Film & Festivals Magazine has published this examination of the documentary: How the filmmaker chose the subject matter, made the film and the controversy that surrounds the film. After reading the review and viewing the documentary you'll have a good idea why drug companies that paid $7 billion in criminal fines and penalties object to the movie.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Film & Festivals Magazine has published this examination of the documentary: How the filmmaker chose the subject matter, made the film and the controversy that surrounds the film. After reading the review and viewing the documentary you'll have a good idea why drug companies that paid $7 billion in criminal fines and penalties object to the movie.
When I was a new pilot I was quizzed what to do during emergencies.
- Engine failure?
- Hydrolic failure?
- Transmission failure?
- Engine fire?
- Bird strike?
- Electrical failure?
The first answer is ALWAYS - fly the plane.
The same goes for driving a car. With time, all motor vehicles will eventually suffer an equipment failure. The difference is not that one car is safer than another, but how well drivers cope with the unexpected. Captain Sullenberger's "Miracle on the Hudson" saved lives not only because he flew a well-designed passenger jet but also because he had regularly practiced emergency situations for several decades. When geese destroyed both of his engines he immediately did what we were both taught and flew the plane.
Several years ago, I was riding my motorcycle on the 405 Freeway when a chunk of metal flew across the freeway and bounced a few feet from my front tire. It tore off the kickstand, which activated the built-in kill-switch that immediately turned off my ignition switch. I was traveling in heavy traffic at 70 MPH. The shoulder was six lanes away from me.
Because auto manufacturers have improved vehicle design and reliability, many drivers become complacent and forget basic driving skills. Few read their manuals or take driving courses after high school. For many, advertised performance and commercials are the extent of their training.
I immediately depressed the clutch so I could coast (I was in 5th gear) and activated my emergency lights. I then made eye contact with the cars at my right, signaled by hand and, still traveling at 60 MPH+, slowly merged into the lanes on my right. When I reached the shoulder I turned off the ignition and called a tow truck. Had I panicked or stopped in the center lane I might have been injured or worse. Although the accident was not my fault, any injury I sustained would have been.
As much as Congress is making out of Toyota's stuck accellerators, it's hard to imagine why the affected drivers didn't simply place their cars in NEUTRAL and coast to the side of the road before turning off the ignition. A panicked driver who allows their car to accelerate to 100+ may not be to blame for the faulty equipment, but their decision to keep the car in gear was.
More puzzling is why a few dozen preventable accidents and injuries require Congressional intervention while they continue to ignore companies like Pfizer, Eli Lilly & Co., Bristol-Myers Squibb and four other drug companies that have paid a total of $7 billion in fines and criminal penalties since 2004 for drugs that are known to kill or injure hundreds of thousands of patients annually.
Congressional outrage seems to be more about slamming a non-union company that makes a product superior to our state-owned union-infested auto companies. If Congress was truly concerned about public safety, Toyota would be among the last companies to subpoena.
Vera Sharav of the Alliance for Human Research Protection asks why the discovery of defective cars are front page news while defective FDA-approved prescription drugs are accepted as part of life's risk:
According to the database maintained by the National Highway Safety Administration there were 34 deaths alleged to be attributable to defective Toyota cars (13 of those deaths occurred between 2005 and 2010). Toyota has recalled 8.5 million cars.
Yet, defective FDA-approved drugs that kill thousands of people every week!
The latest QuarterWatch Report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices… found that the number of consumers harmed and killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs keeps rising.
"In the third quarter of 2009 the steady increase continued in reported serious, disabling and fatal adverse drug events. Cases meeting the QuarterWatch criteria totaled 29,065 cases, an increase of 2,256 cases (8.4%) from the same quarter in the previous year. For the first three quarters of 2009, combined case reports increased by 8.1% from the first three quarters of 2009."
GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug, Avandia, and AstraZeneca's, antipsychotic, Seroquel, are the two worst drugs--if one considers the magnitude of harm produced by these drugs, coupled with these drugs' controversial (at best) clinical value.
According to QuarterWatch analysts:
"Rosiglitazone (AVANDIA). More than 1000 reports of patient deaths were received for rosiglitazone in the first three quarters of 2009, more than any other drug we monitor. Rosiglitazone is an oral medication for treating Type 2 or adult onset diabetes. Most deaths were attributed to cardiovascular causes, a problem for which the FDA has required warnings. While these cases do not appear to signal previously undetected risks of rosiglitazone, the large number of reports alleging serious and fatal injuries associated with rosiglitazone further reinforces concerns about its cardiovascular safety. The company, GlaxoSmithKline, told us it believed most reports were generated by lawsuits.
In February 2010 the FDA announced it was conducting an overall safety review of rosiglitazone and would present its findings to a special advisory committee meeting in July."
Quetiapine (SEROQUEL, SEROQUEL XR). In the third quarter of 2009, quetiapine, a drug approved for several severe mental disorders, was the suspect drug in more possible cases of diabetes than all other drugs combined. AstraZeneca, which manufactures this best-selling antipsychotic drug, told us it believed most of the diabetes cases were related to lawsuits. The mandatory Medication Guide to warn patients about the risk of diabetes does not primarily use the word "diabetes" but rather describes the disorder as "high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)," potentially minimizing this serious risk."
The FDA has been shown to be complicit in its failure to act--despite a mounting epidemic of drug-induced catastrophes.
A mountain of evidence documents the harm these drugs have produced--and internal documents confirm that manufacturers used corrupt practices to market these hazardous drugs.
Healthcare overhaul must include a shift at the policy level: FDA's drug safety policy must be geared toward effectively reducing preventable drug-induced deaths.
Vera forgot to mention that competent drivers could easily avoid accidents by placing their car in NEUTRAL and parking at the side of the road before turning off the ignition. If someone crashes it’s not because of a stuck accelerator but because of their failure to control a car that malfunctions.
Nevertheless, the Congressional hearings likely stem not from a few incompetent drivers who frightened or injured themselves but from the fact that Congress is now a part-owner of Toyota’s competitors. If Congress was concerned about public safety they would ask why Pfizer, Eli Lilly & Co., Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and four other drug companies have paid a total of $7 billion in fines and criminal penalties since 2004 because of drugs that kill or injure hundreds of thousands of patients annually.
If Toyota was a union operation that kicked back as much as GM, Pfizer and Glaxo has over the years they wouldn't be grilled like this.
Monday, February 22, 2010
He was convicted by a 2009 Court Martial of murdering four Iraqi insurgent arrestees in Baghdad following a 2007 ambush and firefight, and dumping the bodies into a Baghdad canal. Two other Sergeants with the Alpha Company 1-18 1st Infantry were also convicted and sent to prison.
Hatley’s wife, Kim Hatley, is leading a crusade to win clemency for her husband. I recently spoke with her by telephone. A veteran of six years as an Intel-analyst and Crypto-analyst with the U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps, Mrs. Hatley has a nineteen-year-old son in the United States Marine Corps in Iraq. She related some details of events that led up to the firefight, the shootings and the investigation that sent her husband to prison:
John Hatley was a highly decorated combat veteran of nineteen years and six months military service. He was deployed in Bosnia, Kosovo, Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Operation Desert Storm and three tours of duty in Iraq. The soldiers of Alpha Company 1-18 1st Army Infantry knew him to be the first into a hot spot and the last to come out. Mrs. Hatley says that her husband was a legend in Alpha Company and treated the soldiers under his command as though they were family.
During daily 2007 patrol operations in the West Rasheed area of Baghdad, Hatley’s soldiers often found themselves under enemy fire. The post-Hussein sectarian “insurgency” was well under way. Hatley’s soldiers killed some of the attackers and captured many others. Over the length of the insurgency, snipers and roadside bombs (IEDs) killed or crippled thousands of Americans.
As the war dragged on, tens of thousands of jihadists who were taken prisoner during or after fire-fights in Baghdad went to the Detention Holding Area Annex (DHAA), which is military terminology for a jail. Astonishingly, the DHAA personnel released nearly all of them shortly after their arrests, for “lack of sufficient evidence to detain.” Most of the prisoners were released. The newly-freed insurgents immediately returned to the streets to resume killing and maiming American soldiers. This insanity became known as the Catch and Release Program.
Adding to the stress of war, Hatley and his soldiers collected the scores of dead bodies that were regularly dumped onto Baghdad streets by terrorists. Most of the dead were non-combatant civilians who had been tortured and mutilated prior to their executions.
Then, on February 27, 2007, an insurgent sniper killed Staff Sergeant Karl Soto-Pinedo, who was like a beloved son to Hatley. Mrs. Hatley told me that her husband was grief-stricken to the point of dysfunction by Soto-Pinedo’s death. On March 17, Spc. Mario Guerrero was killed by a road-side bomb explosion. All the same, the patrols went on ceaselessly, from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. – every day. For months on end Hatley and his soldiers fought the war on three or four hours of sleep per night.
On a particular April day in 2007, Hatley’s unit once again came under fire. Four insurgents ran from a house where they hid during the fire-fight and the Americans soon captured them. U.S. troops found small arms, sniper rifles and ammunition within that house. All of the captured insurgents field-tested “positive” for gunshot residue on their hands.
Hatley radioed the DHAA that he was en-route with the four detainees. The DHAA refused to receive them, citing a “lack of sufficient evidence to hold.” Hatley was ordered to release these terrorists who had tried to kill American soldiers. Now, as the alleged story that came out in court goes, he discussed the DHAA release order with two of his subordinates, Sgt. Michael Leahy and Sgt. Joseph Mayo. The Sergeants decided they had just about had their fill of Catch and Release, and that these four insurgents were not going free to return to kill and maim Americans. They subsequently drove the four terrorists to a nearby canal, fired one shot each into the backs of their heads, and dumped the dead bodies into the water. Sgt. Jesse Cunningham, seated inside their parked vehicle, apparently watched all of it in the rear-view mirror. The bodies, however, were never found. No local residents reported anyone missing.
By 2009, the Hatleys were stationed in Germany. Sgt. Jesse Cunningham got himself into a jam with the Army for assaulting another non-commissioned officer and for falling asleep at his post – both serious offenses if proven. Under investigation, Cunningham talked to a JAG lawyer and decided to trade what he knew about the 2007 Baghdad shootings to get himself off the hook. He became “the snitch.”
Using Cunningham’s statement, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) extracted confessions from both Leahy and Mayo. Hatley refused to admit having done anything wrong. The military trial was in Bilseck, Germany, from April 13 through 16, 2009.
Cunningham, Leahy and Mayo all took the witness stand against their former First Sergeant. Mrs. Hatley, who was present for the entire trial, told me that Leahy and Mayo, who had already been convicted, looked to be in great distress on the stand during testimony. Both received bad conduct discharges and prison time. Hatley received a dishonorable discharge to go along with his life sentence. Members of the press openly wept when the sentence was handed down.
Mrs. Hatley now spends endless hours on the internet and the phone, mustering support for her husband’s release. She sounds optimistic, despite the terrible situation. She says that even in prison her husband has received meritorious staff reports, once for saving a choking prisoner’s life by administering the Heimlich maneuver.
The endless conflict goes on. Soldiers and Marines deal with Rules of Engagement (ROE) that tie their hands and prolong the national agony of our overseas involvement in the eternal war that Islam declared against infidels nearly fourteen-hundred years ago.
Many officers in the military’s upper echelons remain willfully ignorant of Islamic doctrine and oblivious to its dynamics in the war. They write the crippling ROE and the Catch-and-Release policies that have caused the deaths of innumerable American soldiers and Marines — and they sit comfortably behind their desks at the Pentagon. In the meantime, men like John Hatley sit in prison.
John L. Work is a contributor to NewsRealBlog. He is a retired Colorado Law Enforcement Officer and a free-lance writer. Supporters can contact www.DefendJohnHatley.com. Other incarcerated servicemen include SFC Joseph Mayo, Sgt. Michael P. Leahy and Lt. Michael Behenna. Some of these cases are unrelated but all need our support for the injustice done to these men, their families and our country.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
His research, which was published in a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as “proof” that Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. There’s only one problem with all this: No patients were ever enrolled in the study!
Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it published anyway.
It wasn’t the first study faked by Dr. Reuben: He also faked study data on Bextra and Vioxx drugs, reports the Wall Street Journal.
As a result of Dr. Reuben’s faked studies, the peer-reviewed medical journal Anesthesia & Analgesia was forced to retract 10 “scientific” papers authored by Reuben. The Day of London reports that 21 articles written by Dr. Reuben that appear in medical journals have apparently been fabricated, too, and must be retracted.
After being caught fabricating research for Big Pharma, Dr. Reuben has reportedly signed a plea agreement that will require him to return $420,000 that he received from drug companies. He also faces up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
He was also fired from his job at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. after an internal audit there found that Dr. Reuben had been faking research data for 13 years.
Business as usual in Big Pharma
The real story here is that this is business as usual in the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Reuben’s actions really aren’t that extraordinary. Drug companies bribe researchers and doctors as a routine matter. Medical journals routinely publish false, fraudulent studies. FDA panel members regularly rely on falsified research in making their drug approval decisions, and the mainstream media regularly quotes falsified research in reporting the news.
Fraudulent research, in other words, is widespread in modern medicine. The pharmaceutical industry couldn’t operate without it, actually. It is falsified research that gives the industry its best marketing claims and strongest FDA approvals. Quacks like Dr Scott Reuben are an important part of the pharmaceutical profit machine because without falsified research, bribery and corruption, the industry would have very little research at all.
Pay special attention to the fact that the Anesthesia & Analgesia medical journal gladly published Dr. Reuben’s faked studies even though this journal claims to be a “scientific” medical journal based on peer review. Funny, isn’t it, how such a scientific medical journal gladly publishes fraudulent research with data that was simply invented by the study author. Perhaps these medical journals should be moved out of the non-fiction section of university libraries and placed under science fiction.
Remember, too, that all the proponents of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and mammograms ignorantly claim that their conventional medicine is all based on “good science.” It’s all scientific and trustworthy, they claim, while accusing alternative medicine of being “woo woo” wishful thinking and non-scientific hype. Perhaps they should have a quick look in the mirror and realize it is their own system of quack medicine that’s based largely on fraudulent research, bribery and corruption.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Baylor University has named former Clinton White House nemesis Kenneth Starr its new president on Monday, saying the one-time independent prosecutor's Christian ideals and experience heading a law school made him the ideal candidate to lead the world's largest Baptist university:
Starr, whose investigation of the Whitewater land deal and Monica Lewinsky scandal led to Clinton's impeachment in the House of Representatives, has been dean of the law school at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., since 2004. He becomes the 14th president of Baylor and follows John M. Lilley, who was fired from the post in 2008.Baylor's good fortune is our loss. We'll miss Judge and Mrs. Starr here in LA. They've been a breath of fresh air.
“While I look forward to the honor of serving as Baylor's next president, my wife Alice and I know how much we will miss Pepperdine,” Starr said in a statement released Monday by Pepperdine.
“Working with Pepperdine students, faculty, and the law school's alumni has been one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences of our lives.”
Pepperdine officials said he would begin his new job in Texas on June 1.
Baylor officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment, but the school issued a statement on the appointment, which was first reported by the Waco Tribune-Herald.
R. Dary Stone, who leads the board of regents at Baylor, called Starr an “ideal” choice to lead the school.
“His depth of experience and exceptional record as a university dean and legal scholar, his dedication to the highest ideals of the Christian faith, and his profound commitment to public service and visionary leadership make him the ideal person to lead Baylor at this remarkable time in the university's history,” Stone said, according to the news release.
Baylor board of regents member Joseph B. Armes said Starr was “a fifth-generation Texan who, throughout his distinguished career in law, the academy and public service, has been an articulate advocate for Christian ideals in the public square.”
Andrew K. Benton, Pepperdine's president, said Starr has had a “tremendous impact” on students, the law school and the Pepperdine community at large.
“His leadership, his love of scholarship and his devotion to our students helped raise the national stature of our school and we will benefit from the good he accomplished here for many years to come,” Benton said Monday in a statement.
Starr was born in Vernon, near the Oklahoma border, and grew up in San Antonio. He has taught at New York University School of Law, George Mason University School of Law in Fairfax, Va., and Chapman Law School in Orange, Calif. He served as a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge for the District of Columbia for six years, was the solicitor general for four years and conducted five investigations as independent counsel, according to Baylor. (more)
Judge Starr was a good friend of LA's Republican Party. I was pleased to meet him and his wife at several venues.
OMSJ and The Daily Mail reports that the academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information. Colleagues say that the reason Professor Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.
Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.This is how Robert Gallo and Anthony Fauci convinced Americans that HIV was the cause of AIDS.
The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory... (More here)
Al Gore hysterically disagrees.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Bryant Gumball is apparently offended that affirmative action hasn't yet infected the Winter Olympics... I guess that when the Laker's start replacing some of their players with white and Latino women or when the LA Philharmonic starts to replace their violinists based upon LA's demographics I'll be more sensitive to his racial biases. If we need an example of why the lamestream media is dying, we can refer to Gumball as "Exhibit A."
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Amil Imani writes another important analysis of Islam:
Whereas the practice of slavery enslaves the body, the dogma of apostasy ensnares the mind. Whereas slavery is a shameful practice of the past, some shameless religionists still use the doctrine of apostasy to intimidate and severely punish people who elect to choose their own belief.
Islam is extremely possessive of its subjects. It is a religion that admits anyone into its fold by the person simply uttering a one sentence statement of faith, shahada: I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s messenger. By so saying, one becomes Muslim for life and surrenders the right of ever leaving it. Anyone who leaves the Islamic fold is murtad (revert), apostate.
The notion of apostasy is best understood within the overall Islamic dogma. Islam forms a binding covenant with the believer. Once a person is Muslim, he and his issues are considered Muslim forever. In this covenant, Islam promises to bestow its beneficence on the faithful conditional on the person’s total and unquestioned surrender to it in all matters. Some of the rewards offered by Islam to the truly obedient believer, particularly the privileged males, are of this world as well as a great deal more promised to him in the next. If a Muslim faithful does not reap the rewards of his devotion in this world, Islam assures him of his inestimably cherished and limitless compounded rewards in the next world. Islam demands... (story here)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
What makes this so profoundly egregious is that senior level officials knew and were explicitly warned that jihadism — Islamic holy war — was a serious problem and threat to personnel. And still they dhimmi-ed down. They knew and still they sacrificed Americans, as they imposed sharia law across this nation (do not insult Islam!).
They are subverting the rule of law, the Constitution. This is legally actionable.
Islam has achieved absolute intellectual dominance. They control the narrative. They control information and how it is processed at senior levels of the CIA, FBI, Pentagon, Military ..........
Christianity does not teach its adherents jihad. The objective of Christianity or Judaism is not rooted in the murder of non-believers and the absolute mandate to murder, maim and destroy until the world lives under their religious law. That is Islam. That is its goal. Muslims know this. That is why you do not see blowback and protest and outrage from the Muslims against the horrible unrelenting Islamic attacks across the world. That is why you do not hear Muslims calling out for the violence prescribed in the Quran to be expunged. Mandated genocide.
If I know this, why don't our senior level officials at Pentagon, FBI, CIA, etc., know this? Because for decades the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated every agency and institution at the highest levels (i.e. MAS, CAIR, ISNA, ICNA), and they control the narrative and what can be said and how it can be said.
Did you know in the FBI's Counter Terrorism Manual, the word jihad is not to be found? Not once.
When the Pentagon released its review on Major Muslim Hasan's Fort Hood massacre, it was described as a systemic breakdown within the military that permitted an Army psychiatrist, now charged with killing 13 people, to advance through the ranks despite concerns from his superiors about his behavior.
Nowhere does it discuss jihad and the ideology that mandates and commands jihad of good Muslims. Major Hasan's power-point presentation, which he presented to fellow doctors on grand rounds, is accurate as a description of Islamic jihad, the absolute rules of Islam by scholarly consensus. It is a perfect religious document. Read it. It is Islam's absolute law. He got nothing wrong.
There is nothing wacky or extreme or radical in Hasan's devotion to Islam. What is wacky, extreme and suicidal is the Pentagon's review of Hasan's jihad without mentioning or addressing Islam, and the objective of our mortal enemy - Dar al Islam. This is surrender.Army Warned about Jihadist Threat in 2008
By Bill Gertz at Newsmax
Almost two years before the deadly Fort Hood shooting by a radicalized Muslim officer, the U.S. Army was explicitly warned that jihadism — Islamic holy war — was a serious problem and threat to personnel in the U.S., according to participants at a major Army-sponsored conference.
The annual Army anti-terrorism conference in Florida in February 2008 included presentations on the threat by counterterrorism specialists Patrick Poole, Army Lt. Col. Joseph Myers and Terri Wonder.
The meeting was organized by the Army’s provost marshal general and included more than 350 force protection and anti-terrorism professionals who came from major Army installations and commands from around the world, according to participants.
Mr. Poole, a counterterrorism specialist and adviser to government and law-enforcement agencies, said his presentation and that of the other two counterterrorism experts “attempted to instruct these anti-terrorism and force protection professionals not just in the indicators of Islamic jihadism, but also the strategic deficiencies in the military comprehension of the overall jihadist threat.”
The shooting at a recruiting center in Little Rock, Ark., in June and the November shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 people have exposed the problem of the Army’s deficiencies in understanding the nature of the domestic Islamic terrorist threat, Mr. Poole said.
The incidents have raised questions about whether the Army made any effort to “operationalize” the threat warnings from the 2008 conference and develop policies to counter the threats. “The answer quite clearly is no,” Mr. Poole said.
Col. Myers said in an interview that he was a key speaker at the annual conference and spoke there based on his role as a force protection instructor-trainer.
He also had conducted an organizational review of the Pentagon’s Anti-Terrorism Operations Intelligence Cell, a group that provides strategic threat warnings to the Army.
“I noted that because of our lack of understanding of Islamic doctrines, Islamic Jihad and my view that our counterintelligence function is broken, outdated and being usurped in some cases by public affairs and equal opportunity officials, we were going to get soldiers killed in America, on our own bases for that professional ignorance,” he said, adding that his comments were his personal views and not those of the service.
Col. Myers said he told the conference that senior military and defense officials were involved in outreach programs to “organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and snapping pictures with its foundational leaders in our country.”
Mr. Poole said the Pentagon’s outreach program to some Muslim groups, including photographs of senior defense officials associating with questionable domestic Muslim leaders and groups, gave “legitimacy” to some of the organizations promoting the ideology embraced by Maj. Nidal Hasan, the suspect in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people.
“These embarrassing photo-ops occur because the military is not well-schooled on the jihadist threat in America, and because fundamentally the national security establishment does not have a fully elaborated threat model for the global and domestic jihad,” Mr. Poole said. “In many instances, relationships and events with terror-tied Islamic groups and leaders are organized by public affairs flacks and never vetted by counterintelligence agencies.”
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Charles Krauthammer writes:
"I am not an ideologue," protested President Obama at a gathering with Republican House members last week. Perhaps, but he does have a tenacious commitment to a set of political convictions.
Compare his 2010 State of the Union to his first address to Congress a year earlier. The consistency is remarkable. In 2009, after passing a $787 billion (now $862 billion) stimulus package, the largest spending bill in galactic history, he unveiled a manifesto for fundamentally restructuring the commanding heights of American society -- health care, education and energy.
A year later, after stunning Democratic setbacks in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, Obama gave a stay-the-course State of the Union address (a) pledging not to walk away from health-care reform, (b) seeking to turn college education increasingly into a federal entitlement, and (c) asking again for cap-and-trade energy legislation. Plus, of course, another stimulus package, this time renamed a "jobs bill."
This being a democracy, don't the Democrats see that clinging to this agenda will march them over a cliff? Don't they understand Massachusetts? (More)
Friday, February 05, 2010
Vote HERE - results not pretty(as of 5 Feb 2010 11:30 AM PST) :
Threat of Terrorism
Energy and the Environment
Obama's Overall Job as President
America’s Aussie friends at the Herald Sun have published excerpts of staff briefing notes to US President Barack Obama, regarding his Australian tour next month:
Sir, we recommend a flak jacket. Australia may not present the terrorism threat of, say, Afghanistan. But elections loom across the country. Local politicians will cling to you - to borrow from the Australian vernacular - like dags on a sheep. Kevin will be Velcroed to your side throughout. Don't be thrown by his "sauce bottle" line - Australians don't know what it means, either - or when he starts referring to you as "the Barackster". (More)
Ben Stein on the charges against ACORN investigator James O’Keefe:
I agree - when the government becomes the enemy, ordinary citizens must take extraordinary measures. The Obama and Iranian regimes should remind all Americans why the right to bear arms is protected by our SECOND AMENDMENT (not our 33rd).O'Keefe is the fellow who recorded workers at liberal advocacy group ACORN telling a young woman how to set up a brothel for 14-year-old illegal immigrant girls from Central America. This had caused considerable anger towards ACORN, one of Obama's most stalwart supporting groups.
Back at Sen. Landrieu's office, someone was suspicious of the O'Keefe group and called police. The men were arrested and are now charged with a federal felony of something called tampering with a federal phone line.
The New York Times had a front page story about the men and their conservative college pranks. At the top of the story was a photo of each of the men in prison orange. This was presumably to humiliate these men.
I don't see it that way. These men were journalists trying to get a story. They didn't even touch a phone as far as I can learn. They were undercover reporters and TV operators. But that doesn't matter. Their real crime was disturbing the peace and quiet of the nation's liberal establishment and embarrassing ACORN. For this, these young overeager guerrilla journalists are charged with a federal crime. ("First Amendment? What's that?") Meanwhile, no charges against those thugs with the clubs at the polling place.
Does this give you the feeling that maybe the prison orange for Mr. O'Keefe and his pals is a mark of courage and honor and that the rest of us should be shivering about what the Obama Justice Department thinks is law? When was the last time you read about federal charges against a liberal reporter for going undercover? The behavior of the feds here is not just worrisome. It is something beyond that. But, Mr. Holder, here is a line from the civil rights struggle I worked in before you were born: We are not afraid. And we're not going away. (Story here)
Nicholas Kralev writes:
European leaders are getting a dose of reality about the limits of President Obama's patience with their long-established diplomatic traditions, as his administration seeks to change nearly two decades of U.S.-European Union summit
Mr. Obama's disappointment with European allies during his first year in office, culminating in his decision to skip a long-planned May summit in Madrid, should not come as a surprise, diplomats and analysts said.
In spite of unusual enthusiasm on the Continent about his 2008 election, they said, Europeans have delivered much less than the new president expected on Afghanistan, climate change and other items high on Mr. Obama's agenda. (story here)
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Debbie Schlussel reports on Janet Napolitano’s Islam enabling girlfriend Dora Schriro:
Ever since Janet Napolitano became Homeland Security Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents warned me about her girlfriend, Dora Schriro, whom she brought with her from Arizona (where Schriro headed the Arizona Department of Corrections). Schriro, a bizarre woman with a Ph.D., treated prisoners as “clients,” her name for them, gave them birthday parties and cakes, etc. And Napolitano made Schriro her special advisor on immigration enforcement, particularly detention and removal of illegal aliens. That’s why many of them are now living in hotel facilities and given perks many destitute legal American citizens would die for. Her New Age psychobabble endangered American national security and made immigration enforcement and detention a nearly impossible task.
When people ask me why I call Napolitano, “The Lesbionic Woman,” that’s one of several reasons why. J-No hires many women with whom she’s had and appears to want to have a relationship–most of whom have zero relevant experience–and they are flushing our border security down the toilet. But while Schriro’s policies at ICE will jeopardize our nation for years–maybe, decades–to come. I will be writing more about Schriro (and what she did to ICE) in the near future. Dr. Schriro (as she insists on being called), quickly left Homeland Security for a job running the New York Department of Correction (her official title is “Commissioner”), thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And that’s where our story begins.
Under Dora Schriro, an extremist Muslim prison cleric (redundant phrase) snuck in box cutter blades. Oh, and he’s a convicted murderer with a record of sexual assault, who converted to Islam in prison. And–ho apropos!–his chosen new Islamic surname is Abdu-Shahid, which is Arabic for “Slave of the Martyr.” And the violent cycle of radical Islamic conversions in the prisons comes full circle and continues.(Story here)