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Airline Nightmare: Ebola Patient Flew Day Before...
The second health-care worker diagnosed with Ebola in Texas flew between
Cleveland and Dallas hours before she reported symptoms to state health
workers, U.S. health officials said today.
The caregiver caught the deadly virus while treating patient Thomas Eric
Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas this month. She
flew to Dallas on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 the night of Oct. 13,
according to a e-mailed statement by the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. She then reported symptoms the next morning.
Panic Hits TV News Divisions...
CDC says it missed opportunities to contain...
Nurses outraged: 'There was no protocol, there was no system'...
Hospital's workers learned how to control Ebola as they went along...
Blood, vomit and diarrhea-soaked materials piled to ceiling...
Dems Lowest in 30 Years...
Barack Obama and his political party are heading into the midterm
elections in trouble. The president’s 40 percent job approval rating in a
new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career – and the
Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in polling back 30 years,
with more than half of Americans seeing the party unfavorably for the
The Republican Party is even more unpopular. But benefitting from their
supporters’ greater likelihood of voting, GOP candidates nonetheless
hold a 50-43 percent lead among likely voters for U.S. House seats in
the Nov. 4 election.
Bergdahl 'deserter' invesetigaetion is done--but will be withheld until after elections?
Army completed its investigation last week into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's
disappearance from a base in Afghanistan five years ago, but the
Pentagon said Tuesday that it doesn't know when the report will be
'The investigating officer has done his work, but now that work is
moving through the Army system, and at each stop ... there will ... be
questions, requirements for clarification,' Army Colonel Steve Warren
'So it's working its way through the system as would any other investigation.'
The results of the Army's probe into whether Bergdahl deserted his post
will most certainly be withheld from the public until after November's
elections, if it discloses its findings at all.
Secret Casualities of Iraq's Chemical Weapons
From 2004 to
2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times
were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years
American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical
warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens
of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted
intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Serious disagreements remain in U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State
Gen. Erdal Ozturk, second from left, and others listen as President
Obama speaks during a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense
ministers Tuesday at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. (Evan Vucci/AP)
By Craig Whitlock and Karen DeYoung October 14 at 6:31 PM
after the start of its campaign against the Islamic State, the U.S.-led
coalition conducting operations in Iraq and Syria has expanded
significantly but remains beset by lingering strategic differences that
threaten to undermine the fight.
administration has emphasized the breadth of the coalition it has
assembled to combat the militant group, including the participation of
five Arab countries that have played a supporting role in the campaign
of airstrikes in Syria. But serious disagreements remain, particularly
over the coalition’s plan for Syria and whether the fight against
Islamic State militants there will strengthen or weaken Syrian ruler
Bashar al-Assad in the long run.
Saudi billionaire warns over impact of falling pil price
billionaire investor has sounded the alarm over the potential impact of
falling oil prices on the Gulf kingdom’s economy.
In an open
letter to Saudi ministers posted via Twitter, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
al-Saud expressed his “astonishment” at comments made by Ali al-Naimi,
the oil minister, who reportedly played down the impact of oil prices
falling below $100 a barrel. Prices have since fallen below $88 a
barrel, or a quarter since June.
Alwaleed, noting the kingdom’s 2014 budget was 90 per cent dependent on
oil revenues, said belittling the impact of lower prices was a
“catastrophe that cannot go unmentioned”.
Obama Cancels Trip To Hold Cabinet Meeting On Ebola
President Barack Obama is cancelling political travel to meet with his Cabinet on the Ebola outbreak.
The White House
says Obama is calling off a planned trip to New Jersey and Connecticut
and instead will convene Cabinet officials coordinating the
government's Ebola response at the White House.
comes as a second health worker in Dallas who provided care for the
first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the
Hillary Hypocrisy Talks About Student Debt, For $225K Speaking Fee?
The UNLV student body protested the large fee especially at a time when the school's tuition was increasing by almost 20%
objections from a student body which faces the burden of 17% tuition
hikes during the next four years, probable Democratic Party
presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to the UNLV foundation
Monday night, drawing a speaking fee of $225,000. Ironically, in her
speech, she opined that more needs to be done to assure young people
can achieve their dreams and free students from debt.
delivered her remarks to a crowd of about 900 people gathered in a
Bellagio resort ballroom for the annual UNLV Foundation dinner
benefiting the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Local reporter Venise Toussaint pointed out the Clinton hypocrisy during a Tuesday morning report about the event:
ISIS May Have Chemcial Weapons
State militant group may possess chemical weapons that it has already
used to extend its self-proclaimed caliphate, according to photos taken
by Kurdish activists and examined by Israeli researchers.
making gains in Iraq and Syria, may have captured chemical agents in
Iraq in June and used them in July to kill three Kurdish fighters in
the strategically important region of Kobani in northwest Syria,
suggests a report released Sunday by the Global Research in
International Affairs Center, a branch of the Interdisciplinary Center
in Herzliya, Israel.
Democratic Ads Off the Air in Kentucky Senate Race
Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped running TV ads in Kentucky's
U.S. Senate race, a severe blow to Alison Lundergan Grimes in her
challenge to Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
In a statement
issued three weeks before the Nov. 4 election and a day after the
candidates' sole debate, the committee said Tuesday that it had spent
more than $2 million in Kentucky and continued to fund get-out-the-vote
operations. However, the committee made no commitment to go back on the
air in support of Grimes, who has been pummeled by tens of millions of
dollars in attack ads by McConnell and his allies.
Forcusing on the next, better health care reform law
Care Act (ACA) was supposed to cure our nation’s healthcare ills. Yet
today, we still see symptoms of dysfunction.
We can — we
must — do more to create a better healthcare system for all Americans.
That’s why this week, across the country, healthcare reformers are
joining together for Healthcare Solutions Week. Together, we can
finally find the right solutions to our nation’s persistent problems in
When the policy is the punch line
The widening gap between expectation and reality is no joke for Obama backers
and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tells a Barack
Obama joke that is drawing roars of laughter from GOP audiences.
story, which nails the president’s weakness, involves golf champion
Phil Mickelson and the Grand Slam tennis great Andre Agassi. As he
tells it, Mr. Obama goes to a bank to cash a check, but without any ID
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