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This is not the ‘Barking dog” you were hoping for… or is it?

When ‘Barking Dogs’ bite

On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”

 Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - 1945 Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - 1945

Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 1945.  Image: Atomic Heritage Foundation


Effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. View from the top of the Red Cross Hospital looking northwest. Frame buildings recently erected. 1945. work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain in the United States.

The fall of Nazi Germany, Image: The Atlantic

Nuremberg, Germany in June of 1945. The fall of Nazi Germany, Image: The Atlantic

The fall of Nazi Germany

Dresden, Germany after the allied bombings between February 13 and 15, 1945. The fall of Nazi Germany, Image: The Atlantic

The fall of Nazi Germany, Image: The Atlantic

Cologne, Germany, April 24, 1945. The fall of Nazi Germany, Image: The Atlantic

That was then.


Mispronouncing Namibia, A Country in Southern Africa, is not acceptable, or something

The moronic fall-out by imbeciles jumping to conclusions has been contagious. But isn’t it always?

Trump pronounced it ‘Nambia.’ Jokes aside, Namibia is a real African country

Namibia is a real country in southern African and on Wednesday it got its 15 minutes of fame in America after President Donald Trump mistakenly referred to it as “Nambia” at a United Nations summit in New York. And, you guess it, the moment went viral.

It happened at a gathering with African leaders when Trump made the unfortunate mispronunciation in this line: “In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak. Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.”

Of course, there is no African country called “Nambia” — there’s Zambia and Namibia, but not “Nambia.” But people on Twitter took off with it, promptly cracking jokes and taking shots at the president’s speaking skills. Soon after, the word “Nambia” became a trending topic on Twitter.

Luis Gomez via The San Diego Union-Tribune

(Excerpt) Read more …


Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek’s Christuskirche, built in 1907.

Namibia covers an area of 824,292 km² (318,260 sq. mi.), twice the size of Sweden, it is the second least densely populated country in the world (after Mongolia) with a population of 2 million people.

See also Republic of Namibia

Political Map of Namibia

Political Map of Namibia

Interactive map of Namibia

Source: Nations Online Project


I meant what I said and I said what I meant.’ But mispronouncing words is considered an Alinsky offense.


Continuing the idiocy

5-year-old Jackson Riley attends the Great Valley Academy public charter school in Modesto and was suspended for a day for making terrorist threats, TV station Fox 40 reported.

The school initially sent the young child’s parents a letter saying their son was suspended for his intent to “threaten, intimidate or harass others.” The family was told that was the school code violation that best fit what happened, but since that code applied only to 4th through 12th-graders, not kids as young as Jackson, the school sent a second letter, changing the violation to one about making terrorist threats.

(Excerpt from The Modesto Bee)

The offense: failure to remove a backpack and claiming it had an imaginary bomb in it; an idea perhaps coming from one of the many episodes and themes found in TV Cartoons, or more likely overheard on media news reports or at a school orientation.

Go figure

Mexico shakes, sometimes without aftershocks …

A Shock Without Aftershocks

When the blogger called the big magnitude 8.1 earthquake, which occurred off the coast of southern Mexico on September 8th, a rare event, he couldn’t have known that our neighbor to the south would be shaken by an even stranger temblor 12 days later. The hypocenter of Tuesday’s quake, which has cost at least 220 lives and destroyed dozens of buildings in Mexico City, happened in a region of central Mexico with very little previous seismicity. Even more surprisingly, the deadly quake has not been followed by any significant aftershocks in the first 24 hours after its occurrence. Normally, seismologists expect that a strong quake of magnitude 7.1, like Tuesday’s, would be followed by hundreds of aftershocks. A comparison by the National Seismological Service of Mexico underlines this usual behavior: By Wednesday at noon their seismometers had registered more than 3400 aftershocks to the quake in the Gulf of Tehuantepec on September 8th. But there have been none in the region of Tuesday’s quake.

There are, however, some similarities between the two temblors. Both happened in areas where the Cocos Plate is diving under larger tectonic plates. In case of the quake two weeks ago it is disappearing beneath the Caribbean Plate, and on Tuesday the Cocos Plate ruptured where it dives under the North American Plate. In addition, both quakes were caused by similar movements along seismic faults. In subduction zones, such “normal faulting” occurs only within the plates which are vanishing into the Earth’s mantle. However, the descent of the Cocos Plate under North America is rather unusual.

subducting slab

Subducting slab. Image: Caltech Tectonics Observatory

Fig 1. The Cocos Plate and its strange dive: Starting at the Middle American Trench off Acapulco, the Cocos Plate. The purple line shows the whole subducting slab as it takes a shallow dive below Acapulco, levels out almost to Mexico City, then dives more steeply into the mantle, and finally abruptly breaks off at about 500 km depth. The contour lines indicate wave speed. Blue lines show where seismic waves traveled faster, indicating the area is dense (hence is the slab). Pink lines show where waves traveled slower, indicating the area is less dense (hence is the mantle). [From Perez-Campos et al., GRL 2008]

Tectonic Summary

Figure 2: This cross section of the Cocos Plate shows that the hypocenter of Tuesday’s earthquake (red circle) lies exactly at the bend where the Cocos Plate begins its final steep dive. (Source NEIC/USGS)

About ten years ago seismologists from Caltech in Pasadena and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City discovered that the Cocos Plate is taking a rather circuitous route on its way down into the mantle. The dive starts at the Middle America Trench, a deep ocean trench several dozen miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico and Guatemala. At first, the plate descends at a typical angle for subduction zones, say 30 degrees or so. But then for reasons yet to be understood by Earth scientists, the downward movement stops and for the next 150 miles the Cocos Plate moves horizontally (see Figure 1). It “hugs” the North American Plate above it. But once the plate has reached the volcanic belt in Central Mexico, roughly at the location of Mexico City, the Cocos Plate unfurls and plunges further into the mantle at a rather steep angle of more than 60 degrees from the horizontal. Tuesday’s quake occurred exactly at this bend at a depth of about 35 miles (see Figure 2).

It remains to be seen if this unusual hypocentral location is the reason that no aftershocks have yet been measured. Currently most seismologists are puzzled by the missing follow-up quakes. Some have even begun to ponder whether Tuesday’s quake was really a typical main shock. Or was it was a foreshock, a prelude and harbinger of bigger things to come? (hra146)

20 September 2017
Berkeley Seismology Lab – Seismo Blog (edited)

Related:  A Rare Quake Made Even Rarer

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The unusual case of the Mexican subduction zone

Biological Health Hazard – Fatal Hepatitis A (HAV) Outbreak: Sanctuary State of California (public health emergency)

Ongoing Public Health Crisis:

Published Date: 2017-09-20 09:45:13
Subject: PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A – USA (32): (CA)
Archive Number: 20170920.5328456

Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017 3:50 PM PDT
Source: Los Angeles Times [edited]

Los Angeles [LA] County health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak [Tue 19 Sep 2017], days after a public health emergency was announced in San Diego County, where at least 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus. Case numbers are still small in LA County, with only 10 people infected as part of the outbreak, said Dr Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health. By comparison, almost 450 people have contracted the virus in San Diego. Ferrer said the department is ramping up prevention efforts locally so more people don’t get sick. San Diego’s outbreak has already spread to Santa Cruz, where 69 people have been diagnosed.

Officials say homeless people in California are most at risk, because the virus appears to be moving from person to person within that community. People become infected with hepatitis A, which affects the liver, by ingesting the feces of someone who’s infected, often through contaminated food or sexual contact. San Diego’s outbreak appears to be fueled by poor sanitary conditions, with many cases among people who used shared restrooms in jails or shelters.

Ferrer said LA health workers will inspect homeless encampments in Los Angeles to improve sanitation, while spreading the word about improved hygiene. The city of Los Angeles is already cleaning the streets on skid row with bleach, a practice San Diego adopted earlier this month [September 2017] in an effort to reduce disease transmission. She also said they’re aiming to distribute 40 000 vaccinations of hepatitis A to homeless people in LA County. They’re also providing shots to new jail inmates, active drug users, and medical providers.

“We are very early in an outbreak and the more people who get vaccinated in the high-risk populations … the smaller the outbreak will end up being in LA County,” Ferrer said. “This is in fact a disease that’s preventable.” The efforts will continue for months, she said, as San Diego officials expect their outbreak to persist into 2018.

Los Angeles County health officials said that before this week, they had already counted 8 patients infected with hepatitis A. 5 had recently traveled to San Diego or Santa Cruz, where they were probably exposed, officials said. 3 other people were infected at a healthcare facility where 1 of those 5 was being treated. But [Tue 19 Sep 2017], officials said they had diagnosed 2 people who appear to have been infected locally, triggering the outbreak declaration. The 2 new cases involved homeless people who had not traveled to a place with an outbreak, Ferrer said.

“The outbreak label isn’t meant to scare people,” said County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl at Tuesday’s [19 Sep 2017] county supervisors meeting. “It isn’t suddenly that we’re rife with hepatitis A cases here.”

Dr Sharon Balter, LA County public health department’s director of acute communicable disease control, said an outbreak of hepatitis A is the homeless community is especially concerning because many have underlying health conditions.

Most people recover from hepatitis A on their own, but it can be seriously harmful for people with other liver conditions, including hepatitis B or C. Approximately 4 percent of infected patients in San Diego have died, a significantly higher proportion than the typical 1 percent mortality rate for the disease, she said. “This particular population is particularly vulnerable,” Balter said.

Though the current outbreak is centered in the homeless community, anyone can contract hepatitis A. Each year in LA County there are 40 to 60 people infected by the virus, which is often transmitted through contaminated food. One of the 10 people in LA County infected in the ongoing outbreak worked at a fruit stand in Lancaster and may have passed on the virus. The only outbreak in the past 20 years in the USA bigger than San Diego’s was caused by green onions served at a Pennsylvania restaurant that sickened more than 900 people.

[Byline: Soumya Karlamangla]

Communicated by:

[Yesterday’s (18 Sep 2017) report noted only 3 cases and now the number in LA county is up to 10. 5 of the cases were imported from outbreaks in San Diego and Santa Cruz. This report notes that 2 seem to be in homeless individuals without travel outside LA county and the 3 others were infected in a health care setting, the circumstances of which are unclear. A much more populous county, HAV spreading in Los Angeles county could contribute substantially to the state’s HAV infection count. – Mod.LL

The state of California can be located on the HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map at A county map can be seen at – Sr.Tech.Ed.MJ]

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Hepatitis A – USA (31): (CA) fatal 20170919.5326206
Hepatitis A – USA (30): (MI) fatal 20170916.5321042
Hepatitis A – USA (29): (CA) fatal 20170915.5318707
Hepatitis A – USA (28): (CA) fatal, RFI 20170914.5313869
Hepatitis A – USA (28): (CA) fatal 20170912.5312226
Hepatitis A – USA (26): (CA) fatal 20170906.5298571
Hepatitis A – USA (25): (CA) fatal, governmental responses 20170902.5291024
Hepatitis A – USA (24): (CO) 20170831.5286610
Hepatitis A – USA (23): (CA) fatal 20170829.5281598
Hepatitis A – USA (22): (CA) fatal 20170822.5267753
Hepatitis A – USA (21): (MI) RFI 20170817.5256404
Hepatitis A – USA (20): (CA) fatal 20170817.5256184
Hepatitis A – USA (19): (CA) fatal 20170815.5252338
Hepatitis A – USA (18): (CA) fatal 20170809.5238557
Hepatitis A – USA (17): (CA) fatal 20170802.5222462
Hepatitis A – USA (16): (CO) 20170730.5215580
Hepatitis A – USA (15): (CA) fatal 20170726.5205912
Hepatitis A – USA (14): (CO) RFI 20170725.5201341
Hepatitis A – USA (13): (CA) fatal 20170713.5173051
Hepatitis A – USA (12): (MI) fatal, RFI 20170707.5158430
Hepatitis A – USA (11): (CA) 20170629.5139711
Hepatitis A – USA (10): (CA) additional counties, RFI 20170615.5107437
Hepatitis A – USA (09): (CA) 2nd county, RFI 20170614.5105051
Hepatitis A – USA (08): (CA) fatal, RFI 20170613.5102106
Hepatitis A – USA (07): (CA) fatal 20170606.5087079
Hepatitis A – USA (06): (CO) MSM 20170512.5031179
Hepatitis A – USA (05): (CA) fatal 20170511.5028824
Hepatitis A – USA (04): (CA) fatal, RFI 20170506.5017836
Hepatitis A – USA (03): (OR) food workers 20170410.4959609
Hepatitis A – USA (02): (CA) fatalities 20170408.4956398
Hepatitis A – USA: (MI) increased incidence 20170324.4923927

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Biological Health Hazard – Pneumonic Plague Outbreak: Madagascar

Published Date: 2017-09-20 17:45:09
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – Madagascar (04): fatal
Archive Number: 20170920.5329820

Political Map of Madagascar

Political Map of Madagascar. Map based on a United Nations map. Source: United Nations Cartographic Section

Africa  –  Madagascar | Antananarivo – Nationwide
Location: 18°56’00.0″S 47°31’00.0″E
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous

Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
Source: Outbreak News Today [edited]

In a follow-up to a report last [Fri 15 Sep 2017], on the pneumonic plague outbreak in Madagascar, the WHO offered up an updated case count and additional details surrounding the occurrence of plague on the island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. The outbreak was detected on [Mon 11 Sep 2017] following the notification of the death of 47-year-old woman from Fort Duchesne, admitted to Soavinandriana Hospital with respiratory disease. After confirmation that the cause of illness and death was pneumonic plague, the Directorate of Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Surveillance (DVSSE) immediately launched field investigations.

These investigations revealed that the primary case was likely to have been a 31-year-old male from Tamatave (a.k.a. Toamasina) on the east coast, visiting Ankazobe District in the Central Highlands (Hauts-Plateaux) – a plague endemic area. He developed malaria-like symptoms in mid-August, and during his journey in a bush-taxi from Ankazobe District to Tamatave (via Antananarivo) on [Sun 27 Aug 2017], he developed severe respiratory symptoms and died. After preservation of the body at Moramanga District Hospital, he was buried in a village close to Tamatave. Subsequently, 27 other individuals became ill – all cases either had direct contact with the primary case or other epidemiologic links.

As of [Thu 14 Sep 2017], a total of 28 cases, including 5 deaths (case fatality rate 17.8 percent) have been reported since the initial case was detected on [Sun 27 Aug 2017]. A total of 2 cases have been confirmed by rapid diagnostic test (RDT) at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar (IPM). Thus far the outbreak is localized in Tamatave and Faratsiho in Vakinankaratra Region; 100 km [approx. 62 mi] southwest of Antananarivo).

Plague is endemic in Madagascar and cases are reported nearly every year between the months of September and April. The last outbreak was from August 2016 to January 2017.

Communicated by:
ProMED-mail from HealthMap Alerts

[The circumstances around the cases, mostly occurring on the eastern, a non-endemic part, of the island nation are clearer at this point.

Fatalities related to plague usually are caused by spread of the organism from the bubo (the very painful infected lymph node which drains the area where the flea bite occurred) to the bloodstream. The bacteremia can cause a coagulopathy producing the purpura seen in the “Black Plague” and also spread to the lung causing a hemorrhagic pneumonia that can facilitate person-to-person transmission. – Mod.LL

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at:]

See Also

Plague – Madagascar (03): fatal 20170912.5311663
Plague – Madagascar (02): 2nd cluster 20170122.4784059
Plague – Uganda: 2011-2014, ciprofloxacin efficacy 20170217.4846917
Plague – Madagascar: fatalities 20170110.4754927

Plague – Madagascar (02): (AS) fatalities 20161214.4698685
Plague – Zambia: (ES) 2015 20160812.4410640
Plague – Madagascar 20160108.3920609

Plague – Madagascar (05): (IT) fatal 20151118.3801914
Plague – Madagascar (04): (AO) pneumonic, fatal, WHO 20150908.3631683
Plague – Madagascar (03): (AO) pneumonic, fatal 20150827.3603984
Plague – Zambia: (ES) bubonic, susp 20150417.3305202
Plague – Madagascar (02) 20150212.3162376
Plague – Madagascar 20150108.3076901

Plague – Madagascar (04) 20141212.3027826
Plague – Madagascar (03) 20141125.2988538
Plague – Madagascar (02) 20141122.2981993
Plague – Madagascar 20140222.2290976

Plague – Madagascar (04) 20131223.2130918
Plague – Madagascar (03): pneumonic, more cases and fatalities 20131213.2114475
Plague – Madagascar (02): (SF) fatalities 20131210.2104065

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Related: Congo, Madagascar top countries reporting most plague 2000-2009, US reports 57 cases

Bubonic Plague is a ‘Category A’ Bioterrorism agent. These agents are high-priority pathogens posing a risk to national security, they can be easily transmitted and disseminated, and result in high mortality rates. They have potential major public health impacts, may cause public panic, or require special action for public health preparedness. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hubristic Clowns, Imbeciles, and Professional Morons

But wait there’s more …

Observable facts clearly show that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D,TX) has proven to be a polarizing and divisive figure amongst her constituents with her flamboyant hubris and personality and a penchant for getting in front of any and all cameras to prove her ineptitude. Following are some of the notable things she has said over her years as a representative of the American government and a few other people in her district. Perhaps that “D” in reality signifies something else entirely.

To paraphrase Aristotle, “as soon as a skeptic against truth opens their mouth, they contradict themselves and lose any right to be taken seriously.

All human societies need order, otherwise they look like the Mad Max hellscape of places like Somalia. Order requires authority and that comes when the people being ruled over accept the people and system that provides order. The king is not going to be king very long if no one accept his right to rule. Similarly, people will not tolerate a ruling class that is populated by madmen denying reality. This is, in effect, what brought down the Soviet Empire. Even the beneficiaries of the system could no longer pretend it made any sense.

That’s what is happening today. The reality of race is undermining the moral authority of the system. Everyday, more and more white people wake up from the dream of race denialism. It’s why, despite the lack of sane leaders and a coherent strategy, the alt-right thrives. Whatever their flaws, they are right about the reality of race, which gives them credibility in an age when the ruling class has none. Ironically, it is the weapon of race that gave birth to the current arrangements and it will be race that is its undoing. —Race Realism

Amerika Gets Its Worst Congresscritter Ever, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Thanks To The Voting Rights Act

Houston needs disaster relief. It has needed such succor since Jan 3, 1995. On that tragic date in history, Sheila Jackson Lee joined the nefarious ranks of Congress.

Jackson-Lee is perhaps the worst member of Congress ever for three reasons: She is stupid. She is evil. She is greedy. She is also obnoxious, but I said three reasons and we on the Alt-Right never give out extra credit. Other than that, she has an opaque and unfathomable character. If she were not in Congress, she would be that woman whose fundamentally bitchy and malignant nature would be driving otherwise dutiful Christians out of a low church Baptist congregation. She is an execration.

She is not merely stupid. She is the long and wrong tail of the intellectual bell curve. She is to stupid what Harvey was to rainy weather. Her real objection to Harvey is that NOAA didn’t name it Hurricane Jamarquavious. I wish I were kidding. I.AM.NOT.KIDDING.

Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee complained in 2003 that storm names were too white. “All racial groups should be represented,” she said, and asked officials to “try to be inclusive of African-American names.”

And in case you think President Trump needs more advice on how to handle Kim Jong-un, here’s who not to call. Sheila displays her geographical cluelessness below.

“I stand here asking us to do what we did not do in Vietnam, (which) was to recognize the valiant and outstanding service of our men and women, and to understand victory had been achieved,” she said during the special order speech, which House members can give on any topic at the end of a day’s legislative work. “Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working,” she said. “We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side.”

And I would have you know, I am not a liar when I call The She-Jack an outlier. Her visit to NASA JPL will go down in history. Winston Smith’s Memory Hole can burn it over and over again. Yet the stupid cannot die!

In 1997, while on a trip to the Mars Pathfinder operations center in California, Jackson Lee asked if the Pathfinder had succeeded in taking a picture of the flag planted on Mars by Neil Armstrong in 1969. Needless to say, Jackson Lee, then a member of the House Science Committee, had confused Mars with the Moon.

I find myself sick and tired of genius tech overlords who are evil. I don’t like being tired, so today I’ll discuss low tech evil. It’s She-Jack, so I’ll be discussing evil that may well require a job that’s one or two steps below automation. It’s low, mean-spirited, hyper-aggressive nasty. In Amerika, that typically involves an absolutely moronic obsession with race. She won’t drink Pepsi-Cola, so let me ask you a very personal question, Amerika… Is your cola dark enough?

Jackson Lee recently blasted a Pepsi advertisement shown during the Super Bowl in which a black woman throws a can of soda at her husband for ogling an attractive white woman next to them. “It was not humorous. It was demeaning — an African-American woman throwing something at an African-American male and winding up hitting a Caucasian woman,” she thundered from the House floor.

And then there is the Sheila Jackson Lee management style.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas also hands out nicknames to the people who work for her. The Houston Democrat addressed one of her employees as “you stupid motherfucker.” And not just once, but “constantly,” recalls the staffer, “like, all the time.”

It wasn’t just limited to demeaning sobriquets.

Capitol Hill is famous for its demanding, insensitive bosses. Yet even by the harsh standards of Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee stands out. She may be the worst boss in Washington. “It’s like being an Iraq War veteran,” says someone who worked for her. Strangers may say, “‘oh I know what you’ve been through.’ No, you really don’t. Because until you’ve experienced it…. People don’t tell the worst of the stories, because they’re really unbelievable.” For some, a job in Jackson Lee’s office proved not just emotionally but physically perilous. One staffer recalls a frank conversation with his doctor, who told him he needed to quit. “It’s your life or your job,” the doctor told him…

And it wasn’t just her employees who were in danger when the intellectual and moral Low Pressure System known as She-Jack blew into town.

Her former drivers say the congresswoman demanded they run red lights and drive on highway shoulders around traffic. This caused at least one accident. As Jackson Lee was yelling at a staffer to drive faster she turned too sharply, smashing the side of her car into a wall. Jackson Lee’s requests don’t stop at the end of a normal working day. “In the middle of the night, people had to go get her garlic. She’ll call you at two in the morning for garlic because she takes them as supplements,” a former staffer said. Jackson Lee’s garlic runs were confirmed by other staffers, too, though no one could remember the exact brand of the supplement. The deputy chief of staff “would have to go get it, and he would have to go drop it off. It was some kind of a multi-vitamin,” another former staffer said. On Christmas Eve, one staffer was at a midnight mass ceremony at her church. When the boss called, the staffer didn’t answer. “She got so irritated that I wasn’t answering her call on Christmas Eve. So she called me every minute for 56 minutes,” the source recalled.

Evil is bad, stupid is worse. Greed makes it quite the trifecta. Nepotism, like charity, begins in the home. Members of The House of Representatives have the power of the purse. Representative Jackson-Lee opened up that purse and made it rain over where her husband worked.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) steered more than $5 million in tax dollars to the University of Houston, where her husband is an official. The Washington Post revealed in an investigative report dubbed “Family Ties” that Jackson ensured her husband’s university was well subsidized.

Then there was what happened a hospital her husband had ties to had monetary problems.

Houston Riverside General Hospital specialized in the kind of medicine its better-heeled brethren did their best to avoid. Like treating the poor, the mentally ill, the drug-addled. So it’s no surprise that the 95-year-old nonprofit — formerly known as Houston Negro Hospital — shared the same broken finances as the people it served. Most patients couldn’t pay their own way, leaving Riverside to survive off the rock-bottom reimbursement rates of Medicare and Medicaid. At one point, it was losing $10,000 a day. That’s when executives decided to cauterize the wound with a hot poker of fraud.

So they were about to go down hard. Then Representative Jackson Lee went up to bat for her friends.

In 1996, the State of Texas accused Riverside of padding fees and billing for drug rehabilitation services it never provided. Texas canceled $1 million in contracts and demanded that the hospital repay another $763,000. It also urged the feds to audit Riverside’s Medicare and Medicaid payments. Yet charges of fraud weren’t enough for bureaucrats to fully close the spigot. The money continued to flow.
It would take another eight years before the state finally had enough. In 2004, it moved most of its drug-treatment contracts to more trusted providers, slashing Riverside’s funding by 75 percent.

Unfortunately for the taxpayers, CEO Earnest Gibson III had friends in influential places. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) demanded an investigation of the cuts, calling on Governor Rick Perry to restore the money. Perry, who had appointed Gibson to the Board of Regents at Texas Southern University, was happy to oblige. By the time it was over, Riverside emerged with another $3 million.

Thus, like garbage, Congresswoman Jackson Lee floats to the top of the harbor as the Houston bayous are flooded by the City of Houston and the Army Corps of Engineers deciding to use half of the city as a reservoir pond. She is demanding $150Bn in recovery money.

Houston congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said federal lawmakers should begin working on a Hurricane Harvey aid package worth about $150 billion, more than double the amount Hurricane Sandy needed five years ago. Jackson Lee told CNN today that the funding to recover from the massive flooding is needed “because this not only includes the Houston Harris County area, which is 6 million in its metroplex, but all of our areas, such as Beaumont, that was hit last night, Victoria and Corpus and places in south Texas.” “We don’t know where else Hurricane Harvey will come,” she said. “And we understand it may turn back to Houston on tomorrow and the next day.”

If it were just hurricane relief, and if somebody could produce an estimate that demonstrated where this money is needed, then it would be logical to vote for the funds and get Houston back on its feet. But this is not the case with hurricane relief bills. They are demotic vehicles for the grifters and the greedy. Hurricane Sandy’s $75 billion relief bill only spent $25 billion on actual storm relief.

If the same proves true of the Harvey relief bill, and if She-Jack gets her way, we’re talking $100 billion stolen from the American taxpayer. Nobody in their right mind would ever put somebody like Sheila Jackson Lee in charge of a $150 billion hedge fund with little or no administrative control on how she invested it. But this, by its very nature, is what happens under government by and for the people, who after all elected fraudster Sylvester Turner, the Kwame Kilpatrick of Texas.

Harvey’s floodwaters will recede. Brave and hard-working people will feed the starving, shelter the dispossessed, rescue the stranded and rebuild among the sodden refuse and wreckage. Then Joel Osteen will go back to asking for more of your money. Sadly, Sheila Jackson Lee will remain an anthropogenic disaster that infects both Houston and the United States Congress until the various tribes of Houston emerge from their primeval state of demotism.

Reposted from whitelocust

Alas, although serious governing is being made into a Circus of the Absurd by some of these clowns; sadly, we have also given at least some of them the power to be willfully dangerous and destructive to our people and our nation.