When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Thursday - April 09, 2015

NHS Still Wasting Millions

UK’S NHS: No Cancer Treatment, No Cataract Surgery For You

But Here’s A Prescription For Toothpaste And Another For Handcream

£13million NHS bill for suncream: Millions also wasted on prescriptions for toothpaste, Yakult and Calpol

NHS gave out 404,500 prescriptions for suncream at a cost of £13m in 2014
Also handed out 4.7million prescriptions for indigestion pills costing £29m
Other items routinely prescribed include vitamins, Vaseline and toothpaste
Critics branded prescriptions ‘ludicrous’ at time of financial crisis for NHS

The NHS is spending millions on prescriptions for suncream and toothpaste, a damning analysis has found.

Some patients are even being given hangover tablets and Yakult yogurt drinks. Critics said it was ‘ludicrous’ that such items were being handed out when the NHS was rationing routine treatments.

It has prompted concern that patients are abusing the system by demanding prescriptions for household essentials which are cheaply available at their local chemist.

The figures came on the day that Britain was ranked only 27th in the world for health and wellness – below Slovenia, Spain and Portugal – and 111th out of 133 countries for obesity.

In 2014, the NHS handed out 404,500 prescriptions for suncream at a cost of £13million. Another 4.7million prescriptions for indigestion pills cost £29million, while 1.4million were written out for multi-vitamins, at £4.2million.

Other bathroom cabinet items routinely being prescribed by GPs include Calpol, Vaseline, Strepsils and toothpaste, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Roger Goss of Patient Concern said: ‘This is ludicrous. Every week we hear of patients being denied another cancer treatment or refused cataracts while others are being prescribed toothpaste. Whoever is prescribing this or authorising it must have completely lost their mind.’

I think government jobsworths are the same everywhere. The rat pushes the button and gets his cheese. The rat pushes the button and gets his cheese. The rat pushes his button and gets his cheese.  And that’s all he can do. 


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calendar   Thursday - March 19, 2015

celebrate diversity and hope your children don’t die

One more reason for vaccination. I know my inoculations are up to date; I hope yours are too.

27 Infected With Tuberculosis At Kansas City High School

I don’t have to opine how I can absolutely guarantee that the carrier is an illegal immigrant, do I? We all know it.

Nearly 30 people have tested positive for tuberculosis at a Kansas City-area high school, officials confirmed Wednesday.

That’s about 10 percent of the 300 tested after one person tested positive at Olathe Northwest High School last week, KSHB reports.

“The number of individuals with TB infection does not exceed what we would anticipate in this setting,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment in a statement.

Officials have not confirmed who may have been the original carrier of the disease.

“Does not exceed what we anticipate in this setting”? No, of course not. Because you already knew what the setting was: a bunch of disease carrying foreigners forcibly mixed in with a generation of American kids who live such a germ free life that their parents didn’t get them inoculated because of some perceived moral high ground, or because they objected to some possibly GMO derived ingredient in the injections. Because we spent our tax dollars wiping out TB in this country so long ago that nobody even knows what the heck it is anymore. They’ve lost the fear.

Thanks for nothing Obozo. Let’s let another wave of invaders over the border.

PROFESSIONAL UPDATE: A doctor who reads BMEWS, let’s call him Dr. Walker, has written me several times with additional information concerning tuberculosis:

Doc: HI, I am not a registered user, just a reader, and a doctor.  There is no immunization used in the states for tuberculosis.  Shots would not have prevented the outbreak.  Although, border control would have.
Overseas a vaccine called BCG is slightly effective but is not used in developed countries, there are valid reasons too extensive to explain why it is not given here. Suffice it to say one of them is that developed countries don’t need vaccines for TB as it is not rampant in our population. Again, although it likely will be soon.

Drew responds: Thanks for the clarification. So that little thing they stick kids with just tests for TB, not immunizes? Ok.

Doc: Rright, it is called a “Mantoux test” it just tests for it, and if you have had the BCG vaccine then that test is positive,, thus making the Mantoux test useless in countries where everyone has had a bcg vaccine....
Actually, Mantoux test tests for exposure to TB, if you have antibodies to it; to see if you actually have active disease you need a chest x-ray and possibly bronchoscopy with washings of the fluid secretions in your lung then await the cultures of that test. this is not simple. I have had experts not be able to pin down a diagnosis for a week or two in my patients due to the diagnostic tests being imperfect and the disease not obvious.
Since there is almost no TB in the states we don’t use BCG vaccine as it is not needed and thus the Mantoux test can be used, relied upon ...  the vaccine is not all that good but is better than nothing and is also why it is not used here.  but in countries where there is TB on every street corner the BCG vaccine helps reduce overall disease burden.

Thanks for that, Dr. Walker.

Quick internet research shows that the standard treatment for TB is to hit it with a cocktail of heavy duty antibiotics for an extended time period. I gather it also spreads through an airborne vector. The point is, border jumpers get into our society with no health screening, so they could be carrying anything and everything in the way of nasty diseases. And I’m pretty certain that whatever “screening” was done with the hordes last summer was cursory at best, and most likely just applied on a random sampling. Looks like some of them didn’t get a chest X-ray, at least.


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calendar   Wednesday - March 18, 2015

The EverReady Bunny Disease

It Just Keeps Going, And Going, And Going ...


Ebola awareness billboard, Liberia

Ebola Cases On The Rise In Guinea

Guinea Ebola cases rise, three doctors infected

Guinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures.

The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than a year ago and has killed over 10,000 people in the three West African countries worst hit, had appeared to be on the wane, but Guinea has seen cases rise for three consecutive weeks, according to World Health Organization data.

A government health report from the weekend showed there were 21 new cases in a single day, a spike from the recent daily average of eight.

President Alpha Conde said on Tuesday that everything must be done to end the outbreak by mid-April, ahead of a meeting with donors scheduled around that date.

Ending Ebola could reboot Guinea’s mining-dependent economy that has been hammered by the outbreak which has scared investors, he said.

“With Ebola, it is easier to go from 100 cases to 10 cases than from 10 cases of to zero. To end it, we need ten times more effort than when the outbreak was at its height,” he said.

A big source of concern is a chain of new infections that can be linked back to a woman who died of Ebola and was not buried safely, according to Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, spokeswoman for the U.N.’s Ebola emergency response mission UNMEER.

“It’s a major setback .... It’s due to individual behaviors. That is having a devastating effect on the community. People are simply not practicing the safety rules that we have been talking about for a year,” she told Reuters.

Of the other two countries worst hit, Sierra Leone has also seen a spate of new cases while Liberia has no known cases at present and is waiting to be declared free of the disease.

The new cases in Guinea are in the capital and the southwestern town of Forecariah but if the situation is not brought under control they could spread across borders, said Lejeune-Kaba.

Guinea officials said the new cases came from high risk Ebola contacts who had left Forecariah and developed symptoms elsewhere, pointing to poor surveillance.

Meanwhile, here in the USA ...

Fifteen American aid workers who had high-risk exposure to Ebola in Sierra Leone have arrived back in the United States since Friday for monitoring, according to a spokesman.

None is known to be infected with the disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner said Tuesday.

The returning workers are clinicians for Partners in Health, a Boston-based aid group. They all had contact with a colleague who’s been diagnosed with the disease and is being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The heath care worker with Ebola was in critical condition Monday, the NIH said. That changed from the NIH saying on Friday that the patient was in serious condition. Details about the patient’s identity weren’t released.

While in West Africa, the workers “came to the aid of their ailing colleague,” according to a Partners in Health statement.

As the CDC investigates who else might have had contact with the Ebola patient, more workers might be flown back to the United States, according to Skinner.

The workers are being housed near hospitals that specialize in treating Ebola patients, and if they show signs of the disease, they’ll be admitted as patients—as was the case with one worker in Nebraska.

The person developed symptoms Sunday evening and “out of an abundance of caution” was taken to the biocontainment unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

“At this point, this person has not tested positive for the Ebola virus,” Phil Smith, M.D., medical director of the unit, said in a statement Monday. “However, because of a change in symptoms, we decided the most prudent course of action was to bring the individual to the Biocontainment Unit, where we can better monitor symptoms and safely perform testing.


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calendar   Wednesday - January 28, 2015

They Sell Insurance For This, Right?

6 Million Could Owe IRS Health Insurance  Fine Tax

As many as 6 million U.S. taxpayers will have to pay a penalty of as much as 1 percent of income because they went without health insurance in part or all of 2014, the Treasury Department said.

The penalty, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is designed to force people to sign up for health insurance using the expanded options and financial assistance available under Obamacare. The penalty would apply to about 2 percent to 4 percent of all taxpayers for 2014.

Tax filing for 2014 opened Jan. 20, and the Internal Revenue Service’s Form 1040—for federal income tax—includes a new Line 61 asking if the taxpayer has health insurance. Three-quarters of taxpayers won’t have to do anything more than check that box, said Mark Mazur, the department’s assistant secretary for tax policy. The remainder will have to to take additional steps, though most won’t pay a penalty, he said on a conference call with reporters.

The IRS has been preparing for additional strain during the tax season as people adjust to the rule, warning that about half the people who call its toll-free phone lines won’t be able to get through.

About 3 percent to 5 percent of taxpayers got tax credits last year to help them absorb the cost of paying premiums on Obamacare insurance plans, Mazur said. Ten percent to 20 percent weren’t insured for all or part of the year but will be able to claim an exemption. People who owe a penalty “will pay a fee because they made a choice not to obtain health insurance that they could have afforded, and they’re not eligible for one of the exemptions,” he said.

Hey, I tried for days and days, weeks even, to get through to the government website to sign up. And it never worked right. The only time I could get through to the insurance companies was after the cut-off date, and they wouldn’t take my money at that point. This year, I started applying early, and it still took me until just before the deadline to sign up and get my payment applied. This enrollment window is BS if there isn’t a pro-rated fine period that allows me to sign up after the “penalty free” period. 1/365 per day of whatever my “additional tax” might be sounds right. Because the idea is to get me to have health insurance, right? That’s what this whole thing is about, right? So why did they slam the window shut and then lock it for 11 months?

And what happens when SCOTUS rules on that state subsidy thing and those are declared UC and have to be paid back? And paid back by whom? One more worm, out of the can and now turning. I hope it has poison fangs a foot long.

This whole thing is BS from the get-go.

Save us John Boehner, save us!


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calendar   Monday - December 29, 2014

Over Here, Now Over There

Ebola Visits UK

Hey, remember Ebola? Amazing how this horrible disease, in it’s worst outbreak in human history, simply dropped off the radar a couple of months ago, after total news saturation. Poof, gone. As if it never happened.

Well, it’s still with us. And it’s still raging. The death count in Africa is now nearly 7,600 from almost 20,000 reported cases, and several more health care workers have died. Perhaps worse, “somehow” a huge shipment of medical supplies burned up in Guinea.

And now another health care worker has slipped through the safety net. Sort of.

A female healthcare worker who returned to Glasgow from Sierra Leone last night has been confirmed as having Ebola.

The woman, possibly a nurse, returned to Scotland via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at around 11.30pm.

The patient - understood to have been working for Save The Children - was admitted to hospital early this morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7.50am. She is in a stable condition.

She has been isolated and is receiving treatment in the specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases on the Gartnavel Hospital campus, but will be taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Their infectious diseases unit is run by a dedicated team of doctors and laboratory staff and access is restricted to trained medical staff.

Anyone who is at risk through contact with the patient in transit is to be contacted and closely monitored.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.

She said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.

Right then. She did the right thing, but the going-home process is such that she took an all-day flight and then a goodly drive AND THEN realized she wasn’t feeling well. Maybe, maybe, maybe they ought to keep them in Africa just a tad longer?


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calendar   Wednesday - December 10, 2014

Stay healthy

For those thinking about getting a flu shot:

The last time I had the flu was 1991. Collapsed on my mail route in a snow drift. Customer helped me back to my car. Returned to the office and the doctor sent me home for three days. Temp was 103º. Should have been hospitalized. Yes, I’d gotten the flu shot a week before. Never again!

Have I had the flu since? Probably. I shrugged it off as the common cold. I swear the gov’t gave me the flu that year. I’ve refused all flu shots since.


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calendar   Friday - December 05, 2014

ObamaCare Annoyance

I am being a good citizen and trying to use the page to set myself up for 2015. While it sure is better than last year, I’m still going around and around. I got everything done yesterday but I must have made a mistake, so today I have to delete that application form and do the whole thing over. There is no other way. Once the form is complete, you can’t change it. If you have to change it, you have to kill it first, then do the whole thing over again. Which takes quite some time. An hour or two, maybe more. Gak.

“Welcome to the Marketplace!”


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calendar   Thursday - November 27, 2014

Your Deadline Is December 7th?

How obnoxious! (my old English teacher would be proud. I spelled ‘obnoxious’ correctly without looking it up.)

Medicare. How old do you have to be for Medicare to start bothering you?

I’ve been bothered since my step-father passed away in the early 2000’s. I was only in my forties then, but I started getting Medicare mailings. Also starting getting the anti-American, left-wing AARP mailings. I do encourage AARP to waste money on me.

But I digress.

I received a mailing from something called ‘MediGold’ today. In the context of ObamarrhoidCare and the ‘democracy’ on view in Ferguson, I’d like to parse this mailing…

First my ‘deadline’ is December 7th! A Day That Shall Live In Infamy If I Don’t Sign Up!

Okay, I added that last. But that’s the date on the mailing.

It says ‘pay $0 if you are admitted to the hospital.’ Emphasis on the ‘if.’
By the time you are admitted you will be dead. Your heirs will pay. Whether you were admitted and/or treated.
How much do you pay if you ‘ARE’ admitted?

Pay $0 to go to your family doctor.
You are not allowed to go to your family doctor.

Pay $0 for so many generic drugs!
Except for the generic drugs you actually need!

Get a FREE fitness center membership.
In Iraq. Running from ISIS is excellent cardiovascular exercise.

Other plans available too.
Just check out

Anyway, in honor of Moochelle Obamarrhoid’s ‘healthy school lunch’ law, have a happy tofurkey day. May the Nac Mac Feegles infest her underwear. (wanna bet I get a visit from the Secret Service for that? Crivens!)



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calendar   Wednesday - November 19, 2014

deja poo two


At least this time around it wasn’t at Bill Ayers’ house. Or under the Oval Office desk.


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calendar   Tuesday - November 11, 2014

We Don’t Deserve No Respect

ObamaCare. because you’re stupid

ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting ObamaCare passed, and that it was written in such a way as to take advantage of “the stupidity of the American voter.”

Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during ObamaCare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.

Gee, isn’t that special? Americans were subjected to a daily hammering lecture from El Residente nearly every single day for well over a year - the same pResident who just yesterday shared his unshaken belief that the only reason his policies failed is because he didn’t sell them to us hard enough - and even after that, far less than half the country wanted this rancid rotting albatross around their necks. Yet it was rammed down our throats by a Democrat heavy legislature. And it was based on a lie. Which (burn in Hell, Roberts, you turncoat) the Supreme Court turned itself inside out and created an alternate reality exactly opposite of how the bill was sold, in order to claim it was valid (yes, it is too a tax!).

But the core of the whole thing was based on the sneering elitist attitude that YOU the voter would be TOO STUPID to see through the smoke and mirrors. Gosh, thanks for that show of respect.

Remember always, how there was no time to read the bill, and that it was so damned urgent to pass it right this second that “you’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it”. Pig in a poke, what a sick joke.

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that.  In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass… ”

And the fools voted this goon squad in for a second term. Maybe Gruber was right after all. Video at the link.

Conservative pundit David Limbaugh puts it all together, but stops just short of calling for impeachment:

You can see the mindset that these people have. There is no mistaking it. They know better than we “stupid” American people what is good for us, so they’ll do whatever is necessary, including purposely deceiving us, to advance their political agenda.

This is the stuff of outright tyrants — arrogant, unaccountable, cavalier despots. This is political fascism. This is not representative government. This type of behavior nullifies the Constitution and disenfranchises the American people.

It’s one thing to have strong ideological views. It’s altogether another to impose those views at any cost and in derogation of the people’s rights. This is who this president is. These are the people he surrounds himself with.

Obama and his team are not chastened, much less repentant, over the recent election results. They remain undeterred, and they intend to continue using whatever means they deem necessary, in their self-assessed superior wisdom, to accomplish their political ends, beginning with immigration.


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calendar   Saturday - November 01, 2014

your daily ebola

Canada And North Korea Join The No-Go List

TORONTO—Canada is following in Australia’s footsteps and has closed its doors, effectively immediately, to people from the West African countries battling Ebola.

In a move that puts Canada at odds with the World Health Organization, the federal government said Friday it is suspending the issuance of visas for residents and nationals of countries with “widespread and persistent-intense transmission” of Ebola virus disease. As well, work on permanent residence applications for people from the affected countries is also being suspended.

The stress on countries with widespread transmission provides an out for the United States, which currently still has at least one active Ebola case within its borders. At present only three countries meet the definition of widespread and persistent Ebola transmission: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

I respect Canada’s right to decide what “widespread” means to them. Should we have 5 active cases here, I hope they close the door to us in an instant.

PYONGYANG, North Korea – North Korean officials have announced they will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.

An announcement distributed to foreign diplomatic missions in Pyongyang said that, regardless of country or region of origin, all foreigners will be quarantined under medical observation for 21 days.

It said foreigners from affected areas will be quarantined at one set of locations, while those from unaffected areas will be sent to other locations, including hotels. It said the staff of diplomatic missions and international organizations in North Korea will be allowed to stay in their residences.

A copy of the document, dated Wednesday, was obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

There have been no reported cases of Ebola in North Korea.

That’s not how you do it Kim. This is not an excuse to throw all the foreigners in jail, just for good measure.

North Korea’s frantic response to Ebola, including a broad but so far poorly defined ban on foreign tourism, is also surprising because the notoriously reclusive country admits so few foreigners in the first place.
North Korea’s reaction isn’t unprecedented. It closed its borders for several months in 2003 during the scare over SARS.

But that was a much more obvious threat. SARS affected China, and Beijing is where most flights into Pyongyang originate. In the case of Ebola, North Korea’s efforts to defend itself from what appears to be a tiny risk may end up alienating it from foreigners who have been willing to invest here.

Yeah, but this lets mini-Kim put every foreigner in jail. Everybody. Even his ChiCom bosses. OOoooh, the power, the power!!


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calendar   Wednesday - October 29, 2014

Your Daily Ebola

Getting sick about hearing about getting sick? I know I am. But ...

Australia bans travel from Ebola-hit countries

Australia became the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of the countries worst-hit by the West African Ebola outbreak, a move those states said stigmatized healthy people and would make it harder to fight the disease.

Australia’s ban on visas for citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea followed decisions by the U.S. military to quarantine soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission and some U.S. states to isolate aid workers. The United Nations said such measures could discourage vital relief work, making it harder to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

“Anything that will dissuade foreign trained personnel from coming here to West Africa and joining us on the frontline to fight the fight would be very, very unfortunate,” Anthony Banbury, head of the U.N. Ebola Emergency Response Mission (UNMEER), told Reuters in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged Australia to reconsider its travel ban.

“Anytime there’s stigmatization, there’s quarantine, there’s exclusion of people, many of whom are just normal, then those of us who are fighting this epidemic, when we face that, we get very sad,” she told a news conference.

I’ll take your being sad over our being dead, any day of the week.

And this is why the Ellis Island thing worked so well; thousands were quarantined there, and when their time was up they came through the gates with everyone else. Nobody knew, nobody cared. No Stigma.

I still think we should just borrow an island in the Bahamas or the Lesser Antilles, send them all down there for an all expense paid vacation, and then let the survivors back in. Sure, it’s quarantine, but with rum punch, surfing, fishing, conch chowder, and great tan lines. Shut up, you couldn’t afford this otherwise!


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calendar   Monday - October 27, 2014

Two Days Of Brave

Under intense pressure from pResident Obola, NY and NJ’s governor’s Cuomo and Chirstie have caved, backing off from their bold and intelligent decision to automatically quarantine every last medical relief person coming to these states from the Ebola stricken nations of West Africa. After all, there are only 30 million of us in these two states, so what collective rights do we have, compared to some crybaby nurse having a tantrum.

So now the Ebola Worker Quarantine is going to be voluntary, which means it won’t exist, which means we’re right back to a selfish Dr. Spencer situation. And the next time one of these people becomes virulent, let’s just set them on fire and burn them to death on the spot. What the fudge, that’s just as insane a reaction one way as letting them walk about in public like human Petri dishes without lids before showing symptoms is in the other direction. Crazy vs Crazy. But now we know: their minor inconvenience is not only more worthwhile than the risk of infecting legions of us, it’s worth far more than allaying the somewhat justifiable fears of tens of millions.

But 2 days of common sense, that’s all we can get from the leaders of two of the more powerful states in the nation. Then they back down. Pretty damn sad.

Under Pressure, Cuomo Says Ebola Quarantines Will Allow Home Isolation

Facing fierce resistance from the White House and medical experts to a strict new mandatory quarantine policy for all medical workers who had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday night that people quarantined in New York who do not show symptoms of the disease would be allowed to remain at home and would receive compensation for lost income.

Mr. Cuomo’s decision came after a weekend in which administration officials urged him and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey to reconsider the mandatory quarantine they announced on Friday. Aides to President Obama also asked other governors and mayors to follow a policy based on science, seeking to stem a steady movement toward more stringent measures in recent days at the state level.

The announcement by Mr. Cuomo seemed intended to draw a sharp contrast — both in tone and in fact — to the policy’s implementation in New Jersey, where a nurse who arrived Friday from Sierra Leone was swiftly quarantined in a tent set up inside a Newark hospital, with a portable toilet but with no shower.

It was the second striking shift in Mr. Cuomo’s public posture on the Ebola crisis in 72 hours; after urging calm Thursday night, then joining Mr. Christie to highlight the risks of lax policy on Friday, Mr. Cuomo on Sunday night appeared to try to stake out a middle ground.

So what are they saying? Is it now mandatory quarantine in NJ, but only pretend quarantine at home in NY? Sorry, I must be tired, but this is not really clear. I hope Christie is standing firm.

But other states are joining in, doing the Right Thing that Opussybaby is afraid to do.

But Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Christie were not out on their own for long. Late Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois, a Democrat, issued a mandatory quarantine order for “high-risk” individuals who have come in contact with patients in West Africa. On Saturday, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a Republican, signed a similar order.

On Sunday morning, Mr. Christie predicted on Fox News that federal officials would adopt the same standards “sooner rather than later.”

The Obama administration suggested otherwise. Officials said the quarantine rules could create “a system of perverse incentives,” encouraging health care workers to fly into a different airport, like Atlanta or Washington Dulles, that is not located in states that have adopted new policies.

Hey, maybe it will create a “perverse incentive” that will keep these naive do-gooders from going over there in the first place. It’s not like there is much that they can do that the victim’s family, friends, and countrymen can’t do already. So why even allow Americans to go? That works for me; far less risk for the rest of us, and it makes it that much easier to shut the borders to those befouled nations.

Meanwhile ...

Lawyers for a nurse quarantined in a New Jersey hospital say they’ll sue to have her released and file a constitutional challenge to state restrictions for health care workers returning to New York and New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. Civil liberties attorney Norman Siegel said Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined after arriving Friday at the Newark airport, shows no symptoms and should be released immediately. He and attorney Steven Hyman said the state attorney general’s office had cooperated in getting them access to Hickox.

If the governors declare a state of State Emergency, then nursey here might be up the creek. Extraordinary times get extraordinary measures, and a declaration may not even be necessary. So bring it. Besides, it’s not like she’s suddenly gone missing and there’s a new set of goalposts up in Giant’s Stadium. This is NJ after all.


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calendar   Saturday - October 25, 2014

and now another one

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A health care worker who was quarantined at Newark Liberty International Airport after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa developed a fever and was being evaluated Friday night.

The woman was the first person quarantined under a new screening system announced earlier Friday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The woman landed at Newark after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at the news conference. A legal quarantine was issued for the woman, who was not a New Jersey resident and was set to go on to New York afterward.

“This woman, while her home residence is outside the area, said her next stop was going to be here in New York,” Christie said. “Governor Cuomo and I discussed it before we came out here, and a quarantine order will be issued.”

Look, I’m really glad that this woman was caught. And now she’s sick, and hopefully will get our best treatment from the very outset.

One more aide worker, coming down with the very disease they went to the other side of the world to fight, and did so while fully gowned, gloved, and masked. And it made no difference at all.

And know we have someone with active Ebola in New Jersey. Great.

Still, it would be better if not a single one of these cases made it inside our borders. Or even made it inside our airplanes outside our borders. Close the airports in West Africa. No planes leave, and any food, fuel, and medicine is by air drop.

It’s great that - SO FAR - all the people with this disease have been located in time. But we are taking a huge and unnecessary risk.


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