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  • Tale of Two Commencements

    05/09/2012 10:40:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 8, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Georgetown, a Jesuit university which refuses to provide contraceptive coverage in accordance with its catholic designation, is inviting as a speaker the federal official who is most determined to make them do so—U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “Secretary Sebelius is not speaking at Georgetown’s commencement,” Georgetown spokesman Rachel Pugh said in an email to The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). “She is speaking at Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s annual student and faculty awards event.” “The nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has chosen to honor Sebelius by granting her a prestigious platform at its Public Policy...
  • The campaign is underway. What do you think Obama’s bragging about? Obamacare? Not exactly…

    05/07/2012 4:33:06 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 7 replies
    In case you missed it, the presidential campaign is underway. How do we know? That’s a good point, actually, because the incumbent has been campaigning non-stop ever since his last campaign ended. But TV ads are rolling out, so this must indicate a new phase, at least, if not the starting point. What, you may ask, is President Barack Obama pointing to as his great accomplishment? First, ask yourself . . .
  • Union Ignores Reality In Complaints About Health Care Cost Increases

    05/07/2012 1:03:18 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the state’s largest public school union pointed out in a recent newspaper article that a teacher will soon be paying $8,000 a year for his or her own insurance. Yet the union itself is a major reason the teacher is facing higher out-of-pocket expenses, says one education expert. Insurance coverage is negotiated in union contracts and some districts are switching out of the more expensive union-backed Michigan Education Special Services Association plan to plans with less costly coverage — and saving their employees money. In a recent Detroit News op-ed, MEA President Steven Cook said that a...
  • Vanity: Anybody have an inside look at EPIC in Madison WI?

    05/06/2012 8:50:24 PM PDT · by HiTech RedNeck · 23 replies
    Self | 05/06/12 | HiTech RedNeck
    Hello fellow FReepers, Like a lot of folks I'm looking for a job and battling this tough market. I can competently wear either or both of two major hats, either as system administrator or computer programmer. I've had my resume out on Dice for several months, which has resulted in lots of nibbles, maybe about three a week, a mix of contract and permanent jobs that recruiters have asked me to submit my resume to. But virtually nothing has gotten to an interview... that is until this month. Now stuff has started to hop. The recruiters sound more interested and...
  • Pelosi Calls for End to Raids on Marijuana Producers and Distributors

    05/05/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Taking an uncharacteristic stand in favor of “states’ rights,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) beseeched President Obama to put an end to federal efforts to impede the production, distribution, and use of marijuana in states where it is legal. “I know how important it is to the President to establish the absolute supremacy of the federal government in all matters,” Pelosi conceded. “I share that goal. Nevertheless, we can’t allow ourselves to lose sight of the fact that marijuana users are a prime constituency of the Democratic Party. So, while I’d normally say ‘screw states’ rights,’ in this case...
  • President Warns Court on Obamacare Ruling

    05/05/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama sought to ward off the possibility of the US Supreme Court invalidating his signature health care legislation by promising “severe consequences will ensue should they make that mistake.” One of the “severe consequences” the President said he is contemplating is “to wreak havoc on the elderly by disrupting Medicare in a way that will torment this vulnerable segment of the population.” On a more personal level. Obama threatened to diminish the status of the sitting Justices by appointing additional members to the Court. “The Constitution doesn’t say there should by nine judges on the Supreme Court,” Obama...
  • Health Care Providers Make A Killing In Medicare Fraud Racket

    05/04/2012 1:36:16 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/04/12 | Friends of Ours
    The big rackets these days aren't limited to gambling and drugs, and the major players in the underworld aren't just the Italian Mafia and drug cartels. A new breed of criminal masterminds is healthcare providers who are using their medical offices to make a killing by submitting fraudulent claims through the Medicare system. Earlier this week the feds busted 107 individuals, including dozens of doctors, nurses and social workers, in seven cities across the nation for allegedly bilking Medicare of $452 million through false billings as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times. The estimates for billing...
  • WHY CONGRESS MAY LAWFULLY REQUIRE CITIZENS TO BUY GUNS AND AMMUNITION

    05/03/2012 5:49:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/ ^ | 17 April 2012 | Publius Huldah
    Harvard Law School was embarrassed recently when one of its graduates, the putative President of the United States, demonstrated that he was unaware that the supreme Court has constitutional authority to declare an act of Congress unconstitutional.[1] And after reading a recent paper by Harvard law professor Einer Elhauge, one wonders whether the academic standards (or is it the moral standards?) of that once great school have collapsed. Professor Elhauge says in “If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the Founding Fathers Back Them?” (The New Republic, April 13, 2012), that Congress may force us to buy health insurance...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Medical Rationing as “Waste Avoidance”

    05/03/2012 4:20:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 5/3/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    The Medical Intelligentsia is bound and determined to devolve medicine into a technocracy. A professional practices medicine, providing optimal care to each patient as individuals. A technocrat is a service provider who provides consumers with medical care according to check lists and rules created by bureaucrats and “experts”–and does so in the context of perceived or imposed duties to general society. The New England Journal of Medicine leads the technocratic pack. To illustrate from where the publication is coming, it has supported rationing, helped push the assisted suicide movement, respectfully published the Dutch infanticide checklist known as the Groningen Protocol, and pushed hard against medical...
  • Healthcare Slush Fund Wastes Taxpayer Dollars

    05/03/2012 12:43:26 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-03 | [Staff]
    After using an Obamacare slush fund to pay for the student lending bill last week, House Republicans have sparked a firestorm of public speculation on what the $15 billion pot of taxpayer money has actually been used for. Reports now reveal hundreds of millions are being spent from Obamacare’s Public Health and Prevention Fund on a variety of government-run programs under the guise of public health. Among the more ridiculous examples of government waste, slush fund grants from the fund distributed through the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work program went to $7.5 million on pet spaying in Nashville because...
  • GOP Study Shows Companies Would Save Money By Dropping Health Care Offerings, Paying Tiny Fine

    05/02/2012 7:06:48 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 2, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    None of this will come as a surprise to anybody who's been paying attention. The employer fine is light and ObamaCare exchange subsidies heavy... how else would it play-out, then... The companies can even raise salaries with some of the savings and everybody wins.... except the taxpayers of course, who will be covering the whole debacle with money we never had in the first-place: Trying to build their case that President Obama’s health care law will destroy traditional employer-sponsored insurance, House Republicans released a study Tuesday showing that the largest companies could save billions by kicking workers off their current health...
  • Missouri House Votes to 'Nullify' Obamacare

    04/30/2012 5:22:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/27/2012 | Jack McHugh
    The Missouri state House voted Thursday to "nullify" Obamacare, making it illegal for federal or state officials to even attempt to enforce the law. This is by far the most rigorous expression of resistance by any state legislative body to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote moves the bill to the Missouri Senate, where its prospects are not known at this time. Missouri House Bill 1534 passed 108-44. According to the 10th Amendment Center, when the votes of members who were absent are added, the bill is likely to have sufficient votes in the House to override...
  • Fluke At Georgetown

    04/30/2012 9:23:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 30, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who challenged the Catholic university’s right to refuse to provide contraceptives in its insurance coverage, is still attempting to get the Jesuit school to change its policy. Invited by a student group, with the aid of a faculty member, Fluke recently made her case to Georgetown undergrads. All of the above may be complicit in misinforming Georgetown’s student body. Although the event was closed to the press, an intern from the Young America’s Foundation, who attends Georgetown, provided an account to the Cybercast News Service (CNS). “The majority of Fluke’s talk centered around her...
  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/26/2012 10:36:15 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 58 replies
    stuarthsmith.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | Stuart H. Smith
    larmed by widespread reports of visibly sick, deformed seafood coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, state officials have closed area waters to shrimping this morning (April 23). The waters will be closed indefinitely as scientists run tests in an effort to get a handle on a situation that is fast becoming a full-blown crisis on the Gulf Coast. The closures – including all waters in the Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, areas of Bon Secour, Wolf Bay and Little Lagoon – mark the first official step in responding to increasingly urgent reports from fishermen and scientists of grotesquely disfigured seafood...
  • Big Pharma Sponsored Front Groups Try to Kill Electronic Cigarettes in the Womb

    04/24/2012 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 13 replies
    The Rest of the Story ^ | APRIL 20, 2012 | Dr. Michael Siegel
    The American Legacy Foundation released a policy statement on electronic cigarettes, in which it called for the removal of these products from the market. The statement was entitled "The FDA Should Take Electronic Cigarettes Off The Market Until It Is Satisfied That They Are Safe and Effective." According to the statement: "While we remain open to promising products that can help smokers quit smoking, a consideration of all of the available evidence combined with important unanswered questions strongly supports our call on the FDA to prohibit the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes unless and until the FDA is satisfied that...
  • About Those Anti-Smoking Commercials

    04/22/2012 10:10:28 AM PDT · by relictele · 29 replies
    Vanity | 22 Apr 2012 | Self (Vanity)
    By now most have viewed at least one of the HHS anti-smoking commercials featuring victims of various cancers and other ailments caused - they say - by smoking and tobacco use. It's a cliche but still true: these are our tax dollars at work. Your government commissioned these ads and purchased the airtime with your cash. HHS Secretary Sebelius and her minions risk another sort of medical problem - namely, rotator cuff injuries from patting themselves on the back for foisting these grotesque, voyeuristic images on an unsuspecting, undeserving public. This isn't a tear in the eye of Iron Eyes...
  • From Planned Parenthood Flack to HHS Mouthpiece

    04/21/2012 8:13:41 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 21, 2012 | JP
    Imagine if the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hired the former spokesman for the National Socialist Movement, the nation’s largest neo-Nazi organization, to be its deputy director for public affairs. It would be the moral equivalent of the decision by the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services to hire the former mouthpiece for Planned Parenthood, which aborts nearly 300,000 unborn children each year, to be its new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. HHS waited until near the close of business yesterday to announce that Tait Sye, who spent four and a half years defending Planned Parenthood’s yearly...
  • "Authorities" Take Newborn From Hospital

    04/19/2012 2:54:49 PM PDT · by kathsua · 12 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 4/19/12 | The New THOMA$ REPORT
    All day hospital people have been giving this mother conflicting information about her baby, then denying they did it. They have been doing things to that baby not allowed without parental consent. A social worker has been threatening to “take the baby” if she did not agree to things about which they would not answer her questions. “Put yourself in Jodi’s shoes at this moment. You gave birth that morning in an ambulance. The hospital has made wild and conflicting claims about your baby’s health all day long. You are exhausted. You are in pain. Your husband has gone to...
  • Can we get back to the basic question? What should government do?

    04/18/2012 4:29:47 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    The Tea Party movement did the nation a great service in 2010 by focusing on the problem behind much of what’s gone wrong in America: government, and too much of it. It’s refreshing to see that the sentiment lingers about this nation under God dedicated to preserving our God-given rights. “Voters believe too much government power is a dangerous thing and put a very high value on protecting the rights of the individual,” says ...
  • Wesley J. Smith: That Unrepentant Bigotry

    04/18/2012 4:17:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 4/18/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    I have a piece out in the Human Life Review decrying the “unrepentant bigotry” that allows people with profound disabilities to be denegrated as “skin bags” (as one example), or if profoundly cognitively disabled, as mere flora.  From “That Unrepentant Bigotry”(citations omitted): “Stop the hate!” we are often told.  To be sure, that is a worthy goal.  Indeed, in recent decades great strides have been made throughout society in accepting most of us, as indeed, truly and clearly, “us.”  For example, the worst forms of racist speech are now far beyond the pale—to the extent that the despicable N-word can no...
  • The "War on Drugs" has failed - time to consider legalisation?

    04/18/2012 1:18:55 PM PDT · by sussex · 89 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | NIGEL INKSTER, Ex-Assistant Chief of MI6
    A FORMER British MI6 chief has joined growing calls to end the “war on drugs” and consider legalising them. The battle has left tens of thousands dead in Latin America but failed to reduce drug-use around the world. Here Nigel Inkster, of the International Institute For Strategic Studies, argues that we need to rethink our approach to narcotics.
  • Georgia Moves to Require Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients, Faces Lawsuit

    04/18/2012 7:42:05 AM PDT · by Mark Mayberry · 13 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | April 18, 2012 | Mark Mayberry
    In 2010, the state of Florida successfully passed legislation requiring welfare recipients to submit to a drug test in order to continue receiving governmental assistance. Since then, the state has decreased the number of applicants by 48 percent and saved just under two million dollars. It is only a matter of time before more states catch onto this age of new fiscal restraints. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has modeled this Florida law in his state. In a press release from his office on Monday, Governor Deal praised Florida for their success and defended the law in his state saying, “This...
  • Reputed Mobster Withdraws Deal By Which He Offered Guilty Plea For Medical Treatment

    04/18/2012 5:48:51 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    So ObamaCare has come to this. Gaeton Lucibello has rescinded an earlier plea agreement with federal prosecutors after telling the judge he only entered into it for the purpose of getting a hip replacement while serving his 63-month prison sentence under the deal as reported by George Anastasia for philly.com. The 59-year-old defendant was among the thirteen charged last year for his suspected involvement in a gambling racket allegedly headed by reputed Philly mob boss Joe Ligambi. The case is scheduled for a September trial.
  • The eXiled’s Yasha Levine Contracted Scabies During Occupy Arrest

    04/18/2012 12:38:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Media Bistro's Fishbowl Los Angeles ^ | April 17, 2012 | Matthew Fleischer
    eXiled editor Yasha Levine still has a host of legal woes hanging over his head from being arrested while covering last November’s LAPD crackdown of OccupyLA. Turns out, those are the least of his worries at the moment. During his two-day stay in Los Angeles Metro Jail, Levine says he contracted a wicked case of scabies. Until a few days ago, I thought my scabies was just a gnarly poison oak rash that I had picked up in the Santa Monica mountains after losing the trail and having to cut through the overgrown backyards of multimillion dollar mansions. For weeks...
  • Illegal arrangement that netted SEIU $29.4 million from the developmentally disabled comes to an end

    04/17/2012 5:14:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2012 | Mackinac Center
    MIDLAND — Michigan’s 60,000 home health care aides will no longer be deemed government employees — meaning they cannot be forced into a government employee union and have dues withheld — as a result of legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. The next step is for the Michigan Department of Community Health to immediately stop the collection of dues from subsidy payments intended to assist developmentally disabled adults and the diversion of those funds to the Service Employees International Union, said Patrick J. Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. “Ending this lucrative charade is terrific news for...
  • Who Says Obama Will Obey the Supreme Court?

    04/16/2012 4:24:44 AM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 45 replies
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | 4-14-12 | Michael J Hurd
    President Obama is reportedly shifting millions of dollars to the IRS to begin enforcement of ObamaCare. This raises the obvious question: What if the Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare, with a decision expected no later than early June? Anyone who witnessed the passage of this legislation, as well as Obama’s term in office to date, should realize that question is irrelevant. Obama and House Speaker (at the time) Nancy Pelosi vowed to “deem” the bill passed if they couldn’t muster up enough votes in Congress, as they ultimately did. Obama ran on a platform of “transforming” America, and he meant...
  • Abortion Lobby Assails Movie

    04/15/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 April 2012 | John Semmens
    The NARAL Pro-Choice America organization lashed out at the film “October Baby” for its message and methods. “Movie-goers need to be aware that this film is out-of-step with mainstream America,” NARAL spokesperson Adora Slaughter contended. “It implies that carrying a baby to term is THE right choice. It conceals the fact that one-in-four pregnancies is terminated by abortion. The notion that one-in-four women might be making the wrong choice flies in the face of Secretary Sebelius’ determination that women have the right to make this choice and that insurers must cover it regardless of any psuedo conscientious objections.” “On top...
  • Wesley J. Smith

    04/14/2012 1:42:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 4/10/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    My wonderful friend Mark Pickup has rerun an essay on his blog Human Life Matters by Dr. Dianne Irving on the history of bioethics. Irving was present at the birth of the field, dissents strongly from the direction in which it went, and was very helpful to me in researching my own critique of the field, Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America. Her essay is well worth reading. But I want to focus on one small point she made early on, a question I am often asked in my own work: What is the difference between...
  • My Presentation at MD Anderson regarding my sacral chordoma Cancer

    04/14/2012 8:13:36 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 69 replies
    MD Anderson videos ^ | April 14, 2012 | Jeff Head
    <p>Here is a link to the MD Anderson "trailer" for my presentation last September there at their Spine and Brain Tumor Conference.</p> <p>My eternal and profund thanks to so many whose faith and prayer strengthened and helped me through the strength and power of our Savior Jesus Christ and His healing.</p>
  • American Retrograde: A House Finally Divided

    04/13/2012 7:54:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 12, 2012 | Barry Secrest
    It could be said by some that the last couple of weeks have been nothing, if not a bizarre collection of Progressive political inanities, at best, in America, while the worst aspects of change we can believe are now coming into its dreaded full fruition, in fact. It all seemed to have begun, sort of, with the Trayvon Martin-Media Mash v. George Zimmerman episode, which actually started well over a month ago, even with many other things coalescing at the same time. El Presidente', after trying to blame the Republicans and Rush Limbaugh for Obama's own direct and unwarranted attack...
  • Of Crap Sandwiches and Grand Bargains

    04/12/2012 3:47:25 PM PDT · by esarlls3
    The Delivery Show ^ | April 4, 2012 | Jimmie Bise
    Episode 141 – Of Crap Sandwiches and Grand Bargains What I need ... is a Republican Party that understands that it’s only useful when it is a brightly-contrasting counterpoint to the big-government, overspending, totalitarian-leaning Democratic Party. I’m not going to get that this election, so I’ve offered the GOP a deal. Call it a compromise, if you like because “compromise” sounds so much nicer than “one last chance for them to redeem themselves”. The show got a bit ranty, especially in the second half, but it needed to be that way. These days, the only way to get the attention...
  • The president is winning his phony ‘war on women’

    04/12/2012 11:55:26 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 11 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | April 10, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama has become an expert at making phony claims and exploiting bogus issues. On the energy front, who can forget his claim that we’d have no need for new oil production or exploration if we simply kept our tires properly inflated and got regular tune-ups? Now it’s fuel made from algae, a technology that is, at best, decades away and will probably be just as cost-ineffective as ethanol. The president’s phony issue du jour is the Republican Party’s alleged war on women. The issue’s roots were planted at the Jan. 7 Republican primary debate in New Hampshire. ABC News'...
  • SIMPLE WOUND CLOSURE 101:

    04/11/2012 6:36:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    Modern Survival Online ^ | 4/11/12 | Doc Morgan
    here are essentially two ways to heal a wound: 1) Primary intent: bringing the wound edges together via bandage, suture, or glue. 2) Secondary intent: allowing the wound to heal “as is” when primary intent is not indicated (such as a very contaminated, dirty wound with multiple deep entry points). It’s important to close a wound by primary intent for several reasons: 1) Hemostasis (stopping bleeding): because if you lacerated a vessel with your injury, you will need to ligate it somehow. Granted, if you lacerate a major artery, you will just need to apply pressure because ligating it may...
  • A Plan to End ObamaCare — and the Current Health Care Status Quo

    04/11/2012 12:56:56 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/10/2012 | Jack McHugh
    In his 2006 book "In Our Hands: A Plan to End the Welfare State," author Charles Murray proposed eliminating welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, etc., and just giving every adult American $10,000 per year. Murray argues this would "supercharge" the voluntary institutions of civil society (the heartfelt interactions of families, friends, coworkers, charities, private groups, associations, religious organizations, etc.), and generate an improvement in public and private virtue. The overall plausibility and ramifications of this proposal will be left for another day, but for those who concede as Murray does that income redistribution at some level isn't going away any...
  • Why is the IRS Diverting $500 Million to Enforce Obamacare?

    04/10/2012 10:40:04 AM PDT · by 92nina · 18 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-09 | John Kartch
    Millions of Americans are struggling to meet the April 17 IRS tax filing deadline. [Yester]day, The Hill newspaper report[ed] that the IRS is receiving an emergency infusion of $500 million from the Obama administration – not to enforce the existing convoluted tax code – but to impose the 2,700-page Obamacare law on an unwilling country. Why would the IRS need hundreds of millions of dollars to implement a healthcare law? Because Obamacare is one of the largest tax hikes in history, saddling American families and small employers with 20 new or higher taxes. Click below to see the full list...
  • Country Cannot Afford Obamacare

    04/09/2012 8:19:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Detroit News ^ | 4/8/2012 | Joseph Lehman
    This week, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is celebrating its recent two-year anniversary in front of the Supreme Court. The controversial law finds itself in front of the highest court in the land after 26 states — 10 of which are represented in this statement — joined together to challenge its constitutionality. After ferocious public debate and two years of implementation, the legislation still faces an uncertain fate — and the Obama administration still finds itself working to convince a majority of Americans that its signature health care reform isn't a bad thing. Current Gallup polling shows about...
  • Life Lessons from Chávez's Cancer

    04/08/2012 7:39:57 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    On many levels, thanks to Venezuelan president Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, Americans are in the midst of a teachable moment. If President of the United States Barack Obama pays attention, maybe he can learn a thing or two from the experiences of a man whose politics mirrors his own... The socialist, totalitarian tyrant has had three operations in less than one year and recently spent time receiving treatment in Cuba, a country other than the one whose health care system imprisons the 29 million people he leads.
  • President Claims Court Ruling Against Health Care Law Would Be Unprecedented

    04/07/2012 10:49:46 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 April 2012 | John Semmens
    In an effort to try to nudge the Supreme Court toward a favorable decision on his signature legislative accomplishment, President Obama argued that overturning the Affordable Care Act would be “unprecedented.” “Both Congress and the Executive have already assessed the constitutionality of this law,” Obama asserted. “We wouldn’t have approved it if it were unconstitutional.” The president said that “the fact that two branches of the government have already come down on the side of the law’s constitutionality should be enough. Frankly, I’m surprised that the Court is even bothering to take up the issue. In a best-out-of-three play-off they...
  • Bella Santorum in hospital again.

    04/06/2012 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Mountain Mary · 54 replies
    Santorum campaign
    April 6, 2012 For Immediate Release Contact: Matt Beynon - 703.307.8633 SANTORUM CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON BELLA SANTORUM Verona, PA - The Rick Santorum for President campaign has issued the following statement on the health of Isabella Santorum. Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: "Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital. The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery."
  • Massachusetts Healthcare System a Model for Failure

    04/05/2012 4:46:19 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 1 replies
    MISH'S ^ | 04/05/2012 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    Here is an interesting email from reader "George" on his experiences with Romneycare. Ironically it's all named in the effort to better care and reduce costs. It's absolutely amazing, that the worse things become, the more irrational the solutions, and arguments become.
  • Why not have nationalized health care as they do in Britain?

    04/05/2012 11:16:45 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 33 replies
    The defenders of Obamacare, it is pretty obvious, don’t intend to stop with dictating that you buy insurance, and what kind of insurance, and how much you must pay. They want a nationalized health care plan like Great Britain’s. Obamacare is a step, albeit a big step, in that direction. So, what would it be like to put the government in charge of your health care? Isn’t that British system wonderful? Not exactly. But George Orwell would recognize it. “An elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the ‘carbon footprint’ of her two-mile round trips to the...
  • ObamaCare a federal scheme of POWER, not health

    04/05/2012 10:02:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/5/2012 | Doug Book
    A week ago, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy observed that implementation of the Affordable Care Act stood to “…change the relationship of the federal government to the individual in a very fundamental way.” (1) But though Kennedy was probably unaware of it at the time, that “change” is precisely what the authors of ObamaCare have hoped to impose on the American public for decades. For healthcare itself was never the real purpose of the massive, complex and overreaching law, as the following information should make clear. Charged with defending the Constitutionality of the Act before the Court, Solicitor General Donald...
  • Med School’s Brave New World

    04/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 5, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The face of medical education is changing and patients may not like it one bit. “There is a movement towards principles and concepts rather than specific courses,” Bailus Walker, Jr. of the Howard University School of Medicine said on April 4, 2012 at a conference in Crystal City, VA. “Entrance to medical schools will be based on principles and concepts rather than biochemistry knowledge.” “The old departmental barriers and walls are coming down.” Dr. Walker thinks this is a good thing. He calls it a “convergence of disciplines.” “That will lead to more STEM education,” he said, referring to training...
  • Obama’s Lies And Hypocrisy In Demanding Supreme Court Uphold Obamacare

    04/03/2012 10:37:01 PM PDT · by U-238 · 12 replies
    The Conservative Review ^ | 3/02/2012 | MarcusPorcius
    The Anti-President is really so full of hot air it is amazing he doesn’t float away. Obama has in essence preemptively declared the Supreme Court to be an “unelected group of people” who will be guilty of “judicial activism” if they overturn either the individual mandate in Obamacare or the law in totality. He said to do so would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically-elected congress The man is either totally ignorant of history or deliberately lying to the American public as usual. Judicial Activism? What About...
  • Obama’s ‘gotcha’ moment reveals his ignorance of the law

    04/03/2012 1:10:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 3, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    In his comments in the Rose Garden on Monday about the fate of his signature health care legislation, the president attempted at one point to hoist Republicans by their own petard. He said: "I’d just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint—that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example…." He is right that conservatives have repeatedly lambasted liberal judges for their judicial activism. He is dead wrong, however, when...
  • An Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama, Constitutional Scholar [Excellent]

    04/03/2012 6:39:48 AM PDT · by upchuck · 27 replies
    America's Right ^ | April 2, 2012 | Jeff Schreiber
    Dear Mr. President, Supposedly, you are some sort of constitutional scholar. At the very least, you can read, you can write, and despite being merely some sort of guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, you once famously referred to yourself as a “Constitutional Law professor.”Ringing a bell so far, Mr. President? Great.While my Juris Doctor is from the Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, and while Rutgers-Camden is hardly Harvard Law School, within the first three days of Constitutional Law class those who did not already know of and understand perhaps the single most important...
  • “Unprecedential”

    04/03/2012 6:10:41 AM PDT · by upchuck · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 2. 2012 | Don Surber
    President Obama is attacking the Supreme Court in a desperate attempt to salvage his presidency. The high court cannot defend itself from his pre-emptive strike against what he knows will happen: His chief domestic program is unconstitutional. In attacking the Supreme Court, President Obama is channeling Democratic governors in the past such as Orval Faubus and George Wallace. Maybe he can go total jackass and stand in front of the hospital door shouting Obamacare now, Obamacare tomorrow, Obamacare forever. Hilariously, he is accusing the five Republican-appointed justices of playing politics. But 2 of them were approved by Democratic Senates, including...
  • Would You Go To Prison --- With Your Bishop? (Mrs. Don-o's Challenge on the HHS Mandate and More)

    04/03/2012 5:22:44 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 51 replies
    April 2, 2012 | Mrs. Don-o
    Would you go to jail – with your bishop?It’s not often happened, in my lifetime, that the U.S. government would flatly require what God forbids, or forbid what God requires. Usually political judgments have had to do with teaspoon measuring and prudential reasoning, sorting and bargaining and trade-offs of competing goods. The policy picture is made by pencil: we sketch and erase, we compare estimated costs and benefits of differing public policies. These things are negotiable; and the negotiation is called politics. So it was most shocking, in the first few months of 2012, for American Catholics to face not...
  • Obama Addresses Supreme Court's Pending ObamaCare Decision

    04/02/2012 2:11:22 PM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 24 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 4/2/12 | Brian Koenig
    Thanks to the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman debacle, the Supreme Court's toiling about ObamaCare has seemingly lost its media flare.  I guess because racial media propaganda is more consequential than protecting individual freedom.  But Obama's confident, because striking down a government mandate that forces Americans to purchase a product would be a form of "judicial activism." Oh, and it's constitutional, he says.  “We are confident that this will be upheld because it should be upheld,” Obama said at a joint news conference Monday. “I think it is important and I think the American people understand, and I think the justices should...
  • Key Democrats Warn Supreme Court on Obamacare (Semmens Satire)

    04/02/2012 10:08:49 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 53 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 March 2012 | John Semmens
    A handful of senate Democrats warned the Supreme Court not to overturn the Affordable Care Act—more widely known as Obamacare. “The court commands no armies, it has no money; it depends for its power on its credibility,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) said. “The President is Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful army in the world. Congress has control over more spending than any other entity in the world. The Justices need to consider whether they want to lock horns with these other branches of government.” Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) took issue with contentions that the 2700-page health care law hasn’t been...