Repercussions of San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA
For us here in the States, the tragedy in Paris hit a nerve that was extremely painful and one which resulted in grief and a sense of loss as we endured the fanaticism of jihadists close enough to feel the pain, but far enough away that the impact was a little less severe. My heart goes out to all of those who lost innocent lives from all countries and all walks of life. Senseless.

In Southern California, it is in our face and the horror of San Bernardino reminds me of 9/11, not in the scale but in the irrefutable hatred towards the West held because of faith. My heart and prayers go out to those families in San Bernardino impacted by this horrific act. This community is about an hour or so away from where I live, but it could have been on the other side of the country and the pain would still run as deep. How can the senseless murder of innocent lives be a call to action for any religion?

Out of the pain and suffering by the families of those lost and those whose lives are forever changed, especially in San Bernardino where the pain is fresh, out of the tolerant and giving nature of the American people and out of the fact that our nation was born Christian, it is time we take a stand. I predict that the repercussions of recent heinous actions will negatively impact peaceful Muslims around the world, but make no mistake, we are at war and unless we wake up this battle will be fought without us and we will lose either way.

On the one hand, we will lose if we allow the jihadists to gain any type of foothold where they can continue to wreak havoc through these ‘lone wolf’ attacks and other cowardly acts against innocent people. At some point we will either have to stand up and fight or we will lose a far more important battle – our freedom.

Listen to the Democrats, including our ‘leader’, who assail the Constitution at every corner by crying out for gun control. San Bernardino is just the tip of the iceberg if we continue to let the government usurp our rights one-by-one. Do we really think that criminals and jihadists will pay attention to gun control laws? Really? They pay attention and laugh as we give our rights away. The problem we have is that people don’t look two to three moves ahead of what happens when they tout gun control as the answer to our problems, but this is a symptom of a far larger problem.

As an aside, law abiding citizens who want to carry a firearm and be responsible for keeping the peace in this nation are not adversaries of the police, but rather allies for our outnumbered men and women in blue. There are multiple case studies that prove this model. Texas and Florida are just two. Google ‘concealed carry weapons and crime rate’ and you will find a plethora of information on how crime rate drops significantly in proportion to the number of concealed weapons permits.

The far larger problem in our nation however, is that we are willing to give up our freedoms in order to be ‘protected’ by our government. This is short-sighted but is also prevalent as we burden our legislative and judicial system with more laws and more regulations that make it impossible to keep up with our legal system.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for societal order and the amazing job 99.9% of our law enforcement performs on a daily basis, but they are getting overburdened and the bad guys are starting to understand this. So what do we do as a nation? More legislation? That doesn’t seem to work as we have the highest per capita inmate population in the world. Take away the rights of the many to control the deeds of the few? That doesn’t seem to be working, but they keep trying. So then what is the answer? The old adage rings true, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.

We stand up as individuals and take responsibility for our actions. We hold others, including officials accountable, but more importantly, we hold ourselves accountable. We plug God back into the system. This is how we were founded and what makes our country work. We take pride in our work and we strive for greatness once again. The world doesn’t owe us anything.

This is America. We are a nation built on Christianity and if you don’t like it, leave. I will not kowtow to people who are offended anymore. Get over it. I will not give in to those who want to tear down this nation. I will defend it. I will not fear evil, I will face it with the knowledge and truth that I am saved. I will not settle for a second-rate, entitled nation. I will strive to do my part to make it great again.

God Bless the families of souls lost to terrorism around the world, regardless of whose hand was involved. This is a point in time where we either rally and take a stand against the atrocities or we let them continue uninterrupted and live life fearfully letting our government be our protector, eliminating our freedoms slowly, one-by-one.

TownSpeaks War on Small Business

Government Wages War on Small Business

Goodbye America!

The increased minimum wage will do a lot of damage to small business, but many owners will replace people with automated systems which, in the long-run will do more harm than good. That is overt war on small business and business owners expect this type of hostile treatment even though it should be a symbiotic relationship, but at least they can see it coming. There is another battle going on though behind the scenes and it is a life or death battle in the covert war government wages against entrepreneurs.

Fox News just announced that San Fransisco city officials have finally succeeded in legislating the last gun store in San Fransisco out of business as the city wages war on small business. City Supervisor Mark Farrell claims that the gun shop, High Bridge Arms, has ‘long been a thorn in the side of the city’s aggressive advocates of gun control’.

This is a perfect example of what happens when government begins to listen to special interest groups and we the people do nothing to fight back. According to the story, High Bridge Arms has done everything legally and above board to comply with ever-increasing requirements imposed by the city. The most recent legislation would require the shop to now film delivery of any gun to the purchaser, even after they have passed the background check and not taken delivery until after the waiting period.

The gun shop, around for 50 years in the Mission District, is not willing to take it anymore. Officials claim the gun shop has made it too easy for people to obtain guns even though the owners follow the letter of the law, have 17 cameras on location and tape nearly every aspect from sales to purchase. Now they want delivery on camera and the gun shop said enough is enough. The owners implied that they are not treating their customers, many of them law enforcemnt, like criminals.

Spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Ladd Everitt, obviously has the ear of the City Supervisor and places his interests above the State Law, “If High Bridge Arms is so scared of implementing such a practice, my first question would be, ‘What do you have to hide?’.” What he fails to mention is that the store implemented measure after measure on city request to the point where the straw has broken the camel’s back.

It has gotten so pervasive in our political system that these special interest groups have begun to gain control and influence over governmental officials at all levels which continues to increase the impact and influence of governmental control over our personal lives. All you have to do is look at the lobbyists and special interest groups at every tier of government from municipal to state to federal.

The special interest epidemic has reached a point where it directly opposes our Constitution, including our right to bear arms. The time has come for Constitutional Americans to stand up for our rights and to protect American’s and their right to be entrepreneur’s without bullying tactics by municipal, state or federal government.

We at TownSpeaks strongly urge you to contact the City of San Fransisco Board of Supervisors to voice your concerns regarding the influence special interest groups have over city legislation. Their contact information;

San Francisco City Hall
Address: 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl #244
San Francisco, CA 94102
http://www.sfbos.org/
Phone:(415) 554-5184

Also, please reach out to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and let them know that criminals don’t obey the law and will purchase weapons with or without regulations in place. It is time we quit legislating our citizens to death. Where was the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence when Kate Steinle was shot to death by an illegal immigrant on the pier with a gun not obtained legally. As you can see by their address, they are a DC lobby group. Ladd Everitt is their Director of Communications and here is their contact information;

Coalition To Stop Gun Violence
805 15th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 408-0061
csgv@csgv.org

European Migration Crisis

European Migration Crisis

The people fleeing Syria in the recent days, weeks and months has reached a flash point in the European Union, but what does the European Migration Crisis have to do with the United States and should we get involved? From a humanitarian perspective, we have performed our courtesy gesture of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US with the Dems wanting more and Obama pushing for the increase to 10,000, but this is not the real issue and is yet another deflection by the US government in our abysmal foreign policy tactics and efforts worldwide.

Why Are Syrians migrating to Europe?
Under our current administration, few can argue that we have been weak and reactionary. Once again we are dealing with fallout rather than being proactive and doing what is necessary to protect our interests around the globe.




A Brief Timeline of the Syrian conflict and what is happening in Syria;

  • 1979 – List created and Syria added as a State Sponsor of Terrorists. US creates a list of state sponsors of terrorism and Syria is characterized as providing safe haven to multiple terrorist groups as well as providing political and tactical support such as arming Hezbollah force with SCUD missiles.
  • 1990 to 2000 – Syria improved relations with the US by securing the release of hostages in Lebanon and by opening bilateral negotiations with Israel. President Hafez al-Assad sought accord with Israel, the US and the multi-national community.
  • 2000 – President Bashar al-Assad takes power and reverses progress made by Syria. As a Shia, al-Assad operates as a dictator to enforce his regime including torture, abduction and murder.
  • 2010 – Obama appoints Ambassador and resumes political relations with Syria.
  • 2011 – Arab Spring protests. Sunni’s begin to protest on a large scale against the al-Assad regime. Conflict escalates and force is used in violent crackdowns against protestors.
  • 2012 – Protests turn into civil war and government begins military assault on civilians focusing on the Sunni population.
  • 2013 – Sunni states Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others back Sunni fighters in Syria. Iran, as a Shia country, backs al-Assad in his war on the Sunni population.
  • The Syrian government, under Assad, has targeted its own civilians and estimates are between 200,000 to 300,000 innocents have been killed while an estimated 3.5 to 4.5 million have fled the country. This is the source of the refugee exodus into Europe.

    So where is the risk for the US?
    Flashback to the Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula where Russia invades utilizing military disguised in plain clothes and with equipment and weapons that they don’t even bother to hide. The purpose? To acquire and maintain a strategic foothold in a port that is critical to supply lines for both Europe and Russia. This is an overt land grab with little resistance other than lip service by the US and the United Nations. What were the consequences to Putin and the Russians? Nothing.

    With little challenge from the West, Putin is now more emboldened to reach out and lay claim where other opportunities exist. The primary deterrent in the past has been the US and threat of military action to keep aggressionist tactics in check, but now there is no counter balance and these acts will become more and more aggressive.

    Fast-forward and we have the Arctic Circle land grab with zero challenge and we now have the Syrian push by Putin with the political and military backing pledge from Russia to Assad. Make no mistake, Russia has zero interest in the Sunni / Shia conflict. Russia is after Syria for strategic purposes and if you examine all of their movements into external sovereignty, you will see that their targets are highly tactical. Their focus appears to be strategic points should the need arise to control points of entry or have access to resource rich environments in times of conflict.

    This is most likely on the radar screen of the intelligence agencies and, if it is not already, should be a priority for the intelligence community. Is there a risk for the US with the most recent events in Syria? Absolutely there is, but we also need to keep focus on the European migration crisis at the same time.

    How do we resolve this? There is no magical answer, but when the Syrian citizens feel safe in returning to their homeland, then the migration crisis will be over. If that is not the primary focus of the international community, then it should be. We have to deal with the immediate needs at hand, but we have to look beyond that into the longer-term resolution of replacing the dictatorial regime in Syria. The alternative is that both Iran and Russia will have a strategic foothold in the Middle East that will be nearly impossible to retake in the future.

    Finally, while there are implications for the US, including our foreign policy and strategic footprint in areas around the world, this is not just a US problem. Left unchecked, these incursions have the potential to become more aggressive and will impact other nationalities directly. Examples so far include the countries of Ukraine and Syria with a severe indirect economic impact on many of the European countries.

TownSpeaks on Birthright Citizenship

Birthright Citizenship

One of the critical flash points of the 2016 Presidential Campaign is Birthright Citizenship where any child born in the US, no matter the citizenship status of the parent, automatically is born a US citizen. This has become a contentious point in the election. Some feel it is a valid argument and that it should be eliminated while others feel that this is a drafted component of the 14th amendment and, as a constitutional protection, that it should not be altered.

While it may appear impossible to resolve, both camps are right, but they are looking to the wrong source for correction. Birthright citizenship was originally designed to allow children born of legal immigrants the ability to become citizens automatically so that the government was not burdened with the need to naturalize all of the children born of immigrants in the country legally.




So the reasoning behind keeping birthright citizenship is valid and the mechanism should not be eliminated, but then how is the other camp right? Worst case scenario, the mechanism needs to only be altered to allow children of immigrants or visitors in this country legally, the ability to access birthright citizenship. We do not want to deter legal access to our great nation, but we also must be vigilant in controlling our borders.

A final aspect of birthright citizenship that deters us from eliminating it altogether is that the focus should not be on the mechanism, rather the source. If there are no illegal immigrants in the country to have children, then there is no need to delete birthright citizenship. Follow the logic and you find that it becomes moot when you control the source – illegal immigration. Additionally, the need to utilize birthright citizenship diminishes and usage reverts back to the intended purpose.

Joel Phillips

Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms

It can take as much as 20 to 50 years or more for mesothelioma signs and symptoms to appear after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion) are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.[4]

Other peritoneal mesothelioma signs and symptoms include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity). Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.




These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions.

Mesothelioma that affects the pleura can cause these signs and symptoms:[4]

   Chest wall pain

   Pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung

   Shortness of breath

   Fatigue or anemia

   Wheezing, hoarseness, or cough

   Blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up (hemoptysis)

In severe cases, the person may have many tumor masses. The individual may develop a pneumothorax, or collapse of the lung. The disease may metastasize, or spread to other parts of the body.

Tumors that affect the abdominal cavity often do not cause symptoms until they are at a late stage. Symptoms include:

   Abdominal pain

   Ascites, or an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen

   A mass in the abdomen

   Problems with bowel function

   Weight loss

In severe cases of the disease, the following signs and symptoms may be present:

   Blood clots in the veins, which may cause thrombophlebitis

   Disseminated intravascular coagulation, a disorder causing severe bleeding in many body organs

   Jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin

   Low blood sugar level

   Pleural effusion

   Pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs

   Severe ascites

A mesothelioma does not usually spread to the bone, brain, or adrenal glands. Pleural tumors are usually found only on one side of the lungs. If you have ever been exposed to asbestos, please keep a list of these mesothelioma signs and symptoms.

What is Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma Causes
Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms
Mesothelioma Survival Rates

What are the Mesothelioma Causes?

Mesothelioma Causes

Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma.[5] In the United States, asbestos is the major cause of malignant mesothelioma[6] and has been considered "indisputably"[7] associated with the development of mesothelioma. Indeed, the relationship between asbestos and mesothelioma is so strong that many consider mesothelioma a “signal” or “sentinel” tumor.[8][9][10][11] A history of asbestos exposure exists in most cases. However, mesothelioma has been reported in some individuals without any known exposure to asbestos. In rare cases, mesothelioma has also been associated with irradiation, intrapleural thorium dioxide (Thorotrast), and inhalation of other fibrous silicates, such as erionite. Some studies suggest that simian virus 40 (SV40) may act as a cofactor in the development of mesothelioma. This has been confirmed in animal studies,[12][13] but studies in humans are inconclusive.[12][14][15]




Asbestos was known in antiquity, but it was not mined and widely used commercially until the late 19th century. Its use greatly increased during World War II. Since the early 1940s, millions of American workers have been exposed to asbestos dust. Initially, the risks associated with asbestos exposure were not publicly known. However, an increased risk of developing mesothelioma was later found among shipyard workers, people who work in asbestos mines and mills, producers of asbestos products, workers in the heating and construction industries, and other tradespeople. Today, the official position of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. EPA is that protections and "permissible exposure limits" required by U.S. regulations, while adequate to prevent most asbestos-related non-malignant disease, are not adequate to prevent or protect against asbestos-related cancers such as mesothelioma.[16] Likewise, the British Government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states formally that any threshold for exposure to asbestos must be at a very low level and it is widely agreed that if any such threshold does exist at all, then it cannot currently be quantified. For practical purposes, therefore, HSE assumes that no such "safe" threshold exists. Others have noted as well that there is no evidence of a threshold level below which there is no risk of mesothelioma.[17] There appears to be a linear, dose-response relationship, with increasing dose producing increasing disease.[18] Nevertheless, mesothelioma may be related to brief, low level or indirect exposures to asbestos.[7] The dose necessary for effect appears to be lower for asbestos-induced mesothelioma than for pulmonary asbestosis or lung cancer.[7] Again, there is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos as it relates to increased risk of mesothelioma.

The duration of exposure to asbestos causing mesothelioma can be short. For example, cases of mesothelioma have been documented with only 1–3 months of exposure.[19][20] People who work with asbestos wear personal protective equipment to lower their risk of exposure.

Latency, the time from first exposure to manifestation of disease, is prolonged in the case of mesothelioma. It is virtually never less than fifteen years and peaks at 30–40 years.[7] In a review of occupationally related mesothelioma cases, the median latency was 32 years.[21] Based upon the data from Peto et al., the risk of mesothelioma appears to increase to the third or fourth power from first exposure.[18]
Environmental exposures

Incidence of mesothelioma has been found to be higher in populations living near naturally occurring asbestos. For example, in central Cappadocia, Turkey, mesothelioma was causing 50% of all deaths in three small villages—Tuzköy, Karain and Sarıhıdır. Initially, this was attributed to erionite, a zeolite mineral with similar properties to asbestos. Similar "epidemics" have occurred in the past in Metsovo, (North West Greece) and other Mediterrenean countries (Cyprus, Corsica) but also as far as New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean.[22] In all these areas, the incriminating agent was asbestos (usually tremolite used as whitewash). In Metsovo, this exposure had resulted in mesothelioma incidence around 300 times more than expected in asbestos free populations and was associated with very frequent Pleural Calcification known as "Metsovo Lung". Recently, however, detailed epidemiological investigation showed that erionite causes mesothelioma mostly in families with a genetic predisposition.[23][24] The documented presence of asbestos fibers in water supplies and food products has fostered concerns about the possible impact of long-term and, as yet, unknown exposure of the general population to these fibers.
Occupational

Exposure to asbestos fibers has been recognized as an occupational health hazard since the early 20th century. Numerous epidemiological studies have associated occupational exposure to asbestos with the development of pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, asbestosis, carcinoma of the lung and larynx, gastrointestinal tumors, and diffuse malignant mesothelioma of the pleura and peritoneum. Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, gaskets, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation.

Commercial asbestos mining at Wittenoom, Western Australia, occurred between 1945 and 1966. A cohort study of miners employed at the mine reported that while no deaths occurred within the first 10 years after crocidolite exposure, 85 deaths attributable to mesothelioma had occurred by 1985. By 1994, 539 reported deaths due to mesothelioma had been reported in Western Australia.
Paraoccupational secondary exposure

Family members and others living with asbestos workers have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, and possibly other asbestos related diseases.[25][26] This risk may be the result of exposure to asbestos dust brought home on the clothing and hair of asbestos workers. To reduce the chance of exposing family members to asbestos fibres, asbestos workers are usually required to shower and change their clothing before leaving the workplace.
Asbestos in buildings

Many building materials used in both public and domestic premises prior to the banning of asbestos may contain asbestos. Those performing renovation works or DIY activities may expose themselves to asbestos dust. In the UK use of Chrysotile asbestos was banned at the end of 1999. Brown and blue asbestos was banned in the UK around 1985. Buildings built or renovated prior to these dates may contain asbestos materials.
Genetic disposition

In a recent research carried on white American population in 2012, it was found that people with a germline mutation on their BAP1 gene are at higher risk of developing mesothelioma and uveal melanoma.[27]

What is Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma Causes
Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms
Mesothelioma Survival Rates

Mesothelioma Survival Rates

Mesothelioma is a form a cancer with a notably poor prognosis given mesothelioma survival rates are extremely low; mesothelioma life expectancy following diagnosis ranges between eight and fourteen months. The primary reason for poor mesothelioma survival rates is the lengthy mesothelioma latency period as well as the fact that early mesothelioma symptoms are indicative of numerous other respiratory diseases as well, often delaying a correct diagnosis. While Stage 1 or stage 2 mesothelioma is often potentially curable, Stage 3 and stage 4 mesothelioma is not; such patients are often relegated to palliative treatments to relieve symptoms and restore quality of life. Early detection is the key to increasing mesothelioma survival rates.




Mesothelioma prognosis is officially determined by a standard measure known as the relative five-year survival rate. This number indicates how many patients are still alive five years after being diagnosed with the disease. Currently, the relative five-year survival rate for mesothelioma is about 10 percent, a number that is significantly higher than it was a few decades ago. The one-year survival rate has also improved throughout the last 20 years or so and now sits at approximately 40 percent. Nevertheless, overall mesothelioma survival rates remain poor.

Mesothelioma survival rate varies from patient to patient, with some patients being able to far exceed initial prognosis at diagnosis

What is Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma Causes
Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms
Mesothelioma Survival Rates

What is Mesothelioma?

What is Mesothelioma? More precisely, malignant me-so-thel-i-o-ma, is a rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. This disease is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos.[1] The most common anatomical site for this rare form of cancer is the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it can also arise in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heart),[2] or the tunica vaginalis (a sac that surrounds the testis).

Most people who develop this rare type of cancer have worked in jobs such as miners where they inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, or were exposed to airborne asbestos dust and fibers in other ways. Washing clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos also creates a risk for developing.[3]

Signs and symptoms include shortness of breath due to pleural effusion (fluid between the lung and the chest wall), chest wall pain and constitutional signs such as unexplained weight loss. The diagnosis may be suspected based on chest X-ray and CT scan findings, but must be confirmed either by examining serous effusion cytology or with a biopsy (removing a sample of the suspicious tissue). A thoracoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera into the chest) can be used to acquire biopsy material, and allows the introduction of substances such as talc to obliterate the pleural space (a procedure called pleurodesis), preventing more fluid from accumulating and pressing on the lung. Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or sometimes surgery, this form of cancer carries a poor prognosis. Research about screening tests for the early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.

What is Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma Causes
Mesothelioma Signs and Symptoms
Mesothelioma Survival Rates