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3851  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / baseball on: August 12, 2007, 11:37:57 AM
Looking at Alex Rodriguez's numbers are amazing when one sees he is only 32 years old.

He already has hall of fame numbers the likes of Willie McCovey, Eddie Matthews, Ernie Banks and others.

But every time I see this kind of thing I can't help but wonder.  Is he using or not?

I have no idea.  Just kind of taints it for everyone in the game.  Even those who don't use.  I still suggest they make it legal.  May as well.   At least get out and into the open.

Anyway, if he stays healthy he should overtake Bonds.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5275/career;_ylt=AlwqYp5AA5zv5Wy3gRBnF9SFCLcF
3852  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / voice recognition article on: August 11, 2007, 09:45:29 PM
Voice recognition accuracy is up to 95% and 99% with slight adjustments.  170 plus words a minute!

http://www.livescience.com/technology/070716_speech_recognition.html
3853  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Remarkable story of illegal migrant to neurosurgeon on: August 11, 2007, 09:11:13 PM
In the recent issue of this medical journal is a remarkable story of a 19 year old illegal immigrant who spoke no English and with $65 in his pocket began a journey that would take him to Harvard medical school and to a professorship of neurosurgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

It makes one proud to be in a country where such opportunity is available.  Yet this individual's achievements are still quite rare.

Apparantly he could not have done this at all in Mexico.  What our politicians and left leaning media should be asking and making clear the reasons why people cannot do this in Mexico.   Is it that corrupt in Mexico?  Why is there not the same opportunity in a country like Mexico?  Why is not education not as available there?  Etc.

I am in awe of stories like these.  Compare this to the "little" narcisistic punks we hear about every day in the news like Spears, Hilton, Smith, Bonds.   Anyway I digress while I let off steam about our sick love of celebritism.

The read a bit long but worth the read for a real uplifting and inspiring story:

The New England Journal of Medicine

 Volume 357:529-531       August 9, 2007       Number 6

*Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery*
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D.


"You will spend the rest of your life working in the fields," my cousin told me when I arrived in the United States in the mid-1980s. This fate indeed appeared likely: a 19-year-old illegal migrant farm worker, I had no English language skills and no dependable means of support. I had grown up in a small Mexican farming community, where I began working at my father's gas station at the age of 5. Our family was poor, and we were subject to the diseases of poverty: my earliest memory is of my infant sister's death from diarrhea when I was 3 years old. But my parents worked long hours and had always made enough money to feed us, until an economic crisis hit our country in the 1970s. Then they could no longer support the family, and although I trained to be a teacher, I could not put enough food on the table either.

Desperate for a livable income, I packed my few belongings and, with $65 in my pocket, crossed the U.S. border illegally. The first time I hopped the fence into California, I was caught and sent back to Mexico, but I tried again and succeeded. I am not condoning illegal immigration; honestly, at the time, the law was far from the front of my mind. I was merely responding to the dream of a better life, the hope of escaping poverty so that one day I could return home triumphant. Reality, however, posed a stark contrast to the dream. I spent long days in the fields picking fruits and vegetables, sleeping under leaky camper shells, eating anything I could get, with hands bloodied from pulling weeds — the very same hands that today perform brain surgery.

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My days as a farm worker taught me a great deal about economics, politics, and society. I learned that being illegal and poor in a foreign country could be more painful than any poverty I had previously experienced. I learned that our society sometimes treats us differently depending on the places we have been and the education we have obtained. When my cousin told me I would never escape that life of poverty, I became determined to prove him wrong. I took night jobs as a janitor and subsequently as a welder that allowed me to attend a community college where I could learn English.
 
In 1989, while I was working for a railroad company as a welder and high-pressure valve specialist, I had an accident that caused me to reevaluate my life once again. I fell into a tank car that was used to carry liquefied petroleum gas. My father was working at the same company. Hearing a coworker's cry for help, he tried to get into the tank; fortunately, someone stopped him. It was my brother-in-law, Ramon, who climbed in and saved my life. He was taken out of the tank unconscious but regained consciousness quickly. By the time I was rescued, my heart rate had slowed almost to zero, but I was resuscitated in time. When I awoke, I saw a person dressed all in white and was flooded with a sense of security, confidence, and protection, knowing that a doctor was taking care of me. Although it was clear to me that our poverty and inability to speak English usually translated into suboptimal health care for my community, the moment I saw this physician at my bedside, I felt I had reached terra firma, that I had a guardian.

After community college, I was accepted at the University of California, Berkeley, where a combination of excellent mentorship, scholarships, and my own passion for math and science led me to research in the neurosciences. One of my mentors there convinced me, despite my skepticism, that I could go anywhere I wanted for medical school. Thanks to such support and encouragement, I eventually went to Harvard Medical School. As I pursued my own education, I became increasingly aware of the need and responsibility we have to educate our country's poor.

It is no secret that minority communities have the highest dropout rates and the lowest educational achievement levels in the country. The pathway to higher education and professional training programs is not "primed" for minority students. In 1994, when I started medical school, members of minority groups made up about 18% of the U.S. population but accounted for only 3.7% of the faculty in U.S. medical schools. I was very fortunate to find outstanding minority role models, but though their quality was high, their numbers were low.

Given my background, perhaps it is not surprising that I did not discover the field of neurosurgery until I was a medical student. I vividly remember when, in my third year of medical school, I first witnessed neurosurgeons peeling back the dura and exposing a real, live, throbbing human brain. I recall feeling absolute awe and humility — and an immediate and deep recognition of the intimacy between a patient and a doctor.

That year, one of my professors strongly encouraged me to go into primary care, arguing that it was the best way for me to serve my Hispanic immigrant community. Although I had initially intended to return to Mexico triumphant, I had since fallen in love with this country, and I soon found myself immersed in and committed to the betterment of U.S. society. With my sights set on neurosurgery after medical school, I followed my heart and instincts and have tried to contribute to my community and the larger society in my own way. I see a career in academic medicine as an opportunity not only to improve our understanding and treatment of human diseases but also to provide leadership within medicine and support to future scientists, medical students, and physician scientists from minority and nonminority groups alike.

My grandmother was the medicine woman in the small town in rural Mexico where I grew up. As I have gotten older, I have come to recognize the crucial role she played not only in instilling in me the value of healing but also in determining the fate and future of others. She was my first role model, and throughout my life I have depended on the help of my mentors in pursuing my dreams. Like many other illegal immigrants, I arrived in the United States able only to contemplate those dreams — I was not at that point on solid ground. From the fields of the San Joaquin Valley in California to the field of neurosurgery, it has been quite a journey. Today, as a neurosurgeon and researcher, I am taking part in the larger journey of medicine, both caring for patients and conducting clinical and translational research on brain cancer that I hope will lead to innovative ways of fighting devastating disease. And as a citizen of the United States, I am also participating in the great journey of this country. For immigrants like me, this voyage still means the pursuit of a better life — and the opportunity to give back to society."


Source Information:

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is an assistant professor of neurosurgery and oncology and director of the brain-tumor stem-cell laboratory at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, and director of the brain-tumor program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus.

An interview with Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa can be heard at www.nejm.org.
3854  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / More info on recall on: August 11, 2007, 10:04:24 AM
Mattel apologizes:

http://www.wgrz.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=50073
3855  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Possible exposure to lead from toys on: August 11, 2007, 09:58:08 AM
One of my patients came in and told me he came up positive for lead in an employer urine drug screen.  He said his daughter also was slightly positive.

We brainstormed to consider a source.  His house was built in the 1990's so I doubt lead from paint would be implicated.  He did not have an obvious work exposure.  Then over the next few days came out the reports of Fisher-Price toys made in China have unexceptable lead levels.   I mentioned this ASAP to the patient's wife whom I see regularly.  They have a one year old and newly bought Fisher-Price toys.  I recommended they not throw them out but of course store them far away from the family.

We are still waiting for the blood lead levels results to return.


3856  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: August 05, 2007, 11:30:05 AM
Well I felt your first post was a bit of a brush-off.  Your views on freedom of speech are well known.

I would have figured you would have no problem with it in regards to freedom speech.

I also think that Fox has an angle that implies the freedom of speech of their advertisers is being limited by those who disagree with Fox.   In that regards or perhaps some other, I wondered if Fox had some cause for a civil suit.



 
3857  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: July 27, 2007, 09:51:11 PM
***I have no problem with that.***

Of course you don't. It's not *your* business or your website these people are trying their best to do great damage to.

That was not my question.  My question what legal recourse do they have, if any?

Perhaps none.  I don't know.
3858  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Attorney question on: July 27, 2007, 06:03:28 PM
What legal recourse (if any) does Fox network have against this?  Leftist organizations are contacting those who advertise on Fox network with what sounds like to me a form of intimidation to not advertise on Fox.   It is a clear and organized campaign to harrass and frighten local, small advertisers away.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8QL52780&show_article=1
3859  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Do we really want a personal nanny or a President of the USA? on: July 25, 2007, 09:05:55 AM
Well, the "youtube" "debate" that CNN keeps self promoting as the greatest invention since the wheel certainly proved one thing to me.

And that is that JFKennedy who proclamed, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" *could never get elected today*.

The "nanny state" is only going to get worse it appears.
3860  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Vitamin D def. is linked to many illness on: July 21, 2007, 03:47:21 PM
Hi CraftyD,

In the article are published reports of inadequate vitamin D with many illness and diseases but it is unclear how clinically significant these "links" are.  The classic one is weak bone or osteoposis which is actually without symptoms until fractures in the spine occur, or in the hip or wrists or in the ribs after a fall occurs.  In the article the author points a possible link of Vit D and several cancers:
Hodgkins lymphoma, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, breast, colon.

Links with the malfunction of the immune system and
1) with autoimmune diseases:
Multiple sclerosis, Diabetes type 1, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis
2) infections:
TB, Aids

Links with:
Schizophrenia and depression

With muscle strength and falls and osteoarthritis

With hypertension

With wheezing

With fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and achiness.

Some of these linkages are a bit tenuous and are based on observational studies which show an increased  risk at those people who live at higher geographical latitudes (less sun exposure). But I take away from this article an impression that the overall large quantity of evidence supoorts the theory that vitamin D is far more important in *many more* aspects of our health than we have thought.

From the article is a table that summarizes sources of vitamin D.  It is very difficult to get adequate amounts from our diet alone.
The source from UV radiation (the sun) depends on season, time of day latitude and skin sensitivity. Five to ten minutes a day might be enough to get the O.5 minimal erythemal dose.  I have read in other places that this still does not give enough people adequate Vitamin D stores.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/357/3/266/T1
3861  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / I like pets doing slapstick better on: July 21, 2007, 09:30:54 AM
Maxx,

You would agree with me on preferring to watch our pets being jokers not gladiators:

   
Provided by: petcentric
Do Dogs Have a Sense of Humor?
More Behavior and Training Articles


Dig for More Dog Information

   1. The Danger of Humanizing Your Dog from: Cesar Millan
   2. Dealing with the Death of Your Dog from: Cesar Millan
   3. Playing With Your Puppy from: Purina
   4. Do Dogs Have a Sense of Humor? from: Petcentric
   5. Preventive Training from: Purina

Does your dog ever make you laugh – on purpose? Does he know he’s being funny? An even stranger question – does your dog find things funny?

There are countless stories of dog antics and behavior that are funny, but most of those you’d have to say are unintentional. Humorous behavior may be repeated because of the positive reaction received. In this case, you can’t say the dog has a sense of humor, but is acting on positive reinforcement.

But dogs may be a little smarter than that. Just as some people enjoy making others laugh, it would seem, so do some dogs. Author Stanley Coren tells of his Cairn Terrier, Flint, who frequently seemed to try to amuse his owners. On one occasion, Stanley’s wife Karen was having friends over for coffee. Flint hung around the guests, perhaps hoping for a morsel of food. Karen shooed the dog away and told him to go find something interesting to do. Flint obediently left, only to return with one of Karen’s undergarments in his mouth. Coren writes, “Evading capture, he proceeded to flagrantly snap it from side to side with great joy—to the amusement of the company and the dismay of my wife.”

Did the terrier know he was being funny? Hard to say, but Coren says Flint did get a great deal of enjoyment out of it.

Now, there are many levels of humor. There’s basic physical humor like slapstick, up to very high-level humor that requires visualization and imagination to appreciate, such as the type comedian Steven Wright so
dryly delivers. A dog’s world of humor would have to be mostly on the physical level, through simply behaving in a goofy manner, or playing little tricks on you.

Of course, some really intelligent dogs may even enjoy a little psychological humor. One dog owner blogs, “I guess you could say… that I startle easily. And now, I live with The Crow - she's an unusually smart dog with a wicked sense of humor. She's decided it's funny to ambush me from the shower stall. Ha ha. Ha. Now I know she's likely to be there, and it doesn't scare me anymore ... not much, at least. Still, there's always a small start when I don't realize she's in there and I turn to see this.”

It’s really not so hard to believe that dogs have the mental prowess to grasp humor, since they so readily grasp the concept of play. Dogs completely understand the difference between play and something more serious, and are careful to make the distinction. For example, one tiny Yorkshire Terrier named Missy is exceedingly careful to make sure the line between play and not-play is very clear. Missy loves to growl and yap ferociously when playing a game with a person. But she’ll abruptly call a time out by running over and licking her human opponent most humbly, as if to say, “Hey, you know this is only a game, right? You know I wouldn’t hurt you.” (As if her five pounds of fluff could ever be a threat.) Once Missy is satisfied that all parties understand that it’s only a game, she’ll go right back to it, acting out her savage beast within.

W. H. "Hank" Halliday, of Wolf Awareness Inc. in Ontario, Canada contends that if dogs have a personality, why not a sense of humor? “Since personalities are a fact in these canids (dogs and wolves), I would suggest humor cannot be far behind. When my dog plays, it is not mechanical. He changes the rules to have "fun" with me. He certainly teases me and I would suggest that teasing is a form of humor.”

As these stories illustrate, if you’ve ever suspected your dog was making you the punch line to his joke… you were probably right.

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3862  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is amazingly common on: July 21, 2007, 09:18:24 AM
Several months ago I started screening patient's 25 OH vitamin D levels and am surprised to find how frequently it is coming back low.  There is a quiet revolution going on with how medicine is viewing Vitamin D.  I believe it should be standard to screen many if not alll patient's levels.  The historicly recommended daily intake of 400IU per day is grossly inadequate and now outdated.  It is now recommended that we take higher doses.  Low levels of Vitamin D is linked to many more illnesses than just those relating to bone disorders.  A very good review article was published in the recent New England Journal of Medicine.  I don't know if I should post the entire article here, but here are the final conclusions.  I think it very important that patients start asking their doctors about Vitamin D intake and even consider getting their vitamin D level checked. I also conclude it is important for doctors to talk more to patients about this.

I am convinced we will all be hearing a lot more about vitamin D in the lay media.  It may likely be the next big topic for mass media coverage which just loves a good health story.  OK Sanjay Gupta.  Here is your chance to make up for your rather weak performance against Michael Moore.   

Conclusions

Undiagnosed vitamin D deficiency is not uncommon,1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,123 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D is the barometer for vitamin D status. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is not only a predictor of bone health8 but is also an independent predictor of risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.8,54,59,60,61,62,63,64,71,72,73,74,75,83,84,85 The report that postmenopausal women who increased their vitamin D intake by 1100 IU of vitamin D3 reduced their relative risk of cancer by 60 to 77% is a compelling reason to be vitamin D–sufficient.124 Most commercial assays for 25-hydroxyvitamin D are good for detecting vitamin D deficiency. Radioimmunoassays measure total 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which includes levels of both 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3. Some commercial laboratories measure 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 with liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectroscopy and report the values separately. As long as the combined total is 30 ng per milliliter or more, the patient has sufficient vitamin D.7,14,27 The 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D assay should never be used for detecting vitamin D deficiency because levels will be normal or even elevated as a result of secondary hyperparathyroidism. Because the 25-hydroxyvitamin D assay is costly and may not always be available, providing children and adults with approximately at least 800 IU of vitamin D3 per day or its equivalent should guarantee vitamin D sufficiency unless there are mitigating circumstances (Table 2).

Much evidence suggests that the recommended adequate intakes are actually inadequate and need to be increased to at least 800 IU of vitamin D3 per day. Unless a person eats oily fish frequently, it is very difficult to obtain that much vitamin D3 on a daily basis from dietary sources. Excessive exposure to sunlight, especially sunlight that causes sunburn, will increase the risk of skin cancer.125,126 Thus, sensible sun exposure (or ultraviolet B irradiation) and the use of supplements are needed to fulfill the body's vitamin D requirement.
3863  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Agreed - very sad on: July 19, 2007, 07:37:14 PM
I said to my wife yesterday if one believes in "an eye for an eye" Vick could be thrown into a gladiator ring with another of these guys and asked to fight with knives to the death.   That would stop this practice real fast.

We have three dogs and it breaks my heart to see this.   I really don't get it.

I wonder where Dr. Stone would place this on his "the scale of evil".

It is well known one of the first signs of a psychopathic personality disorder is the person who tortures helpless animals as a child.
3864  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Hills association with hedge funds on: July 15, 2007, 11:42:34 AM
Why isn't Clinton going after hedge funds?   Well because they are big donors and they got Chelsea a job:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-11-04-clinton-job_x.htm?csp=34

The conflicts of interests just never ends:

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/DickMorrisandEileenMcGann/2007/07/14/is_hillary_hedging_on_hedge_funds
3865  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: July 14, 2007, 08:44:43 PM
And he was only 45 when he died.

I am surprised 800K is only worth 22 million today.  I remember seeing a restaurant menu once which dated back to the late 1700s.

A recall a steak sold for 2 cents.

Anyway:

http://www.alaskacoinexchange.com/Stamps%2010/10c%20Haym%20Salomon.jpg
3866  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Particular Stocks on: July 09, 2007, 07:06:05 PM
Hi Rick,

Great to hear from you.  Thanks for the excellent post.!!

I guess cable will handle the HDTV bandwidth at the edge until other carriers catch up.  Verizon is starting this on a small scale:

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070709/verizon_cutting_copper.html?.v=1

It seems fiber to the home is still eons away.

3867  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Particular Stocks on: July 08, 2007, 03:22:32 PM
CraftyD,

I own some level three by way of corvis by way of broadwing.  A recent report from LVLT suggests the real tidal wave for broadband will come with the adoption of high definition TV which requires multiple times of bandwidth then anything being used now.   Does Gilder or DMG express any theories as to when this will occur?

Will LNOP's processors also be needed in the middle of such networks?

What about the political risks of owning an Israeli company?  I looked on their website and the only address is listed in Israel.   This makes me warry of investing in an Israeli company.

I noticed the surgical robotics company is doing great.  Now that there are some studies coming out that show reduced risks compared to other surgical techniques as well as healing benefits I would think it only a matter of time till this gets more universally adopted.  If it can be shown that it is *cost effective* by way of reduced hospital stays, less complication rates, etc. - despite the higher costs of the equipment than this seems a no brainer.  It would still take time for the pressures on surgeons to learn this new kind of procedure to override their resistance to change.

It sounds like Medicare does not have any special reimbursement rate for this procedure.  The reimbursement rate for laproscopic procedures is lower than for open procedures.  This despite the fact that laproscopic procedures are technically more difficult for the surgeon to perform.  The reason is that the cost of care for the patient is reduced because of faster healing, faster they can return to work, etc
3868  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: July 08, 2007, 12:28:50 PM
Hi Doug,

***Rush's success and now so many others is based on the fact that a very widely held viewpoint, roughly called conservatism, was and still is under-expressed elsewhere.***

Yes.  The same for Fox network which liberals despise.  Finally, there is a major news network I can turn on to hear views which more closely mirror my own unlike any other station on TV or cable.   And this infuriates the left.  Their bluff is called, and their hypocracy exposed.
3869  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants on: July 07, 2007, 02:44:06 PM
More on my favorite gal who deserves a good verbal spankin'.  Thanks to Dick Morris who is ready willing and able to express better than me my own thoughts on the matter:

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/DickMorrisandEileenMcGann/2007/07/06/do_the_clintons_now_support_jail_time_for_perjurers

The problem with treating the terrorists like criminals worthy of a police crackdown (like the luny right wing fringe with ex front man Timothy Mcveigh) is the terrorists are being sponsored by governments: like Iran, no. Korea, China, and others.

Except for Lieberman we will not see anything else from the Democratic side.  Not that I am anamored by all the cans either.  For me its Newt, then Romney, then either McCain or Guliani.  At this point I don't see what is impressive about Thompson except the antiabortionists needed him for their sole cause.

On the left *maybe* I could live with Richardson just because he is well spoken, talented, smart and seems more or less a straight arrow.  I admit I don't know a lot of his views yet though.

As for attorneys I much prefer former prosecutors like Guliani rather than tort or defense laywers (who are not about *our* defense).
3870  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: July 07, 2007, 09:14:48 AM
Has anyone heard the MM discuss any estimates of how many people are coming into this country every year who are not Latino.  From my vantage point I am seeing ever increasing Middle and Far Easterners, Africans, Europeans (like Irish, Polish , Russian) flodding into the US every year.  The ever endless focus on the Mexican border and Spanish makes it look like we are singling out Latinos.  This is not a Latino - nonLatino thing.  This is about the absolute flood of immigrants from everywhere.  It is clearly out of control.

There are far more Asians where I live then Latinos.  Yet everyone looks the other way rather than anyone evaluating this trend and what it means.  In some places i go I feel like I'm in Indonesia.

I don't get it.  I really don't.   Bush without a doubt should have State of the Union Addresses and give us real facts and explain why we should continue to turn our heads over this issue.  Dobbs is about the only one in the media with any balls on this issue.  Yet even he only seems interested in the Mexican Spanish issue.  And that is why he comes of as prejudiced.  Why is it obvious to me that entire regions, towns, are obviously being overtaken by Asians and not a single blirb about this.  What about illegals Europeans - Russians, Poles, Irish.  I am also seeing more and more Africans.  How many of these peoples are here legitimately?   How is it that whole families can come here and have health insurance, Medicare, and attend schools as though they have been here for years?  What is going on?  How is it that there are thousands of illegals working for government agencies?  What is going on?   I couldn't agree with Dobbs more.  I just think he is not recognizing the question of what is going on with these other non Latino immigrants.
3871  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants on: July 07, 2007, 09:00:13 AM
I gotta love a lotta the lines like these:

***Behind all the jihadi nonsense,***

***They'll get back to killing each other in good time. But right now they want to kill us. Meanwhile, we want to persuade them that we're nice guys.***

***But the Bush administration ran out of steam when Iraq didn't turn into Iowa***.

***Oh, I wish we could just buy every terrorist a pint of Ben & Jerry's and make him feel all mushy about surfer-girls in bikinis. Instead, our response to terror is the equivalent of a lawsuit.***

***Here at home, we face maddening calls to extend to captured terrorists the legal rights enjoyed by American citizens. Stop and think about that - really think about it. We're bleeding in multiple wars, and we want to send in the lawyers?***

Are all the crat candidates laywers?  Hillary who says it's a scandal that Bush commuted Libby's sentence for perjury yet, herself is a worldclass psychopathic liar.  Bill who will give us 'his' definition of terrorism before sending his 'army' of NYC/DC liberal lawyers (many of whom I am quite sorry to say are my fellow Jews who you would think would know better when fighting Jihadists).   Edwards who will lead a class action personal injury suit against the radical Muslims.  Obama who thinks we can settle our lawsuit agianst Osama by just leaving the "politics of personal destruction" outside the courtroom of the world.
Kusinich who thinks we just need to make Willie Nelson Secretary of State and send him to Tehran to sing "ON the Road Again".

Joe Lieberman, Cheney, Bush and the temporary Ambassador to the UN (I am going blank on his name for the moment) who seem to view it the way portrayed in this article.

I agree with them.  If the MM is to be believed then I am in the minority.




3872  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Thank allah for bad jihadi driving and poorly built bombs..... on: July 03, 2007, 07:43:38 AM
I wonder if the lastest clowns,I mean Muslim fundis, still get to go to heaven and screw "virgins" even though their attacks failed and all they accomplished was burning up their vehicles and themselves.

3873  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: July 02, 2007, 12:11:53 PM
Funny isn't it.  No mention of Pelosi here - just a Republican Presidential candidate shortly after he mentions his run:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/02/us/politics/02thompson.html?ex=1183953600&en=2bad107c149eed63&ei=5099&partner=TOPIXNEWS

What a joke no?  "Fairness doctrine".  It only applies when the left criticizes the right.  There is no fairness on CNN.  The NYT.  MSNBC.
But that is OK - but wait when we speak of conservative talk radion now we are only getting one side of the story.  I am glad the NYT tried to hit Murdoch.  We need more of the press policing themselves. 

3874  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: July 01, 2007, 01:01:53 PM
***The carrying of a small disc would seem to solve the problem without the risks***

This is exactly my opinion.  Why not simply carry a disc with the infromation?  We carry ID cards, credit cards, alert bracelets, and passports.  There is *absolutely no* need to "imbed" devices into someone's body.

I do agree with moving medical information onto electronic medium.  As a doctor I can say there would certianly be the potential for a massive improvement on saving, transferring, updating, and completing medical histories, and delivering care. But, this at the expense of very high risk of losing personal integrity.  Especially if a company like MSFT is in control of the software.  Don't think for a minute people at msft are immune to bribery.    I have good reason to suspect they have ways of hacking into things and their excuse would probably be that it is for law enforcement purposes.  The hardware is embedded in the devices so other companies are implicit.  Just a thought.  Does anyone think Sony which invents means to spy onto people's computers would be above seeing what musical creations someone might have on their computers?  I don't.

With regards to the other question I refer to the illegal use of listening devices, tracking devices, probably minute cameras, and God knows what else by "affiliates" of the music "industry".  From top to  bottom there is a code of silence just like there is in sports industries regardinjg steroids.  I can't go into further details at this time.  All I am saying is that ID theft is absolutely only the very tip of the iceberg with regards to the criminal activity involving computers, and all the other means of data being placed onto digital records and moved around by electromagnetic spectrum.  Law enforcement is so far behind and so poorly equipped it is not funny.

Yet many are in a hurry to move our medical records right onto hardware and software designed by the very companies who have history of not being trustworthy.   
3875  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Implanted RFID devices on: June 27, 2007, 01:01:57 PM
IMO this is totally crazy.  Anyone near enough can pick up RF.   Why not implant a listening device or GPS device?  I don't think anyone really understands what we are getting into.  As a person who has been stalked by organized crime people this to me is just plain nuts.  Why can't the person carry a small disc on their person rather than inside their body? I am totally against this.  I don't know which doctors think this is a good idea but they IMO are darn fools.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070626/hl_afp/ushealthsciencetechnology;_ylt=AguKQStm0.XY5conVnrV1usDW7oF
3876  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Broken government on: June 23, 2007, 01:19:38 PM
The NYT should investigate this instead of Rupurt Murdoch.   But then it doesn't fit into their agenda:

From Dick Morris whose work in this area is quite eye opening.  Except for appearances on OReilly I am not sure anyone else is listening:

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/DickMorrisandEileenMcGann/2007/06/20/dems_like_gop_-_like_nepotism
3877  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Toby Keith - "yea write!" on: June 17, 2007, 12:33:06 PM
Notice how Toby Keith has these stories on his website about how he came up with the lyrics for some of his songs.  I *allege* this all  made up.   I believe he is posting this because it is one of his ways of "documenting" something.  I have good reason to believe it is alll made up.   I have reason to believe this guy didn't write these songs.  I guess he is worried enough he feels he has to come up with stories that he believes will help legitimize his claims.   I was telling an Indian colleague of mine how I believe that all the top singers who claim they write their songs are full of baloney and that they don't.  The songs are stolen and transferred or sold to them or the people stealing them are silent partners who get a piece of the action.  His response was you are kidding?  You mean they all lie here like in India!  Everyone in India knows the songs are not written by the stars who claim them.  People here just don't know the same is true here!   Well as is said - live and learn.  Corruption is world wide.   I emphasize these are just my allegations and my beliefs.

http://tobykeith.musiccitynetworks.com/index.htm?id=1341&loc=4#7132
3878  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Disconnect between the American public and reality on: June 17, 2007, 11:13:12 AM
The American public is underestimating the Chinese threat. As usual there are those who think if we just make nice everyone will love us. (a la Clinton)

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2007/ea_china_06_15.asp

The US military is well aware of what is going on.  Gertz is keeping us up on this real challenge:

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20070526-120203-2128r.htm
3879  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: June 16, 2007, 10:50:02 AM
Doug, Crafty thanks.

***free market principal that all the costs of a transaction should be born by the buyer and seller and not innocent third parties***

Well in the case of sugar I guess if we don't impose a tariff then "innocent" Americans lose their jobs.  Is it their fault Caribbeans have a lower cost of living and will and can work at much lower wages?   Or subsidizing farmers may be in the national interest.

Not that I agree with either of these statements I just made but I don't agree with it being that cut and dry either.

I guess if we fully embrace globalization we basically ship all professional and service jobs overseas that are not absolutely needed here.   Of course this benefits others in the long term greater than us - unless we profit form the growth elsewhere with investment.   We are seeing risks all over.  Countries of peoples who hate us.  They try to beat us at our own game.  They try to beat us through subversion.  They try to beat us with gorilla warfare.  They try to beat us with nuclear weaponry (or the pursuit of it).

One Indian immigrant told me that the Indians are hungrier than American born.  That is the reason for their success.
An Iraqi *boasted* to me his son on Wall Street "works harder than the Ameicans".
One could rightly hold that this is one good reason to get such motivated people to come here from other countries.  A big plus for Latino immigrants is that there are many children of Latinos who volunteer for our military. I am grateful.

Has anyone ever heard of an Asain Indian volunteering to fight for America?

Just a bunch of thoughts.  I digress.
3880  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Would have Abraham Lincoln have survived his wounds with today's medicine? on: June 16, 2007, 10:31:19 AM
Very possibly.   He may have even had a shot at returning to a state he could have functioned as President:

http://cbs2chicago.com/homepage/local_story_138113430.html
3881  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: June 15, 2007, 10:51:10 PM
Rogt,

***Does that apply to corporate welfare too***

I hear this phrase a lot.  What exactly does this mean?   What is considered "corporate welfare"?

I am not sure giving tax breaks to companies is necessarily "welfare".

Does it mean money is taken from taxpayers and doled to corporations for votes (or campaign contributions)?  Or the concept that giving corporations a tax break is thus indirectly reducing the piece of the tax income pie that goes to others of lesser means?

3882  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: June 15, 2007, 08:41:23 AM
Rog,

Your right of course.  We all tend to vote our interests.  How much we vote in the "national interests" is certainly a good question.

I certainly do resent people who vote for pols whose quest for votes is appealing to them by promising to take more from me to bribe them with.   Am I being unreasonable?
3883  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: June 13, 2007, 07:30:10 PM
Lower income lesser educated women tend more often to be single mothers of illegitimate children who are struggling financially.  I doubt they are voting some idealistic view concerning abortion. 

Comon Rogt,

Of course they want benefits - bought and paid for by the government.  What issues do you think a woman of lower economic lower education is thinking about?  If they gave a rats behind about Iraq they would be voting Obama or Edwards.
3884  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / girls can marry a guy to take care of them - or vote for the Hillary on: June 13, 2007, 01:08:44 PM
    
Can't get any more obvious then this.  If one can't land a guy to take care of their needs then one can always count on the government to take care of their *issues*.  Who better to make sure government does this than H. Clinton?  Of course she married Bill to get her needs - fame, fortune, and most of all political aspirations.   

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/11/AR2007061102216_pf.html
3885  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / What to do with Einstein (or Cao) on: June 13, 2007, 12:15:29 AM
The question of how do we deal with immigrants who have special quailities that can serve our national interest.

Article by Charles Krauthammer on immigration bill:

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/krauthammer060107.php3
3886  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dick Morris; this could be included on maplight.org on: June 09, 2007, 09:37:52 PM
The site should expand to include the nepotism going on with our idealistic pols in DC.  Like how many have family memebers who get what any rational person can conclude are bribes for to lobby on the behalf of those paying for influence:

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/DickMorrisandEileenMcGann/2007/06/08/bill_clinton_and_nancy_pelosis_son_get_paid_big_bucks_by_infousa
3887  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: June 09, 2007, 11:36:36 AM
Yet we hear from some that the Jews in America control the media and our pols.

Israel cannot count on the US to be there if push comes to shove.  Americans will not want to risk life and limb for Jews.

But, I see this as good news:

http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/thomas052407.php3
3888  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Celebrities - Paris on: June 07, 2007, 01:11:17 PM
 wink

Every day people go to prison.  They teach us in medical school going to prison is one of the worst stresses a person can go through.   This is a perfect example what money can do.  If one can afford to pay for the best lawyers the justice system can be and is skewed.  Why am I not entitled to world class legal care like all of us are entiltled to world class medical care?  Food for thought.  Not a dig against attorneys at all but just a complaint at the lack of accessiblity to great attorneys because of costs.

I don't usually agree with Reverend Sharpton but he is clearly right on this:

http://www.drudgereport.com/flash5.htm
3889  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Chavez likes to distort the numbers on: June 05, 2007, 10:13:31 PM
Naturally (no pun intended) Chavez fails to mention that the hispanic population according to the US census in 1993 was 22.8 million.  Only seven years later it was 35 million in 2000.  At that rate by now it is 48 million!  I can only assume that doesn't include
people who are here illegally.  To say the Latino population is not *exploding* (now more than the number of Blacks in the US) is pure and unaldulterated BS.   Of course she desires to sugar coat it.  Of course she makes this into a racial war.  What about the people here illegally from Europe, Middle East, and Asia?  How many millions are we talking about?  There is no end.   There is no limit.  From my place in the NYC metro area almost every single business I go into has people who are obviously from somewhere else.  I don't get it.  Are all these people here legally or not?   The government is failing the people who are here  legally whether they were born here or elsewhere.  My beef is not with reasonable immigration.  But what I see is crazy.  Decades ago when we had waves of Irish, Italians, Jews, there was no medicaid, medicare, emergency rooms, etc.   I just don't get any of it.  One doesn't know how to believe or what information to trust.  I heard that it is estimated that 40% of illegals are going around using SSN.   What the hell is going on?  Why do I have to be afraid to express outrage?

http://www.census.gov/population/pop-profile/2000/chap02.pdf
3890  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / CD I hear you but, on: June 03, 2007, 10:13:29 PM

Crafty,

I understand what you are saying and

Well yes that's the argument that is made.   And I would submit this has *obvious validity*.  For example we made exceptions after WWII to obtain brilliant minded scientists like Von Braun. [ot: I just saw a cable show that (sadly as far as I feel) we allowed not only people who were swept up by the Nazi tidle wave but advid supporters and architects into the US as well.] Von Braun of course was  great to have for us a nation.

I still am not convinced that Cao cannot apply for or receive citizenship like everyone else.

There is no shortage of Asian/Middle Eastern American doctors from my vantage point!  They are here by the tens of thousands at least in the NYC metro area.  I don't see how they could be practicing with a license if they were not legal.

If Cao is so smart he can marry a Chinese American girl?  I have a South African niece.  It took work, a lawyer, money, time and sweat but she is an American Citizen now.

Like Schwarzenegger.

Was GG protesting this about Cao? GG was the same guy who was proclaiming on his website (in the late 90's) that the export and stealing of military secrets to China was a bogus complaint. He typed on the message board more or less that the Chinese could figure this out anyway so what's the big deal.  But if I had to choose I would keep Cao and send Gilder to China.
To set my opinion straight GG is obviously a genius.  And he seems an honorable man. He invested his own money with us on his stock picks and his business. He made and lost money with us subscribers to his newsletters.  I wonder how many other gurus do this.  He was right about the telecosm just off by an unknown number of years.  But some of his political ideas are based in fantasy and naivity like some his investment ideas - like "listen to the technology" as the key to investing success.  He called Intel, ATT, and Microsoft a bunch of dinosaurs.  Maybe they can be viewed that way froma technology point of view but they are not going away.

Somewhat off the topic: I notice Cao left Avanex before it crashed to one dollar a share.  Or did someone at the immigration office lose their shirt in Avanex and get him deported?  Sorry for my wiseguy remarks here.  I lost a lot on Avanex.  I take responsibility but it is hard not to be annoyed.

As always I appreciate the divergence of views and being able to express them here.

3891  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / CD I hear you but, on: June 03, 2007, 10:10:21 PM
CD I hear you but,
« Reply #109 on: Today at 09:10:44 AM »
   
Crafty,

I understand what you are saying and

Well yes that's the argument that is made.   And I would submit this has *obvious validity*.  For example we made exceptions after WWII to obtain brilliant minded scientists like Von Braun. [ot: I just saw a cable show that (sadly as far as I feel) we allowed not only people who were swept up by the Nazi tidle wave but advid supporters and architects into the US as well.] Von Braun of course was  great to have for us a nation.

I still am not convinced that Cao cannot apply for or receive citizenship like everyone else.

There is no shortage of Asian/Middle Eastern American doctors from my vantage point!  They are here by the tens of thousands at least in the NYC metro area.  I don't see how they could be practicing with a license if they were not legal.

If Cao is so smart he can marry a Chinese American girl?  I have a South African niece.  It took work, a lawyer, money, time and sweat but she is an American Citizen now.

Like Schwarzenegger.

Was GG protesting this about Cao? GG was the same guy who was proclaiming on his website (in the late 90's) that the export and stealing of military secrets to China was a bogus complaint. He typed on the message board more or less that the Chinese could figure this out anyway so what's the big deal.  But if I had to choose I would keep Cao and send Gilder to China.
To set my opinion straight GG is obviously a genius.  And he seems an honorable man. He invested his own money with us on his stock picks and his business. He made and lost money with us subscribers to his newsletters.  I wonder how many other gurus do this.  He was right about the telecosm just off by an unknown number of years.  But some of his political ideas are based in fantasy and naivity like some his investment ideas - like "listen to the technology" as the key to investing success.  He called Intel, ATT, and Microsoft a bunch of dinosaurs.  Maybe they can be viewed that way froma technology point of view but they are not going away.

Somewhat off the topic: I notice Cao left Avanex before it crashed to one dollar a share.  Or did someone at the immigration office lose their shirt in Avanex and get him deported?  Sorry for my wiseguy remarks here.  I lost a lot on Avanex.  I take responsibility but it is hard not to be annoyed.

As always I appreciate the divergence of views and being able to express them here.

3892  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / CD I hear you but, on: June 03, 2007, 11:10:44 AM
Crafty,

I understand what you are saying and

Well yes that's the argument that is made.   And I would submit this has *obvious validity*.  For example we made exceptions after WWII to obtain brilliant minded scientists like Von Braun. [ot: I just saw a cable show that (sadly as far as I feel) we allowed not only people who were swept up by the Nazi tidle wave but advid supporters and architects into the US as well.] Von Braun of course was  great to have for us a nation.

I still am not convinced that Cao cannot apply for or receive citizenship like everyone else.

There is no shortage of Asian/Middle Eastern American doctors from my vantage point!  They are here by the tens of thousands at least in the NYC metro area.  I don't see how they could be practicing with a license if they were not legal.

If Cao is so smart he can marry a Chinese American girl?  I have a South African niece.  It took work, a lawyer, money, time and sweat but she is an American Citizen now.

Like Schwarzenegger.

Was GG protesting this about Cao? GG was the same guy who was proclaiming on his website (in the late 90's) that the export and stealing of military secrets to China was a bogus complaint. He typed on the message board more or less that the Chinese could figure this out anyway so what's the big deal.  But if I had to choose I would keep Cao and send Gilder to China.
To set my opinion straight GG is obviously a genius.  And he seems an honorable man. He invested his own money with us on his stock picks and his business. He made and lost money with us subscribers to his newsletters.  I wonder how many other gurus do this.  He was right about the telecosm just off by an unknown number of years.  But some of his political ideas are based in fantasy and naivity like some his investment ideas - like "listen to the technology" as the key to investing success.  He called Intel, ATT, and Microsoft a bunch of dinosaurs.  Maybe they can be viewed that way froma technology point of view but they are not going away.

Somewhat off the topic: I notice Cao left Avanex before it crashed to one dollar a share.  Or did someone at the immigration office lose their shirt in Avanex and get him deported?  Sorry for my wiseguy remarks here.  I lost a lot on Avanex.  I take responsibility but it is hard not to be annoyed.

As always I appreciate the divergence of views and being able to express them here.

3893  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: June 02, 2007, 07:06:22 PM
Milt,

I agree with your suspicions.  It is akin to "we need all these South of the Border illegals because they are filling jobs we Americans won't do".

To think these people are not taking jobs from Americans is till I see otherwise an urban myth.  It's cheaper labor for business and Repubs and cheap votes for Dems.
3894  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Newt: Rove is dumb on: June 02, 2007, 11:38:42 AM
***What did Newt say about Rove?***  (article below)

Well it seems to be a calculated move to separate himself from Bush as he plans his bid to run for President.  It appears he got the confidence to do this from watching the recent election in France.  David Brooks has written an article titled something to the effect that the Republicans need a person of Newt's mind with Fred Thompson's temperment but since I don't subscribe to the NYT or NYT select I can't pull it up.  This latter article seems to express my reservations about Newt.  I fear he would be unable to broaden his appeal beyond a strictly Republican base.  I don't know if he could win against Hillary's dogged determination to babble anything to bribe as many voters as possible to win. 

At this time though I'm with you.  I would likely vote for Newt.  Second would be Romney.  But there is something about Romney that he lacks that natural charismatic leadership quality.  Perhaps he can yet overcome this with continued careful study
and work, but there is something about the truly great leaders that just can't be taught or learned.  It is some innate quality.  Reagan had it.  Schwarzenneger comes close.  Colin Powell had it.  I am not a student of him but it appeared Tony Blair had it.  I don't think Clinton had it at all.  Being a great BS artist is not what I am talking about.  Besides he never won more than 48% of the popular vote.  Without a great leader our country will go the way of Rome.  Newt is the only one with that "it" IMHO.  Obama, well as Noonan says, he ain't no Abe Lincoln.  On the other hand it may not be obvious who has that "it" until afterwards. 

   *****Gingrich Lambastes President and Rove

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Published: May 30, 2007

WASHINGTON, May 29 — President Bush has presided over a Republican Party in “collapse,” and Karl Rove’s strategy in the 2004 presidential election was “maniacally dumb” for focusing so heavily on the conservative base.

The words, perhaps, of Howard Dean, the Democratic national chairman? Or John Edwards? Nancy Pelosi, maybe?

None of the above.

That harsh assessment of the president and his chief political adviser is being offered rather by former Representative Newt Gingrich, who engineered the Republicans’ Congressional election victory of 1994 and went on to become speaker of the House.

Mr. Gingrich made the comments in an interview with The New Yorker, parts of which were published in this week’s issue. They opened a new feud between himself and the White House, which replied with a stiff defense late Tuesday.
criticism speaks to a question that has hung over the race for the Republican presidential nomination since its early start this year: How will the candidates contend with the unpopularity of the president who heads their party? And will any of them break from him forcefully?

Mr. Gingrich is not in the race at the moment, but he has dropped many hints that he might eventually be. Should he get in, he suggested, he will be considerably more willing than the others have so far been to critique the competence of the incumbent.

He is quoted in The New Yorker as suggesting that a Republican will win the White House by running against Mr. Bush as Nicolas Sarkozy won the presidency in France by running against his fellow party member Jacques Chirac, in whose cabinet he had served.

“What’s fascinating about Sarkozy is that you have an incumbent cabinet member of a very unpopular 12-year presidency,” Mr. Gingrich said, “who over the last three years became the clear advocate of fundamental change.”

He compared the state of the Republican Party now to its state after the Watergate scandal and blamed in part Mr. Rove’s election strategy in 2004.

“You can’t be a governing national party and write off entire regions,” Mr. Gingrich said. “All he proved was that the anti-Kerry vote was bigger than the anti-Bush vote.”

Rick Tyler, a spokesman for Mr. Gingrich, said his remarks had been reported accurately.

Dana Perino, deputy White House press secretary, disputed Mr. Gingrich’s assessment.

“It was President Bush who in 2004 got 25 percent more votes than in 2000,” Ms. Perino said. “He had the largest number of votes ever, and he led his party to increases in seats in both houses of Congress based on a strategy that showcased the president’s vision for the country.”

The 2004 strategy “defined differences between the president and his opponent on major issues like taxes, security, freedom and personal choice,” Ms. Perino said. “It was not at all a strategy about being against something; it was about being for something.”

Ms. Perino had no comment on Mr. Gingrich’s judgment that the Republican nominee would essentially have to run against Mr. Bush to win the election.*****

3895  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: June 02, 2007, 09:01:24 AM
Doug,

Neither Bush senior or Bush junior could communicate very well.

I remember hearing Bush senior after listening to Clinton give a speech on the reasons for and benefits of globalization lament something to the effect, why couldn't I say that (or more or less express myself like that)?

You may be right about Newt.  He has great oratory skills but can't seem to put a lid on off handed comments that come off badly in soundbites.  Like his recent comments about Rove.  While they are not necessarily wrong it is the way he says them that comes off badly.  He rose to prominence in the Republican party for being an attack dog not because of diplomatic skills.  There is something about his personality that always eventually seeps through that is a turn off.  He may be a better policy man then "front man".
3896  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: June 02, 2007, 08:48:10 AM
Crafty,

I don't understand why we can't get enough of our own people here to become highly educated.  Why do we have to import them?
3897  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Drug resistant TB on: May 31, 2007, 11:01:08 PM
We have all seen the news about the lawyer who flew around with this.  What I have not seen is any conjecture as to where *he* picked up the bug.   I find the furor over his travelling with it of no less a concern than the question of how he aquired it.. 

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=3231184&page=1
3898  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hillary's plans for tech on: May 31, 2007, 10:53:07 PM
I can't agree with most of it.  Bring in and keep more foreigners? ( Don't we have enough people not born here coming in?)   Provide financial support to schools who encourage minorities and girls to go into science? (Why not just put all white men into jail and get it over with. Or what about giving financial support for schools that encourage boys to go into arts and literature?)  Establish a 50 billion energy fund by taxing oil companies? (Why not just pay for it with the gasoline tax already present?)  Tax incentives to pay for broadband access?  (Why, people who can't pay for a monthly fee for broadband already don't pay taxes.)   

***Increase federal research and development budgets 50 percent over the next 10 years at the
National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's Office of Science and the Defense Department.***

Ok, maybe this I could agree with this one.

What kind of leadership is this?
She will definitely turn us into Europe.  Maybe I could just hit the lottery and move into the mountains and not listen to the news anymore once she is president.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070601/ap_on_el_pr/clinton_silicon_valley_2

AP
Clinton outlines technology plan

By RACHEL KONRAD, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 23 minutes ago

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Hillary Rodham Clinton wooed Silicon Valley campaign donors and voters Thursday with a plan to create more high-paying jobs and maintain U.S. dominance in technology.
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The New York senator and Democratic presidential hopeful said she's trying to increase the number of so-called H1B visas aimed at highly educated workers. Silicon Valley companies use H1Bs to sponsor thousands of software engineers from Russia, India, China and other countries, but many must return home when their temporary work permits expire.

"If you think you have a skills shortage now, project it out a decade and we're going to be in real trouble," Clinton said to applause from more than 200 executives attending a half-day CEO Summit by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. "We need to guide immigration reform to attract and retain foreign-born students who want to work in the United States."

If elected, Clinton said, her administration would provide financial support to schools that encourage girls and minorities to study "STEM" subjects: science, technology, engineering and math.

Clinton's plan would:

• Increase federal research and development budgets 50 percent over the next 10 years at the
National Science Foundation, the
Department of Energy's Office of Science and the Defense Department. She would triple the number of NSF fellowships and create an award structure to encourage working engineers and scientists to teach classes and mentor students in public schools.

• Establish a $50 billion "Strategic Energy Fund" that would create a research agency focused on reducing the threat of global warming. The R&D windfall and energy agency would be funded in part from closing tax loopholes and ending subsidies to oil companies, she said.

• Provide tax incentives to increase the number of U.S. homes with broadband Internet connections.

The senator — who spent the morning raising money at a private fundraiser — largely avoided the subject of the
Iraq war. Her support of the war was expected to draw protesters at another private fundraiser Thursday evening.

Executives attending Clinton's speech said she hit the right tone with Silicon Valley power brokers. Executives in the nation's technology hub — where 53 percent of all engineers are foreign-born — worry many workers will return to India, China and other countries developing tech sectors.

"We are clearly on common ground," Adobe Systems Inc. CEO Bruce Chizen said.

Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, said the organization doesn't endorse candidates and invited all presidential hopefuls to address members. Republican candidate John McCain (news, bio, voting record) spoke to an SVLG forum several weeks ago.

 
3899  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Great thought provoking site. Some thoughts on: May 30, 2007, 09:29:10 PM
Fascinating site.  A couple of thoughts about the site.

I perused numerous Cal. Legislatures.  It seems to illustrate with special clarity the power of the unions in California.  Isn't that what Schwarzenegger learned?

When the government is the largest or one of the largest employers of a state, and these employees have the right to unionize then the rest of the taxpayers are at their mercy.

What the site doesn't address per se is whether these candidates were truly influenced by the money or were inclined to vote that way anyway and *that* is why they garnered such support.   Similarly, these people were probably elected with the financial support of said interests, and are merely voting the way that was intended all along.  It makes sense for special interests to keep in power "their" guys and gals rather then waste money on those legislaters who will likily use their own money to vote against them.

3900  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Government is already full of lard and excess. It's incurable. on: May 30, 2007, 07:31:17 PM
Hi Doug,

I'm not against serving nutritional, healthy food in schools where the environment is controlled, per se.

But this is clearly the proverbial slippery slope.  Isn't Clinton involved in obesity causes and the Hill of course wants to revamp all of health care.  Well we can see where this is all heading.

Our desire to eat and eat well has backfired from an evolutionary point of view.   When we were hunters and gatherers or farmers we expended trememdous amounts of energy to secure food.   We needed tremendous internal controls that would drive us to seek food in order to survive.  We didn't have lots of good tasting fatty and sugary foods simply lying around for the picking.  We burned more calories and ingested less.  Now those days are gone.  Yet we still have the internal controls that drive us to eat.  We really do not understand these controls very well at all.  Years ago I read there were over 30 genes associated with being overweight.  There must be more now.   an endocrine friend researcher told me that all the studies he participated in appear to show that any one particular drug will cause ~ 7% weight loss before other metabolic factors begin to overcome this preventing further weight gain.  "It's amazing, that 7% number keeps coming up," he says.

It is well known but rarely for whatever reason admitted in health care that getting people to lose weight and keep it off is extraordinarily difficult.  The only effective means we have that often will work in the long term is bariatric surgery.  Yet we all know how drastic this is and always with its own risks.

Until we have a better understanding on energy metabolism and weight metabolism all other methods are doomed to fail.  Sure, low carb diets may work for a few, exercise will work for a few, but for every success story on long term weight loss and maitenance there are 19 that end in failure.

All these politicians with their political grandstanding.  It drives me to eat!  If they want to raise money for research or grants for the NIH or other university sponsored research than fine.  Pharmaceutical research is done in private.  There must be a lot of duplication going on.  Data is not shared.  We really don't need separate governmental "agencies" for this. 

And *what about* all the abundance of fattening foods?  You simply can't eat pizza and lose weight. (well maybe one slice) Will people have to show IDs at pizza parlors, Chinese restaurants, Jewish delis, and Dunkin Donuts?

Just my thoughts on the matter.

Glad to see you on the board.
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