The Obola virus

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The notion of an Obola virus just popped into my head as I was walking home just now but I thought that before I tried to claim originality I would just google it to see if anyone else had thought of it. Well, not only is it across the net and all over the place, it has apparently already been branded as racist. Well, that’s the end of that. I therefore think I should let the people at Quadrant know since they have already posted an article, President Obola’s Panic Attack. It’s by a former citizen of the Soviet Union, so what else can you expect. But at least he is aware of his own peculiarities and is already prepared to self-ostracise himself and so he should. As he writes:

I have given up on myself. Since everyone I know accepts that my views are to the right of Gengis Khan, I no longer have to make the pretense of drinking soy milk or eating tofu and pretending to enjoy it. I am what I am and happy to be that way, even if my children’s faces go red when I open my mouth in polite company. They look pleadingly at others present, trying telepathically, I think, to transmit the thought that every family has its own dotty uncle who, in their case, happens to be their own, beloved and sometimes moderately useful, but very barmy, two-cans-short-of-a six-pack dad.

I know that look of theirs very well indeed. It says, ‘What do you expect? Dad remembers those weird days when steam engines were used to pull trains, people were paid only for working, kids ran around playgrounds largely unsupervised, and men could grow older, and little more portly, without attracting universal ostracism.

Well, being portly and dotty has its compensations, let me tell you. Nobody is surprised when you ask stupid questions or say things that are sooo politically incorrect they would be beyond the pale for everyone except yours truly. This is fun – looking at the same pictures on the TV screen as everyone else and seeing things differently.

He thinks of the panic as just one more way to get other scandals off the front page, but oddly, if this is actually a non-scandal in reality, it is the one that may finally bite. People win Nobel Prizes in economics for pointing out that remote possibilities are seen as far more probable than they really are while the more likely dangers are ignored as just part of life.

But since Obola/Ebama did nothing in the face of this danger of unknown consequence, and he would be the absolute last person to know one way or the other, his uselessness as a chief executive is being recognised by people who prefer not to die a horrible death even if he gives them free phones. So at least there is this, whatever else may happen next.

UPDATE: A similar kind of outrage from Andy McCarthy, Incompetence Meets Mendacity in Obama Administration’s Ebola Response. From the article:

You can only abide politics as soap opera for so long because politics is actually about real life and real stakes. Reality cannot be scripted. Therefore, politics cannot forever be stage-managed as a “narrative” with “optics,” a daily show focused on how the lead character is affected by the latest crisis.

At a certain point, the reality of the crises hits us, and hits close to home. Am I threatened? Am I going to get sick? If I do get sick, am I going to have health coverage and the doctor I trust? Is the government doing its best to make sure I am not infected? Or shot? Or bombed? Or beheaded?

Where do we get the answers to these questions? From the government we’ve grown to depend on. And now the answers are so purposely, patently, and pervasively false, it suddenly seems as if nothing can be trusted — as if, even as our perils intensify, our government erects another house in its Potemkin village.

And then he lists the lies that are more than lies but a form of deceit that in each instance makes people worse off for no compensating advantage other than to those who are lying:

Of course you can keep your health coverage, and your doctor. And we’ll cover everyone while your premiums plummet. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda is “decimated” and these Islamic State guys are just the jayvee team. In fact (fact?), they’re not even Islamic — although they may not be quite as “secular” as the Muslim Brotherhood. Just extremists. (Extreme about what? Don’t ask.) Jihad is just a “purification of the self” . . . or, at most, “workplace violence.” Benghazi? A spontaneous “protest” incited by a video. The president was not told it was a terrorist attack . . . except by the secretary of defense right after it started — long before he responded by . . . going to Vegas, where he promptly announced al-Qaeda was “on the path to defeat.” Still, rest assured that the State Department’s top priority is the safety of American personnel . . . although we did reduce security in Benghazi after our facility was bombed. And rest assured that the Justice Department would never ever let guns walk . . . except for the thousands its Fast and Furious program transferred to violent gangs — who’ve used them in who knows how many crimes, including the murder of a Border Patrol agent. Still, at least there’s “not a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, where citizens are harassed, evidence keeps disappearing, and the official at the center of it all takes the Fifth to avoid giving incriminating testimony. No matter. Just take heart that Ebola is not coming to the United States . . . um, well, if it does come there will be no outbreak . . . but, er, if there is an outbreak, we have careful protocols and health-care professionals fully trained to deal with it . . . and even if the protocols don’t work and the professionals don’t have adequate training, we’ll have a rigorous monitoring program for anyone who is exposed . . . or maybe a self-monitoring program for people who will isolate themselves . . . unless, of course, we tell them to go ahead and hop on a plane. Well, look, at least we can promise there won’t be a “serious” outbreak.

It’s Obama, of course, but it’s also the American media. No one can trust either as the world goes from one disaster to the next.

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38 Responses to The Obola virus

  1. stackja

    So at least there is this, whatever else may happen next.

    Obama can always be expected to excel in uselessness, whatever else may happen next.

  2. Rabz

    everyone I know accepts that my views are to the right of Gengis Khan

    So I’m not the only one?

    Such are the joys of being an ol’ grouch.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    I think right now he wishes he was elsewhere.

  4. jupes

    Why is it that the descendants of (white) colonialists should whip themselves for bringing disease to the natives but no blame is apportioned to people from Ethnia when they give disease to the rest of humanity?

  5. Leo G

    The real Obamavirus is the one carried into U.S. elections by the West African diaspora.

  6. Tel

    Obama says he regards ebola as the world’s greatest danger. Is he so short of problems he has to invent one?

    I’m pretty sure he said Global Warming was worse than Ebola.

    Look, there’s plenty of problems in the world, including a far more dangerous outbreak of Keynesianism, but that doesn’t mean take this problem lightly. I’ve come to grips with the daily dangers of ever growing government, so I’m kind of numb to that.

    The ebola virus, always present in Africa, was discovered in 1976 and threatens only those who live in conditions of extreme squalor, where hands are washed less often than they might be and cultural practices help to spread the pestilence.

    Hmmm, score card so far:

    * Dr Kent Brantley caught Ebola in Liberia, got treatment in the USA, survived. Has medical training, presumably knows about washing hands.

    * Nancy Writebol also caught Ebola in Liberia, got treatment in the USA, survived.

    * Dr Rick Sacra also caught Ebola in Liberia, got treatment in the USA, survived. Also caught it despite medical training.

    * Thomas Eric Duncan caught Ebola in Liberia, went to the USA for unknown reasons, got initially bounced back for treatment, and then after late treatment died.

    * Nina Pham & Amber Vinson caught Ebola in Texas while treating Duncan. Both had medical training and safety equipment (possibly of poor quality?). Still sick, outcome unknown.

    * Ashoka Mukpo caught Ebola in Liberia, came to the US for treatment, still sick but supposedly doing well.

    That’s 25% mortality for the cases treated in US hospitals (yes, those hospitals do know about electrolytes) and quite a lot of medical staff who apparently forgot all their medical training. I’m comforted to know that US hospitals are better than Liberia, but the argument that all you need to do is wash hands and drink Staminade is a bit weak I think.

    It’s by a former citizen of the Soviet Union, so what else can you expect.

    Lot of people with Hep-B in Russia, and drug-resistant TB seems to be going around, they should learn to wash their hands and drink Staminade.

  7. everyone I know accepts that my views are to the right of Gengis Khan

    The only difference between left and right wrt Genghis Khan is that the left act like Genghis Khan while pretending to be the Dalai Lama.

  8. sabrina

    Some of Steve Kates’ posts are becoming weird.

  9. Clam Chowdah

    [Is this really necessary? Sinc]

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    Obola features prominantly:

    The Week in Pictures: Quarantine Edition

    I like the last one especially…perfect for infuriating lefties.

  11. Fred Lenin.

    Just as we’ll the socialist millionaires in the USA are on top of this Ebola outbreak,they should get advice on competence from our alp/ green socialist millionaires,competence is their strong point , or something. Can you imagine Krudd Giliard Swannie,Conroy.Shortass Albosleazy ,managing an outbreak of Ebola? With of course the able assistance of the meeja.I shudder to think. Still it’s good to see comrade Pilberserk ,and a huge number of the Emmlielusters ,volunteering to go to Africa to convert the women there to lesbiansocialism that will be a huge help ,won’t it?

  12. sabrina

    Go to your CBD, identify yourself, and Practice what you preach, CC.
    At home, flush your mouth with a litre of Listerine before you open it again.

  13. Ant

    Obama = Affirmative Action in action.

  14. egg_

    Because: Racism!

    Obama’s ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card?

  15. egg_

    The only difference between left and right wrt Genghis Khan is that the left act like Genghis Khan while pretending to be the Dalai Lama.

    Oh the ironing when Barrie Cassidy said Tanya Plibersek managed to get a word in against Scott Morrison on Today.

  16. rickw

    Obama = Affirmative Action in action.

    One of the companies I used to work for had a program of aggressively promoting women, affirmative action. There are so many parallels between their performance and Obama’s, out of their depth in countless ways, struggling to do anything and not screw it up. Then there would be a larger than average screw up, usually with a completely odd angle to it, and then they would quit. Grossly unfair to all concerned, including them, many had significant talent, but got pushed to the deep end to quickly.

  17. Myrddin Seren

    A leading indicator of how this outbreak may be morphing in to a pandemic will be the inverse relationship between Obama’s future public appearances and the spread of the disease.

    If he winds up broadcasting from a secure facility under a mountain in Montana that ‘we have nothing to fear but fear itself’, the Doomsday Preppers may be the only significant constituency left in late 2016.

  18. stackja

    It’s Obama, of course, but it’s also the American media. No one can trust either as the world goes from one disaster to the next.

    Once we had:

    Credibility gap is a term that came into wide use journalism, political and public discourse in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. At the time, it was most frequently used to describe public skepticism about the Lyndon B. Johnson administration’s statements and policies on the Vietnam War.
    From Wikipedia

    Then we had:

    The term Watergate has come to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration.
    From Wikipedia

    Then:

    Hurricane Katrina
    From Wikipedia

    Which featured:

    Russel L. Honoré

    On September 20, 2005, at a press conference with Nagin on Hurricane Rita, Honoré made headlines nationwide when he told a reporter not to get “stuck on stupid” in reference to a question about the government response to Hurricane Katrina. From Wikipedia

    Now we have Obama “stuck on stupid”

  19. stackja

    Liberty Quotes
    The fact that censorship is progressivism’s default position regarding so many things is evidence of progressives’ pessimism about the ability of their agenda to advance under a regime of robust discussion. It also indicates the delight progressives derive from bossing people around and imposing a particular sensibility, in the name of diversity, of course.
    — George Will

  20. Myrddin Seren

    President Obama Already Has An Ebola Czar. Where Is She?

    What’s particularly interesting about this discussion, then, is that nobody has even discussed the fact that the federal government not ten years ago created and funded a brand new office in the Health and Human Services Department specifically to coordinate preparation for and response to public health threats like Ebola. The woman who heads that office, and reports directly to the HHS secretary, has been mysteriously invisible from the public handling of this threat.

    So where are the pandemic plans ? Oh – we have been busy doing other things for the last decade:

    And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company with ties to a Democratic donor—and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients.

    So – business as usual.

    If you have time, scroll down to see how the National Institutes of Health assigns taxpayer dollars for research projects.

    If this thing goes exponential, we may see the ‘Hunger Games‘ society delivered even faster than the next one or two politically radical US Presidents would be likely to deliver.

    Presumably, and time permitting, the quarantine will be to seal off and protect the elites and insiders so that they can take their rightful place as the enlightened technocrats governing over whatever outcome remains if the plague rages through the proles.

  21. C.L.

    Everything is racist now.

    Even racism is racist.

  22. Ant

    MS

    The super spunky Michelle Malkin had a piece about that kind of thing with the CDC, here.

    “At $7 billion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000. Those evil, stingy Republicans actually approved CDC funding increases in January larger than what President Obama requested.

    What are we getting for this ever-increasing amount of money? Answer: A power-hungry busybody brigade of politicized blame-mongers.”

  23. C.L.

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  24. Pickles

    At dinner last night the Lurgi was the burning question of course. I learned that the CIA patented it in 1995 and it was a plot to weaken Africa so the west could confiscate natural resources. When asked for a solution I offered that all nations could sign a UN treaty ceding border control and health measures (including budgets) to the WHO. The idea was we’ll received and others added that it might be expanded to deal with climate change health and refugee problems.

  25. Clam Chowdah

    Bruce: loved that Drone image!

  26. stackja

    Obama prepares for the Ebola election
    So what is it out there that this administration finds so much scarier than Ebola? What else? An election.

    Read more: linky
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

  27. cohenite

    Pickles: that’s hilarious; I used to go such shindigs, but after I started throwing the canapés the invitations fell off.

  28. Lem

    Back on topic, no one really knows how Ebola as it is at present would behave in a first world country. Probably it would be containable, but countries would have to scramble pretty quickly to effect stringent quarantines, now that nurses have been infected.There would be a lot of disruption to everyday life on account of peoples fears.

    The worrying thing is if Ebola mutates to something more contagious. That kind of event has been known to happen. If Ebola makes that jump, and say becomes contagious before anyone realistically knows they are sick, which is what marks the contagious period now, then our health facilities would be rapidly and completely overwhelmed. This could be why lots of doctors and health departments are now quietly sh#tting themselves.

    But, hey, it probably won’t 🙂
    Who’s teeing off first?

  29. cohenite

    This could be why lots of doctors and health departments are now quietly sh#tting themselves.

    Perhaps they should be persuaded to go through the motions on the steps of parliament, preferably in front of every member of the filth and Tanya Plibersek.

  30. Pickles

    These types would suspend democracy in a heartbeat Cohenite.

  31. Leo G

    Back on topic, no one really knows how Ebola as it is at present would behave in a first world country.

    Health authorities are more likely to be sh#tting themselves with fears that people in first world countries will learn about the unethical way ebola victims were routinely “processed” during many ebola outbreaks in West Africa.

  32. Frank

    CL:

    Everything is racist now.

    Even racism is racist.

    No. Racism is the new black–which is of course, racist.

  33. Brian Davidson

    However stupid Sabrina’s comments were, telling her [I have edited the thread. Sinc] removes all credibility of those opposing her. if you people can’t discuss something in a grown up & mature manner, perhaps you shouldn’t be discussing things at all.

    @On Topic: It’s amazing how many times Obama and other lefties can blatantly talk complete garbage, and never be held to account by the media. If any right-winger did Obama’s healthcare sham, the scandal wouldn’t have left the front pages.

  34. Sinclair Davidson

    Guys. Really?

  35. Leo G

    That’s 25% mortality for the cases treated in US hospitals (yes, those hospitals do know about electrolytes) and quite a lot of medical staff who apparently forgot all their medical training. I’m comforted to know that US hospitals are better than Liberia, but the argument that all you need to do is wash hands and drink Staminade is a bit weak I think.

    The difference between Liberian and US hospital isolation of Ebola cases is principally that the objective of each was to minimise the risk of transmission, but only one had the objective of giving fever victims the kind of care likely to achieve the best individual outcomes.
    West Africans generally regard admission to an Ebola isolation ward as a death penalty (in more ways than one). Unsurprisingly, the likely response of a local with a headcold in the vicinity of an Ebola outbreak to the approach of foreign health care workers, is to attack.

  36. Clam Chowdah

    Yeah, sorry about that. Sometimes I get tired of the seagulls who only ever fly in to shit on the threads.

  37. And she’s still on the job even though three years ago she was embroiled in a huge scandal of funneling a major stream of funding to a company with ties to a Democratic donor—and away from a company that was developing a treatment now being used on Ebola patients.

    Let’s run through this a bit:
    The US already has a purpose built organisation to deal with an epidemic threat – the CDC.
    There is also one specifically for an Ebola threat – detailed above.
    The company developing an Ebola treatment had money removed from it and said monies were given to a political supporter.
    We now have an issue with no significant treatment available due to the political interference, above.

    Obama still has not been impeached for his failure to protect the public. What will it take?
    (Sorry if this is a bit disjointed, I blame TA. It’s not the drugs, really.)

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