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3501  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: October 18, 2013, 09:10:58 PM
"We actually need to both defeat the establishment Republicans and unite with them, a daunting proposition."

Yes.  And that is why Cruz is a hero to many of us.  For the first time he stood up to the cowards in our party and gave them a lesson on how to fight. 

It was a brilliant success no matter what the left wing media and the establishment Repooplicans will claim.  He gave me, at least, hope, inspiration, and a will to fight on.

I know no other Republican who can lay the same claim.  Ryan, Rubio, Boner, McConnell, Christie, even Rand (he might be closest).

Even in this temporary defeat there is triumph.   He took a stand and went down fighting.   And more alive to fight another day.

That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger.   

Doug writes,

 "At some point people open up to a different message."   

Why is it Republicans don't have a message machine, a talking points machine like the crats?  Thomas Sowell points out in a recent column how disastrously poor the republicans are with their messages.

This is a major flaw. 

3502  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politically (In)correct on: October 18, 2013, 08:37:04 PM
CK suggests we get rid of the "red" portion of the "Redskins".   And then use the "skins" portion.  I am sure he contemplated but for whatever reason did not suggest the other half of the name:  "reds".
I think he is trying to hard to be  above it all.
On a more descriptive note we should rename Washington's team the "porkers", or the "lobbyists", or the "redistributionists", or the "elitists", or the "croneyists".

We could name them the Washington "Reds" to parallel the communist tendencies of the politburo types.  Then again we already have the Cincinnati Reds which because of the association with communistm really offends ME as do the Sacramento "Kings".  Didn't we have a Revolution to get rid of the King?

Maybe we could use a politically correct term.   How about the Washington "gays"?  How cool?

Or the Washington "undocumented"? 

I could go on pointing out the stupidity of it all.

CK used to be one of my favorite opinion writers.   Not lately.   Too much Washington DC in his thinking, methinks.

3503  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: October 18, 2013, 09:16:05 AM
We keep hearing from establishment Republicans that Cruz has "damaged the Republican brand".

I submit the question:

What brand?

The party no longer represents us.

What is the message besides "low taxes"?

The establishment Republicans sound more and more like Democrats.

I submit the response that there is no "brand".

And that is what the Tea Party is about. 

3504  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen.Ted Cruz on: October 17, 2013, 10:31:17 AM
"Meanwhile, the most damage to ObamaCare this month has been inflicted by the law's supporters, with their rollout of the law's insurance exchanges. (See editorial above.) If not for the shutdown diversion, more of the American people might even have noticed the debacle."

The roll out failures mean nothing.  Temporary.   It will be fixed.   The problem is half the country will be forced to pay more to cover the other half.   That won't go away.

The big corporations are expanding and increasing their market power because they are the ones who have the financial and consulting recourses to figure out how to navigate the gigantic maze of regulations.

That's it.

It is all driven by data and assembly line tinkering from birth to grave.  No stopping it.   Whether it is better for us I am not sure.   But many of us will suffer with higher rates, less options, more regulation, and more being dictated to.   Managed care of the 80's and 90's was a small taste of what we will see. 

This could be on the Health care politics thread I guess.
3505  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The faces of some who were there on: October 17, 2013, 05:02:32 AM
One was supposedly Washington's favorite drummer:
3506  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Carbon capture on: October 16, 2013, 11:13:42 AM
I didn't know Exxon holds the most patents in this area.  From Scientific American.
3507  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Dershowitz, on Cruz, then Levin responds on: October 16, 2013, 11:01:59 AM
Dershowitz throws the Constitution, figuratively, at Ted Cruz

National Constitution Center
By NCC Staff 7 minutes ago
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a noted liberal, threw the Constitution figuratively at GOP Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday night, as tensions flared in the debt-ceiling debate.

Ted Cruz

As of Wednesday morning, Democrats and Republicans were still trying to make a deal before a Thursday deadline set by the Treasury Department as a milestone for when the federal government lacked the ability to borrow money.

The so-called “debt ceiling” might, in turn, cause the government to partially default on its public debt, since the Treasury Department won’t have enough cash to pay all its bills.

The nonpartisan Bipartisan Policy Council has set a date range between October 22 and November 1 for the default, if a debt-ceiling deal can’t be reached.

Alan Dershowitz appeared with Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor, with CNN host Piers Morgan to discuss what negotiation tactics could be used in Congress.

Instead, Dershowitz had harsh words for Cruz, his former law student at Harvard, whom he had praised this spring.

Cruz had led the fight for the GOP’s conservative wing to scale back or repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and to cut back government spending in general. He is also blamed or praised, by some, for helping facilitate the federal government shutdown as a protest against Obamacare and for his leadership role in seeking concessions from Democrats in any debt-ceiling deal.

After praising Cruz as a student, as he had done earlier this year, Dershowitz leveled some harsh claims against him.

“He has to qualify among the brightest of the students,” Dershowitz said, who added that Cruz is deeply principled.

But when it came to the shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, Dershowitz made his case.

“I think it raises very serious constitutional questions of the kind that Ted Cruz should be interested in. Could you imagine Hamilton and Madison sitting around and drafting the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. They’re talking about how the government has to pay its debts, how it has to secure the credit of the United States, how the House of Representatives to originate bills on revenue. Nobody in a million years would have contemplated the power of Congress to shut down the government, to create doubts about our creditworthiness,” he said.

“I think you can make a very strong argument that what Ted Cruz is doing is deeply unconstitutional. Whether a court would accept that or say it’s a political question is another issue, but Cruz is a principled man. He ought to look at the Constitution and look into his heart and ask himself, ‘What would Alexander Hamilton have done,’” Dershowitz said.

The comments quickly found their way to the Internet and got an equally quick response from author and radio show host Mark Levin.

“Dershowitz is dead wrong. We don’t have to imagine anything,” he told the Newsbusters website. “Congress and only Congress can authorize borrowing under Article I. The president must first pay interest on the debt under the 14th Amendment. The federal government collects 10 times as much revenue each month as it needs to cover those payments. As long as the president complies with the Constitution there can be no default. This is basic stuff. Even a Harvard law professor like Dershowitz should comprehend it.”

Cruz has emerged as the most talked-about figure in the Washington budget battle, and he might be at the center of another constitutional test, as any final bill that goes through the Senate will need to survive a cloture vote, with at least 60 senators agreeing to overcome a filibuster to bring a bill up for a vote.

As of Wednesday morning, there were reports that a deal was struck with John Boehner, the House’s speaker, to have the proposed Senate compromise voted on first by the House, which would limit potential efforts by Cruz, Mike Lee, and other conservatives to extend debate time in the Senate.

Cruz hasn’t publicly indicated if he would try to block or slow down the bill in the Senate. But there are estimates that delays in the Senate could push the bill’s passage closer to this weekend, and several days past the Thursday deadline for borrowing.

Recent Constitution Daily Stories
3508  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Big Data on: October 16, 2013, 10:28:24 AM
You can move it if you like.

Or if you want me to I can.

I feel it is not just about privacy at this point.   It is mankind's future or destiny.

3509  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: October 16, 2013, 10:25:27 AM

Just think of the jobs this creates.  The policy tinkerers, the lawyers, the academics, the associated "researchers", their staffs, the interest groups who insert themselves somewhere into this mess, the cottage industries, the consultants who thus attempt to interpret all this to the rest of us, the fodder it gives to pundits, and media types. 

Why, this has created a huge internal economy.   Never mind the rest of us are forced into it whether we like it or not.
3510  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Anyone else feel this way? on: October 16, 2013, 10:20:48 AM
Dear Republican party.  I am no  longer interested.  I would consider myself a Tea Party advocate now.

That is the only party that represents me.

There is no point in considering myself Republican anymore.
3511  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Harsh price of fast food jobs on: October 16, 2013, 10:19:01 AM
Yes, one can blame the big corporations.  I submit the blame goes to government.  Why are we subsidizing these employees?  If we remove these subsidies maybe they would work harder to get to higher positions.  Or perhaps they would not work at server jobs .  Then the big corporations would be forced to pay more wages.  Around here a large proportion of low wagers are from other countries.  If we just stop allowing companies to hire these people their large numbers would not keep wages at the bottom.  The left and right has sold out.

****The harsh price Americans pay for fast-food jobs
October 16, 2013: 9:39 AM ET

Some 52% of families of cooks, servers, and other fast-food workers receive public aid, nearly twice the percentage of the overall workforce.

By Elizabeth G. Olson


FORTUNE -- Taxpayers spend at least $7 billion annually to subsidize food stamps and other public assistance programs that fast-food industry workers depend on to get by, according to two new studies.

Some 52% of families of cooks, servers, and other fast-food workers receive public aid -- which is nearly twice the percentage of the overall workforce, based on an examination of public data on such assistance programs by the University of California Berkeley Labor and Education Center and the University of Illinois.

"These are conservative estimates that do not include programs like child care assistance or subsidized lunch programs," says Ken Jacobs, chair of the Berkeley Labor Center and co-author of the report, in a briefing.

While the fast-food industry vigorously disagrees with the recently published report, the researchers say their data supports claims by fast-food workers, who have staged walkouts in 60 cities over the past year to highlight their lack of full-time schedules and benefits like health care and to call for a $15 hourly wage.

"People who work in fast-food jobs are paid so little," Jacobs says, "that having to rely on public assistance is the rule, rather than the exception, even for those working 40 hours or more a week."

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A separate study, also issued this week, directly blames 10 fast-food heavyweights, including McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Subway, Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN), and Domino's (DPZ), for more than half the total cost of the benefits, some $3.8 billion.

McDonald's alone accounts for $1.2 billion of the cost to taxpayers, the National Employment Law Project study found. The massive burger chain and others use a low-wage, no benefits model that forces workers to turn to the public safety net, the report found.

"The seven largest traded companies paid $53 million in compensation to their CEOs, but low-paid workers are unable to afford the basic necessities," says Jack Temple, author of the NELP report.

Other corporations singled out by the NELP were Yum Brands (YUM), Wendy's, Dairy Queen, Little Caesar's, and Sonic.

Berkeley's Jacobs says that "one of the most surprising findings is that more than two-thirds of the fast-food workers were over age 20, and 68% are the main earners in their families, and more are parents raising a child than teenagers living with their parents."

"The CEO of McDonald's makes more in a day than I do in a year," says Devonte Yates, 21, who earns $7.25 an hour at a Milwaukee McDonald's and receives food stamps. "Taxpayers are basically subsidizing the CEO, who has more money than he knows what to do with, and corporations need to pick up that slack."

In its defense, members of the restaurant industry argue that students make up a big chunk of their core workers and dispute the studies' findings.

"In addition to providing more than 13 million job opportunities, the restaurant industry is one of the best paths to achieving the American dream, with 80% of restaurant owners having started their careers in entry-level positions. In fact, nine out of 10 salaried employees started as hourly workers," Scott DeFife, the National Restaurant Association's executive vice president in charge of policy and government affairs, said in a statement.

DeFife called the studies "misleading" and accused the researchers of failing "to recognize that the majority of lower-wage employees works part-time to supplement a family income. Moreover, 40% of line staff workers in restaurants, the primary focus of the reports, are students."

Jacobs says that only one-third of such workers are under 19. He also noted the large share of families on public assistance, even those who work 40 hours a week. "So it's not just a question of work hours, but of wages."

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The median wage for fast-food workers nationally is $8.69 per hour, according to the studies, and only 13% of those jobs offer health benefits, compared to 59% of jobs overall in the U.S. The median fast-food worker also works only 30 hours weekly, in comparison to the average 40-hour workweek.

The states where fast-food jobs cost taxpayers the most are California, at $717 million; New York, at $708 million; Texas, at $556 million; Illinois, at $368 million; and Florida, at $348 million, according to Jacobs.

The 10 largest fast-food companies made more than $7.4 billion in profits in 2012, according to the study data.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), said that "anyone concerned about the federal deficit only needs to look at this report to understand a major source of the problem: multi-billion dollar companies that pay poverty wages and then rely on taxpayers to pick up the slack, to the tune of a quarter of a trillion dollars every year in the form of public assistance to working families.

"Seven billion of this is just for fast-food workers, more than half of whom, even working full time, still must rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet."

McDonald's USA, in a statement, defended its track record of providing jobs to "hundreds of thousands of people across the country," and noted that "wages are based on local wage laws and are competitive to similar jobs in that market. We also provide training and professional development opportunities to anyone that works in one of our restaurants."

Despite spreading to dozens of cities, worker walkouts have done little to prick the industry's conscience, but Temple, author of the NELP study, says that "companies are very sensitive to their brand because its success depends on popularity.

"The tipping point is going to be continuing activities we've seen this past year until companies see business as usual is not going to cut it."

Posted in: Burger King, compensation, Dunkin' Donuts, Fast-food industry, Income inequality, Low-wage jobs, McDonald's, Public assistance, Subway****   
3512  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Evoultion - out of God's hands into ours on: October 16, 2013, 09:32:51 AM
Not long ago many people wondered if we are still "evolving".  How can we be if there is no survival of the fittest.  Even those who are not "fit" still get to survive and reproduce in our society.

Now it is clear.  Not only are we evolving but evolution will accelerate.   We will soon begin to control our evolution and accelerate it.  From simple choosing the sex of babies to divesting of flawed DNA to insertion of chosen DNA.  Parents will be able to view menus of traits.  You want your son to be tall, athletic.  How about an IQ of 180?  How about extrovert?  High energy?

No problem.   

Not only will evolution increase so that we develop master races of humans we will be controlling it.

3513  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Big Data on: October 16, 2013, 09:27:13 AM
3514  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: October 16, 2013, 09:17:16 AM
True to form.  Continue to spit on half the country:

****Obama plans immigration push after fiscal crisis ends
ReutersReuters – 2 hours 29 minutes ago..

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved.

"Once that's done, you know, the day after, I'm going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision.

The president's domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that has shut down the U.S. government and threatens a debt default, immigration has been relegated to the back burner.

But Obama, who won re-election with overwhelming Hispanic backing, had hoped to make reforms easing the plight of the 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

In June, the Senate passed an immigration overhaul, but House of Representatives Republicans are divided over the granting of legal status to those in the country illegally, a step many see as rewarding lawbreakers.

Although the president had sought comprehensive reform, he said last month he would be open to the House taking a piece-by-piece approach if that would get the job done.

Obama on Tuesday blamed House Speaker John Boehner for preventing immigration from coming up for a vote.

"We had a very strong Democratic and Republican vote in the Senate," he said. "The only thing right now that's holding it back is, again, Speaker Boehner not willing to call the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives."

Boehner said the sweeping Senate bill would not pass the House and has said the lower chamber would tackle the issue in smaller sections that would include stricter provisions on border protection.

3515  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Nature on: October 15, 2013, 11:33:40 PM
Some surreal photos:
3516  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / putin shows some judo moves on: October 13, 2013, 09:28:27 PM;_ylt=A0oG7iAxU1tSwFsAT.VXNyoA;_ylc=X1MDMjc2NjY3OQRfcgMyBGJjawMzbzRvMDY1OTVtZ3A4JTI2YiUzRDMlMjZzJTNEZnAEY3NyY3B2aWQDVUF5NGxVZ2V1ckE4RXdBeFVsdERLQVNGUlhRZ2tGSmJVekVBQVY3eQRmcgN5ZnAtdC05MDAEZnIyA3NiLXRvcARncHJpZANDOGhwdVNzVVEzaVlGOW5PWS5VR0FBBG5fcnNsdAMxMARuX3N1Z2cDOARvcmlnaW4Dc2VhcmNoLnlhaG9vLmNvbQRwb3MDMARwcXN0cgMEcHFzdHJsAwRxc3RybAMyOARxdWVyeQNncmVhdGVzdCBqdWRvIG1hcnRpYWwgYXJ0aXN0BHRfc3RtcAMxMzgxNzE3MjM5MDg0?p=greatest+judo+martial+artist&fr2=sb-top&fr=yfp-t-900
3517  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Military Science and Military Issues on: October 13, 2013, 09:19:18 PM
Three women who fought in the Civil War:
3518  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Putin's net worth? Maybe 70 billion? on: October 12, 2013, 09:28:03 PM
3519  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / elephant and car on: October 12, 2013, 08:56:43 PM
3520  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: October 12, 2013, 07:35:25 PM

All just coincidence.   rolleyes cry angry

Like I said.  It is amazing what money and power can do - almost anything.

The media is complicit.

Like Crafty said.  The legal system is not a "justice" system.  It is a "legal" system.  Those with money and influence and with the right know how can run around it.

We just don't see it.   
3521  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / explaining that which is unexplainable on: October 12, 2013, 11:30:23 AM

Higgs Boson Gets Nobel Prize, But Physicists Still Don’t Know What It Means

By Adam Mann
3:54 PM

Data from the CMS experiment, one of the main Higgs-searching experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. Image: CERN

More than a year ago, scientists found the Higgs boson. This morning, two physicists who 50 years ago theorized the existence of this particle, which is responsible for conferring mass to all other known particles in the universe, got the Nobel, the highest prize in science.

For all the excitement the award has already generated, finding the Higgs — arguably the most important discovery in more than a generation — has left physicists without a clear roadmap of where to go next. While popular articles often describe how the Higgs might help theorists investigating the weird worlds of string theory, multiple universes, or supersymmetry, the truth is that evidence for these ideas is scant to nonexistent.

No one is sure which of these models, if any, will eventually describe reality. The current picture of the universe, the Standard Model, is supposed to account for all known particles and their interactions. But scientists know that it’s incomplete. Its problems need fixing, and researchers could use some help figuring out how. Some of them look at the data and say that we need to throw out speculative ideas such as supersymmetry and the multiverse, models that look elegant mathematically but are unprovable from an experimental perspective. Others look at the exact same data and come to the opposite conclusion.

“Physics is at a crossroads,” said cosmologist Neil Turok, speaking to a class of young scientists in September at the Perimeter Institute, which he directs. “In a sense we’ve entered a very deep crisis.”

The word “crisis” is a charged one within the physics community, invoking eras such as the early 20th century, when new observations were overturning long-held beliefs about how the universe works. Eventually, a group of young researchers showed that quantum mechanics was the best way to describe reality. Now, as then, many troubling observations leave physicists scratching their heads. Chief among them is the “Hierarchy Problem,” which in its simplest form asks why gravity is approximately 10 quadrillion times weaker than the three other fundamental forces in the universe. Another issue is the existence of dark matter, the unseen, mysterious mass thought to be responsible for strange observations in the rotation of galaxies.

The solution to both these problems might come from the discovery of new particles beyond the Higgs. One theory, supersymmetry, goes beyond the Standard Model to say that every subatomic particle — quarks, electrons, neutrinos, and so on — also has a heavier twin. Some of these new particles might have the right characteristics to account for the influence of dark matter. Engineers built the Large Hadron Collider to see if such new particles exist (and may yet see them once it reaches higher energy in 2014), but so far it hasn’t turned up anything other than the Higgs.

In fact, the Higgs itself has turned out to be part of the issue. The particle was the final piece in the Standard Model puzzle. When scientists discovered it at the LHC, it had a mass of 125 GeV, about 125 times heavier than a proton — exactly what standard physics expected. That was kind of a buzzkill. Though happy to know the Higgs was there, many scientists had hoped it would turn out to be strange, to defy their predictions in some way and give a hint as to which models beyond the Standard Model were correct. Instead, it’s ordinary, perhaps even boring.

All this means that confidence in supersymmetry is dropping like a stone, according to Tommaso Dorigo, a particle physicist at the LHC. In one blog post, he shared a rather pornographic plot showing how the findings of the LHC eliminated part of the evidence for supersymmetry. Later, he wrote that many physicists would have previously bet their reproductive organs on the idea that supersymmetric particles would appear at the LHC. That the accelerator’s experiments have failed to find anything yet “has significantly cooled everybody down,” he wrote.

In fact, when the organizers of a Higgs workshop in Madrid last month asked physicists there if they thought the LHC would eventually find new physics other than the Higgs boson, 41 percent said no. As to how to solve the known problems of the Standard Model, respondents were all over the map. String theory fared the worst, with three-quarters of those polled saying they did not think it is the ultimate answer to a unified physics.

One possibility has been brought up that even physicists don’t like to think about. Maybe the universe is even stranger than they think. Like, so strange that even post-Standard Model models can’t account for it. Some physicists are starting to question whether or not our universe is natural. This cuts to the heart of why our reality has the features that it does: that is, full of quarks and electricity and a particular speed of light.

This problem, the naturalness or unnaturalness of our universe, can be likened to a weird thought experiment. Suppose you walk into a room and find a pencil balanced perfectly vertical on its sharp tip. That would be a fairly unnatural state for the pencil to be in because any small deviation would have caused it to fall down. This is how physicists have found the universe: a bunch of rather well-tuned fundamental constants have been discovered that produce the reality that we see.

A natural explanation would show why the pencil is standing on its end. Perhaps there is a very thin string holding the pencil to the ceiling that you never noticed until you got up close. Supersymmetry is a natural explanation in this regard – it explains the structure of universe through as-yet-unseen particles.

But suppose that infinite rooms exist with infinite numbers of pencils. While most of the rooms would have pencils that have fallen over, it is almost certain that in at least one room, the pencil would be perfectly balanced. This is the idea behind the multiverse. Our universe is but one of many and it happens to be the one where the laws of physics happen to be in the right state to make stars burn hydrogen, planets form round spheres, and creatures like us evolve on their surface.

The multiverse idea has two strikes against it, though. First, physicists would refer to it as an unnatural explanation because it simply happened by chance. And second, no real evidence for it exists and we have no experiment that could currently test for it.

As of yet, physicists are still in the dark. We can see vague outlines ahead of us but no one knows what form they will take when we reach them. Finding the Higgs has provided the tiniest bit of light. But until more data appears, it won’t be enough.
3522  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: October 12, 2013, 11:20:28 AM
Despite this he will defend and "protect" the President.   Just wait till we have another 30 million people who will work harder than you and will work for less Tavis.

*****Tavis Smiley: 'Black People Will Have Lost Ground in Every Single Economic Indicator' Under Obama

By Noel Sheppard | October 11, 2013 | 12:34
PBS's Tavis Smiley made a comment Thursday that every African-American as well as liberal media member should sit up and take notice.

Appearing on Fox News's Hannity, Smiley said, "The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: My last question to you. You often do these seminars with the state of black America. I've watched them on C-Span and different channels, right?


HANNITY: Are black Americans better off five years into the Obama presidency?

SMILEY: Let me answer your question very forthrightly. No, they are not. The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category. On that regard, the president ought to be held responsible.

But here's the other side. I respect the president. I will protect the president. And I will correct the president. He's right on this government shutdown. Republicans are thwarting the rule of law with the Constitution. If they let this debt go into default, they're trampling again on the Constitution.


Now to be fair to Smiley, he has been hard on the president concerning how his policies are economically damaging the black community, but this is the first time I believe he's been this harsh on national television with such a large audience.

Sadly, he's right.

So why would this community re-elect someone doing so much damage to them economically?

Is it possible they're not aware of it because most liberal media members other than Smiley aren't reporting it?


Read more:
3523  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / the name "Redskins" was to honor their coach in 1932 on: October 11, 2013, 07:01:17 PM
Who was of Sioux heritage!

******Do You Know the History Behind the Name ‘Washington Redskins’?

Oct. 11, 2013 12:21pm Erica Ritz

Do you know the history of the Washington Redskins?  As the issue becomes increasingly contentious — with many claiming the name is racist or discriminatory and pushing for a change — Glenn Beck tackled the issue head-on Friday.

“Ninety percent of Native Americans feel that the name isn’t offensive and shouldn’t be changed,” Beck remarked, echoing a letter written by the Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fans. “Students at primarily Native American schools all across America wear the name with pride, and say now they’re afraid they might lose the name. At Kingston Oklahoma high school, which is 58 percent Native American, the name ‘Redskins’ has been worn by its students for 104 years.  In fact, ‘Redskins’ was a name first used by Native Americans.”

Glenn Beck Explains the History of the Washington Redskins
Photo via TheBlaze TV

“In 1932, the NFL team moved to the historic Fenway Park and were left under the leadership of George Preston Marshall. The very next year, Marshall changed the name to ‘Redskins.’ Why?” Beck continued. “Well that’s a good question for the president to ask … the name was changed to ‘Redskins’ to honor then-coach Lone Star Dietz, an American Sioux.  So the name actually pays tribute to a great people.”

Switching to a deeply sarcastic voice, imitating those who want the name changed, Beck remarked: “But the people it pays tribute to?  Oh, I guess they just don’t know any better. But Obama does. And Peter King does. And NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does. But the majority of the Indians … don’t have a clue at all.  The speech police using political correctness again to take care of these helpless, hopeless people so they are never harmed again.  It’s for their own good…”

Beck said perhaps it’s not those who don’t want the name changed who are out of touch, but those “who have no connection to the Native American culture, people out there trying to draw attention to themselves.”*****
3524  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / poster boy for cronism on: October 11, 2013, 07:55:44 AM
There could be no other person who uses his government influence to make a lot of money.
Whenever associated with any wrongdoing just donate to charity, take a big tax deduction, deny any wrong doing and shift the attention to another subject.   Works every time:

*****McAuliffe among investors in Rhode Island insurance scam that preyed on dying people

  By Fredrick Kunkle,   Published: October 10 E-mail the writer
 Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was one of dozens of investors with a Rhode Island estate planner charged with defrauding insurers by using the stolen identities of terminally ill people, according to court documents filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Providence.

McAuliffe’s name appeared on a lengthy list of investors with Joseph A. Caramadre, an attorney and accountant who obtained the identities of dying people to set up annuities that ultimately cost insurance companies millions of dollars, the documents say.
McAuliffe claims Cuccinelli tax plan could cost $8B

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Democratic candidate for governor in Va. is known for enthusiastic embellishment.

The list also included the law firm of a former Rhode Island Supreme Court justice, a Roman Catholic monsignor, a former Cranston, R.I. police chief, and a bookmaker, according to The Providence Journal, which first reported McAuliffe’s investment Wednesday.

Federal court documents do not accuse McAuliffe of wrongdoing, and it wasn’t clear whether he had made money or lost money on the investments. His campaign spokesman said McAuliffe was a “passive investor” who was deceived like many others. Spokesman Josh Schwerin also said that the campaign and McAuliffe donated sums to the American Cancer Society totaling $74,000 — approximately the amount McAuliffe earned as a return on the investment and received in a campaign donation from Caramadre.

“Terry was one of hundreds of passive investors several years ago and had no idea about the allegations against the defendant — who, at the time, was widely respected by business leaders and elected officials,” Schwerin said. “The allegations are horrible and he never would have invested if he knew he was being deceived.”

Caramadre and his former employee Raymour Radhakrishnan were charged in November 2011 in a 66-count indictment accusing them of wire fraud, money laundering and witness-tampering. Both men pleaded guilty last November, the FBI said in a press release.

Federal authorities say Caramadre, through his firm Estate Planning Resources, began developing products in the 1990s that used the identities of terminally ill people to purchase variable annuities from insurance companies. The annuities offered death benefits when those annuitants died. The investments — which Caramadre allegedly made on behalf of himself, friends, family and others — included returns of all the money invested and sometimes a guaranteed profit, federal authorities said.

In 2006, Caramadre also began investing in “death-put bonds” that relied on obtaining the identities of terminally ill people, according to prosecutors. These investments allowed the owner to redeem the bonds years or decades earlier than the maturity date when the bond’s co-owner died.

The FBI, in a November 2012 press release announcing mid-trial guilty pleas by Caramadre and Radhakrishnan, said Caramadre located terminally ill people by visiting AIDS patients at a hospice, locating relatives of terminally ill people, and placing an ad in a local Catholic newspaper offering $2,000 cash to people with a terminal illness.

In 2009, Caramadre gave McAuliffe’s campaign an $26,599 contribution, including an in-kind event donation of $1,599, according to records kept by the Virginia Public Access Project.

Researcher Alice Crites contributed to this story.*****

3525  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fascism, liberal fascism, progressivism, socialism: on: October 08, 2013, 11:29:52 PM
Yeah.  Were a nation of laws. angry
3526  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The modern version of Walter Cronkite on: October 08, 2013, 05:40:14 PM
It certainly is a different world:
3527  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Electricity on: October 08, 2013, 05:13:56 PM
I am not sure I can access to article from the link. 
3528  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: October 08, 2013, 05:12:14 PM
One year ago the use of the word liar would have been politically incorrect.  Accuracy and honesty finally trumps PC.
3529  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Amazing how the left just keeps spitting on us on: October 08, 2013, 05:07:31 PM
Citizens are not allowed on the Mall but illegals are permitted.  The excuse is "first amendment rights".

*****Pro-Amnesty Forces Rally on National Mall

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by Matthew Boyle  8 Oct 2013, 11:28 AM PDT 925  post a comment 
Several thousand AFL-CIO and SEIU sponsored pro-amnesty demonstrators began rallying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon around 12:30 PM to call for Congress to grant legal status to America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants. 

The size of the crowd suggest the organization that put on the rally, the Center for Community Change (CCC), under-delivered on its promise to have “hundreds of thousands” attend the rally; the group tweeted on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday morning that it expected “hundreds of thousands” of people to attend.

Several members of Congress are in attendance at the event, including GOP Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expected to join the event soon as well, an organizer confirmed to Breitbart News.

Scores of Democratic House members also began arriving shortly after 12:30 PM on golf carts. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is scheduled to speak as well, as are many different labor union officials. Washington, D.C. mayor Vince Gray is slated to address the group too.

Illegal immigrants and union members have been chanting “Si Se Puede!” the Spanish slogan of the United Farm Workers which President Barack Obama adapted for his “Yes we can!” campaign slogan.

The event on the National Mall, which is supposed to be closed because of the ongoing government shutdown but to which the Obama administration granted exception for today's rally, is heavily funded by organizations like the labor unions and amnesty special interest lobbyists sponsoring it. At least four jumbotrons and an elaborate setup of port-a-potties, special event fencing, tents, and raised and lighted stages are set up across the National Mall.

AFL-CIO, SEIU, and Casa De Maryland organizers are walking around in groups, wearing orange vests labeled with their organization’s namesake printed on them. 

Referencing how union dues from working class American citizens are being used to help fund this rally, a congressional GOP aide told Breitbart News, “It is utterly shameful that these big money interests have fooled so many they’re trying to hurt into helping them.” If amnesty were to pass, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and many other high-ranking economists expect wages of American workers to be driven down while similarly expecting unemployment to go up.

In a statement released as the rally was about to begin, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said that this is unfair to American workers. “Why are businesses laying off thousands and then spending a fortune to lobby for ‘comprehensive immigration reform’?” Sessions said. “That’s because, in Washington, ‘comprehensive reform’ means increasing the number of immigrant workers to reduce the cost of labor."

"The Senate bill would double the number of guest workers and add 30 million mostly lower-skill legal immigrants over the next ten years. Today’s rally is designed to pressure the House to pass similar legislation," he explained. "There’s something odd about House leaders like Nancy Pelosi protesting on the Mall to get jobs for illegal aliens and pushing legislation to reduce job opportunities for US citizens. The House must resist calls to replace struggling workers and instead fight for the public interest and to restore our shrinking middle class.”

- See more at:****
3530  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / web shutdown selection not all based on essential needs on: October 07, 2013, 09:10:21 AM
but on political needs.  If this does not put a chill on those who think the NSA stuff is a big threat to freedom nothing will.   I know the other posters on the board think Snowden is a rat.  And that is ok.  You all have a big valid argument.  I just come down on the other side I guess cause I have an emotional response to surveillance.  To me he is a hero.  But the internet is the battleground of the future (as is space).  So there is a good reason for the NSA/military to try to have more control over it.  In any case this should be impeachable:
3531  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama said. So it must be so. on: October 06, 2013, 08:55:51 PM
Obama said he is offended by the Redskins name.

Well I'm offended by the "giants" name.  I am not that tall so that has got to go.

I'm offended by the "Viking" name.  Vikings were rapists, murderers, thieves, and plunderers.

What about the New Orleans "saints' .  This offends me.  I am Jewish but I don't see any team named after "menches".

The "buccaneers?"   Weren't they pirates thieves, liars, con artists, and in general low lives?

The Houston Oilers really pisses me off.  Oil is destroying our planet.  Better name them the windmills.

And the "patriots?"   Why they were all slave holders!

I want them all changed.  I am one person who is offended!  What is going on here?  

3532  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, deficit, and budget process on: October 06, 2013, 07:57:57 PM
Yes Sowell hits the nail on the head.   Now we need a small army of mouthpieces to hit the airwaves everywhere to make these same talking points ala the Clinton spin machine.

3533  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / "Hey Joe" on: October 05, 2013, 11:21:58 PM
We have all heard the long and short versions of "Hey Joe" sung and played by Jimi Hendrix.

The origins of the song are quite murky.  Look up "Hey Joe" on Wikipedia and one can read what I mean.

One claim is this is the original writer and singer of the song that was stolen by her boyfriend and rewritten as "Hey Joe".

I think this singer is great:
3534  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 2nd media post for the day on: October 05, 2013, 10:19:15 AM
My vote would go to either Steyn or Marc Levin.  "Can you imagine" Marc Levin going up against Paul Krugman on prime time?   Yes that would be great.   I doubt Levin would want to be on network TV though.  Especially ABC.   Yet it would be good for the cause to have a great spokesperson on a MSM.   Will  occasionally makes a few good points but he is tired and NOT much of a spokesperson for conservatives.   Levin love him or hate him would fire shots heard around the world.  Will whispers and few hear.  Just my take.
3535  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / "Such is the power the Clintons wield over the national media" on: October 05, 2013, 10:07:59 AM
Exactly.  Look what happened to Weiner.   He leads in the NYC polls and then more pictures come out about him doing the same thing AFTER first being exposed.  But that was not what did him in.  Its was the comparisons to the Clintons.   That is what got the MSM decidedly motivated to trash him.  Can't have him hurt politically their '16 candidate:

*****The Death of the Hillary Movies

Brent Bozell's column is released twice a week.

Brent Bozell III
L. Brent Bozell October 4, 2013 3:00 AM  Arts & EntertainmentMediaHillary Rodham Clinton
On the same day, CNN and NBC both dropped their plans to make movies about Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, it looks like a win both for the Clintons and for RNC chair Reince Priebus, who boldly told the two networks that they wouldn't be moderating any GOP presidential debates in 2015 or 2016 with those promotional films in the pipeline.

Apologies might be owed from The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which prematurely waved a white flag: "God grant Reince Priebus the serenity to accept liberal media bias. ... The Hollywood-media complex is going to line up hard behind Hillary's 2016 Presidential bid, and this is the first salvo. Mr. Priebus can't stop it, he can't even hope to contain it, so all he has done is open himself to complaints that he's acting as Lord Republican Media Censor."

The same charges of censorship aren't often lobbed at the Clintons, whose idea of "message discipline" doesn't just pertain to their own statements, but toward "discipline" of anyone who might damage their lifelong narrative of ambition.

Charles Ferguson, the leftist documentarian signed up by CNN Films, wrote a commentary for The Huffington Post explaining why he was canceling his movie. "When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration."

Then he added: "Not even journalists who want access, which can easily be taken away."

Ferguson's road to nowhere began with a Hillary Clinton functionary named Nick Merrill. "He interrogated me; at first I answered, but eventually I stopped." Hillary would not agree to an off-the-record conversation. Longtime aide Phillippe Reines "contacted various people at CNN, interrogated them, and expressed concern about alleged conflicts of interest generated because my film was a for-profit endeavor."

CNN declined to comment on this pressure campaign. Ferguson said he believed that Clinton aides tried to stonewall his attempts to persuade people to talk on camera. "They knew this wasn't a whitewash," he said. "And my very strong impression was that anything other than a whitewash is something they don't want to support."

Such is the power the Clintons wield over the national media.

There is still one Hillary movie project on the horizon, a biographical film called "Rodham" that focuses on Hillary's 1974 work for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate probe. An early script leak to the Daily Beast had fictional — and sensationalistic — elements. Hillary is asked if she and Bill have premarital sex, and she replies, "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'sex' means."

The leaked script also suggests Hillary had a flirty relationship with Bill Weld, the future liberal Republican governor of Massachusetts (who also served on the House Watergate effort). That ends when young Slick Willie calls on her birthday and plays the saxophone over the telephone, both "Happy Birthday" and "Hail to the Chief." This apparently seals their lifelong bond.

The early script also had Hillary dropping all kinds of F-bombs, especially of the "mother" variety, "much to Bill's delight." It shouldn't be shocking to find that the moviemakers are hiking backwards on this vulgar trail. James Ponsoldt, the director attached to the project, told The Atlantic Wire that he's "not really interested in airing the dirty laundry of famous people" and the story "predates any of the feelings people have about the Clintons, for better or for worse," but that is simply not true.

The New York Times reported that a "person briefed on the film's progress said the script had been toned down" after the script leaked, and "the new version, this person said, will be more genteel, with a greater focus on the love story." Because, as we all know, the Clintons would like the media elites to describe Bill's romantic style as "more genteel."

It remains to be seen if this Watergate-era project is any more likely to be finished than the CNN and NBC films. It currently has no cast and no financing. The political '70s aren't churning out hits. In recent years, Oliver Stone's "Nixon" and Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon" grossed $13 million and $18 million in America, respectively.

The likeliest Hillary movie on the horizon is another documentary from the feisty conservatives of Citizens United. When they produced "Hillary: The Movie" in 2008, Clinton liberals took them all the way to the Supreme Court, only to lose. Part Deux should be a doozy.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

3536  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / from yahoo news on: October 04, 2013, 08:47:30 AM
Fill it up in your garage!
Never thought of this.
My first thought is this safe?
I notice the tank is not shown.  I am guessing the entire trunk is the fuel tank:
3537  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: October 03, 2013, 09:17:21 PM
From Mona,
"The Democrats' reform of the health care system is stumbling into a predictable and predicted morass. Democrats will inevitably conclude that this calls for even more government. Republicans should side with consumers."

Probably most if not some Democrats have already concluded more government is needed.   Obama himself is long ago on record stating single payer is the best.  I agree with Mona that Democrats will go after insurance companies (Hillary redux) in 2016.  I would only add that this is by design.  Part of the plan from the get-go.  She makes a good point that Republicans should be ready for this.  I nominate her to take over for Rove.

****Mona Charen
Mona Charen October 1, 2013 3:00 AM  HealthHealth Care PolicyBarack Obama
Want a glimpse of what the Obamacare battle will look like in 2015? Just glance at liberal websites. You'll find a trove of insurance company bashing. Are insurance premiums rising instead of falling by the $2,500 per family that Obama repeatedly promised in 2009? They are. If you consult ThinkProgess, Daily Kos and Physicians for a National Health Program, you'll learn that it's the "greedy insurance companies" that are causing prices to rise, not the risibly titled, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

You can take this to the bank: In the run-up to the next presidential election, Democrats will be in thorough blame-shifting mode. It wasn't the perverse incentives, byzantine complexity, new taxes and layers of bureaucracy built into Obamacare, they'll insist. It was heartless health insurers who were willing to let people die rather than accept a lower profit margin.

Obama has already shown the way. Stumping for Obamacare in 2010, he said, "(They'll) keep on doing this for as long as they can get away with it. This is no secret. They're telling their investors this — 'We are in the money. We are going to keep on making big profits even though a lot of folks are going to be put under hardship.'"

That's just the way businessmen talk, isn't it? Only in the imaginings of the anti-business left. In any case, the other shoe to drop, after the demonization of the industry, will be the same solution Democrats propose for everything — more government. Obamacare will be said to have failed because private companies put profits ahead of people. The "solution" will be single-payer.

Let's not weep for the health insurance companies. They could have energetically opposed Obamacare, and they chose not to. As Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner explained, it was in their interest to support a law that would 1) require everyone to purchase their product and 2) provide subsidies directly to insurance companies to help people pay for it. As Carney wrote: "Would you be surprised to hear of corn farmers supporting ethanol subsidies?" There were aspects of the law the insurance industry protested, but for the most part, they were content to be tamely transformed into a regulated public utility.

The health care system that predated Obamacare was already so distorted by government subsidies, regulations and tax incentives as to be quasi state-run. True reform would rip that government IV out of the nation's arm altogether and encourage more competition, not less. True reform would remove the tax deductions handed to employers 60 years ago and give them to individuals instead. True reform would permit individuals to shop nationwide for the best plan and would permit companies to offer truly catastrophic plans for the young and healthy. True reform would create high-risk pools to provide for those with chronic conditions.

As the examples of the insurance industry and the corn growers demonstrate, it's a mistake to rely on the business sector to promote free enterprise. Some businessmen do, but many are happy to engage in rent seeking from the state. Farmers, universities, banks, construction companies, green energy firms, car companies, the telecommunications industry — the list of supplicants for taxpayer subsidies is endless.

Republicans are perceived (and often see themselves) as the pro-business party. They should think of themselves as pro-consumer instead.

Still, Republicans do understand the basics of supply and demand better than Democrats, and many predicted the problems Obamacare is already experiencing. They understood, as Obama and his supporters apparently did not, that the laws of economics are not optional. You cannot extend health care to 30 or 40 or 50 million people (the number kept changing) who previously lacked it and bring down total health spending simultaneously. You cannot force insurance companies to accept all customers regardless of preexisting conditions and expect that premiums will not rise to cover the expense. Further, once people realize that insurance companies cannot reject them when they become sick, the incentive to purchase health insurance among the healthy population disappears. (The small fine for failure to buy insurance will not compensate.) You cannot mandate that employers with more than 50 full-time employees provide government approved insurance without causing employers to shift to part-time employees or decline to hire. You cannot impose a "Cadillac tax" without employers raising premiums or reducing their coverage.

The Democrats' reform of the health care system is stumbling into a predictable and predicted morass. Democrats will inevitably conclude that this calls for even more government. Republicans should side with consumers.

To find out more about Mona Charen and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

3538  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Cure for Cdiff - eat shit on: October 03, 2013, 08:48:02 PM
As ridiculous as this sounds, despite millions spent on special antibiotics, this of all things, appears to be the giant advance we have been waiting for. 

****Pills made from poop cure serious gut infections

Dr. Thomas Louie, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary, holds a container of stool pills in triple-coated gel capsules in his lab in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Half a million Americans get Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, infections each year, and about 14,000 die. A very potent and pricey antibiotic can kill C-diff but also destroys good bacteria that live in the gut, leaving it more susceptible to future infections. Recently, studies have shown that fecal transplants - giving infected people stool from a healthy donor - can restore that balance. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

Associated Press

Hold your nose and don't spit out your coffee: Doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections — a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.

It's a gross topic but a serious problem. Half a million Americans get Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, infections each year, and about 14,000 die. The germ causes nausea, cramping and diarrhea so bad it is often disabling. A very potent and pricey antibiotic can kill C-diff but also destroys good bacteria that live in the gut, leaving it more susceptible to future infections.

Recently, studies have shown that fecal transplants — giving infected people stool from a healthy donor — can restore that balance. But they're given through expensive, invasive procedures like colonoscopies or throat tubes. Doctors also have tried giving the stool through enemas but the treatment doesn't always take hold.

There even are YouTube videos on how to do a similar treatment at home via an enema. A study in a medical journal of a small number of these "do-it-yourself" cases suggests the approach is safe and effective.

Dr. Thomas Louie, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary, devised a better way — a one-time treatment custom-made for each patient.

Donor stool, usually from a relative, is processed in the lab to take out food and extract the bacteria and clean it. It is packed into triple-coated gel capsules so they won't dissolve until they reach the intestines.

"There's no stool left — just stool bugs. These people are not eating poop," and there are no smelly burps because the contents aren't released until they're well past the stomach, Louie said.

Days before starting the treatment, patients are given an antibiotic to kill the C-diff. On the morning of the treatment, they have an enema so "the new bacteria coming in have a clean slate," Louie said.

It takes 24 to 34 capsules to fit the bacteria needed for a treatment, and patients down them in one sitting. The pills make their way to the colon and seed it with the normal variety of bacteria.

Louie described 27 patients treated this way on Thursday at IDWeek, an infectious diseases conference in San Francisco. All had suffered at least four C-diff infections and relapses, but none had a recurrence after taking the poop pills.

Margaret Corbin, 69, a retired nurse's aide from Calgary, told of the misery of C-diff.

"It lasted for two years. It was horrible. I thought I was dying. I couldn't eat. Every time I ate anything or drank water I was into the bathroom," she said. "I never went anywhere, I stayed home all the time."

. Thomas Louie, right, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary, administers  …

With her daughter as the donor, she took pills made by Louie two years ago, and "I've been perfectly fine since," Corbin said.

Dr. Curtis Donskey of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, who has done fecal transplants through colonoscopies, praised the work.

"The approach that Dr. Louie has is completely novel — no one else has done this," he said. "I am optimistic that this type of preparation will make these procedures much easier for patients and for physicians."

The treatment now must be made fresh for each patient so the pills don't start to dissolve at room temperature, because their water content would break down the gel coating. Minnesota doctors are testing freezing stool, which doesn't kill the bacteria, so it could be stored and shipped anywhere a patient needed it.

"You could have a universal donor in Minnesota provide a transplant for someone in Florida. That's where we're heading," Donskey said.

Other researchers are trying to find which bacteria most help fight off C-diff. Those might be grown in a lab dish and given to patients rather than the whole spectrum of bacteria in stool.

Thomas Louie, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary, prepares vials in t …

The hope is "we could administer that as a probiotic in a pill form," Donskey said.

Louie sees potential for the poop pills for other people with out-of-whack gut bacteria, such as hospitalized patients vulnerable to antibiotic-resistant germs.

"This approach, to me, has wide application in medicine," he said. "So it's not just about C-diff."

CDC on C-diff:*****

3539  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / moved over from recent new to soon to be retired "Buffett" thread. on: October 03, 2013, 07:50:50 PM

Buffett; an enigma to me

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He doesn't mention either party per se but he is clearly speaking out about Republicans.  I have no problem with the genius in Nebraska.  I just understand why he is such a Democrat Partisan.  He has lived his whole life like a capitalist.  And he does let people share in his wealth by investing in his stock.   He plans on giving most away via the Gates Foundation.   While he uses his influence, money, and international sources of intelligence to leverage his investments to his favor there has been no evidence of unethical or illegal activity to my knowledge.   Yet he still supports a party and President that are socialist in nature.   I wonder how this is.   I guess one can say the same for Gates.   Gates was as ruthless as anyone in business on the way to the top.   Now that he is there suddenly he is a die hard Democrat who believes in transfer of wealth rather than individualism, freedom, competition, self reliance, and responsibility? 

The only thing I can think of is it must be something psychiatric to this.   They must have a need to feel loved.  Maybe they are guilty?  I admire their charity.   I don't admire them making the great masses who work hard and strive in their work the way they did, albeit of course without the extreme financial success into goats who are just greedy selfish etc.

They want to give their money away go ahead.   Most of us don't have fortunes that are so vast we can only dream of how to spend it over several lifetimes.  That doesn't mean it is my fault that people may be starving thousands of miles from here.  Or that there are poor people down the street.  What about helping them help themselves?   

I am ruminating.  There just seems to be some disconnect between the way these guys have lived and their politics now.

*****Buffett speaks out against DC's 'extreme idiocy'
By Matthew J. Belvedere | CNBC – 3 hours ago..

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History will judge the Troubled Asset Relief Program more positively than people do now,  Warren Buffett  said on CNBC Thursday-five years to the day since the financial bailout program was signed into law, and in the midst of the first government shutdown in 17 years.

Appearing alongside former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson on CNBC's " Squawk Box ," Buffett first addressed TARP-saying people don't realize how tough a position Paulson was in when he crafted the rescue package.

(Read more:  Hank Paulson: Teaparty 'hijacked the debate' )

The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) said the bailout was vital at the time in order to shore up the credibility of the banking system. "Belief creates its own reality," Buffett said. "If people think the banking system is unsound, it is unsound, because no bank can pay out all of its liabilities at the same time."

The interviews were conducted a day after chief executives from major financial institutions met with President  Barack Obama , and warned of adverse consequences if government agencies remain closed, and if lawmakers failed to raise the U.S.  debt ceiling  by mid-October.

 (Read more:  Wall Street CEOs sound alarms on fiscal problems )

Later in the day, the president spoke to CNBC-saying he's genuinely worried about what is going on in Washington and exasperated that Republicans are trying use to the shutdown and the borrowing limit fight as leverage to delay Obamacare. (Read more below the video.)

"If [Republicans] can't get their way on another issue, they'll use the threat of, in effect, defaulting on the government's credit to get their way," Buffett said. "That won't work long-term."

"The public will turn on them, and they'll all of a sudden have a counter revelation," he predicted-adding that Washington "will go right up to the point of extreme idiocy" but won't cross it.

Buffett did provide a glimmer of hope if the Oct. 17 debt limit deadline is breached. "If it goes one second beyond the debt limit, that will not do us in. If it goes a year beyond that would be unbelievable."

 (Read more:  Obama to Wall Street: This time be worried )

"These guys may threaten to take their mother hostage, but they will never hurt their mother," joked Paulson, who's also a former chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs (GS).

Buffett played a crucial role in providing capital during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis, and rescuing Paulson's old firm. Berkshire's $5 billion lifeline to Goldman Sachs at the time has proved quite lucrative today. Berkshire has now  exercised warrants  acquired as part of the original deal-netting more than $2 billion in Goldman stock.

In addition to the warrants, that Berkshire-infusion had called for the investment bank to provide Berkshire with $5 billion in preferred stock, which paid annual dividends of $500 million. Three years later, Goldman repurchased those preferred shares from Buffett at a premium.****
3540  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: October 03, 2013, 07:46:00 PM
"Democrats are not solely responsible for the politicization, confusion, and ignorance of the process"

No but they certainly bare more responsibility for it.

As for Republicans who seem to believe in social engineering (as Newt put it), it is time for them to be held accountable. 

That is what the Tea Party is all about.
Time for them to stop the phony talk and time to start the walk.

If Republicans can address the insane proliferation of laws and their complexity and strive to have them streamlined with the goal of applying them equally to everyone they might actually pick up a few more votes.
Democrats won't address this.   They wouldn't even admit to it.   
3541  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: October 03, 2013, 11:07:48 AM
Bigdog asks,

"I rephrase my question: should we not be a nation of law?"

Of course.

But I would add and emphasize for Republicans,

We should also be a nation of laws AND strive to apply those laws *equally to all*.

Not simply expand the number of laws into complexity akin to billions of iterations of DNA.

When we now have Democrats even admitting at the Federal level to passing laws they don't, can't read then we don't have order, we have confusion, ignorance, politicization, corruption, and a country that is mired in gobbly goop.
3542  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Friends of Obama on: October 03, 2013, 10:22:21 AM
To prevent starvation, isolation, and despair one synagogue has discovered a new way to be charitable:
3543  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: October 02, 2013, 07:08:58 PM
Are these the same people who call Congress stupid, immature, childish?
3544  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politically (In)correct on: October 02, 2013, 10:30:42 AM
With tongue in cheek I ask when is it ok for Blacks to hunt down Chinese people on the street and beat them mercilessly.   Where is the racial outrage?
3545  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen.Ted Cruz on: October 02, 2013, 10:05:47 AM
Cruz needs a non shyster Clinton team to enhance his appeal.   An army of believers.   But honest brokers.  Not shysters.

Hillary is a complete manufactured entity.   No inherent substance.  All canned.  All scripted.  All MSM image making.  She is a media celebrity.  She doesn't write the play.  She just memorizes her lines and spits them out.

Just liberal dogma which is today's version of fascism.
3546  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Were going to love the new health care law - Sebellius tells us so. on: October 02, 2013, 09:59:14 AM
The Hidden Obamacare Taxes That
 Will Crush The Middle Class
By Money Morning Staff Reports

Get ready to be blindsided by a barrage of new taxes. $1 trillion worth...

They'll be coming courtesy of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

And they won't just be affecting those who make over $250,000. The bulk of these taxes will be passed on directly to the middle class.

That's because while a majority of these "stealth taxes" were designed to be taxes on businesses, they're actually transferred directly to ordinary citizens.

MORE: How much extra will you have to pay? To see how Obamacare taxes will directly affect your paycheck, go here.

They include the investment income surtax, a Medicare payroll tax, even a "tanning tax" on those who utilize indoor tanning services.

"Many of those [hidden] taxes, especially those on hospitals, insurers and medical device manufacturers, will ultimately be passed on through higher health costs," said Michael Tanner an expert on the healthcare law.

In fact, analysts estimate Obamacare will cost the average taxpayer nearly $6,000 in extra taxes as early as next year.

Obamacare Tax Hikes Stoke Outrage

The new taxes go into effect January 1, 2014. But they are already infuriating millions of Americans.

While even Obamacare detractors applaud the requirement that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions and put a stop to lifetime caps on benefits, they say these laudable benefits don't compensate for the bills high cost - especially in new taxes.

According to most experts, Obamacare will create a total of twenty new taxes or tax hikes on the American people.

In fact, the Obama administration has already given the IRS an extra $500 million to enforce the rules and regulations of Obamacare.

The new taxes don't bode well for millions of middle-class Americans. Incomes for the rich have soared this decade but middle class workers have seen their wages stagnate and even drop since the 2008 Great Recession.

Many fear Obamacare with its high insurance costs and new taxes, could provide the middle class a fatal blow.

 The 20 new Obamacare taxes are making Americans eyes pop out in disbelief. Take a look.

Of course, the Obamacare plan was primarily designed to decrease the number of uninsured Americans and reduce healthcare costs.

Many experts are saying it will have the exact opposite effect.

That's just one of the reasons why Republicans hope to defund Obamacare before January.

They claim that the taxes and costs needed to pay for Obamacare will crush the middle class and most U.S. taxpayers, as well as trigger job losses in affected industries.

Tax experts say you should try to estimate how much you will have to pay when the law goes into full effect - and take precautions to limit the damage to your bottom line.

What the Experts Say: How to avoid getting your financial neck broken by Obamacare... Watch this video.

One expert, Dr. Betsy McCaughey, a constitutional scholar with a Ph.D. from Columbia University, recently wrote a best-seller showing Americans how they can not only survive Obamacare, but prosper through it.

McCaughey claims to be one of the only people in the country - including members of Congress - who has actually read the entire 2,572 page law.

Her book, titled Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving The New Health Care Law, breaks the huge bill down into 168 pages of actionable advice.

The book, written in an easy going, easy to read style, shows some startling facts about Obamacare not seen in the mainstream press.

For example, she points to a little known passage in the bill that shows how you could get slapped with a $2,000 fine for not having health insurance - even if you do actually have it.

She also goes into detail explaining how a third of all U.S. employers could stop offering health insurance to their workers.

In one chapter, she shows how ordinary Americans will get stuck paying for substance abuse coverage - even if they never touched a drink or drug in their life.

According to McCaughey's research, senior citizens will get hit the hardest.

Hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery will be especially hard to get from Medicare in the months ahead thanks to Obamacare, according to McCaughey.

She warns seniors to get those types of procedures done now before Obamacare goes into effect January 1.

Editor's Note: Real facts and figures about the hidden Obamacare taxes and fees and how they will affect everyday Americans and seniors are hard to find. As a courtesy, Money Morning is giving readers a free copy of Betsy McCaughey's new book Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving The New Health Care Law. But only a limited number of copies are available. Please go here to reserve yours today.
3547  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: October 02, 2013, 09:19:04 AM
Don't the Federal employees ALWAYS get their back pay?

And don't they essentially get the time off with pay in a shutdown?

So they should be happy.

I wish I could get some days off with pay.
3548  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: October 02, 2013, 09:15:32 AM
Yes I have been asked this before.

I tell patients with infections to wash their hands at home to prevent them from spreading to their families or getting something else.

Try washing your hands at home the next time you have a cold every time you touch your eyes your nose your mouth of blow your nose or cough with your hand over your mouth.

See how easy it is.  undecided
3549  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen.Ted Cruz on: October 02, 2013, 09:12:17 AM
TYVM  (thank you very much)  grin
3550  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Diesel engine come back? on: October 02, 2013, 09:11:33 AM
Second energy post today also from the Economist:
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