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3701  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: May 27, 2013, 10:51:41 AM
I agree with this:  "Republicans don't have the argument right."
There are some opinions from the Dems and some from the Repubs.  Both are inconsistent and in my view miss the point.

I am close to figuring it out the main concept in my mind though but the consultants are all over the map:

   Repubs have the concepts right.  They just can't be too right like Cruz.  We need more middle of the road candidates who can appeal to groups like Reagan Dems.  Didn't we just have that with Romney and McCain?  The crats claim they come up with more centrist candidates?   Yet Obama is as radical as they come.  Yet he publically claims conservative issues and stances but behind the scenes is radical. 

I dunno.  The DCers still can't figure it out.  Brock pulled in his political machine from Chicago.  Do the repubs have anything equivalent?  (of course more honest would be nice)

****GOP tries to pull off a delicate balancing act

GOP's dilemma: Mitt Romney makes his presidential election concession speech in Boston. 

AP Photo: Rick Wilking, Pool. An election postmortem, commissioned by the Republican Party after Mitt Romney's loss last fall, said the GOP 'is increasingly marginalizing itself.'
 AP  2 hr ago | By Charles Babington   of Associated Press   

The Republican Party wants to keep Tea Party die-hards, evangelicals and pro-lifers happy — but it also wants to win elections.

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party, after losing the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections, confronts a dilemma that's easier to describe than solve: How can it broaden its appeal to up-for-grabs voters without alienating its conservative base?

There's no consensus yet on how to do it. With the next election three years away, Republicans are tiptoeing around policy changes even as they size up potential candidates who range from Tea Party heroes to pragmatic governors in Republican- and Democratic-leaning states.

There's a partial road map, but it's more than two decades old, and the other party drafted it. Democrats, sick of losing elections and being tagged as out-of-touch liberals, moved their party toward the center and rallied behind Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton in 1992.

Strategists in both parties say Clinton's achievement, however impressive, may look modest compared with what a Republican leader must do to construct a new winning formula, given the nation's changing demographics.

"Our challenge was to get voters back," said Al From, a chief architect of Clinton's political rise. "Their challenge is harder: get voters to come into a new coalition."

That will be complicated, From said, because the Republicans' conservative base "is more demanding and more important" than the Democrats' liberal base.

An array of Republican campaign veterans agree. They say the party's loyal base of conservative activists — including evangelical Christians, anti-tax crusaders and anti-abortion advocates — is too big, ideological and vital to be treated with anything but great care and respect. Republicans will go nowhere if they lose a hard-core conservative every time they pick up a new unaligned voter with a more moderate message.

While they circle that conundrum, Republican leaders hope for a charismatic nominee in the mold of Clinton or Ronald Reagan. They yearn for someone who can appeal to less-ideological voters without prompting conservatives to feel their principles are losing primacy.

Several veteran strategists say Republicans should focus less on modifying their ideas than on improving their campaign mechanics and finding nominees with broader personal appeal than Mitt Romney, John McCain and Bob Dole.

"The foundation of the party as a conservative party hasn't been the principal liability but the principal asset," said GOP campaign strategist Terry Holt.

"Among every voter group, there are people who share our values," Holt said. The key to winning, he said, is to perform better at "micro-targeting" and other techniques designed to find and motivate potential voters.

In that area, he said, "the other party is about half a light-year ahead of us."

Arizona-based Republican consultant Eddie Mahe said finding a charismatic candidate is more important than tweaking policies. Given Americans' low opinion of politics, he said, "to sell the party as a party is nonsensical."

Instead, Mahe said, Republicans must pick a nominee who appeals "to the nonvoters, disinterested voters, the uninformed — whatever you want to call them — who are attracted to a personality, someone they feel good about."

The Republican who comes closest to that description, he said, is Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a Tea Party favorite. But Mahe said he doubts she could win a general election.

Dan Schnur, a former aide to President George W. Bush who teaches political science at the University of Southern California, said, "Parties don't remake parties. Leaders remake parties."

Schnur agrees that Clinton was a gifted politician, but he also had some help and luck, which Republicans will need, too.

Clinton has acknowledged that Gary Hart began tugging the Democratic Party from its liberal and outdated moorings in 1984 and 1988, even if he eventually fell short of the nomination. And a 1992 candidacy by New York Gov. and liberal hero Mario Cuomo might have doomed Clinton's lean-to-the-center strategy.

Republicans "need a Gary Hart before they get a Bill Clinton," Schnur said. And they may have trouble narrowing the ideological field in the 2016 primary and beyond, which could force the eventual nominee to embrace hard-right principles that excite GOP activists but turn off independent voters.

A 97-page postmortem, commissioned by the Republican Party after Romney's loss last fall, said the GOP "is increasingly marginalizing itself, and unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future."

The report emphasized messaging and outreach more than possible changes to policies and proposals. "The party should be proud of its conservative principles," the report said, but it also must be more "welcoming and inclusive" to young voters, minorities and women.

From — who founded the Democratic Leadership Council, a key proponent of Clinton's 1992 agenda — says Republicans are on the wrong track. They must be more open to adjusting their policies, he said, if they want to win presidential elections.

In the early 1990s, From said, "people didn't trust Democrats on the economy, national security, crime, welfare." By pushing welfare reductions, community policing and other new ideas, he said, "we tried to systematically eliminate the obstacles. Republicans have got to do the same thing."

Clinton's 1992 team believed "if you get the argument right, people will vote for us," From said. "Republicans don't have the argument right."

Clinton campaign aide Paul Begala said parties that win presidential elections are "always more mainstream and more unified. Right now, the Republicans are neither."

Begala said liberal activists made only modest complaints about Clinton's shift toward the political center because they were sick of losing elections with nominees such as George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis.

He said Republicans might need one more presidential loss to create a similar level of frustration, which can open the way to pragmatism and moderation. Nominating a Tea Party-leaning "true believer" such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas could do the trick, Begala said.

Holt, who has advised numerous GOP campaigns, said Republicans have already learned the lesson. "The most effective remedy for any party is an overdose of defeat," he said. "We've suffered that."

The Republicans' challenge is spelled out in exit polls from President Barack Obama's win over Romney. Nearly two-thirds of Republican voters labeled themselves as conservatives. But fewer than half of all Democratic voters called themselves liberals.

That indicates Democrats are working with a less-ideological, more flexible base, giving a nominee leeway to embrace issues that might attract non-aligned voters in the general election.

Republicans, on the other hand, depend on a more ideological base. That's one reason party leaders — for now, anyway — talk less of modifying party policies and more of changing mechanics, technology and messaging.

"The brand has suffered," Holt said, "but the values have been very consistent."

Associated Press polling director Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.

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3702  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Replace climate *change* with climate *science* on: May 26, 2013, 11:31:36 AM
Great post - thanks Doug.
3703  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Morehouse speech - Cal Thomas on: May 26, 2013, 11:26:26 AM
3704  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: May 26, 2013, 10:22:05 AM
Nothing like turning a weekend that is supposed to be reserved to honor our military by turning it to yet another lecture from the ONE.  This is the strategy - triangulate.   He is above and isolated from all the lies, the scandals, the cover-ups, the abuse of his office.   Just sickening folks.   This guy has no shame.   He is a Clinton clone - only more radical:
3705  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / medal of honor recipients - all wars on: May 26, 2013, 10:14:07 AM
3706  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / medal of honor recipients - Vietnam on: May 26, 2013, 10:12:26 AM
3707  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / medal of honor recipients - Korea on: May 26, 2013, 10:11:00 AM
3708  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / medal of honor recipients - WWII on: May 26, 2013, 10:09:42 AM
3709  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / real 54th regimen hero on: May 25, 2013, 10:03:33 PM
July 18th 1863 - Fort Wagner - planting the colors on the fort:
3710  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / memorial day history on: May 25, 2013, 11:19:57 AM

Memorial Day Home Page


Spanish Translation (by Bablefish)   French Translation (by Bablefish)   Hungarian Translation (by Veronika Nagy)

Memorial DayHistory

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

General John A. Logan
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-B8172- 6403 DLC (b&w film neg.)]
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."

On January 19, 1999 Senator Inouye introduced bill S 189 to the Senate which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th instead of "the last Monday in May". On April 19, 1999 Representative Gibbons introduced the bill to the House (H.R. 1474). The bills were referred the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Government Reform.

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To date, there has been no further developments on the bill. Please write your Representative and your Senators, urging them to support these bills. You can also contact Mr. Inouye to let him know of your support.

Visit our Help Restore the Traditional Day of Observance page for more information on this issue, and for more ways you can help.

 To see what day Memorial Day falls on for the next 10 years, visit the Memorial Day Calendar page.

Sources and related links:
•Boalsburg, Pa., Birthplace of Memorial Day
•DC City Pages: History of Memorial Day
•General Logan Biography
•General Logan's General Order 11
•Help Restore the Traditional Day of Observance of Memorial Day
•Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 from Duke University)
•How to Observe Memorial Day
•Luminaria Program
•Memorial Day Events - Dept of Veterans Affairs
"The Office of Public Affairs provides this page of items that may be of special interest to veterans and customers."
•The Origins of Memorial Day
•Roy, Nuhn. Portfolio: To Honor The Memory of the Departed. American History Illustrated 1982 17[3]: 20-25.

•S 189 and H.R. 1474, bills to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day.
•"S. Con. Res. 100", resolution for a National Moment of Remembrance.
•Statement on Signing the National Moment of Remembrance Act
•Taps Information
•Today in History: May 30
American Memory project, The Library of Congress
•VFW's "Buddy" Poppy program
•Waterloo, Official Birthplace of Memorial Day


© 1994 - 2009 SUVCW & David Merchant
 Updated 4 April 2009
3711  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: May 25, 2013, 11:17:12 AM
Are journalists more special then everyone else?   I understand their role in keeping our government in check (at the same time as serving as a propaganda wing) yet I dunno...

All this fuss now that it is about them:
3712  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Obesity bias on: May 25, 2013, 10:37:14 AM
I am only surprised the number is not higher.   What the study doesn't address is the prevalence of bias against the obese in the general population.   As for med students I have some points from my experience.

1- obesity treatments were not taught at all other the proverbial "diet and exercise" and simply admonishing a patient for not doing more in this regard.  I can tell you this never works.
Perhaps obesity treatment is taught better now ;  I don't know.
2- obesity treatment are often complicated and are a whole specialty unto itself though not a recognized one by the board of specialties - it should be.   
3- obesity is very difficult to treat - very.  Indeed the medical treatment is almost always with the realistic hope of some sustained weight loss not huge losses from obese to healthy.  I heard one physician who devotes his entire practice say during a lecture, "in my 25 yrs of treating obesity if I have had 2 or 3 patients get from a BMI of 45 (morbid obese - overweight by 100 pounds or more) to a BMI of 25 (top number designated healthy) and keep it off that is a lot".
4- Some experts appear to have thrown in the towel for medical treatment in those patients who are extremely overweight and from the very beginning steer them to bariatric surgery which has a DRAMATICALLY higher success rate.

****Many Medical Students Have Anti-Fat Bias, Study Finds
Healthday  13 hrs ago | By -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas   of HealthDay   

FRIDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Two out of five medical students have an unconscious bias against obese people, a new study found.

The study authors, from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, noted the anti-fat stigma is a significant barrier to the treatment of obesity. They concluded that teaching medical students to recognize this bias is necessary to improve care for the millions of Americans who are overweight or obese.

"Bias can affect clinical care and the doctor-patient relationship, and even a patient's willingness or desire to go see their physician, so it is crucial that we try to deal with any bias during medical school," study lead author Dr. David Miller, associate professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. "Previous research has shown that on average, physicians have a strong anti-fat bias similar to that of the general population. Doctors are more likely to assume that obese individuals won't follow treatment plans, and they [doctors] are less likely to respect obese patients than average weight patients."

The study, which took place over the course of three years, involved more than 300 third-year medical students. Although all of the students attended a medical school in the southeastern United States from 2008 through 2011, they were originally from many different parts of the United States as well as 12 other countries.

Using a computer program called the Weight Implicit Association Test, the researchers were able to measure the participants' unconscious preferences for fat or thin people. The medical students also completed a survey to determine if they were aware of any weight bias they had.

The study revealed that 39 percent of the medical students had a moderate to strong unconscious anti-fat bias. Seventeen percent had a moderate to strong anti-thin bias. The researchers added that less than 25 percent of the students were aware of their biases.

"Because anti-fat stigma is so prevalent and a significant barrier to the treatment of obesity, teaching medical students to recognize and mitigate this bias is crucial to improving the care for the two-thirds of American adults who are now overweight or obese," Miller said. "Medical schools should address weight bias as part of a comprehensive obesity curriculum."

The study was published online May 23 in the Journal of Academic Medicine.****

3713  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Newt Gingrich on: May 25, 2013, 10:15:44 AM
Newt has some good points as he always does.  Rush was saying more or less the same thing on radio sometime this past week.

Rush more or less said, don't get your hopes up that we can rid ourselves of the tyrant ONE (my name not his for the ONE which is Crafty's name - I just embellished it a bit).   But all that is besides the point anyway as it is not about him but the big government forces of the liberals.


The republicans appear to be taking the scandals opportunity to the first step back to redemption.   But they cannot simply make elections ONLY about the evils of "big government".    We have already been there done that.   What we wind up is praying Rasmussen is right and many Dems don't show up at the polls and we squeeze out another close margin victory.

The party IMHO has to do more to prove we are inclusive to other groups.   The party has to prove that we simply don't replace big gov with private wolfs thieves and scoundrels.   People can see the wealthy getting rich on Wall street.  They can see the bankers came through this without a scratch.   They can see how the rich and powerful have advantages in DC and in the courts the rest of us don't have.

I agree with GM .  There will always be those at the top that take advantage of what is available to them.   What I am asking at least the f' Repubs should at least recognize this.  Instead they ALWAYS look the other way.   If they were to recognize this and at least give some lip service to this point and offer some plan to combat this than maybe just maybe they could be ahead in Pew or CBS or CNN poll for a change.

Maybe even a few more Blacks and Latinos and Asians might be inclined to vote for them.  

I would be curious as to what Doug thinks about my thoughts.   Doug always has great insight from the political point of view. 
3714  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: May 23, 2013, 09:09:16 PM
Doug wrote:
"Blow's real point is that liberals feel quite threatened by the rise of a small number of black conservatives and take every occasion they can to put them down"

Yes.  Doug did you read Obama's speech at Morehouse?  If one reads it one would think parts of it (at least) was written by a Herman Caine or Thomas Sowell.   I don't for the life of me understand why Blacks vote Democratic Party.  Why there own party hijacked by globalist, statist America hating liberals is giving *their* country away.  I could understand when in the past they didn't feel like a full fledged part of our society.  But now they are coming into their own.  And what do they do?  Support the party that is giving it all away.   Lets give it away to all the illegals.  Lets give it away to the EU.  Lets tax all the oil and gas companies in the US and give it to all the poor countries, lets keep spending funny money so we are so much in debt no one will have anything.   If Blacks were upset about not being a full participant in the American Dream then don't vote for a party that is destroying the American Dream. 

Some Blacks did not like Obama's speech.

It was interesting to see some of the criticism of Obama's speech by some Blacks.   They are tired of being lectured about  young Black men not taking responsibility and instead blaming white racism for everything.

Some Blacks have asked so what can the Republican Party do for us?

How about a free country with real equal opportunity and individualism?

Here is his speech:
The Wall Street Journal SubscribeLog InU.S. Edition U.S.
Barack Obama gave the commencement address at Morehouse College, an all-male historically black college in Atlanta, on May 19.

Below is the transcript of the speech:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Hello, Morehouse! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Please be seated.


PRESIDENT OBAMA: I love you back. (Laughter.) That is why I am here.

I have to say that it is one of the great honors of my life to be able to address this gathering here today. I want to thank Dr. Wilson for his outstanding leadership, and the Board of Trustees. We have Congressman Cedric Richmond and Sanford Bishop — both proud alumni of this school, as well as Congressman Hank Johnson. And one of my dear friends and a great inspiration to us all — the great John Lewis is here. (Applause.) We have your outstanding Mayor, Mr. Kasim Reed, in the house. (Applause.)

To all the members of the Morehouse family. And most of all, congratulations to this distinguished group of Morehouse Men — the Class of 2013. (Applause.)

I have to say that it’s a little hard to follow — not Dr. Wilson, but a skinny guy with a funny name. (Laughter.) Betsegaw Tadele — he’s going to be doing something.

I also have to say that you all are going to get wet. (Laughter.) And I’d be out there with you if I could. (Laughter.) But Secret Service gets nervous. (Laughter.) So I’m going to have to stay here, dry. (Laughter.) But know that I’m there with you in spirit. (Laughter.)

Some of you are graduating summa cum laude. (Applause.) Some of you are graduating magna cum laude. (Applause.) I know some of you are just graduating, “thank you, Lordy.” (Laughter and applause.) That’s appropriate because it’s a Sunday. (Laughter.)

I see some moms and grandmas here, aunts, in their Sunday best — although they are upset about their hair getting messed up. (Laughter.) Michelle would not be sitting in the rain. (Laughter.) She has taught me about hair. (Laughter.)

I want to congratulate all of you — the parents, the grandparents, the brothers and sisters, the family and friends who supported these young men in so many ways. This is your day, as well. Just think about it — your sons, your brothers, your nephews — they spent the last four years far from home and close to Spelman, and yet they are still here today. (Applause.) So you’ve done something right. Graduates, give a big round of applause to your family for everything that they’ve done for you. (Applause.)

I know that some of you had to wait in long lines to get into today’s ceremony. And I would apologize, but it did not have anything to do with security. Those graduates just wanted you to know what it’s like to register for classes here. (Laughter and applause.) And this time of year brings a different kind of stress — every senior stopping by Gloster Hall over the past week making sure your name was actually on the list of students who met all the graduation requirements. (Applause.) If it wasn’t on the list, you had to figure out why. Was it that library book you lent to that trifling roommate who didn’t return it? (Laughter.) Was it Dr. Johnson’s policy class? (Applause.) Did you get enough Crown Forum credits? (Applause.)

On that last point, I’m going to exercise my power as President to declare this speech sufficient Crown Forum credits for any otherwise eligible student to graduate. That is my graduation gift to you. (Applause.) You have a special dispensation.

Now, graduates, I am humbled to stand here with all of you as an honorary Morehouse Man. (Applause.) I finally made it. (Laughter.) And as I do, I’m mindful of an old saying: “You can always tell a Morehouse Man — (applause) — but you can’t tell him much.” (Applause.) And that makes my task a little more difficult, I suppose. But I think it also reflects the sense of pride that’s always been part of this school’s tradition.

Benjamin Mays, who served as the president of Morehouse for almost 30 years, understood that tradition better than anybody. He said — and I quote — “It will not be sufficient for Morehouse College, for any college, for that matter, to produce clever graduates — but rather honest men, men who can be trusted in public and private life — men who are sensitive to the wrongs, the sufferings, and the injustices of society and who are willing to accept responsibility for correcting (those) ills.”

It was that mission — not just to educate men, but to cultivate good men, strong men, upright men — that brought community leaders together just two years after the end of the Civil War. They assembled a list of 37 men, free blacks and freed slaves, who would make up the first prospective class of what later became Morehouse College. Most of those first students had a desire to become teachers and preachers — to better themselves so they could help others do the same.

A century and a half later, times have changed. But the “Morehouse Mystique” still endures. Some of you probably came here from communities where everybody looked like you. Others may have come here in search of a community. And I suspect that some of you probably felt a little bit of culture shock the first time you came together as a class in King’s Chapel. All of a sudden, you weren’t the only high school sports captain, you weren’t the only student council president. You were suddenly in a group of high achievers, and that meant you were expected to do something more.

That’s the unique sense of purpose that this place has always infused — the conviction that this is a training ground not only for individual success, but for leadership that can change the world.

Dr. King was just 15 years old when he enrolled here at Morehouse. He was an unknown, undersized, unassuming young freshman who lived at home with his parents. And I think it’s fair to say he wasn’t the coolest kid on campus — for the suits he wore, his classmates called him “Tweed.” But his education at Morehouse helped to forge the intellect, the discipline, the compassion, the soul force that would transform America. It was here that he was introduced to the writings of Gandhi and Thoreau, and the theory of civil disobedience. It was here that professors encouraged him to look past the world as it was and fight for the world as it should be. And it was here, at Morehouse, as Dr. King later wrote, where “I realized that nobody — was afraid.”

Not even of some bad weather. I added on that part. (Laughter.) I know it’s wet out there. But Dr. Wilson told me you all had a choice and decided to do it out here anyway. (Applause.) That’s a Morehouse Man talking.

Now, think about it. For black men in the ’40s and the ’50s, the threat of violence, the constant humiliations, large and small, the uncertainty that you could support a family, the gnawing doubts born of the Jim Crow culture that told you every day that somehow you were inferior, the temptation to shrink from the world, to accept your place, to avoid risks, to be afraid — that temptation was necessarily strong.

And yet, here, under the tutelage of men like Dr. Mays, young Martin learned to be unafraid. And he, in turn, taught others to be unafraid. And over time, he taught a nation to be unafraid. And over the last 50 years, thanks to the moral force of Dr. King and a Moses generation that overcame their fear and their cynicism and their despair, barriers have come tumbling down, and new doors of opportunity have swung open, and laws and hearts and minds have been changed to the point where someone who looks just like you can somehow come to serve as President of these United States of America. (Applause.)

So the history we share should give you hope. The future we share should give you hope. You’re graduating into an improving job market. You’re living in a time when advances in technology and communication put the world at your fingertips. Your generation is uniquely poised for success unlike any generation of African Americans that came before it.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have work — because if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that too few of our brothers have the opportunities that you’ve had here at Morehouse.

In troubled neighborhoods all across this country — many of them heavily African American — too few of our citizens have role models to guide them. Communities just a couple miles from my house in Chicago, communities just a couple miles from here — they’re places where jobs are still too scarce and wages are still too low; where schools are underfunded and violence is pervasive; where too many of our men spend their youth not behind a desk in a classroom, but hanging out on the streets or brooding behind a jail cell.

My job, as President, is to advocate for policies that generate more opportunity for everybody — policies that strengthen the middle class and give more people the chance to climb their way into the middle class. Policies that create more good jobs and reduce poverty, and educate more children, and give more families the security of health care, and protect more of our children from the horrors of gun violence. That’s my job. Those are matters of public policy, and it is important for all of us — black, white and brown — to advocate for an America where everybody has got a fair shot in life. Not just some. Not just a few. (Applause.)

But along with collective responsibilities, we have individual responsibilities. There are some things, as black men, we can only do for ourselves. There are some things, as Morehouse Men, that you are obliged to do for those still left behind. As Morehouse Men, you now wield something even more powerful than the diploma you’re about to collect — and that’s the power of your example.

So what I ask of you today is the same thing I ask of every graduating class I address: Use that power for something larger than yourself. Live up to President Mays’s challenge. Be “sensitive to the wrongs, the sufferings, and the injustices of society.” And be “willing to accept responsibility for correcting (those) ills.”

I know that some of you came to Morehouse from communities where life was about keeping your head down and looking out for yourself. Maybe you feel like you escaped, and now you can take your degree and get that fancy job and the nice house and the nice car — and never look back. And don’t get me wrong — with all those student loans you’ve had to take out, I know you’ve got to earn some money. With doors open to you that your parents and grandparents could not even imagine, no one expects you to take a vow of poverty. But I will say it betrays a poverty of ambition if all you think about is what goods you can buy instead of what good you can do. (Applause.)

So, yes, go get that law degree. But if you do, ask yourself if the only option is to defend the rich and the powerful, or if you can also find some time to defend the powerless. Sure, go get your MBA, or start that business. We need black businesses out there. But ask yourselves what broader purpose your business might serve, in putting people to work, or transforming a neighborhood. The most successful CEOs I know didn’t start out intent just on making money — rather, they had a vision of how their product or service would change things, and the money followed. (Applause.)

Some of you may be headed to medical school to become doctors. But make sure you heal folks in underserved communities who really need it, too. For generations, certain groups in this country — especially African Americans — have been desperate in need of access to quality, affordable health care. And as a society, we’re finally beginning to change that. Those of you who are under the age of 26 already have the option to stay on your parent’s health care plan. But all of you are heading into an economy where many young people expect not only to have multiple jobs, but multiple careers.

So starting October 1st, because of the Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare — (applause) — you’ll be able to shop for a quality, affordable plan that’s yours and travels with you — a plan that will insure not only your health, but your dreams if you are sick or get in an accident. But we’re going to need some doctors to make sure it works, too. We’ve got to make sure everybody has good health in this country. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for this country. So you’re going to have to spread the word to your fellow young people.

Which brings me to a second point: Just as Morehouse has taught you to expect more of yourselves, inspire those who look up to you to expect more of themselves. We know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices. And I have to say, growing up, I made quite a few myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. I had a tendency sometimes to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. But one of the things that all of you have learned over the last four years is there’s no longer any room for excuses. (Applause.)

I understand there’s a common fraternity creed here at Morehouse: “Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.” Well, we’ve got no time for excuses. Not because the bitter legacy of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they have not. Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; we know those are still out there. It’s just that in today’s hyperconnected, hypercompetitive world, with millions of young people from China and India and Brazil — many of whom started with a whole lot less than all of you did — all of them entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything that you have not earned. (Applause.)

Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination. And moreover, you have to remember that whatever you’ve gone through, it pales in comparison to the hardships previous generations endured — and they overcame them. And if they overcame them, you can overcome them, too. (Applause.)

You now hail from a lineage and legacy of immeasurably strong men — men who bore tremendous burdens and still laid the stones for the path on which we now walk. You wear the mantle of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, and Ralph Bunche and Langston Hughes, and George Washington Carver and Ralph Abernathy and Thurgood Marshall, and, yes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These men were many things to many people. And they knew full well the role that racism played in their lives. But when it came to their own accomplishments and sense of purpose, they had no time for excuses.

Every one of you have a grandma or an uncle or a parent who’s told you that at some point in life, as an African American, you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by. I think President Mays put it even better: He said, “Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead, and no man yet to be born can do it any better.” (Applause.)

And I promise you, what was needed in Dr. Mays’s time, that spirit of excellence, and hard work, and dedication, and no excuses is needed now more than ever. If you think you can just get over in this economy just because you have a Morehouse degree, you’re in for a rude awakening. But if you stay hungry, if you keep hustling, if you keep on your grind and get other folks to do the same — nobody can stop you. (Applause.)

And when I talk about pursuing excellence and setting an example, I’m not just talking about in your professional life. One of today’s graduates, Frederick Anderson — where’s Frederick? Frederick, right here. (Applause.) I know it’s raining, but I’m going to tell about Frederick. Frederick started his college career in Ohio, only to find out that his high school sweetheart back in Georgia was pregnant. So he came back and enrolled in Morehouse to be closer to her. Pretty soon, helping raise a newborn and working night shifts became too much, so he started taking business classes at a technical college instead — doing everything from delivering newspapers to buffing hospital floors to support his family.

And then he enrolled at Morehouse a second time. But even with a job, he couldn’t keep up with the cost of tuition. So after getting his degree from that technical school, this father of three decided to come back to Morehouse for a third time. (Applause.) As Frederick says, “God has a plan for my life, and He’s not done with me yet.”

And today, Frederick is a family man, and a working man, and a Morehouse Man. (Applause.) And that’s what I’m asking all of you to do: Keep setting an example for what it means to be a man. (Applause.) Be the best husband to your wife, or you’re your boyfriend, or your partner. Be the best father you can be to your children. Because nothing is more important.

I was raised by a heroic single mom, wonderful grandparents — made incredible sacrifices for me. And I know there are moms and grandparents here today who did the same thing for all of you. But I sure wish I had had a father who was not only present, but involved.

Didn’t know my dad. And so my whole life, I’ve tried to be for Michelle and my girls what my father was not for my mother and me. I want to break that cycle where a father is not at home — (applause) — where a father is not helping to raise that son or daughter. I want to be a better father, a better husband, a better man.

It’s hard work that demands your constant attention and frequent sacrifice. And I promise you, Michelle will tell you I’m not perfect. She’s got a long list of my imperfections. (Laughter.) Even now, I’m still practicing, I’m still learning, still getting corrected in terms of how to be a fine husband and a good father. But I will tell you this: Everything else is unfulfilled if we fail at family, if we fail at that responsibility. (Applause.)

I know that when I am on my deathbed someday, I will not be thinking about any particular legislation I passed; I will not be thinking about a policy I promoted; I will not be thinking about the speech I gave, I will not be thinking the Nobel Prize I received. I will be thinking about that walk I took with my daughters. I’ll be thinking about a lazy afternoon with my wife. I’ll be thinking about sitting around the dinner table and seeing them happy and healthy and knowing that they were loved. And I’ll be thinking about whether I did right by all of them.

So be a good role model, set a good example for that young brother coming up. If you know somebody who’s not on point, go back and bring that brother along — those who’ve been left behind, who haven’t had the same opportunities we have — they need to hear from you. You’ve got to be engaged on the barbershops, on the basketball court, at church, spend time and energy and presence to give people opportunities and a chance. Pull them up, expose them, support their dreams. Don’t put them down.

We’ve got to teach them just like what we have to learn, what it means to be a man — to serve your city like Maynard Jackson; to shape the culture like Spike Lee; to be like Chester Davenport, one of the first people to integrate the University of Georgia Law School. When he got there, nobody would sit next to him in class. But Chester didn’t mind. Later on, he said, “It was the thing for me to do. Someone needed to be the first.” And today, Chester is here celebrating his 50th reunion. Where is Chester Davenport? He’s here. (Applause.)

So if you’ve had role models, fathers, brothers like that — thank them today. And if you haven’t, commit yourself to being that man to somebody else.

And finally, as you do these things, do them not just for yourself, but don’t even do them just for the African American community. I want you to set your sights higher. At the turn of the last century, W.E.B. DuBois spoke about the “talented tenth” — a class of highly educated, socially conscious leaders in the black community. But it’s not just the African American community that needs you. The country needs you. The world needs you.

As Morehouse Men, many of you know what it’s like to be an outsider; know what it’s like to be marginalized; know what it’s like to feel the sting of discrimination. And that’s an experience that a lot of Americans share. Hispanic Americans know that feeling when somebody asks them where they come from or tell them to go back. Gay and lesbian Americans feel it when a stranger passes judgment on their parenting skills or the love that they share. Muslim Americans feel it when they’re stared at with suspicion because of their faith. Any woman who knows the injustice of earning less pay for doing the same work — she knows what it’s like to be on the outside looking in.

So your experiences give you special insight that today’s leaders need. If you tap into that experience, it should endow you with empathy — the understanding of what it’s like to walk in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, to know what it’s like when you’re not born on 3rd base, thinking you hit a triple. It should give you the ability to connect. It should give you a sense of compassion and what it means to overcome barriers.

And I will tell you, Class of 2013, whatever success I have achieved, whatever positions of leadership I have held have depended less on Ivy League degrees or SAT scores or GPAs, and have instead been due to that sense of connection and empathy — the special obligation I felt, as a black man like you, to help those who need it most, people who didn’t have the opportunities that I had — because there but for the grace of God, go I — I might have been in their shoes. I might have been in prison. I might have been unemployed. I might not have been able to support a family. And that motivates me. (Applause.)

So it’s up to you to widen your circle of concern — to care about justice for everybody, white, black and brown. Everybody. Not just in your own community, but also across this country and around the world. To make sure everyone has a voice, and everybody gets a seat at the table; that everybody, no matter what you look like or where you come from, what your last name is — it doesn’t matter, everybody gets a chance to walk through those doors of opportunity if they are willing to work hard enough.

When Leland Shelton was four years old — where’s Leland? (Applause.) Stand up, Leland. When Leland Shelton was four years old, social services took him away from his mama, put him in the care of his grandparents. By age 14, he was in the foster care system. Three years after that, Leland enrolled in Morehouse. And today he is graduating Phi Beta Kappa on his way to Harvard Law School. (Applause.) But he’s not stopping there. As a member of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council, he plans to use his law degree to make sure kids like him don’t fall through the cracks. And it won’t matter whether they’re black kids or brown kids or white kids or Native American kids, because he’ll understand what they’re going through. And he’ll be fighting for them. He’ll be in their corner. That’s leadership. That’s a Morehouse Man right there. (Applause.)

That’s what we’ve come to expect from you, Morehouse — a legacy of leaders — not just in our black community, but for the entire American community. To recognize the burdens you carry with you, but to resist the temptation to use them as excuses. To transform the way we think about manhood, and set higher standards for ourselves and for others. To be successful, but also to understand that each of us has responsibilities not just to ourselves, but to one another and to future generations. Men who refuse to be afraid. Men who refuse to be afraid.

Members of the Class of 2013, you are heirs to a great legacy. You have within you that same courage and that same strength, the same resolve as the men who came before you. That’s what being a Morehouse Man is all about. That’s what being an American is all about.

Success may not come quickly or easily. But if you strive to do what’s right, if you work harder and dream bigger, if you set an example in your own lives and do your part to help meet the challenges of our time, then I’m confident that, together, we will continue the never-ending task of perfecting our union.

Congratulations, Class of 2013. God bless you. God bless Morehouse. And God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

Barack Obama, Morehouse
3715  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Jason M on Breitbart on: May 23, 2013, 08:39:55 PM
Only  a few months ago the Republicans were on the skids.  No look at the big mouth Dems:
3716  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 23, 2013, 09:05:08 AM
Hearing one of the purported excuses of the IRS apologists whether they be media liberals or IRS employees pointing out they deal with thousands of items every day.  Suggesting they are too overwhelmed with data they couldn't possibly have done anything wrong by purposeful design strikes a painful cord with me. 

It is exactly one of the same excuses from the US Copyright office to explain why so many copyright documents disappear.   Oh we have 6000 that come through here a day we couldn't possibly be doing anything with specific ones but we admit we do make *mistakes" amongst the avalanche of papers.   So they easily find take hold what was sent it, then wait for their accomplices to steal it out of our house and then suddenly we hear nothing from the CRO.  When we call, send in writing requests for what we sent them they deny they ever received them.   *we* must be mistaken because they never received anything from us.

Then in the occasional case we do find written evidence we sent them something such as a postal receipt, low and behold, it is miraculously found.  If we don't respond their accomplices in the music business know they are home free with stolen material and we start to hear the dirtballs singing it on the music stations and the yahoo et al announcements of all these new albums.

So when I hear the IRS trying to claim they had no idea or where not purposely looking at conservative groups because of the sea of data,  I in fact know in my heart, they are lying.
3717  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / who owns the auto data on: May 23, 2013, 08:36:25 AM
Well whoever it is, it won't be our own.  It will be who ever has the most money and the most political connections or bribed politicians.

"GM even wants to add popups in your car"

3718  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: May 22, 2013, 11:00:36 PM
Op-Ed Columnist

Blacks, Conservatives and Plantations

Published: May 22, 2013 7 Comments
Why do Republicans keep endorsing the most extreme and hyperbolic African-American voices — those intent on comparing blacks who support the Democratic candidates to slaves? That idea, which only a black person could invoke without being castigated for the flagrant racial overtones, is a trope to which an increasingly homogeneous Republican Party seems to subscribe.

Charles M. Blow

The most recent example of this is E.W. Jackson, who last weekend became the Virginia Republicans’ candidate for lieutenant governor in the state.

In a video posted to YouTube in 2012 titled “Bishop E.W. Jackson Message to Black Christians,” Jackson says:

“It is time to end the slavish devotion to the Democrat party. They have insulted us, used us and manipulated us. They have saturated the black community with ridiculous lies: ‘Unless we support the Democrat party, we will be returned to slavery. We will be robbed of voting rights. The Martin Luther King holiday will be repealed.’ They think we’re stupid and these lies will hold us captive while they violate everything we believe as Christians.”

He continues:

“Shame on us for allowing ourselves to be sold to the highest bidder. We belong to God. Our ancestors were sold against their will centuries ago, but we’re going to the slave market voluntarily today. Yes, it’s just that ugly.”

(Jackson also took swipes at the gay community and compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan.)

The Democrat Plantation theology goes something like this: Democrats use the government to addict and incapacitate blacks by giving them free things — welfare, food stamps and the like. This renders blacks dependent on and beholden to that government and the Democratic Party.

This is not completely dissimilar from Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments, although he never mentioned race:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.

Star Parker, a Scripps Howard syndicated columnist, failed Republican Congressional candidate and author of the book “Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can do About It,” argued in an article in 2009 on the conservative Web site Townhall:

“A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation. Those who accepted the invitation switched mind-sets from ‘How do I take care of myself?’ to ‘What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?’"

Mackubin Thomas Owens, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R. I., put it more bluntly in an editorial on the Ashbrook University Web site in 2002:

“For the modern liberal Democratic racist as for the old-fashioned one, blacks are simply incapable of freedom. They will always need Ol’ Massa’s help. And woe be to any African-American who wanders off of the Democratic plantation.”

That last bit hints at the other part of Democrat Plantation theology: that black Democrats and white liberals are equal enforcers of enslavement.

A 2010 unsigned article published on the Web site of the conservative weekly Human Events reads:

“If black Americans wish to be Democrats, that is their choice — or is it? Despite the fact that Democrats enjoy the support of over 90% of black America, the other 10%, those who dare to ‘stray from the plantation,’ have been routinely vilified — by other black Americans.”

The article continued:

“The not-so-subtle message? Support liberal dogma — or face social ostracism.”

Dr. Ben Carson, who delivered a speech blasting the president during the National Prayer breakfast this year and quickly became a darling of the right (The Wall Street Journal declared: “Ben Carson for President”), said of white liberals in a radio interview:

“They are the most racist people there are. Because they put you in a little category, a little box. You have to think this way. How could you dare come off the plantation?”

(Carson also got in trouble for comparing homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality. He later apologized for those comments, “if anybody was offended.”)

Unfortunately, the runaway slave image among many black Republican politicians is becoming ingrained and conservative audiences are applauding them for it.

Herman Cain, for example, built an entire presidential campaign on slave imagery.

C. Mason Weaver, a radio talk show host, failed Republican Congressional candidate from California and author of the book “It’s OK to Leave the Plantation,” said of President Obama at a 2009 Tea Party rally in Washington: “You thought he was saying was ‘hope and change’; he was saying was ‘ropes and chains,’ not ‘hope and change.’ ” Weaver continued: “Decide today if you’re going to be free or slaves. Decide today if you’re going to be a slave to your master or the master of your own destiny.” Weaver would repeat the “rope and chains” line on Fox and Friends that year.

The Rev. C.L. Bryant, a Tea Party member and occasional Fox News guest, even made a movie called “Runaway Slave,” in which he says that America should “run away from socialism, run from statism, run away from progressivism.”

While these politicians accuse the vast majority of African-Americans of being mindless drones of the Democrats, they are skating dangerously close to — if not beyond — the point where they become conservative caricatures.

The implication that most African-Americans can’t be discerning, that they can’t weigh the pros and cons of political parties and make informed decisions, that they are rendered servile in exchange for social services, is the highest level of insult. And black politicians are the ones Republicans are cheering on as they deliver it.

Now who, exactly, is being used here?
3719  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.
3720  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......

3721  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.  
3722  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: May 19, 2013, 09:46:53 PM

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


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.   

3723  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.   
3724  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Benghazi and related matters on: May 19, 2013, 09:25:06 PM

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


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.
3725  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:
3726  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.

3727  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?

3728  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?
3729  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.
3730  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / tobacco bioengineered as source of oil? on: May 18, 2013, 12:03:19 PM
3731  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.....

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.  
3732  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.
3733  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:

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.   
3734  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....
3735  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:
3736  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / or is it? on: May 15, 2013, 07:15:49 PM
3737  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:
3738  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.
3739  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: May 15, 2013, 04:45:45 PM

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.

3740  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.
3741  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....
3742  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?

3743  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:
3744  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.
3745  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".


Now if Wesbury starts to show signs of cold feet - it's money under the mattress time.  undecided
3746  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.

3747  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.
3748  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
3749  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.
3750  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.

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