Vinson’s Plane To Cleveland Made 26 Subsequent Flights

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Ebola patient’s Amber Joy Vinson’s plane to Cleveland made 26 flights after her initial trip

Mary Kilpatrick | October 16, 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The plane that flew a nurse infected with Ebola from Dallas to Cleveland on Friday made 26 flights before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that Amber Joy Vinson may have been symptomatic on the flight. The plane traveled across the country and into Mexico, making stops in Denver, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati and Philadelphia…

The article then goes on to list the flight numbers and flight routes of the plane. All told, the plane carried another 800 passengers.

Meanwhile, we have this from the CBS Austin, Texas affiliate, KEYE:

Frontier Notifies More Passengers About Ebola

October 16, 2014

Frontier Airlines says it is notifying passengers on seven flights that they either flew with a nurse who later tested positive for Ebola or on a later flight using the same plane.

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Amy Vinson May Have Had Symptoms During First Flight

From the Fox Ohio affiliate, WJW:

Officials looking for certain customers who stopped by bridal shop Vinson visited

By Kara Sutyak and Darcie Loreno | October 16, 2014 

AKRON, Ohio — New information received by the CDC Thursday indicates the latest Ebola patient– Amber Vinson– may have experienced symptoms as early as Friday, Oct. 10 — the day she flew into Cleveland. That’s according to the CDC’s Dr. Chris Braden, who spoke at a press conference in Summit County Thursday afternoon.

For those of you playing at home, Ms. Vinson flew to Cleveland on Frontier Flight 1142.

Health officials say a person is only contagious when showing Ebola symptoms.

But she wasn’t showing symptoms. She wasn’t even showing symptoms on the day she was diagnosed.

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People Think Demos ‘Get’ Them, But They’re Voting GOP

From the Washington Post:

People think Democrats ‘get’ them. But they are voting for Republicans.

By Aaron Blake October 16, 2014

Democrats are likely to lose the Senate in three weeks — at least according to just about everybody — and their brand hasn’t been worse in at least the last 30 years, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week.

And yet, through it all, they remain the party that Americans empathize with the most. It’s almost as if Democrats are the party people would like to vote for, but they just can’t right now.

What in the world does that mean, you might ask. Well, the Post-ABC poll asked people three empathy-related questions.

1) Which party better represents your own personal values?

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New York Giants Briefed On Ebola Before Trip To Dallas

From the New York Post:

New York Giants getting briefed on Ebola before trip to Dallas

October 15, 2014

The Giants are heading to Dallas this weekend and have taken steps to ensure their traveling party is briefed on the deadly Ebola virus that has been contracted by two female health care workers in the Dallas hospital where one man, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the virus on Oct. 8.

The Giants face the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“On the Ebola issue, no, nothing out of the ordinary other than providing background and info on the disease,’’ Pat Hanlon, the Giants’ senior vice president of communications, told The Post Wednesday in an e-mail.

“Our athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola virus disease.

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MRC: 15 Ways The NIH And CDC Wasted Taxpayer Money

From the Media Research Center:

Hey Journalists! 15 Ways NIH And CDC Wasted Taxpayer Money

By Joseph Rossell | October 16, 2014

… If NIH and CDC are still having trouble coming up with ways to fund their fight against Ebola, here is a list of 15 wasteful programs totaling $15,135,574,669.00 where they could have saved:

1. Telling Taxpayers How to Eat ($15 billion) – … Obamacare carved out $15 billion for Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to convince Americans to make “healthy” choices through “Community Transformation Grants” (CTG). The CTG program “supports efforts to modify behavior through anti-obesity campaigns, as well as anti-smoking and pro-sin tax regulations and legislation” …

4.  “Why Are Lesbians Fat?” ($2.87 million) – … The ongoing study is meant to explain why “women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic,” operating under the claim that “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese…

6.  Drunken Monkeys ($3.2 million) – NIH spent $3.2 million getting monkeys drunk just to see what would happen…

7.  Bizarre Sex Studies ($1.5 million) – Congress voted to give NIH $1.5 million to spend on four obscure sex studies: “Mood Arousal and Sexual Risk Taking,” “Study on Sexual Habits of Older Men,” “Study on San Francisco’s Asian Prostitutes/Masseuses,” and “Study on American Indian Transgender Research.” …

8.  Funds for Homosexual Activists in Public Schools ($1.4 million) – CDC gave The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the homosexual activist group, $1.4 million to create “safe spaces” in public schools…

9.  Centers for ‘Gun Disease’ Prevention ($2.6 million) – CDC spent $2.6 million on studies that favor greater gun control before when Congress defunded the research…  For FY 2015, President Obama is asking Congress to grant CDC $22.2 million in new funding to study and prevent gun violence…

10.  National Institute ‘Gun Control’ ($5 million) – Separately from the CDC, NIH also handed out nearly $5 million for research promoting gun control…

[Other NIH Boondoggles:]
    Cocaine Enhances Japanese Quail’s Sex Drive ($181,406)…
    Empowering Women to Choose Contraception … in Jail ($279,789)…

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Obama Ignored CDC Advice To Build 18 Disease Centers

From the Washington Times:

Obama administration ignored the CDC’s advice to prevent an Ebola outbreak

By Jim McElhatton | October 15, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control told the incoming Obama administration in 2008 that it should establish 18 regional disease detection centers around the world to adequately safeguard the U.S. from emerging health threats like Ebola, according to an agency memo.

But six years later, as the government struggles to contain the fallout from a deadly Ebola outbreak at home and abroad, the CDC still has only 10 centers — and none of them operates in the western Africa region hardest hit by the deadly virus.

“The existing centers have already proven their effectiveness and impact on detecting and responding to outbreaks including avian influenza, aflatoxin poisoning, Rift Valley fever, Ebola and Marburg virus outbreaks,” the CDC said in its memo to the Obama transition team, which The Washington Times obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Man With Vinson Without Protective Gear Was From CDC?

From CBS DFW:

Why No Protective Gear For Man With Dallas Ebola Patient?

October 15, 2014

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As the world watched the loading of Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson onto a CDC plane Wednesday, something seemed odd to us, and a lot of you as well. On social media, and on the CBS 11 News phone lines, the biggest question became – who was the guy not wearing protective hazmat gear? CBS 11 News did some digging and got answers…

The CDC coordinated the flight and from watching the man in plainclothes, he looks like an overseer – given the task of watching every move that was made on the tarmac…

So CBS-DFW thins he is a CDC expert who was there to make sure all the protocols are followed.

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Dems Fight Travel Ban, 16 Docs Without Borders Infected

From The Hill:

Democrats push back on travel ban

By Mike Lillis | October 15, 2014

House Democrats are pushing back hard against proposals to institute a travel ban in the fight against the Ebola virus. A growing number of lawmakers — mostly Republicans — are urging the Obama administration to bar travel to the United States for the roughly 13,000 foreign visa holders living in the West African countries where the disease is most rampant.

In other words, there are currently 13,000 people in Ebola countries who can come to the US even as we speak.

But Democrats are rejecting that strategy, arguing that it would both be ineffective and could worsen the epidemic in those African hot spots.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Wednesday… "I don’t think we gain anything by spending our time talking about quarantines" of entire countries, Jackson Lee said in a phone interview.

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CDC Considers Ebola No-Fly List (Already Is A No-Fly List)

From Fox News:

CDC considers adding names of health workers monitored for Ebola to no-fly list

October 16, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering adding the names of healthcare workers being monitored for the Ebola virus to the government’s no-fly list, federal officials tell Fox News… From now on, Frieden said, no one else involved in Duncan’s care would be allowed to travel "other than in a controlled environment." He cited guidelines that permit charter flights or travel by car but no public transportation…

And yet they repeatedly gave permission to nurse Vinson to fly. Even when she had a temperature.

Early Thursday, Frontier released a statement saying that the crew of Flight 1143 had been placed on paid leave for 21 days, despite CDC guidance that they were all safe to fly. 

Maybe Frontier is trying to avoid future lawsuits.

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Dallas To Declare Disaster And Impose New Restrictions

From the NBC Dallas/Ft Worth affiliate, KXAS:

Disaster Declaration Planned for Ebola Fight

By Frank Heinz | October 16, 2014

Dallas County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday at 2 p.m. to declare a disaster over "the potential for widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus."

The declaration could help officials impose new travel restrictions on health care workers who may have cared for the first Dallas Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas County Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins will sign a control order that will follow the minimum guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blocking those being monitored for Ebola symptoms from using public transportation, including buses and airliners.

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Schools In Texas And Ohio Close Due To Ebola Concerns

From the Associated Press:

3 Texas schools close due to Ebola concerns

October 16, 2014

BELTON, Texas – A Central Texas school district has temporarily closed three of its campuses after two of its students traveled on the same flight as a nurse who has since been diagnosed with Ebola.

The Belton Independent School District campuses and some school buses will be disinfected on Thursday. The superintendent announced the closures of North Belton Middle School, Sparta Elementary and the Belton Early Childhood School late Wednesday.

The students’ parents are keeping them home voluntarily for 21 days…

What a break for them.

From the Fox Cleveland affiliate, WJW:

Two Solon schools closed Thursday due to Ebola concerns

By Kara Sutyak | October 16, 2014 

SOLON, Ohio – Two Solon schools are closed Thursday as a precaution, after the district learned a Solon Middle School staff member traveled home from Dallas on Frontier Airlines Tuesday on a different flight, but possibly the same aircraft, as Amber Vinson, the 29-year-old Dallas nurse who traveled through Cleveland and was later diagnosed with Ebola…

In other words, the staff member may have been on one of the five flights the plane made after Vinson’s flight.

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Nurse Vinson Got Permission From CDC To Board Flight

From CBS News:

2nd nurse with Ebola called CDC before boarding flight

By Jonathan LaPook, Scott Pelley | October 15, 2014

In the case of Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who flew commercially as she was becoming ill with Ebola, one health official said "somebody dropped the ball."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of "high risk" and was allowed to fly…

She probably called several times because she couldn’t believe their answer.  By the way, the fact that Thomas Duncan was sent home from the ER when he had a temperature of 99.5 degrees is supposed to have been a crime against humanity.

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Houston Tells Pastors: Turn Over Sermons To Gay Mayor

From Fox News:

City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

By Todd Starnes | October 14, 2014

… The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.” “Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said.

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Oregon Governor Fiancée Once Owned Planned Pot Farm

From a forgiving CNN:

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancee says she once planned a pot farm

By Susanna Capelouto | October 14, 2014

(CNN) — The fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber lived on property that was to be used for growing marijuana, and married an illegal immigrant for money during a period in her life when she was "associating with the wrong kind of people and making mistakes," according to a statement she released Tuesday.

Hey, by Oregon standards, she’s an upstanding entrepreneur. What could be more praiseworthy than making a buck getting an illegal alien into the country? Or making a buck growing pot, even though it was illegal at the time?

Cylvia Hayes, 47, admitted to living on a property in Okanogan, Oregon, in 1997 that was supposed to become a marijuana growing operation, but she said it never materialized…

Did it go up in smoke?

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The Hill Just Can’t Figure Out Where Obama Went Wrong

From The Hill:

Where did it go wrong for Obama?

By Amie Parnes | October 15, 2014

Fewer than two years ago, President Obama was elected handily to his second term, becoming the first Democrat since FDR to twice win an outright majority of the popular vote.

Bill Clinton, officially the most beloved Democrat of all time, never won the majority of the popular vote once.

Now, Democrats in competitive Senate races hope he stays as far away as possible, previous heartlands of support such as Iowa have turned against him and his approval ratings are languishing in the low 40s — sometimes lower.

What could have caused such an upsurge in racism across the fruited plain?

Political observers, from former Obama aides to staffers who served in previous administrations, say something is going to have to change if the president is to achieve anything at all in his last two years in office…

Someone is going to have to tell a better story.

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