Fifty Ways to Catch Ebola

Last Ebola post for awhile.  I promise.

The problem is all inside my head
They said to me
Don’t worry if immigrants
sneak in here illegally
We want to help them,
we just need more of your money
There must be fifty ways
to catch Ebola

They said it really is our habit
to curtail, People’s freedom,
unless they want to fly or sail,
over to this country,
and spread germs as they exhale,
but we’ll repeat ourselves
at the risk of pissing off white males
There must be fifty ways to catch Ebola

Let ‘em slip in the back, Jack,
Follow the CDC’s plan, Stan
Don’t need to be quarantined
Just let ‘em go free
Hop on the bus, Gus
Don’t mind the disgusting pus
Drop off troops in Africa, duh
and let the infected roam free.

They said it pleases them so
to see me in such pain,
and they called me racist
whenever I’d complain
I said I really resent that
and would they please explain
about the fifty ways.

They said why don’t I just
sleep on it tonight
We believe that in the morning
you’ll begin to see the light
and then I realized,
they probably were right,
there must be fifty ways
to catch Ebola
Fifty ways to
catch Ebola

Let ‘em slip in the back, Jack
follow the CDC’s plan, Stan
Don’t need to be quarantined
Just let ‘em go free
Hop on the bus, Gus
Don’t mind the disgusting pus
Drop off troops in Africa, duh
and let the infected roam free.

Toyota Truck Problems

OK, let me start from the beginning.  Way back in 2005, I purchased a 1985 Toyota 4x4 pickup truck with about 165,000 miles on it.  I drove it for about three years until I hit a deer with it.  It was a great truck, so rather than getting rid of it, I’d figured that I could fix it up in my spare time.  That was six years ago and I am still not done with it, but I am close, really close, so it makes perfect sense to me that now would be the time that I would have a problem with it.

For six years the only running this truck has done has been being backed out of the garage and driven in again.  About two years ago I replaced the plugs, spark plug wires, rotor, distributor cap, filters, etc., and the truck seemed to run better than ever.  Every now and then, I would let it idle for about 15 minutes just so, well you know, it’s better for a motor to run occasionally rather than never at all.  I always tried to keep a very minimum amount of fuel in it so it wouldn’t go stale, adding a half a gallon here and there.

This truck always started right up and ran fine until - just a couple of weeks ago when I was getting very close to actually getting it on the road.  Then, it happened.  No start.  WTF???  I figured that a little starting fluid might be needed to get her going, so I took off the air cleaner lid to spray some in as my son turned the key.  The truck started, but quit right away.  It was then that I noticed that the air vane (that little flapper door) on the airflow meter was not opening very far.  I had my son start the truck again as I held the air vane open just a little bit, and what do you know?  The truck started and ran.  However, as soon as I removed my finger from the air vane, the truck sputtered and died.  After that, the truck would run at idle at any speed, as long as I helped the air vane open at the correct position for any given engine speed.

The first thing that I suspected was a bad airflow meter, but I tested the resistance at the terminals it is all within factory specs.  I also replaced the airflow meter with a different one from the junkyard.  It was off of a Toyota Celica or something, so it was not the correct one.  I didn’t expect that using that would solve the problem, but I bought it to learn how to take one apart without ruining it.  Anyway, I put it on my truck and I noticed that the air vane on that airflow meter didn’t open any further when installed on my truck than the one I originally had.  I began to suspect that the airflow meter was not the problem, and me pushing on the air vane was telling the computer to add more fuel, masking whatever problem it was that I had.

About this time, I went to Just Answer website for help.  I was working with one of their experts who goes by the name of “Toyota Service”, and found him to be quite helpful.  Now here’s where one of those “It only happens to me comes in.”  He’s not online right now, plus everything we talked about is missing.  Stupid me, I didn’t keep track of the password I used and in the meantime, I erased my browser history so there is no way I can get back to my conversation with “Toyota Service” right now.

Anyway here is what I can remember discussing with “Toyota Service”.  I hope I can remember everything so we don’t have to go over any ground we already covered.

One of the first things I suspected was wrong was a major vacuum or air intake leak.  I searched everywhere for one but could not find one.  I used the old trick of spraying starting fluid around the engine compartment to see if the engine sped up, and, nothing.  One thing to consider about this test I did.  I noticed that spraying starting fluid into the air intake while the truck was running actually slowed the truck down, so the test that I did was rather useless.

At that point, I figured I’d better get this possible vacuum/intake leak possibility ruled out, so this is what I did.  I removed the air cleaner lid from the airflow meter and cut a piece of 1/4” plywood just big enough to cover the air intake hole on the airflow meter.  If there were any major vacuum or intake leaks downstream from the airflow meter, the engine would probably continue to run after I blocked off the air intake with the piece of plywood.  As soon as I covered the air intake, the truck would die immediately, so I figure this rules out any major intake leaks.

The thing that really gets me about this problem is that it happened immediately, while the truck was not running.  A week before, I moved the truck in and out of the garage and it ran fine.  The next time that I went to start it, I had this problem.
Out of desperation, I figured I would drain the gas tank and put in fresh fuel.  Obviously that didn’t help or I wouldn’t be writing this right now.

While talking with “Toyota Service”, he came up with the idea that my timing may be off.  Maybe the timing chain jumped a link.  He figured that if the timing was off, the valves would not be closed at the proper time and pistons on the intake stroke would not produce enough vacuum to open the air vane on the airflow meter.  He told me to do a compression test.  This made sense to me.  If the engine is not making enough compression due to the valves not closing at the right time, it probably wouldn’t be making enough vacuum to open the air vane either.

So I did a compression test.  All cylinders are at 165 psi and the factory spec is 171 psi.  Not bad for a truck with 220,000 miles now on it.  Here’s what else I did to try to determine if incorrect timing was indeed the issue.
  1. A timing light indicates that cylinder number one is firing at 6 or 8 degrees before TDC.
  2. I removed the valve cover, and the timing mark on the cam sprocket lines up perfectly with the different colored link on the timing chain.  There is no way I can determine if the chain and the crank sprocket are lined up without removing the timing cover.  (That’s going to be done eventually, as I purchased a timing chain kit, but I want to get this issue resolved before I start tearing the engine apart and adding new variables to the mix.)

Here’s some other stuff:
  1. I don’t know how to do a fuel pressure test on this truck as my Haynes manual says nothing about it and the only thing I could find on line involved drilling and tapping the fuel rail for a gauge, so I did this Mickey Mouse test:  I cracked the banjo fitting on the cold start injector.  Fuel sprayed all over as soon as I cranked the engine, so even though I don’t have any idea how much fuel pressure I have, I definitely have fuel pressure.
  2. I checked the wire harness for the cylinder no. 1 injector, and there is power going to it.  It makes a test lamp glow very dimly as it pulses.  I bought a noid light and will do a proper check on all the injector harnesses later.
  3. I don’t don’t see how the injectors would get so dirty that the truck wouldn’t run when all that it has done is sit there and it ran fine the week before.
  4. I know there is at least some fuel pressure and at least some fuel going through the injectors, because the truck will run when I “help” the air vane on the airflow meter with my finger.
  5. The truck will only run when the distributor is in the fully advanced position.

OK, that’s all I can think of right now.  What’s the problem?  Can you help me?

I'm Asking for Your Help

I'm having problems with my Toyota truck.  I explained my situation on my latest post on "Right Side of the Road"  If you're interested, or if you think you can help me out, please click on the "Right Side of the Road" button, just below the "Golden Geese News" header.  I'm tearing my hair out on this one, I'd appreciate any help I can get.

Yeah, but what if...?

Check out the part of the story that I highlighted in yellow.

101st Airborne Won’t Get Full Protective Hazmat Suits for Ebola Mission in West Africa

Troops from the 101st Airborne Division will not receive full protective Hazmat suits for their mission in West Africa.
They’re being sent to West Africa – but won’t get full protective Hazmat suits.
us army africa
US troops prepare for deployment (US Army Africa)
The 101st Airborne is a U.S. Army modular light infantry division trained for air assault operations. The division was renowned for its role on D-Day. Major General David H. Petraeus (“Eagle 6″) led the Screaming Eagles to war in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The administration says they won’t need them.
Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday.
They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said.
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military airfields or in Liberian Ministry of Defense facilities, Rodriguez said.
Soldiers’ health will be monitored through surveys and taking their temperature on their way in and out of camps. If a service member does get sick, Rodriguez said they will be flown home immediately for treatment.
Hat Tip Virginia
Health officials admitted this past week that the death rate in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 70 percent, up from 50 percent.

They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said.

Isn’t this like saying, “We don’t need many lifeboats on the Titanic because it isn’t going to sink.”?  What if they run across some infected individuals? What are they supposed to do?  Run?  Shoot them?

I Don't Like it Either

found at: I Own The World

This is how the left sees America

Home - by BigFurHat - October 14, 2014 - 17:00 America/New_York - 36 Comments
I hate this cartoon.
I have concerns over ebola, and I’m not fat, don’t smoke or drink, and I don’t think I’m all that atypical.
What is this cynical douche’s point? Ebola is of no concern because America has people that over-indulge with things that can lead to an earlier than average life expectancy?
How does this cartoonist know that the caricature they’ve created, the slothy slob, is all that concerned with ebola? They don’t.
Should I make a cartoon where some effete swish is shouting “GLOBAL WARMING” while he presents his ass to a stranger in a public bathroom?

I hate this cartoon too, for all the reasons stated above and more, and it would have never occurred to me unless the author of the above post used the title that he used.
“How the Left Sees America” -  what a perfect title.  The cartoon implies the leftist idea that everything normal Americans do to enjoy to enjoy themselves is evil and wrong, and we’re all a bunch of racists for worrying about Ebola.  It tries to make the point that the risk of death (in purely mathematical terms) by Ebola is miniscule compared to the risk posed by the bad habits that some of us like to indulge in, we should be ashamed of ourselves for even thinking about it, and we should be ashamed of ourselves in general.
The cartoon and the left in general, fail to consider two things.  First of all, I don’t have to worry about catching some disease caused by someone else overindulging in food, tobacco, or alcohol, and don’t give me any crap about secondhand smoke (total bullshit and proven to be a myth.) or the danger of being killed by a drunk driver (which is vastly over inflated, but I don’t have time to get into that now).
Overindulging in any of the behaviors exhibited by the cartoon character above is not recommended and is indeed unhealthy, but they are things that many traditional Americans enjoy doing, and maybe that alone makes the decreased lifespan of someone who partakes in such things, worth it.
Whenever someone bites the big one doing something stupid and unnecessary (like skydiving or bungee jumping), sure as shit, you will hear someone say “At least he died doing something he loved to do.”  Well, you know what?  Smokers who die from lung cancer die from doing something they love to do too.  What’s the difference?  Oh yeah, you can’t brag to people, “I went smoking today.”  If skydivers and bungee jumpers only knew that most people are no more envious or interested in them then they are in smokers.  At least smokers don’t bore you with pictures they posted of themselves smoking on Facebook.
If the truth were to be known, the only problem that the left has with any of the behaviors displayed in the above cartoon is that many traditional Americans do indulge in them.  The left hates traditional Americans and the things that they do.  They have no problem with other risky behaviors though, as long as they are immoral or perverted.  Let’s face it, if you were truly concerned with public health, you would have condemned the practices that spread AIDS and HIV, every bit as much as you ripped on smoking, drinking, and eating fast food.
The other problem I have with the cartoon is the notion that just because someone is not leading an ideally healthy life, they have no right to be concerned about Ebola.  What a bunch of crap!  That’s like saying that just because you didn’t go right back and give a cashier the money, once you realized he gave you too much change when you are already thirty miles down the road, you have no right to lock your doors or have a security system in your house.
From what I’ve seen, the biggest concern most people have with Ebola is the inept way our government has handled things so far.  Come to think of it, our government has been pretty inept at curbing any of the behaviors displayed in the above cartoon.  In fact they have spent a shitload of money trying to combat these vices, yet the behaviors still exist and the left still wants the government to make more laws and spend more money to combat them.
If we have to depend upon our government to stop Ebola, the way they have tried to stop overeating, drinking, and smoking, we are going to all be doomed, broke, and dead.

And when they return...

Picture and caption above found at: The Outrider will give a whole new meaning to the term “101st Airborne”.



source: The Daily Beast

U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training

As the U.S. military rushes to combat Ebola in West Africa, soldiers are receiving on-the-fly instructions on how to protect themselves against the deadly virus.
American military operations to fight Ebola in Africa are unfolding quickly—forcing the milit
ary to come up with some procedures and protocols on the fly.
Soldiers preparing for deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of Ebola-related training before leaving to combat the epidemic. And the first 500 soldiers to arrive have been holing up in Liberian hotels and government facilities while the military builds longer-term infrastructure on the ground.
For soldiers at Fort Campbell and Fort Bragg preparing for their deployments to West Africa, Mobile Training Teams from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), based out of Fort Detrick, have been tasked with instructing them on Ebola protocols.

The Butthole Rule

Up until recently, (and by that, I mean about fifteen to twenty years ago) I never, ever heard of anything, even remotely like this, happening.  Nothing like this ever happened in my high school.  In college, I met new friends who came from all over the state, and they never told me any stories about anything even close to this happening in their schools.  I never heard from anyone of my father’s or grandfather’s generations, telling stories about something like this happening back in their day either.

I found this story at It Ain't Holy Water


7 Sayreville football players charged in hazing, sexual assault of teammates (Exclusive)

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An unidentified person outside the Sayreville Police station the night seven Sayreville high school football players are charged in connection with the sexual assault of four teammates in four separate incidents last month.Friday, October, 10, 2014 (Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for
SAYREVILLE — At least six members of the Sayreville High School football team were taken into custody by police this evening on charges in connection with a series of locker room sexual assaults on four victims, NJ Advance Media has learned.
A seventh player was charged, but not immediately taken into custody. He was being sought by police.

The detentions — on a night the team was scheduled to play Monroe High School for its homecoming game on its home field — came less than a week after its season was abruptly canceled by school officials in the wake of allegations of what was first called “serious bullying and harassment” of younger players.
The parent of one victim later described what occurred as a violent ritual involving anal sexual attacks by seniors who routinely preyed on freshmen.
The parent, who asked not to be identified because of possible repercussions in a working-class town where football is almost a religion, said the assaults would begin with a howling wolf call from a senior on the team, before the locker room lights were abruptly shut off.

In the darkness, a freshman player would be pinned to the locker room floor, his arms and feet held down by multiple upperclassmen. The victim would then be lifted to his feet while a finger was forced into his rectum. Sometimes, the same finger was then shoved into the freshman player’s mouth.

“[For] 10 seconds, the lights would go off and they would grab a freshman and they would go on,” the parent said. “Right on the floor. … It was happening every day. They would get the freshmen.”

Nowadays, you hear about something like this happening in high schools across the country, at least once a year.  Why?  Why are such types assaults, that were virtually unheard of, just a few decades ago, so common today?  Here’s the long version.  (You should read this link.  It’s some of my best work)  Here’s a shorter version:
I’m sure most of you, at least at one point in your life, have read the owners manual for some piece of equipment you have.  Often they are filled with sentences that begin with “Never...” or “Do not...”  Thinking you know better than the people who manufactured that piece of equipment, you ask yourself, “Why do I have to listen to them?”
You might be tempted to disregard those words of warning, but you do so at your own peril.  You run the risk of something bad happening to you or your piece of equipment and it will almost certainly be something you never saw coming.  (Otherwise you would not have disregarded the warning in the first place)
Sometimes you can get away with not heeding the warnings of those who know more about a certain subject than you do, sometimes you can’t.  In the latter case, when you are nursing your wounds, and/or looking over smoking, blown up machine, you may recall yourself asking, “Why do I have I listen to them?”, and you will answer yourself in a defeated tone, “Oh, that’s why.”
The point of all this is, that disregarding warnings from credible sources can lead to undesirable and unforeseen consequences.  Often these consequences are not direct or immediate, but are the result of a chain of events that can be traced back to not following accepted practices.  The problem is, that many people do not have the mental capacity to understand the cause and effect relationship.
“What the hell does all of this have to do with sodomy in a high school football locker room?”
Keep reading.
There are all sorts of things that are accepted by at least parts of society today, that fifty years ago, were almost universally condemned, ranging from dressing provocatively, to recreational drug use to, out of wedlock births, to abortion.  Now let me ask you this.  As we have come to tolerate and accept such things over the last half century, can you give me even one example of where the problems caused by, or associated with such things have decreased?  Can’t come up with one?  Maybe that’s why our society had the rules it once had.
We used to have the butthole rule: Guys should never mess around with other guys buttholes.  Whether you are doing something consensual or not, stemming from passion, or violence, you just don’t go there.
There has always been incidents of hazing and the humiliation of others, but back in the day it was limited to things like name calling or swatting someone with a wet towel, nothing like what is described in the article above.  I’ll bet the Sayreville freshmen would have rather gotten swatted by a wet towel.
There has always been bullies and groups of bullies that preyed upon younger and weaker individuals, but in the past, even the worst of them adhered to the butthole rule.  This has to be true, otherwise you would have heard of such incidents just as frequently several decades ago, as you do today.  When we rescinded the butthole rule, it was inevitable that sodomy would become part of hazing and bullying.
Some people say that homosexuality doesn’t hurt anything or anybody, and maybe they’re right, but society accepting it, does.