"I recently visited someone who has an African violet in their house. Should I stay home from work for three weeks?"
Folks, that is an actual tweet from somebody tagged @KagroX. I ran across it just after I’d received a somewhat panicked email from a buddy of mine in his 80s living in Alabama. Now, James is an intelligent guy, but the fact that he is concerned about a possible Ebola pandemic in America shows just how effective the right-wing fear machine, ignorant politicians and cable TV have been in fanning the flames on this issue. For the Right, of course, it’s all a matter of blaming Obama and getting fearful voters to vote Republican in the upcoming election.
Anyway, here’s what I replied to James – for whatever good it’ll do: