Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Todays interesting items

Guest Post: Why are our youth so negative

Excerpt: I’m going to summarize in a single paragraph a debate that has been raging in health policy for the past two decades. On one side is what I call the health policy orthodoxy. On my side is a small group of people that believe markets can work. The debate goes like this. Them: The marketplace can’t work in health care. Patients don’t have enough knowledge; there is unequal bargaining power; and medicine is a profession, not a business. Us: What about cosmetic surgery? Them: That’s an exception. Us: What about Lasik surgery? Them: That’s another exception. Us: What about medical tourism? Them: That’s only for rich people. Us: What about Health Savings Accounts? Them: That’s only for healthy people. Us: What about walk-in clinics? Them: Okay, maybe the market can work for small stuff, like flu shots, but it can’t work for expensive procedures, like joint replacements and heart surgery. Do you know how many man hours have been spent repeating these sentences at conferences, briefings and hearings and in editorials and journal articles? Don’t ask. On the last point (about expensive procedures), I think the other side has had the better argument. Until now.

President Obama's Climate Plan Would Kill Hundreds Of Millions Of Birds And Bats
Excerpt: A newly published peer-reviewed study reports U.S. wind turbines kill 1.4 million birds and bats every year, even while producing just 3 percent of U.S. electricity. The numbers reveal that President Obama’s global warming plan will kill hundreds of millions of birds and bats while doing little if anything to reduce global temperatures. (Funny how Progressives were willing to kill millions of black, brown and yellow kids in the third world to feel good about saving birds, by banning DDT. But now they are willing to kill millions of those same birds to feel good about reducing carbon. ~Bob.)

Osprey in combat

DHS Extinguishes 197 Million People’s 4th Amendment Rights In Constitution Free Zones 
Excerpt: Constitution Free Zones are what The Department of Homeland Security has established. The federal agency isn’t really securing the borders, but they are extinguishing the Fourth Amendment rights of nearly 197 million American citizens within 100 miles of the border….and the ocean.

Good Article: Love and Betrayal: How two words can help conservatives capture the heart of America. By Lee Habeeb
Excerpt: Even though we believe deeply that love is the answer to so many of the world’s problems, we just can’t say the word. We believe that no government worker can love a child the way his parents can, and yet we still can’t say the word. We believe — many of us — that every child born is a child of God, with unique talents and gifts, and yet we still can’t say the word.

‘The Very Best Form of Socialism’: The Pro-Slavery Roots of the Modern Left. By Jarrett Stepman & Inez Feltscher
Excerpt: Little attention has been paid to the thinkers who made Democrats the party of slavery in the lead-up to the Civil War, and their influence on modern liberal ideas. Conservatives and liberals alike may be surprised to find that in reality John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina antebellum statesman and political theorist, and his pro-slavery allies, stand firmly as the intellectual forebears of the political philosophy of Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and the modern left.

Yemen says it has foiled an al-Qaeda plot
Excerpt: Yemen says it has foiled an al-Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize some of the country's main ports. Security remains tight and hundreds of armoured vehicles have been deployed to protect key sites.

Would They Be Proud? By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: One can't imagine the fear in the hearts of the parents of those nine black students who walked past shouting placard-carrying mobs as they entered Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Each day, they were greeted with angry shouts of "Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate." In some rural and urban areas, during the school desegregation era, parents escorted their 5 and 6-year-old children past crowds shouting threats and screaming racial epithets. Often there were Ku Klux Klan marches and cross burnings. … Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of 'Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?' and 'Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.' 

Tell it to the Marines. By Paul Greenberg
Excerpt: "Ma," he explained., "they're shock troops." "Shock troops?" She was still mystified. "Yeah, you know, shock troops. The advance guard. They go in, destroy everything in sight, and then the regular troops can follow." "Ah!" my mother said. Now she understood. "Cossacks!"

Holder Discussed Gun-Running With Mexico In 2009: Later denied knowing about Operation Fast and Furious
Excerpt: Attorney General Eric Holder has denied under oath that he had any involvement in Operation Fast & Furious and claims he only became aware of the scandal in 2011 – but newly obtained Department of Justice documents reveal Holder traveled to an April 2009 “US/Mexico Arms Trafficking Strategy Meeting” concerning gun-running between the U.S. and Mexico. In June 2012, the Obama administration invoked executive privilege to stop disclosure of documentation to Congress following Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-walking scheme that resulted in the deaths of more than 200 people, including U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in HostotipaquilloMexico.

Israel’s Sacrifices of Peace Must End. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: After the bloody handshake with Arafat led to an onslaught of terrorist attacks, the Israeli left invented a new sacrifice to describe the dead Israelis murdered by their new peace partners. Korbanot Shalom. Sacrifices of peace. Peace made the service of death into a national duty. 

America is being left behind by energy innovators. By Arnold Schwarzenegger
Excerpt: Congress: do not let us look to Algiers and Brussels in 20 years and say: “How did they beat us to the future?” Let the US lead the way, as it always has.

Accounting for Facts While Courting Vietnam. By Nick Zahn
Excerpt: The reality is that millions of Ho Chi Minh’s countrymen—not to mention tens of thousands of American servicemen—died as the result of the war he launched on the south. And the suffering didn’t end with the end of the war. The government that Ho Chi Minh founded imprisoned more than a million in “re-education” camps after the war. For years thereafter, hundreds of thousands got onto unsafe boats to escape the oppression of their government. Many drowned. Still more now make up the worldwide Vietnamese diaspora.

U.S. Files Sealed Charges in Benghazi Attack: Move Marks First American Response To Attack That Killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya. By Devlin Barrett
Excerpt: The Justice Department has filed sealed criminal charges against a number of suspects in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others, according to people familiar with the matter. The exact nature of the charges wasn't clear, nor was the number of suspects named in the case. A Justice Department spokesman, Andrew Ames, said the investigation is ongoing.

Beltway narcissism rampant in wake of WaPo sale to Bezos. By Thomas Lifson
Excerpt: The capital's ruling class and its vast army of hangers-on (especially the media branch) is abuzz with the sale of the Washington Post to Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos. For as long as most of them have been adults, the Post has been the arbiter of visibility, able to make or break people in the Washington social whirl, not just respected but feared. After all, it bagged a Republican president.

Washington Post bought by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: how Silicon Valley's princes are moulding our future. By Mic Wright
Excerpt: Brin must be questioned about rapacious desire for data and loose attitude to surveillance, Musk about his ego and reliance on state cash, while Bezos’s Amazon empire is built on warehouse workers pushed to the limitstrong-arming authors and sneaky tax arrangements. And yet, when these billionaires turn their fortunes to the future of our society, to promoting the survival of a free press and furthering our understanding of the world, you have to cheer. Who else is going to pay for these things? 

Detroit Public Schools Teacher, Accountant Found Guilty Of Money Laundering And Fraud. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Students in Detroit's public school system have a higher chance of going to prison than they do of graduating high school. The average teacher salary in Detroit is $71,000. Yesterday, the FBI announced the Detroit Public Schools contract accountant and a teacher have been found guilty of money laundering, tax evasion and fraud.

Bibi and the true believers. By Caroline Glick
Excerpt: The term "true believer" was coined by Eric Hoffer in his classic work The True Believer from 1951, which Livni has obviously not read. Hoffer's epic study of the psychological roots of fanaticism described a true believer as a person so fanatically committed to a cause that no amount of reality can make him abandon it. And that just about sums up [US Secretary of State John] Kerry, and the man he works for, US President Barack Obama.

Actor Matt Damon Loves Public Schools For Your Kids But Not His. By Eric Owens
Excerpt: Matt Damon fervently supports American public schools and increased funding for American public schools. Strangely, however, he has chosen not to send any of his four children to the schools he loves so much. The mega-wealthy, left-wing actor divulged his decision in a weekend interview with a British newspaper, reports the Daily Mail.

Gilbraltar dispute is a 'serious concern', says David Cameron. By Barney Henderson and Peter Dominiczak 
Excerpt: The latest tensions between Spain and the British territory began 10 days ago after Gibraltar boats began dumping blocks of concrete into the sea near the territory. Gibraltar said it was creating an artificial reef that would improve fish stocks, which it maintains have been depleted by incursions by Spanish fishermen.

Zimbabwe to open a 'blacks only' stock exchange. By Peta Thornycroft
Excerpt: The plan to grab mining companies, most of which are South African-owned, follows President Robert Mugabe's landslide re-election last week. Saviour Kasukawere, the 'indigenisation' minister, said on Tuesday that the government or black Zimbabweans would take 51 per cent of the shares in all major foreign-owned companies, valued at about £4.8 billion. No compensation will be paid. (Countries that do not respect property rights are always desperately poor, because they cannot form capital to give the average people a chance at jobs and a better life. But the rulers are usually in the One Percent. ~Bob.)

Excerpt; The words came from Democratic Muslim Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota: “The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it.” You couldn’t ask for a clearer portrayal of the ethics of plunder. “We” are the government and “we” are not broke because all the government needs to do is to take money from other people. (I came across this article, and for me it typifies what's wrong with the thinking of too many Democrats. Look at what this guy is saying and what he calls rights. He's looking at it like the government gets to do whatever it wants to, it has summary power, and the citizens have no right to object. This is crazy, the government does not have rights, it has duties and obligations. And one of those obligations is to take care of domestic economy first, not other countries. Then note what he says about where to spend the money from his new taxation scheme. Not to balance our way out of balance debt, but to spend on assorted special programs, including things overseas. He doesn't care about how out of balance we are already, he wants to raise money with a new tax (which would have its own negative effects on us) to give it away. This reminds me of the statement of the governor of CT, who said last year that "the state does not have a spending problem, we have an income shortfall". Yep, we the people are just sheep to be sheared of our money to support whatever the government wants to do. Call me a rotten something or other, but I have a serious problem with this kind of thinking. --Del)

Baloch singer shot dead by Pakistan security forces in Turbat
Excerpt: Baloch social media activists reported that a Baloch singer has been target killed, allegedly, by Pakistan military in Turbat area of Balochistan on Wednesday (Today). Singer Kachkol Ali Bahar was a resident of Shapak area in district Turbat and was a Baloch revolutionary singer.

The Cost of a Smoker: $5,816
Excerpt: A smoker costs a private employer in the United States an extra $5,816 per year compared with a nonsmoker, according to an analysis of data collected from earlier studies on the costs of smoking.

Deployment Factors Are Not Related to Rise in Military Suicides, Study Finds
Excerpt: In the largest study of its kind, military medical researchers have concluded that deployments to war zones and exposure to combat were not major factors behind a significant increase in suicides among military personnel from 2001 to 2008, according to a paper published on Tuesday.

Two insurers pull out of Georgia health exchange
Excerpt: “Obamacare has created great uncertainty in the health insurance market, and I am not surprised that Aetna and Coventry have decided not to participate in the federally facilitated Georgia exchange,” he said. “The exchanges are a centerpiece of the healthcare law, and this announcement means that only five health insurance companies will be operating on the Georgia exchange.” 

For Obamacare to Work, Everyone Must Be In
Excerpt: TWO beliefs continue to shape debate on Obamacare. First, pre-existing medical conditions shouldn’t prevent people from obtaining affordable health insurance. And second, people who don’t want health insurance shouldn’t be forced by the government to purchase it. These may seem to be reasonable positions. But they are incompatible. (I think the pre-existing conditions rule should apply to all insurance. Then I’d wait until my house was on fire to get home insurance. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Ugly Racism at ESPN: One Host Calls Another an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—–” (Not a hate crime, maybe hate speech, but that’s okay for minorities. Paula Deen should bake him a cake. ~Bob.)

Tawana Brawley Finally Forced To Pay Man She Defamed
Excerpt: The Post reports that Pagones recently received his first payments from Brawley as money is being collected through wage garnishments: $3,764.61 so far, with $431,000 to go. In 1987, Brawley, with the promotional assistance of Rev. Al Sharpton and lawyers C. Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox, defamed Pagones in the infamous race-baiting fake rape case that grabbed headlines around the world.

Virginia: Gun Sales Rise, Crime Falls
Excerpt: In a real life demonstration of scholar John Lott's maxim "more guns, less crime," violent crime has dropped in Virginia as gun ownership has increased.

Travelgate: Holder's Extravagant Flight Expenses Revealed; $100k To Martha's Vineyard

Tweet from Andrew Staroska @OHCONSERVATISM:
I always thought air was free, then I bought a bag of chips.

Did You Catch The President’s U.S. Geography Fail On Leno Tuesday?
Excerpt: If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else.

Cicero festival promises safe 'normal bulls,' but here's a better idea: There's also drinking, betting and throwing tomatoes. By John Kass
Excerpt: "Don't you want to run with the bulls?" asked a young woman. Only if it involves sitting and drinking. Not running. Running through the steaming leavings of livestock in Cicero isn't all that dignified. Besides, I get enough steaming leavings on my shoes covering politics.

The Nuclear Option: How Journalism 'Professionals' Killed The Washington Post
Excerpt: This week's shock fire sale of the once-vaunted Washington Post to a home-shopping magnate was another inglorious jolt reminding us that newspapers have committed themselves to a slow and painful suicide. It was like watching a body in free-fall from some high rooftop slamming off another windowsill in its long journey to the pavement. (When I was a State Senator, I read five daily papers and four weekly papers. Now I subscribe to one, four days a week, for local events in Madison, WI. ~Bob.)

NYC losing small hospitals as money woes mount
Excerpt: Starting on Oct. 1, many U.S. hospitals will see reimbursement rates decline because of provisions of the Affordable Care Act. "That could literally be the final nail in the coffin, not just in New York but in other institutions around the country," Raske said, though he added that some of that lost revenue could be made up if the new federal health overhaul law helps more people obtain insurance.

In Barack Obama's mind, the ultimate punishment is to deny you the opportunity to meet with Barack Obama.

Student loans: “We're lending money we don't have—2 kids who can't pay it back—training them 4 jobs that no longer exist.” ~Mike Rowe

Next stop for disadvantaged kids: college
Excerpt: In 2002, Verbum Dei High School in Watts began accepting only low-income students and doubling up on core classes. It's working.

Excerpt: A study released Tuesday by researchers at Stanford University finds that in comparison to other groups minority students and those from poor families benefit the most from charter schools. The report expanded on 2009 findings comparing student performance.

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