussed the Dallas nurse who was recently diagnosed with Ebola. She had treated Thomas Duncan, the Ebola patient who recently died, while wearing full protective gear and following the CDC Protective Protocol. Frieden blamed the nurse for contracting Ebola, saying that there had been a “breach of protocol“.

 

fyr_logoIt’s true that a breach of protocol may have been the cause of the nurse contracting Ebola; after all, it’s only human to make a mistake. However, it’s more likely the nurse came in contact with Ebola because the CDC Protective Protocol is flawed and ineffective because it is based on false assumptions.  This Obama Disinformation Campaign is pushing false information on the American public.

 

Some of the false assumptions that led to the flawed CDC Protective Protocol: “Ebola can’t be easily transferred”, “screening of travelers from West Africa for illness by airline personnel will protect us”, “Ebola is not a threat to the U.S.”, and “if you adhere to the Protective Protocol when in close contact with Ebola patients you’re safe”. All these statements, made by President Obama and his administration (including the CDC), are unsubstantiated, are not evidence-based as required by quality medical standards, and are politicized half-truths that amount to nothing less than blatant lies.

 

Please Don’t Vote!

We hear a lot about how important it is to vote, and all are vigorously encouraged to vote. The various political parties put together massive “Get Out The Vote” campaigns every election. Some argue that it’s so important that everyone votes, that even asking people to do the minimal effort it takes to obtain an official ID is an unreasonable requirement that could restrict people from voting. I’m against voting just to have voted. Anyone that fails to establish identity as a citizen of the United States has no right to vote, and if you really don’t know what you’re voting for—Please Don’t Vote.

Any that are disabled or homebound and can’t get to the DMV for an ID, should receive whatever assistance necessary, or be able to get the ID another way. But those of us who are unwilling to exert even the smallest amount of effort needed to obtain an ID, will not spend the time to become acquainted with the issues or the candidates. Voting just to vote serves no good purpose, and is harmful to our “government of the people”.

Not by any law, but to fulfill our personal responsibility as voters in the United States, each citizen should prepare well before voting. Personal integrity requires that we study and understand the pros and cons of the issues and the candidates’ positions. Only then should we make an “educated” vote. If we don’t get around to learning about what we’re voting for, my advice is Please Don’t Vote at all. If we all did our duty to be educated voters, we’d have a better government and a better country.