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CDC examines protective gear protocols?
investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
into how two Dallas nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan became
infected with Ebola has raised questions about personal protective
equipment protocols and whether or not they are stringent enough at
Vinson and Nina Pham both wore protective gear including face shields,
hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted
catheters, drew blood and cleaned what have been called “copious
amounts” of Duncan’s bodily fluids. Still, the two somehow contracted
Ebola from the dying man.
“The thing is
that this patient required intubation and hemodialysis … those sorts of
procedures and interventions markedly increase exposure to various
different bodily secretions,” Dr. Amar Safdar, associate
professor in the department of medicine, division of infectious
diseases and immunology at NYU Langone Medical Center, who did not
treat Duncan, told FoxNews.com.. “That is the reason why there was a
fairly high exposure of these bodily fluids to the health care
Obama May Send National Guard to Liberia to Fight Ebola?
President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order Thursday
paving the way for the deployment of National Guard forces to Liberia to
help contain the Ebola outbreak there, sources told NBC News.
The sources said that eight engineers and logistical specialists from
the Guard, both active-duty and reservists, would probably be included
in the first deployment. They are expected to help build 17 Ebola
treatment centers, with 100 beds apiece. The sources said that no
decision had been made.
Defense Department officials said that the executive order was necessary
to speed the deployments, and would allow the president to send
additional forces as needed. Health officials have recorded more than
2,400 Ebola deaths in Liberia, the highest of any country.
NYT: EBOLA ANXIETY GROWS...
WASH POST: Threat of virus might interfere with commerce, daily routines...
Solace in Sanitizer, Prayer...
OH and TX Close Some Schools...
Dallas May Declare State of Disaster...
White House ignored CDC's Ebola advice...
Airport worker ordered to remove mask, gloves...
MYSTERY: Who Is Man Without Protective Gear Escorting Patient?
STUDY: 3-Week Quarantine Period Not Long Enough...
CRUZ: CONGRESS SHOULD BE CALLED BACK FOR TRAVEL BAN...
Nearly 1 Million Americans Have Cast Ballots Already for Midterm
Midterm elections are less than three weeks away, yet more than 904,000
Americans already have cast their ballots, with almost 60 percent of
those early votes in Florida, according to data compiled by The
Associated Press from election officials in 11 states.
Those numbers are climbing daily as more states begin their advance
voting periods and more voters return mail-in ballots ahead of Nov. 4.
Early voting doesn’t predict electoral outcomes, but both major parties
emphasized the opportunity in recentelections as they try to lock in
core supporters. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia allow
some form of advance voting other than traditional absentee voting
requiring an excuse.
Top Justice Deputy Cole Ready to Leave
The U.S. Justice Department’s second-ranking official is stepping down, two Obama administration officials said.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole’s decision means that President
Barack Obama must replace the top management of the department. Attorney
General Eric Holder announced last month that he’s leaving as soon as a
replacement is confirmed by the Senate. The department’s No. 3
official, Tony West, recently departed to join PepsiCo Inc. as its
Among the leading candidates to take Cole’s job are two federal
prosecutors from outside the nation’s capital: U.S. Attorneys Loretta E.
Lynch of the Eastern District of New York, and Sally Q. Yates of the
Northern District of Georgia, said the officials, who asked for
anonymity to discuss the personnel moves.
CDC denies enterovirus link toillegal-alien kids
Disease common in Latin America was rare in U.S.
The CDC denies
a causal link between the surge of illegal-alien children from Latin
America and the enterovirus D-68 outbreak in the United States, but
government data show the virus was rare in the U.S. before this year.
“There is no
evidence that unaccompanied children brought EV-D68 into the United
States; we are not aware of any of these children testing positive for
the virus,” the CDC emailed WND in response to a request for comment.
The CDC argued EV-D68 is not new to the U.S., having been identified in California in 1962.
Bully pulpit: Houseton subpoenas pastors' sermans, then backs off
Pastors had slammed demand from Mayor Annise Parker, city as a threat to religious freedom
church sermons “fair game” for subpoena, Houston Mayor Annise Parker
backed down Wednesday from the city’s effort to force local pastors to
turn over speeches and papers related to a hotly contested transgender
The city had
asked five pastors for “all speeches, presentations, or sermons” on a
variety of topics, including the mayor, and “gender identity.”
prompted a storm of criticism when it became public Tuesday. The
pastors are involved in legal efforts to overturn the Houston Equal
Rights Ordinance, also known as the “bathroom bill.”
'Kerry Air' grounded Again...
States may be the mightiest military and economic power in the world
but when it comes to shuttling its top diplomat around the globe, it's
beginning to look like a poor orphan.
For the fourth
time this year — and the second time in three months, Secretary of
State John Kerry was forced to fly home commercially when his aging Air
Force Boeing 757, known in military parlance as a C-32, was grounded on
Thursday with a mechanical problem in Vienna.
Undoubtedly. Kerry, heading back to Washington from nuclear talks with
senior European and Iranian officials, made light of the situation,
telling aides: "If the hardest thing that happens in a given day is
that you have to fly commercial, your life is pretty good."
Los Angeles schools superintendent resigns
schools Superintendent John Deasy resigned as head of the nation's
second-largest school system after failing to overcome technological
problems, clashing with the teachers union and losing allies on the
was announced Thursday in a joint statement by Deasy and the board. A
separate statement said former Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines would
return to head the school system for the third time starting Oct. 20
while officials search for a successor.
GOP Could Win Up to Eight Senate Seats
have a "strong and increasing chance to control the next Senate," says
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for
Politics, projecting that the GOP could take up to eight seats on Nov.
remains a five-to-eight seat Republican gain in the Senate, and with
less than three weeks to go we would much rather be holding the cards
Republicans have been dealt versus the ones dealt to the Democrats as
both sides play for a Senate majority," Sabato writes in his latest
"Crystal Ball" analysis.
several "unusual and even a few bizarre features on the landscape,"
Sabato says, pointing out that the midterm election is "a classic
sixth-year itch election" that will see the incumbent president's party
lose seats in both the House and Senate.
We're living in drpressing times
Some people I
know refuse to watch the news or read the papers these days, and who
can blame them? The headlines are depressing and no one seems to be in
market rises and falls, playing “now you see it, now you don’t” with
your 401k, the Ebola virus is on the move, infecting more and more
people, while the United States pretends there isn’t anything at all to
Obama's Rodney Dangerfieldd economic performance
strong second quarter has some asking why President Obama gets no
credit for the recovery. The rest of America is asking: What recovery?
While the White House may see itself as the Rodney Dangerfield of
economic performance — getting no respect — there are plenty of reasons
why a strong economy and Mr. Obama are not linked in the public’s mind.
For one thing,
evidence of a real recovery is still slight. Granted, the economy grew
4.6 percent in the past quarter. However, if “a single swallow does not
a summer make,” one good quarter does not equal a healthy economy.
During Mr. Obama’s entire presidency, only one other quarter has
equaled 4.6 percent growth.
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
PETRY, LEROY A.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of
gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya
Province, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008. As a Weapons Squad Leader with
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry
moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained
high-value combatants. While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant
Petry and another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons
fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both
legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover. He then
reported the situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade,
providing suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The
enemy quickly responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades.
The first grenade explosion knocked his two fellow Rangers to the
ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed
only a few feet away from them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff
Sergeant Petry, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his
safety, deliberately and selflessly moved forward, picked up the
grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the
grenade away from his fellow Rangers. As he was releasing the grenade
it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further
injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. Although picking up and
throwing the live grenade grievously wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his
gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely
wounded or killed. Despite the severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant
Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet
on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order
to coordinate support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers. Staff
Sergeant Petry's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in
keeping with the highest traditions of military service, and reflect
great credit upon himself, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D
Division: 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Place / Date: 26 May 2008, Paktya Province, Afghanistan
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk