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Dems Intro Bill Banning Unvaxxed Americans from Flying.

By Natalie Winters From: The National Pulse

Democratic Congressman Ritchie Torres unveiled a legislative effort to ban Americans opting to not get vaccinated against COVID-19 from taking domestic and international flights. 

The New York Congressman sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lobbying the agencies to only allow Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 on domestic and international flights.

He introduced a complementary bill in the House necessitating that “any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID–19.” It has since been referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, where he serves as the Vice-Chair.

“The TSA never allows people to enter planes or airports with a weapon, and the delta variant is a weapon,” Torres remarked. “It is a threat to everyone in an airport and everyone on a plane,” he added in defense of the bill.

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The Real Lesson of Afghanistan

Biden Bungles Afghanistan

A U.S. president facilitates the return of a global terrorist sanctuary.

Muslim perseverance vs. Western myopia.

 

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

In an interview conducted back in 2005, al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri was asked about the statuses of Osama bin Laden, then leader of al-Qaeda, and Mullah Muhammad Omar, then leader of the Taliban—the two men most implicated for the September 11, 2001 terror strikes on the U.S. (bin Laden for masterminding it, Omar for providing him with logistical aid and sanctuary).

It had been four years since the U.S. had invaded Afghanistan, toppled the Taliban, and sent jihadists of all stripes running; and there had not been a peep from either the leader of al-Qaeda or the leader of the Taliban for quite some time.

Al-Zawahiri’s response, which I translated for inclusion in The Al Qaeda Reader (2007), has always stayed with me.  He said:

Jihad in the path of Allah is greater than any individual or organization. It is a struggle between Truth and Falsehood, until Allah Almighty inherits the earth and those who live in it. Mullah Muhammad Omar and Sheikh Osama bin Laden—may Allah protect them from all evil—are merely two soldiers of Islam in the journey of jihad, while the struggle between Truth [Islam] and Falsehood [non-Islam] transcends time (p.182, emphasis added).

Consider the applicability—if not the prophetic nature—of this response in light of recent developments: twenty years ago, the U.S.A.—the world’s only superpower—invaded Afghanistan, one of the world’s weakest and poorest nations; it made quick work of its enemies and set shop, nation building and importing “democracy”; and it eventually eliminated its archenemies, Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar.

To any casual Western observer, it was an unqualified and resounding U.S. victory.

And yet…. and yet, two decades, trillions of U.S. dollars, and thousands of American servicemen’s lives later, not only does the U.S. not having anything to show for it, Afghanistan is set to become a much larger threat than ever before (not least as the Taliban—a “radical Muslim” group that has just founded the “Islamic emirate” of Afghanistan—seized billions’ worth of American weapons and equipment).

So what went wrong?  Perhaps the following dichotomy—or rather dictum—may help:  Whereas Muslims take a long, patient view of history, Westerners take a very short, myopic view; whereas Muslims maintain their ways and bide their time in moments of defeat (“we may be down but—so long as we’re not out—we’re still in the game”), Westerners allot too much significance to the temporal—to specific achievements or markers in time and space.

Take a concrete example—the wild euphoria that took the media by storm after the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.  Then, CNN security analyst Peter Bergen declared that “Killing bin Laden is the end of the war on terror. We can just sort of announce that right now.” Insisting that the “iconic nature of bin Laden’s persona” cannot be replaced, Bergen further counseled that “It’s time to move on.”

Another CNN analyst, Fareed Zakaria, assured us that “this is a huge, devastating blow to al-Qaeda, which had already been crippled by the Arab Spring. It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the end of al-Qaeda in any meaningful sense of the word.”

And yet … and yet, a full decade after bin Laden’s death, not only is his original safe haven, a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, back in action, but so too is al-Qaeda.

Why?  Again, to quote that terrorist organization’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri: “Mullah Muhammad Omar and Sheikh Osama bin Laden … are merely two soldiers of Islam in the journey of jihad, while the struggle between Truth [Islam] and Falsehood [non-Islam] transcends time.”

Kill this or that jihadist; conquer this or that Muslim nation; prop up this or that government and import this or that Western ideology or style of governance—so long as Islam is alive and well, so too will the “journey of jihad” continue, even if as an imperceptible pulse under the surface, revealing itself only when the time is right.

That you can always bet on.

Taliban Block Routes to Kabul Airport, Hampering Evacuations From Afghanistan

Residents in eastern city of Jalalabad stage first protest against Taliban rule

 

People waited to be evacuated from Kabul airport, where flights have been leaving with empty seats.

Afghans and Westerners stranded in Kabul after Sunday’s Taliban takeover started trickling into the city’s U.S.-controlled airport for evacuation flights, but entry remained extremely difficult, with Taliban checkpoints on most access roads and no clear system to bring people in.
In the eastern city of Jalalabad, meanwhile, the first challenge emerged to Taliban rule, with hundreds of locals walking through the city’s central square and waving the black-red-and-green flags of the fallen Afghan republic to chants of “Allahu akbar.” Video footage showed gunfire as the demonstrators dispersed.
There was no immediate information on casualties, and it wasn’t clear whether this was a harbinger of a more brutal attitude by the country’s new rulers, who have attempted to project an image of benevolent tolerance since seizing the capital on Sunday. On Wednesday, Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Taliban, came to Kabul for a meeting with former President Hamid Karzai, who ruled until 2014, and with the fallen republic’s chief peace negotiator, Abdullah Abdullah.

 

 

Peter McCullough, MD testifies to Texas Senate HHS Committee

Personal History

Dr. Peter A. McCullough was born in Buffalo, New York, on the 29th of December 1962. During high school, he and his family moved to Wichita Falls in Texas and later settled in Grapevine. He has lived and worked in various parts of the United States, including Washington and Michigan, and he now resides in Dallas, Texas.

Academic History

Dr. McCullough attended Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984. He then attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he studied for his medical degree and graduated in June 1988. Following this, he undertook his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he trained for 3 years.¹

Upon completing his residency in 1991, Dr. McCullough transferred to Grayling, Michigan, where he served for 2 years as an internal medicine attending at Mercy Hospital. Following his time at Mercy Hospital, he enrolled at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and studied a Masters degree in Public Health.

After he graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1994, he became a fellow in cardiovascular diseases at the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Career Overview

Dr. McCullough joined the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute in Detroit following his fellowship at the Beaumont Hospital, where he remained until 2000. He then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, to serve as Section Chief of Cardiology of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Truman Medical Centers.

After his time in Missouri, Dr. McCullough returned to Michigan to serve as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Beaumont Hospital, and also as Chief, Division of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Division of Cardiology. In 2010, following his stint at Beaumont Hospital, he was appointed as the Chief Academic and Scientific officer of the St. John Providence Health System, also in Detroit. In 2014, Dr. McCullough joined Baylor University Medical Center as Vice Chief of Internal Medicine. He was also appointed Chief of Cardiovascular Research of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, and Program Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.²

Dr. McCullough is recognized internationally as a leading figure in the study of chronic kidney disease as a cardiovascular risk state, having over 1,000 publications to his name and over 500 citations in the National Library of Medicine.³ He is also a founder of the Cardio Renal Society of America, which is a group that dedicates itself to bringing cardiologists and nephrologists together to work on the increasing global issue of cardiorenal syndromes. He is the Co-Editor of Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine and is also currently serving as the Chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), the largest community screening effort for chronic diseases in America.⁴

 

 

Peter A McCullough | Texas A & M University | USA | SciTech Central COVID-19

Dr. McCullough Senate Testimony

Thank you Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Peters, and the members of the Committee for the opportunity to speak to you today about the need for more government attention and support for the early treatment of COVID-19.

As we sit here today the COVID-19 outbreak has the greatest number of currently infected persons, highest hospital census, and all epidemic curves are pointing straight up. We face public panic, hospital over-runs, and significantly higher mortality in the months to come. The highly contagious infection starts out like a cold and takes about two weeks to either resolve or worsen into serious pneumonia. Thus, urgent pandemic response can be viewed as having four pillars as shown on the first chart: the four pillars are: Contagion Control; Early Home Treatment; Late Stage Treatment; and Vaccination. To date, we have tragically ignored the second pillar, Early Treatment, so I am glad
today’s hearing is focused on it.

Doctors and researchers around the world have learned much about the virus from more than 75,000 scientific reports and 54 million cases where the disease process in three phases a shown on the second chart: first phase is early viral replication, followed by the second phase cytokine storm and the third phase blood clotting . They have innovated with the use of established medications used in various combinations to lessen the intensity and duration of symptoms, cut hospitalizations, and avoid death. I led a team of US and Italian physicians to synthesize what had been learned from this progress and published the first sequenced multidrug protocol for early COVID-19 at home in the August 7 issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

What inspired me and my physician colleagues was the need for an immediate compassionate response. Patients wait in fear at home after testing positive, logically thinking they would face a terrifying hospitalization, isolation, and at worse–death. Innovative and courageous physicians knew
they had to rapidly use clinical judgment and learn from all sources of evidence to come up with a treatment plan for at-home patients. Protocols focussed on newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients at high risk for hospitalization and death and used over the counter supplements and available generic medications. Telemedicine became the backbone of monitoring, helping track symptoms and adjust treatment.

Our paper drew considerable attention and became a beacon for more innovation and rapid research that have led to subsequent refinement and application to practice. Unfortunately, the government has not always been very supportive of practicing physicians.

Regulatory barriers have blocked access to generic drugs in at-home treatment protocols, and as a result, doctors have been forced to create endless workarounds to get medicine quickly before the virus spirals out of control in their vulnerable patients. Government agencies and medical organizations have admonished doctors for responding to COVID-19 patients outside of the hospital and have actively discouraged attempts to treat patients. Sadly, this has resulted in few patients getting early treatment and no chance of avoiding a hospitalization. Astonishingly, The National Institutes of Health, in its October 9, 2020, COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines directs doctors to let even high-risk COVID-19 patients, sicken at home for two weeks or more, and when finally gasping and choking for air, place them in hospital isolation.

NIH says that a COVID-19 patient may receive their first medical treatment only if oxygen is given. While the NIH, agency representatives, and academicians stand behind this document as best science” many practicing physicians, patients, and community leaders view this as medically irresponsible and humanely unconscionable. I have managed COVID-19 over the spectrum of illness, and I can tell you that I would never
allow a high-risk COVID-19 patient to go without treatment, become progressively panicked and unable to breathe, and force them to the hospital, possibly never to see their loved ones again. By the time a patient is that sick, the chances of lung, heart, and organ damage is far too high. Hospital administered medications cannot save all the patients or stop the torrent of hospital complications. Administration of intravenous drugs at earlier stages of COVID exposes others to the virus and is not scalable.

The use of oral sequenced multi-drug treatment at home as a national strategy has a reasonable chance of success with acceptable safety. Competent physicians and providers who are called by their patients should be supported by all stakeholders in their efforts to provide compassionate care, reduce the spread of infection, and avoid hospitalization and death. In summary, I urge the Committee to ask all responsible government agencies to prioritize an early treatment initiative.” I believe this is the only viable strategy to avoid catastrophic loss of life before natural immunity and vaccination can bring this crisis to a close.

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