Freaked Out About Ebola?

Freaked out about Ebola? A lot of people are. Some are so freaked out that they are pushing the fear factor way past stupid. There have only been two confirmed cases in the US ever. Those two cases are currently being handled and are under control and both patients are stable and appear to be recovering, but people like Rick Perry and Louie Gohmert and Michelle Bachman and Sarah the Palin are stoking the fires of fear and misinformation.

There is no epidemic nor currently any pending outbreak of Ebola in the US. But if you listen to the shills and the shrills on the right you would be thinking OMG! One idiot legislator from Texas posed a scenario whereby ISIS was massed on the Mexican border with the Ebola virus in hand poised to invade Texas and turn the US into an Islamic State of which President Obama has been trying to make us since 2009. What a crock of highly pungent BS!

You know what really scares me about all of this is how easily led a lot of supposedly intelligent people are? And the level of stupidity of voters in districts represented by the likes of Louie Gohmert. Gohmert is a certifiable idiot that’s readily apparent from his ravings and utterances some of which do not even make sense like the one he threw at our Attorney General Eric Holder when he testified at a congressional hearing recently.

Gohmert told Holder not to mess with his asparagus. What he was alluding too is anybody’s guess. But that is just one of the many crazy mutterings and utterances Louie has made since being elected to office almost none which made any real sense. You have to wonder at the mentality of his constituents? If they keep re-electing Gohmert to congress with his reduced capacity and mental state what does that say about them? Must be like a lot of people here in Oklahoma who keep electing the likes of John Bennett and Jim Inhofe to public office – They are dumb and proud of it!

I’m not sure why anyone would like to be categorized as Dumb and Proud of it? But you have to wonder at the mentality and the sanity of anyone who would keep putting people like that back in office time after time when all the evidence would lead any normal sane person to understand and believe that they are not the brightest bulbs in the house and that in point of fact they are either really messing with their constituents minds or they are as they appear to be 3 quarts shy of a gallon.

In the Ebola crisis (if you can call 2 diagnosed cases a crisis) politicians especially those on the right are obviously stoking the flames of fear in order to gain votes and it may actually be working in some cases. I like to think that the American voter is not stupid but then I see Michelle Bachman, Louie Gohmert and their ilk keep getting elected to office I do wonder if there aren’t a lot of really mentally challenged voters out there especially in districts these people represent and that’s scary. If we can’t depend on candidates running for office to actually have some modicum of intellect then we as a nation are really in trouble and we obviously don’t have as discerning an electorate as we have always believed.

I mean after nearly 6 years we still have college educated voters still believing in the birther theory. You can expect that of someone like Michelle Bachman or Donald ‘Freaky Haired’ Trump who actually know better but love the spotlight so much that they probably will never get past making fools of themselves on TV. But college educated supposedly enlightened voters who were taught by teachers and their parents to actually think for themselves and to have just a small amount of common sense, those you would think would know that what they are being told by Rush and Glen and Sarah and the bunch of empty headed so-called news anchors on Faux News is patently false.

One would wonder how they ever got through college without learning to tell BS from fact. Every election cycle brings out all the crazy birthers and conspiracy theorists and Agenda 21 sycophants and a lot of crazed politicians and politicos play into their unreasonable fears for all they are worth. Crazy theories are the fodder with which people like Louie Gohmert and his ilk use to keep getting re-elected to office. Stupidity sells on the right very well it would seem. And an inordinate number of voters buy it hook line and sinker! Sad but true.

Bob Bearden

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Ebola: A new way to learn what’s going on, from experts, journalists and locals

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

“It all depends on what we do in the next few weeks,” said infectious disease expert Chikwe Ihekweazu, speaking on Ebola at TEDGlobal on Friday. What happens next: will the number of new Ebola cases grow or plateau? And how can the world know the right thing to do?

Reliable news about the outbreak has been hard to find, especially for people fighting the disease in their homes and villages, but also for the rest of us who want to know what’s going on and whether to worry. Which is why, this week, TED Senior Fellow alum Jon Gosier launched EbolaDeeply.org, a curated news feed that mixes journalism, experts and citizen reports to create a more informed global dialogue. We asked Gosier to tell us more:

There’s a lot of mistrust. There’s the belief that “all these people showed up, and then all our people started dying.”

What is EbolaDeeply, and what problem are you trying to solve?

EbolaDeeply.org is…

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Bolivia Gives Legal Rights To The Earth

Bolivia Gives Legal Rights To The Earth

Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor_Roosevelt_portrait_1933Today is the birthday of one of my all time favorite people Eleanor Roosevelt who by far set the standard for first ladies. She was a class act and arguably was the most important member of Franklin Roosevelt’s inner circle. Despite the fact that he had broke her heart she stood by him and loved him and was his eyes and ears to the people of America throughout his 12 years in office. Though they were not intimate for the last 25 years of his life they were attuned on so many levels, more than any other President and First Lady.

She of course was raised as a Republican as she was Teddy Roosevelt’s niece and he had a hand in her raising because of her father Elliott had a lot of issues. Teddy acted as her father when she married Franklin and gave away the bride and their wedding ceremony was held in the White House as Teddy was president at the time.

She was always her own woman even before Franklin’s bout with polio left him paralyzed below the waist. Afterwards she stood in for him and kept his political career alive and between her and Louie Howe they almost singlehandedly kept him going at the lowest point in his life and kept his name before the public and the Democratic Party. Had she acted any differently he might well have never become president. Despite their differences they made a great team.

Franklin discussed almost everything with Eleanor and always used her as a sounding board to test his ideas. She traveled the country as his surrogate and she was his best critic, one which he placed high value on. Most of his ideas had to pass muster with Eleanor before he laid them out for others and if they didn’t they would often not fly. He trusted her more than anyone else except Louie Howe and he lost Louie early on to cancer, so Eleanor became his eyes and ears and his sounding board of ideas.

Franklin wanted to reform the old League of Nations into what he called the United Nations and he had discussed this with several heads of state including Churchill who was somewhat relaxant to start up another unification of nations in the wake of the failures of the League of Nations. But Franklin persisted and it was his plan for after the war that he and Eleanor would work to make that happen as he was planning on retiring after he term ended in 1948. Of course he died shortly after being elected to his 4th term in office.

After his death Truman who knew and approved of his ideas and plans for a new United Nations to replace the old League of Nations asked Eleanor to head the U.S. Delegation at the formative convention. At first she refused but Truman persisted and because of her pledge to Franklin she accepted.

Arguably it could be said, that were it not for her leadership and persistence the United Nations might never have came into being. The delegates were deadlocked over several key issues. She was presiding over the proceedings at the time and she ordered that the door to the conference where they were meeting be locked and no one be allowed to leave until they came to an agreement. It could be they came to an agreement because of bladder problems but without her persistence and nerve they might never have agreed. They reached an agreement and the doors were unlocked and the rest is history.

One of my favorite all time quotes by her is from when she was honored with the naming of a new type of rose after her. She said she was quite thrilled until she read the brochure, “I was thrilled until I read the prospectus, which said, fine up against a wall, but no good in a bed!”

Happy Birthday Eleanor a great lady!

Bob Bearden

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Fear Pushes the Vote in the Demented Space That is Occupied by the GOP

Fear pushes the vote in the demented space that is occupied by the GOP. They couldn’t gain any traction on Obamacare because though it’s not perfect it’s working and it’s helping millions of their fellow citizens to have affordable health care and people are liking it more and more. So let’s keep our mouths shut on Obamacare people because if we keep dissing it people might wise up to the fact that it is actually helping reduce the deficit. Oh woe is they!

So now the new bogie man is fear of ebola. Never mind that there has been only one confirmed case of ebola in the US and only one death it is a fear mongering tactic whose time has come, at least for the GOP and they are ramping it up big time. Obama is trying to introduce ebola into our nation to kill off all of his opposition and so his secret agenda to convert our nation to his true religion, which just happens to be Islam will be effective. That and it’s still 3 weeks until Halloween.

And if that is not working too well everywhere that the GOP needs it to work then ISIS is the next fear mongering they are trying to infuse our nation’s voter with. ISIS is massed on the border with Mexico poised to invade Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California and we will soon become an Islamic State where dire things will over take us to our doom. Never fear a new Dracula movie will explain it all. Just vote GOP and all things will be answered.

The GOP is all about spreading fear and nothing about helping our citizens who are mired in poverty and having to work at 2 and 3 jobs to try to make ends meet. No raising the minimum wage won’t work say the GOP candidates because it will kill job growth. Yet in the 11 states that have raised the minimum wage job growth has risen by .85 percent this year. In the other states that have not raised the minimum job growth is only up .61 percent. Figures don’t lie but don’t tell that to the GOP they do.

The lady in Iowa who is running for Tom Harkin’s seat as a GOPer says Iowans don’t need to raise the minimum wage. It’s fine at $7.25. It would be fine if Iowa just did away with the minimum wage altogether Iowans don’t need a minimum wage. They can get by fine on less than the minimum wage. Except they can’t. But don’t let that get in the way of the GOP dogma when comes to helping those at the lower end of the economic scale. They know best.

Trickle down it the thing to do. Give big tax breaks to the rich and it will trickle down. We don’t need no job growth when we have trickle down economics. Trickle down is the thing. Except that it isn’t and it never has been. It has been an utter failure every time it has been tried. Well maybe for everyone except for that chosen few at the upper end of the economic scales.

Don’t fix our nation’s infrastructure that is crumbling bit by bit by bit. Fixing our infrastructure would boost the economy and put millions of the unemployed back to work with good paying living wages jobs and create a lot of real job growth, but no let’s give another tax break to big oil and all of these out of control real human being giant corporations who are sucking every last dollar out of the American economy, raking in insane profits and shifting more and more jobs over to China and other low wage third world countries.

The GOP don’t need no stinkin’ minimum wage increases. The GOP don’t need no stinkin’ infrastructure repair. They just need a lot of voters who are disconnected and who are only plugged into to their smartphones and ipads and IPhones to forget what party it was that got our nation into this mess.

Forget that since Obama took office he has wound down 2 wars, destroyed Al Qeda, took out Osama bin Laden, decreased the deficit, decreased unemployment by nearly 3 percent and helped nearly 10 million more Americans have affordable health care. Yeah let’s make them forget about all that so they can put the GOP back in charge and more people into poverty.

Yeah put a party that has said no to every initiative that President Obama has came up with to spur the economy, rebuild our infrastructure and raise people out of poverty and stop the outsourcing of jobs overseas. That’s who we need to be in charge the PARTY OF NO!

Bob Bearden

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This Disease is Killing us All

I don’t think we can solve any problem we have until we have equality. We can’t fix our justice system or change our laws about drugs or make decisions about what to do with our military or our environment or how we’re going to deal with economic injustice until we fix the problem of African Americans being targeted, abused, imprisoned and MURDERED by the people who are supposed to protect us. The War on Drugs is largely about racism, anyway. Voter suppression, too. All this hatred against the poor–the people who draw welfare–usually amounts to hatred of women. Our sex-lives, pregnancies and parenthood is under constant scrutiny of the justice system and our law makers. It gets in the way of our access to birth control, our access to abortion, our access to quality prenatal care, our access to ANY postnatal care, our ability to provide for our children. Women are in jail for drug addiction, being in abusive relationships with men who also abuse their children, writing bad checks, and now, apparently, being unable to pay utility bills. Their children are taken from them and put into foster care if they don’t have family who can take care of them, and any future plans they had about getting to a place where they can “raise their kids right” are almost utterly evaporated.

We have a problem with the framework for all of our discourse, and that framework has to do with white male supremacy. It needs to be dismantled, completely. The answers it’s providing are not the right answers. They are old ideas that the old rich white men who have always run our country have always been discussing. I think we’ve heard enough from them. We’re going in terrible circles. We are seeking to shame and punish each other, instead of helping each other. We’d rather take a woman’s baby away from her and put her in jail for not having electricity than putting systems in place to ensure that every child has electricity in her home. We don’t deal with problems, we only punish and condemn. Do you know why that is? It is because the problem, at it’s center, is white male supremacy. fixing it isn’t going to be easy, but it is necessary. When ever we’re using the Us v. Them rhetoric in our politics, the “Us” means rich white men and the “Them” mean everyone else–including the millions of poor white people who are often voting against their own interest because of racism, sexism and bigotry.

Teri McGrath

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Mike Huckabee Threatening to Withdraw from the Republican Party

Mike Huckabee is threatening to withdraw from the Republican Party. That is news of course but the reason is because he doesn’t believe they are the GOP taking a strong enough stand against Gay Marriage. Mike fancies himself the voice of sanity in the Republican Party and on the far right. How’s that work that a guy who is to the extreme right of Rick Santorum, Sarah the Paling, Michelle Bachman and Ted Cruz is the voice of sanity in the Republican Party?

I guess that means there aren’t too many sane voices left in the Republican Party if Mike Huckabee sounds like the voice of reason. His reasoning is that despite what the polls show and despite what most normal members of the Republican Party including far right guru Scott Walker are saying get with the program Gay Marriage is here it isn’t going away so live with it.

But no Mike being the on the air Huckster he is isn’t going to live with it. He’s going to become either an independent or maybe start a revolution and take back the country into the ‘fabulous fifties’, back to the days when things were what?

When Blacks couldn’t eat in the same room with whites. When Jim Crow laws were in force and women were expected to stay at home, get pregnant and have Daddy’s slippers in hand when he came home from a hard day at the office. No accounting in that for Mama’s hard day slaving in the kitchen and mopping the floors.

Mike wants to turn back the calendar and undo all of the many gains minorities and women and gays have made in this nation. He wants to go back to McCartyism, to a time when lynching was common in the south and all the kids learned to ‘duck and cover’ for safety from a possible nuclear attack by the Red Menace. Mike is a real upstanding guy, but not real bright nor able to in a single bound forget what the world was like back then.

Mike’s day has passed but he has an audience of dummies much akin to Limbaugh’s Ditto Heads who hang on his every word as the gospel truth. It just ain’t going to fly anymore Mike you need to change your name to Mike the Huckster because what you are selling is worse than snake oil it is bigotry and hate and it’s not going to fly anymore. This is a new day and another group of citizens who have long been disenfranchised have gained their unalienable rights and you can’t take that away from them through your mad dog rants.

What you are selling Mike people aren’t buying. On sure there are still a few soul mates out there, Phil ‘Duck Dynasty’ Robertson, Michelle Bachman, Louie Gohmert, Glen Beck, Sarah the Paling but they are a dying breed who are out there in the hustings trying to sell hate, avarice, and bigotry to whatever dummy will listen, but it’s just not working anymore the way it used to so you need to find a better more suitable product to hawk on your show. Bigotry and hate doesn’t become you Mike!

Bob Bearden

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