It is. All major blood collectors (and most of the small ones) have instituted voluntary deferrals. Our company has had a deferral in place for more than a week. Most of these currently take the form of asking the donors to ‘self-defer’ for 28 days following travel to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central or South America. This will likely become a mandated deferral soon.
 February 12, 2016 at 10:43am
Yes- by specialized testing. Unfortunately there is no screening test for Zika. We in the blood industry must use travel-based deferrals in these situations. Those travel-based deferrals lead to a great many healthy donors being asked not to donate (such as military personnel who were based in Europe). It is unfortunate but necessary until more robust methods for dealing with these pathogens is available.
If you can, please donate blood on a regular basis. It really is that important.
 January 27, 2016 at 3:56pm
Why not? Denying the obvious seems to work for quite a few of our politicians…
 January 22, 2016 at 2:11pm
Craig- If you ever need brain surgery (and I sincerely hope you don’t) you would be well advised to seek out the best Neurosurgeon you can find. This highly entitled woman is training to be a neurologist which is a significant (and substantial) difference.
And to all those folks who hope that she loses her license, I think you’re out of luck. She may well lose her Residency slot but it usually takes much more than this in order to forfeit a medical license.
 January 12, 2016 at 5:41pm
TT, please allow me to join one of your thoughts to one of Mr. Walsh’s:
Baby Boomers did not require a degree and could get into certain fields without one but now those degrees are required [because those 'requirements' were] created by dumb hiring managers who think it’s more important for a data entry clerk to spend four years learning about feminism and gender theory than gaining actual work experience.
I believe his point was that the Baby Boomers did those jobs very well without a degree, so why did a degree suddenly need to be a ‘requirement’? Is it right to require something that doesn’t necessarily impact the performance of the task?
I think if you reread the piece you would find that you agree with Mr. Walsh more than you originally thought (even, perhaps, to your greater discomfort.)
The reason degrees are required for those jobs has everything to do with the failure of our education system. A high school degree used to guarantee a basic level of literacy, skill and attendance skills that were enough for these jobs. Now that it doesn't guarantee anything, a college degree has replaced the high school degree as proof of these things.
Since college is becoming more and more useless, and even Ivy League schools are handing out As because they fear offending their students, I suspect the pendulum will eventually swing back and people will just take a chance on young kids fresh out of high school.
December 10, 2015 at 9:52am
Ms. Voss- I appreciate that you take the time and interest to read (and comment) on other’s responses to your work. If other Blaze contributors do the same they must be doing it under a nom de plume (or would that be nom de guerre?) Thank you.
As for Bruce Jenner, he certainly used his own strength and fortitude to become an elite athlete. Unfortunately for your piece, I don’t think a lot of Blaze readers recognize any such person as ’Kendall Jenner.’
 November 12, 2015 at 4:32pm
Perhaps every officer who fails a physical test should have the opportunity to patrol the streets on foot, exclusively.
 November 10, 2015 at 11:29am
That means he has privilege; therefore he must resign.
If he resigns, he has no privilege (because it did not protect or ‘privilege’ him).
They want him to admit he has ‘privilege’ by proving that he doesn’t, in fact, have ‘privilege’.
Did I get that right?
Wow! According to the headline the police chief said this was “the ‘Most Abhorrent, Cowardly, Unfathomable Crime’ He’s Ever Witnessed”. He “witnessed” the crime … and yet he didn’t do anything to intervene?
Love the first line of this story: “1,000 people and elected officials”. A lot of the ‘elect’ sure don’t deserve to be called people anymore.
September 21, 2015 at 10:15am
Well, in light of the new information, this may have been just another set-up. Perhaps tigers don’t change their stripes after all.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
 September 16, 2015 at 12:15pm
Rider- As the only non-(public school)teacher in my family, I understand your anger.
What concerns me is that I agree with CAIR, for once (and probably only once.) Their reaction to this factually outrageous act has been quite mild in comparison to their typical manufactured outrage scenario. If they turn over a new leaf and actually become reasonable, we’ll have to re-write the rules we currently operate under. I do not believe that reason will break out in this country anytime soon, though.
Well, in light of the new information, this may have been just another set-up. Perhaps tigers don't change their stripes after all.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
 September 9, 2015 at 5:16pm
Battery on a referee is a felony where I went to high school. These punks, most likely including the coaches, should face some serious criminal charges.
September 9, 2015 at 5:12pm
Yep, saw that, too.
 September 9, 2015 at 5:12pm
“The man” who moved the others out of the way wasn’t an ordinary citizen. The man in the white shirt is a LEO and it was his dash cam footage which was provided. His uniform is clearly visible as he runs toward the camera and then the camera shakes as he enters the car and joins the chase. Not just any ‘citizen’ but a cop on the job.
 August 31, 2015 at 5:14pm
Judge- I, too, share your failing.
My thanks are not enough for all those men and women of honor who have been, and will be, willing to stand a post in my defense.
 August 25, 2015 at 11:00am
You may be right, we’ll probably never know.
One thing that certainly contributed was that Trooper Vincent stopped to help a driver stuck in a ditch and he likely suspected that drink was involved. What he could not know was that the perp had already killed that day and was completely out-of-his-mind. It is amazing to me that so many good men and women can do this job while the media focus on the cops who lose it and do stupid things.
Trooper Vincent gave a lifetime of service and concluded with the last full measure of devotion.
May the Lord bear these grieving souls up, always.
Thank you Horatius. God bless Trooper Vincent and thank you for standing up the way you chose to. Yes, prayers for Trooper Vincent's family, friends and colleagues.
 July 29, 2015 at 11:22am
May I also suggest the useful term ‘normophobic’?
 June 5, 2015 at 10:09am
Yes, and that is a shame. Avi is a great talent and this man has shown himself to be unworthy of respect.
 June 5, 2015 at 9:41am
I agree that there are heroes among us. And I respect your position on your own efforts.
However, your choosing to honor others earns you my respect in (almost) equal measure.
Thank you for your service and your words.
May Heavenly Father continue to bless you and all those who serve(d) as well as their families.