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3451  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / EMR - not ready for prime time on: May 22, 2013, 07:53:11 AM

The Obama crony in charge of your medical records
   
By Michelle Malkin  •  May 22, 2013 06:43 AM

The Obama crony in charge of your medical records
 by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
 Copyright 2013

Who is Judy Faulkner? Chances are, you don’t know her — but her politically connected, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company may very well know you. Top Obama donor and billionaire Faulkner is founder and CEO of Epic Systems, which will soon store almost half of all Americans’ health information.

If the crony odor and the potential for abuse that this “epic” arrangement poses don’t chill your bones, you ain’t paying attention.

As I first noted last year before the IRS witch hunts and DOJ journalist snooping scandals broke out, Obama’s federal electronic medical records (EMR) mandate is government malpractice at work. The stimulus law provided a whopping $19 billion in “incentives” (read: subsidies) to force hospitals and medical professionals into converting from paper to electronic record-keeping systems. Penalties kick in next year for any provider who fails to comply with the one-size-fits-all edict.

Obamacare bureaucrats claimed the government’s EMR mandate would save money and modernize health care. As of December 2012, $4 billion had already gone out to 82,535 professionals and 1,474 hospitals; a total of $6 billion will be doled out by 2016. What have taxpayers and health care consumers received in return from this boondoggle? After hyping the alleged benefits for nearly a decade, the RAND Corporation finally admitted in January that its cost-savings predictions of $81 billion a year — used repeatedly to support the Obama EMR mandate — were, um, grossly overstated.

Among many factors, the researchers blamed “lack of interoperability” of records systems for the failure to bring down costs. And that is a funny thing, because it brings us right back to Faulkner and her well-connected company. You see, Epic Systems — the dominant EMR giant in America — is notorious for its lack of interoperability. Faulkner’s closed-end system represents antiquated, hard drive-dependent software firms that refuse to share data with doctors and hospitals using alternative platforms. Health IT analyst John Moore of Chilmark Research, echoing many industry observers, wrote in April that Epic “will ultimately hinder health care organizations’ ability to rapidly innovate.”

Question: If these subsidized data-sharing systems aren’t built to share data to improve health outcomes, why exactly are we subsidizing them? And what exactly are companies like Faulkner’s doing with this enhanced power to consolidate and control Americans’ private health information? It’s a recipe for exactly the kind of abuse that’s at the heart of the IRS and DOJ scandals.

As I reported previously, a little-noticed HHS Inspector General’s report issued last fall exposed how no one is actually verifying whether the transition from paper to electronic is improving patient outcomes and health services. No one is actually guarding against GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). No one is checking whether recipients of the EMR incentives are receiving money redundantly (e.g., raking in payments when they’ve already converted to electronic records). And no one is actually protecting private data from fraud, theft or exploitation.

But while health IT experts and concerned citizens balk, money talks. Epic employees donated nearly $1 million to political parties and candidates between 1995 and 2012 — 82 percent of it to Democrats. The company’s top 10 PAC recipients are all Democratic or left-wing outfits, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (nearly $230,000) to the DNC Services Corporation (nearly $175,000) and the America’s Families First Action Fund Democratic super-PAC ($150,000). The New York Times reported in February that Epic and other large firms spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying for the Obama EMR “giveaway.”

Brandon Glenn of Medical Economics observes “it’s not a coincidence” that Epic’s sales “have been skyrocketing in recent years, up to $1.2 billion in 2011, double what they were four years prior.”

It’s also no coincidence, as a famous Democratic presidential candidate once railed, that the deepest-pocketed donors “are often granted the greatest access, and access is power in Washington.” That same candidate, Barack Obama, named billionaire Democratic donor Faulkner as the only industry representative on the federal panel overseeing the $19 billion EMR “incentives” program from which her company benefits grandly.

The foxes are guarding the Obamacare henhouse. The IRS vultures are circling overhead. The shadow of tyranny and the stench of corruption are unmistakable. If you see something, say something. BOLO is our watchword.
3452  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 20, 2013, 07:59:55 AM
On the news is Obama's rant that "blacks have to work twice as hard"

Is this really true?  In the highly competitive field of medicine I am in, the people who get ahead are ALL the ones who work twice as hard.  Be they white black oriental middle eastern indian female male......

3453  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: May 20, 2013, 07:32:59 AM
I read in Louisiana Bobby Jindal's poll ratings tanked because he is trying to replace the state income tax with a state sales tax.

I don't know if it would fly nationally.  

Same problem for a cross the board flat tax.   The same half of the country that pays no tax will immediately and automatically be against this.

OTOH to borrow a re-used quote from Rahm (it was not an original line when he used it), "let no crises go to waste".   *Now* seems like as good time as any to bring up tax reform.

Pessimistically I doubt it will have legs.   But it is worth a try.  

The Repubs have to have a broader more inclusive message about the dangers of the entitlement state and offer the better alternative.   While they are trying they not succeeded so far.  
3454  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: May 19, 2013, 09:46:53 PM
Doug,

Sounds good to me.   
But how?
The Repubs are divided between the compromisers (establishment types ) and Teaparty types.
And the liberal media keeps pushing the Democratic coalition's social agenda to the front and center :

War on babes
Gays being insulted
illegals are being targeted because the are Latino
illegals have civil rights
Muslims are second class citizens
whites men are devils

etc.

The Democrat machine is controlled  by the liberal agenda and seems much more unified in its message.   I don't know how or why they are so successful at doing this.  They have their talking points that just gets  out all over the media and targets the emotions of all there coalition of voters.  It is more personal.  More emotional.   Vote for us because you ARE gay, black, Spanish, single mother, we will get YOU what we need. 

Republicans do not seem to be able to match this.   First they seem more divided.  The establishment compromisers and the Teapartiers.  Tax reform, jobs, energy while all true and just, just doesn't have the same coat tugging affect of the lefts more up close and personal messages.   


 
3455  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: May 19, 2013, 09:27:05 PM
Some have already suggested we have a fourth scandal though few seem to be paying attention ->  the recess appointments when there was no recess.   
3456  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Benghazi and related matters on: May 19, 2013, 09:25:06 PM
Doug:

"All we don't know is whether or not people care"

Agreed.   

I vaguely remember Nixon times.   I  was 16 in '73 and not as interested in politics as with the girl in the hallway.   I recall thinking what was the fuss over Nixon.  It seemed like a political vendetta to "get" the Republican.  Later I look back and agree that behavior like Nixon's shouldn't be tolerated. 

The ironic thing now is the same liberals who went after Nixon then do everything possible to look the other way now it is *their guy" even more obviously commiting breach of power.   Agenda trumps honesty, integrity, and even the law.
3457  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / DSM 5 on: May 19, 2013, 10:54:14 AM
The new bible of mental disorders is filled many myths.   It is kind of like the real Bible - whatever one wants to believe:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201212/dsm-5-is-guide-not-bible-ignore-its-ten-worst-changes
3458  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Benghazi and related matters on: May 19, 2013, 10:18:33 AM
Will Congress need the Supreme Court to get communications from Hillary and Obama?  Didn't the Supremes weigh in on the Nixon tapes?

The only hope to pin this on Obama (all savvy people know he and his close advisors are responsible) is an email or getting someone to turn.

 The only other thought is public opinion turns and the media do their job.   I am not holding my breath.

3459  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / should steroid users in Hall of Fame? on: May 19, 2013, 10:11:43 AM





 
 
should steroid users be in Hall of Fame

Today at 10:09:40 AM »

I lean against it.   This writer leans for it.   Yes other substances have been used by other players.  Alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines.   Surely many players were not role models in their personal lives.  Certainly the achievements of the steroid using players are still unbelievable.   Yet it is also obvious Bonds, Canseco, McGuire, Sosa, Rodriguez, and the rest would never had come close to the same numbers without performance drugs.   Surely Clemens would not have pitched as long.  I never hear it but I also wonder how Nolan Ryan could throw at 95 miles and hour pushing 50.   Well I suppose Satchel Page was that old.

Anyone with any thoughts?

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/195079-steroid-users-in-hall-of-fame
 

 
 
 
3460  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / should steroid users be in Hall of Fame on: May 19, 2013, 10:09:40 AM
I lean against it.   This writer leans for it.   Yes other substances have been used by other players.  Alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines.   Surely many players were not role models in their personal lives.  Certainly the achievements of the steroid using players are still unbelievable.   Yet it is also obvious Bonds, Canseco, McGuire, Sosa, Rodriguez, and the rest would never had come close to the same numbers without performance drugs.   Surely Clemens would not have pitched as long.  I never hear it but I also wonder how Nolan Ryan could throw at 95 miles and hour pushing 50.   Well I suppose Satchel Page was that old.

Anyone with any thoughts?

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/195079-steroid-users-in-hall-of-fame
3461  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: The Art of Dying on: May 18, 2013, 11:01:44 PM
trees are good idea.  soak of some the excess atmospheric CO2 and make more 02.  OTOH the bodies in the soil eventually will fertilize the Earth.
3462  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / tobacco bioengineered as source of oil? on: May 18, 2013, 12:03:19 PM
http://news.msn.com/science-technology/video?videoid=83a1fcc4-3077-f4cb-7e86-60517eda2931&ap=true
3463  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: May 18, 2013, 11:54:00 AM
Problem is how to stop this regime which runs the US government like a mafia, punish your enemies and pay off your friends.  When nearly half the population is on some sort of assistance.....

http://www.steynonline.com/

How do we ever get mafia dons?

Law enforcement bugs, covertly eaves drop, get witness to turn.   The only strategy we can use here is the latter.  That is why we need a special prosecutor.   But doesn't Justice or the President have to appoint one?

So we are screwed.  
3464  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Big Brother Big business and criminals worse than government on: May 18, 2013, 10:59:06 AM
This is so true.  Business spying is rampant.  There is some outrage when there is government spying.  There is some outrage over international sovereign spying.   But not enough about business/criminal spying.  It has to be rampant on Wall street.   It has to rampant in Wash DC.  I can tell you it is rampant in the entertainment industry.   I am not sure what can be done about.    Most people don't see it, are not big victims of it yet, or don't know.   So they don't care or don't believe it.   That is part of the problem.   Than what to do with the progressively advancing technology all the while more and more of everything is connected.  Thirdly one would have to assume people who are enforcing it are honest and not corruptible.  Good luck. 

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15519811/ns/business-cnbc_tv/t/cnbc-special-report-big-brother-big-business/
3465  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / From economist on: May 18, 2013, 10:35:48 AM
Professor Vermes.  Born Jewish in Hungary and became a priest to escape Nazism later studied the Dead Sea Scrolls has a fascinating view of Jesus. 
His scholarship in this area helped transform long held dogma about Jesus.   OF course there will always be debate.  And there will always be mystery.

He puts more emphasis on the fact that Jesus was Jewish.   That the Jews did not kill Jesus (though some of them may not have minded the Romans doing it).

Most of all he admires Jesus for being a genius and closer to spiritual truth then anyone but nonetheless he was still a man:

http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21578017-geza-vermes-jew-ex-priest-and-translator-dead-sea-scrolls-died-may-8th-aged

I recall being offended by Ann Coulter comment on Donny Deusch stating that Christianity is an improvement on Judaism.   After reading this article I would prefer that both religions are great with wonderful teachings we can all learn and hope to live by.   
3466  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Dogs may have evolved with US! on: May 15, 2013, 08:33:37 PM
My favorite food was always prime rib too...though I rarely eat it these days....

http://news.yahoo.com/dogs-humans-evolved-together-study-suggests-190353779.html
3467  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / habital zone on: May 15, 2013, 07:33:34 PM
This may dated 2009.  Probably a lot more now:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/kepler-62-kepler-69.html
3468  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / or is it? on: May 15, 2013, 07:15:49 PM
http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21577341-worlds-third-largest-area-ice-about-undergo-systematic
3469  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Environmental issues on: May 15, 2013, 07:13:10 PM
Mt Everest which is part of the third largest ice mass in the world is melting:

http://news.in.msn.com/business/article.aspx?cp-documentid=253014561&page=2#page=1
3470  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 15, 2013, 06:53:53 PM
OK lets put to rest the concept that "career" civil servants are nonpartisan.   That is like saying school teachers are all nonpartisan.   Or all doctors are nonpartisan.  "it is all about patient care".  Although how many doctors are Dems and how many are, like me, Republican I am really not sure.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/348417/irs-employees-disproportionately-donate-obama
3471  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 15, 2013, 04:45:45 PM
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-05-15/whats-in-the-irs-inspector-generals-report

I tried to look up who oversees the Office of Inspector General and it seems according to Wikipedia there are MANY offices of the "Inspector General".

If I read right the particular OIG who comes out with the above mentioned report more or less exonerating Lerner at the IRS is the one under HHS - that is overseen by, you got it Sec. Sebelius.

All of a sudden a report is released sounding as though it is non partisan and objective, coming from a department run by one Brockster appointee  that "exonerates" the IRS which is controlled by a another Brockster appointee.

It is all legal mumbo jumbo that has ZERO credibility.   Actually can anyone EVER remember one Fed agency uncovering illegal activity of another Federal agency?

Yet MSLSD will be advising us tonight that the career civil servants who never have a political axe to grind at an OIG investigated and found no wrong doing and that is the end of the story.

It was those jerks the  Clintons who dumbed us all down with this kind of crap.


3472  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / most (not all) media are the biggest hippocrits of all. on: May 15, 2013, 12:01:06 PM
Yes Crafty .   Your points are huge take away here.

I hope this all serves as an education in left wing propaganda to the youth of our nation who were naïve enough to fall for Obama.  

Thank God for Fox and talk radio.

Without *our voices* being heard we could only imagine the boundless corruption of the left media, academia, and Democrat party .  As it is it is  a nightmare.

Hopefully the Republicans can regain their footing.  They need to be extra tough here.  IMHO their platform is big government equals corruption, incompetence, and stagnation.

But they need to give the alternative positive agenda.  IMHO they do need to speak of fairness.   Something akin, not blaming the rich but simply hold them to the same standards as those who are not.

Is it finally time to invest in oil gas etc?   Screw wind solar and e-vehicles.
3473  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: May 15, 2013, 11:21:34 AM
Obama plays monopoly.  Holder gets the "Get out of jail free card".

Axelrod spinning (out of control):

Government *too big* for the Brockster to control.  WOW! cheesy grin

Axelrod IS (from my armchair view) the guy who needs an investigation.  This is the guy who probably needs to be in jail.  It appears he is the source of this corruption.   Of course Obama gives him the nods.  But obamster is just the front man.  He is not the strategist brains.  I am not sure if Axelrod is the only one but he is probably the head of the politburo. 

There is something sickening on how all this only is going nuclear because as Crafty (the media "ox is being gored") and many others on radio are pointing out because that the media were being spied on.
Otherwise they would still be covering for their ONE.   I can only say the media entertainment complex does a lot of spying and snooping including much of it illegally of their own.  They hold tremendous power.   More than ever by far.   

But if this is what it takes to get Obama for his crimes than so be it.  It is "manna from heaven".  Hey how come the media is not being accused of going after the Black guys Obama and Holder.  Where is Geraldo:

"this is all about RACE afterall, no?"  that idiot.  Well he is only half Jewish.  That's explains him.  I still don't understand the 75% who support the crats....

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/348346/scarborough-goes-axelrod-spinning-ap-tapping-%E2%80%98save-somebody-else-buy-that%E2%80%99
3474  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 14, 2013, 08:12:25 PM
I wonder if any of these scandals will be proven to be connected to Obama.

Surely he knew about a lot of this.  Surely he gave the "nod".   That doesn't mean there is anything in writing or any email evidence to speak to this likely truth.

So we would have to hope someone will turn on him.  Perhaps we will need special prosecutor(s) to force the truth out of those who will surely be thrown under the bus with
the proverbial buck stuffed in their pockets.

We will now have to suffer through the inevitable democratic counter attack being formulated as we speak.

I wonder if any of the journolisters are on the AP list.  Lets see if they are STILL more infatuated with their beloved party or with themselves and their fellow media types.

Will there come a point where they will en masse throw the ONE under the bus?  Paving the way for Clinton?  Or Cuomo?  Will Boomer Bloomberg jump into the ring?


3475  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 5G on: May 13, 2013, 08:15:20 AM
Is this a big deal?   Where's GG.

From Samsung:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/technology/samsung-announces-breakthrough-in-mobile-data-speed.html?partner=yahoofinance&_r=0
3476  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: May 13, 2013, 08:05:16 AM
The author forgets Barack Hussain Obama.  He alone makes up for all the Jews on the lists.

He is the gift to the world.
3477  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Fed, Banking, Monetary Policy, Dollar & other currencies, Gold/Silver on: May 12, 2013, 03:56:20 PM
"It’s no wonder that the market remains so risk-averse, since this is hardly a comforting position we're in. For now, that is probably a good thing. But in the wake of the election results and the Fed's latest decision, I am less optimistic today than I have been for several years. "


"less optimistic"  & "for several years".

Wow.

Now if Wesbury starts to show signs of cold feet - it's money under the mattress time.  undecided
3478  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 2 nd post today on this thread on: May 08, 2013, 01:04:16 PM
I am a little surprised Christie had lap band surgery.  It is easier and quicker but the success rate is far less than gastric sleeve or Roux - en - Y.

Something like 80% of lap band procedures fail by 5 yrs.  I don't even recommend it anymore.  I've seen and heard many problems with it.

Yet the fear of a permanent but slightly higher risk procedure usually still has people choosing this.

3479  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / We can only hope...but I won't hold my breath on: May 08, 2013, 12:22:35 PM
Now if this were a Republican....

Yesterday the sleaze in ex chief - Bill announced Hillary is not definitely running for his past job....

Likely the only thing the main stream media will carry about this is the Clinton army of BS ers blanketing all the talk shows and news outlets with the rapid response "damage" control. 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/7/john-bolton-benghazi-could-bring-down-obama-admini/
3480  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / I've read he is way overrated as a brain anyway on: May 08, 2013, 11:56:20 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/stephen-hawking-backs-boycott-israeli-academics-152822565.html
3481  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The cans have to emphasize this in my opinion on: May 08, 2013, 11:41:52 AM
Interesting piece along with some Fox news displays of leftists arguing we should do away with the concept of marriage altogether.  WE can redefine marriage between two People for now whether homo or hetero before we move to the next step in the progression of arguing against marriage altogether.  We are all wards of a collectivism with rules and regulations dictated by a single worldly government.

So there will be no nuclear family as we know it.  We are like on the Kibbutz.  Children raised in collective gov controlled societies.

Folks this is a science fiction nightmare.  How can we get the average American to see this?  Would even the immigrants from socialistic societies be ok with this?  Are our young this stupid to see what they are giving into?

Why can't the republicans get their message straight?  How do we stop the Axelrod machine from lying about their intentions.   Obama poking fun at those who call him a socialist - as though he is not and they are crazy.
3482  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: May 08, 2013, 11:30:07 AM
"My solution was simple.  No more of this stuff!"

Thank goodness.   I hope the board continues for another 50 yrs!  Smiley)

Sometimes sedatives or hypnotics can unmask or worsen an underlying sleep apnea problem.

 
3483  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / doctor in training with hepatitis B on: May 05, 2013, 02:19:23 PM
If my understanding is correct the present medical community thinking is surgeons who carry blood born transmissible diseases such as Hepatitis B or C or HIV should be allowed to practice their craft being that there is a bidirectional duty to protect themselves and their patients with proper precautions.   Sterile technique gloves etc.  In practice it has not been rare though it seems the exception for me to see patients getting HIV test  before surgery.  I am not sure who ordered the tests or why but I suspect it was the surgeon looking to protect him/herself.   Yet I have never heard of an infected surgeon disclosing to a prospective patient that he or she is infected.   One can argue the surgeon has the right to privacy and to not be discriminated against.  But I would err on the side that the patient has the right to know they are or might be at increased risk to contract a chronic infection by undergoing an invasive procedure from an infected surgeon.    Indeed, I frankly take the position that an infected person has no business performing procedures on patients.   Would I or you or anyone in their right mind want someone to do a bloody procedure such as opening your belly or your chest etc if I you knew the surgeon was HIV positive.  Gloves will not protect from an accidental scalpel cut.   On the other hand I see no reason why someone cannot be a doctor in a nonsurgical specialty.

http://news.yahoo.com/feds-hepatitis-b-no-barrier-health-practice-144109082.html
3484  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: May 05, 2013, 01:39:21 PM
"but found out it tends to suppress breathing"

Raises concern for sleep apnea.  Please look into this if not already done. 
3485  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cato Institute: Privatization of Social Security? on: May 04, 2013, 11:57:46 AM
Instead of my rambling in a somewhat unorganized fashion here is one post from a think tank.  I will try to explore more on these sites.

http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/articles/gokhale_article.pdf
3486  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: May 04, 2013, 11:43:35 AM
Good points Crafty.  I think Bobby Jindal alludes to the same thing.  You have to love all the people or something like that. 

But you bring up other related points.  Can we afford for people to continue retiring at early ages?  Can we continue spending on benefits?  Med and SS account for the lions share so I read.

The whole concept that government should take care of us and that people are entitled is flawed as I think you and most on this board would agree.

How do we fight against the push for more and more.  Education should be an entitlement.  Health care for all.  Birth control.    Retirement. 

And how can taxpayers, like me, not resent having to pay for all this.  I am supposed to love all the people going on the dole?

JG takes the salesman angle.  Or how to make friends .....   Or Zig Ziglar type sale.  Find something we have in common and win them over.  But isn't the lowest price going to win most of the time?

How do we combat envy?  When we see Wall Street and Washington and Hollywood rolling in so much money they can't spend it fast enough?

I have no problem with successful, lucky or brilliant people getting rich.  I am jealous but I want the chance to do the same.  What I do wish for is that the wealthy only get the way by the same rules we all have to put up with.  WE know the rules are not the same for many of these folks.  I don't need to reiterate how corrupt and dishonest and criminal the entertainment industry is. 

I really think the Repblicans can combat class envy better if they would just acknowledge corruption (and not just drugs and mafia and street crime but in politics, in wall street, in media, etc) and make a case that we need to enforce existing rules, we need better white collar crime enforcement etc perhaps we could get over the envy and soak the rich mentality.

I do ramble myself .  I could make formulating a more organized plan a full time job.  I enjoy brain storming though.

3487  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / conservative think tanks/webites on: May 03, 2013, 09:10:03 PM
I haven't had a chance to go into these but here are names in a list that I hear about but know little beyond the titles:

http://usconservatives.about.com/od/conservativepolitics101/tp/Top-Conservative-Web-Sites.htm
3488  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: May 03, 2013, 09:04:14 PM
Some good points but a bit rambling which truthfully I find myself doing when I try to organize a strategy in my mind for Republicans.

But this "One way you persuade people to become more conservative is to explain to them how conservative they already are and build out from there"

is in sync with what Rove et al are getting at when they speak how conservative Latinos are.  They are family oriented religious etc.  So clearly they are figuring how to reach them as voters from this angle.  I just don't know how we can compete with cold hard cash.

I doubt most vote their cultural beliefs anyway.  Most of vote our wallets.  It is the economy stupid.

I am not saying cold cash is specific to Latinos or any other cultural or ethnic group.  It seems to be related to economic class.  "The 47 %"  whether English Spanish white black red yellow etc.  If 47 % pay no fed income tax they will continue to vote for others to pay.  So how do we combat that? 

But what are the cultural wars?  Are we just talking abortion and gay marriage?

Family as the nuclear unit?

Doing to our neighbor as we would like done to us?

How about honesty?

Faithfulness?

Law abiding?

Personal responsibility?

But what does any of this have to do with Democrats confiscating wealth to buy votes?  That is the reason most people vote.  Isn't that obvious?
3489  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Merck and GSK new class of sleep medicines on: May 03, 2013, 08:37:10 PM
works on different brain receptors than existing medicines:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/suvorexant-side-effects-sleeping-_n_3008709.html#slide=1328563
3490  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: May 03, 2013, 07:17:05 PM
Crafty , I agree with you ; it is that simple.  To clarify what I meant about Ronald Reagan in my last post;

The issues with Reagan  are:

1) that spending also skyrocketed during his administration.  He seemed to have no problem signing the Democrat big spending bills. 

2) RR also apparently trusted (without verifying) that the borders would be sealed.   Never trust a Democrat.   They will always come back to squeeze more.  OTOH perhaps many Republicans didn't push for border control either playing favor for their farmer constituents (cheap labor doing the back breaking field work).

3) RR said and did nothing while the savings and loan disaster hemorrhaged money.  Then that amount of money seemed like an unbelievable amount .  Today it is pocket change.

Fast forward to today.

I guess Rove et. al. believe the best course of action is to go along with amnesty then move forward trying to win the hearts and minds of these newly legal illegals.  Fat chance they have of competing with cold hard taxpayer cash endlessly offered by the Dem party to buy these off these new voters.

I guess I don't have a better answer as Doug once asked on this thread. 

Until a crash bangs people over the head that the party spending taxpayer money is over.
3491  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Rubio responds on: May 03, 2013, 09:28:26 AM
With the most cynical view possible.  However,  I have posted I think the same thing.  Obama WILL grant amnesty. 
Based on this view he is probably correct.  We have little choice.  Again the readily apparent the precedent Ronald Reagan set was a disaster in the making.  In a way he was/is overrated.   

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/rubio-pitch-conservatives-immigration-reform-don-t-act-140103261.html
3492  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: May 03, 2013, 08:57:44 AM
"All indications are that Obama, Schumer, Durbin, Pelosi et al want an issue for 2014, not a solution in 2013.  That makes the GOP negotiating strategy harder, if not impossible.  MHO."

Doug,

You could be right.  I admit conservatives appear to be nearly surrounded on this issue.   I don't here them making a good case that the issue is not racial though.  Every time the issue is brought up it is all about the Spanish.  It is not.  We have I read estimates of 50 K Irish in NY here illegally.  Does anyone in NJ think all these Asians many of whom work in the back of the thousands of Chinese restaurants are all legal?  And to be politically correct (I am Jewish after all) perhaps some of the Israelis are not legal that I meet. 


I don't hear enough people saying it is not about race or country of origin.  It is about the right of the US citizens being able to decide how many people get here and their qualifications based on clean law enforcement records, demonstration ethical work behavior, or some work skill, maybe not ten dependent children ready to apply for food stamps and welfare etc. 

Just wondering.  If brock grants amnesty to the illegals will they have the right to vote?   If yes, then I would shocked if he doesn't do it.

Listening to talk radio a lot on the right are outraged over Rubio.  I am more forgiving.  But one thing recent history has taught us - never ever trust a Democrat politician.

How in the world can one make a deal with any of the above four names?  They have NO honor.  They are all demonstrated serial pathologic liars.  I don't understand why honesty is not a job requirement for Senators and Presidents.  Everything I was taught growing up about this is turned inside out.   Where did this get lost?

3493  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / propaganda on: May 02, 2013, 12:07:14 PM
I am not sure if this is a legitimate topic or not.  I guess this could go under political rants.   At a time where out country is divided. This book review from the Economist is perhaps a timely reminder that politics has always been a fight for the hearts, minds, and votes and often pocketbooks of voters - in a Democracy or Republic. 

The biggest problem is sorting out "propaganda" from truth.  If it is truth is it propaganda?  And one person's truth can be considered another's propaganda muddling it all even further.   Michael Savage correctly calls David Axelrod a political genius for using propaganda to its max.   I am thinking that the difference between him and Rove is Axelrod's willingness and to be more ruthless, with little concern for truth and transparency.

Some would argue (wrongly in my view) that Rove is just the other side of the same coin.  But I take the position of radio host Aaron Klein who argues the biggest threat to the US is not China, not Jihad, but the leftist movement from within. 

In any case, back to "propaganda":

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21576641-fine-account-bloody-early-battle-shots-heard-round-world
3494  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Some thoughts on: May 02, 2013, 10:42:40 AM
" If there is no path ever, the issue remains front and center forever."

mea culpa?

I see it differently.  We "compromise" now only to continue having to go on defensive again.

The moderate Republican (rhino) keeps compromising thinking that will ease the relentless progressive march.  Instead it allows their political movement to step forward plant there footing down from a new more strategically "forward" position from which they will continue their campaign to press towards the end game.  One world government in charge and in control of the world.   Until Republicans can get the low information voters to understand they are giving away our freedom I  would have to agree with Marc Levin - we stand and hold our ground.  I f I believed the Repubs present leaders truly believed we take a temporary defensive fall back position so we can come back and fight another day (perhaps many years from now) then I might reluctantly support them.  I really don't have that kind of faith or confidence of the insightfulness of the Bushes, Roves and the Boehners.  I used to be more moderate until it hit me like a sledgehammer during a Jeff Sachs speech at my nephews graduation at Lehigh some yrs ago about which I posted my experience here. 

Just as shocking was the fact that my nephew and his two brothers didn't even think it was a political speech.  ONe even worked for Romney.  He now works for Bobby Jindal.   It appears the young generation is being duped.  They are too young and at this time perhaps too idealistic.  Perhaps also bribed for loans and "free" health care to age 26.  Wait till they get older and they themselves have to pay for this care Have to deal with high taxation, sit and watch benefits fly from their wallets to a larger and expanding segment of the population.  Wait till the reality hits them the progressive movement wants to transfer their freedom and their money to the world.  That is the end game.  People on the board know it.  But these youngsters appear ignorant of what is going on.  History repeats itself because the generations over time forget.  Humanity keeps reclycling.

We give in now to the "11" million illegals, then swallow up their families -  I say the compromise has to come from eliminating almost all government benefits - not just to them but to us here. 

We can't just keep giving out endless dollars.  And yes the rest of us WILL have to work to 70 before expecting SS. 

I am hopeful.  The progressives cannot continue this forever before there is a huge wake up call.  I don't know if it will take a crash.  And in any case what arises from the rubble of such a crash is unclear.  Certainly the Bushes and Roves and Boehners don't have a vision.   They are detail men.  I don't think they have a real plan for us.   A back peddling defensive position on the Spanish vote won't work .  The Democrats will just keep up the drive to buy them out with more benefits. 
3495  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Slave uprisings on: May 01, 2013, 11:32:11 AM
And betrayel..... a subject I have become expert in:

http://www.theroot.com/views/were-there-slaves-stephen-django
3496  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Housing/Mortgage/Real Estate on: May 01, 2013, 11:18:29 AM
right up Brock's socialist alley.
3497  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / GM losing money on E cars on: May 01, 2013, 11:15:34 AM
I put this under government programs.   I notice a lot of liberal media blowback about gasoil potential (through fracking) in the form of recent articles about the "huge" potential of electric cars, methane, biofuels, wind and still with the solar.

****GM Still Taking Taxpayers for a Ride

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Last September when Reuters calculated that General Motors (NYSE: GM  ) was losing almost $50,000 on every Chevy Volt it sold the carmaker was apoplectic with indignation at the "grossly wrong" numbers being thrown around. Sure they were losing money, every new technological advance does, but as they built more cars and then released Volt 2.0 they would become profitable.

Well, GM has certainly built more Volts over the last six months or so and they've even sold a few more, too, but then so has Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) and Nissan (NASDAQOTH: NSANY  ) . In fact Tesla sold more of its all-electric Model S cars in the first quarter of the year than GM did with its Volt, and Nissan turned itself around enough so that its LEAF outsold the Volt in March.

We'll get the April sales numbers in a day or so to see if any traction has been made as spring has gotten under way, and if GM was able to recover from March sales plunging 35%. One thing hasn't changed month to month and that is that the Volt is still a money-losing proposition for GM and for the taxpayers who bailed it out.

In a presentation yesterday, CEO Dan Akerson admitted GM is still losing money on every Volt sold and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. So what's the solution? Not to admit defeat, that's for sure, at least certainly not when the taxpayer is still nominally footing the bill for your company. Nope, what you do is double down and say you're going to make even more of your money-losing cars than you did before and you're going to make them even cheaper than they are now!

Akerson didn't say how much GM was losing on each Volt, but he did say that if it ever hoped to make a profit on them the carmaker would need to cut as much as $10,000 from the cost of production. That, however, won't be happening until the next-gen model is introduced, which won't be until 2015 or 2016 at the earliest.

The already heavily subsidized Volt starts at less than $40,000 before a $7,500 tax credit kicks in. Last year the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the government's efforts to foist electric vehicles on a public that doesn't really want them will cost taxpayers $7.5 billion through 2019, including grants of $2.4 billion to lithium-ion-battery makers (you know, like bankrupt A123 Systems and Ener1). So how GM will be able to take that much cost out of building the Volt without eliminating any of its features is anyone's guess.

Despite generous rebates, ridiculously low leasing offers, and using fleet sales to juice monthly sales numbers the Volt remains rather unpopular among the car-buying public. In the meantime, though, taxpayers can enjoy the ride GM is taking them on.


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3498  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: April 28, 2013, 10:43:13 PM
Agreed but I am not clear who is the winner(s).  I am afraid I have NEVER made money in an health stock.  I lost in corixa.  I lost with inhaled insulin.  Biomira. Pain therapeutics.
I read vivus drug was great for weight loss and almost bought at ten only to chicken out and a few days later it doubled when drug approved. 

Gilead sounds good but the train has left the station it seems.  I watched Sanofi fall to low 30's after its Plavix patent expired thinking it was a good buy.  I was right .  It is now in 50s.  Of course I didn't buy it. cry
3499  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / hepatitis C on: April 28, 2013, 03:17:15 PM
twenty five years ago hepatitis C wasn't even discovered.  We used to call it non-AnonB hepatitis and we used to infer a person was infected from the abnormal liver tests.  Since then we have discovered and characterized the virus produced a test to find if a person is infected and developed marginally good albeit getting better treatments.   Soon it will be curable or long term controllable like HIV.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/hepatitis-c-treatment-cures-abbvie_n_3139989.html

If only we had treatments for the common cold.
3500  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: April 28, 2013, 03:01:30 PM
The new health care law mandates that primary care doctors who accept Medicaid patients are guaranteed to be paid the Medicare rates for 2013 and 2014.  After that probably the states will be squeezed as we will be though the Politburo is silent at this time.

I signed up and just got credentialed.   I thought I was all set.  Usually when one signs on to a health plan there is a dozen or so pages of "rules".

Then I was sent the rules regarding Medicaid in NJ.  It is a good size box with what looks like hundreds of pages of regulations and rules and Lord knows what else.   Additionally our office was recently informed it will months before we see any money regardless.
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