Friday, May 01, 2009

Why Is Obama/W.H.O. in Panic Over Swine Flu

For a couple of weeks now I have been reading and listening to all sorts of reports on the so called Swine Flu and how it could become a pandemic. Family and friends have been relaying accounts of the main stream news media reports of how many people are SUSPECTED of contracting the disease and how many have died of it so far.

I caution people not to overreact to these reports.

Of the around 100 cases suspected in the United States, the fact is that only one person, a toddler has reportedly died from the Swine Flu. As tragic as it is to lose a toddler no matter how they died,it is a fact that there is only one reported death so far.

As a former Director of Emergency Management for my community, I can remember a few years ago when we were concerned about the so called Bird Flu. They thought that would become a pandemic too, the fact is that only about 150 people worldwide died from the Bird Flu.

I remember one member of our Board of Health in a near panic mode at one of our meetings about the Bird Flu and what we were doing about it, accusing us of not taking it seriously when we were putting our plan to handle it together. I remember a person in charge of an assisted living center located in our area calling me all in a panic asking me what we were doing to assure the evacuation of those in her facility when the Bird Flu pandemic arrives because she saw it on the News.

Where is the Bird Flu pandemic we heard was coming. It didn't take place.

Does this mean we shouldn't take the Swine Flu seriously? No, it means that we should use our heads and not panic. What we shouldn't be doing is panicking people.

According to a report from the Center for Disease Control, 56,000 people died from the Flu in 2006. There was no panic over it, no hand wringing, just the usual precautions that you would take during Flu season, washing hands, get a Flu shot, if your sick stay home. No "the sky is falling" rhetoric. And yet 56,000 people died in the US, not one.

In 2005 63,000 people died from the Flu in the US. Where was the panic and the warnings of a pandemic. The facts are that an average of 36,000 people in the US have died from the Flu between 1993 and 2003 according to the CDC. The conventional Flu has killed more people than the highly publicized stains have.

So why is the World Health Organization and the Obama administration panicking the public over this when the conventional Flu kill thousands each year with nary a mention?

What better way to distract one from other agendas.

Read More Here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama's First 100 Days of Spin

According to the first 100 days of the Obama Presidency are full of spin.

On The Economy:
During a March 24th news conference President Obama responded to critics of his budget figures who said they were too rosy by saying:

"Our assumptions are perfectly consistent with what Blue Chip forecasters out there are saying."

That wasn't true. As a matter of fact, at the time, the Blue Chip forecast was far more pessimistic than Obama's budget projections. Which means that a weaker economic performance would produce even larger deficits than Obama's budget forecasts.

On The Budget:

At the same news conference he claimed "we are reducing nondefense discretionary spending to its lowest level since the '60s." But his own forecast put the figure higher than under Reagan, Clinton, Bush 41 or Bush 43.

On Oil:
On February 24th he told a joint session of Congress that "we import more oil today than ever before." This isn't true. Imports peaked in 2005 but are much lower now.

On Mortgages:
In the same speech to Congress he claimed his mortgage plan would help responsible buyers but not those who borrowed beyond their means. However his own administration confirms that those who borrowed beyond their means would receive help as well.

On Education:
In a March 10th address on education Obama claimed that the high school dropout rate has "tripled in the past 30 years." This isn't true either, it has actually declined by a third.

On Jobs:
Obama has repeatedly stated that his stimulus package will create or save 3.5 million jobs, while that may be possible, it is far from a certainty. As a matter of fact the economy has been losing 22,000 jobs a day since Obama became President.

On Mexico's Guns:

On April 16th during a visit to Mexico, President Obama said "More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States." However, Mexico does not request that the United States trace all the guns they recover, so there is no way to know how many guns may come from the U.S..

Of course Factcheck had to attempt to call attention to so called Republican Spin and Internet emails about Obama. But, shouldn't this article have been about Obama's 100 days in office and what he accomplished or didn't accomplish, after all it's a report card on President Obama, not Cyberspace or the Republicans in Congress.

And get a load of the picture that appeared on Factcheck's site with the article.

Am I the only one who is tired of seeing photos of Obama that appear to have a glow or halo around his head perhaps subliminally suggesting he is the "Messiah".

For more on Obama's 100 days read more here: First 100 Days: Obama's Gaffes and Gimmicks

President Obama's First 100 Days

Feds Knew NYC Fly Over Would Cause Fear and Panic

Does President Obama have any clue what the rest of his administration is doing ?

The unannounced recent flyover of New York City by two fighter jets and a 747 from the presidential fleet to buzz ground zero and the Statue Liberty for a photo op set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay.

The flyover was ordered by the White House Office of Military Affairs so it would have souvenir photos of Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background.

To make matters worse, the Federal Aviation Administration's James Johnston said the agency was aware of "the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes" in an around New York City. But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor's office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out.

Even New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer disapproved stating:

"To say that it should not be made public knowing that it might scare people it's just confounding, It's what gives Washington and government a bad name. It's sheer stupidity."

The NYPD was so upset about the demand for secrecy that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly vowed never to follow such a directive again and he accused the feds of inciting fears of a 9/11 replay.

"Did it show an insensitivity to the psychic wounds New York City has after 9/11? Absolutely. No questions about it. It was quite insensitive," Kelly said.

President Obama ordered an internal review of Monday's low-flying photo op over the Statue of Liberty.

"It was a mistake. It will never happen again," President Obama said.

But if this was carried out by the White House Office of Military Affairs, didn't anyone brief the President on this? And if they didn't why not? Is Obama in control or are others running the show?

Read more here: WCBS TV

We have since learned that the White House planned a similar flyover in Washington DC on May 5th or 6th according to the Wall Street Journal.
"The White House had planned a second photo shoot of a jumbo jet used as Air Force One in Washington D.C next month. The follow-up session would have taken place May 5 or May 6, using the nation's capital as a backdrop, according to two government officials."

"One official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Washington photo session is being reconsidered, given the reaction to Monday's flight in New York."

Ya think ?