By Judson Phillips, Washington Times , October 1, 2014
Barack Obama may be the only one in America surprised that the deadly Ebola virus has arrived in America.
On Tuesday, authorities announced that a man in Dallas was diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Despite the protestations of the Obama regime that it was very unlikely Ebola would ever show up in America, it is here.
This is not a great shock since the regime has done everything but invite an Ebola patient to parade down Wall Street at high noon on a busy weekday. The regime allowed sick doctors to be brought into America, and allowed a ship with a possible case of Ebola to dock at New Orleans. The regime has not stopped easy access from the Ebola hot zone to America.
It is almost like they want the disease here.
Hospital officials refused to identify the nationality of the Ebola patient but said he had been in Liberia. Right now, there are 200,000 outstanding visas that have been given to people from Western African nations that compose the Ebola hotzone.
Why haven’t these visas been cancelled immediately?
Ebola is a disease that has up to a 90 percent mortality rate. In plain English, depending on the circumstances, nine out of ten people who contract Ebola will die. Some virologists are saying 5 million people will die from Ebola before this outbreak burns itself out.
Why isn’t America protecting itself against this disease?
The bright lights at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim Ebola is not an airborne disease. They claim it can only be transferred by contact with bodily fluids.
Doctors in Western Africa are coming down with Ebola. When they are dealing with Ebola patients, they don bio hazmat suits. These suits are supposed to block the transmission of the disease by fluids. If these doctors who are taking every precaution to prevent infection are still being infected, what does that say?
It says either the doctors don’t know everything about that disease or it is more easily communicable than the government is telling us.
The main weapon in the war against Ebola is isolation. Put an Ebola patient in a secured area where hopefully the infection cannot escape.
But all of this goes back to the first question.
Why are we allowing Ebola anywhere near the United States?
If the Obama regime were serious about combating Ebola, the best, most effective way to do that is to exclude non-Americans from coming to the United States if they have been in the Ebola hot zone area. For Americans who are coming from Western Africa, there is only one answer.
That is to quarantine them until the incubation period for Ebola has passed.
Perhaps that is not fair to them, but spreading Ebola to millions of Americans isn’t fair either.
The cold, hard truth is our government is not prepared for a pandemic. The government is not prepared for a major Ebola outbreak here in the United States.
An outbreak is still preventable.
The real question here is why doesn’t the Obama regime want to take the simple steps necessary to prevent an Ebola outbreak in America?
Posted By Jerome R. Corsi On 10/08/2014 @ 8:05 pm In Health,Politics,U.S.,World |
NEW YORK – A group of German medical doctors in a peer-reviewed medical journal article published by Oxford University Press have challenged a key assumption regarding the Ebola virus repeatedly asserted by Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
The researchers found that a patient showing no symptoms of the disease can still transmit a virus like Ebola by air if droplets containing the virus are transmitted to another person by a sneeze or cough.
As WND reported Tuesday, the World Health Organization has admitted that “wet and bigger droplets from a heavily infected individual, who has respiratory symptoms caused by other conditions or who vomits violently could transmit the Ebola virus over a short distance to another nearby person.”
WHO said it could happen when “virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing onto the mucus membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.”
Still, WHO added a qualification, insisting the transmission of Ebola by sneezing or coughing is not within its definition of airborne transmission.
News broke Wednesday morning that the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, had died in Dallas. The victim’s home neighborhood in the Liberian capital, meanwhile, remained under quarantine.
Later Wednesday, a Texas sheriff’s deputy was rushed to the hospital in Frisco, Texas, with Ebola symptoms after delivering a quarantine notice to the apartment where Duncan was staying.
WND reported Wednesday Liberia is preventing journalists from reporting Ebola-related stories from health care centers in the country unless they obtain written permission from the government. The news came as the World Health Organization issued a statement warning that the officially reported decline in new cases in Liberia over the past three weeks “is unlikely to be genuine,” because problems with data gathering continue.
‘Not easily detected’
The German physicians, led by Dr. Timm H. Westhoff of the Department of Nephrology at the Carité Campus Benjamin Franklin in Berlin, noted in a virology blog published Feb. 12, 2009, that acute viral infections such as Ebola hemorrhagic fever may cause little or no clinical symptoms in a so-called “inapparent infection” yet may be contagious.
“A well-known example is poliovirus: over 90% are without infections,” Westhoff and his colleagues continued. “During an inapparent infection, sufficient virus replication occurs in the host to induce antiviral antibodies, but not enough to cause disease. Such infections are important for the spread of infection, because they are not easily detected.”
Westhoff and his colleagues then made the key point that individuals with an inapparent infection, showing no symptoms, can yet spread diseases such as polio.
“During the height of the polio epidemic in the United States, the quarantine of paralyzed patients had no effect on the spread of the disease, because 99 percent of the infected individuals had no symptoms and were leading normal lives spreading infection.”
Westhoff and his colleagues also discussed the risk of spreading Ebola by sneezing or coughing.
“An example of a classic acute infection is uncomplicated influenza,” the medical doctors noted. “Virus particles are inhaled in droplets produced by sneezing or coughing, and begin replicating in ciliated columnar epithelial cells of the respiratory tract. As new infectious virions are produced, they spread to neighboring cells.”
The point was clear: “Inapparent infections probably are important features of pathogens that are well-adapted to their hosts. They replicate sufficiently to endure the spread to new hosts, but not enough to damage the host and prevent transmission.”
Westhoff and his associates conclude: “Acute viral infections are responsible for epidemics of disease involving millions of individuals each year, such as influenza and measles. When vaccines are not available, acute infections are difficult to control – most are complete by the time the patient feels ill, and the virus has already spread to another host.”
The German physicians published in 2008 the fundamental medical research that formed the basis for their blog comments, demonstrating kidney-transplant patients could carry the norovirus infection that is common in cases of acute gastroenteritis, even if the patient was asymptomatic.
Westhoff’s 2008 study provided “the first evidence” that norovirus, typically a self-limiting disease of short duration, can cause chronic infection in renal transplant recipients,” even when there are no symptoms of acute gastroenteritis evident in the patient.
Dr. Norman M. Balog, D.O., a board-certified family doctor practicing in Silver Spring, Maryland, brought the research of the German medical team to the attention of WND as evidence that the CDC’s Frieden could not prove his assertion air travel was safe as long as a person infected with Ebola were not showing symptoms. An infected person can go as long as 21 days in an incubation period before being infected.
“Dr. Freiden is either completely uninformed of this research,” Balog explained to WND in an exclusive telephone interview, “or he is deliberately lying because he does not want to panic the general public.”
Balog pointed out that asymptomatic carriers of diseases infecting others is a phenomenon that has been widely documented in virology studies for decades.
“There’s a good potential that on any given day a person you may shake hands with will have Strep Group A Streptococcus that causes sore throats,” he pointed out. “Shaking hands you take the risk you are going to get the Streptococcus virus, even if the person you shook hands with looked perfectly well.”
Balog explained to WND much of the fundamental research on Ebola, including the conditions under which asymptomatic carriers of the disease can infect others, has yet to be conducted and reported in peer-reviewed medical journals.
“Dr. Freiden and the CDC have been reassuring the American public from the beginning of the current outbreak that we can contain and control Ebola, no problem; but the first assurances were three continents ago,” he pointed out. “Now we have Ebola in the United States and in Spain. Where is Ebola going to show up next?”
Balog was critical of the steps taken so far by the CDC to contain the Ebola outbreak.
“Ebola is spreading a lot faster than anybody expected,” he said.
“But even today we are not stopping people from West Africa from boarding international air flights; health officials in Dallas did not put up a fence around Duncan’s apartment complex; and it took several days before Dallas health authorities found anyone qualified to clean up the vomit outside Duncan’s apartment. And then the workers just washed the vomit down into the town storm drains.”
Balog pointed out the medical literature on virology commonly says asymptomatic but infected individuals can spread a disease to others before showing any signs of being sick.
“We have medical models that say a person is capable of secreting a virus like Ebola in bodily fluids before the person displays symptoms of the disease,” he stressed, “and that medical evidence is simply being ignored by Dr. Frieden and the CDC when the public is told repeatedly it’s OK to let Ebola-infected people fly as long as they don’t have a fever.”
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), considered to be a 2016 presidential hopeful, is headed to New Hampshire this month to do some campaigning. Though fond of presenting himself as a conservative, Pence’s “rebrand” of the Common Core standards, his decision to accept Medicaid expansion, and, more recently, his creation of a new state office that will manage an expanded network of student and workforce data, may all place him, instead, in the category of big government progressive.
As Indiana Chalkbeat states, “Indiana is quietly taking steps to position itself for a future where data drives much of what is learned in school.”
Pence’s latest endeavor is the new Department of Workforce Development, with a director nicknamed the state’s “data czar.” The office will manage an expanded network of data from students in grades K-12 and in higher education, as well as workforce data, supposedly to make a connection between what students are learning now and what they will need to know in the future.
Steve Braun will serve as the new department’s “data czar.” A Harvard graduate who is a leader in “business intelligence,” Braun co-authored a bill–while a state representative last year–that created the Indiana Career Councils, yet another government layer that plans to coordinate education and workforce development in 11 regions around the state.
To help schools know what to teach, Indiana apparently needs a lot of data, and the plan for data collection is known as the Indiana Network of Knowledge, reports Chalkbeat. Data from the state Departments of Education and Workforce Development and the Commission on Higher Education will reportedly merge with data tracked by private companies.
Braun dismisses concerns about privacy because the network’s goal, he says, is to study trends rather than individuals.
Pence says he wants Indiana to have a stronger connection between education and the business community.
“I believe its imperative every one of our kids graduates from school prepared to either go onto college or a productive career,” Pence says. “I think Indiana has a chance to really reestablish the importance of career and vocational education.”
Pence’s continued expansion of government in Indiana qualifies him as a “technocratic Progressive,” wrote Joy Pullmann at The Federalist in July.
“Instead of showing how conservatives can cut bureaucracy and expand liberty when given the berth,” she said, “Pence has instead been indicating he’s been in Washington too long, and absorbed its comfort with a well-padded government fed by an attenuating citizenry.”
Pullmann observed that when Federalist publisher Ben Domenech asked Pence whether it was conservative policy to expand Medicaid, “a welfare entitlement to subsidize able-bodied childless adults by taking money from hardworking taxpayers in other states–he said of course it is, or he wouldn’t have proposed it.”
And Pence appears to be on a roll with more big government policies. Last week, he announced the launch of a preschool program designed to serve hundreds of low-income children in five Indiana counties, says Indystar.com.
“I came from the mindset that federal Head Start doesn’t work. That it doesn’t achieve lasting results,” Pence had said. “But it was a learning experience for me as I traveled the state in 2013. I sat on the carpet with the kids, and I talked to people like Ted Maple at Day Nursery. I began to understand the importance of early childhood education in overcoming the effects of poverty.”
Now referring to himself as a “solutions conservative” who supports workable ideas over ideology, Pence thanked Indiana state Sen. Earline Rogers, a “left-of-Obama Democrat,” as Indystar states, for promoting his preschool initiative, and then said Rogers was actually instrumental in helping to change his thinking on the issue.
Pence’s deception that he is the first governor to “repeal” the Common Core standards, when he merely hurriedly “rebranded” them, is an act true conservatives will not likely forget as he continues to “evolve” toward the 2016 presidential campaign.
In fact, as Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle reported Monday, another presidential hopeful, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), told Boyle, “If there’s a Republican candidate out there–let’s just say there’s a hypothetical one that’s for Common Core. I’m saying that that hypothetical candidate that’s for Common Core probably doesn’t have much chance of winning in a Republican primary.”
Quoting from the legislation that had Indiana, at least ostensibly, abandon the controversial standards, Erin Tuttle of Hoosiers Against Common Core told Breitbart News in April, “For all Pence’s claims of federalism, his signature legislation removing Indiana from the Common Core required the new standards to ‘comply with federal standards to receive a flexibility waiver.’”
“His Hoosier process was predicated on satisfying the federal government, thus resulting in a rebrand of the Common Core,” Tuttle added. “This was all about delivering a predetermined result, a set of standards with almost perfect alignment to the Common Core to satisfy the US Department of Education.”
This Scenario came from a Black Colonel who graduated from the Academy and is a strong Christian. His identity must be protected.
He said, most branches of the service routinely engage in war “games” and come up with strategies and tactics on how to handle every type of military conflict and scenario that can be imagined. One of the big new battle scenarios being actively discussed in the military recently is how to handle civil unrest and fighting in U.S. cities.
What will the Army do if called in to fight armed civilians in the streets of the United States? How will that urban warfare be conducted? Will troops be able to fire upon other American citizens when the troops take an oath to protect American citizens?
He said many in the military are discussing the very real possibility that Obama will attempt to stay in office beyond two terms. It is being speculated that Obama will do this by declaring a state of martial law. The easiest way to declare martial law is when there is massive civil unrest and riots throughout the U.S. Thus, it is believed that Obama, and his regime, will intentionally create a situation of massive civil unrest.
Some believe he has already started to implement that strategy by forcing Obamacare on everyone (when the populace did not ask for it and less than 300 people in power voted for it). Perhaps the Obama Administration is not too concerned over the totally dysfunctional Obamacare website and the additional fact that millions will be dropped from their existing insurance policies which they already had and liked.
The Obama Administration may not care if getting health care becomes more difficult and more expensive because it is all leading toward civil unrest. It is believed by some that Obamacare will only get worse and worse, and then in 2 to 3 years when people have a very difficult time getting medical treatment for themselves or their loved ones, people will become enraged.
Moreover, it is being speculated that around the same time when the frustration levels over Obamacare are hitting a critical point in 2 to 3 years, there will be a “glitch” in the welfare payment (or EBT) payment system. The tens of millions who rely on EBT handouts to sustain themselves will be cut off. The overwhelming majority of the EBT recipients are Black.
The Obama regime will then blame the “glitch” on the Republicans, i.e., Republicans froze government spending which “forced” Obama to suspend EBT payments. (Obama will intentionally drive spending up and up uncontrolled knowing full well that one day the Republicans will be backed into a corner and finally vote for a freeze in spending.)
Obama will create heightened racial tension by telling everyone that the White Republicans are racially motivated and did this to hurt the Black community. This manufactured racial tension, combined with growing tensions over the then-collapsing medical coverage due to Obamacare, will result in race wars and civil unrest. People will take to the streets.
Once the race wars, civil unrest, and violence becomes pervasive throughout the U.S., Obama will declare martial law and take over. Elections can, and will, be postponed under martial law.
This possibility is clearly being analyzed and discussed inside the military because such a martial law strategy is nothing new. Tyrannical and dictatorial leaders in the past have done the martial law strategy many times.
He noted that dictators such as Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler did basically the identical thing. He went on to say that one of the most recent examples of this strategy was when Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines from 1972-1981 due to civil unrest. The Philippines had democratic elections up until that time.
When martial law was declared, the Philippine constitution was suspended, its Congress dissolved, all elections were suspended, and Marcos remained in power for years beyond his elected term. The alleged “terrorist bombings” that occurred in the Philippines, which lead to Marcos declaring martial law, have always been questioned and never proven to be the acts of actual terrorists. Note: I was in the Philippines the night Marcos declared victory in the 1969 election and witnessed some of the violence just three years before Marcos declared martial law.
Many believe this is the real reason behind the purgings of military generals. The older members of the military, and especially its generals and leaders, tend to be more conservative and they believe in the Constitution—and following the Constitution.
Thus, a tyrant and dictator needs to get rid of these military leaders before a state of martial law is declared if the rising dictator wants the military to follow along and do what the dictator says. Due to the loss of many experienced military leaders the past few years, the military is now being run and guided more and more by younger, inexperienced leaders.
The type who won’t really know what to do if martial law was declared. Moreover, he noted that there is a growing mindset throughout the military now that every soldier needs to keep quiet and just follow along with what Obama says and wants to do or you will be fired and your military career ruined.
Everything points to the U.S. Martial Law scenario. All federal agencies including Social Security, are arming themselves to the hilt. The military is giving armored vehicles to civilian police departments. While Obama promised to bring America together, he has in fact become the Agitator in Chief. Obama does nothing to strengthen America and everything he does is designed to weaken our country, our military, our economy and our standing in the world. I do not believe Barack Obama will give up power to Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Allen West or anybody else. I am convinced he will hold on to power through any means available. What are your thoughts?
Pence Reiterates Support For Conservative View On Marriage
Indianapolis Star, Steph Solis, September 18, 2014
Amid the ongoing battle over Indiana’s legal definition of marriage, Gov. Mike Pence has said he will uphold the law, whatever it dictates about marriage.
But, he told conservatives at a reception Thursday night in Carmel, it will not change his support for what he calls traditional family
“I will never waver in my belief in the importance of traditional marriage to our society and our community and the people of this great state,” he told members of the Indiana Family Institute.
Pence, a former board member of the institute, was the main speaker at the institute’s 25-year anniversary banquet at the Ritz Charles. More than 450 people signed up for the $75-a-plate event.
The institute also recognized state Sen. Mike Delph, a Carmel Republican up for re-election, as Legislator of the Year for fighting same-sex marriage in Indiana.
Pence seized the opportunity to reassert his commitment to conservative beliefs on same-sex marriage, abortion and religious freedom.
“I appreciate the stand each of you have taken on behalf of traditional marriage,” Pence said. “While, like all of you, I hoped that this view had been decided by the people, it’s now in the hands of the courts.”
Pence’s comments came days after a judge revived four same-sex couples’ claims against the Indiana governor. U.S. District Judge Richard Young said he was reinstating part of the same-sex lawsuit over the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages because Pence had told agencies how to address the ban despite claiming he didn’t have that authority.
Kyle Megrath, of Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, said this month he hoped “Attorney General Zoeller and Governor Pence would stop their endless defense of an unconstitutional law,” according to a prepared statement. “Two courts have now struck down this law, and it’s clear that Hoosiers support protecting these couples and recognizing their marriages.”
Pence did not respond to requests for an interview at the banquet. Pence’s spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.
Delph’s opponent, J.D. Ford, told The Indianapolis Star he was unimpressed by the institute’s award and its perception of family values.
“My opponent only wants to represent his version of families,” Ford said.
He called the state senator and the governor “out of touch with the district” for attending the banquet and not focusing on jobs, education or other policies.
Pence also touted his policies on abortion, bringing up the legislation he signed in 2013 that banned insurance coverage for most abortion procedures.
“Life is winning in Indiana, because of the efforts of all of you,” Pence said. “Life is winning in this state — I truly believe — because compassion is overcoming convenience. Life is defeating despair.”
He took a moment to voice support for an 8-foot-tall wooden statue with a small, white-painted cross at the bottom, at Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty. The cross has been at the center of a controversy over religious freedom as the statue honors fallen soldiers. Opponents of the cross have said it insinuates the statue commemorates only the deaths of Christian soldiers.
But the majority of Pence’s speech discussed the sanctity of marriage, reinforcing his views against premarital sex, abortion and same-sex marriage.
The institute echoed Pence’s support for traditional family values and recognized Delph’s staunch support for a referendum that, if passed, would have asked voters whether the state’s constitution should define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The measure, known as HJR-3, failed to pass the Indiana General Assembly. Delph faced backlash from same-sex marriage opponents and from his own party on the measure. Still, Delph’s staunch stand earned him praise from social conservatives and groups such as the institute.