In case you missed Friday night’s Conservative Cauldron, here is a little sampling of what you missed!
We had our first cases of the Ebola virus diagnosed here in the United States. Two nurses who had taken care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who came to the U.S with the deadly virus but was not officially diagnosed. As of Friday, Nina Pham was listed in stable condition. She had taken all the proper precautions and followed protective gear protocol, but contracted the disease anyway. A second nurse, Amber Vinson, had also been in contact with Duncan, and had contacted the CDC asking if it was OK to fly with what she described as a low-grade fever. They told her yes. Vinson flew from Cleveland to Dallas, and the plane she was on flew six more times before it was discovered that Vinson had been on the plane and had been diagnosed. Up to 800 people on all the flights could be affected. The call for a travel ban is becoming increasingly louder from both sides of the aisle. As yet, no such ban is planned. Health Experts still maintain that Ebola is hard to get, and that one must come in contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has the virus. Right now however, there are five strains of Ebola because the virus can mutate.
Also on Friday, President Obama appointed an “Ebola Czar.” Ron Klain has been described as a political operative and a political hack. Klain has no medical or public health experience. What he does have experience with is managing a number of government agencies tasked with overseeing the same issue. Klain has worked for the Obama and Clinton administrations, and has served as Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden. It was announced on Monday that he will not begin his new position until Wednesday, missing out on some key administration meetings on the Ebola crisis.
In a Business Insider report, the Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal claims that the militant group ISIS used mustard gas against Kurdish fighters, when they attempted to capture a Syrian border town in July. Eye witness accounts said that the weapons had been transferred to the Syrian province of Raqqa from a Saddam Hussein-era weapons facility located near Baghdad. According to a New York Times report, recovered massive stockpiles of chemical weapons were found in the ISIS controlled city of Muthanna. The Times report also stated that the weapons were made prior to the first Gulf War in 1991. The rise to power by ISIS has raises concerns that radical militant Islamists have control of dangerous chemical weapons. The report by MERIA says that all of the evidence strongly suggests that a good portion of Saddam Hussein’s chemical arsenal is now being used in combat by ISIS.
In two weeks, Americans head to the polls for the mid-term elections. A recent Fox News poll stated that 58% of voters feel that, not only in the country, but in the world are “going to hell in a handbasket”. By a 61-36 margin, many do not feel good about the direction of the country. Also, by a 10 percent point margin, voters believe that the country is “worse off” now than when President Obama took office. The President’s job approval is currently hovering around 40%. But Republicans however are not faring a whole lot better. Voters do not appear to see a lot of difference in either party. In a generic ballot, a GOP candidate was up by three points, two weeks ago the margin was seven points. There is also a visible gender gap, as women are inclined to vote for a Democrat candidate by 10 points, men pick the Republicans by 18 points. While economic issues dominated the 2012 election, this year it is ISIS, Ebola and the conflict in Ukraine. Voters appear to be very divided on social issues as well. Legalizing same-sex marriage and paths to citizenship for illegal immigrants are on the minds of voters in this election cycle. One of the major issues dividing voters is abortion. Among likely voters the split is an even 46-46.
Finally, it was revealed in the WTF segment, that 1920’s era gangster Al Capone developed some expensive tastes with his ill-gotten gains. $135 suits and $27 silk shirts, quite pricey for his day, were two of Capone’s likes. Al also racked up quite a bill entertaining his fellow partners in crime. He once spent $6500 on meat and thousands of dollars on cakes and macaroni. Capone was never convicted of any of the murders he committed or planned, but of tax evasion. He languished in prison suffering from dementia related to late-stage syphilis and at the time of his release, was reported to have the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. Apparently, money can buy a lot, like expensive steaks and venereal disease, but even Al Capone could not buy his way out of jail, even in Chicago.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/172666016″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]