...for the health care debate to come up. Swine flu is now a "national emergency".
President Obama has declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, allowing hospitals and local governments to speedily set up alternate sites for treatment and triage procedures if needed to handle any surge of patients, the White House said on Saturday.
And true to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' prediction, there are 120 million doses of the vaccine ready for those who are at risk....
Federal officials predicted last spring that as many as 120 million doses could be available by now, with nearly 200 million by year’s end. But production problems plagued some of the five companies contracted to make the vaccine. All use a technology involving growing the vaccine in fertilized chicken eggs; at most of them, the seed strain grew more slowly than expected.
Now to be fair the Feds are the ones trying to make the vaccine, but they were the ones who promised us it would be there without knowing how long it would take to make the vaccine. As recently as Sept. 13, Secretary Sebelius went on the record to promise that the vaccines would be available.
President Obama has stated repeatedly that he was going to solicit input from all sides of the health care debate, but as we have seen Congress has not shared his desire for alternative ideas...then again, apparently neither has the President.
We aren't among the doctors invited to a Rose Garden event today to "join the President in pushing for health insurance reform this year and [who] have offered their help and support," as a White House press release put it. It's unfortunate only supporters of the president's plans will be there. Mr. Obama has missed an opportunity to learn more about the real issues facing patients and doctors and to formulate a plan that truly puts patients in control with doctors as trusted advisers.
The United States has the best health care in the world today, and thanks to the ever-expanding frontiers of science and medical innovation the brightest days are ahead. It is true that there are Americans who fall through the cracks of our medical system every day—and as a caring nation, we must do what we can to expand access to medical care to those who need it. But this can be accomplished without a costly and inefficient government overhaul of the entire system. One easy reform would be to enable individuals to buy policies offered in any state, not just where they live. This will enhance competition. But more government-run health insurance will only lead to disaster.
Then again the supporters of single payer are also willingly blinding themselves to other points of view as Whole Foods CEO John Mackay found out.
As you can see from the side-bar, Project Valour-IT (Voice Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops) is now under way. The widgit on the side bar will be there tracking our progress through Veterans Day (November 11). Again, I will be supporting Team Army in the friendly blogger competition.
You can find out more about Project Valour-IT by going to their main page. You can find out more about the teams and their leaders and how the over-all competition is going. Check back often and spread the word!
Once upon a time, if you were going to petition government you had to walk the neighborhoods gathering signatures. While doing that your friends and neighbors got the opportunity to see who had recently signed the petition. It was time intensive work which meant that those who organized in advance were the ones who got their petitions before the government. With the advent of the internet it is really easy to put petitions together and gets hundreds of signatures in a matter of a few hours. As a natural result of that, the question is being asked - are these signatures a public act or a private one?
The Supreme Court voted last week to block release of the names of more than 138,000 people in Washington state who signed petitions seeking to repeal a same-sex domestic partner law in a ballot scheduled for Nov. 3.
The Supreme Court's intervention set off a broad debate among election-law experts and 1st Amendment scholars over what is private and what is public when it comes to politics.
Is signing a petition and delivering it to the government a public act, like voting on a bill in the legislature or contributing money to a campaign? Or is it more like casting a secret ballot at the polling place?
The reason this question is being raised is because gay rights activists are trying to make the names public.
The case in Washington was the latest in which gay rights advocates had sought to use public records to expose supporters of anti-gay measures.
"We've put close to a million names online," said Aaron Toleos, co-founder of Boston-based KnowThyNeighbor.org. He said the group had posted the names on petitions seeking rollbacks in gay rights laws in Massachusetts, Florida, Arkansas and Oregon.
Given how these same gay rights activists treated people who supported traditional marriage in the Prop 8 debate I can understand the reluctance to release the names.
Lost in last months media circus that was Roman Polanski's arrest (in Switzerland) for a 30 year old warrant was the <b>reason</b> for the warranty and the story of his victim, a 13 year old girl. The Los Angeles Times went back into their archives and the courts archives and brings their readers back up to speed on the story. They then bring us the very graphic testimony of Polanski's victim and why they are telling her story anew.
When candidate Obama was running for President last year, he ran on a platform of change - changing the "failed" policies of the Bush Administration. As we have all seen, there has been a lot of talk about change, but there has been little change from the previous administration. When pressed on it, the Administrations usual reaction is to fall back on that old tried and true Progressive/Liberal tactic - to blame President Bush. Well that tactic is starting wear thin in some quarters.
First comes the President's home town paper - the Chicago Sun Times.
You'd think it's October 2008, the final month in the Obama presidential candidacy, rather than October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency. Yet the Obama White House is in full campaign mode -- maybe because it needs to mask the shortcomings of the Obama presidency.
Take, for example, all the talk of inheriting the worst economy since the 1930s crisis. That came in response to the news that the federal deficit hit $1.4 trillion.
Yet just a few months ago, the Obama camp was singing a little different tune. It was under criticism for the $787 billion stimulus package it bulldozed through Congress on grounds that massive spending was needed to keep the unemployment rate from breaching 8 percent. When joblessness hit 9.5 percent in June, Vice President Joe Biden said, "We misread how bad the economy was."
They inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, or the economy turned out to be worse than they thought. Which is it? It can't be both -- unless your brain is completely addled by the Obama charisma.
Just a reminder that the Project VALOUT-IT fundraiser starts on Monday! I will again be supporting Team Army, but in the long run it's our troops that win. Just ask our founder - Chuck Ziegenfuss...
Uh oh....another sign that it is getting awfully cold in a normally very warm place. There is something that PeTA and I can agree on. That the authors of this book are out of their ever loving minds!
Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, say pet owners should swap cats and dogs for creatures they can eat, such as chickens or rabbits, in their provocative new book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.
Now there is one thing I can agree with the authors on, but not for the reasons that they state.
The couple have assessed the carbon emissions created bypopular pets, taking into account the ingredients of pet food and the land needed to create them.
As someone who has lived most of her life with dogs, cats, horses and an odd goat or two, I will readily admit that the pet foods that we feed today are bad. They are bad nutrition for the dogs and cats. Most commercial pet foods are full of processed grains and dogs were never ever meant to eat the amount of grains that we feed them today. Dogs and cats are carnivores - meat eaters, not herbivores.....but I digress.
I still can't believe it - twenty years ago, on November 9, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. But it makes sense - my husband was in the Army, stationed in West Germany right before the wall came down. While where we lived was not near Berlin, the young Germans that we hung out with (I spoke semi-fluent German and all our friends spoke fairly fluent English so it all worked out) were pretty much a good representation of the young people that helped bring the wall down. We suspected it was coming, but we were still surprised to see the much longed for "Winds of Change" become reality.
President Obama has declined an invitation from our good friends in Germany to attend a celebration of that night 20 years ago - an event the President reminded Berliners of in his speech last year when he talked about how "This city, of all cities, knows the dream of freedom.". But when it comes to the "dream of freedom", President Obama has been oddly silent as Bret Stephens pointed out in the Wall Street Journal this week.
Those were the words. What's been the record?
China: In February, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Beijing with a conciliating message about the country's human-rights record. "Our pressing on those [human-rights] issues can't interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis," she said.
In fact, there has been no pressing whatsoever on human rights. President Obama refused to meet with the Dalai Lama last month, presumably so as not to ruffle feathers with the people who will now be financing his debts. In June, Liu Xiaobo, a leading signatory of the pro-democracy Charter 08 movement, was charged with "inciting subversion of state power." But as a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Beijing admitted to the Journal, "neither the White House nor Secretary Clinton have made any public comments on Liu Xiaobo."
Sudan: In 2008, candidate Obama issued a statement insisting that "there must be real pressure placed on the Sudanese government. We know from past experience that it will take a great deal to get them to do the right thing. . . . The U.N. Security Council should impose tough sanctions on the Khartoum government immediately."
Just a few stories about life under government run health care.
Remember the whole controversy over "death panels"-the idea, as President Obama dismissively put it, that greater government control over medicine would cause bureaucrats to "pull the plug on grandma"?
Well, for weeks now Britain's newspapers have been filled with articles about the National Health Service pulling the plug on grandma...
The story leads off with the story I posted on earlier this week. It then moves on to....
Penn & Teller have been long time favorites of the Logical Husband and myself. We have thoroughly enjoyed the specials over the years and when they started their ShowTime series "Bullsh*t" we considered getting ShowTime until I found that they posted the episodes on-line (their episodes on "Sensitivity Training" in season 6, "Wal-Mart" and "Anger Management" in season 5 and "P.E.T.A" in season 2 are screamingly funny). While Teller (the silent partner) doesn't say anything in public, Penn Jillett is not shy about expressing his opinions. A small "l" libertarian and professed aethist, Penn is a regular on ANY talk show that will take him, be it Larry King, Keith Olberman or Glenn Beck...and it was his appearances on Beck's program that drew the ire of Jillette's childhood idol - Tommy Smothers.
KINSTON, N.C. | Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.
The Justice Department's ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.
Is the Obama Administration Justice Department really saying that "black voters" are too dumb to figure out who to vote for without having the big "D" behind their name? That is certainly what it seems like.
I am used to county and city elections being non-partisan - they are non-partisan in Minnesota. And it's funny because "black voters" in Minnesota have no problems identifying their "candidates of choice" there? Maybe the Justice department is just saying that North Caroline "black voters" are too dumb to figure it out on their own....
The Obama Justice Department announced today that it would overturn yet another Bush era policy....
Federal drug agents won't pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration. Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law. The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.
Federal drug agents won't pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.
Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.
The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.
Earlier this week, a friend sent me a link to this analysis on the 2010 elections.
Political handicappers are looking at the 2010 Senate contests and they see lots of blue seats turning purple and red before their eyes.
Stuart Rothenberg yesterday moved Harry Reid’s seat from ‘Narrow Advantage for Incumbent’ to ‘Toss-up.’
When you look at the Democrats in his ‘Tossup’ category, you wonder whether these are really toss-ups or whether Rothenberg is whispering ‘it will all be okay’ in their ears.
* IL Open (Burris, D)
* Dodd (D-CT)
* Reid (D-NV)
When you consider the fact that you have 6 incumbents that have been in the Senate for DECADES and an Illinois Senate seat that in normal years would have been a given you pay passing attention to the possibility of a "toxic" election year environment. Then you look at the analysis from the Washington Post today....
There are a number of reasons why so many people are so adamantly opposed to a government take over of health care. Whether it is warehousing the sick...
Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding. The former school matron had been placed on a controversial care plan intended to ease the last days of dying patients.
Doctors say Fenton is an example of patients who have been condemned to death on the Liverpool care pathway plan. They argue that while it is suitable for patients who do have only days to live, it is being used more widely in the NHS, denying treatment to elderly patients who are not dying.
Fenton’s daughter, Christine Ball, who had been looking after her mother before she was admitted to the Conquest hospital in Hastings, East Sussex, on January 11, says she had to fight hospital staff for weeks before her mother was taken off the plan and given artificial feeding.
Ball, 42, from Robertsbridge, East Sussex, said: “My mother was going to be left to starve and dehydrate to death. It really is a subterfuge for legalised euthanasia of the elderly on the NHS. ”
But hey - there at least it's not called a "death panel" right?
Michelle Malkin (among others) is in high dudgeon over the NRCC and RNC throwing their support behind Republican endorsed Congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava (something Jazz and I discussed this morning on MidStream Radio)
Here’s the dirty little secret about political candidates and officeholders labeled by the mainstream media as “moderate Republicans”: There’s usually nothing moderate about them. Consider the case of “moderate Republican” Dede Scozzafava, the GOP nominee in the New York 23rd congressional district’s special election.
Handpicked by local party pooh-bahs and supported by Beltway GOP leaders, Scozzafava is vying to replace former GOP Rep. John McHugh, who abandoned his seat to accept President Obama’s nomination as Army Secretary. There’s certainly no urgency to tack left. The upstate New York district is as safe a Republican district as they come. The GOP has triumphed in every election there since 1871. Obama eked out a victory in the district last fall, but the Democrats have no real traction on the ground.
Emphasis mine because that is the key phrase - Ms. Scozzafava was chosen by the local party. It is the duty of the local Congressional District's party to chose which candidates they are going to run (as AP pointed out in his post)
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