Author Archives: Bok

Travel Ban

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One reason there is no Ebola travel ban is that it would lessen CDC’s ability to track the disease. So says CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

Now that we have a new Ebola czar a travel ban may soon follow.

Conspiracy Theory

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It must be a conspiracy. The stock market lost all its gains for the year this past week. So naturally as I post this the markets are soaring.

Democrat Deniers

141016messiah-democrat-denierPresident Obama spends tons of time and taxpayer money raising funds for his fellow Democrats. In return the ingrates won’t even be seen with him.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, a perfectly good candidate for Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate seat, won’t even admit she voted for the guy. Maybe she didn’t. She clings to her shotgun while insisting she’s no Barack Obama.

The Wall Street Journal goes on to list other Democrats who are shunning the pres. Mark Pryor has voted with Obama 93% of the time. Mark Begich rings in at 97%.

Democrats

Kathleen Parker says the D next to Democrats’ names stands for Denial.

Ebola in Akron

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Democrats have learned the true source of the ebola virus – Republicans. Or more specifically sequestration, the scheme to hold federal spending in place. Sequestration was actually proposed by President Obama and later implemented by Congress as a way to climb down from the fiscal cliff.

The head of NIH says if not for sequestration we’d have an ebola vaccine by now. He didn’t say if it would cause autism.

IBD says CDC and NIH are doing just fine..

The CDC’s budget today is 25% bigger than it was in 2008 and 188% bigger than in 2000. The NIH budget has been flat for the past few years, but at a level that’s more than double what it was 14 years ago.

Plus, spending at both of these agencies has actually been higher than President Obama himself proposed (see chart). The 2014 NIH budget, in fact, is almost $1 billion bigger than Obama sought in his budget plan, released in early 2010.

Akron

AAAAAAAAAAiiiieeeee This just in: Ebola comes to Akron. I live in Akron! The victim traveled through Cleveland Hopkins airport this past weekend. I traveled through Cleveland Hopkins airport this past weekend! Damn Republicans.

 

Turkey, Kurds, and Isis

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Turkey seems content to allow ISIS to wipe out the Kurds on its border in the Syrian town of Kobani. The Kurds have threatened to renew guerrilla war against the Turks if they don’t give a little help.

Meanwhile tribal forces in Iraq’s Anbar province say they can’t resist Isis without American ground troops.

David Ignatius, in the Washington Post, says that limited conflicts have a way of ratcheting upwards. He adds, “since the days of the Romans limited warfare has rarely been successful”.