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October 31, 2014

Ebola: Three Million HazMat Suits on the Way

By Colin Flaherty

The liberal blogosphere is aflame with accusations that the Ebola outbreak is a fake crisis manufactured by right-wing media.

The World Health Organization has a different point of view: the group at the front lines of the Ebola epidemic is ordering 3 million hazardous material suits for health care workers and patients around the world to meet demand over the next 9 months.

More than 400 caretakers have contracted Ebola during the recent outbreak. The WHO estimates the outbreak could cause 10,000 new cases a week in Africa over the next two months. Officials say more than half of the cases of Ebola are fatal.

“Several U.S. companies are ramping up production to meet the exploding demand,” said Bill Gunderson, president of Gunderson Capital. “Lakeland is gearing up to provide the hazmat suits. In a recent earnings report the company said the “aggregate of orders won by Lakeland that are believed to have resulted from the Ebola crisis amount to approximately 1 million suits with additional orders for other products, such as hoods, foot coverings and gloves.”

WHO estimates it will need 300,000 suits a month.

“That is a lot of suits,” Gunderson said. “A lot of sick people.”

News of the massive increase in orders sent Lakeland’s stock soaring 37 percent on Thursday. That is up 202 percent for year to date.

The U.S. Department of State is receiving bids to supply 160,000 hazmat suits.

“Monthly production capacity for sealed seam ChemMAX and MicroMAX protective suit lines has increased by nearly 50% from August 2014, prior to Ebola-related product demand, to October 2014, and is on track for a 100% increase from that level by January 2015, with the ability for additional increases as needed,” said Lakeland in a release.

DuPont is another American player in the hazmat suit market. DuPont manufactures its suits out of Tyvek, a product familiar to many in the construction industry as a sheet wrapped around buildings for insulation. DuPont’s hometown paper the News Journal recently reported the “garments are for limited use. If they have not been damaged, altered, or contaminated, and pass user inspection, they can be worn multiple times. But once a suit is exposed to a hazardous contaminant, it must be disposed of according to local regulations.”

On the industry web site, ChemSuits.com, four suits sell for about $137.00.

“It is good that American companies are gearing up for the Ebola crisis,” Gunderson said. “But no amount of sales from an American company can change this: investors are spooked by the Ebola crisis, not necessarily because of the disease. But because of lack of faith in people responding to the disease. Investors know this administration is just not that skilled in these kind of large scale operations. They remember the ObamaCare rollout, not just the web site, but the subsequent mishaps. And they do not see any reason why this is going to be different as long as the same people are in charge.”

“It’s pretty simple,” Gunderson said. “Every new case of Ebola in the U.S. scares the market. And when the Ebola simmers down, so does the market. That is a compelling case for travel bans and quarantines to keep the disease out of the U.S.”

The liberal blogosphere is aflame with accusations that the Ebola outbreak is a fake crisis manufactured by right-wing media.

The World Health Organization has a different point of view: the group at the front lines of the Ebola epidemic is ordering 3 million hazardous material suits for health care workers and patients around the world to meet demand over the next 9 months.

More than 400 caretakers have contracted Ebola during the recent outbreak. The WHO estimates the outbreak could cause 10,000 new cases a week in Africa over the next two months. Officials say more than half of the cases of Ebola are fatal.

“Several U.S. companies are ramping up production to meet the exploding demand,” said Bill Gunderson, president of Gunderson Capital. “Lakeland is gearing up to provide the hazmat suits. In a recent earnings report the company said the “aggregate of orders won by Lakeland that are believed to have resulted from the Ebola crisis amount to approximately 1 million suits with additional orders for other products, such as hoods, foot coverings and gloves.”

WHO estimates it will need 300,000 suits a month.

“That is a lot of suits,” Gunderson said. “A lot of sick people.”

News of the massive increase in orders sent Lakeland’s stock soaring 37 percent on Thursday. That is up 202 percent for year to date.

The U.S. Department of State is receiving bids to supply 160,000 hazmat suits.

“Monthly production capacity for sealed seam ChemMAX and MicroMAX protective suit lines has increased by nearly 50% from August 2014, prior to Ebola-related product demand, to October 2014, and is on track for a 100% increase from that level by January 2015, with the ability for additional increases as needed,” said Lakeland in a release.

DuPont is another American player in the hazmat suit market. DuPont manufactures its suits out of Tyvek, a product familiar to many in the construction industry as a sheet wrapped around buildings for insulation. DuPont’s hometown paper the News Journal recently reported the “garments are for limited use. If they have not been damaged, altered, or contaminated, and pass user inspection, they can be worn multiple times. But once a suit is exposed to a hazardous contaminant, it must be disposed of according to local regulations.”

On the industry web site, ChemSuits.com, four suits sell for about $137.00.

“It is good that American companies are gearing up for the Ebola crisis,” Gunderson said. “But no amount of sales from an American company can change this: investors are spooked by the Ebola crisis, not necessarily because of the disease. But because of lack of faith in people responding to the disease. Investors know this administration is just not that skilled in these kind of large scale operations. They remember the ObamaCare rollout, not just the web site, but the subsequent mishaps. And they do not see any reason why this is going to be different as long as the same people are in charge.”

“It’s pretty simple,” Gunderson said. “Every new case of Ebola in the U.S. scares the market. And when the Ebola simmers down, so does the market. That is a compelling case for travel bans and quarantines to keep the disease out of the U.S.”

Will anyone in the ATF be held accountable? Of course not.

WHITE HOUSE

Fast and Furious II? Justice Department watchdog faults agency over grenade probe

Associated Press

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In this file photo, a soldier holds a grenade in Mexico City, Mexico. (Reuters)

Federal agents and prosecutors in Arizona made multiple errors in their investigation of a U.S. citizen who was suspected of smuggling grenade components to Mexico, including failing to arrest him when there was more than enough evidence to do so, the Justice Department watchdog said in a harshly critical report Thursday.

The inspector general’s report found parallels between the investigation into Jean Baptiste Kingery by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and “Operation Fast and Furious,” an ATF gun-running operation along the Southwest border that relied on flawed tactics and became a political firestorm for the Justice Department. Those similarities include poor supervision, weak oversight and a failure “to take or insist on overt enforcement action against the subjects of the investigations.”

“Our reviews of both cases concluded that, in failing to act, they did not adequately consider the risk to public safety in the United States and Mexico created by the subjects’ illegal activities,” the report states.

In a statement, the Justice Department said that in the past six years it had taken “aggressive action” to ensure that the mistakes of the Kingery case “are not repeated.”

The department said the officials responsible for the operation have either left the department or have been reassigned. It also noted that the deputy attorney general last year issued guidance to U.S. attorney’s offices around the country about “overseeing sensitive operations.” The ATF has also developed specialized training to deal with intelligence matters and legal issues.

According to the report, the ATF learned in 2009 that Kingery was ordering grenade components from an online military surplus dealer that agents suspected were being transported into Mexico and converted into live grenades for use by drug cartels.

Agents over the next few months intercepted two deliveries of grenade components that were intended for Kingery. But instead of trying to arrest him for the illegal export, agents marked the components so they could be identified later, delivered the items to his shipping address and set up surveillance to determine whether the parts were being taken into Mexico.

The operation came under public scrutiny in 2011 after Mexican soldiers involved in a shootout with members of a drug cartel found grenade hulls bearing markings similar to the ones the ATF made as part of its investigation.

The inspector general’s report also faults the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona for failing to prosecute Kingery after he was stopped at the border in June 2010 transporting hundreds of grenade hulls and fuses. A prosecutor said Kingery was not arrested because the ATF wanted him as an informant, though ATF agents said he was never used as an informant and that prosecutors simply refused at the time to bring charges, according to the report.

Kingery returned to Mexico, where he was arrested in August 2011. Mexican authorities are prosecuting him for allegedly violating organized crime laws.

In “Operation Fast and Furious,” federal agents permitted illicitly purchased weapons to be transported unimpeded in an effort to track them to high-level arms traffickers.

Federal agents lost control of some 2,000 weapons, and many of them wound up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S. Two of the guns were found at the scene of the December 2010 slaying of border agent Brian Terry near the Arizona border city of Nogales.

Another plea..

Duluth man pleads guilty to first-degree heroin possession

By Wendy Johnson Today at 7:00 a.m.

 A Duluth man who was discovered with some 31.3 grams of heroin in his underwear has pleaded guilty to first-degree drug possession. Datione Benjamin Warren, 24, appeared before Judge Robert Macaulay for a settlement conference in Carlton County Court last Wednesday.
His action came as part of a plea agreement after Assistant Carlton County Attorney Mike Boese requested a speedy trial date. The terms of the agreement include an executed 104-month prison term for Warren, who has a previous criminal record.

According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 28, 2013, at approximately 2 a.m., a Carlton County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with improperly working taillights on Interstate 35 near the intersection of Highway 210.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jonathan Frank Gaitan, and the passenger was identified as Warren.

The deputy noted marijuana in plain view in Gaitan’s lap, and Gaitan subsequently admitted to possession of marijuana.

Then as the deputy and a state trooper, who had also responded to the scene, were observing Gaitan and Warren outside the vehicle, they noted that Warren was walking like a duck and suspected he may have drugs hidden in his clothes. Subsequently, the heroin fell down into his undergarments and was retrieved by the officers, who could clearly see the bulge and the suspected drugs.

As officers continued to investigate the situation, Gaitan disclosed that he owned the motor vehicle in which he and Warren were traveling. He confessed that he provided transportation for Warren to purchase his heroin and also to distribute it. In return for driving Warren around, Gaitan stated, he received a cut of the proceeds from each heroin transaction, which he said was “at least $50.”

The heroin that Warren had in his possession the night of the arrest was field tested by the officers and then sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for evidentiary testing.

Charges were then filed against the two men, with Warren facing one felony count of first-degree possession of 25 grams or more of heroin and Gaiten facing one felony count of third-degree possession of three grams or more of heroin. Bail on Warren was set at $75,000 bond or $7,500 cash. He posted bond on Jan. 24 and was released, pending his next court appearance.

Gaitan pleaded guilty on March 26 and received a felony sentence and was ordered to serve six months and participate in the confinement alternative program, for first offenders.  He is also on three years of standard felony drug probation.

Warren is also facing possible charges in Douglas County, Wis., stemming from an incident that happened in July when he reportedly fled police there and crossed over to Minnesota across the bridge, allegedly tossing money out the window until he was apprehended. Some of the money collected by law enforcement was still on the bridge, and some was found on land under the bridge, on the Wisconsin side. At least one motorist was stopped while collecting money on the bridge.

Warren, who remains free on bond, is slated for sentencing at 9 a.m. Nov. 26.

 

Now the college will dictate what halloween costumes students will wear? What next?

Minnesota university encourages ‘respectful’ Halloween costumes, student told Pocahontas is ‘offensive’

Allison Maass

Minnesota Campus Correspondent@allisonmaass

 
  • The University of Minnesota-Duluth’s office of Academic Affairs has encouraged students to pick respectful Halloween costumes this year.
  • UMD’s administration did not lay out guidelines for what costumes could be considered offensive and did not list a punishment for an offensive costume.
  • UMD joins a growing list of other colleges informing students that they need to be respectful when it comes to Halloween costumes.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) has become the latest school to urge students to be “respectful” while celebrating Halloween.

“The office of Academic Affairs is encouraging students to celebrate Halloween with respect at UMD, referencing goal two of UMD’s strategic plan,” UMD’s student newspaper, The Statesman said. “Goal two is to create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity and social justice. This applied to Halloween as students decide on what costumes to wear.”

“Everything is going to offend someone at some point.”

UMD’s strategic plan was created in 2011 to outline the university’s goals and values.

“Students often strive to come up with creative and witty costumes. However, this sometimes leads to a costume that, intentionally or not, can make someone feel disrespected or stereotyped,” the article went on to say.

According to The Statesman, one UMD student was planning to dress up as the Disney princess Pocahontas for Halloween until a Native American peer informed her that that costume was “offensive.”

UMD is not the first university to follow the politically correct trend, as students at theUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of North Dakota received similar warnings in the last few weeks.

Cody Symes, a senior at UMD, told Campus Reform that as long as the university is not telling students they cannot wear offensive costumes and is just telling them to be mindful, it is not doing anything wrong.

As for what is offensive, Symes said he does not have a clear answer and it is “completely subjective,” but if anything could be it would be racial stereotypes.

“Everything is going to offend someone at some point,” Symes said. “If you’re okay with people being angry with you, go ahead and do it.”

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @AllisonMaass

Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership

 Published on Oct 27, 2014

http://RebelPundit.com Chicago activists Paul McKinley, Mark Carter, Joseph Watkins and Harold “Noonie” Ward recently went on the record with RebelPundit to deliver a message to black communities across the country.

Calling Netanyahu a chickenshit is like calling Pertler a teatotaler.

What a Senior Obama Admin. Official Reportedly Called Netanyahu Signals Relations Are at a ‘Full-Blown Crisis’

A senior Obama administration official recently called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickens**t,” according to an article published in the Atlantic Tuesday.

Penned by American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, who focuses on Middle Eastern politics, the unidentified official referred to Netanyahu by his nickname “Bibi” to him in conversation.

“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickens**t,” this official said.

President Barack Obama listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official reportedly added, expanding on his “chickens**t” comment. “The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat.”

Another administration official told Goldberg that he agreed the Israeli prime minister is a “chickens**t,” but went further, calling Netanyahu a “coward” in regards to the way he has dealt with the growing Iranian nuclear threat. According to the official, he no longer believes Netanyahu will preemptively strike Tehran to prevent the Middle Eastern country from attaining nuclear weapons.

“It’s too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility,” the official reportedly said. “But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”

Goldberg wrote in his story that the comment is “representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis.”

Over the years, senior Obama administration officials have called Netanyahu a number of names, according to Goldberg, who noted that he keeps a “running list.” He said those names include, “recalcitrant,” “myopic,” “reactionary,” “obtuse,” “blustering,” “pompous,” and “aspergery.”

According to Goldberg, the administration views Netanyahu as someone who is less interested in taking risks to establish lasting policies and more interested in taking positions to protect himself politically. In contrast, Netanyahu has given up on the Obama administration and has decided to take his case to the American people and Congress should a nuclear deal with Iran be reached, Goldberg reported.

 

Your tax dollars hard at work

Audit Finds MNsure Mishandled Marketing Money

Created: 10/28/2014 11:01 AM WDIO.com
By: STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s legislative auditor says the state’s health insurance exchange mishandled over $925,000 in marketing work.

A report released Tuesday by Legislative Auditor James Nobles says MNsure did not properly authorize the additional marketing work or amend its contract with its vendor until after the contractor completed the work.

The report also says MNsure lacked adequate internal controls over its collections of premiums from health insurance applicants.

MNsure Executive Director Scott Leitz says in a response that his staff has resolved or is in the process of resolving all the problems the review identified. He says he’s pleased the report found no fraud or abuse at MNsure.

The audit did not examine MNsure’s operational performance. The legislative auditor plans to release another report next month and an overall evaluation in February.

And this arrogant narcissistic hag wants to be president? What an idiot.

Hillary Clinton Recently Said, ‘Don’t Let Anybody Tell You’ That Businesses Create Jobs. Guess What She’s Saying After the Backlash.

Hillary Clinton recently told supporters at a campaign rally, “Don’t let anybody tell you that… it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

Predictably, the remarks sparked a good amount of backlash from Americans across the country who strongly disagreed with her assessment. On Monday, Clinton attempted to distance herself from her own comments.

(AP Photo/Molly Riley)

(AP Photo/Molly Riley)

At another campaign rally on Monday, Clinton claimed that she “short-handed” her position on job creation and clarified her remarks. She also argued again that “trickle-down economics has failed.”

“Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas,” she said Monday.

A Clinton aide claimed the remarks reflect what the former first lady meant to say last week when she proclaimed corporations and businesses don’t create jobs, BuzzFeed reports. The two statements, however, are drastically different.

Watch Clinton’s initial comments on jobs and the “failed” theory of trickle-down economics below:

(H/T: Mediaite)

Carousel image via AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

No plea agreement? Tell me it isn’t so…oh, right, I forget..elections are coming up.

St. Paul man sentenced in first-degree meth case

 

By Jana Peterson on Oct 24, 2014 at 7:39 a.m.
A South St. Paul man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in Carlton County Court last week.

Timothy Daniel Glewwe, 54, pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of drugs, specifically 25 grams or more of methamphetamine in August 2014, just days before his case was set to go to jury trial. Then he failed to appear for his next two hearings, a warrant was issued and he was ultimately picked up in the Twin Cities area and returned to Carlton County on Oct. 14. He was sentenced Oct. 15 to 92 months.

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler said the sentence was longer than some serious assault or manslaughter cases, but explained it was due to the large amount of methamphetamine Glewwe had in his possession, as well as the fact that he had eight criminal history points, including a previous conviction for first-degree drugs in 2003.

Glewwe was arrested just before 7 a.m. Nov. 19, 2012, after Minnesota State Trooper David Vereecken stopped Glewwe, who was driving a 1977 Cadillac Seville, for suspicious and illegal driving conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, when Vereecken approached the vehicle with his flashlight, he could see methamphetamine crystals on the center console and cup holder area. Next to the shifter, there was an oblong, shard-shaped crystal that he felt certain was methamphetamine.

When Glewwe was arrested and searched, officers discovered a baggie containing 6.4 grams of meth in his left pocket, and in his right pocket a bag with 2.9 grams of meth. They also found a bag containing 27.3 grams of meth in his left pants leg, for a total of 36 grams of methamphetamine. All of the drugs were sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing, which was positive.

Glewwe was sent to the Minnesota Department of Corrections after his sentencing last week.

 

Franken, the moron, cannot once again answer a question. Wasn’t there once a joke about a village that lost its idiot?

GOP challenger faults Al Franken for not supporting Ebola travel ban

BY JOSEPH LAWLER | OCTOBER 26, 2014 | 6:07 PM

Republican nominee Mike McFadden criticized Sen. Al Franken Sunday for not clearly supporting a ban on travel to Minnesota from countries affected by Ebola, trying to leverage growing public concern over the virus into a political advantage.

During the second debate in the Minnesota Senate race, McFadden pounced when moderators pressed Franken on his stance toward a travel ban.

“I just listened to both of you ask Al Franken three times what his answer was, and he didn’t answer it,” said McFadden.

“That is the problem with politics right now. People want straight talk,” McFadden argued. “The reason I think people are so concerned about Ebola is they’ve seen a theme in Washington and with our political leadership — that there’s been no leadership on these issues, whether it be the response to [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria], whether it be this economy, now with Ebola.

Franken, the incumbent first-term member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, had avoided directly taking a position on a travel ban earlier in the debate in Minneapolis, but later on clarified that he did not necessarily oppose the idea.

“I have nothing against a travel ban from West Africa, what I’m saying is, it’s insufficient,” he said. Franken had noted that the vast majority of travelers from West Africa to Minnesota do not come directly through Minnesota airports, and highlighted the need to prepare state hospitals to deal with Ebola patients.

McFadden had called a travel ban “common sense” to start the debate, claiming that there were only four hospitals in the U.S. with state-of-the-art resources for treating Ebola patients, each capable of holding only 3-10 people.

“If we have an outbreak, we’re not ready to address it,” he stated.

Sunday’s meeting was the second showdown between the two candidates, and was marked by confrontation and Franken’s efforts to portray the former investment banker McFadden as an uncaring businessman. They have one more debate scheduled for Nov. 2.

Franken has consistently held a double-digit lead over McFadden in the race, which has not attracted the outside attention that other midterm Senate elections have.

The most recent Star Tribune poll, however, showed McFadden down just 9 percentage points among likely voters. The poll surveyed 800 likely voters between Oct. 20-22, and showed a four-percentage-point improvement for McFadden.