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4001  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bob Novak on why Hill won on: March 06, 2008, 09:38:35 AM
I couldn't agree with you more Crafty.   I believe Obama will have to start attacking Clinton and have his surrogates go negative and hard.  "Do we really want another four or eight more years of deception, sleeziness, manipulation, outright lies, narcissism, etc?'

His campaign's "hope" and "unity" theme seems to have run out of gas when up against the slime machine of the grifters.

Limbaugh was totally wrong.  We should get rid of the Clintons anytime we are able.  Indeed McCain may be facing both of them now.
(Hill and Obam).
4002  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Well Rush - you got what you wished for. on: March 05, 2008, 07:10:32 PM
"For its part, the Obama campaign is no less ready to return fire on Clinton ethics and finances, according to Obama strategist David Axelrod: "I've said before I don't know why they'd want to go there, but I guess that's where they'll take the race.''

No doubt the Obama campaign will have to stoop to the Clinton lows.  Morris on the obvoius:

Mar 5 2008
Published in the New York Post on March 5, 2008.

With big wins in Ohio and Texas last night, Hillary Clinton has finally broken her losing streak and sent a clear message to Barack Obama: I’m not getting out.

For the Illinois senator, the meaning of the primaries is clear - he has to get tough. Hillary can still win this nomination. The proportional representation system of allocating delegates chosen by primaries and caucuses mutes the impact of the popular vote.

By the time the Texas caucuses are fully counted, Obama may have maintained or even expanded his delegate lead, despite Hillary’s victories in three out of four states.

Among the remaining 600 delegates to be chosen, Obama should be able to add to his lead.

But there remain 800 superdelegates, each entitled to a full vote. No matter if Obama leads among elected delegates, they can still deliver the nomination to Hillary.

Do they dare?

If Clinton is able to score a series of popular-vote victories in these late primaries, she could lay the basis for an appeal to the superdelegates to disregard the results of January and February and look instead at her success in the later contests.

The battle of Hillary is over. The battle of Obama has begun.

The question of his readiness and experience looms ever larger in the minds of the media and of voters.

Her red-phone ad, citing her supposedly superior readiness to be commander in chief, evidently cut deeply among the electorate.

It’s time that Obama counters her strategy by hitting back. His lofty politics of hope will avail him little in the aggressive, rough-and-tumble world of modern politics.

He’s got to spell out the special-interest connections that stigmatize Hillary as the tool of the lobbyists.

He must underscore the need for her to release her tax returns for 2007 and 2006 to show the source of her new-found wealth.

He’s got to learn to trade blows with the Clintons, the best counterpunchers in the business.

Looming above the primaries is the specter of the unseated delegations from Michigan - chosen in a primary with only Hillary’s name on the ballot - and Florida.

Obama needs to stop her gathering momentum by shedding his ingenue status and fighting hard for the nomination his previous victories have earned him.

Copyright © 2008
4003  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Don't do it Obama on: March 05, 2008, 07:35:19 AM

She'll buy him off with the VP but of course she's the p:
4004  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / I share Pat's frustration on: March 02, 2008, 11:04:48 AM


Patrick J. Buchanan
Katrina Nation
by Patrick J. Buchanan
Posted: 02/29/2008
When Woodrow Wilson went to Congress to ask for a declaration of war in 1917, the U.S. Army was ranked 17th in the world, behind Portugal.

On Armistice Day, 19 months later, there were 2 million doughboys in France, where they had helped to break the back of Gen. Ludendorff's theretofore invincible army in its final offensive, and 2 million more in the United States ready to march on Berlin.

No other nation could have done that.

After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, FDR demanded that a disarmed America "build 50,000 planes" -- a seemingly impossible number, but one America met and exceeded.

Starting from scratch in 1941, the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos designed, built, tested and detonated three atomic bombs by August 1945 to end the war.

After Sputnik humiliated America, Wernher Von Braun and the boys at Redstone Arsenal had a satellite up in three months. In 1961, JFK declared we were going to the moon and would be there before the decade was out. Cynics scoffed. This writer was at Canaveral to watch Apollo 11 lift off in the summer of 1969.

Whatever became of that can-do nation?

In August 2005, Katrina swept through New Orleans and left 30,000 people stranded at the Superdome and Convention Center. Though the floodwater was shallow and stagnant and New Orleans is a port city with boats all over the place, it took six days and the 82nd Airborne to rescue the stranded.

Compare our performance in Katrina with that of the Brits in 1941, who sent hundreds of boats across the Channel to pull 350,000 British and French troops off the continent in one week in the Miracle of Dunkirk. The Brits weren't going to let Goering's fighters deter them from going across and bringing their boys home.

What occasions these reflections is this morning's lead story in The Washington Post: "'Virtual Fence' Along Border to Be Delayed: U.S. Retooling High-Tech Barrier After 28-Mile Project Fails."

The opening paragraphs:

"The Bush administration has scaled back plans to quickly build a 'virtual fence' along the U.S.-Mexico border, delaying completion of the first phase of the project by at least three years and shifting away from a network of tower-mounted sensors and surveillance gear. ...
"Technical problems discovered in a 28-mile pilot project south of Tucson prompted the change in plans. ..."

Thus, building the first 100 miles of "virtual fence" will take Bush longer than it took FDR to win World War II. The admission of failure comes two years after Bush announced plans for "the most technologically advanced border initiative in American history."

"The virtual fence," writes the Post, "was to complement a physical fence that the administration now says will include 370 miles of pedestrian fencing and 300 miles of vehicle barriers to be completed by the end of this year. The GAO says this portion of the project may also be delayed and that its total cost cannot be determined. The president's 2009 budget does not propose funds to add fencing beyond the 700 or so miles meant to be completed by this year."

In short, these characters cannot build a virtual fence and won't complete a physical fence.
If the nation is fed up with Republicans, who can blame them?

Securing a border is not that difficult. In 1954, President Eisenhower sent an Army general to Texas to do it. He began repatriating thousands of Mexicans and had the situation in hand within a year. Along the San Diego corridor, a crude fence of corrugated steel matting from U.S. airfields in Vietnam has stopped illegal trucks from crossing, cut back 90 percent on the illegal alien traffic, and virtually eliminated murders and assaults in the border area.

Measures taken lately at the state and federal level, though grudgingly by the administration, have begun to bear fruit.

After Arizonans voted to cut off all social benefits to residents who could not prove they were in the country legally came reports of people pulling their kids out of public schools and leaving the state.

From the border come reports that added Border Patrol agents have reduced the number of illegal aliens apprehended, suggesting word has gone out south of the border that it is no longer so easy to walk in. And deportations of criminal aliens, long demanded, is actually going up.

Let it be said: Our border can be secured; the illegal aliens can be sent home; the magnets that draw them here can be turned off. This crisis can be resolved if the courage and will are there. Unfortunately, we have a government that does not seem to care and probable nominees neither of whom is committed in his heart to doing it.

Given the manifest will of the people that this invasion from the south be halted and rolled back, the 2008 election is shaping up as yet further confirmation that American democracy is a fraud.

Mr. Buchanan is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of "The Death of the West," "The Great Betrayal," "A Republic, Not an Empire" and "Where the Right Went Wrong."

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Report Abusive PostGreat article Pat, always on the money. Problem is, no one cares or those that do and make policy have directly opposite views and wish to have no borders with Mexico. Sadly, we're on this ride and can't get off.
Joe, Kansas City, Missouri
Feb 29, 2008 @ 09:45 AM
Report Abusive PostIt's not that we can't secure the border... it's simply that we WON'T secure the border, and that's an entirely different matter. A physical fence would be better than a virtual fence because even if the technology catches border crossers, we would still need the willpower to turn them back. A virtual fence enables the politicians to give lip service to border security without having to enforce the laws on the books. It takes actual willpower to build a fence and enforce the law.

It would be very easy to do; hire ten contractors, each with its own section of fence/wall to build. Whoever finishes his section first gets a multimillion-dollar bonus. You can bet the fence would be built in record time, and under budget.
JKM, South Carolina
Feb 29, 2008 @ 09:49 AM
Report Abusive PostOur political leaders defiantly lie to us with great hubris.

Clearly, we need a third or fourth political party to defiantly say "goodbye" to these arrogant elitists.

Gary, Eastern Shore
Feb 29, 2008 @ 09:51 AM

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4005  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Maybe Jolie's politicking isn't some gimmick afterall on: February 29, 2008, 08:04:58 AM
I am usually skeptical of celebrities who speak out about foreign affairs but I have to say that Jolie has won me over with this piece.  I wonder if she wrote it or had someone else write it but I guess it doesn't matter since it is her name on it.
It certainly speaks of the insanity it would be for the US to pull out immediately or in any short time frame:
4006  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Nuclear War? on: February 25, 2008, 11:29:27 AM
Couple this with the Iranians guy continued statements that Israel's existence  is close to an end and one can conclude only *one* thing.  I have a feeling Israel cannot successfully destroy Iran's nuclear weapons program without US help.  If a crat wins Israel can forget any chance of that.

The only hope is that the leadership of Iran will be toppled and a more moderate regime come into power.  I am not real optimistic about this.  It is like hoping a Gilder stock will come back from the dead.
4007  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Our records are easily accessible on: February 23, 2008, 07:04:43 PM
I've posted before how our records are easily accessed by many people.  As I've mentioned I know for certain our phone records, bank records, credit information, pay information, and other information as all readilly available to crooks who can easily birbe employees of various companies to snoop on us and supply them with information.  In my experience companies always deny it occurs, deny their employees don't do this, cover it up, not investigate, etc.

I have to grimace every time I hear the darn ACLU talk about how our government is invading our privacy when it is rampant in the private sector.

This is along the lines of what I have experienced for several years now:
4008  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / How Repubs would beat BO in the general election, imho on: February 23, 2008, 06:52:08 PM
I recently criticized a post of Newt's theory that another contract with America will be what McCain needs to beat Obama.  I agree with the need for real ideas and roadmaps on how to get there.  However, I don't think that alone will defeat BO.  I think this Peggy Noonan's piece is the other half of the puzzle.  I feel she hits on something big here that can and should be used full court press to focus Bo's whole thesis of hope as totally misplaced, misaligned and definitely not in the interests of Americans.
4009  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: February 22, 2008, 09:29:51 AM
Being a politician on the national stage has certainly become a way to glorius riches hasn't it?

They all cash in after they leave.  I remember when Reagan went to Japan to speak for 2 million and how the crats tried to turn that into a scandal.  That's pennies compared to the riches these people get giving speeches, working as "lobbyists", consultants, and token positions in companies that need political connections.

I still wonder what the inside deal is with Chelsea and the hedge fund.

Where is the reporting for that?

4010  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: February 20, 2008, 07:01:44 PM
***- Sens. Obama and Clinton: Some doctors and hospitals are worried about your plans to make electronic record-keeping compulsory. What will be the penalty for a doctor who doesn't get computerized?

In the California primary debate, Sen. Clinton claimed a Rand study shows that savings due to information technology could pay for half of her $110-billion-a-year universal health coverage plan. What the Rand study actually says is that information technology will produce savings, estimated at $77 billion a year, but not until year 15 -- and not necessarily for the thousands of doctors and hospitals who are forced to spend $125 billion (Rand's estimate) up front for the equipment.***

I can tell you now that the cost of going electronic is a lot for many physicians including myself.   It is not even feasable.
Additionally, I have yet to see anywhere wherein it produces any savings, cost efficiencies, extra income, or much of any other benefit to providers who will soon be forced to do it.

It is obviously too much to ask before an election why we can't just stop illegals from coming here and having babies at the expense of citizens.  It ain't just in Texas.  I see it all the time here in Jersey.   I would not be surprised to find out that a large percentage of the 47 million number we hear about is simply this.  That said I have people born here who can't afford care because of pre-existing conditions, or they earn too little.  Yet instead of helping them we have people waltzing into the country and getting free hospital care.
4011  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: February 20, 2008, 09:02:05 AM
Hi Crafty,

Yes I agree with your thoughts.

It will be interesting to see how the two of them handle it if they go on to  lose.

You know at least behind the scenes they will play the blame game.. It is the media's fault, Penns fault, or blame anybody but themselves.  Would this mean they are done with politics?  My guess is they will run again someday.  How old is Evita? 60?  She is still a Senator.  He can't handle the private life. 

Or maybe they'll kick him out of Harlem and he'll move to Hollywood and go onto making movies.  They will love him there.  He would love the paparazzi, and the girls.

BTW, what is the story about hedge funds and politicians?  John Edwards made a kiilling.  Now Chelsea.  We need a good journalist to look into this. 
4012  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Krauthammer: Clinton's dream (not ours) on: February 19, 2008, 07:12:37 AM
This is how I see it too.  I think Charles is right on this.   His point about short memories is what the Clintons are counting on.  Finagle the nomination.   Blacks and other Obama fans will fall right back into line when faced with the prospect of  choosing Hillary or McCain. Then he and she will soothe anger by praising Obama and promise he has a great *future* and his time will come but now we need someone with more experience and of course they are what we *all* need:
4013  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / More Democrat corruption on: February 19, 2008, 06:22:32 AM
Pundits who think the Clinton people wouldn't dare go after superdelegates and (now it is revealed) even pledged delegates (who we now learn are not really pledged) better think again.  If necessary the Clintons *will* steal the election and then con every fool who ever followed them into believing it was really the right thing to do for the party and the country:
4014  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Harold Ickes on: February 16, 2008, 10:42:41 PM
Now this "superdelegate" wants to change the rules in midgame.   Why is the press not pointing out that this guy (who has worked for the Clintons since 1992 and who helped HC get the NY State Senate seat) is now poised to be one of those who votes as a superdelegate.  Is this not corrupt or what?
4015  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / reshaping conservatism on: February 16, 2008, 02:47:44 PM
Reagan is dead.  So is the past.  Now a vision for the future:
4016  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / OBama is not just "change" on: February 14, 2008, 09:23:40 PM
Well can McCain beat BO at his own game?  Or is he going to sound as old as he looks and continue the Repub'Can mantra, "I'm for tax cuts!"?  That won't do it this time.  I think Newt is on the right tract about the need for 'Cans to sound like they are for change. However, I think he seriously underestimates the intangible element to OB's appeal.  It's far more than change.  It's far more than another "Declaration of Independence" or "Contact with America" redux.

I don't think Newt gets it .

OB is more than change.  He is aspiring to people's hopes, their dreams their aspirations.  Clinton is right about it being a fairy tale.   For goodness sakes, it is spiritual, or worse, blind faith.  Some have already called BO a Messiah.   But like it or not that's what BO's opponents are up against. McCain is going to have to do the same.  Be inspirational, be the figure who can take us to the promised land.  Use his life which in my opnion is more remarkable than OBs' and prove to the country he can take us to the next level.

I just don't know if a 70 year old warhorse can do that.  In China they revere their elders. Here we throw them in the trashbin.

In any case according to Zogby (poll f
rom a Dem superdelegate) BO is already wiping McCain up:
4017  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Democrats finally have their *new* and revised anti-republican champion on: February 13, 2008, 07:37:14 AM
I believe without hesitation that the Clintons would have Obama assasinated if they thought they would get away with it.
And then Hillary would get on her soapbox and accuse Repbulicans of, "why, they are even accusing us of murder!"

The Clintons can fire all their help but eventually it will dawn on them that *they* are being rejected.  This is a prime example of how they think *everything* can be managed.  (Extrapolate that to national and world affairs.)

The crats (and the country) are realizing Obama is more likely to beat McCain then the  grifter couple.  As a result they are fleeing like sheep to a new and better point man.  They would vote for a rhinosaorus if it could "beat the Republicans".

10 years ago I remember talking to a lady I worked with and I exasperatingly exclaimed how I could not fathom how the Crats can support sleazy Clinton characters and reward them with the highest office in the world.  Her answerwas right on  - "well that's because that's all they [Democrats] have".

Not anymore.

It's a long time till the convention.  If OB can stay out of trouble he's looking good.
Don't count on the Clinton's to show real humility.  They'll pretend and she'll put on that phoney glued on smile but.....
4018  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mitt's undecided this soon out on: February 12, 2008, 09:05:36 PM
Word is Mitt is undecided as to whether he would stay in public or go back to private life.
I hope he gives it another shot.
It is thought he tactically erred by going "negative" too soon.

That may be why he seemed to be loathed by the others in the race.

Additional evidence towards this conclusion is that BO's success is partly due to his "positive" message.  He is the "uniter" yada yada yada....

Mitt is smart and a fast learner.  He won't make the same mistake twice from what I have heard.
4019  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: February 12, 2008, 09:08:42 AM
Hi Doug,
Yeah I like Mitt too.  I have a relative who worked closely with his campaign.  I'll try to find out his plans.  Maybe he could run for congress for two years than run again.

Obama is no Abe Lincoln (never will be) and no McCain (yet) but the emotion he invokes is rare among politicians.  It must be emotional with Blacks who are witnnessing history before their eyes.  The last and probably only politician who invoke emotion with me was Ronald Reagan.  No one else before or since.   I like Bush senior.  I like Bush junior though he annoys me with illegals and the deficit.

It certainly is true that the offspring of Latinos many who were here illegally are going to influence our elections now.  We really have to get rid of the 200 year law that people born here are automatically citizens IMO.
4020  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Morris on superdelegates on: February 09, 2008, 10:26:15 AM
Morris and others think that if Obama has a sizable lead the Clinton superdelegates will have to vote for him.

I'm not so sure.  I find this surprising from one who is clear that there is absolutely nothing that the Clintons won't do to win.  Will their superdelegate cronies do the same?  I think many would  vote for HC anyway expecting the payoffs.
4021  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Noonan on Obama circa 2005 on: February 08, 2008, 09:10:55 PM
Contrast this piece to one Noonan wrote in 2005 essentially saying, Obama you ain't no Abraham Lincoln:
4022  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: February 07, 2008, 11:00:09 AM
Your article is correct in pointing out some confusion with regard to treating prostate cancer.   Screening for prostate cancer is also with controversy.  A few experts are starting to wonder if we should do away with the screening blood test - PSA- altogether.  This after some published reports that we should use 2.5 as the "normal" rather than the higher, less strict 4 which has been used for around 15 years or so.

When talking to patients who have never had a psa I try to point out the controversy in interpretation of the PSA. 
I still recommend it.  One reasonable rec is to offer it to men whose life expectancy is at least 10 years. 

Speaking of confusion in medicine there was a study that just came out saying that calcium supplements may increase the risk for heart attacks in women taking it for the bones.  Ughhhh!!!   
4023  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / This kind of says it all about the delegate process on: February 07, 2008, 08:15:19 AM
You know the Clintons have been working the superdelegate process for years.  This is crazy.
4024  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Guess who are some of the superdelegates? on: February 07, 2008, 08:02:03 AM
How many people know this:

Included on the list are Harold Ickes and none other then Terry MaCuliffe.  Also is John Zogby?  Does he announce his potentail conflict of interest with the announcement ofl his pol results that he also happens to be a superdelegate for the Democratic convention/party?!?!?

Talk about conflict of interests.
4025  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wow - I wonder how many voters truly understand this on: February 07, 2008, 07:44:31 AM
The Democrat delegate process.  Tell me the Clintons are not bribing delgates as we speak.  Some key points

***Pledged delegates are those won in primaries and cacucuses. Superdelegates are party big-shots.***

Party bigshots???

***Being a superdelegate is usually just a way of getting to go to the convention, cast a meaningless vote and have a good time.***

***But that could change this year.***

***And that’s because superdelegates make up one-fifth of all the delegates at the convention, and this year they could determine the nominee.***

***As Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson puts it: “The process is designed really to avoid picking a nominee rather than pick one.”***

And there you have it - right from the horses mouth!!!!!!!!

***The system of superdelegates was invented not just to reward party fatcats, but to make sure “fairness” did not get out of hand.***

Open up the dictionary and look up fatcat - who do you find?  The Clintons and their team!

That may be one reason the Clinton's want to avoid a spectacle of the true depth of the corrupted process. If Clinton gets the nomination in a really close race it will be Florida all over again.  So what to do?  Make Obama your VP and queit down the "disenfranchised".

4026  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The delegate thing on: February 06, 2008, 08:58:00 AM
One can only wonder what kind of backroom bribery, and other means goes on for the fight for delegates.  Obviously it ain't going to be "let the best man win".  Not with the Clintons anyway:
4027  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Yeah, I know what you mean on: February 05, 2008, 11:43:46 AM
After hearing her story ad nauseum for months (years?) I do find this an interesting finale.  Hey put me on a jury.  I'll send this guy to jail.  Enough evidence for me - now.

But your point is well taken, she does fit the mold for Fox.  Cute white and blonde.  Heck if she was alive she would get a job with them.

If I see one more natural or dyed blonde "journalist"...........why they even have this blond (made up and dripping and oozing narcissism) psychiatrist (maybe it wasn't Fox?) - when will it all end?
4028  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Natalie Halloway on: February 05, 2008, 08:24:43 AM
***There was no confession, no admission of a crime by Joran on any of these tapes, which is very telling," Tacopina said on ABC's "Good Morning America***

So disposing of a possibly living and comatose person into the ocean is legal in Aruba?

It sounds like she seized.  She shook and then went limp.   After a seizure people are notoriously lethargic.   Question is did she willingly take all the stuff she seized from: alcohol drugs, date rape? drug.  We will never know.
4029  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Terry McAuliffe: Obama would be good running mate on: February 05, 2008, 08:21:11 AM
We all expected this.  Just when it becomes more likely you will lose to the guy come out with the final last ditch play before your gal goes down:  offer him the VP on *your* ticket.  From the global crossing multimillionaire (how come I couldn't get in early? wink):
4030  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Natalie Halloway on: February 04, 2008, 10:09:23 AM
Do other people find this disturbing how this is spun:

****But Joseph Tacopina, a lawyer for student Joran Van der Sloot, said his client was not responsible for the Alabama teen-ager's death and that the tapes do not amount to a confession.

"There was no confession, no admission of a crime by Joran on any of these tapes, which is very telling," Tacopina said on ABC's "Good Morning America."****

Yes I know all about how has a right to a defense, but I see the attorney as an accomplice when he goes this far to distort and deny the truth.  How a person can willfully say incriminating statements about himself and some slick suntanned attorney can say it is *not* what it is begets the question to me:  when is an attorney become complicit in a cover-up?

Didn't the DA in the Duke case get taken to the cleaners by ignoring evidence?

4031  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Stock Market on: February 03, 2008, 09:56:24 AM
Does DMG have any thoughts on Bidu?  Or the MSFT/YHOo proposal.
4032  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama/the bestDem hope on: February 03, 2008, 09:54:00 AM
I think Obama is the stronger of the two since Hillary has such high negatives.
If Obama maintains his composure I think he will win.  Although it is also hard to know what backroom deals are happening with the Clintons, the unions, other endorsements, election shenanigans etc.

I think Romney still has a chance if he can only come accross with more emotional attachment to his ideals....
For the general election if he gets into it, he will have to reach out to some of voters the populists target because there are so many of them. IMHACO.  (In my humble armchair opinion)

4033  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: January 31, 2008, 12:15:48 PM
 ***Current polls have McC beating both Lady Evita and BO, and Romney losing to both.***

I am not sure I trust those polls.

The Dems seem very happy running against McCain to me.

I wonder what the secret "internal" polling shows.

4034  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / EZCH on: January 31, 2008, 12:11:01 PM
Hi Rick,
Hope you are well.
Does Juniper's entrance into ethernet help EZCH?
I don't see any mention of the MX family.
4035  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Coulter may be on the money on: January 27, 2008, 09:21:53 AM
I am no longer a fan of Ann Coulter after witnessing her insult all Jews on Donny Deutch.  That said I think she may be on to something when she points out that the Crats are praising McCain because they think he would lose against the Clintons.  Here is B. S. Clinton talking highly of McCain as though he is promoting him:

Here is Coulter pointing that the Clintons and the liberal media are doing this because they think *Romney* would be the Repubs strongest candidate.   One thing is for sure.  There is no doubt that the greatest rallying factor to get the Republicans to come out and vote en mass will be to keep the Clintons out.  I will be first on line.  These two pathological characters need to be put to pasture.  I am thinking of registering as a Crat just to vote for Obama:
4036  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Gay men and mrsa on: January 18, 2008, 06:49:49 PM

A study carried out in San Francisco and Boston, USA, found that sexually active gay men were many times more likely to acquire a new highly antibiotic-resistant strain of the MRSA superbug than the rest of the population.

The study is published in the January 15th early online issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine and was led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Scientists have noticed that infection with the multidrug-resistant, community associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) appears to occur in isolated pockets.

The new strain, called USA300, which is resistant to many more front line antibiotics, is a close relative of the MRSA strain that has begun to spread outside of hospitals and into the community in recent years (CA-MRSA, or community associated MRSA, but technically also known as USA300).

Both strains spread easily through skin to skin contact, and get into the skin and the underlying tissue, causing abscesses and ulcers that can become life-threatening quite quickly.

The UCSF researchers decided to investigate the risk factors for infection with the new USA300, which has gained a foothold in San Francisco and other US cities.

The study was in two parts: a population-based survey of 9 San Francisco hospitals and a cross-sectional study in 2 outpatient clinics in San Francisco and Boston. The data reviewed related to culture proven cases of MRSA infections spanning 2004 to 2006.

The researchers looked for: risk factors, annual incidence and spatial clustering for infection by multidrug-resistant USA300.

The strain of MRSA in the samples were identified using a range of methods such as: DNA sequencing (establishing the pattern of nucleotides in the DNA), polymerase chain reaction assays (amplifying DNA to help identify it), and pulse field gel electrophoresis (looking at very large DNA molecules).

The results for San Francisco showed that:
The overall incidence of USA300 infection in San Francisco was 26 cases per 100,000 of the population (ranging from 16 to 36).

The incidence was higher in 8 adjacent neighbourhoods (identified by ZIP codes) that had a higher proportion of male same-sex couples.

Men who have sex with men were 13 times more likely to be infected with USA300.

This risk was independent of previous history of MRSA infection or use of clindamycin (an antibiotic used to treat MRSA).

The risk also appeared to be independent of HIV infection.

USA300 infection mostly occurred in the buttocks, genitals, or perineum (the area between the anus and the penis).
The results for Boston showed that multi-drug resistant USA300 strains were recovered only from men who have sex with men.

The study concluded that:

"Infection with multidrug-resistant USA300 MRSA is common among men who have sex with men, and multidrug-resistant MRSA infection might be sexually transmitted in this population."

In a separate press statement, the researchers expressed their concern that the new MRSA strain could soon spread to the general population. It can be spread through skin to skin contact but appears to be trasmitted more easily through intimate sexual contact, they said.

Lead author of the study, Dr Binh Diep, who is a UCSF postdoctoral scientist at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, said:

"These multi-drug resistant infections often affect gay men at body sites in which skin-to-skin contact occurs during sexual activities."

"But because the bacteria can be spread by more casual contact, we are also very concerned about a potential spread of this strain into the general population," he added.

He explained that the most effective way to protect oneself against infection, especially after sex, was to scrub the skin well with soap and water.

Diep said he was alarmed by the rapid rise in infections. In the figures they collected, they found that San Francisco's Castro district, which has the highest proportion of gays in the country, the infection rate of MRSA was around 1 in 588 people. This compares with about 1 in 3,800 for the overall population of San Francisco, which is also high, said Diep.

Co-author Dr Henry Chambers, who is UCSF professor of medicine at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center and lead scientist of a large multi-centered clinical trial recently funded by the National Institute of Health to study treatment of community-associated MRSA infections, said:

"Prompt diagnosis and the right treatment are crucial to prevent life-threatening infections and the spread of this bacteria to close contacts."

The authors pointed out that their study was limited by the fact it was retrospective, and they had not looked at the link between sexual risk behaviours and infection. They recommended that:

"Further research is needed to determine whether existing efforts to control epidemics of other sexually transmitted infections can control spread of community-associated multidrug-resistant MRSA."

"Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant, Community-Associated, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Clone USA300 in Men Who Have Sex with Men."
B. A. Diep, H. F. Chambers, C. J. Graber, J. D. Szumowski, L. G. Miller, L. L. Han, J. H. Chen, F. Lin, J. Lin, T. HaiVan Phan, H. A. Carleton, L. K. McDougal, F. C. Tenover, D. E. Cohen, K. H. Mayer, G. F. Sensabaugh and F.ço. Perdreau-Remington.
Ann Intern Med, early online 15 January 2008; 60520-204.
Print issue: 19 February 2008, Volume 148 Issue 4.
4037  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: January 18, 2008, 06:44:43 PM
On the eve of SC/Nev we get Hillary "baring her soul" discussing the Lewinsky scandal.  Of course she always loved Bill and of course he always loved her......

Obviously her campaign feels her crying the day before New Hampshire got her the victory there so are now using emotion to manipulative the babe vote.  It will probably work.  There appears to be no end to the gullibility of some of the electorate for the Clintons:
4038  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / "Clinton did to us [Blacks] what he did to Lewinsky" on: January 17, 2008, 09:26:02 AM
Well, actually I believe he does this to everyone but it is great to hear some African Americans (now that they have a Democratic alternative) speak this truth - finally - about the Clintons:,0,1629577.story?track=rss

I don't care that Obama is reportedly more liberal than Clinton.  I don't care that he is Black.  I will take him any day over another Clinton.  Go Obama!
4039  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: January 05, 2008, 06:27:09 PM

I am not familiar with Zone's diet on this point.  Please help me here.
4040  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / phone data - secure? - nah. on: January 04, 2008, 08:49:37 PM
"these companies are believed to have assisted our intelligence agencies"

And how did these companies assist law enforcement?

Who is monitoring what these companies do with their databases of personal phone call information?  Who monitors who they track with cell tower info?

The answer:  nobody knows but them.

Don't think for a minute they (mis)use information only for "law enforcement purposes".
4041  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / pharma and obesity on: January 04, 2008, 08:39:40 PM
Many companies working on weight loss drugs:
4042  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bhutto bribe allegations on: December 30, 2007, 04:00:29 PM
I dunno, Wikepedia has sections that get into more details about the sources  and allegations of Bhutto and her husband laudaring money that has all the appearances of bribes.  Of course as I have pointed out in the past Wikepedia is not always reliable either:
4043  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gertz: StateDepartment's miscalculation? on: December 30, 2007, 03:50:40 PM
FWIW (I have no idea who to believe or what is truth, what is opinion, and what is distortion):
4044  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The 2008 Presidential Race on: December 27, 2007, 07:46:55 PM
On the assasination today:

"I know from my lifetime of experience you have to be prepared for whatever might happen, and that's particularly true today," Clinton said in an Associated Press interview while campaigning in Iowa.

Gimme a break.

I'll take Obama anyday.
4045  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Is global warming a cult? on: December 25, 2007, 10:15:22 AM
From Cal Thomas:
4046  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Dog brothers on wikipedia on: December 23, 2007, 07:17:50 PM
I would imagine readers have seen this.  I was wondering if wikipedia had an entry on Dogbrother arts and found this:  enjoy and happy holidays to all:
4047  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / GAC station on: December 20, 2007, 08:36:26 AM
That is interesting - all of a sudden we get the GAC station.  Just noticed it a few days ago.

Who was listening?
4048  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: December 20, 2007, 08:33:04 AM
I have been busy lately and not had a chance to respond.

I agree with the poor nutrional value of a lot of the high simple sugars we eat, but that does not get to the problem of obesity.

I plan on taking extra training in bariatric medicine over the next few months and will share here but I believe this theory accounts for the extreme difficulty for overweight people to lose weight and keep it off:

People who lose weight actually start to experience the same discomforts (if you will) that people who experience starvation experience.  Eventually their every thought turns to getting more food. It becomes uncontrollable and overwhelming.  Eventually most people give in and start eating again.  The reward is not just the taste of food, but relief from the unbearably uncomfortable sensations one feels when your body thinks your starving - even though you are overweight.

It is evolution gone amuk!.

More at a later date.
4049  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: December 13, 2007, 09:58:58 PM
Hi Crafty,

I am not sure I follow you.

Obesity is more complex and resistant to treatment than what you asked?

What fat person doesn't know they should eat less and exercise more?
4050  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Obesity on: December 13, 2007, 12:38:10 PM
If you look at the 1809 picture of the 700 pound man one sees something that is becoming common.  Even in my 25 years in medicine seeing patients over 300 or 400 pounds was not common.  Now it is very common.  We need better treatments for obesity and I await better pharmacologics for this;   I've heard Merck is working on one but I have no further information on it.  It was a big disappointment that rimonabant from
Sanofi did not get yet approved here (it is in Europe) since that would have helped.  Anyone know people in Europe who have used it?
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