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Selected News For The Week July 28 – Aug 3

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Selected News For The Week July 28 – Aug 3”

  1. canary says:

    BBC unhappy and inaccurate reporting on UN treaty not agreeing on small arms bans


    Hillary and other U.S. lawmakers are unhappy too. This is not as the article appears to ban trading between countries. This is treaty that each country ban their citizens from owning hand guns.

    Such hypocricy from those that supported this ban, while aiding the muslim youth and revolutionaries to overthrow their governments.

    Obama isn’t about to talk gun control with elections but if he’s re-elected for four more years we are done for.

  2. canary says:

    Illinoise Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr. in treatment at Mayo Clinic.


  3. canary says:

    ‘Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gulf states’

    DUBAI – Dubai’s chief of police has warned of an “international plot” to overthrow the governments of Gulf Arab countries, saying the region needs to be prepared to counter any threat from Islamist dissidents as well as Syria and Iran.

    The comments by Dahi Khalfan, one of the most outspoken security officials in the United Arab Emirates, follow the detention in the UAE since April of at least 20 dissidents, according to relatives of the detainees and activists.

    “There’s an international plot against Gulf states in particular and Arab countries in general…This is preplanned to take over our fortunes,” Khalfan told reporters at a gathering late on Wednesday marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


    WWArabic Spring

  4. canary says:

    CNN officially declares al-Qaida gone; war against al-Qaida is over.

    The Aspen Times: Aspen panelists disagree about al-Qaida’s status

    by Janet Urquhart July 29 2012
    Aspen CO Colorado

    ASPEN — Should the U.S. declare victory over al-Qaida? Yes, argued CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen on Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum, a four-day event that has made terrorism and counterterrorism its theme.

    Bergen, in a recent article, suggested the U.S. could declare victory over al-Qaida and direct its resources and attention to more pressing matters.

    Since then, al-Qaida-inspired individuals have killed 17 people in the U.S. — about the same number of people killed by dogs each year in this country — and the group had no influence in the so-called Arab Spring, a series of uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.

    “There are probably more people at this conference than members of al-Qaida in Yemen today,” Bergen said.

    “This is a frustrating conversation,” he said. “This dude’s not a terrorist. He’s a murderer.”

    Pinpointing the Holmeses of the world among the broader group of people who, for example, purchase guns and ammunition and engage in various Internet searches means a significant intelligence invasion into the privacy of many, Mudd said. He compared the effort to boiling down the ocean to a single drop.

    entire article
    Go to http://aspensecurityforum.org/agenda1 for the program schedule.

    I had to excerpt heavily, as the lawmakers and speakers are an unusual bunch….but they are deciding to stop watching out for muslim terrorists and use the Patriot Act to spy on American citizens in order to find Waldo.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    NYT Admits Healthcare Law Sucks

    New York Times

    Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen With Health Law

    Published: July 28, 2012


    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — In the Inland Empire, an economically depressed region in Southern California, President Obama’s health care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. But coverage will not necessarily translate into care: Local health experts doubt there will be enough doctors to meet the area’s needs. There are not enough now.

    Other places around the country, including the Mississippi Delta, Detroit and suburban Phoenix, face similar problems. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.

    Health experts, including many who support the law, say there is little that the government or the medical profession will be able to do to close the gap by 2014, when the law begins extending coverage to about 30 million Americans. It typically takes a decade to train a doctor.

    And with the incentives to becoming a doctor removed by obama-care, who would want to become a doctor? Well, the answer is: Third world substandard know-nothings like the first doctor I had here locally who billed himself as an endocrinologist when he was actually an internist from…..drum-roll please….Kenya. He was an absolute idiot and took to yelling at me when I needed my prescriptions refilled and called his office to get an authorization.

    “We have a shortage of every kind of doctor, except for plastic surgeons and dermatologists,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, the dean of the new medical school at the University of California, Riverside, founded in part to address the region’s doctor shortage. “We’ll have a 5,000-physician shortage in 10 years, no matter what anybody does.”

    Experts describe a doctor shortage as an “invisible problem.” Patients still get care, but the process is often slow and difficult. In Riverside, it has left residents driving long distances to doctors, languishing on waiting lists, overusing emergency rooms and even forgoing care.

    The author here goes on to imply that it’s somehow wrong that people have to drive long distances to get medical care, while what’s not being said is that the money is attractive elsewhere and that the “evil capitalists” have made it more lucrative to specialize in dermatology and plastic surgery than it is to be a “regular” doctor. Could the government be responsible somehow in destroying the incentive to be be a doctor in Riverside?


    A government council has recommended that a given region have 60 to 80 primary care doctors per 100,000 residents, and 85 to 105 specialists. The Inland Empire has about 40 primary care doctors and 70 specialists per 100,000 residents — the worst shortage in California, in both cases.

    Which will become LAW under the diktat of obamacare, as per the UK and other socialist countries. So…this will swell the ranks of doctors..which…as we all know….one doctor is pretty much like any other doctor. Once again, the government has astutely identified and devised a correction to the problem….just like in the practice of medicine.

    Moreover, across the country, fewer than half of primary care clinicians were accepting new Medicaid patients as of 2008, making it hard for the poor to find care even when they are eligible for Medicaid. The expansion of Medicaid accounts for more than one-third of the overall growth in coverage in President Obama’s health care law.

    And the reason for this is because of the ridiculous sums that Medicaid pays a doctor to perform even routine services. Again, socialist fixes to a free-market problem will only worsen the situation, not improve it.

    And the author (accidentally) identifies part of the problem here:

    Younger doctors are on average working fewer hours than their predecessors. And about a third of the country’s doctors are 55 or older, and nearing retirement.

    Younger doctors do like their free time. Like Obama himself. Where dedication to the task-at-hand takes a backseat to the golf swing or a weekend on the lake. The Gen X’ers becoming doctors….yeah buddy. Narly, dude. Being like the cast of “SCRUBS” and being cool and having fun trumps a responsible, dedicated career in medicine.

    And another “band-aid” fix to the problem…brought to you by those collegiate super-minds from the Obama administration:

    The Obama administration has sought to ease the shortage. The health care law increases Medicaid’s primary care payment rates in 2013 and 2014. It also includes money to train new primary care doctors, reward them for working in underserved communities and strengthen community health centers.

    But the provisions within the law are expected to increase the number of primary care doctors by perhaps 3,000 in the coming decade. Communities around the country need about 45,000.

    And, like all government fixes, it will work like a charm. Efficiently, inexpensively and exactly the way its architects intended.

    Just exactly where will this money come from to increase Medicaid payments and to train new doctors? Oh….I hear the word “taxes”…or was it “penalty” or “as yet undefined money gotten from the masses”?

    The next two paragraphs come direct from the “Really? Ya think?” bin.

    More doctors might be part of the answer as well. The U.C. Riverside medical school is hoping to enroll its first students in August 2013, and is planning a number of policies to encourage its graduates to stay in the area and practice primary care.

    But Dr. Olds said changing how doctors provided care would be more important than minting new doctors. “I’m only adding 22 new students to this equation,” he said. “That’s not enough to put a dent in a 5,000-doctor shortage.”

    Notice the use of the word “hoping” in the second line which will no doubt bring about “change” we all be forced to live with.

    Yes…it’s not the need for more doctors; It’s that they have to “change the way they provide care”. A more socialistic approach is probably what the author is driving at. More efficiency, less cost. Which, as we all know works in the areas of, oh, say, auto maintenance, which is just like medical care.

    Perhaps they should just stock up on pain pills. That would avoid having to get more doctors.

  6. heykev says:

    I wasn’t sure this was true. But found it verified in the San Diego UNION Tribune. A family inherited an objet d’art they legally can’t sell. Because they couldn’t sell it, three appraisers valued it at $0. However, the IRS gave them a tax bill of $29 million on the piece.The value of the whole collection was $1 billion and they’ve already had to sell $600 million in art to cover the inheritance taxes. Obviously, no tax reform needed here.

    But at least they are sticking it to that evil 1%…Only under Obama’s IRS.


    • canary says:

      Well, I think the owner should tell the IRS to come and get it and where they can put it.

      Obama didn’t put that gold necklace from Saudi King. That was a personal gift. Not a gift to the U.S.A. or as a gift to the President of the U.S.

      It was made clear in the ceremoney that it was because the King of Saudi Arabia considered him to be one man who deserved one of the most honorable gifts the King rarely ever gave any friend.

      That bow paid off.

      yuk. I just pictured Obama in bed wearing it and Michelle being repulsed.

    • canary says:

      Oh Rusty don’t get me started on how bad things have gotten and all the changes and absolute incompetence.

      Start asking for name tags and licenses. They are disappearing off everyone working in the medical field.

      People are dying. And doctors are cutting cutting to make money. It’s so bad.

  7. canary says:

    Jihadists and al-Qaida aiding U.S. in overthrowing Syria’s President.

    Jihadists’ role in Syrian battles grows
    By Neil MacFarquhar and Hwaida Saad
    New York Times News Service 7/29/2012

    The past few months have witnessed the emergence of larger, more organized and better armed Syrian militant organizations pushing an agenda based on jihad, the concept that they have a divine mandate to fight.

    “They are everywhere in Idlib,” said a lean and sunburned commander with the Free Syrian Army council in Saraqib, a strategic town on the main highway southwest from Aleppo.

    The groups demanded to raise the prophet’s banner — solid black with “There is no god but God” written in flowing white Arabic calligraphy — during the weekly Friday demonstration. Saraqib prides
    itself in its newly democratic ways, electing a new town council roughly every two months, and residents put it to a vote — the answer was no. The jihadi fighters raised the flag anyway, until a formal compromise allowed for a 20-minute display.

    The commander of the newly unified brigades of the Free Syrian Army fighting in Aleppo was shown in a YouTube video Sunday, July 29, exhorting new men joining the rebellion by telling them: “Those whose intentions are not for God, they had better stay home, whereas if your intention is for God, then you go for jihad and you gain an afterlife and heaven.”

    One video, highlighting the storming of a police station hear Aleppo, featured a pistol, the Quran and a song about fighting. “The Quran in our hands, we defy our enemy, we sacrifice with our blood for religion,” were some of the lyrics.


    “In one sense, the changes on the ground have actually brought closer to reality the Syrian government’s early claim that the opposition was being driven by foreign-financed jihadists.”

    The media still covering Obama’s major involvement in financiing, arming the rebels. Obama is really backtracking.
    Obama just won’t admit the failure of his Arab Spring.

  8. canary says:

    Diane Sawyer reporting Obama contracted Chinese firm to build bridges in the U.S.

    I-635 in Texas is being rebuilt with underground tolls from I-35 to I-45
    and is contracted to a CHINESE firm for over $5 billion.

    Diane Sawyer reporting on U.S. bridge projects going to the Chinese…. NOT Americans.

    (It was also shocking that ABC was actually reporting this story.)

    The lead-in with Obama promising jobs in the U.S. by improving our infrastructure is so typical of all his promises!

    CLICK here: U.S. Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms | Video – ABC News

    This if from the costly stringed attached to getting federal stimulus money
    for roads and trains. You use it and pay the strings that come, or China get’s it.

    Heads up. I think it’s important everything Obama says to find the opposite where he is doing it. I am so disgusted with the British news lying about Romney on things that I won’t even post the lies. I guess the British want the U.S. to beome like them.

    • canary says:

      Well, I guess everyone has noticed my spelling mistakes and grammer errors. My eyesight is really bad and just reading getting seeing letters are all mixed looking. Even if I check the words best I can.

  9. canary says:

    Media can’t name any new sanctions Obama announced against Iran.

    YahooNews: Obama announces new sanctions against Iran

    By Olivier Knox – July 31 2012

    Mitt Romney’s Israel visit was impressive. Just a note that British news lied about Mitt’s visit, because they consider sports more important than getting nuked. To be objective Obama cares more about golf and basketball than he does the U.S.

    Where’s Bo?

  10. canary says:

    The Washington Examiner: Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution

    July 30, 2012 Conn Carrol

    A federal court in Washington, DC, held last week that political appointees appointed by President Obama did interfere with the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the New Black Panther Party.

    Obama’s DOJ had claimed Judicial Watch was not entitled to attorney’s fees since “none of the records produced in this litigation evidenced any political interference whatsoever in” how the DOJ handled the New Black Panther Party case. But United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton disagreed.
    Citing a “series of emails” between Obama political appointees and career Justice lawyers, Walton writes:

    The documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision…

    . But after Obama was sworn in, the Justice Department reversed course, dismissed charges against three of the defendants, and let the fourth off with a narrowly tailored restraining order.

    “The Court’s decision is another piece of evidence showing the Obama Justice Department is run by individuals who have a problem telling the truth,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “The decision shows that we can’t trust the Obama Justice Department to fairly administer our nation’s voting and election laws.”

    UPDATE: An earlier version of this post reported that the decision was released today. It was released last week.

  11. Curiosity says:

    MSL lands on Mars this coming (using mission control time) Sunday! I’m sure you’re all losing sleep over it and all plan to stay up and watch whatever they’re streaming out of Mission Control at JPL at that late hour. I will be. But in the mean time, a demoralizing choice of words from the NASA administrator himself.

    NASA chief: U.S. won’t go it alone on manned Mars mission

    “I have no desire to do a Mars landing on our own,” Bolden said. “The U.S. cannot always be the leader, but we can be the inspirational leader through international cooperation” in space exploration.

    I realize this statement appears to be the dream of the current White House, to make it so that the U.S. “cannot always be the leader.” It also reflects the sad state of the amount in the budget continuing resolution allocated to NASA. But NASA should always want to be capable of being the leader, and to always be in a position where other countries would prefer that we take the lead (so Russia, how is that Mars moon probe going?).

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