Friday, October 24, 2014

AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED VETERANS!

RECENTLY, THE AMERICAN LEGION MAGAZINE RAN AN ARTICLE ON "AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED VETERANS".  THE NAMES OF THOSE TEN VETERANS ARE:
1.  AUDIE MURPHY.
2.  GEORGE WASHINGTON.
3.  THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
4.  ALVIN YORK.
5.  GEORGE PATTON.
6.  DWIGHT EISENHOWER.
7.  NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF.
8.  ROBERT E. LEE.
9  JIMMY DOOLITTLE.
10.  ULYSSES S. GRANT.
      NEXT TIME YOU GO TO THE CHURCH, OR SYNAGOGUE, OR MOSQUE, OR SHRINE, OR TEMPLE OF YOUR CHOICE--OR JUST STAY HOME ON A WEEKEND MORNING, THANK A VETERAN.  NEXT TIME YOU SHOW UP AT A PUBLIC MEETING, THANK A VETERAN.  NEXT TIME YOU GET IN YOUR CAR AND DRIVE FOR MILES TO VISIT A FRIEND OR RELATIVE, WITHOUT HAVING TO GET PERMISSION FROM A GOVERNMENT OFFICE, THANK A VETERAN.  THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE, THAT'S WHERE WE LIVE--THANKS TO VETERANS LIKE AUDIE MURPHY, GEORGE WASHINGTON, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, ALVIN YORK, GEORGE PATTON, DWIGHT EISENHOWER, NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF, ROBERT E. LEE, JIMMY DOOLITTLE, AND ULYSSES S. GRANT.

THIS TIME VOTE FOR ALISON AND STEPP, TOO!



"From Secret McConnell Audio, 12 Destructive Things a GOP Senate Would Do



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MITCH MCCONNELL
ASSOCIATED PRESS






If Republicans take the Senate next month (and if he wins his own reelection race), Mitch McConnell will be that body's next Majority Leader. Then what happens?
McConnell's been frank about what the GOP would do with the Senate -- at least when he thinks nobody's listening. This quote comes from audio, obtained by Undercurrent's Lauren Windsor, of a talk McConnell gave to a Koch Brothers group in August:
"Most things in the Senate require 60 (votes) ... but not the budget. So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. What does that mean?
"... No money can be spent to do this or do that. We're going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board ..."
McConnell attacked the Dodd/Frank financial reform bill in further audio obtained by this week by Windsor, calling it "Obamacare for banks."
McConnell said he would "definitely" defund the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, calling it "the biggest part of the Dodd/Frank bill."
But then, that's been his position all along. Senate Republicans refused to accept anyone's nomination to lead the CFPB when it was formed. Said McConnell at the time: "We're simply not going to ... confirm him or anybody else to this agency that shouldn't exist in its current form."
Last year McConnell remarked, "If I had my way, we wouldn't have the [CFPB] at all."
The course of action McConnell lays out in these audio clips would:
1. Expose Americans to toxic threats, and make additional disasters like the BP oil spill more likely.
Cuts in EPA funding are intended to meet the GOP's stated goal of deregulating high-polluting industries like those of the Koch brothers themselves. That would lead to more fracking, more poisons in the groundwater, a higher risk of water-supply crises like the one recently experienced in West Virginia, increased air pollution...
The result? A sicker population which is at greater risk of environmental disaster.
2. Deprive millions of American of health insurance.
The Affordable Care Act isn't perfect. But it has extended health insurance to millions of Americans, both through the exchanges and through Medicaid extensions at the state level (excepting those states where Republican governors have refused to accept Federal funds for that purpose).
Denying funding for the law would, in all likelihood, close down the exchanges and end the Medicaid program. That would lead to thousands of additional deaths like that of Charlene Dill, a young working mother in Florida. (We discussed her death and related topics with Rep. Alan Grayson here).
In addition, millions of Americans would lose their exchange-based health insurance under a Republican Senate, including people who have pre-existing conditions or are under 26 years old.
3. Ensure that money that financial institutions obtain dishonestly -- money like the $4.6 billion the CFPB has already returned to consumers -- would remain in the banks' pockets from now on.
The CFPB reports that it arranged the return of $4.6 billion in improperly obtained fees in its first three years of operation. The money was distributed to 15 million customers. In addition, more than three quarters of a million customers will receive remediation from financial institutions (that is, they'll be made whole) as a result of the CFPB's actions.
These actions will stop under a McConnell-led Senate, according to the senator himself.
4. Give a green light for credit-card companies to resume the "deceptive marketing practices" and other abuses that the CFPB has red-flagged.
In its very first enforcement action the CFPB ordered giant credit-card company Capitol One to repay $150 million to ripped-off customers, as well as $60 million to regulators, after the CFPB and another agency identified dishonest marketing practices that resulted in people being saddled with costly and ineffective add-on services they didn't want or need.
Since then a total of three major credit card companies (American Express and Discover are the others) have returned a total of $425 million. Interventions like this would end under a GOP Senate, according to McConnell, and credit-card companies would be free to resume their past deceptive practices.
5. Make credit-card agreements and mortgage documents harder to understand.
The CFPB's rule require credit-card companies and mortgage lenders to write their agreements in plain English. That will end if McConnell has his way.
The end result? Mortgage agreements that are impossible to understand, with provisions that could lead to foreclosure and/or prove financially ruinous to borrowers.
6. Make it harder to shop for student loans.
Defunding the CFPB would put an end to rules which make it easier for students and their families to comparison-shop for student loans.
The student-loan ombudsman's office, which reviews complaints about student loans, would also be shut down.
7. Decrease oversight of credit bureaus.
That would mean, among other things, that it would become harder for you to obtain your own credit report or correct misinformation on your credit record.
8. Close down the CFPB complaint database.
Consumers can now complain to the CFPB whenever they feel they have been cheated, abused, or misled by financial institutions. The CFPB tracks these complaints and intervenes with lenders where appropriate to resolve problems.
That would end, according to McConnell, under a Republican Senate.
9. Increase racial discrimination in auto loans.
The CFPB has been active in monitoring racial discrimination in auto lending, through its review of the business practice of the "indirect lenders" who underwrite these loans. That would stop.
The remediation which has occurred under this program would also end if the Republican Senate and House act as McConnell indicates they would.
10. Protect "too big to fail" banks.
Although Mitch McConnell claims otherwise, defunding Dodd/Frank would be a boon for too-big-to-fail banks. While he claims the law benefits them, the evidence suggests otherwise. As Mike Konczal observes in The New Republic, banks would pursue that designation if it were advantageous to them. Instead they're making every effort to avoid the label.
11. Help shady derivatives dealers
While more needs to be done, the Dodd/Frank law was a definite improvement over the status quo. Konczal also offers a good overview of its other useful features, most of which would cease to exist if McConnell and the Republicans make good on their threats.
12. Allow more sneaky dealing in mortgages
In Undercurrent's audio clips, McConnell seems to suggest that mortgage lenders didn't contribute to the 2008 financial crisis. This is nonsense. Fraud and excessive risk-taking were endemic throughout the mortgage financing system, from the underwriting of new loans to the bundling and selling of mortgages to third parties. That epidemic of fraud and risk-taking was central to the financial crisis, and to a massive loss of wealth for the American majority.
Americans were persuaded to take out loans without understanding their provisions, based on deceitful projections of their homes' future worth. Investors were deceived, too, as banks knowingly and deceptively bundled and sold junk-value mortgages as high-grade investments (with the collusion of the ratings "agencies").
"I have a friend who runs a mortgage business," McConnell says on the audio recording, "and he says the cost of writing a mortgage has gone up $1000 for him."
Underwriting a mortgage clearly takes more time and effort that generating reams of "liars' loans." Businesses would not rather bother, especially when it's more lucrative to cut corners. That's why they support politicians like Mitch McConnell -- and why the rest of shouldn't."


Have you had enough of the Republican conspiracies against you?   This time VOTE FOR ALISON AND STEPP, TOO!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quoting Hal Rogers.

 


“Kentucky is a small state, as they go. Kentucky is also a very poor state, as they go and we need all the help we can get out of the federal government. ” said Hal Rogers reported the Middlesboro Daily News.

Yes, most of the people are poor here after Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell have been in office since 1981.  Why do poor people continue to elect Republicans like Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell?  I can't figure it out.  What has the Republican Party done for poor people lately?  They tried to shut down food stamps (SNAP) but the Democrats put a stop to that, and the Republicans had to settle for cutting food stamp benefits.  Education benefits and Pell Grants have been cut.  Cutbacks have been in all welfare related programs since we have had Republican majorities.  Next time Elect More Democrats.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Well, now you should vote for Alison, then vote for Stepp.

"CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell embarks on a three-day bus tour of eastern Kentucky's coal country on Monday with the help of three Republican congressmen also seeking re-election in November.
McConnell will visit 15 counties in eastern Kentucky as he seeks re-election to a sixth term. He will be joined by Republican U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers, Andy Barr and Thomas Massie. McConnell has made coal a key part of his re-election campaign, saying it is the job of Kentucky U.S. Senator to protect coal jobs.
Eastern Kentucky has lost 7,000 coal mining jobs since Jan. 1, 2012.
Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes visited six eastern Kentucky counties on Saturday. Tuesday, she will campaign with former President Bill Clinton in western Kentucky."


Well, now you should vote for Alison, then vote for Stepp.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LET'S HAVE A TRAVEL BAN, LIKE THE 30 OTHER NATIONS DO!

LET'S HAVE A TRAVEL BAN, LIKE THE 30 OTHER NATIONS DO!

I DON'T KNOW WHY HAL ROGERS HAS NOT DEMANDED A TRAVEL BAN BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE AFFECTED WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES WITH EBOLA!  REPLACE HAL ROGERS WITH KENNETH STEPP AND I'LL PUSH FOR, AND VOTE FOR, A TEMPORARY TRAVEL BAN FROM THE WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES WITH EBOLA TO THE UNITED STATES.  IF THAT HAD BEEN DONE A MONTH OR SO AGO, THE TWO NURSES WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH EBOLA!  STEPP FOR CONGRESS!

LET'S HAVE A TRAVEL BAN ON EBOLA, LIKE 30 OTHER NATIONS DO!


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It is outrageous that while almost every African country has imposed travel bans on West African nations with Ebola outbreaks, the U.S. still hasn’t done so.
Some 30 nations have already imposed such bans – See the List Here.
If the U.S. had enacted such a ban, we would never have had an Ebola outbreak in Texas.
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LET'S HAVE A TRAVEL BAN, LIKE THE 30 OTHER NATIONS DO!

Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found By Now If Not For Budget Cuts


Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found By Now If Not For Budget Cuts: NIH Director


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BETHESDA, Md. -- As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country's top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget cuts.
Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has "slowed down" research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.
"NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It's not like we suddenly woke up and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'" Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready."
It's not just the production of a vaccine that has been hampered by money shortfalls. Collins also said that some therapeutics to fight Ebola "were on a slower track than would've been ideal, or that would have happened if we had been on a stable research support trajectory."
"We would have been a year or two ahead of where we are, which would have made all the difference," he said.
Speaking from NIH's headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, the typically upbeat Collins was somber when discussing efforts to control the Ebola epidemic. His days are now spent almost exclusively on the disease. But even after months of painstaking work, a breakthrough doesn't seem on the immediate horizon.
Money, or rather the lack of it, is a big part of the problem. NIH's purchasing power is down 23 percent from what it was a decade ago, and its budget has remained almost static. In fiscal year 2004, the agency's budget was $28.03 billion. In FY 2013, it was $29.31 billion -- barely a change, even before adjusting for inflation. The situation is even more pronounced at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a subdivision of NIH, where the budget has fallen from $4.30 billion in FY 2004 to $4.25 billion in FY 2013. (Story continues below.)
francis collins
The growing severity of the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the fear of an outbreak in America haven't loosened the purse strings. NIH has not received any additional money. Instead, Collins and others have had to "take dollars that would've gone to something else" -- such as a universal influenza vaccine -- "and redirect them to this."
Collins said he'd like Congress to pass emergency supplemental appropriations to help with the work. But, he added, "nobody seems enthusiastic about that."
Several Democratic lawmakers have in fact introduced legislation that would increase NIH funds to $46.2 billion in 2021. But there is no indication that such a bill will move forward any time soon.
Under the existing budget, NIH officials have rushed to find a breakthrough. Though health officials were already "cutting corners" in an effort to produce an Ebola vaccine, Collins said that a best-case scenario would be for a clinical trial to start in December, and it would take until February or March to know if the drug worked.
"If we wait that long to solve this, we will have basically failed with the more traditional measures of contact-tracing to get this epidemic under control," said Collins.
An Ebola vaccine, in short, would be an insurance policy, worth pursuing if other means fail and for possible future epidemics. Currently, NIH is working on a fifth-generation Ebola vaccine that has had positive results. But the tests are being done on monkeys, not people. To set up a clinical trial for humans takes time and resources, and doubly so in a country whose social and political fabric is as frayed as Liberia's. Even so, limited trials have already begun.
A second vaccine is being designed in Canada, just weeks behind NIH's schedule. But recipients have exhibited fever symptoms, which could prove problematic because elevated temperature is also a symptom of Ebola.
Collins says his "dream" is to set up a trial using those two vaccines and involving 30,000 people. But even with the current heightened demand, he cautioned that such a dream couldn't be rushed.
"Sometimes vaccines not only don't work, they make things worse," Collins told HuffPost. "Look at the HIV step trial, where that vaccine not only did not protect [against] HIV, it increased susceptibility because it did something to the immune system that made it more vulnerable. That could happen here too." (The private sector, it should be noted, hasn't developed an Ebola vaccine for a variety of reasons, primarily financial ones.)
Collins was more bullish about the prospects of developing a therapy, as opposed to a vaccine, because it would be possible to conduct a test trial among people already in treatment units, rather than among the uninfected.
So far, much of the focus has been on an experimental cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies known as ZMapp. But the current stockpile is not nearly great enough. Collins, a touch exasperated, said it would be all but impossible to have significant doses available by the end of the calendar year -- with a lack of funding once again playing a disruptive role.
"Had it not been for other shortages, we might very well by now know that it works and have a large stock of it," he said.
There are other potential therapies. Brincidofovir has been used on an Ebola patient brought to Nebraska and on the late Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with the disease after traveling to Dallas from his native Liberia. Unlike ZMapp, there is a large stockpile of Brincidofovir available, and the doses required are small. "So you could imagine you have enough drug now to treat 16,000 people," said Collins. But, again, a clinical trial is needed in Liberia.
With more than 4,000 people having died from Ebola -- the majority of them in West Africa -- the clock is already ticking fast for the biomedical research community. On Sunday morning, it sped up even more as news broke that a second patient in the United States had tested positive for the disease. The patient, a nurse who had treated Duncan, is the first person to contract the disease on U.S. soil. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they're looking into how it happened. Though the patient, who works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had been wearing protective gear during her encounters with Duncan, officials indicated that a procedural lapse likely caused the transmission.
Speaking two days before that second diagnosis, Collins urged calm when contemplating the possibility of an outbreak. Ebola is a disease that is highly lethal. But it is also only transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids or objects contaminated with the virus.
"Certainly there's been a lot of fear [in the] response from people who are probably at essentially zero risk, that this might somehow take over our country, which is really not going to happen," said Collins. "And despite all the assurances ... it still hasn't quite sunk in. There's still the cable news people who are whipping this up, and frankly sometimes using it for political purposes to sort of shoot at the government."
Collins didn't downplay the severity of the disease, noting that its rapid spread in Africa, and the humanitarian disaster it has left in its wake, should rattle people. He also agreed with the comparison made by Tom Frieden, head of the CDC, who recently said the current Ebola crisis is the worst epidemic since the outbreak of AIDS. But, Collins added, perspective was still needed.
"More people will die today of AIDS than have died so far in the entire Ebola epidemic," said Collins. "We've somehow gotten used to that, and it doesn't seem to be so threatening or frightening. Certainly in the United States, another 50,000 people will get infected with HIV this year, because that's been sort of the steady number."
"How many more people will get infected with Ebola this year in the U.S.?" he went on. "I would guess you could count among the fingers of two hands, depending on what contacts of the guy in Dallas actually turned out to get infected."

EBOLA VACCINE WOULD LIKELY HAVE BEEN FOUND BY NOW IF NOT FOR BUDGET CUTS!


Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found By Now If Not For Budget Cuts: NIH Director


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BETHESDA, Md. -- As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country's top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it not for budget cuts.
Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has "slowed down" research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.
"NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It's not like we suddenly woke up and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'" Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready."
It's not just the production of a vaccine that has been hampered by money shortfalls. Collins also said that some therapeutics to fight Ebola "were on a slower track than would've been ideal, or that would have happened if we had been on a stable research support trajectory."
"We would have been a year or two ahead of where we are, which would have made all the difference," he said.
Speaking from NIH's headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, the typically upbeat Collins was somber when discussing efforts to control the Ebola epidemic. His days are now spent almost exclusively on the disease. But even after months of painstaking work, a breakthrough doesn't seem on the immediate horizon.
Money, or rather the lack of it, is a big part of the problem. NIH's purchasing power is down 23 percent from what it was a decade ago, and its budget has remained almost static. In fiscal year 2004, the agency's budget was $28.03 billion. In FY 2013, it was $29.31 billion -- barely a change, even before adjusting for inflation. The situation is even more pronounced at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a subdivision of NIH, where the budget has fallen from $4.30 billion in FY 2004 to $4.25 billion in FY 2013. (Story continues below.)
francis collins
The growing severity of the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the fear of an outbreak in America haven't loosened the purse strings. NIH has not received any additional money. Instead, Collins and others have had to "take dollars that would've gone to something else" -- such as a universal influenza vaccine -- "and redirect them to this."
Collins said he'd like Congress to pass emergency supplemental appropriations to help with the work. But, he added, "nobody seems enthusiastic about that."
Several Democratic lawmakers have in fact introduced legislation that would increase NIH funds to $46.2 billion in 2021. But there is no indication that such a bill will move forward any time soon.
Under the existing budget, NIH officials have rushed to find a breakthrough. Though health officials were already "cutting corners" in an effort to produce an Ebola vaccine, Collins said that a best-case scenario would be for a clinical trial to start in December, and it would take until February or March to know if the drug worked.
"If we wait that long to solve this, we will have basically failed with the more traditional measures of contact-tracing to get this epidemic under control," said Collins.
An Ebola vaccine, in short, would be an insurance policy, worth pursuing if other means fail and for possible future epidemics. Currently, NIH is working on a fifth-generation Ebola vaccine that has had positive results. But the tests are being done on monkeys, not people. To set up a clinical trial for humans takes time and resources, and doubly so in a country whose social and political fabric is as frayed as Liberia's. Even so, limited trials have already begun.
A second vaccine is being designed in Canada, just weeks behind NIH's schedule. But recipients have exhibited fever symptoms, which could prove problematic because elevated temperature is also a symptom of Ebola.
Collins says his "dream" is to set up a trial using those two vaccines and involving 30,000 people. But even with the current heightened demand, he cautioned that such a dream couldn't be rushed.
"Sometimes vaccines not only don't work, they make things worse," Collins told HuffPost. "Look at the HIV step trial, where that vaccine not only did not protect [against] HIV, it increased susceptibility because it did something to the immune system that made it more vulnerable. That could happen here too." (The private sector, it should be noted, hasn't developed an Ebola vaccine for a variety of reasons, primarily financial ones.)
Collins was more bullish about the prospects of developing a therapy, as opposed to a vaccine, because it would be possible to conduct a test trial among people already in treatment units, rather than among the uninfected.
So far, much of the focus has been on an experimental cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies known as ZMapp. But the current stockpile is not nearly great enough. Collins, a touch exasperated, said it would be all but impossible to have significant doses available by the end of the calendar year -- with a lack of funding once again playing a disruptive role.
"Had it not been for other shortages, we might very well by now know that it works and have a large stock of it," he said.
There are other potential therapies. Brincidofovir has been used on an Ebola patient brought to Nebraska and on the late Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with the disease after traveling to Dallas from his native Liberia. Unlike ZMapp, there is a large stockpile of Brincidofovir available, and the doses required are small. "So you could imagine you have enough drug now to treat 16,000 people," said Collins. But, again, a clinical trial is needed in Liberia.
With more than 4,000 people having died from Ebola -- the majority of them in West Africa -- the clock is already ticking fast for the biomedical research community. On Sunday morning, it sped up even more as news broke that a second patient in the United States had tested positive for the disease. The patient, a nurse who had treated Duncan, is the first person to contract the disease on U.S. soil. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they're looking into how it happened. Though the patient, who works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had been wearing protective gear during her encounters with Duncan, officials indicated that a procedural lapse likely caused the transmission.
Speaking two days before that second diagnosis, Collins urged calm when contemplating the possibility of an outbreak. Ebola is a disease that is highly lethal. But it is also only transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids or objects contaminated with the virus.
"Certainly there's been a lot of fear [in the] response from people who are probably at essentially zero risk, that this might somehow take over our country, which is really not going to happen," said Collins. "And despite all the assurances ... it still hasn't quite sunk in. There's still the cable news people who are whipping this up, and frankly sometimes using it for political purposes to sort of shoot at the government."
Collins didn't downplay the severity of the disease, noting that its rapid spread in Africa, and the humanitarian disaster it has left in its wake, should rattle people. He also agreed with the comparison made by Tom Frieden, head of the CDC, who recently said the current Ebola crisis is the worst epidemic since the outbreak of AIDS. But, Collins added, perspective was still needed.
"More people will die today of AIDS than have died so far in the entire Ebola epidemic," said Collins. "We've somehow gotten used to that, and it doesn't seem to be so threatening or frightening. Certainly in the United States, another 50,000 people will get infected with HIV this year, because that's been sort of the steady number."
"How many more people will get infected with Ebola this year in the U.S.?" he went on. "I would guess you could count among the fingers of two hands, depending on what contacts of the guy in Dallas actually turned out to get infected."

Hal Rogers Defends CDC Director Frieden!


Hal Rogers talks Ebola, defends Frieden

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ASHLAND The embattled director of the Centers for Disease Control has at least one Kentucky advocate — Fifth District U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers. “I’m afraid he’s getting some undue blame” for the CDC’s handling of Ebola cases in the United States, Rogers said Thursday at King’s Daughters Medical Center. “I have full confidence in Dr. (Tom) Frieden,” he said.
Rogers spoke to a cross-section of King’s Daughters employees during a lunchtime appearance at the hospital, where he touched on the growing concern about the potentially deadly disease and about the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative to reinvigorate eastern Kentucky’s economy. Rogers said he met with Frieden just as Ebola was emerging as a domestic issue and that they had talked about eastern Kentucky’s own top health issues — heart disease, diabetes, obesity and lung cancer mortality, for all of which rates are dramatically higher than the national average. Frieden promised help, including senior CDC staffers, Rogers said. Congress, where Rogers is appropriations chairman, has authorized some $800 million to fight the spread of the disease. Most of the money will fund a military mission to send troops to Africa, where they will assist health workers in setting up field hospitals. The money is conditioned on providing timetables and spending plans and protecting U.S. troops from the disease. Only a handful of Ebola cases have been reported in the United States, but hospitals, including KDMC, are planning and taking precautions. KDMC has posted signs in its emergency room and primary care centers alerting patients to symptoms and routes of exposure, and is screening patients for symptoms, said KDMC CEO Kristie Whitlatch, who accompanied Rogers.

Monday, October 13, 2014

QUADRUPLE U.S. FUNDS TO FIGHT EBOLA!

LET'S LOOK AT THE RECORD. FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE IN AFRICA ARE DEAD FROM THE LATEST EBOLA EPIDEMIC, AND A NURSE IN TEXAS IS THE FIRST PERSON TO CATCH EBOLA WHILE IN THE UNITED STATES.
      KENNETH STEPP SAYS LET'S QUADRUPLE FUNDS TO FIGHT EBOLA!  WE CAN BEAT THIS EPIDEMIC, BUT IGNORING IT WON'T HELP.  TIME IS SHORT.  IT'S TIME TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC.  KENNETH STEPP!

Friday, October 10, 2014

STEPP ENDORSED BY THE TEAMSTERS!

October 10, 2014

TEAMSTERS ENDORSE STEPP FOR

U.S. HOUSE, KENTUCKY FIFTH DISTRICT.

In an August 4, 2014 Letter from TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 651 , AFFILIATED WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, President Mike Philbeck of the Local Teamsters Union praised Democratic Congressional Candidate Stepp, explaining:

“Each year, Teamsters Local 651 focuses on endorsing the right candidates for political election. Our decision to support a candidate is not taken lightly, and an endorsement comes only after that candidate has established a record of proven support for labor and the working families of Kentucky.

“On behalf of the Teamsters Local 651 Executive Board, I am pleased to inform you that you have earned the full endorsement of our membership. We appreciate your desire to support the labor movement and the unions that fight so hard to protect the livelihoods of Kentucky’s working men and women. We are always proud to support those who support us and we look forward to a strong relationship in the coming year.

“The people of Kentucky are in desperate need of elected officials that will protect the interests of the middle class. We are confident that you will continue to support our community of hard-working families and find success in your campaign.

“Teamsters stay united and you can count on us as we know we can count on you!”
KENNETH STEPP AT THE TEAMSTERS PICNIC IN LEXINGTON KENTUCKY ON LABOR DAY!  STEPP FOR CONGRESS!

Ebola toll passes 4,000 as fears grow worldwide

"Ebola toll passes 4,000 as fears grow worldwide
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    Madrid (AFP) - The death toll from Ebola has passed 4,000, the World Health Organization said Friday, while a Madrid nurse was fighting for her life and authorities worldwide tried to prevent panic over the deadly disease.
    The WHO said 4,033 people have died from Ebola as of October 8 out of a total of 8,399 registered cases in seven countries. The sharp rise in deaths came as the UN said aid pledges to fight the outbreak have fallen well short of the $1 billion (800 million euros) needed.
    Beyond west Africa, where almost all the deaths have occurred, fears grew about the worst-ever Ebola epidemic.
    From Australia to Zimbabwe, and Macedonia to Spain, people who showed signs of fever or had recent contact with Ebola victims were whisked into isolation units or ordered to stay in their homes.
    Authorities warned that hoaxes could trigger panic as a man was taken off a US flight by a bio-hazard team after he sneezed and reportedly said, "I have Ebola. You are all screwed."
    Serious concerns remained in Spain over how the virus could have spread in the country's main isolation hospital.
    Healthcare workers told AFP the quarantine floor of Carlos III hospital in Madrid, where 44-year-old nurse Teresa Romero was infected, was shut last year as a result of spending cuts and only re-opened for two missionaries flown back from Africa with the disease in August.
    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited the hospital, where Romero, who caught the haemorrhagic fever while caring for the missionaries, was said to be in a "stable but serious" condition on Friday.
    Doctors there took in seven more patients for observation late Thursday. Romero's husband and 12 other people, most of them medical staff, were also under observation, though a male nurse had been discharged, the hospital said.

    - Ebola staff 'stressed' -

    In a sign of the stress at the hospital, staff did not show up for work on Friday.
    "There are fewer staff signing up to help," said one nurse caring for Romero, Charly Manuel Torres, referring to voluntary extra cover at the hospital.
    "We are very stressed. We are working under a lot of pressure."
    The United Nations and leaders of the Ebola-stricken nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone pleaded for greater help for the frontline of the disease in Africa.
    UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said only a quarter of "the one billion dollars sought" to combat the disease had been pledged. He appealed for doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel to come forward.
    His comments echoed a plea on Thursday from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who said resources to support the fight must be increased 20-fold.
    "Cases are growing exponentially," Ban said. "Do not wait for consultation. Just take action."
    "We have to work now so that it is not the world's next AIDS," CDC Director Tom Frieden warned at the meeting.
    "I would say that in the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," he said, adding that there was a "long fight" ahead.
    But in Liberia, where the official death toll was put at 2,316 by the WHO on Friday, the government said it had banned journalists from Ebola clinics, arguing it was to protect patients' privacy.
    The move came as nurses at the largest government Ebola clinic in the capital Monrovia staged a "go slow" to demand hazard pay, defying a request by UN health officials to avoid industrial action during the crisis.

    - Alerts abound -

    In France a public building was briefly evacuated in a Paris suburb on Thursday when an African man felt ill. Earlier, the arrival of a group of schoolchildren from Guinea had sparked panic at a French school. Ebola was ruled out in both cases.
    Macedonia quarantined people who had come into contact with a Briton who died on Thursday after exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms.
    The US, Canada and Britain boosted screening at major airports.
    The Moroccan government called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be postponed due to the epidemic.
    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted the number of cases could mount to 1.4 million by January unless strong measures are taken to contain the disease.
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    As your Congressman, Kenneth Stepp would vote to quadruple medical aid to combat Ebola to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.  It is not merely a West African problem, it is our problem, too.  No man is an island, no man stands alone.  We should fight the Ebola virus here at home, but we should also fight it where it is now, in West Africa.  Fight the enemy on their own ground.  Today Ebola is the enemy and it will be coming after us, if we don't go after it.  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted the number of cases could mount to 1.4 million by January unless strong measures are taken to contain the disease.  A world with 1.4 million cases of Ebola would be a grim place to live.  A close relative of mine, and a lawyer I know both were heard to opine that Ebola will do us all in.  I hope not, but let's throw money and technology at the problem while we still can.  We survived the MAD-strategy nuclear arms race of the cold war, we survived the AIDs epidemic, and I expect we will survive the Ebola epidemic, also.  The Bible teaches that there are "the quick and the dead".   Let's be among the quick.  Let's be quick to ship medical supplies and aid to West Africa to stop the Ebola epidemic in its tracks.  Let's sent humanitarian aid and medical aid to the people in
    West Africa in the path of the Ebola epidemic.  Quickness counts.  He who hesitates is lost.  STEPP FOR CONGRESS!