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Archive for September 2007
Americans have the best healthcare in the world. Some, however, choose not be insured; others cannot afford it. Every American should be able to get health insurance coverage that is affordable, fully accessible, and portable. Coverage should meet their individual needs and put them in control. Those who propose a one-size-fits-all Washington-controlled program ignore the cost, inefficiency, and inadequate care that such a system offers. Access to affordable, portable health care can be made available for all Americans without imposing new mandates or raising taxes. Current government programs must also be streamlined and improved so that those who truly need help can get the health care they need. I am committed to a healthcare system that:
- Realigns programs and creates a system around individual consumers and patients by providing more information and more opportunities to choose affordable health care options that best meet their needs and those of their families.
- Improves the individual health of all Americans by shifting to a system that promotes cost-effective prevention, chronic-care management, and personal responsibility
- Modernizes delivery and administration of care by encouraging the widespread use of clinical best practices, medical information technology, and other innovations.
- Increases competition and consumer choice while streamlining regulations through free-market solutions that benefit individuals and reduce costs for employers.
- Promotes and speeds medical research and life-sciences innovation.
Grumps, ya really gotta dig a little deeper.
I’m adding another blog to the roll over there:
Thanks to Calvin.
Government should not run the system
By ROBIN SMITH
Health is a state we should all individually pursue and work to maintain.
Poor health befalls most of us over time requiring the utilization of medical services and interventions. Currently, there is a debate as to whether the government is the entity best equipped to meet individual health and medical needs.
In Tennessee, a well-intended program, TennCare, replaced the Medicaid program, meant to aid those who are disabled and financially unable to meet their health needs. TennCare lacked a residency requirement for almost a decade with rampant fraud with inclusion of those who would not have met the criteria for the Medicaid program. The bulging rolls consumed money taken from our children’s education, state highway funds and other programs in our state. TennCare patients were limited to only a few providers and hospitals.
Look at TennCare experience
Recently, “TennCare reforms” dumped some of the sickest individuals onto a frail safety net with the creation of a new state program to attempt to fill the gaps. This quick reminder of health care at the hands of the government serves as a rendering of the behemoth bureaucracy through which sick individuals will have to navigate to receive medical services.
Reports last week of hospitals in England turning sheets over rather than replacing with fresh laundry portray budget crises in a socialized medicine system. A Canadian doctor, interviewed last week, touted that his patients could get a CT scan in a day â€¦ he’s a veterinarian. Human patients typically wait 30 days to receive the same scan to assist in diagnostics and treatment.
Dr. David Gratzer, physician and Manhattan Institute fellow, published data in July 2007 reflecting outcomes comparisons of health treatments. Five-year cancer survival rates for leukemia are almost 50 percent in America, just 35 percent in Europe. Prostate cancer survival rates in America are 81.2 percent and 44.3 percent in England. Standardized treatments for diseases and illnesses such as these show outcomes favoring American medicine.
Proponents of universal health care speak of the longevity of Europeans at almost 77 years of life compared to 75 years of life in America. Unfortunately, lifestyle and dietary choices of Americans inflict more harm to individual health than most influences.
The solution to our health-care woes begins in our homes in making good selections of consumption, with turning the TV off and getting outside for a walk. The government needs to provide taxpayers a refundable tax credit to purchase an individual policy to meet their health needs and choices. For those who don’t pay income taxes due to income level are those who will qualify justly for the state and federal health programs that exist.
Americans select a cell phone and choose a plan to meet their individual needs. Why should the important decisions of choosing a health-care provider for you and your family along with the hospital where you want to be treated be made by the folks in Washington who are reporting that Social Security and Medicare is about to run out of money?!
Excellent question!Â (extra emphasis mine)
Super’s daughter was prohibited from wearing the T-shirt inside Smyrna High, along with some other students.
“When I persisted to ask why, the quote was that ‘It could cause problems,’ ” Super said. “It’s a political statement. I feel strongly about free speech. I feel like (my daughter’s) rights were infringed upon.”
While I don’t believe in censorship, I don’t think the halls of public institutions of “education” are exactly the best place to express your opinion on a t-shirt. Although, given the indoctrination of said public institutions, I’m actually surprised the shirt was a problem.
At some point, Rice said, Hamas will have to make a choice; “is it prepared to be outside that consensus or not; is it prepared to be outside the Arab consensus or not?”
Meanwhile, Abbas told the Washington Post, in an interview published Sunday, that an offer similar to the 92 percent of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for a Palestinian state extended at Camp David in 2000 would not be enough.
He insisted on the pre-1967 borders, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled meeting with Olmert in his Jerusalem succa to discuss a memorandum of understanding on principles for a peace deal.
When you lose territory in a war, you don’t just get it back cuz you whine a lot, unless the victor agrees. Now, why Israel would agree, I have NO idea. It’s not like the Palestinians are just going to say, “Ok, we got the land back, we won’t slaughter you anymore.”
China has banned television and radio ads for push-up bras, figure-enhancing underwear and sex toys in the communist government’s latest move to purge the nation’s airwaves of what it calls social pollution.
In other words, China doesn’t want to be like the U.S.
About 10 other members of the gang were said by German prosecutors to have escaped and one is now in Britain. The arrested three â€” two of whom were German nationals who had converted to Islam â€” were alleged by prosecutors to be members of an Al Qaeda splinter group called the Islamic Jihad Union.
At the time the British and German authorities denied that there were any links between the cell and Britain. Security sources also played down reports that there had been telephone contact between members of the cell and people in Britain.
However, it emerged Saturday that the Germans have told Britain that at least one of the fugitives has since made his way to this country. A security dragnet has been put in place by Scotland Yardâ€™s counter-terrorism command to try to arrest the man.
So, how did they find out there was really a connection? A little ‘water boarding’ maybe?
The story seemed like a surefire hit for children. A pair of penguins take care of an egg that isn’t theirs and then raise the baby penguin, after it hatches, as their own.
How heartwarming. And who doesn’t love penguins?
Plenty of parents, it turns out, when both penguin parents are male.
What an ignorant statement! It’s not the penguins the parents object to, ya twit! It’s the AGENDA that’s being pushed on their kids. (And no, I do NOT approve of book banning!)
An attack on an African Union army base in the Sudanese region of Darfur has reportedly killed 12 peacekeepers.
Nothing is going to change in that country until they change themselves. The world can continue spending money and blood in that place, but until those who are being affected by the brutality stand up to it, and fight back, there’s not much anyone can do.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is due to arrive in Sudan on Sunday, leading a group of elder statesmen and women to discuss peace in Darfur.
There are no women ‘elder statesmen’?
The Supreme Court is set to begin a term that could lead to enhanced rights for terrorism detainees, a ruling against part of a child pornography law and shorter prison terms for crack cocaine dealers.
Whatever happened to the courtâ€™s march to the right?
Damn good question!
He’ll never want breakfast again.
Pat Bertoletti, a mohawk-sporting chef from Chicago, gulped down 21 pounds of buttery, goopy grits in 10 minutes to win $4,000 in the first World Grits Eating Championship at Louisiana Downs on Saturday.
The grits were presented in 2-pound trays, each about 8 inches by 6 inches and 1 1/2 inches deep, said Ryan Nerz, a spokesman for Major League Eating.
Blech! Yes, I know….I’m a bad Southerner. Nasty stuff!
A MAN who was due to face court after agreeing to plead guilty to plotting to extort more than $US1 million ($A1.14 million) from actor Tom Cruise for the star’s stolen wedding photos has been found dead. David Hans Schmidt, 47, had been under house arrest and was looking at up to two years in jail.
Authorities said it appeared Schmidt had committed suicide, according to an AP report.
Police reportedly noted that a tracker placed on Schmidt had not moved and he was found dead in by officers at his townhouse about 3pm yesterday.
Todd Schmitz said Friday that he is leaving the board. He represented District 26, which includes Ward 5 in the city of Fond du Lac.
Any resident of District 26 who is interested in filling Schmitz’s position should send a resume and cover letter with name, address and phone number to the County Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1557, Fond du Lac, WI 54936, by Monday, Oct. 15. For more information on the County Board or district, call 929-3000. A map of the district is also available at the County Clerk’s Office.
I can think of a few people who would be great in that position.Â Wonder if they live in that particular district……Â
One of the world’s truly dangerous men, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left New York a clear winner this week, and he can thank the arrogance of the American academy and most of the U.S. news media’s studied indifference for his victory.
If the blood-drenched history of the century just past had taught American academics one thing, it should have been that the totalitarian impulse knows no accommodation with reason. You cannot change the totalitarian mind through dialogue or conversation, because totalitarianism — however ingenious the superstructure of faux ideas with which it surrounds itself — is a creature of the will and not the mind. That’s a large lesson, but what should have made Ahmadinejad’s appearance at Columbia University this week a wholly avoidable debacle was the school’s knowledge of its own, very specific history.
n the 1930s, Columbia was run by Nicholas Murray Butler, to whose name a special sort of infamy attaches. Butler was an outspoken admirer of Italian fascism and of its leader, Benito Mussolini. The Columbia president, who also was in the forefront of Ivy League efforts to restrict Jewish enrollment, worked tirelessly to build ties between his school and Italian universities, as well as with the powerful fascist student organizations. At one point, a visiting delegation of 350 ardent young Black Shirts serenaded Butler with the fascist anthem.
Butler also was keen to establish connections with Nazi Germany and its universities. In 1933, he invited Hans Luther, Adolf Hitler’s ambassador to the United States, to lecture on the Columbia campus. Luther stressed Hitler’s “peaceful intentions” toward his European neighbors, and, afterward, Butler gave a reception in his honor. As the emissary of “a friendly people,” Luther was “entitled to be received with the greatest courtesy and respect,” the Columbia president said at the time.
It was such a transparently appalling performance all around that one of the anonymous authors of the New York Times’ “Topics of the Times” column put tongue in cheek and looked forward to the occasion when “the Nazi leaders will point out that they were all along opposed to any measures capable of being construed as unjust to any element in the German population or as a threat to peace in Europe.”
Arrogance, though, is invincible — even to irony.
Three years later, Butler sent a delegation of Columbia dignitaries to participate in anniversary celebrations at the University of Heidelberg. That was after Heidelberg had purged all the Jewish professors from its faculty, reformed its curriculum according to Nazi educational theories and publicly burned the unapproved books in its libraries.
I guess CU was just carrying on the ‘tradition’.
The Iranian parliament on Saturday voted to designate the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army as terrorist organizations, IRNA, the country’s state-run news agency, reported.
The CIA and the U.S. Army “trained terrorists and supported terrorism, and they themselves are terrorists,” the parliament said, according to IRNA.
The Iranian parliament said the condemnation was based on “known and accepted” standards of terrorism from international regulations, including the U.N. charter.
The parliament said it condemns the “aggressions by the U.S. Army, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan” and calls on the United Nations to “intervene in the global problem of U.S. prisons in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and secret jails in other countries,” IRNA reported, quoting a statement from Iranian lawmakers.
Hmmm….I don’t remember our Army folks walking into a crowded market, blowing themselves up, do you? Problems in Git’mo? I guess if you consider allowing those enemies of freedom 3 squares, to Muslim specifications of course, and all the trappings, acts of terrorism, ok. Abu Ghraib? Well, there were a few jackasses, true, but that sure doesn’t mean all of the Army is like that.
The Iranian parliament also decried the CIA’s and U.S. Army’s involvement in the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, U.S. involvement in the Balkans, Vietnam and the U.S. support of Israel.
I wasn’t aware the CIA even existed in 1945. Those bombings, as horrible as they were, ended a war that was killing MILLIONS!
Of the condemnation, Paul Gimigliano, a CIA spokesman, said, “There are some things that don’t even deserve comment. This is one.”
I honestly don’t know why the Iranians would think we even care what they think of us. Oh, I’m sure there are some….moonbats extraodinaire…..who will whine and moan, but personally, I don’t give a flying flip.
The Iranian lawmakers’ condemnation was in apparent retaliation for the U.S. Senate’s resolution Wednesday requesting that the United States designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or Quds Force, as a foreign terrorist organization.
Well, if the bomb belt fits…….
Iran says its nuclear program is necessary for civilian energy production. The United States and other Western nations have accused Tehran of trying to build a nuclear weapon.
Isn’t it odd that before Ahmabooboo was ‘elected’, nuclear energy production wasn’t on the drawing board?
So, ya think there’s not a war of religions? Muslims are peaceful and tolerant? There’s no war on Christianity?
On April 18 at the Zirve Publishing office in Malatya in southeastern Turkey, two Turkish converts to Christianity and a German Christian were bound hand and foot, tortured with multiple stab wounds and had their throats cut. The victims were pastor Necati Aydin, 36; Ugur Yuksel, 32; and Tilmann Geske, 46.
The ritual slayings appeared to be a deliberate observance of the Quranic instruction to â€œstrike terror into the hearts of unbelieversâ€ by smiting them above the neck and striking every finger (Surah 8:12). The victimsâ€™ fingertips were sliced repeatedly and their windpipes and esophagi severed.
A Pakistani official in a northern district warned female teachers and students to don Islamic garb this week, citing threats from Taliban extremists active in the area.
The Pakistani Executive District Officer (EDO) issued a notice requiring female students in Swat district to wear burqas, an outer garment cloaking nearly the entire body, according to an article on Tuesday (September 25) in regional newspaper Daily Mashriq.
Christians in the Afghan-border region 120 miles north of Peshawar say that extremists from the Taliban movement, which ruled most of Afghanistan from 1995 to 2001, have targeted them in recent months.
Extremists in Swat have conducted a campaign of Islamization in the district against all things deemed un-Islamic since early July, when a government crackdown on militants at the Lal Masjid mosque in Islamabad triggered violent reactions nationwide.
Death threats and other dangers here drove most of the members of a church of converts from Islam to other parts of northern Nigeria â€“ yet a fellowship remains.
Of the 25 converts who formed a church in this city in the northeastern state of Borno two years ago, only three remain. Still, while worshipping separately in the towns where they now reside, once a month the converts brave the threats of Islamic extremists and family members to return to Maiduguri to secretly pray and praise together.
Rizwanur Rehman had agreed to convert to Hinduism, according to the wishes of his father-in-law Ashok Todi, to have a peaceful married life with Priyanka. In a letter written to an NGO two days before his mysterious death, the victim not only talked about his â€œharassment at the hands of top Kolkata Police personnelâ€ but also involvement of politicians.
The letter, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, names local Trinamool MLA Javed Khan who acted as a mediator and asked Rizwan to â€œgo and meet his father-in-lawâ€. Rizwanâ€™s family members on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the matter. Rukbanur Rehman, the victimâ€™s elder brother, said: â€œMy brother died after harassment by police. We will also write to the Chief Minister demanding justice.â€
There was panic in Tudun Wada Local Government area of Kano State yesterday as youths unleashed terror on Christians living in the area. The action was as a result of speculations that a Christian teacher in the area drew a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad and displayed it in his sleeping room in the area.
The protesting youths caused serious pandemonium. Ten shops belonging to Igbo traders in the area were set on fire.
The cartoonist was said to have relocated to the house of the district head for safety, before the intervention of the police. The police are now on red alert in the town to prevent escalation of the crisis.
Like many in the world, Daniel Shayesteh closely watched this weekâ€™s U.S. visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
â€œHe is just a liar. Unfortunately, lying in Islam is accepted for the sake of (advancing the) religion,â€ Shayesteh says.
â€œHe is a dictator and has the mind of a suicide bomber, really. He is the servant of the Supreme Leader in Iran (Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and does what he says.â€
He calls Islam â€œa very hierarchical system of beliefâ€ that has no room for personal freedom or democratic values. These views, he says, have earned him death threats from the religionâ€™s radical elements.
Freedom, especially religious freedom, â€œis the target of Islam,â€ he says.
â€œWhen you read the Quran, it says that you must destroy other religions, Jews and Christians. â€¦ You cannot expect them to value your values.â€
Now, tell me again this isn’t a religious war?
Someone is either too cheap to buy his own toilet paper or planning a big prank.
Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel said someone has been repeatedly stealing toilet paper from the men’s public bathrooms at the Fond du Lac City County Government Center since June.
Buechel suspects the person comes in once or twice a week around midday and gets about six rolls a week from dispensers. Some rolls weren’t even full, he said.
The thefts haven’t been a big loss.
“We don’t buy the best toilet paper,” Buechel said.
He expects the thief to get caught. “Someone is going to walk in on him when he’s doing it and we’ll catch him,” he said.
Courthouse officials are on the lookout for suspicious activity.
County sheriff Capt. Dean Will didn’t return a call for comment Friday.
Halloween is coming up, ya know. Â
Courtesy of Texas Fred
President Bush’s call on Friday for a new fund to reduce global warming fell flat with Europeans and environmentalists who say U.N.-mandated cuts in greenhouse gases are what’s needed.
The Europeans are being led by the nose towards complete socialism (or Islamism if you prefer. yes, I know, not exactly the same thing), and they want to yank us along with them? I don’t bloody well think so! They can bow at the alter of the Useless Numnuts, but I for one, pray there are enough people right here in the USA who strong enough to stand up to them. Why should we care what they think! And they think we’re arrogant? Pfft!
To show he meant business, Bush designated his treasury secretary to talk to other nations about getting worldwide contributions to the fund. The money would pay for clean-energy projects in poor countries.
Uh, just which nations does Bush believe is going to be ‘contributing’? And which ONE will be sucking the most out of the taxpayers pockets? Lemme think a minute here…… Ummmm…..oh yeah….THE SAME ONE THAT ALWAYS FOOTS THE BILL! US!
In his speech, Bush acknowledged that climate change is real and that human activity is a factor.
Yeah, the climate changes…..regularly. Human activity? Well, if all these third world countries would stop procreating like flippin’ rabbits, and didn’t have gubmints so corrupt, perhaps THEY wouldn’t be creating so much body heat?
“By setting this goal, we acknowledge there is a problem, and by setting this goal, we commit ourselves to doing something about it,” he said. “We share a common responsibility: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while keeping our economies growing.”
By “we”, I guess he means the US taxpayers. When THEY figure out how to control the planet, let me know.
“There was lots of talk about mandatory caps,” said Yvo de Boer, the top U.N. climate official. “I don’t think it would have been realistic to expect at this first meeting to expect any country to change its position.”
He said he found Bush’s speech “encouraging because it indicates that the U.S. wants to develop this discussion among the major economies, get into the substance, including on the question of goals and the type of regime that’s appropriate, and then feed that into the larger U.N. process.”
No doubt, he saw $ signs. More money for the UN to mismanage.
Bush said his purpose was to begin setting a new worldwide goal for cutting carbon dioxide emissions after 2012 and to help developing nations pay for the changes that would be needed. The president said the reduction goal should be finished by next summer, along with ways to measure progress toward it.
I’d really like to know when the ‘world’ is going to start taking responsibility for themselves, and stop expecting everyone else to go along with their moonbat ideas. Throw all the money you want at a problem, you still have a very expensive problem.
Bush made clear, however, that he saw his talks as complementary to the U.N. negotiations over what will succeed the Kyoto treaty after 2012. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held a summit Monday to grease the wheels for an agreement in December in Bali, Indonesia. Bush has seemed more sensitive lately to perceptions in other parts of the world that the U.S. government either does not take the phenomenon of global warming seriously _ or seriously enough.
What I don’t take seriously is the constant ‘sky is falling’ BS. In the great scheme of things, we (humans) are totally insignificant.
“Congress needs to lead. The president is not giving us the leadership we need. Ultimately what we need are mandatory caps,” Krupp said. “No air pollution problem in the world has ever been solved without having legal limits.”
Not much ‘leadership’ in Congress either, unless you count the time that has been wasted. REAL leadership on that one! (insert sarcasm here)
Until recently, said Emil Salim, an economist and member of the Indonesian president’s council of advisers, Bush offered “no dialogue on the Kyoto Protocol whatsoever. This time, the members of the Kyoto Protocol are invited to discuss. So from that point of view, there is some improvement,” he said in an interview. “But on the other hand, I think it has more to do with the domestic politics, because you have election.”
What’s to talk about? Best I can figure it out, the Kyoto is nothing more than a piece of paper. I don’t see those who signed it doing much of anything, but putting more restraints on their people. Has there been less pollution in those countries? Do they breath easier? More freely?
I honestly think the Numnuts should spend more time worrying about the slaughter of innocents than whether or not the earth’s temperature rises a degree or two.
Cross posted: Reject the UN
I promise the Mr. I would post this today, and just plum forgot! Sorry hunny!
I’m sure most folks in Wisconsin have already seen it, but there are those of us in the southern regions that don’t get to listen to Charlie on a regular basis, so didn’t catch the link on his site. :)Â Steve Gill is the morning guy down here.Â Besides…I’ve been REALLY busy lately.
A little game to make your surveillance of the liberal side of the Cheddarsphere a little more palatable. Each of the following gets you one swig of any Wisconsin beer of your choice, unless otherwise noted:
- Wingnut (Double Swig on Plaisted Writes)
- Racist (Light Beer only)
- The tyranny of talk radio or equivalent
- Charlie Sykes
- Mark Belling
- Jay Weber (Double Swig)
- Jeff Wagner (Triple Swig)
- Rush Limbaugh
- Bill O’Reilly
- Fox News
- Faux News (Double Swig)
- A truly funny joke or story (One Entire 12-oz. Can)
- A failed attempt at humor (Light Beer only)
- Any sort of angry white male reference
- A low IQ reference to Republicans or conservatives
- Quoting a failed Democrat (Jimmy Carter, John Norquist, etc)
- Creepy John Hinckley-like obsession with Jessica McBride (Light Beer only)
- Any pointless Tom Tomorrow cartoon
- Homophobic, etc
- You’re full of crap! (Triple Swig on Folkbum)
- Impeach Bush! in any of the Google ads
- Any over-hyped story from Media Matters
- Any ad for a 01-20-2009 countdown timer or merchandise
- Any reference to the Founding Fathers
- George W. Bush photoshopped to look stupid (Light Beer only)
- Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11
- Glowing references to Keith Olbermann
- Republican hypocrisy or conservative hypocrisy
- Cute baby pictures (One 12-oz. can – not everything is politics, you know)
- Any decent recipe
- Any decent non-vegetarian recipe (One 12-oz. can)
- Bob (if you are watching The Bob Newhart Show while surfing)
On the more frequent items I had to specify Light Beer in order combat The National Epidemic of Obesity. As for The National Epidemic of Drunkenness, you’re on your own . . .
No matter what I do, that president thingy right down there gets doubled.Â Not sure what the problem is, but oh well.Â Sorry ’bout that.Â :/
Seems Duncan Hunter and I have many views in common. Fred Thompson came in second.
H/T: Neal Boortz