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Ebola Nurse a Criminal?

30.10.2014 (9:11 pm) – Filed under: Health,Medicine,Stupidity ::

Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus, went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine’s order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage.

Kaci Hickox and boyfriend Ted Wilbur go for a bike ride in Fort Kent

 

Hickox has flaunted her defiance of the governor by deliberately appearing in public over the last two days. Does this make her a common criminal?

The answer to the question is No, at least for the moment. Certainly Maine’s authorities would like nothing better than to take her into custody, if they were allowed to do so; however, no legal basis exists for her arrest.

This begs the question, however, of mere right or wrong. A certified health professional should know better than to endanger the public as Hickox has. The Hippocratic Oath applies to all health care workers and Hickox has plainly violated her duty to the citizens Maine by placing dozens, if not hundreds of people at risk. As such, the state would be well within its rights to begin the process of stripping her of her professional certifications.

Moreover, two nurses have already been diagnosed with Ebola after having previously been cleared. Despite her foolhardy bravado, Hickox could prove to be the Typhoid Mary of 2014 America, with even more deadly results. Should this happen, Hickox should be charged with 1 count of murder for each death she causes and be liable for the injuries and associated medical costs for all afflicted with the deadly disease because of her deliberate malfeasance.

Fighting for 15

04.09.2014 (6:49 pm) – Filed under: Finance,Society,Stupidity ::

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For some perspective, $15/hr is scarcely less than what new, degreed teachers earn at many school districts here in Texas.  The low pay of teachers aside, it’s ridiculous to equate the value of these jobs in terms of wages.

The fact is, flipping burgers and bagging fries are not skills. I’ve been there, done that, and I know first-hand, it’s not fun. Neither is it a career.  The lack of remuneration should be expected. 

Consider: The minimum wage exists because the market value of fast food work is less than the legislated minimum.  Any attempt to justify an increase in entry-level pay by striking is little more than an exercise in mob rule.

The Face of Stupidity

16.06.2011 (11:10 am) – Filed under: Sports,Stupidity ::

Want to see the poster-boy for asinine, mindless thug behavior? Look no further than this Candadian fool whose team lost game 7 of the Stanley Cup at home in Vancouver.

 

Matt Gurney, a member of the editorial board for The National Post chain of newspapers, says the entire nation was embarrassed by the riots and the international attention it has attracted.

“There’s nothing cultural about Vancouver that could explain this. It’s not a rough industrial city,” he says. “It takes a lot to provoke a Canadian so when the rest of us are looking at them and saying, ‘You people are idiots,’ they have to concede the point.”

Principals, Principles, and Proper Policy

17.05.2011 (12:31 pm) – Filed under: Education,Stupidity ::

A student is being punished for her after-the-fact reporting of wrongdoing by her classmates. Obviously this is the wrong way for administrators to gain the trust of teenagers. Policies must be applied in conjunction with the exercise of judgment, not blindly.

DAYTON, Ohio — A charter school student who said she saw two classmates having sex on a bus during a group spring break trip is being punished for reporting the incident, her mother said

TSA Humor: First Body Cavity Search

12.11.2010 (9:22 am) – Filed under: Humor,National Security,Stupidity ::

Found as the background image on a TSA computer at the Indianapolis airport:

The TSA's Sense of Humor Makes Me Nervous

Yeah, that’s REAL funny, jerks.

Amazon Taking Heat for Doing the Right Thing

11.11.2010 (8:45 am) – Filed under: Media,Stupidity ::

Amazingly, Paul Carr of TechCrunch has come out against Amazon’s decision to remove a pedophiliac’s handbook from its e-shelves. His rationale? The same information is available elsewhere.

This is exactly the sort of unprincipled non-think that has would-be intellectuals second-guessing the Cold War now that it’s over. Principles matter, Paul, and people in the media ought to know that and applaud anyone who does what’s right rather than spouting nonsense about how it doesn’t matter.

Sorry, but Amazon is entirely within their rights to sell or refuse to sell any product, at any time, for any reason. If the company’s judgment is that selling a perv’s guide to kiddie porn hurts their image and/or bottom line then that’s Amazon’s business, not yours.

A Country Gone Mad

04.10.2010 (6:30 am) – Filed under: England,Race,Stupidity ::

The United Kingdom is our parent country in many respects; however, it seems that our cousins across the Atlantic have gone mad, first with their kow-towing to Muslim extremism in their streets and now by actively seeking out – and presumedly correcting – racist toddlers:

Teachers are being forced to report children as young as three to the authorities for using alleged ‘racist’ language, it was claimed last night.

Munira Mirza, a senior advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson, said schools were being made to spy on nursery age youngsters by the Race Relations Act 2000.

More than a quarter of a million children have been accused of racism since it became law, she said.

Writing in Prospect magazine, she said: ‘The more we seek to measure racism, the more it seems to grow.

Wow, that’s a profound statement.  Of course, the more I seek to count yellow cars, the more of them I seek to find.  Moreover, even if the thought police were proven correct, racism is a natural part of the human concern.  Ugly, yes.  Undesirable, yes.  A matter for government action?  No.

Gunman Dead at U. of Texas

28.09.2010 (10:04 am) – Filed under: Crime,Society,Stupidity ::

image A psycho gunman was loose on a college campus this A.M. and is believed to have committed suicide.  A second armed perpetrator is alleged and the search is underway for this person.

I’ve asked this question before, but what ever happened to the era of quiet desperation when the terminally insane simply shot themselves? What’s with the incessant need for sinking people to take others down with them?

Latest news indicates 10 shots may have been fired from an AK-47. The gunman aside, no one seems to have been hurt.

Cold Showers and How Sometimes Liberal Guilt is Hilarious

29.10.2009 (12:53 pm) – Filed under: Environment,Liberalism,Stupidity ::

The overblown, self-important angst of some liberals is so stupid it’s painfully funny to watch.  The cold shower to this humor is the knowledge that such people will occasionally act on their feelings, motivated by their self-inflicted guilt, and attempt to force their conclusions on the rest of us.

 The latest case in point comes from Slate’s Nina Shen Rastogi, who wonders about her daily bathing habit.

I know that taking long, hot showers is an environmental no-no. But now that the weather’s getting colder, I just can’t face the day without one. Exactly how much damage am I doing to the planet?

Good grief!  Am I supposed to take a cold shower in the middle of winter to assuage Nina’s conscience?  The answer to her question is a resounding “Who cares?!”

Happily the bulk of the rest of Nina’s article focuses on the costs of heating water, flow rates, water temperatures, and the like – good, practical issues that homeowners should consider.

The reason they’re worth thinking about isn’t Nina and other liberals’ indulgent guilt, it’s because they are pocketbook issues.  Like so many other issues, that’s the only reason Americans should consider the duration of their morning ritual in the shower – the economics of the event.

Sometimes a Show is Just a Show

31.05.2009 (9:32 pm) – Filed under: Politics,Stupidity ::

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Sometimes I have to wonder why people think they need to have an opinion on everything.  Case in point: A man took his wife to the theater in New York and the Republican National Convention felt it necessary to respond critically to this act of kindness because the man was Barack Obama.

“As President Obama prepares to wing into Manhattan’s theater district on Air Force One to take in a Broadway show, GM is preparing to file bankruptcy and families across America continue to struggle to pay their bills,” RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in an email this afternoon.

With thinking like this, it’s small wonder that this organization’s “product” has been two crushing defeats in as many election cycles.

News flash: American families have always struggled to pay the bills, even at the height of economic prosperity.  And GM was doomed to bankruptcy decades ago.  That it’s happening now is a nice coincidence given Mr. Obama’s anti-business agenda; however, the seeds were sown before the new president was even born.

If there’s a story here – and there ought to be – it’s that GM’s death knell was struck the day it gave in to the unions’ demands for higher-than-market-value wages and benefits.  The result was GM’s promise to provide life-long health care to retirees, an agreement that makes the company impossible to operate profitably now, a fact that makes it a perfect target for Democrat’s de facto nationalization.

Obviously none of this has anything to do with First Lady Michelle Obama collecting on the promise of a night out from her husband, which is the whole point.  The RNC should simply shut up and be thought fools rather than speak and leave no doubt.