Archive for April, 2009

Avoid the Flu

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 by Adam Housley

This story has been simmering for a few weeks. We all watched and hoped it would become nothing and go away with winter, instead, it continues to fester and grow and I was told this afternoon in a conference call that more infections are expected (many due to test results) and the swine flu could hang around for another 6-8 weeks…only to return again in the fall. Following the definition, have compiled some stuff you can do to protect yourself.

Remember, the swine flu is a combination of human flu, bird flu and swine flu…it can be treated if caught.

Swine influenza, or “swine flu”, is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by one of several swine influenza A viruses. Morbidity tends to be high and mortality low (1-4%). The virus is spread among pigs by aerosols and direct and indirect contact, and asymptomatic carrier pigs exist. Outbreaks in pigs occur year round, with an increased incidence in the fall and winter in temperate zones. Many countries routinely vaccinate swine populations against swine influenza. Swine influenza viruses are most commonly of the H1N1 subtype, but other subtypes are also circulating in pigs (e.g., H1N2, H3N1, H3N2). Pigs can also be infected with avian influenza viruses and human seasonal influenza viruses as well as swine influenza viruses. The H3N2 swine virus was thought to have been originally introduced into pigs by humans. Sometimes pigs can be infected with more than one virus type at a time, which can allow the genes from these viruses to mix. This can result in an influenza virus containing genes from a number of sources, called a “reassortant” virus. Although swine influenza viruses are normally species specific and only infect pigs, they do sometimes cross the species barrier to cause disease in humans.
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The Border Basher

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 by Adam Housley

We have seen these light armored vehicles help American troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deploying these important units across the southwestern border. Affectionately called the ‘Border Basher’, these 6 tons of steel and thick armored vehicles can get up to 8 agents into a threat and keep them there until the threat is eliminated. With the violent battle continuing along our southern border, these troop carriers could come in handy and save lives. They are also offered to local law enforcement around southern Arizona to help them in an emergency situation. We are live in the town of Sahuarita, about 30 miles north of the border. The chief of police here has a close relationship with CBP. We talked to both departments about their close working relationship and got this exclusive sneak peak at the Basher.

Border Changes

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by Adam Housley

Doubling Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) Staffing

This info just in….about the changes coming along our border.
1. DHS will double the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents assigned to BESTs—teams that bring together federal, state, local and Mexican authorities in an effort to increase cross-border crime investigations, arrests and prosecutions at strategic locations along the Southwest border. Cost: $5.7 million

2. DHS will triple the number of intelligence analysts working at the Southwest border, providing a greater capability to develop pre-operational intelligence reports, strategic intelligence products and post-operational impact assessments—to ensure DHS resources have the maximum impact possible to protect public safety.
Cost: $3.3 million

3. DHS will increase ICE Attaché personnel in Mexico by 50 percent. This program supports the Mexican government, as well as domestic ICE offices, by pursuing investigations inside Mexico involving money laundering, narcotics or human trafficking, and weapons smuggling. Cost: $650,000

4. DHS will double the number of ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) personnel assigned to Violent Criminal Alien Sections along the Southwest border. These sections work to expedite identification, processing for removal and prosecution of recidivist criminal aliens. Cost: $2.3 million

A Big Surf Ride with the Coast Guard

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2009 by Adam Housley

We had the chance on Monday morning to take a ride with the U.S. Coast Guard from Station Golden Gate as they headed west under the iconic bridge and then a bit south to Ocean Beach. There we faced waves as high as 18 feet and we got an idea of what these men and women face each and every time they are called to make a rescue in some of the worlds most difficult waters.

I also combined a few of my best pics and a couple shared with me by the public relations office. Here is a quick slideshow!

The Blue Angels

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2009 by Adam Housley

I have been meaning to edit and post this for some time. I had two full tapes of video and it took a number of hours to go through it all and then edit it down. This was an absolute dream as you might imagine and the Blue Angels are as professional and amazing in person as you see on TV and at the many air shows they conduct each year.