Told You This Would Happen

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas says a patient being evaluated for Ebola has tested positive for the virus. The Centers for Disease Control confirmed the case — the first time Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States.

Interesting to note that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a large number of immigrant employees from Nigeria. Ironic how our national media outlets poo-poo’d this fact, calling it ‘fear-mongering.’

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Battling the Increasing Lonliness

Recently I bemoaned in my journal that I spend a lot of my time feeling lonely. However, what I didn’t mention is that much of my loneliness is filled with worthless distractions from the radio, to the television, the Internet and even my dogs.

I’m betting you find yourself in the same sort of situation, too.

It’s because of this that I feel so alone the majority of the time. I know, it sounds counterintuitive.

Yet if one takes the time to look at the activities we’re involved in from day-to-day, it becomes clear our time is filled with nothing but the World. Instead, we should be spending our alone time in thought, meditation, reflection, prayer and other mind and soul growing activities.

Well, maybe the dogs aren’t that big of a distraction as they are a constant reminder to stay in the ‘now’ of life. Besides, dogs are some of the better people I know.

Television Conversations

“For crying out loud,” Mary exclaimed, “with all the crap that’s going on in the world – this is the most popular thing online?”

Surprised by her sudden outburst, “What?!”

“People are complaining that they don’t like some actress’s new haircut,” she stated with disgust. There was long pause before she added, “What’s wrong with people?”

“I don’t know,” was all I could say in return.

Later, I checked the mail, where I found the TV Guide. I very rarely read it, but Mary goes through it from cover-to-cover.

“There sure are a lot of futuristic shows anymore,” she commented as she flipped through the pages of the magazine.

I agreed with her.

“So,” Mary sighed, “Why do you think that is?”

“People want to escape to a place that’s worse than the world we’re living in,” I answered, “even if it’s jus’ for an hour at a time.”

We both agreed that at this rate — society’s doomed.

Home of the Free and the Brave, but not in Washoe County

The figure in black drew closer with each step along East Sixth in Reno. In no time I could tell it was woman clad in a burqa.

No one yelled at her, no one called her names or threatened her. And I was proud – this is America I told myself — the land of the free and home of the brave.

Driving along Reno’s notorious Fourth Street corridor, filled with vagrants, hookers and the homeless, I saw two homosexual men holding hands. They entered a bar that flies the ‘rainbow banner.’

No one yelled at them, no one called either man a name or threatened them with harm. And I was proud – this is America I told myself — the land of the free and home of the brave.

Once at home I turned on the TV and learned that the Washoe County School District says it will not allow school-approved athletics and club-related clothing to be worn on campus because it discriminates against other students. This includes letterman jackets, club-shirts, society pins and such.

And I was sad. Is this America — and what has happened to the free and the brave?

The Possibility of an Airborne Ebola Virus

It’s been years since I was a U.S. Air Force Environmental Health Tech. And while there are new ways being employed to halt infections, the nature of contracting a disease hasn’t changed.

Ingestion, inhalation and injection are for any vector-borne disease the gateway into the human body.

However those charged with the care of an Ebola infected person cannot avoid the disease. So they use barriers like gloves, gowns, goggles and masks, not to mention disinfectants, to keep from becoming ill.

So with all these barriers, why are healthcare workers contraction Ebola? Furthermore even the CDC says the virus changes itself each time it infects a new host.

It could be that while the virus is primarily passed by person-to-person contact, the disease has mutated in some cases into an airborne illness. And unless proper precautions are not being followed, allowing the transmission, then nothing else makes sense.

Obama, War President

The dictionary defines ‘war,’ as: armed fighting between nations; state of hostility or conflict; struggle between opposing forces or for a particular end. But it seems the meaning is being changed and it’s being done so that it fits the needs of the politically correct.

They don’t want President Obama to be remembered as a ‘war president,’ something he vigorously campaigned against in two election cycles. Therefore, they are attempting to twist public perception as to the correct definition.

To this end, President Obama is sending 500 advisors to help the Iraqi government contain ISIS/ISIL. Meanwhile, he’s deploying 3,000 combat troops to West Africa to help battle the Ebola outbreak.

Either way, Obama’s now a ‘war president.’

The Real Bully in this Case

The National Football League continues to tear itself apart from the inside-out. Another player is in trouble, accused of child abuse after whipping and leaving marks on his four-year-old son.

It has also decided to employ three women to help the league deal with situations involving domestic abuse and other incidents deemed important to women. Plus there is talk of firing Roger Goodel and replacing him with Condoleezza Rice.

Then Mary comes home telling me that local favorite Colin Kaepernick was fined $11,000 for supposedly calling someone a, “Nigger.” Kap says he didn’t say it and the player he reportedly said it to, Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston, also says he didn’t say it.

Kap plans to appeal the charge and the fine.

It appears only Side Judge Laird Hayes heard what no-one else heard. Sounds like a case of bullying to me, which the NFL has stated will not be tolerated either on or off the field.

Seems very selective to me.