Have You Read My New Bestseller, Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster, Yet?
Bill Quick

Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster has become a category best-seller at Amazon, with dozens of four and five star reader reviews, as well as a great reception from MSM book reviewer and bloggers. It’s available in both Kindle ebook and paperback formats.

I urge you to give it a try. At $3.99 for nearly 700 pages of high adventure, triumph, and tragedy, what do you have to lose?

The System Isn’t Perfect? Who Could Possibly Have Imagined?
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Experts question two-day delay in admitting Texas Ebola patient – Yahoo News

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said.

Those who rule us always seem to expect that their systems will work exactly as they wish them to.

But systems, like battle plans, never survive first contact with the enemy.  Here’s a nice picture of the system designed to handle pandemics.

And here is a scary thought about bureaucratic systems:  They are in large part designed not to perform their designated function, but to provide congenial shelter for those wishing to avoid taking blame for making decisions.

You are making preparations to ride out a quarantine, aren’t you?  If not, why not?

 

I don’t know how to refute him.
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I was talking to a gentleman a while ago, and we were discussing what had happened, and why he was not going to cooperate with the authorities to establish exactly who, what, when, and where.

He said, “They can lie right in my face, and it be legal. If I get the time of day wrong, I get locked up.”

I opened my mouth to tell him, “Man, that is not how it is.” Then I closed my mouth.

When enough people notice that there is one law for thee, and another law for me…soon there is no law for any. Except for the oldest law. That of the jungle.

Interesting times. That’s when we live.

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How the MSM Lies to Cover For Obama
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Media Ignores Obama’s 60 Minutes Ratings Collapse – Down 69% in a Week | The Gateway Pundit

The sympathetic news media is avoiding mentioning his name, instead they are blaming the lack of a football intro for the massive collapse in ratings Sunday night for President Barack Obama’s appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Americans turned away from watching Obama even though he was being interviewed about the nation’s new war on ISIS.

For example, Deadline Hollywood didn’t even mention Obama’s 60 Minutes interview when reporting on the drop in viewers.

“With no football lead-in, CBS’ Sunday lineup fell from last week. As expected, the drop was steepest at 7 PM, with 60 Minutes (1.1) off by 69% from last Sunday, when it directly followed the game.”

Also, Variety avoided mentioning Obama on 60 Minutes.

“At CBS, “60 Minutes” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) dropped off sharply from last week when it had the end of the Denver-Seattle football game as a lead-in, and was also down about 20% from last year.”

The Los Angeles Times likewise did not name Obama.

“”60 Minutes” didn’t fare as well. With a rating of 1.1 in the key demo, the show was down 69% from last week’s season premiere. About 9.1 million people tuned in.”

Lying by omission is still lying.

If Only
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Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states | WashingtonExaminer.com

Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the rest of the nation grew more than 41 percent.

The biggest impact comes in the loss of congressional representation.

Deep in a recent report, for example, the American Legislative Exchange Council tabulated how the drop in population relative to the rest of the nation cut the region’s power in Washington. While the states from Pennsylvania to Maine had 141 House members in 1950, they are down to 85 today, a drop of some 40 percent.

California and Texas combined have more House representatives.

Absent legal and illegal immigration, California would also be losing population and representation.

McCain Drenches Depends Over Ted Cruz
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Rand Paul’s become acceptably hawkish for a prospective GOP nominee, says … John McCain « Hot Air

No matter how hawkish Rand gets during the primaries, that’s the trump card that rivals like Rubio and Cruz can and will play on him: He’s lying. He’s his father’s son.

McCain and the rest of the Gentry GOP hate and fear Ted Cruz so much that even Rand Paul is starting to look good to them.

They’ll do anything to stop Cruz.  In their eyes, he’s a far greater threat to them than anything the Democrats can conjure up in 2016.

Good News! New Dale Franks Car Review!
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The “Almost” Problem | Dale Franks

I can’t help but thinking that the new TLX is the poster child for Honda’s “almost” problem. Honda makes good cars. They’re very reliable. But they tend not to be great. So it is with the Acura TLX. The TLX is almost as fun to drive as a BMW. It’s almost as nice inside as a Mercedes. It’s almost a great car.

And Sid Vicious is almost as good as Frank Sinatra.  (You have to read Dale’s review to get this).

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?
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CBS 2 Exclusive: High-Tech Heists, Drone Surveillance Could Be The Future Of Crime « CBS New York

The military uses drones to carry bombs or conduct surveillance, but anyone can buy a drone without a weapon that uses high-definition cameras and GPS, even criminals.

Authorities say they captured a New Jersey man, identified as Duane Holmes, in Pennsylvania with not only dozens of stolen cell phones in his car, but also a drone.

An officer had observed the same drone hovering over the Upper Saucon Police Department conducting surveillance the day before the burglary of a Verizon store in town, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan exclusively reported.

I suspect what really worries the cops is that somebody might be using drones to watch them.

Four Generations of Trailer Trash – The New American Royalty
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CNN’s Burnett on Chelsea Clinton Leaving Hospital with Child: ‘Sort of Like…the Whole Kate and William Moment’

ideo of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky leaving the hospital with their newborn daughter apparently reminds CNN anchor Erin Burnett of when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went before cameras outside a London hospital before taking home their newborn son Prince George last year.

Burnett made the remark towards the end of her program while narrating video footage of the couple exiting a New York City hospital with Bill and Hillary Clinton just steps behind them. 

Uh, yeah.  Sure.

Actually, the newborn is but the latest generation of a long line of political hacks, crooks, corruptocrats, boodlers, embezzlers, con artists, liars, and thieves.  On both sides of the family.

Krugman a Hypocrite? Perish the Thought
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The Gelded Age | National Review Online

Paul Krugman, who persists in Dickensian poverty, barely making ends meet between six-figure sinecures, is a particularly energetic scourge of the rich, and he is worried about conspicuous consumption: “For many of the rich, flaunting is what it’s all about. Living in a 30,000 square foot house isn’t much nicer than living in a 5,000 square foot house;

And he would know.

 

There I Go Again
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How the Right Could Lose Its Way on Guns | National Review Online

The Right’s attitude toward firearms can serve as a helpful illustration of its stance toward liberty writ large. If it becomes aggressive in victory, it will squander a vital opportunity and lose its soul in the bargain.

How do you feel about civil rights laws that require businesses to treat employees and customers equally, Charles?  Soul destroying, are they?

Feed Your Kitteh
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Happy Talk
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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas monitoring patient possibly infected with Ebola virus | Dallas Morning News

A Dallas hospital expects preliminary test results Tuesday that may confirm whether a patient there has Ebola.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas placed the patient into “strict isolation” after the person’s symptoms and recent travel history raised concerns, spokeswoman Candace White said in a written statement Monday.

The name and other details about the patient were not released.

Despite all the happy talk, this sort of this has been inevitable.  And, frankly, I’m not terribly worried about this particular patient.

It’s those infected with Ebola who aren’t under medical care that keep me awake at night.

BTW, I just read Tom Clancy’s treatment of a biowar attack on the US using weaponized Ebola in his novel Executive Orders .  All I can say is I found myself disappointed by how Clancy ignored his own stated parameters in order to make the outcome much better than it would have been in the real world.  I was particularly amused at how everybody in America, when told to go home and stay there, did so, with no problems because everybody has emergency food preparations in their pantries.