The Gentry GOP Knows You Can’t Help Yourselves
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Tea Partyers fall in line | TheHill

Tea Partyers have learned to play nice after a cycle of knockdown, drag-out fights with the Republican establishment that have gotten them nowhere. 

Sensing a GOP majority in the Senate is within reach, conservative groups have put down their bombs and are working together with establishment actors to make that happen — even backing formerly sworn enemies in some races.

Yeah, the Gentry GOP counts on that sort of suicidal behavior from conservatives.

Things Fall Apart; The Centers For Disease Control Cannot Hold
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » WILL EBOLA BE GOOD FOR THE CDC? This is not your grandfather’s public health system. Public hea…

Don’t get me wrong: Fighting infection is still one of the things that the public health infrastructure does, and though I hope it doesn’t come to that, I expect that our system will do a much better job next time. But the CDC did not botch the job because there’s something wrong with Barack Obama, or government, or the state of Texas, or private hospitals. They dropped the ball because the public health system no longer needs to work so many miracles, and consequently hasn’t had much practice.

Sadly, I think that’s about to change.

I don’t think this goes nearly far enough.  The CDC, like all statist regulatory bureaucracies, has been captured by those it was supposed to direct.  It has become slow, sclerotic, uncaring of its primary mission (not enough publicity, grandeur, personal advancement, power, and so forth in dealing only with weird diseases nobody ever hears about – until they die from them), and in general is now nothing more than the hollowed-out husk of what it once was.

In this, of course, it is not much different than almost all government bureaucracies and their fates over time, with the possible exception of the US military, which is forced by events to regularly carry out its primary mission, no matter how much people like President Obama would like to turn it into a glorified international aid agency.

We are not yet done with Ebola.  In fact, I suspect the worst lies ahead of us.  We may have managed to contain the initial outbreak, but West Africa remains on fire, and the fire there is growing worse.  In fact, nations like Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the tipping point may have already been reached – and passed.

In those nations the medical systems have essentially collapsed.  Nobody really has any idea of the actual extent of the disease in those countries, but people who should know believe that the spread is much wider than official reports indicate, and growing much faster.

Much has been made by political opportunists of the contention that standard responses to epidemics  such as travel bans are “racist.”  They aren’t, but there is an aspect of the whole situation that really is racist:  It is the smug assumption that whatever happens in Africa, which is, after all, a backward, primitive continent populated almost entirely by “people of color,” cannot happen here, because we are Western, modern, and mostly white.

It is this smugly complacent assumption of superiority that has strong racial aspects.  Worse, the same assumption endangers us all, because we don’t take the sorts of necessary steps, precautions, and responses that might actually strengthen our safety and protect us from Ebola.

So, here’s the bottom line:  The CDC is right about one thing:  As long as Ebola is burning out of control in Africa, the likelihood that active cases of it will be exported from there to here remains high.  We seem to have beaten back the first of such exports.  Those who worship at the altar of western superiority, who advise us that we know all about Ebola and how to stop it, and that we should therefore not worry, are, because of this, more or less ensuring a continuation of the mindset that the public health system doesn’t really need to step up its game, because, after all, Western White People.

And that is a recipe for utter disaster.

One Stop Shopping For Emergency Preparedness Supplies
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The Emergency Preps Store at Amazon

This is where you start.

Big Savings on Standby Power for the Entire House

My sister has one of the big propane Generac models, and she never stops thanking me for talking her into buying it. It’s saved her bacon during summer tornados and winter blizzards several times.

The Berkey Water Filter Store at Amazon

Berkey is my main water-filter, both for everyday and emergencies. I keep mine in the kitchen, constantly refilled with tap water. Berkeys will even filter out impurities as small as viruses.  I have several different filter systems, as well as other water purification methods, but Berkey is the one I’ve used every single day for the past four years.

Dynarex N-95 Flat Folded Respirator and Surgical Masks – Box of 20 Individually Wrapped N95 Masks. Meets CDC Guidelines for TB Exposure, NIOSH Approved. Protects against transfer of microorganisms, bodily fluid and particulate material.

Dynarex Black Nitrile Exam Gloves, Heavy-Duty, Powder Free, Large, Box/100

Disposable Hooded Coveralls For Every Size

Uvex S8510 Bionic Shield, Black Matte Face Shield, Clear Polycarbonate Anti-Fog/Hardcoat Lens

Your first line of defense against airborne body fluids, coughs, and sneezes is to not let them touch any part of you in the first place.

At Amazon: The Mountain House Emergency Food Store

Mountain House can be slightly more spendy than some other brands, but in my experience it offers a wide variety of very tasty and easily prepared long term storage foods. Essentially you just add water and heat. In some cases water is enough.

Much of my base long term food is in the form of popcorn (I have a grain mill – and the corbread I make from freshly ground popcorn is the best I’ve ever eaten), pasta, rice, and beans. But I have several cases of Mountain House stuff to go with it – pour the beef stew over a plate of rice for a tasty and filling meal, for instance.

Water Purifiers at Amazon

Would you be able to keep yourself supplied with pure water if your local water plant shut down for any reason? I would.

I take a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.  I can’t prove it, but I think they do me a lot of good.  At least I seem to be in considerably better shape than most guys my age – 68.  If you take them, make sure you have a couple month’s supply on hand at all times.

Multi-Serving Emergency Food Supply Kits

All-in-one emergency food for a week, a month, or a year.  Saves having to think about what you want to store.  Get it all at once, and in one shipment.  These kits last for at least twenty years, by the way.  Buy once, stop worrying.

The Emergency Preperations Bookstore at Amazon

There are ways to keep a collection of e-books in a grid-down emergency, but many preppers prefer a dead-tree library of such things. I have a core library in that format, although most of my stuff is digital. Of course, I do have ways to use e-books more or less perpetually.

Emergency and Long Term Storage Foods and Supplies

In order of importance, there are three things you need to get through an emergency: Water, food, and shelter/power. This helps cover the first area.

Save 50% On Pet Supplies

Get your pets something nice….and make sure you’ve got a few weeks of food on hand for them, too.

The Grocery Store at Amazon.com – Stock up!

 

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Terror Assault On the Canadian Parliament, Other Sites
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Gunmen open fire at Canadian Parliament building; soldier down, 1 shooter possibly on loose | Fox News

Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, told CBC that he saw a man running with a double-barreled shotgun, wearing a scarf and blue jeans. Walsh said the man hopped over the fence that surrounded Parliament Hill and forced someone out of their car, then drove to the front doors of the Parliament building and fired at least two shots.

The story is at Drudge.  It’s being currently reported everywhere, and the usual caveats about initial news reports apply.

That said, it appears that at least two men, one perhaps bearing a full-auto machine gun, assaulted the Canadian Parliament Building and the War Memorial.  One attacker has been shot dead at the Parliament Building.

Everybody is very carefully not mentioning the possibility of Muslim terrorism, but anybody with half a brain is assuming that’s what’s going on.

I’ll update this going forward.

UPDATE:  “Three” shooting incidents have been confirmed by authorities at this point.  And I just listened to some total dumbtard of a reporter ask a police spokesman if he thought the suspects still on the loose “might be armed.”  The cop replied that they were making that assumption, “…just to be safe.”

UPDATE:  A video of a firefight in the Parliament Building:

UPDATE: Interesting thought in comments over at Instapundit:
Instapundit » Blog Archive » FROM THE CBC: Ottawa Parliament Hill Shootings; Live Updates. UPDATE: Looks like Islamic terror…

I don’t know, but suspect based on my limited experience in the Canadian Forces, that the soldiers standing guard at the War Memorial were purely ceremonial, and it is likely they were not issued ammunition. They would have carried C7 rifles, the Canadian version of the Colt M16.

Anybody know?  If this turns out to be true, it would seem of a piece with the sort of blindness that often afflicts large bureaucracies: It can’t happen here, so there is no need to be prepared for it.  The same blindness, in other words, that has afflicted our own CDC and public health systems.

UPDATE:  The “official” line – that is, what is currently being discussed on venues like CNN – is that if these are Islamic terrorists, they are likely “home grown.”  The powers that be are terrified that their citizens may be the idea that their governments cannot protect them against foreign Muslim terror gangs.

Couldn’t Happen to a Nastier Guy
Bill Quick

Krauthammer: Obama humiliated by lack of demand for him on campaign trail | Fox News

“The bottom line is though, these are all folks who vote with me, they have supported my agenda in Congress,” Obama said. “This isn’t about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me.”

Krauthammer said these comments show Obama is struggling to accept that Democratic candidates are distancing themselves from his unpopular policies.

“He’s gotta hide under his desk until November,” he said. “He’s not going to go out and campaign in these states, obviously, but this is hard for him to take.”

Krauthammer noted this year’s elections are a far cry from just six years ago, when Obama “had a worship service at a Denver stadium.”

“This is a total humiliation for him and every once in a while he can’t take it so it pops out,” he said.

Krauthammer says he feels “sympathy” for Obama. I feel none whatsoever. I take joy in the misfortune of Hubris meeting Nemesis. I hope the man and his party are utterly ruined by the time he leaves office.

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?

Monica: Once a Tool, Always a Tool
Bill Quick

Belmont Club » In Memory of Beautiful Women

For its hard not to think that Monica Lewinsky still holds up some torch for Bill, hers once, hers in her mind forever. But the truth lady, is that he was never worthy even to hold your hand.  Not in the way you think. He didn’t choose Hillary. He chose that impersonal and ultimately barren thing that people call ambition.  You’d best leave him to it.  Everyone in that game deserves what they get.  Count on it — they do — every penny’s worth. He had his chance on the Pelennor Field and left you to the Nazgul. Of course others besides Bill have done that. That is manhood’s collective shame. The difference is, the better of them know it.

And the people who are using her against Hillary will leave her on the same field.

Deals on Grain-Free Food For Your Dogs
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Save on Grain Free Dog Food

Many dogs don’t do well on grain-based dog food. Dogs are, after all, primarily carnivores.

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

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Shhhh!
Bill Quick

ABC, NBC Omit Any Mention of Midterm Elections on Day Two Weeks from Election Day | Media Research Center

On Tuesday, ABC and NBC made no mention of the upcoming midterm elections, which were two weeks away from Tuesday and include numerous Senate races that will decide whether Republicans or Democrats control the U.S. Senate.

Fine with me.  The fewer Democrats who know about the mid-terms, the better.  Republicans already know about them.

Yeah, I Get Tired Of Cooking, Too
Bill Quick

La Belle Assiette Gets $1.7 Million To Scale Up Its On-Demand Chef Service | TechCrunch

French startup La Belle Assiette just raised $1.7 million (€1.3 million) from angel investors, such as BlaBlaCar’s Nicolas Brusson, eFounders’ Thibaud Elzie?re, Nicolas Bourdin, the three founders of l’Atelier des Chefs and Kima Ventures.

As a reminder, with La Belle Assiette, you can browse and find the perfect chef for your lunch or dinner party. He or she will then come with the ingredients and tools to cook at your home or office. You just have to let the chef in your place, and that’s it. The average booking is for 6 people at $55 (45€) per head. You should consider La Belle Assiette as a great way to bring a fancy restaurant to your home or office.

Believe it or not, I might well use a service like this a couple of times a year.

News You Can Use: Make a Star Wars Costume Out of a Cereal Box
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Got an Empty Cereal Box? You Can Easily Make a Slick Star Wars Costume

If you haven’t outgrown your love of Halloween, but don’t have as much time as you’d like to dedicate to designing an awesome costume, Steve Wintercroft has got your back. On his site you’ll find a bunch of patterns for easy but detailed Halloween masks, including this stormtrooper getup that surprisingly detailed for being made from an empty cereal box.

I never had cool stuff like this when I was a little kid going out trick-or-treating.

Takes All Kinds
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Fresno Fire Rescue Hero: ‘We Should All Help Sometimes’

The California hero who went unidentified for two days reunited with the man he rescued from a fire on Monday after a viral video made him a national star. …

When finally tracked down on Monday evening, Artiga was incredibly humble

Hats off to him for saving a man’s life, at risk to his own, and not making a big deal about it.

Artiga was captured on smart-phone video

But it sounds like the crowd watching the fire had at least one asshole who was too busy recording others doing something to do something himself.

I Wish I’d Thought of This!
Bill Quick

Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town | TechCrunch

Unlike startups Zoom, Pow, Zing, and Schwongooza, Turkish startup Zap is trying to disrupt the on-taxi advertising market. By placing bright LED signs on the top of standard cabs, the company aims to turn dead space into a lucrative advertising spot for drivers and fleets.

Google puts ads on your website.  Why not put ads on your car, too?

As far as it goes, why don’t we force people who put logos on shirts to pay us for the privilege?

48 100 Watt GE Soft White Incandescent Light Bulbs (Case of 48) – $39.00
Bill Quick

48 100 Watt GE Soft White Incandescent Light Bulbs (Case of 48) – $39.00

So…apparently that “ban” on 100 watt incandescents isn’t really all that much of a ban.

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

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