TB, SWINE FLU ASSAULTING BORDER AGENTS: WHO’S NEXT?

Border Patrol agents have long been at risk for violence from drug cartels and criminals. Just last week Tucson sector agents were fired upon by Mexican aircraft inside the U.S. border. But now there is a new, insidious threat to Border Patrol agents, families and communities from the crush of illegal immigrants at our southern border, which has become a gateway for disease entry.

Border agents have tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), H1N1 (“swine”) flu and chicken pox. Other diseases like dengue and Ebola virus also may be in this wave of illegals, since people are coming from Central and South America, the Middle East and West Africa. Dengue fever, including the hemorrhagic form, is already raging in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever is seriously out of control in several West African countries.

These diseases are highly contagious, especially in crowded and poor sanitary conditions in the detention and processing centers where thousands of illegals are housed until sent to other areas of America, without full screening for such diseases.

The extent of the threat appears to be unknown, or is being kept secret. We do know that the federal government advertised in January for “escorts” for up to 65,000 unaccompanied minors, indicating this flood of illegals was orchestrated.

“CDC [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has not informed the Border Patrol which types of diseases have been diagnosed, or where any ill people have been taken,” said Zack Taylor, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO). “We have apprehended West African illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley sector coming into the U.S. through Mexico in the last few years. Right now, we are only apprehending about 3 percent of the volume coming across our border, so the danger to the American people is that no one knowswho is coming in, how many there are, where they are coming from, what they are carrying and where they are going.

We do know that bus and planeloads of illegals are quickly being transported from the borders to cities and military bases around the country, risking spread of disease further into America’s heartland. The American people deserve answers to critical questions:

  • Why is the CDC, the U.S. agency responsible for identification, tracking and overseeing issues around infectious disease outbreaks, so strangely silent?
  • Why did the Border Patrol Union post a notice on June 29 in Local 1613 News with a list of precautions agents should take, but no such warning has been issued by CDC to the public in affected communities?
  • What diseases are actually being identified, but not reported to the public?
  • Why are there reports of a temporary decontamination center set up in El Paso, Texas, similar to those in use in West Africa? What is it for? What diseases have been found that would require such a facility?
  • Why are Border Patrol agents – charged with protecting the homeland from incursions such as this – now prohibited from speaking out, often with threats of criminal prosecution?
  • Why is the CDC not on top of – and warning – the public of these increasingly serious situations?
  • What steps are being taken to isolate and quarantine infected individuals, or to prepare communities for a spike in serious illnesses?
  • Why are more doctors in the southern border states not already on alert to handle sudden increase in TB, adult chicken pox, measles, H1N1 influenza, dengue, Ebola, plus other unknown but lethal diseases?

Americans tend to be complacent about infectious diseases but we need to keep in mind that in spite of our successes, infectious diseases remain the leading cause of death worldwide and in the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. Many of the diseases of concern, such as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, have NO effective treatments.

Biological agents like viruses and bacteria are not like radiological weapons that decay continually once released, or chemical agents that are degraded in the environment and require threshold concentrations to be deadly. Disease-causing agents have doubling times, not half lives. Disease agents continue to increase exponentially, as long as there are people to be exposed.

This medical crisis on our borders is a ticking time bomb. Are we now in the early stages of (or in danger of) a “Plan B” biological attack on the homeland?

The CDC is either egregiously incompetent or complicit in hiding information from the public. Both are unacceptable. America’s CDC and media have a duty to inform the American people about a threat that transcends any political ideology.

Source:  http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/tb-swine-flu-assaulting-border-agents-whos-next/

Pinal County Legislators Earn Good Scores on AZ Taxpayer Scorecard

Tom Jenney 6/26/14 on AmericansforProsperity.org

Today the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-Arizona) released its 2014 Legislative Scorecard, which grades 300 bills and weights them according to their projected dollar impact to Arizona taxpayers, consumers andproducers. This year’s Scorecard is the 30th annual legislative report card published by AFP-Arizona and its predecessor organization, the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers.

AFP-Arizona’s 2014 Legislative Scorecard assigns heavy weights to bills dealing with the state budget, municipal taxation, the fate of revenue from a possible internet tax, personal property taxes, expansion of school choice scholarships for children, abolition of the state’s Inflation Tax, taxes on the use of electricity by manufacturers, criminal background checks for ObamaCare “navigators,” pension spiking by government employees, interstate purchase of health insurance, reforms to the state’s Medicaid program, burdensome regulations on entrepreneurs and businesses – including innovative ridesharing services — and a ballot referendum that would protect the right of terminally ill patients to try investigational drugs that could save their lives.

The highest-scoring Legislator on AFP-Arizona’s 2014 Scorecard is Rep. Justin Olson (R-Mesa), with 84 percent, which earns him the designation of Champion of the Taxpayer. The lowest-scoring Legislator on the 2014 Scorecard is Sen. Andrea Dalessandro (D-Tucson), with 18 percent, which earns her the designation of Champion of Big Government.

Rep. Kelly Townsend (ktownsend@azleg.gov) 2014 Score & Category: 75% — Friend of the Taxpayer Cumulative Average & Category: 84% — Champion of the Taxpayer

Sen. David Farnsworth (dfarnsworth@azleg.gov) 2014 Score & Category: 74% — Friend of the Taxpayer Cumulative Average & Category: 74% — Friend of the Taxpayer

Rep. Doug Coleman (dcoleman@azleg.gov) 2014 Score & Category: 60% — Not Bad Cumulative Average & Category: 37% — Friend of Big Government

Unfortunately, Governor Jan Brewer posted another disappointing performance, earning a score of 49 percent (her cumulative average is 40 percent and she has a cumulative designation of Friend of Big Government).

DEADLY DISEASES CROSSING BORDER WITH ILLEGALS

by ELIZABETH LEE VLIET, M.D.

A flood of illegals has massively surged at our southwestern borders. The economic impact of medical care, education and incarceration for illegals forced on taxpayers is bankrupting Arizona.

 Why are such swarms entering the U.S. illegally NOW, particularly children? Newspapers in Mexico and Central and South America are actually describing U.S. “open borders,” encouraging people to come with promises of food stamps or “amnesty.” It is textbook Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm and collapse the economic and social systems, in order to replace them with a “new socialist order” under federal control.

Carried by this tsunami of illegals are the invisible “travelers” our politicians don’t like to mention: diseases the U.S. had controlled or virtually eradicated: tuberculosis (TB), Chagas disease, dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, measles, plus more. I have been working on medical projects in Central and South America since 2009, so I am aware of problems these countries face from such diseases.

A public health crisis, the likes of which I have not seen in my lifetime, is looming. Hardest hit by exposures to these difficult-to-treat diseases will be elderly, children, immunosuppressed cancer-patients, patients with chronic lung disease or congestive heart failure. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is the most serious risk, but even diseases like measles can cause severe complications and death in older or immunocompromised patients.

TB is highly contagious – you catch it anywhere around infected people: schools, malls, buses, etc. The drug-resistant TB now coming across our borders requires a complex, extremely expensive treatment regimen that has serious side effects and a low cure rate.

Chagas, or “kissing bug” disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is carried by the triatomine bug that transmits disease to humans. Although “kissing bugs” are already here, they are not as widespread as in Latin America. Right now, Chagas disease is uncommon in the U.S., so many doctors do not think to check for it.

Chagas causes debilitating fatigue, headaches, body aches, nausea/vomiting, liver and spleen enlargement, swollen glands, loss of appetite. When Chagas reaches the chronic phase, medications will not cure it. It can kill by arrhythmias, congestive heart failure or sudden cardiac arrest.

Vaccine-preventable diseases like chicken pox, measles and whooping cough spread like wildfire among unvaccinated children. Other illnesses, along with scabies and head lice, also thrive as children are transported by bus and herded into crowded shelters – courtesy of the federal government. Treatment costs are borne by taxpayers.

Our public health departments complain of being overtaxed by a dozen cases of measles or whooping cough. How will they cope with thousands of patients with many different, and uncommon, diseases? Americans, especially Medicaid patients, will see major delays for treatment.

Delays to see doctors at the Phoenix VA hospital cost the lives of 58 veterans while waiting for care. This is just a portent of far more deaths to come from delays for Americans’ medical care as thousands of sick illegals swamp already overcrowded emergency rooms. How will these facilities stay open at all under the financial burden of this huge unfunded federal mandate to provide “free” treatment?

People express concern about child endangerment from illegal minors dumped on Arizona streets in hundred-plus degree heat, with no support. A bigger concern is American endangerment from life-threatening diseases added to social and economic collapse from costs of treating hundreds of thousands of illegals.

Source:  http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/deadly-diseases-crossing-border-with-illegals/

Government Scam Will Destroy Our Country

Please click on the link below to read a message from the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers regarding the horrendous SCAM our own government is pulling on its citizens.

Click here:  borderpress

There is also a URL referenced in the pdf file that may be accessed by clicking the link below:

http://bigjollypolitics.com/2014/06/09/compromising-positions-texas-gop-tea-parties-find-fortunes-reversed-ft-worth/

Apache Junction, Mesa residents sound off about proposed roadwork along U.S. 60

Representatives from the Arizona Department of Transportation say they don’t have all the answers yet about proposed roadwork that could impact traffic through Apache Junction and east Mesa. That’s why they’re asking questions to find out what residents want and need.

 “We don’t know yet,” Rodney Bragg, an engineering consultant contracted by ADOT, said during a public informational meeting held May 29 Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road in Mesa.

ADOT conducted the scoping meeting to share details and gather residents’ input about roadwork planned along a 3-mile stretch of U.S. 60 (Superstition Freeway) between Ironwood Drive inApache Junction to the east and Crismon Road in Mesa to the west.

Ninety-seven people signed in at the meeting, Amy Ritz, ADOT’s project manager for the proposed roadwork, said during a phone interview May 30. She believed more people attended the meeting and did not sign in, she said.

ADOT in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration has initiated an environmental assessment to study the potential environmental impacts associated with the work, according to the presentation at the meeting. The study will look at adding freeway lanes, using rubberized asphalt and evaluating of an ultimate full-access traffic interchange at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Meridian Road.

Meridian Road sits on the border between the city of Mesa and Maricopa County on the west and the city of Apache Junction and Pinal County on the east.

This roadwork is expected to begin in the fall and be completed by the end of 2015, according to ADOT printed materials.

ADOT is asking the public to comment on the need for the project, alternatives that should or should not be considered and environmental resources in the area that may need to be examined in the National Environmental Policy Act process, Ms. Ritz said during the presentation.

During the presentation, Mr. Bragg explained that two road improvements already are funded.

They are a “west half” interchange at Meridian Road with an eastbound exit ramp and a westbound entrance loop ramp and the addition of a general-purpose lane and a high-occupancy-vehicle lane in both directions between Crismon and Meridian roads.

Mr. Bragg does not anticipate that any right-of-way land will need to be acquired as part of the project, he said during his presentation.

The study timeline for the larger project extends over six years, according to a handout distributed at the meeting. The timeline began with the May 29 scoping meeting. ADOT plans to conduct an environmental assessment and public hearing in spring 2015 and present a final environmental assessment by that summer. It plans to present a final design in 2016 and begin construction in 2020.

“I’d like to have it done tomorrow,” Ralph Rentzel, an Apache Junction resident who attended the meeting with his wife, Lorraine, said during an interview prior to the meeting.

Mr. Rentzel, who has lived in Apache Junction since 1969, said he was aggravated the full interchange “wasn’t put in in the first place,” when U.S. 60 was constructed.

“There’s always a bottleneck at Ironwood,” he said.

The Rentzels said they would like to exit the freeway at Meridian and travel north to the Safeway they frequent at Meridian and West Apache Trail.

Dolly Winkelmann of Gold Canyon feels the additional lanes are needed to accommodate the traffic on U.S. 60, she said during an interview prior to the meeting.

“The eastbound lane at night sometimes backs up. It’s a safety hazard,” Mrs. Winkelmann said.

East Mesa resident Bruce McEntire and his father-in-law, Leslie Karpat, who also lives in east Mesa, would prefer ADOT to widen the present Meridian Road overpass from two to four lanes — two in each direction — to accommodate traffic rather than spend the money to create a full interchange, Mr. McEntire said during an interview prior to the meeting.

Mr. Karpat said he also would like to see the freeway widened farther east to Gold Canyon.

The men would like the improvements to be completed before 2020, Mr. Karpat said.

Gene Needham of Apache Junction lives along Meridian Road. He said he believes adding a full interchange at Meridian and the freeway would be “a waste of money.”

“There already are off-ramps at Signal Butte and Ironwood. It doesn’t bother me to exit there and drive a mile to Meridian,” he said during the meeting.

During a question-and-answer period, attendees wrote their questions on cards that were gathered by Ms. Ritz and Jennifer Grentz, ADOT’s community relations manager. One question asked how traffic would be impacted by the roadwork.

“That’s a good question,” Mr. Bragg responded. He said he imagined the road shoulder would be used while widening the roadway.

“The tricky part is the ramps, whether we can keep a ramp opened or closed during construction,” he said.

Another question asked if there was cooperation between the many agencies needed to support the project.

Mr. Bragg said the state is working with Apache Junction, Mesa, Maricopa and Pinal counties and others.

Another question asked if there would be a traffic light installed at Meridian and Baseline roads. Baseline is just south of U.S. 60. and runs parallel to the freeway.

Mr. Ritz said the project, as yet, did not extend that far south. Mr. Bragg said he believed a signal would eventually be needed at the intersection.

Apache Junction Mayor John Insalaco asked the ADOT representatives if they felt the full interchange at Meridian would alleviate traffic problems on Ironwood Drive, which extends south to the growing community of San Tan Valley.

Mr. Bragg said he believed it would.

During an interview after the meeting, Mayor Insalaco said he had heard the half-interchange could relieve 20 percent of the traffic on Ironwood.

Ms. Grentz confirmed that number, saying in a phone interview May 30 it came from a traffic study ADOT conducted in 2012.

The mayor was one of many Apache Junction elected officials and staff members who attended the meeting.

He was unsure whether there would ever be a full interchange at Meridian Road. One reason, he said, were the many fissures and soft ground on the southwest corner of Meridian and Southern Avenue, just north of the freeway.

Those who were unable to attend may submit comments through Friday, June 13, several ways. They are: by mail to ADOT Community Relations, 1655 W. Jackson St. MD126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007; online; or by e-mail to projects@azdot.gov.

For more information, call the ADOT project information line at 855-712-8530.

Source:  http://arizona.newszap.com/eastvalley/132549-114/apache-junction-mesa-residents-sound-off-about-proposed-roadwork-along-us-60