U.S. regulatory czar nominee wants Net ‘Fairness Doctrine’
Barack Obama’s nominee for “regulatory czar” has advocated a “Fairness Doctrine” for the Internet that would require opposing opinions be linked and also has suggested angry e-mails should be prevented from being sent by technology that would require a 24-hour cooling off period.
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U.S. regulatory czar nominee wants Net ‘Fairness Doctrine’
SWINE FLU OVERVIEW: AROUND THE WORLD IN 30 DAYS (OR SO) –
The swine flu continues to spread, and the world is on high alert. The disease has been confirmed in Mexico, United States, Canada, Spain, Israel, New Zealand, Scotland, and health officials across the world are working to keep it from spreading further. Swine influenza is a common respiratory disease that affects pigs. Humans can catch the swine flu, but usually only through contact with infected pigs. However, the current strain – a variation of an H1N1 virus – is a mixture of human and swine flu viruses, and is spreading from human to human. Because the virus is a new development, the human population has no immunity built up against it yet. It can therefore be very dangerous, but so far the cases that have appeared around the world have been milder than the cases in Mexico. The symptoms of the new virus are the same as general human flu symptoms – runny nose, fever, cough, weakness, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus can be passed along by water droplets in the air after infected people cough or sneeze, and can be contracted by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching eyes, noses or mouths. The disease is not spread by eating pork products. People can be contagious for one to four days before showing any symptoms, and may remain contagious for up to a week afterwards. Children may remain contagious even longer. A variety of countries have either confirmed cases of the swine flu or are concerned that their citizens may have been infected. Mexico: The swine flu made its jump to humanity in Mexico, where over 2000 cases have been reported and at least 150 people have died. A four-year-old boy living near a large pig farm in Veracruz state seems to be the first case in this 2009 outbreak. Neighbors complained about the clouds of flies drawn to the pig manure lagoons on the mega-farm, and many locals were hospitalized from a respiratory infection earlier this month. Mexico City has been hit hard by the virus, and over 770 people remained hospitalized Monday. The disease is even killing young, healthy people, which has health officials deeply concerned. Mexico authorities have closed all schools until May 6 at the earliest. The United States: As of Tuesday, at least 68 cases had been confirmed in the US, primarily in New York City and California. On Sunday the US government declared a public health emergency in order to free up money to control spread of the disease.
Texas: Governor Perry requested 37,430 courses of antiviral drugs on Saturday in anticipation of an outbreak there. The state has closed 14 schools near San Antonio after three area students were confirmed to have the swine flu. Another three people in Dallas have the virus, and officials are tracking four possible cases near Corpus Christi.
California: A Claremont school cancelled school for Tuesday after it was known a student had contracted the virus while on a trip to Mexico. As of Tuesday, 13 cases of the swine flu had been confirmed in the state, mostly in counties bordering Mexico. More cases are expected to surface as the week progresses. On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health labs in Richmond started testing for the virus. Previously, only labs in Atlanta had the necessary chemical agents. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is shipping stockpiles of antiviral medication to California so that the drugs are available to anybody who needs them.
New York: At least 45 students at St. Francis Preparatory School in NYC have been confirmed to have the swine flu. Over 100 students at and their relatives have complained of flu-like symptoms. Those with confirmed cases of the swine flu seem to have a milder strain of the disease than what has been found in Mexico. All are recovering.
Two cases have also been confirmed in Kansas, one in Ohio and, most recently, Indiana has confirmed one instance of the illness.To the relief of many, the cases in the US do not seem as vicious as those in Mexico. “Scientists can’t tell us right now why this is presenting so severely in Mexico City and not as severely up here,” said US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. People experiencing flu-like symptoms in a variety of other states have tested negative for the virus, but most states are taking precautions in case the swine flu pops up in their areas. New Zealand: Three cases of swine flu have been confirmed in New Zealand, and another eight people in the same group are believed to have the virus. Those who are ill recently returned home from a school trip to Mexico, but like in America, the cases seem relatively mild. In all 11 cases, the patients are responding to treatment and recovering at home. Forty-three more people are under observation. Canada, Israel, Scotland, and Spain all have citizens who tested positive for the swine flu. Many countries are tightening their borders to protect their citizens. The World Health Organization raised its warning level from 3 to 4 on Monday, which means there are sustained human-to-human transmissions of the virus, and containment is no longer possible. Fear of a pandemic has affected the markets. Oil dropped $1.41 a barrel on Monday, and the Dow Jones fell to 7,987. Investors have turned to currencies, causing the US dollar and Japanese yen to rise in value. Mexico’s peso is down, along with the New Zealand and Australian dollars, and pharmaceutical and healthcare stocks are up. The Australian company Biota, maker of the Relenza flu vaccine, leaped up 72 percent in the wake of the swine flu scare. The swine flu is making the news because it’s a strain that can now be transmitted from human to human, but the flu is nothing new. According to the CDC, 36,000 people in the US die each year from the flu and related complications. While the virus seems to be most deadly in Mexico, the swine flu demonstrates how easily a contagious disease can spread across the globe. In this day of speedy travel, when a flu bug can spring from Mexico to Europe, the Middle East and Asia in just a few weeks, the whole world could be infected in only a few weeks more. While future diseases might not be so kind, the swine flu seen today seems to have mushroomed out in milder forms.
Nobody wants to catch any form of influenza. There are preventative measures people can take to avoid catching this or other bugs;
– Wash hands frequently;
– Avoid touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth;
– Get plenty of restful sleep;
– Drink a lot of water and eat nutritious food;
– Avoid infected people;
– If necessary, wear a face mask;
– Get outside in the fresh air and sunshine. (Illnesses spread faster when people are in closed, confined spaces.)
No deaths from the swine flu have yet been reported outside of Mexico.
• Texas Raises Confirmed Swine Flu Cases To Six – Reuters
• Health Officials Confirm 13 Swine Flu Cases In California – Mercury News
• New Zealand Confirms Cases Of Swine Flu – Reuters
• Texas Gov. Perry Seeks Anti-Viral Treatment For Swine Flu For Texas – AP
• New York Confirms 28 Swine Flu Cases, More are Likely – Bloomberg
• More Swine Flu Tests in Scotland – BBC
• With Swine Flu Cases Rising, Borders Are Tightened – The New York Times
• WHO Raises Pandemic Alert Level; – CNN
• Mexico Outbreak Traced To ‘Manure Lagoons’ At Pig Farm – The Times
• Strategic Trend: Biotech & Global Pestilence – Koinonia House
ABC Mocks the Second Amendment
ABC’s “20/20” featured a special report last Friday titled “If I Only Had a Gun” that took a look at how citizens who carry firearms for protection would fare against a determined mass murderer. Anchor Diane Sawyer intoned, “In all, last month, 53 people died in gun rampages in America. Over the past year, a surge in the purchase of new guns. Tonight, ABC News will bring you the result of a yearlong exploration of guns, self-defense and child safety. It’s called ‘If I Only Had a Gun.’ And police ask: If you had a gun, can you be sure you could use it in a crisis?”
In light of the recent mass shootings, this isn’t a bad question to ask. However, ABC could only come up with negative answers. After brief training, several citizens were put in simulations where a police office would burst into a room and start shooting paintballs at random. Each citizen failed to stop the shooter. We might point out that unarmed civilians haven’t stopped shooters, either. Also, contrary to ABC’s bit of propaganda, armed citizens defend themselves and their loved ones millions of times every year, often without firing a shot. (Author John Lott takes on such gun-grabbing “news” reports in his book, “The Bias Against Guns,” available at PatriotShop.US.)
Speaking of mass shootings, The Washington Post recently headlined, “Some Link Economy With Spate Of Killings.” And all this time we thought it was the guns…
NewsBusters editor Noel Sheppard asks, “Didn’t the Pittsburgh police killer Richard Poplawski recently lose his job? And didn’t he just have a fight with his mother who called the cops to have him removed from HER apartment? And wasn’t this an extremely paranoid and unstable person who got kicked out of the Marines for throwing a food tray at his drill sergeant? Yeah, but none of that matters as much as him recently posting at a white supremacist website a video of Glenn Beck discussing FEMA camps with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tx.).”
Case in point: CNN’s Rick Sanchez blabbers, “That [recent Pittsburgh] tragedy involves a man who allegedly shot and killed three police officers in cold blood. Why? Because he was convinced, after no doubt watching Fox News and listening to right-wing radio, that quote, ‘Our rights were being infringed upon.'”
Fauxbama Photo Event Generates Positive Coverage
According to Minority Report’s Dave Hinz, “[T]hat wonderful cheering welcome that President Obama received with his unscheduled surprise visit to the troops in Iraq, was entirely a staged event.” One Army sergeant described the event this way: “We were pre-screened, asked by officials ‘Who voted for Obama?’, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up.” As Hinz put it, “[P]olitical operatives from the Administration orchestrate a faux-cheering crowd of adoring military, right in front of the media covering the event.”
The Associated Press obliged, reporting, “President Barack Obama went for the defining television shot by capping his first extended foreign tour with a surprise visit to Iraq. He got it — pictures of hundreds of U.S. troops cheering wildly as he told them it was time for the Iraqis to take charge of their own future. The war-zone photo opportunity produced a stunning show of appreciation for Obama from military men and women who have made great sacrifices, many serving repeated tours in a highly unpopular war.”
It’s not hard to believe that all the “journalists” tagging along on this assignment failed to mention this charade. But when covering the teleconference President Bush set up a couple of years ago with soldiers who were shown on camera, discussing who would take what question, all the media could say was “Scandal!” As for Obama, he must have learned from this comparison with a real commander in chief.
Pentagon official blames U.S. for al-Qaida attacks
She believes al-Qaida was an “obscure group” turned into a massive threat due to U.S. policies. She’s referred to former President Bush as “our torturer in chief” and a “psychotic who need(s) treatment” while comparing Bush’s arguments for waging a war on terrorism to Adolf Hitler’s use of political propaganda. She’s worked on behalf of George Soros’ philanthropic foundation.
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Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s chief strategist in last year’s presidential campaign, is urging conservatives to drop their opposition to same-sex marri
We Heard . . .
THAT Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s chief strategist in last year’s presidential campaign, is urging conservatives to drop their opposition to same-sex marriage.
In a speech on Friday to Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights organization, Schmidt said, “There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage.
“I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one’s liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage.”
Schmidt also made a political argument for his stance, noting that McCain lost to Barack Obama by a wide margin among voters under 30, who are generally more accepting of gay couples, CNN reported.
McCain voiced opposition to same-sex marriage on the 2008 campaign trail.
THAT a new political action organization called GOProud has been formed to represent gay conservatives and their conservative allies.
The group’s chairman is Christopher Barron, former political director for Log Cabin Republicans, and its executive director is Jimmy LaSalvia, former policy director for Log Cabin Republicans.
The organization said in a release: “GOProud represents gay conservatives and their allies. GOProud is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and a confident foreign policy.
“GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing politics and policy at the federal level.”
THAT half of New York City’s tax receipts come from just 42,000 of its residents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced.
So in a city of 8.2 million, half of 1 percent of residents carry 50 percent of the tax burden.
Nationally, the top 10 percent of income tax filers pay 70 percent of the taxes and earn 47 percent of the income, according to a report on the Human Events Web site.
Last year, 23 million Americans who paid nothing in income taxes still received federal “refunds” totaling $46 billion.
THAT The New York Times turned on a dime when covering the recent piracy hostage crisis.
On April 10, two days after Somali pirates attacked an American cargo ship and took its captain hostage, the Times ran a front-page story under the headline “Standoff with Pirates Shows U.S. Power Has Limits” — echoing a theme the Times has put forth during the Iraq war.
But after U.S. Navy Seal snipers killed three pirates and rescued the captain, a Times story was headlined: “To Rescue Captain, U.S. Snipers Held Steady Despite Many Moving Parts” — those parts being the bobbing lifeboat that held the pirates, the rolling U.S. Navy ship with the snipers, and the pirates themselves.
That story made no mention of the “limits” of U.S. power.
THAT in another display of its editorial bent, the Times buried its story about the “tea parties” — where tens of thousands of taxpayers gathered across the nation on Wednesday to protest the Obama administration’s tax and spending plans — at the bottom of Page 14 rather than on the front page.
What the paper did find room for on the front page was, “Soot from Third-World Stoves Is New Target in Climate Fight.”
THAT the executives in charge of Voice of America broadcasts for Iran don’t know what is being sent out over the air — because none of them speaks Farsi, the language of Iran.
A State Department report on the Persian News Network (PNN), obtained by The Washington Times, discloses that “in part because of the language issue, managing editors report not to the executive producer of their show, but to a Persian-speaking senior executive editor.”
That means content is aired without high-level approval.
Last year Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said PNN’s mismanagement allowed anti-American content to creep into broadcasts.
Obama’s DOE Hid News of School Voucher Success
President Barack Obama’s Department of Education sat on a report chronicling the success of a school vouchers program until after Congress had voted not to continue the program.
That’s the report from Deroy Murdock, a media fellow with the Hoover Institution, who exposes the subterfuge in an article published by National Review Online.
The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program allows 1,714 children — 90 percent of them black and 9 percent Hispanic — to receive up to $7,500 to attend a private or parochial school instead of a public school in the District of Columbia, which is widely believed to have one of the nation’s most troubled school districts.
Since the program’s launch in 2004, 7,852 students have applied for these grants, and participants have been chosen by lottery.
Obama — who said last year that “you do what works for the kids” — did not intervene as Congress scheduled the program’s end after the 2009-2010 academic year.
“Now it emerges that Obama’s Department of Education possessed peer-reviewed, congressionally mandated, federally financed research proving this program’s success,” Murdock writes.
“Though it demonstrates ‘what works for the kids,’ DOE hid this study until Congress squelched these children’s dreams.”
An amendment in the Senate to rescue the vouchers program failed on March 10 by a vote of 39 to 58. The DOE finally released the report on April 3. Even then, DOE researchers were reportedly barred from discussing their findings.
“You’d think we were talking about nuclear secrets, not about a taxpayer-funded pilot program,” An April 5 editorial in The Wall Street Journal reported.
During the March 10 vote, 57 Democrats voted and 54 of them opposed the vouchers program.
Why? Murdock suggested, “Follow the money,” and he pointed out that teachers’ unions shelled out $55,794,000 in political donations between 1999 and 2008, with 96 percent of the funds going to Democrats.
The “winners” in the Senate vote, he added, are “the teachers’ unions, who hate school choice, hate vouchers, and don’t give a damn about school kids when they threaten union pay, benefits, and control of classrooms.”