Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Demonstrating How Stupid Some Leftists Are: Priceless

Via PoorandStupid.com, we have another account of stiffling of dissent in American schools

She then stated that while she could see that I had strong political convictions and that a small group of students would understand the signs, most of them were "rednecks" that wouldn't get the meaning and would only laugh at the mocking of Arabs.

Does the hypocrisy ever end? "Rednecks?" A sign can't have the word "Arab", which isn't a racial slur, but she can say "rednecks"?

Her response: "It isn't a racial slur, it's honesty!" Even though they both start with 'h' and end in 'y', "hypocrisy" does not equal "honesty". In fact, hypocrisy is a form of intellectual dis-honesty.
Priceless.

Delicious Malpractice Links

Just readit all.

More here.

Monday, June 28, 2004

More Bad Doctors

Over here is an interesting post about doctors taking larger sums of money from pharmaceutical companies, with the comment that:

So, this leaves me in a fix. I can either throw out the argument that conflict-of-interest doesn't necessarily mean harm to patients, or I can wait for new evidence that it does. Maybe I can conduct one of those corporate pseudo-studies to find out.

Or maybe all the proof I need is already out there -- written on a sheet of paper marked "Schedule A."
First off, I would state that there is, as of yet, little evidence that such practices harm patients (at least that I have come across).

Secondly, it takes two to tango, which physicians always seem to forget (it's called Ego and Narcissism, something inherent in most with the MD moniker). There would be no financial benefit for said companies to write these checks if there were not WILLING and UNETHICAL physicians willing to cash those checks. Period. Start @ the source: the doctors. If all doctors stopped accepting such bribes, guess what, the bribes would stop. Now, we could argue that the pharm companies would simply try to spend that money elsewhere (advertising, cruises, etc), but that's neither here nor there. If physicians were ethical, all of the time, the companies would have no choice but to spend the money on free samples and crappy commercials.

Please stop blaming the drug companies, they save more lives than physicians do.

Some Questions

I couldn't help myself.

The director and author will attempt to save as many lives as he can by simply intervening with his camera crew during the course of 90 minutes of filming. He hopes to embarrass health insurance companies and hospitals into continuing to care for patients with no cover - highlighting holes in the American system...

Moore said he had the idea when making his TV show, The Awful Truth, shown in Britain on Channel 4. 'We had this guy who was going to die because his HMO [insurers] wouldn't pay for his transplant so we went with him and conducted a funeral rehearsal,' said Moore. 'The HMO was ashamed and paid for the transplant and he lives to this day.'
While this is all fine and dandy, who will pay for this stunt? Listen, as physicians we are to help anyone and everyone we can. In a perfect world, this would occur. But not even in the so-called perfect socialized medical world does everyone needing a certain procedure get what is required.

I'd be interested in knowing why the HMO in Moore's anecdote declined the transplant coverage in the first place (did the individual know there was no such coverage offered, yet still signed up for the HMO; was the individual a heavy drinker who should not have been placed on the organ list anyways; etc). I'd also be interested in knowing what sort of transplant it was, and just how long 1) he might have lived without the transplant, and 2) how long he will live with the transplant.

Lastly, I'd be interested in knowing how the HMO made up for the revenue shortfall that obviously occurred from taking on said procedure. Did they refuse to sign up 100 more low-income accounts? Did they cut back on some drug services in their formulary? Did they lay off 100 people? Who knows, the article doesn't say. It might be interesting to know though just what Michael Moore was able to pull off with his sleazy camera stunts, besides getting a transplant for someone. Maybe the DVD-version will have a footnote stating that only 50 money hungry republicans lost their jobs in exchange.

HRT Not Bad; Researchers Inept

From this post over @ Medpundit we see what happens when study protocols are not followed correctly, and we reiterate what happens when statistics are used to promote an agenda as opposed to find answers to scientific questions. Well done guys, well done.

12 Week Old Fetus Walks

Anyone think this might change a few minds in the pro-life/pro-abortion debate? Ideally, yes. Realistically, no. Speaks volumes for where our society currently resides.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

RIP Mattie Stepanek, 1990-2004

The NYTimes has the story here.

Mattie J. T. Stepanek, who published five volumes of poetry and became an advocate for people with muscular dystrophy, died yesterday in Washington. He was 13 and lived in Rockville, Md.

The cause was complications of the disease, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced. Mattie was the association's national good-will ambassador from 2002 through 2004.

Mattie had dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a genetic neuromuscular disease that impaired almost all of his body's major functions, like heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and digestion, and caused muscle weakness. His mother, Jeni Stepanek, 44, has the adult-onset form of the disease, and his three older siblings died of the disease in early childhood.

Mattie began writing poetry at 3 to cope with the death of a brother. In 2001, a small Virginia publisher issued a slim volume of his poems, called "Heartsongs." Within weeks, the book was on the New York Times best-seller list, and he soon appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show and on "Good Morning America."

Mattie wrote four other books: "Journey Through Heartsongs," "Hope Through Heartsongs," "Celebrate Through Heartsongs" and "Loving Through Heartsongs."
A true treasure to those fortunate to hear him talk, read his words, or feel his youthful enthusiasm.

God Bless his family.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Moore In It For The Money

Like that's a big surprise. But seriously, this article here seals the deal.

"I hope the R rating doesn't have a large impact on the box office," Ortenberg said. "I've spoken with many parents, including some on the appeals board, who absolutely said they are going to take their children to see the film. We'll just have to hope the teenagers we're encouraging to see this picture find their way in through parents or adult guardians."


IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring disagreed with the MPAA's ruling, adding: "But we do respect the process and appreciate that the MPAA listened with open minds to our appeal."


"As anyone who has read a paper, watched TV, surfed the web or chatted by a water cooler this week can attest, the interest in `Fahrenheit 9/11' has grown to mammoth proportions," Sehring went on. "It is a shame that `Fahrenheit 9/11' will become inaccessible to a segment of the American population to whom this film has a great deal of relevance."
Are you kidding me?! "...segment of the American population to whom this film has a great deal of relevance"?! Tell me, what exactly do 12 year olds know about this film? What do they know about the current war in the Middle East, the WOT? Hell, what do they even know about their own cities?

This entire facade, from the pseudo-disney scandal to some dipsh!t claiming the youngin's are missing out, demonstrates once and for all what drives Moore and his handlers: money.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Tiger Woods

Alright, so Tiger makes birdie on his 72nd hole of the 104th US Open. What's the first thing Dickhead Miller and the rest of the crowing crew talk about? His 'major drought'. Are you sh!tting me?! There was only one person (Costas I believe) who was intellectually honest enough to say that Nicklaus went 12 majors without winning. Everyone else continues to talk about how his swing has left him, he can't putt, etc.

Charles Barkley said it best a few days ago on ESPN radio with Dan Patrick, "Just ignore them."

Exactly!

Johnny Miller: 25 tournaments wins, including 2 majors
Tiger Woods: 54 tournaments wins, 8 majors

Tiger is 28 years old. Johnny Miller was 46 when he won his last tourney. If Tiger wins just three tourneys a year until he's 46, he'll have won four times as many as did Johnny.

He's already won four times as many majors.

Monday, June 14, 2004

America's Poor Not So Poor?

From Econopundit we have this interesting post.

Gist

In all of Europe there are only four countries in which the average household member's living space is greater than that of his counterpart in the poorest of US families.

If the EU were a US State, says the study, it would be right down there with the poorest of the poor.
What more can I say?

Moore Problems

It's no secret I hate Michael Moore. He's a douche that makes money doing something a 5 year old could do. Well, this sort of stuff doesn't help.

Filmmaker Michael Moore said Friday he wasn't sure he did the right thing by saving footage of U.S. American soldiers' cruelty toward Iraqis for his controversial documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11,'' instead of releasing the evidence earlier when it might have helped halt such abuse.

"I had it months before the story broke on '60 Minutes,' and I really struggled with what to do with it,'' Moore said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle. "I wanted to come out with it sooner, but I thought I'd be accused of just putting this out for publicity for my movie. That prevented me from making maybe the right decision.''
Guess what douchebag, that 'evidence' had already been turned over to the Pentagon before you shot your little 'documentary'. In fact, since the story 'broke' in May, and you had it months before, I'm going to assume you got footage after January, which happens to be when the Pentagon was investigating what was going on. Stop attempting to publicize your fictional documentary.

Lest we forget, he's a media darling of the left. Want proof? Try:

The film, which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last month, became the center of a corporate spat between Disney and its subsidiary Miramax when Disney Chairman Michael Eisner said he wouldn't allow the film to be distributed. Later, Disney sold the film to Miramax co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein. The film is now being distributed by Lions Gate Films, IFC Films and the Fellowship Adventure Group, the latter specifically set up by the Weinsteins to handle Moore's documentary.
See the timeline? Notice that the 'corporate spat' with Disney came after he won the dubious Palm D'Or? Guess what folks, Moore has known for over a YEAR that his film would not be distributed by Disney. He merely used this non-subtle ruse to stir up yet more free publicity for his hit piece on Bush.

Wow, such amazing character. Can't wait to read the lies contained within this POS movie. We all now how fun it was reading his lies in Bowling For Columbine.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Anti-Chomsky blog?!?!?! I've Died and Gone To Heaven!!

That's right folks. diary of an anti-chomskyite

Bookmark it. Read it. Send it to your friends.

Here's just a small taste of what is in store:

One of the primary attributes of the Chomskyite has always been hypocrisy. One who condemns from on high, after all, should not be expected to have to mingle with the proles in the course of their denunciations. This only underlines my belief that any populist rhetoric on the part of the Chomskyites is most certainly of the pseudo variety. They are, in truth, absolute and uncompromising elitists. What they are after is not an egalitarian Utopia but a dictatorship of the intellectuals.
Be still my heart.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Sex == $50,000

Prostitutes are rich. Well, not exactly, but close.(subscription required)

Mr. Blanchflower calculates that going from having sex once a month to having it at least weekly is roughly equivalent to the amount of happiness that an extra $50,000 of income would bring to the average American. "The effect of sex on happiness is statistically well-determined ... and large," the authors conclude. "This is true for males and females, and for those under and over the age of 40."
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it; preferably after sex once weekly.

RIP

There's nothing I can add that won't echo what has already been said. In fact, go to BrothersJudd for an exhaustive tribute to this man.

On another note, as I was listening to Laura Ingraham this morning she played a short clip of Reagan speaking the following (he attributed the statements to Lincoln, which apparently many do; apparently the correct source is Reverend William J. H. Boetcke)

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

"You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

"You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

"You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.

"You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.

"You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

"You cannot establish security on borrowed money.

"You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.

"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
Damn, if ever something supported the Republican way of thinking against the Democratic way of thinking, this might just be it.

Americans Will Pay

CodeBlueBlog has an interesting scoop over the NYTimes. It's not the scoop that drew me in as much as the author's conclusions.

The Times immediately starts worrying about the strain of the costs of these new drugs on the "health care system" – adding, I suppose to the ever-present, ever-worsening, health care crisis. Who is going to pay for these drugs?

I will.

This is the perfect answer for every American to give. Read the rest of the post, along with the apt comparison of a family paying out the nose for the best legal advice to help prevent their child from being incarcerated.

Who will pay? I will.

Friday, June 04, 2004

More New Jobs? Under Bush?!?!?

Well, well, well, what do we have here.

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added almost a quarter million workers in May, extending a nine-month hiring spree and accommodating enough new jobseekers to hold the unemployment rate steady at 5.6 percent.

Payrolls swelled by almost 1 million in the last three months alone, the Labor Department (news - web sites) said Friday. Employment figures for March and April were revised up to reflect the addition of 353,000 and 346,000 jobs respectively.

I detest economics being attributed to presidential administrations, but since this is an election, when in Rome...

Regarding growth over the last 3 months, not bad. Since many anti-Bush cheerleaders were counting on the 'worst job growth since the depression' mantra to push Lurch over the edge, Kerry might have to formulate some plans that do not include retracting the Bush tax cuts. There's still work to be done, especially as more and more people start to get back into the workforce, but good none-the-less.

Nevertheless, the snapshot of America's employment situation in May met the expectations of most private analysts and fueled anticipation of an increase in interest rates when the Federal Reserve (news - web sites) meets at the end of this month. The Fed's main interest rate has been at a 46-year low of 1 percent, but analysts expect that to end with the jobs market steadily gaining steam.

Good and bad here. The Fed will wait for a true sustainable picture to develop before announcing a rate increase. And in my opinion, the rate increase will be rather weak, possibly 25-50 basis points. The markets are factoring in something a little higher, but that gives them more upside if the Fed comes in lower. Greenspan was just reappointed by Bush Jr, and one has to think he has the 1992 election in the back of Greenspan rallies the troops to support his viewpoint. Still think the increase is a little while off.

Hiring last month was widespread....The struggling manufacturing sector also is reawakening, adding 32,000 new jobs last month. It was the fourth straight month of payroll increases after almost three years of continuous losses.

Always nice to see broad growth, and it even includes the dreaded manufacturing sector. I understand that sector is important to the Midwest, but seriously, how long before it becomes a lost cause in this country?

Still, the economy is far from the booming 1990s. Last month, 8.2 million people remained unemployed. While the overall jobless rate stayed at 5.6 percent, it was much higher among blacks, at 9.9 percent and Hispanics, at 7 percent.

There it is, the negative side. Read that paragraph, a few times if necessary. See the problem with this author's (and many American's logic)? He's comparing 2004 to the colossal bubble years of the late 90s? That's incredibly stupid, and yet it persists all over the place. (come to expect this from atrios though)

Want a good comparison, try the historical average. You'll see that we're right where we want to be.

The report "is welcome news for American workers who are enduring the most prolonged jobs slump since the 1930s," said Rep. Pete Stark of California, the top Democrat on Congress' Joint Economic Committee. "But we still have a jobs deficit, and most of the economic growth we have seen has fattened businesses' balance sheets, not workers' paychecks."

Must be an election year. I guess the concept of businesses increasing capital, cash, etc. in order to then REINVEST in company operations, employment, etc. is too complex for Stark to understand. Go figure, he's only the head of the JEC. Sad.

Anyone know of a business that once it gets back into the black, immediately increases it's bottom line with new capital and employees? Please let me know so that I can SHORT their stock.

All in all, not a bad report. Not quite as strong as previous months, but expect it to be revised upwards, just as March and April were.

Turns OutSourcing Is Beneficial

As anyone with a single ounce of common sense, and possibly a background in economics understands, outsourcing was never a detriment to our country (regardless of what idiotarians said). And now, here's the report.

Read Man Without Qualities for some highlights.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Sure, Re-importation Is A Great Idea

Good Lord.

The Bush administration, once adamantly opposed to less expensive Canadian drugs, is softening its stance. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said he fully expects Congress to approve re-importation and added that he will encourage the President Bush not to oppose the legislation.

That's right folks, not content to sit by and watch those dern Canadians get cheaper drugs than our own seniors, the Bush administration has decided to jump on the re-importation bandwagon.

Let's amend the constitution so that no new laws can be enacted during an election year. Of course that would never happen, but it might help cut down on the sort of pandering the Bush administration is doing with this new stance.

Doesn't the Bush administration have an economic team? Hell, doesn't Bush himself have an MBA from Harvard? Does no one understand the implications of allowing re-importation of drugs from Canada? Let's review:

1. Canadian Gov't gets deals on drugs from American pharmaceutical companies based on negotiating (accepting a cheaper, outdated version of a drug available to Americans).

2. Americans piss and moan about paying more for a superior product, so the Bush admin. panders and decide that it's ok to allow re-importation.

3. Entrepreneurs notice an opportunity to make money --> setup shop and start re-importing drugs to the states.

4. Demand for re-imported drugs rises; supply goes down. Hmm....I guess that means prices go up, not to mention the little extra tacked on by the middle-man running the re-importation company.

5. Pharmaceutical companies in the US realize their margins are down, so less money is pumped into research; fewer new drugs come out; investors lose faith in the industry and stock prices fall.

6. Drugs become more expensive both in the US and Canada, with Canadians eventually paying more in taxes for their 'free healthcare'.

7. Moron 'activists' claim victory by simultaneously hurting 'Big Pharm', creating a middle-man market where one didn't exist before, and successfully keeping drug prices right where they were before.

8. Healthcare based on drug treatment takes a hit as the incentive to produce new drugs disappears. Lawyers make a fortune on lawsuits due to counterfeit drugs.


Seriously, does it take a rocket scientist to understand this entire thing is a bad idea? Let the market work itself out you retarded monkeys. And to those who say drugs cost too much here in the states, think about the cost of not having those drugs, or the cost of future drugs being fewer and far between.

Suffice it to say, 'Big Pharm' is not the problem here. The problem is those who somehow think they are entitled to the best healthcare and drug treatment on the planet, without having to pay for it.

Getting It Wrong For Over 65 Years

From the January/February Issue of Men's Health:

The problem with television is that the people must sit and keep their eyes glued to a screen: the average American family hasn't time for it


That's right, the ol' lady getting it wrong for over 65 years. Chalk it up to experience I guess. Next time the NY Times calls looking for a renewal, remember how much good that money could do in the hands of United Way, or even some local hospital fund.

BTW, the inspiration for this came from multiple sites that linked the latest mea culpa from the op-ed page.