If the disease leaps to this continent, you know suspending the Constitution will be his first impulse.
This morning's Drudge:
While he'll say "all options are open," some options will not "be on the table." Options such as closing the border, skipping a round of golf, or stopping Ebola patients from entering the country.
And I'm not saying certain rights shouldn't be addressed in an outbreak. Freedom of movement should be debated, and possibly restricted, in such a situation. I'd prefer a decentralized response: local and state authorities to take the lead in their areas. History shows that more people die under a centralized authority, such as that of Democrat Governor Kathleen Blanco who barred outside help before and during Hurricane Katrina. Or Mao.
Suspending rights will be HIS first impulse, just as it is his assumption that he is an expert at everything because he was elected president. It is as natural for him as breathing is for you and me. It is our dear leader's core. It is his purpose.
I'd even go so far as to suggest there are several DHS committees drafting the dear leader's speech rather than actually preparing. Polishing phrases such as "the risks are too great," and "our great nation must endure," and "the children must be protected," and "I will not rest," and "these are only temporary measures," and "the notion that we, uh, would let this get out of control," and "my administration will have a laser focus," and "as I've, uh, said before," and "we never said it would be easy," and "the FEMA camps are for your protection," and "you will receive a claim ticket for your firearms," and "it has been contained," and "be sure to tell us if a neighbor is sick" and "even Ebola patients must, uh, pay their fair share," and "your bank deposits have been moved to the safety of the Treasury Department."
Did you just call me paranoid? You do remember who was selling Commie Obama hats waaaaay back in 2007. Oh, the names I was called then. And those IRS audits. I could tell you stories....
Suspending the Constitution is a bit extreme, you say? Unprecedented? Just ask Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, or James Evans.
Here are the things that I truly fear. These have nothing to do with the Marxist in the White House, although he could make them worse.
1) Rumor. Imagine a credible rumor that our water supply is infected with Ebola.
2) Asymmetric. First-World countries do not crumble under a single event. Imagine several small Ebola outbreaks in the US combined with a big event such as a
What to do? This is easy, and it doesn't cost much at all. Bottled water.
The Karl family sat atop the 1994 Northridge earthquake. An E-Ticket ride like no other. It is quite an experience to hear the windows in your home explode all at the same time. Even better at 4am.
Our condominium complex (photos above) was deemed 'unsafe" (red-tagged) and we had to move. But for others, most services and utilities were back in a couple days. We first drank all the milk and juice, then the warm sodas and beer. Hydration was not a problem, but I decided then that I'd have a 2-week supply of water for each family member from that point on.
Earthquakes are local events. The area was swarmed with first responders, volunteers, friends and families before the dust settled. And communities came together, bonding and supporting each other through that one shared event. We met neighbors we never knew, like the couple in the unit next to us. I spent an hour consoling that gay couple next door who were in tears over a broken fish tank. The fish survived, and even with the mess of a 7.4 earthquake I remember being shocked at the beautiful fabrics, furnishings and overall interior designs.
I doubt an Ebola outbreak in the US is even possible. But I also doubt communities will bond during an outbreak. I doubt the stores will stay open. I doubt anyone will respond to a 911 call, let alone answer. And I doubt I'm going to lose any sleep over it. I just wish we had competent and trustworthy people in government who respected the Constitution.
14 gallons per person. Do it now.
If you want to spend more, consider precious metals.
Thanks for the link, Western Rifle. Always an honor!
UPDATED and BUMPED 9.15.14 12:30pm:
Today's Drudge Headline:
Also linked by Drudge: InfoWars article: U.S. State Department Orders 160,000 Ebola Hazmat Suits
Shall we call this Stage Two Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS)?
UPDATED 9.15.14 4pm:
ZH has the ODS: 20% Chance Of Ebola In USA By October; 277,124 Global Cases By Year-End, Model Predicts
There’s a roughly 25 percent chance Ebola will be detected in the United Kingdom– and as much as an 18 percent chance it will turn up in the U.S. – by the end of September, the analysis of global mobility and epidemic patterns shows. The new paper includes the top 16 countries where Ebola is most likely to spread.As to the 14 days of water: Why 14 days?
Because that gives you 14 days to figure out where you'll get the water you need for day #15.
UPDATED 9.15.14 5pm:
Western Rifle has posted a list of things to buy in preparation for an outbreak - with Amazon links.