War on the News, 02 - 08 December, 2007
One hundred news stories this week, and be sure to celebrate Bill
of Rights Day on 15 DEC this week. It aint perfect, but
its the best weve got right now, and 99% better than what
most of the world has, as many of these stories imply.
celebrate? Here are a few quirky ideas:
1. Id suggest making some goody-guns (from
JPFO), and getting fancy: use some frosting (the non-fattening kind
of course!) to write a #2 on each of them.
2. Or use the cookie cutters to decorate a cake with some cookies or fudge
topping, and share with your fellow-workers, friends, family, or fellow
3. Write a letter to the editor talking about how we need to start ENFORCING
the Bill of Rights more, and asking local political leaders and governmental
employees if they are judging their work by the right standards. (Visit
L. Neil Smiths website for more.)
4. Tack up a copy (untitled, of course) on your local courthouse or city
hall door, and see who tears it down first.
5. Hand out untitled copies on the street or at schools and ask people
if these sort of radical ideas should be allowed in this country.
6. Write a letter to the editor with the entire list and ask if people
would support adopting something like this in this country.
7. Mail a copy anonymously to your favorite judge or cop.
8. Ask your local merchants to post a copy (with a title on it) and sign
underneath: We endorse and support the Bill of Rights.
9. Read your own state constitutions Bill of Rights: you might be
surprised to see what else it has in it!
Pentagon chief in Kabul
as violence escalates
The U.S. military is seeing early signs that al-Qaida may be
stepping up its activities in Afghanistan, a senior defense official revealed
for the first time Monday as Secretary Robert Gates made his third trip
to this country. Gates said he has not yet seen data on any uptick in
al-Qaida activity, but he said increasing levels of violence in the country
are a concern and he plans to talk about it with other defense leaders
from NATO nations operating in Afghanistan. (12/03/07)
is running through its typical cycle, tribal and religious violence repeating
itself. The US-led invasion and occupation did NOT break the cycle; but
I frankly see no alternative in todays world to a continued occupation,
to prevent these monsters from again spreading across the world. The occupation
would be called a peacekeeping force if it were not NATO,
as we see in the Darfur story below.
Note: That doesn't make any sense to me, Nathan. The US could always help
other countries defend themselves - propery authorized by Congress - if
they asked us to help, but that is absolutely not the same as the continued
occupation of any country, regardless of their potential as aggressors.
UN chief urges agreement on Darfur
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he is mobilizing
all possible means to get the Sudanese governments agreement
on key issues so a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force can start deploying
in Darfur in January. Ban told reporters that he had firm commitments
from Sudans President Omar al-Bashir that the government would facilitate
the deployment of the joint U.N.-African Union force but still we
have not yet been able to resolve all these administrative things.
cooperate so that his troops and co-religionists can keep
on killing as long as possible. Not that I expect a UN-AU force to do
anything but keep killing people, looting, raping, enslaving, and destroying
what little is left.
pardons teddy bear teacher
Christian Science Monitor
Gillian Gibbons, the British schoolteacher jailed in Sudan for
allowing her class to name a teddy bear after the prophet Muhammad,
was pardoned Monday by Sudans president and was under the protection
of her countrys embassy in Khartoum. Informed sources said she would
be flown home to England later in the day. The pardon came after a meeting
between two Muslim members of Britains House of Lords, Lord Nazir
Ahmed and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
British prime minister Gordon Brown welcomed the news, saying in a press
statement that common sense has prevailed. (12/03/07)
to the Brits, who kept this woman from an evil fate. Now, if we could
just do something about the barbarians that tried to do this to her
Note: I've got an idea... let's leave them alone. If any of them attack
us, we can defend ourselves of course, but we don't have any right to
"do something" otherwise. Those who would rather not face this
sort of problem could simply STAY HOME.
US puts sanctions on Mugabe associates
The United States will impose travel and financial sanctions
against 38 more people and two companies with ties to Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe, a senior State Department official said. Jendayi Frazer,
assistant secretary of state for African affairs, warned in a speech Monday
that the U.S. will expand the sanctions further if violence does not cease,
saying Mugabes tyranny needs to end. (12/04/07)
the US recognition of the evil of Mugabes regime, but what is needed
is not sanctions: it is donations of packages of food, weapons, ammo,
and printed materials so that the people of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia, if you
prefer) can liberate themselves from this monster and his followers.
Praise Higher Fuel Standard Proposal
Representatives of the auto industry are praising a congressional compromise
that would raise fuel-efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon and
offer government incentives for the development of biofuels,
in spite of having lobbied against higher standards earlier this year...
lemonade out of lemons, no doubt. Politically, they can not do much else
but bow to the inevitable, having lost the fight.
Note: Expect the price of used vehicles to climb, and the sales of these
new ones to fall unless they can truly manage to satisfy the safety requirements
most folks have along with fuel efficiency. But I don't expect that to
happen because of government mandate. If it was possible, they would already
be doing it.
Senate aide arrested in sex sting
A former aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell is in federal custody after
being arrested on a charge of attempting to sexually exploit a minor.
James Michael McHaney was fired Friday from his job as a scheduler for
Cantwell, D-Wash., hours after he was arrested by FBI agents. The FBI
said in a charging document that McHaney allegedly tried to set up a meeting
with an undercover witness posing online as a teenage boy. (12/03/07)
by a few hours, at least. Cantwell should publicly fall on her sword for
having a scumbag like this working for her, based on her claims of family-friendliness.
Ignoring Systematic Persecution of Palestinian Christians
Jerusalem If Western governments do not address the Muslim persecution
and economic plight of Palestinian Arab Christians, there will not be
much of a Christian community left in the Holy Land within 15 years, an
Israeli scholar said here...
is that these Arab Christians are getting beat on by both Israeli AND
Muslim groups and governments.
China, Even A Beauty Pageant Must Toe the Party Line
China's well-known determination to deny Tibet and Taiwan international
legitimacy has spoiled a young woman's personal dream. The 22-year-old
Tibetan withdrew from a beauty pageant in Malaysia after organizers bowed
to Chinese pressure and gave her a choice of acknowledging China's sovereignty
over her homeland -- or leaving...
that giving up a beauty pageant isnt much of a sacrifice, so she
is no martyr to freedom, but I still admire her decision to stand up for
wars and free speech:
ruling favor funeral picketers
A federal appeals court Dec. 6 temporarily blocked Kansas laws
restricting pickets at funerals as their constitutionality is reviewed.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled in favor of Shirley
Phelps-Roper, who sought to temporarily block enforcement of statutes
restricting where members of Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church
can picket at funerals is reviewed, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
[editors note: Noxious as the god hates fags idiots
are, its everyones freedom or nobodys
mention the fact that tolerating their protests really just amounts to
letting them out themselves as the whackjobs they are - TLK] (12/07/07)
Newdow and the Folsom Street Fest, you have to wonder just what side these
Westboro types are on. Their tactics are so distasteful that they should
almost be considered to be sting operations for legislators being hit
with BORE (Bill of Rights Enforcement) actions.
Urged to Condemn Open-Air SF Sex Fair
Leaders from three pro-family groups Wednesday called on House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to denounce the Folsom Street Fair which
is called the worlds largest leather event and is held
each September in San Francisco as a grotesque affair
that violates laws prohibiting public nudity and child abuse...
she wont do it, because it threatens very key political support
in Gomorrah-by-the=Bay. But the Folsom Street Fair is incredibly, even
unbelievably debauched and does feature all the extremes of homosexuality
and other-sexuality life-styles. It is so gross and tasteless, so in-your-face,
that it makes me suspect that there is NO moderate homosexual
community out there, which would decry its impact on the population. If
there were not photos and other documentation to prove that it is held
and so bad, I would be tempted to think it had been invented by anti-homosexual
activists as a provocation.
wings a fire hazard
Primary school have been banned kids from wearing angel wings
in their nativity because of health and safety worries. They fear pupils
at Sacred Heart, RC Primary in Paignton, Devon carrying candles in the
play could set the festive costumes on fire. (12/02/07)
many decades have these kids been doing things like this? This is not
about fire safety, but about control and culture.
Activist Wont Face Obscenity Charges Over Abortion Pictures
A pro-life activist arrested over Thanksgiving weekend will not face
charges for displaying graphic images of aborted babies, the Gwinnett
County Solicitor in Georgia announced Monday...
images of dead babies may be stomach-wrenching and sickening, but the
only people to whom I expect they are obscene are those who
facilitate those deaths and dont want to be reminded of them. Ironic
that all too often the progressives that want to keep on killing
babies (excuse me, aborting fetuses) are usually also very much in favor
of ending obscenity laws, but obviously dont hesitate to use such
laws in cases like this.
TX: Curriculum director canned for
A Texas science education official forced to resign in October
wasnt as her bosses insisted [sic] fairly punished
for insubordination. Her real crime: daring to tell people about a lecture
critical of intelligent design. The Austin-American Statesman reported
last week that science curriculum director Chris Comers ouster followed
her circulation of an email announcing an upcoming speech by Barbara Forrest,
co-author of Creationisms Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent
Design and an expert witness in Kitzmiller v. Dover. (12/03/07)
this is, it is one case as compared to dozens if not hundreds of cases
of teachers and other officials fired for daring to teach something OTHER
than evolution, so I find it hard to be very sympathetic to Ms. Comer.
If she had been fired for urging people to attend lectures about creation
science or intelligent design theories, she wouldnt have even made
Loses Job over Intelligent Design Views, Advocates Charge
An Iowa State University professor was denied tenure last April because
he is a well-known advocate of intelligent design, the Discovery Institute,
a conservative organization based in Seattle, Wash., claims in its defense
of the professor. He also apparently was the target of a secret, organized
effort to oust him concocted by fellow faculty members...
the opposite of the story of the Texas edu-crat (last story); and just
as wrong, but just as expected when politics trumps everything else in
Oil falls below $88 on US inventories
Crude-oil futures erased earlier gains and closed below $88 a
barrel after a government report showed U.S. crude inventories slumped
8 million barrels to the lowest in nearly three years, but heating oil
and gasoline inventories increased unexpectedly. Oil prices were also
under pressure after crude stockpiles at Cushing, Okla., the delivery
point for crude traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange, rose for a
third straight week. (12/05/07)
panic right now? Of course, the next one is just a matter of time.
Note: The price was still $3.049 in Newcastle the last time I went to
town. I have to travel next weekend, so maybe it will drop before I refill
my tank... but it ususally does that just AFTER.
AZ: Secret Santa hands out $20,000
Paul Schernberg has been homeless for the past year, flopping
in cheap motels or walking the streets at night to save money. Each week,
from his job as a waiter, he squirreled away as much as he could
usually about $3 to someday get an apartment. Schernberg was $103
from that goal when he walked into a Phoenix thrift store on Tuesday to
buy his sister a Christmas present. He left with $200, thanks to a Secret
Santa he had never met before and would never see again. Oh, my
God, Im going to be in a home, Schernberg said. This
means Christmas again. I hadnt thought of Christmas for a long time.
take government to help people. Merry Christmas!
condemns colonialism, pushes Mediterranean Union
Christian Science Monitor
Since ancient Rome sacked Carthage, North Africa has kept a wary
eye on its neighbors across the Mediterranean Sea. Today, that unease
influences how many North Africans view French President Nicolas Sarkozy,
who is in Algeria for a three-day state visit along with 150 business
leaders and eight ministers. Mr. Sarkozy arrived Monday in an effort to
cool decades of tense relations and ink new business contracts with Frances
ex-colony, which gained independence in 1962, as well as pitch his idea
for a Mediterranean Union, a regional community that would unite the 21
countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. (12/05/07)
crying out loud! Why arent journalists required to take more than
some Hollywood version of history? Despite Roman imperialism of the era,
the destruction of Carthage was the logical response of the Republic to
the threat that the Carthaginians posed in a repeated series of aggressive
wars against Rome. Like todays Arab inhabitants of North Africa
(the descendents of murdering, butchering invaders), the Carthaginians
were the descendents of invaders and colonists from what is today Lebanon
(Canaan) who brought a culture and religion (second in evil only to the
Aztec of North America) to North Africa worse even than modern
Islam. Any kind of alliance by Europe with the Islamic regimes and societies
of Algeria and other North African countries is dangerous to the future
of Europe, and another step on the way to total dhimmitude of that continent.
MO: Prosecutor wont bring charges
in MySpace suicide case
There will be no criminal charges in the case of a 13-year-old
girl who killed herself last year after receiving cruel messages on the
Internet. There have, however, been consequences. People online have expressed
outrage against those involved in sending mean messages to Megan Meiers,
identifying some of them. The family authorities say was behind the fake
MySpace profile where the messages originated has reported its home being
hit by paintballs and getting a brick thrown through a window. St. Charles
County prosecutor Jack Banas said its his understanding that a former
friend of Megans whose family was behind the fake profile is now
being home-schooled. [editors note: The mother
who did this should burn for Eternity, slowly and painfully, along with
her despicable daughter - SAT] (12/04/07)
evil can be punished, at least here on Earth, and definitely not by government
action. It is no more right to attack these people physically than their
actions were. Self-defense, and defense of the weak and helpless is one
thing, but the evil is done.
FL: Lawsuits may decide future of
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Who has the right to approve the creation of charter schools,
make sure their students learn and their bills get paid? And how much
taxpayer money should go to the privately run schools? Until recently,
the answers were clear: Local school boards authorized and then monitored
charter schools, which receive state dollars based on the number of students
in attendance. That has changed, prompting two potentially significant
legal challenges. (11/30/07)
understand the reason this crisis has arisen, but it points out that charter
schools are a poor substitute for truly private, non-governmentally-affiliated
defeat billion-dollar school lawsuit
School Reform News
Three members of the board of directors of the Show-Me Institute,
a free-market think tank, helped make Missouri the latest state to strike
down a lawsuit claiming inadequate funding for education. The Committee
for Educational Equity (CEE) a group of 236 public school districts
had claimed in a lawsuit filed in January 2004 that the states
funding levels failed to meet the constitutional requirement for all students
to receive an adequate education. The groups experts testified the
state would need to spend an additional $1 billion annually to fulfill
their interpretation of its constitutional spending requirements.
story points out, this has been a favorite tactic of the statists and
the profiteers: force more and more money to be spent by a more and more
centralized bureaucracy to fix problems the very problems
caused by the loss of parental and local control of schools. The solution:
separate school and state: also known as the free market in education.
CA: Alleged leader of grade-changing
San Francisco Chronicle
An alleged ringleader of the Diablo Valley College grade-changing
scandal surrendered this morning, authorities said. Liberato Rocky
Servo, 28, who worked in the admissions office at the Pleasant Hill community
college, was taken into custody and referred to the public defenders
office for legal representation, said Contra Costa County prosecutor Dodie
Katague. Servo did not enter a plea to 19 felony charges, Katague said.
At a hearing in Martinez, Superior Court Judge Charles Burch set bail
at $75,000. Servo is to return to court Dec. 13. Servo was among 15 people
charged Thursday in the second round of prosecutions connected to the
Diablo Valley College scheme, in which he and several other former student
employees allegedly changed grades on the colleges computer for
to people about ending Grtf, I have more than once been told that governments
make sure that schools are run honestly and have adequate supervision
by the voters and state (and federal) government. If government control
is so important to ensure that people are not scammed and that things
are up-front and above-board, what does this say about government-run
Teacher accused in meth plot
A 32-year-old chemistry teacher at Shafter High School accused
of trying to make methamphetamine in his school lab was arrested over
the weekend. Jeff Scheidemantel of Bakersfield was arrested on suspicion
of possession of precursor chemicals necessary for the production of methamphetamine,
manufacturing methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine endangering
children, according to a news release by the Bakersfield Police Department.
Students are not suspected to have been involved in the alleged drug operation,
according to police and the Kern High School District. (12/04/07)
believe the stupidity of this guy?
Note: I've heard before that high school chem labs are the greatest depositories
of toxic waste in the country. But I question the whole thing without
further proof he was actually doing anything wrong. The "precursor
chemicals" for meth can be found in many homes and businesses - not
to mention probably in a chemistry lab, all there for other purposes.
I wonder what an inventory of other chem labs across the country would
to the story, he's not even been charged yet. Let's not jump to conclusions.
and local tyranny:
MO: Sign pits city vs. land theft
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Supporters say its a political statement, maybe even art.
The city says its too big, a nuisance that needs to be removed.
Either way, a two-story mural decrying eminent domain is testing the boundaries
of the First Amendment, sparking a federal lawsuit that challenges the
citys intricate zoning code.
Painted on the side of a brick
apartment building near Soulard, the mural faces drivers heading downtown
on Gravois Avenue. It advocates an end to eminent domain abuse,
the mantra of veteran activist Jim Roos. (12/02/07)
the city would consider this an eyesore it is a threat to their
power. Go for it, Jim!
note: Too bad other property owners don't do the same thing. As long as
they can pick on a lone wolf, they'll probably prevail. If they were faced
with dozens of these murals, and put more just as fast as the city got
them removed, folks in that city just might start to get the message.
debt grows $1 million a minute
Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting
to happen. Its expanding by about $1.4 billion a day or nearly
$1 million a minute. Whats that mean to you? It means almost $30,000
in debt for each man, woman, child and infant in the United States.
the debt comes and goes, but the debt just grows. How much more before
it becomes impossible to reduce or pay off?
Note: I suspect it has long passed that point already. And I don't expect
it to ever be paid at all. I didn't promise to pay for it. I didn't spend
it and I didn't authorize anyone who did... so I'm sure not going to pay
for it. Those who have been defrauded have the right to seek restitution
from those who perpetrated the fraud, but not from anyone else. When
the economy of this country collapses, those who hold these "notes"
will simply lose. They were fools to believe they'd get paid in the first
North American union:
Canada: Passport applicant finds massive
Globe and Mail [UK]
A security flaw in Passport Canadas website has allowed
easy access to the personal information including social insurance
numbers, dates of birth and drivers license numbers of people
applying for new passports. The breach was discovered last week by an
Ontario man completing his own passport application. He found he could
easily view the applications of others by altering one character in the
Internet address displayed by his Web browser. (12/04/07)
it great that PassportCanada and other government agencies protect their
clients and citizens so well!
CA: Bowen casts doubt on future of
San Francisco Chronicle
Electronic voting systems used throughout California still arent
good enough to be trusted with the states elections, Secretary of
State Debra Bowen said Saturday. While Bowen has been putting tough restrictions
and new security requirements on the use of the touch screen machines,
she admitted having doubts as to whether the electronic voting systems
will ever meet the standards she believes are needed in California. Its
a real challenge, she said at a San Francisco airport conference
on voting and elections. I dont rule out the ingenuity of
some computer science student now in the eighth grade, but whats
available now isnt as transparent or auditable as the paper ballot
systems they replaced. (12/02/07)
surprising statement for a California government official to make, but
one I hope is echoed by many Secretaries of State across the nation.
NY: Cornell Students protest Ashcroft
In the face of shouting dissenters and shrouded protesters, former
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stood firmly behind his conviction
Thursday that the 2001 USA Patriot Act strengthened Americas freedom
and continues to protect the country from terrorist attacks.
13 minutes into the attorney generals speech, more than 100 students
and Ithaca community members stood up from their seats, turned their backs
to Ashcroft and placed black shrouds over their heads. The protesters
stood in silence for another 14 minutes before walking out of his speech
We felt that a silent protest was particularly
appropriate because of the people whove been silenced by John Ashcroft,
including the librarians of America who, when they tried to challenge
the order to turn over patron records, werent even allowed to talk
to the (American Civil Liberties Union) about it, said Ginger McCall,
also a second-year law student at Cornell. (11/30/07)
protest, and a well-organized and thoughtful approach.
Overreacted in Border Agents Case, Judge Says
A federal judge said Monday that prosecutors overreacted in pursuing
a case against two ex-Border Patrol agents who shot a suspected Mexican
drug smuggler in the buttocks and tried to cover it up...
it is really more the case that cops arent held to an adequate standard
of conduct in so many circumstances, like the Utah patrolman who loves
to taser people for fun.
Lawsuit challenges profiling at airports
The top official in charge of fighting racial profiling for the
American Civil Liberties Union says he was the victim of profiling at
the Boston airport, and he has gone to federal court to challenge a screening
technique that relies on suspicious behavior to identify potential terrorists.
King Downing said he was stopped and questioned by state police in October
2003 after arriving on a flight to attend a meeting on racial profiling.
it were up to me, ALL attorneys would be profiled as highly-potential
enemies of liberty and justice. Yeah, it might unfairly treat the 1% that
arent, but I think theyd understand. And no, I dont
have trouble with using phony ambulances as bait for them, as long as
humans arent endangered by the trap.
AZ: Border wall foe to quit post as
Ray Borane, Douglas outspoken mayor and ardent opponent
of the federal buildup on the border, has announced that he will step
down after 12 years as the border citys leader and step away from
public life. The 69-year-old has argued often against the border walls
and a military-style development, suggesting that most lawmakers dont
understand border cities and their culture. Borane has repeatedly told
lawmakers and federal officials that militarized zones will cost the region
in revenue and hurt families. The outcry to secure the border has made
Borane a frequent guest on national television news shows. But Borane,
who will leave office in June, has also had the ear of Arizona governors
and Mexican presidents as hes touted free commerce. Now, Borane
says hes had enough. (12/03/07)
that most politicians dont understand border cultures, but THIS
politician apparently does not understand that government is not the solution
to border problems, even while protesting their solutions.
Nor does he understand what rule of law rather than rule
of people means.
Katrina aid fraud nears
The Bush administration now acknowledges it is trying to recover
nearly $500 million from people who improperly received federal aid money
intended to help victims of two deadly hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, along
the Gulf Coast two years ago. It said the amount may increase further.
the strongest pragmatic arguments against government welfare is this kind
of fraud; charity by private groups (religious or otherwise) is still
plagued by fraud but it is more easily controlled because the recipients
are far more likely to be known personally by the givers and the administrators,
and because in a open market, givers are going to be more likely to donate
to groups that do NOT allow themselves to be defrauded by bogus claimants.
Poll: Americans believe in God, hell,
UFOs, witches, astrology
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe in God and signicant
numbers also think that UFOs, the devil and ghosts exist, a poll showed
Tuesday. The survey by Harris Online showed that 82 percent of adult Americans
believe in God and a slightly smaller percentage 79 percent
believe in miracles. More than 70 percent of the 2,455 adults surveyed
between November 7 and 13 said they believe in heaven and angels, while
more than six in 10 said they believed in hell and the devil. Almost equal
numbers said they believe in Darwins theory of evolution (42 percent)
the belief that populations evolve over time through natural selection
and creationism (39 percent) the theory that God created
mankind. Seventy percent of Americans said they were very (21 percent)
or somewhat (49 percent) religious, while around one-third of those polled
also said they believe in UFOs, witches and astrology. (12/04/07)
of these poll questions depend on very subjective definitions, of course.
So, also, the very words used are hard to define. For example, if I say
I believe in witches, does that mean I believe that witches
can use magic to do things that appear to be supernormal in
nature, or do I believe that there are people who call themselves and
believe themselves to be witches? Or, if I believe in UFOs
does that mean that I think some flying objects are unidentified, or do
I believe that little green men swoop down to earth and kidnap people
for Elvis to talk to when he's lonely? And of course, the poll tries to
compare apples and oranges. Even so, it is very interesting, no?
Note: True, but I didn't look at it because I don't believe in polls!
Quaids sue heparin manufacturer on
Los Angeles Times
Actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, filed suit today against
a manufacturer of the blood thinner heparin, saying the products
labeling and design contributed to an overdose of the drug given to their
newborn twins last month. The Quaids babies, Thomas Boone and Zoe
Grace, received 1,000 times the intended dosage of the blood thinner Nov.
18 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Nurses mistakenly administered a dose
with a concentration of 10,000 units per milliliter instead of 10 units
per milliliter, the hospital has acknowledged. Heparin is used as a flush
to prevent blood clots in intravenous lines. In their suit, filed in the
Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., the Quaids contend that Baxter Healthcare
Corp. failed to recall the 10,000-unit vials of heparin even though the
firm knew that other infants had died as a result of similar medication
errors. Three babies in Indiana died last year after nearly identical
my engineers opinion is that they are suing the wrong people: the
errors were made by the hospitals personnel, who did not follow
the hospitals own protocols or the manufacturers instructions.
The manufacturer had already taken action to change the labeling and design,
based on prior problems, but the hospital apparently didnt think
it was enough of a problem to warrant adequate training or emphasis.
Note: It's a complicated problem and no one thing is to blame. I seriously
doubt the hospital just didn't care enough, and I can guarantee that they
tried to provide adequate training! Nurses have been required, both by
law and by the rules of good nursing practice, to read any medication
label at least three times during the preparation of that product. Many
situations require the nurse to involve a second nurse or pharmacist to
check the label and verify both the order and the prepared dose. This
obviously isn't happening much these days. Since
the concentrated heparin should not even have been PRESENT in the neonatal
area, it is very hard for me to believe that any of these nurses bothered
to read the label at all. What is or is not written on the label is irrelevant
if nobody reads it.
basic difficulty affects every level of our society: far too many people
have lost the integrity and acceptance of responsibility needed to provide
safe care. Too many hospitals are under insane "minimum staffing"
madates so they simply cannot afford to terminate nurses (or doctors)
who violate the protocol, even repeatedly. The public insists on having
it both ways, without taking any personal responsibility for themselves
or their demands, so it's a total lose/lose for everyone.
chase down intruder
A drunken man was arrested Friday night after going on a crime
spree while riding his bike near Oso Bay. Police said the man first held
up a group of kids at a Flour Bluff apartment complex with a knife. Then,
one of the kids relatives followed the man to a Paul Jones neighborhood
and tried to chase him out of two homes. The romp ended with a gunshot.
who care for each other and help each other will do things like this:
do what they can to get rid of thugs. And remember, not all thugs carry
knives or guns. Some wear red ties and suits.
Bangladesh: Professors jailed for
role in protests
A Bangladesh court sentenced four university professors Tuesday
for participating in anti-government student protests that took place
in August. Police inspector Mahbub Siddiqui told AFP that the academics
were found guilty of breaking emergency laws banning protests and all
gatherings. Each received a two-year jail sentence. (12/04/07)
to liberty, no matter what they were protesting.
personal letter to North Koreas Kim
President Bush sent a personal letter to North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il, the Communist countrys official news agency
said Thursday, although it did not reveal its contents. Japans Kyodo
news agency said U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher Hill delivered the letter
to North Korea during his recent visit to the country earlier this week.
The Norths Korean Central News Agency said Hill gave the
letter to North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun. Bush once called
North Korea part of an axis of evil along with Iran and prewar
Iraq, and halted direct U.S. talks with the Communist country after he
came into office, before later allowing negotiations to resume.
[editors note: From one tintype dictator to another; whats
so surprising? - SAT] (12/06/07)
guess they are downgraded from axis to periphery?
Members Want Iraq Pullout Sooner Than Clinton Does
Members of the Democratic National Committee, meeting in suburban Washington
on Friday, said they supported withdrawing troops from Iraq as soon as
possible, a position that could hurt Sen. Hillary Clinton in the presidential
primaries or in the general election? Clearly the Democrats have no coherent
policy on Mesopotamia.
Conservative Suspicious of Booming Huckabee
As former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surges in polls against other
Republicans seeking the 2008 presidential nomination, fiscal conservatives
are taking a closer look at his record and expressing concerns about his
approach to taxes and other economic issues...
The man is a conservative only as defined by George W Bush: nanny-statist
who knows how to spend your money better than you do and apparently encourages
Thompson warns against Democrats,
GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Saturday that election
of a Democrat to the White House in 2008 would open the way for a welfare
state where bigger government, higher taxes and defense cutbacks sap the
countrys economic and military strength. Our country is at
a crossroads, Thompson told several hundred people at a rally at
a community clubhouse. We know that the most liberal element of
the Democratic Party has taken control of the Democratic Party, and if
they win this next election were going to go down the road of a
welfare state, he said. After warning of a government that gets
bigger and bigger, he said I dont think the American
people are going to turn the keys to this country over to the most left-wing
part of a left-wing party next year. [editors note:
And as long as this bonehead and his ilk keep missing the real point,
those left-wing Dems (who are actually almost as neocon as
Freddie is?) will continue to fool (almost) all of the people some
of the time - SAT] (12/02/07)
imagine that the Democrats could outdo the Bush administration and the
Republican-led baboons of the first six years of the Bush administration,
but he is probably right: for one thing, they almost HAVE to do more spending
and more growth to keep any semblance of legitimacy. And frankly, we're
already in a welfare state with a government that is many times too big
at ALL levels; something that Thompson does not want to admit. Nor do
I expect him or any other GOP candidate (with one possible exception)
to do anything other than slow the increase in growth and delay some parts
of the welfare state.
Accused of Rewriting History on Presidential Aspirations
Sen. Hillary Clinton took aim at fellow Democratic Sen. Barack Obama
on Sunday, claiming that Obama is rewriting history when he
says he has not had long-held aspirations for the White House...
hominem attacks are growing in strength, to no surprise. Miz Hillary is
one lady that knows how to dish it out and has LOTS of practice.
Note: The fun part is that she can't "take it," however, and
always whines about being attacked because she's a woman. She's a fraud
and a cheat in every department.
Paul defends abortion stand on The
Republican Rep. Ron Paul today became the first 2008 Republican
presidential candidate to make an appearance on The View. According to
ABC News Z. Byron Wolf, much of Pauls 10-minute appearance
was spent discussing abortion and the anti-abortion Paul held
his own with the hosts, Wolf writes. The Raw Story adds that Paul
was visibly agitated when co-host Joy Behar told him, you probably
are not going to win and you know that, then asked who among the
Republicans he would be willing to vote for. (12/04/07)
have the most consistent track record AND most explicit position on abortion
of any of the candidates in any of the parties, so it is not a surprise
to see the media attack him on this.
Mormonism Not a Big Problem, Christian Leaders Say
Christian conservatives considering the presidential candidacy of Mitt
Romney in early primary states will arrive at a defining moment this Thursday
when the candidate discusses his Mormon faith in a major speech...
If it really
were a choice between a man of principles, even if his principles were
those espoused by the LDS, and a bunch of thieving, lying, arrogant, and
uncaring politicians, Id vote for the man of principle in a heartbeat.
But Mitt Romney is in the second category, as years in SLC and Mass have
shown. Still, it WAS a good speech.
28 Miscarriages No Reason to Reexamine Gardasil
Since June 2006, when the HPV vaccine Gardasil was approved by the
FDA, there have been 28 reported cases in which pregnant women miscarried
after receiving the vaccine. But the FDA remains convinced that the vaccine
is safe and it is not further investigating its effect on pregnant women...
reasonable? 28? 50? 100? Is this decision politically motivated, since
the FDA and so many other government health agencies have made HPV vaccination
a holy crusade?
Bodies unearthed as Sunni parliament boycott ends
A mass grave containing the remains of 12 people, including a
paramedic who disappeared more than a year ago, was unearthed in central
Iraq in an area long controlled by al-Qaida, officials said Monday.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on Sunday pressed leaders
of Iraqs religious and ethnic factions to take advantage of recent
security gains to push through legislation aimed at cementing national
reconciliation or risk a return to greater violence.
from Iraqs largest Sunni Arab bloc on Monday ended their boycott
of parliament over the house arrest of their leader, Adnan
al-Dulaimi, who also attended the session.
The mutilated bodies
of four guards at an oil facility who were kidnapped at a checkpoint on
their way back from vacation were found north of Baghdad on Monday
has got to be very unpleasant, and will be for years to come. What did
the medic do, refuse to stop working on a patient and miss prayers? And
what did the oil company guards do to deserve kidnapping and murder?
Turkey attacks Kurds in Iraq
The Turkish military said Saturday it attacked 50 to 60 Kurdish
rebels inside Iraqi territory, inflicting significant losses.
It did not say whether Turkish troops had crossed into Iraq to conduct
the operation. The U.S. military said it had no reports of a Turkish incursion
across the Iraqi border. (12/01/07)
am surprised that the US has not taken stronger action to protest and
stop this sort of thing by Turks, or (for that matter) to take similar
actions to stop the Kurds from egging on the Turks. It has got to be easier
to keep the two sides apart than have to occupy the entire region to end
Turkish control of the Kurdish nation, until other things can be resolved.
Pols home attacked as US troops fire on car
Gunmen attacked the home of Iraqi Electricity Minister Karim
Waheed, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding another
. A roadside
bomb killed one policeman and wounded three others in Mosul
roadside bomb wounded two civilians in the New Baghdad district
U.S. soldiers fired on a car carrying four Iraqi civilians, killing one
and wounding the other three, during operations targeting al Qaeda militants
normally include this, as it is just a normal day (sadly) in Mesopotamia.
But this is a chance to point out two important items. First, this home
would probably NOT have been attacked if the Iraqi government
didnt try to do things that governments have no business doing,
and let private business provide electricity for the nation (and I betcha
that everyone would have more dependable service if it was private enterprise
doing it). At the least, the US should have brought to the occupied zone
the concept of cooperatives, which do very well in the utility business
and can even be a half-way house for statists. Second, soldiers arent
cops, and should not be behaving like cops because things like
this family getting shot up happen. The car didnt stop when ordered
to do so probably panicked and so someone died.
Violence reportedly hampers Iraq forces
Des Moines Register
Iraqis have not made enough progress toward learning to manage
their security forces because theyve had to divert too much attention
to continued violence and sectarianism, congressional investigators said
Monday. For example, Iraqi recruits to the Army who were designated for
training as logistics specialists have been diverted to combat roles,
said the report by the Government Accountability Office. (12/04/07)
much do these guys get paid to make this kind of analysis?
Car bombs kill 25
At least 25 Iraqis were killed in four car bombs across Iraq
on Wednesday, underscoring the persistent danger as U.S. Defense Secretary
Robert Gates visited the country to see the effects of a recent drop in
violence. In the days deadliest attack, a car bomb exploded outside
a juice shop in the central Baghdad neighborhood of Karradah, killing
at least 16 people and injuring 33, police said. It was the worst blast
to hit the capital since September
. The U.S. military also announced
the deaths of three soldiers in an attack the previous day involving a
roadside bomb and small-arms fire in Salahuddin province, north of the
capital. Another soldier was injured in the ambush. (12/06/07)
I didnt know it was against Islam or the Prophet (pbuh) to drink
juice. Death sentence seems kind of severe, though. Seriously, this is
a lot more a peacekeeping mission than an occupation, these days
and we all know how SUCCESSFUL peacekeeping missions are, as a rule.
Note: Indeed, especially when neither side (nor the "peacekeepers")
have any real interest in peace. War is the health of the state. Why in
the world would they want peace?
MV-22 Osprey test: Combat
Christian Science Monitor
The US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, the tilt rotor plane
that flies like both a helicopter and a plane, is expected to face one
of its biggest tests ever this month, flying combat missions for the first
time a major milestone in the Ospreys long history of ups
and downs. After years of investment, controversy, and tragedy, the Osprey
finally debuted this fall in Iraq, a low-key deployment of 10 planes that
marks the beginning of the Corps gradual replacement of aging Vietnam-era
helicopters. Commanders have limited the planes operations to simpler
logistical roles. But now it is set to fly combat missions in Anbar Province,
where marines are deployed, that will test the planes ability to
maneuver in more sophisticated and dangerous combat missions.
Ospreys deployment to Iraq has already shown that some components
of the complex plane wear out faster than others. [editors
note: So the Fedgovs now taking a page from Microsoft
testing its unproven products on its user base?
- SAT] (12/07/07)
the military has ALWAYS beta tested its new toys; you just
dont hear about 99 percent of them. But this lemon was rammed down
the throats of the Pentagon by our wonderful baboons in Congress assembled,
and so it tends to get more press. USMC didnt want this piece of
junk, but Congress couldnt resist micromanagement and pork maximization.
Yeah, once in a while a Churchill or someone else comes up with something
that DOES work and rams it through the military bureaucracies, but that
is rare indeed. I just hope too many Leathernecks dont buy the farm
as a result of it.
Federal court hears pledge, motto
An atheist pleaded with a federal appeals court to remove the
words under God from the Pledge of Allegiance and In
God We Trust from U.S. currency, saying the references disrespect
his religious beliefs. I want to be treated equally, said
Michael Newdow, who argued the cases consecutively to a three-judge panel
of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. He added that supporters
of the phrases want to have their religious views espoused by the
government. Newdow, a Sacramento doctor and lawyer, sued his daughters
school district in 2000 for forcing public school children to recite the
pledge, saying it was unconstitutional. (12/06/07)
is the new Madelyn Murrey OHare, and revels in his role. He is worth
millions to conservative groups as a boogyman, but his arguments make
$perm wail by donor
New York Post
A sperm donor who sent gifts signed Dad to his biological
son has been slapped with a child-support order, 18 years after helping
his [lesbian] friend get pregnant. The Nassau County man donated his sperm
to a work colleague, and included his name on the childs birth certificate,
saying it would give the boy an identity, courts documents revealed. He
then blurred the lines between donor and full-time father by sending money,
presents and cards signed Dad and Daddy, and having
phone chats with the now college-bound teen. But the mans goodwill
backfired: A court ruling says he is now liable for financial support
of the 18-year-old, who lives with his mother in Oregon. [editors
note: Despite the snide treatment of this story by the Post, this IS a
travesty of justice - SAT] (12/02/07)
more, a court proves that it does not understand the concept of justice.
SCOTUS: Justices turn down online
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by
an online publisher that claims credit-card companies are enabling the
piracy of its pictures of nude models. The case was brought by Perfect
10 Inc., which until recently published an adult magazine and also operates
Perfect10.com. The company said in court papers that its business has
been severely harmed by pirate Web sites, many of them overseas, which
have used images of its nude models without authorization. The company
has responded to the piracy by suing several intermediary companies it
says enable the pirate sites, including Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc.,
Mastercard Inc. and the Visa International Service Association. The lawsuit
against Visa and Mastercard was dismissed by a district court, while the
companys suit against Google and Amazon remains in litigation.
claims are so convoluted that it would have taken more bizarre deliberation
than usual for either the District court or the Supremes to accept this
Justices to take new look
at Guantanamo dispute
Are the terrorist suspects held at the Guantanamo Naval Base
more akin to people accused in a criminal case or to German prisoners
of war in 1944? An accused criminal can go to federal court to challenge
his imprisonment; a German POW couldnt. On Wednesday, the justices
will hear an hour of arguments in the latest Guantanamo case, that of
Lakhdar Boumediene and other detainees. [editors note:
This shouldnt be too difficult. Its not about what theyre
like, its about what they ARE or ARENT. They are
EITHER POWs or criminal defendants, and since Congress hasnt declared
war, they arent POWs. That kind of narrows it down - TLK] (12/04/07)
logic isnt bad, but sadly, that is not the argument that ANYONE
is making; and the Congressional authorizations to carry out the War
on Terrorism and the invasions and the occupations have pretty much
equated to a declaration of war and EPWs are able to be taken even
in police actions such as the Korean and Southeast Asian Conflicts,
with far less similarity, legally, to a state of war. We have to be consistent
in these things, and cant pick and choose without getting rid of
the whole system.
Note: I'm afraid I have to go along with Tom. The court has to get off
its a** and figure out how to ensure justice, however, whatever they call
them. To drag this out for years and years is to spit on everything America
is supposed to stand for.
FL: Judge wont force DNC to
Not wanting to spark a free-for-all of states leapfrogging
each other in the presidential campaign, a federal judge Wednesday refused
to make the Democratic National Committee seat Floridas 210-member
delegation to next summers nominating convention. Chief U.S. District
Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that parties may set their schedules and enforce
penalties against states defying them, as Florida did by setting a Jan.
29 date for its presidential primary.
Because of the early primary
date, the DNC has stripped Florida of its delegation to next summers
national convention in Denver, and major presidential candidates have
refused to campaign publicly in the state. Republicans have a similar
rule, but the GOP has taken away only half of Floridas delegation
57 votes to its convention in St. Paul, and Republican candidates
arent boycotting Florida. (12/06/07)
of free association INCLUDES to right to refuse to associate. If Florida
wont play the games that they signed up to play, then the DNC, scumbags
and baboons that they are, still has the right to tell them, go
away. And this judge seems to respect that fact and that
the Democratic Party is NOT a government!
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