Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
– The federal government is being questioned for its handling of the Ebola virus situation after a Dallas nurse who treated a fatal Ebola patient was given the OK to fly on a plane by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control despite showing early symptoms.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC, insists people should not worry about sitting next to an infected individual, although he said that anyone who thinks they might have the disease should stay away from the public. Such inconsistencies have led to some calling for him to resign.
“When you hear from the guy in charge of this whole thing — and I’m not talking about the president, because he’s busy playing golf — the guy from the CDC, you just can’t have any faith in the federal government,” Callahan said.
Dennis said the Ebola scare is an overreaction.
“This is so much ado about nothing, it makes me sick,” Dennis said. “This is well beyond the idiocy of Y2K. This is well beyond the idiocy of Legionnaire’s disease. This is well beyond the idiocy of global warming.
“One person has died of Ebola. Three people have it. The economy is tanking, not completely because of Ebola, but because airline stocks are plummeting because nobody wants to fly. Vacation, car rentals, hotels, all that part of the economy is tanking because nobody wants to leave their house because they’ve all scared the crap out of us. This is the ultimate Chicken Little story.”
Added Dennis: “Fifty-two thousand people in this country died from the damn flu last year. We have one from Ebola, and this place has sho’ gone crazy.”
Callahan questioned his co-host’s assertion, noting that there is no known cure for Ebola.
“[The flu] goes away. I don’t think Ebola is going away,” he said.
Callahan is upset that the people in charge won’t stop flights from Liberia to the United States allegedly because they want to support the African nation’s economy.
Said a sarcastic Callahan: “We should share the suffering. You think you’re above them? The poor folks in Liberia? You think they’re not as good as us? . . . That is literally the mentality: We’re no better than they are.”
– Novelist John Grisham said America is wrongly jailing too many people, including some who stumble onto child pornography on the Internet.
Grisham said he had a friend with a drinking problem who “would never touch a child” but who “pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn,” and he ended up in prison for years.
Said Dennis: “Well, then, Mr. Grisham, if you had a 5-year-old daughter, would you be comfortable with this guy who ‘only presses a wrong button when he has too much to drink’ living next door to you? I guess not.”
Responded Callahan: “I do see his point. Even if you look at it, you’re not acting on it. You see guys who look at it — and I know they’re facilitating the whole process — looking at it will get you 20 years.”