TIRED RACIST CHARGE: Ebola and Unbiased ‘Serum Equity’

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Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are impressive people. After all, they obeyed God’s call to minister to the “least of these” as missionaries to Liberia. Dr. Brantly grew in stature when, after contracting the deadly Ebola virus, he decided to forfeit an experimental serum so that 60-year-old Writebol could have the first available dose.

Then, that night while the second sub-zero serum thawed, Brantly suddenly took a turn for the worse and was quickly administered the initial dose he had originally turned down. This is a man willing to go last and as a result, as promised, ended up going first.

Certain he was dying, he called his wife to say good-bye. But about an hour later Brantly received the IV serum, and within 20 minutes could breathe easier and his Ebola rash started to clear up. The next morning the doctor took a shower, was flown home on a Gulfstream air ambulance, and upon arrival at Georgia’s Emory University Hospital donned in a Hazmat suit, stepped out of the ambulance, and walked unassisted into the hospital.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego, California manufactured the drug Brantly received. The trial serum named Zmapp “is a cocktail of three ‘humanized’ monoclonal antibodies that are manufactured in a group of fragrant plants or bushes known by the genus name Nicotiana.”

So, thanks to the grace of God, both missionaries received the experimental drug. Dr. Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse is on the mend and Service in Mission worker Nancy Writebol, who arrived at Emory on a stretcher, is improving at a slower pace.

What is amazing about the story is that after offering themselves as servants of God to “wash feet” on the mean streets of Ebola-stricken Liberia, both of these devout Christians then freely offered their lives a second time by agreeing to be the first human specimens to test the tobacco-derived experimental serum, which for all intents and purposes. could have cost them their lives.

So far, the serum hasn’t killed Brantly and Writebol; instead it delivered a “miraculous” outcome and may have saved their lives.

So now that the outlook has improved and it appears that these two individuals will have a testimony to share, the political posturing has begun, and predictably the bluster involves accusations of racism. Why did the white people get the medicine while all those black people were dying?

Forget the survival story, or the fact that two white caregivers risked their lives to serve poor black people in West Africa. The question that is now being raised by some is why thousands of black Africans died, while two white Americans quickly received a lifesaving serum.

Erin Burnett of CNN’s OutFront got out-front when she broached that exact subject. Ms. Burnett presented Dr. Sanjay Gupta with the following question about why Brantly and Writebol received the extraordinary remedy:

I know it’s miraculous. I know it was untested, that it was very risky, but what about everyone else?  I mean (stammering), nearly a thousand have died, all of them Africans! Suddenly two white Americans, um, get the disease, and — and suddenly all the stops get pulled out?

For clarification, “everyone else” is everyone other than the two white Christians who received the brand-new serum. Ms. Burnett sounded as though she actually thought that Ebola might have killed a thousand people merely because they lived in Africa and are black.

It’s apparent that Ms. Burnett was unaware that Patrick Sawyer, the first American citizen to contract the Ebola virus, was black. Unfortunately, Sawyer died before anyone could offer the ZMapp serum, and his race had nothing to do with it.

As for all the stops getting pulled out – does it count that Brantly and Writebol offered themselves as lab rats to test a serum that has never been tested on any human?  Or that, since the epidemic is concentrated in Africa, thanks to the bravery of two white missionaries, mostly black lives will be saved?

Based on her uncalled-for suggestion, if the serum had been tested on a black Ebola victim first, instead of taking a stand for unbiased “serum equity”, Erin Burnett would have probably accused the CDC of “experimental racism” for using black Africans as guinea pigs.

Dr. Gupta replied to Burnett that she should “Keep in mind, this had never been done before,” and that “[Brantly] was the first human” to try the serum.  If Burnett were an actual journalist and not a agitator, the fact that Brantly was the first human volunteer to receive the risky drug would have been the emphasis of her comments, not that he was a white American.

Despite the racist accusations that are likely to surface in the coming days, thankfully two dedicated servants selflessly bringing the Gospel to West Africa were infected with Ebola but faced down death and used the opportunity to take a step of faith. That courageous decision on their part has provided hope in the midst of a deadly epidemic for all people, regardless of their color.

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Dr. Kent Brantly Lives the Gospel from a Sick Bed

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Quietly and without fanfare or demand for attention, Dr. Kent Brantly, a young doctor from Fort Worth, Texas, was doing missionary work in Liberia with evangelist Billy Graham’s family-founded charity Samaritan’s Purse when he contracted the merciless hemorrhagic Ebola virus, which kills 50-90% of those unfortunate enough to contract it.

By going to West Africa to care for the sick and dying, the husband and father of two small children demonstrated true heroism, and through his service to others, the Christ-like charity that Barack Obama is always pontificating about but never seems to practice.

Because of his decision to serve “the least of these,” Brantly lived out the Scripture verse where Jesus said in John 15: 13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Little did Dr. Brantly know that when he committed himself to minister to Ebola patients, he would be literally laying down his life.

Despite wearing gloves, gowns, and face visors to prevent contact between patients’ bodily fluids and caretakers’ mucous membranes such as the eyes, mouth, nose, and ears, somehow the doctor and his colleague Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker for SIM U.S.A., both contracted the deadly virus.

After coming down with fever, headache, and abdominal pain, the two Americans were diagnosed with Ebola virus and placed in a medical isolation unit on the outskirts of Liberia’s capital.

The only treatment the doctor received came from a 14-year-old boy who was treated by Brantly for Ebola and miraculously recovered.  The young boy’s family was so grateful their child’s life was saved that in an effort to shore up his immune system with the antibodies of someone who survived the virus, they offered the boy’s blood to be transfused into Brantly.

In addition to the blood transfusion, an experimental treatment was offered to Brantly, but because there were only one, not two doses, the selfless doctor again laid down his life and insisted the serum be given to 60-year-old Writebol.

Unfortunately, after foregoing the serum, that very night the doctor’s condition took a turn for the worse.

Currently, the nation is short on true heroism and big on false bravado.  Leaders lack sincere conviction, and have hollow hearts that are far removed from the Scripture verses they quote merely for political expediency and advancement of their own agenda.

As a result, there is an intrinsic hunger in the hearts of many for someone who embodies a higher standard – an individual who actually practices what they preach and doesn’t just talk about sacrifice, sharing, and caring for the less fortunate.  Dr. Brantly is that person, because his self-sacrifice epitomizes what authentic Christ-like discipleship is all about.

While politicians justify self-gratification and fund procedures that assist recklessness in the abnegation of responsibility, a young man, in obedience to Jesus’s command, was willing to die so that another person might live. And with that decision, without speaking one word Dr. Kent Brantly, who prayed that God would spare his life, showed a lost and struggling world the personhood of Jesus and what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Now, after being flown to Georgia to be treated by infectious disease specialists at Emory University Hospital and after taking a turn for the worse, with help, like Lazarus, Dr. Brantly actually stood up and walked from the ambulance into the hospital.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, said, “It’s encouraging that he seems to be improving – that’s really important – and we’re hoping he’ll continue to improve.”

Although statistically the odds of survival were originally against Kent Brantly, doctors are “guardedly optimistic” that he will continue to improve.

Brantly is defying a virus that kills almost everyone who contracts it and reports are that he continues to get stronger, and here’s why: so that someone else could live, Brantly had forfeited that one dose of lifesaving serum in Liberia that was intended for him.

Now the good doctor’s prayers are being answered, and in all probability he will survive the often-fatal disease, but not because of Emory University Hospital, proper hydration, blood transfusions, dialysis, the dose of the serum he finally received, or breathing with the help of a respirator.  Kent Brantly’s life will be spared because Jesus promised the faithful in Matt 10:39 that “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Update: Apparently, after refusing the dose, Dr. Brantly asked for the dose because he could not breathe.

2nd Update:  Nancy Writebol received a third dose.

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The US-African Leaders Summit White House Soiree

Michelle-Obama-Prabal-Gurung-State-Dinner-U.S.-Africa-Leaders-Summit-400x457Originally posted at American Thinker

While everyday Americans process the very real possibility that if the border remains open, untold numbers are in danger of contracting a deadly virus imported from West Africa – one that, after causing its victims to hemorrhage out of every orifice of their body, ends in death – Barack Obama is busy hosting an elaborate party for African heads of state and their spouses.

As part of a three-day US-African Leaders Summit, which the president chose to host despite an exponentially-growing Ebola scare migrating from West Africa to parts unknown, Barack Obama hoped the three-day event will boost America’s ties with the Dark Continent beyond being able to say that America now ‘shares the health’ with the virus-stricken region.

After working up an appetite, greeting Michelle, who wore a cut-out neon yellow-colored dress by Prabal Gurung and a prominent bun perched on top of her head, and Barack, the 400+ guests were transported from the White House to a tent on the South Lawn for dinner.  The means of transportation was the same trolley cars used to ferry guests from the White House to a tent on the South Lawn in the dead of winter, where a similarly lavish state dinner was held for President François Hollande of France.

Among those with unpronounceable names who were carefree enough to attend the festivities in the midst of a looming pandemic were the presidents of South Sudan, South Africa, Gambia, Burkina Faso, and Malawi – the country known for being the home of Madonna’s adopted son David Banda. His Royal Highness King of Swaziland Mswati III and wife Inkhosikati La Mbikiza rode on the trolley, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn.

Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, the man who pled innocent to “murder and other charges for his alleged role in organizing violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after Kenya’s 2007 elections,” dined with his African comrades under the elegant orange tent aglow with warm low-lighting. What’s unclear is whether or not Kenyatta, if asked, told the same story about Barack Obama’s birth as the president’s step-grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama.

From the world of liberalism, Jimmy Carter, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and de Blasio’s predecessor Michael Bloomberg were all there, as were actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years A Slave, Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower who is African-American, and Meb Keflezighi, the Eritrean-born American winner of the Boston Marathon.

For comic relief, Vice President Joe Biden was there along with wife Jill.  To deter Joe from indulging in an impromptu skinny-dip, he and Jill were seated far from the fountain on the South Lawn.

Oblivious to the fact that US Border Patrol agents are coming down with scabies, lice and bacterial pneumonia, to set the mood, Lionel ‘Say You, Say Me’ Richie tinkled the ivories while guests dined on four courses.

The menu included “chilled spiced tomato soup and socca crisps [and] chopped farm-stand vegetable salad using produce from the first lady’s garden.” Those luscious side dishes accompanied the grilled dry-aged Wagyu beef at $100 a pound, which means that for 400+ guests the beef bill probably came in at around $30,000.  But never mind all that, because the steaks were served with American wine and very economical “marinade used in North African cooking… chermoula, sweet potatoes and coconut milk.”

About the time Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, who Obama publicly lectured last year for his anti-gay marriage stance, issued a warning from Africa that the Ebola outbreak is a “threat against humanity,” more than 4,000 miles away, the president, first lady, and 400+ guests were finishing up dinner with “cappuccino fudge cake dressed with papaya scented with vanilla from Madagascar.”

Standing to make a toast Obama introduced himself, saying, “I stand before you as the president of the United States, a proud American.”  Mercifully, the president left off the part about how his wife, for most of her adult life, was not proud to be American.

Obama also said, “I also stand before you as the son of a man from Africa.” The “son of a man” part is something the president should have told Chris Jansing, reporting from the White House for MSNBC.  Chris remarked that the US-Africa Summit has high expectations to positively impact Obama’s legacy due to “the fact that he’s from Kenya.”

What happened, didn’t Ms. Jansing see a copy of Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate?

Missing only a Kenyan drumbeat as a backdrop to his moving words, and while the blood of Africans and non-Africans alike fills the eyes and ears of dying Ebola victims, Obama said “The blood of Africa runs through our family, so for us, the bonds between our countries, our continents are deeply personal.”

Prior to offering a toast to “the new Africa” that, despite exporting Ebola, the president feels “is rising and so full of promise,” Obama fondly recalled visiting historic sites in Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa for photo ops, funerals and pro-gay rights arm-twisting.

In the closing remarks to his toast, Obama spoke of his visits to Kenya, but didn’t mention his brother George Hussein Onyango Obama, who lives in a shanty in Kenya, the memorable South African selfie he took with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, the fake deaf translator who stood behind him translating his gobbledygook at Mandela’s funeral, or Michelle indulging in fried fat cakes while on safari in Botswana.

And so despite an African-sourced Ebola crisis creeping its way north and west, a good time was had by all, and luckily the tent was big enough to fit all those extra-large African headdresses, all that Wagyu steak, and Michelle’s prominent buns…er, I mean bun.

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Does ‘No Impeachment’ Fulfill Alinsky’s Rule #4?

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Lately it’s hard to take John Boehner and his Coppertone tan seriously. However, when it appeared that the House Majority Speaker was proactively taking the wind out of Barack Obama’s ‘they want to impeach me’ sails, there was a glimmer of hope that someone on the right had actually grown a spine.

Republicans reiterating that impeachment was not an option exhibited a rare unified spirit. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) even hobbled up to the mic to reinforce Boehner’s proclamation that impeaching Barack Obama was a talking point that Democrats, not Republicans, were going on about. Continue reading →

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NO SURPRISE: Pro-Choice Obama Versus Israel

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After six years of Barack Obama’s fervent pro-abortion philosophy it comes as no surprise that the left is completely comfortable verbalizing their disdain for Israel and her right to life.

Liberals as a group generally err on the side of evil while attempting to portray their revulsion for everything near and dear to the heart of God as righteousness.

Think about it – Barack Obama attempts to portray murderous MS-13 gang members as “children” requiring care and compassion while insisting that innocent unborn babies are not human beings, thereby sanctioning the exile of 4,000 of them to red biohazard bags a day. Continue reading →

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Moses the Unaccompanied Minor and the Ten Plagues

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On behalf of illegal unaccompanied minors flooding our southern border, liberals are currently citing Jesus in Matthew 19:14 saying, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Using that particular verse is problematic because America is not the “kingdom of heaven,” and regardless of the age or economic status of the children, Jesus would never approve of the type of lawless chaos the left is currently promoting.

Nonetheless, that has not curtailed the sermonizing of Biblical scholar/House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Continue reading →

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Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Baby Jesus’ Argument

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When she’s not out championing the right to kill the unborn, occasional devout Catholic Nancy Pelosi has become a spokesperson for unaccompanied babies and minors, and by extension, the rapists, killers, and robbers flooding unlawfully across the border from Mexico into the U.S.

Recently, in a guest appearance on MSNBC “Morning Joe,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shared her spiritual love for the children by telling Joe Scarborough that when it comes to caring for all of the world’s children, no price is too high for America to pay.  Mrs. Pelosi shared her feeling that rather than view the thousands of waifs bringing disease, crime, and mayhem into our country, unaccompanied minors should be looked upon as “baby Jesus” who, as a refugee, fled Bethlehem to escape violence. Continue reading →

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MY, MY, MY: Will ‘MyCart’ Make Way for ‘MyToilet’?

shop-300x180When liberals put the word “My” in front of anything connected to Obama or a policy associated with his wife Michelle, rest assured that the “My” is there as a ploy to convince the easily duped that accepting what has been chosen for them somehow equates to exercising the freedom of choice that no longer exists.

The “My” mentality was introduced during the 2008 election with the birth of mybarackobama.com. The mybarackobama.com tagline read “because it’s about YOU,” and was created by multitudes of Obama sycophants hoping to elect a man who’s proven it’s “all about him”, and has since expunged every iota of individuality from both supporters and critics alike.

Then there was a Michelle/USDA initiative called “MyPlate”, where the intent was to eliminate the food pyramid and replace it with a brightly-colored plate divvied up into portion-and-food choices for those who need a government overseer to instruct them like kindergarteners on what and how much they should be eating.

Trust me, the “Choose” in ChooseMyPlate.gov and the “My” in “MyPlate” have nothing to do with individual selection and everything to do with Mama Obama making food choices for confused, malnourished individuals who, whether they like Brussels sprouts or not, will learn to love Brussels sprouts.

And for those turning up their noses at cruciferous vegetables, word to the wise: even Barack Obama has warned, “you don’t want to get on the wrong side” of Michelle.

So for now, putting Michelle Obama’s Gestapo scare tactics aside, thus far the “My” inventiveness has been so unsuccessful that the feds have come with a new “My” that may soon be cruising down the pike…er, I mean the grocery aisle, and it’s called “MyCarts.”

In an effort to steer the pudgy clear of the Oreo Double Stuffs and inspire them to head straight for the shiitake mushrooms, “MyCarts” hopes to install $30,000 worth of talking shopping carts in supermarkets that can chat with sheep disguised as customers.

Read more at The Clash Daily

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