Obama spokesman Mary Mallon claims that her boss extended the invitation for a hugging so he could “thank her for her service” – he has not yet hugged Amber Vinson, the other nurse from Dallas, presumably because she hasn’t yet been certified 100% safe to touch.
“Great-Great-Grandmothers vote too,” Steinem insisted to FWIW, “and we’ll be organizing a wheelchair brigade to get them to the polls. Victory will be ours!” Asked if any woman under 65 would have ever heard of, let alone remember her, Steinem lashed out at our FWIW reporter with her walker and screamed, “get the hell out of here, you whippersnapping ageist!”
Business Insider claims that “Investors are getting fed up with Amazon”.
Increasingly, I look to Amazon first when looking for something and almost invariably, it has it, and at a good price. Forget the stupid iPhone “competitor” – the company seems to be otherwise expanding in all directions and has certainly grabbed most of my consumer dollars. If it’s a choice between the wisdom of Bezo’s long term view and Wall Street “investors'” fifteen-minute horizon, I’d bet on Bezos.
18 Perryridge Road, cheek-by-jowl to the hospital, has dropped its price for the 4th time since starting off at $4.145 million and is now down to $3.495. We’ve been discussing this house since it was first built and put up for sale for $4.650 million in 2010, and neither ours, FWIW readers’, nor buyers’ opinion has changed: Perryridge is not ready for this price range.
It’s a nice house, provided you don’t want a back yard, but it’s gone from that $4.650 in 2010 to as low as $3.875 in 2011, back up to $4.275 in 2012, then $4.145 this year to, as noted, $3.495. If there were a buyer within that $ million-plus price range, surely he would have shown up by now.
It’s interesting to see that it also can no longer command the rent it once did. In 2012, they found a $16,000 tenant, but this year they’ve started at $17,000 and today dropped it to $14,500. Buildings depreciate.
E.J. Dione, WaPo’s resident liberal flake, sees Ebola as his president does: a political issue.
It is normal for the party that doesn’t control the White House to be critical of how the incumbent has handled a crisis. And President Obama himself, according to the New York Times, was frustrated with aspects of the government’s handling of the episode, one reason he called on Ron Klain, the Washington veteran, to coordinate the response.
But it’s something else again to stoke alarm and to set up an unrealistic policy demand as a test of “toughness.” Thus did many Republicans call for a travel ban from the countries affected by Ebola, even though there are no direct flights from them to the United States. This raised the prospect of grounding connecting flights from European cities, and the administration argued that the ban would encourage people to lie about their travel history, making screening for the disease much harder.
One would like to hope that Ebola posturing will not be decisive in either the Moulton-Tisei race or in the larger campaign. There are signs that the issue is fading as reality catches up with the pandering.
Michael Gerson, also writing in the Washington Post, has a different view:
The Ebola virus has multiplied in a medium of denial. There was the initial denial that a rural disease, causing isolated outbreaks that burned out quickly, could become a sustained, urban killer. There is the (understandable) denial of patients in West Africa, who convince themselves that they have flu or malaria (the symptoms are similar to Ebola) and remain in communities. And there is the form of denial now practiced by Western governments — a misguided belief that an incremental response can get ahead of an exponentially growing threat.
So is Ebola it a real danger or merely a political problem for our poor, besieged president? Take your pick, but up at Yale, doctors are warning that the disease is “about to explode”. They probably didn’t reach that conclusion by conducting a poll.