Terrifying study shows jungle parasite from Southeast Asia may be killing American veterans decades after end of the war
Troops of the Ninth division wade through swamps and rivers south of Saigon in the summer of 1969, in the Delta area
Half a century after serving in Vietnam, test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.
The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring commissioned a small pilot study to look into the link between liver flukes ingested through raw or undercooked fish and a rare bile duct cancer.
It can take decades for symptoms to appear.
By then, patients are often in tremendous pain, with just a few months to live.
‘It was surprising,’ he said, stressing the preliminary results could include false positives and that the research is ongoing.
Of the 50 blood samples submitted, more than 20 percent came back positive or bordering positive for liver fluke antibodies, said Sung-Tae Hong, the tropical medicine specialist who carried out the tests at Seoul National University in South Korea. Continue reading →
Long careers in the military have always been difficult due to the very physical nature of the vocation, but service has been particularly tough in recent years due to overseas contingency operations.
Lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with operations in Africa, Europe, and Asia, have taken their toll on the men and women who sacrifice much to serve in the armed forces. For many of these vets, they’ve been left with injuries and wounds that will plague them for the rest of their lives. Continue reading
As a retired military veteran, it has caused great concern to me and countless others what this government had done to veterans in the area of health care. Those that are disabled and need to go to the VA are routinely ignored, or given appointments up to six months in advance, or totally ignored all together. Under President Trump it has gotten better, but still is not of the class it should be. There are now earning limits on who can use VA, with the limit at around 23,000 dollars, hardly enough to live on in today’s world. Continue reading →
A small group of burglars back in 1972 got caught trying to break into the Democratic National Committee offices located inside the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event would shake Washington and the rest of the nation to its core and shatter America’s confidence in the integrity of government. The crime and the ensuing investigation would forever be referred to as simply “Watergate” and resulted in President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Nixon’s closest assistants, John Ehrlichman, and H.R. Haldeman, spent 18 months in jail. John Dean, the White House legal counsel, and John Mitchell, the attorney general, along with other associates such as G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, all spent time behind bars. Continue reading →
“…there are two kinds of truth in this world. The truth that is the unalterable bedrock of one’s life and mission. And the other, malleable truth of politicians, charlatans, corrupt lawyers, and their clients, bent and molded to serve whatever purpose was at hand.“ ~ Michael Connelly, Two Kinds of Truth
There is a mass hysteria gripping the country at the moment. Some if it is probably part of a misguided plan to unseat Trump. The truly evil deeds of some are being conflated with far lesser crimes; but all forms of sexual predation are illicit and destructive. It was the New York Times’s journalistic equivalent of a nuclear bomb that revealed what thousands of people had known for three decades: that Harvey Weinstein has been a sexually abusive monster. Everyone in the “business” knew it but kept quiet. His politics were “correct,” so no one reported his many crimes against women. He was a huge donor to Democrats, especially to the Clintons. To be in bed with the Clintons is to be above the law and corrupt to the core. All of which means that, as night follows day, the Hollywood/Weinstein level of predation is probably rampant in Congress as well. Continue reading →
…and so in the scheme of things, you actually believe that all we have published on the Federal Observer since July of 2001 has made a difference? If it had, then O’Bammy would never have been able to hi-jack the White House and cause all of the damage he caused for nearly a decade. Hillary would never have been chosen as the Democratic nominee in 2016 and Trump would have never been chosen and allowed to leave the Atlantic Casino and moved to the one in DC, also known as the ‘White House.’ Is that meant to be negative comment regarding the President? No – just a factual statement!
So we have reached a turning point in America… heading toward the final collapse. As our ‘Quotables‘ post from the front page of this blog states:
“The phrase “the Fall of America” suggests some cataclysmic event ended the American Empire which had stretched from Maine to California and Florida to Washington. But at the end, there was no straining at the gates, no barbarian horde that dispatched the Empire in one fell swoop. Rather, the Empire fell slowly, as a result of challenges from within and without, and changing over the course of hundreds of years until its form was unrecognizable.” Continue reading →
After Judge Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican senatorial primary election a few weeks ago, I wrote this:
You can bet that the establishment is not finished trying to destroy Roy Moore—not by any stretch of the imagination. When Trump stumped for Luther Strange last week, he said that Judge Moore would have a hard time winning the general election. He said that because he knows that not only will Roy Moore have to defeat the Democrat establishment, he will have to again defeat the Republican establishment. So, Roy’s fight is far from over.
The average person is a statist, whether he realizes it or not. It is important that liberty activists recognize and accept this fact because the truth of our limitations as a movement determines the kinds of solutions into which we should ultimately put our time and energy. The fantasy of a final grand march of an awake and aware majority on the doorsteps of power is just that: a fantasy. Some people might argue that given more time, such an event could be organized or could happen spontaneously. But these people seem to forget that the immediacy of any crisis inspires awareness and cuts the bindings of complacency for only a certain percentage of any given population. With “more time” often comes more complacency, not less. Continue reading →
Marx said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.”
There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.
The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question.
What America might want to know right now is: how come Hillary Clinton doesn’t have any legal problems? Why aren’t DOJ investigators examining the financial records of the Clinton Foundation? You would think somebody would want to find out how over $120 million of Russian “charitable donations” ended up on its ledgers around the time that Secretary of State HRC approved the Uranium One deal — compared to which, Bill Clinton’s $500,000 payment from a Russian bank for giving a speech around the same time just looks like walking-around money. Continue reading →
Editor’s Note: The following was originally submitted for publication on November 7, 2011 and published on the now defunct, No Stinking Amnesty website. We republish it now for you consideration on November 7, 2017.
Thanks for your service John. (Ed.)
As one of many who has served this nation for the past three decades as an agent with the United States Border Patrol, my partners and I have seen times when illegal immigration was not a major problem. In the early 1970’s the manpower of the U.S.B.P. was 2,000 on both the Northern and Southern Borders. Under congressional authority, Immigration and Nationality Act, we could question anyone as to their right to be or remain in the United States. This extended to all foreign visitors, immigrants from any nation in the world. The United States, similar to all civilized countries established immigration laws to protect citizens as well as legal immigrants. Continue reading →
The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that steadily demand more tax cuts, more deregulation and impunity from prosecution for massive acts of financial fraud, all the while looting trillions from the U.S. treasury in the form of bailouts. The nation has lost the power and respect needed to induce allies in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa to do its bidding. Add to this the mounting destruction caused by climate change and you have a recipe for an emerging dystopia. Overseeing this descent at the highest levels of the federal and state governments is a motley collection of imbeciles, con artists, thieves, opportunists and warmongering generals. And to be clear, I am speaking about Democrats, too.
The empire will limp along, steadily losing influence until the dollar is dropped as the world’s reserve currency, plunging the United States into a crippling depression and instantly forcing a massive contraction of its military machine. Continue reading →
A fifth-generation Californian laments his state’s ongoing economic collapse.
It’s not easy watching California self-destruct. After all, my four sons are 6th generation Californians. One relative of ours journeyed here prior to the Gold Rush when the state population was just a handful of people. Family lore has it he was a gunslinger who, victorious in a gun duel, headed to California to avoid the law. He ended up ranching on what is now known as Mammoth Mountain. Other family members took part in the gold rush and one ended up discovering gold in 1895 in the Mojave Desert. My grandparents arrived in Kern County in the 1930s and worked as teachers educating the children of oil workers shortly after the discovery of oil in that region. Continue reading →
The recent expose and exposure of the decades long sexual harassment of aspiring young women by not only one of Hollywood’s most powerful movie producers but — far more importantly — one of the largest contributors to the causes and political candidates of progressive feminism — fully exposes the sexual hypocrisy of progressive feminism. Continue reading →
The cultural revolution is over. Without a shot being fired other than by government agents, America was changed, transformed, from a land of liberty to a nation of multicultural tolerance dolts with liberal educations and preemptive mindsets. There is still a bit of mop up work to do to clear out some radical free-thinkers (mostly pesky Christians and diehards of the Confederacy and its battle flag) but they will be eradicated within a decade. One way or another. Continue reading →
This song was written by Billy Ray Cyrus in 1989 as a Tribute to a Viet Nam Veteran he had met – and to all those who sacrificed in so many way. So to all of those in the NFL who have chosen to “take a knee” – you had better give thanks – and get down on your knees in prayer – and ask for forgiveness. ~ Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher, Kettle Moraine Publications
Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn.Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.
Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces…the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire. Continue reading →
Your disrespect for our country’s flag demands deeper inspection, wider understanding and greater comprehension of its significance to our nation.
Ultimately, when enough people dishonor their country, disobey its laws or do not participate in its most honored traditions—that society faces ultimate disintegration. Look at Somalia, Sudan, Congo, Pakistan, Mexico, Venezuela and other failed countries around the globe. Their people flee to Canada, America and Europe because they face the loss of the basic components of a function nation: lack of food, jobs and loss of personal freedom.
You enjoy sports hero status. You enjoy $114 million in your bank account. You enjoyed a free college education, where you took affirmative action Crip-courses because you played football. Other than play a game that produces nothing but entertainment for the masses, you haven’t produced anything of value in America. Continue reading →