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Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Member since: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:45 AM
Number of posts: 11,292

About Me

Always a Democrat. I can't understand conservatives. I try to understand them, but I can't. They don't make sense. Our country has gone so far right since 1981. I was just an average American who took many Democratic values for granted when Reagan was elected. It was like the rug was pulled out from under our society. Reagan ruined our country.

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Enron - The Smartest Guys in the Room

Recommended because they made this fairly entertaining and easy to understand. Usually any financial documentary requires me to think too hard, but this one was very interesting.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth gives birth to daughter

Source: Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON — Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who won a second term in the U.S. House two weeks ago, gave birth Tuesday to a daughter: Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey.

The news came in a statement Thursday from her office. It said:

"My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are the proud parents of a baby girl.

"Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey was born on Nov.18. Bryan and I were deeply honored that Senator Akaka acted as Hawaiian elder and selected her middle name.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-tammy-duckworth-baby-met-20141120-story.html

Congratulations Tammy and Bryan !!!! Her pregnancy must have been very difficult. I'm so glad for her!

Texas hospital that treated first U.S. Ebola patient settles with his family

Source: Washington Post

The hospital that treated the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States before he died will pay his family an unspecified amount, an attorney for his relatives announced Wednesday.

In addition, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said it has agreed to create a foundation honoring Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola in September.

Texas Health Presbyterian also apologized again to Duncan’s family for the errors made during his treatment. Duncan had first gone to this hospital on Sept. 25 with a fever and told medical workers he had been in Liberia recently. Despite this, he was released and sent home, which delayed his treatment for nearly three days and meant he was around people during a period when he had symptoms and was contagious.

Duncan returned to the hospital and was isolated for two days before being diagnosed with Ebola on Sept. 30. He died eight days later, becoming the only person to die from the virus so far in the United States. The hospital had also apologized last month for the mistake it made during this period.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/11/12/texas-hospital-that-treated-first-u-s-ebola-patient-settles-with-his-family/

Glad they took prompt legal action. Due to tort reform, Texas allows only 30 days to file suit. (Apparently this is 2 years see posts below)

Doctor survives Ebola needlestick - not infected

This article is very long and I had to read the entire thing until I found out the doctor didn't have Ebola.

Five days after his recovery from the impact of the experimental drug, with tests showing that Rubinson didn’t have Ebola and never had had Ebola,

Full article at link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/2014/11/03/exposed/

Journal - non star member

My journal is automatically updated with my original posts, which is good.

But can I put something in my journal that is not in my original posts?

If I see a thread or article that I would like for future reference is it somehow possible to put it in my journal? Or would have to be an OP?


Democratic ad brands GOP tea partiers 'radical terrorists'

snipped for relevance

The Univision ad begins by showing the United States and Mexican flags waving next to each other, with a narrator saying, “These two flags represent friendship, liberty, opportunity and justice.”

That image is quickly replaced by the tea party's “Don't Tread on Me” banner.

This flag, the narrator warns us, is “muy peligrosa” (very dangerous).

“It's the flag of the tea party Republicans. They are radical terrorists and they want to take matters into their own hands, affecting our children and families with violence and firearms on the border and in our cities.”

That accusation is accompanied by photos of Texas militia members in camouflage uniforms and a worried woman holding tight to her child.

More at: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Democratic-ad-brands-tea-party-Republicans-5864039.php
Covered by the KSAT news with interview of Manuel Medina:



YouTube of ad with translation

"These two flags represent friendship, liberty, opportunity and justice. This flag is very dangerous. It is the flag of the Republicans of the Tea Party. They are radical terrorists who want to take matters into their own hands, affecting our children and families with violence and firearms on the border and in our cities. This Tuesday, November 4th, is the day of the election and it’s the only time we can make our voice count. For our common good, Vote Democrat!"

Trick or Treat - Nature Conservancy Closes on Bracken Bat Cave!

Friends of the Bracken Bat Cave can breathe a little easier today, now that a threatened encroachment by a high-density housing development is officially over.

That's because the real estate deal closed Friday, transferring the land from Galo Properties to the Nature Conservancy.

Defendants of the Bracken Cave have been working on this deal for more than a year. The effort was spearheaded by San Antonio City Councilman Ron Nirenberg, who took up the challenge to visit the cave right after he was elected in 2013.


Oct. 16, Nirenberg announced that the City of San Antonio, along with Bexar and Comal Counties, the U.S. Army, the Edwards Aquifer Authority, and numerous private donors had agreed to back the Nature Conservancy’s purchase of the property so that the housing development could be stopped.

More at link:http://tpr.org/post/nature-conservancy-closes-property-near-bracken-bat-cave
The deal was signed on Friday afternoon. Pics from Texas Tribune and San Antonio Express News

Tea Party loses court battle over targeting to IRS

Source: USA TODAY 5:03 p.m. EDT October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON -- A federal court dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, ruling that the tax agency is no longer targeting conservative tax-exempt groups for greater scrutiny.

"Unless an actual, ongoing controversy exists in this case, this court is without power to decide it," U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled, dismissing one lawsuit brought by True the Vote, a conservative vote-monitoring organization.

True the Vote, an offshoot of the Tea Party-affiliated King Street Patriots, had its application as a social welfare group help up because the IRS suspected it was engaging in direct political election campaigning, which is forbidden under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. IRS agents found that its web site contained "Democratic attacks and Republican/conservative response," according to confidential IRS documents obtained by USA TODAY.

Walton said the IRS has assured the public that they're no longer screening applications for tax exemptions based on its political leanings, a practice that led to the dismissal of several top IRS officials when it was disclosed by Treasury inspectors last year.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/23/tea-party-lawsuits-against-irs-dismissed/17780557/

(Haven't seen this posted yet)

Texas Health Workers Use Tabasco to Help Train for Ebola

This is cool:

As Texas health workers prepare two new biocontainment units to help treat any future Ebola patients the state might have, they're are using one piece of training equipment from a neighboring state that may surprise you: Tabasco sauce.

At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where one of the units is being established, the staff has been practicing treating fake patients who have been sprayed at random with the peppery sauce as a stand-in for Ebola virus-laden fluids. Doctors and nurses practice dressing and undressing in their protective gear to avoid contamination, but if they feel the tingle of Tabasco on their skin, they know they've been contaminated.

"In a way, it gives feedback immediately," said Dr. Bruce Meyer, an executive vice president at the hospital, giving credit to the hospital's director of infection prevention, Doramarie Arocha, for the idea.

more at link: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/texas-health-workers-tabasco-train-ebola/story?id=26385702

Jumbotron prompts Alamo standoff between anti-abortion activists, city officials

Jumbotron prompts Alamo standoff between anti-abortion activists, city officials

By Joshua Fechter, Josh Baugh, Scott Huddleston : October 22, 2014 : Updated: October 22, 2014 4:31pm


San Antonio police and city officials blocked anti-abortion activists Wednesday from bringing a projection screen onto Alamo Plaza to display graphic images of late-term abortions.


But, city officials told the activists that using the "Jumbotron" would violate an ordinance banning digital signs on historic city property, including the plaza near the Alamo.


"I informed them that we would not permit that to happen, but that they were more than welcome to distribute any literature or any other information that they wanted to put out and we'd be more than happy to help them accomplish that," McManus told reporters.

Harrington said the group will "consider all legal remedies" against the city and will consider returning to the city at a later time. He alleged city officials were discriminating against his group based on their plans to project images of late-term abortions.

"I can tell you this: we're not going to go away, this isn't the end of this," Harrington said.
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