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Obama, swine flu, H1N1 virus, CDC, United States, 1918 H1N1, Germany latest country, US scientists race to prepare a vaccine against new strain of flu

From ABC News, Friday, May 1, 2009:

“Overreaction? Will Swine Flu Become a Run-of-the-Mill Outbreak?

More Schools Continue to Close, Even if They Don’t Have Confirmed Cases of Flu”

“President Obama said today that while the United States is still preparing for the worst in the wake of the swine flu scare, the outbreak could end up falling short of a pandemic and run its course just “like ordinary flus” that pass through the country every winter.

“I’m optimistic that we’re going to be able to manage this effectively,” Obama said.

“We don’t know for certain that this will end up being more severe than other flus,” he said. “It may turn out that H1N1 runs its course like ordinary flus.”

The head of the CDC’s influenza division Dr. Nancy Cox, said today that preliminary research suggests that the make up of this current virus is lacking some key components of the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 30-50 million people and to which the new strain has recently been compared.

“What we have found by looking very carefully at the sequence of the new H1N1 virus is that we’re not seeing the markers for virulence that we saw in 1918 virus,” she said. But she added that scientists still may not know all they need to know about the 1918 H1N1 strain and are “continuing to look for virulence markers.”

Dr. Julie Gerberding, former head of the CDC, said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that we “have to be careful not to over-rely on that kind of information because these flu viruses always evolve.”

“Officials still remain cautious about the outbreak. Friday afternoon a United Airlines flight from Germany to Washington D.C. was diverted to Boston after a passenger complained of flu-like symptoms.

Meanwhile, as more schools across the United States close in response to the swine flu outbreak, some estimate that a quarter of a million schoolchildren were out of school this morning.”

The CDC reports a total of 141 cases and one confirmed death in the United States, with more flu cases likely to come as state and federal health officials analyze samples.

 

The latest state to join the list of state-confirmed cases as of this afternoon was Florida, where Gov. Charlie Crist said two cases of swine flu — an 11-year-old boy and the 17-year-old girl in different counties — had been verified.

On Friday, Germany became the latest country to report a swine flu infection. A total of 11 countries now have at least one case, and the number of confirmed cases is 331, according to the World Health Organization, up from 257 Thursday.

U.S. authorities have promised to produce enough swine flu vaccine for the country, but the it won’t be available until fall at the earliest.”

“U.S. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Craig Vanderwagen told lawmakers that it would take several months before pilot tests on humans could ensure that any vaccine would be safe and effective against the flu. Assuming that everything goes well, mass production of the vaccine could begin in the fall.

“We think 600 million doses is achievable in a six-month time frame” from that fall start, he said, adding, “I don’t want anybody to have false expectations. The science is challenging here.”

Until then, the government has stockpiled anti-viral medicines to help ease symptoms of the flu and prevent further infection. So far, the medications are said to have worked effectively.

In the midst of concerns that the current outbreak could resurface as a new flu strain in the fall, U.S. authorities are now shipping millions of doses of anti-flu drugs to all states.”

“Did an Obama Staffer Bring the Virus to the U.S.?

The Obama administration may have had a brush with the swine flu outbreak after a member of the White House advance team on Obama’s recent trip to Mexico apparently came down with the disease.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the staff member, whom he did not identify, began to feel ill April 16 after he accompanied Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to Mexico in advance of Obama’s arrival. Two days later, Gibbs said the staff member returned to the United States on a United Airlines flight to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

On April 28, the individual’s wife, son and nephew tested positive for H1N1, Gibbs said, adding that samples had been sent to the CDC to determine if it is the same strain of H1N1 that now threatens to spark a global pandemic.”

“The first death from swine flu in the United States occurred Wednesday, when a 22-month-old baby boy in Texas died.

The worst hit state so far is New York, with 51 confirmed cases.”

“Swine Flu Ground Zero

With the flu spreading quickly in the United States and across the globe, the actions of Mexican health officials are under the microscope. Many health experts question whether the government has done enough to contain the flu.

Oscar Barrera, who was diagnosed with the flu Monday and prescribed Tamiflu, said he was sent home by medical officials and simply told to keep away from other people.

Barrera claimed that health officials did not test his pregnant wife and three-year-old son, or anyone in the cell phone shop where he worked, for the flu.

“What worries me most is if the officials don’t do enough to protect my family,” Barrera told ABC News.

According to Mexico’s health ministry, there now have been 12 confirmed deaths of the swine flu in Mexico, but roughly 176 deaths are suspected of having been caused by the virus. There are nearly 3,000 suspected cases.”

Read more:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFlu/story?id=7477216&page=1

Alan Keyes, Obama, oaths and the end of constitutional government, Worldnetdaily.com, January 20, 2009, Alan Keyes and John Haskins, US Constitution, Supreme Law, United States, Obama not eligible

God bless Alan Keyes

From World Net Daily:
“Obama, oaths and the end of constitutional government”
“Posted: January 20, 2009
By Alan Keyes and John Haskins”
 
“Now steps onto the stage of world history a man apparently quite
conscious that the Supreme Law of the United States prevents him
from being president of the United States.

For why else would anyone hire lawyers and expend millions of
dollars to avoid producing a $12.50 birth certificate to show
eligibility under the Constitution? ‘Midst the rhythmic chants of
a delirious, sycophantic media, inaugural splendor will substitute
for simple proof that the United States of America will have a
constitutionally legitimate president.

If Obama is not eligible, legally, the United States of America
will have no president. A usurper will wield such power as few men
have ever held, having no constitutional warrant. However beloved of
the media or adored by racialist groupies, and irrespective of
public support, Obama will be a tyrant, in the original sense of the
word (from the Greek tyrannos meaning one who wields power to which
he has no lawful claim). As he sends young soldiers to die, even the
appearance of his usurpation of presidential powers will insult their
sacrifice and thwart the Constitution they give their all to preserve.
Even as he utters the oath – hand on Lincoln’s Bible – he will betray
it, not upholding, protecting and defending the Constitution, but
subverting it.

The elites insist that we should pretend to be convinced by an
exhibition of a “certificate of live birth” via the Internet, lacking
the very information the Constitution requires. On the strength of
this we are to exercise blind faith and risk the consequences of an
unconstitutional usurpation of the presidency?

“Put not your faith in men, but bind them down with the chains of the
constitution,” Jefferson warned us. Caesar rose to power on the
passions of men, and killed a republic. Napoleon did the same. So did
Hitler, with strong support from the secularized, university-educated
elite. But the elites approve as Obama whistles past the Constitution,
just as they did when Mitt Romney flushed away the Constitution he’d
sworn to uphold. They regard the Supreme Law of the United States as
a dead letter, “living and breathing” of course, which is their code
for dead and buried.

Like the sophisticated, educated elites in Weimar, Germany, they long
to live under what they presume will be a benevolent dictatorship.
This one will be different, they are quite sure: soft, touchy-feely,
agreeably in tune with the restless, ever-mutating consensus of the
chattering class. Thus was it in human history, until the Declaration
birthed our state and federal constitutions, now just archaic
platitudes, to shape naïve youths in American History classes as
docile subjects of bureaucratic tyranny.

It would not be hard to clarify Obama’s eligibility to be president.
The Constitution provided an entire branch of government to adjudicate
constitutional questions. But judges have concocted various “rules”
over the years that they cite as their license to violate the
Constitution and to excuse their failure to uphold it. These they now
use to claim that Americans lack standing to ask their courts for a
judgment of fact required by our Supreme Law. They dismiss lawsuits
that ask only that judges fulfill their oaths and uphold the
Constitution. Are solemn oaths now meaningless?

Whether rooted in incompetence, cowardice or calculated cynicism,
these dismissals of valid lawsuits are willful subversions of the
Constitution, the inevitable result of legal education that
substitutes judicial decrees for the authority of real laws and
constitutions.”

Read more here:

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/?pageId=86611

Thomas Sowell, race and politics, Barack Obama, racism, Jeremiah Wright

Thomas Sowell has written a great article about Barack Obama and his racist connections with Jeremiah Wright. Here are some excerpts:

“Any American, regardless of party or race, has to find it heartening that the country has reached the point where a black candidate for President of the United States sweeps so many primaries in states where the overwhelming majority of the population is white.”

“That’s the good news. The bad news is that Barack Obama has been leading as much of a double life as Eliot Spitzer.”

 “While talking about bringing us together and deploring “divisive” actions, Senator Obama has for 20 years been a member of a church whose minister, Jeremiah Wright, has said that “God Bless America” should be replaced by “God damn America” — among many other wild and even obscene denunciations of American society, including blanket racist attacks on whites.”

“We don’t need a President of the United States who got to the White House by talking one way, voting a very different way in the Senate, and who for 20 years followed a man whose words and deeds contradict Obama’s carefully crafted election year image.”

Thomas Sowell’s article on Barack Obama and racism can be read here:
http://patriotpost.us/opinion/entry.asp?entry_id=37298

Iraq War justification, Iraq War reasons, can we justify, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama

Below are some of the justifications for the Iraq War. What are your reactions to these quotes with 20/20 hindsight? Were we justified to invade Iraq? Were these statements credible and based on credible intelligence? Did Saddam Hussein use weapons of mass destruction? Respond with your comments.

1.  “We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the
stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass
destruction.”  “The chemical weapons Saddam has used and the biological weapons we know he has tested pay no attention to borders and nationalities.”

2.  “If diplomacy runs out, we have reserved the right to use
force and if we do so it will be substantial.”

3.  “No one has done what Saddam Hussein has done, or is thinking of doing.  He is producing weapons of mass destruction, and he is qualitatively and quantitatively different from other dictators.”

4.  “What we are doing is so that you all can sleep at night.  I am very proud of what we are doing.  We are the greatest nation in the world and what we are doing is being the indispensable nation, willing to make the world safe for our children and grandchildren, and for nations who follow the rules.”

5.  “Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.”

6.  “If Saddam can cripple the weapons inspections sytem and get away with it, he would conclude the international community, led by the United States, has simply lost its will.  He would surmise that he has free rein to rebuild his arsenal of destruction.”

7.  “Earlier today I ordered America’s armed forces to strike
military and security targets in Iraq.  They are joined by British forces.  Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.  While other countires also had weapons of mass desctuction, Hussein is in a different category because he has used such weapons
against his own people and against his neighbors.

8.  “Along with Prime minister (Tony)Blair of Great Britain, I made it equally clear that if Saddam failed to cooperate fully we would be prepared to act without delay, diplomacy or warning.”

9.  “The best way to end that threat once and for all is with a new Iraqi goverment — a government ready to live in peace with its neighbors, a government that respects the rights of its people.”

10.  “But once more, the United States has proven that although we are never eager to use force, when we must act in America’s vital interests, we will do so.”