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Op-Ed: Let’s Hear It For Social Workers

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Mary I want to thank you for your words of wisdom today. BTW, did you know that I’m a writer? Every day I feed many blogs, radio shows, London papers, periodicals in Texas and elsewhere, and sometimes I have to look for something to write about. Welcome to your fifteen minutes of fame.

You admit there are some bad people in social work circles. Let me ask you something. How many dead children are too many? I submit that one may be one too many. When I see a two year old girl get her brains bashed out on a fireplace, or a 13 year old girl raped in a Holiday Inn, I said “a” no, MANY girls raped, so many I thought CPS got a RATE from Holiday Inn, anyway when I see things like that I tend to take exception. And then I see the “social worker,” or CPS case worker reciting the time honored mantra, “I vas only following ordehs! Ze family iss ze enimi!” And there’s always someone, like you, who wants to be a part of the Child Procurement Services who comes out in defense of this unholy union, of course with appropriate obscenities, That puts you on one side of the line, and me on the other.

 And all you can say is, “Mistakes will be made!” Are American families THAT bad? I don’t fight for my daughter in law. She was a woman of means. I fight for Maria Sanchez in the valley who lost her child because of a beer can. I fight for the old couple driving through Texas who lost their grand children because of a chigger bite. And there’s always some “social worker” in the mix who thinks they know how to run some family’s business better than they do!

Back in the ’60s Lyndon Johnson came up with the Great Society. He funneled basically illiterate people through college. Now,  these people couldn’t measure up to real course loads   so then we got affirmative action, and they all got degrees in the humanities which qualifies them quite well to work the window in a Taco Bell. (Politically incorrect enough for you, Mary?) But, do they serve that noble cause? Why heck NO! They decide they’d be better suited   Psychoanalyzing some mother who forgot to tie her child’s shoes before sending him off to school. So, the child is removed, and given to a pedophile. Gosh, how do such people get into the system? Do the math. Google it. What is the prevalence of pedophilia among foster parents and school teachers. Heck, let’s include lawyers. Four years to get a degree, three more in law school, cross the bar…”What do you want to do with your career?” “Why, I want to work on a government salary with molested little girls!” If you caught me hanging out with molested teen girls you’d assume I was a child molester…and you’d be RIGHT!

Then you ignore the constitution, grant immunity, and turn these animals loose among the unsuspecting public, and when a child dies you retreat to, “I wasn’t involved at that tiiiiiiime.” I had a friend who was a doctor of psychology. A real one, not some worker with three weeks training from CPS. In his career he did MMPIs on murders, rapists and kidnappers incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections. Later, he was hired as a contractor by CPS. As luck would have it he did the same tests on selected case workers. Perfect match! The exact same Narcissistic predatory personality to a “T.”

Did you know case workers are not sworn in family court? Did you know that in one case in California,,the CPS went through great expense and time to remove an abusive father from the home. The man had been dead for three years! Ruh Roh! My own granddaughter was in a diabetic coma for three days because a case worker played doctor, indeed, over ruling the chief pediatrician at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Her next case was to remove my grandson from his medication causing him to have twenty-five seizures in one day, one while taking a brain scan. When confronted with the print out from the hospital she swore she had never seen it. (We stole it from her brief case while she was in the potty!)

How do you get information from the CPS? Well, you can’t do it through the courts. Family Court judges live on CPS “product.” No, you can’t do that. You just find out which case workers do crack and which ones do meth and all good things will come. Ugly enough for you? I did a story based on a fact sheet given to me by Jim Black. It numbered the amount of children who died while under CPS care. Think Sandy Hook was bad. Imagine five classrooms full of children, all laid out in the hallway, covered with sheets! Hitler would be spinning in his grave if he had one.

And you defended this, Mary. You defended it. I have seen homosexuals fill out menu cards choosing an eight year old boy and get the boy. And racist. You want to see racism? White blue-eyed children come at a higher price than black or Latino children. And don’t even try to tell me federal bounties are not paid and bonuses not given. There are far smarter people than me reading this.

And my little comment about punishment for criminals within this system? Let me give you an example. Let’s just say, for the sake of argument that me, Doc Greene, and Johnny Johnson decide to rob us a bank. I’m driving, Doc is doing the robbing, and Johnny’s waiting at the airport with his plane to fly us out of the country…California, or some place like that. Well, a teller gets rowdy and ol’ Doc shoots him. When we’re caught who do you think goes to the gurney? I don’t know how things work up there in Hill Billy heaven, but down here we have a little thing called the law of parties. We ALL take the ride, and while other states are doing away with the death penalty, Texas is putting in an express lane. Case worker removes a child because daddy drinks beer. Oh, and he’s a white Christian, and that never helps. Kids goes to foster care. Case worker overlooks the fact that foster daddy had to leave Florida because he “liked” the little girls. To make a long story short you can’t have sex with a seven year old. It KILLS them. Of course, the foster dad gets to go to death row. What about the case worker? Wasn’t she keeping the car warm while the bank was being robbed? The needle goes in the left arm, I believe, and being “Po-Dunk” we never seem to get it right, but the results all turn out the same.

 So, you get your degree. You go to work, all for the good of the children, but know this: we’re out there, Mary, and  we’re not going away. Some of us have already paid the price and you can’t intimidate us. We’ve long since given up our souls in the fight to end this abomination. Now, Mary, you’ve tasted my mutton. How do you like it, huh?

By Wilbur Witt

Wilbur Witt

OPINION: PROP 1 ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH TEXAS TAXPAYERS

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Though a super majority of Texas legislators with the help of virtually every Chamber of Commerce are out stumping for Prop 1 in all earnestness, their efforts are starting to fall on deaf ears as more Texans tune in to the persistent problems with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Prop 1, on the ballot November 4, would take half of the oil and gas severance tax currently collected on oil and gas production (that normally goes to the state’s Rainy Day Fund) and send it to the state highway fund for the next 10 years.

A more in-depth look at the structural road funding shortfall and the pros and cons of Prop 1’s role in it can be found here. Today, the concern isn’t about whether or not Prop 1 is the right approach to address the shortfall, but rather about something that popped up in theDallas Morning News which said, “A caveat in Proposition 1 forbids the extra funds, which could equal about $1.7 billion a year, from being used on toll projects. But Bill Hale, TxDOT’s engineer operations director for metro districts, said a connection to the Trinity Parkway (toll road) wouldn’t be barred from using the funds because the project itself isn’t tolled.”

TxDOT spokesman Tony Hartzel then quipped: “That’s his take on it.”

That’s his ‘take’ on it? How many times have citizens watched legislative committees, particularly when TxDOT was under sunset review from 2009-2011, only to learn TxDOT’s ‘interpretation’ of the law was so obviously contrary to that of lawmakers who actually write it? TxDOT let the cat out of the bag. Once again, it’s up to its usual tricks and before the voters even go to the polls. Though the law says they cannot use Prop 1 funds for toll roads, they will find every loophole possible to wiggle in and fund wasteful projects, especially those related to toll projects, that are simply for economic development or driven by special interests.

If it’s one thing we’ve learned since the state embarked on toll roads as its silver bullet to funding and congestion problems, it’s that ‘if you build it, they will come’ doesn’t square with reality. This commentary hones in on all the reasons why like a laser beam. Both autos and trucks do everything possible to avoid paying tolls and divert onto surface streets, creating safety issues.

Empower Texans’ Christopher Paxton articulates the very real concerns taxpayers have with Prop 1 as it relates to this sneakiness by the department to find ways to skirt legislative intent. Right now, TxDOT cannot borrow anymore money. They’re fresh out of ways to keep this toll train moving full steam ahead. Prop 1 will free up money elsewhere to allow TxDOT to continue its toll agenda. They’re truly masters at shifting pots of money around to fund what they want to, while leaving other projects hanging with insufficient funding to complete them without at least some toll elements. Hence, TxDOT’s march toward adding toll lanes down the median of existing freeways.

They’re known as ‘managed lanes.’ They don’t use the word ‘toll’ because they recognize the public hates tolls, so they hide what they’re doing until the toll lanes are up. So TxDOT can use Prop 1 funds for the non-toll improvements that feed or are adjacent to toll ‘managed lane’ projects, while still claiming to follow the law.

String of failures fuels mistrust

All of this assumes no marked change in leadership at the agency. The public’s mistrust of the agency that pushed the Trans Texas Corridor corporate-run toll network, had a $1 billion dollar ‘accounting error,’ that sends $300 million in road funds to unpopular street car and transit projects as well as $50 million to a private research firm to study hover crafts and driverless vehicles, and that ‘forgives’ a $55 million toll road loan double taxing all Texans to pay for a toll road in Tyler, is in high gear. Not good timing for an agency claiming poverty.

Legislature just as guilty

The legislature’s role in this cannot be overlooked. They’ve persistently given TxDOT a free pass even when they had every opportunity to change the culture of this broken state agency. They didn’t make the appointed commission accountable to the voters by changing it to an elected commission. They didn’t even file our bill to prevent gas taxes from being used to build or guarantee the loans of toll roads (which would prevent double taxation). They’ve allowed property and sales taxes to be raided for toll roads. They blocked bills to make tolls cease when the road is paid for, and instead changed the law to allow tolls to be charged in perpetuity. They made sure every toll authority is an unelected board to ensure taxation without representation.

On top of all that….Read more HERE!

By Terri Hall

Terri Hall is the founder of the San Antonio Toll Party and Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom. She started a taxpayer revolt upon learning of plans to convert Highway 281 into a tollway and charge taxpayers again for what they already built and paid for. TURF’s grassroots efforts halted two freeway-to-tollway projects, curbed plans for the Trans Texas Corridor, defeated bad bills with runaway taxation in the Texas Legislature, opposed using federal stimulus money to build toll roads, and awakened Texas to the coming infrastructure bubble and bailouts. Whether speaking before community groups of all types, the Legislature in Austin, at rallies in Washington D.C. or on CNN, Terri is a tireless taxpayer advocate. She invites you to learn more and to join the fight at www.TexasTURF.org.

U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release

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Some of the immigrants freed last year as a cost-saving move had criminal records far more serious than the Obama administration has previously disclosed.

New records contradict the Obama administration’s assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.

New records contradict the Obama administration’s assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.

The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released “low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records,” a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.

The new records, including spreadsheets and hundreds of pages of e-mails, offer the most detailed information yet about the people ICE freed as it prepared for steep, across-the-government spending cuts in February 2013. They show that although two-thirds of the people who were freed had no criminal records, several had been arrested or convicted on charges more severe than the administration had disclosed.

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen acknowledged the discrepancy. She said “discretionary releases made by ICE were of low-level offenders. However, the releases involving individuals with more significant criminal histories were, by and large, dictated by special circumstances outside of the agency’s control.”

Lawmakers expressed concern. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it is “deeply troubling that ICE would knowingly release thousands of undocumented immigrant detainees – many with prior criminal records – into our streets, while publicly downplaying the danger they posed.”

Immigration authorities detain an average of about 34,000 people a day. Although the agency regularly releases immigrants who have been charged with serious crimes, it typically does so because their legal status has changed or because they cannot be deported — not as a way to save money. That distinction, combined with the fact that last year’s release happened abruptly and with no advance notice, fed the partisan firestorm that followed.

ICE pays an average of $122 a day for each immigrant it keeps in detention.

The detainees were awaiting deportation or hearings in immigration court. The release did not stop those proceedings; instead, most were released with electronic monitors or other forms of supervision.

In hearings last year, Republican lawmakers pressed then-ICE Director John Morton for specifics on the criminal records of the people the agency had freed. At one, Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., asked Morton directly, “No one on that list has been charged or convicted with murder, rape or sexual abuse of a minor, were they?”

Morton answered, “They were not.”

He told lawmakers that, to his knowledge, none had faced child pornography charges.

White House spokesman Jay Carney similarly described them as “low-risk, non-criminal detainees.”

A spreadsheet ICE officials prepared listing the detainees includes one person in Texas charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexually assaulting a child, as well as others charged with armed assaults or assaulting police officers. Another immigrant released from Miami had been charged with conspiracy to commit homicide. Two detainees from Boston had been charged with aggravated assault using a weapon. One in Denver had a sexual assault charge. The agency released the spreadsheet to USA TODAY under the Freedom of Information Act.

ICE’s records do not indicate whether the detainees were convicted of those crimes or merely charged with them. The agency said it would not release information identifying any of the detainees because doing so would invade their privacy, so it was impossible to examine the details of their cases.

Morton, who resigned last year, told Congress that the more than 2,200 immigrants ICE released included 629 people with criminal records, all of them people who had been charged with misdemeanors “or other criminals whose prior conviction did not pose a violent threat to public safety.”

That accounting did not include 144 other detainees whose release ICE records attribute to “special issues.” Most often, that meant the detainees were let go because the agency had little chance of deporting them in the near future. The Supreme Court has said the government generally cannot hold immigrants for more than six months….read more.

 

Brad Heath, USA TODAY

The War Between Right and Left.

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You’ve heard all the phrases before: Republican vs Democrat, Conservative vs Liberal, Right vs Left, or Red vs Blue. These are phrases used to describe the ideological war Americans have been embroiled in for well over a century, and it only gets worse with time. We live in a perpetual paradigm of Us vs Them that involves no real discourse or debate. Why is this?

It’s because we no longer have the limited federal system of government created by the Constitution; the system in which all expansive power resides in the States, but instead have an unlimited national system in which ALL the power rests in a National Government.

Today we all live in the United “State” of America, in the county of (insert your state here). The Union is no more. The States have lost all sovereignty and independence making the Declaration of Independence meaningless.  And by giving ultimate control to a National Government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights in each State have been rendered meaningless as well.

There is no real discourse. We no longer debate ideas. Those days are long since passed. Today we are in a war –a war– over ultimate power.  We are in a war over who can get the most people into positions of power in the National Government in order to force every citizen, in all 50 States, to live according to their demands.  This is the exact opposite of the federal system we were gifted by the framers of the Constitution; the system in which the States held expansive powers and the federal was limited; a system in which the citizens of one State had the authority to manage their own affairs without interference from the citizens of another.

The reversal of power, between the States and the Federal, is exactly why the federal Constitution no longer limits this National Government in any serious way, and the nationalizing of power is exactly why we are locked in a perpetual ideological war.  Think about it. If the States were still operating under the governmental system based in federalism, as the framers intended and to which the States agreed, people would be free to live in the State of their choosing that most aligned with their morals, values, principles, and political ideals. No one would be motivated to fight over ultimate power in a National Government, because there would be no need to force everyone in the entire Union to live according to the wishes of a few. For example: If the citizens of one State wanted to define marriage in their constitution, they could, and if the citizens of another State wanted to disallow any government involvement in marriage, they could.  At that point, any citizen in either State would have the freedom to move, if they so choose, to the State that most aligned with their values.

Again, under federalism, the decisions of the citizens of one State are not the business of the citizens of another, but our decline into nationalism has made the citizens of one State feel justified, albeit unconstitutionally, in being involved in the affairs of every State. What makes this decline even worse is that the more power is centralized in a National Government, the less the people are represented, and the farther out of scale we become. Let me explain…

Here in Texas, there are over 26 million citizens.  That is almost ten times the combined population of all 13 original States when they ratified and implemented the U.S. Constitution. That is almost the combined population of the United States when the Civil War was fought. As for the Union, there are over 316 million citizens spread across 50 different States, and all are managed by just 546 elites in a National Government.  In truth, we are all managed, quite literally, by 5 of 9 unelected well-connected lawyers. And even more to the point, we are all controlled by just one unelected well-connected lawyer that happens to cast the swing vote.  Does this sound like a representative government in which just power is derived from the consent of the governed?

Big government Republicans have destroyed liberty and the Constitution, and taken unconstitutional power, under the guise of advancing freedom and democracy around the world.  Big government Democrats have destroyed liberty and the Constitution, and taken unconstitutional power, under the guise of advancing equality and democracy round the world.  The elites in both parties are not at war with each other because they are on the same side and completely aligned with one goal: taking more power.  They both support the United States as a Democracy, not as the Republic it was designed to be, because democracy is nothing more than mob rule, and they control the mob.

Americans today are such well-trained compliant little Nationalists that we attack anyone willing to stand up against tyranny. We are indoctrinated to believe that resistance to the National Government’s destruction of our liberty is somehow unpatriotic.  We believe an elite group of unelected, but well connected, lawyers have the power to rule over everything, everywhere, all the time, regardless of what the federal Constitution says to the contrary. We are so nationalized, that not only do we believe they have that power, we beg them to use it.

Sadly, we have reached the point in our decline into nationalism that we are actually giving our support and sanction to the loss of our own liberty. We are ready and willing to vote away our freedom.  Even when the actions of our overlords make it perfectly clear they intend to place every citizen in servitude to this National Government, we continue to reelect them, applaud their unconstitutional behavior, and sing the National Anthem in approval.

In my view, federalism, that founding concept of limiting the federal government and giving the States expansive power, is the answer to most of our problems.  No, it won’t immediately make a dollar worth a dollar or take away the incredible debt overnight, but it would go a long way towards divesting this unconstitutional power away from the center, restoring liberty, and stopping this ideological war between right and left.

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By Dwayne Stovall – Keep Texas Free – 09/11/14

Order for 34 million green cards fueling national protests – ‘You almost have to laugh about it it’s so frightening’

Photo: Taken at a rally. ( Laura Wilkerson of Texas and Jamiel Shaw of California hold banner showing the pictures of Americans who were killed by illegal aliens. Their each lost children to the same fate.)


Maria Espinoza didn’t hesitate when asked if she would hit the streets this weekend with her banners bearing the names of Americans who had their lives snuffed out by killers who weren’t even supposed to be in the country.

As a first-generation American whose father legally emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in the 1950s, she takes it personally whenever a fellow citizen is murdered or killed by an illegal immigrant. Most often, she says, they’re killed by a drunken driver or run over in a reckless act of vehicular homicide, but others have been gunned down by gang members.

Maria Espinoza

“We travel everywhere and try to meet with the families and try to educate them as to what is taking place because you’re not going to hear this from the media,” Espinoza told WND. “How many times do we hear ‘another American was killed today by an illegal alien?’ We don’t.”

That’s why she formed The Remembrance Project in 2009, and now she has agreed to join up with Americans for Legal Immigration PAC and Overpasses for America in nationwide protests against illegal immigration set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25.

Here is a list of the more than 205 locations and times for this weekend’s protests.

34 million green cards for illegals?

If protesters needed a last-minute incentive, they got it Tuesday with the news that President Obama has issued a solicitation for vendors capable of printing up to 34 million blank green cards, ostensibly to fulfill his promise of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, the nation’s largest organization lobbying for lower levels of immigration, said it’s hard to know exactly what the Obama administration is up to with its massive printing order, but it doesn’t sound good.

“You almost have to laugh about it because it is so frightening. Is there no end to what this administration will try to do to the working people of this country?” he asked. “I can’t believe their intent is to drive down the wages and drive up unemployment. I can’t believe that, but obviously there’s something that’s more important to them than a person making a living wage. And what that something is, well, it’s open to interpretation right now.”

Beck said the number 34 million is very significant.

“It’s interesting because when we went through the big Senate Bill 744 last year, we went through that thing and calculated that they would be giving out 34 million green cards over the next 10 years, if that bill had become law,” Beck said. “So it’s interesting to me that it’s almost exactly the same number we’re hearing now.”

Beck said it appears Obama is gearing up for a big amnesty plan, rather than a small one, and he is most likely to deliver the goods through executive orders.

“There were different estimates (during last year’s Senate debate). But all the estimates ran from a low of 27 or 28 million, up to 35 million over 10 years,” Beck said.

He said the U.S.  has been allowing legal immigration of 10 to 11 million immigrants per decade, “and our organization is working desperately to cut that in half.”

Up until the 1980s, the U.S. brought in an average of about 3 million new immigrants per decade, he said.

“And now they want to give out more than 30 million green cards over the next decade,” he said. “People like to use the term ‘war on’ this and ‘war on’ that. You talk about a war on the American wage earner? This is it.”

He said it’s important to remember that a green card is a lifetime permit. “So every one of these cards is someone you’re bringing in to compete with someone who is of working age and doesn’t have a job.”

Stolen lives

Espinoza said a strong message needs to be sent to Washington ahead of the Nov. 4 mid-term elections. And this weekend’s rallies can do that.

“I’m frustrated. I’m saddened. That is just unbelievable, just outrageous,” she said of Obama’s solicitation of contractors to print a minimum of 4 million worker ID cards for illegals per year. “And here on the heels of our families who’ve been victims of horrible tragedy and we’re getting ready to memorialize those who have been burned by these policies.”

The National Day of Remembrance is held on Nov. 2, just two days before Election Day, when Espinoza hopes an even stronger message will be sent to Washington’s establishment through the ballot box. Espinoza has requested that Obama acknowledge the significance of Nov. 2 and meet with one of the thousands of families who have mourned the loss of a loved one at the hand of an illegal alien.

“We have been requesting to meet with him for over a year now, and he has consistently ignored our request,” she said. “So we are joining with Overpasses for America and ALIPAC to get the message out. We will be out in the community with our Stolen Lives Quilt banners.”

Each quilt bears the names of 25 Americans killed by an illegal alien, she said.

She said it’s impossible to know how many Americans have been killed through crimes committed by illegal immigrants because the government doesn’t keep statistics and the media often don’t report the immigration status of killers.

But it was the few media reports she did see that led her to start The Remembrance Project in 2009 and launch the website, TheRemembranceProject.org. On that site, the stories of lives lost are told.

“I started researching about these killings and found out many of these people who, let’s say it was vehicular homicide, they were illegally in the country, fled the scene and fled the country,” Espinoza said. “Or you have a dr[unken] driving case, and in our research we would find the driver who killed an American had prior convictions. He should have been detained and deported. He was not. He was released back into our community, and he killed an American.

“I was just not understanding why people were not standing up for laws being enforced,” she said. “The media would, in most cases, hide the fact that this person was here illegally.”

Espinoza says truth takes a back seat to political correctness among today’s major media companies and personalities.

“I think a lot of it has to do with political correctness and a certain agenda,” she said. “It seems like the truth has been lost to political correctness, and it’s killing our families.”

Jamiel Shaw Sr. of Los Angeles learned about this firsthand.

His 17-year-old son, a star football player being recruited by Stanford University, was shot and killed in 2008 by an illegal-alien gang member from Mexico with a history of violence. The gang member was given an early release from jail and the very next day murdered Shaw’s son, Jamiel Shaw Jr., three doors down from their home, while his mother was serving in Iraq.

“Jamiel Shaw is very active. He hosts a radio show and knows a lot of celebrities, but when [the celebrities] found out his son was shot by an illegal alien, he never heard from them again,” Espinoza said.

Watch Jamiel Shaw’s emotional testimony before Congress below:

She said every state has a resident who has been killed by an illegal alien.

“We use a quilt, and we call it the Stolen Lives Quilt, because that life was stolen from a family, from our country, and would still be here today if our elected officials were doing their job to serve the citizens,” she said. “We started the Remembrance Project in 2009, and I have to tell you we had no idea what we were doing. It was just trial by error.”

Now she has a volunteer director in more than half the states.

William Gheen, president of ALIPAC, said Espinoza will be a huge asset to the coalition that is working to bring more awareness about the costs of illegal immigration ahead of the Nov. 4 elections.

“Maria brings very important issues to the rallies, which is all the Americans that have been killed by illegal aliens,” said Gheen. “She’s traveling all around the country right now with the Remembrance Project.”

Ebola on their minds

Gheen said the other dominant issue in the news lately, the Ebola outbreak, also ties into immigration.

“The two issues we think are really going to drive people to the polls, at this point, are immigration and the Ebola mishandling, and some of our protesters are going to be wearing medical masks, suits and signs about Ebola,” he said. “Because you can’t stop Ebola without stopping illegal immigration, and you can’t stop illegal immigration unless you stop immigration reform/amnesty. And we’re going to be warning people that Obama is making plans to grant amnesty to up to 34 million illegals.”

Gheen is hoping to energize the conservative base this weekend not only to bring awareness to what he believes is the most important issue of the day, but to get more people to vote in the midterms and help candidates who are trying to upset the status quo being upheld by the leadership of both the Democratic and Republican Parties.

“It’s not enough to just vote, and it’s not enough to just hold a flag on an overpass,” he said. “We need tens of thousands of people connecting with the insurgent campaigns. Our main goal is to channel a volunteer army behind the insurgent campaigns and create a Democrat apocalypse on Nov. 4.

“Unfortunately we have to recognize there are many Republicans on the ballot that stink, but we’re asking people to look for true conservatives for everything from dog catcher up to Congress, and we have an endorsement list now at ALIPAC.US to help them do that.”

Gheen said the “stars are aligned” for a conservative sweep of Congress in the midterms, and that’s what it will take to stop Obama from declaring amnesty for up to 34 million illegals, which is more than 10 percent of the current population of the United States.

“The only thing that will stop him is a historic and unprecedented Democrat apocalypse on Nov. 4. And that can happen,” he said. “The stars are aligned for that, but it’s going to take a groundswell, grassroots movement so we need everyone out to the protests this weekend, out behind the campaigns, out to the polls.”

As of this report, 206 cities and towns across the U.S. had signed up to participate in the protest rallies.

For Beck, the fight is about saving jobs for Americans.

For Espinoza, it’s about saving lives.

And this year, she decided it was time to start getting involved with other groups, such as the rallies organized by ALIPAC and Overpasses for America.

“We’re getting involved in these protests, especially now that Mr. Obama is putting out that he’s going to give authorization to up to 34 million illegals……Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/order-for-34-million-green-cards-fueling-national-protests/#mwkE2J50RrsA1fqp.99

By LEO HOHMANN

Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO MONTHS: Tests reveal certain strains survive for weeks when stored at low temperatures

 

Photo: Defense Science and Technology Laboratory  (The left-hand charts plot survival rates of Zaire strain of Ebola (Zebov) and Lake Victoria marburgvirus (Marv) on glass (a) and plastic (b) at 4° (39°F) over 14 days. The right-hand charts reveal the survival rate under the same conditions over 50 days. Both viruses survived for 26 days, and Ebola was extracted after 50 days.)

  • Research claims certain strains of Ebola can remain on surfaces for 50 days
  • It survived the longest on glass surfaces stored at 4° (39°F)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims Ebola typically lives on a ‘dry’ surface for hours – including doorknobs and tables
  • But when stored in moist conditions such in mucus, this is extended 
  • Survival time depends on the surface, and the room temperature
  • Virus can be killed using household bleach and people must come into direct contact with the sample to risk infection 

 

 

The tests were initially carried out by researchers from DSTL before the current outbreak, in 2010, but the strain investigated is one of five that is still infecting people globally.

 

The findings are also quoted in advice from the Public Agency of Health in Canada.

 

Ebola was discovered in 1976 and is a member of the Filoviridae family.

This family includes the Zaire ebolavirus (Zebov), which was first identified in 1976 and is the most virulent; Sudan ebolavirus, (Sebov); Tai Forest ebolavirus; Ebola-Reston (Rebov), and Bundibugyo ebolavirus (Bebov) – the most recent species, discovered in 2008.

HOW LONG DOES EBOLA SURVIVE?

For their 2010 paper, ‘The survival of filoviruses in liquids, on solid substrates and in a dynamic aerosol’, the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) tested two particular filoviruses on a variety of surfaces.

These were the Lake Victoria marburgvirus (Marv), and Zaire ebolavirus (Zebov).

Each was placed into guinea pig tissue samples and tested for their ability to survive in different liquids and on different surfaces at different temperatures, over a 50-day period.

When stored at 4° (39°F), by day 26, viruses from three of the samples were successfully extracted; Zebov on the glass sample, and Marv on both glass and plastic.

By day 50, the only sample from which the virus could be recovered was the Zebov from tissue on glass.

For their 2010 paper, ‘The survival of filoviruses in liquids, on solid substrates and in a dynamic aerosol’, Sophie Smither and her colleagues tested two particular filoviruses on a variety of surfaces.

These were the Lake Victoria marburgvirus (Marv), and Zebov.

Each was placed into guinea pig tissue samples and tested for their ability to survive in different liquids, and on different surfaces at different temperatures, over a 50-day period.

When stored at 4° (39°F), by day 26, viruses from three of the samples were successfully extracted; Zebov on the glass sample, and Marv on both glass and plastic.

By day 50, the only sample from which the virus could be recovered was the Zebov from tissue on glass.

‘This study has demonstrated that filoviruses are able to survive and remain infectious, for extended periods when suspended within liquid and dried onto surfaces,’ explained the researchers.

‘Data from this study extend the knowledge on the survival of filoviruses under different conditions and provide a basis with which to inform risk assessments and manage exposure.’

The researchers do stress that these tests were carried out in a controlled lab environment, and not in the real world, but published their findings to highlight the survival rates.

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Ebola guidelines following the rise in infections.

Ebola (pictured) was discovered in 1976 and is a member of the Filoviridae family. This family includes the Zaire ebolavirus (Zebov), which was first identified in 1976 and is the most virulent; Sudan ebolavirus, (Sebov); Tai Forest ebolavirus; Ebola-Reston (Rebov), and Bundibugyo ebolavirus (Bebov)

Ebola (pictured) was discovered in 1976 and is a member of the Filoviridae family. This family includes the Zaire ebolavirus (Zebov), which was first identified in 1976 and is the most virulent; Sudan ebolavirus, (Sebov); Tai Forest ebolavirus; Ebola-Reston (Rebov), and Bundibugyo ebolavirus (Bebov)

The centre explained that Ebola is not spread through the air, water, or food and a person infected with Ebola can’t spread the disease until symptoms appear.

The time from exposure to when signs or symptoms of the disease appear, known as the incubation period, is two to 21 days, but the average time is eight to 10 days.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

 The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention advises:

• DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Do NOT touch the blood or body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of people who are sick.

• Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles,or medical equipment.

• Do NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.

Ebola is spread through direct contact, through broken skin or through eyes, nose, or mouth, via blood and body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola.

Signs of Ebola include fever and symptoms like severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.

Dr Tom Fletcher of the Royal Army Medical Corps, who has treated victims in Guinea and Sierra Leone, says: ‘The initial symptoms are quite non-specific and similar to a flu-like illness.

‘They include fever, headache and lethargy. This progresses to severe diarrhoea and vomiting.’

Officials have emphasised there is no risk of transmission from people who have been exposed to the virus, but are not yet showing symptoms.

 But, specialists at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta found that the virus is present on a patient’s skin after symptoms develop, underlining how contagious the disease is once symptoms set in.

According to the CDC, the virus can survive for a few hours on dry surfaces like doorknobs and countertops and can survive for several days in puddles or other collections of body fluid.

However, bleach solutions, including household bleach, can kill it.

As Ebola grabs headlines, how close to curing it are we?

Ebola is only spread through direct contact, through broken skin or through eyes, nose, or mouth, via blood and body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola. It can be killed using bleach 

Ebola is only spread through direct contact, through broken skin or through eyes, nose, or mouth, via blood and body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola. It can be killed using bleach

CDC to release new guidelines for returning Ebola workers

There is no FDA-approved vaccine available for Ebola, but experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development.

The CDC advises people wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, to protect themselves.

It warns to not touch the blood or body fluids, including urine, faeces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen of people who are sick.

Ebola was once thought to originated in gorillas, because human outbreaks began after people ate gorilla meat.

But scientists now believe that bats are the natural reservoir for the virus, and that apes and humans catch it from eating food that bats have drooled or defecated on, or by coming in contact with surfaces covered in infected bat droppings and then touching their eyes or mouths.

The current outbreak seems to have started in a village near Guéckédou, Guinea, where bat hunting is common, according to Doctors Without Borders.

US Ambassador Power will abide by quarantine requirements

Officials have emphasized that there is no risk of transmission from people who have been exposed to the virus (pictured) but are not yet showing symptoms. But, specialists at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta found that the virus is present on a patient’s skin after symptoms develop……..Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2809803/Ebola-surfaces-TWO-months-Tests-reveal-certain-strains-survive-weeks-stored-low-temperatures.html#ixzz3HSSTnOqF

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By Mark Prigg and Victoria Woollaston for MailOnline

 

UNC scandal holds lessons for UT investigation

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The University of North Carolina has uncovered a massive academic scandal stretching back two decades and involving more than 3,000 students, half of them athletes in the school’s premier sports programs.

However, UNC didn’t uncover the scandal the first time it looked. The new report, which has generated nationwide headlines and led to the discipline or firing of nine employees, is the 11th that’s been conducted into a “shadow curriculum” at the African and Afro-American Studies department, which allowed students to inflate their grades — or maintain eligibility — by taking phony classes that never met and required almost no work.

The story of why it took 11 reports for UNC to get to the bottom of its scandal holds some lessons for the University of Texas, where officials who were unsatisfied with short reports on questionable admissions and off-the-books compensation practices have faced scorn, censure and even criminal charges.

UT hasn’t conducted anything like 11 investigations, of course. Two years ago, a lawyer for the UT System named Barry Burgdorf produced a report on secret “forgivable” loans at UT’s law school, which began by denying the loans were secret. Burgdorf was pressed to resign, and UT’s board of trustees voted in March 2013 to conduct a new investigation. That investigation has been stalled by Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Burgdorf later said his report was just a “review.” “It was not a forensic audit,” he told a legislative committee. “I am not an auditor.”

At the time the board approved a new investigation, lawmakers who wanted to protect their friend, UT President Bill Powers, denounced it as a waste of money. It was “auditing audits of audits,” state Rep. Dan Branch said.

State Rep. Jim Pitts called it a “witch hunt,” and one prominent news outlet has described the controversy that way ever since.

In a related matter, the chancellor of the university system conducted a preliminary investigation into questionable admissions practices earlier this year, and found evidence of favoritism, which led to a more thorough investigation by Kroll Associates, under way since August.

The speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, who has written some of the favor-seeking letters at issue in the controversy, recently questioned the need for the Kroll investigation.

“How many investigations do you need?” he asked during a public appearance last month. “What are you looking for? Is there transparency in this latest one? I don’t know. I can understand the frustrations of the (university board) members that wanted to have a look, but I don’t endorse that approach or think that that necessarily is the right way to do it. I also don’t think that another investigation or another investigation after that is necessary.”

UNC’s experience demonstrates just how difficult it can be for university administrators to get answers. It also shows how easy it is to believe absence of evidence is evidence of absence, or to set a restricted scope in advance by underestimating the extent of the problem.

The UNC scandal started in August 2011, with media reports about a football player who’d submitted a plagiarized paper, and another who managed a B+ on a high-level summer course before he’d even started his freshman year.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and school officials launched an investigation into no-show classes in the AFAM department, but closed it after two months, after finding that nonathletes took the classes, too.

Then there was an investigation by two deans, who found nine “aberrant” courses and a few other “irregular” courses. It was easy for school officials to think they just had a minor problem. Another dean reviewed the record and offered guidelines, not unlike the “best practices” UT seeks to implement.

The school president and chancellor referred the findings to the state for criminal investigation, which proved crucial. (In the UT case, on the other hand, the only person who’s been referred for criminal investigation is the regent who first pushed for investigation.) The criminal investigation produced a felony charge against the chair of the AFAM department, which was later dropped in exchange for his cooperation with the final, 11th report into the affair.

After the criminal investigation, there was an investigation by a faculty committee, which was concerned about standards being lowered for athletes.

Then a former governor led a five-month, pro bono investigation. He found more widespread problems: 464 students enrolled in 39 classes “in which the instructor of record denied teaching the course section and signing the grade roll, or the chair stated that the course section had not been taught.” His investigation involved “a data-driven analysis of all 172,580 course sections offered by UNC between fall 1994 and fall 2012, filtering and screening this data for red flags…”

Even with such an extensive analysis, that investigation found fewer than a sixth of the 3,100 students included in the 11th report’s tally.

Then there was a study on how those guidelines had been implemented (high marks), and another by an accrediting body (no sanctions), and a review by the Board of Governors, which declared — wrongly, according to the new report — that athlete advisers hadn’t colluded to sign players up for phony classes. In tones familiar to anybody who’s followed the UT case, the board “concluded that all necessary investigations and analyses of the past academic misconduct have been completed (and) that it is now time for the University of North Carolina to move ahead, to commit to the prompt implementation of effective policies and practices throughout the system, and to remain vigilant and accountable for the stewardship of the academic enterprise throughout the University of North Carolina.”

Only it wasn’t. There were two more big investigations to come: the NCAA reopened its investigation, and then the 11th, known as the Wainstein report, after the former Justice Department official who conducted it.

Kenneth Wainstein concluded that university officials had not tried to cover up the wrongdoing. “The best evidence of the administration’s intentions has been the series of investigative efforts they commissioned,” he wrote. “We found no evidence that the higher levels of the University tried in any way to obscure the facts or the magnitude of this situation. To the extent there were times of delay or equivocation in their response to this controversy, we largely attribute that to insufficient appreciation of the scale of the problem, an understandable lack of experience with this sort of institutional crisis and some lingering disbelief that such misconduct could have occurred at Chapel Hill.”

The same could be said of UT, Longhorns being just as devoted as Tar Heels. Although Powers’ defenders have been forced to admit shockingly low scores on the Law School Admissions Test are a problem, few are willing to publicly entertain the possibility the problem extends beyond the cases brought to light by Watchdog.org.

The Wainstein report also offers two tips about access and scope that could prove relevant to UT. The Wainstein report states that “(i)mmediately upon our engagement, we executed a letter agreement with the University that permitted us access to information protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Under this agreement, we received unfettered access to protected student information, including transcripts and other academic records, with the understanding that we would not further disseminate such information, including in this report.”

It’s unclear whether Kroll Associates has the same access. A letter outlining the scope of their investigation says investigators “may have access to student information,” but “no information that identifies a student will be collected.”

Another reason the Wainstein investigators succeeded where others fell short was the others had to finish their “work in a time-frame that did not permit the comprehensive email review that is necessary to dig out the facts in this type of investigation. As Chancellor Carol Folt recognized when she ordered supplemental email review after the issuance of the Martin Report, the University now appreciates the importance of a thorough email review.”

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org

Texas Spending Faster Than The Federal Leviathan

Graph image: HardHatters.com

Conservatism is supposed to mean less government, especially in terms of spending. In Texas, nearly every Republican candidate takes a hard turn to the right to prove just how conservative they have been. This marketing strategy has proved quite successful, considering that Republicans are expected to again dominate our state executive and legislative branches. How has the record matched with the rhetoric over the years?

Last year, a massive debate swirled about how much the state was increasing its budget. The Wall Street Journal and conservative/libertarian groups like the Texas Public Policy Foundation claimed the 2014-15 budget was increasing by 26% compared to the 2012-2013 budget. Governor Rick Perry and legislators fought back by saying it wasn’t even close to that big of an increase if you took into consideration population growth and inflation. While neither side came to an agreement over a proper formula, what the debate proved was that you can make numbers look any way you want if you create the right formula. Without the formulas, the numbers don’t lie.

Since 2001, Texas has seen both great economic (real GDP up nearly 44%) and population growth (up 25%). State spending, however, has outgrown both combined. In fact, state spending has outgrown the “out-of-control spending” of the Federal government. As you can see in the chart below, Texas’ net expenditures have increased since 2001 over 87% compared to Federal outlays having increased at a rate of just over 85%. They are practically a mirror of one another.

As politicians argued in 2013, many now will say that these numbers are too simplistic. But, if you use their own formula of population growth * inflation that was used in 2013, you will only get a cumulative total of 65% (25% growth * 32% inflation), well below our states’ total spending growth.

fed v texas spending gdp popThis information certainly won’t affect the outcome of the upcoming elections, but the 84thLegislative session is just around the corner, and the budget is always the talk of the town. If you meet with your legislator before then, ask him/her if they think the Federal government’s spending is out of control. Without a doubt, most Republicans will say yes. If they do, then show them the above chart, and ask them if the same answer should apply to Texas as well. Remind them that conservatism means less not more.

Update: As expected there have been plenty of naysayers out there saying we haven’t counted debt or GDP per capita. Here are some more figures to back our assertions. More details here

 

 

by Hal Hawkins

Why Wendy Davis Can’t Win

Photo: Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images

“(Wendy) Davis is running (for governor) against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is heavily favored to win in a state that remains strongly Republican.”

Katie Glueck, in “Wendy Davis and the ever-longer odds,” Politico, Oct. 19.

Why does Texas, a pulsating, change-oriented state, full of young people, full of minorities, full of those women the Republicans are alleged (by Democrats) to be running a “war” against — how come Texas “remains strongly Republican”? Which it does and probably will for a while longer, barring divine intervention.

I would love to ascribe the reason to good ol’ frontier values as buckskinned and lively now as in the days when John Wayne and such like went around saving us from enemies foreign and domestic. In fact, the frontier disappeared decades ago, along with appurtenances such as carbines and 10-gallon hats. An exceedingly large proportions of today’s Texans lived Up North prior to the 1940s; check the newspaper obits to get the feel for how many people, in post-World War II America, saw Texas as the land of opportunity.

The Indians in Texas these days are the kind Columbus wrongly believed himself to have found in the West Indies; the Vietnamese and Chinese are here as well. Then there are the Mexicans, Texas’ perpetual next-door neighbors, drawing equal in number with the so-called Anglos.

If the Yankee media or the foreign press, or both, believe drawling yokels and Baptist preachers keep the state hitched to the Republican chariot, that is, um, a fallacious assumption.

What, then? How come the Abbott-Davis Race never got anything like close?

There are of course the usual political reasons — Abbott’s long tenure in politics, framed against Davis’ relative inexperience. More to the point is Texas’ undoubted “conservative” streak. It is not the streak the media take vast joy in promoting: backwards, narrow, resentful. It is of another order entirely — frank, breezy, independent; the feeling is of open-shirted, muscle-flexing latitude to do and to be, and to will and to want. The feeling is a good thing. Conservatives know better than to go messing around with a good thing. Their calling in life is to keep and improve it.

The party of Wendy Davis — not necessarily Wendy herself, but the bunch she hangs out with — is the party of interference unlimited. Her Democrats want to tell everybody else what to do and how to do it. Phooey on fossil fuels! No school choice or charter schools! Raise the minimum wage! Stub out that cigarette; drop that Coke can!

Bossy, fussy, imperious, unwilling ever to leave well enough alone, the party of Wendy Davis, and of course Barack Obama, bestrides the nation. Or would if it weren’t for a few stubborn patches of ground like Texas, where independence of action and absence of thought control are prized attributes — to new and old Texans alike.

I would not overstate. Texans there are who think the federal government has their best interests at heart and accordingly should be encouraged and strengthened by the election of people such as, well, Wendy Davis. At the moment these Texans’ numbers are smaller than the number of those who tend to equate the way things get done in Texas with the way things got done in a more fruitful, more serious America, when it was more than OK to set your own compass …….Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/22/why_wendy_davis_cant_win_124382.html#ixzz3HNEDocCH

By William Murchison

 

 

 

By William Murchison

Texas official: Most hospitals can’t handle Ebola

Photo: www.khou.com

The first meeting of a 17-member task force was held Thursday

During hearing, officials suggested a different approach to fighting the virus. KHOU

AUSTIN – Texas’ top health official said Thursday that most hospitals can’t handle Ebola patients and that they should instead be treated at specialized care centers – a break with past federal assertions that nearly any American hospital can cope with the virus.

During the first public hearing of a 17-member state task force created after Ebola killed a Liberian man visiting Dallas and infected two nurses treating him, members heard conflicting testimony from health experts about the merits of creating treatment centers specifically equipped for Ebola around Texas and the nation.

But Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey said, “I think this is the switch in strategy that has taken place because of this event.”

“Prior to this event, the national strategy was that community hospitals would be able to care for individuals,” Lakey said, “and I think our experience with individuals here shows that that strategy needs to change and that you really need to have some facility ready throughout the state of Texas and nationwide for these individuals to be sent to where folks are specifically trained for this.”

Liberian visitor Thomas Eric Duncan died while in treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, but the two nurses were eventually transferred to federal facilities. Since then, Texas’ task force has designated two state hospitals as specialized Ebola centers and called for creating a “second layer” of regional hospitals to care for Ebola patients if both are full.

Lakey told a hearing at the Texas Capitol that the state’s three cases taught Texas just how “resource intensive” treating Ebola is for regular hospitals, including the necessary protective and treatment equipment and having to assign four nurses to a single infected patient. He and other health experts also noted that having Ebola patients so strained Presbyterian Hospital and reduced the number of Texans will to going there for other care that it created a greater surge of patients at other Dallas hospitals.

As recently as Oct. 2, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Tom Frieden said “essentially any hospital in the country can take care of Ebola.” But he’s since admitted that federal authorities weren’t aggressive enough in containing the virus at the Dallas hospital.

Lakey’s comments came in response not to Frieden, but to Joseph McCormick,…..read more.

Associated Press via KHOU.com