What did the Ebola panic teach us? Probably nothing

I want you to reach back deep, deep into your memory banks, way back into the shrouded mists of time.

Remember … Ebola? Remember the Republican hysteria over Ebola, how we were all gonna DIE!!! because of the alleged incompetence of the Obama administration. Remember Fox News insisting that the coming Ebola outbreak right here in the United States was just further evidence that the government could do nothing right?

Remember the posturing of Gov. Chris Christie, forcibly quarantining Kaci Hickok in a tent in a hospital parking lot as her “reward” for having volunteered to go into the disease zone?

Kaci-Hickox-quaran_3089761bRemember how our health-care system was going to be overwhelmed, and how those so-called “medical experts” with all their fancy degrees were stupid to claim that the disease could never become a serious threat in this country? Remember John Boehner, Mitt Romney and others insisting that we had to immediately stop anybody who had visited those parts of Africa from entering the country? (And yes, some Democrats got swept along too, unable or unwilling to buck the hysteria.)

Remember Rush Limbaugh suggesting that Obama was purposefully exposing Americans to Ebola as vengeance for slavery? Remember how alleged “common sense” was supposed to be so superior to over things such as scientific training and decades of experience in containing outbreaks?

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Just to jog your memory, here’s a chart for the word “Ebola” from Google trends, documenting the hysteria. Please notice how it spiked right before the election, and then all but disappeared:

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What changed? The disease is still spreading in parts of Africa, although progress has been made. Commercial air flights from the regions affected by the disease still continue. Health-care workers, including epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control here in Atlanta, still fly back and forth without being forced into 21-day isolation chambers.

Yet miracle of miracles, no new cases of the disease have been transmitted here.

I’d like to think that people will remember who was right and who was wrong in all that panic, who drove them into groundless hysteria and who calmly and accurately advised them that panic posed a much greater danger than the disease. I’d like to think that those in the media and in politics who behaved irresponsibly, either out of cynical opportunism or sheer ignorance, would pay a price for that irresponsibility, if for nothing else to discourage them the next time a crisis develops.

But I don’t.

 

 

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Cinesias
Cinesias

Obama is importing Hispanic pre-teens inoculated with Ebola and trained by ISIS, into the US.


I know it's true because Fox and Glenn Beck's ChalkboardOfFreedumb™ says it's true, and it's treason to think different than what I'm told to think.

Starik
Starik

How much of the panic is due to the frenzied coverage on Fox, CNN, MSNBC and local news stations and newspapers?  If it bleeds it leads? How about "If it frightens, flaunt it."

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

The middle class could sure use some amnesty from big government and business......

Paul42
Paul42

Seems to me the Ebola case taught us the same thing Benghazi taught us.

The Right will quickly leap to accusations, accept the worst possible outcome, will lay it all on Obama, and when events prove them wrong, will 

Arms_Akimbo
Arms_Akimbo

hmmm. None of today's posts are about Bookman trying to make ebola into a partisan political issue. I guess Obama's request for $6.2 Billion in emergency ebola funding stopped the debate. But while bookman is trying to remember disease related publicity in an attempt to portray the GOP as evil, let's reminisce about the good old days when the CDC declared the U.S. to be free of whooping cough and measles- way back in 2001. Of course that was before a few pockets of liberals in CA., CO., Wa., and OR. decided that immunization through vaccines caused autism. Scientists from all over the world have debunked this myth. Yet measles and whooping cough have increased dramatically in the past year because of this foolishness. I guess that ignoring science only applies when Dems attack republicans on climate change formerly known as global warming. It seems like the party trying to enforce individual mandates and legislate stupidity would force their members to vaccinate their children to protect the entire population. But then again, whether it is ebola, measles, or whooping cough, healthcare is not exactly the Dems' strong suit. 

Cinesias
Cinesias

@Arms_Akimbo

Alex Jones and Michelle Bachmann: Part of the libruul conspiracy against vaccines!


Keep on keepin' on!

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

DJIA getting MIGHTY close to 18,000...


Thank you President Obama for fixing the crap you inherited.

Mr_B
Mr_B

""Black lives matter" is not to elevate blacks above white, it is to say that these lives are not worth less than white or any other lives and that justice should be equal to all. "


"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; therefore, send never to know for whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee."


Where is John Donne when we need him?

gotalife
gotalife

gop motto for 16 sheetz.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF The data does not back up the second assertion. 


In 2012, 122 blacks were killed by Law enforcement

In 2012, 326 white were killed by law enforcement. 



Cinesias
Cinesias

@td1234 @KUTGF

Which works out to:


1 out of every 680,000 whites killed by police


1 out of every 315,000 blacks killed by police.


Statistics and context: how do they work?!?

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

WGA 1990


The real outcome of all this police bashing is that law enforcement officers will start "holding back" for physical and legal self-preservation purposes.  In other words, they won't go "above and beyond" the call of duty as they usually do in running down suspects, physically fighting them to effect an arrest, etc., etc., etc.  The end result is that the general public will suffer more as a result of perps being able to conduct their  business with just a little more than normal impunity.  Arrests will go down but crime will go up.


Be careful what you ask for.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@AyeAyeSir re: 'In other words, they won't go "above and beyond" the call of duty as they usually do in running down suspects, physically fighting them to effect an arrest, etc., etc., etc"


and that's a bad thing why? by all accounts, they knew who Garner was. They could have gotten him most any time. He didn't have to be 'taken down'.


reform some stupid law. train police better. and your fears should be unfounded. but i know, change is hard for conservatives. 

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@AyeAyeSir 'Be careful what you ask for'

And, be careful about the pictures you propagate...

KUTGF
KUTGF

@AyeAyeSir  You mean holding back from excessive and unnecessary force rather than killing people for minor crimes such as a tax issue, speeding, etc.  If that is the end result, GREAT! 


If its holding back from the rubber hose treatment you encourage often with your wink wink nudge nudge, then GREAT.


If its holding back so that the community respects them and believes that the officers will respect the community and thus everyone works together, then crime will go down

WGA1990
WGA1990

@AyeAyeSir 

That indeed could be the result. The left might like to see a weak police presence.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@AyeAyeSir 

"The end result is that the general public will suffer more as a result of perps being able to conduct their  business with just a little more than normal impunity.  Arrests will go down but crime will go up."

Thank goodness that you're retired.  Nobody that I know has said anything remotely near what you just posted.  Of all my friends, colleagues, and family members that wear a badge, not a single one has said they're going to do anything different than what they've done the day before.

The reason why, we're all great officers and good at what we do.  We understand public perception, but we also know that we don't fit that mold that some people are trying to paint on officers.  We also know there are good and bad within the ranks, and not a single one I know wants any of the bad to impugn their credibility.  Only weak minded people would fold under weak pressure.

gotalife
gotalife

See the jobs report yet?

And he did it all by himself.

Your lunatic behavior just makes him greater.


WGA1990
WGA1990

Wonder if Jay will present a topic on Frederick Wilson.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@WGA1990

You really think that your party is out there fighting against the evil libs an Democrats don't you? 

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@WGA1990 @Tuna Meowt FWIW, I see Brosephus is here this morning; he can tell you how easy it is to set up and run your own blog.

WGA1990
WGA1990

@LeninTime @WGA1990 

Well they won the recent mid-term and will control both chambers of Congress, so we shall see.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@WGA1990 Not to be snarky, but it's pretty easy to set up your own Wordpress account and blog if you think there's something worth discussing that's not getting play here.  Plus, you can censor the crap out of whoever you want if you do that.


Heck, Jay might even let you post a link to your blog here every now and then if you don't overdo it.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@WGA1990 @Tuna Meowt Didn't say that.  I just said that if there's something *you* feel like talking about that you want Jay to bring up (but he doesn't), there's a solution for that.


I meant nothing more that that.  I'm not trying to run you off the blog or anything -- I'm just trying to point out a possible solution that's really not difficult and which you might actually like.


WGA1990
WGA1990

@Tuna Meowt @WGA1990 

Sorry tuna but I only blog here to agitate the libs. I don't have time to do what you're suggesting. Thanks anyway. BTW...what did you think of Wilson's message?

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@WGA1990 @Tuna Meowt Sorry to burst your bubble, Niedermeyer, but the next 'lib' you agitate will be your first.  Try linking a racist photoshopped picture of a Ferguson protester if you want to agitate...

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@WGA1990 @Tuna Meowt "Sorry tuna but I only blog here to agitate the libs."


Respectfully, you're not very good at it.  Watch TeeDee and YJC; they've pretty much got the concern-trolling act down cold.  :)


"I don't have time to do what you're suggesting. Thanks anyway."


No worries.  Just file it away in your memory for later.  Perhaps one day you'll have a bit more time on your hands and want to give it a try.




" BTW...what did you think of Wilson's message?"


As I posted yesterday, I think the problem is one of perception, and that the problem goes both ways.  Yes, black Americans need to be mindful of their image and call out bad behavior for what it is.  That said, LEOs need to be mindful of the same thing -- when one of their number screws up and accidentally causes an avoidable death, that's not the time to close ranks and protect him.  His/her mistake needs to be called out for what it is.


So I think Wilson's message is applicable and wise, but I think that some people are only getting half of his message.  And Wilson may have forgotten to send that second half, FWIW.


RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@gotalife @WGA1990 @LeninTime Interesting concept. All along the past years, repubs have charged election fraud esp by "illegals". In keeping with all their other charges against libs, they are guilty of the same abuses. So just maybe the repubs are conducting election fraud!?! Has anyone seen Uncle Sonny's "key" to the Diebold machines used when he was first elected?


See everyone can have conspiracy theories, not just the repubs, who think they are sooooooo original! And righteous!

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

but will the Falcons win Monday?......Go Falcons!

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

Everyone is out for a buck.......undercover of course......even Obama


If it sounds too good to be true.........