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>What Is It Obama Doesn’t Understand About The Mexican Invasion?

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Gov. Perry Slams Obama As Bullets Fly

Texas Governor Rick Perry has accused President Barack Obama of “gambling with American lives” after a bullet believed to be from a gun battle in Mexico hit a building in the US state.

“For the second time in two months, bullets from a gun battle in the escalating drug war in Juarez have struck a building in El Paso,” Perry said.

Borderzine.com, a website belonging to the University of Texas in El Paso, said the incident occurred Saturday and a single bullet hit a building belonging to the university.

No injuries were reported, but Perry said the federal government’s failure to reinforce the border with Mexico was endangering US lives.

“It is unconscionable that the Obama administration is gambling with American lives,” the Republican governor said.

“It’s time for Washington to stop the rhetoric and immediately deploy a significance force of personnel and resources to the border.”

Perry noted that in June, a number of bullets believed to be from a gun battle in Ciudad Juarez hit a building in El Paso, and that a car and a building at the University of Texas-Brownsville were similarly hit a year ago.

Texas, like a number of US states on the border with Mexico, has expressed increasing concern about the drug trafficking-related violence raging next door.

The battle between drug cartels fighting over lucrative smuggling routes and Mexican government operations against the gangs have left some 28,000 people dead since December 2006.

>Ever Heard of Burundanga?

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This Incident has been confirmed. In Katy , TX


As a woman was putting gas in her car, a man came over and offered his services as a painter, and had his business card in his hand. She said no, but accepted his card out of kindness and got in the car. The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman. As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath. She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station
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She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something at that moment. She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help.. The men drove away but the lady still felt pretty bad for several
minutes after she could finally catch her breath. Apparently, there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her.
This drug is called ‘BURUNDANGA ‘ and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them.


This drug is four times dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards.


So take heed and make sure you don ‘ t accept business cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets.
This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services.


PLEASE SEND THIS E-MAIL
ALERT

TO EVERY FEMALE YOU KNOW!!!!

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Here’s the other side of this story:

The above story is almost certainly a fabrication. Two details betray it as such:

  1. The victim allegedly received a dose of the drug by simply touching a business card. (All sources agree that burundanga must be inhaled or ingested, or the subject must have prolonged topical contact with it, in order for it to have an effect.)
  2. The victim allegedly detected a “strong odor” coming from the drug-laced card. (All sources agree that burundanga is odorless and tasteless.)

What is burundanga?

Burundanga is the street version of a pharmaceutical drug called scopolamine. It is made from the extracts of plants in the nightshade family such as henbane and jimson weed. It’s a deliriant, meaning it can induce symptoms of delirium such as disorientation, loss of memory, hallucinations, and stupor.

You can see why it would be popular with criminals.

In powdered form scopolamine can be easily mixed into food or drink, or blown directly into victims’ faces, forcing them to inhale it.

The drug achieves its “zombifying” effects by inhibiting the transmission of nerve impulses in the brain and muscles. It has several legitimate medicinal uses, including the treatment of nausea, motion sickness, and gastrointestinal cramps. Historically, it has also been used as a “truth serum” by law enforcement agencies. And, like its street cousin burundanga, scopolamine has frequently been implicated as a stupefying agent or “knockout drug” in the commission of crimes such as robbery, kidnapping, and date rape.


>Bud Selig; Resign Now

>Read Don White’s definitive article about the laxness of drug enforcement in Major League baseball today on Yankee Wizard. It’s sad, really. The current commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig, has a record of accomplishment, but over the past 18 years at the helm of baseball this commissioner seems to have fallen asleep regarding drug enforcement, while aggressive leaders of other sports have outdistanced this man, much to the detriment of the game and its fans. Read Mr. White’s probing article about drugs in America, and particularly anabolic steroids and Human Growth Hormones in baseball and the part they are having in tarnishing the good name of baseball and letting down fans and players alike.

>Drug or Alcohol Adiction Help

>Cover Story: Confronting Addiction in the LDS Community
Addiction: There was a time when the LDS community thought of it as a “Word of Wisdom” problem.  Now we know that many of those things we dismiss as “bad habits” are addictions and controlling us more than we know.
By Colleen Harrison

>Medical Myths

>There are many books out now condemning medical blunders. One I’ve been reading is 100 Most Common Medical Blunders …and How to Avoid them All! published by Boardroom, Inc. in 2008.

The source is Paul Barach, MD. He tells about a blunder he made while a third-year med student when an attending physician told him to insert a central intravenous line (IV) into a 75-year-old patient suffering from emphysema. Dr. Barach had never performed the procedure before. Alone and unguided, he wound up puncturing the air sac surrounding the lung, and the patient later died of related complications.

Though Dr. Barach went on to become a noted physician, this incident plagued him for years. He studied blunders like these with a desire to find out how errors can be prevented.

Here, we offer his list of mistakes and ways to avoid them. For starters, we should be absolutely sure that an operation is necessary before having a part excised. For example, experts tell us that one-fourth of all appendectomies
are unnecessary because of incorrect diagnosis and the appendix is not diseased.

This blog will not be all inclusive of the common errors Dr. Barauch gives, however on subsequent blogs we will pick up on some more:

1) Medication errors. This includes oral as well as those given through the veins (IV drugs) for serious conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Also included are subcutaneous injections (below the skin) such as a diabetic’s insulin shot. The Institute of Medicine estimates that between 3% and 5% of all medication is administered incorrectly. That is probably a far too-conservative estimate.

These errors can happen in doctors’ clinics, hospitals, offices, home, and pharmacies. For example, a drug might not be given at the right time, in the right dose, or with the right frequency. In most instances, this type of error is minor and has no lasting consequences.

However, IV drugs act much more quickly than oral medications and these errors are usually irreversible and of lasting or severe consequence. With chemotherapy, dosing is complicated and requires different combinations and amounts of toxic drugs.

Are certain people at increased risk for certain drugs?
Psychiatric and older patients are at high risk. Older people are more likely to be on multiple drugs and less likely to to pay close attention when drugs are being administered. Psychiatric patients usually don’t ask questions when given medications.

What can patients do to make sure their drugs are being administered properly?
Get very clear and detailed explanations from your provider beforehand and in writing. Find out what you are going to be taking, for how long, and what side affects might accompany these drugs.

>Don’t Leave Fertilizers Lying Around

>The following article is from the Samuel Nobel Foundation web site. The advice is important for everyone, not just farmers, especially in this drug-filled, terrorist prone society in which we live.

by Eddie Funderburg

I recently attended a meeting where fertilizer security was one of the chief topics. I had heard most of the information before in bits and pieces, but having it presented all at once in an organized fashion got me thinking more about its importance. There are a lot of people in our area who are looking to get fertilizers for reasons other than increasing crop yield.

As most of you know, there are two main uses for stolen fertilizer: explosives and drugs. These are vitally important topics in our world today, and it is essential that we do all we can to make it difficult for thieves to misuse fertilizer.

Explosives
It is widely known that ammonium nitrate can make a powerful explosive if mixed, handled and stored in certain ways. It is used legally for a number of legitimate purposes, such as construction. The problems arise when someone wants to use ammonium nitrate to make explosives for sinister purposes.


Bulk storage of ammonium nitrate.
Photo, Courtesy of Captain Tony Trudell,
Ardmore, Okla. Police Dept.

It is not as well known that urea also can be used to make a very powerful explosive. Using urea to make explosives results in a very unstable compound — something that is more powerful and less stable than nitroglycerine.

The bottom line is that if you store ammonium nitrate or urea on the farm, make sure they are placed in a secure area that can be easily monitored by you. Do not put them in old buildings far away from areas you frequently visit. Report any suspicious people around the fertilizer area to local law enforcement agencies.

Drugs
Possibly the most bizarre thing that has occurred in my career as a fertilizer expert is the recent use of common fertilizers to manufacture illegal drugs, namely methamphetamine. The most commonly-used fertilizer in the drug manufacturing process is anhydrous ammonia, but a drug manufacturer who’s a particularly good chemist can also use urea, ammonium nitrate, liquid UAN solutions and other sources of nitrogen. My opinion is that someone who has such a sophisticated knowledge of chemistry could get a productive job and make good money legally.


Anhydrous farm tank being filled.
Photo, Courtesy of Captain Tony Trudell,
Ardmore, Okla. Police Dept.

Drug manufacturers are especially desperate to obtain anhydrous ammonia since it is the easiest fertilizer source to use in making the drug. They will stoop to incredible feats of stupidity to obtain the material.

For those not familiar with anhydrous ammonia, it is a liquid when stored in strong steel tanks at very high pressure and very low temperatures. When exposed to normal temperatures and pressures, it becomes a gas. This gas is very damaging to the eyes and lungs, and is quite unpleasant to any other exposed skin it touches.

When farmers apply anhydrous ammonia, they inject it directly from the storage tank deep into the soil through specially-designed knives and hoses. This insures that the farmer does not have to handle it. In the drug manufacturers’ zeal to obtain anhydrous ammonia, they will try to store the material in glass jars, thermos jugs, ice chests and soft drink bottles. Keep in mind that handling anhydrous ammonia in any way other than a closed system with strong steel tanks is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, thieves will often leave the valve open and release large amounts of ammonia into the air even though they stole only a small amount. This can be dangerous to innocent people living in the area.

While the law of natural selection should eventually take care of this problem, there are things you can do to help law enforcement. The Fertilizer Institute has published a list of steps for farmers and ranchers to follow to help foil the thieves.

  • Be alert. Keep an eye out for unfamiliar or suspicious people attempting to purchase anhydrous ammonia from you or your neighbors.
  • Don’t leave tanks unattended for long periods of time.
  • Immediately report releases of ammonia to local police.
  • Position tanks in open areas where they can easily be seen from the road.
  • Return tanks to fertilizer dealerships immediately after use.
  • Watch for items left behind such as duct tape, buckets, ice chests, garden hoses and bicycle inner tubes.
  • Watch for, and report, suspicious looking people around your fertilizer tanks. They may be checking out the premises for a late-night raid.
  • Buy and install locks for the anhydrous ammonia valves and tanks.

Let’s all help do our part to make sure fertilizers are used for improving plant growth, not for illegal purposes.

The bottom line is that if you store ammonium nitrate or urea on the farm, make sure they are placed in a secure area that can be easily monitored by you. Do not put them in old buildings far away from areas you frequently visit. Report any suspicious people around the fertilizer area to local law enforcement agencies.