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At the gates of St. Peter

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Even at a ripe 45, I have some of the sense of invulnerability that I had at 25. There is no good reason for me to be so confident; I have the physicals and admonitions from my doctor to prove so. But, I guess it’s better than being like some people, who treat every errant mole as a sign of the Grim Reaper’s impending visit.

However, everything ends. The one surety in life is that your time on Earth is short an precious. Would we appreciate life if we somehow discovered the fountain of youth? I don’t know. But the short lives we have now make every moment unique, of a singular nature, whether in joy or sorrow.

As life is short, something which always informs my decisions is the question: Am I making the world a better place. I’m not talking about great, macro-historical acts. I’m talking about the little things, the everyday kindnesses, the quotidian miracles which will not make it to the history books, but which may change a person’s life in innumerable ways for the better.

It’s a question by which I try to live. But it’s also a question which too few of our fellow citizens ask.

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Am I making the world better by standing in front of a St. Louis Cardinals’ game with a sign taped to the back of my expensive replica Cardinals jersey averring “I am Darren Wilson”? Am I making the world better by putting out my race privilege out for all to see, siding with a man who seems to be ready to escape any consequences for killing an unarmed young black man?

Am I making the world better by fulminating that millions of my fellow citizens finally having access to affordable quality health care is an affront to liberty? Not only an affront to liberty, but a positive evil, which will bring about the Republic’s ruin? Am I making the world a better place by suggesting that the thousands of people who are now able to receive life-saving treatments should have been left to die?

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Am I making the world a better place by clinging with the grip of death to untrammeled access to weapons of war, with not even the merest of regulations? Am I making the world a better place by fulminating, with spittle flying, that my right to amass an arsenal can never be trumped, regardless of how many people die?

I’m far from perfect. I often fail to meet my own standards. But it’s apparent that too few people even ask the question. Am I making the world a better place? Am I helping that one person who needs help? Am I making the world safer not only for my children (I have none), but for others’ children?

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Humans are perfect in their imperfection. The human condition is to get things wrong as often as one gets it right. But too many people have chosen ideologies which do not make the world better. And the ironic thing is that often their choices backfire on them. But that’s fine; eventually they’ll strike it rich as long as “they” don’t get something extra. It reminds me of medieval treatises which depicted the Elect in heaven looking down on the tormented of Hell as celestial entertainment.

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I will stake my flag here. Making an informed decision is better than reacting blindly from preconceived notions. Helping others is better than hoarding selfishly. Greed is not good, but the source of many of our evils. Empathy for the other does not make you weak or a traitor, but unleashes the best of what being human is. And choosing mean-spiritedness and close-mindedness does not indicate strength, but is a clarion call of weakness.

As I enter the second half of a hopefully long life, the guiding question is “How can I make things better”. It’s a question I hope to answer in the affirmative once my end nears. It’s really the only way to be human.

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140 Responses to “At the gates of St. Peter”


  1. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Whoa!

  2. 5 57andfemale
    October 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    • 6 57andfemale
      October 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Oh, and I’m a bronze-ish furst.

      • 8 Nena20409
        October 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        But what does that say about Texans who voted for GW Bush 2X and James Richard Perry since 2000s, is the only gov?
        In 2008, both Senators Obama and Clinton managed to get more votes than re-elected Perry in 2010……were less than 33% eligible voters voted. In 2002, it was 29%.

        The last statewide elected Dem was the late Gov Ann Richards……
        Since 2008…..TX has had a minority majority in population. Yet, GOPers totally dominate TX.

        • 9 57andfemale
          October 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

          The saying goes, “TX is a blue state that refuses to vote.”

        • October 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

          It says, they cheat, lie and steal because they are too dumb to even know or care that they are dumb.
          I just cannot understand why people are loyal to vote stupid. I just don’t get it.

      • 11 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        October 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

        OH MY…AM ON THE FLOOR…TWO BOOKENDS WITH ALOT IN COMMON…’0′!!!!!

    • October 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Shouldn’t Gov. Perry be in Texas showing leadership? They are always criticizing POTUS for not showing leadership….well Governor???

      • 13 57andfemale
        October 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

        Not a word from MSM but the color of PBO’s suit? an issue for WEEKS.

        After PBO cancelled his fundraising trip to meet with officials on ebola, Perry announced he was cutting his trip short in Europe. He’ll be back – tomorrow.

        Where’s the outrage?

        • October 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm

          Where are all the big mouth Texans who are always talking about seceding from the United States? They couldn’t even handle this, but the sorry media will try to place the blame on that Obama.

          • 15 57andfemale
            October 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

            I have an idea: let’s kick them out of the Union. They’re all for personal responsibility. It starts NOW.

            And let’s have Rick Perry display manhood by shaking hands with an ebola patient while she’s vomiting. We’ll see how manly he is if he isn’t shooting from a helicopter.

      • October 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        First, you have to learn how to spell “leadership” and understand the meaning.
        To Perry it means, “me first” everyone else can go to hell.

  3. 17 Ladyhawke
    October 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm

  4. 18 Debra
    October 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    We need to secure the Texas Border. Send the national guard.

    Sincerely,
    Governors of Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas and the President Of Mexico

    • 19 idon
      October 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      The most significant risk to a potential US ebola outbreak is stupidity which was on full display when the second healthcare worker traveled to Ohio when she was supposed to be on voluntary quarantine.

  5. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    ” … I’m far from perfect. I often fail to meet my own standards.”

    LL, there’s “something for everybody” in your piece, which is not a bad outcome for a gifted writer like you!

  6. 21 hopefruit2
    October 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Great post as usual, LL. Love the pics of PBO with kids…these are America’s future.

  7. 22 MightyPamela
    October 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Am I?? Eleventh?? WooHoot! ❤

  8. 23 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Vetivera24 and J’OB are the Gold ⭐ winners.
    I ❤ healthcare stories.

  9. 25 MightyPamela
    October 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Bravo! LL, brilliantly done! Thank you. Am surprised that you feel 45 is ‘ripe’, as it was almost 60 before I had same feelings! 😉 😉 😉

  10. 27 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    And No more flights for those being monitored for the Ebola Virus.
    I get the impulse.
    The Presbyterian TX Hospital has not performed well at all.
    A private Hospital with Zero Union for it’s Nurses.

  11. 28 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Dow is off 400 points? Why?

  12. 29 Vicki
    October 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Falling oil prices and subsequent low gas prices are realities that average voters can see and feel. Low gas prices are very good for Democratic voters.

    The stock market drop today, while not a welcome thing, is not going to have any shortrange effect on the vast majority of Democratic voters. Most of whom realized long ago that stock market prosperity didn’t give them better healthcare or higher wages. The Obama Administration is who is dedicated to improving life for ordinary Americans.

    (Yes, this is pushback on the TOD poster who said that stockmarket fluctuations might be a GOP October surpise that will hurt us.)

  13. 31 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Oops…..aka….James Richard Perry….. 😉
    Is leaving EU early?

    Hmm? Now?

  14. 36 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Why I am now having Hunger pains…….

  15. 40 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    • 41 japa21
      October 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      If Turkey would allow passage of Turkish Kurds to go help in the fight, IS would be thrown out completely in just a matter of days. Erdogan is missing a major chance to gain good will from the Kurds.

      • 42 Nena20409
        October 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

        In_deed, Japa.

      • 43 japa21
        October 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        And one more point. If IS does get tossed out of Kobane, it will mark a major defeat. If they can’t beat the Kurds, who were underarmed and who had a lot of women fighting, they will lose a lot of their draw. Additionally, the Iraqi forces, including the Sunnis, will not want to be shown up by the Kurds, particularly the female Kurdish fighters.

        Losing Kobane, after gaining almost 70% of it, will be, if handled by the allies properly, a major turning point in the battle against IS. It won’t be over immediately, and you can be sure they will make a major push somewhere to show they still have “what it takes”, but resistance in other areas will be hardened.

        • 44 Nena20409
          October 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

          Yes. It will be great to see their ego busted……to have Female Kurdish Soldiers, hand them a defeat.

    • 45 japa21
      October 15, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      I went to this guys timeline. Wow, full of stuff and not just about Kobane. I have been out of it so I didn’t realize that Ansar al Sharia, one of the groups implicated in the consulate attack, had taken over control of Benghazi, but it looks like they are being routed by a combination of Libyan army and locals.

  16. 46 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Reality…….

    • 47 japa21
      October 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      The worried and not confident responses are still too high for the realities of the situation, particularly in regard to Ebola. The others were much more transmittable.

  17. 48 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Worth Repeating.

  18. 49 FoxfireTX
    October 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Good afternoon TOD! Been away and trying to get caught up. An important read on the “Disturbing New Trend of the Roberts Court” at HuffPo which is overturning lower court decisions on voting rights without argument or briefing. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elliot-mincberg/a-disturbing-new-trend-fo_b_5989498.html

    Once again highlights why appointment of judges is soooo important for decades to come and means everyone needs to VOTE! We will be stuck with this Roberts court for years to come so need to work on the states that are enacting these discriminatory voting laws.

    Hope the weather doesn’t get too much worse for the folks on the East Coast. We finally have fall here in TX and it is lovely.

    • 50 japa21
      October 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Don’t have time to read the article now, but I hope they are making it clear that SCOTUS is not “overturning” lower court decisions. Instead, they are putting a stay on the lower court decision until they can hear the case.

      This is why we can applaud the decision to have the WI ID law put on hold, but be upset that the ruling against the NC law was also put on hold.

      I am not a lawyer, but I wish they could just say, all laws which in any way put a restriction on voting, are put on hold until they can be examined at the highest level.

      And if they are consistent, they will also put a hold on the 5th district court decision to allow Texas’s laws to stay in place.

      • 51 FoxfireTX
        October 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        By putting a stay on them, they are in effect overturning them at least for purposes of this election. And there is absolutely no guarantee that they will “hear” the case. Unlike the appellate courts, there is NO requirement for the Supreme Court to hear cases. They choose the cases they want to decide and there usually has to be a huge reason for the Court to take a case. Historically, the Supreme Court has NOT changed lower court rulings on cases which have been briefed and argued before the lower courts this close to an election. While I despise the Republican 5th Circuit, I’d rather live with its ruling than see the Supreme Court take such unprecedented action this close to the elections.

        • 52 japa21
          October 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

          Don’t disagree with you. It is just that their manueverings here have gone both ways. There is no real logic in what they are doing. If they choose not to hear the case, then the lower court rulings will be put back in place. They were responding to requests for stays and granted them. What it ultimately does is create a ton of confusion.

  19. 53 57andfemale
    October 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

  20. 54 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    This one got my lungs Hurting…….really bad. 😆 🙄 😆

    • 55 hopefruit2
      October 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      I don’t think Stewart would have been much better, if at all. Apart from the fact that he doesn’t have warm and fuzzy feelings for our President, the powers that be controlling NBC would ensure that he would be the host of another Obama bash-fest.

      It’s easy to see why Stewart would prefer his current role as a comedian (while attacking PBO gratuitously) being able to hide under “I’m just joking” shtick.

  21. 58 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Wow…..

    She left for OH on the 8th and came back on the 13th.
    Eric Duncan died on the 8th, last Wed, I believe.

    • October 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      This is bad. Real bad. If I’m not mistaken, the Ebola patient who flew from Africa was not suffering from any symptoms while he was on the plane. So am I right to freak out because this time there may have been people contaminated during the flight, and we’re on the verge on hearing about at least a few new cases ?

      • 60 hopefruit2
        October 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        Here’s what’s bad, real bad.

        Far more Americans will likely die from those things in the next 12 months than will die from Ebola, ever. I say the Ebola freakout hysteria is still largely unwarranted.

    • October 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      The latest Dallas nurse to contract Ebola boarded a plane in Cleveland two days ago with a slight fever and should not have flown, federal health officials said Wednesday.

      Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters that the nurse had a temperature of 99.5 degrees before she got on the plane on Monday.

      Because of that reading, and because she had treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, the nurse should not have been on the plane, he said.

      “She should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” Frieden said.

      Frieden described the nurse, whose name was not immediately released, as ill but clinically stable. She was to be flown later Wednesday to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, one of the country’s top hospitals equipped to handle Ebola.

      Federal health officials on Wednesday were trying to track down and interview all 132 people on the flight, Frontier Airlines Flight 1143. Still, Frieden said that there was “an extremely low likelihood” that anyone on the flight was exposed to Ebola.

      “She did not vomit. She was not bleeding,” Frieden said. “So the level of risk of people around her should be extremely low.”

      The nurse is the second to test positive for Ebola after treating Duncan. Authorities announced the first positive test on Sunday, a day before the second worker returned to Dallas from Cleveland. She had flown to Cleveland last Friday.

      Frieden said that the nurse had had “extensive contact” with Duncan, including while he was vomiting and had diarrhea. Duncan contracted the virus in Liberia and flew to Dallas in September. He died earlier this month.

      Frieden said an investigation had found that some workers at the Dallas hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian, layered some of their protective gear and taped their gloves to their hands, both of which can increase the risk of contracting the virus

      NBC News.

      • October 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        If I’m correct, they are checking temperatures and looking for other symptoms for international flights. Is there a protocol in place for domestic flights; i.e., is it just reliance on people not to travel when they are sick?

        A caller on one of the radio programs called in. She said that she is a travel agent and that trips are being canceled left and right.

  22. 69 Allison
    October 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    The jackals are entering the WH Press Room!

  23. 73 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    WH Presser is about to Go LIVE……

  24. October 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I want the media to explain to the American people why is it that we don’t have a Surgeon General? I will send A. Cooper a email and ask him that question.

  25. October 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    LL your post left me in tears and with resolve to be better.

  26. 78 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I will try this link now.

    I hope it works.

  27. 79 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

  28. October 15, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Afternoon, all. Just got into the office from my Storytime stint. Thanks for all the kind words about the piece. And thanks to Chips or Nerdy for adding all the pics.

  29. 82 57andfemale
    October 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a federal appeals court ruling that was forcing many abortion clinics in Texas to close.
    The Supreme Court’s order, which was five sentences long, will allow the clinics to remain open while appeals proceed.

  30. October 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Major Garrett is an asshole. Sorry, it had to be said!

  31. October 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I still don’t understand how the first ebola victim could afford to go to Liberia but not afford healthcare?
    I mean isn’t that risky knowing you don’t have healthcare going to an ebola country?

    • 87 desertflower
      October 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Blaming the victim? Really

    • October 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      May I correct the statement? He didn’t go to Liberia (as it was first reported). He traveled from Liberia to visit his company in Dallas. That was his first time ever in the US. Whether or not he was running away from the chaos that is now Monrovia or he was just by happenstance visiting his long lost love (a woman who bore him a child while they both were in a refugee camp some 19 years ago), is open for debate. But he was not a US resident that had returned from Liberia. And that is what leaves me disappointed with his sudden touristic decision to travel from his country at a time like this.

      • October 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

        By his company, I mean, the mother of his son, and other relatives. His own mother lives in North Carolina. He had also a nephew who is a veteran (article posted above), a half brother and sister who have been US residents for years in addition to cousins and other relations.

        There are large Liberian communities throughout the US (Texas, NY).

      • October 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        He has a company and doesn’t have healthcare? Why didn’t he signup for obamacare? Tgese are all responsibilities that we owe to ourselves and everybody else!
        So if you don’t have healthcare go get it via obamacare.

    • 93 hopefruit2
      October 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      I still don’t understand how Rick Perry could be in Europe dabbling in bullshit while his state is under medical emergency.

      I mean, isn’t that risky running to Europe as governor of Texas and your state is dealing with a crisis?

  32. 97 desertflower
    October 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/15/profit-healthcare-under-fire-ebola-spreads-second-us-healthcare-worker

    The National Nurses Union for months has warned that poor hospital training and oversight is putting U.S. healthcare workers at great risk of contracting the virus. The NNU conducted a recent survey of healthcare workers across the country and found that 76 percent said their hospital had not yet communicated to them any policy regarding potential admission of patients infected by Ebola.

    “What concerns me is that this validated what our systems say all over the country throughout the last two months, that hospitals are not prepared to take care of Ebola patients,” Deborah Burger, co-president of NNU, told ABC News.

    A growing number of health experts are drawing a line between this gross unpreparedness and the United States’ for-profit healthcare system, under which there is minimal oversight and no uniformity between healthcare providers.

    Speaking on Democracy Now! Wednesday morning, Dr. Lawrence Gostin, faculty director at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University, asked: “We call ourselves the most advanced health system in the world, but what do we meant by that?”

    Privatize the hospital…socialize the risk.

    Private prisons worked out so well, too. (NOT!) See a pattern here??

  33. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    October 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    • 99 hopefruit2
      October 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      As if that stupid poll is even accurate. They are using the badly conducted polls to spread panic…that’s what they’re doing.

  34. 100 hopefruit2
    October 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  35. 104 Linda
    October 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    The media is trying to take down Dr Freiden just like they did to General Sinsiski

  36. October 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I would sue the employment company that first victim that had ebola , for not having health care and flying him around Africa. Alessi turned it down to try to save money that’s a different story.

    • October 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      He’ s not a U.S. citizen.

      • October 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

        So he didn’t live in this country and he was any flying around Africa? Didn’t have any healthcare?
        Then stopped in Dallas, all while working for his company?
        Then went to a private evangelical hospital and was turned away?

    • October 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Jovie, if you haver glasses, put them on. If not, go get some glasses. If you had them on, obviously you might want to get new ones.

      What on earth are you talking about from what has been posted here???

    • 114 japa21
      October 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      He wasn’t employed by a US company. He was a Liberian citizen who traveled here to visit family. He may also have come here hoping to get appropriate treatment if he came down with Ebola. He made a mistake. He paid for it. But the even bigger mistakes were made by the hospital.

      But before we go to far off, let’s remember, of all the people he came in contact with, only 2 have been found to be infected with the virus and, due to when they were diagnosed , have excellent chance for a full recovery.

      Let’s see what the situation is in about 21 days.

      • October 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        I agree but maybe he was turned away from said hospital bc he was a non citizen? Especially an evangelical hospital that cares not.

        • 116 japa21
          October 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

          We may never know the full story behind his being turned away. I think he wouldn’t have any way of knowing which hospital would be best and went to the closest.

      • October 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        I agree but maybe he was turned away from said hospital bc he was a non citizen? Especially an evangelical hospital that cares not.
        Also if he came here seeking better treatment and the system wasn’t as good as he thought?
        Obviously!
        The whole situation failed on many respects.

  37. 118 carolyn
    October 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    LL, thanks once again for a wonderful editorial. All of us need to ask that question of ourselves.

    Okay……has anybody else thought of this? The lessening of funding for CDC and NIH began under GWB, and continued through the Republican obstruction. GWB vetoed a good funding bill in 2003……he was very anti-science as we know. I hold him and his ideologues hugely responsible for this problem we’re having today. And…….I know he won’t get it…..but ironically, his house is only about two miles away from the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, home of this medical horror. This hospital should be locked down, cleaned out, and put under sanctions until they admit their failings, and re-train all their personnel, including the doctors!

    Perry better come home…….I doubt that anyone outside of Texas was listening to him.

    And, please everyone, no more comments about Texas seceding from the union! My children and grandchildren live there, and they don’t deserve this treatment. The thing to do is to donate to Wendy Davis and Leticia Van der Pitte’s campaigns, so there can be a change in the state. Secession sure wouldn’t solve anything for the millions of good hearted and headed people who live there. Those people need to take responsibility and VOTE…….which is what parties are working on very hard.

    • 119 57andfemale
      October 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Point taken, carolyn. But sometimes this is in response to Rick Perry himself talking about secession over – wait for it – the “tyranny” of a Federal law making health care accessible. The irony is thick.

  38. October 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Nurses are now asking for PBO to an EA:

  39. 121 57andfemale
    October 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  40. 122 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    CDC sets guidelines. Private Hospitals are not forced to follow any protocols.
    CDC will not investigate what the TX Hospital did……it is up to the TX Health Dept.
    The Media keeps focusing on the CDC and the Obama Team. Fine…..but the truth is once again, being told, half measured.

    • 123 57andfemale
      October 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  41. 124 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

  42. 125 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    • 126 Nena20409
      October 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      She will be transmitted to Emory today.
      Meanwhile, Nina Pham is Good Condition

  43. 128 57andfemale
    October 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  44. 129 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

  45. 130 Allison
    October 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  46. 131 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    After the Freak Out of dipping 460 points…. here’s thus far, the closing numbers. Sheesh.

    Wednesday’s Close:
    Dow-172.86

    16,142.33 -1.06%

    Nasdaq-11.85

    4,215.32 -0.28%

    S&P-15.13

    1,862.57 -0.81%

  47. 133 Nena20409
    October 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/shep-smith-excoriates-media-for-ebola-coverage-not-worth-the-ratings/

    Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Wednesday lit into the news media for what he described as unproductive coverage of the Ebola cases that have been found and treated in the U.S.

    Smith’s moment came after a report from his colleague Doug McKelway, who concluded that Ebola has caused “widespread panic across the country.”

    Smith jumped into his soliloquy.

    “Oh my god. Doug, I appreciate it, but I think we both know there’s no widespread panic across the country,” Smith said before turning to face the camera. “But I think we know that. And I think we also know that if there’s widespread panic, it’s not based in fact and it’s not based in reason. And I think more than anything, those are just words that people on TV sometimes use.”

  48. October 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

  49. 135 Allison
    October 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

  50. 136 donna dem 4 obama
    October 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    When the talk of Ebola first started we were told that it wasn’t an airborne virus. You could only get it if you were exposed to body fluids such as blood, urine, sweat or other bodily fluids (use your imagination) so can someone explain to me how just coming into contact with someone (a cashier in a grocery store for instance) that you don’t touch or cough/sneeze on or bleed on or pee on exposes you to the virus???

    If just being in the same space with someone when you are symptomatic can spread the virus then this stuff is far worse than we thought but so far no one has said this that this is the case that I know of, right…..??????

    • 137 57andfemale
      October 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      People apparently enjoy hysteria and fear – hence the passion for slasher movies (never got it, never will). It was decades before people got it through their thick skulls that they couldn’t get HIV if they got a peck on the cheek from their (horrors!) gay nephew or the gay-looking cashier.

      • 138 donna dem 4 obama
        October 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm

        I was in the car today and this is how CNN was reporting about Ebola I was looking at the radio saying WTH??!!???

        They are actually telling people that if you have been within 3 feet of someone with Ebola you could possibly have been infected…..!!!!


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