Monday, November 7, 2016

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"none of my shots hit the target and I was beginning to panic...."

When at the rife range one or more drill sergeants was in the tower over

looking the range firing with PA system for commands. Drill sergeants on the 

ground were responsible for maybe 3-4 trainees and the drill sergeant on 

each end contolled the firing. They signaled with a flag when we were ready 

to fire. When the tower saw that everything looked ready, they called out with 

the PA system: "Ready on the right" and then the drill sergeant on the right 

raised his flag if he was ready and the same for the left, the tower calling 

calling out: "Ready on the left." If everything was ready on both right 

and left, the tower would call out "Commence firing." 

When all trainees had completed their firing, the drill sergeants on the ends 

raised their flags and the tower called out: "Cease firing."

I had not hit the targets like I told you before. The drill sergeant in charge of me

said try shooting left-handed. During the next round of firing, I hit every target.

I took a lot of years to find out that I was cross-dominance....



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Cross-dominance, also known as mixed-handedness, or mixed dominance, is 

a motor skill manifestation in which a person favors one hand for some tasks 

and the other hand for others. For example, a cross-dominant person might 

write with the left hand but throw mainly with the right one.

It can also refer to mixed laterality, which refers to a person favoring eyes, ears, 

feet, or hands on one side of the body. A person who is cross-dominant can 

also be stronger on the opposite side of the body that they favor; for example, 

a right-handed person can be stronger on the left side. Cross-dominance can 

often be a problem when shooting or in activities that require aim, although 

athletes can still achieve success in sports that require accuracy, like passing 

in American football and shooting in basketball.

Overall, being mixed handed seems to result in better performance than 

being strongly handed for sports such as basketball, ice hockey, and field 

hockey. What these sports have in common is that they require active body 

movements and also an ability to respond to either side. The situation is 

reversed for racquet sports such as tennis. Individuals with crossed 

hand-eye preference seem to be much better at gymnastics, running, and 

basketball because of the way in which congruent and crossed sided 

individuals position their bodies."


"Healthy eating and exercise may delay or stop the sicknesses or illinesses that 

your genes think you've got."
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CDC reports first US cases of drug-resistant Candida auris

Filed Under: Antimicrobial Stewardship; Fungal Infection

Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP News  | Nov 04, 2016

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 13 cases of Candida 

auris, an emerging drug-resistant yeast that can cause fatal invasive infections, 

have been identified in the United States.

In today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), investigators 

describe seven C auris cases that occurred from May 2013 to June 2016. 

The cases involve patients at hospitals in four states—New York, Maryland, 

Illinois, and New Jersey—who had been hospitalized with serious underlying 

medical conditions. The other six cases are still under investigation.

The announcement comes 3 months after the agency warned US healthcare 

facilities about the emergence of the serious fungal infection, which was 

first identified in the ear of a Japanese patient in 2009 and since then has 

been identified in patients in several other countries. The CDC received 

the case reports after that clinical alert was issued.

In the countries where it has previously been identified, C auris has most 

commonly caused healthcare-associated infections such as bloodstream 

infections, wound infections, and ear infections and has been associated 

with high mortality. CDC investigators report that 5 of the US patients had 

bloodstream infections, 1 had a urine infection, and 1 had an ear infection. 

The median time from hospital admission to detection of the infection 

was 18 days.

Four of the patients died, but it is unclear if their deaths were caused by 

the C auris infection.

"This is a serious global health threat for which we want to rigorously prepare 

for in the United States," Tom Chiller, MD, MPHTM, deputy chief of the Mycotic 

Diseases Branch at the CDC, told CIDRAP News.

Concerns about resistance

There are several major concerns about C auris. One is that isolates from 

other countries have shown varying levels of resistance to all three major 

classes of antifungal medicines used to treat Candida infections—including 

azoles, echinocandins, and polyenes. That raises the prospect, Chiller said, 

of infections that are "very challenging to treat."

Another issue is that C auris is difficult to identify using common biochemical 

methods, so there is a concern it can go unrecognized and potentially 

improperly treated. "We've been trying to work with laboratory communities 

across the US to communicate that message," Chiller said.

The good news is that in the seven cases investigated by the CDC, isolates 

showed resistance to at least one class of antifungal drug, but none were 

resistant to all three classes. But five of the seven reported isolates were 

either misidentified as Candida haemulonii or simply as Candida, and were 

not correctly identified until they were analyzed at a reference laboratory.

There's also a concern that C auris can be transmitted in the healthcare 

environment, which makes it different from other Candida infections, which 

tend to be isolated. And the data in the MMWR report appear to support that 


Whole-genome sequencing showed that in two pairs of patients—one pair at 

a hospital in New Jersey, the other at a hospital Illinois—the isolates were 

identical. And the patients weren't at the hospitals at the same time, which 

means the infections weren't transmitted between the patients, but were likely 

acquired from the healthcare environment. In addition, isolates were found 

on multiple surfaces at one patient's hospital.

"That is very concerning to us, when it comes to a multidrug-resistant 

organism," Chiller said, adding that reports from overseas, including a 

recent outbreak of 40 C auris cases at a UK hospital, suggest this is how the 

infection is spreading in other countries.

Potential to slow the spread

The one major difference between the US and overseas cases is that the US 

cases occurred in patients who were very sick, whereas cases in other 

countries are occurring in a wider variety of patients—including newborns 

and healthy patients who are getting infected after undergoing surgery. 

Chiller suggested this means that we're catching these infections early.

"We have an opportunity to potentially slow the spread, or at least try to 

contain this as much as we can," he said. "But if nothing is done, it will spread 

and then start causing infections in a wider variety of patients."

Trish Perl, MD, MSc, an infectious disease expert at the University of Texas 

Southwest Medical Center, says that while she appreciates the public health 

value of providing information about an emerging, high-risk infectious 

disease, she has a lot of unanswered questions about the report and what was 

going on with the patients identified.

"From a clinical point of view right now, I don't know who to tell to worry about 

this," Perl told CIDRAP News. "When you have emerging infectious diseases, 

you need to give clinicians some information so that they can potentially 

identify those patients and put in place appropriate treatment and prevention 


To control the spread of C auris, the CDC recommends that healthcare 

providers implement the agency's Standard and Contact Precautions for 

infectious diseases, and that facilities thoroughly clean the rooms of C auris 

patients with a disinfectant active against fungi. The CDC says any cases 

of C auris should be reported to the agency, as well state and local health 



ISIS Calls for Election Day Attacks on Voters

By Cathy Burke   |   Sunday, 06 Nov 2016 04:43 PM

"ISIS has called for attacks on American voters on Election Day – and for U.S. 

Muslims not to cast a vote, a cyber security news and terrorist monitoring 

group has warned.

The chilling threat reported by SITE Intel Group was based on a manifesto 

published by the jihadists' al Hayat media center – warning the militants "have 

come to slaughter and smash your ballot boxes."

The SITE's director, Rita Katz, posted the warnings on Twitter Saturday.

The terror group also wrote there's no difference between the Republican 

and Democratic parties in their "policies against Islam and Muslims."

According to the news site Zero Hedge,the seven-page manifesto titled 

"The Murtadd Vote"declared: "May Allah make this year’s U.S. presidential 

election a dreadful calamity like no other to have struck America throughout 

its pathetic history."

"Murtadd" is a term for an apostate who turns his back on Islam.

The full essay, in English, includes a photograph of Republican presidential 

nominee Donald Trump, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, as 

well as a photo Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in combat, 

holding a copy of the Constitution during his speech last July at the Democratic 

National Convention.

The new threats Saturday came just a day after federal officials have warned 

authorities in New York City, Texas and Virginia about an unspecific threat of 

attacks by al-Qaida militants around Election Day.

In response, a Homeland Security official said authorities remained concerned 

that so-called "homegrown" militants could be inspired to attack within the United 


"The public should expect to continue to observe an increased law enforcement 

and security presence across communities in public places," the official told 


Breaking News at



"A person's opinion is not much good unless it's flavored with common sense."
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"Politicians always tell you what you want to hear, not caring if it's a lie or not." 
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BBC News

BBC Poll of Polls

Today                 Nov 7           Clinton  45%     Trump 44%

Yesterday           Nov 6           Clinton  46%     Trump 44 %

Last updated     November 7

Election day      November 8

One day and counting.

Newsmax Headlines

Excerpts from full articles:

"FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn't changed 

its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review 

of new emails, reports say." 

Related Stories

Trump on FBI Probe: Proves System 'Rigged'

Ron Hosko: 'Substantial Pressure' on FBI to Quickly Review Case

Conway: Trump Campaign 'Not Worried' About Comey News

Gingrich Lashes Out at Comey for Caving In to Political Pressure

Conservatives to DNC: Why Did You Attack Comey If You Were Confident of 


Newsmax.Headline.Standard- 12514-12529

Comey: No New Info in Emails to Bring Charges on Clinton

Campaign 2016


Gingrich: If Trump Were More Disciplined He'd Be Up 15 Points

Dick Morris Predicts Landslide Trump Win as Male Vote Grows

Poll: Clinton Leads Trump by 7 with Ohio Early Voters

Trump Says he Would Not Admit Refugees without Community Support

Florida Elections Worker: I Was Fired For Witnessing Possible Absentee Ballot 


Entrepreneur Thomas Peterffy: 'American Dream' Imperiled by Move Toward 


Polling Guru Nate Silver: Hillary One State Away From Losing Election

New York Post: Clinton Reportedly Had Her Maid Print Out Classified Emails

Priebus: FBI Probe of Clinton Foundation Continues

Black Pastors Issue Urgent Plea to Voters at Sunday Services

Rendell Admits Pennsylvania Too Close to Call

Gizzi: William Buckley Foresaw Danger of Easy Voting

Report: Trump Aides Take Control of His Twitter Account

Clinton Leads in New Wash Post-ABC Tracking Poll

Clinton Aide: Don't Trust Any New 'Whopper' From WikiLeaks

Conway: Reno Man Who Rushed Stage 'Hillary Plant'

Breaking News at 

The Washington Post

Gov. Mike Pence: We will accept a ‘clear’ election outcome

By Janell Ross November 6 at 2:53 PM 

"Two days before the presidential election, surrogates for Hillary Clinton and 

Donald Trump discussed the candidates’ chances on Sunday morning shows.   

In an interview aired on “Fox News Sunday,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the 

Republican vice-presidential nominee, again asserted something that the man 

at the top of his party's ticket, Donald Trump, has rendered less than clear.

Pence told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that the Trump campaign 

will “accept a clear election outcome” but will pursue any legal remedies 

necessary short of that standard. What will amount to a clear election outcome 

or a questionable one was not specified.

From a transcript of the program:

WALLACE: I think you'd agree, one of the strengths of our democracy is 

when the election is over, no matter how ugly, the loser graciously concedes 

to the winner and we all rally around the new president, whoever that turns 

out to be. Donald Trump has said different things at different times. I want 

you to clear this up for us. Can you guarantee that if there's a clear winner 

on election night and if — and I repeat if, I know you're going to say, well, 

he's going to win — but if Donald Trump should be the loser, can you 

guarantee that he will concede to Hillary Clinton and accept the result of 

the election and the judgment of the American people?

PENCE: Well, thanks for anticipating my answer. Donald Trump is going to 

win this election. He'll be more than happy to accept the results. But, look —

WALLACE: Can you guarantee that he will put this behind us — sir, can you 

guarantee he'll put this behind us and accept the result?

PENCE: Chris, the campaign — yes, the campaign has made it very clear, that, 

you know, a clear — a clear outcome obviously both sides will accept. But I 

think both campaigns have also been very clear that, you know, in the event 

of disputed results, they reserve all legal rights and remedies.

Trump has repeatedly told supporters that they should monitor polling cites in 

“certain places” and “inner cities” to prevent voter fraud and a distorted 

election result. And he has publicly declined to say whether he will accept 

the election's result, no matter the outcome. Trump has said these things so 

often that the Democratic National Committee filed suit in four states — 

Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania — against Trump and the 

Republican National Committee. The suits claim that Trump, the party and, in 

at least one case, Trump adviser and Republican operative Roger Stone are 

making preparations to engage in a “coordinated campaign of vigilante voter 



The 31st President was Herbert Hoover. He was Presiden during the great stock

crash on October 29, 1929 - known as "Black Tuesday. This lead to hard times in 

America known as the Great Depression....Then a long drought turned the 

heartland of America into a dry Dust Bowl.... Folks hard a hard lot. A popular

song at the time was: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"

The 32nd President was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was the 5th cousin of 

Theodore Roosevelt the 26th President. He was elected 4 times and served

longer than any President - 12 years 1 month. Roosevelt was President World

War II, a terrible war that was waged in Europe, Asia and Africa. He died 

three weeks before victory before victory was declared in Europe.

When Roosevelt was 39 years old his stricken with polio....

He used canes and a wheelchair to move about.

Roosevelt's face is on the dime.

The 33rd President was Harry S. Truman. He had no middle name so he added

the "S." He lead the nation at the end of World War II.

The 34th President was Dwight David Eisenhower. General "Ike" Eisenhower

was Commander of Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. He was the

first President to serve all 50 united states.

The 35th President was John Fitzgerald Kennedy. John Kennedy - "J. F. K. - was

the first Catholic President, the first to be born after 1900, and the youngest to

be elected. He was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

In 1957, Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his book

'Profiles in Courage.' His face is on the 50-cent coin.

The 36th President was Lyndon Baines Johnson. Lyndon Johnson - "L. B. J."

had been a teacher, rancher and senator.

The 37th President Richard Milhouse Nixon. He was President when the first 

man walked on the moon. H was involved in an illegal cover-up, and was 

the first President to resign from office. 

The 38th President was Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. The voters of Michigan

elected Gerald Ford 13 times as a U. S. Representive. He became President

when Nixon resigned - he was never actually elected into an executive-

branch office.

The 39th President was James "Jimmy" Earl Carter. Jimmy Carter was called

"The Peanut President" because his family had run a peanut farm in Georgia.

He helped to negotiate between Egypt and Israel. He won the 2002 Nobel 

Peace Prize for advancing peace and human rights.

The 40th President Ronald Wilson Reagan. Ronald Reagan was a very popular, 

optimistic President. He was our oldest President: 69 years 11 months 

to 77 years 11 months. Reagan was seriously wounded in an assassination 

attempt just 69 days into his first term. He later joked, "I forgot to duck." Before 

becoming governor of  California, Reagan had been an actor. He appeared 

in 53 films.


Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today            SUNNY                                                  66° 41°

Tue                SCATTERED_SHOWERS                  64° 45°

Wed              SCATTERED_SHOWERS                  48° 35°

Thu                SUNNY                                                  57° 41°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeathe

Although I doused the plants in the fire pit with gasoline, the unwanted plants

did not burn completely down to the dirt. The weather is suppose to be sunny

tomorrow so I'll have another chance at doing it again.

I sprayed some more wire weeds today and I believe I've poisoned most of them.

In about 3-5 days I should be seed the resulting bare spots with the Fiscus and 

Fall grass seed I have. Thursday looks like a good day from the weather forecast

from above.

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