No 769 “En mi opinión” Octubre 17, 2014  

 “IN GOD WE TRUST”  lazarorgonzalez@hotmail.com EDITOR

¿ENEMIGOS? LO UNICO QUE TIENES QUE HACER ES DECIR TU SINCERA OPINION…           Lázaro R González Miño

 

AMENPER: «Cosas veredes, Sancho, que farán fablar las piedras»

Hace sólo seis años, Barack Obama vendió a la nación que sus cambios eran la vanguardia de un nuevo movimiento político para transformar América.

Hoy en día, el movimiento político con la mayor energía no es una campaña política en torno a un hombre carismático, sino una difusa idea que nadie compra.

 Ya no es la fuerza determinante en la política estadounidense. La energía no está con él, va en contra de él. De los sonidos de sus reclamaciones, su mirada, las encuestas, se refleja evidentemente que la mayoría de los estadounidenses ya no creen en sus ideas.

En cuestión de semanas, América ha pasado de una nación en la cual el Presidente dijo que era muy improbable que el mortal virus del Ébola se extendiera a nuestras costas, y que las cabezas  de los Centros para el control y prevención de epidemias, tomaría  medidas de contención rígidas en esta nación, ante la posibilidad de un brote de Ébola, ha pasado a un gobierno federal que no conoce lo que habla, y que ya son tres los casos de la epidemia en los Estados Unidos.

 Y ahora los funcionarios del gobierno y salud todavía se preguntan ¿por qué la opinión pública desconfía cada vez de nosotros?

Al mismo tiempo que el general Ray Odierno, el jefe de personal del ejército, fue detallando la amenaza manifiesta de ISIS, el presidente estaba detallando las supuestas “múltiples amenazas” del cambio climático como el mayor problema de la nación.

Pero como The Wall Street Journal señaló sobre las declaraciones de Obama que “las principales amenazas que se multiplican aquí son las exageraciones y la histeria” Dice el editorial que el Presidente Obama,  continúa a teniendo un problema con lo que los expertos gustan llamar “óptica” pero lo que la gente más razonable llaman un escandaloso comportamiento — viajes interminables para recaudación de candidatos,  interrupciones para  salidas de juegos de golf sin fin, y una indiferencia ante los problemas que se multiplican cada día que pasa. Las exageraciones son la cantidad de tiempo que Obama se pasa jugando y la histeria debe de ser las de Michelle ordenando a sus numerosos asistente. 

Hay cosas que levantan banderas rojas aún mayores, como informes de CBS News, que la casa blanca se niega a decir específicamente cuánto de sus viajes a jugar golf  y los viajes de Michelle son pagados con el dinero de los contribuyentes. Parece que es hora de pedir cuentas a Obama, hasta de sus complacientes medios periodísticos. 

Un sitio en la internet Powerlineblog.com informa que un profesor de la Universidad de Fordham que se opone vehementemente a convocatoria de la Asociación Americana de estudios para un boicot contra Israel el único aliado real en el Medio Oriente, es acusado de “discriminación religiosa contra el Islam” por su postura.

La corrupción en el mundo académico ha alcanzado una nueva etapa preocupante-

Hoy Obama por fin ha suspendido sus banquetes de recaudación por el peligro de la epidemia de Ébola, y si ISIS sigue su campaña exitosa a pesar de los bombardeos, no le quedará más remedio de tomar algunas medidas más efectivas para callar un poco a la opinión pública.  Pero no importan estas rectificaciones tardías, lo que esto significa es que tenemos un presidente que no tiene idea de cómo gobernar, sino fuera asi, no tuviera que rectificar.

Esto puede ser por incompetencia o por agendas ocultas.

Y se puede ocultar los hechos por un tiempo, pero son tantos y tan evidente los errores, tan escandaloso el comportamiento, que no hay vocero que pueda tapar el hecho que tenemos la peor administración en la historia de Estados Unidos. 

Pero ¿Qué nos dicen los voceros de la prensa complaciente? Como no pueden tapar más la ineptitud de esta administración, ya están proyectando la administración de Hillary Clinton como la mejor presidencia en la historia de Estados Unidos.  Por favor, ¿nos están diciendo que Bengazi-Hillary va a ser mejor que Ronald Reagan? ¿Cómo pueden juzgar algo que no ha pasado?

Pero como dijo el Quijote a Sancho Panza  «cosas veredes, Sancho, que farán fablar las piedras»

Y en estos tiempos ya hasta las piedras están fablando.

 

 

 

GEORGINA LOPEZ: Bob Menéndez al New York Times – No es el momento de levantar el embargo…

 

Bob Menéndez al New York Times: no es el momento de levantar el embargo “Cuba aún silencia a quienes disienten en la isla, con más de 7.500 detenciones políticas documentadas solo este año”, sostiene Menéndez.
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El senador demócrata por el estado de New Jersey, Robert Menéndez, sostiene en una carta publicada este miércoles en The New York Times, bajo el título de “¿Es tiempo de levantar el embargo a Cuba?”, que sería contraproducente aceptar y complacer las críticas en el exterior que enfrenta la política de Estados Unidos hacia Cuba, en relación con el tema del embargo, las cuales apuntan a levantar el embargo y normalizar las relaciones con la isla.

“¿Cuán ventajoso sería a nuestros intereses estratégicos que el presidente Obama desperdicie recursos hacia un país que abusa de los Derechos Humanos y se opone diametralmente a nuestros ideales
democráticos, en un momento en que el Estado Islámico está librando una guerra brutal en Oriente Medio y Rusia sigue socavando todas las normas internacionales a través de su continua invasión de Ucrania?”, se pregunta el senador.

La mala reputación de Cuba y la política estadounidense no son reliquias del pasado, señala Menéndez. “Cuba aún silencia a quienes disienten en la isla, con más de 7.500 detenciones políticas documentadas solo este año. El contratista norteamericano Alan Gross, permanece encarcelado por cargos falsos y Cuba el año pasado intentó introducir de contrabando ilegal armas a Corea del Norte en clara violación de las sanciones que el Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas ha impuesto al país asiático”.
El anuncio de reformas económicas en Cuba es un eufemismo para los inversionistas extranjeros quienes pueden así invertir dinero en las empresas estatales y los monopolios militares, continúa el senador.
“Unos pocos disfrutan de prosperidad mientras los ciudadanos carecen de las necesidades básicas. Por el contrario, hemos visto un aumento de los cubanos que huyen en balsas, como se informó la semana pasada”.
“Me he reunido con la oposición cubana, incluyendo a Berta Soler, líder de las Damas de Blanco, igual que el presidente Obama y el vicepresidente Joseph R. Biden Jr. Los disidentes apasionadamente se
pronuncian en contra de levantar sanciones sin reciprocidad por parte de Cuba”.
“Si le otorgamos al gobierno cubano una pulgada, se tomará una milla”, observa Menéndez.
Gratificar a la tiranía con compromisos políticos o económicos no es algo que represente los valores de Estados Unidos, ni son de su interés nacional.
Hasta aquí la carta del senador Robert Menéndez, presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, fechada el 14 de octubre de 2014 en Washington DC.
En otra carta al editor del periódico, Eric B. Lipps, de Staten Island afirma que:
“El embargo, que se inició en octubre de 1960 bajo el presidente Dwight D. Eisenhower y fue ampliado bajo el presidente John F. Kennedy, no ha hecho sino empobrecer al pueblo cubano, reforzar el apoyo de los cubanos por el régimen de Castro y hacer al gobierno totalmente dependiente de la Unión Soviética mientras existió”.
Según Lipps, “su propósito –esencialmente, matar de hambre a la población cubana y provocar un levantamiento contra el gobierno, no ha funcionado y ya no funcionará en el futuro. Fidel Castro ya se ha
retirado debido a la vejez y su mala salud y no a causa del embargo, y Raúl, su hermano, que gobierna en su lugar, probablemente al final hará lo mismo”.
“Es simplemente absurdo seguir una política que no ha funcionado y que no muestra ningún signo de que alguna vez va a funcionar”, concluye EricB. Lipps en su correspondencia al editor del periódico, con fecha 12 de octubre de 2014

 

 

AMENPER: Bula Papal de Obamus I y su Obispo Monseñora Sor Tortillera

Cuando se escribió la Constitución en 1787, algunos temían que le daba demasiado poder al gobierno federal. La libertad individual corría riesgo. Por lo tanto, la Carta de  derechos, que consiste en las diez primeras enmiendas, se añadió a la Constitución. La Primera Enmienda protege las libertades fundamentales como la libertad de culto y expresión

Pero esto no parece que es algo aceptado por la primera tortillera de Houston, Texas.  Y no estoy hablando de las cocineras tortilleras que hacen las tortillas de los restaurants de Ninfa, la mejicana republicana amiga de Bush, y que disfrutamos en nuestras visitas a Houston, estoy hablando del otro tipo de tortillas

Estoy hablando de las tortillas que hace la primera Alcaldesa lesbiana de Houston, una ciudad republicana que de una manera masoquista la eligió como alcalde en las pasadas elecciones.

Señores, ha comenzado la persecución de los pastores cristianos en este país.  Y ha comenzado en uno de los Estados más rojo de los Estados Unidos, en el condado más republicano de Texas, en Houston, Harris County, Texas.

Tal parece que ha comenzado un nuevo ataque a las instituciones religiosas que recuerda el tiempo de Enrique VIII cuando se declaró que no sólo era Rey pero Jefe de la Iglesia, el único Papa reconocido en Inglaterra.

¿Habemus Papam? ¿Tendremos al Papa Obamus I ?

Pastores de denominaciones cristianas han recibido una citación de la corte por el IRS, que tienen que presentar una copia de sus sermones antes de darlos, para  escudriñar su “actividad política”. Si ellos detectan una actividad política, le quitarán la excepción de impuestos y hasta pueden ser demandados por estafa.

Pero ¿Qué cosa es lo que es considerado actividad política?  El condenar la homosexualidad, el condenar el aborto, el condenar los anticonceptivos. Estas doctrinas, estas creencias religiosas, ahora en este mundo en que vivimos, no son derechos de la libertad de culto, ahora son actividades políticas.

Todos tenemos nuestras creencias y algunos tienen una fidelidad completa a su denominación religiosa.

Pero hay algo que está claro para el que lo quiera ver, no importa si a mí me parece que usar anticonceptivos no es un pecado contra Dios, si a un profesante Católico Romano por convicción doctrinal le parece eso, no puedo yo ni el IRS decir que está teniendo una actividad política, porque la política y la religión están separadas por la constitución.

Según informa Fox News, “la ciudad de Houston ha emitido citaciones exigiendo un grupo de pastores entregar cualquier sermones relacionados con la homosexualidad, identidad de género o Annise Parker, primer alcalde abiertamente lesbiana de la ciudad.

Y los ministros que no cumplan podrían celebrarse en desacato al tribunal.  La abogado Christina Holcomb de la “Alianza para defender la libertad” dijo a la prensa “la citación de la ciudad de los sermones y otras comunicaciones pastoral es innecesaria y sin precedentes”, dijo en un comunicado. “El Concejo Municipal y sus abogados están participando en una Inquisición diseñada para sofocar cualquier crítica de sus acciones”. ADF, una firma conocida a nivel nacional especializada en casos de libertad religiosa, representa a cinco pastores de Houston. Presentaron una moción en el Tribunal del Condado de Harris para detener los citatorios argumentando que son “excesivamente ancha, excesivamente onerosa, acosa y vejatoria”.

Si hay algo que debe unificar a los estadounidenses, debería ser un asalto a ministros cristianos. Es absolutamente increíble que la administración Obama envía una nota de felicitación personal al centro islámico en Oklahoma que generó Nolen Alton quien decapitó a una abuela de 54 años de edad americana — y tenemos este tirano socialista progresista abiertamente lesbiana permitiendo una citación contra pastores cristianos.

Si este caso es exitoso, será replicado en otros lugares — y ¿dónde está la izquierda gritando sobre los derechos de la primera enmienda de estos pastores: “libertad de religión y el libre ejercicio de la misma? ¿Dónde está la ACLU? Después de todo, les importa mucho sobre los derechos de los combatientes enemigos ilegales aka la Jihad y terroristas, negros asesinos ejecutados, y derechos matrimonial de los maricones y tortilleras, pero no les importa nada la libertad de expresión de creyentes de religiones que no asesinan ni están en guerra con la nación.

Mucha gente se rió cuando los socialistas progresivos salieron con su campaña “Volver a Texas azul” – ¿quién se ríe ahora? El Capitolio del estado de Texas, Austin, es conocida como un bastión de progresistas socialistas y ahora mira lo que ha ocurrido en Houston — tal vez el gobernador Rick Perry debe dejar de pedir a los ciudadanos de los Estados azules que se muden a Texas. Los izquierdistas progresistas son como langostas; ¿dónde migran traen a lo largo de sus políticas destructivas y agenda para infestar su nuevo huésped — Mira cómo la migración de los izquierdistas progresistas de California ha afectado Colorado? Y ahora está pasando a Texas.

Alcalde Parker no explica por qué quiere inspeccionar los sermones — y lo que nos hace creer que tiene el poder para hacerlo de todos modos.

Fox, informa que “abogado ADF Stanley sospecha que el alcalde quiere avergonzar públicamente a los ministros. Dijo que anticipa presentarán los sermones para el escrutinio público. En otras palabras – lo que quieren es hurgar por evidencia para presentar a los pastores como intolerantes contra los homosexuales. Como ellos no aceptan la diferencia entre la homosexualidad y el homosexual como lo hacen los cristianos, la diferencia entre el pecado y el pecador, cualquier referencia sobre el homosexualismo es un ataque a los homosexuales. Entre los que recibieron una citación está Steve Riggle, el pastor principal de Grace Community Church. Se le ordenó a producir todos los discursos y sermones relacionados con la identidad alcalde Annise Parker, la homosexualidad y género.

Al pastor también ordenó entregar a “todas las comunicaciones con los miembros de su congregación” con respecto a la ley de no discriminación. “Esto es un intento por enfriar los pastores de hablar de las cuestiones culturales del día”, me dijo Riggle. “El alcalde gustaría callar nuestra voz. Es una matona”. El reverendo Dave Welch, director ejecutivo del Consejo de Texas Pastor, también recibió una citación. Dijo que no se deja intimidar por el alcalde”.

Lo he dicho antes que Estados Unidos están bajo el asalto de la Alianza de los socialistas progresivos, Islamo-fascistas y los humanistas seculares. Lo que está sucediendo en Houston está equivocado en muchos niveles, desafía la lógica y la razón, pero es de esperar de la tiranía de la izquierda.

Por eso hay que votar en las próximas elecciones, sino nos veremos como en el tiempo de Enrique VIII, quien se proclamó jefe de Estado y jefe de la Iglesia. No queremos ver al Presidente y Papa Hilaria I sucesora del Papa Obamus I

 

5 Key Implications if Baghdad Falls to ISIS.
By Patrick Poole

Reports that ISIS has surrounded Baghdad and is quickly closing in on the Baghdad International Airport (armed with MANPADS, no less) are troubling. Baghdad itself has been rocked by a series of VBIED attacks in the past 24 hours by ISIS, indicating that the battle for Baghdad has begun.

The possible fall of Baghdad could be the most significant development in the War on Terror since 9/11. And yet many among the D.C. foreign policy “smart set” were not long ago mocking such a scenario.

So what happens if such a situation comes to pass? Here are five key implications (by no means limited to these) if Baghdad falls to ISIS:

 

1)   ISIS will not be claiming to the be the Islamic State, they will BE the Islamic State


Symbolism doesn’t matter much to your average post-modern Westerner, but it still does in the Islamic world, and the capture of Baghdad will hold enormous value. For 500 years Baghdad was the seat of the Abbasid caliphate, and its fall to ISIS would allow the terrorist group to reclaim that mantle. Such an event will electrify the Middle East and beyond, with many Muslims holding firmly to the belief that the abolition of the Ottoman caliphate in 1924 by Ataturk was one of the key contributing factors in the decline of the Muslim world over the past century. No amount of State Department hashtags or tweets, or pronouncements by Sheikh Barack Obama and Imam John Kerry that there is nothing Islamic about the Islamic State, will be able to negate any claims by ISIS to be the revived caliphate.

 

2)   The Great Reconciliation between jihadist groups will begin


Much of the Obama administration’s anti-ISIS efforts have been trying to leverage other “vetted moderate” groups in Syria against ISIS, with some “smart set” thinkers even advocating engaging “moderate Al-Qaeda” to that end. We are already seeing jihadist groups gravitating towards ISIS, such as the announcement this week by Pakistani Taliban leaders pledging their allegiance to the Islamic State. Other groups of younger jihadis are breaking away from Al-Qaeda franchises in North Africa and defecting to ISIS. Despite bitter rivalries between ISIS and other jihadist groups in Syria, namely Al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, these other groups will be hard-pressed to deny ISIS’ caliphate claims if they do take Baghdad. In that part of the world, nothing succeeds like success. If Baghdad falls, jihadist groups, some of whom have been openly hostile or remained neutral, will quickly align behind ISIS. And the horrid sound coming out of Washington, D.C., will be of foreign policy paradigms imploding.

 

3)   What of U.S. personnel in Iraq?


The US Embassy in Baghdad is the largest embassy on the planet. And afterObama sent 350 more U.S. military personnel to guard the U.S. Embassy last month, there are now more than 1,100 US service members in Baghdad protecting the embassy and the airport. That doesn’t include embassy personnel, American aid workers, and reporters also in Baghdad. ISIS doesn’t have to capture the airport to prevent flights from taking off there (remember Hamas rockets from Gaza prompting the temporary closure of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport this past summer). If flights can’t get out of Baghdad, how will the State Department and Pentagon evacuate U.S. personnel? An image like the last helicopter out of Saigon would be of considerable propaganda value to ISIS and other jihadist groups. Former CNN reporter Peter Arnett, who witnessed the fall of Saigon in April 1975,raised this possibility back in June. It’s not like the U.S. has prestige to spare internationally, and the fall of Baghdad will mark the beginning of the end of American influence in the Middle East, much like the case in Southest Asia in 1975.

 

4)   If ISIS captures Baghdad, it will be with weapons provided by the U.S. to the Iraqi army and “vetted moderate” Syrian rebel groups


Since their push back into Iraq this summer, ISIS has regularly paraded captured weapons and vehicles that have been provided by the U.S. to the Iraqi army, which rapidly collapsed in the face of the ISIS advance. ISIS has subsequently used these U.S.-provided weapons to repel attacks by Iraqi forces. A report published last month by the UK-based Conflict Armament Research documented the use of U.S.-provided Humvees, armored personnel carriers, and firearms by ISIS. In addition, ISIS has at least 52 U.S.-made M198 howitzers with GPS aiming systems that have a 20 mile range that will undoubtedly be used in their assault on Baghdad. Yesterday, Charles Lister of the Brookings Institute tweeted out recent images of ISIS fighters equipped with M79 Osa anti-tank weapons that had been provided by Saudi Arabia to the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army. The potential propaganda value of ISIS capturing Baghdad with U.S. weapons will be enormous.

 

5)   The fall of Baghdad will herald an unparalleled sectarian war in the Middle East and widescale regional instability


The fighting in Syria and Iraq has been part of the regional sectarian competition of Sunni Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states against Shia Iran and its allies in Iraq, the Assad regime in Syria and Hezbollah. ISIS and Sunni Syrian rebel groups have been proxies in this fight. If Baghdad falls to ISIS, it will be all-hands-on-deck across the entire Middle East, with a sectarian war not seen since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s and sectarian/ethnic cleansing not seen since the Balkan wars. We are already seeing Shiite militias killing Sunnis indiscriminately in Iraq and widespread ethnic and religious cleansing by ISIS in Northern Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, our NATO ally Turkey is now bombing the same Kurds who are fighting ISIS. Because of these sectarian attacks millions of refugees have already flooded to Syria’s neighboring states, destablizing countries like Lebanon and Jordan. The ISIS push in Anbar province in Iraq has caused 180,000 more to flee,according to the UN. The potential humanitarian disaster from the dislocation of millions in the region could be without parallel.


If, in fact, Baghdad falls to ISIS and the Sunni-Shia sectarian war in Syria and Iraq metastasizes across the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. will likely find itself an ancillary player. War-weary Americans have no appetite for boots on the ground (fueled in no small measure by the Obama administration’s stoking anti-Iraq war sentiments as part of their political strategy).

And yet one remarkable feature I personally witnessed last month while in Washington, D.C., briefing members of Congress on the proposal to fund more training and weapons for Syrian rebels, is the absence of any acknowledgement by the political and media elite that we lost the Iraq war. The fact is that we left, and ISIS stayed. Our options are increasingly limited in Iraq and the region, and most of those options are horrible options. We don’t even have lesser-of-two-evils options because of our reckless bipartisan foreign policy. The U.S. will also face a dilemma: at the very same time this administration has been sidling up to Iran and trying to strike a deal over its nuclear weapons program, we very well may be faced with calls from our longtime allies in the region, almost all Sunni, for assistance. And then we have Turkey, which, as a NATO partner, we have treaty obligations to honor.

And faced with a nuclear Iran amidst a growing sectarian war, many Sunni countries will start their own crash nuclear programs in response, leading to the regional proliferation of nuclear weapons. No sane person would contend that a nuclear arms race in the Middle East would be a benefit to our own national security (though undoubtedly there will be some D.C. foreign policy “experts” who will dismiss its importance).

The coming days and weeks in the fight for Baghdad are fraught with enormous implications for the U.S. And yet our ability to influence those events is rapidly waning.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/10/14/5-key-implications-if-baghdad-falls-to-isis/

 

 

 

JIHAD IN THE USA: Obama Defines US as “Muslim Country”

In an interview with French TV station, Obama says that a number of Muslims residing in US justifies regarding it as a Muslim Country. Check it out…

A few days ago President Obama, in an interview he gave France’s Canal+ TV Channel, said that the American people need to be better educated about Islam, since US could and should be regarded as a Muslim country. He said that the number of Muslims residing in the US makes it “one of the biggest Muslim nations”.

In reality the US has one of the smallest percentages of Muslims of any Western country. The number of Muslims in the US is approximately 4.5 million, 1.5% of the population, one of the smallest minorities in the US.  Since there are approximately 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, the number of Muslims in the US is approximately 0.3% of the world Muslim population. By comparison there are between approximately 6 million Jews in the US, who account for approximately a third of the world’s Jewish population. Whereas many Americans regard it as a society based on “Judeo-Christian values”, it is doubtful if there is one sane American who would define it as a Jewish country.

Read more: Jerusalem Online

 

 

 

‘In 1976 I discovered Ebola – now I fear an unimaginable tragedy’ by Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch . The Observer, Saturday 4 October 2014 17.00 EDT.

Jorge A. Villalón

I found these today in one of the Web pages I receive on a daily basis and they are very interesting, trust you will enjoy them and pass them if you like is a matter of public domain.

‘In 1976 I discovered Ebola – now I fear an unimaginable tragedy’

Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire

Professor Peter Piot, the Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: ‘Around June it became clear to me there was something different about this outbreak. I began to get really worried’ Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP

Professor Piot, as a young scientist in Antwerp, you were part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976. How did it happen?

I still remember exactly. One day in September, a pilot from Sabena Airlines brought us a shiny blue Thermos and a letter from a doctor in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire. In the Thermos, he wrote, there was a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had recently fallen ill from a mysterious sickness in Yambuku, a remote village in the northern part of the country. He asked us to test the sample for yellow fever.

These days, Ebola may only be researched in high-security laboratories. How did you protect yourself back then?

We had no idea how dangerous the virus was. And there were no high-security labs in Belgium. We just wore our white lab coats and protective gloves. When we opened the Thermos, the ice inside had largely melted and one of the vials had broken. Blood and glass shards were floating in the ice water. We fished the other, intact, test tube out of the slop and began examining the blood for pathogens, using the methods that were standard at the time.

But the yellow fever virus apparently had nothing to do with the nun’s illness.

No. And the tests for Lassa fever and typhoid were also negative. What, then, could it be? Our hopes were dependent on being able to isolate the virus from the sample. To do so, we injected it into mice and other lab animals. At first nothing happened for several days. We thought that perhaps the pathogen had been damaged from insufficient refrigeration in the Thermos. But then one animal after the next began to die. We began to realize that the sample contained something quite deadly.

But you continued?

Other samples from the nun, who had since died, arrived from Kinshasa. When we were just about able to begin examining the virus under an electron microscope, the World Health Organization instructed us to send all of our samples to a high-security lab in England. But my boss at the time wanted to bring our work to conclusion no matter what. He grabbed a vial containing virus material to examine it, but his hand was shaking and he dropped it on a colleague’s foot. The vial shattered. My only thought was: “Oh, shit!” We immediately disinfected everything, and luckily our colleague was wearing thick leather shoes. Nothing happened to any of us.

In the end, you were finally able to create an image of the virus using the electron microscope.

Yes and our first thought was: “What the hell is that?” The virus that we had spent so much time searching for was very big, very long, and worm-like. It had no similarities with yellow fever. Rather, it looked like the extremely dangerous Marburg virus, which, like Ebola, causes a hemorrhagic fever. In the 1960s, the virus killed several laboratory workers in Marburg, Germany.

Were you afraid at that point?

I knew almost nothing about the Marburg virus at the time. When I tell my students about it today, they think I must come from the Stone Age. But I actually had to go the library and look it up in an atlas of virology. It was the American Centers for Disease Control which determined a short time later that it wasn’t the Marburg virus, but a related, unknown virus. We had also learned in the meantime that hundreds of people had already succumbed to the virus in Yambuku and the area around it.

A few days later, you became one of the first scientists to fly to Zaire.

Yes. The nun who had died and her fellow sisters were all from Belgium. In Yambuku, which had been part of the Belgian Congo, they operated a small mission hospital. When the Belgian government decided to send someone, I volunteered immediately. I was 27 and felt a bit like my childhood hero, Tintin. And, I have to admit, I was intoxicated by the chance to track down something totally new.

 

A girl is led to an ambulance after showing signs of Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, 30 miles north of the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP

Was there any room for fear, or at least worry?

Of course, it was clear to us that we were dealing with one of the deadliest infectious diseases the world had ever seen – and we had no idea that it was transmitted via bodily fluids! It could also have been mosquitoes. We wore protective suits and latex gloves and I even borrowed a pair of motorcycle goggles to cover my eyes. But in the jungle heat, it was impossible to use the gas masks that we bought in Kinshasa. Even so, the Ebola patients I treated were probably just as shocked by my appearance as they were about their intense suffering. I took blood from around 10 of these patients. I was most worried about accidentally poking myself with the needle and infecting myself that way.

But you apparently managed to avoid becoming infected.

Well, at some point I did actually develop a high fever, a headache and diarrhea …

… Similar to Ebola symptoms?

Exactly. I immediately thought, “Damn, could be from something completely different and harmless. And it really would have been stupid to spend two weeks in the horrible isolation tent that had been set up for us scientists for the worst case. So I just stayed alone in my room and waited. Of course, I didn’t get a wink of sleep, but luckily I began feeling better by the next day. It was just a gastrointestinal infection. Actually, that is the best thing that can happen in your life: you look death in the eye but survive. It changed my whole approach, my whole outlook on life at the time.

You were also the one who gave the virus its name. Why Ebola?

On that day our team sat together late into the night – we had also had a couple of drinks – discussing the question. We definitely didn’t want to name the new pathogen “Yambuku virus”, because that would have stigmatized the place forever. There was a map hanging on the wall and our American team leader suggested looking for the nearest river and giving the virus its name. It was the Ebola River. So by around three or four in the morning we had found a name. But the map was small and inexact. We only learned later that the nearest river was actually a different one. But Ebola is a nice name, isn’t it?

In the end, you discovered that the Belgian nuns had unwittingly spread the virus. How did that happen?

In their hospital, they regularly gave pregnant women vitamin injections using unsterilized needles. By doing so, they infected many young women in Yambuku with the virus. We told the nuns about the terrible mistake they had made, but looking back, I would say that we were much too careful in our choice of words. Clinics that failed to observe this and other rules of hygiene functioned as catalysts in all additional Ebola outbreaks. They drastically sped up the spread of the virus or made the spread possible in the first place. Even in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, hospitals unfortunately played this ignominious role in the beginning.

After Yambuku, you spent the next 30 years of your professional life devoted to combating Aids. But now Ebola has caught up to you again. American scientists fear that hundreds of thousands of people could ultimately become infected. Was such an epidemic to be expected?

No, not at all. On the contrary, I always thought that Ebola, in comparison to Aids or malaria, didn’t present much of a problem because the outbreaks were always brief and local. Around June, it became clear to me that there was something fundamentally different about this outbreak. At about the same time, the aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières sounded the alarm. We Flemish tend to be rather unemotional, but it was at that point that I began to get really worried.

Why did WHO react so late?

On the one hand, it was because their African regional office isn’t staffed with the most capable people but with political appointees. And the headquarters in Geneva suffered large budget cuts that had been agreed to by member states. The department for hemorrhagic fever and the one responsible for the management of epidemic emergencies were hit hard. But since August WHO has regained a leadership role.

There is actually a well-established procedure for curtailing Ebola outbreaks: isolating those infected and closely monitoring those who had contact with them. How could a catastrophe such as the one we are now seeing even happen?

I think it is what people call a perfect storm: when every individual circumstance is a bit worse than normal and they then combine to create a disaster. And with this epidemic, there were many factors that were disadvantageous from the very beginning. Some of the countries involved were just emerging from terrible civil wars, many of their doctors had fled, and their healthcare systems had collapsed. In all of Liberia, for example, there were only 51 doctors in 2010, and many of them have since died of Ebola.

The fact that the outbreak began in the densely populated border region between Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia…

… Also contributed to the catastrophe. Because the people there are extremely mobile, it was much more difficult than usual to track down those who had had contact with the infected people. Because the dead in this region are traditionally buried in the towns and villages they were born in, there were highly contagious Ebola corpses travelling back and forth across the borders in pickups and taxis. The result was that the epidemic kept flaring up in different places.

For the first time in its history, the virus also reached metropolises such as Monrovia and Freetown. Is that the worst thing that can happen?

In large cities – particularly in chaotic slums – it is virtually impossible to find those who had contact with patients, no matter how great the effort. That is why I am so worried about Nigeria as well. The country is home to mega-cities like Lagos and Port Harcourt, and if the Ebola virus lodges there and begins to spread, it would be an unimaginable catastrophe.

Have we completely lost control of the epidemic?

I have always been an optimist and I think that we now have no other choice than to try everything, really everything. It’s good that the United States and some other countries are finally beginning to help. But Germany or even Belgium, for example, must do a lot more. And it should be clear to all of us: This isn’t just an epidemic any more. This is a humanitarian catastrophe. We don’t just need care personnel, but also logistics experts, trucks, jeeps and foodstuffs. Such an epidemic can destabilize entire regions. I can only hope that we will be able to get it under control. I really never thought that it could get this bad.

What can really be done in a situation when anyone can become infected on the streets and, like in Monrovia, even the taxis are contaminated?

We urgently need to come up with new strategies. Currently, helpers are no longer able to care for all the patients in treatment centers. So caregivers need to teach family members who are providing care to patients how to protect themselves from infection to the extent possible. This on-site educational work is currently the greatest challenge. Sierra Leone experimented with a three-day curfew in an attempt to at least flatten out the infection curve a bit. At first I thought: “That is totally crazy.” But now I wonder, “why not?” At least, as long as these measures aren’t imposed with military power.

A three-day curfew sounds a bit desperate.

Yes, it is rather medieval. But what can you do? Even in 2014, we hardly have any way to combat this virus.

Do you think we might be facing the beginnings of a pandemic?

There will certainly be Ebola patients from Africa who come to us in the hopes of receiving treatment. And they might even infect a few people here who may then die. But an outbreak in Europe or North America would quickly be brought under control. I am more worried about the many people from India who work in trade or industry in West Africa. It would only take one of them to become infected, travel to India to visit relatives during the virus’s incubation period, and then, once he becomes sick, go to a public hospital there. Doctors and nurses in India, too, often don’t wear protective gloves. They would immediately become infected and spread the virus.

The virus is continually changing its genetic makeup. The more people who become infected, the greater the chance becomes that it will mutate…

… which might speed its spread. Yes, that really is the apocalyptic scenario. Humans are actually just an accidental host for the virus, and not a good one. From the perspective of a virus, it isn’t desirable for its host, within which the pathogen hopes to multiply, to die so quickly. It would be much better for the virus to allow us to stay alive longer.

Could the virus suddenly change itself such that it could be spread through the air?

Like measles, you mean. Luckily, that is extremely unlikely. But a mutation that would allow Ebola patients to live a couple of weeks longer is certainly possible and would be advantageous for the virus. But that would allow Ebola patients to infect many, many more people than is currently the case.

But that is just speculation, isn’t it?

Certainly. But it is just one of many possible ways the virus could change to spread itself more easily. And it is clear that the virus is mutating.

You and two colleagues wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal supporting the testing of experimental drugs. Do you think that could be the solution?

Patients could probably be treated most quickly with blood serum from Ebola survivors, even if that would likely be extremely difficult given the chaotic local conditions. We need to find out now if these methods, or if experimental drugs like ZMapp, really help. But we should definitely not rely entirely on new treatments. For most people, they will come too late in this epidemic. But if they help, they should be made available for the next outbreak.

Testing of two vaccines is also beginning. It will take a while, of course, but could it be that only a vaccine can stop the epidemic?

I hope that’s not the case. But who knows? Maybe.

In Zaire during that first outbreak, a hospital with poor hygiene was responsible for spreading the illness. Today almost the same thing is happening. Was Louis Pasteur right when he said: “It is the microbes who will have the last word”?

Of course, we are a long way away from declaring victory over bacteria and viruses. HIV is still here; in London alone, five gay men become infected daily. An increasing number of bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. And I can still see the Ebola patients in Yambuku, how they died in their shacks and we couldn’t do anything except let them die. In principle, it’s still the same today. That is very depressing. But it also provides me with a strong motivation to do something. I love life. That is why I am doing everything I can to convince the powerful in this world to finally send sufficient help to West Africa. Now!

Der Spiegel

 

 

What This American With Ebola Did May Have Already Spread Ebola Without Anyone Realizing

One of the two Dallas American healthcare workers diagnosed with Ebola…

  1. PETER BROWNOCTOBER 16, 2014

One of the two Dallas American healthcare workers diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane with 132 passengers the day before she was diagnosed, in what Breitbart News calls a “potential nightmare scenario.”

The CDC is reaching out to all passengers who flew on the Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas Fort Worth. All passengers are being asked to call 1-800-CDC-INFO. They will begin to interview passengers after 1 PM Eastern Time.

The CDC has admitted that it failed to send teams with the necessary equipment, protocols, and procedures to handle the disease.

Authorities are saying that the woman exhibited no Ebola symptoms during her flight, and they continue to reassure that Ebola is not an airborne disease.

When will America wake up to the federal government’s failure to combat the spread of Ebola?
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/ebola-patient-flew-plane-right-diagnosis/#zTAA8SwcIXAEvOo9.99

 

 

What The President Said Proves He Has No Clue About The Ebola Virus. Fortunately, Glenn Beck Does

“I felt perfectly safe doing so.”

JAMES BEATTIE 

President Obama told reporters Wednesday he not only shook hands with doctors and nurses in care of Ebola patients at Emory University, but kissed the nurses as well.

The President said:

“I shook hands with, hugged and kissed not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory, because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients.  They followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so.”

The President kissed the nurses at Emory University in Atlanta, where the second Ebola patient, Amber Vinson, is currently being treated.  President Obama has cancelled a scheduled campaign trip to Connecticut to focus on the Ebola crisis.

Media personality Glenn Beck posted to his Facebook Page Thursday that an audience member was kept outside of his studio in Dallas for the taping of his television program because he was a healthcare worker who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan.

“This is how close Ebola hits home.  We just finished our Ebola show and I walked off the soundstage.  I asked about the audience etc.

“I was then informed that just before the audience was loaded in, an audience member was kept outside the building due to security.

“It was a nurse who worked with the sick nurses and in the room with the victim who just died from Ebola.  One of the team members.  Really?”


Read more at
http://www.westernjournalism.com/president-said-proves-clue-ebola-virus-glenn-beck/#liVMbmJVh9bBOhtF.99

 

Wow: This Biker Gang Is Doing Something That Will Have ISIS Fighters Crying For Their Moms

Members of a Dutch motorcycle gang have…

JAMES BEATTIE  

Members of a Dutch motorcycle gang have traveled to northern Iraq to fight alongside Kurds against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to Agence-France Presse (AFP) reports, three members of the Dutch motorcycle gang, No Surrender, are near Mosul to aide Kurds in their efforts against ISIS. Head of the gang, Klaas Otto, told state broadcaster NOS Friday the three members were from the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Breda.

Dutch law had forbidden its citizens to take up arms for another country, but Dutch public prosecutor spokesperson Wim de Bruin told AFP this is no longer the case.

“Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden.”

De Bruin added, “You can’t just fight against the Netherlands,” noting the bikers were fighting against ISIS insurgents. He cautioned that Dutch citizens would be subject to prosecution if they committed crimes including torture or rape.

A tweet from the team’s website shows Ron, one of the bikers, holding an assault rifle next to a Kurdish fighter.
Read more at
http://www.westernjournalism.com/dutch-bikers-hailed-heroes-theyre/#PhXlWLgGsvQxrKhL.99

 

 

Watch: Dallas Nurse Reveals Shocking Hospital Blunder That Exposed Her And Others To Ebola

“I watched them violate basic principles of nursing…”

JAMES BEATTIE  

A nurse who cared for one of the recently infected Ebola patients told NBC’s Matt Lauer Thursday that she “couldn’t believe” the lack of protocols in place at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and could “no longer defend” her place of employment.

Appearing on Today Thursday in an interview with Matt Lauer, Briana Aguirre said officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital did not properly treat patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

“I watched them violate basic principles of nursing… I would try anything and everything to refuse to go there to be treated. I would feel at risk by going there. If I don’t actually have Ebola, I may contract it there.”

Aguirre asserted that no one in the hospital’s administration stressed education on the Ebola virus.

“We never talked about Ebola and we probably should have… [Instead], they gave us an optional seminar to go to. Just informational, not hands on. It wasn’t even suggested we go… We were never told what to look for.

“I can no longer defend my hospital at all.

The Texas nurse did not care for Duncan, but did provide care for Nina Pham, who will be soon transferred to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) facility in Bethesda, Maryland. Aguirre said Duncan was placed in an area with “up to seven other patients,” and co-workers who did care for Duncan said the scene was “chaotic.”

“It was just a little chaotic scene. Our infectious disease department was contacted to ask, ‘What is our protocol?’ And their answer was, ‘We don’t know. We’re going to have to call you back.’”

While providing care for Pham, Aguirre said she “couldn’t believe” the lack of protection she was issued to provide care for the patient. While every other part of her body was protected, the front part of her neck was exposed.

“I’ll be honest, I threw a fit. I just couldn’t believe it… In the second week of an Ebola crisis at my hospital, the only gear they were offering us at that time, and up until that time, is gear that is allowing our necks to be uncovered?

“Why would I be wearing two pairs of gloves, three pairs of booties, a plastic suit covering my entire body, and then leave my neck hanging out this much so that something can potentially go close to my mouth or nose?”

Aguirre told Lauer that, when she expressed her concern to an infectious disease nurse, she was advised to place tape around the exposed area to cover up.

Aguirre is the second nurse to reveal questionable on-goings at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after a group of nurses who have not revealed their identities released a statement through National Nurses United.
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/nurse-just-revealed-sobering-things-ebola-preparation-america/#CYq6mFyfYbkJ1vqV.99

 

 

Florida Man Refuses To Take Down American Flags

“It just reminded me of my family.”

JAMES BEATTIE  

A hardware store employee who honored his six family members serving in the United States Armed Forces with American flags on the lawn outside of his storefront received local and national praise after a code enforcement officer ordered them to be taken down earlier this week.

Jeff Verzi, 56, who works at Family Hardware in Cape Coral, Florida, was told by a code enforcement officer that six flags on display outside the storefront violated a city ordinance that prohibits placing banners in the right-of-way, after an anonymous complaint was received. Verzi politely refused to do so, according to The News-Press.

Verzi said on Fox and Friends Thursday, “It just reminded me of my family.”

The initial plan was to put more than 500 American flags in the neighborhood. Eric Strange, Verzi’s supervisor at Family Hardware, told The News-Press he stood with his employee and commended his stance.

 “It’s all about the veterans.”

A spokesperson for the city said no further action would be taken and that it’s a good thing to see the community come together.

Verzi told The News-Press he plans to attend the next regular city council meeting next week to propose amending the ordinance to exclude the American flag. Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion plan on attending in uniform to show support.
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/american-flag-story-might-reinforce-faith-government-30-seconds/#w20OPC0WeL6X7OU0.99

 

 

Obama Ebola Czar: Zero Medical Experience

Obama surrounds himself with yes men who have no business being in the position they are in.
Check it out:

White House Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco, who has no professional medical expertise, was named by the White House as the point person in charge of coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

Earlier this month, prior to widespread criticism of the handling of the first Ebola case in the U.S., Monaco assured the public the government had the outbreak under control.

“We know how to do this, and we will do it again,” Monaco said at a press briefing.

“It’s very important to remind the American people that the U.S. has the most capable health-care system and the most capable doctors in the world, bar none,” Monaco said.

In describing Monaco’s role, press secretary Josh Earnest seemed to anticipate criticism of her lack of medical credentials, explaining each agency has its own medical experts.

“Lisa Monaco is the president’s Homeland Security adviser, and she is the one that, from here at the White House, continues to play the role of coordinating the efforts of all of those agencies. But ultimately, each of those agencies understands exactly what they’re responsible for, and they have experts in this field that can ensure the American people remain safe,” Earnest said.

Earnest pointed out Monaco was in charge of coordinating the government’s response after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., urged the White House over the weekend to name an Ebola “czar.”

Criticized for a lack of a “czar,” Earnest told reporters “the inter-agency coordination effort is something that is being monitored and run – very capably, I might add – by Lisa Monaco.”


Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2014/10/obama-ebola-czar-zero-medical-experience/#BwtikTm5VDSGtwuw.99

 

 

Obama Will Institute Ebola Travel Restrictions … On Our Military

This precaution is in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization protocols for Ebola, but stand in stark contrast with the Obama administration’s reluctance to institute the same precautions for civilians from western Africa countries currently experiencing the worst Ebola epidemic on record.

The Obama administration steadfastly refuses to institute a travel ban from Ebola epidemic countries, saying it would somehow make the outbreak worse. But they have authorized the U.S. military to quarantine personnel in those countries for up to 21 days, should commanders feel it necessary.

Last month, the president authorized the deployment of up to 4,000 U.S. troops to the region for support and logistical issues. They are not expected to be involved directly with patients, but should commanders suspect they have been exposed to Ebola, they are now authorized to order the troops be held in seclusion and monitored for three weeks.

CNN reports, “In an unprecedented move to protect U.S. troops that might be exposed to Ebola, U.S. military commanders are being given the authority to quarantine troops for 21 days at a Defense Department facility where they will be monitored for signs of the disease and treated if they do contract the virus, a Defense Department memo explained.”
Read the rest of this Patriot Update article here: http://patriotupdate.com/2014/10/obama-administration-will-institute-ebola-travel-restrictions-military/#7bTLg4QhY4di4lPs.99

 

 

Clemente Sanchez:  SE MATO COMO CHACUMBELE                          


Después del asesinato por terroristas al Embajador de los EEUU, y dos agentes de seguridad fue a California a hacer campaña política.    Lo mismo sucedió después de que un avión civil, fuera derrumbado por asociados del líder Ruso Putin.    El decapitamiento de un joven periodista norteamericano no impidió que minutos después fuera a jugar Golf.    Múltiples crisis anteriores, incluyendo el comienzo de una guerra contra el Estado Islámico, no han impedido que nuestro Presidente Obama viaje por placer, o para recaudar fondos para su partido político.    Esta supuesta falta de liderazgo, mayormente ignorada por la prensa, fue justificada como una acción para evitar una nota de alarma y “un pánico” a la población en general.    En las últimas semanas surgió una nueva aprensión, la posible contaminación por el virus de la enfermedad Ebola.    La prensa, que en términos generales ha abandonado su misión de defensores de la verdad para convertirse en comentaristas/voceros de ambos partidos políticos, se ha unido exagerando, a mi juicio, este peligro.    Súbitamente Obama cancelo dos funciones de su campaña electoral para quedarse en Washington.    Concordante con sus propias ideas, esta conducta aumentara nuestro temor a esa enfermedad  con el “pánico” consiguiente.    En esta ocasión, no podrá culpar a nadie, puesto que al igual que Chacumbele “el mismito se mato”.
Fernando J Milanés MD

 

 

Houston, We have a Problem!‏

Houston, We have a Problem!

Absolute tyranny by the democrats.  It is chilling and an assault on the First Amendment. CARLOS BRINGUIER <carlosbringuier@sbcglobal.net>                                                                   Nolan Rowald <nolanrowald@gmail.com>

 

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.” 

“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”

The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.

The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.

However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”

Mayor Parker will not explain why she wants to inspect the sermons. I contacted City Hall for a comment and received a terse reply from the mayor’s director of communications.

“We don’t comment on litigation,” said Janice Evans.

However, ADF attorney Stanley suspects the mayor wants to publicly shame the ministers. He said he anticipates they will hold up their sermons for public scrutiny. In other words – the city is rummaging for evidence to “out” the pastors as anti-gay bigots.

Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.

The mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of your congregation” regarding the non-discrimination law.

“This is an attempt to chill pastors from speaking to the cultural issues of the day,” Riggle told me. “The mayor would like to silence our voice. She’s a bully.”

Rev. Dave Welch, executive director of the Texas Pastor Council, also received a subpoena. He said he will not be intimidated by the mayor.

“We’re not afraid of this bully,” he said. “We’re not intimidated at all.”

He accused the city of violating the law with the subpoenas and vowed to stand firm in the faith.

“We are not going to yield our First Amendment rights,” Welch told me. ‘This is absolutely a complete abuse of authority.”

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, said pastors around the nation should rally around the Houston ministers.

“The state is breaching the wall of separation between church and state,” Perkins told me. ‘Pastors need to step forward and challenge this across the country. I’d like to see literally thousands of pastors after they read this story begin to challenge government authorities – to dare them to come into their churches and demand their sermons.”

Perkins called the actions by Houston’s mayor “obscene” and said they “should not be tolerated.”

“This is a shot across the bow of the church,” he said.

This is the moment I wrote about in my book, “God Less America.” I predicted that the government would one day try to silence American pastors. I warned that under the guise of “tolerance and diversity” elected officials would attempt to deconstruct religious liberty. 

Sadly, that day arrived sooner than even I expected.

Tony Perkins is absolutely right. Now is the time for pastors and people of faith to take a stand.  We must rise up and reject this despicable strong-arm attack on religious liberty. We cannot allow ministers to be intimidated by government thugs.

The pastors I spoke to tell me they will not comply with the subpoena – putting them at risk for a “fine or confinement, or both.”

Heaven forbid that should happen. But if it does, Christians across America should be willing to descend en masse upon Houston and join these brave men of God behind bars.

Pastor Welch compared the culture war skirmish to the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, fought in present-day Harris County, Texas. It was a decisive battle of the Texas Revolution.

“This is the San Jacinto moment for traditional family,” Welch told me. “This is the place where we stop the LGBT assault on the freedom to practice our faith.”

We can no longer remain silent. We must stand together – because one day – the government might come for your pastor.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/14/city-houston-demands-pastors-turn-over-sermons/

 

 

Eric Holder Gives DOJ Lawyers ‘Exceptional Service Award’ For Gay Marriage

Soon-to-be-retired Attorney General Eric Holder gave the Department of Justice gay marriage implementation team the department’s top award at the Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony, a Wednesday press release announced.

The Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, “the department’s highest award for employee performance,” was given to the 29 people “responsible for outstanding achievement in U.S. v. Windsor implementation.”

The 2013 Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor gutted the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 federal law which defined marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” The case was brought by Edith Windsor, who argued that she shouldn’t have to pay estate taxes on the inheritance left her by her female partner because they were married. Shortly after she filed suit against the government, President Barack Obama famously instructed Holder not to defend DOMA’s constitutionality, since he had determined it to be unconstitutional all by himself. “I fully concur with the President’s determination,” Holder said at the time. Less than two years later, the law was struck down.

“Among many others, this year’s award recipients include those who have helped lead the fight to extend equal protection, and equal rights, to our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters – from enforcing civil rights laws to securing a historic victory before the Supreme Court, the impact of which continues to radiate through courts and communities across the country,” Holder said at the ceremony.


Read more at http://minutemennews.com/2014/10/eric-holder-gives-doj-lawyers-exceptional-service-award-gay-marriage/#LhzAURziteJ0PBCE.99

“EMO” Sera que todos sean una bandada de “patos” LRGM

 

Sugerencia de Oscar Fraga sobre las próximas elecciones:

Las elecciones del próximo martes 4 de noviembre son de suma importancia para el futuro de nuestro gran país.  No debemos pensar como demócratas ni como repúblicanos, sino como americanos.  Tenemos que votar por candidatos que representen los mismos valores que hicieron a los Estados Unidos la gran nación que siempre fué. Tenemos que tener en mente que los ciudadanos son el gobierno, “We the People.”  El presidente, los miembros del congreso y nuestros jueces son solo parte de ese gobierno y no una entidad que tiene el poder absoluto sobre cada uno de sus ciudadanos.

 

Creo que es vital que cada uno de nosotros salgamos a votar ese día y que nos eduquemos acerca de cada uno de los candidatos.  Lo mismo digo sobre cada una de las enmiendas que aparecerán en la boleta. Lo importante es salir a votar.  

 

Los anuncios que estamos viendo en la televisión y oyendo en la radio dejan mucho que desear.  Atácan al oponente pero ellos mismos no nos dicen que piensan hacer si ellos son electos.  Mucho de estos anuncios estan llenos de mentiras y de información totalmente errónea y mal intencionada.  

 

Por vivir en diferentes distritos, cada uno de nosotros tendremos candidatos y enmiendas diferentes.  También habrá casos en los cuales hay candidatos y enmiendas por lo que todos nosotros votaremos.  

 

Le sugieron que consideren a los siguientes candidatos y a las explicaciones que los acompañan en la mayoria de los casos.  Tambión les sugieron que consideren como votar en las enmiendas y las explicaciones que las acompañan.  Pero cada uno de Uds. sabrá como quieren votar ese día.

 

  1.  Para gobernador y vicegobernador:  Rick Scott y Carlos López Cantera.  Rick Scott tomó las riendas del estado en un momento en que el desempleo estaba sumamente alto y miles de familias tenian sus propiedades en foreclosure.  Charlie Crist fué republicano, independiente y ahora demócrata.  Dice que va a subir el salario mínimo y ésto suena muy lindo, pero eso es una función del gobierno federal y no el de un estado.  Ninguno de los candidatos son santos pero hay veces que hay que elegir el menos de dos males.

 

  1.  Para fiscal general:  Pam Bondi

 

  1.  Para Funcionario Principal de Finanzas:  Jeff Atwater

 

  1.  Para Comisionado de Agricultura:  Adam Putnam

 

  1.  Representante ante el Congreso, Distrito 23:  Joseph “Joe” Kaufman

 

  1.  Representante ante el Congreso, Distrito 24:  Carlos Curbelo.  José “Joe” García es su oponente.  Esta en estos momentos siendo investigado por un caso federal y no olvidemos que el dice que “Communism works.”

 

  1.  Representante Estatal, Distrito 100:  Martin a. “Marty” Feigenbaum

 

  1.  Representante Estatal, Distrito 103:  Manny Díaz, Jr.  No tiene nada que ver con el que fué alcalde de la Ciudad de Miami y terminó siendo millonario en pocos años.

 

  1.  Representante Estatal, Distrito 105:  Carlos Trujillo

 

  1. Representante Estatal, Distrito 110:  Jose Oliva

 

  1. Representante Estatal, Distrito 111:  Votar por uno 

 

  1. Representante Estatal, Distrito 112:  Daniel Díaz Leyva

 

  1. Representante Estatal, Distrito 114:  Erik Fresen

 

  1. Representante Estatal, Distrito 115:  Michael Bileca

 

  1. Representante Estatal, Distrito 116:  Jose Felíx Díaz/Carmen Sotomayor

 

  1. Representante Estatal, Distrito 118:  Frank Artiles

 

  1. Representante Estatal, Distrito 119:  Jeanette M. Nuñez

 

18: Tasador de Inmuebles:  Pedro J. García.  El ha estudiado toda su vida para esa posición.  Gracias a el, nuestros impuestos a la propiedad bajaron cuando el estaba en ese cargo.  Su contrincante es Eddy Gonzalez, no luce una mala persona, pero no sabe mucho sobre la posición de tasador ya que por años fué un Representante Estatal.  

 

  1. Enmienda #1-Water and Land Convervation-Conservación de Aguas y Tierras:  No.  (Suena bonito, sobre todo cuando dicen que no nos subiran nuestros impuestos.  Aqui es para que el gobierno sigan comprando tierras y más tierras y hacer más y más regulaciones.  ¿Sabian que apróximadamente el 80% de las tierras del estado de Nevada han sido compradas por el gobierno?  Todo en nombre del calentamiento global, etc.-  Esto se pica y se extiende!!!)  Tengan mucho cuidado porque el lobo viene vestido de obeja.

 

  1. Enmienda #2-Marihuana:  No.  Ya el estado de la Florida tiene la ley Charlotte Webb firmada por el gobernador Rick Scott que permite la venta de la marihuna medicinal a personas que de verdad lo necesitan.  Lean lo que ha pasado en el estado de Colorado después que ellos votaron a favor.  Ahora la mayoria de los usuarios son jovenes entre los 20 y los 35 años.  Ya estan haciendo galleticas de marihuana y hasta un aceite de cocinar de marihuana.  La marihuana es adictiva, afecta al cerebro y es el primer paso al uso de drogas mas fuertes.  Suena muy bonito como no las quieren vender.

 

  1.  Enmienda #3-Nombramiento Eventual para Ciertos Cargos Judiciales Vacantes:  No.  Esta perfecto de la manera que se hace.  No hace falta que cambien el proceso que esta en vigencia hoy en día.  Eso le daria un poder a los gobernadores de poner a sus amigos ya Uds. saben para que.

 

  1.  Preguntas del Condado-Enmienda para permitir bibliotecas en parques:  No.  Ya tenemos suficientes bibliotecas y con las que tenemos ellos tienens problemas asi que como ahora ellos quieren bibliotecas en los parques.  Parece que le esta patinando el coco.

 

  1.  Preguntas del Condado-  Eximir al Parque Regional de Fútbol de Miami-Dade del Articulo 7:  No.  Esto es un arma de doble filo.

 

  1.  Preguntas del Condado-  Permitir terrenos para acampar y alojamientos/cabañas en el Parque de Matecumbe:  No.  Esto también esta dudoso.Ya tenemos bastantes lugares de alojamientos y para acampar.  Esto impactaria negativamente el medio ambiente de la zona.  ¿Quién sera el contratista y el dueño de esos alojamientos y lugares de acampar?  

 

  1.  Enmienda para eximir del Articulo 7  la ampliación de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida en los predios de la Fería de la Juventud:  No.  FIU ya tiene bastante tierra.  Ya estan tomando tierras del otro lado de la Calle 8.  Tienen un Campo Universitario en el Norte que hay que decirle Ud.  Quiere tomar los mangos bajitos con el hecho de que le den esos terrenos.  En esos terrenos se llevan a caba muchas actividades para nuestra comunidad.  Pienso que lo mudarian para Homestead.  ¿Cuantas familias pueden ir a Homestead?  También FIU ha hecho muchas cosas en contra de los estudiantes.  Cursos lo dividen en dos sesiones para cobrar más, se quedan con parte del dinero de Florida Pre-paid,etc.  En fin, son un pulpo que lo quiren acaparar todo.  

 

  1.  Imponer otro impuesto a la propiedad para cubrir el gasto de construir una Corte que reemplaze el edificio del Cielito Lindo:  No.  Ya no podemos con otro impuesto mas.  Si el edificio de la corte esta asi es porque el Condado la dejo ponerse asi.  ¿Dónde han estado los inspectores todos estos años?  Solo piensen lo que le pasaria a Uds. si pusieran algo fuera de codigo en su propiedad o no cortaran el pasto por un tiempo. . . Si, le iban a poner una tremenda multa.  Recuerden lo que paso con el impuesto al Jackson Hospital.  Ahora tenemos que pagar ese impuesto y el dinero que el hospital recibia del estado se lo han quitado y se los han dado a otros hospitales alrededor del estado.

 

  1.  Juez del Condado, Grupo 19:  Frank Bocanegra

 

  1.  ¿Se deberian retener en sus cargos los tres jueces del Tribunal de Apelaciones:  Thomas Logue, Barbara Lagoa, y Vance E. Salter?  (He tratado de encontrar información sobre ellos y la poca información que esta disponible dice que han desempeñado bien su cargo).  

 

Piensen en todos los puntos antes mencionados.  Recuerden, la decisión es suya.  Compartan cualquier información que piensen que es importante con sus familiares y amigos.  Pidanles que voten por cualquiera de los candidatos que ellos merecen que se merecen su voto, pero que voten.

 

 

 

 

Están son mis sugerencias para las próximas elecciones el martes 4 de noviembre del 2014.

Usted debe votar por quien usted desee. LRGM

Esta es Boleta electoral  del próximo Noviembre  Martes 4, 2014 en Miami Dade.

REPRESENTANTE ANTE EL CONGRESO, DISTRITO 23 Joseph Kaufman REP 10

REPRESENTANTE ANTE EL CONGRESO, DISTRITO 24 Carlos Curbelo REP 15

GOBERNADOR Y VICEGOBERNADOR Rick Scott REP 17 Carlos Lopez-Cantera

FISCAL GENERAL Pam Bondi REP 22

FUNCIONARIO PRINCIPAL DE FINANZAS Jeff Atwater REP 25

COMISIONADO DE AGRICULTURA Adam Putnam REP 27

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 100 Martin A. “Marty” Feigenbaum REP 30

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 103 Manny Diaz, Jr. REP 33

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 105 Carlos Trujillo REP 35

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 110 Jose Oliva REP 40

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 112 Daniel Diaz Leyva REP 44

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 114 Erik Fresen REP 46

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 115  Michael Bileca REP 50

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 116  Jose Felix Diaz   REP 52    Carmen Sotomayor REP 54

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 118 Frank Artiles REP 56

REPRESENTANTE ESTATAL, DISTRITO 119 Jeanette M. Nuñez REP 58

TASADOR DE INMUEBLES Pedro J. Garcia 70 

No voten por Eddie González para tasador de inmuebles, porque es un aliado de Carlos Giménez para subirnos los impuestos.  

ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL No. 2  (Mariguana)  VOTE      NO

ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL ARTÍCULO X, SECCIÓN 29

Financiamiento de Proyectos del Tribunal  mediante la Emisión de Bonos de Obligación  General:  Hacer una nueva corte con dinero de los contribuyentes. Vote NO/.

“FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”

Lázaro R. González Miño

https://twitter.com/lazarorgonzale2

En mi opinión”

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