Sunday, April 30, 2006

More information on Tamiflu and Relenza

Two antiviral drugs are currently available that have been shown in laboratory settings to be effective against avian flu: Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) and
Relenza (Zanamivir known as Neuraminidase Inhibitors
From: Therapeutics Letter(The International Society of Drug Bulletins) of  contains an assessment and synthesis of published (and whenever possible peer-reviewed) publications up to November 1, 2000.
  • Two drugs were approved in 2000 in Canada for treatments of influenza A and B. Both selectively inhibit neuraminidase, a surface enzyme of the influenza virus. Oral oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) is indicated for patients aged 18 and over and inhaled zanamivir (Relenza®) for patients aged 12 and over. Begin treatment within 36 hours of first symptoms. Both drugs are indicated for influenza A and B, but clinical evidence of efficacy for B is limited.
  • Evidence of efficacy:
    Zanamivir and oseltamivir have not been compared to each other or to amantadine. In placebo-controlled trials, the primary outcome was defined as the time to the first 24 hours with absent or mild symptoms. This outcome measure does not necessarily reflect a patient’s full experience of the flu; 32% of participants had moderate to severe symptom recurrence after this endpoint.9 Only 50–60% of patients in clinical trials were influenza positive and in regular clinical care that proportion will likely be lower. Since there is no practical way to detect influenza positive patients prior to treatment, the assessment of efficacy is based on all trial participants. In pooled data from 2 RCTs zanamivir reduced the primary outcome by a median of 0.9 days10,11 and oseltamivir by 0.8 days.12,13 Symptom severity was not significantly different between zanamivir and placebo.10 Symptom severity was not adequately reported apart from duration for oseltamivir.12,13 No significant difference was seen in use of acetaminophen, cough syrup or antibiotics with either drug versus placebo. Serious complications leading to hospitalization or mortality were rare and not different. Minor complications were not adequately defined and were not consistent across trials. Neither oseltamivir nor zanamivir have been specifically tested in high-risk groups, such as immunocompromised patients.
  • Evidence of harm:
    Zanamivir has been associated with bronchospasm in patients with and without pre-existing lung disease. As a result of these reports the manufacturer has changed the drug’s labelling and sent a warning letter to physicians in both Canada and the US.
    Oseltamivir’s most common adverse effects are nausea and vomiting. Pooling the two trials – nausea: 14% oseltamivir and 5% placebo  (ARI=9%, NNH=11), vomiting: 11% oseltamivir and 3% placebo (ARI=8%, NNH=13).12,13
  • Dose and cost:
    • Both drugs should be started as in the RCTs within 36 hours of the first onset of symptoms. Zanamivir  is supplied as a powder for inhalation via a Diskhaler, 10mg twice daily for 5 days. Cost for 5-day course, $38. Oseltamivir  is in tablet form, 75mg twice daily for 5 days. Cost for 5-day course, $45


Prevention: Vaccination in cohort studies lowered rates of hospitalization, serious morbidity and mortality in patients over 60. Amantadine is a second-line preventive agent.
Treatment: Antiviral treatment at the onset of symptoms shows that amantadine reduces fever by one day and oseltamivir and zanamivir reduce duration of flu symptoms by 0.8 – 0.9 day.
RCTs(Random Controlled Double Blind Studies) are needed to determine whether any prevention or treatment of influenza reduces complications leading to hospitalization or mortality.

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Bird Flu in America and the truth about the much touted Tamiflu....

I saw a promo for ABC's "Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America" airing Tuesday, May 9. Touted as a "meticulously researched" two-hour film of an avian flu outbreak in the United States, the people affected by it and those trying to stop it and the possible consequences. The entertainment industry and the conventional thinking on antivirals(neuraminidase inhibitors) as a treatment which is being discussed on Talk Radio and Legacy Media is that these medicines(which are inhibitors of the H5N1 viral enzyme neuraminidase) are one of the best solutions for protection against and treatment of the Avian Flu influenza is deeply flawed( see"Doubts raised about avian flu drug Tamiflu"):

Two new antiviral drugs known as

  • Neuraminidase inhibitors

    Two drugs were approved in 2000 Canada for treatments of influenza A(The Avian Flu) and B. Both selectively inhibit neuraminidase, a surface enzyme of the influenza virus. Oral oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) is indicated for patients aged 18 and over and inhaled zanamivir (Relenza®) for patients aged 12 and over. Begin treatment within 36 hours of first symptoms. Both drugs are indicated for influenza A and B, but clinical evidence of efficacy for B is limited.

are currently available that have been shown in laboratory settings to be effective against avian flu like but:

  1. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is less effective due to the some strains of H5N1 virus developing resistance :
    • From NEJM 12-22-2005: "The neuraminidase inhibitors provide valuable defenses against pandemic and seasonal influenza, and physicians have been flooded with requests from patients for personal supplies of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). A benefit of having oseltamivir at home is that the sooner the drug is taken after the onset of symptoms, the better its clinical efficacy.1 And certainly, enabling ill people to stay home and out of waiting rooms and pharmacies should limit the spread of influenza. So it is not surprising that many believe there should be a supply of oseltamivir in every medicine cabinet. This scenario, however, is potentially dangerous. Misuse of the drug could rob us of the advantages that neuraminidase inhibitors provide, by favoring the emergence of oseltamivir-resistant influenza virus. The potentially serious consequences of oseltamivir resistance in patients with influenza A (H5N1) virus infections is alarmingly underscored by the report by de Jong and colleagues in this issue of the Journal (pages 2667-2672)".see below
  2. Relenza (zanamivir). Their possible effectiveness against the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu is currently being studied."
The truth of whether we should rely on these reports from "New" and "Old" Media prompted me to do a Medical Literature update available by doing a literature at the National Library of Medicine:
News Flash:
My review of the latest Medical Literature reveals that a genetic mutation has occurred in the H5N1 virus known as H274Y mutation that confers resistance to oseltamivir(TamiFlu) in patients with H5N1 infection causing two two patients to die in Vietnam!
From New England Journal Medicine 12/2005:

  • Influenza A (H5N1) virus with an amino acid substitution in neuraminidase conferring high-level resistance to oseltamivir was isolated from two of eight Vietnamese patients during oseltamivir treatment. Both patients died of influenza A (H5N1) virus infection, despite early initiation of treatment in one patient. Surviving patients had rapid declines in the viral load to undetectable levels during treatment. These observations suggest that resistance can emerge during the currently recommended regimen of oseltamivir therapy and may be associated with clinical deterioration and that the strategy for the treatment of influenza A (H5N1) virus infection should include additional antiviral agents.
Too further underscore these points here are importand quotes from my Avian Flu Expert and Minnesota's Gov. Pawlenty's, Dr. Michael Osterhom

  • "Pandemics are like hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes," Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Disease Research and Policy explained on "Good Morning America" today. "We had 10 of them in the last 300 years, and we're due for another one sometime soon."

  • "The flu is one of the most infectious agents to humans, so readily transmitted person-to-person," he said. "In the case of our population today, we have no immunity throughout the world to this particular strain of virus in Southeast Asia and because of the large bird population and human population now together over there, this virus has an opportunity to continue to be transmitted among birds, occasionally hitting humans, and each one might become a human agent."

  • "It's the perfect setup," Osterholm said. "Then you put air travel in and it could be around the world overnight."

  • "You have to take a look at the 1918 experience and realize if 50 [million] to 100 million people died and those numbers come from a recent study from a group of historians that went country by country to determine that number," said Osterholm.

  • "Today we have three times the number in the world -those numbers are roughly at 180 [million] to 360 million could die. The bottom line is the way these people die. Our medical care delivery system in the modern world isn't any better prepared than in 1918."
Is there possible Solution to this dilemma of "Resistance" to Tamiflu? Yes it is combination therapy with Zanamivir (Relenza schroll to bottom). The good news is that the mutation described above does not confer "cross-resistance" to this particular antiviral a, most fortunate break with Physicians. This phenomenon is attributable to differences in binding properties between Tamiflu and Relenza(NEJM). A treatment regimen combining these two neuraminidase inhibitors would be expected to reduce the opportunity for the selection of resistant mutants, in a manner akin to the use of dual nucleoside analogues in antiretroviral therapy.

  • From NEJM 3-30-2006 "Zanamivir is an attractive antiviral drug for combined treatment of influenza A (H5N1) because of nonoverlapping resistance patterns in this drug and oseltamivir. However, the licensed preparation of zanamivir may be less appealing since it is administered by inhalation, which provides drugs predominantly to the upper respiratory tract. Since human infection with current strains of influenza H5N1 can be associated with disseminated infection and replication in the lower respiratory tract and extrapulmonary sites,1,2,3 combined treatment with nebulized zanamivir and oral oseltamivir would be likely to result in monotherapy in the lower respiratory tract and nonrespiratory sites. Although it would be important to evaluate the effects of combined treatment with zanamivir in influenza H5N1, the route of administration will need to be carefully considered. "
Sorry to say but the scenario for an H5N1 outbreak is a ture Brothers Grimm fable that can not be tweaked ala Walt Disney into a Happy ever after story.....that is until we develop new age Bio-Tech vaccine production replacing the 1950's chicken egg approach (post forthcoming)

Thanks for reading and Dominus Vobiscum(Lord be with You) especially given this situation.
Francis Xavier Yubero, M.D.

Friday, April 28, 2006

I like the Star Spangled Burrito Idea because it gave me one

Silly idea with the Star Spangled Burrito! Can we just borrow the Famous Mexican Song La Cucaracha(The CockRoach") and use it as the Theme song for all Politicians who are against a WALL! We'll call them La Cucaracha Legislators! John Kerry. Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Reaction to Hugh Hewitt Show and SCBA Guys Hit the Big Time and Score Big!

Wonderful interview with Mark Steyn by Hugh Hewitt today on his show. The MYM(Mainstream Yellow Media) pictured inside the bubble Steyn spoke of surronded by New Media and bloggers! Too bad Steyn isn't a Yank as I'd nominate him to be your Secretary of state in a Hewitt & Prager Presidential Ticket!
  1. I've always believed in exactly his statement "that today is more Dangerous than during the rise of the Third Reich!"
  2. I agree with both HH and Steyn that Americans want to think that 911 was our fault and if we retreat they'll leave us alone!
  3. That is way the Yellow Media doesn't like the movie United 93 but it'll be a hit just like Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and CS Lewis/Walden Media's The Chronicles of Narnia were..
  4. I think that the Ostrich above represents the MYM well.
  5. Agreed that Pres. Bush is fatigued and is in fact is letting the MYM(Mainstream Yellow Media) dictate the topics he engages with all except for the WWJ(World Wide Jihad).
  6. The President will not build a wall cuz:
  • Social Security gets an untracable $ influx & cheap Labor to boot
  • Sweetheart deal with V.Fox to let US companies develop Mexico's aging Oil production infrastructure??? My theory...
  • Columba Bush is Mexican and a Wall JEB-er-Dizes Hubby and son George P. possible Presidential Ambitions.
  • Say hello Beslan along the old Spanish "Camino Real" now known as Pacific Coast Highway. That'll mean no more Presidentes from the Arbusto(Bush in Spanish) Family!
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.
Sir Winston Churchill
British politician (1874 - 1965)
That was a really a BIG Shooooe! Today with Members of the Southern California Blogger's Alliance!
CHEERS to Hedgehog and Blogotional who sounded Great and I agree the General sounded like former Secretary of State Madeleine Not-So-Bright was in his brain!
Dominus Vobiscum,

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Thermal Depolymerization Process turns a Butterball Turkey and Garbage into light Crude

Gory refuse, from a Butterball Turkey plant In Carthage, Missouri, will no longer go to waste..
Each day 200 tons of turkey offal will be carted to the first industrial-scale thermal depolymerIzatIon
plant, recently completed In an adjacent lot, and be transformed Into various useful products,
including 600 barrels of light oil.
TDP stands for Thermal Depolymerization Process and is a process unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch converted into ethanol. TDP is a process that will accept almost any carbon-based material as a source of fuel. Think Soylent Green with a twist instead of turning humans into food with this technology you turn them into fuel for the internal combustion man falling into one engine: 175-pound end of the process will be converted into 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water at the exhaust end. While no one plans to put people into a thermal depolymerization machine, an intimate human creation could become a prime feedstock to make octane. Even human sewage like "Feces/Doo-doo"(the Gloved one) into a glorious oil per engineer Terryams, a project consultant. The test sitewas a 7 ton plant in the city of Philadelphia in a joint project with ConAgra butterball and Changing World Technology built a 200 ton plant in Carthage, Missouri. Apparently it is truly amazing technology and it produces really lovely light oil.

From Discover: July 2004 issue, "Out of 100 Btus in a given unit of feedstock, only 15 Btus are used to power the [TCP] process, with the remainder residing in oil, gas and chemicals. Most important, the oil produced in these tests easily meets the specifications for diesel fuel."

Twenty tons of slaughterhouse turkey parts, freshly dumped by a truck, await processing into oil, gas, and minerals at the thermal conversion process plant in Carthage, Missouri. When the plant reaches full capacity in the fall, it will process 10 dump trucks of leftovers, one tanker truck of blood, and one tanker truck of discarded restaurant grease every 24 hours.

From Changing World Technologies

Agriculture represents over 50% of the estimated 12 billion tons of solid waste produced each year in the U.S. The food processing industry in the U.S. alone generates billions of pounds of organically rich wastes each year. These wastes are associated with the processing of both animal and plant products. If all agricultural waste were made available for use in the TCP, an extraordinarily large amount of oil could be generated that almost meets the 4 billion barrels of oil that are imported to the U.S. each year.

Energy Potential of Agricultural Market U.S.
All Agricultural Waste
billion tons 10% solids
million tons per year
× 2,000
total lbs.
÷ 7.7
lbs. in gallon
÷ 42
gallons in barrel
total barrel of oil/equivalent

"The longest carbon chains are C-18 or so," says Appel, admiring the liquid. That's a very light oil. It is essentially the same as a mix of half fuel oil, half gasoline."
  • Private investors, who have chipped in $40 million to develop the process, aren't the only ones who are impressed. The federal government has granted more than $12 million to push the work along. "We will be able to make oil for $8 to $12 a barrel," says Paul Baskis, the inventor of the process. "We are going to be able to switch to a carbohydrate economy."
    Making oil and gas from hydrocarbon-based waste is a trick that Earth mastered long ago. Most crude oil comes from one-celled plants and animals that die, settle to ocean floors, decompose, and are mashed by sliding tectonic plates, a process geologists call subduction. Under pressure and heat, the dead creatures' long chains of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon-bearing molecules, known as polymers, decompose into short-chain petroleum hydrocarbons. However, Earth takes its own sweet time doing this-generally thousands or millions of years-because subterranean heat and pressure changes are chaotic. Thermal depolymerization machines turbocharge the process by precisely raising heat and pressure to levels that break the feedstock's long molecular bonds.
    Many scientists have tried to convert organic solids to liquid fuel using waste products before, but their efforts have been notoriously inefficient. "The problem with most of these methods was that they tried to do the transformation in one step-superheat the material to drive off the water and simultaneously break down the molecules," says Appel. That leads to profligate energy use and makes it possible for hazardous substances to pollute the finished product. Very wet Waste -- and much of the world's waste is wet -- is particularly difficult to process efficiently because driving off the water requires so much energy. Usually, the Btu content in the resulting oil or gas barely exceeds the amount needed to make the stuff.
From: Discover volume 24, no.5, May 1, 2003 by BRAD LEMLEY

The thermal depolymerization process can convert a wide range of waste materials into oil and other useful by-products, In proportions That vary according to the specific type of feedstock run through the works:


Clear (polyethylene terephthalate) and translucent (high-density polyethylene)
MUNICIPAL LIQUID WASTE: 75% sewage sludge, 25% grease-trap refuse
HEAVY OIL: Refinery residues, heavy crudes, and tar sands
TIRES: all kinds, including standard rubber and steel-belted radials
MEDICAL. WASTE: Transfusion bags, needles and razor blades, and wet human waste
PLASTIC BOTTLES: 70 pounds oil, 16 pounds gas, 6 pounds carbon solids, 8 pounds water
MUNICIPAL LIQUID WASTE: 26 pounds oil, 9 pounds gas, 8 pounds carbon and mineral solids, 57 pounds water.
HEAVY OIL: 74 pounds oil, 17 pounds gas, 9 pounds carbon solids.
TIRES: 44 pounds oil, 10 pounds gas, 12 pounds carbon and metal solids, 4 pounds water
MEDICAL WASTE: 65 pounds oil, 10 pounds gas, 5 pounds carbon and metal solids, 20 pounds water.
Key: A=Grinder, B=First Reactor, C=Flash Vessel, D=Second Reactor, E=Distillation Tanks, F=Storage Tanks

A Boon to Oil and Coal Companies
One might expect fossil-fuel companies to fight thermal depolymerization. If the process can make out of waste, why would anyone bother to get it out of the ground? But switching to an energy economy based entirely on reformed waste will be a long process, requiring the construction of thousands of thermal depolymerization plants. In the meantime, thermal depolymerization can make the petroleum industry itself cleaner and more profitable, says John Riordan, president and CEO of
the Gas Technology Institute, an industry research organization. Experiments at the Philadelphia thermal depolymerization plant have converted heavy crude oil, shale, and tar sands into light oils, gases, and graphite-type carbon. "When you refine petroleum, you end up with a heavy solid-waste product that's a big problem," Riordan says. "This technology will convert these waste materials into natural gas, oil, and carbon. It will fit right into the existing infrastructure."
Appel says a modified version of thermal depolymerization could be used to inject steam into underground tar-sand deposits and then refine them into light oils at the surface, making this abundant, difficult-to-access resource far more available. But the coal industry may become thermal depolymerization's biggest fossil-fuel beneficiary. "We can clean up coal dramatically," says Appel. So far, experiments show the process can extract sulfur, mercury, naphtha, and olefins—all salable commodities—from coal, making it bum hotter and cleaner. Pretreating with thermal depolymerization also makes coal more friable, so less energy is needed to crush it before combustion in electricity-generating plants. B.L.

The first refinery utilizing TCP to produce and sell oil commercially commenced operation in Carthage, Mo., in May under a joint venture between CWT and ConAgra Foods.
Because TCP utilizes above-ground waste streams to produce a new energy source, it also has the potential to arrest global warming by reducing the use of fossil fuels, and to create a means of energy independence by reducing U.S. reliance on imported oil.
TCP succeeds in breaking down long chains of organic polymers into their smallest units and reforming them into new combinations to produce clean solid, liquid and gaseous alternative fuels and specialty chemicals. The process emulates the earth's natural geothermal activity, whereby organic material is converted into fossil fuel under conditions of extreme heat and pressure over millions of years. It mimics the earth's system by using pipes and controlling temperature and pressure to reduce the bio-remediation process from millions of years to mere hours.
The process entails five steps:
(1) Pulping and slurrying the organic feed with water.
(2) Heating the slurry under pressure to the desired temperature.
(3) Flashing the slurry to a lower pressure to separate the mixture.
(4) Heating the slurry again (coking) to drive off water and produce
light hydrocarbons.
(5) Separating the end products.
TCP is more than 80% energy efficient. In addition, it generates its own energy to power the system, and uses the steam naturally created by the process to heat incoming feedstock. In addition, TCP produces no emissions and no secondary hazardous waste streams.

From Renewable Environmental Solutions:
  • TCP is a patented bio-remediation process that converts organic wastes into fertilizer solids, liquid alternative fuels and specialty products.
  • TCP was developed by a team of scientists over a 15-year period, utilizing modern engineering to apply basic science principles that have been understood for over two centuries. As such, TCP was created from science, not for science.
  • TCP will help to reduce national dependence on foreign oil and supplement existing reserves, while helping to solve the global problems of waste disposal and environmental pollution.
  • TCP is a continuous flow-through process in a controlled environment using water, temperature, pressure and time, with no critical operating parameters.
  • TCP emulates the earth’s natural geothermal process, whereby organic material is converted into fossil fuel under conditions of extreme heat and pressure over millions of years.
  • TCP mimics the earth’s system using pipes and by controlling temperature and pressure to reduce the bio-remediation process from millions of years to mere hours.
  • TCP breaks down organic polymers (chains of small molecules) into their smallest units, and reforms them into new combinations to produce clean fuels.
Energy Efficiency
  • TCP is over 80% energy efficient.
  • TCP has very low Btu requirements, due to short residence times of the materials in process and to holding of water under pressure.
  • TCP uses steam naturally generated by feedstock, thereby recapturing the expended energy.
  • TCP generates its own energy.
Environmental Efficiency
  • TCP uses recycled water.
  • TCP produces no secondary hazardous waste stream.He adds that Renewable Energy Solutions has spent "a fair amount of money" on pre-engineering a second plant, which will probably be located near Longmont, Colorado, and process both turkey and cattle slaughterhouse waste.

A second TDP plant in Colorado will had diseased Cattle
  • One major development since the original Discover article is the discovery last December of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in Washington State. Since then, interest in using thermal conversion to control the disease has skyrocketed, say company officials. Although no testing has been done on the effect of the thermal conversion process on prions, the rogue proteins that are thought to cause BSE, Tester is confident that the high pressures and temperatures it uses would be more than sufficient to dismantle those pathogens. "Large molecules like that really don’t like that kind of environment," he says.

    Appel says the Colorado plant will be designed to digest whole, diseased cattle along with slaughterhouse waste. "Americans are finally realizing what the Europeans and others have figured out—there are high risks associated with intense farming practices" that involve feeding rendered animals back to animals. "We will divert proteins away from the food chain. You'll see less disease and less bioaccumulation of toxins when animals once again start eating grass and grain, the way they were meant to eat".

Global Cooling caused by the Media Wing of the Democratic Party and not Warming threatens the World...

Now that the fourth estate is rewriting the Laws of Physics and replacing the 10 Commandments with Moral Relativism I am getting scared. The Press is trying to convince us that up is down and left is right and starving Terri Schindler Schiavo is compassionate. If successful what kind of World will our beautiful Children inherit? For the first time after seeing how the shockingly deluded Press handles the Global World on Terror I am truly scared for the Children of my family. Joseph Pulitzer's style of dishonest sensationalist "Journalism" was the inspiration for the moniker Yellow Journalism based on the Comic strip the Yellow Kid in addition to the much lauded Pulitzer Prize coveted by "Journalists". Winner of the latest prize, Dana the non-ordained High Priestest of WOP. If America continues on the trajectory being steered by this Media, Dana, the High Preistest well be a revered ambassador of a Narnia-like Kingdom. America will be run by a self-crowned White Witch Queen whose cooling Kingdom has Dana as a member of the inner circle. We live in the world that teeters on the edge of becoming a land frozen by the lies of Wormwood like Reporters of the MYM(Mainstream Yellow Media). Indeed the Press has become the Screwtape like manual for an America whose consciousness clouded by the relentless drumbeat of a guiled press has resulted in a dropping of the ambient temperature. This global moral cooling and misguided spin on the War and its alleged failure, US economy, Rumsfeld and Bush Administration allegations of incompetence prepares the country to enter into an ice age like period ready for a President Hilliary Clinton.

Indeed this is a world of which CS Lewis and Marcus Cicero wrote about!

  • The mentor Screwtape(Satan) teaches his wannabe diabolical nephew,Wormwood the finer points of tempting want he refers to his "patients" away from God. Each Lewis's letter depicts upside down theology of evil, and gives insight into temptation and its inner workings in the Psyche. Lewis explains how tempters or minions have motivating drives. The first is fear of punishment by Screwtape himself and the second a hunger to consume or dominate other beings. The Screwtape Letters reveal hell as a bureaucracy-like place in which "everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment." This description sounds like the fourth estate,and its reporters eerily remind me of the minions driven by these very temptations and mindset Lewis describes which slowly lure them and us into hell. The fourth estate whose purpose and freedom was prefigured to save the union by keeping the Government honest but the Press' uncensored autonomy has hijacked journalistic creativity and freedom transforming into tool of indoctrination. I'm afraid the press is driving us Americans like a herd off a cliff and will ruin our Country and cause us to lose the WWJ(World War of Jihad).
"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." CS Lewis

"The safest road to Hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings without milestones, without signposts" CS Lewis
  • "An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself." Cicero
If Pres. Bush becomes anymore "wobblely" than he already is the "City on the Hill" will no longer Shine! Please Aslan come the World Needs you to embolden the Peters, Susans, Edmunds and Lucys who are faltering because of the Fourth Etsate's fall from Grace into a surreal celebration Yellow Journalism with a indoctrinational twist where Reality defies the realm of common sense, reason and rationality....Global Cooling caused by the MYM dinosaurs' morally vacuousness fossilized ideas of Liberalism, Moral Relativism, distortions and not "Fossil Fueled" Global Warming threatens the World. God help us!
  • "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." CS Lewis.

Thanks and D.V. Francis

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Yellow Journalism vs Yellow Bloggerism and Joseph Pulitzer and the 1st Pajama Media

Nasty little demons spew forth from the Hoe press in this Puck cartoon of Nov. 21, 1888, showing that the evils predated the Yellow press
Nasty little demons spew forth from the Hoe press in this Puck cartoon of Nov. 21, 1888, showing that the evils predated the Yellow press

So what is the Big Deal with the Pulitzer it is appropriate that the Non-Ordained high Priestest of the Washington Post gets Dana so prestigious "Journalism" Prize? The man for which it is named is Joe Pulitzer and his arch rival Willian Randolph Hearst were the ones who invented Yellow Journalism! Dana you are in the company you deserve! The adage Birds of a feather flock together applies to you Dana and I'm glad your yellow stunt is not flying with the American Public.

The Pulitzer is truly a Virus causing the disease of Yellow Journalism among the Ranks of PSR(Pulitzer Seeking Reporters) within the MYM(Mainstream Yellow Media). Reminds me of the H5N1 virus causing Bird flu found among the feral Flocks of Birds. This bug could kill us in a GFP(Global Flu Pandemic) and the Virus of Yellow Journalism could get Americans Killed and cost us the Victory on the World Wide War of Jihad(WWJ)
Thanks for reading and D.V.

Yellow Journalism definition from Wikipedia:
  • The term derived from the color comic strip character The Yellow Kid, who appeared in both these Pulitzer and Hearst newpapers. Mickey Dugan aka The Yellow Kid, was the lead character in Hogan's Alley, one of the first comic strips and the first to be printed in color in mass production or "syndicated". The Yellow Kid was a saw-toothed child with a goofy liberal like grin in a yellow Pajama-shirt (Heh-1st Pajama Media) who hung around in an alley filled with equally odd characters( CIA's Mary McCarthy, John Kerry, Barabara Boxer and Harry Reid?). The device of using word balloons(1st admendment SOURCES) to contain character dialogue in comic strips was used in The Yellow Kid, though the kid himself communicated through statements that appeared printed on his shirt. His language was a ragged, peculiar ghetto jargon("Free Speech") See also symbolism of yellow.)

From Pulitzer site:
  • During the years 1896 to 1898 Pulitzer was drawn into a bitter circulation battle with William Randolph Hearst's Journal in which there were no apparent restraints on sensationalism or fabrication of news. When the Cubans rebelled against Spanish rule, Pulitzer and Hearst sought to outdo each other in whipping up outrage against the Spanish. Both called for war against Spain after the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up and sank in Havana harbor on February 16, 1898. Congress reacted to the outcry with a war resolution. After the four-month war, Pulitzer withdrew from what had become known as "yellow journalism." The World became more restrained and served as the influential editorial voice on many issues of the Democratic Party. In the view of historians, Pulitzer's lapse into "yellow journalism" was outweighed by his public service achievements.
From Wikipedia
  • 'The sensationalized human-interest stories of the yellow press increased circulation and readership heavily throughout the 19th century, especially in the United States. Early practitioners, such as Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, seem to have equated the sensational reporting of murders, gory accidents, and the like, with the need of the democratic common man to be entertained by subjects beyond dry politics. Two early yellow newspapers were Pulitzer's New York World and Hearst's New York Journal American.

Kye-Yo-Tay is Spanglish for ILLEGAL Immigration not "Interrupted"

I'm a conservative Hugh Hewitt inspired blogger who is Catholic and the proud son of legal Spanish Nautralized US citizens! My great President is acting like a Kye-yo-tay(Coyote) with immigration along the old Camino Real of Franciscan Priest Junipero Sierra and founder of modern day California who immigrated from my mother's birthplace of Mallorca Spain. He is acting like a "coyote" or (Canis latrans) aka pairie wolf on this issue and it does not have to do with pobre ole Mexicanos(poor Mexicans) seeking the American dream but rather the Bush family securing their American Dynastic aspirations. Columba( named after the discoverer of America, Admirante Cristobal Colon/Christofer Columbus) Bush will not let her "gente (people)" be offended again like when Abuelo(grandpa) Presidente Bush 41 did so years ago by referring to Jeb and her children "as my little BROWN ones"! You see a wall will JEB-er-dize hubby Jeb and son, Atty. George P's Presidential aspirations. Lo ves(you see) una pared(a wall) might ofender(offend) the Hispanic vote if a wall goes up and these Bush family members get smeared by the negative press that liberal columnists will no doubt level in a future Presidential campaign! This I believe is a big reason among others like cheap labor, funding ss with the bogus ss #'s and possibly a sweetheart Mexicana Oil development deal that Vicenete Zorro(Fox) may be using as a carrot to help provide a good substitute for problematic Islamic oil! Viva America! y Gracias
Francis Xavier Yubero, M.D.
p.s. Mesopotamia's Brave Emancipator, George W. Bush's accent bugs me when El President habla(speaks) en Castellano( in Castilian) but not as much as his No Walls Policy. The W. of George W. is bad Spanglish or Españolish or Engñol for No walls! Too bad as Beslan is pending along Pacific Coast Highway the Grandson of the Spanish Camino Real of California! When this happens Presidente Jorge's sobrino(nephew) Atty. Jorge P. will not become Presidente someday en el futuro(the future)...

Dominus Vobiscum,

Francisco Javier Yubero, Doctor de Medicina

Monday, April 24, 2006

Sorry but I'm not who I pretended to be!

Mr. Hugh Hewitt and the Hugh Hewitt Staff: I was moved by Mr. Hewitt's on air genuine confession and truth disclosure dealing with who the HH Show's principals are in true life. I got my wake up call after learnig of LA Crimes'(oops Times') Pulitzer Prize winning "journalist" Michael Hiltzik getting busted for autoposting on the commment section of his Times' blog using a psuedonym. This story broke on the Hugh Hewitt Show and I learned of this on the "Best Of" this past weekend, after returning from a week long inner tube trip down the Cuyahoga River (I didn't really go on a Disney Cruise). I was so impressd that now I feel compelled to come clean especially if you are to continue reading my emails and blog. I'm not really a Medical Doctor, I'm an Orderly! To see the real me Click here
to see this pic

I'm not really the Son of Legal Naturalized US Citizens from the historically important country of Spain but an illegal border insurectionist from The Republic of Equatorial Guinea and a seminar talk show caller. My home land is one of the smallest countries in Africa on the equator. It borders Cameroon, Gabon and the Gulf of Guinea. Formerly the Spanish colony of Spanish Guinea, the country's territory (continentally known as Río Muni) includes a number of islands, including the island of Bioko where the capital, Malabo (formerly Santa Isabel), is located. It is the only country in Africa where Spanish is an official language, excluding the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla and the non-recognized Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

My first name is not Francis but really Pancho and I return to Southern California weekly not to perform Sports Medicine Procedures on Athletes but to moonlight at USC were I pick up extra cash doing maintenance on their Patient Gurneys! I'm not really a Powder Tracks Skier

but I won a couple food tray pseudo-sled races at Boston Mills "Ski Resort" in Cleveland, Ohio where my Dad was a Patient Gurney Maintenance Mechanic at the Cleveland Clinic in the 1960's. Sorry I lied to you but I just really wanted to get nominated as blogger of the week so I could win a Crosley Solo Radio! Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention I did stay at the Holiday Express Hotel once!

Lo Siento, Pancho Yubero
P.S. don't call me Doc anymore please feel free to call me Scut Monkey(derogative term for the lowest grunts on the medical treating totem pole. Just give Mr. Generalissimo's address and your verdict and I'll return the Crosley....

Terra Firma and the Situation Room is a Wolves' Blitz-Krieg not a Wolf Blitzer

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Back on the Terra Firma of the Blogosphere and Talk Radio after a week on a Disney Cruise with my family and surviving a Liberal Madrasa-esque Indoctrination Period of Confinement that is the News Du Jour Monopoly that CNN has with US airports and the Cruise Ship Industry! It is no wonder the American Public's consciousness is wandering and Americans are taking their eyes of the target as their minds lose focus on the Radical Jihad Movement and the War it is waging on Western Civilization!(see the bone chilling "Ahmadinejad Demon's: A CHILD OF THE REVOLUTION TAKES OVER"-hat-tip Hugh Hewitt)
The TRUE "Situation" is that the Diss and Dump Rumsfeld campaign is a Shared "Room" and nothing more than a collaborative Wolves' Blitz-Krieg (A swift, sudden and overwhelming military offensive, usually by combined air and mobile land forces implemented by the German Wehrmacht or armed forces) by Wolf Blitzer & less than ethical(hat-tip Hugh Hewitt) "Journalistic" colleagues in the tradition of New Times' Jason Blair, CNN's Eason Jordan, CBS's Joe "60 Minutes & Lies" Wilson, Democratic Politicians, and the retired Generals to convince the American Public that the Successful war in Iraq is Pig Pile aimed at killing the Bush presidency by "a thousand cuts"!

  • Every American casualty is devastating but in Iraq's Operation Iraqi Freedom, the numbers are relatively small using history as a standard and comparing it to those in all US Wars. We lost more soldiers on D-day and more Americans on 911 than we have in 4 years of war against Al Qaeda and 3 years of war in Iraq.

These Addendums to Cicero are what I'm focused on after a week of Mickey Mouse CNN(Clinton's Nomination Network) News!

  • Cicero: "Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body." Powdertracks adds to Cicero's 'Cultivation of the Mind' the Blogosphere and Talk Radio!
    Cicero "Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?" add Bill Bennett's MIA, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, Rush Limbaugh Dennis Prager and Fox News Channel!
  • Cicero "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not traitor - he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation - he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city - he infects the body politic so that is can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared." PowderTracks adds the Media Wing of the Democratic Party and their Liberal Political Cohorts!
  • The Blitzkrieg relies on close co-operation between infantry(Liberal Politicians) and panzersBild anklicken zum Vergrössern (Wolf Blitzer, his Media Collegues and the 15 minutes of fan seeking opportunistic undignified and retired US Generals).

American Public don't get hoodwinked by the smoke, mirrors and brainwashing drum beat of the Lying Main Stream Media!

Please read Ahmadinejad Demon's as it truly is the Blue Print used by the Death Loving Mentality of the Islamic Cult of Jihad perpetuated by Bin Laden and his Minions!....

Great Shows and Dominus Vobiscum

Francis Xavier Yubero, M.D.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Amazing One Man rendition of The Passion of The Christ

Meditation of the Passion of Christ Video

Have you heard of Radix?
and its Chrisitan media ministry? Radix's productions featured on EWTN for Holy week is amazing. Schdule is below.
Please TIVO it:
The actor "Doug Barry's (Veteran Catholic performer calls his apostolate Radix) tour-de-force one-man performance of the Meditation on the Passion of Christ has been moving audiences to tears( Hugh, it made me Bawl...saw just a couple hours ago) and sending thousands to the confessional for years. Filmed before a live audience with multiple camera angles and music from Eric Genuis, St. Joseph Communications' high-quality production has been the definitive video version of this modern masterpiece."
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Please do not miss this performance on EWTN! Have a blessed Easter and watching this program will contribute to the Blessedness of it!
Dominus Vobiscum,

Thursday, April 13, 2006

What Happens when the world ignores "Nutters"

Young HitlerYoung Adolf
Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for taking my call yesterday! I was a little nervous and rambled. Today's great segment with Mark Steyn reminded me of a point I wanted to make but failed too yesterday. Listening to Mark Steyn and Hugh Hewitt and his remark regarding extraterritorial ambitions of Iran reminded me of what I wanted to say yesterday. The "Nutter" Iranian PM is more dangerous than Adolf Hitler, also dismissed as a nutter, due to the 1.2-1.5 billion Muslims in the world. If 1/10th are Jihadist types that is 25% greater than the population of Germany and Germans Hitler hoodwinked and look at the Chaos that ensued with Adolf.

To underscore my point Young Adolf was just a young "Nutter", he got off easy as a result his Weimer Revolution or failed coup d'état which occurred in November 1923 with the help of World War I General Erich Ludendorff, and other leaders of the Kampfbund. It was unsuccessful, but young Adolf tried to gain power in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. (A putsch is the German equivalent of a coup d'état, or the revolt of a small number of people, e.g. a military coup.) Hitler's was allowed to defend himself and his crazy rhetoric captured the imagination of receptive Germans thus setting the stage for his rise to leadership a few years later. This reminds me of a young Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now Iranian president who took over the US embassy 27 years ago.

  • The Beer Hall Putsch: (Courtesy of Second World War)

    • "Up to November 1923 Hitler continued to build up the strength of the Nazi Party. During this time he also during this time he also plotted to overthrow the German Weimar Republic by force. On November 8th 1923 Hitler led an attempt to take over the local Bavarian Government in Munich in an action that became known as the "Beer Hall Putsch." Despite initially kidnapping the Bavarian officials in the Buergerbraukeller beer hall in Munich and proclaiming a new regime using their names, the coup was not successful. The officials were allowed to escape and re-gain control of the police and the armed forces. The coup was ended on the morning of November 9th, when a column of three thousand SA men headed by Hitler and General Ludendorff (one of the most senior generals of the First World War) were halted on their way to the centre of Munich by armed police. After a brief gunfight, only General Ludendorff and his aide had made it through to the central Plaza, where they were arrested. Hitler had fled the scene and was later arrested and charged with treason. After his trial for treason he was sentenced to five years in Landsberg prison, however he had successfully used the trial itself to gain publicity for himself and his ideas. During his term in prison Hitler began dictating his thoughtsand philosophies to Rudolf Hess which became the book 'Mein Kampf' Hitler was released from Landsberg prison in December 1924 after serving only six months of his sentence. "
    Beware of "Nutters" especially with a Nuclear Bomb!
    Thanks for Reading and D.V.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006

    President Logan of 24 ain't no Chief?...

    President Logan ain't no Chief Logan as in Chief of the Cayuga Tribe (also known as the Mingo tribe). But the liberal weazel does belong in Chief Logan Park as "Gardener" perhaps? I know this from my W.Va. days with my birth Senator "Hayman" Bryd. Liberal Logan wants to get Jack "KILLED!"

    Who was Melchizedek

    I thought you'd find this interesting as back ground info on my last post. Cheers, Francis

    The Most Important Son of Noah:(The Jewish Encylopedia)

    —In Rabbinical Literature:

    Although Shem is unanimously declared by the Rabbis to have been the youngest son of Noah (comp. Japheth in Rabbinical Literature), yet he is always named first, being the most important of the three brothers. Indeed, he was born circumcised; he was the ancestor of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; he was priest and prophet; and he was one of the eight righteous who are mentioned twice in Gen. xi. 10 and who were allotted a portion both in this world and in the world to come (Sanh. 69b; Tan., Yelammedenu, Noaḥ; Midr. ha-Gadol on Gen. ix. 18, xi. 10, ed. Schechter, cols. 142, 186). Shem is styled "the' great one" ("Shem rabba"; Sanh. 108b). According to Gen. R. xxx. 6, it was Shem who offered the sacrifices on the altar after Noah came out of the ark (comp. Gen. viii. 20), as the latter, having been crippled by the lion (see Noah in Rabbinical Literature), was unfit for the priestly office. Noah gave to Shem the priestly garments which he had inherited from Adam (Num. R. iv. 6). Shem is extolled by the Rabbis for his filial devotion in covering his father's nakedness (Gen. ix. 23).

    The Rabbis identify Shem with Melchizedek, King of Salem, who is termed "a priest of the Most High," and who came to meet Abraham after the latter had defeated the four kings led by Chedorlaomer (Gen. xiv. 18-20). According to this account, Shem, as a priest, came to Jerusalem (with which Salem is identified by the Rabbis), of which city he became king, it being the proper place for the establishment of the cult of Yhwh. He went to meet Abraham to show him that he was not angry with him for having killed the Elamites, his descendants (Midr. Agadah on Gen. l.c.). Shem, however, forfeited the priesthood by mentioning in his blessing Abraham's name before that of God, so that God took his office from him and gave it to Abraham (Ned. 32b; Pirḳe R. El. xxvii.). According to the Midrash Agadah (l.c.) Shem himself asked God togive the priesthood to Abraham, as he, in his prophetic capacity, knew that he (Shem) would have no children eligible for the sacerdotal office. Contrary to the Pirḳe R. El. and Gen. R. (xliii. 10), the Midrash Agadah explains that it was Shem who gave tithes to Abraham, showing that he recognized him as priest (see Gen. R. xliii. 7). The Rabbis point out that in certain cases Shem ranked as the equal of Abraham; so that the latter was afraid lest Shem might be angry at him for having slain the Elamites and might curse him (Gen. R. xliv. 8; Tan., Lek Leka, 19). In another instance God made a compromise between Shem and Abraham, namely, with regard to the name of the Holy City, the place of the Temple, which Abraham had called "Jireh" (Gen. xxii. 14; see Jehovah-jireh) and which Shem had called "Salem." God united both names; and thus arose the name "Jerusalem" (Gen. R. lvi. 16).

    Thanks to Salem Radio's Virtuoso Dueling Intellects on the Hugh Hewitt Show

    The Eternal Father Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

    Yesterday I along with millions of other lucky Americans were listening to the Hugh Hewitt Show and I was reminded of Shakespeare's play Henry V and the line
    "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" came to mind because listening to Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager is a blissful experience!
    These two intelligent, patriotic and God Loving Americans of the Judeo-Christian tradition illuminate this "Happy" audience with Wisdom from Dennis and Pragmatic Political savvy from Hugh and charming wit from both! These intellectual Olympians are Dream Team Stars of New Media who are reminiscent of a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin Duet crooning intellectually with their velvet voices enlightening the American Consciousness! How interesting that these good men are from the August bull pin of the Salem Radio Network which includes among other giants Laura Ingraham, Bill Bennett and Michael Medved! After listening to these two intellectual virtuosos I was reminded of the Catholic Eucharistic Prayer I where the church honors Melchizedek the King of Salem who is received by Abraham, the Jewish father and Father of faith for all Christians. The Catholic Church's teaches us that Melchizedek prefigures the Royal and Perfect Priesthood of Jesus Christ!

    History informs us that Abraham had defeated King Chedorlaomer and the other three allied kings, and then was met by Melchizedek, the Canaanite King of Salem and "a priest of God Most High." The word Melchizedek which means "My king is righteousness" and Salem which means "peace." Interestingly Melchizedek presented bread and wine to Abraham, and blessed him with these words: "blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of Heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand" (Genesis 14:19-20). The key is that bread and wine were customarily offered in sacrifice among the "first fruits" of the earth in thanksgiving to the Creator. Melchizedek was technically a pagan priest but he recognized the one supreme deity as indicated by his use of the title "God Most High," just as the Jewish people did. Accepting this blessing and offering, Abraham gives to Melchizedek a tithe of one-tenth the spoils from his campaign.
    Early Church Fathers understood and accepted the imagery discussed above as evidenced by St. Cyprian of Carthage ( 3rd century) letter to Cecil he wrote: "Also in the priest Melchizedek we see the Sacrament of the Sacrifice of the Lord prefigured, in accord with that to which the Divine Scriptures testify, where it says: "And Melchizedek, the King of Salem, brought out bread and wine, for he was a priest of the Most High God; and he blessed Abraham." Thus Melchizedek is indeed a type of Christ as declared in the psalms by the Holy Spirit, saying to the Son, as it were from the Father: "Before the daystar I begot You. You are a Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." The Preistly Order certainly is that which comes from this offering of Bread and Wine because St. Cyprian wrote "because Melchizedek was a priest of the Most High God; because he offered bread; and because he blessed Abraham. And who is more a priest of the Most High God than our Lord Jesus Christ, who, when He offered sacrifice to God the Father, offered the very same which Melchizedek had offered, namely bread and wine, which is in fact His Body and Blood."
    St. Cyril of Jerusalem, another father of the Church, in his Catechetical Lectures (Mystagogia 5) also referenced Melchizedek's sacrifice as a "type" which prefigured the Holy Eucharist.

    To summarize the original priesthood for the children of Israel originated with Aaron and was to perpetuate through his lineage giving them the Levitical Order. For Christians, Jesus Christ established a new lineage of priesthood, according to the order of Melchizedek, as affirmed in Hebrews 5.

    Thank you Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager and the Salem Network for moving me to reflect on these interesting parallels. Reason, Fact, Truth tempered by their mutual faith, belief in Yahwh or God the Father and love for Abba is why this conversation duet was so melodic and music to my ears. Indeed we were blessed yeaterday and to those of us who listened were like Henry V's "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers"!
    Thank you both for a great hour you Gentlemen and Sages of New Media, Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager,

    Dominus Vobiscum(Lord be with You) and thanks for reading..

    Francis Xavier Yubero, M.D.