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A Pennsylvania community is rallying around a woman who was fired from her job at an oral surgeon's office following her diagnosis with cancer.
Carol Jumper, who lives in Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with cancer impacting her pancreas, liver and ovaries in August. According to her fiance, Dennis Smerigan, Jumper received a letter from her boss, Dr. George Visnich, in which the oral surgeon said he was laying her off without compensation. Raging Chicken Press published the letter on Sunday.
"The symptoms of the disease, the pain medications you will need and the side effects of the chemotherapy will be significant and distracting,” reads the handwritten note, which bears Visnich's letterhead. "You will not be able to function in my office at the level required while battling for your life. Because of this, I am laying you off without pay as of August 11, 2014."
So, federal health authority brought two Americans home from Africa to treat them for the Ebola virus. They were treated in Atlanta, successfully. Now a third American has been brought home to be treated for Ebola, but this time in Nebraska. Why? Why change the location for treatment when you have a 100% success rate in Atlanta? There's something we're not being told here and the media isn't doing their job of asking questions and keeping the government in check. Is the change in location to give another U.S. geographical area/facility 'experience' in treating Ebola? If that's the case, then just what is the government anticipating? ~ Mike Thayer
Like environmentalists in San Francisco, the Iowa City group 100 Grannies promotes a ban on plastic bags – in favor of fabric bags. Unfortunately though well-intentioned, they are not “saving the environment,” they are actually spreading norovirus and making their grandchildren and friends sick.
Norovirus causes vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, chills, low-grade fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. It is the infamous culprit that has made hundreds of cruise ship passengers sick. If someone says they have the stomach flu or food poisoning, what they really have in most cases is the norovirus. Some studies show that noroviruses cause over half of food-borne illnesses, because they are highly contagious and hard to kill.1 Norovirus is “one of the most infectious viruses known to man,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It reminds me of the plague, and is worse in many ways than Ebola. The only thing which kills it is 5 to 25 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water.
How is the norovirus transmitted? As a major case study in Oregon revealed, it can be transmitted through a reusable grocery tote bag. The bag, which contained cookies, chips, and grapes for a girls’ soccer team, was contaminated with norovirus. As a result of eating food carried in the filthy bag, the girls had severe vomiting and diarrhea.2 When the “laminated woven polypropylene” bag was tested – two weeks later – it still contained norovirus.
To read Public Interest Institute’s INSTITUTE BRIEF, Will You Have a Paper Bag or the Plague? please click HERE.
SOME WORDS WITH A DEEPER MEANING A funny parallel…
I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food. But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue. Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table… everywhere. Then some of the birds turned mean: They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket. And others birds were boisterous and loud: They sat on the feeder and quawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food. After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore. I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio. Soon, the back yard was like it used to be. quite, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
Now lets see…our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, free education and allows anyone born here to be a automatic citizen. Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families: you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor: you child’s 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn’t speak English: Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to press “one” to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than “Old Glory” are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.
Maybe it’s time for the government to take down the bird feeder.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Crimea and attacks against Ukraine are based in evil. Period.
We learned that Obama has been briefed on the growing threat of ISIS for a year now. He's done nothing about it, bar some recent random airstrikes.
Putin wrongfully took control of the Ukraine territory of Crimea in February and has since attacked Ukraine with 'unmarked' Russian militants and sabotage units. Obama has done nothing about it.
The following saying comes to mind: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Oh don't get me wrong, I don't think in any way that Obama is a good man. The 'good men do nothing' in this case is the USA, not Obama. Obama has failed to clearly outline any objectives, he has failed to convey a strategy in addressing these problems, he has completely dropped the ball as Commander In Chief. He has basically done nothing to deal with these growing problems, hence, the 'good men' (the USA), do nothing.
Saturday cartoons are very, very, very important to one 10-year-old Chinese boy.
A worker was installing lighting on the outside of a high-rise apartment building when a boy appeared at an eighth-floor window and began sawing through the worker's safety rope. Apparently, the construction racket was drowning out the kid's cartoons, and he decided this would be an effective way to restore some silence.
"I shouted at him to stop, but he didn't listen and soon after, the rope was broken," the worker told Chinese new outlet Xinhua. "That's when I called to my workmate for help."
It's true. There's a story in the Gazette today about a trail connecting downtown Cedar Rapids to uptown Marion. According to that article, local authority has obtained $4 million in federal gas tax money - a.k.a. the Federal Highway Trust Fund - and has decided to use 80 percent of that $4 million on trails. That's $3.2 million being spent on trails, and NOT on crumbling roads and bridges.
Meanwhile, Cedar Rapids voted for a sales tax increase to pay for road and bridge maintenance. Does that make sense to you? Build new trails with Highway Trust Fund money, and let roads/bridges degrade and then have to increase taxes locally to pay for repairs?
Many communities are building trails using federal money, while road/bridge maintenance and repair is deferred, or local taxes are raised or bonds are issued to play catch up with road/bridge repair.
Police forces around the United States are militarizing at an alarming rate, often without the knowledge of those who pay them, a criminal justice expert said Friday.
“Some of these city councils only become aware of what their police have and what they’ve been doing in the wake of a tragedy,” said Tim Lynch, the director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank.
Federal Employees Working Full-Time for Their Unions
Hundreds of federal employees are working full-time for their unions rather than the agencies that pay their salaries.
At the IRS, 286 full-time staffers worked exclusively for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) while collecting federal paychecks in 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available.
The IRS provides not only salaries but also office space and equipment to NTEU agents representing 92,000 IRS workers, the Washington Times reported.
The IRS deputy commissioner calculates that these union workers spent 573,319 hours on NTEU business that year, the equivalent of 286 full-time employees performing only union labor.
Taxpayers also shelled out $687,400 in travel expenses for the union operatives.
"The union naturally wants greater benefits, bigger salaries and more handsome bonuses, so Congress pays the union to do it," the Times reported.
More than 90 percent of NTEU campaign contributions go to Democrats, according to Kenric Ward, a reporter for Watchdog.org.
And the union's president is Colleen Kelley, an Obama appointee to the Federal Salary Council, which consults with the government on how much to pay federal workers.
"They're not working for taxpayers. Instead, they're working against the agency by bringing grievances and trying to increase the cost to taxpayers through collective bargaining agreements," Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government, told Watchdog.org, a project of the nonprofit Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity.
The IRS is not the only federal agency where employees work full time on union business.
At the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 250 employees are working full time for one of four unions, according to Mehrens' organization.
At the Department of Transportation, 35 employees work exclusively for a union, some receiving annual salaries of more than $170,000.
The Environmental Protection Agency pays more than $1.6 million a year to employees who work full time for their union.
Altogether, "taxpayers spent around $156 million on federal employees who did no federal work at all" in 2012, Mehrens said.
Amy Kremer, former chair of the national Tea Party Express, told Watchdog: "I've always said that no taxpayer money should go to fund any union activity whatsoever, especially partisan politics."