- Straw poll in Illinois?
- Light blogging
- Oh, yes
- I think McClellan needs to go
- Soy formula
- What's in our drinking water?
- Gay versus Muslim soccer match
- The joys of socialized medicine part 897
- Lipitor and MS
- Protecting the propagandists
- Alright, this seems more than a little weird
- Blogger's screwed up again
- The judicial filibusters continue
- Drugs on the 'net
- The cost of March Madness
- Blacks and Hispanics do not receive inferior health care
- A bit of bias at the The LA Times?
- With friends like these, who needs enemies?
- "Fast Eddie" could be in some trouble
- Feingold's dumbass censure attempt
- More anarchy in Gaza
- Did Britain aid Israel's nuclear wepons program?
- Taheri-Azar says Koran justified terrorism
GOP candidate for governor Jim Oberweis has certainly come up with a novel way to decide wholl get the Republican nomination to run against Democratic incumbent Blagojevich.
At the end of a political campaign its not uncommon for a candidate to grasp at straws, but Jim Oberweis literally proposed drawing straws to decide who should stay in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, two rivals said Saturday. On the Democratic side, Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) extended his feud with his son-in-law, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, by featuring primary challenger Edwin Eisendrath at a bingo game of senior citizens in the ward. But Mell stopped short of a formal endorsement. As the GOP candidates for governor fanned out across the state on the final weekend of the campaign, contenders Bill Brady and Ron Gidwitz said Oberweis early last week proposed a game of chance to decide which of the three should stay in the race with front-runner Judy Baar Topinka. Brady and Gidwitz said the odds were heavily stacked in Oberweis favor. "He wanted 10 straws and Brady and I each would have one straw," Gidwitz said Saturday, before the Elmhurst St. Patricks Day Parade. He said Oberweis wanted 10 straws "because hes the leader and because neither one of us is, in his mind, in contention." Gidwitz, a Chicago businessman, called the request "absurd" but said Oberweis was "totally serious" about it. Brady, a state senator from Bloomington and, like Oberweis, a conservative, said he received a similar request. "He said, `If God wanted you to be the candidate, it wouldnt matter how many straws you have," Brady recalled Oberweis saying. "I said, `Jim, Im not interested. Its the dumbest thing Ive ever heard. The people of Illinois need to decide who the nominee should be, not straws." Oberweis said he called Brady and Gidwitz and asked them to "pull out and support me" but declined to confirm the details. He said he was "stunned" that Brady would discuss a private conversation. "Ive told you five times I had a private conversation," he told a reporter. "I dont intend to discuss it." Separately, Brady and Topinka said it was the second time Oberweis has proposed a drawing to determine the GOP contenders. Topinka said that at a December meeting at state Republican headquarters in Chicago, Oberweis suggested each contender draw the name of a statewide office out of a hat and run for the post. "It leaves me stunned," Topinka said, calling Oberweis latest request "bizarre." "Would you really want someone who does stuff like that to be the governor?" she asked.Since Topinka is a shoo-in to win the nomination I think Oberweiss idea would lead to nothing significant. But, if he truly was serious, then the guy has a screw loose. Even if he was just playing around, hes doing further damage to the GOP in Illinois by making them look ridiculous.
Taking the wife and kids away for a week. Have a good week all.
The Glittering Eye writes that the liberals who claim that George Bush is the worst President ever, apparently have forgotten about Jimmy Carter.
In a recent post Matthew Yglesias gently chides his fellows for the claim that George W. Bush is “the worst president this country has ever had”. Apparently, the Democratic Party leadership has forgotten the presidency of Jimmy Carter. I wish I could. For those with short memories let me remind you of a few things: Annual inflation rate 1980 Then: 11.83% Now: 3.99% Unemployment rate 1980 Then: 7.5% Now: 4.8% Soviet invasion of Afghanistan: 1979 Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua: 1979 The Cambodian democide was in full swing. The period of the greatest number of deaths was 1975-1979. More than 2 million people died overall. Carter supported the “realist” policy of his predecessors with respect to the genocide in East Timor.I think we could add a lot of other presidents to that list, and Im not even a big W fan myself. But itd be pretty tough for a rational person to believe Carter was an improvement. That being said, I have personally heard liberals dispute that Carter was worse, because they literally believe that Bush is a Hitler-like dictator. Its bizarre, but there you go.
This is one of the things that drives me crazy about White House press Secretary Scott McClellan, and one of the main reasons I think he should be replaced with somebody else. Here a reporter (David Gregory) asks him a completely deranged question, and McClellan basically blows it off, which makes the reporters think the reporter who asked the question is possibly on to something. I realize that McClellan doesnt want to slam the guy, but there has to be a way to state that President Bush would not put lives at risk in order to boost his poll numbers without being a jerk about it. All this does is give more ammo to the moonbat contingent.
There doesnt appear to be enough data to determine whether soy baby formula, whos safety has been questioned in the past, is hazardous to babies or not.
Soy has raised concerns not only because of its exploding consumption by U.S. infants and adults but also because studies have shown that genistein can interfere with hormonal function in rats and their offspring. A variety of toxic effects, including stunted growth, sexual organ abnormalities, and decreased fertilization, have all been observed in laboratory animals. All of the effects appear to be caused by genistein’s ability to mimic the effects of natural estrogen. Some researchers also suspect soy of playing a role in reduced breast cancer rates in Japan, where soy consumption is very high. The committee says it had “negligible” concern that usual intakes of genistein cause adverse health effects in newborns and infants who consume soy formula, though one expert -- Ruth Etzel, MD -- dissented from the conclusion. Etzel, a pediatrician at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, could not be reached for comment.
Could metabolities of antibiotics in drinking water be causing an increase in antibiotic resistance in various parts of the nation?
University at Buffalo chemists have for the first time identified at wastewater treatment plants the metabolites of two antibiotics and a medical imaging agent. The data, which the UB scientists will present tomorrow at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy being held in Orlando, will allow wastewater treatment plants to begin monitoring for these byproducts. The results also reinforce concerns about excreted pharmaceutical compounds from wastewater systems that may end up in the water supply, potentially resulting in adverse effects for humans and the environment. For example, antibiotics and their metabolites can significantly increase antibiotic resistance in the population. Synthetic hormones can act as endocrine disruptors, by mimicking or blocking hormones and disrupting the bodys normal functions.This is pretty intriguing, and pretty scary to boot. It amazes me that water treatment plants might not be removing these substances from the water we drink.
Oh, this should be interesting. Im defintely rooting for the gays. I also think that theres a lot of potential for some serious violence in the crowd, and in Holland after the game is over. I hope Dutch police are ready for this.(via Dhimmi Watch)
A Dutch multicultural group is organizing a soccer tournament between gays and Muslims, hoping to counter what a study published on Thursday said was a rising tide of fear among gays. A nationwide survey by the Police Research Academy said that most gays questioned feel unsafe and reported experiencing verbal attacks in the last year. Of the 776 homosexuals who responded to an internet questionnaire, 80 percent said they believed their safety was threatened at some time during the year, said academy director Frits Vlek, who commissioned the research. Only 3 percent said they were physically assaulted, Vlek said in an interview, but some 40 percent claimed they had been insulted or verbally abused. Youths from Moroccan and Turkish backgrounds often were blamed for the incidents, Vlek said, since homosexuality is not widely accepted in many Muslim cultures. "Parts of the Muslim community still resist homosexuality and receive little education about it," he said. Muslim-gay tension is the theme of the soccer tournament organized by the Institute of Multicultural Development, to be held next week. An organizer of the group, Suzanne Ijsselmuiden, said she hoped the competition will "help ease these tensions so that people can openly talk about homosexuality."This is an odd snippet:
Gay Muslims can take their choice of teams, she said. "People can have many identities."How many gay Muslims are there anyway? Anybody know? Meanwhile, in a similar vein, the supposedly "moderate" Ali al-Sistani has recently stated that homosexuals should all be killed.
Q: What is the judgement on sodomy and lesbianism? A: "Forbidden. Those involved in the act should be punished. In fact, sodomites should be killed in the worst manner possible."So, either al-Sistani is not the moderate hes said to be, or moderate Islam is a lot less moderate than people say it is. Neither choice is particularly appealing.
Canada is facing very serious shortages of physicians, and the projection is that this will become much worse over the near future. This patient has been looking for a primary care doctor to take care of her for about two years, with no luck.
Edith Paulus had already endured two fruitless years of searching for a family physician in Barrie -- a city designated under Ontarios ministry of health as being under-serviced for family doctors -- when she found Dr. Derek Nesdolys ad in a local community newspaper. The general practitioner was seeking new patients. But when Paulus called Nesdolys office in Midhurst, a community just west of Barrie, she was told the doctor wasnt accepting patients older than 55. *** Nesdoly, however, denies that he discriminates against older people. He told CTV News that he has plenty of elderly patients, and felt he had to start making room in his practice for young families moving into the community. "Then people felt rejected, turned away, belittled, or unimportant -- that was never our intent," the doctor told CTV News. "You have to say at some point (that) you cant fix the whole problem." Nesdolys position may be justified by a 2005 Statistics Canada Community Health Survey, which found that 95.2 per cent of people over 65 already have a family doctor, compared to 75.7 per cent for those between 20 to 34. And the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons does not restrict a doctors right to reject a person based on age. *** Pauluss story highlights a struggle many Canadians may have to endure as the doctor shortage worsens. In November of last year, an Ontario Medical Association study said the province could have a 2,400-doctor shortage by 2006 if action isnt taken immediately. That shortage could jump to 2,800 physicians by 2010, says the report. OMA President Dr. Greg Flynn said although the province has taken several steps to train more doctors and certify those trained abroad faster, "much more remains to be done, before we will see improvements."
The cholesterol lowering drug Lipitor may be useful in treating Multiple Sclerosis, as well as other autoimmmune diseases such as Rhematoid Arthritis.
Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University Medical Center are reporting compelling new evidence that the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin could prove an effective therapy for preventing the progression of, and reversing the severity of, multiple sclerosis (MS). In the March 16 on-line edition of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, they report the results of a study that looked at the use of the drug (marketed as Lipitor) in combination with Glatiramer acetate (marketed as Copaxone), a drug already approved for treating MS. The findings demonstrate, they say, that the drugs worked synergistically, preventing or diminishing paralysis in mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a model disease that closely resembles multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis causes a variety of neurological symptoms including loss of motor control, visual loss or imbalance. A primary symptom is temporary, recurring paralysis in the limbs, as occurs in the mice. Copaxone is known to boost the immune systems anti-inflammatory response, countering the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, or chemicals, unleashed when the immune system inadvertently turns against the brains nervous tissue in MS. The drug is approved for treatment of relapsing-remitting MS, the most common form of the disease, but is effective in only a third of cases. Lipitor is also known to have immunomodulatory properties, and recent evidence in mice and initial clinical trials suggest that it, and possibly other statins, may be effective in treating T-cell-mediated, autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other inflammatory conditions. In fact, a 2002 study of mice with EAE by the UCSF-Stanford team (Nature, Nov. 7, 2002), has led to the establishment of a fourteen-center, placebo-controlled trial, led by UCSF scientists, to determine if Lipitor prevents conversion to definite multiple sclerosis in individuals who have had a first attack, known as a "clinically isolated syndrome."
A few days ago I wrote that during a rampage in Gaza, Palestinian terrorists took an Associated Press photographer into "protective custody" so that nothing would happen to them. Now Tom Gross notes that the BBC office in Gaza was spared any destruction. It all goes to show that the Palestians understand that the AP and BBC (and others as well)are anti-Israeli news organizations doing their bidding. Its not really in dispute anymore, since the Palestinians have proven it to be true.
Tourists have been canceling their trips to South Dakota locales such as Mt. Rushmore because of South Dakota passing a law banning most abortions. And, some people are actually planning trips there that they werent planning on making because of the new law. Go figure.
The superintendent of Mount Rushmore was surprised at first when people from all over the country started calling up to express their opinion about South Dakotas ban on nearly all abortions. Some callers said they were so upset that they would never visit Mount Rushmore, South Dakotas No. 1 tourist attraction. Others said they were so thrilled that they would make a point of coming to see the chiseled faces of four U.S. presidents in the Black Hills. On further reflection, Superintendent Gerard Baker decided that the messages from far and wide made sense, because Mount Rushmore is a symbol of freedom. "Thats what were all about here," he said. "Thats what America is all about, people expressing their freedom and people expressing their choices and so forth." In an uproar that has taken many South Dakotans by surprise, politicians and state agencies have been bombarded in the past few weeks with thousands upon thousands of calls, letters and e-mails — pro and con — from across the country and around the world. And a few small groups have called for a tourism boycott of South Dakota, urging people to avoid such attractions as Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, and the Corn Palace, an arena in Mitchell whose walls are covered with colorful ears of corn.
I lost one post, and cant delete the double post I have. Using Blogger is getting pretty frustrating.
Robert Novak tells us that the Senate Democrats are still engaging in judicial filibusters even after the deal that was made to put an end to them. And, it seems that the GOP doesnt seem interested in doing anything about it.
On May 9, 2001, President Bush nominated U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle of Edenton, N.C., to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. It took nearly four years for the Judiciary Committee to send his nomination to the Senate floor. It has languished there for more than a year with no prospect for Senate confirmation and no apparent interest by the Republican leadership. Boyle has been on the federal bench for 22 years, and his only liability is that he is a conservative who spent a year on Sen. Jesse Helmss staff. While he is the Bush appellate court nominee who has been waiting for confirmation the longest, he is not alone. Ten other prospective appeals judges face Senate inaction, with the window of opportunity in the second Bush term already closing. They seem unaffected by last years avoidance of a constitutional crisis over the confirmation process and the approval of two Supreme Court justices. Sean Rushton of the Committee for Justice this week e-mailed his conservative network that the "push for appellate confirmations is on." But there has been no attention given Boyle and his fellow nominees by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has been taking victory laps after appearing to break the Senate judicial confirmation impasse. Asking whether Republicans will raise the issue to "excite conservatives, highlight liberal extremism and force Democrats into compromising choices," Rushton said, "Novembers election may rest on the decision." The moderate bipartisan "Gang of 14" senators last year averted a showdown on whether Frist would use the "nuclear option" to break multiple judicial filibusters. That immediately resulted in confirmation of three nominees opposed by the liberals, but the fate of Boyle and the other four appellate nominees facing filibusters was left pending. Since then, only four Bush nominees have been confirmed. Six other appellate nominees await confirmation, and an additional nine such seats are vacant.Bill Frist needs to go, since hes been absolutely uninterested in fighting for good judicial nominees.
This is scary, scary stuff. Poorly regulated intenet pharmacies are bad enough. Now we have to worry about drug dealers dealing drugs over the internet as well.
Linda Surks remembers her son Jason as a good-natured kid who made friends easily. "He was always compliant and accommodating, and just a real pleasant person," she said. So when Linda and her husband, Mark, got a call telling them their son Jason, a 19-year-old sophomore at Rutgers University, was in the hospital, they had no idea what to expect. "We thought he had come down with something and really didnt have any idea when we got to the hospital," Surks said. They were told their son had died of a drug overdose. "It was a double whammy," she explained. "To hear that your child has passed away, but to hear it happened the way it did was a total shock. I had no clue he was abusing." Thats because Jason didnt buy typical street drugs from some corner dealer. He got his fix from the Internet, the latest front in the war on drugs. "After we collected his belongings from the university we went through his computer and we found some Mexican pharmacy Web sites that he had visited," Surks said. "We also found some evidence of an account that he had with one of these pharmacies." *** What most young people dont know is that prescription drugs like Xanax, when abused, can be as addictive and lethal as heroin. "Theres no fear of prescription drugs," said Steve Liga, executive director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Middlesex County, N.J. Liga said the Internet has the potential to change the way the younger generation gets hooked on drugs. "What we used to see before the Internet was that prescription drugs were a later-stage addiction," he explained. These users typically worked their way up through marijuana, cocaine and heroin, and were considered hardcore addicts who stole their drugs from a pharmacy or diverted them from a doctor. *** Law enforcement agencies now face the daunting task of taking down dealers who are almost impossible to trace, because they conduct their business and then disappear into cyberspace. In just a few years, the number of Web sites selling potentially dangerous drugs without a prescription has increased exponentially. Right now, you can buy drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Xanax with your credit card from more than 1,000 Web sites and have them delivered directly to your door. And they are the real thing.Every time I post a story like this I wind up getting spam from these sleazebags that Im writing about. Kind of proves my point, right?
This article estimates that because of employees being fixated on the NCAA basketball tournament, and watching games over the internet instead of working, the cost to US businesses will be about 250 million dollars!
For company bosses, the college basketball championship is perhaps the most disruptive sporting event — but this year, the upheaval will be worse than ever. The blame lies with CBS, the television network that broadcasts the month-long event. For the first time it will offer live “streaming” videos of games via the internet. The headline in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram summed it up: “Don’t call in ‘sick’ — you can watch games from your desk.” It’s the equivalent of the World Cup being broadcast on Google — and America’s IT managers are dreading the consequences, predicting a coast-to-coast network gridlock. “Fans everywhere will have an opportunity to see their teams play live, at no charge, on NCAAsports.com via our new broadband channel, no matter where or when that game is being played,” Larry Kramer, the president of CBS Digital Media, said. “We will have a direct pipeline to the games’ most ardent supporters.” What Mr Kramer did not mention was the website’s Boss Button, which will instantly cover any viewer’s screen with a spreadsheet. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which helps to relocate employees after layoffs, the cost to American business can be estimated conservatively at $250 million (£140 million).If businesses are going to lose money, it looks like bookmakers are going to make a mint, expecting upwards of 1.3 billion dollars in wagers on this thing.
Fans will not only be watching the games online, but also betting on them. Online book-makers are expecting to take $1.3 billion in wagers on the NCAA over the next 20 days.And , there are actually real concerns that corporate websites wont be able to handle the bandwidth demands of all these fans trying to keep up with whats happening.
Bruce Kelley, the chief technology officer of NetScout Systems, is one of the many bloggers predicting disaster. “Think for a second of what 5-to-10 basketball addicts watching this at a remote site will do to your connection,” he wrote yesterday. “Maybe nothing if you are only sending e-mail . . . but chances are, your network is running important finance or customised business applications that probably won’t like competing for bandwidth with the opening round games.” He added that games could even disrupt telephone services as many companies now route their calls via the internet.Its sad, but its sort of funny at the same time.
In fact, heres a new study showing that Hispanic and Black patients actually recieve a better quality of care when they go to the doctor than white patients do.
Blacks and Hispanics tend to receive slightly better day-to-day medical care than whites when they see a doctor, a large and surprising study has found, starting a new debate about the impact of race on health in America. The study, the most comprehensive examination of the quality of primary care in the United States, found no significant differences among patients from different ethnic groups or incomes once they get to see a doctor, but a slight trend toward better care for blacks and Hispanics. The researchers stressed, however, that other disparities in health care do exist. Poor people and minorities, for example, are less likely to see a doctor in the first place and get far less expensive care. In addition, the minor variations among racial groups found in the new study are swamped by the low level of care everyone gets, they said.Yes, its true that minorities are less likely to see a doctor for preventitive care, or if theyre having a problem. But whats surprising to me is this claim by the authors that most people in the US are receiving about half the medical care they should be receiving, but it didnt matter if they were White, Black, Hispanic, insured or uninsured.
"The bottom line of this study is patients are getting about half of recommended care, and it doesnt seem to matter where you live, whether you are white, black or Hispanic, are insured or uninsured," said Steven Asch, who helped conduct the study for the Rand Corp. "Everyone is at equal risk for poor quality of care."Im not sure how you get people to go to the doctor more often, but clearly thats supposed to be happening and its not. But, its encouraging that this notion that minorities receive inferior medical care has been shot down by as prestigious a medical journal as the New England Journal of Medicine.
But the findings, published in todays New England Journal of Medicine, startled researchers because they appeared to run contrary to a large body of evidence that poor people and minorities tend to receive worse care than whites in all areas of health care, a disparity often cited to explain why their health tends to be worse and life spans shorter. "So many previous studies have shown disparities," Asch said. "In that way, it is surprising. We looked in as many ways as we could to try to determine if there was a problem with our analysis. Im convinced thats not the case." Skeptics of the importance of discrimination in health care immediately pointed to the findings to support their belief that the focus on race has been misplaced. "The obsession with racial disparities is a distraction from what we really need to do, which is improve health care for everyone," said Sally Satel, who studies health care at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. "This shows us that, if anything, minority groups actually have even somewhat better outcomes."
The LA Times says the Moussaoui trial is "unraveling", and the Justice Department is trying to "salvage" it. Now, from where I stand, the worst thing that can happen in this trial is that Moussaoui goes to prison for the rest of his life. So, its hard to argue that the trial needs to be salvaged, but if it makes the LA Times feel better to bash the prosecutors, and pretend things are going badly, so be it.
All week long, government lawyer Carla J. Martin badgered them. She sent them 100-plus-page court transcripts. She harried them with e-mails criticizing prosecutors and fretting about the governments image. She called them at home. By Friday, Lynne A. Osmus had had enough. As a top security official at the Federal Aviation Administration — and soon to be a key prosecution witness in the death penalty trial of admitted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui — she did not like being used to further the lawyers interest in making the FAA look good at the expense of telling the truth in a capital murder case.
If youre an alcoholic, you may want to start drinking more coffee, according to this study.
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found how coffee can reduce the risk of alcohol-induced pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing severe abdominal pain. It is often triggered by alcohol consumption which causes digestive enzymes to digest part of the pancreas. Scientists have known for some time that coffee can reduce the risk of alcoholic pancreatitis, but have been unable to determine how. Researchers at the University have now discovered that caffeine can partially close special channels within cells, reducing to some extent the damaging effects of alcohol products on the pancreas. Professor Ole Petersen and Professor Robert Sutton, from the Universitys Physiological Laboratory and Division of Surgery, have found that cells in the pancreas can be damaged by products of alcohol and fat formed in the pancreas when oxygen levels in the organ are low. Under these conditions, excessive amounts of calcium are released from stores within the cells of the pancreas. Special organelles, called mitochondria, also become damaged and cannot produce the energiser that normally allows calcium to be pumped out of the cells. The excess calcium then activates protein breakdown, destroying the cells in the pancreas.It turns out that the caffeine effect is fairly weak, but the study gives researchers a leg up on finding a good drug to treat this disease, which is extremely painful, and has no real treatment options at the present time.
NHS Blog Doctor, which is written by a physician in Britains National Health Service, posts about a particularly bad day he had recently at work. Anybody who is even remotely of the opinion that we should adopt a nationalized health care system in the United States should take a good look. Ill be blogrolling him so I can check in on his blog periodically. (via Right Wing News)
First patient is David. Elderly man. Charming. He was a tank commander during the war. He is in atrial fibrillation, he is not maintaining his blood pressure, he keeps flipping in and out of heart failure and is being admitted for pacing in two days. When Dr Crippen was a houseman, all patients such as this were “clerked in” by the houseman. That does not happen anymore. Nowadays, they are assessed by cardiac nurse specialist. She is much cleverer that Dr Crippen because she can do this assessment by telephone. David has had a letter saying that he should be at home by the phone this afternoon, waiting for her call. He is puzzled. “How can she assess my cardiac status over the phone?” Beats me. I have to use a stethoscope, but then I am only a doctor. ++++++++++ Third patient in is Mary, one of the local speech therapists. She is approaching retirement. I sent her husband into hospital three weeks ago in rip-roaring heart failure. He was on CCU for three days but now is on the far flung corner of Dixon, one of the medical wards. He is partially sighted due to an old stroke, and is hard of hearing. The nursing care is appalling. He has developed pressures sores on his sacrum and heels and, oddly, a suppurating area above both ears which Mary thinks is due to the oxygen mask he uses being too tight. He is losing weight because he cannot really manage to feed himself. Mary was in each day over the weekend. Uneaten food from Saturday was still on his bedside table on Sunday. Mary went to the nursing station at the end of the ward. The nurses were all eating take-away Pizza. Deep Pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Mary remembers that particularly. Mary thinks her husband is dying. She is not sure which consultant he is under, and has not been able to find a doctor to talk to. The nurses over the weekend do not speak English. She tried to tell them that her husband is partially sighted but they do not understand. They show here the nursing assessment. Under “visual problems” it says "none". Mary is in tears and asks what she should do. I suggest she phones the Chief Executive and makes a formal complaint.Read the whole thing. It doesnt get any better.
This guys "friend" stabbed him to death over ten bucks.
Police say a 26-year-old man who was stabbed to death Saturday died in a fight over $10. Tyler Gorley was killed after a night of drinking with friends at a restaurant and bar called the Dutch Goose in Caldwell. Police say the friends argued over $10 and started fighting. Authorities say Gorley was stabbed four times with a fold-out pocket knife, and then was left on the road. He died later at a local hospital. Clayton Adams has been arrested and is expected to be charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing. He is being held without bond in Canyon County jail.
A new Survey USA poll shows a dead heat between incumbent Pennsylvania Governor "Fast Eddie" Rendell, and challenger Lynn Swann. With the campaign having only begun recently, that the incumbents poll numbers are so poor spells quite a bit of trouble for Rendell, as far as Im concerned. And, I think as the campaign goes on and more people see and hear Swann and become more comfortable voting for him, Swann will start to pull away.
I would buy this editorial if I thought the American public was paying attention to Feingolds idiotic attempt to censure George Bush for spying on suspected terrorists in the United States. But, I dont think most people are following the story. i think at best this epeisode might fire up the conservative base a little bit, while revving up the ultra-left-wing moonbats a little more as well. Not that those leftist loons need anything to get them going.
The censure resolution is so obviously overreaching that other Senate Democrats are keeping their distance, although Sen. Barbara Boxer says she could vote for it and Minority Leader Harry Reid thinks it is worthy of serious debate. The resolution will surely strike most Americans as mindless partisanship. It also shifts the political debate back to ground favorable to the White House. The NSA program is relatively popular, indeed is one of the administrations most popular initiatives at the moment. The White House has a good case to make on its legality, and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee last week seemed to signal their willingness to acquiesce to a deal giving congressional blessing to the program in exchange for enhanced oversight. Feingold hopes to blow this all up. Republicans should gladly rise to his challenge. Increasing Feingolds prominence as a spokesman for the Democrats on the War on Terror only benefits the GOP. He epitomizes the Lefts do-nothing, or at least do-the-absolute-minimum, approach to the war. He voted against the Patriot Act, and its reauthorization. He opposes the NSA program. He was against the Iraq war, and opposes using coercive interrogation against terrorists abroad. He is against almost any measure in the War on Terror that doesnt fit neatly within the confines of the American law-enforcement system (and against even ones that do — the Patriot Act). It was telling that on the Senate floor Feingold highlighted past statements by President Bush saying that law enforcement needs a court order to get a wiretap, by way of supposedly proving the presidents deceit. But the NSA surveillance is not a law-enforcement program; it is not being used to produce evidence of crimes, but to tip off American intelligence about potential plots and the whereabouts of terrorist agents. Feingold has done himself a favor, but not his party. Where does Mehlman go for his hug?
Palestinian terorists have abducted ten foreigners in the Gaza Strip, and continue to hold at least three of them hostage.
The abductions came in the midst of the Jericho raid in which the Israel Defense Forces demanded the surrender of Ahmed Saadat, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, responsible for Zeevis assassination. Five other wanted inmates were also sought for their ties to the assassination. Several international relief agencies closed their offices in the Palestinian territories, while masked Palestinian policemen rounded up foreigners and whisked them to safety. Frightened foreigners sought refuge at Palestinian security headquarters, and a UN jeep came under fire as it tried to leave the coastal strip. Angry Palestinians accused Britain and the U.S. of complicity in Israels siege of the prison and arrest of a leading Palestinian militant. The outbreak of anti-foreigner violence was the second in recent weeks. Reacting to Danish cartoons disparaging the Prophet Muhammad, angry Palestinians stormed European buildings and briefly held some aid workers. The relief teams had just started trickling back into the coastal strip when Tuesdays violence sent them scurrying for safety again. Several international aid agencies, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said they were temporarily pulling their staff out of the West Bank and Gaza. Officials said UN operations would not be affected, as the 8,500 local Palestinian workers would remain on the job, while 13 foreign UN staffers were leaving the Palestinian areas. In Gaza, gunmen went from room to room in hotels, looking for foreigners. By midafternoon, they had taken a Swiss Red Cross worker, two Australian teachers, two French medical workers and three journalists - one French and two South Korean, Palestinian and foreign officials said.One clueless idiot says he feels sorry for the scum who snatched him.
The American professor, Douglas Johnson, said he was unharmed and understood his abductors actions. "They are angry over what is going on in Jericho. I feel sympathy with them," he told an AP reporter at an abandoned cemetery, where he was briefly held before being freed.Meanwhile, these terrorists took an AP reporter into "protective custody" during the episode!
Palestinian security took some foreigners, including Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti, into protective custody, while others found their own way to security headquarters.As if anybody needed any more evidence that The Associated Press is on the anti-Israeli side.
Melanie Philips looks at a recent BBC piece claiming that the British government helped Israel develop nuclear weapons and rips it to shreds.
Let’s look at all this a little more closely. The first point is that the claim that Britain’s plutonium helped make Israel’s bomb is absurdly over the top. As Crick himself acknowledged en passant, the amount Israel asked for was 10 mg, whereas 4 kg of plutonium would have been needed to make a bomb. The second point is that the story does not add up. It is extremely implausible that a middle ranking official such as Michaels would have had the power to reverse government policy in this way. Indeed, as Crick mentioned even more en passant, the Foreign Office – which we were told was originally dead against the deal – eventually agreed. There would almost certainly have been other, more significant actors playing a role in this drama. Indeed, since the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson was a very strong supporter of Israel, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that he himself pursued a policy which was not declared in public. Who knows? All we have to go on is the connection made in the mind of one retired former defence intelligence analyst between his perception of a colleague’s behaviour and the fact that ‘his middle name was Israel’. In another context, the suggestion that a middle-ranking official could reverse policy by himself would be ludicrous. But in the context of this item, it was something else entirely. For Michael Israel Michaels was not only presented as a deus ex machina covertly manipulating events behind the scenes so that the world was put in danger; he was specifically accused of having done so because he was a Jew. To hear the BBC single out, as the clinching proof of a perfidious disloyalty to the state by a British citizen, the fact that ‘his middle name was Israel’ is to strike a chill to the very bone. For of course the unspoken implication here goes far beyond this particular civil servant. The real message of that Newsnight item was surely this: forget Iran; forget the worry over thousands of Islamist terror supporters in Britain; the real danger to the world is Israel, and the real British fifth columnists are those Jews who support it. Vicious, vicious stuff.
Mohammed Taheri-azar, the University of North Carolina graduate student who intentionally drove his SUV into a bunch of people on campus in an attempt to kill them, says that the Koran justified his terrorist attack, since it instructs Muslims to kill unbeleiers..(via Jihad Watch)
The University of North Carolina graduate charged with driving a sport utility vehicle through a plaza at the school, which he called revenge for Americas treatment of Muslims, said in a letter the assault was justified based on his reading of Islams holy book. "Allah gives permission in the Koran for the followers of Allah to attack those who have raged war against them, with the expectation of eternal paradise in case of martyrdom," Mohammed Taheri-azar wrote in a two-page letter sent to a television news reporter and anchor at WTVD-TV, an ABC affiliate station in Durham. Taheri-azar, 22, is charged with nine counts of attempted murder and nine counts of assault. On March 3, police say, Taheri-azar raced through a crowded campus gathering spot in a rented Jeep Cherokee. No one was seriously injured, and Taheri-azar later called 911 to turn himself in. During the call, he said he wanted to "punish the government of the United States for their actions around the world." A native of Iran who grew up mostly in the Charlotte area, Taheri-azar has said he intended to kill the people he struck. He said he wants to defend himself in court and believes a trial will offer him the opportunity to educate people about the will of Allah.By all means, use the trial to tell the world about what the Koran says. People need to know that the Koran justifies killing anyone whos not a devout Muslim.