Retired Army Colonel Plans Militia-Backed ‘Operation American Spring’ to Force Obama Out of Office | Hatewatch

(Sedition, terrorism and rebellion are the words that come to mind, after extreme self-delusion and self-hatred!)

“The militia groups and the others stood up for Bundy and the government thugs stood down,” Riley said.  “I hope people feel the same way about Operation American Spring.”

In fact, Riley said he hopes members of Congress will “come to their senses,” leave their offices and join in the demonstration set to begin in two weeks.

“It’s a sacrificial effort by patriots who believe our nation is in jeopardy,” Riley told Hatewatch today from his home in Crestview, Fla.   “Our government at the federal level is totally lawless.  Our nation is in grave danger right now of internal implosion.”

While the event is attracting interest from various antigovernment and militia groups, those who join Riley will have to leave their guns behind or face arrest in the District of Columbia.

The group will not apply for a U.S. Park Service demonstration permit “because we are just a bunch of individual patriots who plan on visiting Washington, D.C., exercising our constitutional rights, all at the same time,” Riley told Hatewatch.

Operation American Spring already has delivered its “declaration of revision” demand packets to all 535 members of Congress, Riley said.  The packets call for the impeachment or resignations of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the House minority leader, and Attorney General Eric Holder.

via Retired Army Colonel Plans Militia-Backed ‘Operation American Spring’ to Force Obama Out of Office | Hatewatch.

U.S. Religious Progressivism “Way of the Future” – Inter Press Service

“Nuns on the Bus” take their campaign around the country in 2012 lobbying for social justice reforms. Credit: Tvnewsbadge/cc by 2.0

WASHINGTON, May 2 2014 (IPS) – The future of religion in U.S. politics lies not with conservatives but rather with religious progressives, social scientists here are suggesting, with a faith-based movement potentially able to provide momentum to a new movement for social justice.

According to a new report from the Brookings Institute, a think tank here, the current religious social justice movement can be compared to the period of civil rights activism in the mid-20th century.

via U.S. Religious Progressivism “Way of the Future” – Inter Press Service.

Avian Flu Diary: CDC: First Imported MERS Coronavirus Case In the United States

CDC: First Imported MERS Coronavirus Case In the United States


Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL

The CDC has just completed a hastily called press conference, headed by the CDC’s  Dr. Anne Schuchat and Pamela Pontones, State Epidemiologist, Indiana State Department of Health, to discuss the first imported case of MERS into the United States.

Admiral Schuchat, as many will remember, distinguished herself with her expertly handled press conferences during the opening weeks of the 2009 pandemic.

 (AKA= excuse for no steps taken to stop it at source) The arrival of a MERS case into the United States was considered almost inevitable, given the amount of international travelers this country receives, aided by the relatively long incubation period (up to 14 days) for the virus.  Dr. Schuchat stated that the CDC `expected the arrival of the virus’, and that local, state, and national public health agencies have been preparing for this eventuality for over a year..

The CDC released an emailed summary, which states:

On April 24, the patient traveled by plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London, England then from London to Chicago, Illinois.  The patient then took a bus from Chicago to Indiana.  On the 27th, the patient began to experience respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, and fever. The patient went to an emergency department in an Indiana hospital on April 28th and was admitted on that same day. The patient is being well cared for and is isolated; the patient is currently in stable condition. Because of the patient’s symptoms and travel history, Indiana public health officials tested for MERS-CoV. The Indiana state public health laboratory and CDC confirmed MERS-CoV infection in the patient this afternoon.

“It is understandable that some may be concerned about this situation, but this first U.S. case of MERS-CoV infection represents a very low risk (no evidence but best guess and hope) to the general public,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.  In some countries, the virus has spread from person to person through close contact, such as caring for or living with an infected person. However, there is currently no evidence of sustained spread of MERS-CoV in community settings.

CDC and Indiana health officials are not yet sure how the patient became infected with the virus.  Exposure may have occurred in Saudi Arabia, where outbreaks of MERS-CoV infection are occurring. Officials also do not know exactly how many people have had close contact with the patient.


Admiral Schuchat stated that the risk to the general public was `very low’, but that out of `an abundance of caution’ (AKA: CYAs) aggressive airline, bus, and hospital contract tracing was being undertaken by state and federal authorities.  Dr. Schuchat also warned that the situation is very fluid, and the CDC’s guidance and recommendations could change over coming days.

via Avian Flu Diary: CDC: First Imported MERS Coronavirus Case In the United States.

Avian Flu Diary: England: PHE Press Release On MERS Case Transiting London

(not a SciFi script but could be a good start for one but probably would be rejected because who would believe that it could be so easy to carry a potential killed disease from Saudi Arabia to the USA in a matter of hours and not be stopped and taken off the plan and all on the flight put in isolation?)

The passenger, who is not a UK national, was on British Airways Flight 262 from Riyadh to London, and transferred at Heathrow for onward travel to the USA, where they were later hospitalised with suspected MERS-CoV.


The risk of the infection being passed to other passengers on Flight 262 is extremely low. However, as a precautionary measure, Public Health England has contacted UK passengers who were sitting in the vicinity of the affected passenger to provide health information.


Any UK based passengers on Flight 262 on April 24 who have since become unwell or experienced respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath are advised to contact NHS 111.


PHE will also work with the US health authorities to contact any UK passengers on the April 24 onward flight from London to Chicago, American Airlines Flight 99.

via Avian Flu Diary: England: PHE Press Release On MERS Case Transiting London.

First U.S. case of MERS tied to Chicago, Indiana –

The first U.S. case of a respiratory virus that has caused deadly outbreaks in the Middle East is a man who traveled through O’Hare International Airport on his way to Indiana, but officials said the man was in good condition and the risk of others being infected was small.

The man, who was not identified, was being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at Community Hospital in Munster, which said in a statement it is “maintaining appropriate isolation protocols for the protection of health care staff.”


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Slide of MERS-CoV

“Community Hospital has been working cooperatively with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent and the Indiana State Department of Health regarding tracking of patient family members and monitoring of exposed health care workers,” it added. “This patient was not out in the local community and, therefore, any public exposure was minimal.”

The man is a health care worker who had been in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He flew to London, then grabbed a flight to O’Hare on April 24 and took a bus to Indiana, according to the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The man began to experience increasing respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, and fever three days later, according to the Indiana health department. He went to the emergency room at Community Hospital on the evening of April 28 was was admitted.

via First U.S. case of MERS tied to Chicago, Indiana –

Maronite patriarch to make historic Jerusalem trip | Maan News Agency

The patriarch of the Maronite church will travel to Jerusalem next month to greet Pope Francis, the first head of his Lebanon-based denomination to visit since Israel’s creation in 1948, he said Friday.

“The pope is going to the Holy Land and Jerusalem. He is going to the diocese of the patriarch, so it’s normal that the patriarch should welcome him,” Beshara Rai told AFP by telephone from France.

Rai’s visit is diplomatically noteworthy because Lebanon remains technically at war with Israel and bans its citizens from entering the country.

via Maronite patriarch to make historic Jerusalem trip | Maan News Agency.

Laundering the Russian Invasion of Ukraine · Global Voices

In other words, the Kremlin might project its power into Ukraine’s mainland by encouraging, and perhaps arming, Crimean militia, who in turn would advance on Slaviansk. In theory, Moscow might succeed, if only semantically, in “laundering” an armed intervention in this way.

What follows is the video and a full translation of the public address by the supposed Crimean militia leader, which was published on YouTube today.

via Laundering the Russian Invasion of Ukraine · Global Voices.

Ebola epidemic not yet over, says MSF

“We remain vigilant and cannot say that the outbreak is over, as we continue to see new confirmed patients and are continuing to provide care for the patients who remain in treatment centres,”   said Marc Poncin, emergency coordinator for MSF in Guinea. “Tracing the people who have had contact with known patients remains an key ongoing task.”

Bringing an Ebola outbreak under control requires close collaboration with the affected populations, which can be challenging.

“We have to remember that this is a new disease for Guineans, and that there remains significant fear and stigma associated with it,” said Armand Sprecher, the project’s medical coordinator and an Ebola expert.

“We understand this fear, and have seen it in previous outbreaks in other countries. More work by all the actors involved in the epidemic is still needed to ensure that populations affected have the correct information, and seek prompt medical attention.”

via Ebola epidemic not yet over, says MSF.

Boehner and bonehead move

House Speaker John Boehner on Friday declared he would schedule a vote to create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, escalating a political battle that has raged since the final days of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

via News from The Associated Press.

US terror report details ‘price tag’ violence by Israeli settlers – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

September 2012, Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced the establishment of a new police unit to counter settler violence and called for a “zero-tolerance policy against terror, the desecration of Islamic religious institutions, attacks on symbols of governance and attacks commonly known as ‘price tag.’”

“We know who are committing these acts and plan to make more arrests shortly. We intend on putting these criminals behind bars,” Aharonovitch said while visiting the mosque in the Israeli Arab village Fureidis, the site of one recent such attack. “These are a bunch of criminals taking the law into their own hands. Most of them are in Judea and Samaria, are part of the extreme right and we know who most of them are.”

via US terror report details ‘price tag’ violence by Israeli settlers – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.