July 14, 2018

Russians Indicted

Dana Mathewson

Assuming that where theres's smoke, there's fire in this case. . .

Russians charged in DNC hacking case

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/russians-charged-in-dnc-hacking-case.php

 
 
Never mind. The Leftists will still insist Trump's too soft on Putin.

This from Tim:

My antennae are up over this one, Dana. Remember when Mueller announced the indictments of those Russian companies? He figurred they wouldn't show up in court - but they did, and pretty much nothing has come of them as Mueller was unwilling to turn over his evidence to defense lawyers. It was done to make it look like there was something there and to "shake the tree". Since Rosenstein didn't give any names how are we to believe there is any "there"  there? I think this was designed to make the investigation look legitimate. Remember, Congress just heard from Peter Strzok and the investigation had a black eye as a result. Oh, and it was timed to coincide with Trump's meeting with Putin, to make it appear in the public eye that there is funny business going on. Mark Warner just demanded Trump cancel or have a third party present so he wouldn't collude with Puting about this while out of sight. (Reminds me of Dr. Strangelove where Sgt. Batguano tells Mandrake "you better not try any preversions in there {phone booth} or I'll blow your head off".)

I'm convinced this was entirely political. He could have waited until Monday to make the anouncement. This derails the Puting talks, boxes Trump in. It is clearly an attempt to blow up the talks.

And of course Rosenstein said no Americans were involved and there was no appreciable effect on the election, but he had to know the meia would only report he indictments, or only emphasize them, and try to hang this around Trump's neck.

I think cheers for Rosenstein may be premature.



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A Trump Learning Experience for Christian Leaders

Dana Mathewson

This one may surprise a lot of people. But it's true, and this is not a "gag" title.

https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2018/07/13/what-christian-leaders-can-learn-f rom-donald-trump-n2499961 more...

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Recommended Reading - Spymaster

Dana Mathewson

You may be familiar with Brad Thor, the thriller writer. He is good, and extremely popular. Like all authors of thriller series, you can begin with the fact that it ain’t Shakespeare. But Thor is one of the masters of the craft.

Thor’s latest book, out last week, is Spymaster, the 18th in Thor’s Scot Harvath series. Harvath is a counterterrorist operative and pretty much a superhero. Most books in the series have found him battling Islamic extremists. But Spymaster is different: the villain is Russia.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/spymaster.php


Highly recommended.

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July 13, 2018

Self-contradictory term "settled science?"

Dana Mathewson

I'm on the mailing list of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, which writes sensible stuff about "climate change." Here's a recent article which skewers the current peer-review process (and it's about time, sez I):

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GOP Finally taking action against Antifa

Timothy Birdnow

Finally, Congress is taking action against the lawless and violent behavior of Antifa/Black Lies Muttered.

From the Hill:

"The "Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” legislation introduced in the House, carries a potential 15-year prison sentence for those caught engaging in behaviors typically associated with the "antifa” movement of anti-fascist activists.
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Friday 13 Ammo Girl

Dana Mathewson


And I recommend clicking the link to the article of hers that's included, where she writes about the Terrified Jewish Nebbish who had to hire a plumber. It's hilarious.

Happy Friday the Thirteenth, all y'all!
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NY Times liked Trump before they Hated him

Dana Mathewson

Steven Hayward posts this VERY INTERESTING article in Power Line. Back in 1984, the NYT had no reason to be totally negative on Donald Trump, so it wasn't. Hayward begins:
I recall seeing Larry Kudlow, whom I know a bit, on the Sunday morning network news shows a few weeks back and thinking that he looked terrible, like he'd aged 10 years in just the month he'd been working for Trump. A few hours later he was hospitalized for a heart attack. It was a minor heart attack (if there is such a thing), and he was out of the hospital and back in form in just a few days. But I asked a mutual friend how Larry was faring, and this person, who also talks often to Trump on the phone at all hours of the day and night, said "Look, you have to understand that Trump is a force of nature. Even though he's 71, he's  hard to keep up with.

This is preface for noting how the New York Times thought of Trump in this largely positive feature about him from 1984. It's a long read, but there are some interesting and familiar-sounding parts of this story:
 
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/the-ny-times-on-trump-that-was-then.php
 
Worth the read!

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Cuomo thinks he can sue SCOTUS

Timothy Birdnow

Here is a wonderfully idiotic example of how liberals think - or fail to think, I should say. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to sue if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade!

.@NYGovCuomo on abortion, at a rally in Poughkeepsie: "I will sue when the Supreme Court acts, and I want the New York State law in place."

— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) July 11, 2018


"We have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts,” he promised

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Sue who? SCOTUS?

I guess he doesn't know that ultimatly SCOTUS would hear the case.

I suppose Cuomo thinks he can have the state police arrest the Secret Service, or call out the state National Guard against the Marines.

What a fool!

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Tossing the Dice with Kavanaugh

Timothy Birdnow

The good folks at Veritaspac echo my thinking on the nomination of judge Brett Kavanagh to the Supreme Court.

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July 12, 2018

A Home for Liberals - Ross 128 B

Dana Mathewson

Remember all those Hollywood liberals who insist that they're going to move to Canada (or some other place) every time we elect a Republican president? Well, here's a better place for them to go: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/07/12/nearby-alien-planet-may-be-capable-supporting-li fe.html  Let 'em take all their unearned millions and terraform the place.
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Rosenstein Schemes to Tamper with Kavanaugh Confirmation

Timothy Birdnow

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is calling on Federal prosecutors to get involved in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The New York Times points out that this is highly unusual: more...

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Slavery - What they didn't teach Larry Elder in High School


Larry Elder nails the history of slavery in a summary of what was not taught to Americans in high school, a history that preceeded the Middle Passage of slaves to the New World. And even that had millions going to Brazil.

Here's a quote from his article.

Slavery: What They Didn't Teach in My High School


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A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as "the white man's religion that justified slavery." He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. "From whom?" I asked.

Arab slavers took more Africans out of Africa and transported them to the Middle East and to South America than European slavers took out of Africa and brought to North America. Arab slavers began taking slaves out of Africa beginning in the ninth century -- centuries before the European slave trade -- and continued well after.

In "Prisons & Slavery," John Dewar Gleissner writes: "The Arabs' treatment of black Africans can aptly be termed an African Holocaust. Arabs killed more Africans in transit, especially when crossing the Sahara Desert, than Europeans and Americans, and over more centuries, both before and after the years of the Atlantic slave trade. Arab Muslims began extracting millions of black African slaves centuries before Christian nations did. Arab slave traders removed slaves from Africa for about 13 centuries, compared to three centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. African slaves transported by Arabs across the Sahara Desert died more often than slaves making the Middle Passage to the New World by ship. Slaves invariably died within five years if they worked in the Ottoman Empire's Sahara salt mines."

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July 11, 2018

The Anti-Trump Conservative Firing Circle Is Wildly Out Of Touch With The American Electorate

Dana Mathewson, with hat tip to David Dickinson

There's a huge amount (should I say YUGE, in this Age of Trump?) of political commentary being written these days. Of that written on the side of the Right, there is quite a bit of variation. One thing in short supply is self-awareness on the part of the writer.

So I was delighted to encounter a large dose of it in thie piece by Michael Doran, in The Federalist. The Article is found at http://thefederalist.com/2018/07/10/trumps-conservative-critics-wildly-touch-american-electorate/
but I will include a few pithy excerpts to (hopefully) whet your appetite. It's a long article but very worth your time.

In a democratic culture, the pundit is not a philosopher. He exists to inform and guide like-minded voters, which is only possible if they trust him to be thinking along with them.

I know what it feels like to be out of touch with the electorate. In the last presidential election I worked on the campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. After he conceded defeat, I joined the foreign policy team of Sen. Marco Rubio. About a week before Rubio bowed out of the race, Nate Silver, the election analyst, published an article analyzing the senator’s dilemma.

Rubio, Silver explained, was almost every Republican’s fallback candidate. He was the first choice of only one group: "cosmopolitan conservatives.” Silver’s label hit me with a jolt of self-recognition. I have degrees from Stanford and Princeton universities, spend many weeks of every year abroad, and live and work in uber-liberal Washington DC, which I love. I am a social conservative, and I identify wholeheartedly with Red America. Silver had me cold: I am a cosmopolitan conservative.

Referring to an article attacking Trump's conservative critics written by Emerald Robinson, Doran goes on to say:

The intellectuals Robinson attacks are also members of my clan. We may not live, as she suggests, in mansions, but we do breathe a rarified air—and we are very small in number. If we were to hold a national conference, we might fill a large bistro on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Thanks, however, to the work we do in the policy world and media, we have a public profile out of proportion to our numbers.

Cosmopolitan conservatives have mistaken their outsized visibility in the media for indispensability to the conservative cause. The prevailing opinion among them during the election was not just that Trump was going to lose, but that he was going to deliver an historic defeat to the Republican Party.

In summer 2016, I became a traitor to my clan, breaking with this consensus and publicly supporting Trump. Some of my associates let me know they considered my move morally indefensible. It soon became obvious that they saw themselves as valiant knights manning the ramparts on the citadel of true conservatism, guarding the one true creed until Trump self-destructed.

It's a great article, among other things pointing out that the group's present worship of Ronald Reagan is at odds with the way they viewed him at the time of his presidency.

For my money, the kicker is the last paragraph, "throwing some shade" upon Jonah Goldberg himself by saying;

The Jonah Goldberg who in 2008 published "Liberal Fascism” would have recognized the FBI’s surveillance of Trump and the Robert Mueller probe for exactly what they are—outrageous abuses of power designed to smother the Jacksonian voice of the American people. The Jonah Goldberg of yesteryear wryly observed that if fascism ever came to America, it wouldn’t arrive dressed in brown shirts and jackboots. It would come instead wearing shirts emblazoned with big smiley faces. For some inexplicable reason the Jonah Goldberg of today fails to realize that those shirts would also say, "Impeach Trump!”


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Devil's Advocate on Kavanaugh

Timothy Birdnow

So now the Orange Peril has chosen his nominee to stand athwart history and shout "stop" (or shout Yipee! depending on how this nomination turns out) and the big C Conservative movement - compromising the Innermost sanctum of the District of Columbia and the big monied class - has collectively interjected "Huzzah!" or "good show old boy!{ or the other acceptable jubillant ejaculations that do not bespeak low breeding - we must ask if the newly nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh is really the second coming of Scalia or is he the David Souter redoux. Well, maybe not Souter, but is he going to be the accolyte of the Founding Fathers or just another tinhorn tyrant with a gavel. While almost all of the conservative movement - including almost all of the radio talk show hosts and online authors - think this is Scalia II, son of Scal, and while I hope it is true, I am going to look at this with a critical eye. In point of fact I see a lot of red flags with this guy, and I want to throw a little cold water on the inebriated conservative mvement lest we all wind up weeping in our morning after alkaseltzer. more...

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The Dept. of Veterans Affairs - National Cancer Institute Alliance, a double edged sword

Jack Kemp

Recently the co-founders of the veterans' charity Backpacks for Life sent me information about the Dept. of Veterans Affairs getting involved with "giving veterans access to the latest anti-cancer treatments." The glowing press release states, in part:

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5082

 VA Partnership with National Cancer Institute Will Boost Veteran Access to Clinical Trials

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has formed a partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) which will provide more access to the latest treatment options for VA patients with cancer.

"Strategic partnerships, such as this one with the National Cancer Institute, allow VA to leverage the strengths of both organizations to the benefit of all stakeholders, especially our Veterans,” said VA’s Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke. "By increasing enrollment in these trials, VA and Veterans will contribute to important cancer research — this will not only help our Veterans, but also advance cancer care for all Americans and people around the world.”

The NCI and VA Interagency Group to Accelerate Trials Enrollment, also known as  NAVIGATE, is launching at 12 VA sites: Atlanta, Georgia; Bronx, New York; Charleston, South Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Durham, North Carolina; Hines, Illinois; Long Beach, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Palo Alto, California; Portland, Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; and West Haven, Connecticut. Boston, Massachusetts, will also serve as a coordinating center for the effort.

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This has an optimistic tone. But, as they say, "the Devil is in the details."

I don't want to be negative but I've had some indirect life experiences and know the problems involved with what they call in the computer business as "beta testing" and in the medical field as "candidates for first versions of experimental drugs." Both of these situations mean the test subject is the first person getting access to the latest devices or treatments. This can be good, bad or a mixture of both outcomes.

Big tech companies big reputations like IBM or Microsoft are famous for selling its customers on the idea that they will be fortunate to get the first version of a new product - before all the bugs have been worked out. These customers are called "beta testers." What often happens is the customer finds some flaws in the design of the software or hardware and the big company gets the customer to be their testing department for free. After receiving improved suggestion designs (also called "complaints") come in, the big company later introduces "Version 2.0" with fixes made to the mistakes in the original one. The Version 2.0 is called the "new, updated version" - and it is. If the first version didn't have too many flaws, this is a win-win for all people at the customers' companies and for the big manufacturer. And often times this is a mixed bag of good and bad.

As for testing new medicines, the situation is more complicated. As a small boy, I, along with many of my classmates, was one of the test subjects in the 1950s for both the early versions of Dr. Salk's and Dr. Sabin's (anti) polio vaccines. The risk of getting that horrible disease caused many parents to grant permission for their children to become test subjects for the first version of both these medicines designed to fight a dreaded childhood disease. You can read more about those 1950s tests at https://amhistory.si.edu/polio/virusvaccine/vacraces2.htm

The U.S. has had a history of using prisoners as test subjects for new medicines, often (but not always) receiving reduced prison time for their participation. Many adults with serious illnesses that have not responded to other treatments - or for which no other treatment exists but that of the experimental medicine offered - have voluntered to try something untried. As Bob Dylan once sang, "When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose."

And then there is a history of the military using service people as medical test subjects with vaccines. It has been speculated that the vaccines given to U.S. Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War were possibly a contributing factor in a condition known as Gulf War Syndrome. The Department of Veterans Affairs own website states that:

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/sources/vaccinations.asp

Research on vaccinations and Gulf War Veterans

The Health and Medicine Division (formally known as the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concluded in its report Gulf War and Health: Depleted Uranium, Sarin, Pyridostigmine Bromide, and Vaccines (2000) that there is inadequate or insufficient evidence to determine whether an association does or does not exist between multiple vaccinations and long-term adverse health problems.
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Anne Linscott, an attorney with Hill and Ponton (Disability Attorneys) writes at her firm's website that:

https://www.hillandponton.com/vaccines-and-gulf-war-illness/

The Anthrax Vaccine

Of the vaccines that Gulf War veterans received, one of the most controversial one is the anthrax vaccine. Concerns were raised over the effectiveness of the vaccine against protecting against inhalation of anthrax, quality control in the production of the vaccine, the vaccine’s short and long-term health effects, the components of the vaccine, and policies of the military that required mandatory vaccination.

A major concern, and one of great debate, is the side-effects of giving the anthrax vaccine. There is still a lot of research that needs to be done to determine the long-term side-effects of the anthrax vaccine. Adding to the lack of information is that many of the Department of Defense’s studies on the safety of the vaccine do not include long-term follow up. All vaccines pose risk of adverse side effects. Common side effects of vaccines include soreness and swelling where the vaccine was administered, and fever. However, there is always a risk that a vaccine can produce more serious side-effects. In 2002, a study of approximately 900 veterans found a strong correlation between the anthrax vaccine and subsequent health problems. Known side-effects of the anthrax vaccine can be mild, moderate, or severe. The following are examples of such side-effects:

    Mild/Moderate: reactions on the arm where the vaccine was given such as tenderness, redness, itching, development of a lump or bruise, muscle aches; headaches; joint pain; fever; and fatigue.

    Severe: signs that a reaction to the anthrax vaccine is severe include difficulty breathing, weakness, hoarseness, wheezing, a fast heartbeat, hives, dizziness, paleness, or swelling of the lips and throat. Serious reactions involving the skin and nervous system have been reported, but a direct link to the anthrax vaccine has not been conclusively proven.

Another concern regarding the anthrax vaccine is the components used to make the vaccine. One of these components is squalene. Squalene, a banned chemical additive, was found in blood tests of hundreds of sick Gulf War veterans. Squalene is not approved for internal human use other than in highly controlled experiments, but it has been studied for use as a tool to boost the body’s immune systems against certain diseases.  In a study of Gulf War veterans suffering from Gulf War Syndrome, conducted by Tulane University, 95% of the veterans had high levels of squalene antibodies in their blood. Researchers believe this may suggest a possible link between the anthrax vaccine and Gulf War Syndrome.

In Closing…Although there is a lot of research showing a link between vaccinations and Gulf War Syndrome, the VA does not officially recognize that link. However, many different research organizations continue to evaluate possible causes of Gulf War veteran’s health problems. As part of the effort to learn more about how Gulf War service affected veterans, the VA established the Gulf War Registry.
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The Backpacks for Life website recently had an article on how the malaria medicine mefloquine, given to U.S. troops in the most recent middle east wars, mirrored the effects of PTSD. A doctor, writing in the Huffington Post in 2013, claimed mefloquine could lead to much worse. This became part an article at the Aviary. http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/_malaria_medicine_ptsd_suicides_

Former U.S. Navy psychologist Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft was deployed to the more recent middle eastern war in Iraqi. She wrote a powerful book about her experiences called "Rule Number Two: Lessions I Learned in a Combat Hospital," a book endorsed by, among other notables, U.S. Marine General (Ret.) Anthony Zinni, former commander of the U.S. Central Command.

Starting on page 18, in a chapter called "Fever," Dr. Kraft states:

Before the dawn of my third morning in country, I emer seat-soaked from vivid, disturbing dreams. I felt disorientd and nauseated, and a searing pain ripped across my shoulders and left arm....The pain radiated frm my left deltoid muscle, and suddenly I knew: it was the site of my smallpox vaccination, adminsitered in Kuwait five days before our flight to Iraq.

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The Dr. Kraft goes on to tell of her having a temperature of 103 and a Marine physicians' assistant writing her a perscription for antibiotics and ibuprofen. Her fever didn't subside for two days, long after her first "request" from her Marine Commanding Officer to minister to the emotional needs of some Marines whose vehicle had hit a land mine.

So in conclusion I have to say my knowledge of medicine and specifically those medicines used in the U.S. military is more general and not that detailed. Even as a non-medical doctor, and a "citizen blogger" with no travel expense account and no medical background, it is difficult for me to gather more detailed information because I do not have both a travel budget and a press pass from a major news outlet, i.e., a paid job there with an expense account. And all the facts in the Dept. of Veterans Affairs press release point to only one partial conclusion: their optimistic version of the situation. The press release is, ironically, inconclusive and needs a lot more investigation to find out how this partnership between the VA and the National Cancer Institute will work on a practical level and what type of impact it will have on veterans. I suspect there will be glowing stories coming out of this partnership - and some not so glowing.


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July 10, 2018

Why Socialists Like Soccer

Editor's note; I disagree with Daren's categorization of football as unthinking brutishness. While football is rough and fast, it requires immense amounts of strategy and careful thought, more I think than baseball.  Clock management, for example, is a crucial part of football and there is nothing remotely comparable in baseball. Every play involves numerous variables that have to be taken into account by all of the players.  In baseball there is far less of that. But Daren makes awesome points here otherwise!

Daren Jonescu

Spectator sports often teach us a lot about the people, or rather peoples, who make them popular. There is nothing new about this, of course. Seneca taught us as much about the state of Roman society in his time as about his own Stoic sensibilities, when he wrote, in his Moral Letter "On Crowds”:

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El Toro Marine Air Base contamination

Jack Kemp

From the website for "The Few The Proud The Forgotten" (the Camp Lejeune toxic water main info website) there are also details of toxic water at the historic Marine Corps Air Station El Toro near Irvine, California (opened in 1943, closed in 1999).

You can read all the information, plus links to other articles, at

Here are some import topics in the article:


While MCAS El Toro is a separate issue from Camp Lejeune, TFTPTF felt that it was important to let our membership know about the situation. I hope that when you speak about Camp Lejeune that you also mention and think about El Toro. Here is a synopsis from Robert J. O’Dowd with www.mwsg37.com:
MCAS El Toro

Marines take great pride "in taking care of their own." Marine and Navy veterans who were stationed at former MCAS El Toro are at risk for exposure to toxic chemicals as a result of the contamination of the soil and groundwater. Very few know of their exposure.

Marines have been exposed to trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), suffered serious health consequences, and have no idea of what hit them.

A number of Marines report serious illnesses linked to toxic exposure. Some of the emails are posted at www.mwsg37.com.  Others have asked to withhold their names. Neither the Navy nor the Marine Corps made any attempts to notify El Toro veterans. 

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EPA traced the "hot spot" to MWSG-37's maintenance hangars: "the primary VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) source is present beneath Buildings 296 and 297, extending to the south with decreasing concentrations to the southern Station boundary. Several smaller source areas exist in the soil beneath Site 24, including a PCE soil gas plume located west of Building 297. The VOC concentrations in soil gas generally increase with depth, and the highest concentrations occur near the water table. VOCs in the area of Buildings 296 and 297 extend to groundwater directly beneath those buildings." How much TCE/PCE was used at El Toro? It's anybody's guess. El Toro kept no TCE usage records.

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The risk of serious illness for those who worked in MWSG-37 in or near the maintenance hangars was high because of exposure to toxic vapors from open containers and from vapor intrusion. Others on the base were at some risk for exposure from vapor intrusion from the contaminated soil and groundwater. If contaminated well water was used in swimming pools and for irrigation, the risk for exposure to these carcinogens through dermal contact is evident. In the words of one toxicologist El Toro "was a toxic waste dump.” At least one national law firm has taken an interest in injuries from toxic exposure at El Toro.

Tim King, reporter for Salem-News (http://www.salem-news.com/tgsearch.php?tag=marine_corps), continues his series of investigative reports/videos on El Toro.  Tim King’s reports raise more questions about the base's contamination, the impact on the local community and the significant amount of money changing hands in the sale of the base to real estate interests. 

Semper Fi,

Robert J. O'Dowd

www.mwsg37.com

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Technical Difficulties

Timothy Birdnow

Dear readers,

Apologies but we are experiencing technical difficulties, or I am at any rate, My e-mail crashed and I can't get it fixed properly.  Articles by your favorite contributors may be a bit slow to appear for a while. Please be patient. I can still post myself, though.

This post will remain at the top for a while.

Thanks!

Tim

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July 09, 2018

Boston Eyes giving Aliens the Vote

Timothy Birdnow

Boston, one of Amerrica's premier crazy cities, wants to give the vote to resident aliens. According to Boston.com: more...

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July 08, 2018

The RINO Empire Strikes Back against Jim Jordan

Timothy Birdnow

A vile campaign of lies and innuendo has been launched against Jim Jordan, the conservative candidate to take Paul "Pee Wee" Ryan's job as House Speaker.

Jordan is being accused of ignoring complaints about sexual harassment of 2 wrestlers against a physician going back twenty years - to his days as a wrestling coach at OSU. The two accusers both have rather shady histories, one having been convicted of fraud.

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