Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tech political giving ticks off Teck Community Back Home





Silicon Valley’s power players have learned that Washington can be a political asset — and a cultural hazard.

Google, Facebook and other tech giants have been spending furiously inside the Beltway as they seek sweeping changes to the country’s patent, privacy and immigration laws. But as these companies angle to improve their political fortunes, they’ve also backed candidates and causes that are at odds with the beliefs of the larger tech community back home — and the industry has faced plenty of criticism as a result.

 As Facebook specifically aimed to donate to a wider array of political candidates, it found itself writing checks to state attorneys general who had been fighting gay marriage, despite the company’s longtime public support for the cause. Read More

Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet Blogs, Drudge, Campaigns


By Paul Bedard

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules.

A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.


College student news source of choice: Drudge, HuffPost

Under a 2006 FEC rule, free political videos and advocacy sites have been free of regulation in a bid to boost voter participation in politics. Only Internet videos that are placed for a fee on websites, such as the Washington Examiner, are regulated just like normal TV ads.

Ravel’s statement suggests that she would regulate right-leaning groups like America Rising that posts anti-Democrat YouTube videos on its website.

FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated. He added that funny internet campaigns like “Obama Girl,” and “Jib Jab” would also face regulations.
“I told you this was coming,” he told Secrets. Earlier this year he warned that Democrats on the panel were gunning for conservative Internet sites like the Drudge Report
RELATED: FEC chair warns that conservative media face regulation-like PACs

Ravel plans to hold meetings next year to discuss regulating the internet. She charged that groups placing paid TV ads use the FEC exemption to disseminate similar messages on the internet, regulation free.

But Goodman says that Ravel misconceives the exemption. If the same message that is run on TV also is posted online, it is regulated, he said. The Internet exemption applies only to videos posted for free, solely on the Internet.

Blasting the exemption, she said, “Since its inception this effort to protect individual bloggers and online commentators has been stretched to cover slickly-produced ads aired solely on the Internet but paid for by the same organizations and the same large contributors as the actual ads aired on TV,” Ravel argued.

Goodman and the two other Republicans on the evenly split agency argued in a statement that regulations would chill politics on the Internet.
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Valerie Jarrett Helped Manage Fallout Over Eric Holder's Changing Fast and Furious Testimony to Congress


By Katie Pavlich

For years the White House has argued it had nothing to do with Operation Fast and Furious while it was active and certainly wasn't involved the fallout and cover-up that followed after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 by Mexican bandits carrying guns from the lethal program.

Now years later, a Vaughn Index describing Fast and Furious documents being held from the American people and Congress under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege shows White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett played a key role in Attorney General Eric Holder's changing testimony to Congress. 

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Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media.

The files received by JW include three electronic mails between Holder and Jarrett and one from former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to Jarrett. The e-mails with Holder are all from October 4, 2011, a significant date because, on the evening of October 3rd, Sharyl Attkisson (then at CBS news) released documents showing that Holder had been sent a briefing paper on Operation Fast and Furious on June 5, 2010. The paper was from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.

This directly contradicted Holder’s May 3, 2011 testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during which he stated that he, “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” The October 4, 2011 date may also be significant because it came shortly after the August 30, 2011 resignation of U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and reassignment of acting ATF director Kenneth Melson to the position of “senior forensics advisor” at DOJ.
Read More@Townhall

Despite hype, House Still hasn’t Sued Obama


By John Gerstein

It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the Capitol to the federal courthouse just down the hill, but House Republicans haven’t managed to make that trip in the four months since they announced they’d be suing the president.

House Speaker John Boehner came out swinging hard last June when he announced that his chamber would take President Barack Obama to court. The suit, charging that the president grossly exceeded his constitutional authority by failing to implement portions of the Obamacare law, was billed as an election-season rallying point for aggrieved Republicans. But days before the midterms the House’s legal guns seem to have fallen silent.

Lawyers close to the process said they originally expected the legal challenge to be filed in September but now they don’t expect any action before the elections.

(Also on POLITICO: Obama moves key Senate races toward GOP)
Some attribute the delay to electoral politics — suggesting that Republicans were worried it could rile up the Democratic base — though the GOP is mum on why the suit has yet to be filed.
Whatever the reason, the delay means the core of the suit could effectively be moot before the Obama administration even has to respond to it in court. The case was expected to center on an employer mandate provision that Obama twice delayed but is now set to kick in for many employers on Jan. 1.
“I thought this was a constitutional crisis and the republic was in jeopardy because Obama overstepped his bounds. Now, they can’t even get around to filing it?” asked former House Counsel Stan Brand, a Democrat. “It, to me, emphasizes the not-serious nature of it.
A spokesman for Boehner said the date for filing the litigation remains up in the air.
“No decisions on timing at this point,” spokesman Kevin Smith said Friday. He declined to comment on speculation about the reasons for the delay.

Sessions: Electing NH's Scott Brown 'Where We Make Our Stand' Against Obama's Executive Amnesty

By Matthew Boyle

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is marshaling the conservative movement forces to the Granite State on behalf of former Sen. Scott Brown. 

Sessions, in a letter to the public asking them to help Brown, is defining New Hampshire's Senate race as the battle between amnesty supporters and opponents in November.

"Scott Brown urgently needs your help in his fight to stop Obama's amnesty and protect our national security,” Sessions wrote in a fundraising appeal to the grassroots. "Open borders billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is spending one million dollars to defeat Scott Brown.
He knows that a Scott Brown victory is a massive defeat for Obama's extreme immigration policies. Scott Brown's opponent in this race, on the other hand, is a reliable vote for Obama's immigration policies and his desire to bring in millions of new low-wage workers to compete for your jobs and wages.
Sessions’ support for Brown comes amid a campaign against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in which he’s made immigration a key issue.

 Sessions is arguably the intellectual leader in Congress of the anti-amnesty and pro-American worker immigration movement. 

Brown has hammered Shaheen for her support for amnesty for illegal aliens, her failure to secure the border in the face of terrorist and biological threats to the United States, and most recently for her support for open borders immigration policies that would displace or depress the wages of struggling American workers with newly amnestied illegal aliens and future guest workers from foreign countries.

Sessions called this election the “epicenter” of the fight to stop Obama's planned executive amnesty, in which the president plans to legalize and grant work authorization to upwards of five million illegal immigrants in America right after the election.
“The President's immigration policies will reduce your pay, increase your tax bill, and squeeze millions of Americans out of the middle class,” Sessions wrote in the New Hampshire GOP fundraising email on Brown's behalf. "We need to help struggling Americans find good jobs and rising pay -- not import more low-wage workers to replace them. Your donation to the Brown Campaign can help level the playing field. This election is the epicenter of the fight to stop Obama's immigration agenda. This is where we draw the line. This is where we make our stand.”
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WH Press Corps Cries Foul At Censorship Of Obama Meeting With Nina Pham

By Al Weaver

White House press secretary Josh Earnest took fire during his Friday briefing over the decision to bar print and video journalists from President Obama’s meeting in the Oval Office with Ebola survivor Nina Pham.

During the briefing, Earnest was pressed with questions on the matter from multiple members of the press corps, including ABC’s Jon Karl and Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox over why the press to the event was being restricted
“I would like to ask the White House, through you, to open the [Nina Pham] event to the full complement of print, television and radio reporters that typically cover an event like this.”
“In this case, we’re just going to do the still photographers,” said the White House flack.
“I mean, why?” responded Knox. “Is it out of concern for her? To me it seems as though it reduces the magnitude of this event.”
“I think in this case, we determined that the still photographers would provide the access necessary to ensure that you and the American people were informed of this event,” Earnest said.
After almost ten minutes of silence and talk about the most recent Ebola case in New York, Karl raised the issue again.
“This is an important event. Why ban reporters from this meeting? Why ban video cameras?” asked Karl. “Countless other events in the Oval Office under this president, other presidents, there are reporters present, there are video/television cameras present. Why does this White House decide on a meeting this important to say no reporters allowed? Why?”
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Study: Non-Citizens Are Voting And Could Decide The Election


By Derek Hunter

A new study has found a disturbing fact for anyone interested in election integrity – non-citizens are voting in America’s elections and they could ultimately be the difference makers in close races.

Voter fraud is routinely dismissed as a myth by Democrats, something so insignificant that it doesn’t matter. Even after investigative journalist James O’Keefe recorded undercover video of 
poll workers offering Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot to someone who wasn’t him, Holder and the Justice Department had no interest in the subject.

Republicans, by and large, support laws that would make the Holder ballot situation much less likely to happen. They support voter ID laws that would require people voting to prove they are who they say they are, to prevent people from voting on behalf of others.

Conversely, the right to vote, progressive activists like the Attorney General insist, is so sacrosanct that no measures can be taken to guarantee its integrity. Besides, they say any fraud that may occur is insignificant anyway.

But a new study by two professors tells a different story.

Jesse Richman and David Earnest, professors at Old Dominion University, conducted a study into how many, if any, non-citizens have voted in U.S. elections. It turns out there are enough to be difference makers in close races.

They write, “we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.”

Putting a finer point on it, the professors continue,
“How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.”
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ISIS Begins Realizing Its "See You In New York" Threat

By Investor's Business Daily

Terrorism: An ax attack on two New York City cops by a Muslim convert with jihadi postings on his Facebook page is yet another reminder of the prophetic warning by the leader of the Islamic State.

Some pundits are downplaying any connection between Zale Thompson, who attacked two New York City cops with a hatchet, and the Islamic State, which has issued a call for such actions by sympathizers in the West. This is an "isolated case," they say, an act by a "nut job" and not by a terrorist conspirator.

The Islamic State is perhaps the world's largest collection of nut jobs. How sane can someone be, taking joy in sawing off the heads of infidels like Steven Sotloff and James Foley, or delighting in kidnapping and gang-raping the Yazidi women of Iraq because they worship a different god? How sane can young women be who leave the West to journey to Syria in the hopes of being incubators for future jihadis?

In the Soviet era, we might have called the likes of Zale Thompson sleepers — individuals hidden in our free society waiting for the call to fulfill their destiny.
The current bevy of homegrown jihadis beheading office workers in Oklahoma and killing policemen and soldiers in Canada may not have been planted here by the Islamic State. But in the age of social media, they have heard their master's voice and responded accordingly.
Read More@directoblue

A GOP Majority in the Senate Ain't Enough for Mike Lee..

 
By Philip Wegmann

Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn introduced him as “the best statesman I’ve ever known.” But on Tuesday night, Sen. Mike Lee seemed less politician and more political philosophy professor as he diagramed the underpinnings of his conservative reform agenda.

While Lee predicted that Republicans will “win at least seven or eight” new seats to gain a majority in the Senate, he underscored the importance of articulating an enduring conservative message.
“Exposing the emptiness and ugliness of the progressive vision won’t be enough to advance our cause,” the Utah Republican told students. Instead, “we need to demonstrate in word and deed the virtues and the humanity of our vision.”
After the event, The Daily Signal spoke with Lee about President Obama’s handling of the Ebola virus that is plaguing three West African countries and alarming Americans in recent weeks.
Lee described Obama’s presidency as “reckless,” with the Ebola outbreak representing another example of a haphazard administration.

One issue that continues to plague both parties: Obama’s unconfirmed nominee for surgeon general, Vivek Murthy. The Senate has not acted on the nominee since his selection on Nov. 14, 2013.

Liberals have placed blame on Republican “obstructionism,” but Lee said the delay is indicative of systemic Democrat irresponsibility. Pointing to numerous bills “that have passed the House of
Representative but haven’t seen the light of day,” Lee argues that “under current Democrat leadership in the Senate, we’ve had nothing but obstruction.”
 per Directorblue

More@Daily Signal

Friday, October 24, 2014

Allen West--Green light for ISIS? Syrian forces will be trained to defend, not retake territory.

SHAW--Remember Obama's goals is to reduce the US to third nation status, ruin the US economy, delete the US armed forces. and its now seems he plans to leave ISIS very powerful and taking territory-Plus letting Muslim Iran become a nuclear power. Raise up the muslims, weaken America.

By Allen West

Some time ago, President B. Hussein Obama delivered his ISIS strategy — he was adamant about not having American combat troops as part of any operation. Obama stated that the solution would be to utilize the Syrian Free Army — a group Obama had one time referred to as “fantasy” and just a bunch of “doctors, farmers, and pharmacists. It was former U.S. Marine Corps 34th Commandant General James T. Conway who stated President Obama’s strategy doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding.
Now, as reported by the Washington Post, “The Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the U.S. military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory, rather than to seize it back from the Islamic State, according to senior U.S. and allied officials, some of whom are concerned that the approach is flawed.”
“Although moderate Syrian fighters are deemed essential to defeating the Islamic State under the Obama administration’s strategy, officials do not believe the newly assembled units will be capable of capturing key towns from militants without the help of forward-deployed U.S. combat teams, which President Obama has so far ruled out. The Syrian rebel force will be tasked instead with trying to prevent the Islamic State from extending its reach beyond the large stretches of territory it already controls.”
Ok, so it seems to me that President Obama — instead of accepting exactly what General Conway stated and perhaps listening to professional military officers — is just changing the criteria. In other words, Obama’s strategy to “outsource our national security” to a Syrian rebel force to fight ISIS — without American combat forces on the ground — is no longer viable.

Therefore the rules of the road changed — the Syrian rebels will just defend their home turf. In other words, what ISIS has gained ISIS can keep — and I can bet t if ISIS wants more, Obama, as long as he is president, will just change the rules again. This is like Charlie Brown playing football with Lucy, the ball always moves.
“We have a big disconnect within our strategy. We need a credible, moderate Syrian force, but we have not been willing to commit what it takes to build that force,” said a senior U.S. official involved in Syria and Iraq operations who, like others cited in this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the training program.
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Judicial Watch--Exclusive: Obama Plans to Import Ebola-infected Foreigners from Other Countries--Pheonix Air-Govt Agencies Involved

By Tom Fitton 
Judicial Watch
I'm sure you've been following the news out of New York, and contrary to what President Obama and other top government officials have said, the Ebola crisis appears to be getting worse in the U.S. Judicial Watch is striving to pry loose the truth from reticent federal agencies that have a responsibility for public safety and our national security.
We have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In light of the potential danger from this deadly disease, the administration's long history of delaying and obstructing information requests could have severe consequences for members of the public who have been told that they are safe. We are prepared to go to court to force the release of critical pieces of information. Our Ebola FOIA requests ask for an immediate clarification of the DOD's plans for the evacuation of U.S. personnel from Africa if an Ebola outbreak occurs. We are also looking for information from OSHA regarding any plans the agency has for responding to the current Ebola outbreak and any expressions of concern by OHSA personnel.
Another key player here is a cryptic carrier known as Phoenix Air. We know this air carrier has been responsible for transporting Ebola victims, but that's all the American people are being told. How safe is Phoenix Air and what kind of relationship does it have with the U.S. government? This much seems clear: Phoenix Air is more than just a medical transport unit. It appears to have significant DOD contracts.
One definitive move the administration made that is worth noting is the recent appointment of Ronald Klain as the Ebola czar. JW has carefully documented the constitutional problems with the appointment of congressionally unaccountable czars throughout various executive agencies. But there's an additional problem with Klain's appointment. His appears to be motivated more by politics and less by qualifications. Klain is not an expert in infectious diseases. He is a long-time Democratic operative who gained notoriety for his role in the legal challenges surrounding the 2000 presidential election. 
Klain also previously served as the chief of staff to Vice-Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden. He's what you call well-connected in Washington. For the rest of America, "well-connected" can be translated as "corrupt" in this case.  Klain's involvement in Solyndra and the Clinton-era fundraising scams show just how well-credentialed and well-suited he is to represent President Obama.  True to form, Klain's appointment shows that the Obama White House views the Ebola issue as more of a political crisis than a stark public safety issue.
And, as we note in this important Investigative Bulletin piece, Czar Klain: No Way to Run a Republic, this is another czar who will undermine transparency and is another Obama end-run around the U.S. Constitution:
The Washington Post reports that Klain is "tasked with coordinating domestic preparedness efforts and the U.S. military operation to help control the virus's spread in West Africa." He'll report to Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the Postsays.
 But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is also a player. And the Defense Department has a major role. And because it is Africa, so does the State Department. And so does the Department of Homeland Security. Power in Washington is in direct relation to proximity to the president. So a "czar" operating from the White House exercises powerful influence over these departments, which have a measure of transparency and accountability under the law that the czars do not have.
As Judicial Watch has reported, the Obama administration has named dozens of them across the executive branch. Many, like Czar Klain, are unconfirmed by the Senate, largely unaccountable to Congress, and often outside the reach of the Freedom of Information Act. That's a troubling consolidation of power, and no way to run a republic.
If there was any doubt the administration is not setting the right priorities, these can be erased by a source who has informed JW of a secret plan to bring Ebola-infected non-citizens into the U.S. The plan is both illegal and dangerous, the source says. Even so, the administration is pressing ahead with plans to admit Ebola-infected non-citizens into the U.S. for treatment. The general idea is bring these Ebola victims into the U.S. within the first few days of diagnosis. As is so often the case, President Obama has decided not to inform Congress, the source has told us. The plan includes special waivers of existing laws and regulations. We do not know how much the transportation for this dangerous maneuver will cost. (Will Phoenix Air be involved?)

Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover-up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch.

The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency’s objections. Yesterday JW reported on the broad information in the records, including that Obama asserted executive privilege for Holder’s wife as part of the administration’s efforts to cover up the scandal.

Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ran the once-secret program that allowed guns from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of hundreds of weapons which have been used in an unknown number of crimes, including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The files received by JW include three electronic mails between Holder and Jarrett and one from former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to Jarrett. The e-mails with Holder are all from October 4, 2011, a significant date because, on the evening of October 3rd, Sheryl Attkisson (then at CBS news) released documents showing that Holder had been sent a briefing paper on Operation Fast and Furious on June 5, 2010. The paper was from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.

This directly contradicted Holder’s May 3, 2011 testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during which he stated that he, “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”

The October 4, 2011 date may also be significant because it came shortly after the August 30, 2011 resignation of U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and reassignment of acting ATF director Kenneth Melson to the position of “senior forensics advisor” at DOJ.
The description of one of the e-mails, written from Jarrett to Holder, reads, “re: personnel issues.” 

Another, also from Jarrett, reads, “outlining and discussing preferred course of action for future responses in light of recent development in congressional investigation.” Unfortunately, the index is vague and that’s all the information we have about them. 
Nevertheless, given the timing and subject of these e-mails, it seems clear that Jarrett quickly became a key player in the Fast and Furious cover-up in the immediate aftermath of the revelation that Holder had lied to Congress.
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Obama Admin Suspends Program to Allow DREAMers into Military

By Tony Lee

 
President Barack Obama's administration has reportedly suspended a program it enacted via executive action last month that would allow recipients of Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to join the U.S. military. 

According to a Thursday Politico report, Army officials confirmed that the MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) program "has been suspended while the service tries to finalize screening procedures for the immigrants who want to enlist."

Last month, the Obama administration, via executive action, expanded the program—which allows "foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise, or specialized health care training"—to allow DACA recipients entry into the military. The Obama administration determined that MAVNI would now be "open to immigrants without a proper visa if they came to the U.S. with their parents before age 16" and received temporary amnesty through DACA in 2012. 

In what has been described as a "a major bureaucratic screw-up by the Obama administration," the program now has not been accepting new applications since "earlier this month." An Army official conceded to the outlet that "procedures to enlist DACAs require additional coordination (not limited to security screening) which is ongoing at this time.”

As Politico noted, the Pentagon "bars recruits who have family members without legal status," but "almost all DACA recipients have relatives who are" illegal immigrants. 

In addition DREAMers who were brought to the country illegally also lack an I-94 card, which "is completed when foreigners enter the United States." DACA recipients reportedly are unable to pass the ARMY's "high-level security check" for MAVNI applicants.

The Obama administration apparently did not take these requirements into consideration before signing off on the executive action to expand MAVNI. 
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Best Concealed Carry Handguns --- 15 GUNS

Carrying a Concealed Hand Gun becomes more a necessity everyday.
This piece will show you 15 good concealed hand guns.

If you don't have one you should seriously think about getting one due to things like;
 
Muslim street attacks, black on white violence, unemployment makes desperate people who need money, sexual preditors, the unstable us government situation, criminal illegals allowed into our country AND Being OLD makes you a target for criminals, street punks on drugs. 
 


Obama, NY leaders confer on Ebola case


By Justin Sink

President Obama offered New York’s top elected officials any support necessary from the federal government after a doctor who treated Ebola in Guinea tested positive for the deadly virus.

In a pair of late-night phone calls to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the president said the U.S. government would do everything it could to help local officials “provide the highest standard of patient care, maintain the strictest safety protocols for healthcare workers, and to identify and, as necessary, monitor any contacts of the patient potentially at risk of exposure,” the White House said Friday.


The New York City case will be the first major test for the Obama administration’s new Ebola strategy since the botched treatment of a Dallas-area patient resulted in two healthcare workers testing positive for Ebola.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were already on the ground Thursday evening, with an additional response team expected to arrive overnight.

The president has championed the so-called CDC “SWAT teams” as an integral part of the elevated federal response.

"What I’ve directed the CDC to do is that as soon as somebody is diagnosed with Ebola, we want a Rapid Response Team — a SWAT team, essentially — from the CDC to be on the ground as quickly as possible — hopefully within 24 hours — so that they are taking the local hospital step by step through exactly what needs to be done and making sure that all the protocols are properly observed," Obama said earlier this month.

The president also encouraged the governor and mayor to remain in close contact with top federal officials, including Ron Klain, the White House’s new Ebola czar. Klain stepped into his job on Wednesday.

In a separate statement, the CDC said it already had a team of Ebola experts on the ground who could provide immediate additional support. The agency said officials had already determined that Bellevue Hospital, where the doctor is being treated, had been trained in proper protocols and was well prepared to treat Ebola patients.

“The CDC team, which had completed its assessment of Bellevue, found the facility to be well prepared to care for a patient with Ebola,” the agency said.
 

In a press conference Friday night, de Blasio and Cuomo assured New Yorkers not to be alarmed.

"From a public health point of view, I feel confident that we’re doing everything that we should be doing, and we have the situation under control," Cuomo said.

Ebola has killed at least 4,877 people, primarily in West Africa, the World Health Organization said earlier this week.

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